Some weeks it’s mostly likes, other weeks it’s dislikes.
So what’s grinding my gears this week?
Iron Man 2020
Alright, I got an advanced preview of Iron Man 2020 #1. I’m not a big fan of Dan Slott but I’m always willing to give writers a chance on new stuff, because I think that’s fair, right?
Now I know why I don’t read Slott’s work. Honestly, this was just a horrible read. I got bored about 4 pages into it and just couldn’t continue reading it. I just skimmed through the rest, reading what looked like what was highlights. I’m not an advocate of getting people fired but Marvel, if you’re reading this, you should think hard about keeping Slott on writing duties. I’m sure he could be you know, moved into the basement. He can keep his stapler too.. but please, please remove Slott on a character before he ruins yet another one.
The other thing that really bothered me was the armor suit Arno sports. I know it’s a regurgitated design but seriously, how would one actually utilize their arms with such huge gear looking joints on this armor?
Pete Woods art is great but man, they gotta do something about those gears….
For a book that has 12 variants coming out of Marvel alone, I’m sure there are shop variants as well, this is not a book I’d be promoting with it’s own launch party. I like Inhyuk Lee’s art but even his variant, the gears are huge.. WHY?!! Why so big? A few of the other variants don’t seem so bad and seem more realistic on something that would actually work and not get in the way.
For you all actually interested in this atrocity of a story, it’s on final order cutoff tomorrow (Monday the 16th).
Marvel Playing Speculators?
Is Marvel playing us speculators? With the recent Miles Morales Spider-Man #13 issue where we saw a debut of his new baby sister, we saw speculators start gobbling these books up.
Yeah, these went up on the secondary market on release day but was it truly collectors seeking these out or were speculators buying from other speculators and flippers, hyping this book for the future “potential” it carried?
Then you get Marvel in on the action to tease that it’s a character that could be used in the future… it’s going to work too, even after the fact. There will be additional printings, you can count on that!
We need a list of heroes where they debuted as babies in comics to later become heroes to see how such firsts fair on the open market. Sure they become semi-key books but do we really see these command premiums over the issues they debuted as an actual action hero with their alter ego hero names?
Buy low, sell high.. don’t fall into the fear of missing out.
And since my local shop had a stack of these that no one was grabbing (I even showed up later that evening when plenty had a chance to grab them throughout the day), I’m giving away a copy I picked up to a lucky person who comments in this article. So it pays to read and pay attention. Same rules applies as usual, I’ll pick a random comment up until Wednesday.
Tynion on Batman
One would think with the Holidays I’d have more likes and not as many dislikes but sadly, it’s just a bunch of dislikes so far.
That extends to Tynion taking over Batman writing duties from Tom King. King just didn’t end up fitting well as a Batman writer in my opinion but after reading the first two issues that Tynion has put out, I must say, I’d take King back as writer.
There is literally a line that mentions “Bat-Nailpolish Remover”…. The only thing that would have made that line even worse is if Tynion threw in a “Holy” in front of it..
You’ll have to pick up Batman #87 to find out how Tynion squeezed in such a cheesy line..
Dustin Nguyen Artwork
Okay, so to keep this from being entirely all dislikes, I’ll point out a like for this week.
That goes to Dustin Nguyen’s FOC variant for Folklords #3. This is just an awesome looking cover on FOC tomorrow.
That’s all this week. What’s grinding your gears this week? Tell us here or in the forums where anything goes 24/7.