Sunday, January 25, 2015

Catching Up Reviews

Been too busy playing with my 1:6 action figures than reading comics, but here's what I've read since last time.

Red Hood and the Outlaws 38
I'm really not sure what to think about this book. It's not bad. It's well written and this issue did a nice bit with Crux, but the title continues to feel like rehashed story.

Legendary Star-Lord 8
Peter and Kitty together, in person, in the same room! And Kitty learns just what's in Peter's heart and soul when the visit the orphanage. There's some stuff about J-son, too, and it'll continue in something I'm not going to read. Oh well.

Black Widow 14
In watching and rewatching "Captain America: Winter Soldier" on Starz all weekend, I've been struck by how funny/sarcastic Natasha can be. This version of Natasha isn't anything like that, maybe because there's no time or anyone for her to tease. At any rate, she continues her war against Chaos, which has me wondering if Maxwell Smart of CONTROL will show up. ;) A decent chapter in this ongoing saga.

Copperhead 5
The first arc concludes in a more satisfying way than I was expecting. The mystery was solved, and not completely to formula, and relationships, if not quite friendships, are forged. I'll keep reading, for now.

Lazarus 14
This book continues to enthrall me. Forever is tasked with killing her brother, while also learning some truths about her origin. Comic book science fiction at its best.

Captain Marvel 11
It might be January, but this is the concluding chapter to last month's Christmas story. Fine entertainment, indeed.

Shutter 8
The weirdness just keeps multiplying as Kate meets more family members. I'm enjoying this, but I'm not sure why. It's not what I typically read. But it is fun and quirky and I do like quirky.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Comics Reading Challenge

This reading challenge from Panels is interesting. I might try it. Here's their list of things to read, and some comments from me.

Read a comic book from the Golden Age (30s to early 50s).
  • hmmmm..... I read a lot of comics from the '50s when I was growing up, but probably more Silver Age. I do have some reprints of Golden Age books. I could reread those.

Read a comic book that features a creative team representing more than one gender.
  • Got that covered, with Harley Quinn, Saga, and some others.

Read a comic book originally published in Europe.
  • This will involve some research.

Read a piece of comics journalism.
  • I suppose all the comics news blogs I read would count, along with articles from Panels. Also, Comic Shop News, maybe.

Read a self-contained graphic novel.
  • I've got lots here, just need to get to them.

Read a comic book from an independent publisher.
  • Hmmmmmm..... I think I need a list of which publishers are considered "independent." Is Image one of them? I read so many Image titles now.

Read a comic book by an all-female creative team.
  • I have in the past. Would have to see what I read now or what might be out there that interests me.

Read a comic book about a culture other than your own.
  • Often do. I prefer to read things about cultures not my own. I read a lot of that in books. I would think Ms. Marvel counts, given she's Muslim and I'm not.

Read a comic book about a religion other than your own.
  • Ms. Marvel would count for this, too.

Read a comic book marketed for children or all-ages.
  • I think Gotham Academy counts.

Read a comic book that features an LGBTQ character.
  • I was reading Batwoman. I could reread them. I'm sure there are other gay characters in comics I read, but I'll need to check, or look for others.

Read a comic book that won an Eisner Award.
  • I'm sure I already do, but maybe I'll check the list and see what else there is that interests me.

Read a webcomic.
  • This is the tough one. They're hard on my eyes, so I'll have to pass on this one.

Read a comic book starring anthropomorphic animals (for Paul).
  • Well, there's Rocket. And I have comics here with Detective Chimp. I miss him. And I can always dig out my Howard the Duck collection.

Read a volume of manga.
  • Probably not.

Read a comic book written and drawn by the same person.
  • Another hmmmmm..... I'll need to check for a list. I don't think I'm currently reading any like that. I suppose Roz Chast counts. Might have to get something by her.

Read a collection of comic strips.
  • Oh, please. I grew up on comic strips. I have so many collections here. I do need to catch up with my Modesty Blaise collections, and there are the reprint collections of Mary Perkins: On Stage. That comic strip was my favorite when I was growing up. I loved Leonard Starr's art.

Read a comic about a non-traditional superhero.
  • Not sure what this would be. Any of the ones in Astro City, perhaps? Any suggestions?

  • I've got a bunch here, many unread, so I should do this.

Read a comic book featuring non-traditional art.
  • Another one where I'm not sure what it means. 

Read a new-to-you comic from the library.
  • I think good ol' NYPL has comics now, or at least graphic novels or collections, but I much prefer to buy than to borrow.

Read a science fiction comic book.
  • I'm reading some now: Saga, Lazarus, Copperhead. Well, I consider them science fiction. I did read a lot when I was a kid: Strange Adventures, mostly.

Read a fantasy comic book.
  • Superheroes are, actually fantasy, except for some that are science fiction. Shutter seems rather fantastical.

Read a comic set in a country other than your own.
  • I'm sure many I read have done stories set elsewhere.

  • This item links to a list, but I think a lot of controversy is subjective. I could reread The Killing Joke or Identity Crisis. No, not Identity Crisis. Maybe I'll just reread the Speedy heroin story from Green Lantern/Green Arrow, one of my favorite stories, though it seems almost quaint now.

Read a comic with a villain for the protagonist.
  • Does Harley Quinn count? Or I could just reread Gail Simone's classic Secret Six book.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Cold Start to Year

There were no new comics (for me) the last week of the year and this week has been so cold, I decided to take advantage of one of the benefits of retirement and not go out. But the snow has stopped now and the temperature is supposed to get as warm as freezing, so I'll probably go out today. Meanwhile, I caught up with Harley Quinn (wacky and fun as ever) and Red Sonja (issue 13, start of a new story arc). Is it just me or is Red Sonja getting boring? Probably just me.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Random Reviews

Dear Readers,

It's been a while. As usual. The past few days I've been bingeing on BBC America's Doctor Who marathon. I really should just watch all my DVDs from the 8th Doctor on, including Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. But first, comics.

As ever, I'm behind. Way, way behind. Here's what I recently read.

It's hard to believe that a comic focusing on unionized superheroes and the politics of 1960s Chicago could be so engrossing, but it is. In this, union leader Geoffrey Warner has made a deal with a metaphorical devil to make COWL relevant again. And there are, as there always are, repercussions. A thinking-person's comic.

Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual 2
Other than the nice art by Derenick, Faucher, and Wong, this was pretty much a waste of time. The Outlaws are seemingly children, but it's only an illusion as part of a plot against Jason. The others aren't really there, nothing really happens other than a silly threat ended, and it feels like Lobdell is just spinning his wheels, repeating the same old same old ad nauseum. The lack of forward movement or anything truly exciting in this comic since his return has been a big disappointment.

Harley Quinn Special RUb 'n' Smell Spectacular 1
An odd little story with a few odors that are fairly close to what they're supposed to be: leather, perfume, pizza, and banana mostly.

Guardians of the Galaxy Annual 1
I don't read the comic, but I couldn't resist this. Captain Marvel and the Guardians run into Nick Fury and his team, or so it seems. A fun little story.

Gotham Academy 2-3
The plot thickens as we get deeper into the mystery of the academy and the possible ghosts there. This is a fun book for younger readers and older readers who still enjoy a fun story that doesn't talk down to anyone.

Astro City 17
Wow. This story about a long ago wrong and the being determined to set things right packs a real emotional wallop.
Astro City 18
First chapter of a story focusing on aging heroes. For a superhero book, this comic is full of humanity.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reviews Galore

Another mixed bag of reviews, from this week and uh, past weeks, in no particular order.

Copperhead 4
This space western mystery is enjoyable, but hasn't felt as special as I'd hoped. It feels as if something is missing, so I'm hoping the resolution of the mystery elevates it.

Shutter 7
With too much time between issues, I tend to lose track of what's going on. Fortunately, there's a handy little summary on the back. This is an odd book, but mostly fun. I'm not sure what it says about a comic, though, when my favorite character is the robot cat.

Fairest 32
One more issue to go. The current story concluded in a satisfying way, with the distribution of the glamours and Reyard getting a family.

Legendary Star-Lord 6
Peter and Kitty's virtual date runs into trouble when people try to kill Peter, something that occurs with alarming frequency. A fun little book that has me wanting to watch the movie again. And now I can! Just got my copy of the dvd.

Jennifer Blood Born Again 5
A nice ending to this addenda to the original series as Jennifer comes to some realizations about herself and her life. Too bad so many people had to die for her to learn those lessons. I have enjoyed this book and character.

Harley Quinn 12
Guest-starring Power Girl. Need I say more? How about a cover by Amanda Conner? There's not much to this chapter of the story, but it sure is fun as Peej and Harley encounter trouble in an alien realm.

Black Widow 13
Natasha's lawyer has been shot and she's pissed. She's not someone anyone would want angry at them. However, Chaos, the people behind the shooting, seem to relish making her angry, because they're out to bring her down. Not much happens in each issue, but Noto's art makes the book worth picking up.

Captain Marvel 10
aka the 100th issue featuring Carol Danvers, complete with a retro cover. As for the story, there isn't much Carol and a lot of her friends back home as they contend with a threat against Carol that involves a LOT of rats. A pure delight of a book. Except for the rats. Ick.

Red Hood and the Outlaws 37
Best of Lobdell's return so far as he finally delves into Roy's background -- still don't know details about his parents -- and what caused the rift between him and Ollie. This sure isn't the Ollie I loved in the old DCU. And it's sure not the Ollie of TV's Arrow. Overall, a pretty decent chapter. Now if the actually story can be this good, we might have something.

Ms. Marvel 10
Kamala runs into an unexpected obstacle in trying to take down the Inventor, mainly, the kids she's trying to save don't want to be saved. This book continues to delight.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

I Can Review that Comic in One Line

I'm so far behind with posts here, that one line is the fastest way I can catch up.

This retro origin tale for the Grey Raven is loads of fun.

Copperhead 3
The mystery thickens as more cultural tensions in Copperhead are slowly revealed in this intriguing science fiction western tale.

Lazarus 13
Political machinations could have dire consequences in Rucka's excellent dystopian book.

Dream Police 5
I'm really enjoying this ongoing story about the people who police dreams, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Black Widow 12
Anderson Cooper (yes!) guest stars as the media questions Natasha's methods in this minimalist yet intriguing chapter.

Red Hood and the Outlaws 36
Not much happens as Roy lingers near death while Jason and Oliver Queen snap at each other, while Kori grapples with what she's done.

Captain Marvel 9
Much fun as Carol mediates a planned wedding between a reluctant rock star and an alien prince.

Jennifer Blood: Born Again 4
I figured the ending of the Jennifer Blood series had been sufficiently satisfying that more didn't need to be written, but I was wrong as I'm enjoying this story of Jen going up against an imposter.

Legendary Star-Lord 5
The usual entertaining hijinks as Peter runs into trouble, again.

Fairest 31
Much fun as a mystery is solved at the farm, while Reynard and his lady love deal with her unexpected pregnancy.

Velvet 8
Velvet risks her freedom and more to get a piece of intell in this amazing Cold War spy book.

Saga 24
So much emotion in this chapter, the last for a few months, plus all the great characterization, writing, and art that makes this my favorite comic.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Two More Reviews

Got my computer back on, so I thought I'd quickly review two more comics I read.

Jennifer Blood: Born Again 3
I've been enjoying this sequel to the Jennifer Blood series, in which an impostor pretends to be Jennifer Blood when Jennifer is presumed dead. Jennifer, in hiding, takes exception to that and goes after her impostor. But I thought Jennifer was taken down too easily. It will be interesting to see where this goes, but the cover was exploitive which, given the nature of this book, is saying a lot.

Copperhead 2
I'm enjoying this space western about a new sheriff in town on a remote planet, a single mother who isn't taken all that seriously by her alien deputy who thought he should have gotten the job. An interesting spin on an old storyline.