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My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies-Another fantastic and tragic Criminal story. I'm not sure about Mr. Phillips' kid colors, but on the other hand, Ms. Breitweiser is a tough act to follow.

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Batman: No Man's Land vol.2 (Ultimate): The more recent release of the No Man's Land issues that includes issues more tangential but still tied into the storyline like two Young Justice One-Shots. Honestly, aside from the Azrael issues, most of these new inclusions aren't integral, but it's still cool to see how wide a scope NML had on DC Comics at the time.

Nightwing #51 (2018): People are freaking out because Dick is now going by "Ric Grayson", thinking that DC is trying to get away from his original name. This wouldn't be the first time, as they tried pushing his full name as the norm around the new 52. It feels more like the story they're going with at this time rather than a full-on moving away from it. Everyone who knows him still calls him Dick. As for the story itself, it's whatever. No one asked for this and while it's not awful, it's still lame.

Batman #57 (2018): King's three part story concerning Bruce Wayne in Jury Duty was a thoughtful, delicate look into Batman's psyche. This three parter devolved into a typical modern Batman story where he punches his way through the end of the story. King tries to write poetry into it with flashbacks to Thomas Wayne, but this is still a comic where Batman punches his way through the problem. Because that's what people think Batman is now. 

Savage Dragon #239: Last issue ended in an intriguing direction. This issue that direction generally stays on track, but Larsen's writing comes off as too immature and insincere to work. 

Trade Paperbacks: 20

Single Issues: 239

 

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Joe R. Lansdale's The Drive-In #1-4: from what I recall, this is really early Avatar. Christopher Golden adapting Lansdale's novel. VERY early Jacen Burrows work is rough, but it hints at his later triumphs. 

Savage Tales of Vampirella: not bad. Not that good either.

Suicide Squad #41: still killing it.

Immortal Men #2: I'll give it one more issue.

Venom #1: Nawww....I'm good.

X-Men Blue #27: Great!

A Walk Through Hell #1: I'll bite for one more.

All-New Wolverine #35: profoundly good. I'll miss this book.

Avengers #2: what a dud this reboot has turned into so quickly. I'm out.

Batman #47: Jesus, I'll give this one more issue.

Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Bloodsuckers #1: this was really fun.

Captain America #702: alright.

Crude #2: Jesus...it's hard to breathe reading this book.

Daredevil #602: really good.

Death of Love #4: oof...what a drop in quality.

Hunt for Wolverine Claws of a Killer #1: this was really fucking fun.

Infidel #3: I'm not so into this. I might give it one more.

Infinity Countdown Daredevil #1: how is a story where the street slime bag Turk gets an Infinity Stone this good? How?

Justice League No Justice #2: this is such a DC story. I love it.

New Challengers #1: oof...not good.

Some Eros graphic novels:

-Hot Nights in Rangoon: horribly racist unreadable dreck.

-Karate Girl 2: also terrible.

-Young Witches 2: this is again, an awesome series. 

Comics: 940

Trades: 33

Graphic Novels: 19

Omnibus: 13

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Batgirl #28 (2018): I really like Paul Pellitier's artwork. I think this run is the best I've seen from him. Unfortunately Maighread Scott's characterization of the Gordon's is too basic, too pat to enjoy. The emotions of both Barbara and Jim after The Killing Joke are well-trodden territory, and not only does Scott not introduce anything new, but they're off as well. Babs is also written like a sneaky teenager, when she's not. I'm not hating this book again but I'm really not grooving on the characterization.

Detective Comics #991: Meh.

Action Comics #1004: THIS, I loved. Ryan Sook has been a terrific DC artist for the past ten or twelve years, and he never gets enough work. Bendis paces his scripts fat and full, there's never a dull moment. Loving that we've been seeing so much more of the Daily Planet after they'd been background noise since the start of Rebirth. Love Perry and Clark's interaction. The one thing against it is not that Lois calls Clark "Baby", but that she refers to him as that constantly. That's never been so frequent of a word for her, so it felt a touch off, but not so much that it killed my enjoyment of the issue.

Amazing Spider-Man #809: The villain plot with Odessa Drake I wasn't really interested in, but the Spidey/Marvel Heroes plot was another good story from Spencer. Another solid cliffhanger too.

Trade Paperbacks: 20

Single Issues: 243

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Ninja-K #7: solid.

Peek a Boo #3: this is still really fun.

Quicksilver No Surrender #1: Terrible.

Superman Special #1:FINALLY settling what happened on Dinosaur Island because you know Bendis isn't going to. Lovely story.

The MIghty Thor At the Gates of Valhalla #1: fucking beautiful.

Comics: 945

Trades: 33

Graphic Novels: 19

Omnibus: 13

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Heroes in Crisis #2: This book wants to be the next Identity Crisis (A story I really like), but King's writing feels  pretentious. There's a lot of surface-level meta-writing going on. The Trinity are performing an autopsy and Wonder Woman says "Come on, you're Batman. You already know who did it.", not taking the situation seriously at all. Booster Gold feels egregiously out of character for someone who can't remember if he murdered a bunch of heroes, and the tonal switch from intense to light-hearted isn't pulled off well at all. It wants to be Identity Crisis, but can't keep itself straight to be effective.

Batman Secret Files #1 (2018): This was actually an enjoyable read. The various stories were told by outsiders to the Bat-Books, so there were more women and POC contributing interesting stories I've not seen before, or have seen rarely. King's story at the beginning was good. 

Trade Paperbacks: 20

Single Issues: 245

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The Punisher #224: fucking excellent. Basically Punisher vs the Marvel universe but in War machine's armour.

Uber Invasion #13: still great.

Weapon H #3: I'm still digging this. Dario Agger is the best new Marvel villain in AGES.

X-Men Wedding Special #1: ugh...the worst.

X-Men Red #4: don't fuck this up don't fuck this up don't fuck this up.

Black Hammer Age of Doom #2: fucking great.

Brothers Dracul #2: this is really cool.

Champions #20: the shine is really off. I'll give it one more.

Detective Comics #981: not good.

GI Joe vs. Six Million Dollar Man #4: damn...this dropped off in quality big time

Her Infernal Descent #2: pretty, but pretty vacant.

Hit-Girl #4: solid end to this arc.

Hunt for Wolverine Mystery in Madripoor #1: for a bunch of miniseries for a story that will amount to likely nothing and Wolvie will just return on his own, these are really fun.

Incredible Hulk #717: this was an appropriate ending.

Infinity Countdown Darkhawk #1: Fucking fun, man. Never really liked the character before, but this is cool.

Invincible Iron Man #600: like a lot of recent Bendis stuff, it's actually pretty good if you skip the first five pages that have like 7000 words on them.

Justice League No Justice #3: story is fun, the art not so much.

Old Man Hawkeye #5: sleeper hit of the year.

Old Man Logan #40: sad to see this story end so quickly. I like Logan as Glob's mentor.

Pumpkinhead #4: solid.

Comics: 965

 Trades: 33

Graphic Novels: 19

Omnibus: 13

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The Immortal Hulk #8: OH MY GOD. This issue was jaw-dropping.

Batman #58 (2018): More hit-or-miss Tom King, this time hit. I liked this issue.

Border Town #1-#3: This isn't a brilliantly written comic, but I'm kinda grooving on the punch-in-your-face brazenness of it. I'd forgotten Ramon Villalobos was an artist, who I hadn't seen since he did fill-ins on Chris Burnham's Batman Inc. Work a few years back. Unfortunately, his style is very similar to Burnham's who is incredibly similar to Frank Quietly. There's not a ton of individual style, but I like them all. I also think the seriousness of the times calls for a little less-than-subtle approach to writing about kids of color  living in a racist town. I dunno...it really isn't brilliant, but I dig it. 

Trade Paperbacks: 20

Single Issues: 250

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Mister Miracle #12 (2018): Good stuff. Better than King's Batman, or at least more consistent.

Detective Comics #992: With this arc, the book's returned to it's b-list status that it dips in and out of whenever compared to the Batman title. It's not awful, but after a defining run and a solid follow-up, this will just end up being forgettable.

Superman #5 (2018): Good issue but Zod's been kind of overused lately, considering Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. I love Ivan Reis' art, but I think I prefer Action Comics right now. 

Amazing Spider-Man #810: Good read. I prefer Felicia to be reformed, but she's been a bad guy again for over ten years now, so that's not something I can pin on Spencer, plus she's better than she has been. The MJ subplot was highly intriguing however.

Captain America #709: S'okay

Trade Paperbacks: 20

Single Issues: 255

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Suicide Squad #42: still really good.

The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson #5: so great. What a fun read this was.

Silencer #5: still good.

The Terrifics #4: I'll give this one more. I want to like it, but I know I could write it a hell of a lot better and it bugs the fuck out of me.

The X-Files Case Files Florida Man #2: crazy and fun.

Weapon X #18: fucking Sabretooth...when is he gonna learn?

X-Men Gold #28: solid.

Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1: oh this was awful.

Ask For Mercy: The Key To Forever #1: not for me.

Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special #1: also awful.

Blackwood #1: not for me.

Cyber Force #3: this is tight and solid. Consistently.

Daredevil #603: still really good.

Doomsday Clock #5: really good.

Finger Filth: an Eros graphic novel of Bob Fingerman strips. Fun, but totally dumb.

Coley Running Wild 2: an Eros graphic novel. Terrible.

Comics: 979

 Trades: 33

Graphic Novels: 21

Omnibus: 13

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