Top of the Stack

It’s Wednesday! That means new comic books are out. Last week saw a minimal amount of books as is common with a 5th Wednesday in a month. Today kicked off the December month in grand fashion. I will detail what I enjoyed this week.


Archie #26

Archie is the comic I look forward to most every month. In the turn of a page I can go from laughing to weeping. I cannot overstate my emotional attachment to this book enough. I am often left in tears. This issue was no different. Delivering a devastating punch at the end of the book, that no doubt will make me sob in a months time. Mark Waid is bolstered this arc by the wonderful art of Audrey Mok, whose interiors harken back to Veronica Fish’s excellent work in the second volume. I have long loved Mok’s work, and seeing her go from the equally outstanding Josie and the Pussycats book to Archie proper has been fantastic. I just regret that Archie Comics cancelled their Team Betty/Veronica shirts they solicited a year ago. I want my shirt! #TeamVeronica


Batman #36

I strayed away from Batman for quite some time in the New 52, the repetitive use of the Joker by Scott Snyder made me weary of the book and I never concluded the run, I was to overwhelmed. As Tom King took over as apart of Rebirth, I was skeptical. The first few volumes failed to grab my attention. However once he got to the I Am Bane arc, I was sold. Afterwords it has become clear that King has been seeding things he can draw on for several arcs to come. With wedding bells ringing in the distance it is time for Batman to get his affairs together. He first “talked” with Talia as we saw the rest of the Bat-Family react to the news. The new “Superfriends arc” will allow Tom King to play with the Superman family (that has been excellently written by Peter Tomasi) and how Clark reacts to the news. What ensues is one of the funniest Batman stories I have read in years. As both men struggle to express their feelings. It is familiar from Batman, but new to experience from Superman. However it was Lois and Selena who stole the show. Egging their respective paramours along, until the fun conclusion to the book. I hope the rest of this arc is as fun as it started. It’s always nice for a bit of levity in a Batman book.


Batman: White Knight #3

Sean Murphy has long been one of my favorite creators in the industry. When he announced this story, I was naturally very excited. To say this book has been exceptional so far would be an understatement. Outside of Tom Kings Mister Miracle series, I would say this is the greatest super hero book on the shelf. Batman is edgy and off kilter, while Dick and Babs struggle to understand his motives. I newly sane Joker (Jack) has set about ending the Batman’s destructive reign in Gotham. This issue continues with the twist from last months issue. Do not read on if you have not finished Batman: White Knight #2.

The two Harley Quinn reveal really blew my mind. Learning that the Original Harley Quinn had left Joker right around the time of the Jason Todd murder, and a newer, legitimately crazy woman slipped right in to play the roll. Murphy gets to make a jab at modern Harley in the process. Making the original costume Harley the real deal. She isn’t crazy, she is just crazy in love. The other woman is literally insane and in love with the idea of being crazy. Murphy effectively redeems the last 6 years of Harley Quinn. As a reader, I did not think that was possible. Seeing a bright, fun, intelligent, and not overly sexualized Harley has been a sight to see. I look forward to her involvement through the rest of the series. I had forgotten that Harley Quinn could be a redeemable character.

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Klaus: Crisis in Xmasville #1

Finally, let’s talk about Klaus. Grant Morrison is a genius. He always has been. In Klaus he satirizes hyper dark/violent style of the Dark Knight Returns. But with Santa. Since the series’ launch a year ago, it has had a one shot every December. This year is Crisis in Xmasville. Where a small town run by a corrupt soda company has kidnapped and brainwashed travelers into becoming an army of hypnotized evil santa’s. Enter Klaus, the real life Santa, who arrives to beat some sense into the villainous foes. The story is goofy, funny, and delightfully poignant. The art from Dan Mora is also a treat. If you haven’t seen his work before, it’s a must see. His panel design is top notch, and he perfectly blends the fun and grit that Morrison writes into the book.

Well these are my favorite books of the week, what did you enjoy?


On the Stack

It’s that time of the week again, it’s time for me to discuss my comic book top 5! Additionally any other books worth mentioning for being great in quality (or not so great) will also get name dropped here.

5. Superman Unchained #6 was another solid issue. While I felt the plot did little to amaze me, the book is still well paced and wonderfully drawn. This issue has two big moments, the first being Batman and Wonder Woman coming to Superman’s aid. The second, and most importantly, this issue (as have all the previous) features a kick ass Lois Lane. So far it’s been Lois who has stolen the show so far in the book. So nothing special, but was another solid outing for a book ending all too soon.

4. The Shadow continues to surprise me on a month to month basis. For me, it’s the little book that could. With an all star writer like Chris Roberson at the helm and a visual artist like Timpano on board the book has come alive with energy. This issue is from the perspective of a man from The Shadow’s past. Now destitute and bitter about the world, he reflects on his life as he kills to survive. The final scene has him confront The Shadow, to which The Shadow goes into his normal spiel, what made this exceptional was the contrast between the two men. Both so similar and both became lost. One sought to find hope while the other swore it off.

3. Animal Man #29 was heartwarming and incredibly well done. The book featured an excellent farewell to one of the best books DC published every month, and definitely tugged at the heartstrings. From Lemire’s hand drawn cover to the last panel of the book. This book was stunning, and provides yet another reason why it truly is a shame to have it yanked from us so soon.

2. Batman and Aquaman #29 was a book packed to the brim with energy, drama, and action. The confrontation with Aquaman at the beginning is playful yet serious, and is exactly how I feel both of them would interact given the situation. We see Batman still struggling with his grief, and Aquaman enraged by the injustice’s committed upon the pod of whales. Gleason especially does a great job at bringing the horror of the whale carcasses to life, and seeing how both men interact with the scene. The finale is explosive, with a very active Ra’s almost getting caught by the Dark Knight. Though he escaped, Batman must now turn to yet another hero, Wonder Woman, to help him in the next leg of his journey to recover Damian’s body.

1. Finally the most stellar issue of the week was Wonder Woman #29. Now nearing the end of their prolific run on the title, Azzarello and Chiang produce what has become a common theme for the book, awesome single issues. Nearly every month Wonder Woman consistently shocks and amazes me in a way that no other book on the shelf does at this moment. This issue features a slew of status quo changes including the restoration of Hera’s powers, the return of the Amazon’s, and Wonder Woman finally accepting her role as Goddess of War. I’m sure Azzarello and Chiang have quite an explosive finale in the works, and have no doubt that it will be spectacular.

Until the next time, what was your favorite book this week?


Ravingnerd Reviews: Metallo #1

Sholly Fisch and Will Conrad are certainly not strangers to DC, with Fisch being quite familiar with the New 52 Superman. The New 52 Metallo was introduced in Morrison’s first volume of Action Comics, but has been missing ever since then. Fisch and Conrad let us discover just what Metal-Zero has been doing since then. Well nothing, he’s in a three year coma. Given Corben’s relationship with both Sam and Lois Lane’s, it isn’t hard to imagine Lane treating him like a son. It is this sense of nurturing that gives Corben his Kryptonite heart. Which of course leaves the question, how much man is left? Here is what I liked about the issue.

1. Seeing Sam Lane genuinely care about someone was both refreshing and weird.
2. This Corben is a little better equipped than previous versions.
3. The distinction between John Corben, Metal-Zero, and Metallo, is an excellent road map of the characters fall from grace.

Rating before reading: 6
Rating after reading: 5

There is a lot going for this book, but it lacks anything that makes it a tremendous read. While not bad by any means, it is plagued by multiple problems with both continuity and story. First, once Metallo attempts to kill Sam Lane in revenge, he mentions wanting to kill Superman. Lane replies that he’s missing or dead, implying that the events of Trinity War have already happened. Yet the end of the issue see’s him courted by the Secret Society, and he is very prominently featured in the fold out page from Forever Evil #1. This either means there is a lengthy bit of time between Trinity War and Forever Evil, or that DC didn’t care about making it fit anywhere. Most all the excellent books have made it clear what time their stories take place, the best of which often interacts with Forever Evil in someway. Metallo does none of these things, and instead leaves readers confused. In addition to that, though the read is fine, there is nothing that grabs the readers attention. This book just is, aside from Conrad’s art, the book has nothing that keeps us wanting to turn the page, a mark of a poor book indeed.

This book could have done so much to flesh out the character, and the interesting history he has with the Lane’s but instead focuses on the wrong things. We see nothing of what made Corben into the man he was, only him willfully and gleefully murdering as Metal-Zero and later Metallo. There isn’t a clear reasoning behind any of his actions, and its conflict with Forever Evil makes you want to skip this book entirely.

So while I’m a fan of both the creators on this book, their missteps on this book were one too many to forgive.

Until the next time,


Life of a Nerd, Issue 7

Hello all. Today I will discuss my nerdy thoughts for the day.

First. I keep wondering who I would want to serve under if I was in Starfleet. If I had my pick of Captains, who would I want to serve under? What position would I want to have? I no for sure that I would not want to work under Captain Archer or Janeway. They faced the most danger and had the least capable staffs. Whilst I love Deep Space 9, the terrible fate that befell many members of the crew does not suit me. No, I would rather serve on the Enterprise. Whether that be under Kirk or Picard I have not determined.

Next. On a more personal note. I have dreams about finding a girl who is feisty, spirited, intelligent, kind, and of course beautiful. In short, Lois Lane. No longer the damsel in distress from the 40’s. No, she is one of the most well written characters and she doesn’t even have powers. I know there’s someone out there like that. And I know the Clark Kent in me will win her over. Because Clark gets the girl. Always.

Next, a less personal point. Doctor Who celebrates it’s anniversary next year. And I am excited about the possibilites that it could bring. And while I have been relatively uninsipired by Moffat’s DW, I am hoping some level of crossover will be seen. Doctor fans deserve it. Not random confusing senseless things like the entire 6th series.

Well, that’s it. Star Trek, Lois Lane, and Doctor Who. Pretty good topics, discussed pretty fast. And tomorrow’s wednesday. Until the next time. Live long and prosper.