GeekMom Comic Book Corner – April 4th, 2012

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

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One title jumps out at me this week: Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo.  Yes, it’s pricey at $49.99 but it collects all the Brave & the Bold team-ups drawn by a man many call the definitive Batman artist, even over Neal Adams and Jim Lee.  A great book for any Batman fan and the guest stars are from all over the DC Universe.

Avengers vs. X-Men #0 review  by Dakster Sullivan

Avengers vs. X-men #0 Copyright Marvel
Avengers vs. X-men #0 Copyright Marvel

This past week I picked up a copy of Marvel’s Avengers vs. X-Men #0 from my local comic book shop. I don’t usually read the paperbacks, but since the series is including a digital copy with each one, I figured why not. Without knowing anything about the current state of the X-Men / Avengers universe, I was a little lost on a few things. In the X-Men Animated Series, you rarely saw the Avengers. Since that was my only exposure to who was on the team, seeing Scarlet Witch as on of heroes threw me off.

*Spoiler Alert*

The story begins by giving you a look at the Avenger’s side of things. In the first few pages, it’s made clear that the Scarlet Witch is a disgraced Avenger. Against her better judgment, she is taken to the Avengers mansion by Ms. Marvel and Spiderwoman. Vision meets her at the front door and makes it clear that she is not wanted. I don’t know all the details of how Scarlet became an outsider to the team, but my heart broke for her. We are left seeing Ms. Marvel have sympathy for a crying Scarlet and she flies her away from the mansion.

The story eventually jumps to the X-Men side of things.  We meet Hope Summers, a teenager and messiah of the mutant race. She has a spat with Cyclops and runs off to help in a hostage situation that she hears over the police scanner. Cyclops and Emma Frost come to her aid and save her skin in a fight against the Serpent Society. We are left watching Hope wash blood off her hands while looking into the sky. My guess is that she is thinking about her fate as well as the coming of the Phoenix.

Between the two sides, I felt emotionally more connected with the Avengers than the X-Men. Hope’s story did not capture me at all. To be honest, I had to go back and re-read it before doing this review to remember what happened. It was far easier to remember Scarlett Witch and her situation than Hope’s. I can already see myself rooting for the Avengers.

What I’m Reading This Week by Kelly Knox: Flashpoint
In March, the five issue series Flashpoint was released as a graphic novel by DC Comics. Flashpoint follows Barry Allen as he wakes up in an alternate world where Superman is missing, Aquaman and Wonder Woman are engaged in a battle that has claimed millions of lives, and Batman is a changed man. Barry struggles to keep his memories of his own world while preventing the new one from collapsing in a devastating war.

I’ve been a fan of Barry Allen since The Flash television series in the 90’s — John Wesley Shipp made me swoon — so I was happy to read a story with Barry as the main character. I also enjoy “what if” stories even though they usually don’t amount to much; almost all of them end with a reset button and everything goes back to normal. But in the case of Flashpoint, it actually does matter. The timeline changes caused by the events of Flashpoint lead directly to the world of the New 52.

This Flashpoint novel is a collection of just five issues, so there isn’t much time to get invested in the alternate world, but it still tells a complete story. If you want to dive deeper into the horrific timeline that Barry finds himself in, there are other Flashpoint related story lines and issues to pick up.

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

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Action Comics #8

Action Comics #8
(Combo Pack Edition)

Action Comics #8
(Gary Frank VC)

Action Comics #8
(Rags Morales Black & White VC)

American Vampire #25

Animal Man #8

Batman #5
(Greg Capullo 3rd Printing VC)

Batman Beyond Unlimited #1
(Dustin Nguyen 2nd Printing VC)

Batman Gotham Shall Be Judged TP

Batwing #8

Detective Comics #8
(Combo Pack Edition)

Detective Comics #8
(Tony S. Daniel Black & White VC)

Detective Comics #8

Epic MAD TP

Fairest #2

Flash By Geoff Johns Omnibus Volume 2 HC

Flex Mentallo Man Of Muscle Mystery HC
(Deluxe Edition)

Green Arrow #8

Hawk And Dove #8 of 8

I Zombie #24

Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Volume 2 TP

Justice League #5
(Jim Lee & Scott Williams 2nd Printing VC)

Justice League International #8

Legends of The Dark Knight Jim Aparo HC

Looney Tunes #206

Men Of War #8 of 8

Night Force #2 of 6

O.M.A.C. #8 of 8

Red Lanterns #8

Saga of The Swamp Thing Volume 1 TP

Scooby-Doo Where Are You #20

Static Shock #8 of 8

Stormwatch #8

Stormwatch #8
(Miguel Sepulveda Black & White VC)

Swamp Thing #8

Swamp Thing #8
(Yanick Paquette Black & White VC)

Sweet Tooth #32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Age of Apocalypse #2

Age of Apocalypse #2
(Christian Nauck Avengers Art Appreciation VC)

Amazing Spider-Man #683

Amazing Spider-Man #683
(Gabriele Dell’Otto VC)

Amazing Spider-Man #683
(Mike Del Mundo Avengers Art Appreciation VC)

Avengers Academy #28

Avengers Hawkeye Solo TP

Avengers Legion of The Unliving TP

Avengers Mythos HC

Avengers vs X-Men #1 of 12

Avengers vs X-Men #1 of 12
(Avengers Team Comic Shop VC)

Avengers vs X-Men #1 of 12
(Blank VC)

Avengers vs X-Men #1 of 12
(John Romita Jr. VC)

Avengers vs X-Men #1 of 12
(Ryan Stegman Sketch VC)

Avengers vs X-Men #1 of 12
(Ryan Stegman VC)

Avengers vs X-Men #1 of 12
(X-Men Team Comic Shop VC)

Avengers West Coast Avengers Assemble TP

Brilliant #3
(Mark Bagley Regular Cover)

Brilliant #3
(David Mack VC)

Brilliant #3
(Michael Avon Oeming VC)

Casanova Avaritia #3 of 4

Daredevil #10.1

Fear Itself: The Fearless #12 of 12

Hulk #50

Hulk #50
(Arthur Adams VC)

Hulk #50
(Blank VC)

Hulk #50
(DCD Summit 2012 Inked VC)

Hulk #50
(Humberto Ramos VC)

Hulk #50
(Walter Simonson VC)

Marvel Universe Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Adventures Comic Reader #1

Marvel Universe Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Adventures Comic Reader #2

Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude Fury’s Big Week
#3 of 4 (was ‘Prelude To Marvel’s The Avengers’)

New Mutants #40

Secret Avengers #24

Spider-Man: The Return of Anti-Venom TP

Thunderbolts #172

Toy Story #2 of 4

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #9

Venom #15

Wolverine and the X-Men #8

Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha And Omega
#4 of 5

X-Club #5 of 5

 

Acronym Key:  VC = Variant Cover  / HC = Hard Cover / TP = Trade Paperback 

 

 

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.