Grotesque Anatomy
Friday, January 02, 2004
  Comics From The Future
Ah, 2004.  A brand new year.  A fresh slate.  What better time to try to figure out what comics I might want to read in March?  Yep, it's time for a quick rundown of stuff that caught my eye in the latest Previews (for comics shipping in March 2004):
Then there's the stuff that just makes me scratch my head:
DISTURBING!Wonder Woman's freakishly low ears
Someone needs to give Michael Turner a book on basic human anatomy.  His version of Wonder Woman is just wrong.  Her face looks especially misshapen.  Hint:  Her ears should not be sliding off the sides of her head.

The Marvel Previews supplement is a strange, strange beast.  First there's the fact that I can't escape Spider-Man's crotch swinging at me:  It's coming at me spread-legged on both covers.  Then I notice that this installment of MP leads with the same sample as last month's--a preview of the new series by the Ultimate Spider-Man team of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, The Pulse.  OK, this time around there were more pages, plus actual dialogue (more of, um, you know--wow--Bendis' stammering dialogue, yeah).  And it does give a better idea of the basic premise of the series:  J. Jonah Jameson, faced with declining sales of his newspaper, decides to give the public what it wants:  More superheroes (much like Marvel Comics itself).  But they still can't get Curt Connors' last name spelled correctly in the mock article on page two (last month it was spelled 'Connars'; this month it's 'Conners'; at least they get it right in the solicitation for Spectacular Spider-Man on page 8).  For another example of sloppy laziness, check out the text used in the "historic" newspapers framed in Jameson's office:  It's the same copy used from the Bugle article on the splash page.

In her Snarky Comments section, Johanna has commented on the unintentional humor of  Ultimate FF #4 being billed as Susan Storm focused while the cover features the Thing, but wouldn't it be a hoot if that was Sue Storm on the cover?  Wasn't there an old What If...? where Sue became the Thing?

Yikes!  Looking at the preview art for Captain America & The Falcon, I can see why Bart Sears' art was a dealbreaker for this book with Graeme McMillan.  For one thing, Cap's thighs are twice as big as his head.  I guess this proves that the Super-Soldier Serum was a steroid after all.  (I had scanned an image, but my PC lost it in the transfer from scanner to software, and I'm too lazy to rescan it.  I'm sure the image will turn up online soon enough.)

Finally, if Marvel is going to insist on using "The House of Ideas" tagline on the cover to Marvel Previews, they could at least be honest about the fact that the ideas are all endlessly recycled ones.

So what else are others looking forward to and/or dreading?
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