- DC has an extra week of #15 releases on the first week of January (January 2), since they only had two issues out on Christmas week, which were: Justice League #15 and Aquaman #15 (Throne of Atlantis) Geoff Johns finally gives us a bit more characterization in the Justice League, stepping up from the previous issues that seem a bit filler. We get a glimpse of Cyborg's current relationship with his father Clark and Diana on a date in secret identity mode and later saving people together mode (with Lois looking on wistfully maybe?) and a bit of a team-up
- When I first heard about Amazing Spider-Man ending and being replaced by a new Superior Spider-Man series starring someone other than Peter Parker, my first thought was: maybe they're finally retiring Peter for good. Peter is at a pretty good point in his personal life: he has a good, fulfilling job at Horizon Labs so he doesn't have to miss the bills, Aunt May is well taken care of by Jameson Sr. so he doesn't have to worry about her all the time, and there were even some signs of how he and Mary Jane still cared so deeply for
- It's "Last Week in Marvel NOW!" since this is going up on Sunday/Monday. And what a lot of Marvel NOW! we got, since many of the top titles are double shipping this month. Hopefully the schedule normalizes back to monthlies soon, I'm already reading far too many books as it is! (Well, that's kind of a good problem to have right?) Luckily Marvel only has two books coming out on Christmas week, gives me some time to catch up. The best books this week are the same ones I've been raving about the past month. We start with Avengers #2
- For some reason I remembered today this D&D roleplaying session with some people a while back (I wasn’t participating, just observing). The party had come into a village tavern looking for information, and there was this tavern wench who was acting a bit suspiciously in their eyes. As she exited the main tavern room (presumably to get more ale or whatever), one of the party members who for some reason was armed with a pitchfork declared that he would stop her from leaving the room by throwing the pitchfork in her path. A couple of disastrous rolls later and the
- There's really far, far too many comics I read each week to cover them in one blog post so I'll just cover them in groups. First, the non-Marvel NOW! series: Hawkeye #6 is the highlight of this week's Marvel releases. The book is consistently funny, down-to-earth and awesome, and this issue is one of the best so far. If you haven't heard about it, the series written by Matt Fraction is one of Marvel's best ongoings right now. The book tells stories of what "Hawkguy" is up to when he's not out Avenging against alien threats or hydra or whatever.
- Well, missed posting about last week's comics due to some technical difficulties with my home computer, let's see if we can't get back on track. There's a lot to look forward to this week on the Marvel side. There's All-New X-Men #4 where we'll finally get to see Cyclops face off with his younger/older self. My other favorite so far of the Marvel NOW! books has the second issue this week: Avengers #2 continues the introductory arc to Jonathan Hickman's Avengers epic, let's see how he handles the large cast he's playing with. Hawkeye #5 (David Aja returns!), Daredevil #21
- Easily the best comic I've read this week (and I've already read a lot!) is the Marvel NOW! Relaunch of the Avengers book. Avengers vol. 5 #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena ushers in a brand new era of Avengers; bigger, bolder and looking to be a lot more epic. Jonathan Hickman, fresh off what many consider to be the best Fantastic Four run in recent history (if not all-time), takes over from former Avengers showrunner Brian Michael Bendis and immediately shows us how his take on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes is going to set itself apart from Bendis'
- It's actually kind of a light week this week. There's a couple of Marvel NOW! #1s coming in, and nothing too exciting particularly on the DC side. The #1 I'm most looking forward to the most this week has to be Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena's Avengers #1 (link leads to preview pages). It's a new era for the Avengers as a new creative team takes over from Bendis, and it looks like Hickman will be bringing over his tendency for epic-scale adventures from the Fantastic Four books over to the Avengers franchise. Then we have Amazing Spider-man #699 which
- Let's see what the comic book man brought us this week! (Mild spoilers may ensue) Uncanny Avengers #2 (Marvel) To be honest this book was not at the top of my to-read list since I was a bit underwhelmed by the first book. But that may have been a product of reading too many preview pages so that basically the only surprise I got was the shock ending of what Red Skull was doing to Xavier's corpse. The second issue felt a lot better though, there were some scenes that I felt were quite well-written - Havok receiving the old
- Tomorrow is new comics day! Here are the titles I'm most excited for this week: All-New X-Men # 2 - I thoroughly enjoyed the first issue of this Marvel NOW! series a couple of weeks ago and found myself excitedly looking forward to the next one. Luckily (or unlucky for your wallet?) many of the top Marvel NOW! #1s are double-shipping so here we are a couple of weeks later with the second issue of All-New X-Men! I've seen some of the preview pages, looks like Beast is going to have to convince the first five to make the trip
- Writing regularly is something I've always wanted to be able to do but like most things I have trouble with, it's the lack of discipline that gets me. Take this blog for instance. I randomly think of things to write about while I'm idling or commuting or waiting in line or any of the dozen or so other opportunities during the day when my mind wanders, but because of laziness and/or lack of discipline, these ideas never get very far. I think one of the problems is that because this is a personal blog, I don't have any focus. That
- This week's biggest issue was Amazing Spider-Man #698. With three issues before the series finale and Dan Slott hyping up the ending arc and still keeping a tight lid on who may be taking over Peter's role in Superior Spider-Man in January, I was really excited to be able to read the first part of the final Dying Wish arc. Doctor Octopus is dying! But before he does he pulls a whammy on our favorite wall crawler. If you haven't been spoiled by the internet before you read it, the big reveal near the end of the issue comes as
- When I was growing up, our mom would make this sandwich spread concoction that was a mix of cheese, butter, sugar and milk. I loved it, and when my mom told young me what the ingredients are I quickly gave it the name "Cheetergarmi" (I'm sure you can figure it out). She still occasionally makes some for us to this day, just had some for a midnight snack! Also, I pretty much wrote this post so that I could have a Google search term that returns a single hit to a blog post of mine.
- The last two entries (here and here) took too long to write, and there's a helluva lot of other titles to go through. And many of them don't deserve much comments, so I'll just go through the rest quickly or I might never finish. Action Comics -- the younger Superman stories are interesting, but occasionally Morrison goes off on one of his weird tangent stories. Superman's early years are largely re-written, and that's understandable, he's never had particularly interesting events in his history anyway Superman -- meh, needs more spice Superboy -- interesting, but the character has yet to find
- Last weekend was Grand Prix Manila 2012, held at the SMX at Mall of Asia. I don't really consider myself a "regular" Magic player anymore so I'm not going to give a full tournament report, though I will record some details for posterity. Let's start with the deck. I played some version of Naya Pod, limited by what cards were available as usual: A Pile of Naya Creatures 4 Birds of Paradise 3 Avacyn Pilgrim 1 Ulvenwald Tracker 4 Strangeleroot Geist 2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben 1 Daybreak Ranger 2 Borderland Ranger 2 Blade Splicer 2 Fiend Hunter 2 Wolfir
- This is part 2 of my DC New 52 Review. Part is here. Hopefully I finish this series before the reviews become too out of date. Batman I decided to read every book of the New 52 to widen my horizons regarding my comic book reading, and one of the greatest advantages has been exposure to Scott Snyder's work. I have a tendency not to remember writers and artists of comics I read, except for the very famous ones, so I wasn't aware that I had read his work before during the Black Mirror arc in Detective Comics pre-New 52.
- Time for some Monday morning quarterbacking! Disclaimer: I Am Not A Lawyer. I'm just a guy with opinions. And you know what they say about opinions... Today, the Philippine Senate has impeached the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by a vote of 20 to 3. I've generally kept silent about the CJ trial, mainly because I know people who are rabidly pro-Corona and I don't feel like getting into an argument with someone who's obviously biased (I'm sorry my friends, we are going to have to agree to disagree now). Not to say I dislike him either. I've never
- If you're reading this, that means I've done it: I've read the first eight issues of every DC New 52 book. I've always been a Marvel fan more than DC, my previous DC reading having been restricted to JLA and the Batman books, so I figured exposure to the New 52 would widen my appreciation of the DC stable of heroes. Here are my reviews: Justice League While the art is Jim Lee-fantastic, the first story arc left much to be desired. It was basically a meet-and-greet where we're introduced to the team members and after a while they knock