|There was so darned much great stuff in comics last week that I had to split this comic up into two parts. Fall of the Hulks is hitting its full stride while both Dark Reign and Blackest Night are charging headlong towards their conclusions. The lovely Storm was almost as omnipresent as Marvel's other darling, Deadpool, as she made appearances in Black Widow and the Marvel Girls, Doomwar and Hulk. Here are some of the highlights. Click on the thumbnails for a full-page excerpt.|
Hot on the heels of his failed attempt to join the X-Men, Deadpool seems to now be intent on launching a new Marvel Comics title, Hit-Monkey. Of course, longtime comics readers know that any proper comics title launch features either Superman or Spider-man. So it should be no surprise that the Webhead figures prominently in the story. And that's actually a good thing, because the interchange between the Merc and Spidey is a banter wonderland.
Deadpool: He's a hitman. Who's a monkey.
Let's hope the Hit-Monkey launch has the same success as Deadpool's X-Men bid.
Plastic Man Sighting
I never miss a chance to bring you the latest in Plastic man news, and even though this was a flashback, it's possible that it's also foreshadowing a return of the Indian Rubber Man.
Capt. Blackhawk: You really came through for us, Plastic Man, Freedom Fighters. Many thanks.
"Not 'technically' human..."
Seems as if this trait is going to come in handy in the upcoming storyline. Other prominent non-humans, Red Tornado and the Metal Men, received their fair share of foreshadowing as well.
We may be looking at the first step towards a return of DC's most powerful superhero, Plastic Man.
Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth #8
There were too many highlights in this issue to single out one. Dr. Betty seems to have met the ying to her yang in Professor Veronia. Deadpool brilliantly uses zombie-Shamrock's luck-powers against her. But the moment that brought me out of my chair went a little something like this:
First I snap your spines. Then I feed upon you while you're still alive. For I am Fabian Stankowicz, the Mecho-Marauder! And I'm %@$%# starving!
Fabian Stankowicz is a name warmly recalled by us geezers old enough to remember 1984's Assistant Editor's Month. In that fateful tome, the Avengers (most of whom would spin-off to become the original West Coast Avenger line-up) appeared on the original, NBC version of the David Letterman Show. Their moment in the spotlight was interrupted by Fabian "The Mecho-Marauder" Stankowicz -- who was, in the end, apprehended by the King of Late Night himself who wielded a giant doorknob to conk the villain into submission.
Good Lord, I miss the eighties.
No Poozer Left Behind
Green Lantern Corps #45
When last we saw Guy Gardner, he has been overcome with Red Lantern rage. But bff Kyle refused to give up on him -- even when others, like Kllowog -- were ready to give up.
Kilowog: Kyle, when you had Guy down for a few seconds -- you were talking -- what did he say?
Luckily, Mogo interrupts Kilowog by taking matters into his own... hm... Mogo doesn't have hands. Anyway, Mogo takes over and uses... and I'm not making this up... super-powered leeches that cleanse Gardner of most of the Red Lantern rage. Guy is revived. And relieved.
Guy: It's like waking from a freakin' nightmare. And you didn't give up on me.
Green Lantern #51
Meanwhile, as Guy, Kyle and Kilowog stare awkwardly at each other, Hal Jordan -- having taken on his Parallax persona once more -- battles the Spectre. He rids Spectre of his Red Lantern poisoning (in a little more painful fashion than leeches), and proceeds to kick the living stuffing out of the personification of God's wrath.
Until Sinestro steps in, entrapping Parallax in yellow-energy chains.
Sinestro: You need to be put on a leash.
And, now... the Moment of the Week
Amazing Spider-Man #621
In another brilliant installment of The Gaunlet storyline, Spidey and Black cat go off on a sexually-charged caper to retrieve Spider-Man's blood, which Mr. Negative is using to create Devil's Breath. After they succeed, a very battered Spider-Man is joined by an amorous 'Cat.
Black Cat: You'll have one over on 'im... Speaking of having one over on someone...
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