Digital Overload – Week of November 23, 2012

With the holiday cutting my writing week short, I am just doing some mini-reviews and the digital list for the week. I am hoping to have a focus on Thrillbent next week!


Digital First Releases On Comixology this week

DC Comics

Ame-Comi Girls #11

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Artist by: Eduardo Francisco
Colored by: Wes Hartman
Lettered by:Wed Abbott

This issue mostly focuses on Atom attempting to perform microscopic surgery on Supergirl to remove some black kryptonite from her body while Power Girl is trying to physically restrain her cousin.

I liked Atom’s background quite a bit. I thought it made for a really interesting take on the character, and fit really well with the world they have been setting up in Ame-Comi.

That said, the real highlight of this issue for me was the introduction of Sinestra on the last page. Thankfully, she doesn’t look anywhere near as cartoony as she did on the cover…actually, she kind of looked badass, as a female version of one of my favorite villains should.

My major gripe is that this second arc for Ame-Comi has felt a little all over the place at times, and they really need to start pulling it all together into one narrative soon.

Rating: 8.0/10

Arrow #7

Story by Marc Guggenheim & Andrew Kreisberg
Script by Beth Schwartz
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Colored by David Lopez and Santi Casas of Ikari Studio
Lettered by Wes Abbott

Another real strong standalone issue of Arrow. Ollie’s friend Tommy Merlin wants to take him out for a night on the town, but Ollie’s alter ego has been accused of stealing some jewels. With the help of his associate Diggle, Ollie tries to maintain both aspects of his life at the same time, and ends up once again failing at being Ollie, even as he has success as the Hood.

Some of my favorite moments in the show are when Ollie is trying to balance his two lives, and this issue shows that perfectly.  One thing I really want to see is one of these issues expand some on Ollie’s time on the island.  This format seems like it would be ideal to expand on some of the flashback sequences this show does so well.

Rating:8.5/10

Justice League Beyond #15

Written by Derek Fridolfs & Dustin Nguyen
Pencils by Dustin Nguyen
Inks by Derek Fridolfs
Colored by Randy Mayor
Lettered by Saida Temofonte

It really is never easy to bring a huge 12 part story to a finish, but the JLB team did it brilliantly here. Loose ends from Kobra’s massive attacks are dealt with, long lost characters return (including Mister Miracle who has long been a favorite character), and we start to see the Justice League heading in an entirely new direction.

I loved all the character moments here, including Waller and Superman mourning Jimmy Olsen’s sacrifice (what is with digital comics and making Jimmy into some uberhero?), and Bruce talking about everything that has happened to Jason Blood over the years.

I also loved the impact of the last moment with Darkseid tossing Kobra’s spellbook into the firepits as “Less than Nothing.” I can’t even tell you why, but I felt like spiders crawled up my spine when he said that.

Justice League Beyond continues to be a great addition to the Beyond line, and I am definitely looking forward to see the team start to rebuild after this long and satisfying arc.

Rating: 8.5/10

Smallville #22

Written by Bryan Q. Miller
Penciled by Kevin West
Inked by Marc Deering
Colored by Carrie Strachan
Lettered by Saida Temofonte

I have to admit, when I saw that cover, I really thought that was Steel. Was kind of disappointed that it was just Clark wearing an armor that Batman designed for him.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago back in our Top Seven Guilty Pleasures column, I have never really even watched Smallville, but I liked Bryan Q. Miller’s work on Batgirl, and was drawn in by the rumor of Stephanie Brown as Nightwing. Even though that ended up not being true, I have still liked this book quite a bit! It is probably the best portrayal of Superman and Green Arrow that DC puts out right now!

This issue continues Superman and Batman’s battles against Mister Freeze and Toyman. Seeing how the “World’s Finest” heroes met and became allies in the Smallville universe has been just awesome. This arc has gone on for 10 issues now, but I am no where ready for it to be over!

Rating: 8.5/10


Other digital books that came out this week that I didn’t read:

DC Comics
Batman: Arkham Unhinged #52
Legends of The Dark Knight #25

Evil Twin
Action Philosophers #13
Action Philosophers Collection

Arcana
A Cat Named Haiku 2 – The Dust Bunny Trade
Flee #4
Creepsville Collected Edition

Alterna
The End is Totally Nigh #2

Archaia
Pantalones, TX #2

Archie
Betty & Veronica Shopping Spree!
Archie: The Adventures of Hot Dog

Aspen
Charismagic: Sparkles

Th3rd World
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones #3


ComiXology New Releases for the Week of November 19th, 2012

New Digital Comics for Tuesday, November 20th

Marvel
New Mutants #8-17
Punisher #1- 6
Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution #1
Marvel Zombies 5 #1 – 5
X-Men: Legacy #254 – 258

New Digital Comics for Wednesday, November 21st

Same Day as Print

Abstract Studio
Terry Moore’s How to Draw Collected Edition
Rachel Rising Vol. 2 Collected Edition

Archie
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #207
Sonic Universe #46

Aspen
Kiani Vol. 2 #4

BOOM! Studios
Hellraiser #20
Peanuts #4
Bravest Warriors #2
Steed and Mrs. Peel #3

DC Comics
Batwoman #14
Birds of Prey #14
Blue Beetle #14
Catwoman #14
DC Universe Presents #14
Green Lantern: New Guardians #14
Justice League #14
Legion of Super-Heroes #14
Nightwing #14
Red Hood and the Outlaws #14
Supergirl #14
Sword of Sorcery #2
Wonder Woman #14
Young Justice #22

Dynamite Entertainment
The Bionic Man #14
Dark Shadows #10
The Shadow #8
The Spider #6
Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #3
Voltron #9

IDW
Adventures of Augusta Wind #1
Frankenstein Alive, Alive! #2
Judge Dredd #1
Kiss #6
G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes Ongoing #19
Transformers: Robots in Disguise #11
Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms #5
The Crow #5
The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #4
Star Trek: Ongoing #15

Image
Clone #1
Comeback #1 (Of 5)
Darkness #108
Glory #30
It Girl & The Atomics #4
Retrovirus HC
Revival #5
Savage Dragon #183
Walking Dead TP Vol. 17 Something To Fear
Witchblade Rebirth TP Vol. 02

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man #698
Astonishing X-Men #56
Avengers #34
Captain America #1
Captain Marvel #7
Daredevil #20
Dark Avengers #183
Deadpool #2
Hawkeye #4
Indestructible Hulk #1
Iron Man #2
Journey Into Mystery #646
Minimum Carnage: Omega #1
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #17
Ultimate Comics X-Men #18.1
Uncanny X-Force #34
Wolverine & The X-Men #21
Wolverine #316
X-Factor #247

Papercutz
Dance Class #3

Valiant
XO-Manowar (2012) #7
Harbinger (2012) #6

Vertigo
Fables #123
Hellblazer #297
The Unwritten #43

Zenescope
Grimm Fairy Tales #79
Godstorm #2

New & Noteworthy Back Catalogue

Action Lab
Double Jumpers #1

Antarctic
How to Draw Aliens
Gold Digger #81 – 82, #84

Arcana
All Fall Down #3 – 4

Archaia
Dare Detectives Vol. 1 Collected Edition

Archie
Jughead and Friends Digest #26 – 27
Jughead Double Digest #142
Archie: The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.
Sonic Archives v11
Sabrina Manga #14 (71)

Aspen
Soulfire New World Order

Aardvark Vanaheim
Cerebus High Society (Cerebus #33) #8

Asylum
Asylum of Horror #2 (Web Only)
Eeek! Collected Edition

Bongo
Simpsons Comics #195
Maggie #1

Creator Owned (Four Horsemen)
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse #4

DC Comics
Action Comics (1938-2011) #778 – 784
Batman: Gotham Adventures #36
Booster Gold (2007-2011) #23
Catwoman (1993-2001) #13- 14
Checkmate (2006-2008) #9
Doom Patrol (1987-1995) #3 – 4
Green Lantern (1976-1986) #174 – 175
Green Lantern (1990-2004) #7 – 8, #94
Impulse #35 – 36
JLA: Classified #39
Jonah Hex (2006-2011) #59
JSA (1999-2006) #26
Justice League Task Force (1993-1996) #24
Justice League Unlimted #11 – 12
Legion of Super-Heroes (1989-2000) #39
Steel (1994-1998) #1 – 4
Suicide Squad (1987-1992) #8
Superboy (1994-2002) #46 – 47
Wonder Woman (1987-2006) #133 – 134
Young Justice (2011-) #3

Dynamite
Army of Darkness vol. 2 #15 – 17

Fantagraphics
Abandoned Cars GN

Hermes Press
Sparrow and Crow #2

IDW
Transformers: Animated Vol. 10
Transformers: Animated Vol. 11
Transformers: Animated Vol. 12
Transformers: Animated Vol. 13
The Crow Midnight Legends, Vol. 2: Flesh & Blood
Kiss: Greatest Hits Vol. 2

Image
Ant #5 – 8

Ishimori
Cyborg 009 vol. 3

Keenspot
Sore Thumbs #13
No Pink Ponies #3

Kickstart
Divine Wind

Papercutz
Hardy Boys Vol. 8
Nancy Drew Vol. 14
Geronimo Stilton Vol. 6

SLG
Emo Boy #1
Sanctuary #6

Top Shelf
The Man Who Loved Breasts

Valiant
Ninjak (1994) #5 – 10

Vertigo
DMZ #68
Hellblazer (1988- ) #258 – 260
House of Mystery (2008-2011) #38 – 39
Madame Xanadu (2008-2011) #15
Sandman Mystery Theatre (1993-1999) #8
Shade, The Changing Man (1990-1996) #16

Zenescope
Grimm Fairy Tales Bad Girls

New Digital Comics for Thursday November 21st

Collections & Graphic Novels

Marvel
Iron Man Masterworks Vol. 2
New Avengers Vol. 12: Powerloss
Runaways Vol. 7: Live Fast
Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol.4: Inhuman
Vengeance
X-Factor Vol. 3: Many Lives of Madrox

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