Like a blitzing bullet of opinion cutting down the maudlin middle and giving you the best and worst of all things I have returned with another sassy edition of… SWEET/NOT SWEET!
SWEET! Punisher War Journal #12
Matt Fraction celebrated the first year of his first Marvel book by writing PWJ’s best issue yet. Knife guns, an artificial symbiotic battle suit, and beautiful Ariel Olivetti artwork (this is his last issue.) But the greatest gift of this issue was the word “meat-shells”. "Meat-shells" should move into an apartment with “Fleshy Ones” from Nextwave and just hate a humanity that loves them forever.
NOT SWEET! Mighty Avengers
This book has a lot of problems. There is of course the chronic lateness. Frank Cho has been very apologetic about it so it’s hard to be mad. The MA team has made more appearances in New Avengers and World War Hulk then there own book. I think its cool that Cho has realized this book is not up to his speed but the fact he’s leaving still bites. Hopefully this book can find its foothold in 08.
SWEET! "Superman: Doomsday" DVD
This was actually pretty good. I didn’t know what to expect from DC’s DVD line because Marvel’s line has been lacking so far. Superman: Doomsday starts with a big brutal fight between the two title characters and than becomes a sort of a tender Lois Lane story before the action finale at the end. This gives me a lot of hope for the New Frontier movie.
NOT SWEET! Sticking Conclusions in Annuals
The biggest perpetrator of this is the Superman line. Action Comics, Superman and Superman: Confidential have all of their first--FIRST--arcs concluding in a special or annual at a later date, and pressing ahead with filler material or new arcs. Wonder Woman did this too. Lame.
If you’re a hairy guy who hates the heat like me and Phil Southern, then this summer felt like being hit with a flaming tree branch everyday from May to last Tuesday. But now that it seems that fall has kicked in, all is well. It’s temperate with a nice breeze, everything has a nice warm color, and all the TV shows are back. Plus, Halloween and Thanksgiving the greatest holidays known to man. I’m gonna kick back with a bowl of Count Chocula and watch scary movies.
NOT SWEET! "Grindhouse" on DVD
So now the original intent of the movie and all the cool fake trailers are out the window. It kind of takes the fun out of the deal. Rent them definitely but wait for the Director’s Cut to buy it.