Favorite Comic Book Series: Atomic Robo
Favorite D&D Class: Wizard
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies N' Cream
All parents have expectations for their kids. Some want their children to grow up to be a doctor or take up the family business, while in Tomorrow Jones' case, her parents want her to be a superhero. As a second generation superhero who inherited her mother's powers, it's not that Tomorrow doesn't want to go into the heroing business, it's that she wants to do so on her own terms, instead of wearing a skimpy costume mimicking her mom's. But, her desires aren't taken seriously by her parents.
Creepy Scarlett is a figure from Sunnyville folklore. Some say she's a great evil who once destroyed Sunnyville, while others say she's heroic and saved the town, but no one is quite sure which story is true. In reality, Scarlett is some sort of supernatural entity who possesses superior combat abilities, a love of candy, and is trapped in Sunnyville's cemetery except on Halloween of each year, which is when our stories take place.
When I heard DC was going to be relaunching their universe from square one, I was intrigued because my least favorite part of superhero comics are the convoluted backstories and continuity; it's enough to make anyone confused. While in this case, the New 52 did not meet my expectations for all of their titles, I stuck with it, finding some titles I really enjoyed and some not so much. What I can say is I read at least a little bit of almost every title and now have a thorough appreciation for what the New 52 is and isn't. Below are the the titles I'm going to be sticking with, keeping an eye on, and a few that I don't see myself going back to anytime soon.
Epic Kill is the summer action film of comics. Comparisons to movies like Hanna or Kill Bill would not go amiss as 18-year-old Song goes after the man, Senator Rook, who killed her parents and best friend when she was a child.
Because Epic Kill is all about action, it's a good thing that Raffaele Ienco is able to bring these ridiculously awesome set pieces to life. Song comes across as confident, powerful, and an utter bada-- whether she's chasing her prey in a stolen big rig or taking out a pack of guards. And, explosions? Yeah, there are plenty of those, too.
This is one title that could benefit from a synopsis in the front. According to Wikipedia (which means it must be true), the story is about Conrad Paulson, a thief who screwed up his relationship with his ex-wife Audrey and his son Augustus and now is looking for ways to repair those relationships while changing his preferred marks from the rich to other thieves.
Flee is the story of two down-on-their-luck guys given the chance to be heroes, and one of them just happens to be an alien. Rigby Pinkerton is a bug exterminator who unknowingly is about to become part of an interstellar war between two races, the Sect and the Krill, while Flick Fleebus, a failed Sect military cadet, is placed in the position of potential savior to his people. The two stories begin independently to their detriment, as Flick's story comes across as a dime a dozen sci-fi story and Rigby's life is terribly mundane, but when they intersect at the end of the first issue, it leads to some really memorable moments as the seemingly generic stories act as a vehicle for a rarely explored concept in sci-fi. I'd love to say more, but it's worth getting to the experience yourself.
Kyosuke Kousaka doesn't have a great relationship with his sister, Kirino. Besides the fact that he's 17 and she is 14, Kirino is the popular girl at school and is also academically and athletically gifted while Kyosuke's just . . . not. This all changes when Kyosuke stumbles across an anime DVD in their house and discovers it belongs to none other than Kirino. His successful sister is also an otaku! From there Kyosuke becomes Kirino's only confidant in her fandom, which she is too embarrassed to reveal to others. Wanting his sister to be happy (and so she doesn't keep forcing him to play her computer games), Kyosuke starts to look for other outlets for Kirino's fandom and tries to get her to not be embarrassed of the things she loves.
School Daze is an RPG which takes high school and makes it fun. Think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, Saved by the Bell, The Breakfast Club, Veronica Mars, etc. How many great TV shows and movies took the setting of high school and made it fun? Now, you can too!
I first talked about School Daze when it was in its Kickstarter phase back in March. The rules haven't changed since then, though creator Tracy Barnett has added a lot of fluff to the setting for the book's official release.
52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.
What's better than one Batman? How about a global army of them? Someone has taken issue with a world full of Batmen and has started targeting them, taking them out one by one, and now the latest bounty is on the head of Robin, Batman's sidekick and his son.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW
I s--t you not, the three main characters of Trio are referred to as One, Two, and Three and have powers that mimic Paper (One), Scissors (Two), and Rock (Three). I wish I could say this cheesy gimmick sets the tone for Trio #4, but this comic tries to take itself too seriously, instead of going completely over the top. The same goes for the ready and available Fantastic Four parody (there's even a guest character who is basically Namor!), but if there are allusions to FF beyond the character similarities, they were too subtle for me to get.