Sunday, October 26, 2008

Real Life Falcon Punches

Unless you're an avid video game fan, you'll be unfamiliar with the term "Falcon Punch." It's a move from F-Zero poster boy, Captain Falcon in the Super Smash Bros. series. The words are usually used whenever someone gets slugged really good.

I saw a couple of videos on the internet a few days ago, which lead to the blog entry you see here. These aren't doctored videos on YouTube. This stuff actually happened.

Falcon Punch #1

Falcon Punch #2

The guy that got socked in the second video had down syndrome, FYI. The first video I find funny. The second one, not so much. I'm actually at a loss for words on that one.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Can Spider-Girl Be Saved?

Spider-Girl has faced cancellation numerous times in the past, so I can't help but wonder, is it possible she dodge the bullet one more time? With only four months left before the title gets the axe, I think this really could be the kid's final hour, as much as I hate to say it.

However, Spider-Girl has what may be the most passionate group of fans out there. They've flooded Marvel with letters telling them not to cancel Spider-Girl. Over the last 10 years, these fans have been the reason the title has remained in publication.

Some have speculated that Tom DeFalco plans to tie up some loose ends with the last 6 issues of Amazing Spider-Girl, but he's also said there are more stories to tell. I want the book to stick around as much as anyone else. I don't care if it is a niche title, it's still one of the best comics being published.

Will the same old, same old be enough to keep Mayday web-slinging this time? I'm not sure, but it won't hurt to try.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Farewell, Spider-Girl

Every Spider-Girl fan's worst fear has been realized. Amazing Spider-Girl #30 is going to be the last issues of the title and this time, it looks like it's for real.

I didn't start reading ASG until ASG #19 so while the ride for me on ASG has been short, I've been loving it ever sense. I've read a few issues of the first SG run and I've enjoyed those as well. If there's any good news, it's that Mr. & Ms. Spider-Man may go from 10 to 16 pages in Amazing Spider-Man Family.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Spidey vs. Firelord

I'm sorry for not having posted a blog entry here for a week. I've been busy with other things. Nothing really important, though. Why bide my time doing worthwhile things when I can commit myself to doing less productive stuff?

Anyway, I wanted to talk about an awesome two part Spidey story I read about a month ago. I should have came on here to talk about it sooner, but like I said before, busy goofing off. The story, I'm referring to Amazing Spider-Man #269-270. Spidey fought a lot of guys that are his superior in strength and power, but Firelord ranks above a lot of them.

Spidey's desperate battle against Firelord all started with a simple screw up behalf of some ignorant fools of New York. In a pizza eatery, Firelord wants some grub and a few of the locals mistake him for a mutant. These peons would only be so lucky if they were dealing with a mutant. When they attack Firelord things get ugly and Spidey comes in to do his hero thing. He not only strikes Firelord, he takes his staff away from him, something no other opponent has managed to do up until this point. Unfortunately for the web-head, he made the mistake of thinking Firelord's staff is what gave him his power. Proving just how wrong Spidey's assumption was, he attacks the building the web-slinger is stinging to and with one hit, it explodes into pieces. This is when Fireloard let's slip that he's the former hearld of Galactus. Now for the uneducated, if you worked under Galactus, that means you're sporting cosmic powers, meaning most people wouldn't want to screw with you. At this point Spidey realizes just how outlcassed he is and chucks Firelord's staff into the New York waters so he can escape. Peter thinks it'd be a good idea to let someone like the Avengers or the Fantastic Four handle Firelord. Since he doesn't know him as Peter Parker he could easily leave things to someone more equipped to handle the situation. When he's about to change, he spots some pictures of uncle Ben, and Peter's unbreakable sense of responsibility kicks in. Win or lose, he's gonna let Firelord know he's been in a fight. "One heck of a fight!"

It doesn't take Firelord long to recover his staff and once he does, he's out turn Spidey into a pile of ashes. Firelord's attacks are not something that can be shanken off like a jolt from Electro or a hard punch from Venom. If someone like Spidey were to take a hit from Firelord, that'd be the end of him. Game Over. The fight moves from skyscrappers, office buildings, subways and ends at a demolition site. Spidey does everything he can think of to stop this guy, even blowing him up in a building. With nowhere left to run, Spidey lays into Firelord, hitting him with everything he's got. He doesn't give Firelord a chance to strike back. He's just beating the crap out of him. Captain America andt he Avengers arrive to let Spidey know the fights over. Spidey looks to the ground to see that his foe is KO'd. Not only did Firelord get owned, he got owned by an everyday man. That had to be a huge blow to his ego.

What can I say about this story? I LOVED IT! This is a lot better than Roger Stern's two parter which pits Spidey against the Juggernaunt. I have great respect for Roger, but Tom DeFalco wrote the better story. You could really feel the fear and tension of the battle that weighed on Spidey. He couldn't let Firelord hurt anyone but the odds of him dying were a lot higher here than in most of his other battles. Spidey is a guy who mostly uses his brains to outwit his opponents, but every now and then, I think we need to see him pulverize the bad guy and that's exactly what he did here.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Holy Moly

Yes, I do read stuff besides Spidey. I can't afford to pick up 30+ comics a week, but I do enjoy the limited selection that's on my file at my comic shop.

Anyway, a few months ago, I saw the first sisue of Billy Bastion and the Magic of Shazam! There was a single copy left and like an idiot, I didn't pick it up. After reading about the comic from Chris's Blog, I knew I should have picked it up. Sure enough, when I tried to find a copy of the first issue at my comic shop, they didn't have any. Thankfully, I didn't make the same misake when issue #2 came out a few weeks ago.

Billy Bastion & the Magic of Shazam! is written and drawn my Mike Kunkel. And if you're looking at this cover, or you've flipped through an issue and thought that it's a kid's book, you'd be right. Yes, it is a comic geared toward's kids, but so is Tiny Titans and Mini-Marvels and those comics are fantastic. Just because it's for kids doesn't mean adults won't enjoy it. If I were a betting man, I'd lay odds that The Magic of Shazam! was being purcahsed by more adults than it is kids.

Anyhoo, in issue #2, we learn that Billy and his sister Mary aren't the only ones that got powers from saying the magic word "Shazam." A 14 year old boy named Theo Adam was chosen as a champion and like Billy, he'd transform into a grown up version of himself, except he was called Black Adam. Problem was, Theo was more or less the opposite of Billy. Where Billy wants to do good, Theo wants to cause chaos and destruction. Fortunately, Theo can't remember the word that grants him his powers. However, that doesn't stop him harnessing the power from the statues of the Seven Deadly Evils of Man. These status now have physical forms and are following Theo's orders. Needless to stay, stuff is gonna hit the fan in issue #3.

This comic is highly recommended. I don't care if you're 5 or 50. Billy Bastion & the Magic of Shazam! is for comic readers of all ages. I will so be there when issue #3 drops.

Amazing Spider-Man #573 Variant

As I've stated in the past, I'm not one for variant comic covers. The limited print run of these covers is an excuse for the comic distributors to jack up the price on something I wonder will stay under the $3 price tag. Regardless of my thoughts on variant covers and the current direction of Amazing Spider-Man, I still think the variant for Amazing # 573 is five different kinds of Awesome. Note that the all powerful, immortal Stephen Colbert is on the cover, paying homage to Amazing Fantasy #15. Not only does the cover bring a smile to my face, but I think the artwork is pretty solid and is drawn by Marvel's EiC, Joe Quesada. I may not be all that fond of the guy, but he's one heck of an artist. My only knock against the art here is that Spidey's costume looks baggy. If you don't feel like paying an absurd amount of cash for a flippin' comic book just to get this variant, having a digital version cover, or the logo in the right hand corner, right just click the image to the left and save as.

Mr. Colbert and Spidey will team up in a back up story for the final issue of the New Ways to Die story arc. This back up tale will be written by Dan Slott. Here's to hoping it will be a million times better than Spidey's team-up with Jay Leno a few years ago. Don't remember it? Didn't read about it? Consider yourself lucky.

I'd like to thank Robert J. Sodaro for posting this cover up on his blog. I may not have found it otherwise.