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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Reviews

It's a tough job, making it to the Comic Book Store, buying my books, and staggering home to make some tea and then read them...but I do it FOR YOU!  And, I do have to admit that the end of the month is always a plethora of good books.


Aquaman #39

Well, Atlanna has certainly aged well.  Arthur and Mera have managed to follow her to her hidden realm and are merely interested in a mother/son reunion, but she's a bit hard to talk to, since her first reaction is try and kill them.  She also doesn't think that Arthur is even supposed to be alive and then tries to sacrifice the two of them to a volcano God. 

She's not getting a card for Mother's day, I can tell you that! 

I assume that there is a reason for her paranoia, and we get a bit of it, but still...!

Pretty art, and an interesting story.

Batman #39

And the Joker continues to do this thing.  Is he just a man, or a monster, or something mythical?  We don't know, and his victims certainly don't know, and Bruce is reduced to trying to reason with the Court of Owls, and then gets some of his villains to actually help him out, by wearing masks and beating up people.  A good time had by all!

Too bad about Alfred.  Yeesh!

Man, this is scary and exciting, and brutal, and really good.

Batman '66 #20

And speaking of good...we have the Joker as Jokerman, and pretending to be a hero, but of course he's not. We also get Bruce and Dick shirtless, which is nice.  The the mysterious Pillager shows up, and oh, the shenanigans!

God, I do love shenanigans!  And I love this book so very very much.

Gotham Academy #5

Well, things certainly do happen in this issue!  They find a lizard man in the tunnels, which may or may not be Croc, they go to the dance, they find more tunnels, Olive goes out with Kyle and finds that Tristan has Langstrom virus, and that he had saved her earlier, although she doesn't remember it, and oh...Batman shows up.

Man, this is good.  And fun.


Red Lanterns #39

Oh...Guy!


Sinestro #10

It really does look as though Mongul has Sinestro over a barrel this time, having depleated the energy in his ring, and hanging him up like a slab of meat, and killing off his army and such.  But it is never ever wise to count out Sinestro, although things don't look particularly good for him at the moment.

It is such a strange thing to be rooting for a villain, but part of the appeal of Sinestro, is that he has never ever considered himself to be a villain, which makes him a very interesting character indeed.  And it is nice to see more of Soranik.

Daredevil #13

Matt has confessed to being in love with Kirsten and in typical Matt fashion is now trying to sabotage himself, because he can't handle the terror of being happy/or worrying about what might happen to her.  When she gets kidnapped, he's all set to go after her, and punish whomever tried to hurt him through her.  Imagine his surprise, when her kidnapper was actually HER villain, not his! 

She's quite excited about it, which I found to be hilarious.  Matt seriously is at a loss, not knowing exactly what to do or how to handle this, although Foggy gives him a good talking to.  Also the Shroud shows up to help... or does he?

Fabulous.  As usual.

Thor Annual #l

Once again we have three ages of Thor.  Old King Thor, managed to bring life back to Midgard eons in the future, but is still having trouble getting things to work in his new garden.  All the trolls and elves and giants are gone, and he's feeling old and a little crabby.

Also his birthday is coming up, and his three grand-daughters decide to get him a present, and with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, they make...Animals for Midgard!  Yes, the zebras have wings and the elephants have a few more tusks than normal, but hey, they are in there trying, and he's just overwhelmed and happy.  There happens to be a little bit of the clay left over, so he makes a couple of humans, and calls them Jane and Steve.  And has a wonderful birthday after all.

Then we are in present day, with the new Thor, and Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg decide to take her out and run her through her paces, to see if she can match up with some of the deeds of Thor in the past.  Bar fights,  dragons, Elf-Queens, and more, and naturally, although she does do some things differently, a wonderful time is had by all. 

I give Fandral only a short time before he starts hitting on her.  That should be interesting.

Finally, we have young Thor. In a drinking contest.  Mephisto shows up, and Loki does his thing. The art is adorable, and the story is even more so, and frankly I could read a book of just this, all day long, because it is a hoot and a half. 

Seriously, get this book just for the third story, you won't be sorry! 

Not a bad week at all!  I was a bit rushed in my descriptions, because I still really don't feel very good, but maybe I'll curl up with more tea and read them all over again.  And so should everyone.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blurggh

Can't post.  Busy dying.

Well, that's a bit of hyperbole... but not by much. I don't know what it is about February, but I always seem to get sick. I will spare you the disgusting details. 

Blah.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Super Hero Night!

So, my youngest who works at the local Chili's Restaurant, managed to get them to host a "Super Hero Night".  They do this sort of thing once a month, with different themes, and it's all fun and a little silly, but people seem to like it.  She drew some cute little masks, and they gave them to the kids with crayons to color.  She also wore her Supergirl costume, because who doesn't have a Supergirl costume in their closet? 

She also lent her Superman footed pajamas to her Manager, and he wore it with complete aplomb.  She lent her Wonder Woman cape to another Manager, and a good time was had by all.  We had to come of course, and naturally I wore my Green Lantern T-shirt over a black turtleneck.  My son wore his Sinestro Corps shirt, and my husband wore my Red Lantern sweatshirt/hoodie.  There was a waiter dressed as Spider-Man, another waitress with a Wonder Woman tiara and a couple of Batmans. 

Everyone had so much fun, that they might make this a "thing", and do it again! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday's Reviews

Well, this was a rather nice week!  We also got a wee bit above freezing, which considering how it has been lately, is amazing.  Right back into the deep freeze today however. I suppose that sometime in August we will look back upon this with a modicum of fondness, but not today.

Batgirl #39

I do like this book. 

For some reason, Batgirl has plummeted from internet sensation to persona non grata and she's quite confused about how she attained this lowly state.  Even her allies are looking at her sideways.  She is also having some memory blanks, and can't account for things. Fortunately, she does manage to make amends with Dinah, and together they go looking for clues. 

It turns out that there may be a bounty on her head, as she discovers when she springs into action to save a woman from some muggers, and it turns out to be a setup.  So she and Dinah break into Hooq, both to rescue her roomie, and to find out what the hell is going on. And they find that her algorithm and graduate project has...come to life?

Stay tuned Bat-Fans!

Batman and Robin #39

Robin is still adjusting to life again, and being an ll-year old boy with super powers.  What could possibly go wrong?  He's scaring the crap out of the villains in Gotham, I can tell you that!  Batman of course disapproves, and keeps trying to get him to calm down and rein it in, harping that he shouldn't rely only on his super powers, which can be a crutch, but on his superior Bat-Training.  And considering the sorts of things that Bruce can do, I suppose he has a point. 

Alfred cons the two of them into going fishing, and talking about what happened.  As far as they can figure the Apokoliptan Chaos Sliver is responsible for everything, and quite frankly, that is such a Comic Booky sort of excuse, that I am simply delighted.  Then Bruce gets a call from the Justice League, and lets sonny tag along to the Satellite of Love.

Damian is doing a very good job of pretending to NOT be impressed.  He's a bit rude to Superman...of course, but seems to be hitting it off with Captain Mar...er...Shazaam.  At least for Damian anyway.  Which makes sense, because they do have a fair amount in common.  And then they all get to fly off and fight monsters!

Gosh, this was a fun issue.  I really appreciate that.

Fables #149

We learn more about the history of Snow White and Rose Red, apparently they come from a long line of witches or something, and they only have daughters, and it is the tradition of the various daughters to kill each other off, in order to inherit all the power.  Yeesh!  Their mother tried to dodge the curse, but ended up winning anyway, and then swore that she wouldn't have kids in order to break the chain, and then wound up falling for a handsome prince, then said no sex, but did it anyway, and then said no kids, and got pregnant, and then said only one kid, and ended up having twins. 

Dagnabit!

So...Rose now knows that her destiny is to try and kill her sister. Snow White doesn't know anything about this of course, but I guess it does explain why they never got along.  Rose doesn't seem much worried about the ethics of all of this, and plans to use the stolen ring that controls Bigby, to get him in and kill Snow for her, and then She Will Rule The World!  Bwhahahahahahahaha!

This is really not the happy ending I had been hoping for. 

Oh, and Sleeping Beauty's curse has finally caught up with her, and the car that was a witch is due to turn back into a witch after one final ride.  Aurora comes up with a rather brilliant way to work around this, by flying out into Space to the edge of the Universe.  The car can't turn into a witch till they reach the end, and there IS no end, and Aurora is turning into a zombie or something, so she goes to sleep. Game, Set and Match.

I really hope this book doesn't end with a mess.  I still love Fairy Tales!


Harley  Quinn Valentine's Day Special

I missed this last week, but heard some decent things about it, and decided to pick it up.  It is silly beyond belief..but also fun.  So much fun.  Bruce Wayne is being auctioned off to the highest bidder for a date to raise money for an animal shelter, and naturally Harley wants to win.  So she and her cohorts rob a Wall Street Banker/crook and steal all his money, and use that to win the bid. 

There is also a pair of costumed lunatics who want the money to make a fish preserve.  And all the action is mostly in the form of Harley and Bruce being doped up or simply asleep and dreaming, and it is a hoot.  It even has a more or less happy ending! 

Good silly fun.

Justice League #39

Well, Superman, Lex and Wonder Woman are the only ones left who haven't succumbed to the Amazo virus, and things aren't good. Lex wants to make a vaccine from Superman's blood, who is justifiably skeptical about Lex's motives.  Also, Captain Cold shows up and starts flirting madly with Diana...and who can blame him? 

It turns out that he's the key, his cold gun actually slows the possessed people down, and Superman realizes he can use his freeze ray, and they manage to subdue everyone long enough to make the vaccine.  Except for the original poor guy, who is still alive, but only his body which has been taken over by Amazo who vows revenge.  Also Leonard decides to take some pictures of him freezing the Flash. You just know those were all over Facebook in a matter of minutes.

Not a bad story, not a bad issue.  And guess who shows up at the very end? 

Oh Hal.


Sensation Comics/Wonder Woman #7

I do enjoy the heck out of this book. 

Diana shows up on a Space mission to Venus, which seems appropriate.  The head of the mission is a bit miffed, he wanted Superman, and is a bit of a sexist pig.  There is only one other woman on the flight, but she's nice. They naturally have some problems along the way, and a Venusian monster shows up and starts eating their craft, and picking them off one by one. 

It doesn't look good, until Diana realizes that the monsters are actually the CREW, and they are perfectly happy to be turned into Venusian monsters, in fact the head of the station volunteers!  It ends more or less happily...I guess, and Diana and the one other girl decide to go home, and find their mother box.

The second story is about a new recruit who ends up in Afghanistan, more or less as a photo-op, and visits a woman's school, and their unit ends up being shelled on the way back.  She has a little mascot, a mini-pendant of Wonder Woman that she wears around her neck.  Somehow, even though they are pinned down, she musters the strength to drag her new buddies to safety, and lo and behold, Diana shows up to help!  Except nobody but the lieutenant even saw her.  It's nice too.

Loki: Agent of Asgard #11

Oh Loki is in deep doodoo now.  He can't lie anymore and has blurted out the truth about what happened to cute little boy Loki, and Thor is justifiably outraged and heartbroken, and beat him up and dumped him in Asgard.  The rest of the Asgardians are also horrified, and apparently perform a mass shunning, while Loki breaks down and snivels a bit.  Except for Sif, who having had her body occupied by Loki for quite some time, is a bit puzzled by this younger Loki.

Loki then goes to see the All Mother who yells at him some more.  At this point, Loki has had enough and gives her a few home truths, that she doesn't care for at all.  He tells her she was played by evil old Loki, which makes her made and she banishes him.  Then stomps down to the dungeon and finds out that Loki was telling the truth...Old Loki is gone and made a major chump out of her.  She is not...pleased.

Loki ends up in a space between the ten realms, and plods through the snow for a while, before finding Odin, who is oddly...kind.  He acknowledges he knows what is going on, but that Loki is still his son, and he...loves him.  But still, Loki has blood on his hands, and he must atone for it with fire, and gives him some rather cryptic advice about knowing what a lie is.  And then he sends him back to earth.

He lands...on fire...in his apartment to the relief of Verity.  Then evil OLD Loki shows up and oh, things just get worse.  She stomps out in a huff, and evil Loki  just is having a ball being...evil and rubbing it in. There is even a rather interesting bondage moment at the end. 

I love this book.

Ms. Marvel #12

I somehow missed number ll, but hope to find it eventually, since I figure that Kamala wins.  This issue is the Valentine's day issue, and has Loki in it!  Before he gets booted out of Asgard anyway,  Odin and Freyja send him to earth to make sure that the Inventor doesn't still have agents lurking.  Loki is covered in horse manure, after "borrowing" the horses of Sol to melt down a few Frost Giants.  He didn't have to do it this way, but wanted to try something different.  That's one of the reasons I like Loki.

Meanwhile...Bruno is trying to summon up the courage to ask Kamala to a school dance, when Loki waltzes in.  They all think he's a preppie dressing up like a Viking...or from Brooklyn.  After meeting Kamala, he cons Bruno into writing her a torrid love letter from an anonymous admirer. It works after a fashion, and she and Nakia do end up going to the dance...where they spot Loki spiking the punch with truth serum. 

Naturally having horny teenagers drink truth serum gets quite amusing and terrifying very quickly, so Kamala changes into Ms. Marvel and starts beating up Loki, who is actually enjoyinng himself, but ends up getting doused with his own truth serum. 

But everything ends happily with explanations, and Loki does put a magical ward on the school so it won't be invaded or destroyed anymore, which is a good thing. Also Bruno didn't have any punch which is probably also a good thing.

Adorable.  As usual.


She-Hulk #12

This is the last issue, and I am heartbroken.  This has been one of my favorite books.

So..the person behind the Blue File is...Nightwatch! 

I blush to admit that I don't even know who Nightwatch even is. But he had cooked up plan way back using Dr. Druid, the Shocker and Vibro to make a spell, that enables him to become...a Good Guy, and erase the memories of everyone that thought he was a bad guy. He is smart enough to realize that the Heroes end up with endorsements and a great future, while the Bad Guys...don't.

But he's still really evil, since he has killed off anyone who remembered, or got their hands on the last tiny piece of paper. Jen is pissed of course, and calls in some friends, and there is a nice fight, but he's still able to control people and do magical things,  and...stuff.  Then the Shocker shows up and is pissed because he doesn't  think its fair that he couldn't go straight too and oh, it is on.

Jenny wins of course.  She goes back to her practice, and re-hires Angie and Hei Hei, and Howard the Duck wanders in for a cameo, looking to rent a space in her building.  She also gets a chance to sue her old firm.  And there is a happy ending.

Well, except that we can't read this book anymore. I will miss it so much.

Gosh, what a brilliant week!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In A While, Kyle

I have actually, and truly given up on Green Lantern: New Guardians.  It stars Kyle Raynor, whom I adore, and has Carol Ferris, whom I like, and a host of other various people.  It is absolutely...not very good.  And it pains me considerably to write that. 

For one thing, although Kyle is ostensibly the star of the book, it is as though he is barely present.  Nothing is presented from his personal point of view, we no longer get his thoughts, or insight into his character.  He just reacts to whatever happens to be happening.  Heck, Carol gets as much of the attention as Kyle does, and sometimes more.  This just doesn't appeal to me much. 

Now that he is the White Lantern, he just seems to be a symbol, his "Kyle-ness" is missing.  He's actually rather passive, and if there is anything that Kyle is not...it is passive.  He meekly goes along with most of what the new New Guardians tell him to do.  He hooks up with Carol, mainly because she is there...although I have to admit that the same is basically true for Carol as well.  Although with Carol, I think that there is a bit of a "screw-you" attitude towards Hal...and seriously, who can blame her. 

The new New Guardians told everyone that Kyle was dead, which wiped out his support group and friends, and although they now know that he is alive, he still isn't being surrounded by other Lanterns, and that is a shame, because I think that Kyle works well with others...unlike say, Hal or Guy...or even John, who has been fairly surly lately. 

I don't know what is going to happen after Convergence, but I do believe that the number of Green Lantern books is going to go down, with just two, and the Sinestro book, which, to be frank, also surprises me.  Sinestro?  Really?  So, will Kyle end up back hanging out with Guy again, or is more turmoil in store?  Probably turmoil.  But as a Green Lantern fan, I am just sad that I don't really like a Green Lantern book.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cold!

So very very cold.  We didn't get as much snow as the shore, or poor Boston, but we got more than we needed or wanted. And now there is something of a gale blowing, so going out and trying to shovel is completely pointless.

I am really sick of winter.

I am going to try and stay warm and read comics and draw pictures and put up new curtains in my new kitchen and drink hot chocolate. I hope you can all do the same!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday's Reviews

Not quite as fabulous a week as last week.  But what can you do?  Comics are still my Drug of choice, and I don't imagine I'm going to be weaned off of them any time soon.

Green Lantern Corps #39

John and his bunch are still on Feska's planet trying to figure out just what the heck is going on, with the monsters, and mind control and so on and so forth.  Jruk is showing his softer side, which is sweet.  Von Daggle actually DOES find his old partner and flame, which is a plot point that goes back to Green Lantern Corp #7 or so, so it has been simmering away for quite some time!  Turns out she's been under deep deep cover helping the Shadow Empire, which since the old Guardians are now dead, is pretty crappy for her.  Not sure what the old Guardians were up to, since they went bonkers, but she's got to be feeling a bit...used.

I'm not really feeling all that interested, although it is always nice to see the characters, but I can't help but think that they had better finish it up soon, since it is all going to be swept away in a month or two anyway.

Fables: The Wolf Among Us

It is always nice to go back in time and see Bigby and Colin and Snow and the gang back before all the...unpleasantness.  Ichabod Crane is running the place, as King Cole is on vacation or something, and he's a real jerk about it. 

Bigby and Snow uncover some more information on the dead young lady whose head had been so unceremoniously been placed at the office. Turns out her name was Faith, and she was a princess, and boy howdy does SHE have a horrific back story!  Nice to see Buffkin too.

Pretty darned good.

Justice League United #9

Well, time is running out, and things are going to hell in a handbasket, as Brainiac blusters, the Legion is starting to panic, and J'onn saves the day!  Natually.  He gets Hawkman to actually remember who he is, and he's not very happy with Byth.  Ultra has been turned into the monster from the future, and at the last minute, before Brainiac can send the bomb he's been working on, J'onn manages to go into his head and wipe him or something, and everything is saved!

Except that Brainiac already sent the bomb, and now there is a Black Hole.  It's always something with teenagers from the future! 

I'm still having fun with this book.  More so than the Justice League, to be honest.

Justice League 3000 #14

I started getting this book a couple of months ago because of Booster and Beetle, and last month Ice showed up.  But...this version of Ice is sure depressing.  Giffen and DeMatteis are going off of the continuity of the old mini-series, where the Justice Buddies go to Hell, and find Tora, and Bea looks back,and she and Guy cry, and you know.  It turns out that Bea WAS supposed to be the one, and she volunteers to go back and free Tora, who is horrified,and tries to rescue Bea, and it turns out that Bea ends up having a pretty good deal being Etrigan's girlfriend...or something. 

Tora is all cranky and spooky now.  It's just...weird. 


Secret Six #2

I was so happy when I heard this book was coming back, but it sure hasn't been what I thought it was going to be.  Catman and some other people are being held under the sea in a giant coffin-shaped box, and the story jumps back and forth between the past and the present, and to be perfectly honest, the artwork makes it all so...muddled, that half the time I can't even figure out what is going on. 

They make it out?  I guess?  I think?  I don't really care?

Thor #5

Geez, but Odin is a jerk. Freya is snarky.  The Serpent, Odin's brother is "rehabilitated" and is appointed chief justice and promptly starts torturing people.  All theAsgardians are very very nervous about how things are going, and probably wish that the All-Mother was back.

Odin is very cranky about the new Thor, and really really cranky, that all of his mystic tools aren't doing a very good job in revealing her identity. Thor tells him to back off, Freya tells him to back off, and he's just being a dick about it.

Thor goes off to talk to Sif, and it doesn't go particularly well, since she's pissed he dumped her, and he's wondering if she's the one with his hammer, and he gets drunk, and cries about Mjollnir.  But hey, the Absorbing Man and Titania show up and it is rather a hoot.  I wasn't really sure about all of this, and I'd still prefer for poor Thor to get his Hammer and his Name back, but it has been well written, and it does have my attention, and dang it...it's good!

So...an interesting week anyway.