User Reviews Are The REAL Fifth Cylon

It was another mercifully light week, but one that packed some punches as well.  We try to make sense of most of it, but there is more to be heard, and the iFanbase team of reviews must be recognized.

Eadge made a special point to register just to write his sole review, but it really sounded a bit more like a cleansing of the soul. Suffice to say, Final Crisis #6 certainly engendered some strong feelings. 

Story: 1 / Art: 4

Why is it that every time I’m reading something by the great Grant Morrison I feel as if I’m NEVER reading it from the beginning. From the start, I’m just thrown into a world that doesn’t quite make sense to me or anyone but Grant Morrison. Sometimes I don’t even think he knows what he’s writing half the time. I know that that is his writing style and that there is usually going to be a payoff in the end but why should I have to wait for it to all make sense in the end? Why can’t it make sense most of the way to the end? IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK FOR!?!?!?


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astyak fills in where we don’t cover.  None of iFanboy are horror fans, but everyone is so excited about Locke and Key: Head Games #1, it would be a crime to let it go unnoticed. 

Story: 5 / Art: 5

Joe Hill has done it again. This well written comic from The son of Stephen King is a well-crafted story with gorgeous art by Gabriel Rodriguez immerses the reader in a creepy world where you just have to feel sorry for the Locke kids. How much can you survive?


Tork makes some assumptions about the people reading his review of Faces of Evil: Prometheus #1 I’m guessing he’s not all that far off. 

Story: 5 / Art: 5

The art is GORGEOUS. Its detail and composition is just stellar beyond anything I could have expected Look at that “Hotel Deacon” shot. Just look at it. It’s awesome. Those faces he gives Prometheus when he screams are just great. I don’t know who this Federico Dallochio is, but he needs more freakin’ work, stat.

Ragtime has made his peace with Manhunter #38

Story: 4 / Art: 3

So, I was one of those people who was upset the first time that Manhunter was cancelled, but by the time it got cancelled the second time around, I had sort of made my peace with it. By the end of the first arc of this newly undead iteration, I was verging on the same “Why can’t these characters stay dead!” mindset I had about, say, Metamorpho or Jason Todd. But these final two episodes made me change my mind.


There it is.  There was a wealth of reviews despite the small number of books on the stands.  We are definitely back in the swing of things in 2009, and there are many great and terrible comics in our future.  Make sure to read the rest of the reviews from this week!


  1. Morrison purposely set out to write what he calls "channel zapping comics", as a reflection of culture <u>right now</u>. It is suppose to read hastily, in short snippets.

    This also mirrors the idea/method in which the Monitors (and Monitor Nix in story) view the events of the multiverse. In this case, the Monitors = the readers. The act of reading, or veiwing, causes the events of the DCU to take place.


  2. "Morrison purposely set out to write what he calls "channel zapping comics", as a reflection of culture <u>right now</u>. It is suppose to read hastily, in short snippets."

    I thaught I detected a lack of respect for the reader. But it’s an interesting commentary.

  3. I was enjoying Manhunter, as I jumped on with Gaydos’ art.  While I could see why the series was so beloved, it felt like the spark had been sucked out of it.  I did enjoy the hell out of these last two issues though.

  4. "I thaught I detected a lack of respect for the reader. But it’s an interesting commentary."


    I don’t see how this is disrespectful to readers when the entire drive of Morrison’s DC work has been readers are the catalyst. That DCU is alive with the imgination of readers; a shared mythology in pulp. 

    It is a story telling choice he is making– to use the conventions of comics to tell a story about the breakdown of those conventions.

    Of course, if that is not the sort of comics one is interested in there is always Mighty Avengers & Ultimate Spider-Man.  

  5. It’s not respecting the reader to assume that he/she has a lack of attention span.

  6. Nor is it disrespect to require one.

  7. I don’t understand your meaning Conor.

  8. Grant Morrison requires the reader to work a bit.  That’s not disrepect to the reader.  It’s the exact opposite.

  9. Conor OTM.

    Itsa very complex tale Morrison is weaving. With a lot of things coming at readers, at different layers. A good mix between the immediate (the superhero fites, pulp art, super young team, etc) & the arcane (a promethan man quoting Milton while a literal hell on Earth is taking place, the god number, willpower as magic, etc) in Final Crisis. You have to work for it. 

  10. But here’s the thing, I think we can all recognize that this style of comic book might not be for everyone.  If you don’t like it, it doesn’t mean you’re a moron.  It just means you don’t like it.

  11. Sure. That’s why you got the traditional, meat & potatoes superhero fare in Mighty Avengers and Ultimate Spider-Man. For those readers that want something a bit more upfront. 

    To suggest Morrison is disrespecting the reader when he asks so much from them is just silly though. That is the actual disagreement here.

  12. I’m not suggesting it’s disrespectful to have expectations of the reader. I’m saying it’s disrespectful to saaum things about the reader. For instance, assuming the reader has a lack of attention span thus a need to for rapid fire "channel-zapping" stories.

    I think it’s an intersting commentary and literary experiment. But not a particularly pleasant one to read.

    But by all means, feel free to misconstrue this comment also.

  13. @JJ: Do you disagree that the modern age is one of short attention span?  The "MTV Generation" as we like to all it here in America?

    Also, let’s not go throwing stones about misconstruing comments.  There’s no need for passive-agressiveness in an otherwise civil conversation.

  14. I’m insulted to think that I, a reader, has a short attention span.

    I……Oh has a sale on Marvel products…..Oh and Obama is president tomorrow……oh and I wonder what I should wear for work this friday?……

  15. Morrison isn’t assuming readers have a short attention span by this "channel zapping" device he is using. Thats totally bizarre and mistaken. The device, and series as a whole, is meant to evoke our current times; the zeitgeist of the modern age. The information overload and jump cuts of a society that is so connect via facebook, twitter, myspace, text messages, et cetera; a virus that saps one’s willpower consumes it in nanoseconds. Hench, the whole "unplug the internetz!" bits. Obviously, FC is deeper than the "A" plot of Darkseid being a bad dude.

    And he [Morrison] is playing with all those conventions, expectations and context.

  16. That’s a fascinating commentary and concept, Labor. And I’m glad you brought that up.

    I still find his execution of this commentary/concept to be unclear and unpleasant.

  17. I got noticed again!  Woot woot!

  18. @ JumpingJupiter


    Now that’s a fairer statement.  The question of Morrison pulling it off successfully (or rather, will he pull it off successfully ) is much more valid.