A fairly late edition of ThWiP, but that couldn’t be helped. I haven’t even had a moment to write a single paragraph of an article over the past week. Plus thanks to crazy holiday retail hours, I got home at 2:30am. So I’m just gonna post this thing and go sleep because closing early for Christmas Eve means waking up earlier for the start of the shift.
Got Jody, Was Taters, Gaijin Dan and Space Jawa backing me up.
All-New X-Men #4
Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen
Avengers #2 (Jody’s pick)
Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena
Avengers #2 (Gavin’s pick)
Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena
Hello. Surviving my first holiday retail weekend of the year, I’m helped out by Jody, Gaijin Dan and Space Jawa. No Was Taters, sadly, meaning there aren’t enough Hawkeye panels in the mix. That stinks as much as Madam Masque’s hand.
…just read the issue.
Blue Exorcist #40
Captain America #1
Rick Remender and John Romita Jr.
Hey folks. Back from watching Wreck-It Ralph, which I consider the second-best racing movie to star John C. Reilly. I enjoyed the movie, although the explicit Custer’s Revenge sequence was a little too hardcore for a Disney film. Maybe it’s just me.
My crew for this week includes Gaijin Dan, Jody and Was Taters. Taters has decided that all of her picks from Worlds’ Finest will be based on how the comic has become about Power Girl being naked and little else. Fun trick of DC, giving her a more conservative outfit only to pull the rug out.
Action Comics #14
Grant Morrison, Rags Morales, Sholly Fisch and Chris Sprouse
Age of Apocalypse #9
David Lapham and Roberto de la Torre
Animal Man #14
Jeff Lemire, Steve Pugh and Timothy Green II
I would post 500 panels and I would post 500 more. Luckily, I don’t have nearly as many today, but thanks to Jody, Gaijin Dan and Was Taters, I have enough.
Today I did my Improv 301 show. It went pretty well. I was kind of shitty for the first few minutes, but it picked up in a scene where I was basically molested on stage in a bit with a plot of, “Your online profile scares me, but my 3 months of eHarmony is about up, so I thought I’d give this date a try.” I also played a parrot on American Idol and did the world’s worst John Stamos impression.
Hey, look at those panels that are happening right there!
Action Comics #13
Grant Morrison, Travel Foreman, Sholly Fisch and Brad Walker
Age of Apocalypse #8
David Lapham and Renato Arlem
Animal Man #13
Jeff Lemire, Steve Pugh and Timothy Green II
Welp. As I said a few days ago, ThWiP was delayed due to me being out of town. Luckily, Was Taters, Jody, Gaijin Dan and Space Jawa already had their panel stuff waiting for me. What a great bunch of guys… and girl.
Frankenstein #0 is really weird in that it’s almost exactly how Jason Aaron’s Incredible Hulk run starts. You’d think they’d try to move it in a slightly different direction.
Avengers vs. X-Men #11
Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman and Olivier Coipel
Avenging Spider-Man #12
Kevin Shinick and Aaron Kuder
Ah, what a difference a year makes. Last year, I was scrambling to try and get the Summerslam Countdown done in time for the big show that I was so excited to see (I failed that deadline, natch). This year, I chose to watch 21 Jump Street with my brother instead of checking it out. From what I understand, I didn’t miss much other than Antonio Cesaro/Claudio Castagnoli winning the US title on the internet pre-show. At the same time, I don’t feel like DVRing tomorrow’s Raw and I paid money to watch last week’s TNA PPV. Crazy times.
This week my backup include Was Taters, Jody, Gaijin Dan, Space Jawa and Nawid.
Amazing Spider-Man #691
Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Mario Del Pennino
Avengers Academy #35
Christos Gage and Andrea DiVito
Avengers vs. X-Men #10
Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman and Adam Kubert
Hey, hey, hey. I got comic panels for you because it is late Sunday night and this is the part of the week when I do this thing and oh my God why did I schedule this on Sunday nights when work kicks my ass so badly like it did today and–
I’m helped out by Jody, Gaijin Dan, Space Jawa and Brobe. No Was Taters this time because according to the ThWiP charter, Week 149 is no girls allowed. Really, it was notarized and everything. Or was it motorized? What am I talking about?
All-Star Western #11
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Moritat and Scott Kolins
Amazing Spider-Man #690
Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli
This week brought us Uncanny X-Force #26, written by Rick Remender and drawn by Phil Noto. The current arc is a weird one, mixing a vengeful judge with no skin, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and an organization that creates assassins and programs revenge-fueled backstories into their memories. A couple pages in, we get a scene of Fantomex trying to work through Psylocke giving into his advances and then dumping him.
I had a huge smile on my face when reading this scene, just for the background happenings. It’s here that I realize that while Jean-Phillipe doesn’t seem to keep company with anyone on a regular basis, he definitely has to be an acquaintance of Stefon Zolesky from New York.
Stefon, for those who don’t watch modern Saturday Night Live, is a character played by Bill Hader. This eccentric, gay club kid is always tasked with giving people advice on where to spend their vacation when they hit New York City. He just lacks the ability to keep himself grounded and would rather suggest the strangest clubs. It’s worth noting that although Hader co-writes the material, one of the other writers, John Mulaney, has a tendency to change some of the jokes before they go live, meaning Hader has yet to do a single skit without cracking up.
“So Stefon, some kids might want to get into reading Marvel. What should they check out to start with?”
“Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes… The hottest club in Marvel comics is the Merriment Dungeon. Started on a deadline by comic-writing prostitute Trick Remender, this club has EVERYTHING: gimps, astronauts, lusty mimes, bathrobed Lincolns, urban knitters, pandas betting on pillow fights, that guy with no hands juggling knives with his feet while wearing a diaper and Fantomex.”
“Fantomex? What’s that?”
“It’s… you know… that thing where you mix a mutant with a Sentinel and give him the power to sneeze out his nervous system and turn it into a UFO.”
“Yes, that thing.”
I guess what I’m trying to say is that we have the Marvel Team-Up story we need to see. I mean, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers wrote Spider-Man: The Short Halloween a few years back and the 70’s gave us that Avengers/SNL crossover, so we have some precedent. A Fantomex/Stefon comic would have EVERYTHING: action, adventure, humor, an old hermaphrodite dressed in a raincoat, Moloids, Bill Cosby cosplayers, Prulls (Puerto Rican Skrulls) and Human Cosmic Cubes. That’s that thing where you get a midget and put him in a cardboard box and have two Nazis play catch with it.
Plus it opens things up for a Deadpool/MacGruber miniseries that I would read the shit out of.
What a day! Today is when I got to take part in my Improv 101 graduation performance, which apparently came off pretty well. I can’t speak for myself too well, since that was my first time performing on stage and being up there was just a gigantic blur. Had a strong turnout, though, including a visit by Chris Eckert.
I’m in there somewhere. I might possibly be the black woman, but I can’t say for sure. I’ll talk more about my experiences at UCB in the coming days, as well as hopefully have something from YouTube to show for it.
Lot of contributors this week. David has my back, apparent from all the manga, but I also have Was Taters, Space Jawa, Jody (also nice enough to check out the show) and luis. With all the comics read by all of us, the most gripping question asked is, “Why does Scarlet Witch write ‘DREAM JOURNAL’ in the middle of her dream journal?”
Amazing Spider-Man #684
Dan Slott and Humberto
Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week #4
Christopher Yost, Eric Pearson, Agustin Padilla, Don Ho and Wellinton Alves
Avengers vs. X-Men #2
Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Matt Fraction and John Romita Jr.
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