Robin #156 – Weekly Comic Pick

Robin 156 “The High Dive”

More of a quiet and reflective issue this month. But still one of the best issues since One Year Later. We get to see how Robin feels about his life after spending one year trying to get his stuff together. From his feelings of guilt over Cassandra and Dodge, Tim ends up helping a young man on a rooftop preparing to commit suicide. Even better we see him take his own advice as the comic ends when he gives Nightwing a call to talk over the issues in his life.

Civil War #5

ok…gonna try not to rant too much on this series. It is just that not one single character in the series is written in-character. Not One. Can’t even begin to write how out-of-character Spider-Man has been throughout this title. But at least now he is on the side of the angels now. And apparently, so is the Punisher.

52 Week 28

No Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man, this week, darnit. That storyline has quickly become my favorite part of 52. No Black Marvel Family. We get a lil bit of red tornado in Australia. Really, what was the point. Hopefully we’ll find out in future weeks. We touch on Renee and the Question in Gotham, rushing to help Batwoman. I was actually hoping Renee and the Question would run into Ralph Dibny before they returned to Gotham. We do get to see a lot of the Space going storyline. Starfire, Adam Strange and Animal Man are still following Lobo and the talking dolphin – don’t ask – when this one-eyed head finds them in space…again don’t ask. I was really really liking the early space aspect of 52. But it has gone downhill since they encountered Lobo. Still an overall ok issue. Not nearly as awesome as last weeks. But still worth a read. Almost forgot, Catman origin in the back, which is nice. Especially since he is such a strong character in the Secret Six.

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter #2 of 12

It is great to see the first Anita Blake novel, Guilty Pleasures, take comic form. Laurell K. Hamilton has created an amazing world where zombies, werewolves and vampires are recognized by the world at large. Vampires are legal citizens. Anita Blake is an Animator by trade. Meaning she raises the dead as zombies so they can help settle legal disputes, will issues and the like. As an animator she has partial immunity to a vampire’s hypnotic stare. This allows her to have her second job – Legal Vampire Executioner. There are about 15 books in the series – definitely worth the read. Only this is not for kids. Really.
Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 1) The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 2) Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 3) The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 4) Bloody Bones (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 5) The Killing Dance (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 7) Blue Moon Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 9) Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 10) Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 11) Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 12) Micah (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 13) Danse Macabre (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter)

The Harlequin will be out June 2007.

New Avengers #25 (Civil War Tie-In)

I think this issue was supposed to make us care for Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man. It didn’t. I wished his disgruntled technician had been able to drop a bomb on him and rid us off this prick. The reason Tony is going along with the government, building prisons in the negative zone, treading on civil liberties left and right – because it was either find a way to work with the government or they would ban all super-powered people. Bullcrap. That is the thinnest reasoning for characters to be written so out of character…ok…no more ranting.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #36

We get a little closer to meeting Ultimate Thanos and seeing why he needs Reed Richards to help him. This storyline has been kinda meh. Artwork is ok. This title is definitely on the fence for me. Not sure how long I’ll keep shelling out the bucks.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1

Wow. Let me admit, I have never seen the 1974 original nor any of the remakes or prequels. I did see Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and 3 (did not like them in the least). This title appears to pick up after the events in the first movie (1974 or the more recent remake – whichever makes you feel better). And I will say it. I am intrigued. I think I will need to check out the original, I tend to shun remakes.

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