Jeff of Earth-J said:
What I find confusing is Marvel’s penchant for constantly restarting series with “new number ones.”
I wish they would just start calling all of their books mini or maxi series since they obviously have no intention of continuing with the numbering.
“If his time with the TV show was so important, he wouldn't have introduced Oblivion Song and Die Die Die in the past few years, and he'd probably be cutting one of those instead.”
You’re probably right. Regarding this point, though, I have often wondered in the past about rock musicians who are part of groups but also have solo careers. One of them is working on a song and expects it to be a hit. Does he give it to the group or keep it for himself? He could have chosen to drop TWD rather than one of those other titles simply because the comic and the TV show were just too similar.
“I wish they would just start calling all of their books mini or maxi series since they obviously have no intention of continuing with the numbering.”
[Quoting Marvel’s Company Line]: “Marvel doesn’t publish limited series!”
For songwriting, it might be wrapped up in how a songwriter wants the song to sound. A lot of the money is in the publishing rights, rather than the recording, so if they have sole songwriting credit, they're already getting the lion's share of the money if the song has legs. And the best way to ensure it has legs is to give it the best launching pad, whether that be the band's sound, the solo artist's sound, or another singer altogether (as Prince often did).
I just got around today to reading Justice League #25. It felt like an old Justice League issue from the Bronze Age where so much happened that it had an epic feel to it. One problem was solved through father/son teamwork, along with some help from grandpa (but maybe not the grandpa you'd be expecting these days...refreshing). Then they come back and discover Luthor's disaster plan, which has caused society to uproar. Starman has tapped into the Multiverse (an ability of his?). We see Superman One Million, Superman Earth 2, Captain Carrot, Kamandi, Satan-Lantern, and a bunch of other super-powered big guns. Plus, of course Lex Luthor isn't dead. Awesome art, and I am actually finding Scott Snyder's writing kind of endearing now, despite my wanting to take my fifth grade teacher red pen to it to edit down the verbiage.
I've bought a handful of JL comics on Comixology for a buck apiece -- I'll see if reading them in Guided View (and thus at more comfortable reading size) makes me like them better. Fingers crossed.
Lois Lane #1: A couple years ago on Word Balloon, John Siuntres (sp?) was interviewing Greg Rucka. Rucka was talking about how he's often thought of as a guy who likes writing females more than males. He's great at writing females--Renee Montoya, Batwoman, Dax from Stumptown, Queen & Country, Wonder Woman (well, to some people, but not me on this one)... Rucka's reaction to those people: "F*%K YOU! F*%K YOU! F*%K YOU!"
I don't get it. He's really great at the job, and it shows here. He just needs to embrace it if he hasn't already.
Perhaps against Rucka's wishes, I love his take on Lois Lane.
Shoot. I left my notes at home. If I forget anything I wanted to say, I’ll add it tomorrow.
SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #5: This issue brings the story into the 2Ks and the JMS era, including Ezekiel, Morlun and the Spider-Totem, as well as 9/11. Tony Stark is the antagonist. It has been so long since I actually liked Iron Man, I’ve actually forgotten what that experience is like. I can remember favorite runs (such as Michelinie/Layton), but I can’t remember what it feels like to actually like Iron Man.
INVADERS #7: Iron Man being an @$$hole again.
IMMORTAL HULK #21: This issue focuses on General Fortean’s backstory. Marvel has tried, unsuccessfully, in the past to replace Major Talbot; Ewing may have now succeeded in replacing General Ross.
JIMMY OLSEN #1: Jimmy Olsen was never like this, but it’s how we all remember it.
THE ORVILLE #1: If you like the TV you’ll like this comic, which takes place between seasons one and two. Actor likenesses are spot on. The story depicts some scenes which we know to have happened but were never shown.
BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #4: My favorite of the AHOY! titles.
"I’ll check tomorrow to see if my LCS has New Avengers v3 #21 in stock."
Yesterday I bought New Avengers (v3) #21-23 and Avengers (2018) #9-10 but I haven't read them yet.
Jeff, I have thought the same about Iron Man for way too long... I've just finished reading the first trade of the new "Tony Stark Iron Man" series "v1 Self-Made-Man" and whilst it's very modern-RDJr, light and frothy, Dan Slott has injected a bit more heart and interest into Iron Man and his supporting cast than I can remember seeing for a very long time. (And Jocasta's in it so there's a plus right there!)
Jeff of Earth-J said:
It has been so long since I actually liked Iron Man, I’ve actually forgotten what that experience is like. I can remember favorite runs (such as Michelinie/Layton), but I can’t remember what it feels like to actually like Iron Man.
Iron Man was never one of my favorites, so it didn't ruffle my feathers to make him the heel in Civil War. And while he's awful in this week's Spider-Man: Life Story, it's important to remember that the Civil War era is what this issue is covering. I'll be interested in seeing how the story wraps up next issue!
"...it's important to remember that the Civil War era is what this issue is covering."
Yes. (That's one of the things in the notes I left at home.)
I read Jimmy Olsen #1. Matt Fraction's output has kind of dwindled over the past couple years, and I would say I hadn't really found much to enjoy in his work in awhile, so I didn't notice until this book came along. However, his return comes with renewed energy.
This book is fun, smart, and packed. I think it's a good idea that it's a 12-issue series, because it can be packaged in a hardcover at the end and it can go on the bookshelf alongside books like Mister Miracle. Steve Lieber is an artist with whom I do not associate lateness, so I think this is going to deliver on all fronts.
Looking forward to the rest of this series.