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I'm Just Sayin'...#76

A finale that was hardly a finale, Daredevil gets ready to do something stupid and Clone Saga #3. That's in this edition of I'M JUST SAYIN' - where the #1 Rule is RESPECT THE COMICS! »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#75

Iron Fists, Armed Monkeys, Multi-armed ping pong and the 800-Number of Fate RETURNS - all here in this, the 75th edition of I'M JUST SAYIN'. C'mon in and get with this! »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#74

Of course, the rest of this miniseries may make up for this lackluster kick-off, but if you ask me, this is exactly why you don't mess around with Marvel continuity, and this is exactly why a story like SPIDER-MAN: CLONE SAGA - with no sign of a WHAT IF...? banner, mind you! - has all the appearances of a waste of time and paper for any and everyone involved. WHAT HAPPENED IS WHAT HAPPENED, and that must be respected. Because sometimes, even with the most flawed of storylines, there are some things that were executed the right way the first time around. »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#73

Hey everybody - we're back with another edition of I'M JUST SAYIN', and to open, I'd like to make the following plea to Marvel Comics: either stop giving Greg Land work or make him draw. »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#72

How funny would it be to find out that everything since AVENGERS #500 has been nothing but a massive stall so that Bendis could learn how to write a superhero story? »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#71

I wonder if that's how each Editor in Chief at Marvel winds up with the job, or is that just wishful thinking for some of our more...PASSIONATE fans out there? Mr. Q - I'm lookin' in your direction, buddy... ;-) »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#70

We're back with our latest edition of I'M JUST SAYIN' - got some more comic talk for ya and the latest CHI-TOWN SHOUT OUT, right here! »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#69

I don't doubt for a second that when he wrote that sequence, Grant Morrison was more than happy to let you the reader plug in whatever you think the "sexy disco hot" music was that the Professor clicked on during his twisted little display. I couldn't help but imagine Lady Gaga when I read that scene myself, and that's mainly because for me, there's no avoiding her. We're only allowed to listen to Top 40 Pop stations at work, so yeah...that's me tied to that chair with a growing ball of molten violence brewing in my gut. And if you don't think it's that big of a deal, being forced to listen to a Lady Gaga track every twenty minutes, consider this: five days out of the week, my ears itch and it burns when I hear. »»

HUGE HONKIN' BREAKING NEWS!

LOS ANGELES – The Walt Disney Co. said Monday it is acquiring Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock, bringing characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and WALL-E. Under the deal, Disney will acqui »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#68

I have to say - considering the only thing that's supposed to have changed since NO GOOD REASON came about, is that a single marriage was lifted out of history like a stain from a laundry detergent commerical - it's interesting to me that any such explanations are even necessary. Ah well - in any case, maybe I can at least give credit to the Brain Trust where it's due, for FINALLY presenting us with a scenario that necessitates a single Peter Parker, even if it took roughly eighteen months to do so. Because after all, what man gets so discombobulated at the sight of HIS OWN WIFE, that he then proceeds to get completely hammered and sleep with his roommate? Not only do I have the answer to that question, but I use the word "kerfuffle" for the first time in my life. Come get your click on! »»

In Memoriam: Mike Wieringo

Two years ago this week, our generation of comic book creators lost one of its best in Mike Wieringo. Newsarama.com's David Pepose takes a moment to remember the one called 'Ringo in his blog, which you can sample by CLICKING HERE. [caption id="atta »»

A Brief Review of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #600

Basically, this doesn't break from anything you've read or heard of Spider-Man in the last year and a half, so I guess this was the kind of anniversary issue that one would expect of post-BND Amazing Spider-Man, because that is what you get here. Marvel remains committed to what they did in ONE MORE DAY, so much like everything else since the magical reboot, it felt like a breath of fresh air to those who support it, and a tired, unnecessary re-tread of days gone by to those who don't. »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#67

So once again, we summarize: DC Comics = RIGHT NOW. Marvel Comics = RIGHT NOW, founded upon WHAT CAME BEFORE, leading into WHAT COMES NEXT. That's why there are Spider-Man fans, myself included, who continue to wait for Baby May to return. That's why the concept of the Illuminati seemed like such an ill fit. That's why I thought the premise behind "The Murdock Papers" was flimsy and contrived. That's why Mr. Q has a disguise, a false driver's license and a crossbow packed away in a nondescript post office box across the Canadian border, along with maps to the homes of Mark Millar, Brian Michael Bendis and Joe Quesada... ...oops. »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#66

I mean, doesn't anybody realize just how big of a reason this is, as to the question of why comics have been able to hang with radio, TV, movies and video games through the decades? My point is this, comic book heads: you may not be able to afford an X-Box. You may not be able to afford a car. You may not even be able to afford a night at the movies. Even in 2009, cable television might be a luxury. But you should ALWAYS be able to afford a comic book, and you should ALWAYS be able to afford AS MANY COMIC BOOKS AS YOU WANT! ...or is it just me? »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#65

When I read about this, all I could think of was "awwwww crap. I don't want to see Iron Fist in THUNDERBOLTS - I wanna see him in HIS OWN BOOK!" And I'll tell ya, I'd like to think I wasn't the only one who had that reaction. Marvel had something truly special with THE IMMORTAL IRON FIST, and as much as I realize that newer monthlies have a much shorter shelf life these days, it doesn't seem worth it to me that, from the looks of things, Marvel seems willing to let this one go on the gamble that at least SOME readers will follow Danny Rand over to a comic that has, by and large, been rendered redundant by DARK AVENGERS. Sigh, and sigh AGAIN. »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#64

A quick word about Michael Jackson seems in order, along with a few recommendations from my readings this week - we're back with another edition of I'M JUST SAYIN'... right here! »»

The Spectacular Spider-Man, Season 2 Premieres TONIGHT @ 7pm EST!

Marvel's too busy promoting their new X-Men & Teen Tony shows on Nicktoons, but don't you dare miss their BEST series adaptation YET! You WANT some of this. You NEED some of this. It's the Spectacular Spider-Man, and he is BACK! »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#63

Big things are happening at the Nexus, and this week we talk a little about X-MEN FOREVER, CAPTAIN AMERICA #600 and a timely new crossover courtesy of Bongo Comics & THE SIMPSONS - but the one I wanted to really talk about this time was SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #200 - also, don't forget I'll be at the Eastville Comedy Club this Saturday night and I would love to see you there! But for now, come on in! »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#62

Think about it; we ALL have Morrison stories that we like, and Morrison stories that we don't like, so really - what other factor could there be? When Grant Morrison is being reined in where he needs to be reined in, it's like butter in four colors. When he's not - say perhaps, he's been paired with an editor who might be a little too starstruck to do his or her (most likely HIS)job, well...let me ask you this: y'ever tried discussing THE X-FILES with a stroke victim? Neither have I, but I'll bet you a Happy Meal that's what it's like. »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#61

Remember back in January when the news first broke that Spider-Man was being re-singled in the newspaper strip that I was stunned to learn was still in print in the first place? Well, looks like that experiment is over - Stan Lee decided to “bow to your letters” and reset Peter Parker and Mary Jane’s marriage! As much as I’d like to believe that people wrote to the strip in protest of this move, I’m gonna assume that Stan Lee woke up from a nap and remembered, “hey - I CREATED these two!” But thank Stan for small favors all the same. I’d also like to believe that Marvel was paying attention to what happened here, but I’m guessing there’s only the slimmest of hopes that this move will have the same effect on Joe Quesada that it did on Jim Shooter twenty years ago. Ah well - the average Marvel editor-in-chief lasts about ten years, so at least there’s that to consider. *Checking watch* and wouldja look at that… »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#60

Since when does Spider-Man freak out just because he can't see? KNEE-JERK REACTION THEATRE attempts to answer that question, and we also give props to a fine version of BATMAN: THE END this week on I'M JUST SAYIN'... »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#59

I think in this day and age, we as entertainment consumers in general have to accept that not everything we enjoy is going to last as long as we might like. So as much as some of us might’ve liked to have had Dan Slott on SHE-HULK even to this day, it’s better that we had him for as long as we did get, instead of not at all... ...but while we should be grateful for those comics that grace our shelves for just a little while, that doesn’t mean we can’t give a shout-out for those that deserve to be around just a wee bit longer than they will. For example, what about BOOM STUDIO’s THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK? This one’s only getting four issues, and if you’re a fan of the old TV show like I was, and have read either of the first two, you’re probably thinking the same thing I am: just FOUR?! Can’t we at least get twelve? SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT got twelve issues, and that story DOESN'T EVEN COUNT! »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#58

This week is a decidedly non-human edition of I'M JUST SAYIN'..., as we give our props to turtles, robots, cats, mice and radioactive spider-pigs this week - also, I'm testing out a new sig and I'd like your opinion...c'mon in and get some of this, comic book heads! In the name of Stan, I command it! »»

I'm Just Sayin'... Special FLASH Edition

Hi there folks, my name's Ryan Andrew Brandt and I'm a friend of Greg's, due to our mutual love of comics, writing, comedy and wrestling. I bribed him enough money - er, he was gracious enough to let me on here to discuss my thoughts on THE FLASH: REBIRTH#1. In short: It sucks. »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#57

Heydi-hey, comic book heads! We’re here and we’re fashionably late with this week’s edition of I'M JUST SAYIN'......I'd tell you I was having another long week full of crap that kept getting in the way of my finishing up this week's edition up until now, but the truth of the situation is that I sat on this one for a few days on purpose, just so Part Two of "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" would arrive ahead of SOMETHING. That's me all over, folks - generous to a fault! But I do wanna do something a little different; I've got a special guest writer for you this time around, as we are not quite done talking about THE FLASH: REBIRTH yet. But first, I wanna get a few things out there... »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#56

Now...what can we say about THE FLASH: REBIRTH?...you know how when you were a kid playing Little League, it was your turn at bat, and there were maybe one or two of your buddies in scoring position? And you can FEEL the moment, right? You want nothing more than to get one good pitch hanging right over the plate so you can send that ball screaming into No Man's Land...but what you actually manage to do is send a dribbling grounder right into the first baseman's waiting glove? That's what THE FLASH: REBIRTH #1 was - a slow ground-out to first. »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#55

The curtains to Knee-Jerk Reaction Theatre opens once more as we prep a spotlight for Iron Fist's fellow Immortal Weapons, and perhaps a return of a certain Avenger on the horizon? Also - I'll be opening for comedian Todd Barry on the 18th - come get some of this! »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#54

Maybe I'll wait and see how Barry Allen's return as the Flash turns out, before I start speculating on whether or not this is turning into a Geoff Johns thing. As it is, I'm this close to adding "Geoff Johns' Paradox" (wherein the event is more entertaining as a hypothetical, than it is as an actual event) to my personal comic book lexicon, along with "The Bendis Approach" (wherein the premise from an event that's at least seven years old is retold in the present day with thrice as many chapters) and NO GOOD REASON (self-explanatory at this point, but I'll give you a hint anyway: it involves spiders.) »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#53

I'm getting the sense that aside from taking the mission of trying to restore the mutant population as he did to cure the Legacy Virus before, Henry McCoy will become the conscience of the X-Men during this trying time, and for the first time in a while, three of Xavier's original class have some really interesting things going on with them. All that's left is for Iceman to get him some of this action in a main X-comic and not just in a limited series like MANIFEST DESTINY, and we'd be all kinds of set! »»

I'm Just Sayin'...#52

Alright folks, we have reached Number 52 - or as Manolis called it, our Nexusversary here at IJS! »»

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