Why I Love Comics… Extra!

As I’m sure you know, Eric Ratcliffe and I do a weekly review show.   In advance of the actual show, I usually toss together notes containing my initial impressions of each book I’m ready to discuss.  These aren’t full descriptions but rather my first thoughts in quick comment form that I reference while we record the podcast.  Here in my blog I’ve decided to share those notes for each show we run and these are mine for today.  Consider it a Why I Love Comics podcast extra…

secretsix12Secret Six #12 – Wonder Woman taken down.  Interesting look at Banshee character and history.  Here we have A team divided, but for how long?  An all around interesting read, but where will the future go?  Is that Man-Bat at the end?

Action Comics #880 – Nice Superman/Lois reunion and nice to see Supes featured in his series again.  How about that kiss?  Some plots are finally tying together and the jealousy between Nightwing and Flamebird was fun.  General Lane note quite as annoying this month.  Captain Atom backup story was okay at best.

Uncanny X-Men #514 – The X-franchise needs a serious reboot.  I’m just tired of them honestly though the science team is the one shining light in this title. Dark Wolverine is interesting and the character allows the writers to return to the original wild Wolverine feel.   My opinion of him has changed over the months he’s been with us.  Kind of a setup issue with no clear payoff.

deadpool13Deadpool #13 – Pirates! Parrots!  Poop-Decks!  Nice, unclean fun.  Deadpool is Deadpool and that’s a good thing as this remains a very fun series.

R.E.B.E.L.S. #7 – Gil’dishpan, now that was a story!  I’m loving the dominator joining the group and the decision to resolve the Gil’dishpan back story was pretty chilling and very Vril Dox.

Red Robin #3 – Ra’s A Ghul and his tempting offer is the one saving grace for this series so far.  This association interests me and the fact that Tim heard the anti-life equation explains some of the character changes we’ve seen recently.  Still can’t say I like this book, but it’s working hard to grow on me.

Justice League Cry For Justice #2 – Absolutely a killer book.  I had real fun reading this one and I’m loving the character development and the way this team is coming together.  Green Arrow and Green Lantern’s conversations hearken back to an amazing time in comics.  That said, I wish we could pick up the pace a little with just five issue to go.  That said, if this is the way the main Justice League series will be handled I can’t wait for it to start.

agentsofatlas9Agents of Atlas #9 – An old flame returns.  Yao is cool.  Love seeing M-11 in action.  Dragon Clan War coming!  Month after month, it’s hard to stack up a mainstream title that compares with this one.  A personal favorite.

Ultimate Comics Avengers #1 – This is me jumping back in after trash talking the Ultimate universe as a waste of space for years.  It would take a lot to pull me back in, but I gave it a try.  Two words pulled it off… Red Skull.  I enjoyed this issue, but it would be low hanging fruit on my pull list if I had to make cuts.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 – Skip.  It was okay, but I would rather spend my money on the main title which has been great over the past few months.  Just not that interesting and I’ve never been able to get past the fact that it’s not cannon for Spidey.  It just waters down an already complex character history.  Sorry, pass.

buffy27Buffy the Vampire Slayer #27 Great to catch up with Oz and see what’s been happening in his life.  We have a great setup for a final fight.  Overall nice, though maybe not as strong as the series has been in the past!

BPDR 1947 #2 – More of a set up issue.  Not quite as strong as #1, but it’s advancing the plot so I’ll give it a pass plus the art and eerie feel is still solid.

Captain America: Reborn #2 – The art is average and I’m finding the story honestly a little  boring.  Sharon Carter’s reveal and the side stories are the only real reason to be reading this one for me.  There is so much about Dark Reign and so little about Cap that I’m just disappointed and don’t even get me started on how quickly we are retconing his death.

Chew #3SO GOOD.  Applebee, E.G.G., the critic with saboscrivner, the room change after pouring his heart out…  so good!

Iron Man #16 – THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE BEAT ECHO for Best New Series at the Eisners.  Give me a break!  Good, but not great by comparison.  The series is strong on interpersonal interactions, but I don’t credit that alone with giving this one the win.

BOOG Cv23 dsBooster Gold #23 – Love the return of the real Trigon, not that dried up freak who was in Titans recently.  THIS IS THE WAY HE SHOULD BE.  Enjoying Booster, but questioning why I read it just a little.  It needs to have a broader ripple effect across the DCU as it is playing in some deep waters DCU-impact-wise.  Maybe Blackest Night will bring me back around once again, but you have to love the concept and the character to be on board here.  I’m 60/40.  NEWS ANNOUNCED… Geoff Johns on board for Gold Exchange #26/#27!

Exiles #5 – Fun story, but I found myself asking if this title matters in the broader Marvel Universe?  There are so many that do that I wonder why I take the time here.  I feel a bit bad about that given it’s now cancelled with #6 (which I learn while recording the episode), but the stories are fun so I’ll be on board supporting until the doors close.

War Machine #8 – Clint and Bobby are in the house and in the story this month.  It’s an interesting West Coast Avengers reunion and pull me into the series for a bit.  In the end though, I’m still going to watch this one from the sidelines as it turned me off at issue #1.

Adventure Comics #1 – Two stories that promised to be solid but ultimately fell flat.  I thought the Superboy tale was better than the Legion but neither were great.

Amazing Spider-Man #602 – Mandroids? Tony Stark neutralized them in the Armor Wars.  These things fought in the Kree/Skull War, they were in S.H.I.E.L.D.  Now they are NYPD?  How the mighty have fallen.  Chameleon is quite cool and this issue ends on a nice cliffhanger.

Okay, those are the twenty I read out of the thirty officially discussed on the show.  Until next week…

Video – I dropped a clip of Jeff Parker, writer of AGENTS OF ATLAS discussing the concept and charaters of the series back in issue #1.  If you haven’t been reading this series, you should! Video@2nCPX-1KEek

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