Let's Talk Comics! Purchases and Reviews: 06/20/12
Welcome to "Let's Talk Comics!" for 06/20/12!
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Highlights of the Week:
Mars Attacks #1
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The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #3
Hellboy: The Fury #1 - 3
Ame-Comi 2: Batgirl #1: In this issue, we meet Barbara and her cousin Carrie, who live with their Uncle Jim. Babs and Carrie are Batgirl and Robin. Jim is, of course, James Gordon. Surprisingly, he's in a wheelchair in this continuity. I guess it's a play on Babs turn as Oracle.
This issue doesn't live up to the strong intro of Wonder Woman. Carrie is kind of annoying. Her speech is so slang heavy, it reads like an older person trying to sound young (think of those cliche guidance counselor characters who talk to teenages like, "I'm hip to that scene, dawg!"). The rest of the issue is just a fight between Batgirl & Robin and Poison Ivy. Ivy attacks them with mutant plants, they trade quips (I admit that I liked Batgirl telling Ivy she dressed like a slutty cucumber), and Catwoman and Harley show up at the end.
I like Batgirl and Robins costumes, but Catwoman's left a lot to be desired (basically her current outfit but with shorts and no sleeves). Overall, it was okay for $0.99, but I hope the next issue is better or I might skip the 3rd. I had high hopes for the Ame-Comi concept, so I hope they can get the quality back up.
Godzilla Legends #2: The 2nd issue of this mini focuses on Rodan. The military is studying a Rodan egg while an adult Rodan searches for it. There's a scientist obsessed with the egg and his son who is bullied at school. The boy steals the egg in order to turn Rodan lose on his tormentors. It started off strong, but goes off the rails at the end. Supposedly, this is the weakest issue of the mini-series.
The only thing for me this week was the final issue of Kung Fu Panda. As per usual the story and writing weren't so bad, but the artwork was terrible. Can't wait for Tales of the Dragon Warrior to hopefully be better.
Avengers vs. X-Men #6 - I've enjoyed this, but the last couple of issues felt a little boring. However, the ending of #5 renewed my interest, and I thoroughly enjoyed #6. (And clearly I've been out of comics for a very long time, because I had no idea Professor X was walking again!)
Mars Attacks #1 - Colorful artwork, but not as good a debut as I'd hoped. The story was a little jumpy. I may pick up #2, but this was just a so-so introduction.
Rebel Blood #4 - I finally get to the last issue of this limited series, and . . . I have no idea what's going on. A twist ending that doesn't leave me mad so much as just plain confused.
Ghostbusters #10 - The "Haunted America" story arc continues in New Orleans. Feels a bit like a filler issue because the story is pretty straight-forward and light, but I just seriously love this comic.
And in the mail recently I got Dark Horse's first three Aliens mini-series: Aliens (1988), Aliens (1989), Aliens: Earth War (1990). Original printings, too, before they were altered to change the names of Hicks and Newt after the release of the third film. Have only read the first series so far, picking up ten years after Aliens, but it was fantastic!
Avengers vs X-Men #6
Red Hood and The Outlaws #10
Good reads this week.
Lupin the Third!
Uncanny X-Men #14 - I've got Uncanny #4-14 sitting in a pile waiting for #1-3 arrive before I even pick up an issue off the stack to read. Definitely getting a little impatient waiting!
The Punisher #12 - I'm digging the look Frank has taken in this series. A definite improvement over the previous issue, which felt way too slow for me. Everything about this issue was nothing short of great.
Daredevil #14 - Admittedly this is the first Daredevil series I have read. Since Quesada's Daredevil: Father, which was pretty to look at. Either way, I have been enjoying this series so far, and I don't really expect less from Waid. The end was pretty comical.
Journey Into Mystery #640 - This is the first issue of the series I have picked up. Probably should have grabbed the last couple issues along with it.
Nightwing #10 - I've always been a fan of Nightwing. I read somewhere earlier that Nightwing feels like the "hipster Batman," and I couldn't agree more. What I've read so far has been really good.
Ghostbusters #10 - First issue of the series I have picked up, but it definitely feels like filler. I've heard that it's a really fun series so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what the series has to offer.