2012 Weekly Comic Buys n' Reads

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Erick Von Erich
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September 20th, 2012, 4:49 pm #101

Defenders #24-25
Ties up the Sons of the Serpent story, but a significant turning point for the series. First, Clea becomes somewhat more involved, as she summons Son of Satan, Power Man and Daredevil to help the team.

It's a basic slugfest, but the ending it notable, as the Sons turn out to be financed by Kyle (Nighthawk) Richmond's right-hang man, "Pennyworth". Until now, we had only seen Pennysworth hand or his shadow...so it's a big swerve when we see that he's African-American. Nighthawk flies off to have a bout of conscience, feeling guilty over being a rich, ignorant playboy.

Of minor notes, Yellowjacket is not billed as a "guest-star", as he's pretty much a part of the team for this story. He disappears after this. Barbara Norris' hubby, Jack, keeps running around and claiming that everybody on the team is insane.

Finally, the ELF (or "Elf with a Gun" as he's known amongst fanboys) makes his first appearance by killing two random hippies at a trailer park in California. Hippies who were singing John Denver songs, no less. The Elf knocks on their door and kills them. This would go on, randomly, for the next 2 years or so.

The common belief is that the Elf was a forgotten sub-plot... as he never directly ties into the main stories and he was never explained. Probably a casualty of a writing switch, but in the early 80's another set of writers tried to bring him back and give him relevance. As it is, he became something of an in-joke amongst readers and writers of the book. For instance, the first Defenders book I ever bought (circa 1982), had a letters page where fans were dying and speculating over a recent Elf cameo. The editor's reply: "what elf?"
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September 20th, 2012, 5:08 pm #102

Giant-Size Defenders #5
"Eelor", a mutated electric eel attacks Manhattan. He was created by a "temporal disturbance" and the arrival of a piece of Badoon tech. Which also brought the Guardians of the Galaxy along. The Guardians and Defenders fight off Eelor and figure things out, but the Guardians' crashed spaceship is covered by the news. This leads an enthusiastic young boy who loves Captain America to check it out; a kid named Vance Astrovik.

Defenders #26
The Guardians and Defenders team-up...to discuss things. Dr. Strange talks about the "temporal disturbance" and how the Guardians must be returned to their own time. Vance Astro meeting young Vance Astrovik isn't helping the timestream's health.

Astro then recounts a detailed history of how the Earth in the year 3007 turned out. In 1982, due to the abundance of AEROSOL CANS, the ozone layer depleted and things began to suck. Martians attacked in 2001, creating the Killraven era, then more strife and turmoil until the late 2000's, when Earth expanded its colonies all the way out to Pluto (Martinex's home). The Badoon arrived and took over; but thanks to a recent issue of Marvel Two-in-one, the Guardians, Captain America and the Thing were able to take back New York City!

Just amazing how the ozone layer theory is being presented as a big deal in 1975. In the "real world", it didn't really gain much momentum until the mid-80's, it seems.

The book is really hitting its stride, now. It's moved away from being "Team of Guys Not in the Avengers" and is starting to create some truly different stories.

It's so refreshing to see Hulk as a straight-up good guy. He's happy to help, as long as you say you're his friend. Hulk like friends. It's so simple and hilarious that the other Marvel heroes never figured that out. How many crossovers turned into fights because someone wouldn't "leave Hulk alone"? All they had to do was say: "wait, Hulk, I'm your friend" and things would've been cool.
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September 20th, 2012, 5:46 pm #103

Erick Von Erich,Sep 20 2012 wrote: Giant-Size Defenders #5
"Eelor", a mutated electric eel attacks Manhattan. He was created by a "temporal disturbance" and the arrival of a piece of Badoon tech. Which also brought the Guardians of the Galaxy along. The Guardians and Defenders fight off Eelor and figure things out, but the Guardians' crashed spaceship is covered by the news. This leads an enthusiastic young boy who loves Captain America to check it out; a kid named Vance Astrovik.

Defenders #26
The Guardians and Defenders team-up...to discuss things. Dr. Strange talks about the "temporal disturbance" and how the Guardians must be returned to their own time. Vance Astro meeting young Vance Astrovik isn't helping the timestream's health.

Astro then recounts a detailed history of how the Earth in the year 3007 turned out. In 1982, due to the abundance of AEROSOL CANS, the ozone layer depleted and things began to suck. Martians attacked in 2001, creating the Killraven era, then more strife and turmoil until the late 2000's, when Earth expanded its colonies all the way out to Pluto (Martinex's home). The Badoon arrived and took over; but thanks to a recent issue of Marvel Two-in-one, the Guardians, Captain America and the Thing were able to take back New York City!

Just amazing how the ozone layer theory is being presented as a big deal in 1975. In the "real world", it didn't really gain much momentum until the mid-80's, it seems.

The book is really hitting its stride, now. It's moved away from being "Team of Guys Not in the Avengers" and is starting to create some truly different stories.

It's so refreshing to see Hulk as a straight-up good guy. He's happy to help, as long as you say you're his friend. Hulk like friends. It's so simple and hilarious that the other Marvel heroes never figured that out. How many crossovers turned into fights because someone wouldn't "leave Hulk alone"? All they had to do was say: "wait, Hulk, I'm your friend" and things would've been cool.
And with that, we see the conclusion of 'Giant-Size Defenders', as Marvel put an end to the 'Giant Size' experiment.

'Giant-Size Defenders' seemed more like a mix between Defenders and 'Marvel Team Up', a formula Marvel would later reuse in the 1990s 'Secret Defenders' series!

J.A.P.
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September 22nd, 2012, 3:39 pm #104

I really dislike what the New 52 has done to Flash's Rogues.
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September 22nd, 2012, 7:05 pm #105

So DC decided we needed yet another Green Lantern. He's Arab and dresses like a terrorist:



So yeah, he's taking over the GL book for awhile and is going to be in JLA and probably just shoved down our throats for awhile. He's a really stupid character and I'm probably going to shy away from JLA as a result and drop GL.
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September 22nd, 2012, 10:46 pm #106

What's his (civilian) name? Looks like a character who'd pop-up as an "opposite number" in a story, but not one who immediately takes over the book. Good luck with that, DC.


Defenders #27-29
In 3014, a hi-jacked teleport beams sends the tandems of Vance Astro/Valkyrie and Hulk/Yondu to separate alien worlds. Vance and Val end up in swamp and meet "The Sisterhood of the Badoon", the female counterparts of the Brotherhood of the Badoon. At first, they're feral animals, but then the writer smokes some more and suddenly changes them into a peaceful advanced culture in the next issue. Vance and Val also run into Starhawk, seemingly at random.

Hulk and Yondu end up in a seemingly medieval world, but are tossed into "Super Death Sweepstakes"-- VERY similar to the cinematic version of "The Running Man". Again, the focus shifts from each issue, as the televised "super death" stuff suddenly appears in #28. A harem wench who liked Hulk in issue 27, suddenly appears in the "super death" arena with him in issue 28...but is soon forgotten. I think the writer had different plans for her, originally, but forgot what they were and went with the televised gimmick.

Oh, Hulk even wears armor in the arena, sorta' like his "Planet Hulk" gig.

Meanwhile, Dr. Strange floats around the galaxy and uses MAGIC to free all the enslaved humans on Earth. They revolt against the Badoon and things are seemingly over. We also get a glimpse of Starhawk's home; an asteroid with a dome over it, where he keeps his three kids and a little log cabin. Aleta appears on a monitor, briefly, so there's a lot of blanks to fill-in with Starhawk.

While it's a little weird, the action is decent. It just seems like the writer got a little too hung up on the concepts of Starhawk, the Sisterhood of the Badoon and "Super Death Sweepstakes"; while not focusing as much on the Guardians vs. Badoon plot. I mean, just having Dr. Strange suddenly free ALL the slaves on Earth? That's a bit of a cop-out.
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September 22nd, 2012, 10:59 pm #107

Simon Baz. Pretty much being Arab is his only character trait so far.
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September 23rd, 2012, 3:02 am #108

I would think it was kind of cool if it weren't for the 4 other Green Lanterns from Earth. That's about 3 too many. They need to just go ahead and kill off or retire someone. Like they did with Hal before bringing him back to life.
Scrooge McSuck wrote:I'm too hefty for my slacks. The zippers off it's tracks. I've stretched it to the maa-a-a-a-x.
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September 23rd, 2012, 7:04 pm #109

Avengers #30
While everyone's fighting Cyclops, Mr. Negative tries to sneak into a SHIELD warehouse in NYC and steal the "Fear Itself" Nazi armor suits. Spider-Woman and Hawkeye arrive to take him out, with plenty of "Bendis dialogue" to amuse or annoy you. Their banter is supposed to be the highlight of this issue. It's not, but at least they remembered to work in Mr. Negative's moody powers.
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September 23rd, 2012, 7:07 pm #110

The Swigg Lebowski,Sep 22 2012 wrote: I would think it was kind of cool if it weren't for the 4 other Green Lanterns from Earth.  That's about 3 too many.  They need to just go ahead and kill off or retire someone.  Like they did with Hal before bringing him back to life.
Everytime they try to trim the Green Lantern herd, there's always a movement to bring someone back within 2 years. Fans won't admit it, but part of the appeal of "Green Lantern" is seeing all these different versions of the same concept.

Green Lantern as a giant whale!
Green Lantern as a giant basketball-looking guy with little arms!
Green Latern as a turnip!
Green Lantern as a chimpmunk!
Green Lantern as a WOMAN!
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