Wednesday, August 15, 2001
I got: Dork Tower #14, Ultimate X-Men #8, New X-Men Annual 2001, and Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine! #9
The FF mag is what is described in the Doctor Who fan community as "fanwank" -- it's self indulgent, greatest-hits stuff. I mean, next issue promised Doctor Doom vs. Galactus. It's over the top, nostalgic, and very silly. But I recently read some of the oriignal Stan Lee and Jack Kirby FF that this is imitating, and it's only slightly more exaggerated than this, really.
New X-Men Annual 2001 is slightly disorienting, because it's done on it's side in a sort of "wide-screen" type format. It's also been released out of order from the main run, so it's a little confusing as it takes place after some stories we haven't seen yet.
I think I liked the first arc of Ultimate X-Men more than this one -- i'm losing track of the plot a little bit, and they're throwing in too many of the old characters too quickly -- a fatal flaw in revamps, I think, especially when the revamped characters are similar -- but not identical -- to their original versions.
Dork Tower rules. If you're a fan, of any of those geeky types, you should check this book out. Especially if you're a gamer, but I haven't been for a long time, and I still think it's great. For a sample, two characters have this discussion in this issue:
"Can Fanboys find love, Ken?" - Carson
"Hmmm... You know, they might possibly be the best people to be in love. Think about it...we're devoted to games that go out of print as soon as we learn the rules! We adore science fiction series that television stations will cancel as soon as they gain any kind of following! We Feverishly await movies that Invariably bite, and we follow comic book characters even if the companies treat us like dirt and trash their own creations!" - Ken
"In other words, we know we'll be dumped eventually" - Carson
"It's a more useful outlook than you might think..." - Ken
ha! Seriously, check it out. I had this recommended to me a couple of months ago, and I've got both trade paperbacks and you can pretty much get everything still. Lots of the strips are available online.
(My life can probably be understood by combining Dork Tower with The Norm, with a very light touch of Dilbert.)
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