Archive for March, 2012

Super Crooks

March 24, 2012

“Here is something I’ve wondered ever since I was a kid: Why do super-villains always commit crimes n Metropolis, Gotham and New York City when Batman, Superman and Spider-Man are there?” asked Millar, the Scottish writer of “Kick Ass” and “Wanted.” He added: “The entire cast of the Avengers live in New York so if I were a super-villain I’d go somewhere I’m less likely to bump into Captain America. That’s the basic conceit of ‘Supercrooks.’”

Meet Johnny Bolt, a super criminal who’s just committed a robbery alongside a gang of thugs. He’s stopped and sent back to prison by a foul-mouthed brute called the Gladiator. Meanwhile, in Vegas an elderly super criminal who used to be called The Heat gets busted for trying to cheat at a casino in Vegas. As punishment, the higher ups give him a month to produce $100 million dollars as payback. He seeks out the recently released Johnny and his girlfriend Kasey (a former super criminal), and it looks like we’ve got a super-powered heist story on our hands. Seeking an environment away from all the heroes, our criminal protagonists are on their way to Spain!

Millar absolutely loves reveling in the seamy side of comic book heroics, and in this case, villainy.  His characters typically ooze corruption and greed among other nasty traits.  So it’s funny here that the villains seemingly exude admirable traits like loyalty and friendship!  Johnny and Kasey both studied under Carmine and seem to have his back completely.  The fact that Johnny committed the robbery on his wedding day, not out of greed, but in order to ensure he and his new wife had money to live on, almost seems noble!

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Avengers #93

March 17, 2012

This beachhead Earth.

Neal Adams.

Skrull vs. Kree.

VG is $20

F is $40+

VF is $70

Nm 9.2 $200+

Those Skrull cows are eternal.

Fables #1

March 11, 2012

Fables is the hugely successful comic series created by writer Bill Willingham and published as part of the DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.

Fables features characters from traditional Grimm fairytales – such as Snow White, Cinderella, and Jack of beanstalk fame – who have been displaced in modern day New York. The characters form a secret community called Fabletown, and the comic follows the trouble they find themselves in.

9.8 is ~$250

NM is ~$50-70

 

Archie #16 gay marriage comic sells out in face of boycott call

March 2, 2012

Despite attempts by a conservative American mothers’ group to have it pulled from sale, the new Archie comic, which features a gay marriage, has just sold out.

 

Tracing the adventures of the teenagers Archie, Betty and Veronica in the small town of Riverdale, the Archie storyline has been running for 70 years and is one of America’s most popular comic series. Its publisher described the marriage of Kevin Keller, the series’ first gay character, in the latest issue as “a historic moment”, announcing yesterday that the Life with Archie #16 had sold out.

 

The strong sales follow a call from the American Family Association’s website One Million Moms for Toys R Us to stop selling the new Archie issue. The conservative Christian group is concerned that “children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store”. “Please remove all the same-sex ‘Just Married – Archie’ comic books immediately from your shelves. My decision to shop in your stores depends on it,” they have written to the retailer.

 

Homosexuality is a topic which is “too complicated” for children to understand, say the mothers, and “a trip to the toy store turns into a premature discussion on sexual orientation and is completely uncalled for”.

 

But Archie Comics co-chief executive John Goldwater has said that the company “stands by” the new issue. “Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealised version of America that will hopefully become reality someday,” he said.

 

“We’re sorry the American Family Association/OneMillionMoms.com feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.”

 

Announcing yesterday that the Kevin Keller issue had sold out, Goldwater said that Archie’s fans “have come out full force to support” the gay character. “He is, without a doubt, the most important new character in Archie history. He’s here to stay,” Goldwater added.