Monday Musings 10/24/12

Welcome one and all to Monday Musings!

Monday Musings serves multiple purposes:

1. I’ll update everyone to changes in relation to the blog including new features, modified formats to existing ones, and anything else blog-related.
2. I’ll reveal what issues I’ll be reviewing in each part of Bullet Points.
3. I’ll reveal my Top 3 Comics of the Week though I won’t tell you which one finishes first, second, third until the actual article comes out (got to give you all a reason to check it out)

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Blog Updates

I’ve posted my first Bullet Points today under the new format. Hope everyone enjoys it as I feel it will work out much better for reviews. I’m still on the fence of what I should do for Top 3: the old way or in the new Bullet Point format? Still up in the air on that issue. With only 12 issues for 10/24/12 to review my game plan is to finally catch up this week with my goal being to do a Bullet Point or Top 3 at least once a day. That’s what I’ve set out to do and by next Monday I’ll be back on track (crosses fingers). Don’t hold me to it but I am trying and hoping everyone is enjoying what has come out so far.

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Bullet Points Schedule (10/17/12 Comics)

My goal is to have the remaining Parts 2-4 done by Friday at the latest. Look for Part 2 to come out Tuesday.

Part 2: DC Comics Edition
Green Lantern: The New Guardians #13
Justice League #13
Nightwing #13
Red Hood and the Outlaws #13

Part 3: DC/Marvel Comics Edition
Supergirl #13
Wonder Woman #13
Dark Avengers #182
New Avengers #31

Part 4: Marvel/Independent Comics Edition
Uncanny X-Men #20
X-Factor #245
Cyber Force #1
Green Hornet #29

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Bullet Points Schedule (10/24/12 Comics)

And here is the contents for the newest batch of Bullet Point Reviews.

Part 1: DC Comics Edition
Batman: The Dark Knight #13
Justice League Dark #13
National Comics: Madame X #1

Part 2: DC/Marvel Comics Edition
Superman #13
Teen Titans #13
Amazing Spider-Man #696

Part 3: Marvel Comics Edition
Avengers #32
Deadpool #63
Invincible Iron Man #527
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My Top 3 Comics of the Week (10/17/12)

My Top 3 Comics for 10/17/12 should be taken care of by Saturday at the latest. Remember, these are listed in alphabetical order and in the main feature I’ll reveal their actual order.

The Top 3
Batwoman #13
Daredevil #19
Hawkeye #3

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My Top 3 Comics of the Week (10/24/12)

And here is my grand reveal of my Top 3 Comics of the Week for the week that was (in alphabetical order as well).

The Top 3
Batman Incorporated #4
FF #23
The Flash #13

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So that is the update. My quest to get on track trudges on. I pray I am successful this week but at the very least you should get at least one update per day. Enjoy! Any comments? You know what to do.

12 thoughts on “Monday Musings 10/24/12

  1. Yesterday I had to choose the last comic book to read in 2012. A few days before I had read Scene of the Crime, a volume recently printed by Image Comics: it was a masterpiece, so it would have been a perfect conclusion to a year full of good reads… but I couldn’t help it, I wanted to read something more before the end of the year.
    After a long look at my shelves, I picked up a volume of Spider Man, collecting his best stories from the beginning to the ’00s: as you already know, italians love to reprint comics, and to make these “best stories ever told” volumes. I leafed through this volume, and I stopped after recognizing the unmistakable art of Todd Mc Farlane.
    The last comic book I read in 2012 was “Masques”, a story arc having Ghost Rider as Peter’s unconventional ally and Hobgoblin as the villain. It was originally printed in Spider Man # 6 – 7 (January – February 1991): this means that it was published the year before Mc Farlane left Marvel and founded Image.
    He wrote and drew that story arc, and it is crystal clear that he had already in mind Spawn and his universe. Ghost Rider used his chains and Hobgoblin moves his cowl exactly like Spawn does, the atmosphere and the setting are more or less the same, and the horror touch was another thing Masques has in common with Spawn.
    This is the main reason why that story arc is wonderful. Mc Farlane seized an ironic and light – hearted character and threw him in a nightmarish world, where Peter can’t just punch his enemy while making fun of him and then go back to Mary Jane: things are not that simple in McFarlane’s work, because the enemies he chooses and the damages they cause can’t be stopped just throwing a punch or two. Mc Farlane is a real genius.

    • I read the same trade paperback at the end of every year: Batman – The Long Halloween. It was the thing that got me hooked on comics to begin with. Then I open the New Year with Batman – Dark Victory.

      Thanks for sharing yours with me.

      “He wrote and drew that story arc, and it is crystal clear that he had already in mind Spawn and his universe. Ghost Rider used his chains and Hobgoblin moves his cowl exactly like Spawn does, the atmosphere and the setting are more or less the same, and the horror touch was another thing Masques has in common with Spawn.”
      Great observations there. Interesting how things turn out.

      “Mc Farlane seized an ironic and light – hearted character and threw him in a nightmarish world, where Peter can’t just punch his enemy while making fun of him and then go back to Mary Jane”
      That won’t be happening too much with the Superior Spider-Man coming up. No jokes, no snappy combacks, no light-heartedness.

      • Don’t worry: I’m sure that everything will be as before in a matter of months. The present situation can’t last both because of economic and sentimental reasons: Marvel can’t renounce to a money maker character like Peter, and a lot of fans couldn’t live without one of their favorite superheroes.
        As for me… well, I could live in a world without Peter Parker, because I got over some losses who caused me much more sadness: for example, I was far more desperate, when I knew that Generation X and Gotham Central had been closed.
        These cases were far more tragic, because most of the characters of those series disappeared completely and for good, while Peter will be back at lightning speed.
        Readers don’t understand that the more radical changes happen only on the B – list and C – list titles, not on the A – list ones, because no one fixes something that ain’t broke. Thank you for your reply! : )

        • “Readers don’t understand that the more radical changes happen only on the B – list and C – list titles, not on the A – list ones, because no one fixes something that ain’t broke.”
          Your points are valid. Take a look at Avengers Arena for example. If everything that is happening in that book is actually happening and isn’t some V.R. Video Game simulation, I’ll be mighty upset.

            • Let’s just say that the first issue kills off one of the Avengers Academy kids and it looks like there’s going to be a death every issue (two for two so far).

              “Gratuitous killings, in a “the more bloody they are, the better” way?”
              Too early to say except Issue 1’s death fits that bill.

              They’re introducing new characters as well (so they can kill them off) but the writer has done a good job in actually making you care for these new creations despite the fact they are cannon-fodder.

              • Last year I complained about the excessive amount of violence in the New 52 violence, and I thought “Well, at least Marvel isn’t that gory.” And now, Marvel publishes a series in which violence is not part of the narration… IT’S THE WHOLE POINT OF THE NARRATION! Well, let’s hope that, as you wrote, it will turn out it was all a simulation. Normally I feel peeved for this kind of stage trick, but in this case I would breathe a sigh of relief, because it would mean that at least one major publisher is violence – free.
                Also, I didn’t comment the post where you described the cover of Mara # 1, but I agree, that was an astonishing cover. The interior is worthy too?

                • “Also, I didn’t comment the post where you described the cover of Mara # 1, but I agree, that was an astonishing cover. The interior is worthy too?”
                  The art on the inside was also fantastic though the cover was the highlight. The actual story was alright save for a very late twist that sets up the rest of the series for an exciting direction.

                  • Volleyball + dystopic world + your appreciation = 3 good reasons why I should find Mara interesting. As usual, I’ll wait for the trade. Thank you for your reply! : )

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