Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Superman: Action Comics (Rebirth) Volume 1: Path of Doom by Dan Jurgens

Superman: Action Comics, Volume 1: Path of DoomSuperman: Action Comics (Rebirth) Volume 1: Path of Doom by Dan Jurgens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was awesome! I love it! Doomsday is the villain, and the art of him is fantastic. We are given a quick background story on him too, so newbies understand his power. Wonder Woman makes an appearance, and I always like her and Supe together. It's a great story I'm just not sure where it's taking place: our Earth or another one. They keep mentioning "this" world and "our" world. I've missed a bit of the story somewhere as I did read the trade where Superman "died" and we were introduced to the "other" Clark Kent, but there is something between it and this. It's pretty cool though We have this Kent/Superman with a family, Lex Luthor playing Superman since the real one is "dead", and interestingly enough there is also a human (non-Superman) Clark Kent, reporter. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Future Quest, Vol. 1 by Jeff Parker

Future Quest, Vol. 1Future Quest, Vol. 1 by Jeff Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been looking forward to the new DC Hanna-Barbera Universe with high anticipation! This is the 2nd book out but my first read. There is only one word to describe it ... AWESOME!! I grew up watching these cartoons on Saturday mornings and am so happy to see all the HB superheroes in a modern story-line. Future Quest is typical superhero fare with a sci-fi theme. I have always loved Jonny Quest, and this re-imagining is faithful yet current. I'm in love! This is a very busy volume with masses of characters introduced and the beginning of a story arc that promises to be epic. The book switches back and forth between the main plot and background/origin stories for the heroes, superheroes, and villains. I won't get into the whole story here but let's just say I highly recommend!!

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men (New 52), Volume 1: God Particle by Gail Simone

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men, Volume 1: God ParticleThe Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men (New 52), Volume 1: God Particle by Gail Simone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I saw this only got mediocre reviews, so I was surprised that I actually liked it quite a bit. I've never heard of Firestorm before so this was my introduction.Two kids get zapped and become nuclear Firestorms but when they get mad at each other they meld into a super nuclear guy called Fury, so kind of like a nuclear Incredible Hulk. The story involves underground governments, big corporation, and terrorists with lots of action. The dialogue is pretty cheesy, but the art is good.

Catwoman (New 52) Vol. 1: The Game by Judd Winick

Catwoman, Vol. 1: The GameCatwoman (New 52) Vol. 1: The Game by Judd Winick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good volume one story for Catwoman. This is an introduction to the woman with glimpses into her past. The plot sets up her story for this new series. There is a lot of Batman and a new villain. The Batman parts are great! They even have a sex scene! [steamy!] Catwoman is portrayed as someone you can like; she's shown as thief and friend, violent fighter and passionate lover.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles by Greg Rucka

Wonder Woman: Her Greatest BattlesWonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles by Greg Rucka
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an anthology of Wonder Woman stories from the 80s to "The New 52".I just loved reading the '80s stories and then enjoyed them all very much even though I'd read the last two in recent years. A lot of different Wonder Woman through the ages, personality and costume changes but all of these stories show her as a warrior completely sure of herself. A fun and enjoyable retrospective of Wonder Woman.

Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (Rebirth), Volume 1: Sinestro's Law by Robert Venditti

Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps, Volume 1: Sinestro's LawHal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (Rebirth), Volume 1: Sinestro's Law by Robert Venditti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was great! I've gotten to the point where I'm a bit more well-read in the Green Lanterns universe to not think of myself as a total noob, but I still have lots to learn and understand. This was a fantastic volume with tons of action and lots of backstory on Hal Jordan and Sinestro. The main story concerns the Green Lanterns fighting the Yellow Lanterns, otherwise known as Sinestro Corps. I was missing something as this volume is based on a previous event which is mentioned a lot and I haven't read. However, it was explained enough that I got the gist of it and want to read it. I wouldn't recommend this as an intro to the Green Lanterns, but it could work for someone Lantern literate who doesn't know Hal well yet. Mostly.I recommend it to established fans. The plot is detailed, the action constant, and the art excellent.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

All-Star Western, Volume 1: Guns and Gotham by Justin Gray

All-Star Western, Volume 1: Guns and GothamAll-Star Western, Volume 1: Guns and Gotham by Justin Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been looking forward to this one, and it didn't disappoint. I'm a fan of westerns and love them in any format. This is kind of an anthology of stories all taking place in the 1880s in western America. The first and longest story features Jonah Hex who takes up two different cases in Gotham City with Dr. Amadeus Arkham as his sidekick. Next up is El Diablo helping out a town under an Indian curse and finally, we meet The Barbary Ghost and her mission of vengeance against the man who killed almost her entire family. Of course, I enjoyed the stories taking place in Gotham the best which had famous last names popping up: Arkham, Wayne, and Cobblepot. The others were good too, though.