Monday, March 13, 2017
Comic Adventures Issue #50
I read a lot of comics and rarely review them here on the blog. That's because I really don't have a lot to say for an entire post. So I thought I would review several comics on one post. I will still review graphic novels on their own now and then, but this is where I will talk about super-hero type comics (DC/Marvel) or sequels to some that I have already reviewed.
This issue I talk about New Suicide Squad Vol. 2, Star Wars vol. 2 The Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Lumberjanes Vol. 5, and The Dark Knight Returns, The Last Crusade.
Well... I'm done with this series. I think there is one more volume before Rebirth. This comic was good until it wasn't. The story started off good. Everyone in the Squad was getting bored with the same old day in and day out. Harley was depressed, Deadshot lost his aim, Waller was trying to save Suicide Squad from the government trying to get rid of it. Then... Deadshot found out something about his dad and wanted to go and check it out. Of course Waller said no so Deadshot goes rogue and we don't get to read anymore about that. Story ends. I'm guessing this continues in the Deadshot comics which I quit reading so I'll never know how that ends up. Then there is some oddball story about Katana at the end of the comic. I didn't even bother to read that one to be honest. It's like DC didn't have a volume to throw those two stories in so they just tossed it into this volume. Bleh. The art was only so so too. One panel I couldn't even tell what was going on. I'm just glad Rebirth is coming because this run of Suicide Squad is getting awful.
3 out of 5
I've enjoyed the Star Wars comics the most out of the run of the new Star Wars comics (Leia, Vader, Chewbacca and all the other titles). This is set between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back. This comic follows Luke on his own little adventure and Han and Leia on a different one. Luke has found Obi Won's journal and is learning a lot from it. Like the fact that Obi Won watched Luke for like decades? Yikes I found that odd. Luke goes out in the universe trying to figure out how to become a Jedi. There is some sort of Jedi artifact collector we get introduced to while Luke is out looking. I thought this part was neat. The collector has so many objects he's collected. The collector wants to actually collect Luke and his lightsaber as an addition. Chewbacca and C-3P0 get an exciting appearance in the comic. Han Solo and Leia run into another smuggler who claims to be Han Solo's wife while looking for a planet the rebels can use as a home base. Really quite enjoyable overall.
4 out of 5
I love the Lumberjanes so much. I just can't get over how much fun I have reading this comic! The comic is about a group of girls who are at a summer camp. It truly makes me want to have friends like this. I've found friends don't stick around long, especially as you get older. So to read about his group of friends makes me envious. This issue introduces us to merpeople. Cool merpeople. They dress like humans, and even have electricity under water. I like the fact that one of the girls in the group just doesn't understand how that works and neither did I but it didn't matter. The girls end up going to the local lake and accidentally get the merpeople in trouble. It is their mission to help them out. The only thing I was disappointed about was there was nothing in the comic about the main story line. It was like the whole book was a side quest. I would like to know more about the magic camp. The comic does need to move more in the direction of giving the readers more answers about what is really going on at camp.
5 out of 5
I really like Frank Miller's writing but have yet to read his Batman run. This is a prequel of the 1984 comic The Dark Knight Returns. In the Dark Knight Returns Batman has retired because of the death of Robin, Jason Todd. This comic tries to explore the relationship between Bruce and Jason. In reality, all it does is show that Jason is not exactly what Bruce intended him to be. After reading this.. it's almost like Jason is just like the Damian we read about in the New 52. Doesn't want to listen, rebellious. The only difference is Jason seems to enjoy hurting people. I'm not really sure why the Joker is on the cover? Yes he is the one who kills Jason but other then that, he doesn't do much else. I'm not sure why Miller felt the need to write a prequel. I think when this story started to get good and really make you start to care about what was happening then the comic ended. Really it ends in a cliffhanger the reader has to figure out themselves, but to see Batman unravel would've been the ultimate prequel. I'll be reading the whole Dark Knight series soon so I look forward to see how they all compare to one another. I think there are four volumes.
3 out of 5
This counts for 9 comics towards my 2017 Graphic Novel Reading Challenge