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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I'm On A Roll

Oh JLI, how I miss you.  Remember how incredibly awesome J'onn was in the JLI?  I do.  He was basically the only adult in a super-powered kindergarden, but hey...it worked.  Well, Batman had moments of sanity, but still. 

This remains one of my favorite stories.

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Written by John Ostrander ( I think...I'm doing this from memory) and drawn by the incomparable Doug Mahnke.  It had J'onn losing his cookies, Max Lord being magnificent, Beetle and Booster being scamps, and so so much more.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More JLI

One of the reasons that I think the JLI worked so well...in addition to the scribblings of Giffen and DeMatteis...is that the artwork was simply stellar.  Kevin Maguire of course, always comes to mind, but there were plenty of other fabulous artists, including Hughes and Templeton, and more.

This always makes me smile though.

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That's a lot of expression packed in four little panels.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Justice League International

I make no bones about missing the old JLI something fierce.  That was MY Justice League, and as a matter of fact, it was that very book that first began to lure me away from the strictly Marvel side of the comic book aisle.

It was...fun.

I miss fun too. 

But one of the reasons that I loved it so much, was that it starred all those magnificently wonderful second and third string characters.  I could always read about Superman or Wonder Woman or Batman in their own books, but where else could I find Martian Manhunter, or Fire and Ice, or Blue Beetle?  In the JLI, that's where! 

They had wacky adventures of course, but they also had some serious heavyweights to go up against.  Despero was no walk in the park, and neither was Queen Bee.  But one of the things that I enjoyed the most, was the down time, the little moments when they weren't fighting the Crime Of The Century, but just hanging around their headquarters, and letting their hair down.  There isn't nearly enough of that anymore, which is actually one of the reasons that I think that Hawkeye, and She-Hulk and Young Avengers were so appealing to me. 

So anyway...
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Just J'onn, Guy and Wally being awesome.  Because they're like that.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Green Lantern Corps #30

Well, in this issue, things are more or less put on hold, while we learn more about the Durlans.  My Goodness, they are not very nice people!   And they have been sowing distrust and mayhem across the Universe for eons.  Of course, the Guardians didn't help either.  The renegade Durlans who had gone amok, were dumped back on their relatively peaceful planet by the old Guardians, and mayhem naturally ensued. 

Naturally.

And naturally, the surviving Durlans blamed the Guardians.  And the Green Lantern Corps. 

Plus there are more Durlans on Mogo than originally thought.

Oh, and John does eventually find out that Earth is off limits, since Guy and his bunch are in control of Sector 2814 now.  He actually takes it better than might have been thought. 

Not a bad issue.  We find out some much-needed information about their foes, and there is a bit of action, when the Lanterns basically herd the Durlans on Mogo into the open where they can be captured.  Naturally, that's not all of them, and things are still going on with the Khunds and such.  John and Fatality make eyes at each other, and Von Daggle seems like a nice fellow...for a Durlan anyway.  Arisia is wearing her outfit that has the neckline which plunges to her waist again, which I found to be unnecessary. 

So...okay.  Not fabulous, but not bad.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Books I Bought

Well...that was something of a small week.  And I have to say...not the greatest week ever in Comics.

Batman Eternal #1

This was...ok I guess.  I was expecting a lot more.  Batman is hardly in it, it is mostly about Jim Gordon, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, except that he apparently shoots an unarmed fugitive and sets off a massive metro car accident, and ends up in handcuffs.  Batman just chases Professor Pyg.  And it is pretty obvious, that the whole thing is a set-up. 

Oh, and it begins with Batman all tied up and being taunted, so the whole thing is flashback.

Not really my cup of tea.  I think I'll bail on this one.

Green Lantern Corps #30

Well!  Durlans really aren't very nice are they?


Daredevil #1.5

I'm not sure what to make of this #l.5 business.  Is this in continuity?  We get a story about Matt in the future, with a kid, and a wife, and Foggy, alive and well, and fighting the daughter of the Owl, who makes everyone blind. 

It's not a bad story, it's a clever twist, and it is fairly interesting, but it sure took me out of the zone.  It's not what I was expecting.  It reminds me in a way of Geoff John's last issue, where he tied everything up so nicely and neatly, and we got to see everyone live happily ever after.  Except...this is comics, and it never works out that way.

Okay I guess.

Nightcrawler #1

I was really looking forward to this.  And it was lovely to see Nightcrawler back amongst the living, because I love Kurt.  It was by Chris Claremont, and it was a perfect Chris Claremont book.  In fact, it could have been set ten years ago, it was so Claremonty.  And there is nothing wrong with that at all. 

It was nice to see Kurt trying to adapt to the new status quo at the School, dealing with the new young Mutants, and their reactions to him.  He goes to see Amanda, which was nice, I haven't seen hide nor hair of her in quite a while, and of course some Bad Guy is busting up her apartment.

But it was a bit...I don't know...old-fashioned.  Not that that is a bad thing.  But it did surprise me a little.

And that was that.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Ditto!

Heh heh.  Now the Girls have gone and done it too.  Congratulations to the UConn Husky Women, who have had a perfect season, repeated as Champions and are celebrating their Ninth Championship.

I'm sorry if it looks as though I am gloating a little bit.   Well... I AM gloating a little bit.  But heck, I live in Connecticut.  This is all we have!  We are stuck between the sports juggernauts of New York City and Boston, and they even took our beloved Whalers away, so College Basketball is our sole claim to fame. 

Incidentally, I HAVE been hugged and kissed by Geno Auriemma at a Charity Ball several years ago.  My single claim to fame as well. 

Go Huskies!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Congratulations UConn!

As a graduate of the University of Connecticut, and as a Connecticut resident, I am simply thrilled beyond belief that the Boys won the Championship in Basketball.  We all usually expect the girls to win...they're playing tomorrow for their ninth Championship...but the Boys had an up and down year. 

Sorry Kentucky.

But...Woooohoooooo!

Go Huskies!