And Then I Read: SWAMP THING 29

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What a nice surprise for Alec Holland when The Sureen show up. They’re a cult that worships the avatar of The Green, and they present themselves as ready to help him in any way they can, including allowing him to occupy one of their human bodies for a time, something that appeals to Alec. But if something sounds too good to be true…  Meanwhile the other former avatars that he’s brought back from The Green with him are out making plans of their own that may or may not be in Swamp Thing’s best interests. Writer Charles Soule continues to entertain me on this book, and the art by Jesus Saiz is excellent.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: AQUAMAN 28

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Kind of nice to see Aquaman coming back to human level and dealing with sharks rather than immense monsters. As usual, he’s misunderstood by those he’s trying to help. And where might his trident be after he’s done here? A question that proves important in the issue. Meanwhile, Arthur Curry and Mera, back in the lighthouse on land, are invited to and attend his high school class reunion. Somewhat predictable (fish out of water), but fun. The reveal at issue’s end is going in an interesting direction. In all, I’m warming to the writing by Jeff Parker on this title, and the art by Pelletier and Parsons continues to be quite good.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: THE FLASH 28

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Writer Brian Buccellato is telling a story of ghosts and possession, and who better to guest-star than Deadman? But couldn’t they have used a better logo for the guy on the cover?

Used to be Deadman could only talk to living people when he was possessing one. That made conversation a little tricky at times. Seems no longer to be the case, as we have a long conversation between Flash and Deadman about the current serial murderer case Barry Allen is pursuing. Deadman gives him some good insights into what’s behind the murders, but not good enough to stop some very close to home. The art by Patrick Zircher is excellent.

Recommended.

And Then I Read: JUSTICE LEAGUE 28

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In a welcome relief from back stories of brutal criminals, this issue Geoff Johns gives us a new Metal Men. I’ve always enjoyed the characters, being a reader of their adventures since they began in SHOWCASE, and this version isn’t bad. One thing they’re missing is obedience to Doc Magnus, something he doesn’t like at all, but when the new Cyborg comes to Magnus looking for help with the villain problem, they seem like a possible solution. Of course a new version of Chemo, the Metal Men’s most interesting opponent is here, too. Fun stuff on this book for a change. The art is excellent, as usual.

Recommended.

Greetings, Asbury Park!

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I’ll be a guest at this fine convention next Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 AM each day. I’ll be sitting at space C-318 between good friends J.H. Williams III and John Workman. John and I will be doing a panel on “The Art of Lettering” at 11 AM Saturday, which I think should be fun for both of us. J.H. has a panel Sunday afternoon. Lots of other great pros will be there, too. I’ll have my signed prints for sale, and of course will be happy to sign anything I’ve worked on, which is a lot. Don’t bring it all! Hope to see you there, if you’re going.