Archive for October, 2009

Forgive the slight delay…

October 28, 2009

… to the big changes I spoke of, as life has recently been trying to run me over with a steamroller. Yet fear not, dear readers, for I shall unveil these changes this weekend at the earliest and Wednesday at the latest. In the meantime, check out some of the great content David’s been posting up lately:

So click on those links… or just scroll down.

What to Buy: October 28, 2009

October 27, 2009

The month is almost over, buy will the final week of new comics in October be a trick or treat? Wow, what a lame intro. But seriously, after last week was weak sauce, this week looks outstanding. Better get to the comic book shop tomorrow, you won’t want to miss these books.

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10/21/09 Reviews

October 26, 2009

Last week had a plethora of good to great comics. This week? Uh, not so much. Reviewed this week:

Dark Avengers #10

Dark Reign: The List — Hulk #1

The Incredible Hulk #603

Justice League of America #38

I only buy one of these books (Dark Avengers) regularly. The Hulk duo — well, reading so much of Peter David’s run recently put me in a Hulk frame of mind. And I’ll be giving Justice League an extended try, mostly out of nostalgia for the old Morrison and Waid JLA.

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PROJECTS return; suggestions welcome

October 25, 2009

As Goki just alluded to, a special announcement about this blog is coming very soon. In the meantime, I have a smaller announcement to make that should whet your appetite.

My critically acclaimed* PROJECT series will be making its return soon. If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s how it works: I read an entire famous comic book run, fairly rapidly, then write long, gushing reviews about what made it so great. There have been three installments so far, all of which deserve your attention: PROJECT: FABLES, PROJECT: Y, and PROJECT: SWAMP THING. They’re long, especially the first one, but they’re also the best thing I’ve ever written for this blog.

So what run gets to be the fourth installment? First, some back story. On Amazon.com, and presuambly other sites, there is a brilliant series of products available: Every issue of certain Marvel titles, from their beginnings in the 1960s to the end of 2005, available on dvd-rom (as simple PDFs). Best part, it’s even legal — Marvel had a license with the company putting these out, up until 2006. As far as I know, here are the available discs: Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer (together on one disc), Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America. They’re each sold separately (except for FF and SS, which are together) and range from $40 to $100, incredibly cheap for 40 years of comics. A friend of mine bought all but Avengers and Captain America; I bought Avengers and we exchanged, so I have all of the above but Cap.

The main drawback is crossovers, because these contain just the main series’ issues; for instance, the X-Men disc has only the original X-Men series (which was canceled) and Uncanny — not the current X-Men book (later New X-Men and now X-Men Legacy) or X-Factor, X-Force, etc., so certain stories there might be hard to follow. And admittedly, it’s not the same reading comics on the computer as it is the real thing, but since most of these issues aren’t otherwise collected (and it would cost a fortune to buy the collections anyway), this is an amazing opportunity.

So with thousands of comics and most of Marvel’s greatest runs now suddenly at my disposal, it’s time for a new PROJECT. And what’s up first?

PROJECT: HULK–PETER DAVID is the lucky winner. I’m loving PAD’s work on X-Factor right now, so I decided to double my pleasure by going with his run on The Incredible Hulk, which spanned about 12 years (1987-1999) and is regarded as the greatest run ever on the title. I started a couple weeks ago, and am in early 1991 right now. It’ll probably take me another month to finish, but it’s already amazing.

So get excited about that, but also get to thinking, because I would love your suggestions on what comes next. Over on the DC side, where my first three PROJECTS were from, I still intend to do PROJECT: SANDMAN and PROJECT: STARMAN at some point, and I do own the first volumes of each of those collections. But I don’t want to start reading until I own the entire run, so Ican go through them all at once, and that might be a while still. So, since I have every issue of Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Silver Surfer already at my disposal, what run from those should be next?

My top choices right now are Uncanny X-Men–Chris Claremont or Avengers–Roy Thomas, both fairly obvious options. But I’m up for anything and would love some sleeper picks.

*Posts have never been acclaimed nor viewed by any critics of significant stature.

It’s coming…

October 22, 2009

Something so big it cannot be contained. Something that has to be seen to believed.

(and no, I’m not talking about you-know-what this time)

It may come this week. Or perhaps the next; you won’t have to wait longer than that. What is it, you ask? All I’ll say for now is this: it will change the blog as you know it. Guaranteed.

We now return you to our regular progamming.

What to buy: October 21, 2009

October 19, 2009

Kind of a small week, and thus a fairly short post. So, if you don’t have much to buy this week, look back over the reviews from the past couple weeks and use this opportunity to get my other recommendations. What else are you going to spend your money on? Rent? Insurance? Food?! Lame.

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10/14/09 Reviews

October 16, 2009
Reviews already?! Well, the end of the week was not busy at all for me, so I got some reading done. And I’m going to be gone all weekend, so here we go. Reviewed this week:

Fables #89
Uncanny X-Men #516
Marvels Project #3 (of 8 )
Batgirl #3
Green Lantern Corps #41
Red Robin #5
Batman #691
Blackest Night: Batman #3 (of 3)
Incredible Hercules #136

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And the Cancelled Shall Rise

October 15, 2009

Awesome news, everyone; while Blackest Night takes a month off in January, eight cancelled comic series are coming back with a Blackest Night tie-in. They are:

  • The Power of Shazam #48 – Eric Wallace
  • Catwoman #83 – Fabian Nicieza
  • Suicide Squad #67 – Gail Simone & John Ostrander
  • The Question #37 – Greg Rucka
  • Phantom Stranger #42 – Peter Tomasi
  • Weird Western Tales #71 – Dan DiDio
  • Atom and Hawkman #46 – Geoff Johns
  • Starman #81 – James Robinson
  • My gut reaction? “Aw dang, yo! It must be my birfday!” I mean, just look at that line-up. James Robinson back on Starman? John Ostrander back on Suicide Squad, this time with Gail Simone co-writing? Greg Rucka writing a new issue to one of his favorite series (The Question), which was written by one of his mentors (Denny O’Neil), no less? Oh, and Geoff Johns writing one of his favorite pairings (Hawkman and Atom, duh) in comics? Sounds like we fans win, through and through. Well, except maybe in terms of money, as the Blackest Night tie-ins just went up by eight. Other than that, though? Bring on more Starman, Squad and Question, baby. That’s not the say the others don’t interest me, they most certainly do; personally, I’m wondering what Eric Wallace’s take on Power of Shazam! will be like. Will he try to recapture the feel Jerry Ordway gave that series? Only one way to find out…

    Click on the link for much more info, which includes teases from the creators.

    UPDATE: January’s Blackest Night tie-ins are now up, with even more info about the resurrected titles. Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz back on The Question? Epic. (ditto to Tony Harris back on Starman, even if it’s just the cover) And check out that cover to Green Lantern #50

    What to buy: October 14, 2009

    October 12, 2009

    Want some comic book recommendations two weeks in a row? You’re in luck, Groin reader(s). The GGG Renaissance continues with a look at what to buy, or consider buying, this Wednesday.

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    10/7/09 Reviews

    October 12, 2009

    Was there a comic you weren’t sure about buying? Want to know how some issue was, so you can reconsider buying it? Don’t want the hassle of thinking for yourself? Before you go back to the store Wednesday, take a look at the return of GGG’s weekly reviews.

    I’m going to give some quick thoughts on what I bought last week and give each comic a rating on a 5-point scale, with half-points available. The following issues reviewed this week:

    Batman Annual #27

    Batman and Robin #5

    Justice League: Cry for Justice #4

    Marvel Spotlight: Deadpool

    The Torch #2

    If you checked out the weekly recommendations thread (DO IT), you know I also bought Peter and Max: A Fables Novel, which was my most anticipated release of the month. However, it’s a 400+ page novel, so it’ll take me some time to get to it. It’ll have its own separate review when that happens.

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