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Tuesday, January 9

Civil -Tiger- Justice

Civil War 6
I guess the reveal of the Hulkling shapeshifter would have had more impact if I was at all familiar with the character. Much of this series has not hit high points with me because I am more of a DC reader-- but even when DC gives ink to side characters, like Red Tornado, the DC folks do a much better job on backstory. Marvel seems to just add someone beyond the Spidey, Hulk, Xmen that are uber-obvious to even the general fan, but then write for only the most insider fans.
While I will never pretend to have the most encyclopedic knowledge of characters, esp. Marvel, I think at this point as a reader I can say while suggestions to read the Essential editions are welcome - but give me some more context. Or am I missing the point of the big crossover, bring every character to the giant 2 page spread that we can?
Steve McNiven's art is as quality driven as ever, particularly his Captain America, with seering blue eyes beneath the mask and detail. I did like Spidey joining the anti-registration side and his "My spider-sense is going off the scale! Seriously, this is defcon one!".

White Tiger 2
WHITE TIGER #2 (OF 6) (SEP062139)
Written by TAMORA PIERCE & TIMOTHY LIEBE
Penciled by PHIL BRIONES
Read this quite a while ago, but from my notes the "real life identity is not as simple as removing a mask". There's a story with the death of Angela's partner- so you have your standard revenge plot. And immigration papers- the ripped from current events aspect. I did like the time-crunch of trying to fight bad guys "Kicking butt clears my head so much better than jogging" and getting to a security job interview. The Daredevil 2.0 is confusing to me- it's not Daredevil, but her uncle?

Justice 9
Without summarizing the whole issue, I just want to thank Alex Ross and Braithwaite for the Wonder Woman, clawed in the face in battle, but still portrayed with muscle without the porn pose shots of other female superheroes. I also love seeing Bruce and Clark in street clothes.
You have to see the art, where the team is coated in a protective shell "wrapped in a fortress, if you will, by my metal men.". I stared at each character in the 2 page panel.
It is hard keeping the Black Adam (bad) in this issue and the 52 (bad, but redeeming himself) separate.

Soon: I spent $12 on the first Chaykin Guy Gardners - did you? I gave Superman Confidential 1 a try. And Geoff Johns loves his new Justice Society redhead- Maxine Hunkel.

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9 Comments:

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

You know, I'm more of a DC boy myself if push comes to shove, but I would happily recommend both the 2 YOUNG AVENGERS books. Liked them both. Any kids who dug RUNAWAYS should give 'em a go.

 
At 4:04 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Hey Red.
Daredevil 2.0 is actually Danny Rand AKA Iron Fist. You should pick up The Immortal Iron Fist for a little more background on him.

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger Ragtime said...

I spent $12 on the first Chaykin Guy Gardners - did you?

Yes. $12 wasted, I think. The moral: "Guy Gardner isn't a big jerk on the outside, to cover up a heart of gold -- he's a big jerk all the way through."

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger Justin said...

I will second the recommendation for Young Avengers. It has been cited more than once for being the only good thing to come out of Avengers Disassembled.

Oh, and I am not sure Millar would ever be the shining example of introducing characters... I find that he is much more of a popcorn style storyteller. I love it, but I am not sure it suits Civil War.

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger redlib said...

I saw Immortal Iron Fist on the stand- with Brubaker on the cover. I flipped through the art and wasn't jazzed, but I have heard people like it.

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger Timothy Liebe said...

::The Daredevil 2.0 is confusing to me- it's not Daredevil, but her uncle? ::

Can you say, "Desperately tap-dancing to match current Marvel Earth-616 continuity?" :D

When Marvel asked Tammy to come up with a pitch for WHITE TIGER, Matt Murdock wasn't in jail and Brian Michael Bendis had just revealed FBI Special Agent Angela del Toro, previously the late Agent Driver's partner, in DD 68 as Hector Ayala's niece - who'd gotten Hector's White Tiger amulets in the mail from person or persons unknown. The original intention, as I wrote in Skepticultist's LJ yesterday, was for Matt Murdock's DareDevil to be a more active mentor to Angela than he'd been in Bendis's DD run (b/c we'd have time to develop that relationship, which Bendis really couldn't what with everything else going on in that book).

Unfortunately, by the time we got the go-ahead to write WHITE TIGER (I'd been officially brought on as Tammy co-writer by then), Murdock was in jail and somebody else was running around in his costume (at the start of Brubaker's run in DD#81). We didn't really know who the "other DareDevil" was until everybody else did, though from hints we got from our editor at Marvel, Ruwan Jayatilleke (on the order of "He was an old friend of Hector's, and that's all they've told me about him!") we strongly suspected he was Danny "Iron Fist" Rand. Given that, we posited an extended-family relationship with Angela, which meant she'd recognize his normal voice right off so he'd need to disguise his voice - and as a trained investigator, she'd recognize little things like how he carries himself and fights, facial tics and word choice as triggering familiarity in the back of her mind, even if she couldn't quite put together who he was yet. That's why we wrote her constantly gigging him with "DareDevil 2.0" and "Tio Whoever" - she's building a mental file on him so she can peg who the guy in Matt Murdock's stretchie is.

We did that b/c the only other alternative was to make an ex-FBI Special Agent dumber than Lois Lane (to quote Tempus in LOIS & CLARK: The New Adventures of Superman!),

Best,
Tim Liebe
Dreaded Spouse-Creature of Tamora Pierce
- and co-writer of Marvel's White Tiger comic - #3 out now! :)

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger redlib said...

Tim,
Thanks for the explanation! Between White Tiger and the success of the new Brubaker Iron Fist, comic fans are getting a good double- helping!

and thanks for expecting more from us than the cover that Lois buys!

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger redlib said...

Tim,
Thanks for the explanation! Between White Tiger and the success of the new Brubaker Iron Fist, comic fans are getting a good double- helping!

and thanks for expecting more from us than the cover that Lois buys!

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger redlib said...

Tim,
Thanks for the explanation! Between White Tiger and the success of the new Brubaker Iron Fist, comic fans are getting a good double- helping!

and thanks for expecting more from us than the cover that Lois buys!

 

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