Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Sunday Review

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Jul 10th
  • Justice League #22 - What a complete and utter mess of a book. Yeah, I know it's leading in to a crossover, but it's still a miserable mess. Ug.
  • World's Finest #14 - Hounded by Desaad? I kind of wonder why they don't go to this world's heroes and confess.
  • Green Lantern Corps #22 - I'm mildly interested in finding out the rason the rings are failing. Otherwise, not much to enjoy here.
  • Smallville Season 11 #15 - Does this mean the legion story is over? Back to the past?
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series #14 - Does every animated super-hero or science fiction show have to do a version of Fantastic Voyage? That said, this wasn't too bad.
  • Astro City #2 - Oh wow. Oh man. That's just... wow. I really feel for her. Wow. Ouch. Busiek really knows how to pull the rug out from under you.
  • Spongebob Comics #22 - Kind of an interesting piece on coral, nice details that most people probably don't know with a good lesson. Still, no Mermaid Man, so it wasn't a great issue.
  • The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #9 - This book just gets stranger and stranger, and yet remains very enjoyable. This issue introduces Scraps, not what I was expecting at all. There's a long way to go in this universe, and I like what I'm seeing overall.

This week's comic book related review is Heroes vs. Villains/Space Chase! (DC Super Friends). This is a flippie, with "Heroes vs. Villains" on one side, with the cover featuring both Aquaman and Black Manta, and "Space Chase" on the other, with no Aqua-character. The book has four pages of stickers in the centerfolds: one Aquaman, two Black Manta, three Catwoman, five Joker, three Red Lanterns, two Killer Croc, two Grodd, one Clayface, two Bizarro, 14 Superman, five Superman logos, 15 Batman, two batmobiles, five Batman logos, five Robin, five Flash, eight Green Lantern, and three Cyborg. That's right. Only three Aqua-character stickers, and only ONE of those is Aquaman himself. The Aquaman fans are sad at this one. The "Heroes vs. Villains" isn't a story, just a series of splash pages pairing up bad guys and good guys. Aquaman is up against Black Manta, of course. Some of the other choices were odd, like Cyborg against Clayface. "Space Chase" is strictly Batman, Superman and Green Lantern against the Joker. Fairly standard. Not the greatest thing for an Aquaman fan, I'd get it for a Superman or Batman obsessed child.

My library book this week was The Alpine Fury by Mary Daheim. Issues arise at the Bank of Alpine as both Emma and Milo attempt to sort out their love lives. This was another good one, with Vida kicking butt and taking names. I'm really not keen on the new ad guy, but somebody has to do the job. The mystery in this one had plenty of red herrings to follow, and the multiple crimes certainly helped. Overall a good read. If you want to start the Alpine series, I strongly recommend starting at the first book, The Alpine Advocate.