Friday, November 03, 2006

Random Thoughts + Readership Assistance Requested

Let's wander, shall we?

I am enjoying the living hell out of Mystery In Space. It's the noir-ish atmosphere, the crazy Hardcore Station (love that name), the main character who's still not quite sure what's supposed to be going on... everything about it hits the right buttons for me. The ongoing backup feature about The Weird is... well, weird. I'm not sure why I'm enjoying that, but I am. There's something to be said for Silver Age evolved cosmic particles dressed as pirates. (I don't know what it is exactly, but there's something.)

I'm conflicted about Captain America. Am I the only one who is ready to move on from the Red Skull at this point? I know Holmes needs his Moriarty, but I can't shake the feeling that Brubaker needs to put Skull back in the closet for awhile and move on to M.O.D.O.K., Batroc, or--- heck, anyone. It's not that I don't like the way he's written him, it's just that I think after twenty-something issues we need to be little less Skull-centric.

(Of course, the alternative is Civil War, so... let's just forget I said anything.)

Speaking of Brubaker, I read Criminal #1 (though not #2 yet), and I thought that was a good comic. It wasn't great, but it certainly was interesting and had nice art. Interesting to see it anointed in the comicsblogoweb as the next masterpiece this early. (Though I certainly hope it is --- we need more masterpieces in comics.)

News that Kurt Busiek is leaving Aquaman and Tad Williams is taking over (and taking Aquaman presumably back to standard superheroics, if the interviews are any indication) is a bit disheartening. Busiek's run has been alternately fascinating and muddled but never terrible. If it's suffered from anything (and it's not over for another 5 issues), it's failed to resolve the One Year Later questions quickly enough to get moving with adventures and story. I think that's hurt the overall attempts at characterization of the new Arthur Curry, and consequently it's not resonating with many people.

Every week that goes by, I'm happier that I stopped getting 52 after issue 4.

I bought Amazing Spider-Girl #1, and am very happy with it, though I'm not sure it works well for new readers as a Spider-Girl issue, mainly because she's not in costume in the issue. That said, Tom DeFalco hasn't lost a step here and hopefully more people will give Mayday Parker and her surprisingly well developed cast of characters and world a chance. You want positive and realistic depictions of family and teenagers in comics? Amazing Spider-Girl would be a good place to start. It's optimistic without sugarcoating, and edgy without going to extremes. It's also the only place we get to see Peter Parker: Father, and that's a good role for him and a fascinating take we never get to see in 616 continuity because Marvel's stupid like that. Check it out.

Seven Soldiers #1: hmmm. I still don't think I've had time to digest it fully. Every day my opinion changes on this one. I think the whole Seven Soldiers enterprise was probably the most ambitious thing I've seen in awhile, and like most uberambitious things (and Morrisonian), it's part triumphant victory and part spectacular mess. This'll be a series that rewards rereading, though.

I've given up on Morrison's Batman in favor of Dini's Detective. Feels more like Batman to me.

Fred Van Lente. MODOK's 11. Sold!

Speaking of Batman, I'm looking for an old record I had as a kid that had audio Batman stories, one on each side. One was a Joker story and one was a Riddler story as I recall, and I think one of the riddles was "gas", from which Batman realized that the target was a cargo ship, because "gas makes a car go". Also, I think one of the titles of the stories had something to do with music and food and death. Shut up. It was mine and I loved it and played it every night before bed, and I want it again, so if anyone can help out please point me in the right direction!

More this weekend.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm more in the party of, "As long as it's a red skull who conspires with DOOM!!! about time travel and giant robots, he can stay as long as he wants.

11:10 AM  
Blogger RJM said...

I agree, Spider-Girl is a strong book, well worth a read every month. You can tell that the creators, DeFalco and Frenz, care about their creations. They're not just going through the motions.
Unlike most books out there....

11:28 AM  
Anonymous flip fantasia said...

Batman records? I have no idea what you're talking about.

Could you possibly mean...

Oh yeah. That's it.

(I hope these are what you seek or else I will have made myself look foolish and smelly.)

11:52 AM  
Blogger Scipio said...

Power Records 1975.
Batman vs. the Riddler.
Currently on sale at ebay below.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

The lesson, as always: the comicsblogoweb knows better than I do! Thanks Flip and Scipio --- exactly what I was looking for.

(Additionally, through searching for Power Records sites, I've unlocked distant memories of a Scarecrow record, a couple of Star Trek records, and a Conan one! Garrrrrr, I shall make them mine again!)

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

If you liked Mystery in Space I suggest checking out Agents of Atlas, it has a bit of a noir feeling as well.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Of course, Dini didn't write the latest issue of Detective ... What's up with that?

4:50 PM  
Blogger El Poopacabra said...

You may wish to check out - a user there posted just about all of the Power Records releases a while back...


5:21 PM  
Anonymous Fin Fang Doom said...

Ii'm loving the long, drawn out story in Captain America. That sort of this doesn't happen nearly enough in comics anymore, especially not in the big name titles. So much is about writing for the trade, and wanting a consumer to be able to pick up any trade without having read the previous trades and know everything that is going on. But as an issue-to-issue reader, that's not fulfilling. I love a story that stretches out over the course of two years or more and takes a bunch of twists and turns.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous SanctumSanctorumComix said...

Batman Power record:

If Music be the Food of Death

Go to THIS site:

Look to the list on the RIGHT of the page.
Scroll down to the BATMAN stuff.

Click the linky and then on the next page you have to pay attention to where they hide the "DOWNLOAD" button.

The girly pictures can be distracting.



8:34 AM  

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