It’s comic book day! Some really good ones have come out this week.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #15 – Flashbacks to explain what has happened in the alternate timeline with an evil Tommy taking over.
Superman #23 – More mysteries as Lois is captured by the town and the villain behind the capture is revealed.
Star Wars #31 – Dr. Aphra and Luke join up to help decipher a former Jedi artifact. They have to go through a Jedi vampire first though.
Teen Titans #8 – The Lazarus Contract Part 2. Deathstroke is using the Flashes to go back in time to save his son.
Nightwing #21 – Wally West and Dick Grayson team up. These guys are awesome!
Batman #23 – Batman and Swamp Thing team up. That’s about it.
X-Men Gold #4 – Gambit returns. FINALLY!
The Mighty Thor #19 – Thor teams up with Odinson to battle the Phoenix.
Flash #22 – The conclusion to the Button storyline. Where the hell is Tim Drake?!

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It’s comic book day! Bastion returns in X-Men Blue #3. We get more continuation of the Godwatch storyline in Wonder Woman #22. Superwoman #10 – Lana Lang, gets new powers. Team Up with Batgirl and Supergirl in Supergirl #9. Star Wars Screaming Citadel #1 – Luke teams up with Doctor Aphra. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corp #20 – The Corp makes a huge sacrifice in order to save the future. In Action Comics #979, the Superman Hater Squad teams up to take down the Man of Steel. Finally in Titans #11, Deathstroke attempts to rewind time and to save his son from being killed.

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As a very avid comic book reader, I have had my ups and downs with emotions. Sometimes a story is written so well that I feel invested in a character to the point that I feel like I know them. This is true in any form of media, but I feel particularly close to comic books as it is what I have read the most about in the entirety of my life. Here’s a couple moments that I have literally balled my eyes out reading.


The return of Wally West in DC Universe Rebirth #1. This should be a no brainer. The New 52 DC Universe sucked. I abandoned ship myself nearly a year before this storyline. But Wally West returning along with the Pre-Flashpoint Superman in the previous year really opened many readers eyes and brought them back. Seeing Wally and Barry hug each other sealed the deal on this and made me feel like there was hope for DC Comics yet.


Speaking of Rebirth – Detective Comics #940 – The “Death” of Tim Drake aka Red Robin aka THE BEST Robin ever. It’s no secret that Tim Drake is my favorite superhero. He’s not my favorite side kick, he is my favorite superhero. Period. He was a nerdy kid that worked his way into the Batfamily and earned his place as being Robin. He wasn’t an acrobat, he wasn’t a tough street guy, he was a sociopathic killer son of Batman. He was very ordinary and close to being a stereotypical geek. It sounds lame, but as a kid I looked up to him and he gave me a lot of hope that I can a superhero one day too. His “death” affected me a lot. He was not killed. He was simply captured and put into a cell by the mysterious Mr. Oz, but the fact that he is taken off of the field and is still missing in the DC Universe during the Rebirth saga is something that is nearly just as bad. Everything that everyone is going through that is shaping their universe in a different direction will be missed by him. I do hope that when he returns, he will be just as awesome as he was before the New 52 messed up his character and hopefully have his real buddies back too. Young Justice Rebirth can and should happen!


Infinite Crisis #6 – One of Tim’s bestest buddies/bromances is Conner Kent aka Superboy aka Kon-El. Superboy was treated horribly in the New 52 Universe and given a completely new origin. We pretend that that never happened. But during his time in Pre-Flashpoint, his name had been a thing contested in courts. Although DC stated that this was not reason for doing so, but he was killed off in the Infinite Crisis storyline. Tim was so distraught that he attempted to clone him to bring him back. His death in the arms of Wonder Girl was so depressing.


Amazing Spider-Man #400 – Death of Aunt May. She didn’t really die. Turns out it was an actress and it was staged, but for a while it was cannon. Of course Spider-Man’s history and the Marvel Universe as a whole has been altered, so this story may not even happened to begin with. But reading this as a kid, I did cry seeing May’s farewell.


Incredible Hulk #420 – Death of Jim Wilson. This issue had long time friend of the Hulk, Jim Wilson succumb to having full blown AIDS back in 1994. To many at the time, being diagnosed with HIV was a death sentence. My own uncle passed from complications of having AIDS this same year. This issue has Hulk’s friend ask the Hulk for a blood transfusion to save his life. The negative aspect is that Jim could become a Hulk himself, similar to Jennifer Walters becoming the She-Hulk. The Hulk obviously does not do this, but still the idea of this happening and for the Hulk to choose to not help is so incredibly sad. Jim accepting his fate is horrible. I still cry at this issue to this day.

Well that’s five of my tear jerking issues from comic books. Do you have any yourself? I am curious if there’s something out there that you guys cry at yourself. Whether it be happy or sad. Let me know!

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Bonus – Not to end on a bleak sad note. Something that brought a tear to my eye was to finally see long time boyfriend Hulkling and Wiccan share their first on-panel kiss in Young Avengers Children’s Crusade. They had dated for some time and the reader knew that they were together as couple, but for reasons, they had never been shown to kiss. Finally in issue number 9, this was fixed.


Also, the wedding of Northstar to his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in Astonishing X-Men #51 is totally crying worthy on its own.


It’s comic book day!
Hulk #5 – Don’t bother. Five issues in and Jennifer still hasn’t Hulked out yet.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corp #19 – Rip Hunter is here and warning about the future.
Thanos #6 – Thanos’s son has the power of the Phoenix…somehow. And Thanos is now over powered finally. What will become of this Titan?
Wonder Woman #21 – Wonder Woman is a badass in this issue! She gets shot twice but still kicks ass!
Flash #21 – What is going on with the ReBirth Storyline?
X-Men Gold #2 – Old Man Logan is a powerhouse badass!
Batman Beyond #7 – Terry’s suit has some issues and a very old enemy will be returning.
Action Comics #978 – Where the hell is the real Superboy? Aka Conner Kent.

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Comic Book Day!
X-Men Blue #1 – The original X-Men team that happens to be younger than the current X-Men team, strike out on their own. They have a unique mentor.
Justice League of America #4 – This is the end of the first storyline with the Extremists.
Titans #10 – The Titans vs. the Fearsome 5. Plus Bumblebee and Mal Duncan join the team.
Wonder Woman #20 – More Godwatch storyline. I’ll leave it at that.
Flash #20 – This was mostly filler, but it did serve a purpose at the very end for a villain to make his/her presence known.
Action Comics #977 – The background of Superman is being defined as the Pre-Flashpoint Superman and the New 52 Superman’s history is somewhat combined.
Skull Island: Birth of Kong #1 – The year is 2012 and a new expedition is being made to Skull island. Not what I was hoping, but I am thinking that issue 2 will be much better.

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Thanos #5 – Thanos is close to death and his son Thane wants to expedite this quicker with a cosmic entity.
Justice League of America #3 – Batman and company take on the Extremists on an underground level. Lobo is awesome in this!
Biff to the Future #3 – Backstory as to how alternate universe Biff came to power. This deals with the fate of George McFly.
All-New X-Men #19 – This is the final issue. Why can’t the original 5 young X-Men return back to their own time?
X-Men Prime #1 -This is the beginning to the new X-Men series that will be popping up in the next couple of months with Kitty Pryde as their leader.
Titans Annual #1 – Where did Donna Troy come from? This issue starts to address this topic.

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It’s Comic Book Day!
Batwoman #1 – Very noir feel to this back story involving Batwoman’s past and a solid opening for her new ongoing series.
Superman #19 – Mr. Mxy has taken Jonathan Kent and Superman and Lois have to go through his games to get Jon back.
Trinity #7 – A new villainous trinity form in the names of Circe, Lex and Ra’s Al Ghul.
Venom #5 – FINALLLY Eddie Brock returns to the mix. Hopefully he will be taking the symbiote in the next issue.
Nightwing #17 – Deathwing fights against Nightwing with the real mastermind behind everything waiting in the background.
Sam Wilson Captain America #20 – Rage is imprisoned despite his innocence and transferred to a prison for villains. That’s not good.
Batman #19 – Bane fights his way through all of Batman’s villains and damn. He whoops all of their asses!

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It’s comic book day! Wonder Woman #19 – More story on the government team watching Wonder Woman – Godwatch.
Detective Comics #952 – Lady Shiva lays the smackdown on all of the Bat-team. Including Batman.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corp #16 – Guy Gardner vs. Arkillo…with no rings. It’s a bloody match!
Action Comics #975 – Who is Clark Kent?! It’s finally revealed who this mysterious figure is.
Inhumans vs. X-Men #6 – The Conclusion to this war. It’s pretty damn epic and is going to have implications for a long time to come.
Superwoman #8 – Tie in to the Superman Reborn storyline. This is somewhat of a filler story, but essential to know what is happening to Lana Lang.

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