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Comic Review: Amazing Spider-Man #789

 

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Spider-Man’s had it very easy lately. Ever since he became the new Tony Stark of the Marvel universe and went global, Spidey’s been a lot less “friendly neighborhood”. Everything was coming up Parker…until now. Dan Slott had his fun making Spidey a globe-trotting super hero who hangs out with Mockingbird, but we all knew that the shoe would drop on ol’ Peter Parker at some point, and with Amazing Spider-Man #789, it finally does.

Everybody hates Peter Parker. After shutting Parker Industries down after an attack by the Superior Octopus and HYDRA, Peter Parker is back to having no job, no money, and (seemingly) no friends. The only difference now is the fact that he’s a major public figure thanks to the entire tech Parker Industries created. There’s a small amount of Spidey action, but a large chunk of this issue is focused on Peter dealing with the fallout of his actions and trying to figure out his way in the world. Yes, this issue serves as “status quo reset” issue for lapsed readers, but it’s nice to see Peter back to his old down on his luck self.

The “down on his luck” return does border a little on the extreme, especially when Peter is accosted by what seems like the entirety of New York City, but Dan Slott is able to tap into Peter Parker’s frustrations like no other writer. That’s expected since he’s been writing Amazing for close to ten years now, but even with Slott still on the book; Amazing has a new, recharged feeling that comes from this return to the “classic” Peter status quo. I’m not even annoyed that this issue barely features any action in it. The “back to basics” script does wonders for this title and Slott’s script.

Like Slott, Stuart Immonen has stayed on Amazing Spider-Man too, and, well, what else is there left to say about Immonen? He’s one of the top artists in comics, and having him on Amazing Spider-Man is an absolute treat for a long time Spidey fan like myself. Immonen’s still on top of his game with this issue, delivering not only some great action scenes in the few ones that appear in this issue, but also the hilarious facial expressions that occur on Peter’s face as he deals with everything around him.

If you were a Spidey fan that was turned off by the “Spider-Stark” era, there’s plenty to like in this issue. Hell, even if you liked the past few years of Amazing, this issue is a great epilogue to everything that happened to Spidey since he started his own company. All in all, Amazing Spider-Man #789 is a great example of what Marvel’s Legacy branding is attempting to do: tell new stories that bring their characters back to their roots.

Comic Review: The Showdown Vol 2

 

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What if demons, werewolves, zombies, and all other kinds of monstrous creatures had a chance to escape Hell, but only if they won a race through all of Hell’s levels? That’s the premise behind The Showdown’s second volume from Russ Lippit and Ezequiel Pineda. The Showdown Vol 2 isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you happen to love crazy, over the top horror and monsters, you’ll find plenty to love here.

As part two of a planned trilogy, I was a little worried that I’d be lost reading The Showdown’s second volume. Luckily Lippit’s script is pretty accessible for those who haven’t read the first volume of this race of the damned. Focusing on a wide variety of racers, Showdown reminded me of a crazy, hard R horror take on the old Wacky Racers, albeit with a LOT more gore and nudity (it should be noted that The Showdown Vol 2 is definitely NOT for the kiddos). While Lippit’s premise is solid, there are some moments where the dialogue is a little corny. However, as the book goes on it greatly improves, and Lippit even peppers in some pretty cool moments and a fun surprise cameo later on.

On the art side of things, Ezequiel Pineda really throws everything at this book. There’s a wide variety of creatures and monsters that Pineda showcases in The Showdown, and while they don’t all look as cool as they could, there’s still a lot of great designs, and Pineda knows how to draw some great action. Car chases and races are typically the hardest things to make in comics, but here Pineda is able to figure out how to deliver the goods in a way that’s extremely dynamic.

How much you enjoy The Showdown Vol 2 will definitely depend on how much you enjoy horror movies. Since I tend to enjoy that stuff, I found a lot to like in it. If you’re looking for a fun, campy, and very extreme book to read this Halloween, The Showdown Vol 2 will definitely do the trick.

THE WAUGH BAG REPORT

Waugh's Bag Volume 6, Issue 40!

Waugh’s Bag

Volume 6, Issue 40!

“Oh The Inhumanity”

Let’s get this out of the way right now: Inhumans is not a good show. It’s not the hottest take, I know, but its worth mentioning once again for anyone thinking “well, maybe it’s not as bad as people are saying”. 

It is.  

Inhumans is boring, completely misunderstands the major characters, and is really just a perfect representation of how not to introduce a complex mythology to an audience that doesn’t have a clue what the names Black Bolt, Lockjaw, or Karnak mean. Even worse, it’s all but assured that ABC and even Disney know the show is a dud, especially when you compare current posters that now say “the complete series event” instead of “first season”.  Hell, it even had a dismal premiere in IMAX screens at the beginning of September. So yeah, Inhumans is a colossal failure in every sense of the word. And that’s probably a good thing.

Look, Marvel Studios has been on an unbelievable hot streak the last few years. Ever since the surprise success of Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014, they’ve had nothing but hit after hit in the movie department, and while their TV shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter didn’t light up the Nielson ratings, they still had pretty dedicated fanbases. But this past year has been a rough one for the studio when it came to the small screen. Iron Fist was the combo breaker for their otherwise solid Netflix shows, and The Defenders, the show that should’ve been the Netflix equivalent of The Avengers, came and went with not much of an impact. Now with Inhumans arriving with all the fervor of a flaming bag on your front porch, it’s not outside of the realm of possibility to wonder just why Marvel isn’t willing to admit to their mistakes, which are plenty when it comes to Iron Fist and Inhumans.

It’s probably a matter of hubris. Look, for all the crap we give Warner Bros and DC Entertainment, their TV show output is pretty damn spectacular. The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl routinely outshine Marvel’s network shows and are able to deliver the kinds of thrills and character work that their movie division could only dream of. As much as they don’t want to admit it, Marvel Studios could stand to learn a lot from the way WB handles their superhero properties on TV. The current Marvel model of just barreling through the bad press and acting like it’s not a big deal isn’t working, and while Iron Fist and Inhumans are the only truly terrible things Marvel Studios has been involved in, there’s always the chance that more and more projects like this could irrevocably ruin the Marvel brand.

Instead of going forward with Iron Fist season two, or god forbid, more episodes of The Inhumans, Marvel could gain a lot of respect for admitting their mistakes with these shows and just taking the hits they deserve. Acting like nothing is wrong and continuing to put out a less than stellar product will only lead to angry fans that will end up bailing (just look at their comics from the last few years for a great example). As bad as Inhumans is, hopefully there’s a silver lining in that it’ll be the wake up call Marvel needs to put out quality television again.

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