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Untold Tales of the New Universe
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...a special All Ages edition of...
Good (insert time of day here) Ladies and Gentlemen
and welcome to the column that tells you straight how good or bad the comics you
bought last week really are. Let's join our hosts, color commentator
DAL BUSH and play-by-play man
PATRICK BROWER as they talk some comics you
should/shouldn't read. And chances are there are spoilers, so be warned.
(Yeah, that's right Dal, you're Tazz and I'm Joey Styles!!)
PATRICK: Well, W. Dal, last
week we wrote a collective novel on this whole Civil War thingee. Let's continue
that trend by reviewing all the Civil War crossovers from THIS week.
PATRICK: ...wait... the Hell? None? There are NONE this week? SIX last
week and NONE this week? Well that's some good planning, right kids?
PATRICK: And speaking of kids, who says comics are no longer for kids
theses days? I sure don't. Right now there are a cubic ton of all-ages, kid
friendly comics on the market, books that tell solid stories while not talking
down to their audience. And it just so happens there are some out this week! Are
they any good? Wanna find out?
W. DAL: Would it help if I said "meh"? See, I've always (okay, never)
said that comics ARE for kids. Especially your Preacher and Black Gas and what
not. After all, kids gotta learn to drop f-bombs at some point, right? Anyway,
that's what Mr. Rogers said and BY GAWD it's good enough for me. Still, Marvel
and DC do churn out a pile of underwhelming All Ages books every month, so there
must be at least ONE I can approve of, huh? Let's find out then...
PATRICK: First up, Justice League Unlimited #23. With the end of the
amazing JLU cartoon and the absence of a current JLA book, this is pretty much
the only place for the Justice League stories you want to see... because JLA
Classified sure doesn't count anymore.
W. DAL: What?! VIBE IS IN J.L.A. CLASSIFIED! What is he if not THE first
JLA guy you think of? Are you loco?!
W. DAL: See kids, I proved how genuinely ethnic I am by using "loco",
just like Vibe does!
W. DAL: Just one of many, many lessons you're going to learn today that
your parents will spend weeks undoing. But I don't mind! Children are our
furniture, right Whitney Houston?
PATRICK: I thought Whitney Huston's future included jail time...
PATRICK: But I knew you'd bring the current JLAC story up. I actually
like the Detroit league, just not Steve Engleheart's current story. And if Vibe
is as muy muy macho as you say, where’s his action figure??
W. DAL: True. Hell, even Aztek got a figure.
PATRICK: And Vigilante has one now, too.
W. DAL: Anyway, we digress. JLU.
W. DAL: So, way back when the Earth was an airless rock hurtling through
the void, I read a TON of great DC animated stories from the likes of Paul Dini,
Mark Millar, Kelley Puckett, Scott McCloud, Mark Evanier and more. So it's DC's
own fault I went into this with high expectations. And unfortunately, after this
issue, I have to say: Give me Vibe or give me death.
PATRICK: Yeah, JLU the comic is nowhere near as cool as the cartoon. It
has its ups and downs and sadly this issue is a down.
W. DAL: Totally a down.
PATRICK: One-time assistant editor Mike McAvennie is not the writer
Dwayne McDuffie is, fo show!
W. DAL: Word, true. This is just a bland, pointless story missing all the
killer plotting and fun twists that made JLU the best animated show on TV for 3
years. Shameful to see that this is the legacy it's leaving in comics.
PATRICK: The story, while simple enough, is totally predictable with a
second-to-last page 'reveal' that Tony Valdez's newborn daughter, Myah Rose,
even got to first.
PATRICK: And the art was mediocre. Plenty of people do the Mike Parobek
style well; some even do it better than their 'real' styles. Leigh Gallagher is
standard, at best. Why are we always teased with cool Ty Templeton covers only
to be let down?
W. DAL: Yeah, my whole complaint is that this book does what all the
great DC kids' writers (see above) spent years NOT doing, which is talking down
to the reader. Kids should demand better than this... if they know what's good
5 Grahams for trying, I guess.
PATRICK: Next up, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #17. Marvel has had
trouble figuring out their all ages line with Marvel Age and now Marvel
Adventures, but they may have it partly right with MA Spidey. Get bigger name
writers to tell good stories. Sean McKeever had a long run, and then Zeb Wells,
now fan (except for Dal) fave Peter David returns to the character what brought
him to the dance!
W. DAL: Sweet Jesus. I actually had to check the comic to find out that,
indeed, Peter David wrote this. Good lord. What happened to him? Is he letting
one of his little girls write this?
PATRICK: Aw, come on cranky-pants, this story was fun. Not funny like he
tried to make it, but fun. Jack Russell was in it! Who'd have thought he had the
time, what with being too busy starting club fires with unauthorized pyrotechn--what?
Werewolf-By-Night Jack Russell? NOT the lead singer of Great White? Oh, sorry.
W. DAL: And, just to get you COMPLETELY mad at me, I really dislike Mike
Norton's art on this. Yes, honestly.
PATRICK: What? What? Are you bleeding from the eyes or something? Mike's
art is fine. He makes Peter look like a high school student when most of the MA
artists don't and his Werewolf-By-Night is straight Mike Ploog!
PATRICK: Okay, not really Mike Ploog.
W. DAL: "Fine" is an interesting word to use to describe the art. I'd
probably have said "rushed", "unfinished", "sloppy", I can keep going, but I'd
rather talk about the experience of this book overall, which would be "sleepy".
Man did this book bore me.
PATRICK: I don't want to talk to you anymore about this book.
W. DAL: This is my whole problem with these 2 books: They say ALL AGES on
the front, but they really mean IF YOU ARE OVER THE AGE OF 10, THIS BOOK WILL
INSULT YOUR INTELLIGENCE FOR 22 PAGES. If they'd put that, I'd have nothing to
complain about. But they put ALL AGES, so I've got to give this one another
PATRICK: Alright, b**ch, I DARE you to s**t on Fantastic Four Presents:
Franklin Richards Son Of A Genius Super Summer Special!
PATRICK: Go on! I double-Graham dare you!!
PATRICK: See, since this column is also "All Ages" my profanity is
reduced to f*****g asterisks.
W. DAL: Sister, I can't take that dare. IT'S TOO GOOD!
W. DAL: This book is bulletproof!
W. DAL: Gee whiz!
PATRICK: Well, WDB, when you're right, you are so f*****g right. This
book is a testament to what All Ages SHOULD be.
PATRICK: But that's no surprise as it's co-written by Marc "Power Pack"
W. DAL: This is what I was looking for earlier. A book for ALL. AGES.
Much like it's obvious antecendant (there's your vocabulary word, kids) Calvin &
Hobbes, this is a book that anyone who can read would like. Even illiterates can
dig them purty pitchers by Chris Eliopoulos!
W. DAL: Fun fun fun in every single one of the 6 (SIX!) stories. And only
$2.99! Why would you buy anything else?
PATRICK: So this ISN'T a non-potty mouth Barry Ween?
W. DAL: Barry Ween? Why not reference Yellow Kid, Gram'pa?
W. DAL: Join us in the 21st Century!
PATRICK: Dal! You KNOW both my Gram'pa's are dead! Why are you so mean?!?
PATRICK: Like you don't worship Judd Winnick!
PATRICK: Ooopps--outta room!
W. DAL: Well, maybe if you let them read this Franklin Richards book
they'll come back to life. This book is THAT miraculous. It is all things to all
10 Grahams because I can't give anything more.
PATRICK: You mean as a score, or in life in general?
W. DAL: Both! So, yeah. Most kids books are only good for E-Z Readers, but
Marvel's got a few aces up it's sleeve: the aforementioned Franklin Richards and
the woefully overlooked Power Pack and Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, both
available in affordable compilations. Like, $6 affordable!
PATRICK: So those 3 titles combined get
W. DAL: Man! I wish we'd reviewed those instead of another stinky Peter
David book. Next week, let's review something manga so I don't accidentally read
another one of his stories...
PATRICK: Fallen Angel it is! See you next
W. DAL: GAH! I mean, later!
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