Tag Archives: Green Lantern

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.

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Free Comic Book Day 2011 – Reviews!

7 May

Today is Free Comic Book Day, and I just stood in line for an hour and a half with my companions (Selena and Lillian).  Sure, I also spent $44 (buy two graphic novels get one free) to get my precious hardcover of Stumptown and a Tiny Titans trade.  Anyway, I’m just going to bust through this stack in no particular order and rate the comics as they come!

Baltimore/Criminal Macabre:

This kicked things off really well.  Both stories are short but succinct and tell mini tales appropriate for the size of the comic.  Plus, it’s two stories in one comic (you get to flip the comic over to read the other story!  I love this).  Both of which deal with something rather supernatural.  Baltimore involves vampires and I really have no idea why it’s called Baltimore because it takes place in Europe, I believe.  Criminal Macabre deals with Frankenstein’s monster.  In both, the art and writing is spot on and really strong while the art is scratchy to match the mood of the stories.  Free Comic Book Day is about promoting comics and delivering short but sweet material that will get people to return to the comic store(s) later, and these two stories succeed splendidly.  I will probably look into both of these stories later.

Green Lantern Special Edition:

So, this is part one of Secret Origin for Green Lantern.  It’s alright, but I’ve already read it before.  So, for people who are new to the property and interested in the movie, this is decent.  But, to those old faithfuls, this is nothing new.  Plus, the preview to Flashpoint is kind of stupid.  I’m pretty confused to what is going on, and I really don’t care about The Flash.  Overall, this was a good old “meh.”

The Amazing Spiderman:

So, this issue really tried to be fun.  I suppose I had some fun in it.  I really like the look of a skinny superhero, but there were other parts of the art that had their problems.  Spiderwoman, for instance, probably should have broken in half with her tiny waist and gigantic breasts.  Plus, there one page when she’s fighting Spider-Man and it is near pornographic.  Nevertheless, the script tries to deliver it all: Spider-Man quips (including one about Fox News!), Action, Webs, Monkeys, and Kung Fu.  Although, Shang-Chi, the martial arts young guru, is wearing a Marvel Sash.  *sigh*

Atomic Robo:

Here’s another fun story.  I’ve always intended to give Atomic Robo a shot, and FCBD has given me the opportunity.  The story involves an ambitious youngster at a science fair where Atomic Robo is a guest judge.  Things take a turn for the worse when a crazed Dinosaur (who I believe is a recurring character) in suit, tie, and fedora comes to steal one of the young student’s projects.  Overall, the story provided a few laughs and is definitely children-friendly.  The art was fairly simple with a strong line and strong colors which worked well with the story.  Overall, it was entertaining and a joy.  I will definitely keep an eye out for Atomic Robo in the future.  However, the back-ups were not memorable in the least and sort of took away the magic from the feature.

Locke & Key:

I found it interesting that the series is advertising on FCBD in a kid-friendly format even though it admits on the first page that it’s not really meant for kids.  Just a bit confusing.  I felt a little lost while reading coming midway through the series (this portion comes from section three of the normal series).  There’s a strong sense of line that matches the tone of the series, but the splash pages at the end were a bit excessive.  Overall, I might look more into the series once the television show comes out.

Mickey Mouse:

This collection of Mickey Mouse strips from 1935 were definitely rather interesting.  I found them to be entertaining and light-hearted but nothing fabulous.  Then again, I read them really fast.  So, I can admit that I did not take as much time as I could have enjoying them.  Nevertheless, I had two key points that bothered me: 1) This is a dog race that Pluto is entered into by Mickey, but most of the characters in the strip were dogs!  So, dogs own dogs and race the dogs and bet on the dogs while they’re dogs? 2) Mr. Shoebuckle has to deal with paying off his mortgage which is interesting considering the time frame this is from and trying to make it relevant, but it’s still kind of weird.  I did really like how they had a bunch of cool vernacular(s).  Looking more into Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey strip, it really gets a lot better from here.

Civil War Adventure:

So, I read something while previewing FCBD that this secretly had zombies in it.  “Zombies during the Civil War,” I thought, “perfect!”  Turns out, there were no zombies, but there were a full two pages devoted to how limbs were amputated!  The first story was kind of fun with a bunch of cool looking ‘gators and lots of moonshine.  Otherwise, it was pretty ridiculous and Chuck Dixon kind of rubs me the wrong way sometimes (it’s hard going back and rereading those old issues of Robin and Nightwing that he wrote and putting them into his conservative ideology).

Top Shelf Kids Club:

The obvious stand out of this issue was Johnny Boo, but I really enjoyed Owly (I am a big fan of Owly) and Korgi (which I had never heard of/seen before).  I love kids comics.  They’re just so fun, simple, and often times hilarious.  The joke after joke in Johnny Boo had me laughing aloud for a good number of frames.  I liked Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken (the moose’s changing t-shirt provided some laughs even with the suggested naughty word at the end) and Okie Dokie Donuts, but they were a little chaotic in the art department.  Nonetheless, comics should be accessible to everyone, and this preview definitely provided that.

Pep Comics:

You know, more and more, I have gotten into Archie comics.  I used to look at them in disgust, but they’re not actually that bad.  Unfortunately, they seem too preachy rather than fun sometimes.  Nonetheless, this comic has a great bit with Jughead, autotuning, and ringtones at Veronica’s expense that is super funny.  Overall, it’s something you come to expect from an Archie comic, but nothing more than that.

Sonic The Hedgehog:

I have a lot of Sonic The Hedgehog comics back at my parent’s house.  I used to be really into him.  Alas, it stopped happening due to Tracy Yardley taking over the penciling duties and me not really caring for his artwork.  So, I dropped the book.  Apparently, the very talented artist “Spaz” is going to return to do a couple of issues.  So, I might check that out.  Anyway, Steven Butler’s pencils in this FCBD special is actually pretty good.  The story’s energetic which is nice.  Though, the main villain is one that people who know Sonic through his videogames wouldn’t recognize, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had to see how Sonic outsmarts him.  Overall, it was fairly decent.

Super Dinosaur:

So here we go with another Robert Kirkman book (writer of The Walking Dead and Invincible), but this time it’s for kids.  This kids book is more geared towards 10 and up’ers, though.  I thought I was really going to like it, but I feel like Kirkman just does not have the knack yet for writing to a younger audience.  He still has cool ideas, but it seems like his version of writing for kids is dumbing down his language rather than writing in a completely different way to appeal to the younger audience.  For instance, within a span of two pages he has Derek – the young protagonist – narrate the story of Max Maximus’s betrayal saying “But Maximus had other ideas” and then saying “But Max Maximus had other plans for my new pal.”  They’re super similar sentences.  I understand that this is coming from Derek’s point of view, but he’s supposed to be some sort of child-prodigy.  Unfortunately, this sort of writing plagues the rest of the comic.  The art’s good, though.

Captain America & Thor: The Mighty Fighting Avengers:

Here’s another fun comic to end upon.  The comic transports Thor and Captain America to King Arthur’s time in order to stop Loki from getting the Holy Grail.  The writing is spot on, and the art is really creative with it’s inking and colors.  Overall, it was a great read and open for all readers.  I just cannot see how someone cannot enjoy it.  You can see the same writer and artist in the critically-acclaimed yet cancelled “Thor: The Mighty Avenger.”

Well, there was a a great deal of mediocre books, but 3-4 pulled through.  I got some others, too.  But, I’ve been at this for nearly 4 hours… so, I think reviewing such a large stack of comics is good enough.

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.

Company Crossover Comic

2 Aug

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.