Friday, December 14, 2007 - Soon Van
Transformers Soundwave bust - sculpted by Art Asylum - with Laserbeak
Season of the year again and the music festivals are all about with concerts and gigs and whatnot rocking out and bleeding those ear drums. Homebake
, Peats Ridge Festival
, and upcoming not that far away, the Big Day Out
Six inches in the mosh pit with Art Asylum fingers all over it like a sweat drenched singlet. Laserbeak on the shoulder to pick up some of them bootlegs that tapes are well known for back in the day. Back when bootlegging was all about sticking a Bic pen into the wheels of the cassettes.
Soundwave of the Decepticons and a bust full of pressure to stand well along the album shelves. Ultimate boom box friend (who carries that around anymore) in a world of iPods and defunct Zunes.
Given his status as a team player in the villainous side ofTransformers, his favourite music style may very well be a mix of metal and old timey sounding songs. Maybe a smattering of Cannibal Corpse, Queen and Iron Butterfly? Certainly nothing with The Pipettes
save for the quieter times away from the battlefield.
What's playing on your mix tape this summer?
Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - Tom
Howard the Duck #1 (of 4) - by Ty Templeton and Juan Bobillo
Howard the Duck is back in a new limited series. Once a duck always a duck, not the case back in 2002 (MAX series) where Howard the Duck was actually a rat/mouse. Now the three-foot-tall witty feather-head returns as a duck with Beverly to rage war against the media, who will win?
Grab your guns and camcorders and start shooting, it's DUCK SEASON! Marvel's favorite furious fowl, Howard, and his faithful friend with benefits, Beverly, begin their journey to destroy the internet, radio and television, in this all new mini-series by Ty Templeton (She-Hulk) and Juan Bobillo (She-Hulk). See Howard face mighty hunters with mighty guns on MeTube! See Beverly in nothing but fig leaves! See grown men dressed as bunnies! And who is that giant headed guy taking A.I.M. at our heroes? HINT: It starts with "MODO—" Just when you thought it was safe to read comics again…and Marvel has to do THIS?!?
Howard the Duck was created in 1973 by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik; first appearance in 'Adventure into Fear' as a secondary character in that comic's Man-Thing feature.
Other Comics to Keep an Eye Out for this Week:
From IDW Publishing; Transformers 'Devastation' #1, following straight from the Escalation series comes 'Devastation', from the title alone we know there is going to be some major action between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Go... Autobots!!! Written by Simon Furman with art by E.J. Su.
Also from IDW Publishing; Beowulf #1 (of 4), in conjunction with the upcoming computer-animated movie. This weekly series adapted by Chris Ryall and Gabriel Rodriguez (Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show) based off an epic poem by Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Roger Avary and Robert Zemeckis. Beowulf movie commences in the theatres on November 29th. (trailer and details).
DC showcases; Metamorph Year One #1 (of 6), written by Dan Jurgens (Booster Gold); Art by Jurgens and Jesse Delperdang; Covers by Kevin Nowlan. Rex Mason is Metamorph, see what adventures he gets up to before he become an Outsider in this limited mini series.
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 accidentally 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 Luther, 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.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - Tom
Daredevil #100; writer: Ed Brubaker; artists: Michael Lark, John Romita Sr and more
One of Marvel's sometimes overlooked comic book hero. Lawyer by day and Super hero by night in Hell's kitchen. Although he copes with blindness, he has heightened senses far beyond any human being. The man without fear continues to be a strong and likable character.
Daredevil was recently voted the best continuing or limited series and also Ed Brubaker was voted best writer for the book in this years 20th Harvey Awards. Former writers of DD include: Frank Miller (Sin City), Kevin Smith (Clerks), Bob Gale (Back to the Future) and Brian Michael Bendis. Daredevil was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett (with Jack Kirby) in 1964.
Daredevil fights for his life, facing his own worst nightmares come true! In a star-studded, triple-sized 100th issue, a red-hot roster of guest artists joins penciler Michael Lark to bring Matt Murdock's history as the Man Without Fear to life, while DD struggles against that which he fears most! Don't miss the first chapter of the groundbreaking third arc by Brubaker and Michael Lark - "Without Fear" begins with a bang! Featuring guest artists John Romita Sr., Gene Colan, Lee Bermejo, Alex Maleev, Marko Djurdjevic and more!! Daredevil #100 is due out this week.
From DC, JLA Wedding Special #1; written by Dwayne McDuffie, art by Mike McKone & Andy Lanning and cover by Ed Benes. Dwayne McDuffie debuts as the new on-going writer for the JLA series. In this issue a wedding looms and bachelor parties are thrown, the new Injustice League forms. Find out who will be on this deadly team!
The wait is over for Groo fans, Groo is celebrating 25 years of joy. Groo 25th Anniversary Special will be 56 pages of humor by writer Mark Evanier and art by Sergio Aragones, published by Dark Horse comics.
From IDW, The Transformers: Best of UK: Dinobots #1 is a six part mini series, reprinting classic tales from Marvel UK with all new covers drawn by Nick Roche. Everybody likes Dinobots!!!
DVD of the Month
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme. Pretty much the best animated movie so far to come out of Marvel Animated Features. Starting from the beginning of Dr Strange's tale, where he was a gifted surgeon, being in an accident that damaged his surgical hands, searching for a cure and then becoming the Sorcerer Supreme. Four out of five spuds!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - Soon Van
All-Flash #1; writer Mark Waid; art by Karl Kerschl, Ian Churchill, Manuel Garcia, Joe Bennett and Daniel Acuna
Toilet humour and jokes about the can are just so very much the chunky rolls floating in the pond after they drop the kids off at school. Yes, so very dry and droll that. Never the quick.
Who is is Wally West, back again to show all those others who is the fastest to the can in a split of the whiff.
The aftermath of THE FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #13. The Fastest Man Alive's world changes forever!
All Flash #1 from DC Comics
One name for the them, but not any more and it's a burger meal to The Order
. Matt Fraction and Barry Kitson play here in the fifty state initiative after the Civil War. Get up and take a bill to split in three fours.
Christos Gage and Mike Lilly go for the win in Annihilation: Conquest - Quasar
Scarface: Devil in Disguise
got some bone with Joshua Jabcuga and Alberto Dose riding in the back seat and looking to knock down some more white and not-so right.
A very special Blossom and here's Paul Jenkins and Steve Lieber with Thunderbolts: Desperate Measures
. T-Bolt against T-Bolt and the fingers start flicking a coin to the bottle by the wall.
Eating a meat pie in the sun with a jab of tomato sauce under the skin and that's a lunch time meal. Play time now for Super-Villain Team-Up/M.O.D.O.K’s 11
with Fred Van Lente and Francis Portella on the red stuff to watch.
Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard slam all kinds of furs and hair and pelts in The Astounding Wolf-Man Director's Cut
. Taking that from before for free and lining up with the stuffing for a juicy morsel on the dinner table. For those who enjoy eating wolf.
Simon Furman and Nigel Raynor take the killing machines from 800, 1000, past the X and into the lazy eights with Terminator 2: Infinity
Jim Lawson and Bill Moulage pay no heedance for the four water with Tales of Raphael: Bad Moon Rising
. Cold enough and the shoulders shrink into the neck now. Where is the neck now?
Super fun unhappy time getting the knock back but still hitting the treadmill for the shoulders to slump. Sidekick: Super Summer Sidekick Special
with Paul Jenkins and Chris Moreno kicking about the line crew.
Peter Milligan and C.P. Smith squeeze the round ones twelve times in The Programme
. Cold war kids getting a little bit of the toasty-toasty in the tanning bed. And the timer goes ding with an easy bake for obliteration.
Lose all feeling in the shoulders with a cut mix of horror, fantasy and science fiction, and all names of artists in Gene Simmons House of Horrors
. Sean Taylor, Jon Alderink, Dwight L. MacPherson, Grant Bond, Tom Waltz, Estevez Polls, Chris Ryall, Steph Stamb, Leah Moore, John Reppion and Jeff Zorrow cooking in the pot made with the bones and tones of an old lady eating a candle made of redone battery acid.
Arvid Nelson and Matt Camp hunt the runts of a dystopic future in Zero Killer
. Six for the wall at home and a nice collection of their hides to show the what-for perry pip in metal slugs.
Transformers Timeslines Summer Special
Just a question, do you know what happens when you lick cold metal in a chilly air?
Trade of the week
Eddie Edison works two jobs. One is to schlep pizzas about the place while the other is being a Sidekick
. There is pain, there is gain, there is much to the funny and sucker punch. Like a swift kick to the groin perhaps? With saucy mustard onions on the side? Yes.
- the order,
- wolf man,
- ninja turtles,
- house of horrors,
- zero killer
Monday, July 2, 2007 - Soon Van
Thor #1; writer: J. Michael Straczynski; pencils: Olivier Coipel; inks: Mark Morales; colours: Laura Martin
Feels like watching bad Shakespeare at times when listening to the Norse god speak in a tongue outside of his weather region. As if licking too long on the rocks at the bottom of that mug of mead, in moderation.
Not a clone! Not a robot! Not an imaginary story! The God of Thunder is officially BACK! You've waited for it, you've demanded it... and we say thee YEA!
The Odinson comes roaring to life in this highly anticipated ongoing series by red-hot superstars J. Michael Straczynski (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Olivier Coipel (HOUSE OF M)! But how does a god return from Ragnarok? And what place will he find in a world torn by CIVIL WAR?
Thor #1 from Marvel Comics
Two hands on the cups with Lady Death Sacrilege
from Brian Pulido and Daniel HDR. Up against the church looking to expand like those little squares in Sim City that turn nothing back over in city taxes.
Stuart Moore and Tyler Kirkham swing the arms of the four door cars and the crew with a breakout on their hands in New Avengers/Transformers
. What a team up... really? War breakouts out in masses of zits on a first date.
Sounds a bit different with Fred Van Lente and Gurihiru heading four periods in school with Fantastic Four and Power Pack
. Bullies? Bullies? Well, bully to you. Kids at play it seems.
Six of the unknown and shady are what comes from Mike Carey and Jock on Faker
. There, not there, like listening to the other end of a phone go into a waterfall.
Tony Bedard, Paulo Sequeira and Amilton Santos and Black Canary
make four. And how about that with a keyboard where the letters keep transposing themselves? Not easy. The League of Assassins are picking up on Sin, but it's not going to be all nice and knifey.
Jeph Loeb and John Cassaday finally place the lid of the coffin closed in Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America - Iron Man
. Boy scout of the flag takes it away and the man pretty much responsible faces the facts with the rest of the Marvel Universe.
Hardcover collection of the week
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter - Volume 1: Guilty Pleasures HC
- vampires, werewolves, zombies and other things of the undead. Watching out for their own maggot infested backs as the rogues are on the hunted mark from Blake herself. Of course, she's not without her own cause to look over her shoulder. Try holding down a door with this collection as the encroaching forces look to eat more brains.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - Soon Van
Transformers: Megatron Origin; written by Eric Holmes with art by Alex Milne
One thing to come out of the upcoming Transformers movie directed by Michael Bay is all the left over shards of metal from the faces and chassis - that's odd looking for a plural - from the look and style of the Transformers of the cartoon and comics. They sure do look different to their counterparts, ever so drastically. Ah, but an Autobot or Decepticon will leak motor fluid all the same no matter what the plastic surgeon will have them think of the mirror.
Before allegiance, rank and function—before war—a civilian will become a warrior, a warrior will become a leader. As a leader he will learn of the most powerful weapon on the planet—a weapon powerful enough to bind legions to his will—a faction named DECEPTICON.
This landmark story brings the major players of the faction together for the first time in a seminal story for MEGATRON, the DECEPTICONS, and THE GREAT WAR.
Transformers: Megatron Origin from IDW Publishing
Loosen the britches on the pants of justice and it's about 30 creators gone nuts and garlic on The Tick's 20th Anniversary Special Edition
. And in that cadre is creator Ben Edlund himself in the blue juice where the mayhem is about the big blue one gone through various eyes.
Paul Dini and Kenneth Rocafort escort Madame Mirage
thought a killer party. Or is that a party with a killer? Well, it certainly don't have The Killers at the party. Party on, Wayne!
Brian Lynch and Franco Urru rub the vampiric felt of muppet land in Spike: Shadow Puppets
. Four padded walls and William the Bloody is super fuzzy in his puppet incarnation. But how about his poetry? As cuddly?
Ben Avery and Mike S. Miller adapt George R.R. Martin's Hedge Knight: Sworn Sword
. Following up from the first, it's like the flavour of the sensation as the sequels aren't all out there on the big movie screens. Six slices of the fantasy pie.
The Old Witch is back for more Tales from the Crypt
. Rob Vollmar, Marc Bilgrey, Jim Salicrup, Tim Smith III, Mr. Exes and Rick Parker bring the corpses back after 50 years and the rotting flesh is just slopping on the counter top. Smell it.
Marc Bernadin, Adam Freeman and Lee Garbett shoot the long lead of five chambers with the Highwaymen
. Special ops, clean up crews, and a whole lot of mess that needs some hearty and covert scrubbing to swipe clean.
Rick Spears and Rob G snatch the blank bank with a first of five as they go Repo
. Find the clone, snatch the clone, should be easy right? Like eating passionfruit without peeling it.
Fred Van Lente and Scott Koblish unleash The Weapon
. Money makes a man create things out of thin air and an ancient society sniffs out the rival competition, looking to douse it by the end of the four. Fear the chilblains!
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