Obsessive Comics Disorder #45: "We've Got A Lot Of Issues"

Whew, its been awhile since we've talked about the comics we've gotten, so that means we have quite a stockpile to go over.  So enjoy us talking about our issues.....of comics. Thanks again to MapHook for sponsoring this episode!

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Book Club! For August! Marvel 1602

Off The Shelf: Pick of the Week(s): Cathi: Undying Love #4 Chris: Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #2 Mark: Skull Kickers #9

Invincible Iron Man #506 Batman: Gates of Gotham #3 Birds of Prey #14 Batman #712 The Mis-Adventures of Adam West #1 Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors #3

DC Comics: The New 52! Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #2 Deadman and The Flying Graysons #2 Deathstroke and The Curse of The Ravager #2 Emperor Aquaman #2 Frankenstein and The Creatures of The Unknown #2 Legion of Doom #2 The Outsider #2 Booster Gold #46

X-Men #6

Red Robin #25 Batgirl #23 X-Men: Schism #1 Green Lantern #67 Green Lantern Corps #61 War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath #1

Alpha Flight #2. B.P.R.D: Hell on Earth: Monsters. 1 of 2. Farscape #21. Green Wake #4. Hellboy, the Fury #2 of 3. Mystery Men #3. Sherlock Holmes Year One issue 5. Unwritten #27. Retroactive 1970s Batman. Retroactive 1970s Wonder Woman. Daredevil #1. DMZ #67. The Intrepids #3 & 4. Marksmen #1. Rocketeer #3. Witch Doctor #2. Repulse. Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #2. Retroactive Superman. Fables #107. The Intrepids #5. Mighty Thor #4. The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde #4 of 4. The Vault #1 of 3. Girl Genius X-Men: Deadly Genesis

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Obsessive Comics Disorder #42: "There's Something Strange In These Comic Previews"

It's that time again....time for DrQuest to join us to talk about some Previews!  Yes, that's right, we take a look at the June Solicitations and talk about what we are looking forward to.  Thanks to MapHook for sponsoring this episode! Previews!
Picks of the Month: Chris - The Ghostbusters (ongoing) #1 (IDW) Cathi - The Rinse #1 (Boom!) DrQuest - Star Trek #1 (IDW)

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Book Club! For July! Chew Vol. #1

Off The Shelf:

Pick o' the Week: (Cathi) Witch Doctor #1 (Chris)   FP: Batman: Knight of Vengeance #2

Batman and Robin #25 Detective Comics #878 Batman Incorporated #7 Batman: Arkham City #3 Screamland #1 Fear Itself #4 Flashpoint #3

FP: Project Superman #1 That Hellbound Train. #1, 2. FP: Hal Jordan #1 Strange Case of Mr. Hyde #3. FP: Green Arrow Industries #1 Sandman Presents: Petrefax. Vertigo 100-page spectacular. FP: The Canterbury Cricket #1 Ruse: The Victorian Guide to Murder. #2, 3, 4. FP: The World of Flashpoint #2 Mystery Men #2 of 5. FP: Abin Sur: The Green Lantern #2 Nether World. #2. FP: Secret Seven #2 Secret Six #35. Amazing Spider-Man #664 Mysterious Ways #1. Iron Age #1 Moriarty #3. Gotham City Sirens #24 Blue Estate #4. FF #5 Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing #1

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Obsessive Comics Disorder #41: "Atomic Comic Con-tacular!"

This week on OCD, we have an episode packed full of goodness, as Cathi and Chris both have convention stories that they wanted to share.  In addition, we've got our June Book of the Month to talk about: Atomic Robo!  (Next month's book - Chew vol. 1).  Then, a HUGE stack of comics to talk about, including a lot of Flashpoint talk. Convention Talk! Cathi: Nerdtacular Chris: Philly Comic Con (Interviews)

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Book Club! For June! Atomic Robo Vol. 1: Atomic Robo and the Fightin’ Scientists of Tesladyne

(Red 5 Comics)

Off The Shelf:

Pick o' the Week: (Cathi)   Secret Six #34 (Chris)   Gladstone’s School For World Conquerors #2

Batman #711 Gates of Gotham #2 Invincible Iron Man #505. Fear Itself The Mighty Thor #3 Flashpoint #2 (Cathi is late to the game)

Flashpoint: Reverse Flash #1 Kid Flash Lost #1 Lois Lane And The Resistance #1 The Outsider #1 Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1 Grodd of War #1 Legion of Doom #1 Booster Gold #45

Captain America #619 Batgirl #22 Avengers #14 Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates #5 X-Men #2-5 Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160

Alpha Flight #1 JLA one shot Undying Love #3 Rocketeer Adventures #2 Dark Horse Presents #2. Neal Adams's Blood DMZ #66. Citizen Zee Fables #106 The Guild. Bladezz. One shot

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Flashpoint Tie-In Roundup: Weeks 2 & 3

I've been a bit behind on posting about the Flashpoint Tie-Ins, so I thought I'd have one big post to talk about all the books that have come out in the past two weeks.  You may know how I feel already on some, but what about the rest? Week #2

Booster Gold #45 (Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund):  Buy.  I'm enjoying how Booster Gold is tying into the Flashpoint universe.  Its nice knowing that this sort of change can occur and Barry Allen isn't the only one that is seeing the difference.  And if anyone was going to know what is going on, its the time traveling hero Booster Gold.  As much as I disliked Time Masters: Vanishing Point, I really want to read it again to see how well it plays into this series.  Hmm......

Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1 (Scott Kolins):  Buy.  This story starts off with a bang, with Citizen Cold fighting another cold-themed character aka Mr. Freeze.  Being a Batman fan I enjoyed that quite a bit.  Of the second week of tie-ins, this issue was the weakest of the bunch, but it is still better than most of the tie-ins that came out the first week.

Flashpoint: Deathstroke and The Curse of The Ravager #1 (Jimmy Palmiotti, Joe Bennett): Buy.  Probably the best book of this set of books.  I really enjoyed this story, as its a bunch of super villains playing pirates....what's not to love?  It also worked great in the grand Flashpoint story by weaving into what we saw of Deathstroke in Flashpoint #2, and I hope issue #2 of this series lets us know what exactly happened after that cliffhanger moment.

Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1 (Tony Bedard, Ardian Syaf):  Buy.  For those people who downplayed Flashpoint because they wanted to know more about the so called "main baddies" of the story, Aquaman and Wonder Woman: Read this book!  It helps the overall story so much by helping you see how the war began and how it has gotten so bad.  You really start to understand how Aquaman could get to the point where he would drown half of Europe.

Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1 (Jeff Lemire, Ibraim Roberson):  Buy.  A real surprise out of the books this week, as I wasn't really looking forward to reading this issue, but man I'm definitely glad I did!  Anyone who is a real Hellboy fan is going to love this issue, as its the same kind of tale only set in this altered DC Universe.  It's definitely giving me second thoughts about the new series starting in September.

Week #3

Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1 (J.T. Krul, Mikel Janin):  Borrow.  An interesting story, and there are some good parts to the story, but it wasn't lacking some of the impact that last weeks stuff had.  Yeah, there's a big cliffhanger at the end of the book, but it just didn't leave a lasting impact with me.  I'm interested to read the second issue and see if I possibly change my mind.

Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1 (One-shot) (Sean Ryan, Ig Guara):  Pass.  This book puzzled me so much.  Had it been a 1 of 3, I would have probably given it a Borrow, but yet with all the storylines given mini-series in this event, this is one that probably should have as well.  They set up Grodd as this powerful unstoppable force on par with Aquaman and Wonder Woman, yet there's nothing that really happens in this book other than that and there's no given continuation of the story.  I guess we might see it in the main Flashpoint story at some point, but this issue doesn't stand out as a "must-read" to understand the character and his motivations.

Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1 (Adam Glass, Rodney Buchemi):  Borrow.  An interesting take on the "Legion of Doom" idea, and a great set up for a villain that I was really not familiar with.  However, other than a bunch of fight scenes and a really interesting but really gross scene at the end, not much happening here.  However, I get a feeling of possibility with this one, so I'm definitely looking forward to the second issue.

Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 (Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning):  Buy.  Finally, the other side of the Wonder Woman/Aquaman confrontation in this event.  A decent enough set up, and really explains why these two superpowers would hate each other so much.  It gets points deducted for pulling a move I've seen plenty of times in other movies like "The Three Muskateers", but cliche as it is it was still a decent read.

So there you go.  Honestly week #2's books have been my favorite so far, and I'm hoping the books coming up are more like it and less like weeks 1 and 3.  Forget about what I think though, what do YOU think?  Let me know in the comments, or tell me over at our new forum!

Obsessive Comics Disorder #38: "Axe Cop....Now With Lemon!"

Going through a bit of changes here at OCD, as due to time constraints we are moving the podcast to a once-every other week schedule, alternating with the Relative Dimensions podcast.  We've got plenty of good stuff for you this week, however, as we review our May Book of the Month: AXE COP!  Thanks again to MapHook for sponsoring this episode! Updates:

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Digital Ink: Chris: Green Lantern: Secret Origins #1 ($1.99, DC Comics App) Cathi: Starcrossed (http://www.animafax.com/starcrossed/2011/06/06/wise-krak/)

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Book Club! Last Month: Axe Cop Vol. 1 (Dark Horse) For June! Atomic Robo Vol. 1: Atomic Robo and the Fightin’ Scientists of Tesladyne (Red 5 Comics) Off The Shelf: Pick o' the Week: (Cathi) Criminal: The last of the innocent, #1 (Chris)  Flashpoint #2 Flashpoint #1 Fear itself, Book 3

Hellboy: The Fury #1 B.P.R.D. The Dead Remembered, 3 of 3. #79. Batman: Arkham 100 Page Spectacular

Uncanny X-Force Must Have #1 Amazing Spider-Man #663 Flashpoint: Abin Sur: The Green Lantern #1 Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengence #1 Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1 The World of Flashpoint #1

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Flashpoint Tie-In Roundup: Week One

This week saw most of the first Flashpoint Tie-in issues hit comic book stores; but did you need to buy them?  Instead of doing a review for each issue, I thought each week I'd gather my thoughts on the tie-ins together in one nice little post.  Flashpoint: Abin Sur the Green Lantern #1 (Adam Schlagman, Felipe Massafera):  Buy, if you're reading Green Lantern.  Otherwise, you wont care at all about this issue.  I loved how they still involved many of the plot points behind Blackest Night and Brightest Day even in this Flashpoint universe.  This issue makes me want to read the "Green Lantern: Secret Origin" because I know in the revised origin Abin Sur, Sinestro and Atrocitus are more connected than before.  I feel like I would get even more out of this issue having read that storyline.  Looking forward to the next issue.

Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengence #1 (Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso):  Pass.  After reading Flashpoint #1 and #2, I really was looking forward to this book.  However, its like the artist of this book never even was given anything about the character other than the costume.  His Thomas Wayne looks nothing like the Batman we see in the main Flashpoint series, or any depiction of Thomas Wayne I've ever seen.  I didn't even know it was Thomas until someone called him "Dr. Wayne".  In this book, he looks like a mob boss that wears a Batman costume.  And I really don't care about the storyline, I really just want to read about the Batman in the main series.  THAT Batman is very intriquing to me, and seems like a completely different character than the one in this book.

Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1 (Peter Milligan, George Perez, Fernando Blanco, Scott Koblish):  Pass.  What the heck is happening in this book?  They try to explain it, but the way it is done assumes that you are roughly familiar with the character in the "normal" DC Universe.  However, I don't, so I'm seeing stuff happen that I don't quite understand, things are going on that just don't make any flippin' sense to me!  Who is this guy?  Who are the Secret Seven?  I still don't know!

The World of Flashpoint #1 (Rex Ogle, Eduardo Francisco, Paulo Siqueira):  Borrow.  Again, another issue where these are characters that I think are minor characters in the "normal" DC Universe, but the author assumes we know about them.  So, I read this and find out about some scientist who is a part of some task force with some people I know, others I don't, working on a plan to defeat the Amazons and Atlantians.  And this will be cost millions of lives, yet the password to all this information is his deceased wife's name?  Has this guy never used the internet before?  Everywhere I go, I always get the warning "Don't use family members, names, etc. as passwords".   Aside from that, the story is somewhat interesting, and there is a very valuable page in this issue which starts to show us how this universe started to diverge from the "normal" universe.

Off The Shelf Reviews: Flashpoint #2

Issue number 2 of DC's epic tale dropped yesterday, but how was it?  Not since Blackest Night have I been so excited to read an event book.  Since then, I've read a bunch of things and enjoyed some, hated others, etc.; but Flashpoint is one of those titles that I wanted to read right in the store when I grabbed it.  First of all, another SPLENDID cover by Andy Kubert.  One of the things I enjoyed about Blackest Night was Ivan Reis' covers, which I plan on framing and hanging in my studio.  However, I may have to make room for this series as well, because I am loving Kubert's covers for this book--in fact, it may be a big reason why I get so excited to read it when I see it.

So what happens in this issue?  We get to see a bit more of the world in this issue, starting off with Geoff Johns using Deathstroke as a pirate to show us what has happened to Eurpoe and give us a look at Aquaman and how ruthless he has become in this changed reality.  Afterwards, we then slide over to Gotham City where we continue from the ending of issue #1 between Batman and Barry Allen with Barry figuring out what happened in Crime Alley long ago to create this version of Batman.  Batman, of course, thinks he's crazy and starts beating the crap out of him while Barry wonders whats happened.  Suddenly, he cries out as his memories start changing and he understands that this is real.  I wont give away the rest of the book but there is also a cut away to show us what Wonder Woman is like in this world.

This book is great.  Everytime I get to the end of one of these books I get this anxious feeling.  One, because I want to see so much more and two because there is always a perfect cliffhanger that leaves you hating the fact you have to wait another month to see what happened.  Both Flashpoint and Fear Itself dropped this week, and Fear Itself ended up being one of the last books I read this week while this book was the first.  I really just don't care that much what is going on in Fear Itself because its more of the same kind of story telling that we've seen, whereas for me, this is something completely different.  I know the concept has been done before, but as a new comic reader its new to me.

CONCLUSION: Buy.  Don't wait for the trade, as half the fun of this series is the suspense that builds up waiting between each issue.  Between this series and the buzz DC has been building up this week, I can't wait to see what they have in store for us in the months ahead.

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Off The Shelf Reviews: Flashpoint #1

This past Wednesday, DC Comics dropped its big summer event on everyone's doorstep with the release of Flashpoint #1. The questions is thought, did it get off to a running start or fall flat on its face? Read on to find out... I've been so excited for both of the big events from Marvel and DC this summer; and since we've already had some time to get into Fear Itself, I was very anxious for Flashpoint to come out. DC hadn't really given away much of the details surrounding this storyline, so we weren't spoiled to anything other than the very basic premise. Not only that, but the Flash books have been leading up to this for awhile, with some elements stretching all the way back to the Flash: Rebirth series (a good jumping on point for new-Flash readers). DC's current mastermind aka Geoff Johns is once again behind the wheel of this event, with artwork done by Andy Kubert.

When I got to the store on Wednesday to pick this up, my initial thought was this: the cover looks magnificant! This issue is one of the very few comics that I have read where seeing the cover made me want to read the book so badly. Andy Kubert's art on the cover is so bold and full of color that I just enjoy looking at this. Seriously, this is the kind of artwork I want to see redone as a poster. And moving into the issue, that same style is present all throughout this issue. The comparison to the "before" universe and the "changed" universe (more on that in a second) is very apparent, we can already infer that this is a much darker world just from the changes in scenery.

So what's Flashpoint all about? Basically, Barry Allen wakes up to find himself in a radically changed world, where no one has heard of the Flash, Superman, or even the Justice League. This isn't a parallel world, this is his reality now. Its been hinted that the Reverse-Flash has been tampering with time, rewriting it to alter the DC Universe in significant ways. Not only is Barry Allen not the Flash, but its implied that he may not even have his super speed (that was pretty vague to me, its never explicitly stated, but you see him having to use a car versus whipping around the world at super speed--but maybe I just missed something). As Barry tries to make sense of the situation, he finds out there is still one "hero" around that he recognizes---Batman. So he heads off to Gotham to get Batman to help him make things right.

I've talked about the artwork, but what did I think of the story? Honestly, as much as I love the premise and the artwork, I kept feeling like I wanted more from this issue. It just seemed that for a #1 issue thats supposed to get people excited and into this series, DC really could have given us a little bit more, maybe an action scene or something. For instance, we find out that now, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are vicious enemies that are set in bringing about war. Aquaman has already sunk most of Europe into the ocean--maybe they could have shown us a bit of this instead of just having another character tell us this? I will say that this issue seemed as if someone new could just jump in and start reading; as continuity is thrown out the window and it doesn't matter if you recognize characters because now they are entirely different people. I applaud DC for this. I may have to test this out and see if people who aren't regular DC fans enjoy this issue.

CONCLUSION: Borrow. Find someone who has gotten this issue and read it to see if its something that appeals for you. I have several questions still (For instance, DC set up that the Reverse Flash can change the past but he can't kill Barry Allen because his "negative speed force" can't exist if Barry Allen's "Speed Force" doesn't, but yet he's still around when Barry is powerless?) but I'm hoping that the second issue does a better job of explaining things, and I'm eagerly awaiting it.