006 Metamorpho: Two Worlds One Destiny

This is the third trade I've read reprinting stories from the Legends Of Tomorrow anthology book DC recently published.  I was pleasantly surprised by the first two books I read.  Metal Men and Firestorm.  There was a real focus in both those books to start to undo the damage the New 52 did and to try to find the heart of the characters again.  To bring the books back to where they actually worked.  Metamorpho is slightly different, but very much the same in those regards.  As far as I can tell, this is his first New 52 appearance, so there isn't a whole lot of "fixing" that needs to be done.  If he has appeared already, I'm unaware of it.  This book is his New 52 (or Rebirth) origin story.  What I like about it is Aaron Lopresti has taken the core cast and thought about how they might have been introduced in a modern setting.  And it works.  Simon Stagg is pretty much Simon Stagg.  Sapphire Stagg, his daughter, is anything but a spoiled socialite this time around.  She's an accomplished scientist and it doesn't seem to take away much from the character.  It adds another layer, if you ask me.  The Sapphire of the 60s worked well then, but I can't see making her a Kardashian clone working well.  Java has been given an upgrade, too.  And again, I think it works well.  

While the story itself wasn't my favorite, it does show a lot of potential for the character.  DC remains true to Metamorpho, which makes me very happy.  I didn't much care for how the book ended, but hopefully that will be addressed in the near future.

Metamorpho: Two Worlds One Destiny
Writer: Aaron Lopresti
Artist: Aaron Lopresti, Matt Banning, Jonathan Glapion, Livesay
DC Comics


005 Secret Six Vol 02: The Gauntlet

Odd, this is the fifth trade I've read this year so far and the fourth one to be Volume 2.  I think it's odd.

Anyway, Gail Simone's Secret Six was a book I loved back in the day.  You could tell she had the best time writing the book.  Full of irredeemable characters, she probably had more liberty to do things with them than she would have on Birds of Prey or Batgirl.  I was bummed when the book went away when DC did their ill-conceived New 52.  I was thrilled when I heard they were letting her bring the book back.  And now, this is where I'm torn on this book.

Gail was forced to re-introduce the characters from the old book she wanted to use, many of them appearing in the New 52 Universe for the very first time.  She got to create some new characters for the book, too.  And that's a shame, because you can tell she really was held back by the fact that, for all intents and purposes, these were ALL brand new characters with no history.  History that the characters had and new history she built on that base.  

This trade contains two stories.  The first one felt like it ended abruptly for no good reason.  The second was much better, not that the first one was bad.  Classic Gail storytelling.  But with strangers with familiar names.  Also, she got to reintroduce Elongated Man into the New 52 universe.  Even with her deft skills, I don't like what she did with him.  I don't know how much of that was her doing and how much of it was editorial, but I just didn't care for his reintroduction.  And near the end, he got his costume back and it instantly reminded me not of any of his previous costumes, but my first thought was Joe Staton's E-Man.

The book is good.  The stories are solid.  The art is beautiful.  I just felt like they were wasted on this shadows of characters.

Secret Six Vol 02: The Gauntlet
Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Dale Eaglesham, Tom Derenick

004 Spider-Woman Vol 02: Shifting Gears - Civil War II

Much like Pasty Walker aka Hellcat from a couple posts ago, this is another book Marvel has given a lighter touch to.  I will admit that I was skeptical about this whole Batgirling of Spider-Woman.  She didn't seem the type of character that this would work with.  To me, at least.  I was against the costume redesign.  I was really against the having a baby thing.  But I still like the character, so I tried it.  And you know what?  I was mostly wrong about everything.  While I'm still not sure I like the baby part of her history now, it is growing on me.  And the book's tone is perfect.  The costume fits the mood of the book and I like where this is going.  Also, this trade crosses over into the widespread Civil War II crossover, but it only really touches the fringes of it, sort of like the Hellcat trade did.  I'm loving watching the relationship between Spider-Woman and Captain Marvel grow and change because of what's going on in the Marvel U.  Read this book. It's good.

Spider-Woman Vol 02: Shifting Gears - Civil War II
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Javier Rodriguez, Veronica Fish
Marvel Comics


003 Lone Ranger Vol 02: Lines Not Crossed

Last year when I was in Austin, Texas on vacation, I was poking around the Half Price Books store there for something different to read.  I picked up the first volume of The Lone Ranger.  And I devoured it all in one sitting.  I remember watching the Lone Ranger tv show in reruns as a kid, but I don't remember too much about it.  I certainly don't remember going deep into his origin, so I don't know how much of this is new and how much of it is canon.  But it's fascinating to me and I love this series so much.  Dynamite publishes a lot of licensed stuff and every time I pick another one up, I just want to read more and more.  Another series I highly recommend.

Lone Ranger Vol 02: Lines Not Crossed
Writer: Brett Matthews
Artist: Sergio Cariello
Art Director: John Cassaday
Dynamite Comics

002 Patsy Walker Aka Hellcat 02: Dont Stop Me-Ow

I'm enjoying the hell (no pun intended) out of this series.  I'm long loved Hellcat and felt that she was always getting the short end of the stick.  I love that Marvel has taken a handful of books are injected a lot of levity into them without making them too cartoonish.  I'm madly in love with some of these books.  They aren't heavy, they make me laugh out loud and they've expertly executed.  While the tone is lighter, there are some serious moments in the book, like dealing with the fallout with She-Hulk from the latest Civil War mini-series.  The art can get just a little too cutesy sometimes, but it still fits the tone of the book perfectly.  I highly recommend this book.

Patsy Walker Aka Hellcat 02:  Dont Stop Me-Ow
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Brittney Williams
Marvel Comics

001 Metal Men: Full Metal Jacket

This blog has been sitting here and collecting dust for a while now.  I've decided that I want to track what I'm reading this year, and this is as good a place as any to track.  So I'm going to do very short blog posts about the books I'm reading during the course of 2017.

The first book I finished was Metal Men: Full Metal Jacket.  It collects the stories that originally ran in the Legends Of Tomorrow mini-series.  I already read the Firestorm trade and was pleasantly surprised by it, so I thought I would try this.  Len Wein has never been my favorite writer, but he was always reliable to turn out entertaining stories.  It's been years and years since I've read anything he's written, so I was wary.  I shouldn't have been.  I really enjoyed this book.  Len immediately found the heart of this team, something that's been missing for years.  I find the New 52 character designs to be rather distracting.  I think the original designs work best.  Very simple designs.  There's a way to use those, even with an update, and still seem modern.  These designs are very 90s looking and kind of awful.  By the end of the story, the team does get a redesign, but they go from bad to worse.  That's the only thing about this book I hated.  

Metal Men: Full Metal Jacket
Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Yildiray Cinar, Trevor Scott
DC Comics