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Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Powers #7

Doctor Strange #13

Captain America: Sam Wilson #14

Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1

Infamous Iron Man #1

Mighty Thor #12

Batman #9

Spider-Woman #12

Archie #13

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #13

Black Widow #7

-IRON DOOM

I loved Infamous Iron Man in every respect except one: it was a classic Brian Michael Bendis first issue. A long scene that has nothing to do with the main story ending with an appearance by new hero, a few pages of notable setup, and ending with a quick tease of the conflict to come. This was enjoyable, but it made for a very lightweight introductory comic.

If the Bendis who shakes it up every step of the way shows up to play, this could be one of the comics we talk about in 20 years that defined the era. Or it could just be an endless flow of nothing that goes on forever until I get sick of spending my money on it. We shall see.

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27 October, 2016 0 comment
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Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Southern Cross #8

Wonder Woman #8

All Star Batman #3

Lazarus #25

New Super-Man #4

Old Man Logan #12

Power Man & Iron Fist #9

Great Lakes Avengers #1

Doom Patrol #2

Kaijumax: Season 2 #5

Howard the Duck #11

Unfollow #12

Kill or be Killed #3

Darth Vader #25

Black Monday Murders #3

-TONE SPOILERS

Unfollow #12 got some back pages love from some of DC’s other comics last month, hyping up the issue as one not to miss because it’s a big one. And it was. It was definitely the most eventful issue yet. But I can only imagine how great reading it would have felt if they hadn’t tapped me on the shoulder before I walked in and said, “Yo, this thing is going to blow you away.” It laid bare that the potential threats of the story were going to make good on their efforts and lessened the drama and the shock value of it all.

I understand building hype as a sales tool, and I can’t pretend I wasn’t pumped before I opened the cover and that’s a valid gain to be had as well. But some of the greatest comics I’ve read while I’ve been doing these reviews get such an emotional reaction from me because I didn’t know going in that those moments were coming. And it’s a shame that so many comics I’ve read don’t get the chance to hit me that hard anymore because the marketing machine has to give it away beforehand.

Some Darth Vader finale spoilers can explain my point a bit further. Dr. Aphra is shot out of an airlock and killed halfway through the issue, and in reading it my heart dropped. I hadn’t expected her to die, but it made sense that she had to. Cut to the epilogue where you learn how she actually survived, and to the next day when they announce a Doctor Aphra series is on its way. If they hadn’t waited to announce it, that moment wouldn’t have had any weight to it (dying in the vacuum of space pun not intended). In giving readers a chance to read the story before you discuss the contents, Marvel let us feel that loss and for that I’m thankful.

27 October, 2016 0 comment
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Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Midnight and Apollo #1

Batman #8

Superf*ckers Forever #3

Goldie Vance #6

Autumnlands #13

Shade, The Changing Girl #1

Doctor Strange #12

Champions #1

CAGE! #1

Jessica Jones #1

Paper Girls #10

Walking Dead #159

Clean Room #12

-DEATH TO BAT-CROSSOVERS

This is something New 52 did as well. They set up an interesting new threat in the first story arc, and the had to jump immediately into a crossover with the other Bat-titles that spun directly out of it. Perhaps if I had the pleasure to read at least one of the other books I’d be more engrossed. Or if it wasn’t such a massive jump from Batman #7 to Batman #8 it wouldn’t feel like I was wasting my money buying Chapters 1 and 4 of a story I’ve barely been pulled in to.

Without the benefit of Detective Comics or Nightwing, it’s just Batman punching big gross monster guys while other Bat-people punch slightly smaller gross monster guys.

Also, isn’t Dick Grayson a cool spy dude now? Did they sweep that away with Rebirth the way they made Red Robin a loser when New 52 launched? If there’s no continuity with the past, how can I care about any of these characters? Do I still like Batwoman or is she different in ways I don’t know about that make her a whole different beast? I know Marvel did the same thing, but outside of the import characters just being there all of a sudden (and/or always were) it seemed like a cleaner transition. It felt like we rejoined with our friends and they had some new experiences to share, not like we made new friends who were also named Jeff so it’s close enough.

27 October, 2016 0 comment
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Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Wonder Woman #7

Rick and Morty #18

Nighthawk #5

Star Wars #23

Josie and the Pussycats #1

Snotgirl #3

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #11

Captain America: Steve Rogers #5

Totally Awesome Hulk #10

Ultimates #11

Captain America: Sam Wilson #13

Spider-Woman #11

New Avengers #16

Ms. Marvel #11

Astro City #39

Deadly Class #22

Saga #38

-NEW CLASS

Deadly Class spoilers to follow, if you’d like to try to avoid them:

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Okay, then. So all of the main characters except one are dead going into this issue, providing a necessity to build up a new cast from the ground up while also elevating the tertiary characters from arcs past to a more prominent place. People like Shabnam and Viktor are more important now than they’ve ever been, and the new kids are coming into a world that we know is going to eat them alive. It makes for a vibrant energy moving forward, but in this first issue I really just miss the old cast. There’s enough here to anchor the book, but it’s not here quite yet.

27 October, 2016 0 comment
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Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Civil War II #5

Batman #7

Vote Loki #4

Ringside #7

The Wicked + The Divine 1831 One-Shot

Superf*ckers Forever #2

Power Man & Iron Fist #8

Mighty Thor #11

Archie #12

Karnak #5

-FUNNY STORY ABOUT CIVIL WAR II…

Yeah, so I’m pretty sure I missed issue 4. Never a good sign when you can skip an issue of an event comic and catch right back up without any recaps or help, or when you missed so little that you’re not even sure if you actually missed that last issue. What makes it way worse is that this issue was also innately skippable! Issue 5 was “the one where everyone punches everyone and they talk while they fight but don’t say anything terribly important.” If #6 opens with the big splash page from the end of #5, you could absolutely miss this one and not even skip a beat.

5 October, 2016 0 comment
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Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Civil War II: Gods of War #4

Southern Cross #7

Kaijumax: Season 2 #4

New Super-Man #3

Astro City #38

Old Man Logan #11

Wonder Woman #6

All Star Batman #2

Spider-Man #8

Black Monday Murders #2

Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #18

-SOUTHERN CROSS CAME BACK?

Man, I would’ve said that story had a pretty definitive ending! I’m happy to see it come back to explore the story from a new perspective and perhaps shed more light on the first arc’s closure, but I was shocked to see it in my pull.

Southern Cross continues to not be the best of things, but it’s for sure interesting to keep me coming back for at least the rest of this arc.

5 October, 2016 0 comment
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Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Barrier #2

Doctor Strange #11

Goldie Vance #5

Unfollow #11

Poe Cameron #6

Paper Girls #9

Batman #6

Jughead #9

Walking Dead #158

Kill or Be Killed #2

-THAT LANGUAGE BARRIER

I get a decent amount from the context, of course, but not knowing Spanish means I miss half the story in each issue of Barrier. I understand that’s half the point, but it’s still hurting my enjoyment of the comic. I feel like it’s telling this great story but I’m not getting drawn in. The language barrier seems to be the logical culprit.

The good news is it’s free if I don’t want to pay for it next time (although I’m sure I will), and the art is still gorgeous. Here’s hoping it grows on me, and even if it doesn’t bless Vaughn and Martin for trying something this daring. Maybe it won’t be for me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t mean the world to someone else.

15 September, 2016 0 comment
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Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Han Solo #3

Lazarus #24

Spider-Man #7

Rick and Morty #17

Ms. Marvel #10

Howard the Duck #10

Saga #37

East of West #29

-RICK? MORTY?

I am not a Rick and Moray fan. I don’t have anything against it, I just haven’t indulged in that cartoon just yet. I watched the first episode and it was pretty okay, and I sat in on a comic-con panel a few years ago where people were gaga over it. And Dan Harmon is rad. But I wouldn’t say I’m a fan just yet.

But I am a fan of Kyle Starks, and if he’s writing something and it doesn’t seem like total garbage I’m on board. And this was actually very good! I feel like I missed out on a few inside jokes and some references went right past me, but for the most part it was great. Good call, Supportive Jesse!

15 September, 2016 0 comment
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Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Deathstroke #1

Nighthawk #4

Wonder Woman #5

Star Wars #22

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #10

Captain America: Steve Rogers #4

Libby’s Dad

Snotgirl #2

Archie #11

New Avengers #15

Clean Room #11

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #11

Our Mother

-BACK AND FORTH ON WONDER WOMAN

I don’t know if all the biweekly DC books are doing this, but Wonder Woman has two storylines with two different artists trading off from issue to issue, one in the past and one in the present, with the only unifying element so far being Diana’s relationship with Steve Trevor.

The past story is a straight origin retelling, which is a bit trying because it’s retrod territory, but in the wake of Rebirth clarification and cleanup appear to be necessary, and it’s well told. The story in the present is some kind of…mess. I try to describe it and all that comes out is a mess of details. Plane crash cult leader cheetah lady conspiracy theory? It’s not doing it for me nearly as much, but it’s the story that should be defining Wonder Woman’s place in this newest incarnation of the DCU, and the story that needs to feel more important.

I hate to be lukewarm on Greg Rucka writing Wonder Woman, particularly when Nicola Scott is on board for one of the stories as well, but by splitting the title down the middle it’s left me wanting.

15 September, 2016 0 comment
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Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:

Civil War II: Gods of War #3

Power Man & Iron Fist #7

Black Widow #6

Poe Cameron #5

Spider-Woman #10

Captain America: Sam Wilson #12

Mighty Thor #10

Ultimates #10

Batman #5

The Wicked + The Divine #22

-CIVIL WAR FATIGUE

Most of the books I got from Marvel this week were connected to Civil War. Most of the books I got last week from Marvel were connected to Civil War. And the week before that. You get the idea. There are only so many times you can get ten pages into a comic and have the conversation about taking sides or a Captain Marvel or Iron Man cameo (usually about taking sides, or the ends justifying the means) until you’re just sick of it all. It doesn’t help that the main book seems to be slipping from a monthly schedule to something closer to every six weeks or more. That’s a long time to be stuck hitting the same plot points in each tie-in.

I’m enjoying a lot of what Marvel’s doing with Civil War II, and I look forward to finishing out the main series. I just wish the rest of the Marvel comics I read could move on a bit faster.

26 August, 2016 0 comment
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