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Star Wars Legacy #3
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Transformers Spotlight: Shockwave Roche Cover
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Jonah Hex: Face Full of Violence
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Top Cow: Best of David Finch
Ultimate Marvel Team-Up Collection
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Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets
Wizard Basic Training: Advanced Techniques
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...keep away from stingrays, it's another...
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: Ladies and Gentlemen
(though, statistically speaking, only probably Gentlemen), it's another one of
those weeks. No, not a guest host spot, THANK GOD. It's a small comic week, and
Sweet Jumping Plattsburgh did not much good come out. This is totally one of
those weeks where you come into a Graham Crackers (though, statistically
speaking, only probably Naperville, Chicago or Lincoln Park) and come up to the
counter, couple books in hand and say, "Wow. Not much out this week."
W. DAL: And then we (I) would try to sell you on one of this week's cool
new launches. Only, the problem is, we read them. And they're all pretty bad.
The Spidey one-shot, X-Men Phoenix: Warsong, it's all pretty mediocre. So,
instead of shrugging our shoulders or singing songs off the new Dream Theater
live CD (Dal/Pat, if you care), we're going to tell you, as always, how to spend
your hard-earned money: it's our first installment of CLASSIC TRADES YOU NEVER
BOUGHT EVEN THOUGH WE'VE BEEN TELLING YOU TO FOR YEARS.
PATRICK: Yeah, thanks for making me read
Cross Bronx and Mystery In Space to "prepare" for this week's column. But you're
right, they're staggeringly mediocre and who wants to read reviews of books we
don't really care about one way or the other? So, CLASSIC TRADES YOU NEVER
BOUGHT EVEN THOUGH WE'VE BEEN TELLING YOU TO FOR YEARS it is!
PATRICK: And none of this "Watchmen" or "Dark Knight Returns"
stuff--we're going for the vaults on this one!
W. DAL: Well, I'm glad you're so jazzed. Although, I suppose a week not
needing to remember you read Spider-Man: Black, Blue & Read All Over is a good
one. Anyway, what's in YOUR vault, Brower? 'Sides the stuff you can't print
here, of course...
PATRICK: Iron Man: Demon In A Bottle. Yeah,
I know it was just reprinted, but it was also a Marvel bookstore trade
waaaaaayyyyy back in the day. This is the book where Tony Stark loses
controlling interest of Stark Enterprises to S.H.I.E.L.D., fights about 1,000
super villains on a floating island and defeats his toughest opponent ever, Jim
W. DAL: I thought it was Jack Daniels. Maybe they teamed up...
PATRICK: David Michelline and Bob Layton
turned in a full, complete, compelling story told over eight months that lasted
more than a few days of Marvel time, and forever changed the character.
PATRICK: It also gave us some punk kid
artist named John Romita Jr.
W. DAL: What ever happened to him? Oh, that's right. He's the guy who did
Gray Area, yeah? That blew. But back to Iron Man, that's a classic story, but it
seems like it didn't get a ton of play in the Marvel Universe until the one-two
punch of Twisted Toyfare and Bendis' classic "One Note'll Do Ya"
characterization. See also "Hank Pym beats his wife" and "Spider-Woman is the
PATRICK: Gray Area is the ONLY non-Marvel
work JRJR has done in his career. So yeah, he should always stay at Marvel if
that's what happens when he strays...
W. DAL: So, let's keep going on classic Marvel. Unlike Pat, though, I was
not raised during the Industrial Revolution (how're those horseless carriages
treating you, Gramps?) so my definition of "classic" is more like late '90s. And
while I'm so tired of The Wolverine, I still hold a special place in my heart
for Wolverine: Blood Debt from Steve "DOC FRANKENSTEIN" Skroce.
W. DAL: If you got a kick out of his recent Doc Frankenstein artwork but
wish that a) it was married to a fun story and b) had The Wolverine in it, your
prayers have been answered. Now start praying for world peace, Mr. Selfish!
Still, you could do worse than getting a wish grantedwithone of THE most
violent, insanely cool Wolvie stories around. Outside of Owly, of course.
PATRICK: Just how many arrows did The
Wolverine take to the body in that one? As many as were fired in the whole of
W. DAL: All the crazy thousands-of-bullets stuff in the later Matrix
films were pulled RIGHT from that story. You know they were.
PATRICK: Yeah, but The Wolverine don't need
W. DAL: No, he's the best there is at what he does, and what he does is
not dodge, I guess.
PATRICK: You're right to hold this tale
special. Skroce wrote, drew and didn't he even color part of it? The only bad
part about reading this story as it came out issue-at-a-time is when we found
out Skroce's tenure on the book was only this arc!
W. DAL: Yeah, for real. When the first part came out I was so thrilled. I
made everybody pick it up and not one person was disappointed... until we found
out it was only a 4 issue run. Quick history lesson: do you remember who broke
our hearts as the new artist?
PATRICK: Oh, Jesus, wasn't it...
PATRICK: Rob Liefeld??
W. DAL: Yep! My heart never healed. That's right, folks; this is the
reason I'm the way I am. Blame Rob Liefeld. And Superchunk. Mostly Superchunk.
PATRICK: WHAT? Blame Superchunk?? I blame
Ned's Atomic Dustbin, that's who I blame!!
W. DAL: Blame in a good way, I'm sure.
W. DAL: C'mon, spark some more bittersweet memories. Give us another
PATRICK: Alright, I just made (CH employee)
Ryan Voss read Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt, another new printing of a classic
PATRICK: And he loved it. Kraven, realizing he can never truly defeat
Spider-Man without knowing who and why he is, actually beats Spider-Man and
takes his place!
PATRICK: In the black costume, no less.
W. DAL: Aw, wasn't this the one with all that "I am the Spider" nonsense?
Jeez, everyone in the 80s wanted to write Dark Knight Returns, I guess.
PATRICK: This is one of the few times
(Greenberg the Vampire being the other) JM DeMatteis' constant introspection and
examination of traumatic, heretofore unknown events of a character's past,
W. DAL: I just... in Spider-Man? I'm not a fan. You want to pull that in
Batman, or Daredevil, or whatever, fine. I'm just not onboard for a "super-dark,
introspective" Spidey story. You know?
PATRICK: Spider-Man wasn't the introspective
character--Kraven was. And Kraven ultimately realized why he was destined to
lose every time they fought.
W. DAL: No, I get which character was being introspective. What I was
SAYING (if you'd read what I wrote instead of just looking for your name) was
that I don't need that in a Spidey STORY. I guess you must be a big fan of
Spidey/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do, huh?
PATRICK: Sadly this has all been tarnished
by the sequel to Fearful Symmetry, also by DeMatteis & Mike Zeck, Soul Of The
Hunter in which Spider-Man confronts Kraven's *****. Sorry, don't want to ruin
the end of Last Hunt."
PATRICK: I'm sorry--were you typing to me? I didn't see my name in that
last diatribe so I just skipped it. You were carping--um, saying?
W. DAL: Nuthin. Hey, Pat!
W. DAL: Who's the bestest Batman writer EVER?
PATRICK: Alan Grant!!
W. DAL: HA HA! That'd be funnier if it weren't so sad. No, you know
PATRICK: Not Frank Miller.
PATRICK: Grant Morrison.
W. DAL: Tch. No!
PATRICK: Yeah? Read JLA New World Order and
tell me that.
W. DAL: Man, I thought you'd get this in one. Chuck Dixon!
PATRICK: What? You didn't say "Moon Knight"
or "non-Max Punisher" or "Green Arrow" or "Nightwing," you said Batman!
W. DAL: YOU'RE G**DAMN RIGHT I SAID BATMAN!
PATRICK: Anyway, Doug Moench and Charlie
Huston are both better Moon Knight writers.
W. DAL: ANYWAY, there's only one Bat writer who was consistently good for
such a long time, and that was Chuck "*$#%ing" Dixon. After a decade of writing
Bat stories for various monthlies, he cut loose on an amazing and woefully
overlooked original graphic novel with John VanFleet called Batman: The Chalice.
W. DAL: Unlike every other Batman OGN that were eitherby guys who had no
business writing a comic or guys who had to prove how weird they could make a
Batman story (Arkham Asylum what now?), Chalice was from a guy who knew the
Batman family inside and out, and used the OGN format to tell the biggest, most
action-packed Batman story he could never do in a regular comic. THAT'S WHY HE'S
THE BESTEST, DUMMY!
PATRICK: How good can it be if you never
convinced ME to read it?
W. DAL: I didn't think I HAD to!
PATRICK: Sell me--go.
W. DAL: Jesus! Read it THIS WEEK! You know there's nothing else to read!
W. DAL: It's 20 times better than All-Star Batman and twice as good as a
miracle! It'll balance your checkbook AND get you into Valhalla!
PATRICK: What's it about?
W. DAL: It's about time you read Batman: The Chalice! HAHA! Never gets
old. It's basically Batman hunting down the Holy Grail, and while every
conceivable Bat cast member or villain shows up, there's one specifically who
might be after something that can grant eternal life...
W. DAL: It's a rip-roaring global adventure in the vein of the BEST
Indiana Jones film, IJ & The Last Crusade. You'll love it, and it'll love you
PATRICK: Well there you have it, 4
alternatives to this week's lackluster offerings. I give Iron Man: Demon In A
8 Grahams and Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt (Fearful Symmetry)
W. DAL: And I'll give every one of mine
9 Grahams. They're all good! Hell, I didn't even get a chance to plug Final
Night, Flash: The Return Of Barry Allen, Midnight Nation, Sleeper, Buffy: Ring
Of Fire, Uncle Sam, Sidekicks, Marvel Boy, Unknown Soldier... MAN there's a ton
of good books you people haven't bought! And most of these are at our store
RIGHT NOW! If you haven't picked up at least ONE by next week, Steve Irwin
will've died for nothing. Do you want his blood on your hands? No you don't!
W. DAL: You've got one week, starting.... NOW!
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