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Comics Corner – Threepeat – DC Edition (Part 2 of 3)

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Part 2 of 3 in my gigantic pile of comics this week. (Part 1, the Marvel Edition can be found here.) I was surprised to find that this was all I had in the ways of DC comics. I’ve been consistently dropping books from the company as of late. I’m just not really digging what they’re putting out aside from the Green Lantern stuff. Oh well, it’ll all end soon for me anyway.

  • Action Comics #869 – This issue really got some things moving while seemingly not doing all that much. The real Brainiac dukes it out with Superman in deep space while his droids terrorize the people in Metropolis and Supergirl loses it. The end of the issue is actually pretty depressing because of where things end up. What a downer! Recent solicitations for the big upcoming arc sort of give away what’s going to happen though so that sucks. I’m probably going to be dropping the book after this arc wraps up though. I’m not interested in Supergirl or the other Superman book. I might take a look at the trade though. Speaking of Supergirl, I usually dig Gary Frank’s art, but this issue had some of the funkiest and distorted images of Kara Zor-El ever.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • All Star Superman #12 – This issue wrapped up this series by Grant Morrison and drawn by Frank Quitely. Apparently every single person in the entire world that read it loved it. While I dug the story, I can’t really remember the events that led up to this. The book’s spotty delivery schedule has caused me to forget a lot of it. I got the jist I think and the end of the book was actually really good. I’m going to have to go back and re-read them all now. The one thing that I didn’t like, about this issue and the series in general, was the art. I’ve never been a fan of Quitely’s art and I honestly don’t see how anyone can be. Everyone looks like they either just smelled shit or they’re about to drop a big deuce. Not to mention the fact that everyone looks all wiggly like the very ground they’re standing on is constantly vibrating. Aside from the art, which wasn’t nearly as bad as that X-Factor fiasco, it was really good.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Booster Gold #12 – This book has just lost it’s shine since Geoff Johns left. Granted, it’s only been two issues, but these have just felt entirely too silly and uneventful. The previous arcs felt like they meant something or at the very least mattered. This arc has just felt like a filler throwaway story and totally not what interested me about the first 10 / 12 issues. It seems like they’re trying to get Booster Gold back to the ridiculous and stupid stories that he used to be involved in years ago. No thanks. Sorry Booster, but you’re among the first to go from my pull list in the great Comics Removal of 2008.
    Rating: ★★☆☆☆
  • Green Lantern #34 – Just when I thought this arc was over, it continues! In what is turning into the longest origin re-telling ever, Geoff Johns continues his story of Hal Jordan’s first days as a Green Lantern. Ok, Sinestro and Hal take care of that big red alien thing. Hal gets some closure and the guy that will eventually become Black Hand disappears. Now they’re called to Oa for some nonsense? C’mon! Get on with it so we can see some more Red Lanterns and get to Blackest Night!
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Green Lantern Corps #28 – I think I’m about ready to let this book go. I clung on to it because I love the whole Green Lantern mythos lately, but I don’t see where else it can go until the next big GL event. This issue wrapped up a quick arc looking at yet another Sinestro Corps member killing off family members of rookie Green Lanterns. Problem solved. Issue ends. We get it. There’s a war now. The Green Lanterns have a horrible and ruthless villain in the Sinestro Corps. Let’s do some more with these characters already! You’ve got a plethora of possibilities here and they’re being squandered hunting Sinestro Corps rings with the same 4-6 people.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆

Comics Corner – Week of 8/13

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Here are my thoughts on the comics I picked up this week. Please note, some of these will probably come off as retarded to some people so consider yourself warned. I dropped all things Final Crisis from my pull list after last week. I’m done with that event and I’m practically done with DC altogether.

  • 100 Bullets #94 – Holding off on this one until the series ends. I think I’m going to drop the book and just pick up the last trade when it comes out. No sense in me shilling out the $3 a month for it if it’s just going in a box for now.
  • Action Comics #868 – Geoff Johns’ look at Brainiac continues. I’m loving the “horror story” vibe that this story is giving off. Brainiac is essentially the Kryptonian Boogieman. Children are terrified of him and rightly so. Now he’s found Earth and his drones are descending on it to destroy the planet while Superman is away. Action, Adventure, Drama. I’m digging this book.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Amazing Spider-Man #567 – The conclusion to the arc featuring a new lady Kraven. This issue wrapped up the arc pretty well and definitely left things with a lot of room to grow. I loved the “twist” of adding Peter’s roommate Vin to the mix. I didn’t really care for the way Peter’s face looked in the Daredevil costume though. It looked too open and just weird. Again, I don’t remember why Vermin is alive because I could have sworn he was dead. Although maybe that’s a result of the whole “Brand New Day” thing. Speaking of, I just noticed that that header is no longer on the top of the comic. Bout damn time. Next issue picks up the “New Ways to Die” arc featuring Venom and Green Goblin. I’m really looking forward to that.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Angel After The Fall #11 – I’m pretty sure this is the penultimate issue so at least I’ve got that going for me. This issue actually gave us a lot of information about what Gunn’s been up to and why he’s been doing what he’s been doing. I can’t tell if it’s the vampire part of him or if he’s just been driven insane by the events in Los Angeles. This issue felt like it flowed a bit better with some dialog that was closer to the spirit of the Buffyverse, especially the interaction with Spike and the others. I seriously have no idea what’s going on in the last page. If it was a cliffhanger I think it failed because I don’t see what’s going on. This could probably be due to the horrendous art. The second to last page seriously looked like something out of a crumbled up old Peanuts comic. Seriously go check it out. Gwen looks like fucking Charlie Brown with a wig on. I don’t understand how the art could be so piss poor in this book. You’d think that with the attention that is undoubtedly on this book that they’d at least spring for a halfway decent artist. Ugh.
    Rating: ★★☆☆☆
  • Astonishing X-Men #26 – The second issue of Warren Ellis’ run on this book. While I’m a big fan of Ellis’ work, this one just isn’t up to par for me just yet. There’s some interesting theories popping around and I’m liking what he’s done with the characters so far. Cyclops has changed, or as he puts it, grown up. The X-Men have to face the fact that mutants are literally an endangered species now. If they hope to survive, they’re going to have to resort to drastic measures like kill or be killed. Cyclops mentions that both he and Storm have killed before, but I don’t recall whom or when. If anyone can fill me in, please do.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Batman #679 – Part 4 (or is it 5?) of Grant Morrison’s “Batman R.I.P.” storyline. I feel like I have to go back to the beginning of Morrison’s run and re-read the whole thing because I’m starting to get lost in this. There’s a whole lot of jumping around and Batman’s in a weird purple costume and he’s a schizophrenic hobo now. Sure. It’s Grant Morrison. Go with it, right? Eh. I’m starting to lose faith in the man. The re-introduction of Batman’s arch-rival certainly gives me hope for the next couple issues though. I loved what Morrison did with the Joker so I’m looking forward to when he actually gets to use him.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Booster Gold #11 – When I heard that Geoff Johns was leaving this book, I was ready to drop it on the spot. Chuck Dixon is filling in for a quick 2 issue arc before someone else takes over the book. Booster is sent to fix a time hole created by a backwards time traveler and an encounter with Batman and crew. He just doesn’t know how to fix it just right. This issue was not nearly as good as the previous arcs. It felt a little hokey and just small time. Johns’ run was almost epic, but on a scale that someone like Booster Gold could still take on. I think I’m going to give this book two more issues (one to end Dixon’s arc and then one more for the new guy) before I make my final decision though. If they’re anything like this though, I’ll be dropping it.
    Rating: ★★½☆☆
  • Fantastic Four #559 – I considered dropping this book because while it’s written by Mark Millar, it got a little out there with the first arc. This issue convinced me otherwise though. I just want to know more. Is the Earth really doomed to be destroyed within 30 years? Why is the Hulk leading a strange group of super villains to capture Johnny Storm and Dr. Doom? And is that who I think it is at the end there? Holy shit. How can I not read the next issue now? The art is the only thing that I’m a little iffy on with this book now. While Brian Hitch’s earlier issues seemed a bit more detailed, this one seems almost sketchy with some things definitely looking unfinished. I feel like the art in a book like Fantastic Four should be crisp and clean and that’s not the case here.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Green Lantern Corps #27 – I think I’m going to stick it out with this book. I just love the Green Lanterns now. This issue starts up a new arc with someone brutally killing the families of several Corps members, mostly rookies. I don’t recognize the face at the end of the book, but it is most likely a member of the Sinestro Corps. The hunt should be on in the next issue. Oh, and Mongul’s not dead? Sure.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe (One Shot – Reprint) – I think I red this issue awhile back. Essentially it’s a sort of “What If…?” story where Frank Castle’s family is killed not by criminals but as a result of a battle between super powered individuals. Castle freaks out and kills some of them, then he’s recruited to kill them all, hence the title. It’s an interesting little story that shows what can happen if things go too far. You can also see how this issue could have planted the seed for Garth Ennis’ The Boys later on as it deals with a lot of the same themes (ie: policing super heroes). Not a bad read.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Secret Invasion #5 – OK. Let’s get on with it already. The Skrulls have invaded. Some shit went down and then I feel like I’ve been hanging around waiting. It’s like the wind was knocked out of me and I’m just waiting to get it back. Now it looks as if that will happen with the NEXT issue. Thanks? Issue 6 of 8 is when things are going to heat up? Is Bendis taking lessons from Grant Morrison and Final Crisis? This issue also showed us that seemingly all the heroes on the Savage Land ship were indeed Skrulls thanks to some nifty super gun that Reed Richards invented on the spot. That’s pretty disappointing because one of the really intriguing parts of the first issue was that ambiguity of those long lost heroes. Even if one of them was the real deal, even f’ing Mockingbird, it would have made it worthwhile and caused so much more drama. Instead it felt like a publicity stunt. It was just a flash in the pan. I’ve still got hope for this, but I’m a little let down. Let’s wrap this up, Bendis. This better not be another House of M.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Secret Invasion Inhumans #1 – I feel like the Inhumans haven’t really gotten enough play. Sure they basically isolate themselves away from Earth on the moon, but they’re just so interesting up there. There’s got to be more drama, no? Thankfully with the proof that Black Bolt was really a Skrull (for who knows how long) there’s some hope yet. Medusa and Crystal set out to find their true king while Black Bolt’s brother causes some mischief as usual. It would be a safe bet that he’s a Skrull, but I feel that might be too obvious. I think I’m going to stick with it for this mini-series, unlike Front Line and Fantastic Four.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Secret Invasion Runaways Young Avengers #2 – Since I love both teams involved with this story, I’m definitely sticking with it. (I also like that Marvel kept most of these tie-in mini-series short, between 3 and 4 issues, with Front Line being the exception at 5. Makes it a bit easier to swallow.) This issue moves things along pretty quickly as both groups are confronted by even more Skrulls. I like that this mini-series is addressing some of the factions within the Skrull religion that Bendis has mentioned in interviews, but has yet to address in his books. Here we see a group of extremists hellbent on removing the prodigal son of their former queen, Young Avenger Hulkling. Next issue wraps this one up.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Secret Invasion X-Men #1 – So apparently with all the planning and preparation that the Skrulls did for this invasion, they forgot to check in on one of the most powerful super teams in the Marvel Universe. I guess they didn’t get that change of address form that the X-Men sent out when they moved to San Francisco because they were surprised to see the mutant team there to stop them from taking over the land of Rice-A-Roni. I find this incredibly hard to believe. Does this mean that there’s not one Skrull among the mutants? It seems to be a safe bet. If one is revealed, this entire issue won’t make a bit of sense. As a result, I’m probably going to skip this mini-series. It definitely seems like it’ll be easily forgotten about and not really matter to the big picture anyway.
    Rating: ★★☆☆☆
  • Walking Dead #51 – I think this is the only comic that I actually fear reading each month. After the last arc where writer Robert Kirkman essentially proved that literally no one is safe, I read the book by peaking through my fingers at times. This issue was heart-breaking. I thought things looked a little odd when the phone first “rang” but I didn’t think anything of it. Then BAM, I’m hit with that doozy. What a book. Also, in reading this issue I got to thinking about just how old Rick’s son Carl is. He’s got to be like 10 at the most, right? Throughout all this he’s got to be pretty mature for his age by now though, especially since he basically has to take care of his Dad now. Oh man. I can’t even imagine what could happen next with this book.
    Rating: ★★★★★
  • Welcome To Hoxford #1 – This was the first issue of Ben Templesmith’s new series. He wrote and drew this book and man, was it creepy. I’ve been a fan of Templesmith’s art in Fell and this is very similar. There’s this underlying creepy-ness factor that runs throughout the entire issue. I also feel like it’s got an almost dreamlike aura about it. The colors blend together and people’s faces can stretch and contort into weird shapes and it would be natural here. Hoxford is a new privately-owned maximum security prison / rehabilitation center. A group of inmates on death row are transferred there and they are definitely an interesting (re: insane) bunch. It seems that the guards and the warden are just as strange though. The book is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of Fell. I feel like it’s a bizarre and twisted version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I love it.
    Rating: ★★★★½

Comics Corner – Week of 7/30 & 8/6

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  • Green Lantern Corps #26 – The conclusion to the arc with Mongol. I thought this story was alright, but nothing special. I’m mostly reading this book because I’ve fallen in love with the whole Green Lantern mythos. It pales in comparison to Johns’ Green Lantern book, but it’s not too bad. The art was a little funny. I’m more interested in where the book is going following these members of the Corps into the upcoming events.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Amazing Spider-Man Extra – Three extra stories that don’t really fit into the regular issues each month. This wasn’t a bad book, but I don’t get the context of it yet. Beginning with last year’s Free Comic Book Day “Swing Shift” Spider-Man has had these sort of weird out of order stories that pop up on occasion. I understand the whole new direction of “Brand New Day” but just tell the story already! It felt like these three stories (one focusing on villain Hammerhead, one on Harry Osborn (OMG! He was a Goblin?!?) and one set in the future with Spider-Man on trial) were just sort of thrown together as necessary backstory for a later arc. It seems a little disorganized to pop out a book like this instead of trying to fit it into the main storyline, but I like Spidey, so I’m letting it slide…for now.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Green Lantern #33 – Part 5 in Geoff Johns’ look at the Secret Origin of Green Lantern Hal Jordan. I feel like this arc has been going on forever, but it’s only been 5 issues. I guess when you look at it, that’s still 5 months. Ouch. The next issue finishes this up and moves on to the bigger events of Green Lantern for the rest of this year and into next. While I haven’t hated this arc, I feel like it’s a letdown to come after the fantastic Sinestro Corps storyline. It’s like we got all worked up and then things just came to a standstill with this flashback arc. The story is helpful though as I was not up to speed on the origins of Hal or his rogues gallery including William Hand and the man who would become Cyborg Superman, Hank Henshaw.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Justice Society Of America Annual #1 – I know next to nothing about Earth-2 or it’s inhabitants. I understand that Power Girl is from there and I’ve got faith in Geoff Johns. That’s about all I’ve got going into this story though and I dug it. Johns is a great storyteller and this issue is a perfect example of it. I went into it without knowing any of these characters and finished the issue actually caring about some of them. I want to see the Huntress taken care of. I want to see this group, this family back together again, but what’s all this nonsense with another Power Girl? I have no idea, but I’m in for the ride.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Ultimate Spider-Man #124 – Every time I think about dropping this book, I’m treated to some of the best dialogue in comics and I realize that I can’t drop the book. Say what you will about Brian Michael Bendis, but the man writes great dialogue, especially when it’s between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. I also love that this arc is spinning out of the Ultimate Spider-Man video game which I loved. Bendis kept saying that the game was in continuity, but it never made any sense. Now it’s starting to! Pretty good issue and I’m excited for more.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Wolverine #67 – Old Man Logan continues. We’re given a very brief glimpse into the events that turned the berserker Wolverine into a pacifist but there’s still a lot of mystery to it. I just hope that everything will be wrapped up in this one story (I believe it’s only 6 issues). The art was top notch so no complaints there. I just want more of this story! I love these sort of future tales, especially ones that show the world in despair. Where did we go wrong?
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Boys #21 – Speaking of looking back at the past, this issue gives us more information on The Seven and why the Boys are needed. The Seven are painted as these ridiculous bad guys so I never cared for them from the start, but after this issue I downright hate them. They’re not heroes. They’re just dumb people with superpowers and they obviously don’t know what they’re doing.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer #17 – I’ve never read Fray so some of the importance or geek-out moments in this issue are a little lost on me. For example, what I first took to be misprintings on the part of the letterer turned out to just be an evolution of the English language (ie: American is now “‘Merican” and Manhattan is now “Hadden”) as seen in other examples of Whedon’s work (most notably Firefly). The art in this issue felt a little too cartoony as well with some panels looking like they came right out of a Looney Tunes short complete with eye-popping surprised expressions. These Buffy comics have been pretty consistent with the lackluster art (aside from the cover artist Jo Chen which is just phenomenal). I saw the big reveal at the end of the issue coming, but it doesn’t make it any less interesting. I feel like I really need to pick up Fray soon to fully appreciate this story arc though.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Criminal 2 #4 – After watching Blast of Silence earlier this week, I was really looking forward to more Criminal. This issue kicks off a new 4 part arc with a new character, the writer of those awful comic strips in the book. It seems like a regular tale of a guy getting in over his head, but the setup is just so perfect. Ed Brubaker has a way of writing with this book that just oozes that back alley grime that you’d expect on a good pulp novel. Speaking of pulp fiction, there’s a great interview with the editor from Hard Case Crime books as well as a nice essay by Bob Calhoun about the film Night and the City and pro-wrestling in noir.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Crossed #0 – Aside from The Boys, it’s been awhile since I’ve read anything from Garth Ennis. I’m a huge fan of Preacher so I was ready to jump into this book. This issue is the prologue for this new series. From the looks of it, there’s some sort of rage virus similar to the one in 28 Days Later that’s driving people insane. They’ve just started killing people like mad and a bloody cross shows up on their face. I’m intrigued enough to check out the next issue. It’s got a very end-of-the-world feel to it.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Final Crisis #3 – I’m trying so hard to care about Final Crisis but it’s just not happening. At this point I feel like I’m reading this book (and most likely the numerous one shot tie-in issues coming out next month) out of some misguided loyalty to Grant Morrison and event books. I’m very close to dropping them though as I just don’t care about the Monitors or the New Gods. If I do drop it, I’m just concerned that some crazy shit will happen and I’ll be reading something like Green Lantern and have no idea what the hell’s going on when someone like Dr. Light shows up with a twin brother or something. More stuff almost happened and I think by the end of this issue something actually might possibly be happening. We won’t find out until October because the book is going on hiatus for a month. Way to build anticipation, DC.
    Rating: ★★☆☆☆
  • Invincible Iron Man #4 – Matt Fraction just gets Tony Stark. I love it. This book has been a lot of fun so far. Sure, it’s featured horrible terrorist attacks killing thousands of people, but isn’t it cool to see Iron Man flying around fighting people like The Melter while conducting a meeting about new technology? The art in this book, by Salvador Laroca can be a little off at times. Things felt almost hazy and I felt like it didn’t really fit the tone of the book as well as some of the past artists have. This issue is building towards the upcoming conclusion (still two issues away) and I’m really digging it so far.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Iron Man Viva Las Vegas #2 – What looks like a bi-monthly mini-series by Iron Man director Jon Favreau is almost worth the wait. The art by Adi Granov is fantastic. I wish he could always draw Iron Man. While I felt that the story didn’t progress all that much (c’mon, we all knew that the statue was Fin Fang Foom, right?) I’m looking forward to two issues of pure action though. I just wish they’d come out sooner!
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Twelve #7 – I’ve been a little iffy on this book lately, but this issue has started bringing some stuff together. I love the basic idea of the series though so it looks like I’ll be sticking around. This issue is beginning the second half of the maxi-series and has begun marching the characters towards their inevitable confrontations with each other, most notably the one we saw foreshadowed in the first issue. I’m anxious for the next issue after seeing this one end. Not bad, JMS.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Ultimate Origins #3 – Finally! Something different for the Ultimate Universe! I love it! I was a fan of all the Ultimate books when they started, but I’ve dropped them all except for Ultimate Spider-Man recently because they just got boring. Now they’re finally taking things into that different direction that they promised they would. Magneto involved with Weapon X? Professor X in the Savage Land? What the hell is that eye statue thing? So many questions and so many possibilities! I love it.
    Rating: ★★★★½
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