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DC Universe App: One Month In

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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:

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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.

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Action Comics #866-870 – Brainiac

Reading Format:

DC Universe App

Story […very briefly.]

Geoff Johns reimagines the story of the shrunken city of Kandor; that was stolen from Krypton by the alien  Brainiac.  Supergirl also features in this story.

Art [Just IMHO.]

Lovely art by Gary Frank.

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Other Notes [???]

Geoff Johns is one of my favorite comic writers.  I think that most of his work can be described as poignant, yet also hopeful; and always heroic.  The ending of this story is one of the most memorable Superman stories I have ever read.

I’m pretty sure that I have these issues in my collection but I reread them on the DC Universe App.  They can also be purchased in the trade collection titled Superman: Brainiac.

You Might Also Like [For Fun.]

This wikipedia article about Kandor.

 

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Action Comics #855-857- Escape from Bizarro World

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Reading Format:

DC Universe App

Story […very briefly.]

Remember that time that Bizarro kidnapped Jonathan Kent and took him off to this square planet where he got this funky power from it’s blue son that let him spawn Bizarro versions of people he knew back on earth… from his eyes?  Nope?  Me either but this little jem was written by Geoff Johns & Richard Donner.

Art [Just IMHO.]

Eric Powell did the art for these issues and to make it triple Bizarro the cover art and inks are also done by Eric Powell.  It’s quite fun, really.

Other Notes [???]

This story was… almost cute?  It’s a short fun read for when your stuck waiting somewhere.

Out of Context Panel [For Fun.]

Hmmm… this image kind of sums up my feelings whenever one of my older relatives starts ranting about politics in a public space.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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)

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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)

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The Sweet Scent of Justice

 

Wonder Woman merchandise is starting to show up for the big movie release and today I found out about this 5 part promotional video for Jean-Paul Gaultier fragrances based on Superman and Wonder Woman.  I’m a little intrigued as to what they will smell like although not because of this little motion comic…  which I’ll admit let me a bit… speechless.

Links to Videos on YouTube Here

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

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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.

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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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View all my reviews on Goodreads.