Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 09/08/05
week we look through the upcoming releases to offer our two
cents as to what's hot and what's not. You can agree with
us or not, but spend your money wisely.
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writer: David Hine
artist: Jorge Lucas
The only X-Man
death that ever really affected me was Colossus. By the
time I got into reading the book (back when there was only
one book), Phoenix had already died and Thunderbird was
But Peter -
or Piotr - was one of that core team that grew as I read
him, completely able to put aside the slightly disturbing
fact that he was clearly in love with a 13-year-old. He
was big for his age. Time went by and I dropped all X-Books,
then heard that Colossus had sacrificed himself to cure
the Legacy Virus.
sucked me back into the X-Men, then Joss Whedon cemented
it by finding a way to bring Peter back from the grave.
I'm still not even sure what the explanation was - I was
just happy to see Colossus striding Astonishing X-Men
like a ...well, a colossus.
the first mini-series to feature him is already worthy of
his return. David Hine and Jorge Lucas have created a story
that has an edge usually missing from portrayals of Peter.
Sure, they're following up on threads left dangling by Whedon,
but it's still a deeper look than the usual simple farmboy
artist that Peter often becomes.
They also look
beyond his immediate family to weave together a tale of
decades of blood with the inner torment that Peter feels
after years of confinement and torture. His power literally
traps him inside himself, while it becomes apparent that
history has trapped him as well. It's about time somebody
used Peter's name as something than a conveniently recognizable
Lucas' art hits
just the right notes, with a slightly steely look to it.
The opening pages have a cold beauty, but he seems well
able to shift tones. If there are drawbacks to it, it's
that his inking tends to be a little heavy on the use of
black space; Lucas could afford to be subtler in his shading,
though it's very affecting as he reaches the cliffhanger
to this issue.
The story delves
into the supernatural a bit, perhaps more in Nightcrawler's
territory. But it could be an interesting fit. Okay, and
maybe an excuse to bring in Nightcrawler. We already know
that Kitty has to be involved, as one unresolved thread
deals with their unrequited (but now quite legal) relationship.
Don't fear that
there will be mushy stuff; it's pretty clear that Hine,
the writer of the underrated District X has bigger
things in mind.
#12: The origin saga of the new Scorpion comes to a
close. They've backed away from the quasi-manga look, despite
the cover, and just focused on this being a hard-driving
classic Marvel story. I won't mind it when she gets a solo
book, though the back-up "Vampire by Night" ends on a terrible
almost cuddly note - look at how cute these flesh-eating
monsters can be.
The Magnificent Kevin #1: Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra
always combine to offend someone somehow. With this mini-series,
it looks like they've decided to cloak their love of porn
and turn it into a superhero story. From a mysterious sperm-like
villain throwing deadly cream pies while calling himself
women's genitalia to Ezquerra's masterfully subtle depiction
of the sin of onanism, this book is sure to tick somebody
off. I laughed.
The only Marvel title in which the House of M seems
like just another day, Exiles has an interesting
perspective on the whole event. It's also a nice look at
the history of Beak.
#35: Who is killing Robin, over and over? Perhaps a
better question is why hasn't the Joker gotten ticked off
about it? He sure went after Black Mask in a hurry. This
slow burning policier continues being not what it
seems, and Brubaker and Rucka may also be setting up a new
romance for Tim Drake.
#90: I just want to keep reminding you people that want
them to do comics like they used to that they do.
This is the one, very old-school fun and worth handing over
to your kids.
#19: Lest we forget, Joshua Dystart is doing some startlingly
good stuff over here, and guest artist Ronald Wimberly is
what you'd get if Paul Pope and Kyle Baker had a baby. If
you agree that that's a good thing, you need to pick up
Y: The Last
Man #37: We don't give this title nearly enough attention.
It's good. It's not as titillating as many male readers
would expect, despite the occasional provocative cover.
It's also quite simply a gripping story that manages to
continue mining new questions out of what could have easily
been one note.
#1: Garth Ennis takes on the biker from Hell. I know
it's timed to maximize the movie hype, but I'll still give
it a look. Because Garth Ennis rules.
#3: What do we want? Serenity now.
First Thunder #1: I bet that when Superman and Captain
Marvel first met, they played a game of tiddlywinks. Captain
Marvel loves that game.
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