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Kara Szamborki recommends Lobo #1

Sorry, not sorry: this Lobo book is everything I wanted from an ongoing when I first finished reading Justice League 23.2 last year AND MORE. First off, there’s action, because what else are you expecting from a Lobo book? But let’s talk about what’s REALLY important: tantalizing flashbacks and seamless plot setup. So many books try to be complicated right off the bat, but the storytelling in Lobo mirrors the character: You know what you’re signing up for, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be surprises at every turn. The genius of the new Lobo concept is that instead of retconning the Lobo we know and love from the pre-New 52 universe, the twist is that he was lying to us the whole time, the thief of another Czarnian’s identity, one we’re only meeting now—and let me tell you, I’m glad we know more, because holy bastiches this backstory is the last thing I expected.

Let’s be real here: you need to read this book. If you’ve never followed Lobo to the crazy corners of the DCU, this is the perfect time to jump in, and if you’re a long time Lobo fan you’re going to be curious, if only to know more about that flashback and what happened to Czarnia.

If you want more old-school Lobo to tide you over until the next issue, check out Lobo: Portrait of a Bastich or that time he tried to kill Santa Claus or one of his many cameos, from Justice League International to Reign in Hell to the DCU-spanning epic 52. He shows up everywhere and always when you least expect it, because you can’t keep a bad Czarnian down.

[Read Lobo #1 on comiXology]

Kara Szamborski supervises the International Production Team at comiXology and has started reading the original TMNT comics thanks to the latest movie.

Comics to Read Today, October 1

Greetings comics readers! Sorry to have missed last week due to work travel abroad. This week we have a very, very important week for comics and in particular around women and comics. Why? Because both of the big two are launching books that are specifically being marketed to female readers. Let’s go.

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If you’ve read this blog, listened to the early review on the podcast I co-host on CBR, or have followed the semi-official Tumblr I created, you know I am excited about this book. As the mother of a teenage girl I have a DC Comic I can unflinchingly share with her. As someone who has been writing and writing about the potential of the female reader, I have book that recognizes that potential. And as someone who loves terrific fun sequential art, I have a wonderful new monthly title. Go read and let me know what you think!

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Marvel’s Ms. Marvel is, of course, the ground zero of the “WUT women will start reading comics if we offer them something new, non-problematic and available easily on digital? Whudda thunk?” mode that we see in comics. Now we have them raise the ante by giving the moniker of one of their most visible heroes to a woman and “Not a hoax! Not a dream!” Marvel actually announced this book on The View which, although not my choice, does target women. Marvel, however, did not provide me with a review copy of this book so I can’t really tell you much about it other than Aaron is a good writer and the art is pretty. If you pick it up, let me know what you think.

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The first issue of The Fade-Out was great and this second issue proves this is going to be another great series for Brubaker/Philipps

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I am totally in love with book … and Dick … and Helena.

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Phil Noto did a sketch of Laura for me at a show a few years ago and if that doesn’t tell you about how excited about this issue than I’ll just say “I’m excited.” 

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Oh man the JayToddz fans are going to be all over this.

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I made the first issue of this a pick of the week and a lot of you said you enjoyed it. So pick up issue #2!

I have not been reading Batman/Superman due to budget issues but, damn, this Jae Lee cover of Supes, Catwoman and Bats is so good I might have to dig for some pocket change.

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That’s it for me. What’s on your list. What do you think I missed?

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