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I just got around today to reading Justice League #25. It felt like an old Justice League issue from the Bronze Age where so much happened that it had an epic feel to it. One problem was solved through father/son teamwork, along with some help from grandpa (but maybe not the grandpa you'd be expecting these days...refreshing). Then they come back and discover Luthor's disaster plan, which has caused society to uproar. Starman has tapped into the Multiverse (an ability of his?). We see Superman One Million, Superman Earth 2, Captain Carrot, Kamandi, Satan-Lantern, and a bunch of other super-powered big guns. Plus, of course Lex Luthor isn't dead. Awesome art, and I am actually finding Scott Snyder's writing kind of endearing now, despite my wanting to take my fifth grade teacher red pen to it to edit down the verbiage.

I've bought a handful of JL comics on Comixology for a buck apiece -- I'll see if reading them in Guided View (and thus at  more comfortable reading size) makes me like them better. Fingers crossed.

Lois Lane #1: A couple years ago on Word Balloon, John Siuntres (sp?) was interviewing Greg Rucka. Rucka was talking about how he's often thought of as a guy who likes writing females more than males. He's great at writing females--Renee Montoya, Batwoman, Dax from Stumptown, Queen & Country, Wonder Woman (well, to some people, but not me on this one)... Rucka's reaction to those people: "F*%K YOU! F*%K YOU! F*%K YOU!"

I don't get it. He's really great at the job, and it shows here. He just needs to embrace it if he hasn't already.

Perhaps against Rucka's wishes, I love his take on Lois Lane.

Shoot. I left my notes at home. If I forget anything I wanted to say, I’ll add it tomorrow.

SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #5: This issue brings the story into the 2Ks and the JMS era, including Ezekiel, Morlun and the Spider-Totem, as well as 9/11. Tony Stark is the antagonist. It has been so long since I actually liked Iron Man, I’ve actually forgotten what that experience is like. I can remember favorite runs (such as Michelinie/Layton), but I can’t remember what it feels like to actually like Iron Man.

INVADERS #7: Iron Man being an @$$hole again.

IMMORTAL HULK #21: This issue focuses on General Fortean’s backstory. Marvel has tried, unsuccessfully, in the past to replace Major Talbot; Ewing may have now succeeded in replacing General Ross.

JIMMY OLSEN #1: Jimmy Olsen was never like this, but it’s how we all remember it.

THE ORVILLE #1: If you like the TV you’ll like this comic, which takes place between seasons one and two. Actor likenesses are spot on. The story depicts some scenes which we know to have happened but were never shown.

BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #4: My favorite of the AHOY! titles.

"I’ll check tomorrow to see if my LCS has New Avengers v3 #21 in stock."

Yesterday I bought New Avengers (v3) #21-23 and Avengers (2018) #9-10 but I haven't read them yet.

   Jeff, I have thought the same about Iron Man for way too long... I've just finished reading the first trade of the new "Tony Stark Iron Man" series "v1 Self-Made-Man"    and whilst it's very modern-RDJr, light and frothy, Dan Slott has injected a bit more heart and interest into Iron Man and his supporting cast than I can remember seeing for a very long time. (And Jocasta's in it so there's a plus right there!) 

Jeff of Earth-J said:

It has been so long since I actually liked Iron Man, I’ve actually forgotten what that experience is like. I can remember favorite runs (such as Michelinie/Layton), but I can’t remember what it feels like to actually like Iron Man.

Iron Man was never one of my favorites, so it didn't ruffle my feathers to make him the heel in Civil War. And while he's awful in this week's Spider-Man: Life Story, it's important to remember that the Civil War era is what this issue is covering. I'll be interested in seeing how the story wraps up next issue!

"'s important to remember that the Civil War era is what this issue is covering."

Yes. (That's one of the things in the notes I left at home.)

I read Jimmy Olsen #1. Matt Fraction's output has kind of dwindled over the past couple years, and I would say I hadn't really found much to enjoy in his work in awhile, so I didn't notice until this book came along. However, his return comes with renewed energy.

This book is fun, smart, and packed. I think it's a good idea that it's a 12-issue series, because it can be packaged in a hardcover at the end and it can go on the bookshelf alongside books like Mister Miracle. Steve Lieber is an artist with whom I do not associate lateness, so I think this is going to deliver on all fronts.

Looking forward to the rest of this series.

Over the weekend I got myself ready for the finale of The Walking Dead comic series by catching up on the three latest collections: Vol. 29-31. I'll be writing a Catching Up blog entry. Still enjoyable, and I feel like knowing the end is near loosened up my expectations a bit.

If I was ever going to choose a comic book strictly based upon the covers, then it'd be Detective 1006 for the art and 1007 for the dialogue.

Spectre: "I am vengeance!"

Batman: "I am the night!"

Nice throwback to the 1990s animated Batman series.

FANTASTIC FOUE #98: I read this Saturday because what else are ya gonna read to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing?

GIANT-SIZE SUPER-STARS #1: I was jonesin’ to read this one for some reason, and did so just because I could.

INVADERS (2019) #1-7: I re-read the entire series to date in anticipation of discussing it in more depth on the “Complete Invaders” thread soon. The seeds of Namor’s redemption have been planted. I also read Tales to Astonish #101, Iron Man & Sub-Mariner #1 and Sub-Mariner #1 to complement Invaders.

MMW DAREDEVIL v10: In this volume (reprinting #97-107 and Avengers #111), Gerry Conway gives way to Steve Gerber and Gene Colan gives way to Don Heck. When I was collecting backissues of Daredevil when I was in college, it was during this run that I tapered off. Honestly, I’ve never been a big fan of Steve Gerber. I read some of his Man-Thing, Howard the Duck and Omega the Unknown growing up, and I thought his Defenders was a come-down from Roy Thomas, Steve Englehart and Len Wein. More recently I’ve come to appreciate his work, but he will never be a favorite.

The standout issue of this series, for me, was #99 featuring Hawkeye the Marksman. It not only featured Hawkeye, but the Black Widow as well, and I had acquired a stack of old Avengers featuring the couple back in junior high school. As I mentioned last time, it was probably Frank Miller’s use of the Black Widow which led me first to backissues of Amazing Adventures and then to Daredevil. Whereas it is true the first Hawkeye limited series led me to seek out some of his significant early appearances, it was actually Hulk #166 which led me backwards into Avengers #109 as well as forward into Defenders #7, and it was Avengers #109 which originally led me to Daredevil #99.

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