Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Recommendations from the week December 31st 2013

In the following order:
  1. The Flash #26: Excellent stand-alone issue.
  2. Red Lanterns #26: Best issue from this series yet.
  3. Justice League Dark #26: If you want a title from the Blight crossover, this should be your choice.
  4. Batwoman #26: Highly entertaining.
  5. Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #3: Other than the art, this was great.
Parker's Aquaman wasn't as good as I expected sadly, although it can still improve.

Happy New Year for Everyone!

I might get a little ahead but I want to give everyone a happy new year!

I also want to thank everyone who has been following and reading all my crazy ramblings over the course of these few months. If you liked them, I really thank you for that and if you didn't, well, there's always room for improvement. However, never doubt that I will do my best to bring my opinions as soon and honest as possible.

If everything goes accord to my plans I will be doing this for a long time, so thank you and I hope that you enjoy your festivities!

Some thoughts about Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #3

Steve Trevor will have to sacrifice his most precious memories if he wants to find the Justice League.

Steve will have to find Professor Stein if he wants to learn the wherabouts of Firestorm but what he will discover is something even more dangerous. Meanwhile, Doctor Light has been recruited by a new organization that has more extreme plans than A.R.G.U.S.

Some thoughts about Batwoman #26

After the supernatural threats, Batwoman is finally going to face more common one, that doesn't mean it will be easy though.

Kate Kane and her girlfriend Maggie Sawyer are attending into an art gallery where one of Kate's old friends is an expert. However, this also turns to be quite the attraction to the Wolf Spider, one of Gotham's new villains with a special taste for this.

Some thoughts about Justice League Dark #26

Blight's influence continues to expand around the world.

John Constantine and the rest of the Justice League Dark barely escaped their encounter with Blight, fortunately this also allowed them to know where one of their former teammates is. However, this won't be as simple as it appears since the Sea King from the Crime Syndicate has somehow survived his apparent death.

Some thoughts about The Flash #26

The Flash is about to face a threat in the only place where his powers are not that useful.

Barry Allen is doing his best to capture the culprit of Dr. Caulson's murder. Unfortunately, the villain turns to be much more resourceful and dangerous than he initally thought and so will begin a conflict that could start putting innocent lives at risk.

Some thoughts about Red Lanterns #26

  
Getting rid of a dictator might prove to be more difficult than what Guy Gardner imagined.

The Red Lanterns' plans to infiltrate Gensui's headquarters failed and now they will have to deal with an unexpected attack that will reveal their weaknesses and the only way to survive it will be to sacrifice one of their own.

Some thoughts about Aquaman #26

Aquaman's role as a king is about to get even more complicated.

Despite of all this time, Arthur still has problems at trying to separate his life between the sea and the surface while in the shadows a mysterious new theat is about to resurface.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Impreviews December 30th 2013

Quick impreviews go!
  • Aquaman #26 courtesy of USA Today : Shame that we can't have Pelletier for the whole issue.
  • Justice League Dark #26 courtesy of Nerdist : I'm so excited for the return of Sea King.
  • Red Lanterns #26 courtesy of Green Lantern in Facebook : Good interaction as usual.
  • The Flash #26 courtesy of DC Comics : Looks like a fun one-and-done story.
  • Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #3 courtesy of Newsarama : Nice twist to the story.
Expect some thoughts about these issues and a few more.

The last thoughts from this year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

How could Jeff Parker continue or even improve the quality of Aquaman?

At this point I suppose you already know that starting with issue 26, Jeff Parker is replacing previous writer Geoff Johns in Aquaman.

I already talked deeper about Johns' run in How did Geoff Johns turn Aquaman into one of the most popular DC franchises today? and I suppose you may think I'm already biased and fearful about Parker's run.

Well, you may be wrong, for the most part at least.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Highly anticipating on December 31st

In the following order:
  1. Aquaman #26
  2. Justice League Dark #26
  3. Red Lanterns #26
  4. The Flash #26
  5. Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #3
Expect the classic thoughts for all these titles and a few more.

Recommendations from the week December 24th

In the following order:
  1. Justice League #26: Great content and origins.
  2. Avengers #24: Interesting beginning of the new storyline.
  3. Forever Evil #4: Good villain dynamic.
Exactly what I expected overall.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Some thoughts about Avengers #24

The Avengers are about to celebrate Christmas in a cosmic way.

The team is having a well-deserved party after defeating Thanos once again. However, it won't last long since a mysterious visitant from the future who is bringing not only warnings about an immediate threat but also an upcoming one.

Some thoughts about Justice League #26

The lives from the Crimes Syndicate are being explored by their most recent and lifeless member.

Some thoughts about Forever Evil #4

Batman and Catwoman have survived from their supposed death, but will they be enough to stop the Crime Syndicate?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Does anyone else wonder why some people end being pretentious?

I love comic books. It's a medium that allows to tell the most fantastic, impressive and most importantly, creative stories that any person can think of. Whenever I see the envelope being pushed I feel a huge level of satisfaction by knowing that the industry is moving forward.

But what happens when people try to pretend that they're telling something more grandiose than what they are actually telling? Well, this happens:

"Pretentiousness: an exaggerated sense of one's importance that shows itself in the making of excessive or unjustified claims <everyone took her ingrained pretentiousness into account when considering her statements>"

Impreviews December 23th 2013

Quick impreviews go!
  • Avengers #24 courtesy of USA Today : I haven't been exactly loving Hickman's run but since this is the beginning of a new storyline I guess I will give it a try.
  • Justice League #26 courtesy of ComicBookMovie : Love the new origins of the Crime Syndicate.
  • Forever Evil #4 courtesy again of Newsarama : This better progress the story more than the previous issue.
Yep, not going to be a busy week so I will have to find other things to do.

Like spend time with my family.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Recommendations from Comixology's Marvel Now Sale

As I said before, despite that you don't see a lot of Marvel titles it doesn't mean that I don't enjoy them and so I will give you some suggestions about what to pick:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Highly anticipating on December 24th

In the following order:
  1. Justice League #26
  2. Forever Evil #4
Light, light week.

But hey, it will be christmas!

Recommendations from the week December 18th

In the following order:
  1. Harley Quinn #1: Crazy awesome.
  2. Justice League of America's Vibe #10: Great end for a great series.
  3. Green Lantern: New Guardians #26: Excellent concepts along with stunning art.
  4. My Little Pony: Micro-Series #10: Fun and cute.
  5. Wonder Woman #26: Pretty good continuation of the story.
  6. All-New X-Men #20: Nice interaction between characters.
Better week than I expected actually.

Some thoughts about My Little Pony: Micro-Series #10

Luna wants to take Celestia's place, this time in less extreme fashion.

Despite of having a hard duty as princess of the night, Luna believes that she's able to handle more responsibilities and is willing to prove her sister that she can do it. Hijinks ensue.

Recommendations from Comixology's DC Graphic Novel Sale

Yes, they're doing yet another sale immediately after the Azzarello one, not that I'm complaining (I'm getting poor!).

Anyway, here is a quick list about what to get:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Some thoughts about Animal Man #26

Once again, Animal Man has been chosen to save life around the universe.

The only thing that Buddy Baker wants is to return to his family and save his daughter but he first will have to deal with a strange planet where he will learn there's a new destiny for him.

Some thoughts about All-New X-Men #20

Kitty Pride and the original X-Men are about to get a new member of the team and yes, is technically Wolverine.

X-23 has resurfaced after the terrible events of Avengers Arena and she's desperate to get away from people, the only person who will able to confort her is the one who her original version hates the most.

Some thougths about Forever Evil. Rogues Rebellion #3

The Rogues continue they battle for surviving in a world plagued by criminals quite different from them.

After being separated from Captain Cold, the rest of the team have to face the crazy supervillains from Gotham City and to get alive from it, they will have to understand what's the difference between a Rogue and a villain.

Some thoughts about Supergirl #26

Supergirl's world is about to crash, again.

Kara has been reminiscing how her life on earth has been developing over the past few months and all the mistakes that she has commited while a new menace in the form of Lobo comes to earth to search for the person who has been using his name.

Some thoughts about Green Lantern: New Guardians #26

Kyle Rayner needs to save the future from an alien civilization but which one?

The Exurians have been steling important moments from different alternate timelines to create their paradise planet but now those alternate timelines have decide to strike back. Kyle will have to choose between destroy a perfect civilization or continue to see another getting ruined.

Some thoughts about Justice League of America's Vibe #10

Vibe final fight to save Prime Earth from an interdimensional threat finally ends.

Cisco has done everything he could to save both Gipsy and his brother Armando but sometimes one needs to accept the inevitable.

Some thoughts about Harley Quinn #1

Harley Quinn's new life begins now.

Harley has just inherited a whole new apartment in a pretty strange and dangerous neighborhood where she will find strange and threatening people. The worst part of it? She needs to find a job.

Some thoughts about Wonder Woman #26

Cassandra wants to know where the First Born is and she's willing to kill her own brother to do it.

Wonder Woman and Orion need to save Milan from Cassandra's hands and to accomplish itthey will need the help of old allies and enemies, not knowing that they're leaving one of their most precious friends with the worst possible person.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Recommendations from Comixology's Brian Azzarello/Wonder Woman Sale

As you may know already, Comixology is having a wonderful (hey!) Wonder Woman/Brian Azzarello sale starting today so here are some suggestions about what to pick:

  • Wonder Woman: Best WW run ever, get all the issues.
  • Lex Luthor: Man of Steel: Probably the best Luthor story ever.
  • 100 Bullets: Considered by many as one of Azzarello's best series, shame that they only give the first 4 issues when the whole series consists of 100.
  • Flashpoint - Batman: Knight of Vengeance: One of the best elseworlds stories focusing on Batman.
Well, those are the only ones I have read but it would be cool if you try the other series since they have gotten pretty good reception.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Impreviews December 16th 2013

Quick impreviews go!
  • Harley Quinn #1 courtesy of USA Today : Looks crazy fun as the last one.
  • Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #3 courtesy of CBR : Nice interaction, not so good art.
  • Wonder Woman #26 courtesy of UPPROX : Good to see Siracca again.
  • Animal Man #26 courtesy of Blastr : Hamner is a good replacement on art.
  • Green Lantern. New Guardians #26 courtesy of DC Comics : Looks vibrant as usual.
  • Justice League of America's Vibe #10 courtesy of DC Comics : Final issue, I'm sad already.
  • Supergirl #26 courtesy of Newsarama : I have been disappointed so many times by Bedard that I'm not sure about this one.
Expect the usual thoughts for all of these issues and maybe a few others.

UPDATE: 100 POSTS WOO!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Some thoughts about Worlds' Blandest #18

Power Girl continues to have problems with his powers, deja vu.

Thanks to the help of Huntress she's able to gain control of her abilities again but unfortunately that's not the only problem that they will be facing since a strange cult is causing problems in the city.

Some thoughts about Man of Steel


Yes, I know I'm late to the party but I posted this a few months ago in a forum and I would feel bad if I don't put it here:

So I finally saw this movie.

After hearing so many mixed opinions about this I was a bit apprehensive about its quality so I went to the theater willing to judge it for both its good and bad aspects. So what did I thought?

Friday, December 13, 2013

What's with the predisposition to hate?

You know, in my countless hours of navigating around the forums I have noted that whenever a new creative is announced there is always the same response:

"Goddammit, I loved what "name" was doing, I'm dropping this book now!"

Of course there is also the opposite reaction if you hated the previous run in the first place (in fact "What's with the predisposition to love and hate?" could be a better title but just for this topic let's concentrate on the title's question).

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Highly anticipating on December 18th 2013

In the following order:

  1. Harley Quinn #1
  2. Wonder Woman #26
  3. Justice League of America's Vibe #10
  4. Green Lantern: New Guardians #26
  5. Animal Man #26
This will be a light week frankly.

The Top Ten Best DC Comics of 2013

Hey people! As every comic fan, you know what is one of the things that I enjoy the most about reading comic books?

Praising them! (Okay yeah, this is basically a copy/paste from my previous article, sue me).

Just like I discussed on my last list here: The Top Ten Worst DC Comics of 2013, I didn't want to end this year on such a depressing mood so here I will give you the list of my favorite DC series that represent a wonderful enjoyment everytime I read them.

We're going to make a few tweaks this time though, I'm going to include the artists from the respective series where I feel they contribute as much as the writers for their quality.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Recommendations from the week December 11th 2013

In the following order:
  1. Justice League 3000 #1: Promising and powerful first issue.
  2. Justice League #25: Great Owlman origin.
  3. Superman/Wonder Woman #3: Fantastic character interaction.
  4. Suicide Squad #26: Great content and worldbuilding.
  5. Justice League of America #10: Great Stargirl origin.
  6. Green Lantern Corps #26: John kicks ass.
All of them were pretty good though, what a week.

Some thoughts about Constantine #9

Blight has finally showed himself to the members of the Justice League Dark.

Constantine is reflecting how ironic is that now that the superheroes he hates so much are gone, the things are even worse than ever, but he will have to face a different kind of threat besides of the Cime Syndicate, he will have to face the embodiment of evil.

Forever Evil: Blight continues and Ray Fawkes tries to make the best of the crossover and while he's able to inject enough character segments and progression, it still feels a bit barebones. The parts focused on John and his inner thoughts about Zatanna are pretty well done but once that the battle starts all those moments begin losing strenght.

On the other hand, I would say that this still works as a crossover event since there's a lot of action with pretty impressive moments thanks to ACO's pencils that are quite fitting for the series and a collaboration of a couple of pages by Beni Lobel who is also quite good.

Solid issue I guess, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who isn't invested on Forever Evil: Blight.

Some thoughts about Superman/Wonder Woman #3

The relationship between two of the greatest superheroes gets even more complicated.

Zod has returned from his exile and he doesn't even need to adjust to his new found powers to defeat the whole Justice League of America and they will need both Superman and Wonder Woman to be able to restrain him but that's not the only thing that they should be worrying about since like any other famous couple, his secret romance has been discovered.

Charles Soule continues to build the romantic development betwen Superman and Wonder Woman with pretty successful results. The dynamics between all the characters that appear here was pretty well done and both Clark and Diana are starting to sound like two people who are truly in love. Great job.

The action was pretty intense too, the battle against Zod was excellentely paced but I have a complaint though, I find a bit weird that Zod was able to defeat Martian Manhunter so easily considering he's as strong (or maybe stronger) than Superman, other than that, this segment was flawless.รง

Tony Daniel continues to prove that he's a great fit for this series by managing to portray great action scenes and powerful character moments.

Excellent issue. The dynamics, action and romance is exactly what I expected from a series like this and Soule delivered.

Some thoughts about Green Lantern Corps #26

John Stewart is finally facing Hal Jordan for his most recent actions.

Everybody knows that Hal hasn't been really doing a good job as a leader and John will be forced to confront him to make him listen to reason. However, there's a bigger problem since the threat of the Durlans is growing and is starting to affect the members of the GLC.

After the Zero Year tie-in issue, Robert Venditti and Van Jensen focus once again in John and continue building his importance to the Corps and showing his true potential as an architect and a soldier. It was good to see that the events from Zero Year actually influenced John in current actions and of course, the best part was to see him punching Hal on the face.

It's necessary to add that the sub-plot about the Durlans has been developing nicely since the beginning of their run and it's great to watch how the newest members from the Corps react to it. Plus, we had the appearance of a fan-favorite character, Arisia.

Bernard Chang continues his outstanding and colorful work on the characters and recreating worlds in a quite appealing way.

Yet another good issue from this creative team. John is getting the respect he deserves.

Some thoughts about Justice League of America #10

Stargirl is on her own against the Secret Society.

Having escaped from the strange place where they were imprisoned, Stargirl absorbed Martian Manhunter's mind and now she will be forced to get out of her memories if she wants to get out of this situation alive.

As far as origin stories go this was definitely a good one. Matt Kindt introduces to Stargirl's first steps as a superhero including the relationship with her stepfather Pat Dugan and the mystery about the last owner of the star rod, Silverter Pemberton. Kindt gave us enough sub-plots to be invested in the character and her motivations, it was a really job.

Both Eddy Barrows and Tom Derenick handle art duties here and their work mix surprisingly well, the transition between styles is pretty seamless.

Really interesting issue. All the Justice League titles have delivered the goods today.

Some thoughts about Justice League #25

Owlman wants the perfect family so he destroyed his old one to build a new one.

The Crime Syndicate is still ruling over the world and Owlman is taking control of the organized crime that exists in this earth but deep inside he has a weakness and that's the brother he never got, Dick Grayson.

Another issue focusing on a member of the Crime Syndicate and so far this is proving to be a quite good direction for this title. This time, Geoff Johns concentrates in Owlman by giving him an origin that is so sick and twisted that complements his nature perfectly, it was a truly great way to differentiate him from his previous incarnations and turn him into a believable threat to the world.

The worldbuilding was pretty nice too. Here we saw the different families of organized crime and even the origin of one of the craziest members of the Justice League, Plastic Man.

A complaint that I have however, is that it seems like the issue changed its original plans. If you check the cover this issue was supposed to feature Ultraman too but he doesn't appear at all here.

Doug Mahnke replaces Ivan Reis on art and he works great for the most part but sadly, having four different inkers including Mahnke himself starts hurting the quality of his art halfway. still, it doesn't ruin it.

Great issue and I hope that Johns continues giving us more origins for the rest of the Crime Syndicate.

Some thoughts about Suicide Squad #26

Kamo, the Hawaiian Shark God, has been released and he will have to answer to his son King shark.

Amanda Waller has a pretty dark past which consists in the sacrifice of others to save the world but now she's about to die at the hands of the enraged God and the only person who can save her is the demented James Gordon Jr.

Another great issue of Matt Kindt's run on the series. Kindt is able to start building the history of Belle Reve along with Waller's past by connecting their similar objectives, I have also need to mention James Gordon Jr.'s charactertization which is by far the best portrayal he has received recently.

And this issue was content packed as hell, Kindt has been delivering a lot of story in each issue but this one felt even denser than usual, everytime that I thought that the issue was going to end I realized that I still had more pages to read.

Patrick Zircher continues his fantastic widescreen artwork but unfortunately this time he wasn't able to complete the whole issue and was assisted by Roger Robinson in the last few pages. Thankfully, the book conserved the same style despite of the change.

Quite satisfactory read and the final page was quite exciting too.

Some thoughts about Justice League 3000 #1

The Justice League has arrived into the year 3000 but are they the same heroes?

Terri and Teri, the so called Wonder Twins, have created a strange and dangerous experiment, they have brought the world's greatest superheroes to the future but at a cost, these are not the original members but in fact they are they clones. Can this new team with none of the positive traits of the original save the future?

All right, this is the first issue from the anticipated series and so far I think it's a pretty interesting beginning. Together, Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis bring enough ideas and worldbuilding into this age to make it their own and quite different from the future that we have seen on Legion of Super-Heroes.

They also introduce some interesting concepts to the characters like how would a Clark Kent without the guidance of his parents act? Or, what motivates a Bruce Wayne without the death of his parents? These are pretty strong questions that present great possibilities for characterization and of course, the interaction between the members of the cast is wonderful, Giffen and DeMatteis bring personality and humour to the title without going overboard like in their Justice League International days. This is the kind of dynamic that I love in team books and they have definitely delivered in that front.

But of course, I'm sure you wonder how Howard Porter's art look, it looks stunning, what did you expect? Powerful, kinetic, creative and immersive, I'm glad that he was chosen to define the look for this book.

Excellent and promising first issue, this might be my favorite read of the week.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Is the most wonderful time of the year.

What's with December and that magic that it brings?

Yeah, yeah, I know that a lot of you people celebrate Hannukah, Kwanzaa or whatever else but hey, I'm a buddhist and that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy the sheer amount of joy that comes with Christmas.

So for all of you who want to explore the best sentiments from this season I will give you some recommendations about what to read:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Impreviews December 9th 2013

Here is a quick list of impressions I could get from the different previews from the comics of this week:
  • Justice League 3000 #1 courtesy of USA Today (Source): Powerful Porter art.
  • Suicide Squad #26 courtesy of Multiversity Comics (Source): Excellent worldbuilding.
  • Superman/Wonder Woman #3 courtesy of IGN and Newsarama (Source): Fantastic interactions.
  • Constantine #9 courtesy of CraveOnline (Source): Still looks great despite of forced storylines.
  • Justice League #25 courtesy of CBR (Source): Holy shit! That's so messed up that is awesome!
  • Justice League of America #10 courtesy of Hero Complex (Source): Good to know that Stargirl is getting the spotlight.
  • Green Lantern Corps #26 courtesy of UPPROX (Source): John is going to kick Hal's ass.
Expect some thoughts about all of these series. Wednesday is going to be a good (and busy) day.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Top Ten Worst DC Comics of 2013

Hey people! As every comic fan, you know what is one of the things that I enjoy the most about reading comic books?

Whining about them!

"Wait a minute, I thought you liked everything, you lying son of a..."

Sorry to interrupt your swearing but you would be wrong. As most persons I can recognize crap when is in front of me and I can assure you that there has been a looot of crap this year.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Highly anticipating on December 11th 2013

In the following order:
  1. Justice League 3000 #1
  2. Justice League #25
  3. Justice League of America #10
  4. Suicide Squad #26
  5. Green Lantern Corps #26
Yes, I love the JLs, what can you do?

Recommendations from the week December 4th 2013

 In the following order:
  1. Green Arrow #26: Wonderful start for The Outsiders War storyline.
  2. Green Lantern #26: Quite satisfying end for this two-part story.
  3. Earth 2 #18: Continues to deliver twist after twist.
  4. Action Comics #26: Excellent first issue from present time.
  5. Fearless Defenders #12: Nice conclusion for this entertaining series.
Update: How could I forget Earth 2?!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Some thoughts about Fearless Defenders #12

It doesn't have anything to do with the story but I can't express enough how much I love this frikking cover.

The group of superheroines are going into a final battle against the Doom Maidens but to achieve their victory, Anabelle will have to convince Valkyrie to come back to the world.

"What the hell is Marvel doing here?!"

Yes, I know, I don't usually put my thoughts about Marvel comics but that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy them and I must tell you that Fearless Defenders has been one of the most entertaining titles since issue 1 and it's a shame that it's coming into a conclusion.

Writer Cullen Bunn knew how to inject personality in each of these characters and make them unique, especially considering that it mostly features C-list superheroines. The dynamics were compelling, the action was engaging and the humor was great, I always thought that this was the Marvel version of Birds of Prey except that done right (Current readers of BoP know what I mean).

Will Sliney has improved a lot since his first issue and his work actually looks much more polished and appealing, the girls look particularly beautiful.

Shame that Marvel is cancelling a book as entertaining and diverse as this.

Some thoughts about Action Comics #26

Back to present time Superman still has to save Lana Lang.

A new kind of monster is threatening the world and Lana is on his way and despite of Clark's best intentions there are people who apparently have something against him.

I guess we could call this the first proper issue of Greg Pak's run since the last one was basically an origin and it's pretty satisfying at that. Pak's characterization of Clark Kent is quite on-point and even presents some interesting dilemmas from his youth that affect his current judgement. Lana is also pretty appealing so far, Pak gives her a new portrayal that I must say is one of the most exciting I have seen from her yet.

There are also different important sub-plots being introduced here: The mysterious monster, where he comes, the Ghost Soldier, who are they bosses. The story progress pretty nicely.

This is one of the cases where the artist contributes with a lot of the quality for this story. Aaron Kuder's art is magnificent with an style that is very reminicent of Frank Quitely's and also has fantastic storytelling techniques.

Great issue. This creative team are well on their road.

Some thoughts about Green Lantern #26

Hal's struggles as a leader continue.

The battle against the Star Sapphire Nol-Anj and her clann is proving to be more difficult to handle for Kilowog and him so Hal will have no other option but to call the whole Corps in a battle of planet versus planet.

This was a pretty good issue actually. Robert Venditti makes the new status quo for the Green Lanter Corps matter by presenting interesting arguments about using their powers responsibly and making some of the members not using them at all.

I have to mention that I really enjoy the character work here too. Hal is a pretty flawed leader but one that is learning step by step how to become better, the characteriztion for the rest of the GLC was quite good too and showed a lot of interesting moments for each one of them.

I'm really satisfied by Billy Tan's work by now. His art is dramatically improved in comparison to early issues, it's much more refined.

Pretty good conclusion for this two-part story, the direction looks interesting too.

Some thoughts about The Movement #7

Mouse got almost killed by the Graveyard Faction what will happen to the rest of the team?

Vengeance Moth is on her own after The Movement went to find their injured teammate and she will have to handle the new group of so called superheros of Coral City by herself unless Burden is able to see the thruth about himself.

I have to say that I really enjoy the character moments that Gail Simone is creating for this series. The past of Vengeance Moth is finally being explored and there are some nice surprises about her character, even the main villain receives his own moment of characterization and the interaction with his father who is also a different kind of villain was pretty well done. The story is progressing satisfactorily.

Still, I wish there were more team dynamics, the previous issue delivered on that front but this one not so much which is a shame since I think that's when Simone's writing really shines.

Freddie Williams II is consistent as ever, creating powerful and vibrant moments.

Solid issue but not as good as the last one.

Some thoughts about Earth 2 #18

The herald of Darkseid is proving to be the biggest menace that Earth 2 has ever faced.

Superman has lost of all of his free-will and now he's just dedicated to create chaos on the world, the Wonders from Earth 2 are being defeated one by one. The only hope remains on a new team of Wonders that consist of some of the most dangerous threats of the world.

This is the second issue of Tom Taylor as the writer of the series and despite that it's well written, the story doesn't move as fast as in the previous issue. The menace of Superman is something really believable and the mysteries that Taylor is creating are pretty interesting, especially concerning the new identity of Batman, Aquawoman, another new reinterpretation of an old character and the Joker, well, I don't want to spoil it but you will be surprised.

Still, I think this was a kinda fast read, there are a lot of sub-plots being introduced here but I was hoping to know more about them before the end of the issue. That makes it successful I guess.

Nicola Scott continues to shape the world of Earth 2 and her characters look wonderful and her depiction of action scenes keeps improving.

Good issue definitely. A bit of a fast read but a good read nonetheless.

Some thoughts about Green Arrow #26

The Outsiders War is upon us.

Oliver Queen has tried his best to forget and surpass the kind of person he was before his accident but now he will be obligated to remember it due to his return to the island that gave life to Green Arrow so he can find the totem weapon that belongs to his clan. Unfortunately, things may not go as planned since The Outsiders have send Kodiak and his Shield Clan to stop him.

This is the first chapter from this anticipated storyarc and it automatically delivers all of its promises. Here, we see how the different plot-ploints that Jeff Lemire has been developing during the course of the series are starting to come together and the result is in a pretty satisfactory way to progress both the story and Ollie's character.

For the first time since issue 0, we see some of the events that happened between the arrival to the island and the return to Seattle. Lemire doesn't ignore anything since the events from issue 0 are still present as well as all the characters that it contained (Yes, I'm talking about Tommy Merlyn).

But of course, half of the credit goes to Andrea Sorrentino for a pitch-perfect interpretation of past events and Ollie's development as an archer and person. Not to mention that the environments from the island looks absolutely gorgeous.

Favorite book of the week. This is shaping to be the best story yet for this creative team.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

How did Geoff Johns turn Aquaman into one of the most popular DC franchises today?

How exactly I ask? Because it seemed something practically impossible to achieve in those moments.

As I discussed in my previous article here: http://comicobsessed.blogspot.com/2013/11/aquaman-history-of-successes-failures.html, Aquaman was passing for one of his hardest periods.

The last volume was an interesting experiment that ended in failure, his history was compromised to the point that it had become too convoluted to continue it, the sales were at their lowest point ever, the character had so many changes of direction that no one was exactly sure what to do and of course, he had the small disadvantage of being dead at the time.

Who could possibly be able to make the character succeed? Most importantly, who would be interested on make him work?

Enter Geoff Johns.