November 2019

The Flash : Year One - Review kevin Thu, 11/28/2019 - 17:00

Year One monikers generally mean something special within DC Comics. Not every character gets a Year One story and it’s an event that doesn’t come around that often. It is a way to affirm the core of a character without rebooting, to add onto that character’s mythos by building on new elements, and to act as a guidepost for the character moving into the future. Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter do a nice job in creating this moment for the Flash.

New Comic Book Day Pickups- 11.27.19

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This week's pickups: 

  • Action Comics #1017
  • Batgirl #41
  • Batman 100-Page Giant #2
  • Batman Beyond #38
  • Batman vs Ra's al Ghul #3
  • Batman: Creature of the Night #4
  • Books of Magic #14
  • Detective Comics #1016
  • Fight Club 3 #11
  • The Flash #83
  • Ghost-Spider #4
  • John Constantine: Hellblazer #1
  • Justice League Dark #17
  • Martian Manhunter #10
  • Red Hood: Outlaw #40 
  • Second Coming #5
  • Shazam! #8
  • Star Trek: Picard - Countdown #1
  • Swamp Thing 100-Page Giant #2
  • Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1
  • The Terrifics #22

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Superman Smashes the Klan #1 - Review

Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru bring to life in comics form the radio play from 1946 where Superman takes on the Klu Klux Klan analog, the Klan of the Fiery Cross. A Chinese family moves from the Chinatown section of Metropolis to a more suburban area. Here they are confronted with themes all too familiar today, that they are trying to “replace” whites in myriad situations: getting a promotion at work, owning a home in the ‘burbs, becoming the lead pitcher on the baseball team.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 9 : Okay - Review kevin Sun, 11/24/2019 - 23:14

***SPOILERS****

I generally try to avoid spoilers as much as possible. Since this is the final volume for the super popular The Wicked + The Divine, however, a little more detail will need to be discussed.

Partly, I think the appeal of WicDiv is never quite knowing exactly where the story is going. More so than normal comic structures, WicDiv often creates a sense of “what the hell is going on?” while maintaining a sexy and seductive feel from the fantastic art of Jamie McKelvie and gorgeous colors from Matt Wilson.

Undiscovered Country #1 - Review

The United States built a border around the entire lower 48 states and sealed themselves off from the world. No one has seen or heard anything from them until now. Thirty years have passed and a message has been sent out to the world’s governments inviting them to come in, offering a cure for a worldwide disease that threatens to exterminate all of humanity not within the US within six months. A team is dispatched to investigate and they are immediately stranded with a wild world that feels a bit Mad Max-ian. They are on their own to survive and find their way to the cure for the world.

The Last God #1 - Review kevin Tue, 11/19/2019 - 23:16

To quote DC Comics for this title: “Thirty years ago, a fellowship of brave heroes traveled beyond the borders of creation and killed the last living god, saving the realm of Cain Anuun from the tyrant’s apocalyptic army of the undead. The legendary companions became the rules of their world and ushered in a new age of peace and prosperity. But it did not last.” Phillip Kennedy Johnson does not waste a single page. The pacing of the story, the amount of world-building that occurs, and believable dialogue pulls you in immediately.

DCeased #6 - Review kevin Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:32
***SPOILERS****

Superman has been turned into a zombie by the Anti-Life Equation at the end of the last issue and this final issue deals with the decimation that an unleashed Superman brings to the world.

In a series full of big moments and utter hopelessness, Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine manage to find a way to make things bigger and even more hopeless. What an achievement in storytelling to find a way to lose massively and yet have the smallest of wins for the heroes.

New Comic Book Day Pickups- 11.13.19

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This week's pickups: 

  • Batman and the Outsiders #7
  • The Batman's Grave #2
  • Black Hammer / Justice League : Hammer of Justice #5
  • Catwoman #17
  • Collapser #5
  • Detective Comics #1015
  • Event Leviathan #6
  • The Flash #82 
  • Far Sector #1
  • Gotham City Monsters #4
  • Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #3
  • Hawkman #18
  • History of the Marvel Universe #5
  • House of Whispers #15
  • Justice League Odyssey #15
  • Punisher: Soviet #1
  • Superman #17
  • Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1
  • Wonder Woman #82

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High Level #6 - Review kevin Wed, 11/13/2019 - 08:20

Seemingly, this is the end for High Level as it “completes” its series. This isn’t quite a review but more of a personal commentary of what I think transpired in this title. The story wraps and ends with an opening to continue, as indicated by the designation “End Book One.” All told, this was not a very satisfying end to this series.