Thursday, September 06, 2018

Sorta New Reviews

I have been attempting to tackle the stack of unread comics. Dropping Nightwing, which has gotten generic and boring to me, should help. Adding new ones I like isn't helping. And thus, just a few reviews now, and belated at that.

The Life of Captain Marvel 1
This is good. First off, it looks gorgeous, with Pacheco and Fonteriz doing the present-day scenes and Sauvage handling the flashbacks. Dealing with unresolved anger issues, Carol heads to her childhood home where she needs to face her past. Writer Stohl got this title off to a great start. It's been a while since I've wanted to read about Carol.

Catwoman 1-2
Someone is posing as Selina to pull heists, and fresh off her busted romance with Bruce, she's not amused. Joelle Jones is handling story and art and there's both a fresh and throwback feel to classic Catwoman. I'm liking this more than I thought I would.

Adventures of the Super Sons 1
A maxi-series that picks up from the now canceled series, but takes place before the current Superman stories that I'm not reading. Tomasi really knows these characters and has fun with them. I'm really glad DC is doing this book.

Nancy Drew 1-3
I've been reading Nancy's adventures since I was 7 or so. I still have my Nancy Drew books, some of which were printed back in the 1930s and '40s. A couple still have their dustjackets! So I approached this comic with cautious optimism, hoping that Kelly Thompson would not screw up my all-time favorite literary character. Yeah, more a favorite than Supergirl. Jenn St-Onge's art is cartoonish, yet perfect for this reimagined, updated version of "the" girl detective. Bess and George are still around, though George is an out lesbian, and there are fun new characters, too. I hope we get an updated version of Ned, but the addition of Frank and Joe Hardy of Hardy Boys fame is a nice touch. The chapter cliffhangers evoke the books, and the character development is good. This is better than I had dared hope.

Ms. Marvel 33
Kamala's powers are out of control, so while she tries to fight the latest threat, anyway, Bruno tries to figure out what's gone wrong. The usual excellence fromt his title.

Flash 53
The discovery of more forces to go with the speed force has made for an interesting and entertaining storyline.

Monday, August 13, 2018

I Am a Bad Blogger

I am. I'm bad. I used to blog daily, or at worst, weekly. Now I spend my time on Facebook, reading news that alarms me, and on my tablet playing games. to calm me. Comics are still a way for me to relax, but blogging about them kind of became a chore. Still, I will forge on!

Here's some comics I read in the last month or two.

Kill or be Killed 20
The end of the story. This had a bit of a twist at the end. Overall, the story was magnificent.

Descender 30-32
This also is the conclusion and ended in a surprising way, which author Lemire admits in an afterward, wasn't the ending he'd planned. So there will now be a sequel, Ascender. I'm looking forward to it.

Saga 53-54
The end of the current arc. I can't... I can't really talk about it and not just because of spoilers. I have too many feelings about this. This is not a book for people who want only happy stories. That the book is going on a long hiatus, of a year or longer, is not helping.

Nightwing 46-47
Buh-bye. After some really nice stories that delved into Dick's personal life, past, and psyche, we get some tripe about a virtual attack on Bludhaven that, honestly, could have been told with any lead character. *yawn* I've reluctantly dropped this from my pull list.

Flash 49-52
Geez, these piled up. Wally's race through the speed force to find his missing children breaks the speed force and reveals there are other forces, too. I'm still reading this because I like the pseudo, comic-book science concepts it's dealing with. It's fun.

Ms. Marvel 31-32
Issue 31 is the 50th issue of Ms. Marvel (thanks to the renumbering nonsense), and is wonderful. Kamala has a slumber party, and guest artists help out in the oversized issue. And in the next issue, Kamala and Bruno try to pick up their friendship. This might be a book about superheroes, but the emotions are painfully realistic. I love this book.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wonder Woman

This news has me beyond excited. I stopped reading Wonder Woman a while back, soon after Rucka left. But starting in November, the series will be written by G. Willow Wilson, co-creator of the wonderful Ms. Marvel over at Marvel. The best part is that she'll be building on what Rucka did on Wonder Woman Rebirth, not ignoring it all as his successors did. Now if she fixes Donna Troy in the process, especially her origin/backstory, I'll be in comic book heaven. Well done, DC!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Late as Usual

I have a growing stack of unread comics. I blame the political climate and too many online games for my lack of reviews here.

Anyway, here's some comics I did read.

Infinity Countdown Black Widow
I got this in the hope Bucky would show up, but he didn't, so I was disappointed. Not a bad story, even if I don't care about whatever Infinity Countdown is.

Titans Special New Justice
I got this to see which characters were going to be the Titans moving on. I wasn't impressed. And I'm really tired of the JLAers treating the Titans like kids when they're experienced adults, and I'm really tired of the Titans being a family of sorts being treated as a weakness. That was always their strength. Another comic off my list.

Flash 46-48
Focusing on Wally, his memories all returning, his past life, and the ramifications for the future. I'm enjoying this storyline.

KIll for be Killed 19
The penultimate issue of this comic is explosive. I have no idea how the story will end next issue, but this is definitely some of Brubaker's best writing.

Nightwing 44-45
New, weird story, not sure where it's going. Something involving hacking people's brains, or some such.I'm reserving judgment until it's finished.

Ms. Marvel 30
Just wonderful. And Bruno is back! Yay!

Super Sons 16
I'm going to miss this delightful team-up book. Yeah, there will be a mini-series, but with the changes to the Superman titles, that's all we'll get and it's not enough.

Saga 52
Still the best comic being published. All the emotions in one issue, as usual.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

OMG So Late

So, I've had a stack of read comics to review, but I got lazy, then I got sick, and, well, here they are. Really late. And I've got another stack still needing to be read.

Titans 22 and Annual 2
The Annual contains the conclusion to the story in the main book, and Roy was vindicated. There was a good story here buried under ordinary writing. It was okay, but it could have been better. Still, we had the usual feelgood Titans story: they're at their best when they're together.

Kill or be Killed 18
This comic is winding down, with only a few more issues left, two after this one, I believe. The you-know-what is getting real close to hitting the fan.

Flash 44 -45
The speedsters neutralize the threat, then Titans Wally West finally reintroduces himself to his aunt Iris. This was a long time coming.

Saga 51
Fun times. Sadness. This issue has both and some stuff in between. Geez, I love this book.

Descender 28-29
A flashback story gives some background on the rise of the machines and we learn why Tim-21 is so important. Mostly. I love this, but I'm thinking it would've been better to read it all at once. That way, I wouldn't keep forgetting details from past issues by the time I read the new one.

Super Sons 15
Damian and Jon make a great team. Their latest adventure has them uncovering a threat to the Justice League. This book is so much fun.

Tales of Suspense 103 - 104: Hawkeye and the Winter Soldier
The bickering duo of Clint and Bucky is fun, but these issues belongs to Natasha,. First, we learn how she survived being killed and then she neatly isolates her former lovers so she can complete the job she set out to do. This was rather enjoyable and I hope we see more of Natasha soon.

Nightwing 43
Dick hangs out with Damian and Roy Harper, making for one weird team-up. Not bad.

Ms. Marvel 27-29
Kamala returns, just in time, to help save the day, with an assist from Captain Marvel. Bruno is back, too, and there's a new girl in school, and somehow, it all feels majorly important. This book is so good at capturing the feel of superheroing while dealing with teenage angst.

Superman 45
The Kents finally, officially move out of the Hamilton County house. Not much story here, just a very precious slice of life. I love this book so much. I have much concern over the Bendis era of Superman that's coming.

Action 1000
Lots of short stories showing how loved Supes is. I didn't read the Bendis one, though. Lots of lovely art, too.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Around Here Late is on Time

Seriously, I've long given up the whole idea of weekly reviews, or so it seems.

Anyway, the latest issues of Green Arrow and Nightwing did nothing for me, so I'm not reviewing them. Here's what I did like.

Nightwing 41
The conclusion of the Judge story was quite satisfying.

Black Magick 11
Now we're really into things. The suspense is really building, with the threat making itself known, going after Rowan's partner and his new baby. I love this book.

But I love Saga more! Saga 50 has a wonderful cover of Alana, Marko, and Hazel. The first scene depicts hot sex between Marko and Alana, so, a bit embarrassing to read on the subway,

Descender 27
The robots have the upper hand! Good science fiction.

Kill or be Killed 17
The suspense in this noir is palpable, and Dylan's narrative voice gives this book an extra hook. This far into the story, I still have no idea from what perspective he's narrating his story, let alone how crazy, if at all, he really is.

Black Lightning 5-6
The mini-series concludes in wonderful fashion and sets up a possible future story. There are many differences from the TV show, and that's okay. I'm just glad Black Lightning is back.

Flash 42-43
Setting up the upcoming Flash war story, I guess. Plus, Grodd. Average Flash story.

Super Sons 14
I continue to enjoy the friendship forged, in their quirky fashion, between Jon and Damian.

Action 999
The highlight of this issue is the awkward dinner at the Kent home with Lois' father.

Titans 21
Roy is in deep trouble and that's why I'm still reading. Because I love Roy and want to see where this is going.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Incredibly Late Reviews

It wasn't until I got the stack of read yet unreviewed comics that I realized how much I've been neglecting this blog. So, here's a whirlwind tour of what I've read over the last few weeks.

Hawkeye 15-16
Kate Bishop is a delightful character and the story concluded in an open-ended way, suggesting future stories, but for now, that's all she wrote. Hawkeye Kate should be returning in the summer.

Flash Annual 1
This is a Prelude to something called Flash War. The thing I loved about this was that it starred Wally West, the original Wally, and his attempt to carve out a new life for himself in a world where only a few people remember him.

Flash 39-41 (I did say these were very belated reviews)
Grodd is back. To be honest, I don't remember the first two issues all that well, but I just read the third and Barry has to ask Godspeed for help when things go from bad to worse. I like this comic, but it doesn't really have staying power.

Green Arrow 37-38
The first, long, story arc of this Rebirth title finally concludes in a nice, upbeat way. This might've been one of the longest continuing stories I can recall reading in a standard superhero comic, but it never felt that way. There were always other things going on, always forward movement even as things got bleaker and bleaker. This reworked Green Arrow is one of the finest versions. One of my favorite Rebirth titles.

Jessica Jones 16-17
Jessica finally vanquishes her demon: Kilgrave, the Purple Man. I like this book more for the art and layouts than for the words. Sometimes, I think the stories Bendis writes are padded and other times, they feel obtuse, as if he's leaving things out, making jumps mid-scene. It makes me very worried about him taking over Superman soon.

Batwoman 12
Mostly a flashback story and we should get back to the main story/present next issue. I don't like this version of Kate as much as the original one, but the story is interesting.

Super Sons 13
Damian's mom shows up and that can never be good. Other than for us readers.

Titans 20
The Titans were disbanded by the Justice League, which annoys me because the Titans are adults and should be able to function as a team if they want. The current story arc is really annoying and Abnett's dialogue leaves plenty to be desired, but this is where I have to come to get my Roy Harper fix, so I'm sticking with it. In this, Roy acts like the jerk he typically can be and ends up in a heap of trouble.

Kill or be Killed 16
More twists and turns in this amazing noir mystery.

Black Lightning 4
I hope this mini-series leads to an ongoing because I really love it.

Black Magick 10
Things are getting really creepy and dangerous and I keep thinking how good this book would be as a TV show.

Action 996-998
The concluding chapters to the time traveling saga. It was nice having Booster and Skeets around for a while.

Superman 40-42
The first two issues were an interesting story about a dying planet with a majority of inhabitants who didn't want Kal and Jon to save them. The third is the start of a Bizarro story and I'm not really fond of Bizarro, so we'll see how it goes.

Nightwing 38-40
The Judge is one scary villain from Dick's past and this story has been intense.

Saga 49
I've run out of superlatives for this book. 'nuff said.

Tales of Suspense 101-102
Clint and Bucky continue to search for the assassin who may or may not be Natasha. Their banter elevates the book from a standard mystery/spy story.