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08 September 2007 @ 11:50 pm
'Girl in the Fireplace' won the tv Hugo and that makes me annoyed. Seriously, I hated that one. I even would be happier if that SG-1 episode won and there really is no love lost between me and that show.

Well, at least the other results were more sensible. Not even one matches my preferred choices, which I find shockingly unsurprising, but they are good stuff, too.

Now, comics:

Uncanny X-Men 490 'The Extremists, part 4'

Quite frankly, I'm getting a bit bored here. The plot is well-constructed and coherent. Solid. Just not particularly engrossing. And certainly too slow. It might be Brubaker's thing ('Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire', people) or he just has to fill pages before the crossover hits.

At least it's good his book and Carey's are somewhat coordinated, both revolving currently around precogs, so that they can be tied together later in the Messiah Complex. Nice.

The Querty woman and her Book is a well-presented idea (a bonus point for an interestingly life-ruining mutation) and going the religious/prophetic/cultish angle is always a smart move because, if you are skillful enough (and Brubaker certainly seems skillful enough), you can justify the most outlandish character behavior this way without losing much credibility. Now, Brubaker's boys and girls so far act in a fairly logical manner and I hope he keeps this up, but he now has a handy Option B to fall back on. He thinks ahead, I like that in a man.

The X-Men are visibly out of their element in this story, with the Morlocks having tremendous advantage over them here. Which makes sense, because it is their territory after all and having the team just sweep in, throw a few random punches and miraculously save the day would be seriously unrealistic. Typical for comics, but unrealistic. And extremely annoying. This way, Morlocks are shown as competent, if slightly unhinged, adversaries, without making the X-Men look stupid (just unlucky and playing against the odds), and I certainly appreciate it.

Still, I expect significantly more action next month. And, as a side note, I still hate Larocca.

The 'Endangered Species' installment is a bit more lively than usual and I like the idea with the mutant gene disappearing completely even from the MGH samples. And Bishop's appearance is very welcome. I missed that guy.

Incredible Hulk 110 'Warbound, part 5'

It's a Hulk-centered book and I hate Hulk. Some inquiring minds might ask then, why am I actually reading it. An excellent question. I wonder about that myself. I do have two reasons, the first one being that it's a tie-in to the Current Big Event and the second that Angel somehow got himself a place on the roster as - apparently - The Whiny Voice Of Reason, which amuses me to no end, but I admit that they are weak and sorely insufficient. Perhaps I just enjoy feeling self-induced rage. Must be that. Anyway, my point is, everything I write here is probably going to be horribly biased.

Ok, I don't really hate Hulk. I don't care about Hulk enough to hate Hulk. I just dislike him and I think he's too much bother. Frankly, I hope, after the whole World War Hulk mess is over, they fire him into space the second time so that he's out of my hair again. The one that I have genuine hatred for is Amadeus Cho. The mere sight of the little snot gives me blind rage (which, btw, is kind of an accomplishment since it's really a rare occurrence when I have so much raw emotion invested in a comic-book character). The fact the he yaps here constantly, practically in every panel, is no help at all.

And what is that crap with Hulk never killing anyone? That little theory with him unconsciously calculating his actions with Bruce Banner's genius brain to minimize the casualties is a neat one, that I admit, but saying that no one ever died under the mega-tons of debris Hulk has produced over the years is stretching it extremely far. No way that's gonna fly.

The only tolerable part of the book for me is the support team, as random as it is. Angel, Hercules and Namora basically just stand around doing nothing at all, but they are somewhat entertaining. For the life of me I can't remember how Scorpion ended up in this book so I was pretty surprised to see her here but I like her, too. She can stay. It's pretty worrying that I can't remember, though. I did read the previous issue, honest. Oh well, it proves quite clearly in how high regard I hold this title, if I can't even be bothered to remember what actually happens in it.

New Warriors 4 'Defiant, part 4'

It looks like at least half the cast here is made of ex-X-Men (hee) and, since X-Men are my babies, the books gets an extended review.

'New Warriors' seems to run in sort of counter-balance to 'Avengers Initiative', but so far it comes across somewhat lacking in comparison.

Firstly, we are already in issue 4, and I still don't know who half of these people are. Before this issue I had no idea that the beskirted guy is Chamber and the begauntleted chick is Angel Salvatore. Well, it might have been mentioned somewhere earlier, I read the previous issues a bit carelessly, but I still think it should have been handled better. And it still leaves half of the team identity-free.

Secondly, the book really doesn't make nearly enough of the fact that they are ex-mutants. Now, for clarification, I think it's a great idea, using ex-mutants, still eager to fight and to make a difference or, perhaps, just desperate to feel special again after their own powers were ripped away from them. It's great material that really should be featured more heavily here, especially since it concerns five characters. Or possibly more.

While I'm on the subject of ex-mutants, I'm not exactly happy with Beak and Angel Salvatore being here. Barnell might have an idealistic spirit in him for such shenanigans but Angel certainly does not. She always struck me not only as a very practical girl, but also one not terribly fond of being a mutant. Besides, aren't they supposed to have a dozen children? What happened to that? One-sentence mention four issues ago is not enough.

Thirdly, it's not really clear what the purpose of this group is. Yeah, they don't like the Registration Act and they want to do their super-heroing without the government meddling in. But what do they actually want to accomplish? Some more focus on that would be great.

On the whole, it's not a bad book, just not particularly interesting at the moment. We are four issues in and it has yet to convince me to actually care.

One little thing. I'm really glad they didn't go the Evil Bad No-Good Iron Man route there. That really wouldn't have worked for me at all. I like Iron Man.

Ok, another little thing, I just cannot keep quiet about it any longer. That Wondra business is a deliberate joke, right? It just has to be. There is no way I can take equipping Jubilee with DD boobs and calling her Wondra seriously.

In other news, 'Ms. Marvel' is in the middle of the most entertaining storyline since, well, ever, though that's mostly due to her new support staff being rather fun (yay, Machine Man! yay, more screen-time for Agent Sum!) as Ms. Marvel herself is as bland as always. Also, in 'Iron Man - Enter the Mandarin' mini, Iron Man battles the Mandarin. It's still the first issue, so he doesn't get very far with that but he does it with acceptable, though not terribly high, level of entertainment. Joe Casey I remember from his stint with the X-Men, which went more or less ok (apart from the X-Corp storyline, which did not go well at all) and brought me Stacy the Prostitute, one of my favorite X-Men ever. Eric Canete I never heard of before but I like him already. His Iron Man looks a bit, uhm, funky there but he draws a mean Mandarin.

Current Music: The Dresden Dolls "Coin-Operated Boy"
Danielle Ní Dhighe: dw timey wimeydarkphoenixrisn on September 8th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
I'm one of the people who loved "Girl in the Fireplace". Heh.
Professional Sinnerm_agda on September 9th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
Lots and lots and lots of people loved 'Girl in the Fireplace'. I do realize I'm in the minority here. There are just no words that can express how much Madame Pompadour got on my nerves.

And don't worry, I'm not going to hold it against you ;)
Stan Ford forever!romine on September 9th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with the first poster. I think "The Girl in the Fireplace" was absolutely brilliant, Steven Moffat is a genius and Sophia Myles was a wonderful choice for the part. But I know people other than you who were, to put it delicately, only mildly impressed, too.
Professional Sinnerm_agda on September 9th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
Well, I knew I would run into serious opposition on this one ;)

I do agree that Moffat is very talented gentleman. 'The Empty Child'/'The Doctor Dances' was utterly fantastic, possibly best in the whole series ever. 'Blink' was not only very engaging but also the only DH episodes that was genuinely scary. Moffat is great. He deserves awards. Just not for this episode. The plot there was actually well-constructed, the pace set very skillfully, the Clockwork Robots one of the most fascinating antagoninsts to be found in the DH universe. I just hated that Reinette woman so much it eclipsed everything else (I have nothing agaist Myles herself, she's ok). And the fact that the Doctor actually left Rose floating in space so he could save Reinette gives me rage. Boiling rage. So, my hatred for that episode might not be particularly rational (though, really, what hatred is?) but it is of truly epic proportions.
Stan Ford forever!romine on September 11th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
It's alright, I'm not judging you. :D God knows I have felt hatred towards a huge number of great shows/movies/actors that was completely ill-founded and not in the least rational. In the end, it's all down to our individual taste.
eolivet on September 10th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
I liked GitF the first time I saw it, but I think that was just because I thought so much of S2 was mediocre. Having just seen S3, I'm like "...that ep won anything?!"

(And I also thought the whole...willingly stranding Rose in the 50th+ Century was pretty much...un-fanwank-able [to coin a new phrase!] )
Professional Sinnerm_agda on September 10th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
After season 3, season 2 really pales in comparison.
And making the Doctor leave Rose (and Mickey, let's not forget the poor bugger) to fend for herself in some alien ship in space was just unforgivable. Un-fanwank-able, too ;)
eolivet on September 10th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, I absolutely agree that it was unforgivable from a character perspective. I was just thinking that also from a writing perspective, that's a pretty big plot hole for even a "good" ep. :/