Some more series I started in 2013 and stopped quite early

Trish Out Of Water #2Trish Out Of Water (Aspen)

What originally caught my interest in this series was the blurb on Comixology:

What would you do if your life was turned upside down– before it even really started? Trish Powell is about to find out, as she discovers that everything she thought she knew about being a teenager–friends, parents, and most importantly–her own body, is all a lie. […]

Sounds cool, right? And I have to say that issue #1 was quite good. In the course of this book, Trish finds her father murdered, her mother having killed herself and her boyfriend sleeping with another girl. All of this shock her into using her newfound control of water to create a giant tidal wave threatening to drown the city Trish lives in. (Revenge a la Carrie, anyone?)

Unfortunately, the following two issues only add confusion to the story and made my interest wither away…



X-Men Vol. 4 #1X-Men Vol. 4 (Marvel)

When I started reading this one, I knew next to nothing about the X-Men. Even worse, I knew nothing about the Marvel universe other than the few titbits I picked up reading some Spidey issues back when I was young (that was in the 80s of the last century). What caught my interest was the fact that with this volume the X-Men would be an all female team. I hoped that I could just jump right into the action and that there would be some kind of reset to make newcomers feel welcome. (Yeah, that’s what DC did with the New52 and I have to say that that was well done!)

Alas, no reboot, lots of old foes, lots of characters to follow, lots of history that I knew nothing of made this series a hard read. Add a tie in/crossover story with other X-Men titles (Battle of the Atom) and I had to give up. Not worth my time, sadly.



Series I started in 2013 and stopped reading after a few issues

There are quite a number of series that I started reading this year but that did not, for different reasons, continue to interest me. Here is a quick overview:

Damsels #1Damsels (Dynamite)

The first issue was quite interesting. It had a nice flow and was supported by interesting art. It also hinted at an interesting story. However, the following issues delivered a confusing mix-all-fairy-tales-together-with-a-blender type of narrative. Too much, too fast, to haphazard. I stopped reading after #7.






Damsels FCBD2013Damsels: Mermaids (Dynamite)

The free comic book issue was very interesting and had a great story. Unfortunately, the story went downhill in the succeeding issues. Come on, how often to you want to read another Atlantis story in your life. I didn’t want to continue after #3.






Grimm FCBD2013Grimm (Dynamite)

Another series that I learnt about via the corresponding FCBD2013 issue. Said issue was well done (it seemed to follow the plot of one of the episodes of the TV series) and tempted me to get issue #1, too. It was a short lived love, as it only lasted the 10 minutes to read it. Still, it must have been the kind of story itself, since I couldn’t stand more than 10 minutes of the TV show either.





Of Stars And SwordsOf Stars And Swords (Serious Turtle Studio)

I lasted #0 and #1. The story was ok, but let’s not start talking about the art. Not bad, but definitely not the art I want to see in a fantasy comic.







SexSex (Image)

At first, the story sounded interesting: retired super hero, power fantasy and lots of action between the sheets. What I got in issues #1 and #2 was simply boring. Boring! Boring! If you really need to make a comic with/about sex, why not do a good one like Fraction’s Sex Criminals? That’s a good one!




The End of Rachel Rising?

Rachel Rising #20In some tweets this morning, Rachel Rising author Terry Moore spoke of decreasing retail orders and the way this will affect the Rachel Rising series. I can’t find the original tweets anymore, but I’ve made a screenshot:

In short, a further decrease of orders might lead to a cancellation of the series. I think we can all agree that this would not be the ending fans would like to see in the series. So, order and do your best to save this great comic book!



The Ghost series continues!

You might be familiar with the old Ghost series, written by Eric Luke (et. al.) and artists Adam Hughes, Matt Haley, Scott Benefiel and Terry Dodson (et. al.):


Some months ago, the series was ressurected by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Phil Noto for a short (#0-#4) mini series:


As PREVIEWSworld writes, this Wednesday a new #1 will hit the comic book stores. This time it is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Christopher Sebela with artwork by Ryan Sook:

Ghost #1I’m sure to grab it as soon as possible, even if the action was moved from Arcadia (being Ghost’s city of residence in the original series) to Chicago. You can enjoy a preview here.



The Last Zombie

The Last ZombieBy now, we probably have enough comics/movies/series … that tell us how the zombie apocalypse will happen and what humanity will have to endure as a result.

‘The Last Zombie’ by Brian Keene (published by Antarctic Press) is different. It tells the story of survival after the apocalypse swept mankind (mostly) off the face of the earth.

Told in vividly brutal black and white artwork, this is the story of a scientist’s struggle to say goodbye to his wife after he became infected with the virus that caused the zombie outbreaks. The last collected volume was recently published, so you don’t need to fear any cliff hangers.

This is an impressive series to read, so go ahead and read it!

Starting with ‘The New 52’

Ok, I admit: I’m quite late to take notice of DC Comics ‘The New 52’. I’m normally not the typical superhero comics reader anymore (I still think fondly about reading Spider-Man in my youth, though.) But I had to give the comics a try, especially as both Amazon and Comixology had so tempting digital offers.

So here is what ended up on my Kindle Fire:


  • Suicide Squad vol 1 Suicide Squad vol. 1
  • Swamp thing vol 1 Swamp Thing vol. 1
  • Nightwing vol. 1 Nightwing vol. 1
  • Batman The Dark Knight vol. 1 Batman ‘The Dark Knight’ vol. 1
  • Aquaman vol. 1 Aquaman vol. 1
  • Batgirl vol. 1 Batgirl vol. 1
  • Batman vol. 1 Batman vol. 1
  • Detective Comics vol. 1 Batman Detective Comics vol. 1
  • Batwoman vol. 1 Batwoman vol. 1
  • Catwoman vol. 1 Catwoman vol. 1

I’ve had high expectations for some, limited for others and was sometimes happily surprised by all the comics. I’ll call that a good start!