Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Flash (New 52) Vol. 3: Gorilla Warfare by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato

The Flash (New 52) Vol. 3: Gorilla Warfare by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by DC Comics
first published November 1st 2012

Flash: Vol. 3
New 52

I'd just finished writing a review for Vol. 6 when I noticed that somehow I'd managed to skip over reading Vol. 3! So I went hunting the shelves and pulled it out. A bit weird going back to all the gorilla stuff now but a fun volume. Ties up all the gorilla storyline with a big showdown involving Grodd and the Rogues team-up with Flash in saving the world. There are some teasers for the next volume, Reverse Flash (which I've read) as well.

Ratman Volume 1 & 2 by Sekihiko Inui

Ratman Volume 1 by Sekihiko Inui
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by VIZ Media: VIZ Select
first published 2007

Ratman (#1)

A superhero story! Plenty of humour in this world that comes across as a pastiche of the American superhero. It's a corporate world protected by corporate-owned superheroes and 15yo Shuto wants to be a hero more than anything else. Only problem is he's short, not even 5 ft tall, and shrimpy. It took me about half the book to get into as I couldn't get comfortable with who the intended audience was supposed to be: it was funny and even cute at points feeling like a kid's book but in no certain terms was it as the language was highly mature teenager-speak and while there is no sex, it is sexualized and up-skirt shots are common. At the half-way point, the plot actually set in and kind of grabbed me. I don't like the main character at this point, but the minions (called Jacky) are awesome). There is a theme running behind the scenes attempting to ask the question "just what is a hero really" which I hope becomes a bigger part of the plot. Will certainly move on to volume two hoping for more development.



Ratman, Volume 2 by Sekihiko Inui
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published April 2015 by VIZ Media: VIZ Select
first published 2008

Ratman (#2)

This volume is pure action with Ratman getting involved in everything whether he's been sent out on a villain's mission or he takes on a hero's mission of his own volition. Lots of fun! I found it a speedy read. And I love the minions called Jacky!!I did find Ratman's ideological speeches rather annoying as if violins would start playing at any time, and more suited to an elementary situation, not this one with its frequent use of mature language. I'll probably read on at some point but just not now.

Swamp Thing (New 52) Vol. 1: Raise Them Bones by Scott Snyder

Swamp Thing (New 52) Vol. 1: Raise Them Bones by Scott Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by DC Comics

New 52

This is the very first time I've ever read Swamp Thing; I know his basic story though from somewhere (perhaps there was a cartoon in the old days?) Anyway, really glad Scott Snyder was at the reigns as he's one of the best writers and did a good job with a very strange and yet typical story of someone (well two someones) being called to be the saviour of a kingdom. Here we have The Green vs The Rot which I found similar to the good vs evil in King's Stand and thus the Biblical good/evil. This is a set-up story re-imagining Dr. Holland's story of how he became The Swamp Thing and both his and the current plot's background story. Although Superman shows up on the first pages looking for Holland there is no tie-in with the rest of the DC world. I could get into this; it's pretty dark and violent and very different from everything else I've read in The New 52 to date.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Flash (New 52), Vol. 6: Out of Time by Robert Venditti


The Flash, Vol. 6: Out of Time by Robert Venditti
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by DC Comics

New 52
The Flash

Another new writer and illustrator bring Flash into a new story arc, one that sees him traveling the speed force. A lot of things are happening plotwise which gets a bit confusing especially when we add in time travel. The book starts five years in the future, zips back to the present and continues in that manner, at one point reaching as far as twenty years in the future. Some old characters briefly return (Gorilla Grodd) and some characters we haven't seen in this series make an entry (Wally West) bringing an exciting Flash read but the story was a bit all over the place for me to actually firmly hang my hat on. We'll see where it goes from here.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Flash (New 52), Vol. 5: History Lessons by Brian Buccellato

The Flash, Vol. 5: History Lessons by Brian Buccellato
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 144 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by DC Comics

The New 52
The Flash

Very good! Starts off with two one-offs establishing Buccellato as the new writer with different illustrators. The Green Lantern one was good while the other was only okay. Then the book finishes up with the main entry, the titular story commencing Zircher on art. A great mix of noir detective and paranormal as a ghost from the diamond mining 1800s returns, crosses paths with a modern day serial killer and Flash finds clues to his mother's death as help comes along from, one of my favourite DC characters, Deadman. Fun book, that turns the tide for Flash from the previous volumes in the New 52.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan

Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 17th 2015 by DC Comics

Gotham Academy (1)

OMG! Totally outrageously awesome! Here we have a creepy boarding school for teens who apparently aren't just your average kids, though we only learn about a few of them in this first volume. Basically, a mystery this story kept me on my toes and I didn't have a clue where it was going. Each little twist was such a surprise until the ending which absolutely delighted me! Where this story takes place within the DC universe I couldn't really say, except it doesn't appear to be in-line with the current run. Most of the characters are new to this volume, and a great set they are!, with the exception of Brue Wayne, and Batman. A couple of familiar faces comprise some of the shockers making this a ton of fun and the ending really makes one anxious for volume two. For all intents and purposes, an all-ages series, though most suitable for I'd recommend ages ten and up. Great new series!

Deathstroke Vol. 1: Gods of Wars by Tony S. Daniel

Deathstroke Vol. 1: Gods of Wars by Tony S. Daniel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by DC Comics

Deathstroke (1)

I'm a newbie coming into this volume, being unfamiliar with Deathstroke and the Suicide Squad. This volume takes place after "The New Suicide Squad Vol. 1" as an asterisk refers to events in that volume as taking place in the recent past. I've wanted to get in on these guys and this was an exciting volume with lots of stuff happening but a little confusing for a newbie like me because the story is based on revenge and consequences from past events. It's totally cool that Slade's whole family is involved here though and when the action moves from Russia to Gotham some familiar faces show up taking me into more well-known territory. The action is violent and bloody in this volume and not for those with an aversion to decapitated heads. I really enjoyed it, though will need to do some more reading to become properly acquainted with the characters.