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.

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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

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

Natalie’s Wednesday in Comics 6/22/2016

Just five issues this week for me… and they are all DC books.  And how do I rank them you ask?

Natalie’s Comic Rankings for 6/22/2016

  1. Flash #1
  2. Detective Comics #935
  3. Action Comics #958
  4. Wonder Woman #1
  5. Aquaman #1

Flash was my favorite of the week because it felt like it flowed the best.  Detective Comics is slowly gaining my interest, but I’m not sure how I feel about the mud room.  Action Comics is still holding my interest with the mysteries there.  I felt a little lost with the Wonder Woman issue, probably because I’m just not that familiar with her supporting cast.  Aquaman felt slow to me and a bit frustrating like you just want them to hurry up and get to something interesting; this title might lose me if they don’t pick up the pace.

 On a personal collecting note, I finally spent a day this week trying to gather up all of the comics that are presently in my home and organise them a little in anticipation of starting the cataloging process. — The problem is way worse than I thought… I bought 5 short boxes, 300 bags, and 300 boards to start with.  I used them all and still have loose books lying around.  I haven’t even gotten over to my parents house to go through those books yet, or the ones in my storage unit.  I’m going to go broke just bagging/boarding/boxing them all.

Natalie’s Wednesday in Comics 6/8/2016

New Comics:

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

  1. Action Comics #957

  2. The Flash Rebirth #1

  3. Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

  4. Aquaman Rebirth #1

  5. Detective Comics #934

  6. 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.

Back Issues:

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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.

Natalie’s Wednesday in Comics 6/1/2016

New Comics:

Sooo… I liked DC Rebirth #1 so much that I decided to try going back to weekly pulls for my comics.  I’m not sure how long it’ll last but I plan on getting all the Rebirth #1s anyway.  I don’t really plan on doing reviews for every single comic I purchase because I prefer to review whole storylines but I thought I might rank the comics I get every week in the order that I enjoyed them the most and maybe point out anything that really stuck out as noteworthy.

Natalie’s Comic Rankings for 6/1/2016:

  1. Superman Rebirth #1

  2. Green Arrow Rebirth #1

  3. Green Lanterns Rebirth #1

  4. Batman Rebirth #1

Ok, honestly I liked all of these books, but Superman sparked more of an emotional response than the other books.  Green Arrow was a really nice one-shot and could be understood and enjoyed by pretty much anyone.  I don’t know how or when the two new Green Lanterns came into play but I’m really interested to find out more.  The Batman book was good but I’ve read so many Batman stories it’s really hard to impress me with this character.

Back Issues:

I also picked up a few comics from the dollar boxes and a variant cover of Grayson #11 that I’ve been looking for.  I’m one of those people who are quite happy to pick up and read random comics without having any other comics in the run.  I mean sure I enjoy having the whole thing but it doesn’t bother me not to.  This habit seems to strangely bug other people.

The Brave and the Bold [1991] #1 & #2  of a six issue limited series featuring Green Arrow, The Butcher, and The Question.  Some of the stereotypes of Indigenous Native American Tribes were sort of cringe worthy.  It also had several scenes with Dinah Lance aka Black Canary back in the days when she had short black hair and worked at Sherwood Florist.

I’ve been thinking about getting the Convergence trades that have the side stories.  I got this Batman and the Outsiders one to sample and it looked promising.  I think the whole series had like 80 issues though, and even assuming I can get them for $1 each that’s a lot of back issues to track down and buy.

The Shadow of the Bat issues was decent but nothing to write home about.

Well, that was my Wednesday in comics.  Think I might try doing this every week.

Wonder Woman: Earth One, Volume One by Grant Morrison

Wonder Woman: Earth One, Volume OneWonder Woman: Earth One, Volume One by Grant Morrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this to be a remarkably coherent storyline considering who wrote it.

Earth One is a separate universe from the main DCU and it’s storylines. It seems like they just wanted to retell the origins of their major superheroes and have it be free of the current continuity. So these are similar to origins you’ve read before but also different.

Grant Morrison apparently pulled his inspiration from some of Wonder Woman’s more checkered history. This seems to have caused a good deal of controversy among fans. I can’t really speak to that as I only really know Diana from her adventures in the Justice League and have never followed her solo book.

I have to say I really loved the art and layouts that were in this.  Really cool looking and added a lot to the whole feel of the book.

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Diana is portrayed as somewhat mischievous in the first part of the story.

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And here she is facing off against the army.  I love the stars int the layout.

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Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol.3: Casualties of War

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of WarSuperman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke (Illustrations), Jaime Mendoza (Illustrations)begins with a flashback to Wonder Woman and Superman’s first meeting in the pages of Justice League, then slips into the present time as Clark is attempting to create a written memorial to those that they were not able to save. Clark’s endeavors are cut short by Diana though as it’s date night and she wants to get a move on.

In typical superhero fashion, date night doesn’t even really get started because they are pulled away to an emergency and there they encounter an unknown metahuman calling himself Wonderstar. Who is he, and what is his ultimate purpose? Follow Superman and Wonder Woman’s adventure as they unravel the history of Wonderstar. Features a New 52 Origin Story from a character probably best remembered from the pages of Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross.

I feel like the story aspects of this volume are it’s biggest selling points. It contains a complete story with a clear beginning and end, making this a good jumping on point, or gift volume for the approaching holiday season. Peter J. Tomasi’s story is a solid read, and explores the theme of superheros seeing past the big picture to how their actions might have impacts on individual lives. I would like to say a little more but I can’t without giving away the mystery of the story and spoiling it for you.

I’m somewhat torn about the artwork. The illustrations are dynamic, vibrantly colored, and have good overall composition; but those with a discerning eye will note weaknesses in the facial work. This can sometimes be off-putting as we have a tendency to first look at characters facial expressions before we notice the larger aspects of the artwork. More attention should have been given to maintaining a congruent look throughout the panels. So, I can’t in honesty say it’s all good, but it’s far, far from being all bad.
The first page of the story is action packed:

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Wonder Woman being modest about her fight prowess.

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The date night that wasn’t.  If you look at the panels of Diana’s face here you will see some of the facial inconsistencies I referenced.  Note the distance between her hairline and brow line is different in each panel, causing it to look skewered?

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And here is Wonderstar.  I like the costume and the matching metallic highlights in his hair.

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I hate it when they do that! ;-/

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 2: War and PeaceSuperman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 2: War and Peace by Charles Soule

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Technically this is a DNF —

Warning this is a trade paperback not a graphic novel.

Collects issues #8-12, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1, WONDER WOMAN: FUTURES END #1 and SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: FUTURES END #1.

I quickly realised that these issues are part of a larger story making this a hot mess of a collection. Most of these issues with the exception of the Worlds End issues are printed in order with the storyline in
Superman Doomed by Charles Soule
Superman: Doomed.

Thankfully I had purchased that back in the summer when it was on the kindle sale for $5; so I’ll be moving to that volume instead. Unless you are a completest and simply must have all the volumes save your money on this one and buy Superman: Doomed for the whole story; as this is pretty much incoherent.

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