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

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

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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.

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

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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

Natalie’s Wednesday in Comics 6/29/2016

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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.

Titans Hunt by Dan Abnett

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Titans Hunt wrapped up last week with issue eight and addresses [sort of] the status of The New 52’s original Titan’s team. This story spun out of the Convergence storyline and if the solicits can be trusted appears to be the direct lead into the Titan’s Rebirth #1 that goes on sale 6/15/2016.

There have been numerous members of the Titans over the years but the line up we are given here is: Dick Grayson, Donna Troy, Garth, Lilith, Roy Harper, Hawk, Dove, Herald, Bumble Bee, Cave Boy, and mentioned is The Forgotten Titan [Who is possibly the pre-52 Wally West.] I’ll be honest I don’t remember Herald and Caveboy but I guess they were a thing at some point.

Basicly this story starts out with Lilith appearing to the other Titans as a waking dream and giving them cryptic messages to remember and find each other. They do and then they have to face a very old Titan’s villain.

I thought the story was pretty solid and it was fun. I might not be too objective though, the Titans are favorites of mine and I was really just happy to see a story featuring these characters again. Oh, and I really enjoyed the art too.

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The graphic novel for Titans Hunt comes out September 20, 2016, and is up for preorder on Amazon right now.  And here are a couple of pages where the Titans fight each other…  Garth and Donna duking it out while Grayson mostly tries not to become collateral damage.

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And here are Lilith, Hawk and Dove making holes in walls.

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Grayson, Vol 2: We All Die At Dawn by Tom King

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have so much love for this volume of Grayson. I was a bit neutral on the first volume but I’ve really warmed up to the storyline and have gotten totally into it. I think I just needed a little time to adjust my mindset to this new take on the character. The story is exciting and fun. I didn’t even put it down, I just read it straight through. Volume 2 reprints GRAYSON #5-9, and GRAYSON ANNUAL #1.

The title of this volume is We All Die At Dawn, and pays homage to the classic Batman story Robin Dies At Dawn, originally published in Batman #156. This story is actually referenced in the first part of the book as Grayson recounts the events from his point of view. That issue of Batman is reprinted in Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told [ISBN# 978-0446391238] if you would like to track down the source material.

This story picks up where the first volume left off and continues the macabre organ hunt across the desert. Midnighter features prominently in these stories as well and there are some fun interactions between Dick and he. I know that Dick actually appears in the Midnighter series as well but that volume isn’t available yet so I’m not sure how interwoven those stories are, or if they even have anything to do with each other. Good to know though if you like this one.

The second part that takes place in Ireland, and I enjoyed the storytelling style that was implemented. I really thought it was fun. Tom King certainly depicted a version of Grayson that I felt was particularly keeping with his long and varied history. I was actually reminded of the often maligned and underappreciated Devin Grayson run on Gotham Knights and Nightwing. Mostly for the ambiguous sexuality that she sort of played on in her run.

The last part of the graphic novel seems to be setting up a new story arc. We also get to see the girls from the academy again.

And of course this volume also has great art in it. I especially enjoy the spiral motifs used some places, that give it that funky retro vibe. So when is volume three coming out anyway? I’m ready for it now!

Dick’s POV from Batman #156:

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I’m down with Tom King’s take on who Dick is.

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I’m still not crazy about Helena but she was less annoying in this volume, mostly because she wasn’t that important to the plot.

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They call me Rock, Rockin’ Rob… Tweet.  Tweet.  Tweet.

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And Grayson’s fanclub:

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I received an advance reader’s copy of this book through NetGalley’s read and review program; but I’ll be buying a copy of this one to keep ASAP.

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Nightwing / Batgirl Handbag

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I received a slightly belated Christmas gift today.  A handbag with Nightwing and Batgirl on it.  I love it!  I only wish that the graphic had been placed slightly lower so that the handle didn’t block part of Batgirl’s face, but other than that the bag is great.  It seems to be fairly well made although I haven’t had a chance to put it to the test myself.  I’ll probably use this until it falls apart.

My Christmas Loot!

Did you have a nice holiday?  I had a lot of fun with my son this year and spent time with my family.  Also, I received a lot of awesome comic book related gifts!

Here’s a pic of some of the stuff that was near my desk that wasn’t too hard to make a pile out of.

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I also got a nice haul of digital graphic novels to read, several superhero ornaments, and well, probably more other stuff than I rightly deserved.  I’m really looking forward to reading, watching, using and playing with all my gifts.  🙂