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Comic Reviews: Spider-Man 2099 and Grayson!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!!

STK644347 Spider-Man 2099 #1 (Marvel Comics)

Spidey 2099 swings into his own comic series thanks to Peter David and artist Will Sliney in Spider-Man 2099 #1! Still stuck in our time period after his appearance in Superior Spider-Man, Miguel O’Hara has to navigate our world and find a way back to his time period without disrupting the natural flow of events.

This opening issue finds Miguel (under the guise of Mike O’Mara) continuing to acclimate himself to our modern world, which in this issue involves getting an apartment. Watching Miguel try and keep the fact that he’s from the future was pretty fun in this scene, but I have no recollection of Tempest the cleaning woman ever appearing in any of the past Spidey 2099 scenes that were in Superior Spider-Man. She probably did show up, but I don’t remember it all (honestly I wouldn’t even be bringing it up if Miguel didn’t mention meeting her throughout the comic). Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Reviews: Thanos, C.O.W.L., and Nightwing!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

Thanos_Annual_Vol_1_1_Textless Thanos Annual #1 (Marvel Comics)

 The Mad Titan gets his own Annual sized issue, despite the fact that he doesn’t have a current series to connect it to. Thanos Annual brings the purple-skinned madman’s creator Jim Starlin back to the writing table, as well as artist Ron Lim. What follows isn’t a book that features Thanos taking on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but a rather talky book that explains the many adventures that Thanos has gone through…as told to Thanos.

Let me back up here. Thanos Annual takes place shortly after the Mad Titan loses control of the Cosmic Cube (which happened waaaaay back in 1974 in Captain Marvel #33). Severely beaten, Thanos is found by his henchman and brought back to his ship, when suddenly he’s transported to Hell and confronted by Mephisto. Before the broken and battered Thanos is about to be destroyed by Marvel’s devil, the Infinity Gauntlet era Thanos arrives and saves his past self. Apparently Thanos has decided to use the time gem while he has control over it to learn of the various timelines and possible futures around him. Acting as an “avatar” of the real Thanos, the ghostly apparition has appeared in the past to discover the mystery of why Thanos has no memory of what happened to him after losing the Cosmic Cube.

Still with me? Good, cause we’re almost done. Read the rest of this entry

Secret Agent Man

1397500147000-GRAYSON-COMICS-jy-3912-So Dick Grayson is going to be a secret agent.

Ooooooookay.

Yes, Nightwing is surviving Forever Evil (spoilersI guess), and is going to come out of it a very different character than when he went in. For one, his identity is out in the open (and still no one pieces together that Bruce Wayne might be Batman), and the world at large will believe he is dead. So what’s a presumed dead guy in the DC universe to do? Pull a Winter Soldier, of course!

Look, I don’t want to knock this new direction before I try it, but this seems really, really weird. As much as DC will probably deny it, this move does seem like a stretch, and this is coming from a guy who unabashedly loves the Flash Thompson Venom.  Maybe my apprehension stems from seeing Dick Grayson, a guy who’s been trained by the Batman himself, wielding a gun on the first promotional image. As far as I can remember, Dick Grayson’s never been against guns in the same way that Bruce Wayne is, but if someone has been trained by a man who directly tells his wards that “guns are the weapons of cowards”, I have a hard time believing that Dick would be all for grabbing the nearest pistol and taking out foreign bad guys.

Perhaps the thing the bothers me the most behind this new status quo is that it reeks of DC trying to pitch this as TV series concept.  It’s really not that far off if you think about. In many ways, a Grayson TV show could serve as their answer to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., except for the fact that Arrow is a sizeable hit for the CW, and they could just copy that show’s formula for a show focusing on Nightwing. If this does turn out to be the case, why use Dick? Why not re-do Human Target again, or make Jason Todd this new secret agent. At least his use of guns has been explained already.

I’ll give DC this, Grayson is at least a different idea, and sometimes different is good. Take a look at Superior Spider-Man, or replacing Batman with Dick Grayson. But sometimes change can be bad, like lady Ghost Rider or FrankenCastle bad (which, in fairness, I loved because of it’s badness). . If anything, I give this new direction a year, which is the standard for any big change in the comics medium. By then there’ll be some reason to explain away Dick’s sudden career change.

For example, maybe he’ll make a deal with the devil so everyone forgets his identity.