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

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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?

The Gutters: The Culling

I talk about culling my pull list from 75 titles down to 10. Plus, a ghost (?) story in honor of Halloween.

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Reading Log – Jan. 2015

Here’s some thoughts about some of the comics that I read from the first two weeks of January, 2015.

FAIREST #33: What the hell was that? This was a set up for an OGN and not the final issue of a sometimes interesting spin-off series. In fact, I liked the stories that Bill Willingham didn’t write, and I loved Phil Jimenez’s art on that first arc. This series should have ended with issue #32.

LEGENDS of the DARK KNIGHT 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #5: The first story made a Batman enemy out of a psycho calling himself (and looking quite like) Edgar Allen Poe. I question, however, even Batman’s ability to pick a lock out of a pinched tin bell. I quite enjoyed the way Batman was rendered by Scott Kolins in the second tale, though the story was somewhat confusing. The final story was done for me because it featured Dick Grayson as Robin teaming up with Batgirl. As per usual, it’s the little details that make me love certain comic book stories, such as the Shakespeare bust that opens the entrance to the batpoles, and the Gray Ghost comic that Dick is reading. I also really enjoyed the interaction between Robin and Batgirl.

SIP (STRANGERS IN PARADISE) KIDS #2: While I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first SiP Kids, it’s still delightful to see Terry Moore doing his best Charles Schulz but with his own characters.

JUPITER’S LEGACY #5: Wow, after 10 months, we get the ending of the first arc. Plus, there’s a time jump of several years. It reads almost like the beginning of a new arc instead of an end. It was still good, however, and I plan on sticking with the next story, Jupiter’s Circle.

STAR WARS #1: Not a bad start to the series. I’m not big into Star Wars like I am Star Trek (I love the original trilogy, but I’m not into the “lore”), but I have loved what Jason Aaron has been doing on Thor and before that, Scalped, so I was predisposed to at least try it out. I wonder about the setting, i.e., the time frame, as in do we really need to fill in what happened between Star Wars and Empire? I thought the ending was sufficiently cliffhangery and made me want to read the next issue, but there’s no dramatic tension in what’s to come–we already know Luke walks away from this encounter.

TEN GRAND #12: This started out so very cool (it didn’t hurt that Ben Templesmith was doing the art): for ten grand, you can hire Joe to help with your supernaturally based issues. Unfortunately, that premise is dropped after the first issue, and the rest of this series is the after effects of Joe taking that first case, and springboarding him into a war between Heaven and Hell. Wasted potential.

I also read:

  • BATMAN ETERNAL #40 & 41
  • EARTH 2 #30
  • EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #14 & 15
  • FADE OUT #4
  • NEW 52 FUTURES END #36 & 37
  • ASTRO CITY #19
  • AVENGERS #40
  • BATGIRL #38
  • DAREDEVIL #12
  • GRAYSON #6
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #8
  • LAZARUS #14
  • STAR TREK #40
  • SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #15
  • WORLDS’ FINEST #30

Podcast Episode 75: The “I”s Have It

I talk about a few of my favorite titles (all Image books):

  • Sex Criminals (by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky)
  • Alex + Ada (by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn)
  • Velvet (by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, and Elizabeth Breitweiser)

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