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Name: Jonathan Dranoff

Bio: Life-long Marvel fan with a growing interest in great stories from other publishers. Favorite work these days includes anything Astro City, Captain America (especially since Cap's death), and Astonishing X-Men. Favorites of all time: Watchmen, X-Men/X-Factor in the Sinister/Apocalypse era, '70's Avengers, Astro City (especially the single issue with Samaritan and The Infidel), Adam Warlock and the Infinity Watch. Wish list: the ability to read through a D.C. "Infinite" epic, actually understand what's going on, and suspend disbelief.


For those who have been following the Abnett & Lanning space epic for the past few years, they know that…

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Inexcusable or inexplicable? Self-aware or self-deluded? How could this embarrassment have possibly happened? Why do I find myself offended, or…

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For a couple of issues, Slott seemed to be cruising at a decent pace. However, the current issue of Mighty…

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coltrane68's Recent Comments
May 28, 2010 8:56 am I agree - great roster. Fantastic characterization of Beast, and really funny (and smutty) interplay between Valkyrie and Black Widow.
May 28, 2010 8:52 am The art may not have been as good as Epting's, but it is so much better than the Romita Jr. work in last week's Avengers book that I was delighted to read this.
May 28, 2010 8:51 am Great review - this was my POW. The writing was excellent, but I agree that the art was truly standout. I like this better than Alex Ross - I often find Ross's work fatiguing to the eyes. Braithwaite's style is a little softer, perhaps less harsh or severe.
May 24, 2010 7:54 pm Potentially dumb question, but why did Firestorm need the phone book in the first place? Did he have a hard time seeing over the dashboard of the Firestorm-mobile?
May 24, 2010 7:50 pm Josh - is there any other way to get these other than via Twitter (just not my thing)? What about RSS?
May 24, 2010 7:46 pm How is it that the color reproduction is so much worse on the Marvel cover after the banners are added? I'm an audio guy, and the difference between the images seems like some kind of compression was added - there is less dynamic range in the pic with the banners.
May 24, 2010 6:57 pm If it were in my budget, I would buy this immediately. It will be a great gift for a variety of people this year.
May 24, 2010 4:13 pm The Busiek story was really good, and the contrast between the art in this and the terrible Avengers art in the main book was impossible to miss.
May 24, 2010 4:09 pm It's not just the faces - the bodies were also horribly drawn. It was almost as if a teenager had done this work.
May 24, 2010 4:08 pm Great review. I'm not sure that you were tough enough on the art - it was horrible. It distracted from the little bit of a story that did take place. A very disappointing book.