Comics: Other Titles I’ve Checked Out

Posted 9 July, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 2 Comments

At the end of May I posted up a list of comics that are currently on my pull list. Today I’ll be focusing on the other comics that I’ve checked out or previously followed but later dropped (or put on hold to pick up at a later date via collected paperback):

Captain America (Marvel NOW!)
By: Rick Remender (writer), John Romita Jr. (art)

Thrust into a bizarre, inhospitable world far from home, the all-new, high-adventure, mind-melting, tough-as-nails, sci-fi, pulp-fantasy era of Captain America is NOW! With no country and no allies, what’s left for the Sentinel of Liberty to protect? The Saga of Dimension Z begins here!

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This was one of the first comic books that I started collecting on my pull list; I had reviewed the Dimension Z storyline last year (review) and found it very interesting. It dragged a little bit towards the end of that arc, but after Captain America got out of Dimension Z, I was optimistic that the story would pick up. This was not the case. The story arc with Nuke was promising but it was over too quickly, and the prologue with the new bad guy (whose group I don’t even remember–suffice to say the parallels with present day politics continues) was too slow and uninteresting for me to bother continuing with the series. So sadly I dropped this title from the pull list.

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Elektra (Marvel NOW!)
By: Haden Blackman (writer), Michael Del Mundo (art)

Witness the beautifully violent return of the world’s deadliest assassin. A life spent in silent pain has led Elektra to the precipice of despair. As she prepares to shed her past and take her next step, everything you know about her will change! Death is no escape, but she will find her way as a new option opens up that will take Elektra to places no other Marvel character can go.

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Elektra was a character from Daredevil’s world and storyline that greatly intrigued me; like Black Widow, she is a deadly fighter and assassin and just all-around badass. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that she was heading up her own series. The first issue was pretty good in setting up the story, especially for those who are not really familiar with Elektra, as well as the first nemesis that she has to face. However, the hook did not interest me enough to pick up the next issue and add it to my pull list. Nonetheless, it is a promising series, and the art style is absolutely gorgeous, similar to Marvel NOW!’s Thor and Black Widow 🙂

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Original Sin
By: Jason Aaron (writer), Mike Deodato (art)

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes discover Uatu, the Watcher, dead on the moon, a murder mystery ensues that will reveal shocking secrets about every major Marvel character! Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato lead the Avengers, Spider-Man, the Hulk and many more on status-quo altering eight-past adventure!

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They were really promoting this new miniseries leading up to Free Comic Book Day, and it intrigued me enough to go out and pick up Issue #0. It was very interesting, plus I never read anything with Nova in it, so it was pretty cool to see that he was the superhero front and centre with the Watcher. The concept of the Watchers was also pretty cool–they’re so mysterious!–and the issue left me wondering how everything went south for Uatu. So while I didn’t end up adding the series to my pull list (priorities, you know), I will be checking out this series when it ends up on paperback 🙂

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East West
By: Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta

This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH.

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I’m always on the lookout for comics outside of the superhero genre, and there’s a plethora of fantastic titles out there. I wanted to jump into the more familiar sci-fi titles out there carried by Vertigo, Image, etc. and this title in particular was going for a dollar during Free Comic Book Day so I picked it up. The concept of this series was interesting–the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the end of humanity, the world is some dystopian future, etc. But I dunno, I think the fact that it was set as a Western didn’t appeal to me as much; it was strange, it worked for me and Firefly but here not as much. Granted, the first issue was also about setting up the story moving forward, but it wasn’t enought o hook me in and continue following the story. The art was great and it’s great to see unique titles out there, but yeah, I don’t think this title is for me.

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Tomb Raider
By: Gail Simone & Nicolás Daniel Selma

Superstar writer Gail Simone picks up Lara Croft’s story where the smash hit Tomb Raider game left off—in a new ongoing comics series!

Following the game acclaimed for its bold and sophisticated new vision, this series launches Lara Croft on the formative adventures that will change her life forever!

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I’ve heard a lot about Gail Simone’s work on DC and it didn’t occur to me that I had read something of hers until I was hunting for a cover for this series to post here. My brother picked up this issue I believe when we started with Serenity: Leaves on the Wind (review); we never played the games, but the character of Lara Croft is interesting and rather iconic, so we were curious as to what her story would be about in the comic.

Unfortunately, it failed to garner our interest. We were expecting something a little more Indiana Jones and the Holy Grail (or Raiders of the Lost Ark, take your pick) -esque and instead got something more along the lines of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. Maybe the story has picked up since and changed but we decided to pass on this one.

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Rocket Raccoon (Marvel NOW!)
By: Skottie Young

ALL-NEW, IN-CONTINUITY SERIES! As defenders of the cosmos go, Rocket Raccoon has faced his fair share of galactic battles. He’s been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a protector of the innocent, a heartthrob to the many intergalactic female species and now–a raccoon on the run?! ( I’m sorry, I’m sorry, a “formidable-and-expert-Guardian” on the run. Rocket is NOT a raccoon, okay?) Rocket’s high-flying life of adventure and heroism may soon be a thing of the past when he becomes a wanted man—and the authorities are not the only one on his TAIL! (We’ll definitely be overusing that pun!)

Superstar creator Skottie Young brings his A-game as writer and artist on the series we’ve been waiting decades for. Because let’s be real, this is the only Guardian of the Galaxy you actually care about. Am I right?

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Okay, I was pretty excited to check this first issue out because Skottie Young is the one heading up the series (I knew of him because of his adorable and awesome Baby Variant covers). I haven’t read any comics featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy (though I am pretty curious by the movie, the humour seems like my type) so I don’t know much about any of the characters. This opening issue set up the world perfectly–the characters, what they do, the mystery and conflict that Rocket Raccoon will have to solve–and all of this presented with Skottie Young’s unique and amazing art. I had a lot of fun reading this issue; it made me laugh (though I wonder how this got an All-Ages rating 😛 ), it had me intrigued, it introduced me to Rocket Raccoon’s errr, interesting character 😉 , I love the art.

Sadly I don’t think I’ll be putting this on my pull list (again, priorities at the moment–this may change though between now and August), but I will definitely pick it up when the bound paperbacks come out because I am definitely curious to see where the story goes for him (and again, it made me laugh, and I love the art). I highly, highly, highly recommend this series if you’re looking for a new comic to check out 🙂

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And those are the comics that I’ve checked out! 🙂 Are you reading any of these?

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