Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Preview #29: Comic Book For The Week Of Wednesday, December 29, 2010:

Action Comics  #896 (DC)

And of course I will see what I can find to fill in the gap in my Superman collection!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Issue #106: Comic Books For The Year 2011:

While everyone is polishing off their gift shopping list, as well as adding those last inute items on their wish list for Santa Claus, I thought I would post my comic book list for the coming year. With DC Comics dropping the majority of their titles back to $2.99, I looked at my subscription list to see what I could add to my list while staying within my budget. I wound up being able to add one title to my subscription list at Acme Comics, in Longwood, Florida.
There are a few titles on my short list of comic books that I'm interested in adding to my pull list as I can afford it:

Fables (Vertigo/DC)
Jack Of Fables (Vertigo/DC)
Elephantmen (Image)
Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)

The majority of my subscription list will remain unchanged.

DC Comics:

Action Comics
Adventure Comics
Legion Of Super-Heroes
Superman

After the whole New Krypton storyline ended, the current storyline, Grounded, has been disappointing. I can't buy into the premise, at this point of Superman's career, even though some issues have had some good stories. In 2011 Doomsday will return. I'm hoping to see more of Clark Kent. I'll be happy to see gold ol' Clark again. One thing I hope DC doesn't do with Doomsday is think, "What can we do with Superman that hasn't been done before?" and decide to have Doosday rip off one of Superman's arms or something like that. The two Legion titles have been more fun for me. While the Legion is my second favorite group, it's still sad that my favorite comic book hero, Superman, isn't on par with the Legion titles right now. I've read a lot of Superman stories over the years, beginning in the mid-1960's when I first learned to read. There have been a lot of bad as well as good stories, so I'm not looking to drop the Superman titles. But if the Doomsday plotline continues a decline in quality, I might consider dropping Superman until the next storyline comes along. Then I would check it out and see if I'd want to pick it up again. I hope it won't come to that.

Icon/Marvel:

Powers

With Bendis and Oeming doing another creator owned all ages project, I've not heard when the next issue, #7 will be published. But it's such a great series, I'll wait patiently for it. In the months it doesn't publish, I'll use that money to fill the gap in my Superman collection in the early 2000's.

Image

Invincible

This is my only Image title, but it's enough to make me a fan of Robert Kirkman's writing. He knows how to build characterization into each issue, as well as build multiple plots into the continuing narrative month to month.

Abstract Studios

Terry Moore's Echo

This series will wrap up in four more issues, and I haven't heard what his next project will be. I began collecting his original series, Strangers In Paradise, somewhere in the 70's by issue number. Rest assured I will be picking up his next series, no matter what it is. I enjoyed how SIP ended, and Echo has been equally fantastic. Terry Moore can't lose, as far as I'm concerned.

The title I've decided to add to my comic book pull list is Fables, published by Vertigo/DC, and written by Bill Willingham. I've heard nothing but great things about the title, and now is the perfect time to jump on board. I have read the first trade paperback, and part of the second. I can't afford to add its companion titles, Jack Of Fables, or Cinderella (which was published in a mini-series, with a second being published now if I'm not mistaken). I can't wait to begin following Fables monthly.

Meanwhile, let me wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and may all of the presents you get be comic book related! If you're reading this blog you will probably find that a good thing.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Preview #28: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, December 22, 2010:

Legion Of Super-Heroes #8 (DC)
Invincible #76 (Skybound / Image)

Since Christmas is only a few days away, let me wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And may all of your gifts be comic book related. That's what I hope for each year.

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Issue #105: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, December 15, 2010:

Superman #706 (DC)
John Byrne's Next Men #1 (IDW)

and from the back issue bins:

Superman #154 (March 2000) (Triangle # 2000: 10)

Superman #706 (DC) *  *  *  *

During these months of the Grounded storyline, I've almost dreaded reading Superman because I've almost come to expect being disappointed. Seveal of the issues have been pleasant surprises, but they haven't changed my opinion of the Grounded storylne. It hasn't worked for me. This issue was my favorite Superman issue, mostly because it had little to do with the current storylilne. The issue focuses on the Daily Planet, which is facing tough times, with declining revenues and declining circulation. To add insult to injury, a new hip blog seems to have uncovered evidence that Superman and the Planet have an under the table agreement, and maybe another under the sheets. Lois might have an inside track for all of the Superman scoops she's written over the years. Perry uses all of his years of journalism experience to handle the crisis. superman makes a cameo, but it's the supporting cast that carries the issue. Too bad the creative team haven't given the Man of Steel a worthy story for him to carry on his broad shoulders.

John Byrne's Next Men #1 (IDW) *  *  *  *

I still have every issue of the original run of this series, published by Dark Horse Comics in the early 1990's. When this new series was announced I re-read that first series,and it still holds up well today. This new series by IDW begins the next chapter, and it does not disappoint. The only way I can describe this first issue, without spoilers, is as a maze, within a maze, within a maze. And the last panel begins a mystery that will being me back for the second issue. the last series by John Byrne I read was hisrun on Doom Patrol a few years ago. It was slow to get going, and seemed to go around in circles for the first few issues before telling a good story. If he doesn't fall into the same trap with this new Next Men series, it will be a fun series to read.

and from the back issue bins:

Superman #154, March 2000 (Triangle # 2000:12) *  *  *  *

This issue wa part two of 5 of the Y2K story. Brainiac13 has begun to transform Metropolis into a literal City of Tomorrow. Superman also fought a juiced up Metallo. Jimmy found a vital clue that might help Superman defeat his foe. And Lex Luthor got a surprise from her toddler daughter Lena. At the end of the issue Superman may have found a way to beat Brainiac and Metallo. This issue also marked the artistic debut of Ed McGuinness.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Issue #104: Comic Books For The Weeks Of Wednesday, December 2 & 8, 2010:

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, December 2, 2010:

Action Comics Annual #13 (DC)
Adventure Comics #521 (DC)

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, December 8, 2010:

Terry Moore's Echo #26 (Abstract Studios)

and from the back issue bins:

Superman Y2K (February 2000, Triangle #: 2000: 7) (DC)

Action Comics Annaul #13 (DC) *  *  * 1/2

This Annual continues Action Comics' feature of Lex Luthor as the main character. This issue fills in some of the details of young Lex Luthor's education of villainy, first with Darkseid and then Ra's Al Ghul, in separate stories. Both stories were interesting looks at Luthor's development. The art on the Darkseid had some dynamic layouts, but in some of the early panels it was hard to tell who was Lex and who was the other guy. But my enjoyment of the issue was tempered by the fact that it was not a Superman story. I'll be glad when the Man of Steel will return to the title that propelled him to stardom.

Adventure Comics #521 *  *  *  *

Adventure Comics has ended its look at the early Legion, but has become a companion title of the current Legion Of Super-Heroes book, featuring the modern Legion. Earth Man can't get rid of Dyogene, who has returned to Legion HQ in the quest for the next Green Lantern. The choice, at the end of the issue, is surprising but makes sense. A group of Legionnaires respond to an area of Africa hit by an earthquake, while Wildfire and Dawnstar discover the source of the quake. I'm relishing these new Legion stories. I'm glad the Legion is on a firm footing with Paul Levitz' return. And the Atom second feature only has gotten better, but this will be its last issue in the back of Adventures. The Atom story will continue in The Atom Special in March 2011.

Terry Moore's Echo #26 *  *  *  *  *

Our heroes reach an Alaskan truck stop on their way to the particle accelerator to stop the experiment. Most of the issue takes place at one of the restaurant's tables. It sounds boring, but the conversation moves the story along and develops the plot, bringing it closer to the climax with the final issue at #30. A sign of a great comic book storyteller, both with the writing and art, is making a quiet scene interesting, and Terry Moore is a master. I came in around the last dozen issues of his series Strangers In Paradise, and just had to get his next series, which is this title, Echo. Terry Moore is on my short list of comic book creators who I will follow from series to series. I can't wait to find out what his next series will be.

From the back issue bins:

Superman Y2K (February 2000, Triangle # 2000: 7) *  *  * 1/2

As I continue filling in the gap in my Superman comic book collection from the early 2000's, this special issue took place at the turn of the century, and tapped into the Y2K scare (which turned into a lot of worry about nothing). The story weaved three main plot htreads, snippets of history in the development of Metropolis from the original settlers to today, the Millennial celebration, and a new threat by Brainiac. I didn't like how Superman talked pretty rough to the badf guy, if only to scare him. To me, it's too out of character for the Man of Steel. Otherwise, it's a solid story that makes the coming of the new century more than just a cheap gimmick. And now on to the next issue in my quest.

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Preview #27: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, December 15, 2010:

Superman #706 (DC)
Next Men #1 (IDW)

I'll be hitting Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida on Saturday to pick up my titles, probably after my wife and I take our daughter to lunch. She turns 19 tomorrow. Time flies! We finally reach the halfway point of Superman's walk across America. I wish he would pick up the pace. While some of the later issues have been pretty good, this whole storyline leaves me cold. Forest Gump did it better. I'm adding a new title to my pull list. Next Men was John Byrne's creator owned title, originally published by Dark Horse Comics in the 1990's. It was a realistic look at how super powers would affect human physiology, with a large dose of suspense and intrigue. Byrne ended the series after the 30th issue. That was around the collapse of the comic book industry mid-decade. He stated in the back of the last issue that he would bring the title back when he felt the time was right. That time has finally arrived. After some fine work at IDW on their Star Trek titles, they will publish the next installment of the Next Men. I can't wait.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

From The Comic Shop #17: Wednesday, December 8, 2010:

On my way to pick up my daughter from the University of Central Florida (whose football team will play the Goergia Bulldogs in the Liberty Bowl on Friday, December 31 - GO KNIGHTS!), I left home early enough to swing by my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida, to pick up my comic books.

Action Comics Annual #13 (DC)
Adventure Comics #521 (DC)
Terry Moore's Echo #26 (Abstract Studios)

and from the back issue bins:

Superman: Y2K, February 2000 (DC)

as I continue to fill the hole in my comic book collection from the early 2000's when I wasn't collecting comic books for a while, because of no local comic shop, and I hadn't found a shorter route to Acme Comics.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Issue #103: Comic Book For The Week Of Wednesday, November 24, 2010:

Action Comics #985 (DC) *  *  *  1/2

Lex Luthor continues his quest for the black power spheres as well as his tour of the DC villains, this time the immortal Vandal Savage. The creepiest part of the stroy is when it answers the question: yes he does -- with his Lois-bot. It shows just how creepy and twisted Luthor is, when he wakes up in bed with her - it. Forget Superman finding out. If I were Lex, I wouldn't want Lois Lane to find out. The story jumps through time as we see Savage in possession of two black power spheres. Savage is in a quest through the centuries as well, searching for someone we know to be the Lex Luthor of the 21st Century. Savage's centuries spanning plan comes to fruition, and it ends with both Vandal Savage and Luthor clashing with conflicting plans. The Jimmy Olsen second feature more enjoyable, with Olsen boring the partiers from outer space to death. It ends with Lois promising to help Jimmy with a personal issue, and her expression in the last panel is pretty creepy. I don't think the artist meant for her to have that expression. I might enjoy this Luthor story more if the Superman title was better, and if the Man of Steel wasn't missing from the title that gave him birth.

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My Pull List Issue #102: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, November 17, 2010:

Superman #705 (DC)
Legion Of Super-Heroes #7

and from the Superman back issue bins at Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida

Action Comics #762 (Triangle #: 200 #9) (DC)

Superman #705 (DC) *  *  *

The John Cassaday cover sums up the subject of the issue, domestic abuse. Superman enters Mount Prospect, Illinois, and the citizens are nervous about the Man of Steel entering their city. In the background of one panel is a woman who resembles a character from a previous issue, and is in one of Clark Kent's nightmares in this issue. If collateral damage from superhero/villain battles were a part of real life, I'd be nervous too. If a superhero was coming to town, was a super villain far behind? Clark and Lois continue to spend time together in the evening, which I'm glad for in this storyline, since the rest of Superman's supporting cast are not a part of the story. The Man of Steel discovers a case of domestic abuse. I was pleasantly surprised that the issue was not as heavy handed in handling the message as past DC stories have been. The situation was handled in a real and convincing manner. That feeling was ruined by Superman's last coment in this issue:

All it needed ... all it really needed -- was someone, anyone, with a pair of eyes, a voice, a phone -- and ten cents worth of compassion.

I can understand Superman's anger over the abuse the wife and son experienced. But I thought that the purpose of this storyline was to have the Man of Steel reconnect with humanity. Instead, he continues to act as if he is above everyone. The lesson isn't sinking in, yet. I wonder when Sueprman will begin to get the message. This isn't the same Superman from the end of the War Of The Supermen storyline. And he isn't a sympathetic character. Is this how J. Michael Straczynski sees the Man of Steel? We don't see the same character.

Legion Of Super-Heroes #7 (DC) *  *  *  *

A Legion team  assist the Science Police with a murder investigation of a United Planets Councilor. They discover a clue that leads them to suspect Durlans are behind it, in time to engage a few of them in a fight. Mon-El and Earth Man have a meeting of minds over Shadow Lass, and you can imagine how that goes. The second story of the issue, involving Brainiac 5 and Chameleon Boy going to Naltor, where B-5confronts Professor Li over the secret he has discovered about her. Legion and Adventures continue to be the best DC comics I'm reading this year.

Wish I could say the same about Superman. I don't enjoy being negative about Superman. I'm going to see this storyline, as well as the Lex Luthor story over in Action Comics, until they end, and see what comes next. I've read a lot of Superman stories over the years, and they aren't all great. If next year's stories, which DC has announced will involve the return of Doomsday, continue to underwhelm me, I will consider dropping the Superman titles for a while. But I won't cross that bridge until I get there.

Action Comics #762, February 200 (Triangle # 2000: #9) (DC) *  *  *  *

This is the first back issue of my quest to fill the hole in my Superman comic book collection. This was a Christmas story, which began with Clark and Lois decorating their apartment and discussing  the problems of gift shopping for a super hero. It's a humorous scene when Superman agreed to do his Christmas shopping as Clark Kent and braved the horde of rabid holiday shoppers. Lois had some second thoughts about making her husband do his Christmas shopping as a mere mortal, and finding another reason why she loves him. The magical character La Enchantadora, who I am not familiar with, was also doing her holiday shopping at the same mall where Clark discovered The Demon playing the mall Santa. Superman and The Demon battle over the true meaning of Christmas. I was surprised that I liked this issue more than what I expected I would. I also like Plastic Man;s version of Jingle Bells, "Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Barda laid an egg..." Just don't tell her I said so.

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Preview #27: Comic Books For The Week Of Thursday, December 2, 2010:

Action Comics Annual #13 (DC)
Adventure Comics #521 (DC)

Since I get paid on Friday, I will take a peek at the Superman back issues at my local comic shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida. I hope everyone here in the United States had a nice Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family. Because of the holiday, comic books here in the States will be released on Thursday, December 2, 2010.

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From The Comic Shop #16: Saturday, November 27, 2010:

Action Comics #895 (DC)

This week was between paydays, so I only had enough money to buy this issue, and had to skip checking out the Superman back issues.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

From The Comic Shop #15: Saturday November 20, 2010:

Superman #705 (DC) So far, I've liked recent issues, but they haven't changed my lack of enthusiasm for the reasons behind Superman's walk across America. Forrest Gump did it better. No matter how much I enjoy the story, I'm left with the same feeling,; walk faster, Superman, and get this thing over.

Legion Of Super-Heroes #7 (DC) This new Legion series has been more enjoyable. I have to say I prefer Paul Levitz's writing over J. Michael Straczynski.

From the Back Issue Bins:

Action Comics #762, February 2000 (DC)

I've decided to begin filling in the hole in my Superman comic book collection which extends from 2000 to 2003-4. I started today with this issue of Action Comics. I stopped collecting for a few years when there was no longer a local comic book shop where I live. For a while I went to Acme Comics, but I took what I later discovered was the long way, and decided it was too far to drive. I started collecting again when a new comic shop opened nearby. It has since went out of business, and I found a shorter route to Acme, so now it is my local shop. Even if a new shop opens near me, I don't think I will switch. Acme has been in business for 30 years, through all of the booms and busts of the comic book industry. I know it won't be going anywhere.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Preview #26: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, November 17, 2010:

Superman #705 (DC)

It's harder to hold any more enthusiasm for this storyline than what I was barely able to muster before, since J. Michael Straczynski jumped ship to concentrate on the sequel to Superman: Earth One, the graphic novel. Dan Didio seems to be hailing it as the "good" Superman, or else I'm reading too much into his comments. The graphic novel may be good, and I'm not knocking it sight unseen, since I really can't afford to buy it. It just seems that the powers that be at DC Comics are treating their flagship character as if he's on his deathbed. Maybe it's the ongoing lawsuit. I don;t know. It does seem that the top DC Comics management is in love with two characters, Green Lantern and Batman. After 75 years, it's hard to come up with an original idea. It shouldn't be hard to come up with a good story, While recent issues have been enjoyable, the reasons for Superman's walk across America just don't add up for me. Superman can't walk too fast for me to get this trip overwith.

Legion Of Super-Heroes #7 (DC)

On a brighter note, this has been the more enjoyable DC title that I'm reading. It is Superman related, since he is the Legion's inspiration.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Issue #101: Comic Books For The Weeks Of Wednesday, October 27 & November 3, 2010:

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, October 27, 2010:

Superman #704 (DC)
Action Comics #894 (DC)

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, November 3, 2010:

Adventure Comics #520 (DC)
Invincible #75 (DC)

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, October 27, 2010:

Superman #704 (DC) *  *  * 1/2

This issue highlights Lois Lane as Superman walks through her old home town. The title on the cover explains it all, The Road Not Taken. Lois meets her old high school flame. Not only do we get a peak at what might have been, but another lesson in why it's not always a good idea for the wife to meet an old girlfriend. There aren't any fireworks but there are a few uncomfortable moments, although things go well overall. I continue to like these stories better than I think I will, but I can't help but think that the questions Lois faced in this issue were ones she would have resolved a long time ago. It's the same feeling I fall back to with each issue of Superman's quest, which pulls my opinion of the issue down a bit.

Action Comics #894 (DC) *  *  * 1/2

This issue has generated a lot of buzz, as Luthor meets Death from the Sandman series. They have quite a philosophical conversation that, surprisingly, kept my interest. It was a good exploration of Lex's character. The issue ends on an interesting note, leading into who the villain Luthor will face next. But one of my problems with this storyline is that there are a few questions about Luthor's quest that really haven't been answered, yet. Is Lex making any progress in his search? How close is he to his final goal? Individually these have been okay stories, but as parts of an extended story it isn't it hasn't shown any progress. That makes it harder to enjoy this storyline, beyond the fact that Superman still isn't appearing in the title that first introudced the Man of Steel to the public. The Jimmy Olsen "co-feature" or backup story was more enjoyable, showing off his ability to think on his feet, as he introduces some extraterrestrial partiers to Metropolis' night life. I have to say that I enjoyed this story better than the main one in this issue.

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, November 3, 2010:

Adventure Comics #520 (DC) *  *  *  *

This issue revisits a story long time Legion fans like me are familiar with, the first Legionnaire to die. At first I thought of Ferro Lad, who had the most memorable death in Legion history, but then I remembered there was an earlier one. If you're not familiar with Legion history I won't spoil the story for you. We also learn the source of the phantom voice in Legion HQ. I didn't see it coming, but I should have, after I read the issue. What I liked about the story was that it was not just rehashing an early Legion story, but adding details to it that made it fresh again. And the Atom second feature is getting better and better, as Ray Palmer faces bigger challenges with each installment of his story.

Invincible #75 (Image) *  *  *  *  *

This milestone issue contained a milestone story worthy of a 75th issue, especially for an independent title. The Viltrumite War becomes a pitched battle, with casualties on both sides. The war takes another turn with a monumental event that changes the status quo in a big way. And the cover for the next issue which is previewed on the inside back cover promises more of the same. Writer and co-creator Robert Kirkman is unafraid to challenge his characters in any way imaginable. That's why I enjoy reading Invincible so much.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Issue #100: Catch Up Week #24, Part III: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, October 20, 2010:

I went to my local comic book store, Acme Comics, on Saturday, October 23. That day, Acme had their Halloween party and sale, with everything in the store on sale at 25% off, including new comic books. Since I only had one new title that week, I was able to take advantage of the sale and buy a few back issues I couldn't have otherwise afford.

Millennium Edition (#43): Detective Comics #359 (DC)
The Tick: Big Summer Fun Special #1 (One Shot) (New England Comics)
Superman/Batman #75 (DC)
Legion Of Super-Heroes #6 (DC)

Millennium Edition (#43) Detective Comics #359 (DC) *  *  *  *

This was one of those issues that I had as a young boy in the 1960's. Marked at $2.50, and cheaper with the sale discount, it was a nice trip down memory lane. Barbara Gordon's career as Batgirl began with sewing a costume for a masquerade party. The backup story with the Elongated Man was fun to re-read as well. His appearances in Detective Comics during the '60's made him one of my favorite second tier heroes, along with Metamorpho. It was one of those old silver age stories that holds up with time.

The Tick: Big Summer Fun Special #1 (One Shot) (New England Comics) *  *  *  *

I had lost an earlier copy of this issue some years ago, maybe loaning it to someone who never returned it, but I'm not sure. Arthur goes to a summer camp for superhero sidekicks, but it turns out to be one big seminar on pampering their superhero. Arthur refuses to stand for it, which makes him a discipline problem. The Tick also serves as a last minute replacement as a camp counselor, which only adds to the humor. Throw in a few aliens from outer space on top, and you've got another zany Tick story. It was a grat story written and drawn by Sean Wang, who has also created his own comic book story Runners.

Superman/Batman #75 (DC) *  *  *  *

This was originally released on August 18, but I did not get it when it was originally published. I had dropped this title from my subscription list a long time ago, plus it's $5.99 price tag. But I couldn't resist the main story in the issue, involving the Legion of Super-Heroes drawn by Jerry Ordway. The issue also had a great cover drawn by Frank Quitely. There are shorter features in the back of the issue. My favorites were one by Billy Tucci, a Luthor & Joker strip drawn in the style of the classic comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, and one involving Conner Kent adnd Damian. It was worth the wait.

Legion Of Super-Heroes #6 *  *  *  *

Earth Man continues to be an intriguing character, whose development has taken some unexpected turns. Shadow Lass has been full of surprises as well.  Between Earth Man and the Titan refugees, the Legion has its hands full. The backup story involving the Legion Academy was nice to see once again, as well as the call to vote for a new Leegion leader. A great marketing tool to attract readers, and I enjoyed seeing Matter Eater Lad again.

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Issue #100: Catch Up Week #24 Part II: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, October 13, 2010:

Continuing catchig up on the recent comic books I've read:

Madman #1 (Image Firsts $1.00 reprint)
Superman #703 (DC)
Adventure Comics #519 (DC)

Madman #1 (Image Firsts $1.00 reprint) *  *  *  *

Back when my son was quite a bit younger, he really liked the crossover title Superman/Madman Hullabaloo. That was my first exposure to the character of Madman. I enjoyed the zaniness of the characters and story, as well as Mike Allred's art style. It really reminded me of underground comic book artists such as Charles Burns, whose work I've never read (or underground comics in general) but have seen examples of his work. This was a fun read as well, as we get hints of Madman's origin and his first crazy adventures. If you haven't read Madman befroe, this reprint is the perfect introduction.

Superman #703 (DC) *  *  * 1/2

While I remain underwhelmed by the premise of this storyline, this is the second straight issue that has given me a pleasant surprise. For the first time in JMS's run, the events of New Krypton are brought into the plot, as well as the aftermath of War of the Supermen for the Man of Steel, through a conversation with Batman. This issue also brings in a topic that is all too often ignored in superhero coics, collateral damage. I do think that Superman would give more regard to peripheral damage, it works well in this story. The Man of Steel just needs to walk faster to get this storyline over as soon as possible.

Adventure Comics #519 (DC) *  *  *  *

This issue combines two plots, the Legion Espionage Squad going after the Khund Zaryan, and a visit to the 20th Century by another group of Legionnaires, as Brainiac checks off his own bucket list. While the Zaryan story was interesting, my favorite part of the issue was Brainiac's bucket list. This look at the early years of the Legion is a lot of fun. It adds to Legion lore without contradicting anything which came before it.

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Issue #100: Catch Up Week #23 Part I: Comic Books For The Week of Wednesday, October 6, 2010:

Time has gotten away from me more than it ever has on this blog, Now I start reeling it back in as I catch up on a month's worth of comic books. As my favorite science fiction character, Honor Harrington, would say, "Let's be about it."

Star Spangled War Stories Featuring Mademoiselle Marie #1 (One Shot) (DC)
Terry Moore's Echo #25 (Abstract Studios)
Superman: Last Family Of Krypton #3 (of 3) (DC)

Star Spangled War Stories Featuring Mademoiselle Marie #1 (One Shot) (DC) *  *  *  *

After reading Billy Tucci's mini-series Sgt. Rock: The Lost Batallion and his WWII story for DC's Holiday Special 2009, I keep my eye out for any WWII era Billy Tucci comic book story. His research is impeccable. According to some recent podcast interviews, the story in this issue was inspired by a real woman who served as a special forces operative during WWII. Mademoiselle Marie is an old DC Comics character from its war titles. The story in this issue is about one of her missions in Occupied France. The twists and turns of the mission serve as a great platform to develop Marie's character. It's worth the price of admission.

Terry Moore's Echo #25 (Abstract Studios) *  *  *  *  *

With only five more issues in this series, the action is becoming more intense with each issue. Our main characters find not only the HenRi employee they were looking for, but they also face the mysterious crazy old man. This issue is full of surprises as the plot gives up its secrets approaching its climax. I keep saying it, but this series has not had a bad issue. It will be worth buying the collected editions of this series if you haven't picked up any of the individual issues.

Superman: Last Family Of Krypton #3 (of 3) (Elseworlds/DC) *  *  *  *  *

Cary Bate's return to comic book writing was not a disappointment. This final issue unleashed the building threats against the Els, but came from some unexpected quarters. The family's own development was also an interesting part of the story. Kal-El's journey to becoming Earth's protector took an interesting path, as did the path of another DC hero. This series brought in Superman's familiar supporting cast in different and interesting ways. It was everything I enjoy in "imaginary stories."

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

From The Comic Shop #14: Saturday, November 6, 2010:

I have been to my local comic shop, Acme Comics, the last couple of weeks, but have fallen behind on this blog. I will catch up on my reviews soon. For now here's what I got today.

From last week, Wednesday, October 27, 2010:

Action Comics #894 (DC)

I have not read much of the Sandman series, but I'm looking forward to reading about Lex Luthor's encounter with Death, from the same series.

Superman #704 (DC)

I'm intrigued by this "what-if" story featuring Lois. I've been pleasantly surprised by the last few issues, but I can't wait until Superman "flies" again. The basic premise of this whole storyline just doesn't work for me.

From this week I bought the following:

Adventure Comics #520 (DC)

The cover alone has me looking forward to reading this issue. One of the hallmarks of classic Legion stories is that once in a while a Legionnaire would lose his life in the line of duty. An old time Legion fan like me knows who that first death was, but I'm anxious to read this modern look at a classic story.

Invincible #75 (Image)

This over sized hallmark issue promises to pack a big punch as the Viltrumite War storyline should have some big plot developments in this landmark issue. Robert Kirkman and crew never disappoint me with this title.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Preview #25: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, October 13, 2010:

Madman #1 (Image special $1.00 reprint)

When my son was younger he loved an issue of the Madman/Superman team-up. I liked creator Mike Allred's art, so I'm looking forward to reading this reprint of Madman's first issue.

Adventure Comics#519 (DC)

The Legion of Super-Heroes. One of two characters (or group, in this case) to get my attention in a comic book, Superman is the other.

Superman #703 (DC)

I was pleasantly surprised by the story in #702. Maybe the story in this latest issue will be as good. If only I could be excited about this storyline. Hey, Superman, could you walk a little faster?

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

From the Comic Shop #13: Saturday, October 9, 2010:

Star Spangled War Stories Featuring Mademoiselle Marie #1 (One Shot) (DC)

This was released last week, but I missed it on the rack at Acme Comics. Thanks to Marc, he pointed me to the issue when I asked about it. I'm not familiar with this character, but was interested when I heard about this issue. Plus being written by Billy Tucci, a veteran himself, was an attraction as well. I do remember reading a Batman story during the 1970's where Alfred met his daughter from his days as a British Special Forces operative during WWII. When this issue was announced, I was told that the girl's mother was none other than Mademoiselle Marie herself. I wish that I could remember the issue number(s) that Alfred plot occurred in. If any readers know the answer, please let me know. Plus, a Brian Bolland cover is a nice treat, as well.

Terry Moore's Echo #25 (Abstract Studios)

There are only five issues left in this series, and I wonder how Terry Moore will fit the story into these few issues left. I can honestly say that there has not been a disappointing issue yet in this series.

Superman: The Last Family Of Krypton #3 (of 3) (Elseworlds/DC)

I'm looking forward to reading this final issue of the mini-series, written by 1970's and 1980's DC and Superman writer Cary Bates. He has set up what promises to be an action-packed ending.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Preview #24: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, October 6, 2010:

Terry Moore's Echo #25 (Abstract Studios)
Superman: Last Family Of Krypton #3 (of 3) (Elseworlds/DC)

Well, I know this week I will be guaranteed of some great reads. Echo has been a sure thing from the first issue, just as his earlier Strangers In Paradise series. And the first two issues of Last Family Of Krypton have been excellent as well. The story has been set up for an excellent conclusion, although it might prove bittersweet for the Man of Steel. The only down side is that I will have to wait until Saturday, as I get paid on Saturday.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Issue #99: Catch Up Week #23: Comic Books For The Weeks Of Wednesday, September 9, 22 & 29, 2010:

After covering for two co-workers who went on vacation on consecutive weeks, I fell behind again on this blog.

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, September 9, 2010:

Liberty Meadows #1 ($1.00 reprint) (Image)
Adventure Comics  #518 (DC)

None of the comic books I subscribe to at Acme Comics were released on Wednesday, September 15, 2010.

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, September 22, 2010:

Secret Origins #1 (DC)
from the back issue bins. It featured the Golden Age Superman.
Legion Of Super-Heroes #5 (DC)

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, September 29, 2010:

Action Comics #893 (DC)
Powers #6 (Icon/Marvel)

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, September 9, 2010:

Liberty Meadows #1 ($1.00 reprint) (Image) *  *  *  *  *

This reprint of Frank Cho's comic strips was a must buy when I saw it. I had heard of this comic strip, and even visited the strip's website, http://www.libertymeadows.com/. Liberty Meadows is an animal sanctuary. It begins with Veterenarian Frank applying for a position there, and falling in love with animal psychiatrist Brandy. I enjoyed Cho's art style, the way he draws realistic people, combined with the cartoony style of the animals. The strips chronicle the adventures, and misadventures of the staff and animals. Cho's sense of humor made the issue a fun read. If I'm not mistaken, the entire run of the series is available in trade paperbacks.

Adventure Comics #518 (DC) *  *  *  1/2

While the rest of the Legion battle their greatest Khundish enemy, Superboy has an encounter with a mystery voice at Legion Headquarters, as well as an exhibit of one of his future enemies, as portrayed on the cover. It was a good story, but suffered a little from seeming like it was missing a chapter. Obviously it is a continuing story, but seemed to end too quickly. The Atom second feature was a good story as well. The action is starting to heat up for him.

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, September 22, 2010:

Secret Origins #1: The Golden Age Superman (DC) *  *  *  *

I couldn't resist this issue, especially the Jerry Ordway and Wayne Boring cover, showing the Earth-2, or Golden Age, Superman, Hourman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Dr. Fate and maybe The Huntress. It retells the earliest introduction of Superman in the first issues of Action Comics. It was great to see Wayne Boring's art once again, this time inked by Jerry Ordway. The issue also has an article by the issue's writer/editor, Roy Thomas, detailing the purpose of this new version of Secret Origins. The odd number issues would feature Golden Age characters, and be edited by Thomas. The even numbered issues would be dedicated to modern superheroes. The back of the issue had a previously unpublished frontpiece from the early 1940's, which belonged to Thomas. Wayne Boring gave his opinions on who drew what on the various Superman drawings, since he worked in Shuster's Cleveland studio with these same early Superman artists. I've read a reprint of the earliest Superman stories, and it was fun ti see a re-imagining of the first Superman story.

Legion Of Super-Heroes #5 *  *  *  *

The Legion continue their fight against the zenophobes, and assisting the victims of their prejudice. The plot involving Earth Man is the most interesting. The older I get, the more I enjoy character development as much as action. With each issue he is developing more depth, and delivering surprises. Speaking of surprises, we discover a few about several other characters in this issue. I enjoy the art and Paul Levitz's storytelling.

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, September 29, 2010:

Action Comics #893 (DC) *  *  *  *

Lex Luthor is on a different kind of safari in Africa when he is met by Gorilla Grod. Luthor seems to have thought of everything, until the end of the story, which leads to a highly publicized story next issue with a certain Vertigo character. We also get an interesting twist to the workings of Grodd's telepathic powers, which is not very appetizing. I also enjoyed the first chapter of the Jimmy Olsen second feature. The only thing that can make the issue better will be the return of Superman, in hopefully seven more issues, or so.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

From The Comic Shop #13: Wednesday, September 29, 2010:

Action Comics #893 (DC)
Powers #6 (Icon/Marvel)

The Jimmy Olsen second feature looks interesting, and it's always a good week when a new issue of Powers is published.

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From The Comic Shop #12: Saturday, September 25, 2010:

Legion Of Super-Heroes #5 (DC)

Secret Origins #1 (DC)

After browsing through the store I picked it up out of one of Acme Comics' back issue bins. O couldn't resist the price, $2.50, but mostly for the subject of the issue: The Golden Age Superman.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

From The Comic Shop #11: Comic Books For Saturday, September 11, 2010:

1It was another light week for me at my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida. But that's okay, the month's still young.

Liberty Meadows #1 (special $1.00 reprint) (Image)

I'm familiar with this title and creator Frank Cho, even visiting his website. So I knew that I wanted ti read this collection of his Liberty Meadows comic strips. It looks like it's going to be a lot of fun to read.

Adventure Comics #518 (DC)

Another issue in this look at the early years of the Legion, especially with the cover, which depicts Superboy and Doomsday.

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Issue #98: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, September 1, 2010:

Fables #6 (special $1.00 reprint) (Vertigo/DC)
Superman: Last Family Of Krypton #2 (of 3) (Elseworlds/DC)

Fables #6 (special $1.00 reprint) (Vertigo/DC) *  *  *  *  *

Even though this is not a reprint of the first issue of Fables, it is worthy of a special reprint because it is the first issue of the title's second storyline, Animal Farm. It picks up where issue #5 left off. As punishment for her involvement in the events of the first Fables storyline, Legends In Exile, Red Riding Hood will have to go to the Fables farm. At their farm live all of the fairy tale characters who cannot pass for "mundies", like the Three Little Pigs. She is taken there by her sister, Snow White. Without spoiling that first storyline I'll just say that it was a mystery. The basic premise of the title Fables, which is still being published, is that the Fable characters of fairy tales have been driven out of their various kingdoms by an enemy known only as The Adversary. A few centuries ago these exiles settled in the area around what became New York City. The regular humans, or "mundies" (for mundanes) don't know that living and breathing fairy tale characters live among them.  I have read the first Fables trade paperback, but even if you haven't, there is enough exposition in the natural flow of the story to give the reader an idea of what has happened previously. It fits in the story without feeling like it's patched into the issue, interrupting the flow of the story. I can't wait to read the rest of the story.

Superman: Last Family Of Krypton #2 (of 3) (Elseworlds/DC) *  *  *  *  *

This is as good of a mini-series as I had hoped. Not only do we get to see interesting versions of Superman's supporting cast, but it's just a great story, period! The issue covers quite a few years in the lives of the El family. As Gary Frank is drawing Christopher Reeve as Superman in Superman: Secret Origin, Last Family artist Renato Arlem portrays the teen Kal-El as a certain super powered teen in a current television show. Kal-El's siblings face their lives on Earth in different ways. Kryptonite makes its way to Earth, and some groups actively work to rid the planet of Kryptonians. My favorite part of the issue was the twist ending. What a pleasant surprise. I did not see that coming. the final issue can't be published soon enough.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

My Pull List Issue #97: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, August 25, 2010:

All-New Wolverine Saga (Free One Shot) (Marvel)
The Goon #1 (special $1.00 reprint) (Dark Horse)
Guarding The Globe #1 (of 6) (Skybound/Image)
Science Dog #1 (of 1) (Skybound/Image)
Action Comics #892 (DC)
Legion Of Super-Heroes #4 (DC)
Invincible #74 (Skybound/Image)
Superman: Secret Origin #6 (of 6) (DC)
Terry Moore's Echo #24 (Abstract Studios)

It's been a while since I had a week as big as this one at my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida. There wasn't a bad read in the bunch. Some I liked better than others, but that's how it goes.

All-New Wolverine Saga (Free One Shot) (Marvel) *  *  *

 This was a freebie from my comic shop, so I thought, "Why not'" and picked it up just to see what was going on with Wolverine, without having to buy all of the titles Wolverine appears in. Honestly, the man never sleeps. Is that part of his mutant healing factor? This issue wasn't a traditional comic book story, but a text summary of recent plot lines in the Marvel Universe, with reprints of various comic book panels serving as illustrations. I was most interested in the early pages, when it summarized Wolverine's origins. The rest of the issue was okay, but I have to admit I'm not much of an X-Men fan. There are too many characters spread over too many titles for me to keep up with. I'll stick with the Legion of Super-Heroes. Yeah, there's a million characters there also, but at least they're limited to one or two titles. Actually, this is a great way for readers to catch up on Wolverine, if they are interested in the Mutant world. It's a great marketing tool for Marvel. And any time a comic book publisher tries to boost interest in one of its characters without trying to squeeze another buck out of the reader, that's a good thing, and worth another ( * ) just for that.

The Goon #1 (special $1.00 reprint) (Dark Horse) *  *  *  *

I'm enjoying these $1.00 reprints of first issues or other important issues. I'd seen The Goon on the shelves of comic shops, but never had the extra money to try it out. This issue shows the origin of The Goon, the main character of course, then jumps right into the action. The Goon faces off against a number of enemies. To call the Goon a hero would not be accurate, nor even an anti-hero. It might be most accurate to say he is the least evil of the people he faces in his city. Eric Powell's art is reminiscent of comic book, and comic strip, art from bygone decades, without being as crude. I enjoy his art style and it fits the story. The way Powell draws the Goon's friend Franky reminds me of the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The title has a horror slant, so it may not be for all comic book readers, especially underage ones. Horror fans should enjoy The Goon. It combines horror and humor in a unique way.

Guarding The Globe #1 (of 6) (Skybound/Image) *  *  *  *

The Guardians of the Globe is the Justice League, or the Avengers, in the Invincible comic book. Without giving away any spoilers, they have had their ups and downs in the title. In the first issue of this mini-series, writer and creator Robert Kirkman has the head of the Guardians, Cecil, beef up the membership. We are introduced to a number of potential candidates, and a future threat is revealed. The story is filled with Kirkman's strengths, strong characterizations and an ability to weave many plot threads into each issue in a way that advances the story. If I had more room in my comic book budget I would buy the remaining issues of this mini-series. I still recommend this title to anyone who is interested in any comic book written, or in this case, co-written by Robert Kirkman.

Science Dog #1 (of 1) (Skybound/Image) *  *  *  *  *

This issue collects the previous Science Dog back-up stories which appeared in every 25 issues of Invincible. Since issue #25 of Invincible will be published next month, along with a new Science Dog back-up story, this is a great opportunity to catch up on the previous installments in the action canine's story. I have the previous issues that Science Dog appeared in, but I could not pass up this opportunity to get all of them collected in one issue. They are a lot of fun. Science Dog has an interesting origin, as well as a supporting cast. He is an action hero who happens to be a dog. In the back of the issue is a short essay written by Robert Kirkman, telling the origin of Science Dog, and how he came to be published. Pick it up.

Action Comics #892 (DC) *  *  *

This issue continues Lex Luthor's quest for ultimate power in the aftermath of his involvement in the Blackest Night story. This time Luthor has hired Deatstroke to examine an anomaly in the Antarctic. I felt I was missing something that I might have learned from the Blackest Night story. The anomaly affects Luthor's team in strange ways. I really didn't know much more about the anomaly at the end of the issue than before I read it. Plus I miss Superman appearing in the title that first introduced him to the world. Hurry back, Superman!

Legion Of Super-Heroes #4 (DC) *  *  *  *

Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad and Lightning Lass follow the trail of the Ranzz children, the Legion faces another election for Legion leader, Earth Man is approached by an anti-alien group, Naltor assists the Titan refugees, the search for a new Green Lantern continues and we learn there's more to the Legion Flight Ring that Brainiac 5 gave Earth Man than we know. Paul Levitz keeps a diverse number of plots going and advancing in this issue. Is he who Robert Kirkman learned it from? The Ranzz's show why you don't want to mess with the Legion. Even a small group of Legionnaires are more than a match for most adversaries. There were one of two panels of the big fight scene that I wasn't sure what exactly was going on, but it wasn't a major problem. The main question I had after the fight was that I thought the Legion had a ban on killing. But maybe the Legion wasn't totally responsible. Still, another solid Legion story.

Invincible #74 (Skybound/Image) *  *  *  *  *

The Viltrumite War intensifies, and we see the developments of the Graysons. We get more of a peek inside Viltrumite society in the midst of the battle, which covers most of the issue. The Viltrumite mole within the Coalition of Planets is also revealed. The Tech Jacket back up story was fun, but he's just not one of my favorite Kirkman characters. Maybe I haven't seen enough of him yet. It will also have a new Science Dog story in the back of the issue, as Kirkman does every 25 issues. Invincible  is not losing any steam, after such a long run. If anything, it's building up to a spectacular ending to this story. And it also makes me wonder what Mark Grayson's world is going to be like when this war is over. That's how Robert Kirkman and crew keep me coming back every month.

Superman: Secret Origin #6 (of 6) (DC) *  *  *  *

After a few months delay, this issue is finally published. Overall it was worth the wait. This retooling of Superman's origin, a "soft" reboot, if you will, reached a satisfying conclusion. Superman faced his first major challenge as a superhero, and shows his inexperience since this is at the beginning of his crime fighting career. Not only is Superman's origin tinkered with, but Metallo's as well. This was a good Superman story, in that the Man of Steel faced a major challenge and had to think his way out of it. Sometimes that's missing in a Superman battle. Some writers don't realize that Superman's greatest super power is his brain. Too many times he overpowers his opponent with little thinking involved. I enjoyed reading as Superman overcame each struggle in this climatic fight. This origin tied in very tightly with the recently concluded New Krypton story. Too bad this issue was not published on time. It might have had more impact, but it stands up well enough on its own. This series didn't live up to the hype DC tried to drum up for it, calling it a "game changer", but then I'm too old to really get excited for the typical American comic book hype. Yes, I'm that old. Gary Frank's art was great as usual. His intense eyes on the faces he draws don't bother me as much as it does some readers. It just gives the characters more of an emotional depth. Now if only the Grounded story in Superman  could take off. Secret Origin has now finished the best Superman story I've read in recent months.

Terry Moore's Echo #24 (Abstract Studios) *  *  *  *  *

I've heard the old saying, "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer," but I've never seen it illustrated quite like the story in this issue. The mystery of the alloy deepens as we see more of its effects on Julie and Ivy. They, and Dillon,  race to stop impending disaster as the series is wrapping up in the next six issues. Their quest leads them to one of HeNRI's employees. Writer and artist Terry Moore is as good as Robert Kirkman at combining character development and action into an excellent comic book story. When this series is complete, I'll be sure to subscribe to his next series, as long as he creates comic books.

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Preview #23: Comic Books For The Week Of Thursday, September 9, 2010:

Because of the Labor Day holiday, new comic book day will be on Thursday, next week, And thanks to my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida for releasing the new comic book list early. Another light week, after a big day for my subscription list two weeks ago.

Liberty Meadows #1 ($1.00 special reprint) (Image Comics)
I've read some of creator Frank Cho's strips at his website, but have never read any of the Liberty Meadows comic books. I'm looking forward to checking it out.

Adventure Comics #518 (DC)
This title is serving as a home for tales of the early Legion years, without contradicting any of the classic Legion stories. It's more of a fill-in-the-blank title. Other than Superman, the Legion is my second favorite character(s).

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From The Comic Shop #10: Saturday, September 4, 2010:

Fables #6 (First issue of Fables' Animal Farm storyline. Special $1.00 reprint.) (Vertigo/DC)
I've read and enjoyed the first Fables trade paperback, and have listened to a podcast discuss the Animal Farm story in volume two. I hope to read it eventually, but for now I'll settle for this special reprint issue.


Superman: Last Family Of Krypton #2 (of 3) (Elseworlds/DC)

The first issue was fantastic, and I can't wait to read where the story is heading in this second issue.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Preview #22: Comic Book For The Week Of Wednesday, September 1, 2010:

Wow! It's hard to believe it's September already! After a big comic book haul last week, the walet catches a break this time, with only one title in my subscription file. I'm anxious for Saturday to get here so I can go to my local comic book store, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida.

Superman: Last Family Of Krypton #2 (of 3) (DC)
The first issue of this three issue mini-series was fantastic, so I'm anxious to read this second one. The first issue set up some interesting plotlines, and I'm looking forward to see where they lead. To read my comments about the first issue, read Issue #96 of this blog.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Issue #96: Catch Up Week #22 Part II: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, August. 18, 2010:

Dark Horse Comics special $1.00 reprints:
Hellboy #1
Usagi Yojimbo #1

I didn't have any of my regular titles being published this week, but I couldn't resist these two special first issue reprints.
Hellboy #1 *  *  *  *  *

I had already read the trade paperback of the first story, Seeds Of Destruction, but couldn't resist the opportunity to buy the first issue. I've only seen the first movie. While I haven't seen the second movie or the two (I think) animated features, I do enjoy the character Hellboy. I remember when he first appeared on the shelves back in the 1990's. If I could go back in time I'd make sure I bought the title from the beginning, and have a lot more issues to read from my collection. You can't miss with a story combining demons and Nazis.

Usagi Yojimbo #1 *  *  *  *  *

I have heard several interviews with creator/writer/artist Stan Sakai, which were very interesting. In the past I couldn't get into the title, but after reading this reprint of its first issue, I'm hooked. I'll have to scour the area libraries for trade paperbacks of the title to begin catching up. In the first few pages Stan summarizes Usagi's start as a samauri who lost his Lord in battle and began his warrior pilgrimage. He enteres a new town and meets a new friend. He gets involved with the town's crime wave and corruption. This issue introduces various Japanese words, with brief definitions, without breaking the story's flow. It's a great way to learn about life in feudal Japan through anthropomorphic characters. I can't wait to learn more.

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Issue #96: Catch Up Week # 22. Part I: Comic Books For The Weeks Of Wednesday, August 4 & 11, 2010:

Comic book for the Week of Wednesday, August 4, 2010:
Superman: Last Family Of Krypton #1 (of 3) (DC)

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, August 11, 2010:
Adventure Comics #517 (DC)
Superman #702 (DC)

Superman: Last Family Of Krypton #1 (of 3) (Elseworlds/DC) *  *  *  *  *

Growing up during the 1960's I loved the "imaginary stories" that I read in Superman comics. I wasn't going to miss this reintroduction of the Elseworlds imprint, which was DC's modernized version of those imaginary stories from the '60's. This issue was not a disappointment. It also served as the first comic book story from Superman writer Cary Bates, who worked for DC from the 1970's and 1980's. The basic premise of this story is that the entire El family, and not just baby Kal-El,  survived Krypton's destruction to arrive safely on Earth. Not only do we see how such an event would change history, but we see how each member of the El family has different struggles adjusting to a new life on Earth. Superman's familiar supporting castis reintroduced in different and interesting ways. The characters are set up to tell an interesting story in the remaining two issues. Cary Bates hasn't lost his touch with writing a comic book story, and has adjusted to today's more sophisticated storytelling style, when compared to the typical DC comic book from the 1970's, just fine.

Superman #702 (DC) *  *  *  *

While I still do not care for J. Michael Straczynski's basic premise for this current storyline, I was pleasantly surprised with this issue. The previous issue, the first full issue of the current plot, really did not seem to be much of a story, just a series of disconnected scenes of Superman's interactions as a cross-country pedestrian. There was an actual story in this new issue. It was Superman's version of dealing with illegal immigration, of a different kind. Another thing that I enjoyed about this story was how well it showed Superman inspiring others by his example. And the John Cassaday cover is another treat.

Adventure Comics #517 (DC) *  *  *  *  *

While the regular Legion  title features the current Legionnaires, Adventure has settled in as a flashback Legion title, showing its early days. What I enjoy about writer Paul Levitz's approach is that, unlike other writers who explore the past of a title, he does not contradict anything that has happened in past Legion stories. He fills in the blanks of early Legion history, and in an interesting way. In this issue, Levitz shows how Legion founders Imra Ardeen, Rokk Krinn and Garth Ranzz settle in to their new life. The rest of the United Planets, and especially the Science Police, don't expect much of these teens, and they have to prove themselves. And the three Legionnaires are still geting to know each other, which leads to a few surprises which haven;t been revealed before. I'm enjoying how Paul Levitz is making early Legion history new again.

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From The Comic Shop #9: Saturday, August 29, 2010!

After several weeks of few or no comics, this was a big day. Not only did I get quite a number of my regular titles, but the staff of my local comic shop, Acme Comics, added two titles that were spin-offs of one of my regular books. Another example of their fine service!

All-New Wolverine Saga (Marvel) A free comic book that summarizes recent Wolverine storylines. I was going to ask for it, just to read what's going on, but it was already put in my bag. I don't read the Wolverine title, or any of Marvel's books other than Powers.

Guarding The Globe #1 (of 6) (Skybound/Image) This is the first issue of a spin-off of the Robert Kirkman version of the Justice League or Avengers, depending on your preference. I won't be picking up the rest of the mini-series for budgetary reasons, but I couldn't resist checking out this particular issue. A Robert Kirkman comic book is never a waste of time. This week marks the first Robert Kirkman titles to boast his creator imprint Skybound with Image, at least of the ones I follow.

Science Dog Special #1 (One Shot Issue) (Skybound/Image) This is a reprint of the back issue stories that appeared in Invincible. Science Dog is Mark Grayson's favorite comic book superhero. It's nice to have those stories conveniently gathered in one issue to read.

The Goon #1 (Dark Horse Comics) This is another of a series of reprints of first issues that many comic book publishers are distributing as a marketing tool to expose their titles to a wider audience. I've taken advantage of a number of them, as posted in this blog. Even though I can't add all of them to my pull list it's fun to expand my comic book horizons.

And now to our regular comic book pull list:

Action Comics #892 (DC) This Lex Luthor storyline is very interesting, but it's sad that DC seems to be featuring everybody other than Superman, who's only solo feature is in his own title.

Legion Of Super-Heroes #4 (DC) I can't wait to read this issue, especially after the reveal on the last page of the previous issue!

Superman: Secret Origins #6 (of 6) (DC) It's been a few months waiting for this issue. I think it will be worth the wait. My favorite issues were #2, with thr re-introduction of the Clark Kent Smallville Superboy, and especially #3, returning Superboy to membership in the 30th Century Legion of Super-Heroes.

Invincible #74 (Skybound/Image) The Viltumite War, as the banner announces on the top of the cover, continues the story that the entire series has been building toward since the very first issue. Which means that there will be a lot of red on the pages. Not for the weak of stomach.

Terry Moore's Echo #24 (Abstract Studios) Terry Moore is building a big head of steam toward the climax of this title. He's quickly bringing all of the plot threads together to what promises to be a very exciting final issue around #30.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Preview #21: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday: August 25, 2010:

After having a number of weeks with slim or none comic book titles, this is a big week for me. It's nice to know that I've got my pull list trimmed to a managable size financially that I've got it covered even before payday next Friday. Thanks to my local comic book store, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida, http://acme-superstore.com/, for listing next week's releases early, for making this post possible before the beginning of next week.

Action Comics #892 (DC)
Invincible #74 (Image)
Legion Of Super-Heroes #4 (DC)
Superman: Secret Origins #6 (of 6) (DC)
Terry Moore's Echo #24 (Abstract Studios)
The Goon #1 (Dark Horse Comics) Another special $1.00 introductory reprint of another hit series, which has become popular with most comic book publisers. It's a nice marketing tool, and a way for budget minded comic book readers like me to sample titles we might not otherwise be able to afford to try.

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Preview #20 & From The Comic Shop #9: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, August 18, 2010:

This week, my Wednesday off was a little different. I had some errands to do, so I decided to go to my local comic book store then, instead of waiting until Saturday. Actually, nothing on my pull list was published this week, and normally I wouldn't bother going to my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida http://acme-superstore.com/. But this week, two $1.00 reprints of first issues were released that caught my interest. I had some extra spending money to spare, so I decided to try them. I've been aware of them, but have not really read them before.

Hellboy #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
Usagi Yojimbo #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

I have read the first Hellboy trade paperback, Hellboy: Seeds Of Destruction, before. but  I couldn't pass up the chance of owning at least one issue of that title. I've also enjoyed listening to several podcast interviews with Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai, but had never read any issues of his title before. This was a perfect opportunity to familiarize myself with the rabbit samurai.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

From The Comic Shop #8: Saturday, August 14, 2010:

Superman #702 (DC)
Hoping this issue is better than the previous issue, which began the new storyline Grounded. If it actually tells a story that would be an improvement.

Adventure Comics #517 (DC)
It's great to have the Legion back better than ever! And twice a month to boot.

Superman: The Last Family Of Krypton (Elseworlds / DC)
I've loved the Elseworlds stories ever since they were called "Imaginary Stories" when I was a boy during the 1960's. I've been looking forward to this three issue mini-series ever since it was first announced. I even trimmed a few titles from my pull list to make room for this title. I'll be reading this book after the first two titles this week. I like to save the best for last.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Preview #19: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, August 11, 2010:

Adventure Comics #517 (DC)
I am really enjoying the return of the Legion, and of Paul Levitz as Legion writer. So far Adventure and Legion Of Super-Heroes are as good as past Levitz Legion stories.

Superman #702 (DC)
After several years of great to decent Superman stories, this new storyline didn't work for me in its first issue. I'm hoping this second issue of the new plot will be better and give some direction to where the story is going, other than the fact that Superman is walking west across the country.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Issue # 95: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, July 28, 2010:

Action Comics #891 (DC) *  *  *  1/2

This was a clever story about some of Lex Luthor's power fantasies, and the villain Master Mind. I don't want to say anything more about the plot because I'm afraid to give away anthing important. All I'll say is that how Luthor wraps up the story shows why he's one of DC's top villains.

What pulled my rating down a little is, quite honestly, some splashover from my less than enthusiastic reaction to the current Superman story. It's just too bad that Luthor is getting the better stories while the Man of Steel is walking cross country to find himself. Superman follows Forest Gump. Not.

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Preview #18: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, August 4, 2010:

Superman: Last Family Of Krypton #1 (of 3) (DC)

This looks like it might be my favorite Superman story of the month, if not for the next three.

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

From The Comic Shop #7: Saturday, July 31, 2010:

Action Comics #891 (DC)

Lex Luthor continues his quest for power. Another slim week, but that will change soon enough.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Comic Book News #1: John Byrne's Next Men & All-Star Superman!

This past weekend I glanced at the headlines coming out of the San Diego ComiCon, but did not follow them closely. There weren't any stories that caught my eye or excieted me, but then maybe I'm just showing my age. But the other day I saw two comic book stories that did catch my attention and get me excited.

Beginning in December 2010, IDW Publishing will print new issues of John Byrne's creator owned series, Next Men. It was originally published by Dark Horse Comics beginning in 1992 and ran for 31 issues (beginning with an issue #0) through 1994. The series ended on a cliffhanger and John Byrne had planned to continue it in the future. Tomorrow never came, as Byrne did not feel the time was right to bring it back for various reasons. With his recent work for IDW on the Star Trek licensed comic books John Byrne has begun creating new comic book stories on a regular basis again. Apparently the time is now right for Next Men  to return.

I bought every issue as they were published, and I still have them. The Next Men were government created superheroes as part of a secret project. What made these heroes unique were that their powers affected their individual physiologies. One hero had vision powers, and so his pupils filled his eyes. Another hero ran very fast, and so his leg muscles were muscled out of proportion to his upper body. One hero was invulnerable, but could not sense hot or cold. The stories took many twists and turns, as the team were on the run from government agents on their trail. I don't know if there will be any reprints of the original stories, but the plan is to continue the story from where it left off.

When I go to my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida http://acme-superstore.com/ this Saturday, I will be sure to sign up for the series.

The other comic book story I saw that excited me was the announcement that comic book writer and editor Dwayne McDuffie will adapt the comic book mini-series All-Star Superman for a Warner Premiere DVD animated movie. I've bought all but the last two movies, only because I'm tightening my belt financially, but I will be buying this one the day the movie appears on store shelves. Created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely, All-Star Superman ranks among my all-time favorite Superman comic book stories. Frank Quitely has a unique but excellent art style, and his Superman was as iconic as any Man of Steel ever drawn. With Warner Premiere's reputation of adapting the art style of the comic stories for the movies, I'm looking forward to seeing Quitely's style put to motion.

Now these were comic book stories to get excited about, at least for an older comic book reader like me.

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Issue #94: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, July 21, 2010:

DC Universe Legacies #3 (of 10) (DC)
My local comic shop, Acme Comics of Longwood, Florida http://acme-superstore.com/, was sold out of this issue when I got there last Saturday. I decided not to order this issue because I was dropping it anyway, so that I could afford to buy the upcoming mini-series Superman: Last Family Of Krypton, especially since this new title will carry a cover price of $4.99.

Legion Of Super-Heroes #3 (DC) *  *  *  *

Even with an extended 30 page issue it is packed with story and juggles multiple plotlines, staples of Paul Levitz Legion stories of old. Not only do we have Earth Man dealing with being a Green Lantern, we continue the quest of Saturn Girl, and her husband Lightning Lad, to find their children. The Legion also continues its battle against Saturn Queen, and the refugees from Titan continue their struggle for survival. This sereis, as written by Paul Levitz, is not a quick read. There's a lot of story to go through, which makes it a worthwhile read for the cover price of $3.99.

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Preview #17: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, July 28, 2010:

Action Comics #891 (DC)

Yeah, another slim week, but my comic book budget is getting a well earned rest, so I can't complain. Plus, there's plenty of comic books that will  be published that will fill my budget soon enough.

It's early yet, but comparing Action Comics #890 with Superman #701, it seems that so far the Lex Luthor story in Action is better than the Grounded story in Superman. And that's sad.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

From The Comic Shop #6: Saturday, July 24, 2010:

Legion Of Super-Heroes #3 (DC)

Also published this week was the third issue of DC Universe Legacies #3 (of 10) (DC). I had bought the first two issues for this mini-series and enjoyed it very much. But I had planned to drop it after this third issue because I wanted to read the upcoming Superman: Last Family Of Krypton mini-series next month. I needed to drop something to fit it into my budget. Acme was out of the third issue of Legacies, and, with Last Family priced at $4.99, I decided not to ask for the latest issue of Legacies in order to have more money for that mini-series.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

issue #93: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, July 14, 2010:

Superman #701 (DC)
Adventure Comics #516 (DC)
Terry Moore's Echo #23 (Abstract Studios)

Superman #701 (DC) *  *  *

I can't remember the last time, if ever, when I rated a Superman issue only 3 *'s, but that's all I can give it. I liked it better than I thought I would, but writer Straczynski's basic premise still isn't grabbing me. My favorite moments were when Superman does what he always does, help those in need. That doesn't sound like a Superman who is out of touch with humanity. What didn't seem like the Man of Steel were the cryptic comments he gave everyone and the quotes by Thoreau he cited to one bystander. This issue seemed less of a story than a series of vignettes. After reading the issue I don't have an idea where the story is heading, unless it's just going to wander along like Superman. Lois Lane makes a brief appearance, and I have to say that woman has the patience of a saint. After her husband has been off planet, now he's walking cross country. She is more tilerant of him than my wife would be with me. the best thing about this issue was the John Cassaday cover. For some more detailed thoughts about this new storyline, Grounded, go to My Pull List Special Issue #1: Superman: Grounded - Early Thoughts! at http://mypulllist.blogspot.com/2010/07/special-issue-1-superman-grounded-early.html.

Adventure Comics #516 (DC) *  *  *  *  *

This issue contained the last will and testament of R. J. Brande. It's kind of a re-telling of the Legion origin, but with the truth behind the legends angle to it. That's an original approach that we shouldn't be surprised came from writer Paul Levitz. R. J. comes across as more human, complete with his own foibles.We learn the real purpose behind his founding of the Legion, and his thoughts about the small group of Legionnaires who were called to witness the reading of his will. This was a great character issue from a great character writer. There's enough Legion stories for two titles, and Paul Levitz is handling both of them well.

Terry Moore's Echo (Abstract Studios) *  *  *  *  *

Julie and Ivy continue their quest, while Dillon becomes interested in one of the HeNRI engineers. And we discover another way that the alloy is affecting Julie. This was kind of an in between issue, setting up the plot for future issues, but that's not a bad thing. Their interactions develop the characters well, and the story has a lot of depth as a result. And the awesome cover doesn't hurt either. I think Terry Moore doesn't know how to create a bad issue of a comic book. He does for a comic book story what Pixar does for films, develop a strong, character driven story. Whatever the story, the basic question is: How does this change the characters?

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