Marvel Exiles, Dark Tower & The Boys

Marvel Comic Exiles 23
Dark Tower Miniseries
Boys 6

Exiles - With an Iron Fist

When this mini-arc appeared back in May 2003, comic fans didn't have much to say about it, but Exiles issues 23 through 25 -- With an Iron Fist --sure as hell didn't go unnoticed by the good folks here in Amazing Mansion (also known as the Zurich Museum of Unnatural Sciences.)

If you appreciate DC's Elseworlds titles, you'll like this.

In an alternate universe, Iron Man has killed Dr. Doom and he's basically set himself up as President of the World. An Exiles team consisting of Gambit, Vision, Spider-Man, Storm, She-Hulk and Angel (they call themselves Weapon X) gets caught between Iron Man and the Inhumans, and ... well, things get weird.

A gamma-radiated Wonder Man makes several appearances, too.  He hulks out and hits things.  And so on. Judd Winick writes and Kev Walker's pencils are straight-up Sean Phillips.

If, during Marvel's convoluted Civil War fiasco, you didn't choose Iron Man's side, this three-issue gem of a tale was tailor-made just for you.

The Trade Paperback Kid

The Dark Tower - Gunslinger Born

I've never been able to stomach the idea of reading a Stephen King book, and I do not like Peter David's comic writing.  Therefore, when Marvel announced their intention to turn King's Dark Tower novels into a comic, I thought, "Fine by me. There's yet another title I won't need to waste my time and money on."

Only one problem ... Jae Lee. I like his pencils a lot, and I've never been able to resist taking a peek at his work; even titles I'm only marginally interested in (Inhumans, for example) seem coated with a magic sheen if I know the art's by Lee.

So I picked up the Dark Tower hardcover. And read the first few pages. And was quite simply awed by the story; by the surprising and often poetic twists and turns of the dialogue; by the near-omniscient narrator's beautiful and eerie tone; and, of course, by the art.

I remain staunchly opposed to Stephen King's hack work, and I still think Peter David's Hulk stories are tripe. But having savored the near-miraculous pages of Dark Tower, I won't be publicly bad-mouthing either these dudes anytime soon.

The Trade Paperback Kid

The Boys - Comic-Mythbusters

Some nasty stuff is going on when Garth Ennis drags DC’s Finest through the mud in The Boys with artist Darrick Robertson’s excellent graphic support. No wonder both of them were kindly requested to take the series and shove, - pardon: remove it from DC’s own Wildstorm. Which they did - and instantly found a new home at Dynamite Entertainment.

While The Authority was still above the belt, The Boys are definitely below the belt and, sometimes not only figuratively speaking. Ennis consequently ploughs through DC’s iconic superheroes, no holds barred, shows no mercy and completely destroys the shiny superhero myth. Ironically enough his boys are a reflection of the so-called super-heroes and - more often than not – are their equal what human weakness and perversion are concerned.

What else makes reading this comic so much fun and so outstanding? Hilariously tragic scenes in the well-known Ennis-manner, jovial dialogue, absurdly funny characters (sometimes disturbingly familiar) and the one big question hanging in the air: How far – how low - can Mr. Ennis go before he hits rock bottom? Well, he wouldn’t be Garth Ennis if he didn't show us there is always a still dirtier layer of the human soul that can be unearthed and explored beneath the layer just exposed…

Captain Collector

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