HeroClix Return

October 29, 2009

After what seems like an eternity in legal buyout hell heroclix are making a comeback! In case you don’t know Hero clix is a collectible miniatures game where you can pit your collection of heroes and villains against your friend’s collection. I’ve had a lot of fun collecting and playing this game over the years and i’m ecstatic to see it returning with a new booster set.

Hammer of Thor is smashing store shelves this November! Wow..I should work for their marketing department!

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Hammer of Thor Booster

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Superman and Batman Vs. Vampires and Werewolves Graphic Novel

October 28, 2009

Over the past couple of days I have been sitting around wondering what sort of “Halloweeney” post I could put up here. Then I remembered that a couple of weeks ago I picked up the Superman and Batman vs. Vampires and Werewolves graphic novel.

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Now if you pick this up expecting this to be the next “killing Joke” or “V for Vendetta” than you will be sorely disappointed. This will most likely not go down in the history of comics as an incredible story that changed or added to the ongoing stories of Batman, Superman or the DC universe.  If you pick this up because you want to see Batman and Superman beat on Vampires and Werewolves than you most certainly will not disappointed. I’ll confess that is exactly why I picked this up.

The art is gritty and the story moves along at the pace of an action packed horror movie. The writer manages to spin a yarn that combines gothic horror with Super heroics which end up being just plain old fashioned good fun.

Of course as the book progresses the World’s Finest ends up with more to worry about than just Vampires and Werewolves.  They have to worry about a crazy mad scientist and at one point a giant lovecraftian demon. As I said before it is all good fun.

What I liked most about this book was that it made use of several guest stars. Wonder Women gets into a fist fight with a vampire and Nightwing tangles with a werewolf. Also making an appearence are the Demon and Green Arrow. The latters wooden arrows are paticularly handy when dispatching Vampire hordes.

By the way the majority of the Vampires in this book are viscious creatures. None of that twilight sparkly gaynes!

I’ll give this a solid 7 out of 10.


I’m Taking The Plunge

October 23, 2009

I decided to subscribe to Justice League of America. I know that this book has been critically panned for a long while now but I couldn’t resist. A new creative team just took over JLA and I want in on their run. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the writer James Robinson and I am hoping that he pulls the Justice League book out of critical and creative hell. I love what artist Mark Bagley drew for Trinity. So as far as i’m concerned this is a win-win team.

What truly sold me on this book was the new team roster that was announced. The team has four of my favorite DCU heroes: Cyborg, Green Arrow, Green Lantern(Hal Jordon) and Richard Grayson as Batman.( I prefer Richard as Nightwing but I will save that rant for another day). My inner fan boy is doing the “happy dance”.

Here’s a glimpse of the 2010 Justice League of America:

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Ultimate Avengers is Awesomeness

October 21, 2009

A while back I posted a blog about what Comics coming out in the later half of 09 I thought were going to be awesome. I thought i’d do a little follow up and “gush” about one of my favorite books “Ultimate Comics Avengers”. I had predicted that this was going to be an incredible book but I had no idea that every issue would be 32 pages of awesomeness. Mark Millar one of the original architects of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe is writing this book and pencils are currently being handled by Carlos Pacheco.

Each one of these issues makes me salivate for the next one. Fear not though as I did not allow any saliva to hit my actual comic. This comic reads like a good action movie with loads of butt kicking and a well thought out plot line to keep the momentum going.  Another thing I like about this book is that the “Avengers” roster is going to change every six issues. They are the “Ultimates” black ops team that Nick Fury assembles for specific missions. The current mission is to bring in a fugitive Captain America who wasn’t very happy when he discovered the origin of the Red Skull. Did I mention how creepy the Ultimate universe’s Red Skull is? Here’s a look-

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He is far more creepy than the main Marvelverse’s  Red Skull.  This is  an excellent example of how the Ultimate marvel universe takes older concepts and refreshes them and in the end makes them more interesting (most of the time).

The artwork has been incredible as well. Even if this comic had no words or story it would be worth picking up for the excellent art.

Be warned my fellow comics enthusiasts if you pick up an issue of this you will probably get hooked!