Monday, May 26, 2014

Reading List #1

For those wonder, here's the list of things I'm currently reading, or have plans to read.  That said, everything on this list is also on my list of things to appear on the show.  So as to not spoil my complete thoughts, I'll not be getting into elicit detail, here.  Just first impressions.

The New Warriors were a concept I was only ever exposed to in passing issues of the late 90's Avengers run by George Perez and Kurt Busiek, at the point in which Justice and Firestar joined the team.  With that being said, Justice is once again the leader of the team.  However, the only other familiar alum you're going to be getting, here, is Speedball, bouncing back from the stupidity of the Civil War.  I've been interested in getting some new characters under my radar, and this looked like a good way to do it, but with a couple of genuinely familiar faces who are seasoned members of the Marvel Universe that can still acknowledge a lot of the canon of previous years.  I've been following this one since #1, and of the books on this list, it is the only one I'm actually subscribed to on comixology, rather than going and buying by line-of-sight.

Yes, my friends, rejoice.  The true, blue, AMAZING Spider-Man is back.  And, for all intents and purposes, I'll maintain that Dan Slott is one of the few people over at Marvel that "gets" Spider-Man. That, of course, doesn't excuse him from the occasional act of stupidity or even the accidental flub.  I've only read the first issue, but I've been wanting to get back into reading Spider-Man for a long while, so we'll see where this goes.  I will say, though, that the very touch-and-go.  Some of it looked amazing...and some of it, not so much, as evidenced by Peter's face on the cover.  I'm looking forward to seeing what new stories--given by this "reboot" of the Spider-Man universe--can be had.

For those of you that didn't read Amazing Spider-Man #1, go read that for a free comic.  A few, actually.  Inhuman #1 is featured in the back.  I'm not going to pretend to be Matt Fraction's biggest fan (especially after Fear Itself), but the art on the thing, save for a few questionable moments for Medusa, was AMAZING, and I think this could be something the Inhumans need.  They've never struck me as particularly interesting characters, save for Crystal and Blackbolt, so I'm interested in seeing where this goes.  #2 is due out soon, and you can be sure I'll be checking it out.

I kid you not, I only looked into this comic because Star-Girl and Super-Girl are members.  I'm not a fan of the New52 versions of most of the rest of these characters, so I can't say that, as much as I adore Martian Manhunter (yeah, screw you, Goyer), I'm thrilled to see him.  But before reading this thing, I did read an article stating that the writers weren't interested in the grim dark tone being taken by most of the DCU and this book would serve as just a fun adventures in space book, which I am totally looking forward to.  However, I do have to wonder about a couple of choices, but I'll reserve those for when this thing shows up in a video.  My only regret so far is that this is the only DC book I find worth looking into.  They've pretty much ruined most of my favorite DC characters (Wonder Woman, Superman, Zatanna) by now, so I hope this'll make up for it.

What's that, you say?  I need to pay attention to more than Marvel and DC?  I do.  And when the independent publishers start producing things that look remotely like something I'd be interested in, I'll throw em more money.  But, for now, Image is only producing one book I have any real interest in, and that's Rocket Girl (I WAS interested in Invincible until people started spoiling the crap out of it).  I am not going to lie.  This is one of "those" time travel stories.  But I've been following since #1.  It's up to #5 right now (which is presumably the end of the first story arc), though I've only recently read #4.  Still, that's more because I've been busy, than a lack of interest.  I'm finally getting back into the swing of this book, and as far as I can remember, it hasn't been bad.

I will let you guys know, in the respective videos, if any of these are worth my full recommendation.  But I figured I'd just make this list to let you know what I've been up to recently.  As always, guys, thanks for reading, and tune in for the eventual return of the show in June or July (hopefully the former, given that I can get some technical problems dealt with).

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