Squiddy Thought Bites #1

My comic reading has been pretty steady, but there hasn’t been anything where I could write more than a tweet or two. I just haven’t been able to find enough things to say about things-even things I like. I’d hate to see this space vacant again for so long, so I’m going to start up a series dedicated to short, likely disjointed, and probably useless impressions.

Bat Lash. DC 2008. Issues #1-4.

This is a guy that has been around since the late sixties and one of few westerns I have read despite being a fan of a good gunslingin’ cattle drivin’ bar brawlin’ scalpin’ story. This mini was okay. After each issue I wanted to continue even though it didn’t really have a unique plot. Overall, the feel of the book fell more into the soap-opera variety revolving around a forbidden romance. It is the ending what ruined things for me. I half expected something along those lines, but not so… rigid. It also felt a bit on the rushed side even as comics go. For a formulaic feeling story, it still was a good read, but I’m not so sure these good feelings hold with my disappointment over the ending.

Lady Rawhide. Topps. 1996. Issue #1

This is very 90s. VERY 90s. I’m still in shock from the exposure. The exposition is really hard for me to get through. I could tolerate it back then, but now? You don’t even need pictures to know what’s going on and that really gets under my skin these days. Unless the art is crap, I can tell what I’m looking at and what’s going on without the narration. The content of the book is also very 90s and I could barely get through it. I still groan about it having to write this little blurb. I didn’t like it. I’m not sure if I will like it once I get used to it, but I do have more of it, so I may as well read them.

Marineman. Image. 2010. Issue #1

I don’t know what this is. Our hero is a marine bioligist tv-documentary star. The bulk of it seemed more of an educational thing than anything else. An event did happen with a free diver dying under mysterious circumstances, however, this issue doesn’t go anywhere with that. You get not villain introduction, no action, no build towards anything whatsoever, and no cliffhanger of any kind. It really didn’t go anywhere. It’s like watching a horror movie for 45 minutes waiting for something to happen. Nope. Don’t recommend it. Won’t be reading anymore.

Magnus Robot Fighter. Dark Horse. 2010. Issue #1

I had read some scattered classic issues of this guy, and I liked the cross-dressing guy well enough. I liked this one well-enough, but it didn’t pop. This isn’t anything I feel compelled to keep going with and there were a few places where I was a bit lost in what was going on. My interest just wasn’t held enough for me to want anymore. Also, I would never name my crayon red cat Tomato.

Chronos. DC. 1998. Issues #1-3

A time traveling thief gets into a lot of trouble. It reminds me of old shows like Time Trax, Quantum Leap, and Sliders. It’s not terrible as far as writing and art goes, but it also doesn’t grab me, either. I’m just not interested in the story or his problems or the interesting twist that’s there. I believe I have all of it, so I will read through it, but, again, 90s. Not that there is anything wrong with words, and this isn’t nearly as bad as Lady Rawhide, I still think some of them don’t need to be there.

Deity Requiem. Image. 2005. Issue #1

This was a hefty book with some pretty good Michael O’Hare art. It seems to be more-or-less a self-contained story, but it’s evident that it’s part of a much larger whole and I’m interested in seeking out more of it. It’s a nice blend of fantasy sci-fi with religion thrown into the mix of the whole dark world vs light world thing. Yes, it is a tired concept, but I actually enjoyed this. It had a nice fold-out cover, too.

Demo “The Waking Life of Angels”. Vertigo. 2010. Issue #1

Of the batch of things I’m reviewing this post, this is the best. This book is so far above the others in terms of storytelling, writing, and art. It captivated me after just a few panels and by the end, I immediately put it on my list for my next shopping trip. It has a very almost Hitchcock feel to the story in which you weren’t entirely sure what was going on, but you knew it wouldn’t end too well.

The Devil’s Keeper. Alias. 2005. Issue #1

Terrible. Boring. Done. I didn’t even make it through the entire issue before returning it to its sleeve and filing it away. Sadly, I have more of it. Oh, well.

Doc Macabre. IDW. 2010. Issue #1

This was another big winner out of this batch. This is a different kind of Ghostbuster and I really enjoyed it. He charges a fee for his services and uses tech of his invention to deal with the supernatural disturbances. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but I was pleasantly surprised. Will be getting more of this one, too.

Doctor Solar Man of the Atom. Dark Horse. 2010. Issue #1

This is another classic character I had been interested in reading more modern appearances of. I liked this one more than Magnus, but again, I wasn’t particularly grabbed by it. I felt bored reading it and didn’t care too much for the issue’s crisis. I’ll be giving this a pass.

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Squiddy’s Comic Chat: Episode #11

Squiddy's Comic Chat11

Squiddy is mostly over her illness and managed to get out and deal with two weeks worth of comic pulls and came out with far less than she thought she would going in.

And she remembered to talk a little about Thulhuween and her disappointment of being ill and missing her 31 book goal.

Have a listen to the episode here.


Singles

  • Ghosted #5
  • Grindhouse Doors open at Midnight #2
  • Drumhellar #1
  • Occultist #2
  • Protectors Inc. #1
  • Steampunk Halloween 2013
  • Ash and the Army of Darkness #1
  • Clive Barker’s Hellraiser 2013 Annual
  • Forever Evil A.R.Gu.S. #1
  • Fox #1
  • Thor The Crown of Fools #1
  • Zombie Tramp Volume 2 #1

Trades

  • Miss Fury: Anger is an Energy
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Origins

Manga

  • Gantz Vol 3
  • Bokurano Vol 2

Squiddy’s Comic Chat: Episode #10

Squiddy's Comic Chat10Another day of new comics has come and went and Squiddy is quite excited about a few new ones. She also talks about some changes to Super Nice and her Sunday show.

Enjoy a listen here

 


This Week’s Pulls

For Singles

  • Kiss Me, Satan #2
  • Army of Darkness Reanimator one-shot
  • Department of Monsterology #1
  • Pretty Deadly #1
  • Rat Queens #1
  • Vampirella Halloween Special 2013
  • Velvet #1
  • The Other Dead 1-2

For Trades

  • iZombie vol 2 uVampire
  • Proof vol 3: Thunderbirds Are Go!
  • Grimm Fairy Tales Volume 3
  • A Distant Soil – The Gathering
  • The Massive vol 1 Black Pacific

and Manga

  • Gantz Vol 2
  • Bokurano Vol 1
  • Afterschool Charisma vol 1
  • The Bride of the Water God Vol 1

Squiddy’s Comic Chat: Episode #9

Squiddy's Comic Chat9In today’s belated Sunday show, Squiddy talks Alien crossovers while also mentioning a few other painful horror-related crossovers she has been exposed to. She finishing things up with a few news items and some upcoming things she’s excited about including Dynamite Entertainment’s Twilight Zone.

Enjoy the belated episode here.

Squiddy’s Comic Chat: Episode #8

Squiddy's Comic Chat8Despite working on three hours of sleep, Squiddy decided to go ahead and record today’s show regardless. She talks about what happened at the X-Files 20th Anniversary panel at NYCC and a new Marvel & Disney collaboration. Of course, there’s still the usual stuff of what she saw, what she bought, what she read, and what she’s looking forward to.

Try and enjoy this episode and have a listen here.

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