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GeekMom: Comic Book Corner — December 19th, 2012

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Batman Li'l Gotham Issue #3
Batman Li’l Gotham Issue #3

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

Dakster Sullivan — Batman: Li’l Gotham

In continuing my holiday comic book theme, I was very excited to check out this months issue of Batman: Li’l Gotham, focuses on the December Holidays and in true winter fashion, Mr. Freeze is our main villain in this issue. The past couple of issues have been a lot of fun to read and this issue is full of both humor and heart. Both the writer (Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen) and the artist (Dustin Nguyen) do a great job at capturing the characters in this unique digital comic book series.

After the orphanage choir never makes it to the Gotham tree lighting ceremony, Batman and Nightwing head out to investigate why. What they find is a bus of frozen adults and a snow globe of happy children, in the “protection” of Mr. Freeze.

My favorite versions of Mr. Freeze are the ones where he has a heart, but uses it the wrong way. In this story, he does just that, claiming to be the children’s protector from the the cruelness of the Gotham City streets.

The issue has a very touching ending and includes a new version of “Jingle Bells”, sung by none other than the Joker. I highly recommend you check it out this holiday season. It’s a great story to read with the kids or alone on a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Batman: Li’l Gotham is only available digitally and can be found on Comixology or through the DC comic book app.

Curious to know what I’m pulling this week? Check out my pull list on Comixology.

Kelly Knox – Masters of the Universe #8

When I read the news last Wednesday that the latest Masters of the Universe digital issue was a one-shot story telling the origins of She-Ra, I couldn’t wait to get it downloaded. Although I have fond memories of watching She-Ra: Princess of Power as a girl, I couldn’t tell you much about it now, so I was looking forward to the refresher.

Masters of the Universe #8, written by Mike Costa, is a re-telling of the She-Ra story from the children’s cartoon, but it definitely isn’t for kids. Princess Adora was stolen from her parents by Hordak, raised by Shadow Weaver, and renamed Despara. She now commands troops in Hordak’s armies, leading them on relentless rampages across Etheria. The dark undertone of the book is infused with red flames on every page, highlighting the attention-grabbing art by Drew Johnson.

The issue was over much too quickly, so I’m sure I’ll find myself following She-Ra to the pages of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe to finish her story. This was an unexpected and fun read this week, and as a $.99 digital-only issue, it’s worth the time for anyone who wants to see the Princess of Power in action again.

Corrina–Christmas Superhero stories!

Continuing Dakster’s theme of Christmas stories, I found this wonderful list of The 25 Best Comic Book Christmas Stories. That’s what sent me to this gem by Bob Haney and Alex Toth that was originally published in Our Army At War, “Dirty Job” about the Roman soldier just following orders. The panel to the left is the last one in the story.

And something else for this  Christmas: I’m wondering what kind of reader present I am going to get from Gail Simone.

As I wrote last week, she was unceremoniously fired via email from her work on Batgirl. But she’s been posting on Facebook about being happy to write some of her favorite female characters soon. Which seems a big tease, like one of those presents where unwrapping one box leads to another wrapped box.

I have some guesses and they involve work at Marvel that includes Black Widow or maybe the X-Men ladies, as Simone has often talked on her forums about liking the female friendships between the X-Men. Still, it’s hard to pick a title because Marvel just shuffled all its creative teams in current books and launched several new titles with steady creative teams. I’m hopeful that whatever Simone does next, it’s a title created for and by her, whether at Marvel or not. But I’m dreaming of an original SHIELD series that includes Sharon Carter. Okay, my dream of dreams is Simone back on DC’s Birds of Prey but since those characters are different in DC’s rebooted universe and since DC doesn’t seem open to Simone’s take on characters, that’s a dream not even Santa can make come true.

Attention Readers! I need your suggestions!!

Last week, I put out a call for suggestions of must read comic book series and graphic novels and I’m putting out that same call again this week! I’m a comic book newbie who wants to learn more about this amazing world I’ve discovered. Leave me a comment with your suggestion and I will add it to my reading list for 2013. My goal is to read everything by the end of the year and report back to you each week in Comic Book Corner with what I’ve read.

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

Batgirl #14
Dark Knight Returns Action Figure Box Set
Batwoman #15
Before Watchmen Moloch #2
Birds Of Prey #15
Blue Beetle #15
Catwoman #15
DC Universe Presents #15
Django Unchained #1 (Of 6)
Fables #124
Green Lantern #15
Green Lantern New Guardians #15
Hellblazer #298
He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe #5 Of 6)
JSA The Liberty Files The Whistling Skull #1 Of 6)
Legion Of Super-Heroes #15
MAD Magazine #519
Nightwing #15
Red Hood And The Outlaws #15
Supergirl #15
Sword Of Sorcery #3
Unwritten #44
Wonder Woman #15
Young Justice #23
A+X #3
All-New X-Men #4
Astonishing X-Men #57
Avengers #2
Avengers Arena #2
Avengers By Brian Michael Bendis Vol. 4 HC PE
Avengers Mythos TP
Cable And X-Force #2
Captain America #2
Captain America And Black Widow #640 (Last Issue)
Captain Marvel #8
Captain Marvel Vol. 1 In Pursuit Of Flight TP
Castle A Calm Before The Storm #1 (Of 5)
Daredevil #21
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Vol. 6 HC PE
FF #2
FF By Jonathan Hickman Vol. 3 TP
Gambit #7
Halo Fall Of Reach Invasion TP
Hawkeye #6
Incredible Hulk By Jason Aaron Vol. 2 HC
Indestructible Hulk #2
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 11 The Future HC PE
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 9 Demon TP
Journey Into Mystery #647
Marvel Masterworks The X-Men Vol. 5 TP
Scarlet Spider #12.1
Secret Avengers #35
Spider-Man Trouble On The Horizon TP
Thor God Of Thunder #3
Thunderbolts #2
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #18
Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #19
Uncanny X-Force #35 (Last Issue)
Venom #28
Wolverine And The X-Men #22
Wolverine And The X-Men By Jason Aaron Vol. 4 HC PE
Wolverine Back In Japan TP
X-Factor #249
X-Man Dance With The Devil TP
X-Men Legacy #3
X-Men Legacy Back To School TP
X-Treme X-Men #8

Alan Robert’s Killogy #2 (Of 4)
Archie Best Of Dan DeCarlo Vol. 1 TP
Classic Popeye #5
Joe Palooka #1 (Of 6)
Judge Dredd #2
Judge Dredd The Complete Brian Bolland HC
Locke And Key Omega #2 (Of 7)
Mars Attacks #6
Snake Eyes And Storm Shadow #20
Sparrow Hardcover Box Set
Star Trek 100-Page Spectacular Winter 2012
Star Trek The Next Generation Doctor Who Assimilation2 #8 (Of 8)
Star Trek The Next Generation Hive #3 (Of 4)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Vol. 3 TP
Top 100 Fantasy Movies SC
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #12
Transfusion #2 (Of 3)
True Blood Vol. 1 Where Were You HC
Angel And Faith #17
B.P.R.D. 1948 #3 (of 5)
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #102 (The Return Of The Master Part 5 Of 5)
Black Beetle Night Shift #0 OS
Dark Horse Presents #19
Darksiders II Death’s Door Vol. 1 HC
Empowered Special #3
Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories #5 (Of 5)
Number 13 #1
Oh My Goddess Vol. 43 TP
Orchid Vol. 2 TP
R.I.P.D. City Of The Damned #2 (Of 4)
Rotten Apple OS
Space Family Robinson Archives Vol. 5 HC
Star Wars Agent Of The Empire Hard Target #3 (Of 5)
Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi The Prisoner Of Bogan #2 (Of 5)

Acronym Key:  VC = Variant Cover  / HC = Hard Cover / TP = Trade Paperback  / CP = Combo Pack  / PE = Premier Edition / OS = One Shot

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