Bottom of the Pile - Nov. 26th, 2014

A flashback to my birthday. 

Amazing X-Men

A pitch perfect story starring the unlikeliest of duos--Northstar and Nightcrawler--working together to help one of the few enduring young mutant characters from the 2000s, Anole.  James Tynion manages to approach a sensitive topic with a ton of tact and class, somehow managing to include a Christian character in a story starring more gay than straight characters and not make that guy look like a complete imbecile.   I'm both appreciative and happy to see superheroes still capable of approaching subject matter that isn't "hit a bad guy in the head".    ...Even if one of the biggest moments in the book comes from hitting a bad guy in the head.

See, this is why the New 52 has been running into problems since day one.  Apparently Arthur and J'onn are friends, even though they've had very little contact with one another, and the only notable appearance of J'onn in the League is during Geoff Johns' run where the whole team is attacking him.  Somewhere between that and this they've become best buds?   Ahhh, sure.

 Batman Eternal

I always hate these speeches the villains give about Batman, because on some level they carry a bit of truth to them.  Gotham really isn't better since Bruce came's almost worse.  Bruce kind of IS a failure.  

Earth 2: World's End

...Wait.  Obsidian is alive?!   HOW?   He's Green Lantern's son, and GL doesn't HAVE a son because he's young, gay, and never got to adopt.  What the f-...*head asplode*

The Savage Speed Force.  

....What, you want me to say something else?  It's a new concept.  Congrats to DC on that, I guess.  Moving on.

New 52: Futures End

I've always disliked Deathstroke, especially since Identity Crisis, but....*winces*  Fucking OUCH.  Oh well.  One thing about this "five years into the future" stuff--most of it won't stick.

New Avengers
....What the fuck am I reading, here?  So Doc Strange is behind the deaths of what I have to assume are dozens upon dozens of Earths?    Man, fuck this guy.  More to the point, I think this kinda sorta breaks the toy.   He absolutely cannot go back to being "Sorcerer Supreme" after this, not unless they make it plain it doesn't matter who has the role.  On top of that, what Avengers team is going to have a guy who's got countless billions of lives on his hands?

Superior Iron Man
 "A gift card for the nearest braille bookshop!"

Nah, I can't be that lucky.  Seems like everytime Tony's tech takes a huge leap into the future, he turns out to be a dick.  First was The Crossing with Kang, then it was the suit becoming sentient and evil, last time it was Extremis, now he's just wearing an Iron Man symbiote.   Yikes.  Next time Stark has some really cool armor, I'm going to count the issues until he turns completely evil.


It's sad that I figured this was where the story was going in Superman, even if they took longer to get there than I initially anticipated.    All in the service of giving Superman a "friend".   Meh, just give Supes back the Legion--that's all the friends he needs.

Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone
Apparently no one ever told the Decepticons that "snitches get stitches".  Which you'd think they'd be aware of, since the Decepticon Justice Division (typically hunting only traitorous 'cons) are literally the most terrifying Transformers I've seen in a movie, comic, or cartoon ever.   

Transformers: More than Meets the Eye
In case you were wondering whether or not Megatron finds his time amongst the crew of the Lost Light ridiculous.   I picture this happening in Frank Welker's voice and honestly cannot stop laughing.

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. 


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