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The Good, the Not-so good, and the UGH: Reviews Brightest Day #20, Young Justice #1 and more!

The books I picked up this week were Spider-girl #4, Brightest Day #20, Young Justice #1, Silver Surfer #1, Justice League America #54, Green Lantern Corps #57, and Detective Comics Classics.

THE GOOD

Green Lantern Corps #57– This issue is the concluding chapter of “The Weaponer” storyline. Why is Firestorm in here? I mean, I know, I have been reading Brightest Day, but he wasn’t really necessary to the story. The battle between the Weaponer and Sinestro didn’t end the way I thought it would, which is great and unexpected. Great end to a great storyline. And up next, according to the last page…”War of the Green Lanterns.” no break for us the readers.

Justice League #54 – Part one of the Rise of Eclipso story arc. The issue does a great job recounting the origin of Eclipso and his history up until this issue and it’s being told while Eclipso is trying to put together his army to achieve his goal, to get the super heroine Jade, the daughter of the original Green Lantern Alan Scott. Nice pencil work from Brett Booth as well.

Silver Surfer #1 –I had to pick this up when I heard Greg Pak is writing it. True to form, he delivers. I am not familiar with Stephen Segovia’s pencil work, but I enjoyed it a lot. After the event of Chaos War, the Silver Surfer is on Earth after placing Galactus in the sun to restore his energies (and shortening the life of the sun by a billion years). Surfer is reflecting on his past and missing his humanity when he notices a group of armored men shooting a couple. The man dies, but Surfer is able to heal the woman when the High Evolutionary shows up and appears to devolve him.

Spider-girl #4– Spidergirl battles the daughter of Kraven the Hunter. They changed artist on me and I don’t like the new one (Matthew Southworth). Ana Kravenoff spends most of the issue tracking Anya down until it’s too late to notice that it’s a trap. The big fight will be in the next issue. I like this book a lot! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Young Justice # 1 – The book starts towards the end of the pilot episode. The League has allowed the team to stay together and to use their old Happy Harbor headquarter (the Cave). Everybody eventually leave allowing Superboy to be there alone. Or IS he alone? I’ll tell you didn’t expect that ending. There was a nice little moment between Miss Martian and Superboy. Overall, a decent start for the series, but I expected more. I’ll give it another issue or two.

 

 

THE NOT-SO GOOD

Brightest Day #20 –I said it last time, and I’ll say it again…I’m ready for this series to end. Six more issues to go. The “Aquawar” ends very quickly (barely two issues) as the sudden appearance of Mera and Aquagirl turns the tides of the battle. With this, Aquaman completes his task, and if you have been reading this series you know what happens next, the same thing that happened to Hawkman and Hawkwoman. There was an “explaination” in the previous issue, but to quote a line from Escape from the Planet of the Apes….”maybe the explanation needs explaining.” Yeah, it does. To me at least.

THE UGH
None

 

OTHER

Detective Comics Classics– I only placed this here since it’s reprints of older stories. The stories included in this book are: “The Riddler’s Prison-Puzzle Problem” from Detective Comics #377 (July 1968), “Tall, Dark, Handsome – and Missing!” from Detective Comics 384-385 (February – March 1969; a Batgirl backup story), and “The Invader from Hell!” from Batman Family #1 (September-October 1975; a Robin/Batgirl team-up). If you wanna read a couple of stories when Dick Grayson was Robin and Barbara Gordon was Batgirl, I recommend this.

The Good, the Not-so good, and the UGH: Reviews The Incredible Hulks #621, Secret Avengers #9 and more!

The books I picked up this week are The Incredible Hulks #621, Secret Avengers #9, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1, The Grim Ghost #0, and Phoenix #0.

THE GOOD

The Incredible Hulks #621– Team Hulk is recovering from the events of “Chaos War.” (Spoilers present if you are reading Chaos War and have not read issue #5) Apparently, Hercules for a moment had the power to restart Mount Olympus as an island in the Long Island Sound. Bruce approaches Hercules to ask him to repair the mental, psychical and psychological damage caused by the Chaos War. Hercules can’t because he gave up the power to restore Earth and Olympus. Banner (as the Hulk) battles Gods and Titans to approach Zeus with the request. I sense a big fight coming. Another great issue by Greg Pak and company. I won’t mention the backup story. I didn’t care for it.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1– This is a miniseries that takes place after Revenge of the Sith. Vader is order to find a missing Star Destroyer commanded by Admiral Garoche Tarkin, the son of Grand Moff Tarkin (not sure who he is? He’s the Peter Cushing character in Star Wars: A New Hope). Tarkin doesn’t trust Vader after his last mission was a failure, so he sends Captain Shale to accompany him. Shale is a friend/competitor of Tarkin during their academy days. This is an interesting Vader. He has not yet earn the reputation and the fear/respect within the Empire, much less the galaxy. Not familiar with Haden Blackman’s writing, but this is a nice start. Wish I could say the same for Rick Leonardi. I remember enjoying his art from the New Mutants, X-Men, and a couple of others. I did not this time. I don’t know if it’s Daniel Green’s inking or what, but I didn’t enjoy the art.

THE NOT-SO GOOD

Secret Avengers #9 – For the first time in my reviews, I have placed this book in this category. Most of the time I don’t have too much of a problem with retcons, but this pushed it BIG time. The mystery of John Steele is revealed, and I don’t buy it. Steele is indestructible, and possibly immortal. He fought in WWI and was an ally of Captain America in WWII. He led Professor Erskine to develop the super-soldier serum that created Captain America. ANYWAY, the Shadow Council and Secret Avengers do a trade – Shang Chi for Sharon Carter. Expecting a trap, Rogers planned his own. I won’t spoil the ending, but it ain’t over yet. Why? Because story arcs can no longer be three or four issues. The stories have to be five issues at least. I’m sorry, if you read this blog, you know I am a big Ed Brubaker fan, but these days the big two companies want to stretch out stories to make more money, not tell great stories. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

THE UGH
None

OTHER

Joel Simka at Comic Book Craze gave me a chance to get these books. He knows I liked the Atlas titles from the 1970s and figured I would want them.

The Grim Ghost #0 – A man who has no memory, is walking around not being heard by anybody (guess what he is – you’re right!) He runs into a man named Jonathan who is helping someone else (crossing over). The guy with no memory helps move the body much to the surprise from Jonathan. Jonathan urges them to leave but it was too late. A demon named Braddock and his gang show up and kill Jonathan. They start questioning the guy who starts to remember pieces of his life and his name…Michael. The Grim Ghost shows up, kills most of the gang, and reveals to Michael what I knew early on…that he’s dead. This was OK, but I hope it gets better.

Phoenix #0 – Wall street guy Ed Taylor returns to his hometown and looks up his best friend Max. Ed finds out that Max is dating his old girlfriend Alexis. Just then a series of lightning bolts strike and the people of the town disappear. Ed wakes up to find that they are all dressed in strange uniforms and periodically, a person is taken away. Literally, the floor swallows him or her up. The next to go is Alexis and she is experimented on. She dies from the experiments. After a couple of others disappear, Ed goes. He dies from the experimentation as well. However, he comes back to life. The aliens decide to make him comfortable…before they kill him again. Great start!

I’m excited about the return of Atlas comics. The Fellowship Live will do a special episode devoted to Atlas comics on Feb 28th. Just in time for Grim Ghost #1, Phoenix #1, and Wulf #1 to be released that Wednesday!

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The Good, the Not-so good, and the UGH: Reviews Birds of Prey #8, Red Robin #19, and more!

It’s a big haul this week, mostly Marvel. The books I picked up this week are Birds of Prey #8, Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #514, Heroes for Hire #2, Incredible Hulks #620, Chaos War: Dead Avengers #3, Red Robin #19, and Amazing Spider-Man #651.

THE GOOD

Birds of Prey #8- When we last saw the Birds, they were about to be attacked by a new villain Mortis. She has the ability to make people relive their regrets and shame and paralyzing them with fear. She’s hired by the Calculator to take out Oracle. Batman (Bruce, not Dick) arrives and gives a hand, but one of the Birds is lost due to Mortis’ touch. Meanwhile, Hawk (who is off Oracle’s grid) shows up at Penguin’s nightclub and informs him that they have business to discuss. As I’ve said before I’m a Gail Simone fan and she never seems to fail me. This is a book you should be reading.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #514– The new crime lord Vlad sets a trap for Black Panther after his son had tried to do the same thing and failed miserably. Luke Cage also appears to offer T’challa assistance from the Avengers to which he refused. I know this series won’t last forever because at some point Daredevil will return and reclaim the “Man Without Fear” title and be the protector of Hell’s Kitchen. But until then, I’m staying with this book.

Heroes for Hire #2– The mission continues as Silver Sable is asked to contribute. Meanwhile, Paladin is doing his own investigation because he feels that something is wrong. Satanna is called in only to find out that the weapons are cursed! Ghost Rider comes to save the day and Silver Sable. If you haven’t read the first issue, I won’t spoil the twist. For those who have, nothing has moved on that front, except Paladin knows Misty is not where she is believed to be. I’m liking this series. I’d recommend it.

Incredible Hulks #620– This is the concluding chapter of the Chaos War tie-ins. Team Hulk helps Mr. Green deal with the big monster in the area, that being Bruce Banner’s abusive father. The good guys win and try to celebrate with their resurrected loved ones, but are pulled away by Hercules for the final battle…in Chaos War #5. The backup story focuses on Korg and Bruce is testing him to see if he would be a good ally for the work that lies ahead. Chaos War is over and we can move on. It will be interesting to see where Team Hulk goes from here.

THE NOT-SO GOOD

Amazing Spider-Man #651 – This is the final chapter that introduces a new Hobgoblin, Peter Parker’s new job, and Spider-man’s new costume. I picked up issues 648-650 to see what was going on. This the first time I’ve read the title since “the decision” better known as “A Brand New Day” which eliminated the marriage of Peter and MJ Watson. The storyline was ok, but nothing I read made think that this storyline couldn’t have happened earlier. The storyline potential of Peter’s new job (Horizon Labs) is interesting, as well as him using those resources to be better prepared to fight his opponents (including a cloaking device). But there are questions I have…will he become Iron Man – having a suit for EVERY purpose? What happens when his employers find out what Peter is doing with their resources? We’ll see. In addition, there is a backup story involving Mac Gargan in his new Scorpion armored outfit.

Chaos War: Dead Avengers #3– This is the concluding chapter of the mini-series. Most of the reborn Avengers die again, but die heroically. Only Swordsman and the female Yellowjacket survive, but will they be killed off again at the end of Chaos War? Most likely. Once again, disappointing ending to what is a good mini-series. I know part of my problem is the re-death of Captain Mar-vell, but there has been a few minis recently that have had a letdown ending.

Red Robin #19 – Red Robin finds himself in the Unternet, and he – with the help of Anarchy, a four-year old version of Tamara Fox and the Riddler (?) finds his way out. This is the first time since I’ve been reviewing comics that Red Robin has not been in the good category. It was ok. I guess the whole VR aspect I didn’t care for. Things will be better next issue with the first of a two issue crossover with the Teen Titans and a confrontation between Red Robin and Catman from the Secret Six!

THE UGH
None

OTHER

Star Trek Khan: Ruling in Hell #4 – Finally got my copy and it was good. The battle between Khan and Tamas finally happens and – well, if you’ve seen Star Trek II, you know who wins. The mini-series ends with the entrance of the Botany Bay crew in the movie. This was real good. I’ve enjoyed this series.

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The Good, the Not-so good, and the UGH: Reviews Brightest Day #17, Steel #1 and more!

It’s a small haul this week. The books I picked up this week are Brightest Day #17, Steel #1, The Thanos Imperative: Devastation #1, and Weird Worlds #1.

THE GOOD

Brightest Day #17– C’mon, you really didn’t think Firestorm destroyed the universe at the end of the last issue, did you? After a quick explanation of what’s going on there, the rest of the book focuses on Boston Brand trying to make up for lost time on several fronts (including seeing his uncle) and the Hawks trying to break free from the gate that is composed of the bones from their prior incarnations. They receive assistance from Carol Ferris, the Star Sapphire. There are a couple of incidences in the issue that I didn’t expect really caught my attention. The only one I’ll mention is apparently Boston Brand and Dawn Granger (Dove) are getting close. REAL CLOSE. It’ll be interesting to see how Hank Hall (Hawk) takes it when he realizes this. Nine more issues left. I’m ready for things to pick up.

Steel #1– This one-shot is a part of the “Reign of Doomsday” story arc. Steel responds to the reports of Doomsday on a rampage. He keeps flashing back to Doomsday original attack, which lead to the “death” of Superman and the “Reign of the Supermen” (Steel, Eradicator, Superboy and the Cyborg Superman). John is astounded to see that Doomsday is different this time. His regeneration is quicker, he had armor growing out of him quicker, he can fly and…speak? He calls Steel by name and says “St-urrrrrr” and “St-eeeurrrr.” Could he be saying Star (as in S.T.A.R. labs)? The battle doesn’t go well. I mean, if this creature killed Superman, what chances does Steel have? None. It appears that DC has killed another minority hero. I hope I’m wrong because I like Steel.

THE NOT-SO-GOOD

The Thanos Imperative: Devastation#1– The only reason I put this book in this category because I’ve been so out of the loop regarding Marvel’s space heroes, I repeatedly said “What the Hell?” while I was reading it. Cosmo, the dog who communicates via telepathy is honoring Star-Lord’s last wishes and is establishing a team to replace the now defunct Guardians of the Galaxy. They call themselves the “Annihilators” (I wonder where they got that name LOL). It’s an impressive lineup: Silver Surfer, Quasar, Beta Ray Bill, Gladiator and Ronan the Accuser. WOW. To top that off, the last page appears Ikon the space knight (like Rom?) asking where is the team he is supposed to lead. I may try the new series Annihilators, we’ll see. I was reading the Nova trades and was reading the Guardians of the Galaxy when it started, but like the X-titles, they got mired into crossover events and that turned me off.

Weird Worlds #1 – DC brings back the science fiction anthology book. We have three stories – Lobo, Garbage Man, and Tanga. The Lobo is a standard story written by Kevin Vanhook. Even the twists I saw coming a mile away. Very disappointing. Jerry Ordway’s beautiful penciling almost makes up for that. Almost. Lobo has a competitor in trying to find a bounty. The competitor literally blows Lobo’s brains out, but is that the end of it? C’mon! The second story starring Garbage Man was standard as well. I mistook him for Swamp Thing, and his origin is Captain America’s except everything went wrong. Aaron Lopresti (who I’m not familiar with) wrote and drew this story. The art was impressive, but the writing wasn’t. Third and final is Tanga, a new creation from Kevin Maguire (who also wrote the story). It’s a simple story about a female alien flying through space trying to find someone to talk to because she’s lonely. She encounters a ship and so happy she won’t stop talking. Things go south from there. This book is a six issue mini-series and I’ll stay around for the Tanga and Garbage Man stories, not Lobo.

THE UGH
None

BTW –My store didn’t get Star Trek Khan: Ruling in Hell #4, but it was ordered. Once I get it, I review it. Kinda disappointed, because I am enjoying the mini-series.

ALSO – I like the covers that DC is using this month. The white background with the star(s) front and center. Very nice.

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01/05/11 Trip to the Comic Shop, Reviews- Batman The Dark Knight #1, Detective Comics #872

The Good, the Not-so good, and the UGH: Reviews Batman: The Dark Knight #1, Spider-girl #2 and more!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! The books I picked up this week are DC Comics Presents T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #1, Spider-girl #2, Thunderstrike #2, and Heroic Age: X-Men #1.

THE GOOD

Batman: The Dark Knight #1– David Finch’s first (I think) full issue as writer and penciller is good, but not great. A childhood friend of Bruce (love the retcon kid friends Bruce has been given the last few years, how about you?) has been kidnapped and he becomes obessed in trying to find her. He encounters Killer Croc who is high on a variation of Venom, and is given a name. He’s on the trail, but is it a trap?? If so, who set the trap? Like I said it’s ok, but not great. I’ll give it another couple of issues, and hope that things will get better. This title is on my pull list, but nothing is in stone.

DC Comics Presents THUNDER Agents #1– For the last couple of months, DC has been collecting certain story arcs and reprinting them with the “DC Comics Presents” banner. Most I already have original, but jumped at the chance to get this. This books reprints issues 1, 2, and 7 of the Tower Comics that were original published back in the 1960s. The origins of Dynamo, NoMan, and Menthor, plus the inclusion of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. squad is here. It’s like the Justice League meets Mission Impossible. For someone who hasn’t read these books before, but heard a lot about them, this was great. It was a fun read and it’s great to see classic artwork from Wally Wood, Gil Kane, and George Tuska among others here. RECOMMENDED!!!

Spider-girl #2– Anya and the Fantastic Four are battling what appears to be the mind-controlled Red Hulk. Unfortunately, Anya’s father is part of the collateral damage and dies. Anya decides to quit being Spider-girl until her friend Rocky tells her how are her mother died being a hero during a battle between Spider-man and the Green Goblin. I won’t reveal what is on the final page, but we are given a clue to what’s going on here. However, the questions who, and why will have to wait to be answered.

Thunderstrike #2 – The aftermath of Kevin’s transformation as Thunderstrike and battling the Rhino starts the book. Kevin is not interested in being Thunderstrike since that’s what killed his father. A possible romantic interest enters as well as a friend for someone who wants to be alone. Meanwhile, the mysterious stranger who wants the Thunderstrike sends a strike team to get it. At which Gruenhilda of the Valkrior appears to assist Kevin and informs him that she is here to instruct him of the Thunderstrike and its abilities. Unfortunately, the team obtains the mace at the worst possible time for Kevin…

THE NOT-SO GOOD

None

THE UGH

None

N/A

Heroic Age: X-Men #1– So sue me, I kinda like these “database” books. Steve Rogers assess the mutants, former mutants, and mutant sympathizers as well as their enemies. I put this in a “Not Applicable” because these books never really fit a Good, Not-So-Good or Ugh category. If you’ve never read the mutant titles, or (like me) haven’t read them in a long time, this gets you back in the game.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Good, the Not-so good, and the UGH: Reviews -Incredible Hulks #619, Secret Avengers #8 and more!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! The books I picked up this week were: DC Universe Legacies #8, Dead Avengers #2, Incredible Hulks #619, Larfleeze Christmas Special, Secret Avengers #8, The Stuff of Legend Volume II: The Jungle, Part 3.

THE GOOD

DC Universe Legacies #8– The Death of Superman, Knightfall and Emerald Twilight are the focus of this issue. I have really been enjoying this miniseries, and saddened to realize that there are only two more issues left. It’s not just the history of the DC heroes, but also about a police officer who was inspired by their actions. Lein Wein has done a great job writing the main story and backups (btw – this issue’s backup involves the New Gods with art by Frank Quitely).

Green Lantern Corps #55– “The Weaponer” part three. I bought parts one and two last week and really enjoyed the arc so I’m continuing the story. The GL honor guards have gone to the planet Qward to rescue Sora from the Weaponer. It is revealed how the Weaponer is able to create the right weapon at the right time. Gathnet also reveals what’s been going on in the Emerald Warriors title. The thunderers see their chance to get rid of the Weaponer. I won’t reveal the cliffhanger, but I expect to see a lot of yellow in the final chapter of the story.

Larfleeze Christmas Special – This is cute. Larfleeze wakes up Christmas morning to find out that he did not receive any gifts from Santa. So he heads out attacking anyone wearing a Santa suit and causing a lot of damage until he’s told that Santa lives at the North Pole. Hal Jordan shows up to contain him and tells him about the Christmas spirit. I won’t ruin the ending, but it’s sort of a typical Christmas story ending. Also included are: a recipe for orange cookies, a Larfleeze Christmas ornament, a maze game for you to help Larfleeze find the North Pole, and a two-page short story featuring Glomulus.

Incredible Hulks #619– It is revealed that Zom is controlling Doctor Strange. Team Hulk is still trying to protect Marlo since she has been touched by Death. She decides to use what abilities she has to help the team by bringing additional help in the forms of Doc Samson, Jarella, Glenn Talbot, and Hiroim the Oldtrsong. The Abomination decides that two can play this game by bringing back…I’m not telling. As I’ve stated before, I’m not reading Chaos War, just a couple of one-shots and the Dead Avengers miniseries (the latest issue reviewed here as well). I was worried about not being able to follow what’s going on, but for the most part that is not the case.

The Stuff of Legend Volume II: The Jungle, Part 3– The toys are still in the jungle trying to find their master and rescue him from the Bogeyman. The animals have a problem with the toys as they see them as slaves to their master (the boy). They are very resentful of Jester and Harmony as they have a human appearance. Meanwhile we find out what the armies of the Boogeyman are doing after the attack of the Golems last issue. Questions are answered and new ones are asked. It seems like it has been at least two months since part two came out. I don’t know why there was a delay outside of the fact that it’s a small independent company. If you are not reading this, do yourself a favor and get the Volume I collection and read it. It won’t be a waste of money I swear!

Secret Avengers #8– The team may have discovered Fu Manchu’s origin and the reason he needs his son Shang-Chi. They are alerted to an attack in downtown Hong Kong. However, the attack was a diversion so Max (the Nick Fury LMD) and John Steele (a WWII ally with Steve Rogers) can kidnap Agent 13 to use as trade bait to get Shang-Chi. A little more action in this one, but this is a covert/espionage book so there are times were there would not be a lot of action. I like the Shadow Council as the foil to the Secret Avengers instead of pulling out A.I.M. or HYDRA. HYDRA is being used enough with the Avengers cartoon and the upcoming Captain America movie.

THE NOT-SO GOOD

Dead Avengers #2– This is the second part of this three-issue mini-series. Newly resurrected Mar-vell, Vision, Swordsman, Deathcry, Doctor Druid, and Yellowjacket are hanging in trying to not to be killed again by the Grim Reaper and Nekra. Storywise, not a lot happens; the focus was more to the individual backstories and the interactions between the members of the group.  Part of me wishes that it were a four-issue mini because there seems to be too much of the flashbacks packed into this issue.  However, as I said, story-wise nothing really happened until the end. So, three may be enough. There’s been rumblings about an Avenger or two remaining alive after this story ends. I doubt it, but if it is the case – MAKE MINE MAR-VELL!!!

THE UGH

I won’t be a Grinch this week and say UGH. 🙂

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