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It’s been a while since my last blog. A lot has happened. Trump, for better or worse is our president, my job has been reorganized and I lost a few peers in the workplace, and sadly … my dog passed. As a result my comic book readings stalled for a while (and piled up in a dark recess of my home), as I dealt with some difficult life changing events. Thankfully my pull list @MidtownComics remained in place.
Nonetheless, I’ve made some changes to my comic book reading preferences between now and then. Their is now a marked decrease in my weekly Marvel pulls (still some gems there though); but I also made some new additions across some DC and Independent titles.
I’m also going to try a different tact within this blog. I’ll continue publishing quotes, but now will do so within a written review–seems to be the thing to do to sing the praises of your favorite current book. The reviews will use a basic 10 scale scoring system, with a ‘BUY’ or ‘READ’ recommendation (albeit it will be more intuition than science for me).
Also, unless I say otherwise, you can safely assume I purchased any book I review. I’m not for sale; I buy my comics with my hard earned dollars workin’ for The Man. In addition, I plan to change the look and feel of this blog site, but that’s a work in progress–keep an eye out for that, it’s coming sooner than you think.
AND in that vein check out my first review of 2017 on 451 Media’s Red Dog #3 …
It’s been over two months since I last blogged on this site–just in time for #NCBD 3/30/16 tomorrow. Bruce Wayne is back, so I’m coming back. Nothing against Scott Snyder, who is one of the best comic book writers out there right now, but I wasn’t really digging the whole Jim Gordon as Batman in the Power Suit thing. I am glad to have good old Bruce back, with some really cool quotes:
“It’s been a good rest, but the city is calling you. They need their Batman back.”
“Hello Jim. Who died and made you Batman.”
“But Superheroes never fix those things for us. Not even Batman. He can’t fix the real things … because he’s not Real.”
“The rest of us. We do what we can to be able to say: ‘I was here.’ ”
Batman #5o, DC Comics
Written by: Scott Snyder
Pencilled by: Greg Capullo
Inked by: Danny Miki
Colored by: Fco Plascencia
Lettered : Steve Wands
Yet another #nerdconfession to make. I don’t always read all my books the week I get ’em. Sometimes I buy more books than I can possibly read over a weekend; or other times life’s obligations get in the way, so I have to put them to the side til the next available time slot.
Usually when I do that, I’ll wait til I’m 3-5 issues deep in a series, and then I’ll binge read ’em all. Such was the case with Survivors’ Club #’s 1-3. Issue #3 came out this week, and last night, unable to sleep, I read ’em all.
I was hooked from the first page as I read:
“Something bad happened to every one of us in 1987.”
Something bad happened to me too in 1987–I graduated from High School at the age of 16, and was thrust into college life wholly unprepared.
This one is bringing back a lot of memories: BBSs, Strip Poker on Amiga Commodore Computers, Arcades, and 80’s horror films. Some of these memories are welcomed, some are best forgotten–it is apropos that the evil arcade game in this book is named after ‘Akheron’, the ‘river of pain’ (one of the five rivers of the Greek Underworld).
The other two DC Vertigo titles I picked up were The Sheriff of Babylon and Unfollow.
Tom King’s name is ringing out everywhere. Supposedly this guy is ex-CIA, so nothing but positive reviews here–he can make me disappear. Just kidding … maybe?
Well, at least his writing is indeed really good. Really good. The Sheriff of Babylon is like Detective Comics set in Iraq. Makes sense since there seems to be some sort of precedent for that: spies becoming good writers (Chris Marlowe, Hemingway, Roald Dahl, Peter Matthiessen, Graham Greene, and Ian Fleming to name a few). Must be something about the attention to detail.
Rob William’s ‘Unfollow’ is moving along at a rapid clip, but not fast enough for me. The suspense is killing me. Right now I am rooting for the grizzly badass Deacon to win it all.
Here are the quotes (with some catching up on Survivors’ Club):
“Problem with the whole war. Y’know what it is? Chocolate … I’ve been here four months … and I haven’t seen one person give away Chocolate.”
Tom King, with Art by Mitch Gerads, The Sheriff of Babylon #1, DC Vertigo
“This is different. I was insane back then.”
“The Truth is my weapon.”
Rob Williams, with Art by Michael Dowling, Unfollow #2, DC Vertigo
“Something bad happened to every one of us in 1987.”
” … I stumbled on an index page for a cached BBS from 1987.”
“I would have been playing strip poker on my Amiga.”
Lauren Beukes & Dale Halvorsen, with Art by Ryan Kelly, Survivors’ Club #1, DC Vertigo
“His barks are worse than your bytes.”
Lauren Beukes & Dale Halvorsen, with Art by Ryan Kelly, Survivors’ Club #2, DC Vertigo
“Sorry Ronnie. Auntie’s gotta eat.”
Lauren Beukes & Dale Halvorsen, with Art by Ryan Kelly, Survivors’ Club #3, DC Vertigo
The countdown has begun for #NCBD 11/18/2015, and I got done with my DC Books just in time.
A young Superboy begins to blossom in Kansas in Landis’ Superman American Alien.
The Darkseid War one-shots continue to roll-out. I highly recommend the Green Lantern one-shot for it’s heartbreaking side story penned by Tom King. The Shazam one-shot is worth a look too
Twilight Children No. 2 and Slash & Burn No.1 from DC Vertigo are also a must read from this past week.
And Batman. Don’t forget about Batman.
Here are the quotes:
“We never give up. Maybe it’s because we’re too young to believe in defeat. But that’s who we are.”
Teen Titans No. 13, Will Pfeifer, with Art by Ricken Paolo Pantalena and Noel Rodriguez, DC Comics
“I’m not normal …maybe that’s good. You know what, yeah. That’s right. Who needs normal. Maybe weird is better”
Superman American Alien No.1, Max Landis, with Art by Nick Dragotta, DC Comics
“Why wouldn’t God just come down and catch him, right? When he fell. I mean, when he went down. Isn’t that what God’s suppsed to do? Catch you when you fall?”
“This is your world to create pal. You get to choose. God gets to watch.”
The Darkseid War: Green Lantern, One-Shot, Tom King with Art by Doc Shaner, DC Comics
“Men Reason. Gods don’t rationalize. We act boldly, decisively. And often!.”
“It’s called a God Complex for a reason.”
The Darkseid War: Shazam, One-Shot, Steve Orlando with Art by Scott Kolins, DC Comics
“They say you always hurt the one you love … which makes me a good time gal and a femme fatale.”
Slash & Burn No. 1, Si Spencer with Art by Max Dunbar, DC Vertigo Comics