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The Pervert: by Michelle Perez and Remy Boydell

A story told through illustrations of anthropomorphic animals of a trans woman sex worker and the trials and tribulations of her life. Very bleak and depressing, but well told graphic novel.

The Flash Annual #2 (2019): This was a great issue, combining both the return of classic Bart and the fallout from what happened to Wally in Heroes in Crisis.

Teen Titans Annual #1 (2019): Red Hood vs. Damian Wayne. Needless. But the second story with the Titans fighting a new villain in the mall had a Wolfman/Perez feel that I dug. Art was better too.

Heroes in Crisis #5: This continues to be the worst event DC's done in a long while, and the worst comic I've read since America Chavez's book last year. Every single character, from Batman to Batgirl to Harley Quinn to Booster Gold to Lois Lane - fan favorites, all of them - is irritating as fuck. The artwork on the women is bad as well.

Ms. Marvel #35 (2019): S'okay. I love how all ages friendly this book is, but this particular story was filler to be. Harmless nonetheless.

Amazing Spider-Man #815: Decent issue, but Chris Bachalo's artwork...I'm not a fan. It's distractingly unclear to read and his graffiti style lacks the grace of a Damion Scott to make it appealing despite its own obfuscation. Also, can we dispense with the whole Peter Parker is still in his mid-twenties bit? The guy is at least 30-31 years old by now. Marvel has to get beyond this age hang-up they have with him.

Captain America #711: The plot's nothing we haven't seen with Cap before, but Coates' writing is really coming into its own with this book and character. This is why I was excited for him to take over the series. Good stuff.

Batgirl #31 (2019): Babs really got her ass kicked in this one.

Action Comics #1007: Arguably the best book DC's putting out right now.

 

Single Issues: 26

Trade Paperbacks: 3

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Young Justice #2 (2019): Methinks this series is a bit overwritten. These characters don't have to be involved in a big plot, they just have to bounce off each other. But Bendis and Gleason get the tone right, and I like seeing what's come the closest to a "classic" version of Cassandra Sandsmark after...after the original YJ series to be honest. I kinda thought that character was damn near ruined after OYL, and she was definitely ruined in the new 52.

Man and Superman: What was originally going to be a 4-part series is now a super-length story by Marv Wolfman and Claudio Castellini (the single most underrated comic book artist ever). It's yet another iteration of Superman's origin of a sort, focused more on Clark's moving to Metropolis and him confronting his fears about how he'll come into being as Superman. It's well written and superbly illustrated. Word to the wise: Castellini draws the apex of the ideal human physical form. If gigantic muscles upon muscles and women always wearing shorts shirts with long legs is a turn-off, you'll really hate his art. As far as Superman stories go, Wolfman balances Clark's hesitance with his willingness to act well. It's Smallville-esque without being noticeable or distracting. This is also probably the greatest introduction to Lois Lane ever done. A lot of Superman fans online are calling this an instant classic, and I dunno if I'd rate it that high, but it's a very good Supes story nonetheless.

The Immortal Hulk #13: Another great issue.

Killmonger #4: This was the best issue so far with great art, but I'm a touch muddy on how this has anything to do with Wakanda screwing him over.

Batman Beyond #28 (2019): The threat of Joker killing another Robin is overplayed and confused with the meta-narrative of its impact in comics.

Single Issues: 31

Trade Paperbacks: 3

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Claudio Castellini's covers were the lone reason I purchased Fantastic Four Unlimited circa 1994 / 1995. His covers will metal as fuck, and I dare anyone to say otherwise.

To this day, when I think of Doctor Doom, his is the one that comes to mind.

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Hunt for Wolverine Mystery in Madripoor #2: this was really good.

Infinity Countdown Darkhawk #3: I'm out. Nowheresville

John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction The Standoff #1: horrible. 

Marvel Two-In-One #7: so fucking good.

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #1: hard case picking this up was a grand idea. Great stuff.

Multiple Man #1: fuck...I've missed this character.

Old Man Hawkeye #6: still great.

Old man Logan #42: Kraven vs Wolverine in the Savage Land. Great.

Pestilence a Story of Satan #2: still cool.

Red Sonja #17: good.

Sentry #1: Jeff Lemire is the perfect guy to write this.

  • Comics: 41
  • Trades: 2
  • Graphic Novels:
  • Omnibus: 1

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Legends of the DC Universe #6: A flashback tale depicting the first time Robin (Dick Grayson) met Superman. Kevin Nowlan's artwork here kills. Great little story.

Ms. Marvel #38 (2019): G. Willow Wilson's last consecutive issue. Her run's been kind of drying up anyway, so it was okay but nothing spectacular.

Amazing Spider-Man #816: Good issue, solid writing, but I hated the art.

Legends of the DC Universe #7-#9: A flashback tale depicting the first meeting between Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen. Written by Denny O'Neil, whose cheesy, over-the-top but still really earnest 70s run I love, this is a decent story was good artwork from the team of Greg Land and Dick Girodano. I don't too much buy Ollie's transformation by the end of this, as this is meant to be very early in his career. But I dug it alright.

Wonder Twins #1: I dug this. The artwork by Stephen Byrne was slick and stylish, and the writing was the right touch of goofy. Zan and Jayna are modernized and updated, but not too much. They're a combination of their Superfriends versions and the interpretations from Smallville. But I liked how lighthearted the book was.

Detective Comics #998: I've been digging the story but this issue was merely okay.

Superman #8 (2019): S'alright

 

 

Single Issues: 40

Trade Paperbacks: 3

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Shadow Roads #1: this was not a great first issue

The Realm #7: not the best issue of this series, but still solid.

The Silencer #6: this is good, but I hope there's a focus shift soon.

The Terrifics #5: pretty solid.

Thor #2: yeah, I'm out. Not a great start.

  • Comics: 46
  • Trades: 2
  • Graphic Novels:
  • Omnibus: 1

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Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku v3: Continues to be a funny and sappy as hell romance manga focusing on (three now!) nerdy couples. This is finally past what the anime has adapted so far, so it’s all new material, and I continue to like the two volumes in one approach to translation. 

10 Dance v1: An old school boy’s love manga - slow burn, rivals turned dance partners turned ???, polar opposites, the whole nine yards. I’ll definitely read more when it comes out.

Trades/Tankobon: 3
Single Issues: 5

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Die 3: o hai fantasy masterclass and deconstruction, I am here for this. Still skeptical that Hans can keep up on a monthly schedule, but the art continues to be amazing.

Unnatural 7: Mirka Andolfo does supernatural furry comics, it pretty

Vindication 1: I know Image really prides itself on not having editors but uh maybe they should. Just saying. Yiiiiiiikes.

Criminal 2: Brubaker and Phillips do a very thinly veiled take on Steve Ditko But A Dirtbag, and apparently the issues aren’t all going to be the same story chronologically, which should be interesting.

Blackbird 5: I haven’t picked this up in a few issues, but they make it easy to follow, and it’s so neat to watch Jen Bartel leveling up art wise.

East of West 41: Combination flashback and setup issue for what’s to come. I’m interested to see what’s to come.

Seven to Eternity 13: Well, it looks like Remender is attempting to wrap this up? Maybe? I mean, it’s been so sporadically released I wouldn’t be surprised. But damn dat Opena tho.

Monstress 20: SANA TAKEDA PRETTY, also some stuff going on in the background plot wise that I’m still trying to figure out. 

Trades/Tankobon: 3
Single Issues: 13

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Gideon Falls vol 1 The Black Barn: fucking outstanding. I'm glad I waited to read this in trade rather than continue monthly. I'm pissed I haven't give myself enough time to read it until now. This is the best horror book on the market right now.

Vampirella Roses for the Dead #1: good but not great. I'm so behind on comics that my standards just upped themselves pretty heavily.

X-Men Blue #30: still good.

  • Comics: 48
  • Trades: 3
  • Graphic Novels:
  • Omnibus: 1

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Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite and Dallas: Reread in light of the Netflix adaptation. Still good, fun shit with wonderful art. 

Trades/Tankobon: 5
Single Issues: 13

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Nightwing #57 (2019): Decent. I kind of question Barbara's state of mind considering how she and Dick were right before he lost his memory but whatever.

Batman #65 (2019): Meh. I like Gulliem March tho.

Wonder Woman #105-#114 (1987): In my descent into madness over John Byrne that I posted about on Twitter, I read for the first time Cassandra Sandsmark's first appearances. This is 1996, so Tim Drake, Conner Kent Superboy and Impulse have already been around for a bit. In her early appearances, Cassie's the spunky daughter of a museum curator who Wonder Woman keeps hanging out with. She's energetic, excitable, frequently disobedient and all about following Wonder Woman on adventures. In short: she's a typical kid character in a story, practically Scrappy Doo. That being said I really like her and these spat of issues. Byrne is a great artist, and the status quo of Diana hanging out with her friend Helena and her 14 year old daughter is really fun to read. Plus, Diana isn't nearly as dismissive of giving Cassie powers as other heroes might be. She's still likely to side with Cassie's mom, but when she's not around Diana sees no problem putting the shoes of Hermes on Cassie and flying around Gateway City. It's really cool, and different from the other 90s sidekicks origins. 

Single Issues: 52

Trade Paperbacks: 3

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