Monthly Archives: January 2012

Why I Can’t Talk to My Girlfriend About Comics, Part Three

My girlfriend and I both have our own stuff. Couples often do. Because she’s has yard sales and I…collect comics, when we talk about the need to pair down stuff, my stuff comes up more. Because I have a lot … Continue reading

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Bilbo and Company!

Bilbo and Company!

Here’s a new image from Peter Jackson’s adaption of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’. Image features Martin Freeman as the younger Bilbo Baggins with William Kircher as Bifur, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, James Nesbitt as Bofur, and John Callen as Óin.

The film will also feature ‘LOTR’ alum: Ian Mckellan as Gandalf the Grey, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Christopher Lee as Saruman and of course Andy Serkis as Gollum.

Some maybe surprised to see some of the returning cast, given that Legolas, Galadriel and Saruman were not in Tolkien’s novel. However, I believe Jackson will find a perfect way to bring these characters into the film and help bridge the gap between ‘The Hobbit’ films and ‘Lord of the Rings’. Remember, Bilbo and the Dwarves do go into Mirkwood and Legolas is after all the Prince of that realm…just sayin’!!!!!

God, I can’t wait for this movie which of course is set to released December 14, 2012.

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The Twelve is Back (but do we care?)

by Angela Outlaw For those of you who don’t get to hear my weekly rants, Marvel comics and I aren’t on the best of terms. Why should we be?

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First Look at the Curse of Shazam!

First Look at the Curse of Shazam!

Comic book writer Geoff Johns, whose built his career on relaunching old characters is back at it with creating a new origin story for Captain Marvel, who will know just be known as Shazam!

Johns will be teaming up with artist Gary Frank, the two just finished working on Batman: Earth One. You can see Shazam in his full rebooted glory this March in the back pages of Justice League.

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Hawkeye and Black Widow sitting in a Helicarrier…

Hawkeye and Black Widow sitting in a Helicarrier...

Last week Marvel Studios released stills from the Upcoming ‘Avengers’ film. We’ve seen a lot of a add campaigns for Captain America, Iron Man and Thor so I thought it’d be nice to finally showcase a photo that didn’t any of those guys (but you know I love you).

Looks like we got Hawkeye(Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in possibly the Medical Bay of the Helicarrier and possibly about to kiss??

The Avengers from Paramount and Marvel Studios will be unleashed to the world May 2nd, 2012.

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Five of Kinds: Selections from The New 52

Sorry to keep you waiting as we struggle to post and create new material amidst jobs and other responsibilities. All of the New 52 titles have hit the issue #5 mark. I have some books I haven’t reviewed up to … Continue reading

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Johns to write Monthly Shazam! series

Johns to write Monthly Shazam! series

DC heavy hitter Geoff Johns has been busy resurrecting characters such as Hal Jordan and Aquaman. Not only did he bring them back to the forefront but he even made Aquaman cool. F*cking Aquaman! Now, Johns and co-creator Gary Frank are teaming up again to bring Captain Marvel center stage…sort of.

As some of you may know, its tough having the name “Marvel” when you’re not in the Marvel universe. Due to the name DC has had to have their Captain benched with out getting any legal attacks from Marvel. That being said in this new series, Captain Marvel will just be Shazam! The magic word that turns kid Billy Batson into the superhero.

Johns recently wrapped work with Frank in this summer’s release of Batman: Earth One.

The series entitled: The Curse of Shazam! will actually not be its own “book”. Instead it will be featured in the last 10 pages of Justice League starting with issue 7 and may even get a new costume!

With the new DC relaunch it was only a matter of time before Capt—Shazam would surface to fight the threats that plague the world. With a new Shazam, that means that we should be on the look out for a Black Atom too!

Shazam is in safe hands and am looking forward to see how they’ll re-imagine the origin.

Newsarama has an exclusive interview with Johns here so check it out:

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The Unwritten #33.5

The Unwritten #33.5

I’ve been a fan of “The Unwritten” since its first issue back in 2009. I only paid a dollar for the issue and had no idea what I would be investing in. Now, close to three years later I am still enchanted by this masterpiece of graphic fiction.

The story follows Tommy Taylor who is forced to live a life of celebrity as a result of his father (Wilson Taylor) composing a fantasy series featuring his son as a boy wizard with the status of Harry Potter. At the zenith of Wilson’s career he disappears leaving the world longing for next chapter in series and leaving Tommy to answer for his father’s absence. Having reached no personal achievemnts himself Tommy builds his career by attending comic book conventions. His life is suddenly turned upside when a character from the series appears to kid nap Tommy. Not like a crazed fan, but the the legit character whom some how escapes the confines of this literary prison. From there, Tommy and new companions begin a quest to unlock what separates fiction from non-fiction and if such a separation exists..

This series examines the importance of stories and how they have existed in the human conscious and subconscious since the beginning of time. Why do we need stories? How do they define a culture or generation and how do they link us together? What if the stories themselves have their own conscious and subconscious?

Recently, the Vertigo imprint has been releasing issues in between the story (if that makes any sense) to enrich the history or back story of the main narrative of the series.

Last Wednesday, creators Mike Carey and Peter Gross gave us issue 33.5. Which, at first I was disappointed to find on the shelf, only because issue 32 ended with a pretty intense cliff hanger. Rather than carrying on Tommy Taylor’s adventure in present day we are thrown into 18th century Prussia where we see the lives of a solider on the verge of war and a child whose pain is deeper than any could imagine. Together they form the single issue tale “From the Many Lives of the Marionettes”.

This an amazing single story arch that explains the origins of one of the supporting characters from the series. I’d even go as far as to say that you could read just this issue with out knowing anything of Tommy Taylor and still appreciate the value of this story. But don’t, you’d be depriving yourself from some amazing story telling whether you’re a fan of comics, fiction or non fiction; a good story is a good story. That’s always worth sharing.

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DC Direct’s Catwoman

DC Direct's Catwoman

Yesterday, while checking out the new comics of the week, I came across a catalogue from DC Direct featuring mini statues and busts from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

It was pretty cool finally seeing all of the detail from the costumes of the upcoming Blockbuster. One thing that caught by eye was the Catwoman costume. This is the first real detailed look of actress Anna Hathaway in costume. Mostly what I’ve seen has just been low let behind-the-scenes photos.

Its a really interesting blend of the comic book and Christopher Nolan’s hyper reality. We get all the sexiness of the Catwoman costume we know and love; the thigh high boots, the long gloves, and the skin tight body suit, perhaps it serves as armor as well?

Of course there is the absence of the cat ears, but in other photographs we can see that when she flips her goggles with the attached lighting (because you know, she’s a cat burglar) over her heard they resemble cat ears. Did we expect anything different from Nolan? Based on the previous two Batman films there was no way he was going to have some one walk around dressed as a cat. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Paul, you dumb ass, the main character dresses as a Bat. And I say to you: True! However, everything in or on his costume has a function and purpose, such as the cape for gliding through the sky and bat ears that are actually built in, highly sensitive listening devices. So, in other words her goggles/cat ears are perfect, they serve both function and homage to the “cat-like” appearance of the character from the comics.

Another interesting addition to the costume are the heels of the thigh high boots. They appear to be silver stilettos/knives? I guess so when she does her high round house kicks they’ll leave some scars as well as bruises. And again they add to the Catty-ness of Catwoman!

I’m a little curious as to the posing of the statue. It’d be cool to see her standing so that could see more of a full frontal look at the costume.

As I’m typing these words I’m beginning to see what an awful creep I am for composing an article about a woman dressed in a tight black body suit with thigh high boots and wishing the statue was standing in a different position so I could get a better look at it…

F*ck it, if that’s the case I’ll go for broke! They make her ass huge in this statue! I mean DAAAMN. Was that the sculptor’s intent for making her bend low like that? I wasn’t even aware that Hathaway had all that junk in the trunk…

Annnnnnd I’m done! Regardless, the costume looks great and I’m excited to see more photos of her as well as the rest of the cast of TDKR, now I’m gonna go take a cold shower.

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Powers: “We’re Back!” Paul: “I’m sorry, who are you?”

According to Brian Michael Bendis’s Facebook page, “The Official Actual Real Brian Michael Bendis”, Bendis…I think that’s his name, revealed that the super hero detective series “Powers” has returned.

The problem is I don’t remember what the hell happened in the last issue, and I don’t exactly feel like digging through my pile of comics to read it.

Didn’t BBB or rather ICON promise that there wouldn’t be any more delays?

I can’t complain because in all honesty, I really do love the series. Its always on my “top 5″ even if I haven’t read it in a year. That’s sort of my problem, its so good and it sucks I have to wait so long to see what happens next, to the point where I can’t remember what happened in the previous issue. I don’t want this to be one of those things were I only read them in trade you know?

And I understand Mr. Bendis is busy writer, what with Moon Knight, Avengers, and Scarlett! But come on, show some love to the fans who have been reading the series for the past 12 years!

Writer Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming…(I guess you have to have three names to be involved in this comic…lucky me!) started the series with Image Comics from 2000-2004. It then switched gears to Marvel’s Icon imprint.

The series focuses on homicide detective Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim who investigate the murders of people with “powers”.

The comic is brilliant. It was the first series I remember reading that didn’t focus on the “powers” but the people around them and how every day people are effected by them. Think of this as the cousin to “The Boys”.

With out a doubt, I’ll be standing in Comicopia by the new comics section while I read this thing cover to cover, buy it, then do it again when I get home and pray to Odin that I won’t wait another year until I see the next issue!

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