Saturday, June 25, 2011

Issue #124: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, June 15, 2011:

Legion Of Super-Heroes #14 (DC)
Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #5 (of 6) (Vertigo/DC)
Invincible #80 (Skybound/Image)
Supreme Power #1 ($1.00 Marvel's Greatest Comics)

Legion Of Super-Heroes #14 (DC) *  *  *  *


The main plot of the issue is highlighted on the cover, Ultrra Boy and Wildfire battling Immortus, which ends in a very different and interesting way than the usual hero vs. villain fight. Professor Li has some plans  to battle the threat using Star Boy, although Dream Girl has an ominous premonition. Saturn Queen gets some help in finding the mysterious third world that stands in her way of returning chaos to the galaxy, in a very shocking way. Colu begins rebuilding, and there might be a hint of some connection between two characters on opposing sides of this conflict. As usual, there is a great mix of characterization, action and plot development in the usual Paul Levitz way. This issue has done an excellent job of setting up the characters for the final conflict, with only two issues to go before DC Comics relaunches their superhero universe.

Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #5 (of 6) (Vertigo/DC) *  *  *  *  *


Cinderella is on her way toward what may be her final conflict against her greatest enemy, codenamed Silver Slipper. She gets some unexpected help out of her latest jam, but I never saw that twist ending coming. This has been a great mini-series. I wish I would have picked up the first one, which was subtitled, From Fabletown With Love. What a great way to mix the spy genre into the Vertigo Fables universe. I hope to pick up the trade paperback of the first mini-series, and hope to be able to afford future Cinderella mini-series.Maybe if I click my heels together three times.

Invincible #80 (Skybound/Image) *  *  *  *  *


The cover pretty much sums up the action in this issue, but it's not all fisticuffs. In fact, to sum up this issue in one word: changes. We see how Mark's mother is dealing with her ex-husband's return, Mark and Eve's relationship after last issue's revelation, and what's up with Mark's old college roommate William. Never saw that coming, but I did like William's last comment in that scene. The issue also has a confrontation with a new super villain that probably has never been seen in a superhero comic book. It made me think that, if superheroes were real, we'd probably see situations resolved like this once in a while. And, also typical of writer Robert Kirkman, he has written an ending that makes me want to read the next issue right now!

Supreme Power #1 ($1.00 Marvel's Greatest Comics) *  *  *  *  *

The best way to sum up this Marvel Max title (for mature readers) is a Marvel version of Superman's origin. The DC story this issue most reminded me of was Superman 2001, published in Superman #300, June 1976. In that classic Superman story, baby Kal-El landed in the ocean and was rescued by a Navy diver and raised as the adopted son of a U. S. General. In Supreme Power, an alien humanoid infant is found and raised secretly by the U. S. Government. The story shows just how dangerous it could be for a growing child to learn how to control developing super powers. I never read this series when it was originally published, not enough money to squeeze it into my budget. This is a J. Michael Straczynski "Superman" type comic book story I can enjoy, along with the Gary Frank art. Maybe one day I will pick up the rest of the series. I'll have to put this on my wish list, or maybe click my heels three times. Now, where are my shoes?

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From The Comic Shop #33: Saturday, June 25, 2011:

I didn't have a lot of time to spend walking around my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida, but here is what I picked up. Nothing extra from my preview post:


Action Comics #902 (DC)

Reign Of Doomsday part 2.

Superman #712 (DC)

The replacement Krypto story, instead of Superman meeting an Arab-American superhero facing prejudice. I wonder why this Krypto story was originally pulled, unless it was only because Dan Didio didn't like Krypto.

Fables #106 (Vertigo/DC)

Who wins between the North Wind and Mr. Dark?

John Byrne's Next Men #7 (IDW)

 I can't wait to read what will happen next to our time traveling heroes!

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Preview #46: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, June 22, 2011:

Action Comics #902 (DC)

The next installment of the Reign Of Doomsday. So far, it's okay. I wonder if this issue will make me more enthusiastic about the storyline.

Superman #712 (DC)

This issue has created some controversy because the original story solicited for this issue was Superman entering a town and meeting an Arab-American superhero facing prejudice. It has been replaced with a Krypto story that may have been bumped itself earlier, but I'm not totally sure about that.

Fables #106 (Vertigo/DC)

The North Wind faces off against Mr. Dark.

John Byrne's Next Men #7 (IDW)

I've always enjoyed John Byrne's art and storytelling abilities, ever since his work on Doomsday +1 for the old Charlton Comics in the 1970's.It's nice to be able to enjoy his work again each month.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

From The Comic Shop #32: Saturday, June 18, 2011:

Supreme Power #1 ($1.00 Marvel's Greatest Comics)
One of the special $1.00 reprints I've missed.

Legion Of Super-Heroes #14 (DC)
Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #5 (of 6) (Vertigo/DC)
Invincible #80 (Image)

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Issue #123: Comic Book For The Week Of Wednesday, June 8, 2011:

Terry Moore's Echo #30 (Abstract Studios) *  *  *  *  *


This final issue of the series lived up to the anticipation that was built up with each issue. The action begins with the very first page, as Annie/Julie attempts to stop the ill fated experiment . The issue even has "Kirby Crackle", the round black dots first used by comic book artist Jack Kirby to indicate barely contained energy. Beyond that I really can't say anything without spoiling the story, only that it was well worth the time and money spent on the series. I'm going to have to read this series from the beginning, which is the highest form of praise for any comic book series.

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Issue #122: Comic Books For Wednesday, June 1, 2011:

Adventure Comics #527 (DC)


The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck ($1.00 Boom! Blasts/Boom! Studios)

Adventure Comics #527 *  *  *  *


First of all, what's not to like about a Legionnaire's origin story, this time featuring Comet Queen, as this title continues the Legion Academy storyline. It's full of humor, Legion fan worship, on the part of Comet Queen, and a dose of Legion tragedy. It even tied into the main story over in Legion. I'm curious how the Legion Academy story will end before the September DC relaunch.

Kirby Genesis #0 (Dynamite Entertainment) *  *  *  *


While I won't be getting this title, I couldn't resist this $1.00 issue #0, just to see what it;s about. Not to mention the cool Alex Ross cover. This series will take some of the non-DC or Marvel Jack Kirby creations and developing a series around them. It involves the Pioneer 10 probe, which launched with a representation of a man and woman, for whatever intelligent civilizations out there might come into contact with it. We are introduced to several groups of characters that will be part of the story. If you are a fan of Jack Kirby, I would recommend this series, even if I'm not buying it (if only for budgetary reasons.)

The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck ($1.00 Boom! Blast/Boom! Studios) *  *  *  *  *


I always enjoyed the Scrooge McDuck comic books when I was growing up. This particular issue is a sampler of the graphic novel written and drawn by Don Rosa, who is on par with the classic Disney Duck artist Carl Barks. It has all of the classic McDuck characters, the Beagle Boy Gang, Gyro Gearloose and of course Donald and his nephews. It involves a scheme the Beagle Boys have hatched to steal Scrooge's fortune. It involves rollicking adventure in a variety of settings. This is an all ages book in the best sense of the term, simple enough that a child could read it and enjoy, but able to also engage the reader on an adult level. Maybe that's why the classic Disney comics have stood the test of time.

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Preview #45: Comic Books For Wednesday, June 15, 2011:

Legion Of Super-Heroes #14(DC)
Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #5 (of 6) (Vertigo/DC)
Invincible #80 (Skybound/Image)

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

From The Comic Shop #32: Wednesday, June 8, 2011:

Terry Moore's Echo #30 (Abstract Studios)

Usually I go to my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida, on Saturday, but, as I posted on my last  blog entry, this is the final issue of Terry Moore's latest comic book series. I couldn't wait a few days to read it, so I made the trip today. I don't think I'll be disappointed. There wasn't a bad issue in the series. I would recommend anything Mr. Moore publishes to comic book readers. Next month he will publish the first of a series of comic book how to issues, this one on drawing women, which he is known for. Terry Moore draws realistic women, not the clichéd, stereotypical comic book superhero women. In July he publishes the first issue of his new monthly series, Rachel Rising, a horror series about a young woman who returns from the dead to find her murderer. I'll be picking up both.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Preview #44: Comic Book For Wednesday, June 8, 2011:

Terry Moore's Echo #30 (Abstract Studios)

This is the final issue of this excellent science fiction adventure series. Terry Moore used his strength of creating strong, well defined characters, especially female ones, with a great plot. Usually I go to my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida on Saturday, but this time I'm going tomorrow on comic book day. I can't wait until the end of the week to read how the series ends.

Next month Terry Moore will publish the first of a series of comic book how-to issues. This first one is on how to draw women, which Mr. Moore does very well. I'm not talking about clichéd superhero women, but realistic females. Periodically he'll publish others in this series, eventually to be collected into one edition. I'll be getting this series as it is released as well.

Then in July he begins his new monthly series, Rachel Rising, a horror series about a girl who rises from the dead. Terry Moore is one of those comic book creators I'll be buying whatever series they publish.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

From The Comic Shop #31: Saturday, June 4, 2011:

Adventure Comics #527 (DC)

Kirby Genesis  #0 (Dynamite Entertainment)

This was released last week, and I meant to pick it up then, but missed it on the shelf. I'm not picking up this series for budgetary reasons, but couldn't resist a look into the fertile mind of Jack Kirby. Plus the $1.00 cover price didn't hurt either.

The Life And Times Of $crooge McDuck ($1.00 Boom! Blast, Boom!Studios)

This title has a May 2011 cover date, so it's been out for w little while. Since I only had one title this week, I decided to pick up this excerpt from Don Rosa's comic book history of the world's richest duck. Boom Studios is reprinting this story, and is still in print.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Preview #43: Comic Book For Wednesday, June 1, 2011:

Adventure Comics #527 (DC)

A Legion Academy story featuring cadet Comet Queen.  Curious what's in store for the Legion with the upcoming DC post-Flashpoint reboot.

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Issue #121_ Catch Up Week #27 Part II: Comic Books For The Weeks Of Wednesday, May 18 & 25, 2011:

Comic books for the week of Wednesday, May 18, 2011:


Legion Of Super-Heroes #13 (DC)
Fables #105 (Vertigo/DC)

Legion Of Super-Heroes #13 (DC) *  *  *  *

 Legion teams continue their battle against members of the reformed Legion of Super Villains on Colu, while Dream Girl continues draining the energy from Star Boy which allowed him to travel back in time to the 21st Century. Professor Li is with her, but has ideas of her own. Earth Man receives an offer, but can he refuse it? And we learn what may be the power behind Saturn Queen's quest. No title combines character moments, super hero action and multiple plots like Legion, and no writer is better at it than Paul Levitz.

Fables #105 (Vertigo/DC) *  *  *  *


Bigby and his father, North Wind face off, and Mr. Dark takes the next step in his plan. The plot twists like a change in the wind, and I'm glad I finally picked up Fables. Great character development, great plots, and each issue moves the story along at a satisfying pace.

Comic book for the week of Wednesday, May 25, 2011:


Action Comics #911 (DC) *  *  *  *


I'm pleasantly surprised at this new Reign Of The Doomsdays story so far. I don't feel lost, not having read the one shot issues of the other members of the Superman Family, when they were captured by Doomsday. I just didn't have the extra cash to pick them up. Plus, as much as I hate to say it, I haven't had a lot of confidence in DC with how they have been handling Superman lately. In this issue we learn that the Doomsday ship threatens more than the Supers. The issue ends with me wondering if their combined power will be enough against the threat they're facing. Compared to the Lex Luthor or Grounded stories this is better, so far.

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Issue #121_ Catch Up Week #27 Part I: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, May 11, 2011:

Superman #711 (DC)
Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #4 (of 6) (Vertigo/DC)
John Byrne's Next Men #6 (IDW)

Superman #711 (DC) *  *  *

The issue begins with Superman reaching Provo, Utah and receiving the key to the city from the Mayor. But he hears Jimmy's signal watch in Las Vegas and faces off against Livewire. Once again I'm pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this title more than what I thought I would. Chris Roberson continues to make a terrible story idea begun by J. Michael Stracyznski more palatable. How the Man of Steel eventually defeats Livewire is very clever and hearkens back to earlier continuity. I also enjoyed Superman using his mind to overcome his adversary. Brains beat brawn, every time. He also got to meet his inspiration for being a hero, and gave a great definition for "Truth, Justice and the American Way" after revoking his U. S. citizenship in Action Comics #900. The only downer of the issue was the Man of Steel's conjecture about the reasons Livewire turned to a life of crime after she became an electromagnetic being, possible fixating her hate on him. I wanted to tell Superman, "It's not always about you, Superman. When someone becomes a criminal, the responsibility is all theirs, and they need to face the consequences." Otherwise I would have given it 4 (*'s) instead of 3.

Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #4 (of 6) (Vertigo/DC) *  *  *  *  *


Cinderella continues her quest against her greatest enemy, the Silver Slipper. With each issue of this mini-series we learn more of their tangled history. Cinderella had allowed herself to be captured last issue, and in this issue she comes closer to reaching her adversary. As Bigby taught her, "It's not a trap if you're aware of it  first." Chris Roberson is quickly becoming one of those comic book writers I want to read more from, as money allows. I can't wait to read how this mini-series ends with the final two issues.

John Byrne's Next Men #6 (IDW) *  *  *  *  *


With the end of the Civil War, Antonia begins her quest to reach Washington, D. C., and she won;t be making her trip alone. It's fun to watch her use her 21st Century training to avoid being captured several times. The end of the issue has a surprise twist, which is common to this series. It leaves me wanting more, but that's the idea isn't it? And the next issue cover teaser helps also. It appears the story will highlight other Next Men in another era.
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