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At 10:40am on May 30, 2009, Rich Lane said…
Hey, Ian! Welcome to the new site!
At 12:05pm on December 20, 2009, Cavaliere (moderator emeritus) said…
Happy birthday, Ian.

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Recent Issues: Sunday June 7th

I've never been a stout blogger, if you want to call it that. This is something I've done in the past on another site and figured I've give it a try here to see if I could keep up with it.

Recent Issues will be my place to ramble on about the books I buy and things I see or read about in the industry.

And with that... here we go...

Batman and Robin #1
I like Grant Morrison on main stream heroes. I like it when someone can give a traditional hero comic a twist into the unknown. I wanted to like his run on Batman more than I did. It started strong and ended very flat, getting sucked into Final Crisis which he (Grant) went on record as saying DC took the idea and strected it into almost two years of event story telling.

Batman and Robin #1 is what his Batman run should have been after the first four issues. Sure we have a different Dark Knight and Boy Wonder to change the dynamic but the stories are the same.

If you like Batman but hated Grant's first crack at him, try this book. It's a 180 degree turn.

Black Panther #5
I'm a sucker for strong female heroines when drawn by great artists. It's probably the only reason I'm reading Black Panther right now.

Lashley is one of these guys that lives on the edge of mainstream comics and doesn't do enough work or get enough credit for the books he illustrates. I don't know if it was his intention or not but he's in top form on this book and the pages have a very cool Barry Windsor Smith feel to them without Ken loosing his own style in the process.

Hudlin is a good writer and the story here is cool. I had an issue with his Romita Jr run because he had ancient african warriors using modern slang but aside from that, he tells a good tale and he loves the charaters he writes.

It's on my pull through issue #6. We'll see if it sticks around after that.

Mighty Avengers #25
Here's a book that sadly, doesn't know if it's coming or going. I know Marvel had high hopes for it when they launched it butever since the first arc, it's had a hard time keeping up. I was glad they gave the book to Dan Slott after Secret Invasion then sighed during the first arc. The end kept me coming back and this issue has a better premise as Hank decides tothrow down with Reed after an argument.

All I can do is cross my fingers on this one. As of right now, there's really no reason for this book to exist. It could simply be a subplot in one or both Bendis Avenger books.

Green Lantern #41
I have never been more in love with a comic over the past five years as I have been with Green Lantern.

He's always been a cool character when well written and Geoff Johns (along with Peter Tomasi) has crafted some of the best stories we've seen with Hal and friends.

This issue speeds us ever closer to Blackest Night (of which I've commited myself to EVERY issue and tie-in). My only gripe is what the hell are they doing to Hal now? Everything three months they dik with him and the rings. I hope it builds to something bigger than what I think it going to happen. Sometimes I hate it when Im right because A: it's a let down that I could predict what someone getting paid an ungodly sum of money to write comics is going to write and B: it tells me I'm good enough to do job A.

Johns can be hit or miss for me as a writer. He has yet to miss on Green Lantern and I'm scared he's due.


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