So yesterday i picked up the first volume of the Secret Six and it’s pretty awesome stuff. Basically everything Bane says and does to try to be fatherly to Scandal cracks me up and the writing is great. I picked it up based on the fact that i like anti-heroes and I’ve really enjoyed everything i’ve read written by Gail Simone. That said, i haven’t read much by her (just BOP: End Run and now Secret Six)
So i pose this question to the mighty tumbleverse if anyone is watching, What else has she written that i should pick up? I’m not asking for what other series she has written, cause i could look that up on wiki, more i’m looking for story arcs in the stuff she’s written.
I also picked up some other comics, i’d been waiting to pick up Brightest Day part two until the soft cover version came out, but with borders closing the discount was big enough that i got the hardcover for cheap enough. I picked up Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond, i’m really looking forward to reading that because of how much i loved the show when i was younger.
But the biggest thing i have waiting for me is some Green Arrow =) It was my birthday recently and my parents knew i was having an awful time finding Green Arrow, so they ordered the first three volumes for me, Quiver, Sounds of Violence and The Archer’s Quest. the only downside to this awesomeness is that Quiver still hasn’t arrived. So i’m waiting so i read it all in order. I asked my girlfriend to hide the other two volumes that way i don’t read them in a moment of weakness.
I suck at this tumblr thing but my girlfriend helped told me how so I made a big list of all the comics I own =) I’m going to update the list as i buy more comics. Also if anyone has any suggestions based off of what’s on my list just say so, I’m always interested in reading more comics.
Well, in my very short experience with tumblr my last post is the only one that got rebloged a few times and commented on and really it was just the part about Batwoman. I read the comments people had and i have a couple things to say back. For starters, the big thing i saw is that i shouldn’t judge by just Elegy, well i have very little cash and just graduated from college, so trade paperbacks are the only way i end up reading comics, i don’t have enough cash to buy issues. That said, Elegy is the only Batwoman trade paperback out, which means it’s really all i can judge Batwoman by. I get that this is an origin story, i just wrote what i thought after it, I’ll probably still buy the next trade paperback of Batwoman because i don’t quite feel like i’ve given the character a legit chance since i’ve only read the origin story. Those are really the two big things, i get that people connect with this character and well obviously that’s a little hard for me to do for obvious reasons. So yeah, that’s really all i can say to that, i called it like i saw it i have my taste in comics and everyone else has theirs, Batwoman deserves a second look in my book along with another read through, but right now that’s all i can say.
So, i’ve been kinda busy recently, trying to get a job and whatnot. That said i’ve been reading a lot of comics and i’ve seen some movies, so i’ve still been pretty happy.
Despite my usual dislike of Marvel things, i went and saw X-Men First Class because it had gotten such good reviews. I loved the X-Men when i was little, but i hadn’t read much of their comics since. I really liked the movie. It was good, the acting was good, i didn’t have to groan about millions of continuity issues and I could tolerate James Mcavoy in his role (i normally don’t like him) That said yeah, Magneto had an awful accent, but thta’s really my only legit complaint about the movie.
Comics wise i have been up and down recently. I love Batman, so i finally gave in and got the first volume of Batman reborn, that will be the only volume i will be getting. I just did not like it. The more i read the more i dislike Damian and Dick is an awful Batman, i like him as Nightwing or as robin, but he just doesn’t work as Batman. Also, i am not a fan of the art style they use for those comics. One of the things i have always liked about Batman is that it was dark and had such a great edge without having to resort to gore or anything too ridiculous, so having a bad guy who eats people’s faces just did not work to me. After reading this all i can say is man i’m glad that Bruce is back.
The other thing i bought and didn’t quite think lived up to the hype was Batwoman: Elegy. I had heard a lot of talk about it but i wasn’t that impressed. the art was interesting and it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t well… good either. I’ll say this before i get into my rant, i fully support LGBT rights and everything with them. My issue with Batwoman is that the whole comic seemed to revolve around the author basically going “Hey look we made a Lesbian Bat Person!” I’m fine with their being a lesbian Bat Person, i just wish there was more to her. I’ve really liked any of the Renee Montoya Question comics that i’ve read. She’s a super hero, she’s obsessive but her entire comic isn’t used to say “hey look i’m a lesbian.” It’s a part of the Question and an important one, but it’s not all there is to her. So really i just wish that Batwoman had been a little more like the Question.
And now to the good, the more Teen Titans i read the more i like it, i’m now through the first 7 volumes and it’s great. Tim Drake is now my favorite Robin, no questions about it. Sure, there’s a lot of turnover as to who is part of the Teen Titans, but i really enjoy it, also Deathstroke is quickly becoming one of my favorite villains. i also read the first three volumes of Titans, which after having read the Teen Titans stuff was pretty interesting. I have always liked Nightwing, but most of the Nightwing stuff i have read has been him independent of others, so seeing him as part of a team was interesting. I tend ot like the interesting team dynamics that appear in comics, and both these titles play to that.
So yeah, that’s most of my recent comics etc. i’ve dealt with.
So, surprisingly i actually really liked the Green Lantern movie. I went and saw it last night. I had really low expectations, i really thought it was going to suck, but it didn’t. I got fooled by all the reviews. To me it seems like the reviews are bad because all the reviewers went in expecting to see a normal super hero movie, which this was not. The Green Lantern comics are a mixture of sci-fi and super heroes and the movie followed that style. I thought the movie was pretty well cast (only one or two hiccups) and visually it was cool looking (the guardians looked messed up, but everyone else looked cool) Since this was the origin story i thought the way Hal Jordan was portrayed worked, mainly because he’s cocky and a little smarmy before being a Green Lantern turns him into a hardline guy with a stick up his ass. In the end i thought it was pretty well done and if you actually knew the comics it made sense and fit, the issue is just that everyone went in expecting your average summer super hero movie and that’s not what the Green Lantern is. I mean it wasn’t near as good as Batman Begins, but this was a lot better than Superman Returns. I enjoyed it, i just think that when the average movie goer is heading out to see a super hero movie they expect the kind of obligatory mediocre stuff that Marvel puts out rather than being willing to go and see something different. (yep, that’s right, i couldn’t go a full post involving comic related stuff without bashing Marvel)
If you like the comics Green Lantern is a good movie, if you don’t read the comics and you come out complaining, it’s your own fault for wanting the same tired summer super hero movie.