DC Universe App: One Month In

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I’ve been too busy reading comics to write about them apparently.  How has it been 11 days since my last post? Time just gets away from me sometimes.  I’ve been using the DC Universe app a lot since it came out; and have been having fun with it.  I go on there probably four or five times a day and just read a comic or two, watch an episode of something, or chat on the message boards.

Oh, and I wanted to tell everybody that I got a prize pack for being a “Community Hero”.  Wich is I guess a prize for generally having decent behavior on the message boards and answering peoples request for recommendations and the like.  I thought it was really cool and I was excited to get it.  I got two action figures, 2 trades, and 5 single issue comics.  Here is the letter that came with it:

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In the mornings I get up and read a comic book while I have my coffee and in the evenings I’ve been watching the DC Daily episodes to unwind a bit.  As far as the new show, I am loving Titans so far.  I’m even beginning to warm up to this version of Starfire a little bit.

I’m happy enough with the service but they do have a few issues that I hope they can improve on.  I won’t get into each minuscule nit-pick.  My single biggest issue is that they need to make improvements to the comic curation.  I don’t have a problem with the quantity of the comics (Around 2500, as advertised.); my problem is that good chunk of those are incomplete stories.  That’s just not cool.  There has been some indication that they are aware of the general satisfaction of users about that;  but so far they have only made a few tweeks to the site since the launch.  I am eagerly awaiting more news, hopefully in December.

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October 2018 Preorders

It’s that time again, when I finally have to commit to making my monthly preorder of comics.  So, anyway I ordered:

Batman #60 & #61
Batman And The Outsiders #1
Batman Annual #3
Batman Who Laughs #1 (of 6)
Freedom Fighters #1
Green Lantern #2
Martian Manhunter #1 (of 12)
New Talent Showcase 2018 #1
Nightwing #54 & #55
Shazam #2
Suicide Squad Black Files #2 (of 6)

I didn’t see a solicit for Heroes in Crisis or Doomsday Clock this month.  I realized when I was going over my orders that I actually forgot to preorder Batman #58 & #59 last month.  Derp-de-derp!  Now I’m going to have to run out and look for those.

I keep going back and forth about Batman Who Laughs, Freedom Fighters and Martian Manhunter but I ended up ordering them anyway.  If the first issues don’t impress I’ll just dump them and move on to greener pastures.  I’m finding it much easier to break up with bad books these days.  🙂

So what did you just have to have?

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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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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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

DC Comics in GraphicAudio

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There’s an awesome deal from Humble Bundle this week.  The DC Comics in GraphicAudio bundle.  If you buy the top tier of this deal you can get 22 audio books for as little as $15.   That’s basically 22 books for the price of 1.  The deal is good for 2 weeks so don’t miss out on this one.

PAY $1 OR MORE TO ALSO UNLOCK!

Green Lantern: Hero’s Quest
Wayne of Gotham
Batman: The Stone King
Green Lantern: Sleepers (Book One)
Countdown

PAY $8 OR MORE TO ALSO UNLOCK!

DC Universe: Last Sons
The Flash: Stop Motion
Wonder Woman: Mythos
It’s Superman
Green Lantern: Sleepers (Book Two)
JLA: Exterminators
Infinite Crisis (1 of 2)
Infinite Crisis (2 of 2)

PAY $15 OR MORE TO ALSO UNLOCK!

DC Universe: Trail of Time
Batman: Dead Whit
Batman: Inferno
Enemies and Allies
Superman: The Never-Ending Battle
Green Lantern: Sleepers (Book Three)
Final Crisis
52 (1 of 2)
52 (2 of 2)

DC Event – Dark Nights: Metal *Part 1

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So, Dark Nights Metal started months ago and is wrapping up in March of this year.  Are you guys reading?  I’m perpetually behind myself.  I thought it was a good enough place as any to start my blogging efforts again tho.  This event is ending with the launch of DC’s New Age of Heroes; the first book Damage #1 came out this week. [I plan on giving all of the new #1s a review so that’s comming soon.]

Anyway back to the subject of Dark Nights Metal.  The story started with two prologue one-shots, Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting.  These were billed as optional but in my opinion they are pretty core to understanding the set up of the story and you probably would want to have them both.  There’s all sorts of stuff in there like Mr. Terrific, Mr. Miracle, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and the list goes on.  It’s a very intriguing introduction into into a twisted tale of the Dark Multiverse.

Oh, and it has Batman in it.  You know, Batman doing Batmanish things like knowing that there is a new “Crisis” on the horizon and just investigating it by himself.  And then you know the Justice League finds out about it and chases him around while trying to get a strait answer out of him.  In short it’s pretty fun.

The trade these two books will see their reprint in is already solicited for a May 2018 release date. It will be called DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL and will also contain material from quite a few other books.

What I’m wondering is what books did you go in for? Just the mini series?  Everything? Picky choosy?  I will probably end up with everything because I’m reading most of the books that the tie ins are in anyway…

Thanks for reading.  I’m going to try to get back into the habit of trying to write at least a little something everyday and hopefully I’ll have something more to talk about in my next post.

Natalie’s Pull List 1/18/2017

Late getting my comics this week, cause I’m broke at the moment.  Also, still a bit behind on reading my comics and having to look at reducing my monthly pulls for a little while.  Being an adult is such a bummer sometimes, with all those bothersome little things like keeping a roof over your head, and wheels on your Jeep.  Sigh.  :-/

Now I’m trying to access which titles I’m currently reading that will likely cost me the least amount of money as back issues… or which comics I just have to have right away…  or… I really find it hard to decide.  Anyway here were the books I had put on my pull list for this week:

Pulled [Books I preordered.]:

  1. Aquaman #15 [This came to a pretty good stopping point. Also, some of the facial art is a bit awkward looking.]
  2. Batman #15 [Honestly never been much of Catwoman fan but just love Tom King’s writing so much.  Feel like the art style really worked well in this issue.]
  3. Green Arrow #15 [Good stuff. Awesome page layouts and dynamic action scenes.]
  4. Green Lanterns #15 [A little bit after school special-ish but still really ended up liking it.]
  5. Justice League Of America The Ray Rebirth #1 [Well told, it caught my interest and made me want to know more about the character.]
  6. Nightwing #13 [Eeehhh… can’t really pin down how I feel about this story.]
  7. Superman #15 [From the pages of Multiversity…!]

Passed On [Books I had no interest in.]:

  1. Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #4
  2. Harley Quinn #12
  3. Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #5 (of 6)
  4. Kamandi Challenge Special #1
  5. Suicide Squad Most Wanted El Diablo And Amanda Waller #6 (of 6)
  6. Super Powers #3 (of 6)

To the Back Issue List [Books I wanted but I had to draw the line somewhere.  I’ll buy you when I have some extra cash, promise!]:

  1. He-Man Thundercats #4 (of 6)
  2. Justice League #13
  3. Raven #5 (of 6)
  4. Trinity #5