Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lotsa Reviews

Due to the snowstorm, I got this week's comics late. Also, I didn't post reviews yet for last week's batch. And I haven't finished reading this week's batch. So here are some reviews of what I have read the past two weeks.

Astro City 41 and 42
41: The history of Astro City, to celebrate the 100th issue.
42: A villain presumed dead while stuck on a deserted island discovers what really matters to him. A nice human interest story.

Gotham Academy Second Semester 7
We finally get to the bottom of Olive's family history and it's not good.

Jessica Jones 6
Jessica gets the goods on the baddies, making Carol happy, but it might be too late for her to patch things up with Luke. And I'm starting to get really tired of Carol. Even now that Civil War II is over, she's still annoying me, here and in her own book. I hate what Marvel has done to her.

Flash 18
The return of Captain Boomerang! Need I say anything more?

Superwoman 8
A real head trip for Lana. Brought a tear to my eye. Can't wait for next issue which should conclude the story. I hope.

Titans 9
The Fearsome Five are all still fearful and this book is making me happy. I'd be happier if they'd deal with Donna and give her back her true history, plus her relationship with Dick, but for now, I'm thrilled to have the Titans back.

Superman Action Comics 975 and Superman 19
The middle chapters of Superman Reborn. I'm really enjoying this, so they'd better not screw it up.

Wonder Woman 18
More backstory for the current threat. This continues to excel.

Nightwing 17
The threat facing Dick is one he and Damian faced back when they were Batman and Robin, a bit of continuity that makes me happy. Now if they don't fridge Shawn, I'll be happier.

Green Arrow 19
DC has been hitting homers lately. This amalgamation of Roy's New 52 past and his original backstory is actually just enriching his original origin tale. Black Canary enters the fray to help protect the Native lands from the pipeline, making for just the right amount of action and character development.

Super Sons 2
Things don't go well when Damian and Jon break into LexCorp to download some intl, but Damian makes it all work. Somehow. He and Jon together are rather funny and make for an enjoyable read.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Week in Reviews

I got all but one comic read. Astro City 41 -- the 100th Astro City issue -- is waiting patiently for me to give it the time and attention it deserves.

Meanwhile, with Copperhead coming back next week, I did a bit of trimming of my pull list. I officially gave up on Thunderbolts -- not enough Bucky and some of the worst comic art imaginable -- and Captain America Steve Rogers -- partly due to the no-end-in-sight to the current story plus irritation over the upcoming Marvel event. The new Captain Marvel gets another issue to prove to me it's worth reading, too. On DC's side, I'm dropping Harley Quinn. I love the humor and art, but with the same writing team on it for so long now -- and I love Conner and Palmiotti! -- the book is starting to feel a bit same old, same old stale. What I did read this week, though, were all fun.

Champions 6
The Champions have a practice session, while the Freelancers set them up for a hard fall. So, not much going on, but lots of setup for the next story arc.

Hawkeye 4
Kate solves the case and saves the day, only to discover there is a larger threat lurking behind that case and it might involve her father. Fun stuff.

Green Arrow 18
Roy Harper returns! Mostly, this issue was Roy returning to the reservation to help with a pipeline protest, only to find he's not wanted. Much of the issue fills in background and it looks like a combination of old and new, with Roy growing up on a Native American Rez, and meeting Oliver Queen after being kicked off the Rez and stealing from Ollie. While not relationship background for Ollie and Roy that I prefer, I'll gladly take it. And I hope this is reflected in the Titans book. And there's more to this story next issue!

Nightwing 16
The rivalry between Dick and Damian for Batman heir is a bit of misdirection. The main story is centered on Shawn being missing in round one of a personal attack against Dick.

Superman 18
The Superman Reborn storyline kicks off with Lois and Clark's anniversary, only to end in disaster when the mystery-Clark leaves a photo album on their doorstep that somehow causes their home and son to vanish. I'm not worried about Jon -- he appears in the new Super Sons comic -- but I am worried about this Lois, and this Superman. I just hope DC remembers that this version of Superman is the best because this one is the one full of hope.

Descender 19
Things are going from bad to worse, with Tim-22 having taken Tim-21's place. Nothing good can come from this, I'm sure. I'm still enjoying this science fiction tale, though.

Serenity 5
The crew tries to rescue River and as expected, things don't quite go according to plan. Any Serenity we get is worth it.

Supergirl Being Super 2
The first book ended with an unexpected earthquake and one of Kara's friends in deadly danger. The expectation is that Kara would be forced to use her powers to save her, thus revealing her true super self. But this slowly developing story defies expectations, and Kara's powers, which have been acting wonky in recent days, cut out and she can't save her friend. How she deals with her grief and guilt make up most of the issue, along with dreams she starts having of her life before going into the pod that brought her to Earth. I'm really loving this book.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Last Week This Week

Argh! I've been busy lately, taking photos, editing photos, obsessively reading news on Facebook and getting alternately depressed and angry. And the weather really sucks today, so I'm not going out to get this week's comics. Instead, I present reviews on some of what came out last week.

The Mighty Captain Marvel 2
The art's nice. The story... well, I have no idea what to think of it. Not much seems to be happening, though there's a threat and Carol's powers are acting up and the Captain Marvel TV show cast and crew show up and... I miss Kelly Sue DeConnick writing about Carol's adventures.

Flash 17
A satisfying conclusion (?) to the Rogues saga. This has been a fun book.

Frostbite 6
I thought this was a mini, ending with this issue, but maybe not. It's been an interesting story, at any rate, set in a mostly frozen Earth.

Superman Action Comics 974
Lois goes on a date with the mysterious Clark Kent, which is why I'm reading this despite not reading it regularly, but he gets way too obsessive and stalkery for her and she leaves, which makes him angry and he remembers... something. I really want to know what's going on! The story continues in Superman, which I do read regularly.

Thunderbolts 10
Not nearly enough Bucky and the art seems to be getting worse.

Wonder Woman 17
Barbara Ann is coerced into helping find Themyscira and Diana's mind starts to heal. I so love this book.

Steve Rogers Captain America 12
If I'd known how long this was going to be dragged out and how much of the Marvel 'verse would be affected, I wouldn't have bothered with this. It started well, was intriguing and well written, with nice art, but it's been nearly a year now and I'm really tired of it. Yet I can't stop reading, because I want to know where it's going to end.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mixed Bag of Reviews

It was a big week for comics, but then again, just about every week is a big one these days. So, here are my quick takes on them.

Green Arrow 17
Ollie vs Malcolm Merlyn! That pretty much covers it. Oh, there's a nice scene with Ollie and Emi, too.

Nightwing 15
A whirlwind look at Dick and Shawn's growing relationship, with an ending that better not end up with Shawn being fridged. I like her, damn it!

Super Sons 1
This was fun! Damian and Jon have a great rapport. There isn't much story in this, but it sets the stage perfectly for the ongoing series.

Superman 17
A sorta horror story focusing on Jon and his friend Kathy. A fun interlude.

Detective 948, 949, Batwoman Rebirth 1
So, it looks like this newer version of Kate Kane is going to hunt down the folks who have the monster venom. The art is nice enough, but Batwoman hasn't been as awesome as the original book was pre-New 52. I'll try the new series for a while, but something special seems to be missing.

Star-Lord 3
Peter muddles through his new life as a bartender while doing his community service, while dealing with a less-than-pleasant visit from his sister, and an awkward meeting with Daredevil. An odd book and I have no idea where, if anywhere, it's going.

The Wildstorm 1
A new take on the Wildstorm characters. An interesting intro, if somewhat confusing. The art is nice and clean. No sign of Grifter, yet, but he was mentioned. Cole was always my favorite from that universe.

Steve Rogers Captain America 11
More on how Steve became Cap, which apparently what Steve is telling Zemo to convince Zemo that they were once as close as brothers and to talk Zemo into helping him. It seems to be working. I don't know where this is all going to end, but unless things end up with Steve realizing/learning Kobik reworked his memories, I won't be reading many Marvel titles when the dust settles.

Kill or be Killed 6
This noir story starts getting a bit twisty and turny, while still providing a fascinating look into the mind of someone heading down a dark, murderous path. Is he narrating from prison? While on the run? From hell? For that matter, is there really a demon that forced him to start killing or is the demon merely something his troubled mind conjured up? I do love this book.




Saturday, February 11, 2017

So Many Comics

I actually read all of this week's comics before the end of the week! And there were plenty of them!

MARVEL

Black Widow 11
Natasha is on the trail of the Dark Room girls, which takes her to a secret SHIELD base, where she finds more trouble than even she bargained for. I love the intrigue in this series by Waid and Samnee and the art by Samnee is perfect.

Jessica Jones 5
This is settling in nicely, with a bit of creepiness, as Mavel's version of multiple universes is explored, thanks to a man who killed his wife -- Jessica's client -- who claims he's from one of those dimensions that no longer exists. The gist of his explanation is that nothing matters, which raises this issue to philosophical debate territory. At least it has a different feel than most Marvel books I read and it's making more sense, story-wise, than the disjointed first issue felt.

Ms. Marvel 15
Hacking and bullying and dealing with Bruno being gone come into play as Kamala deals with a dangerous hacker who knows her secret. The usual great story and art.

DC

Flash 16
Barry learns what the Rogues are really up to and it isn't good. For him. The Rogues make the Flash comic better; there's just something special about his relationship with them and them with him and each other.

Gotham Academy Second Semester 6
The plot thickens! Actually, this fun gothic-style comic often feels like an old Nancy Drew book, back when I was a kid and Nancy and her friends explored creepy old mansions. There are a lot of layers to this and I suspect a few layers we haven't seen yet. I don't trust the new student, for instance. She's a mischief-maker and is having too much influence over Olive. This remains a fun comic for all ages.

(Superman) Action Comics 973
I'm not regularly reading this, but I am thrilled they brought back the old numbering! I read this for the "who is the mysterious Clark Kent" who's been running around Metropolis story arc. The issue mostly focused on Lois undercover in a mob restaurant, then following Clark around. To her chagrin and confusion, when she follows him into his apartment building, the doorman claims to not have seen Clark in weeks, and, even more mysterious, he didn't show up on the security tape. I have no idea where this is going, but I want to keep reading.

Superwoman 7
Lana and the team defeat Lena, but Lana's life is still in danger. I've really been enjoying this version of Lana. She's a capable scientist and hero, but she suffers from anxiety and comes across as very human.

Titans 8
I like that we're getting more glimpses into the lives of the main characters, especially ones without their own books (which means, other than Dick Grayson). I also like that Mal and Karen form the basis of the story when they seek help for Karen who has developed superpowers. There are still things I want this title to cover, but for now, I'm happy to have my Titans team back.

Wonder Woman 16
The "Godwatch" story begins, in the past, and while the art by Evely is nice, I miss seeing Nicola Scott's art. The story focuses on two women, Veronica and Adrianna, and their Cyberwalker project, which brings them to the attention of Phobos and Deimos who are looking for Themyscira. By threatening Veronica's daughter, they hope she'll use the Cyberwalker device to get the location from Wonder Woman's mind. This can't end well. Rucka's been hitting on all cylinders with this series.

DYNAMITE 

The Spirit 1
Francesco Francavilla is handling writing and art chores (he's even lettering!) this take on The Spirit. The art is great, and the book has a nice, old, lived-in feel that's perfect. The story is starting a bit slow, but a few elements are now in place, namely strange deaths that might or might not be murder and Eb's recently released from prison uncle who's strong-armed by a former associate into helping with another heist. Hopefully, what was missing this issue will be in the next issue: The Spirit in action!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Some Comics

I have too many hobbies. I spent the weekend taking photos of my toys and dolls, then editing them, and never got around to reading all my comics, or posting the reviews of the ones I did read. So, here are those reviews now.

Green Arrow 16
Kimi is back. I didn't read the New 52 comics, which I guess is when she debuted? But I love her. She and Ollie are fun together. Meanwhile, the trouble chasing Ollie isn't going away anytime soon. I love this comic.

Hawkeye 3
Kate's peppy personality makes for a fun narrative style and this book is really doing her justice. In trying to get to the bottom of the hacking gang, she ends up finding a cult of possibly brainwashed acolytes. Uh, fun? Actually, yes!

Nightwing 14
Solid end to the story and Dick's going to stick around in Bludhaven for now. Seems he has a new romantic interest. I prefer him with Babs, but she's not the Babs I used to love, so I'm okay with this.

Superman 16
Supes proves you can be super even without your powers. It's so good to be able to read, and enjoy, Superman again.

Champions 5
Another fun title from Marvel, with Gwenpool showing up to stir things up. The story is really topical, too, with the team up against a bigoted sheriff. I'm glad I started reading this.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Better Late Than Never Reviews

I've been a bit obsessed with the political mess these days here in the US, but have been reading comics to stay sane. So here are the belated reviews from last week's batch.

Flash 15
The Rogues are back and they've got a nefarious plot for Barry to unravel. Fun!

Wonder Woman 15
Etta, Steve, and Barbara Ann are on the run, while Diana is in a padded room in a mental hospital, while the bad guys try to find them so they can find Themyscira. I love this comic.

Saga 42
There are no words to describe the emotional impact of this issue, and the last few pages prove that. Best comic ever.

Kill or be Killed 5
Things take an inevitable turn as Dylan makes a mistake. Excellent noir.

Serenity 4 (of 6)
River, under the influence of her old mistress, betrays the crew. I'm enjoying this.

Frostbite 5
I'm really enjoying this post-ecological disaster tale. The scientist who tried to fix the climate caused a new ice age and brought about the deadly frostbite. There might be a cure, and everyone wants it. The story is good, but the art is wonderful, spare and frosty.

Captain America Steve Rogers 10
I want this over already. We see more of the past, getting closer to how Steve became Cap. But the present, with Congress voting to turn American security over to SHIELD, is too close to real life right now, minus the space aliens and Hydra (maybe), for comfort.