Surprise! Were you beginning to think this week’s edition of Weekly Reads was never going to be posted? Fear not, it has arrived. Things were a bit strange this week since I was camping the previous four days. Despite being able to adapt to reading digital comics, reading digital comics while camping is something I haven’t been able to master yet! So, between a full work day and a trip to the gym, I managed to squeeze a ton of comic book reading in, so without further ado, here are my brief, freshly-thought thoughts of last week’s reads!
Note: It’s getting late, so I don’t feel like tracking down the Comixology links, if you are interested in any of them, though, just Google the title followed by Comixology. Easy!
👎 – Skip, read at your own risk
👌 – Okay, not great, not bad, you might find something to like here
💪 – Great, highly recommended
💪 Action Comics #959
👌 Detective Comics #936
👌 Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps – Rebirth #1
👌 Nightwing – Rebirth #1
👌 The Flash #2
👌 Wonder Woman #2
Sadly, being able to keep up with all of DC’s new books may be coming to an end, but I decided to give it at least another week, we’ll see how much longer I can keep up. For the most part, I am loving everything DC is putting out right now and this week was no different.
Action Comics is a blast right now! I know it’s very similar to BVS (with Doomsday and all), but this is so much better! I love the way Jurgen’s handle’s Superman’s son. The action moments are awesome, the character moments are awesome, this book is a solid read. While there is some continuity to deal with it, I think the book does a good enough job of providing you with the jot notes.
If you remember a few weeks back, we discussed how Detective Comics would likely be a book more focused on Batman’s team? That point was driven home in issue #936, early on we find out Batman has been defeated in battle and it’s up to his unprepared team to save the day! If you’re only going to read one of the Batman titles, I’d recommend Batman over this, though.
This week’s Rebirth titles, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps and Nightwing, are both decent offerings. Hal Jordan might not be as accessible to new DC readers as their other titles are. It’ll take a few issues before I can get a sense of whether these books are worth recommending to those who aren’t superfans of the character.
I’m not sure if I’m just stupid, but I have no idea what’s going on in Wonder Woman so if you are digging that tweet me about it.
👎 Civil War II #3
💪 Power Man and Iron Fist #6
👎 All-New X-Men #11
Sorry everyone, if you like Civil War II, you should probably read about it elsewhere. I’ll continue to subject myself to its torture, but I just can’t get into it. I’m sure there are a lot of people who enjoy it, and maybe it’s worth giving it a shot in trade, but for one reason or another, I just can’t get into it. The events in it seem to play out randomly, it lacks cohesion with other Civil War II titles, and overall I just can’t help but feel that it is a cheap attempt by Marvel to collect money from their fans.
A tough issue for Danny Rand, things go from bad to worse as this issue plays out and concludes with it’s biggest cliffhanger yet. Not quite as many laughs per page as you might be used to from this series but there is still some genuine laugh out loud moments. I didn’t like Captain Marvel’s cameo in this issue, her tone her doesn’t match her tone in the other Civil War titles. This is only a minor flaw, though. Flaviano’s artwork isn’t quite on the same level as Sanford Greene’s, but it gets the job done. Power Man and Iron Fist remain one my favourite series’ that Marvel is currently putting out.
Don’t let the cover fool you, you won’t find an adult Apocalypse in All-New X-Men #11, I assume that’s Marvel trying to sucker you into giving them more of your money. I enjoyed this story arc decently enough; it was cool seeing Apocalypse as a heroic child, although it’s too bad that we will probably never see what goes on to change him. Honestly, the ending to this aspect of Apocalypse Wars falls a little flat, just like all the books within it. The days of prioritizing the X-Men at Marvel seem to be long past, and it seems they are destined to follow in the footsteps of the Fantastic Four until a time comes where they require the film rights.
Anyone check out Horizon #1? I haven’t had a chance yet, but hopefully, I get a chance to in the following weeks!
Book of the Week
Action Comics #959 blew me away. Love how the title balances action-packed battle sequences with endearing character moments.