Friday, October 21, 2016

Quick Takes

Every week, it seems these days, I have a stack of new comics to read. Thanks to Rebirth, I'm reading more comics than I have in decades. And thanks to New 52 which turned me away from DC and inspired me to try all the other comics (Marvel, Image) titles I'm still reading. So, it's been an eclectic week.

Astro City 40
The end of a delightful 2-part story with the moral that being an ordinary (mostly) person (lawyer) doesn't mean you can't be a hero, especially a hero for a superhero. Still one of the best comics being published.

Black Widow 7
I'm enjoying the story. I'm not enjoying this depiction of Natasha as much. If I could meld the Natasha from her most previous book with this story, it would be perfect. It's not the cold, nasty edge to Natasha so much as the lack of emotional depth, something the previous book had explored.

Doom Patrol 2
I love Doom Patrol, so I'm giving this DC's Young Animal title a chance, but I'm coming to suspect I'm far from the intended audience. I have no idea what's going on and worse, I don't really care. I'll give it another issue or two.

Gotham Academy 2
A witch's coven is causing trouble as the rest of the students report for the new semester. Fun, as usual.

Green Arrow 9
Dinah, Ollie, and Diggle find themselves in the middle of a weird domestic dispute on the mystery island. Not bad, but I'm looking forward to a return to civilization.

Harley Quinn 6
Harley and gang go undercover as a rock group and it's as weird as you'd think. The book is still the wacky mess it's always been, but I think I'm starting to tire of it.

Kill or be Killed 3
Dylan obsesses over his first kill, then hangs out with Kira, his best friend and the woman he loves, but she's with someone else and that's driving Dylan crazy, too. Ed Brubaker, the king of comic book noir, is at his best here and Sean Phillips is acing the art. A compelling read.

Mockingbird 8
The last issue of this odd little book. I would've liked a more serious comic for Bobbi, but the light touch here with really made the book fun. I hope they bring Mockingbird back in her own book at some point.

Nightwing 7
And... we're back to the real story! Dick discovers Raptor's obsession with him goes way back, to before he was born, all the way to Dick's mother and the Flying Graysons. I can't wait for the next issue.

Superman 9
Supes and Jon try to escape from Dinosaur Island. It helps to have read Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier, but it's not a requirement. A nice conclusion to the story. I love Superman's relationship with his son.


  1. Black Widow was gorgeous to look at... but yeah... she's pretty cold blooded.

    1. It's like there's no character development this time around.