DC Comics

All Star Western #19 – 3 stars
Arrow #29 – 4 stars
Batman Incorporated #10 – 3 stars
Batman: The Dark Knight #19 – 2 stars
The Flash #19 – 3 stars
The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #19 – 3 stars
I, Vampire #19 – 3 stars
Injustice: Gods Among Us #15 – 5 stars
Justice League Dark #19 – 4 stars
Katana #3 – 3 stars
Red Lanterns #19 – 3 stars
The Savage Hawkman #19 – 4 stars
Superman #19 – 3 stars
Talon #7 – 4 stars
Teen Titans #19 – 3 stars

Dynamite Entertainment

Masks #6: Digital Exclusive Edition – 3 stars

Image Comics

Invincible #102 – 5 stars

Marvel Comics

Deadpool #8 – 5 stars
Deadpool Killustrated #4 – 4 stars
Fantastic Four #7 – Not reading until I reach April in “Catching Up On: Marvel Comics”
FF #6 – 2 stars
Morbius: The Living Vampire #4 – 4 stars

Best of DC – Injustice: Gods Among Us #15 – 5 stars
Best of Marvel – Deadpool #8 – 5 stars
Best of Other – Invincible #102 – 5 stars

Top 5

5. Arrow #29 – 4 stars
4. Morbius: The Living Vampire #4 – 4 stars
3. Deadpool #8 – 5 stars
2. Injustice: Gods Among Us #15 – 5 stars

Pick of the Week – Invincible #102 – 5 stars

  1. wwayne says:

    About All Star Western # 19: 2 years ago I started reading western novels, and since then I’ve been reading a lot of them. You may think they are boredom at its purest form, but I assure you that, generally speaking, they have a very intriguing plot. For example, “Gun Smoke at Dawn” by Norman A. Fox, “Night of the Gunmen” by Steven C. Lawrence and “The Hard Men” by Theodore V. Olsen definitely are among the most thrilling novels I’ve ever read. But, if you ever decide to read a western novel, the ideal starting point would be “From Where the Sun Now Stands” by Will Henry. It is one of my favorite novels, along with “The Power of the Dog” by Don Winslow.
    About Arrow # 29: Being a huge fan of Oliver Queen, I gave his TV show a try (so far I watched the first 2 episodes), and generally speaking I liked what I saw.
    The most negative thing I can say about that series is, too many “casual meetings.” For example, when Oliver is walking on the dancefloor during his welcome party, he suddenly bumps into an unknown lady, and, guess what, that lady is Dinah! What a coincidence! I counted about 10 improbable meetings like that only in the first 2 episodes, so I think they definitely were too many.
    Anyway, there are also a lot of other things that satisfied me: a dark atmosphere, a lot of action, a clever plot… I think I’ll see the next episodes.
    About Teen Titans # 19: In the 90s some teen dramas like Beverly Hills 90210 and Dawson’s Creek had an enormous (and deeply deserved) success: this led to the creation of comics about young superheroes who were facing not only this villain or that, but also their youth problems. The best one definitely was Lobdell’s Generation X, in my opinion: that marvellous comic book closed in 2001, and since then every similar title didn’t last more than a few years. Unfortunately, it seems that teen-drama-like comics are not a big thing anymore. Apart from Young Avengers, the only one still surviving is exactly Teen Titans, as far as I know – and, as chance would have it, the writer of Teen Titans is the creator of Generation X, Scott Lobdell. He’s simply born to write this particular genre of comics.
    P.S.: This preview rocks! http://www.comicbookresources.com:8080/?page=preview&id=16310

    • Can’t say that I’ve ever read any western novels. The closest I’ve probably come are post-apocalyptic settings with a bit of western/cowboy/outlaw flavor to them. I usually tend towards fantasy novels by authors such as Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, and more recently Glen Cook, Stephen Deas and Brent Weeks. My western fix usually comes in the form of Clint Eastwood movies. I have been enjoying All Star Western though. Jonah Hex is just an entertaining character and some of the backup stories have been interesting.

      Oliver Queen is definitely a favorite of mine as well and Arrow is one of the few shows I watch consistently these days. You’re probably right about too many convenient meetings, I haven’t really been keeping track, but I have a feeling that was more of a thing for the early episodes. You have to remember, we pick up with Ollie just after being stranded on an island for 5 years, just getting back home he’s going to have a lot of those “oh hi” moments as he runs into people from his past, it’s just exaggerated for TV because they have to establish who his supporting cast is very quickly. You should definitely keep going with the show though, only two episodes in you haven’t even gotten to the stuff with Deadshot, Deathstroke or Count Vertigo yet.

      I take it you’re talking specifically about teen teams here rather then just heroes since you focus on the Teen Titans, Generation X, and the Young Avengers but neglect characters such as Blue Beetle who you’ve said before is a favorite of yours. Well, first of all, I can’t speak to what influence TV teen dramas had over the latter two teams, but the Teen Titans have been around in one form or another since the mid-60’s so we can’t give ol’ Dawson and Pacey the credit there. These kind of things tend to be rather cyclical though I think, so just because it doesn’t seem like today is the time for teen team doesn’t mean that tomorrow won’t be. As for newer teams such as Generation X not sticking around, well, I’m not familiar with the series but sometimes there just aren’t new stories to tell with certain characters, or characters need to move on to other adventures (Dick Grayson isn’t a Titan anymore after all), or sometimes there’s just too many superhero comics and no matter how good a title is, if it’s not selling, it’s not going to last. In the meantime, you’ve got the Teen Titans, the Ravagers who are mostly teenagers, the Young Avengers, the All New X-Men are teens, though time displaced from their 60’s homes ones, the current teenaged Hellfire Club have been showing up in Wolverine and the X-Men, and the students of Wolverine’s school in that same book are also teenagers, former members of Avengers Academy and the Runaways are featured in Avengers Arena, The Movement, which debuted this week, focuses on a team of teens, as I believe does The Green Team, which debuts in a few weeks. And that’s just Marvel and DC, if you look around you’ll probably find even more.

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