I thionk you should bring back Karnak EXACTLY like Jean Grey. Right on down to the apparent cocoon (an old mattress, in fact) at the bottom of Jamaica Bay. And being female with red hair. And an awkward, confusing relationship with Scott Summers. :)
My brother wants to know what the “next big nerd thing” is. Tumblr?
I guess the new Star Wars movies would be the logical pick. Good, bad, or indifferent, everyone’s gonna have something to say about them.
But does that count? I mean, they’re new movies, but it’s a decades-old franchise. To me, “next” implies that people will get lose interest in the current thing and move on to some brand new thing, but how often does that happen? Most of the fandom stuff I see on Tumblr are all decades-old franchises. You could show my dashboard to someone from thirty years ago and they might still recognize a lot of the concepts, if not the specific characters.
For instance, they’re making that Superman/Batman movie now, which seems to have re-ignited the debate over who would win in a fight, but had it ever really gone away? At least the Avengers movie introduced new slash pairings. Superman and Batman have been making out on the internet for years.
I guess the new Ms. Marvel is something fresh on the horizon, but that remains to be seen. I kind of hope she takes the nerd world by storm, but Marvel could just cancel her book with #12 like they do with everything else.
Bold prediction: Plastic Man makes a big comeback in 2014, and everyone just goes nuts for Plastic Man the way they do for Doctor Who right now.
Tremendous oversight from you and Busiek in Avengers Forever: the crux of the story is based around Rick Jones and the Destiny Force. Despite spending so long digging into every other piece of continuity, you completely forgot that Rick Jones actually had used the Destiny Force a second time during Atlantis Attacks (when he halted the Atlanteans war on America like he did the Kree/Skrull one) and also a one-time Avengers bad guy who tapped into the Destiny Force. Fail.
The story is ruined! Recall all of the collections!
Thunderbolts #20! Featuring Yet Another Asshole Who's Not a Thunderbolt.
Anonymous politely informed me that I’m not complaining about Redbolts enough, so I’m here to rectify that with some more thoughts on the Marvel Now 2 non-story.
First off, the cover looks great, but that’s par for the course. All of the Red Thunderbolts covers have looked awesome, only for the interior to end up being a mixed bag. Five’ll get you ten that GR parks his bike on the submarine, and sulks around the whole issue while Deadpool sets up a marshmallow toasting gag.
Here’s the thing: I’m trying to meet Marvel halfway on this. They canceled my favorite comic, and relaunched the title with a completely different premise and cast. Now, setting my personal feelings aside, I have to admit this might have been the wise thing to do. It gives the original Thunderbolts concept a break, while at the same time it keeps the brand alive and maybe develops a new audience. Meanwhile, a lot of the classic T-Bolts characters are still popping up in new roles in other comics. Hawkeye’s in Hawkeye, Zemo’s in Avengers Undercover, a ton of guys are in Superior Foes of Spider-Man. The important thing here is that Marvel hasn’t abandoned the characters the way they did for the Fightbolts revamp. I think the idea here is that if and when they reunite as a new Thunderbolts team, it’ll feel fresh and worthwhile. In the meantime, Redbolts has a little promise to it, and the worst case is that it gives me fodder for this blog.
The sticking point is that Marvel keeps half-assing this supposedly brilliant idea they came up with for Redbolts. It’s loaded with badasses, but consistently fails to deliver on the mayhem I expect from a Punisher/Deadpool/Elektra team-up book. I’m actually pretty excited about the new Elektra solo title, because I want to know more about the character. The irony is that Elektra has been starring in a book I’ve been reading all year, and I still don’t feel like I know anything about her. She has a brother, and she likes making out with the Punisher. Whooptee-shit.
Right now, the gimmick is that the team rotates leadership, but we’re only two ticks into that cycle. I’m really interested in seeing what Deadpool, Venom, and Elektra would want to do, but it’s going to take forever to find out at this rate, and now we’ve got a brand new jagoff joining the team. Mercy and the Red Leader are presented as ticking time bombs, but instead of addressing those problems, the Redbolts just sort of stare at each other with worried looks.
In the latest issue, Punisher has a whole population of bad guys confined to one spot, and he and the others fart around instead of slaughtering them, which was sort of what I paid to see. I think it’s telling that most of the content on the #thunderbolts tag is whatever funny thing Deadpool did this month. I have no problem with Deadpool, but he was already doing that sort of thing in his own titles. I buy Redbolts for blood and guts. Where’s the beef?
That’s the thing I want to stress right now. I’m kind of annoyed that they publish this team under the Thunderbolts banner, but what really hacks me off is that it fails to live up to either standard. It doesn’t measure up to the original T-Bolts, and it’s not even very good at being Redbolts either. Charles Soule is an improvement over Daniel Way, but he’s still not cutting loose the way I wanted.
So now here comes Ghost Rider, which implies that Marvel is trying to kick things up a notch. I don’t buy it. They already had Red Hulk and Punisher and Elektra and Deadpool and Venom with Guns, and the comic is usually pretty dull anyway. If that’s the best you can manage with those five characters, adding a sixth badass won’t make much difference.
And maybe he’ll work out just fine. I’m prepared to eat my words on this, but the fact that I’m not hyped about this goes to show what’s wrong with the comic. When Marvel promises a big announcement about Redbolts, half the fans assume the original team is coming back, or that they’re scrapping it to start over with a whole other team, since they’ve played that card before in Marvel Now Part One. So anything less than that comes off like a disappointment.
If Ghost Rider joined the cast of FF or All-New X-Men it would have been a major deal because no one would have seen it coming, and his presence would be a huge disruption of the status quo. But he’s joining Thunderbolts, which kind of feels like an obvious move, given who’s already on the team. Besides, the comic has been revamped and retooled so often that it doesn’t matter if he fits in or not. Again, maybe this will be pretty cool. I don’t object to him joining the team, just don’t act like it’s some huge exciting announcement.
Except the Ghost Rider Venom and Red Hulk teamed up with was Alejandra, not Johnny Blaze. Redbolts isn't losing steam, that is why there wasn't a major shake up. Your bitching over the Redbolts is getting old.
“…it’s going to be great with Ghost Rider in the mix. Not only does he open up the opportunity for full new adventures but, let’s be fans for a little bit here. I mean, Ghost Rider, Deadpool, Punisher, Elektra, Red Hulk, Venom and the Leader? Come on, it’s a ticking bomb with five seconds on the clock!”
— New THUNDERBOLTS artist Carlo Barberi on Ghost Rider joining the team with issue #20.NOW. This quote is part of a larger Marvel.com interview with the Marvel NOW! ongoing writer Charles Soule and Barberi.
… what fresh hell is this?
Basically the Thunderbolts portion of Marvel Now 2 is that Ghost Rider is joining the team. That’s it. No relaunch, no revamp, no creative team shakeup, just a slight change in the same lineup.
I’m kind of pissed about this, not because Ghost Rider is such a bad idea, but because Marvel is trying to suggest this is some sort of game-changing development and it really isn’t. GR teamed with Venom and Red Hulk in Venom’s solo book, so it’s not exactly a shock that he’d show up in Redbolts. Normally he’d be a pretty nutty addition to a superteam, except everyone on this team is a hyperviolent lunatic already. Hell, they already had Elektra this whole time and they barely use her for anything. There’s too many members as it is.
The way I read into it, this is Marvel tacitly admitting that Redbolts is out of gas. They stacked the book with a bunch of stars, and it’s not exactly burning up the sales charts a year later. So now Ghost Rider in #20 is supposed to recapture the buzz of #1.
And what do they do next year? X-23? The other Ghost Rider? Red She-Hulk? There’s not a lot of characters that fit the Redbolts’ profile, and all the popular ones are already on the team. If it were up to me, I’d double-down on the violence, but there’s only so many ways Punisher can shoot people.
On the bright side, Baron Zemo’s in the new Avengers Undercover book, whatever that is…
Can you please explain to me why there are so many X-men and Batman comic books and why does their respective companies think this is okay?
They…. make a lot of money. I’m guessing that has something to do with it.
I mean, seriously, do you think there’s some deeper logic at work? Batman comics are probably easier to write, because everyone’s so familiar with the character, so maybe it’s just DC playing it safe. But if they didn’t sell, they’d find something else to put out there.
Finally got around to reading the new issue, and I’m still annoyed that they labeled this an Infinity tie-in. In brief, the Punisher is leading a mission to wipe out a clandestine crime family in New York, but then an alien armada shows up, jeopardizing his plan.
Honestly, I don’t even know what Infinity is about, which says a lot about how Marvel has promoted it. The basic gist of the ads I’ve seen are like “Infinity: You’re welcome”. I think Thanos is in it, but that doesn’t really narrow things down. The point is that this invasion force in Redbolts might as well be an unrelated development. Maybe they’re part of the Hulk’s invasion fron World War Hulk and they’re running late. Maybe they’re really demons and this is actually an Inferno tie-in.
The main thrust of the story is that Punisher insists on carrying out his mission, aliens or no aliens. Venom objects, but Frank threatens to withhold his support whenever it’s Venom’s turn to command the team. Meanwhile, the Red Leader noticed the incoming armada before anyone else, and he didn’t tell his teammates. When Ross finds out, Red Leader unexpectedly surfaces their sub. I guess he’s pulling something, but I don’t see what good this can do him. At least he’s capable of operating the sub without a nosebleed.
What interests me is that Venom is still frustrated about how the team works, and yet Frank can shut him down by reminding him of the deal. Presumably, Venom’s mission idea is so important to him that he’s willing to put up with all if this to get it, even it means the destruction of New York. Hopefully Soule can pay that off properly.
Also, the main flaw in the Redbolts premise is that their alliance is half-hearted at best. No matter which one is calling the shots, Elektra seems willing to play ball, and usually there’s two other members who don’t mind, but that’s about it. Whenever Deadpool’s turn comes up, it’ll probably be Punisher who threatens to back out, and so on. You can’t count on more three teammates out of six, but you also have to figure out which three those are.
The other thing that bugs me about the Infinity angle is that I liked the story better before the aliens showed up. Punisher’s in charge, he wants to go after bad guys too well-connected for him to target alone. Now it’s all about the moral dilemma of ignoring the alien invasion, so the work of tracking down and engaging the Paguros is reduced to a formality. The Redbolts coincidentally find the one group of crooks in the city willing to betray the Paguros, so now it’s just a matter of driving to their address and shooting at them. I have a sneaking suspicion that their hideout will get blown up by the aliens before the Redbolts arrive. Par for the course so far…
Hey, I know that cpt. America's shield has been broken about 5 times, but I can't seem to find all of them, as a result my friends and I are disputing different events, can you help us out with details please? :) love your blog
well here is a pic with the 5 times it’s apparently happened