Lateness, mistakes no barriers to comicsWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Comic books fans are a forgiving bunch. Tardiness and mistakes, two factors that would kill most other consumer products, tend to be overlooked by readers if a series is deemed a hot one — especially if it has an “X” in its title. Just last week, Marvel released the newest issue of “Ultimate Comics X,” a monthly book that’s late by several months and featured a glaring mistake: one whole page was printed without words. The company’s website, Marvel.com, issued an explanation, but appeared to be unconcerned with the snafu.
Jim Collins of JC’s Comic Shop explained the book’s draw, despite its problems.
“Written by Jeph Loeb and with stunning art by Arthur Adams, this is not your father’s X-Men comic,” he said. “The Ultimate line takes place in one of Marvel’s many alternate universes, one that was recently changed forever. Magneto was responsible for the deaths of millions, resulting in new laws regarding mutants being passed. Jean Grey is carrying on the dream of Prof. X by trying to help those mutants who are now feared, hunted and targeted for death. So far she has recruited Jimmy Hudson, the son of Wolverine; Liz Allen, the new Firestar; and Derek Morgan, a mutant that can sprout wings and talons.
“For myself, the high point of this series is Art Adams. Each panel he illustrates shows storytelling and detail that 90 percent of comic artists out there wish they had. This comic has fallen late recently, but once you see Art’s work you can understand why.”
Collins also recommends this week’s “Green Hornet: Aftermath” No. 1 by Dynamite Entertainment, a book that’s actually on time.
“This picks up directly where the Green Hornet film starring Seth Rogen ended,” Collins said. “The Hornet and Kato must decide how to deal with a power struggle in LA between rival drug gangs, all while avoiding the attention now focused on them from the police, the gangs and Homeland Security. It’ll be interesting to see if they keep the silly humor that was throughout the film or turn towards a more serious aspect.”