While I was at Big Apple Comic Con earlier this year, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Crazy Al Cayne, who has recently posted the video on his ultra-hip Web site. He's got a lot of cool stuff over there, so don't hesitate to check it out.
Last week was a banner week for exciting comics moments. Deadpool was finally released from the X-Men (that he was never truly a part of), Spider-Man bested Electro and pondered what would happen if his other classic foes ever "leveled-up," the Secret Six got a new sixth, and Dr. Strange realized that he had a rather interesting, young apprentice on his tortured hands. Here are some of the highlights. Click on the thumbnails for a full-page excerpt.
When last we left Wolverine and Domino, they were trapped in an air vent. By a rooster.
It turns out, Domino is deathly afraid of the things. And Deadpool conveniently made sure they'd run into one one their way to thwart his plan to assassinate a civilian X-Men enemy. The quick-thinking Wolverine claws an escape hatch, freeing both heroes (and the startled foul).
Domino: You're not gonna... Wolverine: Tell 'im that I got taken outta the fight by a #%$*in' rooster? No.
Takin' that one to the grave.
Yeah. No one wants to admit being c*ck-blocked.
In the Nick of Rhyme
Spider-Man and the Secret Wars #1
I've really been anticipating this series since I first heard about it several months ago. And Issue One delivered big-time. It's an excellent revisiting of the original Secret Wars series -- which I heartily recommend re-reading. Already, writer Paul Tobin is indicating that he's going to pick up on incidental side-stories (like Enchantress' dialogues with water sprites) and expand upon them. Speaking of the Legginged One, a highlight of the issue involves Spidey, Hulk and Captain America spying on her in the forest.
Spider-Man: What's she doing anyway? Hulk: Who knows? Staring at fish. Composing poetry. Crafting a spell that will spread out atoms over the unoverse. Spider-Man: This could be bad.
I don't like poetry.
The Meep Shall Inherit the Mirth
Dark X-Men #2
Thanks to eagle-eyed henchman, Sean, who alerted me to the cameo implied in the Dark X-Men series. Dark Beast's lab assistant, Bleaker, is clearly an homage to every science geek's favorite muppet, Beaker, lab assistant to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew.
Dark Beast: Thank you, Bleaker. Do remember to insert those electrodes I gave you later.
Meanwhile, did anyone else get a sense of deja vu in the final pages of this ish as a troubled juvenile with godlike powers suffering under an extra-dimensional exile looked in on scenes of highlights of the past several years and became furious that the super-powered beings had been behaving badly? Can this be far behind?
Alice in Underland
Secret Six #16
Our favorite band of ne'erdowells have found their numbers diminished. And that means finding a new member. Or changing the name of the cadre to Secret Five -- which is just doesn't have the same ring. Enter: Black Alice, a young mage with the power to steal the power of any supernatural being she's every heard of for an undetermined (and variable) length of time. They need her because they lack significant metahuman firepower. She needs them for the money. Well, that, and...
Black Alice: Besides... the guy with the scars is all kinda hot. Ragdoll (to Scandal Savage): Not just hot but all KINDA hot, she said!
Incidentally, kudos for eagle-eyed readers who caught the oh-so-subtle hint that Savage and Bane may have taken their relationship to a new level, earlier in the issue. As Deadshot phones in to base, our two lovebirds take the call in a cozy den complete with a blazing fireplace. And Savage adjusting her top. Crazy kids.
Well, It's About Time
New Avengers Annual #3
As wonderful as it was to see a quartet of comely cuties spring Clint "Hawkeye" Barton from the clutches of Norman Osborn, the final page in the chapter was well worth the price of admission. Captain America -- the real one -- proves the adage Old soldiers never die, they just reappear when the storyline is at a crucial turning-point.