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The Source Comics & Games

I didn’t get a comic post up yesterday because I was out of town. I had taken a trip up to the Twin Cities, including a stop at the Source.

The name really says it. The Source is the go-to place for comics and gaming in the state of Minnesota. Soon they will be moving into a new, even bigger location. Their website cane be found here. It’s kind of a mess but with some time it should tell you anything you need to know.

New Comic Day 02/15/2012

It’s new comic day again.

DC titles on my list for the week :

Batman #6 — I really like what Scott Snyder has been doing with the Council of Owls. It’s got to reach a climax soon and it should be interesting.

Birds of Prey #6 — While not really among my favorites of the new 52, I have thus far considered Birds of Prey to be worth ordering every month. Last month things got a bit strange so I’m sure to keep reading for at least a little while longer.

Captain Atom #6 — Again, not the best but worth reading. I’m surprised that this book made it through DC’s first round of cuts. I haven’t heard any great reviews for it or anything so maybe it will be in the second. I like it well enough, anyway.

DC Universe Presents #6 — The first story of this anthology series, which starred Deadman, ended last month. This month starts a new story featuring the Challengers of the Unknown.

Green Lantern Corps #6 — While I’m unlikely to ever not read a Green Lantern title as long as I’m reading comics, this one has annoyed me a little by messing with established canon more than any of the others. That always happens, though.

My Greatest Adventure #5 — I’m pretty sure that this limited series is nearing its end so if you haven’t read it before now, don’t bother trying to get into it. I’ve liked it quite a bit, though, and would suggest picking up the trade for something a little different.

Nightwing #6 — Solid book so far and part of the Batman group.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #6 — Easily the weakest Batman group book that I keep getting. It’s silly with bits of ignorance. It’s capable of offending. It’s also pretty damn amusing at times.

Other Comics :

Witchblade #153 — I’m still following the new Top Cow universe, for now. Darkness #151 marks that title joining the new universe with Artifacts and Witchblade.

Dark Tower Gunslinger Way Station #3 — It’s Dark Tower, enough said.

Mis-Adventures of Adam West #1 — I’ve got to check this out. What the hell could be in store for the world here?

…and that’s it. This week also sees the release of more infection tie-ins but I haven’t read the first one at this point and I don’t feel like going all out on a big event right now.

The Guild Zaboo Comic Review

I few days ago, I read the most recent comic based on The Guild. That is, of course, the webseries called The Guild, not something else entirely.

Saying “based on The Guild” is also a little misleading. It is written by Felicia Day, who also writes the series. It really is The Guild, just in comic book form.

The previous Guild comic was about Clara and I really enjoyed it. It felt like the webseries in comic book form. This issue didn’t feel quite the same way to me.

The comic is set just before the start of the first season of The Guild and is actually about event leading directly up to it. Apparently all of these comics were set before the series but the Clara one felt less tied to any certain time.

I don’t want to say anything really bad about this book since I did enjoy it, it just wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. It was still more-or-less in the style of The Guild. I advise picking up the collected edition of these books if you don’t have the individual issues and you like The Guild.

3 / 5

Watchmen Prequels

Yesterday, DC made public their plans to release seven prequel comics to the classic The Watchmen. This was met with very mixed reactions and, as everyone should have expected, Alan Moore is not at all happy. I can’t say I blame him and I understand how he feels, even if I don’t agree with him.

You can find full details, along with links to several newspaper articles online, on the DC blog (The Source).

I would kind of like to read these but I’m not so sure that I would feel right about supporting them with my money. What do you think, secret readers?

New Comic Day 02/01/2012

It’s new comic day once again.

DC is keeping pretty solid to the same schedule every month now, which is nice. Of course, the first month saw Red Lanterns come out in week two or three but that is now the regular week one GL title. That’s out this week.

The Batman group books that are out this week are Batwing and Detective Comics. Batwing is clearly reaching a climax of the first arc. Batman is also featured as an important character in Justice League International, which is also out today.

This week we also get Action Comics, which has been good so far but seemed to suddenly start telling a different story last month. I’m fine with a retelling of the origin story but that should be an arc of its own, not dropped in the middle of one I’m currently enjoying.

Hawk and Dove, another great new 52 title, comes out this week. I think last month was sort of the end of the first arc but it wasn’t any sort of clear-cut finale. If you ask me, there’s a little too much emo nonsense with Dove but that happens sometimes.

Finally, Green Arrow is out this week. It hasn’t been terrible so far but every month I’m on the fence about ordering it again. This may be the last issue unless it really impresses me. That’s it for my DC titles.

This week I will also be picking up Warriors of Mars #1 and Star Wars : Dawn of the Jedi #0, both mostly out of curiosity.

New Comic Day 01/25/2012

It’s new comic day again! The fourth week of the month means new Green Lantern The New Guardians!

If you buy your comics at a shop, take a loot around while you’re there. Buy a comic you haven’t read before that looks cool. Try something that comes from a company other than Marvel or DC. Bonus points if it’s from a publisher even smaller than Image and if it’s original IP! No comics look good? Most shops sell games and can use your support.

New Comic Day 01/18/2012

It’s new comic day yet again. Week three of the month always brings us a new Green Lantern Corps. This month there should be more coming on the Keepers.

Leviathan Strikes!

I just finished reading Batman Incorporated : Leviathan Strikes! While it only just came out, it seems to be out of continuity with the current DCU. It has the old Batgirl as Batgirl as well as Barbara Gordon as Oracle. If I had been aware of that, I would have been less interested. To make things worse, it’s actually just a continuation of the Batman Incorporated. If you haven’t read that, this is very confusing.

This was a very disappointing book.

Conclusion (Sort Of) Of Artifacts

Yesterday I read Artifacts #13. It was supposed to be the last issue of the series, which was originally planned for a limited run. However, the series is now becoming ongoing so that is no longer the case.

I don’t want to spoil what happened for anyone that hasn’t read it but it was mind blowing. I really did not expect what happened.

The end of the first run of Artifacts was also used to sort of reboot the Top Cow universe. Starting with Witchblade 151 and Darkness 101, both of those books will be in this new world.

Check out the entire Artifacts series, it’s really entertaining.

New Comic Day 01/11/12

It is once again new comic day. This week, I’m going to try to do this post a little bit better than usual. This time, I will actually be checking my order list as I write this so I won’t forget anything important.

The first big release for me this week is, as always, the GL title. Since this is the second week of the month, that title is Green Lantern. According to someone in the GL thread on SomethingAwful, this week we will be seeing the end of the first arc of the new series. It should be interesting to see what happens on Korugar with the the Sinestro Corps.

Batgirl and Batwoman are both also out this week. Batgirl has been quite enjoyable so far. That title is now entering the second arc. At the end of last issue, Barbara’s long-estranged mother showed up at her door. Batwoman is supposed to be ending its first arc this week and I expect the book to look as amazing as ever. The drawing is fantastic, the colors accent that perfectly, and the page layouts are an art in themselves.

A new Star Wars title from Dark Horse also launches this week. It’s being launched in support of the new MMORPG, Star Wars The Old Republic. The series is called Knights of the Old Republic.

The second issue if DC’s The Ray is out this week and I enjoyed the hell out of the last one. It doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The second issue of the current Dark Tower series is out this week from Marvel and a Deadlands one shot should also be on comic retailers’ shelves.

Those are my top books of interest this week. There is also #4 of the Dunwich Horror comic, Suicide Squad, and Mister Terrific. Of course there are plenty more and you should take a look to see what interests you the most.