Posted in 2016

Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom


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Dan Jurgens & Tyler Kirkham

Paperback, Trade, 128 pages

Published February 17th 2017 by DC Comics

My Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom is here, as a part of DC Comics: Rebirth!

Superman returns to Metropolis just in time to meet the city of tomorrow’s newest protector: Lex Luthor. But it’s not long before these dueling titans meet someone unexpected — the new Clark Kent! The two arch-enemies must put aside their differences and face the common threat of Doomsday, as Jimmy Olsen and the Planet staff try to uncover the truth: who is the man claiming to be Clark Kent?

Writer Dan Jurgens (The Death of Superman) returns to the Man of Steel along with illustrators Tyler Kirkham (Deathstroke) and Patrick Zircher (Green Arrow) for the next great Superman chapter in Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of Doom!

Collecting: Action Comics 957-962

My Thoughts: 

I didn’t hate it but, I sure as hell didn’t like it either.

The plot was okay, a tad annoying, but not bad. I have to say, though son of superman wasn’t my cup of tea it was heaps better than this one. I would recommend just reading son of superman instead of this trade honestly. In Son of Superman the plot was forgettable but it was action packed, with moments of great interaction between the Kent family. With this one there really isn’t a plot other then Superman fighting, there are many points in the plot that of explored would have made this trade much better, but the author chose not to explore them and instead focus on a fight that spanned the entire trade. A fight that I’ve read and seen before, so I wasn’t fond of that plot point one bit. 

The plot was pretty bland though there are a few things that stand out. The artwork wasn’t my favorite but I felt it worked well with story, though Wonder Woman’s design irked me a bit. Lois didn’t impress me in this one though, in son of superman she was pretty badass

I have a few questions:
SuperLex?
Weird dude in green hood, whatcha doing? Also, who are you?
Human Clark Kent, wth?

Also,
Why the hell does rebirth have so many duplicate characters now?
Two Lois lanes, possibly three Idk.
Two Wally Wests,
Two Clark Kents…
I’m starting to get overwhelmed and confused.

Overall, I’m not impressed.

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Posted in 2016

Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen


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James Tynion IV &  Eddy Barrows 

Paperback, 128 pages

Published February 14th 2017 by DC Comics
 
 

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Detective Comics is back! Follow the adventures of Batman, the world’s greatest…teacher?!

The Dark Knight and series co-star Batwoman team up to take new protégés Red Robin, Spoiler and the villainous Clayface under their leathery wings! The only problem is, neither new super-instructor knows exactly what they’re in for as the attempt to train these wiould-be heroes before a mysterious army takes Gotham for themselves.

From the new creative team of writer James Tynion (Batman/TMNT) and artist Eddy Barrows (Martian Manhunter), Detective Comics brings back the characters you know and love and thrusts them into dangerous, new adventures!

Collecting: Detective Comics 934-940

My Thoughts:

When DC announced the titles for Rebirth I was most excited about this title because it had two of my favorite characters: Cassandra Cain & Stephanie Brown. And an added bonus was that this title would also feature Batwoman, so I was extremely happy when DC approved me for a review copy. It wasn’t my favorite of the rebirth titles I’ve read before (which is Aquaman) but sadly, it wasn’t as good as I hoped it to be.

I really enjoyed the team aspect, especially since a featured a diverse set of characters. I tend to enjoy team ups much more because I enjoy the interaction and how they work together when on missions. This team which consists of Clayface, Red Robin, Orphan, Spoiler, Batwoman, and Batman worked well with each other and came together pretty seamlessly which was great. If I’m honest I wish there was more interaction between the members. There was a lot of interaction between Stephanie and Tim, which I expected but I really wanted more interaction with everybody; hopeful there is more in the next volume.

It wasn’t spectacular but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The storyline was interesting and entertaining. I thought the pacing was perfect and the artwork was excellent. The characters felt real, though I do have to say that Cassandra and Clayface kind of faded into the background a bit as Steph, Tim, Kate, and Bruce took most of the attention. But, I have to say that Cassandra Cain is my favorite character so I’m biased. We get a lot of Batwoman’s backstory which I honestly loved and I can’t wait to see where her story arc goes in the coming volumes. I also enjoyed seeing a vulnerable Batman in this.


Overall, I enjoyed this title and can’t wait to see where things go. That ending has me a little worried about the direction of the storyline, so I will definitely be continuing on with this one.

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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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Posted in 2016

Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman


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Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Paperback, First, 176 pages
Published January 4th 2017 by DC Comics
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

After the stunning events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the world is left without Superman! Luckily, there is another Man of Steel to fill his shoes: the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! However, can this new Superman protect the world while raising a super-son with his wife, Lois Lane? And should they help their boy use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world?

Along with all-star illustrators Doug Mahnke (Final Crisis) and Patrick Gleason (Robin: Son of Batman), best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi brings you Superman, Volume 1: Son of Superman!

Collecting: Superman 1-6, Rebirth

My Thoughts:

I went into this trade blind. I knew absolutely nothing. With the universe being rebooted, I thought this would be a good time to jump on board.

After a little background that i found a little bit confusing (probably because I didn’t read the previous run) we jump right into the storyline following Superman, Lois, and Jon as they navigate through life on the farm and Jon’s developing powers. I found the family dynamic really cute, and something I really wasn’t expecting. It was actually pretty relatable, and very realistic which I actually enjoyed. It was really sweet Clark, Lois, and Jon interact.

The problem I had with this trade was that the plot was forgettable. Honestly, probably won’t even remember what it was about next week. It was forgettable, flat, and frankly uninteresting. It was action packed but, I just didn’t care. I kept checking my progress because I just wanted it to be over.

One thing I really did like in this trade was Lois. I typically don’t like Lois, but this one was kickass! Don’t mess with the baby bear, when mama bear is around!

Also, the Hellbat suit? Freaking AWESOME!

Also, the artwork was fantastic and colorful. It went perfectly with the storyline.

It’s sweet and packed with action, but it just wasn’t for me. I would still recommend to anyone who is a Superman fan, it’s an interesting transition worth checking out. Though I wasn’t a fan of this trade, I’m still interested to how this plays out.

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