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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Stewing in my own impatience:

Because I had the late shift at work, I couldn't get ahold of my comics yesterday. Which means no JSA or Manhunter for me! I'm hoping to be able to pick them up tonight, but there's a good chance I'll have to wait until this weekend.

Anyway, I'm all frustrated and envious of all you folks who've read your comics already. So I'm asking for a small consolation. :-)

Without spoilers, please, tell me which comic you liked best this week? I'm always up for recommendations of good things to read!



  • At December 07, 2006 8:16 AM, Anonymous CrimsonThunder said…


    Paul Dini writes a Joker-Robin confrontation, thats "done in one" and gets it all right. Darker than they could do in the show but you can hear Mark Hammil delivering the lines.


  • At December 07, 2006 9:07 AM, Blogger Filby said…

    Without a doubt, JSA. It's off to one hell of a bright start.

  • At December 07, 2006 9:31 AM, Blogger Elayne said…

    Well, I haven't read Manhunter #26 yet, but I saw most of the boards. :)

    When you get around to it, here's a good art-education exercise: see if you can tell which pages were inked by Robin and which by Rod Ramos.

  • At December 07, 2006 10:22 AM, Anonymous Jer said…

    I didn't get JSA (waiting for the inevitable trade collection for that one), but Manhunter was quite good. But since I get my comics once a month, I also got Birds of Prey 100 yesterday and I almost think it was probably the comic I liked best this week for some reason.

  • At December 07, 2006 10:34 AM, Blogger Matthew E said…

    JSA was very good, although there was one development in there that I simply can't stop poking at in my mind, like a sore tooth, and I don't like it. Not that it's a bad development; it's potentially very good, but I'm worried about just how it's going to be resolved, and it's driving me nuts.

    But overall I think I preferred The All-New Atom #6, which finished off the first arc in fine style, cashing in quite a few things that were carefully set up earlier in the series, and setting up the next arc. More people should be giving this comic a try; it's more fun than humans should be allowed to have.

  • At December 07, 2006 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Manhunter #26 struck me as too much of an "intro". It will be fine as the first fifth of a Trade, but it didn't really have much going for it on its own beyond "Cool! Wonder Woman!"

  • At December 07, 2006 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    JSA, JSA, JSA! The moment I read, "It's time to defy gravity." I knew it was the best of the week.

  • At December 07, 2006 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    But thats to obvious an answer.

    Also on the Marvel side I reccomend New Universal which turned out surprisingly better then I thought it would.

    Over at DC I enjoyed fifty two more then JSA. Which threw me off because of the use of the word "Bitch". Thats probably the last word I expect to see from a book like JSA. I have no idea why of course. I'm perfectly fine with the thought of the characters using other curse words but for some reason bitch always seems to stick out. At least in JSA.

    Maybe I'm just weird.

  • At December 07, 2006 11:25 AM, Blogger CalvinPitt said…

    Dr. Strange: The Oath. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

  • At December 07, 2006 11:37 AM, Anonymous Loren said…

    Manhunter was EXCELLENT...but, I agree with Ragtime that it was definitely more of a jumping on point for new people. It definitely opens the arc up to a lot of potential, though.

    I think, though, that you would probably enjoy Justice Society of America a little more (given what I can tell from what you like from your blog). So, I'd say go with that one first and THEN read Manhunter right after.

    And, oooh! I got to go back and look at Manhunter and take up Elayne's challenge!

  • At December 07, 2006 11:44 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Ooh...ooh! JSA was really good, and so was 52, believe it or not. And thanks to you, I picked up a whole passel of BoP for a quarter or something, and have been having a LOVELY time.

  • At December 07, 2006 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ALL-NEW ATOM #6. JSA is good too, though. (A bit overwritten, maybe.)

  • At December 07, 2006 1:48 PM, Blogger Flidget Jerome said…

    Manhunter's kicking off with three seperate storylines at once, it's a bit overwhelming, I thought.

    JSA is great. Maxine isn't what I thought she'd be so I really like her. Sand has a damn good reason for not being there but I still hate his new hat.

  • At December 07, 2006 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    JSA, JSA, JSA! The moment I read, "It's time to defy gravity." I knew it was the best of the week.

    Reading it is one thing . . . But, were you a total nerd like I was and SING it to yourself?

  • At December 07, 2006 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ragtime, after she mentioned Wicked, I started to sing my favorite song from the play and when she said that line, yes, I started singing that song. I've been singing it off and on all morning. That was the line where I knew for sure that I'd like Maxine.

  • At December 07, 2006 3:39 PM, Anonymous Mark Engblom said…

    Definitely JSA. After the air slowly leaking out of the JSA title with Paul Levitz's interminable yawn-fest early this year, coupled with the long hiatus, things weren't so great for us JSA fans.

    Geoff Johns comes roaring back with a surprisingly hard-edged story, great characterization and some intriguing hints for future storylines.

    Well worth the wait.

  • At December 07, 2006 4:47 PM, Blogger Derek said…

    Definitely a toss up between JSA and Detective. All-New Atom was good, but it seemed to wrap up too quickly to me. Maybe I just read it too fast.

    Anyway, Detective was everything I've come to expect from Dini as of late. Great one-off story and dead-on characterization. The art was really good too, even if I couldn't tell that was Dick at the beginning or who was saying what.

    JSA was excellent. I didn't want it to end. A bunch of new and interesting characters, plus it was a great introduction for people like me who have never read a JSA story before.

    One criticism, though: Wildcat seemed to be channeling Wolverine. Is he supposed to be like that? He didn't seem so grizzly in Catwoman...

    There ya go. My picks, plus some critiques, hold the spoilers.

  • At December 07, 2006 6:12 PM, Anonymous david brothers said…

    Spider-Man: Reign for me, with Beyond and The Other Side running a close second.

  • At December 07, 2006 6:14 PM, Blogger notintheface said…

    Wildcat was about the same as he has been portrayed in the last incarnation of the book. When I read his dialogue I can imagine the voice of Dennis Farina or Robert Forster.

    And of course he's less grizzly around Catwoman. Wouldn't any guy be?

    I was leery about the way Jesse was hanging all over Rick as he was picking up the car in the previews, but then I read somewhere that they were newlyweds, and that explained everything. Typical newlyweds can't keep their hands off each other, especially immediately after the honeymoon. Plus, Rick was behaving the same way towards Jesse as vice versa. Even in their hero ID's they couldn't help themselves.

    As for other books, I picked up another great Mystery In Space issue. Starlin's still got it!

  • At December 07, 2006 6:34 PM, Anonymous "starman" matt morrison said…

    Tie between JSA and Detective, for most of the reasons already mentioned.

    Detective - for making me laugh out loud in the store (I won't spoil the joke except that it involves Joker and customer service)

    JSA - For the cute hyper redhead of doom!

  • At December 07, 2006 11:56 PM, Blogger Zaratustra said…

    newuniversal, frankly, is Heroes (and Lost, and other MYSTEEERIOUS TV serials) in comic book form.

  • At December 08, 2006 10:51 AM, Anonymous Jer said…

    "newuniversal, frankly, is Heroes ... in comic book form."

    That's funny - because when I watched the first episode of Heroes the first thing I thought of was the New Universe books from the 80s. Amusingly full circle, I suppose.

  • At December 09, 2006 3:29 AM, Anonymous Skullduggery said…

    Manhunter was decent (first time I've ever read the title). I enjoyed 52 (as usual). But I think by far my favorite comic of the week was the debut issue of Tranquility. Gail Simone has a really promising title there.


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