5 Must-Read Comics for the Week (February 10, 2011)

I have a pretty straightforward must-read comics list for this week. First on my checklist is Wolverine #1000. I have to admit, I wasn’t aware that Wolvie has already reached this record number of issues or perhaps I have read all about this issue on Previews but I somehow forgot about the story behind the big number. At any rate, I hope that this issue will not be the start of odd comic book numbering system not only from Marvel Comics, but from all the other publishers as well.

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors and Justice League Generation Lost have very exciting stories this week. And Geoff Johns is at his best in The Flash. Rounding up my recommended titles this week is Victorian Undead II, Holmes vs. Dracula #4.

Here are the 5 comic book titles that make up my list this week:

1. Wolverine #1000
2. Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #7
3. Justice League Generation Lost #19
4. Flash #9
5. Victorian Undead II, Holmes vs. Dracula #4

If you have any comments, please let me know and they will be deeply appreciated.

6 Must-Read Comics for the Week (February 4, 2011)

Coming up with my list of must read comics for the week wasn’t as easy as before. My other work schedule has been pretty tight as of late. And the coming Valentine’s has slashed a big chunk off my weekly allowance. But I’m not complaining. After all, this week has three series enders. One is Time Masters Vanishing Point, while the remaining two are about my favorite Marvel superhero – Thor for Asgard and Ultimate Thor.

iZombie and Ozma of Oz offer great installments this week. And Brightest Day is action-packed in part one of Aquawar.

Here are the 6 comicbooks that make up my list this week:

1. Ultimate Thor #4
2. iZombie #10
3. Brightest Day #19
4. Time Masters Vanishing Point #6
5. Ozma of Oz #4
6. Thor for Asgard #6

If you have any comments about my must read comics list this week, please write them below and they will be deeply appreciated.

4 Must-Read Comics for the Week (January 6, 2011)

Here’s my top pick comics list for the week. I must admit the start of January 2011 was a bit slow. The harsh weather condition in the US has yet again caused delays in comic book deliveries. Overall, I’m still lucky because a couple of my favorite tiles came out this week.

Full action in Iron Man Thor #3. iZombie #9 turns into a love story, without the usual cheesiness. Great artwork in Brightest Day #17. And lastly, Ozma of Oz #3 brings Dorothy closer to her friends from Oz.

Here are the 4 comic books in my top pick comics list for this week:

1. iZombie #9 – Playing Games
2. Iron Man Thor #3 – God Complex, Chapter Three
3. Brightest Day #17 – Homecoming
4. Ozma of Oz #3

For your comments about my top pick comics, please feel free to add them below and they will be deeply appreciated.

7 Must-Read Comics for the Week (December 30, 2010)

Here’s my top pick comics list for this week. This is my last set of comicbook reviews for 2010. I’m looking forward to more exciting titles in 2011. In addition, I’m also fired up with the prospect of cheaper comics prices next year. Overall, this year has been a good year for fans and readers.

In this week’s list, I have two Batman titles. Alan Moore’s Neonomicon also made it, although I have to tell you that this one is definitely not for young readers. And finally, there’s a new SHIELD issue. Hooray!

Here are the 7 comic books in my top pick comics list for this week:

1. Alan Moore Neonomicon #3
2. Detective Comics #872
3. Batman The Dark Knight #1
4. SHIELD #5
5. Ultimate Comics Thor #3
6. Green Lantern #61
7. Flash #8

For your comments about my top pick comics, please feel free to add them below and they will be deeply appreciated. In the meantime, I’ll be preparing for the New Year’s celebration. Have a great new year ahead everyone.

6 Must-Read Comics for the Week (November 25, 2010)

Here’s my list of must-read comics for the week. These titles made it to my pull up list because I found them exciting and fun to read in terms of story, artwork, or both. You too can include any of these comic books in your buying list for this week or later on. If you have something to say about them, please feel free to add your comments and they will be deeply appreciated.

This week, my top selections include Detective Comics, where Scott Snyder debuts as the ongoing writer. I was also amazed by JT Krul’s latest issue of Green Arrow. Action Comics #895 and Star Wars Blood Ties also made my list.

Here are the 6 comic books that I recommend for this week:

1. Detective Comics #871: The Black Mirror, Part 1
2. Green Arrow #6: Siege Mentality
3. Action Comics #895: The Black Ring, Part 6
4. Justice League Generation Lost #14: Tomorrow is Today
5. Star Wars Blood Ties: Tale of Jango and Boba Fett #4
6. Astonishing Thor #1

Please don’t forget to tell me what you think about these titles.

Weekly Comic Book Review (Nov. 17): Batman: The Return #1, Batman Incorporated #1, The Flash #6

Every week, I will be sharing with you the comic books that really blew my mind. My reviews, however, are not official and they are solely based on my personal opinion and tastes.

My comics pull list for this week has Batman written all over it. There are three major Dark Knight titles, plus one Batman appearance in the Brightest Day maxi-series. I also included Flash #6 which is the last chapter in The Dastardly Death of the Rogues story arc. Brightest Day #14, another comics series by Geoff Johns, also proved to be a real treat. All in all, I have 6 issues as my top picks. Here they are:

1. Batman Incorporated #1: Mr. Unknown is Dead

2. Batman: The Return #1—Planet Gotham

3. The Flash #6: The Dastardly Death of the Rogues, Part Six

4. Brightest Day #14: Acrobats

5. Batman #704: Eye of the Beholder

6. Green Lantern #59: Lorek Tarr Lok

I hope you enjoyed these issues as much as I did. Please let me know what you think about this week’s top picks. Thanks.

Weekly Comic Book Review (Nov. 11): Comic Book Guy Saga Ends, Return of Bruce Wayne Finale

This week’s comic book review really drained my wallet. It’s one of those weeks where most of my favorite titles come out simultaneously. What did me in was the deluge of Thor comics, which have steadily increased in number recently, owing to the fact that a Thor movie adaptation is scheduled for release in 2011. Anyway, here are the titles that made my top list for this week:

American Vampire #8

Writer Scott Snyder never ceases to amaze me. In this issue, he presents a new take on vampires by letting it slip that they actually have several breeds (not just covens). Each breed has its own unique weakness that hunters can use to their advantage. But more than that, I believe that future issues will be jam-packed with battles not just among vampire families, but among different breeds.

American Vampire #8

Many characters in the comic book have already appeared previously, but new ones are also coming into play. Issue #8 is biting (no pun intended) and interlaced with new revelations that American Vampire fans should not miss. Pencil work by Rafael Albuquerque and colors by Dave McCaig add more vibrancy to an already intense storyline.

Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne #6

Return Of Bruce Wayne #6

This is an epic end to an epic series and just what fans can expect from the great Grant Morrison. This is the story of how Batman finally arrives in the here-and-now, which we’ve seen in Batman and Robin #16. As a whole, the issue is an analysis of what makes the Dark Knight the greatest superhero in DC Universe. Here we see Batman, yet again and singlehandedly, getting ahead of the Justice League and rendering them defenseless. And with everything that exists depending on him, Batman fights Darkseid in a contest of intelligence and wits. Of course the Dark Knight wins. Indeed, for as long as Gotham City still needs him…and the night’s not over, Batman’s here to stay.

Ultimate Comics Thor #2

Ultimate Thor #2

Impressive pacing, great art, and intense revelations are packed in this issue. First, Dr. Donald Blake conducts a thorough examination of a man who believes he’s Thor. Our good doctor—who’s actually the real Thor—finds out that the man’s claims are actually coming out from memories and not from some schizophrenic episode. The question is, if the man’s recollections are valid, what would that make Dr. Blake?

Next, we see Thor, Balder, Loki and The Warriors Three in a friendly gladiatorial match among themselves. It happened ages ago as the Asgardians celebrated their victory against the Frost Giants. Even Loki was such a good sport and it would seem that peace ruled the home of the gods in those days.

Finally, the comic book pages transport readers to scenes during World War II. We see Baron Zemo successfully harnessing the power of the Norn stones and opening the gates that allowed the Frost Giants to cross the time stream into the 1940’s. Together, the Nazi war machine and the Frost Giants launch an attack on Asgard, even killing one of its bravest citizens. Again, the question is who’s the guy wearing the hood of Baron Zemo?

Victorian Undead II: Holmes vs. Dracula #1

Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes Vs Dracula #1

Professor Moriarty and his zombies are done for. The destruction that they brought upon London has been cleared away and life in the city slowly gets back to normal. But a new menace has been washed ashore. As Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend Dr. Watson have been commissioned to look into the mystery behind what remains of the ship Demeter, a bad moon is rising. Count Dracula is at large, not only in the streets, but also in the highest rungs of the British monarchy. This is a new arc in the Victorian Undead saga and a perfect starting point for new readers of the series.

Chaos War Thor #1

Chaos War Thor #1

This special tie-in to the Chaos War saga gives Thor fans a deeper, even a bit philosophical look into the God of Thunder. A cosmic battle with a demon-god named Glory hurls Thor back to earth, landing in his mortal form known to us as Dr. Donald Blake. For me, the battle scenes are actually the best part of the issue. But there’s more to the story.

Being cared for by Becca Steinhardt, a widow and polytheist, we see the amnesiac Dr. Blake locked in a discussion about faith in the eyes of an average believer. To a certain extent, the drama in this comic book can be profound as two individuals try to heal themselves – Thor trying to get his memories back and Becca looking for comfort and hope after her family perished in an accident years ago.

Comic Book Guy: The Comic Book #5

Comic Book Guy #5

It’s another finale of epic proportions. Comic Book Guy’s saga has come to an end and the revelations that occurred will definitely shock fans. By far, this is the grittiest issue in the series, featuring a history of Comic Book Guy that spells out what makes him THE Comic Book Guy. Well, at the very least, Springfield gets its famous comic book store back under old management. But this is not to say that the characters in The Simpsons will drift down into normal lives. I hope not.

Weekly Comic Book Review (Nov. 4): Batman Confidential #50, Iron Man Thor #1, IZombie #7 and More

This week, Batman Confidential hits issue #50. Iron Man and Thor are set for a team-up. plus, IZombie and Marvel Comics mini-series on the Wizard of Oz start a new arc. Here are my top comic book picks for the week.

Batman Confidential #50

A fellow fan asked me why I’m adding this issue in my weekly comic book review list. Well, first of all, this is an anniversary issue of a long-running Batman comic series. Here, we see a young Bruce Wayne right on the tail of a serial killer in an obscure village in China, where he will eventually find an adversary that once fought the Justice League. The main story also brings readers back to that scene in Identity Crisis where the Dark Knight was mindwiped.

Batman Confidential #50

Secondly, it features a bonus Silver Age material where readers can see Batman and the Justice League facing off with an alien vampire who sucks moisture, rather than blood from victims. I love classic comics and the co-feature really made my day.

Iron Man Thor #1

Iron Man Thor #1

In this issue, we find Thor and his fellow Asgardians cleaning up the ruins of their home city in the aftermath of Siege. Iron Man and, along with other mortals, were also there to help the citizens of Asgard. All of a sudden, Commander Rogers— formerly known as Captain America—called on Iron Man to investigate an incident in Russia, which turned out to be a trap set by Crimson Dynamo. However, the most interesting part of the issue becomes apparent when Ulik of the Trolls appears right in the middle of Asgard and challenges the God of Thunder.

So far, the opening round for the storyline scripted by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning is very impressive. An Iron Man-Thor team up versus two of the oldest villains in Marvel Comics is definitely something to look forward to. Plus, pencil work by Scott Eaton is simply fantastic.

Ozma of Oz #1

Ozma of Oz #1

This is the third Marvel Comics mini-series based on the classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. In Ozma of Oz, Dorothy Gale—the lead character in the classic novel—is back. But this time, she’s not using tornado-express to get to Oz (like in the classic version), rather her trip back is set off by an ill-fated ocean voyage. While hopelessly stuck at sea, Dorothy befriends Bill, a talking hen, and their adventures are just about to start.

Just like in the first two series, comic book readers can expect Ozma of Oz to be replete with sharp and witty dialogue. Apart from the enjoyable storyline, the striking art by Skottie Young is also a treat.

IZombie #7

iZombie #7

This is the starting issue for the Vampires Suck story arc. Life for our beloved characters Gwen, Ellie, and Spot seemed to have dwindled down to normal. Gwen is busy digging holes with her cemetery buddies, Ellie is taking some pointers from Amon, and Spot is shopping around in a comic book shop. But things get complicated when the brain that Gwen munched on belonged to someone who knew her in the past. Plus, the two monster hunters find themselves in a big mess this time. Cover and interior art by Michael Allred is marvelous as usual.

Namor First Mutant #3

Namor First Mutant #3

Atlantis is under siege by ocean-dwelling vampires. As ruler, Namor has but one chance to drive their foes away. But there’s a catch—the powerful spell that will be used against the bloodsuckers requires blood of an Atlantean king to be sacrificed if it were to work. Accompanied by elite guards of Atlantis, Namor leads an attack into the hidden vampire lair, where the spell must be casted. But something that lurks in the darkest regions of the deep has been waiting for the raiding party. The big surprise could be a big blow to the young Atlantean ruler, not only in terms of their battle plan, but maybe more so for Namor’s personal resolve.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Oct. 27): Action Comics#894, Green Arrow#5, Time Masters Vanishing Point#4

Action Comics #894

Lex Luthor and Death. This. Is Happening. Right now. In this issue. Many people say that Death from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman gracing the pages of Action Comics is just one big marketing ploy. Whether that’s true or not, I honestly don’t care. Apart from the cover, the crunchy storyline makes this issue a good read. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see Lex Luthor feeling vulnerable as he comes face to face with Death. I gotta tell you, the conversations—even if touching on the philosophical—are captivating, especially if you think like Luthor. The question is can Luthor talk his way out of Death’s grasp?

Action Comics #894

Green Arrow #5

Green Arrow #5This is one of the Brightest Day tie-ins that definitely hit the spot. Green Arrow faces off against a masked female assassin right on the streets of Star City which resulted in one of the bystanders getting killed. To save the man, our archer hero brings the dead body to the forest in an attempt to resurrect the man. But far from what Green Arrow expected, his noble act brought to life a horde of zombies, which include Oliver McQueen’s own father. Green Arrow fights side by side with Galahad to drive back the Black Lantern abomination. Again, I would also like to mention that the cover art by Mauro Cascioli for this issue is downright awesome!

Justice League Generation Lost #12

Justice League Generation Lost #12At first glance, you’d think that this issue is about a big clash between Fire and Ice. Well, no. It’s actually a retelling of the origin of Ice. Sure, there’s a lot of fight scenes between the two. But the meat of the issue is Tora Olafsdotter’s history and how her childhood experiences made her the Ice Goddess that we know today. The retcon portion makes this comic book issue enjoyable.

Time Masters Vanishing Point #4

I know what you’re going to say. You think that this story arc should have been titled Bonding Time with Rip Hunter and Booster Gold. Perhaps, somewhere in the series you even thought that Time Masters Vanishing Point is half-baked—no offense to Dan Jurgens—and has nothing to do at all with finding Batman who’s been lost in the time stream. But if you can only hang on to this issue for a bit longer, you’ll see the error of dismissing the whole series as rubbish.

Time Masters Vanishing Point #4

As for me, I say that this issue is the turning point of the Vanishing Point arc. There are a handful of revelations that will literally open your eyes to why Darkseid sent Batman to the past. You’re wondering why the Vanishing Point was destroyed? It’s right here in this ish. Want to know why the heroes who are trying to find the Dark Knight are themselves lost in time? Well, grab a copy now. Also, cover art by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund is very impressive. It gives me that vertigo effect…in a good kind of way. Definitely, 10-over-10.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Oct. 20): JLA #50, GL Corps, and a Vampire Roman Senator

Green Lantern Corps #53

Kyle Rayner and Sinestro are headed for a big showdown one of these days. Well, it’s not that these poozers haven’t already pulled at each other’s hairs before. But this time around, a woman is going to be caught between the crossfire. It’s Soranik Natu, Sinestro’s daughter and now Kyle’s object of affection. Worse still, the grudge match between Kyle and Sinestro (to be played by Mark Strong in the upcoming Green Lantern movie) does not even come close to the brutality of The Weaponer’s vendetta against Sinestro.

Green Lantern Corps #53

We all know The Weaponer from planet Qward. He built Sinestro’s power ring. But somewhere down the line, the two had a falling out. And comic book readers will know why in this issue, which incidentally marks the debut of Tyler Kirkman as artist for the Green Lantern Corps series.

Brightest Day #12

Brightest Day #12Many issues in the Brightest Day series can be a bit dragging. But number 12 is definitely not one of them. In fact, I’d even say that this is a hit issue, especially if you’re a fan of the Martian Manhunter. Don’t let the Firestorm cover fool you. Our green shape-shifting alien hero takes center stage here as he fights another Martian survivor named D’kay D’razz. Needless to say, when a Martian is out thumping another Martian, all hell breaks loose. That’s right, this issue is action-packed with several helpings of horror and insanity! Can J’onn J’onzz come out unscathed from this turmoil? Definitely not.

Doctor Solar Man of Atom #3

Doctor Solar #3What I love about this week’s comic book review is the fact that many of the issues are action-packed. Here we find Doctor Solar locked in battle against an equally powerful character named Moloch—another creature from the mind of Whitmore Pickerel. Well, you don’t need rocket science to know that Doctor Solar ultimately wins. I mean, he’s a guy who can form, un-form, generate, and degenerate anything that fancies his whims. The question is would this be the last time that we see Moloch? ‘Course not.

The great cover, impressive overall art inside, plus a slick storyline make this issue a must-have for comic book readers who follow the Man of Atom.

Ides of Blood #3

Ides of Blood #3I’ll go straight to the point. Valens, our erstwhile Roman vampire senator, got caught and Antony is having a fun time torturing him. Roman barbarity is at its worst, as Antony torments Valens. What kind of a beast can think of peeling off a man’s face? Good thing, our hero is a vampire and he’s got incredible healing powers sans adamantium. The best part is that Valens somehow found an ally from the inside and they instantly plot an escape. The bad news is that the golden ticket to freedom can only be attained with the help of the vampire Ione, whom Valens wrongfully accused earlier as the bloodsucking murderer known as Pluto’s Kiss. Convincing Ione was no easy task, but no sooner than when she said yes did they find themselves in the middle of a gladiatorial match against four beastly undead.

Thor: First Thunder #2

Thor: First Thunder #2I like this issue for a reason and one reason only—the cover. Awesome cover art by Filipino artist Jay Anacleto. Reminds me of a statue released by Bowen Designs where we see Loki sitting on a throne in a very imposing form. It makes one wonder whether the Trickster God is only good for naughtiness or unrivaled viciousness.

The story itself is not bad. Here we find Thor going to Asgard only to be denied entry by Heimdall acting on Odin’s orders. The sequence of events that transpired between Thor and Heimdall on the Bifrost accidentally broke the chains that held Loki, who’s now out for revenge against the God of Thunder.

Justice League of America #50

Justice League of America #50It’s the big five-o and for comic book readers, this issue is a milestone. A female Green Lantern from another world or dimension comes to Earth-1 or the primary Earth. Apparently, her home world has been destroyed, courtesy of Doctor Impossible and the Crime Syndicate of America. The bad news is that the syndicate is hot on her heels and now poised to annihilate the Justice League’s world.

As one would expect, fighting ensues (told ya, this week is full of action) between the Justice League and their respective counterparts from Crime Syndicate. We see Jesse Quick against Johnny Quick, Jade facing Power Ring, Donna Try versus Superwoman, Supergirl exchanging blows with Ultraman, and Batman matching wits with Owlman. But it leaves little to imagination for us to know that the big clash is just a charade for a bigger and more sinister plan. A plan that involves bringing back Darkseid (is it really him?).