Sunday, August 27, 2006

Two for the price of one

All those weeks without any posts and now you get two on the same day. And you owe it all to the fact that any time I try to change the previous post in any form internet explorer just crashes and erases my work for the seventh time in a row. So now you get this second post with what should have been a simple add - on.

More comics from my brother´s pull list

Amazing Spider - Man 533 and 534 - The first issue ties directly into the end of Civil War 2 so if you have read that you already know the big shocker ! And if not you haven´t seen any tv or heard any news at all. Now if this is still a spoiler for you just scroll down to the next comic.

Done that ? Okay. Marvel finally did it : they unmasked Spider - Man. Not a dream. Not an imaginary story. The real deal. Now while that may bring some interesting new storylines for Peter the question remains if that was a wise decision in the long term. But for now let´s enjoy the ride and have fun. The longer Civil War rages through the Marvel universe the more it seems that spider - Man is caught between a rock and a hard place. With the position he has taken he supports Iron Man who has become more and more of a father figure to him but it pits him against the one man Spidey respects ( and idolizes maybe a little ) more than anyone else : Captain America.

With good characterisation by J. Michael Straczynski and powerful art by Ron Garney you really feel like you are in Spider - Man´s shoes. And it seems to me that he gets more doubts if he has made the right decision. When Civil War was announced we were told that not only would the heroes have to choose sides but that it would be possible that some of the heroes would switch sides during the story. I wonder if spidey is one of them.

Black Panther 17 and 18 - At last the big event takes place ! Although I already knew that Marvel would wimp out on the bachelor party it´s interesting to see how they try to justify it. Thank you Mr. Political Correctness. It´s really interesting how diferent it is when two persons do the same thing but it´s not the same because they have a different gender. Bachelor party = sexistic, chauvinists degradation of women and utterly horrible. Bachelorette party = liberated and free - minded, empowering sisters partaking in harmless fun. But that´s not the topic here. The wedding issue has some good dialogue especially in T´Challa´s try to reconcile Iron Man and Captain America.

Especially when Tony tells T´Challa to keep his nose out of things that don´t concern him and T´Challa tells him to leave his crap in his own country. Well, they use other words but it´s still a strong scene. Civil War seems to have some interesting repercussions on Wakanda which could become a safe haven for heroes like Luke Cage who don´t want to register. As for the weddding ceremony can please someone explain to me the meaning of the word " Lieberstesh " that Nightcrawler uses when he sees Storm´s wedding dress ? In the 39 years I´m now living in Germany I have never heard the word before. For the issue as a whole it´s an entertaining issue especially the party small talk and the wedding superhero / supervillain brawl that just has to take place at every superhero wedding. It even has a kind of cliffhanger concerning the wedding gift they receive from.....Latveria. Which will lead directly into next issue when we have a guest star. One tip : his name rhymes with Dr. Foom.

  • Black Panther 17

  • Ms Marvel 6 - Not much to say about this Civil War tie - in issue. Ms. Marvel has chosen her side but I´m not sure if she is really happy with her decision. Mainly because there really is no decision to make that is right. I mean if superheroes wanted to work within the confines of the legal system wouldn´t they become policemen or firemen or soldiers ? A superhero is someone who has already come to the conclusion that he can´t operate within the laws of society because the society does not work. If we had a perfect society in the Marvel universe there would be no superheroes. So if the question is wrong to begin with the answer itself is irrelevant.

    A superhero is not just a soldier with superpowers who obeys blindly orders - even if some people may believe that to be the case with Captain America or Superman. And all the promises of S.H.I.E.L.D. mean nothing because we all know how good the american government can keep it´s secrets.

    I can´t say much more because this is the first issue I get to read. Which may change if it´s true that this is the title for which Mike Wieringo ditched FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER - Man for.

    Birds of Prey 95 and 96 - In the finale of the PROGENY storyline the identity of the mysterious new member of the Birds of Prey is finally revealed : none other than Gypsy. Of course it is a little difficult to recognize her since she has changed her look completely and seems to be gaining a new superpower per issue. This story with Black Canary and Jade trading places doesn´t really work for me. Like the art by Joe Prado it´s not really that exciting. Now issue 96 is the start of a promising new storyline involving Black Alice and the new Society of supervillains that also is a kind of rmembrance of Blue Beetle. Since it is now one year later it´s kind of strange that we haven´t seen some kind of gettogether of Ted´s friends...the few that survived. But maybe DC is going to adress this in 52. The art by Paulo Sequeira shows clear influences by Terry Dodson and has been the best so far after Ed Benes left the title. An entertaining read that leaves only one big question : Namely if Babs and Blue Beetle cyber - did it or not.

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