Archive for June, 2010

Mr. Winick, we need to have a word…

Hold onto your hats, folks! This week is a big’un. I’m going to tell you right here and now, the Return of Bruce Wayne was sold out by the time I got to Crossroads, so I’ll be reviewing it next week.

This week started off strong with another amazing issue of Zatanna. Paul Dini is really on a hot streak with this title, let me tell you. This issue, all Zee wants is a little sleep, but that’s not going to happen with a Nightmare Imp crawling around in her head courtesy of her newest foe, Brother Night. It’s a good issue, and I’ve officially decided to start picking it up. Dini, you magnificent bastard, you got me again.

The Rise of Arsenal issue #4, a reaction review: …oh god, no.

Roy Harper has flipped his shit, ladies and gentlemen. He reminds me of Miller’s ‘goddamn’ Batman at this point, and I’m crying. I’m crying for the man that was once my favorite hero. Roy honey, I’m sorry, but Lian isn’t the only one that’s dead and gone now.

The second issue of Legion of Superheroes didn’t wow me. It was alright, but it didn’t really have the same oomph behind it that the first issue did. It focused mostly on the cleanup of the Titan debris and finding a place for the Titanian refugees to stay. Xenophobia plays heavily throughout this issue, and it’s sort of neat to see both sides of the issue through Earth-Man’s eyes.

I sort of wish I’d followed War of the Supermen now, because I’m totally lost. All the Kryptonians are dead? Okay. That’s news to me. Kara is undergoing a name-change as she gives up the mantle of Supergirl to become Linda Lang full-time. Yeah, that’ll last. Oh, and what’s this? Bizarro-girl? Okay, I’m intrigued. Next issue can’t come fast enough, I say.

There’s a new team on Power Girl, and it shows. The first 12 issues were serious, yes, but they also had a popped-out style and humor to them. The writing was great, the art was amazing, it was a great team for Peeg. Ask anyone, I’m not a Winick fan. He’s a good writer, but i find him too often writing to depress. And he’s done it again. I’d been waiting to see what Max Lord had in store for Karen, who’d also been a part of his JLI for a time, and now I wish I’d never wondered. I’m just so…I can’t even say anything. There was a time that Max was one of those characters that I hated to love but now, there’s only hate. Starrware is bankrupt, and Max may or may not have kidnapped Karen’s head of finance in order to make it happen. The storyline looks interesting enough, but I hope to god that Winick is off the title after the story is over.

And speaking of Maxwell Lord…Generation Lost is officially my nerdrage book. I love it. I hate it. I hate that I love it and love that I hate it. Some may remember that we lost Dimitri, the JLI’s Rocket Red, during an OMAC attack back in Countdown to Infinite Crisis. But you know what they say; when one falls, another will rise to take his place. But enough about the new ‘true’ Rocket Red, whom Booster aptly nicknames Captain Communism, let’s bitch about Max! A terrible thing is happening to dear old Max. Like Aquaman has only been able to communicate with dead fish, Max seems to be accidentally killing people with his mind control powers. Okay, I like this plot twist. I like it a lot. And let me just say, you can tell that Judd Winick has been reading all the JLI backissues to work on this title. I’m still not a fan of his writing, but you know he’s been running all the dialogue by Keith Giffen. You just know. The dialogue and character interactions all have an old-school JLI feel to them, and I couldn’t be happier with that.

That wraps up the books for this week, folks! I picked up a few backissues of Waid’s run on The Flash that I can’t wait to dig in to. This is Touch of Grey signing off until next Wednesday. Peace!

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I, ToG, take thee, BoP…

Sorry I missed last week, ladies and gents. I was a bit busy dying of heatstroke in good old Florida. I’ll make it up to you, I promise.www.floridasupercon.com

The first two comics of this week are from the second Joker’s Asylum series, and they feature the Mad Hatter, and Harley Quinn. The Hatter’s story is particularly demented, about stalking and tea and girls named Alice. The art made me a bit queasy, but it fits the utter madness of the story, I think. The art in Harley’s issue is much better, and the story itself is about Valentine’s Day. The central theme of this second Joker’s Asylum seems to be love. That disturbs me, I don’t know why.

And the train wreck continues! Okay, maybe not so much as a train wreck as a mild car crash. This issue of Brightest Day actually seems to be going somewhere as they stop focusing on Aquaman and Mera, and start telling us what the hell’s up with Deadman. It’s getting better, but it’s not enough to make me start buying the issues.

Okay, the ending of the latest R.E.B.E.L.S. story arc was pretty cool. Politics at work! The Tamaraneans and the Rannians are sharing a planet, and they’ve all made peace with the Thanagarians…so why am I getting a feeling that the truce won’t last long? And that Komand’r is planning on jumping Vril’s bones? Just a feeling that I get, but if I’m right, you all owe me a soda.

I’m sure you all saw this coming. I’m sorry, Six. Forgive me, Booster. Gail Simone, Ed Benes, you two have outdone yourselves with the second issue of Birds of Prey. It had it all; action, tragedy, the Penguin perving on Dove…my only complaint (which isn’t really much of a complaint, you’ll see.) is with the deaths of Savant and Creote. They weren’t really needed, but at the same time, they add that little extra bit of realness to the situation. Also, I b’awwed a bit when I saw Creote put the gun to his head. He loved Savant so much, he wasn’t willing to live without him, and that really touched me. End story is, I love this series. Love it. We were thinking a spring wedding and would be so happy if you would attend.

In other news and closing notes, I’ll be at Florida Supercon this weekend! Tickets are still available for $35 at Crossroad Comics on University. Look for the lady with the suitcase! Come up, say hi, sign a board! I’m going to be getting a Flickr for this blog for conventions, if you sign a board, you may just end up there!

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Help help, I’ve been book-blocked!

The reviews may be short today, as I’m itching to read the first issue of the Red Hood series. So let’s get to it.

Brightest Day: Pass. The only thing that keeps me coming back is the perverse need to know what’s going on with Osiris and Max Lord, but this series has barely touched on them. The art was pretty good this time around, especially on the Aquaman/Mera section, so that was a nice change of pace. Don’t bother shelling out the $3 every other week, guys. Either read it in store or buy the eventual trades if you’re inclined.

I’m really glad I chose to stick with Red Robin. The era of emoTim has ended, and it’s kind of like the earlier days of the first Robin series again. There’s comedy, detective work, action, and a hint of romance, not to mention amazing art. If you haven’t been following Red Robin, now is a great time to start.

Grant Emerson, this was your life! It’s a Blackest Night fallout issue this month in JSA: All-Stars, and one of the saddest things I’ve read this year. The relationship between Damage and Judomaster was always subtle at best, and I’m crushed that with his death, that particular chapter is closed forever. The second feature was once again, pretty interesting. Nothing like a bit of Da Vinci Code-esque adventuring, eh? If this is what all the second features for this book are gonna be like, I’ll keep reading it.

Now that all of the War of the Supermen stuff is over, Adventure Comics is enjoyable again! This month had a Legion story by Paul Levitz, featuring the original line-up and Clark as Superboy. Every boy deserves to have at least one perfect day, especially a Superboy. I’m so thrilled that Legion is back, you guys. And unf, that art! For a one-shot story, this was a real winner.

The Joker’s Asylum is back! This time around, the Riddler is on the chopping block, and boy is his tale fun. It’s a love story that ends with a riddle, appropriately enough. Sigh, I love the Riddler.

Unfortunately, my comic shop didn’t have the Red Hood mini’s first issue when I got there, and the comic shop down the street was already closed by the time I went to it. So I’m going to be going back on Saturday to grab a copy, and there will be a special all Jason Todd edition of The ToG Blog. But until then, I’m going to go into a little rage coma to pass the time. This is ToG signing off.

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