What I’m Reading (29th of June, 2020)

With COVID-19 putting a lot of entertainment on hold and the comic book industry justifiably having took its time to get started up again, I ended up taking the time to read a bunch of older comics. Some of those didn’t work out, while others I’ve stuck with… in pretty big ways. So, here are my thoughts on the older stuff (well, old enough to not be current, anyway) stuff that I’m reading or read recently that I felt was worth talking about. Unlike my reviews, these are quick and dirty and very stream of consciousness… also, typed up on my phone, probably in bed or on public transport.

This time, there’s some sword and sorcery, a sprinkle of cyberpunk and a lot of grittiness.

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 19 — X-Men #7

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, sometimes spotlighting a specific scene or moment, followed by my opinion on any X-news. It’s what happens when a long-time X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience (and graphics).

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Falling Back Into Dragon Ball

When it comes to Shonen, everyone has their first love. Really, I think my first proper Shonen anime that I got really into was Naruto (of course), which happened during my teenage years (of course) when I was a big weeb (of course). But, really, my first proper one, from all the way back in my days as a child barbarian with no Fuzz to speak of, was Dragon Ball Z.

Thanks to COVID-19 putting the comic book industry on hold, and with me not being interested in the video games that haven’t been delayed, I decided to watch Dragon Ball Super. This awakened things in me…

I ended up watching all of Super, playing Xenoverse 2, playing FighterZ and watching Battle of GodsResurrection ‘F’ and Broly, and even reading some of the Super manga. Now I want to talk about Dragon Ball, because… well, I’m bored, and trying to limit going outside. But beyond that, this experience has exposed me to anime again in a big way, and it’s thanks to rediscovering something that I thought I’d moved on from.

Here are my (relatively) brief opinions on the Dragon Ball Super anime, Dragon Ball Super manga and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and Dragon Ball Super: Broly movies, in the order I was exposed to them.

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The Good and Bad of Dan DiDio

I’ve been working on a post about the state of DC Comics for a while now, and it was an informal rant more than anything. Then news broke that Dan DiDio was no longer employed at DC Comics.

There’s been a variety of reactions. Industry professionals have almost nothing but kind words to say about the man. Fan response has generally been more positive to the news, given his known unpopularity amongst DC fans. There are reasons for both groups to say what they say and things that need to be taken into account when reading those things, from professional courtesy to misaimed fan outrage.

I’m not here to talk about that. Instead, I want to look at some of the notable things that happened under Dan DiDio’s tenure at DC as executive editor and co-publisher, the good and bad. Then you can judge for yourself if his tenure was one worth celebrating or lamenting, or a mix of both. While it’s always hard to determine who had a hand in what at the Big Two, in the positions he occupied, he was a key figure in shaping the DCU and approving what happened.

Note that I’m not including most things that happened under DC Rebirth, which screamed that it was Geoff Johns’ baby more than DiDio’s, and which was almost immediately shifted away from once Johns left his position as Chief Creative Officer at DC.

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 18 — X-Men #6

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, sometimes spotlighting a specific scene or moment, followed by my opinion on any X-news. It’s what happens when a long-time X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience (and graphics).

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 17 — X-Men #5

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, sometimes spotlighting a specific scene or moment, followed by my opinion on any X-news. It’s what happens when a long-time X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience (and graphics).

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My Thoughts on Dawn of X Wave 1

With a new year comes a new wave of Dawn of X. The Dawn of X relaunch came about from the status quo set up by Jonathan Hickman in House of X and Powers of X, exploring whatever Hickman didn’t want to in his core X-Men book. I’m still looking at that series over in Hanging with the HiX-Men, but what about the other titles?

I have been reading them, but I was unsure about how I’d tackle them. Whether they’d be part of Hanging with the HiX-Men or even if I would cover certain series. Eventually that snowballed into me just being very, very late with Hanging with the HiX-Men and I decided that briefer looks at all of the series would be for the best.

With the second wave of Dawn of X titles about to begin with Wolverine and the first six issues of the current series having been released, now is a good time to give my thoughts on the first wave. I’ve read all currently released issues of each of these series, six each, which is a more than fair amount of issues to gauge the series’ quality and form a founded opinion. Unlike my regular reviews, this will be much more informal, but I wanted to get these thoughts out quick.

With that in mind, here are my thoughts on Excalibur, Fallen Angels, Marauders, New Mutants and X-Force.

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 16 — X-Men #4

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, sometimes spotlighting a specific scene or moment, followed by my opinion on any X-news. It’s what happens when a long-time X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience (and graphics).

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 15 — X-Men #3

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, sometimes spotlighting a specific scene or moment, followed by my opinion on any X-news. It’s what happens when a long-time X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience (and graphics).

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 14 — X-Men #2

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, sometimes spotlighting a specific scene, followed by my opinion on any X-news. It’s what happens when a long-time X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience (and graphics).

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