Welcome to Weekly Reads! It’s your little dose of comic book goodness that focuses on some aspect of my comic book reading!
Big week, huh? Let’s shift the format ever so slightly this time and begin with New Reads, then follow that with our Ongoing Reads.
The reason for last weeks events being so interesting are twofold. First, we have the actual events that happened in the comics, and second, we have the fan’s reaction to them. I will begin with my experience with the books then give my brief thoughts on the fan reaction.
Let’s start with Captain America. By now everyone knows the big twist at the end of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, but at the time of reading the book I didn’t. I can thank our very own Jonathan London for that.
@JonathanLondon *immediately closes Twitter*
— Karson Braaten (@karsonbraaten) May 25, 2016
So reading the issue I knew something was going to happen but never would I have been able to guess what it was. As I got to the second last page I almost thought I was dreaming as I saw Captain America push Jack Flag out of an airplane, and then I turned the page… “Hail Hydra.” What!? Holy @*$K! I couldn’t believe my eyes. Honestly, I was a blown away. I’ll jump a little more in depth in a second but first I’d like to get my thoughts on DC Universe: Rebirth #1 (don’t worry, it’ll be quick).
Alright, I’ll admit, I don’t have much to say about Rebirth. I’ve essentially read nothing from New 52 until now. That said, I thought this book was pretty freaking cool. Who knows though, I might just be biased by the Watchmen stuff but at the end of the day I think it accomplished its goal; it made me want to read more DC.
Do I think Dr. Manhattan being responsible for the creation of the DC Universe is cool? Yes. Do I think multiple Jokers being alive in the DC Universe is cool? Yes. I am happily drinking the DC kool-aid! This is probably the most excited I’ve been about reading comics in my life.
Geeks, we have it so awesome right now. Movies, comics, television shows, video games, all being pumped out about all the characters and stuff we love and we can access them instantly. Then on top of that, we have services that provide us access to basically every movie, comic, television show, video game ever made. We shouldn’t go berserk when things like this happen, we literally could substitute whatever is bugging us with more things than we could ever consume in our lifetime.
If you have a visceral reaction against what’s happening, just don’t read the books. Find new books to read (heck, maybe even try creating your own). We live in an age where you can pretty much consume anything ever made, ever! You just have to seek it out. Which will be a much more efficient use of your time than crucifying a creative who wrote something that you disagree with. Better yet, when you do find something that you love, use social media as an opportunity to reach out and insert a little more positivity into our world…
@nickspencer Can't wait to find out more about what happens in Cap! Can't wait to find out what's going on that he said what he did! 😀
— Karson Braaten (@karsonbraaten) May 31, 2016
In a matter of seconds I just sent a message to the writer of the comic book I read… see that’s cool. Hey, know what else is cool, he writes The Fix…
@nickspencer I love The Fix too. One of my favourite ongoing reads. Keep up the great work!
— Karson Braaten (@karsonbraaten) May 31, 2016
Awesome, that made me feel good.
I think I am going to leave it at that for now because chances are if you’re reading this, you are in the same boat as me, and if you are someone sending death threats to Nick Spencer you probably aren’t reading this anyways. Just remember, if you love stuff, take advantage of social media and let the creators know. I’m sure they appreciate it.
Now, how about some ongoing reads!?
Extraordinary X-Men… can you say Venom Wolverine!? Yep… that’s a thing… if that intrigues you, start reading Extraordinary X-Men.
Captain Marvel wrapped up her first story arc with issue 5 and I’d say it was pretty damn enjoyable. The arc overall was a lot of fun, you’re going to enjoy getting to know Captain Marvel and her team. The only downside is the stakes never felt too dire, there was never really a main bad guy to fight so the story feels a lot more like solving technological problems than battling a powerful enemy.
Crap, there is a lot of good looking stuff coming out. These next few weeks might get interesting…
Civil War II #1
The Punisher #2
The Amazing Spider-Man #13
Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Superman Rebirth #1
Paper Girls #6
The Goddamned #4
Can anyone send me a winning lottery ticket?