Some Comic Reviews

April 29, 2017

Finally got caught up on my comic book subscriptions, so I figured I would write a few quick reviews.  Today’s issues include: Batman #21, Sex Criminals #18, My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #1, Hulk #4 and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Adaptation #1.

  • Batman #21.  Written by Tom King with art from Jason Fabok, this story essentially goes back to the major events of the DC: Rebirth one-shot where Batman is investigating the Watchmen button found in the Batcave when the pre-Flashpoint Reverse Flash arrives.  Other than a major fight between Batman and the Reverse Flash, not much really happens here and basically essentially it lays the groundwork for the rest of the investigation to occur over the next issues of the Flash and Batman.  Although the DC books have dropped various hints as to the mystery behind the Button, I’m glad they haven’t gone as seriously into until now, giving the Rebirth take on the characters a chance to get established before building up the big event.
  • Sex Criminals #18.  I’ve really enjoyed this series.  Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky have turned what seems like a silly, immature concept into something more.  This particular issue had a scene or two that reminded me of a conversation with an ex, where they are discussing some frustrations with each other.  Great issue, I definitely consider this series at times to be a major influence in my views on relationships.
  • My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #1.  This series is replacing the Friends Forever series and focus on the historical figures of the MLP universe.  This first story was focused on Starswirl the Bearded training Celestia and Luna in magic, which Luna struggling as Celestia taunts her.  Luna attempts some dangerous magic and Starswirl has to fix it.  This was solid, definitely was a bit of fresh air as it felt like the team-up element of Friends Forever was getting a bit more stretched and they were scrapping the bottom of the barrel.
  • Hulk #4.  Overall, I’ve liked this series.  One of the few non-Star Wars Marvel Comics that I’m still collecting.  Essentially, the story follows Jennifer Walters as she deals with the aftershocks of Civil War II, where she was nearly killed by Thanos and her cousin Bruce–aka the original Hulk–was killed by Hawkeye.  Focusing on Jennifer’s struggle to keep herself under control, the interesting aspect of this series has been how through four issues she has yet to transform.  Written by Mariko Tamaki with art by Nico Leon, this has been a fairly well done book.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story #1.  I initially only collected this because it was a Star Wars book, but the first issue of the adaptation of the movie was fairly interesting.  It isn’t as direct as some adaptations, a few things rearranged for flow in print form and a couple of added bits–like Galen Erso and Bodhi Rook talking about the Death Star before Rook goes in search of Saw Guerrera.  Like the Star Wars prequels, the challenge of an adaptation like this is that most people already know the story, it is more important to make it worth reading.  And in that sense, I think it was a fairly well done attempt here.
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DC Comics Part One

August 26, 2011

Got to thinking about what my pull-list will look like when the new DC stuff hits at the end of the month.  I’m going to break it down week by week.  Here’s 8/31 and 9/7.

Justice League #1 and Flashpoint #5:

Buying those.  If those two are amazing, then I’ll probably set up a bunch of my subscriptions right then and there.

Action Comics #1:

Grant Morrison?  Yes please.

Animal Man #1:

Got the feeling this would have worked better as a six to twelve issue miniseries.  I just don’t see it lasting all that long.  Kind of split on whether or not to buy this one.

Batgirl #1:

Gail Simone’s bringing back Barbara Gordon?  I think it could work well.  Definitely buying this one.

Batwing #1:

Though I think Judd Winick is a fantastic writer, this is another series I think could work better as a six to twelve issue mini.  Might pass this one over just because they have too much Batman going on.

Detective Comics #1:

This one sounds like it will be a good story.  Tony Daniels seems to know what he’s doing and I’d like to see where it goes.

Green Arrow #1:

I want this one to succeed, but I don’t think it will have the staying power it should.  Will buy it.

Hawk and Dove #1:

Sterling Gates is writing so I’m pretty much a lock for this book.  Even with Rob “Who needs a basic understanding of anatomy?” Liefeld on art.  Will get this one.

Justice League International #1:

I’m just curious as to how Booster Gold ends up back in the present, leading a team.  With Jurgens and Lopresti on this book, it should be excellent.  Should definitely be worth picking up.

Men of War#1:

This looks very interesting and if I wasn’t all set to check out almost a dozen books already, this would be one to check out.

O.M.A.C. #1:

I’m not sure what they’re trying to do with this one.  They seem to be trying to go retro and modern all at the same time.  Not sure how interested in this one I can be.

Static Shock #1:

Another casualty of just not having enough space and time.  Could be a good series though.

Stormwatch #1:

Despite what I think are horrid costume redesigns, I probably will check out this series being written by the usually skilled Paul Cornell.

Swamp Thing #1:

Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette?  Sounds like a good combo.

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