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A whole new slew of comic reevus

9 Jun

Well, I didn’t get comics for a month or so… There was a lot waiting for me.

Unfortunately, I forgot to pick up Grizzly Shark and Sea Bear, Return of Bruce Wayne #2, and my LCS still hasn’t received Tales of the TMNT #69.

Overall, I was fairly pleased with my pulls, and I even went out on a limb and bought some Marvel which was, surprisingly, really good.

So, let’s start it off with the bad and move towards the awesome:

Green Lantern #54:

It’s really unfortunate that most of these scenes in this book were sort of seen in others (mostly Brightest Day), and I’m a little tired of Green Lantern.  Honestly, this book is testing my patience.  It looks pretty and Doug Mahnke does his best with trying to make the Star Sapphire costume look not so slutty, but I feel like Geoff Johns is just trying to outdo himself with the next big, cosmic event.  Therefore, character studies are shot down for a rather boring plot.  And Lobo, seriously?  I’m giving this comic three more tries.  If it fails twice in those three times, then it’s out.

The best part of this comic, though, was Dex-Star (the Red Lantern Cat) kicking some ass.

Batgirl #11:

I’ll begin this by mentioning that there isn’t anything inherently wrong with this issue.  I feel like Bryan Q. Miller is doing a knockout job developing a voice for Stephanie.  Sure, Lee Garbett & Pere Perez’s pencils sort of make Stephanie’s boobs fluctuate size on a nearly frame by frame basis, but the art’s overall good.  Everyone’s doing a good job.  My problem is that the comic is doing things that have been done before.  Sure, these are all sort of training exercises for Stephanie, but the stakes are obvious and I don’t feel like there’s any real big threat.  The Calculator is nice, but that’s more so Barbara’s villain.  Is Stephanie going to get any of her own.

As far as dream sequences go, this was one of the more interesting ones out of the thousands out there in comic land.

Girl Comics #2:

I feel like this comic should be longer than it is.  I feel like there should be more stories in it.  Hell, I’m being charged $5 goddamn dollars for it, I might as well get some more stories.  Plus, what’s up with the shipping delay?

Alright, refocus on what’s actually here in the comic.  Unfortunately, it was hit and miss.  I enjoyed the intro again even if it felt like I was rereading the intro from before (I really liked the variation of She-Hulk’s costume).  The Inhumans was kinda bleh.  However, I really liked the hairdressing story because it didn’t really feel like it was shoving the issue of “hey, girls like to get their hair done!” but more so a thing that they do that shows a different aspect of their lives.  I liked the art and coloring on the “Do You Ever?” story even if the script was a bit lacking.  The two page spread of MJ searching for another superhero boyfriend was delightfully taking stabs at the machismo behind many male superheroes which made me pretty giddy.  The Dr. Strange story was a major disappointment.  I just did not understand what was going on.

So, overall, okay, but nothing major.

Batman #700(!):

Alright, I had to dish out the $5 on this landmark issue.  I figured it would probably not be that great, but, strangely, I found it to be pretty gosh darn good.  Now, let me preface it with me walking home 3 and a half miles in the rain worrying about my comics getting wet.  Then, it began pouring – like Puget Sound every day in February pouring – and I sought refuge.  Enter coffee shop and a warm chai.

I opened it up, and found this time-spanning narrative not confusing but, despite being defined by time periods, timeless.  Grant Morrison hit the mark on portraying that, no matter what, there will always be a need for a Batman in comics/the comic world.  Naturally, Frank Quitely’s frenetic energy in his section made a major impression.  It was unfortunate that he couldn’t finish the whole “Today” section.  I feel like they could have simply put a “Tonight” label after the switch to slightly differentiate between the artists and acknowledge the change up.

Now, I’m not a fan of Damien becoming Batman in the future.  Particularly because I think the transition would be too easy for the character… and I don’t like his batsuit.  So, that part was kinda “hmm meh” for me.  However, 2-Face-2 was hilarious as was the final joke.

The “And Tomorrow” section was genius showing off all the different Batmen that have come, gone, or will pass.  I really like the Full masked, silver-emblazoned one.

Overall, this is a pretty good story for a Batman fan with a little bit for everyone.  Sometimes, it didn’t hit the mark.  When it did, though, it was lovely.

Heralds #s 1 & 2:

After reading Kelly Thompson’s review of Her-alds, I decided to give it a try.  And, honestly, I am so glad I did.

Some Superheroes who just all happen to be women get together through an interesting means, and then, all of a sudden, a clones (of scientists and historical figures creating some funny moments with Einstein and later Hitler), Dinosaur, chaotic thing happens.  They bond together over fighting and then come together in the second issue over Frankie Raye and how she plays in the overall importance of recent events.

The art on these issues is amazing.  Some commentators (anonymous comments on other people’s reviews) have said that the art style is too indie or doesn’t differentiate between the women.  I would have to counter this by stating that I am not familiar in any depth with the majority of these characters, and I could tell them apart through facial differences.  Plus, I really like the slim, short-haired She-Hulk.  I mean, she’s lean but with lots of muscle.  Who’s to say the Gamma radiation has to make her bulky just to give her immense strength?

At times, the plot can be a little overwhelming and the dialogue quick, but another read through brings along more enjoyment.  Trust me, the first read is still just as good as you’re briskly trying to read what’s next.  This got me to chuckle aloud, which, as said numerous times before, is a hard thing to do.  Check out the Thompson review to see some pages from the actual book to see the interior art.

Red Robin #13:

Tim Drake-Wayne.  Marriage fake.  Identity.  New duds.  Checklists.  Hard Decisions.  Worth it?

I know that this comic is worth it.  You barely have to be knowledgeable about Tim Drake or this series to still really enjoy it, and the twist is wonderful.  God, I love this comic (and the writer switch – Fabian Nicieza who’s written Tim Drake before – hardly altered anything; a nice transition).

Invincible #72:

Within the Invincible Universe, I feel like Kirkman is at his best with writing violence.  I believe this also probably gives Ryan Ottley much more to play around with.  Anyone noticed the similar attacks Conquest utilizes?  Come on, the frames are nearly the same.

This issue completely surprised me in a good way.  The melodrama’s out of the way, and now it’s just super hard hitting and awesome.  I never knew breathing could be so great!

The Walking Dead #72:

God, does Kirkman know how to nail that final page for every issue.  I mean, it also works really fluidly during the trades, too.  Still, I just love it.

This issue focuses pretty heavy on the adjustment process with emphasis on Michonne, Andrea, and Glenn.  Um, yeah… mostly my favorite characters.  It’s nice to not see any zombies for a bit; although, I’m sure that will change next issue.  This is just such a consistently great comic.

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Wow… Been awhile. NEW COMICS!

6 Feb

Alright, I’ll admit it: I’ve been slacking on the comic book side of things.  However, new things have been happening in my life that have made me feel pretty damn good.  I’m more than likely moving, I have a girl that I like and even though she just wants to be friends and not have a relationship I still enjoy every goddamn moment I’m with her, I’m actually trying to make new/more friends and succeeding, and Quantum Leap is a show that will never lose its beauty to me.

So, where does that leave me?  Oh yeah, I’m in a damn fine mood to go to the comic store and post about what I’ve read.

Batwoman in Detective Comics #861:

Wait, this comic doesn’t have the beautiful work of J.H. Williams III in it?  Fuck, I’m not picking that up.

Well, you should because this was by far the best read I’ve had in awhile.  Jock’s artwork flows flawlessly with Rucka’s script which is not only occasionally surprising, but instantly badass.  Everyone should read this book… and I’m not kidding.  Everyone.  Whether you like comics or not.  Here, we have a kickass superhero who’s a lesbian and uses her defining qualities to her advantage.

The thing I loved about this issue was that Batwoman gets stabbed a lot but keeps on fighting like a pro.  The duality of the story in the past with Batman and the story with Batwoman in the present really brings it home that Kate may not have the same amount of training as Bruce did, but she can still hold her own against anyone else in the Bat-family.

God, I loved this.

Invincible Iron Man #22:

Tony Stark is still kinda in la-la land stuck in his head, and ruling him out as the main force in the comic is a pretty interesting thing to do, but Fraction nails it home with this issue.  I’m really enjoying this series.  Sure, Marvel’s been having the whole problem lately of “hey, we don’t like to schedule our books out in proper sequential order so you get spoilers in issues all the time,” but I’m okay with that.

Bringing in Strange is a clever, mildly desperate move, but I like when he realizes that this task may just end up being a lot harder than he expected it to be.  Has anyone else noticed that him and Tony look nearly identical with a few modifications? It’s kinda distracting.

Red Robin #9:

Fun.

That’s the best way to describe this issue.

Wait, what?  Describing the new badass “I’m dark and angry like my Daddy” attitude Red Robin-Tim Drake-Wayne-(Draper) as fun is a little weird.  However, it works.

I loved the contrast in this issue of how Tim comes back to Gotham, talks about how shitty it is yet feels the need to apologize and actually crack a smile for good ol’ times.  Ra’s is super menacing in this issue and his plan seems pretty dastardly.  I feel like this actually has some substance.

The nice thing about this series – so far – is that it works the way a comic should work.  It has nicely developed storylines in 3-5 issue arcs that play a role in the bigger picture.  Not only that, it also makes reference to what’s going on in the whole universe.  Sure, I would have liked it if Tim did some more world-touring, but I love how this comic and Batman and Robin #7 came out at relatively the same time with similar themes with different approaches.

It probably helps that I’m a huge Tim Drake fan.

Batman and Robin #7:

Let’s admit it, this issue had problems.  From the ridiculous way Batwoman gets brought into the story to the accidental dialogue switch in a certain frame that’s a bit confusing.

Let’s also admit that Cameron Stewart just brought new life to this series.  I was a converted fan for the first Quitely issues, then I got the Phillip Tan ones and thought, “fuck, I hate this art.”  I hated it so much, in fact, that I was going to stop getting this series.  Then, I read some reviews of the issue and decided, “okay, you’ve got another shot, don’t disappoint.”

The things this issue does well completely overshadows the above problems.  The issue is at such a breakneck speed that sometimes it’s hard to keep up, but then you read something later on and pick up what actually happened earlier.  So, Morrison kinda safeguards himself on that.

The interrogation scene is killer like 3 pages of absolute glory.

So Cameron, you got me.  I’m picking up the next issue.

The Walking Dead#69:

Ever wanted to see what post-Zombie Washington DC would look like?  Well, here you go.

The mistrust simmers down in this issue and a mini crisis happens in which we discover this community our characters are going to is pretty damn well-off in terms of resources and firepower.

Things may just be looking up for the group, but I’m expecting something to happen in issue #73 that shakes things up… just a guess.

My one problem is that this comic always feels short.  I know that Charlie Adlard typically does about a page of art a day, and it would be pretty mean to force him to do more.  I guess it is a sign of a good comic when you’re craving the next one as soon as you read that one (hence why this series works better in trades, but I’m so goddamn impatient I can’t wait).

Green Lantern #50:

I guess it’s fairly significant that Hal Jordan turns back into Parallax in issue 50 when in Vol 3 of Green Lantern he’s infected with Parallax and destroys the Corps.

So, takin’ down the Spectre, huh?  That’s neat.

This issue just sort of felt “meh” for me.  I mean, it’s cool seeing all of the new Corp members dealing with their bosses (I love Atrocitus urging Mera on), but the issue just moved really quickly at first to me.  Then, once it hit halfway it moved a little slow.  I think it’s just suffering from having too many characters at this point.  I want more screen time for all of them, but there’s just not enough room.

In terms of Blackest Night, this plays a decent role.  Plus, I wonder how Parallax is going to be put back into his cage.

Oh, and the part between Hal and Carol is cute.

The art on this issue is pretty good.  Not amazing, but better than a lot of art.

I guess I may just be caught in the rut that I’m putting this series to a (deservedly) higher standard.  Hmmm.

Tales of the TMNT #66:

A bit frustrating to find 100 versions of a Batman and Robin cover and only 10 of a TMNT cover – all of which are quite small.

So, I went into this thinking that this issue probably wasn’t going to work for me.  I’ve always have loved Tales for covering aspects of heroes’ lives typically not seen in comics, but an issue about dog smuggling by a gang in NY that’s pretty lame in the TMNT series just was not doing it for me in description since it’s so arbitrary.

Nevertheless, upon reading it, I found the issue to be fun and meaningful.  Sure, I don’t really have much of a recollection of how it went and I read it two weeks ago, but I remember smiling and rooting for my characters.  So, I suppose if a comic can have even that short term effect, then it must be pretty damn decent.

For something that didn’t require too much, Lawson still kicked out some great art.

World’s Finest miniseries #1-4:

Okay, I meant for all of those images to just line up horizontally, but it wasn’t happenin’.  So, I picked up the first issue of this miniseries on a whim partly because of good ol’ Timmy being in it.  Sure, he was drawn like he was 40 and not 19 which was a bit upsetting, but oh well.

The miniseries was entertaining.  It wasn’t great nor was it bad.  Just a nice pairing of the two biggest franchises for DC which was fun.  I did enjoy how most of the stories convalesced together in the final issue.  That was nice.  It was also nice to see Superman drawn in a way that made him actually seem like a mentor who has aged since the beginning.

I was a little offended with how carrying the trend of Damien being a jerk, he’s made yet another comment about Stephanie being fat or not – basically – a skinny ass, busty, big hipped, typical comic book female.  I think she’s one of the few mainstream female characters that might just happen to have a real body.

The ending of the series was a bit goofy, and totally feels like a lead-in to War of the Supermen.  Oh well.  Overall, if you want an introduction to some new characters that are staples for their universe(s), then check this out.

Heard I should probably check out Siege.  I mean, what with people being torn in half!?  I’m just not a big Marvel guy… oh well.

Also, in case you were wondering: I’ve read all of 100 Bullets and caught up to date with Fables recently.  So, expect posts on that and Zot! soon.