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The HAMMER Comes Down

Here’s something that appeals only to fanboys: what the hell does HAMMER stand for?  Ever since SHIELD died a horrible death in the wake of Secret Invasion, we’ve been hearing about Norman Osborn’s newer, eviller organization: HAMMER.  But the acronym was left unexplained.  For a while, at least:

HAMMER means nothing

So Norman Osborn admits what some had guessed: HAMMER means nothing at all.  It was picked simply because it sounds cool.

Not that SHIELD was always 100% certain what it stood for.  In the days of Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury series, it stood for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division. In recent days, we had Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage Logistics Directorate.  And, in the movies, we have the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division (Personally, I prefer the original one).

Clearly, the lesson for Norman Osborn is this: if you want your shadowy, sinister death squad to last, pick the name early.  You’ve got the pin those letters down, and never waver. We’ll probably get something like this:

Homeland Armed Military Management, Enforcement, & Reconaissance

There are clearly better options.  My faithful friend Mr. Chew suggests, rather adroitly:

Hackneyed Acronym Made at Marvel Executive Retreat

I don’t think that one can be beat.  But please, all readers, feel free to try.

Note: I know acronyms should have periods between each word, but I’m too lazy to type them all in.



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Jon Favreau Knows What He’s Doing

A clip that is probably already everywhere on the internet is know here as well, for at least as long as livevideo  Youtube keeps it up.

This confirms so very many warm and fuzzy thoughts I’ve been thinking about this movie. The characterization of Tony Stark seems faithful (at least, to pre-Civil War Tony, which is to say Tony before he became a giant asshole). The first suit he builds is just perfect in its haphazard, machined-up look. And the flight sequence just looks damn exciting.

I’ll try not to give this movie a giant handjob just on the basis of this clip, but things look to be on the best track.

PS: DC? Warner Brothers? Let’s get things going, shall we?

EDIT: Livevideo didn’t keep it up for very long, as it turns out, but Youtube’s got it.

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Nick Fury Saves The Marvel Universe

Lacking any natural artistic abilities of my own, I have accepted that I will forever toil in a world decorated by crude, half-witted stickmen.  With that in mind, I submit the following:


Nick Fury Saves The Marvel Universe


This day is coming soon.


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Countdown to pointless retcons

Big Events are a fixture of superhero comics. Every year or so, something appropriately earth-shattering happens to the characters we know and love. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the motivation for these events

Both Marvel and DC do their Big Events on an almost annual basis. We accept them as a fixture of the superhero genre, and sometimes, if we’re lucky, we’ll get a good story out of it. At Marvel, the motivation for these events seems to be:

  1. Make a ton of money by getting readers to buy a load of titles.
  2. Tell a good superhero story.

At DC, the thinking seems to follow similar lines, but with an addition:

  1. Make a ton of money by getting readers to buy a load of titles.
  2. Fix our confusing and convoluted continuity.
  3. Tell a good superhero story.

Seriously, why does DC even try anymore? There is nothing as labyrinthine and off-putting as the long, long, ever-so-long history of DC’s universe. I honestly believe they should just cut their losses and move forward without ever again worrying about what earth Kyle Raynor was supposed to protect as a Green Lantern. I, for one, simply don’t care. Continuity is overrated.  Leave that tangled mess in the past, and just move forward telling exciting, imaginative stories.

I beg you.

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Sneaking peeks

Marvel has 12 previews up on Newsarama for their June 27th releases. There’s a lot of good-looking stuff on there, so check it out. Among them, these gems:


Luke Cage provides yet another compelling arguement for why you should be reading Immortal Iron Fist.


Now, this could very well be Johnny Storm talking about a horrifying trip to an alternate dimension. On the other hand, it could also be Dwayne McDuffie’s way of telling Robert Kirkman what he thinks of Marvel Zombies.


Jamie Madrox does his best 300.

And so much more. Check ’em out.

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ceebeegeebee at the racks, June 24 2007

Brave and the Bold #4 🙂 It’s been said before, but this title is the most fun you can have in the DCU these days. I wasn’t really sold on it until this issue, whichlobo-sez-gizz.jpg features Lobo and Supergirl tear-assing around the galaxy while Blue Beetle deals with a half-cyborg Batman. One point of procedure, however: are they allowed to say gizz in all-ages comics now?

Captain America #27 🙂 You wouldn’t think a book could have this much life following the murder of the title character. Despite the inevitable outcome of the Winter Soldier’s quest, I can’t help but root for him. Is there anyone left who actually likes Tony Stark?

Incredible Hulk #107 🙂 Speaking of not liking Tony Stark, Amadeus Cho continues his quest to help The Hulk with his war. After this issue, I want Greg Pak to write a Hercules miniseries, even if it’s just him in an internet cafe.

Chronicles of Wormwood #4 🙂 In this issue, we finally find out what happened to Hitler. I continue to enjoy this series, although I’m not entirely sure why Satan and Jacko are working together. Ennis shows once again how easily he can switch gears from the profane to the touching. I wish there were more writers as talented as this.

Ex Machina #29 😐 It’s not that I didn’t like this issue, I just felt like the ending was a bit of a, well, deus ex machina. To have the mysterious stranger (spoiler alert, folks) simply teleport away was a letdown for me. I really enjoyed the coda, however: a flashback to Hundred’s exploits on 9/11. I remain a stalwart fan of this series.

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Robert Kirkman knows what time it is

Irredemable Ant-Man #9


 From Irredemable Ant-Man #9, written by Robert Kirkman, art by Phil Hester and Ande Parks.

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