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fishing for feedback II: the reviews

Okay, I've got a lot of reviews to do, so I'm going to try to keep it brief, so that this post doesn't need to be split into chapters. :)

Elvira #136(Claypool Comics)--an indy success story...a monthly series that has been published(without missing a month!)for over ten years...this series has Elvira(who you can find out more about in the 'news' section at the back of the comic)satirizing and skewering pop culture, television, movies with a blend of sight gags, wacky magic spells and supernatural creatures, puns and humour both witty and silly. This issue the targets are t.v. station pledge drives and "Junk Yard Challenge". The humour in the series is a nice escape from 'serious' comics and comics that take themselves too seriously.

Deadbeats #66 is also from Claypool Comics and it's a blend of gothic vampire soap opera(like Dark Shadows) with more adult situations and scenes. It's an enjoyable read that will certainly build your vocabulary :)...and unlike many comics, it will take you a bit longer to go through. As a bonus, not only does it have a letter's page(as does Elvira), but there is also a text recap of what has gone before so new readers can get up to speed and figure out what's going on.

Batman, the 12c Adventure(DC)--a lead-in to the War Games cross-over coming up in all the Batman books...I dislike these cross-overs, but at least this comic serves to identify the 'players' as well as following up events from this month's Catwoman...told from the perspective of Spoiler, formerly the 'new' Robin, she watches a gathering of all the crime bosses in Gotham, along with their bodyguards, while going over events that led her to be 'fired' as Robin...as well as letting all her insecurities show...

Mary Jane #2(Marvel)--I had high hopes for this series...the first issue really grabbed me...this one wasn't as good...maybe I just can't relate to having to work to pay for a homecoming dress...at least the story ends on an upbeat...

Justice League Adventures #34(DC)--the Big Three(Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman) are highlighted in this issue...a plot by a 'future Lex' to rid himself of them using W.W. as a focus of a magic spell to drain their life energies...nice ending where we see the difference in outlook that Superman and Batman have on life and the past.

Amazing Spider-man #510(Marvel)--the plot thickens as we learn more about who the two characters are who ambushed Peter at the cemetery...a brother and sister who have reason to hate both Peter and Spider-man...who they also have ties to...ending is not that big a surprise...still has me anticipating next issue...

Fantastic Four #516(Marvel)--so-so conclusion to the Frightful Four storyline...should have been better, somehow...last couple issue were good...this one seemed to run out of gas...

Amazing Fantasy #2(Marvel)--I was dubious about whether this series would hold my interest over Mary Jane...it's got my attention, now...a mysterious character from a mysterious organization uses magic to save her life...potential 'powers' to be used to pay the life-debt...interesting!

New X-Men: Academy X(Marvel)--hate that title includes X-men...prefer it to be only Academy X...the young mutants are put in teams to practice working together and against each other...grudge match between the teams...'good' team of characters we know are unsure...'bad' team does whatever is necessary to complete the goal...makes me nostalgic for early days of New Mutants in early '80s...enjoyable read...

Batman Adventures #16(DC)--the long-awaited wedding of Joker and Harley Quinn!! Actually, it's a scheme to marry each other...but who's being conned? Fun read...even if it's the end of the Harley/Ivy team...what's wrong with Ivy that she needs help from Alec Holland? I'm going to miss this series...new Batman series doesn't look that good...chins are wrong...Joker...ugh!

Wonder Woman #206(DC)--as W.W. search for a way to help Vanessa, a new foe petrifies a cardinal! There's trouble and plot on Mt. Olympus, alliances are made and an old foe(who's destined to never prosper:)) makes her presence felt. The mix of earthly concerns and godly ones makes W.W. a good read...the reactions of regular people to some of W.W. embassy staff is good for a chuckle...

The Witching #2(DC)--still haven't totally warmed to this series but this issue was better than the first...more exposition helps...Elsa past lovers are a blast...can't wait for 'the three' to finally meet...could be an interesting clash of backgrounds...

Catwoman #33(DC)--Catwoman lays down the law...with the help of some victims of East End violence...makes an 'example' of a Mob lieutenant...issues a challenge to his boss...and ensures a rematch with Zeiss...Catwoman will be part of big Batman cross-over...not happy about it...not buying any other parts of cross-over...hope writer, Brubaker, doesn't disappoint me by making it too tied in to other books...

(chapter 2 tomorrow :))
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