Thursday, August 27, 2009


Comic books. Hundreds of them. August 27, 2009 Posted by Mookie
A metric crap-ton of comic books came out yesterday and, as of this writing, I still haven't finished reading all of them. Most of them have been very good so I'll talk about the ones I got to that really left an impression on me.

Teen Titans has become the bleakest, most depressing series I've put myself through. If Blue Beetle wasn't on the roster I would drop this title after this month. It seems that every major storyline with them has become "they need to learn how the real world works. They need to learn the meaning of loss." After two consecutive team member deaths and the loss of their leader I think they've gotten the picture! Geez! Writing a story with a happy ending doesn't make you a crappy writer!

I was going "oh crap!" all throughout the newest Green Lantern, but it was in that good way where things keep getting worse and I want to see how our heroes get themselves out of it. I hope Larfleeze gets what's coming to him, that jerk.

Batwoman in Detective Comics is probably the most artistically interesting comic I've been reading. It's got creative layouts and a great use of varied coloring and inking that helps set the mood of the comic when she's in and out of her costume. Incidentally, the Batwoman costume has to be one of the sexiest superheroine outfits I've seen in a long time, and it doesn't even reveal a hint of skin.

The Incredible Hercules features the origin of Amadeus Cho, the seventh smartest kid in the world whose hung out with Herc since his own series began. Not only is Greg Pak a talented writer but I like seeing kids and teenagers in a heroic role that doesn't involve boatloads of angst or annoying dialogue. It's the same reason I love Blue Beetle.

Deadpool as a pirate. Freaking hilarious. Absolutely freaking hilarious. Daniel Way, in my opinion, is the definitive Deadpool writer. Suicide Kings or Merc With A Mouth (Deadpool's two other comics) are okay but they don't feature the same kind of insanity that Way captures, runs with, and makes a joy to read every month. I highly, highly recommend this book (if Daniel Way is writing it).

For a series that started off quite slow, The Flash: Rebirth kick-started last month and blasts off this month. The Flash and the other speedsters have a very complicated history that can be quite hard to follow... with time travel, alternate dimensions, backwards-aging relatives, mathematical formulae and so on... but my god, Barry Allen has never looked more badass than on the last page of this month's issue. Wow.

Still more to read. Maybe I'll talk about the rest tomorrow.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out!