It’s that wonderful time of the week again, New Comic Book Day! Weekly Reads is where we take the time to reflect upon last week’s titles.
If you’ve been around for awhile, you’ll know I’m hooked on DC’s Rebirth right now. I keep telling you I’m going to cut back but every week I’m still picking up and reading everything I can. This week was no different.
💪 Action Comics #960
God damn, Action Comics is living up to it’s title right now! Not only does Superman’s battle with Doomsday continues this issue, but we got Wonder Woman in on the action too! It is also revealed very early in the issue that there is cloaked figure observing the battle from afar, who is presumably responsible for Doomsday’s latest appearance. If you like your comics light on dialogue and heavy on action, this book is for you.
💪 Red Hood & the Outlaws – Rebirth #1
My lack of DC knowledge was put on full display reading this, I had no idea Red Hood was Jason Todd! So that was cool to find out. Man oh man, does DC have a lot of series with Batman involved (and still more to come!). I love how these Rebirth titles pay homage to iconic character moments, here we have Soy recreating the horrific events of “A Death in the Family” and it looks SO good! Lobdell did a perfect job capturing the friendly but strained relationship between Todd and Batman. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series. This is probably my favourite of all the Rebirth issues so far.
👌 Batgirl #1
If you are worried about character baggage and not understanding what is going on in a book, this is a title for you. Batgirl is probably the most accessible of DC’s Rebirth titles. That said, the stakes didn’t feel high enough to peak my interest.
👌 Detective Comics #937
I’m enjoying the run so far. It’s nothing extraordinary but I’m entertained every issue. Again, if you are looking for a more Batman focused book, look elsewhere. This title pays much more attention to the team of Batwoman, Clayface, Red Robin, Spoiler and Orphan.
👌 Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1
You better know a thing or two about Green Lantern going into this or I fear you might get lost. Surprisingly, I’m more interested in Green Lanterns than I am this title but we’ll see where it goes.
👎 Nightwing #1
… I don’t have much to say about this book. Nothing really stood out for me. I think it’s probably heading in a cool direction but this issue wasn’t very memorable.
👌 The Flash #3
Flashes are everywhere! More and more people keep receiving the speed force, so much so that there’s now a training centre. Giandomenico’s art in this is great. I was growing tired of people becoming speedy but by the end of the issue we have a twist that will hopefully tug the series in a more interesting direction.
👎 Wonder Woman #3
I hate to give this book a thumbs down, because for all intents and purposes, the creative team is doing a great job. In fact, Sharp’s art is some of my favourite from all the Rebirth titles thus far. I blame my disinterest in this book entirely on my lack of Wonder Woman knowledge, I really don’t have a clue what is happening right now. Perhaps if I sat down and read 5 or 6 issues at a time I wouldn’t run into this problem. I think this series will be easy to recommend in trade, and if you have a knowledge of the character you’ll probably enjoy it, but if you’re like me and not familiar with Wonder Woman, you’ll probably want until you can read a few of these together.
Yikes, maybe we should break out DC into it’s own article. It’s getting out of control. If you want to see something interesting, look at the first few Weekly Reads and observe the balance of Marvel to DC, it has completely flipped on it’s head.
👎 Black Panther #4
I know this series is getting a lot of love, but I find it difficult to read week by week. There’s just too much going on to remember it all, I definitely recommend waiting for this arc to end and go pick it up in trade.
💪 Captain America – Steve Rogers #3
Gimmick or not, Spencer is doing a great job of orchestrating this story arc. Each issue being more interesting than the last. I can’t wait to see where it goes.
👌 Civil War II #4
I’ve been vocal with my dislike of all things Civil War II but this issue was pretty darn good. I think a lot of my issues with the series came from reading all the tie-in’s and being letdown by how little happened. However, if you just read the main book, I think there is enough going on week to week to stay interested and you don’t have to worry about feeling lost.
👎 Extraordinary X-Men #12
It’s my favourite of the current X-Men books but it’s just not worth the price of admission anymore. The art is great though!
One of my favourite ongoing series’…
💪 Outcast #19
I don’t think it’s aliens. I don’t think it’s demons. I don’t know what the heck it is but I do know that you should be reading this book and watching this show!