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If you missed the boat on Rick Remender’s Fear Agent, there are two beautiful hardbacks encompassing the entire run. This series is the best kind of pulpy sci-fi: the kind that has tons of heart.

I know this is probably for his upcoming role as Gordan but–whenever I see it–I can’t help but think J. Jonah Jameson is getting ready to put the beat down on the wall-crawler …

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Superheroes in Prose #15 on sale June 29th!

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Deadpool recently broke an opening weekend record for an R-rated movie.  That firmly puts it in Watchmen territory–not in terms of ticket sales (I don’t think Watchmen performed so well at the box office). I’m talking about the same territory as the comic Watchmen.  The one that ‘grew up’ the medium.  Which is what Deadpool has done for Superhero films.  The movie has firmly drew a line and said, “Hey, this stuff doesn’t have to be all family friendly.”  I can’t help but find it ironic, given that Deadpool and Watchmen are polar opposites from each other … which means they have mature appeal for two totally different reasons.  (In a Deadpool-style aside, I can’t help but wonder what an Alan Moore Deadpool story would be like …)

As far as the movie itself.  What can I say that you haven’t already read somewhere else?  It kicked ass.  It kicked ass even more than the first Kick Ass, and that’s really saying something.  The movie had a unique personality that it never strayed from.  Some critiques have been hammering the movie for its one-note villain.  On the one hand, I can understand the criticism.  On the other, given the villain more screen time would have slowed down Deadpool’s stuff.  And that’s really who I came there to see.

Deadpool is a great movie.  If you’ve read or heard something positive about Deadpool, it’s probably true.  If you’ve heard that it’s crude, vulgar, and slapstick, that’s definitely true.  But the movie has a surprising amount of heart that, at worst, I would say balances out all of the other stuff.  And at best, I would say even heightens it.

Superheroes in Prose #13: A Fabulous Anarchy, on sale March 1st!

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It’s taking me way longer to go through this thing than I thought.  But here we go with PPSS # 58.

Page 3: A cop on a guard duty says, “A lot of mugs would like to get their hands on what we’re nurse maidin’.” I don’t know if I can use “nurse maidin’ in a similar context tomorrow.  But I’m damn sure gonna try.

Page 5: Intro for the Ringer–a villain that turns city pollution into physical rings that he can attack/trap people with.  I’ve never heard of this guy–very interesting.  It may be cooler to turn him into a hero someday.  Can you imagine? A hero’s powers that only work with pollution?  The ups and downs of that story write itself.

Page 10: Spider-Man laughs after hearing the Ringer’s name (apparently he doesn’t think the villain is as cool as I do).

Last page: Peter gets to have another happy ending for a change.  A fun read, probably the best in the omnibus so far.

Superheroes in Prose #11: The Princess of Atlantis on sale in the kindle store now! 

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Despite the creative obstacles placed directly in Whedon’s path, he still gave us an Avenger film that absolutely kicked ass.

It’s difficult–really, really difficult–to deliver when you have to give so many characters agency in your story.  And the fact that he pulled it off so well three years ago just made his job more difficult this time, not less.  The pressure of creating something new and awesome is always more difficult right after you’ve created something else new and awesome. But having David Spader play your villain certainly helps.

When I first heard David Spader was playing the voice of Ultron, I got excited.  When I heard he was doing motion capture, I got ridiculously excited.  And you could tell–even through the layers of digital animation–that it was him.  His deliveries–such the unique inflections, that thing he does when he pinches the corner of his mouth inward, or cocks his head to the side–all of that stuff was there.  It gives an eight-foot robot a very interesting personality, which just gives all the other interesting personalities something fun to clash with.

Bottom line: Go see Avengers if you haven’t already. Your day will be better for it.

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With so many super hero shows and movies out there right now, we’re bound to get a few duds along the way.  The law of averages simply demands it.  From the very first frame of the very first episode, it’s thankfully obvious Daredevil isn’t one.

Instead of relying on the action to shove it along, DD gives us quiet moments with Murdock, Foggy, and Karen to make us really care about them.  Sure this has been done with a lot of other super hero stuff.  But that doesn’t make it any easier to pull off, especially when you make it work for your villain as well.

I don’t know whose decision it was to make Kingpin fidgety, somewhat scattered, and more than a little vulnerable.  But all of it works.  It gives him more layers, makes him more human, more … relatable.  Which, really, is one of the best types of villains you can have.  I found myself hanging onto that character’s every word, every action, even more than the protagonists.  I haven’t cared that much about a bad guy since Swearengen from the first season of Deadwood.  Vanessa fell a little flat sometimes, especially her flip when she saw Fisk bombing Hell’s Kitchen.  But there is only so much you can do in 13 episodes.

A great accomplishment for the creators, and an awesome grab for Netflix.  I’m really looking forward to the next season, as well as their next Marvel series.

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Finally getting back to the Roger Stern Omnibus commentary.  This time, I dive into PPSS 54: “To Save the Smuggler”

Page 1: A shootout on the street causes Spidey to make a passing reference to Police Surgeon (a TV show way before my time … I had to look it up to see what it was).

Page 2: Spidey rips one of those annoying temporary steel plate things from the road … something I wanna do every time I drive over one of the damn things.

Page 3: A bad guy says, “Why don’t we just ice him now?”  I wish bad guys still talked like that.  It would be awesome.

Page 4: A bystander that’s a little too close to gunfire says, “Oh, my golly.” I’m glad people no longer talk like that.

Page 9: A reference to what’s going on currently in Amazing Spidey.  It’d be cool to see stuff like that again.

Page 13:  Spidey takes the time to web a guy’s mouth to keep him from talking.  Turns out later the guy is a mute.  An awesome gag by Stern.

Page 14: Spidey turns a guy’s head to a 90 degree angle when he punches him.  How he’s still alive, I’ll never know.

Last page: Just when it looks like the story will end with the usual bad Parker luck, Spidey turns the situation around.  A neat way to turn the formula on its ear.

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