Collected Comic Review: The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 2 (New Edition)

The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 2 (New Edition) - Collecting The New Teen Titans (1980) #21-40, Annual #1-2, Tales of the Teen Titans (1984) #41, and Batman and the Outsiders (1983) #5.

This collection was released earlier this year and is the second installment in the set of new editions of The New Teen Titans omnibi that looks to more comprehensively collect the classic DC comics run spearheaded by creators Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.  The contents of this volume differ slightly from the original edition released in 2012 (that edition also included the first three issues of The Judas Contract story arc).  These new editions move the entirety of that arc to the beginning of volume three, which was released last month.

This volume up directly following the events of volume one and starts off with the introduction of Brother Blood, the leader of The Church of Brother Blood from the small nation of Zandia, and a new villain for the Titans to oppose.  Wolfman and Pérez use Blood'…

Collected Comic Review - Daredevil: Back in Black TPB Vol. 6 (Soule)

Daredevil: Back in Black Vol. 6 - Mayor Fisk - Collecting Daredevil (1964) #595-600.

I'm a big proponent of talking up material that you enjoy and not wasting energy on bad mouthing the stuff you don't.  With that in mind, here are a few quick thoughts I have on this book, the most recent collected volume of Charles Soule's criminally under rated ongoing run on Daredevil.  Those who follow this blog know that I have been pushing this run for months, so please bear with me and don't tune me out!

Charles Soule continues to advance his run with this arc, and beyond the spoiler given away by this volume's title, he throws in a couple additional twists on top of that new, slightly outrageous status quo that makes this arc a quick, intriguing read, and that also propel the story beyond this collection (an arc illustrated by Nailbiter's Mike Henderson that recently ended and should be collected in Volume 7 early in 2019). 

As the potential threat to the city that is W…

Collected Comic Review - Wonder Woman by George Pérez Omnibus Vol. 3

Wonder Woman by George Pérez Omnibus Vol. 3 - Collecting Wonder Woman (1987) #46-62 and #168-169, War of the Gods (1991) #1-4, and material from Wonder Woman (1942) #600.

With the recent release of this volume, DC has finally collecting George Pérez's classic Wonder Woman run in the omnibus format.  Fortunately, this volume didn't take nearly as long to hit the shelves as it did for the second volume to be released after the first (an almost two and a half year gap that may have been stretched out in order to coordinate the release of volume two the Wonder Woman film's release last year).  In any event, after a little over three years, all of Pérez's work on Wonder Woman has been collected in a beautiful oversize format.

I didn't come to comics until much later than most (after college) and as result, I had not read any of this material from the mid-eighties and early-nineties.  When I picked up the first Pérez Wonder Woman omnibus, it was based solely on reputatio…

Collected Comic Review - Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus

Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age OmnibusCollecting: House of Secrets (1956) #92, Swamp Thing (1972) #1-24, and The Saga of the Swamp Thing (1982) #1-19, Annual 1.

Swamp Thing is a character that I have had some awareness of since I was a little kid, thanks primarily to the two 1980's film adaptations.  It wasn't until much later that I really got into the character thanks to Scott Snyder's New 52 run.  My enjoyment of Snyder's collaboration with Yanick Paquette caused me to seek out more Swamp Thing, and as one might guess, Alan Moore's classic run was what was unanimously recommended to me.  That run quickly became one of my personal favorites and since that time, I have tried to fill in the gaps of Swamp Thing's history by reading the works of Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Brian K. Vaughan, and Charles Soule.  All of which have helped to my developing a healthy appreciation for the character.  So when this Bronze Age Omnibus was released last fall, I was excite…

Review - Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), PG-13, 1h 58min - Much like its predecessor Ant-Man (2015), Ant-Man and the Wasp is the rare MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) film that I wasn't counting down the days to.  That's not to say that I didn't want to see it, I just wasn't nearly as stoked for it as I usually am for a Marvel Studios release (especially coming on the heels of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War).  However, just like Ant-Man before it, I found this film to be one of the most fun MCU installments to date.

Ant-Man and the Wasp follows the events of both Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War, and precedes the events of this year's Infinity War.  Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is serving his final days of house arrest after his involvement in Civil War and is trying to get his security consultant business - X-Con Security - off the ground with fellow ex-con associates Luis (Michael Peña), Dave (Tip 'T.I.' Harris), and Kurt (David Dastmalchian).  Meanwhile Hop…

Review - Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2 (2018), PG, 1h 58min - I haven't had the opportunity to get out to many movies recently, but on the Fourth of July holiday I was able to check out my most anticipated Pixar sequel to date: Incredibles 2.  The original Incredibles (2004) is probably my favorite Disney/Pixar film and the story lent itself so perfectly to a sequel that it's been a little frustrating that it has taken fourteen years for this follow up to come to fruition while other Disney/Pixar franchises have churned out multiple sequels over that same time.

Incredibles 2 takes place not too long after the events of The Incredibles, with The Parr family - Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) - trying to adapt to 'normal' family life as superhero activity is still illegal (despite the Parr's heroics at the end of the first film).  Bob and Helen are working undercover for a government d…

Collected Comic Review - Dakota North: Design for Dying TPB

Dakota North: Design for Dying TPB (2018) - Collecting Dakota North (1986) #1-5, Web of Spider-Man (1985) #37, Power Pack (1984) #46, Daredevil (1998) #107-110, and material from Marvel Super-Heroes (1990) #3, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989) #5, Marvel Age (1983) #40 and Marvel Age (1983) Annual #2.

If may be asking yourself "who the hell is Dakota North?", especially if you haven't read the Ed Brubaker/Michael Lark run on Daredevil.  If you have read that excellent run, then you already know that Dakota North is a bad-ass, head strong, private investigator.  Think Jessica Jones without the self-loathing or super powers (and created fifteen years earlier).  She has ties to the worlds of both fashion and intelligence, having previously been a model and having a CIA agent of a father (the former being an original character trait from the mid-80's that is much less relevant these days).

Ed Brubaker plucked her from Marvel's archiv…

Review - Luke Cage (Netflix), Season 2

Luke Cage (2016), Season 2, TV-MA, 13 episodes - It seems as though season 2 of Luke Cage snuck up on the world.  I'm not sure if it is due to the lack of promotional hype leading up to its release last weekend or if it has just been overshadowed by all of the talk of the impending Disney acquisition of Fox.  Whatever the reason, it's unfortunate because this second season is even stronger than the first.

Season 2 takes place not long after the events of The Defenders.  Luke (Mike Colter) has become a local celebrity thanks to his actions in protecting/helping those around Harlem.  There's even a crowd-sourced app that shows people where Luke Cage has been spotted!  Although that's not always necessary as everyone knows that Luke is operating out of Pop's old barber shop.  Bobby Fish (Ron Cephus Jones) is functioning as Luke's manager, negotiating endorsement deals in order to cover the shop's rent, and D.W. (Jeremiah Craft) has appointed himself as Luke…

Collected Comic Review - GRIEF: stories by Frank Gogol

GRIEF: stories by Frank Gogol - I have a confession to make: despite my love of comics, until very recently (we're talking the last month and a half or so), I have not been very successful in supporting indie comics.  Caveat: I personally don't consider titles from Image independent comics.  Sure they are all creator owned properties, but Image is more than the big fish in the small indie pond, they're more like the the kid who has graduated from the kid's table at family gatherings.  And that is my long way of introducing this collection of stories by Frank Gogol from Comics Experience and Source Point Press.

You may be wondering how I came upon such a book since I'm not an avid proponent of indie titles.  Well, I'm actually an (internet) acquaintance of Frank's thanks to The Omnibus Collector's Comic Swap and Community group on Facebook.  This project of his began as a Kickstarter campaign last year (which I missed out on) but I have followed its prog…

Review - Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), PG-13, 2h 15min - Of all of the Star Wars films to date (of which this is the tenth overall, and second anthology entry), this was easily the one that I was the least excited about (yes, that includes the prequel trilogy when they first hit theaters). I liked the premise: a Han Solo origin story, but the film encountered a number of obstacles during production (including a director change) and I wasn't terribly thrilled with the casting of Alden Ehrenreich as the younger version of the iconic character (I didn't feel like he could carry a film based on what little I had seen of him previously). On the other hand, I felt like Donald Glover was born to play a young Lando Calrissian, and after seeing the likes of Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Paul Bettany in the trailer I was cautiously optimistic. But even then I just didn't have the excitement and urgency that I usually do leading up to a new Star Wars film. That's the long way …