Saturday, January 19, 2019

George Perez Retires

George Perez has retired from making comics and I thought that was worthy of a post. I was fortunate to meet him a few times, including the two times he gave "How to Break into Comics" programs aimed at teens at the library where I was the young adult specialist. They were the most popular programs I ever held and he was as gracious and friendly as one could hope, patiently looking at and evaluating the art the attendees brought with them.

So, enjoy your retirement, George. You've more than earned it.

Also, I'm behind on reading, behind on reviewing, not sure when I'll catch up with either. And I still wonder how many folks actually read this blog and/or care.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Very Belated Reviews

I've been such a bad comic book blogger. I'm also way behind on my reading. I hope someone is still reading this blog. Here are some very short reviews.

Heroes in Crisis 1
I have the second issue but haven't read it yet. The art is stunning. The story is intriguing. With the deaths, though, including my favorite character, Arsenal, I'm treating this as an Elseworlds story.

Ms. Marvel 34-35
Kamala and Bruno working together again! Yay! As delightful a comic as ever.

Flash 55-57
Flash takes on the other forces. This storyline has been fascinating, including Barry rethinking a lot of things. Not as much fun as the TV show, but quite readable.

Catwoman 3-4
I'm really enjoying this comic, and I'm really happy to see the return of Selina's sister in what clearly is a continuation of sorts of the pre-New 52 Catwoman comic.

Nancy Drew 4-5
This really captures the spirit of the old books, both in writing and art, and while the first story has a clear conclusion, there's a cliffhanger to leave me eager for the next arc.

Lazarus 27-28
I read this so long ago now that I've forgotten the details, but I know I enjoyed this, as usual.

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.