a good time to get some reading done, Christmas, and digital comics
make it all the easier as I can just sit in a corner digesting Turkey
and pretending to listen to my mother as I read stuff on my laptop.
So, a few choice cuts that piled up as I prepared to move and that I
finally powered through over the break:
a surprisingly good series. Sex-obsessed, of course, because this
is Palmiotti and Conner we're talking about but setting up Starfire
with a Florida town as her "patch" is a good match. Her
relationships with the local sheriff and coast guard captain are
absolutely lovely. And Dick Grayson turns up at one point, which at
the moment is a sure fire sign of a fun issue.
Romancer: Promising, mainly since it doesn't pretend Lord Byron
wasn't an utter shit at times. At one point he waxes lyrical about
how he never met his daughter Ada and Lexy, our modern main character
lady, calls him on the fact he straight up abandoned the girl.
Structure is awful (these nine-parters are not coherent stories,
they'd be better off naming each chapter individually) but the
overall premise is strong and, frankly, it's all design porn made to
sell toys so there's a pretty low bar to jump and this sails high
above it. I was sold as soon as Batwoman turned up as a masked
baseball player who fights crime but if that hadn't worked then
Supergirl and Stargirl as Night Witches would certainly have done the
Knight III: The Master Race: bwahahahahahahahahaha!!! Awful yet
intriguing. Or, to put it another way: a modern Frank Miller comic.
Walker AKA Hellcat: Amazing. I love that they've retconned the
old '60s Patsy romance comics to be comics that exist in-universe
written by her mother about Patsy's teenage hi-jinks. There aren't
enough straight-up comedies in comics so this one's very welcome.
Hunt: Dan Abnett tries desperately to sort out the continuity
nightmare of the New 52 classic Titans? Curious premise but I'm three
issues in and it's grabbing me but that might just be the Doctor Who
fan training kicking in to make me love this kind of continuity
wrangling. Just about everything Abnett writes featuring Dick Grayson
is gold but he's practically shackled to the Finch “kill
everything” version of Donna Troy and Lobdell's “no such thing as
recovery” Roy Harper.
The Immaterial Girl: This comic is insane and I especially loved
the issue that seamlessly switched from guest DJing to magical duel.
Beyond that the series has a fantastic spin on the age-old idea of
what it means to sell one's soul.