Quiet week. Just 4 titles
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Every now and then I review my standing order on the basis that there might be titles that I no longer wish to collect. It’s always a tough decision deciding what stays and what goes. In my recent review I decided to stop the titles below. There’s nothing to stop me collecting them again (if they are ongoing) or indeed purchasing at a later date (assuming I can get them).
Anyway, here’s the list.
Green Lantern – after Godhead Act 1 is finished. I’m a Green Lantern fan but I feel like I’ve read it all before.
Batman & Robin – the art doesn’t work for me unfortunately. I like the Damien character so I will double check each issue’s synopsis for the return of Damien (or whatever they are planning).
Detective Comics – this was a hard decision simply because I’ve been collecting it for years. Again, I’ll check which creators are involved and then make sure I don’t miss anything huge (hopefully).
Avengers World – I’m already reading Avengers and New Avengers and feel that they cover the characters I’m most interested in.
Secret Avengers – I may come back to this. It’s well written and can be entertaining. I’m just not sure if every issue grabs me.
Avengers (2012) #38
Avengers And X-Men Axis #6 (Of 9)
New Avengers #26
Batman Eternal #33
Batman Superman #16
Earth 2 Worlds End #7
Justice League (2011) #36
Justice League (2011) #36
New 52 Futures End #29
Annihilator #3 (Of 6)
Avengers And X-Men Axis #5 (Of 9)
Batman (2011) #36
Batman Eternal #32
Earth 2 Worlds End #6
New 52 Futures End #28 (Weekly)
Mph #4 (Of 5)
As DC have called it, the multiverse is a ‘cosmic construct.’ A simple, yet brilliant way of parallel universes existing seperately from one another, often inhabiting the same or similar characters. It’s probably the main reason I got back into comics in my 20s. I love the idea of multiple universes. As a creator, it must be awesome to have the opportunity to write a ‘Batman’ story outside of continuity and yet still have it accepted as a ‘proper’ Batman story – ‘oh, that can be earth 39.1.’ Ok, maybe not point 1, but you get my point. Lol.
DC have always done it well, especially when characters meet from different universes (Forever Evil, Future’s End and Multiversity are definitely worth checking out. They are all New 52, which takes place after Flashpoint). Marvel have even got in on the act and decided that the Ultimate and Marvel universes should cross over. Spider-men was epic if only for the moments that the spider-men interact with each other. The whole ‘everything must die’ run in New Avengers sees the Avengers trying to prevent universes colliding (incursion points) and gives the creators great options to pair parallel universes.
Both companies are really going for it and let’s hope that we get even more earth numbers. I don’t care if it gets confusing.
Undoubtedly, we all have our favourite writers and artists in the comic world. I have many favourites and Mr Deodato is right at the top of the tree.
I first came across his work in Marvel’s Dark Avengers (I was a little late to the party on this one). This was 2009 and it was a great arc and his art totally blew me away. If you haven’t read it, you totally should. The men he drew were bursting muscles and square jaw lines and the females were curvy, agile, goddess like beings. Bearing in mind that within these pages, the ‘heroes’ are ‘super’ then it makes sense that they would be in mega peak condition. I’m sure there are muscles on some of the characters that don’t even exist, but for me it adds to the fun. Whilst the characters were clearly pimped up, it was believable and he can do ‘action’ shots like there is no tomorrow.
I’ve attached a link to some of his art on Deviant Art. For anyone curious about art generally or more specifically, comics, check out some of these fantastic covers (some inked some pencil). It just shows off his amazing ability. Needless to say, I want to get as much of his work as possible and will be ensuring that his various titles are on my wish list (pre-dating and post Dark Avengers).
I’ve had a week to play around with the iphone 6 and so far I’m really enjoying it. Moving from a 5, the screen is noticeably bigger but you get used to it instantly. The 5 now feels small and overweight. The curved feel to the chassis is nice and the screen is bright and detailed. Initially I wondered if the screen would actually be too big and require a second hand, but with the ‘double tap’ of the home screen the screen automatically moves down so you can use one hand and still reach the top corners.
It is super fast to use. Websites load up quickly and easily and iOS 8 definitely feels like it was made for this phone. The camera is great and handoff works really well with the Mac. The prospect of Apple Pay is exciting and with the technology, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before we can use it in the UK. This is definitely the best iphone so far.
One of my favourite things is (when I have the time) get myself to Glasgow and visit Red Hot Comics. I’m hoping to get a visit in this Christmas actually. The great thing about Red Hot, is that it’s essentially a warehouse full of boxes of comics.
If you’re a collector like me, you could spend days in this place just routing through the boxes. There is always something cool to find.
One of the genres I particularly like getting when I’m there is horror comics. I’ve pulled quite a few really nice old Marvel, DC and Eerie horror comics over the years.
I’ve noticed that recently the horror genre seems to be making a bit of a comeback. At the moment I’m reading Wytches (which is really cool) and Witchfinder (which is equally excellent).
I hope to see more coming out because horror and eerie storylines definitely lend themselves to the comic medium.