Comics – 18th April 2012

The Night Of Owls begins in the New 52. Spilling out of the pages of this month’s Batman, Bruce Wayne’s fight against the Court Of Owls engulfs all of the Bat family bar Batwoman in frantic battle. They even appear in the Justice League this month. It’s going to provide  useful spike of continuity across many of the issues. It’s also good to see an event that doesn’t overtake the whole of DC’s output as these things are sometimes want to do.

DC – New 52 #8 Part 3
Batman
Birds Of Prey
Blue Beetle
Green Lantern Corps
Justice League
Nightwing
Red Hood & The Outlaws
Supergirl
Wonder Woman

Not Reviewed
Captain Atom
Catwoman
DC Universe Presents
The Legion Of Superheroes

Marvel
Incredible Hulk #7

Other
Dominique Laveau: VoodooChild

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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

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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 – 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

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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

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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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Comics 4th Jan 2012

And we’re finally up to date. I’ve cut down on my New 52 reviews fairly brutally dropping five titles from the list. I’m not sure if I’ll be similarly harsh on the other 3 release windows, but the titles have all had 5 issues to prove themselves.

From outside the New 52 there’s two great releases apiece from DC and Marvel, but sadly no 2000AD yet.

As is becoming the format, contents, then a jump.

DC – New 52 #5 Part 1
Animal Man
Batwing
Hawk & Dove
Justice League International
Red Lantern
Static Shock
Stormwatch
Swamp Thing

Not Reviewed
Action Comics
Detective Comics
Green Arrow
Men Of War
OMAC

Skipped To The End…

DC
The Huntress
Penguin: Pain & Prejudice

Marvel
Defenders
Villains For Hire

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Comics-14th December

Not a huge amount to get through this time around. There’s a little bit of DC outside the New 52, and less beyond that.

On with the running order.

DC – New 52 #4 Part 2
Batgirl
Batwoman
Deathstroke
Demon Knights
Frankenstein: Agent Of S.H.A.D.E.
Green Lantern
Grifter
Legion Lost
Mister Terrific
Resurrection Man
Suicide Squad
Superboy

Not Reviewed

Batman And Robin

Skipped To The End…

DC

The Ray #1
The Shade #1-3

Marvel

2000AD

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Beyond The New 52

Some of you will be wondering where my review of the New 52 is for last week. Sadly it’s missing. Due to the way comics work, last Wednesday was a skip week for the major DC titles, which has given me chance to diversify a bit.

You could be forgiven for thinking that DC was the only comics publisher, given their presence on the blog for the last three months. I’m very keen to push that this is not the case and that there is a wealth of other comic material out there, beyond Batman and friends.  DC is causing me to expand things of their own account as their releases are not solely limited to the 52, and there a couple of titles beyond them I’m keen to get my teeth into as well.

It’s at this point I’d usually mention Marvel as counterpoint to DC, as the other side of the big two. And at the moment I find that doing that means I come unstuck; let me explain. My current regime for reviewing the DC releases is through the comixology website and the digital versions of comics they release. For DC (and for other publishers, although it varies) this is day and date release, which means in the UK we see the comics pop up around 7pm (ish) on a Wednesday. This is all well and good, and keeps me up to date and capable of doing the reviews. It also means I’m not wading through stacks of comic books that would be piling up if I was reviewing in hard copy. As I stated before, I’ve previously avoided DC. This means that the majority of my DC “collection” is digital. The opposite is true of Marvel, where I have shelf on shelf of TPB’s that have accrued over the years. I’m deeply unwilling to shift to digital with Marvel, and equally unwilling to start buying single issues. Which means I’m tied to HB’s and TPB’s, which in turn means I’m behind on the Marvel universe by about 8-10 months. Which leaves me swinging in the wind when it comes to commenting on all but the broadest brush strokes of the Marvel universe.  Expect a bit of a rush of “current” Marvel reviews when the TPB’s hit the shelves.  Till then I’ve one or two series I want to review as standing alone quiet well, so watch out for those over the next month.

So that’s my plans for the big two.

I’ve been very, very, keen to review some 2000AD for Un:Bound for a while now. The pursuit of this has run into two problems . Firstly 2000AD’s format. Unlike Marvel or DC, 2000AD’s weekly release is a collection of different story lines in one book, not spread across 13 issues. This means that on any given week, the stories are all at different points in their arc, which isn’t going to be the best jumping on point for new readers (or for me writing a review). Secondly I pick up 2000Ad through their own web store, ClickWheel. Releases to ClickWheel are not always as firmly timed which means that I’d be left reviewing a comic already a week to a fortnight old and then playing catch up. However, things seem to have finally come right, and I’m going to be appending a 2000AD review to the DC releases when I can so expect some thrill power soon. If it’s not happening within the month, expect one very big review that will cover multiple issues.

I’m also going to be trying to get a spread of reviews across other publishers (hopefully turning out to be too numerous to note), which may mean jumping into series blindly in the middle, but comixology means I can go back to issue 1 with ease, rather than find it sold out in store.

Hopefully Thursday/Friday will see the DC New 52 review up, along with various other pieces appended. Once I’ve got caught up on things outside the New 52 and winnowed down the series out there at the moment, I’ll roll it all into one running review of the lot, with Marvel TPB’s and various others as separate pieces as appropriate.