Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Welcome to Comic Book Nerds are Hot, Michael! You're putting the finishing touches on your new book Enter the Hero. What's it about?
First off, thanks so much for the interview. Now, Enter The Hero is the tale of an unusual super hero whose powers, motives, and even his identity is a secret to everyone, including the reader. The story revolves around many different characters whose lives unbeknownst to them are in some way connected to the Hero's secrets. Meanwhile, a mysterious villain is stealthily attacking the city, and the only way for the Hero to stop him is to reveal his secrets.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The rules stated that the hero must be a good guy, wear a costume and be a regular human being. no powers, no enhancements, just awesome skill.
As always, the very nature of lists means that absolutely no one will agree with it, but feel free to voice your opinions in the comments.
see the list Here.
It began with Demo, and progressed onto everything he’s ever written. I’ll admit it. I’m a Brian Wood fanboy. But of all the amazing stories he’s done - Demo, Northlanders, DMZ, the Couriers – It’s Local that sits at the top as my favourite. Mostly because of the amazing story it tells, but partly because of Ryan Kelly’s beautiful art and partly because of the gorgeous oversized, cloth bound hardcover it comes collected in.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Well Hickman did just that. He topped and connected everything together in fine fashion and form. Of course, it is a let-down how Marvel lies about death, as seen with Thor and Bucky again in FEAR, but while Johnny did die...he returns...and returns. It's Gladiator redux here but what makes it work is the brilliant Carmine Giandomenico artwork and a concoction that sets Storm in a light rarely seen while still keeping his wholesome daredevil integrity intact. Annihilus is also smartly done in a plot that ties in nicely to the alternative Reed Richards' collective where Doom factors in.
Artiz Eiguren provides art, and Palmiotti says "For me, getting someone with the right skills for the job was mission number one and when I was introduced to Artiz’s work. I felt it was the perfect style to capture the emotional beats, the storytelling I was looking for, and a style of drawing that we don’t see very often in American comics."
We love Jimmy Palmiotti here at CBNAH, and look forward to Februrary 1st when we can get our hands on this 64-page hardcover from Image Comics.
The Trade collects 8 Axe Cop stories, as well as the Axe Cop/Dr McNinja crossover.
Booster Gold appeared in the final series of the hit TV show Smallville, so perhaps Syfy feel they can feed of that success, as well as the current trend towards comics in visual media.
Nice one, PAD.
Series creator and co-author (along with Jay Bonansinga) Robert Kirkman said "Many have asked my whether I will ever write a prequel about the lives the characters lead before. Well, that's basically what we're doing with these novels. And we wanted to offer the fans a special edition before the holidays."
The deluxe edition will feature spot illustrations by Charlie Adlard and will be available from December 7.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The Flash 3
Green Lantern: New Guardians 3
Justice League Dark 3
Annihilators: Earthfall 3
Wolverine and The X-Men 2
Tim sticks to his 12:
All Star Western 3 – Because I really want this book to be good.
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Russia 3 – Because the Mignolaverse is awesome.
Captain America and Bucky 624 – Because it’s Brubaker and Samnee.
Daken 17 – Because THE RUNAWAYS!
Dark Horse Presents 6 – Because it’s got a new beasts of Burden story! And a new Fabio Moon story!
DMZ 71 – Because it’s the penultimate issue
Hellblazer 285 – Because it’s a story about a festy old trench coat that just happens to be magical
Locke & Key – Guide to known Keys – because I’ve lost track of them all
Unwritten 31.5 – Because Tommy has to beat the bad guys sooner or later. Doesn’t he?
Wolverine and the X-Men 2 – Because Issue one was solid enough for another go.
February - B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Long Death by Mike Mignola & John Arcudi, with James Harren on art;
March - B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, art by Jason Latour;
May - B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Transformation of JH O’Donnell by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, art by Max Fiumara;
May - B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil’s Engine by Mike Mignola & John Arcudi, with Tyler Crook on art;
June - B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Exorcism by Mike Mignola and Cameron Stewart.
Mike Mignola is amazing. What a year!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Who will helm the franchise when Nolan ends it with Bane? This reality shtick was nice while it lasted. Nolan didn't target teens, else he'd make the suit with twilight nipples...he went after adults...it's dark and dreary.
For music lovers, songs have always held a certain amount of power. They have the ability to move us– physically, emotionally and spiritually. Some songs take us away into fantasy, some have the ability to ground us in reality. What if we could take that raw power that music holds and channel it into magic? This is exactly what Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie manage to accomplish in Phonogram.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
No to the last page. To me it defies and defiles the purpose of the duplicity that lies behind the new Dark Avengers. I really don’t know what goes through Bendis’ mind at times. Then again, this issue is compounded with a bunch of quippy one-liners and sexual tension, you’d think Peter Parker ran though everyone’s veins. Funnily, he and Logan barely get screen time. Bendis loses his handle on how he wrote Stark and Rogers, and the grasp of a returning ex-teammate doesn’t shine as much as I thought it would. It seemed robotic too much, pun intended. The roster is uninteresting and Steve, out of character, goes about this in a very go-lucky yet haphazard manner. Such an issue is one of rebuilding, rehashing and pure poignant themes. It’s pertinent and telling…or at least it should be. Bendis makes it shambolic and a bit too humorous for me. Acuna’s art barely passes but only because there aren’t any real action scenes. What irks me is that Jess Drew and Noh-Varr keep serving no purpose. The one bright spot is focused on Daisy Johnson, who is back with Bendis, after loan to Hickman…and she knocks the issue out the park. She steals the spotlight and despite that stammering final page, I’m coming back to see Bendis write her…she’s the only he seems to be in sync with!
Justice League 03 –
Lee’s art is ever improving by the issue and here, he cuts loose with some wonderfully spread panels of unbridled action and chaos. It’s filled with charisma and enthusiasm but Williams on inks and the colouring team, need be praised. They are making Lee’s stuff gleam. That aside, Johns doesn’t turn out a great script…actually, wait…the script is decent but his dialogue, one-liners, oogling over Diana are a bit cheesy and lax. He takes a powerful team and adds too much nonchalance in. Diana, a la Marvel’s Herc, is well written as is Steve Trevor, but the heroes really lack a voice…it seems they just spew what the average fanboy seems to think. Johns doesn’t grab with this issue but at least the action points to a certain rising villain, who literally ascends and teases his presence. While the Cyborg arc seems too forced and sketchy, the manner the team assembles is thought out and crafted nicely. Planning is good and the execution not too bad…but by Johns’ high standards, more is expected. His work is dwindling since BRIGHTEST DAY ended but I’m inclined to return as the villain rears his head, along with one of the cheesiest written final pages ever…but the role it plays in the story…is spot on. Overall, this issue fits nicely but really…Johns needs to step up a bit more.
Severed 1-4 –
Tuft and Snyder…craft an early 1900s tale of friendship, subtle romance, paternal losses…over a curtain of hidden gore and an eerie calm of cannibalism…so well…that it really takes you back to a time when you loved Stephen King. The art of Attila Funaki is so smooth and segues amazingly with the tale strewn by the creators about Jack, a young runaway searching for his long-lost father, while taking in a friend, Sam, leading to a journey with a monster that devours children for fun. It’s basic a story but the machinations here, while simple, offer an uneasy feel of horror and impending doom basis the innocence and naivety of youth. This theme is played on perfectly as the monster stands licking teeth and waiting. It’s not dark and broody and gory…but it’s full of precise tact and embeds itself nicely onto the main issue of trust. Who do you trust? New friends or new strangers? This book is calm yet it gets a pulse racing because there’s always an unsettling worry with the antagonist lurking nearby. It is what a horror story needs to be…well paced and keeping you on the edge of the pages…flipping with anxiety and unsuspecting nerves. Few curve balls have been thrown here but there was a particular demise that to me reeks of a special twist that I didn’t see coming. I guess the book didn’t hold back as much as I thought it would…and that, by no stretch of the imagination, is no bad thing. Pick this up and when issue 5 hits, expect fireworks…or blood…a lot of!
No one got the nerdgasm much but they liked the action and unbridled grit displayed in the trailer. What worked for me was the NIN theme song…if you don’t know the fragility of it…GTFO.
I haven’t been a fan of Whedon for some time now. Dollhouse, his recent Buffy/Angel comics, as well as his run-in to end those particular series, left a lot to be desired to me. While he draws my ire, many seem to take to him as the director of Avengers. Now, I hated his Astonishing X-Men run, as reviving Colossus, rejuvenating the Pryde romance…only to lampoon her in space…reeked of failure to me. That Ord plot, woefully followed by Matt Fraction recently, was not cohesive and interesting to me, and Whedon didn’t win me over on Runaways, which I already had high standards set based on Brian Vaughn’s propensity to kick the proverbial ass on that book.
- Ghost Rider’s getting the chop, which means Marvel’s 2 books with lead female characters are gone;
- Black Panther: Man Without Fear is ending with issue 529;
- Villains for Hire has been downsized an issue;
- PunisherMAX is also ending but jason Aaron has said that it’s not getting cancelled, just ending.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Green Lantern Corps 3
Justice League 3
Red Hood and the Outlaws 3
Legion of Super Heroes 3
Wonder Woman 3
Generation Hope 13
New Mutants 34
Tim’s picks are surprisingly Marvel heavy:
Amazing Spider-Man 674 – Because fallout stories are always better.
Chew 19 – Because it’s a perfect blend of quirky humor and intense violence.
Gen Hope 13 – Because it’s a Regenesis title.
Key of Z 2 – Because the first issue was truly amazing.
New Mutants 34 – Because Blink is on the cover.
Northlanders 46 – Because I’m a Brian Wood fanboy
Punisher 5 – Because Ruka is focusing on those affected by the Punisher.
Walking Dead 91 – Because it’s TWD.
Wonder Woman 3 – Because I smell violence…
X-23 17 – Because it’s a great book that doesn’t deserve to be cancelled.
X-Factor 227 – Because the solicit says a member will die.
Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island – Because Warren Ellis writes steampunk pirates and Raulo Caceres’ art is breathtaking.