GeekMom: Comic Book Corner — November 21st, 2012

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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe  Image: Copyright DC Comics
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Image: Copyright DC Comics

Happy Comic Release Day! Welcome to another installment of GeekMom Comic Book Corner, where we recap our adventures in comics for the week. This week we talk He-Man and the Masters of the Universe IssueAvengers Assemble and Library Wars: Love & War.

Dakster Sullivan — He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Issue #4 (of 6)

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,a  six-part mini-series, has been an amazing ride so far. In this series, He-Man’s world is not as it should be since Skeletor went back in time and screwed with everyone’s future. In each issue we see Adam (and eventually Teela), face off against one of Skeletor’s henchmen and get one step closer to dealing with Skeletor himself.

This issue focuses on Teela and Adam’s run in with Evil-Lyn and her Warlord, Man-At-Arms. Seeing Man-At-Arms fighting against Adam and not remembering Teela was interesting to say the least, but I could still see a sparkle of his old self trying to come through. Eventually, he, like Adam and Teela, starts to remember things of his former life, before Skeletor changed the course of history. The issue ends with a really good cliff hanger and I’m eager to see what happens next.

As far as the series goes, She-ra is absent from this world, and since I know absolutely nothing about the character, I’m not missing her. Skeletor is true to his evil roots in his dialog and his attitude towards his henchmen’s failures at killing Adam.

I’m really enjoying Teela’s character and I’m also very thankful the artists have taken the direction with her that they have. Even when a situation calls for her clothes to be a little more revealing (like when she is hung upside down while wearing a Tarzan like skirt), they don’t show too much of her skin. I feel they are really respecting the character and her body by not going all sex crazy with her attire and look.

The side story series, Masters of the Universe, as also been enjoyable and informative into the main characters back-stories  My favorite issue so far has been Orkos. I don’t know what I enjoyed more, the art or the banter between the characters.

If you are a fan of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, I highly recommend you check out this series. On a side note, I’ve heard a movie is in the works and in my opinion, if those in charge have any sense, they will look to this series for their inspiration on how to do it right.

You can pick up He-Man and the Masters of the Universe at your local comic book store or on Comixology.  Masters of the Universe is a digital only series, sold through the DC Comics app and Comixology.

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

Kelly Knox – Avengers Assemble #9 (Marvel Comics)

After reading the new Captain Marvel series, I’m a fan of writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. When I heard that she was taking over Avengers Assemble, I followed her there and picked up the latest issue last week. With fantastic dialogue reminiscent of the Avengers film, and a good-natured face-off between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, this is a great issue to get into the series.

Avengers Assemble #9  Image: Copyright Marvel
Avengers Assemble #9 Image: Copyright Marvel

Avengers Assemble #9, written by DeConnick with art by Stefano Caselli, is part of the Marvel Now! relaunch. The new story arc also brings Spider-Woman Jessica Drew into the mix, who is a welcome addition; I used to be a big fan of the character, and it’s nice to see her join in the fun here. (Go Team Sad!) Carol Danvers is also in the issue, and I’m hoping to see her get in the action more as well. Kelly Sue DeConnick mentioned on her tumblr page recently that the two will also be pairing up in future issues of Captain Marvel, so I’m already looking forward to seeing that.

As long as Kelly Sue DeConnick is involved in Avengers Assemble, I’m happily along for the ride. If you enjoyed the movie, I recommend giving this issue a try.

Rebecca Angel–Library Wars: Love & War Volume 6 and 7 Review

Library Wars Volume 7
Library Wars Volume 7

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 6 and Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 7 have brought this series to a new level. Kiiro Yumi has started to explore the side characters, and they aren’t filler. Shibazaki is the roommate of our main character Iku. Shibazaki is the prettiest girl in the library, popular, and extremely intelligent. Iku has relied on her in past situations needed a quick mind. In Volume 6, we see how being pretty has caused Shibazaki to distrust most women, who have only tried to jealously destroy her. Iku is not like most women, and their friendship is wonderful to read. This volume takes place on Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated in Japan, but in a slightly different way than in America.

Volume 7 puts Iku back in the spotlight, but she is accused of book burning by a jerk employee, who uses her as a scapegoat and then runs away. Only Dojo’s faithful team is keeping Iku from cracking under the constant interrogations and pressure from the higher authorities. Hikiru’s family past is catching up to him, and he suspects is behind the accusations on Iku. The graphic arrangement of panels, the quality of the art, the distinct character dialogue, and deepening plot have really given my kids and I a new manga to love. Check it out!

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


52 Omnibus HC
Batman Judge Dredd Collection HC
Batwoman #14
Birds Of Prey #14
Blackhawks Vol. 1 The Great Leap Forward TP
Blue Beetle #14
Catwoman #14
DC Universe Presents #14
Fables #123
Fairest Vol. 1 Wide Awake TP
Green Lantern New Guardians #14
Hellblazer #297
Justice League #14 (CP)
Legion Of Super-Heroes #14
MAD Archives Vol. 4 HC
Nightwing #14
Red Hood And The Outlaws #14
Saucer Country Vol. 1 Run TP
Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 4 TP
Supergirl #14
Sword Of Sorcery #2
Unwritten #43
Wonder Woman #14
Young Justice #22
All-New Marvel Backlist Reading Chronology #1
Amazing Spider-Man #698
Astonishing X-Men #56
Avengers #34 (Final Issue)
Captain America #1
Captain Marvel #7
Daredevil #20
Dark Avengers #183
Deadpool #2
Disney Fairies Magazine #10
Disney Pixar Cars Magazine #10
Essential Wolverine Vol. 6 TP
Fear Itself Deadpool Fearsome Four TP
Hawkeye #4
Indestructible Hulk #1
Iron Man #2
Journey Into Mystery #646
Minimum Carnage Alpha #1
Minimum Carnage Omega #1
Oz The Marvelous Land Of Oz TP
Secret Avengers By Rick Remender Vol. 2 HC (PE)
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #17
Ultimate Comics X-Men #18.1
Uncanny X-Force #34
Uncanny X-Force Vol. 5 Otherworld TP
Wolverine #316
Wolverine And The X-Men #21
X-Factor #247

Adventures Of Augusta Wind #1 (Of 5)
Contropussy GN
Danger Girl Danger-Sized Treasury Edition #3
Dungeons And Dragons Forgotten Realms #5
Frankenstein Alive Alive #2
Hawken TP
Judge Dredd #1
Library Of American Comics Essentials Vol. 1 Baron Bean HC
Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom #4 (Of 4)
Snake Eyes And Storm Shadow #19
Snake Eyes And Storm Shadow #19
Star Trek #15
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #11
Transformers Robots In Disguise #11
Angel And Faith Vol. 2 Daddy Issues TP
B.P.R.D. 1948 #2 (Of 5)
Baltimore The Play (OS)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Spike #4 (Of 5)
Dark Horse Presents #18
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm (OS)
Goon #43
Marked Man HC
Nexus Omnibus Vol. 1 TP
Number 13 #0
Star Wars Agent Of The Empire Hard Targets #2 (Of 5)
Trigun Maximum Omnibus Vol. 1 TP

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

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