Tag: Comics: DC


Review: Aquaman: Death of a King (vol. 4)

Posted 22 November, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Aquaman: Death of a King (vol. 4)
By: Geoff Johns (writer), Paul Pelletier (Illustrations), Sean Parsons (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy

Unfolding out of the events of “THRONE OF ATLANTIS” comes a mystery that sends Aquaman to the ends of the Earth to solve an ancient murder—one that will reveal a horrific truth about Arthur Curry and threaten those closest to him today.

Also, as the Scavenger compiles more Atlantean weaponry and artifacts, Aquaman enlists the aid of The Others to help find one missing relic in the Southwestern United States before his enemies can get to it and possess untold power.

Collects issues #17-23 of the monthly series.

Gah, what else can I say in this preamble before the review? Regular readers of my blog know that I’ve been reading and enjoying the New 52 run of Aquaman 😉

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Review: Green Arrow: Year One

Posted 7 July, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Green Arrow: Year One
By: Andy Diggle (writer), Jock (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

Oliver Queen has been a faithful member of the Justice League of America and defended Star City with his trusty bown and an arsenal of deadly arrows for years–now thrill to the definitive tale of how he became Green Arrow!

Queen is a frivolous playboy with little care for anyone or anything–apparently even himself. But when he’s double-crossed and marooned on a jungle island, he finds that he does care about something: justice!

Okay, so for some reason I ended up watching a bit of the television show Arrow–totally unintended, I liked Justin Hartley’s Green Arrow from Smallville, I thought the Green Arrow in Arrow was too serious, too broody. But I liked enough of what I saw. Plus, I enjoyed Ollie’s role in the comic series Injustice (review) so I seriously started looking into Green Arrow comics. This title came up, which was perfect since this line of series seemed to be geared at focusing on the origin stories of familiar superheroes (see my review of Huntress: Year One).

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Review: Aquaman: Throne of Atlantis (vol. 3)

Posted 23 June, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Aquaman: The Throne of Atlantis (vol. 3)
By: Geoff Johns (writer), Ivan Reis (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy

Atlantis attacks! Aquaman, long having since severed ties with his people, watches as as armies rise from the water and attack the surface world. The Justice League–Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and Cyborg–answer the call, defending the shores from the invading Atlantean hordes.

But whose side is Aquaman on? With his brother Orm at the head of the undersea army, will Aquaman choose to side with his Earth-bound superteam? Or his own people?

Note: This is not the cover of the paperback edition (I could not find a hi-res image of the cover) but the cover to one of the single issues included; image source

Here we are, volume 3 of New 52’s Aquaman. The New 52 series has been getting a lot of flack for the uneven writing, continuity, etc. of the big characters, but I’ve been enjoying its run for Aquaman so far; Geoff Johns I think has done a good job in bringing Arthur Curry to life (and, let’s face it, has shown readers how truly badass this Atlantean superhero really is).

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Comics: What’s On My Pull List

Posted 21 May, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

For a while now I’ve been reviewing a lot of comics (see category) in the form of trade paperbacks. And that’s cool, but I realised that I haven’t really talked about what’s currently on my pull list 🙂 It’s sort of fluctuated over the past year that we’ve had it but here’s what’s currently on the list (feel free to click on the link to go directly to that series):

Thor: God of Thunder – Last Days of Midgard
By: Jason Aaron (writer), Esad Ribic (art)

THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD begin NOW! Thor, Asgardian God of Thunder, has always fought to save his adopted home of Earth. But who can he fight when the planet itself is dying? Thor’s mortal ally and environmental secret agent Roz Solomon has a few ideas. Namely the world’s largest and most nefarious energy company Roxxon, and its ruthless new CEO known as “The Minotaur.” Has the God of Thunder finally met his match, in the form of a multinational super-corporation? Meanwhile, many millennia ahead, a future version of Thor faces a very different battle to save what remains of the earth–a battle against the greatest villain the Marvel Universe has ever known—Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds!

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Of all the comics that I’ve picked up that are ongoing, Thor: God of Thunder continues to impress me. I’ve reviewed it in its early arcs (review) and it continues to be epic in the way it spans across centuries and different times of Thor’s life, the way the stakes continues to stack themselves like you wouldn’t believe, the enemies he has to face…Even in its quieter moments between sequences there’s just not a dull moment, and I think it’s because of the way that the writer has fleshed out Thor as a character and as a superhero but it’s also a real credit to the art style. It’s my favourite from all of the comics I’ve seen to date; even when the artists switch up, it still retains its painting-like characteristics. It’s just a joy to turn the page.

Story-wise, this arc has been pretty interesting: in the present, Avenger Thor faces off with a powerful corporation whose work is generating horrible consequences to the environment (a very contemporary theme) while in the future Thor All-Father is faced with an old enemy. The face-off with Galactus is, simply put, epic in proportions. If there’s any comic I’d recommend that’s ongoing, it’s this one.

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Review: Aquaman: The Others (vol. 2)

Posted 1 March, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Aquaman: The Others, vol. 2
By: Geoff Johns (writer), Ivan Reis (Illustrations), Joe Prado (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s copy

Long before the King of the Seven Seas joined the Justice League, Aquaman was a part of another super-team: The Others. These young costumed adventurers traveled the globe, each trying to find their own individual road to redemption.

Six years later after a grisly murder, The Others are reunited. They know only one man could be responsible: Black Manta. Aquaman must lead the charge to stop his arch-nemesis, but will the years have fractured The Others just enough to keep them from bringing this villain to justice?

By the critically acclaimed creative team behind BLACKEST NIGHT Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, AQUAMAN VOLUME 2: THE OTHERS is the heart-stopping heart stopping follow up to the #1 New York Times best-selling AQUAMAN VOLUME 1: THE TRENCH. This volume collects issues #7-13, as well as the special #0 issue.

I really enjoyed volume one of New 52’s Aquaman so naturally I was looking forward to the next issue 🙂

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