Friday Night Fights: If Songbird Be Worthy…

Well, the pain meds have kept me down but not…actually, it kind of did keep me out as I did a lot of sleeping. Even now my eyes are a little sleepy but I’ve missed enough action this week. I have an anniversary post to make tomorrow and a Friday Night Fight tonight so here’s where I start coming back. I’ve also only reviewed two comics this week, which limits my choices.

Speaking of coming back, Screaming Mimi wasn’t a very notable villain, and as Songbird Melissa Gold started out as the most sky, but after our last visit with her she’s gained a whole lot of confidence. This is a good thing when you and your boyfriend have to fight a monster. Because that’s how comic worlds work. You go out, you have some fun, you fight a monster…just another date.

Roundhouse round 6

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Marvel’s Brian Michael Bendis Heads To DC

English: Writer Brian Michael Bendis at a book...

English: Writer Brian Michael Bendis at a book signing at Midtown Comics Times Square in Manhattan, June 21, 2010. Photo by Luigi Novi.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a move that has caused waves among comic news reporters and commentators, Brian Michael Bendis, one of Marvel’s biggest names, has signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics. This is a bigger deal than you realize. Bendis is one of their most recognizable names. Through all his faults he also have a lot of strengths. This is the man who brought us Ultimate Spider-Man, kicking off the Ultimate Universe, and Miles Morales, an original Spider-Man in that universe who is now one of their most popular new characters, even appearing in the last two Spider-Man cartoons, including the current one. You have to wonder what Marvel did to lose this name at a time when many of their creator have been as controversial for their origins (novel writers rather than actual comic writers, and some of those writers may not even been comic fans) as they are their political writings within their comics.

Of course there’s a lot of speculation as to why Bendis would leave the company that made him famous. It’s not the first time in comics history, mind you. Jack Kirby, Len Wein, Gerry Conway, John Ostrander, Dan Jurgens, Roger Stern, and even recently John Romita Jr., have switched sides and sometimes even gone back to Marvel. It’s the nature of the business. Sometimes there are reasons, usually financial or creative, for someone to go to their rival. However, this move may really hurt Marvel Comics in the long run, if not the short run.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Thunderbolts #9

Does not happen in the book.

Thunderbolts #9

Marvel Comics (December, 1997)

“Life Lessons”

THUNDERBOLTS SEQUENCE: Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley, & Vince Russell

FLASHBACK SEQUENCE: Roger Stern, Ron Frenz, Blyberg & Milgrom (for some reason the last two have “Wally”, with quotation marks, as their first name)


LETTERER: Dave Lanphear

EDITOR: Tom Brevoort

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BW’s Art Soundoff 2017 #10: TDA’s Galactic Adventures

Chapter By Chapter: Fantastic Voyage novelization ch. 3

Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

It took two chapter just for the book to reach the opening credits of the movie. Now we start getting into the heart (no pun intended to those who know the story) of the movie…or at least move from the prologue to act 1. How long will it take for the readers to learn what the CMDF stands for? How long before Grant got called in? It all depends on how much Asimov adds to the event leading up to that. He’s already added a backstory for Owens, Grant, and Benes. At least in the cut of the movie I saw Grant was called back in almost immediately, but here we saw him heading home. Will we see what his early reaction was to being called back while at home being Good Ol’ Charlie? Grab your popcorn and let’s find out.

Chapter 3: Headquarters

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Adventures Of Superman #478

Superman can’t visit the moon without fighting someone with his powers.

The Adventures Of Superman #478

DC Comics (May, 1991)

Time & Time Again phase 7

COLORIST: Glenn Whitmore


EDITOR: Mike Carlin

“Moon Rocked”


FINISHES: Brett Breeding

LETTERER: Albert DeGuzman

“Wake The Dead!”

WRITER: Roger Stern

PENCILER: Tom Grummett

INKER: José Marzan

LETTERER: Bill Oakley

Stern’s story is just the epilogue to “Time And Time Again”, so I’ll review this as one story.

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BW’s Art Soundoff 2017 #9: Decluttering Projects