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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Wow,different strokes! I loved that version. I loved that DC finally had a "grey area" villain like so many of Marvel's villains.

Mark S. Ogilvie said:

I'm glad they made Black Adam a true villain again, I never liked the anti-hero one that Isis married.

Me too, Jeff. Of course, it's Johns handling him both times; we'll see what shadings of character he eventually gets. But killing your nephew is a pretty hard thing to redeem.

By the way... for my thoughts on this week's Flash, check out my guest-review on Mart Gray's blog, Too Dangerous for a Girl!

You're killing me, Rob! Why aren't you reviewing here?

Good question, Cap! Mart just asked if I'd like to do a guest review, and I accepted. But maybe I should try to get a regular review going up here. 

We have a whole section for it. All are invited.

Don't worry Cap.  An incisive Re-View of Morrison's enigmatic and 'difficult 'Mystery Play' is due from Rob any day now.

 

:-P



Kirk G said:

I had heard that Black Adam was supposed to be a thinly veiled version of Namor...  do you agree?

 

 

The way he was portrayed ca. 52 certainly seemed "Namor-esque" to me.

 

MINIATURE JESUS #2: Rob, did you ever pick up #1? This time, the recovering alcoholic (Chomsky) finds out that the constant barrage of screaming voices in his head is not entirely imaginary. Meanwhile, Jesus faces an array of obstacles the average person walks over.

IRON MAN #258.3: I read Iron Man only sporadically after Michelinie and Layton left, and I have never read even a single story featuring Rhodey as War Machine. This issue marks the first appearance of the War Machine armor in this alternate retelling of “Armor Wars II.” Yet Rhodey has bad memories of the last time he wore armor at all (Iron Man #215). Will he overcome his fear and don the War Machine armor to help his friend?

Incredibly, I *just* found those files in the wilds of my Dropbox again last night! So yes, I'll be doing that.  

Figserello said:

Don't worry Cap.  An incisive Re-View of Morrison's enigmatic and 'difficult 'Mystery Play' is due from Rob any day now.

 

:-P

I haven't actually picked that up yet, Jeff. But this coming week looks pretty light for me -- the Earth 2 annual, a JLA issue, The Wake, and maybe some indie odds and ends -- so it could be exactly the right time for it.

It was a pretty interesting first issue. It was one of those that I didn't quite love, but it's not quite one where I want miss the second issue.

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

I haven't actually picked that up yet, Jeff. But this coming week looks pretty light for me -- the Earth 2 annual, a JLA issue, The Wake, and maybe some indie odds and ends -- so it could be exactly the right time for it.

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