Thought maybe I'd just make this an undated, running thread -- and just date the entries as the weeks turn.


3/28/2012


Of the books I've read so far, Flash 7 is my favorite -- I loved Flash running through the wormhole, the promise he made to Snart (and the resolution of that promise), an interesting wrinkle in what will likely wind up being the Golden Glider's origin, the hint at Captain Singh's love life, and more. I liked Iris going through the wormhole -- it'll give Barry some alone time with her (though I'm by no means anti-Patty). And I'm looking forward to Turbine, next issue!

All-Star Western never disappoints, either -- the lead story made good use of Hex's origins and I like the gladatorial scenario. And the backup art had a real John Severin feel to it, which I appreciated -- and I liked the look at Nighthawk's background, as well. My one quibble was that I couldn't tell if Cinnamon was wearing a mask or not -- in some places, it looked like she wasn't drawn wearing one, but the colorist might have been trying to fix that.

Aquaman, sadly, I'm thinking of dropping. It's good -- objectively a good comic, I think, well drawn and exciting in parts -- but it isn't really connecting with me. Maybe it will in trades, sometime down the road.

New Deadwardians: I was planning on waiting for the trade with this one, but I decided to give a single issue a chance. I love the mystery it sets up, and I love the low-key nature of the supernatural here. It's well worth checking out.

Legion of Super Heroes: Secret Origin wrapped up with a nice moment for Phantom Girl, in particular. That said, I'm not sorry to see it go. While it approached the formation of the Legion in a different way than I'd ever seen before, and Chris Batista delivered some nice Ernie Colon-inspired work, the book as a whole was kind of flat. I much prefer the modern-day Legion, with characters who have a long history behind them. 

Still to come: Daredevil and The Unwritten.

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Finishing up:

Journey Into Mystery #654 - Sif finally figures out what's going on.  Good.

Wolverine and the X-Men #33 - Quentin Quire and Toad fight the Hellions, and Idie finally shows her true colors.  Okay.

Scarlet Spider #19 - Kaine and Wolverine and the Kingpin? settle things with the Assassin's Guild.  Good.

All-Star Western #22 - Hex breaks out of Arkham accompanied by Arkham and...well, good.

Hawkeye Annual #1 - Kate goes to Hollywood and runs into Whitney Frost. Hilarity ensues.  Good.

I picked up Back Issue # 66 which deals with 70s and 80s team up titles. The thing that caught my eye was the cover, Gil Kane pencils with Terry Austin inks. Maybe it is just me but it REALLY looks like Erik Larsen's work (P.S. Sorry about the slight smudges on the scan.)

Agreed! Larsen looks to have been heavily influenced by some of these creators. I subscribe to this magazine through my LCS, and I love to read it. Each issue is like a trip down to my grandparents' basement when I was a kid, where I would look through Sports Illustrated, Old Farmer's Almanacs, Cream, and yes, comic books from the 1970's. They belonged to my uncles (well, maybe not the OFA's, but I loved those too--inherited them all, in fact).

John Moret said:


I picked up Back Issue # 66 which deals with 70s and 80s team up titles. The thing that caught my eye was the cover, Gil Kane pencils with Terry Austin inks. Maybe it is just me but it REALLY looks like Erik Larsen's work (P.S. Sorry about the slight smudges on the scan.)

The Superior Spider-Man #14: Humberto Ramos comes back to the title just in time for Spidey-Ock to go on a high-tech rampage through New York, where he plans to take down Kingpin in Hell's Kitchen. Another great issue by Dan Slott and drawn by Ramos. Fun stuff all around. I'm going to enjoy this ride simply because I know Peter Parker will be coming back before we know it.

Superior Carnage #1: A writer by the name of Kevin Shinick writes a story that is drawn by Stephen Segovia. Cletus Kasady is in prison, where he is harassed by guards and then manipulated by the symbiote and The Wizard into returning to life as Carnage. Agent Venom also guest-stars as well as a surprise villain at the end who totally makes sense given the nature of the symbiotes.

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1: Chris Yost and David Lopez show some pretty good chops here as they begin this team-up book by showing Spider-Ock being a big meanie to Daredevil, Cloak and Dagger, Gravity, and more (including someone I'd never heard of called "Sun Girl", from the Legion of Super-Heroes, no doubt...). The Avengers become concerned and have an intervention with Spider-Man. Turns out that, when they do, Spider-Man has detected a virus amongst one of them that isn't right. Calamity ensues. Great issue. I like how they are playing Doc Ock as more of a "Sheldon"-type character who is doing his best at times to fit in with the people who don't directly wish him harm.

Hawkeye Annual #1: This was written by Matt Fraction and drawn by Javier Pulido. I thought this was pretty much not bad. It was actually kind of entertaining in parts. I liked the paring down of this issue to a confrontation between Kate Bishop and Madame Masque, and the art was kind of funky. The use of shadowy silhouettes was kind of interesting, but I'm sure many people will see it as (maybe justly) lazy. What confuses me is that Lucky was seen as leaving with Kate at the end of issue 11. He was with Clint Barton in issue 12, but in this Annual, he's still with Kate in California. Things that make you go hmmm...

Thor God of Thunder #10: Things get into a rapid boiling pace as the Godkiller is starting to lose his cool, killing his wife, and rallying the various Thors and She-Thors to a searing battle. This felt very much like a chapter between chapters, which makes me anxious for this thing to be put into a trade. Still, I love this series and can't get enough of it. Best Thor I've read ever.

That's the cover of one of the better Marvel Treasury Editions!!




John Moret said:

I picked up Back Issue # 66 which deals with 70s and 80s team up titles. The thing that caught my eye was the cover, Gil Kane pencils with Terry Austin inks. Maybe it is just me but it REALLY looks like Erik Larsen's work (P.S. Sorry about the slight smudges on the scan.)

From last week:

Adventures of Superman #14 - Superman rescues the princess from the bad men. Good.

This week:

Indestructible Hulk #11 - Oh golly gee, the humans/mutants/everyone else has broken time, and Hulk is only one can fix. Still, good.

Fearless Defenders #6 - This hasn't been canceled yet? Anyway, Annabelle saves Valkyrie but at quite a cost. Good.

Batman '66 #5 - Young Robin saves the day! Good.

FF #10 - The heroes take their creators on a trip into tinyville, and Maximus is Maximus. Good.

Daredevil #29 - Matt fights the Sons of the Serpent. Good.

I've read a few of last week's, and the previous week's, comics -- here are short reactions.

Flash annual: I liked the short backup by Nicole Dubuc and Cully Hamner better than the lead feature Flash-GL team-up, which had some nice characterization, but a largely generic threat. Although the leadstory did cement in my mind the idea that Barry is the Anti-Impulse, always thinking things through before he acts.

Flash 24: I think DC's editorial rhythms play havoc with Bucellato & Manupul's own storytelling rhythms, and this feels extended to meet certain DCU story beats, while the last story felt compressed for the same reason. Regardless, still one of my favorite Flash runs ever, only 75% because of that lovely art.

Batman Inc. 13. Sorry to see this one go, but look forward to re-reading the whole epic! And wondering where Spyral will turn up next.

Lazarus 2: Loving this series, but hope it doesn't go too long before the lead character realizes she's being duped. I certainly trust Rucka and Lark to steer the story, however it goes.

Daredevil 29: This most recent issue was probably the weakest of an exemplary series, in that it's only very good. It's still very good, though.

Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril. This issue is a lot of set-up, but it's expertly done, and Chris Spouse's art makes it a joy to behold. I already know I will love this series. I bet most of you will, too, given the chance. (I'd lost touch with Tom Strong a long while back, but everything I needed to know to catch up is right here.) 

Green Team 3: I love Art & Franco. This isn't quite working, though. I look forward to reading the rest of the series in back issues, but I don't think I can devote $2.99/month to this anymore.

...You mean CREEM , the Lester Bangs/etc. Detroit-based rockmag ?

Wandering Sensei: Emeritus said:

Agreed! Larsen looks to have been heavily influenced by some of these creators. I subscribe to this magazine through my LCS, and I love to read it. Each issue is like a trip down to my grandparents' basement when I was a kid, where I would look through Sports Illustrated, Old Farmer's Almanacs, Cream, and yes, comic books from the 1970's. They belonged to my uncles (well, maybe not the OFA's, but I loved those too--inherited them all, in fact).

John Moret said:


I picked up Back Issue # 66 which deals with 70s and 80s team up titles. The thing that caught my eye was the cover, Gil Kane pencils with Terry Austin inks. Maybe it is just me but it REALLY looks like Erik Larsen's work (P.S. Sorry about the slight smudges on the scan.)

Ah, of course--Creem! Now that I see it in print, that's exactly what it was.

Does anyone know why Creem misspelled "Cream"? Was it because there was a band of the same name? And if so, why not just give the magazine some other pseudonym for ejaculate (which is what I assume they were going for)? I always wondered about that.

I also wonder why the Rolling Stones didn't sue Rolling Stone out of business. Obviously, I had a lot of time on my hands.

All this is according to Wikipedia, so who knows, but:

CREEM was apparently named after the band Cream. It was, however, originally ordered by a lot of porno shops in a bit of confusion. 

I wondered about the Rolling Stones/Rolling Stone thing, too... but Wiki says they're both named after the Muddy Waters song, "Rollin' Stone." So maybe Mick and the gang didn't want to set those stones rolling, or they'd get run over, too?

Read a few more last night:

Five Ghosts #5 was pretty good... but not as good as it could have been. I think the series needs to be a little more specific with how it shows Fabian using the skills of his fictive "ghosts." Still love the Denys Cowan-y art, though. This has been bumped up to an ongoing (a one-shot in October, and a new first issue in November), but I think this is it for me for a while. I wish it well, though. 

Batman Annual 2: This introduces The Anchoress (lousy name!), an Arkham inmate that can walk through walls. There's parts of this story I sincerely don't buy -- the idea that Arkham has a new high-security wing where no guards or therapists need to go is fine, until you realize it's an asylum, not a prison. If you're not treating these people, why aren't they in Blackgate? Same with the Anchoress -- she was apparently untreated for years. I know, it's nothing new that Arkham is a medically dodgy institution, but really? 

All-Star Western 22: Last issue's Jonah installment was weak. This one -- blown out to the full issue length, with detailed art by Moritat throughout -- was excellent. THIS is what Jonah Hex in the present should be. My only continuity concern -- Jonah fights some members of the Mutants gang. Aren't they the result of the poison James Gordon put in Gotham's baby food -- and consequently, 15-20 years in the future? Eh, I hardly care: this was FUN.

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