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.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Really Late Reviews Again

I haven't gotten my comics for the last two weeks. I was sick last week and this week, my LCS didn't get their shipment until yesterday, so I figured I'd just get them all with next week's batch, given how behind I am in my reading, anyway.

So, here's what I did read in the last couple of weeks.

WildStorm: Michael Cray 3-4
This is a wild ride, especially the warped versions of standard DC characters, like Barry Allen. I'm enjoying it. Cray is badass.

WildStorm 10
This reworking of the WildStorm 'verse continues to intrigue me. I think I've said that before.

Copperhead 17-18
The sheriff's backstory wasn't what I expected, and I do like being surprised, when the story is good. And this one is.

Batwoman 10 - 11
The venom story arc concludes in issue 10 and Kate takes on Prof. Pyg in issue 11. I'm enjoying this, but the original version of Kate Kane was better.

Super Sons Annual 1
Really, this is a Super-Pets tale as Krypto and Titus take on the case of missing dogs, with an assist from Detective Chimp. It's as cute as it sounds.

Batman 37
I picked this up thanks to the cover and apparently, it's the sequel to something and might be the middle of something, but it stands on its own as Lois, Clark, Bruce, and Selina go on a double date and yeah, it's as awesome as it sounds.

Superman 39
Supes takes a group of sick kids to the moon for an adventure they'll never forget. It's as heartwarming as it sounds. This is the Superman I love.

Action 994-995
Supes and Booster Gold deal with fractured time, including ending up in Booster's time and dealing with Booster's dad. I can't wait to see where this ends up.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Really Late Reviews

So, my PC is dead, and I'm typing this on my tablet, which means an onscreen keyboard I can't touch type on, so it's slow going. The reviews will be brief.

Captain America 697
We get into the meat of the story, with Steve hunted by Kraven. Intriguing.

Black Lightning 3
I love the new TV show so far and I'm enjoying this book. The social commentary is appreciated.

Jessica Jones 15
More creepiness with the Purple Man.

The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers 5
Decent conclusion to the story, though too long between chapters diluted it.

Kill or be Killed 15
A neat plot twist keeps this suspense story rolling.

Flash 36-38
Decent issues featuring Iron Heights prison and some Rogues.

Hawkeye 14
Clint meets Madame Masque-in-cloned-Kate-body. Fun issue.

Green Arrow 36
Dinah rescues Ollie, then things get complicated. I love this book.

Ms. Marvel 25-26
Kamala is AWOL, so her friends pick up the slack. Wonderful, as usual.

Nightwing 35-37
The Judge, a vicious killer Dickinson couldn't capture years ago, is back. I love how this iteration of NW's book works his history into the stories.

Superwoman 17-18
This once amazing book limps to the finish line. It's a shame.

Titans 18-19
Decent enough for me to keep reading, not bad enough for me to drop.

Action Comics 993
I have more of this to read. Super is in the past on Krypton to learn more about his father, and Booster Gold shows up. That alone makes this worth reading.

Tales of Suspense 100: Hawkeye and the Winter Soldier
Clint and Bucky don't think Black Widow is really dead, so they go looking for her. Nice start.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Another Round of Old Before New Reviews

First, I'm not getting my new comics today. Because it's cold and windy, and while I don't mind cold, I do mind high winds. I plan to venture out tomorrow.

Second, as usual, I've been negligent in posting. I read a lot of comics, but kept forgetting/putting off typing the albeit brief reviews. So, mea culpa and all that.

Third, I'm just as bad with watching streamed shows. See, because they're on streaming services, I can watch/binge at any time. Live TV comes first, then the shows I DVR, and finally, Netflix. I just started with Marvel's Defenders from the summer and after 5 episodes, I'm loving it. It's fun seeing the characters meet and get to know each other.

And now, the reviews!

Captain America 696
The Steve Rogers we know and love is back. A nice throwback type of story, very enjoyable, as Steve tries to connect with average Americans.

Black Lightning 2
It's hard to be a superhero when people think you're a killer. This is good, especially if you like a bit of social commentary with your comics, as I do.

Hawkeye 13
Kate and Clint team up! And it's as crazy as you'd expect. A fun comic. And I love the cover.

Nightwing 34
A satisfying conclusion to the current story. Raptor has been a good addition to Dick's story and backstory.

Flash 35
A bunch of story threads come together in this latest story arc, especially regarding Meena and the Speed Force.

Superman in Action Comics 992
The aftermath of "The Oz Effect" has Kal reeling, wondering about who he really is. This feels like buildup to a major story in issue 1000.

Superman 36
The end of the New Gods story (thank goodness) which ends with Supes and Luther arguing and Luther starting to scheme after Supes leaves.

Green Arrow 35
Sometimes, Ollie is an idiot, which is why it's good he has Kimi and Dinah to look out for him. This time, he trusted his surprisingly not-dead mother double crosses him. I love this comic.

Green Arrow Annual 1
A decent holiday story, but the art isn't as good as in the numbered issues.

Black Magick 9
Sometimes, I just stare at Nicola Scott's amazing art in this book and forget to read Greg Rucka's equally fine words. I'm not a big fan of magic kind of fantasy, but this is a grounded magic fantasy story and I'm really enjoying it.

Kill or be Killed 14
Brubaker keeps hitting homers with this book. Dylan's narrative voice is perfect and somewhat mesmerizing. In this chapter, he learns a bit more of his family history which may or may not shed light on the demon that's been haunting him. This is a topnotch psychological thriller.

Rocket Girl 9-10
I have to admit, I was losing interest in this. With so much time between many of the issues, I'd lost the thread of the story and really couldn't figure out how serious I should take this. If not for having backed this on Kickstarter and being in love with Amy Reeder's art, I might've stopped reading. I'm glad I stuck with it. The ending was a surprise, even if I'd figured some things out. Now I need to read the whole thing in one sitting.

Michael Cray 1-2
Cray is an interesting character from the WildCats book and this story exploring his background makes him more interesting. Good stuff.

Astro City 49
There are not enough superlatives for Astro City. This done-in-one story about a daughter trying to discover what happened to her father has emotional heft, as this series usually does.

Copperhead 16
This focuses on the secondary characters while revealing things about the missing sheriff. I'm enjoying this book, but I wish the art was better.

Ghost Station Zero 4
The conclusion of the latest Codename Baboushka story. Despite the cartoonish art, this is a high-adventure, high-action book about a kickass female operative. I'd love to see it filmed, especially now that I've finally watched the movie "Atomic Blonde," which was based on Baboushka's writer, Antony Johnston's graphic novel "The Coldest City."

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Most Reviews Ever

First, apparently there are people reading this blog! Thanks to those of you who commented on the previous post, even if anonymously. It is greatly appreciated.

Second, I got addicted to a game called Home Street and have been playing it obsessively on my tablet. It's the main reason why these reviews are so late and my comics reading has lagged.

Third, the reviews. They will be brief and in no particular order.

Copperhead 15
I don't like the art quite as much as in the first arc, though the style is being maintained. The story is keeping me reading. Can't beat a space western mystery.

Descender 25-26
The robots are getting the upper hand and everyone wants Tim-21, either intact or destroyed. I do love this.

Wildstorm 8-9
This reimagining of the WildStorm universe continues to impress, even if I have to go by hairstyle (and facial hair or lack of same for the males) to tell characters apart.

Captain America 695
Apparently, the other Cap wasn't really Cap and this one is. I never did read the end of all that evil Cap stuff, which started off great and got annoying after about 6 or 7 issues. With Waid and Samnee on this, I figured I'd give it a try. Pretty good, basic heroic Cap. I'll probably keep reading.

Black Lightning 1
So nice to have Jefferson back, along with Tony Isabella at the helm, even if only for a mini-series.

Jessica Jones 14
After the irritating first story, this has gotten better. And the return of the Purple Man makes for a creepy read.

Batwoman 9
Nothing like an issue that's mostly fear venom-induced hallucinations to get to the heart of a character. I'm enjoying this version of Batwoman.

Hawkeye 12
Still proof that Kate is the better Hawkeye, at least to read about. Her personality bounds off the page.

Super Sons 10
The duo gets gifted with a secret sanctuary, from their dads. Fun.

Superman 34-35
Darkseid and the New Gods were never favorites of mine, but this has been decent.

Nightwing 33
I'm enjoying how the character of Dick Grayson has been deconstructed and explored in Rebirth.

Superwoman 16
This has been rather meh lately.

Ms. Marvel 24
This continues to be my favorite Marvel title. So much fun.

Action 991
As the thousandth issue looms(!), "The Oz Effect" comes to a conclusion, or does it? This has been an interesting storyline that adds to Superman's mythos.

Flash 34
Sometimes, Barry is an idiot. He always sees the best in people even when the evidence says otherwise, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Titans 17
Two Donnas! One from now and one from the future. This could either end in an exciting finish or crash and burn. I'm really hoping my favorite team gets the former conclusion to this storyline.

Lady Mechanika: The Clockwork Assassin 3
Nice conclusion to the story. And the art continues to mesmerize me. Wonderful steampunk.

Kill or be Killed 13
Brubaker is at his best in this psychological thriller about a serial killer.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Is There a Point?

I have a stack of comics here to review, but can't help wondering if there's a point to these reviews. I don't write in depth about the comics I read. I occasionally/rarely write essays/opinion pieces about comics. I didn't even post about NY Comic Con this year, what with not spending time in Artists Alley due to it being moved to a cramped, dark space on the lower level of the Javits Center. I took so few photos, mostly just of some cosplayers.

I wonder if anyone is actually reading this blog, anymore, other than one person who comments. So, what's the point of continuing?

Here are the reviews for what I've read. I still have a bunch I didn't get to yet.

Superman Action Comics 989-990
I love the restored numbering. The Oz Effect storyline is scary, hitting close to home with the current state of the world. If Superman really existed, we wouldn't deserve him.

Flash 32-22
The first issue finished (?) the Iron Heights story; the second issue was a Metal tie-in, so I merely skimmed it.

Superman 33
Lex and Apokolips. Neither is a favorite of mine. Decent enough.

Superwoman 15
The current creative team would be fine if not for the awesomeness that preceded it. Now this is just an average comic. I'm not sure at this point if anything of note happened in this issue. A week or two after I read it, I've forgotten most of it.

Super Sons 9
A nice conclusion to a weird story about what it means to be a hero.

Green Arrow 33-34
The first issue includes some lovely Ollie/Dinah scenes and the second includes a heart-to-heart between Ollie and his mother (!). This book is one of my favorite Rebirth titles.

Nightwing 31-32
Nightwing vs Raptor, take 2. Another of my favorite Rebirth titles.

Titans 16
Are we finally getting close to an end of this saga? I'm enjoying it, still, but the payoff better be worth it.

Batwoman 8
This reworking of Batwoman and tweaking of her history continues to entertain, but I still prefer the original.

Saga 48
All the feels, plus a reunion or two.

Ghost Station Zero 3
I really like Baboushka, but I wish the art was realistic, not cartoonish. Fun spy/action story, though.

Astro City 48
The conclusion of the G-Dog story had me in tears.

Ms. Marvel 23
Kamala gets an unwanted partner, but he comes in handy when she has to stop a runaway train. Great as always.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Old Before New

I am so far behind on reviews. I read a lot of comics, but between getting hooked on yet more online games and New York Comic Con, I forgot to post reviews for the past few weeks. So, here they are, in no particular order.

Marvel Generations Ms. Marvel Ms. Marvel
This was better than Captain Mar-Vell Captain Marvel. Told from Kamala's pov, and written by her regular scribe, G. Willow Wilson, this was coherent and fairly interesting. The art was nice, too.

Jessica Jones 13
Jessica learns that the Purple Man is free, and she's understandably freaked out.

The Wild Storm 7
I'm really enjoying this re-imagined version of the WildStorm 'verse.

Batwoman 7
Kate gets back to her mission for Batman, but this is mostly a background/filler type issue. Decent.

Hawkeye 11
Kate goes head-to-head with Madame Masque in a cloned body of Kate. About as fun as you'd think.

Nightwing 30
Dick might need to make a deal with a devil to take on the unhinged Raptor.

Superman 31-32
Deathstroke's attack on Lois seems to be a test, of Superman. Not sure if this is leading to someone down the road for this book, or for another one. Not much of a story, but nice character bits.

Black Magick 8
I would buy this just to admire Nicola Scott's art. Rucka's writing is a nice bonus.

Flash 31
The conclusion to the Bloodwork story. Entertaining.

Action 988
I'm reading this for the Mr. Oz storyline. This is really intriguing.

Saga 47
It's Saga. I love it. What more needs to be said?

Green Arrow 31
I love this book. Probably my favorite DC title right now. Ollie learns the benefits of working with a team.

Descender 24
The robots are coming out on top. Is there any hope for humanity and/or the other non-AIs?

Super Sons 8
Another fun issue.

Not long reviews, but I'm not sure anyone is really reading this blog, anymore, except maybe one or two folks. I'm mostly keeping this going for myself. I'll try to get the current week's comics read and the reviews, so to speak, up before next Wednesday.