Friday, February 22, 2008 - Soon Van
Hulk mini bust from Bowen Designs - sculpted by Randy Bowen
Jade Jaws, he of the purple pants that stay on despite sudden explosions in the shorts region, represents the green monster in all of us. No, not the one about envy or jealousy. That's another green monster for another discussion at another unspecified time. It's the monstrous outrage in life and grabbing it by the cojones.
From Bowen Designs
, this mini bust
is sculpted by Randy Bowen himself. Also out in a grey version that isn't of the Mr Fixit hat and tie.
Hulk, the alter-personality of Bruce Banner, doesn't hold much in terms of patience. But see the size of his hands though? Means he can hold a lot in his palm. Big stomach for life with a monkey grip stronger than an orangutan. Like hours and hours cranking that hand-flex hand-muscle-crunch-thing strong.
Take to life like Hulk takes to puny humans. Smash it open and run wild.
Life, not just a movie starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Soon Van
The Darkness #1; writer: Phil Hester; art: Michael Broussard; cover: Marc Silvestri, Dale Keown, Stjepan Sejic
Ah, Jackie. Where have you been all this time? Last seen probably being in that thick phone book collection of the series previous. What a mega whopper that was. Imagine trying to read it without cracking the spine. Cracking spines however, not that far from the job description of some meat head killer. Not an assassin.
Following in the wake of the hugely successful The Darkness video game and the summer's smash hit, First Born, The Darkness returns in a brand new ongoing series by Phil Hester (Deep Sleeper, Green Arrow) and Michael Broussard (Unholy Union)!
Irrevocably changed by the events of First Born, Jackie Estacado has relocated to the secluded nation of Sierra Mu?oz. But every paradise has dark secrets under the surface. And what does the mysterious Professor Kirchner stand to gain by allying himself with Jackie?
Don't miss the next great chapter of the Darkness mythos beginning with an oversized first issue featuring bonus pages of story and art!
The Darkness #1 from Top Cow
Other comics to eyeball this week
Top Cow are also squeezing The Angelus: Pilot Season
from their teat. Ian Edington and Stjepan Sejic test the waters with a one shot that may or may not continue on after the experiment is over. Who knows.
Marvel pump some Ultimate Iron Man II
, glistening with Orson Scott Card and Pasqual Ferry flexing their WD40. Four reps and the untold origin of the Ultimate version of Stark gets the continuation that is pretty much the norm of the other half of an origin story.
Wildstorm grab John Doran and check out the ashen world with Christos Gage, Leandro Fernandez and Francisco Paronzini in Stormwatch PHD: Armageddon
DC Green is to be seen with the chase for fate as Ron Marz and Michael Lacomb deliver Tales of the Sinestro Corps Presents: Ion
. Who wears the spandex in this relationship Rayner? Whoever it is, remember the talc.
Alan Foreman and Travel Foreman trip aside with the tiny feet and all that in Countdown Presents The Search for Ray Palmer: Red Son
. Lots be out a lookin' but hardly any are a picking.
Peter Brandvold, Sergio Aragones, John Severin go old to make it new again in the wild west with Bat Lash
. Six bullets in the chamber and the whole of the start is made fresh and filled with sandy once again. Ride high with the noose around the neck.
Image launch an attack of the pachyderms in Elephantmen: War Toys
. Richard "Starkings" Starkings and Justin "Moritat" Norman go toe to toe to hoof as Africa and China go to war on the battlefield of Europe.
Mario Gully and Marco Turini bring back Hannah and go Ant: Unleashed
. Poor girl/woman wants to walk away and just lead a normal life. Oh, but it's not long before the red suit comes crawling back out right?
JT Krul and Carlos Rafael clash the blades in Highlander: Way of the Sword
. Right before the first movie, and all about Ramirez's sword. Fancy ivory that. Nothing like that McCartney and Jackson song decades back.
Kevin Fahey and Jonathan Lau scratch the back with Battlestar Galactica: Origins
. All about the histories and back stories and who else but the good doctor Gaius Baltar gets the first seat. And Six is not far behind his brain.
Trade of the week
Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows bring it with Chronicles of Wormwood: Last Enemy
. Danny Wormwood is having all the troubles of modern man, his TV shows have issues, he cheats on his wife, and his rabbit talks back to him. But this poor sod also has to deal with the fact that his dad is Satan himself and Pope Jacko and the Catholic church are also raising Hell.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - Tom
Green Arrow and Black Canary; written by Judd Winick; art by Cliff Chiang
Here comes Green Arrow/Black Canary #1, following from Green Arrow/Black Canary 'Wedding Special', this new series will feature Connor Hawke (son of the original Green Arrow) and everyone's favorite girl in black fishnet stockings Black Canary. The two are joining forces to track down who shot Ollie. This will be the beginning of two in their tales; Dead Again: part 1 "Here comes the bride".
The new Green Arrow/Black Canary team investigates the shocking results of the Wedding of the Century in an all-new adventure that brings the Star City-crossed lovers together! Written by Judd Winick (Formerly on Outsiders, Barry Ween); Art and cover by Cliff Chiang (Human Target).
Other Comics to Keep an Eye Out for this Week:
From "the House of Ideas" Marvel presents; X-Men: Die by the Sword #1 (of 5) , Writer Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men from 1975-1991); Artist Juan Santacruz brings together the parallel jumping Exiles and Excalibur to team-up to try to stop the world from being destroyed (nothing new that the X-Men can't handle).
Also from Marvel Comics; Part two of 'One More Day' continues in; Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man #24, who will Peter lose out of the storyline? Written by J. Michael Straczynski (Amazing Spider-Man); Art by Joe Quesada (EIC of Marvel). Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man #24 will ship in two covers (50-50 split), one by old school cover by Quesada and the Mary Jane cover by Marko Djurdjevic.
Dynamite Entertainment brings; Sword of Red Sonja: Doom of the Gods #1, Writer Luke Lieberman; Art Lui Antonio (debut). The follow up from the four part mini series Red Sonja vs. Thulsa Doom.
Out of Dark Horse Comics; Umbrella Academy #1 (2nd printings) by Gerard Way, will be available this week for those of you that have missed out.
DVD of the Month
Superman Doomsday animated movie, from producer and director Bruce Timm (who brought Batman: 'The Animated Series' and Justice League Unlimited). Based off the comic series 'The Death of Superman', by Dan Jurgens.
'When Lexcorp accidently unearths the intergalactic serial killer Doomsday, Superman battles the creature head-on in the fight of his life. The world collectively mourns it's fallen hero; humanity realise it will never feel truly safe again. Superman's enemies rejoice - all but Lex Luthor, who grieves the loss of his own demented manner, setting off a chilling chain of events that even he couldn't have foreseen'.
Starring Adam Baldwin (Firefly) as the voice as Superman, James Marsters as Lex Luthor (Buffy) and Anne Heche as reporter Lois Lane.
Trade of the week
Invincible Vol 1 'Family Matters'; Co-created and written by Robert Kirkman (Marvel Zombies & Walking Dead); Art by Corey Walker and also co-creater. "Probably the best superhero comic book in the universe!". If you haven't read or heard about Invincible, it's time you check it out. The first trade contains the first four issues. The story follows a boy named Mark whose dad is a well known superhero (Superman-ish), eventually Mark discovers he has his own powers and the adventure begins. Like Spider-Man, Invincible deals with teenage turmoil and the responsibility of trying to be a superhero. 5 out of 5 spuds!!!
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.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - Soon Van
Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special; written by Geoff Johns, art by Ethan Van Sciver and Dave Gibbons
Winter and the loss of a yellow sun makes for freezing hours. Cold and shivering, makes for stretching out all across the day a more important task lest the muscles curl up a ball. Now, put those arms outside and reach for the wide.
The stellar creative team of the sell-out GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH miniseries — Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver — reunites for an extra-sized Special, igniting an intergalactic war that will explode in the pages of GREEN LANTERN and GREEN LANTERN CORPS!
Hal Jordan has struggled to regain his reputation. Kyle Rayner has suffered great personal loss and reluctantly gained great power. Guy Gardner's trust in the Guardians is wavering. John Stewart's unbreakable loyalty soon will be tested. Together, these four men are the Green Lanterns of Earth... but why are so many Earthmen recruited into the Corps? What is their ultimate rolel in the future of the universe? And how will the secret of the rings' power threaten the Guardians and affect Hal Jordan's future?
Sinestro was called the "greatest" of the Green Lanterns; now the renegade has vowed to bring terror to the universe he once protected. The worst murderers, thieves and deviants in the universe have gathered into Sinestro's Corps for one purpose: to instill great fear. Armed with the truth behind Parallax, Sinestro's intergalactic insurgents strike hard and fast at the very heart of the Green Lantern Corps. The Sinestro Corps is about to change everything you know about the Green Lanterns. Fear them. Everyone else will.
Plus, a 6-page backup story by Johns and Dave Gibbons (GREEN LANTERN CORPS, WATCHMEN) — "The Origin of Sinestro"!
Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special from DC Comics
Talk a tale of six notes on World War Hulk: Front Line
. Paul Jenkins and Ramon Bachs are on the sidelines watching on and reporting with the Bugle to the devastation and evacuation as the Hulk goes on a rampage of revenge.
Christos Gage and Andrea DiVito smash grab with World War Hulk: X-Men
. Three fingers here and they all point to getting some pay back on Professor X. And of course, it's not going to be easy. Does it get greasy?
Everything old is scrubbed up with steel wool, spit polished and made new again. Transformers Magazine
brings back the old tales from the ever battling war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. There's a movie about without Bumblebee out soon, miss it, watch it, either way, be wary of cars what fall apart.
Let's all hunt them down until they're all gone and that's the Snake Woman: Tales of the Snake Charmer
for you. Zeb Wells and Vivek Shinde with a walk on to deliver the 68 in need of good byes to say their sighs. And working shoulders in the cold hurts a lot.
Vince Hernandez and Sean Galloway are on a single shot of salt water with Fathom: Killian's Tide
Five swings from the jungle vine and that's Sheena
to you. Robert Rodi and Matt Merhoff and the jungle queen go a hunting for some heads in the take down of forests and Gucci purses.
One grimm fairy tale takes a venture back on seven samples for a Return to Wonderland
. Raven Fregory and Rich Bonk fall down the rabbit hole in this where Alice's daugther sees for herself the land what drove her mad.
Mike Carey. Humberto Ramos and Chris Bachalo bring down the house of that bald guy in X-Men #200
. Gambit is back and looking to double down on some hurt against the X-Men. Marauders included. Watch out for the trick card.
Trade paperback of the week
Smash a vamp with Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Omnibus Volume 1
. From the first series, when the show was on and not of the run of the show as it is now that it isn't on. Pretty much runs alongside the show back when the living daylights of it were corpsing a mass scene on the TV.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - Soon Van
The Brave and The Bold #1; written by Mark Waid, art by George Perez and Bob Wiacek
Watch enough day time soaps and the time slip cracks aplenty with the wash of nothing clear. Turmoil, bickering, two hams fisting the air and it's all quite academic if not for the interplay which really proves the hook for the bait.
The greatest team-up title of all time is back! A proud DC tradition is restored as writer Mark Waid (52, SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES) and legendary artists George P?rez (THE NEW TEEN TITANS, CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) and Bob Wiacek (ORION) put Batman and Green Lantern on the trail of what could be the greatest weapon in the DCU!
The trail leads to Ventura, the gambling planet--wanna bet what'll happen if they don't get their hands on the weapon?
This issue will feature two covers by George P?rez, Cover A spotlights Batman; Cover B spotlights Green Lantern!
The Brave and The Bold #1 from DC Comics
Sean McKeever and Terrell Bobbett flush the start of Spider-Man Family
with the new part of the old cart. Reprints, thick count and a swag to swing the bimonthly of another Spider-Man title.
As Jim Carrey will tell you, Dr Pepper has not 19 flavours, but 23. And 23 is a number which can drive you crazy. This has no relation other than issue number to Powers #23
from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming through ICON.
Collecting and colouring the series which appeared first in Japan, Witchblade Takeru Manga
from Top Cow, Yasuko Kobayashi and Kazasa Sumita. A school girl in a monastery, the witchblade and colour. Like metal long enough and it starts to give a taste.
Image takes a swift kick into the ET nads as Invincible #39
from Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley shows up with an alien force looking to make the denizens of Earth their slaves. For when you want superheroes with a bit of joy about them.
Mike Carey, Skottie Young and Greg Land unleash the creep in Legion of Monsters: Werewolf By Night
from Marvel Comics. First of a triad features the hairy one what runs around at full moons howling and a scratching at the door to be let in again.
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