MattyLovesComics 6.10.2015 – “Robo-Bats and Chrono-not an ongoing series”

Before I get into this week’s comics, here’s what I thought of a few of last week’s that I read through.

First, ACTION COMICS #41 – I’m feeling like this is sort of like one of those “nice try” scenarios. If this arc doesn’t go anywhere, I won’t be surprised. GREG PAK is rumored to be returning to HULK.  

Oh, JUSTICE LEAGUE #41 – LEX LUTHOR’S armor is SUPERMAN-proof, not bulletproof? (Please be magical “DARKSEID bullets.”) Baddies can emerge from FLASH’S mouth? (Yes, that happens.) Think the JUSTICE LEAGUE–as a whole–seem insignificant in comparison to the focus on NEW GODS saving the universe? Yup, sounds about right for DC Comics in regards to their recent ideas for the “greatest” super hero team in history of comics. I’m not disappointed at all. This can’t be all on JOHNS. And where does this story fall in line with everything else that has occurred in DC’s zany canon. Despite my reservations about Part 1 of “THE DARKSEID WAR,” I still have high hopes. Who doesn’t love MISTER MIRACLE?

As for Marvel: Sunshine, rainbows, unicorns, and chocolate waterfalls of delicious chocolate. “A choca-river,” and all of that sweet stuff. I may be going a bit over the edge. But people, the SECRET WARS stuff is entertaining and comprehendable. (That word’s not real.) I’m enjoying it. Much like pizza rolls. Anyone dig pizza rolls anymore? Anyway, those Secret Wars books…

SECRET WARS #3 – Tremendous. Entertaining. (Way better than CONVERGENCE 3.) I’ll just leave it at that.

As for the tie-ins…

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 – If you dug Spider-Man in the late 80s-1992, enjoy this miniseries and act like it’s 1992. We should probably all act like it’s 1992.

ARMOR WARS #1 – This book will be interesting. In this corner of Battleworld everyone has to wear armor or they’ll die. Or something like that. Maybe not one of the grandest out of last week’s tie-ins, but still solid. JAMES ROBINSON, y’all. He’s doing something way different than the other tie-ins I’ve read. Watch this book.

X-TINCTION AGENDA #1 – I loved the old-school XA, and this is shaping up to be a fun couple of issues. Take my money.

FUTURE IMPREFECT #1 – Who doesn’t love MAESTRO (HULK) vs. THING?

GIANT-SIZE LITTLE MARVEL: AvX #1 – Maybe not actually “giant-size,” but giant-size laughs for days. CYCLOPS–so funny.

STAR WARS #6 and DARTH VADER #6 – For the first time we get interlocking stories. The spoilers are already available. Two huge events occur–all killer, and domesticated.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #41 – Both the ANX and UNCANNY finales screamed, “It’s almost over, guys. Gives thanks to Hollywood.” Such a shame. I know BENDIS had bigger plans. But now he has IRON MAN to retool. And I am so down with that. Did you know that Iron Man’s parents are THOMAS and MARTHA WAYNE? It’s totes true.

So yeah, that about does it for my thoughts on last week’s action. Now on to this week.

My list for 6/10/2015:

BATMAN 41

BLACK SCIENCE 15

CHRONONAUTS 4

DETECTIVE COMICS 41

DESCENDER 4

INJECTION 2

NAMELESS 4

SPIDER-VERSE 2

ULTIMATE END 2

WEIRDWORLD 1

I love particular time-travel stories, i.e., BACK TO THE FUTURE. A week or so ago I woke up in the morning with the film’s main title blaring in my brain for reasons I can’t explain. So as I got ready to start my day I threw it on. Still plays, by the way. It’s the “Time Travel 101” story. When Marty ends up having to break into his own bedroom after entering “Timeline-2” was when 9-year old Matty crapped his pants. Oh no, he screwed up time. (pants.) 

If you’re into doing awesome stuff in the past and want to see how jacked the future can get, then please read CHRONONAUTS. Issue four drops today. (The final issue! What?!) I’ve had the pleasure of reading it already. The future is still uncertain for CORBIN QUINN and DANNY REILLY, but what they’ve each been through so far is mind-bending. So many things have been wrecked in the past. I’m not sure how the present day hasn’t imploded. But MARK MILLAR is killing it. So is SEAN GORDON MURPHY. He attacks the senses with his art. I love that.

Unfortunately, a series I imagined to be ongoing isn’t. Issue four wraps up leaving me wanting so much more. But make this judgment for yourself. I highly suggest picking up this trade when it becomes available. This series needs to be ongoing, especially if this is a proposed film.

Two other indie titles I’m enjoying are JEFF LEMIRE’S DESCENDER and GRANT MORRISON’S NAMELESS.

Descender is about TIM-21, one of the universe’s last robots. He is killed in issue two. What happens next is awesome.

Nameless is written by Grant Morrison. Did I mention that? (I know I did. I wrote that on purpose.) This book’s not ARMAGEDDON. It’s Armageddon on acid and death, but not Armageddon. Maybe 2001. Still trying to wrap my head around this. I’m enjoying CHRIS BURNHAM’S art. Loved his work with Morrison on BATMAN, INC. This is another book keep your eyes on.

The recent news from MARVEL of Secret Wars titles being pushed back is kind of rough. All that aside, I’m looking forward to WEIRDWORLD this week. JASON AARON is a can’t-miss read right now.

And then we come to BATMAN #41. I had the pleasure of reading this issue already. I may be hard on DC Comics. But it’s only because I love them. Any comic book fans do. If it wasn’t for the big bangers in the DCU, we wouldn’t have Marvel, etc. So when this new idea came across the pike, I was early to say, “What? This is Batman?”

Let’s face it. The “New 52” was a lot of weirdsauce and no flavor. There are kinks everywhere. I have been looking for something in the midst of all this (once again) change in the DCU and I think I’ve found it. Batman #41 is fire, fresh, and I’m already rooting on “the Commish.”

One reason I dig this issue so much is because it’s not something we’ve read before in Batman comics. Sure there have been other “Batmen.” JEAN-PAUL VALLEY comes to mind first. That was different and, depending on who you ask, neat-o. Of course BATTLE FOR THE COWL brought us DICK GRAYSON taking the helm as Bats and killing it. But now there’s a new contender. It’s common knowledge by now that JIM GORDON is the new Batman. I had trepidations about Gordon as “Robo-Bats,” or, “Iron-Bats.” But people, it’s going to work. (The new Bat-suit is dope. And nope, not the one you’re thinking of.)

We can’t doubt SCOTT SNYDER in the middle of all of this post-CONVERGENCE confusion. If anyone isn’t a little confused with what’s going on, I salute you and will be hitting you up every time comics confuse me from now until Eternia. But in all seriousity (that’s not a word either), if you haven’t been up to par with Batman books, jump on this action. Things aren’t what they seem and I’m so down to see what happens.

That is all I have, ladies and gents. Enjoy this Comic Book Wednesday. Again, there are some Secret Wars delays. In the middle of polishing this week’s blog I discovered a few books I expected for this week aren’t being released for a bit. Aside from that, I am so looking forward to reading and reporting for you all next week. Speaking of, a new DR. FATE series begins as well as VERTIGO’S MAD MAX FURY ROAD: FURIOSA beginning as well. Oh, and SQUADRON SINISTER! Those three books alone sound like a fun Wednesday.

Talk to you then. (Happy Birthday, Spence.)

FullSizeRender-2Matt de Simone just wrote this blog. This week he got to read a few comics before Wednesday. He feels really cool about it. Tildy is unimpressed. The Phillies are bums. Follow him on the Twitter.

My Favorite ‘Metal-Looking’ Bands

You know how you hear one song, or think of the image of a band, and then want to go not-so in depth about who looked more ‘Metal’ than the rest?

No? Well then that’s just me, I guess.

I listen to a lot of different music nowadays. My favorite brand of jams growing up were those of the heavy metal variety. The modern state of heavy metal is garbage. But I digress.

Have you heard someone say, “That’s so metal,” when describing something ‘cool?’ I feel like I hear it all the time and whoever says it doesn’t have any idea of what is and is not ‘metal.’

Enough. You want metal? Let’s look at the most metal-looking acts in music history–according to me.

KISS – They were trendsetters from the live show to the ego. I grew up listening to KISS like a 16-year old in 1977. Only it was 1997. Their comic book allure drew me to their rocking jams. As far as looking ‘metal,’ it doesn’t get more defining than these shots. As far as the sound goes, give me Asylum over Love Gun five out of seven days. KISS’ 80s stuff is underrated. But getting back to the overall look, KISS set the bar. I know your Alice Cooper enthusiasts will disagree. Even as KISS was pushing the glammy trends of the metal bands in the 80s, Gene and Paul found a way to look ridiculous…ridiculously awesome.

Cinderella – Anyone who listened to these guys back in the day will look at a promo shot of Cinderella today and still and say, “Hhhhhell yeah.” Modeled after women, Cinderella managed to score big in 1986 with their debut album Night Songs, and also with female undergarments. I’m talking about sex. Now I’m no Cinderella historian, but if ‘Assumptionist’ was a branch of modern science, then call me “Dr. Matty.” These guys got a lot of action. It was 1986. They were role-models.

Mercyful Fate – Again, if I’m a scientist, then these guys worship all kinds of Satan. But I’m not, and I also know that King Diamond isn’t a Satanist; he’s a philosopher. Okay, he’s a Satanic philosopher so, yes, Satan is in the room when Mercyful Fate rocks the spot. But let’s not judge these weirdos. Just observe the “obviously we’re a metal band” image.

Pantera – All one needs to do is watch any Pantera DVD. You’re welcome.

Manowar – Admittedly, I have never been much on their music. But I did watch Conan The Barbarian (1982) quite a few times growing up. These guys all wanted to be Rexor. Again, I’m a scientist.

Iron Maiden – Now we’re getting into the category of “Metal Bands You Should Fear.” Look at these guys. It’s subtle, but they look like their sound will blow your face off your hair and head. But do you know what the best thing about Iron Maiden is? Their subtle band image of an impending metal-explosion is absolutely true to their sound. Just listen to Killers.


Dokken – My favorite guitarist in the history of the 1980s is George Lynch. I honestly didn’t start listening to Dokken until I was around 19 or 20 (besides Dream Warriors and Transformers: The Movie), but holy crap. The solo during “In My Dreams” kills it. I want that hair. His guitar reminded me of the line of G.I.Joe’s Tiger Force figures and vehicles in the late 80s. I’ll be an expert ‘Assumptionist’ and say Lynchy’s axe inspired that line of toys. That a’boy, Lynchy. So give me the guitar too. Just for Halloween. (Holy geez, that’s a solid costume idea. Noted.) The rest of the band is pretty metal-looking too. But this spot could’ve just been for George Lynch.

Motley Crüe – Sort of like my bit on Pantera, I’ll keep this short and sweet. Read The Dirt, or just Google these guys. There was KISS in the 70s, but then the glam-bands can really thank the early days of The Crüe for inspiring the look of a lot of metal acts in the late 80s.

Stryper – Yes! Look at this. They have, like, 230 gimmicks. And gimmicks make up a lot if someone’s trying to look metal as crap. If I ever owned a real estate group, our billboard would look like this. And the company’s tag line would b: Come and get it. Say what you will, these here ears loves those sounds of the “Soldiers Under Command.” I mean, so many lines come to my brain like, “You just can’t top it,” and,“Stry-pahow!” I first heard these guys at a church, naturally. But their jams soon became an anthem for rides to and from high school. Their jams also served as some of my early pro-wrestling themes.

The Runaways – Now, overall, these girls may look more metal in this photo than any of the other bands I’ve posted. Attitude, looks, skill, and they were most definitely hungry at the time of this photo shoot. It doesn’t take an expert Assumptionist to deduce that fact. Even glammed up Lita Ford in 1985 pales in comparison to her Runaways days. They look like they could take over the world here.

ABBA – And finally, if you had never seen this group before and I said they were a metal band from the late 70s, you’d possibly agree with me. No? Yeah, probably not. But Mom, if you’re reading this and were offended by any remarks I made about any of these bands, here’s a photo of ABBA. If any of you have never listened to ABBA, they most certainly are not metal. But my mother loves them.

Enjoy the day.

FullSizeRender-2Matt de Simone is a metalhead at heart. He also loves his mother enough to add something totally irrelevant to the blog topic.

MattyLovesComics 6.3.2015 – “Save them, Geoff Johns. You’re their only hope.”

Hey, Gang! Here we are again. The best day of the week (for some), COMIC BOOK WEDNESDAY! It’s been a busy week for me in the real world. I didn’t get a chance to jam on my entire stack of books from last week–but I did rock a few of them out.

Firstly, CONVERGENCE: Go away. Wait a minute. You’re already gone? That’s good. The $40 I spent on the miniseries (not to mention the #1 tie-ins I snagged month one) tell me otherwise. I don’t know if there has ever been a comic book miniseries in which I sort of want my loot back for the garbagetime I invested in attempting to understand just what was going on. I won’t spoil anything. Even if I did, no one will know what I’m talking about. Issue six finally introduced the “New 52” bunch of heroes into the mix. Issue seven failed to follow up with a strong penultimate issue. Then last week’s issue eight–woof. That’s all I’m going to say. My Twitter account one week ago pretty much stated it all at the peak of my frustration.

On the other side of the game, SECRET WARS is totally awesome in every way. INFINITY GAUNTLET rocked the spot. INFERNO and OLD MAN LOGAN–each fun in their own right. The new take on the Inferno event is interesting. It’s apparently an annual event in this region of BATTLEWORLD. Speaking of, is anyone reading the SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD tie-in book? It’s not on my list. I’m curious.

Oh yeah, and then there’s INVINCIBLE. Issue 120 presents one of my personal favorite RYAN OTTLEY covers since he came onto the series way back in issue eight (I think?). GENERAL THRAGG, or just plain ol’ Thragg now I guess, is one of my favorite characters in the series. Honestly, now that I think about it, outside of the GRAYSONS, he may be my favorite character. Thraggy’s been setting up a franchise, people. READ THIS TITLE to ‘nah’mean.’

All right. So now this is my first Wednesday-to-Wednesday post so I figure I would let you guys into what I’m usually looking at each week as far a “pull list” goes. I’m the current President of the Full Sail University Comic Book Club. A spot on any comp list is something I one day strive for. However, that’s sort of why I’m getting an education at the moment. Anyway, I try to keep up with the Joneses to the best of my financial ability. I like to make good choices. Occasionally those good choices turn out to be bad ones. It’s too bad I’m a completest. That has definitely cost me at times. (Ahem. Convergence.) So without any further blabber:

My list for 6/3/2015:

ACTION COMICS 41

ALL NEW X-MEN 41

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS 1

ARMOR WARS 1

BATMAN BEYOND 1

DARTH VADER 6

FUTURE IMPERFECT 1

GIANT SIZE LITTLE AVX 1

JUPITER’S CIRCLE 3

JUSTICE LEAGUE 41

PRINCESS LEIA 4

SECRET WARS 3

STAR WARS 6

XTINCTION AGENDA 1

YEARS OF FUTURE PAST 1

I don’t have to say too much about Secret Wars’ main series. It’s such a treat. I read all of JONATHAN HICKMAN’S AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS. I feel like this is a ‘thank you’ in a way. Like, to me personally.

Lots of Secret Wars tie-in series this week. Now we’re getting into it. All of the previews for these issues look spectacular. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS is intriguing based on the fact that I have always thought PETER and MARY JANE should start a family. (I thought that about SUPERMAN and LOIS too. Not anymore. Thanks, Convergence.) Somehow, I think this story will make sense because, you know, DAN SLOTT–the guy who’s written Spidey for years–is writing this tie-in. (Did you see GEOFF JOHNS or SCOTT SNYDER on any Convergence tie-ins? Nope. I mean, I don’t really know what the deal with that was, but I’ll now stop with the shots at Convergence.)

JAMES ROBINSON writes ARMOR WARS so that should be fun. PETER DAVID has got us on FUTURE IMPERFECT. Again, the guy who wrote HULK for years is taking another crack at the story he created. Imagine that? (Last one.) Let’s not forget SKOTTIE YOUNG’S GIANT SIZE LITTLE AVX. I don’t usually go for the “silly comic,” but Young’s art and storytelling work together (ROCKET RACCOON Vol. 2). I’m really looking forward to I HATE FAIRYLAND coming out… Hey, that’s a good question: when is IHF supposed to drop? I remember reading an article about it back in January.

As far as the ‘DCYOU,’ three titles of major interest stand before me. The first two: ACTION COMICS #41 and BATMAN BEYOND #1. Action, obviously, because it’s Supes. (Superman is my favorite DC character, by the way. I have legit reasons.) Batman Beyond is interesting because, A.) This book will be ‘expensive’ in current comic terms for about a year, and B.) I don’t know, it might be pretty damn good. The cartoon was dope. I was a fan of the fact that TERRY MCGINNIS was the biological son of BRUCE WAYNE. Some of my friends weren’t too into it, as I recall. I didn’t read KYLE HIGGINS’ Beyond run, but if it’s anything like his other DC stuff, I’ll need to check it out. DAN JURGENS (?) is writing the new Beyond book. Should be interesting. UPDATE: A friend of mine broke it to me that it’s not Terry McG portraying BB. It’s TIM DRAKE. I’ll wait on this. I can only imagine this stems from Convergence.)

The third: JUSTICE LEAGUE #41 (above). “Save us, Geoff Johns… This story has opened brilliantly, and is, unquestionably, the most important thing going on in DC Comics. Nothing comes close to holding a candle to the importance of this story arc. There are too many awesome elements (and cool stuff that’s already happened) for this story to fall as flat as other recent DC endeavors. (See: Conv–oh, nevermind.) But seriously, one can never go wrong with THE NEW GODS. Some of my favorite Superman arcs have involved the beings from New Genesis and Apokolips (See: COSMIC ODYSSEY). My fingers are crossed for Justice League this week–“…You’re our only hope.”

Whoa, back it up. I forgot about the STAR WARS comics when I was raving on about Secret Wars and whatnot. Marvel is killing it, let’s be real. All of the Star Wars material Marvel has delivered is so good. (Unless you’re still clutching your Thrawn Trilogy–get over it.) From JASON AARON’S Star Wars, to the DARTH VADER series and PRINCESS LEIA mini going on (both out this week), and even the KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN series of which I had no previous knowledge of prior to issue one–all killer. If you didn’t know–and I don’t think I’m spoiling it–these new Star Wars stories take place after A New Hope and before Empire. So, Vader doesn’t know Luke’s Luke, yet. Lando is being referenced but we haven’t seen him, yet. Y’know, good stuff like that. CHECK IT OUT.

JUPITER’S CIRCLE is another title I am fascinated by. The first series, JUPITER’S LEGACY, was some of the best MARK MILLAR stuff I’ve ever read. Circle is reading just as well for me while it’s telling a COMPLETELY different story than in Legacy. Trust me. It wasn’t what I expected at all, but it kicks loads.

Well, that’s ‘me’ for this Wednesday, June the three. Be sure to stop by next week. I’m pretty sure CHRONONAUTS #4 hits the stand on the 10th. I’ll have plenty to talk about in regard to my anticipation for June’s issue as well as everything else. Plus, my thoughts on what I’m reading this week. But that’s next week. Confused?

Again, off to A Comic Shop.

FullSizeRender-2Matt de Simone is the Blogmaster Blogger of MattyLovesComics. He loves his comics, and his cat, Tildy. He also enjoys yelling at the Philadelphia Phillies on TV as well as consuming the occasional Scottish Long Island from the bev stand across from the Jurassic Park River Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando. Woof.

MattyLovesComics 5.27.2015 – “Comic Book Wednesday”

COMIC BOOK WEDNESDAY! THIS IS WORDPRESS!

5.27.2015 

TODAY: CONVERGENCE closes, new INVINCIBLE, new DEADLY CLASS, and I’m especially psyched about GARTH ENNIS’ return to MARVEL with the Secret Wars Battleworld tie-in, WHERE MONSTERS DWELL.

‘Convergence’ has heated up over the past two weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing exactly what this run of nonsense means. Well, it isn’t “nonsense” so much as confusion. I read the first half of FUTURES END, skimmed the rest through the Internet synopses, and have come to the conclusion that–much like ‘Futures End’–the readers (I) wanted the NEW 52 heroes to eventually show up and fix what ever that needs fixing. (Because, you know, that’s who we’re spending [too much] money on weekly–not Supes from Earth-47472923.)

Of course, when I read CONVERGENCE: SUPERMAN #1, I thought, “Wait, now this is SUPERMAN. I miss this Supes.” However, that singular tie-in issue (not #2) was the only tie-in series or issue I invested in emotionally. I feel as though DC COMICS wasted months on this not-crossover event. I’ve read about the scary loss of sales (-40%). The writing is totally on the wall. It didn’t work.

But don’t think DC isn’t going to dig itself out of this mess. They always do, and I look forward continuing to watch the evolution of the “DCYou.”

Switching over to Marvel–SECRET WARS has been the opposite of ‘Convergence.’ (Brilliant.) Remember when DC said ‘Convergence’ would be catching up readers on some of their favorite of characters of the past? Great idea, but everyone’s in GOTHAM CITIES, there’s a dome over their heads… I mean, what?

In PLANET HULK, we have SAM HUMPHRIES writing about CAPTAIN AMERICA and DEVIL DINOSAUR on, um, Planet Hulk. That works for me.

In A-FORCE, we have a book comprised of the Marvel U’s strongest female protagonists (and She-Loki). Finally.

And that’s only two simple premises. Marvel has brought out their best talent to sell fun tie-ins. DC did not do that with ‘Convergence.’ There isn’t a Who’s Who of DC’s best talent. You look at ‘Secret Wars’ and all the tie-ins and we see BENDIS, HUMPHRIES, HICKMAN, ENNIS, YOUNG, DUGGAN, WEAVER, HOPELESS… I can go on.

If a new creative team of writers comes in to tell a large-scale story, then without already writing current stories in the active canon, the flow of the crossover will feel off. Three weeks into ‘Secret Wars,’ and I don’t feel like anything I’ve read–even DEADPOOL’S “SECRET” SECRET WARS–has felt out of place. If people are attempting a “Convergence vs. Secret Wars” argument, it’s already over. Marvel has won again. (But that’s okay, DC. Keep at it.)

What has really blown me away in 2015?

IMAGE COMICS. They’ve released some of the best reading material of the past few years in less than one. And some of these series are fresh–2 or 13 issues in respectively. I have been gushing about CHRONONAUTS. Other books like KAPTARA, TOOTH & CLAW, OUTCAST (out today), DEADLY CLASS (also out today), EAST OF WEST, and DESCENDER have been the sweetest breathe of fresh air any comic books have emitted into my reading nostrils in quite some time.

All these books are so much fun. But if you haven’t ever read INVINCIBLE, what is your problem? Issue 120 comes out today. My, how far we’ve come, MARK GRAYSON. I am the President of the “FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY COMIC BOOK CLUB” and for the month of May the club voted to read (at least) ‘Invincible’ issues 1-13. Most of the club either: A.) Read everything, or, B.) Read, at least, 30-80 issues. Some of the kids had never read a super hero comic book before they picked up ‘Invincible.’ Now, Full Sail is ‘Invincible’-crazy. You’re welcome, ROBERT KIRKMAN. (But really, thank you.)

This is my first blog in forever. I have more to say. I’ll think about doing this every Wednesday. I’m thinking about it right now.

Off to A Comic Shop, until next time.

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Matt de Simone is the writer of the new, current MattyLovesComics blog. You’re reading it.