So, I haven't blogged in ages. I've been busy with blah blah blah. That and I'm getting deployed soon. Thus, sometime soon, The Nerd Alert will be in hiatus. But, until then, I'm gonna try and pump out as much nerdadelic goodness as possible.
To treat everyone for me being gone so long, from now until Xmas, I'm gonna present "The Toof's 12 Days of Nerd Christmas". Enjoy!
- So, the final issue of "Ignition City" hit the stands. Hilarity ensued.
- "The Incredible Hercules" #137 followed up with Amadeus Cho in his search for his sister. This episode reveals the truth about his parents' deaths. This issue also has a showdown of the minds and reminds me why I love this comic so much. Actually, I never forget why I read the comic.
- In other news, I finally caught up with "Agents of Atlas" in the latest issue/crossover "Agents of Atlas vs X-Men". After Jimmy Woo resolved the bad-ass dispute (where M-11 whupped a more advanced robot by using literal Muhammed Ali arrogance) between Atlas and the Jade Dragon, the group goes up against the X-Men on their brand-new home turf, Utopia. For those of you that don't know anything about Atlas, well, here is a one panel rundown:
Peter David, author of the final volumes of "Captain Marvel" (which I swear is the funniest cosmic comedy before "The Guardians of the Galaxy") has hit my heartstrings with his run on X-Factor. I think that Peter David is writing the story of my life, though...
I am catching up on the awesome Atomic Robo comic. It is about a robot that was created by Nikolai Tesla and has been around since the 20's. Think Hellboy, but instead a robot. Why do I like this comic book?
Crossed #7 has the humans being tracked by the Crossed people. They start to realize that they have been tracked by the same group that they escaped from in the city a few issues ago. Patrick (the kid in the story) gets separated from the group.
In one of the most disturbing comic books I have ever read, this is probably the most inspiring issue yet. I'm quite positive that is the most I'll be getting as far as optimism for the main cast for the rest of the story. When the crew finds Patrick being chased by the Crossed, they all lose any sense of self-preservation in order to get Patrick back. Since the beginning of the story, they have always been on the run and this issue shows the first time they take the offense. FYI, the look on Cindy's face when she does what she has to do was the most fucked up piece of artwork in the whole series. That's saying alot, especially in reference to a comic book that had psychotic freaks jerking off into a bowl so their dad-paste covered bullets could infect others when they shot them.
The series is winding down to a close and though it is quite a fucked up read, I'm truly going to miss it. There are few post-apocalyptic comic books that are worth a damn in my book and this one is probably on my top five list.
I'm not going to fuck up the final issue of Warren Ellis's by making my usual bad jokes. I do want to say though that it was the perfect comic book ending to a perfect comic book. Planetary is officially this generation's "The Sandman".
After reading the latest issue of Green Lantern, it occured to me that I haven't talked about the Blackest Night arc. Truth be told, I don't know why I haven't discussed it. The Blackest Night has been building up since, well, pretty much since before Abin Sur crash landed on Earth and gave the ring to that cocky little shit named Hal Jordan. More recently, though, in the aftermath of the Sinestro Corps War, the Anti-Monitor's body became a black power battery. So, in forbidden prophecy, there was going to be a war of light, which is occurring right now. Black power rings have been flying all through the universe, resurrecting a bunch of dead people, including Thomas and Martha Wayne, Kal L, and many other folks. In my best Vincent Price voice, "The dead shall rise!"
Once again, throughout the DC Universe (same with Brian Michael Bendis's abortion called the Marvel Universe), continuity is running kind of odd involving the other titles. But, we should all have some faith in good ol' Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi and the other GL writers. The core titles of the GL universe are fucking sweet recently. Sodom Yat plunged himself into the Daxamite sun, thus turning the star yellow and allowing his people to gain Superman strength power to fight off Mongul. There have been revelations of the other different color spectrums, leading to some pretty shady under-dealings that the Guardians have been up to in the past. Oh, yeah, friggin Oa pretty much blew up.
What is really neat about this issue is that it resolves the whole elephant in the room that no one in the book talked about due to all the other craziness going on involving the War of Light: "When is Sinestro going up against Mongul?" What makes this issue worth blogging abut is that Sinestro finally goes up against Mongul.
Since Jordan's arrival into the GL Corps, Sinestro was always labeled an ugly stepchild, even though he was always by far the most willful. Shit, the guy created his own frigging corps. Mongul has always been a bad-ass and was the guy that beat Hal Jordan's ass after he destroyed Jordan's home of Coast City. By design, the two characters are perfectly opposite.
After going against each other, Sinestro kills Mongul after telling him that when he created the Yellow rings, he created a failsafe that allows him to be energized by whoever wears it. Instead of having a dumb comic plot moment and leaving Mongul's body to be resurrected by a Black ring, Sinestro's body locks him in energy status painfully, waiting until the Black Lantern situation is resolved so Mongul can just die. Sinestro reclaims his role as leader of the Sinestro Corps and tells Jordan that he will be leading the fight against the Black Lanterns. In the nick of time, though, a Black-ring resurrected Abin Sur and his dead sister (Sinestro's ex-chick) show up at the end of the issue.
You know what is fucking awesome? This is simply ONE title in the core GL line. The other titles have more fun with the Earth Lanterns, but the other Green Lanterns are neck deep in shit with the other spectrum Lanterns. Some are investigating the Black Lantern itself, while others are dealing with damage control around the universe. Go read The Blackest Night arc, but stay away from the other shit, folks.
PS - It's a cold day in Hell when a DC Universe major event has better continuity than a Marvel Universe arc; RE: Dark Reign. Let's all thank Brian Bendis for fucking up The Hood, the Secret Warriors, and, uh...the Marvel Universe.