May 22nd, 2016
You know, it's been a really long time since I last posted about comic book series that I've been reading. Possibly more than six months. If comics aren't your thing, just skip this post.
First was what appeared to be a one-off, called Munchkin: Deck the Dungeons #1. I'll get into Munchkin's comic book later. This one was essentially filled with Christmas stories.
Next was Tales of Honor: Bred to Kill #1, 2, 3, 4. This short saga is complete; Honor Harrington fights slavers. This wasn't a tale straight out of the Honor Harrington novels by David Weber. This one is associated with a "shore leave" of an ordered assignment. I like the art of this series, and the adventures aren't bad.
Then, Trees #13, a Warren Ellis title. Giant organisms appear on Earth, and apparently completely ignore humanity. What's happening with them?
Next was We Stand On Guard #6 finishes this saga of Canada standing up to United States invasion of their territory for water.
Then was The Spire #5, 6...I gave this one up. I just didn't like the art, and the tale wasn't engaging me anymore. Mutants are part of the society of this tower in the midst of wastelands, but they aren't accepted very well.
Next, Miracleman Book Four The Golden Age #5, 6...I'm not sure why I was reading this one. It's sort of a superhero saga, which isn't my typical cup of tea. Strange powers, and strange affects on the world's populace.
Then, James Bond 007: Vargr #2, 3, 4, 5, 6. IIRC, 6 ends the Vargr tale, but 007 is continuing. They do a pretty good job of showing action in the artwork, and the Bond is pretty believable. I like this series. So far, it's written by Warren Ellis.
Next was From Under Mountains #3, 4, 5, 6, a fairly standard fantasy. A little hard to follow as it's presently written.
Then, Johnny Red #2, 3, 4, 5, 6. A tale about a British fighter pilot who ends up in the Soviet Union during WWII and fights alongside of Russian pilots to help keep the Germans at bay.
Next was The Sheriff of Babylon #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. A former MP soldier returns to Baghdad to help train Iraqi police and runs into cultural differences, and many tragedies ensue.
Then was East of West #20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, something of SF, something of fantasy, something of horror, something of political science. Very strange, very interesting.
Next, Rat Queens #11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, fantasy with the protagonist team a group of female adventurers. Pretty good.
Then, Saga #32, 33, 34, 35, 36; this is the ongoing tale of two soldiers of opposite sexes, formerly fighting a long-standing war between magic and technology in space who have had a child and the adventures thereupon. Excellent work, terrific art.
Next one is Sidekick #12, which is by JMS and might be the last book in this series. A hero is ostensibly killed, his sidekick is bereft and incapable of picking up the slack, and, well, things happen. Strange and horrible things.
Then we have Munchkin #12 as promised above. I took the Munchkin comics initially because they offered cards as part of the deal, but starting with this one, that stopped. So did I. I didn't much care for the art, and the stories were worse. Dropped. Gratefully.
Next, Invisible Republic #8, 9. A political SF tale, complicated and frightening. Worth reading.
Then, Wild's End #4, 5, 6 of 6, the end of the storyline with animals reliving War of the Worlds. I'm not satisfied with this series, and I probably won't pick up any of these if they return to it.
Next was 8house: Arclight #1, 2; Kiem #3; Yorris #4 (Part 1), 5 (Part 2), an interrelated fantasy saga which I believe is vaguely associated with From Under Mountains. At least amusing, and they do some interesting things with art.
Then, Lucifer #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, a return to the Lucifer character as presented in Neil Gaiman's comics. It's a very cool return. If you liked Sandman, I'm pretty sure you'd like this comic.
Next, The Fade Out #9, 10, 11, 12, the final books in this tale of Old Hollywood. Excellent work. This one makes me want to write a post about podcasts...
Then we have War Stories: The Tokyo Club #3 of 3, Send a Gunboat #1, 2, 3 of 3, the former of which deal with bomber pilots attacking Japan near the end of WWII, while the latter deals with gunboats in the English Channel during the same war. Pretty good works.
Next is Dreaming Eagles #1, 2, 3, 4 of 6 a tale about WWII fighter pilots of black race and their fight to be equal to the white pilots flying.
Then, Letter 44 #22, 23, 24 the SF story about what happens when aliens build a station way out in our solar system. The books are taking an unexpected turn...
Next, Mythic #6, 7, 8, a company that deals with and/or controls creatures of myth in our world.
Then we come to Lone Wolf 2100 #1, 2, 3, 4 of 4, a story of a biological disruption of civilization. I hate to give too much away, but there's action galore. Series is over.
Next, Joe Golem Occult Detective #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 of 5...I bet that this is just the start of this saga because there's all sorts of storylines that they can pick up and run with. You get hints about who/what Joe is in the tale, but much of this is the setting, a post-global warming world. I can't wait until they continue this story.
Then, EGOs #9. I give up.
Next, Injection #6, 7, 8, 9, another Warren Ellis title, certain people with certain skills have unleashed something into the world's computer web (I think...), and certain things are happening. I've been enjoying these.
Then we have Providence #7, 8 which is not only Lovecraftian, but in the most recent book or two, the protagonist has actually met the very author. Eerie, weird, fun.
Next one is Karnak #2, 3, 4, another Warren Ellis title, in the most recent couple of issues he meets up with S.H.I.E.L.D. I'm just along for the ride; I'm not doing much thinking with this one.
Then, The Haunted Mansion #1 based on the attraction at Disneyland. Yuck. Other issues have shown up since I read this one, but I don't care.
Next, Irwin Allen's Lost in Space: The Lost Adventures #1, 2 a return to the TV series of the late 1960s. Mildly amusing.
Then, Dream Police #8, 9, yet another JMS title, the protagonist is about to discover something disturbing.
Next one (not too much more, really...) is Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: WildCard #1, 2 which is another story based on a character from novels. The White Court of vampires are involved, which some might find exciting.
Then, Joyride #1 of 4. I thought that I'd try this one. Earth is shut away from the rest of the Universe; a small group of teenagers get picked up from the back of the Moon. It's just getting started and I'm going to stay with it for a while.
Next, Spectrum #0, a Free Comic Book Day title from this year. The TV series described in the Kickstarter film, Con Man, was Spectrum; now that the show is on DVD and out there, the creative team has taken up the challenge of making a comic book about the fictional TV show, and this is something of an origin tale. Nice. I suspect that once the actual comic series starts, I'll be reading it.
Then, Serenity: Free Comic Book Day, very nice work. The comics that have followed Firefly and its sequel, Serenity have all been pretty good. I wish they produced more, but I think they keep the numbers down to keep the quality high.
Next, Grumpy Cat (And Pokey!) #1, 2, Free Comic Book Day; my wife wanted to read these, and I looked them over, too. Amusing.
Then the last couple of books from this last week, including Brutal Nature #1, which is a tale of the Spanish invasion of the New World, and a shaman/wizard/whatever of the native people doing what he can to interfere (I like the premise, and I want to see more), and then Preacher Special #1 which appears to have been released as a freebie just in advance of the start of the TV series that is to start tonight. I'd never read the comic from way back, but I get the impression that I've been missing out. I put the show on DVR recording, so I'll see what I think tonight, but this introduction wasn't half bad.
And that's it.