DC Universe App
Story […very briefly.]
Origin Story of Wally West and his transformation from Kid Flash to The Flash.
Art [Just IMHO.]
These issues have excellent pencil work by Greg LaRocque. The art is just somewhat dated by the coloring techniques used at the time, but otherwise is the strongest aspect of these issues.
Other Notes [???]
I have to be honest. I did not like this story. It was four issues long and could have [and probably should have] been condensed to one issue. It’s kind of bland, and Mark Waid does a pretty good job of making Wally come across as exceptionally whiney. If this had been my first exposure to Wally West I would probably never have given the character another glance.
These issues are also collected in the trade titled The Flash: Born to Run.
Don’t Forget! [For Fun.]
The premiere of the Flash season 5 airs tonight on the CW!
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.
- The selection of comics is way smaller than I thought it would be.
- 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.
- 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.
- I think I counted 23 movies. Mostly animated. Live action are the 4 older Superman Movies.
- 9 TV Series. Mostly really old ones.
- 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.
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.
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Green Lantern: Hero’s Quest
Wayne of Gotham
Batman: The Stone King
Green Lantern: Sleepers (Book One)
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DC Universe: Last Sons
The Flash: Stop Motion
Wonder Woman: Mythos
Green Lantern: Sleepers (Book Two)
Infinite Crisis (1 of 2)
Infinite Crisis (2 of 2)
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DC Universe: Trail of Time
Batman: Dead Whit
Enemies and Allies
Superman: The Never-Ending Battle
Green Lantern: Sleepers (Book Three)
52 (1 of 2)
52 (2 of 2)
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 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.
It’s new comic book day! Mostly reading the DC Rebirth storylines this week. So first let me rank these comics in the order that I enjoyed them the most.
Natalie’s Comic Rankings for 6/8/2016
Action Comics #957
The Flash Rebirth #1
Wonder Woman Rebirth #1
Aquaman Rebirth #1
Detective Comics #934
Wacky Raceland #1
And briefly some thoughts about these issues. Wacky Raceland was a little too grim-dark for me. Detective Comics just didn’t do anything standout, kind of feel meh about the character line up. Aquaman was ok but seemingly written for absolute new readers, nothing exciting for old fans but good if you knew nothing about the character. The other three were hard to rank, all of them introduced interesting plot threads, and I’m really looking forward to the continuations of those books.
This week I got a mystery box of 50 dc comics off of ebay. They are all New 52 books. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and read any of them yet but they cost less than $1 each. Looks like I got a small run of Swamp Thing so I might read those first. I was sorta surprised the seller included a few #0 and #1 issues.
The Flash, Vol. 7: Savage World by Robert Venditti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Flash, Vol. 7 is titled Savage World, and it’s a reference to the savage land of the speed force. A place populated with dinosaurs, robots, and strange jungle like vegetation. It is a place where lost souls throughout time have fallen into and desperately try to survive amongst the dangerous environment. This is the place where a powless Barry Allen finds himself at the beginning of our tale.
He covers his face but not his chest… I wonder what he’s hiding his identity for out there in the jungle…
A stampede of cyborg beasties! Just what kind of place has Barry woken up to?
Meanwhile Barry’s life has been usurped by a bitter and more angry future version of himself wearing a blue costume. Armed with future knowledge; what will he be willing to do to stop events from happening as they did in his past? Will the Barry trapped in the Savage World be able to regain his powers and get home? And what repercussions will future Barry’s actions have on the present?
Future Barry’s blue-black costume is interesting, but reminds me a little too much of Black Bolt from Marvel Comics.
Patty senses something isn’t quite right…
Savage World delivers a larger than life adventure story reminiscent of Journey to the Center of the Earth while simultaneously exploring the philosophical question if you could go back in time would you kill a killer before he commits his crime?
Artistically I find next to nothing to complain about except a few slight inconsistencies in facial shape; and one or two page layouts where I think a heavier outline would have given better definition to the layered panels. Other than that this the artwork is synonymous with the high caliber, dynamic art I usually associate with DC comics.
Extended Review with pictures:
in a few minutes
I received an advance reader’s copy of this graphic novel through NetGalley’s read and review program.
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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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