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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

 

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

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 50 – Batgirl #0

Batgirl #0 review

She gets shot in the end, an Oracle told me.

March of the Zero issues continues with my review of Batgirl #0!  Huzzah!  I do like Batgirl as a character but a lot of her stories fall flat.  I personally think she was really interesting as Oracle, but no matter how many other characters they tried to put in the Batgirl mantle, there’s just one and that’s Barbara Gordon.

batgirl

and this is for being bald!

I did like this story, although I have to admit that I’ve dropped the normal series as I just found it uninteresting.  Writer Gail Simone does a nice job of showing us how the New 52 Barbara Gordon got her first experience as Batgirl and her first interaction with Batman.

She’s shown to be an extraordinary girl growing up, smart, dedicated, trained in martial arts since almost the beginning, and with her father being James Gordon, well it just makes sense that she takes the path she has.

Batgirl_0

Cosplay never looked so dangerous!

It’s possible I missed it and maybe it’s coming up, but I would really like to see how she went from being a paraplegic to being I’m kicking your ass Batgirl, but again, I have’t been following the series so it’s possible, I’ve just missed the story.

All in all, this is a good Batgirl story and worth the read, so I’m giving it 3 out of 6 possible Aarons.

Batboy,

Aaron Haber
@aaronhaber
aaron@theworldnyc.com
 

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 49 – Team 7 #0 (2012)

Team_7

Seriously, count them. They add up to 7!

Team 7 was a Wildstorm Comics property which told the story of the 7th (actually 8th because there was a Team 0) incarnation of elite fighters going on covert missions to save the world.  At least that’s what Wikipedia basically said, I had never heard of Team 7 before.

Team 7

So not quite the same image as above, but there are still 7 of them!

DC Comics bought all of Wildstorm some years back and incorporated them into the mainstream DC universe with the New 52 launch.  Team 7 has now become a place to showcase DC’s (mostly) non-super powered badasses including Dinah Lance from Birds Of Prey, (who I don’t think has her Black Canary powers yet), Amanda Waller from Suicide Squad, Slade Wilson (Who doesn’t have his one-eyed powers yet), Steve Trevor who’s been hanging out in Justice League for the past year and Cole Cash (which is a dumb name and I’m not going to talk about him anymore).

This origin issue works pretty well as that.  A way to show us a bit of how Team 7 came together, a little bit of background on what each character was doing right before Team 7 and a little bit about what Team 7 is all about.

Is it the best origin issue I’ve ever read?  No.  But it is pretty solid.  Solid enough to have me add it to my pull list (which really sound like the porn sites you keep in your bookmark section) for at least a couple of months.

I’m also impressed by DC’s apparent plan to make Amanda Waller a total badass and basically the DC version of Nick Fury, except she’s already black!

I recommend picking up this book, or at least waiting outside your local comic shop and robing someone who picked the book up.

Team 7 gets 3 out of 6 possible Aarons.

Team 1,

Aaron Haber
@aaronhaber
aaron@theworldnyc.com
 

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 41 – Batman Incorporated #3 (2012)

Batman Incorporated 3

Smoking can be bad for your health, guns can be worse.

Another fantastic story by Grant Morrison!  That’s it.  Goodbye.

Matches malone

Is it just me or does the Batman image in his glasses give it away?

What you want more info?!?  Fine!  Morrison introduces a new(ish) character and it’s actually pretty damn cool.  I’m also a big fan of Bruce Wayne as Matches Malone.  It’s sort of like his Tony Clifton character.

Grant Morrison and Dan Didio

Keeping Turtle Wax in business!

The only thing that I can find remotely negative here is that it is really hard to follow the continuity from the old 52 to the new 52.  It’s like they said “With the New 52 everything begins again!  Oh except for the stuff that Morrison and Johns are writing, that stuff still exists, but only some of it and only on Tuesdays.”

I don’t want to spoil the book, so you’ll have to read it to find out who the new character is, but I really enjoyed reading it and I think you would as well!

I’m giving Batman Incorporated #3 (2012) 5 out of 6 possible Aarons

Batcow!

Aaron Haber

@aaronhaber

aaron@theworldnyc.com

Aaron Haber writes this crap and can be seen at his NYC Comedy Club most nights of the week.

 

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 38 – Lobster Johnson – The Prayer Of Neferu

Lobster Johnson

Read Lobster

If you read EvilNewsDaily.com, you know I’m a huge fan of Mike Mignola and his Mignola-verse filled with Hellboy, The B.P.R.D. and now Lobster Johnson (to name a few).

It’s rare that Mignola puts out something I don’t enjoy.  So…um…this is a very special episode of “Comic Book A Day” because I just didn’t get that into Lobster Johnson: Prayer Of Neferu.

Lobster Johnson

Lobster Johnson: Crime Fighter or name of a nasty S.T.D.?

First off let me talk about the positive:

Mignola has named a character Lobster Johnson and made him awesomely cool.  The costume, the backstory even his catchphrase of “Feel The Claw” is cool.  It’s like someone bet him to come up with the stupidest concept for a hero and make it work…and then he did!

I also enjoyed Wilfredo Torres’ art and really do enjoy the Mignola-verse.

Now for the negative:

The story just seems to be lacking.  I feel like I’ve missed an issue or two of exposition and while Mignola might be setting up characters and plot lines for future stories, it just seemed to end rather abruptly for my taste.

Maybe this proves that comics really do need that first issue of total cock-tease/intro nothing really happens to feel like a full story because as a stand-alone issue, this one didn’t satiate me.

 

I’m giving Lobster Johnson: The Prayer of Neferu 3 out of 6 possible Aarons.  Even though I wasn’t crazy about it, the art, the characters and the Mignola-verse still make this readable.

 

Make Mine Mignola,

Aaron Haber

@aaronhaber

Aaron@theworldnyc.com

Aaron Haber wrote this and you can see him every night at his NYC Comedy Club!

 

Comic Book A Day – Day 33 – Worlds’ Finest

Worlds' Finest 4 Review

Cookie Monster rages after being exposed to Fukushima radiation.

I so want to like everything that has to do with Earth 2.  Whether it’s the Earth 2 comic itself or Worlds’ Finest starring Power Girl and Huntress, who are from Earth 2 and trapped on our world (Kind f like Howard The Duck, no?).

Huntress and Power Girl

Trapped in a world they never made!

But I have to admit I found Worlds’ Finest sort of boring.  What I did like was The Huntress pining away for her father Earth-2 Batman and her mother Earth 2-Catwoman and imagining what it would be like to meet their Earth-1 counterparts.

But while the character development was interesting, the main crux of the story fell flat.  The action was boring and there was no real revelation to keep me interesting in reading the stories to come.

I love a lot of the Universe building that is going on at the New 52, but Worlds’ Finest needs to get a little more worldly and a lot more finest.

I’m giving Worlds’ Finest 4 (2012), 2 stars.  You can skip it and you won’t be skipping much.

I always wear my shirts old-school Power Girl style,

Aaron Haber

@aaronhaber

aaron@theworldnyc.com

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Comic Book A Day – Day 32 – Superman 10 (2012)

Superman 10 Review

Superman learns to never ask a girl if it”s her time of the month.

I am a big Superman fan in the same way that I am Jewish.  I grew up surrounded by the culture and beliefs of both, but became disillusioned with the organized, modern versions of both as a young adult, while still proud of my heritage and clinging to the spirituality of the ideas true ideals.

Crying Superman

Superman pretending to cry to take a closer look at Wonder Woman”s
“crest”.

Even though Superman stories and movies had become a mockery of what they once were, I still held onto the The kind, strong, smart, caring Superman in my heart.

Superman 1

F U Daily Planet! I”m the NEW Superman!

When the New 52 was announced I was super stoked about seeing my favorite iconic character being re-imagined and was once again disappointed with the writing and basically everything about Superman 1 (I didn”t even finish the issue).

 

Superman 10 Review

But after a bunch of months and issues went by I decided to give Superman another chance and was pleasantly surprised.

Superman 10 tells the story of “Anguish” online casino a girl with daddy issues who rampages across Metropolis looking for a special locket.  This locket doesn”t contain magic or unlimited power, it simply contains a photo of her dead mother, the only one in existence.

The issue also clears up a storyline about the Daily Planet running a story about Superman”s secret identity (which they got wrong) and how that affects the wrongly accused family.

All in all I found the issue to be entertaining and while I”m still a bit skeptical about my next interaction with the Man of Steel living up to the ideals I”ve subscribed to in my mind, I”m willing to give it another go and catch up and get ready for Issue 0 out this month.

Who knows maybe I”ll peak my head into a Temple this week and see if lightning strikes twice.

I”m giving Superman #10 3 out of 6 possible Aarons.  I recommend it, but you won”t die and go to hell if you don”t.

Circumcised into a Superman crest,

Aaron Haber

@aaronhaber

aaron@theworldnyc.com

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Comic Book A Day – Day 31 – Wolverine and The X-men #14 (2012)

Wolverine and The X-men 14 review

Kitty Pryde and Colossus’ mutant powers make him hard.

When I was a kid, my biggest crush was Kitty Pryde.  Cute, smart, owned a dragon.  What more could you ask for?

Of course I knew that she wasn’t real (even though there is a real Kitty Pryde) and so I was cool with her dating Colossus, the big Russian dude who turned to metal (worst guy to fight Magneto ever).

Colossus and Kitty Pride

Has Kitty’s power made her cross-eyed?!?

Well fast forward a bunch of years (decades really) and now Kitty is all growed up and teaches young mutants at Wolverine’s new X-men school and Colossus is part of the Phoenix 5 (the 5 mutants who have been given the “gift” of the Phoenix power).

Kitty Pryde and Colossus on a date

In the middle of the sea..do do do do….in the middle of the sea…do do do do…

Writer Jason Aaron (great last name) does a nice job of showing us how absolute power corrupts absolutely and can change the relationships of those around us.

I also appreciated the humor in the issue, with Toad keeping a treasure chest of Husks abandoned, old skin and Deathlok (he is a mutant, now?) being way too cryptic all the time.

This is the second issue of Wolverine and The X-men I picked up and I believe I will be picking up the comic every month from now on.  It’s not a perfect book, but it’s a good read.  Plus any comic that features Doop is OK in my book.

I’m giving Wolverine and The X-men #14 (2012) 4 out of 6 Aarons.  I recommend it!

Come on baby light my phoenix fire,

Aaron Haber

@aaronhaber

aaron@theworldnyc.com

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Comic Book A Day – Day 30 – Baltimore: Dr Leskovar’s Remedy (2012)

Baltimore Mike Mignola

Although his Vampire serum can turn him into a giant monster, alas it cannot cure his male pattern baldness.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I fricking love Mike Mignola’s work.  Creating your own vastly successful universe outside of the big 2 publishers and getting people to really care about and most importantly buy your comics is a huge feat!

Lord Baltimore Mike Mignola

Wood eye? Wood eye? Peg leg! Peg Leg!

Mignola has been expanding his universe even more with Baltimore.  I have to admit, this is the first issue of any Baltimore series I’ve read.  I know nothing about the character, I don’t know if it’s taking place in the same time period as the current Hellboy and B.P.R.D. arcs and I don’t know if it’s even in the same universe proper.

The point is, I don’t care!  I still loved it.  Mignola along with Christopher Golden have set up another intriguing tale of the supernatural and man’s battle against it and Ben Stenbeck’s art is Mignola-verse perfect.

All this did was make me want to go out and buy every Baltimore back issue out there!

I’m giving Baltimore: Dr Leskovar’s Remedy 5 out of 6 Aaron (to be fair if I knew what had happened last issue, I might have given it a 6, so let’s call it a 5.5).

Make Mine Mignola!

Aaron Haber

@aaronhaber

aaron@theworldnyc.com

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