Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Wednesday, November 30, 2005



Invincible V5: Facts of Life

I'm a bit pissed i was forced to miss book day today - even though it was my first visit in 3 weeks!!! i have a super long list of great flops that i'll have to wait until tomorrow to get my hands on (sometimes i HATE my job!).

It's late and i don't have time (or patience) for a full review but wanted to drop a few thoughts about the newest Invincible trade. I'm serious in saying that there doesn't seem to be anyone out there putting together their trades as well as Robert Kirkman.

Kirkman's trades come printed on that nice, slick, glossy stock (which really seems to bring out the colors in a book like Invincible), and are ALWAYS packed w/ extras usually relagated only to HCs. I mean how many trades out there these days come with ZERO extras, much less the uber-fun bonuses that RK gives us.

And while we're talking extras, i was real happy he decided to put the cool background mini-issues (of some of the top Invincible characters) from the double-sized #25 in here, and pages and pages (and pages) of original Ryan Ottley sketches - including some must see marker work of Atom Eve (wowzers).

Kudo's to Image and RK for these beast trades - i only wish every trade i bought was given this kind of TLC before it hit the stands... It's not THAT hard to throw in a few sketches w/ some writers commentary at the very least now is it??

Ok since this was meant to be a review and not just a slob-fest of the trades extras, let me tell you that i think this is the best Invincible compilation to date. The arc encompassed here is just a fun read IMO (my favorite Invincible stretch so far - even including those flops that have come afterwards).

Mark reveals his superhero-ness to Amber (his top girl), and you gotta love Angstrom Levy and the Mauler (brothers?) as villians. Levy's plan to rip the data banks of each of his various dopplegangers across dimensions is one of the coolest bad-guy plans i've read in comics in a while and there's plenty of Allen the Alien (one of my new favorite characters). A+ all around.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005



11.29 Panel 'o the Day

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30 November, 2005 02:32, Anonymous joe shakespeare said...

hey! is this guy swiping rob liefeld??

:)

 
30 November, 2005 09:10, Blogger zilla said...

actually this is from Frank Miller's Ronin (which i just finished reading on the plane to Seattle). Man is that a solid read... one for the ages.

 

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11.30 Shopping List

Believe it or not i haven't been to the 'ole LCS in 3 friggin' weeks. My trip to Seattle (North Bend actually) was a blast... I powered through a bunch of TPs on the 5 hour flight there (Ronin, Invincible V4, Sin City V5, Losers V3, 100 Bullets V4 & V5, and most of a great "text-only" book i'm reading by George R.R. Martin, "A Feast for Crows"), but i'm way, way behind on my flops. This weeks trip to Pheonix Comics will be costly my friend... luckily the past few weeks have been kind of light wish lists for me (but things are picking up).

DARK HORSE
BPRD THE BLACK FLAME #4 (OF 6) - I'm really enjoying this... probably should have waited for the trade here but what the hey... i'm mini-series committed now.
USAGI YOJIMBO #89 - Pull list.

DC
LOSERS #30 (MR) - Pull list.
SILENT DRAGON #5 (OF 6) - So sad this one is coming to an end in just 2 issues! Here's to hoping this title goes somewhere (another mini at least).

IMAGE
FEAR AGENT #2 - Pull list. #1 was rock-solid IMO and i'm looking for big things from this title down the road...
FELL #3 - Pull list.
FERRO CITY #4 - Pull list... one of my favs.
PVP VOL 3 PVP RIDES AGAIN TP - Best reading for peaceful-alone-time-on-the-can out there.
WALKING DEAD VOL 4 HEARTS DESIRE TP (MR) - I've read all the flops in here but won't be able to resist getting this to re-read and then shelv for future re-reads.

MARVEL
INCREDIBLE HULK #89 - Pull list. Not sure if i'm too hype about the new crew running IH, but i'm a Hulk fan no matter what so i'll keep buying/reading/hoping.
NEW AVENGERS #13 - Pull list. This has felt a bit stale lately but for some reason i don't dare ditch it.
SENTRY #3 (OF 8) - I may be the only one out there - but i'm a fan. This mini has proved interesting to me so far. Gotta love inner-turmoil.
WOLVERINE #36 - Pull list.

OTHER
None :(

NEXT WEEK
JONAH HEX #2, Y THE LAST MAN #40 (MR), WALKING DEAD SCRIPT BOOK #1 (MR), MARVEL TEAM-UP #15, POWERS #15 (MR), PUNISHER #28 (MR), THOR BLOOD OATH #5 (OF 6), ULTIMATES 2 #9,

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29 November, 2005 15:22, Blogger James Meeley said...

Zilla:

You aren't alone in liking the Sentry mini-series. I've really been into it, as well. Like you, the inner-turmoil of the character is a wonder to behold.

Here's a guy who can do practically anything, yet he fears himself for that very same reason.

I think Sentry is one of the best new creations out of Marvel in YEARS. I just hope that Bendis keeps this intrigue about the character over in New Avengers.

 

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Saturday, November 26, 2005



Comics purchased in the week of November 23 - Uncensored

Wow, I'm really becoming surprised at how few Marvel books I'm buying these days, maybe half the comics I read now are from Marvel. I guess I'm progressing...

Battle Pope Colour #4:
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Pencilled by: Tony Moore
Well it's the end of the reprints of the first BP mini, so the story is wrapped up here. I still like this book, Jean-Paul's attitude towards everything is highly relatable, and the hippy Jesus H. Christ will never cease being funny.
*** out of *****

Daredevil #79:
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencilled by: Alex Maleev
Another fantastic issue from the creative titans known as Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. "The Murdock Papers" story is progressing nicely, and in this issue we see Matt and Elektra battling it out with Bullseye, who is also after the Kingpin's infamous "Murdock Papers". The issue also ends with a nice twist and we see just how in control of everything the Kingpin still is. Anyone who doesn't read this book is missing out on alot of greatness.
**** out of *****

Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty #1:
Written by: Alex Garner
Artwork by: Ashley Wood
Anyone who knows me, knows that I've been fanatic about the Metal Gear franchise since 1999. I didn't bother with the first MGS comic book as it began before I returned to comics. However, Sons of Liberty just coming out, not to mention the fact that the game is my favourite in the series, I thought what the hell, I'll pick it up. It's not bad, certainly nothing like I expected. There's alot of creative liberties taken with the story (basically, the plot of the game is still intact, however the rest seems to have been reimagined), and Raiden doesn't come off as much of a pantywaist in the comic (in fact, he comes off more as the angry, abusive boyfriend type). The artwork is done in a style similar to the artwork in the MGS instruction booklets, which makes sense. It's a sketch-type style, which normally works out well (Alex Maleev does it flawlessly), however, it seems like Ashley Wood went overboard on the sketch look, to the fact that at times it's hard to make out what's on the page, everything is so obscure and lacks any amount of definition. I'll see where the book goes before I judge it completely.
**1/2 out of *****

She-Hulk II #2:
Written by: Dan Slott
Pencilled by: Juan Bobillo
Cover by: Greg Horn
Loved issue one, love issue two. I'd never heard of either creator before reading this title, but I already rank them high on the list of "awesomeness". This series is damn hillarious. Basically, She Hulk is a lawyer, who returned to her rebuilt firm last issue, only to be given a case about a man accused of murdering someone in cold blood. Turns out the man he killed was sent from the future to kill him, thus making it self-defense. To avoid any bias among the juriors, they were brought in from the past. And guess who one of them happens to be? Hawkeye. The issue sees Jen (She-Hulk) trying to, in court, get a message to Hawkeye that he will die. She goes about this by using sign-language which is, I must say, one of the funniest things I've ever seen in a comic book. The artwork is cute and cartoony yet serious at the same time. This is definately one of Marvel's best titles.
**** out of *****

Spawn #150:
Written by: David Hine/Brian Holguin/Todd McFarlane
Pencilled by: Angel Medina/Philip Tan
Cover by: Jim Lee
I've never been nuts about Spawn, in fact prior to this, the only Spawn comic I had was Spawn #9 (first appearence of Angela, written by Neil Gaiman). I liked the HBO series and all, but the comic just never struck me. I picked this up while browsing the rack at the local comic shop killing. The only reason I actually bought it was because I remembered reading all the hype about how this issue would bring new life to the character. This issue did absolutely nothing for me. Spawn is confused about his existence and bitching about Wanda (which, I've heard, is all he's ever done for the past 13 years). He suddenly decides to go to some region controlled by Heaven, in which he has no powers and is destroyed easily. His entrails are retreived by Hell and his Heart by some... guy, who turns it into a child, or something, and tells it to go home to it's mother (who is suicidal appearently). What I find myself wondering is, why did it take Heaven this long to obliterate Spawn? Why is Spawn (a black man)'s heart transformed into a white child? If this child is Spawn's heart, why does it have a suicidal mother? I didn't understand a god damn thing about this issue. Maybe it's just because I don't know alot about the character, but I have a feeling it has more to do with the incoherent storylines that the old comics from Image are (in)famous for.
*1/2 out of *****

The Walking Dead vol. 1: Days Gone Bye:
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Pencilled by: Tony Moore
I read the first issue of TWD that zilla sent me a while ago. Liked it, but forgot about it. Recently I heard one of my favourite Canadian shows (Corner Gas) featured an issue of TWD in it, though it didn't interest me enough to buy the book. Last night though I was killing time waiting for something, so since I was in the area I went to the local comic shop and looked around. Couldn't find anything I wanted to buy, so I decided to ask an employee there (a teenage chick, who used to annoy the hell out of me, but after realizing that she's there for the anime crowd, and that she has a VERY NICE ASS and has dyed her hair red recently, I don't dislike her anymore) for a recomendation. She pointed out The Walking Dead vol. 1: Days Gone Bye. I looked at the price tag (12.95, not bad for a graphic novel, certainly cheaper than what Marvel would charge for a book collecting six issues), and decided what the hell, so I bought it. I thought it was so great I read it all in one sitting. The artwork is certainly alot better than Tony's work on Battle Pope, it's not great by any means but it has a certain charm to it. The characters in the book are very well written, and likeable. I like the underlying message the book seems to have: that the simple things in life are really, all we need.
****1/2 out of *****

Witchblade #92:
Written by: Ron Marz
Pencilled by: Too many god damn people! (Mike Choi, Darwyn Cooke, Eric Basdula, Keu Cha, Luke Ross, Francis Manapul, Rodolfo Migliari, Brandon Peterson, Bart Sears, Terry Dodson, Chris Bachalo, George Perez, Joseph Michael Linsner, Mac Silvestri)
Cover by: Jay Anacleto/Steve Firchow
I used to read Witchblade just after Michael Turner's run ended (from issues #26-38, I missed the boat on it), so having a casual familiarity with the character the idea of an anniversary issue revealling the origin of the Witchblade intrigued me so much that I spent $6 on this thing. Sara (Pezini) starts the issue off by demanding to know from some old Asian man where the Witchblade came from. After some pressing he finally agrees to tell her. All this does though, is trigger a series of two page shots by different artists showing different women who've been in possession of the Witchblade throughout history. Eventually Sara disappears into some kind of void where she's greeted by Dawn (!?!?! When the hell did she become a Top Cow character!?) who tells her that the Witchblade was created to be some sort of balance between the light and dark powers of the universe, that it's male, and that she (Dawn) acts as a midwife. OKAY, so I didn't get any of it. Again, maybe because I'm out of the loop with the character, but after asking some other people, I'm beliving that it's just more incoherent story telling from Image, as per usual. I must say though, Mike Choi's artwork is absolutely beautiful, too bad he only does a few pages in the book.
*** out of ***** (this rating is based almost entirely on the artwork)



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01 December, 2005 00:09, Blogger Mr How said...

I agree with your take on Spawn. Personally i have been a fan, starting from issue 20 and stopped at issue 100. Greg Capullo's art were superb and the storyline were exciting. After that i think everything went downhill.

I bought issue 150 because i dig Greg Capullo's digital painting, but was subsequently dissapointed at the poor interior art. A new villian was introduced but that did not seemed exciting either.

If you are interested, get issues 50 and 100 - great art and story.

And since christmas is coming up, get issue 39, featuring a stand alone christmas story.

 

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005



Seattle for Thanks

I've alluded to it in my last few posts (me thinks) but just wanted to drop something specific to let you all know i'll be "offline" at least through the weekend. I'm Heading to Seattle to visit my grandpeeps w/ my parents, brother (and brother's wife) and my very own wife.

Not trying to be overly pretentious, just didn't want to be thought of as dead and gone after a few days of zero posts (i'm pretty sure i've posted just about every day since i started this thing!!).

most of all tho - HAPPY THANKS GIVING to all my pals 'round here!!



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11.23 Shopping List

Well i'll be travelling to Seattle for Thanksgiving tomorrow so won't be picking these up until next wed... bummer - would make for some great reading material on the 5.5 hour plane ride. No worries i got a stack of unread TPs eager and waiting ;)

DARK HORSE
CONAN #22 (MR) - Pull list. Elephant Tower arc continues (and concludes?).

DC
EX MACHINA #16 (MR) - Pull list. Feels like forever between issues of Ex Machina but they're usually worth the wait. One of the best ongoing series out.
LOVELESS #2 (MR) - #1 was solid IMO and i'm def looking forward to this.

IMAGE
GODLAND #5 (RES) - Pull list. One of my favs at the moment.
INVINCIBLE #27 - Pull list.
WALKING DEAD #24 (MR) - Last issue really started picking up the pace again... after a short (very short) lull in my TWD hypeness, i'm back excited again.

MARVEL
ULTIMATE X-MEN #65 - Pull list.

OTHER
GIANT MONSTER #2 - Anyone who missed #1 needs pick it up (i posted a review a while back if you're the least bit interested). #2 will wrap it up - nicely i feel.

NEXT WEEK
BPRD THE BLACK FLAME #4 (OF 6), SILENT DRAGON #5 (OF 6), FERRO CITY #4 (listed for this week AND next week?), PVP VOL 3 PVP RIDES AGAIN TP (best bathroom reading out there), INCREDIBLE HULK #89, NEW AVENGERS #13, SENTRY #3 (OF 8), and WOLVERINE #36.

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24 November, 2005 23:07, Blogger Christopher Green said...

No Battle Pope?

 

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Can't Make Book Day AGAIN!

This is getting ridiculous. Purposefully missed book day last week due to lack of quality releases, and this week i'll be travelling to Seattle for Thanksgiving. That's a long, long time to go w/ no new flops my friends. But seems i may have a teeming full box NEXT wed when i finally get back on schedule... Better keep in mind how expensive that wed is going to be ;)

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Monday, November 21, 2005



A Few Thoughts on Preacher Vols 1-3

I'm not really sure where to even start w/ this (or how deep to go).

When i got back into comics, i started hunting around trying to compile a "best of the best" list of must-read comics i missed during my hiatus. One of the titles that kept coming up was Garth Ennis's Preacher (of which i had never even heard before then). Although the synopsis i got from the recommending parties never sounded all that interesting, the first trade happened to be called "Gone to Texas", and shit, i'm a Texan by birth so what the hell right? Ha.

I just finished the third trade this afternoon and to be honest i'm still kind of in shock. This is one of the most irreverent comics i've ever read (well maybe next to Kirkman's Battle Pope); but man is it a fun, fun read.

So what's it about? I guess you could loosely describe Preacher as a throwback style "good vs. evil" tale about God's abandonment of his creations; mutiny, confusion, and indecision among the Angels in Heaven during his absense, and one man's efforts to hunt down the Almighty and confront him about it all (no matter what stands in his way). And you know what? While that sounds all good and well (and resonably summarizes the overall story), there's so, so much more...

The "Preacher" (Jesse Custer) isn't really much of a preacher (after the first few issues at least); he rides w/ the love of his life and an uber-memorable Irish vampire named Cass (w/ occasional vists from the Duke, John Wayne... Seriously).

A one-of-a-kind being spawned by the forbidden love between an Angel and a Demon (named "Genesis") has body-snatched Jesse and hooked him w/ a nifty power, known simply as "the word". The Word gives our ass-kicking Preacher the uncanny ability to utter commands others are powerless to obey - as long as they understand them).

Our man Jesse isn't w/o his enemies (of course), including one of the coolest baddies ever written - the "Saint of Killers", who can best be described (in every way) as Clint Eastwood from Hell, w/ a much, much quicker and deadlier draw and about 10x's as ornery. I mean this guy is the bad-ass of all bad-asses as far as i'm concerned.


There's a slew of other wild, wild characters, from a small town sherrif w/ a son who blew his face off in a suicide attempt, members of the mysterious "Holy Grail" organization (protecting Christ's bloodline all the way into the present), to Custers' evil incarnate grandmother and hillbilly cousins. I mean Ennis litterally pulls no punches w/ his cast in this book - that's one thing i can promise you.

So what's a well-rounded character w/o a mysterious and systematically unfolding past? Ennis has us covered in this department for sure, as the Preacher's got one hell of a wild history, slowly unfolding through the first few trades, ultimately building one of the most memorable characters (and backgrounds) in any comic series i've ever read. This sordid tale is not for the feint of heart for sure... but damn interesting, funny, and down right unique.

Let me conclude by saying that there's so much more to this story than i can possibly get into here... but one thing's for sure - I'll be damned if this is like anything else you've ever read. And though it may be for mature audiences only - it's a great ride (through the first 3 volumes at least), and i can see why many consider this title a "classic".

PS - Ennis does seem to have a bit of a weird obsession w/ deviant sexual behavior and inbreeding. Doesn't bother me THAT much but it's a bit unnecessary at times for me... personally. Don't let that take away from what a great story this is overall tho.

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21 November, 2005 19:16, Blogger zilla said...

PS - Ennis does seem to have a bit of a weird obsession w/ deviant sexual behavior and inbreeding. Doesn't bother me THAT much but it's a bit unnecessary at times for me... personally. Don't let that take away from what a great story this is overall tho.

 

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Sunday, November 20, 2005



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Thursday, November 17, 2005



Uncensored's Pull list: November 16, 2005

So far this month I've bought comics every week, which is a tad unusual for me, but I like doing it this way better. Anyway, In my box this week was:

Green Lantern (vol. 4) #5:
Written by Geoff Johns
Pencils by Ethan Van Sciver
After a three month hiatus, Green Lantern is back. I'd like to say that it was worth the wait, but this book became boring so quickly that even my already-low expectations were not met.

The issue starts with The Black Hand sitting on an airplane while some random person babbles on to him with typical flight-chatter. Suddenly German speaking demons (yes, German-speaking demons) appear outside the plane (Twilight Zone, anyone?) and seemingly cause it's destruction (Black Hand lives though, naturally). Then Hal Jordan's upcoming test flight is canceled because Green Lantern is needed to go investigate a beach with corpses on it that have had their brains eaten out of their skulls. So Jordan goes underwater and encounters a giant super-evolved telepathic shark (you're reading correctly, I said a giant super evolved telepathic shark) that seems to be responsible for the eating of the grey matter.

The book started off interesting for the first couple of issues but has been on a steady decline since then. It seems like Johns is trying to recapture the silver age popularity of Jordan by telling silver age-typed stories. Unfortunately, they just don't work nowadays, and simply make the book come off lame.

** out of *****

Marvel Must Haves: Spider-Man and the Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do #1-3:
Written by Kevin Smith (37!?)
Penciled by Terry Dodson
Originally this series was released three years ago, but due to Smith's laziness the remaining three issues were never completed... Until now! So to capitolize on next month's long-awaited issue #4, Marvel re-released the first three issues collected in one, overpriced (in Canadian dollars, anyway) package. It was a good idea though, being a rabid Kevin Smith fan, loving the cheese-cake curvy poses Terry Dodson always draws Ms. Hardy in, and having a massive hard-on for the Black Cat, there was no way I was going to pass this up.

The series is rather unusual territory for a Spider-Man story, featuring an actor who has a thing for teenaged boys, herion overdoses, and so much sexual tension between Peter and Felicia that you just want them to rip eachother's clothes apart right there and just DO IT. Felicia gets a phone call asking her to look for a missing supermodel, so she showers, complains that everyone always wants her to do things for them just because she was once a costumed "hero", and gripes that it's been ages since she's had a boyfriend (or girlfriend...). A teenager in the class Peter teaches has been found dead of a heroin overdose, yet showed no signs of actually doing any drugs, so he goes on a quest to find out who is responsible. He is led to an actor with a thing for teeny-boys who was appearently the last person to see the kid alive. He also happens to be the boyfriend of the missing supermodel. Spidey and Cat run into eachother (literally), and combine their efforts.

I'd never read a Smith comic book before, but his writing is very distinct in the story, which isn't a bad thing. The character interaction between Spidey and Cat just feels so playfully natural that you wonder why Peter ever hooked up with Mary-Plain Watson (as Felicia calls her). Dodson's pencils are slightly more cartoonish in this series than in Marvel Knights Spider-Man, but the time difference is a factor (incidentally, the last eight pages are a preview of issue #4, which has Dodson's more updated look to it). Even so, he still draws Felicia so god damn hot you'll have a hard time paying attention to the speech balloons on the pages. It was a great idea for Marvel to re-release these issues together, and in doing so, they've got me (and I'm sure many others) on board for the remaining three issues, which are supposed to begin shipping next month.

**** out of *****

Supergirl (vol. 5) #3:
Written by Jeph Loeb
Penciled by Ian Churchill
Another late-shipper, although only by one month.

The issue has Supergirl fighting with various members of "The Outsiders" (a group I must admit, I've never even heard of until reading this), with her commenting on various things about them (their unusual names, specifically) in which she makes some rather amusing remarks. Until it's broken up by Nightwing (which, Supergirl's reaction makes a rather cute moment). It's revealed to her at last that Lex Luthor is the man who has been spying on her, so she takes off, without the Outsiders, to battle him.

While this series isn't a favourite of mine, it's an enjoyable read. Jeph Loeb writes the 15 year old Supergirl with such a cutesy (not weak) teenage attitude it's really hard not to like the character. The dialogue is funny in an honest way at times (with such conversations "So Dick, anything you want to tell me?" "What!? No. She's like fifteen years old" "And that's a problem, why?"). Ian Churchill's pencils (particularly the way he draws women) just scream "IMAGE COMICS 1992!" at you, but I don't really see at as too much of a bad thing since he draws Supergirl well. Not a gem but not used toilet paper either.

*** out of *****

All Star Superman #1:
Written by Grant Morrison
Pencils by Frank Quitley
I had no intentions of buying this until about a month ago when I was drunk I suddenly had the urge to read a Superman comic book, but I didn't own any.

A very brief one page recap of the Superman origin, and really, it's all that was needed. The story is about Superman rescuing some astronauts on the sun whose ship has been taken over by one of their pilots (who, turns out to be a human bomb created by Lex Luthor). Upon doing this, it's revealed that Superman's close proximity to the sun has caused some biological change in him.

Short and simple, but then, isn't that the Superman way? I can't say my expectations were lived up to, or that I was disappointed. There really doesn't seem to be much to the book other than telling Superman stories to those who don't read Superman. The art works, and Lois is pretty hot in this issue (more hot than any other incarnation of her I've seen, in fact). But Lex Luthor looks rather... Odd in the book. I really don't know what to say about this one.

No rating.

X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1:
Written by Ed Brubaker
Pencils by Trevor Hairsine
I must (shamefully) admit that I've never read the famous Giatn Size X-Men #1, so I'm sure there's things about this book I won't get. My reasoning for buying it was wanting to read a good X-Men book again, and check out Ed Brubaker's style (since he's taking over Daredevil, my favourite book). On a side note I must say that I'm very pleased with the ad count in this book (48 pages: 11 ads, 1 letter page, 8 page backup story, and 28 pages of main content) since Marvel's ridiculous amount of ads in their books as of late was making me consider dropping comics and switching to graphic novels (Ghost Rider #3 had a whopping 25 pages of ads in it).

The Sentinel at the end of House of M: The Day After is still standing guard at the Xavier mansion. Hank and Scott have a discussion about where all the energy from the depowered mutants could have gone. A mysterious figure awakens in a metero in space, seemingly in a state of panic over something. This being then steals an orbitting space shuttle and crashes it to Earth. The X-Men decide to check it out as Scott figures the only mutant in the world powerful to do that is Xavier.

This issue raises a few questions, including the integrity of Charles Xavier. This new enemy of the X-Men (who seems to be able to manipulate reality ala-Scarlet Witch) appearently is a figure from their past whom the X-Men don't remember. I've heard some speculation on who it is, but since I haven't read GSXM#1 such a revelation doesn't impact me all that much. The writing in this book is solid, with characters acting appropriately as to how one would expect them to. The artwork has a dark style to it which is nice, but I don't like the way he draws Kitty Pride (read: Manly). A promising start to what could be a good series.

***1/2 out of *****



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Wednesday, November 16, 2005



"Planet Hulk" Anyone?

Ok you've heard me begging for some good Hulk for some time now (Incredible is killing me since i've been back reading comics) - and i might finally get my wish.

It appears Marvel is trying to put some real effort into the lead up to The Incredible Hulk #100 (Marvels "next big event"), and i gotta say i'm pretty impressed w/ the preview pages (tho they are few) included in the Newsarama announcement... Check it.

This one may go either way though - the stranded on another planet and forced to battle up the ranks in gladiatorial pit-fighting could easily turn corny. Or not. Do it up for us Pak. Please.

What say the masses?

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17 November, 2005 16:33, Blogger Peter Hensel said...

Pak definitely has it in him. His Warlock mini's great, and besides the polarizing effect of Greg Pak's art, Phoenix: Endsong was well written. Plus he's genuinely excited about it, unlike Iron Man: HoM, 1602, or Marvel Nemesis: The Imperfects.

 

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Book Day Bust

Didn't make it to Pheonix (my LCS) today for the second week in a row. If this keeps up i may need to find myself another day job (j/k).

No big whup though - there were only a couple comics on my list for this week anyways - and i'm sure they'll find their way into my box for next week... Don't expect many floppy reviews though (obviously). I'll find some other stuff to write about though i'm sure...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005



11.16 Shopping List

Damn - it's been a long, long while (seemingly) since i've had a week this dissappointing. I'm kind of interested to read All Star Superman and Thing #1 but there's almost too short a list to even warrant a trip to my LCS. You know i'm going anyways tho ;)

DARK HORSE
GOON #3 NORTONS PUB BLACK T/S LG (O/A) - Been wanting a Norton's Pub T for a long time - since it's such a light week i've got cash to blow!
MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN TP - I read the first issue of this and enjoyed it... not sure why i skipped the flops to wait for this trade but... it's here.

DC
ALL STAR SUPERMAN #1 - I read about zero mainstream DC. keep trying though. hopefully this will prove as interesting as the hype makes it out to be.

IMAGE
Nada.

MARVEL
THING #1 - Meh.

OTHER
Nada.

NEXT WEEK
EX MACHINA #16 (MR), LOVELESS #2 (MR), Y THE LAST MAN VOL 6 GIRL ON GIRL TP (MR), FERRO CITY #4, PVP VOL 3 PVP RIDES AGAIN TP, ULTIMATE X-MEN #65, YOUNG AVENGERS #9.

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Monday, November 14, 2005



Oeming's "Ares"

Been hearing about this a while but not sure if i've shared...

Mike Oeming is working on an uber-cool project (due in Jan) - "Ares". Ares is based on the Greek God of War (of the same name), and hopes to "reunite Greek Mythology w/ the Marvel Universe". In the end it appears we'll get a Marvel Knights limited series (mini) w/ an "adult" rating. Ares will be a "father/son" tale set in motion partly by the fall of Asgard (which has gotten too little spinoff/effect press IMO).

Here's to hoping Oeming can recapture some of the magic touch he used with Norse Mytholodgy (Hammer of the Gods), Thor: Blood Oath, and most of all Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill (all 3 of which i've enjoyed) and use it as aptly w/ Greek Mythology in Ares.

Preview pages, interviews and more @ Newsarama.

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15 November, 2005 00:59, Blogger Christopher Green said...

Why not just make it a MAX title?

 

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The Walking Dead #23

Man it feels good to get TWD in such rapid succession doesn't it? Seems like just yesterday I was reading #22 and along comes #23 (and I even hear #24 is right around the corner).

So what happens? We finally get to see the long-awaited rumble between Rick (who is fast losing his mind BTW) and Tyreese. RK really takes his time with it too, these guys pound on each other near the entire issue. That may seem like a lot of paper to expend on one fist-fight, but in THIS case I loved every panel of it. Not only are these two of the strongest personalities in TWD, but they're also best friends (in a world where friends of any sort aren't exactly in strong supply). It will be damn interesting to see where Kirkman takes this relationship in the next few issues...

Meanwhile, poor Allen finally kicks the proverbial bucket (I know that's a bit of a spoiler but considering it came out a week ago I hope I didn't pee on anyone's parade). I guess that about puts an end to the theory that cutting off a bitten/infected limb may actually serve to stem the flow of whatever infection causes zombification (yeah I made that word up).

Regardless this is a swell issue. Interesting how RK has managed to take his zombie-tale and made it zombie-less for a few issues, and kept it so compelling we hardly noticed. Keep it up my friend. A.

PS - Its about time for the introduction of some new characters... me thinks something pretty damn exciting is coming up here soon. Maybe in the dec issue around when i can grab my HC of the entire first year of TWD? Special.

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DMZ #1

No time to review DMZ #1 myself this week but wanted to point you towards Sean's review and let it be known that i LOVED this comic and can't wait for #2. Any Losers fan should consider DMZ #1 a must read.

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15 November, 2005 14:40, Blogger Ryan X said...

I just picked this up at the LCS because of your post and Sean's review. The guy checking me out said almost the exact same things that Sean said in his review, it was sort of weird, but now I know I have something good to look forward to with DMZ. Thanks for the post.

 

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Sunday, November 13, 2005



11.13 Panel 'o the Day

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Saturday, November 12, 2005



11.12 Panel 'o the Day

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13 November, 2005 20:34, Blogger Christopher Green said...

Clearly from The Big Fat Kill.

 

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Friday, November 11, 2005



Desolation Jones #4

Man this comic just gets better and friggin' better. Seriously i've like each issue of D Jones better than that last (1-4). Honestly, this may be some of the best of Warren Ellis i've ever read. He's taken some of the best of his characters and wrapped them up into one beautifully ugly little package (I think i read this somewhere so whoever i owe credit too - thanks).

We get to see a side of Jones in #4 only hinted at in earlier issues - the hard-ass beast within. Jones gets jumped coming into his pad and subsequently opens a can of whup-ass w/ a stolen crowbar that's can't miss. Turns out someone (i won't give away who) has hired a hit man to snuff Jones (and get him off the case).

After making a serious mess of his attempted killer, Jones calls in his version of the "Wolf" (Pulp Fiction anyone?) to clean up the mess. Ellis's "Wolf" is a cool character in his own right (gotta love the engraved gold teeth and attitude he gives this guy).

In short - I can't get enough of D Jones. The art in this comic is something to behold (screen shots just can't do it any justice - i can't get any good ones because most of the action is full-page or 2-page awesomeness). There's a panel in here where Williams fills a cloud of exhaled smoke w/ images that i couldn't stop staring at. A+

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14 November, 2005 12:17, Blogger Ryan X said...

Dude, couldn't agree with you more. DJ is just plain kick ass. I look forward to reading this more than any other title. Nice review.

 

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How Did HoM End? (UPDATED)

I have to admit i totally lost interest in House of M somewhere along the way. I've got issues 6, 7, and 8 sitting on my nightstand but there always seems to be something more interesting to read, and they continue to gather dust. Can someone just fill me in on what happened (of consequence) over the second half of this "major event"?

UPDATE: My LCS guys sometimes rather unceremoniously add stuff to my box if they think i might enjoy it. This week i got home to find out i had a copy of Claremont's HoM "Day After" issue (guess since i was buying the heck out of HoM even though secretly i wasn't reading them).

And you know what? As much as i slept on the second half of HoM itself, i actually ENJOYED reading this comic. There's a ton of good info in here and it caught me almost all the way up (after a great head start via the comments to this very post).

Still not sure how many mutants are actually left in the world (gotta feel like there is more than 100-some considering some of the randoms that still have their powers), but we do know that the X-Men Academy is down from 182 to 27 (or so).

I have to be honest, i really like this turn of events. Might be just the reboot the entire Marvel U needs at the moment (as long as there isn't some mysterious "cure" that gives everyone back their powers). I mean i'm all for guys like Drake getting their powers back believe you me, i just want to keep the mutant numbers low again.

One thing missing here though (IMO) is the mutants who are HAPPY to have lost their powers. In Astonishing X-Men, when the mutant "cure" is almost discovered, there is a huge outcry of people super pumped about it (to the point of riots even). Mutants who just want to be "normal" again (especially those w/ physical mutations).

Ah well - maybe our writers will get to that... Anyways, good, double-fat issue (actually got me a bit re-invigorated w/ Marvel). Must (well, "should") read.

PS - Jubilee is a very corny character.

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08 November, 2005 12:35, Blogger Shane Bailey said...

Everyone gathered for a big fight with Magneto and the rest of the family. Quicksilver was the one to convince Wanda to make the House of M world. Magneto gets pissed at him and drops a sentinel on him killing him. Scarlet Witch goes crazy and says that it's all the mutants fault that her life is so crappy. She brings Quicksilver back to life.

Scarlet Witch then says "No More Mutants" and everything went poof and now there are only a few mutants on earth. 198? Magneto is depowered along with Iceman. Cage and Spider-man remember what happened during House of M, but the others don't and Wolverine remembers his entire life. They can't find Xavier and Hawkey may or may not be back as his costume is found in the ruins of Avengers Mansion pinned up on a wall with arrows.

That's about it I believe.

 
08 November, 2005 16:16, Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

And Jason Todd's alive! That's gotta be Wanda's doing.

 
08 November, 2005 17:15, Blogger zilla said...

damn you make it sound like i made the right choice skipping the last 3 :) No but seriously - there's only 198 mutants left? that may be a good thing depending on how they handle it in the U. So i assume a bunch of guys besides just Magneto and Ice Man have been depowered then?

 
08 November, 2005 19:13, Blogger Peter Hensel said...

At first I thought only 198 mutants wouldn't be that much, but it's still an arbitrary and large amount, and who's gonna notice if there are 199 mutants? BUt that may jsut be the snark in me. I also don't think Magneto'll stay depowered that long. But that's jsut teh snark in me. It could be a source of positive change. Here's to hoping

 
09 November, 2005 11:40, Blogger Mark Fossen said...

I'm not sure on that 198 number. That's the name of an upcoming miniseries, but I think that's part of the remaining mutants.

The number's vague enough that they can keep having mutants whenever they need 'em.

 
11 November, 2005 19:17, Blogger Christopher Green said...

House of M: The Day After was a pretty lame, pointless book. House of M was alot better, particularly towards the end. I think you made a mistake by not reading the last few issues and allowing yourself to be told the outcome, as I was absoutely shocked when I read that Quicksilver was behind it all, and Wanda's "No more mutants" command.

 

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Thursday, November 10, 2005



Ghost Rider #3

I sometimes feel like i'm the only one, but i'm continuing to really, really enjoy this mini (can't wait to read this in one-shot as a trade). I've read next to zero Ghost Rider comics before this so i don't have any preconcieved notions (and maybe that helps). The story is more than passable, and the art is spectacular.

In #3, our man JB contiues to hunt for the demon Kazaan (in order to permenantly secure his release), but he's no longer alone in the hunt - a rep from Heaven and a rep from Hell are also hot on Kazaan's heels (and therefore Ghost Rider's).

Both of these characters are worth the price of admission - one's a tubby, stetson-wearing, country music loving, head-up-his-ass-sidekick-having demon w/ a southern drawl (he's from the deep south get it?) named Hoss. The other is a mysterious ass-kicking female from Heaven (Ruth).

Hoss and JB know each other from back in the day (time spent in Hell), and both know (or at least know of) Ruth - seems her ass-whupping ability is world renowned. There's a wild battle between the three of them along a deserted country highway that displays some of their unusual combat "abilities". Cool.

At the end of the day there's not a whole lot of depth to Ennis's actual story here - but in some ways that's what i like about it. The art on the other hand is way, way deep (and detailed). This guy Crain has got some serious talent.

Hoss's sidekick cracks me up to no end (so does Hoss really). JB should be written a bit more the quiet hard-ass IMO but no real worries there...A.

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11 November, 2005 06:05, Blogger Christopher Green said...

Hey zilla, sorry I haven't been around, things have been hectic. Although if you still want someone to contribute I can help out once again.

Email me.

 

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11.10 Panel 'o the Day

Yes that IS a walker :)

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11 November, 2005 08:52, Blogger Num104 said...

Hero @ Large #2. I really like this series a lot. It is sad to see that it will only last four issues. The different perspective of the super hero world is nice.

 
11 November, 2005 11:29, Blogger zilla said...

Hero @ Large is a little-known gem that's for sure. I actually interviewed the writer (Erik Hogan) and artist (Jeremy Teece) a while back. Cool cats for sure. I'm going to review #2 when i get a moment...

 

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Incredible Hulk #88

Hmmmmm. Not quite what i was hoping for but not all THAT bad either.

Exit PAD, enter Daniel Way and Keu Cha. Way's using this issue to reboot a bit, and we find Banner holed up in the mountains somewhere doing his best to play the loner and stay as far away from society (and people in general) as possible. His only outside contact is via a food-stuffs delivery guy who flies into his location (this is how remote it is) and drops him supplies month-to-month. This guy eventually convinces Bruce to head into town for a ho-down (and mingle a bit since it's so "unhealthy" to be such a loner). Oh and you just know what happens when Banner "mingles" w/ society - pretty soon thereafter we'll hear "HULK SMASH!".

So - the story is a bit "meh" but i'll cut Way a serious break since this is his first issue and i'm sure he's ramping up a bit. There is an interesting last panel where Fury (Nick) finally tracks down Bruce in his mountain hideway and requests and urgent meeting... So i'm sure #89 wll take us somehwere.

The art in here is a bit... unusual. Kind of a realistic approach w/ water color style inks. Not sure how i feel about it quite yet - even though i dig the Hulk w/ a beard (first time i can remember seeing that). He's still green, big, and mean so no real worries.

In an unprecedented move here at Zilla's, I'm withholding grades until #89 due to lack of immediate info/opinion. Anyone else have one?

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10 November, 2005 10:35, Blogger Mark Fossen said...

Hmmmm .....

I can only remember one other Hulk w/ beard. Maestro.

Hmmmmmm ....

Zilla ... did you read any of the Peter David TPBs? Like Future Imperfect?

 
10 November, 2005 18:21, Blogger zilla said...

I read and LOVED both of the HULK VISIONARIES: PETER DAVID books (those are from back in the day tho). What other PAD HULK can't miss books are there?

 

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005



Hellboy Cartoon?

Me likey this news.

In short we're going to get 2 straight to DVD movies (70 mins each) that will air on the Cartoon Network starting next Oct (jeez that's a long way away isn't it?).

Best part about the whole thing IMO is:

Mike Mignola and Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro are creative producers on the projects and will be intimately involved in story development and animation style.

Miggs involved will keep this on the up-and-up and leave little doubt it will be very... cool. Supposedly (and judging from this first image) the animation won't be based on Mignola's patented style (too bad). But i guess that's no matter if it looks like the image at the bottom of this post (very cool IMO).

I'm in a bit of "cool cartoon" withdrawal (i still get down w/ some "other" cartoons like Billy and Mandy) lately since Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures closed up shop, and Justice League ended it's inagural season (though isn't season 2 started???) so this is well-timed news.

Anyone else hype? For more info check Newsarama and this very cool shot:

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No New Books For Me Today...

Ugh. Second week in a row I can't make it to the good 'ole LCS on wed. Forget why last week but this week i've got a full day at the office and some overtime to put in. extra, extra weak. I guess that's the sign of a true comics nerd - if your day is ruined when you can't clear your box ON book day ;)

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09 November, 2005 10:43, Blogger Mark Fossen said...

I feel ya, Zilla. I keep having weeks where I can't hit on Wednesday, and am jumping through hoops this week to keep it from happening again.

To me ... Wednesday is part of the fun. Getting there, reading it while others are, too. Then discussing them.

It's like Sunday. Sure, I could TiVo the Eagles and watch 'em Tuesday. It would be the same game ... but what's the fun in that?

 

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005



11.9 Shopping List

Not too shabby. Especially hype for DMZ #1, a new TWD, Ghost Rider, and New Excalibur #1 (nice cast IMO).

DARK HORSE
Nada.

DC
100 BULLETS #66 (MR) - Pull list.
DMZ #1 (MR) - The preview pages hooked me. I can't get too many of this kind of book in my stack.
LOSERS CLOSE QUARTERS TP (MR) - Pull list.
Y THE LAST MAN #39 (MR) - Pull list.

IMAGE
WALKING DEAD #23 (MR) - Pull list. Looks like we're finally back on a "normal" release schedule. Hype.

MARVEL
GHOST RIDER #3 (OF 6) - Not getting a lot of attention but i'm enjoying it...
INCREDIBLE HULK #88 - New creative team w/ this issue (post PAD), hopefully they can breath some new life into it. I'm desperate for some GOOD HULK.
NEW EXCALIBUR #1 - Intrigued by the cast - i'll give this a few issues for sure.
THOR BLOOD OATH #4 (OF 6) - GREAT mini (so far) - can't wait for the TP.

OTHER
SIXGUN SAMURAI #2 (NOTE PRICE) - Missed #1 even though i didn't mean to - guess i'll start here?
SMOKE AND MIRROR #2
SUNDOWN #2 (OF 3) - Western-o-rama this month.

NEXT WEEK
ALL STAR SUPERMAN #1, PVP VOL 3 PVP RIDES AGAIN TP, and THING #1.

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Sunday, November 06, 2005



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Spawn #150 (Reboot?)

One of the very cool things about comics is the good 'ole reboot. Characters or settings getting stale? Your last writer or artist alienated your fan base? No problem!

Get a new creative team, script up a new #1 w/ a catchy new sub-title (or pick a milestone issue in which to stage your comeback) and you're back in business. Everyone wants to read your book again and Newsarama, MillarWorld, CBR, and the comics blogsphere can't stop talking about it - life is good.

In what other industry can you so easily reinvent something gone stale?

A reboot is exactly what the Dr. ordered for McFarlane's Spawn. This book was the toast of the town for some time but somewhere along the way things just kind of... petered out. Not to say there wasn't (isn't) an extremely loyal Spawn fan-base, but the buzz and excitement once surrounding this title (and the all important drive-by readers) seemed to have gone silent.

So Todd went out and got himself a new creative team, picked a milestone issue (in this case #150) to reboot, and off he went. I haven't read Spawn in a while (i was one of those that lost interest long ago) but i loves me a reboot of an old fav so what the hell? And you know what? I'm not the least bit dissappointed. I loved this issue and (pending a few more) might just be back on the Spawn bandwagon.

So in as few words as possible what happens in this first issue of the much anticipated Spawn reboot?

Our man Spawn heads into the dead zone (where evidently he's powerless) and gets his face ripped off (literally) by Heaven's primo-hero. Left for dead, Spawn's bits and pieces are collected by Hell's minions (serving the Demon Mammon) and put back together (why? because Spawn is the ultimate key to the forthcoming battle between good and evil). Thing is, one very important piece has gone missing - his heart.

The all-important organ has been scooped up by the "Man of Miracles" (a good guy?) and transformed (not the perfect word but...) into an innocent little boy w/ what seems to be a simple first mission - get home to moms by your 6:00 curfew (and stop her from killing herself when you get there). Unfortunately the bad guys are none-too-eager to let this happen.

And meanwhile the Mississippi has turned to blood. Oh yeah;)

Ok, ok enough crude summary. I'll tell you one thing tho - these cats Medina and Tan can draw my friends. This issue is friggin' gorgeous (in a very dark, disturbing way mostly but still). I've flipped through it a almost every day this week just to re-admire the artwork.

I haven't read any Spawn in many, many moons, so before this issue i would have been totally lost but our writing team does an EXCELLENT job catching everyone up (important to any reboot obviously) w/ a background page in the beginning and a very useful and well written (text only) "interlude" a few pages into the action.

I'm a big fan of the execution of this reboot if nothing else, i can promise you that. McFarlane has gotten a huge team together to work his pride-and-joy (seriously there are 3 writers, 2 pencilers, 4 inkers, 2 colorists, a few extra cover guys, and a letterer listed in the credits!).

Wasn't expecting to be adding Spawn to my pull list but hey. Rock on at least for a few more issues.

Cheers. A+.

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06 November, 2005 13:16, Blogger Mark Fossen said...

You can even make Spawn sound appealing, Zilla.

 
06 November, 2005 14:51, Blogger zilla said...

ha - i have a tendency to gush a bit too much don't i? i just friggin' love comics man - too much me thinks ;)

seriously though - i did enjoy this reboot - and that's coming from a guy who has had next to zero interest in anything spawn before last week...

 

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Saturday, November 05, 2005



11.5 Panel 'o the Day

Ohhhhh don't you just hate when work gets in the way of you comics blog screen shot???

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05 November, 2005 17:44, Blogger zilla said...

Man - Godland is so friggin' cool IMO. Rock on.

 

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Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures Vol. 4

Not sure how many Genndy Tartofsky (sp?) fans we have around here but if there are any (and there sure as hell should be; personally i'm a HUGE fan) - you shouldn't be missing these sweet little collections.

The short stories collected in Clone Wars Adventures have much of the same magic as the Tartofsky cartoons (from CN) and for like $5 for 4 shorts you can't really miss.

All 4 volumes take place somewhere during the clone wars (like between the IInd and IIIrd movies) and all your favorite characters make appearances - there are great shorts through the 4 volumes involving Mace Windu, Annikan and Obi Wan, Yoda, Greivous and Dukoo (among many, many others), with constant clone army appearances.

The art (handled by a couple of brothers) is pretty damn reminiscient of the cartoons - and that's a good thing. The stories are fast-paced, easy on the eyes and just plain fun to read. These are the perfect little companions for time alone in the "home office" if you know what i mean ;)

Keep it up Dark Horse - I miss Genndy on CN so damn much that these little books are my only respite from my Sam Jack and Clone Wars cartoon withdrawals... Like all short story collections there's a "hit and miss" factor but many more gems than turds.B+.

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Friday, November 04, 2005



11.4 Panel 'o the Day

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05 November, 2005 03:59, Blogger ARGOTT said...

It kind of looks like that thing from the Watchmen. Maye that's just the 3:00 A.M. me talking.

 
05 November, 2005 17:43, Blogger zilla said...

hey we're open 24/7 so no worries about a 3:00 a.m. comment. Me loves it. This image is from Fear Agent #1 but you're right it does look like that thing from Watchmen!

 

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Powers v2 #14

After a ho-hum start to the new arc w/ issue #13, #14 picks up the pace. The biggest development is the beginnings of an IA investigation of Deena. Early interrogations take place in the "green room" so you just know IA is suspicious about Deena's new-fangled powers (of which supposedly no one knew). IA's questions almost exclusively surround Deena's dead ex (who she 86ed and unceremoniously buried a few issues back when he tried to attack her in her apartment).

Good stuff. Can't wait to see where Bendis takes this one that's for sure... As an aside it's worth mentioning that Oeming does an awesome job w/ the interrogation panels (i love how creative he is w/ his layouts). Glad he's still putting mad effort into Powers even though he's got tons of other cool projects (writing especially) going on at the moment...

Elsewhere (that's such a great "comic" word isn't it? "Elsewhere..." or "Meanwhile..." Gotta love it) in this issue, Walker and Deena continue the investigation of a mysterious power who turns out to work for an elite group of galactic avengers called the Millennium (i think). The Milennium assign a galactic superhero to each quadrant of each galaxy (or some breakdown or another) to protect it from inter-galactic threats.

Hmmm... Anyone read Invincible? This seems cribbed right from Kirkman! But no worries - i like the idea so gots me no problem w/ it :)

Much better issue than last - and i'm a bit rejuvinated overall. Cool beans. B+.

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Jonah Hex #1

I really, really, really want this to be good. The first issue is a bit underwhelming to be honest - but there's enough here to give me hope for the future of the title at least. Hex looks exactly like Clint Eastwood (which is a good thing IMO) w/ half his face burned in some grizzly accident. Gets me wondering - anyone know how Hex's face got so jacked up? I haven't read any Hex comics since i was a kid and i've forgotten just about everything i know about him.

Anyways, this first issue has Jonah hunting down the missing son of a wealthy landowner promising a 3k bounty (hey that was a suitcase full of loot back in the day!). Turns out the boy has been kidnapped by a travelling carnavel w/ an especially gruesome kids vs. half-starved attack dogs main event.

Pretty corny if you ask me but this arc began and ended in this one issue so its easy to put behind us. There is (at least) an unexpectedly unhappy, semi-bittersweet ending that helps add some dimension to the Hex character (which is much of what we can hope for in a #1). C.



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04 November, 2005 12:15, Blogger Mark Fossen said...

We're completely split on the western stuff, Zilla. Loveless didn't work for me, but Hex was pretty perfect.

 
04 November, 2005 12:27, Blogger zilla said...

i'm def not giving up on it my friend. i have some high hopes for this - i'd love to have 2 westerns to get down w/ every month ;)

 
04 November, 2005 17:07, Blogger Ryan X said...

Zilla, unrelated comment here, but I think you are going to dig the western themes and imagery in the Dark Tower. Obviously it is not a wester per se, but hey, the first book is The Gunslinger, need I say more? Seriously, the comic book of the Dark Tower could be friggin amazing now that I sit here and think about Roland's world...okay enough out of the peanut gallery.

 

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Thursday, November 03, 2005



11.3 Panel 'o the Day

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04 November, 2005 17:03, Blogger Ryan X said...

What is this? Looks crazy.

 

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Godspeed Mark...

Mark Millar (prob my favorite writer from the "big 2") has taken ill and needs some doctor-mandated time off to recover. Take all the time you need partner - and godspeed. More -- HERE --.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005



11.2 Shopping List

DC alone is doing it for me today (w/ D Jones, Jonah Hex #1, and Winter Men). Always hype about a new Powers issue too... Next week i'm looking forward to DMZ #1 and New Excalibur (nice cast) #1.

DARK HORSE
CONAN & THE DEMONS OF KHITAI #2 (OF 4) - #1 was just good enough.

DC
DESOLATION JONES #4 (MR) - Pull list.
JONAH HEX #1 - Been waiting patiently for this revival - hopefully they can pull it off and increase my western read pulls from 1 (Loveless) to 2.
WINTER MEN #3 (OF 8) (MR) - Pull list. Rock solid so far IMO.

IMAGE
INVINCIBLE VOL 5 FACTS OF LIFE TP - I've read all the issues in this TP but i'm grabbing it for my shelf.

MARVEL
HOUSE OF M #8 (OF 8) - Ugh. I've totally (TOTALLY) lost interest in HoM but i've come this far (even though #7 is still in my "to read" pile) i might as well finish it off.
MARVEL TEAM-UP #14 - Spidey and Invincible (and Kirkman). I'm in.
POWERS #14 (MR) - Pull list.
PUNISHER #27 (MR) - Pull list.
X-MEN COLOSSUS BLOODLINE #3 (OF 5) - Colossus is one of my all-time favorite X-Men for some reason and this mini has proven pretty interesting through 2 issues...

OTHER
PIRATE CLUB VOL 1 BRAINWASH ESCAPE VICTIMS TP - I always heard Pirate Club was can't miss even though i've managed to miss it all-together so far. Maybe i'll pick up this TP and check it out? Anyone around here recommend?
ROCKETO #3 - Pull list.

NEXT WEEK
100 BULLETS #66 (MR), DMZ #1 (MR), LOSERS CLOSE QUARTERS TP (MR), CABLE DEADPOOL #22, INCREDIBLE HULK #88, NEW EXCALIBUR #1, PULSE #12, THOR BLOOD OATH #4 (OF 6),

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005



11.1 Panel 'o the Day

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01 November, 2005 17:04, Blogger Ryan X said...

FEAR AGENT baby!! Love that panel. I can barely wait for #2 man.

 
02 November, 2005 16:36, Blogger zilla said...

yeah ryan i was def impressed. i've read a lot of good #1's lately let's hope they keep it rolling... i think you might be the only person reading zilla's blog anymore so keep coming by brother!

ps i ordered dark tower 1.

 
04 November, 2005 16:28, Blogger Ryan X said...

Ha ha! Your faithful reader :). Actually I am on here at least once a day, sometimes more. Strangely enough, our shopping lists are almost identical, except you have a few more titles than me. So, at least I get a review of the stuff I have on my nightstand before I dig in. More later...

 

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In no particular order:

Criminal, The Goon, Daredevil, Exterminators, Punisher, Hellboy/B.P.R.D (All), Powers, Godland, Usagi Yojimbo, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Conan, Ex Machina, DMZ, Desolation Jones, Fell, 100 Bullets, All-Star Superman, Ultimates 2, Loveless, and Fear Agent.

I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

Zilla is not my real name.

I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

I watch the History Channel, Nat'l Geo, TLC, Mil Channel, ESPN and NFL Network, CourtTV (forensic files, etc.) and the Cartoon Network (love Genndy T's Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures). My taste in movies: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Braveheart, Godfather, Tarantino (whatever), Kung-Fu (whatever), Westerns, Top Gun, Big Lebowski.

I love the outdoors and bs'ing around w/ my dogs.

In addition to being a comics junkie, i'm also a sports junkie especially when it comes to the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys.



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