Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Let Me Get This Straight--Is DC's New Publishing Plan Genuis or Just Plain Stupid? Really, Which Way Will This Go?
Let me get this straight--and I'm just getting this information out having heard it briefly ago--in September after Flashpoint ends, DC is going to launch 52 new comics in the sense that every previous comic is canceled and possibly being re-started with a new #1 issue. That's 13 new comics a week. Also, we are getting all-new creative teams with, "three quarters of creative teams being shuffled around," and Superman may not longer be married and hooking up with Wonder Woman who also no longer has her hated continuity change that Straczynski did. Plus, Grant Morrison is going to write an in-continuity Superman book.
There also have the big deal of every single comic being day-and-date digital, which means that the exact same day you can buy it on comic stands, you can buy it for your computer/phone/tablet device. This is quite possibly the biggest creative and financial risk DC has ever taken and I kind of am impressed by their sheer gall, but I share the concerns that some have.
This could either be a huge success (I mean, they got USA Today to talk about it, so that's cool) or turn into a huge belly-flop that kills DC in the market with their new #1 books not selling as well as they hope, or changing continuity too much and pissing off enough fans that they lose more readers than they gain, or they just can't make up cash for that whole, "Keeping comics $2.99" deal they have going. Still, I sorta remember when Marvel was though of as the company that took big creative risks and was, "out-there," on the cutting edge. Now, we've got DC comics doing something huge and Marvel...has Nazi robots attacking Washington DC while various heroes and villains pick up hammers that make them super-powered in Fear Itself. No matter what happens, at least DC wins the risk-taking award.
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Some time ago I reviewed the first Crank movie and enjoyed it quite a bit. Well, I can say this tops it in sheer craziness and absurdity. Whether it is a fantasy scene of Jason Statham's character fighting his opponent as if they were big Godzilla monsters, or being knocked out and imagining he is a child on a talk show facing the fact he's a miserable person (which is actually a clever scene and one of the few times the movie examines the fact that our protagonist Chev Chelios really is kind of a terrible guy), this is an utterly insane flick.
Monday, May 30, 2011
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-6 And The "Infinity" One-Shot
The first issue of the second volume of this series is coming out soon so why not review this first run? Well, this is one strange comic. It almost seems like it could pretty much be some sort of alternate-universe tale any comic publisher did with its use of famous historical figures as members of a secret society--except for the fact that it does tie in two Marvel characters in the form of Howard Stark and Nathaniel Richards, fathers of two famous Marvel characters. Other than those two however, this is one crazy comic that at first seems to read like a jumbled-mess but by the time I reached issue #6 actually made a bit of sense. Plus, Dustin Weaver turns in art that is utterly, incredibly, unbelievably, gorgeous.
Now, I will be staying on New Avengers because I love me some Luke Cage, but even that is tenuous. Other $3.99 comics I will look at on a per-comic basis just as I do $2.99 comics--but keep in mind that if something is a dollar extra, I'm going to be quite a bit extra picky in my judgement of if I should be buying it. I enjoy Avengers enough to maybe pay $2.99 for it, but $3.99? I guess we are going to have to part ways.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
The tumblr is dead, it was a misguided effort.
It doesn't always have to be a "Film Friday" segment for me to review a movie, and seeing as how I did do a Flashback Friday bit this week, I thought I would just add a review of a movie I saw Saturday afternoon that I found very fun to the blog. I mean, the sequel to the very-popular, "The Hangover," couldn't possibly live up to the original, and some critics have been very harsh on it, but while not being as good as the original, I still enjoyed this very much.
God, I am very nonreligious but do believe you exist, and I pretty much only pray to you once every three years, but please, dear God please have this be something real or have it grow into something real and not just be a little joke teaser that Mustafa made with his money from doing the Old Spice ads--or even worse, something Old Spice helped fund. A Luke Cage movie with anyone as the lead would be awesome, and the Old Spice guy could even work as he kind of actually fits the role pretty well with his weird mixture of charm and strength. No one else on the internet knows what to make of this, hopefully it turns out to be something good.
I love photography, and one of my first cameras I owned was a little Polaroid instant film camera that I still have to this day along with some film that I keep carefully packaged as finding film for sale is a pain if you don't want to go on Ebay and pay an arm and a leg. So yeah, I have a soft spot for photographic art and Polaroid pictures, therefore you think I would love this book, right? Well, you would be correct.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
We spent eight issues with Wolverine in Hell and then dealing with a demon in his body on earth, so you would expect his hunting down Mystique for revenge to take forever, right? Well, I did, so imagine my surprise when the cleverly titled issue, "Get Mystique: Repose," (which is clever because Aaron wrote the original Get Mystique story in the older Wolverine book) is one short, action-packed issue loaded with fighting, fast-driving, a crazy new assassin, and Daniel Acuna's art actually seeming to work really well this time for me. Yeah, this was pretty sweet.
Friday, May 27, 2011
An original graphic novel that was released by DC comics as a snazzy-looking hardcover, this out-of-continuity tale focuses on a much more real-world version of Gotham where the Joker one day gets released from Arkham Asylum and tries to rebuild his criminal empire--all viewed through the eyes of a young Johnny Frost. It's written by the talented Brian Azzarello who knows a thing or two about crime-comics, and has beautiful artwork by Lee Bermejo--who does all the pencils but unfortunately doesn't ink every page. Oh, it is also relentlessly dark in tone and about as close as you can get to a Vertigo comic with DC super heroes. I really like it.
This collects issues #13-16 of Batman and Robin along with Batman: The Return and is probably some of the best Batman stuff Grant Morrison has done. There is a reason that I said Batman and Robin #13 was my favorite individual issue of a comic in 2010, and that reason is that this arc rocks.
It was meant to sync-up with issues of Batman and Robin which were also being written by Grant Morrison but due to delays, this book wasn't able to do so. It had different artists every issue resulting in it always feeling quite different in tone despite being one series, and despite issues such as these, this is still one great series that not only tells a cool tale about Bruce Wayne and Batman, but fills in a lot of the questions Morrison had set up in his time spent on the main Batman book and Batman and Robin.
I honestly haven't heard a peep about this series since March-ish and can only figure that work is progressing on it very slowly with DC planning to re-solicit it when they actually have enough of a complete product that they can release the darn thing.I mean, it is in-continuity--I'm pretty sure--but it isn't too important to the current comics story-wise so they can pretty much just release it whenever they finally get this thing done.
Damn, that is super-cool, you have a sexuality-and-death sort of thing going on, light-and-dark...just, incredible stuff.
|Actually, the posts are just beginning|
6AM: This post you are reading now goes up.
9AM: I comment on how cool Dectective Comics #877's cover looks.
12PM: I wonder whatever happened to Batman: Europa.
3PM: I discuss The Return of Bruce Wayne.
6PM: I talk about how much I love Batman and Robin Volume 3: Batman and Robin Must Die.
9PM: I do my Flashback Friday post about the original graphic novel "Joker"--which did involve Batman in the sense that the Joker is his archenemy and Batman does show up in the end.
Do note that I have written these in advance in the past and just scheduled them to be posted at these times as it seemed like a good theme. I'll probably be at work and later out with friends when the posts actually go up, so don't worry about me spending my birthday just sitting at the computer updating my blog--my life isn't that sad, I do know to put this thing on the back-burner when it come to enjoying my birthday with family and friends.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
It's hard to believe not too long ago I really didn't like this series, what with Jeph Loeb making it super-corny and having Red Hulk being a big jerk. Well, ever since Jeff Parker took over it he's made Red Hulk someone much more possible to relate to and understand--it probably also helps that we now know how he's General Thunderbolt Ross--the same man who once hunted down the green Hulk. Gabriel Hardman also has amazing art and the villains Parker has created for the Red Hulk to face are very interesting resulting in a comic I can recommend without hesitation. What makes this issue enjoyable though? Let's discuss it.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Published by the independent comics company Accent UK (also known for their snazzy anthologies on various topics, such as robots or westerns, that they do annually), Fall Of The Wolfmen is actually a sequel to the first graphic novel, The Wolfmen. You don't absolutely need to have read the first to understand this, but it is a good read so I'd recommend it--basically our protagonist who worked with some crooks that are also secretly werewolves in the first book is now out to kill them in this new book whilst having becoming a werewolf himself at the end of the last book. How is this volume though? Well, as an odd mixture of noir and horror it goes down pretty smoothly.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Written by Mike White, this started life as a differently-named web-comic before becoming a black-and-white trade paperback about a young girl named Gretchen who doesn't speak, a pig named Chester, and grown man named Uncle Downey who lives like a pig (and is Gretchen's uncle)--and the Grandma pops up along with a small critter named Winston who is really off his rocker. It's a fun all-ages geared tale with just enough humor that appeals to us grown-ups that everyone could enjoy it.
A new Batman-related mini-series involving the history of Gotham city along with the Wayne families and other famous individuals who helped build Gotham up into the crime-ridden place it is today. The driving issue is a mystery, and if that mystery weren't interesting this would be a miserable comic, but my curiousity is piqued, so that mission was accomplished. How was the overall writing and art though? You know the drill by now (and if you don't, click the cut)
Monday, May 23, 2011
Ed Benes Is a Hack. He makes money drawing scantily-clad heroes and selling those drawings on the internet when not doing comic work, and all his drawings are like that. He doesn't pose characters that well. Other people on the internet agree with me. Let's look at some of his work that pops up if you type in his name. I'll put it after the cut because even though nothing is super-inappropriate--I keep my blog safe enough that you could browse it at work--I don't feel like having loosely-dressed women all over the main page of my blog, I want to keep things classy, ya know.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
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This comic does something you don't think is possible, it makes Jason Todd, the former-Robin that everyone has hated, actually look kind of cool. No, seriously, the former whiny-brat who was unbearable in Countdown to Final Crisis and went completely bonkers in Battle For the Cowl before being locked up in the earlier issues of Batman and Robin kind of is a bad-ass in this issue. How is that possible? Let me explain...
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I do feel kind of bad for the people who actually believed him, quit their jobs, and sold their stuff to spread the word about the supposed end only to be shown to be utter and complete saps--but then again when you're that gullible, how bad can you feel for a person? Now we can get ready for the crazy folk who claim the world ends in 2012. Hoo boy...
Huh, the event I was less excited about--Flashpoint--has a much better first issue and seems a lot more promising than the comic event I was actually kind of pumped for--Fear Itself. Who would have thunk it?
Friday, May 20, 2011
Interesting story about how I got this: it was essentially the last thing I have bought from a Borders and it was pretty much free. You see, the book normally was $10.00, but was being sold for 50% off at the last Borders near me that was about to close and I had 5 dollars in Borders bucks. With my borders membership covering the sales tax I ended up having one penny left in Borders bucks that I never got to use. Kind of sad. That is a huge digression from my discussing this book about a possible near-future where the U.S. has another civil war--a book which is very good.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
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Book Time--Dear Senator: A Memoir By The Daughter Of Strom Thurmond By Essie Mae Washington Williams
I read this book a long time ago, but it stuck with me as it is a really interesting piece of nonfiction that reads as if it is something straight out of a novel. A state's rights politician who espouses racist ideology has a biracial daughter he secretly cares for and loves? Wow, that's some crazy stuff. Once you get past the tabloid-ish aspects of it all you get into a story that is about really human individuals and how nothing is ever as simple as it seems--especially race.
Avengers Academy #11-12
A fun coupling of comics where some weird energy-guy known as Korvac attacks the Avengers Academy and his ex-wife make the kids adult-versions of themselves with their current teen-minds. It's pretty fun.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
At 9AM you can read a review of Avengers Academy #11-12, and then at 12PM AKA Noon AKA Lunchtime I'll have a book review for ya of "Dear Senator: A Memoir by the Daughter of Strom Thurmond" which was written by Strom Thurmond's biracial daughter, Essie Mae Washington Williams.
What else am I bringing for your eyeballs to devour with glee? Well, come 2PM I'll have some rant-reviews of comics that are hot off the presses in that they just came out Wednesday, and then at 4PM I'll have something really big, another interview! With whom, you ask? Why, David Liss, current writer of the Black Panther comic and writer of the upcoming Mystery Men title, both from Marvel.
Why am I doing so much today? I dunno, I just felt like it, that and I probably will be really busy over the weekend and only able to get one thing up Friday (one of my Flashback or Film segments) and maybe one thing or nothing Saturday and Sunday, so yeah, definitely enjoy your big plate of content today, I made it just for you with lots of love....well, not love, more like just an obsession for getting stuff posted.
There was a very funny movie that parodied blaxploitation films that came out a couple of years ago called, Black Dynamite. It had the talented Michael Jai White (who has a writing credit for this along with a bunch of other folk) as the titular hero, an ex-CIA operative and Vietnam veteran who fights against the man and solves a big mystery. It was a really funny flick and had some great kung-fu fighting. So, when I saw that Ape Entertainment had an officially licensed one-shot you know I was going to pick it up. Would it live up to expectations however? Yeah, I would say it pretty much did.
Daken and X-23 fight and team-up, one betrays the other, they fight, team-up, talk, and nothing much is resolved. Eh.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Butcher Baker The Righteous Maker #1-2
This is a strange comic. Sort of a parody of over-the-top super-patriotic comics and also a tale of what happens to heroes when they older than we are used to. It looks great and is generally entertaining, just really odd.
Let me get this straight; on August 31st, 2011 there will be only one DC comic released? Strange. That comic will be Flashpoint #5 and it mist have a big impact on the DC Universe that no other comic is coming out from them. This is either a genius or horribly stupid move.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Let's go back far in time, to a few months before I was born, January 1988. A comic launched that spun out of Swamp Thing that is the longest-running Vertigo title ever--so long running it existed before Vertigo even did! I was at a bookstore and they had a bunch of old comics, and mixed about there was this first ever issue of John Constantine's adventures. Seeing as how he is now in the main DC universe, and DC is re-releasing all the Hellblazer books in chronological order (a good thing as apparently the current ordering is a huge mess) this seems like a great time to talk about this first-ever issue.
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Abyss: Family Issues #2-3
Kevin Rubio has written an enjoyable comic that both skewers and pays homage to super-heroes while telling a good story in its own right too.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
David Brothers and Esther Inglis dicuss comics, movies, culture, politics, and whatever else they want in what is possibly my favorite podcast. Episodes usually aren't too long, but are still full of content. Definitely worth a download.
The Comic Conspiracy (a part of Geekbox)
Still quite new having not even yet reached its tenth episode, this podcast is enjoyable, covering a wide range of comics news and reviews with hosts who just genuinely love comics.
Wait, What? (of The Savage Critics)
Probably the funniest of any comic-related podcast I listen too, Jeff and Graeme are hilarious with their outrageous comments and willingness to speak their minds no matter how brutal or mean it may sound. Tune in and get ready to grin.
House To Astonish
Were it not for the 4thletter this might be my favorite podcast, as it has funny hosts just like "Wait, What?" has in-depth critical commentary just like the aforementioned 4thletter, and otherwise tends to be hoot to listen to.
The Newest Rant Podcast
I supplied the iTunes link above, and you can always just listen on my blog--how much easier can I make it for you? I hope to get a new episode up soon where I talk about the Thor movie and some lame comics I read. If you like my blog you should enjoy it, check it out!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
This has been a pretty enjoyable series so far. It has served as a way to bring in lesser-known characters who are "hired" by Misty Knight to do various tasks and gives the book and excuse to let characters flit in and out of the book. There was of course the big twist that the Puppet Master was in fact orchestrating this, but since breaking free of him last issue Misty is now doing the whole "Heroes For Hire" business legitimately with the help of Paladin. It makes for some fun reading.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Iron Man 2.0 #3-4
Nick Spencer knows when to let a lack of dialogue speak for itself, having the first five pages of Iron Man 2.0 #3 go by in absolute silence. It shows reflection, regret, and planning.
The first volume of the ongoing Azrael series collected in trade paperback form. It is much better than you maybe would expect, and is really quite interesting, tackling complex subjects pretty tastefully and of course working in some good action bits.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
- Alright, at the end that strange thing in the suitcase Nick Fury reveals is a Cosmic Cube, a source of unlimited energy, hence all the talk of energy.
- Loki seems to have taken control of the doctor or at least piggy-backed onto him, it isn't quite clear which.
- This both shows that the Cosmic Cube--which will play a part in Captain America--is in the hands of Nick Fury by the time of the upcoming Avengers movie, and that this Cosmic Cube will possibly play a role in said Avengers movie, with Loki also appearing.
Erik Larsen turns in a 48-page pseudo-anthology (anthology in the sense it is different pieces, but not really one because it is all Larsen), of his "24 hour" comic and some other stuff. It's an interesting mixed bag o' comics.
My Girlfriend (Back When I Originally Made This Post) Got These For Free Comic Book Day And Continues To Hate Comics Because They Sucked.
World War Hulks: Spider-Man VS Thor #1-2
Alright, so the comic store I went to was giving out comics for free comic book day--obviously. You could get some of the special comics made just for free comic book day and they had various older comics they were giving away too. They had plenty of good ones but I told her to get these because I read they were absolutely horrible and the author, Kieron Gillen himself, admitted he was kind of drunk when he wrote the scripts for these two issues. She read the first issue and took it as a example of all comics and now continues to only like manga because of the sheer hideous nature of this comic that she read aloud to emphasis how abominable it was. Anyways, let's break down just what makes these so unpleasant but in a way awesome because they are so bad.