Thursday, May 26, 2016

Just a Link

I agree with most of these suggestions for DC, but not the one about Catwoman. I much prefer the Catwoman as revised by Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke, not classic Catwoman.

Friday, May 20, 2016

This Week

In no particular order, what I read this week.

Star-Lord 7
This was actually fun, as in I chuckled out loud. Peter and Kitty have been nabbed by the Collector who wants the true story of their breakup. He also, apparently, wants Kitty. Meanwhile, Rocket and Groot are playing a board game of some sort, so a rescue is not imminent. I wasn't thrilled with the previous issue which wasn't funny enough or serious enough or something enough, but throwing the Collector into the mix added just the right amount of wackiness needed for a fun read.

Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death 5 (of 6)
The art in this book continues to impress (2 pencillers, 3 inkers, plus the colorist). The story takes a bizarre turn as Ivy's sporelings are growing at a rapid rate and are now teens. Rose, Hazel, and Thorn have never been out in the world, but they want to see life outside the apartment, so they sneak out to go clubbing. The adventure does not go well. I've been really enjoying this.

Titans Hunt 8
The ending seems a bit rushed, but the Twister is defeated and the gang decides to try being the Titans again, even if they don't really remember being the Teen Titans way back when. So, the stage is set for Titans: Rebirth, which makes me very happy.

Astro City 35
The new story arc focuses on Jack in the Box. The grandson of the original Jack narrates the story of his family's history, but it looks like what he and his father thought happened to the first Jack might not have been the whole story. I can't wait for next issue.

Harley Quinn 28
Palmiotti and Conner's version of Deadpool is smitten with Harley, so he's arranged an impromptu wedding for the two of them with kidnapped guests in attendance. Harley is not amused by any of it, but the police have been called because the mayor wants to be rid of Harley once and for all. Predictably, chaos prevails, but also, as usual, Harley comes out on top. For sheer lunacy, this book is tough to beat. It's also entertaining.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Reviews

Here's what I read this week.

DC Comics Bombshells 12
Conclusion to last issue's story: "The Battle of Britain." The Bombshells take on the Tennabrae and some demon called the Titan. Aside from a lot of talking, this moved along fairly well. Mera sacrificed her power to take down the demon and was captured. And someone else sacrificed herself. I wish I liked this more, but it's just not hitting me right. The cover is lovely, though.

Adventures of Supergirl 1
This is the book based on the TV show, which was renewed -- Yay! -- and is moving to the CW (which means a lower budget and a move from filming in LA to Vancouver, so there might be changes). The cover by Cat Staggs is gorgeous, but the interior art by Bengal, while cute, has the characters looking too young and not enough like the cast. Sterling Gates is writing and he's always had a nice feel for Kara's essence. There's a nice shoutout to Jamal Igle who illustrated much of Gates' previous Supergirl book. This is a fun start to this version of Supergirl in print. It's the only "based on the TV show" comic I'm reading from DC, but it's Supergirl, so I have to.

Gotham Academy Yearbook 18
It's been fun seeing different creative teams take on these characters and this is the strongest of the Yearbook issues. Plus, Damian guest stars again.

Harley Quinn's Gang of Harleys 2 (of 6)
The kidnapping of Harley gets complicated as her gang members become targets. Fun, but not as much as Harley's main book.

Shutter 21
More background as Kate prepares to do battle. This is without a doubt the weirdest comic I read.

Starfire 12
And... that's a wrap. Kori says her goodbyes as she prepares to leave Florida, bringing this fun bit of fluff to an end.

Red Hood Arsenal 12
In a weird spoof of DC's phone vote as to whether or not the Joker should kill Jason/Robin, Roy has been captured and the comic book public gets to vote via the internet on whether he lives or dies. "Dies" is winning by a huge margin. Jason sets out to rescue him, while Roy learns who is behind the whole thing. One issue to go before this book mercifully ends, so I'll stick with it because of Roy. Roy in any form is still my favorite character.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Weekly Reading

Just 4 reviews this week.

Black Widow 3
Natasha continues on her mission for her blackmailer, this time heading to the ruins of the Red Room to retrieve a file, providing an opportunity for flashbacks. The last page is a nice cliffhanger, as there's more going on here than just the Weeping Lion yanking her chain. I'm still intrigued.

Miss Fury 2
Marla's attempts to uncover the people behind the theft of her firm's plans for a ship's rotors leads her to an archive. I always like library settings! Anyway, things are getting weird, and Jonathan Lau's art is lusciously realistic and perfectly evoke the 1940s.

The Spirit 10
Denny gets a step closer to finding the elusive Mikado Vaas, only to lose his latest lead. This has been a merry chase.

Thunderbolts 1
I'll admit it. I decided to read this because of Winter Soldier. I don't know the other characters, but so far, they feel rather interchangeable. Bad guys turned good guys can be fun, but I tend to prefer the lunacy of a Secret Six or Suicide Squad, where bad guys do good, sorta/mostly, against their will, usually. Anyway, this follows directly from Standoff! with Bucky and his team hiding Kobik, the cosmic cube in the form of a four-year-old girl. The art by Malin is decent, though the one adult female character, Moonstone, is often posed ridiculously. Zub's writing seems serviceable, though so far, there's nothing to distinguish it. I don't know what his long game is, but so far, well, let's just say I'll keep reading because Bucky is in the book.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Another Big Week

It's been a big comics month for me. And most this week were quite entertaining, so let's get to the reviews.

Black Canary 11
I really don't know much about the New52 version of Dinah, but this comic is a joy to look at. In this issue, we get into the heart of the story and maybe next issue, we'll learn the truth about her parents. I don't care all that much, but the ride has been fun, with a strong, musical motif.

Dream Police 9
Hot on the heels of issue 8 -- really! It's been only a month since issue 8, which came out 8 months after issue 7 -- this issue really delivers. Joe's former partner, Frank, meets Joe and Joe's current partner, Kate, in the Verge, where he tells them what's really going on in the Dreamscape, mainly, who really make up the Dream Police. I hope by the time this story concludes, we learn who the people in charge of the whole thing, the ones in control of dreaming, really are. But for now, getting some answers and the promise of maybe having the story conclude this year has me back to thoroughly enjoying this story.

Harley Quinn 27
Featuring the Red Tool, a takeoff on Deadpool. As advertised on the cover, instead of the Merc with the Mouth, we get the Fool with the Tools. And he's got a love/hate thing going on for Harley. The usual crazy amped up a bit. I love this version of Harley because she's nobody's fool.

Ms. Marvel 6
Captain Marvel and some Avengers stop by to help out when the clone Kamalas get out of control. Even Loki puts in an appearance. And Kamala learns an important lesson about not trying to be everyone's hero, time management, and the need to sometimes say "No." Fun stuff.

Saga 36
End of the story arc/brief hiatus time, and what a last page! The main thing, story-wise, though, is that Hazel is reunited with her parents. Let's all say it together: "Awwwwwwww......"

Avengers Standoff 001
Assault on Pleasant Hill. Lots of baddies. Lots of Avengers and others. Lots of fighting. Setups for what's coming up in the Marvel 'verse. Not as many character bits as I would like, but enough to balance the battles. I bought this for Bucky, but it was a decent story.

Star-Lord 6
Kitty and Peter have broken up, hate each other or so they each claim, and both insist on being Star-Lord. Yeah, this is going well. Not. And when they're convinced to team up on a mission for Stark, well, that doesn't go well, either. I'm glad we're back in the present, but the story seems kinda forced, the broken romance overblown. I'm reserving judgment on this. I much preferred the last version, before Marvel revamped things.

Strange Fruit 3 (of 4)
So glad to finally get the next installment of this story of racial tension after the Civil War. The art is stunning, the characters all too realistic, and the levee about to rupture adds a sense of urgency. A really good story.

SuperZero 5
Dru is finally getting an adventure, aboard the space station after stowing away on a NASA launch, but gaining superpowers seems as elusive to her as ever. But something sinister is going on as this comic takes a swing away from feeling current day realistic. I have mixed feelings about where the story is going. I love how grounded the story has been even as Dru is anything but grounded, so getting her into a situation that is anything but grounded in current reality means this might end up being something different. I'm hopeful it'll remain awesome, but the turn of events caught me by surprise. Not that I don't like being surprised, only that it changes the tone of the book. I'm still loving Dru, though.

Velvet 14
This got really real, with real-life figures showing up, as Velvet kidnaps President Nixon for a heart-to-heart chat. Tying the story into real-life events -- in this case, the Watergate break-in -- gives the story more realism and urgency than ever and puts Velvet in more danger than she had been or had anticipated. This book is an excellent take on the spy game in the early-'70s.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

So Many Comics

It was another big week, and I haven't gotten to the Wonder Woman '77 Special yet, having saved the best for last. But here's what I did read, with some leftovers from last week, for the one or two of you still reading this blog. :)

Harley's Little Black Book 3
I'm reading only the issues with guest stars I love, and this issue has Zatanna and it's pretty darn fun as Zee and Harley help some spirits move on.

Black Canary 10
Two different artists on this issue and the styles don't mesh well, though I like both. Batgirl helps out Dinah who is trying to get to the bottom of her mother's past. This is the first I'm reading anything with New52 Batgirl and while she seems so young, she was fine. At least, we're back to the main story.

Gotham Academy 17
This guest starred Black Canary, the music group, including DD (Dinah) performing at the academy. Also, Robin is taking books from the school. To what end? Ah, to be continued! The usual fun.

Astro City 34
SteelJack solves his first real case, but it isn't easy, and, well, I teared up. I usually do at the end of the stories in this comic.

Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis 4
Things are getting really complicated, but we get a clue about what's in the giant pit that formed in the city and started the whole trouble. Between Simone's wackier characters here and Calafiore's amazing art, I had a few Secret Six flashbacks from some panels. That's a good thing.

Poison Ivy Cycle of Life and Death 4
Catwoman guest stars and ups the fun factor as Ivy enlists Selina's aid to help her steal back her stolen research. I've been really enjoying this.

Titans Hunt 7
With Rebirth coming, this is now an 8 part mini-series, not the 12 parts originally planned (if I recall properly), so things are amping up at a faster pace now. It turns out Lilith had hired the assassins now after the Titans to help with neutralizing the Twister, but that sure didn't go as planned. I'm really hoping this ends in a resurgence of the Titans I loved so much.

Captain Marvel 4
Aside from loving Kris Anka's gorgeous cover, I found this a fun chapter in the latest story of Carol's life. Because of the Kree symbol on her uniform and her Kree-based powers, Carol is under attack when a second ship of Kree haters shows up. This incarnation of Captain Marvel is pretty fun.

Sam Wilson Captain America 8 Standoff
I haven't been reading any of this storyline and none of the Captain America books, but I saw that Bucky was in this, so I had to give it a try. I have no idea what's going on, but there are some great Buck/Steve and Sam/Steve scenes in this now that Steve has regained his youth and powers. And the idea of a cosmic cube taking the form of a little girl is pretty darn cool.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Some Reviews

I still have a couple of this past week's comics to read -- yeah, I'm that lazy -- so here's what I read so far.

DC Bombshells 11
Some of the Bombshells get to finally meet. Also, there's some kissing. And a battle. And it's part one of two. I'm not as enamored of this book as some people are, but it's okay.

Mockingbird 2
Bobbi rescues Hunter from a sex club where he's been undercover. There are paper dolls in the back of the book. Fun stuff, but I have no idea where this is all going.

Harley Quinn Gang of Harleys 1
I love Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner's Harley Quinn book, but this is a bit off, maybe because Conner isn't sharing co-writing chores. Palmiotti wrote it with Frank Tieri, and it's fun, but not as wacky as Harley's main book. It's also rather wordy. Harley's been kidnapped and it's up to her new gang of helpers to find and rescue her, but things aren't what they seem. They never are with Harley.

Shutter 20
Kate learns some backstory about her father. This is a rather charming chapter, even if not much happens.

Red Hood Arsenal 11
Jason confronts Duela about the Joker mask and Roy faces a less than admirable chapter in his past. Amazingly, Titans Hunt is referenced. I really like the art by Dexter Soy, the story by Lobdell less so.

Starfire 11
More of Kory and Stella's visit in Atlee's homeland beneath the sea. A pleasant diversion, but not much of a story.