Posted in 2016

Teen Titans Vol. 1: Damian Knows Best.


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Benjamin Percy & Jonboy Meyers

Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by DC Comics

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

As a part of DC Universe: Rebirth, the son of Batman, Damian Wayne, joins the Teen Titans!

The Teen Titans are further apart than ever before…until Damian Wayne recruits Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and the new Kid Flash to join him in a fight against his own grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul! But true leadership is more than just calling the shots–is Robin really up to the task? Or will the Teen Titans dismiss this diminutive dictator?

The team will have to figure this out fast, as a great evil from Damian’s past is lurking around the corner, ready to strike at the team’s newest leader and destroy the new Teen Titans before they even begin!

The newest era of one of DC’s greatest super-teams begins here in Teen Titans, Volume 1: Damian Knows Best! Written by Benjamin Percy (Green Arrow) with spectacular art by newcomer Jonboy Meyers.

CollectingTeen Titans 1-5, Rebirth

My Thoughts:

My little demon baby went out and made some friends! *dies*

I really enjoyed this volume. It was filled with action and heart, and those two factors put together are always a win in my book. I really was looking forward to this one, just because it has Damian. He’s my demon baby and I love him. He’s also my second favorite Robin, Jason being my first. But also, who doesn’t have a soft spot for the teen titans?

What I liked:

I loved the beginning! Watching as Damian assembled his team was the simultaneously worrying and hilarious. Being the little demon he is, he didn’t just ask them to join the Teen Titans. That would’ve been too easy.

The relationship between Alfred and Damian. This relationship really made me realize how young and lonely Damian really is, and it was a tad heartbreaking. HE’S JUST A LITTLE BABY!

Damian making friends. It was a miserable experience for him. I loved it!

Starfire lowkey being the team mom.

Wally (my other baby) being the glue, and making connections with everybody on the team.

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK

Damian being vulnerable, saying PLEASE, and accepting help.

And finally, Damian putting Bruce in his place.

What I didn’t like:

Why does every Damian storyline have to be about Ra’s al Ghul, his mother, or showing everybody he’s the best. It was fine the first time around, but I want a storyline that doesn’t involve his past. We already know what he wants for his future, what he wants to be, and I need a storyline that’s going to bring us closer to that. That shows him growing without being hampered and constantly plagued by his past. We already have that with just about every member of the Bat-Family.

That is really the only thing I didn’t like. It’s annoying to be getting the same storyline in different variations. Damian’s overall character feels stagnant. He can’t grow beyond being the Demon. In this volume, there was quite a bit of growth and I loved it. I want it to continue, but with these same played out storylines, it ain’t gonna happen.

Now, in saying that I’m by no means discounting Percy’s storyline or writing because it was good. I like his depiction of Damian’s character and the rest of the team. His writing was intriguing and fast-paced, and as previously stated filled with action and heart. My critique comes from wanting to see more of Damian’s character in a way that doesn’t involve his past. I also blame Son of Superman, because it gave me all I wanted in two issues.

As this run continues I hope to see more growth from all characters and some interesting storylines.

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Posted in 2016, Review

Review: New Super-Man, Volume 1: Made in China


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 Gene Luen Yang & Viktor Bogdanovic 

Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published June 27th, 2017 by DC Comics
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

#1 New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang continues his work at DC with New Super-Man, Volume 1, a part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

An impulsive act of heroism thrusts an arrogant young man into the limelight of Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League of powerful heroes. As the government creates their own Superman, will they live to regret the person they’ve chosen? Rising from the ashes of Superman: The Final Days of Superman and the death of the Man of Steel, will this New Super-Man step up to the challenge, or be crushed under the weight of his hubris and inexperience?

Award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Superman) and on-the-rise art star Viktor Bogdanovic (Batman: Arkham Knight) introduce readers to Kong Kenan, an all-new superhero who could change the world…or be the end of it, in New Super-Man, Volume 1.

Collecting: New Super-Man 1-6

My Thoughts: 

Yo. This is one of the best titles in Rebirth. I don’t care what anybody says, ITS ONE OF THE BEST.

Gene’s writing in this was so funny, vibrant, and realistic. Kenan felt like a child, he acted exactly how you would expect a teenager to act if he were given superpowers and it was great. This trade is lighthearted and fun, has action, and heart.

Kenan is far from being Clark Kent, and that’s what makes him such a great character. Honestly, he’s more Tony Stark than he is Clark Kent. He has Clark’s powers, but he isn’t Clark at all. What Kenan is, is a little shithead. I say that with love because by the end of the trade he has grown. He’s still a little brat, but if he weren’t he wouldn’t be Kenan and then this trade would suck. The kid we are introduced to in the beginning is, different than the kid we see at the end. He’s been knocked down and so he doesn’t shine as bright, but the growth is noticeable.

This a new run with a new character so there isn’t much I can say without spoiling the whole trade but here are a few things you will find in this trade: great characters, an unlikely team, broken family ties, lots of sarcasm and teasing, a magic lasso, Chinese politics, and a plot twist that I saw coming a mile way, and a plot twist at the end that shocked the hell out of me.

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Posted in 2016, Review

Review: The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness


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Joshua Williamson & Felipe Watanabe

Paperback, Trade, 128 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by DC Comics
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: 

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!
A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well…you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts–but just where did this amazing new friend come from? Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads.
From up-and-coming writer Joshua Williamson (Illuminati, Red Skull) and illustrator Carmine Di Giandomenico comes The Flash, Vol. 2: Speed of Darkness!

Collecting: The Flash 9-13

My Thoughts: 

Thankfully they dropped the repetitiveness In this volume which that in itself is a vast improvement in my eyes.

The artwork was pretty rough in the beginning but starting in the midpoint of the first issue it improved vastly, and it was beautiful. I liked the design of the characters and the colors were nice and bright which worked wonderfully with the storyline.

Barry Allen, I love him but he works every single one of my nerves! He constantly talks about his shortcomings and how he has to teach Wally (the young one), and how he needs to show Wally that he cares, but he doesn’t! He actually just stops and tells him he can’t be Kid Flash anymore until he can trust him….wtf? I as a reader can see his mindset and why this decision might be plausible in his head, but to Wally, it just seems like bullshit. Which I completely understand, Barry needs to think about and take care of Wally considering he is only a child.

And if this little rant wasn’t clear, I have a soft spot for Kid Flash, both Wally’s actually. I want to give the red-headed Wally a big hug! He has lost so much. I really loved the moment between him and Kid Flash it was so sweet, and really drove home how neglectful Barry is. I really could go on and on about all of Barry’s faults and it will come back to how he treats his sidekicks.

But then, he had this really sweet moment with Kid Flash that was pretty freaking amazing and made me forget all of the BS and simultaneously made me remember why I love Barry Allen. Though he works my nerves, he’s a great hero, and he gets it eventually.

Overall, though this trade was very short it was pretty awesome. Filled with action and relationships I thought it was a solid follow-up to volume 1.

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Review: Superman, Volume 2: Trial of the Super Sons


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Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Paperback, First, 168 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by DC Comics
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
 
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Synopsis: 

Superman and his super-son Jon are back in the second volume by best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi!

With Jon becoming more and more powerful by the day, Superman’s greatest foes are starting to take notice of the new super-kid on the block. When one of the most evil and ruthless of Superman’s rogues’ gallery comes for the Man of Steel’s son, Clark must decide just how far he’s willing to go to protect the ones he loves.
Superman and Jon Kent are transported to Dinosaur Island to find the last of the Losers! Then, after a quick trip to the county fair, Jon meets his match in Damian Wayne—and the Super Sons’ fathers soon put the two young heroes through their paces as a new crime-fighting team is forged!

Collecting: Superman 7-13

My Thoughts: 

First of all,

This trade was a little different than the last one. Instead of having one story arc that was explored throughout the whole trade, this one had three. I will share my thoughts on each story arc, there will be a little spoilers but nothing that will ruin the trade or the story arcs.

The first arc was Dinosaur Island part 1&2. I thought this arc was really good and I can’t wait to see where the storyline goes. It left me with so many questions! It did a great job of exploring Jon and Clark’s relationship, and Jon ever developing powers, all while introducing a new plot line that I expect will show up in the coming trades. Honestly, these issues were so good that it could be its own series. Now, looking back I wish the story arc was further explored and fleshed out more, just because it was that good and exciting.

Now, after I read the first trade which I gave a 1-star rating, I was sure that I wasn’t going to be continuing on with this run. But, I saw the cover and knew I had to read it.

Truly, I only wanted to read this volume to see Damian beat up Jon.

Not that I have anything against Jon because he’s pretty freaking adorable but, Damian Wayne is my little demon baby and I love him!

The two issues in which Damian was featured were great! I enjoyed seeing Maya & Goliath again. Also, Maya calls Damian little brother and I die. Watching these two super sons work together was adorable, sweet, and oh so funny! I really can’t say much about this arc without spoiling anything, but these issues serve as a kind of backdoor pilot. And after reading this, I will definitely be picking Super Sons.

The last two issues in this trade felt a little out of place. Though Lois Lane continues to be pretty freaking amazing.

Frankenstein and his Bride are hunting for a fugitive. These last issues mainly focused on them, and their relationship. The ending for the last issue was rushed, one second they’re looking for the fugitive and the next she’s apprehended with little explanation. but the main focus really wasn’t on the fugitive it was the Frankensteins and, damn the Bride was ice cold! By the end, I wanted to punch her and hug Frankenstein.

One critique I have is there needs to be more dad jokes. Clark told only TWO dad jokes in this whole trade. I would love it if Batman told a dad joke, can imagine?

While I still stand behind the 1 star I have volume 1, I have to say this volume was pretty freaking adorable. I think I liked this volume much better because I knew what to expect. It has action but it’s mainly family-focused and filled with fluff, it’s sweet and entertaining.

I get it now.

If you’re new to comics and don’t know where to start, this run is a good starting point if you’re interested in Superman or fans of Smallville!

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Posted in 2016

Suicide Squad, Volume 1: The Black Vault


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Rob Williams & Jim Lee

160 Pages

Published February 28 2017 by DC Comics

Received by publisher in exchange for a honest review.

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

From writer Rob Williams, superstar artist Jim Lee and Philip Tan comes the new Suicide Squad!

The government has once again handpicked the worst of the worst for its Task Force X. Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Katana and Killer Croc. All deadly criminals sent on the most dangerous missions possible by a governement that wants them killed. But their newest challenge? A teammate so powerful that even this group of murderers and thieves can’t control.

Behind the pencils of Jim Lee and Philip Tan, as well as the pen of writer Rob Williams comes Suicide Squad, Volume 1: The Black Vault!

Collecting: Suicide Squad 1-4, Rebirth

My Thoughts:

I gotta say, this one surprised me. I honestly enjoyed this trade and will absolutely be continuing on with the run!

What I loved about this trade was that it was fun! I loved the way the team interacted with each other, there were a lot of quips and snide remarks which made it entertaining and relatable. It felt real, it felt like how a team would interact and I enjoyed it.

I’m a sucker for teams because I love the interaction and this trade had a lot. As a whole the team interaction is funny, definitely not serious, and protective. But, when the team splits up is when you sometimes see a different side of them which is intriguing and for me often pretty funny.

Side note, I’m low key shipping Killer Croc and Enchantress.

Side note #2: I feel like Rick is an exasperated dad dealing with is violent, murderous children. And this makes the whole trade even funnier to me.

On the squad this time around is Rick Flag, Katana, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Enchantress, and Harley Quinn. I hope we get to see different characters as the run continues but I will also be happy to keep the team as is. I want to see Enchantress and Katana explored more, as they didn’t get much action in this trade.

I don’t really have much to say about the storyline. The whole trade focuses on the mission, and honestly it’s a little murky and i’m guessing it will be further explained in the next trade, considering how it ended. This trade focuses more on how the team works together, and how Task Force X operates as a whole.

My favorite part about the whole trade where the one shots at the end. Katana’s was my absolute favorite! Also, I really enjoyed the design of the characters especially Harley.

Long story short,
I liked it, it made me laugh, I ship Killer Croc/Enchantress, and I will continue on with the run.

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Posted in 2016

Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies


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Greg Rucka & Liam Sharp

Paperback, Trade, 128 pages

Published February 28th 2017 by DC Comics
My Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Received by publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

New York Times best-selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder Woman! After suffering an unimaginable loss, Diana must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. However, in the midst of her grief, her Lasso of Truth stopped working! Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!

From the ashes of DC Universe: Rebirth, critically acclaimed writer Greg Rucka along with illustrator Liam Sharpunveil a tale that will forever alter the DC icon in Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies!

Collecting: Wonder Woman 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, Rebirth

My Thoughts:

This trade was okay, just okay. I think the main problem with this trade was that my expectations were really high, and I was severely disappointed.

It started out really strong and I was looking forward to it. Wonder Woman thinks that someone is messing with her head, her memories and to top it all off she can’t go home. It was after the first issue that things kind of go downhill.

Now, don’t get me wrong the storyline as a whole is pretty interesting and definitely not what I was expecting (in a good way), but it just wasn’t what I was expecting. Though I have to admit, the Cheetah storyline was intriguing and kept me interested I wanted to know more. Actually that plot point was the highlight of the trade.

The whole trade was pretty fast paced, and action packed which was great. Honestly that fight scenes where some of my favorite parts. The artwork and colors were gorgeous, I loved Diana’s design in this and the jungle was beautiful!

Now, here’s the plot point I didn’t like: Steve Trevor. Actually, I’m indifferent about this plot point, I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. When I talk about Steve Trevor, I’m talking about him as a soldier, because I liked him and his team in that instance. What I’m on the fence about is the romance. Toward the end of the trade it got real sweet and I wasn’t feeling it. Maybe, I’m just bitter because I loved Diana and Clark together and she totally disregarded the whole entire relationship. Overall, I’m not impressed with the Steve/Diana relationship but that might change, who knows?

All in all, the trade wasn’t bad, it just didn’t met my high expectations. I will continue on with run, hopefully it gets better or my expectations get lower.

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Posted in 2016

Review: The Flash, Volume 1: Lightning Strikes Twice


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Joshua Williamson & Carmine Di Giandomenico

Paperback, Trade, 219 pages
January 24th 2017 by DC Comics

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well…you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts–but just where did this amazing new friend come from? Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads–and reeling from the reemergence of his protegee, Wally West!

From up and coming writer Joshua Williamson (Illuminati, Red Skull) and illustrator Carmine Di Giandomenico comes The Flash, Vol. 1: Lightening Strikes Twice!

Collecting: The Flash: Rebirth, 1-8

My Thoughts:

It was pretty good, I liked it.

It was a great trade for new readers, I was a little confused about the two Wally West’s because I didn’t read the previous run, so I don’t know young Wally’s origin. But other than that it was fine, and I really think fans of the show will enjoy this, it feels pretty similar.

The storyline was interesting, and enjoyable. There was a lot of moving parts, that came together in the end and I really liked that.

The twist though wasn’t surprising, like at all. But that didn’t lessen the quality of the story, at least for me. It was entertaining to watch Barry deal with the surprise. I also like watching Barry deal and figure things as a member of law enforcement.

Iris was pretty badass in this trade, definitely not a damsel. Her relationship with young Wally West was my favorite. They love each other so much, and Wally looks up to her and its endearing. Meena & Wally were sweet too. This trade focuses a lot on personal relationships.

I always kind of think of Barry as a Boy Scout. He’s good and sweet, and carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. He want to do everything, and save everybody and then beats himself up when he can’t. This in the beginning of the trade was endearing, by the end I was a bit annoyed. Also the repetition in this book drove me insane. The word speed appears at least a 200 hundred times in this trade, and I got tired of reading “My names Barry Allen, and I’m the fastest man alive”.

Overall it was a good trade, with an interesting plot, and great artwork. Perfect for new readers & fans of the show.

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Posted in 2016

Review: Aquaman, Volume 1: The Drowning


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Dan Abnett & Brad Walker

Paperback, Trade, 192 pages

Published January 11th 2017 by DC Comics

Received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Aquaman, the King of Atlantis, has never found a true home in either of the worlds that he was born of. In his undersea realm, Aquaman is both King and outsider. And in the surface world, he’s a hero and an outcast.

In this brand new series by fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett (Titans Hunt) and all-star penciller Brad Walker (Sinestro), the King of Atlantis attempts to broker a peace between Atlantis and the surface, but this noble quest might force Aquaman to finally choose whether to live his life above the waves, or below them. Plus, Black Manta makes his bloody return and seeks to destroy everything and everyone Aquaman loves!

Collecting: Aquaman 1-7, Rebirth

 

My Thoughts:

Before I get into this review I have to first say: I’ve never read anything about Aquaman. This is my first occurence with Arthur Curry, and I wasn’t disappointed.

With DC rebooted their universe, this is the perfect starting point for new readers. The first issue in the trade does a great job of explaining who Arthur Curry is, his world, his place on land and in sea, and It’s done in a very interesting way which made me even more excited to jump into the storyline.

This trade was action packed and intriguing. The Trade starts with Aquaman trying to bring both of his worlds together, land and sea. With this endeavor he faces opposition on both sides. The people on earth think he is dangerous and foolish at the same time, while the people of Atlantis want nothing to do with the air-breathers. What I like most about this trade was seeing the opposing sides and watching as Aquaman tried to make everything work. He was willing to do anything to bring the people of Atlantis and the people of land together, and it was amazing to watch as it all unfolded.

I think the main reason why I loved this book so much was Mera. I have to say the beginning of the book was slow, it was interesting, but it was pretty slow. So when the action started to unfold I was glad, and extremely happy to see that Mera was at the forefront of it all. That woman is strong, fierce, an amazing warrior, and she will do anything for Arthur. I thought the relationship between Mera and Arthur was amazing, it was even funny at times, and they work so well with each other.

What else made this book a hit, at least in my opinion was Black Manta. Getting his side of the story was personally my favorite part. Watching as he pursued his vengeance against Arthur was entertaining, but seeing why he wants to defeat Aquaman was shocking to me. I’m new to Aquaman and comics in general, so it changed my opinion of Aquaman. Also, Black Manta is pretty badass, and I truly love his personality and I’m so stoked to see where his story arc goes.

Being new to Aquaman I was very impressed with this trade. I thought the storyline was entertaining and intriguing, the artwork was beautiful, and the characters were vibrant. For old fans I don’t how this would stack up, but I say give it chance!

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