The Silencer #1


The New Age of DC Heroes continues with The Silencer #1 by: Dan Abnett, John Romita Jr., Sandra Hope (Inks), and Dean White (Colors).

The story set up for this is that our lead Honor Guest once known as The Silencer was a member of Leviathan; a criminal organization and subset of the League of Assassins controlled by Talia Al Ghul.  She’s been out of the life for six years, has gotten married and is now the mother of a three year old.  When all of a sudden people from her old life show up and drag her back into the life she’d left behind.

Story wise this is a solid issue.  Nothing mind blowing was presented but the potential is there.  Honor is the narrator of the story and you get a feel for her from the beginning of the book.  I feel that this could be really good as it goes on.

Lets talk about the artwork, because frankly I have some conflicted feelings about it.  There were action scenes in the book that really looked on point like when she would activate her powers and everything would get a bluish hue to them; or the stark contrast of a black silhouette against an orange-ish background. Other panels… I felt like someone spun the color wheel and randomly filled items with muted pastels…  like the grocery shopping scene with a purple shopping cart, turquoise flooring, and mint shelving.  It felt a bit sloppy to me, and I thought the story and the line-work deserved better.

Even though I didn’t love all the art I definitely felt like I would like to read the next issue so I will be picking that up when it comes out.


Damage #1



The New Age of DC Heroes has arrived with the publication of Damage #1.  A lot, and I mean a lot of comparisons to the Hulk are being brandished about and it’s not hard to understand why.  DC Comics have themselves to thank for that, considering this is what they wrote on their own website:

“Ethan “Elvis” Avery just wanted to serve his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster! Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. The beast is cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as  effective, and Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when it springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.”

Because with minimal editing you end up with: Bruce Banner just wanted to work for his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster! Turned into the government’s own living, breathing ticking time bomb, Bruce retains no control when the monster takes over. The beast is cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as  effective, and Bruce fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when he gets angry. With everyone around him in danger, Bruce struggles to contain the Hulk…

I’m not sure if this was a deliberate move on DC’s part to try to entice disenchanted Marvel fans or a poorly thought out marketing decision that invited unwelcome comparisons.  Who knows?

The question then becomes, is he a rip off of the Hulk?  My answer at this point is there are quite a few superficial similarities; and quite a few dissimilarities.  If we boil it down we can say here are two guys that are involved with the military and gained super strength that they aren’t able to willfully control.  I think we’re going to need quite a few more issues before we can make the rip off call, one way or the other.

As for the content of the issue, the art is fabulous.  Really.  It’s probably want-able on that alone.  Unfortunately it’s very story light.  Basically we are given two scenes.  The primary one is a lengthy fight scene of Damage wreaking havoc somewhere in Atlanta.  The second is someone called Colonel Jonas leading a team looking for Damage after the fact.  That’s all we get.  It’s more like a promo for an upcoming series than a first issue.  I don’t feel that it delivered any satisfaction story wise.  If this is going to be the pacing of the story I would never stick with it as I would be too frustrated by the slowness of it.

Will I pick up the next issue?  Maybe.  How about you?

DC Event – Dark Nights: Metal *Part 1


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

Natalie’s Pull List 1/11/2017

I’m a bit behind on reading some of my titles and am trying to avoid spoilers until I catch up a bit more.  Until I’m able to get back to weekly reviews for fun here is my Pull/Pass/Back Issue lists for the DC Comics that came out this week.  I’ve left a little note beside the few issues that I read.  I wish I could buy all the books but I’m like most people and have only X amount of money to spend on comics every month.  Here’s how I prioritized this week.

Pulled [Books I preordered.]:

  1. Action Comics #971
  2. Detective Comics #948
  3. The Flash #14
  4. Justice League Of America Vixen Rebirth #1 [Ok story with nice art.]
  5. Justice League Power Rangers #1 (of 6) [What was I thinking when I ordered this? It did sorta make me laugh. I’ll have to reserve judgement on this until the story is complete.]
  6. Scooby Apocalypse #9
  7. Titans #7 [Great scenes with Wally/Superman and Donna/Roy. Something about the art feels a tad rough? Maybe the muted colors?]
  8. Wonder Woman #14

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

  1. Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #6
  2. Deathstroke #10
  3. Gotham Academy Second Semester #5
  4. Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #4 (of 6)
  5. New Super-Man #7
  6. Suicide Squad #9

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. All-Star Batman #6
  2. Earth 2 Society #20
  3. Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #12
  4. Red Hood And The Outlaws #6
  5. Supergirl #5
  6. Superwoman #6

Titans Volume 1: The Return of Wally West by Dan Abnett, Brett Booth


Titans, Volume 1: The Return of Wally WestTitans, Volume 1: The Return of Wally West by Dan Abnett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This volume collects TITANS #1-6 and TITANS: REBIRTH #1; and picks up from DC Comics Rebirth and directly follows the Titan’s Hunt miniseries.

Wally West [A Flash, not The Flash], has reunited the Titans; and now that the bands back together they want to know who or what it was that stole their time and memories.

With little to go on Arsenal and Donna, put boots to the ground in Gotham tying to shake some info loose from petty drug dealers; while Lilith probes Wally’s mind with the hopes of uncovering some hint of what happened. She unwitting awakens… Abra Kadabra; an old Flash villain. What could he possibly have to do with what happened to Wally West?

Wally West and Linda Park [His wife in the previous timeline.] are the primary focus of this volume and most of the other Titans are just kind of background characters in this story. However the feeling of old Titans books are back and will feel quite familiar to long time readers of these characters.

I really don’t suggest this book as a jumping on point if you have no prior Titan’s knowledge. Even though this is the first volume of the main series you really need to read Titans Hunt prior to reading this one.

As for the art, here’s a page from issue #1.  [I actually heard someone saying that this art was ugly and made the book “unreadable“.  By what asinine fanboy standards I’m not sure. ] But it doesn’t matter what he thinks because I love it; and I’m really happy to see the Titans back together and working like a family team that actually cares about each other.


And here’s a sample page from issue #3 featuring the villian Kadabra.


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Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman by Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason


 Superman (2016-) Vol. 1: Son of SupermanSuperman (2016-) Vol. 1: Son of Superman by Peter Tomasi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this as single issue comics; collection contains issues #1-6 and the SUPERMAN: REBIRTH one-shot.

I’ve really been enjoying the Rebirth relaunch of the DC line; and the Superman books have been particularly interesting to me as it has brought back into play the previous continuities Superman.

This first volume pits Superman, Lois, and their son Jonathan against the Eradicator. A strange machine bent on protecting the purity of the Kryptonian genome that has somehow allowed it to travel through time and space to find the Kent family. Of corse it’s not very happy to find out about Jonathan’s mixed heritage.

The story has the nuances of modern comic storytelling but also channels a bit of old Silver Age wackadoodle. The hidden Batcave on the Moon was golden; and I’m ok with Krypto showing up anytime.

If this volume suffers from anything it’s some slight inconsistencies in the artwork. I personally don’t find any of the art so jarringly different though, as to take you out of the story.

An art sample from issue #2.  I really liked the starry sky background here.


And one from issue #3.  I really like the feel of this as being a family story.  It’s a dynamic that’s been missing for too long.


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Superhero T-Shirt Haul @ Five Below

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.

Natalie’s Week in Comics 8/10/2016

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:

  1. Superwoman #1
  2. Action Comics #961
  3. Wonder Woman #4
  4. The Flash #4
  5. The Flintstones #2
  6. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #2
  7. Detective Comics #938
  8. Red Hood and the Outlaws #1
  9. Deathstroke: Rebirth #1
  10. All-Star Batman #1
  11. New Super-Man #2

Now I just really need to get caught up to this week’s issues before wednesday gets here….



Natalie’s Wednesday in Comics 7/13/2016

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

  1. Nightwing Rebirth #1
  2. Action Comics #959
  3. Wonder Woman #2
  4. The Flash #2
  5. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1
  6. Detective Comics #936
  7. New Super-Man #1
  8. Wacky Raceland #2