Tag Archive | Comics

Giant-Size Kung Fu Bible Stories

A San Diego Comic-Con comic book exclusive from Image Comics is Giant-Size Kung Fu Bible Stories. Not sure if it actually has anything to do with the Bible but the creators involved look top-notch. Hopefully it will find its way on to Comixology so I can check it out.

GIANT-SIZE KUNG FU BIBLE STORIES
KICKS DOWN SDCC’S DOOR
An exclusive collector’s edition you won’t want to miss
Edited by Erik Larsen (SAVAGE DRAGON) and Bruce Timm (Batman Adventures: Mad Love)—and just in time to take San Diego Comic-Con by storm—comes GIANT-SIZE KUNG FU BIBLE STORIES, a deluxe limited edition collection featuring the original stories of the world’s greatest cartoonists.This treasury edition format includes seven eye-popping, mind-melting stories from Erik Larsen, Bruce Timm, Adam Warren (Empowered), Tom Scioli (GØDLAND), Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE), Andy Kuhn (FIREBREATHER), and Arthur Adams (Uncanny X-Men). A collection years-in-the making, readers won’t want to miss out on this amazing special collector’s issue, an Image Treasury Edition.”Bruce Timm and I love Treasury Editions! Our goal was to create the greatest Treasury Edition in the history of mankind! To do that—we rounded up an all-star cast of killer cartoonists all committed to doing all-new characters and material worthy of the format!” said co-editor Erik Larsen. “The end result was something awesome to behold!”

Comic of the Week – The Unwritten: Apocalypse #2

2014-02-24 10.28.29The Unwritten: Apocalypse #2

W: Mike Carey

P: Peter Gross

Vertigo put out the kind of comics I love to read. Ever since I started seriously reading comics, I’ve always hunted down that Vertigo label. Even when I don’t enjoy the comic, I know it will be at least different to everything else on the stands. And maybe even expand my mind a little bit.

When The Unwritten began a few years ago, you just knew this was going to be something special. The story started out as a conspiracy tale starring Tom Taylor, a man who had a series of Harry Potter like stories based off him. As the series has progressed, it’s become clearer that this is a story about stories – and the distinction between story and reality has got blurrier with every issue.

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Comic of the Week: Deadpool #23

2014-02-13 18.57.31Deadpool #23

W: Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan

P: Mike Hawthorne

Deadpool can be pretty hit and miss with me. The Joe Kelly run in the late 90s was one of my early favourites when I first started getting into comics (in fact I recently bought the Joe Kelly Deadpool Omnibus, which will make me very happy for a very long time). Since Kelly stopped writing the character, I haven’t really stayed that attached to the Merc With a Mouth. But this current run, which began with Marvel NOW, has really hit that Deadpool sweet spot – funny, dark and very violent.

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Comic Panel of the Week: The Movement #9

2014-02-06 17.35.28The Movement #9

W: Gail Simone

P: Freddie Williams II

The Movement is a superhero team book that’s a bit different to what we usually see from the Big 2. These characters aren’t so much heroes – they’re the super powered members of an underground “movement” in a city full of corruption and inequality. These are broken characters in a broken city, with no clear vision of how to make things right. Which opens it up for all kinds of moral ambiguity and conflicting motives.

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Comic Panel of the Week: Deadpool #19

Deadpool 19
W: Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan
P: Declan Shalvey
When I took my first steps as a comic fan back in the late 90s, Deadpool was one of my early “discoveries”. That book was like nothing else I had read at that point: witty, over-the-top crazy fun with a dark side lurking just beneath the surface. In the 15 years since, many creative teams have handled the Merc With A Mouth – some I’ve enjoyed, others have done nothing for me.

This current run is up there with my favourites. The first arc had Deadpool fighting zombie versions of American presidents. We’ve had retro issues, such as the 70s style team-up with the Heroes For Hire. And now this arc: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

A secret organisation has been abducting Deadpool, stealing his organs (he has a healing factor, so they keep growing back), and using them in illegal genetic experiments. The events of this arc nearly broke Deadpool. But as this panel shows, he ain’t easily broken.

Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Amazing Spider-Man

Rate M

Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone

Teenager gets bitten by a spider. Gets super powers. Learns a lesson in responsibility. It’s a story we’ve seen before. After all, it’s only been ten years since Tobey Maguire first slipped on the spandex and went swinging through the streets of New York. I love the Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man movies So did we really need a new Spider-Man origin movie? No, we don’t. But if Amazing Spider-Man is the movie we get, then you won’t get any complaints from me. Because this is a great movie. I’ll even go as far to say I prefer it to the original trilogy. And that’s a big call.

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Comic of The Week: Wolverine and The X-Men #3

When the first issue of Wolverine and The X-Men was released, I wasn’t going to pick it up. It’s been a long time since the regular X-Men titles grabbed my attention. But when I saw the cover to Wolverine and The X-Men #1, I knew I had to give it a shot. This is the X-Men comic that takes my three favourite X titles of all time – Morrison’s New X-Men, Milligan/Allred’s X-Force, and Lobdell/Bachalo’s Generation X – mooshes them together and then let’s things get freaky from there. It shouldn’t work. But it does. And so far it’s my favourite X title in a very long time.

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Comic of The Week: The Ray #1

A lot of books out is week jostling for top position. Most of which would easily be my number 1 in any other week. Superboy, Locke & Key, Batwoman, Demon Knights. All brilliant books. But my favourite book this week is the first issue of a mini series which introduces a new character in a classic role. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I hit the download button, but The Ray #1 grabbed me by the wrist and dared me not to love it. And I couldn’t resist.

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Webcomics Monday: The Bible and Let’s Be Friends Again

Frankly, there are not enough superheroes in the Bible. Sure, you point out Samson to me, but that’s just not enough. We need mutants. We need families irradiated with cosmic rays. We need blind ninjas. We need Let’s Be Friends Again. I love how they take classic Biblical scenes and asks the important question: Would this be cooler with a member fo the X-Men?

You Spent How Much On A Comic?

I love comics. I really do. I have way more put away in storage than I can fit into my house.

But I would never pay this much for a comic.

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Watchmen Comic Reviews

watchmenReading through the Watchmen graphic novel? Here are links to reviews I wrote for each chapter.

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Watchmen #4

Watchmen #4

Watchmen #4

Only 8 more days until I will be either deliriously happy or uncontrollably homicidal. That’s right, the Watchmen movie is finally upon us! I started reviewing the individual issues late last year. And like so many other things, it got abandoned over summer. 8 days. 9 issues left. Let’s do this thing.

What does it mean to be human? At what point do you stop being human and start being something else? Could God be one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a naked blue guy on the surface of Mars trying to find his way home?

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American Jesus

Chosen

Chosen

What if Jesus was reborn today? What if a boy in the USA found he could heal the sick and change water into wine? This was the premise of Mark Millar’s 2004 comic miniseries Chosen. Now it appears more is on the way.

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Who Watches The Watchmen?

Watchmen is one of the greatest comics I’ve ever read. From start to finish it’s a masterpiece. Incredible work went into every single panel. It’s written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons and was released in 1986-1987. Every thing from the deconstruction of superheroes, the world building, the layouts, the structure, the reoccurring imagery, it all comes together as this beautiful work of art. And it’s about to be released as a feature film.

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Bat-Penguin

One of the funniest things I’ve seen in the last week. These pages are taken from the comic Tiny Titans #5.

Tiny Titans 5 pg19Tiny Titans #5 pg 23

 

Comics: Supergirl and The Fall

Supergirl #25

Supergirl #25 (1996)

God is a ten year old boy wearing a bow tie and calls himself Wally. You didn’t know that? You have obviously never read Peter David’s run on Supergirl from the 90s. Oh, and Supergirl is an angel. What has all this got to do with Genesis 2-3? Good question. Read More…

Movie Review: Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3This is an article that I originally wrote on May 11th 2007. Enjoy.

Spider-Man 3 (Rated M)

Starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst

Things I learned from watching Spider-Man 3:

 

      1)      Spider-Man’s mask is magic and can disappear and reappear depending on what the scene requires.

       2)      Emo = Evil

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