Friday means many things to many people. For some, Friday means it’s the last work day before a well deserved weekend. For others, Friday is the day you head to the beach, fire up the grill, and celebrate the birth of your country.
At iFanboy, Friday means it’s letter column time.
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It’s Ray from Union CT. I have a few Comic questions dealing with the storylines and everything going on lately in the Marvel Universe
1) I just read the newest issue of Fantastic Four. The end was Bruce Banner. I got the new Hulk issue and it had Banner fighting the Red Hulk. My question is if Banner is in FF then why doesn’t he act like the regular Green Hulk?
2) Angel was in Uncanny X-Men, but in X-Force he is made into Archangel….can someone explain this to me by any chance?
3) Can someone explain the new New Avengers issue at all?
4) Also what kind of process makes the skrulls a human or whatnot cause I didn’t understand that at all in my new Might Avengers and New Avengers issues?
5) Also is the new Vision dead? cause he got blown up in Secret Invasion #3 and I wasn’t sure at all.
Seems to me lately that the DC universe makes more sense than Marvel. Just my opinion,
Hey Ray from Union, CT! I’m sitting in Norwalk, CT right now responding to your email and it feels like I’m just having a fun comic book conversation with you. I hope that’s not too weird. Anyway, I love quick and to the point questions, so let’s dive in:
1) My guess is the Banner/Hulk seen at the end of Fantastic Four #558 is a Banner/Hulk from the future or from an alternate timeline or something. I’m pretty sure with great confidence that he’s not the Banner/Hulk from the Marvel 616 universe (the main Marvel timeline), as he’s been in SHIELD Custody and in the pages of Hulk by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness. Mainly it was the different look (the wife beater and the long hair) that gave it away for me.
2) The whole Angel/Archangel thing was a head scratcher to me too, which I think is a testament to the poor story telling currently occurring in the pages of the awful X-Force comic book. As far as I can tell, the events of X-Force #4, where Angel is brutally attacked and then turns back into Archangel occurred AFTER the events of Uncanny X-Men #499. Simple as that. Although, I do believe that he is just regular Angel in Uncanny X-Men #500, so we’ll see how they handle that.
3) I assume your referring to the latest issue of New Avengers, #42? Well we basically went back in time and saw when/how the Skrulls got to Spider Woman/Jessica Drew and replaced her with a Skrull, and then we see how and when that Skrull is present for big events in the past few years of the Avengers, like when the Raft breakout occurred. I didn’t think it was that confusing…
4) Well to be honest I don’t understand the process that makes Skrulls into humans. On one level, they’re shape shifters, but as we’ve learned, they’ve combined science and added in their faith to be able to shape shift down to the DNA level, so its unnoticeable by people like Wolverine. That’s pretty much all I know. How it works it exactly? Well I’m not a Skrull, so I couldn’t tell you.
5) I don’t think the new Vision is dead as he plays a big role in Young Avengers. I think Vision is like Marvel’s version of DC’s Red Tornado. Since he’s an android, he’s susceptible to blowing up…a lot. They’re usually able to piece him back together, and he’s always just as creepy as before. Although I have to say that the new Vision from Young Avengers is far less creepy than the Avengers Vision that we know and love. He’s one creepy android.
Maybe I’m partial to Marvel over DC, but man, I would choose Marvel everyday over DC in terms of “making sense.” Have you read Final Crisis? Can you tell me what the heck is going on there cause I’m pretty much lost and Conor gets too mad at me when I ask. But if you want to talk about confusing comics, Grant Morrison is your man.Ron Richards
Hey guys Aaron here. I have been less busy lately and have found myself with some spare time to write a review on my favorite comic book website. I wrote a review of Astounding Wolf-Man and I was wondering if any of you guys are reading it and if you haven’t why not! It was fantastic and sins you guys are such big Kirkman fans it’s a must have. I thought Ron was reading it maybe?
Thanks and keep up the good work.
I think I was the only one reading Astounding Wolf-Man following the Free Comic Book Day #1 issue. Unfortunately, I remember being a bit underwhelmed by the first issue, but since it was a free book, what can you expect? I read the next 2 issues, and I just wasn’t feeling it. It wasn’t really bad, but it wasn’t really all that special either. Unlike Walking Dead and Invincible, I just wasn’t being grabbed by the stories. I never really loved the concept, and the art wasn’t my favorite thing, and finally, for some reason, the title always really bugged me. I just figured that if it turned out to be really good, I’d hear about it, and get it in trade later on. It wouldn’t be the first time people discovered Kirkman’s good work via collected editions. But after all this time, I haven’t really heard that much about the book until we got this letter. The schedule also left a bit to be desired. The first issue was Free Comic Book Day in the spring of last year, and now we’re getting to the 7th issue. So even if he’s building up to something awesome, it’s taken over a year to get there. Yet according to your review, even you agree it was a bit middling until this latest issue. Perhaps your patience paid off, but if that’s truly the case, I will look into seeing what I’m missing.
Besides, I can’t look Robert in the eye and admit to him I don’t like one of his books. Then again, he doesn’t let me talk long enough to get there. And at least he’ll look at me.
I was wondering if you guys have a favorite animated series based of their respective comics? In anticipation for the Gotham Knights DVD, I’ve been going back and checking out Batman: The Animated Series, Superman, The X-Men (90′s series) and the Justice League Unlimited. While all of them for the most part are pretty solid, DC did an amazing job with the Superman series and Marvel with their X-men series.
Anyways, It would be awesome to hear what the iFanboy crew remember being their favorites or perhaps their least favorite animated series/episodes!
Thanks! Patrick Kenton
PS: Wow Batman TAS ‘ first two season don’t really stand up too well today, but man the series more than makes up for it later on. My favorite film’s though have to be either Return of the Joker, Mask of the Phantasm, or The New Frontier.
Who doesn’t love a good comic book animated series? I really enjoy them. This part year I’ve been DVRing both The Batman and Spectacular Spider-Man (because who in their right mind gets up at 9am on a Saturday if they don’t have to?). I think that Spectacular Spider-Man is a fantastic show and I like it more with every episode I watch. The Batman is pretty good, but its watchablility usually depends on the guest stars/villains. This season they had a lot of JLA guest stars and those were fun shows.
I must admit that I never really got into the X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons that seemingly everyone who is 5-10 years younger than me watched, with great fervor, in the 90s. I might have seen an episode here or there, but I don’t remember any of them. Why would I, when the absolute pinnacle of all superhero cartoons were airing in that same decade? Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series are modern day cartoon classics. Last year I did a three part series examining Superman and come hell or high water I will do the same this year for Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, two shows that I haven’t seen more than five episodes of all together. I am looking forwad to it.
Despite the empirical greatness of the Batman and Superman cartoons, my heart still belongs to Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (I hear the opening theme in my head as I type this) and Spider-Man, the 1967 cartoon that I watched on TV everyday when I was a kid. Its opening is imprinted on my brain forever.
I’m going to have to disagree with you, Patrick, when you say that the first two seasons of Batman: The Animated Series don’t hold up today. There are some classic episodes in there including the two part (heh) introduction of Two-Face and Heart of Ice, perhaps the best episode of any animated series… ever, in my opinion. It won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Series and really helped to establish that this was a show that could be enjoyed by adults as much as kids.
Man, I love Batman: The Animated Series so, so much.