Archive for April, 2010

Why So Unimpressed?

I only picked up four comics this week, so this is gonna be pretty brief.

Mushy mushy mush, that’s the vibe I’m getting from Green Lantern Corps this month. Mogo erects a memorial tree to honor the dead, Soranik and Kyle wax poetic about his memorial mural, and Kilowog resigns as a drill instructor. Then Isamot and Vath have a moment after it’s revealed that Isamot gave his Sector partner his legs. And then the Guardians repeal the thrid law, so, don’t expect to see Kyle and Sora for a few issues. The issue ends with Kyle and Guy sharing a beer at a decimated Warriors. I’m gonna say it here and now: until Ted comes back to life, these boys are the new official DC Bros.

Gotham City Sirens was a breath of fresh air for me. This issue, Ivy starts her new job at S.T.AR. labs while Selina and Harley meet the neighbors. There have been a slough of missing pets in their area recently, leading the girls to believe that a gang was setting up dogfights. The twist at the end is priceless, so I won’t spoil it for you.

The second issue of the Rise of Arseal was not something I was looking forward to reading. Roy Harper has always been one of my favorite characters, and seeing what is happening to him is too much to bear. Getting a replacement arm is nothing compared to the pain of having to bury your daughter. Of seeing your mentor unmasked and jailed for murdering her murderer. Of falling back into addiction. Of lashing out at your friends to make yourself feel even more alone. God help you, Roy. You need it more than anyone else, now.

What the hell? The latest issue of Teen Titans was just one long string of puns! I am not impressed. And Ravager’s second feature has finally come to an end. A sickeningly sweet, then just plain sickening end.

Yeah, not happy with the comics I read this week. They all just seem to be missing something, something important…

In other news, I just found out about the Red Hood mini coming out in June. If you haven’t seen the cover of the first issue, look it up. Batfans shall wet their pants in joy.

Well, that’s it for me this week, geeks and geekettes! I’m gonna go do the dishes and put the finishing touches on my friends’ birthday present. Ciao!

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OHMYGODHOLYCRAP

http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2010/04/21/breaking-news-from-cartoon-network-warner-bros-animation-and-dc-entertainment/

I came. How about you? But I swear to Christ if that’s Wally underneath that cowl, someone is going to get hurt. Badly. But OH my god look at how awesome Kon and Tim look! I personally can’t wait for the show because I can’t wait to get action figures of these two so that I can make them kiss. Heh, I’m so not joking.

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Look, ma, body switching!

This week was quite a doozy as far as comics went, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

Brave and the Bold had an epic threesome of a team-up this month, Wonder Woman, Zatanna, and Batgirl! The ladies take a night off from crime-fighting to have some fun! Dancing, flirting with boys, and just having a good time. There is a pretty big, depressing twist at the end, which I don’t really want to spoil for anyone that hasn’t picked up the book yet. But the scene with Babs, Diana, and Zatanna singing karaoke (All the single ladies!) was hilarious and worth the price of the book.

R.E.B.E.L.S. is still slogging along as usual. With Starro the Conquerer defeated, you’d think that there would be some sort of punishment in store. And you’d be half right. Unfortunately, Starro escapes execution thanks to his still-loyal generals. But that’s not where the story is this month. I said ages ago that I found Starfire to be a wholly uninteresting character with a somewhat cookie-cutter background, and I stick by that. But, it looks like she’s going to be a part of the cast of R.E.B.E.L.S. now, so I’d best start getting used to her.

Unless you like play-by-plays and useless facts, forego the Blackest Night Director’s Cut. The unused designs for some of the Black Lanterns were pretty cool, but aside from that, yawn central.

Power Girl was pretty rad this month, if I do say so myself. Her current opponent is none other than the villianous Ultra Humanite, again, but with a horrifying twist: he’s using the body of her friend Terra! Don’t worry, Atlee fans, she gets her body back by the end of the issue. And strangely enough, so does Humanite. The technology in Strata is far greater than anything above ground so for now it’s goodbye Ultra Humanite, and hello healthy body of Gerard Shugel! But don’t think things are going to be easier for Power Girl with him out of the way, she’s still got the crazed furfetishist Satanna hot on her heels and out for revenge.

Green Lantern was actually pretty dull this month, in the aftermath of Blackest Night. But then again, the gang deserves a rest. Not that they got one. The issue basically dances around Hal and Carol’s commitment problems, as well as how some of the other Lantern Corps are dealing with the universe post-Blackest Night. I’m honestly considering dropping Green Lantern in favor of picking up the new Guy Gardner-centic series slated to start soon, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors.

I’ve been looking forward to Supergirl #52 for months. I mean, come on. Supergirl and Brainiac 5: together again for the first time! The fanfic practically writes itself. Too bad Brainy basically has to act like a dick throughout the entire issue to keep himself from spilling the beans about what’s going to happen to Kara and him in his past, her future. Guh, time travel makes my head hurt in all the worst ways.

Before I forget, if your comic shop carries it, pick up this month’s issue of Tiny Titans. For a series aimed at little kids, there are enough in-jokes to keep even the most seasoned of comic collectors giggling, and this issue focuses on Trigon, Raven, and Kid Devil.

Yeah, that’s what I said.

Anyway, I’m hungry and y’all are probably sick of scrolling, so I’m gonna hit the publish button and go get a granola bar. Peace out!

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I had no money this week

So I am technically pilfering comics for your enjoyment. I hope you’re proud of yourselves.

In Booster Gold this month, Booster puts his angry face on for the camera. While fighting bad guys, he accidentally kills a little girl’s dog. Out comes the sad face. And then he goes back in time to watch a meteor shower. I guess time travel has some perks. But his sister is still mad at him for letting her boyfriend die along with Coast City, so he goes to beg her forgiveness. Oh wow, Gladys was a fake wife! Nonexistant! God, Booster, why didn’t you just tell Ted you loved him instead of the wife charade? Anyway, of course Michelle forgives him. So Rip takes Booster on a little trip to save the girl’s dog from dying. How sweet. Finally, Rip gets an alert from Vanishing Point about Batman. Dun dun dun!

This month, Batgirl started out pretty nicely. Steph successfully averted a trainjacking, got a pat on the back from the Commissioner, and got rained on. Meanwhile, Babs is spending time with Wendy Harris, teaching her how to be cool with being paralyzed. And then the deaths start. Nanites in the blood, is the end diagnosis. Uh oh. Looks like the Calculator is going to be part of Oracle and Batgirl’s personal Rogue’s Gallery from now on, and he has flipped. Unless of course you see someone keeping the corpse of their dead son in their office as normal. Which leads to the question, where’s Kit? If Noah is chillin’ with a corpse, where did everyone’s favorite soul-summoner get to?

Last time on Secret Six, some thugs threatened to kill Catman’s son if he didn’t do in his teammates. Today, he told them to kindly piss off. In, uh, slightly more intimidating words. After stealing the team jet, he finds that his son is nowhere to be found, but Cheshire is beaten pretty badly. Meanwhile, back at the Mansion of Nowhere, Scandal and Bane get into words. And he’s still trying to be a dad to her, so he tries to ground her. Ooh, that wasn’t a good idea. Surprisingly, she doesn’t kill him, or even maim him. Though she does kiss his cheek, which made me d’aww. She really does care about him. Anyway, cut to the guy that has Tom’s kid. He is…having sex with his girlfriend. And then Tom breaks in through the window and grabs her, causing the bad guy, Claudio, to kill his own lady by accident. One thing I really love about Gail Simone’s writing is how she can make you feel bad for the nastiest of men simply by introducing, and destroying, something they honestly love. Also, anyone that encourages slash fic is cool by me. By the way, it turns out that Claudio didn’t kill Tom’s son. Doesn’t mean that the poor bastard isn’t going to die for trying.

Once again, I have no idea what’s going on in Adventure Comics. I think I’m going to drop it until the War of the Supermen is over, because I am so confused.

Gen 13 was pretty good. I haven’t been understanding it lately, but it’s got a good cast of characters and everyone loves the story of a post-apocalyptic world, right? If you’ve never read the series before, I suggest it. The reason I picked it up a couple of years ago is because Gail Simone was writing it, and you all know what a boner I have for her. Metaphorical boner.  Yeah.

Because I haven’t picked up a Marvel book in nearly 8 months, I had no idea that there was a Young Avengers one-shot for Siege. Long spoiler short, Billy is a closet Norse nerd, Teddy thinks that’s hilarious, there is banter, boyhugs, fighting, and Eli kisses Kate. Also Tommy and Hawkeye sorry, Ronin have a moment. That sound you hear is slash fic starting up. All in all, a good book.

I’m not going to say anything about Brightest Day. It was amazing. It was saddening. It made me gasp a good three times. But I’m not going to say anything. Go to your local comic store and read it yourself.

And now for the star of the show.

I’ve been looking forward to the new Flash series since Flash: Rebirth was announced. I’ve devoured preview pages, pounced on spoilers, but nothing in the world could have prepared me for the sheer work of beauty that the first issue held. I was delighted, I was amazed, at one point, I got a serious case of goosebumps. And while I don’t think it’s my place to fully review what is probably going to surpass Booster Gold as my favorite ongoing, I’m gonna give it a shot.

Central City is obsessed with speed. The citizens chug coffee, the cops try to solve cases as fast as they can, even if the verdicts aren’t always correct. And now, for the first time in awhile, Central City is once again the home of the fastest man alive. To make a long spoiler short, while the title of the first story arc is “The Dastardly Death of the Rogues”, they never specified when those Rogue would be from.

I’m done for the day, gonna go work on my costume for the premire of Kick-Ass on Friday. If anyone is going to be at the Sawgrass Mills Mall, stop by the theater and say hey to the troupe of superheroes you find.

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Photobooth Shenanigans

As promised, the picture links of myself, Ellie, Hector, and our new friend Guy Whose Name I Totally Forgot having some fun with the Fotobot.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tates/4511859579/ This was our first picture of the day. Yes, I’m pretty sure Ellie took those glasses. I’m sorry, Fotobot people.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tates/4511871183/ So we could still see each other, even when we’re far away from each other. Aww. Damn, my shoulders are red there.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tates/4512512184/ These are totally in the notebook I carry with me.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tates/4512512870/ Hector and his Jew Harem.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tates/4512513486/ Our new pal, What’s His Face. Ellie, you should date him. I -know- what it looks like I’m doing in picture 3, but I’m not. I stuck out my tongue as I made a peace sign, then at the last second, realized how it would look. I apologize to everyone.

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I have returned triumphant! And sunburned.

The weekend-long tent sale at Tate’ Comics is still going on, folks! Hurry out and buy yourself a longbox for $35! Or comics, 5 for $1.

And now for the sale review, as per my experience.

WEAR A SHIRT WITH SLEEVES AND LONGISH PANTS. I’m burnt on my shoulders and knees, and that’s it. Whyyyy?!

But the sale itself was pretty awesome. We got there around 10am, when the sale started. The goal of the sale was to finish up at least two of my series’ (I’ve got like, 30 different books I’m missing issues from) and find a bunch of good Superman/Action Comics for Hector. Mission accomplished! I’ve officially finished the Teen Titans series from the late nineties and he Ion series from 07-08, and Hector has more Action Comics than ever. Moving on.

Tate had rented the Foto Robot again (funnest machine ever) so when my best friend showed up, shenanigans ensued. Pictures will probably be available in the Tate’s Flickr photostream. Links to come shortly.

The only really bad thing about the sale, aside from the severe sunburn, was that it was a pretty lousy selection if you were looking for JSA, Nightwing, or Batgirl comics. Not a single one. But on the bright side, I picked up a few Silver Age Flash issues.

Sale’s on for another few hours, go get yourself some comics.

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Well, this is awkward.

I am of course talking about the latest issue of Red Robin, but you’ll see.

Let’s start things off with JSA: All-Stars. Essentially, Courtney and Al are trapped in a dimension of demons called the Subtle Realms. They still have a thing for each other but can’t do anything about it, morally, because she’s 17 and he’s like, what? 25? And yet the hormones are still a’flowing. Oh, and did I mention that they’re fighting pretty much the entire dimension? Or that neither of them have any powers in this dimension? It sort of adds to the sexual tension in its own way, mainly because neither are sure if they’ll make it out alive. The tension is lifted briefly when they kiss and Courtney confesses that she’s still in love with him. And then it’s off to fight the…I dunno. Dimension boss or something. Meanwhile back on earth, a new steampunk-meets-Van-Helsingesque heroine named Anna Fortune emerges to fight the Lord of Tears. She is badass and friends with Doctor Fate. She also took down the Lord of Tears single handedly. I really want to see more of her. Sand is a part of the team now, and Power Girl has a dirty mind.

No even joking. After Kara has to explain to Stargirl’s parents where their daughter is, Sand comes up to her and tells her, “I’m all yours, if you want me.” Kara’s face that panel is pretty much worth the price of the issue.

Anna Fortune has a spell that can help save Courtney from the other dimension, except that she’s kinda been fibbing about how experienced she is with magic so…I foresee shenanigans in the near future.

In the second feature, Jesse and Rick have teamed up with Icicle and Tigress to track down an artifact that can heal people, as well as find the other half of the book they’ve been trying to get their hands on for the last five issues.  As usual, it ends with Jesse and Rick being mushy.

In Batman and Robin, the secret, more twisted side of the Wayne family emerges. Thomas Wayne (version 1765, not Bruce’s daddy), the devil-worshipping black sheep of the Wayne family, seems to have minions in the present day, or followers of the same cult, at least. They attack Damian and…some guy named Sexton who isn’t really Sexton. I honestly have never encountered the character before, so I dunno. Oh, and by the way, Talia is controlling Damian through his new spine. I have no idea how that’s possible. And then she hands the controls over to Deathstroke so that he can kill Dick. WHAT.

Moving on.

Tim, Pru, and Steph go up against assassins sent by Ra’s al Ghul in Red Robin, but the real targets are twelve other people close to him. Tam and Vicki Vale are two of the targets and are…working together to stay alive. Tim resorts to near-torture tactics for information, which may be the new normal for him. And when Dick and Damian show up, Dami goes apeshit and attacks Pru, and Tim puts him down. Sweet. Steph saves Vicki and Tam, but only after accidentally hearing the (fake) bombshell Tam’s dropped about how she and Tim are engaged. Awkwaaard. Also, Dick and Tim have a MOMENT on the roof. Brothers my ass.

Flash: Secret Files and Origins has been rescheduled more times than any other book I can think of that came out this year. Y’know what?

Totally worth the wait.

The art is amazing, the little stories involving the Flash Family and the Rogues were excellent, and HOLY CRAP Scott Kolins, I sort of like you again. Seriously, look at the comparison between Keystone and Central City. Gorgeous. Definitely a book to pick up. Don’t forget, the new Flash book by Johns and Manapul drops next week!

Oh, and speaking of things not to forget, this Saturday and Sunday is the first big sale of the year at Tate’s Comics on University Drive. Fill a longbox for $35 outside in the tent, or pick up back issues for half off! Also, the Super Spotlight for this month is the Flash, which means you get a 20% discount on all Flash merchandise!

For more information visit www.tatescomics.com

Hope to see you there!

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