Sunday, September 10, 2017

Len Wein RIP

I just read that Len Wein died. Comics have lost some great creators over the past few years and he was one of the greatest. He wrote some of my favorite comics. He co-created Swamp Thing. He was a creative genius, and from everything I've read, he was also a great guy. He will be missed.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Reviews Before New Comics

Oops, I'm falling behind again with reviews. There weren't many comics to read the last two weeks of August. Here's what I did read.

Flash 29
This is getting really intriguing. Barry and some other cops are investigating missing evidence, while Barry tries to deal with his newly destructive powers as the Flash. I look forward to seeing where this is going.

Saga 46
Poignant, as usual. I don't like discussing the story, itself, because you should read this for yourself. My favorite comic remains my favorite comic.

Black Magick 7
I would love this comic for Nicola Scott's amazingly realistic and beautiful art. Fortunately, she's illustrated Greg Rucka's words, so it's a win-win as witchcraft gets a modern-day treatment.

See? Not much at all.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Another Two Weeks

I think reviewing every two weeks is becoming the norm around here. Not my intention, but my procrastination is getting worse, it seems. Anyhow, here's what I read the past two weeks.

Superwoman 13
A flashback story to Lana, Clark, and Lex's youth in Smallville. The new creative team has kept up the quality on this book.

Flash 28
Thing are a real mess for Barry right now, and they're looking to get worse. This Rebirth title has been a wild ride so far, and I'm enjoying it.

Gotham Academy Second Semester 12: The Final Issue
A satisfying conclusion to the overall story and a nice resolution of Olive's predicament. I'm going to miss this. I hope they do a third semester book at some point in the future.

Ms. Marvel 21
Some scary parallels to the current political climate in the US and elsewhere. This manages to be topical while still being entertaining.

Titans 14
This book isn't the great title I'd been hoping for, but it's just good enough for me to keep reading it. I just wish, though, that writers of this team would stop having them bickering and remember that they're at their best when they're a family. Okay, a family that bickers sometimes, but still....

Superman 29
A Green Lantern story without a Green Lantern. Not bad, but not as good as this book has been. I'll keep an open mind, though, til the story concludes.

Nightwing 27
I love how Spyral has been worked into the current reality. And what's going on with Tiger and why is he trying to kill Dick, and Helena? I love the intrigue.

Green Arrow 29
This book remains one of my favorite Rebirth titles. The art is stunning and the writing is tight and full of intrigue as Ollie crosses paths with Batman, which is just what you think it would be like.

Wonder Woman 28
The post-Rucka Rebirth era has been a big disappointment for me. An assassin is still after Etta and I don't care. And the art is meh after Sharp and Scott's work on the book with Rucka. What's really bad is that nothing is really happening, certainly no character development.

Super Sons 7
Jon gets to go on a mission with the Teen Titans, which is as cool as it sounds.

Astro City 46
Background story for the mysterious narrator. I love this book so much.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Time Flies

I didn't post reviews last week, despite reading my comics in a timely fashion, because there were so few of them. So, here's the past two weeks' worth, which is becoming the norm around here.

Flash 27
The Rebirth version of Reverse Flash has been quite entertaining. Thawne's obsession with Barry comes to a head, with Iris caught in the middle, but she's no victim here, but someone with her own agency. This has been an emotionally complex storyline and I can't wait to see where the book goes next.

Wonder Woman 27
After Rucka's run, this has been a big disappointment. The conclusion (?) to last issue's somewhat intriguing first chapter turns out to be a run-of-the-mill story about a doctor who wanted Diana's powers. The story is dull and the art too cartoonish, not after Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott's art on Rucka's run and having Diana up on the big screen, finally. She deserves realistic art, art that shows her muscles, her athleticism, her real-ness. This isn't it.

Saga 45
Turns out that Alana is psychically projecting her dead fetus as a young boy and Hazel is enjoying having a brother, even if he isn't real. Somehow, Vaughn and Staples make this feel all-too-painfully real. Saga defies description; it needs to be experienced.

Green Arrow 28
Ollie traces the bad guys' tech to LexCorp, but Lex is as much a target as Queen Industries was. I have to say I'm enjoying Lex as a quasi-hero/arrogant billionaire much more than when he was simply Superman's most famous villain.

Nightwing 26
Huntress shows up and it looks like Spyral is mixed up in the evil organization Dick is investigating. Meanwhile, Shawn might be turning back to the dark side. Plus, Dick takes a steamy shower in the opening scene. :D

Superman 28
I got misty-eyed reading this concluding chapter of the Kent family vacation to see historical sites. This time, it's Washington DC. This is everything that's good about Superman comics.

Hawkeye 9
Kate gets into the fight of her life in a fight club while trying to rescue the father of her latest client. I'm really enjoying this. Kate's narration is a breath of fresh air.

Ghost Station Zero 1
I really enjoyed the first Codename: Baboushka: The Conclave of Death, so I gave this a try. So far, I'm loving it. The art is a bit cartoonish, but also nice and breezy and Baboushka is a fun action hero, albeit reluctantly. Lots of action with a strong female character. I hadn't realized writer Antony Johnston co-wrote the graphic novel the new movie "Atomic Blonde" was based on, which now makes me want to see that movie even more than I did once I saw the preview.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Eight Comics

A real mix this week.

Ms. Marvel 20
Somehow, this storyline focusing on citizens turning against Ms. Marvel and their suspicion of powered beings is scarier than any super-powered menace Kamala has faced so far. The parallels with real life give this book an extra impact.

Super Sons 6
Jon meets the Teen Titans. It doesn't go well. Fun.

Nightwing 25
Dick survives a multi-pronged attack, but his love life takes a hit. I really like him and Shawn as a couple, so I hope they can work things out, but I suspect there's an editorial mandate to keep him single.

Superman 27
The Kent family goes on vacation to visit important locations in the US and we all get a history lesson. I love this.

Green Arrow 27
Wonder Woman guest stars and it's as good as it sounds. Every comic should feature a guest visit from Diana.

Descender 22
The battle between robots and humans heats up and it looks like the humans are suffering the most casualties. A strong take on the humans vs. AIs storyline.

The WildStorm 6
The exposition issue, mostly, where characters explain the universe to us by filling in other characters. I'm really enjoying this version of the Wildstorm universe.

Batwoman 5
A flashback story, beautifully illustrated. I'm getting used to the newish origin for Kate as Batwoman. I don't love it like the original, because that Kate was better trained and more assured when she put on the costume, but this is a pretty good comic.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Past Two Weeks

And as another Wednesday approaches, here's what I read over the past two weeks, in Quick Takes.

Jessica Jones 10
More complications with Jessica's new client Maria Hill. This comic must be one of the slowest-paced comics around.

Hawkeye 8
Kate confronts her father. This continues to entertain.

Green Arrow 26
Ollie and Barry team up. I love this comic.

Nightwing 24
Dick takes on a lot of badguys. Pretty good cliffhanger, but really, I doubt Dick's been killed off.

Black Magick 6
It's back! With a flashback story to Rowan's coming of age as a witch. Nicola Scott outdid herself on the art.

Superman 26
A fill-in issue that looks at the father-son relationship. Fairly meh given how awesome this comic usually is.

Wonder Woman 26
New team. Shea Fontana's story starts off decently, but Mirka Andolfo's art is not what I think is right for Wonder Woman. Too cartoonish for me.

Titans 13
The team tries to find Karen's memory engram and the traitor is revealed. Maybe. I have no idea where this is going. Or if I like it. I'll hold judgment til the story arc concludes.

Flash 26
Iris is in the future with Reverse-Flash and Barry is uh, elsewhere. Intriguing.

Gotham Academy Second Semester 11
One more issue. I hope they bring this back for a third semester. I love these characters, especially Maps.

Superwoman 12
Lana finds her confidence. I'm still enjoying this, even with the new creative team.

Kill or be Killed 10
This is such an awesome book. 'Nuff said.


Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Last Week

I thought I'd get up the reviews for last week's comics before I get this week's comics.

Astro City 45
We finally get back into the narrator's story, and it involves old heroes who actually transform into other heroes, sort of like the Doctor regenerating on Doctor Who, perhaps. Pretty cool.

Flash 25
Reverse-Flash's origin and, perhaps, his ultimate takedown of Barry? I can't wait for part 2.

Supergirl Being Super 4
Kara embraces her true self. The last page gave me chills. I loved this and the art was perfect for a teen Supergirl.

Saga 44
I loved the cover of Marko playing with Hazel so much, I had to force myself to open the comic. Alana is experiencing side effects from having a dead fetus inside her, so getting it removed is becoming imperative. Not your typical comic, but definitely one of my faves.

Wonder Woman 25
Rucka brings his run to a satisfying close. Members of the JLA guest star, things get wrapped up, some ends remain loose, and I'm going to miss Rucka's take on Diana.

Wonder Woman and the Tasmanian Devil 1
This is the only crossover with Looney Tunes characters I've read, so far, and it was more fun than I expected. Diana truly can communicate with anyone/anything.