Reviews Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1

Seems I’ve been letting boys invade this blog. This guest blogger is Jason Sellers, my partner. I’m Donna to his Doctor; or more like he’s the Francine to my Katchoo. Only we have less problems. To set the record, I DON’T READ COMICS BECAUSE MY BOYFRIEND GAVE ME SANDMAN. In fact, I seduced him with my love of She-Hulk on the first night we met. Anyway, as he read the following comic, he kept telling me about the crazy and I said, “Oh, you have to write a post for my blog.”

I recently picked up The Incredible Hulk: The End hardcover for really cheap. This collection includes the two-part “Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect” by Peter David and George Perez. I’d heard of this story before, and I knew it was supposed to be one of the most renowned Hulk story arcs. Originally published in 1992, Marvel solicits this story as a “career-defining” story from “perhaps the greatest Hulk writer in comics history” that ranks “among the classics in Marvel history.”

“Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect” #1 by Peter David with art by George Perez

Future ImperfectJason Gives This Comic Two Stars

David’s story takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Distopia. At the start, a group of people are running through the crowds talking about some sort of plans. These must be the good guys! How do you know? Well, for starters, one of the women gets shot in the head by super-future-robot cops by the fifth page! Continue reading “Reviews Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1”

Reviews Atomic Robo (Vol 2): Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War

Atomic Robo and the Dogs of WarErica Gives This Comic Four StarsAtomic Robo (Vol 2): “Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War” by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener

Atomic Robo made me cry. Actually, the introduction by the author and the artist made me cry. Atomic Robo certainly hits on the trend of people my age being fascinated with the between World Wars era and World War II. Plus, it carries some clear steam-punk sensibilities in Robo’s design and some of the monsters he fights. But I think what Clevinger and Wegener hit on in the introductions is something critics of our fascination miss: our relationship with our grandparents, who lived during that time. We were the “latch key” kids of Baby Boomers, who spent a lot of time with grandma and grandpa. (Perhaps even more than our own parents did with theirs as they grew up when Western peoples immigrated or moved across country.) Atomic Robo is a tribute to our grandfathers: of the good things and the humor. People die, but Atomic Robo isn’t here to remind us about the horrors of the war — except perhaps the steam-punk horror inserted into Robo’s villains — but celebrates the best war stories where the good guys win and the bad guys lose. It helps that Atomic Robo’s bulletproof. Continue reading “Reviews Atomic Robo (Vol 2): Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War”

Why Siege isn’t for me — Reviews Siege Prologue

Siege: PrologueErica gives this comic one star.Siege Prologue by Brian Michael Bendis

Yawn. This isn’t event fatigue; this is not having any investment in the story of Asgard. Of course, I’ve always been a TV over film person, so it makes sense that these big blockbuster comics don’t intrigue me.

What’s worse is that I don’t believe for one moment that Norman didn’t already know everything Loki told him. Obviously, only a bunch of exposition to help out the reader. But it was just kind of boring exposition with gutless posturing.

Side pet peeve: When did Loki become a man again? I really liked Loki as a woman. (Slott was the first writer I noticed using a male Loki.) Plus, all the character profiles in the back were of men. Yes, that means only men are considered the major players in the Siege. Which makes me even less interested than I was before.