DC Comics Superman “Truth”, Issue 41, is One Wild Ride. Wow.

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I’ve tried getting into Superman comics in the past — even the Superman Wonderwoman series — but they fell flat for me. There was never enough character build up to make me root for Superman. The only time I ever loved Superman was when I was a kid watching the Christopher Reeve films. To this day, they hold up even against the Henry Cavill re-boot “Man of Steel” in 2013, which SUCKED so bad all around.

But, when I found out that one of my most favorite comic creators, Gene Luen Yang, would be writing for issue 41, I HAD to pick it up. Let me say that I was not disappointed at all. In fact, the story was riveting from the first page to the last. I love how they re-worked the story so that Superman’s identity is revealed and how that plays out.

I seriously can not wait for issue 42 to hit the stands.

The epic new storyline “TRUTH” continues with the debut of the amazing new creative team of new writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and continuing artists John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson! What will happen when the big secret is revealed? READ MORE

I Wanted to Like Black Canary Issue 1…I Really Did, But…

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it just didn’t grab me from the outset. Maybe I was looking forward to it too much? I was already excited about the artwork by Annie Wu — I loved what she did with Batgirl Beyond — and the artwork is amazing. I love it. But, the story fell a bit flat. I actually liked her more during her appearances in Batgirl.

Will I give it another chance? I don’t know only because I have so many other titles I’m following.

Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the LAST place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to – for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why! Martial arts, super-spies, and rock ‘n’ roll combine, from Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL) and Annie Wu (Hawkeye)!

 

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DC Comics Convergence Nightwing/Oracle #1. Dang That Was Good.

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DC Comics Convergence Nightwing/Oracle Issue 1

Honestly, this issue has been sitting on my nightstand for the past few weeks. It came highly recommended by the comic book shop guy who couldn’t say enough good things about it. I was actually picking up the Convergence Batgirl title because of the return of Cassandra Cain!

And so, I read the Convergence Batgirl and, for me, it was…meh. I didn’t hold out much hope for the Convergence Nightwing/Oracle title after that.

But today…today, I realized how wrong I was.

Dang, it was good from beginning, middle and to end. Superb writing by Gail Simone captured the state of Gotham and the state of Dick Grayson’s and Barbara Gordon’s relationship.

STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Just as they’ve finally been reunited, the romance between Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon is sentenced to execution by Flashpoint Hawkman and Hawkwoman! READ MORE

Now, I must hunt down issue 2.

Image Comics’ Kaptara: “Space, why you gotta be like that?”

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What? Huh?

A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Join CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals the Duck) and KAGAN McLEOD (Infinite Kung Fu) as they put the “fi” back into “sci-fi” and pretty much disregard the “sci” part in this epic story of punching and love!

Story By: Chip Zdarsky
Art & Cover By: Kagan Mcleod

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So, initially, I was at the comic book shop looking to get the latest issues of some of the titles I’m reading. I wasn’t there to scope out anything new. I generally limit my books to 5 titles.

But then, I saw — not the cover of issue 1 — but the insanity of issue 2 featuring…cat tanks. CAT TANKS!

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How could I NOT try this out? What completely sold it for me was the tagline for issue 1: “Space, why you gotta be like that?” It’s funny, the artwork is fantastic, and it’s set in a crazy, weird world.

Kaptara!

Avengers: Age of Ultron…Age of Disappointment. What Happened Here?

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I waited a few weeks for the crowds to die down before heading to the movie theatre with the Mister to watch Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The opening sequence dove right into the action. I was certain that it was going to be a fun ride.

But then…but then…the fun started disappearing and in its place was annoyance.

I’m a fan of the Black Widow character. I read the current comics and love how she just gets shit done. So, the need to explore a relationship between Black Widow and Bruce Banner in the movie had me completely perplexed. Like, where did that come from? At what point in the other two films was that even developed? And she feels for him so strongly that she would run away with him?

Black Widow does not run away.

The Mister was also troubled by the “romance.” He didn’t understand why a character as strong as Black Widow would go for someone as weak as Bruce Banner.

Also, I didn’t appreciate how Hawkeye’s wife and children were just slapped into the movie. There wasn’t a point to the wife. Her role was to basically just wait and look longingly into his eyes.

Come on. It’s 2015. Let’s stop being so lazy with story-telling and character development.

I can watch the first Avengers movie and even the second one on repeat. But this third one? No.

I should’ve just gone to watch Jurassic World instead.

Jem and the Holograms, Issue 3

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Hot off their video win, Jem and the Holograms perform at the Starlight Foundation’s annual fundraiser—but the Misfits, anxious the Holograms’ overnight success, plan to bring them down.

Truth be told, I didn’t think that I’d end up enjoying these Jem and the Hologram comics as much as I have. I thought they’d be cheesy and more geared towards kids, but I was wrong. There’s great character development and some mature issues being dealt with. Plus, the story keeps getting better and better — staying true to its roots but updated and tweaked to make it new and fresh.

What I also appreciate is the artwork. It’s fun and the girls are illustrated in different shapes, colors, and sizes. It’s rare to see in the media, much less in comic books. Kudos to the creative team for drawing real women.

If you’re like me and wanted to scream out of sheer horror after watching the hot mess of a teaser for the live-action Jem movie, then read the comics instead. Hasbro and the folk working on the movie should’ve just based the whole story off the comics. Why didn’t they?

Anyhow, I’m looking forward to issue 4 — and NOT watching the movie.

Sense8 is Awesome Sauce. Sun Is My All-Time Fave.

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I just finished binge-watching Sense8, the latest original Netflix series created, written and executive-produced by Andy and Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. And, wow…just wow…

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.

It reminds me of X-Men, but with ordinary people with an extraordinary power. The characters are from all walks of life spanning different continents, but they’re all connected by this power. Life would be perfectly fine except there’s someone out to snuff them all out so they’ve got to work together to stay alive and to find out why they’re being hunted.

The breakout character for me is Sun played by Bae Doona. Sun is a Seoul businesswoman and burgeoning star in the underground kickboxing world. She has a good for nothing father and brother and to vent it all out she fights in the ring. She is so badass.

After each episode, I’m not left feeling emotionally cheated with lame cliff-hangers or upset that the whole episode was just filler material to keep me hanging on. I just want to keep going along for the ride.

So, now that I’m done with season one, I need for season two to come out, like, now.