Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Week In Comics 12/28/11

So close to getting back to releasing episodes. I fly back home next weds, and then it's just a matter of not being lazy. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS.

All-Star Western v3 #4
By Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Moritat, and Phil Winslade
     Not much to say about this one. Jonah Hex does his best Batman impression for most the issue. The plot is also similar to an early Batman TAS episode, "The Underdwellers." I am pretty uninterested in the backups for this series so far, and this new story doesn't change that. 

Batman: The Dark Knight v2 #4
By David Finch and Paul Jenkins
     I'm going to write this as I read it. Because, really, there is no way this is going to be good, and I am going to have a lot of questions/comments. Why does Poison Ivy have a lab in a concrete and metal building? Why does Wonder Woman look like a 16 year old? Is Jim Gordon on his man-period? Ok, Batman holding an ice cream cone is kinda funny. How many random cameos and unrelated villains need to show up before this is just a worse version of Hush? Oh, wait, this is already worse than Hush. God this comic is bad. I am caught in this paradox of wishing it was canceled, but paying for it so I can review it. 

The Flash v4 #4
By Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul  
     First, how many editors notes can one book have? I remember what happened last issue. I'm reading a multi-part story, I don't think it's unreasonable to assume I've read the other parts. This isn't new reader friendly, this is treating your audience like morons. Second, this series is good. It does very well in setting things up, and explaining why things happen. Even if it then overexplains them with a editors note. Manapul is still doing an amazing job on art, and I hope he stays on for a long time. The ending was a little Geoff Johns-ey but the rest of the issue makes up for it.

I, Vampire #4
By Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino
     John Constantine showing up is what I want to happen in almost every comic. So when he shows up in a comic I really like, it's even better. Even if it was a one off that really didn't do anything plot wise. Although, he seemed to be rocking an Irish accent with things like "boyo" and "wee." I'm also glad that this is finally tried into the DCU by more than some city names. I hope that the "dark" titles have some more tie ins and joined continuity. Because everything could use more Constantine. Speaking of which, what the hell is with him not showing up in Swamp Thing yet?

Justice League Dark #4
By Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin 
     Not much to say about this one either. Mostly the same things I have been saying. The plot is getting more interesting as it goes, and I still don't like the art. I have a feeling that the 2nd arc of this book is going to be much better, but that could just be me hoping. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Week In Comics 12/21/11

Since this will be the last post before Christmas, and I have no idea when any of the other holidays start, I would like to take this tiny bit of writing to wish you all a happy whatever you celebrate. Hopefully you have all been good and get lots of comics. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEKS COMICS.

Batman v2 #4
By Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo 
     Lots of exposition in this issue. I was having flashbacks to Swamp Thing for a minute there. I can see why it was needed and it definitely server a purpose, but it really felt like a shift down. I think if this had a longer more involved flashback of young Bruce looking into the Court of Owls it would have been a lot more compelling. Instead, we got a conversation between Dick and Bruce and some darker art. Just seems like a missed opportunity to me.

Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes #1
By Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham and Cameron Stewart 
     First, what's the deal with this not being on Comixology? Day and Date means every comic, DC. Second, this is like Batman Odyssey levels of crazy. Only it makes more sense in a way that doesn't make any sense. Where Odyssey is pure chaos, Leviathan Strikes is chaos hidden within something familiar. I mean: Lady gaga, Katy Perry, and Rianna are Leviathan agents. Batman is maybe on acid for half the issue. Batwing's name is Desmond and he is a rich playboy. I know this is pre-Flashpoint, which is crazy enough, but that seems like something that would have been discussed. I have no idea how this will work when it comes back next year. Unless the entire thing stays out of DCnU continuity, which would be an odd choice. I really can't put into words how insane this was, especially with the twist ending. There is so many crazy layers of fakeouts and double crosses, and more are revealed with every installment of Morrison's Batman, it's practically impossible to keep straight.

Batman Odyssey v2 #3
By Neal Adams
     I can't even deal with this series anymore. I have no idea what is happening or why it's happening. I completely understand what dyslexia is now. I look at this comic and it just doesn't make sense. Nothing fits. There is elements I recognize, but I can't quite figure out how they go together. It makes my head hurt.

Catwoman v4 #4
By Judd Winick and Guillem March
     It seems like in every Catwoman series they come up with a new history and a new cast of supporting characters. At least this series has the excuse of being post-Flashpoint. I'm glad we are getting to see the new characters though, it's adding a reason for Catwoman's actions beyond wanting to steal stuff. Although, that is still a major motivator. It's also nice to see a little bit more straightforward superhero stuff. Even if the new villain has a really stupid costume. The art did seem a bit rushed at points, but I still really like Guillem March's style, so it's forgivable.

Justice League v2 #4
By Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
     I really didn't think I could dislike anymore than I did before this series. His first line of dialog in the issue pissed me off so hard I had to stop reading for a couple of minutes. This comic is trying so hard it hurts. I almost think Geoff Johns is purposely sabotaging Hal and Barry just to make Aquaman seem cool. Too bad it doesn't work. There is a part where Hal runs through everyone's powers, and then questions what Aquaman can do. And what does he do? Sharks. That is exactly why people think Aquaman is stupid. If they didn't happen to be near an ocean, and the enemies didn't happen to be flying over the water, he would just swing a trident around. Meanwhile super-alien, magic space cop, goddess, and faster-than-light-man would mop up. This is why I hate team books. Besides having someone around to shit on everyone's ideas, they don't really need Batman. And unless there is an ocean crime they don't really need Aquaman. At least all of the Justice League and the main villain FINALLY appear on the same page.

Nightwing v3 #4
By Kyle Higgins and Trevor McCarthy 
     A pretty solid issue overall. Good action with a new villain, team-up with Batgirl, good character work, and progress on an interesting mystery. This is just some good comics. I kind of like the change in art, it's more cartoony and kinetic, which fits with Dick Grayson really well.

Wonder Woman v4 #4
By Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chang
     This was a really good character issue. Not a lot of action, but tons of character development from several people as well as a major push forward in the plot. Last issue, I said I wanted to see someone fight Aries. Well now I don't, because the character is seriously cool and definitely different than I pictured he would be. There are also a few plot points I really hope don't get magically retconned after Azzarello leaves. I like to see major changes like that stick. As long as they're changes from the plot and not from something like Flashpoint.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Week in Comics 12/14/11

First of the updates from Colorado, where I'm visiting some family for the holidays With how slow the internet is, I wasn't even sure I would be able to get comics to load. How am I supposed to drop SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS if they wont load?

Batgirl v4 #4
By Gail Simone and Adrian Syaf 
     There is a lot of strange choices in the issue. From the opening dream, to how Mirror was defeated, to a special Christmas appearance of either a zombie or someone who got over having a ripped off face really fast.  No not the Joker. I'm still not really getting the feel for this book. It doesn't seem important. Even all the drama over Batgirl feeling responsible for the train bombing last issue is dropped. Maybe now that the first arc is over the hand holding introduction to the character will go away and we can just get some good comics. Maybe.

Batman and Robin v2 #4
By Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
     This series is still getting better by the issue. I don't really know what more I can say about it. The conflict between Damian and Bruce is great, and really shows hard hard it would be to deal with Bruce Wayne as a father. Both sides come off as flawed and no one really feel right. Damian wants to do too much, and is too violent. And Bruce is holding too much back, but has reasons for it. Plus there's a cyborg ninja. And Alfred playing Microsoft Flight Simulator with a Batplane.

Batwoman #4
By J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
     Oh god, this series is so good. 

Demon Knights #4
By Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves and Mike Choi
     Hey, plot! Finally, there's the beginnings of a larger story and a reason for the title of the book. Not that I'm complaining. I would be completely fine if this series was more jokes than story, like it has been. But it's nice to see a larger plot evolving and giving the group a reason to stay together. The beginning issues of this really felt like the early stages of a D&D campaign where the only reason the party stays together is because they are in the same town. This whole series feels like a D&D campaign. I know that if I rolled a character like Vandal Savage that I'd want to eat a dinosaur too. 

Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #4
By Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli
     ROBOT ARMIES AND GIANT SPIKED WHEELS OF DEATH VS MILLIONS OF MONSTERS. What more do I need to say?  

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Week in Comics 12/7/11

You may have noticed that there was no Week in Comics post last week. That's because only like two things I read came out and I didn't have money to get them anyway. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS.

Animal Man v2 #4
By Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman
     God damn, this book is creepy. In a good way. In a really good way. This is one of those issues that is hard to put into words for me. It's just well made in every aspect. The hints at a Swamp thing team up are just icing on top of the icing on the cake.

Batwing #4
By Judd Winick and Chriscross 
     This issue has a really great moment of Batwing being an awkward hero. After bringing a dead woman to the police Batwing holds up a finger and says "And every last one of you who claims to be a servant of the people... Should fight to your last breath until you find out who's done this to her." I'm not sure if this is bad dialog or brilliant writing. On one hand, it's some really forced and overly heroic dialog. On the other, Batwing is a relatively new hero, and maybe he isn't used to dealing with the police in that way. I like the idea of a new hero trying to act heroic and coming off as really lame. The rest of the issue dealt mostly with David Zavimbe's past as a child soldier. This is all pretty good, but I feel like they are telegraphing pretty hard that Massacre is actually David's brother. I could be wrong, but there is definitely something up.

Detective Comics v2 #4
By Tony Daniel 
    At this point I can't even be upset by how terrible this series has been. As I read it I just sigh at how absolutely terrible it is. It opens to Batman giving a swirly to a dude, which could be cool, but then a few pages later tries to shock me by having the same guy show up as a villain. There is absolutely no dramatic buildup or payoff. The little girl keeps helping Batman and Gordon, but refuses to leave the Dollmaker. Moments after cold stabbing a dude and being emotionless, she is crying in Gordon's arms. Then, Batman just lets the Dollmaker escape and goes on vacation for one page in a scene that only serves as exposition. And then, there is another last page shocker of the Joker's cut off face. WHICH HASN'T FUCKING MATTERED AT ALL SO FAR. I guess I can still get angry about this atrocity of a series. Detective Comics, and comics in general deserve better than this. Tony Daniel should be ashamed of what he has done to the series that DC comics is named after.

Huntress v3 #3
By Paul Levitz and Marcus To
     I might be a little biased toward this comic due to my love of the Huntress. I am really enjoying it but I can see why other people might not. Really, the plot is nothing special. Mafia running a sexy lady slave trade isn't exactly breaking new ground in comics. But, when Huntress is basically playing out Arkham City in Pompeii I get psyched up. Though, I don't see this building to a really satisfying conclusion. It will probably just end with Huntress punching a dude and going back to the US.

Men of War v2 #4
By Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick 
Backup by B. Clay Moore and Paul McCaffrey
     I'm always torn on this book. While I love the concept, I really feel like it's being underutilized. What this books needed was a 3-4 issue arc that really introduced us to Sgt. Rock and his crew, not the disconnected collection we're getting. I don't feel invested in anything that's happening because I don't know why it's happening or who it's happening to. For once the backup is good, and actually addresses the fact that modern war would be different in a world where there's spider robots. I'm not sure if I'll continue picking this book up
   
Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #3
By Gregg Hurwitz and Szymon Kudranski
     Having missed reviewing the last one of these: It was good. Now, lets move onto the current issue. It's good. As I've said before, this series is really showing why the penguin is a feared crime lord while showing how twisted emotionally troubled he is. To me, this feels like the story that will define the penguin for a long time. The art is great and I really hope to see Kudranski on more DCU books in the future.

Swamp Thing v5 #4
By Scott Snyder and Marco Rudy 
     It's kind of amazing that this book goes from pondering the nature of memory to dinosaur fights to gory murders. At this point, Scott Snyder can do no wrong in my book. I'm glad to see this story picking up in pace a bit and really getting the ball rolling on the plot, but I do enjoy the exposition as well. I think with weaker art all of the monologues could get old but Marco Rudy, and Yanick Paquette before him, did a great job of keeping things visually interesting, as well as using art to add to the writing.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Detective Comics #47

Cover: Bob Kane

Money Can't Buy Happiness
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Jerry Robinson & George Roussos
Letters: George Roussos
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Week In Comics 11/23/11

I got nothin' for this little text blurb. Script is done for the next episode, it's just a matter of when I can record with thanksgiving coming up. So, here are some comic reviews. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMCS. 

All-Star Western v3 #3
Justin Gray. Jimmy Palmiotti, Moritat, and Jordi Bernet 
     Pretty much everything I want out of this comic is in this comic. It's just Jonah Hex walking around Gotham being a bad-ass. I really couldn't ask for more. The art looks great, even if the women are pretty hilariously proportioned. It worked alright when it was prostitutes, but there is no reason for a shopkeep to look like that. As for the backup, I really don't see why this book has one. I know there are a lot of western characters to work with, but I don't think a book like this is popular enough to carry the extra price and pages. Backups should intro new characters in popular books that people will still buy for an extra dollar.

Batman: The Dark Knight v2 #3
By David Finch
     Lets just go through some questions I have, in order, as I read this: How many times can the twist of a comic be that the villain was Clayface the whole time? Why did the flash crash through a wall when he could vibrate through it and not damage city property? Why is Batman threatening a detective? Why does Alfred send Bruce Wayne text messages about supervillains without any sort of code? "Thank god for small mercies and lace panties," seriously? Was that supposed to be witty? Why does Damian Wayne not exist in this or Detective Comics? Why even have the flash in this issue if he is totally useless? Well, as you can see, this is a terrible comic.

The Flash v4 #3
By Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato 
     This issue has one of the most heroic lines I've read in the new 52, "3.5 million are in need. And I'm going to try to help every one of them." With Superman alternating between jerk, dick, and whiner in his three comics, it's nice to see the Flash just being a hero. I'm not really sure where this story is going, and it's kind of losing its shine. Barry does some cool stuff, but I am just not really getting invested in any of it. The art is also kind of back and forth for me. While I think it looks great and has really good layouts, a lot of faces look the same, to the point of me confusing a couple of characters. And no, I'm not complaining that the clones have the same face.

I, Vampire #3
By Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino
     Every time I see this book mentioned it's as a vampire love story. This is the exact wrong way to market it. This is a book where one vampire takes a hatchet to other vampires who are trying to take over the world. Sure, there is a thread of lost love running through it, but when the covers have vampires in blue jeans, and the interiors have katana fights, something is wrong. Plus, next issue they are going to Gotham, and it says Constantine will show up. These are two things I absolutely love. This comic deserves to stick around, and I really hope it does.

Justice League Dark #3
By Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin 
     Every issue of this series is better than the last. It's still kind of slow going, and still doesn't have the team together, but unlike Justice League, I actually feel like all the characters are coming together for a reason. I'm still not a big fan of the art. It's like the uncanny valley of comic cart. It just looks weird. Nothing much to say about the issue other than that.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Week in Comics 11/16/11

As I mentioned in the last episode of the podcast, I have been playing a lot of Skyrim. But not even yelling at dragons can keep me away from Batman. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEKS COMICS. Although, since this is going to be a bit late, that doesn't matter as much.

Batman v2 #3
By Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
     Scott Snyder needs to write Batman comics forever. This series is everything Dark Knight and Detective Comics aren't. the plot is well thought out and interesting, the writing isn't trying too hard, the action is good, the villain is threatening and not just a villain from a torture porn flick. Even the things that are definitely comic logic, like the secret 13th floor, are presented and developed in a way that makes sense for the story. My only complaint would be the art. It's not bad, but characters have very similar faces. That doesn't take away from this awesome book though.

Catwoman v4 #3
By Judd Winick and Guillem March
     I am having a hard time coming up with things to say about this. I definitely enjoyed it, but it doesn't really feel like anything happened. Sure Catwoman does stuff, but the entire middle of this book could have been gone. Just Selina in the apartment and then BAM cops show up. I guess it didn't leave much of an impact on me.

Justice League v2 #3
By Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
     As a comic where Wonder Woman walks around and experiences ice cream for the first time, I found this to be pretty funny. And then I remembered this was a Justice League series. Even with most of the core team appearing in the issue, there is still no league. If there is justice or not is debatable. Since this isn't a good book and I don't want to write an essay about it, lets quickfire through some more problems. Hal Jordan calls dibs on Wonder Woman. There is dialog like "Concentrate, Lantern! Those things you make with that ring are breaking apart. That means your mind is scattered, right?" Geoff Johns is still trying to make Aquaman cool. The Flash's mask doesn't cover his eyebrows. And so much more.

Nightwing v3 #3
By Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows and Eduardo Pansica
     I really like how this series is taking Dick back to his circus roots and giving him a backstory that hasn't been that well explored. Sure the circus stuff showed up here and there, but I never really got the feeling he had friends from that time. The characters and interactions in this really make it feel like there is a whole section of Dick Grayson's life that has gone on in the background. All that said, that costume is still terrible. I almost can't look at it. At one point John Grayson shows up in an outfit similar to the discowing costume and I almost wept. Seriously, why red? Alright, I'm done.

Wonder Woman v4 #3
By Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chang
     This is definitely the same Wonder Woman who enjoyed ice cream in Justice League. That seems to be a major issue with setting some of the books back in time. Anyway, this is a book were Wonder Woman gets to mad she punches trees over. And that is just awesome. I'm really enjoying this series and all of its mythological roots. As well as the change in the way the Amazons view Wonder Woman. I am  hoping these next few issues are just the God of War games but with Wonder Woman. I want to see someone fight Aries.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Week in Comics 11/9/11

Over the last couple of days I've been barely able to focus on anything that isn't The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It's  not out yet, but I have been obsessed, seeking out any videos or info I can. The only thing that could possibly give me respite from my madness is these comics. So, lets hope they are worth it. As always SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS. 

Batgirl v4 #3
By Gail Simone and Adrian Syaf
     This was kind of a strange issue. I don't know if I really felt the impact of the train bombing ob Batgirl. She just seemed to move on, which isn't col when that many people die. And then the whole thing with Nightwing. I can see them fighting, even if it's for stupid reasons, but whats up with Barbra using "Richard" instead of Dick. At first I thought it was kind of a way to piss him off, but she kept using it even in internal narration. This whole series has felt off so far. Maybe it's because I don't have the Babs-as-Batgirl nostalgia quite as hard as other people, but I am just not exited by this. I'd rather have Oracle back. 

Batman and Robin v2 #3
By Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason 
     Issue one of this was alright. Not the greatest thing ever, but a better than Detective and Dark Knight. In the two issues since I think this has become really good. I'm liking the interplay with Bruce/Damian/Alfred. While the villain has a sort of lame backstory so far, he does well in being a threat. Even Ace the Bathound is in it. I'm definitely more interested with each issue, and I hope that this can maintain its upward swing without coming back down too far.

Batwoman #3
By W. Haden Blackman and J. H. Williams III
     I just can't express how good this book is. I love the story, I love the characters, I love the art. I would marry this series if I could. To me, this is an absolute must read for anyone who likes comics. Probably for people who don't like comics too. This already feels like one of those runs that I am going to come back to and read several times. 

Demon Knights #3
By Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves
     Yet another super good series. Definitely good in a different way though. This book is ridiculous, fun, and funny. It's an enjoyable read. I was kind of disappointed at the lack of mechanical dragons promised by the last issue, but that is only a minor annoyance. It's not too often that a comic will make me laugh out loud, so and this issue gets that honor. I've said it before, but this is DCU D&D and that is great.

Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #3
By Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli
     Constantly referring to a planet as MONSTER PLANET is awesome. It pretty much captures what this book is all about. Insane over the top action. Similar to Demon Knights, this is just a fun book to read. It's a crazy action movie where Frankenstein and other monsters fight aliens. It sounds awesome because it is.

Huntress v3 #2
By Paul Levitz and Marcus To
     Not a lot happened in this issue. It really feels like a sort of repeat from the first. Still tracking this guy, still trying to save trafficked ladies. Still liking the art, but otherwise unremarkable. Hope the next few issues pick up.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Batman #4

Cover by: Bob Kane

The Case of the Joker's Crime Circus
Written by: Bill Finger
Penciled by: Bob Kane
Inked by: Jerry Robinson and George Roussos
Lettered by: George Roussos

Blackbeard's Crew and the Yacht Society
Written by: Bill Finger
Penciled by: Bob Kane
Inked by: Jerry Robinson and George Roussos
Lettered by: George Roussos

Public Enemy No. 1
Written by: Bill Finger
Penciled by: Bob Kane
Inked by: Jerry Robinson and George Roussos
Lettered by: George Roussos

Touchdown for Justice
Written by: Bill Finger
Penciled by: Bob Kane
Inked by: Jerry Robinson and George Roussos
Lettered by: George Roussos
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Week in Comics 11/2/11

This is the part where I make small talk. Maybe I toss in an excuse or few about the lateness of episodes. Usually it's just filler until I can say SPOILERS IN THIS WEEK'S COMICS.

Animal Man v2 #3
By Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman 
     Man, this book has some creepy visuals. Travel Foreman should get some sort of award for most weird looking tumor-monsters. His art is backed up by a pretty crazy and interesting story. I wish it were paced a little bit faster, but I think it would lose some of the weirdness if things got explained. Although I don't know if anything can remove the weirdness of the first couple of pages. It seems like this series is slowly moving toward a Swamp Thing tie in, which I approve of, but it's dropping kinda loose hints. I would be sad if they were just fighting the same enemy and didn't team up.

Batwing #3
By Judd Winick and Ben Oliver
     This book is still surprising ever week. I was so skeptical of a Batwing book being any good that I'm still not over it. This issue finally gave us a little backstory about David Zavimbe, which is good. Up to this point not a lot has been explained about anything, and it was nice to know something about these characters. Hopefully, with the events of the last few pages, we will be getting a lot of info about the The Kingdom. That is the most interesting part of the story to me.

Detective Comics v2 #3
By Tony Daniel 
     Have they solicited a new writer yet? I know I don't get an opinion because I will buy it anyway, but damn. This is just not good comics. Plot points appear out of nowhere just to explain the very next thing that happens. The things that then happen are stupid. I think Tony Daniel got dared to end every issue on a shock twist, and then explain it in a way that removes any importance next issue. It's like old serial movies where they would show the hero blow up and then in the next episode it shows the part where he dove out of the way at the last second. It's cheap. Comics aren't. New creative team please.

Men of War v2 #3
By Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick
Backup by Jonathan Vankin and Phil Winslade
     If there were one thing I could change about this book, it would be the backup. If there were two things, I would make this a lot less episodic. At this point things are starting to feel a little formulaic. Army guys show up somewhere, shoot people, SURPRISE METAHUMAN, end. I would really like to see this as a longer arc with character development. Maybe an antagonist who lasts longer than an issue. If these changes don't happen I don't see reading this too much longer.

Swamp Thing v5 #2
By Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette 
     Finally an issue that picked up the pace a bit. Things actually happened, and they were crazy. I think Snyder and Lemire got together and decided to write really gross things this week. More so than usual. although I was disappointed by the lack of backward-head people wielding axes, I enjoyed this issue a lot.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Week in Comics 10/26/11

Despite what I said last week, I will be reviewing a Vertigo this time. Goes to show you that I really have no idea what I am talking about when it comes to this blog. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS.

All-Star Western v3 #2
By Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Moritat, and Jordi Bernet 
     I think my favorite thing about this series is how much it uses from the little bits of history in other books. It's everything I know about Gotham's past, plus even more stuff that ties into the future. On top of that, it's just a good read. I didn't feel as though the backup was as strong. It seemed like a wild west Etrigan/Jason Blood thing, but where the demon inside the guy is just a different guy with a mask. This is another book that I really think losing the backup, and the extra price, would help it out in the long run. Unless Jonah Hex and El Diablo are going to meet up, I don't really care about him.

Batman: The Dark Knight v2 #2
By David Finch and Paul Jenkins
     When the book opens with dialog like, "You are not afraid of pain. Not afraid of death. Afraid, maybe, of living" you know you are in for a ride. This is just not good. The dialog is over dramatic and trying way to hard to be Frank Miller at points. There is just a lot of bad ideas being tossed around, and the relatively good ideas are poorly executed. I wish I could send a note to DC along with my money that says, "Yes I am buying this, but I don't actually support it. I am just a crazy person with a Batman blog who feels he has to read everything with Batman in it." I mean, when you are tying to pass of the Ventriloquist as a bad-ass something has gone wrong. This is basically the plot of Arkham Asylum, but only the stupid part where Joker takes the Titan formula.

The Flash v4 #2
By Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul
     And now for a book that's good. This is one of those times where I feel as though I cant convey that this book is good. The art is great, its well written, the characters are interesting, it's just good. So go read it.

I, Vampire #2
By Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino 
     Once again, I am really liking this book. he cover of issue one is so misleading it should win some type of award for deception. This reads and feels like a Vertigo title to me. There's lots of blood, a little nudity, and no superheroes. The story isn't some swooning twilight fanfic, but something I'd expect out of a pre-twilight vampire movie. If you are/were a fan of vampires, before all the recent nonsense, check this out.

Justice League Dark #2
By Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin 
     This seemed a lot better than the first issue. This also had more John Constantine than the first issue. Maybe those are related. It's another team book where the team is still not together, which is annoying. This slow start almost lost me in issue one. I really hope the team gets together quick and this book starts being cool. AKA Constantine calling everyone squire while they fight demons. The art is still kind of annoying, but seemed less horrible than the first issue. Maybe I am just over the shock.

Spaceman #1 
By Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
     I loved 100 Bullets, and I thought the preview to this series in Strange Adventure was interesting so I have been looking forward to this series. The first thing that really struck me was the dialog. It's written in this weird future slang that kind of took me out of the book. I know people in the future won't talk exactly as we do now, but that kind of thing always breaks immersion for me. Beyond that, I really like the world this book takes place in. The future is dirty and crappy, but still obsessed with the lives of celebrities. It definitely feels like a commentary on a possible future of our current times. I am most interested in what happened on mars and any info on why the world is the way it is. Definitely interested in the rest of this series.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Week in Comics 10/19/11

I'm taking a break from playing Arkham City to get this out on time. Don't you feel special for reading it. I think I am going to give up on Vertigo reviews for a little while. I no longer have a car and it's a bit of a chore to get to a comic shop every week for them. So, maybe they'll come back when Vertigo is same day digital. As always SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS

Batman v2 #2
By Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo 
     I find that I have a hard time talking about good comics on an issue to issue basis. This is good. I can tell you that I liked the plot and the fighting, but I don't feel like I can really sell it without talking about the whole arc. It's so much easier to talk about bad comics. As per usual, I liked something Scott Snyder wrote. The art is kind of weird. I think it's good, but there are little things in it that bug me. Bruce Wayne seems really short in this. Maybe he wears platform Bat-Boots.

Batman Odyssey v2 #1
By Neal Adams
     Speaking of bad comics. This book starts with 4 pages of wordy tell-and-not-show dialog recapping a story that is just on the verge of sense, but not quit there. It then continues to a plot about Ra's Al Ghul's son that has way to much dialog and is crazy. THEN IT GETS EVEN CRAZIER. It cuts to Batman riding a giant bat and being attacked by people riding dinosaurs in a post apocalyptic future. But, Bruce Wayne isn't older and Dick Grayson is a teenager. This might be the most insane comic I have ever read. I can't even put it into words. This is something that must be experienced.

Catwoman v4 #2
By Judd Winick and Guillem March 
     Two in a row on the Batman and Catwoman having sex count. Technically it's the same scene, but I'll count it. Despite a lot of complaints I have read about that I don't really mind. To me Catwoman is supposed to be hypersexual. If these things where happening in like Supergirl this would be a different review. I still like this book and think it's good enough to keep reading.

Justice League v2 #2
By Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
     Ooooh so close to getting the entire league in one issue. Yet another slow paced issue that is 95% set up 5% cliffhanger. All the characterization seem off to me. Superman is picking fights while Batman tries to talk everyone down. Hal Jordan doesn't stop talking and constantly insults the other heroes. Barry Allen doesn't want to help. What the hell. 

Nightwing v3 #2
By Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows
     Man, everybody's getting laid in the DCnU. Overall, I really liked this issue, it had some good fighting as well as moving the plot toward something other than Dick Grayson being another costumed protector of Gotham. I liked the art a lot too. There were some pretty cool panels during the fights. Oh, and blah blah red costume is dumb.

Wonder Woman v4 #2
By Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang 
     As I probably mentioned in my review of #1, I had been wanting to read Wonder Woman for a little while. With this series I got an easy chance, and thankfully it's really good. I really like how involved this is with the greek gods, and how it plays off of things I vaguely knew about Wonder Woman's origin. This is definitely the time to jump on with the series if you have any interest in the character. Hell, even if you don't.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Week In Comics 10/12/11

This is a pretty Bat heavy week. I'm not complaining, it just seems odd that they would stack so many and not spread them out over a month. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS.

American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #5
By Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy
     I loves me some American Vampire. I am pretty sad that both the WWII arc and WWII book have ended, but I guess the story has to move on eventually. I hope that these character show up in future arcs of the main American Vampire series.

Batgirl v4 #2
By Gail Simone and Adrian Syaf 
     I have to say, this issue was much better than the last one. A lot of the problems with confusing dialog weren't present, and the villain was less funny and more comic book-ey. While Simone is still dancing around how Barbra got the use of her legs back, at this point I don't really care. If people can come back from the dead by magic, people can walk again by magic. I'm glad I stuck with this book, and hope it continues to get better.

Batman and Robin v2 #1
By Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
     Bruce Wayne not knowing how to be a dad is exactly what I wanted out of this book. Dick/Damian was a great team and I was sad to see it end, but this is good in a different way. It seems like Damian has regressed a bit for the DCnU back into his super douchey self, but that gives story opportunities like Alfred looking so sad. Which is a great panel from this book. I am tempted to send that panel to people whenever they make me sad.

Batwoman #2
By W. Hayden Blackman and J. H. Williams III
     I can't say enough good things about this book. It looks like there is three talented artists and not just the one. The story is interesting and well told. Buy this if you haven't.

Demon Knights #2
By Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves
     Dungeons and Dragons. That's what this book is. It is the best kind of campaign because it's fun, funny and full of crazy action. Vandal Savage eats a dinosaur. You can't get much better than that. This is another book that people should absolutely be reading.

Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #1
By Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli 
     Yet another series that continues to be good. Not quite as funny as the first issue. It definitely felt more like Hellboy, but that's not a bad thing. Plus, the cliffhanger leads me to believe that the next issue will be an amazing fight for 22 pages. Which it probably won't be, but I can dream.

Northlanders #45
By Brian Wood and Declan Shalvey
     This is the part of the week where I complain about this books cancellation. I mean seriously, what the hell. Anyway, Nortlanders is good as always and you should all be buying the trades. Every single person in the world could use more vikings. Even vikings.

The Unexpected
By Various
     I was kind of disappointed by this. I enjoyed Strange Adventures, and was hoping this would be another cool anthology to check out some writers/artists I had never heard of. Bust most of the stories were pretty meh. There were a few good ones, but for the most part these stories relied on shock endings. It read like boring episodes of a modern Twilight Zone. Plus, the story that was a precursor to a new series didn't hook me at all.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Detective Comics #46

Cover: Bob Kane

Professor Strange's Fear Dust
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson & George Roussos
Letters: George Roussos
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Week In Comics 10/5/11

Now for the second wave of DCnU. I'm floating a lot of series to issue #2 as part of an attempt to read more than just Batman. We'll see how that goes. As always SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS.


Action Comics v2 #2
By Grant Morrison and Rags Morales 
     You know, I really want to like this. I loved (most) of Grant Morrison's Batman stuff, so I had high hopes for his Superman. While I'm sure this is good, I just cant care about a Superman comic. Besides that, the art is pretty weak. I don't know why, but most of my art complaints come from people's faces. They just look weird in this. Lois Lane's face changes shape and size too many times for me to ignore it. Probably not going to continue on with this.


Animal Man v2 #2
By Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman 
     This series continues to be really good. It's creepy and dark in a way other comics try to be. I'm 100% interested in the story and where its going. This book is an absolute must read for any comic fan. Probably not kids, actually. The art is a little off, but I think it suits the book well. Like I said last month, it doesn't look like standard superhero art. That's not a bad thing. Definitely continuing with this. 


Batwing #2
By Judd Winick and Ben Oliver
     I really like it when comics have a history that seems like it's been happening all along and we just never got comics about it. This group of superheroes that is being hunted down feels a lot like that. This issue seemed like a bit of a quick read, but I don't mind too much. Plus it ended on a totally bad-ass line. Yet another I will continue reading.


Detective Comics v2 #2
By Tony Daniel 
     In all honesty, I picked this up to see how bad it was. There is nothing quite as depressing as one of DC's flagship titles being really bad. Which it wasn't until Batman showed up. That is not a good thing to say about a comic starring Batman. The Bruce Wayne bits seemed fairly normal, with the exception of Bruce getting laid. The only thing I got from that was that Bruce Wayne is capable of having sex from 2:15pm to nightfall. But, when Batman shows up the horrible narration kicks in. Another confusing thing. In Batman #1 Black Mask (aka Jeremiah Arkham) is in the breakout. In Detective #2 he is running the facility. Maybe should have worked that one out. Even worse is Harvey Bullock isn't wearing a fedora or smoking a cigar. And for no reason, a big titted woman in a slutty nurse outfit. Really, this wasn't as bad as issue #1. Not much better either. But, there is a lot of little things that annoyed me. Including another stupid shock ending. Who knows if I will keep reading. I almost feel obligated to.


Green Arrow v6 #2
By J.T. Krul and Dan Jurgens 
     I really want this series to be good. It's basically not a Green Arrow book anymore. It's some wannabe Bruce Wayne with a bow. Sadly I will be dropping this book. Let me know when Ollie is a beard sportin socialist again. 


Huntress v3 #1
By Paul Levitz and Marcus To
     Confession time, I love the Huntress. I'm super glad to see her getting a miniseries. I'm even more glad that it didn't suck. I like that she is dealing with mob shit outside of Gotham. Huntress had been a mob fighting, Batman approval seeking character for a while. That changed a bit with Birds of Prey, so I was pretty bummed when she wasn't in the lineup. Already know I'm going to buy all of this series. 


Justice League International v3 #2
By Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti 
     Eh, this issue was alright. I don't think this is staying interesting enough to really keep me reading. It's solid all around, but I'm just unmotivated by it. So, this one is cut.


Men of War v2 #2
By Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick
Backup by Jonathan Vankin and Phil Winslade
     I really liked this issue. The mix of soldier and superhero still totally works for me. My biggest issue is the backup. Why is it there? It's a boring standard war story with bad art. And it makes it so that the book is $3.99. People aren't going to pay more for a comic they aren't sure of. If there is one thing that kills this series, it's the price. I'll keep reading, but I have a feeling this won't be around too long.

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #1
By Greg Hurwitz and Szymon Kudranski 
     When I heard this was announced I was pretty surprised. The Penguin never really made it back into real villainy post-crisis. He was always just a mob boss type who Batman would get info from. This seems to be the case with this comic, but it works. The issue really demonstrates why the Penguin is in the position of power he is, through the present day and flashbacks. The art really adds to it though. this is some really dark and gritty art. I mentioned Animal Man being dark, but this is like black ink on black paper in a dark room levels of dark art. Might as well check out the rest of the series.


Swamp Thing v5 #2
By Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette
     I thought the first issue was pretty slow, but I don't really mind that. This is definitely a little faster, but still most of the issue is dedicated to exposition. This would be an issue if I didn't think Scott Snyder was a great writer. I am still interested in this, and the exposition does help me understand a lot of things. I think people who have read a lot of swamp thing would be bored by this, but I'm pretty new to the character. Besides his appearances in Hellblazer, crossovers with Batman, and the animated TV series. I'll keep reading as long as it stays interesting. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Detective Comics #45

Cover: Bob Kane

The Case of the Laughing Death
Writing: Bill finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson & George Roussos 
Letters: George Roussos

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Week in Comics 9/28/11

For those of you who don't know me personally, or don't follow me on twitter, there is a reason for the recent lack of episodes. My car exploded about 1000 miles from my home which put off my schedule for everything. But, I'm back now so lets drop some SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS shall we? Also, I'm too lazy to look up volume #s today. It's already taken me all day to do this.

All-Star Western v? #1
By Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Moritat
     While I'm not a huge Jonah Hex fan, or westerns in general, I am a big Gotham fan. This was a pretty good issue. It set up a mystery that, while very cliche, was interesting. I liked that a lot of people from Gotham's history were involved, including the Gates brothers. The art was more rough and washed out, with coloring that adds a lot of detail. It works well for the book and definitely works for the era. It's dark and gritty without just crosshatching everything.

Aquaman v? #1
By Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis
     Two things. One, Aquaman just can't be cool to me. Too often have I laughed at Aquaman to ever take him seriously again. Two, Geoff Johns knows exactly how to write dialog that annoys me. "Ah hell. What's Aquaman doing here? We're not in the ocean and I don't see any fish around--" That is some shitty writing. This issue does acknowledge that everyone thinks Aquaman is a joke. But if you have to do that, it means he is a joke. I'm sure someone other than me will enjoy this, but Geoff Johns is enough to keep my away from something. Adding Aquaman is just shit frosting on the shit cake.

Batman: The Dark Knight v2 #1
By David Finch and Paul Jenkins
     Yet another issue with some pretty bad writing. "Fear is a cannibal. A goblin." While, that's not quite as bad as some of the stuff in Detective Comics v2 #1, it's still not great. I mentioned well done dark art in Jonah Hex, and this is the opposite. Everything is crosshatched and inked to hell, even in the Bruce Wayne scenes. A lot of characters have out of proportion faces or bodies, with a lot of weird looking eyes. In the Arkham Asylum scenes I couldn't tell who half the inmates were, and for someone who has read as much Batman as I have, that is an art problem and not a personal one. And seriously, Bunny-girl villain? She looks like she comes from a shitty superhero porn.

Blackhawks v? #1
By Mike Costa and Graham Nolan
     This was a pretty big disappointment. I don't know why I was psyched for this series, but I was. What I got was a pretty mediocre issue with a lot of stereotypes of military stories. There was a little bit of character development, and some explanation of backstory, but overall this was just boring. Too bad. Let me know when I can get some new WWII era Blackhawks.

The Flash v? #1
By Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul
     Usually I talk about the story first. Not on this issue. The art in this is great. It looks like watercolors, but also a bit cartoonish. I don't really have the artistic background to put it into words, but its good. The plot was good too. This was a good introduction to Barry Allen without just telling the reader everything about him. There is no "hey I was struck by lighting at the same time as chemicals fell on me," but I think it gives readers a good sense of Barry's life as a lab tech and the Flash. Definitely interested enough to pick up issue #2.

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man v? #1
By Gain Simone, Ethan Van Sciver and Yildiray Cinar
     I just don't care about Firestorm. I could personally be Firestorm and I still wouldn't care. This issue didn't help that any. Story didn't hook me and the art was weak. I don't even have complaints. Just totally underwhelming.

Green Lantern: New Guardians v? #1
By Tony Bedard and Tyler Kirkham
     Pretty much nothing happened in this issue. Kyle Rayner gets his origin retold, and then some of the rainbow lanterns lose their rings. The ring losing could have taken a page. Instead it took almost half the comic. The art was pretty good, but nothing in here to keep me reading.

I, Vampire #1
By Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino 
     This was really surprising. I expected the most drippy romantic bullshit infused vampire story ever. What I got was a dark story about vampire oppression and betrayal. I have no idea why this is a DC title. If this had come out under Vertigo I wouldn't have known the difference. It reads and looks nothing like a hero book. If you can get past the cover, which looks like the wet dream of a 14 year old twilight fan, there is an interesting book inside. I'm going to go cry in the shower now.

Justice League Dark #1
By Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin 
     The only time I bring up art first is when its really good or really bad. Sadly, this is bad. This looks CG. Not in the same way that the last Batman Inc did, but in a weird they-tried-to-hide-it kind of way. It looks like a cell shaded video game. While there is artistic merit to 3d rendering, I don't want it in comics. With the level of tech at the moment it just looks weird. I am interested in series this for one guy, John Constantine. So the fact that he shows up less than Cyborg sucks. Also, Zatanna's redesign is so bland I didn't recognize her until someone said her name. Pretty disappointed about a book I was psyched for.

The Savage Hawkman v? #1
By Tony Daniel and Phillip Tan
     This was another surprise. Hawkman is a character I've never really bothered to read more about. He never caught my interest, and I've heard his continuity is legendarily indecipherable. This issue was pretty interesting. It was kind of a second origin, with Hawkman quitting and then discovering new powers as the story goes on. The art was a really good looking painted style that didn't look like stock hero stuff. I would definitely recommend checking this out. I'm not sure how someone who wrote Detective #1 could also write this. Well I guess the guy who wrote Superboy also wrote Red Hood. Just goes to show you cant judge a writer by their writings... or something....

Superman v? #1
By George Perez and Jesus Merino 
     Meh

Teen Titans v? #1
By Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth 
     Yet another team book where the team isn't all in it. I know the new characters are going to take some explanation, but that doesn't mean they should be out of the first issue. It wasn't a great issue anyway. Art was pretty bad too. This week has been a lot of disappointing books that I was once looking forward to.

Voodoo v? #1
By Ron Marz and Sami Basri 
     I have absolutely no idea how I feel about this. A good 95% of this issue was dedicated to the main character stripping. Then some crazy shit happens and then its over. That seemed more like a short film with a twist ending than the beginning of a story. Art was pretty good, but it seemed a little CGd to me. It wasn't nearly as bad as JLD, but some parts just looked... off.

NOW FOR A SUPER SPECIAL VERTIGO BOOKS I DIDN'T GET TO BEFORE ROUNDUP!!!
     American Vampire #19 - THIS IS ALWAYS GOOD
     American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #4 - THIS IS ALSO GOOD
     DMZ #69 - OH GOD THIS IS GOOD TOO
     Hellblazer #283 - I CAN'T HANDLE ALL THESE GOOD COMICS
     Nortlanders #44 - SO MUCH GOOD

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Week in Comics 9/21/11

Since I'm visiting some family in Colorado I wasn't able to get my hands on my usual Vertigo titles. So this week is all DCnU. As always, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS.

Batman v2 #1
By Scot Snyder and Greg Capullo 
     This issue should be called Detective Comics. It opens to Batman fighting super-villains, but the bulk of it is investigation and gadgets. I'm not sure if this is the greatest issue for a new reader. There was a clever in story reason for each character to get a caption box explaining who they were, but it really seemed like the next arc in an already established story. The art was also pretty hit and miss. I'm not a huge fan of the really fisheye perspective that people call "kinetic" but it was only really offensive in the first couple of pages. Still, this is the best of the Batman books so far. But not the best Bat-Family book, that goes to Batwoman.

Birds of Prey v3 #1
By Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz
     This had a similar issue as Justice League. All of the characters on the cover aren't in it. One thing it manages to do worse than JL is not introduce anyone. All we know about Black Canary is that she can scream and supposedly killed a man with a punch. And the new character Starling is a complete mystery. I have no idea how or why she is in the Birds, if she has any powers besides guns, and why I should care. This seems like a second arc and not a first. The only reason I read the old BoP was Oracle and Huntress, and now that neither are in it, I don't really care.

Blue Beetle v8 #1
By Tony Bedard and Ig Guara 
     Not totally sure how I feel on this one. I'm not a huge Blue Beetle fan, so it was nice to get a clean origin and not have to pretend I know what's going on. But, I just didn't really get into what has happening. All I got was teen drama and some type of space thing everyone wants. It was by no means a bad issue, it just wasn't good either.

Captain Atom v2(?) #1
By J.T. Krul and Freddie E. Williams II
      This was a pretty good intro to the character. He fights, then his powers are explained a bit, and then he does more hero stuff. One thing I found weird is that he basically has the same powers as Firestorm, with the whole changing elements thing. And really, a blue atomic guy who can control matter seems awfully familiar. Oh right, Dr. Manhattan. Not really good enough to keep me reading, but I could see why other people would want to jump on to this series.

Catwoman v4 #1
By Judd Winick and Guillem March
     Man Judd Winick wasn't kidding when he said he was going to make a sex filled comic. There is a lot of T&A in this. It definitely plays up Catwoman's sexuality-as-power thing. This does a pretty good job at getting across Selina's motivations, which are basically because its fun to steal things, but it has a glimpse at a larger motivation and what will most likely be the story arc. I really like Guillem March's art too, it's solid and definitely works with a comic with a lot of half naked women. I'm probably blinded by my manly instincts and cant tell if this is insanely offensive to women. Also, this has one of like 3 times I can remember Batman getting laid on panel.

DC Universe Presents #1
By Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang
     I really liked this. It was a great intro to the character that set up motivation, backstory and plot. Not a ton happened, as far as what is expected in hero comics, but I was really drawn in by the character and what's gone before. I complained about being dropped in the middle this week, but this is how you pull it off. I really hope this is a series where old and new characters can get a nice spotlight and introduction to new readers with every arc. I know that's what DC is aiming for, and I'd love to see them pull it off.

Green Lantern Corps v3 #1
By Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin 
     This did a lot better of a job at setting things up than Green Lantern did. While it is still basically a continuation of past stuff, it was written with in plot reasons for Guy and Jon to be explaining their powers. Pretty good overall I'm sure this issue is awesome if you are a GL fan, but I'm only vaguely interested.

Legion of Super-Heroes v7 #1
By Paul Levitz and Francis Portela
     There are just too many people in Legion stories. I have no idea who any of them are and there is only caption boxes to tell me their powers. This and Legion Lost are impenetrable to me. I just have no idea how to approach it. Also, stop talking about Flashpoint. That's confusing. If Barry Allen can hit time so hard that it affects the past, it should affect the future.

Nightwing v3 #1
By Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows 
     I'm not usually one to complain about costume changes, but my god. Why red? The suit is black with blue highlights, but has a giant red emblem. Besides that, I really liked this issue. There were references to Dick's time as Batman, but it felt pretty new reader friendly. It re-established the ways Dick isn't Bruce and showed interaction with Dick's past rather than telling the reader about it. As with most of these #1s it ended with a cliffhanger, but I'm more ok with that because I know I'm going to be reading the next issue.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1
By Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort
     It's pretty amazing when Catwoman isn't the most oversexualized character of the week. Holy god, Starfire. Not only does she barely wear clothes, but there is a beach scene. On top of that there is constant jokes about Jason Todd having had sex with her, and the fact that her race is such sluts they cant remember people they slept with. As much as I was blinded by T&A in Catwoman, I can tell that this is messed up. Like it's so bad I can't even get to the rest of the issue. Starfire is basically a blow up doll in this comic.

Supergirl v6 #1
By Michael Green, Michael F. Johnson, and Mahmud Asar 
     As you might be able to tell, I'm not a huge Superman-Family fan. But this issue was interesting. Another clean slate origin, which really helps for me to care about the character. One really cool thing was that when Supergirl gets her super-hearing she picks up on dialog from other comics, like Nightwing #1 and Birds of Prey #1. This is just interesting enough to maybe get me to check out the next issue. It is nice to see a female character who keeps her top on this week. Which is something even Wonder Woman couldn't do.

Wonder Woman v4 #1
By Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chang 
     I've always wanted to get into Wonder Woman, but I have this really obsessive nature where I have to read everything. I managed to work with that a bit when I got into Batman by reading from Crisis on, but I never got around to WW. Now with a #1 and a writer I like a lot I have a chance. This issue was really good. It didn't really explain her origin, but for someone who knows that Wondy is an Amazon and is tied to Greek mythology it's great. Definitely going to read this series.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Week in Comics 9/14/11

Back again with new 52 titles. Should be shorter reviews since there's a lot to cover, but there will still be SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS. I would have had American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #4 to add to this list but diamond stiffed my LCS, so I'll probably toss that in with next week.

Batman and Robin v2 #1
By Peter j. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
     I was kind of worried about a Batman and Robin series without the Dick and Damian team, but I think this works pretty well. The dynamic is definitely different and Damian comes off looking a lot worse when his mentor is less understanding. The setup for the issue was pretty good with Bruce deciding that he's obsessed over his parent's deaths too long, and needs to honor their lives. It's a good step forward, but I wonder if it will come up at all with future writers. It was handled well and didn't come off as forced. Plus, it had a pretty direct Year One homage, and that is awesome.

Batwoman #1
By J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
     I don't think I'll shock anyone by saying that J.H. Williams III is the best. His art and layouts and everything else is absolutely amazing. I've been waiting for this series since it was announced forever ago, and this issue was exactly why. The art is amazing, the story is interesting, and it picks up right where it left off in Detective Comics oh so long ago. That being said this is still fairly new reader friendly. There is a large two page spread kind of detailing what happened to Batwoman in 'Tec, but the rest of it comes through well. This comic is great, and will be great. Anyone should buy this.

Deathstroke #1
By Kyle Higgins and Joe Bennet
     This issue was pretty solid all around. I'm not a huge Deathstroke fan so I didn't have very high expectations. This issue basically told me that Deathstroke is a badass. Literally. It said it like three times. The ending was a good twist, and makes me interested enough to maybe check out the next issue. It's hard to follow up Batwoman.

Demon Knights #1
By Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves
     I had no idea what to expect from this issue, all of the characters in it were people who I had only heard of or seen in cameos. I was pleasantly surprised to find a really good comic. It introduced the characters well and I was able to get a pretty good grasp of what was going on. It opened to the fall of camelot and closed with the promise of vikings fighting dinosaurs. It says "dragons" but I know a T-Rex when I see one. I am definitely going to pick up the next issue, and probably more after.

Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE #1
By Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli 
    The first thing Frankenstein says is that he was taking a vacation on mars, his father's consciousness is in the body a small Asian school girl, his wife has four arms, and the team's medic is a mummy. All these people, and more, fight crazy monsters. This book is amazing. It's like a DCU Hellboy. This is another issue that surprised me, and I will definitely read the next one.

Green Lantern v5(?) #1
By Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke
     Oh Geoff Johns, can't you pace just one comic so that something happens? Everything that went on in this issue could have been covered in about half the pages. Similar to Justice League #1, I'm not sure if Johns realizes that he is writing for new readers. And that doesn't mean having characters tell each other shit they already know, it means delivering an interesting story, as well as backstory on the characters. This issue will work fine for people who know Green Lantern already, but I can't see a new reader being converted by this.

Grifter #1
By Nathan Edmondson and Cafu
     Meh. I am kind of disappointed that this wasn't the worst thing I'd ever read. Instead there was just a ton of buildup to nothing. Same with GL, everything could have been done faster. Instead we get 22 pages of mostly the same thing happening over and over.

Legion Lost #1
By Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods
     This is another set of characters I never really got a grip on. Still not sure I totally have it. This issue was interesting enough, but didn't totally pull me in. I tend to not like team books, so that could be an issue here. There is something in the issue that I think I was supposed to care about, but because I don't know any of these people I didn't. Also, I think they remember Flashpoint and the universe before it. So that's going to be confusing to explain.

Mr. Terrific #1
By Eric Wallace and Gianluca Gugliotta
     People say that Bruce Wayne is unrelatable and I can see that. Mr Terrific is unrelatable to me. There is a caption that reads "I had everything a person could want before my thirteenth birthday. An Olympic gold medal, more degrees than half the faculties of Harvard and Yale combined. A net worth of over a billion dollars." That is where it lost me. Even with a personal tragedy and the call to be a hero, I just cant care about that dude.

Red Lanterns #1
By Peter Milligan and Ed Benes 
     Woof. And I thought nothing happened in Green Lantern. This was just plan bad. I like Milligan a lot on Hellblazer, and I think Benes draws well despite his blatant oversexualization of women, so I dunno what happened here. Really, I don't know why the red lanterns even got a book. This seems like a cash in on the popularity of Blackest Night and a really unnecessary series.

Resurrection Man v2(?) #1
By Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Fernando Dagnino 
     I'm totally sure about how I feel about this issue. I like the concept a lot, and the art/writing was good. But it left me kinda in the middle of opinion. I think I'll pick up the next issue just to see if I like this series or not.

Suicide Squad v3(?) #1
By Adam Glass, Federico Dallocchio and Ransom Getty
     Before I even managed to get around to reading this Twitter was blowing up with controversy over Amanda Waller. I'm not surprised that a book which took Harley Quinn to slutsville would sex up Amanda Waller. What should be addressed is that this book wasn't good in general, but the last page was so bad that it's going to get all the focus.

Superboy v4(?) #1
By Scott Lobdell and R.B. Silva  
     I had pretty low expectations for this issue, as I do with most Superman related stuff, but I kind of liked it. Since I didn't really care about Superboy pre-Flashpoint so I'm not offended by any changes. I like the concept, and unlike some of these setup issues I was interested the whole time. It didn't feel like backstory, it felt like the beginning of a story.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Detective Comics #44

Cover: Bob Kane

The Land Behind the Light
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson & George Roussos
Letters: George Roussos

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Week in Comics 9/7/11

So this week I got all of the 13 new DC titles, and I will be getting the rest of the new 52 to see if anything catches my interest. As always, I will probably drop SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS

Action Comics v2 #1
By Grant Morrison and Rags Morales
     I'm not the biggest Superman fan. My reason is the same as a lot of people, and I'm not going to convert any Superman fans away, so I'll skip all those bits. But this comic seemed weird to me. Superman was kind of a cocky jerk, which just doesn't feel Superman-ey to me. I know he is supposed to be young and cocky, but lines like, "To someone who still believes the law works the same for rich and poor alike. Because that ain't Superman!" make me cringe a bit. Of course this could be genius and I just don't know Supes enough to get it.

Animal Man v2(?) #1
By Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman
     This is a character I know nothing about. I saw him a bit in one of the crises or series leading up to/resulting from the crises. This issue was seriously good. It had an interesting plot that introduced me to the characters, which was super helpful. The art was different from standard superhero stuff, but I liked it a lot. Especially in a dream sequence in the middle. The ending was a cliff hangar, as were a lot of the endings this week, but it totally worked and makes me want to pick up the next issue. I would definitely recommend checking this out.

Batgirl v4 #1
By Gail Simone and Adrian Syaf
     Well I wasn't expecting a great explanation for Barbara being able to walk again, but I was hoping for more than  it being "a miracle." Hopefully it will be fleshed out a little later, and Gail Simone just didn't want to bog down the first issue with backstory. Other than that the issue is alright. The villain seems interesting, but a little silly. Which I'm not sure is intentional, since a lot of Simone's work is pretty funny. The last page made no sense, but Simone has a good track record so I'm sure this book is worth sticking with.

Batwing #1
By Judd Winick and Ben Oliver
     I was pretty surprised by this issue. I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but i didn't have high hopes. Turns out, this is pretty interesting and has some cool ideas about a group of superheroes from Africa that helped people and started revolutions and then disappeared. Definitely interesting enough to string me along to issue 2. The art is a really nice almost painted looking style. I'm not sure if that was worked in by Ben Oliver or if the colorist, Brian Reber, is adding a lot to the art.

Detective Comics v2 #1
By Tony Daniel
     I'm kind of torn over this issue. While I like Tony Daniel's art, which a lot of people don't, the story was... strange. This seemed to be trying really, really hard to be as dark as possible. While I can see the Joker purposely going to Arkham to meet another inmate plot, there was a lot of stuff tacked onto that which didn't make a lot of sense. Especially the ending, which felt like a twist that was put in because they needed a last page shocker, and not something that made sense. It really feels like a 90's comic with a lot of broody narration from Batman.

Green Arrow v6 #1
By JT Krull and Dan Jurgens 
     And now for an issue that made me sad. I understand that Green Arrow isn't a popular character, and needs to be revamped to sell issues, but man did this not feel like a comic about Oliver Queen. This feels like a legacy character, or a comic about the industrialist son of Oliver. Green Arrow has gone right back to being a Batman Knock off with a bow, like he was before he lost his money. There's even a comparison between Queen Industries and Wayne Corp. All I can hope is that this is just build up for retelling Ollie losing his company. I mean, the dude doesn't even have a beard. What the hell.

Hawk and Dove v5(?) #1
By Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld
     Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha terrible.

Justice League International v3 #1
By Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti
     This issue was mostly setup of the characters, which is good since I have no idea who a few of them are. The plot is interesting enough, but I don't think I know enough about something to be shocked by the ending. It felt more like I now just have to wait a month for the rest of the fight. I'm not sure what the deal is with people being really angry at the Hall of Justice either.

Men of War v2(?) #1
By Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick
Backup by Jonathan Vankin and Phil Winslade
     I was pretty interested in this book when it was announced. I like war stories a lot, and the perspective of a soldier in a world with superheroes, and villains, is something I've never seen before. And it does pay off pretty well in the issue. My main problem is that the issue was split into two stories, and resulted in a middle of the book cliff hangar. Which just made me wonder why they didn't tell that story for the rest of the pages. Unless a backup is about something different, I don't really see the point of it.

OMAC v2(?) #1
By Dan Didio and Keith Giffen
     This just wasn't for me. I'm not a huge Kirby fan like a lot of comic readers, so I had no hopes or nostalgia for OMAC. It came off as weird and kind of boring. I wasn't sure what was going on. So there's that. Also, it seems really weird to tie a character to Brother Eye. I know that OMACs came back in Infinite Crisis, but the OMAC of this book doesn't look connected to those at all.

Static Shock #1
By Scott McDaniel and John Rozum
     I never really watched the show, so I don't know much about this character. He has lighting powers. That's about it. The overall plot was alright, some of the dialog was trying too hard for my tastes. I'm not a big fan of Scott McDaniel's art, but it was much less offensive to my eyes in this issue.

Stormwatch v3(?) #1
By Paul Cornell and Miguel Angel Sepulveda
     This had the Justice League problem of having to recruit all of its characters and then realizing that nothing happened by the end. I've read some of these characters in The Authority, and it felt a lot like an issue of that which guest starred Martian Manhunter. But, the promise of superheroes fighting the moon is too great, and I will check out the next one.

Swamp Thing v5
By Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette
     Oh look another Scott Snyder comic for me to fawn over. This issue was a lot of setup, but held my attention pretty well. My only real experience with Swamp Thing was the TV show and an action figure I had as a kid. This issue managed to interest me so I will definitely keep reading.