Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New Comics Day

  Here's what I picked up at the comics shop today:

- CONAN THE BARBARIAN #2 - Beyond the savage border!

- FANTASTIC FOUR #6 - Galactus vs. Doom!

- HAWKMAN #8 - Next stop, Krypton!

- INVADERS #1 - The classic team returns - or does it?

- SUPERMAN #7 - Superboy returns!

- UNCANNY X-MEN #10 - Still dissembling!

  And I received these review copies:

- ALBERT EINSTEIN TIME MASON #4 - Trying to save the future!

- BREAKNECK #2 (OF 5) - Two hours to save Philadelphia!

- DELLEC #4 - Back for Volume 2!

- PENNY DREADFUL HC VOL 1 THE AWAKENING ARTIST ED - A black & white artist's edition!

- PRINCELESS FIND YOURSELF #4 - Adrienne vs. the Black Knight!

- ROBOTECH #16 - The SDF-1 faces a deadly attack!

- SHADES OF MAGIC #4 (OF 4) - Who is the Steel Prince?

- SHADOWMAN #11 - The final showdown!

     And that's it!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home - Movie Trailer

   They've just released the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home, which will be released later this year (after the new Avengers movie, which will explain how Spidey survived his encounter with Thanos).

    I have to say - this one looks great! 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Green Lantern #3

    Now there's a cover - Green Lantern placing God under arrest?

   It's nice to see this cosmic series allowing some light-hearted moments to balance out the cosmic-level goings-on.

   (And no, there's nothing sacrilegious in the story, either - it explains that cover image nicely.)

   I'm enjoying Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp's take on the Lantern Corps - and it's certainly good to see Hal Jordan back in action (though that final-page cliffhanger is a bit of a shock).

   This series isn't for everyone - it's a strange combination of police procedural with super-hero action and cosmic (science fiction) concepts. 

   But the art is very impressive and the stories are fun to wade into - though they're not for the faint-hearted.

   So far, I'm enjoying this new version of the classic hero!

Grade: A-


Friday, January 11, 2019

Young Justice #1

   As a fan of the original Teen Titans, I'm happy to see the return of that concept (young heroes / sidekicks unite to form a team) in the form of Young Justice.

   Happily, this issue doesn't bother with wading through a lot of backstory. We get a glimpse into the dimension known as Gemworld and jump right into an invasion from that realm into the middle of Metropolis.

   Superman is absent, but other heroes happen to be in the area, and they rise to the challenge. The lineup include Robin (though I'm not sure which one), a reticent Wonder Girl, a happily returned Impulse, and new faces Jinny Hex (apparently a descendant of a certain western bounty hunter) and Teen Lantern (you read that right). 

   It's mostly an action-fest, as the team faces some high-powered opposition - and we get lots of clever character interaction along the way.

   It's written by Brian Michael Bendis with a wonderful, breezy style, and the art by Patrick Gleason is powerful and bright, with loads of energy on display.

   It's a strong start for this restart of the team, and one of the first titles from the new Wonder Comics imprint from DC.

    What can I say? I liked it!

Grade: A-


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

New Comics Day

  Today at the comics shop I picked up:

- ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #6 - Who can save Riverdale?

- AVENGERS #12 - The Secret Avengers!

- GREEN LANTERN #3 - For sale: the Earth!

- THOR #9 - Introducing Earth's newest defender!

- UNCANNY X-MEN #9 - Still disassembling! 

- YOUNG JUSTICE #1 - Putting the band back together!

  And I received these review copies:

- BLOODBORNE #8 - More horror, more mystery!

- DOCTOR WHO 13TH #3 - A rival time traveler?

- FAITH DREAMSIDE #4 (OF 4) - A dream to some, a nightmare to others!

- LIFE IS STRANGE #2 - The sequel to the game continues!


- NULL FAERIES #1 - When a faerie becomes mortal.

- RIVERS OF LONDON VOL. 6 WATER WEED - Facing rogue water goddesses!

- WARHAMMER 40000 TP DEATHWATCH - Collects the mini-series!

    And that's it!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

New Captain Marvel Trailer

    During last night's college football championship, Marvel Studios rolled out a new trailer / peek / whatever for their upcoming Captain Marvel movie. 

   Looks like a good one!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Heroes in Crisis #4 (of 9)

   This is another series that seems to be speaking to me. 

   It's saying, "Chuck, it may be time to stop buying comic books."

   I know that if super-heroes were real, suffering from on-the-job stress (or literal Crisis Event strain) would be actual problems.

   But comic book characters aren't real, and trying to burden them with this degree of real-world angst is just... depressing. 

   Which is not what I read comics for.

   Heroes in Crisis ups the ante by making the apparent goal of this series a brutal one: an attempt to wipe out the original Teen Titans.

   So it starts with the former Aqualad (modern name Tempest) drowning his sorrows in a bar, and Donna Troy carrying him home when he can't walk. Keep in mind that the series has already depicted the apparent deaths of Wally (Flash) West and Speedy

   The investigation into the deaths of several young heroes continues, and Batgirl and Harley Quinn have an... odd... moment together.

   I dread the storylines that will spring out of this series. Opiod addictions! Political disputes! Climate change debates!

   It makes you long for the days of Kanjar Ro and T.O. Morrow...

Grade: C