Friday, September 26, 2008

Comics talk!

Before we head off into the weekend, let's go ahead and talk comics!

By the way, there's some spoilers coming up, so if you haven't read the books whose titles are in red below, don't read those sections underneath them if you don't want me to reveal any part of the story to you. There's yer warning, bucko!

DC/Wildstorm DREAMWAR crossover
Normally I LOVE comics company crossovers, but this one sucked. Folks, don't buy it. And don't buy it if it comes out bound together as a graphic novel. I don't have a list of "Worst Comics Crossovers", but if I did, this one would be at the top of the list. I'm that disappointed in it.

Marvel's Secret Invasion
This effort by Marvel for a company-wide storyline is coming off better than their recent efforts of Civil War and World War Hulk. The pacing is still a bit spotty, but it's been interesting to find out who's a Skrull and who isn't. The final determiner of this storyline will be how they finish it. The finishes of both CW and WWH totally ruined those respective storylines, and Marvel needs a good showing here to make up for them. I'm intrigued enough with SI that I'll keep up with it, and I'll let you all know how it finishes.

DC's Final Crisis
DC's previous effort, Infinite Crisis, was awesome. So far, Final Crisis has not been awesome. Instead, it's been confusing. Part of the problem is that DC has SO many branch-off titles of the FC book that it's hard to keep up with what's going on. I think DC got greedy, so they made all those extra titles expecting us to just gobble them up. But hey, not all of us can afford to buy that many comics! It's not easy to know what to say about the storyline's progress so far, and I'm hoping that the final issue will help sum up everything. Right now, I'll just mark this as "Incomplete". As with Marvel's SI, I'll let you all know how it turns out.

Hulk #6
At last, we find out who the Red Hulk is! No - wait! We don't! It's NOT Doc Samson as had been previously believed, as he showed up at the end while the Red Hulk lay on the ground unconscious, having been knocked out by the original Hulk. How did Hulk knock out Red? Well, unlike Hulk, who gets stronger as he gets angrier, Red gets hotter when he gets angrier. Apparently, he go so angry that he overheated and passed out! What a wuss!

What was especially cool was seeing Thor return, royally pissed! His hammer Mjolnir came zooming in at Red, slamming him probably as hard as anyone has ever hit him! Then Thor continued to pummel Red, and even Red admitted that Thor had him on the ropes before the Hulk stepped in. Another hulk-like character named A-Bomb talked Thor into staying his hand so that the Hulk could finish this fight, and he did. After the Hulk took down Red, he leaped into the distance like he always does. A little later, Red wakes back up - no doubt to plot his latest scheme to take down the Hulk.

All in all, it was a great story - and it's because of storylines like this that I still buy comics. If you can find Hulk #'s 1 to 6, go ahead and buy them. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Take care, folks, and have a great weekend!

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