Marvel Team-Up Themed Solicitation Conspiracy Unveiled!
Others have already offered their takes
June 2004 solicitations
, but I couldn't resist adding my own
- Mike Deodato Jr. is the new artist on Amazing Spider-Man,
cover of which indicates a return to the strange head-in-crotch
anatomy first popularized by Todd McFarlane back in the eighties.
- What the heck is going on in that cover
to Amazing Fantasy #1? Is that a tiny spaceship
the cover character is chasing? If not, why does there appear to
be a very small person trapped beneath the glass dome of whatever the
heck that thing is?
- Spider-Man 2: The Movie comic-book adaptation.
Because it really doesn't matter who the creators adapting this are.
- OHOTMUSM04 - Best. Acronym. Ever. Or at least
- SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #15 & #16: I'm such a sucker for
Spider-Man team-ups, especially ones with Captain America, so I'll
probably check this 2-parter out. I only wish Steve Epting were
doing the interior art as well -- what a stunning
cover. (Is that based on an old Spider-Man model kit, or is
my memory playing tricks on me?)
- Glad to see that Electro (one of my favorite Spidey villains) is back
to his classic costume. Too bad he's appearing in an
overpriced, "hyper-realistic" book written by Mark Millar.
- In ASTONISHING X-MEN #2, "Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the
X-Men with the express purpose of astonishing the world."
Huh? "The express purpose of astonishing the world"? I'm almost tempted to pick up the book to see what that
means. For some reason, I'm thinking of that flamboyant kid from School
of Rock: "With these FAB-U-LOUS new costumes, you X-Men
will finally be able to ASTONISH the world properly!"
- UNCANNY X-MEN #445: Must...not...let...love of Alan
art override rationality.
- "Yeah, that
pose does look a little impractical, and maybe she would lose her
left leg if she tried that move, but you have to admit that it does show off her breasts really well. And isn't that what's really important?"
- CABLE & DEADPOOL #4: What?? No sample of the
cover by Liefeld for me to mock?? It's an outrage!! (But I
did like the line about the puppies.)
- IDENTITY DISC #1: I can't wait for next month's "special
event" from Marvel, "Marvel Comics Presents," a tribute to the
from a to-be-determined Marvel editor whose initials start with "J" and
"S" -- maybe Jim Salicrup?
- SHE-HULK #4: Ok, now
I'm convinced that Marvel knows about
my fondness for Marvel Team-Up style stories and is preying on that
weakness. This series seems to be getting decent reviews so far,
but I'm reluctant to pay $3 for any Marvel comic. So I guess I'll
gamble and wait for the trade. (If Marvel's general TPB program
is any indication, it's not much of a gamble, and I'll probably save
money in the long run: Looking at this month's trades, TPBs
collecting six issues range in price from $12.99 (INCREDIBLE HULK VOL.
7) to $14.99 (ELEKTRA VOL. 4, MYSTIQUE VOL. 1), which works out to
between $2.17 and $2.50 an issue.)
Finally, this cover is great:
What a brilliant Road Runner-inspired homage to cartoon-style
violence. It'll be even better if Mister Sensitive is able to
knock out Iron Man with an anvil in the actual comic. And when
are we going to get an X-Statix
(And to end on the theme of my unholy love for Marvel Team-Up
am I the only one who would be excited about an Essential or Marvel Age
collection of those old Spidey
comics? C'mon! Marc
, you're with me, right? Right??)