DC Comics to Relaunch 52 of their Monthly Titles

10 06 2011

The word has gone out. DC Comics is scheduled to RELAUNCH 52 of their monthly comics with BRAND, SPANKING NEW #1’s IN SEPTEMBER. This is a BOLD move on DC’s part. They are obviously trying to grab new readers and are trying hard to boost sales. Desperate times call for desperate measures. To me this has the potential to be a GOOD or  BAD thing. I see many things I’m excited for and many things that I’m NOT so excited for. After looking at a list of THE NEW TITLES (via Bleeding Cool) it has only fed my excitement for some comics and non-excitement for others.

Following is a dissection of comics I’m excited, neutral to, or am not looking forward to at all.

GREEN means that I am excited.

BLUE means that I am neutral.

RED means that I am not excited.

HERE WE GO:

1.  Justice League#1  by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee

  • The Johns-Lee creative team-up has been RUMORED and TEASED for the longest time and I’m excited to see something come of it. Whether or not Lee can actually keep up with the monthly task of doing the art we’ll have to wait and see. Also, I’m a bit nervous whenever I read a Geoff Johns comic nowadays. He delivered the goods with Blackest Night, but recently has been doing a mediocre job with Green Lantern and has done a TERRIBLE job with Brightest Day, so I don’t know which Geoff Johns we’ll be getting, but nevertheless, I’m still excited to see how this book will turn out.

 

2. Justice League International by Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti

3. Teen Titans by Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund

Nobody should have sit through an entire issue of awful Brett Booth art.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Suicide Squad by Adam Glass and Marco Rudy
 
 
5. Action Comics by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales
 
 
6. Superman#1 by George Pérez and Jesus Merino
 
 
7. Superboy#1 by Scott Lobdell, R.B. Silva and Rob Lean
 
 
8. Supergirl#1 by Micheal Green, Mike Johnson, and Mahmad A. Asrar
 
 
  • I thought Brian Wood was supposed to be writing Supergirl… guess not. I’ve never even heard of these creators before…
 
 
9. Batman#1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
 
  • YAY! Snyder is still going to be writing a Batman comic!
 
10.  Detective Comics#1 by Tony Daniel
 
  • And here I thought DC actually HAD some respect for their classic titles. Guess not. Tony Daniel is one of my least favorite artists in comics today. He’s an even worse writer too. Can’t believe DC is letting him do this…

Looks like T.D. didn't feel like drawing Batman's chest symbol... Art by Tony Daniel.

 
 
11.  Batman: The Dark Knight#1 by David Finch
 
  • I honestly have NO IDEA WHY they decided to relaunch this comic, since currently only two issues of it have been released since Finch can’t draw a monthly comic to save his life anymore.
 
 
12.  Batgirl#1 by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
 
 
  • SWEET! Simone writing Batgirl should be cool! Looking forward to it!
 
13.  Batwoman#1 by J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman, and Amy Reeder
 
  • FINALLY!!!!! Fans have been waiting FOR-EV-ER for this comic way back when it was announced. Read J.H. Williams’ LEGENDARY and CLASSIC run of Detective Comics if you haven’t already. Your eyes will THANK YOU. I PROMISE. The softcover collection of his run was released THIS WEEK!
 
 
14.  Catwoman#1 by Judd Winick and Guillem March
 

If this cover doesn't scream "BUY ME!", then I don't know what does. Art by Guillem March.

 
  • YES. Winick and March as the creative team should be awesome. Winick did a WONDERFUL run on Power Girl with Sami Basri, so hopefully he can channel what made his Power Girl run so awesome into this new Catwoman series.
 
 
15. Red Hood and The Outlaws#1 by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort
 
 
  • Scott Lobdell sure has his work cut out for him this coming September…
 
16.  Batwing#1 by Judd Winick and Ben Oliver
 
 
  • I don’t know who this Batwing character is, but so far I have little to no interest in the character. Yes, Winick is writing it, but I’m not a huge fan of Ben Oliver’s art, so I’m going to have to pass on this one. 

 

17.  Nightwing #1 by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Barrows

 

18. Batman And Robin #1 by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason

  • Ah, so THIS is what Patrick Gleason was referring to when I talked to him at a convention in May. Tomasi and Gleason did a so-so run on Batman and Robin earlier this year that left me disappointed, but we’ll see if they’ve improved with this one.

 

19. Birds Of Prey #1 by Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz

 

20. Green Lantern #1 by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy

 

21. Green Lantern Corps #1 by Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna

  • Awesome! Tomasi is returning to the GLC comic! I LOVED his run of Green Lantern Corps, so this has me excited. However, his recent Batman and Robin story arc was kind of bad. I’m still willing to give this comic a go.

 

22. Green Lanterns: New Guardians #1 by Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham and Batt

 

23. Red Lanterns #1 by Peter Milligan, Ed Benes and Rob Hunter

 

24. Aquaman #1 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis

  • If Johns writes Aquaman like he did in Brightest Day then I will be VERY disappointed. I disliked how he handled Aquaman in Brightest Day. At least it was SLIGHTLY more tolerable than the Hawkman and Hawkgril scenes… my God, those scenes were AWFUL. The only reason this remains neutral is because of Ivan Reis on art chores.

 

25. Wonder Woman #1 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

 

  • THANK GOD DC is FINALLY curing us fans from that mediocre J. Michael Straczynski story!!! I am looking forward to this IMMENSLY. I do LOVE Wonder Woman.

That's a cool WW cover. Art by Cliff Chiang.

 

26. Flash #1 by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul

 

27. Green Arrow #1 by J.T. Krul and Dan Jurgens

 

28. DC Universe Presents #1 by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang

 

29. Savage Hawkman #1 by Tony Daniel and Philip Tan

 

  • Tony Daniel. Phillip Tan. Two artists who I CANNOT STAND. Their art is SO BAD I can’t even decipher what’s happening in one of their panels that they’ve drawn. I’m assuming Daniel will be writting and in case you’re wondering, his writting is just as bad as his art.

 

30. Blue Beetle #1 by Tony Bedard and Ig Guara

 

  • Tony Bedard has, in my opinion, never written ANYTHING that wasn’t enjoyable. His run on R.E.B.E.L.S. was AWESOME. Plus, Ig Guara, who draws very well in the Pet Avengers series so that’s cool. The reason I’m neutral about this is because I buy enough comics already and if I’m going to buy this it HAS to be great. And it has every potential to be great.

 

31. Fury Of Firestorm #1 by Gail Simone, Ethan Van Sciver and Yildiray Cinar.

 

  • MEH. I love Gail Simone, but Van Sciver’s art is so hit-or-miss for me (usually a miss).

 

32. Mr Terrific #1 by Eric Wallace and Roger Robinson

 

33. Captain Atom #1 by J.T. Krul and Freddie Williams II

 

  • I enjoy Captain Atom’s character, but Krul is a terrible writer. A nice guy, I’m sure, but I’ve never enjoyed anything that I’ve read with his name on it. If someone can reccomend a good Krul comic I would greatly appreciate that (if you say Rise of Arsenal I will punch you in the face).

34. OMAC #1 by Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish

  • Why would ANYONE in their right mind want to read a monthly comic about the OMAC’s??? How about we focus on worthy titles like T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents? (which hasn’t been announced for the relaunch yet) I don’t think this will last long at all. Read ALL ABOUT the OMACs HERE.

 

35. Static Shock #1 by Felicia Henderson, John Rozum, Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion.

 

36. Hawk And Dove #1 by Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld

  • Sorry, my eyes were bleeding due to the terrible Liefeld art and I had to clean up the mess. Poor Sterling Gates… 😦

I am so terribly sorry to show you guys this... attrocity. Art by Rob Liefeld.

 

37. Deathstroke #1 by Kyle Higgins, Joe Bennett and Art Thibert

 

38. Legion of Superheroes by Paul Levitz and Francis Portela

 

39. Legion Lost #1 by Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods

 

40. Grifter #1 by Nathan Edmondson, CAFU and BIT

 

41. Voodoo #1 by Ron Marz and Sami Basri

 

42. Stormwatch #1 by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda

 

43. Animal Man #1 by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman and Dan Green

 

44. Swamp Thing #1 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette

  • Scott Snyder has been kicking butt in American Vampire and Detective Comics recently so this should be an interesting comic. Paquette is one of my favorite artists and has done a REMARKABLE job in Ultimate X-Men and Batman, Inc.

45. Justice League Dark #1 by Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin

 

46. Demon Knights #1 by Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert

 

47. Frankenstein: Agent Of SHADE #1 by Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli

 

48. Resurrection Man #1 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Fernando Dagnino

 

49. I, Vampire #1 by Josh Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino

 

50. Blackhawks #1 by Mike Costa and Ken Lashley

 

51. Sgt Rock And The Men Of War #1 by Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick

 

52. All-Star Western #1 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey and Meridat.

SO OVERALL:

9 YES, 23 NEUTRAL, and 20 NO

We’ll see how this move goes. Expect a lot of reviews of these books when they come out HERE ON MY BLOG! I’m very worried for the future of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents because that is my FAVORITE DC comic book currently. It not be affected by the relaunch or it may be cancelled. I hope to see this comic continue.

Also, there were rumors that they were going to relaunch Batman Beyond AND launch Superman Beyond and JLA Beyond, but it appears those won’t be part of the September relaunch. I certainly hope that these comics get made because I’d rather see these than ALMOST HALF of the books appearing in September.

To conclude I would like to wish DC the best of luck during this relaunch and hope many new readers take this opportunity to check out the WONDROUS WORLD that is DC Comics.

NOTE: I will update this list if it continues to update! 

 

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You just can’t polish a turd (GOOD comic book writers gone BAD)

2 08 2010

A Polished Turd, apparently…

 You know that time when your favorite writer, musician, performer, actor, etc. isn’t as good as they used to be? Well, that’s how I feel about a few comic book writers today. As an aspiring comic book writer myself one of the most painful things is seeing your creative heroes let you down. This post is about those writers:

Jeph Loeb:

My first exposure to Mr. Loeb’s comics was The Ultimates 3, then soon afterward Ultimatum. Those had to be some of the worst comic books I’ve ever read. I thought to myself, “Has this guy written ANYTHING good?” After searching around on the interwebs I found out that people liked his stories where he worked with Tim Sale. Soon afterward my dad had mentioned a story he had read called Spider-Man: Blue and he recommended that I read it. Little did I know that it was written by none other than Jeph Loeb. I ended up reading it based on my dad’s recommendation and I liked it. The ending was very heartbreaking and well thought of. Then several months I read Batman: Hush by Loeb and Jim Lee. I was blown away by it. In a good way. To me it was very engaging and it had some of the best comic book art I’ve ever seen. Then, come February this year I read Batman: The Long Halloween by Loeb and Sale. That became my favorite Jeph Loeb story very quickly and it was then that I realized that Loeb is/was capable of some really good storytelling. I want that Jeph Loeb back soon.

Frank Miller:

This is perhaps the most tragic downfall of a comic book writer in the industry. This man has written and drawn some of the best comic books in the world. In my Top 5 favorite comic book stories list, Miller has written two of those stories. Those are Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Daredevil: Born Again. Other wonderful work Miller has done is as following: Batman: Year One, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, Daredevil: Man Without Fear, and his run on Daredevil. So why do I dislike his writing now? Dark Knight Strikes Again is THE WORST Batman story I’ve EVER read. So childish and pointless. You couldn’t have a man talking about a woman without them commenting on her butt. Then comes along All-Star Batman and Robin. The dialogue in this so-called “comic book” is HORRIBLE. I’m a big fan of Miller’s dialogue he used in his older work, but this dialogue in All-Star is just utter garbage. There was nothing attractive about it. But the final straw for me was the movie Miller made called The Spirit based on the wonderful comic by Will Eisner. While, some of the visuals were nice, the rest of the movie is sickening. The dialogue is on par with All-Star Batman and Robin. Evidently Miller and Eisner were best friends, and I can’t believe Miller just pissed all over Eisner’s creation. I honestly don’t know how he can live with himself after that movie. I just like to pretend that none of that crap exists and I enjoy Miller’s good work.

James Robinson:

This one will be short because this isn’t as painful as all the others. I’m a big fan of his Starman stories. That was one of the best books to come out of the 90s. But recently his JLA stories have been AWFUL. You’d think that he could write superheroes after seeing what he could do in Starman, but apparently not. In JLA not only is it just not a fun read, you have the heroes killing each other and ripping body parts of each other and it’s just… ugh. What is this? The Teen Titans?

Geoff Johns:

What? How come Geoff Johns is on this list? I’ll tell you why. Brightest Day SUCKS. You’d think with a title like that it would be a happy story and FINALLY we’d have a light-hearted story in the DCU… right? Nope. Brightest Day has to be one of the most depressing and boring comic book I’ve ever read in my 10 years of reading comics. Don’t get me wrong I have LOVED some of Geoff’s earlier stuff like the stuff he does with Gary Frank, his Green Lantern stories are good (not anymore, too much same old same old for me), his Avengers stories were good, and Blackest Night was great up until the end. The truth and my honest opinion is that Johns is just not doing his best work right now. I hope something changes soon.

Brian Michael Bendis:

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love Ultimate Spider-Man and his indy comic book Goldfish. So imagine my disappointment when I read his Avenger stories. New Avengers was boring, Dark Avengers was a joke, and his current Avenger books aren’t good. His current disregard for continuity is astounding. His lack of respect for female characters (for the most part, he doesn’t that as much recently) was/is disgusting. For months and months I have begged and prayed for the Bendis I know and love to come back. Well, thankfully my prayers have been answered with Scarlet done by Bendis and Alex Maleev. Sadly that is only going to be a mini-series. His work in the mainstream comic books outweighs his great work on Scarlet. To me, Bendis is more of an independent writer than a mainstream writer.

Mark Millar:

To me, this is the most painful and tragic downfall of a comic book writer. Millar was one of my early influences as a comic book writer. I liked his work on Ultimate X-Men, The Ultimates 1+2, Wanted, Chosen, and Superman: Red Son. Then he started letting me down with Civil War, Fantastic Four, Kick-Ass, Nemesis, War Heroes, Ultimate Avengers 1+2, Marvel 1985, and Old Man Logan. I remember the day I first read Old Man Logan. It was not a good weekend for me. I had suffered a lot of emotional pain the week before and all I wanted to do was read a good comic book story. So I picked up some issues of OML because most people said they liked it. I read it and never before have I felt so dirty about buying and reading a comic book in my entire life. The story had way too many continuity gaps in it and it just wasn’t an enjoyable read for me. In fact, I got really mad at the part where Wolverine finds out he accidently kills all of the X-Men due to Mysterio (which would never, NEVER happen). I had gotten so mad that I threw the issue into the air and yelled, “That’s bulls***!” (Don’t worry fanboys, I didn’t damage the book too much. You can breathe now).

Two weeks later my dad bought for me the trade paperback of Superman: Red Son. To this day Red Son is my favorite Superman story and my favorite Mark Millar story. In fact, towards the end I started crying because I just could not believe that the man who wrote this awesome story, had written OML. To see what Millar has become now just breaks my heart. It seems all he does not is steal from movies and doesn’t try as hard as he used to. Have any of you noticed that his new upcoming comic, Superior, sounds just like Dancing with Wolves and Avatar? It’s true.

Those are the comic book writers whose work I’ve enjoyed, but lately I haven’t been enjoying their work. I know I bash Bendis, Johns, Millar, Loeb, and Marvel a lot. Not because I dis-respect them, but because I know they’ve done better work and are capable of so much more.

Thanks for bearing with me and please leave a comment to let me know what you all think! Thanks!





What I’ve Been Reading: Avengers Edition

12 07 2010

Avengers: Red Zone by Geoff Johns, Olivier Coipel, and Andy Lanning

Hey! What are the Avengers doing? They’re not eating or talking about nothing important! Instead they’re trying to prevent this virus from killing people! I don’t know if I’m comfortable with these Avengers… they’re not eating, so how on earth are they getting their energy? Oh no! They’re not saying any of their played-out funny jokes! Also, there is too little decompression. Too much is happening. I’m gonna go re-read my copy of New Avengers where they’re eating hamburgers to cleanse my mind.

*End sarcasm here*

Avengers Forever by Kurt Busiek, Carlos Pacheco, and Jesus Merino

If you like epic time travel stories then pick this up. Also if you’re a fan of good Avengers stories pick it up as well. I’m only on issue#4, but so far I’m really enjoying it. The art is great and adds an energy to the story. This definitely reads like a Busiek Avengers story, which is not a bad thing at all. Also when the team of Avengers in this story was assembled at the end of issue#1 I was uncertain about if I’d like the team, but as I said earlier I’m only on #4 and I really like the team in this story. Trust me this is a good story. I like Songbird.

Reading these Avengers stories makes Bendis’ Avengers look like a joke. Actually, his Avengers ARE a joke no matter what, but his books sell so they gotta be good right? If you’re as disappointed and embarrassed with Bendis’ Avengers and New Avengers as I am then do yourself a favor and pick these up.





ItsJustSomeRandomGeek’s Recommended Reading List

21 06 2010

Have you ever encountered someone who thinks comic books are dumb? But deep inside you know that they’ve never even read one, let alone touched one. If that happens just get them to try these stories:

  • If This Be My Destiny… (by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko)
  • Dark Phoenix Saga (by Chris Claremont and John Byrne)
  • Hobgoblin Saga (by Roger Stern, John Romita, Jr. and John Romita, Sr.)
  • Batman: Dark Knight Returns (by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley)
  • Daredevil: Born Again (by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli)
  • Galactus Trilogy (by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)
  • Superman: Red Son (by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, and Kilian Plunkett)
  • Batman: Year One (by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli)
  • Batgirl: Year One (by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, and Marcos Martin)
  • The Night Gwen Stacy Died (by Gerry Conway and Gil Kane)
  • Batman: Hush (by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee)
  • Batman: The Long Halloween (by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale)
  • Daredevil: Man Without Fear (by Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr.)
  • Worlds Most Wanted (by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca)
  • Power and Responsibility (by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley)
  • Ultimate Clone Saga (by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley)
  • The Losers (by Andy Diggle, Jock, and others)
  • The Tomorrow People (by Mark Millar, Adam Kubert, and Andy Kubert)
  • Spider-Man: Blue (by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale)
  • Underground (by Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber)
  • Agents of Atlas (by Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman, Carlo Pagulayan, and others)
  • Captain Britain and MI13 (by Paul Cornell, Leonard Kirk, and others)
  • Battle Chasers (by Joe Madureira, Munier Sharriff, and Tom McWeeney)
  • Thunderbolts#110-121 (by Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato)
  • Demon in a Bottle (by David Michelinie, Bob Layton, John Romita, Jr., and Carmine Infantino)
  • Magnum Opus (by Daniel Way, Andy Diggle, Paco Medina, and Bong Dazo)
  • Armor Wars (by David Michelinie, Bob Layton, Mark D. Bright, and Barry-Windsor Smith)
  • Weapon X (by Barry-Windsor Smith)
  • JLA: The Nail (by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer)
  • Brainiac (by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank)
  • New Ways to Die (by Dan Slott and John Romita, Jr.)
  • Superman: Birthright (by Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu)
  • AKA Goldfish (by Brian Michael Bendis)
  • Fortune and Glory (by Brian Michael Bendis)
  • Man of Steel (by John Byrne and Dick Giordano)
  • Uncanny X-Men/Dark Avengers: Utopia (by Matt Fraction, Marc Silvestri, Terry Dodson, Luke Ross, and Mike Deodato)
  • Detective Comics#854-861 (by Greg Rucka, J.H. Williams III, and Jock)
  • Under the Hood (by Judd Winick and Doug Mahnke)
  • Batman: The Killing Joke (by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland)
  • Batman: The Man Who Laughs (by Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke)
  • Batman: A Death in the Family (by Jim Starlin, Jim Aparo, and Mike DeCarlo)
  • Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run (by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Phil Jimenez and others)
  • Camelot 3000 (by Mike W. Barr and Brian Bolland)
  • Watchmen (by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons)
  • Captain America: Operation Rebirth (by Mark Waid and Ron Garney)
  • Green Lantern: Rebirth (by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver)
  • The Death of Captian Stacy (by Stan Lee, Gil Kane, and John Romita, Sr.)
  • Wanted (by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones)
  • Invincible (by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, and Cory Walker)

Yikes that’s a long list! Anyway all of those stories have my stamp of approval on it. I hope you guys try out these stories if you haven’t already. Feel free to give me suggestions as well! Thanks for reading!