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.


Batman: Li’l Gotham #3

coverDec 2012 | DC Comics

Writing: Derek Fridolfs | Dustin Nguyen
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Art: Dustin Nguyen
Cover: Dustin Nguyen

It’s Christmas time in Gotham and the children’s choir was a no show at the tree lighting.

Of course, it would be Mr. Freeze. He looked really creepy with his glowing red eyes the way he was coloured. They were very soul poisoning despite him otherwise being drawn cutely. It really messed me up a bit.

So, this book happened to catch me in just right mood to poison me with it’s fuzzy heartwarming tale to cause my eyes to tear up a bit at the end. I think the cause was an overdose on the warm fuzzies. I also happen to like Mr. Freeze a lot and have always empathized a lot with his situation. Seeing him smile nearly did me in.

On another note, it was nice to get a break from Damian and get Nightwing in on things.  So, yeah. I’m still liking this book a lot.

Batman: Li’l Gotham #2

CoverOct 2012 | DC Comics

Writing: Derek Fridolfs | Dustin Nguyen
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Art: Dustin Nguyen
Cover: Dustin Nguyen

Penguin crashes the Thanksgiving Day Parade with a march of the Turkeys.

I should have known that this would be what it was. Oh, Penguin. It was amusing, he looks silly-cute as a pilgrim and the fact he had turkeys with him, aside from his usual penguins, made me nearly giggle. Seeing the penguins in the cell made me smile, particularly the one with the harmonica, and it was sweet they had a Thanksgiving Day dinner with all the other inmates. We had Babs as Oracle and a Cassandra Cain cameo. Happiness! Oh, and many lols go to the chubby Batman & Robin parade balloons – nice touch!

I liked this issue more than the previous; it had more conflict and seemed much longer. It felt like more like a real comic and less like a children’s one. This improvement leaves me anxious for more.

Batman: Li’l Gotham #1

CoverOct 2012 | DC Comics

Writing: Derek Fridolfs | Dustin Nguyen
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Art: Dustin Nguyen
Cover: Dustin Nguyen

It’s Halloween and Batman teaches a clueless Robin about the Holiday.

I didn’t expect the art style to be so gorgeous! I thought it would be more traditional cartoony or otherwise child like.  I don’t know why, but for whatever strange reason I did. It’s good. Really good.

This first digital issue had a cute story, but a rather very simplistic and very, very short one. Robin, somehow never knew anything about Halloween and goes through some of the things you expect, like attacking costumed kids, but stealing candy and the vandalism surprised me. He is a kid and they are generally pretty stupid in most media, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

I really don’t have much to say about this comic besides it being cute overall. It’s a nice break from the usual stuff I read and I liked it enough to try another issue.

Justice League Beyond 2.0 #1

Cover Image

Aug 10 | 2013

Writing: Christos N. Gage

Art: Iban Coello
Colour: Randy Mayor
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Cover: Khary Randolph | Saida Temofonte

The Power Struggle Part 1 of 8: System Errors

After fighting nanomechs, Superman’s powers go on the blitz thanks to something weird impacting the sun and causing them to flare out of control. The team do their best to figure out a solution, but it isn’t easy.

I wanted to read this book because Superman and Bruce Wayne are old, but still in the game. When I started in it felt like I jumped into the middle of something with it starting off with a battle, but it slid into a story that, frankly, I didn’t really care about. I wouldn’t mind if it were a one issue thing, or some side thing going on while other stuff is happening, but the fact it’s the focus of the issue, it just was… rather boring. It was just a fight, diagnosing Supermans condition, then trying solution, after solution, after solution.

The art is fine. It’s nice, clean, vibrant, and animated cartoon cool. It’s just not enough.

The next issue may not make it into my hands since this one did nothing for me. I don’t even care at seeing the cliffhanger resolved. However, it did remind me that I liked the issue of Batman Beyond I had read, and I understand there is another Justice League Beyond comic, so I will look into those.

Sorry, Superman. I just don’t care.

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