Wednesday, February 20, 2019

New Comics Day

     Today at the comics shop I picked up:

- AVENGERS #15 - A Vampire Civil War!

- DOCTOR STRANGE #11 - Who controls Earth's magic?

- NAOMI #2 - What is the secret behind her adoption?

- WILD STORM #20 - Preparing for world war!

    And I received these review copies:


- BLOODBORNE #9 SONG OF CROWS - Return to the horror mystery series!

- BREAKNECK #3 (OF 4) - Can Joe save Philadelphia from a terrorist attack?

- INCURSION #1 - An invasion from the Deadside!

- X-O MANOWAR #24 - Hero Part 2!

    And that's it!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Thor #10

   Yeah, I really didn't like this issue.

   As a fan of Thor since I was a tot, it's difficult to admit that. 

   I love the characters, I love the setting, I love the incredible potential in each story.

   And then I read this issue. 

   See that cover? It's lovely - a father and son sharing a drink together, smiling. I would love to read that story in a comic book. But nowhere inside this comic does that moment appear.

   Instead, Thor and Odin meet, share harsh words, and spend the rest of the issue brutally beating each other up. And I do mean brutal, with words that hurt and blows that cause serious damage.

   We see Odin's inner dialogue, but get no sense of why someone so smart is incapable of talking to his own son. 

   It's just combat for the sake of providing an action sequence for this otherwise lightweight outing. The characters are unrecognizable.

   Perhaps it bothers me because I wonder how someone who suffered at the hands of an abusive father would react to this issue. 

   Or perhaps it's just that I miss my own wonderful, amazing father - I'd give anything to be able to have one more conversation with him - preferably over some cold beer.

   So, anyway - can't recommend this one at all. 

Grade: D


Friday, February 15, 2019

Superman #8

    Let me say up front that I'm really enjoying Brian Michael Bendis' take on Superman.

   The stories manage a great mix of action, humor, heartfelt moments, great dialogue and story twists.

   This latest storyline is a perfect example of a story that could have gone badly in lesser hands.

   It takes Jon Kent, the son of Clark and Lois, and pulls the old soap opera trick of sending him away for a few months - and when he returns, he's suddenly grown into maturity (well, he's about 18 now).

   But the story behind how this happened (during a "summer vacation" around the galaxy with Jor-El, who's somehow still alive), is turning out to be a cracking good yarn - and if that last splash page doesn't hook you, I give up.

   It doesn't hurt that the art is by two of the best in the business - Ivan Reis and Brandon Peterson. 

   So to sum up: you really should be reading this series.

Grade: A




Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New Comics Day

   A light day for me! I picked up:

- HAWKMAN #9 - The Deathbringers arrive on Earth!

- SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1 - An ancient treasure!

- SUPERMAN #8 - What has Superboy been up to?

- THOR #10 - War is around the corner.

  And I got these review copies:

- DEVIL WITHIN #3 (OF 4) - Are ghosts real?

- FATHOM #7 - Celebrating 20 years of underwater adventure!

- FEARSCAPE #4 -Triumph and tragedy!

- FRIENDO #4 - What if the laws of the land didn't apply to you?

- LIVEWIRE #3 - Life on the run!

- OH S#!T ITS KIM & KIM #5 - Out of prison and back in trouble!

- SEX DEATH REVOLUTION #3 - Diving into memories!

- SURVIVAL FETISH #5 - It all comes down to this!

- WRATH OF FANTOMAS HC - Paris, 1911. The scene: an execution.

    And that's it!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Doctor Who The Thirteenth Doctor #4

   When your villain is a hoarder, you run the chance of stinging some of your readers (not that I would react that way, of course).

   But since this is a Doctor Who adventure, The Hoarder is stealing items from across time and space - and forcing others, including children, to do his dirty work.

   So The Doctor and her companions have a lot of ground to cover - antidotes to concoct, children to rescue, and villains to defeat - all done with intelligence and wit (you know, like the TV series).

   It's a fun wrap-up to the story - which goes right into my collection. (There is a difference between a collector and a hoarder, right? Right?)

Grade: B



Sunday, February 10, 2019

Aspen Visions: Executive Assistant Iris #1

   What, you may well ask, is Aspen Visions?

   It's apparently a new mini-series that places well-known characters from that company in decidedly different settings.

   This first issue, for example, drops Executive Assistant Iris in Ancient China, fighting what seems to be a never-ending mob of invading Huns.

   That's business as usual for our favorite killing machine, as she calmly dispatches an army of invaders - and faces down a dragon.

   There are, of course, twists to the story that are effective (if perhaps a bit well-worn by now), and the art is excellent.

   The story is continued into the next issue, which features the company's mainstream star - and lots more trouble for our heroes.

Grade: B+


Friday, February 8, 2019

The Avengers #14

   Marvel has gone to war lately - from Infinity Wars to the upcoming War of the Realms - but hey, there's still time to squeeze in a Vampire War for the Avengers.

   But it's not a war led by Dracula (though he certainly plays a part) - it's an uprising of other vampires, led by someone called the Shadow Colonel (who gets fashion tips from Darth Vader) - and it's a war that rages all over the planet, as vampires either fight for their lives - or try to hide.

   I'm not a big fan of vampires in the Marvel Universe - it's difficult to understand why the heroes haven't stamped out the murderous monsters by now - but it is good to see the vampire hunter Blade back in action.

   The story includes terrific art and lots of action, so it's entertaining - for a war.

Grade: B+