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    Swamp Thing_Full_2

    I read this issue against my better judgment. It’s not that I hated the first issue — I thought it…

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    Animal Man #2 cover by Travel Foreman

    This is continuing to impress me. The story seems like somewhere Animal Man has never gone before. Yes, he went…

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    Batman: The Dark Knight #1

    Bruce Wayne dressed in a suit and making a generic speech at a podium. Playboy Bruce Wayne casually chatting up…

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    froggulper's Recent Comments
    April 4, 2012 7:10 pm If there were categories for "Most Long-Winded, Barely Relevant Anecdotes" or "Mr. Congeniality On Twitter", then Scott would have gone 2 for 2. He's an okay writer, but I find all of the writer nominees to be more worthy of the award. VERY glad to see Bunn, Lemire and Waid up there. I'm actually glad to see that all of the Batman hype, fun as it is, didn't distracted the Eisners from looking at unsung high-quality books.
    December 6, 2011 8:00 pm I love Marvel "Must Have" editions. The pricepoint is so good.
    December 6, 2011 8:00 pm I don't think so. #5 is scheduled for two weeks from now, I think. I love it when Marvel does "Must Haves". I always wait to pick them up, even if I'm unsure about the series (which is the case here). I read issue #4 and it was okay. If I like 1-3, I'll continue on. But...$4 per issue or $5 for three issues? That's an awesome deal.
    December 6, 2011 7:17 pm I liked the book more than you did, but I agree that Buddy's personality just doesn't fit anymore. He's a family fan AND an actor AND a superhero AND an activist AND an avatar for a planetary force? It's too much. I think most readers just like all of the cute little details (about naive college kids worshipping him as a pop icon) but they don't really try to fit all of them together. When you try to do that, Buddy seems like a schizophrenic personality and a poorly thought-out, unbelievable character.
    December 6, 2011 7:13 pm Looks like an awesome time. Wish I could have gone. Beautiful people, beautiful beards, and beautiful art.
    December 6, 2011 6:09 pm Obviously I meant "The Hood", not the "Red Hood".
    December 6, 2011 6:08 pm This is the best comic news I've heard since DC announced the New 52 six months ago. I've loved certain projects Bendis has been on (Daredevil, the first 75 issues of Ultimate Spidey), but he's really, really overstayed his welcome on the Avengers franchise. 200 issues? On the one hand, that's obviously impressive. On the other hand, it's a little embarrassing. I can't think of a writer who's done LESS in 200 issues than Bendis has done on Avengers. There have been some good stories, but by and large the plotting was so decompressed, and often things felt like Bendis was just winging it and not really planning anything out. Random out-of-character moment after random five-page conversation about nothing. It often felt like Bendis was just writing whatever he could think of off the top of his head, and never rewriting or editing anything. It's hard to argue that his overall run was well thought out. 200 issues and there were, what, like only seven or eight actual "stories"? We got how many dozens of issues in which the Red Hood was just doing...something, while the Avengers were sitting around reciting pointless dialogue that seemed like it was out of Seinfeld. And then there were the dozens of issues in which the Skrull thing was teased to death. Granted, I didn't read all 200 issues, but I kept TRYING to like Bendis's Avengers. I'd like it okay every time I tried it, but after a while I couldn't help but notice that the overall story was moving at a snail's pace, and the writing seemed very slapdash. On the other hand, I thought the first few stories in the latest Avengers relaunch were pretty good. Looking back on things, Bendis's Avengers stuff in the 2000s reminds me a LOT of the X-titles in the '90s. Some of it was okay but a lot of it was just spinning its wheels and collecting the high sales figures. The last I looked on the sales charts, though, the Avengers stuff has really been losing stream and is no longer Marvel's top franchise (it's X-Men, again). So a year from now, when this is over, let's not act like Avengers only started slipping in the charts AFTER Bendis left. The franchise rose AND FELL under Bendis's watch. And it's arguable that the franchise really rose because of the inclusion of Wolverine and Spider-Man, not because of Bendis.
    December 6, 2011 12:57 pm "You all loved Civil War, right?" Well, yeah, but that had a better creative team behind it. Millar can be over the top, but he writes good events. Bendis? A spotty record at best. And his work on Avengers has been going downhill, as evidenced by sliding sales. (Also note that he plans on launching a THIRD Avengers title while this event is going on...) Fraction? His Uncanny X-Men run was pretty bad, and his only experience on events books was Fear Itself, the worst-reviewed event in years. Brubaker? No experience on events. His Uncanny X-Men run was one of the worst X-runs of the last decade. Aaron? He's doing okay on X-series so far, but his only event experience was Schism, which was not good (not horrible, but not good). Hickman? He's never written the X-Men or the Avengers. He's a great big-idea guy, but his storytelling style is antithetical to events. And Marvel's going to put ALL of these guys on the same event series? I...can't think of a worse strategy. Give me Mark Millar at his most juvenile: I'd take that over the above writing staff any day.
    December 6, 2011 12:41 pm Five writers??? Too many cooks are going to spoil this soup. I was expecting something much more interesting from Marvel at this point, especially in response to DC's recent surge.
    December 5, 2011 4:50 pm I'm pretty sure it's going to last another full 12 issues for Vol. 2. Otherwise they wouldn't've renewed it. It's normally a $4 book, so it doesn't matter if sales are as low as the recently canceled titles, which were all only $3 an issue. (Punisher MAX might be $4 as well, but that was ending anyway.)