Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New Comics Day

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

- NEIL GAIMAN AMERICAN GODS MY AINSEL #7 - Talking to the dead.

- DAREDEVIL #609 - A final showdown with the Kingpin!

- LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #4 (OF 5) - The night that changed the world!

- THOR #6 - Facing doom in the distant future!

- UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1 - Back by popular demand! 

   And I received these comics for review:

 A nameless hunter awakens in an ancient city where horrific beasts stalk the shadows! 

- DELLEC #2 - Can he 
survive his encounter with The Hands of God’s deadly creatures?

- FATHOM #4 - H
er battle with Killian has far-reaching consequences both below and above the surface of the ocean.
- FOREVER FREE TP - The sequel to the Forever War.

- GIRL WHO DANCED WITH DEATH MILL SAGA #3 (OF 3) - What is the organization known as "Sparta?"

- JUSTICE LEAGUE #10 - What is behind the danger known as the Drowned Earth?


- QUANTUM & WOODY #11 - Situation normal (that's not good).

- RIVERS OF LONDON #1 (OF 4) ACTION AT A DISTANCE - The secret history of Nightingale!

- TANK GIRL FULL COLOR CLASSICS 1989-1990 #2 - Back to the beginning!

- WARHAMMER 40000 DEATHWATCH #4 (OF 4) - The best of the best go to war!

     And that's it!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Hawkman #5

   The new Hawkman series is providing what some might call "fan service."

   In other words, it's telling the kind of stories long-time fans have been dreaming of.

   It's a series that promises to explain and/or clear up that hero's convoluted history. (Hoo boy, is it ever convoluted.)

   At the same time it's providing touchstones to past series, including the original Golden Age character, the Silver Age "policeman from an alien planet" series, the Hawkworld reboot - and in this issue, we get a reunion with The Atom, who co-starred during a short run in the '60s when the two titles were merged.

   Best of all, none of this is stopping Robert Venditti from writing a great story, as Hawkman tries to solve the mystery behind his origins.

   The art by Bryan Hitch is, of course, amazing. It's loaded with energy of stunning vistas and powerful moments.

   It's a terrific series that's accessible to new readers, but offers a real treat for long-time fans as it combines the best of the past with a bright promise for the future.

   What a deal!

Grade: A


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Superman #4

   The Man of Steel continues to flourish with cosmic-sized adventures, tempered with down-to-Earth emotional content.

   This issue of Superman finds the entire planet in a very bad place. 

   The Earth has been transported to the Phantom Zone, and the effects have been catastrophic. 

   Illness is rampant, the atmosphere is breaking down, and its heroes are falling apart.

   And just to amp up the tension, Earth is under attack by an army of Kryptonians, led by Superman's newest and most powerful opponent.

   How can Superman hope to survive? That's what makes it interesting - and it's great to see the source for the idea behind his strategy. 

    So it's another excellent issue from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis - they have this series cooking on all burners!

Grade: A


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Infinity Wars #4 (of 6)

   I'm almost convinced that comics companies are trying to tell me that it's time to stop reading comics.

   For me, the story is the thing. (I agree with the old theatre adage, "If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage.")

   In other words, I can tolerate poor artwork if the story is strong enough. But, as Infinity Wars shows, even terrific art cannot make a bad story entertaining.

   Artist Mike Deodato, Jr. (with color art by Frank Martin) is trying mightily to elevate this comic, and his art is stunning. He combines his amazing, realistic depictions of characters with stunning, otherworldly images, creating top-of-the-line art on this series.

   How sad, then, that the story makes almost no sense at all. Gamora has fused a number of heroes into Amalgam-ish "new" versions. Why? Please don't ask silly questions. (Which is to say, "I have no idea.") (I'm guessing it's to sell those spin-off titles.)

   The heroes are trapped in the Soul Gem, where they are finding all-new Infinity Stones (?) and fighting a huge, Cthulu-ish monster, while back in our reality, Gamora is... well, I can't say because I'm just not sure what she's doing or why.

   So it's lots of sturm and drang and I hope you're all following it better than I am. 

   It's all just interesting enough to keep me hanging around until the end - but after that I may take the hint and just stop reading these "Event Comics" once and for all.

Grade: B-


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

New Comics Day!

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

- AVENGERS #9 - Namor attacks!

- HAWKMAN #5 - Into the Microverse with the Atom! 

- INFINITY WARS #4 (OF 6) - Reality has been warped!

- SUPERMAN #4 - War in the Phantom Zone!

     And I got these review copies from the publishers:

- ALBERT EINSTEIN TIME MASON #1 - Time traveling adventures!

- ARTIFACT ONE #1 - An explorer makes a shocking discovery!

- BLACK AF WIDOWS & ORPHANS #3 - Breaking up a child trafficking ring.

- DEADLIFE #2 (OF 3) - A zombie epidemic!

- DEVIL WITHIN #1 (OF 4) - What is Samantha's terrifying secret?

- DOLLFACE #16 - Can Emily survive?

- ELRIC WHITE WOLF #2 (OF 2) - Adapting Moorcock's famous anti-hero!

- NEWBURY & HOBBES #2 (OF 4) - Steampunk adventures!

- NINJA-K #12 - Catch me if you can!

- NINJA-K TP VOL 02 THE COALITION - Collecting the series.

- OH S#!T ITS KIM & KIM #3 - The fighting Kims are in trouble!

- ROBOTECH #13 - Welcome to Year Two!

- SHADES OF MAGIC #1 (OF 4) STEEL PRINCE - Magicians navigate alternate Londons.

- SURVIVAL FETISH #4 - One last run!

- WE ARE DANGER #3 - The band climbs the rankings.

- WILDS #5 - Ending a reign of terror.

- ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #53 - Back from the dead!

     And that's it!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Mighty Mite #1

   Comic books are, for the most part (I'm sorry to say), all too wrapped up in being serious and grim and loaded with death and destruction.

   So when a humor comic rolls along, it's time to celebrate!

   Mighty Mite is a new webcomic by creator / writer / penciler D.C. Johnson, with inks / letters and / colors by Chris Allen.

   It follows the adventures of a hero who - well, he's the clumsiest hero in town. When he succeeds in catching bad guys, it's more often because of luck than skill or derring-do (whatever that is).

   He realizes he's missing something - a secret identity! (Perhaps her was born in that costume?)

   But as he tries to correct that oversight he encounters new dangers, including the receptionist from hell, the strangest boss around, and a brand-new arch-enemy.

   It's all silly and cartoonish and a lot of fun!

Grade: B


   Mighty Mite is only available as a webcomic - you can find it from Publisher AAM-Markosia at ComiXology at this link.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Dreaming #2

   So there's an inherent problem with stories based in magic.

   Since there are no rules, it's a bit more challenging to create a coherent story - one that doesn't play fast and loose with the structure of the tale.

   We seem to be seeing a lot of that in The Dreaming - but perhaps that's to be expected, since it's set in the realm of dreams.

   The problem is that the master or the realm, Dream (or, if you prefer, the Sandman), has gone missing - we don't know why or where - and the world of dreams (or nightmares) is suffering.

   This issue we see events through the eyes of the pumpkin-headed Mervyn, who's (sort of) the janitor for the land of dream - cleaning up messes, keeping things working smoothly - and he's not taking the problems calmly.

   The series is interesting and involved - but since there's no central character, it's difficult to make an emotional attachment to the characters. And since anything can happen, does anything that does happen have a consequence?

   That's the question The Dreaming needs to answer - so far, it's still pretty squishy about it.

Grade: B+