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GI Joe Sigma 6 vol. 1
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...you're gonna HATER this...
1. an active hostility or opposition, in regards to comic book reviews,
between unfriendly or conflicting employees of Graham Crackers Comics.
2. a relationship between two species of simultaneous reviews
in which the individuals of each opinion adversely affect the other, as in
3. a weekly on-line comic book review column by
DAL BUSH and
PATRICK BROWER in which their opinions take
precedence over yours.
W. DAL: Man! Quite a week for
comics! Marvel comics, that is...W. DAL: Good lord, I don't even know where to
begin. I've got a pounding headache, and I'm sure I'm going to take it out on
comics in this week's Grahamtagonism. But it's a good week for it, I suppose.
With our killer $1 NEWER COMIC SALE coming up Oct. 1st-3rd, we thought we'd give
you the rundown on the good and bad of DC's One Year Later output, all of which
can be had for only $1. But since they ain't ALL winners (except, uh, All
Winners, but that's Marvel), let's call this what it is:
W. DAL: Grahamtagonism - One Year Hater.
PATRICK: Why does it have to be so? Don't blame us;
we just tell it like it is. No punches pulled, no feelings spared. Spades are
spades and pots and kettles both are black. Hmm, that sounds wrong... Let's just
say that most of these roses don't smell so sweet.
W. DAL: So look for a change-up in our rating system: If a title has IMPROVED,
it gets a "GREATER". If it's worse, a "HATER". Draw? Pfft. You don't know us at
all, do you? But, to show no favorites, we're going to do this the way Jesus AND
Sesame Street both commanded: Alphabetically... AND TO THE DEATH! First up,
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis.
PATRICK: Ouch. Seriously, no punches pulled,
starting out with this book. Why can't Aquaman sustain his own title? Well when
it's this bad, that's your answer in itself. Who is the 'new' Aquaman? Who is
the mysterious squid-faced, water-handed narrator? Who buys this book? Almost no
one anymore. This book had the on-paper pedigree to be one of the most
anticipated OYL titles released. Apparently Busiek uses his left-over Conan
plots and to be authentic Jackson Guice actually draws the comic under water.
W. DAL: Eh. I really dug the Pfeifer/Arcudi revision, with the Sub Diego stuff.
And while I immediately enjoyed this, it very quickly wore out its welcome.
Turns out "Conan, But Underwater" is only fun for three issues. HATER.
W. DAL: Alright, Batman's up next. The Robinson kick off was great, and I'm
really having a blast with Grant Morrison's fun take on the Batman Family. As
much as I liked Winnick's "Under The Hood" arc, this is still GREATER.
PATRICK: Even with the disappointing end to "Face
the Face," Batman is in much better shape now. GREATER.
W. DAL: (4:12:34 PM): Man, DC publishes a ton of superhero books. We've got a
huge list to cover, and no one ever really cares what Pat says, so let's
LIGHTNING ROUND this thing. Ready? GO!
PATRICK: Birds of Prey: Gypsy? Shiva? An all-new
Batgirl? Black Alice? Just barely, but HATER.
W. DAL: Birds of Prey: Yikes. If anything was a draw, it'd be this. I've
tolerated this since Dixon left, and it never picked back up for me. HATER.
W. DAL: Catwoman: HATER HATER HATER. Somehow, Pfeifer does worse than the
previous writer, HIMSELF. Terrible. HATER.
PATRICK: Catwoman: Let's focus the entire OYL stuff
on one lame villain called the Film Freak. And have a new Catwoman. HATER.
PATRICK: Detective Comics: See "Batman" above. And with new writer Paul Dini on
board, this book is the best it's been in years! GREATER.
W. DAL: Whee! Paul Dini's real good! And the art ranges from perfection to
adequate, but at least it's got perfection in there. GREATER!
W. DAL: Firestorm The Nuclear Man: A fun book, finally firing on all cylinders.
Or is that control rods? Either way, GREATER.
PATRICK: Firestorm: Changes into Firestorm the
Nuclear Man. This book is as solid as any comic can be without being great. But
it's never bad. GREATER.
PATRICK: Green Arrow: I was all set to drop this mediocre book, but was does
Judd W. do? He makes a fun book. The Deathstroke stuff was actually neat!
W. DAL: Green Arrow: Yeah, this gets the distinction of being the GOOD One Year
Later book from Winnick. Can't wait for Red Hood to show up! GREATER.
W. DAL: Green Lantern: A little consistency goes a long way. Solid writing,
beautiful art, big stories, every issue. GREATER.
PATRICK: Green Lantern: Same writer, just as good
of an artist, yet sales drop? Why? This is a good book. GREATER.
PATRICK: Hawkgirl: HATER. That's all, just HATER. If that wasn't already in
caps, it would be. Get me?
W. DAL: Hawkgirl: If this was a horse, they'd shoot it. If it was a dictator,
they'd overthrow it. Since it's a comic. HATER.
W. DAL: JSA Classified: This week's is AWESOME! Hourman rules. The Englehart few
BLOW. Vandal Savage arc was great. Overall, GREATER, but it was close.
PATRICK: JSA Classified: Didn't hold my interest
enough for me to keep reading it. HATER.
PATRICK: Manhunter: Huh. Currently on hiatus, but coming back. Had the exact
same creative team as OYPrevioust. Um... GREHATER.
W. DAL: Manhunter: I was so into this book that I forgot to read the last issue.
Still, I like what I remembered to read. GREATER.
W. DAL: Nightwing: See "Hawkgirl". HATER.
PATRICK: Nightwing: HATE-HIM. I DO have higher
hopes for the next issue's all-new creative team of Wolfman & Jurgens, but
anyone else is a step up.
PATRICK: Outsiders: Here's where it gets ugly. Everyone likes the direction of
this book. I think it's dull and plodding and directly contradicts better DCU
books (Teen Titans). HATER.
W. DAL: Outsiders: Really? People like the direction of this book? That can't be
true. If it was, that would mean there's no God. HATER.
W. DAL: Robin: More focused than under any writer since Dixon (there's that name
again...), it's a fun book that could use a more seasoned artist at the helm.
PATRICK: Robin: This Adam Beechum guy knows how to
tell a good story. And even though they teased us with only one issue of Karl
Kerchel art, I Love it! GREATER.
PATRICK: Supergirl: Only on the strength of the last 2 issues, after rightfully
abandoning that awful Greg Rucka bottle city of Kandor story and letting Joe
Kelly write what he wants, do I say GREATER.
W. DAL: Supergirl: Total, out of left field surprise. Never a fan of the first 8
issues, the last two have been PHENOMENAL! Probably in my top ten comics out
right now. Super duper GREATER.
PATRICK: Supergirl and the Legion of Super Heroes:
Wasn't a bad book before the 1001 Years Later storyline, but now unnecessarily
has Supergirl. Still not a bad book but not as good as it was.
W. DAL: Yeah, Supergirl & Legion of Superheroes (or, if you prefer, SLOSH. I
know YOU prefer being SLOSHed...) isn't real good. That thing's been on a
downhill slide since issue 6. HATER.
W. DAL: Superman/Action: With Kurt Busiek writing (or co-writing) both, If you
like one, you'll like both. Guess what? I like both. GREATER.
PATRICK: Superman/Action: GREATER.
PATRICK: Teen Titans: Geoff Johns makes this one of my current favorite reads in
the whole DCU. GREATER.
W. DAL: Teen Titans: Yeah, READS, not LOOKSIES. Great stories, awful, awful art.
But still characters like Zatara make this GREATER.
W. DAL: Lastly, and this one is apt to split us right down the middle, Jimmy PS
Hayes One Year Later: Too many ‘bogus’ illnesses, too many days off, not enough
Bamboo Room stories all equal HATER.
PATRICK: Jimmy PS Hayes: Thanks to all the new
candy he discovers weekly, just like his waistline I have to say GREATER. Oh,
man that was so mean! At least I didn’t say GREATER like the visible area of his
MIKE WALL: GREAT! GREAT! YOU can pick up next week!!
4 Grahams for Mike Wall.
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