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Black Panther / Re: Black Panther #2 - March 2009
« on: March 09, 2009, 08:27:53 pm »
Why doesn't Ororo have her own DM?  Ok, not necessarily the girls, but queen would have bodyguards too.  I know Storm doesn't need them, but the Queen is probably as great or greater target than King. So in principle, the queens would have formidable bodyguards 

I guess it really depends on what the function of the Dora Milaje is: are they bodyguards or do they represent something of a tribal alliance; if the latter, Ororo wouldn't really need to have them.

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Black Panther / Re: Black Panther #2 - March 2009
« on: March 04, 2009, 05:36:04 pm »
I absolutely loved this issue, but something bothered me a little bit about the art; on the page where Storm and the Queen Mother are discussing Shuri's ability to the BP, the family portrait is missing a brother, the one that was killed in Klaw's attack, anybody else think that was weird?

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Black Panther / Re: Black Panther Relaunch #1
« on: February 17, 2009, 10:26:53 pm »
Not that I have anything to do with it, but I am sorry both of you went through all that bull.

Ha, Reg you know someone is going to figure out someway to blame you for those problems! By the way, loved ish #1, I've never been more excited for BP and I know you won't let us down!

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Black Panther / Re: The original Black Panther
« on: January 05, 2009, 07:19:43 am »
LOL, how did you even find that!  I don't know about a comeback, that costume is pretty kinky  :o.  It would be cool to have him show up in an issue or two of BP as some crazy wanna-be superhero, or even like an easter-egg, hidden in the background of a panel.

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Black Panther / Re: BP relaunch info.
« on: December 03, 2008, 10:16:02 am »
And I just got it--in exchange for the cure to T'Challa's brain problems, Doom makes the new BP a female doombot!

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Black Panther / Re: BP relaunch info.
« on: December 03, 2008, 10:15:06 am »
I don't think anybody's mentioned it (besides SI briefly), but does anybody think the brain aneurysm is back?  Could explain why he's in the bacta tank (lol) and out of the next series.  Maybe Doom has a cure and wants to cut a deal?

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Black Panther / Re: BLACK PANTHER #170TH ANNIVERSARY
« on: November 19, 2008, 01:24:28 pm »
Holy crap, I'm the man! Got Mr. Hudlin to respond!  Thank you so much for clearing that up, I'm really looking forward to the direction you're going to take the book in, and no matter what happens, I'll be sticking around. BP '09!! (btw, if we do any more ass kissing can you give us some spoilers for the next year? please?)

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Black Panther / BLACK PANTHER #170TH ANNIVERSARY
« on: November 18, 2008, 06:28:12 pm »
http://comics.ign.com/articles/931/931346p1.html

Ign.com posted marvels releases for February and BP #170 was listed on there as a 40 pg. book.  Does anybody have any info on this? (too tired to research right now)  Mr. Hudlin?

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Black Panther / Re: The Heart Shaped Herb?
« on: November 18, 2008, 06:24:10 pm »
That would be an interesting reason for T'Challa to be out of commission next "season." Somehow he OD's (yeah, I know, black guy OD's) on the heart shaped herb in an attempt to forge a stronger connection to the Panther God to rebuild Wakanda and that's why he loses his title.

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Other Comics / Re: What are you skipping?
« on: November 11, 2008, 09:44:41 am »
I still have that Joker HC on hold.  I feel bad because I love my lcbs and try to buy whatever I can to support them, but my trade consumption (which is what I mainly buy) has really gone down in the last couple months.  I've substituted buying trades (avg $16-$18) to getting new series like Unknown Soldier and Blue Marvel for a couple bucks each.

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Hells to the yeah, first after Mr. Grevioux!  Thank you so much for taking the time to come here and help clear Adam's power levels up for us.  I love what you're doing so far and can't wait for the future!  LONG LIVE THE BLUE MARVEL!

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I was looking around the internet for reviews on this book and stumbled upon this piece of trash, courtesy of Thom Young from comicsbulletin.com.  Quite possibly the worst review I have ever read; the majority of it doesn't even deal with the comic, and he nitpicks such stupid sh*t I wanted to slap the muv' steppa' (lol, thank you Kasper Cole)

"Thom Young:

While I don't read many Marvel comics, I had been looking forward to this issue ever since I saw Marvel's press release for it on October 10:

    Who is the Blue Marvel? And why is Iron Man looking for him? Find the answers when famed writer Kevin Grevioux (New Warriors) teams with fan-favorite artist Mat Broome (The End League) to bring you Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1 (of 6)! Once the greatest hero of the1960s, the Blue Marvel existed during a time of political and racial turmoil. Now, as New York City is overrun by the rampaging Anti-Man, and not even the Avengers can take this monster down, it falls to the Blue Marvel to make a stand once again. But what is the secret behind the return of this Golden-Age hero?

To be honest, I had never heard of the "famed writer" Kevin Grevioux nor the "fan-favorite artist" Mat Broome, but I saw some of Broome's work in the preview pages, and I was suitably impressed enough to take a look at the issue when it came out.

I also liked the basic premise of the story that Marvel's press release was hyping--even though it sounded a great deal like the story that went with The Sentry's debut eight years ago (a long-forgotten Marvel hero of the early 1960s is brought back into current continuity). Here, of course, the Blue Marvel ends up being kind of an African American Sentry from the Silver Age of Marvel Comics.

As I stated, I had not heard of Kevin Grevioux even though Marvel's press release assured us that he is a famous writer. I've since come to discover that he has been a working actor in films going back at least to 1994 when he appeared in the comic book-based movie The Mask that starred Jim Carrey and marked the film debut for another actor whom I have heard about--Cameron Diaz. Grevioux played Henchman #7 in The Mask.

He's had many acting roles since then, but always as a minor character as far as I can tell. His so-called fame seems to have come from having written the screenplay for Underworld, starring Kate Beckinsale. I've not seen Underworld, but even if I had, I doubt that I would have recalled the name of the screenwriter.

I've watched a far-more famous film numerous times, Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart. However, even though I looked it up just three weeks ago, I could not now tell you the name of the writer who wrote the screenplay for that film, nor could I tell you the name of the man who wrote the play from which Casablanca was adapted.

Unfortunately, the nature of the movie industry is such that being the writer of a screenplay for a famous film does not usually make the writer famous.

In looking into Grevioux's career, I discovered that he supposedly based part of Underworld on his own experiences of being involved in a bi-racial relationship. Grevioux is African American, and I guess he is, or was, involved with a woman who is European American.

Similarly, Kate Beckinsale's character, a vampire, falls in love with a werewolf in the film--which is sort of a bi-racial relationship. While it may be based on Grevioux's own experiences, that story of star-crossed lovers is also a type of Romeo and Juliet story--or, perhaps more accurately for Grevioux's experiences, an Othello story.

I could actually get into a version of Romeo and Juliet or Othello told with vampires and werewolves. It wouldn't be that different from the 1956 film Forbidden Planet being adapted from Shakespeare's The Tempest. Unfortunately, based on this first issue of Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel, Grevioux's writing is not yet up to the level of Cyril Hume's writing.

Hume, of course, is the "famed writer" of the screenplay for Forbidden Planet. Don't tell me you’ve not heard of him. It's a very famous film that received far-more critical acclaim than did Underworld.

Marvel's press release to the contrary, Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel is not written by a famous writer nor illustrated by a fan-favorite artist. Illustrators who are true "fan favorites" are people who are really held in high esteem in general fandom--such as:

    * Lou Fine in the 1940s,
    * The EC artists in the 1950s,
    * Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby in the 1960s,
    * Neal Adams and Jim Steranko in the 1970s, and
    * Frank Miller and John Byrne in the 1980s.

Perhaps Mat Broome might one day be among that group, but it won't be based on his work in this issue, which is passable at best. Some of his figures are distorted for no effective reason. In fact, there are a few panels in which I could not recognize the U.S. President (in 1962) to be John F. Kennedy. (Fortunately, the identity of the character was indicated in the dialog.)

One of the worst illustrations produced by Broome in this issue occurs on page 15 (panel two) where President Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General Bobby Kennedy, and various military generals are sitting in the Pentagon's "War Room" watching a video of the Blue Marvel as he hauls a crater-marked meteor around on his back. How the U.S. military was able to get such clear video from space at some point before 1962 is not made clear.

What is clear, though, is that Kennedy's Defense Secretary, Robert Strange McNamara (yes, his middle name really was "Strange") claims:

    Well, he's been in outer space. He helped us out with that meteor. The science boys claim that rock was easily the size of Arkansas. No exaggeration.

Unfortunately, Broome didn't draw a meteor "the size of Arkansas" (however big that is since geographical regions essentially exist in two dimensions while objects like meteors exist in three). Instead, Broome has Blue Marvel hauling around something that looks like it might be slightly larger than the glittery globe that drops down on Times Square at midnight during the New Year's Celebration.

However, the real problem with this issue is with the script. Despite honorable intentions, Grevioux's story is burdened with bad dialog throughout--from the stilted banter between The Avengers and Anti-Man in the opening pages to the didactic discourse between President Kennedy and his staff about race relations in 1962.

The heart of this story is in the right place. It's just too bad that the words are so unnatural. Not even actual comic books from 1962 would have dialog as bad as what we get here. Well, maybe some of Joe Gill's dialog at Charlton, but not Stan Lee's at Marvel (which was stilted at times, but not this bad).

Though it has its own melodramatic moments and may not play as well to a 2008 reader's ear as it did in 1971, Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams's "Beware My Power" from Green Lantern #87 is far superior to Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel in presenting a racially charged and controversial story set in the Civil Rights era. Your money would be better spent seeking out that classic comic book tale in some form (such as a reprint) than it would if you were to fork out four dollars for this retro offering."

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um, wow, just wow. absolutely loved it.  the art was fantastic, the dialogue on point--the only thing wrong was that it ended. DEFINITE MUST READ

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Other Comics / Re: Truth: Red, White & Black HC OMG!!!!!!!!!!
« on: October 21, 2008, 09:02:02 pm »
This was a good series but, man, the art was just totally WRONG for the story. Way too cartoony, for such a serious subject.

ok, yeah, true, but for me, just the fact that they're making the series collectible is really important to me.  I start thinking about other series (priest run, wink, wink) that can be made trade or hc.

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Other Comics / Truth: Red, White & Black HC OMG!!!!!!!!!!
« on: October 21, 2008, 08:27:19 pm »
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE TRUTH PREMIERE HC
Written by ROBERT MORALES
Penciled by KYLE BAKER
Cover by KYLE BAKER
In every war, people demand their champion. In World War II, that hero was Captain America. TRUTH is the controversial, declassified story of the African American men involuntarily subjected to the U.S. War Department's "Super Soldier" project, in a race to develop a serum that might turn the tide against the Axis powers ... if the Nazi's didn't get to it first. An epic spanning the time just before the attack on Pearl Harbor into the present day, TRUTH finally reveals the tragic sacrifice that a Black infantry unit made for their country — and what those sacrifices mean to a white man named Steve Rogers. Collecting TRUTH #1-7.
168 PGS./Parental Advisory …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-3666-8
Trim size: standard


HOLY CRAP THIS IS SO FREAKING FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!

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