Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Thor Has An S.T.D" Contest

Well, for those reading The Mighty Thor now would know that the thunder god has a problem. He got slashed by a serpent while trying to recover the world tree seed. The wound won't heal and it looks like he may die. (Yeah, right.) But what stikes me as strange is that for some reason it kinda looks like Thor has an STD. I mean it sure seems like he's having unprotected sex with Sif. Am i right? So here's the deal. I have some Flashpoint pins and some comics to give away to some lucky fan. All you have to do is come up with a name for Thor's new little STD and boom, you win. The rules are to simply leave your STD name in the comments section below. We here at The Verbal Mosh will pick the winner with the best STD name and mail you the free swag. Who loves ya, baby?

Contest closes midnight EST 07/12/11



-Tash Moore

Monday, June 27, 2011

Green Lantern: Movie Review



There's been a lot of build up for this movie. I've been giving my opinion over the past few episodes on The Verbal Mosh on what I could expect and hope to see from this film. Well, yesterday, I finally saw it and you know what? It was more than what I was expecting.

A lot of characters were introduced. The creative team tried to keep the pacing of the movie from slowing down while giving the necessary back-stories on this universe, and I think they did a fairly decent job of it. Could they have done more? Yes. But, the main points received their due spotlight. You got who the good guy was, Hal Jordan. You got a bad guy, Hector Hammond. Though with any good character, they can not be simply labeled in such a black and white view. Both Hal and Hector knew what it was like to feel a failure in their lives. Hector was a very sympathetic character because of that, and moreso because it was his contact with Parallax that sent him over the edge. His cells started to mutate and he found he could hear what other people were thinking. His fear's of being a failure were exponentially increased. Parallax was the real threat and the real mastermind/villain to the film. He was so huge, though and his connection to the Guardians was much stronger that his reasonings for changing his course and setting his eyes on destroying Hal on Earth felt like a weak excuse to add more humanity to the film. 

It was pretty cool how Parallax fed on everyone's fears, the way it looked as if he were ripping their skeletons out. 

And then there are the actors. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively should not have been cast for this film. I said that when previews and screenshots came out, and after seeing the film, I'll still say that. The age difference between the two of them was a bit disconcerting as they had a lot of sexual tension that needed to be shown. She looked far too young for him. Blake Lively's voice did not suit Carol Ferris. I'm very used to seeing her in Gossip Girl. I feel like her acting skills are very flat, and she wasn't good at portraying deeper emotions. Ryan Reynolds is just plain goofy looking. The suit didn't help him. Peter Sarsgaard, on the other hand, did a decent job portraying Hector Hammond, as did Angela Bassett as Dr. Waller, and Mark Strong as Sinestro. 

Green Lantern is not a bad movie. It is neither a great movie. It was less than I liked and more than I could've hoped for. I had a good time watching it. In my book, it gets a 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

-O.Pelaez

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Trip Down Comic Book Lane Part 5

Hey gang, I'm back for yet another trip down comic book lane. By the time I was 17 I had my first real job. It was working at a car wash, and let me tell you it was not fun. But the best part was that I had money to buy all the comics I wanted. One day I left the car wash early and went to the comic shop to buy my monthy books. I was reading Batman, Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker: Spider-Man and Hellblazer. With any money left over I would search the back issues. Around this time I was reading "Knightfall". It was a huge storyline that ran through all the Batbooks back in 1992-1993. But because I was poor and only reading Spider-Man I missed out on this.

                             The story had a new villian named Bane, come to Gotham to take over and crush Batman in the process. He did and some french goober took over as Batman. This was around the time that I thought that we had a great creative team in Doug Moench and Jim Aparo. While in the back issue bin I ran across Batman #497 (the breaking of the bat). Never has a comic been able to convey so much emotion. After I made my puchase, I sat waiting for the bus that would take me the 12 miles home. After waiting for an hour I noticed the bus didn't show up.

                  An old man came by and told me that after 5 pm the bus didn't come into this section of town and that I would have to walk a mile to the next city over to catch the bus. I did but I made sure that I enjoyed myself by reading the rest of my comics there. This would become a theme I would use in my life. I'd get money then try to find the cheapest way to get to a comic shop. That way I'd have more money to buy comics.



           I started to read Mark Waids Fantastic Four run which I really enjoyed. Around this point comics had made the jump from $2.50 to $2.99. Still this book when I was reading it was really fun and easy to get into. I heard that Waid had been taken off the book and I was going to stop reading it. Protest from fans was so vocal that Marvel stayed the course and kept Waid on the book.




           








I got into The Flash not on purpose but really by chance. Yet again I went to a candy shop in town while going to buy milk that had comics. While out on the town I stopped in because it was kinda late and no shops in the area would be open. By this point I would have read anything that you put in front of me. All the comics on the spinner rack were beaten up pretty badly. The one exception was an issue of The Flash by Geoff Johns and Scott Kollins. After reading that one issue, I knew that this is how superhero comics should be done. The book was brightly colored and had plot points that would go from issue to issue but never made you feel lost.  This is a nice little gem form people who want modern comics with a simple silver age feel. I'll soon be picking up the Geoff Johns Flash omnibus...... if I can find it half off at a con.


So until next time face front and try not to steal anything.

-Tash Moore

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Top 10 DCnU Books I'm Stoked For

Well the new DCnU takes root this September and while I'm buying a ton of DC books, here are the top ten books that I can't wait to get my hands on.

#10
Grifter #1
Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON
Art by CAFU
Cover by CAFU and BIT

Now don't ask me why I want to read this, but I do. I think it has something to do with the fact that I did like the Wild C.A.T.S cartoon as a kid. Yes I thought that Grifter was cooler than Gambit. Plus it's got art by Cafu which is always a win. I really enjoyed his work on Captain Atom.

#9 
DC Universe Presents #1
Written by PAUL JENKINS
Art by BERNARD CHANG
Cover by RYAN SOOK

Olivia and I really love Deadman.We felt he was great in Brightest Day. I haven't read anything from Paul Jenkins in sometime. But I know that he is a very strong writer and to know that Bernard Chang is drawing this book along with Ryan Sook covers is a can't miss.

#8 (ETA by Olivia)
The Flash #1
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL

What can I say? I'm a fan of Francis Manapul's art. I love the way he incorporates watercolors into his work, which I just have a soft spot for in general, and I am eager to see if he can juggle writing along with his sequentials.

#7 
Superboy #1
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art by RB SILVA and ROB LEAN
Cover by ERIC CANETE

I would just sit and look at the art of RB Silva for hours on end. I think that he is a perfect fit to draw Superboy. The cover catches my eye also. Now as for the writer Scott Lobdell, I remember hearing that name being attached to the X-Books in the 1990's. I've never really read anything that he has done, but I'm really stoked about this book. I think that the Eric Canete cover does alot to pull you in.

#6
Justice League #1
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS

This book is going to be big. I am going to read this on the ability of Geoff Johns. I have a feeling that he can write a really witty and fun super team book. It only helps that Jim Lee is drawing it. This is how the JLA should be. The best heroes of the DCU moving in and kicking all types of evil ass.

#5
Swamp Thing #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by YANICK PAQUETTE

It's no secret that Scott Snyder can write a good horror story. He does it every month in the pages of American Vampire. It's been sometime since there was a really good swamp thing comic on the racks that didn't try to retell the Alan Moore stuff over and over again. I also spent like 5 minutes looking at the awesome Yanick Paquette cover. It's good stuff.

#4
Nightwing #1
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and JP MAYER

I read an interview with Kyle Higgins and he spoke about how he was a fan of the Dixon/McDaniel run on this book. So am I. I was going to buy it for the simple fact that it was Nightwing, but Higgins won me over with his love for Dick Grayson. Eddy Barrows comes off a run of Superman which wasn't all that great. But to be honest it was the writing on that book which sucked. When I saw Eddy's name attached to this book I knew it was a no brainer to pick this up.


 #3
Superman #1
Written by GEORGE PEREZ
Breakdowns and cover by GEORGE PEREZ
Art by JESUS MERINO

At first I was like: George Perez? But the more I think about it, the man is good. Okay, I take that back, he is AWESOME. I'm even digging the new costume. Jesus Merino will be doing the art over Perez's breakdowns which can only mean that we'll get some strong storytelling out of this one. It's also great to have George Perez doing a monthly book again.

#2
Animal Man #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN and DAN GREEN
Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN

Jeff Lemire is the reason that I am buying this bar none. Jeff just knocked it out of the park with his run on Superboy. I haven't seen anything from Travel Foreman since his work on Iron Fist. And I must say that he did a bang up job on the cover. I would gladly fork over the $2.99 for this book.

#1
Batman #1
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by GREG CAPULLO


From what I'm told Scott Snyder did just an awesome job on Detective Comics when Dick Grayson was Batman. Now he gets to take on the one true Batman. I think that Scott Synder is a fantastic writer and this book is going to be balls to the walls fun to read. The big score is that DC has got Greg Capullo to do the art. Greg did a really great job with Haunt for Image comics, but he felt it was time to move on to bigger and better projects. I haven't read  the regular Batman title since Tony Daniel took over writing and drawing it (boo). If I only read one Batman title I'd rather make it this one.


Ok gang, while I'm buying tons of DCnU books, these are only ten that I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on. Now I've had a long day at work and I'm off to bed.

-Tash Moore






Saturday, June 11, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Trip Down Comic Book Lane Part 4


Well after the death of the Scarlet Spider I felt that I was done with comics. I got back into wrestling and then sometime around 2001, I just gave up on all the crap that was going in pro wrestling. One day walking with my cousin we came to a small shop that sold newspapers and would you believe comics? I picked up a copy of the relaunched Amazing Spider-Man #20 and from that point on I was back in the game. The book was once again written by Howard Mackie and drawn by John Romita Jr. The stories that they were telling sure weren't the best, but because it was Spidey I stuck with it. Also I was so into comics that I started reading Wizard magazine. (Yeah, remember when that was printed.) To be honest Wizard used to be a very fun magazine to read. I learned that some goober named Joe Quesada was taking over the top spot at Marvel from Bob Harris. One of the things that changed was that Howard Mackie would be off Amazing and that new writer J. Michael Straczynski would take over the book. I remember the day when JMS first issue hit the stands ( issue #30) I ran to my local comic book shop Fortress of Solitude  only to find out that the book had been sold out. I was very upset. I had been buying the title every month for over ten months and now all these other goobers jumped on the train when JMS came into town. Thank heaven that Big Dave (R.I.P.) who worked at the Fortress told me if I came in next week he'd hold me a copy. I came in next week and true to his word he saved me a copy. I will always be thankful that Big Dave went out of his way to do that for me.

Another Book that I picked up was Peter Parker Spider-Man. It was by the team of Paul Jenkins and Mark Buckingham ( I never tire of saying his name). I think Paul had a way better handle on Peter Parker and his huge cast. The stories that Paul Jenkins wrote had a great deal of heart to them. Hell, sometimes Spidey didn't even show up. In the Jenkins run Spidey battled a guy who had all the powers of every hero and villian in the Marvel U. Helped an inner city youth beat the ghetto and just had shown how down right tragic it really can be to be born a mutant. But also there was a three part Doc Ock story that stands head and shoulders above the rest. It's a shame that Marvel has not collected this in some sort of omnibus form.

I tried to branch out for the first time in my life and read other comics that didn't star the web head. I picked up the Jeph Loeb Fantastic Four. I really liked looking at the art, but the story didn't really pull me in. Then one winter day I picked up a Batman comic and I was hooked on the Dark Knight. If I recall the book was by Ed Brubaker and Scott McDaniel. I really enjoyed the crime noir style that Brubaker wrote in. Scott McDaniel's art made me sit on my couch for hours on end looking at each and every issue of Batman that he drew.

The last book that I really remember just loving was Hellblazer. Yeah, that book turned out to be a family thing. I was heading from the beach and felt like I should stop at a Barnes and Noble and I picked out the Hellblazer Hard Time trade. This was a big hit with me. I really loved John Constantine and this was my first time reading an adult theme comic. It didn't have a super hero anywhere to be found in it's pages. Even my grandmother read the book and to this day has a huge chunk of the Garth Ennis and Brian Azzarello run's in her drawer. I guess if it's good for a 60 year old woman, it's great reading for me.

-Tash Moore

Monday, June 6, 2011

X-Men: First Class, a review

Spoilers!




  It was a chilly day yesterday, cloudy and cool. We got to the theater early to make sure we had decent seats. Boy oh boy, were we early. It was great. X-Men: First Class is a top notch film. I was a fan of the previous three X-Men films, to begin with. First Class, goes back to the root of the characters, highlighting the bond between Charles Xavier (Professor X, played by James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender), taking particular interest in the development of Magneto. I kid when I want to say their bro-mance was pretty hot and heavy ;) Anyways, the main story takes place during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. As a tortured soul, seeking revenge for the death of his mother and the torture of his people in Nazi Germany, Erik makes a reference to being Frankenstein's monster. He wants to kill his mother's murderer (played by Kevin Bacon), the villain and the reason behind all the nuclear threats. A man known as Schmidt/Shaw, a mutant, himself, bent on the destruction of the human race, eager to start World War III and let play out the rise of the mutant generation. There was a great deal of emphasis on evolution and the inevitability of the extinction of the former, non-mutated species. It built up tension to the finale. 

   As a nice balance against the anger and passion of Magneto, Charles was mostly level-headed. It was refreshing to see, as he wasn't quite the staunch, bald professor yet, him try to pick up women and guzzle down copious amounts of beer, at the beginning of the film. Charles, also, brought heart to Magneto. You could tell they both have deep admiration for the other, even though they ultimately disagree on the role of the mutant. Not forgetting the rest of the cast, I enjoyed Mystique and her struggle to accept her appearance. Goodness grief, a woman thinking about her looks. Not only that, but trying to hook up with seemingly, any guy around her. She was the cliche of a woman with low self-esteem, searching for approval within the throes of a man. 

   That was a bit irksome. 

   Emma Frost played up her sexuality as well. I guess it was a sign of the times and a generalized view of women. A very funny scene is watching the Russian dignitary, who's thinking he's fondling Emma's scantily clad body, only to realize it was an illusion Emma planted in his mind while she sat on the couch eating crisps. Most of the team to make up the original 'X-Men' were young adults, not quite ready to fight any kind of villain, they seemed more content in the fact that they found each other. They were different and unique, and that brought a  commonality to them. You had nice cameos from Rebecca Romain and Hugh Jackman. The movie was filled with the perfect balance of action, fun, heart and sadness. I say it was a sad ending to see that the efforts of Charles and his X-Men mean ultimately nothing to the fear and paranoia of all of the humans and the threat they feel from the mere existence of beings of extra-ordinary power. 

   And then, Professor X gets shot in the back by a ricocheting bullet. 

   James McAvoy's performance was brilliant. In the end, Magneto succeeds Shaw and dons an extremely baggy costume, making him look like a kid playing dress-up. The mutants are divided and the scene is set for what is to come. The film worked best because like the original comics, it highlighted relatable characters who cope with being out-casted, and not flashy, garish special effects and over-the-top action (Yep, I'm looking at you, Green Lantern trailer. I know I shouldn't judge before seeing the final product, but if you've been keeping up with our regular episodes, you know that I have and will probably continue to do so). I, also, want to note how awesome that Planet of the Apes trailer looked. Man, those monkeys were scary. 

   So, keep your damn, dirty paws off one another and check out X-Men: First Class. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm sure you'll be entertained, as well.


-O.Pelaez 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Mark, A Brand, A Reboot



So then, it's official. DC Comics will be Rebooting it's universe this september. To be honest, i'm not one of those people who thinks this is a bad idea. For way to long DC Comics has been very stale with the way it presented itself to fans. Sure they had some really great stories like Blackest Night and the whole Grant Morrison Batman stuff. But it just could not keep up with the sales of Marvel books. Don't get me wrong i enjoy tons of DC books. Even so more than Marvel, but i feel that Marvel has done a way better job of promoting it's brand. Hey, you all know the Moon Knight relaunch sucked ass.But it sold way better than Birds Of Prey. So i am pretty stoked about this relaunch and i really can't wait to read the new Justice Leauge book by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. Plus i have heard that some of the Wildstorm books will now play a part in the New New New(so many News) DC Universe. If what i'm hearing from the interwebs is true, that damn Grifter from Wildcats is going to get his own book. I've always been a big fan of Grifter. Sure he looks kind of like Gambit, but he ain't no goober. Well we'll see how the sales play out after September and how these new books fair.


-Tash Moore