The Man Called A-X 1 (October 1997)


The Man Called A-X is a strange and awful thing. It’s pronounced “A 10,” but “A ex.” I wasn’t sure it mattered, but then the hard cliffhanger reveals it does matter.

The comic is a near future thing with androids. Marv Wolfman definitely saw Universal Soldier. He tries to be very topical with the Gulf War veteran stuff, but he’s really just doing a rip-off of Blade Runner and, I don’t know, maybe Tron.

The book seemed interesting because it’s Shawn McManus on the art, but McManus doing glossy “gritty” nineties anti-superheroes isn’t the best use of his skills.

I think it’s supposed to be like Lobo. I don’t know. It’s too pointless and bad to keep going. But I should point out McManus is at least competent on the art, Wolfman’s writing is horrendous. It’s either overwritten exposition or laughable first person.

It’s really dreadful stuff.


A-Ten; writer, Marv Wolfman; artist, Shawn McManus; colorist, Ian Laughlin; letterer, Kurt Hathaway; editor, Peter Tomasi; publisher, DC Comics.

Fashion Beast 5 (December 2012)


And this issue has another big twist. It’s hard to guess whether there are any more coming up or if the big surprises only come before the halfway mark.

It’s hard to see where Fashion Beast is going in general. This issue has a handful of conversations, the bridging pages and not much else. But very little has actually happened. One of the big incidents this issue is actually something I assumed had already been resolved. Maybe Johnston isn’t allowed to add dialogue; a film script isn’t a comic script, after all. There’s no forced pacing to the comic, which the script clearly needs.

The dialogue anyway.

Tomboy continues to be the lead this issue, with the custodian girl seemingly flirting. Doll has become unlikable. All the good will the comic built for her is used up.

It’s okay–definitely intriguing–but only because the cliffhanger promises answers next time.


The Chariot; writers, Malcolm McLaren, Alan Moore and Antony Johnston; artist, Facundo Percio; colorist, Hernan Cabrera; editor, Jim Kuhoric; publisher, Avatar Press.

Ultimate Spider-Man 82 (November 2005)


I forgot Ultimate Black Cat was supposed to be dead. She’s not. She’s back and she saves Peter. They make out a bit and he runs home. There’s also the fight scene at the beginning, which is rushed so Bendis can keep Hammerhead around for a while.

Let’s see, Hammerhead, Black Cat–oh, Jean DeWolfe gets a scene. And then some Ultimate Moon Knight malarkey. Aunt May, then Kingpin. Not a lot. Lots of characters, not much story. If last issue was a bridging issue, this one is Bendis turning it into a suspension bridge.

There’s a little about high school too. The issue still takes place on the day Peter walked out of class–which doesn’t seem right, but I guess it’s possible.

Oh, and Bendis loses track of Iron Fist and the Master of Kung Fu. They’re nowhere to be seen.

Bendis is really dragging things out here.


Warriors, Part Four; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inker, Scott Hanna; colorist, Jonathan D. Smith; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, John Barber, Nicole Wiley and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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