Archive for January, 2013

COSPLAY OF THE DAY

MARVEL VILLAINS by Evan Dorkin

MEDITATION ON SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN

Spider-Man No More by m7781

Yesterday, my son was looking at some of the new Marvel Legends figures and he said the Big Time Spider-Man one looked cool.  I had to agree….But at the same time, I’m always the first to object when Peter Parker gets a new costume.  Iron Spider-Man, Captain Universe Spidey, Iron Spider….They all feel kinda forced to me.  And although I really enjoyed most of Dan Slott’s work with the character, when he started up the Big Time storyline I got annoyed.  Too many gadgets.

And when it came to Superior Spider-Man, I had contempt before investigation.

SPOILERS AHEAD…KIND OF

This probably isn’t much of a spoiler by now, but Superior Spider-Man isn’t Peter Parker.  Well, it is Peter Parker, but he’s got Doctor Octopus’ mind and soul inside him.  Ock put Parker’s mind into Dr. Octavius’ dying body and migrated into Parker’s body.  Only, Peter managed to slip back into his own body at the last minute so now they’re both up in dat skull.  For now, Otto is dominant.  It’s kind of like Face/Off with souls.

As Spider-Man, Otto uses devices more than ever.

He’s got blades and nanites and improved Spider Tracers.  He “bugs” (i.e., wiretaps) the bad guys so he can be a step ahead of them.  He’s got Otto’s ego…

And when it’s Dr. O using all these devices, it turns out I love it.

Dan Slott really had to convince me that this was a book worth reading.  He’s only one issue in, so we’ll see how long this can be sustained, but I see lots of potential.  Turns out kinda evil Spidey is way, way better than Shadowland Daredevil.

And even more, I can’t wait to see how Spider-Man, after his body is inevitably re-taken by Parker, crawls back from this.

Serialized comic books, Marvel and DC alike, are a difficult medium to keep interesting because you can’t change the character too much, but without a challenge, the book becomes stale quickly.

We all know Spider-Man will be back to normal soon–probably in time for the movie this summer–but in the meantime, Slott has managed to do something truly novel with the character. I’ve read every issue of Amazing Spider-Man ever, and most Peter Parker The Spectacular Spidey’s, too, but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a tale like this before.

SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW PART 1 (Superman #204)

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Having wrapped Frank Miller’s Batman, I thought I’d launch another DC review.  I don’t like most DC books enough to want to buy all the back issues and wade through them, so I’m not doing a series-wide retrospective.  Last time, I focused on a creator’s work—this time: A single story.
And it may be my favorite Superman story of all time.  So I’m doing a panel from every issue.  By necessity, there will be a few spoilers here—but I won’t reveal all the big plot turns and story beats.  And the beauty of this book is how the story is told, much more than the story itself, so even knowing what will happen (if you haven’t read it yet) shouldn’t ruin the whole thing for you.  Still, you should try to go snag it off Amazon before reading this.
Superman: For Tomorrow was written by Brian Azzarello with art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.  It was published in 2004 over the course of year (issues #204-215).  In terms of continuity, you need to know that, before this story starts, one million people vanished from the face of the Earth—including Lois Lane, who was married to Superman at the time.  (I never could keep it straight whether or when they were married.)
One thing that makes this book so great (there are many) is that as soon as it starts, Superman is frustrated and powerless.  His wife has been taken, he has no idea where, and he is losing faith in himself as a result.
But the entry point for the story is a clergyman who is losing faith because he is dying of cancer.  In this panel, from the first issue, Superman comes to visit Father Daniel Leone, who kneels before Superman.
Superman tells him not to, but this is the first glimpse of Superman-as-God.  It will be important to the book later, when Superman is revealed to have essentially created a Garden of Eden.

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