Bottom of the Pile - July 30th, 2014
And Harper Row's blatant Mary Sue-ification continues...
New 52: Futures End
Speaking of Mary Sues. Or Fifty Sues. Whatever. I just know this brat is a creation of Keith Giffen's--dude just loves writing about little girls that have no souls (See: His Drax the Destroyer mini-series and Annihilation), and I'm not sure how I feel about that.
Greg Rucka's Cyclops is filled with alien planets, awesome sci-fi action, and lots and lots of emotional appeals that make Marvel's least likable hero actually...quite likable. I'm loving it. Too bad he's not sticking around after he's done with this arc. >_<
Also, with Marvel's sliding timescale, I honestly wonder about the Gilligan's Island reference here. Already Iron Man is post-9/11. The whole Marvel Universe can't be any further along than 10-14 years, so you'd think they pulled Scott from...what, the year 2000? Hmm, I guess they still had Gilligan on network TV back then...but you guys are cutting it close!
Guardians of the Galaxy
I can't decide which is worse: this ass-kicking or the one he got in the film. Most likely the film, since Gladiator is probably one of the strongest guys in the Marvel Universe that can't outright warp reality.
Iron Man Special
Aw crap, before this is over I'll be on Lex's side, won't I? Geoff, don't make me do this. Especially as long as you pair him up against much, much worse people like Niles Caulder.
Time Runs Out in nine months.
Original Sin - Iron Man and the Hulk
These words come from a guy who then proceeds to literally lay waste to a large part of the city Tony built in Iron Metropolitan. Yep, not a villain at all. Despite the fact that the Hulk's unique existence could only have come from him as it clearly affects everyone else completely differently. And he's got this mad-on against Tony despite the fact that Tony saved him from being a vegetable. But y'know, keep telling yourself that your the good guy in this, Bruce.
Anyway, the tale of two super-scientists whose own egos have cost the world at the very least billions of dollars in property damage continues.
Transformers - Robots in Disguise
Jabberjaws. I know this is asking a lot considering the last Transformers game and film were both terrible, and I've disliked the cartoons since 2008 or so, but...can I get a comic of this? Just a one-shot, please.
It's really important to focus on Emma's initial reaction, in comparison to everyone else's. Even though it's not a close-up, you can CLEARLY see the gigantic smile on her face, as the realization hits everyone....and then she completely shatters all the tension in the room by laughing her ass off at the ridiculousness of the reveal. It's almost as if she's a stand-in for us.
This week's comics up by Monday at the latest.
Author's Note: Bottom of the Pile is a weekly column (or at least, my attempt at said) in which I cover the comics that found their way to the bottom of my pile, thus being the best as I've always been a proponent of "saving the best for last". Since bog standard reviews can be found literally anywhere, coverage can range from mini-reviews to funny comments to commentary on a creator's run or comics as a whole, depending on a wide range of factors including the comic itself, the amount of time I have, and my general mood.