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Oh my goodness! I actually had time to do some reading this week. I was so excited to read the final volume of Madame Xanadu, and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. This was more of a short story anthology than anything else, but the stories were very strong. Chrissie Zullo’s issue was my definite favorite. I loved her art on the Cinderella covers, and I am so happy to see how well she transitions to sequential work. Yay!

I also read some Invincible, but on the podcast I call it “Incredibles” for awhile. I am happy to say that I am still enjoying Invincible quite a bit. That said, Boom’s Incredibles comics are also really good. You should read those too.

Finally I got to some Flashpoint. I found the finale to the Wonder Woman series to be sort of a waste of story telling. It was almost entirely recap and wrap-up without a whole lot of development. I still liked it more than the Secret Seven series though. The only redeeming thing in that for me was the presence of Princess Amethyst of Gemworld. I loved those comics as a kid, and it was cool to see her again, even if it was some weird alternate universe. The winner this week for me was Deadman and the Flying Graysons. I really enjoyed the story, seeing Dick as a young man who grew up in the Circus with the love and support of his parents. I also really liked the artwork. It was rich and solid. It was actually almost comforting in spite of the death and destruction going on.

Also, just look at that cover there. Does Deadman look like Batboy or what?!

So next week I will be in Minnesota visiting family. There will definitely not be a podcast in time. Panic not! I will be back the following week with news of fried food on sticks (Minnesota State Fair), and people wearing bad doublets (Minnesota Renaissance Festival)

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Super short podcast this week. I only had about 20 minutes to read, so I inhaled the comics as fast as I could. Even with that I was not disappointed. The World of Flashpoint mini series makes for a great read. It’s a nice check-in with a lot of favorite characters to see what they are up to in this reality. My favorite was Guy Gardner running his bar Warriors, and making people take their fights outside because he now follows a path of peace.

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As I tell you on today’s show, the secret reason that I have been away for so long is that I have had a baby. He’s 3 months old now, and I am just starting to get my feet under me again. I am back at work in a very part-time way, and I am learning to find time to read. From here on out my process will be very different, and you will probably start to see changes here as I learn to streamline the new system.

This week I binge-read a bunch of Flashpoint Comics. I am pleasantly surprised with the stories that I have read so far, and am excited to read more. I am also starting to get sort of pumped about the DC Reboot coming up, even if I have a few fears and reservations. We’ll just have to see what the future brings…

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Batwoman Lives!! Probably for real this time! Maybe..

Today DC announced a new ongoing series written and drawn by J.H. Williams III, with Amy Reeder Hadley coming in on art for the second arc.  To say I’m excited would be a huge understatement, but I’m also a little wary.  After several announcements over the last couple of years about a Batwoman title, I’m afraid I’ll have to see it to believe it. Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool expresses this sentiment very succinctly: “But I’m grown very distrustful of Batwoman announcements. Odds are before publication, it’ll suddenly be relegated to a back up strip, then online online, then postponement for a crossover series then it’ll vanish hoping no one will notice.” *sigh*

The Batwoman run of Detective was the first mainstream superhero comic I ever subscribed to.  I read the first issue and called up Matt (who handles subscriptions) with the issue still in my hand.  I had to have it.  I’ve been chomping at the bit to do a formal review of it, but I have been waiting for the collection to come out.

When Greg Rucka announced a couple of weeks ago that he was leaving DC, I was heartbroken.  This character has filled a spot in my monthly pulls that will leave a vacuum when she’s gone. I was just starting to get used to the idea that she was going to be out of Detective after Bruce Wayne’s mighty return, but with Rucka gone it seemed like she was just going to vanish into the mists, maybe to be pulled out for a big crossover or to be killed to set up someone’s revenge story.

If they do actually get this new series out, it will be an automatic add to my pull list.  With Williams doing the art and story, I can’t say no.  With Amy Reeder Hadley for the second arc, I will probably sit in my car in the parking lot of The Comic Book Shop on a Wed night to read it.

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Episode 28

So everything that I read has been coming out in trades lately, and I have been reading like mad.  Unfortunately I have been snowed under with random, time consuming stuff, so all the awesome comics I have been reading have been accumulating in a large, sad pile.  On top of that, Brian Cronin over at Comic Book Resources has been doing his “Year of Cool Comics” Series, and it keeps making me throw stuff on the pile.  So he’s to blame for this one.

Wonder Woman’s face bugs me

JLA Earth 2 Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely

This is the story of 2 earths.  One we know very well.  The JLA are Earth’s protectors, and Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman heroic ideals. On the other Earth, the anti-matter Earth, the citizens live in fear of the Crime Syndicate of Amerika and their horrible destructive whims, and Lex Luthor is a benevolent genius who only wants to help his people.

I really had a good time reading this.  It’s eccentric in that special Grant Morrison way, and his insanity works really well here.  I love they way the Crime Syndicate characters are shown to be the opposites of their good guy counter-parts.  Superwoman in the broom closet with Jimmy Olsen while the wimpy Lt Kent listens outside just cracked me up.  Especially Lt Kent’s little mustache.

I have a huge back log of books to get through, so I’m going to try to crack out a bunch of these quick little 5 minute things, one book at time.  In the meantime, I need to get downstairs for the new episode of Lost.

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