Monday, December 13, 2010

Is It Wednesday Yet?

As you may or may not know, I recently deleted my tumblr account in an effort to get away from all the petty drama and to focus on this blog instead. I hope this will mean more regular posting here. I have several ideas for weekly and monthly features I want to do, but there's going to be a period of adjustment where I try things out and figure out what I'm comfortable with in terms of workload.

"Is It Wednesday Yet?" is my weekly preview of comic books, but I find myself always torn between featuring the comics that potential new readers out there might be interested in, or just posting a list of the stuff that I personally am interested in. Previously, I tried a top-10 approach, but I've decided to abandon that. For now, since I'm kind of assuming I don't really have any regular readers who come to this site to find out what to buy on a weekly basis, I'm just going to go with what's basically my pull list, plus whatever else catches my attention for whatever reason.

So this week...

Birds of Prey #7 (DC) - This has a new story line starting, the provocatively titled "Death of Oracle" (which I'm willing to bet will not actually involve the death of Barbara Gordon). But what's most exciting, though, is that there's a new regular artist on the book. And let me just say, about freaking time! Since the title relaunched earlier this year, Ed Benes (who was supposed to be the regular artist) suffered some health problems which resulted in the use of several fill-in artists who rushed to complete or take over the issues. And while none of those fill-in artists were bad, the result was a bunch of patched up issues from multiple artists with different styles. The series hasn't had a consistent issue yet. Hopefully that's about to change with Adrian Syaf and Vincente Cifuentes taking over art duties this month.

Meta 4 #4 (of 5) (Image) - Wow, this book is coming out really slowly. I don't even remember what happened in the first three issues. In fact, I'm not even sure I ever got around to reading the third issue. (Or was that the one Mike and I reviewed in Comic Carnage a few months ago? I could check, but I'm too lazy.) in any case, here's the penultimate issue.

Magus #1 (of 5) (12 Gauge) - I just sent an e-mail to my comic book store asking them to put an issue of this aside for me if they happen to get one, but since I didn't special-order it, there's a good chance it's not gonna happen. This looks pretty cool and it features art by the very awesome Rebekah Issacs. There's an interview with writers Jon Price and David Norton at Newsarama.

Stan Lee's Soldier Zero #3 (Boom) - It's only a matter of time before I drop the ball on this one. After the very problematic first issue and the rather lackluster second issue, I thought that would be it, but now I find myself considering giving it one more chance. It'll probably be a spur of the moment decision at the store.


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