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Daredevil #16 (2020): Like he was with Spider-Man, Chip Zdarsky knows Daredevil in that real old school way. I've been digging his run consistently since it began. In this latest issue, there's a lot of the Netflix show in here, but with the circumstances of the storyline and the fact that the show ended a year ago, it's free from feeling forced or contrived. Jorge Fornes easily jumps from King's Batman to this book.

Miles Morales Spider-Man ##14: This book is almost as fun but the dialogue is a bit more hit or miss. But I'm now used to an older Miles and I'm loving the balance between his crime fighting life and his student life.

Issues: 2

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Immortal Hulk #26-#29: Still the best "superhero" comic out right now. I love a Bruce Banner that's arrogantly had it with humanity.

Amazing Spider-Man #37 (2020): Spencer continues to deliver a solid Peter Parker. I was beginning to fade on the tie-in issues to all the Marvel stuff going on, especially the Doom stuff, but this is a back to basics in his story and I'm back in for it.

Batman #86 (2020): Decent start to James Tynion IV's run, with some of the best Tony Daniel artwork I've seen in a while. He's a less engaging, B-grade Jim Lee for me, but he's still a solid artist. I don't like House Negro Lucius Fox tho, but Tynion didn't invent that.

Batman and the Outsiders #9: I want to like Bryan Edward Hill as a writer more than I can, because he's a Cassandra Cain fan and his discussions about writing all seem well informed. But his output rarely goes above mediocre for me. It's hardly ever bad, but it still hovers around stock and archetypal. So this was decent, but I wish it were better.

Young Justice #12 (2020): There's way too much dialogue in this issue to feel like you're drawn into caring what everyone is saying from panel to panel. It's ridiculous. I'm still digging this team but Bendis' infamous verbosity is swallowing this series whole. There's hardly a speck of space to breathe.

Issues: 10

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1 hour ago, Donomark said:

I don't like House Negro Lucius Fox tho, but Tynion didn't invent that.|

Whhhaaatt?

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4 hours ago, The Master said:

Whhhaaatt?

It's the whole tech-whiz business that started with Batman Begins. I liked it alright for those movies, but in order to wholesale steal it for the comics, it's sapped Lucius of all of his agency. For years he was the sharpest guy in Gotham who didn't have anything to do with Batman. He made Wayne Enterprises into of the the DCU's most powerful companies, and he had his own family and host of problems with them. Now he's this bow-tie wearing subservient one-dimensional character who'll do whatever Bruce needs of him, and now knows Batman's identity. I feel that it's a borderline offensive turn for what used to be a really good character, but DC Comics in general doesn't have the patience for nuance when it comes to their supporting characters anymore.

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Superman #19: Kinda not sure I believe Perry White's reaction here. Now that everyone knows Clark Kent is Superman, so many of Lois and Clark's Daily Planet stories would be called into question. But whatever, it's an okay issue.

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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 4: The Tempest: After reading the LXG series a couple of years back, I was eager to dive back in for the final installment. I might've been less patient or disciplined in my reading for this, because for 85% I didn't know what the hell I was reading. It goes WAY out there. The most basic story beat I understood was that James Bond found the Fountain of Youth that Mina, Orlando and Emma Peel used, and with the help of the J-6 Team (assistants and hitmen all patterned just like Bonds Connery through Craig) is after them for revenge, or something. This was a relatively lighter book than vols.1, 2 Black Dossier and Century, which was nice to see as a change of pace. But no, I didn't know wtf was going on, there were so many twists of the comic form that in this reading at the moment I could not keep anything straight.

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I haven't been reading a lot of comics, but I have a chunk to put on here, and another chunk of stuff in the other room, I'll get to posting another time.

Pleasure Bound Pretorious: one of the last Eros GNs I've got. S&M without the Sunstone touch...or good art.

Nancy In Hell #2: Reads like one of the bad girl comics from the 90s. Not good.

Old Man Logan Annual #1: great. Fun to see The Punisher in this universe.

Pestilence: A Story of Satan #4: so good. One more to go I think.

Project Superpowers Chapter Three #2: I'm out. Sad that these characters so rarely get the treatment they deserve.

Thanos Legacy #1: Not great.

The Dreaming #1: Also not great. 

United States vs Murder Inc. #1: great start. First Bendis I've enjoyed in years.

Vampironica #3: this has more legs than the Jughead horror one. I dig this.

Weapon X #23: when all else fails, bring Deadpool in to guest. And it works.

X-Men Gold #35: not bad. This arc was pretty underwhelming even though it started off really well.

Archie 1941 #1: a depressing war story? Did not expect that. Don't expect to continue either.

Cemetery Beach #1: also haven't dug Ellis for years, but I'll give this another issue

Champions #24: a gun violence issue. Interesting 

Daredevil #608: I have no idea where this is going. And I kind of love it.

  • Issues: 14
  • Trades:
  • Omnibus:
  • Graphic Novel: 1

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Fantastic Four #2: Look, it's not too innovative, but I dug the shit out of it. I am a fan, and I am just fine with being serviced. Thank you.

Hot Lunch Special #2: this doesn't know what it is, but I know I'm not all-in.

House of Whispers #1: new Sandman-Universe series that I will also be bypassing.

Iceman #1: I liked the story just fine but holy hell is this art awful. How does Marvel think that's ok in 2019? (yes, old issue, like most of the stuff I'm reading as I'm behind).

Infinity Wars #3: still really good. Intriguing cliffhanger that I saw coming because of the issues published after this. 

It Came out on a Wednesday #1: not my thing. I don't know the last time I've enjoyed an anthology comic. Maybe I need to go back and reread my DHP issues.

Journey Into Mystery: The Birth of Krakatoa #1: This reads like really fucking good fanfic, and I'm totally ok with that. Going back to one of the weirdest creations in the Marvel U and telling its story with classic war heroes? Please. More.

Newbury & Hobbes #1: not my thing.

Old Man Logan #47 shocking how consistent this has been.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #26: solid.

Sunstone: Mercy vol 6: this is so consistently good. I love this series. It's a weird black sheep in all the modern stuff I'm reading. Closer to 90s slice of life comics than the Eros GN erotic comics stuff. Good shit.

X-Factor Epic Collection: All New, All Different X-Factor: this is my jam. I hope they collect the entire run of this line-up. It was underrated at its time. Though, I have to say that Larry Stroman pales in comparison to a lot of his similar contemporaries of this era, two of whom have stories in this collection and outshine him (Quesada and Raney). Havoc is my all-time favourite X-Man. No question.

Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men: so good. Beautiful art. I was worried that it would not compare to Jill Thompson's stuff, but it access beyond it in many ways. 

Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle vol 2: Excellent. This is the start of Anarky and we're starting to bump up against Nightfall. Such a great era of Batman comics. 

  • Issues: 24
  • Trades: 2
  • Omnibus: 2
  • Graphic Novel: 1

 

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