I Hate To Say It, But Princeless Is Charming



A few months bac, I was doing my comics order and I decided to take a chance on an indie book called Princeless that looked like a pretty interesting take on the growing subgenre of Fairy Tale Parodies Where The Princess Is The One Who Does The Saving. It looked like it might be fun and the cover art was pretty solid, so I figured at worst, I’d be out three bucks and feel better for having given it a shot.

But as it turns out, Princeless isn’t just good, it’s great. It’s a gamble that paid off for me, and today at ComicsAlliance, I tell you why.

Avenging Spider-Man #1 is ALSO Pretty Rad



If you’ve been reading the ISB for a while — you know, back before I sold out, when I showed that I actually respected my readers by writing alt text gags for them — then you know that I love Spider-Man, and I love team-up stories. As a result, I was pretty excited for Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira’s Avenging Spider-Man, and over at ComicsAlliance, I’ve written a review about how their first issue totally lived up to my expectations.

I even talk about the digital stuff, although David Brothers informed me after I wrote it that the download through the Marvel app doesn’t sync up with the Comics (by comiXology) app, and yeesh, that’s a pain in the ass. But regardless, it’s neat stuff.

The Week In Chris



If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you may already be aware that I’ve been dealing with a week of the miserable hell that is computer failure over the past few days, and as a result, I haven’t been able to do my usual shameless self-promotion here on the ISB. Then again, if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ve already seen some of this stuff anyway, so… You know what? Let’s just get to the stuff I wrote this week.

Bizarro Back Issues: Batman and Kamandi’s Post-Apocalyptic Team-Up: I’ve been doing these Classic ISB style posts on specific issues that I think are hilarious lately, and in honor of DC finally putting out that Kamandi hardcover last week, I wrote a little about a Haney/Aparo joint where Batman went to the future and pretended to lead a gang of gorillas. It’s a pretty good one.

X-Men Schism: Long after I thought I was immune, I have totally been sucked into an X-Men Event, thanks to the magic of Jason Aaron. Read up on why I think Schism has been great. HINT: Robots.

Flash #1: Just so you don’t think I’m a straight up hater of the New 52 (and not just a, you know, 4/5 hater), here’s another review of a first issue I really did like: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccelato’s Flash #1. Even Boring Allen (get it?!?!?!) couldn’t slow this one down.

And finally…

Ask Chris #74: Super-Pets A-Go-Go! Once again, I get asked about DC’s Silver Age super-animals, and I make a judgment call against the Dog Knight. Do people call Ace that? The Dog Knight? Because they should.

Daredevil #4 and Batman #1!



Well! It seems I’ve once again forgotten to keep up with promoting my own work. Apparently either my mind is going in my old age, I’m shellshocked from having to keep up with all of the new DC books, or I just wanted to leave that teaser for my announcement next week up for another day. Take your pick, they’re all equally valid.

Anyway, this week I’ve jumped back into reviewing comics I actually like: the all-new Batman #1, and the all-awesome Daredevil #4! Thrill and chill as I finally prove that Suicide Squad and Batgirl did not leave me unable to feel any joy whatsoever!

The Head-To-Head Review of Justice League #1



Apparently, I’m the only one on the ComicsAlliance staff who was thoroughly underwhelmed with how DC chose to kick off their new universe, which is why today, I went head-to-head against Caleb Goellner in a review of Justice League #1!

There are, of course, spoilers involved, so if you haven’t read it and you’re hoping to… well, don’t. But if you want the short, spoiler free version: A few bright moments but nothing we haven’t seen before, egomaniacal posturing from “heroes,” half the cast doesn’t show up and it’s thoroughly boring. For Caleb’s half, you’ll have to read the article.