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MONSTERS: I'm a big fan of Marvel's monsters, but when new stories are published, sometimes I buy them, sometimes I don't. For whatever reason, I decided to buy this weeks Monsters offering. First of all, I thought the cover was by Arthur Adams, but it's not; it's by Nick Bradshaw. (Just thought I'd mention that.) If you're familiar with Marvel's more recent "monster" offerings, this issue features Kid Kaiju. (If you're not familiar with them, don't worry about it.) It's not really a story so much as it is a string of pin-ups, but that's okay. I flipped through it before I bought it. 

It starts when Kei Kawade (the aforementioned Kid Kaiju) finds a dusty tome titled "Anatomy of the Monstrous" published by Timely Publishing in 1939, which really doesn't make a lot of sense give some of the monsters featured (such as the Man Thing, for example) but, y'know... each pin-up is complemented by a "monster cross-section" (done in a Japanese style) by something called "Superlog." they use the term "bukuro" a lot, which I take to mean "sac." 

If you are considering buying this comic, be aware its mostly pin-ups.

SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #6 (The 10s): Good ending to a good series. Miles Morales is featured, but older (of course) than the one we know. At first it looks as if the villain is going to be Venom (which I didn't care for), but then it switches to Doctor Octopus. Although this is a riff on Superior Spider-Man (which I didn't read), I liked it anyway. I won't spoil the ending, but I will say Peter Parker bears a striking resemblance to his Uncle Ben in this one.

MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #8: The Wolverine story has already gone on for an issue too long, and it still has one more to go. The second story, the best of the issue, features Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) and deals with fakes news and clicks over content. the last story features a new character I had never heard of, White Fox, who debuted in (the recent) Contest of Champions #1. Interesting Korean idiom: "I don't have time to open my eyes and nose."

HOUSE OF X #3: I continue to run hot and cold on this series. I like the story parts, but not the background. I did like the Krakoan alphabet, but I won't take the time to learn it as I did with the one from the Microverse (honestly). I'll post something to 'Tec's discussion when I finish up here.

JIMMY OLSEN #2: In my ever-so-humble opinion, the best Super-book being published today, and the best Jimmy Olsen ever. 

STAR TREK: YEAR FIVE #5: I honestly hope all fans of TOS are reading this. (I will add that "Bright Eyes" as a name for the Tholian child has unfortunate connotations for fans of the genre.)

BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #5: My favorite of the AHOY! Comics titles.

PLANET OF THE NERDS #5: My favorite of the AHOY! Comics titles.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: I remember seeing this Marvel b&w movie adaptation advertised, but I never bought it (nor did I see the movie), but I'll tell you: when I read EiC Mike Wolfer's introductory editorial, that could have been me except the paperback/movie/Marvel mag would have been Doc Savage. This is some '70s style, non-decompressed storytelling (by Marv wolfman and Sonny Trinidad). I wouldn't have spotted it until it was pointed out, but the cover is by Nick Cardy. The only thing I didn't like about this reprint is that the contents of the original magazine are split over two issues.

The movie was featured in Jonah Ray's first season of MST3K.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT: I remember seeing this Marvel b&w movie adaptation advertised, but I never bought it (nor did I see the movie), but I'll tell you: when I read EiC Mike Wolfer's introductory editorial, that could have been me except the paperback/movie/Marvel mag would have been Doc Savage. This is some '70s style, non-decompressed storytelling (by Marv wolfman and Sonny Trinidad). I wouldn't have spotted it until it was pointed out, but the cover is by Nick Cardy. The only thing I didn't like about this reprint is that the contents of the original magazine are split over two issues.

"The movie was featured in Jonah Ray's first season of MST3K."

Oh, $#!t! then I have seen it. (I just forgot.) I must make a point to watch it again after I've read part two of the adaptation. The editor of the reprint did mention that the comic book was better than the movie itself.

It's probably most notable to me for having Anthony Ainley  in a secondary role.

Jeff of Earth-J said:

"The movie was featured in Jonah Ray's first season of MST3K."

Oh, $#!t! most memorable to me for having Anthony i then I have seen it. (I just forgot.) I must make a point to watch it again after I've read part two of the adaptation. The editor of the reprint did mention that the comic book was better than the movie itself.

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