Billington

Billington

Name: Tom Billington

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August 28, 2013 10:08 pm This was a pretty mediocre arc... not awful, but not great. I'd say they made a mistake calling it the Hellfire "SAGA," because that gives it so much to live up to. The Dark Phoenix Saga's a classic, and Remender's Dark Angel Saga was the modern version of that. To take something as important to the X-men as "The Hellfire Club" and then tack Saga on the end... well that's gotta be epic. And this wasn't. The ending was a clever tease for the new series out in November though, which I was already planning to buy, but this has me looking forward to it more now.
July 18, 2013 9:41 am I wasn't sure I was going to buy this. I'm not a Deadpool fan but I like Posehn, so I was on board for the first arc. That ran out of steam for me so I hopped off before the second arc. But I love Iron Fist and Luke Cage and that era of comics so I scanned this at my LCS. Just opening it up, I knew I had to buy it. Pick of the week doesn't cover it. This was absolutely my favorite single issue of the year. Every single panel is packed with in-jokes, both in the dialogue and the art. Awesome references to the 70s, but even better 4th wall breaking references to modern day stuff (both the Iron Man 3 and the Aunt May bit made me laugh out loud, which is incredibly rare for any comic book I read). It read and looked exactly like a comic book from the 70s, but with some modern sensibilities thrown in. I was astounded. Read it twice, back to back. And they NAILED Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Deadpool. All three, characterized perfectly. Man. And the villain! I cannot get enough. I know the rest of this arc won't be like this, but I'll hop on board for now. Outstanding effort by all.
July 17, 2013 4:56 pm 5. Flash - Less for the super footspeed (although that is awesome), and more for the ability to process and perceive every moment in incredible fractions of seconds. 4. Shade - for a lot of the same reasons as the author. One of the classiest characters in DC's print, not to mention basically limitless power and immortality. I could use all that. 3. Captain Comet - (Whoa! Look at me! I name obscure guys to seem cool!) But really - he's the pinnacle of human evolution - the first mutant metahuman. Telekinesis. Not just telepathy, but the ability to control people's minds. Genius level IQ. Super strength and stamina. Flight. Frequent trips to space. It's like all the awesome of Martian Manhunter without having to be crippingly depressed because you're the only one of your species left. 2. Dr. Fate - Essentially the greatest sorcerer in the DC universe. The possibilities are endless. Plus, no requirement that you have to learn how to say everything backwards. (And no uncomfortable fishnets.) 1. Aquaman - basically 3/4 of the world is your home turf, you're a king, command over nearly all forms of life (not to mention all sorts of sea monsters we don't even know about), you're incredibly wealthy, and when you just don't feel like dealing with all the crap on the surface world, you just go for a swim. Throw occasional dabbles in magic there too. (This combines like all forms of Aquaman, DCAU included.)
July 9, 2013 4:17 pm I only picked this up because Kot was writing it. I'll give the next team a chance, but that's really disappointing. So much turnover is hurting a lot of ongoings.
June 26, 2013 11:04 pm Finally, the payoff. Waid was really masterful here. Issues 1-27 are essentially just one long story leading to this finale, and it was well worth it. Daredevil is my #2 favorite of all time, and this over-arching arc, and even this mini-arc, rank among the best Daredevil has ever had. Just really thrilled to have been reading these as they came out.
June 26, 2013 11:00 pm I loved this, but I think I'm going to trade wait - only because the advertising was too much for me. Murphy's art was great (I particularly enjoyed the prehistoric shark scene), but I really felt like all the ads detracted from it a lot - more than any of the 7 comics I pulled this week. Great story and great art - highly recommended - but I'm going to wait for a clean copy basically.
June 25, 2013 10:27 am Might have to update this list after the summer. Jason Aaron's "Hellfire Academy" in Wolverine & the X-men looks awesome. (I mean, if you're into evil and stuff.)
June 20, 2013 10:03 am This is one of my favorite series going. Here's the thing: I'll be honest and say that I'm having a pretty hard time following the plot and figuring out what's happening. The incursions, the inhumans, the in-fighting... it's a little above my head sometimes and I find myself having to re-read and/or look up summaries to figure it out. That said, I'm still reading this, not only because it features three of my all-time favorite characters (Doc Strange, Namor, and Black Panther), but because of the characterizations and interactions between those characters. Hickman's just killing it. The dinner with Strange, Dr. Doom and son, and Mr. Fantastic was outstanding. The discussion between Namor and BP was perfect - I mean exactly how those two would speak to each other. Even the conversation between Stark and Reed, two characters I don't really care much about, was in the proper voices. So yeah, a lot of the time, maybe I don't know what's going on, but I will absolutely pay to read perfect little interactions between some of the best names in Marvel. Great stuff.
June 13, 2013 2:39 pm Thanks for this. I read this yesterday, and although I've read a ton of X-Men, and could sort of tell that the last page reveal was a big deal, I had no idea what it was. Came here today specifically hoping to find out the deal, and sure enough it was the top article.
June 12, 2013 7:06 pm Finally! Well this is why I stuck around (even if I skipped buying a few here and there). Get rid of all the AvX tie-ins and all the savage land stuff and connect this Hellfire stuff back to the beginning few issues and you'd have a really solid run.