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Friday, October 24, 2014

Red Lanterns #35

Well, it's the aftermath of all of the mess with Atrocitus, and the decimation of the Red Lantern Corps, and Guy is currently hanging out back on Earth, feeling pretty depressed.  One of Guy's key character traits, is that you just can't keep him down...but losing most of his group...his friends...is a hard thing to bounce back from. 

So he is chilling out on a beach in Dubai, with none other than Ice.  She can't understand at first why he just doesn't dump the red ring, but eventually realizes his motivations, and even keeps chilling his beer.  She's still not acting like sweet old Ice...but it's a start.  And it is only a coincidence of course, that the nation of Qurac is right across from Dubai, and the requisite lunatic leader has offered a billion dollar reward for super powers.  Because actually...that's a pretty reasonable motive, in the current DC Universe.

Apparently he has achieved those powers, because he has a giant statue of himself, and the usual ranting, until Guy shows up in Red Lantern form, to blow up his nice statue.  And it is...On!  And in the middle of their little donnybrook, who should show up, but the thugs from the New Gods.  And poor Guy, doesn't have a clue to who these bozos are, but is more than willing to issue them a beatdown as well.  Doesn't go as he plans however, and he has his bacon saved by none other than Simon Baz.

It was nice to see Simon again, and it's nice to see Guy getting along reasonably well with him. Simon fills him in on who exactly these intergalactic terrorists are, and the fight is on...again.  As usual, the New Gods seem to be winning, in an almost bored fashion, and are about to minister the coup de grace, when High Father summons them back home, and they leave a battered Simon and Guy...who naturally enough....is really really pissed.

I...am not really enjoying this whole Godhead Story Line.  As I recall...it is Darkseid and his goons who are supposed to be the Bad Guys.  I thought that the New Gods, were...the GOOD Guys!  Not in this Universe.  They may have altruistic motives...although I'm not really sure about that...but they are a bunch of cold-blooded killers and thieves.  I'm also a bit bummed by the fact that all of the various Corps have been so ineffectual against them.

Oh well.  This is still the best of the Lantern books, and it does have a shirtless Guy sitting on the beach drinking beer, so I'm happy.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reviews

An unusually small week, but since there is a fifth week of comics this month, I suppose that would account for it.


Aquaman #35

Still hanging in there with this book.  The art is very pretty, and it is an interesting story.  Poor Arthur...Atlantis has earthquakes...or should that be seaquakes...everytime he wanders by, which has to be disconcerting.  He brings back good old Shin, and Dan Evans, so that they can come with him and do research.  Needless to say, they are both delighted.  Also, we got to see Salty the Sea Dog, which always makes me happy.

Arthur also deals with the rebels by taking them up to the surface, and then giving them their own colony, where they can sink or swim on their own.  It is a bit more merciful than just executing them.  And oh...incidentally, his mother's tomb is actually empty, which may be why he's having so many problems.  So things are being set up for a future story as well.

Not bad at all.


Batman '66 #16

And speaking of not bad!  In this episode, we have none other than Vincent Price as Egghead.  He has been experimenting on himself, and achieved a sort of super duper mind whammy, and manages to re-evolve the Dynamic Duo back to Cavemen.  This actually backfires a bit, because although they look like Neanderthals, they still have their brains, because as Batman points out, they may have been primitive, but not stupid. 

Egghead, then scampers through Gotham hi-jacking other villains nefarious plans for his own.  Naturally, the Caped Crusaders find him, and trick him into returning them to their accustomed appearance, before snapping on the cuffs.  Oh, and also taking away his super mind powers. 

Delightful.

Red Lanterns #35

Oh...Guy!

She-Hulk #9

I do enjoy this book.  Last issue, an old Captain America asked Jen to represent him in a lawsuit.  And oh, she's up against none other than Matt Murdock. It is a Civil Suit, that accuses Steve of being instrumental in the death of a young man years before, before he ever became Captain America.  Jen isn't happy going up against Matt, who is as usual, quite brilliant, and she's not really optimistic.  Cap won't let her try any courtroom tricks.

Then Matt shows up as Daredevil, and they go romping through the city, in order to clear out the cobwebs and the air.  It turns out that Cap went to Matt and asked him to take the case against him, since he still feels some guilt about the death of his friend.  I don't know how it is all going to end up, but I'm enjoying the ride!

What a nice little week!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm Back!

Back from the last Muster of the season, in beautiful beautiful Moodus, Ct.  The Fifes and Drums were doing their thing, the hard cider and beer was flowing, the leaves were gorgeous, and nothing exploded, nor were the local constabulatory called to the scene.  So a good weekend.  Time to put the old 'Bago away for the winter I guess.

So...did anything exciting happen in Comic Book Land?

I have no real reason to post this, other than it is by Kevin Maguire, and it makes me incredibly Happy.


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So...perfect.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reviews

Not a bad week.  Not a fabulous week, but not a bad week.

Batgirl #35

I had dropped this earlier, but due to all the buzz I was going to pick it up again and see what all the hoopla was about.  And heck...it was cute.  Fun art, fun story, and a youthful but still on-the-ball Barbara.  Not sure why she and Black Canary are so mad at each other, since I have dropped Birds of Prey as well.

As an old lady, I am not particularly into all of the various media modes of communication.  I am not on Facebook, nor do I tweet or any of the the other stuff out there.  You're lucky I can figure out how to log onto the computer!  But still...it was a particularly clever method that she used to shut down the Bad Guy.

A lot of fun.  And fun is a rare commodity these days.

Batwoman #35

What the hell?  I didn't get the issue from September because having Kate as a vampire five years in the future didn't appeal to me, so I am completely lost as to why she is fighting Morgan Lefay in Spaaaace!  Did the vampire from a couple of issues ago turn into Morgan LeFay?  What the Hell?  Where did her buddies come from? 

I didn't like this, I had no idea what was going on, and I am dropping it for good.

Batman & Robin #35

Now this I actually did like.  Batman has managed to get his fine old self all the way to Apokolips, via a stolen Mother Box.  He's just tearing up the place, and even confronting Glorious Godfey.  Meanwhile...back at the cave, Jason, Tim and Barbara have shown up and put all their differences aside, as they are wont to do.  I think Bruce hypnotizes them sometimes, I really do.  And with Alfreds help, they put on cool junior versions of Bat's new suit, all as Robins.

Awww.

And then they con poor Cyborg into coming to the cave, hooking up to fight some nebulous "menace" and end up stealing all his downloaded info on how to make another Mother Box...or something.  This is kind of a crappy thing to do, but hey, they have good intentions.  Naturally, Cyborg realizes what they are up to, and jumps through the Mother Box as well, so everyone is on Apokolips! Woohoo! 

Also Kalibak is running around crying about how he loves Daddy.

This is a crazy book.  But a damn good book.


Fables #145

This is the final hurrah storyline for Fables, and some of my favorite characters are dropping right and left.  Bigby is back, but he's being controlled, and I think that whatsername is more or less the Dark Man at this point anyway.  Ozma and Beast were taken down last issue, and now Totenkinder is back with Rose, and they don't fare much better, although they do escape with their lives.  Snow White is pissed, and who can blame her?

I want a happy ending, dammit, but I'm not sure that I'm going to get one.

Justice League #35

God, the art is pretty in this, with Doug Mahnke and Ivan Reis sharing the honors, and Keith Champagne, whom I adore, doing the inking...along with some other people. 

Lex is trying to convince everyone that he is a changed man, and that they can TRUST him now!  The Justice League has certain...reservations.  Also Bruce upstages Lex, which makes Lex a little pissy.  But he did promise to show Bruce ALL of his secrets...even the ones that he wasn't going to.  And we meet his sister, and find out that he's trying to clone another Bizzarro, and all of the rest of the league is stationed outside...just in case. 

Then they are attacked by some unknown baddie, who is trying to take out Lex, but doesn't mind removing a few other Leaguers as well, if he gets paid more.  And oops...the Amazo Virus has been accidentally unleashed!

Really Lex, you should take better precautions.

Pretty good actually.


Daredevil #9

Oh, those adorable little purple kids, are something of a menace.  They don't just...persuade you like the Purple Man, they exude various emotions, and it is wreaking havoc across San Francisco. 

Also, Matt is toying with the idea of joining Kirsten's Dad and publishing his memoirs...because it is a REALLY big paycheck!  But both Foggy and Kirsten point out that Matt may be a fabulous Lawyer and a fabulous Crimefighter...but he can't write to save his life...which I found to be amusing.

He naturally ends up fighting the kids, but really...how do you fight a bunch of little kids?  Plus they are using their emotional whammy jammy on him, and he's right back to being depressed.

Excellent.  As Usual.

Loki: Agent of Asgard #7

Well, Doom has managed with Valeria's help to imprison young Loki, because he is mad that Old Loki has destroyed the earth in the future.  Freyja says that they have to go along with this, because Old Loki makes everything so fabulous for Asgard in the future, that it is worth destroying poor Young Loki and his efforts to change.  Odin has his doubts, and for once I think he is right.

Verity is invisible, and a bit upset,and naturally young Valeria spots her.  I guess that kid really has some issues! She also doesn't look three years old.  But  Verity convinces her to free Loki, while Doom is out fighting off the effects of Red Onslaught's Fear Beam.  So that is why all his subjects were beating each other up!  Magneto apparently killed Red Skull, which released Red Onslaught. 

Yeesh. 

But anyway, they use Loki's Sword of Truth, because the Truth makes you Free or something.  Doom sees the Truth, and being Doom...sticks to his own version, because...hey, he's Doom.  And then they all decide to team up with Magneto.

I guess this is how it all ties in with the new crossover, where the Villains have to save the world, because the Heroes are too...Good?  It's an interesting twist anyway, and I liked this issue.  I DO wish that they would go back to original artist, because I am less than impressed with Jorge Coelho.   Too scratchy.

But I am having fun with Young Loki.

Ms Marvel #9

Managed to snag the last copy, after completely missing last months issue, which enrages me to no end, since that is when Lockjaw shows up.  So, I 'm a little confused about some of the details, except that her school is being attacked, and her healing factor can't keep up, so she's pretty wiped out.  Fortunately, she ends up being rescued by none other than Medusa, and finds out that she's not a mutant, but an Inhuman.

Whoa.

Her powers are still in flux, but Kamala is a tough little bird, and after being patched up, she goes right back into the fray.  She even ends up saving the kids...except that they are there voluntarily for some reason.

God, I do love this book.  Bright, fun, witty.  Cheerful instead of depressing.  What a concept!

A good week.  A lot of Marvel, which rather surprises me, but I am enjoying the heck out of Marvel's smaller and more quirky books.  DC, could you please take note?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oh Wednesday!

I love Wednesdays, I really do.  But it is 80 degrees outside, and it is the middle of October, and this is New England.  I'm not complaining...oh LORD I'm not complaining...but it still feels...odd.  And as a New Englander, I can't help but wonder if we are going to pay for all this warm weather somewhere down the road.

But the new books are coming out today, the breeze is blowing...along with the leaves, and life...for the moment...is good.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Oh...Joy!

After the depression that I have been feeling about the conclusion of Azzarello and Chiang's Wonder Woman, and the beginning of the ...uh...new version of Wonder Woman,  by the Finches,I cannot help but feel a surge of pure joy  at this.

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Nicola Scott's version of Linda Carter as Wonder Woman.

They are apparently going to be doing a Wonder Woman '77, which I assume would be similar to what they have been doing with the wonderfully zany Batman '66.  There is little enough light and actual...fun in DC comics lately, so I am grabbing whatever I can with both hands. 

Huzzah!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Reviews

That's a pithy title if there ever was one.  A small week for me.


Batman #35

So...now we are past Zero Year, and Bruce is suffering from recurrent nightmares.  I can understand that, he has to have seen some pretty weird stuff.  Gotham is rebuilding, which is a good thing.  And then a cloud of gas goes off downtown, but it is nontoxic gas, which is a change from the usual gas attack every Tuesday in Gotham.  Almost...almost as if someone just wants to evacuate the area!

And there is Batman in his Super Bat Suit, fighting off everyone, but he's dreaming, and then he's not and Wonder Woman flies through a window and attacks him. Then everyone on the Justice League attacks him! 

Well, this is a fine how-do-you-do.  And he's holding his own, fighting back, until of course Superman shows up, and...is that the Joker at the end? 

I love the art by Capullo as always, but I had to confess, are we back in the "present" or are we still in the past when Batman was a rookie?  With all the crossovers, and jumping time lines, it is getting hard to know anymore...or maybe I'm just too stupid.

Interesting, that's for sure.


Green Lantern Corps $35


More New Gods beat up Green Lanterns.  That planet that Highfather used his stolen rings to accelerate their evolution? Well, they all turned into monsters, so out of the kindness of their hearts, the New Gods are exterminating them. The Lanterns find this to be...well...pretty monstrous, but the New Gods babble a lot of pseudo God talk and beat the crap out of them. 

Highfather is still looking for Kyle, and his White Ring Power.  To beat Darkseid, who quite frankly, isn't half as horrible as the supposed "Good Guys".

This is...just awful. 

I can't stand this plot, I can't stand the various corps being nothing but punching bags.  I can't stand the New Gods being total Wankers.

Yechhh.


Justice League United #5

Well, they are a team now, and we have a nice bit of background for Miyabhin and how she got her powers, and how she gets to fight a Wendigo...oops, Whitago.  Her Dad was a good guy, got taken over by a Wend...er...Whitago and she fights him too.

Oh, and the Legion shows up from the future so that they can murder that little kid, whom J'onn is protecting.

Jerks.


Hawkeye vs Deadpool#l

This continues the story that started last month, with it being Halloween, and it is quite amusing, with the two of them paired up doing their thing.  Kate even shows up!  It's lovely.  I'm not quite so happy about them making Felicia, aka the Black Cat be the one behind all of the mayhem, going so far as to get Typhoid Mary on her side, as they hypnotize various city leaders to do their evil biding...or something. 

Seriously, Black Cat?  I understand that she's a bit unhappy at her treatment by Spider-Man, or actually Doc Ock, when he was living in Spider-Man's skin, but this seems to be...extreme. 

Other than that caveat however, this is a rather good-natured romp, and fun.  A lot more fun than the Green Lanterns, that's for sure.

And finally,


The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #l

So...Archie has taken a rather dark turn lately.  I haven't been reading the books, but I have been reading ABOUT the books, where everyone is a zombie, and stuff.  This is more of the same and it is basically Sabrina's origin, but it certainly ain't the stuff I read and watched as a kid!  What is really cool, and I assume this was a promotion for the various Comic Book Store owners, the cover has my very own beloved Comic
Book Store's name on the artwork! 

Matt's Sportscards and Comics, in Enfield, Connecticut, is the name on the building that has a dark and shadowy figure and a crouching teenaged Witch, all in Black and Orange for Halloween. It is a clever concept, and so of course I had to buy it.  And it's a darned good story, so maybe I'll be staying with this!  I want to see what happens!