Aaron Haber

Comic Book A Day – Day 64 – Red Lantern #0 (2012)

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It’s hard to have a conversation with this guy. What with all the vomiting acid blood and all.

In Red Lanterns #0, we learn the origin of Atros who later becomes Atrocitus.  It’s a pretty straight forward origin, but it gives some “humanity” and sympathy to a character who is best known for simply being pissed, evil and angry all the time.

This is a decent book and maybe in the bottom half of the top half of the zero books I’ve read, but what I liked was that it gave a definitive origin to a character as opposed to just some more tease for things that are coming up in the future.

I’ve dropped Red Lanterns (and all the Lantern books actually), and this story isn’t going to make me pick it back up, but as a stand alone issue, I would recommend it.

I’m giving Red Lanterns 0 (2012) 3 out of 6 possible Aarons.

Well Red,

Aaron Haber
@aaronhaber
aaron@theworldnyc.com

 

 

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 63 – Teen Titans #0 (2012)

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Check out the wing span, ladies!

Writer Scott Lobdell does an amazing job giving us the origin story of Tim Drake AKA Red Robin in Teen Titans #0.  Drake is almost the anti-Batman, striving to be the best he can be just because it’s in his nature to do so and not to avenge anyone’s death.

It’s not an easy task to reinvent the wheel and make it different from all that’s come before while still functioning and spinning with grace and ease and this is what Lobdell has done.

Tim’s is still a tale a tragedy and pain, but also love and fulfillment at the same time.

If I say anymore I’m going to spoil a good book, so I’m just going to suggest you pick it up and read it.

I’m giving Teen Titans #0 (2012) 5 out of 6 possible Aarons!

Red Robin (Yum),

Aaron Haber
@aaronhaber
aaron@theworldnyc.com

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 62 – Red Hood And The Outlaws #0 (2012)

Red Hood And The Outlaws

I”d like to find her “red hood” know what I mean? Know what I…eh, nevermind…

So this one started out as a pretty interesting origin story for Jason Todd better known as the Robin who was killed by The Joker who was then brought back as The Red Hood.

The way it ended though, was as if a different writer had come in and completely disregarded the first 2/3 of the story.  It”s not a surprise ending, it”s not shocking, it”s just like “WTF?!?”, where the hell did that come from?

While I don”t want to ruin the “surprise” for you, neither do I want you to have to plunk down $2.99 for a crappy comic, so my advice, go by the comic shop and when the dude isn”t looking read this sucker quick and then be all like “Wow, Aaron really saved mt $3 there, that was freaking lazy and dumb.  Thanks Aaron!”.

I”m giving the first half of Red Hood And The Outlaws 4 out of 6 Possible Aarons, I”m giving the ending 0.  It”s just that bad.

Caught Red-Hooded,

Aaron Haber
@aaronhaber
aaron@theworldnyc.com

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 61 – FF # 22 (2012)

FF 22 review

My dad can beat up your Dad, no seriously, he has like 100 times.

While I didn’t start reading FF with issue #1, I really wish I had as each issue I’ve read has been top notch.  Mostly it follows the exploits of the secondary characters who live in the Baxter Building alongside the main Fantastic Four figures (which now includes Spider-Man, who is this year’s Wolverine appearing in every single issue of Marvel Comics).

This issue is a true companion piece to the main Fantastic Four book, including some of the same dialogue even.  Basically a couple of the kids from FF follow Reed, Sue, Johnny, Ben and Spider-man to A.I.M. Island.  Having read the accompanying issue of Fantastic Four, I had a sense of “oh crap, did I buy this issue twice?” which I have done in the past (mostly accidentally buying a variant cover and then being too embarrassed/lazy to return it), that being said, I really liked this issue.

In a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern kind of way, it shows us a little of what’s happening in the background while the main characters are engaged in their action and this issue has a very sweet ending.

A lot of great characterization and dialogue makes this book highly recommended.

I’m giving FF #22 4 out of 6 possible Aarons.

Dragon man is my nickname,

Aaron Haber
@aaronhaber
aaron@theworldnyc.com

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 60 – Batman Incorporated #0 (2012)

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This is what passes for casual Friday at Batman Incorporated!

I’ll say it again: “I really do love Grant Morrison”, but half the time I have no idea what the hell he’s talking about.

Here with Batman Incorporated #0, we get an origin story that sort of kind of isn’t an origin story.  The characters already sorta, kinda know Batman, but they don’t, but they do.

That’s how I felt reading this book.

Now don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it.  There were some really nice moments, but then there were some head scratching moments, such as when Batman forces the latino Batman dude to work for him by punching him in the mouth with brass knuckles.

Am I missing something here?  Is that how Batman finds his Robins in the New 52?  He just beats the crap out of some 12 year old and drags them back to the cave, caveman style?

As opposed to some of the other Zero issues I’ve read, I didn’t really feel as though I was getting the absolute inside scoop to these characters, their relationships and brands are too well defined already and therefore I felt somewhat left behind on certain knowledge.

Overall, I did like the book, I love the new(ish) characters and can’t wait to keep reading more Batman Incorporated.

I’m giving Batman Incorporated #0 (2012) 4 out of 6 possible Aarons.

Bat-Mang,

Aaron Haber
@aaronhaber
aaron@theworldnyc.com

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 59 – All-Star Western #0 (2012)

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“Say “Hello” to my little friend!”

As with all the Zero issues DC put out last month All-Star Western gives an origin story about an important character associated with the title.  Of course for All-Star Western it”s John Hex.

Hex has had several different incarnations over the years, including his time travel back to the future run in the 80″s which I really enjoyed.

Here writers Palmiotti and Gray give brief snippets from Hex”s life starting the day he was born and ending with how he got his facial scars.

All-Star Western has horoscope for scorpio sign can achieve everything he wants. been a consistently good read and the fact that it”s tied into the Batman family of books (it takes place in 1860″s Gotham) makes it even more interesting to me.

 

The dialogue, characters and art make this series and specifically this book a definite addition to your pull list (which still sounds dirty to me).

I”m giving All-Star Western #0 (2012) 5 out of 6 possible Aarons!

Dibbling out of my cheek,

Aaron Haber
@aaronhaber
aaron@theworldnyc.com

 

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 58 – Justice League #0 (2012)

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Perhaps we should stop at the optometrist?

I really love Shazam and Geoff Johns has been doing a masterful job of building up Billy Batson’s story in the back pages of Justice League.

Here in Justice League #0, we finally get to see Billy transform into the one and only Captain Marvel (except that now we don’t call him Captain Marvel).

This issue was quite enjoyable, especially seeing Shazam possessing the most powerful mortal body in the world and still grinning like a school boy when he smashes a chair or lifts a car.  He’s grinning like a school boy, because he is a school boy.

This is why at the heat of it, Shazam was, back in the day, even more popular than Superman.  Because while you can never be a space alien who gets super powers, you sure could be a kid who is chosen to be worthy of them.

Any one of us could beShazam and that’s what makes it cute and exciting all at the same time.

I’m giving Justice League #0 5 out of 6 possible Aarons!

Shazam!

 

Aaron Haber

@aaronhaber
aaron@theworldnyc.com

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 57 – Avengers Vs. X-Men Consequences #1 (2012)

Avengers Vs X-Men Consequences

Someone justifiably murdered the artist on this book.

and now I know why they didn’t want me to read this book.

To say that AVX:C#1 i s crap is to insult crap.  Not only is it the worst art I  may have even seen in a comic book (and that includes the time my ass drew it’s on comic book…in the dark!), but the story is super weak and doesn’t even make sense.

In one scene Wolverine is explaining to Cap why he can’t go and see Cyclops in prison, in the next scene he is there visiting him.

OK, so maybe this is Wolverine tricking Cap, but since the rest of the this book sucks so bad, I’m inclined to just believe it doesn’t make any sense at all.

If I could give a book a negative amount of Aaron’s, I would.  In fact, I created the Aaron scale, so I can update it.  So here goes: For crimes against humanity (Marvel, you seriously charged $3.99 for this?), I give you 100 million negative Aarons.

Worst. Comic. Book. Ever,

Aaron Haber
@aaronhaber
aaron@theworldnyc.com

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 56 – Avengers Vs. X-Men Consequences #1 (2012)

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Unreadable!

Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 is absolutely unreadable!  Seriously, I bought it digitally from Marvel.com and it never downloaded.

I believe 1 of 3 things is happening:

1. This book is so awesome that Marvel is afraid I might go insane after reading it.

2. The book is so awful that Marvel is trying to cover their tracks by pretending there is a technical glitch.

3. Marvel.com is having a technical glitch and trying to prove that”s it”s much easier online casino canada to simply go to your local comic shop and purchase a print copy.

I”m going to go with option 1.  This comic is so awesome that just like the Kabbalah in Judaism, if I read it before I”m ready I will go insane.

I can only imagine what awesomeness AVXC#1 has in store for me, but I best not if I want to keep my sanity intact!

Seriously Marvel this comic should have come with a waiver, instead it came with full on digital protection.

Thank you for not allowing me to download the comic I purchased for $3.99 and protecting my eye balls (2nd sexiest set of balls on me) from melting.

Sincerely Appreciative,

Aaron Haber

@aaronhaber

 

A Comic Book A Day! Day 0 – The Origin! (reprint)

So check it out, I’m taking a week off for some R&R (and to get ready for the NYCC)  In the mean time I’ll be reposting some of my favorites from the past few months, I hope you enjoy and will see you next week!
My name is Aaron Haber.
Aaron Haber's Comic Book A Day

WTF are you looking at audience type person?!?

I am a comedian, a husband (“The Husband” at my wife’s blog), a father and for the last 30 years or so an avid comic book lover (which is why the pages are often stuck together).

Vincerum A Malo Verbis = Overcome by Evil Words.

I’m also the Editor-In-Chief of EvilNewsDaily.com (AKA The Nefarious Mustache, don’t tell anyone).  I’ve assembled an awesome team of funny, interesting and weird geekazoids who will be writing about the things they love.

Sure comic books reign supreme, but we’ll also be talking about movies, video games, literature, science, cars and the list goes on and on till the break of dawn.  I hope you f-ing love this site and the writers on it as my as I do.  If not?  Fuck you.

comic book stache

My secret comic book stache!

You know, it might sound weird to the uninitiated, but right behind getting married and having a kid, the next biggest thing which actually made me feel like an adult was moving my entire comic book collection from my parent’s basement (thanks dudes!) to my apartment in the city.

I do read some indie comics, but I am an unadulterated lover of DC and Marvel, sometimes in that order and sometimes reversed.

I’ll also admit right up front that I am a sucker for big, universe spanning cross over events.  I’m loving Avengers Vs, X-men and Crisis of Infinite Earths is one of my favorite series.

Before Watchmen

At the end of the series, he loses his underpants!

You might not like the idea of Before Watchmen, but I think it’s awesome!

While I love creators and artists (my modern favorites are Mike Mignola, Robert Kirkman, Brian K. Vaugh, Bendis and newly Jeff Lemire and Scott Synder and old school Kane, Siegel and Shuster, Stan Lee, Kirby, Steve Gerber), I really love the characters!

Marvel and DC Comic's Finest

On a very special episode of Full House Superman meets Spider-man!

I want to find out what’s happening, has happened and will happen to the modern pantheon (which sometimes includes the ancient pantheon) of Gods, Monsters and Heros.

To satiate that curiosity, I’m going to break into my stache (I know it’s spelled wrong) each and every day (Days = Monday – Friday) and read and review 1 comic book.  That’s right, A Comic-Book-A-Day!

X-men number 1

I have like 200 of these!

First up on Monday: X-men #1 (1991)

I look forward to taking this awesome and sometimes not so awesome journey with you and always welcome your comments, love and even comic books suggestions!

Until Day 1, I remain…

Nerdy and proudy,

Aaron Haber

Editor-In-Chief at EvilNewsDaily.com
Also Your Mother
Aaron@theworldnyc.com