Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #244 - What's up with the weekly/monthly comics lists?
And so, we return to comics. I know what you're thinking. You created a monster. Maybe you should go back in time and undo the damage. I am a diseased juvenile delinquent with a Peter Pan syndrome. I fetishize and objectify women in tight spandex and hopeless adolescent fantasies. I have an over-inflated idea of right and wrong and simplified code of justice and retribution. I prefer colorful pictures to in-depth, intellectual discourse. I eschew politics for four-color quippery and sensational violence and sex fantasies. Send me to the library and make me read Proust.
Okay, it's really not that bad, but that was a fun introduction, wasn't it?
I remember when I was in junior high, I had this great idea to do a newsletter of comic book reviews. My parents had just bought a typewriter, and I spent days and days, writing 30 some pages of reviews of recent comic books for the public that I was certain could not wait for my keen insights and sage advice to guide them in their comic reading and purchasing. How appropriate, then, is it to be doing that same thing again, now, on the Internet. I am still alone in my room, and I am talking to myself.
I am taking a break from grading to write some thoughts on my back log of weekly and then monthly comic book lists. I started this project all the way back in June of 2012 in my t-shirts blog. Each week, I recorded my comic book purchases and ranked the comics in the order I planned to read them, and then I wrote some commentary. After I finished the t-shirts project, I collected those blogs, here: COLLECTION OF WEEKLY COMIC LISTS FROM 365 T-SHIRTS.
As I transitioned to posting here in SENSE OF DOUBT, I planned to keep up my weekly comic book posts. I mean, how hard could that be, really? I had been posting DAILY, and at times with quite a bit of depth, and I would reduce to posting at least once a week? Child's play.
Not so much.
I quickly fell behind.
Almost 100 days ago, I tried to capture these thoughts thusly: The following is REPRINTED FROM
WEEKLY COMICS FOR DECEMBER 02 2015 - HEY Mom #150. I changed the font to make it obvious.
My idea with these comic book posts was to give myself a reason to write about the current comic books, as the T-shirt themed posts were often more broad in scope, featuring a tribute to DOCTOR STRANGE or WONDER WOMAN. And so I devised the weekly comic book list feature to write about my thoughts on current comic books. When I ceased daily publication on 365 T-shirts, I tried to continue to keep up with the weekly comic book list feature on this blog, SENSE OF DOUBT, with entries, such as this one: COMICS FOR 1404.09 or this one: COMICS FOR 1404.16.
But I fell behind. The last entry I published was this one for WEEKLY COMICS FROM 1408.27. I started a switch over to write about the lists grouped by month, but stalled at September 2014. Now, over a year later, I have over a dozen draft pages of comic book lists in ranked order that I have not published. I considered publishing all the list in one entry, but I know that this ranking and listing is more interesting to me than it is to anyone else, even you, Mom. And so, I have not done that grouping yet. Heck, I even struggle to make a post in Hey Mom every day, as I have at least nine posts on this blog that I considered unfinished.
And so here I am again. I am still behind on writing about comic books. But I have not stopped. I have posted a list for every week since my last commentary post writing about the WEEKLY COMICS FOR SEPTEMBER 2014.
So here's my new plan. This post captures what I had left in 2014 because I had some stuff written, as you will see, specifically for 1411.19 because a new creative team tackled Wonder Woman and I wanted to write about it, but I had nothing but lists for the rest of November 2014, and all of October and December 2014.
So here's the nuggets on Wonder Woman followed by some hasty commentary on the other 2014 stuff. Then I going to collect all of 2015 into one huge posts and then either add the first two months of 2016 or tackle the separately. I figure if I can do one month at a time, looking back on the month after it's over, that will give me sufficient time to have read most of the comic books in the lists. And if I have not read them all, then that speaks to either my limited reading time and/or the quality of those comics books.
And so, here we go. I know this is probably only interesting to me, but I spend a lot of time staring at this stuff. It makes me happy. And is there really a price on my happiness?
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Thoughts on Wonder Woman #36: Well worth the anticipation. I enjoyed it. I am not blown away, but I am more pleased than the reviewers whose links I post following my own thoughts.
The art is gorgeous, as I knew it would be. Finch has taken his fine line work to a new a level. The writing also proves worthy. I did not know that David Finch's wife was a writer, and I am not aware that she has written anything else. But I find the promise she provides for future Wonder Woman stories worthy.
One of the best elements for the comic's excellence -- especially given that it's an issue #36 and not an issue #1 -- is in how it shows Hippolyta (Wonder Woman's mother) as a statue in the rain and leaves this by and large unexplained. The visuals carry a powerful effect, and Diana's off hand remark about her mother being a "clay statue" provides all the connection and exposition on that point that we need in the early going, that idea can be held in abeyance until the background can be supplied.
I expected the visuals to dominate the story given the team up of the Finches on this book. The comic opens with a visually arresting sequence of environmental devastation, mostly by water, that will be the issue's problem, requiring Diana to muster the aid of the Justice League. As a dam shatters and floods a village, the art depicts a mysterious figure hidden in shadow that causes the devastation. The figure looks somewhat like the Swamp Thing, who will make an appearance later in the issue, but it's not him. The figure's identity is not given in this issue, and so this reveal is left for a future time. Could it be the First Born, the adversary so recently the main villain of the comic during Azzarello and Chiang's run?
The following double page spread (below) of the Justice League seems unnecessary and is the weakest page of the book. I would have preferred more story, and since Finch will essentially show another double page spread for Diana's attack on the Swamp Thing, this page seems to be more about lack of story and stretching what little the Finches have rather than a necessary expansion for emphasis.
On the way back to report to the League, Diana explains why she tried to pummel apart the big walking plant guy, which includes the fact that she is terrified that she is now the "God of War" as well as Queen of Amazons. Aquaman gives her sage advice. Next we see her off to Paradise Island, where she discovers that her mother's statue has been liquified or as Dessa the Amazon says: "your mother is dead." I might forgive the extra big double spreads that paced to this reveal as it's a good one, and David Finch has done arguably the best work of his career here, even though some of his faces look funny. As for the writing, it's generally good and serves the visuals well. I am not blown away by it, but I am not appalled either.
COMIC VINE WONDER WOMAN #36 and recent run
WONDER WOMAN REVIEW - COMIC BOOK RESOURCES
WONDER WOMAN REVIEW - MULTIVERSITY
WONDER WOMAN REVIEW - IGN
WONDER WOMAN - TOO DANGEROUS FOR A GIRL REVIEW
GIRLS LIKE COMICS REVIEW
Then, the following comics list features a week of excellent choices. First, I get the next installment of Robinson/Kirk's Fantastic Four that's heading the team toward total disintegration, but in this episode, Sue Richards gives the team back their blue uniforms after Ben breaks out of prison and Johnny gets his head screwed on straight, though still powerless, as they go after Reed, who has been taken prisoner by Iron Man and a small cadre of Avengers gone bad.
A new launch of a Spider-Woman comic with up and coming Dennis Hopeless at the writing helm and the delicious Greg Land drawing beautiful pin ups of Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman and the new character of Silk, who factors into the new cross-over of the Spider-Verse. Gorgeous art and funny writing. But then, I am a sucker for Greg Land, whereas others accuse him of TRACING? Whatever.
Daredevil #010 concludes the Killgrave, the purple man and the purple Children of the Dammed story arc with a satisfying knock out punch (literally) and a contented Matt Murdock going to sleep at the end of the issue because even super-heroes hit the hay eventually.
Axis is turning out to be an excellent event in the Marvel Universe (at least this is what I thought in November of 2014 but not so much by the time it concluded), allowing for some intriguing exploration of what happens when our beloved heroes turn bad. Also, The Spider-Verse saga is proving very interesting, and this issue of Amazing Spider-Man proves why. Black Widow has consistently been near the top of my stack since it came out. Though not as rich as Velvet, it's still an excellent series.
After months of um-yeah work, Justice League has stepped up. Adding Luthor to the team following Forever Evil was a brilliant move to make the comic more interesting, and now the Amazo virus storyline, which has Luthor as a cause, is the best story arc since the launch of the series.
The cover for misadvertises Uncanny X-Men #028 as having Bachalo on art. Had I noticed that Bachalo was not the artist, this comic would have fallen in ranks, though the ongoing story (out of the Axis continuity) about the powerful mutant that Xavier bequeathed to the X-Men in his last will and testament continues to explore the mutant dynamic in a new way. Also, Guardians of the Galaxy turns in its best issue in months. This is another book that has been very "um-yeah" since its launch, but Bendis appears to be hitting his stride with some new ideas and character developments.
WEEKLY COMICS LIST for 1411.19
Wonder Woman #36
Fantastic Four #013
Avengers and X-Men Axis #6 (of 9)
Amazing Spider-Man #010
Black Widow #012
Justice League #36
Uncanny X-Men #028
Guardians of Galaxy #021
Multiversity: Pax Americana #1
New Avengers #026
Batman and Robin #36 (Robin Rises)
Batman Eternal #33
Deadly Class #9
Moon Knight #009
The New 52: Futures End #29
The Punisher #012
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 #9
Teen Titans #4
Superman / Wonder Woman #13
Weekly Comics for 1411.05
Aquaman and the Others #7
Superman Unchained #9
The Amazing Spider-Man #009
Axis - Book Two - Inversion #4
Green Arrow #36
The New 52 - Future's End #27
Green Lantern: Godhead: #36
Batman Eternal #31
Superman in Action Comics #36
Batman in Detective Comics #36
No surprises. Velvet tops my stack most of the time when it comes out. Given how long ago this was, I had to look up why I was so hot on the Hulk, and I found the throw down between Doc Green and The Red She-Hulk as Doc Green (aka Banner Hulk) was going through the Marvel universe depowering the gamma powered heroes. Art by Mark Bagley, one of my faves, only made this second place because of just how amazing Velvet has been. Aquaman and the Others takes third because I love Aquaman and the book ha been reasonably interesting. I have been loving Grayson, which only slips to seventh on the strength of the stories and covers of the previous six comics.
Weekly Comics for 1411.12
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #007
Superior Iron Man #001
Alex + Ada #10
All-New Captain America #001
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1
The Walking Dead #134
Axis: Book Two: Inversion #5
Guardians 3000 #002
Justice League United #6
The New 52: Future's End #28
Captain Marvel #009
Batman Eternal #32
Bucky Barnes: The Winter Solider #002
Red Sonja #13
Silver Surfer #007
Weird Love #4
Locus #646 - Vol. 73 no.5
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man almost always takes the top spot in my stack the week it comes out. If not, it takes second. Since I am writing this in 2016, and I have hindsight, the newest Miles Morales comic just took second place in my weekly stack. Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man edges Superior Iron Man #001, which was a superb debut; Alex + Ada #10, which was reaching its excellent climax, and Batman #36, nearing the of its EndGame saga with the Joker and Superman.
WEEKLY COMICS FOR 1411.26
Superior Iron Man #002
Captain America and Mighty Avengers #002
New Avengers #27
Batman Eternal #34
All New Invaders #012
Infinity Man and the Forever People #5
The New 52: Futures End #30
Gotham By Midnight #1
New Warriors #12
Secret Avengers #10
Spider-Man 2099 #6
Mind MGMT - Volume Four: the Magician
Like how Velvet hits the top of my stack when it comes out, the other most excellent Image book not named The Walking Dead hits the top of my stack and that comic is called Lazarus. If you are thinking of reading comics, and you just start with these three named here, or even just Velvet and Lazarus, then you are reading excellent comics. My wife recently told me she is interested in books with strong female lead characters. These two comics have strong women in the lead.
And now back to October and then December...I know that's backwards and weird, but I put November first because of the Wonder Woman content.
Weekly Comics for 1410.01
The Walking Dead #132
Alex + Ada #9
Captain America #025
Fantastic Four Annual #001
Aquaman and the Others #6
Black Widow #011
Justice League #34
Green Arrow #35
Batman in Detective Comics #35
Guardians 3000 #1
Green Lantern - Godhead #35
Moon Knight #008
Spider-Man 2099 #004
Uncanny Avengers #025
The New 52: Future's End #22
Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #001
Superman in Action Comics #35
Silver Surfer #006
Wonder Woman #34
A woman takes up the hammer to be Thor, and I am not going to put on top of my stack? Arguably, Thor has been Marvel's best super hero cmic since Jason Aaron took on writing chores, and he's worked with great artists. Dauterman gives the book a new look, but it's not that former artist Esad Ribic of the last 26 issue volume wasn't excellent. Just a new look for a new Thor.
COMIC VINE THOR#1 - REVIEW with pages to view
Weekly Comics for 1410.08
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1
The Amazing Spider-Man #007
Sex Criminals #8
The Punisher #011
Earth 2: World's End #1
Justice League United #5
Captain Marvel #008
Superman/Wonder Woman #12
Batman Eternal #27
The New 52: Future's End #23
Earth 2 #27
Axis narrowly beats Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for my first read only because I am a super hero fan boy at heart and a sucker for the launch of cross-overs, especially if there's a good artist at the helm, and Adam Kubert is a very good artist.
But Sabrina is very good, though I wish there had been more issues. Since I am writing in 2016, I know there have only been four issues. It was supposed to be a new ongoing series. Disappointing.
COMIC VINE Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1 REVIEW WITH PAGES TO VIEW!!
Weekly Comics for 1410.15
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #006
Fantastic Four #011
New Avengers #025
Supreme Blue Rose #4
Uncanny X-Men #026 (moved up from BACK LOG)
Uncanny X-Men #027
Ms. Marvel #009
Justice League #35
The New 52: Future's End #24
Batman and Robin #35
Deadly Class #8
Earth 2: World's End #2
Batman Eternal #28
Teen Titans #3
Spider-Man 2099 #005
East of West volume two
Locus - issue 645, vol. 73, no. 4
Trying to restrict myself to one cover per week's list, and I go with the third choice only because I already showed an Axis cover and a Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man cover elsewhere on this blog entry. And yes, this probably only matters to me. But my love for Fantastic Four is well documented on this and my T-shirt blog. It only falls to third this week because I liked Axis #1 a great deal and was hooked enough to want to read the next installment a week later immediately and Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man was at a crucial story point. Okay, I have to show that cover, too. You will see why it was so special and beat out FF.
Weekly Comics for 1410.22
The Walking Dead #133
The Wicked and the Divine #5
The Amazing Spider-Man #008
Infinity Man and the Forever People #4
Stray Bullets: Killers #8
Multiversity #1 (this is an older issue to catch up)
Multiversity: The Just #1
All New Invaders #011
The New 52: Future's End #25
Batman Eternal #29
New Warriors #011
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10: #8
Secret Avengers #009
Earth 2: World's End #3
Afterlife With Archie volume one
As long as Paul Pelletier is drawing for Jeff Parker's Aquaman stories, then this book will always either nail my top spot the week it comes out or hold to one of the top three. One of the biggest mistakes DC Comics has made in the year and a few months since this issue came out (as it's now March 2016) is to let this creative team get away. Pelletier's art is among the best in the business and perfect for a book like Aquaman.
You will note that The Walking Dead has fallen. I like the book, but Kirkman's All-Out War story dragged on too long, and this aftermath was not going to get me to rank it over Aquaman or the next book. Lazarus takes second this week since, as I noted with November books, this one of the best comic books being published today (still is in 2016).
Weekly Comics for 1410.29
Fantastic Four #012
Axis: Revolutions #1
Guardians of the Galaxy #20
All New X-Men #033
The New 52: Future's End #26
Batman Eternal #30
Earth 2: World's End #4
Wonder Woman #35
Hawkman Classic Silver Age T-shirt - White
The White Tower By Jeffery Johnson
Yes, I am repeating another Fantastic Four cover because here in 2016, there is no Fantastic Four comic currently being published, and I am sad. Though Uber rarely takes top slot, it's a book I am enjoying immensely, though here in 2016, it's on hiatus. I am happy to show that I bought my friend Jeffery Johnson's novel, which I read and enjoyed very much giving it high rating on both Good Reads and Amazon.
Get busy on the next book, Jeffery!
Weekly Comics for December 2014
It's a beautiful thing to have five weeks of comics in one month. But that's what happened in December of 2014. Originally, I had combined the 24th and 31st, as I think I waited until the 24th to buy the comics due to Christmas. But because I am sharing links to the Comic Book Round Up pages, which I am so pleased are still active on the Internet, I separated the weeks labels as separate links even if my list combines the two weeks in one.
Weekly Comics for 1412.03
Aquaman and the Others #8
Crossed Plus 100 #1
Batman Eternal #35
Angela Asgard's Assassin #1
Green Arrow #37
Guardians 3000 #003
Green Lantern #37
Iron Fist Living Weapon #007
Earth 2 #29
Secret Six #1
The New 52: Futures End #31 (Weekly )
Detective Comics #37
Action Comics #37
I enjoyed the Duggan/Bagley run on Hulk immensely. A suuper smart Hulk with a mohawk de-powering the crazy variety of Gamma powered heroes and villains in the Marvel universe, and here he goes against Kitty Pryde? Awesome stuff.
I am pleased to show off that the Grayson comic book has climbed to a top spot due to its high quality story and art work. I like having DC books other than Aquaman and Batman hit top spots. But then, a new Alan Moor helmed book for Avatar in Crossed Plus 100 #1. I have been a moderate fan of Crossed since it came out. What's more terrifying than zombies or disease-crazed homicidal monsters who run? Psychopathic, semi-intelligent, sex-crazed cannibals, that's who. And then what does that world look like 100 years after the apocalypse? Alan Moore does some brilliant stuff with language and world building in this book, which is decent since he left it but not nearly as good.
Weekly Comics for 1412.10
Afterlife With Archie #7
Avengers and X-Men Axis #7 (of 9)
Guardians of Galaxy Annual #1
Justice League United #7
Amazing Spider-Man #011
Sex Criminals #9
The Walking Dead #135
The Punisher #013
Batman Eternal #36
Supreme Blue Rose #5
Worlds Finest - Superman/Batman #29
George Perez's Sirens #2
Bitch Planet #1
The New 52: Future's End #32
Locus - issue #647 Vo. 73 No.6
Ronin T-shit By Frank Miller
I have written at length about my love for Afterlife With Archie elsewhere on this blog. I also use it as one of the few comics I recommend to my students during my book-a-day recommendation segment.
Weekly Comics for 1412.17
Fantastic Four #014
Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #008
Wonder Woman #37
Alex + Ada #11
All New Captain America #002
Avengers and X-Men Axis #8 (of 9)
Black Widow #013
All New X-Men #034
Wicked & Divine # 6
Justice League #37
Batman and Robin #37
Batman Eternal #37
Multiversity Thunderworld #1
Moon Knight #010
Captain Marvel #010
Guardians of Galaxy #022
Ms Marvel #010
The New 52: Futures End #33
Teen Titans #5
Another Suburban Romance Color Ed TP (Alan Moore and Juan Jose Ryp)
Aquaman By Parsons T-shirt
How can I not feature this gorgeous cover from Fantastic Four #014? If only I had a flying car. I love this damn cover. Wow. You will see that Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #008 holds strong and that Wonder Woman #37 has slipped a little as the cover and issue #36 just could not beat the two comic ahead of it. But then Alex + Ada #11 of a total 15 issues in this series is a very strong choice for #4 slot and a beautiful cover by Jonathan Luna.
Weekly Comics for 1412.24
Weekly Comics for-1412.31
Robin Rises Alpha #1
Superior Iron Man #003
Aquaman #37 Darwyn Cooke Var Ed
New Avengers #028
Uncanny X-Men #029
Avengers and X-Men Axis #9 (of 9)
Superman #37 Darwyn Cooke Var Ed
Captain America and Mighty Avengers #3
Grayson Annual #1
Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #6 (Mr)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 10 #10 Isaacs Jackson Var
Batman Eternal #38
Batman Eternal #39 (released 1412.31)
All New Invaders #13
Gotham by Midnight #2
S.H.I.E.L.D. #001 (released 1412.31)
Batman Annual #3
Flash #37 Darwyn Cooke Var Ed
Superman Wonder Woman #14 Darwyn Cooke Var Ed
Infinity Man and the Forever People #6 (Godhead)
The New 52 - Futures End #34 (Weekly)
The New 52 - Futures End #35 (Weekly) (released 1412.31)
Secret Avengers #11
Great Pacific #18 (Mr)
Teen Titans Earth One Volume One
Locke and Key - Welcome to the Lovecraft - volume one (purchased 1412.31)
Ghosted - volume one (purchased 1412.31)
The Walking Dead calendar 2015 (purchased 1412.31)
Fringe - season five
Mad Men - season one
How about an ALL DC two weeks? With two DC books in the top four, I think it's fair to show just DC art work as DC has been struggling and I don't always rank the company's books highly enough. For this week, we get Batman's son, Damian, Robin, back from the dead. This story line was one of the more interesting of the "yet another hero died" stories we get so often, especially with DC Comics. The Robin: Son of Batman comic has been one of the very best DC books in the New 52. This review from THE BATMAN UNIVERSE explains well why this book hit the top of my list. And then, Aquaman. Beautiful alternate cover by Darwyn Cooke, but the main cover is not bad either. Continued excellent comic even if the overall review rating online was a 6.6 out of 10. Users ranked it at 8.4, and I happen to agree. COMIC VINE gave it an 8/10, and I think that's fair, even a little low.
And then this excellent volume from Lemire (a great and up and coming comic writer) and Terry Dodson (gorgeous, gorgeous art). Not my favorite set of Teen Titans, but a very fun and beautiful read, especially for a huge Titans fan like me.
AND NOW, as if this entry is not already too long, here's my archive listing of all the weekly comics lists (and one monthly) that I have done, including a catch-all from T-shirts that I posted here when I made the transition. Just in case anyone but me wants to pour over all this, and if not, I do, which is why I put it here. :-)
WEEKLY COMIC LIST ARCHIVE
WEEKLY COMICS FOR DECEMBER 02 2015 - HEY Mom #150
WEEKLY COMICS FROM 1408.27
Weekly Comics for 1408.20
Weekly Comics for 1408.13
Weekly Comics for 1408.06
Weekly Comics for 1407.30
Weekly Comics for 1407.23
Weekly Comics for July 16 2014
Weekly Comics for 1407.09
Weekly Comics for 1407.02
Weekly Comics for 1406.25
Weekly Comics for 1406.18
Weekly Comics for 1406.11
Weekly Comics for 1406.04
Weekly Comics for 1405.28
Weekly Comics for May 21 2014
Weekly Comics for 1405.14
Weekly Comics for 1405.07
Weekly Comics for 1404.30
Weekly Comics for April 23, 2014
WEEKLY COMICS FOR 1404.16
WEEKLY COMICS FOR 1404.09
Weekly comics for 1404.02
Weekly Comics for 1403.26
COLLECTION OF WEEKLY COMIC LISTS FROM 365 T-SHIRTS
Reflect and connect.
Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.
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NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this
only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.