RANT: Avengers Vs. X-Men part 12 – Final

AvX Part 12 is going to be the final part of my AvX review series.  Due to a currently busy schedule, I just don’t have the time to promise an AvX Consequences or A+X review at this moment.  If I somehow get the time, I will, but reviews from me for the next few weeks probably won’t happen.  Maybe I’ll get to a Consequences overview once its over, but I’ve stalled enough.  Without further adue, my look at part 12, and in general the AvX crossover event.  If you haven’t read this yet, be warn of spoilers.

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Review/RANT – The Amazing Spider-Man: Where It Went Wrong (and Why You Probably Don’t Care)

For the record, I did not think that The Amazing Spider-Man was a terribly good movie.  I thought it had promise.  I was incredibly excited to see it based on the strength of the cast and the interesting choice for director.  I think that, with a little hard work, the inevitable sequel could be fantastic.  But, as a film by itself, The Amazing Spider-Man just flat-out didn’t work on a lot of fairly basic levels.

I’m open to people trying to argue the point.  In fact, a lot of critics and fans whose opinions I really respect seemed to enjoy the film quite a bit.  But I’m far from alone in leaving pretty dissatisfied, either, so I want to discuss a little bit about what worked, what didn’t, and what I hope to see from the sequel.

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Love and Marriage, Astonishing X-Men Edition

Astonishing X-Men #51 (cover from Hero Complex)

Perhaps the best article I’ve read on the issue of Northstar’s impending nuptials belongs to Andrew Wheeler over at Comics Alliance.  Though he is himself a gay man who hopes to get married some day, he makes a number of solid points against the upcoming marriage – most notably, that comic book writers treat weddings as ‘endings’ – a view he himself shares, saying that “marriage shifts a character’s status quo in a way that is fundamentally reductive.”

While I personally disagree with that assessment, what I can’t deny is that comic book writers do not – and they’re the ones who will be in charge of charting the paths of Kyle and Jean-Paul after the wedding, not me.  Love and marriage have a pretty horrible history in comic book land, all things considered.

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The Trouble with Launching New Titles and Geoff Johns’ Justice League

Justice League #9

Like just about everyone else alive, I (for no discernible reason) am absolutely convinced that I know better than the myriad writers and editors at DC Comics, that my take on the New 52 would have been flawlessly executed, that all the mistakes they made – and I don’t think it’s any great revelation that massive, avoidable mistakes were made in the course of this enormous, ambitious project – could have been turned around if only they would have trusted me.

Which is stupid, of course.  The comic marketplace is a vastly different place than it was even ten years ago, and outside of seriously stepping out of comic shops and back into supermarkets (with the resulting drop in price and increase in age-restricted content that implies) they were never going to get their comics into many new hands… and I’m pretty sure that isn’t a feasible goal anyway.  No, they did a lot right, including the very necessary move to increase digital publication.

But one possible mistake they made that I think would be very fixable is in how they handled some of the relaunches.  Angry fans can and will claim that DC never gave their favorite canceled title a shot – though the relative dearth of this sort of outcry thus far suggests that DC picked the right titles to cancel quickly, and I’d bet the next cancellations will be met with similar silence – but, realistically, they were treated exactly the same as the rest of the New 52, given promotion, in-house ads, equal shelf space, etc….  DC treated Men of War and Batman roughly the same – and that, in my opinion, is the problem.

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Character Study: Teen Titans

To me, the latest issue of Teen Titans feels like little actually happened to progress the story, but that it was mainly building up the characters in it.  So instead of an issue 3 review, I figured I’d do a slight character study instead.  Be warned, though I’ll try to avoid it this time, there could still be spoilers in here.

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Regenesis Review/RANT: Uncanny X-Men #1

Let’s do a little exercise in history here and look at the publication of X-Men comics these last few years.  We’re in the midst of Regenesis right now, but where did that come from?  Well… Regensis -> Schism -> Second Coming -> Curse of the Mutants -> Necrosha -> Utopia -> Messiah War -> Messiah Complex -> Endangered Species -> House of M.  That’s 10 crossover events in 5-6 years.  For a single set of characters.  Each with accompanying reboots, relaunches, crossover minis and Things That Will Change Forever.

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Review: Teen Titans #2

So the first issue wasn’t bad, but still nothing great.  Granted, my opinion may be a bit bias as I’m upset still volume 3 history is erased for the Titans and maybe even ALL Teen Titan history, depending if all of DC can get on the same page for this relaunch.  Which, by the way, Lobdell apparently thinks there is previous Teen Titans history at least.

SPOILER WARNING!

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Review: Red Hood and the Outlaws #2

I had mixed feelings with the first issue and ultimately labeled it a “guilty pleasure”.   I enjoyed much of it, but Starfire’s over sexualization mixed in with seemingly forgetting (explained basically as not caring) her entire past on Earth did not sit well with me.  This issue doesn’t really explain the latter part, but it shouldn’t be upsetting anyone.  At least it didn’t for me.

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Batman Year One special: 2011 Batman Creative Team

Within the special features is an interesting interview.  It is led by Mike Uslan with Dennis O’Neil, Dan Didio, and Scott Snyder commenting on various aspects of Batman as well as DC comics itself at times.

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DCnU Timeline v2.1 (+ rant)

Version 2.1 is here!  Why 2.1?  Well this is basically version 2 but with a rant about Crisis events due to a recent message from Didio countering an older interview of Harras and Berganza.

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Review: Batman Arkham City comic tie-in

Arkham City game is just around the corner, so I thought I’d pick up the recently collected trade version of the comic series Batman: Arkham City.  For those who don’t know, it’s the tie in between the first game and the upcoming game and of course, beware of SPOILERS!

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