Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Ep 103

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mark Waid + Superman =Awesome

 Mark Waid would kill to write Superman and he has said it before in numerous interviews. Also the Man of Steel has seen better days. The Superman titles have not been the sales juggernaut that it once was. Hell even I'm feeling burned out by the whole "Grounded" storyline. I guess what I'm trying to get off my chest is Mark Waid should be the next guy to take a stab at the main Superman book. It would be a win-win situation for DC Comics. Mark Waid has been known to breathe new life into characters that can seem kind of stale. Now I'm not knocking JMS, but I didn't really care for the execution of his story.

 Look at the body of work Waid has out there. He had an awesome run on The Flash for DC. At Marvel he gave us some of the best comics of the decade in the 1990's with his work on Captain America. Remember how vocal fans were when Marvel head Bill Jemas tried to run him off Fantastic Four? People were ready to drop that book by the boatloads. That being said Waid has a handle on Superman and his mythos and I don't think there is anyone out there who DC should announce as the next ongoing Superman Writer. Make it happen DC, make it happen. 

Tash is one of the Founders of The Verbal Mosh and seems to be stuck on the 1990's.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What I'm Stoked For

 Like most fanboys, I always keep my eye open for the new solictations that Marvel and DC put out once a month. Also like most fanboys, I pre-order my books. This is a good and bad thing. The good is that I can always make sure no matter what, that I will always get a copy of Moon Knight #1. The bad thing is that I tend to find out how awesome a book is a little late and have to rush out to a store and buy it. But the other day I was looking at the solicits from Marvel and DC and it showed two books that I knew I just had to have. The first was a collection of stories that Gene Colan did for Batman and Detective Comics in the 1980's. Now I have some of this stuff in single issue, but for the fact that it's drawn by Gene Colan and written by Doug Moench... I freaked out. When it comes to layouts Colan is one of the best. I don't have much of this run in singles and I really would like this collection just to round out my Batman by Doug Moench run.

 The other book is an Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus by David Michelinie and Tood McFarlane. I've been waiting to buy a Marvel Omnibus for some time now. But all the books they've put out over the last few years are things I already own. Mostly in Essential Marvel format or in singles. Plus I really want a complete Todd McFarlane Amazing Spider-Man run. I think just dropping the $99.99 for this will save a little time and money on my part instead of trying to find all those books at a con or online.

Tash Moore

Monday, February 14, 2011

Top Seven Superheroes in Desperate Need of a Sidekick

                                    Top Seven Superheroes in Desperate Need of a Sidekick
                                              (In no particular order)
                                                    By Len Nard

· The Punisher – We all love a big, tough, humorless badass and who’s better than good ol’ regular-sized Pun? Yup, nothing says hero like an arsenal of illegal firearms and a big skull on your chest. But, do you know what’s missing from this mountain of macho?  Why, a prepubescent boy, of course. We’ll call him Kid-Punisher. Readers would be thrilled to read lines of dialogue such as,
Punisher: “Clean out the van, Kid-Punisher.”
Kid-Punisher: “Ah, gee-whiz, Punisher do I have to?”
Punisher:”You better. Or I’m gonna PUNISH you.  (winks towards the reader)

· The Silver Surfer – The lonely philosopher of the cosmos. So noble. So profound. So…zzz…zzz…zzz…Oh.  Sorry.  Silver Surfer has that effect on me.  If you were roaming the galaxies on a surfboard, wouldn’t you want an annoying teenager as your companion? Enter the Bronze Boogie Boarder.  With his trusty Bronze Boogey Board, the Bronze Boogie Boarder can boogie down with the beat down!  Take that, Annihilus!

· Doctor Strange – Okay, he already has Wong cramping his style, and Clea is more or less just a magical plaything.  But I feel a younger version of the former Sorcerer Supreme is just what the doctor ordered.  Wouldn’t it be great if Stephen uttered lines like this:
“Watch out, Dormammu! Your days are numbered! ‘Cause I got a LITTLE MAGIC up my sleeve!”
Like it? That would be his name, Little Magic.  Anyway…

· Robin – As we all know, Dick Grayson was the first ever sidekick, Robin.  He has since grown up.  You see, he’s the other Batman. Wait…you didn’t know there’s another Batman? Actually he’s one of many Batmen.   But hold on! BatDick (as I call him, so as not to confuse my loyal readers) has taken a new Boy Wonder under his batwing.  He’s Damian Wayne and he’s a real tough cookie.  But, isn’t it hard to be an only child in this modern era? It must be even harder to be a kid vigilante.  And poor Damian is both!  Today’s teenaged sidekick could use his own sidekick. Damian needs a little brother, maybe like a 5 year old, to help battle villains. Occasionally, Damian might even beat-up his little brother when he’s feeling bored.  Being that he’ll be Damian’s little brother, he won’t have an original costume; he’ll have to wear Damian’s old Robin uniform. And he won’t have a snazzy name, either.  He’ll be known simply as Robin’s little brother.

· Power Man – Wouldn’t it be funny if Luke Cage had an illegitimate child with Misty Knight, and the kid (named Shaqwan Cage) is always showing up to fight by his daddy’s side,  and once the battle is over, Luke’s always giving Shaqwan the slip? Alright, maybe that wasn’t such a hot idea. But this one is…

· The Sub-Mariner – The original antihero, himself.  I always dug Namor.  I always liked how he had utter contempt for us air-breathers.  He’s funny because he reminds me of the archetypal crazy girlfriend. One moment she’s baking you cookies, the next she’s castrating you in the middle of a shopping mall.  Namor had that quality about him.  He’s the only superhero who you can say in a single breath helped the allies win WWII, and  also leveled NYC with the help of a Godzillian, walking whale just for kicks.  He is that cool.  Plus, how can you not like those little ankle wings?  Aren’t they adorable? He’s ten times the aquatic hero than that fruit, Aquaman.  But, there is one department that Aquaman totally has Namor beat. And it’s in the Department of Abused Minors. Yup, the Sub-Mariner needs his very own Aqualad.  Only his watery ward shall be named Sub-Mariner-Mate, the Underwater Sailorboy.  That very name should strike fear in into salty heart of Attuma.

· Rorschach – Alan Moore missed a big opportunity. Rorschach was a great character but that silly journal of his!  I mean, sure it was an excellent device for conveying his innermost thoughts, but a toddler-aged Rorschach, complete with matching dirty suit and mask, is even better.  Imagine the profound world view that a father like Rorschach could impart to his son. Wouldn’t it have been great to see little Inky get vaporized alongside his daddy at the hands of Dr. Manhattan? Alright. Maybe that, like this entire column, was in poor taste.  Take care gentle readers, and God bless. And until then, keep it funky.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Way back when....

This is the panel that changed my life. See folks I grew up in the 1990's and this is the very first comic I ever read. It was Spider-Man #57 by Howard Mackie and John Romita Jr. I was a huge fan of the Spider-Man cartoon and once I found out they had a comic book boy was I stoked. I picked this book up from a newsstand in my hometown. Now that I think about it, I haven't seen a newsstand in years. My aunt was working there and I didn't have to pay for the comic which was pretty damn sweet.  Reading this I was confused. When did Spidey change his costume? What the hell is the clone saga. How'd Aunt May die? I spent a whole week reading and re-reading this issue. Hell the power went out in our house so I had to read it by candle light. This comic also made me fall in love with one Ben Reilly. Ben put a damn good fight trying to protect a pregnant Mary Jane from Judas Traveller. Lot's of action and a great issue where the hero has a really great build to show you just how much of an awesome character Ben could be. I'm gonna go back and re-read this and gush over Ben. Oh, and you should too.

By Tash Moore