Friday, September 30, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 134


 Here is the the newest Episode of The Verbal Mosh Episode 134
Y'all better shut up because Aquaman ain't takin' no bull no mo'.
On this week's episode of The Verbal Mosh, we review: Amazing Spider-Man #670, American Vampire #19, Aquaman #1, Captain America and Bucky #622, FF #9, Flash #1, Kick-Ass 2 #4, Mighty Thor #6, and Superman #1.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday Review: Batman #490

Writer: Doug Moench
Batman #490
Artist: Jim Aparo

    Back on time this week. This tale is called "Who Riddled The Riddler?" Batman fights off the affects of the sedatives that he was taking to answer the Batsignal. Batman finds Robin and Jean Paul (still dressed as Batman) talking over trying to deceive Jim Gordon that Jean Paul is really the Batman. The real Batman shows up and tells Jean Paul to go home. The talk with Gordon reveals that The Riddler is back and he has a riddle for them."What crowns just one but beats a dozen? Bim bam boom, some percussion."

    While Batman is trying to figure out the riddle we see that Bane and his henchmen and eavesdropping and Bane wants to solve this riddle for himself. He thinks that The Riddler is a loser for playing mere games with The Batman. Batman chases Robin away because he wants to do this on his own. After driving around for awhile it hits him that The Riddler is at the Clock Tower at number one Gotham Plaza.

   Bane is much quicker at solving The Riddlers riddle and he uses a dart gun device to pump The Riddler full of  Venom. Bane tells him that it is a gift that will only last 48 hours. After Bane leaves The Batman shows up and fights The Riddler. During the fight Batman thinks to himself as to if The Riddler gotten stronger and has he gotten weaker. Or both. The Riddler makes a break while Batman disarms the bomb. Batman sees the darts left at the crime scene and takes them to the Bat cave. There he discovers that the darts are laced with Venom. After a talk with Dr. Shondra Kingsolving Bruce tries to rest but to no avail.

     Another riddle is found and it's very simple. It's sent as a computer virus and it reads "It rises where it's low, side poison chaining bottom to top it will go."  Bane says that since this is an easy riddle he wants his henchmen to figure it out before the Batman. If they don't, they are told that they just might be replaced.  The riddle has Batman going to the Gotham Harbor. The Riddler wants to poison the fish of Gotham so that in turn the people who eat said fish will also be poisoned.  Batman stops him while Bane's thugs shoot at Batman and The Riddler.

  Batman calls and E.M.T for The Riddler and wonders just what does Bane have to do with all this. Back at his hide-out Bane call tell that something is slowing down the Batman but he wants to run his down more. One of Bane's henchmen, Bird tells Bane that if they want pure chaos they should go ahead and break out every inmate of Arkham Asylum!

Next Batman: 491

-Tash Moore

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 133

Hey gang here is the link for Ep 133 The Verbal Mosh Episode 133


Check out those sexy knees! Ah hee hee hee.
This week on The Verbal Mosh, we review a lot more of the new 52 books and other titles including Avengers Children's Crusade #7, Batman #1, Captain America #3, Daredevil #4, Jennifer Blood #4, Hellblazer #283, Lil Depressed Boy #6, Nightwing #1, Supergirl #1, Tiny Titans #44, and Wonder Woman #1.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Digital Wednesday Review: Red Hood and The Outlaws #1

Red Hood and The Outlaws #1
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort

     What a strange little book this is. I was intrigued by the Red Hood having his own little gang of rag tag misfits so i did the digital download with this book. It's a pretty fun little comic. It's got action and plot twist and sex appeal. No really it does, Kenneth Rocafort goes out of his way to draw Starfire in a almost slutty way.

      At the start of the book Roy Harper aka Arsenal is held hostage in a middle eastern prison and a rather fat priest comes and breaks him out. The fat priest turns out to be the Red Hood. Starfire rounds out the group. Red Hood even makes a comment about the size of Starfires breast. Starfire also is kind of turned into more of an alien. Her memory is shot and she just wants to have sex with members of the team. She has no feelings for anyone.

     Red Hood learns of a group of killers who take organs from it's victims. But they do it in a very stealth like way. We are told that they are a race of aliens or other dimension creatures called the Untitled. The Red Hood alone returns to the Himalayas to some monks that he used to run with. It was strange to see the where the Red Hood had gone because i had no idea that he used to associate with this order of monks.

    The end of the book has the monsters called the Untitled show up and surround the Red Hood.  I was a bit lost by what was going on at some points on the book. It seems like the first issue is just the beginning of this major story arc and instead of giving you any answers it throws a ton of question at you. I guess Scott Lobdell wants to you be hooked by all the question you have for this comic. All in all i really liked both the writing and the art. Let's see if this creative team can keep up this momentum.


-Tash Moore

Knightfall Tuesday Review: Batman #489

Writer: Doug Moench
Artist: Jim Aparo

Batman #489
    Yeah, i know this is late. I end up writing this thing late Tuesday night then i fall asleep. I promise to get this back on track. I really do hate being late with anything.
     
     In this story Bruce Wayne is so worn out that he seeks the advice and help of Dr. Shonda Kingsolving. She is the same doctor treating Tim Drake's (Robin) dad. She is known to work wonders and Bruce really feels like he needs a miracle at this point. Killer Croc awakes for a massive flood that has hit Gotham pretty hard. When he wakes up he goes on a very violent spree of attacking people who in his mind are calling him names.

       Robin and Alfred are watching the evening news. It's on the news that they find out about Killer Croc going crazy and then breaking into a suburban mall. Robin wants to spring into action but Bruce has just begun a weeks worth of sedatives to help him rest. With Croc going crazy and no Batman showing up to take him down Robin fears that this would be a bad sign to show to other villians.

       Bane is also watching the news and sees that Killer Croc is running wild. Bane is told by his henchmen that Killer Croc almost became the top guy in Gotham. But he was knocked down by Batman. Bane thinks it's time to show his worth by taking out Killer Croc. Robin brings a spare Batman costume to Azrael. The reasoning be behind this is that when people see Batman show up to fight Croc all the other villians will think that Batman is still up and about.

        "Batman" and Robin show up at the mall but Jean-Paul makes the mistake of getting way too close to Croc. A mistake that nearly gets all his ribs broken. Bane arrives and Crock lets go of the Jean-Paul Batman. Bane then breaks both arms of Killer Croc after pumping up with Venom. Then just as Bane walks over to Jean-Paul he can tell just by looking at him that he is not the real Batman. Bane walks away disgusted. Jean Paul feeling like he isn't good enough tells Robin that soon with or without him, his real training begins very soon.

Next- Batman #490

-Tash Moore

Monday, September 19, 2011

Digital Review: Frankenstein Agent Of S.H.A.D.E #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Alberto Ponticelli
Cover: J.G. Jones

Frankenstein Agent Of S.H.A.D.E #1
        Hey gang, I'm back with a new digital review from the new 52. This is one awesome comic. I tend to read anything by Jeff Lemire, but for some odd reason i didn't think this book would be any good. I was wrong, this was a great mix of talking and action. Unlike some other comic books Frankenstein has a great balance of both.

       At the beginning we learn that S.H.A.D.E stands for Super Human Advanced Defence Executive tasked by the government to protect us from the Supermen and the Batmen of the world. Ray Palmer is assigned  to the group to make sure that the money and resources given to them are not being abused. S.H.A.D.E brings Frankenstein back early from his vacation from Mars because monsters have popped up in Washington state.  Father Time tells Frankenstein that his wife was sent in may hours ago to cut the situation off at the head but has not been heard from for some time.

         The best parts of this book is when Frankenstein looks to have a talk with Father Time he runs into a little girl. She goes on to explain that she is now Father Time. It seems that every so often Father Time must leave his old body and find a new one. This makes sense really. Father Time assembles a group which is made up of monster to help Frankenstein. The difference is that Frankenstein was created as a monster. The other members of his team wanted to be made this way. One team member even tells Frankenstein that he became a monster because he was inspired by Frankenstein.

      Once S.H.A.D.E has gotten into the city they fight large groups of monsters. I know that Jeff Lemire is a great writer but hats off to artist Alberto Ponticelli. This is the first time I've seen his work and it has just blown me away. The story comes to an end when Frankenstein and crew find a Church full of innocent people. So this is the second digital review that i have done and while it's still really hard sometimes to uses the web browsers to read comics i would indeed do it just to read this book.

-Tash Moore


Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 132

Hey gang here is the link for The Verbal Mosh Ep. 132


Lots of great new books to talk about this week on The Verbal Mosh. Batman tries to teach Damien about respect in Batman and Robin #1. Matt Murdock picks up chicks with his smooth pick-up lines in Daredevil #3. Superboy doesn't save a woman in a burning building in Superboy #1.
Other books we talk about include: Fear Itself #6, Green Lantern #1, Grifter #1, Amazing Spider-Man #669, and Star Wars: Revelations #3.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Trade Central Station: The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus by David Michelinie & Todd McFarlane

My very first omnibus and damn it was good
     The creative team is in the title and boy did I have fun reading this. Now this is my very first omnibus and while I always wanted to read the Todd McFarlane spidey stuff, I never wanted to read what he had wrote. Let's be honest Todd can draw but he's a shit writer. Enter David Michelinie who's work on Iron Man is what they based the whole plot of Iron Man 2 around. The omnibus starts off with a story with Doc Ock. The first arc right off the bat is not drawn by Todd McFarlane. It's drawn by Alex Saviuk. Now Alex is a great artist in his own right, but I felt he was trying to be a clone of John Romita Jr.

                 In this book Michelinie and McFarlane play well off each other. Some of the pages have some pretty big story telling problems. Way too often do you have the writer, which is Michelinie, add a caption to a panel so you can follow what's going on in the story. It's not a bad comic book by any means.

                    I think that the signature parts of this book are at the very beginning when Venom debuts. He's hulking over poor Spidey in each and every panel when they fight. McFarlane my not be a great story teller but we all know that he can draw the hell out of Spider-Man. Along with the great stories you get some great action poses from Spidey when he's swinging around New York. But a lot happens. You get the Black Fox and you see when a crazy rich goober kidnapes Mary Jane. It's a real nice turnabout when MJ is the one to save Peter in those stories.

       At some point Flash Thompson starts dating the Black Cat and Peter and MJ move into the SOHO loft with Harry and Liz Osborn. Erik Larsen and Colleen Doran step in to lean a hand with the art chores. The only thing that I didn't care for is near the end when Spider-Man gets cosmic powers. This really just felt really out of place for Spider-Man. But hey if you like fun super-hero stories run out and buy this book. It's worth every penny. Hell buy it used if you have to, you just can't have my copy.

-Tash Moore

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday Review: Batman #488

Writer; Doug Moench
Artist: Jim Aparo

    Sorry this is so damn late. I got home from work and wrote this review then fell asleep. Anyway i hope you enjoy this late edition of knightfall tuesday. In this story Batman is in the batcave talking to Robin about Azrael. He gives Robin the whole nine yards about how Azrael: real name Jean Paul Valley has been brainwashed since childhood to become the avenging angel of the order of St. Dumas. St. Dumas is a european cult with strong ties all over the world. Valley also has a great deal of potential since he has what's called the System. The System has the power to give Jean Paul a great deal of fighting technique and stamina.

            Bruce Wayne hires Jean Paul to by day work as a guard at Waynetech and at night train with Robin. You can tell from reading this issue that Robin really enjoys working with Azrael. While working at WayneTech Jean Paul comes across a worker named Tony who is stealing Waynetech plans and selling them to a biker gang called the Skulls. Robin and Azrael (wearing a new all black costume) follow him foul up Tony and the Skulls plans for industrial espionage.

          Also in this issue when Batman returns to the batcave, he falls down and can't get up.( Really) He tried to regain his edge with some meditation. Inside his mind he thinks he has found an answer.It does nothing to help because it brings him to in his own head the box of blood when makes him feel as if he can't do anything right anymore. This being the last straw Bruce calls Dr. Shondra Kinsolving. She is a doctor who is helping to treat Tim Drake's dad. Bruce schedule's am exam telling her he thinks he is burning out. Things are starting to look dire for the dark knight.

Next Batman #489

-Tash Moore

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 131


Sorry about yo' damn face, Moon Nut.
The DCnU 52 is here and we've got reviews for Action Comics #1, Animal Man #1, Batgirl #1, Moon Knight #5, Morning Glories #12, Punisher #3, Swamp Thing #1, and Sweet Tooth #25.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Digital Wednesday Review: Stormwatch #1

Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Miguel Sepulveda



        Since DC is doing day to date with it's digital comics, i said what the hell and purchased one. I'll be doing this once a week for this whole month. I started with StormWatch #1. As a kid i was a really big fan of the Mark Millar Authority. I know that that book was a spin-off of StormWatch back in the day. I didn't go to the shop and pick this up because i saw Miguel Sepulveda's art on the green lantern books sometime back. To be honest i didn't like it. Paul Cornell is also kind of hit or miss with me. I felt that his Action Comics run was great at the very beginning then just got really wonky.


            So now StormWatch is now apart of the DC universe and i really enjoyed this issue. Sepulveda's art hit a home run and Paul Cornell's story was very easy to get behind. At the start of the issue Jack Hawksmoor and the Martian Manhunter along with a member of the team called Media(Who I've never seen before) try to get Apollo to join the team. Apollo gets into a fight with The Martian Manhunter. Manhunter also tells Apollo that while he might be a member of the Justice League, when he is with StormWatch he is a fighter.

              The Engineer discovers that there are problems up on the moon. A StormWatch team member is attack by a huge eyeball with tentacles and has his mind taken over. Under the giant eyeballs control he reveals everything about StormWatch and how they are run by a group called the Shadow Cabinet. The story ends with StormWatch still trying to force Apollo to join the team when Hawksmoor, Media and Manhunter get taken down by the Midnighter. Midnighter then asks Apollo to team up so they can kill every evil person on the planet.

                 This was a really decent  first issue. It told a damn fine story but if you've never read a comic before you get no background on who these characters really are. And i read this on my desktop and the controls were kind of hard to get at first and i kept going back to the very beginning but you can overcome that with a little practice. All in all this was a good not great first issue.

-Tash Moore

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday Review: Batman #487

Writer: Doug Moench
Artist: Jim Aparo


       In this story titled "Box of Blood" Batman is still reeling from the last issue and feels the need to go see a doctor. His doctor tells him that there is nothing wrong with him in the physically but his problem might be mental. A mobster in jail pays to have Jim Gordon killed for having him sent to prison. The killer who takes the contract is called Headhunter. He always uses two head shots. The second is for fun, because he never misses the first.

                   Gordon not being one to wait rushes away from his new wife, Sarah Essen to find Headhunter. Sarah is so very worried that she turns to Batman for help. Sarah is sick to her stomach to ask Batman for help. She thinks that Gordon is the better man, because unlike Batman her husband brings in crooks "The right way". Batman puts aside his feeling of being burnt out out of his mind because he knows that Gordon could be hurt or dying somewhere. In this issue i really love how Batman called Gordon his friend. Great story by Doug Moench. You really feel for the Batman here and the art by Jim Aparo tells the story even without words.

                      Headhunter is just about to kill Jim Gordon with his first shot when Jim moves to answer the dispatch call from his frightened wife. Batman shows up in the nick of time to duel with Headhunter. After being stabbed Batman punches Headhunters teeth out and turns him over to Gordon. Gordon then takes Headhunter away to jail. Sarah Essen Gordon then thanks Batman then tells him to leave her husband alone. The story ends with Batman thinking about how he is broken and how long before the shards are swept away.

Next Batman #488

-Tash Moore


               

NYCC Contest Winners!!!



As you are all well aware, we held a contest that just ended on Labor Day, giving away two FREE 3-day passes to this year's New York Comic Con. Here are the results. We drew the names in a hat...

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will the winners please get in touch with us via email.

Thank you!
-The Verbal Mosh ;)

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 130


Here is the link for Ep 130 The Verbal Mosh Ep 130

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A few days left to enter our New York Comic Con Contest! If you haven't entered by now, you better hurry up!
On this week's episode, we review: The Amazing Spider-Man #668, FlashPoint #5, Invincible #82, Justice League #1, and Mighty Thor #5.
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