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The Sunday Pages #50

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Warning: This week’s anniversary 50th edition of The Sunday Pages isn’t much longer than normal, but it does cost $4.99. However, it does contain an exciting plot development that will change the way you look at one member of the Comics Daily staff forever. Not a dream, not an imaginary story, this episode will have lasting consequences that lead well into this summer’s big event and beyond.

Review : Action Comics #875
Some lovely art from Eddy Barrows is the main thing to jump out from Greg Rucka’s debut issue on the title, which intrigues slightly by revealing the identities of Nightwing and Flamebird (and giving them much better costumes than in their initial one-page appearance). They’re likeable enough characters, it’s just hard to know quite how much we’re going to end up caring about them for the year in which they’ve got to carry the book. It’s promising that Rucka seems to have been given Lois Lane (I can imagine him writing her well) – I’d wager that Robinson’s Superman will probably make use of Lana Lang and Martha Kent alongside Mon-El’s stories – but slightly less so that so much page time is granted to Ursa and Zod, given their prominent role in the World of New Krypton series. It’s not a bad start, and it’s a solidly put-together comic, but I’m already getting a strong sense of “Kryptonian fatigue”. The whole thing really needs to start forcing people to sit up and pay attention, and fast. [SP]

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Review : Ex Machina Special #4
It’s hard to know exactly where this one-shot falls in the Ex Machina chronology, but with BKV taking the curious step of actually placing comics themselves (that is, the actual physical objects rather than the stories told within them) under a bit of spotlight, it calls to mind the meta- elements of the most recent issue even as the story is rather more reminiscent in its format and style of the way the series used to be rather than the way it is now. Ongoing plot elements are temporarily put on hold in favour of a standalone tale in the series’ standard format of “present-day political issue flashing back to story from superhero days”, and while there are some nice moments (a particularly strong back-and-forth between Hundred and journalist Eddy Romans among them), it all floats by without making a huge amount of impact. Nice guest artwork from John Paul Leon, though, even though it doesn’t quite seem to fit with the series’ usual style. [SP]

stone ed dvd download Review: X-Men Manifest Destiny: Nightcrawler #1
While this was originally solicited as “X-Men: Quitting Time” and touted as the issue where Nightcrawler leaves the X-Men, following up a subplot Fraction introduced recently, it’s hard not to be a bit thrown by the way that the solicitation only really describes the first half of the story. Not the second half, where it’s all undone and he comes back. Hard not to think that something major has been quickly changed over the last couple of months, but that aside, it’s actually a quite decent story, showcasing Nightcrawler as a swashbuckling, wise-cracking adventurer, and even getting a little decent material out of the horrible “demon” origin that most Nightcrawler fans would rather see ignored. Not really essential to anyone except Nightcrawler fans and completists, but enjoyable nonetheless. [JHu]

The Daily Fail: You may have seen this on my Twitter account, but… did the Daily Mail actually pap Alan Moore?! http://tinyurl.com/glycon Now, to be fair, most of the commenters praise his work and understand his reluctance to be involved with the film, and the article is remarkably balanced for the Daily Mail – they even actually address the number one criticism from those who seem to take personal offence at Moore’s decision, which is “oh, well he sold the rights in the first place, if he doesn’t like the film it’s his fault for taking the money!” which as we know, is simply not true. They must have a comics fan on staff. Cheap shot about the hair, though. Wonder if the Daily Mail readers would be interested in reading Lost Girls? [JHu]

Shameless plug : Yes, alright, it’s another bit of pluggery, but this one’s actually about something quite EXCITING. You see, I have a comic out! Well, sort of. Having won a competition to pitch a story idea to the good people at Panini, I’ve plotted a story in the next issue of UK kid-orientated newsstand title The Spectacular Spider-Man. It’s called “The Amazing Spider-Boy”, and I happen to think it’s come out rather nicely. You can find it in assorted newsagents, supermarkets and comic shops as of this Thursday 19th March, and it’ll be around for about three weeks, at the princely sum of two quid or thereabouts. I’m not sure what the foreign distribution is like, but anyone from other shores who’d like to have a read of it is welcome to drop me a line and I’ll see if I can sort out getting one flung in your direction. Everyone else, though, if you’d like to make Panini sit up and take notice of the sudden spike in sales so that they immediately ask me to WRITE MORE STUFF, or even if you just quite fancy reading a charming little heartwarmer of a Spidey tale, then it’d be swell if you could pick it up (and if you want, let me know what you think). I told them you would – don’t make me a liar! [SP]

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March 15th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

3 Responses to 'The Sunday Pages #50'

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  1. It might be a small thing but I think the thing that bugged me the most about that article was naming Malin Akerman as the star. I mean really now? She was probably panned more and relatively unimportant compared to anyone else in the main cast of the book and movie. Guh, I say.

    Congrats on getting your foot into the door, Seb. Next stop is global domination, I presume?

    MisterSmith

    16 Mar 09 at 4:43 am

  2. Christ, I can’t believe that the Daily Mail HAVEN’T picked up on Lost Girls

    Dom

    16 Mar 09 at 12:28 pm

  3. I look forward to your review of “The Amazing Spider-Boy”.

    Also I’d just like to put my hatred of the Daily Mail on record.

    Valhallahan

    16 Mar 09 at 4:40 pm

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