New Comics Wednesday (2/12/20)

Happy New Comics Wednesday!

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

My comics

  • BATMAN PENNYWORTH RIP #1
  • THE GREEN LANTERN SEASON 2 #1 – More Grant Morrison and Liam Sharpe Green Lantern goodness.
  • HAWKMAN #21
  • SUPERMAN #20
  • 20XX #3 – I recently talked about issue 1 in glowing terms, but after reading issue 2, I’m now questioning my initial reaction to the series and also wondering if I will continue with it. Issue 3, you have a lot riding on you!
  • DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN #4

Other comics

  • ANIMAL MAN BY GRANT MORRISON TP VOL 01 – If you’ve not read this series, do yourself a favor and get this.
  • BILLY BATSON AND MAGIC OF SHAZAM TP BOOK 01
  • HARLEY QUINN & BIRDS OF PREY #1 (OF 4) – In case you enjoyed the movie (I haven’t seen it yet)?
  • ZATANNA AND THE HOUSE OF SECRETS TP – Another of the DC Kids OGNs that I wish I’d ordered.
  • STAR TREK YEAR FIVE VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL – I now wish I’d ordered this.
  • AERO TP VOL 01 BEFORE THE STORM – I’m keeping an eye on this as a future InStockTrades purchase.
  • COTTONS SC GN VOL 01 SECRET OF WIND – I totally missed this in Previews. I want to read this book now.
  • DOCTOR MIRAGE TP VOL 01 – Same as with Aero.
  • HOPE TP – Another book I’m interested in getting.

Best comic I read recently

NEAR DEATH v1 by Jay Faerber, Simone Guglielmini, Ron Riley, Charles Pritchett, Tom Coler, and Daniel Freedman

near death v1

Some time last year, probably during an Image sale on Comixology, I bought both volumes of Near Death primarily because I’m a fan of Mr. Faerber’s comic books. That and I am a sucker for the “bad guy” attempting a shot at redemption. In this case, hitman Markham dies briefly and finds himself being haunted by all of the people he’s killed. He comes out of the experience not wanting to end up in that place again, and so decides he needs to balance the scales. He does this by helping people and, with a few missteps, not killing anyone in the process.

One thing I enjoy about this premise is that Markham’s motives aren’t altruistic and he has no compunction about killing again, but he chooses not to. It reminds me somewhat of the Rockford Files but edgier. Guglielmini’s art is sufficiently noirish and moody, but I’m never confused about where my eyes should scan across the pages and who I’m looking at, which, surprisingly, is a lot more of a problem in other comic books I’ve read than you’d think. And after reading both volumes of this title, I can now read the recently released OGN Over My Dead Body!

What are you getting this week?

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?

Tales of the Legion Project: Justice League vs the Fatal Five Movie

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Welcome to the Tales of the Legion Project where we discuss Legion of Super-Heroes adjacent material. This episode we talk about the DC animated movie Justice League vs the Fatal Five (2019).

 

Timestamps:

(00:47) Preamble, creator background info and voice cast list
(10:45) Justice League vs the Fatal Five synopsis and general thoughts
(19:07) Main discussion on the Fatal Five, Jessica Cruz, and Star Boy, and using LSH concepts in previous cartoons
(1:02:24) More thoughts on the ending, Star Boy’s powers and other tidbits.
(1:18:23) Feedback on the movie and wrap-up.
(1:22:42) Outro

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Breaking Late Comic Book News – SDCC/August 2019

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Travis (https://www.youtube.com/user/oddfellowsthoughts and https://twitter.com/the_gaunt_man) joins me to discuss comic book news from San Diego Comic Con and more from the month of August 2019 that caught our attention.

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DC Comics Cavalcade

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This episode, I talk about several newer DC Comics titles I’ve been reading:

  • The Dreaming
  • House of Whispers
  • Justice League Dark
  • Justice League Odyssey
  • Catwoman
  • Heroes in Crisis
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Green Lantern
  • Martian Manhunter
  • Detective Comics
  • Freedom Fighters

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