Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Comics Day

Green Lantern
Detective Comics
Blazing Combat

Looks like Green lantern is going bi-weekly to ramp up to Blackest Night. We're in the middle of the Orange Lantern storyline, which I believe is the last color of the spectrum to be explored. Um waitaminnit... Are the Zamarons Indigo or Violet? Doesn't that leave one missing? Did I forget one?

Red - Hate
Orange - Avarice
Yellow - Fear
Green - Will
Blue - Hope
Indigo - Compassion
Violet - Love

So Orange isn't the last. Where is that Indigo Power Battery anyway? Compassion, I believe I read in some ancillary promotional material, is to be the foundation. A small online investigation yields that the "Indigo Tribe" will be showing up soon enough. Oh, and of course who can't see the finale of Blackest Night culminating in the only possible outcome: Someone will end up harnessing the power of the entire emotional spectrum and become...

White Lantern.

I'm pretty sure its going to be Jesus. Yes, I enjoy this, but really it's not that hard of a conclusion to reach.

Detective Comics actually shipped last week, the conclusion of the hyped "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader." Unfortunately we don't really get that answer. Gaiman is a strong storyteller, but something tells me he didn't really get to flex his muscles here, and maybe two issues was not enough to bookend what DC seems to desperately want to note as the end of the most recent generation of Batman. Or at least what Batman "is" in the DCU. Gaiman only taps into a small amount of meta-story, even though it's wrapped by some nice Kuber artwork. Still, both story and art seemed like a means to an end, rather than a transitional necessity. As a direct comparison to Alan Moore's "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow," that's just a magic you can't bottle. I've no doubt Gaiman and Kubert could have done so in their own way perhaps if things happened more organically in terms of the timing and execution. The cynic in me sees (and reports mostly verify) that DC editorial dictated "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader" to force a swan song before the new directives shake things up (or so they hope). If anything, Grant Morrison should have written the hell out his own personal epilog to Batman RIP. Tho perhaps he is indeed doing that now with he and Quitely's teaming on the forthcoming Batman and Robin project. Clever Grant.

Two book notes this week: A new Frank Cho hardcover collection is on the shelves. It should be considered for completists only-- and admittedly it is difficult not to be a Cho completist. Apes and Babes: The Art of Frank Cho Book 1 follows an unfortunate habit of Cho's work being presented that is available in other volumes. To say the a third of the book is new material might be a little generous, and much of that is not in fact new but just hasn't been collected. The book is nice and large with heavy gloss paper stock, so if you are one of the aforementioned completists or not an owner of his many other collections, this is not a bad book to have.

Secondly, Blazing Combat... hot damn. I'll be writing about this separately.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Comics Day

Green Lantern Corps

Yeah, still looks like I'm that guy. The guy who just goes into the comics store to buy Green Lantern stuff.

But Damn, Green lantern is pretty good right now. The Corps books has several plots running, and they keep running towards each other. The return of Mongul and his occupation of Daxam starts to heat up as Daxamite GL Sodam Yat shows up to check out the digs. Followers of the DCU may have an idea of where this is heading and it could be a potent payoff. Meanwhile the Red Lantern the Corps just boxed up is already set to escape. That was quick, eh? But I think the real exciting stuff here is the return of Sinestro and his confrontation with Natu (his daughter??). And of course we're still waiting for Sinestro to get over to his yellow army on Daxam, and the inevitable showdown with Mongul. The art is still great and awesome from Patrick Gleason, it's a good time to be a Green Lantern fan.

Other notable releases this week center around the centennial. Last of the series, 100 Bullets #100. The series goes out with a bang, and is a laudable collection by authors Azzarello and Rizzo.

The most excellent 100% by Paul Pope has been re-released as a deluxe hardcover. Pope delivers pulp sci-fi at its finest, if you' haven't read 100% in its previous incarnations, this is not a bad book to have.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

New Comics Day

Green Lantern
Young Liars

Both Green Lantern and Young Liars are increasingly becoming the only reason I hit the comics shop. But I am still picking up trades, and am waiting for some more as well. There are some interesting books on the horizon, and I am curious as to DC's Weekly Comics if only for the novelty of the oversize format.

A hard decision to make will be to pick up single issues of books I'm looking forward to but know will be collected. Of the top of my head I think of JH Williams III's impending Batwoman arc, and Amanda Conner's Power Girl series. But sometimes you just want to bring something home, so maybe that holds in their favor

I'll likely ride out Green Lantern's Blackest Night storyline-- to which I have no interest in outlying DCU crossovers-- tho by that time may have to re-evaluate my weekly buying habits. It's not like I don't enjoy the comics shop, but if my buying habits have changed to the point where I can pick up a slew of books bi-weekly or even once a month, so be it.

Monday, April 06, 2009

DC is blogging so I don't have to

Wow, DC, way to get current! You're running a whole year ahead of your usual schedule!

I don't know what terribly exciting news they plan to break on a semi-weekly basis, but one thing I will give them is it's looking like a nifty place to see some cool art.

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