Comics – 4th April 2012

Sadly 2000AD’s website seems to be suffering tech difficulties, or to quote one of there tweets “Our website has a Thrillsucker infestation, Earthlets. DO NOT PANIC! Droids are now sweeping the server sub-basement with electro-whips.”

Marvel starts Avengers vs X-Men proper this week, but I’m still not getting drawn in. Hopefully I can avoid it all being spoiled too much.

I’ve cut back hugely on the New 52 comics, possibly too harshly, but that’s how it is going to be. I’m not looking forward to making decisions about next week’s releases though, but I’ll burn that bridge when I get to it.

DC – New 52 #8 Part 1

Animal Man
Justice League International
Stormwatch
Swamp Thing

Not Reviewed

Action Comics
Batwing
Detective Comics
Green Arrow
Hawk & Dove
Men Of War
OMAC
Red Lantern
Static Shock

Other

Supurbia

Skipped To The End…


DC – New 52 #8 Part 1

Animal Man #8
Written by Jeff Lemire
Pencilled by Steve Pugh & Travel Foreman
Inked by Jeff Huet & Steve Pugh
Cover Color by Loverne Kindzierski
Lettered by Jared K FletcherIt’s not often I swear on here so understand the level of weirded out I am when I say fuck me sideways with a fish knife but the body horror returns in the most horrific of manners this month. Also bear in mind I don’t shock easy. I for one am glad the art is no more detailed than it is. You’ve been warned folks.

Surrounded by creatures of the Rot it’s time for Barry to make some hard decisions. The strong feeling of family comes to the fore once again as Buddy does what he can to protect his family, weight Ellen’s fear against Maxine’s increasing powers.

Animal Man is really looking like the best horror title out there at the moment. It is also far more than that. The heart of the book really emphasise the strain of the crazy world of superheroes has on a person and their family, especially the current nastiness. It something not seen often enough and serves to ground a book, and give depth that would perhaps otherwise be lacking.

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Comics- 28th March 2012

So this week sees the very beginning of the great war of our time. Avengers vs X-Men. (Well issue #0 at least) Thankfully I’m maintaining my stance on only really picking Marvel comics up in trade paperback, so it’ll be a year or so before I start going on about this.

I’ve cut back this week’s reviewing so let’s get to it.

DC – New 52 #7 Part 4

Aquaman
Blackhawks
The Flash
Green Lantern: New Guardians
Justice League Dark
I, Vampire
Teen Titans

Not Reviewed

All Star Western
Batman: The Dark Knight
The Fury Of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man
The Savage Hawkman
Superman
Voodoo

DC
Legion: Secret Origin

2000AD
Prog 1775

Other
The New Deadwardians

Skipped To The End…

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Comics- 14th March 2012

I’ll try and rattle through things as quickly as I can this week as there seems to be one hell of a lot to get through. If you look at nothing else Saga and Saucer Country can’t be recommended enough.

DC – New 52 #7 Part 2
Batgirl
Batwoman
Deathstroke
Demon Knights
Green Lantern
Legion Lost
Resurrection Man
Suicide Squad
Superboy

Not Reviewed
Batman & Robin
Frankenstein: Agent Of S.H.A.D.E.
Grifter
Mister Terrific

DC
The Shade
The Ray

Marvel
Incredible Hulk

2000AD
Prog 1773

Other
The Activity
Saga
Thief Of Thieves

Skipped To The End…

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Comics- 7th March 2012

DC have launched their new look website, wreaking havoc on my bookmarks and generally making things hard to find.

The reviews get cut down further in the New 52 this month, but what remains is good. Marvel continues strongly, and 2000AD starts off a brilliant new story (well. the second arc to a previous title but we’ll get to that).

Let’s get started then…

DC – New 52 #7 Part 1
Animal Man
Justice League International
Stormwatch
Swamp Thing

Not Reviewed
Men Of War
OMAC
Red Lantern
Static Shock
Batwing
Detective Comics
Green Arrow
Hawk & Dove
Action Comics

DC
Huntress

Marvel
The Defenders
Villains For Hire
Winter Soldier

2000AD
Prog 176

Other
The Manhattan Project #1
Supurbia #1
Valens The Outcast #3

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Comics- 22nd Feb 2012

Another mediocre week in the main I’m afraid, apart from that 2000AD will be celebrating 35 years on the 26th. It’s going to be a zarjaz weekend.

DC – New 52 #6 Part 4
All Star Western
Aquaman
Batman: The Dark Knight
Blackhawks
The Flash
The Fury Of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man
Green Lantern: New Guardians
I, Vampire
Justice League Dark
Teen Titans

Not Reviewed
The Savage Hawkman #6
Superman #6
Voodoo #6

DC
The Ray #3

2000AD
Prog 1770

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Comics – 8th Feb 2012

Fashionably later, but at least pipping the next releases, here is last week’s comics. While a fuller selection than the last lot, I’ve been left slightly let down, which meant this review has dragged. I’ll explain below…

DC – New 52 #6 Part 2

Batgirl
Batwoman
Deathstroke
Demon Knights
Green Lantern
Legion Lost
Resurrection Man
Suicide Squad
Superboy

Not Reviewed
Batman & Robin
Frankenstein: Agent Of S.H.A.D.E.
Grifter
Mister Terrific

DC

The Huntress
Penguin: Pain And Prejudice

Marvel

The Incredible Hulk

2000AD

Other

Thief of Thieves
Valen The Outcast

Skipped To The End…

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Comics- 1st Feb 2012

A change of format this week on two matters. Firstly I’m moving the conclusion section to the end, to hopefully provide a wider overview on the week’s output. Secondly with a number of series having finished their first story arc I’m going to be harsher on what comics I pick to review. There’s a link to the DC Sneak Peaks here for those of you who want to try before you buy, or second guess this winnowing.

DC – New 52 #6 Part 1

Animal Man
Justice League International
Red Lantern
Stormwatch
Swamp Thing

Not Reviewed

Action Comics
Batwing
Detective Comics
Green Arrow
Hawk & Dove
Men Of War
OMAC
Static Shock

Marvel

The Defenders
Villains For Hire

2000AD

Prog 1767

Skipped To The End…

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Comics – 25th Jan 2012

Before we start on the comics a quick work about DC. They’ve got a new logo.Which isn’t exactly earth shattering, but there are some nice variant, with this being one of the more iconic ones…Onto the comics then. The Justice League jumps into this week’s running order, and a few things slip into my Not Reviewed section. I’ll also be waxing lyrical about 2000AD. It is certainly a breath of fresh air after DC.

DC – New 52 #5 Part 4

All Star Western
Aquaman
Batman: The Dark Knight
Blackhawks
The Flash
The Fury Of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man
Green Lantern: New Guardians
I, Vampire
Justice League
Justice League Dark
Teen Titans

Not Reviewed

The Savage Hawkman
Superman
Voodoo

Skipped To The End…

DC

Legion: Secret Origins

2000AD

Prog 1766

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Comics – 11th Jan 2012

Another week another lot of comics. The second week of DC’s 52 continues is fine form, while 2000AD makes a proper start to what will hopefully be regular appearances on here.

DC – New 52 #5 Part 2

Batgirl #5
Batwoman #5
Deathstroke #5
Demon Knights #5
Frankenstein: Agent Of S.H.A.D.E. #5
Green Lantern #5
Grifter #5
Legion Lost #5
Mister Terrific #5
Resurrection Man #5
Suicide Squad #5
Superboy #5

Not Reviewed

Batman & Robin #5

Skipped To The End…

DC

The Ray
The Shade

Marvel

The Incredible Hulk #4

2000AD

Prog 1764 (4th Jan)

Other

The Activity #2

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Prog 2012 – 2000AD

Hello 2012. Hope everyone has had a good start to the New Year.

A bit of catching up to do this week, after all the Christmas and end of year madness. I’ll be running three comics posts over the next three days, to catch the 21st Dec and 28th Dec, releases and bring us nicely up to date with 4th Jan releases going up on Friday 6th.

Today though, to kick things off with a bang I’ve got something special.

2000AD – Prog 2012

At long last I’ve got a 2000AD review to put up. Prog 2012 is a heady dose of thrill power, running to 100 pages and kicks off new story arcs and includes some one shots, giving the reader a fair idea of 2000AD’s mix of SF and supernatural stories, and a nice intro to their series to start the year.200AD is different from any of the other big name comic books. With it’s serial format and weekly schedule the stories are paced much differently from the usual fare, and there is fare more latitude for one off stories, be they for established characters or wholly new pieces. The writing in undeniably slanted towards the British reader, and is possibly more adult than that found in DC and Marvel. The art is also distinct and different, varying from series to series.This combines to give 2000AD a different tone to it’s rivals, one that’s refreshing to read after all the New 52 reviews. Prog 2012 lays the groundwork for the first part of the coming year, with the opening parts of stories for a number of characters/series. The most obvious exception to this is Dredd himself, the iron jawed judge getting something altogether different for his story…

Judge Dredd – Choose Your Own Xmas

A complete of a change of pace from the normal comics, this Yuletide adventure follows the footsteps of the Fighting Fantasy books and produces a non sequential, chose your own adventure. The story follows Jackson Packard, and the unfortunate adventure you guide him through, ending in failure or success as your choices dictate. Of course, this being 2000AD, it has more than a little fun with the concept. A testament to both quality and the sheer difference of it, is that I’m going back to re read it one the review goes up.

Absalom – Sick Leave (Part 1)

The story starts in a falling down part of East London, where graffiti and gang tags mask the signs of something far more ominous, drawn onto the walls of a council estate. It’s not long before things start to go wrong for the officers under Detective Inspector Absalom’s command, investigating the area. Absalom himself is absent from the scene, instead the DI is visiting an oncology ward, and finding something equally horrible waiting for him. It’s British police vs the supernatural, in action filled black and white grubbiness.

Nikolai Dante- The Wedding of Jena Makarov (Part 1)

The most bizarre Year Of The Tsar 2677 , Nicolai Dante, bastard son of the Romanov Tsar, and leader of the rebellion against his father, has been captured, and is being publicly tortured. Nikolia Dante has a very long running story, having first appeared way back in 1997, and is far more detailed than I could hope to detail here. My knowledge of the series is limited to only fairly recent occurrences, so it is probably best new readers simply go with the flow, rather than rely too heavily on anything I say.

Aquilla- Prologue

Aquilla is a wanderer, blessed by the godess Ammit The Devourer. One of the gladiators that took parts in Spartacus’ rebellion, he was crucified with his fellow rebels, before his prayers were answered. Now serving the god who freed him, Aquilla stalks the world, hunting for souls to sake Ammit’s hunger.

Grey Area- Meet & Greet (Part 1)

Earth is accepting extraterrestrial visitors and quarantining them, in the North American based Global Exo Segregation Zone, or the Grey Area. The ramshackle holding area is policed by the Exo Transfer Control squads, tasked with preventing any escapees entering the wider world and dealing with creatures far superior to them in ways too numerous to list.

Dandridge- A Christmas Ghost Story

The ability to harness spirits, spearheaded by the Victorian Spiritualists has lead to a very different England to the one we know, with a society and economy based on the supernatural. Our narrator, Dandridge, himself a formerly imprisoned  spectre recounts a tale of supernatural horror.

Sinister Dexter - Now & Again

The two gunsharks have fun jumping around the 2000AD verse. Dan Abnett clearly has a ball with his two characters, as they run into many of 2000AD’s most recognisable faces.

Strontium Dog- The Project (Part: 1)

Johnny Alpha has been presumed dead for some time. Finally back in the land of the living, he’s avoiding returning to his old vocation as bounty hunter.

And that’s the lot. The coming year will see me making every effort to get 2000AD reviews onto the schedule regularly, so expect to hear far more from Dredd, Tharg, and the others.

More comics tomorrow.