Foilball’s Review Roundup #19

Rating System: Bad Movies Ben Affleck Did For the Paycheck!*

5 Stars: WARNING: Surviving Christmas
4 Stars: Pearl Harbor
3 Stars: Reindeer Games
2 Stars: Armageddon
1 Star: Paycheck

Daredevil: Blood of the Tarantula (****)

I think the only thing I didn’t like about this comic was that it wasn’t published in the monthly, but I do understand why and I can see the strength in doing a One-Shot like this. In fact, I wish Marvel’s One-Shots were more like this one. Quality art and quality writing combine to tell a story that could potentially matter to current continuity. As far as the actual story goes, it was nice of Brubaker and Co. to finally explain how a cheesy 90’s super villain turned into a tattooed prison cliché. There are still a few holes in the Black Tarantula’s character history, but no longer anything you could drive a truck through.

Green Lantern #30 (****)

I continue to disagree with Desiato’s take on this arc. I love it. And! I don’t think decompression applies here either. Shit, Johns puts Hal in the Green Lantern uniform midway through part 2! If Bendis was writing this origin story, it would be six parts and he wouldn’t have him show up in the Spider-Man Green Lantern uniform till the end of issue 5! Yeah, I said it! BOOM! Anyways… I don’t actually disagree with everything Desiato has said. Maybe this story would have worked better as the first arc of the series instead of shoehorning it in between stories that introduce the rest of the “Color Wheel Corps”. Maybe then the book wouldn’t have been so boring that first year. Honestly, for the first time in my life, I’m kind of digging this Hal Jordan character and it’s this arc, not the Sinestro Corps War, that did it. I definitely like him more than the current interpretations of Kyle Rayner or John Stewart, but not better than Guy Gardner. Tomasi is nailing that character over in Green Lantern Corps.

Thor #8 (*****)

More than any other comic this year or maybe even this decade, this comic touched me. I can’t go into more detail than that without digressing into my personal life but… it was just a truly novel idea executed in a well put together story. If JMS wrote Spider-Man like this, he’d probably still be writing Spider-Man.

Quick Hits:
Fables #72 (***): It only took one and a half issues and I’m already sick of Cinderella’s self-important narration. Please, can we not see her pop up again anytime soon? Thanks.
Jack of Fables #22 (****): And then we have Jack… when is this book going to suck? Ever? How does it continually impress?
She-Hulk # (*): BOOOOOOOOO-RED.
Ultimate Fantastic Four #53 (-): Stupid preordering. I wish I could go back in time and cancel this book before Mike Carey takes over.
Ultimate Human #4 (*): This was an annual or a one-shot at best. How Ellis managed to stretch it out for four issues boggles the mind… oh wait, no it doesn’t. FAT PAYCHECK, baby.
Ultimate Spider-Man #121 (****): For the last few months in Ultimate Spidey, Bendis has been sticking to single issue plots. And thank God, because they are so much fun! Please continue.

*The worse the movie, the higher the rating!

2 thoughts on “Foilball’s Review Roundup #19

  1. For some time (okay for just under two years…) I have considered it my personal mission to promote the hell out of JACK OF FABLES. Going even so far as to buy friends a copy of the first trade for no good reason at all other than they needed to read it. I’m slowly getting some conversions! That book never fails to put a big ass smile on my face.

    Oh and, though I don’t have any personal connections to Thor #8, I agree that it was a profoundly moving issue. I was even worried about it before hand since in #7 I sorely missed the usual townspeople/Asguardians interactions. Another fantastic book.

    Honestly I didn’t expect a second full issue devoted to Cinderella in FABLES #72. I’m not exactly sure how I thought the thing was going to wrap up, but the cliffhanger at the end had me expecting war stuff; not more spy adventures. I wouldn’t say I got sick of it, because honestly I liked the #72 more than #71, but I was getting antsy for the real story to begin! ^_^

  2. I was kind of meh about Thor. I saw it more as filler than anything. It was okay, but not great to me. Of course, with a personal side, than okay, but for me, it was nothing special.
    Ultimate Human kind of started with a fizz, died down, then ended with a fizz. Not quite a pop, but kind of was somewhat interesting, mostly because of Hulk being Hulk.
    Ultimate FF ended better than the rest of the story, but was pretty lame all in all. Hopefully, they can get better. They were so good when Millar wrote them (Crossover, Namor etc). They suck so much now.
    Ultimate Spider-Man was fun. A lot of stories are cool, and one of the things I look for is how much fun they are to read. USM delivers a lot of the time. Omega Red is so lame in the Ultimate Universe that it is funny.

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