Friday, December 31, 2010

My December Comixology Purchases

These are the books that I have gotten this month through Comixology:

100 BULLETS #1, 2

Comixology Reviews

I'm playing catch-up on my reviews right now as I've bought or downloaded several comics over the last couple of weeks and I just haven't had the time to read or review with the holidays being so busy.

Here are more free comics that I checked out.

ATOMIC ROBO #1 (of 6) (Free)
(Brian Clevinger/Scott Wegener/Ronda Pattison/Jeff Powell; Red 5 Comics)

The action-science adventures of Nikola Tesla's automated intelligence machine begin in 1938. Atomic Robo is secretly hired by the U.S. Army to infiltrate the hidden Himalayan mountain base of Baron Heinrich Von Helsingard before he perfects a superweapon for the Nazis.

Atomic Robo really didn't appeal much to me. It's basically Hellboy with the personality of Deadpool. I just couldn't get into it.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

(Joe Gentile/Mac Rauch/Stephen Thompson/Keith Williams; Moonstone)

Along with his Hong Kong Cavaliers, Buckaroo Banzai must battle more than one surprise arch enemy, each with their own motives, but all acting in concert to bring Banzai, and the universe as we know it, to their knees!

I guess the whole concept of Buckaroo Banzai is lost on me as I've never seen the movie and couldn't follow what was going on. It was kind of like having a dream that just has no meaning.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars.

(Fabian Nicieza/Mark Sparacio; Moonstone)

The super spy master of disguise is back again for the first time! Led by the original Captain Action, the A.C.T.I.O.N. Directorate fought the Red Crawl for decades. The alien threat was thought long vanquished, so no one notices when Earth is conquered. Literally, no one notices it! He wakes up to learn the father who fired him is dead, and the job he never wanted is his. He has to save a world that doesn't know it needs saving. He has to reclaim his identity while impersonating others. He has to become the very thing he tried his entire life to avoid - Captain Action!

Nice premise: Aliens secretly take over planet using superpowers and only one man (with no powers) can stop them.


I don't know if it's just the holidays or what but this was another book I just could not get into.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

(Matthew Shepherd/Michael Shoyket; SLG)

All Peter Blood wanted was to be left alone. A doctor living in 17th century England, Blood spends his days tending to his patients and reminiscing about his time adventuring through Europe. Blood soon winds up on the wrong side of a rebellion and is sentenced to ten years of hard labor on the island of Barbados. Escaping slavery, Blood begins his career as a pirate and becomes one of the most famous Pirates in the Caribbean as well as one of literature's best anti-heroes. Captain Blood: Odyssey is an adaptation of Rafael Sabatini's novel. Later adapted into the 1935 movie starring Errol Flynn, the 1922 book was a smash hit and launched numerous sequels. Adapted for the first time to comic book form, Captain Blood: Odyssey is a very faithful adaptation of the popular novel.

Finally! A free book that I liked this time.

In case you didn't catch the words "adaptation" or "adapted" in the blurb, this is a book rendered in comic form. The art alone is fantastic.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

(Robert Kirkman/Jason Howard; Skybounnd)

Witness the birth of the world's most unlikely superhero: The Astounding Wolf-Man!

I really was hoping for better. I went into it expecting more. I guess because of how good WALKING DEAD is.

This issue was a basic introduction to the characters and gets the origin out of the way quickly. Unfortunately, it felt like that was the whole purpose and it really had nothing more to offer.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Legion in March


Written by Paul Levitz, art by Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning, cover by Jimenez.
Levitz and Jimenez continue their "Legion Academy" arc starring Legionnaires in training! And the Taurus Gang resurfaces with dark ties to the Academy!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 2.

Written by Paul Levitz, art and cover by Francis Portela.
This 31st century team of psychopaths returns! Now led by Saturn Queen, they break out of the prison world Takron-Galtos to wreak havoc on the United Planets. DCU fans won't want to miss this one-shot, which sets up a major 2011 storyline that'll shake the universe!
48 pages, $4.99, in stores on March 9.


Written by Paul Levitz, art and cover by Yildiray Cinar and Wayne Faucher.
A jam-packed extravaganza! Star Boy returns from the 21st century! Sensor Girl searches for Karate Kid! The team trails the escaped Legion of Super-Villains! And Saturn Girl seeks Harmonia Li's blood—and the reason why will shock you!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on March 23.

Feel that..?
That's Excitement!

This has got to to be a great time for Legion fans.

With the Annual coming out shortly, it does seem that DC is really letting Levitz bring the team back to its prior glory.

Monday, December 20, 2010

More Comixology Reviews

This time we look at my first batch of purchased comics. With so many to choose from and being my first week with the app on my phone... Which titles did I finally throw money down for..? Let me show you.

I'm planning to purchase ten more comics this week. These are the five I picked up yesterday.
A few of these I already own in material form. I've decided this would be a perfect opportunity to reread some great comics and create a digital collection, as well.

(Robert Kirkman/Tony Moore; Skybound)

Rick heads to Atlanta where he hopes to find his wife and son.

This issue see Rick make his way to Atlanta and discover how bad things have gotten.

I've already seen a few differences between the show and the comic which were probably added to make it more exciting for tv. The tank, for example, was a great addition that seemed to fit right in.

As far as the comic goes, the suspense from the first issue is carried over as we tag along with Rick and see things from his solitaire position.

And then there's the ending where things begin to look up.

The story and art again fits very well with the Comixology app, oftentimes enhancing the tension and mood of the comic by it's very nature.

THE WALKING DEAD is must reading if you have an iPhone or Droid.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

(Philip Dick/Tony Parker/Blond; Boom Studios)

The book that inspired the film Blade Runner comes to BOOM! with backmatter by Warren Ellis! Visionary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? has been called 'a masterpiece ahead of its time, even today' and served as the basis for the Ridley Scott film Blade Runner. San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. The World War killed millions, driving entire species to extinction, and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep - even humans. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids - they're machines, but look, sound, and think like humans, clever, and most of all, dangerous humans. Rick Deckard, Pris, The Voight-Kampff Test, Nexus 6 androids, the Tyrell Corporation: join BOOM! Studios as the complete novel transplanted into the comic book medium, mixing all new panel-to-panel...

DO ANDROIDS DREAM ABOUT ELECTRIC SHEEP? is a comic adaptation of the book that inspired the movie Blade Runner. Any self-respecting fan of the film needs to read the original story by Philip Dick.

I have the paperback version of this somewhere and I still have not finished it. I'm bad like that. I have a hard time finishing books. I don't usually have a lot of time to read and I tend to stop after each chapter to let it sink in.
I've only finished about three novels in the last few years. About one a year. Ha!

When this comic was announced I was jumping for joy. I really wanted to read the story and this would be the perfect opportunity.

Dick's text is kept in its entirety, including the "he said" and "she saids", and once you get used to it the comic reads pretty well. Unfortunately, because of that fact, it does seem to feel heavy. Kind of like Chris Claremont when he came back to the X-Men.

In the physical comic this over-abundance of text appeared cumbersome but in the Comixology app the formatting for the "guided view" makes it easier to take in without feeling overwhelmed.

How fitting that one of the foundation books for the cyberpunk genre would read better on a smartphone. Now if only they will do NEUROMANCER...

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

(Frank Miller/Klaus Janson; DC Comics)

This masterpiece of comics storytelling brings to life a dark world...and an even darker man. Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in his saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot, ten years after the Dark Knight's retirement.

Would you believe I had never read this? Well... I did read #2 back when it first came out because I happened to come across it at a local bookstore. But I never saw the next issue and I just went on to other things and never looked back.

Of course, a comic this big still made its presence known to me. I knew the story from reading reviews and other sources. I think that was one of the reasons I never bothered to read it.

Now with the introduction of Comixology I've decided to go ahead and read it.

The story, itself, is now considered a classic and helped revolutionize comics in the '80s (along with Alan Moore's WATCHMEN). Back then comics readers were clamoring for more mature themes and something to justify their love of the medium. Something to make them go "Yeah! This is something I won't be made fun of for reading!"

Alas, now it's had the opposite effect as more modern readers are yearning for the simpler stories filled with heroes and hope. But back then we wanted vengeance and rebellion. And sex and destruction.
Any other writer could have written a story like that. With just those elements.

Frank Miller took them and made a compelling story that became more than the sum of its parts. Here he gives us a Batman coming out of a ten year retirement to wage a one man war on the evil that's tearing his city to shreds.

I enjoyed reading the first issue and I'm looking forward to reading #2.

I give DARK KNIGHT RETURNS 5 out of 5 stars.

100 BULLETS #1 ($.99)
(Brian Azzarello/Eduardo Risso; Vertigo Comics)

In the first storyline of this groundbreaking series, the mysterious Agent Graves offers Dizzy Cordova, a Latina gangbanger fresh out of prison, vengeance for her family's murders and full immunity for all of her actions. But first, Dizzy will have to get used to life back on the harsh streets...

100 BULLETS is another title that I would consider a classic. The chemistry between Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso is hard to match elsewhere. They created one of the best crime comics to be seen in ages.

I remember when I first was introduced to the title. I was watching The Sopranos on HBO regularly and I was reading GOTHAM CENTRAL and Brubaker's DAREDEVIL. A great time for any fan of the crime genre.

I have the first six volumes of the 100 BULLETS trade paperbacks and one would wonder why I would bother re-purchasing them to read on my phone. The answer is that I'm actually enjoying the experience. This is another title that converts well to the Comixology app.

Plus, I may actually get to finish it this time.

This issue introduces Dizzy and Graves and sets up the basic premise that started the hit series. Later on it gets a little more complicated as conspiracy theories rise up and we meet the rest of the cast. Definitely a book to read if you haven't already.

I give 100 BULLETS 5 out of 5 stars.

(Kevin Smith/Jonathan Lau/Ivan Nunes; Dynamite Entertainment)

The Green Hornet is back and Dynamite is the new home for the avenging hero and his faithful sidekick, Kato (and, the Black Beauty, 'natch!)! We're kicking things off with a BANG as we launch the first of a new series of adventures starting with the great Kevin Smith. And let's get it out of the way, right here, right NOW - the scripts are in! Every single one! Joining Smith in bringing his unproduced screenplay to life is artist Jonathan (Black Terror) Lau as they present the one and only origin of the Green Hornet and Kato. This is the comic book version of Kevin smith's unproduced Green Hornet film and Dynamite is the only place to get in on the action - it all begins here!

I had been curious about this series for sometime. I'm a big fan of pulp heroes and characters that obviously spawned from that genre. So Green Hornet would be right up my alley.
However, I was speculative when I discovered Kevin Smith was headlining it. Especially after his recent comic book works where he would start and then disappear.

It does seem that this title is sticking around, though, now written by Phil Hester (who did layouts for this issue).

I figured I could go ahead and check it out since it was being advertised on the app's home page. Not bad at all.

I was very impressed with the art. Especially in the opening scenes with the Hornet and Kato's fight with the mob bosses.
The story then shifts forward and we meet the Hornet's son, who is set to become his successor in crime fighting.

I think Smith did a great job of launching the book, mixing just the right amount of action and drama. I may just have to see where it goes.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Comixology: First Impressions and Comic Reviews

I've been trying out Comixology on my Droid. There's a few hundred free issues to sample out (mostly first issues).

For this first set of reviews I've stuck to free downloads.

(Robert Kirkman/Tony Moore; Skybound)

Rick Grimes, Sheriff of a small town in Kentucky awakes in a hospital. Comatose after being shot while on duty, Rick finds the world abandoned of all things living and is faced with walking undead, who attack him on sight. He returns home to find his family, son Carl and wife Lori, gone. He meets his new neighbor, who points him towards Atlanta. After retrieving supplies from the abandoned Police Station, Rick sets off to Atlanta to search for his family.

This is pretty much the flagship title right now for Comixology. With the series going "same day digital" and the AMC show garnering lots of praise, they couldn't ask for a better draw to the app.

The comic translates very well to the "guided view" technology. I was very impressed with how seamlessly it transitioned from panel to panel. One thing you discover is how most minor details that get overlooked become more prominent when you focus on each panel at a time. It's also a benefit to a book like DEAD because it helps build and maintain suspense.

There's not much that I can add about the comic itself that hasn't been said everywhere else. Robert Kirkman just happened to tap into a growing fad and make it so engrossing that all the other zombie comics become pale imitations.

The difference I think is that it's a drama about people first and a zombie comic second. The book focuses on the characters with the zombie apocalypse stuff adding interesting scenarios to bounce those people off of.

I highly recommend WALKING DEAD to anyone with an iPhone or Droid. With the tv series between seasons right now this would be the perfect time to read the comic and get ready for what's to come.
I've already purchased #2 and plan to follow it on Comixology.
5 out of 5 stars. Read it!

(Darren Davis/Chad Helder/Rey Armenteros; Bluewater Comics)

Vincent Price, one of classic Hollywood's most famous scary men, made a name for himself in classic mysteries and thrillers throughout the 1940's, 50's and 60's. Now Vincent Price Presents comes to Bluewater Productions as their first on-going, monthly series, featuring adaptations of some of Price's films as well as developing frightening new stories with his estate. Welcome back to the macabre world of Vincent Price!

I had mixed feelings about this one.

The art, which appears to be mostly painted, has moments where it shines. Then there are the moments where it distracts.

The story itself seemed like it started with an interesting idea but the execution I think suffered from being forced to fit within one comic.

I think the art would have been better if the comic was shorter but the story would have improved if it was longer. Go figure.

I don't think I'll be getting the next issue anytime soon. I give it 2 out of 5 stars.

(Mike Raicht/Brian Smith/Charles Paul Wilson III; Th3rd World Studios)

The first half of The Stuff of Legend #1, a full 25 pages, FREE from Th3rd World Studios!
The year is 1944. While Allied soldiers storm a beach in far-off Normandy, in a child's bedroom in Brooklyn, a small group of toys loyal to their human master fight an unseen war to save him from every child's worst nightmare - The Boogeyman.

I must say that this comic was very impressive.

While not a lot happens in part one (really!), we get introduced to the main cast of characters in a way that is both charming and informative.

The art in LEGEND is fantastic. It's very detailed and shows up nicely in the app with an appearance that it's fully rendered in pencil.

I recommend STUFF OF LEGEND to anyone that likes Pixar films as this could easily be adapted into one.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Read it!

ABYSS #1 (Free)
(Kevin Rubio/Lucas Marangon/Nick Schley/Andrew Dalhouse; Red 5)

The world's greater super-villain, Abyss, has been killed, and that's the start of the story? Comedic, dysfunctional and heroic adventures begin when oblivious billionaire heir Eric Hoffman inherits his father's fortune, killer robot and infamous legacy. From the creator of the parody film web phenomenon, TROOPS.

Another comic that would translate well into an animated feature is ABYSS. It reads much like it was geared to be a series on Cartoon Network.

While the concept of child-of-villain becoming the opposite of what their parents were may not be a new one, Rubio does manage to milk it for all the comedy he can.

The art is very polished and professional looking and conveys the cartoony feel of the world quite well.

Great for fans of Marvel's RUNAWAYS or SENTINEL.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

(Fred Van Lente/Ryan Dunlavey; Evil Twin Comics)

Writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey read and explain and make fun of philosophy so you don't have to! Their hilarious, best-selling Action Philosophers comic book series has won American Library Association and Xeric awards and is used in classrooms across the globe to introduce the world of history's greatest thinkers in a hip and humorous fashion! But don't take our word for it! Read this FREE SAMPLE and see for yourself, starring the controversial founder of Objectivism!


I liked the indie-esque art in this comic but...

Um. That's it.

Wouldn't mind seeing the artist do something else.

Docu-comics just don't do it for me.
2 out of 5 stars.

There's the first batch of reviews.
I'll be posting these as I read more comics on Comixology.
I've purchased my first "pay" comic (WALKING DEAD #2) today and I'm deciding on four others for this week. I'll let you guys know how it turns out.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Comixology Releases for the Week of Dec 15th

Here's a list of the comics that were released through Comixology this week.

100 Bullets #10
100 Bullets #11
Amazing Spider-Man #584
Amazing Spider-Man #585
Amazing Spider-Man #586
Amazing Spider-Man #587
Amazing Spider-Man #588
Atlas #2
Batman: The Long Halloween #9
Batman: Widening Gyre #3 (of 6)
Birds of Prey #86
Birds of Prey #87
Black Harvest #5 (of 6)
Black Harvest #6 (of 6)
Black Widow #2
Bomb Queen V #4 (of 6)
Bomb Queen V #5 (of 6)
Boneyard Preview Vol. 1
Boneyard Vol. 1
Box 13 Vol. 2 #8: The Pandora Process
Buck Rogers #3
Buck Rogers #4
Buck Rogers #5
Cable #1
Cable #2
Cable #3
Cable #4
Cable #5
Captain America #444
Captain America #445
Captain America #446
Captain America #447
Captain America #448
Captain America #450
Captain America #451
Captain America #452
Captain America #453
Captain America #454
Captain America: Theater of War: Ghosts of My Country
Captain America: Theater of War: To Soldier On
Captain America: Theater of War: Brother In Arms
Captain America: Theater of War: America the Beautiful
Chew #12
Chew #13
Chuck #6 (of 6)
Confessions of a Peculiar Boy
Deadpool #1
Deadpool #2
Deadpool #3
Deadpool #4
Elephantmen #16
Elephantmen #17
Ex Machina #22
Fables #37
Fall of Cthulhu: Godwar #1 (of 4): Preview
Fall of Cthulhu: Godwar #1 (of 4)
Fall of Cthulhu: Godwar #2 (of 4)
Fall of Cthulhu: GodWar #3 (of 4)
Fall of Cthulhu: Godwar #4 (of 4)
Golden Age Sheena: Best of Queen of the Jungle #1
Golden Age Sheena: Best of Queen of the Jungle #2
Green Arrow #22
Green Lantern #28
Green Lantern Corps #22
Hack/Slash: Trailers
Hawkeye & Mockingbird #2
Hellblazer #26
Hellblazer #27
JLA #31
JLA #32
Justice League of America #6
Justice Society of America #23
Justice Society of America #24
Kade: Red Sun: Preview
Kade: Red Sun
Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #5
Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #6
Last Reign: Kings of War #4 (of 5)
Last Reign: Kings of War #5 (of 5)
Loaded Bible 2: Blood of Christ #1
Loaded Bible 2: Blood of Christ #2
Loaded Bible: Jesus vs Vampires #1: Part 2
Lobo: Paramilitary Christmas Special #1
Mysterius: The Unfathomable #4 (of 6)
N-Guard #3 (of 4)
N-Guard #4 (of 4)
Orc Stain #4
Orc Stain #5
Pilot Season: Demonic #1
Pilot Season: Stealth #1
Pirate Tales #1: Preview
Pirate Tales #1
Pirate Tales #2
Powers Vol. 2 #1
Powers Vol. 2 #2
Powers Vol. 2 #3
Preacher #1
Preacher #2
Preacher #3
Sandman #26
Sleeper: Season Two #2 (of 12)
Starman #21
Starman #22
Strange Girl #5
Strange Girl #6
Strange Girl #7
Superman #210
Superman: Secret Origin #1 (of 6)
Superman: Secret Origin #2 (of 6)
Superman/Batman #41
Swamp Thing #26
The Authority Vol. 1 #10
The Authority vs. Lobo: Jingle Hell
The Big Bad Book
The Bulletproof Coffin #4 (of 6)
The Invisibles #12
The Invisibles #13
The Origin of Lobo #1
The Sisters' Luck
Transmetropolitan #15
Transmetropolitan #16
Ultimate Comics: Thor #2 (of 4)
Ultimate Spider-Man #33
Ultimate Spider-Man #34
Ultimate Spider-Man #35
Ultimate Spider-Man #36
Ultimate Spider-Man #37
Ultimate Spider-Man #38
Ultimate Spider-Man #39
Valentine Vol. 1: Fully Loaded Preview
Valentine Vol. 1: Fully Loaded
Valentine Vol. 2: Red Rain
Valentine Vol. 3: The Killing Moon
Velocity: Pilot Season #1
Warstone #1
Welcome To Tranquility #12
What Were They Thinking? One-Shot
Whatever Happened To Baron Von Shock? #1
Whatever Happened To Baron Von Shock? #2
Whatever Happened To Baron Von Shock? #3
Witchblade #104
Witchblade #105
Witchblade #106
Wonder Woman #27
Wonder Woman #28
World of Warcraft #5
Y: The Last Man #20
Young Allies #3

Comixology Comes to the Droid

Official release:

"New York, NY / December 15th, 2010 – Due to overwhelming demand, the holidays have come early for millions of comic book fans everywhere with the release of the Comics by comiXology Android™ app (beta) powered by comiXology, the leading digital comics platform provider for all iOS devices, the Web and now Android.

Expanding beyond its industry-leading digital comic book apps on iOS and the Web, comiXology brings the largest digital comics library to the Android marketplace, enabling fans to read comics on Android devices running 2.1 (Eclair) or higher. The Comics by comiXology Android beta app gives users the ability to discover, purchase, and read more than 2,500 digital comics and over 300 free comics from 40 publishers. Launch partners include DC Comics, Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and Archie, alongside many more. Users can search and browse through comics based on titles, creators, publishers, genre and ratings, and find local comic book retailers with the built-in retailer finder..."

Go here to read more details about the new Droid app.

Comics publishers participating with Comixology on the Droid include:

* A Wave Blue World
* Adhouse Books
* Alterna Comics
* Antarctic Press
* Arcana Studio
* Archie Comics
* Asylum Press
* Bluewater Comics
* BOOM! Studios
* Com.x
* Creative Impulse
* Creator Owned
* DC Comics
* Devils Due
* Digital Webbing
* Dynamite Entertainment
* Evil Twin Comics
* First Salvo
* Image Comics
* Keenspot
* Markosia
* Moonstone Books
* Oni Press
* Radical
* Red 5 Comics
* Shadowline
* Skybound
* South Fellini
* Slave Labor Graphics
* Studio 407
* Th3rd World Studios
* Top Cow
* Vertigo
* Viper Comics
* Zenescope Entertainment

Notice that Marvel is missing...

I just recently got a Droid and I immediately downloaded this app last night when I first discovered it's release. I had to try it out for myself.

Reading the first issue of WALKING DEAD (which is one of the free comics), I was very pleased with the program. The experience was far more pleasing than I expected. It basically goes panel-by-panel with a smooth transition that is easy to navigate.

I'm currently checking out all the free comics but seeing that today is payday I may pick up a few regular ones, too. It's actually that good.

Overall, Comoxology for the Droid was a lot better than I expected. The only drawback right now is the absence of Marvel. I understand that they DO carry Marvel on their other mobile apps so I'm wondering if they're just bringing them in later.

I'll be covering the comics on Comixology here as I'm sure I'll be continueing using it.

Another app worth mentioning for Droid users is Daily Strip. I absolutely love this one.
It gives you access to almost every comic strip currently running in the newspapers and has an extensive backlog. It has a great navagation system, as well, and all the strips are shown in color (even the dailies) if they are available.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Crossgen Returns in March

Coming from Marvel:

Written by Mark Waid, with art by Mirco Pierfederici and covers by Butch Guice, Mike Perkins and Mitch Breitweiser.
Simon Archard is the world's greatest detective, but when he crosses paths with the enigmatic Emma Bishop, the smartest man may have met his equal...and find himself embroiled in the greatest mystery of his career!

Written by Mike Carey, with art by Leonard Kirk and covers by Jelena Kevin-Djurdjevic and Ed McGuinness.
In the war for forever, time is only a small obstacle as the greatest warriors jump from century to century to ensure victory! Enter Samantha Rey, a 16 year old girl from present-day South Carolina who discovers a mysterious symbol on her chest granting her the power to turn the tide of this war. But will she save us or damn all of creation?

It's about time!
I hope Sojourn makes a return, too.

Scenes from an Impending Marriage Preview

Preview six pages of Adrian Tomine's Scenes from an Impending Marriage here.
The book, published by Drawn & Quarterly, is scheduled to be released in February.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

'Nuther World Comics Update

'NUTHER WORLD COMICS MEGAMIX #1 is now available for free download at Clickwheel.

Out Soon: 2000 AD Prog 2011

Prog 2011 is a great jump-on point for anyone interested in checking out not only the world's best sci-fi comic but also the world's best comic anthology series.

This issue features stories by Dan Abnett, Pat Mills, Alan Grant and many others.

Go here to check out the details.

It should be up on Clickwheel in a couple weeks.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Vesha Valentine Preview

Vesha Valentine, by Des Taylor, is an art book turned graphic novel being published by Slave Labor Graphics.
You can view a 22-page preview of it here.
The link to pre-order from Amazon appears to be broke so here's the correct link.

Great for fans of Darwyn Cooke, Dan DeCarlo and classic Hollywood.

Monday, December 13, 2010

February 2010 Highlights

These are the books that caught my attention for February.
(As a side note: they finally hired me a co-worker at my job and once the holiday season is over I should be back to a regular posting schedule.)

Phil Jimenez (INFINITE CRISIS, Amazing Spider-Man) launches an arc starring the rookies as they learn to be heroes at Legion Academy! This gorgeous issue marks a perfect jumping-on point for any new reader curious to learn about the DC Universe of the 31st century! On sale FEBRUARY 2 • 32 pg, FC

Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III & W. HADEN BLACKMAN Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III 1:10 Variant cover by AMY REEDER.
The multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III (DETECTIVE COMICS) and W. Haden Blackman (Star Wars, Force Unleashed) launch the first, chilling arc of the ongoing series fans have been clamoring for! In the 5-part 'Hydrology,' Batwoman faces bizarre new challenges in her war against the dark underworld of Gotham and new trials in her personal life as Kate Kane. She quickly finds herself in the deep end facing truths about her past and her future. Who - or what - is stealing children from Gotham's barrio, and for what twisted purpose? Can she train her cousin Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird) as her new sidekick? How will she handle dark revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? How is she dealing with the supposed drowning of her sister, the villain known as Alice? And why is a certain government agency suddenly taking an interest in her? The road to the answers begins here! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale FEBRUARY 23 • 32 pg, FC

The game-changing 'Death of Oracle' storyline continues! Black Canary finally confronts her inner demons as the Calculator's army and creepy new villainess Mortis take their ultimate revenge on Oracle. This massive story reverberates throughout Gotham City - and beyond! On sale FEBRUARY 9 • 32 pg, FC

For the fate of Hell's Kitchen: T'Challa vs. Vlad the Impaler in a desperate rooftop battle of wills, wits and fists! 'Urban Jungle' heats up as Luke Cage guest-stars, friends fall, dark forces prepare to step from the shadows, and a dangerous conspiracy begins to unfold! 32 PGS./Rated T+

Issue #1 1:10 Variant cover by RYAN SOOK The DC event of the year begins, coinciding with the release of the wildly anticipated DCU MMO! Get ready for the ride of a lifetime with this immense, 26-issue biweekly series! Lex Luthor's obsession with destroying Superman reaches a fevered limit when he cuts the ultimate Devil's deal with Brainiac...but with the shake of a hand, has Luthor consigned humanity to genocide? Comic book legend Marv Wolfman joins fan-favorite writer Tony Bedard and artist Howard Porter to tell the ultimate DC Universe Super Hero tale of good versus evil! Retailers please note: Issue #1 will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale FEBRUARY 2

The DC event of the year begins, coinciding with the release of the wildly anticipated DCU MMO! Get ready for the ride of a lifetime with this immense, 26-issue biweekly series! The Lex Luthor of a post-apocalyptic future scrambles to escape Brainiac's invasion of Earth, but he must gather an army to stop the invasion. Who will he recruit? And in the present, Brainiac's first assault on Earth has begun, which recaps the incredibly rare DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #0! Comic book legend Marv Wolfman joins fan-favorite writer Tony Bedard and artist Howard Porter to tell the ultimate DC Universe Super Hero tale of good versus evil! On sale FEBRUARY 16

DEUS EX #1 (OF 6)
The legendary video game franchise, which PC Gamer called 'The Best PC Game of All Time,' comes to comics in advance of the highly anticipated new installment in the series! Adam Jensen is a cybernetically enhanced security operative for the powerful Sarif Industries in a future where biological enhancements have become commonplace, yet fanatically opposed by many. While recovering the kidnapped niece of the founder of Sarif Industries, Jensen unstitches a mystery that goes all the way back to his fully human SWAT origins in Detroit - and an adventure of violence and betrayal that will span the globe! On sale FEBRUARY 9 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC

Written by ROGER STERN Penciled by NEIL VOKES Cover by MARIO ALBERTI.
A Marvel Masterpiece from deep inside the treasure vaults can now be told! For decades, Doctor Stephen Strange has worked as a practicing sorcerer out of the weird old brownstone at 177A Bleecker Street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. But what eerie secrets does the building hide? What lurks within its walls? Is it … haunted? Now, at last, the full story of Doctor Strange's first night in his Sanctum Sanctorum stands revealed -- in a tale tastefully told by Roger Stern (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and dramatically drawn by those Masters of the Comic Arts, Neil Vokes and Jay Geldhof (UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN: STRANGE ENCOUNTERS, The Black Forest). 32 PGS./Rated A

Written by PAUL LEVITZ Art and cover by YILDIRAY CINAR & WAYNE FAUCHER The Durlan plot against the United Planets comes to a very deadly conclusion, as Chameleon Boy must dive into battle with one of his own kind! And what this final assassin reveals will stun the shape-shifting Legionnaire! On sale FEBRUARY 16 • 32 pg, FC

Written by Greg Pak Pencils by Stephen Segovia Cover by Carlo Pagulayan.
A new beginning for the SILVER SURFER! The sentinel of the spaceways walks the Earth once more, a stranger feared by many. Only the HIGH EVOLUTIONARY understands his true potential, but the Evolutionary's mysterious grand design may cost the Surfer everything and change the cosmic balance forever! He's traded blows with Thor and matched wits with Mephisto, but can the herald of Galactus survive the judgment of NORRIN RAND, the man within the Silver Surfer? It's a character-defining epic showing the Silver Surfer as you've never seen him before, brought to you by 'Planet Hulk' writer Greg Pak and 'Dark Wolverine' artist Stephen Segovia. 32 PGS./Rated T+

Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO Art and Cover by MIKE NORTON.
Based on the highly anticipated, all-new hit animated show from Warner Bros. debuting in January on Cartoon Network! It's moving-in day for Superboy and Miss Martian as they choose their rooms at their new headquarters! But the Boy of Steel is haunted by the Cave's memories and strange visions of his past… On sale FEBRUARY 16 • 32 pg, FC

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sunday, November 07, 2010

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #6- Signs of a Better Future?

The latest issue of LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES set my fanboy meter to override. I had never really considered myself as a fanboy before but I think I may just be.

First, we have the Legion by Paul Levitz. Levitz is the man who molded the Legion into the powerhouse they became in the '80s. No one knows these characters, their history and their worlds as much as he does.

Second, #6 features the art of Phil Jimenez, who shows us that Sensor Girl can look good without that silly mask. No one knows why she still wears that thing...

Third, #6 also shows spotlights the Legion Academy, introducing several characters (illustrated by Jimenez).

And last (but definitely not least)- DC Comics is doing an election to vote the next leader for the Legion. The leader election was one of the key traditions of the original Paul Levitz run and its return is a pleasant surprise to fans.

The nominees are:

Brainiac 5
Chameleon Boy
Chameleon Girl
Colossal Boy
Cosmic Boy
Element Lad
Invisible Kid
Lightning Lass
Phantom Girl
Polar Boy
Sensor Girl
Shadow Lass
Shrinking Violet
Sun Boy
Timber Wolf
Ultra Boy

Go here to cast your vote!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Review: The Royal Historian of Oz #1 and 2

When it comes to Oz, Jasper Frizzle takes things into his own hands, literally...

Writer: Tommy Kovac
Artist: Andy Hirsch
Publisher: SLG Publishing

Have you ever believed in something so much that you were sure it was real? Did you ever think that perhaps there was a magical world out there somewhere that you would retreat to if you could?

Did you ever for a minute get so caught up in the moment- perhaps staring at the night sky or watching a gentle rain in a secluded forest- that you simply forgot the real world existed?

What if you could share this with others?


Oz fiction writer Jasper Frizzle and his son Frank barely get by and while most think he should write about more exciting stuff (at least to make money) poor Jasper is convinced that he is the only one who can write about Oz.

Several folks would disagree, including not only an uppity group of literary snobs but also his own son.

Frank is simply a victim in the scenario as he feels tied by his love for his dad and helplessly watches him succumb to what appears to be a mild form of insanity.

Or is it..?


Blinded by his ambitions, Jasper eagerly jumps at a chance to experience Oz first hand when he discovers a magical portal to the other world.

However, not being satisfied with just going there, he decides to bring as much stuff back as possible to further his studies. This consists of several items (and creatures) that didn't really want to be taken.

His actions have consequences, of course, and a squad is put together to retrieve the items. I really liked the interpretation of these characters as I think they stuck fairly close to what I remember from the books.

We're introduced a newer character along with the usual suspects that makes an interesting move at the end of the second issue that is sure to put a kink in everybody's plans.


Something that really helped me like this book was that perhaps it is magical? I had just finished reading it over the last weekend and the following day I turned the tv on to find a marathon of wondrous movies. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Spiderwick Chronicles... among others. It made the whole weekend seem greatly removed from the real world. A place to retreat to, away from the real world.

Tommy Kovac shows great skill at writing a fantastical story and embellishing it with interesting characters that beg for your attention. He also works as a librarian and his love for storytelling can easily be seen.

Andy Hirsch's art is incredible. So much detail and still nothing is lost on the characters and their emotions. He manages to convey so much to the reader that every panel adds to the story.

As for the faults of the book..?

Well, I did think that Frank made friends with Zik a little too fast but that was before I discovered it was a five issue mini-series.

And it would be nice to see a bit more things to remind us it's set in the future because I keep forgetting. When the squad from Oz said that they wouldn't be noticed I had already forgot that important detail.

All minor things, of course. I guess my biggest complaint right now would be that it's gonna end.

4 out of 5 Stars

To order copies, go to SLG Publishing's website.

Monday, October 25, 2010

How to Draw a Comic Strip

Want to see how Jonathan Lemon does Rabbits Against Magic but couldn't make it to APE?

He has a pretty thorough explanation here of his technique.

The workshop he did at APE covered more about the planning and layout of the strips but he managed to cover the entire process. And here it all is in detail.

Two tools he uses that I now want to implement are the lettering guide (I so need one!) and the panel templates (great idea!).

The pictures are very nice to see, too, as it helps to see what he is talking about.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Post-Ape 2010

Well, I'm finally getting a chance to relax after my trip to San Francisco.

I had a blast. Between Ape and the nightlife and all the things to see... It was great!

I met a lot of folks and picked up quite a few new reads, too.

When I arrived in San Francisco on Friday, I met up with John, my partner-in-crime, and we got settled into our hotel. Then we hit Castro and a quick web-search on my phone turned up two comic shops on the street.

The first was Whatever... Comics. I really liked this one. It may not have been very big but it still managed to give space to local indie creators, including their own Slumberland Press comics.
Picked up: Nothing today. John went back later and got something for me that I was fawning over with glowing eyes.
However, Chris (the main guy there from what I could tell) gave me a copy of one of their comics free and suggested that I leave copies of mine with them. Really great place, btw.

The second shop was down the road a bit. Or rather... Up. Waaay up! After a few blocks it became a steep incline and I started questioning if I really wanted to see it or not. And if so, how bad..?

We finally arrived at Neon Monster and the lack of customers came as no real surprise as they probably passed out halfway up the hill. The host, however, was quite cheerful and pleasant to talk to.
Picked up: Darwyn Cooke's Parker: The Man with the Getaway Face. I had just finished reading The Hunter on the flight to SF (I stopped at Hastings and picked up the used copy for $12.95 that I stupidly passed over previously) and I'm looking forward to reading the prelude to The Outfit.

Saturday was spent mostly at the con. I had originally planned to hit several workshops or panels throughout the day but it took me all day just to explore the hundreds of booths that were set up.

I made sure to stop by the booths for Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Slave Labor Graphics, Top Shelf Productions and Last Gasp.

From Fantagraphics I got the first volume of the new dress trades for Love & Rockets. I finally gave in and I'll be replacing my old big trades with the new smaller ones. I didn't have a complete set yet anyways... Only the first six or so.

I like the new smaller design, too. Easier to port around and cheaper. I had been a little speculative about switching but with the recent release of the new Penny Century volume it appears that Fantagraphics will be reprinting more material in the format.

I also picked up Twentieth Century Eightball and Ghost World to get signed by Dan Clowes.

Over at the Drawn & Quarterly booth I got Wilson (another book to be signed by Clowes) and a tote bag as my plastic bag that I brought with me was starting to show signs of an early demise.

Speaking of Dan Clowes, I think he was amused by me bringing my promo poster for Wison to be signed. I've had it prominently displayed on my bathroom wall for the last few months. He signed it but it's the side that I don't show as I like to have the story side out so it can be read.

Top Shelf Productions had copies of Matt Kindt's Super Spy and I snagged one of them. I had dug it back when I had a psp and they were releasing Super Spy mini-comics for the psp a few years ago. I thought he had a great style for the story and I can't wait to read it all in one volume.

Then over at Slave Labor Graphics, I met up with Tommy Kovac and had a great conversation about Oz, libraries and working to death. I picked up the first two issues of The Royal Historian of Oz (which he signed, of course) and gave him copies of 'Nuther World Comics.

Another stand out appearance was Justin Hall. I had originally seen his work in the first volume of Best American Comics. I bought a copy of True Travel Tales from him, which he signed, and when I gave him copies of my comics he gave me another comic in return (the only person at the con to do that if I remember correctly).

I stopped by Slumberland's booth several times Saturday and Sunday but kept missing Chris. I left copies of my comic and looked over some of their books. I think I'll be getting me a copy of Robinson Crusoe in the 6th Dimension pretty soon...

I found a vendor there selling half-price and 30%-off trades and another one selling single comics. From these two I snagged Jay Stephen's Atomic City Tales #3 (I've had the first two issues for years but never finished the set til now) and Madman Comics Volume 3 (which includes #s 12 through 20 of the Dark Horse run and my collection had stopped with #14).

On Sunday I took part in two workshops. One with Jonathan Lemon (Rabbits Against Magic) lecturing on developing comic strips and another with Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man) sharing his knowledge of gag cartoons.

One thing I found interesting was that Lemon supported the use of the "silent panel" in comic strips- the panel sometimes used just before the last panel to prolong the anticipation of the punchline, while Shannon (without being asked) brought up that comic strips are made funnier without the "silent panel", rushing forward to the joke.

I found it intriguing that they both brought up the "silent panel" and that they had such opposing thoughts about it. I actually found it distracting as I spent more time after that just pondering over their separate views.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed both workshops but it seemed like they were both cut short as one hour really wasn't long enough.

I also sat in on a panel and listened to Lynda Barry, Megan Kelso, Renee French, Tom Neely and Jen Wong answer questions from Greg Means regarding "The Art of Storytelling".

After the con was over I went back to the hotel to meet back up with John (who had skipped day 2) and was greeted with a copy of The Art of Jaime Hernandez (the book from Friday that I ogled).

The next day we spent sight-seeing, visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, the Botanical Garden. Twin Peaks, Sausalito and the beach.

All in all it was a great trip and I think this weekend I'm just gonna rest.