Comics: What I’m Reading

Since my reading habits have somewhat changed I figure it’s time to share what I’ve been following. Here is what has been consistant in my pull lists…

Bloodshot

He’s confused. He is full of nanites which talk to him in the form of a child. He was a brainwashed weapon. Now he wants to get to the bottom of things and has little to lose and his life to gain. If it wasn’t for a long plane ride and a sale I’d have likely overlooked Bloodshot. If you are a fan of military based action movies and enjoy science fiction then Bloodshot’s your comic.

Green Lantern/GL Corps/New Guardians

I’m lumping all Green Lantern titled books here since there is a number of them. I’ve been a GL fan for a long time. I love the idea of being a space cop and being forced into a larger universe that isn’t impressed with humanity. Even when the books go weird and, well, bad I’m probably going to still be reading them.

The Flash

I feel like this series could be a lot better though I’m new to sure how. I grew up more sense to with Wally as Flash so having Barry around without the whole Speed family around is weird. It’s not bad by any means but I think it has unmet potential. Of the monthly books I pick up this is one of those I forget about on a regular basis.

The Manhattan Projects

If I had to rank comics in the last year this series could easily be in the top five.  It’s easier to just take the teaser:

What if the research and development department created to produce the first atomic bomb was a front for a series of other, more unusual, programs? What if the union of a generation’s brightest minds was not a signal for optimism, but foreboding? What if everything… went wrong?

Read it. Now.

Batman

When Grayson was Batman I pulled Batman and Robin. Now I read Batman. I still pick up Batman and Robin from time to time but it seems like the main title gets the harder hitting plot points right now. With Joker making his way back it’s an interesting arc for sure!

Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist

This is a comic which you have to really like the characters before reading to enjoy. Even though Flash Gordon has been a comic for a very long time there is something a bit refreshing in the setting and art. In this series Ming’s ability to backstab and control is masterfully expressed.

Secret Avengers

Originally I picked this up because Nova was part of the team. Now I continue simply due to the story line. The second and third arcs were slower than I would have liked and really gave little clue as to where things were really headed. There were little hints here and there but it wasn’t until recently that it feels like things finally are critical. If you want to jump in on this then pick up a fee back issues first.

Justice League

How can I not get this? Not due to the story (I’m iffy on it still) but due to the art. Hey, it’s probably get more interesting but until then it’s still fun to look at.

Sweet Tooth

I have the very last issue next to me. I’ve had it for about a week or so. I have not been able to bring myself to read it since that means the series is over. It’s that good. I want to know what happens but, I just cant…

X-O: Manowar

A visigoth future king gets ahold of one of a kind alien war armor and comes to present times. Needless to say this is a guilty pleasure comic. It’s not poorly written but it is pretty action packed and follows on thread (at least so far). It’s also the comic that got into Valiant’s universe and I’ve really been enjoying it.

Archer & Armstrong

By name and description I figured that this would be one of the Valiant books I’d not be reading but I was wrong. A friend and coworker of mine recommended it to me and after taking my time I finally picked up the first issue on Comixology. The same day I purchased all of the available issues of the current series. It has that great combination of humor, action, sci-fi and possibility for deepening story that really pulled me in.

Cable and X-Force

This one is another guilty pleasure but not one I (or others) would generally recommend. Cable is a long time favorite of mine and X-Force is a team I grew up on. This iteration is a bit different but having Cable back in X-Force makes a ton of sense. It’s only few issues in and I’m enjoying the story even if it is the normal ‘Cable has a vision and he will probably die to keep that vision of the future from happening’ thing. Huh. When I write it down I’m not sure why I enjoy it so much… Ah, that’s right’ nostalgia.

Blue Beetle

Ever since Blue Beetle went into space I’ve been digging this series. I’ve never been totally clear on the scarab other than it originated from space and the creating race did would at times fight against the Green Lantern Corps. It’s nice to start seeing more about the scarabs origin and the species who created it. I’m hoping the writers will continue Blue Beetle in the galactic setting for a while as I think it’s really working.

I’m Excited About Guardians of the Galaxy, But Not Why You Think

In the 1990’s comic book movies were for comic book fans to not enjoy. In fairness, this is not much different than traditional book fans and most of the movies made from them, but comic book fans are just rabid about sticking to stories. If the story is too much then at the very least, it’s expected they stay true to who characters are or were. I know this because I am a comic book fan and cringe when I see characters molded into Hollywood super-types instead of highlighting the deep multidimensional traits common in our heroes.

In any case, the Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG), one of my favorite Marvel teams, is in process of making it to the big screen. Part of me wants to jump up and down in excitement. In my opinion GotG is much more fun and interesting than The Avengers. I know, that’s crazy talk for many people but that’s what I think. Another part of me is worried. Worried Hollywood will do to GotG what they did to Daredevil, or Parallax, Deadpool, etc.. But really the movie isn’t what is getting me excited about GotG. It’s something else.

A few years back I started to read Nova mainly because I had read most of the Green Lantern books that were available. I like cosmic level and/or SciFi stuff and this, like GL, fit the bill. It even is sometimes jokingly referred to as Marvels lanterns as there is some similarities. As I read more and more I started to realize how interesting of a character Rider (Nova) was. And from there I went to read Annihilation followed by GotG. It was good stuff but the creative team decided to focus on other characters in the cosmic realm. I ended up following the writers through their other cosmic teams but never felt the same pull to them as I did GotG.

But there is hope again. Bendis and McNiven are writing a new series! In general it sounds great (except the Iron Man part…). We are getting Star-Lord back. Star-Lord! One of my favorites! That also brings hope for Rider at some point down line as well. We also get Rocket Racoon, Groot, Drax and Gamora (it looks like).

I’m hoping Bendis and McNiven can take the team in a direction that finally solidifies them as THE cosmic team in the Marvel Universes. And also drop Iron Man. Seriously. Well, unless we can see Nova wipe the floor with Iron Man’s weak tech.

So that’s why I’m excited. There is hope for a great cosmic team to be in the forefront again. The movie is nice but the books will be where the action and creativity will shine.

 

Guardians Of The Galaxy #1. Read more at IGN.