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The Walking Dead #77

26 Sep

This comic was sooooo good, that I wrote them a letter:

Dear the powers that be,

You know you have a wonderful comic when your readers (me in particular) go “OH SHIT, NO THEY DIDN’T!!!” out loud followed by menacing pleasure chuckles.  Well, this happened during my reading of issue 77.

In fact, it was apparently so startling that my cat (Sabretooth), lying in my lap asleep, let out a “RAUGGHHH” after my exclamation.  She then promptly sat on my comic and pawed it (every reader should have a clawing cat so then they have to buy multiple issues – market it).  Frustrated I went “NAHHHOOOHHHHH Blasphemy!”

So, Kirkman and Adlard, your comic is so amazing that it is causing strife in the relationship between me and my cat.  You heartbreakers.

Elliott Sawyer


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The Walking Dead #76: Review

16 Aug

I’ll keep this general and brief.

The Walking Dead is worthy of its Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series.  I am glad to pick up each issue month-to-month.  Sure, I could save money if I collected the trades.  And yes, I could probably be more likely to loan things out (although, I have had too many bad experiences with this practice) with a trade.  The problem is: I chomp (pun!) each issue up and cannot wait for the next bit of story.  It’s too good to wait for the trades.  Plus, the waiting is part of the fun and almost reflects a lot of the comics nature.

Anyway, this issue picks up from the surprise at the end of last with Michonne.  Rick flipped and now has to deal with the repercussions… though, they may not all be bad.  The characters come to grips with their past actions.  The next big confrontation is hinted at.  And Rick then answers the telephone.

Art = fantastic.

Overall: near perfection.

But seriously, people.  Read this comic.  Hell, the trades are even in public libraries!  You don’t have to catch up to where the series is currently at to understand and enjoy it.

The Walking Dead Group Shot!

16 Jul

There really aren’t any words to describe how excited I am for The Walking Dead AMC-television series.  Basically, I’m flipping out with excitement.

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.

Wow… Been awhile. NEW COMICS!

6 Feb

Alright, I’ll admit it: I’ve been slacking on the comic book side of things.  However, new things have been happening in my life that have made me feel pretty damn good.  I’m more than likely moving, I have a girl that I like and even though she just wants to be friends and not have a relationship I still enjoy every goddamn moment I’m with her, I’m actually trying to make new/more friends and succeeding, and Quantum Leap is a show that will never lose its beauty to me.

So, where does that leave me?  Oh yeah, I’m in a damn fine mood to go to the comic store and post about what I’ve read.

Batwoman in Detective Comics #861:

Wait, this comic doesn’t have the beautiful work of J.H. Williams III in it?  Fuck, I’m not picking that up.

Well, you should because this was by far the best read I’ve had in awhile.  Jock’s artwork flows flawlessly with Rucka’s script which is not only occasionally surprising, but instantly badass.  Everyone should read this book… and I’m not kidding.  Everyone.  Whether you like comics or not.  Here, we have a kickass superhero who’s a lesbian and uses her defining qualities to her advantage.

The thing I loved about this issue was that Batwoman gets stabbed a lot but keeps on fighting like a pro.  The duality of the story in the past with Batman and the story with Batwoman in the present really brings it home that Kate may not have the same amount of training as Bruce did, but she can still hold her own against anyone else in the Bat-family.

God, I loved this.

Invincible Iron Man #22:

Tony Stark is still kinda in la-la land stuck in his head, and ruling him out as the main force in the comic is a pretty interesting thing to do, but Fraction nails it home with this issue.  I’m really enjoying this series.  Sure, Marvel’s been having the whole problem lately of “hey, we don’t like to schedule our books out in proper sequential order so you get spoilers in issues all the time,” but I’m okay with that.

Bringing in Strange is a clever, mildly desperate move, but I like when he realizes that this task may just end up being a lot harder than he expected it to be.  Has anyone else noticed that him and Tony look nearly identical with a few modifications? It’s kinda distracting.

Red Robin #9:

Fun.

That’s the best way to describe this issue.

Wait, what?  Describing the new badass “I’m dark and angry like my Daddy” attitude Red Robin-Tim Drake-Wayne-(Draper) as fun is a little weird.  However, it works.

I loved the contrast in this issue of how Tim comes back to Gotham, talks about how shitty it is yet feels the need to apologize and actually crack a smile for good ol’ times.  Ra’s is super menacing in this issue and his plan seems pretty dastardly.  I feel like this actually has some substance.

The nice thing about this series – so far – is that it works the way a comic should work.  It has nicely developed storylines in 3-5 issue arcs that play a role in the bigger picture.  Not only that, it also makes reference to what’s going on in the whole universe.  Sure, I would have liked it if Tim did some more world-touring, but I love how this comic and Batman and Robin #7 came out at relatively the same time with similar themes with different approaches.

It probably helps that I’m a huge Tim Drake fan.

Batman and Robin #7:

Let’s admit it, this issue had problems.  From the ridiculous way Batwoman gets brought into the story to the accidental dialogue switch in a certain frame that’s a bit confusing.

Let’s also admit that Cameron Stewart just brought new life to this series.  I was a converted fan for the first Quitely issues, then I got the Phillip Tan ones and thought, “fuck, I hate this art.”  I hated it so much, in fact, that I was going to stop getting this series.  Then, I read some reviews of the issue and decided, “okay, you’ve got another shot, don’t disappoint.”

The things this issue does well completely overshadows the above problems.  The issue is at such a breakneck speed that sometimes it’s hard to keep up, but then you read something later on and pick up what actually happened earlier.  So, Morrison kinda safeguards himself on that.

The interrogation scene is killer like 3 pages of absolute glory.

So Cameron, you got me.  I’m picking up the next issue.

The Walking Dead#69:

Ever wanted to see what post-Zombie Washington DC would look like?  Well, here you go.

The mistrust simmers down in this issue and a mini crisis happens in which we discover this community our characters are going to is pretty damn well-off in terms of resources and firepower.

Things may just be looking up for the group, but I’m expecting something to happen in issue #73 that shakes things up… just a guess.

My one problem is that this comic always feels short.  I know that Charlie Adlard typically does about a page of art a day, and it would be pretty mean to force him to do more.  I guess it is a sign of a good comic when you’re craving the next one as soon as you read that one (hence why this series works better in trades, but I’m so goddamn impatient I can’t wait).

Green Lantern #50:

I guess it’s fairly significant that Hal Jordan turns back into Parallax in issue 50 when in Vol 3 of Green Lantern he’s infected with Parallax and destroys the Corps.

So, takin’ down the Spectre, huh?  That’s neat.

This issue just sort of felt “meh” for me.  I mean, it’s cool seeing all of the new Corp members dealing with their bosses (I love Atrocitus urging Mera on), but the issue just moved really quickly at first to me.  Then, once it hit halfway it moved a little slow.  I think it’s just suffering from having too many characters at this point.  I want more screen time for all of them, but there’s just not enough room.

In terms of Blackest Night, this plays a decent role.  Plus, I wonder how Parallax is going to be put back into his cage.

Oh, and the part between Hal and Carol is cute.

The art on this issue is pretty good.  Not amazing, but better than a lot of art.

I guess I may just be caught in the rut that I’m putting this series to a (deservedly) higher standard.  Hmmm.

Tales of the TMNT #66:

A bit frustrating to find 100 versions of a Batman and Robin cover and only 10 of a TMNT cover – all of which are quite small.

So, I went into this thinking that this issue probably wasn’t going to work for me.  I’ve always have loved Tales for covering aspects of heroes’ lives typically not seen in comics, but an issue about dog smuggling by a gang in NY that’s pretty lame in the TMNT series just was not doing it for me in description since it’s so arbitrary.

Nevertheless, upon reading it, I found the issue to be fun and meaningful.  Sure, I don’t really have much of a recollection of how it went and I read it two weeks ago, but I remember smiling and rooting for my characters.  So, I suppose if a comic can have even that short term effect, then it must be pretty damn decent.

For something that didn’t require too much, Lawson still kicked out some great art.

World’s Finest miniseries #1-4:

Okay, I meant for all of those images to just line up horizontally, but it wasn’t happenin’.  So, I picked up the first issue of this miniseries on a whim partly because of good ol’ Timmy being in it.  Sure, he was drawn like he was 40 and not 19 which was a bit upsetting, but oh well.

The miniseries was entertaining.  It wasn’t great nor was it bad.  Just a nice pairing of the two biggest franchises for DC which was fun.  I did enjoy how most of the stories convalesced together in the final issue.  That was nice.  It was also nice to see Superman drawn in a way that made him actually seem like a mentor who has aged since the beginning.

I was a little offended with how carrying the trend of Damien being a jerk, he’s made yet another comment about Stephanie being fat or not – basically – a skinny ass, busty, big hipped, typical comic book female.  I think she’s one of the few mainstream female characters that might just happen to have a real body.

The ending of the series was a bit goofy, and totally feels like a lead-in to War of the Supermen.  Oh well.  Overall, if you want an introduction to some new characters that are staples for their universe(s), then check this out.

Heard I should probably check out Siege.  I mean, what with people being torn in half!?  I’m just not a big Marvel guy… oh well.

Also, in case you were wondering: I’ve read all of 100 Bullets and caught up to date with Fables recently.  So, expect posts on that and Zot! soon.

Super HeroiHOT #13: Michonne

7 Jan

Ready, Suckah?

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Super HeroiHOT and I blame some personal matters.  Plus, I’ve been trying to keep up and read a bunch of new and old series with female characters.  In that time I’ve been building a collection of photos to use later down the road.

Nevertheless, it’s about goddamn time I did a post on Michonne.  She’s the strong, mostly silent character from Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead which is one of the best ongoings out there.  Sure, her appearances have been a little numbered lately, but I really think that Kirkman’s going to keep her around for awhile (you never know with him, he basically just draws a name out of a hat for who he’s going to kill next).

Plus, I’m proud to present some more black-and-white comic goodness!

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Review Time! 12/19/09

19 Dec

Alright, I’ve been a bad little boy lately… well, to tell you the truth, due mostly to circumstances out of my immediate control, I did not go to the comic book shop for three weeks!  And yet, I’m one of those weekly people… Damn.  So, these are fairly recent comics.

They’re ordered from best to worse, once again.

Donatello: The Brain Thief #4 of 4

Wow, that’s all I can really say to sum up this miniseries.  Jim Lawson really fulfilled on his promise in the interview that I did with him (that you can read here: https://mechanisticmoth.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/an-interview-with-jim-lawson/ ) that this miniseries would show a much darker side to Donatello than ever seen before.  Frankly, I haven’t been this surprised with the character since he fell, broke his leg, and then used a gun to save Karai in City at War way back when.

The pacing on this issue is phenomenal with so many quiet, introspective moments that really emphasize the horrible lengths Donatello will go to for some sort of better good.  I read it so quick that I read it again… and then again… then I read all 4 issues again.  Expect to see this miniseries on a list at the end of the year!

I really have to refrain from going into too much detail about this book because it’s just one that you have to read on your own.  And, don’t fear readers, this miniseries is pretty easy to pick up without ever reading any TMNT stories before.

Batgirl #5:

You know what really makes me happy?  The best titles coming out of the Bat-Family right now are ones that feature Strong Female characters.  Batgirl and Detective Comics.  The characters are truly dynamic.  You get Barbara Gordon who is disabled and in a wheelchair but still empowered, sexy, intelligent, and playing the very important role of being Oracle.  Couple that with her working with Stephanie Brown who’s only been vigilante-ing it for a couple years (comic book time) who is sassy yet smart and fierce.  Not only that, out of any of the characters in the Bat-verse, Stephanie actually brings some much needed light to the dark of Gotham.

Plus, what’s this!? The women aren’t drawn with giant T & A in this book!  There’s even a stab by the writer at other books that do this (which was pretty darn good).

Any issue of Batgirl is great for first time readers because the stories are pretty issue inclusive, and they’re very attractive for first time readers because of the stories being fun, thrilling, and fresh.

Plus, there’s an Omen joke in here (connection between the boy in the movie and the son of Bruce Wayne-aka the new Robin) that I’ve been waiting for for quite awhile.

Read this, you won’t be disappointed… unless you get a copy like I did… which is when the colors bleed on a couple pages because the printer was off from the registration marks… which is really frustrating (especially when it happens multiple times a week) because it detracts from the art.

Invincible Iron Man #21:

This is the best comic coming out of Marvel.

Despite the somewhat contrived way of getting Tony’s knowledge back, this comic works really well.  Fraction does a great job of leaving some mystery as to what the hell is happening inside Tony’s subconscious as he tries to make it back too.

The art’s really neat.

There’s some pretty strong female characters in the book despite the occasional large boobs that they’re graced with.

There’s no reason not to read this book, really.

Red Robin #7:

You know, I have to say that I think it’s pretty darn funny that the only good books coming out of the Bat-verse post-(the atrocious)-Battle for the Cowl are pretty unrelated from Batman.

Here we have Tim Drake traveling around the world in search for the missing Bruce Wayne.  ‘Cept, he’s had to hit it up with the League of Assassins to go toe to toe with the Council of Spiders… sure, that sounds a bit confusing, but it makes sense when you read it.

I really love the new artist on the series Marcus To, he’s really showing his talent with this book.

I also enjoy how we experience the weirdness alongside Tam Fox since this is her Introduction to Super Hero-ing and Assassins/Ninjas… it gets pretty funny to read her reactions, but you still feel vested in the interests of the characters.

I have to admit, I was a little surprised by the climax of Ra’s Al Ghul being there the whole time to only be taken out by a touch by poison lady… Ra’s Al Ghul is the most dangerous man on earth, so… how could someone just walk up and put their hand on him?  Oh well.  It was  a good sport.

The Walking Dead #68:

Alright, it’s pretty easy for me to say that The Walking Dead is one of the best comics out on the market.  Hell, it’s really easy.  However, this issue is totally a transitional one, and it shows.  Nevertheless, Robert Kirkman pulls it off and makes it not entirely boring and hints at some other stuff in it.

After the (awesome!) Fear the Hunters storyline the gang has done some pretty terrible things and find out that Eugene who seemed like he had contacts with the government and was leading them to Washington D.C., was actually lying in order for him to survive.  Disgruntled and starving, a man just walks up to the group out of the woods and offers them a spot in the special community he lives in.

Very intriguing.  But, this issue is working in between the short run of Fear the Hunters and the story line once they end up in the community.  So, it’s meet and greet/ Rick’s kind of mean again.

I really enjoyed how in the couple of panels, Kirkman (heavily) suggested that the partners from the town doing the scoping for people to join the community Aaron and Eric are homosexuals.  They both seem very empowered characters and I hope to see more of them in the future of the series.

Green Lantern Corps #43:

You know, it would probably be helpful for me to go and read the reviews I did for the previous issue of a comic that I did before rating the newest one just to make sure there’s some consistency.  Oh well.

Kyle Rayner isn’t dead!  Big surprise since I already knew it with the Origins and Omens from last year.  However, it wasn’t a completely useless tool used by Tomasi because Kyle’s “death” basically gave the impetus for Guy Gardner to become a Red Lantern/aka complete badass.  Since he’s got two rings on his fingers, Guy can just go around “killing” the undead Black Lanterns in droves.  Other than that, though, the issue is kind of sad, in a way.  It had some cool ideas but there was this overall sadness to it that was strange.

Other than that, the issue was neat, but it didn’t completely flow.  This comic just seems to go by way too fast when not much is actually shown but you know there’s a lot going on.  I don’t know, maybe they could pull an Amazing Spider-Man on us and release three issues a month!

Tales of the TMNT #65:

Okay, I had a really hard time with this issue.  The overall premise of delivering a somewhat Holiday-time Tale along with everything else going on in this issue was really good.  I just don’t believe that it was carried out to the best possible degree.  This issue’s all Berger, and I believe that at times his writing can sway between okay and great which is the same for his art.  The Turtles sway between Archie style and Eric Talbot style which are pretty distinct differences.

The best part of this story, however, is the Rat King.  The Rat King is by far one of the best ever characters in the Mirage-Universe who is fairly underutilized (he died during or before City at War depending) because he’s the only person to have ever successfully messed with Splinter.  This issue gives us about 10 frames worth of Rat King, and all of them are classic.  I really wish more of the issue focused on the Rat King than the mystical guy and the snow oni.

I mean, how did the guy even find out about the Turtles?  It seems so arbitrary.

The thing that did it for me to bring this one down from a 3 to a 2.5 was because of the binding issues which have absolutely no connection to Mirage or the story.  It just really pissed me off when the pages of my comic were still perforated and attached together so I had to tear the tops of them apart which, in the process, bent all of my pages.  It was frustrating and a first.

How I view it, is that 3 stars is average, and 2.5 stars is squeeking just below the surface of that.