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:
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.
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.
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.
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.]:
- Action Comics #971
- Detective Comics #948
- The Flash #14
- Justice League Of America Vixen Rebirth #1 [Ok story with nice art.]
- 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.]
- Scooby Apocalypse #9
- Titans #7 [Great scenes with Wally/Superman and Donna/Roy. Something about the art feels a tad rough? Maybe the muted colors?]
- Wonder Woman #14
Passed On [Books I had no interest in.]:
- Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #6
- Deathstroke #10
- Gotham Academy Second Semester #5
- Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #4 (of 6)
- New Super-Man #7
- 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!]:
- All-Star Batman #6
- Earth 2 Society #20
- Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #12
- Red Hood And The Outlaws #6
- Supergirl #5
- Superwoman #6
The Flash: Stop Motion by Mark Schultz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Flash: Stop Motion by Mark Schultz; audio book by Graphic Audio, is pretty good. This story is part of a series of books about the Pre New 52 DCU Justice League. As far as I know all of the books are stand alone stories, and I don’t think you need to read them in any particular order to understand any of them.
This one features the Wally West flash who was Berry Allen’s nephew by marriage to Isis West. The story revolves around a genetically engineered creature called The Super Luminoid [No idea about the spelling of that since I had an audiobook.]. It’s a decent story but a lot of it is taken up with lengthy descriptions of some very dubious science.
Enjoyable if you liked the Wally West flash, the Pre New 52 Earth, or are listening to the other books in the series.
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