Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Five Member Time Masters Team

I saw a meme asking who you'd pick for a five member team. I chose the Time Masters.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

World Building or Destorying?

I've been thinking of this since DC first announced the event...just what's going to happen afterwards?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Things I'm looking Foward to in 2015

Whether I know they are coming out or things I hope are coming out. Plus a few things that are worrying that are coming up.

A year of Comics I read in 2014

Same rules as before and this year I'm adding action figures to the list because I reviewed so many of them in 2014. That being the case let's get that out of the way first.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Favorite Comic of the Month

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This was so much fun.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #37

Roy Harper: You never wanted a partner, O. All you ever wanted was an arsenal. 

The long awaited origin of new 52 Roy Harper.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Warriors: Work Relationship

Based on Yosts' all too brief New Warriors run although this touches a little on the other Warriors and Vance's past with other Scarlet Spiders. Mainly about the progression of Scarlet Spider and Justices' relationship since they don't start off so well.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #2

The Christmas issue!

SPOILERS AHEAD

Red Hood and the Outlaws #36

The holidays kept me busy and apparently I forgot to review this. I didn't forget #37 I just don't have it yet because it wasn't at my LCS.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bruce's Arrogance?

I've heard about Batman #37 and I'm kind of surprised no one is talking about the implications.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Monday, December 22, 2014

Baby Outlaws!

Okay this is adorable, I hope the whole RHATO Annual is this great.

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Their uniforms are their pajamas and apparently their at Wayne Manor for Christmas ! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Batman and Robin #37 Confusion

I saw some scans and there's some things that don't make sense to me.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Scarlet Spiders #2

Part 2 of 3. Which was better than last issue...

Monday, December 15, 2014

DCs' Many Cancelled Titles

Some are to be expected while others are a shock. But this many series at once are ending? Something is up.

Infinity Man and the Forever People #9
Aquaman And The Others #11
Klarion #6
Secret Origins #11
Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #8
Trinity of Sin #6
Worlds' Finest #32
Arkham Manor #6
Batwoman #40
 Green Lantern Corps #40
 Green Lantern: New Guardians #40
Red Lanterns #40
Swamp Thing #40

The GL books and Batwoman definitely raise an eyebrow. Maybe their getting new takes after the big event that will reboot certain titles?

New Solicits

Last Month I had nothing to talk about, this month gives me a few topics.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Well tell him that you care


While I appreciate the context of the panels above it does tick me off that Bruce just suppresses how he feels after Jason comes back. Like he doesn't know how to react. At first it's denial because much like his parents he's accepted Jason died. Then after UTH happens he makes a nasty comment although Ollie knows he doesn't mean it. When someone else makes a jab--again Ollie--he gets defensive and points out the other mans' shortcomings with Roy. Then in Batwoman he's back at making hurtful comments about Jason, which is either before or after he gets Jason to join Batman INC. All these emotions he has to deal with and I keep thinking this is why I struggle with the idea of Bruce mourning Damian. Writing-wise it just seems like an attempt to try the same thing again and it can't match up. Not 20 years worth of stories which make this something that stood out. They should have just kept Damian alive in the first place.

The Ongoing canon battle in Star Wars

I don't think I have mentioned my love of Star Wars much on this site. I mostly stick to comics rather than talk about movies and tv shows. I felt the need to go over my feelings on the criticism some fans have due to the apparent ending the Expanded Universes' canon status. (Sound familiar ?)

New Warriors VOL. 2

Let's see how the second volume of the classic New Warriors fares.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Free Digital Comics

Comixology is doing a 12 Days of Free Comics event. Captain Marvel #1 is today's comic. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Digital Booster Gold Sale?

I've been meaning to get some digital trades. Not everything was collected like the Flashpoint issues (except when it was combined with the Superman mini) and that's when I noticed it. All single Booster Gold issues are .99 cents except the Futures End one shot. This is under the Futures End sale.

Short Review: Storm #1

I got this free during an online promotion for the series and decided to check it out.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The New Scarlet Witch Retcon

I saw it today and wow...that's just shocking. 

SPOILERS AHEAD

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Scarlet Spiders #1

As I've said elsewhere recently I have a fondness for the Clone Saga. I bought this for Ben Reilly and Kaine. Ultimate Jessica Drew isn't a character I read prior to this so while it's nice to see her I'm invested in the guys because they actually feel connected to each other despite things I'll explain shortly. This is the only thing tied to Spiderverse I'm getting.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Short Review: Gotham Academy #2 and #3

Holiday stuff has kept me busy which means my reviews are later than normal. That said this will be brief as I find I don't have much to say at this point. The series is still forming it's cast and plot lines.

I love the sense of history this book has. Not only are the teachers characters from Batman mythos (Aunt Harriet and Bookworm) the in universe story of the Cobblepot girl is fascinating. I want to know this schools' history as well as the characters. I have no complaints although I do worry Batgirl will show up since my opinion of her hasn't changed. This series may have the setting of Gotham but it also has more freedom than other bat books because these are (mostly) new characters. I don't know if I'll review this book in the future since at present I have little to add besides enjoying it.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Send in the Clones

Some clones from Marvel that I have a soft spot for.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Why I love Rip Hunter

I remember when Rip was in Booster Golds' second series and the negative comments I read about him. How he was such a downer, cruel for his actions in the Killing Joke issue and how could such a killjoy be related to Booster. I don't agree with any of that.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DC April Solicits

At first I thought I would be skipping DC for a couple months. Then came Batgirl starring Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain. Now we have this. Blue Beetle/Ted Kord? Nice. JLI? Awesome. Booster Gold with RIP HUNTER in his TMVP uniform? Thank you DC, I have waited so long for this moment! Rip! I've missed you!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Favorite Female Character Day

Honestly it's hard to chose, like my favorite male character this is ever changing. I have favorites though and here are a few in no particular order:

  • Princess Leia
  • Starfire
  • Spider-Girl/May "Mayday" Parker
  • Storm
  • Mary Jane Watson Parker
  • Cassandra Cain
  • Ice
  • Stephanie Brown
  • Cordelia Chase (Angel)
  • Oracle/Barbara Gordon (Not the new 52 Batgirl)

Honorable mentions to Catwoman, Batwoman Kate Kane, the other BOP, the X-Women, Invisible Woman, and too many to mention. Leia was the first strong female character I ever saw and made a huge impact. All of these choices had some affect on me and I adore them all.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Star Wars The Force Awaken teaser

It's kind of weird that I haven't mentioned my love of Star Wars much if at all on this site. I think that has to do with not liking a lot of the Expanded Universe material (mainly the  stuff after the OT.) My thoughts on the teaser are below.

SPOILERS?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thoughts on Starfire in R.E.B.E.L.S.

Mainly about the problem I had with this portrayal.

OLD SPOILERS AHEAD

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Try Out Storm #1 Free

Storm #1 is currently free digitally with the code stormchasers until December 1st. I'll be giving it a try because Storm is awesome and it's free. Good thing too because I'm still not over Marvels' $3.99 price tag.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Scarlet Spiders #1 Preview

Ben, how I missed you! And having Kaine team up with Ben is a big plus. This could get pretty emotional. After reading the preview this mini series and the Spiderverse Team Up #3 are the only Spider books I'm getting.

R.E.B.E.L.S. #22

I'm not sure what happened but originally Starfire was supposed to be on Robinsons' Justice League book. Plans fell through and she ended up in R.E.B.E.L.S. instead. I'm not exactly thrilled with everything that was done with the character in this series. This issue however stood out because it dealt with her past, had her doing something about an injustice she saw and had one of the greatest moments with Vril Dox I've ever seen. That said it does deal with the issue of sexual abuse against women so be warned.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Other Starfire Products

More Starfire items for Kori fans.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Starfire Statues

I did say I was doing a Starfire month in November which might not have been a good choice because of the season. Still I wanted to do something for one of my favorite characters that often gets neglected or worse. For this post I'll be showing some of the products based around her comic book design. Which means this will not include anything from the cartoon.

I've already done a review on the Mattel figure along with figures of the characters' sister and alternate reality daughter as well as the new 52 Starfire done by DC Collectibles. While I never bought it (because it's too expensive) there's also the Tonner doll.
 
We'll be looking over some of the statues and busts in this post.
 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Okay DC, You have my Attention

There needs to be more information of course but this looks interesting.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Spider-Girls' Ron Frenz Interview

Wherein Ron gives his two cents on how Mayday Parker is being written, Spiderverse and the current killing in comics. Even if you're not familiar with the character it's interesting insight on creative choices, character voices', continuity and the trying to figure out the point of events that kill off so many characters.

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Big Event After the Weeklies

Could DC just post what issues Booster is in? Because I'm not buying that many issues. I'm not sure I want to get any at the moment. Looks like I might be skipping DC for a couple months unless something catches my eye. The only series I know I'm getting in April is a Star Wars book so it might be some light reading. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marvels' Newest Spider-Man Tease

I doubt their do what their teasing--at least having it stay in canon--sorry but Marvel killed a lot of my faith in them with OMD.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Books I'm getting

Batman and Robin #35: You know I'm not a fan of this series because of how Tomasi handles the book. So why am I getting this? Well for a birthday present I got to choose two current comics as gifts. Honestly I couldn't think of any new books I wanted. I only chose this for three reasons: 1.) It has Jason Todd. 2.) I like the art. 3.) I want to see if Tim's still tall.

Supergirl #35: This was my first choice for my gift. I originally wanted to get it because of the Jason appearance but declined because of not liking the writers' work on another book. I hope it's a good read as I wasn't happy with the interview.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #36: Just when I think I have Lobdell figured he surprises me. I think if this was nearly any other writer this series would be getting a lot of attention. While the subject matter isn't one I'd like to explore I'm impressed with what I've seen so far.

Gotham Academy #2: I enjoyed the first issue and I'm curious to see where the plotlines go.

New Warriors #12: The last issue of Yosts' version of the team. It makes me sad to see another of my books ending. This was a good series but because it's not mainstream enough it's cancelled. I hope at the very least the team stays together and shows up as the New Warriors in other books.

Scarlet Spiders: I'm still unsure about this three part mini series. On the one hand there's Ben Reilly and Kaine. On the other it's Spiderverse. Still I'm pretty sure it's a different writer...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spiderverse and my feelings on it thus far

I quit Marvel years ago after they ended the MC2 Spider-Girl series. It was the only thing that got me to hang around after One More Day. I recently returned to buy Scarlet Spider (Kaine Parker) trades and get the criminally underrated New Warriors by Yost. I've been iffy on Spiderverse since it's basically just an excuse to kill off different spider characters. From what I've read it doesn't matter if these version are beloved or from a cartoon series--chances are they will be brutally murdered. Some of them already have been. There are two bright spots in this however as there will be mingling of these characters and other writers will be handling mini series.

Seeing how some of my favorites have already been slaughtered for this storyline I'm not that thrilled. That said the team for Spider-Girl will be returning for a story which I want to get out of loyalty to them (plus they actually know how to write Mayday.) Maybe Scarlet Spiders since I'm a fan of Kaine and Ben...I'm not familiar with Jessica. Even so it's a little weird for someone that's been reading DC to see all these $3.99 price tags.

Speculation for SPIDER-VERSE TEAM-UP #3 ahead.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The morals of Spider-Girl May "Mayday" Parker

I feel the need to post this because it's come to my attention that a certain event has stripped her of her characterization recenty.

SPOILERS AHEAD for Amazing Spider-Man

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bette Kane: Wash Out Sidekick or Most Determined Hero Ever?

I've been trade waiting Batwoman and skipped one to get to the Wonder Woman team up. There was also a few issues of Detective Comics that weren't released in trade. I recently backtracked to fill in the gaps which creates an interest portrait of Bette Kane.

Monday, October 20, 2014

DC January Solicits

A few of my pull list are on this since I had nothing really to say although there are a few surprises.

DC spoils the Robin reveal in solicits

Shown here. Thoughts below so SPOILERS AHEAD.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

November Starfire Month?

I want to devote a month to Starfire and decided not to do it in October. I'll be doing reviews of older comics, recommended readings and maybe a essay or two. As well as looking over some products (not the cartoon series though.) Koriand'r is an awesome character and deserves more than bashing from people online. At the very least it'll be interesting to compare the changes to the character not only from the relaunch but seeing who she is by the time the old universe ended.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Multiversity preview

I saw the picture before I saw the name of the book and while I knew it wouldn't be certain characters it made me laugh. Batman and Luthor kissing which is misleading but also kinda truth.

Reading Batman Odyssey #1

I'm realizing more and more that it's becoming impossible to review this thing. There so much to comment on and so little sense to be found. It can't even focus on one story. And for some reason Bruce has gymnastic equipment attached to his bed using it as Ra's watches. Bees have rears on their faces and Bruce really can't say enough good things about his coffee.

I'm disappointed though since I found it more boring than anything else. Not Forever Evil boring just not nearly as entertaining as I was hoping.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #35

We've gotten a flashback issue with Kori after she won her freedom and back in #34 we saw her directly facing one of the men that tormented her as a slave. Let's see where this arc takes us as it deals with drugs and horrors of the past.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Batman #415

Remember how last issue left off on a cliff hanger with Batman vowing to find the dumpster murderer? Well too bad this is a Millennium tie in.

OLDER SPOILERS AHEAD

DC Collectibles: Red Robin

I believe this is my last new 52 figure of the year. I haven't gotten this many figures in a long time.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Batman #414

So far Jason Todd's Robin period has mostly been quirky and showed his worthiness of the mantle. The only time he's gotten mad so far has been after finding out the truth Batman hid about his fathers' murder. Things now take a much darker turn as the series has yet another writer although this one will be the one that changes Jason's fate. Starlin takes over writing duties getting rid of the lightheartedness for much grimmer stories and a desire to remove the newest boy wonder from the series. This story sets the tone for things to come--oh and no Jason in this issue.

OLDER SPOILERS AHEAD

Aren't the Solicits Late?

I'm pretty sure they usually are released on the Monday of the third week of the month.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Possible Marvel Reads?

After a long hiatus I came back for the Scarlet Spider (Kaine) trades and New Warriors (featuring SS.) I've been thinking about getting the Scarlet Spiders mini series when I heard about Secret Wars, Rather the Mc2 characters like Darkdevil and American Dream on the artwork. I loved Spider-Girl and her world so depending on how it turns out (much like Spiderverse) I might get it. 

Sometime I have to do a post about MC2 and all the Spider-Girl characters. It's a family heroic legacy done right.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Batman Odyssey?

This came up recently and I'm wondering if this is the book I should read. The sheer WTFness of it should be entertaining. I mean I enjoyed a mini series that made little to no sense about the chosen people the Guardians picked. This will be funny right?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Any happy book recommendations?

There's a book I'll be reading that's apparently soul crushing. I'm not sure if that's in a "this is so sad but written so good" way or "grim/dark for the sake of being grim/dark" yet. I just managed to miss spoilers only reading that the preview made people cry. So I need something happy to read right after that I never read before. It can be funny or just characters being happy together. I have a feeling I'll be needing a pick me up.

Batman #413

What type of student is Jason Todd and what does it say about his character? What is going on in a Japanese exhibit? For these answers read on.

OLDER SPOILERS AHEAD

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Blood Moon/Crisis/Booster Gold story

Whatever it's called that's supposed to have Booster, take place after Futures End/Worlds End and be on the anniversary of the crisis. The hot topic for that seems to be whether or not DC will undo the new 52. I don't think so although I can see where others get that impression. The covers with characters from the old universe and all. There are two options I see here:


  1. The old universe is now another world. This doesn't make any sense when you think about it as Barry Allen and Booster Gold both came from that world and we saw them change when that world was turned into DCnU. It might be similar though.
  2. I believe that this is the perfect chance for DC to fix some of their mistakes in new 52 but I don't think their undo everything. Just reset problem areas and include some of the history that was previously there. 
I think the main trouble many are having is that the new 52 doesn't have it's sense of history, the legacies, or the closeness with the characters. That can be fixed. Increase the amount of time it took for the JLA to form. Make the TT go further back. Have the Robins spent more than months/a year being sidekicks. Show that legacy matters, that these people care about each other. That makes the stories matter and have more meaning.

Female Characters Don't Sell Action Figures?

This was an idea that's been around for awhile. That female character don't sell hence toy companies don't go out of their way to make them into toys. More female characters get made nowadays but not on scale that male characters do. Usually one in a wave (if at all) or in gift packs especially at retail.

Batman #412

After taking down Two Face what fiend does new Robin Jason Todd face with Batman? Prepare yourself for--the Mime!

OLDER SPOILERS AHEAD

Monday, October 6, 2014

Jae Lees' Batman/Superman figures

I think Wonder Woman and Catwoman look the best. These don't seem to be super articulated like the Capullo figures.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Why Bat family Conflicts don't work

This has come up a lot in the new 52 and besides the trope being overdone there's another reason it doesn't work. The writers drop the plot to move onto the next screw up Bruce does to piss them off. Nothing ever gets properly resolved showing there was never a story to begin with. First we have DOTF which few writers wanted to touch to begin with and usually had members of the family shrug off soon afterward.* Then Tomasi grief arc which should have lead somewhere but was quickly brushed aside despite one case having to do with Bruce doing something unforgivable. Both are quickly swept under the rug to get onto another jerky thing Bruce does. Bruce even belittles their lack of trust while promising not to keep anymore secrets from them.

You know what we could have instead of the unending loop of Bruce being an ass that never learns his lesson and is always forgiven? Fleshing out how these people relate with each other! We still don't know what relationship Dick has with Tim and Jason. Can't we have something a little more original or at least show that this has consequences like the family keeping secrets from him?

* In fact Tomasi even showed Jason got over DOTF in his grief arc as he was staying at the manor and thanked Bruce for taking care of him. Yet HE'S the one Tomasi has mentioning the fake faces in DOTF? He was over that part before anyone else.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Batman #411

Part 2 of Jason Todd's first case as Robin Post-Crisis.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Jurgens talks Booster Gold, Blood Moon, etc.

Not much is revealed here in terms of Booster but hey I'm just happy to see him talked about.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Short Review: Gotham Academy #1

I had no real expectations going in. I'm glad DC is promoting this but it kind of ticks me off that they haven't given other books this much attention. Anyway onto my thoughts about the book.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Latest DC scandal

Are these t-shirts. This is a common problem that needs to stop. It's already hard enough to find some of my favorite character shirts. This isn't just a DC problem either. They don't even sell many female sci-fi/comics shirts in normal stores. Not too long ago I was looking at the ones in the kids sections. The boys had something like "I want to be a ninja/I'm a ninja" the girls had "I'm going to marry a ninja." Even as a kid I'd never get the girl shirt because I wanted to be the ninja.

Also Batman has a wife? Riiight. We know no one's allowed to marry and Batman is kind of a weird choice for commitment anyway.

Anymore Lil' Gotham figures?

I remembered DCC were releasing the figures and apparently they've been delayed. Even so the only figures that have been revealed for the line are Batman, Robin, Joker and Harley. If there is another wave there's a good chance we'll hear about it during Toy Fair. Which will likely be when we'll hear about the Jae Lee line and if Capullo will have anymore waves. It'd be nice to have at least one version of the entire bat family in scale with each other. Especially since Red Robin is taller than he should be al la Gleasons' Batman and Robin #35.

I'm a little surprised

I've been hearing a lot DC readers doubting Damian is coming back. Personally I'll be shocked if he doesn't. They made an animated movie about him, had a mini series and he's not legally dead in the DCU. Bruce even destroyed his grave and promised to bring him back. No other person has come forward in present day stories that could be Robin instead. Stephanie Brown is back as Spoiler, Harper Row will become Bluebird and Carrie Kelly isn't allowed to be used. Anyone else besides Damian would be last minute and not accepted in the role.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Who's writing this part of Batman Eternal?

Thoughts on the preview for #26.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Friday, September 26, 2014

No Booster Until After the Weeklies?

I mean this was the Futures End appearance that was alluded to with the picture of Booster with the rest of FE heroes right? Which means we not only won't see Booster until April but that I'll no longer have a reason to be interested in FE. Or at least consider getting the trade. I'm already regretting pre-ordering Batman Eternal after seeing scans.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Would Booster do it?

This directly refers to the Futures End Booster Gold issue so SPOILERS AHEAD for those who haven't read it. Oh and BG vol. 2.

You Know that Feeling?

The one you get when writers tease a pairing you don't want together? One that don't mesh, that has one of them treating the other like crap 90% of the time and came out of no where just to create unneeded drama? 

Yeah I'm feeling that right now. Don't do it DC you know how well it went over the last time you suggested there might be a thing with one Dicks' love interests and a certain person. Since it doesn't seem to be followed up in a book I assume takes place after the series the teasing takes place it seems even more random. 

Next Months' Pull List

Now that we're out of crossover/tie in month we can get back to the present stories. I'll still be going to my LCS for one week but I love getting digital comics. It's great when I can't go out and saves space. Something you know will come in handy during storms.
  • Gotham Academy #1: I think I'll try this out. If nothing else it'll be something new and different. DC may have some failing with the new 52 but the willingness to try out new books isn't one of them. (Oct. 1)
  • Supergirl #35: Maybe? The only reason I'm considering this (as I never read an issue in this 'verse) is because Jason is doing a cameo. Even then I'm cautious as I didn't like what it sounded like in the interview and wasn't a fan of the writers work on Blue Beetle.
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #35: I'm not sure how this will go but I expect this to be hard to read even if it's good. Dealing with the topic of drug use is hard enough with this group it will be heartbreaking. The emotion involve could be devastating. (Oct. 15)
  • New Warriors #11: I haven't been reviewing this one although I may once it ends at 12. This was a great series that got me to read a Marvel book after years of disinterest. Another great book cut short. (Oct. 22)

Ranking Futures End Tie Ins

SPOILERS not just for the books I reviewed but other tie ins.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Futures End: Booster Gold

The book DC claims is important for understanding what's to come in the future of their books.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Barbara Gordon!

Well I just found this out which would explain the digital Batgirl sale on the Babs books. I may not care for the new 52 version but I'll always miss who Barbara was before.

Will DC Do a Dick Grayson/Robin Celebration?

The 75th anniversary of Batman is ending--well it's supposed to although I've heard that it may carry on into the new year. But that may also be because Dick Grayson's own 75th anniversary is coming up along with the Robin legacy. Batman had a lot going on this year but what will Dick get? Will it be a celebration of all Robins too?

Personally I'd like for it to not only praise the first boy wonder but also his siblings in spandex. Do an event with the Robins (maybe even future/alternate ones) exploring their days as Batmans' partners and their relationship with each other. This has barely been touched in this 'verse. Dick can be the focus as the oldest brother trying dealing with his legacy and how he feels about the others. Maybe the fallout of them realizing Dick and Bruce faked his death?

Action figures of Agent Grayson, Helena B., new 52 versions of Robins: Dick, Jason, Tim, Damian and Helena?

There's a lot that can be done.

Jason Todd: Death and Rebirth

After some particular text in the Futures End RHATO issue I thought it was time to go over this. The mystery revolving around Jason's rebirth in the new 52.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Futures End: Batwoman

I heard this wasn't very good and if that's true I hope this is at least entertainingly bad.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Friday, September 19, 2014

Batman 410

We saw how Batman found Jason Todd and decided to make him the second Robin. Now let's see his first actual mission as the boy wonder and how Bruce made his first screw ups as a father figure/mentor to the boy.

OLD SPOILERS AHEAD

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nightwing tells Bette to Quit

What is it with blonde Batgirls getting told to hang up their capes because no one thinks their good enough? While she may not be Batgirl in canon (who know with Morrison) Bette's post-crisis self was inspired by the first Robin Dick Grayson. He wasn't really impressed with what he saw.
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Bette of course isn't going to give up even if her idol said she wasn't good enough. This led to her other Flamebird costume which was replaced for Hawkfire not too long ago.

Eaglemoss DC collection

I don't collect statues so I don't think these mini figures are for me despite how good they look. I'm probably the only one that wants to collect the magazines.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Short pondering over Earth 2

Sort of spoilers for things talked about in solicits and FE.

Futures End: Red Hood and the Outlaws

This was kind of like I expected.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bette Kane: The Forgotten Batgirl

The character has had some changes since her first incarnation to be sure. Before Barbara Gordon entered the picture there was a blonde that became the first Batgirl. Or rather Bat-Girl. Here's a rundown on her character, the Kanes and wondering where she can go from here.

Christmas Specials

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I can't tell you how happy I was to see these. Yes things can get grim in superhero comics--especially those connected to Batman--which makes these holiday specials even more amazing. I kind of wished  we got more even other holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

December Solicts

I wish there was more holidays specials. But other than Harley Quinn's special there's only one other book that brings the cheer. BTW DC can we get some variants on RHATO? It's the only bat book to get overlooked. It only had the bombshells variant.

Batgirl #35 ten page preview

I know they said these are uncorrected pages but certain things bug me about this. So these are my thoughts on what's shown.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Friday, September 12, 2014

Have You Ever...

...waited for something to be done with the character you loved? Then you hear that their being used but before you can get excited you see that the plans aren't ones you're thrilled about? Yep, one of my worst fears has been realized. Giffin and DeMatteis are writing Booster Gold and Ted Kord again--despite saying they were finished at least twice already.

SPOILERS and fury below.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Character Height

Do you ever notice that certain characters are rarely if ever shown at their correct height?

Monday, September 8, 2014

DC Collectibles: Red Hood


There have been three Jason Todd related figures before and for some reason none of them were based on one of the characters ongoing looks. Just brief storylines and only one of which was actually a Red Hood costume. Now we FINALLY have one that fits but was it worth the wait?

Futures End: Grayson

Since my LCS ticked me off with their overpriced 3D variants last year I'm getting my September comics online. This was a iffy choice for me since the concept of Grayson is one I have trouble getting into. Still I wanted to read up on another bat kid and the TT and Batgirl books didn't interest me. Anyway, let's see how life as a spy works out for Mr. Grayson five years in the future.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Batman #409

Continuing where we left off with Batman unknowing handing Jason off to a supposedly sweet teacher who's really a dastardly deadly damsel. How will Jason get out of this situation? Will Batman manage to be a bigger idiot than last issue? For those answers stayed tuned at the same bat page at the same bat time.

OLD SPOILERS AHEAD

Friday, September 5, 2014

Future Ends BOP and Batgirl Previews

BOP here and Batgirl here. Thought below.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jason and the Family Portrait

 
I remember thinking Bruce was being mean to Jason here especially later on since we learn that around this time he was acting as Wingman for Batman. (*1) Then Secret Origins #3 came around and we see Bruce did get Jason in a portrait before his death.
 

One that's as big as the combined one with Alfred, Bruce, Damian, Dick, Tim and Titus. Someday I'd like some writer to properly explore how the death affected the way Bruce sees Jason because there seems to be some shift like he can't fully accept Jasons' back.
 
 
1* Yes I know Jason is legally dead but so far no one seems to be dealing with this. Plus if no one has seen Jasons' face a few years after his death and made the connection why should a painter?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DC Collectibles: Arsenal

Many consider Roy Harper the heart of the Outlaws as he seemed like the most determined to keep the group together. Arsenal is the former partner of Green Arrow that tries to rebuild his life after the fall out and believes Jason, Kori and him can make it together. But how did his figure turn out?

Gotham Academy Info Sheets

I really like these extras that help get you interested in the series.

Roy Harpers' New 52 Tattoos

These were hard to see sometimes and some artists have tried not to use them by covering the arms up. However this is Rocaforts' design sheet for said tattoos which was released online:


There has been no explanation for Roy choosing these although some of it can be figured out like the skull with the bow and arrows sticking out of it's mouth. Perhaps they also serve as a reminder not to get lost in addiction again given the scorpion and "Poison." On the left arm is "pesadilla" (nightmare.) Although I wasn't able to read it there was one panel that showed another tattoo lower on his arm which was translated by another reader as "crossbow." (It's been forgotten under other artists.) So needless to say archery and his past demons does prey on his mind.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Patrick Gleason Explains why Tim was Tall

Eww, that's way gross Tim. Although I can see why they just ignored him. Extra points for using a past plot though.

Monday, September 1, 2014

DC Collectibles: Starfire

I waited for them to do Red Hood and the Outlaw figures for a long time and even longer to finally have some good figures of the characters before they became a trio. Ladies first especially since the Princess arrived before her male teammates did.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mark Hamil Impersonator Voices DOTF

Or at least the tie in in RHATO #17 where leaves Jason a message before giving him a parting gift.

Artist Designer Greg Capullo Line: Nightwing

I thought I might as well open this one since I have all of the Outlaws together. Things...things didn't turn out quite like I thought they would.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Secret Origins #5

I don't plan to make it a thing to get this series too often but with no other new comics this week I'm not going to complain.

ORIGIN RELATED SPOILERS AHEAD

Funny thing about the Lazarus Pit

Granted there have been a lot of odd rules but the funniest I found was the explanation for nudity Rucka wrote. Apparently people have had their clothes removed prior to taking a dip because the pit will burn them off regardless. I call this the rule of cake (cheesecake/beefcake.) Although this naked clause doesn't always go with the artwork I can't help but smile when it happens or wince at the awkwardness.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Superman and the Man of Gold

Last week I saw the Booster Gold digest and I bought it assuming it was a comic...it's not. This is set in the Justice League Unlimited verse in The Man Of Steel series. Which is basically a book with ten illustrations. I haven't read it yet but here are some highlights from skimming.

The Discussion questions at the end, Rip Hunters' cameo (he gets a picture too) & Jurgens' ice cream. As for the favorite picture question, that's a hard one. There's Skeets in a police hat. Rip talking to Superman while Booster is being praised. Booster trying to keep himself from being crushed by his own image in the literal sense. There are others that I like but the winner has to be Booster carrying Lois down to a crowd of cheering fans while holding a ice cream cone in his other hand. All of the pictures with him give him so much personality.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What to expect from the Future Ends Tie Ins?

Or as I saw it called filler month, has stated that these are only "possible" futures for their characters but that doesn't mean that seeds Future Ends aren't mixed in. Do these tales have anything to do with the current plots? Will there being any stand out books? Just some musings/predictions for my pull list next month. No real spoilers just things I've seen in the solicits, current stories and interviews. Here's what I'm getting:

Grayson: I have no idea since I dropped after the first issue if this will hint future plots or not. I'm getting this out of curiosity for where they see Dick being in 5 years. I still can't see the spy thing lasting that long for the character since the media knows him better as Robin then Nightwing. Still it's only a possible future. This will apparently take place in Russia and have him taking on the Red Star costume? Maybe that's just the cover. I can't see this affecting much outside of hints of things to come in its own title. Maybe a nod to something that's going on in the background in FE at most.

Batwoman: The current storyline apparently has the vampire angle being teased at. Will Kate become a vampire in present time? I can't see them doing it but it would definitely make her different than the other bats. I'm also interested in seeing Nocturna who they finally made a vampire despite her not previously being one. I have a soft spot for her being pre-crisis Jason Todds' adopted mom for a time.

Red Hood and the Outlaws: This will be dark, likely the darkest thing in this series so far. I have no idea what will happen to Kori as she hasn't been mentioned but apparently the guys aren't on friendly terms. They all go their separate ways which explains a little of Roy's sudden turn into his pre-Flashpoint self (minus the aghast and kid?)

Booster Gold: this is said to be the book that shows the biggest hint of what the future of DC will be in FE. It's also the only tie in that's not an ongoing title. This will be the first time Boosters' been written by Jurgens since the last issue of JLI which is another perk. I'm looking forward to this the most because even if the future is dark there's always hope as long as Booster is around. I have no idea what to expect although I believe this has multiple artists which is rarely good especially for a one shot.

Will any of these characters die in the tie ins? Likely, I'll be surprised if RHATO doesn't kill two of the leads. Roy being semi safe since he's in the main series. If these are all really depressing I might rank them in order from most angsty to least. I'm guessing Booster will be the lightest in tone. Should be interesting to see how off I am.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dan Jurgens talks Superman and Booster Gold

Or rather Death of Superman and why Booster Gold works. Nothing really new added in the interview (unless there's something in the video which I haven't watched) I just like seeing Booster brought up.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fan Comic on why Tims' Tall

I thought this was cute. Really it's the only way the appearance in the last Batman and Robin makes sense.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Getting Next Week!

Okay I'm finally caught up with my pull list, which isn't much but it's nice to be back on track.
  • Secret Origins 5: I don't plan on getting this often but for certain characters I will. This month has Jason Todd who's new 52 origin is a bit unclear at present. I'm hoping for more detail on his time as Robin, his old car theft origin to be restored and maybe some bonding with Alfred and the other guy, Bruce. No idea what we'll get with ten or so pages though.
  • DCC Arsenal and Red Hood. It's a Red Hood month with his cameos in other books, series and these action figures. Starfire came out last week but I'm holding off on a review until I have all of them together. 
After that it's September for a double dose of New Warriors and DCs' bleak future month. Red Robins' new figure too.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Red Hood and the Outlaws #34

Technically this is the last issue I'll get before the five years later one shots. Well I'll be getting one more comic this month but it won't be affected by the time jump.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Trip to the LCS

This was the first time I've been to the store since they remodeled that I could actually look around. It's usually too busy to do so without getting in someone's way. I came later than usual and for the first time in ages saw a couple of women shopping too. That was nice, I don't think it's so much that women don't read comics (a large percent do) just that some don't feel comfortable in comic stores. I've been lucky not to have encountered the horror stores I've heard about online. Anyway first thing I noticed was a digest trade of the JLU comic with Superman and Booster Gold. I didn't see a price though. Since I didn't know if I had enough on me I put it back. Hopefully it's still there when I return.

I also saw the small My Little Pony section. Yes I know it's a thing but the hybrid pony/doll was really freaky. The DCC collection was nice although I noticed the paint apps on the Earth 2 figures weren't great especially with WW. Wonder Girl came out good and the effect of the shiny red star field costume was nice. Oh to have more time and money to get some trades.

Barbaras' Anger Issues

I found this post showing some examples of Barbara lashing out at others in the new 52. Gail Simone weighs in on this as well.

Thoughts below.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #4-6

Now that I have all the issues together again it's time to finish my Serenity reviews.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Lian Harper and Lois Lane?

I knew it was supposed to be Lians' birthday but apparently it's also Lois'? Well here's to one of my favorite superhero kids and to one of if not the best female characters.

November Solicits

Just a few comics that stood out including one in particular that bugged me.

Batman and Robin #34 Preview

This is why I quit getting this series. I'm curious enough with the cameos to take a peek but this problem never gets properly addressed. It's so infuriating that this behavior keeps getting ignored. Needless to say these are my unhappy thoughts on the preview.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I doubt this will come up--

--but something was bugging me lately. Whenever I heard Gotham Academy I kept thinking that I heard that before in the new 52. I finally figured out where. In RHATO #0 it's said that Jason Todds' mother Catherine went there. I mean not much is known about the new series but it still made me smile to see it.

Happy Birthday Jason Todd!


Here's some odd facts about him:
  • He's the only current Robin to have been asked to take on the role. New 52 has Alfred asking along with Bruce.
  • Counting pre-Crisis he's the sidekick that's had the most parents. Try guessing how many if you don't already know.
  • I don't think they ever said how tall future Damian was/is or the Heretic (although he had his genetics messed with) but Jason is taller than Dick and Tim. Two inches shorter than Bruce.
  • Although his current rebirth is still sketchy pre-52 Jason dug his way out of his coffin with nothing but a belt buckle.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

What Artists Deserve Designer Action Figures?

Word is that Jae Lee is joining Greg Capullo in getting a designer action figure line. While not under the DC Collectibles banner (which was DC Direct then) Michael Turner has received his own line and Jim Lee has figures under both company names. This begs the question of what other artists deserve to have their style captured in plastic form.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Red Hood and the Outlaws #33

This issue has Kori once again taking center stage as her past is explored.

NOT SO NEW SPOILERS AHEAD

Who is Rip Hunter in the new 52?

We don't know if he's related to Booster anymore or if they in fact have a working relationship. The only clue we get is this mention in the JLI Annual.
 

Now the annual confused the hell out of me for multiple reasons, chief among them the fact that very little of the story gelled with Jurgens JLI. I wasn't sure why Booster (both of them) disappeared since present day Booster does so after Clark and Diana kiss. Since I was distracted by all the retcons and everyone remembering him despite the fact he was erased I forgot this detail. According to future Booster Rip was following him to erase the conversation. Booster still exists though and showed up in the past with some memory loss.
 
Which means one of two things: 1.) new 52 Rip is a bad guy or 2.) Booster is trying to fix something that can't be fixed/shouldn't be messed with.
 
The second choice makes more sense based on who Rip was but we'll see how this plays out. Notice future Booster is also wearing the same outfit he does in his Futures' End cover.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Bane of having Favorite Characters

POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEKS COMICS


Have you ever had one of those days where you look for news about one of your favorite characters and get annoyed with what you find?

Me: Well no variant cover again. Might not be in Lego Batman 3 (although I'm pleased Booster is.) Let's see what's happening in comics.

(Skims online and finds scans of most recent appearance.)

Me: Oh goodie, their talking up character B that hasn't been nearly as good as my fave claims. Not in the relaunch anyway, and it's the same character that's done nothing but treat them like crap for most of their appearances together. Now their letting character B beat them up, saying how great they are while still mentioning something crappy B did to them.

(See a interview for a book one of my faves will be appearing in. I'm a little leery since the last thing I read from the writer ticked me off and that had to do with another of my favorites being written bad. Still curious though since it has to do with the book's' lead. They seemed to get along with each other alright.)

Me: ...Wait are they implying...? No, they wouldn't. They said it was going to be a surprise so it wouldn't be the same person. But later on in the interview they word it like there's an attraction or possible obsession my fave has for the lead...It sounds like a bad thing based on how it's phrased. Please tell me their not going to make this creepy. They had a cute interaction before!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Red Hood and the Outlaws #32

Lobdell returns to the book but will he fall into the same pitfalls as the last two writers?

NOT SO NEW SPOILERS AHEAD

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Red Hood and the Outlaws #31

I'm not feeling Pfeifers' arc this far. Let's see if that can change for his last issue.

NOT SO OLD SPOILERS AHEAD

DC Collectibles: Huntress and Power Girl

Catwoman was from a gift pack but these two female characters get their own set. Are they the standard for future female figures?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Red Hood and the Outlaws #30

I still can't find one of my Senenity Leaves on the Wind issues but I have found these. I figured it was time to ease my way back into the series after I misplaced this.

NOT SO NEW SPOILERS AHEAD

Monday, August 4, 2014

Booster Gold "hinted" to be Important One Shot

 Didio himself says this in a roundabout way. Go to 0.50-1:17 for the question and answer.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lego Batman 3 has Booster and Skeets

Shown here with Bat-Cow. Adam West will also have a cameo and Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle will be in this too.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Batman #408

Also known as the post-crisis introduction of Jason Todd which also features Dick Grayson leaving the role of Robin. Needless to say Bruce comes off as an idiot.

OLDER SPOILERS AHEAD

Friday, July 25, 2014

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight "Venom"

I bought these issues at the Batman sale. This story deals in drug use and the fall out. This is a live review with my thoughts as I read.

OLDER SPOILER AHEAD

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Batman 66 Batgirl and Adam West Head

Some new figures coming out that are being shown at SDCC 2014.

ADDED: Another link to more DC figures. Most of them have been shown before although there are some new ones. Batman the Animated series has some previews of figures to come. DCC has Poison Ivy, and some of the Scribblenauts.

Nevermind the Damian Stuff

I want to know if Bruce is going to grovel to the family. If he does that then I might buy the arc Tomasi is writing.

SPOILERS AHEAD for Batman and Robin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Happy Batman Day!

Celebrate the greatness and ignore the things you dislike about the Dark Knight!

Don't forget your free comic! Plus a number of digital Batman comics are marked down to .99 cents.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New Warriors VOL.1

I started reading New Warriors and got curious enough to see where they started off. This is the trade that has the team being formed by Night Thrasher, Namorita, Nova, Marvel Boy, Speedball and Firestar. New Warriors 1-6 vol. 1 along with Thor 411-412.

Thoughts along with SPOILERS AHEAD.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Taking a break from DC

While I'll still be getting RHATO and Earth 2 the solicits killed my enthusiasm for DC for awhile, so I'm putting them aside for now. Marvel didn't really impress me either (other than New Warriors) but I'll be looking over Marvel trades. Some older stories like the first volume of New Warriors and also a newer book that recently caught my attention called Superior Foes. It's about the lesser bad guys of Spider-Man in various funny situations.

I am still looking forward to DC books like the Booster Gold one shot and hoping to see his series return. But for now I need to step away because I feel pretty frustrated.

Monday, July 14, 2014

I was glancing at the Spider Solicits and I saw this


At first I was thinking "that's Ben Reillys' costume, no it'll be the Dr. Ock one--wait it IS Bens' suit!" I get a closer look and realize it's Spider-Girl Mayday Parker! One the one hand yea she's appearing on the other it's under a writer I don't care for during an event that will kill off spider characters. More thoughts below on what this could mean.

DC Solicits for October

Thoughts and SPOILERS for some of the comics mentioned below. I might be looking into the Marvel solicits soon to see if anything catches my eye.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

That's an odd tagline

I'll just let this one speak for it's self.

Friday, July 11, 2014

DC Collectibles Shows Some New Goodies

Here are some new figures coming out including ones from the Arrow and Flash tv shows.

Grayson #1

These are my first impressions although I'll reread it later to double check since this confused me.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Status Quo, "Huge Changes" and the Parental Figure

In comics--at least the main two companies--there never seems to be much of an actual lasting change for the characters. Someone gets publically unmasked? Find a way to undo it. Characters are seen as too old for being married? Get a means to retcon it to live out the "glory days." Basically bringing them back to square one in various ways. Needless to say it's one of the reasons I get sick of the more well known characters. There's illusion of change without much if any actual growth. Take Spider-Man for example and you'll know what I mean.

Selfie Variants for some DC Books

Some are kind of blah (the Grayson one being particularly disappointing) while others are cute.

Flash: Yes, I would take a picture of that too! HA!
Harley Quinn: As chaotic as you'd expect. :D
Batman/Superman: Perhaps the cutest of the bunch, just as couple-y as the Wonder Woman/Superman one actually.
Aquaman: Is a photobomber but the fact the shark is there makes it even funnier.
Batman and Robin: Sure it's cute I just have a hard time buying that being Damian. I like that it's on Gordons' wall though.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jurgens talks Booster Gold and Futures' End

But honestly I skimmed over the second part and just focused on the Booster parts.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Batgirl #33 Preview

I was curious how the meeting of Dinah, Babs and Helena Wayne would be handled enough to click on this. ...It continues to makes me dislike new 52 Barbara Gordon.

Thoughts underneath hence SPOILERS AHEAD

Lobo and Trinity of Sin get ongoing books

I'm pretty neutral on Lobo and only care about the Question with the trio so both of these are passes for me. Still their not bat books or Deathstroke which is a nice change.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I REALLY miss May "Mayday" Parker

Not only for how awesome the character is but also the family life of the Parkers. Look at Mary Jane calling Peter on his B.S.
 

 THIS is what I miss from Marvel and why I stayed away for so long after it's cancellation. Ironically enough since the Spider-Girl series spun out of the Clone Saga Scarlet Spider and now New Warriors are the only books I've gotten since.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Just what everyone wanted: More Bat Books!

Neither of these really appeal to me although I'm curious what the story with Arkham Manor is. Can you imagine him explaining this one?

Bruce Wayne: Arkham Asylum never worked. I'm doing the smart thing by moving the worst of the worst inside my childhood home. It's the perfect plan.

Jason Todd: By putting them where you live literally on top of the bat cave?

Tim Drake: What about our rooms?

Alfred Pennyworth: What about the family heirlooms? Forgive me but it doesn't sound like you--

Bruce Wayne: I'll be able to watch them all and we'll move into the cave. I put the Penguin in Tims' room. Tony Zucco in Dicks' and the Joker in Jasons'.

Jason Todd: You sick son of a bitch!

We'll see how they spin that one. Anyway, remember how I said I don't care for Deathstroke? Guess who's getting another try at a solo?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Speedballs' Penance

While Robbie is acting more like his old self there's still hints of the darkness .

SPOILERS AHEAD for New Warriors #5

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The New Warriors vs. the Avengers

While there is an actual fight in the issue I liked this confrontation between Speedball/Justice and Ironman/Captain America. It finally addresses the elephant in the room.
 

This scene actually has a lot of depth going on. Not just the meta wording of "brand" playing with the idea of Stanford ruining the New Warriors. Speedball has a moment that no one else in the room is aware of due to how stressful the topic is and how desperately he wants/needs the team.
 
But what really won me over was how Justice handles the situation. Some Spoilers ahead.
 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Most Disliked Characters and Characterizations

It's hard for me because I don't usually hate characters but certain ones do get on my nerves to the point I get annoyed when they show up. To be fair in some cases it's just certain writers that make characters I usually like into unlikable jerks. That is the case for a few on this list. Not all though. There are other characters I'm not fond of that I might hate if I saw more of them. Their not on the list because these are the ones that currently bug me.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Meeting the New Warriors

 
New Warriors is currently the only ongoing book I'm getting from Marvel. The problem of course is that it's not selling as much as it should. But the series has so much potential and the characters are very interesting. Some lighter SPOILERS Ahead.

Short Review: Secret Origins #3

I saw the Tim Drake section online so just some thoughts on that story.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bruces' behavior after Dicks' "Death"

I'm not reading Batman Eternal or any of the Bruce lead books so maybe this has been touched. I want to know how Bruce is acting around the family after they fake Dicks' death. Because it's canon that he's a jackass when grieving. (Well okay everyone besides Tomasi had him dealing with Damians' death maturely.) Won't it be noticeable to them that he's not going crazy? Batman and Robin gave us a Bruce that tried to bring Damian back from the dead without considering what his son wanted. Who treated his second and third adopted sons like crap in some truly inexcusable behavior. Jasons' death made him suicidal and much darker. The only reason this shouldn't be a red flag is if they think it means he doesn't care...which would be weird since Dick's supposed to be the golden boy of the family.

Artist Designer Greg Capullo Line: Talon

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Pros/Cons of Ditigal Comics

I usually get digital comics on weeks I can't go to my LCS or shipping would costs too much. For me there are really only two down sides to this: Not supporting comic shops and how incontinent it can be when you want to read a issue but can't. Either because of lack of internet access or privacy to enjoy the comics.

For DC their books go down in cost after awhile but Marvels' don't. At least I haven't seen this for their current titles. While I do enjoy having a physical copy it's nice to know that I'll be able to reduce space and if I like the title enough I can get the trade later on. I'm also a fan of the guided viewing option that takes you through the comic panel by panel. I just really like the convenience but I'm not sure if I'll convert completely.

Grayson #1 Preview

Ironically Jason Todds' the only Robin that currently has a book but next week Dick Graysons' new title gets released. Looks like Dick is doing a Ben Reilly. If you know what that reference means before checking out the preview give yourself a goldstar.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Updated Pull List

  • Grayson (Maybe. I'll at least try the first issue.)
  • Earth 2
  • New Warriors (First Marvel series I'm following since Spider-Girl ended.)
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws (Slightly behind because I misplaced a couple issues.)
I do suspect I'll be dropping Grayson and if that happens I have nothing to replace it with. Marvel will be having a event for Spider-Man called Spiderverse that's supposed to have every spider character they can legally show. Normally I'd love this since I'm a big fan of lots of the spiders but I don't know about the writer. It's be a great time to have a MC2 tie in with Spider-Girl, Darkdevil and the rest but I'm not sure if I'd trust them not to kill the characters off.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Short Review: Forever Evil #7

I'm way behind on my comic reading and reviewing. Anyway not so new spoilers ahead.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

So I'm giving Marvel a try

Although I'm limiting what's on my pull list because I don't want to get sucked into other books. I bought Christopher Yosts' Scarlet Spider trades which I might review at some point but I mostly love what he did with Kaine. Since he's writing New Warriors with Scarlet Spider in the cast I got all those issues and plan on having it in my pull list. Much like Scarlet Spider it's a very unrated book that's getting overlooked and needs more support to survive. I'm really looking forward to this newly solicited issue:


NEW WARRIORS #9
CHRISTOPHER YOST (W) • MARCUS TO (A)
CoverS by TAKESHI MIYAZAWA
• It’s the anti-buddy movie as odd couple JUSTICE and SCARLET SPIDER hit the road together, heading for HOUSTON, TEXAS.
• Scarlet Spider never wanted to be on a team, with… people. And this issue, he shocks no one by QUITTING!
•Can Justice convince him to stay? No! Can they dude-bond by fighting a hundred foot tall guy in a bear suit? Probably not!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Fathers' Day!

What better way to celebrate it than to remember one of the best if most unconventional father/son relationships in comics?
 
Booster Gold and Rip Hunter!

Remember how Rip was trying to help Booster become the greatest most selfless hero of all time? How about how annoying that could be?
 

Then the utter amazement when Booster was able to do something by himself?

 
I miss these two more than any other DC relationship.

Batman Capullo Figures

 
I think this is the first time I ever brought a whole wave of action figures. I only opened the Talon so far and I'm not sure if/when I'll open the rest. While I do think Riddler is an excellent sculpt I'm still considering saving it for a present in the future. In general I'm not a very big collector of bad guys unless their related to the heroes (hence William Cobb.) One of the reasons I'm not in a hurry to open the others up? Much like Superboy the Talon figure smells like plastic and B.O. I'm not sure how that happened but it did. I'm waiting for the scent to fade away but I am working on a review.
 
The next wave of figures I'll be collecting will be the Outlaws (Red Hood/Starfire/Arsenal) and Worlds Finest (Power Girl/Huntress.) With any luck they won't have that smell.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Worst Dads' List

I don't really agree with most of Newsaramas' list and this one definitely had some problems.

I mean Spider-Man? Yeah his actions in OMD weren't great but using that and his assumption that his daughter was dead don't exactly rank him up with Trigon in my book. Read Spider-Girl (MC2) he may be overprotective but Peter turned out to be one of the best dads in comics.

Roy Harper, seriously? Because Lian was kidnapped in the past and she died? No. He was a great dad and those things don't change that. She didn't die because of anything he did, Roy had a babysitter that knew how to fight to protect her when he wasn't there. I think he always had a fighter to look over her. Mia was blamed for abandoning Lian during Cry for Justice something I don't believe they ever explained but regardless not his fault.

I don't have a problem with Batman being on here because he treats his kids pretty badly. And I do believe that was a huge contributing factor in Jason and Damians' deaths. I just disagree on either Barbara or Stephanie being surrogate daughters to him. I never got the impression he sees them that way. Cassandra yes, them no.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gun Control: Bruce, Jason, and Alfred

This topic comes up from time to time. We all know Batman is anti-gun yet some of his allies are seen with them. Dick Grayson for example already has a bit of a controversy for using a gun in his upcoming book although he has carried one when he was a police officer in the old canon. Where is the line drawn? Batmans' view on guns--whether their lethal or not--keeps changing story to story.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Marvel Digital Comics?

I've been flirting with the idea of giving a couple Marvel titles a try. I thought it'd be a good idea to go digital but the prices! I know Marvel is mainly $3.99 compared to the mostly $2.99 at DC. But the DC comics I get digitally get go down in price over time. I was able to read most of Earth 2 at a good discount, some single issues at $1.99.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Original Art Work for Nightwing #30

Before the delay with Forever Evil Tynion wrote Nightwing #30 and artist Meghan Hetrick did the art. I don't think Tynion has released the script but the art tells most of the tale as Hetrick has released the images as DC has allowed her to sell the pages.

Thoughts below the cut.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Secret Origins #2

I don't really get the point in this series, at least re-telling the origins of characters that already had their origins told during #0 month. I'm a little behind on my reviews but this one was short enough for me to feel like writing something about it.

Origin based SPOILERS AHEAD

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Nightwing spoilers

I didn't get the issue because of scans online. No, not because of the Helena B. controversy but rather the writing. Thoughts and SPOILERS below.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Why wear the Bat Suit and the Disguise?


Apparently there are more Robins than we know about. It looks like Dick, Jason, Tim, Steph, Carrie and Damian were all lucky they stayed on his good side.

Friday, May 23, 2014

More September Covers for Futures End tie ins

No surprise here but I think Booster Golds' my favorite. Not just for the Jurgens art but the better costume (which was already shown in the JLI Annual.) It does have a 90s feel but better than the footie pj look. I know it's just a cover so it doesn't mean it reflects the content inside but man Roy looks like a jackass.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Figures and Bombshell Covers

DCC has pics of Hawkman and Stargirl as well as the next waves of Batman the Animated series.

The Bombshells variant covers now have Carol, Lois, Talia, and others. There are some good ones there but the Kori cover feels a little off to me. Not just that it has Halys' Circus on it (we're focusing on her past relationship AGAIN?) but it doesn't feel like the character to me. I wouldn't have been able to tell who it was supposed to be at a glance. Plus the eyes are wrong. Granted not all of these are spot on but still.

That's a werid vacation pic Slim


This raises so many questions. Does Scott think that no one will believe he's having sex unless he sends them a picture after the act? Did he send all the X-Men/his brother this or just Xavier? Who took the photo?!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Cyclops' Love Life Summed up in a Panel


Right after Scott asks Madelyne Pryor if she's really Phoenix/Jean Grey. Later on he'll run out on her and their infant son. Then much later he'll cheat on Jean with Emma Frost. Logan has more class around the ladies than Scotty does.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Preferring the family over Spider-Man

I've come to realize that like Batman I mostly prefer the rest of the family over Spider-Man. This wasn't always the case but after OMD I can't find myself caring about him except in the MC2 verse. I quit Marvel altogether after Spider-Girl was cancelled. I haven't cared for what I've heard about Peter Parker since and just feel indifferent towards him in general. It's funny but for as controversial as the Clone Saga was...I like a lot of the characters/ideas that came from it. Mayday Parker, Ben Reilly and Kaine Parker.

In fact I'm mighty tempted to get the trade to Kaines' run of Scarlet Spider. It looks fun despite the characters' dark. I told myself that I wouldn't get any Marvel comics until Spider-Girl returns (and hopefully gets that huge hanging plot thread tied up since it's been hanging for over a decade!) But this seems like a good read.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

DC Collectibles Superboy

I got this on a whim, while I like Superboy he's never been one of my top 20 list.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Marvel Movies and Canon

After watching several movies over the past few weeks a few things hit me.

  1. I prefer all the live action Marvel movies over the live action DC movies.
  2. I like (most of) the Marvel movie canon more than most of Marvels' comic canon. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Captain America The First Avenger and Winter Solider

I saw CAWS twice in the theaters now and recently rewatched the first one. Just some thought concerning the movies.

SPOILERS AHEAD for those that haven't seen them and mention of the comics which may affect the future movies.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Favorite Recap of Boosters' Origin


He's certainly had his fair share of origin retellings and I believe this one was the shortest way to sum it up. I also like it because it tells us a lot about Booster and Maxs' relationship filling in the blanks for the scene he arrived for their appointment. I suppose it might not make sense in hindsight since this was around the time Booster was trying to hide his past from the world at large. Then again he might have felt compelled to come clean with the guy that claimed to be his connection to the JL. For all he knew Superman was going to be on the team and would likely bring it up.

Yet Booster doesn't show any shame for what he did, it's just matter-of-fact here. Bravado? Likely but it's also speaks volumes for his character which Max sees and approves of. Because out of all the JLI Boosters' probably the one that's most like him. Their business men that have their own shady past. While Max might have been playing him here (given the timeline and his own agenda it seems likely) I get the impression he honestly does like him. I think it's not just because they share some traits but also because Booster seems more human than the other heroes he's met so far. He messed up, is willing to own up to it, still tries and is just gutsy. It's not what he expected.

I really miss this interaction, so much wasted potential.

Booster Gold issue dicussed

Another Future's End interview but this one mentions the one shot and confirmation that Jurgens is writing the issue. YAY!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Superdickery Day 26: A bad husband

I missed another day thanks to computer trouble but I think I'll be ending Superdickery month early anyway. I may post some bat-related scans though.
 

So Lois is supposed to be blamed for getting jealous of Superman hiding pictures of his girlfriends away in a safe? Uh, that's a jackass move on his part, if there wasn't anything wrong with it he wouldn't try to hide something like that in a safe!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Superdickery Day 25: Framing his friend(s) for the hell of it


Not to mention the randomness of what he accuses Batman of. If it's for witchcraft then there are other members of the JLA he could bring in. The most shocking thing about this cover is that Batman--the worlds' greatest detective--still hasn't figure out that Superman is evil.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Superdickery Day 24: Superman really hates Jimmy


He truly loathes no one as much as Jimmy Olsen. If he has his way Jimmy will die multiple times.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Why Deacon Blackfire Mattered

I heard Blackfire being mentioned recently. Which is a pretty big deal if it's him. I hope they aren't retconning this as his first time crossing Batmans' path. Mainly because it was one of the most important Jason Todd stories when he was a Robin. But the mythos set up in Batman The Cult are pretty compelling and I hate for any of it to be lost in a relaunched origin for the character.


SPOILERS of course for Batman The Cult.

Superdickery Day 23: Ruining Jimmys' love life

 
Okay I have no idea what the context is but it looks like Superman is intentionally giving people the impression he's Jimmys' lover. Why? Well why does he do anything? You gotta love Jimmys' fake enthusiasm as he realizes the awkward position he's in now.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Superdickery Day 22: Calling his his girlfriends stupid for something no one else figures out


I mean it's not like they were the only ones fooled by the glasses thing. Lex Luthor is supposed to be a genius and even he doesn't know. (*1) And Jimmy Olsen is his biggest fan. Although this might explain why Clarks' pissy all the time--he's sick of all the dumb people on Earth.

*1 Actually there was a non-Silver Age story that had Luthor figure it out but he dismissed it because the idea was too ridiculous.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

July Solicits AND September Solicits

Too bad we don't have covers for September but at least we have an idea.

Superdickery Day 21: Won't even try to save Jimmy


I like how Superman refuses to even attempt to help because he's more concerned about himself. Nevermind his powers it's just not worth the risk.

Monday, April 21, 2014

DCC decides to do Justice League Dark

They start with Zatanna and Constantine. I don't plan on getting any of the figures so far but it's good to see their expanding.

Superdickery Day 20: Superboy becomes Hitler?


Either that or he really likes screwing with people's heads. ...It's him screwing with them isn't it?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Superdickery Day 19: Blackmails Lois to learn her secret


So that's where Superman gets his extra funds. Given the level of crap Lois has done her secret must be really shameful. Given the fact Superman has a creepy shrine of her I'm not sure what she could have done to top that.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Superdickery Day 18: Superman will go to any lengths to ruin Jimmys' life

 
I'm guessing the reason Jimmy is given will have to do with the mob. The real reason is because Superman likes to see him suffer. Why is Jimmy Supermans' pal again?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Superdickery Day 17: One of the many reasons for Supermans' behavior



I'd like to think Lois is just doing this to get back at Superman. I'm not sure how he can fix it unless he has super-shoe repairing powers. Well he had every other ability...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Third Weekly Series: Worlds End

I might try a few issues of this to see how it goes. I like Earth 2 but I hope it focuses more on the JSA characters (Kenda, Jay, Alan, etc.) than Batman/Superman.

More SPOILERS ahead in regards to what's shown.

Superdickery Day 16: Superman is sick of protecting people


Let's just face the facts: Superman hates humanity.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Superdickery Day 15: Trying to make his "friends" go crazy


What "lesson" is this supposed to be Clark? This is mean just to be mean. Jimmys' life is already messed up enough with random powers the last thing he needs is Superman messing with his head.

Tomasi and Kuberts' new project

The big one Tomasi has been hyping up. Interview found here. I'm not interested in it at this point so unless there's something to change my mind in upcoming interviews I'm not getting this. It's not just the concept but the fact I dislike the Tomasi written Batman.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Superman # 29

I put this one on hold once I decided to do Superdickery month. This is sort of an extra since I missed one day. Superman vs. Starfire which also has Lobdell writing her before he returns to RHATO in a couple of months.

Superman: This should do until we can get them to a place where they can be helped.
Starfire: I'm beginning to understand why no one on your planet had the good sense to leave before it exploded.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Time Masters

The mini series that reimagined the Time Masters from the Silver Age counterparts.

SPOILERS AHEAD

Superdickery Day 14: Gets people to shoot Batman knowing he'd live


Because normal guns aren't going to hurt Superman, you'd think that would occur to Batman. Still it's sweet to see they want to go together.

Blood Moon teaser?

Apparently this comes after Futures End. Two things caught my eye while looking at this.