Editorial: What Comics I Read This Week

This is a quick, to the point section on what I picked up in comics in the last couple days and what I think of them.

Injustice: Gods Among Us #14

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Jheremy Raapack
So the game came out and it doesn’t tie into the comic all that smoothly.  Matter of fact the game rehashes a particular scene from the comic but where the comic did it exceptionally well, it just came off as hokey in the game.  Not to say the game is bad but I’ll talk about that elsewhere.This issue jumps around a bit too much.  Its one of those the end is the beginning bits but the actual end of the issue isn’t the beginning which is highly confusing at issue #14 of a series I expect to end soon.

Its still a good issue but its hard not to be disappointed about how poorly the story is represented in the game.  Hopefully I will learn to segregate the two as the comic story is exceptional.

Justice League #1-6 (New 52)

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Jim Lee
Comixology had a $0.99 sale on quite a few Justice League comics so I grabbed a few.  This is actually the first I’ve read in the New 52 and if you haven’t figured it out already, I’m really not much of a DC fan.

With that said, these issues were enjoyable but pretty corny.  Its written like the Justice League are a bunch of high schoolers but actually adults.  And then Darkseid shows up.  Cyborg being on the team is kind of weird.  DC doesn’t have a lot of black super heroes.  Kind of wish they just made a new one to be honest with you.  DC also desperately wants you like to Aquaman.  They basically give Aquaman the Captain America from the Avengers scene.  “Why should we follow you?”  Punches bad guys to prove leadership.  Green Lantern was probably the most child like out of all of them which is disappointing since I really like the Green Lanterns.

Overall I was curious enough to look on the store for additional issues, but not curious enough to buy them at $2.99 a pop.

Nova #3

Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Ed McGuinness
This is such an odd series.  The longer it goes on the more I don’t get it.  In this issue we find out that Sam Alexander is “the one” and Gamora and Drax are here to train him.  I’m still pretty fuzzy as to the timeline of the series.  I can’ figure out if this is happening after the Annihilation wave kills the Nova Corps or after Nova and Starlord sacrifice themselves to prevent Thanos from appearing in a comic for 3 months.  Evidently the Chitauri are going to be the starter villains.  And from what I hear Loeb is leaving the book after issue #6.   I’ll be really curious to hear sales numbers on this series.

Truth be told, its not a bad comic, its just not particularly good either.  Its only 3 issues in though so view points can be changed.  But the whole “the one” story has been worn the hell out on me.


Editorial: What Comics I Read This Week

This is a quick, to the point section on what I picked up in comics in the last couple days and what I think of them.  I might of picked some of them up last week.  

Angel and Faith #19

Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
Spike joins the team this issue to deliver some humor and other than that is quite frankly a let down, especially after the build up.  We get another snippet of old Ripper in his glory days and everyone has a shown down with Eyghon.  Probably the weakest issue in the series so far, but more weak in that its a transition issue.  No idea what the next issue is going to bring but we’re getting really close to the culmination of the plot point that’s been driving the entire series.  The big questions remain, can they and will they do what they set out to do?

Avengers Arena #5

Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Kev Walker
Avengers Arena is still a tough nut to crack!  I have no idea where this is going or why.  I still suspect at the end of the series they might go, fooled ya everyone’s still alive!  This issue we follow a giant pick named Kid Briton who is some kind of parallel universe Captain Briton.  If you didn’t know from the off set on what a giant prick he is, they give us plenty of flashbacks of him beating up the fat kid and then trying to bone the blue Atlantean (who also seems to live in the prick department) in front of said beat up kid.  Arcade advances the stakes in an incredibly predictable manor to anyone whose seen Battle Royale or The Hunger Games.  And we find out some unfortunate news about my favorite little girl, Death Locket.

Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1

Writer: Brian Bendis
Artist: Steve McNiven
Truth be told, I don’t know who was right and in a way I don’t care.  Star Lord is a freakin’ brunette!  What the hell is with this blonde crap?  This issue is Bendis revisiting the origin of Star Lord which I have never read so I cannot attest to its accuracy.  It is very entertaining and the art is good.  It seems to be a longer comic than normal as well.  This is also a great jumping on point for cosmic Marvel.  I also cannot tell you what a relief it is to see most of the old team on the last page.  Now lets just hope they work Bug, Adam Warlock, Cosmo, and Mantis back on the rooster and kick out Iron Man!   According to Bendis though the whole point of the new Guardians is to protect Earth which…  well we’ll just have to see how the aliens on the team feel about that.

Nova #1

Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Ed McGuinness
This series has an uphill battle, with me in particular.  Jeph Loeb single handedly ruined the Ultimate Marvel Universe.  He craps on what I love.  And now he’s helming a book starring not Richard Rider Nova with a section of the Nova Corps that makes fun of the “gold helmets”.  I can’t pretend to understand why Marvel doesn’t seem to be bringing Richard Rider back when everyone else who died with Richard Rider is miraculously back.  I also can’t pretend to understand why Marvel has continuously spit in the face of fans by not even making the characters who knew Richard Rider give a crap that he’s gone.  Now we’re supposed to jump in the boat with Sam Alexander, a character Marvel obviously cares about but no one else does?  Well I’ve read issue #1.  Its okay.  Its not great, its not bad, and its not what I want but its here.  It exists and I will read it for at least 6 issues.

Ultimate Comics X-Men #23

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Carlo Baberi
So Storm and Colossus are out on the country side camping out because what?  Wait a second let me recap.  Storm is promoting piece a few issues ago in a concentration camp.  Colossus goes against her ideals and kills the leader of the camp.  Colossus in the Ultimate verse is incredibly gay.  He dates Northwind for a rather long time.  Colossus and Storm are at odds ideal wise for almost the entire series.  Now the two are camping out in the woods together with Storm making googly eyes at him?  Did Wood even read the measly 100 or so issues it would take him to catch up on these characters?  God I hate this series.

Uncanny X-Men #2

Writer: Brian Bendis
Artist: Chris Bachalo
A lot of interesting character development with Emma Frost in this one.  The kids that have been recruited to be the first class in the new Xavier school all seem to be likeable and interesting characters on their own which is basically unheard of for a normal continuum comic (new characters that is).  Magik continues to be creepy and Magneto continues the role of traitor.  Next issue the Avengers show up to inevitable beat up Cyclops and his new group of youngsters.  I am fascinated enough to keep going.

Turn 83 – Knobs is a Great Mistress

Direct Download

Featuring John “Knobs” Knoblach, John “MusiM”, Scott “Artisan002”, and Suzy “Specter”.

Music by MusiM.  Buy the music at musim.bandcamp.com

Our intended topics are Expendables 2, Dark Knight Rises, Vampire Diaries, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Transformers Fall of Cybertron, Dust An Elysian Tail, Super Monday Night Combat, Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3, Uncharted, X-Men,  Be sure and email us for the next show at carouselpodcast@gmail.com!

Turn 72 – Its Precisely That Bad

Direct Download

Featuring Joey “Nebula”, John “MusiM”, Sam Bell, and Scott “Artisan002”.

Music by MusiM.  Buy the music at musim.bandcamp.com

Where we earn that explicit tag.  Our intended topics of discussion are Heroclix, Y’s Oath in Felghana, Borderlands, Mass Effect toys, Tribes Ascend, Mechwarrior, Diablo 3, Leviathan, Wolverine and the X-Men, Secret of Arrietty.

Be sure and email us for the next show at carouselpodcast@gmail.com!

Turn 30 – Droppin’ Bombs

Direct Download

Featuring MusiM and Knobs.

Music: Untitled tracks by MusiM

This week we discuss comics and related news including Berserk, Gantz, Invincible, The Thanos Imperative, Ultimate Spiderman, Ultimate Avengers 3, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Spike, The Haunt, Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy, War of Kings, and many sidenotes and derails.

Turn 22 – Siren Song of the Cougar

Direct Download

Featuring John “MusiM” Beauchamp and John “Knobs” Knoblach.

Music: Intro – Untitled by MusiM

Its about comics this week where we discuss WWF, Nova, Annihilation: Conquest,  The Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity Gauntlet, Gantz, Buffy Season 8, Berserk, Invincible, Red, Superman, Zack Synder, and The Watchmen among many others.

NOTE: Unfortunately the recorded audio files didn’t line up so I had to hand adjust the audio periodically.  Hopefully its entirely fixed but if it is not please let us know and I will do my best to fix it as soon as possible.  – John