Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
The first trade collecting some of the older Lady Death comics. Who is Lady Death? Well, this pretty much explains that, whilst providing a lot of scantily-clad drawings of the protagonist along with gory fight scenes full of heads getting chopped off by swords. This is all pretty "meh".
Thursday, April 28, 2011
- I picked up a bunch of comics, and have some more to review, so I hope to get some rant-reviews up where I discuss 3 or more comics.
- I also want to do a spotlight on the last two issues of the World of Warcraft Worgen comic and will get to that before the weekend ends--I hope.
- I'm not sure what I want to do for my Flashback/Film Friday section yet.
- The new Previews is out so you know that means I'm going to be discussing the best and worst-looking items, one of the favorite recurring bits on this blog.
- Dark Horse finally released their digital comic app. Maybe I'll check out Hellboy or something. I just hope enough people buy stuff that they can quit laying off employees, because it is always sad when someone loses their job.
- A script from the Avengers movie may very well have been stolen and is now for sale. That or this is a major hoax/scam or sting operation.
- A part of me is worried about the direction Bendis is taking Moon Knight in (the part that thinks about his work on Siege), but another part of me is just plum excited to see what he does (the part that thinks about his work on Daredevil with the same guy illustrating Moon Knight, Alex Maleev).
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Right after the Siege comic event there were still some unresolved...issues between the big three of Tony Stark, Thor, and Steve Rogers. While the main Avengers books and whatnot immediately launched into stories set a bit after Siege, Brian Michael Bendis had this five-issue mini-series to tell us about what happened immediately after Siege between the guys that resulted in them not wanting to directly rip their throats out. It sounds more interesting than it was because for some reason 95% of this comic involves them going to a fantasy land with dragons and ogres whilst making cute quips. Yeah, it's a strange book.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Uncanny X-Force #7 AND #8
These were some damn fine comics, with issue seven wrapping up the "Deathlok Nation" storyline wonderfully and issue eight serving as a delightful one-off that starts sort of weak but finishes with great strength.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
This is one good-looking mess of a story. Seriously, as I discussed in my podcast post (why not listen to it and subscribe via iTunes?) this is confusing as hell despite having great art. Let's look at just where things go wrong after the break--and yes, I try to be funny again like in some of my posts.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
So yeah, I've pretty much quit playing World of Warcraft as of about two or three months ago. I tried to keep my interest up; I played a character from both of the new races of Goblins and Worgen to the low-20s, I quested a bit with my main, a Tauren Shaman named Shine, in the new high-level zone of the World Tree, I even made some new characters to explore the old-world zones re-done due to the decimation wrought by Deathwing. The game just didn't seem to have its hooks in me as much this time around though, with my usual playing of a year or six months before getting tired--don't get me wrong, I had fun, but I guess I just didn't have the time to dedicate toward playing WOW with my other priorities in life such as working, or doing this here blog for you all.
I suppose I'll cancel my subscription again for now, because there is no point in paying Blizzard for the right to not play WOW, though I imagine I will be back when the urge to quest strikes me. I enjoyed writing articles about my experiences in World of Warcraft for this blog and don't worry about me no longer writing about WOW because I'll still follow news about it, plus there will of course be comics related to it I will want to read. I mean, I still have two issues of the Worgen comic I will review very soon for the blog. The main thing that sucks is I'm stuck getting some issues of the quarterly World of Warcraft Magazine I subscribed to that you may recall isn't that good. Oh well.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I already discussed the first issue of 5 Ronin (The Wolverine-focused one) and figured it would make sense to do a post about the rest of the comics--especially because I discuss them in today's podcast, which if you have already listened to you know I don't much care for these.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Or download it below!
Download this episode (right click and save)
Time for my less-than-regular segment! Today its about True Blood, which I would argue is currently the hottest show on HBO, and I don't think too many people would disagree. With the 3rd season coming out on DVD soon (May 31st, 2011) and the 4th premiering not too long after (June 26th, 2011) I thought now would be a good time to look back at the second season. Why not the first? Well, it was good, but I feel the show didn't really get great until the 2nd, as will now be discussed.
I know I just reviewed something by Nick Spencer (the Jimmy Olsen book), but why not cover another great work by him? This series has packed in more plot twists and crazy concepts than I've known what to do with since it started. It's also had a lot of guest artists for various flashbacks, making this issue set all in the present kind of unique. Oh, and it is pretty great stuff.
As we approach the final issue of Brightest Day, the 24th (technically the 25th as that zero issue was pretty much a first issue for the series, but whatever), I feel it might be fun to look at the first collection of the series. In doing so you can see the immediate problems that would plague the series and the good things that would help it.
Remember the game, "Prey"? It was announced in 1995 or so, was delayed forever, and finally came out in 2006? Yeah, that game. Well, as you may recall it was all claustrophobic and had the gimmick of portals that could alter gravity and where you were located for all kinds of fun game-play results. It got okay reviews and I never got around to playing it. Hence, I could have cared less when I first hear about Prey 2, until I saw details about how this game took place in a big alien city, was a sci-fi noir game, and otherwise was nothing like the original Prey other than some plot elements.
Monday, April 18, 2011
I'll be honest, I don't usually like Jimmy Olsen. He bugs me. Superman's supposed best friend, always getting in trouble, whining, and otherwise being lame. Grant Morrison used him pretty well in All Star Superman but that's about it for times I've liked him. Well, when Nick Spencer's Jimmy Olsen back-up started running in Action Comics I knew we had a winner. When the back-ups stopped I was sad, but now we have the whole story collected in one place, and boy is it great!
I have made it no secret on my blog that I absolutely despise Ke$ha. I think she is talentless, using little more than the miniscule sex-appeal and shock-value she has along with her vapid lyrics and annoying beats to make as much money as possible from shallow fools before her fame dries up (that's a mouthful). Therefore, on a day I forced to listen to the song "Blow" because friends in the car wouldn't let me change the channel, I was shocked when a lyric that could actually be interpreted as very clever and deep was said by my least favorite singer besides Fergie, "We're pretty and sick/We're young and we're bored." Huh.
In this era of focusing on beauty and wealth aren't we all being done in by our desire to be pretty, making us all sick? Aren't youth being drowned in so much media that they are bored and mindless? Am I trying to read too much into a lyric that means nothing and am instead seeing all these deep concepts of a post-modern exploration of loneliness, greed, and tedium with this world we live in? I suppose the answer is "Maybe" to all of the above. Still, it's just odd that someone as horrible as Ke$ha could make something that gave me pause. I guess I found the needle in the haystack. With the needle being something about Ke$ha I didn't hate, and the haystack being all the rest of her work output.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Action Double Feature #1
There is a company called Four Star Studios, made up of four individuals. I know one from his work on the comic Hack/Slash so I heard about this that way and from a positive review of the app I am about to discuss on Comics Alliance. Just what is "Action Double Feature"? Well, it is two eight page comics for $.99. Not a bad deal, 16 pages for almost a buck, but it is the way they take advantage of the digital medium that makes this really neat stuff...
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Written by the author of the main Avengers: Children's Crusade mini-series and with pencils by the legend Alan Davis you think this would be great or important to the story right? Well, you'd be pretty wrong.
Anyways, go out and brew or buy a cup of coffee, maybe get a Dunkaccino if you feel like living on the wild side. Whatever it is you do, just enjoy your hot cup of "joe" as folk call it for some reason.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
- The clever response to the wildly sexist and inappropriate Catwoman drawing by Greg Horn.
- A special-effects artist is going to direct the Deadpool movie. This means the film will have cool effects but may otherwise suck. I'm just cynical, though.
- DC has a ton more Flashpoint issues they solicited before all the solicits came out recently. The sheer amount of comics for this event is just mind-boggling.
- David Finch has to have a fill-in artist for a comic that is supposed to essentially be his own vanity project. Hopefully Jay Fabook draws faster than ol' molasses Finch as I've taken to calling him.
- The popular anthology series Mome will be ending with its 22nd volume. I've enjoyed the series so I'm saddened by the news.
- Nick Spencer and Emma Rios will be doing a Cloak and Dagger mini-series. That sounds like an utterly awesome creative team.
- We're killing Ultimate Spider-Man soon in 2011 and he'll be getting his own television series in 2012. I wonder what the odds are he'll be brought back around the same time the show premieres?
- Do we really need a Hit-Girl comic? I mean, Mark Millar writing a little girl swearing, how edgy!
- A new six-issue mini-series will come out in July by Marvel comics called Vengeance and feature villains. I wouldn't be that excited except it is written by the generally pretty stellar Joe Casey so I'm more pumped that usual.
- Warren Ellis, thriller novels? Yes please!
Monday, April 11, 2011
As always you can also subscribe to my podcast via iTunes if you want, just search for The Newest Rant in the iTunes store Podcast section!
Download this episode (right click and save)
Kurt Busiek--famous for various comics such as the original Thunderbolts--brings us a tale of Dracula unlike one I've seen before, mixing vampires and business-mergers. This sounds interesting.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Don't let the serious cover fool you, the inside of this comic is some silly fun straight out absurd days of villains who drove clown-cars through coffee shops and terrorist organizations set up shops in pet stores. Yeah this is zany, and that's just fine.
An interesting tale of Brock Rumlow and an island of monsters which holds a young boy he seems to have as a target a mysterious government man has given him. Despite the, "Captain America," in the title, the only time the good Captain pops up is in two flashbacks. Even with that misnomer this was still pretty good.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
As with their big events as of late, Marvel likes to have a companion comic to go with the major story that focuses on how smaller-name characters and regular folk are impacted by the major happening. Hence, we now have this mini-series that is an anthology of sorts with four different stories, two of which will be continuing and two that are one-offs. The quality of these stories varies dramatically to say the least.
Friday, April 8, 2011
A Wildstorm Series (not in the now-defunct Wildstorm Universe, so you don't need to know any continuity) that was quite good, The American Way was about a world where there were super heroes but they were essentially just super-powered actors trying to keep people placated. Once a friend of the President learns this secret and is brought in to help sell the heroes, things get interesting when he tries to spear-head things by introducing a black hero. This wouldn't be that big a deal, except its 1961. Yeah, things are going to get interesting.
This was a quiet opening, clearly trying to build dread, and I understand that. Still, I wasn't too upset or too impressed.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
- Venom #1
- Incognito: Bad Influences #1
- Halcyon #4
- Tarot #67
- Black Panther #516
Oh, and for those who like when I talk about things besides comics, don't worry. I will do Podcasts where I talk about a book I read, movie I saw, or television show I watched sometime too in the future.
I'll admit it, I've given this series some harsh words. I wasn't big on its use of Luke Cage, I was getting bored with it seeming to meander about, and it didn't seem to have a focus, as if David Liss didn't know where he was taking the story. Then I see Spider-Man on this cover and expect some lame team-up issue that will be dull and cliche. Well, I"m not above admitting I was horribly wrong and this was an incredibly awesome comic.
Rick Remender and Tony Moore, the men behind Fear Agent and the Franken-Castle part of Remender's Punisher run have teamed up yet again to present a series about the venom symbiote as a military operations suit worn by Spider-Man supporting cast member Flash Thompson--although you don't need to be reading Spider-Man to follow along. How is the premiere issue? Worth reading.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
- Jeff Lemire will be drawing Jonah Hex #69? Huh, it actually kind of makes sense if you ponder it for a bit.
- Okay, I think I get this. There will be a new Captain America title with a #1 issue, and the current Captain America comic will be re-titled Captain America and Bucky, take place in the past, and will also have Ed Brubaker as the writer (with Marc Andreyko collaborating). Wouldn't it make more sense to do this the other way around and make the new book the one in the past and the present-tense book the regular-numbered series? I'm just saying, it's odd.
- Remind me--a gamer--to not live in Australia.
- There is a new Marvel teaser that is just an image and the word, "Vengeance" along with an anoymous source saying it is X-Men related. Hm.
- DC comics had a comics imprint called Minx they marketed to teenage girls. It didn't work out and the line was killed, with some of the lines being picked up as just general DC comics and now some of the stories apparently are being picked up by Image. I didn't read any Minx books other than Brian Wood's one but its always good for creators to get work, and I heard almost all the books were pretty good.
- Paul Ryan is an idiot, for thinking he can propose an overhaul to Medicare and Medicaid for the purpose of cutting a bunch of stuff form our budget just so he can give more tax breaks to big corporations.
I'm not too big on Daniel Acuna, but I'm a fan of Jason Aaron when he's on his game. Can an issue consisting mostly of people just fighting Wolverine satisfy? Yes, apparently.
Monday, April 4, 2011
- Steve Rogers will be wearing the Captain America outfit again starting this July, which I guess means Bucky will have to become the Winter Soldier full-time or we'll have a "multiple Captain-Americas" deal like with Batman. Also, it may be re-numbered (or maybe not) which seems to upset people annoyed at how the series recently went to "original" numbering. I dunno, I get annoyed at petty things, but this is just too petty even for me. Oh, and it will still have the same writer, Ed Brubaker, so that's good.
- Here is a fun article about the upcoming Secret Avengers by the amazing Warren Ellis and Jamie McKelvie and the idea of "done in one [issue]" stories.
- It seems I wasn't the only one who sort of enjoyed Ultimate X #4 despite some giving it middling reviews.
- Southwest Airlines, we don't have flight-change fees, and our planes may have a huge hole ripped in them.
- Indiana wants to force doctors to tell women seeking abortions it may cause breast cancer even though it has been medically proven to be completely untrue. Even if you aren't pro-choice I would think you are against outright lying to people.
- Fear Itself already has a review of it up? Wow.
- People would blame both sides if the federal government shut down as it seems to be doing soon. Excuse me, but it isn't the fault of Democrats or Republicans--to be precise it is the Tea Party and its members of our government. Their unwillingness to compromise at all and the Republican's fear of upsetting them has resulted in this deadlock which seems to be dooming us to a sequel to the shutdown of the 90s. Oh, and now conservatives want to attack the once-untouchable issue that is medicare and medicaid. Good luck with that guys, I hope you don't mind losing any voter over 65 even if some reform would be a good idea.
NEWEST UPDATE: I am now using Podbean because it is better than Podcast machine.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I am reviewing Ultimate X #4, seriously, no joke. I didn't do anything for April Fool's Day as I hate fake posts that I have to realize are not serious. Still, 8 months or so after it was due this is actually out. The cover signed by Art Adams has a little 5-4-2010 meaning this issue was in the works for a whole year. Was the wait worth it? Well, define, "worth it"....
|Lady, I know how you feel.|
Friday, April 1, 2011
Superman/Batman: Absolute Power
A story from the series that had an extended run by Jeph Loeb before 90% of his work output started to stink. We have here a tale sort-of in continuity and sort-of out of it, as this series always does. I say "sort-of" because in the end everything of course works out to the status quo as things do in super hero comics, but before that occurs we have pretty fun alternate universe tale.
Fear Itself Prologue: Book of the Skull #1
Marvel's sorta-kinda first issue of a comic that truly relates to Fear Itself...and it pretty much contains material that could have easily been compressed into 8 pages and everyone could have called it a day...