Having not been a long-time reader of comics, it wasn’t a big deal when I read that Geoff Johns, as well as Tomasi, Milligan, and Bedard were leaving their respective Lantern titles. I did initially think it was a bit extreme they were leaving at the same time although, after a while of looking at it, it made sense that they started with a clean slate in the wake of Johns leaving.
Recently, I have been successful in getting myself a new job. Now, whilst this is cause for mucho celebration, and with it comes a higher salary, it does mean, that for the next 2-3 months, my finances will be stretched like never before. Sadly this has meant I have looked at my monthly comic list in the hope I can reduce the number to something a bit more acceptable.
When the line-up of the new Justice League of America was announced, it didn’t come as a huge surprise when the likes of Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern ‘Baz’ were included. Whilst they are all essentially secondary characters in terms of DC universe ‘gravitas’, they are still well known characters that would offer a lot to the title. What was a surprise was the inclusion of lesser known characters such as Vibe and Katana.
When launched in March 2012, Saucer Country was plugged as a hybrid between The West Wing and The X-Files. Despite it being an odd tag-line for a comic, I decided to give it a go for its intriguing premise. Based around Governor Arcadia Alvarado of New Mexico, the comic tells the tale of her attempts to run for the presidency of the United States whilst hiding the fact she, along with her ex-husband Michael, is an alien abductee.
Whilst the staple part of my comic diet consists of DC, Marvel, and Image titles, there is nothing better than coming across a gem of a title like this. Twisted Dark came my way after visiting MCM Expo at London in October last year where the writer, Neil Gibson, was signing all three volumes of the series. It is with much annoyance that it has taken me nearly three months to make a start due to a ridiculous backlog of titles. All my fault I suppose!
One of the advantages of my laptop sadly being out of commission for the past few weeks is that it has given me a chance to look back on DC’s #0 month as a whole. Like most DC fans, I was looking forward to an easy entry into titles not previously read, as well as reading up on the back stories of my regular pull list. I was also hoping it would breathe new life into titles I’ve cancelled over the last twelve months.
I’ll start off by honestly saying I came across Extermination more through luck than by any form of in-depth research. Whilst enjoying an afternoon off work last week, I was strolling through London’s West End and decided upon a visit to a nearby geek shop. One of this shop’s benefits is their collection of grab-bags, inclusive of four comics, for a measly £1. So amongst one of the four bags I bought was Extermination #1.
Let’s be clear about one thing. Batman #12 is a filler issue. Certainly not a bad filler, but one nonetheless. This is no bad thing as, after the previous year-long ‘Court of Owls’ storyline, there would be no real advantage in going straight into the upcoming Joker saga.
With Revival, Image Comics have done their best to show there can be a fresh perspective on the zombie genre. Labelling it as a ‘rural noir’, the comic focuses on a small community in Wisconsin, USA, where a to-be-confirmed number of dead have risen back to life. Not overly original until the reader discovers these ‘Revivers’ are not the mindless, salivating zombies one might expect. Instead they return exactly as their previous selves.