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2 hours ago, Donomark said:

We're talking about an era that had Frank Miller on Daredevil, Roger Stern on Amazing Spider-Man and Claremont on X-Men. If you're throwing it against those, I needs to read it.

Claremont's X-Men, for how iconic it is, was overwritten. Stern's Spider-Man was good, but nothing of it really lit me on fire. Miller's Daredevil wasn't a superhero story. 

Gruenwald's Cap (and Dwyer, who co-plotted a lot of it) walked a tightrope for a character who was sen as a stick in the mud prior to their run keeping true to the character, but making the stories exciting and introducing massive characters and ideas and big themes that were far headier than most superhero comics of the day: The Commission, US Agent, Crossbones, the Streets of Ice storyline about (basically) crack cocaine, several stories about right wing movements subverting the youth and the white middle class in America, The Captain, Super Patriot, The Watchdogs, the fucking Scourge, fucking DIAMONDBACK. It goes on and on.

Gruenwald wrote like 150 straight issues of Captain America and the artists were Kieron Dwyer, Ron Lim, and Mark Bagley, and others. It's crazy. 

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Hack/Slash Resurrection vol 1: Tini Howard is a perfect choice for writing this. She gets the flippant tone, but she also understands the need for a heavy emotional connection between characters. She's perfect. The art is mostly great, but gets a little pinky here and there. I really enjoyed this.

Swing vol 1: this was very much of the same vein of Sunstone (same universe as well) and Linda Sejic shares the cartooned side of her husband's art skills and is quite apt for this. It hits very close to home.

Spread vol 5: motherfucker. This was amazing. Fantastic and bittersweet end.

Future Quest Presents vol 1: the first half of this is Jeff Parker and Ariel Olivetti doing Space Ghost and the second half is Phil Hester and Steve Rude doing Birdman. Both are really good. Birdman is more my speed but that's mostly because you can't do much  better than Steve Rude.

Robocop Citizen's Arrest #1: they could make this sequel TODAY and I would love it.

Sideways #3: I think the reason this isn't ringing true for me is that this is very much a Marvel book set indie the DCU. I don't want that.

Comics: 815

Trades: 25

Graphic Novels: 14

Omnibus: 11

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Peter Parker: Spider-Man #308: I love these kinds of Spider-Man stories. Where the weight of the various characters' histories sags them down a depressing present. It's why Paul Jenkins' run on the title is my #2 favorite run. 

Batman# 53 (2016): This is an A+. Terrific characterization of Bruce, top-tier artwork. Wonderfully poetic. I loved this.

Batgirl #25 (2016): This was pretty good. My main takeaway was the return of the Dick and Babs romance which the Dan Didio era of DC Comics has fought against tooth and nail for reasons I still don't know. It worked off their most recent team-ups and felt natural and sweet. The rest was fine, I don't love Batgirl being in grimdark stories but at least she's written better than during the Gail Simone era.

Trade Paperbacks: 17

Single Issues: 193

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The Wild Storm vol 2: still fucking excellent. Can't wait to get my hands on the first Michael Cray trade to continue that side of the story. This is so much up my alley, it's bonkers.

The Dead Hand #1: I get it. Looks pretty. I'm just not engaged.

The Immortal Men #1: this was pretty fun. I'm in for a few more.

VS #3: it's beautiful, but I'm just not interested in the story. I've seen it too many times.

X-Men Blue #25: ok, I am fucking in for this. What a weird team and definitely crafted to be at odds with Havok's upcoming team, I'm certain.

X-Men Red #3: This is still awesome.

Comics: 820

Trades: 26

Graphic Novels: 14

Omnibus: 11

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Harbinger Wars II issues 1-3: Ouch. Originally solicited as a series of 40ish page issues (20 from Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello, 20 from the Secret Weapons team), it's now not that, and only from Matt Kindt and Giorello and it's not good. Giorello looks rushed and Kindt doesn't quite land the story.

Britannia: The Lost Eagles Of Rome issues 1-2: Another fine detective story, though I miss Juan Jose Ryp's work. Peter Milligan is reigned in just enough for a superhero company.

Speaking Juan Jose Ryp, Black Summer, the trade so nasty, the person who sat next to me left a Chick Tract on the seat for me to read. Too many butt shots for my tastes, but Mr. Ryp is committed to detail.

Remender & Others Uncanny X-Force: Still the highest highs of my time reading X-Men comics. Deadpool as a sympathetic hero! Jerome Opeña! The decay that comes with assassination and murder! Time travel! If you look closely, you can see Black Science, Deadly Class, and Low in here.

All-Star Batman: Snyder goes wild, with varying results. The artists carry their weight and Snyder tries to write a story to each of their strengths. I wasn't taken by it as much as I wanted to be.

I still like Wic/Div, news at 11.

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Black Summer and All-Star Batman and Wic/Div

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X-Men Gold Annual 1: Seanan's first X-Men foray, and manages to be a good stand alone that also reinforces who a character is while visiting an episode from her past that just allows her to be who she is. 

Wotakoi v 1-2: If you've seen the first season of the anime (on Amazon Prime), then you know this pretty well. It's still super sweet and nerdy as hell - two otaku run into each other at one's new job, and decide to start dating. Their work friends are also a couple and otaku. Shenanigans ensue. 

WicDiv 38: WicDiv still good and somehow gearing up for the end of the arc and going to be even more of a devastating twist somehow, news at 11. 

Previews: 2
Zines (kinda): 1

Single Issues: 104 (not counting rereads from this year)
Trades/Tankobon/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 51
Omnibuses: 1

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Batman Beyond #23 (2016): Solid comics, and Will Conrad's artwork slaps. The Robin suit looks pretty cool.

Action Comics #1002: This was a thick-ass read, very dialogue heavy. Very dense. I liked seeing the whole "Superman kills!" headliner and Perry White roll his eyes at it. Lengthy but good read.

Detective Comics #987: Decent end to the story, and a set-up for Bryan Edward Hill's Outsiders. I really like the guy on Twitter, but I found this arc to merely be okay. Not bad, not great either. A lot of the characters spent the arc whining at each other. But he does have a good voice for Bruce and is decent on Cassandra, so that's a plus.

Amazing Spider-Man #805: Continuing to enjoy this storyline although it's moving along very quickly, and Spencer seems to be pulling the wrap-up too soon. But it had great humor in it.

Trade Paperbacks: 17

Single Issues: 197

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Blackcross: this is fucking beautiful and it's a damned shame it was one and done like that. Beautiful art and a real interesting attack on the Project Superpowers properties.

Suicide Squad Hell to Pay #3,4: wow. The shine fell of this pretty quickly. Change of artist and a plunging story. Disappointing.

Justice League of America #28: I've just never been a fan of Chronos. 

Ninja-K #6: still great. Fuck, it's good.

Old Man Logan #38: still great.

Peek a Boo #2: this is basically The Hills Have Eyes, but I'm along for the ride a little longer.

Suicide Squad #39: still great.

The Mainstream #1: this is very much a rejected TV show pitch. It's not terrible, but it isn't good.

Comics: 827

Trades: 27

Graphic Novels: 14

Omnibus: 11

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Batman: The Caped Crusader vol.1: Collecting the Jim Aparo run from Batman #417-#425 and #430-#431 along with Batman Annual #12.

Really this can be seen as a sequel release to Batman: Second Chances which collected Post-Crisis Jason Todd's origin. Even though Max Allan Collins penned that story and most of those issues, that trade ended with Starlin's run. This collection finished it, with art by Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano and Mark D. Bright.

I've always been a cheerleader for the Starlin run of Batman. His voice for the character is pitch perfect, and the way he writes action, coupled with Jim Aparo's artwork and Mike DeCarlo's Seuss-esque inks make this a must-have for any Batman fan. This doesn't include Death in the Family, which that team did, because that's been collected a dozen times elsewhere. But it does collect all four parts of Ten Nights of the Beast, the storyline that introduced the KGBeast, and it fucking rocks. This has to be the first major story that tests Batman's mettle in a way that hadn't been seen until Knightfall, as Batman, Robin, Gordon and the CIA all try to protect politicians and other people involved with the Star Wars Program. 

One thing that must be said about the Starlin run, and this involves Death in the Family, is that it's very 80's. The Cold War politics, the hunt for a misogynist serial killer, battling Columbian drug smugglers: this is very much the "License to Kill" era for Batman comics, at least in the Batman title. That might grate for some readers, but the writing and artwork are both so on point that I can never care all that much. This story also contains the infamous issue where Jason Todd seemingly kills a diplomat's cocaine dealing son out of revenge for the suicide of one of his girlfriends. And in a way, after reading the run up to that point, you can definitely see how the issue would end up the way it does. It's not solely a comic that shows what a bad boy Jason was as much as it was a boiling point reached when Batman and Robin went up against too much red tape and too many horrible people that one of them would snap. You see scenes of Jason going too far and being violent to the point where Batman has to pull him back. Until flashbacks in Under the Red Hood, these were the only times you'd see scenes like this. The jerkass Jason Todd persona was only ever portrayed between these nine issues, and he'd been around for six years up to this point. Any other collection that included him, and he was the kid Robin. If you want Under the Red Hood Jason, here's where you get it.

Trade Paperbacks: 18

Single Issues: 197

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The Black Flame Archives: this Peter Gillis book from 1First comics was weird. It was heavily anchored to the times but kind of prophetic regarding comics. Think of it as Conan The Destroyer meets The Sandman. It isn't particularly good. Tom Sutton's pencils are the highlight.

Action Comics #1000: great milestone. I just wish there was something in it we haven't seen them do a billion times before. The best part about it are the new covers from different eras. Johns/Coipel had the best piece. The worst by far was Bendis. Ugh. Not liking his angle on things at all.

Antar #1: This was a little too stumble to be a good read. There's good stuff here but it gets lost in its own clunkiness.

Avengers #689: holy fuck! This was good!

Batman #45: Jesus Christ I'm sick of fucking Booster Gold. This is awful.

Black Hammer Age of Doom #1: ok. Did not see that coming. Awesome!

Comics: 832

Trades: 27

Graphic Novels: 14

Omnibus: 12

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Daredevil #601: this is really good.

Death of Love #3: still really fun and bonkers. I dig it.

Evolution #6: still good. It's slowing down a bit.

G.I.Joe vs Six Million Dollar Man #3: ooh...this one stunk it up a bit. Unfortunate.

Her Infernal Descent #1: hell yeah. I'm in for more.

Incredible Hulk #715: I know this ends in a couple issues, but I love it.

Infidel #2: nowhere near as good as the first issue but still good.

Infinity Countdown #2: this was really fun.

John Wick #2: this was just ok.

Mister Miracle #8: fuck this is good. They better package it as one trade.

Ninjak vs Valiant Universe #4: fuck. I didn't think they could pull it off. Great!

Skyward #1: cute and fun, but not good enough to keep going.

Superman #45: this was just...ok. I feel like a little bit more was needed to make this earnest and solid.

Tales of Suspense #104: great ending to this.

The Ballad of Sang #2: I don't need to read any more. It's kind of dumb and it's something I've seen a million times.

The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson #4: still fucking great.

The X-Files Case Files - Florida Man #1: this is a blast.

Weapon H #2: this was a hell of a lot of fun. A lot of story packed into this issue. Felt almost Silver Age.

Weapon X #16: looks like a new direction is being taken next issue and that's a good thing.

X-Men Gold #26: I'm not sure exactly what they're trying to do here. Not my favourite.

Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrow #2: this is pretty interesting on a storytelling level. A typical father's regret story but layered with time travel and cosmic intensity.

Rogue & Gambit #4: better than the last issue. I have a feeling this will come around in the last issue.

All-New Wolverine #34: I loved this. What a way to go out. One more issue. Bittersweet on this one.

Avengers #690: wonderful end. Great and difficult storytelling to do with this page count and these characters and the need to promote what's next. Crazy.

Babyteeth #10: Jesus...just when you think they can't go anywhere else...

Comics: 857

Trades: 27

Graphic Novels: 14

Omnibus: 12

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Nightwing Annual #1 (2018): I liked the character dynamics in this. Dick and Vicki Vale flirting was interesting but the book points out that by this time he's back with Barbara, so we're not just whoring out Nightwing around for the sake of it. 

Nightwing #48 (2016): S'ok. Dick racing against demons on Supervillain Island doesn't feel like a Nightwing story, more Iron Fist if anything.

Batman #54: Utterly excellent. Whereas before I was hot and cold on King's run, this book has been on fire since the wedding issue. 

Batgirl Annual #2 (2018): Pretty good. Scott does grimdark Batgirl better than Gail Simone.

Batgirl #26 (2018): S'ok. I really like Paul Pelletier's art.

Lex Luthor Porky Pig #1: This was weird. I dunno...there's something offputting about making Porky Pig look as realisitic as possible to fit into the DCU. 

Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #23: Pretty good.

The Immortal Hulk #5: Wow, this was good. Great. Intense.

Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #2: 

Spoiler

Welp, Roy's totally gonna be dying in Sanctuary.

Trade Paperbacks: 18

Single Issues: 206

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Cochlea and Eustachia #2: weird and kind of psychosexual Dali-esque shit. Not exactly my jam, but I'm glad it exists.

Cyber Force #2: ok, cool. More please.

Deep Roots #1: gahhhh, I'm good.

Detective Comics #979: this didn't light me on fire. This series hasn't for a little while. I'll at least see this arc through.

Dungeons & Dragons-Evil at Baldur's Gate #1: ugh...someone's terrible D&D campaign put into comic form.

Hit-Girl #3: this was a bit of a step down from the first two.

Hunt for Wolverine #1: fuck, this is interesting.

Comics: 864

Trades: 27

Graphic Novels: 14

Omnibus: 12

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Savage Dragon #233-237: this goes a little of the porno deep-end at times but it's absolutely shocking how long this book has been going on and more plot shit happens in a single issue than it does in a year of any other monthly comic. 

Ice Cream man #4: fucking great. The best issue yet. What an ending!

Imaginary Fiends #6: this one kind of lost its shine for me. Not the best ending.

Invincible Iron Man #599: solid. Love Maleev's art in this.

Justice League of America #29: oof...they ended on the Chronos arc. Lame. Oh well, looking forward to a new angle.

Lockjaw #3: I wouldn't be liking this half as much if D-Man wasn't in it. Fuck I love this character.

Marvel Rising #0: I am very happy Devin Grayson is getting comics work, but this just isn't for me.

Regression vol 2: Talk about going off the deep-end...the ending of this is fucking bonkers. I liked it though. Low-key great horror series that creates its own universe and physics. I dig it.

Kill or Be Killed vol 3 and vol 4: This was solid. Once you get around the conversational storytelling style, the horror/crime gets to poke through. I can't help but think that the lead-out form the final volume should have been the story all along.

Wildstorm Michael Cray vol 1: the first spinout from The Wild Storm sees Cray assembling a team and going after human monsters (reg DCU characters) for I/O. Namely, a rich guy who kidnaps people and brings them to an island to hunt them (Oliver Queen), a murderous police scientist with a speed suit (Barry Allen) and a deep sea scientist whose transforming himself into a Lovecraftian creature (Arthur Curry). I love this angle and I hope the second volume continues it.

Tales of the Batman vol 2 Gene Colan: This is some really good stuff. A few of these are some of the first comics I ever read. Early Jason Todd here, redheaded Jason Todd, that is.

Moon Knight #194: this is a really unadvised move after the last arc. Not happy with this garbage. I'm out.

Old Man Hawkeye #4: fucking great. Love it.

Sacred Creatures #6: so ends the first volume of this story which I've just realized is basically a european style graphic novel series. I really loved this. 

Shadowman #2: I really really want to like this, but I just don't. I'm out.

Suicide Squad #40: holy shit. Still fucking great.

The Demon Hell is Earth #6: this one really lost steam halfway through the series and never got it back. Too bad.

The Mighty Thor #706: man, brought tears to my eyes, but I still don't know if I loved the ending or if it was a huge copout.

 

Jane Foster better have a huge impact on the new Thor series.

The Silencer #4: this was good. Not great.

The Terrifics #3: same as above.

Wasted Space #1: perfect title for this. I'm out.

X-Men Blue #26: still fucking great.

Abbott #3, 4: not a very clear story, but I'm enjoying it anyway.

Action Comics Special #1: not sure why this was made, but parts of it were pretty good. This HAS to be runoff from Action Comics #1000. It has to be.

Avengers #1: pre-historic Avengers? It makes absolutely zero fucking sense, but I need more of it now. Seriously, it takes place 100 million years ago? There's an Iron Fist....before Iron? Before humanity even. I'm confused, but I. Don't. Fucking. Care. Feels very Kirby.

Batman #46: not good, but the best of the Booster Gold run thus far.

Breathless #2: I think we're done here.

Captain America #701: ok, I'm intrigued.

Comics: 893

Trades: 31

Graphic Novels: 14

Omnibus: 13

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Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #309: Good end to a decent two-parter

Superman #3 (2018): S'alright

Detective Comics #988: S'ok but after two great runs this issue felt subpar and basic.

Ms. Marvel #53: Writing's solid but I'm wishing the art were more dynamic.

Amazing Spider-Man #806: Decent end to a good first arc.

Batman #55 (2016): Pretty good. King's Nightwing's way more chatty, and even if that's meant to be the point it's a bit much, but otherwise it's good.

Nightwing #49 (2016): This book has gotten boring again.

Immortal Hulk #6: I don't like stories where established heroes who are part of a team just show up in another book at the drop of a hat for the sake of another character without a line of dialogue. I know it's the Hulk, but I don't buy Black Panther and Captain America arriving on the scene like silent henchmen ready to throw down. Save that for a team book.

Trade Paperbacks: 18

Single Issues: 214

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Coda #1/DC Nation #0/Death or Glory #1: no on all accounts.

Comics: 896

Trades: 31

Graphic Novels: 14

Omnibus: 13

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Savage Dragon #238: This issue finally gets into Maxine's sex addiction, which up to this point had been played entirely for laughs and you didn't think it woud've been more than that. The last scene with her talking to a therapist was pretty good. However the book has been fairly pornographic without her so I can only wonder in what way change will come to Larsen's writing.

Doomsday Clock #7: This was a much more engaging read than the last few have been, but I've since stopped caring. Wasn't this going to solve the great mystery of Rebirth? Is that still a thing? Are we allowed to still care about that? 

Detective Comics #989: I don't like how snark and bitchy Robinson writes all the good guys. He didn't use to back when he wrote the book in during One Year Later. Batman, Alfred and Gordon are so petulant and it's annoying to read. Also this is one of those books where the big last-page reveal is spoiled on the cover.

Heroes in Crisis #1: I went to the DC Press Breakfast at SDCC this year where Tom King explained his wanting to write this story of mental and emotional trauma, relating his own personal experiences in war and loss of family. I was pretty intrigued and was willing to give this story a chance. It sounded the most like Identity Crisis, which is a rightly criticized story but one I really love as it was a terrific primer on all the relationships of the DC Universe.

But the big impetus of this story is the deaths of a number of heroes, and that never felt like more than a cheap gimmick. Because dying off-screen and being discovered by Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman for the sake of a miniseries is not how these heroes are going to go out. It cannot help but feel anything more than a flyby dartboard of whatever works for the story but not the universe. And that really guts any impact the story might've had. Also, I'm just not as big on serious Harley Quinn so her inclusion does little for me.

Batgirl #27 (2018): I've enjoyed Scott's writing so far, but there were some big no-nos in this that were really distracting. Barbara would never snap at her father for resenting when she was in a wheelchair because she knows damn well he never would. I don't know if that was meant to get him out of the room, but it doesn't matter. That was so wrong. Additionally, there's some...Idk, problematic writing in how she regards her time in the wheelchair. Granted, it took Babs years to get used to it, but in this story that time period is regarded with such disdain that it speaks badly of not only readers in wheelchairs but those who found inspiration in Oracle. It's really not a good look.

Batman Beyond #24: Probably the only DC book this week that was solid.

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310: Love it. Every now and then there are these Paul Jenkins era-esque issues that get to the core of Spider-Man's place in the Marvel Universe, and this was perfect. Chip Zdarsky will probably join Paul Jenkins in being an underrated writer who rocked his time on the character.

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #24: A really good issue, and one where the art was not to my tastes but in that way hearkened back to the Clone Saga which often had bad art. 

The Amazing Spider-Man #807: This was a fun, almost silly issue that felt like an old school JM DeMatties issue. Ramos' artwork isn't up to his usual fare, but it helped the book feel familiar. And again, Spencer knows how to do cliffhangers.

Trade Paperbacks: 18

Single Issues: 224

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Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #3: Beautiful.

Harbinger Wars 2 Prelude: It's off to a good start.

Hunt For Wolverine Weapon Lost #1: really solid. Liked this a lot.

Iron Devil: an Eros graphic novel from Frank Thorne (Red Sonja) that is just ok.

Beta Sexus Masquerotique: an Eros graphic novel from what appears to be a video game design company. And it's surprisingly good.

Thunderbolts vol 1 No Quarter: I avoided this the first time around. It's the Way/Dillon run, but I've since become a bit of a Red Hulk fan and decided to go back. This is fun as fuck. It isn't new but it is distinct in style. Good to see Dillon on Punisher again. I'll be reading more of these.

Comics: 899

Trades: 32

Graphic Novels: 16

Omnibus: 13

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Spider-Man: Death and Destiny: Story and Art by Lee Weeks with Richard Case on inks.

A flashback in-between story telling the aftermath of when George Stacy died. Part of this feels like a been-there-done-that type of Spider-Man story, but psychologically it makes sense seeing as how Captain Stacy was easily the closest person Peter had lost at that time following Uncle Ben. It's a good idea to really do a deep dive on his thought process. At the same time, it is a story we've mostly seen before with the character. Art-wise, Weeks would do better later in his career (this was in 2000), but he's still great. Wasn't crazy about how he drew Gwen but his Spider-Man is excellent and very Gil Kane-esque, which is clearly what he's going for. Overall I enjoyed it.

Trade Paperbacks: 19

Single Issues: 224

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The Superior Octopus #1: Christos Gage always wrote the best of the Slott era, and he co-wrote the excellent PS4 Spider-Man game. This is a solid issue #1 that catches the reader up on the situation with Octavius, sets up his current settings, and establishes what he's capable of, all while being in full character. I enjoyed this, even if what Ock is now capable is friggin' loony. It's fun comics.

Nightwing #50 (2018): This is a moderately well-written issue, but I dislike the execution of the premise. Dick losing his memory from getting shot in the head and having a personality change is a new idea, but the fact is they gave him the most bland, stereotypical and uncreative personality in comics: the biker-bar guy. Now he looks like Chris O'Donnell crossed with any number of 90s low-rent action movie settings like On Deadly Ground. Parts of this go for the pathos, such as Barbara's appeals to his memory, but we don't see Dick's transition to his new persona, just that it happened off-screen. Also, it's inconsistent with what he remembers. He doesn't largely recall being a crime-fighter but he knows where Nightwing's costumes are. Not the worst issue ever, but at the same time I thought this sucked.

Batman #56 (2018): Kind of a basic story written decently. The most that tripped me up was the history with the KGBeast. I just re-read his first appearance and was ready to flinch at the implication that this was Batman's first encounter with him post-Rebirth/New 52, (the Beast appeared in Scott Snyder's All-Star Batman), but how the Beast lost his arm is a clear reference to the original Starlin and Aparo story. Overall this was ok.

Green Arrow #45 (2018): A well written issue that I'd be more invested in if I thought for half a second the person who died would stay dead. I'm rooting for the Bensons, but the DC crossovers are screwing with their run.

Trade Paperbacks: 19

Single Issues: 228

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Infinity Countdown #3: this was mostly pretty bog standard but it had a great fucking ending.

Red Sonja/Tarzan #1: nawww...this is terrible.

Red Sonja #15: this was ok.

Rogue & Gambit #5: oof...this was a rough ending. Too bad. The set-up was good and I even sort of enjoyed the doppleganger fight thing. This was a terrible ending.

X-Men Gold #27: I liked this, but I kind of wish more time was spent on Colossus trying to reason with the Sentinel AI. I thought they abandoned what was likely the best part of the story in favour of the large cast, but I see what they're doing as they crash toward a new status quo as the Xbooks often do.

Superman and the Justice League of America vol 1: I wanted to read this before diving into the series of big Death and Rebirth of Superman trades to get the feel for the era again, but, man, this era of JLA is garbage. I like Jurgens, and his art with finishes by Burchett and Guice looks good, but the whole Maxima/Bloodwynd thing is no fun. They try to grasp onto the Bwahahaha era without any of the fun. I probably should have skipped this.

Comics: 904

Trades: 33

Graphic Novels: 16

Omnibus: 13

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Tokyo Tarareba Girls v1,2: It's a fast moving romance/slice of life serial. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Despicable Deadpool, #300: ok, I finally enjoyed a solo Deadpool comic. Half of this site page special is a puke joke and the other half is an attempted suicide, and yet it all falls together wonderfully.

Detective Comics #980: I'm getting tired of this series. Might just drop it. Shame. I wanted to follow it though to 1000 but it is just becoming a chore.

Domino #2: This was really good. DOES NOT read like a second issue. More like the end of an arc. Weird. Solid though.

Eternity Girl #3: Ok, I'm out. Weird for weird sake never has a long shelf life.

Hunt for Wolverine Adamantium Agenda #1: This was really fucking fun. 

Incredible Hulk #716: Also really fun.

Isola #2: This is good but it isn't for me. Too whimsical and anime-ish.

Justice League No Justice #1: Sweet. I'm in.

Medieval Spawn and Switchblade #1: This was also pretty good. I'll check out more.

Old Man Logan #39: Wow...I was really involved in Glob's love life. Haha!

Pumpkinhead #3: Great! I only wish the movies had gone in this direction.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #22: Most of this issue was a snooze for me but the Jason/Bizarro relationship salvaged it for me at the end.

Robocop Citizens Arrest #2: Ok, I hope it goes somewhere next issue.

Comics: 917

Trades: 33

Graphic Novels: 16

Omnibus: 13

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Yeah, the two-part "Glob Loves, Man Kills" story is pretty damn solid. It's what got me reading Old Man Logan.

Venom #1-6 (2018): Eddie Brock has been reunited with the symbiote, but something is wrong with the creature. It senses something coming, and that means trouble for Eddie, the symbiote, and all of creation. This is rather solid; it sets up Eddie's and the creature's current status, tears that down, introduces tons of new elements, and leaves everything changed by the end. And by everything I mean everything. These issues retcon a lot of Klyntar continuity, to the point that that word -- Klyntar -- now has a whole new meaning. The big bad is properly evil, but way too big a threat for one man to take down. Especially Brock. Hopefully this isn't the end of said threat; I'm hoping this was a Brainiac-like situation and Eddie will have to team with all of the Spider-people, including Carnage, to take this space god down.

Ryan Stegman is a great Venom artist. He makes the book feel properly 90s with sharp, jagged edges and extreme teeth-gritting, but so many of his angles and shots are perfectly modern. Specifically: the scene where the big bad blasts the creature off of Eddie could be set in a big budget 3D movie.

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Superman #4 (2018): This was solid comics. Ivan Reis is really wearing his Neal Adams hat.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #27 (2018): Another memorial issue for one of the deaths in Heroes in Crisis, but even though the Green Arrow issue was good, this is better. It immediately fixes the relationship between Bruce and Jason from the last two issues in a way which feels totally earned and natural. Lobdell needs to write this character forever.

Detective Comics #990: A better issue, but Batman is still too snippy. It just does not sound like him at all, and I don't know how Robinson gets that voice out of him.

The Amazing Spider-Man #808: Decent issue. No complaints.

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #25: This was an interesting and ultimately confusing end for the series, leaving Ben's character in a big question mark. He seems evil, but he didn't want to be, but he does? I really don't understand, especially with how most of the series was running towards his redemption.

Ms. Marvel #54: Nice issue.

Captain America #708: Good stuff.

The Immortal Hulk #7: Holy crap...now THAT was a Hulk comic!

Trade Paperbacks: 19

Single Issues: 236

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