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With your online hosts W. DAL BUSH (representing Naperville) and
BROWER (kickin' it Chicago Loop style).
Each week (or so) we pick a book from LAST WEEK to discuss in depth. This
way we don't spoil anything for you because you've had a week to read the book
afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome back to a feature that almost none
of you even noticed was gone, GRAHAMTAGONISM.
W. DAL: Yes,
GRAHAMTAGONISM! But that'll all change now! GRAHAMTAGONISM! Better!
Longer! More smarter! Electronicier! Um... Brower!
we discuss a book that everyone in the entire world liked better than I, CIVIL
WAR #1. I didn't hate it, but I didn't really like it.
W. DAL: Yeah.
I'm not as down on it as you are, but I'm a little under whelmed.
the scope and magnitude of what this story is supposed to be, it just doesn't
have the impact it should.
of the major points of drama are virtually buried, save for the last page.
W. DAL: See,
I disagree on that "drama" point. I'd say that Millar kept the book moving at a
brisk clip, giving each dramatic sequence enough room to breathe, without
Bendising out the scene to half the book. This is mostly setup, so I'd forgive
the issue for seeming a little hurried. There's Civil Warring to get to, after
I even get into the characters acting out of character, let's discuss how much
breathing room the Human Torch beating had. If it wasn't for Previews, I
wouldn't know the severity of Johnny's beating. That is the kind of thing he
shrugs off in an average issue of FF yet now he's in a coma, and worse, no one
seems to care. Oh sure it's mentioned once later in the book, but this should
be a huge deal, not a glossed over anecdote.
W. DAL: Here's
another way of looking at it: how much crazy craziness must be about to go down
if one issue contains the Torch beating, Stamford getting blown up (Joey Styles
revenge?), The Joker killing Alex Luthor, Cap fighting SHIELD, the Watcher
showing up, Mary Jane becoming the new Speedball, the death of Earth 2 Superman
and more? Okay, I think some of those may have happened in Infinite Crisis #7,
and one I made up entirely, but STILL! How packed is this thing, huh?
give you that; it is packed. The Mary Jane thing I never even saw coming and
you KNOW what a huge Speedball fan I am. I hadn't considered Joey Styles to be
behind the whole thing... hhmmmm... good catch, Bush. And yes, I loved the Cap
sequence. Because it was given room to play out and it was phat-packed with
Wing Head action! I have minor quibble with Cap's dialogue, though. Not what
he said, but how he said it, but as he's not Captain Scotland, I'll cut Millar
some good ole Yankee slack.
nothing if not forgiving.
W. DAL: How
American of you. God Bless our tolerance of other countries and our citizens!
You can't see it, but right now I'm waving 74 American flags, one each for the
73 times I say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, plus one for luck.
W. DAL: Jeez,
without the limitations of print, we digress like crazypants!
can see what I'm wearing?!?
honest... is red my color?
W. DAL: Red...like
my face. Let's change the subject back to Civil War, for the love of Cap...
W. DAL: Anyways,
this ish (as the kids say) of Civil War was actually pretty good, as far as
statement of intents go for Marvel mini-series lately. I mean hell, I knew by
the 10th page what this series was going to be about. I couldn't say the same
by the 3rd ISSUE of House of M. For that matter, the destruction of Stamford on
page 7 would've been the end of Bendis' first issue if he was writing this.
bad it was in every preview for this book and it felt like they screwed us out
of 8 pages because we'd already seen them so damn much.
W. DAL: Yeah,
but what about the 3 1/2 people (one of them is currently in a coma, so he
counts for 1/2. Take that, coma victims!) who didn't read the previews? Don't
they NEED that open?
about me? What about my needs? What about Raven??
just wish those weren't the best drawn pages of the whole book.
W. DAL: Yeah,
true. The hell happened to Steve McNiven?
I knew man. That said, I'm gonna try to hunt me down one of them Capction pages
(that's Cap Action for you rubes).
W. DAL: I
thought it was "Americtion". That's how we said it in Florida, I guess. IHOP/Waffle
House, I suppose. Anyway, where's the smooth McNiven art I cherished in New
Avengers? This all stilted and angular. Not as posed as, say Greg Land, but
not as dynamic and fun as someone like Olivier Coipel. You know?
why is Goliath always bending over at the waist with his @$$ in the air?
From the knees, Bill, bend FROM THE KNEES!!
couldn't even tell what Wolverine was so pissed at if not for someone else
saying something else about Sentinels. I was con-fus-ed.
W. DAL: Oh,
hey! That reminds me: Super huge kudos (with a side order of huzzahs) to Mark
Millar for NOT MAKING THIS ALL ABOUT THE WOLVERINE! After Bendis propped him up
in House of M and cut Cap and Iron Man out entirely, it's so great to see a
Marvel event about something other than those lousy muties.
W. DAL: Alright,
any other points before we bring it on home?
am truly hopeful for the remainder of this mini-series but I have no faith in
the other minis and the crossovers.
W. DAL: Wow.
Harsh words. Harsh, hungry words. No, sorry, I'm just ready for lunch.
Anyways, I'm excited about this series and very much looking forward to where it
goes throughout 2006. However, I harbor no illusions that our discussion of
this book will sway potential buyers one way or the other. As Jenny Lewis from
Rilo Kiley said, "A Civil War like this, it always sells itself." Look it up!