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BOOK OF THE WEEK: ANNIHILATION PROLOGUE
Comic Review by:
Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer: Keith Giffen,  Artist: Scott Kolins/Ariel Olivetti

Marvelís attempt to revamp and bring their cosmic characters back into the mainstream begins this week with the double sized prologue to the Annihilation event. Giffen has been dealing with cosmic folks since his return to Marvel as a replacement to Jim Starlin on the short-lived Thanos book and the recent Drax the Destroyer limited series that made the character back into what he was intended to be when Starlin created him. The book starts as these things always do with Thanos watching and waiting for the wave to begin that will do really bad things. We are seven days out from the beginning of the end and Giffen takes us to a prison complex where the Annihilation wave begins its onslaught and wipes everything out. Naturally, the rest of the galaxy is unaware and we join Nova as he returns to the home planet of the Corp. As he did sometimes on Earth he is getting no respect from his fellow members while at the same time Drax has arrived to be locked up only to see some complications. Giffen has been playing with us up to this point because the wave finally reaches the planet and a whole bunch of stuff gets blown up on an impressive level. When everything is said and done Nova is quite alone and Drax is trying to stay alive so being the sadist that he is Giffen leaves them and introduces us to the Kree/Skrull territory where Ronan the Accuser learns that his status has changed somewhat and then he leaves there and we are screaming for him to stop doing this. But he has to introduce us to the rest of the cast so we get a page of the Silver Surfer then the Super Skrull before we meet the thing behind all this and if you havenít realized who that is then you arenít paying much attention to the title. The remainder of the issue consists of text pages introducing us to the players we will see in the limited series that follow this. This is supposed to change a lot and from this first issue we see that they are serious. I have no idea what the death count is at when the issue ends but you can tell that Giffen has learned well from Starlin, the former master of death. The art is impressive with double page spreads of constant destruction.

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BIRDS OF PREY #92
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
Gail Simone, Artist: Paulo Siqueira

The first BoP during OYL brings along a new artist but Gail Simone sticks around to make us comfortable. We start with the Crime Doctor engaged in conversation with Oracle and he is a bit in a bad way (and I am not talking about his stupid glasses). Heís bleeding and has Killer Croc, Clayface and the Ventriloquist right behind him as he tries to stay alive long enough to get to the end of the issue. We arenít made aware right away that things are different but when Huntress asks about the Canary we read something that makes it semi clear then a few pages in we really see that things are different. Not that the Canary isnít around but she is a little busy at the moment somewhere in Asia. It seems that the newest member is paying off a debt and the assets that the Crime Doctor has would be incredibly valuable to Oracle and her team. So that leads us to the hospital and there we get a hint of another member who can become invisible so we have to wait to the next issue to se who else has been added to the team. As that mystery resonates we go back to Asia to take a look at Canary and Simone leaves us with another one to chew on until next month. Itís a pretty nice story and Siqueira shows promise as the latest artist to join Simone on a book she has lots of fun with. He does action sequences as well as he does the quiet moments in the issue.

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RED SONJA/CLAW #1 (of 4)
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
John Layman, Artist: Andy Smith
 

For those of you that donít remember DC had a character called Claw the Unconquered during an expansive time at the company and the fact that there was this guy named Conan that people were talking about. He was a barbarian who was saddled with a hand from a demonic thing that slowly drove him crazy and told him to do things like eat fatty foods and watch American Idol. The character started out fine but got pretty convoluted and the powers that were at DC cancelled the book. Well the fine folks at Wildstorm decided to create a sword and sorcery line and he was the first character that was chosen to be revamped and returned to the racks. The wonderful people at Dynamite were riding high with the relaunched Red Sonja so heads were put together and it was decided to have them meet to get more people to invest in a story about a character few remembered. (And for you continuity buffs this book takes place before RS #1) Layman starts us off with the two in battle with each other before stepping back and showing us what is inevitable before going back and getting them together in the first place. Here we get lots of swinging swords and hacked off limbs but not much else. Its not that the issue is bad but unless you are really geeked up over stuff like this it comes off as a bunch of pretty pictures. Smith has been doing Ďmuscle and sweatí comics for a while and if you squint a bit then you can see he is trying to channel Neal Adams. The book ships with a very amazing cover that will draw you in but once inside things are just okay. There is a regular Claw book planned after this but to me sales could be kind of light.

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BO's ACADEMY AWARDS SCORE CARD
For the first time in years I only watched part of the show because I had a chance to see Capote so I went to that and heard some of it while eating Chinese food but all in all I did pretty good as far as picks go. There wasnít a great deal of drama save for the Ďupsetí win for Crash as Best Picture (more on that in a bit) and a rap group winning in a small category for Best Song. On that note the Dolly Parton song was incredibly weak even though even at her age those breasts are still impressive. The song from Crash was okay but I remembered the Stereophonics song at the end before that one so we got Pimp and that was all right. On Hoffman he does give a marvelous performance to the point that he is walking and carrying himself in a manner he has never done. Thankfully there are no bio-pic's on the horizon for the year so maybe next year we will get a crew of actors playing parts and not people we have seen on TV. To the controversy about Crash: there really wasnít one. The film was intense and for audiences a lot easier to relate to than Brokeback Mountain which has somehow annoyed certain critics because they have attached an anti-homosexual rant to it while not realizing that race relations is an issue that has plagued this and many countries for years. As George Clooney said after winning the Supporting Award itís hard to compare films and performances but the reaction to some folks for the Crash win go to a new level of sour grapes. As for Jon Stewart as host he did a pretty good job and deserves another chance at it. The common complaint was that he wasnít Billy Crystal and guess what-he isnít. The two have a completely different comedy style and every host has so lets pick one and stick with him/her as long as is isnít Whoopi Goldberg. She just isnít funny to me and never has been.
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