New Comics Wednesday (1/29/20)

Happy New Comics Wednesday!

Go here for a complete list of comics releasing this week.

My comics

  • ACTION COMICS #1019
  • GREEN LANTERN BLACKSTARS #3
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #19
  • CRIMINAL #12 – Pick of the week – How could it not be? It’s the last issue of the “Cruel Summer” arc. Hey, did you know you can read the first issue for free at Image Comics? https://imagecomics.com/read/criminal

Very light week for me, and not enough independent comic books.

Other comics

  • ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN JOSE LUIS GARCIA LOPEZ HC VOL 02 – Garcia Lopez’s work was the first art I was drawn to. I hope I can pick these hard covers up later (but soon)!
  • FAR SECTOR #1 – Buzz is that this book is great. I’ll be getting the trade.
  • SEX CRIMINALS #26 – The beginning of the end. I’m really curious if this series sticks the landing.
  • FANTASTIC FOUR GRAND DESIGN TP – I haven’t read any of the Grand Design books, but I want to eventually.
  • Post these under the title makes them sound like fun comics to read:
    • ALICE SECRET AGENT OF WONDERLAND YR GN
    • APOCALYPSE GIRL #1
  • GINSENG ROOTS #3 – I can’t wait to read the latest work by Craig Thompson in a collected format.
  • NILS TREE OF LIFE HC – I thought about getting this when it was solicited. Maybe down the road.

Best comic I read recently

IMMORTAL HULK: HULK IN HELL v3 by Al Ewing, Joe Bennet, Ruy Jose, Balardino Brabo, Rafael Fonteriz, Eric Nguyen, Kyle Hotz, Paul Mounts, and Cory Petit

Immortal Hulk v3

Despite my love of the late 70s television series starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno (did I ever tell you I met Ferrigno once at a car show in Spokane, Washington?), I do not care for the Hulk as a character. It just goes to show you that under artful hands, even mediocre IP can be part of a damn good story. Issues 11-13 especially were magnifique! I loved how everyone melded words and art in such a heartbreakingly beautiful way that transcended the sum of its parts and made me care for this dumb, green guy. I highly recommend this series.

What are you getting this week?

Previews! (January 2020)

Here are some recommendations (I preordered all of them) from this month’s Previews catalog for product shipping mostly in March.

Previews

Image

  • Decorum from Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston not only looks great, it sounds intriguing as well.
  • I’ve heard various people talking positively about Coffin Bound by Dan Watters and Dani, so I decided to get the trade.
  • I liked the plot of Trees by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, but it was the humanity of the story that surprised and delighted me. I’m looking forward to the conclusion.

Dark Horse

  • I love Mike Allred’s style, and his and Laura Allred’s new mini series, X-Ray Robot, looks like it may be a lot of fun.
  • Justin Giampaoli and Andrea Mutti piqued my curiosity with their Starship Down mini. Did life on Earth come from beyond the stars?

Boom

  • How can I resist a comic book with a man holding a fish balloon? Well, I can’t, so I’m getting King of Nowhere by W. Maxwell Prince and Tyler Jenkins.

Aftershock

  • It was the interior art preview pages that grabbed my attention for Artemis and the Assassin by Stephanie Phillips, Meghan Hetrick, Francesca Fantini, Lauren Affe, and Troy Peteri. But then you throw in time traveling assassins and you got me hooked.
  • Apparently I’m on a kick about stories set in a future, because I also preordered Join the Future by Zack Kaplan, Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
  • Ok, I’m starting to think I have a thing for time travel (or Aftershock does), because Knights Temporal also features a time traveler. This is by Cullen Bunn, Fran Galan, and Dave Sharpe.

Oni

  • I tend to shy away from fantasy stories, but Kurtis Weibe and Justin Osterling’s Dryad hooked me. It sounds like a Saga rip-off, but just different enough for me to give it a try.

Vault

  • Moneyshot had my attention when it was first solicited, but I decided to wait for the trade. This unusual concept is from Tim Seeley, Sarah Beattie, Rebekah Isaacs, Kurt Michael Russell, and Crank!

DC Comics

  • Given how much a fan I am of Robin, I cannot pass up this 80th anniversary celebration of the first sidekick and savior of the Batman comics.
  • I opted for the Doc Shaner cover of Strange Adventures by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Doc. What about you?
  • Who doesn’t love to smash the Klan? Superman is no exception in Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru.
  • I’ve been on a Bronze Age kick lately and this DC First Issue Special hardcover I hope will help scratch that itch.
  • I’ve heard from several people that the Wonder Comics book Young Justice by Brian Michael Bendis, Emanuela Lupacchino, Viktor Bogdanovic, John Timms, Evan Shaner, and Kris Anka is pretty good, so I thought I better check it out.

Marvel

  • Despite my annoyance that I cannot read this trade until Marvel releases the House of X/Power of X trades, I still ordered X-Men by Jonathan Hickman, R. B. Silva, and Matteo Buffagni.
  • Similarly, I ordered the Daredevil volume 3 trade by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto despite forgetting to order volume 2 (but I will).

What are you ordering this month?

New Comics Wednesday (1/22/20)

Happy New Comics Wednesday!

Go here for a complete list of comics releasing this week.

My comics

  • LUCIFER TP VOL 02 THE DIVINE TRAGEDY – The previous volume of the series was soooo good and I thought this would pale in comparison, but I was pleasantly surprised by the first trade.
  • SUPERMAN #19 – Not sure yet how I feel about the new status quo regarding Superman’s secret identity…
  • WONDER WOMAN #750 1980S VAR ED – Pick of the week! – I love landmark issues, and Wonder Woman deserves some spotlight. Of course I picked up the George Perez variant edition — why do you ask?
  • AGENTS OF ATLAS COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 02 – The first collection was one of my favorite things I read in 2018, so I hope this is just as good.
  • INVISIBLE WOMAN TP – I love Sue Storm/Richards, and she’s being written by Mark Waid, so getting this was an easy choice.

Not much in my pull this week (which is probably a good thing).

Other comics

  • HUNTRESS ORIGINS TP – If you’re a fan of Helena Wayne as Huntress, here’s your chance to read her solo stories.
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 – I have to admit, I was curious what Donny Cates was going to do with these characters.
  • VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER TP VOL 01 – Do yourself a favor and get this trade, especially if you were a fan of the Jason Aaron written Thor/Lady Thor books.
  • A LETTER TO JO TP – I definitely will read this epistolary war comic one day.
  • CATHERINE’S WAR GN – I almost pulled the trigger on this, it looks like something I would enjoy very much.

Best comic I read recently

GRAVEYARD SHIFT TP by Jay Faerber and Fran Bueno

I usually steer clear of comic books featuring vampires — they’ve been done to death (like zombies)! But I love Jay Faerber’s comic book stories. Comixology had this on sale, so I snatched it up (along with some other of his books). There are many familiar tropes in this, but the charm of the characters keep it interesting. Bueno’s visuals aren’t consistently the best, but there are times when the characters (especially the female lead) shine of the page.

What are you getting this week?

New Comics Wednesday (1/15/20)

Happy New Comics Wednesday!

Go here for a complete list of comics releasing this week.

My comics

  • FREEDOM FIGHTERS #12
  • LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #3
  • OVER MY DEAD BODY GN – A new Jay Faerber comic book!
  • UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #3
  • VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #7
  • FIVE YEARS #7
  • SECOND COMING #6 – Pick of the week! – I’m very curious how this story will end. The premise sounded interesting to me from the get-go (superhero taking Jesus under his wing at God’s request), then it was cancelled at DC Comics, and later it launched at Ahoy. It’s a strange comic in many ways, but that’s one reason I like it.

Interesting that I have two limited series ending and two #3 and #7 issues. I’m not a maths guy, but I love symmetry in numbers (and, really, everything else).

Other comics

  • HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2019 – A part of me still wishes I’d ordered this.
  • CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS GIANT #1 – If this giant has “new” Crisis content, I am VERY curious what it is. I might have to keep an eye out for it at my local Wal-Mart and inspect the comic for, umm, defects or something.
  • LAZARUS TP VOL 06 – You can never go wrong with a Lazarus collection.
  • JESSICA JONES BLIND SPOT #1 – I have a soft spot for Jessica (I’m waiting for the trade).
  • THOR #1 – Considering the great Jason Aaron-written run that just ended was, I’m curious how this will go.
  • COURTNEY CRUMRIN TP VOL 06 THE FINAL SPELL – I’ve only read the first volume (so far), but I quite enjoyed it to the point that I’m keeping an eye out for new content all these years later.

Best comic I read recently

BATMAN #85 by King, Janin, Petrus, Bellaire, Cowles, Daniel, Morey, Wielgosz, Meares, and Rich

Batman85

The end of the Tom King-written Batman run. I have loved this King run from day 1! Add artistic collaborators Janin and Mann (and others) and we got a delicious helping of Batman comics! It hasn’t been all fantastic — King sometimes overwrite and can be didactic, but he helped create a unique vision of the Batman that we haven’t seen before, at least not to this extent. I’m definitely looking forward to the Batman/Catwoman limited series from King and Mann.

What are you getting this week?

Tales of the Legion Project: Legion of Super-Heroes (v8) #1

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Welcome to the Tales of the Legion Project where we discuss Legion of Super-Heroes material outside of the Baxter run. This episode we talk about the brand new Legion of Super-Heroes (v8) #1 (2019).

Timestamps:

(00:36) Preamble
(05:48) Legion of Super-Heroes (v8) #1 synopsis, cover talk, & general thoughts
(28:10) Main discussion
(1:21:52) Discussing LSH #0, the “Archie Legion” reboot from 1994
(1:33:37) Discussing LSH #1, the “Threeboot” from 2004
(1:44:27) Wrap-up and Outro

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Thanks for listening!

Music Intro/Outro: “The Legion After Reign” by Blake Neely from the Supergirl Season 3 original television soundtrack

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