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Brightest Day #20: First issue in a while that I just didn't like. Art wasn't great, and the writing felt like someone told Johns he has to rush to the finish of the story.

Green Lantern #62 Average at best. This just went right into the next Green Lantern event, the war of the Green Lanterns. Doug Mahnke looked really rushed here. Another issue that just felt like it was written, or rewritten at the last minute.

Green Lantern Corps #57 Best of the three. Though, I have to ask, why the hell was Firestorm here. Art was nice, and the story goes really nicely into WOGL, which seems to be fun on the Corps front.

Trades: 1

HC:0

Comics: 24

GN:0

Omnibus: 1

Alien VS Predator Volume 1 Omnibus. Tiny Titans #35, Brightest Day #17, Shazam: Monster Society of Evil TPB. Red Robin #19, Titans #31, Batman #706, Streets of Gotham #19, Brightest Day #18, Brave and Bold #33. Batman Beyond #1. Detective Comics #891, Detective Comics #892, Detective Comics #893. Action Comics #897, Shazam 1 shot. JL: Generation Lost 19, Secret Six #30, Red Robin #20, TMVP #6. Flash #9, Batman and Robin #20, Titans #32. Batman: Dark Knight #1. Green lantern #62, Green Lantern Corps #57, Brightest Day #20.

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Darkwing Duck Vol. 1: The Duck Knight Returns:

READ THIS FUCKING BOOK.

Hilarious, totally in tone with the show, used the villains perfectly and had some really nice, unexpected cameos.

By using the villains perfectly, I mean Quackerjack FINALLY becomes The Joker, I.E. funny and terrifying. And Megavolt gets to say "crappy," admittedly, I was holding out for a "D'oh!" And by cool cameos I mean UNCLE SCROOGE, HUEY, DEWEY and LOUIE, KAA (from the Jungle Book), FLOUNDER and FUCKING GADGET FROM CHIP AND DALE'S RESCUE RANGERS.

I'm preordering the next trade, "Crisis on Infinite Darkwings."

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Darkwing Duck Vol. 1: The Duck Knight Returns:

READ THIS FUCKING BOOK.

Hilarious, totally in tone with the show, used the villains perfectly and had some really nice, unexpected cameos.

By using the villains perfectly, I mean Quackerjack FINALLY becomes The Joker, I.E. funny and terrifying. And Megavolt gets to say "crappy," admittedly, I was holding out for a "D'oh!" And by cool cameos I mean UNCLE SCROOGE, HUEY, DEWEY and LOUIE, KAA (from the Jungle Book), FLOUNDER and FUCKING GADGET FROM CHIP AND DALE'S RESCUE RANGERS.

I'm preordering the next trade, "Crisis on Infinite Darkwings."

Oddly enough, I just ordered this (along with Thor The Mighty Avenger) from Amazon yesterday.

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Ultimate Avengers 3 #6-They actually pulled it out by the end. I have to admit I'm a little shocked. Still no fan of Dillon's artwork. 7/10

Captain America #614-No problems here. 9/10

Brightest Day #17,18-Been a while since I've read these but I really dig the icon covers they're doing.

Green Lantern Fear Itself-Marz is such a Kyle Rayner mark that it's painful. He has never made the guy a character I can give a shit about but pretends that he deserves it. Ugh. I think he does a great job with Alan Scott and Hal though. Nice art. 7/10

Green Lantern Corps #56-Back on its meteroic rise to being one of DC's best books. 9/10

GL Emerald Warriors #6- But it still has this one to beat! Wow! 10/10

Walking Dead #81-I'm kind of winding down on thi book. UNless something drastic happens soon, I may drop it. 6/10

Justice League International vol. 5-The two annuals included in this collection are pretty mediocre but the first six issues of JL Europe more than make up for it. Including one of my all-time favorite single issues: the nightschool issue. Genius. 9/10

Atlas: Return of the Three-Dimensional Man-Too bad, it's finally back on track before it's cancelled. Really intelligently written and Hardman's art is brilliant. 8/10

Comics: 24

Trades: 7

Graphic Novels: 1

Omnibuses: 2

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I haven't been doing this this year but here goes.

Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns: Not to sound like Preston but this was fucking awesome. There's some great callbacks in there as well as a feeling of a greater overarching world going on.

Darkwing Duck #5-8: Beautiful, beautiful continuity porn. We get some villains that only showed up one episode of the series., we get some excellent sight gags, and the Infinite Darkwings are fucking awesome. Seriously, if you can think of a pop-culture reference, there's a Darkwing for it. The best part is that you read some of the characters and it sounds just like them. Really, the book is just great and worth taking a look at.

Darkwing Duck #9: This one... doesn't feel quite as strong so far. That said, it's Steelbeak. I loved Steelbeak as a kid and glad for another look at him.

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Justice League International Volumes 1-3:

My thoughts last year from Volume 1:

Justice League International Volume 1: Finally a justice league book I enjoyed. The team felt more like a dysfunctional family here, and everyone got a chance to shine. I knew that the one punch thing was coming, but still found it funny. Good art, and a fun read. Will get the preceding volumes down the line.

and my original thoughts on volume 2:

Justice League International Vol 2: It didn't have the fun of the first volume, and the first half was very slow paced, but the second half the book was very enjoyable. I'll be waiting a few months before I get the third volume, to get a breather from the series. Art was good, but wasn't as good as the first volume. The Suicide Squad crossover was the best part of this book.

Now for my updated thoughts:

Justice League International Volume 1Still really enjoyable. This time around I wasn't just waiting for the infamous one punch to happen. I found the issues with the other worldly heroes rather annoying this time around. They just are not likeable, I get why they do what they do. But it's a little to on the nose for what to do for my liking. Art was great, and Max was great. I felt this book sort of reads better the second time round, as you don't expect all of the comedy hi-jinx as much as you originally do the first go around. But it is still fun, and the only Justice League team book I still care about reading.

JLI Volume 2: The creative team really seemed to find out what they wanted long term from the book at this point. Not got the comedy from volume 1, but still reallly enjoyable and entertaining. Blue Beetle can get a little irritating with his constant joking. I said I really liked the SS issues last time, and I would say, they are part of the course, the series is still trying to find it's feet by this point. A good mix between comedy and serious, while still giving you the JL.

JLI Volume 3:Lobo joins the league for a little while. That's awesome. Went in with low hopes, and the idea that if this volume sucked, I'd just get rid of the first two volumes. Instead I'm looking forward to getting the rest. Really enjoyable, some of the covers look weird, but the three issue arcs are very good. The only real issues I have with this, and volume 2 is that they are the Justice League, which means any stupid crisis/event has to include their book for something to happen. You're given a recap, but really it just takes you out of the whole flow of the series, a stopping point at times. I will say the high point was Oberon having to speak to Darkseid about letting Scott Free leave Apokolips.

Trades: 4

HC:0

Comics: 24

GN:0

Omnibus: 1

Alien VS Predator Volume 1 Omnibus. Tiny Titans #35, Brightest Day #17, Shazam: Monster Society of Evil TPB. Red Robin #19, Titans #31, Batman #706, Streets of Gotham #19, Brightest Day #18, Brave and Bold #33. Batman Beyond #1. Detective Comics #891, Detective Comics #892, Detective Comics #893. Action Comics #897, Shazam 1 shot. JL: Generation Lost 19, Secret Six #30, Red Robin #20, TMVP #6. Flash #9, Batman and Robin #20, Titans #32. Batman: Dark Knight #1. Green lantern #62, Green Lantern Corps #57, Brightest Day #20. Justice League International volumes 1-3

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Action Comics #898: Weakest issue since the Death issue under Cornell. Still, it was enjoyable.

Justice League: Generation Lost #20: History of Maxwell Lord and sort of explains why he really hates superheroes:

His mother was killed in the Coast City disaster

Teen Titans #92: Nicola Scott's art here was pretty mediocre, and the story kind of took more of a nosedive than the Red Robin issue that lead in. I was also disappointed in the ending:

Damien decides to leave the team, and go back to Gotham, and Red Robin is asked to rejoin the Titans.

Trades: 4

HC:0

Comics: 27

GN:0

Omnibus: 1

Alien VS Predator Volume 1 Omnibus. Tiny Titans #35, Brightest Day #17, Shazam: Monster Society of Evil TPB. Red Robin #19, Titans #31, Batman #706, Streets of Gotham #19, Brightest Day #18, Brave and Bold #33. Batman Beyond #1. Detective Comics #891, Detective Comics #892, Detective Comics #893. Action Comics #897, Shazam 1 shot. JL: Generation Lost 19, Secret Six #30, Red Robin #20, TMVP #6. Flash #9, Batman and Robin #20, Titans #32. Batman: Dark Knight #1. Green lantern #62, Green Lantern Corps #57, Brightest Day #20. Justice League International volumes 1-3. Teen Titans #92, Action Comics #898, JL:Generation Lost #20

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Green Lantern #63 and Brightest Day #20: Thoughts posted here.

Edit: The Crow TPB: I'm going to put it down to being in a foul mood when I read this, but boy was this crap. Art was nice, story was ok, but I proffered the movie interpretation, as it felt more complete, and so much a mishmash of random shit thrown together.

Trades: 5

HC:0

Comics: 29

GN:0

Omnibus: 1

Alien VS Predator Volume 1 Omnibus. Tiny Titans #35, Brightest Day #17, Shazam: Monster Society of Evil TPB. Red Robin #19, Titans #31, Batman #706, Streets of Gotham #19, Brightest Day #18, Brave and Bold #33. Batman Beyond #1. Detective Comics #891, Detective Comics #892, Detective Comics #893. Action Comics #897, Shazam 1 shot. JL: Generation Lost 19, Secret Six #30, Red Robin #20, TMVP #6. Flash #9, Batman and Robin #20, Titans #32. Batman: Dark Knight #1. Green lantern #62, Green Lantern Corps #57, Brightest Day #20. Justice League International volumes 1-3. Teen Titans #92, Action Comics #898, JL:Generation Lost #20. Brightest Day #20, Green Lantern #63. The Crow

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Thoughts in Earth-2.net: The Show 437

Amazing Spider-Man #650

The New Defenders #152

Secret Avengers #8

Web of Spider-Man #11

Wonder Woman #329

Wonder Woman #606

Comic books: 17

Trade paperbacks: 3

Graphic novels: 0

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Jonah Hex: Guns of Vengeance-Hex needs to be done in small doses because every story is pretty much the same. But it's good, nonetheless. 8/10

Hack/Slash Omnibus 2-Holy shit! The Re-Animator crossover is fucking brilliant! I love that this book is unafraid to tie the character's major character development into the big crossovers (Chucky, Re-Animator). Great horror book. 9/10

Comics: 24

Trades: 8

Graphic Novels: 1

Omnibuses: 3

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Web of Spider-Man #12

A so-so follow-up to the amazing Web of Spider-Man #11. This one lacks the emotional punch of the first book, and wraps up too neatly. The characters are also inconsistent. In #11, the leader of the thugs wants to become a well-paid hitman like his brother. But in #12, he's opposed to murder, and actively tries to save Peter's life.

Comic books: 18

Trade paperbacks: 3

Graphic novels: 0

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Web of Spider-Man #12

A so-so follow-up to the amazing Web of Spider-Man #11. This one lacks the emotional punch of the first book, and wraps up too neatly. The characters are also inconsistent. In #11, the leader of the thugs wants to become a well-paid hitman like his brother. But in #12, he's opposed to murder, and actively tries to save Peter's life.

Really? Oh, that's disappointing.

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I chalk it up to the change in creative team. Whereas Danny Fingeroth and Bill Mantlo wrote #11, Peter David finished the two-issue storyline. He didn't seem to have a grasp on the characters and the impact the events had on their lives. There are even several misplaced quips and emotional beats that don't ring true. That said, this was very early in his career, so I understand the mistakes. It's just a shame to watch a great start run out of steam.

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Hack/Slash Omnibus 2-Holy shit! The Re-Animator crossover is fucking brilliant! I love that this book is unafraid to tie the character's major character development into the big crossovers (Chucky, Re-Animator). Great horror book. 9/10

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Outsiders 36

Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation #1-6: Nice intro to the earlier iteration of the Secret Six - can I just say that Knockout is probably in the running for best female character ever, and she and Scandal are the cutest thing ever? Like the way the entire villainous plot for this thing was framed, even if some of the stuff with Hatter was a bit fucked, but explained some things I didn't understand from back when I was following it on a regular basis.

Any other recs for stuff with this iteration of the Six in it, more specifically, those with Knockout still alive?

Comics: 10

Trades: 1

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Outsiders 36

Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation #1-6: Nice intro to the earlier iteration of the Secret Six - can I just say that Knockout is probably in the running for best female character ever, and she and Scandal are the cutest thing ever? Like the way the entire villainous plot for this thing was framed, even if some of the stuff with Hatter was a bit fucked, but explained some things I didn't understand from back when I was following it on a regular basis.

Any other recs for stuff with this iteration of the Six in it, more specifically, those with Knockout still alive?

Birds of Prey: Dead of Winter. That's about it.

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IIWY:

Outsiders 36

Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation #1-6: Nice intro to the earlier iteration of the Secret Six - can I just say that Knockout is probably in the running for best female character ever, and she and Scandal are the cutest thing ever? Like the way the entire villainous plot for this thing was framed, even if some of the stuff with Hatter was a bit fucked, but explained some things I didn't understand from back when I was following it on a regular basis.

Any other recs for stuff with this iteration of the Six in it, more specifically, those with Knockout still alive?

Comics: 10

Trades: 1

Your only other real option, outside of Villains United, is going to be Birds of Prey: Dead of Winter. That said, elements of that book ties into Simone's overarching plot in Birds of Prey so I'd suggest getting the volume before, Birds of Prey: Blood and Circuits. Issue 109 has Scandel and Knockout in it as well. In addition, the arc on Secret Six that just started might see the return of Knockout.

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So in January I read J.M.S's Thor run.

February, I read mostly Ed Brubaker's Criminal. I really enjoyed it and I liked the short story feel for each one. It's a refreshing change of pace from the long-form 20-60 issue storytelling. I liked how there's some little crossovers that only fans or people who are paying attention would notice, but each volume could be read on it's own as it's own story. The Lawless story just had the perfect pacing and a really awesome main character, it's made even better by the volume preceding and especially by the volume following.

Rated from Best to Least Best (because let's be honest, even the worst book in this series was pretty good):

1. vol. 2 - Lawless

2. vol. 3 - The Dead and the Dying

3. vol. 1 - Coward

4. vol. 4 - Bad Night

I think there's a vol. 5 but I don't own it. I should get it someday.

OH and I also read some old-school Batman with Tales of the Demon some of the first Ra's Al Ghul stories, and some Superman book that sucked.

In March I've been reading Spider-man: The Gauntlet. I read the first two volumes a couple of times already so I skipped those this time around. Now I'm reading vol. 3-5 with vol. 5 being the last in the Gauntlet series, I think. Some stories are better than others, some have some very bland elements, like Electro's political stance in vol. 1. But overall, they're fun, light-hearted, and humorous stories. All the stories are decent fun, none of them so far will blow you away or anything, but I've enjoyed them. I've got one more volume left of Gauntlet (vol. 5: The Lizard) and then it's off to Grim Hunt (which I should receive in my next DCBS shipment). I really thought the Rhino story (the two one-shots) was the best mix of all elements. Then...you know, it's probably time for another list:

Rating the Gauntlet Stories:

1. Rhino

2. Sandman

3. Juggernaught (plus the reprinted story is really awesome, as well)

4. Scorpion

5. Morbius

6. Vulture

7. Mysterio

8. Electro

After I finish off Gauntlet, I've got Fraction's Iron Man Omnibus and some Siege stories (Siege, New Avengers tie in, and Dark Avengers tie-in) that I want to read...I'll probably get to that for April. The Omnibus usually takes a couple of weeks, cause I read about an issue a night.

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Green Lantern: Rebirth #1: I can just tell I'm going to hate the next five issues. Most of this issue was "God...Hal was so cool....he was so awesome...I miss Hal....remember when Hal made love to the universe....that was awesome." Add to that the fact that I just am not a Van Sciver fan, and yeah, this'll be fun to finish.

Batman and Robin #21: So the white knight's plan has been revealed, and it feels generic, and not that interesting. Art isn't that great either. Poor book, and a serious step down from where Morrison took the book.

Batman Inc #3: I haven't got a fucking clue what this was. It looked nice, but made absolutely no fucking sense. The ending is interesting and I wonder what will happen next.

Justice League: Generation Lost #21: Was a set up issue, read what I've posted in the BD thread, cause that's the big thing that happened in this issue. It wasn't bad, it just didn't feel like it justified being an entire issue of a comic. Interested to see where this is going.

Titans #33: As much as I dislike Van Sciver, Philip Tan is ten times worse, especially here. He handles mostly the Osiris parts of the story, and those pages looked bloody awful, story wasn't that great, and Fabrizio Fiorentio is usually the best part of this comic, but his art here was just average at best. Also, the ending, pretty graphic, and if you've seen the cover to issue 35, then you know what happened. Also, Roy doesn't like having a drug comedown during a fight, because he shot up just before they went on a mission. That was good to know.

Trades: 5

HC:0

Comics: 34

GN:0

Omnibus: 1

Alien VS Predator Volume 1 Omnibus. Tiny Titans #35, Brightest Day #17, Shazam: Monster Society of Evil TPB. Red Robin #19, Titans #31, Batman #706, Streets of Gotham #19, Brightest Day #18, Brave and Bold #33. Batman Beyond #1. Detective Comics #891, Detective Comics #892, Detective Comics #893. Action Comics #897, Shazam 1 shot. JL: Generation Lost 19, Secret Six #30, Red Robin #20, TMVP #6. Flash #9, Batman and Robin #20, Titans #32. Batman: Dark Knight #1. Green lantern #62, Green Lantern Corps #57, Brightest Day #20. Justice League International volumes 1-3. Teen Titans #92, Action Comics #898, JL:Generation Lost #20. Brightest Day #20, Green Lantern #63. The Crow TPB. Green Lantern: Rebirth #1, Batman and Robin #21, JL: Generation Lost #21 Batman Inc #3, Titans #33.

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Green Lantern: Rebirth #1: I can just tell I'm going to hate the next five issues. Most of this issue was "God...Hal was so cool....he was so awesome...I miss Hal....remember when Hal made love to the universe....that was awesome." Add to that the fact that I just am not a Van Sciver fan, and yeah, this'll be fun to finish.

Beyond my love for Kyle, this is exactly why I didn't like Green Lantern: Rebirth, too.

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