Saturday, October 22, 2011

From The Comic Shop #43: Saturday, October 22, 2011:

From last week, Wednesday, October 12, 2011:


Legion Lost #2 (DC)

And this week:


Legion Of Super-Heroes #2 (DC)
Star Trek/Legion Of Super-Heroes #1 (IDW)
Fables #110 (Vertigo/DC)

I'm really looking forward to the Star Trek/Legion crossover, two of my favorite science fiction universes all rolled together into one comic book. Or, to put it another way, two great flavors that go well together.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Preview # 54: Comic Books For the Week Of Wednesday, October 12, 2011:

Legion Lost #2 (DC)

DC's New 52 continues into its second month. This week it's the turn of the lost Legionnaires in the 21st Century. Now that the stranded Legionnaires are introduced and the obstacles they're facing have been introduced, we'll see if this title can support a good story without the seasoned Legion hands of writer Paul Levitz.

Since this week I've only got one title on my pull list, I'm not sure if I'll be driving to my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida. I might save gas and wait until next week, when it'll be payday. I'll see how it goes.

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Issue #135: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, October 5, 2011:

Invincible #83 (Skybound/Image)
Action Comics #2 (DC)

Invincible #83 (Skybound/Image) *  *  *  *


Invincible learns a shocking secret, then continues to adjust to his changing home life with Atom Eve. Two of Invincible's arch villains go through life altering events, and Robot and Monster Girl struggle to adjust to like back on Earth.

Mark is still going through a period of adjustment in his career as a superhero. I still wonder if the setbacks he suffered in recent issues are consequences from the end of the Viltrumite War. How and when he will emerge from his funk is unknown. It's not looking like it's going to happen any time soon. We still don't know what tragedies Robot and Monster Girl suffered elsewhere. I wonder how Cecil is going to use his new "assets" in future crises.

This storyline after the Viltrumite War seems like it's setting up future plotlines, but in the capable hands of Robert Kirkman and company, it's far from boring. Each issue in this "quiet" story builds more anticipation for when things will heat up again for Invincible. As Robert Kirkman has shown before, it will happen, and sooner rather than later.

Action Comics #2 (DC) *  *  *  *


As the cover shows, superman is now in the hand of Government forces. And it's not hard to guess who the bald guy is in the upper left corner in the background. Superman shows he can dish it out as well as he takes it.We're introduced to Dr. Irons and John Corben, so I wonder how long it will be before we meet their alter egos, as we knew them in their last continuities.

Just like the first issue, this one lives up to the title. There's a lot of action between Superman and Army troops. I like Rags Morales' art, except for one panel each where Superman and Lois look off. Superman seems a little small in one panel, and Lois seems to have a stronger chin in another, resembling a European woman more than the Lois Lane we're familiar with elsewhere in the issue. I'm still pleased with this issue. I like where this story is going, so I guess I'll wait until the second storyline before having a final opinion about this new Man of Steel. So far, so good.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

From The Comic Shop #42: Saturday, October 8, 2011:

On a very rainy Saturday, I didn't get anything extra from my local comic book shop, Acme Comics, in Longwood, Florida. If you read my updated pull list post, you'll see that my list maxes out my comic book budget. So I can't afford to buy any extra titles or back issues. But these two tiles should be some good reading:

Invincible #83 (Skybound/Image)
Action Comics #2 (DC)

Invincible is always a great read, but I'm saving the second issue of Action Comics until last, hoping that it is as good as the first issue.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Preview # 53: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, October 5, 2011:

Action Comics #2 (DC)

New we'll see how DC can maintain the excitement garnered from all of the #1 issues. Hopefully, Action will live up to the potential Grant Morrison laid out in the first issue.

Invincible #83 (Skybound/Image)

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Issue # 134: After DC's New 52, My Updated Pull List:

Now that DC's relaunch is complete, and their second issues are published this month, here's my updated pull list from my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida. Because of my limited comic book buying budget, I wasn't lucky enough to do what some of the podcasters I listen to were able to do, and buy all 52 of DC's new #1 issues. With one exception, I stuck to my favorites from DC, Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes. The other title I sampled also made the list, but I expected it to.

DC Comics:
Action Comics
All-Star Western
Fables (Vertigo/DC)
Legion Of Super-Heroes
Legion Lost
Legion: Secret Origins (Scheduled to be published on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.)
Superman


IDW/DC
Star Trek/Legion Of Super-Heroes (The first issue is scheduled to be published this month, October 2011.)


Icon/Marvel
Powers


Skybound/Image
Invincible


Abstract Studios
Rachel Rising


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Issue #133: Comic Books For The Week Of Wednesday, September 28, 2011:

All-Star Western #1 (DC)
Rachel Rising #2 (Abstract Studios)
Superman #1 (DC)

When I get home after visiting my local comic book shop, Acme Comics in Longwood, Florida, I read them in the reverse order of what I anticipate to be the best issue that week, based on my experiences with previous issues, except for first issues of course. In other words, I save what I think will be the best issue for last. For at least the past year, sadly, Superman hasn't made it to the bottom of my stack. With DC Comics' new 52 I decided to save it for last, since I enjoyed Action Comics #1 so much.

All-Star Western #1 (DC) *  *  *  *  *


I'm not a big fan of the western genre in comics per say, but I did enjoy Gray and Palmiotti's recently cancelled Jonah Hex series. Sadly, I had to drop it for budgetary reasons, but I had a little room in my comic book buying allowance, and this was an easy choice. I haven't read a lot of their comic book titles, but what I have read I enjoy because of their knack for unique characterizations and development. This issue did not disappoint. Jonah Hex arrived in the Gotham City of the late 1800's, at the invitation of Dr. Arkham,  to investigate a rash of murdered prostitutes. Hex quickly placed his stamp on the town, and we visit a good cross section of the city, from high society to the slums. By the end of the issue there appears to be more going on than meets the eye. Because of a clue on the back page, I couldn't help but wonder if a younger Ra's Al Ghul is involved. I'm not giving away any spoilers, just sharing a guess just on the slim chance that I may be right. I have already added this title to my pull list.

Rachel Rising #2 (Abstract Studios) *  *  *  *  *


In this issue we are introduced to a member of Rachel;s supporting cast, and a little girl finds a stranger in her house. What stood out for me the most about this issue was Terry Moore's ability to craft dialogue in a way to reveal a character's history in such a natural conversational way, without feeling like necessary but clunky info dump via word balloons in your average comic book. It draws us into Rachel's world and the mystery she is attempting to solve. The final scene made me realize that something deeper was going on under the surface of the main story, and left me wishing the third issue would hurry up and get here.

Superman #1 (DC) *  *  *  *  *


Out with the old and in with the new, and that's how this issue begins (although I'll leave it up to you to discover how). As much as I enjoyed Action Comics #1, I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this issue. George Pérez wrote and laid out this issue, which was drawn by Jesús Merino. Surprisingly, I liked it a little bit better than Action #1. This was a much denser story, meaning no criticism of Action, with up to twelve panels per page. I found that I didn't mind Superman's new costume. There were elements of the Julius Schwartz era of Superman continuity brought into this new continuity, but changed and updated in a refreshing way. We're introduced to the supporting cast in the middle of covering a breaking story, which is a great way to get a feel for the characters, under pressure. It will be interesting to watch the Clark/Lois/Superman relationship unfold in this new continuity. After reading this issue I had the urge to read it again, which hasn't happened for an issue of Superman in a long time. I hope DC keeps up the good work. So far, I'm on board with this new Man of Steel.

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