Wednesday, May 31, 2006
EMISSARY #1 - Seems interesting... And hell, i'm trying something new every week (thanks Guy).
GODLAND #11 - Pull list. I think the creative team behind Godland is taking a few months off after #12.
THING #7 - Pull list. One of the only comics on the stands in which the starring cape regularly wears clothes other than his spandex.
ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #30 - Pull list.
WARREN ELLIS BLACK GAS #3 - Gratuitous gore anyone? I'm a sucker for a well done zombie story and this one fits the bill so far...
PS - Is Ed McGuiness still drawing Superman Batman?
- 31 May, 2006 22:11, Dave Carter said...
"Is Ed McGuiness still drawing Superman Batman?"
Nope. McGuiness just singed a Marvel exclusive.
S/B #26 is the all-star jam Sam Loeb tribute issue.
- 01 June, 2006 09:03, zilla said...
Dave - that's pretty good news... i really like McGuiness' work (esp teamed w/ Loeb). I guess now they'll have the opportunity to work together again since Loeb is exc. Marvel too... any clues as to what they'll be doing?
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
#1 opens as a passenger plane full of everyday'ers crashes into the ocean, killing all aboard save one - a seemingly nothing special college professor by the name of Nicholas Dane (a great "every man" character so far BTW). Dane's survival isn't your typical miracle though - he's discovered in the wreckage of the plane a full 16 hours after it's been fully submerged in sub-zero waters and can't explain why (or how) he has been spared.
The uniqueness of Nick Dane doesn't end there though, he's also mysteriously connected to many of his fellow passengers (though they are all now dead), through spots of shared memories and inherited "talents". He spends the back half of this first issue struggling internally in an effort to come to grips with what has happened, the media scrutiny that's accompanied it all, and the unexplainable link he now has with his recently perished fellow travelers, all while avoiding repeated attempts on his life. Good stuff.
Throw in a hard nosed investigator (assigned to a gov't task force charged with investigating the crash) backed by a mysterious Cardinal (yeah that kind of cardinal) with as yet unexplained interests, and you've got a heck of a good start IMO.
In the end i'm kind of surprised to learn that Talent is only a four-issue mini... IMO the foundation is here for a unique, interesting, and well entertaining ongoing. The art is a bit minimalistic but fits well... reminding me a bit of the artwork in Winter Men for some reason. Regardless, it looks through 1 that Golden, Sniegoski, and Azaceta have got an interesting story to tell. I'm in. A.
Monday, May 29, 2006
I did find this review over at Comics Should Be Good.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
I'm not going to pretend i wasn't stoked about the whole Det. C Walker w/ powers angle (i actually think it was/is pretty cool) but at the same time i'm super glad that Bendis and Oeming haven't taken the book in an entirely new direction (especially given how much us fans have come to love the format through what... 9 trades now?).
I mean, Powers is what it is because it is what it is you know what i'm saying?
This latest issue gets back to what we are used to from the book - gritty, mature, noir crime drama focused on street level crime solving (w/ capes supporting rather than stealing the show). Deena's internal angst is getting more and more palpable, and you can just feel the secrets she and Walker are keeping from each other coming to bear sometimes soon... Plus we might have Walker's first ever love interest (it is the first ever right?). Something feels shady about it...
Good issue on a couple different levels... B+.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Death Comes to Dillinger takes place in the small "old west" town of Dillinger (surprise!), and begins as Death himself, in the form of a weathered skeletal cowboy badass (think Clint Eastwood's bizarro bad-guy twin risen from the grave), rides in to claim the soul of a dying young girl.
The girl's father, an accountant with little experience w/ a pistol, challenges Death to a good 'ole fashioned duel in the dust at high noon (actually dawn in this case). Should the Father's bullet strike first, Death leaves town empty handed (since he can't be killed) and the daughter's life is spared, but should Death's bullet strike first, he leaves town w/ 2 souls instead of one. Oh my.
As interesting as this all sounds though, it's not the story that moves this book - it's the execution.
Patrick and Se7enhedd (that's the penciler's name as provided, first and last) have done a fabulous job of creating a very cool, nostalgic "old west" atmosphere, complete w/ all the dirt, grit, and tension we expect from good westerns. The townsfolk of Dillinger can "see" Death and most recognize and respect why he's visiting, but the town closes down in fear at first since no one is sure exactly for whom he's come. Some folks is scared and some is downright angry. The tension is palpable and you can almost hear the shutters slamming and the silence fall just like in an old spaghetti western right before the climactic shootout.
The art here is fantastic (reminds me ever so slightly of a sketchier Clayton Crane), and is most of the reason i picked up the flop in the first place... but make no mistake, the story had me from the first page to the last, and is def one of those that pulls you in rather than talks at you. Good, good stuff all around.
Best flop i've read this week. A.
PS - Anyone else reading this? How old is it? Is #2 (of 2) already out?
- 26 May, 2006 10:04, Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...
Missed this in my On the Shelves preview, but grabbed it when I saw it in the shop on Wednesday. The art hooked me at first, too, but the story's a great, moody read. Noticed Western Tales of Terror's Joshua Hale Fialkov was the editor, which would have been enough to get me to pick it up sight unseen.
BTW, I'm pretty sure #1 just came out this week and you haven't missed #2 yet.
- 28 May, 2006 12:33, Christian Beranek said...
#2 goes to the printers next week. We print our books in Hong Kong, so expect it back sometime in July or so.
Glad you enjoyed part 1!
- 29 May, 2006 13:50, zilla said...
Christian - loved #1 and i'm def looking forward to #2. any chance there will be more beyond that?
Guggenheim (sp?) actually did a pretty admirable job w/ the writing, capturing Wolverine as i like him for the most part. There's an uber-cool scene/panel where Wolvie stands in the middle of Nitro's blast zone and well... sniffs.
I'm still not feeling this whole Civil War thing for some reason though, but it's tolerable here (so far). I find myself wishing that this new creative team wasn't writing to the crossover event, but maybe kicked off w/ a darker, non-superhero Wolverine arc. Ah well - what do i know?
Ramos (i'm a big fan as you know) is hit and miss; there are some great panels and some so-so's here and you can definitely tell he's getting back into the swing of drawing superheroes after Revelations (which i can't wait to read by TP BTW). Humberto's action panels are kicking ass (as usual) but his "standing around talking" stuff isn't on the same level IMO (remember i have uber-high expectations for this guy as one of my fav's). The guy's art does take some getting used to though (esp if you haven't looked at it in a while).
I do think his squat, powerfully built (and hairy) Wolverine is on the money, and i dug his iterations of Thing, Cap, Iron Man and Luke Cage pretty mightily.
Overall i'm going to reserve judgment on the new Wolverine creative team for a few more issues. Off to a pretty good start though, and already better than some of the other Wolverine dredge we have been getting lately. B with mad potential.
- 26 May, 2006 12:56, Sean Maher said...
Picked this up on the basis of your interest and was surprised how much I liked it.
Never been a fan of the exaggerated, cartoony style of guys like Ramos or Joe Mad, but this worked for the most part. Definitely something that'll need time to grow on me, but I can dig it for now.
- 25 May, 2006 14:29, Sean Maher said...
Whoah, that's fuckin' rad. Silvestri? Good on 'im.
Where's that from?
- 25 May, 2006 15:38, Sean Maher said...
Nevermind, I found it.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
- 25 May, 2006 09:29, Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...
This issue did feel a little off, didn't it? Wonder if Remender's just stretching himself too thin?
Are you reading Strange Girl, too? That's my favorite series of his so far, though it's gone through similar artist turmoil recently. The first TPB is a great read.
- 25 May, 2006 21:36, said...
I read the Strange Girl trade recently also. I thought it was good, but I wonder about the longevity of the idea as a continuing comic.
I've recently discovered a very (very) cool little site that will help you put together a near perfect RSS feed for just about any source (w/ a little grunt work). Check out feed43.com.
Despite how friendly the process looks in the image below, it's a little technically intensive the first time you create a custom feed (you manually tell feed43 how to find feed items, links, and descriptions in the source code of the site you are creating the feed for) but after you've done it once, it makes sense and gets a lot easier (i breezed through my second one).
In the end though it's this flexible technical process that makes feed43 so damn nice.
I've created a Newsarama.com RSS feed using feed43 for anyone who's interested (it's always bugged me that Newsarama didn't have one). Pretty nifty.
PS - I forgot to mention how well the feed43.com site is put together. simple and efficient. good luck.
- 24 May, 2006 12:07, Mark Fossen said...
Excellent find, zilla!
- 24 May, 2006 13:57, Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...
Sweet! I just created feeds for PopCultureShock:
- 24 May, 2006 14:15, zilla said...
here's one (though not 100% perfect) for comiccon's "Pulse":
- 24 May, 2006 14:17, zilla said...
PS guy thanks man - i just added that bad boy to Rojo :)
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
- 23 May, 2006 22:16, Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...
Ah, dude! I wanted to scan this in myself but couldn't bring myself to bend the spine to get it onto my scanner so I'm totally stealing this from you. With credit, of course! ;-)
Monday, May 22, 2006
As a matter of fact It's so good i'd happily pay today's going rate of $2.99 per issue, though i'm only charged $1.99 (trade off? a few less pages, which IMO is completely unnoticeable).
Ellis AND Templesmith are on top of their game with this comic, and Fell is one of the coolest comics to come along in some time. The writing is gritty and intelligent, and Ellis has done an excellent job so far coaxing a complete stand-alone story into each 16 page issue of Fell - and what's really amazing is the stories have yet to feel the least bit rushed, disjointed, or incomplete.
It definitely seems that Ellis and Templesmith "Fell experiment" has well succeeded in proving that a good solid (even extraordinary) comic story can be told in it's entirety in just 16 pages (and for a more palatable $2 cover price to boot). Cheers to that.
PS - We've always known what Ellis is capable of, but who knew how friggin' cool this guy Templesmith is? I love his work here, esp his uber-cool use of colors (most notably those in the background, helping alter the tone/mood at a panel's notice).
Then BAM... the orange background whips up the intensity like nobody's business (BTW - the 6 blue panels above are in order, but the orange backgrounded panels below are a few pages ahead; just wanted to demonstrate my point :)...
Back in the saddle this week though after digging through about 250 non-junk (umm.... yeah.) work emails this morning... I did finally get around to reading most of my flops from last week though and i'll post a few quick thoughts when i get a chance. or now?
In short, i loved Fell #5 (this book is so friggin' cool and the back-matter is always money); the finale to Batman Year 100 was up to snuff (there's noting spectacular about the ending but still topped a great mini IMO). I thought Talent was interesting (thanks for pointing me to this), and that Fear Agent and Ares fizzled a bit w/ their latest issues (i really wish Moore was the full time artist on FA). Moon Knight still has me through #2 and the new Powell drawn Conan was ho-hum until the end (taken as a whole though i loved it).
What did you guys think?
- 22 May, 2006 23:51, Rob H said...
First off, I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Zilla. My thoughts go out to you, your wife and the whole family.
Second, Powell's drawing Conan? Interior or just covers?
- 23 May, 2006 13:29, Sean Maher said...
Powell just drew the interiors for Busiek's last issue of Conan.
Not sure I agree about Moore staying on full time as the Fear Agent artist; I thought his work on the latest issue was real iffy, kinda rushed and lazy lookin'. I mean, compare some of these pages to the first six issues of The Walking Dead (or hell, the first few issues of FA) and you can see a pretty big difference.
Whereas Jerome Opena's work in the latest issue of Strange Girl was completely aces. Brilliant fantasy action stuff with just a sprinkle of Sam Keith.
And yeah, I think Fell was the best thing I read last week. Best backmatter yet - hopefully Ellis continues to do the essay thing more than the script sample/letters column thing, 'cause I found the essay much more interesting (thought provoking) reading.
- 23 May, 2006 14:46, zilla said...
Sean - i totally agree w/ you about the art in the latest FA looking REAL lazy and rushed, but i thought it was because it WASN'T Moore. It hardly looked like his work (even a far cry from earlier FA issues) so i just assumed it was the new guy primarily (even though they claimed to have worked on it "together")...
- 23 May, 2006 16:14, Sean Maher said...
You may be right; I was a little unclear on what the whole collaboration was. I just kinda assumed it was mostly Moore's end of things because the FA looked completely different from Opena's style on Strange Girl, but I could be wrong.
Oh, and I *am* continuing to follow Hysteria: One Man Gang, and loving it just as much as you. The bit in the back about how he's not even scripting or plotting this out, and basically just JAMMIN' for four issues, was pretty badass, I thought.
- 23 May, 2006 20:17, zilla said...
yeah who knows... either it was the other guy (who i'm def not trying to hate on since this is the first i've seen of his work) or really shoddy/rushed Moore - as bad as i've seen from him.
about one man gang though - i never did thank you for turning me on to that... glad you're still following. that's one cool comic. will make a great TP.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
CONAN #28 (MR) - Pull list. Does this issue start the changing of the writer guard? I can't remember...
BATMAN YEAR ONE HUNDRED #4 (OF 4) -- I've really, really enjoyed this mini and can't wait to read the wrap issue. Lucky for me the Year 100 flops have been square-binded so they sit nicely on the shelf... no TP purchase required (but maybe...).
DMZ #7 (MR) - Pull list. IMO DMZ is just starting to get good.
FEAR AGENT #4 - Pull list. Is it just me or did this one seem to actually come out on time? I hope they can keep it up since this Sci Fi title kicks major ass to this point.
FELL #5 - Pull list. I'd buy this if it were $2.99.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #18 - Pull list, though i'm looking ahead to the next arc already (and that's usually a bad sign for me).
MOON KNIGHT #2 - #1 was just interesting enough. I'm in for #2 regardless of my 2-issue rule.
100 BULLETS #72 (MR) - I'm reading 100 Bullets by TP. Sucks sometimes to know that there are 5 100 B issues worth of happenings that i'm not privvy too. Ah well.
CONAN VOL 3 TOWER OF THE ELEPHANT & STORIES HC - I'm still loving Conan, but looking back i'm wondering if this title isn't fading on me a bit (maybe this author reboot is warranted after all)? I absolutely loved the first collection (Frost Giant's Daughter and other Stories), thought the second (God in the Bowl...) was a bit off comparatively (though still good), and have really no desire to buy this third collection, though i did enjoy the issues... hmmmmm.
FRANK MILLERS SIN CITY LIBRARY II HC - Oh man if i didn't have the entire Sin City run in softcover i'd be all over these swell HC collections, though they're priced to stoke the ire of comic-reader wives everywhere.
- 16 May, 2006 20:52, Rob H said...
I've heard that Cary Nord isn't working on Conan any more? Is this true?
- 17 May, 2006 06:06, said...
Have you heard anything about "Talent" from Boom Studios? I read a review over at Fourth Rail, and it sounds pretty dang interesting.
- 18 May, 2006 16:58, Ryan X said...
Did Fear Agent come out yesterday? I picked up my stack today and didn't even notice it wasn't in there!!! Someone please tell me it was delayed...
Monday, May 15, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
It amazes that 100 bullets is still interesting to me after nine collections (nearly 70 issues). But it is.
Azarello and Riso have proven experts in character development, slowly building a complex web of players and intermingling sub-plots that will make even the most concentrated reader's head spin. The numerous sub-plots and character relationships in 100 Bullets are so detailed that i doubt there's a fan out there that could explain it all completely (hell, the depth here would make "Lost" creator/writer Damon Lindelof proud)... but you know what? that's a good thing.
100 Bullets keeps you thinking about it's cast and storyline long after you put it down (and isn't that what truly GREAT comics do?). This is def one of those books that gets me staring at the ceiling for a few minutes after each issue trying to digest/process exactly what's going on and how it relates to what's happened previously (or may happen in the future).
Ultimately 100 Bullets might just be THE best "mature" read on the stands today and Vol. 9 is no exception. This collection is packed to the gills w/ hardcore sex, language, and violence (some of which will make even the hard-stomached cringe). Hell, there's almost an entire issue here devoted to sado-masachistic psycho strongman Lono's brutal torture of a rival Trust house leader (complete with a startling "mental torture" revelation just before the death blow). As gruesome as they are at times though, Azarello and Riso use their mature props well; typically to further develop characters and plot rather than JUST for shock value (though there is a good deal of that).
If a comic series ever had "street cred", 100 Bullets would be it.
In the end, 100 Bullets is a book of villains and criminals. There are no "good guys" to be found, and that's part of what keeps it interesting. You never know what's going to happen next, and any character is seemingly capable of cooperating with and/or backstabbing any other. You're never 100% sure what anyone's thinking or whose side they're really on.
Make no mistake though, 100 Bullets is not all about it's characters (though the cast is obviously killer). Azarello has put together one hell of a "larger than life" plot (complete w/ countless regularly unfolding sub-plots). The simple (but timeless) idea of an underground ruling upper class of families (the Trust) and it's enforcement arm (the Minutemen) gone rogue, coupled w/ powder-keg inter-family strife and expert Azarello/Riso creative execution makes for one hell of a read. B+
It was all over when...
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- 13 May, 2006 11:38, zilla said...
PS - yeah Lono chopped off the guys finger with a cigar cutter then smoked it in front of him (i mean it's not possible to smoke a blood-wet finger we know but one can only imagine the psychological effect). cool.
- 13 May, 2006 21:28, said...
Can't wait for the day these are finished and I can sit down and re-read them straight through. As it is, some of the plot threads get tangled in my head, seeing as how the trades are spaced so far apart.
- 13 May, 2006 21:51, Rob H said...
I feel bad for saying this but I've lost interest. I picked up volume 6 two weeks ago and still can't bring myself to read it.
- 13 May, 2006 22:45, zilla said...
cmoney i'm with you man... i've had to consult the internet a couple of times to get back on track (since i'm reading this by trade like you are). the plot in 100 Bullets is madly winding at times and it's def hard to keep it and all the characters and their roles/relationships straight.
i'm not a dumbass (completely) but i have to be honest - i didn't feel totally comfortable w/ it all until i read this:
100 Bullets Synopsis
PS you'll recognize the original poster by name :)
Friday, May 12, 2006
- 12 May, 2006 22:24, Rob H said...
Hellboy - The Island.
Awesome stuff but I'm so behind on my Hellboy.
- 12 May, 2006 23:06, zilla said...
Hellboy is one of my all time favorite comics. It's hard to believe, but Mignola hasn't written a single bad HB issue as far as i can tell. I just finished "Strange Places" which is the Third Wish and The Island collected... and it was suberb - Some of the best HB yet.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
The author, Troy Brownfield, is a lot more comfortable w/ the fact that long time allies and teammates can so quickly turn on each other, suggesting that Milar and McNiven are really just taking advantage of underlying stress/previous fissures between some of the main characters (Cap Am and Iron Man are addressed here in this first part of a multi-part series of articles).
Personally, though the article is an interesting read for sure, i'm still not feeling it. i guess i'm one of those dudes who has this "thing" about loyalty and friendship and what it *should* take to put boys at odds. I def don't like things dragged out in my comics, but if you're going to tackle an issue like this, you sure as hell better put in the time up front to pull it off in a believable fashion...
Just my 2c.
- 11 May, 2006 08:25, Rob H said...
- 11 May, 2006 19:30, said...
That looks a lot like a card from one of the endless Marvel Comics trading card sets I used to collect in my younger days...
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
#2 picks up where #1 left off as our hero punches and kicks his way through the ruthless "eggs" gang while protecting (in some very original ways while he's fighting) a small girl. The battle rages through the streets and onto the top of a rolling semi who's driver is blissfully whistling to "momma don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys". classic.
Perhaps best of all is the bonus "behind the scenes" section in the back of this issue where Mike H talks us through how he puts together the comic (without a script, just via panel sketches and storyboards which i think is pretty damn cool). He even throws in a mostly blank page at the very back w/ the words "bring this comic to convention, appearance, or signing i'm at, and i will personalize it with a sketch for you for free". what a nice guy. A
PPS - My thoughts on #1.
- 10 May, 2006 18:07, Dave Carter said...
IIRC, the battle between Supes & CM took place in a new Lexcorp development project that was uninhabited.
- 10 May, 2006 19:14, zilla said...
i missed a few episodes surrounding this... i only catch like a 1/3 of these but i've enjoyed the heck out of the ones i've seen (and i don't even read mainstream DC). good stuff.
- 10 May, 2006 19:17, Rob H said...
I wish they'd show this series here. That was awesome.
- 10 May, 2006 19:27, said...
This is Super Nerdy but isn't that Shazam or some such thing, not Captain Marvel? I don't follow DC...
Anyway, pretty cool clip!
- 10 May, 2006 20:29, Rob H said...
Shazam is an old white haired Wizard who has granted Billy Batson with super powers. All he has to do is call the name Shazam and he is instantly transformed.
- 10 May, 2006 08:29, Dave Carter said...
This scene of the comic really bothered me. Why? I know from personal experience that when you get your fingers chopped off like that, there is a lot of blood. Gushing and squirting. Unless Barracuda takes steps to stop the bleeding, he's going to pass out rather quickly. Instead, here he just keeps on fighting.
- 10 May, 2006 08:47, Rob H said...
I was given the first Punisher MAX HC on this years free comic book day. Lucky me eh? Still haven't read it but I've heard good things. I'm sure I'll pick up the second HC soon after reading it. Ennis writes a wicked Frank.
- 10 May, 2006 08:49, zilla said...
dave - funny you should say that but i was thinking the exact same thing when i read it. i had this idea pop into my head that he should have shoved it into a fire or something to cauterize it and really show bad ass (though you would certainly pass out from the pain if you did that in "real" life).
not to mention the 4" swiss army knife to the eye he takes there in the beginning of the issue (to the hilt) :)
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
As some of you may know Samurai Jack is my favorite animated series of all time (followed closely by Genndy's Clone Wars Adventures) so i'm certainly hype. If you've got any patience at all for cartoons (and what comic reader doesn't on some level?) you owe it to yourself to check SJ out.
Probably the coolest (and most obvious) plus going for Astro City is it's format. Busiek has written a series of vignettes deftly tied together by a common location, rather than by specific characters or events (though there is some strategically placed crossover between stories; often as simple as a news report of an event from a previous story or a well placed background cameo), each lasting the length of one issue.
Most impressively though, Busiek manages to write the city itself as if it were a living, breathing entity; revered (and respected) by it's inhabitants - good, bad, high class, and low. Astro city herself is an identifiable character - developed as any (issue by issue) - and this makes for the true strength of the collection IMO.
This first volume contains 5 complete shorts (all taking place in Astro City of course), a few of which i slow-paced and enjoyed, and a couple i sped through in a rush to get to the next (that's the catch 22 of short stories sometimes, you know there is one to follow so it's easy to get ADD at times).
The first, a heavy, "day in the life" story of one of Astro City's greatest superheroes (think Superman) and his inner struggles, was right up my alley and well enjoyable (a gritty, honest look at the life of a people's champ superhero is always welcome in my camp).
There's also a great short about a woman's desire to escape from her ghetto-esque vampire/demon infested neighborhood into the gleaming (and polar opposite) city center where she works. She longs to get out of her crummy, oft haunted neighborhood, until she ultimately realizes that the underworld elements of her home actually serve to protect her and her family from the rampant super villain crime that plagues other parts of the city (a good "be careful what you wish for" story). I didn't particularly like this one until the last few pages... proves how a good ending can change everything :)
My favorite though is the story of petty criminal who mistakenly spies the identity of a well-known hero (the very cool Jack-in-the-Box) and can't decide whether or not to reveal it (or to whom) while he lives in fear of being silenced. Great stuff that one, i actually read it twice before continuing to the next ;)
I'm giving a ton of credit to Busiek and gang for creating a living city complete w/ identifiable good and bad parts of town, loads of good and bad guys (though many were a bit corny and/or idealized for my taste) and above all a well developed personality of it's own. There's a good stock of extras in the back of this TP that let you in on just how much work actually went into creating Astro City before the first story was even written (and some great sketches and awesome, awesome Alex Ross covers).
After just one volume though, i can't help but feel that (although entertaining for sure) Astro City's potential is as of yet unrealized. Personally i hope that future volumes in the series pick it up to the level of acclaim that this book generally receives... Not to say you should hesitate though, there are plenty of GOOD reasons to read Astro City Volume 1: Life in the Big City. B
- 09 May, 2006 19:14, Rob H said...
Sounds like a pretty good book to be reading. Thanks for the write up.
I've also decided to pick up the ALIAS Omnibus(only $70 at my LCS). Not sure when I'll pick it up but it's on my list.
- 09 May, 2006 19:36, zilla said...
yeah rob i hope you enjoy Alias as much as i did (PS that Thor panel you loved was from there too).
for some reason i feel like my Astro City review sucked. i wrote it w/ some serious quickness on a break from work and didn't really edit. sorry guys.
- 09 May, 2006 21:31, said...
I've hear from other sources that the first trade is not necessarily the best. I believe that the others are longer story arcs. The review was good, it convinced me to buy it, but I think it will be a ways down on my wishlist.
- 09 May, 2006 21:38, zilla said...
yeah i have to admit Astro City wasn't all that i expected... maybe my expectations were too high though. i did enjoy it (esp the couple of shorts i mentioned in my review), just wasn't floored.
- 09 May, 2006 21:40, Mark Fossen said...
I'm a big Astro City fan, myself. In fact the Wizard 1/2 issue (not sure which trade it's in) is one of my top few single issues of anything. Ever.
I think you'd really dig the next TP, Confession.
- 09 May, 2006 22:29, zilla said...
mark - i've heard they get better and better and even that this first volume is just the tip of the iceberg... one of the things i love about the short story format is you don't have to love every issue to consider the trade a worthwhile read ;)
- 10 May, 2006 00:05, said...
I recently (as in today) finished a read-through of all of the current Astro City volumes except "Tarnished Angel" (still waiting for it in the mail). I loved it every bit as much as I did the first time I read it. I don't think the characters are "corny," I think they're just archetypes Busiek uses to explore areas that couldn't really be explored with the characters they obviously evoke. The thing about Astro City is that it has a history, and Astro City's history sort of parallels the history of comics too. It's really a great read, I can't wait for "The Dark Age" story to start up again.
- 10 May, 2006 07:50, zilla said...
cmoney - i certainly don't think all (or even most) of the characters are corny, just *some* (which is to be expected given different taste etc.). for example i loved samaritan, el robo, and jack-in-the-box, but found crackerjack irritating :)
i've heard that the Astro City stories get better and better... which volume should i read next (and does anyone have a list of all of them?).
- 10 May, 2006 11:13, Mark Fossen said...
Confession comes next, and you'll love it.
Just don't let anyone blow the ending for you.
- 10 May, 2006 23:07, said...
I believe the order is Confession, then Family Album, then Tarnished Angel, then Local Heroes. I think the first part of the Dark Ages saga is coming out this year as well (supposedly, The Dark Ages is a 12-issue storyline broken up into 3 smaller ones, someone can correct me if I've got that wrong). Dark Ages deals with hints dropped throughout the previous issues about what happened with and to the Silver Agent in the 70s...
- 09 May, 2006 19:20, Rob H said...
Powell is an underrated genius.
- 09 May, 2006 19:38, zilla said...
i couldn't agree more. as much respect as he DOES get in the industry and among fans, i STILL think he's underrated ;)
i just wish he put out more work... one of my fav TPs from last year was Billy the Kids Old Timey Oddities (if you like Powell and you haven't read that then run out and buy it ASAP).
PS - Did i miss anything??
SAMURAI HEAVEN & EARTH TP - This actually came out last week (i think?) but i'll be picking it up someday for sure. Adding to wish list.
EX MACHINA #20 (MR) - Pull list.
ARES #4 (OF 5) - I'm digging this so far... will make a better trade than read by flops but... i'm "flop committed" at this point (since i've bought the first 3).
NEXT WEEK: 100 BULLETS #72 (MR), DMZ #7 (MR), CAPTAIN AMERICA #18 and NEW AVENGERS #19
- 09 May, 2006 12:46, Dave Carter said...
"Flop Committed" - what a great term!
- 09 May, 2006 13:54, Pat said...
I'd recommend flipping through Last Planet Standing - last year had Last Hero Standing, and while it wasn't earth-shattering, it was an entertaining story set in the M2 universe. Usually those M2 stories (like Spider-Girl) are lots of fun and not too serious (I've been reading them in the digests when the local library gets them).
- 09 May, 2006 19:40, zilla said...
Pat - considering the light weak i'll try anything my friend. i'll def check this out and let you know what i think...
Dave - i modified a term my boys have been using at our poker nights for years ("pot committed"). funny how applicable the term "flop committed" really is though... you guy 2-3 issues of a 5-6 issue mini and you can't just stop and buy the trade when it comes out... ugh.
- 09 May, 2006 21:19, said...
I did (stop buying in the middle of stories that is)
Does that make me Flop Divorced? Or perhaps a Flop Dropper?
Monday, May 08, 2006
Sakai's attention to historical detail is impressive (and a huge part of the draw for me); he expresses an obvious breadth of knowledge about feudal Japanese culture, Samurai/Ronin, and Bushido; revealed a little bit at a time, issue after issue, book after book. IMO this is what amazes me most about UY, you read simple story after simple story, and don't realize what you've taken in until you sit back and think about it as a whole. Very, very cool.
Anyways, i won't get into too much specifically about book seven here, though i do love Usagi's best friend's character (Gen) to no end, and suffice it to say this volume is the best i've read so far and i'm looking well forward to book eight :)
- 09 May, 2006 14:23, Ryan X said...
When you get a chance, hit me over email with a quick explanation of UY. You write about it so much, I am almost obligated to pick it up at some point. This blurb on Book Seven has really got my interest cooking. Thanks.'
- 09 May, 2006 19:52, zilla said...
i sent this to you by email too:
ryan - i think i might only have your work address so i hope you don't mind getting this there...
if you have ANY interest at all in feudal japan (samurai's, lords, ronin, ninja's, martial arts, swordplay, bushido, personal and family honor, "the last samurai") then you should def check out UY.
i know it's the kind of book you look at at first and say "how in the hell will this book about a samurai rabbit going to appeal to me?" but you just might be surprised. don't be turned off by the use of animals as characters either, it actually grows on you and isn't nearly as "simpleton" as it may seem at first. after a while it's actually a huge plus.
stan sakai has been writing this book for like 20 some years (i think it's the longest running comics series w/ one writer/artist in history by far, so if you like it you've got 20 some TPs to read).
the adventures are simple and folktale-ish, but entertaining, endearing, and SO easy to digest (the best way i can describe how "digestible" they are is to tell you that i read them almost exclusively on the can, where a single UY story is just about the PERFECT length :)
plus (as i mentioned in the review) sakai's attention to historical detail really rounds it out for a nerd like me.
don't start w/ book one, buy book 2 and start there... it's worth a few bucks (10 or so) to see if you like UY... like i said earlier, if you DO, you're in for pretty much unlimited UY stories (100+ issues!).
PS i've also got to say that UY is/should def be considered a hall of fame comic. something EVERY comic reader in the world should have at least tried. IMO
- 09 May, 2006 19:52, zilla said...
can you guys tell i have a soft spot in my big green heart for UY? hahah. sorry to brain dump so large and nasty :)
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Captain America has been charged w/ delivering a sliver of a cosmic cube (which has been fashioned into a ring... "one ring to rule them all"!) when he does the unthinkable... he loses it during a scrap w/ the M.O.D.O.C. Squad (?).
The ring is discovered by a random young dude who quickly discovers it's reality altering powers (and has some fun w/ a friend goofing around shortly thereafter). Nice to see the lighter side of new-found powers sometimes...
It's funny, this comic isn't in my top 10 (or even my top 20 maybe) but titles like these have their place among floppies, and are great to just pick up and veg to w/o requiring much brain power (if any). kind of like a Maxim or FHM magazine you know? Next to worthless generally speaking but still entertaining somehow :) B
Saturday, May 06, 2006
- 06 May, 2006 13:23, Rob H said...
Hahaha! If only all Thor was like that. What is it?
- 09 May, 2006 04:29, Rob H said...
Looks like Allred penciling. X-Statix?
- 09 May, 2006 19:58, zilla said...
One of many good moments in Alias. And i officially promise to stop promoting that book. As of right now.
- 10 May, 2006 08:03, Rob H said...
- 11 May, 2006 13:41, Mark "Puff" Anderson said...
A girl throws up on Thor's shoes.
I wish my step dad were still alive. He was a big Thor fan. He got me into comics and he would have loved this.
Thanks for sharing.
- 11 May, 2006 14:30, zilla said...
hey puff, hope your step dad rests in peace partner. glad i could give you another reason to smile over a memory 'bout him ;)
Friday, May 05, 2006
CW #1 is a big disappointment for me considering how huge a fan i am of Mark Millar. Maybe my expectations were too high (i think we've all come to hold Millar to a pretty high standard after Ultimates, etc.)? The whole thing just feels kind of forced IMO, and somewhat hastily put together (though i know in reality it wasn't rushed since i've been hearing about it for what seems like eons now).
Public outcry for super power registration (after several massive "loss of life" events) is believable enough, but I'm not buying the delivery. The whole mutants as civil servants angle is a bit hokie and the almost instant rift between long standing, battle tested friendships would seem to need issues and issues of development IMO, not a few panels representing about an hour's elapsed time. As a total aside i also find the New Warriors irritable (though Namor's cousin is hot in a very nerdy "i love an alien" way).
McNiven's artwork is solid (albeit his faces always seem a bit rigidly plastic to me, esp around the mouth) and there's at least one cool scene where Cap Am mushes S.H.I.E.L.D (verbally and physically); though riding on the back of an F-15 would be impossible for even the super soldier i'm sure.
I did love the panel (below) where the Watcher appeared, thought that was a nice touch and steve strange's comment in regards cracked me a big smile.
PS - there's a killer ad for Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr's june-arriving "Eternals" which i hadn't seen previously... I'll def be picking up the first issue of that :)
- 06 May, 2006 02:45, comics should be fun said...
Here I agree 100%. Nice art, boring and misguided story. What's next, "voting in the marvel universe?" Oh the drama.
- 06 May, 2006 08:34, zilla said...
"Oh the drama" is right (and hilarious BTW). not to repeat myself but i'm so frustrated w/ these "events". i mean you don't NEED to have an event twice a year... if a good (great) idea for a massive crossover only comes along every year (or every 2 or 3) then fine, execute it then and execute it well, taking time to build it up on both ends (and in the middle). feel me?
- 11 May, 2006 15:05, said...
Interesting article here:
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Anyone here have it? Are the issues covered (#94-131 i think) a worthy run? Other thoughts?
- 04 May, 2006 09:40, Dave Carter said...
If you're just interested in reading the stories, you can get them in cheap B&W in the Essential X-Men volumes for much less. I'd only go with the Omnibus if you want a high-quality hardcover.
- 04 May, 2006 09:51, zilla said...
dave - my only prob w/ the essentials line is the B&W. i'm not a color whore by any stretch but i think there are certain comics that work in B&W (TWD, Sin City, Ferro City, etc.) but others (like these superhero classics) that just don't do it for me w/o color...
what do you think of this particular run of issues though (if you can remember them)?
- 04 May, 2006 13:15, Dave Carter said...
Let's see... this looks like the star of the All-New, All-Different X-Men, when Len Wein and Dave Cockrum revived the series from being a reprint book, up to the Claremont/Byrne stuff just before the Dark Phoenix Saga. It's certainly one of the classics of modern super-hero comics; many consider the Claremont/Byrne X-Men to be THE X-Men run. You do have to have a tolerance for Claremont's purple prose.
BTW, did you ever read the Banana Sunday that I recommended?
- 04 May, 2006 15:35, zilla said...
banana sunday is now in slot #2 on my amazon wish list so it will def make it into my next basket. i'm def going to buy/read/review it. thanks for the x-men info... i think i will get this HC at some point.
- 04 May, 2006 22:40, Matt Guerrero said...
I remember being underwhelmed at the quality of the writing, and the early art, when reading that run in the Essentials format. I can't imagine paying 100 bucks for it, but if I was a bigger X-fanatic I probably wouldn't balk at it.
But I agree that Essentials and Showcase, while a good idea, piss me off for their lack of color. It's the exact opposite of colorizing old B&W movies, and serves the same purpose: it drains the power from the image.
- 05 May, 2006 14:37, zilla said...
billy - thanks for the comment. i'm 100% w/ you on essentials and i wonder if you would have enjoyed these older x-men stories had they been in color (that's def how i felt when i went from silver surfer and hulk essentials to the marvel masterworks or visionaries of the same runs).
i guess i'll take my time w/ this and pick it up if i get dry on things to read...
FYI, if anyone's interested, i got my new Amazon order a few days ago and i'm simultaneously reading the first Maxx volume and the first Astro City (as well as Shogun, which i finally found at a used bookstore online for 10 beans).
- 04 May, 2006 09:42, Rob H said...
Let us know what you thought of Astro City. I've been Astro-curious for a while now.
By the way, I've been reading Swamp Thing. I've just finished the second TPB and it's very, very good stuff. I don't think you'll be disappointed when you get to it.
- 04 May, 2006 10:16, zilla said...
i'll def post a review of astro city... and that's good news about swamp thing - i almost added it to my basket this past order but shit was getting pricey! i'll pick it up soon though...
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
- 03 May, 2006 10:56, Rob H said...
That's way too cool for school. I'm picking up the third Invincible trade this week. Loving it.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
I did love v1 and 2 of the PAD Hulk Visionaries so #3 is going on my Amazon wish list along w/ that MASSIVE (and massively expensive) X-Men Omnibus...
I'll def be picking up:
BPRD UNIVERSAL MACHINE #2 (OF 5) - I'm a quiet fan of B.P.R.D. (potentially due to HB withdrawal) and the mini's have gotten better and better IMO.
EXTERMINATORS #5 (MR) - Pull list. Unique and entertaining.
CIVIL WAR #1 (OF 7) - This is one of those books you feel like you HAVE to get for some reason... though i'm not all that excited about it.
MARVEL TEAM-UP #20 - Pull list. Another one of those "McDonald's" books i buy every month for those times when i just feel like sitting down and reading a comic w/o investing too much brain power.
PUNISHER #33 (MR) - Pull list.
SAM & TWITCH BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS COLLECTION VOL 1 TP (MR) - I've had this on my wish list so long i forgot why i put it there... anyone read this?
HULK VISIONARIES PETER DAVID VOL 3 TP - v1 and 2 were great so what the hell?
UNCANNY X-MEN OMNIBUS VOL 1 HC - $99? At least it's $60 at Amazon. I wonder if this will be any good???
ATOMIKA #7 (OF 12) - I won't be picking up this single issue, but i DID read #1-3 back when and dug them enough to read by trade (assuming it gets collected).
EX MACHINA #20 (MR) and ARES #4 (OF 5).
Monday, May 01, 2006
The final Purple Man arc is pretty damn fantabulous IMO, exploring a part of JJ's past she'd like to forget (and explaining a good deal about her). These few issues really wrap the series nicely and got me thinking:
Remember those conversations when we were kids (who am i kidding my brother and i were just talking about this the other day at the gym) asking "if you could have one super power which would it be?"?
Well i USED to say "invisibility" (with flight and super strength in a heavy tie for second) but now i think that Purple Man's pheromone power to get everyone you come in contact w/ to do anything you say... though nefarious in so, so many ways, would be pretty damn cool ;)
What about you guys?
- 01 May, 2006 21:38, Rob H said...
You're really loving this Alias title aren't ya? :) Looks like I'll have to check it out at some point.
Super power? No idea but apart from flight and the usual super power suspects I'd have to go with shape shifting. It works wonders for Bigby Wolf.
- 02 May, 2006 07:58, zilla said...
ha i promise i will stop pimping this book. i'm prob setting up any new reader for a let down hyping it THIS much :)
shape shifting? ah yes that would def be cool. and you reminded me i need to pick up the next fables trade at some point (i'm only through #2).
- 02 May, 2006 11:40, Mark Fossen said...
My sister sent this to me as a birthday present off my Amazon Wish List. Really looking forward to it, thanks in no small part to your pimpage.
- 02 May, 2006 12:43, Pat said...
Alias is close to my favorite Bendis work (Powers probably still has that honor) - I really enjoyed it. I just had Bendis sign my copy of #1 at the Pittsburgh Comicon - he was a super nice guy.
If I had one super power... I'd have to go with telekinesis (did I spell that right?) because then you'd have flight (my second choice) along with all kinds of perks...
- 02 May, 2006 14:10, zilla said...
Mark - knowing what little i know about you, i def expect you to enjoy Alias... let me know what you think once your all the way through (it's massive).
PS - I know i've mentioned this before (the details matter to a guy like me) but i love how they've got Grimm wearing different clothes throughout (issue after issue)... it's always been a pet peeve of mine how Captain America sits around the house in his uniform (mask and all!). Not to single out Cap Am, but you get me i'm sure, this is prevalent across superhero comics... i would bet dating back to the days where it was hard to tell characters apart by their faces? it's NOT anymore w/ modern art/coloring so no need to baby us!!!
- 01 May, 2006 15:13, Dave Carter said...
Maybe spandex costumes are really comfortable to sit around in?
- 01 May, 2006 21:33, Rob H said...
Dave: Some deviants get off on that kind of thing. ;)
- 02 May, 2006 07:53, zilla said...
ha - no doubt there ARE some fans among us who DO sit around in spandex superhero costumes (not me i swear).
- 03 May, 2006 13:26, Sean Maher said...
Plus the Ben Grimm here is a bit more likeable (IMO) than the weepy UFF version (Sean, you agree?).
Although, my favorite Ben Grimm EVER was done many years ago; I forget what it was called, but The Champion (who you'll remember from the Thanos Quest book) came to Earth threatening to conquer the planet if nobody could best him in the boxing ring.
Hulk got disqualified, Thor had to leave his hammer out of the ring, and it all came down to Aunt Petunia's Favorite Nephew. He got absolutely destroyed, orange rock flying off him in chunks, nearly dead, but he WOULD NOT STAY DOWN.
Champion was so impressed by his determination and spirit that, even though he'd clearly beaten everyone in the ring, he left Earth alone anyway as a reward.
What a great character.
PS if you have any interest in Ramos, let me know and i'll give you a sweet little list of his previous works that i've enjoyed (who knows, some of this stuff may hook you like it did me)...
- 01 May, 2006 21:30, Rob H said...
That's some pretty sweet pencil work. Feel free to give me a couple of titles to add to my list. If they're collected in TPB, even better.
- 02 May, 2006 07:56, zilla said...
Rob - if you like superhero books, def pick up jenkins and ramos run on Spectacular Spider-Man (TPs v1: The Hunger and v2: Countdown). The Hunger is one of my all time fav Spidey stories.
If you're looking for something a bit different (more along the detective/crime noir path) then take a look at the Revelations TP when it comes out (shortly?).
- 02 May, 2006 10:04, Rob H said...
Actually, I've been wanting to pick up a few Marvel trades so I'll definitely put that down on the list. Spidey definitely perks my interest. Thanks.