i'd read a few of these in issue form, & really, whatever. the whole civil war event was such a huge failure in my eyes that it is hard to really come up with individual opinions. yeah, you know what, fuck even trying. i'm sitting here flipping through it trying to come up with something, anything, to say about it, but i've got nothing. civil war was a cheap stunt full of transparent rhetoric. i am okay with iron man turning into the more authorityish superhero in the marvel universe, because i think there is room for it, but other than as a vehicle to revamp his character, the whole thing leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
i'd also like to use this moment to talk about some of this wednesday's comics. it seems fordmadoxfraud took the rest of his pile home, which means i probably shouldn't have borrowed as many as i did to take home. sorry fmf! it also means i'll probably be missing some opinions i couldn't share. how will you live! okay, let me give you the rundown.
walking dead. i like this in trade, hate it in issue. what is going on? who the fuck is fucking who? which scrawny guy is which? which midwest girl is who?
green arrow: year one. cute. but i didn't read the first one, so i'm not all that immersed in what diggle & jock are trying to do. i like green arrow though.
superman: the secret origin of superman's pal jimmy olson. again, a cute issue. i have mostly hated busiek's superman run, sorry to say, but when he gets a chance to gloss up some silver age stuff, he's back in his element.
the immortal iron fist. dude, this shit is fucking great. brubaker has some secret kung-fu resevoir that he's tapping, because this whole series has been really good. go on with your bad self, guys!
the amazing spider-man. did jms just not know about bendis' daredevil run? because um...having spidey take off his mask, beat up the kingpin, & then brag about how he just punked the kingpin & now everyone knows it? was a big deal there, making this issue kind of insulting, actually.
mystic arcana: black knight. i really like this mini-series. mostly i like the ian mcnee guy, & his arc. the black knight story is fine, whatever, but the frame has just been really well done. plus, nico is coming!
blue beetle. i guess the guy writing this now is one of the transformers scriptwriters? i like his sense of humor a lot, & i liked his inclusion of bruce wayne. i'm glad ford stuck with blue beetle, because i think it is finding a groove.
batman. issue #666! as if that wasn't enough. also, i found out that cortney's new roomate is drawing this comic? which is pretty cool. anyhow, i liked damien as the batman plenty well enough, though i have to admit to having a fondness for ibn al xu'ffasch as well.
countdown. every so often, it has something good in it; i liked this issue, but i can't remember what it was specifically that made me enjoy it. there was one thing in particular i think?
teen titans. "when amazons attack" is stupid, & it is ruining the things it touches. i sure like miss martian though.
buffy the vampire slayer: season eight. a weird aside; joss whedon says he wants to explore the medium a little, which is fine, but how about this? you use the medium, rather than using the medium as an excuse. a one-shot is fine, but it doesn't need to take up a slot in the release schedule.
world war hulk. another treading water issue, in which nothing happens, but the miek & rick jones thing wasn't clear to me until i was slapped in the face with it, which really made me a lot more open to the issue over-all. when was the last time rick jones mattered, though?
invincible. hey, for a second it looked like kirkman was going to drag himself out of the funk that this series has kind of been sinking into, but then at the last minute, he didn't. i really, really liked the monster splash-page though.