The last week of 2014 and I hit my Magic 40 number. That pleases me immensely. I was hoping I’d be able to make it to this number, and I did, especially with 2 graphic novels in the mix a well!
For this final week of 2014, the surprise hits were: Jungle Book: Fall Of The Wild #1 from Zenescope and Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone #2 from IDW Publishing. The disappointing comics of the week were Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #7 from Marvel and Secret Origins #8 from DC. The regular greats like Aquaman, Catwoman, Sensation Comics, Secret Avengers, Godzilla: Cataclysm and others struck once again in the final tally.
The graphic novels for this week were Sunstone by Stjepan Sejic and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Volume 3 by Dan Abnett, Pop Mhan, Mark Roberts, Deron Bennett and Stjepan Sejic.
After two rather dreary weeks of reading comics, where I didn’t manage to hit my recent highs of 40 singles/graphic novels a week, this week was much different. I got back on track for one, and moved through three entire volumes of DC’s Earth 2, almost catching up to the current status of the series.
The surprise hits of this week were Blood Queen Annual 2014 from Dynamite Entertainment, Deadpool’s Art of War #1 from Marvel Comics and Trinity of Sin #1 from DC Comics. The comics that disappointed me this week were Wytches #1 from Image Comics and Death of Wolverine: Logan Legacy #1 from Marvel Comics. Of the other titles, the ones that I really loved were recent ongoings like Flash Gordon #6, Unity #0 or even Ms. Marvel #9.
Well, it has been a couple weeks again since I did this feature. The week before, well, it was marriage week for me and I barely read 4 books, so it didn’t really make sense to do a post on just those four, so I skipped it. And it was a really slow week all in all, especially for blogging, so I just decided to let things rest for an entire week. But I’m back again this time!
The surprise hits of this week were Death Vigil #1 from Top Cow andGrayson #1 from DC Comics. The surprise flop of the week would be Spider-Man 2099 #1 from Marvel Comics. Expectedly great comics such as Fantastic Four #7 from Marvel Comics, Batgirl #3# from DC all delivered on their promises as well. Not a lot of comics this past week, certainly not as much as the week prior or my usual number of ~25/week, but definitely a good number at 21 issues. Might take a dive in the next week though!
The wrap-up of James Robinson and Leonard Kirk’s first arc on the newly relaunched Fantastic Four back in the end of May was quite heart-breaking indeed. The two creators, along with artists Jay Leisten and Jesus Aburtov had done an absolutely magnificent job up until that point and the fifth issue was really something else, especially since it starred a whole bunch of other creators as the US government took the team to task for their past mistakes and really made them pay. And given that the Original Sin event is ongoing too, well, the future is distinctly dark for the team.
There’s a lot that has happened in the previous five issues, and in issues 6 and 7 things really take a turn for the worse because the events of Original Sin finally hit the team, in addition to everything else that has been going on with them. And their troubles are far from over because the US government is still not done with them, or their kids and allies like the Dragon Man. And in the midst of it all, what The Orb did in Original Sin #3 is coming back to bite Johnny as Ben learns a terrible secret and acts on it. Robinson’s writing in this series has been heart-breaking from the get go, but these two issues really step up the tension even as the art team continues to be utterly fantastic.
Marvel’s All-New Marvel NOW! initiative is known for double-shipping all new titles in their first month, for the most part at least. That has created a certain amount of tension and build-up in the excitement for each series, although not all of them have worked out for me. James Robinson and Leonard Kirk’s Fantastic Four is one of those very few that did, because the quality has been incredibly consistent from the start as these two creators delivered on a really awesome story matched with some great artwork. Fantastic Four has definitely been a highlight of All-New Marvel NOW! so far for me.
In the previous issue, we saw that Director Maria hill of SHIELD had served notice to the Fantastic Four, in which the team was asked to appear in a court of law to defend their many practices and answer for the consequences of their activities. We knew right from the start that something big was going to happen to all of them and now we see how the team is going to break up and we also see just why Sue was writing a letter to her son in the first issue in the first place. Definitely a great issue.
Daredevil is one of those Marvel heroes that I just didn’t care about all that much when I got back into comics in 2012 and continued to delve deeper in 2013. Sure, I read Mark Waid’s first arc on the then-ongoing series, and it was decent, and I’ve seen the movie countless times, and it was decent too. But, I just wasn’t all that interested really. All of which changed a couple months back with Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s first issue on the rebooted series with me suddenly turning into a fan. The writing was good, the art was good and for the first two issues the entire team has been very consistent in everything.
This week, with the release of Daredevil #3, I saw that the team continued to be consistent in everything they did. This issue sees Daredevil go up against somewhat of a classic villain, the Owl, and the results are not pretty. He’s already contending with the mad-crazy vigilante who calls himself Shroud and not he has to deal with the Owl as well, none of which is conducive to Matt Murdock having a good time in San Fransisco, the city he now calls home after abandoning his life back in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Mark Waid writes a really engrossing issue here even as Chris Samnee and Javier Rodriguez do some excellent work once more.
This week I was a man on a mission. I’d resolved to make a big dent in my weekly reading pile, given all the great comics that were coming out, and I did just that. Not counting my graphic novel binges, since those count as a single item only, this has been my biggest week so far to date. 23 single issues in a week, with 15 reviews of these titles. Pretty damn good odds I say. I’m definitely hitting my stride here.
The best part of the week, other than all the fantastic new comics, was catching up with comics that I’d left off with or had put aside for other comics, such as American Vampire: Second Cyle and Pandora. The former proved to be really good while the latter not so much. But such is the way of things. I may be behind on novel reading, but I don’t care so much about that. Comics are where the excitement is going down!
Say what you will about Marvel’s recent habit of numbering their comics in the oddest manner as possible, but when their books work, they work, as was the case with Daredevil #1 last year. Storytellers Mark Waid and Chris Samnee moved the man without fear from New York to San Fransisco, providing not only a change in scenery but also a change in the supporting cast, and in villains of course. Not really having read that many Daredevil comics before, last month’s #1 was still an awesome issue, and something I’ve wanted more of ever since. And now this week we had the second issue, which proved to be every bit as good as its predecessor.
While the first issue introduced Daredevil to San Fransisco, the second issue this week brings out a possible antagonist in the form of The Shroud, a ruthless vigilante who is looking to turn SF into a crime-free zone as long as he is on the watch. He resents Daredevil’s presence of course, and that kicks off the story of this awesome, awesome issue. Artists Chris Samnee and Javier Rodriguez pick up the beats from Mark Waid very well too, and turn out another great-looking issue, proving that they are definitely here to stay for a long haul.
Another great week this time. Lots of fun new tiles and old ones returning for new installments. The highlight of the week had to be the upcoming graphic novel by Paul Dini and Joe Quinones Jr. for which I managed to get a review copy. Long live NetGalley! And the graphic novel definitely delivered on its promise too, although there were a few things that I didn’t like so much.
With all the new series coming out, its definitely a good time to be in comics, and most of all if you have been a fan of certain series like Daredevil and Unity. I’m still behind on certain series though and there are a lot of comics that I am behind on, as I was painfully made aware this past week. And the pile is mounting every week. Just too many things to stay current with.