Wes Reads Supergirl: Rebirth #1: Welcome Back Kara!

Supergirl: Rebirth #1 Cover

Copyright DC Comics and Cover by Emanuela Lupacchino and Michael Atiyeh

Let’s start this out by saying this, I’m a huge fan of the Supergirl TV series that starts its second season on the CW this Fall. With that admission out of the way I have to say, in the New 52 I felt Supergirl was a character that suffered a lot during that period. Deathstroke had a rough time of it too in the New 52 with Supergirl in the same boat. With DC Rebirth we get Supergirl: Rebirth #1 setting up the new status quo pushing Supergirl forward for her new ongoing. Steve Orlando has high praise as a writer from me with his work on Midnighter from DC in particular. With him in charge of Supergirl, my hopes were high for this series. Being a fan of the TV series and knowing the quirky history of Supergirl, this could have gone either way for me. With the comic now here and in my hands, now I start my thought process. How did it go? Did it live up to my expectations? What does the future hold for me and did I end up liking this comic? All this and more to be revealed as I dive into Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Supergirl DC Rebirth Title Panel

Copyright: DC Comics

In the art of playing my hand too early here I have to admit, I liked this book a lot. Any series that gives me Cameron Chase on a regular basis is off to a good start. Of course I am getting ahead of myself as the new series does establish Kara working for the D.E.O. as Supergirl like the TV show. The series starts her off in a different direction, she’s powerless to start out with and she’s having to rebuild from that. If any series sets the tone for DC Rebirth, Supergirl: Rebirth is one such series. This feels like a reboot of the character and that’s not a bad thing either. You get a look at her old home of Argo City as a framing point for the story proper. Even better her origin story is told in a fluid way that feels natural and organic to the story.

What does this journey hold for Supergirl?

Supergirl DC Rebirth Spaceship

Copyright: DC Comics, Writer: Steve Orlando, Penciller: Emanuela Lupacchino, Inker: Ray McCarthy, Colorist: Michael Atiyeh, Letterer: Steve Wands

The supporting cast gets a nice setup too, my early mention of Cameron Chase as director of the D.E.O and Eliza and Jeremiah Danvers as her foster parents on Earth. That’s how you use the material of the TV series and use it to make your comic that much better. Even better that Cameron Chase gets to be the awesome character I’ve loved ever since her ongoing series. I like that Eliza and Jeremiah Danvers get established as strong characters too, the supporting cast is well fleshed out by the end of the issue. The Argo City framing device I mention sets up many things to come in this series, at least for this story arc. The personality of Kara Danvers shines through as she’s a 16 year old girl learning how to adapt to Earth and looking forward to what happens from here. She works for the D.E.O. and is game to see where this goes and you can’t help but like her by the end of the issue. This is a great example of the best of DC Rebirth as to how to make a character better.

An excellent supporting cast with a strong lead will get you everywhere.

Supergirl: Rebirth already has strong character work with a great story and how does the art fare? The art team is up to the task and fit this comic brilliantly. Steve Orlando gave his art team plenty to work with here. Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, and Michael Atiyeh are a phenomenal team to have on this. Lupacchino’s pencils are dynamic, energetic, and expressive as anything I’ve seen before. There’s one scene in particular that’s a standout for me, the double spread of Supergirl coming out from the Sun and back at full power. That perfect expression, the bold lines of McCarthy’s inks, and the blazing hot colors from Michael Atiyeh, make Supergirl come to life here.  The Kryptonian Werewolf fight is a blast to watch too but Orlando’s way of expressing Supergirl’s soul shines with Lupacchino’s pencils. It’s a beautifully colored book too, Atiyeh makes use of bright and bold eye popping colors to show that above all, this book will be one about optimism. It’s an exciting time indeed to have a book like this shine art wise along with brilliant writing.

If you’re hesitant about buying Supergirl: Rebirth, don’t be. This comic is a great way for new readers to get to know Supergirl. It merges aspects of the TV and Comic worlds together to make a great comic book series in the process. I am looking forward to the upcoming Supergirl #1 even more than before. If this is any indication of what we’re in for with the series itself, we’re in for a great adventure.

Wes Reads Deathstroke: Rebirth #1: Christopher Priest Returns to DC!

Deathstroke Rebirth #1 Cover

Copyright: DC Comics with Cover by ACO and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

In the New 52, DC had a tough time with an ongoing for one character in particular, Deathstroke. At his core Deathstroke is a tough character to build an ongoing around as by nature, he’s not easy to connect with. Yet with the right set up, Slade Wilson as Deathstroke can be a compelling read. I remember when the DC Rebirth announcements hit and Christopher Priest on Deathstroke surprised me. Deathstroke became a comic for me personally to get excited about because if this character is where Priest returns to an ongoing series, this has got to be good. Quietly I’ve been awaiting this comic and I’ve been waiting to see what Priest has in store for us as readers. I am surprised that they’re doing a Rebirth rather than going into a #1 but from reading this issue, I can see why a Rebirth issue was needed here. So does Priest have the magic touch once more to get readers hooked into Deathstroke? Well there’s only one way to find out, let’s dive into Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 and go back into the brutal world of Slade Wilson once more.

Deathstroke Rebirth Title Deathstroke the Professional

Copyright: DC Comics, Letterer: Willie Schubert

First off with Deathstroke: Rebirth #1, you can tell that this is a Christopher Priest comic from the get go. The black box with white text giving you the slightest hint of what you’re in for is that instant sign that this is a Priest book. You see Slade Wilson being a Dad, an awful Dad at points, but a Dad nonetheless. On the other hand you see Slade as Deathstroke and what mission he’s on right now. You get many sides of the character, Mercenary, Dad, and altogether a complete character study of sorts. Best part about Deathstroke: Rebirth is you don’t need to know that much about Deathstroke going into this. Priest is making a point to show all the sides of Slade Wilson and how he operates. For every moment that Slade has that second where he might not be so terrible, he immediately becomes terrible again. Slade Wilson is not a good person and Priest doesn’t shy away from that. Priest is starting off his run on Deathstroke by doing some amazing character work with him from the start. There’s a lot of action and intensity here but the character work here is top notch.

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Copyright: DC Comics Art Team: Pencils: Carlo Pagulayan, Inks: Jason Paz, Colorist: Jeromy Cox

You get a slow intro to Slade Wilson’s supporting cast in the book too, mostly Hosun his tech support, eventually Slade’s Kids, and another character I won’t mention because of spoilers. This isn’t a slow burn book by any means, yet Priest is making it clear, Deathstroke is the major focus and everything else is forming around him. This isn’t a light book either, some humorous moments yet but this book is dark without a doubt. Which shows in the art of the series, Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, and Jeromy Cox, make for a powerhouse art team here. It’s realistic, and tough as nails art and I like it. Pagulayan has a style fit for Slade’s world, it’s tough and suited for the fluid action scenes here. Paz’s inks add a tight line to the work, giving extra emphasis to Pagulayan’s art making it that much stronger. Jeromy Cox’s colors are muted for this, this is not a bright and shiny world that we’re in here and the colors show it. I would say the brightest coloring in the comic is the desert as Slade Wilson is talking to his current employer in the bright desert but the horrors around him are shaded in hushed and dark tones. The art for this series fits the character and sets the mood for darker things to come.

Deathstroke: Rebirth sets up Slade Wilson as a genuine bad guy and that’s amazing. No gimmicks, nothing fancy, just Slade Wilson being Slade Wilson. This is a back to basics for Slade Wilson and it’s been sorely needed. Now this may not be a series everyone will end up digging, this isn’t a light read by any means but it is good reading for sure if you’re into it. It adds more than a couple cool ideas into Slade’s world and I can’t help but like that. If you’re a big Deathstroke fan or just want a good tough action series, look no further than Deathstroke: Rebirth.

The DC Rebirth Journey: Wes Reads Week Two of DC Rebirth

Detective Comics #934 DC Rebirth Cover

DC Rebirth marks one of the biggest surprises I have had as a comic fan in a long time. Week One of DC Rebirth was overall successful, at least for me. Now we are onto week two and what an adventure it is. I’m going to be keeping with this format covering DC Rebirth as since I am reading them all; at least for now. Until then enjoy these massive posts detailing my thoughts on the whole DC Rebirth adventure week to week. For Week Two we have Action Comics, Detective Comics, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash. All of these worked in their own way to set the scene for DC Rebirth. I’m here to sort it out in my own head as well as tell you all if they’re worth reading. There’s a lot happening here and I’m happy to take you along for the ride. If you’re coming from Week One, thanks for returning, and if you’re on board for the first time with Week Two, welcome and I am happy to have you here!  Welcome to Week Two of The DC Rebirth Journey, come along as I explore this second week of DC Rebirth.

(Small Warning there may be mild spoilers for the books in these reviews, the Wonder Woman is the one that has some mild spoiler material.)

Aquaman: Rebirth #1 Cover DC RebirthAquaman: Rebirth #1

The one book out of this entire week that made me scratch my head a lot was Aquaman: Rebirth. Dan Abnett was doing what I call Geoff Johns lite. Making a point to show how great Aquaman is and this time around having Mera as part of the story. It’s a decent read, not perfect but decent enough of a read. It is showing that Aquaman is in a better place with Mera by his side for starters. With The Deluge as a new threat in his life as King of Atlantis, it’s a cool idea yet doesn’t quite work as well as I thought it would. Yet the coolest part of this was the ending as there is a constant narration by a classic character that works wonders in increasing interest for this series. I’m not one hundred percent sold on Aquaman at least yet. This is one where I’m not sure if I’ll get the first issue of the ongoing series. I must say though, I did enjoy the art of Scot Eaton and Oscar Jimenez, it looked good with some rocking inks by Mark Morales and Jimenez himself doing inks as well. I do say that Gabe Eltaeb’s coloring set this book off on the right foot, beautiful coloring throughout this comic. While the story isn’t working fully for me yet, the art helped this along for sure.

The Flash: Rebirth #1 CoverThe Flash: Rebirth #1

The Flash was a tough book to judge, probably the toughest of week two. For starters this felt like an epilogue for DC Universe: Rebirth. It’s a good continuation of the events of DC Universe: Rebirth but you only get a loose idea of where The Flash is heading. Josh Williamson does excellent work with Barry Allen and setting Wally West up on his adventures in the upcoming Titans series. As a proper story for The Flash on his own, this is an odd one. It’s not bad by any means and if you want to see more of where the DC Universe and DC Rebirth is going, The Flash: Rebirth does that in spades. If you’re looking for a stand alone Flash story though, this is not it. I do find myself liking this though as overall it is a good read. Williamson gave me just enough to get me to want to try the first issue of The Flash series. I will say though Carmine Di Giandomenico’s art is a show stopper here showing that this series is going to look phenomenal as the action here is amazing, with spot on emotional touches to the work. Ivan Plascencia’s color work here is impressive too, bright, colorful, and at points moody in the right places. I’m willing to stick it out with this book, there is just enough here to keep me interested.

 

DC Rebirth Wonder Woman Punch

 

Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 DC Comics CoverWonder Woman: Rebirth #1

Out of all the series in DC Rebirth thus far, Wonder Woman: Rebirth was the big one. Greg Rucka returning to Wonder Woman is a major event in itself and if it didn’t work there would have been a major letdown. Luckily in this case Wonder Woman: Rebirth was not a letdown and turned out to be a successful return. Rucka is doing serious deep diving into the history of Wonder Woman. Her continuity has always been a mess and that’s being polite. Hence why Greg Rucka is now using every single bit of Wonder Woman and putting it into this story. I now have a new term called Wonder Woman Punch as with one punch you see every bit of her quirky continuity appear before you. It makes for a cool effect and shows that Greg Rucka means business with this new run. This is one that I’m glad I’ve taken a few days with and I find myself excited for where he is going to take her character. It’s also a great looking book, Matthew Clark and Sean Parsons make for a great art team handling most of the issue, that double page spread with Wonder Woman Punch alone seals the deal. Then you see Liam Sharp handling the art for the last few pages and we are in for a treat to say the least as these pages were amazing. Then you get the strong colors of Jeremy Colwell on the Clark and Parsons pages and Laura Martin’s coloring on Liam Sharp and hands down this book is breathtaking.  At the end of the day, this comic is all about finding The Truth about Wonder Woman and I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Action Comics #957 DC Rebirth CoverAction Comics #957

Now we have Action Comics returning back to its original numbering as the push to Action Comics #1000 begins! I have to say with Action Comics that this lived up to the name for sure. It was action packed and Dan Jurgens made a point to shove in as much as he could into this issue. You get the official return of Pre-52 Superman into his costume and his meeting with Lex Luthor as his own version of Superman. We get some good character moments with Pre-52 Superman and Lex Luthor, as Luthor in this Earth hasn’t met this Superman yet. A good and definitely smash and bash filled dynamic is starting already with Pre-52 Superman and Lex. I did enjoy the family dynamic happening here, Pre-52 Superman, Lois, and his son Jon are a blast to see together. I also enjoyed how Lex set his appearance as the new Superman up, it was enjoyable. It’s a little rocky though as so far we’re only given so much to go on. As I said, there is a lot shoved into this issue and you don’t get a chance to really dive into anything. The ending was a nice touch though so I’m willing to give this more time to gel together. I will say though that Patrick Zircher’s art is on a new level, excellent work especially with the Lex vs. Superman fight, so much high intensity action that was a joy to see on the page. I liked the coloring here too, Tomeu Morey does excellent with capturing the energy lying within Action Comics as the colors look amazing and pop off of these pages. Good if not slightly rocky start so far. Giving it a couple issues to see where it goes.

Detective Comics #934 DC Rebirth CoverDetective Comics #934

The other book that begins the run to #1000 is Detective Comics #934. Not even going to hide it, this was my favorite book of all the DC Rebirth releases for Week Two. James Tynion IV is going full speed ahead with this story and I love it to pieces. Batman and Batwoman are starting a boot camp of sorts for the vigilantes of Gotham with Clayface along for the ride. The way this all comes together is smooth and without a single hitch. This is one book that clicked from the get go and got even better as the issue neared the end, I wanted more and that is a good sign. The new threat that is rising that sets up Batman and Batwoman doing this is compelling, I am so excited by this series. Clayface is going to steal the show I get the feeling as he is such an unlikely but lovable new member to the Bat-family. It doesn’t hurt that also Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira are doing some of the best work I have seen out of them, especially in the Clayface sequence, if the writing didn’t break your heart, the art will make you want to hug Clayface.  Adriano Lucas does brilliant work on the colors here too, I love the mood set with them. Clayface having this almost watercolor feel at point, and you can’t help but get lost in this world. Detective Comics #934 is excellent and I recommend grabbing that as soon as you can.

 

Week Two of DC Rebirth was a rousing success overall, some parts didn’t work as well but for the most part a lot of great reads. It is weird to admit but I really did miss collecting DC Comics on a regular basis and love being back in the DC Universe again. Keep an eye out for Week Three of DC Rebirth later this week and until then thanks for joining me on my DC Rebirth Journey.

The DC Rebirth Journey: Wes Reads Week One of DC Rebirth

DC Rebirth Week One

Initially my plan for DC Rebirth for week one was to cover all of the books in detail for detailed reviews and so forth. Then the week and weekend got away from me. Going forward there will be more detailed thoughts on DC Rebirth and I’ve said my piece on them on my twitter here and there for week one. Yet I wanted to put something for DC Rebirth, hence the DC Rebirth Journey of week one of DC Rebirth. As there is a lot to say on the books, heck there is a surprising amount to say on these books so far.  Consider this my somewhat truncated, short burst, magical week one thoughts on DC Rebirth. DC Rebirth is something I’ve been wanting to dive into in detail as at one point, I was a huge DC Comics buyer. Then the New 52 happened and over time my DC Comics pile lessened and while later I found books I liked buying in trade, month to month I didn’t have that fire to buy DC Comics. Hence I am trying my hand at the DC Rebirth Journey. Join me won’t you as I dive into the first week of DC Rebirth, a quick burst adventure into DC’s first week of books.

The first week of books was a good mix you had Green Arrow: Rebirth, Superman: Rebirth, Green Lanterns: Rebirth, and Batman: Rebirth. Out of them all the one I was planning on skipping was Green Arrow. I had only decided at the last minute to grab Green Arrow and that turned out to be my favorite book of the first week. This comic was happiness personified in a comic book. Gave a great overview of Oliver Queen and how he operates as Green Arrow. It’s new reader friendly while still giving a lot to the older readers, establishing Black Canary back into his life for starters. Setting up a potential new villain in the future too and of course giving him his rocking goatee back. Benjamin Percy is phenomenal on this comic and art wise, Otto Schmidt was amazing on this. This was the book that made me realize that DC Rebirth was well on the right path. The book I was going to skip turned out to be my favorite, a pleasant surprise indeed.

Green Lanterns: Rebirth set up a cool new idea for the Green Lantern Corps going forward. A dynamic duo of Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz not getting along, yet being forced to work together because they have to share the same lantern to charge their rings. It’s a cool idea and Geoff Johns and Sam Humphries connect you to both Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, making them both cool characters in their own right. It’s new reader friendly and sets up a connection right off the bat. Even sets up more than a few new threats to compel you to want to check out the new series. It has a lot of excellent potential, the Ethan Van Sciver and Ed Benes art team worked well together on this issue too. It wasn’t my favorite but I have to admit it was a lot of fun, I may not be entirely sold on the new series yet but I am game to give the first issue a shot.

Green Arrow and Black Canary DC Rebirth

Now for the Batman: Rebirth and Superman: Rebirth, both serve as ways to ease out of the New 52 and into the realm of DC Rebirth. Batman: Rebirth was Scott Snyder and Tom King working together to set up the new run with Snyder handing over the keys to Tom King going forward. It sets up an amazing revamp of Calendar Man for one, suitably creepy and will be cool to see how that plays out going forward. Duke Thomas from Zero Year is being set up not as Robin but something different, a new sort of sidekick for Batman. Not sure how this will play out but this could be a blast to see. Mikel Janin nails this book art wise, it’s a cool looking book and I don’t want to forget to mention here that June Chung’s colors are gorgeous on this comic. It’s a good setup for Batman going forward and gives you a loose idea that Tom King is going to be playing with a lot of fun toys.

Superman: Rebirth as I mentioned is a way to ease into DC Rebirth. Superman: Rebirth is an epilogue to the aftermath of the death of the New 52 Superman. Superman: Rebirth serves as a way to reacquaint fans to the pre-52 Superman and introduce new readers to him if they need it. Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason talk about the death and return of the pre-52 Superman using Lana Lang as a way for the readers to learn about his history. Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza handle the art duties here superbly, showing the power and joyous optimism of the pre-52 Superman. It doesn’t set up any new threats as much as it is a way to show the readers that yes, pre-52 Superman is here and ready to return to being Superman once more. It’s a cool book and a joy to read, getting me excited for Superman and also Action Comics as well.

The first week of DC Rebirth was a rousing success and if this is any kind of indication of what the rest of the books are going to be like, this is going to be amazing. I can already feel my optimism for DC Comics rising as I think about the books to come. A great start to this relaunch and I await the rest of the journey. Keep tabs here as I continue my journey into DC Rebirth in the months to come. The good, bad, and the ugly, I shall discover it all as I venture forward. So far though it looks like smooth sailing ahead and that makes me smile.

 

Wes Reads Thunderbolts #1: A Good Surprise Gets You Everywhere

Thunderbolts #1 2016 Cover

Thunderbolts is a series that means a lot to me. It was one of the first books I got into when I started reading comics again. I have given every iteration of Thunderbolts a shot over the years. Every version of the team had a unique style to it that love or hate, you can never say that it didn’t take chances in one way or another. The original Thunderbolts was the Masters of Evil pretending to be heroes and along the way some of them realizing they like being heroes. This time around the Thunderbolts have sprouted out of the events of Avengers Standoff with Winter Soldier (James “Bucky” Barnes”) leading the team of Moonstone, Atlas, The Fixer, and Mach-X, so a good mix of old and new in this team. On paper this is one of the better ways to revive the team, especially after Standoff went over well with a lot of fans. The team has come together to clean up the mess left in the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D. and their experiment in imprisoning villains, Pleasant Hill. There’s much more than that in the mix too, but we’ll get into more of that as I talk more about my thoughts on this new Thunderbolts book. As this book while having similar touches to the classic Thunderbolts, there is a couple new ideas in the mix that surprised me.

To begin with if you haven’t read Avengers Standoff yet, you’re fine. Jim Zub sums up the event smoothly, Zub gives you everything you need to know within the first few pages. The team dynamic is easy to dive into for older readers of the series and if you’re new to it, the dynamics are made clear to you. It shows a team that knows how to work with one another yet Moonstone is still that wild card of the team.  I like how Zub captures the dynamic of the original team and working with Bucky, comfortable and exciting all at the same time. Bucky is the outsider and now leader of the Thunderbolts, making life interesting for this new team. It adds a new quirk outside of the major addition to the team which is Kobik, the energy of the cosmic cube brought to life as a four year old girl. I had no idea Kobik was involved in this series but it works and I am pleasantly surprised by that. Even if you haven’t read Standoff, you know what Kobik can do and why she means so much to the team. Kobik is so likable and you see how she fits in. Take note though, she is a kid yet she is pure cosmic cube energy so that can play out in many fun and surprising ways.

Thunderbolts #1 2016 Splash Page

The tone of the comic is a good mix of action, comedy, and a good dose of high end drama here and there. The blend of tones work well as it seems the revivals of Thunderbolts over the years have trended too dark and this has the right balance. I can tell Zub is already on his way to finding the right tone on this series. Which is where we dive into the one thing that I feel works but for some it may not, the art. Jon Malin was an artist I first discovered on his work in Youngblood and I liked it, quite a lot. That same energy that was within Youngblood that shines well here. In fact there’s more energy to it, the opening double page splash is filled with action, unabashed firepower, and pure excitement. A nice way to follow up the moody and strong opening page that shows the team preparing for the mission, enhanced by the strong coloring of Matt Yackey. Nice dark tones to set the mood and then a blast of color on that double page spread that is enough to knock your socks off. Malin and Yackey work well with the tone that Zub is aiming for, a classic action story but with humor and some dark twists to boot.

A big part of what caught my eye about Thunderbolts and my excitement for this new run is the final page. No spoilers here my friends as this final page is adding a nice amount of unpredictability to the proceedings. It’s why I did a tweet about it before this review, I had to let out that reaction fast. People are going to quibble about the art and I say give it a chance, this is some good storytelling here and a lot of fun, and that ending is going to blow your mind and have you begging for the next issue. Welcome back to my pull list Thunderbolts and to a new group of readers discovering the Thunderbolts in the process, this series is already rocking and rolling from the start.

The Bloggity Session 4/26/16: The Back Issues Are Here!

Today has been what we call reading through the back issues day. This edition of The Bloggity Session is more my own personal adventure into reading cool stuff that makes me smile. It is more an opportunity to recharge myself as I keep myself on a daily schedule here on the blog too. See the thing about me is I love talking comic books, wrestling, television, and whatever else. I do have a love for comics that are pure fun and joy. That’s why I have been going on these back issue adventures as I learn about books that I get the feeling would appeal to me. I did read the Lion of Rora and loved that to death, great book if you haven’t read it. From Lion of Rora I dived into the What If? #7 I got that Rob Liefeld worked on and that will be a bigger story to come as that surprised me quite a bit. I also started reading Larry Hama’s Nth Man and oh my goodness I am loving it so far, that is going to be detailed later though as trust me, this is going to be so many levels of awesome, you have no idea. Of course since it is Tuesday night what did I do with part of my evening? Why watch The Flash and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. of course! Hello Tuesday night television.

After dinner and back issue reading, Tuesday night television was a calling and it was a solid night I have to say. The Flash was cool, I like the direction it is heading in right now. I like when a show puts the hero in a different situation than normal and what the show is up to works for me. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing solid work with the Inhumans and so forth, yet it is treading dangerously into Angel Season Four territory but on a lesser scale. I’m still optimistic but hopeful that it is leading to a cool place, considering the preview for next week it could be heading into that cool place quickly. I’ve stuck it out with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. though and have been trusting of where it is heading so I’m keeping an open mind and seeing how it fares in the coming episodes.

This is a short Bloggity Session as I want to keep diving into my back issues and I’ve continued reading the X-Force Omnibus I got from my library awhile back. A good late night of reading lies ahead of me and I am chomping at the bit to get back into it. Writing to dive into, lots of good books and comics to read, just another day in the life of me. Thanks for reading The Bloggity Session and I hope you all are doing well out there. Take care everyone and I shall see you all tomorrow! Bye for now!

The Bloggity Session 4/25/16: The WWE Raw Edition

Welcome back to The Bloggity Session! Tonight I am watching WWE Raw live for the first time in awhile. The reason why I am watching WWE Raw tonight is simple, Gotham isn’t on and Supergirl has finished up its season. There is nothing else on so live WWE Raw it is. It hasn’t been a bad show overall yet me and the WWE have been on quirky terms viewing wise. There is cool stuff happening yet I can’t bring myself to get hyped. Mostly because of the fact that I know with WWE that whenever I get hyped, something goofy happens. There is a gag here that for as positive as I am about comics and the future it holds, my views on pro wrestling go all over the place. I love Lucha Underground, plan on making a habit of checking out ROH again, and WWE is improving but there is still a long way to go. The crowd tonight is awful too, add in all the “What!?” and “CM Punk” chants and more, you get a pretty brutal night. Good matches but a bad crowd does a number on everything. I say this though, WWE did a great job with the tribute to Chyna, well done WWE. A WWE Raw of ups and downs. It does give me ideas though, I may have to think about doing more with pro wrestling at some point, we shall see.

WWE Raw Logo

I may have to think seriously about doing more coverage of pro wrestling here on the blog. There is a lot to say on it and it would be a good way for me to get a weekly thing here. It would be fun to talk more on pro wrestling, WWE and so forth. Heck any excuse to talk more on Lucha Underground and encouragement to check out more wrestling isn’t a bad idea. I’ll think about that as I still have other projects I plan on diving into soon here. My back issues arrived today so that project will be starting soon. Looking forward to diving more into the Nth Man and Power Company for sure. Of course my list of comics to dive into is large either way but I am looking forward to the journey to come. This my friends is going to be a fun ride for sure. So much wonderful reading lies ahead for me, I can’t wait to begin.

Now I shall end this Bloggity Report here for now, thanks for reading as always and I am proud that I have been able to keep this up daily so far. I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Take care and hope you all are doing well out there. Take care and bye for now!

The Bloggity Session for 4/23/16: Bless You Libraries

A later into the night edition of The Bloggity Session than I would like but sometimes you can’t help it. I spent most of the day reading Superman and The Justice League of America Vol. 1 I got from one of the libraries here in Ohio. It was pretty nice as I’d wanted to read it but not sure I wanted to really own it, hence me taking advantage of the Ohio Libraries and the lovely system we have here in Ohio connecting them. I love libraries and this saves me a good chunk of change. Yet I also put a ridiculous amount of books on hold thanks to a massive order spree my own local system got in. Soon I shall be reading Wonder Woman: Earth One for starters as it got ordered so I put that sucker on hold. My hold list at my library right now is out of control but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Besides this Goodreads challenge isn’t going to finish itself and it’ll just encourage me to keep up with my reading. I fell behind on my Goodreads challenge anyway so I am determined to keep up with my reading and I got so many book worlds I want to explore. I can easily say this is a win win situation for me, I save money and get to read cool books along the way, that is fine by me my friends.

Justice League Spectacular #1 Cover

Outside of reading though today, I was saddened that I didn’t get in my order for my massive back issue haul from mycomicshop.com. Looking at the tracking number it was so close to my house, alas it was not meant to be as I now have to wait till Monday for it. Oh well, one more day or so won’t hurt and I still have plenty to read either way. I’ve been enjoying these Bloggity Sessions too, they keep me writing on the day to day and not locked into a given subject per day. Besides it gives me a way to keep you all updated on me. I was always surprised by how many people enjoyed my off the cuff blogs so I’m going to keep doing them. They’re not going to be featured post blogs or anything of that nature, just me rambling along as I plot out my next round of more detailed pieces. I am liking how things are going with this blog anyway and I want to keep progress going so even if I’m just doing these quick blogs day to day in between other posts, it is a good way to let people know I’m around. Outside of random tweet blasts on my twitter or whatever other social media network I’m hanging out on.

The Medusa Chain Cover DC Comics

I did find one cool thing today, a DC Graphic Novel called The Medusa Chain by Ernie Colon. I’d never heard of this before until I found it in my local Half Price Books. If anyone has anything to say on it, feel free to fire me a line. Otherwise this is just a nifty piece and is #3 in the series of DC Graphic Novels as it follows the Warlords and Star Raiders graphic novels I already have. You can’t help but love the random finds and those things that are so cool you can’t help but smile. Looking above at the cover too it looks like a good read, I also the Jack Kirby Graphic Novel The Hunger Dogs is part of this series but I know it is hyper expensive so I doubt I will ever find that out in the wild. Still one can dream as I would love to own a copy of The Hunger Dogs one day as it is part of the Super Powers series that Kirby did for DC so The Hunger Dogs would be neat to have.

Anyway, I’ve rambled enough for one night so I shall catch up to you all later. Much appreciated for you all reading this and till the next Bloggity Session, be awesome to one another. Take care everyone.

The Bloggity Session for 4/22/16: Sorting Through the Back Issues

Welcome to my daily column idea, The Bloggity Session. This is my way of talking about whatever is popping into my mind and gives me a loose way to update you all on what I’m up to. Right now it has been sorting out further on my back issue adventures. I’m finally narrowing it down to what I want to write about here. Writing about series in long form is actually one of my bigger plans for this blog o’mine here. I like back issues, I love finding cool series that haven’t been collected, and also from time to time I just love hunting for back issues. You don’t get that as often nowadays depending on where you are but around here, I find I have ample opportunity to do my fair share of back issue hunting. Yet on some stuff I even have to do the grand internet wander of hitting up the stores and sellers to find stuff. I do love though when my local Half Price Books has issue packs collecting four or more books for usually between three to seven dollars, that is always a good time. Of course lately I’ve mostly found a strange bit of Lobo, Azrael, and other assorted random. Hence why I have a mycomicshop.com order on the way completing my Power Company run, and a couple more weird things I want to talk about as I didn’t know they existed until recently.

Recently I saw images of this odd What If? that Rob Liefeld did art for and it looked totally bonkers, which means I needed it in my life. Turns out it was What If? #7 from Vol. 2 of the series. As I was already making the Power Company part of my order I figure why not add the What If? to the haul right? Then I discovered this other book called the Nth Man, which I had never heard of until recently. It was released back in 1989 and written by Larry Hama and in the small bit I have heard about it, this sounds amazing. I won’t say too much as if this promises what I think it should, oh this is going to be something to look forward to experiencing first hand. I somehow have an Excalibur issue that has the Nth Man in it too, so I am surprised this didn’t hit my radar until now. As for The Power Company, it’s a DC series that I always meant to read more of but some how slipped past me somewhere along the way. I am a fan of Kurt Busiek so anything with him involved I am likely to be game to give a go.  I am looking forward to all of this immensely, the order is also supposed to be here on Monday so I am excited!

What if? Vol. 2 #7 Marvel Comics Cover

 

See that cover of What if? and realize why I could not wait to have this craziness in my life. I always like to say in my comic reading, I read everything and I just love comics by golly. I have all sorts of cool back issues on the way and this should be a great time. Now with this first edition of The Bloggity Session out of the way, let the daily adventures begin here. In between larger pieces I plot out, The Bloggity Sessions are my relaxed times just talking comics and whatever else pops into my mind. Put it this way, this is me chatting with you all a bit. Thanks for reading and to all of you who have been reading my blog thus far, thank you so much. The best is yet to come, take care and hope you all are doing well out there.

Wes Reads Totally Awesome Hulk #1-4: Giant Monsters are Radical!

Totally Awesome Hulk #1 Cover

Totally Awesome Hulk comes to us from the All-New All-Different Marvel launch late last year and just completed its first story arc, what a perfect time to check it out. I have been curious about this series and when Greg Pak put out the call on twitter for reviewers to review story arcs, I was totally game to do it. To fill in the story for you all, Greg Pak brings Amadeus Cho, the character he co-created with Takeshi Miyazawa, to the forefront as now he is the Totally Awesome Hulk. Yet you wonder what happened to Bruce Banner, why isn’t he The Hulk? What the heck happened between this book and Secret Wars? With an eight month gap, a lot of stuff happened in the Marvel Universe, Amadeus Cho’s transformation being one such thing. If I had only read one issue of this, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the full idea of what Pak was going for here. In reading the entire first story arc, there is a sense that Pak is taking the Amadeus Cho Hulk in directions that managed to surprise me. Totally Awesome Hulk is a different take on the character of The Hulk. Time to see more of what happens when the eighth smartest person in the Marvel Universe embraces the art of Hulk Smash in issues #1-4 of Totally Awesome Hulk!

Take note of the title of this Wes Reads, Giant Monsters are Radical. The entire first arc is Amadeus Cho our Totally Awesome Hulk, going after giant monsters, this has my heart from the start. Yet even more than that, Pak adds a great supporting cast with Amadeus Cho’s sister Maddy, short for Madame Curie, and her working with Amadeus as his Mission Control for his work as the Hulk. You even have Miles Morales Spider-Man and She-Hulk popping up in the rest of the arc too. You get a great supporting cast, strong characterization, and even non-stop action to boot. The major villain of this first arc are the giant monsters, specifically Fin Fang Foom who is my favorite thanks to Nextwave. I really do like Lady Hellbender, she’s after the Giant Monsters for her own reasons and she would be considered the villain yet she’s really not a bad person. She has her reasons and she also helps out too. It’s a unique idea to have your first story arc be about exploring the new status quo through a fun giant monster adventure and a powerful origin story, I dig what Pak did with this.

Spider-Man and She-Hulk with Totally Awesome Hulk

It’s also built for Frank Cho to cut loose, and Frank Cho cuts loose on this comic. This is loud splashy action at its finest. Amadeus Cho shows all his skills as the Totally Awesome Hulk in this comic. The giant monsters feel huge and powerful, the Fin Fang Foom fight and the giant monster battle near the end have to be seen to be believed. Though as you see lots of Hulk Smashing all over the place in these big bombastic action pieces, Frank Cho excels at those quiet moments where you get to know the characters a bit. Cho’s style is so expressive that even in the slow moments, it still has a sense of keeping the story moving forward. There’s a bit in the flashback sequences that thanks to Cho’s art that will break your heart in two, it’s touching and powerful all at once. Pak nails you with the emotional words then Cho knocks it out of the park with the emotions on each of the characters faces, it’s about as perfect a comic moment as you can get. I love Sonia Oback’s coloring on this, I note that in the present day there’s a brightness to the coloring then in the flashback there is a more muted tone, highlighting the more serious nature of the flashbacks. That nice subtle difference in coloring makes all the difference in making a comic like this work that much more.

Totally Awesome Hulk vs. Fin Fang Foom

I’m making this spoiler free too because Totally Awesome Hulk is a lot of fun and there’s touches that I won’t dare spoil for you all. Put it this way, Pak has another twist with the Amadeus Cho Hulk that Frank Cho has a lot of fun with that’s subtle and it works. I hadn’t gotten the chance to read anything of Totally Awesome Hulk and now I am planning on reading the next issue. There’s great characters developing here and I still feel like we’re only scratching the surface with the Totally Awesome Hulk. Right now the future of The Hulk looks bright and in the hands of this creative team, I have high hopes for the rest of the series to come.

Now to get your hands on the Totally Awesome Hulk for yourselves you can likely find it at your local comic shop and if you don’t know where your local store is just use the Comic Shop Locator to help find the comic store closest to you. If you prefer digital it is also available on ComiXology, and if you want to grab the upcoming trade of these issues you can even pre-order it off of Amazon.