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Issue #3 Release Date: 5/23/12 Vol.#11
The Pull List
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Advance Review: BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN HC
IRREDEEMABLE #37 (final issue)
TWENTY-SEVEN: SECOND SET TPB
Advance Review: THE DARK COUNTRY OGN
SPANDEX: FAST AND HARD TBP
THE GUILD: FAWKES #1
Advance Review: GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS THE JUNGLE BOOK #3
CHEAP SHOTS!


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BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN HC GN

Writer: Chip Kidd
Artist: Dave Taylor
Publisher: DC Comics
Reviewer: Optimous Douche


Imagine if you will a world where America’s meteoric rise during the Roaring Twenties was never thwarted by The Great Depression or World War II. What if the Great Generation’s fantastic imaginations of fancy and can-do gumption weren’t inhibited by the practicality of global conflict? What if we continued to grow exponentially through the 1930’s, building the futuristic visions at the World’s Fairs instead of social programs? That’s BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN.

Yes, the press releases all speak of this as a story about architecture, about movies like METROPOLIS coming alive on the page, and yes all of that is inside this book. Kidd and Taylor did their homework in spades, but there’s more going on here. Kidd’s interpretation of a 1930’s Gotham wherein today’s technology comes alive via vacuum tubes and physical switches was far more alluring to me than anything surrounding our favorite caped crusader. I believe this world could have been a real possibility, if the world merely allowed it to happen.

BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN is about Gotham’s architecture, but also about Bruce Wayne the businessman - the philanthropist and the philanderer. It’s a rare Bat-book these days when Bruce Wayne and his business exploits permeate as many pages as his time under the cowl. Gotham City isn’t a gleaming Metropolis, but Taylor’s architectural prowess created a city far more akin to Superman’s Metropolis than the ultra-gritty cesspool we are traditionally used to. At the center of this land of tomorrow sits a derelict from the past – Gotham Central Station.

When the book opens, the station, also known as the Gateway to Gotham, is a crumbling shambles. The world believes this was due to flaws with the original architecture – basically too much art in the design and not enough math. After a deadly crane collapse, though, we realize that a shinier veneer doesn’t mean less crime, graft and corruption inside the mechanisms that make Metropolis run. I would call this a spoiler, but it becomes clear early on that this story is far more intricate than the simple decay of mortar.

There are really three protagonists in this story: Bruce Wayne (obviously), a man trying to continue his father’s legacy of keeping Gotham always on the bleeding edge; the activist/socialite Cyndia Syl, who is trying to preserve Gotham’s history by saving the station; and a young reporter straight out of architectural design school given the beat of chronicling Gotham’s exponential transformation. There’s also a fourth figure, a Rocketeer-type hero who keeps appearing after each death-defying architectural accident.

Kidd does a more than admirable job stringing along the mystery of this book with the different character’s motives: is Cyndia causing these mishaps in her attempt to preserve what was, or is it the purist reporter’s love of nostalgia? Is it this Rocketeer-type hero to blame, or do we blame the system itself that seems to be more concerned with cost over quality? Kidd does a wonderful job of playing “just the tip” throughout the story, making us believe for a majority of the book that any and all of these forces could be to blame for each architectural mishap. And as an added bonus, we get a newsboy-panted Joker to throw readers and Batman even further off the trail of the true culprit.

When not engrossed with the story, you will marvel at Taylor’s representation of a Gotham that never was. Each character reminds you of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the men are meticulous and the dames are…well, dames, hot without ever transcending to the parlor tricks of Snooki. Each building represents a time that never was, but one our grandfathers dreamed the world would become. And the toys, oh the wonderful toys. Once again, here is where the book revels in sheer imagination. Taylor and Kidd made each piece of technology feel foreign and familiar in one fell swoop. As helicopters hover over the Gotham skyline, they look like what a helicopter would be without microchips inside - mammoth machines that are a hybrid between steampunk and what our concept of a helicopter should be. To call this book black and white would be an affront to the work that was done. It is more grayscale, with flashes of shaded sepia brilliance to change mood and scene. It never crosses into the overt and garish like SIN CITY; the coloring merely accentuates the old-time movie feel that permeates every other aspect of BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN.

To say I enjoyed this book is an understatement, which is no surprise given my past trumpeting of all Elseworld-type alternate realities. However, I believe even continuity purists will find joy in the master craftsmanship of BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN despite its lack of consequence on all things DC.

Optimous has successfully blackmailed fellow @$$Hole BottleImp into being his artist on Average Joe. Look for Imp's forced labor on Optimous brain child in mid-2012 from COM.X. Friend Optimous on FaceBook to get Average Joe updates and because ceiling cat says it's the right thing to do.


IRREDEEMABLE # 37 (Final Issue)

Written by: Mark Waid
Illustrated by: Diego Barreto
Published by: BOOM! Studios
Reviewed by: superhero


The first thing I want to say about Mark Waid is that I really think the dude’s got class. With the last several pages of IRREDEEMABLE he takes time to acknowledge the important history of what has come before his own creation and wraps up IRREDEEMABLE with a sweet, slightly upbeat ending. This final epilogue adds a bit of hopefulness to a comic that at times would be an incredibly intense read. The world that Waid had developed in the pages of IRREDEEMABLE was not a world of super-heroic optimism. It was a world where a cruel, almost god-like megalomaniac crushed the world under his boot heel. In the last panel of IRREDEEMABLE Waid seems to reinforce his love for good guy superheroes while leaving the readers with a sense of hopefulness. It’s a sweet ending to series that was oftentimes anything but. I never would have thought I’d say this, but Waid actually managed to end IRREDEEMABLE on a bit of a positive note.

This, however, is the big problem I have with the end of this series.

I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry! I love Mark Waid’s stuff, I really do! But after thirty-seven issues of worldwide Armageddon-like destruction that the Plutonian put his reality through, I thought that this ending was a bit of a cop-out. Issue after issue Waid has just piled on the intensity, and I feel that this chapter kind of felt not only rushed, but a bit incomplete. I was expecting something epic and what I got in the way of finales was something very much akin to the letdown of the final episodes of the LOST or BATTLESTAR GALACTICA TV shows. I’m not saying that I hated those endings (I did like one more than the other) but you have to admit that those finales left many a fan with a sense of incompleteness. This is how I’m feeling at the end of IRREDEEMABLE. I feel that in Waid’s Spielbergian need to indulge in schmaltz he’s taken a series whose ending could have had a powerful final act and tacked on an ending that seems uncharacteristic for the series. The final pages seem to come out of left field and felt to me like Waid just went for the quick out.

Back in the eighties, George Perez wrote a run of WONDER WOMAN comics that is still considered by many fans to be the best take on the character. In the first story arc, Wondy confronts Ares the god of war and captures him with her lasso. Ares then sees a vision of a world ravaged by nuclear war--a world that he has helped put into motion and a world that has no survivors. No survivors means nobody to worship him and without worshippers Ares’ existence fades. He disappears and in the end he sees that by craving ultimate war he will only end up destroying himself.

In my perfect world the end of IRREDEEMABLE would have played out something like that. The Plutonian would have destroyed the earth and been left with almost nothing. The Plutonian is left by himself on a world that he has destroyed with his own madness. Being left in a hell of solitude of his own creation would eventually have been the Plutonian’s final damnation. This, to me, would have been an ending more in character with all of what had come before in the pages of IRREDEEMABLE.

Or something like that.

But you know what? I’m not a comic book writer. I certainly don’t have the big brain that Mark Waid does. So what do I know? I don’t hate the ending of IRREDEEMABLE, but I will say that I’m disappointed by it. I won’t say that I thought that collecting IRREDEEMABLE was a waste of time or money because I disliked the end of the series. It’s been a great book. I still consider it one of the best comics to have been published in the past five years. If you still haven’t read it I’d recommend checking it out. It’s the best Superman-gone-bad story you’ll ever read. Just be sure to enjoy the journey because the end might just disappoint you.

Discovered as a babe in an abandoned comic book storage box and bitten by a radioactive comic fan when he was a teenager, superhero is actually not-so mild mannered sometime designer & cartoonist, Kristian Horn of Los Angeles, California. Some of his work can be seen at www.kristianhorn.com and check out his blog at www.parttimefanboy.com. You can check also out his webcomics at www.babybadass.com and thediplomatics.com, which is currently in development.


TWENTY-SEVEN: SECOND SET TPB

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Renzo Podesta
Publisher: Image Comics
Reviewed by Humphrey Lee


As basically a companion piece to the interview I did with Charles Soule about this trade paperback release, I figure it’s probably best to comment on how the book, y’know, actually is. I’d also imagine that, between an interview and a couple reviews already, you’ve probably figured I think the book is the bee’s knees, before you go back to wondering what the hell is the point of that saying. And I do, very much so in fact, and here’s why…

The main affection I feel toward this series is definitely the mythology is setting up, particularly in this volume. While the first TWENTY-SEVEN tome was basically the “origin story” of Will Garland, his affliction – a nerve disorder that has rendered him unable to play the guitar at “Rock God” status like he used to – and the chest device that kind of sort of helped him for a bit, this volume goes way more down the rabbit hole of a world that supports such a device. Erebus, the Lord of Decay and basically who has claim on Will once he uses the device so much, shows up a bit more prominently as well as other players such as the God of Fame and some other spotlight fiends that have been where Garland is before and will do anything to get back there. The mythological beings and themes being brought in as players that are all orbiting around Will and the, basically, H Dial in his chest and what he does with it are interesting enough as they are introduced.

While the mystical characters have stolen the show, as far as I’m concerned, the physical being that is at the center of their machinations is doing well as a solid lead. Will Garland in the first book was a man on a mission to get his life back, and while he was a bit braggadocios about his past talents you felt for the man as he was willing to do anything to get his craft back the way he knew it. Now, he’s devolving a bit more to the dick side of things as he’s got some new exposure from the media and is more than willing to ham it up, even at the expense of his new “sidekick” Eric and their potential friendship, and the respect of his occasional lover and manager Mac. It’s all strong, human fanfare that plays well even with the cool supernatural tale it takes place in being the center of attention.

Lastly, there’s the art by Renzo Podesta, which is a show stealer in its own right. It’s not exactly your every day comic book art, with very angular figures (particularly with faces and other defining features), but it’s so lush and detailed and unique; it’s real standout stuff. The shading done in here, especially, adds a lot of depth and atmosphere and then the color work is sublime, making everything that has that supernatural tilt in this book quite radiant looking. So, basically, I think this book has it all. A lead character you want to like but occasionally pisses you off, knows he pissed you off, and then tries to win you back only to do it all over again. It’s got a great hook with the device and the otherworldly aspect it brings to the table, as well as the themes all the beings vying for it represent and inflect on the book. And it looks pretty damn gorgeous. All in all, SECOND SET does everything the first did but better and with raised stakes and execution. If you tried the first you’ll love the second and if you haven’t tried either, well, you’ve got some catching up to do. Cheers…

Humphrey Lee has been an avid comic book reader going on fifteen years now and a contributor to Ain't It Cool comics for quite a few as well. In fact, reading comics is about all he does in his free time and where all the money from his day job wages goes to - funding his comic book habit so he can talk about them to you, our loyal readers (lucky you). He's a bit of a social networking whore, so you can find him all over the Interwebs on sites like Twitter, The MySpaces, Facebookand a blog where he also mostly talks about comics with his free time because he hasn't the slightest semblance of a life. Sad but true, and he gladly encourages you to add, read, and comment as you will.


Advance Review: Available today through digital first at ComiXology!

DARK COUNTRY OGN

Writer: Tab Murphy
Illustrator: Thomas Ott
Publisher: RAW STUDIOS
Reviewer: Ambush Bug


Available exclusively first through ComiXology this week is an amazing book from Thomas Jane’s Raw Studios; a company bent of creating breathtaking sci fi worlds and dark noir stories. I actually saw Jane talking about this new company a few years ago and being impressed with Jane’s previous comic work BAD PLANET, I keep my feelers alert for anything that comes from this company. This week, a good one is coming out digital first; DARK COUNTRY. Steeped in noir and horror overtones, DARK COUNTRY was actually originally a short film that impressed Jane so much he wanted to make it into a film. And that he did in 2009. He even made it in 3D (because that’s what you do these days), but unfortunately, the film was never released in theaters. Now, the story has been given new life in comic book form and though I haven’t seen the film or read the short story, I have to say I loved this version of it.

The story starts out with a man sitting naked in a hotel room. Behind him, is a woman in the shower. From the looks of the room, there’s been quite a party. Flash back to the couple in a car, driving down a lonely road. The man accidentally hits a person standing in the middle of the road. Though their initial reaction is noble; get the man into the back seat and take him to the hospital. When he gets up halfway there and attacks the couple, they have no choice but to fight back. What happens next is an unconventional story about guilt, love, and all of the things that make up a good noir tale.

Though the set up of this book is somewhat typical, the storytelling on display in this DARK COUNTRY is anything but. Told without a word balloon or thought bubble, the story relies on the compelling illustrations of Thomas Ott to take us on this pitch black journey. Not a word is necessary, because Ott’s work (which looks to be done on scratchboard) fills in the gaps masterfully, never revealing too much, though never losing the reader as one panel transforms into the next. Having some experience working on scratch board myself, I understand the painstaking process of carving away at the image and thinking in negative terms. It’s often a maddening process; one that takes a lot of time and energy to master. Ott does it as if it were an afterthought, making imagery that looks photographic at times, yet stylized to make the black and white tones feel like full color in their shade variation. Each page is an eye full and once you finish this book, you’ll find yourself rereading it, just to soak in Ott’s work.

The story ends on a haunting and serendipitous note; one that some might be able to predict, but its satisfying nevertheless. Though Jane’s company seems to want to be known for their updated version of the sci fi classics of old, they have turned in an absolutely gorgeous work of art in this wordless book that speaks volumes. I can’t recommend DARK COUNTRY more. For its simple yet fascinating story, and most of all for the engrossing artwork on each and every page.

Look for a chance to check out a free copy of DARK COUNTRY later today on AICN!

Ambush Bug is Mark L. Miller, original @$$Hole/wordslinger/reviewer/co-editor of AICN Comics for over ten years. He has written comics such as MUSCLES & FIGHTS, MUSCLES & FRIGHTS, VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS TINGLERS & WITCHFINDER GENERAL, THE DEATHSPORT GAMES, WONDERLAND ANNUAL 2010 & NANNY & HANK (soon to be made into a feature film from Uptown 6 Films). He is also a regular writer for FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND & has co-written their first ever comic book LUNA: ORDER OF THE WEREWOLF (to be released in October 2012 as an 100-pg original graphic novel). Mark has just announced his new comic book miniseries GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS THE JUNGLE BOOK from Zenescope Entertainment to be released in March 2012.


SPANDEX: FAST AND HARD TBP

Writer and Illustrator: Martin Eden
Publisher: Titan Books
Reviewer: superhero


There’s a lot of big gay stuff happening in comics these days. If it weren’t for the fact that it all seems to be in the service of a cause I support, gay marriage, the cynical part of me would say that all of these machinations on the part of the big two were just one big, cynical cash grab. Yes, gay marriage is all the rage in some parts, but because of the fact that there is still a decent sized part of the country that is vehemently against it I have to say that there is a part of me (the part that still thinks that all of mankind is basically good) that believes that there’s a bit of altruism behind it all, that what the Big Two are doing is what superheroes have always done…which is stand up for what’s right and protect the little guy. When I see all the “Northstar getting married” and “DC making an iconic character gay” stories it kinda makes me proud to be a lover of comic books.

Of course, it’s one thing to jump on an issue when it’s become the hot topic in the news cycle and wave the gay pride flag when it’s become somewhat popular to do so and it’s quite another to have been doing it all along when no one was really getting riled up about gay issues. SPANDEX is a comic about the first all gay superhero team and it’s a book that its creator, Martin Eden, has been putting out probably before gay marriage became the cause célèbre among many of us godless liberals. To me, it takes quite a bit of courage to go out and publish a superhero book in print without the backing of some kind of major publisher even if they aren’t gay. The costs of self publishing a comic can be absolutely ridiculous and, to some people, financially suicidal. So to take a group of characters and make them all gay, which could possibly limit sales, is an extremely bold move and I applaud Eden for even attempting to do it. Of course, this edition is being published by Titan Books, but from what I understand Eden started this all out on his own and for that I have to give him a great amount of credit.

So it’s a great thing that someone was able to put out an all gay superhero team on their own and actually make it successful enough that a publisher would publish a collected volume of their creation. It’s an even greater thing that the book itself is actually good. Look, I’m not gay. I didn’t really consider myself the core market for this book but when the opportunity to review it came up I said “Sure, why not?” I’m not closed-minded but I have to admit I didn’t know what to expect. Yes, that lame assed straight guy knee jerk reaction kicked in and I have to admit I didn’t know if the book would speak to me. Boy, was I wrong. When I sat down to read through this collected edition of SPANDEX I read through it in one sitting! I read through the whole thing as soon as I opened it and I loved it! It’s got fun characters, neat super-heroic adventures, a terrific sense of humor, a bit of naughty sex in it, and a love for its genre. Imagine that! A superhero book that loves the idea of superheroes! To put it another way: It was love at first sight as soon as I laid my eyes on SPANDEX.

And I did love SPANDEX. I even loved the art to a certain extent. At first glance Eden’s art seems simplistic and possibly even crude. But I have to say the style of the artwork here perfectly suits the tone of SPANDEX. Much like Paul Grist’s artwork in JACK STAFF, the artwork in SPANDEX is deceptively simplistic. It lulls you into thinking that you’re looking at something that isn’t that complex but once you start reading through the comic the art perfectly suits the story that’s developing in front of you. While I don’t believe that Eden has the gift that Grist has with panel layouts, I still think that Eden’s artwork is able to entertain in ways that certain more complex comic artists aren’t. There’s a lightheartedness to his artwork that adds a great sense of fun to SPANDEX that is lacking in many other superhero books out there. Because of its simplicity, Eden’s style was able to take me back to a time when things in superhero comics were a lot simpler and a lot more enjoyable.

So if you’re out there and you’re excited over the fact that Northstar’s getting married or you’re happy that one of the big boys at DC is coming out of the cosmic closet…make sure to reserve a spot in your pull list for this book. I can almost guarantee that this comic will be just as entertaining as and a bit more fun than anything that the Big Two might be planning. Heck, even if the notion of the big two diving into the gay pool doesn’t get you all excited just check SPANDEX out. It’s a fun superhero book with just the right bit of mischievousness that I’m sure almost anyone who isn’t a complete homophobe would enjoy it.


THE GUILD: FAWKES #1

Writers: Felicia Day & Wil Wheaton
Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Reviewer: Optimous Douche


Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton are the current royalty of geekdom, like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie without the looks or the money. Separately Wheaton and Day have helped transform and report on the collective zeitgeist for those that prefer 20 sided dice as opposed to soccer pucks and base balls. Together F-wil or Wheatday (whichever you prefer) have kept their dalliances together at a minimum, but each time they have crossed streams it’s like a geek big bang, lending a level of gravitas to the other’s endeavors that could never be achieved separately.

Case in point, THE GUILD: Day’s hyperbolic reflection of her time on the Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game World of Warcraft (WoW). For those that don’t know WoW or think MMO is cured with penicillin, THE GUILD and its subsequent spin-offs into comics are not for you. Geekdom has stratified in this glorious information age, and it would be myopic to suggest that all comic fans engage in MMOs or even video games, just as it would be presumptuous to assume all MMO fans spend their time in-flight to new continents with a comic on their lap (even though, that’s EXACTLY how I roll).

Now, for those who know MMOs, not imbibing THE GUILD web series is a pity. It’s free, bitches--you’re only denying yourself joy. For those that read comics and love the web series, not reading the comic is a crime against nature itself. Yes, you will give yourself cancer and make baby pandas cry every minute you ignore these deeper dives into the eclectic characters that make up THE GUILD.

Now that the philistines are gone, we can finally talk FAWKES. When Wheaton entered the series as the haughty yet powerful leader of The Axis guild, he broke every stereotype we have of Wheaton the man. And just to be clear, I’m not talking about the persona most of have as Wheaton wearing high space-age turtlenecks and annoying the fuck out of Data during his time as Wesley Crusher. In the subsequent two decades since Wheaton made the career choice of shitting the bed by leaving “Star Trek”, he has emerged as a damn fine writer who uses social media to bring together like-minded nerds the same way PT Barnum used the circus to unite the unwashed masses. Everything from old “Star Trek” stories to his own personal musings to his time as a father have been chronicled with the utmost clarity and detail since before blogging was blogging. And you know what? He’s a nice fucking guy. I find few other writers who are as appreciative or as engaging with their fan base as Wheaton. Fawkes, however, is the anti-Wheaton; it’s Wil’s cathartic equivalent of growing a goatee. We all know a Fawkes, even if you don’t play MMOs. He’s the guy that knows everything and is so insecure he needs to constantly spew forth his random factoids to anyone within ear shot. He’s a fucker so full of delusions of grandeur, he honestly believes telling five people what to do in an imaginary dungeon places him on par with Patton. He’s a dickhole with a festering UTI that is beginning to smell like the Cheesy Beard special of the week. Basically, he’s the guy we can get drawn to, but feel like we need a shower and a rape kit after being with him for five minutes.

When Day’s neurotic but sweet-natured character Codex fell for Fawkes in the web series, I know I was screaming at the screen. The fact that he would ultimately break her heart with his epicurean lifestyle was telegraphed harder than Laura Ingalls talking dirty to Manly. Ultimately, though, she fell for Fawkes and as expected Fawkes broker her heart. Since that season, Fawkes has appeared in THE GUILD from time to time with each reappearance being pathetically sadder than the last. THE GUILD: FAWKES is the final swan song. There’s no lower this guy can go at this point than a warm bath with a sharp razor.

Unlike prior GUILD comic one-shots, this is not lighthearted fare. Past looks at GUILD characters like Zaboo always had a sing-songy feel to them, even going so far as to make a game out of certain objectives in the book, shattering of the fourth wall to the nth degree. FAWKES is grounded in pure reality. We learn more about the man outside the context of Codex and The Game (the generic name used so as not to pay WoW for licensing). And just as expected, he’s kind of pathetic. We can look past the fact he wears a kilt (which contributes to a hilarious literal fall that’s a precursor to his figurative one later); hell, I’ll even look past the fact he’s a philosophy teachers’ aide at community college. What I can’t abide, tolerate, or even understand, is the blind arrogance that fuels him despite life’s pitfalls. I am an eighth the douche that Fawkes is.

Wheaton and Day clearly know dialog. Each pitfall Fawkes falls down is interlaced with philosophical quotes from Voltaire to Gabe Kaplan. You know, since he’s an epicurean philosophy teacher’s aide. I’m also always enamored with the ease in which the dialog flip-flops between real-world speak versus the in-game Tolkien homages. I laughed a lot during this book. Granted it was schadenfreude, but funny none the less.

The art always leaves me a little less than enamored in THE GUILD comics; simply way too cartoony for my taste. Surprisingly, though, this was not the case with Fawkes. Also, Dark Horse broke their mold of their licensed comics creeping me the fuck out by putting photorealistic photos on top of cartoon bodies. The style was comic and actual looked like the folks in the show.

Kudos to all for THE GUILD: FAWKES.


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GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS THE JUNGLE BOOK # 3

Writer: Mark L. Miller
Art: Carlos Granda
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Reviewer: superhero


I have to admit, when I first heard the news that our own fearless leader Ambush Bug was going to be doing a book for Zenescope my heart sank a bit. I’ve been impressed with Bug’s comic writing in the past several years. I particularly liked his Bluewater Comic outing, NANNY AND HANK, and I was hoping that that series would be the opportunity that would open the door for greater comic book writing opportunities for Mark (a.k.a Ambush Bug). He had some good ideas and I was hoping for nothing but the best for him.

Then I heard about him writing a book for Zenescope. Not just any book, but an adaptation of Kipling’s THE JUNGLE BOOK where Mowgli would be gender shifted into the “fairer sex”. As soon as I heard about that I just groaned. I have no real love for Zenescope’s T & A approach to publishing comics. Don’t get me wrong, I love T & A as much as the next guy--but if I want that I’ll just go check out the interwebs. I don’t need to spend three to four dollars on a lame assed fairy tale adaptation where Alice in Wonderland suddenly gets the double “D” treatment. Maybe I’m giving Zenescope the short shrift but I’ve never really liked any of their stuff all that much, despite them using some fantastically talented artists on their books. All in all, when I heard that Mark was going to be doing a book for Zenescope I was worried that he’d sold himself short. That he’d relegated himself to a writer that might not ever be taken seriously if he’d be doing work for Zenescope. In short, I thought that our own beloved Bug was too good for Zenescope.

Well, it turns out I should have had a little more faith in our fearless leader.

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, what we have here is a fantastic comic. Millar has taken a respectable piece of literature, put a twist on it and made it a respectable piece of comic book craftsmanship. I was impressed with the first issue and as the series has moved past its second issue and now into its third I can honestly say that I am beyond impressed. Just glancing at the book’s marvelously produced artwork you can tell that it’s a visually striking book. But, as I stated earlier, Zenescope knows that appealing art is a big part of the battle when it comes to producing comics, so that was something that I expected coming from this comic publisher. What I wasn’t expecting was how much I would love Miller’s take on Kipling’s beloved books.

Yes, it’s true that Mowgli now has “girl parts” but despite the deceptive Dolly Parton-esque character drawings on many of JUNGLE BOOK’s varied covers, Miller’s female Mowglii (how her name is spelled in the comic) is a very respectful take on the original character. This is a powerful lead female character whose purpose is not to titillate but to entertain. There’s a big difference. and no one’s saying that you can’t do both, but by making the new Mowglii less physically bombastic than other Zenescope heroines the argument that making Mowgli a girl just to draw in male viewers is automatically deflated. As a matter of fact, I’d say that this new Mowglii would be a character that many female readers would appreciate—if only it weren’t for those darn covers that are bound to scare off female readership.

This issue finds Mowglii dealing with the repercussions of the Tiger assault upon the Wolves which occurred in the previous issue. Mowglii is out for vengeance, and despite Balloo’s warnings, heads off into the jungle on her own to get medieval on some Tiger ass. On the way she stumbles across a den of monkeys and apes led by Bandar Louis. This is where this issue impressed me the most because it manages to successfully shift the tone of the narrative from one of tragedy to a sort of creepy mirth. The arrival of Louis and his cohorts saves the story from becoming one of just pure vengeance and lightens the mood a bit. By the end of the comic you still feel Mowglii’s sense of loss but the tale has taken an unexpected turn and introduced some fairly charming new characters along the way. The pitfalls of a hardcore girl out for vengeance story are avoided and there were enough interesting developments by the end of this issue that I found myself intrigued in how the rest of the JUNGLE BOOK story would play out.

I would be extremely neglectful in this review if I didn’t write a couple of words about the artists of the book. As I’ve said earlier, the book is beautiful to be sure, but I think that the work being done in JUNGLE BOOK really stands head and shoulders above other work that I’ve seen come out of Zenescope. From the first issue it’s pretty evident that the melding of Carlos Granada’s pencils along with color team Liezl Buenaventura and Tim Yates is a winning combination. The detail in the work here is astounding. This is a very professionally illustrated book and the art here stands among some of the best I’ve seen in comics being done today.

I have to say that I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by JUNGLE BOOK. This issue was particularly enjoyable. It makes me happy to see that I misjudged Ambush Bug’s career path. This is a book that I hope the rest of comicdom will appreciate for the solid work that it is. I hope it offers everyone involved the great opportunities they deserve to be offered and more.


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #686
Marvel Comics


I’m really wishing I’d have sat this “Ends of the Earth” stuff out. I’ve been consistently glazing over at around the third or fourth page of each installment, often struggling to get through just one panel because I can’t stop thinking of other titles in my stack I’d rather be reading, or even rereading. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #686 is better, but not by much (I started thinking about reading MIND MGMT again around page 5), because while we learn the secret behind Doc Ock’s intimidation tactics, and a member of the Sinister Six jumps over to team Spidey, the issue ends with a mix of “been there, done that” and “don’t care, wrap it up already.” Also, while Stefano Caselli is certainly a more than capable artist, just like Slott, he’s definitely been better than this current arc would suggest. I’ve really enjoyed Slott’s work on the series, and I hope he gets back to fun, exciting Spider-Man storytelling soon, but I think we’re going to have to wait until this disappointing story wraps up after the next issue. -
The Dean


THE BIONIC MAN #9
Dynamite Entertainment


So we’ve reached the penultimate issue of Kevin’s Smith’s SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN screenplay. Kevin had said when he original wrote it, the studio said it read like a comic book and Kevin was pleased. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that, but I can see what they meant. An army of cyborgs attacking Washington D.C., ripping tanks apart--not really the tone of the original TV series or books. If you’re OK with that, then this comic book deliveries an entertaining adventure--more so than his GREEN HORNET tale, I feel. The script is peppered with Kevin’s sense of humor, which I enjoy, and I look forward to the final showdown between Hull and Steve. Their first throw down in issues 5 and 6 was good. Jonathan Lau continues his admirable job of penciling. I wish Dynamite had the money for a real inker, though, since I assume some form of Photoshop contrast is proving inks, as it were. While I might not always appreciate Lau’s art style (what I’d consider western figures with a manga flare), his storytelling is always solid. Though I questioned the uses of a body part in the beginning of the issue, where clearly he had other options attached to his uniform, it was still a nice scene. This issue scores a 3 out of 4. – Masked Man


FLASH #9
DC Comics


The writing is good, if a little rushed. The story jumps from beat to beat, not really giving the reader a chance to connect with any of the action. And while Grodd himself comes off well (finally giving him some purpose too), the ending is incredibly rushed. It’s fine, but flawed. What is impressive is that while the writing is well done, Manapul and Buccellato are artists first and foremost. The book looks remarkable--dynamic while still retaining a cartoony approach. The title page is one of the most inventive title pages I’ve seen recently, and quickly covers everything you need to know. The art throughout impresses, between the fluid pencils and the faint but well placed color. FLASH manages to be one of the better New 52 titles on the stands, and while this issue isn’t perfect, it is a solid read. - Henry Higgins is My Homeboy


CAPTAIN AMERICA #12
Marvel Comics


This is the second issue of the month for Cap--curious that he has enough time for all this, with the whole AvsX thing is going on, but I digress. This issue features the big reveal behind the new Scourge. Which, I have to say, I was surprised it happened so quick! With many comic books today, it should have been drawn out for eight issues, at least- but I’m glad it wasn’t. The story behind Scourge I like a lot--interesting angle. The story behind the mask of the Scourge—not as impressed. If you are not a long time reader you will need to look the character up online, and then in both cases you’ll be saying “really?”, though I assume Brubaker wanted someone close to Cap. Overall, the story builds quite nicely, if more for Bravo’s scheme than Cap’s showdown with Scourge, which should be the next issue. Patch Zircher again is the artist, and while he’s got skills, his art reminds me of pre-HELLBOY Mike Mignola, as in it doesn’t look like this guy should be working on a superhero book. He seems more suited to pulp fiction. In the end, this issue scores a 2 out of 4. – Masked Man


I, VAMPIRE #9
DC Comics


I’ve been glossing over a lot of I, VAMPIRE’s problems in its previous eight issues, probably due in large part to my genuine surprise that the series wound up being as good as it’s been. But if I’m being honest with myself, it’s suffered from some pacing/layout issues that made for unnecessary confusion at times. Well I’m happy to say that I, VAMPIRE #9 is probably the most readable issue of the series yet, and really showcases the foundation of what could be a great story involving the messianic Bennet and his nomadic vampire pals. What Fialkolv accomplishes in clarity of storytelling here, Andrea Sorrentino matches in art, and I think the move to a sunnier, more open atmosphere in the Utah deserts does his work more favors than the cramped sewers and Gotham rooftops did – his work is dark enough without effectively shutting the lights off on it in underground layers and Gotham nights. This is a really strong start to a new story from Fialkov and Sorrentino, which should be every bit as good, if not better, than the last. - The Dean



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  • May 30, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    FIRST!

    by JethroBodine

    BITCHEZ!

  • May 30, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    "while Stefano Caselli is certainly a more than capable artist,"

    by NightArrows

    More than capable? He's fucking terrific, that's what he is, and at times, his stuff is downright beautiful. I've really enjoyed this arc for the most part, with the exception of the Avengers being taken out so easily. That was a bunch of 1960's horseshit right there...

  • May 30, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    The Flash

    by NightArrows

    Manapul's art has also been incredible, and suits The Flash just perfectly. This issue was an incredibly let-down though. "Rushed" isn't a strong enough word for it, "afterthought" seems more appropriate. They're supposed to be introducing Grodd to a new-gen of readers and we get one lousy issue? This should have been grander...

  • May 30, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Best Recent Grodd

    by optimous_douche

    Was the Flashpoint one-shot.

  • May 30, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    huh- a review of the jungle book comic- at AICN- imagine that

    by zom-bot.com

  • May 30, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Make that "incredible" let-down

    by NightArrows

  • May 30, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Jungle Book...

    by 3774

    ...my favorite thing about the (comped) first issue was the mother-daughter dynamic. I got a twisted knot of curiosity in my stomach with the last preview posted here, because it looks like she may have died. It'll remain a mystery, because I can't get past those covers. I love the way she's drawn *inside* the comic, though.

  • May 30, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Irredeemable

    by AlienFanatic

    I don't typically read comic books, but for some reason that series caught my eye (as well as Incorruptible) on the Comixology app on my Kindle Fire. Like you, though, I felt the final issue was a non-event. I'm a cheapskate and have generally waited to pay $1.99 instead of $3.99 for the issues. However, I just couldn't wait for the last one so I paid full price, but was immediately sorry. The whole thing felt truncated, somehow, like there wasn't much story left after all of the other 30+ issues. In the end, I thought the ending could have been more, well, involved.

  • May 30, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Stefano Casselli

    by Joenathan

    is great. I loved his work on Secret Warriors. I hope Hickman goes back to Fury once he's done tearing it up on Fantastic Four... which is great.

  • May 30, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Cap

    by Joenathan

    I dropped it a few issues back. It just wasn't working anymore for me.

  • May 30, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Cap

    by NightArrows

    Yeah...I was on-board with Cap, but it lost a LOT of steam.

  • May 30, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Amazing Spider-man is great right now!

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    Great art, cool themes (Peter taking on MORE responsibility, like a lot more). Maybe a little heavy on the guest stars, but this run got me back into Spidey.

  • May 30, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    The Twelve and American Vampire...

    by 3774

    I stumbled across a few back issues of 'The Twelve' yesterday. They were issues 0, 1 and 3 for $1. The retro reprints and cover art were great, so I picked them up (I'm a mindless slave for all things retro). Issue 12 came out recently, so I decided to try and track down the rest, thinking 'how expensive/difficult could it be'? Pretty friggin' difficult, I found out. I wish I was paying more attention and *not* missed them on the shelves since getting back into comics last year. Now it's going to cost me. I've pretty much loved AMVAM! up to issue 11 (I love Pearl), so I picked up the third volume in hardcover. It was a crushing let-down. I loved the first issue in it (Strange Frontier), but hated the rest of it. It had a strong historical pull to me before, but the whole war dynamic-WWII thing was just boring. I loved Felicia Book in the miniseries, but then again - boring WWII dynamic. I think it's because the whole 'crawling around among ordinary society' angle is what appeals to me. I'm not sure what the next volume focuses on, but if it's more war stuff, I'm out.

  • May 30, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    The Twelve

    by Joenathan

    You didn't miss them by not paying attention. They published the first 10 issues 4 or 5 hundred years agao, then JMS did his usual lazy-ass douchebag bullshit and disappeared for several centuries because he sucks balls and THEN they finally put out the last two issues. I think the whole time you've been here was the lull between issue #10 and issue #11

  • First, how on Earth could a superhero spy? They can't cause you're gonna notice the 6 foot plus guy in the corner with a shield on his back. Nick Fury can spy in that James Bond way but even Secret Warriors wasn't spies so much as crazy commando army stuff. I mean Brubaker could probably make Captain America more of a spy but I think that time has sailed since the movies came out and the chances of anything being retooled are out the door for a while. If anything, I almost wish Brubaker had been allowed to do his Tripods attack event he wanted to do. Not cause it would be good. It would be interesting though. Seeing how he tried to shove things into his one plot that he knows. The I'm a tough anti-hero on the run and I'm in deep cover and I don't know which way is up plot. Seriously he has one plot

  • May 30, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    pink..

    by Homer Sexual

    The Twelve is indeed awesome, one of the best reads of recent years, and I am someone who does NOT care for retro. JMS sucks for taking like 4 years to do a 12 issue mini, but now that its all done, keep your eye out for the collected story. As far as Jungle Book, you would indeed be very sad. I was very sad and looking at the preview pages here from #3, the sadness isn't over. But like they say in the review, Mowgli isn't built like Power Girl at all inside the book. It has terrific characterization and I cared about several characters by the end of the first issue.

  • May 30, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Saddly I'm reading Cap cause Brubaker done got Alan Davis on it...

    by Greg Nielsen

    It's also the only place where The Falcon hangs out at for some reason. Way to not share Brubaker

  • May 30, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Simonson on the Avengers

    by Homer Sexual

    I haven't been following AvsX, except for the books I always buy such as Avengers Academy,etc. But a friend gave me all his AvsX books and I just recently read the Avengers, with art by Walt Simonson.... It SUCKED. It honestly reminded me of when Sal Buscema took over Thor way back when and did a bad rip-off of Simonson's style. And OMG was his art ever dated. I was pleased to see the stupid-looking character, Protector, is also Noh-Varr, formerly known as Marvel Boy. Then he went on a date. IN A TIE! Worse yet, he had on SHOES WITH VELCRO CLOSURES! Sorry for all the caps but I was dumbfounded by the horribleness. Maybe Simonson needs to stick with Asgard, etc, because he is so out of touch with current style, I was embarrassed.

  • May 30, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    LOL No Youngblood review...

    by Greg Nielsen

    If anything deserved a full scale write up it was Youngblood. The first book of the extreme relaunch that reminded me that Leifeld had created this stuff and was at the helm. Nothing against Rob but man...this comic was dumb. That might not be his fault. It's written by the guy who wrote Black Swan and that is an incredibly stupid and overrated movie. Although tranny Photon admittedly got a laugh from me. Also what is more diverse than a robot, a tiger man, a tranny, and a bunch of cookie cutter supposedly sexy ladies...does sarcasm come through in typing?

  • May 30, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    um... now that Youngblood sounds kinda good...

    by Homer Sexual

    Cause I love Black Swan. Shouldv'e won the Oscar, totally rewatchable. So many good movies in 2010. Also the crazy casting sounds fun, actually...but Youngblood has too many Liefeld associations, IDK if I could ever bring myself to buy it...

  • ...but after flipping through pages of awful, awful artwork I figured that I'd be happier with my three dollars.

  • It's really not that bad. Like it can clearly go places. But there is so much that is wrong with it. It's a lot like watching Battleship or Sucker Punch where in the right mind set you have a good time cause you are yelling at the scream but eventually you get tired return to normal and get angry and then suddenly you jump back to having fun again. It's an odd experience. You need to try it. I know you have the power to handle it and come out without your soul seared.

  • May 30, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Agreed....

    by 3774

    ...I think when it comes to reviews, I would lean more toward 'Bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic, Black Swan glides on Darren Aronofsky's bold direction – and a bravura performance from Natalie Portman'. But 'LOL stupid and overrated LOL' works as a counterpoint also, I guess. When it comes to Rob Liefeld, I tend to let this review speak for me... http ://tinyurl. com/7bcbe7o There's not much else to say beyond that. Sarcasm is normally the recourse of a weak mind, but that reviewer turns it into a form of high art. BTW: 'tranny'? Really? Is there any chance of moving past 'cunt', 'nigger', 'faggot', 'retard', and 'tranny'? No? I didn't think so.

  • Seriously it'll bring out your creative side.

  • People will probably get all self righteous and douche bag at you.

  • May 30, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    @homersexual...Black Swan is rewatchable but it's also kinda dumb...

    by Greg Nielsen

    I mean clearly she's a playing stereotyped sexual hysterical woman no.1 in the movie. So hysterical she's angrily masturbating with her mom in the room and dreaming of a woman to fulfill her needs or having one night stands in the bathroom. I don't normally read reviews but I'm sure a feminist would be torn on the movie if they liked it in anyway. Although, it is entertaining in that sorta wow they just did that way. Any movie where Winona Ryder stabs herself in the face and Barbara Hershey acts crazy is worth watching once.

  • May 30, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    homer sexual

    by NightArrows

    I'll give Simonson some slack. His THOR run is legendary, and the dude is in his mid-to-late 60s. I don't expect him to be at the top of his form...

  • May 30, 2012, noon CST

    That Hawk and Dove review is awesome

    by NightArrows

    My God. Rob Liefeld is just so fucking terrible. People moan when that is said. They say "He's not that bad, you only pick on him because of the feet thing". No, he IS that bad, the feet aren't even really a big problem, it's everything else; the lack of backgrounds (EVERYTHING is a fucking gradient or a wall, or a wall with a gradient), the same goddamn facial expressions (clenched teeth, yell, closed mouth), the same facial and body traits (how many fucking people have the same hairline/widow's peak???) his complete lack of ability to tell a dynamic visual story (same poses over and over), his lack of ability to understand the human anatomy, the same costumes on every goddamn character, the list goes ON and ON. I read his reply to all the criticisms "One bad Captain America drawing with a large chest and suddenly I'm a terrible artist" (paraphrased). No Rob, that was simply a flag for people to plant on the mountain of SHIT you create. Ugh. Just...ugh. And to think people look UP to this clown, when they should be looking up to those who've attended art school and who have an actual ability to draw and not simply mimic and repeat.

  • But then I remember they made something completely crappy like...well Leifeld stuff and Johns stuff But at the same time no need to be envious and there is market for their work. I'm just not it. And as much as I am loathe to admit it I doubt anyone wants another Rachel Pollack and Ted McKeever Doom Patrol as much as me, which is the ultimate in difficult bargain bin nightmare hunting. But oh so worth it.

  • May 30, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Homer

    by Joenathan

    Noh-Varr is an alien. He doesn't know any better. Marvel Boy was a great series

  • May 30, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    I love Black Swam

    by Joenathan

    Best Aronofsky, hands down.

  • May 30, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    "Big man in a suit of armor - take that away, and what are you?"

    by Snookeroo

    "Stark naked." *snort*

  • May 30, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Liefeld

    by Joenathan

    Here's a hint. Finding a person who says "Liefeld is not that bad" is easy. Just ask the dumbest person with the worst taste in the room to raise their hand

  • May 30, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Youngblood

    by Joenathan

    I didn't even see it on the racks. I must have trained my eyes to gray it out of my vision or something. I did see the big ad DC had advertising his Hawkman, Grifter and Deathstroke series though and all I could think was: Why? Who looks at this ad and goes: "yes!"? Who?

  • May 30, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    @ Nightarrows...

    by 3774

    I read that review, and laughed almost to the point of tears. Then shortly after, read that Liefeld was soon to be placed in charge of not one, not two, but three more books. I cannot fathom, for the life of me, what editors are thinking. He represents part of the cancer that drove me away in the nineties, and that cancer seems to be thriving. It boggles the mind.

  • May 30, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    When it comes to Aronofsky I'm more of a The Fountain guy...

    by Greg Nielsen

    His movies have no sense of humor and because of that it makes sci-fi that is ridiculous way more fun/funny. Did you see Hugh Jackman lick Rachel Weisz sap when she turned into the tree of life and Jackman was an astronaut? Anyone with a sense of humor would not be able to play that scene straight. Black Swan on the other hand is just kinda overboard and I can't buy it. It's half Perfect Blue and half The Red Shoes with lots of skill but none of the substance of those two movies. You get left with a bunch of graphic sex and violence in the service of nothing. It's a bit like Liefeld in that way. Liefeld just isn't as graphic

  • May 30, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Oh hey, comics!

    by Greg Nielsen

  • May 30, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    @olsen twins_fan

    by TheDean

    I'm glad to hear you like it! I was worried the quick pacing and issues coming out like every other week would turn some off the title, which would be a shame because I really like Slott's run on the series other than this so far. It just hasn't felt as epic to me as I think it was meant to, and it's been hard for me to accept the small amount of supporters Spider-Man has gathered here. Also, I agree - too many guests helping him out, which I'm aware is a contradiction to my last statement, but they're getting more attention than I want to see in a Spider-Man comic

  • May 30, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I'm really enjoying Amazing Spider-man

    by xsikal

    ...particularly the Ends of the Earth arc. Sorry it's not the reviewer's cup of tea.

  • May 30, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Irredeemable

    by Hedgehog000

    Was the intent to end the series or did they cancel and rushed the ending to wrap it all up? I thought it was fairly popular but I also know Waid's doing a lot of other stuff.

  • May 30, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    xsikal

    by TheDean

    first of all, I'm a coffee drinker second, don't be sorry! Disagreements can lead to perspective (sometimes) and I've had my mind changed on more than one occasion after having a run or arc shown to me in a different light. Plus I'm pretty excited for the Morbius stuff coming up, and I don't have very long to wait for it

  • May 30, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Irredeemable may have wrapped up early...

    by Greg Nielsen

    I remember a couple of interviews where he was talking about more spin off series other than just Incorruptable. It seems like he's mostly interested in moving into digital distribution and he owns the comic and characters too. So, maybe some time in the future he might do something with them but distribute it digitally.

  • May 30, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Rob Liefeld and Michael Bay should hook up and adapt all EXTREME titles!

    by MOOMBA is HERE

    Hear me out on this one! Has it ever occurred to anyone just how similar Bay/Liefeld are? Both make/made millions out of creating/producing unintelligible/borderline offensive comics/films filled with bad scripts, tits, explosions, uber-violence and lowest common-denominator stupidity! I'd love to see Bay actually adapt Youngblood, BloodStrike, Bloodshot, Bloodvein, ArchBlood Nemesis Bloodfuck into actual films! They'd be blockbusters!

  • May 30, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay is not nearly Leifeld levels of bad...

    by Greg Nielsen

    He did make Bad Boys 1, Bad Boys 2, and The Rock, which are works of Tolstoyian genius in comparison to pretty much most of Youngblood. However, Michael Bay Youngblood would be fun from an again oh wow I can't believe I just saw that stand point. After watching Transformers 3 I hope John Malkovich gets tickled by more weird things. Maybe transexual photon with her photon powers? It wasn't clear in the comic what they can do outside of change genders, fly, and have flame hair. Actually a transexual character could potentially give years of Michael Bay jokes to the over active internet. Oh and War Horse is still worse than anything Michael Bay ever made.

  • May 30, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    With Liefeld on Books At Least

    by optimous_douche

    We know which ones will be cancelled next.

  • May 30, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Pink Am-Vam

    by optimous_douche

    Look where the book has been and see if you can guess the next arc...I'll give you a hint - think chronological temporal order. Greasers baby and it was bad ass

  • May 30, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Putting Liefeld on a book

    by Laserhead

    Is the equivalent of a network burning off the last three episodes of a doomed series at 9:30pm on Friday nights. That's all. Soon he'll realize this is true of all his books. That DC's new 52 lurched toward an aesthetic that seemed to welcome his artistic values is a big indicator of the overall taste governing the reboot's content.

  • May 30, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I cant make the tiny url work.

    by Homer Sexual

    I just copied and pasted but it says it can't be found. Am I doing something wrong?

  • May 30, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Homer...

    by 3774

    ...I added spaces you may have not noticed. Just compress them. If I don't do that, the state-of-the-art programming of this site thinks I'm spamming, and deletes the post...

  • May 30, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Thanks Pink...

    by Homer Sexual

    That made my day. Total giggles in the office. Some might say its hating to point out all that absurdity, but its just so obvious. Actually worse than I thought. The costume changes from panel to panel. HOW can Liefeld still have fans?

  • May 30, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I watched Dark Country on Netflix one time

    by billcom6

    It was pretty fucking awful.

  • May 30, 2012, 10:21 p.m. CST

    yorgo - Ted McKeever is the shit! Love that guy!

    by Jaka

    He should be working ALL. THE. TIME. Rachel Pollack ain't bad, either. Not in my book, anyway.

  • May 30, 2012, 10:24 p.m. CST

    People who didn't live it, like on a weekly basis...

    by Jaka

    ...don't realize how much Rob Liefield had to do with the crash in the 90s. He epitomized everything that was wrong with people getting too, "famous" too fast, leading to subpar work being released months late (with five different variant, exclusive, chromium, etc. covers).

  • May 30, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Superfluous comma

    by Jaka

    Apologies.

  • May 30, 2012, 11:53 p.m. CST

    I bought volumes 1-4 of Iredeemable and vol. 1 of Incorruptible

    by Autodidact

    Then I realized I had spent $100 on this story already and said fuck it. I've always preferred self-contained comics that don't have stories which go on for years. That need to publish with the same characters and settings for years leads to stories that just end up eating themselves and being a bunch of half-assed filler.

  • May 31, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Why do all the DC books say "The New 52!" on them still?

    by Jaka

    I mean, if it's a new book now it's not actually part of "The New 52!", right?

  • May 31, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Man, that Frank Quietly cover on Batman Inc. is NICE

    by Jaka

    That's all. I just love that cover. Quality.

  • May 31, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST

    New 52

    by optimous_douche

    Because new books replace cancelled books -- so kinda sorta technically true.

  • May 31, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Waid

    by Laserhead

    His climax to Irredeemable should definitively place him in the 'hack' category for all time. The series was never REALLY good to begin with, only intriguing at best, and titillating in its displays of evil. But what a limp-dick, soft-shoe, sentimental, cloying piece of bullshit that last issue was (yeah, I talking about the last three pages especially-- just goddawful). SO, to be clear; Mark Waid = juvenile hack. That said, why the fuck do we have THREE Geoff Johns Flash omnibuses, and not ONE Waid? It's the only good thing the man ever wrote, for pete's sake.

  • May 31, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Becasue Waid

    by optimous_douche

    Isn't DC's Chief Creative Officer.

  • May 31, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Waid

    by Hedgehog000

  • May 31, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Oops, Waid again

    by Hedgehog000

    I really liked a book he did called Empire in which a Doctor Doom style villain succeeds in conquering the world.

  • May 31, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Hey

    by Joenathan

    Did I mention how much I liked Super Crooks #2? I liked it. I liked it a lot.

  • June 1, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Snookeroo

    by HiWayRobry

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha. That was funny! On a pretty much unrelated note, I have issues with panic attacks and agoraphobia so I haven't been to a movie in years. But I forced myself to go see The Avengers. And all hyperbole aside, and taking into consideration my full-on geekness, it was the best movie I've ever seen. Better than Aliens, better the John Carpenter's The Thing, better than Blade Runner. It was a movie I never in my entire life I'd ever thought could be made. But it was. Kudos to Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios.