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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!

Monday, October 06, 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different

I give you...


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Well...not ALL that different really.  It isn't a Green Lantern butt, but it is a beaufiful backside nevertheless.  And if you changed the red in Kurt's costume to green, it would BE a fabulous Green Lantern uniform!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Oh That's Just Great

Originally I was going to just put up another picture of Hal's Behind, and call it a day, because I was feeling pretty lazy, to be truthful.  Then I went over to Comic Book  Resources, aka Comics Should Be Good, and read the 75 top Moments in Marvel History Countdown feature which has been running for a while.  And I've enjoyed seeing those pivotal moments all along, and we finally..finally get to the final two today.

If you don't want to know the Top Two Greatest Moments in Marvel History, then stop reading here.

Number Two, is the Death of Jean Grey.  Number One, is the Death of Gwen Stacy. 

Number Three, incidentally, was the discovery of Captain America's frozen carcase by the Avengers.

So, the rebirth of a beloved iconic figure, and the deaths of two women, are the greatest moments. 

I've heard of Fridging of course, but this was a Fridging and an UN-Fridging!

Sheesh!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Stuff I Bought

Well...it was certainly an interesting week.

Batman '66/Green Hornet #5

I know that I am probably betraying my ignorance here, but I never really understood shy the Green Hornet had to pretend to be a Bad Guy.  It doesn't really seem to give him much of an advantage.  But maybe I'm not getting it. 

Anyhoo, The Dynamic Duo manage to get out of the latest Death Trap, with ...Science!  I've also always wondered, by the Bad Guys never actually stay around to see to it that Batman and Robin don't escape, but they do seem to have really really short attention spans.

But they do team up again, and the Joker drops a bomb, and very little of it makes sense, and I simply love it.  And the Ty Templeton artwork is sublime as usual.

A whole Heckuva Lot of Fun!


Fairest #30

Actually, this is really just more of Fables, which is fine I guess.  Clara the Dragon is daydreaming, and the the Glamor stones have been stolen, and a mystery has to be solved.  And it is actually solved rather cleverly.  Also, Reynard and his new love are on the lam, and she discovers he is actually a Fox, and oh...the fun that they have! 

Also a tad on the ridiculous side, but I enjoyed it.

Gotham Academy #1

I had been reading good things about this book, so I decided to pick it up.  It's certainly interesting, and the art is fun, and it has caught my interest, so I'll be staying with it.  Obviously some really weird things are going on this school, and lord knows who...or what is actually lurking behind the walls.

Gosh, Gotham is a weird town.


Green Lantern/New Gods...Godhead #l

It actually makes more sense if you read this before reading Green Lantern.  I...did not. 

Well, the New Gods have been visiting the Source Wall again, and Highfather seems to feel that getting all the rings will somehow defeat Darkseid.  He isn't particularly polite about the way that he goes about getting samples of all these rings, since his feeling is that the Ring Bearers are a bunch of losers anyway. 

Then, after killing and robbing, and messing peoples lives up, all the New Gods come back with their rings, and it...doesn't work.

I've always liked the New Gods.  In particular I liked Metron, Orion, Scott Free and Barda.  But I don't like THESE New Gods.  And Orion, who is simply spectacular in Wonder Woman is nothing more than a jerk here. And Metron is a creep.  And Highfather is a creep.  And they took Mogo's ring.  And St. Walkers, although he wasn't using it at the time.

Bleh.

Green Lantern #35

Now the GL's are left with the problem of dealing with poor Mogo.  You would think that they would just give him another ring, and everything would be fine, but that's too complicated for Hal.  Metron pontificates, St. Walker whines some more, Salaak is horrified, and Hal is stupid.  And there is a fight.  And finally, they all seem to notice that yes, Kyle is DEAD, and they mourn him, although they have completely ignored that idea for quite a while.  Of course Kyle isn't dead, but they don't know that. 

This is...kinda stupid.  And boring.  And as much as I love the Green Lanterns, I never thought I would be saying that.  I can only assume that after FAR too long, this new crossover will end with Kyle coming back, and...and stuff will happen. 

Yeesh.


Justice League #34

The League is dealing with Lex Luthor and his...interesting manner of dealing with problems.  Superman of course isn't happy, and neither is Batman, but Captain Mar....er...Shazaam is happy to go out and fight Gorillas, Cyborg is rebooting, and Wonder Woman is showing Lex that people aren't all that bad, when a little girl gives him a hug and a flower. 

Awwww! 

Of course, he starts plucking the petals from it later, but that's just Lex. 

Oh, and Barry  tries to help Jessica learn how to control her evil Green Lantern Ring. 

My favorite part, quite frankly, was Captain Cold.


Thor #1

Well!  I did not see that coming!  But the identity of the new Thor makes perfect sense.

Poor Thor.  I didn't read the previous Watcher storyline, but somehow, Nick Fury whispered something to him, and now he's no longer worthy of Mjollnir.  That seems like a really dickish sort of thing for Nick Fury to do, but it's on a par with how he has been acting lately, according the the latest ret-con.  A shame really, I've always rather liked Nick Fury. 

*sigh*

But anyway, poor Thor is coming unglued.  Odin is back, and throwing his weight around.  Odin is always a jerk, but somehow I enjoy his blatant pomposity and stupidity.  Also for some reason, Malekith...I think...has unleashed some really cool Frost Giants on Midgard, and they are destroying an underwater lab built by Roxxon.  So I really can't be sorry, because Roxxon is evil.  EVIL!  And Malekith is just so gleeful. 

And never ever mess with a cranky All-Mother.

This was actually good.  I wasn't sure about it all, but I'm glad that I picked it up.

Wonder Woman #34

Finally!  It seems as though this issue has been really late, but I'm glad that it is here. 

Diana is slowly bleeding to death, and has a nice little talk with Ares.  Strife is wandering around causing trouble, because that is what she does.  Hera is feeling godly again, and all the Amazons are still fighting the First Born.  Oh, and Hippolyta is alive again!  Sort of. 

Milan is back, and Hephaestus has mechanical elephants!  Orion is in there fighting, and he is so much more heroic than in the Green Lantern book.    They need to get little Zeke, the Last Born, onto the throne of Olympus for some reason, but naturally, it isn't going to be easy

God, this is great.  And I love, I simply love Diana's outfit, with her hair done up, and the leather skirt and armor, she looks just fabulous.

This was really good.