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
  • GRAYSON #6
  • LAZARUS #14
  • STAR TREK #40

Podcast Episode 74: One and Only

A bunch of number one issues are featured on the show. Specifically, I talk about

  • SiP Kids #1
  • George Pérez’s Sirens #1
  • Thor #1
  • The October Faction #1
  • Earth 2 World’s End #1

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New Comics Wednesday 8/27/14

Happy New Comics Wednesday! Here are the comics that I’ll be getting from this week, plus the best comic that I read recently!


New Comics this week

The final five comics listed below are ones that I’m really looking forward to reading from this week.

  • ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #16: The penultimate issue. I wonder if this will get the Super Spectacular treatment like Legends of the Dark Knight did? Also, for some reason, I thought this series was ending numerically before LotDK did, but not counting the Super Spectaculars, LotDK only went 13 issues.
  • AQUAMAN #34: My last issue. This book is falling prey to my pet peeve of the DCU: plot/action over character development.
  • BODIES #2: I still haven’t read #1!
  • NEW 52 FUTURES END #17
  • SECRET ORIGINS #5: Didn’t we already see Cyborg’s origin in Justice League? And Red Hood–do I have to read it? ;)
  • SINESTRO #5: My final issue. Since Sinestro stopped being an unwilling Green Lantern, I haven’t enjoyed the character that much. What DC needs to do is an Odd Couple type book starring Sinestro and Hal.
  • SUPERMAN #34: While I’m not loving the art, at least this Superman book isn’t being bogged down by the Superdoom storyline.
  • REVIVAL #23
  • SAGA #22
  • AVENGERS #34
  • LETTER 44 #9
  • SIXTH GUN #42

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

Best Comic I Read Recently

SIP Kids #1 by Terry Moore (story and art) and Steve Hamaker (color).

This was just so much fun to read. Not only do we get all those great SiP characters as children, they’re (and the story) is done in a very Peanuts way, but still touching on what makes these characters unique. Plus, there’s a cameo of kid versions from Rachel Rising! I had hoped that we get a sequel to this, and Terry Moore has already announced that issue 2 will arrive in December!

Runner Up: Star Trek: New Visions: “Time’s Echo” was going to be my pick this week, but then I read SIP Kids. I am totally digging this photonovel series by John Byrne. For fans of Star Trek: TOS, these comics are the next best thing to actual episodes. Byrne takes imagery from the series and creates new stories for us. Sometimes the effort isn’t quite up to snuff (some images look overly photoshopped and forced, for example), but you know what? That still works! Why? Because TOS was cheesy in its own way and often overreaching, so whether intentional or not, the fumetti version fits right in. The shorter story at the end of this issue is even somewhat poignant, and answers why Janice Rand was no longer on the Enterprise. Good stuff.