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Hibbs Swirls from 5/25

Brian Hibbs

I already promised Jeff and Graeme I’d be reviewing today, so the reaction to THE BIG NEWS is going to have to wait a little bit, let me charge into this as fast as I can (below the jump)

(Seriously, WTF is up with me picking exactly the wrong week of the entire year to go on a “Vacation” with the boy? Universe, give me more rope!)


(Oh, and, yeah, I won’t even READ a comic next week until Monday, so I’m going to pre-doubt that I’ll hit next week’s target)



GREEN ARROW #12: OK, so “Rise and Fall” ostensibly existed in the first place to give Green Arrow a “shocking new direction” (or some other words like that, I am sure), right? I’m sure we all remember how a judge told Oliver Queen he’d never be allowed to set foot in Star City ever again, right?


So, sure, the last page has Ollie marching back into Star like nothing ever happened. *sigh*


This title is probably everything I absolutely fear about this DC reboot all wrapped up in one pretty bow — a new direction that doesn’t have anything to do with the protagonist wahtsoever; history/important beats completely ignored; plans changed at the last possible second (Seriously, WHY go through the entire BRIGHTEST DAY exercise to bring Swamp Thing back to the DCU if you’re just going to reboot the ENTIRE UNIVERSE a few weeks later?)


I thought I was going to say “Awful” when I started writing this, but the news broke between, and, ugh, all I can think is CRAAAAAAAP!


KIRBY GENESIS #0: Twelve story pages. Arguably only one has anything to do with human characters, and most of the rest are just non-story beats of character designs. The art is pretty as heck (though I had to check twice to make sure it wasn’t actually Brent Anderson layouts… is it just me?), but even for that thin American buck this doesn’t seem to me to be a good introduction to this new title (or is it a line of books? I can’t tell from this). I’ll give it a big fat EH


X-MEN LEGACY #249: I intellectually know that that cover is supposed to imply Magneto being all angry and Rogue comforting him over the horrors of the concentration camps, but it’s too overwrought and over-rendered for that to work. Frankly, I get a sexual vibe from it, which is pretty wrong (especially since the issue ENDS that way) — I don’t know, I think the new fucked-up characters are all kind of interesting, and that this new direction could be alright…. but it doesn’t feel like “X-Men” to me, in some undefinable fashion. OK


THE TATTERED MAN:  I’m too meta for my own good. The text piece at the back starts with Jimmy Palmioti talking about how they’re always getting approached to pitch to movie and TV people. “The Problem we keep running into is,” Jimmy says, “that they really don’t want anything too original.”


Thus this comic is absolutely perfect for these phantom producers, because it appears to be a rejected pitch for a Ragman comic.


A gory one with tons of swearing.


It didn’t suck, or anything (in fact, the Savage Critic says: solidly “OK”), but man, it’s hardly even disguised, how blatant the rip is. Yikes.



XOMBI #3: Still loving this… but it’s going to start over at #1 again in 2 months? Really?



Ugh, I think I’m done.


What did YOU think?



7 Responses to “ Hibbs Swirls from 5/25 ”

  1. Xombi is far more likely to be canceled than re-renumbered, sad to say.

  2. I read on CBR, I think, that the Blackest Night/Brightest Day stuff will remain in tact so you’ll get plenty of White Lantern Swamp Thing action I’m sure (I don’t read the book, I assume he’s a white lantern now?).

    When I see books like Green Arrow, I begin to understand DC’s decision. What a mess. It’s too bad the good books get swept up also.

  3. Between the story and all of the back matter, I felt like I got the gist of Kirby Genesis’s premise. Well, beyond “Busiek and Ross make use of the King’s leftovers!” At least enough to have some interest in it. I was impressed by the art, even if those Ryan Sook covers really make me wish he was drawing the whole thing.

    As far as Xombi goes, does that even count as a DCU series? It’s so comfortably on the fringe that I hope it can continue on its merry way until it’s finally canned like we all keep expecting it to be, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see on that.

  4. “Seriously, WHY go through the entire BRIGHTEST DAY exercise to bring Swamp Thing back to the DCU if you’re just going to reboot the ENTIRE UNIVERSE a few weeks later?”

    YES. And why Search for Swamp Thing for 3 months when we know where he’ll be in September? Why write a miniseries that reintroduces some Vertigo characters to the DCU when those characters will be reintroduced again with a new number #1 issue immediately after the miniseries ends?

    28 issues to get Swamp Thing back into the DCU. Sheesh.

  5. Pretty but ‘EH’ sounds about right for Kirby Genesis 0.

  6. Guess like with Cry for Justice I’m the voice in the wilderness for having liked it (Good to High Okay). Swamp Thing and Constantine aside, Brightest Day teed up for an Aquaman and a Hawkman series, and I’m interested in what the solid creative teams will do. I’m onboard for DC’s reboot.

  7. I loved KIRBY GENESIS #0! Although I am so primed for Kirby Kreations it would have had to have actually fired nails at my eyes when I opened it to be rejected. Sure, it was just a teaser but it worked a treat on this old giffer.The deal was sealed as Jack “KING!!!” Kirby ended his musings on a hypothetical First Contact with:

    “…who will come a-knocking – the trader of the tiger?”

    (I hope it’s The Tiger myself I don’t think the world is sufficiently evolved for some kind of Cosmic Hibbs descending with demands for our Universal Pull List!”Asshat of the Week is the British Coalition Government! Now where’s the Cosmic Box Opener!!!”)

    I also enjoyed the fact that Jack “KING!!!” Kirby’s pipe is so positioned on the cover as to suggest it is Silver “C’mon, crazy lady!!!” Star’s highly evolved tallywhacker!

    KIBY GENESIS – the comic that HAD to happen!!! Of course having Kurt Busiek behind the wheel ain’t a gonna do it no harm now is it?

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