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Strange Fantasy #9's great cover is followed by an panel that promises high horror: And the tale delivers on its promise. The guillotine theme adds plenty of oomph in what could have been a typical ghost story. Nicely executed,...
Strange Fantasy #9's great cover is followed by an panel that promises high horror: And the tale delivers on its promise. The guillotine theme adds plenty of oomph in what could have been a typical ghost story. Nicely executed,...
about 3 hours ago
Wonder Woman and Superman are dating and while they'd like a nice dinner and some snogging, the superhero life tends to get in the way. So it is that a quiet night at Diana's London flat is interrupted by a call to Norway, where an unnat...
Wonder Woman and Superman are dating and while they'd like a nice dinner and some snogging, the superhero life tends to get in the way. So it is that a quiet night at Diana's London flat is interrupted by a call to Norway, where an unnatural storm threatens sea traffic. Superman is confident he can calm the maelstrom below the waters while Diana looks after the surface chaos, but neither of them are prepared for the monster known as ... Doomsday.Dramatic dots there - it's a pacing thing. And writer Charles Soule does a good job with his pacing this issue, punctuating the main beats, described above, with moments from Clark and Diana's private lives earlier in the day.Diana spars with Amazon pal Hessia and worries that Clark is ashamed of their new relationship, that he's embarrassed somehow. Hessia reassures (click on image to enlarge).Clark is having a drink at Bibbo's bar with newsblog partner Cat Grant, who asks him to bring better stories to their site, before introducing him to her boyfriend Aaron Lord. Clark is distracted, looking forward to a date with Diana.And a memory stick posted to Cat is ignored, cos she's just too darn hi-tech and modern to open the mail. Or have her assistant Brian look at it for her.The balance of action and emotion is about right for a series centred on the Superman/Wonder Woman romance. Cards on the Ace of Clubs table, I'm not a fan of this pairing; the heroes have their own corners of the DC Universe and their own supporting casts and occasional team-ups aside, never the twain shall meet. And while the current version of Diana has already rejected traditional beau Steve Trevor, so far as Superman is concerned, we have Lois Lane - sparky, intelligent, beautiful Lois. The woman to keep him grounded; I'm not at all convinced Superman would be attracted longterm to a warrior woman from a land of myth, it makes as little sense as Dick Grayson and Starfire dating all those years ago. For now, poor old Lois doesn't rate so much as a mention.But someone at DC or Warners wants this pairing, and Soule is a good enough writer that I'm interested enough to take at least an initial look at this book. I like his Diana, as she's more than the choppity-slash fighter we've seen so often in the New 52 continuity; she actually thinks about her transformed-into-serpent sisters, something absent from her solo title back when I was reading it. And I like Hessia, another displaced Amazon, one I've not come across previously. Maybe she's been created for this book, along with Aaron (no relation to Max?) Lord, and Brian.I'm less keen on Clark's portrayal, though - it makes some kind of sense that he doesn't want to announce his thing with Diana to the world and its arch-enemy, but to not even let those closest to him know? That's a guy who ain't going to commit!Worse, though, is his attitude to his day job, telling Cat that big stories aren't lying around waiting to be scooped up, seeming almost blase about their business start-up. I'm all for fair play and Clark not using his powers unfairly to beat the opposition, but he's meant to be an ace reporter - he should be able to find something. But it's not a priority for him. What happened to the man who quit the Daily Planet with a heartfelt, if naive, speech about getting The Truth before the public? I don't blame Soule, as his presentation is in line with how Clark's been shown in his own titles a lot of the time, but blimey, he's a waste of space these days.He perks up around Diana (steady!), in my favourite scene of the book.Mind, he isn't half patronising.I can't see the proud Wonder Woman putting up with this kind of thing for long, which is fine by me. Break 'em up, they make an excellent team, but the current feelings between them - crush, rather than true connection - impede their on-duty effectiveness. They need to get things out of their system and move on - who knows, that could be DC's plan for this book. Meanwhile, Soule shows that as Clark doesn't get
about 5 hours ago
If you had told me, at the start of this year, that I would be buying seven Batman figures before the year was up; I probably would've laughed. And yet, here we are.A couple of these probably aren't from this year, but we've got Adam We...
If you had told me, at the start of this year, that I would be buying seven Batman figures before the year was up; I probably would've laughed. And yet, here we are.A couple of these probably aren't from this year, but we've got Adam West '66 Batman, Red Rain Vampire Batman, The Dark Knight Returns Batman, New 52 Batman, the Keaton/Burton style repaint from the Imperiex wave, Planet X Batman, and a gray one from the Blast and Battle Batcave.ADAM WEST BATMAN: Dear god! ...what horrible, nightmare world are you from?VAMPIRE BATMAN: I was turned into a vampire, to defeat Dracula--ADAM WEST BATMAN: No, not you!DARK KNIGHT BATMAN: Sure, punk, I got old, but I never quit--ADAM WEST BATMAN: No, not you! HIM!VAMPIRE BATMAN: I have no soul, yet that seems preferable to--THAT!DARK KNIGHT BATMAN: Good lord! Are you from a universe with NO hope?NEW 52 BATMAN: Yeah, yeah. I don't like it any better than you do.
about 9 hours ago
Karen: Since it's Halloween-time, General Mills has brought back their popular monster cereals to store shelves around the country. This year, besides the classic Count Chocula, Frankenberry, and Boo Berry, they've brought back the near-...
Karen: Since it's Halloween-time, General Mills has brought back their popular monster cereals to store shelves around the country. This year, besides the classic Count Chocula, Frankenberry, and Boo Berry, they've brought back the near-mythical Frute Brute (don't blame me, that's how they're spelling it) and Yummy Mummy. Now they have changed the flavors on the last two; both were originally multi-fruit flavored. I suppose in order to make them different, they have made Frute Brute cherry flavored (yechh) and Yummy Mummy 'orange-creme' flavored (whaaat???). Just for fun, some stores will feature boxes with retro (ie. 70s) art designs.Here's your question: Assuming you ate these cereals, what flavor was your favorite? For me there was no question: hands down, it was Count Chocula! Chocolate would always trump fruit flavor for this kid. I did occasionally eat Frankenberry, but I never tried Boo berry or any of the other cereals. I don't think I even knew of the other two until years later. I might not have heard of Frute Brute til I saw it in Pulp Fiction. Although I now mostly eat oatmeal and 'healthy' cereals, I do usually pick up a box of Chocula at this time of the year, for old times' sake. Man is that stuff sweet! So how about it -which one was your favorite?
about 10 hours ago
I used to watch my younger brother playing Rock’em Sock’em Robots with his buddies. I was a little too old when they became a fad in 1964...I was way too mature. I’d sniff with derision at the youngsters’ juvenile antics in trying to ...
I used to watch my younger brother playing Rock’em Sock’em Robots with his buddies. I was a little too old when they became a fad in 1964...I was way too mature. I’d sniff with derision at the youngsters’ juvenile antics in trying to knock each others’ robot heads off, then go in my room and read comic books.The idea for fighting robots wasn’t new, and had been used in science fiction before. It was used as recently as Real Steel, a movie from 2011.So, we have two roughhousing robot stories today: “Stuart Taylor in Tales of the Supernatural” is from Jumbo Comics #101 (1947), and the Robotman story, “The Battling Robots” is from Star Spangled Comics #81 (1948). Robotman is drawn by Jimmy Thompson, and Stuart Taylor is credited by the Grand Comics Database as being drawn by Jack Kamen.
about 14 hours ago
Pep Comics rarely let's me down. Let's start with a look at ish #26 with a meme I'd like to call:Well, What Are You Gonna Do? (tm!)Alright, then.This has been CMNS Presents: Well, What Are You Gonna Do? (tm!)And now an installment of We...
Pep Comics rarely let's me down. Let's start with a look at ish #26 with a meme I'd like to call:Well, What Are You Gonna Do? (tm!)Alright, then.This has been CMNS Presents: Well, What Are You Gonna Do? (tm!)And now an installment of Well, THAT Took a Very Dark Turn! (tm!)Well, THAT Took a Very Dark Turn! (tm!)And we'll finish that with an episode of Well, There Ya Go! (tm!)Well, There Ya Go! (tm!)And I'm not even sure what to call this:It's true... chicks dig religious furor on a "slumming tour."See you tomorrow!
about 16 hours ago
Mixtape #4 will be out in November, for the general public, but attendees of this weekend’s New York Comic Con will be able to get it directly from author Brad Abraham. It’s the story of Siobhan, another high school student...
Mixtape #4 will be out in November, for the general public, but attendees of this weekend’s New York Comic Con will be able to get it directly from author Brad Abraham. It’s the story of Siobhan, another high school student who finds that the right music can change your life. (That’s kind of the theme of the book.) As in previous issues, this chapter works just fine as a starting point — some of the supporting cast have appeared in prior issues, but you don’t need to know anything about them to appreciate them as new friends, as Siobhan finds out. She’s come back from some time abroad, only to realize, as Thomas Wolfe had it, “you can’t go home again.” Her previously golden sister has had a falling out with their parents, and she’s left home for good. Plus, Siobhan’s old friends now seem shallow and wrong. The art, by Marco Gervasio and Jok, once again does an excellent job showing the details of the adolescent experience, with all its emotional ups and downs. Most importantly, though, the story is about learning to embrace change and uncertainty. That’s something that most obviously happens during this time of growing up, but it’s a lesson we can all benefit being reminded of. Abraham is also running a contest — you can win signed copies of the four issues so far if you submit a playlist for the greatest mix tape you ever made or received. Similar Posts: Mixtape #1 Out in February § Mixtape #3 Available, Plans for Rest of First Arc § Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on DVD Tuesday October 23 § *High School Debut Book 7 — Recommended § *Bunny Drop Book 1 — Best of 2010
about 18 hours ago
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition Warner Bros. Home Entertainment today released the Deluxe Edition of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (an original animated movie previously available as Part 1 (released September 2012) and ...
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition Warner Bros. Home Entertainment today released the Deluxe Edition of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (an original animated movie previously available as Part 1 (released September 2012) and Part 2 (January of this year)). As you’d expect, to tempt viewers into double-dipping, there’s more than just a “seamless combination” of the previously two-part animated film. There are also new bonus features: “a 70-minute Frank Miller retrospective, an all-new filmmaker commentary, [and] four exclusive collector cards with never-before-seen artwork”. You’ll also pay for this one about what you’d pay for one of the previous parts. I’d talk about this just teaching fans to wait to purchase something coming out in multiple parts, but I suspect the DC animated line has already been affected by general falling sales from home video. (Not enough people still want to own plastic discs, it seems.) If too many people wait, then I’m not sure there will be many more of these. As it is, it seems that only Batman, Superman, and the Justice League are now allowed to be subjects for them, decreasing my interest in exploring that part of their cinematic universe. Similar Posts: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Date and Details Announced § Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 § Win Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 on Blu-ray § Two DC Sweepstakes § Animated Dark Knight Returns Images Released
about 23 hours ago
Great cover, snoozer of a book, even if one of the stories was deemed worthy of reprinting in Eclipse's Seduction of the Innocent #6....
Great cover, snoozer of a book, even if one of the stories was deemed worthy of reprinting in Eclipse's Seduction of the Innocent #6....
1 day ago
The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics I recommend The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics to just about anyone interested in understanding visual storytelling (assuming you have a tolerance for today’s DC house art style, scratchin...
The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics I recommend The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics to just about anyone interested in understanding visual storytelling (assuming you have a tolerance for today’s DC house art style, scratchiness and all). And thanks to random chance, I have an extra copy to give away! To enter the contest, please leave a comment below telling me about the best example of visual storytelling in comics you’ve seen recently. A winner will be picked randomly from all entries on Thursday, October 10. (U.S. addresses only, please. Winners will be emailed to confirm address. If email is not answered within 24 hours or a valid email address is not provided, a replacement winner will be selected. Your email won’t be used for any other purpose.) Similar Posts: Win Green Lantern on Blu-ray! § Win a Copy of Bakuman 14 § Win a Copy of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights § Win Dick Tracy on Blu-ray § Win John Carter on Blu-ray!
1 day ago