Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Sunday Comic Books Review

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • May 31st
  • Teen Titans Lazarus Contract Special #1 - I've never liked Damian Robin, and now I like him even less than I did before, if that's possible. Seriously, that guy needs to be put away like a super villain, because that's basically what he is. Degrading and permanently damaging his teammates, ignoring people who need help, acting like a self-important twit. Can we have another vote to kill off Robin?
  • Doctor Strange #20 - So the doc gets a new apprentice while Wong just gives up and leaves? It's not a bad story, mind you, just feels a little off.
  • Back To The Future: Biff to the Future #5 - And now we have some time travel, as the doc and his band of rebels attempt to stop Biff from becoming ... well, Biff. It would have been a little better if they'd known the change point, I guess. Fighting him in ignorance didn't do much.
  • Doctor Who 9th #13 - A Captain Jack story that delves into Jack's missing time, looking at his rebellion against the time agents. It's a little disjointed, but it seems any story involving Jack is disjointed. Nice cliffhanger at the end, though!
  • Jun 7th
  • Aquaman #24 - Atlantis is a thorny issue for Aquaman, no pun intended. To be its king, Arthur has to spend time in the city - which cuts into his time for adventures as Aquaman. So every writer has to decide if he's going to be king or not and how to deal with him not being king if that's the road that's picked. Which tends to lead to the same story of rebellion being told in different ways each time. Oh, I'll see how this plays out, but it's a familiar tune and even the shock ending isn't quite enough to endear the story to me.
  • Justice League #22 - Green Lanterns trying to prove themselves, and apparently messing up a bit. I was amused by the cameos by Aquaman and the Flash.
  • Green Lanterns #24 - Green Lanterns trying to prove themselves, unaware of the bigger threat hiding in their midst. I really wish I hadn't read this and Justice League back-to-back. I'm kind of Green Lantern'ed out, now.
  • DC Comics Bombshells #28 - I don't really know what's going on in this book any more, except it's focusing on Leningrad and there's only a passing reference to Atlantis. I'm enjoying it, I think, I'm just not real certain what I'm reading.
  • Doctor Strange #21 - Ug. A crossover. Pass.
  • Doctor Who Ghost Stories #3 - Wow, feels like a long time since I've read this. The Doctor is on a quest to get the brother crystals to the one that gave Grant his powers, and it turns out the crystals can nullify each other's effects... who knew? But we get more familiar bad guys as the story progresses and it's actually decent. A nice fun, light-hearted tale.
  • Jun 14th
  • Titans #12 - I'm not really sure what I think about this one. I mean... Omen and Garth? It seems so out-of-nowhere to me. I didn't much like the art in this one, lots of overly sketchy bits that seemed to obscure the faces and actions. Overall, a good step forward in the story with a lot of loose ends mentioned, if not tied up.
  • Dark Days: The Forge #1 - I'm not sure why I ordered this, but with Doomsday Clock on my mind, I thought the voice in the dark was a completely different person. I won't be reviewing most of this crossover, but this was an intriging hint. And hey, Aquaman appearance (which is probably why I ordered it?).
  • Scooby Apocalypse #14 - Ug, Scrappy is in the main storyline now. Still enjoying this, and I like the Fallout vibe I'm getting from the survivors. I didn't expect the new girl to last a full issue, so that was a nice surprise. Definitely not my childhood Scooby, but I like it anyway.
  • Planet of the Apes/Green Lanterns #5 - That was brutal. I'm not sure what's going to happen with this ring, but it ought not to exist, I think.
  • Back To The Future #20 - When Marty attempts to learn more about his uncle's crime - which sent him to prison for a long time - things go wrong. They really should have waited for Doc, since he clearly knew something about it.
  • Dirk Gently: Salmon of Doubt #8 - Finally, the title of this series is explained. I'm not sure much else is, though. Dirk Gently is always confusing.
  • Doctor Who 11th #3.6 - Ok, the Doctor might have figured everything out, but I'm still in the dark on what caused this. Still, the story gripped me enough that I want to know, so that's good.
  • Spongebob Comics #69 - A nice Mermaid Man story that shows just how shallow (pun intended) that superhero actually is, and more of an ongoing epic that is apparently going to end up in a real and very sad place in the ocean. I'd call this a good issue, yeah.
Hey! I'm only six months behind! At this rate by next December 31st, I'll be a year back!