I’m falling too far behind on my reading! My apologies guys!! My addiction has grabbed hold of me again and I thought I had shook it. It’s a dangerous thing. It’s called Skyrim. I hope all of you forgive me for the lateness of this due to this wonderful addiction.
A lot of books to go through so we’re just going with scores and favorites at the end.
Books for 8/1
The Dark Knight #11- 8.5
Batman, Inc. #3- 8.0
Winter Soldier #8- 7.5
The Ultimates #13- 9.0
Before Watchmen: Comedian #2- 8.0
All-Star Western #11- 7.5
Green Lantern #11- 8.5
Aquaman #11- 8.0
Books for 8/8
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #1- 9.0
Hawkeye #1- 8.5
Detective Comics #12- (Main Story-6.0, Extra Story- 8.0)
Action Comics #12- 7.5
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #2- 8.5
Swamp Thing #12- 8.5
Animal Man #12- 8.0
If I had to pick a top three of books it would have to be The Ultimates which features Cap finally returning ang kicking all kinds of ass, Deadpool in the beginning of a great series and the new Hawkeye series which is taking a different approach to the hero story and the art looks like Batman: Year One which is always a good thing.
For some reason, I just don’t know why, but Action Comics has not been clicking with me lately. I should love it. It’s Grant Morrison writing Superman but it just seems like he’s writing the character just to do it. I don’t feel any passion for it like with his run on Batman. He is leaving after issue 16 so let’s hope he has a big send off planned and a new writer can keep going up.
Rotworld got off to a great start with Animal Man and Swamp Thing heading down into the heart of the rot. Swamp Thing ended up being a bit better but just because the Animal Man issue was more of a setup. And the end of Swampy is truly a whoah moment.
Till next week….or next time depending on how well I keep up (sorry!)
The Walking Dead #100 (!!!!!!!!!!!)
Don’t worry this is completely SPOLER FREE. I had spoilers last month but I don’t wanna chance anyone accidentally read something and ruin it. This isn’t so much the end of the Something to Fear storyline but it feels like a completely new road. And believe me for the first time in a while you have no idea where the hell this road is gonna take you. There has been substantial build up for this issue and Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard delivers an issue that will be remembered as one of the most brutal and heart wrenching in the series run.
Here we are. The finale of the almost year long Court of the Owls storyline. What sucks is that as big as this issue is it has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle of today’s Walking Dead issue and the announcement a few days ago that The Joker is returning in Batman #13 for the Death of the Family storyline and that is a shame because this is a great ending to Scott Snyder’s Bat epic.
Bruce has his battle with the King of the Owls who we found out last issue was a very integral member of the Wayne family…or was he? Snyder does a great job of leaving so many details up in the air with little bits of info here and there that you really never know if Batman’s faith in his detective skills are 100% accurate. This fight does not go without it’s fair share of destruction so we now say R.I.P. to Wayne Tower and await the return of the Clown Prince of Crime.
Knightfall offers for Batgirl to join her on her crusade against crime but seeing as most of the Bat family has the whole “no killing” rule (except Damian I guess) it’s a no go. Oddly enough it’s Detective McKenna that comes to Barbara’s aid and we learn the sordid background of Knightfall and that she may have a mole in the Bat group.
Batman and Robin #11
Damian continues his task of taking on all past Robins by getting in Jason Todd’s face about letting The Joker beat his head in with a crowbar. Fisticuffs ensue. Meanwhile, Terminus’ gang is branding (yes like cattle) Gotham citizens with the bat signal to rile up people’s fear of Batman.
God Damian is a douche. Had to put that down. Again.
Swamp Thing #11
Anton Arcane takes Abigail to a portal that leads to the heart of The Rot but Swampy arrives just in time to have a bloody brawl with Anton and his Un-Men. Arcane escapes into the portal and Animal Man shows up and has a hankering to follow Mr. Rot King into the portal. He invites Swampy for the trip. If you had told me a year ago that this title would be amazing on a monthly basis I would have had a hard time believing you. Moral of the story: never doubt Scott Snyder.
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #2
Another winner with this issue. Hollis remembers back to the beginning of the Minutemen and how their fame started on a false story as well as the problems that arose almost immediately within the group. Oh and that Hooded Justice is a fu**ing sicko.
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #2
Hobbes explains to Book the history of Dracula from his inception to his war against all other species of vampires and even humans. Hell even Jack the Ripper’s cause for murder is explained. Seems like Dracula’s coffin was taken by those pesky Russians who always have bad ideas and letting loose the lord of all vamps can not be a good one.
Game of Thrones #9
The tourney to celebrate Ned becoming hand of the king begins and Gregor Clegane gets unseated in a joust and pissed. Ned gets new information about Jon Arryn’s death from an unlikely source and Sansa swoons like an idiot over Loras Tyrell. God I hate Sansa. Even five books in.
Miles and Peter fight off Mysterio’s illusions but can’t stop him from sealing Peter off in the ultimate universe. The Ultimates show up to investigate how the rift between world happened. Peter leaves to find out for himself what happened to him.
Hint- it’s pretty depressing because he’s dead in this universe and it also involves a trip to see Aunt May and Gwen Stacy. Awkward.
Well this new comic book day certainly lived up to the imaginary hype I had built up for it in my head. Walking Dead was gut wrenching and Batman ended the Owls storyline wonderfully. Till next week.
Ok with all that is going on this week (meaning I am trying to intake as much E3 as possible) this should be short and to the point this week.
Before Watchmen started this week and got off to a great start with Minutemen. Swamp Thing continued it’s amazing run with Anton Arcane returning. AVX was just decent which is a step up and that’s a shame. Winter Soldier, X-O Manowar, and Earth 2 were all good this week as well.
Minutemen #1- 9/10
Swamp Thing #10- 9/10
Detective Comics #10- 7.5/10
Action Comics #10- 8.5/10
Earth 2 #2- 8.5/10
AVX #5- 7/10
Winter Soldier #6- 8.5/10
Epic Kill #2- 7.5/10
X-O Manowar #2- 8/10
Swamp Thing #9
The end of the first major story arc has Swampy in battle with Sethe to save Abby from becoming the queen of the rot. This comic is as close to perfect as it gets for me. Scott Snyder has made Swamp Thing one of the true must reads in comics. The art is always beautiful and the ending is the perfect setup for the next story. I can’t recommend it any higher.
Detective Comics #9
The Court of Owls comes the Arkham Asylum to kill the not-so-good doctor only to have a rude surprise. The inmates are let loose and attack the Talons. We also get our first look at New 52 Black Mask.
Action Comics #9
Lois from Earth (insert number here) does her best Sam Beckett and quantum leaps to Earth 23 as a evil robotic version of Superman follows her to do battle with the Superman of that world, who’s secret identity is the President. Morrison is losing me little by little.
Earth 2 #1
Now this book was great. We’re dropped on the back end of the Apokolips War as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman make their last stand to save their Earth. The battle is visceral and great to see and (SPOILER) they all bite the dust…..in the first issue!
Read this comic!
Star Trek #8
Kirk, Spock and Bones are taken hostage to Romulus as a Vulcan group of terrorists attempt to strike back at the Romulan Empire. I’m glad to see the characters progressing and not just in a holding pattern between the movies.
The X-Men slip through The Avengers fingers and both are in a race to find Hope. Wolverine and Cap have a discussion with fists and it’s Cap (believe it or not) that plays dirty and tosses Logan out of a jet. Not as hokey or bad as the first two issues but still not the “event” Marvel wants it to be….yet.
Fury: My War Gone By #1
Nick Fury remembers some war stories that have made him the man he is. First we begin in Indochina as he tries to help the French keep a hold of the island from the “savages”. It’s Garth Ennis so there’s plenty of ballsacks and fu**s to go around.
Epic Kill #1
Song is 18 and in mental institution by her own free will. She leaves, asses are kicked, throats are slit and bullets are dodged. Lots of bullets. Good first issue of this chick assassin.
Mind the Gap #1
A super size 46 pages starts off this mystery story of Elle who is rushed to the hospital and while the doctors believe she fell in a subway platform her friends believe someone attacked her all while we see Elle being led around in her subconscious by a mystery man. Trippy stuff and a very good read.
A lot of good titles this week with Swamp Thing being the obvious best with what I consider a perfect issue and great end to the first story of Scott Snyder’s tale.
Also don’t forget that Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday as well as The Avengers opening this weekend. Great week to be a comic fan!! Go out and enjoy!!
Action Comics #8
Supes (new shiny costume and all) finally has it out with Braniac over the fate of Metropolis and it’s quite….blah. I love Grant Morrison but the overall story arc has just been ok. Not bad. Just there. And if we could fit one more artist in one issue that would be great.
Scarecrow, Catwoman, Gordon, the son of Hugo Strange. With all these characters I would expect a dynamite story but they are all underused and it all comes across as a little mediocre. Next month does have the Court of Owls so there is hope.
Swamp Thing #8
Swampy….Alec….Mr Thing? He goes off to get some of Sethe and save his love but finds out how hard it is loving the queen of The Rot. So not a happy ending quite yet. Have I mentioned Scott Snyder is the best writer in comics hands down?
I figured this was as good a place as any to jump on and see if I like the title. I loved the art and I will give the story a few months to see if it’s a keeper.
Finished up American Vampire Vol. 3and I can not say enough good things about it. Is it possible to bring vampires back from the brink after being neutered by popular culture? Scott Snyder is making it possible.
Bit of a light week this week. Also on the last trade of Y: The Last Man and I am already dreading finishing it. Starting back up on Locke & Key after that.