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.
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.
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.
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.