Tag Archives: Geoff Johns

Ghost Sperm: Polar Bear

9 Jun

Have you ever been so frustrated that you just yelled whatever first came to your head?  I totally have.  Instead of calling Lillian stupid I usually call her poopface.  One time, I’m pretty sure I yelled at someone by calling them “useless moss” or something of the sort.  It’s one of those instances that you feel like you don’t have that much control.  So, you just blurt it out.

Plus, I just love stuff that’s rather ridiculous and (fairly) random.  I also really liked the effect of the Ghost Sperm being blown back that I first used in Ghost Sperm: Guns.  If that hat was black with a Green Lantern symbol, then it would be the sperm that had the chance to become the next Geoff Johns.  Seriously.

Oh, and I totally got the crazy eyes effect from Manga. DESPITE NEVER READING MANGA.  I have Lone Wolf & Cub that I intend to read… but that is a mega masterpiece with a good couple thousand pages involved.


Larfleeze Christmas Special: Review!

23 Dec

For all the comics I read, I try to make my reviews very accessible to new readers who are at least partially interested in the characters.  I also try to pick comics that a reader can jump on and enjoy.

This comic may not be the best Christmas gift for anyone outside of comics, but, for those of us ingrained in the inner-workings of DC, this issue makes a cheerful read.

Here’s a breakdown of the plot:

Larfleeze, the comical soul member of the Orange-Avarice Lantern(s) discovers the myth of Santa Claus that he believes is real to the point that he goes to the North Pole to demand that he gets everything from his wishlist (which extends over 100 ft.).  Hal Jordan-Green Lantern intervenes to help Larfleeze learn about the Christmas spirit where the two of them give away all of Larfleeze’s possessions to the needy.  In the end, we discover the one thing that Larfleeze wants above anything and it provides a lot of new emotional depth to the character.

At first, I was a little off put by the $3.99 price tag, but it’s a special and it provides lots of extra goodies.  Including a cookie recipe and a maze.  Also, a beautiful back-up by Art Baltazar & Franco which makes the issue worth a buy by itself.  Partially because it makes fun of all of the Lantern Corps and boils them down to their base traits which makes the whole emotional spectrum concept quite comical.  I naturally enjoy this tongue-in-cheek effort to celebrate while poking fun.

The main story at first was off-putting and occasionally came off as rather preachy, but I nevertheless enjoyed it.  It wasn’t fantastic but I enjoyed it.

The art by Brett Booth was pretty good for someone I have never heard of before.  I like the soft lines in the issue.  And, it was bound to happen, Hal Jordan comes off looking a little like Ryan Reynolds whether intentional or not.

Overall, the book was a nice buy for that comic lover who has been following Green Lantern or knows about the character through Blackest Night.

Green Lantern #60: Review!

23 Dec

You want to know my instant reaction upon setting this comic back down after reading it?  “Well, that was completely unnecessary…”

It’s not that the issue was entirely all that bad.  It just was not good… at all.

Let’s back up for a moment and consider what went wrong:

First off, the whole Parallax/Flash combination was mostly used to bring the hidden little terror in the rags to Earth in his first stroke against Green Lantern et al.  Also, it seemed mostly as a publicity stunt to sell more toys.  “We need a new version of the Flash” “Oh… I got it!  Flash is yellow and red, right?  Let’s just add that one yellow thing from Green Lantern and have him take Flash over!”  Really, the big reveal last issue of the combo and half of this issue seems mostly like treading water; filling in the gaps that do not need to be filled.  This is the equivalent of showing Jack Bauer peeing during 24: there just isn’t a need for it.

Second off, the whole reveal at the end wasn’t that big of a deal.  Sure, the comic had me hooked a little bit thinking, “man, I wonder who that thing is?”  Then, the big reveal came and I was like “well, there goes the suspense.”  It truly is not as big as I thought it was going to be.  Sure, it made sense, but it kind of fit back into comic creators rewriting history in a sort of ret-con way.

Thirdly, the explanation on the first page helped.  But, as Ashly at my comic store has heard me complain, Green Lantern just does not know where to stop getting big.  First it was the Sinestro Corps War which was cool.  Then it was the lead up to Blackest Night (not to mention the great Secret Origins) which was cool.  Then it was Blackest Night which rocked at first and then became just okay.  And now, after everything has exploded and been so large (the dead came back from life, come on) it just keeps on getting larger with the Entities all involved.  I frankly want to see some more planetary police work.  But, you know, now we’re going to have the whole War of the Green Lanterns thing.  So, it just does not seem like this series is going to give us a breather.  It will be from one giant thing to the next.

Fourthly, and this really did not play into my final decision, the “EXCLUSIVE MOVIE PREVIEW” on the front of the comic constitutes one forgettable image with an even more forgettable piece of text underneath it.

What did hold the issue together was the art, and there was one widescreen 2-page section that was really good.  Nevertheless, the art just could not hold up against my other problems.

So, I lost hope on Green Lantern.  A couple reviews ago I said that I was going to give Green Lantern a couple more chances, and I did.  All in all, it failed to excite/please me to the same extent as it was.  Quite frankly, I’m pleased to be spending my cash elsewhere rather than a mediocre comic that just does not know where to stop.

Green Lantern #57: Review

9 Sep

It is easy for me to admit that the only reason I continue to buy this comic is because of Larfleeze.  Geoff Johns has created a new icon in comics.  I was grinning from ear to ear when Larfleeze discovered a buffet in Las Vegas.

Other than that, this comic left a lot to be desired.  It’s basically just an example case of how The Predator works for the Star Sapphires, and, despite the first couple of pages, involves a substantial detachment from the previous issue.

I am tired of this Entity-hunting game on earth.  Green Lantern, to me, is supposed to be about exploring space and all of the wonderful creatures that inhabit it.  To me, all of the other superhero comics can focus on humans (usually as casualties), but Green Lantern is meant to expand the comics universe.  However, Post-Blackest Night, the narrative structures Johns has created have run out of steam.  From one big event to the next (yayyy someone’s collecting all of the Entities!), I’m beginning to grow quite weary of this series.  If it wasn’t for the memorable Larfleeze, or my love for the Hope Lanterns, I wouldn’t even be paying attention to this series anymore.

The art does it’s job, but I’m not really fascinated by it.  The full-view on The Predator Entity is impressive, but overly complex.  Then again, the simplicity of The Predator-infused human is rather annoying.  So, I suppose it’s a so-so win/lose “meh” situation for the art for me.

Like the emotional spectrum Johns has created, all of the motivations, characters, and narratives that pervade the comic are rather base without much complexity.  Like Larfleeze, I’m left wanting more, but it seems like that involves buying all of the other GL-related titles that I am no longer interested in – at all.

A whole new slew of comic reevus

9 Jun

Well, I didn’t get comics for a month or so… There was a lot waiting for me.

Unfortunately, I forgot to pick up Grizzly Shark and Sea Bear, Return of Bruce Wayne #2, and my LCS still hasn’t received Tales of the TMNT #69.

Overall, I was fairly pleased with my pulls, and I even went out on a limb and bought some Marvel which was, surprisingly, really good.

So, let’s start it off with the bad and move towards the awesome:

Green Lantern #54:

It’s really unfortunate that most of these scenes in this book were sort of seen in others (mostly Brightest Day), and I’m a little tired of Green Lantern.  Honestly, this book is testing my patience.  It looks pretty and Doug Mahnke does his best with trying to make the Star Sapphire costume look not so slutty, but I feel like Geoff Johns is just trying to outdo himself with the next big, cosmic event.  Therefore, character studies are shot down for a rather boring plot.  And Lobo, seriously?  I’m giving this comic three more tries.  If it fails twice in those three times, then it’s out.

The best part of this comic, though, was Dex-Star (the Red Lantern Cat) kicking some ass.

Batgirl #11:

I’ll begin this by mentioning that there isn’t anything inherently wrong with this issue.  I feel like Bryan Q. Miller is doing a knockout job developing a voice for Stephanie.  Sure, Lee Garbett & Pere Perez’s pencils sort of make Stephanie’s boobs fluctuate size on a nearly frame by frame basis, but the art’s overall good.  Everyone’s doing a good job.  My problem is that the comic is doing things that have been done before.  Sure, these are all sort of training exercises for Stephanie, but the stakes are obvious and I don’t feel like there’s any real big threat.  The Calculator is nice, but that’s more so Barbara’s villain.  Is Stephanie going to get any of her own.

As far as dream sequences go, this was one of the more interesting ones out of the thousands out there in comic land.

Girl Comics #2:

I feel like this comic should be longer than it is.  I feel like there should be more stories in it.  Hell, I’m being charged $5 goddamn dollars for it, I might as well get some more stories.  Plus, what’s up with the shipping delay?

Alright, refocus on what’s actually here in the comic.  Unfortunately, it was hit and miss.  I enjoyed the intro again even if it felt like I was rereading the intro from before (I really liked the variation of She-Hulk’s costume).  The Inhumans was kinda bleh.  However, I really liked the hairdressing story because it didn’t really feel like it was shoving the issue of “hey, girls like to get their hair done!” but more so a thing that they do that shows a different aspect of their lives.  I liked the art and coloring on the “Do You Ever?” story even if the script was a bit lacking.  The two page spread of MJ searching for another superhero boyfriend was delightfully taking stabs at the machismo behind many male superheroes which made me pretty giddy.  The Dr. Strange story was a major disappointment.  I just did not understand what was going on.

So, overall, okay, but nothing major.

Batman #700(!):

Alright, I had to dish out the $5 on this landmark issue.  I figured it would probably not be that great, but, strangely, I found it to be pretty gosh darn good.  Now, let me preface it with me walking home 3 and a half miles in the rain worrying about my comics getting wet.  Then, it began pouring – like Puget Sound every day in February pouring – and I sought refuge.  Enter coffee shop and a warm chai.

I opened it up, and found this time-spanning narrative not confusing but, despite being defined by time periods, timeless.  Grant Morrison hit the mark on portraying that, no matter what, there will always be a need for a Batman in comics/the comic world.  Naturally, Frank Quitely’s frenetic energy in his section made a major impression.  It was unfortunate that he couldn’t finish the whole “Today” section.  I feel like they could have simply put a “Tonight” label after the switch to slightly differentiate between the artists and acknowledge the change up.

Now, I’m not a fan of Damien becoming Batman in the future.  Particularly because I think the transition would be too easy for the character… and I don’t like his batsuit.  So, that part was kinda “hmm meh” for me.  However, 2-Face-2 was hilarious as was the final joke.

The “And Tomorrow” section was genius showing off all the different Batmen that have come, gone, or will pass.  I really like the Full masked, silver-emblazoned one.

Overall, this is a pretty good story for a Batman fan with a little bit for everyone.  Sometimes, it didn’t hit the mark.  When it did, though, it was lovely.

Heralds #s 1 & 2:

After reading Kelly Thompson’s review of Her-alds, I decided to give it a try.  And, honestly, I am so glad I did.

Some Superheroes who just all happen to be women get together through an interesting means, and then, all of a sudden, a clones (of scientists and historical figures creating some funny moments with Einstein and later Hitler), Dinosaur, chaotic thing happens.  They bond together over fighting and then come together in the second issue over Frankie Raye and how she plays in the overall importance of recent events.

The art on these issues is amazing.  Some commentators (anonymous comments on other people’s reviews) have said that the art style is too indie or doesn’t differentiate between the women.  I would have to counter this by stating that I am not familiar in any depth with the majority of these characters, and I could tell them apart through facial differences.  Plus, I really like the slim, short-haired She-Hulk.  I mean, she’s lean but with lots of muscle.  Who’s to say the Gamma radiation has to make her bulky just to give her immense strength?

At times, the plot can be a little overwhelming and the dialogue quick, but another read through brings along more enjoyment.  Trust me, the first read is still just as good as you’re briskly trying to read what’s next.  This got me to chuckle aloud, which, as said numerous times before, is a hard thing to do.  Check out the Thompson review to see some pages from the actual book to see the interior art.

Red Robin #13:

Tim Drake-Wayne.  Marriage fake.  Identity.  New duds.  Checklists.  Hard Decisions.  Worth it?

I know that this comic is worth it.  You barely have to be knowledgeable about Tim Drake or this series to still really enjoy it, and the twist is wonderful.  God, I love this comic (and the writer switch – Fabian Nicieza who’s written Tim Drake before – hardly altered anything; a nice transition).

Invincible #72:

Within the Invincible Universe, I feel like Kirkman is at his best with writing violence.  I believe this also probably gives Ryan Ottley much more to play around with.  Anyone noticed the similar attacks Conquest utilizes?  Come on, the frames are nearly the same.

This issue completely surprised me in a good way.  The melodrama’s out of the way, and now it’s just super hard hitting and awesome.  I never knew breathing could be so great!

The Walking Dead #72:

God, does Kirkman know how to nail that final page for every issue.  I mean, it also works really fluidly during the trades, too.  Still, I just love it.

This issue focuses pretty heavy on the adjustment process with emphasis on Michonne, Andrea, and Glenn.  Um, yeah… mostly my favorite characters.  It’s nice to not see any zombies for a bit; although, I’m sure that will change next issue.  This is just such a consistently great comic.

Super HeroiHOT #19: Raven

4 Jun

Raven has the ability to keep the blood flowing in her arms with them outstretched all the time.

I’ve been reading a lot of Teen Titans comics lately.  So, I decided to take a stab at one of my sister’s favorite comic book characters.  I hope I please her…


Side Ass: A common trait amongst female heroes

I’m pretty divided on Raven’s costume.  At times, I think it’s really neat, but other times I think it’s kinda bleh.  Let’s start out with my major problem with it: the tunic fabric sheets hanging between her legs.

These sheets hanging from behind and in front function mostly for artists to have more fabric to blow around in the wind with and to give viewers the occasional “upskirt” phenomenon.  Comic artists love drawing asses, it seems, and Raven is full of the side ass and almost crotch.  The rest of the costume isn’t that exploitative, but this one kinda ruins treating her with a fair amount of respect.  If there was a reason for all of the side ass like mobility or something, then it would makes sense… but there isn’t.  I believe that they could turn the bottom into more of the one piece swimsuit thing because, frankly, there’s plenty of fabric to already work with in her hooded cape.

Now, onto that hooded cape thing.  It’s pretty badass, and I really enjoy how the hood comes to a point (like a raven, Ha!).  Sometimes this may be a little ridiculous like in the above image because it seems entirely impractical with something blocking your forward vision.  Nevertheless, it looks good.

The cape in and of itself seems to be of no defined length.  In some frames it may extend to extreme lengths, while others it may be just down to her ankles or so.  Nevertheless, the effect is neat.

In other images, there is sometimes a raven embellishment on the chest, and I don’t really like this because I enjoy the sleek version of the costume.  I do enjoy the round button, clasp things that attach the cape to the regular costume when they have little raven symbols on them.

Oh, and the white costume is pretty neat.

Nevertheless, with all of the good going on, the side ass holds this costume up from being really wonderful.

Appearance: 7/10


Contemplative and deep, Raven is always searching for her purpose and direction that separates her from her father... Trigon... a demon.

Raven was raised to suppress her emotions so that her evil father could not discover her and warp her to his purposes.  Therefore, Raven can often come off as chilling.  However, some writers (surprisingly Geoff Johns since he isn’t too great with female characters) have managed to give Raven layers of personality utilizing her constant deaths, resurrections, and/or soul self wanderings to form her as a tragic character.

However, she’s in pain a lot and constantly worrying about fitting in.  For being an empath and having emotions define her powers, she does not have any emotional grounding of her own.  Her voice, as often shown by a shaky speech bubble and/or different text, is pretty deadpan and direct.  If she senses a teammate feeling terrible, she has no problem mentioning it aloud in front of everyone.

Raven's deadpan and shaky voice often provides just a little bit of comic relief when she's being serious about humorous things

Raven constantly battles between her good nature and the underlying antagonistic qualities she’s inherited from her devil father.

Overall, her social skills are fairly vacant.  Sure, she has a pretty big excuse, but it doesn’t completely save her.

Personality: 6


Oh, alright...

For a DC character, Raven has pretty unique powers which would naturally could make her a bigger player in the DC Universe.  However, she has never gone past her Teen Titan/Titans allegiances despite having the skills to be a second-string Justice League-er.

I suppose the issue is that she often does not have complete control over her powers since she’s constantly battling between her good and evil selves.

Nevertheless, Raven is an empath that can feed off of other people’s emotions in order to soothe or hurt them.  Therefore, she can take a person’s hate and use it against them.  Her soul-self is also a projection that allows her to incapacitate others.

She is also utilized heavily by her team for her ability to teleport with her cloak.

Overall, she has some pretty great qualities, but DC’s missing out by fully utilizing them.

Super Powers: 7/10


Oh my god, I'm wearing earings!

After Raven has been resurrected, once again, she creates the identity of Rachel Roth so she can go… to high school!  She totally rides the emo wave because apparently being emotionally dead is what emo is all about.

This is the first life (of 3-ish) that Raven dons a normal identity to have a life outside of the Teen Titans/Titans.  It just sort of seems like the writers weren’t sure what to do with her on the weekdays and tossed her into high school.

Oh well…

Secret Identity: 6/10


Here we go again........

I cannot even begin to tell you how many times “The Search for Raven” or “Raven Resurrected” or “Oh my god, Trigon’s back.  We need Raven!” has happened in the comics.  This storyline has become so stale that it is really the only one associated with Raven (sort of how old it’s become to watch Deathstroke fight the Teen Titans).  Once again, this is another failed opportunity by creators to use a fairly well-conceived character in any original way.  It’s just tiring for her to be the ultimate deux ex machina to solve these crises (and to teleport).



Time for my epic, Batman-esque Pose!

21/40 or 52.5%

Personally, I really like the character of Raven, but how she’s used for the same ol’ thing is a pretty big joke.  She has the abilities and interest to hold her own title, but the creators really don’t know how to use her in any new way.

Raven has potential, just stop squandering it creators.

Wait… what happened? New comics…

18 Apr

I just spent a considerable amount of thought power writing my review of Kick-Ass, and now I just feel like bitching about something.  What better way to get my need for bitching about something than the slew of goddamn awful comics that came out in the last two weeks!?

Brightest Day #0:

Wow… I’m pretty sure DC just lost me as a customer of Brightest Day (excluding the first issue to get the last promotional ring) with this trite shit.  Honestly, I felt like I was looking at the solicitations for the next three months in comic form.  This was purely a promotional stunt and it made me feel pretty fucked over, honestly.

First up, the art is mediocre.  I can’t completely blame this on Fernando Pasarin because he also happened to have six (SIX!!!!) inkers on his work.  Way to piss all over making the art look continuous and flowing.  Nevertheless, Pasarin still had pretty bad facial expressions and ruined the refreshing portrayal of Mera (along with the writers… which is a little weird since Johns penned both) by Ivan Reis in Blackest Night.

Despite not actually knowing why Deadman’s still wearing his costume but just wearing a trench coat to cover it, the first 6 pages of the comic are the best because I like slow pacing to comics… and birds… Anyway, it’s all downhill from there as we cut instantly to the typical “hot naked woman waking up from bed to find that the husband is gone and she goes out to find him for some more nookie” scene.  How many times have I seen this?  Oh, I don’t know, somewhere up there in the couple hundreds.  Mera is no longer the strong, badass character, and now she relies fully on the man in the relationship.  She has gone from D-line to A/B-line back to about roughly C-line.  Seriously, covering up her naked, smiling body with bubbles as she dives into the ocean and still somehow manages to have an extraordinary amount of cleavage!? How the fuck is that possible?

A couple of not interesting things, then Maxwell Lord’s thing which was actually pretty badass.  Then we go to mars and see basically the most times J’onn J’onzz has ever smiled in about 4 pages.  Some more shit.  Some shitty shit.

THEN STAR CITY’S DESTRUCTION BEING IN THE SHAPE OF A STAR AND TURNING INTO A FUCKING FOREST.  Fucking dumb.  Fuck!  Ooh, and some even more Sinestro on top of that.  Then some more T & A and posed pictures for little boys to jack off to in the previews section.

Honestly, this hurt really bad.

I like how Boston Brand is the main character.  I don’t like how out of 3600 sectors the only ones revived were from 2814 (earth, basically) after so much death in Blackest Night.  I don’t like what’s happening.  Blackest Night was decent.  This is shit.

Invincible Returns:

How about we call this: A bunch of reasons why Invincible shouldn’t kill any more and why Cecil is a manipulating bastard and Atom Eve is still pregnant (surprise!) and let’s change back into an older costume!

Invincible is usually fairly reliable to land in the 3-5 star range, but this little reason gathering before Invincible enters the long-awaited Viltrumite War with a really bad recap back up was pretty damn awful.  There was just soooooo much text, and the action sequence thrown in was completely stilted and awkward.  There really was no furthering of the plot here and it just gave us more of what we already knew as regular readers.  In that sense, this would probably be considered a jumping on point for the series.  However, I would definitely not start reading Invincible based after this book.  It’s terrible and pretty, “hey, remember how awesome that was!?… well, something else awesome and surprising is going to happen… buy our book!”

Egh.  At least it had better, more original art than Brightest Day.

The Flash #1:

I bought this so I could get the Flash Ring which actually fit way better than any of the Corps rings.  Anyway, I won’t be being the second issue.  This comic, along with Flash Rebirth, still does not make a very convincing argument for the need to bring Barry Allen back.  Nevertheless, I’ve accepted the fact and moved on.  The problem with this issue is that the writing is really, really, really fucking bad.  I think Geoff Johns was probably sleeping and his drool wrote out this and he decided it would be great and thanks drool.  The only thing holding this issue up is Francis Manapul’s art.  Even then, though, I have some problems.  All of his faces sort of look the same after awhile unless they’re a main, main character or are of a different age range.  I like the clean, refreshing, and younger appeal of the new Barry Allen and what not, but there are some problems.  Nevertheless, Manapul brings a light to this comic that is missing in the writing and really knows how to portray speed in an interesting way.  I’m quite a big fan of the single page spread directly before the silent pacing page then the 2 page reveal of time-travel.  He’s running through traffic and has to jump up in order to miss getting hit by a car and I love his facial expression afterward.  It’s a really well designed page.

What really made me upset, though?  It was the two page teaser for next year’s Flash-event that Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert are doing.  Frankly, it looks really dumb, and the only reason I might read it is because of the White Lantern involved.  Otherwise, it just looks like a time-travel clusterfuck and nothing really fresh or new.

Batgirl #9:

A decent set-up issue for another storyline with good work on writing and pencilling duties.  Some really good work on characterization.  Nothing special, though, and that was my main problem with it.  Once again, Barbara Gordon’s hair as the strange capacity to change length and style on a whim.  They are creating a nice niche for Stephanie in Gotham that I’m appreciating.  However, a flood?  Hasn’t Gotham had enough natural disasters?  Why are people still living there?

Red Robin #11:

You know? Ra’s Al Ghul is such a badass.  This comic continues Ra’s targeting everyone who ever mattered to Bruce Wayne and Tim Drake-Wayne to get back at Tim for his betrayal.  Things continue to build in this issue (I actually thought this was the conclusion to the storyline, but I’m actually pretty glad for another issue) and my only problems were some coloring errors and Vicki Vale somehow being able to take out some League of Assassin trained ninjas.  So, some uncharacteristic things.  I enjoyed the quick face off between Tim and Damien which was lovely illustration.  Once again, torture comes up as an issue in this one, and it’s very interesting.  I really believe Marcus To is going to be great and I’m glad he’s on this book.  Like Batgirl, though, nothing extraordinary.  The comic is still a little messy, but with some cleaning up on both sides of the spectrum, it really could be great.

Batman and Robin #11:

I couldn’t find the awful Frank Quitely cover that the main comic was printed with because it’s bad.  You know? I’m glad this comic is only $2.99.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t buy it.  Morrison does provide a strong amount of twists and turns in this comic, but a dollar more just wouldn’t be worth it.  I really enjoy Andy Clarke’s visual style because it’s so distinctive within comics (despite it resembling a modern take on the many block prints of the early 20th and late 19th century).  Nevertheless, I really don’t like his design of Talia Al Ghul.  Morrison’s brief description countering claims of the even more expansive cavework underneath the mansion after the earthquake a couple years before is a little frustrating.  Well, his work with batman is a little frustrating.  Yet, he somehow manages to make it entertaining.  So, kudos for that.

Nothing extraordinary… and a lot of bad… and I need to go and eat.