Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Thursday, August 31, 2006


Finally got to the LCS today after a few weeks of uber-busy and cleared my box...  here's what i picked up:

Savage Brothers #1, Fear Agent #7, Fell #6, DMZ #10, DD #88, Ultimates Annual #2, Wolvie #45, All-Star Supes #5, Loveless #10, UFF #33, and TWD #30. 

I'm sure there's some stuff i forgot but...


19 September, 2006 10:10, Blogger Ryan X said...

Where are you dude?

19 September, 2006 18:42, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

I hope real life is keeping you busy and not something bad.

28 September, 2006 14:32, Anonymous Duckman said...

You forgot to pick up the latest Savage Dragon

29 September, 2006 06:44, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

He hasn't picked ANYTHING up for about a month! I really hope nothing sinister is keeping you away.

29 September, 2006 09:54, Blogger Ryan X said...

I emailed Rod on the side and didn't get anything. Does anyone know what is going on with Zilla? I hate to get down on the dude if he wants to take a break, just not his style to not post for over a month.

29 September, 2006 16:57, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

Yeah, I was just wondering how the heck to check on the guy. Glad you have an email address to try. It really isn't like him. He usually let's us know when he's going on a vacation.


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Thursday, August 24, 2006

8.23 Shopping List

Not sure if this is worth posting so late in the week but shit i wrote it so might as well hit "publish" right? Am i missing anything you guys are hype about?

ABSOLUTE DARK KNIGHT HC - I won't be getting this this week, but hope to get a hold of it someday (it's chillin' on my Amazon wish list). Thanks (all) for talking to me about it a while back...
BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK #1 (OF 6) - Isn't this by the same team that brought us Batman and the Monster Men (which i enjoyed)?
DMZ #10 (MR) - There was a rumble that this came out last week and i was salty i missed it... but here it is. Can't wait.
FEAR AGENT #7 - I'd happily head to the LCS for DMZ and Fear Agent alone. Hype.
DAREDEVIL #88 - Oh yeah and a new DD. Not many comics this week but some GOOD ones. Interested to get deeper into Bru's second arc.
ETERNALS #3 (OF 6) - We're getting our money's worth w/ Eternals so far... The issues are jam-packed w/ story (and some solid JRJ artwork).


25 August, 2006 15:28, Blogger Ryan X said...

I hit the LCS yesterday but FA and DMZ weren't out of the box yet! But I did snag Bat and the Mad Monk, been waiting for this since I saw it in Previews. Hope it is good. Late.

26 August, 2006 08:46, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

No Walking Dead for you Zilla?

26 August, 2006 10:30, Blogger zilla said...

oh my did TWD come out? if so i'm def getting it ;) still haven't gotten to the LCS yet for LAST week :(

26 August, 2006 16:34, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

yup, Walking Dead was out this week (I finally found a decent LCS after moving 4 months ago). I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on it when you get it. One aspect of the issue caught me completely off guard and I want to know if it's just because I wasn't paying enough attention in previous issues or if Kirkman did it on purpose. I also picked up Elephantmen #2 from Image (I got the first issue and it was definitely worth a second look). And Batman #656(?), I like Morrison enough that I'll follow him on a title I don't normally have any interest in.

28 August, 2006 09:23, Blogger Ryan X said...

Has anyone read the Batman and Mad Monk #1? I guess I am out of the loop on Batman. It didn't feel like a "new" arc. Maybe someone can fill me in on the concept behind this 6-issue mini. Thanks.

28 August, 2006 17:54, Blogger zilla said...

ryan - i haven't read it but do have it in my box... i wonder if it builds off of the monster men mini?

28 August, 2006 17:58, Blogger zilla said...

cellardoor - i'll def let you know what i think of TWD... can't wait to read it.


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8.24 Panel

I've been in training all week at work (wall to wall) so posts have been light and i haven't been able to make the LCS this week yet... hopefully tomorrow. In the meantime enjoy this panel... Anyone else pick up the first issue of Dusty Star a while back? I dug it. Excellent writing and artwork... this western (if you can call it that?) has potential IMO.


31 December, 2006 00:31, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally dug it.
When's the second issue coming out?!
it's been ages... :(


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Sunday, August 20, 2006

8.20 Panel


24 August, 2006 13:57, Blogger Brandon said...

Hands down, one of the best panels of the week.

24 August, 2006 16:19, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

OK, I give up what's it from?

24 August, 2006 16:56, Blogger zilla said...

It's from the UFF Annual (#2). I really enjoyed it... both the story and artwork. Good stuff.


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Flop thoughts...

Wasteland #2 - As is typical w/ #2's, we learn a LOT more about this comic (and what it's going to be) in this issue. To be honest, i'm feeling more comfortable with it now than i was last issue, and can see myself getting well into Wasteland. B+.

As an added bonus i enjoyed the heck out of the 6 or 7 page preview for Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's "Damned" (new from Oni sometime soon). The main character, Eddie, seems solid in limited action; he's apparently a hardass who routinely avoids death through powers or luck (not sure which?) and has gotten himself into a bit of a bind over a "skirt". It's always about a damn woman... man broads are nothing but trouble! Anyways... Damned appears to be set in the 30's (think Al Capone gangsters w/ tommy guns and Humphrey Bogart) but w/ a twist: Demons. Wait, wha?? Wild i know... but somehow it seems like it will work. I'll def be picking this one up...

Rex Mundi #1 - I've been hearing about Rex Mundi for so long i couldn't help myself picking up the new Dark Horse #1 (plus i'm in the middle of Jenkins and Ramos' Revelations trade so i've got religious DaVinci Code-esque conspiracy stories on the brain). Interesting. Special thanks to Nelson and DH for including the "story so far" (detailing previous arcs and issues) and character bio's sections at the back. TBD.

Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #2 - This annual is really (really) well put together IMO. Carey's Mole Man story actually added depth and interest to a character i've typically avoided like the plague (Dr. Molekevic), and does it with a great dose of toungue-in-cheek humor. For some reason Carey's telling of Molekevic's background reminds me of Eric Powell (and that's a good thing). Ok so Carey's writing came to play but that's not all this annual has going for it: Immonen's art is well... fantastic (sorry). After first being introduced to him on Nextwave, and now seeing him draw mainline characters here in the UFF annual, i'm starting to think of this guy as one of my favs. A+.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #32 - I jumped on to UFF about 6 mo's ago and have enjoyed the heck out of Millar and Land's (and whoever does the awesome inking/coloring) work. Pissed i was to learn that their run is over with this issue and Mike Carey and Pasqual Ferry are taking over w/ #33. Not to crap on either of these new dudes (esp since i enjoyed the heck out of Carey's work on the 2nd UFF annual and am unfamiliar w/ Ferry), it's just that i'm not that big a UFF fan to begin with and it was the writing and artwork that got me onto (and kept me with) this title in the first place... Not that i won't give the new guys a chance (i will now that i'm hooked)... just expressing disappointment i didn't get w/ UFF sooner. This arc does wrap nicely though... even if Doom sacrificing himself so he gets credit for saving the world (and Reed doesn't) is a little far fetched unless you exaggerate VanDamme's classic motivations a bit. B+.

Casanova #3 - Love this book even if it confuses the hell out of me at times. I'm def not one for "dumbing down" the scene transitions in comics but a small narration box w/ "timeline 909, 2 days ago" or something would be nice now and again... Sometimes it's hard to get your bearings when you turn the page on a scene (though adding the beard to one timeline's Cass and leaving the other whisker-less helped a TON)... though there's always the distinct possibility that i'm just an idiot. I think i've got it all straight but would anyone (ryan?) mind giving me a paragraph synopsis of what's been going down in Casanova so far so we can compare notes? B+.

PS - Instead of letters pages, Fraction has been writing free form letters to his readers (much like in the "other" $1.99 Fell) detailing how he gets the inspiration for his characters, settings, and plots, and letting us get to know him (on some level at least). Thoroughly enjoyable read after you've finished the actual comic, and hella good value-add IMO. If only more creators should did this.


20 August, 2006 14:47, Blogger zilla said...

for Casanova confusion... this helps (sort of)

21 August, 2006 10:26, Blogger Ryan X said...

I am actually picking up Casanova #2 and #3 today so I am of no help. Looks like you found some insider info anyway. Reading "Revelations"? I thought you read that as they came out. Just curious, not a bad story, but could have been better.

24 August, 2006 04:59, Blogger Christopher Green said...

I have a feeling the sales on UFF are going to tank next issue.

24 August, 2006 17:12, Blogger zilla said...

Ryan - Sorry for the late reply (been in training all week so kind of sans-laptop). I only read the first issue (or 2?) of Revelations when it flopped... at that time i figured it would read better as a collection and trade-waited. I'm with you, it was solid (i think this is by far the best work Ramos has ever done, and his work looks great in that colored pencil style), but could have been much better. They left it open-ended a bit - maybe we'll see a vol 2?


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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Nextwave #7

Now THIS is the Nextwave we're accustomed to.  #7 is a great (great) issue IMO and is packed w/ memorable moments.  Ellis and Immonen introduce us to a new villain, Rorkannu, Lord of the Dank Dimension (wink to Dormammu who i've always appreciated).  I've got my fingers crossed we see more of this guy; his joy over closing a deal w/ the Beyond Corp to supply Dank Dimension battle drones for $100 had me laughing out loud and reminiscing about Dr. Evil's "One meeeeeeellion dollaars".

Throw in a page and a half of my fav Nextwave character (The Captain) bitching about how he arrived at his superhero handle (considering every name w/ "Captain" in it is already taken), some quickly-becoming-classic NW action scenes and an uber cool Reservoir Dogs closing panel, and you've got one of my absolute fav Nextwave issues to date (and that's saying something).  After reading this and the new UFF Annual (#2), I gotta say Immonen is becoming a fav artist of mine...  A+.

I just love this panel for some reason so here's a bonus:


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Friday, August 18, 2006

Volume 1 of the Sandman Absolute Editions HC appears on Amazon

Bored and work and surfing through my Amazon recommendations...  noticed that the first Volume of the Absolute Sandman we've been pining for is now listed with a Nov. 1 release date.  This may be old news to some but the first i've heard of a hard date w/ details.  Here's the Amazon description:
THE SANDMAN, written by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN is also widely considered one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. By the time it concluded in 1996, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.

Now, DC Comics is proud to present this comics classic in an all-new Absolute Edition format. The first of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 1 collects issues 1-20 of The Sandman and features completely new coloring, approved by the author, on the first 18 issues, as well as a host of never-before-seen extra material, including the complete original Sandman Proposal, a gallery of character designs from Gaiman and the artists who originated the look of the Sandman, and the original script to the World Fantasy Award-winning THE SANDMAN #19, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," together with reproductions of the issue’s original pencils by Charles Vess. Also included are a new introduction by DC’s president Paul Levitz and a new afterword by Gaiman.

I for one am hype.


18 August, 2006 13:50, Anonymous Dave Carter said...

DCBS has it for $55, which at that price I may just buy it (even though I bought the original floppies AND have it all in trades as well...)

18 August, 2006 14:00, Blogger zilla said...

$55 is a pretty sweet deal on a $99 MSRP. DBCS always seems to come through on these HCs... I think i got the massive TWD HC from them for about $50 too. Do you know if we have to pre-order (and how far in advance) to get that price?

18 August, 2006 20:34, Anonymous Dave Carter said...

Yup; pre-order by August 28, and pay upfront. But I order nearly all my comics monthly from them, so it's not that big of a deal.


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8.18 Panel

Man this dude from The Boys reminds me so much of Shaun from Shaun of the Dead (great, great movie BTW).  This is a hilarious set of panels IMO:


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Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Boys #1

Anyone else read the first issue of Ennis' The Boys? I'm not sure what i feel about it... I read through it twice and kind of left it with a bit of a "meh" feeling... though i do think this is one of those comics that will take me several issues to like or dislike. Hard to imagine out man Ennis totally shitting the bed so i still have hopes... and damn, i haven't seen Robertson's art since i read the first 3 Preacher trades last year... Why did i stop reading Preacher again? Hmmm... Maybe i need to pick up Vol. 4.


17 August, 2006 12:49, Anonymous cmoney said...

That's a good question, sir: why DID you stop reading Preacher? :)

17 August, 2006 14:01, Blogger Pat said...

You probably mean Steve Dillon on Preacher - Robertson did the art of Transmetropolitan...

but Preacher is awesome!

17 August, 2006 14:30, Blogger zilla said...

Oops you're right... sorry i brain farted. but damn doesn't the artwork in Boys seem SO reminiscent to Dillon's work in Preacher? I was having flashbacks...

PS Preacher and Transmet are both good :)

18 August, 2006 09:02, Blogger Ryan X said...

Did you see the trailer that Robertson made? Pretty cool. The concept for this book looks really great, I'll pick it up despite your lukewarm review:)...

18 August, 2006 09:09, Blogger zilla said...

Ryan - The concept for this is right our your (our) alley. I didn't mean to totally crap on it... just to say i'm not sure how i feel about it yet. I'll be with it a few more issues for sure... DEF let me know what you think though.

PS i'm about to post a very cool panel from The Boys ;)


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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

8.16 Shopping List

Damn i feel like i haven't read any comics in ages (though it's truthfully only been about a week).  I guess that shows what kind of tear i've been on the past year...  Before i left for St. Croix i did read the Silent Dragon TP i picked up from Amazon a couple weeks ago and man i had almost forgotten just how much i enjoyed that story...  and shit Liu's art is PHENOMENAL throughout that book...  which gets me thinking:  what the hell happened to Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk?  That mini was the cats ass through 2 issues then just kind of disappeared.

Also - I ordered Earthboy Jacobus yesterday after enjoying the heck out of TenNapel's Iron West (via Amazon Prime - thanks X) so i'm hoping to have that on my nightstand tomorrow-ish... 

Still working my way through the first Concrete book too (enjoying it though it's far different than something i'd typically enjoy) and finished the latest John Rain text-only book by Barry Eisler (The Last Assassin).  I highly recommend that to most anyone who reads this blog and enjoys books like Q&C, Sleeper, etc.  Check it out at Amazon (the series).

Whew...  so having said all that what's on the shelves this week?

I'm buying...

CONAN #31 (MR) - Pull list.  Wrapping up Mignola's arc...
BOYS #1 (MR) - "Written by Garth Ennis; Art and covers by Darick Robertson; Edited by Ben Abernathy

Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan), co-creators of two of the most thought-provoking comics of the last decade, introduce their first original collaboration for a new monthly series: THE BOYS — a dark, twisted look at super powers, super-people, and the men and women who make sure the world's "heroes" never go too far.

With a quarter-million super-powered beings in the world, someone's got to watch what's going on beneath all those masks and capes. In a U.S.A. uncomfortably like our own, that task falls to The Boys, a government-funded group of operatives dedicated to keeping the "supes" in line."

CASANOVA #3 (MR) - #2 was that much better than #1.  I'm pretty stoked for #3.
GHOST RIDER #2 - #1 wasn't Ennis and Crane but i enjoyed it...  still not sure about this title long term but i'll at least be reading this second issue.
NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE #7 - Man i used to get so hype when a new issue of Nextwave dropped...  I'm still a big fan don't get me wrong...  it's just that #5 (somewhat) #6 were dips for me in an otherwise stellar action comedy title.
WASTELAND #2 (MR) - I reviewed #1 back when...  The art in Wasteland kicks ass but the writing was sub-par IMO.  Here's to hoping our man was just getting warmed up.


16 August, 2006 02:41, Blogger Kross said...

If I can find the other two Mignola issues, I'm going to grab Conan, otherwise I'm going to start reading next month.

Other Stuff:
- Runaways #19 (Jumping on point. Its gotten great press and I love BKV, so I'm giving it a shot)
- DMZ #10 (Its listed for this week on Vertigo's site, but its not on the Diamond list for this week or next. What the hell happened? I NEED MY DMZ!)
- Marvel Adventures The Avengers (Buy these for my little cousin, enjoyable reads though)
- Emissary #3 (Came out last week, giving it a try)
- The Escapists #2 (LCS sold out last week damn it!)
- Phonogram #1 (I love music, and magic is cool. "Music is magic" you say? Hey, I'll bite)
- Deadman #1 (With JLofA pushed back until next week and Civil War getting delayed to all damnation this week, I've got an extra three bucks to take a chance with. New Vertigo series? Hey, why not?)

17 August, 2006 08:46, Blogger zilla said...

Kross - I've pretty much got a man-crush on Mignola so i've enjoyed his arc w/ Conan (would have loved to see him draw it too).

Thanks for reminding me about Emissary #3, i forgot to pick that up... and i didn't see DMZ #10 though i'm anticipating new issues of that about as much as any comic i'm reading right now ;)

17 August, 2006 09:28, Blogger joncormier said...

There's a new Earthworm Jim video game coming out for the Sony PSP. That's where I first experienced TenNapel. I even liked the cartoon. What can beat Psycrow's School of Villainy commercials? What I ask?

17 August, 2006 20:26, Blogger day4night said...

Jumping in at Runaways #19, eh? I guess you realize by now the story arc is right in the middle of some heavy shit with the characters. But it is a consistently great read so stick with it.

I would agree that Nextwave 6 sort of slumped. Read 7 last night and loved it. The opening joke was classic. That and the Captains' bit about how he got his name just kicked the story into high gear (I thought).

20 August, 2006 06:29, Blogger Christopher Green said...

Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk is allegedly being released on September 20, nearly a year after issue one shipped. Just goes to show that comics by "superstar writers" (namely, TV and film) are doomed to lateness because they have more important mediums to write for.


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Monday, August 14, 2006

As promised... The O'Doul's swilling swine of St. Croix

Dude this massive animal roams around the several acres of rain forest owned by a couple who run a (very cool BTW) little bar and restaurant in St. Croix.  If you're lucky enough to come across him (we caught him at feeding time in his pen) and have an O'Doul's on hand, you can shake it up and toss it in his mouth.  He'll crush open the can, drain the beer, and spit out the flattened tin remains at your feet.  Wild. 

And here's your first look at me (there on the left):


15 August, 2006 21:35, Blogger Sean Maher said...

Fine swine, wish he was mine.

16 August, 2006 06:43, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

Mmmmm....Beer flavored bacon...


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Sunday, August 13, 2006

I'm baaaaack....

Just got back last night from a week-long jaunt to St. Croix w/ wifey (visiting my Uncle and friends). Man is that place the cat's ass. Great sun, beaches, diving, and just island life in general... Finally got to check out the Cruzan Rum distillery and the beer drinking hogs (unrelated but nearby) this time around. Picked up some crucial single barrel rum at the distillery (at an unbelievable discount) and a couple bottles of the best hot sauce in the world at this little shack restaraunt/bar up in the rain forest... man is that shit HOT (yet quite delicious).

PS - for shit's and giggles i'm going to post a pic of the beer drinking pigs as a day panel sometime this week (whenever i can get them off my camera). you guys just gotta see this. oh and yeah... it's O'doul's ;)


13 August, 2006 20:26, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

Welcome back! And I'm looking forward to these pics of non-alcholic adult beverage swilling swine! Read any good trades on your trip? I just read Ocean by Warren Ellis, and I'd have to say it was a darn good sci-fi tale.


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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Queen & Country Vol. 4: Operation Blackwall (very briefly)

Finished Q&C 4 this afternoon relaxin' on my new patio and unfortunately Operation Blackwall is my least favorite arc so far, which is a disappointment considering how much i enjoyed vol. 3 (Operation Crystal Ball). Rucka's story is interesting enough (though fairly far removed from the international intrigue/spy theme that's attracted me to this title), but i couldn't get behind the artwork. The now infamous (to me at least) Q&C penciler carousel stops this time on a guy named J. Alexander, who's style just doesn't do it for me, or this book IMO. Ugh.

Oh well, at least Rucka has yet to disappoint... which actually brings me to the question that got me motivated to drop this post: How are Rucka's novels? They're pimped in each of these trades and i was just wondering if anyone's read them? Did he start w/ comics or text-only?


07 August, 2006 15:16, Blogger Ryan X said...

Not what I wanted to read, but I'll take it under advisment nonetheless.

07 August, 2006 18:10, Blogger zilla said...

i'm still getting #5 ;) the story really wasn't bad...

09 August, 2006 15:55, Anonymous dale said...

I read the first Q&C novel and most of "Finder". The latter was very much like the Robert Parker "Spenser" series which is breezy, time killer type stuff. You'll forget it in a day. The Q&C book was fine- of course a longer more complex arc than the comics, but after a while I realized how much I missed the collaboration.

If you take the writer/artist jamming Q&C becomes just another competent spy novel in the suspense section of your local bookstore.


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Iron West

Finally got around to reading Doug TenNapel's original GN Iron West a few nights ago (and again last night) and i gotta say i had a great time with it. This book is at the same time humerous, charmingly odd, action-packed, and classic spaghetti western.

TenNapel's art is almost as fun to look at as his outlandish story is to read and i'm seriously impressed that he was able to include an army of robot cowboys (controlled by a mysterious UFO), a charming wrinkled old Indian shaman, Sasquatch, the Lochness Monster, and a giant steam engine locomotive transformer into a cohesive, fun story that isn't... well... stupid.

The Iron West plot is at the same time simple and complex; we've got the story of an old west (1860's?) outlaw and unlikely hero named "Stroke" who, in and attempt to dodge a rabid bounty hunter, stumbles across a gang of robot cowboys (yeah) hijacking a runaway locomotive. Stroke is plugged in the gut during the broo-ha-ha (sp?) and subsequently knocked unconscious when he jumps from the train to escape. Stroke awakens some time later, in the company of a wrinkled old Indian Shaman and his would-be muscle (who just happens to be a/the Sasquatch). The Shaman magically heals Stroke's wounds and tells him the story of the robot cowboys and their plot to take over the nearby town (and ultimately the world??)...

I won't get much further into this because i'm going to recommend that you read the book (hey it's less than $10 at Amazon for a nice thick trade), especially if you like westerns OR sci-fi. Hell, if you like BOTH westerns AND sci-fi i'll even go so far as to call this a must read. The cast of characters is just about as memorable as any i've read in a long, long time (from the unwitting hero Stroke, who's only real concern is rescuing his "lady of the evening" love interest, to the toothless Indian Shaman and his Sasquatch sidekick, a no-necked bounty hunter named Strauss, and a/the Lochness Monster), the story fun, and the art fantastic sketch B&W.

I had a VERY good time w/ this book (in the end it's best summed up as a "fun" read) and will most certainly be reading it again before i shelve it. A+.


06 August, 2006 10:12, Blogger zilla said...

PS - I had "Earthboy Jacobus" on my wish list a while ago but the entry got stale enough that i took it off... after reading Iron West though, i'm putting it back :) Anyone read EJ that can recommend??

06 August, 2006 15:24, Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...


I'd never heard of TenNapel before Iron West, but he's got a new fan now and I'll be checking out all of his work. EJ and Gear seem to get the most love.

06 August, 2006 20:36, Blogger Kross said...

I just read Iron West the other night as well. Very enjoyable, read like a good cartoon or, in some scenes, like a good web comic.

TenNapel's most famous work is probably the video game Earthworm Jim. As for comics, the only other work of his that I"ve read at all is some of Creature Tech. That was another fun sci-fi romp that I never got around to buying/finishing.

06 August, 2006 20:46, Blogger zilla said...

Kross - You're exactly right partner... Iron West plays out a LOT like a good cartoon (i actually thought that several times when reading it). The book isn't great the way TWD or Hellboy or LOEG is great, it's just a lot of fun (and that's refreshing sometimes!).

PS i had no idea this was the guy who did Earthworm Jim... I never played that game but you'd have to have been under a rock not to have heard about it.


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Saturday, August 05, 2006

8.5 Panel

I have such a man-crush on Brubaker that there's little doubt i will enjoy his upcoming Immortal Iron Fist ongoing (though he is co-writing w/ Matt Fraction...  who i'm digging on Casanova at the moment).  I've always though Iron Fist was an uber-cool character and Fraction sums it up for me in his and Bru's Newsarama interview from WW Chicago:
"For me, I love the legacy, and I love Kung Fu style action. I love the character's kinda-sleazy exploitation roots. I love the strange air of K''un L'un and the Daughters of the Dragon, Luke and everything else about Danny's character in the modern world.

"And it's the best tattoo in comics."
Amen brother.  Looking hella forward to this...

"...we're going to have the best Kung Fu this side of a good Jet Li film, and we're going to have mysteries and conspiracies and the odd mystical conspiracy mystery with ninjas and stuff..."


06 August, 2006 20:39, Blogger Kross said...

Speaking of Brubaker, I read Uncanny X-Men #477, and it will probably help catch you up on the story a little bit, but its actually a rather dissapointing, boring read with sub-par art due to the main artist (Billy Tan if I remember right) taking this issue off. The first two issues were quite good though, so read at your own risk I guess.


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Friday, August 04, 2006

8.4 Panel

Detective Deena Pilgrim is far and away one of the most interesting characters in comics (and this cover captures her pretty well IMO):

That aside, here's the panel of the day:


04 August, 2006 09:16, Blogger Ryan X said...

Powers rules. If you don't read it, you are missing out big time imho.


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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

8.2 Panel

I'm really, really digging on Fear Agent lately...  Good stuff:

Plus a bonus (one of 2 great pin ups in the back of FA #6, this one by Michael Cho):


02 August, 2006 21:39, Blogger Kross said...

Finally got my hands on that issue. Great read.

04 August, 2006 09:15, Blogger Ryan X said...

Finally read my latest beloved FA. I am just as amped about this as you guys, it's just a good comic. It sort of reminds me of that game back in the 80's, it was the outer space version of Dragon's Lair? I think it was called "Space Ace"? Anyone else remember this video game?


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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

8.2 Shopping List

Nothing too, too exciting this week but i'm feeling a bit anticipatory since i won't be able to get books next week (will be on vaca). I just finished reading Queen & Country Vol. 3 (Op Crystal Ball) as you guys prob know, and i'm about halfway through the 10th Usagi trade and the first Concrete book (which i'm enjoying BTW and will review).

As a side note: I dropped an order on Amazon for the recently released Silent Dragon TP, Q&C Vol. 4, Iron West (Guy you did like this right?), and Jenkin' and Ramos' Revelations (all for my trip next week).

I'm buying...

BPRD UNIVERSAL MACHINE #5 (OF 5) - This one's just about in the books...
EX MACHINA #22 (MR) - Def seems like it's been a while since the last Ex Machina... could be my imagination though. Regardless i'm in (as always w/ this book).
EXTERMINATORS #8 (MR) - Pull list.
EMISSARY #2 - Jury's still out on this one but i did enjoy #1.
AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 (OF 6) - Been hearing about this for a looooooong time. Hope it's good.
MOON KNIGHT #4 - Pull list.
PUNISHER #36 (MR) - Man you'd think Punisher came out twice a month. Gotta love this book's release schedule.


ABSOLUTE KINGDOM COME EDITION HC - I can't seem to stop reading about this... can anyone recommend?
MOUSE GUARD #4 (OF 6) - I still haven't got my hands on 1-3 but the way people rave on this i might as well start somewhere ;)

Next week...



01 August, 2006 15:57, Blogger Kross said...

Slow week. I'll be buying:

Detective Comics #822 - Not sure how long I'll hang onto this one. Not a huge fan of detective stories, but Dini's first was pretty good and the art was interesting if a little distracting
Ex Machina #22 - You're right, it didn't come out last month, but they've got two issues coming out this month. Joy! =)
Uncanny X-Men #477 - I'm an X-Men fan and Brubaker's X-Men crossed with the Dirty Dozen in space idea is the best thing to happen to the Uncanny book since...since...wow, it’s hard to remember a time before Chuck Austen and Claremont's horrible return. Best thing to happen to the book since the 1970s maybe?
Mouse Guard #4 - This is assuming my LCS actually gets it in on time. Really enjoying this one, very different from the other stuff I'm reading, and Mr. Gonzales over at Comic Book Commentary can't seem to praise it enough (which is why I picked it up in the first place).

I've not seen the Absolute edition, but Kingdom Come was a pretty good read if you're into the kind of deep, superhero story stuff like Watchmen and Marvels. I especially liked it because its kind of an allegory about the major comic book publishers (generally old school DC vs. the new school, at least at the time, Image with Marvel kind of stuck in between). Honestly, it’s worth a purchase for Alex Ross's art alone.

01 August, 2006 19:16, Blogger zilla said...

you know, i'm so geeked about Brubaker lately that i've considered picking up uncanny for an issue or two to check it out... will i be totally lost? how's he doing w/ it? on par w/ his DD and Cap Am work?

02 August, 2006 02:47, Blogger Kross said...

His Uncanny work is actually the first of his that I've read (blasphemy, I know). I still think Astonishing is the best X-Men book out right now, but I'm also a huge fan of Joss Whedon, so the deck is kind of stacked. Brubaker is bringing the X-Men back to their roots a bit. His team is mostly second stringers with Nightcrawler being the only really popular X-Man in the group. This has allowed him to recreate the "rag-tag superhero team” feel and mission based stories that Claremont's first run had. He's doing a very good job of showing how the very different personalities are still trying to gel together and he's letting some unexpected stars shine. Warpath, for instance, has quickly become my favorite member of the team while previously I had no love for him at all.

So to answer your questions more directly, I think he's done a great job with the first two issues, though I can't compare them to his work with DD or the Captain. I would recommend picking up Deadly Genesis trade if you haven't read it before getting into the series in order to really be caught up with what's going on. That story wasn't bad, but probably could have been better, however Brubaker was simply assigned to write it because he was going to be writing Uncanny which picks up where it left off, and the story itself wasn't his idea. Issue #477 is supposed to show what Vulcan, the mutant the X-Men are following into space, has been up to, so depending on how he writes it, it will either be a great way to catch up on what happened in DG, or leave you totally lost. I can update you on that one after I get to read it myself, either Wednesday or Thursday.


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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.

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