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   Superman Vol 4 #3,1/5/2012 9:06:11 AM
 
I liked Superman #3 better than the first two issues of the latest Man of Steel reboot. The story seemed to flow and move along quicker. While I appreciate that writer George Perez gave us more story for our $2.99 in issues #1 and #2, thanks to his throwback to the 80s with his tiny panels with lots of dialogue, it also made for stories that dragged on longer than they should have. It was also fantastic to see Nicola Scott's return to a monthly comic! I love her detailed, realistic, beautiful artwork and I think she's among the Top 5 current comic book artists. (And Superman's ass looks fantastic on the cover.) But Ma and Pa Kent both dead already? What reason does Clark have to return to Smallville in the future? His visits to Smallville were always comforting. Now it just seems he'll be a brooding superhero a la Batman. All in all, the enthusiasm of "faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound" seems lost on Superman in the New 52. He's no longer exciting to people, he's just plain alien.
   Action Comics Vol 2 #3 Cover A Regular Rags Morales Cover,1/5/2012 9:07:32 AM
 
I'll start with a preface that I am not a fan of Grant Morrison. Surprisingly, though, the writing in this issue was decent and easy enough to follow. (I guess Morrison took a break from the crackpipe to write this issue.) I'm disappointed, though, that neither Superman nor Clark Kent isn't liked. Superman for being new, different, and a bit scary to the public; reporter Clark Kent for trying to right the wrongs of the city by uncovering corruption. Neither of these characters are the characters that I've known my entire life, so it's really difficult to accept this as the "new normal." Lastly, why is DC charging $3.99 for Action Comics when we don't get any more story than a $2.99 comic? "Filler" that is basically marketing for other Superman-related comics in the New 52 doesn't constitute an additional $1 upcharge to me. All in all, the enthusiasm of "faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound" seems lost on Superman in the New 52. He's no longer exciting to people, he's just plain alien.
   I Vampire #1 1st Ptg,1/5/2012 9:16:28 AM
 
Even though I think the entertainment world is oversaturated with vampires right now, I decided to pick up DC Comics' new I, Vampire series, despite its grammatically awkward title. Or maybe because of it. I never read the original in the 1980s, but I remember hearing about it/seeing it in comic book stores. Due to vampires' popularity right now, I'm sure that was why DC decided to revisit this old title. I was intrigued by how DC would incorporate vampires into the DCU, and I hoped it would be more successful than Marvel's attempt last year with their "Curse of the Mutants" storyline. After reading the first issue of I, Vampire, I can clearly say that I have no effing clue what happened. Maybe it sounds "racist," but I have no idea who is who in the vampire world; they all look alike to me. I won't give up on the title just yet, though. I'll read the series for a couple more issues to see if I get into more.
   Savage Hawkman #1 1st Ptg,1/5/2012 9:15:01 AM
 
Curiously, Hawkman's series is the only one in the "New 52" in which DC has decided to include an adjective preceding the character's name. How strange is that? Marvel does it with a multitude of their comics, but DC just has...one. I must admit that I'm kind of fond of the use of adjectives. It gives the title a little flair and could also potentially distinguish it from other previous volumes. I've never been a particular big fan of reading Hawkman's adventures. I really like him as a character (probably for his revealing costume -- hello, bulky hairy chest!), but I never read his adventures and thought, "Wow! Hawkman's awesome!" or "I wanna be Hawkman for Halloween!" But the latter is probably because of the revealing costume, too. And the lack -- on my part -- of a massive chest. I read the first issue of The Savage Hawkman and thought it was just okay. I'll continue reading it to see if it leads somewhere good, but it has yet to really sink its claws into me. Since Carter Hall (Hawkman's alternate identity) is an archaeologist (even in the new DCU), let's hope we get some sort of Indiana Jones-type adventure in the series. I'd love to see his personal, professional, and costumed lives expand to make him a more well-rounded character. And so DC doesn't cancel the series due to low sales. Let's face it: Hawkman doesn't have a v
   Huntress Vol 3 #1,1/5/2012 9:11:07 AM
 
DC Comics' mini-series Flashpoint has apparently undone Crisis on Infinite Earths. Along with a lot of other 1980s revivals in the New 52, DC has announced that they're bringing back Earth Two, along with a new Justice Society of America monthly series set on this alternate Earth. They've also hinted that there's a connection between this new JSA series, the new Huntress mini-series, the Mister Terrific ongoing series, and the latest Birds of Prey series. Does this mean that the all of these series are currently taking place on Earth Two and we just don't know it? It's quite possible. Have there been any crossovers with these series and other series in the New 52? Not that I've seen. While some (or most) may scoff at this idea, I'm kind of digging it. Why? With Earth Two, it opens the door for reviving Infinity Inc. and the Young All-Stars (two of my favorite 1980s series). It would also allow DC to compete with Marvel's successful "Ultimate" universe and its myriad of titles. The downside to an Earth Two Huntress? I guess that would mean that the romance between Huntress and Catman would never happen. As for the new Huntress #1, it was just okay. I've always liked Huntress as a character, but have never felt that anyone's ever done anything spectacular story-wise with her. She's always felt like more of a supporting/team player than a headliner. So maybe ther
   Red Hood And The Outlaws #1 2nd Ptg,1/5/2012 9:12:21 AM
 
So, besides being portrayed as sluttier in the New 52 (see issue #1 where she sleeps with both Red Arrow and Red Hood), it seems that DC Comics has also decided to update the nickname of Princess Koriand'r (aka Starfire) to "Kori" from the afore-used "Kory." I guess because that's the trend nowadays? Cindy to Cindi? Tammy to Tammi? Phone to iPhone?
   Animal Man Vol 2 #1 1st Ptg,1/5/2012 9:40:06 AM
 
The new Animal Man series is one of my favorites (so far) of DC's New 52. Jeff Lemire's new version harkens back to the days of Grant Morrison writing the title in the late 1980s. The theme is a bit darker than your typical superhero comic book, and I'm already excited about the potential odd storylines. One of the strongest parts about the series is the character development. At the beginning, we see Buddy Baker in his family setting. He's in superhero semi-retirement, but being recognized for his new work as an actor. His wife Ellen is there, and we can already sense some tension between the two. There's also Buddy's two kids -- Maxine and Cliff -- both rebellious in their own ways. Buddy decides to jump back into action when a crazy man who lost his daughter to cancer enters a hospital wing waving a gun around other cancer-stricken children. After saving the day, Buddy returns home to some mysterious developments... Animal Man is one comic of DC's New 52 that I can't wait for issue #2 to see what happens next.
   Aquaman Vol 5 #1 1st Ptg,1/5/2012 9:19:39 AM
 
Geoff Johns is a great writer, but I don't necessarily think that everything he touches turns to gold. Case in point: I loved his work on Teen Titans, but I couldn't get into his Green Lantern no matter how hard I tried. So, after relaunching many beloved (and neglected) superheroes over the years, Johns finally took a crack at Aquaman. After reading it, I have to say that this new Aquaman series is one of my favorites of the New 52. The first issue beautifully set the tone for the series and the new reimagining of the character. Aquaman also looks pretty damn good in his original orange and green costume. Aquaman has been constantly ridiculed over the past few recent years, mocked for his abilities or lack thereof. Johns is well aware of the mockery that has been going on and decided to include this in the series to prove everyone wrong. He wants to show readers that the character of Aquaman isn't who they thought he was. He's not the weakest team member of the 1970s Super Friends cartoon...and he doesn't talk to fish. Throughout the first issue, as the everyday citizens in the DC Universe laugh at Aquaman, he sets out to prove them wrong and succeeds wonderfully. He's tougher than they think. And not amused by their derision. On the other hand, Aquaman shows his soft side when Mera appears. Johns focuses on character development, something missing in most comics. As long as the series continues in this dir
   Birds Of Prey Vol 3 #1 1st Ptg,1/5/2012 9:32:51 AM
 
Third time's the charm? After reading the newest BOP #1, I'm not so sure. Was there never a Birds of Prey team before in the new DC Universe? Apparently not. And this time, they're made up of a bunch of bad-ass chicks. Think Secret Six with only women. In this first issue, we meet Black Canary and a new character by the name of Starling. They're both on the run from the law. Black Canary killed someone? Hmmm...a mystery to be discovered. And the tattooed Starling sounds like she's just a crazy bitch. Black Canary is trying to form a new team called the Birds of Prey. She enlists Starling and pays a visit to Barbara Gordon, the old/new Batgirl. At least they still have some sort of a past in the new DCU. Dinah tries to enlist Babs, but Babs shoots her down, suggesting Katana (from the Outsiders) instead. Black Canary isn't too keen on that suggestion (another mystery), but she must eventually invite her since Katana appears on the cover (although never in the issue itself). Poison Ivy also appears on the cover, but never in the book (she doesn't even get a mention like Katana does). I guess after the cancellation of her Gotham City Sirens, Harley Quinn going to the new Suicide Squad, and Catwoman getting her own series, DC wanted to give Poison Ivy some prevalence in a new series, too. I'm not totally sold on this newest incarnation of Birds of Prey, but I'll stick
   Teen Titans Vol 4 #1 1st Ptg,1/5/2012 9:25:35 AM
 
This ain't your dad's Teen Titans. Heck, it isn't even mine. The latest reincarnation was nowhere as good as the 2003 or 1980 versions. It wasn't totally awful, though, either. These new teens are full of anger. I guess that's closer to how real teens are/stereotyped to be? In this 1st issue, we meet Red Robin, off his stint as Robin. He's got some issues with the whole former Batman team-up thing. He's also monitoring the recent sudden appearance of teens with superpowers around the world. And then there's Cassie Sandsmark (Whatever you do, don't call her Wonder Girl!). She's definitely got some anger issues, and a bit of mystery surrounding her existence as well. Gone is the sweet Cassie from series' past. As for the rest of the team, we did see some confusing segment about Kid Flash, but the rest (pictured on the cover) are still yet to come. And, also, where is the new Aqualad? Teen Titans was better than I expected (I had low expectations), so I hope it develops into another TT series that I really love. But let's lose the anger...
   Superboy Vol 5 #1 2nd Ptg,1/5/2012 9:39:25 AM
 
When I heard about DC Comics' new reimagining of their entire universe now in 2011 and saw the cover of Superboy #1 from the New 52 collection, I was, naturally, a bit scared. Gone were the casual T-shirt, muscles, and tight-fitting jeans. Conner now resembled a cross between Tron and the New Mutants' Warlock. I bought and read the new #1, and...it didn't suck. For once, the art on the interior (by R.B. Silva) was better than the cover art. (It's usually the other way around.) The story was pretty interesting, too, but I have to try to forget everything that Conner once was. While sad that Conner was once again scrawny looking, I was relieved that he wasn't mechanical, as the cover implied. He's this naive human-like construct, living in a "Truman Show" world. He was created from half Kryptonian DNA and half -- shhhh! Supposedly, it's a secret. Unless it's something different than Lex Luthor's DNA this time around, it's not going to be much of a surprise for those of us already familiar with Conner's origins. I look forward to seeing where DC takes Conner this time around. Let's just hope that on the way, he swings by a gym and an Abercrombie & Fitch.
   Nightwing Vol 3 #1 2nd Ptg,1/5/2012 9:36:47 AM
 
In reading the new Nightwing #1, I was pleased to see that there was basically no change to Nightwing/Dick Grayson's history and personality. He's the same ol' Nightwing in the new DC Universe. Whew. He's just coming off his gig as Batman and returning to the Nightwing persona. The spiffy new black and red costume suits him well, better than most of the costume changes in DC's New 52. His doesn't look like a 1990s redux. In this issue, Dick mentions that he has "a thing for redheads," which, of course, is a wink-wink-nod-nod to the decades-long flirtation between Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon (Batgirl/Oracle). I hope there's something in store for the two of them in the near future, after all these years. Babs deserves some happiness. She probably hasn't "gotten any" in years! I like that Dick is living in Gotham City again and that, in this first issue, Haley's Circus is back in town. Dick visits some old friends/co-workers of his and, fortunately, a gloomy cloud doesn't follow his visit. People are more focused on Dick's life than his parents' death many years ago. The characterization, plot, and writing weren't overwhelmingly wonderful, but they didn't suck either. The story is better when Dick is in his street clothes than his Nightwing costume. There's a real human aspect to him which, unfortunately, we don't see too often in comic boo
   Supergirl Vol 6 #1 2nd Ptg,1/5/2012 9:35:29 AM
 
I like the idea of Supergirl. Besides her cousin Kal-El (better known as Superman), she's a stranger to Earth. However, unlike Superman, she doesn't come to Earth as an infant. She comes as a teenager/young adult, so her reception is a bit more jarring. But, seriously, how many different versions do we need or can we handle for Kara Zor-El? She's died and been brought back to life more often than a soap opera personality. This latest incarnation of Supergirl lands in Siberia, fully clothed in her "S" regalia. She's unsure where she is and why the sun looks different. Russia's army of robots comes after her and she's sure that she'll be killed. That's when she begins to realize that she has some strange powers. The comic held my interest throughout, so that's a good sign. I look forward to seeing where DC takes her. As for her new costume, it's not bad, but I miss the playful skirt, and I'm not sure about the above-the-thigh one-piece that the latest version wears. I think that part could be a bit lower on the sides and that maybe she could lose the big red "V" in the front that basically screams, "Here's my Vagina!"
   Wonder Woman Vol 4 #1 2nd Ptg,1/5/2012 9:31:03 AM
 
The latest WW #1 didn't have me drooling for more when the issue ended. Maybe that's because there wasn't much substance to her character at this point. Or maybe because she was hardly in it. Or maybe it was the choppy childlike art. I was hoping that with this latest version, Diana would be battling more earthly villains than gods and getting away from her "sisters" with five-syllable names. Unfortunately, the gods are still chasing her, and it makes it a bit boring for readers who aren't familiar with the hundreds of Greek gods and Amazons out there. And -- are we really going to keep the helmet and sword left over from Flashpoint, too? Diana's SO much better than that. I think my favorite "version" of WW will always be circa 1987. Diana comes to "Man's World" unfamiliar with protocol, customs, behaviors, etc. It made for some interesting situations as she tried to assimilate into modern times. It also wasn't all about warrior-like battles; there was empathy and emotional storylines. Diana connected on a personal level with people. The best thing about this newest version of WW? The costume. Diana's back to wearing her short shorts. Two enthusiastic bullet-deflecting bracelets up for the revised look! Will I keep reading Wonder Woman? Yeah, probably. If only for moral (mortal?) support. I think sometimes I like the idea of her more than the stories that people write
   Wonder Twins Zan Symbol T-Shirt Large,2/20/2012 4:30:20 PM
 
Great quality T-shirt! Thick material and bright colors stay bright after washing.
   Captain Marvel Jr Symbol T-Shirt Large,2/20/2012 4:32:40 PM
 
Great T-shirt! The blue is a much brighter blue than pictured here and stays bright after washing. Thick material, too.
   Action Comics Vol 2 #1 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Rags Morales Cover,1/5/2012 9:41:56 AM
 
In reading the new Action Comics #1, written by Grant Morrison, Superman has a different past history. Clark Kent works for a rival newspaper and isn't -- yet, anyway -- infatuated with Lois Lane. Gone, too, is his recognizable costume. In his spare time, he's flying around in a short-sleeved T-shirt and jeans a la Superboy (before DC's New 52). To be honest, I'm not sure I like the "new" Superman. And, actually, it seems that not many people in Metropolis do. He's more like an outlaw (like Batman at his beginnings) than a revered superhero. He seems arrogant, cocky, and not at all Superman-like. For him, it's more like "Truth, Justice, and My Way." While I don't mind messing with his origins and stories a bit in this revamped DCU, you can't really mess with the Superman legacy or what he stands for. There's just something wrong about that. Superman had and has a good heart, was/is caring, and was/is a do-gooder, and this new version is anything but.
   Batgirl Vol 4 #1 1st Ptg,1/5/2012 9:44:14 AM
 
I know a lot of people have been skeptical about Barbara Gordon being able to walk and becoming Batgirl again. This, however, was one change in DC Comics' "New 52" that I was actually looking forward to. I was never a fan of Cassandra Cain's darker version of Batgirl and, though I read the entire series, I never felt that Stephanie Brown quite captured Batgirl's essence. I'll miss Oracle, but having Babs back in action is, I think, a good thing. She is the one true Batgirl. The only difficulty I'll have reading the series is picturing Babs as a free-spirited young adult again, instead of as the older, wiser, cautious, and set-in-her-ways Oracle. Does this mean that Babs is younger than Kate Kane? And now we'll have a Batgirl and a Batwoman both as redheads. What will Gotham City's villains think? That they're mother and daughter? After some significant lagging in her writing abilities with the later issues of the Secret Six (did she stop caring?) and her Wonder Woman run, I see that Gail Simone is back at the top of her game in the new Batgirl. It was a great opening story to what looks like a "fun" series and gave a brief, but reasonable, explanation for Barbara Gordon being able to walk again. I also like that Babs has a recurring fear of being shot again. It gives her a weakness, and it'll make for some great storylines in the future. I'm sold. If no other new series,
   Batman Noel Deluxe Edition HC,2/22/2012 1:19:00 PM
 
Let me start by saying that the artwork in BATMAN: NOEL is phenomenal. Lee Bermejo is so talented when it comes to illustrating. Batman looks so realistic down to the last detail; it's amazing. Guest appearances by Robin, Superman, Catwoman, and the Joker are equally astounding. Less exciting is the story itself. Is there anyone who hasn't read and/or seen Dickens' A Christmas Carol in some variation? Is anyone as tired as me of seeing it tweaked and redone for the millionth time? If not for the beautiful artwork, I would have regretted purchasing and reading this holiday-themed graphic novel. Don't get me wrong; the book is worth it just for the artwork alone. But the story could have been more entertaining. 10 stars (out of 5) for the art; 3 for the average story.
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