Aquaman: The Trench, vol. 1
By: Geoff Johns (writer), Ivan Reis (illustrator), Joe Prado (illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy
The King of the Seven Seas Aquaman returns to his very own ongoing series for the first time in years at the hands of DC Entertainment Chief Creative Office Geoff Johns, who re-teams with GREEN LANTERN collaborator artist Ivan Reis! Between proving himself to a world that sees him as a joke, Aquaman and his bride Mera face off against a long buried terror from the depths of the ocean.
Collecting AQUAMAN #1-6!
I was curious about this title because my brother (I’m a Marvel girl) told me that the story was interesting and Aquaman is awesome in this. You’re probably familiar with the Family Guy skit ridiculing Aquaman and his supposed inability to be an effective superhero outside of water so I was curious to read the comic and see for myself what sort of superhero Aquaman is. This is not my first foray into the New 52 series and while many people have been complaining about the retcon, for newbies like me who have no idea where to begin, it’s a useful jump point for me to start.
Age of Ultron
By: Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson, Carlos Pacheco, Butch Guice, Alex Maleev, David Marquez, Joe Quesada (artists)
Format/Source: single issues 01 – 10; my copy
For years the heroes of the Marvel Universe have lived in fear that the artificial intelligence known as Ultron would one day evolve to fulfill its desire to wipe out all organic life and take over the Earth — that day has arrived.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a comics-related post, lol. Seems fitting though that my latest comics post coincides with the final issue to the Age of Ultron series (which apparently was years in the making) and me completing my midterms (sort-of).
Anyways, I was initially not going to check out this series: I already had a number of series that I was following via my pull list, I didn’t need another one. I was hearing a lot of buzz about this series but I figured since I’m still relatively new to the comic book world and the Marvel Universe, I would pass. You know what got me into picking up this series though? The holographic cover on issue one =P And once I read issue one, well, I had to find out what happened next. Contains some spoilers ahead!
Hakweye: My Life as a Weapon, vol. 1
By: Matt Fraction (writer), David Aja (illustrator), Javier Pulido (illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy
The breakout star of this summer’s blockbuster Avengers film, Clint Barton – aka the self-made hero Hawkeye – fights for justice! With ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he’s out to prove himself as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! SHIELD recruits Clint to intercept a packet of incriminating evidence – before he becomes the most wanted man in the world. You won’t believe what is on The Tape! What is the Vagabond Code? Matt Fraction pens a Hawkeye thriller that spans the globe…and the darkest parts of Hawkeye’s mind. Barton and Bishop mean double the Hawkeye and double the trouble…and stealing from the rich never looked so good.
COLLECTING: Hawkeye 1-5, Young Avengers Presents 6
I’ve heard sooooooooooooo many good things about this comic from the Marvel Now! series; the first issue is in its fifth printing, which is crazy awesome. So I was pretty thrilled when my copy of the trade finally shipped. I meant to pace myself with this trade and savour the story, but what the heck, I ended up reading the whole thing last night.
(source; my instagram)
What’s this? A new category/blog feature? You bet! =D I’ve been meaning to get around to posting this for some time now (my brother was encouraging me to do this) but I’ve been so busy with deadlines and exams these past few weeks that I was never able to properly sit down and do this.
So! As some of you may know, I’ve recently gotten into comic books (probably a good 6-7 months now). It started when my mum picked up The Avengers (review) DVD-blu ray combo back in September. Wal-Mart’s combo not only included the movie but also a comic featuring Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk (which you can’t find anywhere else! I tried adding it on GoodReads to no avail). It was hilarious and I greatly enjoyed reading it, which made me curious about comic books in general. So from there I started delving into the world of comics, to learn more about the mythos of these characters and the adventures they’ve had.
Thor quickly became a favourite superhero of mine. I enjoyed the movie (review) but there’s something about Thor that greatly appeals to me; I reckon it’s the epic scale of his stories and how they’re steeped in Norse mythology (Thor: Ages of Thunder is an amazing example of this). He can be hot-tempered and brash and arrogant at times but he’s also a very good fighter and ultimately he is noble and prepared to do whatever it takes to protect the people around him.
My entry into the Thor storyline is through J. Michael Straczynski’s 3-issue run on his story. I decided to start there because I’ve always enjoyed Straczynski’s storytelling (from Babylon 5) and seeing as there had been some major changes in the previous issues leading up to Straczynski’s run, it was a good place to start. This 3-issue remains my favourite precisely because it sort of re-introduces Thor and his world for newcomers but it’s also in continuity with the previous issues. It’s epic but there’s also plenty of humour and character development.
Thor’s one character I’ve definitely followed (and is definitely my favourite) but I’ve also picked up trades featuring Captain America, the big three (Thor, Captain America and Iron Man), Black Widow and the Avengers. Oh, and I recently picked up the first trade volume of Hawkeye, which I will review shortly. I’ve very much stuck with Marvel because I’ve enjoyed reading about these characters but I’ve also read from DC and Image as well but more on them some other time ^_~
So anyways, that’s my introductory post about comics. Could’ve used more images…I’ll try to do better on that next time =P In my next post, I’ll talk about what’s in my pull list atm ^_~