AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #579
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The reason for these two images is for the simple fact Marcos Martin is my new favourite Spider-Man artist. I haven't enjoyed an artist's rendtion of Spider-Man this much since John Romita Jr's first, non-blocky, run back during the Stern era. In fact, Martin is one of the few artists that seems to capture that original Ditko and Romita Sr style while simultaneously invigorating it with his own unique feel.
Martin's Spider-Man isn't some muscle bound 90's abomination and he doesn't have his legs and arms made of rubber and wrapped around his head like other gross exaggerations. While these are two rather 'average' scenes in a Spider-Man comic, I just can't get over how 'amazing' his Spider-Man looks. The great use of perspective in the first image combined with the raw power that explodes out of the second image are just fantastic and I wanted to show off more of his work to everyone.
While it's probably true the bat isn't what inspired Bruce's crusade, I'm sure glad we didn't end up with a moth or the green Power Ranger from the last panel.
I don't even want to try and figure out how this fits in with continuity or if it's just chalked up to Darkseid's goons magically knowing about Silver Age continuity and trying to break down Batman's mind with it. Some things are better off left forgotten.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #21
I couldn't find the next page, but Mr Terrific actually asks KC Superman if he actually punched a lightning bolt, which he responds with the matter of fact reply of yes, as if it's no big deal.
While I don't particularly mind Jay being turned into this Kingdom Come version, I'm not sure why it needed to happen other than to invoke the nostolgia, rather than story based need, for Kingdom Come. Maybe we'll find out more next issue.
What Gog giveth, Gog taketh away!
SECRET INVASION #8
For those out of the loop, we've got Namor, White Queen, Dr Doom, Norman Osborn, Loki and The Hood making up this evil Illuminati grouping. As others have said online, the Hood gets in on his current status as opposed to his actual character quality, which makes it rather dubious. However, the whole Dormammu in the cape deal at least justifies his presence enough for me.
Emma Frost is another matter of contention as she hasn't been a bad guy in like 20 years. Was really hoping this was the new, evil White Queen that has been floating around, one Opul Lun Sat-Yr-9. Would have made sense to me, seeing as she's the actual White Queen of the Hellfire Club now, as opposed to a 'good guy' and X-Men member on Norman's evil team.
This wasn't in SI #8, but I lumped in here anyways. I believe it's from the current Wizard, but someone will have to confirm that. Some speculation on my own part, as I haven't seen what others have written about this online yet, but here's who I think everyone is:
- Captain Marvel (female) - Moonstone
- Black Suit Spider-Man - Venom (assuming it's just reduced size / mass / mouth closed up)
- Captain America Iron Man (note the colours / star on chest) - Norman Osborn?
- 'Hawkeye' - Bullseye
- Brown Suit Wolverine - Daken
Just liked this splashpage. Didn't pick this up, but I imagine someone is reading it out there.