Spandex and Capes

We’re running out of summer and into fall and into the last con of the season.  News is light as the big names prepare for the New York Comic Con, the news is a little light, but the comics are still coming.  So let’s see what we’ve got on:

66. Spandex and Capes #52
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eptember 10th, 2016

Previously

  • Nighthawk:  You mean the ultra-violent Batman knock off from a line that couldn’t sustain itself was cancelled?  That is such a surprise.  I might have a heart attack and die from that surprise.
  • Green Hornet: The Green Hornet deals with copy cats – which is something every hero can related to.
  • Jon Favreau: Looks like Spider-man’s going to get Happy as Jon Favreau re-joins the MCU as Happy Hogan.
  • Rebirth Crossover:  Let me tell you – if this is how DC is going to handle “event” books with Rebirth.  I’m in.  Two months and done – I’m sold.  And we get a new series out of it?
  • MU: Man, the way Marvel played this tease up, you would have thought it was their new status quo.  Instead it’s a book that will fold in six issues: Monsters Unleashed.
  • Krypton: Damn, I forgot this was still a thing.  A bad thing, but a thing none the less.
  • Ghost Rider: First look at the character playing Ghost Rider – and it looks pretty comics accurate.
  • Chapterhouse: Sure – I’ll check this out.  It could be interesting.
  • Supergirl: Supergirl will get a mini-series exploring her first adventure on Earth.  I’m honestly surprised this isn’t on-going digital comic like the Wonder Woman series.
  • Dr. Strange: We got a new poster and a runtime for the movie.  

 

SolicitationsAvatar Press

 

CapesBook of the Month

Superman #6 (DC)
By Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason with art by Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, and John Kalisz
I have missed this Superman for the last five years.  And it’s a great book – this is the Superman of the DCU now and it couldn’t be better.  And this is the Superboy of the DCU and I’m pretty good with that.  Hopefully, when Conner comes back they can make him his own hero – maybe Guardian?  But this book was great and felt epic.  And the story didn’t overstay it’s welcome.  If this was a monthly book I don’t think the story would have been as good.  I still think he need red boots though.  Makes it look better.  

 

Symbols
Books I want to Discuss


Spidey #10
(Marvel)
By Robbie Thompson with art by Nathan Stockman and Jim Campbell
HERO
So know what I love about this book?  One, it’s a series of done in ones that may be leading somewhere.  Or not.  Who cares?  Two, it’s well written and captures the voices of the characters better than some of the writers currently on the main books.  And three, it remembers the joys of a hero fighting a villain.  There was no misunderstanding here.  Captain America came to work with Spider-Man.  He didn’t think he was a villain, they didn’t fight.  They came – they teamed up – they kicked ass.  And I was very happy with that.  If only the rest of the Marvel Universe could be like this book.  I might enjoy it more.

Supergirl #1 (DC)
By Steve Orlando with art Brian Ching and Michael Atiyeh
HERO
So it’s not often you can say that a writer has found a new angle for a character that’s been around this long and while we have seen the “fish out of water” story in terms of Supergirl, I don’t think we’ve seen it like this.  Of course Kara would be lost when dealing with our technology – it would be like asking a kid today to deal with dial up.  We also get a good chance to meet the new supporting cast – though I’m not sure how long Ms. Chase is going to last.  I don’t think you can rationally tell any superhero they need to clearance to help.  Overall this is a good book and I like the direction it’s going.  My only wish is that it was a little more new reader friendly.  

Catchphrases
Just a quick word about these

Cyborg: Rebirth #1 (DC):  I think I’ve heard this song and dance before.  It wasn’t even that interesting the first time.
Doctor Strange #11 (Marvel): It certainly seems here that Baron Mordo has all of his power – which begs the question of: How?
Eclipse #1 (Image):  Ok, this is cool.  It starts as a standard murder mystery, but then throws a wrench in the procedure.  Check it out.
Invincible Iron Man #13 (Marvel): So the reason Tony couldn’t be at his best friend’s funeral is because he was too overcome with grief?  God, this is bad writing.
Justice League of America #9 (DC):  Look it’s back!  Maybe – I heard the next two were cancelled again.

 

Resigns
You should check these books out

Amazing Spider-Man #17 (Marvel); Atomic Robo and the The Temple of Od #1 (Tesladyne); Aquaman #6 (DC); Batman #6 (DC); Bloodlines #6 (DC); Future Quest #4 (DC); Green Arrow #6 (DC); Han Solo #3 (Marvel); Harley Quinn #3 (DC); Jughead #9 (Archie); Justice League #4 (DC); Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #6 (Boom!); Ms. Marvel #10 (Marvel); Night’s Dominion #1 (Oni Press); Nova #10 (Marvel); Spider-Man 2099 #14 (Marvel); Suicide Squad: War Crimes #1 (DC); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1 (IDW); X-Men ‘92 #6 (Marvel)

 

Armored
You can skip these

All-New Wolverine Annual #1 (Marvel); Batman Beyond #16 (DC); Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5 (Marvel); Everafter #1 (DC); Glitterbomb #1 (Image); Moon Knight #6 (Marvel); Nightwing #4 (DC); Silver Surfer #6 (Marvel); Spider-Man #7 (Marvel); Thunderbolts #4 (Marvel)

 

ClassicNeither good or bad.  Just kind of there.

Bounty #3 (Image); Daredevil #11 (Marvel); Gotham Academy Annual #1 (DC); Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #5 (DC); Goldie Vance #5 (Boom!); Kim & Kim #2 (Dark Mask); Life with Kevin #2 (Archie); Marvel Tsum Tsum #2 (Marvel); Poe Dameron #6 (Marvel)

 

Drop PointI’m getting out of these while I can.

The Flintstones (DC): Man, I tried – but I finally figured out how I feel about this comic.  And it’s not good. Get out now and maybe they’ll try something better.

 

Final IssuesBooks that have come to end.

Batman Beyond (DC)
16 Issues
Dan Jurgens, Philip Tan, Jay Leisten, Elmer Santos, Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Stephen Thompson, Lisa Jackson

Bloodlines (DC)
6 Issues
J.T. Krul, V Ken Marion, Sean Parson, Andrew Dalhouse, Sotocolor

Hyperion (Marvel)
6 Issues
Chuck Wendig, Ario Anindito, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Nik Virella, Marc Laming,

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