emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (smallville)
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.

emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (dc)
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.

Soctober

Oct. 9th, 2010 08:56 pm
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (naruto)
I figure if I add an S to the month I can still pretend it's September. Feels like just the other day 2010 was starting and now it's almost over. Halloween is at the end of the month and I am hoping that my costume will come together in time. D:

My September wallpaper for my macbook pro is one of my own, Clark Kent revealing his costume underneath that I made awhile back for my [livejournal.com profile] capes_and_cowls graphics community. Chose that one because Smallville's final season premiere was also in September. Something I started last month since I got a new cell phone was sharing my phone backgrounds. Figuring out the dimensions took a few tries but I did and I turned a shot from an Emma Watson photoshoot into my September background.

September was a mess for me and I didn't find any time to sit down and write. Hate that I have had so many months like that. WRITING TOTAL: 0 words

Lastly the Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose statue I ordered back in June finally arrived this week. My first collectible since last year and I wanted to share with you all. Not bad for $39.99.

emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (dc)
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 )
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (chloe sullivan)
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.
emeraldstag: Sailor Moon's Usagi & Luna (dc)
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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