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5/26/10 Recommendations and Such

May 26, 2010

Remember comic books? Well, here are some that came out today:

Essentials

Green Lantern #54

There was a crossover recently called Blackest Night. It was big, and it’s follow-up, Brightest Day, has been good too, at least what I’ve read of it. Who foresaw a day when Green Lantern would arguably be a  bigger flagship title for DC than Superman or Batman?

Justice League: Generation Lost #2

I haven’t gotten #1 yet, but I will. I mean, Giffen and DeMatteis back on the characters they’ve rocked off and on for 25 years? Come on. I mean, COME ON.

Should Buy

X-Force #27

I’m even more behind on Second Coming, so I won’t call this installment of the crossover an Essential since it’s possible it hasn’t lived up to its lofty beginning, but I bet it’s still rocking. If so, that also makes the one-shot Revelations: Blind Science a good buy this week.

Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne #2 (of 6)

I didn’t buy the first, but I imagine I will. I’m just not sure how much I’m up for another “lost in time” superhero return, especially so shortly after Cap’s similar (and mediocre) journey, coupled with Morrison’s somewhat decline. But hey, it’s a big deal regardless, so go for it.

DoomWar #4 (of 6)

I loved the first two issues, and bought #3 (will read soon). It’s an awesome take on Marvel’s two coolest monarchs: Black Panther and Doctor Doom (sorry Namor, you’re third). It’s exciting to be … excited about T’Challa again. Finally, a worthy successor to Priest.

Secret Avengers #1

I got the first issue of Bendis’ latest Avengers title, but haven’t read it yet and don’t expect to really like/keep buying it. This series, on the other hand, is more intriguing, with Brubaker taking on a really cool lineup, featuring Steve Rogers (now head of SHIELD), Beast, Black Widow, War Machine, Moon Knight, Nova, and (for some reason) Valkyrie.

Others to Consider

Green Lantern Corps #48

I got really into this title during early/middle Blackest Night, but then it went quickly back downhill; Tomasi is just too inconsistent, IMO. But I’ll stick around until at least #50, and maybe Tony Daniel will have an interesting take (though I’m not optimistic, as his Batman never really wowed).

The Thanos Imperative: Ignition #1

Mothers, lock up your daughters: Thanos is back. Of course, if he ends all life, that locking up will do you no good. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are Marvel’s premier cosmic writers these days, having supplanted Jim Starlin. And it sounds like about every cosmic character ever will get in on the action at some point here, so it could be badass. I’m seriously considering it, despite not having read any of the recent cosmic events over the past five+ years.

Superman: War of the Supermen #4 (of 4)

Hey, I don’t read any Superman stuff, but this “100-Second War” between Kyptonians is a cool idea. I bet it’s good.

Dazzler #1

For Lia!

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The Flash #1 review

May 8, 2010

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Of all the Brightest Day comics, Flash #1 was one of the big enigmas for me, at least in terms of quality. I didn’t read all of Flash Rebirth, but the first five issues (of six) weren’t quite up to the quality I usually expect from Johns. The series wasn’t as good as Green Lantern: Rebirth and perhaps concerned itself just a little too much with continuity (retconning it, reaffirming it, etc.). It also was a little slow for a Flash read, perhaps due to the overabundance of narrative captions.

Still, I was fairly optimistic about The Flash #1. With all the resurrecting and continuity set-up out of the way, Johns can now focus on telling the Barry Allen/Flash stories he wants to tell. Moreover, most Internet reviews were fairly positive about the first issue… except our own David’s! Oddly enough, David’s negative review made me want to check out the series even more, if only to see where I stood.

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