Daredevil 223 (October 1985)


Jim Shooter co-wrote this issue (the first Secret Wars II crossover I’ve noticed him work on) and it shows. There’s a lot of idiotic nonsense about the Beyonder trying to buy the world legally. Of course, what lawyer to go to for help? Matt Murdock.

This issue might be my first Mazzucchelli Daredevil and, I have to say, I’m disappointed. It’s sort of Marvel style, but it’s also very retro. It looks like an old romance comic at times. The art’s fine and good and all, but I was expecting it to blow me away, it being Mazzucchelli after all.

The story itself is affecting, as Daredevil gets his sight back, but it’s way too short. Mazzucchelli creates some amazing moments, but they only last a page. If they’d stretched this one out to two issues, something, it would have been better.

Still, it’s an excellently produced comic book.


The Price; writers, Denny O’Neil and Jim Shooter; penciller, David Mazzucchelli; inker, Kim DeMulder; colorist, Ken Feduniewicz; letterer, Joe Rosen; editors, Craig Anderson and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.


Irredeemable 9 (December 2009)


Darn it, Mark Waid, why do you keep it on such a roller coaster? This issue’s another great one, as Waid reveals quite a bit–there’s the new superhero team going a little nuts, there’s the smart guy off with the villain girl, there’s the U.S. Army making deals with the devil–there’s also what appears to be Al Gore as President. Not so sure what Waid’s doing with that one (in fact, given the highly fundie nature of The Unknown, I’m a little surprised).

It’s a fast-paced issue too (I imagine Irredeemable is going to read splendidly once it’s finished–it also seems like Waid’s blueprinting, I don’t know, a movie perhaps).

What’s so interesting is how the remaining heroes, except the nutso new hero leader, are generally hoping to reform the Plutonian. Instead of spinning off that crappy Incorruptible, Waid should have done a Plutonian apologist series.


Writer, Mark Waid; artist, Peter Krause; colorist, Andrew Dalhouse; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editor, Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.

Irredeemable 8 (November 2009)


Of course, Waid can’t sustain it. I mean, this issue reveals what set the Plutonian off and my only question, I think the only question anyone need ask, is… why does Superman need a sidekick?

Sure, the same can be said of Batman, but almost every Batman writer in the last ten or fifteen years has tried to make some excuse for it, like Robin’s Batman’s lieutenant (again, it’s idiotic), but Superman? Superman doesn’t need a sidekick and if the Plutonian is Superman, well, Waid’s clearly got a lot of work to do, right?

He doesn’t do any of it.

The explanation of why he went psycho is lame. This issue’s best part is Waid turning the Plutonian’s married floozy into a scheming husband-killer. It’ll be amusing to read that arc as it unfolds.

I think Waid’s kneecapped Irredeemable.

The revelation had to be perfect and, instead, it’s weak.


Writer, Mark Waid; artist, Peter Krause; colorist, Andrew Dalhouse; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editor, Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.

Irredeemable 7 (October 2009)


Which earlier issue did I say was my favorite? I was wrong. This issue is my favorite.

Waid finally writes the Plutonian as a character–one who talks a lot, almost too much (I’m definitely getting worried the whole thing is going to be a mind trick the Plutonian’s arch-nemesis is playing on him and it’ll all be happy and easy at the end).

But until then….

Now, the humanity Waid is adding to the Plutonian regards his response to constantly being on call. It’s that Superman problem, only in a cynical universe of saved victims (I guess that combination would make it more like Superman in Spider-Man’s world).

The issue also has an awesome cliffhanger; the last couple issues have been a lot less episodic than the first four and suit cliffhangers better.

I can’t forget Waid’s mean-spirited humor: the in-denial, cuckolded Hawkman stand-in.


Writer, Mark Waid; artist, Peter Krause; colorist, Andrew Dalhouse; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editor, Matt Gagnon; publisher, Boom! Studios.

Secret Wars II 3 (September 1985)


This issue the Beyonder takes over the world only to release it when he realizes how borrowing ruling the world can be. It’s like a sitcom. I can’t believe Shooter thought he was doing a reasonable job. Again Shooter does pace the comic really well–lots of time passes, lots of stuff happens–but the story itself is so lame.

What’s worst about the issue is how noneof it matters. By the end of the comic, everything done has been invalidated (the Beyonder, beyond being able to mind control the entire planet, can also erase memories). I’m sure Shooter’s point was to show the Beyonder learning something, but having him do it in a Saturday morning cartoon version of the gritty New York streets (pleasant pimps and hookers with hearts of gold abound, not to mention the kindly crime boss).

Or am I giving Shooter’s artistic ambitions too much credit?


This World is Mine!; writer, Jim Shooter; penciller, Al Milgrom; inker, Steve Leialoha; colorist, Christie Scheele; letterer, Joe Rosen; editor, Bob Budiansky; publisher, Marvel Comics.

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: