So last year I read volume 1 of New 52 Aquaman. And I thought it was pretty good. I also said I'd read volume 2 if Comixology ever had it on sale.
WellSo last year I read volume 1 of New 52 Aquaman. And I thought it was pretty good. I also said I'd read volume 2 if Comixology ever had it on sale.
Well, guess what? Comixology have it on sale! And like volume 1, volume 2 was also pretty good!
I liked volume 2 a bit more than volume 1, which is why it gets 4 stars instead of 3. It's a very visual book and Geoff Johns lets Ivan Reis's art do a lot of the work. Which is cool because Reis's art looks good.
There's also some mythology building here with The Others, who are a superhero team Aquaman used to hang out with before he made better friends and started hanging with The Justice League.
At it's heart though, this is a revenge story. Black Mantra wants revenge of Aquaman for killing his Father, while Aquaman also blames Black Mantra for his fathers death. So classic superheroes with dead parents issues.
I'm also going to probably check out the rest of Geoff Johns Aquaman. Because I quite like it....more
I was pretty prepared to not like this, because of the whole putting Superman and Wonder Woman together for publicity. They first got together over inI was pretty prepared to not like this, because of the whole putting Superman and Wonder Woman together for publicity. They first got together over in Geoff Johns Justice League (I think it was the end of the second arc) and it seemed to come out of nowhere. There was no tension or flirtation between the two in the previous issues of Justice League, which made the coupling seem even more forced.
I also love the current Wonder Woman ongoing, so extra titles with her in just make that book harder to figure out timeline and continuity wise.
But this was pretty good. I think a lot of it is down to it looking amazing. Tony Daniel is a great clear and clean artist. His storytelling is easy to follow and his stuff always looks great. It's also decently written by Soule, who never seems to ponder too much on the two expressing their feelings towards each other, and instead has them going out and hitting stuff.
I think the type of relationship they're trying to push for these two is that they're together more out of respect for each other and because there's few other people they're on a level field with. With Lois and Superman, you could see the passion a little more. This is more Han Solo/Princess Leia in the "I love you/I know".
And then Batman is all "if you two spat, the planet will blow up", which was kinda funny.
Yeah, okay, I guess it was pretty good. I won't be making fun of Aquaman anymore (not that I did that much anyway). This volume really wants me to reaYeah, okay, I guess it was pretty good. I won't be making fun of Aquaman anymore (not that I did that much anyway). This volume really wants me to read volume 2 though, in how it ends and it pretty much just setting up for the next arc, but I don't really want to. I've now read how Geoff Johns has established Aquaman for the New 52 and it's pretty cool, but I still don't care enough about the character to want to read more. Well, not until comiXology have volume 2 on sale, anyway....more
I don't get the negativity some people give this book. Sure, it is a simple 'take everything from the hero to make his life even harder', something thI don't get the negativity some people give this book. Sure, it is a simple 'take everything from the hero to make his life even harder', something that is done all the time in comics, but it's really well executed.
A new villain named Komodo has emerged to make Olivier's life hell. He's tied into his past (Olivier's Dad and The Island are referenced a bit). He's a decent New 52 villain, and is much better than Count Vertigo who is introduced towards the end of the volume.
Sorrentino's art helps give this book a great visual style. It's similar to Jock, and at times goes into a multi-panel mode that's got shades of Aja to it.
But DC and their numbering though. You gotta love them for it. If this had been a Marvel book, it would have relaunched with a new number 1 when Lemire took over. Instead, this fresh new TV inspired take on the character is volume 4. I'm not reading the previous 3 volumes, DC. I'm not THAT interested in Green Arrow....more
When they first announced that Superman and Wonder Woman would become a couple in Justice League, I was surprised. Surprised because it came out of noWhen they first announced that Superman and Wonder Woman would become a couple in Justice League, I was surprised. Surprised because it came out of nowhere. It seemed more like a publicity stunt than anything else. There was no build up to it. No spark or tension. In Justice League, they were too busy fighting each other or fighting Darksied to have time for relationships with each other.
And then they announced a new ongoing series for Superman and Wonder Woman, to explore the relationship between the two characters and have some fun team up stories along the way. And since the solo Wonder Woman series is as good as it is, I thought I'd give another title with her in a shot.
It's a promising first issue. I've never been much of a fan of Tony Daniel, but here he does some majestic flying shots which look pretty, along with some exciting fight scenes. Nothing overly amazing, but it's nice to look at.
But from this series, I need Charles Soule to make me believe why these two are together. If each story is going to be dates getting interrupted by a villain, it's going to get boring. But at the same time, there does need to be action. I'll stick around for a while and give this title a shot....more
Batman 24 is double sized, to make up for the lack of Zero Year issue during DC Comics Villains Month. It's $7, which, even for a comic at 64 pages, iBatman 24 is double sized, to make up for the lack of Zero Year issue during DC Comics Villains Month. It's $7, which, even for a comic at 64 pages, is a lot, but it feels totally worth it. There's a lot of story in this, and the artwork (as usual) looks fantastic.
Bruce's mission as Batman is starting to come together. He has a suit, he's building his cave and he is taking the fight to The Red Hood Gang. There's a great moment early on in this issue were he ties up several members of the Red Hood Gang to a sign in the shape of a Bat. This was a great visual and also seemed like a nice nod to Falcone being tied to a flood light in Batman Begins. This comic is full of great moments like that. I'm not going to mention them all, because it would ruin the surprises.
Bruce learns about The Red Hood Gangs plot to use chemical weapons on Gotham, so goes to A.C.E chemicals to try and stop them. There's a few twists involved in how this plays out. The outcome also leads into what could be the origin of a very popular DC villain, or could just be left as it is. It has the sense of mystery to it, and is a plot line left open that could be returned to or just left as it is.
The art on this Batman run has been great. Capullo never disappoints with his story telling technique or detail in his panels. I also like how the style and colouring is quite bright for a Batman story, and isn't also dark and brooding. There are some great panels were Batman is shown in his silhouetted figure, but just as many were you can see his full costume, including his purple gloves.
Batman has been my favourite title of the New 52 launch, and this is a high contender for my favourite issue of the run. ...more