Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - Soon Van
Urban Monsters #1 (of 3); written by Will Wilson & Joanne Moore with art by Tone Rodriguez
"Imagine a real world with mutations all around us, these people would be the new minority group. They would have all the crappy jobs -- the kind of stuff we "normal" people wouldn’t want to do. So these people would be the plumbers, the doormen, taxi drivers... you get the idea. So where can a monster go and get a little respect?
Heck, monsters have been working in the movies for decades. But now the monsters aren't made, they are regular folks. They just have an affliction -- something that makes them look a little different from you and me. And that’s our story. These guys want their piece of the pie. They're moving on up, but not up to a deluxe apartment in the sky. They want to head out West, to the land of make believe... Hollywood California."
- artist Tone Rodriguez on Urban Monsters #1 (of 3) from Image Comics
Other comics to eyeball this week
Annja Creed jumps the mediums with Barbara Kesel and Renae De Liz to find trouble around a dig on Samuel Clemens in Rogue Angel: Teller of Tall Tales
. Dig for it in the "R" titles of the far wall when you walk in the shop.
Got Bone? Jeff Smith returns to creating wholly in his own juice squirts with RASL
. Dimension hopping art thief made of one half zen, one half user and abuser of the seedy sports in life. Look for this in black and white in the "R" titles of the far wall also.
Warren Ellis, Mike Wolfer and Raulo Caceres bring back the "Strange Kiss" world in Gravel
. William Gravel gets messy in the magic part of his world and piles up the shell casings like spent waffle from the iron, dripping with syrup and looking to wrap those arteries up well and good. Shoot a look for this one in the "G" spot of the far wall.
Chad Lambert, Chad Hardin and Jake Bilbao squeeze between the cheeks of the two games (both being "groundbreaking" that there's nothing left to stand on but sand) of the franchise to slot in BloodRayne: Prime Cuts
. Cup a "B" section of the comics wall.
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are back with more Criminal in Criminal 2
. Thicker with more stuff to read and peel your lime-ridden eyeballs over. Second chance in hell they call it. And the title of it too. Yes, this line is largely redundant. In the "C" section of the Marvel comics side.
Didn't like the do of the second Terminator sequel? Then rejoice with apprehension as the familiar name of the director takes to comics in Jonathan Mostow's The Megas
. Apparently, it's not the one about the cartoon. Who knows what the solicit is talking about. Right near the horror statues and busts cabinet with the rest of the Virgin Comics, you'll spot this.
When you see Mark Millar and a title with unrecognisable characters, you know it's part of his Millarworld project. Kick-Ass
is no different. John Romita Jr on with the board on this and the cover of the first issue looks like a bloody punch indeed. Gloves not so bad for getting blood off the hands then. Find this one in the Marvel section with the "K."
Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - Soon Van
World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #1; writer: Frank Tieri; pencils: Carlos Ferreira, inks: Sandu Florea, colours: Wil Quintana
Eat enough of your greens and your skin will not come to shine in the same hue or sheen. Clearly there must be a better way to have green skin outside of being blasted with gamma rays in the Marvel Universe. Body paint just won't do.
The Hulk. The Abomination. The Leader. The Harpy. Doc Samson. Born of gamma radiation, they represented a new chapter of humanity. Now, spawned through their respective DNA has come the next generation... the Gamma Corps. Recruited and trained by the enigmatic General Ryker, their mission is a simple one -- to kill the Incredible Hulk.
And considering he's facing 5-1 odds, is that a mission even this new and improved version of the Green Goliath can prevent?
World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #1 from Marvel Comics
Making up for lost time in the reading line leaves Civil War Chronicles
to pick up run into one long connection of the many and the disparate parts of the comics event told in seven parts with hangers on.
Nothing to do with tuberculosis here as Asa Shumskas-Tait, Dennis Budd and Joe Caramanga get Consumed
. Love is a battlefield and on this plane, a demon has sights for a possession.
Mike Carey and Dean Hyrapiet hit New Orleans and reawaken the spirits in Nicolas Cage's Voodoo Child
. Oh how cold it is to be ice in the veins and a tuft of hair to control the doll.
Roy Thomas and Hugo Petrus adapt The Man In The Iron Mask
by Alexander Dumas. Where a lowly prisoner in the Bastille is none other than the twin brother of King Louis XIV. No Leo here for those who were wanting that other adaptation.
Andy Diggle and Jock strip it bare and back for Green Arrow: Year One
. One man and his arrow, many others and their guns. Fade to mayhem.
Four corners and Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Kyle Hotz hit it up on Annihilation: Conquest: Wraith
. Spanking with the brand shiny, a character, a life and a warrior new to the working out of shoulders that are frozen solid into a hunch.
Slicing a cut in two listening to Friday the 13th: Pamela's Tale
. Marc Andreyko and Shawn Moll peel the layer behind Jason Vorhees' mum, Mrs Vorhees. Yes, that is Pamela.
Anita Blake - Vampire Hunter: The First Death
with Laurell K. Hamilton, Jonathon Green and Wellinton Alves takes two steps into the start of it all, with the first drip of red and that's not into a goblet.
Troy Wall, Mario Guevara, Juan Vlasco, Juanmar slam with three cherry lips with BloodRayne: Red Blood Run
. Not happy when it's raining down in Mexico and see if you can pick up the reference here.
Hit it with the digits as the Fantastic Five
return for a shot of the sun. Tom DeFalco, Ron Lim and Scott Koblish go rah-rah and that is so out of place as they split, run up and jumble into a mix with each other.
Trade of the week
From Marvel it's The Irredeemable Ant-Man: Volume 1: Low-Life
by Robert Kirkman and Phil Hester. Superhero powers? Why settle to choose between either good or evil? How about a bit of the selfish and the greasy underhand? It's all about taking care of number one here, and that means looking out for no-one else.
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