January 21st, 2010

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Comics! (Nothing To See Here Edition)

Read Dark Wolverine #82, Project Superpowers Chapter Two #06, Blackest Night - Flash #2, Green Lantern Corps #44, JSA All Star #2, and Joe the Barbarian #1.

Lessons learned:

- The colors = emotions = corps overall metaphor sucks. I just cannot take seriously anyone whose repeated battle cry is "All will be well!"

- Roxy (the next-gen AI created for Tyler to help the JSA) is awesome.
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Comics! (Hand Lotion and Cruelty Edition)

Partial rec: Wolverine Weapon X #9. Dr. Rot, formulaic as he is, wasn't too bad. And it's funny/"funny" how little agency does Wolvie have in his own title.

Partial anti-rec: Iron Man vs Whiplash #2. Tony's fixation with armors (given his canonical skill with all areas of technology) is even worse than Bruce's thing with Bats, and a serious handicap. Placed inside a regular security prison, Bruce can escape as a ninja, play mindgames with the wardens, kick everybody's asses, hack the security system, hijack a JLA teleport, blow up any wall with makeshift explosives, use century-old tunnels that only a history fan who also happens to be a master cryptographist would find, or any other number of options. Tony? He. Builds. A. Freaking. Armor. Every single time! It's like an armor killed his parents in front of him when he was a kid or something.

Not even boring enough for an anti-rec: GI Joe #14.
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Comics! (The Plutonian Has Gone Rogue --- We Are All Dead Edition)

Dark Avengers #13: I'm still unclear on what Bob is. But it's an interesting story, nonetheless. What happens when you have a mentally unbalanced, not very psychologically strong uber-Superman that nonetheless wants to be good? (One possible answer: The Plutonian, that's what.)

Speaking of Tony,

Incorruptible #2: It's a good question what turned Max Damage around (and in such a complete way). I like him as a POV on the post-Plutonian world, which should be precisely as fucked up as it is. The equivalent isn't a DC world in which Superman has gone rogue; I have the impression that DC (thanks to a large degree to Luthor and Bruce) has been working on anti-Superman tech for a long while, and it has a rich and balanced meta ecology anyway. No, picture the Sentry going rogue, or, more to the point, Mars (from Red Mass for Mars).


Superman/Batman #68: I don't care much about the overall plot, but I think somebody just tested a hunch they had on Clark...

Deadpool Merc With A Mouth #7: Bloody and foul-mouthed, but funny. And, when you think about it, Wade actually saved alternate!Cap's life (alright, he was the cause it was in danger). I liked that he had the hots for two out of three alternate!Wades.
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Comics! (Why, yes, Sleepless Night Edition)

Incredible Hercules #140: The Herc/Amadeus team, hopefully FTW! I actually like the characterization of "secondary" characters here; even within the limits of what space allows, it's rather more substantial than in other large heroic battles (nb., the book's titular hero and his sidekick abandoned the fight to save reality, in order to save someone else...)

Brave and the Bold #31: Another Joker "origin," another trip inside his head. Not a bad one (even if, of course, the "science" is ridiculous. Atom's reactions were very realistic. I wish they would revisit possible aftereffects at some point, though.
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Comics! (Sorry about the spam Edition)

Batman Streets Of Gotham #8: It was strange to see Batman almost cavalier about a killing vigilante (something that seemed out of character, given what Batman *is*), and then exerting himself to save Harvey in the backup story. On the other hand, I keep warming up to Damien's enthusiastic and bloodthirsty approach to vigilantism. I might have to re-read Batman #666, which was quite fun (it's a bit of an AU in which Bruce was killed before Darkseid killed him, by the three fake Batmen, so Damien makes a pact with the Devil to eventually become the next Batman... a Batman, as he said, specialized in cheating).

Black Scorpion 2: The plot was a bit like Manhunter's but for some reason the dialogue felt god-awful. Maybe it was the lettering, maybe it was the words.

Mighty Avengers #33: Pym might be (ok, scratch it, is) a prick, but sometimes he has good ideas — the way he got Osborn away from the Cosmic Cube was priceless
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Daybreakers

Just saw Daybreakers. In (non-spoilery) short: it can be taken as a metaphorical critique of an exploitative version of capitalism (either in human or in natural resources terms), but at its most basic is a very direct lesson on the raw facts of the biology (actually, the physics) of ecosystems. You can fudge balance sheets, but you can't fuck with thermodynamics.

That said, I think the post-movie scenario will be interesting, because Collapse )
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