Report what comic books you have read today--and tell us a little something about it while you're here!
GROO MEETS TARZAN #4: The conclusion. If you've read my posts about previous issues in this series, you have a good idea what to expect. (Actually, even if you haven't read my posts, you still probably have a good idea.)
SUPERMAN: SON OF KAL-EL #5: The comic that ruined my childhood. Just kidding! (Jeez, you're so serious lately.) Honestly, the kiss was pretty low key... could have been a handshake. Much ado about nothing.
LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #7: After a good initial three-part story, I keep waiting for another one. They've all been "done-in-ones" by different creators since, which is how I justify continuing to buy this title. This one hearkens back to an era I'm not particularly nostalgic for, featuring Azrael and Ra's Al Ghul.
BLUE & GOLD #4: Booster and Beetle share their own versions of an untold tale from early in the history of their version of the Justice League on live TV. Finally, in a sequence illustrated by Kevin Maguire, Green Lantern (i.e., Guy Gardner) shows up to relate his version of events.
The Fantastic Four Anniversary Tribute #1 : An interesting idea, but not that all-fired amazing in execution. In the end, it's still the same two stories we've all read umpty-zillion times already.
Batman Secret Files: The Gardener #1 :A re-telling of Poison Ivy's story. I found the preview of the new Batgirls book in the back more interesting.
Yeah, I flipped through that FF anniversary book yesterday and came to pretty much the same conclusion. I can see reading it once for the novelty of it, but I can't see ever reading it again in preference to the original.
I gave a pass to that Genis-Vell comic, too. I was thinking about filing it with some other more recent iterations of the the character just for the sake of convenience, but I couldn't see spending $8 for a reprint. (If you don't have those issues and have never read them, you might consider it, though.)
Currently re-reading Micronauts Special Edition. The five issue series reprints the first twelve issues of Micronauts by Bill Mantlo, Michael Golden and Joe Rubenstein that originally ran in the late Seventies. For me, the stories epitomize the Bronze Age of comics.
Gunslinger Spawn #1 - Its been about 30 years since I last read a Spawn comic, so I'm not quite up to date on whats going on with the character. This has the main story and then 3 back-up stories, which it made it a pretty decent value. The main story is of the "a stranger in a strange land" variety. Gunslinger is stuck in the modern age and wants to get back into the past.
This Spawn is considered one of the weaker versions, running around, but one of the back-ups explains why. Which what was nice.
This issue also provides a forward sale, instead of the asterisk telling us to look at and old issue of something, it says this will be explored in issue 3
I am currently going through the 1975 8 issue run of Curtis Comic's Doc Savage, written by Doug Moench and drawn by John Buscema. It is a tie-in to the George Pal movie, but both the artwork and the storyline stick closely to the pulp novels. Buscema's art is at its peak in my opinion, I daresay even better then his work on Tomb Of Dracula I dare say.
The other day I finished the Star Wars "War of the Bounty Hunters" story. After a couple of days to mull it over, I do think it was a good story. I still think it was too long, and some of the side stories didn't seem necessarily fit, but the idea behind it, Boba Fett's trials and tribulations to get a frozen Han Solo from Bespin to Tatooine was good.
Plus the end of both the last issue of Darth Vader and Bounty Hunters had an "oh sh--t!" moment.
I try not to buy what I do not read, but some series I buy on faith, which means, on the basis of a half dozen issues or so, I will continue to buy the rest of a series in hope of reading it someday in a "satisfying chunk." After I finished looking through my "Miscellaneous New Universes" box last week I've been reading Gødland two or three issues at a time.
GØDLAND: I had been casting about for a comic book series to read that was Kirby-esque, yet not Kirby and settled on Gødland. This series is reminiscent of much of Kirby's later work (Silver Star and Captain Victory in particular) with visual motifs from his '70s work (at Marvel, specifically) and even FF (Lockjaw), but it is like none of them. Before he passed, fans-turned-pros used to show him their adaptations of his creations. Kirby was polite about it, but wasn't particularly thrilled that DC and Marvel were profiting of his creations while he was not. What he would have preferred, is if creators inspired by his work would create something new; that is the Kirby way. And that is what Gødland is.
I experienced good results reading this series I bought years ago on faith. I could likely keep this up for quite some time to come.
The holiday put me behind, so here's a look at what was new last week.
HULK #1: The Hulk (as I have been wont to say) was my "first favorite character." I usually follow that up with "...but I haven't been able to read his title for years." I do usually give it go, though. The series has been rebooted with annoying frequency since 1999, usually with a "new number one." Hulk (2008) lasted only eight issues; Incredible Hulk (2011), 15; Indestructible Hulk (2011), 20; and Hulk (2014), 16. I read one or two of each of these series, but all failed to pique my interest. Immortal Hulk (2018) was an anomaly in that it lasted a full 50 issues and that I read the entire series. Immortal Hulk completely redefined who and what the Hulk is (not that I consider it canon), to the extent I couldn't see how any series could follow it.
Now comes a new Hulk #1 which, again, redefines who and what the Hulk is. (Some of the series prior to Immortal Hulk tried that, too.) Each successive series either gives the title a new adjective or drops it entirely. I bought it mainly out of curiosity. I agree with what Bob posted about it last week: "The Hulk book is OK, but it seems to be taking the character in a direction that I'm not wild about." I'll stick around for an issue or two more at least.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #79: I don't care for the art. It's good, but it's not suited for Spider-Man (IMO). Since last issue I have revised my view of Ben Reilly from "Guy who was Spider-Man for 149 issues" to "guy who once thought he was Spider-Man for 149 issue" and the series suddenly became less interesting. I liked the premise introduced in Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series... or was it the 2015 series?), but I bought only the first issue because I knew it wouldn't last any longer than a new Hulk series. In issue #79 (of whichever series this is), Kraven the Hunter returns... from the dead? I don't know if this is supposed to be the original or his son or what. Doesn't really matter as I don't view this as canon, either.
THE DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #3: This series is actually pretty good (although the "Dr. Strange" featured here is not the same one who appeared in Hulk #1 released the very same day).
SUPERMAN '78 #4: Better than the movie upon which it is based (although I'm not sure about the idea of Superman's parents alive and well in Kandor). In any case, the Superheroes Every Day blog has really put me in the mood to read this series.
WONDER WOMAN BLACK & GOLD #6: The last issue. This series will be missed.
BLACK'S MYTH #5: Also the last issue (for now, anyway) of this series. It, too, will be missed.
SNELSON: COMEDY IS DYING #4: At least Snelson has another issue to go.
SERIAL #8: Not just my favorite issue of the week, but the best (whichever week it ships).
THE MARVELS #6: The concept of "Sin-Cong" (a fictional country whose location and history, up to a point, parallels Viet Nam) has grown on me. This issue's focus is the origin of Lady Lotus. "But wait," I hear you say, "Lady Lotus is Japanese." Don't worry. This revision doesn't contradict established continuity; it enhances it. Trust me. Or rather, trust Kurt Busiek.
SPIDER-MAN #80: It occurs to me that the eventual collection of the "Beyond" storyline is going to be a mish-mash of styles. In order to get it out on a weekly (or nigh-weekly) basis, different art teams must be used. Seeing Aunt May use her "feminine wiles" to seduce Otto Octavius was... unsettling.
FIRE POWER #18: The versatility of robert Kirkman continues to impress me. All of the titles he writes are so different from each other, and all are so good. The next issue won't be out until April 6.
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