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  • capnjiffy 11:09 pm on December 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Capnjiffy reviews The Exiles 



    Exiles was a Marvel release which ran for at least 100 issues, yet in many ways had little impact on the less of the Marvel universe. Essentially it was a combination of the old Marvel What If? stories and the Excalibur v.1 story, the Cross-Time Caper. The Exiles are grouped by an entity called the Timebroker (or so they are told) and are comprised of various characters both new and old, often from various Earths.

    There is not always much to do with Earth-616 (the regular Marvel universe), but this can be a good thing. Too often comics from DC & Marvel try to put their particular character or team at the center of everything which is going on; this can get tiresome. Exiles started a few years back so most of it is free from the non-stop tie-ins like House of M, Civil War, Annihilation Saga, and Secret Invasion in just the past few years. (More …)

    • phokal 1:18 pm on December 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      The Orpheum? That’s right down on State Street! We’re all doomed! They’re here!

  • capnjiffy 6:28 pm on October 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , The Last Man, Vaughan, Y   

    I finally read Y: The Last Man 

    In a world with one man, the best comedian is still a man.

    In a world with one man, the best comedian is still a man.

    Brief introduction: I am Ben, oft-known as Pickett. If you know Aaron there is a high percentage chance you already know me as the cranky asshole who whines a lot and is not very good at video games. Ergo, I will mostly restrict my writing to comic book and television show-related topics.

    As a bonus gift for reading, please download this fan-translated ROM of Mother 3, aka Earthbound 2. Available for your GBA emulators.

    Get your Mother on!
    And yes, you can still name your favorite food.

    Brian K. Vaughan is an excellent comic writer. His Mystique stand-alone series is one of my favorite comics overall, including the non-superhero stuff. It helps to have some familiarity with X-Men, but it’s not necessary. Of course, X-Men knowledge is helpful in all facets of everyday life, when push comes to shove, as people say. In any case, outside of the author, that has little to do with Y: The Last Man.

    The number one drawback to Y is that it’s very difficult to talk about audibly, as the phrase Y: The Last Man can be confusing to someone who isn’t familiar with it. Honestly, that is probably the worst thing. (It’s pretty annoying)! Also I have been asked to keep this spoiler-free to appease The Aaron, so I will do my best.

    The basic premise of Y is simple enough. Except for plants, everything with a Y chromosome on the planet earth dies. The lone survivors are Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand. The letter Y itself is a pervasive symbol throughout and it can be viewed as gimmicky or thought-provoking. In any case, that is the story. What would it be like to be The Last Man on Earth? (More …)

    • phokal 11:44 pm on October 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I think I’ll have to let this sink in a bit before I can deliver a full fledged comment. I’m also not as far into the story (vol 5 or so, so 1/3 to halfway?).

      One thing I did like in particular was how they re-reference the Day Zero event. Initially it is handled very clinically. Discussed.

      “is that really the worst thing you’ve ever seen.”

    • detnap 7:35 am on October 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve read a bit (end of vol 3) and it seems like the end of all the story arcs they had introed in the first issue.

      It is pretty good as a concept, but I will agree that sometimes, it seems like a bunch of set pieces put together and the characters are just going from situation to situation because they are “interesting”.

      I think I read comics differently because I honestly am interested in the why. Sure, the journey is its own reward, but I think that knowing what happened is a pretty good reward too.

      Also, in case you didn’t see my other comment in the theme part post, there are rumors that there are possibly remaking Syndicate.

    • phokal 4:09 pm on January 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve made it through Vol 6. Still enjoying it. Certainly a fun read, but that helps it catch you off guard every once in awhile (like with the above quote: “is that really the worst thing you’ve ever seen.”)

      They like to play with moral grey area, but I’d like that to be done a bit deeper. Mostly it’s people who are “good”, but do or have done bad things. I’d like to see some people who come across less good, but still have questionable moral ground without being “bad guys.”

      I have a feeling I’ll see some of that before the end.

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