Global Frequency #3

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Feb 2003 | Wildstorm

Writing: Warren Ellis
Art: Steve Dillon
Colour: David Baron
Letters: Michael Heisler

Invasive

An alien virus is accidentally downloaded to a Seti@Home volunteer’s computer and spreads in a pattern down the street. It rapidly rewrites human minds altering their behaviors and causing bleeding from the eyes. The infected, under alien control, do all they can to ensure their survival, even killing a couple cops and infecting another. They’re working fast on means to spread the infection through radio waves. The Global Frequency is called in to deal with crisis before it spreads any further and they only have seven minutes to write and execute an antivirus. When the virus itself describes an alien civilization in every detail, how can you negate it?

I wasn’t really expecting this type of story -some strange alien virus trying to reprogram the world. It seemed a bit off from what I’ve already read. My thoughts changed, though by the time I reached the end of it. It all worked out fine. The fact our heroine happened to be gay (or bisexual) was a nice touch. It made the whole outcome so much more sweeter and beautiful. And as always, Ellis’ writing is fantastic as well as Dillon’s art.

I really like how episodic this series is which each issue being it own self-contained story, but with small elements of a bigger picture in each. It makes it very digestible, especially for me who reads quite a large amount of books. It’s easy for me to forget what’s going on in books I haven’t read recently.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Global Frequency ends up with any oppositional problems. I s’pose we shall see.

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Thundercats Sourebook

Image and video hosting by TinyPicJan 2003 | Wildstorm

Art: Ed McGuiness | Jason Martin | Dave Stewart | Dustin Nguyen | Joyce Chin | Carrie Strachan | JJ Kirby | Carlos D’Anda | Alex Sinclair | Joaquim Dos Santos | Humberto Ramos | Ashley Wood | Kaare Andrews | Socar Myles | Jason Pearson | Dan Norton | Tony Avina | Ale Garza | Richard Friend | Chris Walker | Joe Phillips | Dario Brizuela | Jim Lee | Randy Mayor | Long Vo | Charles Park | Uden’s Sako
Text: Ford Lytle Gilmore
Cover: Arthur Adams | Carrie Strachan

This nice little book is a collection of brief bios of the several characters, vehicles, and items making up the Thundercats universe. They serve as a nice refresher to the universe and provide enough information to get those new to series up to speed. Each subject is accompanied by beautiful art by varying artists also making this a nice artbook.

The subjects appearing in this book are as follows:

  • Thundercats (as a group)
  • Tygra
  • Mandora
  • Lunatacs
  • Hachiman
  • Lion-O
  • Mumm-Ra
  • Grune
  • Thunderkittens & Snarf
  • Bengali, Lynx-O & Pumyra
  • Thundertank & Fist Pounder
  • Panthro & Cheetara
  • Ratar-O
  • Mutants & Castle Plundar
  • Lion-O vs Mumm-Ra (Sword of Omens & Sword of Plundarr)
  • Berserkers

This is really just another piece of collector’s swag for any Thundercats fan and hard to recommend as a purchase. It ended up in my collection only as I had everything Thundercats on my pull list at my LCS.

Namor #1

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Jun 2003 | Marvel

Story: Bill Jemas
Writing: Andi Watson
Pencils: Salvador Larroca
Ink: Danny Miki
Colours: JD Smith
Letters: Randy Gentile

Namor is the Prince of Atlantis who, as a child, ventures upon a local populated beach. There he meets a girl and spends time playing with her, unafraid to hide his culture. Now, much older, he finds himself struggling to prove himself among his people.

This wasn’t a bad issue, but it didn’t really spark anything. I’ve always loved undersea settings and adventures, particularly Fathom, and that was the sole reason I got into this series. Had I know this would be another Little Mermaid saga, but with a boy, I would never have picked this up.

All things considered, It had a decent enough beginning showing Namor’s childhood and then switching to the present to find nothing much had changed. But like most previews go, it’s just a little taste and setup to try and draw in readers. Only this one failed.

The setting is almost enough for me to continue, but I don’t particularly like Namor’s character in this issue. He’s still the brat he was when he was small. The fact his family doesn’t seem to treat him any differently now that’s he old enough to be considered a man, it’s no wonder why he hasn’t changed. I’m only slightly interested in seeing how he develops and where the story goes. I’m not expecting anything spectacular, though.

Ultimately, my continuation of this series relies on my finding the issues extremely cheap, or finding a TPB at the library.

Batman – Superman – Wonder Woman: Trinity #1

Image and video hosting by TinyPicAug 2003 | DC

Writing: Matt Wagner
Pencils: Matt Wagner
Ink: Matt Wagner
Colours: Dave Stewart
Letters: Sean Konot

Ra’s Al Ghul has freed Bizarro and is using him to help achieve his goals of genocide to allow the planet a fresh start. Batman and Superman have been working together to unravel this plot while later, Diana meets Superman for the first time. The two of them work together tracking down the stolen nuclear sub and infiltrating the nearby subterranean base.

I’ve always had a hard time with the supers genre. I love it and love the creativity and concepts flying around, but very rarely do I ever actually like anything I read. This book interested me mostly for the vintage styled cover and the three characters involved. I’ve always like Batman, being a normal guy that relies on his equipment and ingenuity to save Gotham. I hate Superman because it always comes down to Kryptonite and I’m sick to death of that. My only exposure to Wonder Woman was that old live-action television series, so I thought it would be interesting to see more of her and see how these three characters interact.

The story is interesting. I don’t know anything about Ra’s Al Ghul, but I really like his extreme views on what’s best for this planet. I really want to see how he plans to annihilate everyone. This amazon working with him is also interesting, but I feel it’s a bit too convenient to pull Diana into the story. Mistaking Superman for Bizarro is good enough. Helping him out as an extent of her apology works fine. Maybe their inevitable confrontation and how the story unfolds will help alleviate this? I hope so.

I really don’t like Wonder Woman. I don’t like her extreme feminism that border lines outright man-hating. It makes my stomach turn. Superman’s just doing his thing. He doesn’t her capabilities, cut him some slack. There’s no need to seethe about it. Ugh! I really hope that changes, or I don’t think I’ll be able to get through this.

Im really conflicted over this, but I’m going to keep reading and hope the story is immersive enough for me to get over my irritations and disgust.

Crossovers #1

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Feb 2003 | CrossGen

Writing: Robert Rodi

Pencils: Mauricet

Ink: Ernie Colon

Colour: Mark McNabb

Letters: Troy Peteri

In Crosstown’s modern day suburbia, the Crossovers are far from a normal family. Each of them embodies a unique stereotype from a variety of comic genres, the super hero, fantasy princess, vampire hunter, alien-touched boy-genius, and the family dog. However, they’ve managed to keep their secret identities from the rest of the family. All that will soon change as each of their arch-nemesis learn of their family.

It’s of no surprise I tend to like books like this. Following the life of a suburban family made up of supers that have somehow managed to keep their identities from each other is a pretty good concept. I’m not sure how they’ve managed for so long, but since the son got his powers after an alien abduction and the daughter blips through a portal to a fantasy world where she’s a warrior princess, that aspect seems to work out fine. I like the mix of genre. So far it works out, but I do have concerns when all the super-villains start causing trouble for the family all at once and how everyone will react when their cover is blown and also when they realize they’re not so different from each other.

This comic has everything. You’ve got your typical super, Archetype, the husband who works for Biotix and saves the city from disasters. The home hospice worker just happens to fill the horror genre, being an expert on this occult with a Vampire arch-nemesis. Like I mentioned earlier, the fantasy warrior princess daughter, and boy genius with wicked alien mind powers. I’ll be surprised if the dog is normal. It feels a little disconnected at times introducing story lines for all the characters, but it’s entertaining. The characters aren’t the brightest having carelessly leaked their identities to their foes, but I suppose we had to get started somehow.

I enjoyed this issue. It was a fun read. I’m not sure why I stopped collecting it at #4. Maybe I’ll remember when I get there. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the ride. It reminds me of the Illuminati University Gurps games I’ve played in the past. Wish I knew what happened to the book, loaned it out, forgot, and never got it back. *sigh*

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