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.]:
- Aquaman #15 [This came to a pretty good stopping point. Also, some of the facial art is a bit awkward looking.]
- 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.]
- Green Arrow #15 [Good stuff. Awesome page layouts and dynamic action scenes.]
- Green Lanterns #15 [A little bit after school special-ish but still really ended up liking it.]
- Justice League Of America The Ray Rebirth #1 [Well told, it caught my interest and made me want to know more about the character.]
- Nightwing #13 [Eeehhh… can’t really pin down how I feel about this story.]
- Superman #15 [From the pages of Multiversity…!]
Passed On [Books I had no interest in.]:
- Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #4
- Harley Quinn #12
- Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #5 (of 6)
- Kamandi Challenge Special #1
- Suicide Squad Most Wanted El Diablo And Amanda Waller #6 (of 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!]:
- He-Man Thundercats #4 (of 6)
- Justice League #13
- Raven #5 (of 6)
- Trinity #5
The town near us just got a store called Five Below put in. I had never heard of this chain prior to this but it’s one of those price point stores where everything in it is between $1 -$5. I was shocked to see the amount of nerd/geek/fanish type shirts they had in the place. I got these five shirts, all priced $5 each there yesterday. They had a pretty good selection overall of Marvel and DC merchandise like comic grab bags, water bottles, keychains, blind bag figures, action figures, and the like, as well. It looked like the turnover on goods were pretty fast so I will probably make checking in there a regular thing that I do.
I’ve been so busy I didn’t have anytime to post the last couple of weeks but hopefully I’ll be able to get back on track this week as I gradually get my new schedule strait. I’m even a little behind on reading my comics so I’m picking back up with the issues that came out on 8/10/2016…
Wonder Woman #4 – The Retelling is going strong.
The Flintstones #2 – Dark and yet cute at the same time.
The Flash #4 – I’m kind of afraid of getting too attached to all of these new speedsters… although I’m liking most of them. Just hope Godspeed isn’t…
Superwoman #1 – Well. That was crazy. Must know what happens next.
Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 – Pretty good with an interesting cliffhanger.
New Super-Man #2 – Still not feeling this one.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #2 – Pretty interesting.
Detective Comics #938 – Ok, but I’m way more interested in Red Robin than Batwoman.
Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 – I usually don’t do villain stories but this was pretty good.
All-Star Batman #1 – Eehh… I’m not sure about this; the dialog feels really off to me. It just doesn’t feel like Batman’s voice.
Action Comics #961 – This story just keeps on getting better. I’m really enjoying it.
And rating them in the order that I like them is always hard but I settled on:
- Superwoman #1
- Action Comics #961
- Wonder Woman #4
- The Flash #4
- The Flintstones #2
- Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #2
- Detective Comics #938
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #1
- Deathstroke: Rebirth #1
- All-Star Batman #1
- New Super-Man #2
Now I just really need to get caught up to this week’s issues before wednesday gets here….
Wednesday is the best day of the week! It looks like I won’t be getting anything but DC books for the foreseeable future… I can’t commit to putting anything else on pulls at the moment. This week I got:
- Nightwing Rebirth #1 – 100% Loved it.
- The Flash #2 – Ok, that was a strange turn of events but I’m into it.
- Wonder Woman #2 – Enjoying this even though it’s yet another origin retelling.
- Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1 – Ummm… I feel a bit lost with this one. I just haven’t read many Green Lantern books the last 5 years or so… Looks promising but I may need to invest in back issues.
- New Super-Man #1 – 😦 Had no real expectations for this but ended up not liking it much.
- Detective Comics #936 – So/So stuff. Moderately interesting but I don’t like Batwoman.
- Action Comics #959 – Wow! Now that was action packed. Some really nice page layouts too.
- Wacky Raceland #2 – Ugg. Dick’s story was… upsetting. Do not like.
Now getting down to actually ranking them in the order that I enjoyed them this week; it was easy to pick the top and the bottom book but a lot harder to decide on the others.
Natalie’s Comic Rankings for 7/13/2016
- Nightwing Rebirth #1
- Action Comics #959
- Wonder Woman #2
- The Flash #2
- Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1
- Detective Comics #936
- New Super-Man #1
- Wacky Raceland #2
8 Books this week! Yay, DC Comics! In the order that I liked them…
Natalie’s Comic Rankings for 7/06/2016
- Future Quest #2
- Batman #2
- Superman #2
- Green Arrow #2
- Justice League Rebirth #1
- Green Lanterns #2
- The Flintstones #1
- Aquaman #2
And the briefest of thoughts about each book:
- Ok, Flintstones #1 — Not what I was expecting I guess; it’s sorta dark, but I still liked it. I just expected something a little lighter.
- Batman #2 was really intriguing – Gotham and Gotham Girl, could they be Kryptonians?Maybe the old Nightwing and Flamebird? Just one of several possibilities at this point. Starting to lead into the upcoming Monster Men crossover.
- Future Quest #2 is moving along at a fast pace, but it feels so short. I need more of this one.
- Green Lanterns #2 was pretty good. I’m digging the personal aspects of this more than the Red Lantern stuff that’s going on.
- Superman #2 continues the Son of Superman story. I liked it.
- Justice League Rebirth #1 – Kind of sets of the tone on the team at the moment with the addition of the two new Green Lanterns and how everyone feels about the Superman situation.
- Aquaman #2 was ok but still isn’t hooking me in.
- Green Arrow #2 was good. It’d be nice if he hooks up with Black Canary and Diggle soon.
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.
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.
Batgirl, Vol. 2: Family Business by Cameron Stewart
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The second volume of the relaunched Batgirl series contains BATGIRL #41-45, ANNUAL #3, and the Sneak Peek story from CONVERGENCE: INFINITY INC. #2. It’s all a bunch of uneventful guest appearances for the most part. I hated the two guest appearances by Dick Grayson which seemed to be out of character and stupid. The only overarching plot points I could detect were some very shallow and poorly executed side character romances.
To sum it up I’d call it mediocrity in pink. In my opinion you can skip this volume of Batgirl. It’s boring, banal, and trying to hard to be cutesy cutesy. Even the art was beginning to annoy me by the end of the book.
Jim Gordon is the first character to make a guest appearance in this volume of Batgirl. Here he is comming out to his daughter the he is the new Batman. That look that Barbra has on her face in panel 6 pretty much sums up my feelings about the whole Gordan as Batman storyline.
A lot of the book has scenes like this with Batgirl interacting with one of the many side characters. It feels like she flirts with every guy in her social circle.
This is the first time Dick Grayson makes an appearance in this volume. He disguises himself and she doesn’t know it’s him. Her eyeing his butt up as he’s leaving is I guess some sort of homage to Midnighter saying that he can identify him by his rear over in the main Grayson title. The art here is less annoying looking than the other art in the book.
Here’s another guest appearance this time by the girls from Gotham Academy. I hate the way Batgirl looks here. To me it’s like a deformed disney princess look.
I obtained an advance readers digital copy of this book through NetGalley’s Read to Review program.
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