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  • Re: What comics did you read and like this week?

    It is, of course, a very comic-booky (which is to say, it takes some suspension of disbelief) thing that he could do all of the shooting and explosions that he does and not hurt innocents and first responders, but I feel like over the years they creators of his stories have made a point of that being a stark line for him.
    The writers’ attempts at sugar-coating the fact that the Punisher is a villain. He’s a sympathetic villain perhaps—most of the best villains are—but a villain nonetheless. No sugar-coating will change that.
    He's a guy who saves people and leaves the world a better place, so I think that makes him a hero to some people. He has held his own against a whole criminal empire, so he also has courage. I think he is best described as an anti-hero, vigilante, and a soldier. Castle gets rid of crime bosses, murderers and other criminals in often permanent ways. He has earned the respect of many heroes, such as Wolverine and Spider-Man. Though he is doing good in the world by getting criminals of the streets, his methods are unorthodox when compared to most other Marvel super-heroes who try to avoid killing at all costs. And when the Punisher kills, he follows a code, of sorts, by only killing those who are deserving of death (in his opinion), especially those who are out of reach of the justice system because of how hard to catch they are.

    A criminal? Yes, but a villain? Not exactly.
  • Re: Bendis Goes Exclusive at DC

    This still makes me chuckle... but then again, I am not a JRjr fan. More the opposite.

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  • Re: What comics did you read and like this week?

    Don't get me started on Hulk #700...
    Man, you need to quit hate-reading. It's not good for your blood pressure. Go pet a puppy or something instead. :)
    Getting another cat later today, so I’m good.

    One might suppose a title with the word “LEGACY” and an issue at number 700 might actually feature the character that got them to issue #700, but it doesn’t. Amadeus Cho is fine in small doses, like in Champions (a better Waid joint than his current Cap run IMO), but this book not only didn’t touch on Banner in any discernible way, it went and re-hashed the Planet Hulk storyline (again), and as i recall, that planet was destroyed(?). Maybe if they made it a buddy-adventure and brought Hercules into this title it would be more fun, but this time Herc is the weaker of the two (he and Cho used to run around together), it might be more interesting.

    I expected more from Pak, but Land was about what I expected...
  • Re: What comics did you read and like this week?

    I can't say if that was what Mark was going for, but I don't see it as being any different than saying Frank Castle fought in the Middle East instead of Vietnam.
    In spite you both you and Brack making decent rebuttals to my feelings about the book, I happen to have a pretty good idea what he "was going for" - since I'm familiar with Mark Waid's social media politics. I'm sticking with original response. I'd be very surprised to learn that he, in fact, couldn't find any other villain to tell this tale.

    I submit that white supremacists were not only irrelevant in 2007, they are less relevant today. And in a culture where this kind of prank is causing people to lose their minds, I think many people are tired of identity politics in their comics and would like to see them more as escape entertainment again. I doubt that is the future of this title since I am hearing Ta-Nehisi Coates is taking over Captain America after this first arc.

    My two cents. Thrilled for you if it worked for you. Don't get me started on Hulk #700...
  • Re: What comics did you read and like this week?

    Surprised Waid couldn’t find any villain other than what he believes is a relevant foil in today’s culture. Good writing otherwise, but I expect there were far more relevant villains than “white supremists” in 2007. Samnee art was good, but I’m feeling like the flat pop-art is starting to get overdone.
    YMMV