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Brightest Day #1

8 May

98......99........100!

“Second Chances”

My Face!

Just reread Brightest Day’s first issue. Gotta say, it’s good to see Aquaman, J’onn J’onzz, and the others back alive and well…or are they…? Very interesting circumstances arise within this issue. The resurrected heroes seem to have lingering side effects, most noticeable was Arthur’s summoning of dead sea life and subsequent loss of control over them. A risen giant squid and shark carcass basically ripped through a bunch of Somali child sex trafficking bastards.

In J’onn J’onzz’s case, it almost seemed like he nearly lapsed back into his black lantern form…maybe more of a telepathic lapse than anything else. Sinestro leads Hal and Carol Ferris to the White Lantern in the beginning of the issue in order to try to lift it, but to no avail and the comic shifts directly to Boston Brand’s warping adventure. We also got a look at the Hawk’s and their continuing journey led by the “Claw of Horus” which is incidentally leading them to their original bodies which have been unearthed by mercenaries hired by the Hawk’s longtime nemesis, Hath-Set. Hath is then shown with the bodies in an undisclosed region in the Peruvian Amazon. There’s also scenes involving Black Manta and his totally INSANE self. Literally just gutting and filleting some innocents and then subsequently revealing his little known arsonist side.

Aquaman!

Last page with him on it was pretty awesome, definitely excited to see more of him and his ridiculous testosterone levels when he gets a chance to try and skewer the Sea King.

The one portion of the comic I didn’t find very interesting was the part involving the new/old firestorm combo. Maybe it’s just me, never really had much exposure to the first or second incarnations of the character and the truth is, at this point, it’s hard to care. Come on Johns, make me care about this guy! For now, the both of these babies just seem like whiners. One whines about his dead girlfriend and the other whines about not being able to hang out with his buddies. Okay, the dead GF is kind of a tough thing to go through, so I’ll let that slide, but still, less complaining and more substance please! Show me what kind of powers this guy has, show me his potential and keep the jibber jabber to a minimum if it’s gonna be so centered on this “I hate you/No I hate YOU!” mess. Oh, and did I mention the new plot element behind this dull duo is that since they combined to form firestorm, they can’t seem to uncombine…..Mmmm two people who don’t get along are forced to be stuck with one another? I smell a comedy sitcom, Odd Couple part deux anyone?

Anyway, overall the comic was worth the read. Probably rate it at about an 8/10 give or take. And yeah, don’t take my firestorm bashing too personally or let it affect whether or not you read the book, it really is more of a pet peeve than anything else.

Til next time comic book aficionados,
Sayonara.

Astonishing Spidey & Wolvey #1

6 May

Another Fine Mess Part One

What can I say? Spider-Man and Wolverine together in a brand new continuity light book? Sign me up. After reading the previews I thought the book would be pretty awesome. I imagined Spidey and Logan basically getting themselves into all kinds of trouble romping through the streets of New York defending an onslaught by the sinister six, teaming up to stop a runaway Juggernaut, or stopping the Kingpin’s weekly plan to take the city for himself.

Obviously this is just the first issue so I totally understand the draw of setting up the comic with a bizarre plot twist, but right from the get go, opening the comic up, I was caught holding my breathe for a bit longer than I’d hoped.

So what’s the deal?

Spidey and Wolverine get thrown back in time? Really? Is getting lost in time the new thing to do in comic books? I mean, the first few panels with a seemingly caveman Spider-Man and Wolverine really had me wondering…I really thought for a second that it was meant as more of a joke. Almost a satire if you will, but then it sunk in and well I’d have to say that I’m pretty glad they were able to get back to present day by the end of the comic, albeit with a few consequences due to their tampering with the past.

So…Storywise I wasn’t very impressed. It wasn’t just the whole trapped in time bit that I’m worried about. It was just the story itself. It wasn’t that engaging or exciting. For a first issue I expected some ridiculousness especially considering the two protagonists. I expected Wolverine doing what he does (kicking ass and taking names) and Spidey to provide the comical wise cracking atmosphere we’ve all grown accustomed to. Maybe that’s my problem, maybe I had already expected this comic to be something it isn’t? Either way, I’ll be picking up the second issue just to see where all of this goes and hopefully it picks up.

Oh, and the art by Adam was definitely great, very clean and stylized. Definitely liked that. So tell me what all of you thought of the book! Liked it? Didn’t like it? Agree/Disagree??

 


Wednesday is here!

5 May

Comic Pile

Alright, It’s Wednesday and I’ve just gotten back from the LCS. Picked up Brightest Day #1, Red Robin #12, War of The Supermen #1, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1, Batman and Robin #12, Amazing Spider-Man #630, and Secret Six #21. Let me know what you guys ended up getting and what series I’m missing out on!

Gonna try to get a review or two up later, so stay tuned!

War of The Supermen

5 May

 

War of The Supermen Issue #0 June ’10
Free Comic Book Day Edition

Let me start out by saying that I hadn’t followed the World of New Krypton storyline. Its story and issues with pacing are pretty well documented among comic book fans, so I won’t really get into that. I did, however keep up with the Last Stand storyline in an attempt to gear up for this upcoming “war” that DC has been touting for some time.

For those of you that didn’t know, this past Saturday (May 1st) was free comic book day in which local comic book shops would distribute specially designated comics they get from companies across the board such as Marvel, DC, etc. for free. One of those issues also happened to be the start of the new Superman arc currently set for release this week. Yes, the War of The Supermen is finally upon us, and we can finally begin to see the ramifications and consequences of the recently enlarged bottled city of Kandor’s conflict with planet Earth.

Now I’m not gonna waste any time getting into the issues surrounding the creation of New Krypton or how General Zod recently wrestled away control of planet. If you want some back story on it, you can pick up the “World of New Krypton” and “Last Stand of New Krypton” from your LCS or just wiki it if you must.

For a free comic book, this issue has been getting fairly good reviews and there seems to be a buzz growing around this upcoming arc which has been absent from the recent Superman family of comics. Besides Supergirl and the early issues of the recently relaunched Adventure Comics under Geoff Johns, the Superman comics have been on the low end of sales and ratings.  It would thus make sense as to why the Big Wigs up at DC would want to distribute this particular issue as a “free” comic.

*Spoilers*

Now on to the review.  Gates and Robinson craft a very short, albeit riveting encounter between Kal-El and his long-time foe, short-time commanding officer General Zod.  The events of this comic take place shortly after Zod has united New Krypton after defending an assault by Brainiac and rallying the planet with a declaration of war against Earth.  The opening sequence is of Supes busting through Zod’s command center in an attempt to thwart his advances. It is during this scene that Zod’s manipulation of Kal-El and the entire planet of New Krypton really begins to reveal itself.   It’s after Supes is subdued by Non and Ursa (wielding a Kryponite knife of all things…) that we get to see Clark seething with teeth clenched as he realizes that he was just a pawn used by Zod to train his military. Clark’s years of experience wielding the powers of a yellow sun proved invaluable in Zod’s mind and recruiting him to train the newly imbued citizens and military of New Krypton was exactly what an evil mastermind would dream of. It isn’t just the physical breakdown Zod strives to accomplish, it’s the manipulation and psychological aspects of this war which is evidenced by his remark to Clark that he didn’t receive New Krypton’s love through trickery and guile, but that he earned it. He also reminds Clark of the personal relevance of this War on earth, of the revenge he swore on Jor-El (Kal-El’s father) and the house of El. It all ends with Zod’s revelation that Superman is too late to stop him anyway and a splash page showing the “Supermen” of New Krypton descending upon Earth.

The art by Eddy Barrows was pretty good, I was really impressed with his ability to portray the scenes and translate the writing. Everything from the anger on Clark’s face to the maniacal grin on Zod’s was all pretty fantastic. Ursa licking Clark’s blood off the Kryptonite knife was especially deviant and made her look completely insane! All in all the artwork was above and beyond what you would expect from a free comic book.

If nothing else, this issue serves its purpose to drive up interest in the Superman story lines. A lot of you probably have been avoiding the Superman family comics, but with this issue, the upcoming War of The Supermen seems poised to get things rolling. One can only hope right? Either way, JMS is right on the horizon. =)