Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: Aquaman, volume 1: The Trench

Aquaman. Haha, I know right? What a lame superhero. He just swims around and talks to fish. He is so useless! Everyone knows this-- it's why Aquaman is a joke. It's why you probably shouldn't envy anyone who gets stuck with writing duties for the character. Like, take this Geoff Johns guy. He's writing the New 52 Aquaman. I wonder how he's doing?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Review: Birds of Prey, volume 1: Trouble in Mind

As a straight twenty-year-old male, you would naturally assume that a team of sexy crime-fighting ladies would appeal to me, on a base level at the very least. Conventional wisdom would say that a tale starring such a team would be something I'd eat up and love. With this mind, I must congratulate Duane Swierczynski on what her has accomplished with Birds of Prey-- I did not think it was possible for a comic to be this aggressively dull.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review: Demon Knights, volume 1: Seven Against the Dark

What do you get when you take Arthurian Legend, The Seven Samurai, and Berserk and haphazardly mix them all together? Well, you'd probably get something very much like Paul Cornell's Demon Knights, one of the original titles to come out of the New 52. So how does it hold up? Let's take a look.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: Wonder Woman, volume 1: Blood

We kick off my New 52 reviews with the first volume of Brian Azzarello's run on Wonder Woman. And boy howdy, is this book polarizing. Check the message boards online-- either Azzarello is an evil monstrous being who has irrevocably ruined Wonder Woman and the Amazons, or he is a visionary who has finally made Wonder Woman relevant. Let's take a look, shall we?

New 52 Reviews Forthcoming

Remember my Fables volume 16 review? When I said that I prefer reading the trade collections of comics? Well, guess what? DC's New 52 are finally being released as trades, and Barnes and Noble has been having a special Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale on all DC graphic novels as a result. The sale doesn't end until November 15th!

Anyway, when I heard about the New 52, I was excited. I've never been that into superhero comics, due to the mass Continuity Lockout they suffer, so DC rebooting its universe was like a Godsend to me. Now that the trades are being published, I can finally sit down and read these stories which everyone else read last year!

As I read each graphic novel, I will post a review here. Expect reviews throughout the rest of September and most of October. Most of these will be from a newcomer's perspective, with a few exceptions which I will note when I get to them. For those, like me, who want to get into DC's new universe, hopefully these reviews will help you decide which books to get.

Who knows, maybe they'll even be helpful to older fans as well. Like if they dropped a book after issue 1, but the book got really good at issue 3 without them knowing or something. Or maybe they'll just be interested to know how a newcomer to DC's world takes these comics. After all, wasn't DC's goal with the reboot to attract new readers? Time to see how well they did with that.