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  • Le Messor

    by Published on 04-27-2010 08:55 PM  Number of Views: 6178 
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    There's something been bugging me lately about modern comics, and I think I've finally worked out what it is.

    It came up partly because of the upcoming The Last Airbender movie, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. I've enjoyed most of his movies, but the tone and pacing are polar opposites to the cartoon.

    Then somebody asked me to lend him recent DC or Marvel comics so he could get into them. The most recent thing I could lend him that was good enough was Young Avengers (he'd already read Runaways).

    I think we've all noticed that comics follow the vagaries of fashion, same as anything else. The current fashion is ultra-realism; in comic book movies, I think the peak is The Dark Knight.

    The thing these trends do is abuse the trope. It could be good once, on one thing, but they shove it on everything, until you're sick of it. Even though the realism one is doing the same, I'm still behind it.
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    by Published on 04-04-2010 07:18 PM  Number of Views: 8917 
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    Something I've noticed lately is the habit certain P.C. types have of trying to prove that they're picked on and victimised by showing how comic book members of whatever group they're P.C.ing this week are treated; every slight, every nastiness that happens to a member of that group becomes cause for a cry of 'bigotry!'

    One particular list had members of their groups with horrible fates ranging from the worst -- dying several times within a few months, being generally beaten up and abused -- to the just plain bad --
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    by Published on 03-14-2010 12:04 PM  Number of Views: 2506 
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    Issue: X Men Noir: Mark of Cain #4
    Writer: Fred Van Lente
    Artist: Dennis Calero
    Date Published: March 2010
    Alpha Appearance: Alternate version of Puck
    Period in Alpha Flight's history: N/A

    OVERVIEW:

    It all comes together. People are betrayed, friendships are affirmed, new characters are crawling out of the woodwork (literally).
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    by Published on 03-06-2010 09:20 PM  Number of Views: 1466 
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    Issue: Doctor Voodoo #s 4 & 5
    Writer: Rick Remender
    Artist: Jefte Palo & Alessandro Vitti
    Date Published: March & April 2010
    Alpha Appearance: Talisman's cleavage
    Period in Alpha Flight's history: Current at time of publication

    OVERVIEW:
    The Unreal has taken over the world with a little help from Nightmare, Doctor Voodoo's brother, Daniel, is no longer a brother, having possessed Damon Hellstrom. All the mages in the world seem to have gone to Nightmare's side.
    Daniel must free his brother then the world from Nightmare's spell.

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    by Published on 02-28-2010 12:02 PM  Number of Views: 1998 
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    Issue: Uncanny X-Men #521
    Writer: Matt Fraction
    Artist: Greg Land; inked by Jay Leisten
    Date Published: April 2010
    Alpha Appearance: Madison Jeffries
    Period in Alpha Flight's history: Current at time of publication

    OVERVIEW:
    Following on from previous issues, the X-Men hunt down the remaining Predators and those who sicced the beasts upon them, but fail to enlist the aid of the governor of their state. (Oops, these are Predator Xs, not those Predators.)
    Meanwhile, Magneto meditates, making his nose bleed alliteration.
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    by Published on 02-28-2010 11:35 AM  Number of Views: 1834 
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    [TD]Issue: Nation X #3
    Writer: Chris Yost et al
    Artist: Karl Moline et al
    Date Published: April 2010
    Alpha Appearance: Box and Diamond Lil; Northstar cameo
    Period in Alpha Flight's history: Current at time of publication.

    OVERVIEW:
    There are four separate stories in this issue. I will be reviewing one of them:
    Boxes: Following the events of X-Force #23, Madison thinks back over his life with Diamond Lil.

    I've listed the time period as current; it is, but it involves flashbacks over several months, since Utopia X, and even comments on their first meeting.[/TD]
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    [TD]REVIEW:

    First, the other stories in this issue aren't bad. I'm only skipping them because of a distinct lack of Alpha Flight content.

    The artwork isn't my type. It does the job, but I like more detail and realism than this artwork contains; your results may vary. It's also flat in places ("Day 17" in particular).

    The image we open with is of Diamond Lil as Snow White; but there won't be a Prince Charming to save her. Not even a dwarf (Puck, where are you?).
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    by Published on 02-27-2010 10:33 PM  Number of Views: 3735 
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    Issue: X Men: The Asgardian Wars collection
    Writer: Chris Claremont
    Artist: Paul Smith (pt. one); Art Adams (pt. two); various inkers
    Date Published: Original stories: 1985; original trade (pictured above) : 1988; current hardcover: 2010
    Alpha Appearance: Whole team crossover.
    Period in Alpha Flight's history: Between v1 #s 19 and 20.

    OVERVIEW:
    Scott Summers gets blinded by the light, and crashes his airplane. Rachel Summers gets somewhat slightly upset by this, and attacks Alpha Flight in mistaken retaliation.
    Snowbird, meanwhile, is getting very, very sick.
    Her supernatural senses and the crash lead them to the north where they find a world of wonders; a fantasy city of wealth and taste. Oh, and Scott is alive and well.
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