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Monday, September 29, 2014

Tee Hee

I don't even remember where the heck I found this, but it just cracks me up.  And on a Monday, I could use that. 

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Oh, Major Disaster I miss you so.  You and all of your misfit bunch of losers.  I still think that Justice League, Antarctica was one of Max Lord's more brilliant ideas.  Heck, I still miss Max too.  The REAL Max that is. 

Incidentally, this had to be in reference to the first time that the good Major ran into Guy Gardner, back in his JLI days.  I can see where it would have been confusing.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Red Lanterns/Futures End

This was the only Green Lantern book that I was both looking forward to, and dreading.  Green Lantern had Hal teaming up with Relic and getting attached to the Source Wall, for a reason that I cannot quite understand.  Knowing Hal, I'm rather surprised that he isn't flashing his buttocks.  Green Lantern Corps had John Stewart portrayed as going completely off the rails after the whole thing with Fatality,and going around flat out murdering people, till he gets "redeemed" by the Indigos...after he has killed Indigo.  Or something.  It too...was pretty dreadful.  I didn't even get Green Lantern: New Guardians, because although I love Kyle, I gave up on that one months ago.  Still can't make heads or tails out of it.

But I've been loving Charles Soule's take on Guy Gardner and the plucky bunch from the Red Lanterns.  Sadly, most of them were killed off, in the final battle against Atrocitus.  Oh, Zilius Zox, I miss you!  The only ones left were Rankorr and Bleez...with the exception of all of the newly minted ones created by Atrocitus.

In the newest issue, five years in the future, Guy is now a Blue Lantern.  He has cut his hair, shaved off the 'stache and beard, and looks pretty darned good in Blue.  But as Hopeful as he is, he is still recognizably Guy Gardner.  He is teamed up more or less with Bleez, going around and getting the last of the Red Rings.  Bleez doesn't want anyone else in the Universe to have to go what they went through.  She and Guy are getting along pretty well, all things considered, although she still can't quite figure out how it is that he is able to use his Hope powers without a Green Lantern around to boost the juice.

But there IS one other Red out there, and Bleez is really really pissed about it.  And lo and behold, it turns out to be none other than Rankorr, who has been driving stark raving bonkers by all of the Rings.  So naturally, they fight.  And Guy reveals that he's tried ALL of the rings...including Love, which he says was a weird couple of months.  Oh Guy.  But Hope was the one that kept him going through all of them. 

And he and Bleez fight Rankorr, and Bleez gets all of his Rings, and goes a little nuts herself, until Guy calms her down and ALL of the Red Rings are destroyed,and Bleez and Rankorr are reunited, and she's got her real wings back, and it ends...happily.

A Happy Ending, in September!  In a horrible horrible awful dreadful future!  I'm so elated, I  could practically cry!  And Guy of all people coming out ahead!  Mr. Soule, I could kiss you. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Reasonably Prompt Reviews

Considering what a wretched month this was for DC, and that I gave up quite a few of my usual books in disgust, this turned out to be a reasonably decent week. 

Reasonably.


Adventures of Superman #17

No fancy cover, no crossover, and in his REAL costume.  And teamed up with Omac of all people!  Mohawk and all.  Superman is sent into space to take care of a chunk of errant comet, which when you think about it, is a perfect sort of mission for Superman.  Naturally he is attacked by a Robot.  In fact, he even wonders if he will ever NOT be attacked by a Robot.  And this Robot has Kryptonite!  So it's a darned good thing that Omac happens to be around, and saves his mighty red behind, and together of course, they defeat the Robot and the Evil-Doer and defuse the Bomb, and oh, it's just a nice old-fashioned and fun story. 

You remember those, right?

The second story has Superman slightly befuddled, since he thinks that he is seeing the ghosts of his real parents and his adopted parents, and thinks that he is losing his Super Marbles.  Turns out that there actually IS a ghost, another Kryptonian who somehow never made it to Earth, and is a bit pissy about it.  In a rather poignant way, Superman turns the table on him and wins of course.  But it's nice nevertheless.

I do love this book.


Batman '66 #15

And speaking of loving a book!  We have Penquin teaming up with the Black Widow, and lots of spider-related shenanigans.  The Widow seems to be something of a man-hater, not to mention Bat-hater.  As usual, it's taking too long for her death trap to dispose of our doughty duo, and so she leaves Penguin to finish the job, and as usual, Batman appeals to his vanity and sense of self-preservation, and he actually HELPS them out of the webby fate! 

Lovely as usual.


Futures End/Booster Gold #1

I only got this because it had Booster in it.  I love Booster!  It's a bit convoluted, involving a whole LOT of time travel, and alternate Universes, and alternate Boosters.  But there are a whole lot of nice tiny cameos of people that we haven't seen in a very long time, and it's nice to know that somehow and somewhere, Booster is still out there trying to set things right.

Then he's captured by what appears to be Brother Eye, who is torturing him to no avail, and ends up using Michelle's life against him revealing the whereabouts of Vanishing Point. 

Oh Booster. I do hope that you have a clever trick up your shiny shiny sleeve.

Not great, but not terrible.  And so nice to see Michael again.


Futures End/ Red Lanterns #l

Not...awful!  Amazing!


Futures End/ Sinestro #1

Well, five years from now, Sinestro is in the biggest baddest prison in the Universe, and his ring...and finger is gone, and life generally sucks. But being Sinestro he figures a way to escape, and then gets caught, and a lot of other stuff happens.  Lyssa Drak does...something, and Soranik seems to be on his side, but everyone in the Fear Corps dies, and then he comes back as a Black Lantern.  Or something.  Along with everyone else.  I guess that's one color that can't be defeated! 

I'm getting awfully tired of all the gloom and doom, but it was a tiny bit satisfying to realize that Sinestro is one of those characters that will never ever ever quit. 

Mighty Avengers #14

And this is a rather satisfying conclusion to the recent story.  The Bad Guys have all combined in a mystical sort of way to take over...everything.  And everyone.  And rewrite reality and rule the World.   Except that Luke Cage, is the one person who refuses to kneel, and actually has the gumption to fight back, which gets the rest of his bunch fighting back, and it all just befuddles the Deathwalkers.  And then the Mighty Avengers do the same mystical mumbo jumbo and combine themselves to fight the Deathwalkers, and it works because the seperate Bad Guys can't give up their own evil egos to fight together, and are naturally defeated.

It's lovely. 


Loki; Agent of Asgard #6

Now that all of that foolishness with Angela is out of the way, we have our slightly weary anti-hero coming home to Midgard.  But his nasty future self is busy fooling around in time, and has the audacity to freak out none other than Doctor Doom.  I haven't been reading Fantastic Four, so I can't really say exactly why it is that young Valeria Richards is living with "Uncle" Doom, but she is, and apparently she does...stuff.

Doom is outraged that old evil Loki made him wet his pants so he resolves to find young not so evil Loki and teach him a lesson.  Meanwhile, Verity has tracked Loki down to yell at him a bit, and he's rather startled to find out that she actually cared.  But then he's grabbed by Doom, and slips her...something.

He's defeated rather easily all things considered, but knowing Loki, I am sure that he has a trick or two up his sleeve.  The art is different, and I wasn't all that impressed with it, but still, I do enjoy his antics, so I'm happy to have this back on the shelves.

Saga #23

Well!  Marko and Alana deal with the fallout of their little spat.  Izabel tells Alana to stop being such a drama queen, while Hazel is crying for her toy, that only Marko knows about.  Meanwhile, Prince Robot is on their tail, and Yuma, who is desperately trying not to be killed by the kidnapper of little prince robot V winds up telling him what she knows about them. 

Marko's Mom continues to kick ass, as they are attacked by the kidnapper, and Alana finally gets her head out of her ass, and they take off in their coool  rocket ship...to bad they left Marko behind! 

Agggghh! 

God, this is great.

So, not a bad ending at all for the month!  I'm still a bit depressed that I never got the issue of Ms Marvel with the Dog, but for some reason, my store didn't have it.  Bummer.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sweet Wednesday

I haven't been saying that a whole lot this particular month, but it is the final Wednesday of Crossover September, so at last...at long last, it is coming to an end.  And there is some actual good stuff amongst all the rubble, or so at least...I am hoping.

But before I wander off to the Comical Book Store, here is just a little reminder of what it is that is closest and dearest to my heart.


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Oh...Hal.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Very Delayed Reviews

Sorry about that...was attending the final Trans-Am race at beautiful Limerock, Connecticut over the weekend, in equally lovely early Fall weather, watching the big Corvettes, Mustangs and Challengers duke it out.  Also Mazdas, but that was a tad less thrilling.  They sounded like a swarm of bees.  But a good time was had by all.

I'm a bit starved for news and the Internet however...no wi-fi.  Which may actually not be a bad thing.  I didn't know about the vote for Scotland until it was all over.

But anyway...after my disgust over the slim pickings of last week, I didn't get a whole heck of a lot this week.

Fables #144

I...did not see that coming! 

Bigby is back, and wreaking havoc, since the one last piece of his crystalline form is now adorning the finger of the former Mrs. Spratt...who is oddly enough, looking more and more like the Dark Man.  Ozma and Beast go out to battle him, full of confidence and magical armor...and...unfortunately for them, run into a wee problem. 

Dang.  I liked Beast too.

Guess Snow White is up next!

Pretty good as usual. This seems to be the final story for Fables and Fairest, and I'm going to miss it when it is gone.

Future's End/Wonder Woman #1

I was of two minds about whether to pick this up or not, but it HAS been quite a while since the last issue, and oh...what the heck.  It actually...was pretty decent, especially compared to the rest of the Future's End books.  It is of course, Five Years In The Future, and Wonder Woman is teamed up with various dead heroes,  fighting some sort of inexorable but vague Nemesis, with the aid of people like Boudiccea and Napoleon and Hades of all people.  She's been fighting herself a bit, trying not to become War, but in the end, she has to embrace that side of herself.

Not bad at all.

Sensation/Wonder Woman #2

Dagnabit, I really like this book.  It has Diana in her REAL costume, doing things that the REAL Diana would do, having some problems dealing with Cheetah, and it is all because of Doctor Psycho, and then a second adorable story about her being a little girl and doing all those sorts of things that bring gray hair to Hippolyta. 

Fabulous.

Daredevil #8

This was genuinely chilling...and so very very good.  Children show up at the apartment of a young boy, and grab him, while his mother goes up to the roof and throws herself off.  Meanwhile, Matt goes on a nice yacht trip with Kirsten's Father and Stepmother.  At least it seems fine until her Dad makes Matt an offer to sell his autobiography.

Yeesh! 

But anyway, Daredevil show up with the cops trying to find out what would make a woman commit suicide, and he realizes that Killgrave, aka the Purple Man is behind it all.  Oh, and is he ever!  He spent a fair amount of time during the last few years, sleeping with various women, getting them pregnant, and then forgetting him...so that he could assemble his own little posse of offspring, who have his...powers.  So he gets them all together so that they can...love him.  Or something.  But he did overlook one  minor detail.

The purple kids have his powers, and they don't seem too thrilled with him, and so they make him go out and walk in front of a train. 

Double Yeesh! 

Chris Samnee can draw some really spooky looking kids.  Fabulous as usual.

Thor, God of Thunder #25

This may be my last chance for a while at least to read about MY Thor, as opposed to the new female version.  Basically, it is about his three grand-daughters in the future hanging out and reading books from the library, which is nice, as we hear about young hot-headed Viking Thor, we find out how Malekith got that way, and end with present Thor on the moon, trying to lift Mjollnir.

I haven't been reading the whole Watcher Eyeball saga, so I don't really know how he ended up on the moon, or why he is no longer worthy, but I'm sure that he'll bounce back...eventually.  Nice as usual as well.

And that's it for books!  Thank goodness there is only one more week to endure for all the Future's End crapfest!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Random Ramblings

Well it's Monday, but it actually is a rather beautiful Monday.  It's already half-way through September, and Summer is fast fading, which has me feeling gently melancholy.  Ordinarily, I am absolutely panting to get to September, because I love Autumn, and usually August is hot and muggy and horrible.  This year however we in little old New England had one of the nicest Augusts that I can remember.  More like September weather, dry and in the 70's and 80's.  So actually having the days getting shorter is a bit of a shock. 

I'm sure that it is different in your parts of the country. 

Still feeling queasy about the DC books this month.  Probably going to pass on most of them.  I might give Red Lanterns a look, because I think Guy is supposed to be a Blue Lantern, which sounds a little weird.  I don't know if the Red Lantern book is even going to continue, now that Guy is more or less out of the group.  Not that there is much of a group left, but he seems to have come to terms with the Red Ring and is hanging out on Earth for a while. 

What does surprise me, is that I always thought that a Red Lantern would die if they lost their ring.  And yet Dex-starr and Atrocitus seemed to have survived, and will be incarcerated in the Sciencells, where presumably they can escape some day to wreak more revenge.  Shouldn't they be dead?  Defunct?  Pushing up daisies?  Taking a Dirt Nap?  Who the heck knows? 

I like Guy's longer hair, but the mustache and the beard are starting to annoy me. 

I have heard that there is going to be a Teen Titans cartoon beginning soon? Can't remember where or when, but that would probably be worth a looksie.

Is it me, or is Wonder Woman really late?  Or did I miss the last issue?  Last I knew,she had been stabbed by the First Born. It would be nice to find out what happens.  I am NOT looking forward to the Finches new stint on the title.  I don't know anything about her abilities as a writer, but Brian Finch always makes Diana look about 17, and she always has a cocked hip and sway back.  It's a bit annoying.  And uncomfortable.

I forget where I found this, but it just makes me smile.  It's by Mike Norton, and it is adorable.


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So...so adorable.

Friday, September 12, 2014

I'm Torn

After my abysmal reviews of yesterday's books, I find myself in something of a quandary.  September is supposed to be a "Big" month for DC.  It is when they launched the current 52 Universe a couple of years ago, and each September they seem to be trying to come up with a newer and flashier gimmick.  Hence the lenticular covers and such...because it was SUCH a success the last time!  But this has to be the most depressing and horribly written Cross-over since Marvel's Gawdawful Civil War of a few years back.  That managed to accomplish weaning me off Marvel for quite some time!  I completely gave up the X books, and the Avengers and practically everything else, with a few...a very few exceptions.

So...I think that I am going to give the rest of my usual books a pass this month. I've bought two weeks worth and they were absolutely dreadful. Why on earth, would I continue to shell out my hard-earned dollars to buy MORE stuff that is awful?  That's...that's a bit crazy, isn't it?  None of this crap is going to mean anything in a couple of months anyway.  None of it makes any sense, and it is only a Cross-over in the vaguest of ways, in that everything is taking place five years from now, and EveryThing Has Gone To Hell!!!!!! 

Which means basically, I suppose that the DC Heroes are all pretty incompetent at their jobs.  At least in the new 52 Universe.  They've only been around for "Ten" years, and have managed in that relatively short amount of time, to completely fuck up everything.  Unlike the REAL Heroes, from the old Continuity, who have been around for a helluva lot longer, and have had their share of ups and downs, but managed for the most part to get things done. 

I'm not letting Marvel off of the hook either.  I managed to avoid reading the most recent Cross-over there as well, with the Death of the Watcher, and all of the "mystery" that ensued.  Who killed the Watcher?  Well, it turns out to have been none other than Nick Fury, who is actually old, and we've only been seeing LMD's lately.  Oh, and DumDum Duggan has ALWAYS been an LMD.  An LMD that could fool Wolverine, and telepaths, and everyone, because apparently Nick Fury is a sick twisted psycho, who now must sit on the Moon and be a Watcher too.  Or something.  It's...convoluted.  It's more than convoluted, it makes no sense whatsoever.  And it's a slap in the face of countless stories that came before it.  Oh, and I guess Ironman is going to be a jerk again.  Or a bigger jerk. 

Once again, Marvel  and DC are making the mistake of thinking that I want to read about out and out Villains.  I don't, I really don't.  I mean...I like Villains to a degree, some of them are quite charming in their way, and you certainly have to have a Villain to balance your Hero.  And while I don't mind a Villain being redeemed, or Anti-Heroes, I don't want my Heroes to be complete and utter jackasses.  I only want them to be partial Jackasses.  I AM a Guy Gardner fan after all.  But for all his past and current jackassery, Guy has always been a Hero through and through.  I don't want to see John Stewart become a murderer, just because his girlfriend dumped him. 

So it is all about ME as usual.  But am I alone in feeling this way?  One of the joys of my life is going into my beloved local Comic Book Store to pick up my books and engaging in a bit of banter about what is going on in our fictional worlds, and in general, the scuttlebutt has been..."WTF Are They Doing?"

There are bright spots of course.  The sneak peak of the Darwyn Cooke covers for December fills me with anticipation and delight.  Why?  Because those are the REAL DC heroes! 

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Isn't this fabulous?

Or this...

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Or even this!

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Worlds of Wonder.  Heroes and Heroines, doing their Heroic thing. 

Even..dare I say it...Joy.

You have offered me a tantalizing prospect in the future DC.  But my patience is wearing thin.  Very very thin.