Archive for March, 2013

My little game of catch up just keeps rolling forward as I move into January 2013.

First up, a few from Marvel #1:

New Avengers #1
Savage Wolverine #1
Superior Spider-Man #1
Uncanny X-Force #1
Young Avengers #1

And now the buy list for today:

All-New X-Men #5-6
Avengers #3-4
Avengers Arena #3
Avenging Spider-Man #16
Captain America #3
Captain Marvel #9
Daredevil #22
Gambit #8
Hawkeye #7
Iron Man #5
Journey Into Mystery #648
New Avengers #2
Superior Spider-Man #2
Thor: God of Thunder #4
Uncanny Avengers #3
Winter Soldier #14


DC Comics

All Star Western #18 – 2 stars
Aquaman #18 – 3 stars
Arrow #25 – 3 stars
Batman Incorporated #9 – 3 stars
Batman: The Dark Knight #18 – 3 stars
The Flash #18 – 4 stars
The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #18 – 2 stars
I, Vampire #18 – 3 stars
Injustice: Gods Among Us #11 – 4 stars
Justice League Dark #18 – 3 stars
Red Lanterns #18 – 2 stars
The Savage Hawkman #18 – 3 stars
Superman #18 – 2 stars
Talon #6 – 4 stars
Teen Titans #18 – 3 stars

Icon Comics

Powers: The Bureau #3 – 4 stars

Marvel Comics

Deadpool Killustrated #3 – 4 stars
Fantastic Four #5AU – Not reading until I reach March in “Catching Up On: Marvel Comics”
FF #5 – 2 stars
Morbius: The Living Vampire #3 – 3 stars
Thunderbolts #7 – 4 stars

Best of DC – Talon #6 – 4 stars
Best of Marvel – Deadpool Killustrated #3 – 4 stars
Best of Other – Powers: The Bureau #3 – 4 stars

Top 5

5. Injustice: Gods Among Us #11 – 4 stars
4. Thunderbolts #7 – 4 stars
3. Talon #6 – 4 stars
2. Deadpool Killustrated #3 – 4 stars

Pick of the Week – Powers: The Bureau #3 – 4 stars

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By:  Michael Avon Oeming
Price: $3.99

The Super Sperm Saga continues with the third issue in just six weeks. I looked it up, Brian Michsel Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s tale of law enforcement professionals deling with cases involving super powered individuals hasn’t come close to a release schedule that consistent since releasing three issues in as many months from January to March of 2006. I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I am definitely happy to have this series, now essentially in its fourth volume, sitting new in front of me on a consistent basis because, and I feel safe in saying this, it’s probably one of the best books going. At the very least as far as “super hero” books go.

So, as I said, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, it focuses primarily on Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, two characters who started in April 2000 as police detectives dealing with crimes involving individuals with powers. After the events of the book third volume last year, as the new subtitle suggests, Walker and Pilgrim are now federal agents and their first case centers on the sale of powered sperm for the breeding of powered babies. Relatively innocent sure, until people start dying.

Ok, I can’t deny it, the story sounds ridiculous, it sounds gross. But it works. It absolutely works. I truly believe Bendis may be at his best when he’s writing this series. He takes something like being impregnated by powered sperm, and makes it a threat on the same basic level as being impregnated by aliens. Maybe there are super powers in the book, maybe the subject matter seems like that of a comedy, but the actual tone of the book is closer to that of a TV crime drama. There’s banter, jokes, nudity, sex, blood and guts, it’s quite a ride. I haven’t liked every issue of the four volumes of Powers, but the hits far out number the misses, and this particular sue is definitely one of the hits, easily pushing the story forward as Walker and Pilgrim dive deeper not their investigation and making it very clear that, as they tend to do in this book, things are about to get very complicated. If you like crime drama, if you like superheroes, but you aren’t following this book, then you are missing out.

Score: 8.5

Michael Bowie

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By:  Aaron Kuder
Price: $2.99

H’el on Earth may have ended last month, but that doesn’t mean that Superman can relax. Not when he has to appear in front of the United States Senate. Why you ask? Well because the Fortress of Solitude scares them of course. While this thread was only touched on briefly in this issue, it seems likely this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of the idea of the US government feeling threatened by Superman’s activities.

Maybe it’s because Scott Lobdell did only briefly touch on the court hearing in this issue, but I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this plot thread. On the one hand, it does logically make some sort of sense that Superman would be called before the US Senate, though I would have preferred it to have been the United Nations. It even makes sense that Superman would actually show up. On the other hand,  think what bothered me bout the scene is that the Big Blue Boy Scout comes off rather less then diplomatic. I realize he isn’t the big brain of the great orator of the Justice League, but he is the good guy of all good guys.

Ok, so that’s a lot of focus on what was really a very small portion of the book, but frankly, other then some set up for next issue and maybe a few issues down the road, nothing worth talking about really happened. Plus, the court hearing and an escalating conflict with the US government is an interesting idea. However, more often then not, Superman is just more interesting when he has something he can hit, and preferably something that can hit him back, like H’el for example. But I guess we were due for a little break in the action. Chances seem pretty good that next issue will feature a knockdown, drag out fight though. Either that o a few punches followed by the realization it’s all a big misunderstanding. We’ll just hav to wait and see which it turns out to be.

Score: 4.5

Michael Bowie

Hey guys, my Marvel Disassembled reviews just went live. This week I checked out Thunderbolts #7 and Morbius: The Living Vampire #3. Go give them a read and check out all the rest of the weeks reviews.

Another new comic book day is here and this week I get to see if the new issue of Thunderbolts was worth looking forward to as much as I have been. And of course, while this is my personal buy list this week, there were many other new releases today which you can check out at Comic List.

DC Comics

All Star Western #18
Aquaman #18
Arrow #25 (digital first)
Batman Incorporated #9
Batman: The Dark Knight #18
The Flash #18
The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #18
I, Vampire #18
Injustice: Gods Among Us #11 (digital first)
Justice League Dark #18
Red Lanterns #18
The Savage Hawkman #18
Superman #18 (reviewing)
Talon #6
Teen Titans #18

Icon Comics

Powers: The Bureau #3 (reviewing)

Marvel Comics

Deadpool Killustrated #3
Fantastic Four #5AU
FF #5
Morbius: The Living Vampire #3 (reviewing for Marvel Disassembled)
Thunderbolts #7 (reviewing for Marvel Disassembled)

Another Monday is upon us and today’s buy list gives us the second half of December, as well as one November issue I missed.

A + X #3
Age of Apocalypse #10
Astonishing X-Men #57
Avengers Assemble #10
Avenging Spider-Man #15.1
Daredevil: End of Days #3
Dark Avengers #184
Scarlet Spider #12, 12.1
Secret Avengers #35
Venom #27.1, 28
Winter Soldier #13
Wolverine and the X-Men #22
X-Men: Legacy #3
X-Treme X-Men #7.1, 8