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.
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.
Thursday, March 29, 2007 - Soon Van
Fathom: Kiani #1; written by Vince Hernandez, pencils by Marcus To, inks by Saleem Crawford
And to which it seems like the heat of the freezing months will soon be upon us after the end of Daylight Savings.
Caught out in the sun for that extra hour? Looks like not a bad idea now to have taken a drink of sunscreen. Now it just oozes out SPF 30+.
The threat of annihilation from the humans has subsided, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake. Now alone in solitude, the Elite Blue warrior Kiani struggles to come to grips with the shattered pieces of the war's aftermath, yet the profound truth she discovers will forever change her existence.
Continuing directly from the pages of Fathom Volume 2, Kiani's own series begins here, and the world of Fathom will never be the same again!
Fathom: Kiani #1 from Aspen MLT
First thing that quashes the mind is Matt Huynh's alias
in thinking of Miscellaneous Adventures of Stykman
. Certainly not the local, but a satirical take on the blooming muscle world of superheroes from Jonnie Allen. And yes, the thought does go big blue a little. That's a reference to The Tick by the way.
will see the terrorists turn into demons and vampires. Because they suck enough energy and blood from the world, let's get physical, the mind is swimming in sleeplessness. Shamik Dasgupta and Ruben are laying in the thick globules of terror.
Everybody takes a choke hold on the lasso with Wonder Woman #6
pulling it tight. Novelist Jodi Picoult gets in the head of Diana Prince as Drew Johnson and Ray Snider cover the skin.
Bring on the hurt, bring on the pain, it's a family kind of affair in a different feel in Fantastic Four #544
. Dwayne McDuffie, Paul Pelletier and Rick Magyar check out the new swap of the F4 quad as Black Panther and Storm slip in where Reed and Sue have voided. Left that is.
For those who missed out on the first pick up with the hoopla, and the furore and the "oh-my-gourd! it's all sold out!" and all, Captain America #25
is back again on the shelves. How soon is now, Smiths? Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting on point.
Once more, with feeling and it's Buffy the Vampire Slayer
again on the shelves for those who were napping during the day time with the rest of the vamps. Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty and Andy Owens running in the stake pack.
Monday, March 12, 2007 - Soon Van
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1; written by Joss Whedon, pencils by Georges Jeanty, inks by Andy Owens
Conventional door handles suggest that promotion of other people's names would mean the clothes you're wearing, which bear the big logos, would be cheap. And that anything boutique, really boutique, like your own moniker, would be more expensive.
Not so, as it's pretty much a premium to wear a logo it seems. And finding people to walk around with your name, not so easy to find.
Unless they think you're dead.
Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers--newly legion--have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything's fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains...
Buffy creator Joss Whedon brings Buffy back to Dark Horse in this direct follow-up to season seven of the smash-hit TV series.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Dark Horse Comics
Score one for the inability to keep to a schedule as the woman with the armour bracelets switches into a totally different gear in Wonder Woman #5
. Will Pfeifer and Jean Diaz cover the gaping hole left by The OC bloke, Heinberg, who brought Wonder Woman back in line with the rest of the big hitters, late. After this, it's a new creative team again.
Get a little vague as Chuck Dixon and Ryan Benjamin tackle the heads of Grifter and Midnighter
. Six blocks to knock down and nary a world of thought for that which drives them so. Much in the don't ask, don't show variety it appears. Shame.
Javier Grillo-Marauch and Carlos Rafael take it back to the BSG where Starbuck wasn't an XX in Classic Battlestar Galactica; Cylon Apocalypse
. Damn BattlestarGalactica.com, you manage to choke out Opera. Swamp thing takes over the body of a Cylon and it's up to Adama and Starbuck to assess the situation. Classic, but keep an eye on the covers, it says nothing otherwise. Hard to call.
Run for the hills, Abe Sapien! It's the past come round like a book flying with wings tipped in gold leaf and a world of jungle fever. Or is it? B.P.R.D: Garden of Souls
from Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Guy Davis on art in a five petal leaf of history as Langdon Caul.
Captain America and Iron Man have fought the fight they needed to fight and here is the closer to the whole shebang. Civil War: The Confession
from Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev with a hint of all round new style art from the man, it's a tale between two souls and the end of it all.
Sunday, March 4, 2007 - Soon Van
Baron Blood mini bust - Bowen Designs - sculpted by Mark Newman
John Falsworth, born into an Victorian Era aristocracy only to wind up with a nasty gash on his neck and immortal life. All after meeting with a bloke they call Dracula. For blue vein cheese, it's no mean leap to Baron Blood. Really all about the posturing in life, socially more than anything else.
Falsworth has the chops and mad skillz as it were, negotiating the devilled waters of hoi polloi and riff raff to know that his place is lording it over the cheese and cracker nibbling set.
Despite the big fangs, (all the more better to uncork a wine bottle with), life can still be as sweet as the nectar from licking clean a silver platter. Keeping in mind a few simple things:
- Smiling is over rated
- As is looking at your own reflection
- No parties really happen until the sun is down
- Garlic can be substituted in all your meals. Even garlic bread
- Religion isn't for everyone
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - Soon Van
Blade #1; written by Marc Guggenheim, pencils by Howard Chaykin, cover by Marko Djurdjevic
How many times the charm? This time, it's off the back with a charge from Kirk "Sticky" Jones hitting the Blade
mantle. Bringing it back to form with vampires counting their nights before facing the Daywalker.
The star of three blockbuster movies and a hit television series is finally getting what he deserves - his very own ongoing comic series. Blade #1 sees the return of the Blade to his own comic and he’s taking on all comers, whether it be supervillain or supernatural.
Guest-starring Spider-Man, Blade #1 firmly plants the vampire hunter in the Marvel Universe as he has to help cure an undead Wall-Crawler who’s been turned into a vampire himself.
And if that wasn't enough, the Lord of the Undead, Dracula, makes an appearance. But what’s scarier than the most fearsome vampire in history? How about Blade having to face down an entire classroom of bloodsucking fourth graders? And all of this is just in the first issue!
The Blade team of Howard Chaykin (New Avengers, American Flagg) and Marc Guggenheim (Wolverine, CSI: Miami) along with breakout cover artist sensation Marko Djurdjevic are set to bring you the most action-packed comic on the stands each month. Get onboard for a suspenseful, edge-of-your seat monster mash of a comic set right in the heart of the Marvel Universe.
Tearing up the streets in search of the Brimstone Society, Rayne returns in Bloodrayne: Plague Of Dreams
. A tale in three from Digital Webbing, with Troy Wall, Mark A. Robinson and Dustin Yee collecting donor samples from the line.
If vampires are not enough, then Avatar Press have Escape Of The Living Dead: Airborne
. Nasty dead moving flesh as told by John Russo and Dheeraj Verma.
Zenescope Comics look at the lead up to Gwyneth Paltrow playing jill-in-the-box with Se7en: Gluttony
. Raven Gregory and Tommy Castillo are first on the scene with a seven part tale that reads and leads into the Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt film with Kevin Spacey.
Patton Oswalt and Mike Ploog are just two to take a mug with Dwight T. Albatross' The Goon Noir
from Dark Horse Comics. First in three of shorts with film and television stars ganging up to give their accounts.
Jesse Leon McCann, Min S. Ku and Jeff Albrecht hold on with a leash yanking Krypto The Super Dog
for six issues from DC Comics. Who likes cats any way?
Remember the old Wetworks from way back? No? Yes? Doesn't matter. Mike Carey
. Whilce Portacio and Trevor Scott go hunting on a recruitment drive to bring a new (sort of) team in Wetworks: Worldstorm
from Wildstorm Comics.
Talking old school, Jeff Parker and Roger Cruz start an eight part lesson with the original members in X-Men: First Class
Also from Marvel, but flying elsewhere, Union Jack
in a four turn turn. Christos Gage and Mike Perkins run with the man in the flag as he tries to thwart a couple of terrorist attacks on London. Obviously.
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