Comixology Launches Comixology Unlimited Subscription Service

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Comixology just launched an all you can read [of a very limited selection of titles] subscription service.  I signed up for the free trial so I could look at what was being offered.  Honestly it doesn’t seem to be very much to me.  The top two publishers, Marvel and DC are not included in their offerings.

 The have some popular titles from Dynamite, IDW, Image and Oni Press, but most of them were things I’ve picked up in bundles that I already own copies of.  They have a few manga titles but no Shoujo titles that I could see or Romance titles from Harlequin Publishing.  The only thing I saw that I was somewhat interested in were the Archie Comics.

Personally at $5.99 a month it probably isn’t worth it to me personally.  That might change if they improve their selection of titles to include more of what I like.  Might be good if you like independent comics, but I think that Scribd has a better selection of comics if they haven’t dropped them anyway.

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Titans Hunt by Dan Abnett

Titans HuntTitans Hunt by Dan Abnett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Titans Hunt wrapped up last week with issue eight and addresses [sort of] the status of The New 52’s original Titan’s team. This story spun out of the Convergence storyline and if the solicits can be trusted appears to be the direct lead into the Titan’s Rebirth #1 that goes on sale 6/15/2016.

There have been numerous members of the Titans over the years but the line up we are given here is: Dick Grayson, Donna Troy, Garth, Lilith, Roy Harper, Hawk, Dove, Herald, Bumble Bee, Cave Boy, and mentioned is The Forgotten Titan [Who is possibly the pre-52 Wally West.] I’ll be honest I don’t remember Herald and Caveboy but I guess they were a thing at some point.

Basicly this story starts out with Lilith appearing to the other Titans as a waking dream and giving them cryptic messages to remember and find each other. They do and then they have to face a very old Titan’s villain.

I thought the story was pretty solid and it was fun. I might not be too objective though, the Titans are favorites of mine and I was really just happy to see a story featuring these characters again. Oh, and I really enjoyed the art too.

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The graphic novel for Titans Hunt comes out September 20, 2016, and is up for preorder on Amazon right now.  And here are a couple of pages where the Titans fight each other…  Garth and Donna duking it out while Grayson mostly tries not to become collateral damage.

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And here are Lilith, Hawk and Dove making holes in walls.

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Groupees Comic Bundles ~ 2 Days Left

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Groupees is running some great deals on digital comic book bundles right now, and they are up for 2 more days.

The first one is the Bundle of Independents containing a plethora of series starters:

For $5 Minimum You Get:

  1. The Boys Vol. 1
  2. Revival, Vol. 1
  3. Ciudad
  4. The Fuse, Vol. 1
  5. Locke & Key Vol. 1
  6. Chew Vol. 1
  7. A Boy and A Girl
  8. The Devilers #1-7

For $12 Minimum You Also Get:

  1. Richard Stark’s Parker Vol. 1
  2. Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland
  3. Shutter, Vol. 1
  4. Saga, Vol. 1
  5. Wasteland Vol. 1
  6. Devolution #1-2
  7. 30 Days of Night Vol. 1
  8. The Living Corpse
  9. Stumptown Vol. 1
  10. Uncanny Vol. 1: Season of Hungry Ghosts
  11. American Flagg! #1-5

For $25 Minimum You Also Get:

  1. Ragnarok Vol. 1
  2. Deadly Class, Vol. 1
  3. Starve Vol. 1
  4. Descender, Vol. 1
  5. Letter 44 Vol. 1
  6. The Sixth Gun Vol. 1
  7. Lost At Sea
  8. Ex-Con Vol. 1: Fading Lights
  9. Dreadstar #1-6
  10. The Complete Zombies vs. Robots
  11. Morning Glories, Volume 1
  12. Low, Vol 1
  13. The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures
  14. Danger Girl: Deluxe
  15. Ghost Projekt. V1

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The other bundle is The Dynamite Fantasy Bundle; and the nice thing about this one is that if you had missed the previous Dynamite bundles on Groupees this is your chance to pick them up because they are the other tiers on this deal.  I’m not going to go through those and list the comics because it’s just too many but you can click on the links to see the titles.

For $5 Minimum You Get:

  1. Game of Thrones #1-4
  2. Adventures of Red Sonja #1-7
  3. Army Of Darkness: Movie Adaptation
  4. Blood Queen #1-6
  5. John Carter: Warlord Of Mars #7-14
  6. Pathfinder: Origins #1-3
  7. Red Sonja (V3) #1-2
  8. Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #1
  9. Pathfinder Special 2013

For $25 Minimum You Also Get:

Dynamite Bundle #3

For $40 Minimum You Also Get:

Dynamite Bundle #4

For $55 Minimum You Also Get:

Dynamite Bundle #1

Dynamite Bundle #2

 

Supergirl is going to the CW? Say what?

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So, I haven’t actually been keeping up with Supergirl, as I was not impressed with the first episode;  [I do have it on my DVR — Thought I would watch it when my other show are on summer hiatus.]  but this evening DC Comics announced that the show was renewed for a second season but that it would be on the CW not CBS, where it currently airs.

So now I’m very curious!  I understood that currently she exists in a different universe from the other characters, could this move mean that she will be brought into the universe where the other heroes reside?  Could this mean that a Justice Society or League might be formed?  Now I’m actually looking forward to watching the rest of the show.

I saw some grumbling on facebook about how the CW should just rename itself the Superhero chanel, but I was like — Yes, Please!  All superheroes, all the time.  Now the CW just needs to get Gotham, Lucifer, and come back with another season of Constantine and we’d be set.  Full Nerd Ahead.  I love superheroes!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel PowerThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The first issue seemed like it might have some promise but it quickly just spiraled out into stupidity. Full of bad puns and grade school humor, I really couldn’t find a lot to like. It’s an ok comic to give to a very young child but otherwise I see no merit in it. It also has some of the most god awful ugly art I’ve seen published. Torture to the eyes.

This is Squirrel Girl.  She and every woman in this comic are drawn man faced ugly.  So much so that it’s hard to look at.  While I applaud the use of a more realistic body shape, the reality is most women have feminine faces.  Not being a size 0 does not make you dog ass ugly by default.

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The other thing that annoys me about this book is the ridiculous ways in which she defeats villains like Galactus.  Come on now really?  Why do they even need the Avengers with Squirrel Girl on the team! — rolls eyes — I guess it’s supposed to be funny and cute but it just annoys me, guess I’m too old and humorless to enjoy it.

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Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller

Daredevil: Born AgainDaredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What can I say about the classic story Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller that hasn’t already been said? Collecting Daredevil #226-233, these issues originally published in 1964 include some of the original source material for the now popular Daredevil Netflix series.

Frank Miller has the dubious honor of having written some of the best and worst comics I’ve ever read. This collection comes at the end of his run writing the Daredevil monthly book and tells the story of what happens to Matt Murdock when his greatest enemy the Kingpin learns his secret identity.

When ex-girlfriend and drug addict Karen Page sells out Matt for a quick fix, his life spirals out of control and he loses almost everything he ever had. Will he be able to find the fortitude to get up and fight again? Lots of fan favorite characters make appearances in these issues including Gladiator (Melvin Potter), Nuke, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, low level thug Turk Barrett, and the Avengers.

This book has some excellent art as well.  In the days before computer coloring techniques artists were somewhat more limited but a lot of effort was put into these panels to add to the overall mood of the story.

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Here we have a dramatic scene with the Kingpin sort of gloating and looking down on the city, but did everything really go as planned?

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And Matt laying in the gutter…

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