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Monday, July 06, 2015

Feeling...Cranky

I've been browsing through Previews, and noodling around on the interwebs, and the prognosis for this coming October is not...promising.  Presumably, all the giant crossovers will be coming to a thankful end, and we can get back to the business of telling stories about our favorite superheroes as opposed to indulging in company-sponsored fan-fiction, and that is a good thing. I like Elseworlds stories as much as the rest of them, but interrupting my regular books, is an indulgence that makes me go cross-eyed.

Remember graphic novels?  I do.  That was where DC or Marvel could come out, and put out a nice glossy book with a great story and art, and do something different from the regular books, without interrupting anything.  I know that everything gets written for Trades nowadays, but what ever happened to good old graphic novels? 

Anyhoo.

Books that I adore are...missing. 

This makes me crabby. 

I know that Loki: Agent of Asgard is finishing up more or less in August, or September, but I haven't seen a single solicitation for it, or a new book in October.  This makes me VERY cranky, since it has been a really really good book.  I see that Thor is going to be back, which is a good thing, since I like that as well. 

But what about Squirrel Girl?  God, I love Squirrel Girl.  It may be my favorite book about now.  I know that Howard the Duck is coming out with another number One issue, which is absurd, since I think it is only up to...four maybe?  What the hell?  But it is a fun book and I'm glad I will have the chance to continue to read it. Ms. Marvel is coming back I think, which is also good. 

And then there is a crapload of new books, very few of which actually appeal to me.  About 900 Avengers books, only 400 Spider-Man books, and a corresponding number of  X-books.  Yeesh. 

Over at DC, things aren't looking too promising either.  The new Lost Army/Green Lantern book seems pretty promising, but the regular GL with Hal is not really my cup of tea.  Hal running around in a duster and long hair is just...odd.  Damn odd.  Call me shallow, but what the heck again? 

I don't really care about Darkseid, Aquaman used to be good, but I'm dumping it.  James Gordon as Batman in a bunny/moth suit doesn't really float my boat, although Sensational Wonder Woman is good, and so is Batman '66.  Section Eight has been a hoot.  Justice League so-so, and so on and so forth.

Perhaps I am grumbling without cause. After all, I haven't even read any of these prospective offerings yet, and here I am, kvetching at the top of my lungs and stamping my dainty feet, and using all that fan-girl privilege and such.  It has to be annoying.

And yet...I want to love my comics, and I don't really see all that much that is appealing...at least not at this juncture.  I guess I'll have to wait and see, and hope for the best, but that seems to be getting harder and harder to do anymore, now that I am a mean old lady, waving my cane and shrieking at people to get off my lawn. 

Is anyone else hopeful, or is it just me?

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Thursday's Reviews

A bit of a small week.  A Marvel-heavy week, which just surprises the heck out of me.  And I don't even LIKE the whole Secret Wars/Battleworld stuff!

Gothem Academy #7

Yes, I know that this came out weeks ago...but I finally finally found it. And it is a hoot. 

Somehow, due to a stolen quill pen that may or may not be magical, Maps ends up holding hands...semi-permanently with Damian Wayne.  There are magical ravens, mayhem and hilarity.  It's adorable.  Also, Damien ends up getting expelled, which is a bummer, but he's not particularly upset about it.  And the headmaster seems happy too.

Wonderful!

Green Lantern #42

Well, Hal is still running around with long hair, which I find to be very...jarring.  I think he saw how well Guy was rocking the hair when he was a Red Lantern, and felt the need to compete.  Typical Hal. 

So...he's taking prince whatshisname home, along with the pirate, and discovers that the planet is frozen and dead, everything turned to stone. Rather similar to the Wall, and Relic.  Prince Whatshisname is depressed naturally.  Then the pirate dudes henchmen show up and Hal beats the stuffing out of them, until they decide that they don't really like Pirate dude all that much anyway, and make a strategic departure.  Hal has to keep reminding the Glove, that he doesn't arbitrarily kill people, so apparently the whole boundaries that stop other Lanterns don't apply here.

Hal is also wearing a trench coat. 

*snicker*

Oh, and Black Hand shows up, trying to revive all the dead people, except it doesn't work for him, and he bursts into tears.

I assume that Relic is going to be part of both this book and the new Green Lantern Corp/Lost Corps book, although I have to admit that Relic is NOT one of my favorite protagonists. So far, this just doesn't seem like Hal to me.  He's...he's trying too hard. And I still, for the life of me, can't figure out why he is even DOING this!  His whole motivation just seems...odd.  As in nonexistent.

Okay, but not up to previous standards.


A-Force #2

I'm still not really sure what is going on here...probably because I have been avoiding the whole Battleworld stuff.  They find a portal of some kind underwater, with Namor and Namorita and Namora, and maybe a few other people with "Namor" in their names.  It shows a bright swirly view of other universes, which is hopefully how they are going to get things back to normal eventually. 

America Chavez is still exiled, and nobody is too happy about it, but Jen is a bit of a toady for Doctor Doom. 

I have to say that Loki's house is really really nice.  I do love a nice painted lady Victorian.  For some reason she lives there with someone called Nico, and America used to live there.  Nico has found a nice blue sparkly girl, who is probably someone I should know. 

The rest of the women aren't too sure, and then a Sentinal shows up, and a fight breaks out, because...duh.  Sparkly girl ends up saving them, but Medusa still wants to turn her over to Doom.  But the other portal is still there, so Sparkly sends She-Hulk to it, and it ain't pretty.

I'm not completely convinced about this book.  I like all the women Avengers, because it's fun, and I like Loki of course, but some of them seem awfully judgemental.  I also don't know who Nico is. 

Not bad, I'll be sticking with this for a while anyway.

Groot #2

Awwww...this is so cute. A bit of a back story about how Groot met Rocket.  Also those people on the Space bus are real jerks. 

And then the Silver Surfer shows up. 

This is fun.  Sweet and fun.

Little a vs x Marvel #2

Not sure if that is the real title, but we have the Avengers as little kids and the X-men as little kids with rival tree houses, and they really really can't stand each other. Plus, it's Skottie Young, and it's...it's just a hoot. 

It is so nice to actually have the choice of some NOT Grim and Gritty comic books for a change!  Thanks Marvel! 

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7

Oh, and the insanity just continues.  From the previous issue, "Girl-Squirrel" isn't the cute adorable little rodent that she seems, she is actually Ratatoskr, a Norse immortal, who really ought to be hanging out on Yggdrasil, but is on earth causing mischief and mayhem.  Fights are breaking out everywhere, over the silliest things, such as waffles vs pancakes.  Thor and Odinson are a bit busy, but end up helping.

Squirrel Girl also takes Nancy, Koi Boi and Chipmunk Hunk to meet the Avengers, and  it...is magnificent, with old Cap and new Cap dissing Spider-Man.  But anyway, they do finally meet up with the Thors, and Nancy gets to go to Asgard!  She's just thrilled beyond belief because she writes fan-fiction about Cat-Thor. 

The rest of them confront Ratatoskr, who could give Loki a run for his money when it comes to chaos.

Oh God...I love this book...so VERY much!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Green Lantern:Lost Army #1

I had been quite curious about this new version of the Green Lantern Corps, and a bit nervous at the same time. Things are in a bit of a mess after all the hoohah with the New Gods, and such. For a reason that isn't actually addressed in this issue, a number of Lanterns including John Stewart, Kilowog and Arisia, as well as some of the newbie find themselves way out in the middle of nowhere.

When your turf is the Universe, the middle of nowhere takes on new meaning. They are fighting unknown assailants, they are lost, they can't contact Salaam or Mogo or even the new new Guardian's, and worst of all, they can't seem to find their lanterns for a recharge. Things are looking pretty desperate.  Oh, and for some reason, they also seem to have picked up a pre-crazy Krona.

What else could possibly happen?

Well... Guy Gardner shows up!

Woohoo!

They are all confused of course, but not as much as Guy, who was just hanging out on earth, sans green ring, sans red ring, sans any rings, when he finds himself not only in the middle of nowhere, but wielding both a green AND red ring!  Needless to say, they all all just a tad confused.

So very very confused.

And then they run into a giant red pyramid shaped thingie, that another blogger pointed our as being something left over from the previous Universe, and therefore one of Relics little toys.

Heck, now I'm confused. But, it must be said... intrigued!

Relic has been showing up a fair amount lately, so I guess this makes some sense. I assume that some of the mysteries will be revealed eventually, and in the meantime I have some of my favorite characters back together doing their thing, and I am reasonably happy. Plus the artwork is very nice. Jesus Saiz draws a purty Guy, that's for sure. Cullen Bunn seems to have a plan. Maybe we can sit back and actually have some self-contained stories and no giant crossovers for a while.

This was... good!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday's Reviews

Not a bad ending to the month, not bad at all.

Aquaman #41

I am not really sure that I like Arthur's new suit.  Call me a traditionalist, but his old one, or actually the most recent version of the old one is fine with me.  The new one is far too fussy, and the codpiece is a bit...jarring.  What is it with codpieces lately? 

I honestly can't make heads or tails out of all of this, as it seems to be two time periods and two versions of Aquaman jammed together, and in one, he's all badass, and in the other he is still badass, but the actual Arthur that I like, and apparently he and Mera are going to hate each other now, and...oh God, I hated this.

There.  I said it.  So I guess I'm dropping this book as of now.

Bleh.

Batgirl #41

I have been loving this book, but I can't say that this is my favorite issue.  Barbara meets up with dear old Dad, who has shaved his mustache, much to her consternation.  He also confesses that he is now BATMAN, and he's cleaning up this town, and running out all the costumed vigilantes.  Fortunately, Barbara was interrupted before she could confess that she is BATGIRL!

Also for some reason, Livewire shows up, and Batgirl gets arrested by her Dad. That's going to be awkward at Thanksgiving!

Not bad actually, but not quite up to the standards it has been reaching.

Batman'66, #24

This book is always a pure delight.  Campy Batman, a love-crazed Robin, and Marsha, Queen of Diamonds.  What's not to like?  The art is a hoot, with little hearts floating around Robin's head, and the psychodelic backgrounds of the Bat Computer, are just craaaazy, man. 

A joy from start to finish.

Green Lantern: Lost Army #1

Guy!

Daredevil #16

We are nearing the end of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's epic journey, and things have really hit the fan.  With the Shroud using the Owl to power his machine, he's outed Matt, and made him look like a Villain to all of San Francisco.  Matt needs help and ends up going to...The Kingpin? 

And boy howdy, does he have a proposition for him!

Things aren't looking too good for Foggy and Kirsten however. 

Oh, my God, this is fabulous.

So...so fabulous.

Howard the Duck #4

And speaking of fabulous.  This is just so...weird.  And cute.  And funny. 

Howard saves all the octogenarians, including Aunt May, although Peter seems pretty steamed about it, but now he has to contend with Talos the Tamed, and ends up going to visit Doctor Strange.  I have to say that this is my favorite version of Strange yet, as he's hiding out from Wong, and playing card with a bunch of inter-dimensional sorts. 

They are also looking for a gem from...well...not the Infinity Gauntlet, but the Abundant Glove.  Individually, the gems don't do much, but together they may make someone marginally more powerful.

I laughed and laughed. 

Then they have to find the gem that Talos is looking for, at Pier 4 where the Fantastic Four used to hang out, which means they have to cope with an out-of-control Johnny Storm who is busy hitting on anything with breasts in any dimension.  We have a lovely recap...from Johnny's point of view of the original Secret Wars, and things just get weirder and sillier.

Magnificent!


Loki: Agent of Asgard #15

Oh, things aren't too good. Evil old King Loki has teamed up with Hela and Tyr, and the forces of Nuspelheim, not to mention Jormungand, against Asgard.  Odin and Freya have unearthed a really bitchin' cache of Midgard weapons and Odin is just going to town.

Unfortunately, they are pretty much outnumbered, until Freya does her completely awesome thing.

Also, we get the backstory on Verity Willis, and it's not what you would think!  Young Loki, new Loki, Girl Loki isn't really in this all that much, but boy, it is a wild ride.  I love this book, and I'm devastated that it is going to apparently be ending with issue 17. Why are you doing that to me, Marvel?  What's going to happen next? 

Fabulous!

Where Monsters Dwell #2

Lovely Frank Cho covers.  Nice art, and a silly silly, but hilarious story.  The hero is an idiot and his female passenger is the one with all the brains, and they are trapped, presumably in the Savage land, or a reasonable facsimile, and it has amazons, pygmies and dinosaurs, and jodphurs.

It's great. So great.

I have to admit that with the exception of Green Lantern, I wasn't much impressed by DC this week.  Or this month. Marvel on the other hand, Secret Wars and Battle World notwithstanding, has been doing an excellent job with the quirky books lately.  I did get the previews for September, and the pickings were awfully slim...for BOTH companies.  What the heck is going on?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ouch

I haven't been posting for a few days, because on Saturday I managed to sprain my ankle, stepping off the bottom step of my back porch.  Since I have ankles that have the apparent strength of a piece of cooked sphagetti, this sort of incident is distressingly common for me. 

Man, it hurt. 

Much better now, I can put weight on it, and shuffle around, and am off the crutches. 

But anyway.   Superheroes don't seem to suffer from this sort of thing.  Hawkeye, now seems to sport a bandaid on his nose in practically every depiction of him, but that is a  new thing, and something that I find quite endearing actually.  Also Bruce seems to have Alfred stitch him up a lot, but he never seems to suffer from anything but cuts and bruises.  No broken bones or sprains, or concussions. 

On the other hand, maybe all he DOES suffer from are concussions!  It would explain a lot. 

This sort of thing is why I rather like the Marvel movies, because Iron Man actually gets beat up a bit, and so does Thor and Captain America and everybody else.  Because when you are fighting world class threats, you actually should bleed a little bit. 

So, as usual, I've managed to make it all about me. 

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Hal sums it all up so neatly.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Just For the Heck of It

It's Saturday, it's nice out, and I haven't a thought in my head.  So naturally, my thoughts turned to comics.

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For a change, it is Alan getting hit in the head. With a stick!  A BIG stick!

Because that is never not funny.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thursday's Reviews

Well, there certainly were a whole lot more books than last week.  I am not completely sure that it was a good thing however.  My feelings are...mixed.  We have the new post-Convergence books, and we have the Battleword books.  Both include some real oddities.

Black Canary #1

I'm a little torn to be frank.  I love the art, which is bold, and dashing, and full of movement.  Dinah genuinely looks agile and scary as all heck.  And yes, I do love her boots.  On the other hand, picking fights at every concert is no way to run a business.  A fair amount of mayhem, and hints at  dark past, and weirdness in the present...all things considered, it's pretty darned good. 

But Dinah...bubbela...get PAID before you start wrecking the venue!

Doctor Fate #1

I liked this a whole lot.  The art is fun, and very expressive, and you just can't go wrong with some Egyptian mythology showing up.  Besides...I've always like the idea of Doctor Fate anyway.  So I was pleased with this first issue, and wish to continue with the second! 

Plus, that is one scary jackal!

Harley Quinn and Power Girl #1

I've been meaning to pick this up before, because you just can't go wrong with Amanda Connor or Palmiotti and Gray, and my hopes have been realized.  This is a hoot and a half.  Power Girl is big and bold and not afraid of punching...anything.   Harley is nuttier than squirrel poop, but in a good way.  And...oh my god...Vartox!

This was good silly violent fun.  Not a lot of that at DC lately, so I take it where I can find it.

JLA #1

Well...that was interesting.  Very pretty art of course.  All the Big League players...and Cyborg.  Not exactly sure how it is that Hal is there, when he is supposed to be halfway across the Universe sulking and growing his hair, but hey...comics.  Arthur seems moody. 

Some kid talks to Superman, as dead Superman bodies keep piling up.  Superman is not...amused.  Plus, he still wears his glasses and is Clark Kent.  Parasite shows up and steals Hal and Barry's powers and they act like complete rookies.  Wonder Woman beats people up.  Batman hovers, and tells everyone it's a trap, but nobody listens to him.  Cyborg does...something.  Seriously, haven't these people ever worked together before? 

Then the skies turn red, and Rao shows up.  Or, in Metropolis...another Tuesday.

Martian Manhunter #l

To be perfectly honest, I don't have a clue as to what is going on here.  I opened this all, giddy and excited because I love J'onn, but it is full of evil Martians...who are Attacking.  And a lot of stuff blows up.  Although I do have to say that the picture of J'onn turning into a giant green dragon in order to save the jet is a cool thing.

I did not like this particularly.


Robin: Son of Batman #1

This was absolutely absurd, and completely over the top...and I loved it.  Damian goes off...somewhere to find his pet Goliath, who has been captured, and apparently for eating some guy's cows or something.  Damian love his pets, dammit, so off he goes.  A lot of stuff gets blown up, and Damian trips over his Bat-Cat and falls into a pit in the Bat-Cave while Bat-Cow calmly chews her cud.  It's fabulous.

He does have a lot of weird dreams, and such, with Dick, and Bruce and Talia showing up.  Also, Ducard's daughter is feeling weepy.  It's all very big and very fun, and Gleason knocks it out of the park. 

Secret Six #3

It's been so long since the last issues, that I had forgotten what was going on, to be frank.  For some reason, they are all hanging out in the suburbs at one of the Six's mother's house, although I've forgotten his name.  I have forgotten almost ALL of their names! 

They are having a bit of trouble adapting to life in the 'burbs.  A mean cop is beating up his dog, and Catman is perturbed.  There is a fair amount of mayhem and some pretty good snark and interacting, and it's not bad, so I'll be on board for the next issue.  Also...Mockingbird's identity is disclosed, and there is a traitor in their ranks.  Or...is there? 

Could use some Deadshot however.

Sensation Comics: Wonder Woman #11

Factions in some country are fighting and can't agree on anything.  Wonder Woman shows up to help sit at the conference table, and prior to that wears an absolutely fabulous version of her outfit with the leather pleated skirt, ala Darwyn Cooke, that I love.  Also Steve is there. 

Then Ares shows up and sows some dragons teeth and grows some lizard warriors and fights Wonder Woman.  This is the Ares from before, not the one from Azzarello's run, so it was a bit of a disconnect for a moment.  But classic Ares I suppose. 

It's not spectacular...but it is a good solid Wonder Woman story, and I'm always glad to read those.

Sinestro #12

Well somebody has thrown a spanner into the works, and the core of the Warworld planet is blowing up.  There is a traitor in the ranks!  Soranik decides she can't take it anymore and tries to leave, but Sinestro and she start a rather epic battle.  Obviously she's not the one who messed up the core, she's just tired of Sinestro's preening.  Oh and then Daddy takes her Green ring, and gives her a Yellow one. 

Not bad, but it would be nice to know what Sinestro plans on doing about that exploding planet.

Ms. Marvel #16

Kamala is still nursing her broken heart.  Meanwhile the skies turn red, and bad things are happening.  Are we accidentally in Metropolis?  People are panicking in the streets, and she has the abolutely brilliant idea of getting everyone to her school, which is safe because of that little bit of warding and protection placed upon it a couple of issues ago by none other than Loki. 

They have enough cheetos and orange soda to hold them...for now.  Also two blue monsters created to guard the school that announce that "you are about to be pwned by Loki, God of Mischief.  All Hail Loki!"

As Kamala, says...All right, Hipster-Viking-Magician dude!"

Then Captain Marvel shows up.

God, I do love this book.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6

Finally!  I found this a couple of weeks late, but better than not at all. 

So, a bank is being robbed by a transmogrified Hippo Man.  He used to just be a regular Hippo but somehow mutated into a Hippo Man, and hey, a Hippo Man has gotta eat.  He's stopped by Chipmunk Hunk!  A tall handsome due with Chipmunk powers!  Doreen is amazed.  And then Koi Boi!  The Hippo quips are flying. 

How DO you stop a charging Hippo?  Take away his credit cards!  Haw!

Doreen actually stops and asks the poor Hippo guy what it is that he wants, and they talk, and instead of him robbing the bank, she gives him the number of of a demolition company that her mom's friend runs.  Hippo Man can get PAID for his mayhem! 

Then Nancy peels off a couple of masks, because why not, and Chipmunk Hunk turns out to be Tomas, from her class!  Whodathunk?  So now everybody knows who everybody is, and it turns out that animals are mutating and getting powers just like people. Nancy is a bit bummed because she can't talk to the animals so they go to the zoo, but no luck.  Then the lions get out and they are rescued by Girl Squirrel?  A mutated squirrel! 

However, Doreen has a bad feeling, and it's not just because she's jealous.

This is by far...one of my favorite books.  Ever. 

Thors #l

And here we are on Battleworld, where all kinds of Thors are flying about being the cops and CSI.  It's a little...weird.  They have a body, actually several bodies, and no clues, but it turns out that it is all the same woman, being killed in different times, and it's Jane Foster, and Loki shows up briefly, and what the hell? 

And yet, it IS interesting in strange sort of way. I'll be just as glad when this whole thing is over and we can get back to the real books, but for now, it isn't....terrible.

And I also forgot to pick up Gotham Academy for the second week!  Dammit!