Neil Adams A Badass: 5 Reasons

Our first Podcast was fairly brutal towards someone I really think is likely a very rad person, Neil Adams. So, as an attempt to make up for a few slights we may have given away I’ve decided to dedicate this post to why no only I like Neal Adams, but why you should too! Without further ado, the top 5 reason Neil Adams is Rad!

REASON 1: He just looks like a nice guy.

I love the hanging sideways name tag

Doesn’t he just look like your friend’s grandfather that’s just about to force you to go to dinner with his whole family?

His looks of course are the smallest of his BADASSERY!

REASON 2: Creator rights

Adams is widely recognized as one of the loudest advocates of creator rights in the industry. His pioneering industry activist has benefited many many other artists. Before the move in the 70s and 80s towards creator rights comic publishers made tons and tons of money and the creators of the characters fought to survive. It was not just the little guys that had a hard time making due. Adams was the loudest voice for securing the financial future of Superman’s co-creators, the founders of the Superhero genre,  Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

REASON 3: He is redonklusly good at his job.

Let off the fact that he and Dennis O’Neil double handedly saved Batman from being a campy, derivative mess, again. Adam’s Batman is dark and gritty, but he clearly loves his job. So, so many of his shots have him just hiding a smile.

It was the easy choice, yes

Adams manages to draw a Batman that is both human and exceptional, both driven and light hearted, both gritty and kind. He strikes the balance between the Morrison “I am the living embodiment of the underworld” and the 60s “I am a crazy doopey looser” and finds a believable man, driven to better the world with a deep love for that world. He is a pleasure to see in action.

REASON 4: “Relevant” comics

Now at some point I may force Lee to do a Podcast just on my Green Lantern/Green Arrow is an over-hyped piece of garbage and why the Longbow Hunters should, in any just world hold the place of GL/GA in the Geek Consciousness, but until that happens let me say this:

Flawed, silly, overwritten, ham-fisted and meandering,  Green Lantern/Green Arrow pushed the edges of what a comic could be. It starred hero who acted a lot like people. It asked us to take a moment while reading a comic book to think about making the world a slightly better place. It critiqued unearned power. Along the side of those social goals it made a lot of fundamental, and on balance good, changes to the Green Lantern Mythos.

Also its the spiritual predecessor to the Rise of Arsenal, so it has that to answer for…

I loved that arm! It was my favorite arm!

REASON 5: He created and owns Miss Mystic!

Wolverine 5.1 – Why Cabel is Wrong, and Why That’s Okay.

I had a chance to check out Wolverine 5.1, which Cabel mentioned on last week’s cast.  Specifically, Cabel suggested that it was better than Iron Man 500.1, which piqued my interest.  Piqued it hard.  Like a bullet made out of some poor sucker’s molar.

Why?  Mostly because the last time I followed super hero stories with any real commitment was back in the day when Professor X aired his differences with Magneto on Fox Kids Saturday.  I liked Wolverine because he was an outsider, a bad mother and the kind of guy I wanted to be if I couldn’t be Gambit.  So call me whatever you like, I dig the sentiment behind the point one issues that Marvel is releasing even if I’m not always turned on by the execution.

Wolverine's Birthday Party - Sans Wolverine

All of Logan's most important character traits are highlighted!

So Cabel felt that Wolverine 5.1 did a better job of re-introducing its character than Iron Man 500.1 had. Since I’d just finished catching up on a good-sized chunk of Wolverine: Origins I decided to give it a read while we’re still having timely discourse about Marvel: Point One.  It’s a pretty good Wolverine story, imagine Silence of the Lambs rebooted as a pop-up book. The camp factor is pretty high, but we get a good look at what sort of stories Marvel is going to be telling with Logan, and that’s cool.

Cannibals with their captive. Spooky!

I thought grass-fed steaks were supposed to be superior!

There is, in all of this wholesome cannibal goodness, one glaring omission. There just isn’t much here to help “seamlessly introduce new readers into the dynamic Marvel Universe and its popular super heroes.” If Iron Man 500.1 had too much explication and too little story, Wolverine 5.1 suffers from the opposite problem. The book is really more like a No. 1 than a point one, which is, as it turns out, exactly what the Vestrymen want these sorts of things to be.

-Leland

VFcast Episode 1 – Captain Galactic and the Victory Mystics: Origins

The Vestrymen, in their inaugural podcast…

In which we discuss:

  • Ourselves, but only a little, I promise.
  • Our plans for THE FUTURE (of this episode).
  • Tony Stark’s abject doucheyness in Iron Man 500.1
  • The worst A-Team.
  • The worst A-Team’s clown car van.
  • Lighsaber wielding, antenna sprouting, energy ball throwing, reality bending ladies.
  • All that and more in Miss Mystic #1.

Next Week:

  • The BEST PANTS IN COMICS!
  • Sherlock Holmes: Year One!

Cover - Ms. Mystic 1Pollution is ruining everything.Unicycle robot bitch slap.