It’s been a while, and I thought I would reward you with an extra long list of what I’ve been reading lately. Remember, I’m about 18 months behind, so if some of these seem old, it’s because they are…I’m hoping to catch up to just being a year behind soon.  Let’s get to the books – (as always, possible SPOILER alert)

 

P00001IDW – Locke & Key

I have to be honest here…I really didn’t know what to expect. My basic premise going in was that some kids found some magical keys that unlock doors to special abilities. And that is absolutely the least important part of these books.

I actually read the whole series in one or two sittings…it grabbed me by the throat and told me to read this from beginning to end. I thought it was going to be some fantasy BS, but the story starts out with a family being assaulted leaving the father dead and the mother raped and mentally and physically broken. After reading that part, I had to ask myself “What kind of shit am I getting into?”

This book is strictly for mature readers, which again, I did not expect. Tons of mature language and situations mixed in with the magic of the book itself, and you leave yourself wondering why this was never turned into a movie or television series. Well, there was a pilot produced by Fox, but it was never picked up, but word on the internet is that we will see something soon in this arena.

On top of that, I just learned that Joe Hill, one of the books creators, was born Joseph Hillstrom King, as in the SON of acclaimed author Stephen King. Well that just makes damn sense.

 

 

 

 

Fearless Defenders 012-000Marvel – The Fearless Defenders #12

The questionable cover aside, this book basically follows a team of women superheroes lead by fan favorite and newly created Marvel Legends action figure, Misty Knight (along with Valkyrie).

FearlessDefenders02Unfortunately, I’m a little too late to hype this comic which I enjoyed because this is the last issue of the series. I’m sure the characters will eventually land in other parts of the Marvel Universe, but we will not get a chance to read about this particular group.

I think this book has lead to all female teams like the X-Men (that I will talk about later) and the new Avengers book coming out, A-Force.

If you get a chance, pick up the 12 issues and give it a chance. It’s an enjoyable read and I have to say that I do enjoy pretty much anything with Misty Knight.

 

 

 

 

A Voice In the Dark 002 (2013) (Digital) (Darkness-Empire) 001Image – A Voice in the Dark #2

I’m continuing to enjoy this Image-produced indie comic book featuring a biracial girl with serial murderous tendencies and how she uses her radio show as an outlet to cope with these feelings.

It’s always good sometimes to branch out from the Superhero set, but it is not often that I get a chance to read as well as enjoy a story such as this one.

Definitely a book that I will keep in the rotation and a good recommendation for those who don’t like the spandex-clan.

 

 

 

 

Batwing (2011-) 026-000Batwing (2011-) 026-009DC Comics – Batwing #26

With each issue I read, I feel like this one is really close to being cancelled by DC Comics, and I think I already read somewhere that it has been cancelled.

What I’m disappointed about is that DC Collectibles still has not produced a Batwing figure as of yet. We’ve gotten almost every major character, and some two times or more and still no Batwing.  What are we waiting for?

While this Batwing, Luke Fox (Lucius Fox’s son), is more relatable than the last one, there is still something lacking in either the storylines or the character itself. I’ll try and enjoy this character while he lasts…

 

 

 

 

Captain-America-014-(2013)-(Digital)-(Zone-Empire)-01Captain-America-014-(2013)-(Digital)-(Zone-Empire)-08Marvel – Captain America #14

I can see now that the Falcon is currently the new Captain America that this is one of the stories that is helping the build up to that torch being passed.

I think the Falcon had to overcome being looked as a “sidekick” and more like a partner to Captain America, but many don’t see him as his own man, and I think some of these stories (along with his fame from the movies) is helping him come into his own.

 

 

 

 

Cataclysm - The Ultimates' Last Stand 002-000Marvel – Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #2

Cataclysm - The Ultimates' Last Stand 002-002

The “Ultimate” universe is threatened by the Galactus from the regular Marvel universe (Earth 616). I assume Marvel did this since the “Galactus” or “Gah-lak-tus” or whatever of their universe is pretty lame.

It’s actually kind of funny how everyone in the Ultimate universe makes fun of how silly Galactus looks…which I guess is kind of true but as a Marvel reader for years, we have become pretty indifferent about it.

This issue features Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales taking the fight directly to Galactus and joining with the rest of the Ultimates to take him on. Looking forward to where this is headed, especially since this seems to be leading to a conflict between the two universes.

 

 

 

 

Cataclysm - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 002-000Cataclysm - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 002-018Marvel – Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #2

Here we take a look at what is going on with Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales before he enters the Galactus battle. Along with Ultimate Cloak & Dagger, we take a look at what the teen heroes are doing during the coming cataclysm.

And finally we get what has been building up since Miles Morales took the role of Spider-Man – the big reveal to his superhero loathing father.

Definitely looking forward to the next issue to see how this plays out!

 

 

 

 

G.I. Joe (2013-) 011-000IDW – G.I. Joe #11

G.I. Joe (2013-) 011-003The retold story of the origin of Roadblock and his cousin Heavy Duty, both who ultimately become heavy machine-gunners for the covert operation, G.I. Joe.

Nothing too special…Roadblock is just one of my favorite Joes. While Heavy Duty always seemed like a cheap carbon copy of Roadblock, I like that this story retold has them as cousins.

 

 

 

 

Green-Lantern-Corps-026-(2014)-(Digital)-(Nahga-Empire)-01Green-Lantern-Corps-026-(2014)-(Digital)-(Nahga-Empire)-04DC Comics – Green Lantern Corps #26

I love the cover of this issue! It was a long time coming, and Green Lantern John Stewart knocked the shit out of Hal Jordan. I felt like jumping into the comic, standing over Hal and screaming “You got knocked the F&%# out!”

We also get the reunion of John and the love of his life, ex-archnemesis Fatality. Finally!

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty-Avengers-004.1-(2013)-(Digital)-(Zone-Empire)-01Marvel – Mighty Avengers #4

Mighty-Avengers-004.1-(2013)-(Digital)-(Zone-Empire)-11Another issue of the Black Avengers! And asshole Superior Spider-Man (Doc Ock’s mind in Peter Parker’s body).

This issue, we see generic “Spider Hero” transition into the Ronin costume to keep his identity hidden. Which keeps me wondering who the hell he really is. It seems that at least Luke Cage knows who it is by his leather jacket. And I keep racking my brain, who the hell is this dude?

While thinking about it, I started playing the Marvel Future Fight game on my Android. And the answer smacked me across the face.

We also get the Falcon wanting to sign on. Needless to say, this is definitely the Black Avengers.

Every good thing must come to an end, so lets enjoy the ride while it lasts!

 

 

 

 

Never Ending 002-001Never Ending 002-018Never Ending 002-009Dark Horse Comics – Never Ending #2

What happens when a common White country boy gains super powers and becomes a superhero? I definitely didn’t think he would fall in love with a Black woman in the height of the Civil Rights era and try and live happily ever after.

The problem comes when the super powers also gives him an extremely long life…making him outlive his wife and his son without ever growing old. What to do? Well, work with his archnemesis to help him die so he can be with his wife and son in the afterlife.

Great story – enough action to keep the story going and enough emotional side story to keep the story interesting.

 

 

 

 

Quantum and Woody 006 (2013) (Digital) (Darkness-Empire) 001Quantum and Woody 006 (2013) (Digital) (Darkness-Empire) 006Valiant – Quantum and Woody #6

Another month of high flying hijinks with our favorite Black and White brother duo, Quantum and Woody.

I look forward to this title every month. I’m actually considering going back and trying to read the original run of this series from back in the 90’s.

One of the things that bothered me is that it seemed like even though it says it takes place in the Valiant universe, it has yet to cross over with any of the Valiant universe characters. After the events of this issue, it sounds like that will soon be rectified in the next issue.

 

 

 

 

Shadowman 013 (2013) (Digital) (Darkness-Empire) 001Valiant – Shadowman #13

Another Valiant title, but unlike Quantum and Woody, I just barely tolerate this title. Valiant must have felt the same way since they are now changing everything – a new creative team and a new story arc.

So far, I’m not too sure about it, but I’ll continue to read to see if we can get a better storyline going. Not too crazy about making him some crazy, violent lunatic trying to get rid of his powers, but we’ll see where this is going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

X-Men-v4-008-(2014)-(Digital)-(Nahga-Empire)-01Marvel – X-Men #8

Last but not least this time around is the X-Men…or in this case, the “X-Women”. This team of all female X-Men is definitely keeping my interest, especially since The Fearless Defenders have come to an end.

And to top all that off, one of my favorite X-Men has joined the fray…Monet, fresh from her X-Factor stint has joined up with the rest of the team. Along with leader Storm, Psylocke, vampire Jubilee, and the rest of the female gang, definitely looking forward to the next issue.