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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Playing Catch-Up Again

My wi-fi has been utter crap lately, and I'm not quite sure why...other than the general cussidness of things.  Still up there poking and prodding and desperately unplugging and replugging things in.  We will see how this goes.

But anyway...reviews!

Black Widow #7

You know...I like this book, but darned if Natasha isn't a pretty awful person.  I know that she was made that way by the Red Room, which is also awful, and that the Weeping Lion is also an awful person, but...yeesh!

She has managed to blackmail the Weeping Lion, who turns out to be the son of one of her early, if not THE earliest hits, and she goes up against her former Head Mistress, and rival...aka Recluse.  She's doing it for a good reason...so save other children from what she went through, but it is pretty brutal.  The art is gorgeous of course, and it's a compelling story...but pretty grim.  But good.

Doctor Strange #13

Baron Mordo is trying to beat Doctor Strange, but Dormammuu thinks he is a weenie.  Which of course he is.  Meanwhile, Strange is asleep and being tortured by Nightmare, because....why not?  And Wong and Zelma are trying to save him in their dreams, and it all turns out that Stephen dreamwalks through EVERYONE'S Dreams!  It is awesome!  And epic!  And Chris Bachalo was born to draw this stuff!


Hellcat #11

For some reason, Black Cat is after Patsy, and is using a group of young female vandals to do her dirty work. One of them is the ex-roomie of Patsy's new roomie, and...and stuff happens.  It's all delightful as usual.

Howard the Duck #11

Waaaggghhh!  It's the last issue!  But in true meta fashion, it is more or less hinted at quite broadly that he'll be back.  But I have absolutely adored this iteration of Howard, not to mention his vast and wacky cast of characters.  Aunt May!  Biggs!  Spider-Man being an idiot!  Tara!  Bev!  And you should never leave your Aunt on a roof for safety if that roof is on fire! 

God I'm going to miss this...but what a way to go.

Squirrel Girl #13

Still stuck in Canada without wi-fi...I feel her pain.  And Enigmo is the one stealing the muffin, and he can split into other Enigmo's and is taking over the earth.  Also Ant-Man, and we learn a whole lot of cool stuff about mega colonies of Ants, although Scott doesn't seem to care all that much.  Scott is a bit of a jerk in this...but in his defense, he does have a fair amount of reason to be peeved, what with being kidnapped by Brain-Drain, and his client's very expensive jet being jet-napped, and ending up in Canada.  God I love Canada...even is Scott doesn't. 

Also squirrels.

The Mighty Thor #12

Jane/Thor is a tad confused about the sentience of Mjolnir, and is hauled off to the Parliament of Gods or whatever, where that cranky Librarian hangs out, and we learn how Mjolnir was forged and why, and boy howdy, but Odin is still a jerk.  But a giant sentient storm and Uru, and devastating the Universe and...whoa! 

A little bit of a filler issue, until the big stuff next month, but I don't mind. 

Green Lantern Corps #6

Guy is not in this much except as a torture victim, but his bros are trying to find him, and he's holding out, because you simply cannot break Guy Gardner!  Hal is doing a lot of showing off, but that's just how Hal rolls. And finally Sinestro gets off his yellow butt and decides it's time to show Hal what's for. 

Good, but needs more Guy.

Lucifer #11

Well, "God" is back, and he's pretty much insane.  He's bringing all his boys back into the fold, and stuff is going down, and it's the end of the world, and Elaine is back too, and she has a bit of a surprise for Lucifer.  I still like Gabriel best though.  All setting thing up for the big donnybrook, which is always  a good thing, and the art is gorgeous as always.

Wonder Woman #8

This is a retelling of the story of Barbara Minerva, and it's pretty great actually.  No Nicola Scott artwork however, which made me sad, but Bilquis Evely does a nice job with it. Rucka has been doing a lovely job, and it's a good story.

So...two weeks worth of books, and not a clunker in the bunch, which is always nice.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Finally Some Reviews

My God, but I have been slacking off lately.  In my defense, my Sweet Babboo is having Cataract surgery, we did the left eye two days ago with the right eye scheduled for the end of the month.  It was...actually a lot less traumatic than he had expected. Thank goodness!  And I have a wicked cold at the moment. 


But basically I've just been lazy. But there are two weeks worth here.

Blue Beetle #1

I thought we already had a number one, but apparently that was just the prologue.  The Actual Number One, takes place before the other number one, which was the prologue,so actually this is the prologue, and I'm getting highly confused.

I am also a bit...disappointed.  I have been looking forward to this forever, because I love Jaime, and his family and his supporting cast, and Ted Kord is back!  Woohoo!  And all of these characters are here.  But the pace, and the dialogue were...a bit on the confusing side.  Colored balloons tell you who the speaker is...eventually, but there is no point of view, it is ALL dialogue, and it...doesn't flow particularly well. 

We have Brenda and Paco sniping at each other, Jaime being incredibly snarky, and they are at their school's career day...I assume, and Ted shows up, but is a flop, but the posse shows up.  And Jaime just flies off with Ted anyway, so they obviously know each other.  And Jaime is having scary recurring dreams about Dr. Fate and a giant scarab. 

I'll keep with it, because I REALLY want it to improve, but it was choppy and disjointed to say the least.

Everafter/Fables #2

More Fables stuff, which is always nice.  Connor Wolf, one of Bigby and Snow's kids is all grown up and has been recruited to be a spy, and is a bit insufferable about it frankly.  And he and Peter Piper and BoPeep and Hansel are chasing a little girl who likes to kill things.  Hansel bought the farm last issue, and good riddance.  It's...okay.  Connor is a jerk though.

Green Lantern Corps #5

Not nearly enough naked Guy in this one.  A fair amount of torture for him though, but all he keeps doing is reciting the Green Lantern Oath, which is pissing off the Bad Guy.  That's my boy.  It has dawned on John that Guy may be in trouble, so the entire corps is out looking for him, and run across some trouble, and there are some lovely two-page spreads of the Corps in action which is always nice.

Oh, and Soranik is finally taking to Hal, and he's naturally soooooo fabulous.

Good Green Lantern action.

Champions #1

Now this looks like it is going to be a great book!  Ms Marvel has finally had enough of the grown-ups cavalier attitude towards property damage, and quits!  She teams up with Nova and Spider-Man who have also quit for more or less the same reasons, and they team up with Visions daughter Viv, and also Amadeus Cho aka the Hulk.

It...works. It works quite well.  And it's fun, and quirky and the dialogue is great, each  character has a distinctive voice, which is always appreciated.  I am quite happy with this one.

Doctor Strange #12

In the aftermath of the battle, the wearied sorcerers and magic users are trying to put their lives back together.  The contractor hired to fix the mansion is...a little different, to say the least.  Wong isn't happy, isn't that always the case when working with home improvement people? 

And to make matters worse, Baron Mordo is back and trying to make Stephen's life miserable. Or more miserable. 

I do love this book.

Ms. Marvel #ll

Things are going from bad to worse with the whole Civil War crap.  Bruno is awake, but NOT happy.  He's hurt,and things are never going to be the same, and he's a bit fed up with being taken for granted, and who can blame him?  Kamala is over her head and overwhelmed.  She's also had it with Carol and her proactive approach to crime fighting, and especially with her little Nazi cohort, so she sets up a fake bomb attack,and naturally they fall for it, thus proving that prescience isn't infalliable.

Carol is all pissy and snotty and tells Kamala she's fired, and goes off in a snit.  Bruno decides he's going to go to school in Wakanda, which is the only one he can get into now, that he's handicapped. 

Stupid Carol!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #12

Doreen and Nancy go off to Canada to a nice cabin on the woods to hang out with Doreen's mother. No wi-fi, no phones, no television, no social media of any kind!  Sounds like a little bit of heaven to Nancy, but Doreen is going stir-crazy.  Things are being covered back home by Brain Drain, which is a good thing.

Except...who stole the muffin out of the tupperware?  And who is Enigmo?

You'll just have to read it and see!  It's fabulous as usual.

Saga #38

Why do you keep killing off characters?  Waaaaaaaaaaaah!

Our heroes made a brief pit stop that turned into months.  They made some new friends, which makes some of their old friends nervous, but hey.  And Prince Robot is still being a jerk. Izabel goes off to help him, and runs into some people who aren't worried that she's a ghost.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Bit Rushed

I DID get my books yesturday, and am pleased with them, but I had to take some time today to take care of a little problem.  While at my beloved Comic Book Store, I opened my purse to pay for my purchases and noticed, to my consternation...that my driver's license was inexplicably missing.  I couldn't really remember the last time that I had seen it, but pawed through my purse, and my car, and various other locations, without finding it, which made me...sad.  Also a bit taken aback at how long I had been driving around without a license.  Although at least it wasn't an expired license!

So, this morning popped off to my local AAA location, and armed with my social security card, and birth certificate, which I actually FOUND...was able to replace it.  Time spent was oh...five minutes, as opposed to an hour or two (if I was lucky) at the local Department of Motor Vehicles.  So I am now in a much better mood.  And legal!  But if I hadn't been buying comics, who knows when I would have noticed? 

Well probably a day or so...but still! 


Lucifer #10

I do like this book.  A lot of it is because of  Lee Garbet's artwork which makes me nostalgic for Loki: Agent of Asgard, which I adored.  Also the writing by Holly Black is topnotch.  In this issue, Big Daddy is back, and crazier than ever.  And that's pretty crazy!  Also Lucifer makes up with Mazikeen, which is rather sweet in a completely horrifying way.  Fights his baby boy and doesn't kill him, which is also nice.  And Gabriel. I like Gabriel. 

Darn good stuff.

Patsy Walker/Hellcat #10

Oh that Hedy!  She manages to con both Buzz and Daimon, Patsy's exes out of spite, and out of spite Daimon sends to her Belial where she has to contend with visions and crap, because it is just too much for these boys to actually wait a second and TALK! 

While Patsy is dealing with old feelings and crap, her posse is busy looking out for her, which is awesome.  Eventually, she wins, Belial gets spanked, and Daimon and Buzz both hang their heads and sheepishly apologize for being douche canoes. 

God I love this book.

The Mighty Thor #11

SHIELD has discovered that Thor is actually Jane Foster and wants to arrest her!  What the charge is, or why this would be an arrestible offence is never uttered.  SHIELD has really been going to pot.  Roz is pretty cool though, since she is desperately trying to keep Agger from dropping his floating fortress on top of Manhattan.  SHIELD doesn't seem bothered by this in the least.  Thor in the meantime had been shot, and was in a bad way, so it was a good thing that Jane Foster showed up to help!

How can this be you ask?  SHIELD is flabberghasted.  I was taken aback, but figured out that...of course, it's Loki in disguise!  Well...it wasn't Loki in disguise at all!  Fortunately, Thor is healed, the fortress is turned into gold, but Thor saves Manhattan, with no help whatsoever from SHIELD, but Roz helps out and finds out that Thor actually IS Jane Foster, and it's all pretty epic really. 

Oh...it Mjolnir in disguise.  Whodathunk?

Archie #12

Well, Archie and Betty hugged and made up in the last issue, but were both witnessed doing so by Veronica and Sayid, who are confused and jealous.  Also Mr. Lodge loses the election and decides to leave Riverdale forever!  As is usual with Archie, his own clumsiness gets in the way of things, and it all goes to hell in a handbasket.  But still it is pretty fabulous.  I think that Jughead has the best reaction, which is to ignore all the drama and just eat hamburgers.

So...another small week, but a darned good week.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Between some computer problems and total ennui, I haven't been posting much lately.  Not much in the way of books either, but the beginning of the month is always pretty slim for me.  But I have to say...what there was, was pretty darned good!

Green Lantern Corps #4

Yeah, I know that the title is Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, but that's a bit of a mouthful to say AND type, and Hal is hardly in this even, except for when Soranik is slobbering over him. 

THIS issue is all Guy, baby!  And it's about TIME!  And not only Guy, but NEKKID Guy!  It is...as though Venditti was writing it just for me!  Not much in the way of butts, but I'll take what I can get. 

So...last issue, Hal was defeated, blah blah blah.  And John sent Guy out on a simple reconnaisance mission, because what could possibly go wrong?  Well, Guy runs into a cadre of Sinestro Corps members, and defeats five of them, before being finally captured, and hauled before Sinestro.  Sinestro is actually...expecting to see Hal, so that he can give him over to his main torturer, but Soranik got there first. 

Sinestro is...not all that thrilled with getting Guy instead.  Not that Guy is bothered by this, the snark is strong in this one.  Unfortunately, he uses up the last little bit of power in his ring...and loses his uniform again.  And Guy, I kinda agree with Sinestro, that you really ought to wear something underneath.  But Guy is giving Sinestro an unabashed eyeful, much to his glee, and Sinestro's horror. 

So he's going to torture Guy instead of Hal, but he's NOT going to enjoy it as much.  Guy gets his bag, and Sinestro thinks that finally he's going to put some pants on, but instead, he guzzles a beer and crushes the can against his forehead, and does some more taunting. 

Meanwhile, back on Mogo, John finally figures out that something has gone wrong and that they are ALL going out to look for Guy.

I loved this to death.  Finally!  Guy being Guy!

Wonder Woman #6

I want to make Nicola Scott draw everything.  This is seriously seriously gorgeous. 

Diana has gone back with Steve, in the invisible plane which more or less disintegrates upon arrival. They are taken to the army base, and Steve is interrogated, Etta shows up which is great, and they don't have a clue what to do with poor Diana, and worse, they can't understand a word she says, so naturally they lock her up.  Steve goes off to commiserate with the wife of his dead buddy, while all the avatars of the Gods are showing up in Diana's cell, where they happily give her...gifts. 

Oh, and they bring in Doctor Minerva to translate her language, which is how we tie into the odd numbers of this book.  I happen to like the even numbers better, but they are all good! 

Sooooo good.

Doctor Strange #ll

Well, they defeated the Empirikul, but Earth is a mess, and there is hardly any magic left. No Chris Bachalo on the art which seems...odd, but Kevin Nowlan and Leonardo Romero do a bang up job in his place.  The art is almost like something Chris Samnee would do, very crisp and clean and yet emotive.  Nice job. 

So, Stephen is left picking the pieces, and having some flashbacks to the old days with Mordo and the Ancient One.  He's got fewer spells and a lot less finesse, but he does what he can with what he has.

As usual, pretty fabulous.

And finally, my beloved comic book store guy, Matt saved a Mark Shultz book for me with some absolutely gorgeous artwork, all pulpy and black and white and insanely fabulous. 

So...I see that they have extended Civil War Redux till December?  I have been avoiding it like the plague, except for when I can't help it, such as when I read Ms. Marvel or something.  Carol was never one of my favorites, but I liked her well enough.  She's a...real jerk in this.  And quite frankly, so are the Inhumans.  I don't quite know why they are getting away with the crap that they are getting away with, frankly. 

But hopefully soon it will all be over, and they will bring back Bruce and Rhodey.  They can kill off the Inhumans in their place. I know that would make ME happy.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


And what a lovely little Wednesday this was! 

Blue Beetle #1

Finally!  Nothing all that incredible happens, fights break out and stuff...but man, I have SO been looking forward to this, and now it's here!  Ted!  Jaime!  Milagro!  Ma and Pa Reyes!  Ted!  El Paso! 


I've...I've just missed these guys so much.  And now they're back, and IT'S ABOUT TIME, DC!

So, Jaime is on his way to school, and gets a call from a frenetic Ted Kord that there are Doings a'transpirin' at the old Sun Dollar coffee shop, (wink wink, nudge nudge) and that he should spring into action. He doesn't really want to, because he's late for class, but naturally he does it anyway.  The bad guys are a bit more resilient than he expected, and in the meantime, Ted is leaping about in the Bug, doing SCIENCE and having a ball, although he may be more into this sort of thing than Jaime is.  Oh, and La Dama shows up too.

I will just be sitting here, hugging this comic for a while.

Green Lantern Corps #3

I know the title is Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, but that's a helluva lot to type, and seriously, if you don't know who Hal Jordan is by now, what the heck are you doing on this site?  Yeesh!  There is a tiny bit of info about the ACTUAL Corps, with John trying to fix stuff, and trying to get a hold of Guy, who is out beating people up, which is more or less what Guy lives for. 

Meanwhile, Hal is STILL fighting off the Sinestro Corps, but he's getting overwhelmed.  He yells a lot.  That's something. 

This is nice and all, but it needs less Hal and MORE Corps!

Lucifer #9

All these godly entities really have problems with dealing with personal relationships.  Egad!  Lucifer's son is fighting with Mazikeen, and naturally things are going to Hell in a Handbasket! 


As usual, the art is lovely, and there are wheels within wheels, and angels and...and some other stuff.  It's actually a little hard to come in and describe everything, so just go out and buy it. You'll like it. 

Wonder Woman #5

To be perfectly frank I prefer the even numbers of the issues, with Nicola Scott, but these stories with Diana fighting WITH Cheetah and trying to save Steve are also pretty darned good.  She is still having some trouble trying to reconcile her past, and is it actually her past, or are the Gods just messing with her head?  Greek Gods tend to be jerks sometime, so it is possible. 

Liam Sharp's artwork is also lovely, and Etta shows up and that's always a good thing.

Patsy Walker/Hellcat #9

Oh, Hedy is back to her usual tricks.  This time she's managed to con both Daimon Hellstrom and Buzz Baxter, both of whom of course are Patsy's exes, into thinking that Patsy is doing something nefarious, when naturally, it is HEDY who is the nefarious one!  Nefarious!

I can actually understand Buzz falling for this, because he's a bit of an idiot, but I would have thought Daimon to be a little smarter.  Oh well.  Also Jubilee has an adopted kid and is still a vampire, which rather surprises me. 

Good silly fun.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #001011

I cannot even begin to be able to explain just how much I love this book.  Doreen is trapped in a nightmare by...well, Nightmare naturally, but she doesn't let that bother her much, as she fights Doctor Octopus, Count Nefaria, AND Venom!  And she does it all with Computer Code!

I now know how to count in binary, which to be perfectly honest, was not something that I knew much about before I read this comic book.  And they say comics aren't educational!  There is also a tiny cameo by Kraven,which always makes my day.  Kraven is becoming one of my favorite characters, simply due to his portrayal in this book. 

Seriously, go out and read this book.  You won't be sorry.  You will be limp with laughter, but that's a good thing.

Archie #ll

I also love this book, which still continues to amaze me.  Betty is depressed, Riverdale is still reeling from Mister Lodge's machinations, and they decide to hold a talent contest. Archie has his band, with Veronica singing, but she can only sing well when she is actually looking at Archie. Otherwise she sounds like a cat with its tail being run over.  Betty is pissed so she forms her own band. 

Actually, Archie and Betty end up actually talking for once, and they mend a few fences, which is nice, but throws Veronica and Sayid into jealous snits.  Gosh, High School!

Not a clunker in the bunch. 

Monday, August 22, 2016


This actually has little or nothing to do with comics, but if I don't vent, then I will probably explode. Or else have a super villain origin story, I am not sure which would be more destructive.

We have Sirius XM on several of our vehicles. I don't really understand the point, but I am usually just listening to CD's anyway. But my Sweet Baboo loves it. Anyhow, they hit up my credit card for almost $1,000 without permission or warning for "renewal fees". Naturally I called to find out what the heck was going on, especially since one was for a vehicle we didn't even OWN!

Two hours and a whole lot of confusion, and it seems to have been straightened out, and the fees recredited, but...yeesh!  I can only assume this sort of thing may have driven all those Bat Villains into snapping and assuming a life of crime... or something

And it still beats having to deal with a Cable Company.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tiny Reviews

Well...two whole books! 

Black Widow #6

Things have been going to hell in a handbasket of course.  Elder destroyed the files that Natasha had to steal, but is killed, and she's in pretty bad shape.  The Weeping Lion has filled his threat of blackmail, and a whole lot of...unsavory stuff is spilled into the public.  Such as the fact that Yinsen was kidnapped by Natasha herself and turned over to Wong Chu...who of course just happened to be the guy who kidnapped Tony Stark and inadvertently created Iron Man.

Tony hears this.  Of course he does.  And he's not very happy.  She's out in the cold, and hurt and things aren't too good, when Iron Man shows up and takes her back to his Iron Lair, for a bit of a tongue lashing.  And not in the GOOD way! Of course this is exactly where Natasha actually wants to be. She's not quite as banged up as she looks, gives Tony the old Widow's Bite and steals some records, and she's off in the wind.

She just happens to find the Weeping Lion!  And she beats him up!  Except it isn't him, the big goon was actually his brother. The real Weeping Lion is a creepy skinny young telepath, with delusions of grandeur, who now thinks that he can control the Black Widow.

Oh, you silly sillly little boy.

This was great. The art is exquisite as always, and I love all the machinations and double-dealing and outright cleverness. 

The Mighty Thor #10

Things are going sideways very quickly.  Obliette and the new Silver Samurai are trying to kill Dario Agger, who in a fit of petulance has enacted his protocols, because if he can't have the earth, NOBODY can!  So There!  Roz is doing her best to stop things, as is Thor, but Agger created his own little bunch of mini-hulks, and she has her work cut out for her. 

In the meantime the seeds of rebellion are being sown on Alfheim, while SHIELD in their infinite stupidity is trying to arrest Thor, for being Jane Foster.  I didn't know that was illegal actually.  In the middle of the fight for New York, they actually show up and try to arrest her! 

Good Grief!

Luckily for Thor, Jane Foster shows up to help.

Oh My.  I Wonder Who That Could Be?

Also pretty fabulous.

So...not a lot this week, but two of my favorite books, so that is a good thing.