November 24, 2010

Dave's Unspoilt Capsules and Awards

The Week's Picks and Pans, plus Awards of Dubious Merit Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. An archive can be found on my homepage, Moving the Missing Books list to the top, since it's so big. Items of Note (strongly recommended or otherwise worthy): None. Gone Missing: Stuff that came out some places this week and that I wanted to buy, but couldn't find for whatever reason, so people don't have to email me asking "Why didn't you review X?" (If it's neither here nor in the section above, though, feel free to ask, I might have forgotten about it!) Current list as of 11/24/10: Invincible #72, Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom #3, Transformers Ironhide #4, Gorilla Man #2, Atlas #4, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #3 (which I probably won't bother reviewing if it ever comes in), Guarding the Globe #1-2, Dynamo5 Sins of the Father #3, Science Dog #1, Women of Gold Digger #1 and Gold Digger Books of Magic #2, Chaos War #1, Taskmaster #2, Transformers Drift #4, Tron Movie Adaptation #1, Official Index to the Marvel Universe v2 #7, Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom #6, Tron Betrayal #2, Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #8, Chaos War Dead Avengers #1. Add Shadowland Power Man #4, Transformers Timelines G2 Redux and Gold Digger v3 #123. Looks like next week I do another AP mail order (give Diamond a week to get GD #123 in, since the shipment got warehouse-split again). "Other Media" Capsules: Things that are comics-related but not necessarily comics (i.e. comics-based movies like Iron Man or Hulk), or that aren't going to be available via comic shops (like comic pack-ins with DVDs) will go in this section when I have any to mention. They may not be as timely as comic reviews, especially if I decide to review novels that take me a week or two (or ten) to get around to. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World DVD: Yeah, I'm still not buying BluRay. Gimme a break, I finally got my VHS stuff transferred to DVD this month. Anyway, I was gratified to see that the DVD release of this movie doesn't follow the trend of most big releases in 2010 in terms of being stripped down. In fact, there's loads of extras, including bloopers and an impressive number of deleted scenes and a completely different endgame (i.e. they wimped out and focus-grouped who Scott should end up with). One of the "deleted" scenes is actually a series of reshoots of the same scene as they tried tweaks of dialogue and changes in camera angle, nice for the Process Geeks. The Blu-Ray has even MORE stuff, mind you, but the DVD's got enough extras to be worth my while to buy. Recommended. $20 price point. Firebreather: Cartoon Network - I never read the comic on which this is based, it was part of the Image launch that also gave us Invincible, but I never really got into it. Not that there's been as much to get into, mind you. The premise has promise, but this movie just makes me want to roll back the clock and see the adventures of the main character's parents before he was born. Just not caring about Duncan himself. It doesn't help that this movie is littered with lazy writing...I don't mean places where we need to suspend disbelief, which will be inevitable when your protagonist is the son of a human and a kaiju. I mean just lazy writing where we're supposed to ignore stupid stuff for the sake of moving the story along. By the time the big fight scene at the end came along, I wasn't even interested enough to pay attention to the climax. Peter Chung's visual direction is okay...not as good as his Aeon Flux work, but better than the frankly wooden action sequences of Phantom 2040 (which I watched a lot of recently as I transferred my tapes to DVD). Overall, I can't really recommend spending 90 minutes watching this. It's repeated on November 26 if you want to give it a shot, though. Time-Shifting: Sometimes I get a comic a week or two late because of Diamond's combination of neglect and incompetence. If it's more than a week late, though, I won't review it unless it's very notable. Additionally, I will often get tradepaperbacks long after publication or even sometimes before Diamond ships them, and those will go here. If I'm reasonably sure I'm reviewing something that didn't ship this week, this is the section for it. Nothing got shaken loose this week. In fact, only two books on my pull even shipped to my store, and one of those wasn't even on the release list for this week. New Comics: Comics and comic collections that I got this week and were actually supposed to be out this week, as far as I can tell. These reviews will generally be spoiler-free, but the occasional bit will slip in. Transformers Sector 7 #3 (of 5): IDW - The generational tale picks up 20 years later, as the AllSpark-awakened car that got away last issue hooks up with Bonnie & Clyde. After a little reformatting, it looks a lot like the recent Hubcap toy, but is never named and is not the same as the character described in the toy's bio note. Its arms are based on Ransack's machine gun arm, though. The writing isn't any more historically accurate than last issue, but this time Barber has the excuse that he's really homaging the Bonnie & Clyde movie rather than trying to do significant historical research here. Chee's art is okay, although I prefer his work on Lovecraftian stuff over this. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Amazing Spider-Man #649: Marvel - Had to get this one at Hastings. Humberto Ramos really goes nuts in depicting the Hobgoblin, but manages to keep normal people from looking totally mutated. For his part, Slott puts enough story in that this feels like two issues (although it is oversized), and plenty of his usual crackling dialogue. Recommended. $3.99 Gold Digger Books of Magic #3: Antarctic Press - Guess Diamond will never ship #2. This issue focuses on offensive spells, and reads like the parts of RPG rulebooks that I tend to skim past (Charm Trees, yawn). The illustrations are interesting, though. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Yeah. That's it. Should I be giving thanks to Diamond for helping me get used to the idea of not buying comics anymore? They certainly don't want to SELL me any. Awards: "They Didn't Shoot A Threesome Ending, Though" Award to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World DVD "Welcome To Five Minute Biology Class" Award to Firebreather "I Suppose We Could Call This Transformer 'Getaway'" Award to Transformers Sector 7 #3 (of 5) "It's Fashion Week In Spider-Man" Award to the Amazing Spider-Man #649 "Brianna Want Big Boom" Award to Gold Digger Books of Magic #3 Dave Van Domelen, "The Black Cat thinks THIS is tasteful. Oh, God. I must look like a total skank." - Norah Winters, the Amazing Spider-Man #649
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