Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 112

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Fastest Man

Anybody who follows my art blog can recall a couple of posts ago, I had started to review a book I got from the MoCCA Art Festival called "Whatever Happened to the World's Fastest Man...?" written by Dave West and illustrated by Marleen Lowe. I was barely half-way through the book when I wrote my review. I've now completed it and am happy to give a fuller conclusion. 

The premise is not that the main character, Bobby Doyle, is super fast but that he has the ability to stop time. A giant bomb is about to go off in the middle of the city because of some evil scientist's plot to ransom the government and Bobby is going to try to save everyone he can. I like the character a lot. Other than the ability to stop time, he's just an ordinary man. No super-strength. No flight. And while time is frozen for the people around him, it keeps moving for Bobby. You can see him age drastically as he is determined to move every person within what will be the radius of the bomb's explosion. And it obviously takes him years to get through it all. I also love the disconnect of the character. He is so completely isolated, moving around this frozen world. You really feel bad for the guy because he winds up giving away most of his life to save complete strangers who will have no idea it was he who saved them from dying. He doesn't save everyone. He's a normal guy who can only do so much. He's not even got the best morals in the end, making him that much more human and relatable. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. The book is published by Accent UK. You can find more of their titles by heading over to their website:


Monday, April 25, 2011

I'm not buying that. (Ultimate Ultimate Spider-Man)

So the word is that "The Death Of Spider-Man" story will end with someone new as Spidey. I don't want to seem like a troll but i think this needs to end. No, not the Ultimate Spider-Man title. I think that new readers would still enjoy a book with a teenage Spider-Man. What needs to be shut down is the Brian Bendis Spider-Man stuff. It never came across, to me anyway that Bendis had a great handle on Peter Parker. Whenever Bendis writes him I just want to punch him. All the jokes just fell flat and Parker just always came off as some goober. Not for the record, I don't hate Bendis. I've said that time and time again. The man has done a fantastic job with his crime graphic novels. To this day Torso still scares the crap out of me. But I just can't help the feeling that Bendis just does not get the superheroe dynamic. I thinks it's time Marvel shipped this book on to another writer. It about time when you really think about it. For some reason I can see Nick Spencer writing this book, but alas it's not to be and that's why I will not be buying this book. Also at $3.99. Really now?

-Tash Moore

The Verbal Mosh Episode 111

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Don Newton Batman

Tales of the Batman: Don NewtonWas searching today and found this and it made me smile. DC comics will be putting out a hardcover of the Don Newton Batman run from the 1980's. Boy i can't wait to read this and you can damn well bet that most of these stories will be written by Doug Moench. Get stoked.

-Tash Moore

Friday, April 15, 2011

A delay by any other name...

So for all of you who are looking for The Verbal Mosh Episode 110, you guys are gonna have to wait. You see i get my comics by mail order. They are sent via UPS to my job, i picked them up and Olivia and i read them. Then we record the podcast. But this week, trust me i did everything in my power to make sure that we had a show, cuz i really wanted to see how Peter J. Tomasi's first arc on Batman & Robin would come to an end. I learned that my comics had been rejected by my company because we have inventory next week and we are busy with counting all the crap we already have in the building. I called UPS and asked for the could hold my Comics until i could pick them up in the afternoon on friday and they said yes.

 They told me that my comics were just 15 miles away. I even called twice to and even spoke to two different customer service reps to make sure my package was in the building. So after a drive that was supposed to last 40 minutes. I got lost and blew three hours on the road. After some help from a fellow arab, i found the main UPS building and was told the worst news. There had been a mistake an my package was still on a UPS truck and whoever told me that the package was in the building was dead wrong. Folks i think you all know that i can have a temper when i want to. I bit my tounge, and when i say that i mean that's what i really did. Came home and cut a pretty long and Stone Cold Steve Austin like rant on UPS. Which made me feel better.

Don't worry, i'm sure before you know it Episode 110 will be posted right here and you can all hear me complain about the $3.99 Marvel books that i buy. Just hold tight, gang.

-Tash Moore

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Trade Central Station: Moving Pictures

I'm a very picky person when it comes to my comics. I'm a picky person in general. What attracted me to picking up "Moving Pictures" by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen was the artwork. It is bold, with it's use of heavy inks. It is detailed but never overly complicated. The storytelling never feels lost. You always know where you are, even when a character is standing against a completely black backdrop. I think it is a phenomenal piece of work. 

The story takes place during the Second World War. The main character is a woman named Ila Gardner, a curator, withdrawn from most of society as she spends her days among paintings. She's trying to protect and inventory these paintings and finds herself in a tough situation when she meets officer Rolf Hauptmann of the Military Art Commission, whose job is also to inventory and move the paintings. As they disagree with the proper way to do their jobs, they develop an intimate relationship. Ila must figure out her role in relation to the war and try not to lose herself within all the mind games and power struggles. 

There's a beautiful motif that repeats throughout the book of falling papers. Papers are important because they help identify and categorize everything from paintings to people. They are letters to friends, newspapers, photographs, sketches. That they are depicted blank and never static for too long creates a sadness regarding the ease there is to become displaced. I, also, love the use of the all black panel in the book. They break up the scenes, but also add a sense of oppression. Black is dark and all-consuming, like a heavy weight pressed upon the characters' shoulders. 

"Moving Pictures" by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen is a wonderful read that I highly recommend to all.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Thundercats Hoooo!

As a kid there was no show i loved than Thundercats. Everyday at 2:30 p.m. i sat down and tuned into FOX 5 and let Lion-O and his ongoing battles with Mumm-Ra carry me away. I was such a big fan of the show that when a kid on my block told me that when we played Thundercats on that day that he would be Lion-O, i didn't take it very well. To be blunt i hit him over the head with my hard plastic Sword of Omens. Yeah, that's how i roll. So for years i've heard that Warner Bros. picked up the rights to this show and had some kind of plans for a relaunch. At first we were going to get a full CGI movie that really didn't look all that great. Don't get me wrong, the CGI looked awful, but the characterization seemed on point with what i had seen as a kid. Lion-O was still a young man stuck in an old man's body. But now as the summer draws near Cartoon Network has plans for a new Thundercats cartoon. I am really excited for this, and some of the changes i don't agree with (like having Thundera as a kingdom on third earth) and some i do (not letting snarf speak). I think this show will knock it out of the park. I'll try to keep you all posted with my feelings on the show once it debuts.

Posted By Tash Moore

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What's The Deal, Cap?

In this undated handout image provided by Marvel Entertainment LLC, the planned cover of Captain America No. 1., is shown. Marvel Comics said Monday, April 4, 2011, that Steve Rogers, the young man who tried but failed to join the Army during World War II only to take a super-soldier serum that turned him into the agile, strong and daring Captain America, will return to the role in “Captain America” No. 1 in July 2011.I'm sure you all have heard by now that Steve Rogers is going to be coming back as Captain America by july. I know this is being done for the movie that is due out this summer. If some young buck sees the movie and then figures he wants to read Cap's adventures in comic book form then i'm cool with that. Also i am fine with the renumbering of this book.(If that happens) I just felt that the whole Bucky as Captain America story could have goneon much longer than it did. It would have been way cooler to have Bucky wield the sheild for about a decade. This would have made Steve Rogers return seems even more important that it already was. Plus i'm pretty sure that whole "I've been shot by this device,which was not a gun, which is really sending me in and out of time" thing a little bit less like a cop out or quick fix from the editorial at Marvel. Ed Brubaker i feel has invested a great deal into Bucky Barnes and i really wanted to see him stick around as Captain America for quite sometime. But as they say nothing gold can stay.

Posted By Tash Moore