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What To Watch Out For in Comics – 6|23|14

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The comic world is a whirlwind to work through with its weekly releases. I’m going to take that burden away from you the best I can and give you some focus on what’s important to check out each week.

Here’s what’s on tap for the week of June 23rd:

Batman #32

I’ll admit it. I thought I could use a break from the Batman abundance after the Joker story. Re-telling the origin story for a New 52 world seemed like the best time to do it, having read so many variations of the origin story. I am glad I did not jump off of that ship.

8 issues into the Zero year epic, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have written/painted Gotham into a corner with the Riddler at the helm. This is the most intimidating you’ve seen out of Riddler and it makes you question how Batman will respond in this penultimate issue to the sprawling storyline.

Justice League #31

Lex Luthor joining the elite DC squad was already enough to win me over. Now we see other Forever Evil side effects happening with a new bearer of the Power Ring. This is what I was hoping for in terms of a shake-up in the New 52 and Geoff Johns sure enough can deliver great new relationships to a team dynamic.

Uncanny Avengers #21

I have grown into a huge Rick Remender fan as of late. I already was a fan when he first came to Uncanny X-Force and then took on Black Science, but it’s been solidified after I finished up the last omnibus of Fear Agent. He truly is a writer that is all about the long-form and the ultimate payoffs – something that can get easily lost in mainstream superhero storytelling.

This issue marks the end of his Avenge the Earth arc, but potentially is wrapping up everything he started back with Uncanny X-Force #1. Of course we know that the world will return to its original form, but it doesn’t take away from the bombastic storytelling and key relationships he’s built over the years. The fact that Remender is getting the next event with Avengers/X-Men Axis shows how far he’s come at Marvel over the years.

CBF Quick Picks #140 : DC Comics Proving A Point

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Batman #26


Last week, we talked about why DC should still be a publisher to talk about despite the New 52 lacking in execution. This week, I give you some new releases that showcase why they should be still talked about.

CBF Quick Picks #97 : Justice League Dark #2

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Peter Milligan gets the ball moving with Justice League Dark #2, giving us a taste of a super-hero team-ups against the occult. There’s a lot to like with this new team, particularly with Zatanna’s more hard-edged personality and a surprising continuation of a key relationship from Brightest Day. Makes me wonder if the story arc ties into the aforementioned event.

Not so far behind it was The Sixth Gun #16. Cullen Bunn is continuing to build an epic in his western mythology, this time focusing on more second-tier characters to tie into that mythology. This one needs to get on more people’s radar more – truly something for the fans of Lord of the Rings, but with a magical twist.

And lastly, the X-Men universe continues to go strong post-Schism. Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men #1 has a great mix of comedy, action, and heart that fits well with Logan’s new team. Chris Bachalo can be hit or miss at times, but he brings very crisp pencils to the new school and its inhabitants.

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CBF Quick Picks #96 : Wonder Woman #2

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

After 2 issues, the directions Wonder Woman can go under Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s guidance are endless. This is an exciting time to come back if you’ve wavered from the book during the many promises that new blood would reinvigorate her solo series. The intrigue behind Zola’s baby and Wonder Woman’s questionable origin should keep this going for a good while.

Just behind it came Batman #2 and another stellar showing from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Building out the history of Gotham and treating it as an actual character has fleshed out Batman’s stories in many cool and interesting ways. And the best part of it all is it’s being done with intriguing new villains being introduced, the Court of Owls being the latest.

And of course if you want your off-the-wall super-hero action, you have Justice League #2 to please. Geoff Johns obviously wrote this in mind to show Jim Lee off. The action sequences are a sight to see and shows that even 20+ years later, Lee still has it. The slow burn in the story may turn off some people from reading, but I think it’s a great way to again show why this is the premier team of the new DCU.

CBF Quick Picks #93 : The New DCU – Week 4 Part 1

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

We’re getting there, people! One more week and you get to do it all over again with the #2 issues. Or you can mix and match with the other publishers out there. I’m not one to judge.

Week 4 has one of the more diverse weeks for the new DCU and it can be shown in the following:

  • Aquaman #1 acknowledges the large elephant in the room that is Aquaman’s lame duck status, but does it in a very good and deconstructive way that doesn’t demean the new direction. Thank Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis for getting this off on the right note.
  • All-Star Western #1 is Jonah Hex’s foray into the land known as 1800’s Gotham and it’s a great start. If you know Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti’s work on Hex’s previous run, then you know what to expect in the great characterization of the bounty hunter.
  • You never know what to expect when somebody writes and draws a book, but Francis Manapul pulls it off with Flash #1. Easily accessible and in a re-boot that has been comprised of lots of dark and gritty tales, this one can be considered an all-ages pick-up.
  • I had high hopes for Justice League Dark #1 and while it shows potential, the heavy exposition and character introductions takes away from the story. Hoping that is not a trend to come in this series.
  • Part 2 coming up later this week! And don’t forget to check out the our iTunes feed to download the latest and greatest from CBF!

Dragon Con 2011 – Day 1

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Comic Book Fury was in person for Dragon Con and Gary Cooke and I give you the full scoop of Day 1:

  • We first learn how to park a car in Atlanta
  • We then talk in great length about the DC Animated universe panel. No big announcements to come out of it, but it was great to have fans interact and talk about the greatness that was this awesome animated continuity that touched the comic fans’ hearts for 15 years.
  • Podcasting is not comic-related, but for those looking to get your own podcasting gigs going, this could provide you some insight.
  • Modern Mythmakers explores the cycle of the hero/heroine with Cable, Jean Grey, and Buffy as the focal points of the panelists’ discussions. I always have to tip my hat to professors and lecturers that use comic book material as subject matter for their books and thesis.
  • Because no one asked us to talk about it, we talked a bit about DCW wrestling and “Captain Obvious”.
  • And lastly, Gary gets “acquainted” with the Dragon Con staff and their handling of the lines for the Dr. Horrible live musical.

Days 2 and 3 are still to come. Stay tuned!

Music provided by Jordan Martyn – Nothing’s Wrong