“I was walking down the boardwalk in Venice Beach and some kids had probably two litters of puppies in a cardboard box. They were maybe a day to 3 days old and she was at the very bottom of the box and she couldn’t open her eyes yet. Nearly could fit into the palm of my hand.. and they were like ‘gimme 300 dollars!’ and I was like ‘I got 20 bucks on me. Give me the one that’s not gonna make it through the day.’ And I took her to the vet and he was like ‘I don’t know, man. She’s too young, she shouldn’t be away from her mom.’ So I bottle-fed her for a month and she used to kiss her way around which is how she got her name ‘Bisou’ - it means ‘kiss’ in french. And 12 years later, here she is.”
that time Sam Winchester and Superman almost got into a fight that Lizzie McGuire broke up
Stana Katic 2013 events
Alright, this week’s reviews are going to end up on the light side because I don’t have the books physically in front of me. Usually I flip through each book as I review them, just to remind myself of what I read, but I read them all yesterday and just didn’t have time to review them right on the spot. Still, it’s pretty fresh for the most part, so let’s get started!
Action Comics #22
- written by Scott Lobdell
- art by Philip Tan
We finally get to see what happened with Cat Grant’s big idea for how to save her and Clark’s career. That was really nice. I was excited about the idea of Cat’s role in the Superman mythos getting expanded because she has been wasted in recent years. She’s a great character, and we get her usual funny and perky appearance in this issue. Lobell introduced some really interested character development when he had Clark quit the Daily Planet, but it hasn’t really been addressed since before the H’el on Earth event, so I’m happy to see that side of the story in this one.
Also, very happy to see Hector Hammond get some actual physical time in this book. He’s been kind of a “not at the scene of the crime” kind of foe in his appearances so far, so for him to get physical time in the action was pretty awesome. I’m definitely intrigued by the Pax Galactica, so I am looking forward to seeing how that plays out.
The usual stuff from Lobdell. When characters speak, they rarely sound like human beings. Hammond kind of got wasted and barely feels like an actual villain at times. He was in prison for very major reasons, let’s try and keep him feeling like a villain in this story. He comes across like more of an ally to Superman at times. And I don’t think Lobdell means for that to be the case, so It just doesn’t feel right to me.
Another thing that I’m not really sure how I’m supposed to feel about, is Cat’s big website thing. It’s kind of a terrible little thing, and I thought it was supposed to be a funny little joke and sometimes I feel like I’m supposed to feel that way because Clark constantly takes cheap shots at it. But Clark is actually running around with her. So it’s like this is actually something we’re supposed to take seriously. The whole thing is just weird and feels like it hasn’t been thought through very well. As much as I want to see their partnership and Clark without the Daily Planet, when it’s like this, it just doesn’t feel worth having in the book. It just takes up time and draws focus from the actual story, making everything drag.
One more gripe: Are Cat and Clark supposed to be romantic? There is a moment where they are kind of acting that way. Lobdell frequently refers to Wonder Woman as Superman’s lover, which I loathe btw, and he also throws Lois Lane in there as the woman that Clark wishes he was with. If we’re adding Cat into the mix, it makes Clark feel like a womanizer or something, which is so very out of character. It also demeans everything that he supposedly feels for Lois and Wonder Woman. Not good.
The Verdict: 5/10
I’m going to go out on a limb and assume we could’ve have cut out all of the Cat Grant stuff, plus some of the stupider stuff in space, done the same to the next issue, and had one really good issue. That’s kind of what Lobdell does. He could be so much better if he just scrapped some of this useless stuff like the weird Cat/Clark flirting, and inevitable unnecessary stuff with the Pax Galactica next issue, and turned two issues into one. It is a common thread across even his other books like Teen Titans and formerly Red Hood and the Outlaws. Cut out all the fat, and just make one really good issue at a time. He’d be so much better off that way.
But he isn’t that way, and I can’t give this better than a 5/10. This whole H.I.V.E. thing is just dragging on, and now the Pax Galactica are coming in to probably distract from it and drag it on even more. I genuinely like Scott Lobdell, aside from needing someone to edit his dialogue to make these characters sound like actual people, but he is his own worst enemy. He’d be perfect to pair with someone that is dialogue-talented, because he has great plot ideas, he just needs to do better on dialogue. Then of course an editor who re-formats this issues into shorter arcs, because there’s just too much fat on these meaty stories to keep a reader invested. I wonder if Kyle Higgins would be up for that. They’d help each other a ton.
Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1
- written by Cullen Bunn
- art by Salva Espin
I’m a huge fan of these mini-series. I thought Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe was awesome. Now it’s Deadpool vs. Deadpool. How can I not love that? And I’ll just say, when Lady Deadpool, Dogpool, and Kid-Pool showed up? I jumped out of my seat and fist-pumped the air. We need more of Lady Deadpool, in the worst way possible. She is one of my all-time favorite characters and I’d kill for her to have her own on-going.