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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Red Lanterns #40

Well, this is the last one, the final issue of Red Lanterns, and I am depressed.  I wasn't all that excited when it first came out, because I am not all that much of a fan of Atrocitus, but once Guy was shuffled over to the book, in order to get him out of the Green Lanterns where he was consistently upstaging Hal...it really took off.  Charles Soule did a bang-up job of writing about a bunch of misfits, a bunch of ANGRY misfits, who turned out to be heroes in the end. 


Only three of them made it out alive, Guy, Bleez and Rankorr, and Guy is pretty much eaten up by remorse and survivor's guilt.  Plus he's still really really pissed.  Atrocitus had unloosed his Rage Ray over the Earth, and bad things have been happening, and Guy is running himself ragged trying desperately to absorb that rage and help people.  Last issue he came across Rage Baby, and has been hauling the kid around with him since, in a backpack. And I seriously wish that he would at least get some clothes for the kid, it can't be much fun wearing only a diaper!  He's a baby...he gets cold!


So, in this issue, he has returned to Baltimore, and hooked up with his sister Gloria, and trying to explain his current look, and what he is trying to do.  She's using her usual common sense, and telling Guy that he can't rid the world of rage all by himself, but being a stubborn jackass, Guy isn't listening, and when the next ragearama occurs, he dumps her and the baby into a space pod where she'll be safe.

Gloria, bless her heart tells him he is an idiot, and to let her out right now and stop being a martyr.  Guy may be enraged, but he knows when to shut up and listen, and he gives all the rage back.  All of it. And he not only gives back the rage, he gives his Hope as well.

And apparently loses the ring.  Without dying.  It changes the original theory about how the Red ring bearers can't survive without the ring, but hey, that's Guy.  And he has his old haircut back, and a few bandaids, and he is STILL carrying that baby around without a onsie, and he's broke and out of work, and doesn't have a ring, but that old Gardner optimism is still hanging in there.

It's not a bad ending actually. 

I DO hope that Guy will be back with the Green Lanterns, because there are a heck of a lot of Green Rings out there, and let's face it...Guy is a Green Lantern through and through,and frankly, they NEED him, since Hal is off being an idiot.  I know that he is on the cover of the Convergence Green Lantern Corp, but what is going to happen to him afterwards?  I can't live without reading about Guy every month! I'll start to get the dry heaves and withdrawal symptoms, and...and...Gah!

I do know a great artist for a Guy book however.

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Yes, that's Daredevil from this month's book, by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee.  But change that red suit to green...That's Guy Gardner!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Thursday's...Oops, Friday's Reviews

A bit late, but better than never.  Besides, I was painting my bathroom.  And it looks great!  We put in a new hammered copper undermount sink and black marble countertop, but kept the original vanity because there was nothing wrong with it, but I did have to paint it, and ALL the woodwork and shutters.  Painting shutters is a major paint in the butt!

But there were some good books this week.

Aquaman #40

Well, Arthur has found his mommy, but it wasn't quite the warm reception he was hoping for.  Atlanna doesn't believe that he is her son, since she thinks he was killed.  So, she is mad as heck, and then all hell breaks loose when the creature that lives on their hidden island gets mad, and well...a lot of chaos ensues.  Arthur and Mera save the day, and poor old Daniel gets killed accidentally. 

It finally dawns on Atlanna that maybe Arthur IS her son, and she still tells him to get lost, but at least she gives him back his trident, which is a nice thing to do.  Also, she fixes it so that Atlantis will actually recognize him, by giving him a nice little trinket.  This issue more or less wraps things up before the whole Convergence thing, and it had a bit of a happy ending, which is getting more and more rare these days.  So...not bad.

Batman ''66 #21

This issue is a bit of a change, when Robin is suffering from extreme vertigo after fighting the Penguin and keeps walking into things. So Batman calls up Batgirl using a violet Bat-Signal, and they go off to Japan to fight Lord Death Man!  In their costumes, on a commercial flight. 

The Japanese Bat-mobile is EXTREMELY sweet, albeit bright yellow, and off they go.  Naturally, they are found, and captured, and Lord Death Man is doing his very best to adapt to the fact that it is Batgirl and not Robin that he is trying to kill. He's trying to kill Batman too, but naturally is foiled, and defeated.  For now, anyway. 

It's fun, it's bright, it's silly as all get out.  And I love it.

Batman and Robin #40

So...Robin has these super powers, and Batman is trying to cope with a hyped up pre-teen, and ends up bringing him along on a mission for the Justice League.  Captain Marv...er...Shazaam is delighted to have another kid on the team and is friendly as all get out.  Damian, as you can imagine is totally unimpressed.  At least that this the impression that he is trying to give, but you just know he's just giddy with delight.  They end up fighting a robot monster thingie on an island, and naturally Robin saves the day with his heat vision and other cool stuff. 

Being just a growing boy, he's a bit tuckered out at the end, and Batman says it's a school night and brings him home, where he falls asleep in the middle of eating pizza.  It turns out that the whole thing  was a set-up, with Cyborg in the middle of the robot, designed to drain off some of Damian's powers without hurting anyone.  The rest of the Justice League had a good time, so it all worked out. 

Did it ever!  Damian wakes up the next morning, and finds out that all of his super powers are gone! he can't light a fire in the fireplace, he gets a paper cut, and manages to fall out of the window trying to fly.  The scene where Bruce is totally deadpan as he looks up to find Damian hanging outside his bedroom window is a hoot.

So Bruce is relieved,and Damian is a bit chagrined.  He really LIKED those powers. But the world really doesn't need a ten year old superpowered assassin, so it's all for the best really.  When they go out on patrol, Batman actually has a...smile on his face. 

A rather sweet issue really.

Gotham Academy #6

All sorts of things happen in this issue!  Olive has found out that Killer Croc is the one roaming the secret tunnels, and that he's actually a pretty decent fellow.  Sort of.  When he was in Arkham, he knew Olive's mother, who it turns out has some sort of fire power in her eyes or something, and a few mental problems.  That would explain why Olive is so mad at Batman all the time, and some of her own secret problems. 

Naturally Batman shows up to aprehend Croc, but Olive manages to help him get away, and yells at Batman in a rather epic fashion. He wants the diary of Millie Jane Cobblepot, but Olive pretends that it was destroyed. 

So, Bats knows who she is, and she holds him reponsible for her Mother's predicament, which certainly makes sense.  Of course, Batman gets the diary anyway, and Olive decides to form a club of her cohorts...a Pizza Club, which is fun.

And Bruce enrolls Damian in the school.

I do love this book.

Red Lanterns #40

Oh Guy.

Sinestro #11

If nothing else, you just have to give it to Sinestro...he does have a unquenchable flair for the dramatic. Probably why he and Hal get along so weirdly well.  There he is, hanging upside-down and helpless, as Mongul goes out to destroy his Corps, and all the time, he is talking to the idiots who teamed up with Mongul to destroy the Paling.  He says that Mongul will betray them...and of course he is absolutely right.

In the meantime, Bekka from the New Gods shows up.  Turns out that Sinestro totally has the hots for her, and she's been inducted into the Sinestro Corps.  Mongul is busy draining everyone's rings, but naturally, the ring is only a trinket to her, and she starts beating the crap out of him.

Soranik and her bunch have finally shown up and rescue Sinestro, who naturally had things under control the whole time, and goes out and makes a fool out of Mongul.  And his hidden agenda is uncovered, when Sinestro now has control of Mongul's War World.

Oh that Sinestro.  You just can't help but admire him.

Daredevil #14

Oh be still my heart.

Matt has a whole new attitude. He has been talking to Kirsten's father, who wants to know why he even bothers with the mask and the costume.  Once of course, he had to have the whole hidden identity and stuff, but here in San Francisco, he's a celebrity, and everyone knows exactly who he is.  So...he ditches the mask, and shows up for court with a new haircut and a new suit.

A regular suit.  It's still red of course, because...you know...color blind...but he does look dashing.

So, he's out fighting crime wearing a tie, and getting rides from admiring fans, and taking selfies all over the place.  Then he stumbles across a young woman in a mask, who has some serious skills. Turns out that she's the daughter of the Owl, and is trying to find him. Together they go to Alcatraz, and find out that the Shroud has the Owl hooked up to some weird machine. I'm pretty sure that it is all a trap of some kind, but what the heck.

Chris Samnee just keeps hitting it out of the part art-wise, and Mark Waid is doing the same with the story. These two make a superb creative pair.  A dynamic duo as it were.

So...not a bad haul at all.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Getting Back to my Roots

I've been a bit too caught up in reviews, and non-comic booky things, that I seem to have strayed away from the important things in life.

Namely...Green Lantern Butts.

Of course ALL butts are perfectly fine.  But there is just something about a tight taut Green Lantern behind, that really just brings out the...fan in me. 

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It's been a while.  But Hal never lets me down.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Very Late Reviews

I have come stumbling home from the NETSA tradeshow in Foxwoods in Connecticut, a mere shadow of my former self.  Those Tire boys can party!  I'm too old for this sort of thing! 

But anyway. 

Batgirl #40

Dagnabit, this was damn near perfect.  We find out who...or rather what...is behind most of Barbara's problems, and it turns out that her lost Algorithm has gained some sentience, and gone to the bad.  It dates from a very dark time in her own life, in a wheelchair, and recovering from an injury, and with the best intentions, everything ended up going sideways.

She manages to figure things out, but what I really liked, is that she didn't do it all by herself, but with a little bit of help from her friends, which is lovely, since she has such a remarkable supporting cast.  This new version of Batgirl, and the new version of Oracle, is simply delightful.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #40

DC seems to be cleaning up and ending a plethora of storylines, making way for Convergence.  I actually don't mind them cleaning out this book, because it has been pretty forgettable. For some reason, Kyle is fighting his evil self, and whining a lot.  His friends, the New new Guardians, and Carol and some other people that I don't actually recognize, and St. Walker help, but of course, Kyle manages to draw deep withing himself...blah blah blah and defeat the bad guy.

He and Carol decide to continue to hang out together because neither one of them has the gumption to go looking for someone else, and Carol is still trying to punish Hal for being a jerk.  Works for me, I guess.  Kyle isn't dead, although there have certainly been rumors flying, and they keep repeating almost every page that the New Life Equation will mostly likely kill him in the morning.

Or something.


Sensation Comics: Wonder Woman #8

Hot damn, I do love this book.  We have not one but two wonderful stories, with the first one being a very young Diana who sneaks off to the outside world, and discovers all sorts of wonders, such as ice cream, and helps a group of young girls stand up for themselves.  It's adorable and fun, and all that Wonder Woman should be. 

While not quite as sweet, the second story has Diana going up against old fat Lex, and beating the pants off of him, and the art and coloring are quite nice indeed.

This is where I get my monthly fix of Wonder Woman!

And now to Marvel

Ant-Man #3

I accidentally missed this last week, and as usual, it is a lot of fun as well.  Marvel really seems to be doing a pretty good job of bringing out odd little quirky books, that touch on some of the lesser lights of the universe...mainly anyone who isn't an Avenger (at the moment) or an X-Man (also at the moment).

Scott is happy just to be working, but naturally, things don't run smoothly, and he ends up going against his arch enemy...Taskmaster!  Too bad that Taskmaster doesn't consider him to be an arch anything, and is frustratingly casual about the whole thing.  But it is still a whole lot of fun.

Angela: Asgard's Assassin #4

I wasn't real sure about this book at first, because I had absolutely no interest in Angela at all.  I still don't think all that much of her, but I do like Sera a ton, and the Guardians are fun, and Kieron Gillen is an amazing writer.  She's been outed as Thor's sister, but she was brought up to hate Asgard, and they've been trying to bring her back into the fold. Too bad she ran off with her brand new baby sister!  The Asgardians are not...happy.

And we finally find out why she kidnapped the kid. Turns out that Odin and Freyja did the nasty in Surtur's realm, way back when, which doesn't seem particularly romantic, but at least it was warm.  And the baby has been infused with some of Surtur's evil.


Well, at least we know.  They are teamed up with the Guardians, who are as amusing as usual, and Sera is great, and it's starting to really get my interest.

Loki: Agent of Asgard #12

Well, crappity crap crap! Evil old Loki has captured young Loki, and has him all trussed up and is telling him how he (young not so evil Loki) went bad and turned into old evil Loki.  He Did play a heck of a trick on Freyja, who was stupid enough to believe evil old Loki instead of much nicer and less evil young Loki.  Also, at the end of time, he is busy being nasty to Thor. 

Anyway, the key to the whole thing is that young Loki's efforts to redeem himself...worked!  For a while.  About ten years or so, and then he got fed up with the fact that everyone still had to remind him, that while he wasn't so bad NOW....he was still the Lord of Lies, and that they were watching him.  This made Loki quite cranky, and he finally snapped...and the rest of it is history.

Or is it?  Odin seems to have some faith in young Loki, and old Loki sets him on fire, so we will have to see what is going on.  Frankly, I'm rooting for young Loki.

And finally...

Squirrel Girl #3

This book is so insanely adorable and delightful, that I may just explode.  She is still trying to get to the moon, so that she can fight Galactus, but keeps running into problems along the way.  Mainly, Whiplash, who wants to fight her simply because she has a suit of armor from Ironman.  Boy, is HE surprised! And then some bank robbers, who end up taking her roomie hostage, and who gets quite a lesson in proper robbery etiquette from that same roomie.  It's hilarious. 

But eventually she does end up on the moon, and there is Galactus!

Oh, he is going down.

A rather wonderful collection of books last week!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

And...I'm Off!

And how! 

Anyhoo, off to the NETSA show at the lovely Foxwoods casino in Connecticut for the annual New England Tire Dealers trade show.  Always a good time to be had.  So probably not going to be posting for a couple of days.  And Squirrel Girl is supposed to come out today! 

I heard a rumor that Kyle is supposed to croak.  Maybe.  I honestly can't say that I even give much of a damn at the moment, because his own book has been so bloody boring.  I'm pretty sure that if such a thing happens, it won't be for very long.  They seem to be clearing the decks for the upcoming Convergence tripe that is coming in a month or two. 

I'm really starting to feel jaded about my comics, and that's a sad thing.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Bat Suit

No, I'm not going to show it.  It's too ridiculous even for me.  But I'm pretty sure that you have all seen it. 

It...it looks like a combination of the Tick and Arthur, complete with bunny ears. 

Forget about inspiring fear and terror in criminals, I suppose if you can punch them as they are double up in laughter, it counts? 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Green Lantern Corps #40

We begin with a little flashback to sector 1313, with John and none other than Katma Tui, as they approach the planet Xanshi.  Katma is trying to work things out using her brain, but John just bulls in and accidentally activates the planet bomb, and that's that.  I don't really remember it happening quite this way, but hey...new 52 and all that. 

So now, on Zarox, he is confronted with the same old problem.  The bomb is fueled by all the "bad" energy of the people who live there, and so on and so forth, and they've been corrupted, and things look bad..as usual.  At least this time John isn't going off half-cocked, he's using his BRAIN!  So he sends in Jruk, to go off half-cocked, and occupy the Bad Guys, while John just picks up the bomb and flies up with it.  It isn't that easy of course.

The darkness is spreading, and the people are...cranky.  Heck, even a Green Lantern is corrupted, little  Maro, has been seduced by the darkness,and he's not particularly happy with the Corps.  Meanwhile, Von Daggle has found his love, who has been working undercover all these years and they are trying to take down the same Shadow Empire.  It turns out that apparently the Shadow Empire has been behind all kinds of shenanigans throughout the Universe.  So Daggle and whatshername set off the bomb where they are. 

The same thing is about to happen on Zarox, but Keska and Jruk and John are trying to save her son, who seems to be the last uncorrupted person on the planet.  Then at the last minute, little Maro decides that killing kids is beneath him, and he starts glowing green,and...and...Woohoo!  His example wakes up the rest of the people and they decide they don't like being evil and nasty and they revolt.  Too bad that the bomb is still going to go off and destroy the planet, because it can't be stopped by Will Power.

But hey...I guess that Love can do the trick!  Remember a couple of issues ago, when John got a Pink Ring?  Nothing much was done with the idea, except that he kept it in his pocket or something, and flies up and goes all violet and saves the planet with....LOVE!  And he keeps his clothes on while he does it.

So we actually have a...happy ending!  Remember those?  The planet is saved, the kid is saved, and Feska and Jruk finally admit that they have the hots for each other, and Marus is saved, and John flies off into the sunset.  Which is a heck of a better way to finish things off than having Hal fly off to do whatever it is that Hal is going to do..!

Nothing mind boggling, but a perfectly good and servicable Green Lantern story.  And I'm perfectly happy with that.