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Comic Book Pull List: 9/23/2007

Today on my pull list is:

Amazing Spider-Man #606 – Look out, Spider-Man! Hot on the heels of his old girlfriend’s trip home, The Black Cat’s back (and front!), sexier and more dangerous than ever! The deck is STACKED as the one woman that loves Spider-Man more than Peter Parker is up to some devilish shenanigans…and nothing bugs Spider-Man more than shenanigans!

Detective Comics #857 – Batwoman faces off against Alice in an attempt to stop the villainess from unleashing a toxic death cloud over all of Gotham! But Alice has more up her sleeve than just poison, and Batwoman’s life will never ever be the same again.

Fantastic Four #571 – Reed continues his quest to right all wrongs while Ben and Johnny prepare for a trip to Nu-Earth. Val figures out what her dad is up to and Sue wants to know "is that an ultimate nullifier in your pocket?" All that and a world-eater before breakfast! Part two of SOLVE EVERYTHING.

Incredible Hulk #602 – X marks the spot as the most insane father and son duo in the Marvel Universe take on one of the Green Goliath’s most formidable adversaries. That’s right, it’s the JUGGERNAUT, bi–bi–boys and girls! What happens when an unstoppable force meets the Old Power and the gamma-fueled genes of the Strongest One There Is? Massive destruction and emotional revelation, that’s what! Continuing the acclaimed writer Greg Pak’s return to the "Incredible Hulk,”plus, in the "Savage She-Hulk" backup story written by Fred Van Lente, Lyra takes on the all-new Gamma Corps Black!

Invincible #66 – After escaping from a Viltrumite Prison, Nolan Grayson and Allen the Alien must use what they’ve learned to gather the powers of the universe and unite them against the Viltumites. It all starts here, folks: The Viltrumite War looms large on the horizon!

Justice League of America #37 – It’s the epic finale of the 3-part Royal Flush arc as Roulette and Amos Fortune raise the stakes, and the JLA go all in! But with the odds against them, the team had better pray for a last-minute miracle before their chips are cashed in for good.

New Avengers #57 – It was bound to happen and now it has. The Hood loses his grip on the colorful criminals that make his empire. It’s a super-villain turf war and guess who is stuck in the middle? That’s right… the powerless New Avengers. Not to mention the powerless Dark Avengers (who guest star, btw.) Who will replace the Hood as kingpin of criminals??

Spider-Woman #1 – The gorgeous and mysterious Jessica Drew reenters a society she did not make…as an AGENT OF S.W.O.R.D. This brand new series is a perfect companion to the dazzling Spider-Woman motion comic. Containing new story and artwork not available in any other format. This is the start of a major chapter in one of the most high profile characters in all of Marvel Comics.

Star Trek Spock Reflections #3 – Ambassador Spock’s mysterious journey continues! As Spock makes his way toward Earth, he thinks back on another previously untold tale from his past, this time featuring James T. Kirk, Leonard McCoy and the crew of the original U.S.S. Enterprise!

Superman Batman #64 – Batman makes a shocking discovery with possible Kryptonian origins that places the duo in certain doom – unless Superman makes the ultimate sacrifice

Comic Book Review – Thor #12 (599)

Context
A watched pot never boils.  I don’t know how applicable this advice is to comics since you must actually look at an issue to read it but Straczynski’s Thor does bring to mind this old proverb.  With Issue #12, JMS continues to supply heat to his carefully arranged plot by providing us with his take on the classic “villain definition” issue.

Story
What occupies a villain’s time while he is not trading quips and/or blows with his mortal enemy?  John Byrne addressed this question with flair in the classic Fantastic Four #258.  This time we see a glimpse into the mechanizations of Loki.  JMS does in issue #12 what I have been hoping for in these last few months – he is showing me a little light at the end of this long tunnel. 

The dialogue and pacing are smooth and natural.  Motivations are all in place and these characters are acting…well, in character.  We see a connecting of several plot lines delved into in previous issues.  Interestingly enough however, I did not even consider these plotlines, as they were flashbacks.  Loki now prominently figures in not only Odin’s origin story but his own as well.  There is nothing like a good use of time travel in a story about mythological beings.  JMS does a great job of mixing his comic book forces here.

Thor’s absence in this issue was so well done I didn’t even realize it until the last page or so.  JMS isn’t trying to reinvent his characters, just their environments.  This was Walt Simonson’s recipe for success with Thor back in the eighties. 

Art
I am so glad that we are near the beginning of Oliver Coipel’s (House of M, The Avengers) career.   This means that we have a more decidedly beautiful comic book future on our hands. 

His lines are clear and panels uncluttered.  His figures and faces are solid and expressive.  He places his characters in environments that match their inner power or vice.  For one, Coipel has redefined Thor’s face.  I think for the first time, you could differentiate Thor from other long haired strong types.  I really appreciate Marvel’s use of this great talent on a book that some might not consider to be a flagship title.

What to look for
There is an excellent visual for Hela in this story.  I am not sure how the credit for this should be divided between artist and writer but the mistress of Hel is given a most menacing appearance by subtraction rather than by addition.  She is a well-done, visual gem to seek out in this issue.

What might put you off
Marvel’s continued use of the “pin-up” cover.  Although beautifully rendered by Coipel, you could easily confuse this cover with most of the others produced for this title since its relaunch.

Recommendation
Thor should be on your monthly pull list

Credits 

Title    Thor
Issue 12 (599)
Publisher    Marvel Comics
Release Date 12/24/2008
Writer    J. Michael Stracynski
Penciler    Oliver Coipel
Inker    Mark Morales
Colorist    Laura Martin
Letterer    Chris Eliopoulos
Assistant Editor Alejandro Arbona
Editor    Warren Simons
Editor in Chief Joe Quesada
Publisher    Dan Buckley
Cover Pencils Oliver Coipel
Cover Inks Mark Morales
Cover Colors Laura Martin
Reviewed by Geoff Jolliff

Michael Turner Covers Wolverine #66!

Marvel is proud to unveil superstar artist Michael Turner’s variant cover to Wolverine #66, the first chapter of “Old Man Logan” by the Civil War dream team of Mark Millar & Steve McNiven!

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‘Marvel Super Hero Squad’ the series?

According to The Hollywood Reporter Marvel Animation is producing 26 episodes of a new “super stylized” animated series known as Marvel Super Hero Squad.

Film Roman, the company that creates the animation for The Simpsons, will provide production services for the new series, which Marvel hopes to have on the air in 2009.

Two other Marvel-based animation series, Wolverine and the X-Men, and Iron Man: Armored Adventures are both set to debut on Nicktoons in the spring of 2009.

Fantasticar flows off comics page onto film

The mileage is great, because it doesn’t use any gasoline. And traffic isn’t a problem, because it can zoom along at 30,000 feet.

About the only problem with the Fantasticar is, well, it doesn’t exist — at least in real life. It will, however, make its long-awaited debut in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which gets its first look here.

The vehicle, a staple of the Fantastic Four comic books, ranks right up there with the Batmobile and Ghost Rider’s flaming motorcycle as the wheels of choice among comic devotees.

But translating the flying car from the page to the big screen was no small effort, says Tim Flattery, conceptual artist for the Fantastic Four sequel, which hits screens June 15. He showed several designs to director Tim Story, including one based loosely on the Batmobile, which he designed for 1995’s Batman Forever.

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But Story rejected the designs as “too aggressive,” Flattery says. “He wanted something that looked less like a predator and more friendly. That’s always been the Fantastic Four theme.”

That family-friendly tenor helped the original movie rake in $155 million domestically and $330 million worldwide.

Flattery looked for more tranquil inspiration from the sea. He based the final design on manta rays and stingrays. “They have a natural flow and grace. We wanted something that looked like it could glide as easily as they do.”

Of course, stingrays don’t have to haul 500 pounds of superhero on their backs. The Fantasticar is built to hold four crime fighters: Thing, Human Torch, Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic.

In the movie, the Fantasticar is powered by a proton accelerator, can hover, fly at 500 mph and break into separate flying machines. And while the 4,000-pound model doesn’t move without the assistance of a crane or casters, it’s still an impressive piece of space-age polymer.

Flattery worked 10 months designing and building the Fantasticar, which will enjoy a life after the movie in sequels and on the auto-show circuit.

“It was like Christmas morning when we first saw it,” says Jessica Alba, who plays Sue Storm, aka Invisible Woman. “With all the dials and joysticks, we wanted to fly it. It’s the ultimate toy.”

For fans, though, it’s something much more, says Fantastic Four producer Avi Arad.

“There aren’t many vehicles that play a big part in the (comic) books,” Arad says. “So you have to get it right. We wanted it to look futuristic, but plausible. For fans, the car can be as important as the characters.”