Monday Musings 12/24/12

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

Well the last part of my 11/07/12 Bullet Points should be posted soon (no telling when, what with the coming Holidays) and after that I’ve decided in a change of direction. I look on at the mounting Bullet Points I have to do and have decided the best way to get back on track is to catch up first on the Top 3 Comic Reviews. So that will be my focus: once I’m caught up on the Top 3s I will return to the Bullet Points. Hopefully I’ll be able to consistently release a Top 3 every week once I’m caught up so at least that part of the Blog will be on schedule. With that said, I’m moving the Top 3 Schedule to the top of the list:

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My Top 3 Comics of the Week (11/07/12)

The Top 3
Avengers Academy #39
Smallville Season 11 #7
X-Factor #246
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My Top 3 Comics of the Week (11/14/12)

The Top 3
Batgirl #14
Batman #14
Wolverine and the X-Men #20
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My Top 3 Comics of the Week (11/21/12)

The Top 3
Batwoman #14
Hawkeye #4
Uncanny X-Force #34
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My Top 3 Comics of the Week (11/28/12)

The Top 3
All-New X-Men #2
Batman Incorporated #5
FF #1
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My Top 3 Comics of the Week (12/05/12)

The Top 3
Action Comics #15
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #5
Hawkeye #5
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My Top 3 Comics of the Week (12/12/12)

The Top 3
Batgirl #15
Batman #15
Batman & Robin #15
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My Top 3 Comics of the Week (12/19/12)

And here is my grand reveal of my Top 3 Comics of the Week for 12/19/12 (in alphabetical order).

The Top 3
FF #2
Hawkeye #6
Indestructible Hulk #2
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Bullet Points Schedule (11/14/12 Comics)

Part 1: DC Comics Edition
Batman & Robin #14
Green Lantern Corps #14
Suicide Squad #14
Superboy #14

Part 2: Marvel Comics Edition
All-New X-Men #1
Amazing Spider-Man #697
Fantastic Four #1

Part 3: Marvel/Independent Comics Edition
New Avengers #33
Atomic Robo and the Flying She-Devils of the Pacific #4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #15
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Bullet Points Schedule (11/21/12 Comics)

Part 1: DC Comics Edition
Birds of Prey #14
Blue Beetle #14
Catwoman #14
Green Lantern: The New Guardians #14

Part 2: DC Comics Edition
Justice League #14
Nightwing #14
Red Hood and the Outlaws #14
Supergirl #14
Wonder Woman #14

Part 3: Marvel Comics Edition
Amazing Spider-Man #698
Avengers #34
Daredevil #20
Dark Avengers #183
Deadpool #2

Part 4: Marvel/Independent Comics Edition
Indestructible Hulk #1
Iron Man #2
Wolverine and the X-Men #21
X-Factor #247
Mind The Gap #6
The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #4
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Bullet Points Schedule (11/28/12 Comics)

Part 1: DC Comics Edition
Aquaman #14
Arrow #1
Batman: The Dark Knight #14
Batman Beyond Unlimited #10

Part 2: DC Comics Edition
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #4
The Flash #14
Justice League Dark #14
Superman #14
Teen Titans #14

Part 3: Marvel/Independent Comics Edition
  New Avengers #34
Uncanny Avengers #2
Venom #27.1
Angel and Faith #16
Ghostbusters #15

Part 4: Independent Comics Edition
Green Hornet #31
Masks #1
Morning Glories #23
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #16
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Bullet Points Schedule (12/05/12 Comics)

Part 1: DC Comics Edition
Animal Man #15
Detective Comics #15
Earth 2 #7
Green Arrow #15

Part 2: DC/Marvel Comics Edition
Legends of the Dark Knight #3
Smallville Season 11 #8
Worlds’ Finest #7
All-New X-Men #3

Part 3: Marvel Comics Edition
Amazing Spider-Man #699
Avengers #1
Deadpool #3
Iron Man #3

Part 4: Marvel/Independent Comics Edition
Thunderbolts #1
X-Factor #248
Atomic Robo and the Flying She-Devils of the Pacific #5
Cyber Force #2
Doctor Who #3
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Bullet Points Schedule (12/12/12 Comics)

Part 1: DC Comics Edition
Deathstroke #15
Green Lantern Corps #15
Suicide Squad #15
Superboy #15

Part 2: Marvel Comics Edition
Amazing Spider-Man #699.1
Avengers Arena #1
Fantastic Four #2

Part 3: Marvel/Independent Comics Edition
Iron Man #4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #16
Ghostbusters #16
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Bullet Points Schedule (12/19/12 Comics)

Part 1: DC Comics Edition
Batwoman #15
Birds of Prey #15
Blue Beetle #15
Catwoman #15
Green Lantern #15

Part 2: DC Comics Edition
Green Lantern: The New Guardians #15
Nightwing #15
Red Hood and the Outlaws #15
Supergirl #15
Wonder Woman #15

Part 3: Marvel Comics Edition
All-New X-Men #4
Avengers #2
Avengers Arena #2
Daredevil #21
Thunderbolts #2

Part 4: Marvel Comics Edition
Uncanny X-Force #35
Venom #28
Wolverine and the X-Men #22
X-Factor #249

Part 5: Independent Comics Edition
Angel and Faith #17
Green Hornet #32
Idolized #4
Masks #2
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So that is the update. Any comments? You know what to do.

3 thoughts on “Monday Musings 12/24/12

  1. Talking about Red Hood and the Outlaws, I just read an article about it:
    http://graphicpolicy.com/2013/01/11/dc-announces-a-new-red-hood-and-the-outlaws-creative-team/
    This article struck me for 2 reasons:
    1) Another amazing cover. It raises at least 2 interesting questions: Why is Starfire so angry with Red Hood? And why Jason’s mask seems to be rotten?
    Another thing that makes that cover great is the colouring. The fire risen among Starfire’s hair enhances the anger her face reveals, and this effect is entirely created by a clever use of the colour.
    The only negative thing of this cover is the total lack of blackground: as you know, this is something I’ve always hated.
    Another thing I didn’t appreciate very much: the fact that, when DC decided to design a new costume for Starfire, they kept the peek a boo effect. I’m not a scandalizable person, and I understand that boobs help to sell more copies, but I’m tired of seeing an interesting character like Starfire being treaten like the only thing she can be noticed for are her tits.
    2) The fact that Lobdell won’t write Red Hood anymore. As I already wrote in another comment, when a writer creates a series and runs it from the very first issue, then it’s very hard to replace him/her properly, and this is a perfect example.

    Lobdell is one of the most controversial comic book writers. I really like him, but in the last months I read a lot of reviews of his New 52 works, and I learned that you never know how to expect. For example, when I bump into a review of Animal Man, I already know that the reviewer will be enthusiastic about it. On the contrary, when you read a review of a Lobdell’s comic book, you never can tell: sometimes he gets 1 star out of 5, some others 5 stars. Why is he a “love him or hate him” writer, in your opinion?

    • “Another thing I didn’t appreciate very much: the fact that, when DC decided to design a new costume for Starfire, they kept the peek a boo effect. I’m not a scandalizable person, and I understand that boobs help to sell more copies, but I’m tired of seeing an interesting character like Starfire being treaten like the only thing she can be noticed for are her tits.”
      Which was really strange considering all the other female characters (Power Girl, Poison Ivy, Black Canary, Zatanna) were covered up even more. I don’t know why Starfire was the exception to the rule.

      “Why is he a “love him or hate him” writer, in your opinion?”
      That’s a really good question. I really think it boils down the portrayal of the characters. Some people can get really offended (i.e. Starfire and Tim Drake) about how he has changed these characters personalities and history. Comic fans can be really passionate and, while I’m not a fan either of these changes, I can look past it and for the most part he has flashes of excellence in his dialogue. On the flipside some of his lines become real clunkers. I think back to Roy Harper’s “Oh no he didn’t” line that was groan inducing and poorly timed. I think people also act out against him because of the amount of books he is on compared to other great creators (i.e. Gail Simone) and come into the book already knowing they’ll hate it before opening it up. I’ve loved his Superman run so far but his Red Hood and Teen Titans has flopped back in forth in quality. Teen Titans, though has been steadily improving in my mind. That’s just my take.

      Overall, I’m not jumping up and down at this creative change and if they don’t wow me right away, I’ll be jumping off pretty quick.

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