Wednesday, April 19, 2017

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH COMIC BOOKS Chapter 12



Twelve columns! Woot! Not too shabby if I say so myself. Big week with some amazing books. A couple of new ones that are, well they are awesome. One suggested by the lovely Martha Waltz. I am the luckiest man alive!
Ahem
Anyway, let's get down to it.




GREEN ARROW #21

First Green Arrow has been defeated and now the team of villains that did it are after Seattle. They want to make it Star City. Juan Ferreya's artwork for this is breathtaking. It looks painted. Oliver is going to have a rough time of it and this new story arc starts off with a magnificent bang. I hope Green is ready for an uphill battle. One of them took down a skyscraper with his bare hands!!!



AQUAMAN #21

We finally learn the secret of Deep Water. It's...yeah, buy the book. It is really a cool concept and might have a positive aspect for Atlantis in the long run. And while Aquaman is trying to save the damn world, people in Atlantis are being petty. Same old same old, but this new revelation of Deep Water is a game changer. Okay, I'll tell you...it's...Nah, you really need to read this one.



KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #10

When last we left the rebel tribesmen, they were about to make a fatal mistake with the queen's daughter. Now they have an angry mother along with more than one Kong to deal with. This book is such a delight every month.. The artwork is magnificent and the storyline pulls you in over and over again. People who loved the film would love this.



COADY AND THE CREEPIES #2

The band is on the road to get the last pin in the Pinmageddon tour. Something evil wants to stop them, but luckily friends you make on the road tend to turn up when it will do the most good. I would love it if they made actual pins like they show in the book. I'd buy them.



SKULL ISLAND THE BIRTH OF KONG #1

I know what you're thinking. Didn't you just review the Kong book up a ways? Yup, that was BOOM!'s licensed historical book of Kong. This is released by Legendary under their Monsterverse Imprint. I am excited that there is a book imprint called Monsterverse. Maybe some Godzilla next? Anyway, this fills in some blanks after the film and is set in the future with a new team headed to Skull Island.  Not a good plan. Maybe they didn;t watch the movie and realize the place is filled with monsters? Anyway, if you had told me when I was a kid and huge Kong geek that there would be two Kong comic books I would have laughed in disbelief. A really good looking book.



JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #6

When last we left he Pussycats they were being arrested for plagiarism. Yeah, about that. It seems that Alexander Cabot thought his sister was still mad at Josie so he drags them to his Antarctic palace to judge them. This was a one and done that is funny and shows how much money the Cabot family actually has. Great book.



CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #7

Cave saves Superman after he is weakened by Kryptonite and attacked by a crystal monster. But that wa the past and when he wakes up his cybernetic eye is still missing and there is a huge monster in the sky. Um, what? I love this book because half the time I have no idea what is going on. Can't have it all laid out for us, can we?



THE GREATEST ADVENTURE #1

I have been waiting for this book for a long time. Tarzan is visited by Jason Gridley about an interstellar fleet that captured him and forced him to make a weapon. He escaped and now feels they need to find the rest of his research that could aid the invaders. Tarzan assembles a team that boggles the mind. Here's a few; Korak, son of Tarzan, Billy Byrne, The Mucker, Townsend Harper from Monster Men and Barney Custer, sometime King of Lutha. That's right it's a mash of all of Edgar Rice Burroughs' characters and they have some pretty deep cuts here. It's a set up issue, but they waste no time to leap into battle. This is a dream come true and I love what they are doing with the cast. There are so many I hope it doesn't become too unwieldy. We shall see because I am not missing an issue.



GODSHAPER #1

This is the one Martha picked and it is amazing. In 1958 something happened that took all the modern conveniences of life away from us. An alternative came along in that every person on the planet got their own god that could learn to do things. People would trade services depending on what their god could do. And, the people with no god could shape the gods and make modification to them for a fee. This is the story of Ennay a master shaper, but he might be more than that.  This is such a fun concept and the artwork is really well done. A new book to add to the list and I think it can only continue to get great.  



U.S.AVENGERS #5

I promised no negative reviews here. This is a tie in to a event called Secret Empire. I am not buying that book and have forsaken all recent books with Captain America in the title. Not interested and all that. So, with that being said, the book has this really cool part with Squirrel Girl and Red Hulk vs Arthur Nagan King of the Gorilla Men! That part was excellent.

BOOK OF THE WEEK



NICK FURY #1

So, yeah, this is the Nick Fury that more recognizable from the films. Nick Fury Jr. in the Marvel Universe since Nick Fury Sr. is The Watcher now. (It's complicated) Anyway, this book reminds me of the old spy comics of Nick Fury with that amazing Steranko art. It captures that feel and also the art. James Robinson writes this excellent tale and ACO does the penciling while Hugo Petrus does the inking. I do want to mention Rachelle Rosenberg as the colorist because the wild color motif is what makes this book. And, it does something I haven't seen in a very long time. The book is a page turner. It makes you turn the pages as fast as possible. It's like a printed car chase in a kick ass action film. You can't stop. You need to find out what happens next. I read it twice so fast I forced myself to slow down and appreciate the artwork. It still went fast. This book is super fast. So, very good and it made me smile and nostalgic all at the same time. Great book.




So another week and three new books. Sure, I still miss Jonesy. I asked both of the creators why, but neither of them have bothered to deem me worthy for a response. That Nick Fury book makes me extremely happy.

Seeya next week.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH COMIC BOOKS Chapter 11

Okay, they cancelled two of my books this week. One I knew about, the other came out of left field. This has made me sad and I'm keeping this brief.



BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #1

I admit to not reading the Black Panther book for a few months, but a team of Black Panther, Misty Knight, Storm, Luke Cage and someone I don;t know named Manifold sounded pretty cool. Someone got murdered while in jail and Harlem is up in arms. There are robot police and a curfew waiting to be broken. Someone wants a riot. The Crew needs to make sure no one gets hurt. It's a pretty busy book for a first issue, but it does have a lot more action than Black Panther has. I like the way it starts and will keep with it unless it gets chatty.

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THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL # 19

Always a fun read. I need a book that is nothing but Alfredo The Chicken and Chef Bear. I would read that every month.



BATGIRL BIRDS OF PREY # 9

Practically a Black Canary issue and not in a bad way. She uncovers what is going on in the underground fight club and it ain't pretty. Time to rally the troops and put down the bad guy. Great book.



THE FLASH #20

The Black Hole is stealing the bodies of all the speedsters killed by Godspeed. Why? Well, you will have to wait until next issue. This one shows us Iris is a formidable opponent in her own right and the last page is a gut churner for anyone who has read the book from the beginning.



HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #18

So, the Green and Yellow are learning to work together. It's an uphill battle after so many years of mutual hatred, but they will pull it together. And something bizarre is trying to wipe them out before they even get started. Another classic hero in the DC canon given the book he deserves with the largest supporting cast in any book.



JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #4

The JLA is here to stop Lord Havok from destroying our planet. This shows the team as Batman designed them. To help others complete whatever task is laid before them. Not to do it for them. This is a team of street level heavy hitters, not the God like beings of the original JLA. BAtman knows what works and proves it here in the downfall of a tyrant.



WONDER WOMAN #20

In the continuing GODWATCH story, Veronica is done with logic to cure her daughter. It's time to invoke some magic and Circe seems like the obvious choice. Right? Yeah, this issue gets out of hand, in a good way, and it shows that nothing is as it seems. And the answer to the problem may be more than what it's worth. This is a good storyline that accentuates the one taking place in the odd numbered books. It will be interesting to see them finally come together in the end.



SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #12

Velma believes that the only answer to the problem at hand is to find her maniacal brother and force him to help her find a cure. Only problem? He ain't interested. But, this long on the road is starting to bring our team together like the old cartoons and that will help more than anything else.



POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #15

Yeah, I knew this book was going the way of the Dodo, but I still didn't want to have it happen. It ends on an up note which is nice and the bad guys are defeated and our heroes save the day. But, I'm going to miss this book. A lot. Sure, the Iron Fist book is pretty good and the upcoming Luke Cage book looks good, but I want them back the way they used to be. I hope someone else uses Senor Magico somewhere else. Hopefully, he won't share the same fate as Doombot from Avengers A.I.. The last panel choked me up.



JONESY #12

WAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! THEY CANCELLED MY BOOOOOOKKKKKK!!!!!! WAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!. This odd little book that started out as a four issue mini series managed to make it four times longer than that, but I had no idea the book was done. I have always been a fan of Sam Humphries and that quirky art by Caitlin Rose Boyle made this a unique book that I thought was going to go on forever.
WWWAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sniff

I make JONESY The Book of the Week.

This sucks.

I'll see you next week.

BAH!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH COMIC BOOKS Chapter 10

Probably the shortest column to date. There were not a lot of books out this week, but there was a lot of great stuff regardless. Ready? Good I need to get this done so I can finish getting ready for Cinema Wasteland, the best convention in the world!
Here we go...



JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS #25

As the series nears it's end Jem has revealed her secret to an angry Rio who has left the island. The Stingers have decided to break everyone up and hatch a plan to drive a wedge between Stormer and Kimber and it might involve lava. Not on purpose or anything, but, hey, stuff happens. It feels like next issue will be the end and I will be sad to see the book go. Now I will just have three books about fictional girl bands to buy. Oh well, If you haven't picked up the book they did just release the first six books in a trade that looks pretty sweet.



INVADER ZIM #18

Zim is jealous of another Invader so he takes over the local Burrito King, but neither he or Gir now how to make a burrito. Here's a hint; they do not contain howler monkeys. I heard they are doing a new movie and I hope it's as much fun as this series has been. I remember when it started and they were doing a limited series. Yeah, Zim doesn't look like it's going anywhere any time soon. Thank goodness.



GREEN ARROW #20

The end of The Return of Roy Harper. The crooked people get what's coming to them and justice of a sort is given to the natives. Green Arrow and Roy mend old wounds and decide that two people might be better suited to bring Green Arrow back to his former glory. This book has been fascinating to read, the art is always exceptional the writing is magnificent. They have been making this one of the best books in the new Rebirth.



AQUAMAN #20

Speaking of great Rebirth books, Aquaman manages to switch gears from huge, world shattering issues to Aquaman and Mera trying to discover what is turning normal people into monsters that can teleport through the smallest amount of water. Next issue will give us the reveal and I can't wait to see what we will get. Another great issue.



IRON FIST #2

Danny Rand has been presented with an offer. On the island of Liu-Shi there are seven masters of different animal styles of kung fu. If he defeats them all he will receive their chi and regain what has been lost to him. Lose and the secret of Shou Lao the Undying will become the property of Liu Shi and they will transform into the new city of Heaven. This has been a great start to a new series and I will be happy to see what becomes of it as the tournament continues. Art is also very good. The whole thing feels like a big budget kung fu movie.

BOOK OF THE WEEK



THE UNCANNY AVENGERS #22

From the first issue of the first volume of this book the biggest problem has been that The Red Skull has incorporated Charles Xavier's brain with his own. Now, with Deadpool giving Rogue Magneto's helmet, effectively breaking any sort of mind control, the brain of Charles Xavier has been separated from The Red Skull once and for all.
To me this book has been the most Marvel like it takes a disparate group of heroes, presents them with impossible challenges and they rise above them and win. Last issue got me so pumped for this issue that it was the first thing I read. With all the changes in Marvel that I am not a huge fan of I am glad this book is here for me. It was the best thing I read all week and it also has me jonesing for the next issue.
My favorite book is the book of the week.



Okay, there you go kiddies. A short, small week, but some of the best things I have read in a while. GO visit your local comic book shop and get some books to read. You know you want to.

Seeya!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH COMIC BOOKS Chapter 9

I think I like this weekly column. There aren't as many books. Heck, with some of the books it will get smaller, but there are new books coming out that I am interested in. This column alone has one book that it's the last book and one that has about three issues left before it's gone. While my wallet might be happy, my reading time is taking a wicked hit.
Anyway, ready? Good here we go!



THE AVENGERS 5.1

This was a neat little series. It fills in the time frame from when the original roster of Avengers quit to be replaced by Cap and his Kooky Quartet. It also introduces us to a villain who can absorb the life force of anyone. If the person she is absorbing has super powers then she gets those as well. In her final blow she takes out the Avengers only to be attacked by the original roster back to save their friends or avenge the dead if need be. This was a cool idea. It feels like an old school Marvel book and gives us some background into historical events within the Marvel Universe. I think this would work well on a lot of the other books that Marvel puts out. And with this issue it is done and it leads right into The Avengers #17. The actual, original Avengers book. Good stuff.



JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS #24

Here we are with the final story arc. We knew for a while that the book was going to end with #27, but this sort of sucks. I haven't missed an issue of the book. Even when the artwork was less than stellar I stuck with it. Now, in the final story arc Jerrica realizes that she must find a way to make Jem and Jerrica the same person. It is time to stop hiding behind the fabrications of Synergy and become the new and improved Jem. Of course this is taking place in Hawaii and The Stingers are already there and pretty mad that Jem has taken their drummer from them. With Stormer from the Misfits in the group can her reality show be that far behind? This is a fun book and the new artist, Gisele Lagace is fabulous.



DOCTOR WHO #11

The Doctor is captured by the Hesguard Institute in the 53rd century. He is locked up for his violent tendencies. They have a way to drain a person of their bad stuff and funnel it into these blank humanoids that contain all of the bad leaving the person as good. Rose tries to get The Doctor free, but they have already completed the process and now, because The Doctor is something they have never dealt with before, his repository for hate and anger has broken loose and is on a rampage. This would have made a great episode in the original series. I realize that Eccelston didn't want to do a second season, but he would have done great.



HOOKJAW #4

The pirates have captured the environmentalists and are feeding them to the sharks. Hookjaw knows who needs to die, but isn't above eating any other human that crosses her path. This is probably the most gruesome of the series so far, but it will be interesting to se what happens when the military nut gets to play with a bunch of explosives next issue. In the land of comic books, Hookjaw is the most intense and bizarre book out there. Who knew a shark could carry a book? Hookjaw knew.



INFAMOUS IRON MAN #6

Doom is after The Wizard while his mother and Reed Richards plot behind the scenes to destroy Doom once and for all. Throw in SHIELD with Sharon Carter now in charge and the new Ironheart getting ready to barge into the fray and next issue should be pretty explosive. There was a nice scene from Doom's college days with Reed and Ben that started the book and, as always, the art work is simply breathtaking. I think if they can get this book to last and go the distance they shoudl consider giving Doom Bot from Avengers A.I. his own book in the future. I'd buy it.



JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #3

While Lord Havok presents a unified front to neighboring countries, The JLA is working with the local resistance fighters to take down The Extremists. I did find it interesting that some of the Extremists were taken down with nothing more than words when they realized that they work for a megalomaniac. Havok thinks he has won, but he, like so many people, underestimate Batman. Never do that. It will be bad.



ADAM STRANGE/FUTURE QUEST

The Hanna Barbera books were hit or miss when they came out. I liked them all except for The Flintstones. Future Quest is going to continue with smaller story arcs in the future and Scooby Apocalypse is still going. I miss Wacky Racers...a little.
Now we have some annuals that team up DC with Hanna Barbera so it was a natural fit to put Adam Strange with Future Quest. His Zeta Beam has accidentally deposited him into The Lost Valley. The Quest team goes to see what is happening and they find an amnesiac Adam Strange who is being chased by FEAR they wish to leave the valley for good and he can help them with his Zeta Beam. Sometimes, you should just be happy with what you have, but tell that to Agents of FEAR. There is a back up story with Top Cat coming face to face with Batman. Seems he got caught in a time and space transporter and now all he wants to do is find his friend, Benny. The Adam Strange story was great. Being a huge fan of Future Quest it felt like that only with the added goodness of DC Comics along for the ride. The Top Cat story was a good introduction to what appears to be a series. Yeah, I'm buying that. These crossovers remind me that comic books should be, for the most part, fun. This was fun.
But it wasn't nearly as fun as...

THE BOOK OF THE WEEK!



BANANA SPLITS/SUICIDE SQUAD

I have known about this book since they announced it a while back. I have been waiting since then and to be honest, I read it first. I have also read it twice. This is what I can the perfect comic book. It could be for my love of the super pop group The Banana Splits. They were on Saturday mornings when I was a little kid and I always watched them. The Suicide Squad? Meh, I know who they are, but I haven't regularly read a book of theirs in years. So, the Splits are arrested for being late to their gig at The Whiskey A Go Go and sent to Belle Reve because people think they are meta humans. Meanwhile, Waller's team is down for the count and she can't use any of her traditional back up people without warning the higher ups who would just order to execute. So, The Banana Splits, Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snork are sent in to save the day! And they do, with a vengeance. They also reinvent themselves at the end with a new sound and it is magnificent. For the entire story I could not stop grinning it is awesome. The writing is funny and the art work is magnificent. And, if that couldn't make it any better, the back up story is Snagglepuss who gets drawn into court during the McCarthy era and is expected to answer for his crimes of being a Southern Gothic Playwright. It's just an excuse for some magnificent Snagglepuss dialogue. I read the whole thing in his voice. Peter Potomas and Augie Doggie are along for the ride and, what's that? There's going to be a series? And they are calling it Exit Stage Left; The Snagglepuss Chronicles? I guess they just want all my money. If you buy no other book this years this is the book you need to read.



Well, there you go. You have your orders to go pick up the Banana Splits/ Suicide Squad crossover and anything else you think looks good. Be sure to patronize your local comic book store. The weekly books help them pay the rent. Well, that and the metric ton of MAgic cards that probably go through there on a weekly basis.
Seeya next week!

BONUS VIDEO!



Thursday, March 23, 2017

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH COMIC BOOKS Chapter 8

Another weekly column! Woooo! Kind of a light week for us here at The Waltz Compound. Also, I am not reviewing the new HULK book unless things change in Issue 5. JUst not my cup of tea I'm afraid. With that being said, let's get to the book!




FUTURE QUEST #11

The penultimate issue is here and everyone teams up to fight the Omnikron for the last time. Will they be able to save Earth from this monstrosity or is it too powerful? You'll have to read it for yourself. I can't believe it's been almost a year since this book came out. I will miss it when it's gone. If you haven't read it go pick up the trades. If you even know the name Herculoids or Jonny Quest or Space Ghost then they wrote this love letter to you and it shows.



THE FLASH # 19

Second part of the Flash and Kid Flash down under with Captain Boomerang. I like how Kid Flash's vibrating powers work differently and to a great effect in this book. We are getting set up with a crossover for the next two issues and it looks like it will blow our mind like the original Rebirth book did. I wish there was more of old school Wally West in the book. That would be cool.



BLUE BEETLE #7

Dr. Fate fights for Jamie Reyes' life against the monster that wants the scarab. The reveal is pretty cool. I know him a little, but not as much as others might. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here and J.M. DeMatteis starts next issue! I am so excited. His Dr. Fate books was one of the best out there and really needs to be collected into a volume of it's own. You hear me, DC? Yeah! I'm talking to you.



WONDER WOMAN # 19

She's done with the insane asylum and the big bull fellas name is Ferdinand. I should have guessed that. Anyway, the Godwatch has had enough of Wonder Woman and they do the unthinkable. Not to give too much of this away, but I realize she does the whole bullets and bracelets thing, but I always assumed Wonder Woman is bulletproof. Can't she take a pretty good hit? Guess we will see next issue.



HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORP # 17

Guy is recovering from his fight and we learned why he did it alone and with no ring. He needed to show the Yellow Lanterns who the boss was. A little fear for the fear guys. And Kyle  is a Green Lantern again?  UM, okay, that's cool. He was a great Green Lantern.



DOOM PATROL #5

If anything is going to kill this book it will be the time between books. It sure doesn't feel monthly and Gerard Way may have bit off more than he can chew. That being said, the one thing that will save this book is that it's good enough that no one will care about the delay. The team is back! Sort of. It reminded me of old school Doom PAtrol mixed with a little of Morrison's run. The melding of the things we love about Doom Patrol. And Negative Man is back! And rocking some sweet threads. This is a fun book.



THE MISFITS # 3

The Misfits are getting their sound back as the reality show continues. But Blaze has what she thinks is an awful secret. Until she tells anyone and everyone she meets says that is awesome. Her other band is coming together and she can be the lead singer like she always wanted. Being on a popular reality show won't hurt the PR for the new group. This is such a great book with that whole vibe that made Jem and the Holograms such a great book.I remember them saying that this was a mini series. I hope it continues beyond that.



MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR # 17

Luna gets assistance from The X-Men to find a Cerebro that Forge made so she can track down the Doctor Doom that has been bothering her lately. Forge is astonished that she can make Cerebro find anyone, mutant or not and a little side trip to the 80s happens as they fight a shopping mall of Dooms. I love that Luna has embraced that she is the smartest person in existence and a Devil Dinosaur/Wolverine Fastball Special makes the book. It felt like they were going to cancel this book in the next issue. They don't say it, but Marvel never says it.  I hope not.



IRON FIST #1

This is the gritty, Iron Fist has lost his way tale. I realize that it's just a set up first issue, but it shows that Danny is trying to cope with the fact that with K'un Lun destroyed that he may not be Iron Fist anymore. And if he's not Iron Fist then who is he? It reads like a kung fu movie which is all Iron Fist was ever supposed to be. A good start to what can be a great book.

BOOK OF THE WEEK



EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #20

With the Inhumans VS X-Men over and Earth safe for mutants again, it is time for our team to leave Limbo behind. Yeah, they are starting those new X Books next month so there is no room for what was my favorite X-Book. They are all going home. And what is the perfect capper to a great run of comics? That's right, baseball game. Kind of choked me up a little. Jeff Lemire and Victor Ibanez give us the perfect cap to this book. It's a shame nothing is coming along to replace it.



See, you sniffled a little seeing this, didn't you?

So, another successful weekly column in the bag. It helped getting out of work early yesterday and having today off. A great bunch of books. Remember, go visit your comic shop and find something to read. The 50 cent bin alone is filled with so many magnificent things.

Seeya next week!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH COMIC BOOKS Chapter 7

Yeah! Back on track! These are the books we got yesterday. I have always had the problem of plowing right through the new books pretty much the day I get them. Some of them get reread the same week, some go in their respective places and are reread from time to time. This is a pretty good batch of books.
I have one complaint, so we're gonna do that one first.


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MONSTERS UNLEASHED! #5

This is the end of the series. They are gearing up for the regular series that will follow the adventures of Kid Kaiju. This whole thing seemed rushed. Last issue they were screwed, but now that Kid Kaiju uses his own original monsters he can save the day? Meh. And the new monsters seemed lackluster at best. I would have rather had a team with OOM and FIN FANG FOOM. Know what I mean? I really doubt that I will be getting the continuing series. Good part. Plenty of cool monster art. I really liked that. The variant cover we got (pictured above) was pretty cool as well. We even bought some of the Monsters Unleashed comic book boxes. Now, can I have action figures? I'd really like if this ended up as action figures.



THE UNCANNY AVENGERS #21

The finale between Deadpool and Rogue and Deadpool has a pretty neat trick up his sleeve that I won't spoil here. Suffice to say it made me smile when he did it. This is the best Avenger book out there. Go read all of them. And I mean Volume 2. Don;t read Volume 1. Nuff said!



AQUAMAN #19

The start of the H2.0 storyline begins here and Aquaman has to go to an island with the Aquamarines who tried to kill him during the war. He's facing off against an old foe, Dead Water, who can teleport from place to place with the smallest bit of water. In the new Rebirth Universe, this is one of the most consistent books out there. I love that Aquaman is one of my favorite books.



COADY AND THE CREEPIES #1

Fresh from the Boom! Box imprint comes the story of a set of triplets who are also a punk rock band. And, just to make it interesting, one of them is a ghost. I remember punk rock and it's nice to see a new comic that recognizes its influences and becomes an interesting thing of it's own. I remember when Boom! put out Jonesy and Giant Days and they were supposed to be limited series. Now they are not and I hope this one follows in their footsteps. Great story awesome art and a punk rock vibe that makes this one of the best all girl band comic books out there. (Currently, there are three.)



GREEN ARROW #19

Yes, Roy Harper is back. Yes, Ollie calls him Speedy and gets punched for it. We see the life and times of Roy Harper, warts, drugs and all and now we are brought to the present where he has found something to fight for and Ollie and Black Canary are along for the ride. We also get a new, trippy version of Count Vertigo. It's in flashback so, you know he'll be showing his face soon. Such a great book.



KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #9

We went and saw the new Kong movie. It was spectacular! This book lends itself to telling us so much about the giant ape we meet in the movie. Now, the queen of Kong Island has to deal with people who believe that what she does is wrong. They don;t think they need Kong to protect them. They are wrong and they are about to attempt a misstep that will probably result in the deaths of a lot of their tribe. But, we have to wait until next issue.



CAVE CARSON AND HIS CYBERNETIC EYE #6

The monster is revealed and unleashed and Carson, his daughter and Wild Dog have to save the day. Sure, they need to take some psychotropic drugs to get the job done, but that's perfectly normal, right? This book is very trippy. Now with the first arc completed I might have to go back and ready them all in one sitting. I still don;t get what is going on in the back up feature. I look at it, but I've stopped trying to read it.



PATSY WALKER A.K.A. HELLCAT! #16

THEY ARE CANCELLING THIS BOOK! This is so very sad. I have not missed an issue. There was an issue where I truly despised the art and I still bought it. This was such a great book and now we might get one more issue. Patsy does learn how to rid herself of the reality altering illness she has that is triggered whenever she sneezes and we learn a little bit more about her true nature in the process. I am so sad they are cancelling this book.



THE GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #6

Bertha is still fighting the madman who has taken her size powers and increased them tenfold. Overdosing on the drug he has become berserk monster attacking the city. Doorman is doing his new job being a grim reaper, only he's not very good at it. Good Boy realizes she can't run from her problems and runs back to the team as the giant mad scientist begins his attack. This book is silly, serious, fun and the art work is so good. The cover is hilarious as well. I hope we get these guys around for a very long time.



BATWOMAN #1

She is back in the Rebirth universe. I will admit that while I know who Batwoman is, I never read her previous book. Heard good thing, never read it. This is a good issue. We get a decent fight along with a hint at her past. Then it throws us in the deep end and tells us to swim.
I'm fine with that.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I thought instead of reviewing the Book of the Month twice I would just do it once.

Here you go.



U.S.Avengers # 4

Give me a comic book with Squirrel Girl and I will buy it. This particular issue does not have her in it, but we do get Deadpool and Red Hulk versus American Kaiju. I think American Kaiju is hilarious. Plus it is divided into four different comic books with four different covers within the issue that does a chapter of the story. It felt like the spirit of Steve Gerber was there and it made me smile this is one of the new books that Marvel is doing right by. A truly great issue and our Book of the Week.

A pretty good week. That one complaint doesn't really ruin things. I wish I could have found a better picture of that cover. The variant with the cool Fin Fang Foom cover is pretty cool. Has a sweet underground vibe to it.

See you next week.