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You caught me…

I recieved an email this morning asking why I haven’t been posting as many reviews lately, and if I am “stalling” for some reason.  Yup, you caught me, I’m stalling.  I had a bout of real world-ness to deal with (applying to graduate school, working 2 jobs at 12 hours a day) and just hadn’t been able to get to my local comic book store.  Mix this with my chronic, compulsive need to know a whole story, and as a result I’ve got a whole big pile of comics sitting around, in a huge mess.  Well, in an attempt to clean up the house, I decided it was finally time to really organize my comic book collection last week.  I took a photo to send to a friend, and it is reproduced here.  From top to bottom, right to left, the following comic piles have been organized in such a way that Howard Hughes looks rather commonplace…

At the top is a mess of comics I determined that I had read, so I bagged and boarded them.  Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Rebellion, Star Wars: Legacy, Star Wars: Dark Times, Comic News (yes I save them), random bargain bin comics including a number of Alpha Flight, Thor, Marvel Knights publications, Conan: The Cimmerian, two comics featuring Fin Fang Foom (look for a post on this pile!), Wolverine: Origins, X-Men: Legacy, Uncanny X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Force, my DC pile, Captain America, War Machine, New Avengers, varios Iron Man comics, Weapon-X: First Class, and Deadpool.  The largest piles by far are Star Wars: Legacy and Knights of the Old Republic.  Right now I am wading my way through these comics, and enjoying every minute of it.

So, yes, I was stalling, and I got caught.  But have no fear, reviews are incoming, probably even one today, so make sure you check back at Your Comic Relief for all your comic related needs!

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End of Year Comic Pull List Reshuffling

So, 2007 is nearing an end, and I figured I’d poll anyone who visits this site on what they’ll be changing in their pull list. I find this time of the year is a good time to sort that stuff out, and while I’ll tweak my pull list throughout the year, this is the time of the year in which I make larger changes.

Daredevil: dropped

I feel like nothing has been happening too much, it’s all been more of the same false leads following up on them for nothing. Daredevil has never been one of the fastest paced comics out there, but not I feel that Murdock could sneeze and that’d be enough for the editors. The annual was amazing, I was a huge fan of that, but the lead up to issue #100 was so big, and in the end that flopped. It pains me to drop this title, especially considering that he is one of my favourite characters in the Marvel universe.

The Order: dropped

Yeah, not much has been happening in The Order either, well, no, that’s a lie. Things have been happening, and they’ve been reasonably interesting, but to be honest it just feels so disconnected from everything else Marvel. I like it when stories at intertwined, and figuring out how everything fits together, like a giant puzzle, and The Order just doesn’t have any relation to anything else. Also, I find the characters to be very stereotypical and shallow, and that makes it very hard to me to like them, or become invested in their interests and well being.

Heroes for Hire: dropped

I started reading this during World War Hulk, and decided I’d give it a chance to grow on me. It hasn’t, I’m not really sure why, I like the characters, the stories aren’t bad, I’m just not enjoying reading it.

Amazing Spider-man: dropped

There has been a lot of hype about this recently. While I DO have a major issue with what they have done to Spider-man, my reasons for dropping this title are slightly more shallow than that. I don’t want to pick it up three times a month, for a couple reasons. It’ll get too expensive, that’s an extra two issues a month I’ll have to pick up to keep on top of the story, and also, I don’t trust Marvel (or any publisher) to bring out GOOD issues almost weekly. I mentioned Daredevil’s attitude of “sneeze and the comic is over,” and they have a month to bring each one out.

Cable & Deadpool: dropped

Sadly, it’s ending. So I really don’t have a choice about this, but I will be picking up Cable, and if there’s any Deadpool titles coming up, you can bet I’ll be picking them up too.

Incredible Hulk: added

For better or worse, I really like Amadeus Cho. Probably because I like math, but hey, as long as he’s continuing to be in it, I’m going to keep reading it. I even like his character most of the time. Something about the boy that can stop a train with a pebble really intrigues me

Anything Conan: added

I read a single issue of Conan, and let me tell you, I loved it. Everything about it. I’m working on a review of it which will be posted in a day or two once I’ve had a chance to proof read it (I put a significant amount of effort into these reviews)

That’s it for me, how about you guys, what will you be picking up, and what issues are getting left on the shelves?  Not a WordPress subscriber? It’s cool, I allow unsubscribed comments.

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Comics for Friday December 28th

DARK HORSE:

Conan #47
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #24
Osagi Yojimbo #108
DC COMICS:

52 Aftermath: Four Horsemen #5 (of 6)
Action Comics #860
Batman #672
Blue Beetle #22
Brave and the Bold #9
Countdown: Arena #4 (of 4)
Countdown to Adventure #5 (of 8)
Countdown to Final Crisis #18
Crime Bible #3 (of 5)
Death of the New Gods #4 (of 8)
Flash #235
Gotham Underground #3 (of 9)
Green Lantern #26
Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files #1
JLA Classified #49
JSA Classified #33
Legion of Superheroes #37
Teen Titans #54
Uncle Sam & The Freedom Fighters #4 (of 8)
IMAGE COMICS:

Bomb Queen IV #4 (of 4)
Brawn #3 (of 3)
Drawing From Life #2
Invincible Presents Atom Eve #1 (of 2)
Pax Romana #1 (of 4)
Proof #5 (of 5)
Witchblade #112
MARVEL COMICS:

Amazing Spider-man #545
Avengers: The Initiative #8
Black Panther #33
Captain America #33
Captain Marvel #2 (of 5)
Fantastic Four Isla De La Muerta One Shot (English and Spanish)
Giant Size Avengers Special #1
House of M Avengers #3 (of 5)
Hulk vs Fin Fang Foom One Shot
Iron Man #24
Marvel Adventures Iron Man #8
Marvel Spotlight: One More Brand New Day
Marvel Spotlight: Messiah Complex
Marvel Zombies 2 #3
Punisher MAX #53
Red Prophet Tales of Alvin Maker #11
Thor #5
Ultimate Fantastic Four #49
Ultimate Power #9 (of 9)
Ultimate Spider-man #117
X-Men: Emperor Vulvan #4 (of 5)
X-Men: First Class #7
X-Men: Messiah Complex Mutant Files
X-Men #206
Zombie Simon Garth #2
OTHER PUBLISHERS:

Archie & Friends #117
Badger Saves the World #1 (of 4)
Bart Simpson Comics #39
Berlin #14
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #157
Drafted #4
GI Joe Storm Shadow #7
Knights of the Dinner Table #134
Shrugged #7
Snaked #1 (of 5)

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Rapid Fire Reviews: Conan, Cable & Deadpool, Star Wars, and World of Warcraft

Conan: The Frost-Giant’s Daughter #1 

            Granted, as I set out to write this review, I must admit that this was my first venture into the world of Conan the Barbarian.  For the record though, “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter” is the name of the story by Robert E. Howard, the comic is not depicting Conan as a daughter.  It opens with Conan on a snow covered field of battle, the lone survivor of a confrontation, facing off with another warrior, who we can assume to be the survivor of the opposing force.  The story continues with a scantily clad female, who approaches Conan of Cimmeria, tantalizing him, and he follows her for miles, eventually fighting her two brothers.  The art is very cinematic, and at times it seems almost watercolor, in what I understand to be the classic Conan style, there is a lot of buildup to the fight, but not as much art is dedicated to the fight itself.  I find this to be refreshing, although I do love a great comic book fight, Conan: The Frost-Giant’s Daughter has the feel of a novel, and it was based on one.  Despite its roots though, it does not tend to be overly wordy.  All in all, a good read.

 

 

Cable & Deadpool #48

            If you have been following Cable & Deadpool at all recently, you’ll know that Cable ‘died,’ and that his name has been crossed out on the cover for a while, replaced with a new character each month.  Now, I don’t think anyone believed for a second that Cable actually died (and we know now for sure thanks to Messiah Complex, that he didn’t), but it has offered some interesting story opportunities.  This month’s stand-in is Brother VooDoo (linked because some people may not recognize him, he’s not exactly central to many Marvel storylines), and he helps Wade Wilson with some self-actualization.  Fighting Deadpool arch-nemesis T-Ray takes up most of the issue, and while I am a huge fan of both fighting and Deadpool, nothing much really happens from page to page.  Don’t get me wrong though, I did enjoy the issue, but going back through it, it’s all setup for issues to come, and this issue is more of the same – Deadpool wants to be a hero now.  For Deadpool fans?  Well, you probably already own it, read it, and bagged/boarded it.  For anyone looking to get into Deadpool, I would go back to Civil War, and collect trades or read the comics by whatever means you have from there, because it will likely be confusing to any outsider at this point.

Star Wars: Dark Times #7

 
            Star Wars: Dark Times is one of my favourite Star Wars comic book story lines.  Set about a thousand years before the battle of Yavin, that’s the end of the first movie for all of those who might not know.  This story arc, Parallels, is set 19 years BBY (before the battle of Yavin).  This issue is comprised of three parts, a conversation between the nosurian, Bomo Greenbark (the new guy), and the human, Crys Taanzer, about how they have lost their families in the galactic war.  The next portion is a look at what happened after the events of Dark Times #6 (which, I highly recommend for any Star Wars fan out there), K’kruhk seems to be cautiously optimistic about his current situation, abandoned on this planet.  I wish they had donated a bit more than 2 pages to this, because it’s the story I’m most interested in; K’kruhk is one of my favourite Star Wars characters right now.  Moving on however, we’re back to the story of the crew on the Uhumele.  They’re attempting to make some money, but things go sour, and they get double crossed, and find they’re outgunned three to one.  Thankfully however, there is some deceit, and in the mayhem, it appears that the crew of the Uhumele will attack, with Bomo seeking to prove his worth, and become accepted. 

I am a fan of the art in Dark Times; Dave Ross is exceptionally proficient at making a busy scene understandable.  He is able to represent all the different races of the Star Wars universe, makes them recognizable, and gives them emotion.  Putting emotion into the eyes of a human is one thing, but being able to do it to a nosurian like Bomo Greenbark is another thing altogether.  If you’re not a Star Wars fan, I would be hesitant to recommend any of the Star Wars comics to you, because of the depth of Star Wars knowledge required, especially in story lines such as Knights of the Old Republic.  Dark Times would be much easier for anyone looking to pick up a Star Wars title, who has only seen the movies, however, working knowledge of Episodes 1-6 is probably required to understand what is going on.

World of Warcraft #2

 

 
            Last of this list of mini-reviews today is a follow up to the review I did of Issue #1.  The comic still seems to be written for a younger audience; the author still spells out many connections that could be left for any reader to discern for themselves.  However, the art is still very good, and much of this issue is taken up by a fight scene.  So, if you enjoy comic fights, this is probably worthwhile.  We do get a limited insight into the past life of “Croc-bait” or as he is known by the end of the issue “Lo’Gosh,” however, nothing we couldn’t have guessed for ourselves: he was a soldier who served under a still unnamed great leader.  He is likeable though, if you enjoy the unwilling hero motif.  My analysis from before has not really changed however, the comic is not brilliant, but it is good enough if you have an interest in the story behind Warcraft.

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Wow…. Busy Day

Short update again today, moving houses is a big deal. Went to the comic store today, managed to pick up my back issues of Messiah Complex and Ra’s al Ghul, except for episode 5 of Messiah, which is upsetting, cause I really want to be up to date on the series, perhaps I can find someone who has it, or order it online. Other than that, I picked up the What If…? Civil War, World of Warcraft #2, Star Wars: Dark Times #7, Captain America: The Chosen #5 (variant because I didn’t like the regular cover), Cable & Deadpool #48, and Conan: The Frazetta Cover Series #1. Didn’t get a chance to write that piece on The Dark Knight trailer, but it’ll be up tomorrow, today was just a stressful moving day. Because of finals etc, I have 3-5 weeks of comics to rad as well, which is both awesome and daunting, so I’m gonna get to that, have a good day.

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