Oniba: Swords of the Demon #0 – Review

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Oniba: Swords of the Demon Aspen Comics

I knew from just seeing the cover that this was a book that I wanted to take a look at.  On Wednesday I headed to my local comic book store and I didn’t even have to take it off the shelf. They know me pretty well, because this was in my pulled titles for the week without me even asking.

I love comics that feature women in strong roles and this didn’t disappoint.  The main character is a female samurai named Yukiko living in Japan in 1582.  I loved that her struggles aren’t with being a woman in a man’s world, all the male characters treat her as an equal which is fantastic to see.  Yukiko’s struggles are with her own morality and how that conflicts with her training and her sense of duty.

Paolo Pantalena and Vince Hernandez have done an amazing job of creating a complex and intriguing character in just 13 pages.  Pantalena’s art work is stunning and Hernandez’s script keeps things moving by not overcrowding the action.

The story in this issue might only be 13 pages long but that leaves room for the Scriptbook that has been included.  I love seeing samples of the creative process so this truly put the book over the edge for me.  It features 5 pages of beautiful line art along with the script that inspired it.

I truly loved this comic and I’ve read it several times.  I’ll be eagerly following Aspen Comics and the creators on social media waiting for news of issue #1.

New Valiant Comics This Week 10/28/15

Book of Death #4 (of 4)

There are 5 varients for the final issue in the series.   I have to admit to only recently being introduced to Valiant comics, so I’ll be waiting for the collection edition of the Book of Death.  I recently read the first 5 issues of Ninjak, loved it and immediately ordered The Valiant.  Hopefully it will be waiting for me along with my new comics this week at my local comic store.

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New Marvel Comics This Week 10/28/15

A couple of #1’s and a couple of guide books.  I might take a look at the Secret Wars handbook.  Anything that can make all the multiverse events simpler for the more casual Marvel reader would be great.

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Marvel Comics

Angela: Queen of Hel #1

Captain America: Sam Wilson #2

Chewbacca #2

Deadpool vs Thanos #4

Guidebook Marvel Cinematic Universe: Iron Man

House of M #4

Howling Commandos of SHIELD #1

Kanan – The Last Padawan #7

New Avengers #2

Secret Wars Official Handbook of Marvel Multiverse #1

Spider-Man #2

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

What if Infinity: Dark Reign #1

Where Monsters Dwell #5

New DC Comics This Week 10/28/15

Lots of new issues this week.  If you have been reading the Darkseid War storyline then the new Batman issue this week should probably be on your pull-list.

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Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman.  DC Comics.

All-Star Section 8 #5

Aquaman #45

Batgirl #45

Batman and Robin Eternal #4

Batman ’66 #28

Cyborg #4

Deathstroke #11

Gotham By Midnight #10

Grayson #13

He-Man: The Eternity War #11

Justice League 3001 #5

Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman #1

New Suicide Squad #13

Prez #5

Robin: Son of Batman #5

Sinestro #16

Superman #45

The Flash #45

We Are Robin #5

New Marvel Comics This Week 10/21/15

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Star Wars: Shattered Empire #4 Marvel Comics

More #1’s from Marvel this week as things continue to reboot as a result of the Secret Wars event.  My pick from the bunch this week is the final issue of Shattered Empire.  I love this book and it’s disappointing that it was such a short series.  Hopefully Shara and Kes will get their own book sometime soon.

1872 #4

Age of Apocalypse #5

Amazing Spider-Man #2

Angela: Queen of Hel

Astonishing Ant-Man #1

Brilliant #6

Darth Vader #11

Hail Hydra #4

Invincible Iron Man #2

Karnak #1

S.H.I.E.L.D. #11

Secret Wars Agents of Atlas #1

Star Wars: Shattered Empire #4

Uncanny Inhumans #1

Weirdworld #5

What if ? Infinity – Guardians of the Galaxy #1

New DC Comics This Week 10/21/15

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Titans Hunt #1 DC Comics

Its a great week for Teen Titans fans.  This weeks comics include Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go! and the new Titans Hunt.  I’m looking forward to picking up my books on Wednesday and hoping the new Titans book delivers on what looks to be an exciting addition to the DC Comics line up.  There are a few Monsters variants this week as well as a Green Lantern ’75 for Teen Titans.  My picks for the week are in bold.

Batman and Robin Eternal #3

Batman: Arkham Knight – Genesis #3 (of 6)

Bizarro #5 (of 6)

Black Canary #5 (Monsters)

Doctor Fate #5

Doomed #5

Gotham Academy #11

Green Lantern: Lost Army #5

Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four #12

Justice League #45 (Monsters)

Martian Manhunter #5

Secret Six #7

Superman/Wonder Woman #22 (Monsters)

Teen Titans #12 (GL75)

Teen Titans Go! #12

Titans Hunt #1

Wonder Woman #45 (Monsters)

Batman #45 – Review

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Batman #45 DC Comics

After last months awesome issue #44, issue #45 picks up where #43 left off.

Gordon is trapped in a furnace, Bruce is living a soap opera life with Julie and Mr. Bloom is rising in power.

I’m not totally on board with what’s going on on the Batman book right now.  I’m not a big fan of what’s happening with Bruce and Jim Gordon.  The Bruce Wayne pages seem like they are part of a different comic.  I’m sure they are supposed to contrast his new idyllic life with the dark world he used to belong to but, I do feel that I could have skipped those pages and still follow what going on in the book.

That aside, Mr Bloom is awesome.  He feels like a cross between and gangster and a Doctor Who villain.   So because of that and not Bruce or Jim. I’ll stick with Batman for now and keep my fingers crossed that Bruce will be be back soon.

Star Wars Shattered Empire #3 – Review

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Star Wars Shattered Empire #3  Marvel Comics

This limited series is one of the best books around right now.  The fact that it’s a limited series is possibly the only negative thing I have to say about it this week.   The art work by Marco Checchetto is just stunning.

Issue #3 has some great girl power moments.  Shara, Leia and Queen Soruna all step up to save Naboo.  I’m slightly disappointed that they needed Lando and his fleet to finish off the Star Destroyer.  It would have been nice to see the ladies take care of it by themselves, although it might have been a little unrealistic that 3 outdated Naboo ships could have taken out the Destroyer alone.

The interaction between Han Solo and Chewbacca is great, the gun fights and action in those scenes is also beautifully drawn.   The women really do steal the show this week though.

The final issue is out next week.  I’m really hoping that the popularity of this book leads to Shara and Kes getting their own monthly book.

Superman Lois and Clark #1 – Review

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Superman Lois and Clarke #1 DC Comics

My first response when hearing about this new title from DC Comics was, do we really need another weekly Superman book? We already have Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman, Batman/Superman, Justice League and Justice League of America.  However, this book is a different spin on the Man of Steel so I picked up the first copy and figured I’d give it a try.

This book spins out of the Covergence event and places an alternate version of Superman on our earth where we already have a Superman.  The Superman of this book is married to Lois Lane and they have a son, so if you’re a fan of Lois and Clark as a couple then this is going to be the book for you.

Recent events in the main Superman book mean everyone knows Superman’s secret identity, now, along comes a new Superman, who not only has a secret identity, he also wants to stay under the radar in every way possible.  This seems to be catering to the fans who didn’t like the outing of Superman, they now have a even more secret Superman to keep them happy.

The last page of the book was a little confusing and I almost felt like I was reading a preview page for a completely different title. But,  I’m sure the following months will reveal more about the Oblivion Stone and its significance for this books Superman.

In conclusion, the art work in the book is great and the story moves along but I don’t know that it’s enough to add the book to my monthly Superman reading list.  There are so many other characters that don’t have their own book right now that this one seems like a bit of a disappointment.   So I think that rather than picking this book up on a monthly basis, I’m going to keep a spot open on my “Super” reading list for a new Supergirl title.

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