Sunday, July 24, 2011

Rant Reviews--Marvel's Various Mutants, Mystery Men, Dark Horses, and Superman Hallucinates

I've got two books with mutants in the Marvel Universe--one is Wolverine and the other is New Mutants even though everyone in it has been around for at least 20 years I think. Then Mystery Men switches its focus to some newer characters, Dark Horse keeps presenting stories, and DC Universe Online Legends has Superman utterly freak out. In a slightly unrelated story I had Bananas Foster French Toast for brunch today and would give it 4 out of 5 stars. That means I found it more satisfying than 3 out of the 5 comics. That's either sad or a testament to the quality of French Toast made with challah bread and bananas.

Wolverine #12
Demon-creatures are involved now beyond just how Wolverine was sent to Hell, and the whole routine of Wolverine beating his opponents and moving on to the next challenge is getting a bit old. The bits of oddness Jason Aaron injects into this comic to give it a hint of humorous absurdity keeps me from thinking of it as purely average, but barely. We really need to get the climax or whatever is coming.
3 out of 5 stars.

New Mutants #26
This was an interesting issue, with talk of reality-warping and such...but was severely lacking in actual Nate Grey-screen time. He popped up a bit but not nearly enough compared to last issue where he totally smacked around and ripped into fools. Apparently issue #27 is already out so maybe that has more of Grey doing awesome stuff.
3.5 out of 5 stars.

Mystery Men #3
We get the focus put on two new characters this issue. Well, one completely new character and a fellow we'd seen a bit of in issue two becomes someone new thanks to an empowered amulet. The origin of the Doctor character is really dark and he is one creepy fellow, fitting for a pulp-styled tale. This issue felt a bit like an interlude of sorts as our other main characters from the first two issues didn't get as much attention until the end of the issue when almost everyone came together--making it so the next two issues to close out the series should be a wild hoot. Series writer David Liss has been doing a great job with this comic and I've enjoyed it quite a bit.
4 out of 5 stars.

Dark Horse Presents #2
Some stories continued, a couple new ones started, we had a one-time joke strip about this guy who looked like Batman but was a huge jerk. None of the tales grabbed me that much, the Blood tale is getting crazier and crazier at least so that's interesting, and Snow Angel is good surreal fun...that's all that really stood out though. Everything was at least average or above-average, I suppose.
3 out of 5 stars

DC Universe Online Legends #12
Lex Luthor learns that Clark Kent is actually Superman, but in a fun twist is upset by this because the fact that Kent is married to Lois Lane complicates things seeing how Lois Lane is, "The one person in Metropolis you [Luthor] actually like." Hm, I realized with the upcoming continuity re-boot this will be the only DC title where Superman and Lois Lane are still married as in the main DC Universe Lois is going to have a new boyfriend and everything. Anyways, its a decent enough issue with Batman doing some research on how certain people are getting superpowers, and in the end Superman totally freaks out and starts seeing things. A hallucinating Superman is indeed quite dangerous, so the next issue should make for some interesting stuff. Plus the art hasn't been horrible, making this issue a lot better than I was expecting based on some earlier miserable ones, hooray!
4 out of 5 stars

There you go, as I mentioned, only two of the comics were at the same level as my French Toast, but the French Toast cost more so perhaps I'm judging things too harshly.


  1. Loving the Mystery Men so far. Kinda hoping they'll get Liss to finish 'The Twelve'!!!

  2. Marvel actually announced at the Big Comic-Con that The Twelve is going to start being finished in February of 2012 of all things!