emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (superhero)
 Forgot to post this over here yesterday.. some thoughts on comics currently:

I'm reaching the end of my rope with DC books lately. DC 52 Future’s End is really pointless. Too many characters. And just so many books that are already struggling storywise are forced to put in some weird story “from the future” for an issue? And half of them were mad depressing as hell. It’s crazy how they've sucked the life out of their universe. Linewide outside of a very few books I enjoy, everything else I can’t stand. And even the ones I like (Superman/Wonder Woman for example) I can understand why others wouldn't. It's all hilarious in a sad way. (Yet i'm super excited for their TV/Movie/Animation ventures so it's a weird state for the DCU).
 
Now books I like and look forward to every month and think you should read:
 
Lazarus - Find this dystopian future situation quite interesting with families ruling the world and I’m fond of Forever Carlyle. Love the mystery unfolding for her about who she is and her place in the family.
 
Solar Man of the Atom - Father/Daughter space adventure! Of course it’s more complicated than that as the dad has basically laid a heavy burden on his daughter with what he’s done and he’s along for the ride as her ghost/power spirit annoyance. Love reading this. Might be my favorite monthly book right now.
 
The Wicked + The Divine - I’m still not completely clear on what’s going on in this book but gods reborn and being big popular sensations up to no good seems to be the gist of it. I love the art though oh so much and the main? storyline with Lucifer and Laura.
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Wonder Woman #1 - I love the art (Cliff Chiang) but I will say the first half or so was a bit confusing with the lack of dialogue. I liked the action and the last bit with Diana, Hermes and Zola made up for the confusion earlier. An interesting start.

Supergirl #1 - I loved this issue. Don't know how I feel about the metor containing Supergirl going through the Earth's mantle but whatever. I liked her confusion, thinking it was a dream until the sun came up and she knew something was wrong. And then the ending page, perfect first issue.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 - I don't like the changes made to Kori that she can barely tell the difference between humans and has no care about the "group" she was with before. It's an understandable conceit and probably done so to help buffer any dislike of Kori's sexual proclivities but ugh, Kori/Dick was one of my favorite pairings and for her to be frolicking with Roy and Jason, its like a nightmare in that aspect lol.

Nightwing #1 -
It'll take a bit to get used to Nightwing being red colored but I liked this first issue. The whole I have to be different than Bruce gotta be in some loft in the bad part of the city is getting a bit old, I feel like Dick is moved to a new place with every writer that takes over. Especially when having access to the Cave and the mansion is so handy, or even the penthouse with the bunker underneath it, it seems a waste to shelve all that. I do like the return of Haly's Circus and the continuing of Dick's tendency for redheads, and even the hired merc with claws is interesting.

Catwoman #1 -
Not bad. I'm not a fan of Guillem March's art, disliked it on Gotham City Sirens so the fact that it has followed Selina to her own book I'm a little disappointed. I also am less thrilled by the fact that Winick is the writer and that he just had Selina brutally kill a guy. I don't mind bringing back the thief, grey aspect of Catwoman but that seemed a bit much. Hot and Heavy with the Bat, at least they kept one thing consistent lol.

Birds of Prey #1 - Interesting first issue. Again like the Batman & Robin book with Bruce/Damian, I'm a little confused and disheartened by the coldness between Dinah/Babs. Outside of that, I'm all for the book, and I'm glad that reporter wasn't going to be a continual presence because his perspective just wasn't needed. This could be Dinah's solo book in the way that Green Arrow/Black Canary never was.

Batman #1 - By far the main Batman books seem to be hitting all cylinders. Snyder just does the Bat Family so well and I love seeing the Bruce Wayne side of things along with Batman, sometimes Bruce is forgotten by other writers and all that you get is Batman. The last page twist didn't do much for me but I am sure it's going to be a great mystery to be revealed. Also love Vicki Vale. Also Capullo's art is a nice change of pace, love it!

Flash #1 - One of the first comics I read of the new DC52 and I have to say one of the things I love about the reboot is freeing up the locked in relationships (I like Patty Spivot and seeing Iris West in a more Lois Lane type role). The art by Manapul is amazing (and I have to say the seams that have been added to a lot of the heroes costumes I like a lot) and the story seems interesting with so many clones? of Barry's friend.

Teen Titans #1 - Solid first issue. I really don't get some organization getting the jump on Tim unless he meant to let them so he could find out who he's dealing with, and I'm intrigued to see how Cassie is different. Kid Flash ... it depends on who he is, there's much confusion there but I do wish they'd build the team first before sending  Superboy after them but I guess .. if he is going to be part of the team it makes sense.

Batman: The Dark Knight #1 - Not as great as the other two Batman books but pretty good. I like Finch's art, and Jaina Hudson seems like an interesting new character. That internal affairs guy I could care less about and I am intrigued by what happened to Two-Face.

Aquaman #1 - Masterful first issue, you can tell that Geoff Johns just gets it. I like how they confront the misconceptions/stereotypes built up about the character and his frustration/anger about it. And monsters from the sea, I am excited about the series.

Superman #1 -
Probably the downside of freeing up relationships, it just feels weird for Lois to be with someone else. As long as they don't turn Clark into a morose voyeur like Superman Returns I can live with it for awhile. A lot happened in the book, maybe too much but I can understand wanting to try to set up the world and get going as fast as possible. One positive note, not one mention of Luthor.

And that was it! All through the pile of books I've had sitting on my coffee table for a good six months at least. Apologies for filling up so much commentary on 8 month old stories.

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This is where I continue reading DCU comics that came out 8 months ago.

Flashpoint #5 -
Wow. I can't remember the last event book to have such an emotionally affecting issue like this one (maybe Identity Crisis when Tim's dad died) but as a final issue of a big event, having Barry say goodbye to his mom and then delivering Thomas Wayne's letter to Bruce. HEARTBREAKING.  A satisfying final issue to an event book, again something I can't remember the last time I felt that way.

Detective Comics #1 - I have to say as my first taste of the DC52, this was BRILLIANT. Reading this issue reminded me how much I missed the Batman vs Joker dynamic back before everyone and their mother knew that Batman and Bruce Wayne was connected.  I can't say I'm all that fond of "the man" hating on Batman but I guess it is too easy a path not to take.  That end was unexpected though. Great twist, leaving me wondering what is going to happen.

Action Comics #1 - I'm intrigued by seeing a young, unknown Superman in Metropolis but there are still a few tired aspects to the Mythology that unfortunately seems to be sticking around with this restart. The General Rossification of Sam Lane kills me, and enough with Luthor.

Batgirl #1 - I'm excited about Barbara being back as Batgirl but I'll be honest Gail Simone's stories have never really wowed me. It took me awhile to realize I was only reading Birds of Prey because I liked the idea of the characters and not the stories, and her run of Secret Six I lasted even less time on. Other than that, this issue was probably the quickest read so far and pretty much went from action scene to action scene.

Hawk & Dove #1 - I tried this out because I absolutely enjoyed Dawn in Birds of Prey and I really came to like Liefeld this past year through watching interviews and following his tweets.  That said, Liefeld's art is not that great, every other face has them clenching their teeth. I'm glad that Dawn & Deadman still are together apparently, but I would definitely probably not really enjoy the book until a different art team is on it. Still don't care about Hawk.

Superboy #1 - I like the idea of bringing Superboy back to the roots of being a lab-created clone.   I love that Rose Wilson is in the book and I am interested to see who this Red is that has some "bond" with Superboy. Also it was great how the simulator kept putting Superboy in small town Kansas and they couldn't figure out why. And then how he keeps ignoring the woman in the burning house and the comment that unless the human DNA is extremely arrogant and all that jazz .. This has the potential to be a fun book, much more than the Superboy comic that just ended.

Suicide Squad #1 - Only picked up the book because of Harley Quinn. I don't know any of the creative team and outside of King Shark I have no real interest with any of the characters outside of Harley. It's a shame if this can be my only outlet of her and getting only a glimpse of what is going on with her.

Green Lantern #1 - Now this is an interesting start to a book.  I was a little confused at first to what still existed and what had happened but Carol still has the Star Sapphire ring, Hal lost his to Sinestro and the Guardians are up to no good as usual. Now the idea that Sinestro might be realizing some of the wrongness with his Corps is an intriguing aspect and I should not be surprised that they made Hal screw things up with Carol, its rare for a superhero book to put much thought into a relationship. I'm excited.

Batwoman #1 - The art is gorgeous, of course. I'm intrigued by Kate and I love that they're keeping Bette around, although I did like the FlameBird persona so hopefully that's still in the mix. So I'm guessing Renee's frame means she's dead? I always liked Maggie Sawyer but didn't like taking her out of Metropolis but getting to be the main police presence/interaction for Batwoman works too.

Batman & Robin #1 - I was pretty disappointed with this start. While I thought Tomasi had been pretty brilliant writing Dick in the Nightwing series and then pretty good at writing Dick as Batman, He just doesn't seem to have the Bruce/Damian dynamic down at all and really Damian completely feels off. It went from a way too cold conversation between Bruce/Damian and then as Robin it was like Damian was Jason Todd all over again.

And that's all I can muster reading and commenting on in one sitting. I promise only one more of these and then I'll go back to more current topics.

emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (marvel)
Here is where I will talk about comics that came out uh .. 8 months ago? Yeesh. I am so behind. Once I get through this pile I'm skipping ahead to January releases. Busy Busy Busy.

Detective Comics #881 -
I really wish there had been more time to explore the Dick as Batman story. I think Snyder is one of the few writers who wrote Dick well and didn't just try to turn him into Bruce-lite. I also would have liked to have seen more between Dick!Bat and Barbara/Jim Gordon, which was some with this story. It's a great dynamic.

Batgirl #24 - It's a shame that the story was rushed to a quick end but I love Steph so it was a nice wrap up. I also liked the glimpses of what she saw under the influence and I loved the Nightwing-esque outfit in one and the one where it looks like she is a mom with I will pretend is Tim's kid since I loved those two together.

Batman #713 -
A great story telling the balance between first Bruce!Bat and Dick!Robin to then Dick!Bat and Damian!Robin.  I love the parallels between the two and how Waynes seem to grow best working with a Grayson.  Not a better duo than a balanced Batman & Robin.

Justice League of America #60 - Now this is a depressing issue. I was always a fan of this incarnation of the group given that it had the next generation Dick, Donna, Jade, Kara, Jesse, etc. leading but Robinson wrote some way out there stories and honestly Bagley's art really set the book back. He just did not fit with the characters. One of the things I enjoyed greatly was seeing Dick and Kara interact, the crush aspect and all it entails.

Action Comics #904 - Okay, I'll be honest I remember very little about the Reign of the Doomsdays but I did think a previous issue had resolved everything with Luthor failing so this was a little weird to see them all fighting again. Everything was just okay, nothing special. A nice little speech by Lois at the end but I feel like that is something that is too often repeated in Superman stories this days, reminding him that his goodness is why people do what they do for him.

Teen Titans #100 -
Extra-sized issue, nice sprawling battle.  Also enjoyed the appearance of the Source Wall, using it to trap Superboy-Prime. And one of the things I've always liked about a teen team book is the possibility for ever changing relationships, like this one had a little tease of Conner/Rose but of course Conner screws up by not seeing it at all and going in a complete different direction. Love the art at the end, reminds me how much I enjoyed the future Titans arc that happened so many years ago.

Wonder Woman #614 - Outside of that weird Witchblade-esque moment in the beginning with the sword, it was nice to see Diana finish her odyssey and return to the life she remembered.  Touching end with Hippolyta remarking the end of this era.

Looking forward to starting the pile of #1 issues I have left. Will save for another post. NEXT STOP THE DCNU.

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 I'm two months behind on my reading so I haven't experienced yet the events currently going on but I still had some thoughts to share.

I read FF #1 and while I don't mind the idea of Spider-Man joining the team because I think he fits well in the dynamic (how many damn costumes is he going to have? He's lapping Batman in the amount of versions he has.) but what kills me is the leftovers of the OMD effect.  Having Sue Storm greet Peter by calling him "Young man," and asking about his Aunt May like he is some neighbor boy coming over to play with her kids ... KILLS ME.

Is the honeymoon over with Invincible?  The Viltrumite war felt much too long (the delays didn't help) and honestly the book started to feel like a bad Hulk book with all the pages full of just brutal smashing. It feels drastically different from the early issues of the series and I wonder if Kirkman is feeling the pressure of his books popularity and is trying to appease that audience with big, shiny events.

The DC line reboot is just starting to hit the news and I'm interested to see what the DCU looks like in September.  There have been a lot of characters created in the last 25 years that I've become fans of, so I really hope that they still exist in some form if this change from DC is as drastic as it seems.  Hopefully whatever move this is, it is a permanent one and not something that gets tweaked/changed after a few months/year - the one thing I hate is indecisiveness (something I see all the time in TV shows, looking at you Criminal Minds). If you make a change, stick with it and deal with the repercussions.

Bringing in new readers and a younger audience has to become a priority - it should have already been for years - but now with the digital age increasing the opportunities to access comics it is important to jump on these new avenues.  It might be an unpopular suggestion but I wonder if the books should even lighten their tone and start creating more one and done stories to help attract new, younger readers.
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Above was my PC's wallpaper for February, a crossover I'm sure many comic fans would like to see given the similarities of the two. From my recollection it was drawn by Terry Dodson (looks like his style anyway).

February was much busier than January and as a result I did not get much writing done the latter half of the month. I have outlined the next 3 chapters of His Girl Friday, and started dusting off Great Power, Great Responsibility & Great Love. WRITING TOTAL: 5,281 words (2,784 in H/HR PB XI Submission "Not According to Plan"; 2,497 in CHLARK PB XI Submission "Left Behind")

Shout out to the March birthday babes: [livejournal.com profile] calamityjamie (15th) & [livejournal.com profile] axolotl_lan (25th). Have awesome birthdays this year! ♥

PS: Just posted last night a wallpaper post for the members of my community, [livejournal.com profile] capes_and_cowls.
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After a great start to the arc, the Paul Levitz written Adventure Comics has fallen on hard times leading to the latest issue #520 where it's a scattered story with strange characterizations and it's never explained why Supergirl is there in the background while young Superboy is there.

Best thing about Generation Hope?  The art has Hope drawn like a young teen girl instead of an adult woman and Rogue is in the book.  The less positive things? I don't really care about any of the new Mutants or Hope's touch to activate their powers ability and there isn't enough of Rogue.

I'm not a big reader of all-smash//pure action books (thus I don't read Hulk but prefer Incredible Hulk/s) but it's a necessary evil when reading Invincible where I love the characters but often, like right now it becomes just a fighting book.  That said, the most disappointing thing about #75 was that the fight wasn't wrapped up during it.

And I think the first issue of Superboy was a terrible start for the character and paled in comparison to the opening arc of Adventure Comics that Geoff Johns wrote and Francis Manapul drew featuring Superboy.  The art looked subpar, and they immediately did the new current cliché storyline writers like to do a lot these days in Superboy's identity being figured out by a friend under him. i hate that and miss the times when identities stayed secret.
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Since I've started ranting weekly about specific comic book issues this monthly wrap-up has become more commentary than outright reviews about the issues. Less spoilery.

September's Best - 5 DC, the Rest 0 - DC Fanaticism Going Strong )
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Not something I'm reading but wanted to comment on ComicBookResources continued shilling for Quesada, in particular his current "explanation" for the horrid OMIT. It's been what 3 years since One More Day? Outside of an issue or two around the time of Anti-Venom and American Son storylines I have not touched main Spider-Man comics since and I continue to not probably for the rest of the time this status quo exists (or I do not care anymore). It has not been hard to hear what has been going on in that universe though and I still argue that nothing that has been done in the book since OMD would have been much different had Peter continued to be married.

Does anyone even listen to Quesada with his inane reasoning and explanations behind why it needed to be done? If a marriage makes the character impossible to write, I think that's the writer's fault more than the character's. STOP RETREADING STORIES OF YOUR CHILDHOOD. Have people seen what Marvel has done to Angelica Jones and deyoungifying her as well so much that she's now able to be part of the "Young Allies" a group of late teen superheroes? All her peers are now older than her. >_<

The only reason I'm still reading Wonder Woman is to support the character. JMS could not be writing a less interesting story and I'm already tired of Diana's new outfit. These writers forget that Diana is a SUPERHERO, and should be fighting villains and interacting with the DC Universe in every issue instead they try to write these sprawling epics that take several issues to come together and it's not fun because in the end you still don't care about whoever is in conflict with Diana. YOU'RE NOT WRITING A BOOK, THIS IS A COMIC BOOK.

Every Star Wars fan should be reading Star Wars: Blood Ties. That book is fantastic, the art is great and the story continues to be revealed as this interweaving tale between Jango Fett, Boba Fett and the mysterious (to Boba) man with a bounty on him.

Is it a coincidence that my favorite issue of Gotham City Sirens was this week and it wasn't written by Paul Dini? I don't think so. It's never felt like he's truly been into the series (as evident by the exciting quality of his Zatanna work), and the art was better in this issue than in most of the Sirens issues. Best thing was how the book involved other women from the Bat Universe in this issue having Zatanna and Talia turn up to complicate things as they all do not get along at all.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (marvel)
SO MANY great comic books this week.  Can't remember the last time that happened.

A comic that starred Dick Grayson, Kara Zor-El, Jennie-Lynn Hayden (Jade) and Donna Troy?!  That is like a dream title for me.  James Robinson is quickly winning me over with his run on Justice League America.  Only thing that kept it from being my favorite book of the week was that I wish there was more of the Dick/Kara storyline instead of just a few pages bookending the Jade/Donna story.

For a book about the fastest man, the Flash is mired in the slowest developing plot line and I'm really close to dropping this title.  I get that the Rogues are an important part of the Flash Universe but way too many Rogues on the pages and it feels like the story hasn't moved at least 5 issues worth and I'm not fond of wife/family in danger plots.

If Portacio is going to be Uncanny X-men's new regular artist, I'll be dropping this book.  I was already leaning that way with how Fraction writes the X-men but the art style is not something I'm fond of.  They keep making Hope look older than she is/should be and there's just a lot about the X-men I haven't enjoyed in YEARS.

The art is pretty but the stories in Power Girl since Winick took over have been not as fun and entertaining as the previous creative team.  I'm also not fond of having Power Girl's identity get figured out.  Did like seeing some Dick/Karen interaction but I'm honestly only reading this book lately for the art.  Might be dropping it soon and that's just sad because I like the character but not the direction the book is heading.

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That's right, our favorite Smallville lifer is breaking out of the TV realm and finally being introduced to the original DC Universe (not counting the Smallville comics). Normally this would be the time where I would be jumping with glee and rambling on endlessly here, but I already did that on my geek blog (which I invite you to read if you want my Chloe thoughts).


I will add that since writing that I've read the first Jimmy/Chloe Action Comics backup story (which is available for free online over at Comixology). And I think while it's exciting for Chloe to be a complete part of the Superman mythos, my optimism is guarded with how the setup of comics is. Rounding out a main character is hard enough since most big two (DC/Marvel) creators feel that the pages have to billed with action more than character development and when they do develop characters most of the time it is with cliché ideas.

From the first preview it looks like Chloe is mainly playing the part of Jimmy's foil/counterpart for the most part, and with this being more about Jimmy than her I don't expect that to change. Either way, this is Chloe's foot through the door of comics and I'll take what I can get. Although I will comment on how the art has Chloe's hair looking more white than even platinum blond.
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Kord Tower? Seriously? I give up, I'm dropping Birds of Prey.  This book should at least have great art and it doesn't even have that.

Is there a worse mentor/guardian-like figure than Wolverine? I never understand why the writers mess with X-23 so much.  She could be a fun character to write, but instead they always go for the tortured, born to kill, isolated from/ostracized by everyone route. Sigh.

Can we just forget about Magog? He wasn't interesting even when Geoff Johns wrote JSA. And the art in the annual was subpar at best, made it hard to even try to read through the entire issue.

ETA:
Just realized I was pretty much all negative here. I guess it's just one of those weeks. Tiny Titans was my favorite issue this week.

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Been awhile since I've written one of these multiple topic comic posts. It's also hot as hell so I'd rather use most of my willing brain power towards writing so here we go:

Talking About Dropping Action Comics, Tim Drake Name Confusion, Liberty Belle's New Outfit & Book Delays. )
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... And I will most likely be attending on Sunday.  That is the day pass I have and with having to make the two hour plus drive down to San Diego, I'll probably be leaving around 4am to get in line ASAP.  This will be my first time in SDCC and I am ready to be overwhelmed, haven't been to a con in over two years (thanks to WWLA being cancelled) but should everything go well and I make it down there I'll be sure to take my camera and hopefully make my one goal of attending the Smallville panel which will be insane as always.  Then I'll be searching the con floor for deals and famous faces.

Over on Tumblr, I've been doing the overdue task of going through all the favorites I've made over the months and saving the ones that I think are brilliant because there are some great art/images/comic pages that are shared on there.  It's an agonizing process because I have around 1,400 faves and for some reason my Mac doesn't always save files at their right sizes so I tend to have to re-save some files multiple times until it shows the right file size. (BTW besides my personal tumblr that I use to post videos & images I want to share on Twitter, I've created a new tumblr full of picspam goodness connected to my new blog project).

And while going through my Tumblr faves I stumbled upon some pages of Spider-man: Blue (which I really need a copy to own) and it got me thinking, what happened to Captain America: White? Does anyone remember that?  It was announced back at WWLA 2008 (I was in the audience) and issue #0 came out around SDCC that Summer and since then nothing. At first there was thought they wanted to bring Steve Rogers back (which they have now) and then it was they wanted it out around the movie (and that's approaching) but still nothing.  I know Loeb continues to write Hulk (which I won't touch with a ten foot pole) and was just put in charge of Marvel's direction to TV but I have not heard anything coming from Tim Sale.  It's strange.
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Had some comic book thoughts while reading that I can't really cover in my stack posts. Might do this on occasion.

Talking the Lack of Comic Relationships, Ultimate Spider-Man, Batfamily Villains & DC Titles I'm Dropping )

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