Thursday, September 29, 2005

Life After Daredevil

Or... "Dammit! They found a way to keep me picking up their books."

Here's the cover to the first issue of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev's upcoming Spider-Woman series.



Nevertheless, it's good to see that they're stickin' together.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Hell, Boy!



I watched Hellboy again last night. I'd almost forgotten how well the character translated to the big screen.

You know what else it did right?
The villains.

Most (super-hero) movies that feature more than one villain tend to lose focus and either give one of the evil-doers more screen time than the others (Batman Returns) or have too many villains to begin with (Elektra).

Plus, the cgi was awesome. The only time it faltered was when Hellboy was running on the collapsing bridge and pulled a "walking on air" trick similar to the effects in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

I really liked all the characters as they were each given their own distinct personalities which helped make them feel more alive.

I'm surprised I haven't heard much in the way of a sequel. Could've sworn I heard something a while back. It definitely deserves one.

Honestly, I think the B.P.R.D. would make one hell of a television series...

Here's a few Hellboy links...
Hellboy.com.
Dark Horse Comics, publishers of the Hellboy comics.
Official Hellboy Movie Page.
The Hellboy Script and Transcript.
The Hellboy Role-Playing Game, by Steve Jackson Games.
Hellboy Movie Trailers.

Meanwhile, if you're into role-playing games and you like this genre, I suggest checking out Into the Shadows, a really well thought out and fascinating rpg that focuses on the weird and creepy.
And it's FREE !!!
Download the two PDFs and see for yourself.
(And I must add that the original In Search Of... series featuring Leonard Nimoy makes a great resource for creating plots and adventures.)

Go Titans!

Y'know what this reminds me of..?


That's the cover to one of the various issues of Teen Titans Go!, the comic based on the hit cartoon that's based on the acclaimed Wolfman/Perez-era New Teen Titans series.
I've actually caught a few episodes on Cartoon Network of the show and I must say that it's highly enjoyable.
At first I was a bit uncomfortable with the art and the abundant anime influence. But after a while it grew on me. I think the episode that really clinched it was the one where they fight this guy named Control Freak and Changeling, err... Beast Boy, assumed the guise of Wylie Coyote. That alone made the episode cool. That and the Zinthos commercial.

I was expecting more of the "animated" style that was made popular through Batman Adventures and the first Justice League series. However, I see that they're starting to branch out with a more angular style with Titans and the new Batman show. It looks really good, I think. Makes the characters seem more edgy without making them mature.

If you haven't seen the show, check it out.

BTW, what the pic above reminded me of was this...


That's the DC Elseworld's book that Adam (Dirty Pair) Warren did a while back that featured his take on the Teen Titans. A wonderful read, I must say.
Too bad Marvel Mangaverse, or whatever it was called, didn't work out. Adam deserves something regular and more mainstream.

Meanwhile, here's a link to a site that has episode reviews, screen captures, wallpapers and sound bites (including the "Zinthos" commercial).

Also... they have a sneak peek at The Batman vs. Dracula movie here. Careful, as there are SPOILERS!
The DVD releases October 18th and Cartoon Network suposedly will be showing it on the 22nd.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Serenity Woes

Looks like Serenity is a limited release... We're not getting it here locally...
I'm going to have to go out of town to watch it. Which means I'm not going to get to see it on preview night.

Of course, other movies I had to go out of town to see include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and both Kill Bills. I was surprised that we had gotten Sin City here.

Anyway, if you can make your way to the bigger cities that may have Serenity playing, please do. It's gonna be a blast!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Gimme Gimme Gimme

Seeing that my birthday's coming up in a couple months, followed by Christmas the month after, I thought I'd share with everyone what's on my wish list this year...

First, I would still love to have the complete set of Reel Wild Cinema. I still haven't gotten these...

Second, all four collections of Posefile, which looks like a great source for action poses.

Third, these Microman figures. They appear to be a great source, as well, with thirty points of articulation! Just like wooden mannequins but much smaller!

Fourth, a year's subscription to Comics Revue would be just wonderful... I like reading the classic strips. You can learn a lot from the masters.

And last, but not least, Lost- Season 1.

Of course, I'll probably end up buying all these myself. It'll just take time...

Seven Soldiers Primers and Annotations

I'm still reading the great Seven Soldiers series by Grant Morrison.
Recently, Lindsay Duff and the Legions Of The V (don't ask, I have no idea...) provided Rich Johnston a collection of annotations for Seven Soldiers (thus far...).

You can read her thoughts here.

Also, I've come across this one hosted by Barbelith. Again, I'm not familiar with Barbelith, either... But it seems like a pretty nice rundown of the books so far.

Spoilers aplenty in those two links above, btw. Venture at your own risk!

Meanwhile, I'm starting to update my Seven Soldiers index, including adding the original solicitation texts for the comics as it seems that the links to the older books are starting to be wiped out by that invisible force...

Working on a DVD Collection...

Just added two more DVDs to my collection today. Got both Hellboy and Once Upon a Time in Mexico for just $5 each at my job.

I need to go through and organize my DVDs. At least what I have left from my last pawning frenzy...

I was amazed at all the bonus features on Hellboy. I'm sure I'll be checking it all out for quite some time.

The Wind is Blowin'

Looks like we're going to be open tomorrow. Even though the banks and half the businesses in town are closing for the day.

Honestly, I'm not sure how bad it'll get here with us being so far away from the eye of the hurricane... But with it being so hot and dry here lately, I wouldn't be surprised if it flooded and we had a tornado or two.

Still a few hours until we get any effects from the weather here but the wind's started to pick up.

Someone came by the store today and said that if we lose power in town it may be two weeks before it gets back up. I highly doubt it. Although a couple days would be alright. I'd get some time off and I do have candles...

Friday, September 23, 2005

And Just 'Cause I Want To Mention It

I STILL haven't received my complimentary copy of this book.

Guess I should just go ahead and order one for myself...

Thursday, September 22, 2005

A Sign That I Work Too Much?

So, this morning I left for work. And as usual, I stopped at the same convenience store that I stop at every day to get me a nice large fountain drink to get me through the day.

I was a bit bewildered at the lady in front of me at the register who was buying two gallons of water. And when it was my turn, the cashier greets me with, "No water or gas?"
I was like, "Ummm... no..." and I paid for my drink and went to work.

Minutes later at work, the UPS delivery guy tells me that he needs to fill up his car before the gas goes up. That's when I discover that the hurricane had changed course and was heading closer to us.

I was like, "Oh... That explains it..."

So I spent the day waiting patiently for my lunch break so I could fill up my truck. Meanwhile, I'm hearing stories about how all the stores are selling out of C and D batteries, bottled water and how the gas stations are running out of gas.
And stories of how the refineries, once they're hit, will send gas prices over $4 a gallon.

Lunch break rolls around and I spend thirty minutes filling up my truck, which costs me a whopping $65.00 (There's goes my entertainment for the next month).

It looks like the storm won't really effect us until Friday night or Saturday. I'm really looking forward to it, since I'm closing the store both nights. Think I'll throw a toga party.

New Sense-Sations

Thought I'd make a post to share with everyone what I'm currently bombarding my brain with.

Comics- Seven Soldiers of Victory (Grant Morrison), Promethea volume 1, Swamp Thing volume 3 and Doom Patrol (Morrison era)

TV- Teen Titans, anything on Adult Swim

Movies- Blade Runner (again), Serenity next week!

Books (Fiction)- Arabian Nights (Haddaway edition) (again), after that I'm going to either try to read the whole Le Morte D'Arthur (Sir Thomas Malory) or attempt (again) to read Dune (Frank Herbert)

Books (Non-Fiction)- Magic, White and Black (Franz Hartmann, M.D.) (actually, this was one of the last non-fiction books I read along with a small book on bounty hunters and private investigators)

Music- various things at the moment... classic country one day, ebm the next, and then some White Stripes, Killers and Jet whenever the mood strikes... Though right now I'm in the mood for Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack and some George Winston...

Monday, September 19, 2005

A New Quiz/Meme Thing

I picked this up from Johnny Bacardi's blog...
It goes something like this:

1. Pick 16 of your favorite movies and choose one still from each movie
2. Post those stills in your journal
3. Have your friends guess which movie goes along with each screen still.


I actually went with 20 instead of 16 as I felt they may be too easy.
See if you can figure them out...

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I must note that there's one in there that isn't released... yet...
That may throw you off...

Just in Time!

Looks like I finished my November selections right on time. DC's December solicits are now up.

I'll be posting my picks soon. Of course, it won't be too different from November's. Just add "1" to each book...

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Marvel Comics for November 2005

Here we go... From the official solicits, here's what got my interest...

BLACK WIDOW 2: THE THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT HER #3 (of 6)
Written by RICHARD K. MORGAN
Layouts by SEAN PHILLIPS
Finishes & Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Natasha Romanova knows that Sally Anne Carter is still alive. Now comes the hard part: finding her! To do that, she'll have to fight her way through the entire Miami criminal underworld. She likes those odds!
32 PGS./PARENTAL ADVISORY ...$2.99


DAREDEVIL #79
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover ALEX MALEEV
"THE MURDOCK PAPERS"
Will the justice system Matt Murdock has dedicated his life to serving abandon him in the face of the biggest challenge of his life? The battle for the Murdock Papers takes a shocking turn. Part 4 (of 6)
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99





DEFENDERS #5 (of 5)

Written by KEITH GIFFEN
& J. M. DeMATTEIS
Pencils & Cover KEVIN MAGUIRE
It's the final, fateful showdown between Dormammu and everyone's favorite non-team! Yeah. That's it. Dormammu and Umar and the evil Dr. Strange! Oh! Oh! And a world of evil Marvel heroes! Wow... This is better than I remembered. I think we actually might have pulled it off...
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99


X-FACTOR #1
Written by PETER DAVID
Pencils & Cover by RYAN SOOK
In the fallout from HOUSE OF M and following last year's surprise hit film-noir series--MADROX, a new mutant team is forged! X-FACTOR is an investigative mutant agency including Madrox-the Multiple Man, Guido-the Strong Guy, Wolfsbane-the shape-shifter, Siryn-the chorus girl, Rictor-the living earthquake, and GENERATION X's Monet-the pompous witch. Drawn together in the heart of District X, this rag-tag band of heroes has a lot of answers to find, and fast!
BONUS: A key player from HOUSE OF M will play a major roll in X-FACTOR! (No, it's not Wolverine-sigh)
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99

Infinite Crisis Preview

Four pages featuring the new Freedom Fighters.

And I see Psycho-Pirate's back...

Alias Comics Previews

Alias Comics is providing Newsarama with previews of their comics. Most of these are complete issues.

Check them out:
Lullaby: Wisdom Seeker #1
Six Gun Samurai #1
Deal with the Devil #1
XIII #1
Armor Quest #1
Chrono Mechanics: Silver

DC Comics for November 2005

Sorry it took so long for this to appear, but I missed the official announcement due to my "vacation" and had a fun time google-ing to find it later.

Without further ado, here are my picks for the month:

INFINITE CRISIS #2
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Phil Jimenez & Andy Lanning
Covers by Jim Lee & Sandra Hope and George Pérez
The biggest comics event of the year is just getting started! The heroes are divided as chaos erupts across the world and the universe - from Paradise Island to the farthest reaches of space. But what strange new force prepares to help? And, more important, why? Plus, a time-lost hero returns in search of an object that will turn the tide of one of the many wars. Guest-starring Supergirl, Alan Scott, Metamorpho, Animal Man, Firestorm, Power Girl and dozens of others! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with covers by Lee & Hope (50%) and Pérez (50%).
On sale November 9 o 2 of 7 o 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US


BIRDS OF PREY #88
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson
Cover by Adriana Melo & Will Conrad
From the pages of VILLAINS UNITED and IDENTITY CRISIS comes the deadly new Calculator - and he's on the hunt for Oracle. It's the ultimate battle of the DCU's biggest information brokers, with their hand-picked teams caught in the crossfire!
On sale Nov 16 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


GREEN LANTERN #7
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Carlos Pacheco & Jesus Merino
Guest starring Green Arrow! Out of the pages of INFINITE CRISIS explodes a villain who's had devastating effects on the life of Hal Jordan - and only the combined efforts of Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen can combat this monster!
On sale November 30 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



GREEN LANTERN CORPS: RECHARGE #3
Written by Geoff Johns & Dave Gibbons
Art and cover by Patrick Gleason & Christian Alamy
The amazing new miniseries continues! Breaking an ancient pact, two veteran Lanterns venture deep into forbidden territory on a life-or-death mission while the Corps' newest recruits find themselves in the very heart of darkness.
On sale Nov 16 o 3 of 5 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US



HAWKMAN #46
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art by Ron Randall, Art Thibert & Walden Wong
Cover by Adam Kubert
The Hawk team welcomes a new cover artist - comics superstar Adam Kubert - in an action-packed issue that serves as a prelude to Rann/Thanagar War! Hawkman and Hawkgirl battle Satana's animal men during a daring heist and Brother Eye unleashes an OMAC on St. Roch as they prepare to leave for deep space! Plus, Hawkman reflects on his last meeting with the Atom!
On sale November 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US


JONAH HEX #1
Written by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Luke Ross
Cover by Frank Quitely
The saga of Jonah Hex - the mysterious bounty hunter and thinking man's killer - returns to the DCU in an all-new series penned by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti (HAWKMAN) with amazing art by Luke Ross (GREEN LANTERN; Samurai) and a debut-issue cover by fan-favorite Frank Quitely (WE3, BITE CLUB)! Saddle up and ride shotgun with the original bad man of the Wild West during an age of plunder, greed and lawlessness. When a millionaire's only son is kidnapped, Hex is called on to track down and recover the boy. But a simple missing person case turns into a hunt for vengeance as Hex unleashes his special brand of justice on the unsuspecting culprits.
And don't miss SHOWCASE PRESENTS: JONAH HEX VOL. 1, featuring classic tales of the legendary gunslinger, on page 81!
On sale November 2 o 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US
Edited by Stephen Wacker


SHOWCASE PRESENTS: JONAH HEX VOL. 1 TP
Written by John Albano & Michael Fleischer
Art by Tony DeZuniga, Doug Wildey, José Luís Garcia-López and others
Cover by Luis Dominguez
Witness the earliest adventures of DC's legendary gunslinger from ALL-STAR WESTERN #2-8 and #10-11, WEIRD WESTERN TALES #12-14 and #16-33! Jonah Hex had no friends, but he did have two companions: death, and the acrid smell of gunsmoke!
On sale Nov 2 o 528 pg, B&W $16.99 US



SEVEN SOLDIERS: THE BULLETEER #1

Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by Yanick Paquette & Michael Bair
The Seven Soldiers saga continues as Yanick Paquette (TERRA OBSCURA) & Michael Bair (IDENTITY CRISIS) join writer extraordinaire Grant Morrison for an amazing new
4-issue miniseries! Obsessed with the idea of becoming a famous super-hero and preserving his beautiful wife's youth, Professor Lance Harrower invents Smartskin - a steel-hard living fiber which bonds with skin collagen. When his experiments go awry, Harrower is suffocated under a coating of steel skin. His wife Alix survives the horrific accident only to find herself an outcast and a freak. Now jobless, alone, and encased in super-hard, living metal, she is a truly reluctant super-human.
What happens when you get powers and abilities beyond those of mortal men but don't want them? Find out in "Ballistic: How the Bulleteer Began"!
On sale November 2 o 1 of 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


SEVEN SOLDIERS: FRANKENSTEIN #1
Written by Grant Morrison
Art and cover by Doug Mahnke
Doug Mahnke (JLA) joins Grant Morrison for an amazing new miniseries in the Seven Soldiers saga! A bizarre butterfly store opens its doors in a small American town. Pretty, popular teenagers are mysteriously transformed into self-loathing, awkward nerds. A boy with the power to see human thoughts becomes the unwitting vessel of an ancient curse, and deep beneath the sunny sidewalks, something stirs and wakes and opens ancient eyes.
Witness the triumphant return to the DCU of one of fiction's most enduring characters as Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke introduce a steam-powered, gun-totin', Milton-quotin' Frankenstein monster you'll never forget! Meet time's executioner as he hunts down the impossible menaces that threaten humanity from beyond reality!
On sale November 16 o 1 of 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US


100 BULLETS #66
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Eduardo Risso
Cover by Dave Johnson
Victor, Lono and Loop keep on truckin' on a road trip in search of revenge. As more members of The Trust are violently eliminated, it's clear that these three are a team not to be messed with. But which one has intentions all his own?
On sale Nov 9 o 32 pg, FC, $2.75 US o MATURE READERS



LOVELESS #2

Written by Brian Azzarello
Art and cover by Marcelo Frusin
The gritty new Western miniseries by the incomparable team of Brian Azzarello and Marcelo Frusin continues. With the gunsmoke from the last issue still lingering in the air, Wes Cutter is once again confronted by those out for his blood. Meanwhile, Wes's wife Ruth slowly comes to terms with her own horrifying past as she desperately clings to the future Wes promises her.
On sale November 23 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o MATURE READERS


PRELUDE TO INFINITE CRISIS TP
Written by various
Art and cover by various
Reoffered to coincide with DAY OF VENGEANCE and OMAC PROJECT TPs, this volume collects the crossover story from THE FLASH #219 and WONDER WOMAN #214 in their entirety, plus the lead story from SUPERMAN SECRET FILES 2004. Plus select pages from nearly two dozen other DCU comics, with new text!
On sale Nov 2 o 96 pg, FC, $5.99 US o RELIST


THE OMAC PROJECT TP
Written by Greg Rucka, Geoff Johns and Judd Winick
Art by Jesus Saiz, Rags Morales, Ed Benes, Phil Jimenez, Ivan Reis, and various
Cover by Ladrönn
Spinning out of IDENTITY CRISIS, COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS was a Special that laid the groundwork for events in the DCU for the year to come. Now COUNTDOWN is collected with the hot miniseries that directly spun out of it: THE OMAC PROJECT! This crackerjack thriller by Greg Rucka (ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN) features the moody, gorgeous art of Jesus Saiz (MANHUNTER).
Every hero and villain in the DCU is under the gaze of an unbelievably powerful spy satellite. It's a technological marvel that answers to only one person - and he's got plans for it that are completely unknown to the superspy organization he controls: Checkmate!
In a world where men can fly and melt metal with their eyes, there's now an army created specifically as an answer to them: the OMACs Batman and old ally Booster Gold are about to learn the chilling truth behind the OMAC Project - but will they work with or against each other? This volume includes COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS, THE OMAC PROJECT #1-6, and WONDER WOMAN #219.
On sale November 2 o 256 pg, FC, $14.99 US


DAY OF VENGEANCE TP
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Justiniano, Ron Randall & Walden Wong
Cover by Walter Simonson
Spinning out of the events of COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS and leading into INFINITE CRISIS, the reality-bending 6-issue miniseries from writer Bill Willingham and artists Justiano, Ron Randall, and Walden Wong is collected! In this volume featuring DAY OF VENGEANCE #1-6, ACTION COMICS #826, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #639 and SUPERMAN #216, Superman and Captain Marvel face off against the evil of Eclipso! Meanwhile, Ragman finds himself at the magical core of the DCU, where he ends up aligned with an unlikely ally: The Enchantress. Together with a ragtag team of magic-based heroes they must face down a foe who has sworn to wipe out all magic...the Spectre! Featuring nearly every magical character of the DCU, DAY OF VENGEANCE may mark the end of magic as we know it.
On sale November 2 o 224 pg, FC, $12.99 US

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Spaghetti Westerns on IFC


Spaghetti West will be a three weekend focus on the much beloved genre, Spaghetti Western.

It's only four movies but a new, original documentary about the genre will be premiered during the event.

Be sure to check it out.

Also playing this month on IFC: Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers, Fargo, Ed Wood, Waking Life, American History X, In the Mood For Love, The Addiction.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

So... I Took a Vacation...

Just not from work.

Got a promotion at work. I'm now the Assistant Manager. Which means I do all the stuff I've been doing already and take more responsibility for it. Oh and I get paid more, too... Be glad when it kicks in...

And work's been particularly nasty this week as we've had to reorganize the store, put up new marketing and get ready for (tomorrow's) inventory. Meanwhile, the store manager's having personal problems, I'm being sick all week and the guy who's now in my old place is still in need of training.

I've been playing pool a lot lately. Even went so far as to buy my own (cheap ass) stick. Went to play nine-ball at a local bar and came in second place on my first night. Too bad second place didn't win anything.

Saw Transporter 2 the other night. Well, almost. I missed a great part of it because I had to take calls from work, but what I saw was okay. Not as good as the first one, in my opinion.

I haven't been to the comic shop in a while. Mostly due to a combination of gas prices and work scheduling.
I have read the first two issues of the new Defenders mini-series, though, and found it enjoyable. Not as exciting as I was expecting but Giffen, DeMatteis and Maguire still have great talent.

I need to get back to writing and drawing, myself. I haven't done it in so long. It's very easy to get into the daily grind and become a zombie. I must fight it.

I bought two Troma DVDs that came into work this last month: Toxic Avenger: the Director's Cut and Hellblock 13. I haven't watched either one, yet, but I did watch the preview clips that are on them. Fun stuff, indeed. I went to their website and saw info on their upcoming film, Poultygeist: Attack of the Chicken Zombies. If you like cool bad movies, check it out. Www.tromaville.com.

Apologies to everyone at the various message boards I frequently go to. It's been relatively hot here and I have no a/c so I have been spending most of my time out of my house. Of course, having no a/c never really was much of a problem for me up until I started working forty hours a week at a store that's kept at 60 degrees.

Hard Case Crime will be on CBS' "Sunday Morning" show September 18th. Stephen King and Robert McGinnis will also be featured. Mark your calendar.

Oddly enough, my remix of Dream Girl got a new review. Considering the song's been up since 2002 and the last review was from that same year, I was a bit shocked to find someone actually listening to the thing. Reminds me that I need to get back into that, too...

Who knows..? Maybe I can keep from becoming a retail zombie after all.