Yeah, yeah, I know. I said weekly. We've been every week on Wednesday like clockwork. Just lazy I guess. Ready for the lightning round? Here we gooooooooo!
Time to fight Warhead. Well, maybe not. Aquaman shows why he might be the most intelligent super hero out there. He knows not to lead with his fists. Especially, when he finds out what Warhead is really up to. This continues to be one of my favorite Rebirth books out there.
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINE/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #6
Yup, it's over. Yes, it ended magnificently. Yes, I want another one. Yes, there could be one. This is how I remember mini series from my youth. Get in there, tell the story and get it done with. Great book.
MONSTERS UNLEASHED #4
We have monsters fighting other monsters who have teamed up with the world's heroes to save the day. But, only Kid Kaiju can save everyone and he is in over his head. One more issue before we go into the series. May it have a long and fruitful life as a continuing series.
DOCTOR WHO 9 #10
Yeah, it looks confusing, but it does deal with the ninth Doctor so the 9 makes sense. They are finishing up stuff in 17th century Brazil and Captain Jack learns a little more about his missing past. When they brought this series back to life, Eccelston was my favorite of the new Doctors. A sense of humor with a simmering anger just beneath the surface. They manage to balance that out here and with it being a comic book, the special effects are pretty easy.
GREEN ARROW #18
The Return of Roy Harper starts here. This is going to be great and we get a nice lead in to the chaos starting up in the next issue. It reminded me of the old Green Arrow/Green Lantern days. Another great Rebirth book
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #18
Doreen finds out that her benefactor is bad news and her new suit pays the ultimate price. Now I want an issue of nothing but Alfredo the Chicken and Chef Bear. One page is not enough.
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #14
I heard it through the grapevine that this book is getting cancelled in the near future. I think this is a terrible mistake. The war in Harlem is heating up and the machinations of Street Magician, Alex, is coming to a head as his new drug grips the city in insanity. This book never fails to get me excited for what is coming next. It realizes that Danny and Luke are more brothers than partners. They have known each other for a long time and this has been a wonderful run of their adventures together.
BAT GIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #8
Nightwing is in Batgirl's turf and the person he's fighting is wicked strong with bizarre powers. The ladies come to save the day and stitch Nightwing up. There is some silly flirting and Canary goes undercover to find out what is happening to the meta humans. This is still the only Bat-Family book I buy and it is such a great book.
THE FLASH #18
Wally West, post Flashpoint discovers that his father is Reverse Zoom and when he goes to visit in Iron Heights he discovers that he has been transferred to Belle Reve under the jurisdiction of Amanda Waller. This is the Waller I remember and the speedy duo head to Australia to find Captain Boomerang. That may have been a bad idea. This book continues to behave like a new book with the soul of the classic Flash books of the 70s. DC has been my go to for super hero tales like they are meant to be.
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #16
Guy Gardner is hunting down a rogue Yellow Lantern, Arkillo. And he isn't using his power ring. Of course, neither is Arkillo, but he's a friggin monster. We also get a little behind the scenes that explains why Guy is the way that Guy is. A great story.
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2
Lord Havok has found this world's version of his homeland and their king has died so, he takes the land and promises them prosperity and peace. How are the new Justice League supposed to fight a sovereign nation? I'm sure they will think of something. I haven't bought a League book in a very long time and it's nice to get such a diverse, unusual team for a change. Good stuff.
WONDER WOMAN #18
The Godwatch story is fascinating to read. More Vertigo feel than DC Comic feel. It deals with the organization that is trying to find Wonder Woman's homeland and how it all got started. This is a prime example of great storytelling, epic art and a wonder on how it will all end without it being really bad.
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #11
The gang is looking for Velma. Scooby shows that he is the best dog in the world and the team is starting to feel like the classic team from the old cartoon days. The back up feature slaps President Trump right in the face and will get away with it because we know that no one in his administration reads comic books. I hope this Hanna Barbera off shoot lasts for a very long time.
Ah, Jonesy. Doesn't every 54 year old man read the awesome adventures of a young girl with super special love powers? No, then you might want to. We get an explanation of what went wrong back home in the form of a zine and it is magnificent. Being a zine guy from back in the day, this is a pretty cool zine disguised as a comic book. Now it is time for Jonesy to face the music. That'll be next issue. Pick this book up.
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #5
Josie and the Pussycats are playing a county fair, but they get upstaged by a little girl who is the opening act and has the voice of an angel. Josie knows she can't really be that young, but she discovers that a lot of people are as driven to succeed as she is. They come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Also, I think Melody has become aware that she's in a comic book. Audrey Mok's artwork is killing it.
BOOK OF THE COLUMN???
I know I said Weekly, but then I procrastinated. So, anyway the book would have to be...
I have every issue of this thing and Sam Humphries never ceases to amaze me. The zine look for this issue makes it the best of the best of ... well, the books I bought. Go read it already. You can thank me later. If it doesn't look like your cup of tea, read a different comic book. And, remember all comments are welcome.
One last thing. I have read three issues of HULK. I'm on the fence and not sure how I feel about the book. Here's the cover to issue 1;