I only bought one new comic this week, Grayson Annual #3; and might I say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a really fun one shot issue that takes place some time before the end of the Grayson series. I’m a little puzzled as to why DC chose not to put out any Rebirth issues this week but who knows, right? Since it was such a short week for me I hit the bargain boxes and picked up a few things there.
Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was our group read on Superheroes and Comic Book Club for May 2016. I read it on time but I’m a bit behind getting my review up.
I found Hawkeye to be a very likeable book but didn’t fall in love with it as others seemingly have. It kind of captures a day-in-the-life of a superhero feeling and pairs it with a stylized art style that works well with it.
One of the best things about the book is that it has some low key humor to it. Like these Russian mobsters in their matching tracksuits that keep showing up, BRO.
The art style lacks detail but it’s impactful it’s own way. I do like the impromptu costume that Katie dons here with the arrows sticking out all over her head… however I just don’t see how she’d be able to pull those arrows out and use them without pulling the whole wig off…
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Just five issues this week for me… and they are all DC books. And how do I rank them you ask?
Natalie’s Comic Rankings for 6/22/2016
- Flash #1
- Detective Comics #935
- Action Comics #958
- Wonder Woman #1
- Aquaman #1
Flash was my favorite of the week because it felt like it flowed the best. Detective Comics is slowly gaining my interest, but I’m not sure how I feel about the mud room. Action Comics is still holding my interest with the mysteries there. I felt a little lost with the Wonder Woman issue, probably because I’m just not that familiar with her supporting cast. Aquaman felt slow to me and a bit frustrating like you just want them to hurry up and get to something interesting; this title might lose me if they don’t pick up the pace.
On a personal collecting note, I finally spent a day this week trying to gather up all of the comics that are presently in my home and organise them a little in anticipation of starting the cataloging process. — The problem is way worse than I thought… I bought 5 short boxes, 300 bags, and 300 boards to start with. I used them all and still have loose books lying around. I haven’t even gotten over to my parents house to go through those books yet, or the ones in my storage unit. I’m going to go broke just bagging/boarding/boxing them all.
Batman: Eternal, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Ok, so DC Rebirth has finally gotten me energised enough to sit down and try to plod through some of my New 52 backlog. I decided to go ahead with Batman: Eternal, the massive weekly Batman event that was part of Batman’s 75 anniversary. Because it was a weekly book a large amount of people worked on these issues; but my understanding is that it was largely plotted by Scott Snyder. I’m enjoying the story but it’s lacking in enough areas that it only rates three stars with me.
Maybe it’s a little too ambitious of an undertaking with a large cast of characters including most of the usual bat-family and some lesser used characters like Spoiler and the Specter. It also has quite a few villains in it. Of course that also the best thing about it — seeing all those old familiar faces pop up again. I especially like the inclusion of a supernatural subplot.
Basically the story starts with Jim Gordon firing his gun on a subway platform and causing two trains to collide head on. Everything else sorta flows out of that event as he is arrested and all sorts of ripples are sent through the Gotham underworld.
Pretty early in the story we get the New 52 origin story of Spoiler, the daughter of a D-List supervillain, Cluemaster.
Here is one of the more unique art styles in the book, I actually kinda like it. I chose this page because it shows Starfire, Scorpiana, and El Gaucho… this goes on as Batgirl, Red Hood, and Batwoman are trying to gather evidence to clear Gordan down in Brazil.
Batman asks Batwing to go with the Spectre to investigate what’s going on at Arkham Asylum, because he’s too busy trying to figure out who’s behind the plot to frame Jim Gordon.
Meanwhile Red Robin is hot on the trail of some nanotech that’s infested several children in Gotham. Harper Row’s [Is she still called Bluebird? I don’t know…] little brother is one of the infected kids so she stows away on his ship and he is not happy about it.
I assume that all of these various plot threads will likely be tied together at the end of the series but who knows. I’m glad I picked it up when the digital trades were on sale for $5 each.
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Well, Wednesday has rolled around again and it’s time to rank the comics I bought this week.
Natalie’s Comic Rankings for 6/15/2016
- Titans Rebirth #1
- Superman #1
- Batman #1
- Scooby Apocalypse #2
- Green Lanterns #1
- Green Arrow #1
This week was awesome! I really liked all of the books that I picked up this week. Titans Rebirth #1 picks up the story with Wally West and continues it. Superman had an interesting ending. The Batman issue was way out there, but I liked it, and I almost didn’t get it because I was disappointed with the Rebirth issue. Scooby is way more interesting than it aught to be. Green Lanterns introduced a lantern power that I don’t ever remember seeing before, and Green Arrow had a twisty ending too. No regrets with my comic purchases this week.
It’s new comic book day! Mostly reading the DC Rebirth storylines this week. So first let me rank these comics in the order that I enjoyed them the most.
Natalie’s Comic Rankings for 6/8/2016
Action Comics #957
The Flash Rebirth #1
Wonder Woman Rebirth #1
Aquaman Rebirth #1
Detective Comics #934
Wacky Raceland #1
And briefly some thoughts about these issues. Wacky Raceland was a little too grim-dark for me. Detective Comics just didn’t do anything standout, kind of feel meh about the character line up. Aquaman was ok but seemingly written for absolute new readers, nothing exciting for old fans but good if you knew nothing about the character. The other three were hard to rank, all of them introduced interesting plot threads, and I’m really looking forward to the continuations of those books.
This week I got a mystery box of 50 dc comics off of ebay. They are all New 52 books. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and read any of them yet but they cost less than $1 each. Looks like I got a small run of Swamp Thing so I might read those first. I was sorta surprised the seller included a few #0 and #1 issues.
Sooo… I liked DC Rebirth #1 so much that I decided to try going back to weekly pulls for my comics. I’m not sure how long it’ll last but I plan on getting all the Rebirth #1s anyway. I don’t really plan on doing reviews for every single comic I purchase because I prefer to review whole storylines but I thought I might rank the comics I get every week in the order that I enjoyed them the most and maybe point out anything that really stuck out as noteworthy.
Natalie’s Comic Rankings for 6/1/2016:
Superman Rebirth #1
Green Arrow Rebirth #1
Green Lanterns Rebirth #1
Batman Rebirth #1
Ok, honestly I liked all of these books, but Superman sparked more of an emotional response than the other books. Green Arrow was a really nice one-shot and could be understood and enjoyed by pretty much anyone. I don’t know how or when the two new Green Lanterns came into play but I’m really interested to find out more. The Batman book was good but I’ve read so many Batman stories it’s really hard to impress me with this character.
I also picked up a few comics from the dollar boxes and a variant cover of Grayson #11 that I’ve been looking for. I’m one of those people who are quite happy to pick up and read random comics without having any other comics in the run. I mean sure I enjoy having the whole thing but it doesn’t bother me not to. This habit seems to strangely bug other people.
The Brave and the Bold  #1 & #2 of a six issue limited series featuring Green Arrow, The Butcher, and The Question. Some of the stereotypes of Indigenous Native American Tribes were sort of cringe worthy. It also had several scenes with Dinah Lance aka Black Canary back in the days when she had short black hair and worked at Sherwood Florist.
I’ve been thinking about getting the Convergence trades that have the side stories. I got this Batman and the Outsiders one to sample and it looked promising. I think the whole series had like 80 issues though, and even assuming I can get them for $1 each that’s a lot of back issues to track down and buy.
The Shadow of the Bat issues was decent but nothing to write home about.
Well, that was my Wednesday in comics. Think I might try doing this every week.