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Defenders [2017-2018] #1-10

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Reading Format:

Marvel Unlimited App

Story […very briefly.]

This story is written by Brian Michael Bendis.  The Kingpin has gone legit. [Yeah, right.]  Who will be the new Kingpin?  It’s up to the newly formed team of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Ironfist [Because you know, netflix show lineup.], to find out.  Also why are believed dead villains comming back to life? [Don’t hold your breath for a good explanation.]

Art [Just IMHO.]

David Marquez artwork is on point.  Too bad the story isn’t.

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Other Notes [???]

Ok.  This story.  Ummm, it started off really strong but in the end it didn’t really go anywhere.  In the beginning we have this really interesting lead in with Diamondback, who everyone thought was dead showing up and this new street drug that he’s distributing through the city.  It’s a really good mystery set up but it never delivers a satisfying stopping point.  Every issue pretty much ends with a shocking cliffhanger, even the last one.  In these ten issues appearances are made by Night Nurse, The Punisher, Daughters of the Dragon, Black Cat and Deadpool, to name a few.

The dialing and friendly banter between the characters, works well and carries the story along.  The art is consistently good throughout.  Unfortunately the story meanders in the end; with a poorly thought out wrap up.  It feels very much like an unfinished work.

These issues are also collected in the two trades titled Defenders Vol. 1: Diamonds Are Forever and Defenders Vol. 2: Kingpins of New York.

In Other News! [For Fun.]

Netflix has canceled Iron Fist after two seasons.  Which is disappointing for me as I actually really liked the show and the second season had a really interesting tease at the end of it that I was really hoping to see play out.  Oh, well!  Maybe we’ll get to see the characters in on of the other series.  Here’s a link to one of the many articles about it.

https://www.ign.com/articles/2018/10/13/iron-fist-canceled-netflix-kills-first-marvel-series

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The Flash #62-65 – Born to Run!

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Reading Format:

DC Universe App

Story […very briefly.]

Origin Story of Wally West and his transformation from Kid Flash to The Flash.

Art [Just IMHO.]

These issues have excellent pencil work by Greg LaRocque.  The art is just somewhat dated by the coloring techniques used at the time, but otherwise is the strongest aspect of these issues.

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Other Notes [???]

I have to be honest.  I did not like this story.  It was four issues long and could have [and probably should have] been condensed to one issue.  It’s kind of bland, and Mark Waid does a pretty good job of making Wally come across as exceptionally whiney.  If this had been my first exposure to Wally West I would probably never have given the character another glance.

These issues are also collected in the trade titled The Flash: Born to Run.

Don’t Forget! [For Fun.]

The premiere of the Flash season 5 airs tonight on the CW!

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SWAMP THING’S HALLOWEEN HORROR GIANT #1

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Walmart had the Swamp Thing 100 page giants out today when I dropped in to pick up some snacks.  Still no sight of the issue #4s of Superman and Justice League of America.

The Swamp Thing giant would make a great stocking stuffer or gift because all of the stories in it are self contained.  Did I mention; the whole thing has awesome art and the colors are super vibrant; even those 1970’s comics look amazing.  This book had eight stories in it, all of which were new to me because I didn’t own any of the original print issues.

  1. Hollow by Brian Azzarello and Greg Capullo. Basicly Swamp Thing vs these little goule things out in the woods. [New]
  2. The Pumpkin Sinister by Dan Didio and Ian Churchill.  Enchantress and Blue Devil vs. a pumpkin monster summoned via pet sacrifice. [DC Universe Infinite Halloween Special #1][2007]
  3. Taert Ro Kcirt by Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen. A tale of drug laced candy. [DC Universe Infinite Halloween Special #1][2007]
  4. Strange Cargo by Steve Niles and Dean Ormston.  Superman vs. Zombies. [DC Universe Infinite Halloween Special #1][2007]
  5. The Ballad of Jonathan Crane by Mike Way and Mateus.  Sort of a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  [DC Universe Halloween Special #1][2008]
  6. Night Gods by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz.  Underwater horror is always a bit extra freaky to me.  [The Brave and the Bold #32][2010]
  7. Night of the Reaper by Denny O’Niel, Neal adams and Dick Giordano. This one’s got vintage Batman and Robin with all the trappings.  Bonus points for managing to work Nazis in there.  [Batman #237][1971]
  8. Swamp Thing by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson.  The classic origin story. [House of Secrets #92][1971]

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September 2018 Preorders

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I’m running a bit late putting in my September preorder.  As in, I waited around to the last pea in the dish as my daddy likes to say.  I’m trying to keep my preorder books under 10 books a month these days so I have to think really hard about what books I actually want to get. So, anyway I ordered:

DC Nuclear Winter Special #1
Doomsday Clock #8 (of 12)
Green Lantern #1
Heroes In Crisis #3 (of 7)
Nightwing #52
Nightwing #53
Shazam #1
Suicide Squad Black Files #1 (of 6)

Of these I’m not sure what I’m anticipating the most.  I’ve gotta see where the current story in Nightwing is going.  I’m just not sure if I’m going to like it or not.  I think the Grant Morrison Green Lantern book is either going to be glorious or unreadable.

I’m anticipating that Geoff Johns Shazam is going to be really good, based on his Shazam! Vol. 1 (The New 52): From the Pages of Justice League.  Which was, IMHO, one of the only really great books published during the New 52.  I’ve actually started reading The Power of Shazam on the DC Universe App and am getting pretty pumped to see The Big Red Cheese on the big screen.

So what did you just have to have?

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Action Comics #866-870 – Brainiac

Reading Format:

DC Universe App

Story […very briefly.]

Geoff Johns reimagines the story of the shrunken city of Kandor; that was stolen from Krypton by the alien  Brainiac.  Supergirl also features in this story.

Art [Just IMHO.]

Lovely art by Gary Frank.

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Other Notes [???]

Geoff Johns is one of my favorite comic writers.  I think that most of his work can be described as poignant, yet also hopeful; and always heroic.  The ending of this story is one of the most memorable Superman stories I have ever read.

I’m pretty sure that I have these issues in my collection but I reread them on the DC Universe App.  They can also be purchased in the trade collection titled Superman: Brainiac.

You Might Also Like [For Fun.]

This wikipedia article about Kandor.

 

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Action Comics #855-857- Escape from Bizarro World

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Reading Format:

DC Universe App

Story […very briefly.]

Remember that time that Bizarro kidnapped Jonathan Kent and took him off to this square planet where he got this funky power from it’s blue son that let him spawn Bizarro versions of people he knew back on earth… from his eyes?  Nope?  Me either but this little jem was written by Geoff Johns & Richard Donner.

Art [Just IMHO.]

Eric Powell did the art for these issues and to make it triple Bizarro the cover art and inks are also done by Eric Powell.  It’s quite fun, really.

Other Notes [???]

This story was… almost cute?  It’s a short fun read for when your stuck waiting somewhere.

Out of Context Panel [For Fun.]

Hmmm… this image kind of sums up my feelings whenever one of my older relatives starts ranting about politics in a public space.

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DC 100-Page Comic Giant! #3s

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Picked up all the #3 Giants at Walmart.  Some brief thoughts about the new stories in each one.

DC 100-Page Comic Giant! Batman #3; Batman Universe Part 1; Brian Michael Bendis, writer.  It starts out with what seems to be a classic Riddler story but it has a little twist at the end that is more  intriguing than it ought to be.  There was a panel in this of Batman kicking someone in the head that’s aching to be made into a meme.

DC 100-Page Comic Giant! Justice League of America #3; Come Back to Me Part 1; Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti, writer.  Ehh… Not sure how I feel about this one, there is something off about the dialogue.  Wonder Woman’s voice doesn’t seem to be consistent throughout the story could it be that there are two writers?  The story is just her going to help with a forest fire, not much else to say about it.

DC 100-Page Comic Giant! Superman #3; Up In the Sky: Alice Part 1; Tom King, writer.  Wow! This was really good, it’ll be interesting to see how it goes.  Story starts with Batman calling Superman in to take a case with a little girl who gets abducted by aliens.

DC 100-Page Comic Giant! Teen Titans #3; Dead Reckoning; Dan Jurgens, writer.  Picks right up where the story in issue #2 left off.  Teen Titans vs. The Fearsome Five while the Disrupter and H.I.V.E. are up to something else…  I’ve really warmed up to this story and it would be nice if it continues as an ongoing.  I think the whole art team is doing a good job on this one too.

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To Read or Not to Read DC Universe

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At 10pm I sat down at my computer and thought to myself.  I’ll write a blog post!  Yeah! What will I write about?  Boo!  So, I wandered off to DC Universe to sample comics… I say sample because that’s all I seem to do lately.  Ever heard the expression, I think I’ve reached the end of the internet?  Sometimes I feel like I’ve reached the end of the longbox.  I just can’t seem to find anything that will hold my interest.  I don’t think it’s the comics though, I think it’s just me.   So for the last 4 hours I’ve read sporadic comic and stared blankly at my computer screen.  Oh, and I ate a slice of leftover meat lovers pizza, (that might have been the highlight of my Friday Night).

Part of my mood probably is from having read Batman #55, and even though I knew where this story was going from the solicits; the end of the issue was upsetting.  Why oh why did it have to be Nightwing? ;-/

Anyway I read too issues from the Marvel Unlimited App.  One was Tales of Suspense Hawkeye and the Winter Soldier #102.  It’s the third part of a story about them looking for Black Widow.  So far I’ve like the story and the art in it.  The other thing was X-Men Gold #23 where Kitty Pryde and the rest of the X-Men get thrown in jail.  I’ve been keeping up with that title and am liking it.

On DC Universe I’ve checked out a few books and I was going to read a Beast Boy mini series that was on there but I kept getting kicked out of the app at the same page in the comic so don’t know what was going on with that?  Other books were working fine.   Despite my reservations about DC Universe I’ve been on there a lot since I got it goofing around, just hope they can make some improvements to it.

Well, it’s going on 3 am now and I should really try to lay down and sleep some,  I’m going to be paying for this late night tomorrow when I have to get up and do things.  Have a good weekend comic friends.

 

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DC Universe is live.

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Ok so I just got the app downloaded and installed and have been looking through it.  Ugh.  I am seriously disappointed.   There really just isn’t a lot in there.   I really, really hope they are planning to make regular expansions or switch the stuff out if that’s all they are going to offer at one time.  This probably isn’t like the most organized post I’ve ever made, but here are some points.

  1.  The selection of comics is way smaller than I thought it would be.
  2.  At the top of the comic list page it says,” The full DC Comics digital library will be available for purchase in October.” — PURCHASE?  WTF?  That really annoyed me.  I’m pretty sure now that there will not be any sizable amount of readable comics available.
  3.  A lot of the comics available to read are just a few of the first issues.  I’m pretty sure all they want to do is sell you the rest of the storylines.  NOT COOL — and a lot of that stuff is probably free to read on Comixology already.
  4. I think I counted 23 movies.  Mostly animated.  Live action are the 4 older Superman Movies.
  5. 9 TV Series.  Mostly really old ones.
  6. 12 animated series.

That new content can’t come quick enough if they plan of keeping this afloat and they really need to add more diverse catalog of available comics with consecutive runs available to read.  Frankly if I hadn’t paid for a year’s sub I would just sign up for a month after the new shows air and just binge watch them.  I don’t think it’s enough content for the price.  What do you guys think?

Update: Ok, after going out of the app and going back into it to read something else.  I’m seeing a lot more comics than I was originally seeing.  That’s good, I guess maybe that means that they are sill adding stuff to the app or maybe it’s got a few bugs to work out.  I’m seeing some older titles that I’ve never read, I feel a bit better about it now.  Because at first I was only seeing like maybe 100 comics total and I was upset.

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DC 100 Page Giants

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While I was out buying meat for my 4th of July cookout [It was delicious!  Hope you had a lovely 4th as well!]; I saw these 100 page giants at my local Walmart.  I thought at first that these were some one shots but after taking a better look I think these are going to have more than just a #1 issue.  They all have 3 reprint issues and one 12 page original story in them.  It’s kinda anybody’s guess when or if these are intended to be part of the main continuity.

The Batman Giant had reprints of Batman #608, Nightwing #1, and Harley Quinn #1.  The original story is titled One More Chance, and seems to be a two part story.  It’s about Batman tring to track down a missing child that’s been kidnapped.  Appears to be a fairly typical Batman story.

The Justice League of America Giant has reprints of Justice League #1, The Flash #1, and Aquaman #1.  The original story is Wonder Woman The Conversion.  Featuring Steve Trevor and Ares, while Wonder Woman tries to save some girls on their way to a humanitarian aid conference.  This story wasn’t particularly good or bad.  I don’t know if it’s a lead in to the next issue or not.

The Superman Giant had reprints of Superman/Batman #1, Green Lantern #1, and The Terrifics #1.  The original story is Superman Endurance and seems to be a two part story.  I actually liked this story the best but I don’t know if I could really tell you why.  The set up is that Clark is sent out to write a report on why people who live in areas typically hit by tornadoes don’t just move somewhere else.

The Teen Titans Giant had reprints of Teen Titans #1, Super Sons #1, and Sideways #1.  The original story is titled Enter… The Disruptor!  They manages to pack a lot into a few pages with this one.

I’m hoping I’m able to pick up the second issues when they come out… I’m seeing some disheartening reports of scalpers moving in on these; and that they have fairly low print runs; and aren’t even available at all stores.  Hope my friends out there were able to get them if you wanted them.