Monday, November 29, 2004

Thoughts about comics

WHAT I'm LOOKING FORWARD TO:

Hunter-Killer - it's written by Mark Waid and drawn by Marc Silvestri. You can't ask for much more than that. One of the top writers in the industry mixes it up with one of the best pencillers in the business. This book should be excellent.

New Avengers - Bendis says he wants to write the next 500 issues of Avengers. Well, if the next 500 are as good as the previous 4 that he's written, I'm on board. Yeah, this is a weird looking team that he's fielding here: Cap, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Sentry, et al, and I'm not sure I like it, but I'm more than willing to give Bendis a chance. He's earned it.

Ultimates vol.2 - The last 13-issue maxi-series was awesome. This one promises more of the same. Millar and Fitch are together again, bursting at the seams with comic goodness.


COMICS THAT SUCK:

Spectacular Spider-Man #16-20 - Some old flame from Captain America's past shows up - she's got some affinity for bugs, and she kisses Peter Parker on the mouth. Over several issues, Peter transforms into a giant spider. At the end of the story arc, he overcomes the arachnid hive mind and bursts forth from the body of the giant spider (never mind the fact that he WAS the giant spider, not just inside it), and, now, magically, he can shoot webs from his wrists - JUST LIKE IN THE MOVIE. Wow. What utterly ridiculous crap. Paul Jenkins is capable of writing some amazing stories (Origin, for example), but this story reads like it was written by an under-developed toenail fungus. It's one of the worst things I've ever read.

Spider-Man: India - Maybe it's a big hit in India, but here in the States, this book sucks. It could be worse, I suppose, but I don't see how. What garbage.

COMICS THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU WITH HOW GOOD THEY ARE:

Rex Mundi - If you liked The Da Vinci Code, you'll like this book. It's excellent.

G.I. Joe: Reloaded - This book has got twists and turns and alliances and betrayals that will absolutely knock your socks off. No one is safe from a complete character change in this book - no one. This book ROCKS!

Ultimate Fantastic Four - Warren Ellis has found a very cool groove with this book. I hope he stays on it for a while. These stories are compelling and cool, and with Andy Kubert back on art, it looks beautiful too!!

Identity Crisis - This 7-issue series has been astounding. If you're not reading it, check into a mental health facility immediately.

Superman/Batman - The ultimate teamup. There's just something about a book that features the two of them thinking about how the other does things and playing off each other's strengths and weaknesses to defeat their enemies. Awesome, awesome book!

Supreme Power - J. Michael Straczynski and Gary Frank are putting together one of the best, yet underrated, titles of the year. This series is phenomenal. READ IT!

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

New Comics hitting the shelves

30 Days of Bloodsuckers Tales #2
Adam Strange #3 (of 8)
Amazing Fantasy #6
Amazing Spider-Man #514
Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes #3
Authority: Revolution #2 (of 12)
Batgirl #58
Batman #634
Black Widow #3 (of 6)
Blade of the Immortal #95
Burglar Bill #1 (of 6)
Cholly & Flytrap #1 (of 3)
Daredevil #67
Darkstalkers #1
Doom Patrol #6
Dork Tower #29
Elektra: The Hand #4 (of 5)
Excalibur #7
Fafe from Grace #3
Flash #216
Frank Ironwine #1 (from Warren Ellis)
Green Lantern: Rebirth #2 (of 6)
Invincible #17
Jingle Belle #1 (of 4)
Marvel Holiday Special 2004
Marvel Team-Up #2
Masters of the Universe vol. 3 #7
Metal Gear: Solid #3
Misplaced #4
MU #1
Mystique #21
New Thunderbolts #2
NewType December 2004
Nodwick #26
Ojo #3 (of 5)
Poison Elves: Hyena #2
Powerless #6 (of 6)
Powers #6
Previews vol. XIV #12
Scrye #79
Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place
Simpsons #100
Small Gods #5
Spawn #140
Star Wars: Obsession #1 (of 5)
Strangers in Paradise: Tomorrow Now TPB
Street Fighter #11
Superman #211
Supreme Power #13
Tales of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #29
Teen Titans Go #13
Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #12
Ultimate Elektra #4 (of 5)
Ultimate Fantastic Four #13
Usagi Yojimbo #80
Walt Disney's: Christmas Parade #2
Walt Disney's: Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
Waterloo Sunset #2 (of 4)
Wizard #159

Monday, November 22, 2004

Who watches Paul Greengrass?

'Bourne' director working on 'Watchmen'
British filmmaker Paul Greengrass, who shot the summer hit "The Bourne Supremacy," is set to direct "The Watchmen," a project based on the seminal DC Comics limited series of the same name.

Darren Aronofsky ("Pi") had been attached to direct the Paramount Pictures project but bowed out because of scheduling conflicts. He is shooting "The Fountain," starring Hugh Jackman.

"The Watchmen," created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons and originally released in 1986 as a 12-issue comic book, is credited with redefining the superhero genre. It tells a crime-conspiracy story that provided the first realistic look at the behind-the-heroics lives of superhero archetypes.

Set in an alternate America, "Watchmen" follows the costumed hero Rorschach, who is living a vigilante lifestyle because most masked heroes have retired or been outlawed. While investigating a murder, he learns that a former masked-hero colleague has been killed, prompting him to begin investigating a possible conspiracy.

With Greengrass aboard, the project is now eyeing a possible 2006 release date. Greengrass, known for his gritty style, also wrote and directed the critically lauded Irish saga "Bloody Sunday."

Reuters got both Hugh Jackman's and Dave Gibbons' names wrong in the story (I've corrected them above), calling them Jackson and Gibbon. They're really on the ball.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

'Fans & Freaks' screening

Documentary film observes fans of comics
The Alabama Filmmakers Co-op will screen "Fans and Freaks: The Culture of Comics and Conventions" at the Flying Monkey Arts Center in the old Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Saturday [November 27] at 8 p.m.

The documentary is about fans of comic books, fantasy and science fiction. The filmmakers attended themed conventions and interviewed costumed fans about their fascinations with characters from "Star Trek," Japanese anime and more.

One featured convention is Dragon*Con, the annual Atlanta event billed as the "biggest freak show of the year." Other highlights include wrestling events, music concerts, the Klingon Empire Beauty Contest and the Dragoncon "Dawn" lookalike contest.

Admission is $5 and $3 for Co-op members.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

New Comics!

30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow TPB
ADventures of Superman #634
Alex Ross JLA oversized poster
Anime Insider #18
Avengers #503 (If you missed it two weeks ago, now’s your chance!)
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #2 (of 8)
Batman: Gotham Knights #59
Battle of the Plantes: Princess #2 (of 6)
Birds of Prey #76
Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #5
Cable / Deadpool #9
Captain America #1 (again)
Catwoman #37
Conan #10
Cosmic Guard #4
CSI: Dominos #3
Defex #2
Detonator #1
Ex Machina #6
Fantastic Four #520
Freaks of the Heartland #6 (of 6)
Gambit #4
G.I. Joe: Reloaded #9
Gold Digger #57
Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 (2nd printing – already sold out nationally!)
Grendel: Devil's Reign #6 (of 7)
Hardy Boys #1
Hawkman #34
HERO #22
Invincible: Perfect Strangers TPB
JLA #
JLA: Liberty & Justice oversized SC
JSA: Strange Adventures #4 (of 6)
Lucifer #56
Madrox #3 (Of 5)
Manhunter #4
Marvel Age: Spider-Man #16
Marvel Age: Spider-Man Team Up #3
Megacity 909 #3
Mickey Mouse & Friends #271
New Avengers #1 poster
Outsiders: Sum of All Evil TPB
Poison Elves: Guild War TPB
Powerpuff Girls #56
Pulse #6
PVP #11
Robin #132
She Hulk #9
Space Ghost #1 (of 6)
Spider-Man: India #1
Spyboy 13.1: The Manga Affair #1 (of 3)
Star Wars: Clone Wars - Adventures vol. 2 TPB
Stargate SG1: Fall of Rome #2 (of 3)
Starjammers #6 (of 6)
Stray Bullets #35
Superman / Batman #14
Tales of Tellos #2 (of 3)
Teen Titans #18
Terra Obscura vol. 2 #4 (of 6)
The Punisher #14
Transformers: Energon #29
Ultimate Spider-Man #69
Ultimate X-Men #53
Ultimate X-Men: The Tempest TPB
Ultra #4 (of 8)
Vampirella / Witchblade: Union of the Damned #1
Walking Dead #13
Wildstorm Winter Special
Wolverine #22
Wonder Woman #210
Wonder Woman Archives vol. 1 HC
X-Force #4
X-Men #164
Y: The Last Man - Safeword TPB
Youngblood: Genesis #2

Sunday, November 14, 2004

I read it for the articles

The latest issue of Playboy (the one with the hideous picture of Denise Richards on the cover) has a 9-page article about collecting original comic book artwork.

The article rambles and gets off track quite a bit, but it's worth reading. I enjoyed a particular point it made about collecting art:
Comic books, even rare ones, exist in multiple copies. But there's only one of each page or original artwork. If comic books are like cocaine, artwork is like crack.

Hopefully, the dozen or so pieces I've got hanging in my study don't constitute an addiction on my part.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

By way of introduction...

I've been invited to join the boys here on Haven Comics' blog. I'm a relative newcomer to comics, although I had a high school obsession with Neil Gaiman's Sandman thanks to my love of Tori Amos. However, since my love of books has driven me to read pretty much anything and everything I could get my hands on since the age of three, once I got a taste of some of the brilliant, literate stuff you can find in a comic book store, I was hooked. So here's what I'm devouring these days:

Ocean: I have been a raving Warren Ellis fan ever since I stormed my way through all of the TPB's of Transmetropolitan in a weekend. He's a genius; his work is cynical, darkly funny, political, and yet, in some strange and desperate way, hopeful.

Rex Mundi: I'm a sucker for a good mystery, especially when it involves the Catholic church, heresies, and a shot of film noir. Plus, it's written by a Scandinavian. I love all things Scandinavian.

Identity Crisis: Another mystery, which probably explains why I'm enjoying it even though I don't know Jack about all this superhero stuff.

Fables: Fairy tale characters living incognito in modern day America? YES!!! Very well written with dark humor and terrific storylines.

BPRD: I love these stories. Strangeness, mystery, punch-in-the-gut humor, and a surprising humanity.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Spidey - much, much bigger than life

Why didn't I realize before now that Spider-Man 2 has been showing in IMAX theaters?!

At this point, its run is mostly played out, and as far as I can tell, only one venue still has it — the IMAX theater at the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee, Florida.

Chances are, I'm not going to make it down there, though.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

NEW THIS WEEK!!

100 BULLETS #55 (MR)
ACTION COMICS #821
ANGELTOWN #1 (OF 5)
ANIMERICA EXTRA VOLUME 7 #11 NOVEMBER 2004
AQUAMAN #24
AVENGERS FINALE #1
BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #185
BATMAN STRIKES #3
BLADE OF KUMORI #1
BLOODHOUND #5
BULLSEYE GREATEST HITS #3 (Of 5)
CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #6 (Of 6)
DEAD AT 17 REVOLUTION #1 (Of 4)
DISTRICT X #7
DRAGON #326
EMMA FROST #17
FABLES #31
FIRESTORM #7
GI JOE #36
GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS VOL 2 #3
GOTHAM CENTRAL #25
GRAY AREA #3 (Of 3)
GREEN ARROW #44
GREEN LANTERN LEGACY THE LAST WILL SC
HELIOS #1
HORIZON #20
HUMANKIND #
IDENTITY CRISIS #6 (Of 7)
IRON MAN #1
JSA #67
JUSTICE LEAGUE ELITE #5 (Of 12)
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #97
MAGDALENA VAMPIRELLA #1
ARVEL KNIGHTS 4 #12
MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #8
MARVEL TEAM-UP #1
NEW THUNDERBOLTS #1
NIGHTCRAWLER #2
NIGHTWING #99
OCEAN #2 (Of 6)
OFFICIAL HANDBOOK MARVEL UNIVERSE BOOK OF THE DEAD
SCOOBY DOO #90
SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #21
SUPERMAN SECRET IDENTITY TP
SYPHONS TP
THE INCREDIBLES #1 (Of 4)
THOR SON OF ASGARD #10
TOMB RAIDER #47
TOYFARE #89
TRANSFORMERS GENERATION ONE VOL 3 #9
TRANSFORMERS MICROMASTERS #4 (Of 4)
WALKING DEAD #12
WALT DISNEY SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN: THE FIRST 25 YRS
WILD GIRL #1 (Of 6)
X-MEN #163
X-MEN: THE END BOOK - ONE DREAMERS AND DEMONS #5 (Of 6)

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Cobraaaa!

I wish I'd seen this before the elections.

Cobra Commander for President

Sadly, Cobra Commander didn't win.



Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Highlights of the Week

Astonishing X-Men #6 – This series started off with a big bang and it continues to get better and better. If you’re not already reading this book, pull your head up out of the sand and look around you! If you have ever even remotely liked the X-Men, you should be reading this incredible series. The story is really building and the artwork is gorgeous. This is absolutely the best X book out there. What more could you ask for? Good grief! There's a two-page spread in the middle of this issue that will have all X-Men fans talking, and the last page is a heck of a cliff-hanger. A MUST READ!!!!

Avengers #503 – The Avengers have the hottest book going right now, and it’s not because someone took a match to them as they came off the presses. Nope, Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch are really rolling on this series, and though major characters – characters I really like – are biting the dust left and right, I can’t help but be pulled in by this incredible story. Look for this series to end with this issue as Bendis and Finch wipe the slate clean and start over next month with a new Avengers #1. I hate the end of the regular continuity too, but I have faith in Bendis, and he says he wants to write the next 500 issues of the Avengers. I hope they’re all as good as these last few have been!

BPRD: The Dead #1 – From the pages of Hellboy, BPRD gets their next limited series. Their story has been parceled out in bits and pieces over the past couple of years with mini-series after mini-series, and this latest will continue to build on the foundation established in the previous story lines. If you want to keep up with Abe Sabien and crew, this is the place to do it.

The Intimates #1 – From Jim Lee’s twisted mind comes The Intimates. This series looks to be the Wildstorm universe’s answer to the New Mutants, but with a decidedly tongue-in-cheek feel. It looks mildly funny and, with Jim Lee’s backing, it’s bound to stir up some interest. It might be worth checking out – give it a shot.

The Question #1 (of 6) – Ah, an old DC hero returns. All you DC fans will want to check this series out. It promises some good detective work and, hopefully, some answers. If you’re not an old-school DC fan and you want to know more about The Question, check with Damon, Andy, or Lamarr – usually in on Thursday evenings – they can tell you anything you want to know about anything in the DC universe. Really. And if they don’t know it off the top of their collective heads, they can find it in short order.

Superman/Batman #13 – This series has featured two story arcs by different creative teams, and both of them have been brilliant. This issue is the final issue of the second story line, and it looks gorgeous. There’s just something about teaming up Batman and Superman that makes for a good book – they are definitely The World’s Finest, even if this book isn’t called that (which it should be).

Ultimate Spider-Man #68 – Bendis gets two books on our weekly highlight list this time around! Man, he’s good. After this most recent, extremely unusual story two-issue story, I’m sure it will be back to business for Bendis. We had our comic relief and light-hearted interlude; so now Spidey can go back to bashing bad guys, pounding perps, and cracking wise at their expense. This series has been phenomenal from the start and, if you’re not reading it, you darn well should be. Start at the beginning, pick up the trades, and catch up; it’s easy to do and is absolutely worth it. Awesome!!

New Comics!

Alpha Flight #9
Ant #4
Astonishing X-Men #4 variant cover (only two copies!)
Astonishing X-Men #6
Avengers #503
Avengers: Earth's Mightest Heroes #1 (of 8)
Ballad of Sleeping Beauty #5
Bloodhound
B.P.R.D.: The Dead #1 (of 5)
Brian Pulido's Killer Gnomes #1
Captain America & the Falcon #9
Catwoman #36
Catwoman: When in Rome #2 (Of 6)
Daredevil #66
Detective Comics #800
Elektra: The Hand #2 (of 5)
Exiles #54
Firebirds One Shot
Gold Digger: Perfect Memory #4
Golden Plates #1
Guardians #5 (of 5)
Hulk & Thing: Hard Knocks #3 (of 4)
Inquest Gamer #116
Intimates #1
JLA #
JLA: Classified #1
Jubilee #3
Justice League Unlimited #3
Kare Kano VOL 12 GN
Knights of the Dinner Table Illustrated #40
Little Endless Storybook HC
Majestic #4 (of 4)
Marvel Age: Spider-Man #15
NYC Mech #6
Punnisher #13
PS238 #8
Question #1 (of 6)
Rising Stars #22 (of 24)
Sabretooth #3 (of 5)
Scary Godmother vol. 1
Shonen Jump vol. 2 #12
Sonic the Hedgehog #142
Spider-Girl #80
Spider-Man / Doctor Octopus: Year One #4 (of 5)
Spider-Man Unlimited #6
Star Wars: Empire #26
Superman / Batman #13
Sylvia Faust #2 (of 4)
Tomb of Dracula #2
Transformers / G.I. Joe #1
Ultimate Fantastic Four #12
Ultimate Spider-Man #68
Uncanny X-Men #452
Venom vs. Carnage #4 (of 4)
Western Tales of Terror #1
Witchblade #80
X-Men #163
Y: The Last Man #28