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Issue #47 Release Date: 2/8/12 Vol.#10
The Pull List
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POWERS #8
1000 WAYS TO DIE OGN
GREEN LANTERN #6
THE STARS #1
NEW MUTANTS #37
PLANETOID #1
EVERY WAKING MOMENT #1
MURKY WORLD #1
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1


POWERS #8

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Michael Oeming
Publisher: Marvel Icon
Reviewer: Optimous Douche


Let’s start off by calling out the white elephant in the room: POWERS is late more often than Michelle Duggar’s period. But, let’s all be honest with one another, if the book was shit we wouldn’t care. While the delays aren’t as egregious as, say, JMS on THE TWELVE, it’s hard to stay vested in a serial comic when trying to rack your brain for the events that transpired last issue when you’ve read a 100 or so comics in between (more in my case, but I’m going with the average). This is a book where I will never fault the trade waiters, because despite the delays…despite the impenetrable continuity at this point…POWERS is still one of the best reads on the shelf.

For the few folks that might have stumbled on this review looking for whispers about the TV show in pilot, POWERS is the story of two detectives, Walker and Pilgrim, in a world where superpowers are outlawed. While simple in premise, Bendis and Oeming have cultivated this concept into a living and breathing universe with a back story that is more lush than the foliage in “Jurassic Park”.

While Walker and Pilgrim started out as just detectives hunting down folks that use superpowers to do dirty deeds, the two have evolved into much more in the past ten or so years. We learned that Walker once had powers, but lost them. Oh, and he’s immortal (as illustrated in the now infamous money-man fucking arc). Walker regained powers quite recently (recently is relative here, I’m talking comic time not real time) when recruited into Bendis’ version of the Green Lantern Corps. Pilgrim, who was always normal, has also gained new powers and jumped sides to the FBI.

This issue focuses on someone killing l33t superheroes who are Bendis’ bend on the New New Gods. Pilgrim is trying to hunt this killer for the feds, while Walker and his new partner (a mole for Internal Affairs, trying to suss out whether Walker has powers again or not) work the case on the side of local law enforcement.

I’m a fan of Bendis. I like his dialogue. But I also know that there are those that hate his staccato naturalistic approach. I look at things this way: Bendis writes flawed characters, almost the modern day equivalent of a young Frank Miller. Should true heroes stammer for words? Probably not, but if you are going for the naturalistic feel, “uhs” and “uhmmms” are rife throughout all of our speech patterns at one point or another. I’ll concede to the purists when it comes to larger than life characters like Captain America or Tony Stark. Yes, they should probably be on a speech pattern above the mortal man, but in a book like POWERS, this simply makes the world feel even more real. So my point is, even if Bendis has turned you off in his BIG books, give POWERS a try, but for the love of God buy it in trade and start yourself off with the first volume, else you will be adrift in a sea of rich character history that will be nowhere near as impactful.

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1000 WAYS TO DIE OGN

Writers: Chuck Brown, Neo Edmund, Patrick Shand, Ralph Tedesco
Artists: Anthony Spay and others
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Reviewer: Lyzard


For some, it’s a guilty pleasure. For others, it’s a show as off-putting as “Jersey Shore”. While I would advise those with a weak stomach to avoid Spike’s 1000 WAYS TO DIE, this show is a much better exercise in schadenfreude than laughing at a bunch of guidos on MTV.

1000 WAYS TO DIE is essentially the TV reproduction of the Darwin Awards. Each episode contains about 5 deaths, usually grotesque, and more often than not caused by the stupidity of the deceased. How sadistic is it that I was truly giddy to review a graphic novel based on such a sadistic premise? If it is wrong to enjoy seeing @$$holes die, then I don’t want to be right.

The comic follows the basic premise of the show. There are 20 stories of misfortunate accidental deaths, five to seven of which are from season 3 and are available on the Spike TV website. If you’ve seen the show, then you know the format. The date and location are given at the beginning and there is narration that runs through each story. Sometimes, though less often than compared to the show, “experts” are brought in for their opinion on the situation. The unique aspect brought to the graphic novel is the use of a medical examiner and investigator. These two appear near or at the end of each story, not only to explain the cause of death, but also to provide humor, even if it is dark and/or crass. It may seem redundant to re-tell tales already presented on the program, but the graphic novel actually works, especially with the addition of the medical examiner and investigator, whom bring freshness to the storytelling.

Each death features a new artist and colorist. Despite the change in style, there is not one particular tale that seems to be the black sheep of the bunch. They tend to have a similar base that they work off of. The only artwork that does remain overtly consistent is the big-breasted (especially in “Titty-Titty Bang Bang”) blondes. I guess all men have the same vision of what those look like.

If I were to pick on anything, it would be the rare but blatant inconsistencies. In the last two stories, the relationship and characterizations of the medical examiner and investigator completely change. Also, a couple of the stories have random epilogues inserted such as “Handi-crapped” and “Myth Busted”. Instead of ending the story on the medical examiner/investigator or the typical narrational pun, some of the writers chose to expand the tales beyond the set structure. Why fix what ain’t broken?

If you enjoy watching 1000 WAYS TO DIE, especially those of you that wait until everyone in the house has left so you can laugh incredibly loud when you see yet another bimbo meet her maker, then you need to pick this up. For those of you that think they can stomach stories that involve decapitation, appendages being ripped off, and arteries sliced open, then you may find that this comic makes you appreciate your life just that much more.

Lyzard is actually Lyz Reblin, a film student at Chapman University. Lyz’s love for comics stems from an internship at Dark Horse Entertainment as a freshman, which may explain why some of her favorite comic book writers are Gerard Way and Steve Niles. You can find her on Facebook, but only if you follow her band: Castle Town Convicts (possibly a Zelda reference?).


GREEN LANTERN #6

Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Mike Choi
Publisher: DC Comics
Reviewer: The Writing Rambler


6 issues in and I really do feel that GREEN LANTERN may be the most consistent book coming out of the entire NEW 52 lineup (not counting HAWK AND DOVE, of course, which I’m told is very consistent in sucking…sorry, it was too easy). I’m sure there’s many an argument for other titles having consistency, but I can’t think of anything else that is keeping its stories moving forward and keeping its particular universe interesting and fresh without jumping all over the place (even though I still love you, I’m looking at you here, Batman). We get more of that forward progress in this issue, and from what it seems we’re but a few issues away from the first major GREEN LANTERN event in the New 52.

Geoff Johns is on his A game as usual with the title and he provides us with another great issue this month. We get two stories here, the first being Hal Jordan on Earth beginning to accept his life of no longer being a Green Lantern and second, we get to see how regardless of the color ring he is wearing Sinestro will do whatever it takes to get what he needs done. I love how this issue gets back to focusing on both character’s personalities at their core. Hal is brash and cocky at times but with or without a ring, he’s a hero and despite the first several issues really beating Hal down, this one reminds us that he’s still a good man at his core. On the flipside, we’ve seen over the first 5 issues a Sinestro who seems to be accepting some form of regret for his past choices, but as we see through his interactions with an old defeated foe from his past (who the reader is first being introduced to), Sinestro is still very cold and cunning when it comes to him getting what he needs done. This solid character development coupled with some nice teases for bigger things to come makes this yet another example of why GREEN LANTERN is one of the best (if not THE best) DC books out there today.

The only real low point of this issue for me is Doug Mahnke taking a break on art and having Mike Choi come in for the guest spot. Choi is a solid artist, but Mahnke and team have really defined the look of GREEN LANTERN for a while now so to see Choi’s more subtle take on the characters just made me miss Mahnke’s work. I look forward to (hopefully) having him back next issue.

GREEN LANTERN is on a roll since the DC relaunch (and even long before that) and every issue makes me yearn for the next. Hands down the best of all the GREEN LANTERN books (as it should be), the flagship title is presenting some great storylines, building up to what looks like a very cool first event involving the Guardians of the Universe and their “we’re getting more evil with each issue” plans. Some of the story presented in GREEN LANTERN CORPS is starting to play nicely into Hal and Sinestro’s exploits in this book and I can’t wait to read where it’s all headed.


THE STARS #1

Writer: Kurt Belcher
Illustrator: Kurt Belcher, Stuart Berryhill and Lisa Sky
Publisher: Earthbound Comics
Reviewer: Mr. Pasty


THE STARS is not just the name of this indie comic, the brainchild of writer/illustrator Kurt Belcher, known for his work on WINTER WAR, but also the name of the superhero group it centers on. They are, quite frankly, stars, in a celebrity sort of way, as you would expect any modern superhero to be. Think about how many needless hits an online story about Blue Ivy gets. This thing is like, what, a few months removed from having a tail? Call me when you can wipe your own ass, kid--then we’ll have something to talk about. Anyway, the point is, a real life superhero would be the real king of all media, which is what John Century, leader of THE STARS, has become. And why not? He fits that old school celebrity look of tall, blonde, handsome and well-dressed. Think Optimous Douche with a square jaw and “Blue Steel” pose and you have your front man.

What I liked most about this latest offering from Earthbound is that it just feels like a comic. There’s none of that pretentious crap or morality tales that plague so many recent books. I understand that everyone has an agenda, but Belcher’s appears to be nothing more than telling a good story and having fun in the process. That kind of enthusiasm is infectious and it’s difficult to not get sucked into this tale of what is essentially superhero recruiting, kind of like AMERICAN IDOL in that some of the superpowers will leave you in awe while others will have you shaking your head in sympathy. The story, about getting the group back together (plus a few new members) to fight a new global threat, is primitive at best, but that’s okay, because it works here. THE STARS is a cohesive effort that fires on all cylinders, from the art to the writing, and a majority of that credit goes to Belcher. But I would be remiss in my duties as a reviewer to not to mention the incredible visuals from Stuart Berryhill and Lisa Sky, who present colors just a shade under blinding, giving every panel the ability to leap off the page with a frenetic vibrancy. It really is a sight to behold. I wonder if they tried to see just how far they could push the color palette without it becoming absurd, because this thing is damn near fluorescent. Again, it works, because it fits the overall tone of the book and that’s not an easy task.

I know a lot of today’s readers find themselves too sophisticated for indie comics and have to peruse every new offering at the local rag shop before making their selection, but let’s be real here for a minute. We’re talking about comic books. What do you need to be successful? A strong narrative, a steady pencil and a team of people who want to tell a good story for the purpose of telling a good story, not for the purposes of making a quick buck or converting a failed screenplay. THE STARS meets that criteria and reminded me of why comics, when presented for what they are, can be so damn entertaining: majestic heroes, dastardly villains, downtown super-brawls and slack-jawed onlookers. I gobbled up THE STARS in one sitting. More please.

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NEW MUTANTS #37

Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art: David Lòpez & Val StaplesPublisher: Marvel Comics
Reviewer: Henry Higgins is My Homeboy


Because I need To Not Write About Spider-Man or Punisher MAX (but seriously, Punisher MAX was fantastic this week)…

Sometimes, a cover will sell a comic for me. Maybe it’s Spider-man fighting a clock, maybe it’s Bufkin about to be hung. And sometimes, it’s Mephisto attempting to woo an X-Man. That’s just ridiculous enough to work. It’s always a huge relief to find the comic within worth reading. But with a nice departure from the typical portrayal of Mephitic, the New Mutant crew has produced an entertaining comic.

Writing: (4/5) The issue is quite enjoyable, thanks to some truly entertaining dialogue and entertaining set pieces. The chemistry between Amara and Mephisto is palpable, with the two playing off another well. It plays out as many first dates do, and it’s entertaining as all hell to read.

A great deal is helped by the refreshing take on Mephitic as the “charming idiot” of the modern day. No billowing cape or long-winded speeches; instead he’s this kind of charming young entrepreneur, snarky but easily taken aback. The sort of fellow you see playing opposite Zooey Deschanel in a typical ABC sitcom. It’s a nice take on the devil being the most charming person you’d meet, and fits well with the tone of the story.

Art: (3/5) What stands out most is the great faces done throughout. Every panel is filled to the brim with unique and memorable faces. Almost a week after first reading it, I still remember clearly the bright faces during the diner scene. On occasion they might be a little too broad or a little too anime-y (a trend I rather wish would just go away), but at their best, they’re cartoonish and expressive in all the right ways.

It also goes a number of places, each one being distinctive and new. While it may seem easy to really set a scene in Hell apart from a scene in the middle of a diner, it does say something that both settings are distinctive in the basic demeanor and patronage. Compare the rigid and expected appearances of the Hell restraint to the more lively and realistic diner. Both look notably different, and both are engaging.

Best Moment: The date itself, notably the conversation about Mephisto’s charity works. It shows they’re playing the charming sort of guy, while also remembering that it is, after all, Satan.

Worst Moment: Some of the faces just popped out at me in the wrong ways.

Overall: (4/5) It’s a light, enjoyable first date story, and if the tone of the whole series matches, then I’ll have another X-Men series to start reading regularly.


PLANETOID #1

Writer & Artist: Ken Garing
Publisher: KGAR Comics
Reviewer: Optimous Douche


When reviewing creator owned, self-published titles my reviews have more “buts” in them than a rap video, like “the art was good, but the price is not on par with the quality” or “the story was decent, but my cousin who has to wear a bicycle helmet off the bike could write better dialog.” I take this approach in part to not squash the ideals of young creators; just because this outing wasn’t good doesn’t mean that the next try won’t hit the mark. I also do it for followers of this column; you expect us to only endorse the items that are worth your $3.99.

PLANETOID is one of those rare creator finds where there are no “buts.” From start to finish this tale of a marooned interplanetary smuggler is on par with if not better than the quality churning out of the big houses. I can say emphatically that this digital presentation of the comic is well worth the $3.00 price of admission…assuming of course Garing takes us beyond this expository issue.

Where Garing gets first credit is finding an online medium to hock his wares. Most web comics are still an exercise in frustration; bloated PDFs or half baked Flash interfaces wouldn’t be so bad if the writer remembered they weren’t writing a hard copy piece. You don’t put a two page splash in a PDF--it’s like jerking off after only opening half of the Playboy centerfold. Graphicly and Garing go together better than blowjobs and bacon. With each click to the next panel the interface moves you forward as naturally as your eye would go to the next pane in a hard copy. Garing’s panache for cinematic movement flows effortlessly from this interface. From the opening space shot of the industrial wasteland that is our PLANETOID to the smaller quieter moments once our marooned space farer meets his first person on this planet, each panel had purpose and perpetually built tension and falling conflict when warranted.

Naturally I don’t want to give too much away so you give Garing the $3.00 he so justly deserves, but I want to get this kid out of nowhere a shot at the bigs because he is more than deserving. I could see PLANETOID with an Image label much easier than some of the current titles I see churning out from that label.

PLANETOID envisions a future where space is colonized. We are at war with some sentient squid-like bastards that get their kumbayayas from simply laying waste to humanoids and their settlements. It also seems like a war we human folks are losing. Perhaps part of my joy comes from the fact we are in a serious space opera drought right now outside of IDW’s licensed properties. PLANETOID gave me the same warm space squishies I received when watching my first episode of FIREFLY. This isn’t to say that Garing doesn’t have his own voice; he’s nowhere near as glib or cutesy as a Whedon book. But I liked the fact that space is dirty and unsettled; despite all of our technological advances we can easily be fallen and forced to survive the elements if a rogue electromagnetic pulse grabs hold of our ship.

Most of the issue is spent with our lone traveler introducing us to the tech of the time as he explores the richly and beautifully illustrated industrial wasteland of PLANETOID. The politics of what’s going down comes towards the end and is merely a whetting of the appetite for issue 2.

I hate guys like Garing--those that can make beautiful art and an engaging story all on their lonesome makes my skill of just being just a writer feel outdated and ready to be put out to pasture. The Big 2 and smaller indies should hate Garing as well; if he can do this level of work without infinite resources and a huge team, why the fuck can’t infinite dollars and time get us a new issue every four weeks? But as much as they should hate him for making them look bad, they should also hire him.


CONAN: THE BARBARIAN #1

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Becky Cloonan
Publisher: Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Reviewer: KletusCasady


“No crime, but everyone fled and I was the fool for staying to finish my drink!”

Besides the movies (not the new one), I never really had any interest in CONAN. I like the character fine, but besides my WHAT IF? CONAN VS. WOLVERINE (one of my prized possessions), I haven’t really had any interest in reading the comics, the reason being, as short sighted as it is, that I kind of felt like I knew what was going to happen in most  of his stories. CONAN gets into a conflict, chops of some heads, and leaves with the girl, the end…actually now that I say it out loud it sounds a lot cooler than my stubborn mind led to believe (damn you lizard brain!). The draw for me was Brian Wood (NORTHLANDERS scribe extraordinaire) and Becky Cloonan (DEMO, AMERICAN VIRGIN…really just an awesome artist with great style). I have various friends always telling me how good NORTHLANDERS is and I had a (cute) girl almost threaten to beat me up at a bar because, at the time, I was unfamiliar with Becky Cloonan…so here I am holding CONAN #1…let’s discuss.

You all know I’m an art dude…if you don’t, I’m an art dude as opposed to a story dude. Meaning that I care more about art in a comic than I do the story, I want both to be good but I find it hard to really get into a comic if I’m not feeling the art. With that said, the art in this comic is great, I had a feeling it would be, but damn...this is really good. Each page has a feeling like everything is alive and moving…it’s hard to explain but when CONAN is talking to Tito, Master of the Argus after their initial meeting, there’s a really kinetic feeling to the characters that really made me feel as though Becky Cloonan was on the ship, drawing these moments as they happened. This is another example of a book that could have little to no words and the same emotional effect could be achieved because of how strong the art is. Dave Stewart deserves some love, too, because the colors in this book pop off the page. Even just based on the art and the vivid coloring alone in this book I can’t see how any comic fan could thumb through this issue and opt to pass on it. I really could go on and on about how much I like the art, but…let’s move on. We quickly learn what kind of person CONAN is through the way that he speaks: he’s arrogant, honorable, strong, humble, and loyal as well as a man who enjoys women, drinks and chopping a mofo’s head off if the situation requires it. Brian Wood does a great job with CONAN’S dialog; I love the way he talks and it made it very easy to believe that even though CONAN had threatened the crew moments before, that they could grow to like and respect him after his explanation of why he was being perused by the Argos guardsmen. I’m not sure if this is how he has always spoken in the comics, but Brian Wood reveals everything you need to know about Conan during this account and it’s one of the best introductions to a character I’ve read in a while. Not to hype this movie up more, but it reminds me of the beginning of DRIVE, where within the first 15 minutes of the movie we learn pretty much everything we need to know about the driver simply based on how he handles the situation that’s been dealt to him.

I have to admit, I like and am more interested in CONAN then I was before I read this comic and if a creative team can do that in one issue, they’ll have my $3.50 every month.  The great thing this comic does is not only give you a good idea of who CONAN is, what he believes in and is willing to fight for, but (at least for me) it also made me curious about past CONAN comics that my bullheadedness prevented me from reading. The art by Becky Cloonan in this comic is really good and does a great job of conveying emotion as well as setting the mood, not to mention CONAN looks young, brash, rugged and pretty damn cool. Dave Stewart deserves recognition as well and adds a lot to the art. Even if you have a fleeting interest in CONAN, you should pick this up…you won’t be disappointed.


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  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Yep

    by Joenathan

    I give everyone permission to comment. Go ahead.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I don't get it.

    by Iowa Snot Client

    But I'm not googling Michelle Duggar to find out.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Thank you kind sir

    by optimous_douche

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Where's Every Waking Moment and Murky World?

    by scrote

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Rambler, DOOM Deplores Geoff Johns's Deadline Dooms!

    by V. von Doom

    The assessment of GREEN LANTERN is correct: That book never seems to skip a beat, even during Blackest Nights, Wars of Green Lanterns, and so on. Characterization and logic (of the comic-book kind) are steady-on. Ditto on AQUAMAN so far. Not much of a publishing record yet but very solid. BUT: Every writer seems to reach a personal creative burn-out point by taking on too many books at one time and dropping the ball grievously. Between the two good books and the Chief Creative Officer work, DOOM believes (which thus makes it your belief too, minions!) Johns has reached that point with JUSTICE LEAGUE. That book simply does not snap, crackle, or pop like the other two.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Mephisto is not Satan!!!

    by BangoSkank

    Oh, wait... What side of that argument was I on? I think I may have gotten that mixed up. Holdonjustasec....

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    JUSTICE LEAGUE fizzles and plops Lord Doom

    by optimous_douche

    I was in it to win it based on the first issue, but then everything went so so wrong.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Mephisti is A devil,

    by Joenathan

    not THE Devil That was how the CORRECT side went.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Optimous And DOOM Were Too Optimistic!

    by V. von Doom

    Agreed, almighty Douche. That title screams "trade paperback pacing". Had it been Kirby's Darkseid showing up, the whole six-issue arc would've been compressed into half of the first issue!

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Optimous And DOOM Were Too Optimistic About JUSTICE LEAGUE!

    by V. von Doom

    Agreed, almighty Douche. The pacing of that title screams "trade paperback" on each page. Perhaps that plays to Jim Lee's strengths, but still ... If only King Kirby were writing it, or Morrison again -- his Darkseid would've crammed the entire plotline into the first half of the first issue.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    DOOM Hates His Slow Browser!

    by V. von Doom

    Apologies for the double posting ...

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Yeah but if Morrison was writing

    by optimous_douche

    The plot would be revealed, but it would be written in backwards yiddish using Mayan symbology.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Planetoid sounds good

    by lv_426

    I'm going to check that one out. I love a good dirty used future setting for a sci-fi story. As for a drought of space opera in comic book form, what about Radical? Don't they have a couple space opera-ish titles?

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    If they do lv_426 Plz Say More

    by optimous_douche

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    I read every issue of Powers recently

    by DOGSOUP

    To prep me for the release of #8 and promises of #9, #10, and #11 coming out on time. Is it just me or does it seem like Oeming is phoning it in recently? The story is great but with recent memories of earlier arcs, the artwork in v.3 seems like he's obviously rushing, which is good in the sense that if that's what he has to do to get it out, but personally I could wait a little longer for a little cleaner art. I mean, the first time I saw the guy from FG-3 on the toilet I sat and looked at that for a full minute taking in his anatomical prowess

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Good Perspective DogSoup

    by optimous_douche

    I'll have to do that exercise at some point as well. I'm more concerned with story usually, so I'm very lenient when the art falls short

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    optimous_douche

    by lv_426

    The Radical Comics space opera titles I was thinking of are Shrapnel and Oblivion. Oblivion is more of an illustrated book from what I've heard though. Supposed to be a film too, directed by the dude that made Tron Legacy.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Bendis' dialogue isn't naturalistic

    by Laserhead

    Far too heavily mannered. Those 'uhs' and 'ums' are stylistic contrivances, not servicing the unique voice of a character. I mean, like it or not, naturalism isn't the right word. That's like saying the dialogue in Gilmore Girls or The West Wing is naturalistic. Mannered is the word, I think. Some might add 'puerile'.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Fair Enough Laser

    by optimous_douche

    I think the difference between the examples you mentioned though, is that with a Sorkin piece it comes from a place of heightened intelligence and awareness of the world around the characters. No, they are not naturalistic, people are way too stupid to talk like that all the time. I will agree Bendis' ticks transcend a little too easily to every character, but I find those ticks to be part of my conversations I have than a flawless monolog or diatribe. Some may call it puerile, to them I say show me what you've written recently.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Every Waking Moment OGN and Murky World

    by Majin Fu

    The reviews have been delayed 'til next week, due to unforeseen circumstances concerning the writer's health. Sorry about that.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Douche

    by Laserhead

    If you got a private email, I can point you toward some stuff... And, yeah, I'm no Bendis fan, although I always thought that what he did worked best in Powers, and worked worst in stuff like 'Avengers'. But I actually worked through the phase where I felt I had to criticize his work. He made his impact and a large number of comic readers like him; I'm okay with that. I just retain some academic obssessiveness about craft labels like naturalistic (like Mike Leigh or Harvey Pekar is naturalistic; Bendis is plastic). Not that there's much point to being like that.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Laser I'm Always up for Learning

    by optimous_douche

    Click my reviewer name and it will take you to my super secret comm device.

  • Homer said something to the effect that Batgirl was no good, or at least poor of quality lately. This is an error. The writing and art are top notch, and Batgirl is in fact my favorite title right now, since the closure of the Huntress miniseries. Also, I have in on good authority that Homer lures homeless kittens into a rusty van, and then bakes them into pies. So agreeing with him means you do the same. So to recap: 1.) Batgirl is awesome. 2.) Homer eats kittens. You may now resume your discourse.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Geez, pink, I thought you liked me... SPOILER!!

    by Homer Sexual

    I said Batgirl is one of my DC books on the precipice of being dropped. I think it's ok, but not that great. I would never say it sucks, but it isn't interesting enough that I would recommend it to others. I think it's kind of "soft" and Barbara isn't nearly as developed as she, Helena Bertinelli, or anyone in the old Birds of Prey ongoing series. The most recent issue, last weeks #6, was the best of the series. There was good action, and good, consistent character development. The intro of the long-lost mother is a plus. Barbara having a roommate is another plus. As is her gradual building of self-confidence. But the whole book is confusing. How old is Barbara? She's drawn as a teen, and often written as an 18-ish year old young person transitioning to adulthood. but is old enough to be on her own, has been in a wheelchair for three years and was already Batgirl before then. Since Gail Simone wrote both versions, I expected more. It seems like Simone herself isn't sure of Batgirl/Barbara's age/experience level. Is she a newbie starting out who would fit in with the Teen Titans? (This is how she seems to be written most of the time) Is she an experienced adult recovering from major physical and emotional trauma? (She isn't usually written this way, but there are frequent references to it). This limits my enjoyment of the series, but I am still buying it. Last week I mentioned that Batgirl and Red Hood are on the brink. And they still are, but I continue to pay my 2.99 for Batgirl and have already dropped Nightwing. SPOILER My LCS tells me that Batgirl is going to be crippled again by the Joker, perhaps in the next issue or two. This seems crazy to me, but also totally believable that it is going to happen.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    2 questions about reviews/reviewers:

    by Homer Sexual

    I see a post from someone who has volunteered to be an AICN comics reviewer, and am curious as to how those spots are awarded. I've been here long enough to remember the Comedian as a reviewer (lets not bring up The Kid) as well as the newer reviewers. My second question is to other people who post: If you want to write a review, why not write it in the Talkback? This will make the thread more popular and any of us can write a review of any comic we like/hate/whatever.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Wood/Cloonan on Conan

    by firewhale

    I'm such a Brian Wood nerd, I'm having trouble waiting for the trade on this one. Kletus, I didn't really get into Conan until the Dark Horse reboot by Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord. Nord's artwork was the draw for me - I thought he completely nailed Conan and I loved his style, but some thought it was too sketchy (he colors over his pencils, sans inking, if I remember correctly).

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Top 5s

    by Joenathan

    You know what was cool? The last couple issues of Wolverine and the X-men. The future flash forward in #4? Super cool. It felt very classic x-men. I'm really liking this book and I find myself looking forward to each new issue. In fact, here's my current top 5 books out right now. 1. Ultimates 2. Fantastic Four/FF (They're very linked) 3. Ultimate Spider-man 4. Wonder Woman 5. Wolverine and the X-men What I really like about the Ultimates is the way it's shattering the myth of superheroes. I really like how the Ultimate Universe has suddenly gotten REALLY dangerous. It's so much fun.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    The best New 52 book is...

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Scott Snyder's "Batman." Hands down. And you coulda told that story in the old DCU. Good writing and art is good writing and art. Costume changes are costume changes. 'Nuff said.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    What?

    by Joenathan

    You can't "Nuff said" a DC book. That's Comic Book Law, I think.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I'm not really sure how old she is...

    by 3774

    ...but I've been under the assumption that she's in her early-to-mid twenties. Isn't she? I've never been under the impression that she was a teenager. But I guess I could be completely wrong. I can identify with a *lot* of her internal monologue and actions, so maybe I'm even more cripplingly immature than I thought. Also, keep in mind I have no prior experience with the character, even before the Chrome Age sent me on hiatus. Supergirl falls in line with 'just ok' for me. It felt strong at the start, but the character just feels a little...I don't know. One-note. It's understandable that the destruction of her life before could send her over the edge (believe me, it can and does). But she feels too angry in ambiguous situations, and *way* too easily prone to mindless physical violence. It doesn't connect with me. Not on a 'established character' level (I've only read pre-Crisis Supergirl), but on a 'real person' level. LCS? Littoral Combat Ship? Longest Common Subsequence? Little Chimp Society? Help me out, here.... I've picked up most of the FF series so far, but haven't read it yet because I'm missing a couple of issues.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Oh, and featured reviews...

    by 3774

    There's 15 reviewers already. I would think they have to have some sort of objective mass appeal beyond the talkbacks, or at least some sort of industry insight. Both would be difficult to pull off. Plus there's probably some sort of initiation ritual. Likely involving a farm animal, a public dare, flop-sweat and degradation ceremony humiliations typically found in total institutions. But you reach for that gold ring, Homer! When speaking of reviews in general terms, nobody cares what I think. It's only fair, since the feeling is mutual.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    LCS etc...

    by Homer Sexual

    Local Comic Shop.... I learned it here a few years ago. Im not that picky on Batgirls exact age, of course comics are always vague about that stuff. But shes written more like Batgirl: Year One (which I loved) despite having the entire background of Oracle Babs from Birds of Prey (A mature, developed character). And Snyder's Batman the best? Just goes to show that every comic is someone's favorite because that book is indeed very "Old DC" and not in a good way.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    1000 WAYS is cookie-cutter pandering garbage...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...it's Tales from the Crypt for those with short attention spans. Only unlike TftC, it's completely junk. Consider the show intro. The narrator tries his best to dramatically convince us it's amazing that we survive each day at all. Then the show starts and each vignette is a tale of a dick that gets his just desserts. Am I to infer that the key to immortality is to just not be a dick? So much for posting on AICN.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Geez pink

    by Homer Sexual

    Why so antagonistic? I'm not trying to be a reviewer. I just followed up n another post... When I want to push a book, I do it here in the talkback, just like you o with Batgirl. I prefer Batwoman, though the new artist, while very good , isn't as sublime as Williams art was. Last night I did read the inclusion to the Penguin miniseries and it was terrific, made me feel for the Penguin without excusing his actions. My only quibble is that the art was so dark I couldn't always tell hat was happening in several panels.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    *forehead to keyboard*

    by 3774

    Of all the years using FLGS (friendly local game store) in my D&D days, you would have think I'd realized what FCS ment. I blame the crush of homework I'm ignoring, and lack of Cherry Coke.

  • *offers flower*

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Age New 52

    by optimous_douche

    Age is a problem consistent across the New 52 right now. I remember in the first issue of Batman, Dick Grayson looked eighteen, but head over to Nightwing and BAMF (oops wrong universe) he's in his mid to late twenties. I think they wrote themselves into a corner with the 5 year before thing. I'm seeing too little physical difference and an almost unbelievable degradation of emotional maturity between the two times. I mean Wonder Woman isn't even the same person. Unless they fill in the gap of the five years (and I wish they would, they sound intense) I just don't see the point with how it's gone thus far. Age is a problem. Didio needs to give his folks a lexicon and wrangle in those editors a bit better.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    yeah, the 5 years gap is a problem....

    by sonnyhooper

    ...that should be addressed. i think that buliding that gap into the new 52 created more problems than it solved. it's really silly when you consider that the only reason to have the 5 year gap was so DC could keep all 5 bat-sidekicks and the other 3 earth based green lantern around. <p> think of how much publicity DC could have gotten out of the re-boot if they went all in and erased jason todd, tim drake, damian wayne, john steward, guy gardner, and kyle rayner from existance. DC could have gotten a lot more milage out of re-introducing all of those characters over time than by bulding in a 5 year gap to cover their existance in the new 52. seems like a missed opportunity to me, but considering how much the very idea of a re-boot pissed off most of the fan boys i can't imagine what gutting the bat-family and green lantern earth corp. would have done.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Catching up...

    by Ambush Bug

    OK, @-Holes, listen up. From now on drop what you are reading and only read what prestigeworldwide wants because clearly that's the only thing that matters here. To clear things up, prestigeworldwide is full of shit. I've never received one email from prestigeworldwide asking to review. If a person sends me an email asking to review something or expressing interest to be a reviewer, we do the same thing we've been doing for years. We give them a chance to write something up and go from there. Sometimes it works out. Other times the person lacks the ability to look at something in a critical manner and it doesn't work out. We do are very best to cover a broad range of books here at AICN, but I get bored about reading about each and every issue every month and I know the reviewers get bored writing about it every month. So instead of just churning out a review that says "See my reviews on the last ten issues I reviewed for this title, wash, rinse, repeat." You get a variety here and I wouldn't have it any other way. Still, if DIPSHIT #12 doesn't get covered this month. I'll bet at least one of the issues between DIPSHIT #1 and DIPSHIT #11 has. A simple search of AICN COMICS and whatever comic book you are interested in reading about will find that pretty much everything is covered here when it comes to comics. That said, we are always looking for strong, intelligent, opinionated, and critical thinking reviewers to cover comics here. All it takes is for someone to send the AICN COMICS Editor (me) or one of the reviewers an email and we'll take a look at your skillz. No guarantees, but griping about it in the TBs is not really the way to go about doing it. Again, to reiterate, prestigeworldwide has never contacted me and is simply trying to stir shit because he apparently doesn't know how to send an email and approach things professionally.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    And you have to let Schleppy Toss Your Salad

    by optimous_douche

    We actually get that out of the way before we look at your skills.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    immortal_fish

    by Lyzard

    I tried to make it clear that that was the reason why I enjoyed the show, seeing dicks getting what coming to them. Hence the term schadenfreude (which if you don't know, go to YouTube and check out the Avenue Q song on it). One element the comic did much better than the show is the absence of "experts" for the most part. I've had about 3-4 of my classmates (present and alumni) appear on the show. Not as the doctors, but more as the "social" experts. Obviously the television show's definition of expert is quite loose. Not portraying these quacks in most of the stories is quite an improvement.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Sonny - Exactly

    by optimous_douche

    EXACTLY!!!!! That's a very pragmatic approach to my cross medium revenue siphon I proposed when the reboot was announced... And again remember it's a good idea from a story perspective NOT realistic in keeping the coffers filled. Kill it all.... Release Batman 1 and Action 1...That's it... All of the other characters...fuck em' they are contrivances of a different time period. As much as I love Booster Gold he is not where today's imaginations are fixated. Build a new universe of supporting characters and rogues that are extrapolations of the 21st century mind into the future, not the ancient 20th century. Again I know it's dreaming and while 2 might be too far, why this dang blangit adherence to the number 52? And they actually released more than 52 counting the minis, but I loves me my PENGUIN mini so again I'll stop bitching and simply fanman ponder.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but....

    by 3774

    ...the problem is you guys only covered Limited Print Dipshit Issue #0. Please cover Dipshit #13 next Podcast. An issue a year seems fair. Optimus is a pervert. Indignant complaints, ALL CAP outrage, etc.....

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    i gotta tell ya optimous_douche....

    by sonnyhooper

    ......i think your idea of re-booting with only action comics #1 and detective comics #1 is fucking brilliant and has kind of ruined the new 52 for me (but in a good way). i too understand that content is king and to make the most amount of money they could, DC went with the new 52, but man....the idea of what DC COULD of done instead is mind boggling. <P> if DC actually grew a pair and hit the HARD reset button and started over with nothing but the two big icons, it could have been a true long lasting game changer. i know it's hard to argue with the new 52 because it has been a huge boost for DC, but i fear that a year or two from now DC is gonna end up right back where it started. <p> if DC had gone the route you suggested, they could have kept the hype going for years and years and years. not to mention that DC would have had HUGE big time events built into that kind of slow, organic rebuliding of their universe. <p> bah, i guess the old saying is true, should-a, could-a, would-a in one hand and 10 cents in the other still doesn't buy ya a cup of coffee.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Isn't it funny how...

    by Joenathan

    The New 52 is both the best thing DC has done in forever and the worst handled thing they have done in forever? Keeping some continuity and not others... I mean, the five year gap was the worst idea and I bet it started with somebody Prima-donnaing backstage. I blame Geoff Johns. No reason, except I like Grant Morrison better. Anyway, sonny has it right. They should have started from scratch, took off and nuked the site from orbit, it was the only way to be sure. And then, they could have put it back together in a clear, coherent way... Total dropped ball.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I prefer...

    by Joenathan

    Shit in one hand and wish in the other and see which one fills up first.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    well, when you consider that DC dropped the ball 25 years ago...

    by sonnyhooper

    ....with the original reboot: Crisis on Infinite Earths it's not really that hard to see that history would repeat itself.....again. after the original CRISIS, DC had a blank slate and WAS going to take some real chances, but the same kind of back stage prima donning, and playing it safe thinking kept the company from doing any real changes. <p> this has all happened before and it will all happen again. <p> but maybe, just maybe....25 years from now DC will come to their senses and hire me and optimous_douche to do the re-booting proper. :)

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    just imagine...

    by sonnyhooper

    ....if back in september DC re-booted and released action #1 and detective #1 and...nothing else. skip to now, 6 months later and DC releases wonder woman #1 and green lantern #1, six months or a year later flash #1 and aquaman #1, and on and on.... stagger the re-introduction of these characters, spread them out and do them right, give them all room to breath. actually take the time to re-build the universe from the ground up and get the right talent on the right books and do it right. <p> then we wouldn't have gotten a bunch of filler bullshit live Hawk and Dove and green arrow and omac and blackhawks. i mean.... would anyone have really cared if we didn't get a green arrow book right away? oliver queen is atop 5 favorite character of mine, but if there wasn't a green arrow book on the shelfs for a year or three it wouldn't have broken my heart. especially if they took the time and came up with a better concept than ripping off how the character was done on smallville. <p> ah, fuck it.... maybe it's just me. maybe i'm just too old to care about this shit anymore. excuse me.... i gotta go yell at some kids to get off my lawn.

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Let's be clear about Prestigeworldwide...

    by Shakeshift

    He's not good enough to be a reviewer. His opinions don't mean crap to anyone because he has no skills and obviously he can't get his shit in order to be made a reviewer. WHY would I read one of his reviews again?

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST

    I don't read The Boys, is it really all that good?

    by Majin Fu

    By the time I heard of it, the story was getting pretty deep, and I never heard about any good jumping-on points. I'm not much of a fan of Ennis either, except for some of his Punisher stuff. Tried to read Preacher once but it just kinda bored me. Darick Robertson illustrates it right? I loved that guy's work in Transmetropolitan.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:39 a.m. CST

    The Boys

    by Joenathan

    There are those here who enjoy it, but the smart ones will admit that you do get a lot of that kind of thing he does, the gleefully, drooling, frat-boy, cock-obsessed, obviously-telegraphed jokes and the not that shocking shock moments. They'll admit that Ennis never misses a chance to make a Batman and Robin are gay allusion or to have a character poop somewhere or shove a hamster up their butts. They'll agree that yes, all this stuff is there, because that's what Ennis does, BUT... if you can put up with all of that, they claim that you'll find an entertaining story. And then there are those of us who think Ennis is shit that peaked long ago and so are his books. He's the Irish Kevin Smith.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    sonny

    by Joenathan

    It's a beautiful dream. I said long ago, DC should have relaunched along the same lines that JMS did Supreme Power (until he quit part way through... ahem...). If they had taken their time, built their universe up as one stepping into the age of heroes for the first time and concentrated on good stories and tight editorial, instead of a "keep throwing shit against the wall and a see what sticks" approach, it could have been amazing, but... it's DC, I mean, if they didn't fuck up the easy catches with half baked ideas and stable of one or two superstars and a gaggle of medium talent, well shit... they wouldn't be DC then would they?

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:37 a.m. CST

    New 52 is a Bubble

    by optimous_douche

    Plain and simple... Yes, a huge success for DC, but merely a displacement of comic readership. DC went up - Marvel went down.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Majin- Fu THE BOYS

    by optimous_douche

    If you hated PREACHER, you will hate THE BOYS!

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    The Boys...yuck!

    by Homer Sexual

    Truth be told, I like stories that "go there" and don't hold back. But JoeNathan has it exactly right, The Boys is just totally arrested development. Perfect for middle schoolers and their penis obsessions. I liked Preacher (except for the last issue, that sucked really, really bad) but hate the Boys. OTOH, Herogasm is ok, vulgar but a little bit entertainin, plus its only a mini so you can get a taste of The Boys in a short, self-contained story.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Wonder Woman sold more issues than the Avengers this month.

    by 3774

    With the final numbers in, single comic issue sales were up 3 million over 2010′s, bringing total comic sales to 72.13 million units sold. To put that in perspective, getting sales back over that elusive 70 million mark was a key factor in the turn-around for the comic companies in the early 2000′s.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Thx Pink

    by optimous_douche

    I did not know that (obviously). Still though, I would say we are living inside displaced soap to a certain extent.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Jesus Christ Harry, FIX THIS DAMN SITE!!

    by 3774

    Post swallowed. Here it is again. acomicbookblog /2012/02/comic-book-sales-figures-january-2012/ I never would have guessed that. I really need to take another look at it. With the final numbers in, single comic issue sales were up 3 million over 2010′s, bringing total comic sales to 72.13 million units sold. To put that in perspective, getting sales back over that elusive 70 million mark was a key factor in the turn-around for the comic companies in the early 2000′s. sciencefiction /2012/01/11/diamond-distributors-releas-2011-comic-sales-figures/ How much of that is current comic readers simply buying more, vs former readers coming back, vs new people that have never picked up a comic before? Is that what you ment by a bubble? Please 'splain....

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Bubble

    by optimous_douche

    I'm fortunate to be able to hit up some of the biggest stores on the East Coast, none are showing a huge deluge of new readers. So yes, I'm thinking sold more comics to lapsed fans or got some heavy marvel folks like Joe to traverse the DC offerings. Now, I will consider a lapsed reader new, but with the way things are shaking out they will be gone again without a major shake-up and differentiation.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Sales boost in numbers is what, 4% total?

    by 3774

    That's good news I guess, but it just doesn't hit me as the type of numbers it should be, given the way the nu launch is being portrayed as the Best Thing Ever. It irritates me that Justice League is the top selling book right now. There's no way it deserves that kind of spot given the so-called quality. I wanted to drop it before last issue, but my bf wants to hang on and see if it gets any better after the 5 year jump. I'll stick around as long as there something interesting to read, follow, and watch develop over time. A lot of sex-addled sludge marketing remains from the chrome age, but there's more than enough real creativity to keep me around. For now. It'll be interesting to see how digital sales play out.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    to be fair, i don't think you are going to find new readers...

    by sonnyhooper

    ....in the stores, not even the big stores on the east coast. new readers are gonna come in through the new market, which is digital. i know i'm out on my own preaching the digital gospel here, but try to look at it from the perspective of a new fan. are you gonna try out the new 52 on your electronic tablet device in the comfort of your own home, or seek out the local comic shop? <p> i know everyone here loves their LCS, i KNOW this, i'm just saying look at the trends in the marketplace in general and try to apply that thinking to new comic consumers. if more and more people are forsaking the traditional brick and mortar store for the digital market place wouldn't it stand to reason that any new reader would do the same? <p> U.S. e-commerce sales totaled $194.3 billion in 2011, up 16.1% from $167.3 billion in 2010, according to an estimate released by the U.S. Commerce Department. now.... apply that information to something like comics where a local store is much harder to find depending on what part of the country you are in, east coast, west coast, fly over states.... it doesn't matter. the easiest way for any new reader to check on the new 52 is by downloading it. <p> sure a few new readers will seek out a LCS because they haven't jumped on board the digital bandwagon. but i would think that by and large and new readers are coming in through the digital door. and i don't know how to measure that, i don't think there is anyway to know how many digital sales are new readers, lapsed readers, or converted old readers. either way i think the point still remains that after a year or two, after the novelty of the new 52 wears off, you are going to see sales hit a plateau. the real question is at what number is that gonna happen? time will tell.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    LCS sales

    by TheDean

    What frustrates me about the publisher/LCS relationship is the shop owners lack of salesmanship. The New 52, despite what long time fans think of it, got a lot of attention and really did bring new readers into stores. On more than once occasion, at more than one store, I've heard shop owners/workers dismiss credibility of the new titles or character changes, or make comments like "in my opinion they just screwed it all up." Then the new guy makes some comment about something he read as a kid, they share a laugh and moment of reminiscence, the new guy leaves without buying anything... Im all for telling them Justice League sucks, but push Batman on them then, or Green Lantern, or maybe take a look at the awesome Marvel titles that recently started fresh with new arcs like Daredevil. Then when I do hear new guys ask what they should be reading, superheroes are skipped over for things like Luther Strode or Sweet Tooth. Great titles, but the average new guy coming in isn't going to care. Superheroes are the draw, give 'em at least until next month to start pushing indie or anything outside of the big two There's a lot of crap out there, but at LEAST DC did something to get new readers interested. I want to see more shop owners put the darn salesman hat on, or watch their sales decline as they lose people to digital, where they don't have to deal with these depressing opinions on titles they had been excited about before walking into the store.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Seems like a good time to pimp an editorial I wrote....

    by BlaGyver

    http://www.comicbookmovie.com/news/?a=54806 Let me know what you guys think if you read it. I'd love some constructive criticism from some fellow @$$holes.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I almost bought Justice League #5...

    by Majin Fu

    Despite the negative press. I think a lot of superhero fans would enjoy reading a fun and entertaining team book featuring all their favorite heroes. After all, the Justice League cartoons were pretty popular right? That said, browsing through the issue everything seemed so...I dunno, heavy. The iillustrations were all super dense and detailed (not exactly in a good way like Capullo's Batman), and the tone was just really dark overall. So I can easily understand the appeal of the Justice League, but that book isn't going to make me a patron by sticking with that tired old "make it darker!" formula. And Pinky, if you don't like the book, DON'T BUY IT. I can't stress this enough. We are informing the publishers with each purchase we make exactly what kind of books we are willing to support financially. So if your bf wants to see it through, make him buy that shit and you spend your money on something that fulfills you. When I got first got back into comics at the beginning of college, I got into the bad habit of continuing to buy a book when I wasn't feeling it anymore. Now I realize I get a lot more fulfillment out of simply dropping stale titles to free up some dough for books I will actually enjoy reading.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    1000 ways to die origins

    by Ian Breske

    Here's their origin material: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_deaths If you ever watched and wondered how everybody that dies is doing something wrong, it's cause they just made all that shit up. They're based on horrible accidents through history and the dates, locations, and, especially, the events leading up to them, are changed.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    very Nice blagyver

    by optimous_douche

    Sadly I know the message will fall on deaf ears.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Just to be clear

    by Joenathan

    I'm only buying three DC titles, really and that's Action, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    WTF?

    by Joenathan

    No one wants to play Top 5 books being published right now? Jerks. I'm re-postinf mine and I'm pretty sure it's better than all y'alls. 1. Ultimates 2. Fantastic Four/FF (They're very linked) 3. Ultimate Spider-man 4. Wonder Woman 5. Wolverine and the X-men Face!

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Blagyver

    by Joenathan

    Great editorial, a sentiment I've been sounding for years. Just one thing, though... Morning Glories is terrible.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Optimus

    by BlaGyver

    I don't know. I think it's tough to get the entire community to do it, but if the message is received by people that frequent sites like BleedingCool, AICN, ComicsAlliance and the like, there's a shot. I'm far from the only person writing stuff like this, and the rest of the people that are have an actual audience. I'm remaining optimistic. Also, if anybody liked the article, I'm at @shutuptres on twitter and deadmentellnotales333.tumblr.com. I'm always down to chat about comics and movies if anyone is interested.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    LCS and stuff

    by KLETUS_CASSIDY

    Up until recently, because of DC's (and a few others) return policy, there was really no way for companies (such as MARVEL with no return policy) to know how much of their comics are actually selling at the store level, It is to my understanding (and i could be wrong) that comic companies that are in Diamond measured sales by how much the retailer bought to be sold, not necessarily how much were ACTUALLY sold at the stores (LCS). So even if someone said 'fuck it, i'm not buying that' i'm pretty sure the companies already report it as being bought...somebody correct me if i'm wrong. So i kind of call bullshit when DC or Marvel are hyping up a sellout, really that just means Diamond doesn't have any more not necessarily that every single LCS is sold out (sometimes that's the case, but rarely) Working at a comic shop i purposely try to avoid talking someone out of buying a comic, people that have come in for a while and i'm kind of friends, we casually chat about comics and i feel as though i can give an honest opinion on something with out sounding like the Simpsons comic book dude, even if someone is heaping praise on a book that i'm not really that into (Rucka's PUNISHER), I try to avoid saying shit like 'that book sucks' or ridiculing people for their choices no matter how opposite their reasoning is from mine. Conversely i have a lot of people that complain a certain other shop in town where the clerk treats them like idiots for buying what they like...

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Also

    by BlaGyver

    If you have a CBM account, it would be really cool if you could click the "thumbs-up" icon on the screen. If it gets enough, it gets moved to the front page and I potentially get paid. Sorry for all this self-promotion, but this is the first article I've ever had on a website. I like to think that I post around this site enough that you guys know I'm not just on here to spam 24/7.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Ok, jJoe, here's my effort to name Top 5

    by Homer Sexual

    With DC being so new, my top 5 is in constant flux, and being at work, I have to go from memory without looking at any comics: 1. Wonder Woman 2. Animal Man (but slipping after latest issue) 3. Avengers Academy (this is probably my #1 favorite) 4. Children's Crusade (Can I include a barely ever published limited series?) 5. This is very tough: Ima say Batwoman. But I like plenty more. Jouney Into Mystery, Suicide Squad, Swamp Thing, VooDoo and Villains for Hire would be my 6-10. Wolverine and the X-Men, tho, isn't even close to top 10 (keep in mind I buy like 25-30 books per month). There's a lot to like here, but I don't think Logan belongs in this book, his name is just attached to sell copies. While this makes sense from a business decision, not so much from a story perspective. I think it's like my 3rd favorit X-Title.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Wolverine and the X-men

    by Joenathan

    I think Wolverine does, though. He has a long history of mentorship to younger characters and he's got that samurai thing they don't touch on much anymore and teaching is part of that. Also, I think Logan and Xavier were always close and I think, maybe more than most, Logan believed in Xavier's dream, or at least the school, as it sheltered him through some dark times in his life. He's fought for it and has been willing to give his life for it. Plus, he's old. Wolverine is an old man, he could be feeling that lately. Basically, if he was doing it alone, I'd call foul, but he is actually just re-establishing the school, which is something I can see his character doing, since it has long been a rock for him in an otherwise tumultous life.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Also

    by Joenathan

    Maybe it's just the old X-fan in me, but the flash forward with Warbird and Kid Omega and Kid Apocalypse and what's her name, the girl with the afro that I don't know what her power is, just that it's big time, and the Brood kid? It was quick, but it was awesome. I'd read that comic in a heartbeat. Check out issue #4, if you haven't already.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    My top 5 fav books being published right now

    by Majin Fu

    1. Daredevil- lots of fun, smart, witty writing, and some of the most consistent art the industry has seen in some time 2. Conan the Barbarian- just one issue in, this is the comic I am most excited for so far this year 3. Star Wars: Agent of the Empire- Ostrander spins a hell of a thriller yarn, predictable but good 4. Thunderbolts- a time travel story that's actually good for once, and the last cliffhanger has me pumped to check out the next issue, great writing from Parker and excellent art from Turner 5. Batman - I dropped Batman for awhile but jumped back in with #5, and I'm glad I did. This is really solid work! Batwoman used to be my favorite book of the New 52 but now with the new artist, not so much. Still good, but some of the luster is lost. Wolverine and the X-men is a lot of fun as well. Probably would be the next book on my list. Also, Fatale is off to a slow start but as I'm a big Criminal fan, I can't help but really like the book. I'm sure it will pick up the pace in the next few issues. Books I wish were better/didn't exist: Most of the new 52 Books I want to check out but the shop was lacking for extra copies: Glory and Prophet

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Thunderbolts artist's name is Walker, not Turner

    by Majin Fu

    sorry about that

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Stars

    by Hedgehog000

    Wasn't there a comic book as reality show a while back? Basically a superhero team is assembled as part of an AI style show with real fan voting deciding some of the members. I actually remember it being pretty good but I can't remember the name. I think it was an Image book.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    libreske

    by Lyzard

    As I said in an earlier comment, it has become clearer and clearer to me how "fake" the show is. When half a dozen of your friends have popped up on it, knowing that one of them is a casting director, it makes it quite clear. But the question is: does that matter? We watch reality TV knowing perfectly well it isn't real. Most movies and tv shows "based on true events" are just as fake. I enjoy the show, not because it could or has happened, but purely based on entertainment value. Its like watching an 80s slasher flick, hoping to see all the "sinful" teens get hacked and sliced.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    New 52

    by Hedgehog000

    No, no, no, starting all over with one or two books would be almost as bad as what DC ended up doing. I am totally uninterested in yet another retelling of everyone's origin as they are reintroduced into the "new" universe. Apparently, we have to sit thru Superman's barely changed origin once again in Action. The better way to have done this would have been to plunge everyone into their already well established (but totally different) universe and allow us to pick up the changes as we went along. Kind of like that episode of the Justice League television series where we find ourselves watching Superman killing Lex Luthor and saying wow this is a really cool version of the DC universe (too bad they go away at the end). I think WW is perhaps the most interesting of the big name reboots in part because we've been dumped into a different kind of WW world then we've ever seen before.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Oh shit I left X-factor off my list

    by Majin Fu

    X-Factor is pretty dope, has been for years. I quit Uncanny X-Force after the Dark Angel Saga ended. Can anyone tell me if it's still good?

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Test post...

    by BlaGyver

    site wasn't letting me post a minute ago....

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Wolverine

    by Homer Sexual

    Well, what I always say about Wolverine is, if you don't like how he's portrayed in one book, you can still find a book in which he's written to your taste. Wolverine most definitely loves his teen girl sidekicks. But that does not a headmaster make. He was more like what Cyclops is doing, or like Batman, taking his girls on adventures and keeping them alive. None of this is "headmaster" stuff. As an advisor, ok. A teacher, a coach, ok...but the boss? IDK. But that is a minor quibble. I love Quentin Quire and the Cuckoos and thats enough to keep me on this book. I do think it's kinda all over the place, and Bachalo's art didn't help. It's a fun, good book, but not one of my favorites.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I always loved Wolverine in Whedon's Astonishing X-Men

    by Majin Fu

    That to me was a spot-on characterization, and he was hardly ever overexposed. While I agree he's not the ideal headmaster, I think that factor of absurdity adds more to the book than it detracts from it. He's in over his head, but he has a big cast to help him out. To me, Logan works best as part of an ensemble cast.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    I don't have a top five.

    by 3774

    Having a top five would imply you have a bottom amount for them to sit on top of as well. I'm still hesitantly feeling out which titles to get into, and looking for both new stuff and good jumping off points for established stuff. But so far in personal opinion.... 1.) Huntress mini-series. I love this title so much it makes my heart hurt. 2.) Batgirl. It's just a solidly written & developed comic that gives me a 'classic' comic-reading vibe I've missed. 3.) Ultimate Spider-Man. This managed to capture a fantastic characterization and sense of wonder for me. A book that's great, but starting to leave me wondering what else it can say, particularly in tone and style: Batwoman. I started out enraptured, but the layout seems to be a little over-the-top sometimes. And yes, I get it, she's a lesbian. Yes, it's very baroque. That's great. Now let's see something a little more. Don't misunderstand me...I think it's an A grade book. I'd just like it to push for A+, rather than relax into B territory. FF is starting out good so far, but I can't go any further until I find a couple of missing issues. Green Lantern is probably my favorite steal from my bf's collection. Sinestro is fascinating. New Guardians is a meandering snore. I don't know why he (stubbornly) reads it. Justice League is the biggest bungled opportunity right now, unraveling like a slow-motion train wreck. Bullet-time, wire-fu, Bay-esque mindless action just isn't the BEST THING EV-AR!! LET'S DO THIS, BRAH!! Ugh. Dumping it and hoping good things for Earth 2. And I can't wait for World's Finest.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    fave 5

    by TheDean

    I can't say there's any one that sticks out, or any particular order for my top 5 (although Fantastic Four was the first title I thought of, so...), but here's my list: Fantastic Four/FF Scalped Swamp Thing Daredevil Wolverine and the X-Men Print it! Sidenote - anyone enjoying Blue Beetle? Caaause I kinda am.

  • Feb. 16, 2012, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Oh, poop.

    by 3774

    I completely forgot about the Defenders. It's new, but pretty neato so far.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    yah I just read Defenders 2..I'm digging that more than I should!

    by Poptard_JD

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    LCS

    by HiWayRobry

    FIrst off let me say, I'm old. I've been reading comics off and on for over 40 years now. I started off buying my comics from spinner rack at the local pharmacy, had mail order subscriptions shipped straight to my house, and finally graduated to having a 'box' at my LCS. I did close my box for a while during the glut of the '90's, but still would occasionally visit my LCS to see what was up. But, as of a couple of years ago, I just got tired of all the re-boots, events and generally jack @$$ery that the comics industry is doing lately. Now, I buy trade paperbacks from Amazon. I'm also one of those people who hates hardback trades, so I wait for whatever I want to come out in paperback before I buy it. Which means, sadly, that I'm anywhere from 3 months to 6 months behind everyone else when it comes to joining in in these talkbacks! While everyone is deliberating the merits of DC's re-boot, I get to stare blankly at the screen and wonder what I'm missing (or not, as it were). But, it works for me. Not sure why I posted this, but I felt I needed some ridicule, so there it is.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    No ridicule here...

    by 3774

    You should give opinions of collections as you read them. I'm sure there's a lot of lurkers that'd be interested in stuff that's worth (or not worth) their time. And not everyone reads everything off the rack, so what you have to say will probably be new to a lot more people than you think. Except for those lucky idiots who actually get to work in a comic shop and read everything for free. I just picked up a deeply-discounted Ms. Marvel: Operation Lightening Storm, and I'm really digging it so far. I've never really experienced the character before.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST

    pink 'poc

    by HiWayRobry

    Thanks for not ridiculing me! There are a few problems with reviewing or commenting on trades. Firstly, it's usually old news and most of the talkbackers have already read the single issues in question and moved on to the next arc. Secondly, there are sometimes logistical problems. Case in point: I just started reading Marvel: Point One II (confusing, I know, but what can I say?) and it had a story about Avengers Academy. I like Avengers Academy, and buy the trade paperbacks when they come out. Unfortunately the story in Point One II (makes me laugh just typing that) takes place after the events of Avengers Academy: Fear Itself which, ironically, hasn't been released in trade paperback yet! So, unfortunately I gave myself my own spoiler alert!! And thirdly, and most importantly, I can't write a coherent thought to save my @$$. On that note, have you read Gladstone's School For World Conquerors? Not knowing you at all I have a feeling you might like it. Don't ask me why. I thought it was awesome.

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    *quick google search*

    by 3774

    Huh. That....actually looks kinda interesting! I'll have to see if I can take a flip-trip through it next time down at the shop. I like the fun look... h and then tt and the usual p//s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lv1oz3oMu61r5xy30o1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1329624596&Signature=ibP8t4tpvzI5L8p7%2FGvK0J0yAEA%3D

  • Feb. 17, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Gladstone's

    by HiWayRobry

    It's, dare I say, cute.

  • Feb. 18, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Gladstone's is on my list of books to read, fo sho

    by Poptard_JD

  • Feb. 21, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    JD

    by HiWayRobry

    Try and read Gladstone's and NOT crush on Mummy Girl.