January 28, 2010
In my mind the actor Samuel L. Jackson is one of the coolest people on the planet. He is so cool that his presence alone made the movie “Snakes on a Plane” watchable and even enjoyable. He also played my favorite jedi of the Star Wars Prequels: Mace Windu:
Multiple comic book news sites have been reporting that Samuel is writing a comic book for BOOM studios called “Cold Space” It’s going to be a four issue limited series that will begin in April. The main character is of course based off of Sam’s appearance. Check it out:
How freaking cool is that! Yes I am a hopeless nerd and proud of it.
January 19, 2010
Steve Rogers(the original Captain America) has returned. A lot of Cap fans have been wondering what will happen to poor Bucky Barnes( the current Cap)? This “one shot” does tell the story it says it will. It lets you know who will be Cap. I guess in that respect it is successful. The art is well done and the book has some heartfelt moments with Steve and Bucky. There is also a cool action scene near the end of the book. My problem with this comic is that most of the issue felt like filler. I don’t see why this needed its own special issue or why it couldn’t have been handled in either the Captain America or the New Avengers book. The only pages that seemed to matter to the overall narrative were the last 5 pages of the book. The first half features a WW2 flashback that didn’t tell us anything that we didn’t already know. We already know the back stories of Steve and Bucky and we have seen countless flashbacks that flesh out both characters in the Captain America ongoing. It just wasn’t needed.
If you’re thinking about buying this book I’d recommend that you just read a spoiler online. Save your money.
Rating: 4 out of 10
January 15, 2010
DC comics announced on their blog that Marv Wolfman and George Perez are going to finish up a 120 page Titans graphic novel that they started working on over twenty years ago. A good bit of the art was finished back then so this graphic novel will feature the Teen Titans as they looked back in the eighties!
The book will be called “Teen Titans: Games” and it is set to be released later this year. This is the third original graphic novel that DC has announced they will be releasing this year. Could this mark a shift in how DC comics releases their product? Will they one day move away from the standard floppy and release full length graphic novels instead? Only time will tell.
Teen Titans Games-
January 14, 2010
I have to confess that until I came across the announcements i’m about to share I was beggining to think that Post Blackest Night DCU was going to be a snooze fest. (At Least for me!) I have no interest in the Superman centric “War” event that is coming up. I also have no interest in the “Return of Bruce Wayne”. In fact ever since Grayson stopped being Nightwing and Bruce stopped being Batman i’ve not cared about the bat-family. This is coming from a die hard Nightwing fan. I thought that making Grayson Batman was a step back for a character that had worked so hard to become his own man and not live in the shadow of the Bat. Tim becoming Red Robin was enough for me to keep the Bat books at arms length.
So just when I started believing that my beloved DCU was no place for me DC announces that Birds of Prey and Legion of Superheroes will be returning this spring. I love the Legion of superheroes and seeing them back with their own book and not just languishing in second feature hell excited me to no end. Also the Birds of Prey are back! Written my master scribe Gail Simone! Awesomeness!I guess there will be some DC books I’ll want to read this year after all!
The Legion of Superheroes!-
Birds of Prey!-
January 13, 2010
I love comic books. I have loved them as far back as I can remember. The hobby really took off for me while I was in college. There was a comic book store not to far from my dorm and i’d go there weekly to pick up my books. Purchasing comics from an actual comic book store is always a lot of fun. There is a certain camaraderie that Comic geeks have. We may not always like the same books or characters but we all appreciate the euphoria that comes with walking out of the store with a nice stack of comics.
It’s also a lot of fun if the store has employees that are fun to talk with as was the case with the store I frequented during my college years.
Fast forward almost seven years and my career has brought me to a small town that I will refer to as Forlornia. There is no comic book store here. The only comic I can buy in town is the Wolverine kids magazine. (Wal-Mart carries it) The nearest comic book store is seventy miles away. As the sole bread winner for a family of four I can’t afford the gas to drive up to said store.
So I get comic books mainly via the subscription services that Marvel and DC offer. My problem with them is that they don’t offer event books or the titles I want to read the most. Not to mention the indie books I would love to read. I am blessed with a single friend that is able to make the 70 mile trip once a month. Through his generosity I have been bale to read the important event books and review them for this blog. He lets me borrow his books. God bless him!
I’m not sure what I am going to do about collecting comics this year. For the time being I am not going to renew my subs. After all I don’t want to fall into the trap of just getting books for the sake of getting books. I know of the other subscription services online but those charge your credit card monthly and I’m not wanting to do that at all.
I suppose I could go to all trades for a while.
They look nice on a bookshelf and don’t take up as much space as floppies but I love the floppy. Sigh…There is no easy solution for me. As long as my career has me in Forlornia I will continue the debate with myself: Try and get floppies OR become a ‘trade waiter”? To read? Or to read months later? That is the question.
January 10, 2010
The hordes of undead continue to lay seige to the DC universe in Blackest Night issue six. Six issues in and for me its official: Blackest Night rules! Unlike a lot of the “event books” to come out of the big two over the past couple of years this one has actually been an awesome read thus far.
If you don’t like action and great art then this book isn’t for you. At this point in the series the proverbial “poop” has already hit the fan. Nekron’s quest to destroy all life is in full swing as his Black Lanterns swarm to Earth for the massacre. Ganthet makes a surprise move that is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows and in the story buy time for the forces of light to gather.
This has been an incredible story and I think that it is going to be remembered alongside the greatest stories and events that DC comics has put out over the past 75+ years.
RATING: 9 out of 10
January 8, 2010
Marvel recently unveiled the new design for Iron Man:
I think it’s way past time for a sleeker Iron Man. I’m looking forward to seeing this new look in action this April when Iron Man dones the new suit in Invincible Iron Man #25. What do you guys think of Shellhead’s new “do”?