"You now what I like?," says my fellow register jockey at work today. "The secret identity of a male model."
He now has my attention. "Male model?," I ask. After all, 'model' is one of the most popular occupations for the female super-set, so male model is an interesting choice.
"Yep. Nightwing's a male model."
"No way!," I exclaim. I mean, it makes sense in a way considering his fangirl-bait status, but still!
"And do you know what he models? Superheroes."
Before I have time to ask, he continues. "And do you know which superhero he models? Nightwing."
"You're kidding," I demand of him.
"Latest issue! He's in the show and a guy in the audience is like 'Hey, that guy is too good at this. He must be The Real Thing! And guess who it is?"
There is no way I could possibly guess anything at this point.
"It's Jason Todd!," he tells me with glee. "And they fight! On the runway!"
I am stunned. ".... get me this issue," I tell him. Sadly, I wasn't able to take it home in time, but I can confirm that visually that has to be what occured, despite DC's write-up on its website.
Why could I have gotten that as a preview?
It's Tuesday, I got a Soup at Hand, it must be time for reviews!
- Annihilation: Super-Skrull #2
- Please note that the 'Day Timeline' in the book was updated and noted with a correction from last issue. Andy Schmidt just might be an actual editor at Marvel Comics. It makes me proud. More of the same bad-assed bad-assery from the last issue with a moment taken to acknowledge how hardcore the Super Skrull is from the vantage point of a kid. it's nice to see the book notice itself like that; I mean, the Punisher gets away with a lot of stuff and we pretty much get used to chalking it up as par for the course, but it's nice to see a book that notes that the 'hero's' methods aren't exactly always the right ones. Super Skrull takes on the Negative Zone with a kid mechanic that is starting to realize that his childhood hero isn't all that heroic. in fact, he's a pretty brutal guy. But in the end, it might take 'an even more deranged form of evil' to defeat the Annihilation menace is his answer. The Super Skrull hunts down the way to stop the 'Harvester of Sorrows' (the catchy title of the weapon that took out the Skrulls), which turns out to be generically labeled as 'a virus', but we don't care too much as Super Skrull recruits himself rather forcibly a new alien squad. I still say this Annihilation thing should be getting all the good press, but prove Civil War hype wrong and pick up some fun.
- Cable & Deadpool #28
- Awww. He had to go and ruin the 4th wall breaking format by trying to give it actual format. When it's just a couple characters talking to you on a white page, we know not to take it seriously. Dress it up as some 'talk show' and it starts to get irritating. First page included, this issue we learn that Domino is still not an interesting character. Okay, I haven't read everything and I'm sure there's a comic out there that really brings out her wealth of depth and character, but today, she's not really fit to give the book running dialogue. Especially when there's Deadpool about. Made up country 'Rumekistan', controlled by the Flag Smasher, is under resistance fighting and looks to be up for an overthrowing. Domino is there to make sure the new guy isn't as messed up as the last guy, so is Deadpool, let the fighting begin. The art's actually really good as far as action goes, very well paced and fluid. There's an obligatory Civil War reference and we find out that the new leader in Rumekistan is... Cable! Surprise!
- Fantastic Four: First Family #3
- Not 4: First Family as you might guess from the logo on the cover. This time people seem a little more settled and a little less 'made up' so to speak as we see the start of Ben's private war with the Yancy Street Gang, Johnny's shown a little more polite than we might be used to these days, and the FF gets set to battle their first foe, the giant green monster from their first issue. Reed is all systems go on founding the Fantastic Four, enough to look into purchasing the Baxter Building from his little dockside warehouse, while Sue's not so sure that 'nothing is more important' that their new responsibilities. They still have a head chat with 'Franz' from the first issue, which only really serves to remind us that these sorts of re-tellings only really click when they extrapolate from the original story and not add to it.
- Last Planet Standing #1
- Last Planet Standing? Oh, it's Galacticus, doing what he does best and that's eat. The Richards (Sue and Reed) happen to be out in space when they catch sight of the oncoming muncher and send a distress call to Earth, where the Avengers are pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel. Earth's Mightiest Heroes are not s mighty according to the rest of the M2 Universe and even the President doesn't seem too happy they're the Earth's best hope. May Day internal monologues on whether or not it would matter if she went to college and gets called in as a reservist of the oncoming menace. The Fantastic Five (Fantastic 3 now?) go to see where Reed and Sue last were and find a big nothing, as if nothing was ever there! Not exactly monumental reading, but fun nonetheless. Hey, it's Galacticus.
- New X-Men #26
- If I remember correctly, shouldn't there be an 'after Byrne' note on the cover? I seem to recall most homage covers making a little nod to the first artist... Anyhoo, let's spin the Wheel of Death! Who's it going to be this week? To start, we get X-23 and Dust in a rather sexy looking burka chat about religion and what it means to a girl that not only met the person who created her literally, but who X-23 killed as well. Reverend Stryker explains what's making him nuts this time and it happens to be that he can see the future through the Nimrod sentinel he found. Stryker seems to think that the Days of Future Past storyline is a grand old idea and is trying to bring it about. It involves killing everyone (obviously), including Dust who has risen up in the wake of Wallflower's hideous demise to be the linchpin of the plan. Josh Guthrie feels awfully stupid for going along with all this and apparently leading Dust into a trap which she probably survived. Instead of investigating, Stryker gets cracking on his assault on the X-Mansion Internment Camp on the last page. Huh, come to think of it... why isn't this book getting more press? Why aren't people watching this book as it seems to be hinting that the entire Marvel Universe at this point just might be headed towards Rachel Grey's future?
- She-Hulk #7
- I was getting worried, but apparently Dan Slott knew that. The comics archivist at Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway mentions to Pug that the whole idea of Star Fox is kind of skeevy and not the kind of character he wants to read about. Pug reminds him half heartedly that Star Fox isn't a character, but it's still nice nod to the fact that this Eros guy gives me a bad vibe when looked at for sexual harassment. In fact, She Hulk herself seems to get the same idea when she realizes that all her flirting (and apparent foolin' 'round when they were in the Avengers together) might have not been her free will. But while i get squick'd out, she gets mad, grabs the guy out of the court and proceeds to try and get an answer out of him. Well, no answer is had as the Eternals yank him home than sully their name with this court case, leaving a reporter at the steps showing us this is just another example of 'privileged son using Daddy's connections to flee the country and avoid sexual assault charges'. Heh. Slate is cleared for Civil War.
- Spider-Girl #98
- Really, who thinks this book is actually ending this time? Normally, I'd have shrugged my shoulders after such a statement but after this issue, I'm starting to wonder where to sign the petition. The Hobgoblin has been hired by the Sciriers to dismantle Spider-Girl's friends and family network and goes about being enjoyable evil. Meanwhile, caught lying to her dad about Venom not actually being dead and more bonded to Normie Osborn, Mayday is grounded until her father 'can find a way to kill the alien creature'. That's awesome parenting. Of course, May Day has another costume and web shooters stashed away and can't help but try and stop the people out to get her and spends some time being really guilty about continuing to lie to her dad. Plus, Moose is going through a rough patch at school and working it through with Mayday at school ... instead of his forlorn girlfriend. Love triangle, villainous villain on the loose and personal guilt. This is a Spider-Man book. Not a bad issue to pick up off the shelf and a good recommendation to the pre-teen set.
- Thunderbolts #102
- Wait, when did the 'Squadron Sinister' get here? And why do they want to be called by their Max title name? Apparently, they and the Gamesmaster want to tap into the power source of the Church of Infinite Truth (apparently the Magus of the Infinity Gauntlet used to run with them, but I think they were mentioned in Cable & Deadpool... or was that another crazy cult?) in order to combat the
secret warcold war we'll say between them and the Thunderbolts. We get this information through the story of 'Thunderbolt' Joystick, a fairly ridiculous character given some time, some back story and motivation. It's hard not to look at a fair shake at a super villain without thinking about Villains United (okay, maybe that's just me), but it stands up pretty well. Good story, good art, plot's a little odd considering I'm not sure how fearful I should be about the... cold war between the Gamesmaster and Baron Zemo, but a pretty good issue to pick up off the shelf.
- Uncanny X-Men #473
- Speaking of plots I'm not sure how fearful I should be of... Remember Jamie Braddock mentioning 'The Foursaken' last issue before he was pulled into his own chest by green monster hands? Apparently, they are his old school buddies, a real Brat Pack that got kicked out of private schools, thus their moniker. Oh, and they have super powers. And there's a 'male' or opposite force to the Phoenix Force called the 'First Fallen' and they're trying to summon it, thus the End of Everything Psylocke mentioned last issue. Thank heavens there's a Watcher hanging around for exposition purposes. We also get another butterfly effect reference, meaning no one's watching for reused metaphors at the X-Office. Well, the Foursaken show up, cause some trouble at Cleopatra's Needle in London and set about using Jamie and the X-Men who came to rescue him to bring about the 'First Fallen', and Betsy's the only one who can stop them as they all get sucked into another dimension anyways. I'm pretty sure the End of Everything isn't going to happen and the story arc will be fairly self-contained despite its threat level.
- X-Men: 198 #5
- Last issue and what was a really good idea sort of has that rush job feeling. The kid with the crazy stomach manipulates everyone and has Leech and Magma kill Absolon Mercator (a name so silly I just can't help but say it as much as possible!). That... pretty much kills this whole '198 going to live by themselves on an island' thing and everyone goes back to the Internment Camp. Stomach Kid is never caught, Magma blames Empath, and in as about a resurrection-like analogy as they can fit in, Leech and Lorlei wait by Absolon Mercator's coffin only to wake in the morning and found himself turned into butterflies. God, I hate butterflies.
- American Virgin #3
- Remember the nice young man from issue #1? Well, his intended/soulmate was brutally killed on missionary work in Africa, senselessly so to boot. And she was sleeping in a room with another guy while she was in Africa and never told him. Oh, and it looks like she was raped too. Nice kid to angry slightly unhinged Christian off his own wagon in three issues. It would have almost made a bigger impact if he's put though all this drama and heartache but manages to remain true to his beliefs, but I guess that's not as interesting a story. Anyhoo, looks like there's a shady guy who's going to take him to the guy that killed his girl so... maybe we're breaking him down to build him back up.
- Batman: Secrets #3
- Third verse, same as the first: more moody, intense and provoking artwork from Sam Kieth, more telling drama and introspective character development and a little shoestring of a plot to hang it all on. To tell you the truth, I don't even care anymore, the book is too pretty and nifty to let it get you don't. Here we have the Joker's new squeeze selling him out to Batman because she can't get commitment from the Clown and we just keep slow dancing with secrets.
- Captain Atom: Armageddon #8
- Wow, 8 of 9 and we already know we get Capt. Atom back in the last Infinite Crisis. Bad timing? Lateness? And... Captain Atom married Plastique? The Canadian terrorist? Wow. Well, Apollo and the Midnighter are sent down to off Captain Atom, the usual thing you do to a guy who's going to 'destroy your universe'. A pretty heinous fight goes down, Grifter gets his head melted and set on fire and the boys take the fight on the road to space. When you're killing a guy who's a nuclear reactor, you have to watch where you do it. If you're committed, great. It's an interesting read with some minor commentary on the Wildstorm universe, but we all pretty much know the end result.
- Cartoon Network: Action Pack #1
- We got a toned down Samurai Jack story, a simple Powerpuff Girls tale and something to do with big robots called Mega XLR. This is kids only stuff, but I wouldn't say it's dumbed down or anything. Give to the younger set with pride!
- Fables #49
- The issue before Something Happens. Everyone remembers the storm and any thought that's given to the moment before is always relative to the damage the storm wreaks. This is merely filler and story push to get us to the next big thing. Mowgli finds Bigby, he gets him to come back to Fabletown with him, the chick Bigby shacked up with goes back to her world, Snow and the North Wind notice a change in the winds he didn't cause and everyone's got that sense of foreboding. Why? Next issue.
- Firestorm #25
- Killer Frost, Mister Freeze, some men issues and Firestorm. Welcome to issue #25. With the two villains combined, they hijack Firestorm to take him to the sun where Killer Frost can finally feel warmth for the first time by absorbing enough heat from the surface. Yeah. Fun science ensues, a random giant floating head moment from Professor Stein and someone peeking in on this world that gave me the willies, and an answer to the dilemma that made me wish I paid my attention in Physics. Batman shows up at the end to pick up Freeze, admonishes Firestorm for not doing a better job and goes home. Firestorm freaks out. 'He's just an ordinary guy in a bat suit. I could take off his head in a second! But he's got me shaking! That's the way I want to be!' You can almost see the stars in his eyes. The story is fun, the artwork a little confusing when they switch from Firestorm Mode to Inner Firestorm Mode, but this is another one you might be able to take off the shelf for flip through fun.
- Wildcats: Nemesis #9
- Last issue. It's a lost relationship week at Wildstorm as to cap off another 'isn't she AWESOME?' uninked back story, Nemesis used to date Mr. Majestic. But, their love was forbidden, and he was forced to 'breed' with her mentor, so he's a dog and doesn't understand her feelings. Back to the present, Charis takes on the back guy who calls her names and insults her while she counters with witty repartee and his own swords in his stomach. She gets rescued by Mr. Majestic, asked to join the Wildcats, but no! She's far too independant and cool for them. Eh, it wasn't monumental or surprising, but it was fun.
Happy Wednesday everybody.