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Comics Picks For 25.06.2014

This past has week has actually been a pretty rough week. I think there were about 3 days in all where I didn’t even put up any posts on the blog. And it took me almost 10 days to read just 2 short books, which is pretty damn rough by my standards. And as of yesterday morning I was well in the position of barely having read even ten comics in the past week. But since yesterday evening I set out to change that and I have managed to read thirty comics in all, which is the first of such a milestone for me. And possibly the last since my wedding is this Saturday and things are gonna kick up a notch from tomorrow afternoon.

The surprise hits of this week were Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #2 from Boom Studios, New Avengers Annual #1 from Marvel Comics and Batman: Eternal #12 from DC Comics. The surprise flops would be Star Wars: Rebel Heist #3 from Dark Horse Comics (again!), Batman #32 from DC Comics and Original Sin: Hulk vs Iron Man #1 from Marvel Comics. Comics that I expected to be great, such as Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Helsing #3 from Zenescope Entertainment, Ms. Marvel #5 from Marvel Comics and both Superman #32 and Justice League Dark #32 from DC, were every bit what I wanted them to be. And I’d like to make a special note of Justice League #31 which proved to be quite interesting after the snoozefest that was Justice League #30 in the month prior. No graphic novels in this week, but that’s fine.

Anyway, here’s another edition of “Comics Picks For…”. Full reading list, as always, is available here and all my comics reviews are available here.

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Transformers: Windblade #3 (Comics Review)

Sometimes I wonder if I unnecessarily torture myself by reading as many comics as I do, especially of late. After all, jumping on various events at a mid-point or something similar can often leave you a bit disoriented but masochist that I am, I just can’t resist. And that was kind of the case when I picked up Transformers: Windblade back in April. The first and second issues were both great in story and art but since I’d missed out on the Dark Cybertron arc, I didn’t know all the facts going in. Still, the series was one helluva read and the wait for the third issue has been long and arduous.

At the end of the previous issue we saw Windblade, our kickass and awesome protagonist, and her allies go up against the Terrorcons and confront them about all the bad mojo going on with the Titan Metroplex, who converted himself to City-Mode at the end of Dark Cybertron to provide a safe haven for the surviving Autobots, Decepticons and more. Mairghread Scott’s writing has been incredible from the start and this issue is no different in that regard. The same can be said of Sarah Stone’s equally incredible artwork as well, with the art being one of the true high-points of this mini-series.

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Samurai Jack #9 (Comics Review)

After a two-parter focusing on gender-bending Jack and the Samurai Jack stalwart the Scotsman, Jim Zub and Andy Suriano got back together to tell a really amazing silent issue. I haven’t really read silent issues before, and I think this one was my first, and I was blown away. A lot of the legwork was done by Andy Suriano and Josh Burcham, but the story was still Jim’s and he knocked it out of the park quite handsomely. And what I loved was that the threat of Aku being everywhere and doing his best to throw Jack off his scent was ever-present in this issue in a great way.

This week’s Samurai Jack #9 isn’t a silent issue per se, but it comes quite close indeed and I have to say that it is a pretty daring piece of storytelling daring, to have two silent issues back to back like this. Letterer Shawn Lee gets to do some good work this time and he doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. But really, at its heart, this is a true Samurai Jack story and it is also refreshing to see another guest artist here, Ethen Beavers as penciller, so we get to see yet another fresh take on the whole Samurai Jack craze.

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Comics Picks For 11.06.2014

This past comics week the preparations for my upcoming marriage swung into full gear and its been a rough week in all, especially since it took me a grand total of five days to read a single novel, which happens extremely rarely, but which I fear might become common over the next few weeks. Still, I managed to catch up on most of my comics last night and early this morning, so it was good.

The surprise hits of this week were Armor Hunters #1 from Valiant Comics, Cyclops #2  from Marvel Comics, and Red City #1 from Image Comics. The surprise flops would be Abe Sapien #13: The Healer #1from Dark Horse Comics, Vampirella: Morning in America #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. Comics that I expected to be great, such as Grimm Fairy Tales Presents #4 from Zenescope Entertainment, Captain Marvel #4 from Marvel Comics, Batgirl #32 from DC Comics and The Royals: Masters of War #5 from Vertigo Comics were truly great reads that made up for an otherwise lackluster week, in the main. Not a whole lot of new stuff from DC either, so I spent time reading up a few of the older issues and worked my way through two graphic novels no less, Dark Horse’ Conan: The Phantoms of The Black Coast and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2: Angela.

Anyway, here’s another edition of “Comics Picks For…”. Full reading list, as always, is available here and all my comics reviews are available here.

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Comics Picks For 04.06.2014

Another week of heavy comics reading, and to think that just three days ago I was concerned whether or not I’d even be able to read 15 comics! How quickly things change, and for the better, in this case. It has been quite a good week this time with several new experimentations among other things.

The surprise hits of this week were Chew/Revival #1 from Image Comics, Doc Savage #1 and Vampirella #1, both from Dynamite Entertainment. The surprise flops would be Amazing X-Men Annual #1 and Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #2, both from Marvel Comics, and Godstorm: Age of Darkness from Zenescope Entertainment. Comics that I expected to be great, such as Angel & Faith Season 10 #3 from Dark Horse Comics and Original Sin #3 from Marvel Comics, and Green Arrow #32 from DC Comics, were absolutely solid and continued a very strong run ever since I started reading the title last year.

Anyway, here’s another edition of “Comics Picks For…”. Full reading list, as always, is available here and all my comics reviews are available here.

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Comics Picks For 28.05.2014

After all the heavy reading of the previous weeks, this past week proved to be a little less intensive, but not by much. The only real difference this time was that I didn’t get to read any graphic novels or trades. And I only just managed to read all these comics anyways because things are getting hectic here with all the marriage preparations, not to mention the court marriage I had the other day (yes, officially married now!). So yeah, things are just a little bit really hectic.

The surprise hits of this week were 7th Sword #1 from IDW Publishing, Harley Quinn #6 from DC Comics, and Dejah of Mars #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. The surprise flops would be Batman #31 and The Flash #31, both from DC Comics, both of them quite disappointing in that the arcs do not make sense anymore and I’m really turned off of them. Comics that I expected to be great, such as Ms. Marvel #4 from Marvel and Thanos Annual 2014, also from Marvel, and Future’s End #4 from DC Comics, were all good, amongst others. So a nice spread of everything, as usual.

Anyway, here’s another edition of “Comics Picks For…”. Full reading list, as always, is available here and all my comics reviews are available here.

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Samurai Jack #8 (Comics Review)

With their first arc on Samurai Jack, writer Jim Zub and artist Andy Suriano delivered something truly wonderful, recalling all the best aspects of the Genndy Tartakovsky-created original animated series. And then, in the last few months, we’ve seen guest artist Brittney Williams deliver her own take on things as she tackled a story where Samurai Jack and the Scotsman are gender-swapped. All the issues of this arc were really great and I became a Brittney Williams fan. Now it looks like we are back to the serialised stories, and that’s fine with me too.

Samurai Jack #8 is an issue where we see Aku getting up to his old tricks again. As you can now doubt see from the cover, Samurai Jack ends up fighting his own doppelgangers and it truly is an amazing issue as Jim and Andy deliver on some really excellent action that is typical Samurai Jack. And more than that, there is also a very surprising twist to the entire story, something we really haven’t seen in this series to date, and that’s what makes this issue really, really good.

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Comics Picks For 21.05.2014

My quest to push my reading habits week after week continued this week when I read 26 comics in all, which includes 23 individual issues and three graphic novels, two of which were larger than normal Fables trades. Those three trades proved to be the difference this week since my reading from the previous week was quite different. Plus, two of the issues I read this past week were from the same series so in the list of comics read, they count as one. Still, I had a ton of fun this week since I read the two (big) Fables trades back-to-back in less than an hour, which is pretty new for me.

The surprise hits of this week would definitely be Savage Wolverine #19 from Marvel and Angel & Faith Season 10 #2 from Dark Horse whereas the surprise flop would be DC’s Justice League #30 (just one this week as it happens). Books that I expected to be good, such as Marvel’s Elektra #2, IDW’s Transformers: Windblade #2, Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #3, and Image’s Velvet #4, managed to deliver on their promise quite well.

Anyway, here’s another edition of “Comics Picks For…”. Full reading list, as always, is available here and all my comics reviews are available here.

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Transformers: Windblade #2 (Comics Review)

Being only passingly conversant with IDW’s Transformers comics range, but having spent the last eight year immersing myself in various animated adaptations and the ongoing movie series, Transformers: Windblade #1 offered something refreshingly new last month. In addition to introducing a really fun new character, a female-bot no less, the first issue was a rather great starting point for an intro to Cybertron’s new status quo. I didn’t read the Dark Cybertron arc that preceded the current comics, but having read this particular first issue, I was all interested to do that, although I haven’t yet found the time for it.

Transformers: Windblade #2 came out this week and it has proven to be just as good as the first issue. More than that, this issue is also a part mystery story, and I really liked that aspect of it. Plus, who can say no to Starscream being portrayed as a cool, intelligence and cunning supervillain? I certainly can’t. He’s always been portrayed as a bumbling fool and this series gives me a different portrayal that I like. And watching Windblade and her friend Chromia stand up to that smug Decepticon is one of the greatest joys of this comic. Mairghread Scott’s writing is really superb in this issue, as is the artwork by Sarah Stone.

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Comics Picks For 14.05.2014

I keep pushing myself week after week to read as much as I can since it is not like my current reading pile and backlogged comics are going to reduce in size, or that upcoming comics are going be less. For the last 2-3 weeks, I’ve been reading 20+ comics and this week I tried to aim for a good, solid 25. I ended up with 26 individual issues and a 5-issue graphic novel. So, 27 items in all. That’s a hell of a lot and I’m really surprised that I read so many last week. Far cry from the same time last year when I was managing 10 a week at most. I just wasn’t reading all that much I suppose.

The surprise hits of this week would definitely be Star Trek: New Visions #1 from IDW, Street Fighter #0 from UDON E and Robyn Hood: Legend #1 from Zenescope whereas the surprise flops would be IDW’s Transformers vs GI Joe #0 and DC’s Batman: Eternal #6. Both these books were incomprehensible and even silly beyond the silly. Books that I expected to be good, such as Archie Comics’ Afterlife With Archie #5, DC’s Future’s End #2 and Marvel’s Fantastic Four #4, were what I wanted them to be and they were all three of them great. And special mention for Archaia’s Hacktivist which ended on #4 with a great issue that wrapped up the existing plotlines very nicely. And I did manage to read a graphic novel this week, Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Realm Knights Vol.1 and got a start on another, Fables Vol.3, so that’s something too.

Anyway, here’s another edition of “Comics Picks For…”. Full reading list, as always, is available here and all my comics reviews are available here.

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Star Trek: New Visions #1 (Comics Review)

A few months ago IDW began a new series of Star Trek comics. These are quite different from normal comics in that they feature photo-realistic artwork, i.e., all the characters and scenes are as they appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series rather than an artist’s free inspiration. Called photonovels by IDW’s Star Trek team, the first issue was quite a fun little story that tied into the original show and gave a fun new story for readers and fans. And now IDW is going full-out with these, creating an entire line of such comics, and I think that it is a fantastic time for such an experiment.

Star Trek: New Visions #1 is the first of this new series and it ties into the episode where we saw the Enterprise of another reality, one where the Federation is a tyrannical conqueror rather than a multi-species alliance united in common cause. The issue picks up quite soon after the events of that episode and then it moves forward, charting new territory and bringing back some old characters in new forms. And the ending, well that’s a kicker all right. John Byrne’s photomontage/story is pretty excellent here and the experience is just as intense and entertaining as the original episode was. Read the rest of this entry

Comics Picks For 07.05.2014

Another week of more than 20 comics read, and this week I went for something a bit different and tried to read as many of the comics from the Big 2 as I could since I’m a bit behind on that score and needed to catch up. But that wasn’t all of course, since I also got a start on IDW’s Star Trek and finished up Dynamite’s Kings Watch among other titles.

The surprise hit of this week would definitely be Nailbiter #1 from Image Comics and Neverland: Age of Darkness #1 from Zenescope whereas the surprise flops would be Marvel’s Cyclops #1 and DC’s Batman: Eternal #5. No idea what is going on with those titles, although I hope that they both improve. Series that I expected to be good, such as DC’s The Movement #12 and Marvel’s Black Widow, were what I wanted them to be and that pleases me immensely. And Dynamite’s Kings Watch should rate a mention since the series ended on a high with the last two issues. No graphic novels this week, as I was a bit too cramped for time otherwise, but hopefully the new week will be different.

Anyway, here’s another edition of “Comics Picks For…”. Full reading list, as always, is available here and all my comics reviews are available here.

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