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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Happy Halloween ComicFest 2018!

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Happy Halloween Comicfest.  I got a few freebies today and hit the buy 1 get 2 free sale at my LCS.  Also picked up all four of the Walmart #4’s… However, now I have parts of mini series that I’m going to have to put on my fill list so I can get the missing parts.

Tomorrow I will be carving pumpkins with my son, and after that I think I’m going to order pizza and veg out with the TV.  Hope you are all having a lovely weekend, whatever you may be doing.  🙂

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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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.

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 Memorial Day Sale

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If you didn’t already know DC has a big digital sale going on right now across multiple platforms.  [Amazon Kindle, Comixology, DC Comics App, Google Play, Apple] Advertised as books up to 85% off.  A lot of graphic novels and collections are priced at $5.99 right now.  I usually buy at least a couple of volumes when these sales come around.  This time I picked up:

  1. DC’s the New Frontier by Darwin Cook
  2. 52 Volume One by Geoff Johns
  3. 52 Volume Two by Geoff Johns
  4. Batman and Robin Eternal Volume One by James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder
  5. Batman and Robin Eternal Volume Two by James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder

I have a kindle fire so I always buy my books on Amazon because it makes them available in my comixology account too; and if it’s in your comixology account you can also read it in the DC comic app which I like for being able to see just my DC books.  I haven’t decided if I want to get anything else this time or not.  I’m trying to decide if the three volumes of Future’s End are worth $18 to me.  Or maybe grab a couple of Min-Series collections?  Or should I start getting the 1980’s Flash run? Hmmm…

Sorted List of the Books on Sale on Amazon