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review 2016-11-23 21:41
Review: Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? by Alan Moore
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? by Alan Moore (2010-08-03) - Alan Moore

Fills in Glasses Confuse Everyone square on the DC Comic Book Bingo card

 

So this volume contained the last two Superman Action Comics and two other Superman stories by Alan Moore. The Action Comic storyline dealt with Superman having to deal one last time with all his main villains as they try to bring Superman's fated death upon him. In the end, they didn't kill Superman....but at the same time Superman (and his alter ego, Clark Kent) "died". This story was okay, a little wearing as each villain tried to take their aim at being Superman's murderer. The story was narrated by Lois Lane, and I am not really a fan of hers...I am firmly in the pro-Wonder Woman/Superman ship. During this story, Clark Kent was outed as Superman to the entire Daily Planet staff.(2 stars)

 

The next story had Superman being saved by Swamp Thing. Honestly, it was a short story with no purpose. (1 star)

 

The last story was titled "The Man Who Has Everything"; it is Superman's birthday and Batman, Robin, and Wonder Woman visit Superman's fortress to help him celebrate. They find him under the mind control of plant that is inserted into his chest. While under this mind control, Superman is under a trance (sort of like virtual reality, just without the googles) and lives in a world that has his heart's desire open to him (Krypton is still a planet and his parents are still alive). However, things take a dark turn (very much like the political situation going on in the US right now) and Superman has to fight to get out from under the trance before he dies in this VR world. Unfortunately, just as Superman gets out from the plant's control, Batman goes under. Wonder Woman is busy dealing the villain who sent Superman the plant as a gift. The guys are just standing around in their dream state, the woman is the one kicking ass. At the end of the story, WW plants a big kiss on Superman's lips - squee! (3 stars)

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text 2016-11-13 01:32
Comic Book Bingo - Update #2: First Bingo!

Woo-hoo! First bingo (Cliff Hanger, Time Travel, Family Ties, Mythic, Newsworthy).

12/25 categories done. Next weekend I will hopefully have the two volumes of DC Bombshells in my grabby hands and ready to read.

 

Reading List:

1. Aliens - Superman: Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis

2. Surprise Hero(ine) - Birds of Prey #1: The Red League by Christy Marx

3. Parental Issues

4. Insanity - Injustice/Gods Among Us #11 by Tom Taylor and Tom Derenick

5. Kink

6. Romance Gone Wrong -

7. Teens - Teen Titans: The End by Dan Jurgens

8. City Boy

9. Dead Parents - Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazucchelli

10. Not Dead Anymore

11. Diversity - Vixen: Return of the Lion #1 by Cafu and G. Willow Wilson

12. Animals - Vixen: Return of the Lion #2 by Cafu and G. Willow Wilson

13. Free Space

14. Alternate Universe

15. Evil Genius

16. Cliff Hanger - Green Arrow/Green Lantern: Greener Pastures (Part I) by Chuck Dixon and Dougie Braithwaite

17. Time Travel - The Flash, Volume 1: Move Forward by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

18. Family Ties - Aquaman #6: Mera Unleashed! by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado

19. Mythic - Aquaman #7: The Others by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado

20. Newsworthy - Riders on the Storm (DC 1 Million #1) by Grant Morrison

21. Small Town

22. Glasses Confuse Everyone

23. Gender Swap

24. Grrl Power

25. School

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review 2016-11-13 01:22
Review: Aquaman #6: Mera Unleashed and Aquaman #7: The Others by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado
Aquaman (2011- ) #7 - Joe Prado,Ivan Reis,Geoff Johns
Aquaman #6 - Geoff Johns

Fills in Family Ties square on the DC Comic Book bingo card

Fills in Mythic square on the DC Comic Book bingo card

 

Trigger Warning: workplace sexual harassment and domestic violence

 

Mera (aka Aquawoman) is having none of your human patriarchal bullshit. She has much bigger fish to fry, namely, how she promised her father she would kill Arthur (aka Aquaman) and how she has learned how noble and heroic her hubby is and how much the seas (and people) need him. This was the perfect story I needed to read after this week. The art is beautiful and Mera's costume is both sexy as hell and actually fully clothes her at the same time. 4 stars.

 

The story of how Atlantis sank and how to stop Black Manta from taking out a group known as The Others is the storyline in the other issue I read. The story was okay, but the artwork was absolutely gorgeous! This Aquaman is very modern and much sexier/less cartoony than the old school version. 3 stars for this issue.

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review 2016-11-13 00:44
Review: Birds of Prey #1: The Red League by Christy Marx
Birds of Prey: Futures End (2014-) #1 (Birds of Prey: Futures End (2014- )) - Robson Rocha,Christy Marx

Fills in Surprise Hero square on the DC Comic Book bingo card

 

Trigger Warning: sex slavery, violence against women, suicide, human trafficking

 

Black Canary and her Red League take on the leader of a human trafficking ring in Gotham. Just as she is about to take down said bad guy, Black Beast (a side persona of Batgirl) shows up and tries to stop Canary. They have an air-clearing fight and Canary explains why she is targeting this particular Gotham citizen. Black Beast understands and side steps out of the way, a little too late; Canary and her army find the guy hanging from the ceiling. But Canary is no fool; minutes prior to executing this mission, she "accidentally" leaks the evidence she has against bad guy to the press. So the guy's name will be mud regardless. The artwork was decent, and I liked that Canary's outfit was not her standard leotard and fishnet stockings, but an actual full body costume that a person could fight in. The storytelling was decent as well. There was just no Wow! factor in this. 2.5 stars.

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review 2016-11-13 00:13
Review: Riders on the Storm (DC 1 Million #1) by Grant Morrison
DC Comics; 1,000,000 #1; Riders on the Storm (DC One Million) - Dan Raspler,Prentis Rollins,Val Semeiks,Grant Morrison

Fills in the Newsworthy square on the DC Comic Book bingo card

 

Meh. A LOT of set up for the series and for each of the JLA member's individual stories. I was excited to see Huntress, who was the only person to question the guests from the 853rd century and their request for our present day heroes to go to their time. Usually, Batman is the one to rely on to question someone motives, but even he is going (if only because of his friendship with Superman). And can I mention my utter distaste for all things Plastic Man? I really can't stand the guy. I would have preferred Blue Beetle instead. The artwork is fine, but nothing really stood out and the big bad evil genius is a sun-star-computer-ish thing that is just a giant ball of fire with one eye - that seemed a little too cartoony to me. 2 stars.

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