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Green Lantern #57: Review

9 Sep

It is easy for me to admit that the only reason I continue to buy this comic is because of Larfleeze.  Geoff Johns has created a new icon in comics.  I was grinning from ear to ear when Larfleeze discovered a buffet in Las Vegas.

Other than that, this comic left a lot to be desired.  It’s basically just an example case of how The Predator works for the Star Sapphires, and, despite the first couple of pages, involves a substantial detachment from the previous issue.

I am tired of this Entity-hunting game on earth.  Green Lantern, to me, is supposed to be about exploring space and all of the wonderful creatures that inhabit it.  To me, all of the other superhero comics can focus on humans (usually as casualties), but Green Lantern is meant to expand the comics universe.  However, Post-Blackest Night, the narrative structures Johns has created have run out of steam.  From one big event to the next (yayyy someone’s collecting all of the Entities!), I’m beginning to grow quite weary of this series.  If it wasn’t for the memorable Larfleeze, or my love for the Hope Lanterns, I wouldn’t even be paying attention to this series anymore.

The art does it’s job, but I’m not really fascinated by it.  The full-view on The Predator Entity is impressive, but overly complex.  Then again, the simplicity of The Predator-infused human is rather annoying.  So, I suppose it’s a so-so win/lose “meh” situation for the art for me.

Like the emotional spectrum Johns has created, all of the motivations, characters, and narratives that pervade the comic are rather base without much complexity.  Like Larfleeze, I’m left wanting more, but it seems like that involves buying all of the other GL-related titles that I am no longer interested in – at all.

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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.

Green Lantern #48: Review

28 Nov

Warning: Read this comic before Blackest Night #5… not #6 like it warns.

Neverthless, with the overall success so far of Geoff Johns Blackest Night event, I’m really starting to wonder why more people don’t read comics (despite needing a decent understanding of comic lore to understand a bit of the event).

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Super HeroiHOT #11: Vampirella

31 Oct

In celebration of Halloween, I’ve decided to do a special SuperHeroiHOT edition featuring everyone’s favorite scantily-clad, alien, demon, vampire girl: Vampirella!

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OMG! OMG! OMG! New comics!

30 Jun

I would just like to inform you that I do not actually use ridiculous internet abbreviations or smiley faces while typing.  I try to remain as proper as ever… Nevertheless, I couldn’t resist the urge in the title.

Overall, I grabbed some decent comics this previous week.  I was trying to use my webcam to kind of do a supplement to this typing part, but it wasn’t working out too well.  I’ll try to work out the bugs and hopefully do it in the future.  Anyway, best to worst:

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Green Lantern #40

3 May

I couldn’t find the normal cover… so, instead I got this variant that I think someone photoshopped into a rainbow look.

Okay, last Green Lantern issue I was this little thing called SUPER CONFUSED… But, after learning more about the one and only Larfleeze AKA Agent Orange it makes more sense.

This issue involves the Green Lantern Corps including the guardians (excluding the scarred bitch who’s going to cause the Blackest Night) travelling to the once forbidden Vega system to strike back at Larfleeze (his corps struck Oa in the last Green Lantern Corps comic).

One of the most interesting parts of this comic is how pissed off the guardians are about Hal Jordan being 1/2 green lantern 1/2 blue lantern.  They’re very skeptical of him but still want to watch how his powers have changed.  Also, it makes a lot more sense how Larfleeze operates.  He’s the ONLY orange, greedy lantern, but he can construct his own orange lantern corps with the power of his ring because he’s super strong/greedy.  His corps are actually the people who he’s killed which is pretty neat because he’s stealing their identities.

One of the awesome parts of the issue is right at the end where Larfleeze greediness affects Hal and you can really see how strong this orange lantern guy is.

Now, my criticism about this book is the pink/love/star sapphire lantern at the beginning, Fatality, has a gigantic two pages devoted to her and yet she makes the alternative cover… it really seems like she’s going to pop up at the end of the comic and that’s going to be the big teaser for the next, but it’s not.  Now, I’m sure it’s just preparing her for showing up down the road because Geoff Johns really does write in a very broad style which I really like (it makes reading the Trade Paperback versions really worth it), but it’s still a little frustrating.

The art and writing seemed way confusing last issue, but they’ve both improved to become quite clearer to show off Larfleeze’s anger and power towards the Guardians.  The issue also covers some current events so new readers can jump on with only a little bit of extra background checking.  Overall, this issue earns a solid

4/5 stars.

Super HeroiHOT #1: Star Sapphire

1 May

So, here I am rating Star Sapphire for the first Super HeroiHOT post.  The ratings will be out of 40with ten points given to the categories of: Appearance, Personality, Superpowers, and Secret Identity (who they are when they’re not superhero/villain it up).   Any cons will be taken off as points at the end.  Credit goes to Rachelle at http://livingbetweenwednesdays.com for creating the idea and categories.
Appearance:

StarSapphire.jpg Star Sapphire picture by PseudoPsychic

Above and below you have both the new Star Sapphire sexy look and the Star Sapphire Silver Age look.  They both have this sort of futuristic crazy collar type of thing going.  To tell you the truth, if the Silver Age costume didn’t have sleeves and the placement of the star was different, I would love that costume.  It’s much more modest than the fire star crotch that is the new costume.  Really, what’s the calling behind wanting to put on a costume that probably takes hours (or minutes with a super powered ring) to figure out which holes to put what through.  Frankly, the holes around the whole crotch-al area are pretty scary.  Also, how does Carol Ferris, a simple boss of an inherited airfield, get such a crazy hot body when filling out paperwork!?  HMM… yeah, I thought so penciller.  To some people it’s sexy… other’s it’s just downright outrageous.

APPEARANCE: 5/10

Personality:

Star Sapphire Jillian Perlman

Okay, so there are actually a bunch of different Star Sapphires because they’re one of the new Corps(es) coming out of the Green Lantern The Blackest Night build up, but before they forged their little controlling star into a ring, the Star Sapphires had one little crystally thing that would possess the wearer to fight for their one true love.  Really, the Crystal made each woman turn into a psychotic bitch much akin to that astronaut lady who not too long ago wore diapers and planned to kill a woman who her love-astronaut man had a relationship with.  They’re fairly obsessive and will do whatever it is for love.  That’s a little hot… like, do anything…?  “Hey, baby, ummm… could you go get a pizza with your sweet ass flying powers” “Anything for you!”  However, they’re almost too easily controlled by love.  It seems that now with rings they might be a bit more stable, but we’ll see how that plays out.

PERSONALITY: 6/10

Powers:

According to the new thing DC’s released, the Star Sapphires have the power to reah into their hearts and form a tether with their one true love to always come to their aid… also, they have the ability of flight and manipulation of power from their rings.  That whole tether thing is a little freaky but cool.  I mean, if I was Hal Jordan and off planet in some strange sector of the universe about to be trapped by the spider guild… I’d be like, “HEY! Carol, help me… I might say I like you(!)”  Then again, if I’m on vacation leave relaxing, I wouldn’t want my tethered one to show up and ask me what I was reading.  Nevertheless, I guess it would be cool to know that someone’s always there for you as long as they’re not annoying.

POWERS: 7/10

Secret Identity:

Star Sapphire Corp

Well, they sort of have secret identities and sort of don’t.  The ring kind of consumes them and doesn’t really allow them to have a day job.  They’re much too obsessed about love to have a life outside of it.  That’s a little scary, huh.  I mean, sure, it’s great you love me and what not… but don’t you want to do something else every once and awhile.  Okay, we can go beat up on the Red Lanterns in the name of love, but what about… I don’t know… going for a walk?

SECRET IDENTITY: 1/10

Cons:

I guess the biggest con would be eye candy for everyone else.  If my love, Megan, was tethered to me all the time I would be like, “honey, that’s really hot… but it’s sort of something for the bedroom… everyone’s staring.” 

They’re the Corps of Love… so, since when has Love been associated completely with sexiness…. wait, oh yeah… always in the mass media.  Nevertheless, Love’s not just about being sexy, it’s about being truthful and caring to the other person no matter what you look like.  So, there’s minus one for furthering the stereotype, Star Sapphire.

CONS: -2

 

THE TOTAL IS….
17/40… ohhh, ow.
That’s a 42.5% Star Sapphire, too bad.

Check back next week for when I rate another Super HeroiHOT!  I’ll be making a list of everyone in a new tab up at the top of the home page so you can keep track of all of my ratings.