Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Free Form Comments

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Anonymous said...

Hey, there. I'm relatively new to this blog and am loving both Geoff's and Jason Powell's issue-by-issue analyses of the various X-Men titles. Like Jason, I got hooked on Uncanny X-Men (as well as Excalibur and New Mutants) during the Claremont era. I stopped reading after Claremont left and pretty much stayed away (with a few exceptions) until Astonishing debuted.

Geoff: Your critique of Astonishing X-Men #1 in relation to Morrison's first issue of New X-Men is fantastic and deepened my appreciation for Whedon's work on the book. Are you waiting until after Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1 comes out before completing your review of the series or have you, as you said you might, decided not to stick with it?

Jason: Obviously, you have awhile before you get there, but I was wondering if you plan to include Claremont's work on any of the spin-off titles and/or either of his subsequent short-lived returns to Uncanny?

Thanks and keep up the great work!


Marc Caputo said...

Geoff: thanks for the shout-out. Glad to see people are enjoying it.

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There's a larger one up by you

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Jason Powell said...

J.Liang, thanks for the kind words. I've sent Geoff a master-list of what I plan to cover -- it will be 236 (gulp) posts, in total. I plan to cover the Annuals and the Wolverine spin-offs (though the latter will not be issue-by-issue). I would love to do New Mutants and Excalibur too, but the series is already so unwieldy as it is -- so even though Geoff is a saint and if I said I wanted to review Claremont's 54 issues of New Mutants and his 34 issues of Excalibur, he'd probably say "Sure, go ahead," I just don't want things to get that crazy. I feel pretty ridiculously self-indulgent as it is. (One exception will be the New Mutants Special Edition set in Asgard -- I just love that one too much, I had to say SOMETHING about it. Don't know what yet, though as coincidence would have it I plan on writing that review today.)

As for Claremont's 21st-century contributions to the X-franchise (the Uncanny runs, X-Treme, etc.), those honestly just don't interest me enough. :)

Jason Powell said...

Geoff: I finally got to read your "House" essay last week. Very nicely done -- as penetrating and as entertaining as always.

One thing, though: I do wonder if you're not giving the writers of the show enough credit? Granted, the formulaic structure is the death of that show, but if the writers deserve the blame for that, they should also get credit for the snappy dialogue, surely? I don't disagree that Hugh Laurie is the one who sells it, but if it weren't for the writers there'd be nothing to sell.

Geoff Klock said...

J -- Glad to have you with us. I am waiting until Giant Size #1 to finish the Whedon posts, which got a little ... unfocused.

Marc -- thanks. I will check that out. This is exactly the kind of thing I created free form comments to do.

Jason -- no, that is a fair point. But my essay was on the actor so that is where I spent my time.

Matthew J. Brady said...

Hey, I finally watched Southland Tales, and I thought it was...interesting. Not good, per se, but it had some crazy, enjoyable stuff in it. Here, I wrote a review.