[read] The Omega Men tpb (2017)

With the Tom King train on full speed, i decided to check out Omega Men, which i ignored during it’s publication in single issues.
That title left me devastated, like any other King title, but the path to that final punch in the nuts is a fascinating one. The lines that are usuaally drawn in heavily pigmented black ink isn’t clearly defined, and in the middle of the fog of war is Kyle Raynor; trying to navigate the grey zone as well as possible.
The artwork further drives the point across that no one in this comic is acting out of true altruism. Everything seems to have taken a short bath in a black wash that won’t come off.

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[read] Kamandi challenge No.1 (2017)

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Great idea: twelve different artists/writer teams write an installment each month, leaving the cliffhanger to be solved by the next team. In the next issue the team from the preceding issue will write their idea of the conclusion for their cliffhanger in the letters section.
I don’t buy the paragraph about DC not being able to settle on a team for an ongoing.
That aside, i dug the issue. Picks up a lot from the classic first issue, Giffen and Eaglesham are doing their best to honor the King while retaining their styles while the story moves at a rather fast pce for our decompressed age.

leave that oversized baby alone!

Spoiler for a 30 year old comic in the following text.
Around 1990 my brother and i inherited a box full of comics. Most of them Marvel and DC issues translated and repacked into digest sized collections by then active german publisher Condor. Among them was Captain America Taschenbuch Nr.1.

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It collected the issues 305 to 313 of the US Captain America comics, which were published around 1986. Like all the other comics in the box, we read this one from cover to cover until it came apart. This book also got confiscated because i read it during religious education[1]. But why this particular book stuck with me was because of issue no.313: Modok Screams Bloody Murder[2].
In the issue, Bushmaster and Daimondback of the Serpent Society are diving to a submarine used by AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics, another villainous organization in the Marvel Universe) and discover that MODOK was hiding there. They engage in battle.

At this point in my comic reading life, i was aware that no tears should have been spilled over whoever lost the battle, but nontheless i was startled by the actions taken to ensure Modok would not leave the craft alive and how helpless the character was without his chair.

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Modok manages to save his hide, but with his chair badly damaged he hides in the hanger of a parked truck.
Bushmaster was severly damaged in the fight and Daimondback contacts the Serpent Society which starts the hunt.

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The thing that grabbed me here was Princess Python and Death Adder in the fourth panel one the lower right corner. It must be very dangerous to hang around in elevator shafts with trenchcoats instead of a rather slim fitting outfit.
Meanwhile, Captain America visits his hotline’s offices to look who needs his aid and learns of a hacker. When investigating who tried to manipulate the line, he learns that a few computer savy people just wanted to help him filter and prioritize the calls that come in and makes him aware of reports about an extraterrestrial craft. Cap investigates and stumbles upon the Serpent Society agents that have Modok cornered in a Mall.
Cap engages in battle, which reminds us of the time this comic was written.

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It would be a shame to send off such a hunk. And lust becomes her undoing.
The next two pages “haunt” me to this day.

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They killed Modok. That was something that i did not yet encounter in comics. At the most, people got wounded badly but recovered. Today we make a snide remark about the death of a comic character in a mainstream title, and since then Modok has seen the ink of a printer again and again, with his depiction in Ales Kot’s run on Secret Avengers being one of my favourties.

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I guess what i’m trying to say is, that this was one of the moments where something i read provoked a genuine emotional reaction. And it’s echo still rings with almost the same intensity into the present,where it’s being heard by a more seasoned set of ears.

And to bring this whole thing full circle, here’s Modok’s first appearance from Tales Of Suspence no.94 by the King, Jack Kirby and the guy who exploited a lot of talented people.

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[1] A class you had to participate in if you were christened and your parents valued their freedom, which is strange considering the churches were nonetheless filled with the same people on sundays. And none of them were memebers of my schoolmates families.
[2] Modok auf der Flucht in german which translates to Modok On the Run

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comic reviews [31/2016]

Ms. Marvel no.9 (2016)

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A lot of Marvel titles are making Captain Marvel’s precog determined arrests a topic, and while i can see ex-SHIELD personel being on board because they have witnessed some shit over time and need more time to process, the kids in Ms. Marvel march to the drums because they get to use their powers to do good. And oftentimes they want to do their job a bit to good.
The people that get hurt here aren’t fortunate enough to have had their name on a cover in recent time, it’s the mostly regular janes and joes suffering for the greater good.


Lucky Luke Homage 1: Der Mann der Lucky Luke erschoß (2016)

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Not being able to read the french original i got the german translation. It captures the spirit of the classic comics, but Matthieu Bonhomme’s art, leaving out the Dalton brothers, injecting a drop of A Fistful Of Dollars as well as giving nostalgia a character lets the book feel modern despite the classic dressing of the cover.
I’ll ask my Dad if he could lend me his collection so i can give my memories a new coat of paint.


Giant Days no.17 (2016)

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This issue reminded me of the years spent hunting for a job that could “secure” my future for a while. No matter how legit people made things out to be, i was participating in dubious matters and my silence was bought rather than my work compensated.
Long way to say: i enjoy the book. Story and artwise its another great example of the John Allison brand of entertainment being a hyper realistic look into how we imagine the world to be.


Paper Girls no.8 (2016)

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I don’t know how Mr. Vaughn does it. “Nothing” is happening, but you’re looking forward to more.


Black Science no.23 (2016)

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Black Science stays as awesome as ever. Even if Grant’s monologues get on ones nerves, it makes the stress situation he’s in more authentic. He’s not better, his focus just shifted to trying to make everything right.


Superman no.4 (2016)

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So far except for Aquaman, Rebirth has been a disappointment. But this issue managed to get the Superman feeling going. Seeing Clark and his son work together is a joy to watch. Supes finally taking on the role that was his from the beginning is an actual progress.


Klaus no.7 (2016)

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The perfect comic to read with your loved ones once the holidays come around. I immensely enjoyed this title and am looking forward to see what Morisson does with the Easter Bunny.
But seriously, the Superman iconography in this issue make it a festive treat. Oh, and aliens are responsible for everything of course.


Aquaman no.4 (2016)

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My favourite Rebirth title. This issue might have gone a rather foreseeable way it feels like finally something is done with the character. And that is something that i miss with the relaunch. Not that nobody is trying, but here it feels like a path has been mapped out.


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comic reviews [30/2016]

I missed last weeks reviews and am late this week. But i did not have much time to either read or think about comics to much so i’m trying to catch up here. Not the most fresh things, but i was reminded this week that the weekly grind isn’t that important.

Without further ado, let’s start.

Dark Night: A True Batman Story (2016)

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Talking about this comic is hard. First of all, it is a very honest look into a very difficult period of Paul Dini’s life, and while other writers pack their life lessons into fictional stories, we get a certain part of the truth with this. Works such as this take me some time to read. With such a serious matter one has to be in the right frame of mind and create a save enough environment.
First of all, let me say that the artwork by Eduardo Risso feels uninspired. He never was my favourite artist, but what makes him stand-out is the sheer savagery and brutality in his work. He manages to portray the animals that we still are, and while it suits the part that becomes the catalyst of the story told, it doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the book[1].
The story….well, it is part of a therapeutic process. A very open part of the process, but different strokes for different folks. And i think this comic was not written with the intent of putting it’s author under a spotlight, but rather as a reminder that we are all existing in the same reality, and that it takes bravery, honesty and asking and accepting help to overcome obstacles.
And sometimes, we are our own obstacles.

[1] But if you ask me who might have been a better fit to illustrate the story the only name that comes up is Frank Quitely, either of the Ba/Moon twins or Darick Robertson.


Rumble no.12 (2016)

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We take a look back to when Rathraq paved the way for mankind and slew the Esu-King Asura, who is currently in possesion of his body while Bobby is haunted by nightmares.
i love this book. Even in a set up issue like this one it manages to be full of frenetic action and emotion.
Furthermore, after a rather black and white start, the border between good and bad guys becomes more and more diluted.


Aquaman no.3 (2016)

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It feels to me like all the wrong books in DC’s Rebirth continuity are becoming all the attention. Aquaman has a good comic and nobody seems to talks about it….seriously, this title could be the one to “end all superhero comics”. Yes, it might use themes and imagery seen in Man Of Steel, but i guess Dan Abnett will take it on a more thoughtful route.


Civil WarII: Chossing Sides no.2 (2016)

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It was good to see Misty Knight again. I juxt wish that one issue in which Danny and her had a kid and were happy would be canon. The rest of the book feels….i don’t know how to put it, but even though the outcome of Civil War II will set up the next few months of stores in the Marvel Universe, it doesn’t feel to have an impact on the day-to-day business of the Marvel Universe.


Lazarus no.23 (2016)

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This issue closes with a statement that sent a chill down my spine. The whole issue feels like a caged animal, sitting coiled up in the corner of its cage as it hears a keeper unlocking the door.


Scooby Apocalypse no.3 (2016)

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Still doing new things. Disturbing things taking the material it is based on. The flashback was a downer at first, but working it into dialogue or another action sequence wouldn’t have worked given the state of the gang at the start of this issue.


Star Wars no.21 (2016)

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We get a look at what has been unleashed on our heroes, a fist carrying a scalpel. The empire strikes back indeed. But we also get the motivation behind the new Sarge of the squad, whom we know as the imperial double agent in Fabio-Jabba’s arena. Everything used to be black and white.


Future Quest no.3 (2016)

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I still like the series and was excited about Steve Rude on art, but with the rather long backstory that introduces us to the Herculiods, it feels like a plan b issue. Doesn’t matter, it was a fun read that still conveys the feeling of a Hanna Barbera cartoon, this time a Birdman solo one.


Jupiter’s Legacy vol.2 no.2 (2016)

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Like with the first issue, the art fells off. But i look at this panel and what i saw of Frank Quitely’s process in the What Do Artists Do All Day documentary about him and get a new appreciation.
The story, well, the rebellion is underway. Neat ideas and further revelations about the ruthlessness of Brandon and how little he thinks of his parents values.


Divinity II no.4 (2016)

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A little kindness goes a long way, in this case a long way for everybody. But it alao makes on ask if Abraham’s plan will backfire on him.
“Where will this lead?” is my main question. The series was great like the first one, but the ending and set up for the next Divinity series feels odd. Valiant has been careful with each of its releases and they have my trust that the end of Divinity III will make we look for my socks.


The Autumnslands: Tooth & Claw no.12 (2016)

The Autumnslands: Tooth & Claw no.12

With the current political discussions about the rights of an AI, this issue gets a whole new level of relevance. And while we live through the heartbreak and hope is kindled….let’s say that we speak comic and know what comes next.


East Of West no.28 (2016)

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More set up for the end times and the fallout from lasst issue. But it’s just so enjoyable. This issue was worth the time and money for the humor in it alone.


Transformers: Titans Return (2016)

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It has been a while since i’ve read a Transformers comic, and i have not a clue what is going on here, but i like the humour and that Autobots and Decepticons are working together now. And it seems to set up Headmasters and the Revolution event which looks insane.

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comics 28/2016

Vision no.9 (2016)

Three more issues. This series needs a complete hardcover edition as soon as it’s over. But with all the character work being done so far, there is a fear that it might be rushed to its conclusion. Lets trust in Tom King shall we?
I never mentioned how Gabrial Hernandez Malta’s artwork while not being typically super-heroic delivers the atronger impact with the emotional beats.


Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior no.9 (2016)

What a fist pumper! Gilad is loose in the Sovereign’s Labirynth and boy, the Wrath is real.
I’ve read that some people are at odds with the pace, but seeing how this and the issue before it unfolded, i must see the pace was just right. The brutal imagery of Gilead’s many death and the struggle he undergoes to return to the world of the living put such a weight on the reader, that it is almost a relief to see him wreak havoc. Sadly, against some goons instead of the instigator of Gilad’s suffering.


Power Man and Iron Fist no.6 (2016)

This issue is the best thing that has so far come out of Civil War II. The reaction of the protagonists to the events unfolding mirrors that of many comic readers. But not enough to warrant Marvel overthink their publishing plan. But while they are brought up to speed on the events, former vilains are being targeted by a group of vigilantes and a group of reformed and acting baddies are hiring Luke Cage and Danny Rand for protection.
Sanford Greene is sitting this one out, but Flaviano Armentaro’s artwork while feeling less fluid fits the book as well.


The Flintstones no.1 (2016)

I take everything backmi said about the Hanna-Barbera “relaunch”. This was amazing! Ok, it takes the franchise into a dark place, but back in the day Fred and Barney were advertising cigarettes, so it stays in line.
Evolution and how progress is driven by violence covered in a sheen of humor is the foundation this issue is built open at first glance, and at the end waits the other end of the spectrum, a gesture that is all to human and has been practiced by everybody through the ages in one form or another.

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comics [27/2016]

Blaue Pillen (Blue Pills) by Frederik Peeters

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An autobiographical tale about life with HIV illustrated in a quick and feverish way. Aama already used a similar approach to convey its story about evolution, but here it helps to convey the underlying fear of loss that must be experienced by all parties in such circumstances. The perceived honesty further deepens the experience for the reader, giving us the chance to cheer and fear with the people we’re reading about.
At the end of the book, Frederik Peeters has a dialogue with a mammoth that suddenly appears on his way home. At the beginning of the sequence one could assume that it is just a weird exchange for the sake of art which so far has been avoided, but when it is revealed to be a moment of realization, even growth, it fits great as a point for leaving this part if Peeter’s life.

Empress no.3 (2016)

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I wanted to don’t like this book because of Mark Millar and his recent tendency to write for the silver screen. There are still some kinks in this, but it follows the Millar formula to give a known thing a new spin. And Stuart Immonen is a beast on art. Not-Obi Wan/original draft Luke Skywalker which serves as the titular regality is a joy to behold.
I wonder where the story leads because it leaves a lot of corpses in its way. The chambermaids who dress the Empress in the first issue for example….

Manifest Destiny vol.2: Amphibia & Insecta

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The expidition into the new frontier continues. The backgrounds and motivations of the crewmembers are explored and in the end upbringing, status and decisions don’t matter because the whole crew sits not only in the boat that carries them across the water, but ride the same one through life. Which is a fancy way to say, no matter how noble one might seem you can’t trust the person to do the right thing.
And i cheered when Lewis slaughtered the title giving amphibian due to a phobia of mine.

Future Quest no.2 (2016)
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To sum the issue up in one word: Action! The stakes are set, the heroes seem to face a challenge they won’t overcome and Dr. Quest is a step behind FEAR, the evil organization who’s goal is to invite the big evil that killed the guardian corps Space Ghost was part of, to earth. I’m still digging the series. Story and artwork transport the reader back to the childhood days when the Hanna-Barbera cartoons made us shut up and listen/watch. Hopefully the artist and story changes for future issues don’t mean the numbers don’t add up….

Giant Days no.16 (2016)

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Last issue wasn’t my cup of tea, but this one was great again. The energy levels are high, the humor is great and the cliffhanger the issue ends on makes me want to get the next one as soon as possible. I’m always amazed at how relatable the series is despite the overdrawn characters and situations.

Paper Girls no.7 (2016)

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Things are moving at a glacial pace. But while it’s slow, it keeps tipping scales left and right. Despite the “modern enviroment” in which it is produced, it still reminds me of watching The Goonies, ET and other movies during my younger years.
This page i took a screenshot of made my eyes glaze over becauae visualizing ourselvea as kids and giving us a hug was a technique we learned in group therapy.
I’m afraid old Erin will die.

Black Science no.22 (2016)

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It’s a less action filled issue, but despite the serious matter of Grant trying to attone for his shortcomings as a father, it has some fun moments.
The last dialogue broke my heart. But he has earned that kind of treatment.

Kaijumax season two no.3 (2016)

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Three issues in, but the story already feels so dense. This issue flashes back to the past of high ranking officer of the Security Forces who is happening to inspect the prison while Chisato is trying to deal with the events from the last issue. The inspection also reveals why the world reacts so harsh towards the Kaijus, the story of betrayed trust.
It’s the little things like the entrance in the mech’s sleeve, or Jeong’s new armor, or the Rider 2 inspired police uniforms coupled with the serious storytelling that make me enjoy (almost) every issue of this series.

Like any of the titles i talked about? Don’t like them? Want to contribute? Please get into contact with me and share your view

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comics [26/2016]

  Bird Boy vol.1: The Sword Of Mali Mani (2016)

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The first volume of Bird Boy was a surprisingly good read! Yeah, it’s fast and you have some story beats laid out in the first couple of pages, but the presentation, the details and the path that is taken to reach those story beats set it apart from similar works.
The masks the tribesmen are wearing are my favorite thing to look at. It is a sign of how vulnerable the people are that they have to transform themselves into beasts. When a bear attacks them, it looks like he is doing battle with a pack of wolves rather than humans. The fear of the woods, into which the ancient hero Mani Mali ventured to save the people, is also a great metaphor for how we lost part of our connection to nature, how we put on masks and make noise to intimidate it. Even the animals in the book are wearing masks and instead if blood, parts of the forrest they come from flows out of their bodies when it’s hurt.
This thing is magical and i wish i could read the second this afternoon.

  Batman: Ego and other stories by Darwyn Cooke (2016)

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Everybody who likes Darwyn Cooke’s work and Batman can grab this without any thought. Cooke’s Batman stories seem to use the characters portrayal from the animated series, which i believe he worked on. This collection also includes Selina’s Big Score, which is a neat story but would have worked better for me if it was not set in the DC Universe. It’s a good heist story, but Seline Kyle does not fit in for me.
It is sad that we lost a creator who deserved a run on Batman if he so decided. This collection gives a great and affordable overview of Cooke’s work as an artist and writer.

  Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw no.11 (2016)

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There was another panel i’d like to post, but this just encompases the “fuck yeah” nature of the issue. We get a few answers but a bag of new questions is being delivered too.
And i enjoy the coarse language to much….

  Rumble no.11 (2016)

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Do yourself a favour and get Rumble. It might be a power fantasy story, but it is seasoned with metaphors of real life issues and how we try and hold back progress. It is a story about growth, leaving save zones but not to conquer and poison oneself with further sins, but to grow ones hearts. And James Harren’s artwork, perfectly capturing the madness of the proceedings.

  Transformers vs. G.I. Joe no.13 (2016)

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One of the most innovative comics of the last few years has come to an end. And what an end it is.
While tying up everything, Tom Scioli and John Barber leave behind a sandbox that has more than enough stories left to explore.
This comic made me stop talking to certain people because their never ending complaints about this comic. Yeah, the art might be a deal breaker, but i always saw it as an homage to the design of the toys, evoking the stories we played out with them as kids.

  Jupiter’s Legacy vol.2 no.1 (2016)

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It’s back! Took me a while until the series grew on me, but Mark Millar is someone who’s work gets tainted by the hand that wields the quill.
But it did not have the impact i anticipated. There is the great bit at the beginning about how Hutch got his power-rod from his father, which showcases Millar’s strength: no unnecessary weight. A father who realizes this is probably the last moment of quality time he has left with his son leaves him a legacy before opening the door to face his fate.
The rest of the issue is set-up for the things to come.
This is complaining about high standards, but Quitely’s art seems rushed and devoid of backgrounds. But rushed art by one of the greatest is still great art, and if the rest of the run comes out on time, i’ll take it.

  Black Panther no.3 (2016)

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As a white, middle european male i don’t feel
Like having a right to talk about this book.
It is a great take on not only T’Challa, seeming lost between his life as king and superhero but how he lost sight on what is going on in Wakanda. And while he is searching for clarity, new powers are forming, trying to regulate their circumstances.

|quick reviews|

  Rai no.14 (2016)
Great issue, Father seems to have enough of trying to get the humans on new japan in line through guidance, and starts the first approach.

  Dark Knight III – The Master Race no.5 (2016)
Drawn out and not entirely necessary continuation of the Dark Knight Returns? To a degree, but there are some moments in this series, two in this issue in particular, that make the reader utter a “fuck yeah”.

  Power Man and Iron Fist no.5 (2016)
The Heroes For Hire are back! Great fun story coupled with Sanford Greene’s energetic and fluid artwork.

  Wonder Woman no.1 (2016)
I’ll wait for the first trade before i say something stupid. (It feels like the people working on the title are also clueless about what to do with Wonder Woman, but i’m sure Greg Rucka has a mastertape.)

  Ultimates no.8 (2016)
This title….this team should be the Avengers and everybody else should wear the dark/secret/all-new/now-with-25%-more-deadpool Avengers designation.

  Teen Titans no.21 (2016)
Monsiour Mallah and the Brain seem to have been shipped (that’s what the young people say these days, right?).

  Uncanny Avengers no.10 (2016)
I should have reserved my happiness about Hank Pym’s return because what happens here was telegraphed a few issues ago, i just did not want to believe it.

  Aquaman no.1 (2016)
Good start, but like with Wonder Woman, i’ll wait a few issues until i make my last call because again, feels like it’s burned all the creative juice in the first few pages.

  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur no.8 (2016)
Freaky Friday with Dinosaurs. I wonder how this might enrich the relationship between the titular characters. Also, Marvel Boy is a creep.

  Doctor Strange no.9 (2016)
As much as i like the series and how this arc came to it’s end, i wonder how it will continue once the movie release date is around the corner.
But for now, the good Doctor has to not only solve the problem with the Inquisition but also some nasty business he kept locked up in his basement.

  Mighty Thor no.8 (2016)
While i dig the mortality aspect of the book and how it is a ticking time bomb, i’m not sure if Jane Foster is aware of the situation. But then, i guess it’s the same thing with the Flash, he’s only as fast as the story demands.

  Civil War: Choosing Sides no.1 (2016)
The Damage Control story was fun. The rest….SHIELD should be abandoned or given back to Steranko and Hickman for an overhaul.

  Web-Warriors no.8 (2016)
Heard this series will be cancelled later this year. Which is sad because it is a fun read.

  Jem and the Holograms no.16 (2016)
The Dark Jem arc is over, and so is Sophie Cambell’s tenure as artist on the title. It feels oddly like a built in jumping off point, bit i’m looking forward to what is in store now that the cards have been shuffled. This book is like watching a more contemporary saturday morning cartoon.

  Nighthawk no.2 (2016)
Again, a title i don’t feel like i should have an opinion about. But i like how it is asking questions and portrays the motivations some people have in real life.

  Captain America – Steve Rogers no.2 (2016)
So, the explanation for the Hail Hydra! moment is here. And it is solid, at least for me. I must admit that i was a bit offended by it, but i speak comics, there is probably a plan behind it.
Cap will make sure there will be some cracked Skulls as retaliation.

comics [25/2016]

    Usagi Yojimbo no.155 (2016)
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Man, Usagi Yojimbo has become a port in the storm of comic reading. This issue continues the trend of solid entertainment. Usaginis drafted into a series of murders in a temple. Stan Sakai’s artwork has become kind of “sketchy”, rather “raw” for me, not bad, it is the natural evolution of Stan Sakai’s artwork, and it makes our favourite ronin seem older and in the context of the mystery killer, enhances the eerie situation.

    Divinty II no.3 (2016)

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I understand the less pleasant things people say about the first and this Divinity series, and while this one seems to inform us about the limitations of Myshka and Abram’s abillities, it is also a sci-fi tale about being careful what you wish for, how our need for perfection and order causes even more chaos than we experience without our interference. Also, how will this series end? Myshka will most likely not go into a self imposed exile like Abram did at the end of the first series.
I like the rather clean artwork because it helps anchoring the story of two almost almighty beings in conflict with each other.

    Rai no.14 (2016)

Reading this series knowing what is happening in the current Valiantcomics event, 4001ad, makes the events even more impactful. Father, the artificial intelligence governing the now airborne nation of japan connected with the citizens through an avatar, Rai. And while the Rai this issue opens with tries to appeal to humanities compassion and goodwill, Father has already decided that the hand he extends should form a fist.

    Rumble no.11 (2016)

Do yourself a favour and get Rumble. It might be a power fantasy story, but it is seasoned with metaphors of real life issues. It is a story about growth, leaving save zones but not to conquer and poison oneself with further sins, but to grow ones hearts. And James Harren’s artwork, perfectly capturing the madness of the proceedings.

    Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw no.11 (2016)

There was another panel i’d like to post, but this just encompases the “fuck yeah” nature of the issue. We get a few answers but a bag of new questions is being delivered too. And i enjoy the coarse language to much….

    Power Man and Iron Fist no.5 (2016)

Great issue! Yeah, the “see a story from different perspectives” trick might be one of the oldest in the book, but it works with the humorus nature of the story. With all the Civil War shenanigangs it’s good to read a nice street level story. (I just hope Danny gets a motivation beyond “i just want to do cool shit with my pal Luke”.)
Sanford Greene’s artwork is so fluid!

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comics! [24/2016]

  Kill Six Billion Demons will be released in a printed edition in september! It’s a great looking webcomic that started last year and tells a complex story in beautiful artwork and hilarious backmatter.
[link]

  Panels has a neat article why reading comics/books could be akin to time travel. Or boil space time like Grant Morisson once said.
[Panels article]
[boiling space time]

 reviews

  Space Mullet vol.1 (2016)

A great read! It’s an 80s buddy movie in space. But it is not just action, there is also heart. Now, some storybeats might be foreseeable, but that does not matter because it works like a well oiled machine.
[link to webcomic]

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  Weird Detective no.1 (2016)
I’ve read part of the issue when it was released in the Dark Horse Presents anthology series and it caught my attention then.
The story revolves about a truly weird detective, that from trying to do his job with the least resistance suddenly turns into a super cop. The bulk of the story follows his monologue, which the reader needs to comprehend some of the special abilities that are employed.
The artwork is sketchy and somehow “feverish” but enhances the atmosphere of madness that slowly descends.
Looks awesome when a guy gets pulled into his….i let you discover that.

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  Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham (2015)
I had this in my reading pile for to long. Mike Mignola tells a Batman Elseworlds story that is looking for his equal. Names and previous histories do not protect anybody in this version of the Batman mythos and end with the Dark Knight being more than just a protector at the gates of gotham.

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