Cannibal volume 1: solid intro to a weird horror book where something is making some people uncontrollable cannibals. Solid. The New Mutants Epic Collection Renewal: this one collects the graphic novel, the first 12 issues of the ongoing the Magik miniseries and a few other sundries. This is all over the place. I loved seeing Bob McLeod's character design sketches peppered throughout and some of the relationship building stuff is great, but this book came around at the wrong time. X-Men was too weird to have this book as part of its family at the time. The whole "Roman Empire under the ground in the South American jungle" thing is bugfuck nuts but not as crazy as that Magik miniseries. Holy shit. The Flintstones #9: another solid issue. Taking on Trump as well as a solid adventure for the household appliances. The Forever War #1: I didn't get much from this but I have the second issue so why not. The Mighty Thor #16: Thor vs the Shi'ar gods. Not bad. The Old Guard #1: Greg Rucka's multi-faceted tough girl character that he's used on damn near everything he's ever written returns again. She's part of a bunch of immortals. It's similar to stuff that I write so I might read another issue or two, but I wasn't blown away, as you can probably tell. The Once and Future Queen #1: I liked this a lot. The Unstoppable Wasp #3: another good one. Comics: 523 Trades: 25 Graphic Novels: 11 Omnibuses: 9
The Beast: Walerian Borowcyzk's bizarre movie about bestiality feels like a collaboration between poe and Manara, so I loved it. Interesting to see special features discuss a sequel never filmed in which a woman gives birth to a seal/human hybrid. weird. Thankfully an unofficial sequel was filmed called Beast in Space. Yeah. I've seen that one too. Gunpoint: a short documentary about pheasant hunting. Definitely ant-hunting but very even-handed. No voiceover, just the lifecycle of a pheasant from the egg to the plate. Features: 54 Shorts: 21 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches: 0
Motro #4: fucking weird. Kind of fun. Nightwing # 15, 16: I'm interested in this new arc. Weird they only gave one issue to really cement the relationship with the new girlfriend before basically putting her in a fridge. Occupy Avengers #4: fun. Old Man Logan #18: this would be so much better without all the bullshit flashback/hallucination nonsense. Peepland #4: really really good. Quantum Teens Are Go #1: this was ok. Maybe one more before I decide on it. Rough Riders: Riders on the Storm #1: good putting the team back together issue. Rough Riders Nation #1: this is basically an issue of pinups showing the Rough Riders through later incarnations. Very cool but I don't think anything is going ot come of it seeing as the new series is still the original team. Savage #4: wow...that was...not good. Savage Things #1: holy shit. I liked this a lot. Spell on Wheels #5: really good. Starlord #3: pretty decent. Suicide Squad #12: solid. Didn't think it would go this way, and I'm still skeptical it isn't. Super Sons #1: did not like this. I'm out. Superman #17, 18: Great end to an arc leading into an incredible new crossover. Really stoked for this. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67: more Mutanimals!!! and Slash! Yessssss! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #7: two Donatello tales with the fallout of his robot body. Interesting. The Belfry: a one-shot beautifully drawn by Gabriel Hardman but unfortunately under-written by him as well. The Dregs #1, 2: this is an amazing new horror series. I'm in, hard. The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #3: not sure why I'm still reading this. The Few #2: not sure what is really going on here, but I do think it's pretty. I've got the next one so I'm not dropping it yet. Comics: 517 Trades: 24 Graphic Novels: 11 Omnibuses: 8
So, this wasn't better than the first film as far as entertainment is concerned. There's something so pure about that first movie. It's untouchable as far as Marvel movies are concerned. But Vol 2 is a close second. While it wasn't as balls to the wall fun as the first film, it excelled in its character work. Rocket, Drax, Gamora and Nebula all got the story they deserved. Fucking Michael Rooker stole the movie and was just all-around amazing. Sean Gunn was a delightful surprise too. I felt it was a little heavy on Baby Groot. I also thought that things dragged a little too long at the beginning of the Ego section. Russell was awesome too and it was a blast to see him de-aged. That was my favorite part of Ant-Man and they did it better here. The look at the new Guardians who will be the team in Volume 4 was fucking awesome. I actually enjoyed the Stan Lee cameo which makes it two out of...what...57 cameos of his? I was basically crying for the last 20 minutes too. Really dug it. Edit: for people talking about a Ravagers spinoff, Gunn has gone on record saying he's directing volume 3 and advising, possibly writing volume 4 which will feature an ENTIRELY NEW TEAM OF GUARDIANS. I think that's your Ravagers spinoff. Also: Glenn Close and Nathan Fillian cut from the film or never in it in the first place?
Batwoman Rebirth #1: decent start. Black Eyed Kids #11: this is weird and aimless at times, but I really enjoy this series. Bullseye #2: this is really fun. Captain America Sam Wilson #19: this was better than the real crazy SJW stuff earlier. Captain America Steve Rogers #11, 12: I'm really enjoying this, actually. Ha! Champions #6: ok, a rival team. We'll see how this goes. Clean Room #16: this series is in a real slump. Cosmic Scoundrels #1: WTF? Fuck this. Curse Words #2: fun and stupid. Darkness Visible #1: basically exactly the stuff I write. Pretty good, too. Dead Inside #3: I actually think this is moving TOO quickly. Deathstroke #13: pretty decent. This arc is dragging though Detective Comics #951: ok, this is still really good. Divinity III Stalinverse #3: still hitting it out of the park. Dollface St. Patrick's Day: ok, I'm done with this, I think. Just too dumb for me. Elektra #1: hrrrrmmmm...I'll give it one more. Extremity #1: even though I feel like this is a failed TV pitch, it is still pretty awesome. Very Metal Hurlant. Fissure #1: ok, I'm intrigued. Side note: interesting that all the decent sci fi comics (The Great Divide, etc) are all about people being completely diametrically opposed. Generation Zero #7: spinning its wheels still. God Country #2: weighing between continuing reading or just grabbing in trade... Great Lakes Avengers #5: fun. Harbinger Renegade #4: wondering when this is going to really get going. Heathen #1: I never knew I needed a lesbian viking comic in my life, but I do now. Highlander #1: I'll give it one more. I liked this enough. Hulk #3: still fucking great. Infamous Iron man #5: still really good. Inhumans Vs X-Men #5: it's weird how they can unpack so much of nothing happening over so many issues. Invincible Iron Man #4: cool. Riri and Pepper versus techno-ninjas. Fun. Justice League of America #1: I fucking loved this. The Extremists are my favorite and least used cool DC villains. KISS The Demon #2: this is garbage, but car crash-style garbage. KISS #5: still so weird that this is based on The Elder. Kong of Skull Island #8: this was alright. Midnighter and Apollo #6: sweet and fun. Clara...After Dark vol 9: sexy and funny. like everything else. Man I wish more of Bernet's stuff was in print. He might be in my top ten artists. Comics: 493 Trades: 24 Graphic Novels: 11 Omnibuses: 8
My parents are three years away from 50. I was driving to work in my new car with my Dutch daughter this week listening to Who Cares a Lot? the FNM greatest hits CD. I went "Oh shit!" when it hit me. She was like "what?" It dawned on me, that this was the album put out after one of my favorite bands broke up when they owed the label another record. A greatest hits often is. I bought it when it came out, almost 20 years ago...like 5 years before this chick was born.
Animal Noir #1: what the fuck even is this? Archie #17: good one and done. Avengers #4.1: the best of the bunch so far. Batman #17, 18: This was ok. Bane's kind of useless outside Knightfall. Glitterbomb vol 1: this is one of the best horror comics I've read in a very long time. Comics: 459 Trades: 24 Graphic Novels: 10 Omnibuses: 8
Ha! Weird. One of the pages I sold was just bought by the inker who, I think, I bought it from in the first place. Relisted those that did not sell at slightly lower prices. It isn't going to get cheaper. It might get more expensive after this, actually.
Pink Panther Cartoon Hour Special #1: not very good, but little kids will probably like it...you know, those kids who just LOVE the Pink Panther these days. Red Hood & The Outlaws #7: No, YOU'RE too emotionally wrapped up in Bizarro. Red Sonja #2: fuck, I love this series. Suicide Squad #11: pretty good. Superwoman #7: intense. The Great Divide #5: ok, this opens it up a lot more than I expected. The Lost Boys #5: it has its moments. The Unworthy Thor #4: fucking great. Triggerman #5: this ended strong. The whole series just felt like it had already been told a million times before. Action Comics #974: great. I REALLY dig the new Clark Kent angle, and I can totally see where it's going now. Amerikarate #1: this is someone's failed Adult Swim pitch, but I couldn't help but enjoy it. X-Factor: Genesis & Apocalypse Epic Collection: I recalled this fondly and I was not disappointed. What an angle! Great art. Louise Simonson establishing herself as probably the best writer of the era that Marvel had. Ends just before everything goes to complete shit for the characters (Mutant Massacre) but I want the next volume IMMEDIATELY. Scott's an insane narcissistic asshole for what he does to Jean in these issues. Holy shit. edit: also fun is the inclusion of letters to Marvel Age speculating who was going to be the fifth member of X-Factor. I forgot that was a thing. The guesses range everyone from Storm (Xavier's first student before the X-Men, good guess) to Wolverine, Madleyne Summers (after magically gaining powers, ironically a thing which would happen a few years later) and Franklin Richards (!). But the best guess in my opinion is that (paraphrasing) "since it can't possibly be Jean as she is dead, I think it's Charles Xavier" (who is also dead at this time). Comics: 454 Trades: 23 Graphic Novels: 10 Omnibuses: 8