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October 22nd, 2009
09:48 pm


Definitely in a Shulkie mood.
Jen kicks some ass.

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September 3rd, 2009
03:15 pm


U.S War Machine 2.NO: Shakespeare is SRS BUSINESS
okay, US War Machine had some good points.

the sequel? not so much, really.

i mean, without the halfway interesting hook of an insurgence on Latverian soil, it kinda needed to do " special ops team with power suits " good, and... well, it didn't fail, it just came in well below the mark.

oh, and the ar... the visual half of the medium went to... somewhere. Anyhow, I just wanted to show you some narm. It's good narm. Quality. From Tony Stark.

Only two scans this time, so I don't hate you all nearly as much anymore.

Besides, there's a half-tanked Tony Stark. That's always fun, right?  )

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September 1st, 2009
08:39 pm


War Machine MAX: Of Starktech, AIM, and SHIELD Spec Ops
(a note: not to be confused with the non-MAX War Machine series, which has less self-dating art and is actually in continuity, as this one is clearly not.

also, lotta images sized to 800 x 1000.)

so yeah, U.S War Machine: it's written by Chuck Austen, the art is kinda Adi Granovian in the sense that Rocman X is like anything Mega Man, and the plot's pretty stock.

But come on: James Rhodes picked up by SHIELD to lead a team outfitted with covertly acquired Starktech onto Latverian soil to stop an AIM plot? It just sounds cool, doesn't it?

... well, it turns out to be slow in getting to that coolness.  )

Current Music: Buriki Daioh Theme - "JAM Project" (more like very good vocal impersonators)
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June 16th, 2009
09:30 pm


Request: Batman, Child Whisperer pt. 2 of 2
Runespoor7 requested interaction between Batman and children. This post I've scanned 4 pages from JLA #106, "The Pain of the Gods," Nov. 2004, 22 pages.

I don't have #105 so I can't summarize this very well, but I'll try; feel free to fill in the gaps in the comments, gang. The issue opens with Superman and Wonder Woman stopping a super-powered boy from beating the krep out of a gang of schoolyard bullies. The kid is furious with Superman for "letting his father die," and punches Supes clear through three rooms of the school building. So, next step: Talk with his mom.

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May 22nd, 2009
12:25 pm


So, since the subject of Thunderball's characterization came up yesterday...
Maybe I need to kick-start a "When The Wrecking Crew Was Awesome" week.

Since the discussion yesterday of Thunderball's characterization in Jeff Parker's Dark Reign: The Hood #1 mentioned that Thunderball's characterization has varied over the years, I thought that I'd post a few pages that illustrate a nice counterpoint to the way that Parker is writing him.

Although it causes me profound and pervasive spiritual agony to say this, the last time I recall Eliot Franklin being written as clearly articulate was by none other than Chuck Austen in Austen's Avengers vol. 3 stint. (This happened to be in the same storyline where Kelsey Leigh eventually became the new Captain Britain in a plot so rife with gleeful abandonment of consistency vis a vis the Captain Britain mythos that I don't think that I've ever met anyone who doesn't gleefully mock it.)

But to his credit, despite the absurd contrivance of Morgan Le Fey deciding to recruit the Wrecking Crew as the best choice to help her achieve dominion over England, Austen wrote a damn fine Thunderball (although, as someone has pointed out, it turns out to not be Eliot at all).

I like this Eliot Franklin; it references old school depictions of Eliot when his genius intellect was in evidence. He utters a literary reference and immediately expresses profound appreciation when Kelsey responds in kind -- to the point that he expresses regret when she refuses to step aside -- but he's not swayed from his stated mission one bit when she does refuse his request to move. It's a nice little character moment for both of them; they're both resolute, smart, and unyielding. I wish more writers would do this with Thunderball because it's just plain enjoyable to read him as a clearly educated and cultured man.

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