Monday, September 01, 2008

The Dig List - 9/1/08

Short (and today, extremely untimely) reactions to comics I've read and enjoyed lately.

Thor #168 (original series) - Joins the story midstream, but basically, Odin sends Thor out in the Odinship (does Odin name all his stuff after himself? God or no, dude's worse than Batman like that) to fight Galactus because... I dunno. They don't say. Meanwhile, the Warriors Three go down to Earth to help Baldur guard the place in Thor's absence, and Volstagg breaks all of Don Blake's furniture. Because the dude's so fat, you see. Back to Thor, who stumbles upon Galactus after, apparently, all of 15 minutes. He's ready to wreck throw down, but Galactus basically wants him to sit down, have some coffee (I added that part), and talk about BIG COSMIC THINGS. Again, they don't say what. But it doesn't matter... this book is nuts, even for a Stan Lee/Jack Kirby story. Are all Lee/Kirby Thor stories this outright bizarre? Because if so, I think I've been too quick to dismiss them, and I need to read more.


Superboy's Legion #s 1 & 2 - One of the later period Elseworlds stories, in which baby Kal-El's rocket is found in the 31st century, where he grows up to idolize 20th century heroes and bug the living hell out of his adoptive dad (R.J. Brande), the Science Police, and the entire United Planets. So he finds some other would-be heroes and founds the titular Superboy's Legion, a group dedicated to doing good, though their first big test shows that maybe this isn't the fun time they'd all hoped for. Interesting alternate take on the LSH (one of dozens, I know) on the LSH that has fun mixing aspects of the (then) two different versions of the concept, and one of the few Elseworlds I've read that actually could have spawned an ongoing series, as the story is that tight. And, in a surprisingly unique twist for a Legion book, Alan Davis's teenagers actually look like teenagers. That's an ironically rare occurence in this Space Super Teens from the Future strip.


Captain America: Civil War - Probably the least compelling overall of the collections of Ed Brubaker's Captain America series so far, since it's mostly reacting to the poorly executed (and downright silly) Civil War event Marvel was running at the time, rather than forwarding its own narrative as much as it could, but still a decent read. It speaks to Brubaker's talent that he was able to keep me interested enough to read an extension of a story I thought was pretty stupid in the hands of its own creator (not a Millar fan, in case that wasn't abundantly clear). The Winter Soldier one-shot issue that rounds out this collection really brings the book back up to form, providing both a slew of interesting character moments (I love it when we get that rare glimpse at Prince Namor's sense of humor) and works as a good Christmas story to boot. If you'd have told me a few years ago that Bucky the Not-Dead Formerly Brainwashed Cold War Cyborg Assassin would become one of my favorite new characters, I'd have said you were crazy. But as it is, I'm clearly digging whatever Brubaker's slipping into the Kool-Aid.
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