GeekMom Comic Book Corner – March 14th

Happy Comic Release Day! Welcome to the second installment of GeekMom Comic Book Corner, where we recap our adventures in comics for the week.

New Releases for the week of March 14th: Corrina

Three items are on my radar this week.

Batgirl #7

My favorite comic of the DC new52. I finally received all my issues via mail order this week. (I order all my comics this way as there’s not a good local shop nearby.) Reading #3-6 in a row made me realize something. This is essentially the same Barbara Gordon she’s always been, right down to her not-always likable trait of refusing to accept help and going her own way. Her need to prove to herself that she can be a hero again despite the trauma of her shooting and her recovery from paralysis is the driving force behind this book. I loved seeing the progression in the first six issues, not only in her abilities, but in her letting other people in, even slightly, emotionally.

Shade #7

I wish this book was number one in sales and then DC could just have James Robinson write The Shade forever instead of writing other stories that I don’t like. The Shade, for those who aren’t familiar, is an immortal anti-hero who’s no longer quite human but somehow composed of some type of inky darkness. He appears human but his body isn’t. He had a supporting role in Robinson’s wonderful Starman series, one other miniseries, and now this miniseries. Because The Shade is immortal, we often get stories throughout history, but with twists, such as vampire pirates. The Shade’s driving force in this story is to find out who wants him dead or captured and that takes readers all over the world and into his past lives.

Saga #1 from Image Comics:

GeekMom interviewed artist Fiona Staples recently and the early reviews of this series have been spectacular. I’m looking forward to the first issue of this galactic, war-torn tale of lovers trying to hold their family together.

Superman for All Seasons review by Dakster Sullivan

Superman for All Seasons
Superman for All Seasons

This past week I picked up the DC Graphic novel “Superman for All Seasons. When I first saw the novel on DC Comics must read list, I was a little skeptical. I was guilty of judging a book by its cover (or more so, a comic book by its art). The art was beautiful, but it’s a totally different style than how you see the Man of Steel drawn today. I was hooked in the first few pages where it starts off at Superman’s beginning.

The story leads you through the four seasons and you see how Superman changes in Smallville and Metropolis. The action was minimum and nothing intense. Instead of seeing him fight a particular villain, you see him struggle with himself and who he is.  Lex Luthor is the main villain, and I saw him as more of a nuisance than anything else. I love Lois’ spunky attitude in the story. Overall it was a great story and a nice relaxing read.

Justice League International – March 7th recap *SPOILER ALERT* by Dakster Sullivan

I finally got my digital mitts on Justice League International #7 and all I can say is…wow…It only took 7 issues to kill off what seemed like a few major characters. In the first two pages two members of the team are in hospital beds, two of the founding UN employees and one JLI member are discovered to be dead. The ending was just as much of a cliff hanger as the previous and it introduced a new character, Batwing. I don’t know anything about this character so I am interested to see how he fares in helping Booster Gold fight the new villain Lightweaver.

Comics I’m Reading This Week – Mass Effect Volume 3: Invasion  by Kelly Knox

Mass Effect 3 released last week, so it’s the perfect time to catch up on the Mass Effect comic series! Thanks to Dark Horse Comics, I was able to get my hands on a preview copy of the Mass Effect Volume 3: Invasion trade paperback coming in April. The collection includes all of the Mass Effect: Invasion series, along with the short comic Conviction, which was previously only available online with a special code from comic retailers.

Mass Effect: Invasion follows the action on Omega, a space station players of Mass Effect 2 are well-acquainted with. Aria T’Loak is the ruthless, powerful leader of Omega and she fights an invasion of alien monsters with no holds barred. The story is fast-paced with references to military history and strategy that gives a sense of the larger conflict about to begin.
Mass Effect: Conviction is an introduction to the character James Vega. An Alliance solider with a dark past hinted at in these few pages, Conviction makes me more interested in getting to know him in Mass Effect 3.
These stories are a fantastic tie-in to the last installment in the Mass Effect game series and add even more depth to the game. Mass Effect Volume 3: Invasion will be released on April 2, 2012 by Dark Horse Comics.

Looking for something else, readers? Check out this week’s listed books from DC and Marvel:

Batgirl #7Batman And Robin #7

Batman Year One Deluxe Edition Hard Cover

Batwoman #7

Dc Universe By Moore Hard Cover

Dcu Online Legends Trade Paperback Vol. 2

Deathstroke #7

Demon Knights #7

Flashpoint World Of Batman Trade Paperback

Flashpoint World Of Superman Trade Paperback

Flashpoint World Of  Wonder Woman Trade Paperback

Frankenstein Agent Of Shade #7

Green Lantern #7

Grifter #7

Legion Lost #7

Mister Terrific #7

My Greatest Adventure #6 Of 6

Northlanders #49

Northlanders Trade Paperback Vol. 6

Ray #4 Of 4

Resurrection Man #7

Saucer Country #1

Scp Young Love Trade Paperback Vol. 1

Shade #6 Of 12

Suicide Squad #7

Superboy #7

Unwritten #35

 

 Astonishing Thor Trade Paperback

Avengers #24

Avengers Assemble #1

Avengers Children’s Crusade Hard Cover

Avengers Heroic Age Hard Cover

Avengers Korvac Saga Trade Paperback Np

Battle Scars #5 of 6

Captain America #9

Carnage Usa #4 Of 5

Daken Dark Wolverine #22

Elektra By Rucka Ult Coll Trade Paperback

Esn Hulk Tp Vol. 2 Np

Esn X-Men Tp Vol. 10

Fantastic Four #604

Incredible Hulk #6

Journey Into Mystery #635

Journey Into Mystery Fi Hard Cover

Mighty Avengers 8 Button Hard Cover

Northanger Abbey #5 of 5

Powers #9

Punisher #9

Scarlet Spider #3

Spider-Man Spider Sense Hard Cover

Stan Lee Secrets Behind Soft Cover

Super Heroes #24

Uc Avengers New Ultimates Trade Paperback

Uc X-Men #9

Uncanny X-Men Gillen Hard Cover Vol. 1

Wolverine And X-Men #7

X-23 #21

X-Men Legacy #263

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Dakster Sullivan is a network administrator by day and a cosplayer by night. She loves discovering new books to read, tech to play with, and ways to express her herself. She has anxiety and depression and strives to educate others about these invisible illnesses.