Justice League #5

Justice League #5

on February 03, 2012

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I’m not sure what the problem is anymore. I’ve read a lot of Geoff Johns comics that I like a lot. I don’t have any strong feelings about Jim Lee’s art. I love the Justice League, I love the Fourth World, I love the idea of Cyborg being on the League.

But I do not love this comic. In fact, this comic is pretty awful. — more

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Flash #3

on December 04, 2011

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I’m taking advantage of the light week to catch up on some books from the last couple. So…

Flash #3: Flash is one of the real surprise hits of the New 52 for me. Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul were unknown writing quantities to me coming in, and Barry Allen’s not exactly my favorite speedster, but this book has been totally fantastic. — more

Tagged: batman, daredevil, flash, justice league, supergirl, superman
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O.M.A.C. #2

OMAC #2

on October 08, 2011

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The first issue of O.M.A.C. got some negative reviewage ‘round these parts, and not surprisingly. There might be a variety of opinions on Dan Didio as an editor or co-publisher, but as a writer the consensus is decidedly negative. Well before I knew him as DC’s Editor-in-Chief, I knew him as “the guy who ruined Superboy,” as his short run that closed out that series was terrible. — more

Tagged: dan didio, keith giffen, omac, scott koblish
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Voodoo #1

on October 02, 2011

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Hey, comic fans: have you ever watched John Carpenter’s The Thing and thought “I love this movie, but it sure would be better if the shapeshifting alien invader were a sexy lady instead of a dog”? Have you ever thought Species would have been better with more boobs?You have? Then do I have the comic for you! — more

Tagged: ron marz, sami basri, the new 52, voodoo
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The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #1

on October 01, 2011

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That is a mouthful of a title — and one that’s apparently confusing even to the indicia writer, since that pluralizes “Firestorm.” But the length of the title also allows writers Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver to lay everything out on the table right from the start. The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men is exactly what it says on the cover — as opposed to, say, a book entitled All-Star Western that’s set in a city on the east coast. — more

Tagged: ethan van sciver, gail simone, the fury of firestorm, the new 52, yildray cinar
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Flash #1

on September 30, 2011

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I’m on-record as being generally against killing comic book characters. It reduces the overall number of interesting stories that can be told, and puts later creators in the unenviable position of having to rationalize resurrection to tell those interesting stories.

Barry Allen was different. Maybe it’s because my exposure to Barry Allen was rather limited; I came into mainstream comics after Crisis on Infinite Earths, and as a kid I think I read as many Johnny Quick stories as Flash ones. In any case, my Flash was Wally West, Barry Allen was dead, and the universe was better for it — more

Tagged: brian buccellato, flash, francis manapul, the new 52
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Superman #1

on September 30, 2011

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Anyone who knows my background or has spent ten minutes on my blog knows that I’m a little biased when it comes to Superman. I’d like to think that it means I’m more invested than most people in wanting to read good Superman stories, but I know I’m also more inclined to like even the more mediocre installments. Superman #1 wasn’t mediocre, but it also didn’t quite hit the standard set by Action Comics a few weeks back. — more

Tagged: george perez, jesus merino, superman, the new 52
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Green Lantern Corps #1

on September 25, 2011

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Peter Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin have moved from Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors to the newest Green Lantern Corps volume, and they’ve brought Guy Gardner back with them. I didn’t follow Emerald Warriors; it was simply one Green Lantern title too many for me, but the quality of this issue has me wondering if I dropped the wrong series. — more

Tagged: fernando pasarin, green lantern corps, peter tomasi, the new 52
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DC Universe Presents #1

on September 24, 2011

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I’ve been clamoring for a straight DC anthology book for some time now. It seemed like the perfect answer to all those titles that didn’t quite sell enough to continue on their own, like Manhunter or Blue Beetle, or to test the waters for new characters and concepts. It’s not as though that’s a new idea, either; DC Comics is built on anthology books, and some of its most endearing concepts — from the Legion of Super-Heroes to the modern Flash to the Justice League itself — got their start in anthology titles like Adventure Comics and Showcase. I’d love to be able to pick up a monthly book featuring multiple concurrent, serialized, finite stories around characters who were too risky for the solo title treatment.

DC Universe Presents is not that book, but it’ll do in a pinch. — more

Tagged: bernard chang, dc universe presents, paul jenkins, the new 52
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Blue Beetle #1

on September 24, 2011

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Of all the characters getting the hard reboot treatment, Blue Beetle seems like the most unnecessary. The Jaime Reyes version of the character debuted only five years ago, and it seems that if Batman: Brave and the Bold can handle him without rewriting his origin, then DC ought to be able to as well. But Jaime’s old origin is tied up in Infinite Crisis and a place in a long legacy, so someone deemed it necessary to retread recently traversed paths. This puts writer Tony Bedard in the rather unenviable position of having to retell a story that was recently (and quite popularly) told. — more

Tagged: blue beetle, ig guara, the new 52, tony bedard
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