The Twelve #12 (2008)

The Twelve #12 (2008)

$4.50
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by CHRIS WESTON
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
The Grand Finale Is Here!! All Your Questions Are Answered And Nothing Can Prepare You For What's Next…!
Date Available: 04/25/2012
BONUS REVIEW by John Schaefer

One day in the far flung future, I will be found sitting on a park bench telling the next generation about comics. And there, I will tell these children of the future of the genius of J. Michael Straczynski. And I will use this issue as a prime example of the man's talent! The final installment of our lost in time heroes brings us everything I could of hoped for! *Warning* Major spoilers coming at the end!* Straczynski's storyline refuses to end on the well worn "kill 'em all and then give them a statue" plot point that this issue could have easily ended on. I mean, really, we are talking about characters that really haven't seen the light of day since the 1940's (Both figuratively and literally!) Why not just wipe them all out and do that cloud formation thing that is so common place in today's books. No one but old farts like myself would care. But that's not in Straczynski's genetic makeup. Instead, we are treated to a multilayered epic ending that not only entertains but provides hope for the future of comics. Even as we mourn the loss of the Blue Blade, Dynamic Man, and the Fiery Mask. We are provided wonderful insight into the personalities of the Black Widow, the Phantom Reporter, and Master Mind Excello. And Straczynski doesn't stop there. *Spoilers Alert!* Mr. E's retirement and The Witness's joining SHIELD are not only cool but are totally in line with their characters. Captain Wonder's disfigurement and solution are poignant and touching. And Rockman's message from beyond actually brought a tear to my eye. Most importantly, these heroes are alive and still active. The Fiery Mask and Black Widow return to duty! Master Mind Excello uses his skills the best way he can and the future of of heroes looks on track. Plus the Phantom Reporter gets the promise of a threesome (look for it!) Wow. And while Straczynski is spinning us a tale that is almost real life, Chris Weston's art takes it the rest of the way. From the anger in the face of the Witness to the love in the faces of the Phantom Reporter and Black Widow, the art is a half step away from the real thing. Even the bleakness of the army barracks our heroes forced to reside in, is really bleak. I know it's too soon to hope but perhaps the dynamic duo of Straczynski and Weston could sit in for an issue of Avenging Spider-Man where Spider-man is hired to help at EXC Enterprises or Black Widow could show up to a ego fulled story involving the russian Black Widow. MARVEL DO NOT FORGOT ABOUT THESE HEROES FOR ANOTHER 70 YEARS!
10 out of 10 Grahams
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
Penciled by CHRIS WESTON
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
The Grand Finale Is Here!! All Your Questions Are Answered And Nothing Can Prepare You For What's Next…!
Date Available: 04/25/2012
BONUS REVIEW by John Schaefer

One day in the far flung future, I will be found sitting on a park bench telling the next generation about comics. And there, I will tell these children of the future of the genius of J. Michael Straczynski. And I will use this issue as a prime example of the man's talent! The final installment of our lost in time heroes brings us everything I could of hoped for! *Warning* Major spoilers coming at the end!* Straczynski's storyline refuses to end on the well worn "kill 'em all and then give them a statue" plot point that this issue could have easily ended on. I mean, really, we are talking about characters that really haven't seen the light of day since the 1940's (Both figuratively and literally!) Why not just wipe them all out and do that cloud formation thing that is so common place in today's books. No one but old farts like myself would care. But that's not in Straczynski's genetic makeup. Instead, we are treated to a multilayered epic ending that not only entertains but provides hope for the future of comics. Even as we mourn the loss of the Blue Blade, Dynamic Man, and the Fiery Mask. We are provided wonderful insight into the personalities of the Black Widow, the Phantom Reporter, and Master Mind Excello. And Straczynski doesn't stop there. *Spoilers Alert!* Mr. E's retirement and The Witness's joining SHIELD are not only cool but are totally in line with their characters. Captain Wonder's disfigurement and solution are poignant and touching. And Rockman's message from beyond actually brought a tear to my eye. Most importantly, these heroes are alive and still active. The Fiery Mask and Black Widow return to duty! Master Mind Excello uses his skills the best way he can and the future of of heroes looks on track. Plus the Phantom Reporter gets the promise of a threesome (look for it!) Wow. And while Straczynski is spinning us a tale that is almost real life, Chris Weston's art takes it the rest of the way. From the anger in the face of the Witness to the love in the faces of the Phantom Reporter and Black Widow, the art is a half step away from the real thing. Even the bleakness of the army barracks our heroes forced to reside in, is really bleak. I know it's too soon to hope but perhaps the dynamic duo of Straczynski and Weston could sit in for an issue of Avenging Spider-Man where Spider-man is hired to help at EXC Enterprises or Black Widow could show up to a ego fulled story involving the russian Black Widow. MARVEL DO NOT FORGOT ABOUT THESE HEROES FOR ANOTHER 70 YEARS!
10 out of 10 Grahams
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