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BOOK OF THE WEEK: SIDEKICKS #1 (of 5)
Comic Review by:
Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer: Paul Jenkins, Artist: Chris Moreno


Paul Jenkins can be a damn funny guy. He first showed this many years back in a monthly column in the Wizard knock off Hero and this was after he had a great run on the humorless Hellblazer. Here he gives us the first issue of a limited series that Marvel allowed him to do even though he is under an exclusive-Sidekick. Our hero (well one of them) is Eddie Edison, another in a long line of characters named with the same last initial as their first name. Eddie delivers pizza during the day (and gets screwed over by the customers most of the time) but at night he puts on a costume and becomes Superior Boy, the aide to Mister Excellent. And if you thought that job was better you must be mental. Excellent is a bit pf a pinhead and seems to have every superpower except the one that would make you notice the obvious things so while he is flying off his wife is entertaining his sidekick. Besides being the assistant to a moron Eddie needs money, has an incredibly excitable stripper girlfriend and needs to do something to change parts of his life. He has an idea to hire himself out as sidekick to a few more heroes and if you remember an old proverb about being careful what you wish for then come back for the next issue. There are some great laugh out loud moments here (especially the outfits worn for the auditions) and the art is exaggerated but in a way to enhance the story. The book is also very adult so even though the cover suggests that kids would enjoy the book believe me they won’t. This book is way over their heads and not a "Kids Corner" candidate.

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NEXTWAVE #5
Comic Review by: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer:
Warren Ellis, Artist: Stuart Immonen

The new issue of the sublime Nextwave focuses on a battle between the team and the evil General Dirk Anger. The issue naturally begins with the Q & A that makes us laugh before we even turn the page but then we find ourselves in the moment prior to a massive battle between Boom Boom and Ellie Bloodstone and some weird ninja looking robots called Samuroid Batch 23. As that fight is going on Monica is fighting some more of Anger’s mechanical creations which makes him even angrier (and in a speech making mood) at the team so he sends out more things for them to blow up. The battle is heated and drawn with passion (as well as inspiring very silly dialogue and gas emissions) all the way up to the point where Aaron Stack ends it with something that has to be seen to believe. This book exists just to be silly and read without any pretension of it having deep value. Where else can you see a robot in a bra, references to the late feminist Andrea Dworkin, teammates beating other teammates with shovels and beer made from lizard droppings? Each issue is self contained and packed with more humor than a dozen Adam Sandler movies

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MARVEL ROUND UP…
Exiles #83 isn’t a fill in issue (even though it is drawn by someone else) but it has that kind of feel to it for some reason, The issue dances from reality to reality following the down time after the deaths of Mimic and Morph (who is now the brainwashed Proteus so he is but is not really a member of the team). During the issue heroes are sent back to their realities for proper burial and the quiet nature of the issue is actually refreshing…Storm #5 (of 6) shows us the strengthening of the relationship between Storm and the Panther and has the two seal the deal so to speak as we get closer to the wedding. There is also a fair share of fighting to keep male readers happy…X-Men #187 is the last issue for the Milligan/Larocca team and wraps up the Blood of Apocalypse arc. Somehow the issue makes the arc look better than it actually was and the issue includes a slick Masked Marvel backup story that spends its time inside the Marvel offices as the new hero is introduced…Black Panther #17 contains the parallel tales of the groom having a bachelor party (and the feelings of the attendees) and the bride hanging out with her friends and we meet the African version of Paris Hilton. I know there are folks out there who complain that Reginald Hudlin can’t write a decent story but when he does issues like this I wonder just what they want him to write because the dialogue is tight and he tosses little touches in just for fun that make the book an easy read. I think most of the complaints come from the same faction who bitch that “all these Hollywood guys are stealing work from comic book writers” which is sort of complaining that water isn’t cool to drink because it isn’t flavored…Runaways #17 has been teased as a major turning point for the team and the last pages prove that out in a tragic way…Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #7 and Avengers/Power Pack Assemble #3 (of 4) are good for the kids because as Reed Richards says in Eternals #1 he got so smart by reading. BTW, Eternals #1 really rocked so get an issue while you can…I never talk about the Marvel Spotlight books because they are mostly interviews but if you want to know about your favorite creators then pick them up. Here we learn a lot about Neil Gaiman, Salvador Larroca and even pop singer Tori Amos…Moon Knight #3 is another spectacular issue and fills new fans in on the history of the character. We learn something about Frenchie that comes totally out of left field and see just who that guy was at the end of last issue and why he was so interested that Marc Spector was leaving his house. Very little fighting in this issue until the end and we see that there will be a perfect opportunity next issue to make up for that…Daredevil #86 is the best issue from the new team and that is saying a lot since the previous Brubaker/Lark issues were superb. Here we see the long simmering explosion at the prison and with that a whole mess of action.

DC ROUND UP…
Solo #11 is from the twisted mind of Sergio Aragones and is for the most part pretty funny…The American Way #5 (of 8) is the continuation of a book that will be better appreciated at another time. Writer John Ridley is telling a powerful story and he has been gifted by some sweet Georges Jeanty art but the book is humorless and so you have a hard time drawing pleasure from reading it…Warlord #5 has a lot of sword swinging action but the book still seems to not have a valid reason to exist except for the fact that the creative team has an exclusive…Ion #3 (of 12) is actually pretty good and the art by Greg Tocchini seems to have improved leaps and bounds from the first issue. It is much clearer than the muddy initial offering. In the issue we see Kyle recuperating while on the Green Lantern planet Mogo. Ron Marz uses the issue to bring back dead supporting cast members and some that have returned to life since being declared dead…Loveless #8 continues the filling in of the Cutter history with this issue showing an event of Wes’ past.

IMAGE ROUND UP…
Invincible #33 continues a story started in Marvel Team Up (eight months ago) and is one of the most violent ever. We see Angstrom Levy (or as Invincible calls him ‘that guy’) and move from reality to reality before some fists are exchanged as gifts between the two…Savage Dragon #127 still has everyone on Earth wanting to kill Dragon and some very homicidal acts by such an innocent looking little girl. The issue ends with the appearance of the characters from Millar/Jones Wanted. The issue is pretty good but the lettering of all things turned me off…Last Christmas #2 is more of the same and I just don’t have a feel for what the creators are selling since I have already seen Bad Santa…I have never read an issue of PVP so if you are looking for something for me to say about the book don’t…Sea of Red #11 marks the slow end to the title and maybe if the book didn’t look like it was covered in heavy smoke more fans would have bought it. This has to be the first comic ever that made you sit under a halogen lamp to read it…Ant #6 is more of the same. Big boobed hero with a massive ass to match with antennae that seem to be telling you to stare at her ass since it is the same size as her boobs. There is an early Rob Liefeld look to the art.
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