Action Comics #1000 – Some Choice Moments

It’s here! The 1000th issue of Action Comics! After 80 years of publication the original Superman comic has reached the big 1000th issue milestone! WOOOOO!

There were many stand out moments in the issue and I even got a bit emotional on several occasions reading the book. It is a true celebration of everything that makes Superman a character that has stood the test of time. It mainly highlights why I am personally drawn to his adventures on a weekly basis. Truth, justice, hope, friendship and love. All that beautifully corny stuff is in here and displayed proudly in every story.

These are just some of my favourite pages from the issue that everyone should go out, buy and read IMMEDIATELY!

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Dark Nights: Metal – The Best Bits

If I am really enjoying a comic book storyline or event when the last issue comes out I like to gather together the series up to that point and a few key tie-ins. Then read it through it all again before consuming the final chapter. This does a couple of things for me the main one being that it really hypes up that final issue, the other that it allows me to look at the finer details and notice things I missed during my first reading.

So here are my favourite moments (in some sort of order) from across Dark Nights: Metal #1-6, Batman: Lost, Hawkman: Found and Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt:

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Invincible #144

After 15 years and 144 issues Invincible, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s other comic series comes to a close. With a special shoutout to Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker who’s work on art has made this one of most consistent and best looking comics I’ve had the joy of reading for the past decade and a half. I’m sad to see it end. However, now that it is finished I can happily say it is one of the best complete works of superhero fiction and one of the best comic books ever produced.

Action, adventure, romance, humour, horror. Invincible has it all. Each character and wrinkle added to the setting makes it a richer story. I have grown up with Mark and matured along with him as we’ve faced similar struggles, albeit his are a bit more dramatic. It has been supremely satisfying to read the conclusion and payoff for things set up over a decade ago. It may have brought a tear or two to my eye as I was reading the final issue knowing the end was in sight.

Comic books don’t get better than this folks!

Dragon Ball

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Without Dragon Ball you could argue that anime and manga wouldn’t be as popular as they are in the west. It laid the groundwork for a lot of modern action manga. Without it big modern franchises like Naruto, One Piece and My Hero Academia wouldn’t exist. Dragon Ball, a weird make it up as we go along manga defied expectations and evolved with its audience to become a true pop-culture phenomenon. Except unlike most pop culture touchstones Dragon Ball slowly spread across the world from country to country. Years between translations and releases in different territories to the point were you probably knew what the characters looked like before ever seeing one of the anime or manga.

Gotta love that cheesy opening song!

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ComiXology Star Wars Sale Buyers Guide

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ComiXology are getting on The Last Jedi hype starship and are running a huge sale on pretty much every Star Wars comic under the twin suns. Here’s some recommendations for people hungry for some more lightsabres, blasters and old Jedi Masters after seeing The Last Jedi.

The discount on all of the books is crazy cheap so it is worth having a browse of the full list and picking out a few things that take your interest.

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Bendis Moves From Marvel To DC

It was the Tweet heard around the (comics) internet. Brian Michael Bendis, arguably Marvel’s biggest writer is jumping ship to DC Comics. It is an announcement that has be met with equal parts surprise, excitement and hate. This is because this is the comics part of the internet were everyone needs to hate everything that happens.  Personally I am really excited because I am a huge fan of Bendis’ work at Marvel over the past couple of decades and I cannot wait to see what he does in the DC Comics sandbox.

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Currently Reading – Watchmen

Time for a re-read of Watchmen before Doomsday Clock kicks off later this month!

It’s great to see Steve back in the suit doing what he does best!

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Bruce Wayne Vs. The World

This mash up of the Dark Knight Trilogy and the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World trailer is awesome. Perhaps too awesome because it fits together so perfectly!

I feel a Nolan’s Batman re-watch coming from watching this…

2016 Strikes Again – RIP Darwyn Cooke

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I try not to throw in with the public outpourings of grief when a person of note passes away but today the world of comic books has lost one of the greats. Darwyn Cooke is no longer with us and the world is a lesser place because of it.

darwyn-cooke-justice-league-37If you are not familiar with Cooke’s work it has a beautiful, timeless quality to it. So full of life, colour and joy for what the medium can do. During his time in the industry he set a high bar for what comic book art can do. Every book with his name on is worth buying/reading from the modern age classic of New Frontier, to his work on the Watchmen prequel comics, to his character defining work on Catwoman. All of it is required reading.

So yeah, I think a large part of my weekend will be spent revisiting some of his best work. Incidentally ComiXology are running a sale on some of Cooke’s work for DC Comics so now is a good time to jump in and celebrate the work of one of the best artists to ever work in comic books.

RIP Darwyn Cooke.

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