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Philadelphia Comic Con – Day Three

Another good day at the con. Here are a few observations about this year’s Philadelphia Comic Con:

~ As my buddy Ray noted, booth babes are back. There are the Suicide Girls of course. I’ve never been able to figure out what that is all about other than hot scantily clad women posing and vamping. This year there is also the massage station manned by hot female masseuses. To me, this seems like a step backwards. Just as we guys are finally getting our female significant others to come to these things, we are presented with a reason for them not to let us come. Not cool. Well, cool, but not cool.

~ I’m not a drinker so maybe this has been going on for a while and I just haven’t noticed, but has beer always been available at the comic con? It just seems like another bad idea to me. If you think a fat sloppy fanboy in a makeshift Batman costume arguing post-Crisis continuity is annoying – wait until you get him drunk.

~ There’s a secret phenomen that happens at all comic book conventions late in the afternoon on Sundays, and Wizard World Philly is no exception. The dealers drop their prices, sometimes drastically. The thinking being that what they sell, they don’t have to carry home. Lots of deals happening here today.

~ Friday after the show I went to the store and bought a whole package of hot dogs, a package of hot dog rolls and a Coke for the same price I could have had one dog and soda at the Convention Center. Wow. This is like going to the Wachovia Center or seeing a movie at Loews.

~ Oh my god oh my god oh my god! I saw the Batmobile, the real Batmobile!

~ Linda Hamilton does in fact have an identical twin sister who is local to the area. My question is – does she come to conventions and pretend to be her sister? I swear I saw a much younger looking Linda Hamilton on Friday than I did on Saturday. Just wondering.

~ Can someone tell me where they are giving away Stormtrooper armor? They must be giving it away because the Stormtroopers are everywhere. I think they are multiplying because there are more at the con everyday. I certainly hope they all used the little Stormtrooper’s room before the con because those things must be hell to take off. And doesn’t wearing a Stormtrooper costume sorta promote fascism anyway? Think about it. You know I’m right.

~ Khoi Pham is not only the nicest guy in comics, a featured guest at this con, and one of Marvel’s ‘young guns’ from last year, but also one of my favorite artists. I think he should be entered into the pantheon of great Avengers artists – along with Byrne, Heck, Buscema, Yu, Cho, Brown, Cockrum, Adams, Epting and the master of them all, Perez. Take a look at this terrific Mighty Avengers page I am now the proud owner of, and tell me otherwise. The dude rocks.

Thank you to Jerry Milani and all the folks at Wizard for putting up with us, our not-so-complimentary reports and of course for hooking us up with press passes. Thank you! Next year’s convention is already planned and scheduled for June 10-12 2011 – save the dates!

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The Secret Invasion Chat

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Secret Invasion #8 is out, the smoke has cleared, and the summer’s most talked-about comics event has come to a close. What did you think of the story, the art, the ending, the death, the set-up for Dark Reign, and the return of Bobbi? Should Bendis be applauded as a genius or run out of town with torches and pitchforks? Was it all worth it? Come and talk about it with us!

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Monday evening, December 8, 2008

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New Avengers #37 Reviewed

“Old Habits” – my comic book review of New Avengers #37, by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Yu, is now online at Avengers Forever.

The New Avengers vs. The Hood’s new ‘mini-masters of evil,’ Doctor Strange vs. The Hood, all this and Spider-Man makes Wolverine laugh; it’s nowhere near as good as it sounds – check out my review here: http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=557.

Enjoy!

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New Avengers #36 Reviewed

“Is Marvel Asking for It?” – my comic book review of New Avengers #36, by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Yu, is now online at Avengers Forever.

It’s raining Venom, New and Mighty teams together, Luke and Jessica share pillow talk, and Wolverine and Spider-Woman have an, ahem, encounter – check out my review here: http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=546.

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New Avengers #35 Reviewed


“Poor, Poor Tigra” – my comic book review of New Avengers #35, by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Yu, is now online at Avengers Forever.

The Hood makes his plans known and Tigra takes the brunt of his first attack, check out my review here.

Enjoy!

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New Avengers #34 Reviewed

“We Live in Exciting Times… Again” – my comic book review of New Avengers #34 by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Yu is now online at Avengers Forever.

You can check it out here: http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=529

Enjoy!

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"The New Master of Evil"

“The New Master of Evil” – my comic book review of New Avengers #33, written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Leinil Yu, is now online at Avengers Forever.

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“Months and months ago, maybe perhaps years at this point, writer Brian Michael Bendis promised us Avengers fans a new Masters of Evil. Most of us thought it would be composed of villains who escaped from the Raft, or be formed by whoever that was that was collecting the weapons of super-villains (another hanging plot thread not yet tied up), and some of us just plain forgot about it.

“My first impression upon seeing the cover of New Avengers #33 was that this was it, our new Masters of Evil. It portrays a group of villains mugging for the ‘camera,’ including The Hood, The Owl, Madame Masque, a newly-outfitted Wizard and Dr. Jonas Harrow. There is more or less to this group however as we find later in the issue.

“What is it with Marvel Comics channeling R. Lee Ermey from Full Metal Jacket? First it was that annoying Gauntlet from New Avengers: The Initiative, and now Bendis does it with Captain America in this opening flashback in New Avengers #33. We see the Avengers, circa 1966, basically Cap’s Kooky Quartet plus the returning Goliath and the Wasp – And Captain America is dressing them down Ermey-style. He particularly picks on Hawkeye, breaking his bow and kicking and shoving him to the ground.”

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Enjoy!

New Avengers #32 Reviewed

“The Guessing Game” – my review of New Avengers #32 by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Yu is now online at Avengers Forever.

You can check it out here: http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=506

Enjoy, if you’re into that type of thing.

Are you a Skrull?

New Avengers #31 Reviewed

“What Does This Mean?” – My comic book review of the much-anticipated New Avengers #31 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Leinil Yuis now online at Avengers Forever.

You can check it out here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=500

Enjoy, if you’re into this kind of thing.

New Avengers #30 Review

“A Dollar Short” – my review of New Avengers #30 by Bendis and Yu is now online at Avengers Forever:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=491

Twenty-five hundred words of curmudgeonly critical goodness. Enjoy, if you’re into that sort of thing.