Sunday, April 16, 2017

Slow Week

These days, five comics equals a slow week. But all were entertaining.

Gotham Academy Second Semester 8
Olive's crazy ancestor Amity Arkham has fully possessed her, and that's not good for Gotham, as Amity has vengeance in mind. This book has become one long story, so much more than what it seemed when it all began. I love it.

Flash 20
An Iris-centric story, from her pov as she investigates the disappearance of Godspeed's victims. Intriguing.

Wonder Woman 20
The past and the present story arcs are getting close to meeting up, and when they do, it should be amazing. But Rucka and Sharp will be leaving the book after, so I'm a bit depressed about that. This might end up being my favorite run on Wonder Woman ever.

Titans 10
The Fearsome Five get the upper hand, with the goal of siphoning off the Titans' powers. I want more character development, but so far, I'm enjoying this.

Superman in Action 977
With Lois and Clark back at work at the Daily Planet, their lives meshing with their deceased predecessors, things get confusing, so Clark/Kal has the Fortress show him his past. A nice way to re-introduce his origin story.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Timely Reviews

Well, mostly timely.

Champions 7
The Champions take on the Freelancers and get a lesson in corporate greed. Not a typical superhero story and I'm curious as to how this story will end.

Green Arrow 20
I can't begin to say how happy this made me. I break out in a silly grin just thinking about it. The flashback storyline for Roy gets to the root of his problems and in the present-day story, he and Ollie find common ground. This is a deeper, richer backstory for Roy, while it restores the best of the original version. The only thing missing is his relationship with Dinah, how she helped him kick heroin, but I'll take it. I don't expect Rebirth to restore everything. It can't. Life moves on and this Earth isn't the Earth 1 of the '70s and '80s. But it's an Earth I'm coming to really love.

Hawkeye 5
Jessica Jones visits and Kate gets lots of lessons on PIing. I love the cover and the story is fun, too. Next issue should be even more fun.

Jessica Jones 7
The aftermath of the first arc, with Jessica and Luke talking but not talking. I'm still not sure what to think about this book.

Lazarus 26
Wow. The story is really ramping up and now we're getting another break, scheduled this time, with a side-story mini-series this summer, so artist Michael Lark can take a break. This is a dark world, so fitting in today's political climate, and I hate waiting for the next chapter.

Nightwing 18
Dick and Damian find Shawn, and I'm reminded yet again of how much I enjoy the two of them together.

Star-Lord 5
Forced into stealing for the Black Cat to keep Edmund's son safe, Peter thinks he has everything under control. Unfortunately, for him and Edmund, that isn't quite true and even with help from Logan and Daredevil, things go awry. Loose, breezy caper story.

Superman 20
Looks like we'll finally find out why Jon hasn't gained full superpowers and why the dairy farmer Cobb is rather squirrelly. Part one of "Black Dawn" shows promise for things to come.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Stacked

The comics are piling up again and more coming tomorrow. I did read a bunch, so here are some quickie reviews.

Action 976: Superman Reborn
Damn, this was good, a reaffirmation of what makes Superman great. And in the Rebirth DCU, that means family. So many happy emotions.

Black Widow 12
The current run comes to a satisfying conclusion, with Natasha showing why she's more than just an assassin now. Kudos to Samnee and Waid.

Descender 20
The crap is hitting the fan. This is a slowly paced tale, but it remains interesting.

Flash 19
Revelations and Captain Boomerang. Can't really do better.

Kill or be Killed 7
A switch in pov for this issue was very effective. I love this story.

Ms. Marvel 16
Kamala doesn't take the easy way out, which is why she's the hero she is. Just a wonderful comic.

The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers chapter 2
More noirish than the last version of The Spirit. Francesco Francavilla is doing a good job on this.

Star-Lord 4
Peter is in a mess of trouble in this rather entertaining book.

Titans Annual 1
The Titans vs the JLA. Things start out tense, Donna learns something emotionally devastating, and Batman acts like a jerk. At least Wally and Barry were fine. I really hope more is done about Donna's background in this reality, but at least the Titans are recognizably the Titans again, so I'm mostly happy.

Wonder Woman 19
Diana is back to herself and things get complicated. I am so loving this book. Action, intrigue, a mystery, and on-point characterization. What's not to love?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lotsa Reviews

Due to the snowstorm, I got this week's comics late. Also, I didn't post reviews yet for last week's batch. And I haven't finished reading this week's batch. So here are some reviews of what I have read the past two weeks.

Astro City 41 and 42
41: The history of Astro City, to celebrate the 100th issue.
42: A villain presumed dead while stuck on a deserted island discovers what really matters to him. A nice human interest story.

Gotham Academy Second Semester 7
We finally get to the bottom of Olive's family history and it's not good.

Jessica Jones 6
Jessica gets the goods on the baddies, making Carol happy, but it might be too late for her to patch things up with Luke. And I'm starting to get really tired of Carol. Even now that Civil War II is over, she's still annoying me, here and in her own book. I hate what Marvel has done to her.

Flash 18
The return of Captain Boomerang! Need I say anything more?

Superwoman 8
A real head trip for Lana. Brought a tear to my eye. Can't wait for next issue which should conclude the story. I hope.

Titans 9
The Fearsome Five are all still fearful and this book is making me happy. I'd be happier if they'd deal with Donna and give her back her true history, plus her relationship with Dick, but for now, I'm thrilled to have the Titans back.

Superman Action Comics 975 and Superman 19
The middle chapters of Superman Reborn. I'm really enjoying this, so they'd better not screw it up.

Wonder Woman 18
More backstory for the current threat. This continues to excel.

Nightwing 17
The threat facing Dick is one he and Damian faced back when they were Batman and Robin, a bit of continuity that makes me happy. Now if they don't fridge Shawn, I'll be happier.

Green Arrow 19
DC has been hitting homers lately. This amalgamation of Roy's New 52 past and his original backstory is actually just enriching his original origin tale. Black Canary enters the fray to help protect the Native lands from the pipeline, making for just the right amount of action and character development.

Super Sons 2
Things don't go well when Damian and Jon break into LexCorp to download some intl, but Damian makes it all work. Somehow. He and Jon together are rather funny and make for an enjoyable read.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Week in Reviews

I got all but one comic read. Astro City 41 -- the 100th Astro City issue -- is waiting patiently for me to give it the time and attention it deserves.

Meanwhile, with Copperhead coming back next week, I did a bit of trimming of my pull list. I officially gave up on Thunderbolts -- not enough Bucky and some of the worst comic art imaginable -- and Captain America Steve Rogers -- partly due to the no-end-in-sight to the current story plus irritation over the upcoming Marvel event. The new Captain Marvel gets another issue to prove to me it's worth reading, too. On DC's side, I'm dropping Harley Quinn. I love the humor and art, but with the same writing team on it for so long now -- and I love Conner and Palmiotti! -- the book is starting to feel a bit same old, same old stale. What I did read this week, though, were all fun.

Champions 6
The Champions have a practice session, while the Freelancers set them up for a hard fall. So, not much going on, but lots of setup for the next story arc.

Hawkeye 4
Kate solves the case and saves the day, only to discover there is a larger threat lurking behind that case and it might involve her father. Fun stuff.

Green Arrow 18
Roy Harper returns! Mostly, this issue was Roy returning to the reservation to help with a pipeline protest, only to find he's not wanted. Much of the issue fills in background and it looks like a combination of old and new, with Roy growing up on a Native American Rez, and meeting Oliver Queen after being kicked off the Rez and stealing from Ollie. While not relationship background for Ollie and Roy that I prefer, I'll gladly take it. And I hope this is reflected in the Titans book. And there's more to this story next issue!

Nightwing 16
The rivalry between Dick and Damian for Batman heir is a bit of misdirection. The main story is centered on Shawn being missing in round one of a personal attack against Dick.

Superman 18
The Superman Reborn storyline kicks off with Lois and Clark's anniversary, only to end in disaster when the mystery-Clark leaves a photo album on their doorstep that somehow causes their home and son to vanish. I'm not worried about Jon -- he appears in the new Super Sons comic -- but I am worried about this Lois, and this Superman. I just hope DC remembers that this version of Superman is the best because this one is the one full of hope.

Descender 19
Things are going from bad to worse, with Tim-22 having taken Tim-21's place. Nothing good can come from this, I'm sure. I'm still enjoying this science fiction tale, though.

Serenity 5
The crew tries to rescue River and as expected, things don't quite go according to plan. Any Serenity we get is worth it.

Supergirl Being Super 2
The first book ended with an unexpected earthquake and one of Kara's friends in deadly danger. The expectation is that Kara would be forced to use her powers to save her, thus revealing her true super self. But this slowly developing story defies expectations, and Kara's powers, which have been acting wonky in recent days, cut out and she can't save her friend. How she deals with her grief and guilt make up most of the issue, along with dreams she starts having of her life before going into the pod that brought her to Earth. I'm really loving this book.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Last Week This Week

Argh! I've been busy lately, taking photos, editing photos, obsessively reading news on Facebook and getting alternately depressed and angry. And the weather really sucks today, so I'm not going out to get this week's comics. Instead, I present reviews on some of what came out last week.

The Mighty Captain Marvel 2
The art's nice. The story... well, I have no idea what to think of it. Not much seems to be happening, though there's a threat and Carol's powers are acting up and the Captain Marvel TV show cast and crew show up and... I miss Kelly Sue DeConnick writing about Carol's adventures.

Flash 17
A satisfying conclusion (?) to the Rogues saga. This has been a fun book.

Frostbite 6
I thought this was a mini, ending with this issue, but maybe not. It's been an interesting story, at any rate, set in a mostly frozen Earth.

Superman Action Comics 974
Lois goes on a date with the mysterious Clark Kent, which is why I'm reading this despite not reading it regularly, but he gets way too obsessive and stalkery for her and she leaves, which makes him angry and he remembers... something. I really want to know what's going on! The story continues in Superman, which I do read regularly.

Thunderbolts 10
Not nearly enough Bucky and the art seems to be getting worse.

Wonder Woman 17
Barbara Ann is coerced into helping find Themyscira and Diana's mind starts to heal. I so love this book.

Steve Rogers Captain America 12
If I'd known how long this was going to be dragged out and how much of the Marvel 'verse would be affected, I wouldn't have bothered with this. It started well, was intriguing and well written, with nice art, but it's been nearly a year now and I'm really tired of it. Yet I can't stop reading, because I want to know where it's going to end.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mixed Bag of Reviews

It was a big week for comics, but then again, just about every week is a big one these days. So, here are my quick takes on them.

Green Arrow 17
Ollie vs Malcolm Merlyn! That pretty much covers it. Oh, there's a nice scene with Ollie and Emi, too.

Nightwing 15
A whirlwind look at Dick and Shawn's growing relationship, with an ending that better not end up with Shawn being fridged. I like her, damn it!

Super Sons 1
This was fun! Damian and Jon have a great rapport. There isn't much story in this, but it sets the stage perfectly for the ongoing series.

Superman 17
A sorta horror story focusing on Jon and his friend Kathy. A fun interlude.

Detective 948, 949, Batwoman Rebirth 1
So, it looks like this newer version of Kate Kane is going to hunt down the folks who have the monster venom. The art is nice enough, but Batwoman hasn't been as awesome as the original book was pre-New 52. I'll try the new series for a while, but something special seems to be missing.

Star-Lord 3
Peter muddles through his new life as a bartender while doing his community service, while dealing with a less-than-pleasant visit from his sister, and an awkward meeting with Daredevil. An odd book and I have no idea where, if anywhere, it's going.

The Wildstorm 1
A new take on the Wildstorm characters. An interesting intro, if somewhat confusing. The art is nice and clean. No sign of Grifter, yet, but he was mentioned. Cole was always my favorite from that universe.

Steve Rogers Captain America 11
More on how Steve became Cap, which apparently what Steve is telling Zemo to convince Zemo that they were once as close as brothers and to talk Zemo into helping him. It seems to be working. I don't know where this is all going to end, but unless things end up with Steve realizing/learning Kobik reworked his memories, I won't be reading many Marvel titles when the dust settles.

Kill or be Killed 6
This noir story starts getting a bit twisty and turny, while still providing a fascinating look into the mind of someone heading down a dark, murderous path. Is he narrating from prison? While on the run? From hell? For that matter, is there really a demon that forced him to start killing or is the demon merely something his troubled mind conjured up? I do love this book.