Value Village Comic Books

Superman 204 by Brain Azzarello, Jim Lee and Scott Williams

Rai and the Future Force 9 by Bob Layton, John Ostrander, Sean Chen and Kathryn Bolinger

Eternal Warrior 9 by Mark Moretti, John Dixon and Paul Autio

Batman and Robin The Boy Wonder 2 by Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair

Superman Action Comics 728 by David Michelinie, Tom Grummett and Denis Rodier

The Silver Surfer 85 by Ron Marz, Ernie Stiner, Tom Christopher, Hen Bruzenah, Renee Witterstaetter, Craig Anderson

This blog post is going to be lame. I’m just going to be upfront about that.

I read these comics weeks ago, but then I once again became an unemployed librarian (contract up, out of my home, squatting with friends, squatting and settling, driving places, sleeping on couches, job applications, interviews, etc) so blogging just didn’t happen. While I like to think I had some clever thoughts about these comics at the time I read them, I have no idea what they were.

This Superman was super broody as our hero confesses his guilt about how he can’t be everywhere for everyone. I guess broody Superman is a nice change, and as usually I love Jim Lee’s drawings. By far, my favourite part.

The Future Force I have no context for, at all but it seemed like a cool concept, even though I don’t understand what’s going on. Old school ethnically diverse cast. You know, in an awkward stereotype kinda way.

Eternal Warrior was like Highlander, but not as wonderful. Maybe it’s the cat people. Whatever. I actually would read this one for the story.

Batman and Robin I have conflicting feelings on. Jim Lee illustrations, so that’s a plus. I don’t know how I feel about Frank Miller’s Batman and Robin series. It’s Dick’s origin story but Bruce takes the “I’ll torture him” approach to shaping his sidekick. Which I don’t love. It felt too cruel, and maybe a little forced. Or at least, not in line with my Bruce Wayne. But that’s how comic books work right? Everyone gets to pick their own stories.

This Superman Action Comic was actually just an adventure of Manman, because Superman has no powers. It was fine, if a little plodding. It’s probably a better read if it’s read in it’s arch.

Silver Surfer featuring the Xmen? Whatever. Crossovers are all well and good, but I didn’t love it, probably because I was missing too much of the story.

So, now that I’m unemployed, I’m going to be blogging a lot more. Should be fun.

Last movie I watched:

Pitch Perfect 2! Not as good as the first one, but still pretty excellent!

Last TV episode I watched:

Game of Thrones. Rewatching, with people who haven’t seen it yet. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT’S COMING.

Also I’m catching things I missed before. That’s cool.

DC comics and how they never do anything halfway

Batman Knightfall Vol 1 by Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon and Alan Grant. And about a hundred other people.

I was pretty excited to read Knightfall. After all, to anyone as fangirlie as me, who has spent hours reading up on Batman mythology, the story of how Batman’s back was broken is pretty legendary.

And it was good.

There was also just a lot of it. Like a lot, a lot, a lot of it. Like this book is over 600 pages and I’m only 1/3 of the way through the story. There’s a hundred pages of Bane’s back story, which is sympathetic but I’m not sure I’m ready for a study of what drive people insane. Or at least, not one this long and repetitive. Bane then releases EVERY SINGLE VILLAIN Batman has ever locked up and we have to watch him systematically rounding them up while pushing Robin (Tim Drake) away and becoming increasingly exhausted. And then, when DC could think of literally no other way to possibly torture him, Bane finds out his identity, comes after him and breaks his back. Which is almost a relief ’cause it’s a change the in story.

Then Bruce, because he’s the world’s greatest detective, puts Jean Paul Valley in the Batsuit, despite the fact that he was programmed to be a crazy person. Worse still, he never even asks Dick. And that’s just not cool man, not cool.

Inevitably Jean Paul looses himself in the suit and the power and his programming and the violence, Bruce goes off on a mission to save the woman he’s truly, deeply, madly in love with this week and poor Tim’s left to fix everything.

So mostly, this story makes everyone but Tim look bad.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of the story. I wouldn’t take Bruce getting his back broken by Bane out of the canon ever ’cause it’s great to see him as a human, fragile and defeatable. It’s nice to see him fight a villain who actually plans and thinks ahead and is strategic but it just feels like too much to me. Too heavy. Too long. Too many episodes. I’d rather a few good fights instead of going to such extreme extremes to make Bruce look good before breaking him. But maybe that’s just me.

Last movie I watched: Blackfish. Documentary about how orca whales aren’t meant to be at SeaWorld. Beautiful. Also sad. But very beautiful.

Last TV episode I watched: BSG! BSG! BSG!

Oh 1980s, why were you so goofy?

Archive Editions: The New Teen Titans Volume 1 by Marv Wolfman, Dick Giordano and George Perez (and a load of other people)

This delightful book is the story, in glorious technocolour, of how the Teen Titans reformed, which I guess means they broke up at some point although I’m unclear on the details.

So, apparently normal colours were just not an option in the 1980s, because everything is obscenely brightly coloured. It feels a little blinding. And ┬áman, the costumes, the costumes! I mean, everyone knows Robin’s is super bizarre (primarily the WHERE ARE YOUR PANTS!? part) but he looks practically sensible when standing beside Cyborg, who’s got this kind of stripper look and Starfire whose boot covers more surface area than the entirety of her outfit. What were they thinking?

Then of course ┬áthere’s some slightly uncomfortable racial portrayals (Cyborg’s talkin’ like a black man, yo!), pretty serious objectification of the ladies (Starfire is so beautiful she can even wear clothes and earn men’s attention) and something that I’m starting to think is a DC tradition that makes me super weirded out (women using power to control men sexually or otherwise – in this case Raven using her magic to make Kid Flash fall in love with her – which is treated as a minor road bump at worst).

Some of that I’m going to write off as a product of the time. Some of it is going to really irritate me ’cause we still haven’t moved past it. And some of it I’m going to laugh at. ‘Cause it’s hilarious.

Storywise though, this was pretty neat. I mean, I kind of prefer my heroes to be earth bound crime fighters, but if you have to go to another dimension to fight a giant demon god I guess this is the way to do it. If you’re going to force a showdown between the Teen Titans and the Justice League, that’s totally the way to do it. If you’re going to have commentary describing what’s going on in the pictures of a comic… well I guess that’s your call, but it’s a super weird choice.

Anyway, fun times were had! The eighties were mocked and then I moved on to read some old Batmans. ‘Cause I’m a dork.

Last movie I watched: Equilibrium. Although “watched” might not be the word I want, since I fell asleep shortly after Sean Bean’s death.

Last TV episode I watched: Don’t even really remember. Probably something stupid like Two and A Half Men