Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cool Stuff!

Hey there 1 to 3 people who read this! My last blog was on June 16th. That was a world that had Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson in it. And now look where we are. Friends, things have changed.

I hope you all take stock in your lives, and if you have come to the realization that, while the passing of McMahon and Fawcett are sad, that the death of Michael simply leaves stock in plastic companies in complete turmoil.

See ya plastic man!

All right, since it's been a while, I will focus on some memorable reads over the past couple weeks.
First off, there is the landmark Captain America #600. The main story is penned by Ed Brubaker who is one of my new favortie comic writers. Cap has been an excellent read, and it gets better every month.
This issue also features a Cap story by Stan Lee way way back in 1942!!! In the current-continuity story, it's the one year anniversary of Cap's death (Steve Rogers). There's a big memorial, and Osborne (Norman, I presume?) as Captain Iron America Man and his government registered supertypes are there, as is Bucky and the non-registered dudes. It ends with an interesting cliffhanger.

I could go on and on about this book, but it's got such a realistic flavor to it...as realistic as you can be while discussing superheroes. 5 out of 5 Cap shields.

Next up is Detective Comics #854. Batwoman is the central figure here, and this is my first exposure to her that I recall. I know she's a lesbian, I read that in the USA Today. I also know that she is a woman.

Anyway, good story, appearance by Batman (Dick Grayson), and was a good starting point for a newbie like me who only knew she was a lesbian who also happened to be a woman. 4 out of 5 lesbians.

I would be neglecting my duty to not mention two Green Lantern items. Green Lantern Corps: Through the Ages is a gigantic issue that dives into the past and present of the GL stories. All the stories are reprints, and I have them in their other forms, but it has a couple cool "who's who" pages, and is a nice sampling of stories. Plus it contains one of the coolest Hal Jordan moments ever...freefalling with his ring dead, landing on the Manhunter, and taking care of business. Awesome!!!!

My second favorite GL is Tomar Re, who has been deceased for years and years...to see him in these stories was great.

Lastly, we have the pseudo-conclusion to the Agent Orange storyline in Green Lantern #42. The drama going on within the Corps right now is stunning to a long time reader like me, and I don't mean that in a bad "I hate change" sort of way.

I can't WAIT to see the Black Lantern story starting next issue and going through the DC universe this summer. Personally, I think the Guardians are going to get it good. This issue ends with one of the biggest A-hole moves I've seen from the little blue dudes, and they are always a-holes, but this took the cake.

We also get to see a very cool Lantern, Ash, who is the coolest vampire killing Lantern ever to be created. Well, in all fairness, he is the only one, but I dig the character, he is pretty awesome. 5 out of 5 power rings.

1 comment:

Marcus said...

Good thing you mentioned Batwoman was a lesbian AND a woman. As a lesbian trapped in a man's body, I find that to be a very inportant distinction.