Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 138

The Verbal Mosh Episode 138 can be found here

On this week's episode, we talk more about books we've been reading, including a new book we picked up: Wolverine and the X-Men #1. Forever is it ingrained in my head, the image of Logan cutting up paper dolls and talking about how pretty he feels. Not from this issue, of course, though.
Bookhe Globe #6, Lil Depressed Boy #7, Mighty Thor #7, Superman #2, and Wolverine and the X-Men #1.s we review include: Amazing Spider-Man #672, Aquaman #2, Captain America and Bucky #623, Daredevil #5, FF #11, Flash #2, Guarding the Globe #6 Lil Depressed Boy #7, Mighty Thor #7, Superman #2, and Wolverine and the X-Men #1. 
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Trade Central Station: Star Wars Omnibus: Boba Fett

Boba Fett looks out for only one man... Boba Fett.

Ever since I saw this omnibus, way back when I was in Jim Hanley's Universe, I had been itching to get my hands on this book. I didn't buy the book immediately when it came out. I should have because it took me forever to finally get my hands on my own copy after that. When I went to NYCC this year, I saw one booth had several copies on Thursday, I believe. I went back to the same booth the following day and saw all of the copies had gone. Everyone loves Boba Fett! And rightly so.

There are nine stories in total. You learn all you need to know about the infamous bounty hunter.

1. He cares only about money. He has no real allegiance to any one faction of the government or any organization. He only cares about getting paid and getting paid well.

2. He has some sweet Mandalorian armor that can withstand a lot of shots, crashes, etc.

That's Boba Fett.

I must say I really enjoyed each and every one of the stories in this omnibus. I have a particular fondness for watercolors, so "Boba Fett: Death, Lies, and Treachery" by John Wagner and Cam Kennedy was a definite favorite. Not to mention it featured some pretty awesomely sick and hilarious romance between Gorga the Hutt and Anachro the H'uun. The storytelling in this book was phenomenal. There were a lot of instances of beautifully composed scenery. "Underworld: The Yavin Vassilika" by Mike Kennedy and Carlos Miglia was another stand-out. Boba Fett was more of a background character in this story but nonetheless awesome when he did show up. The story had a group of Hutts wager against each other who had the best tactical plans to recover this mythical artifact called the Yavin Vassilika. During the entire story, Boba Fett looks like he's there to try and take down Han Solo, who's been hired by Jabba to collect the vassilika, but in reality he was there to protect Han!

Some stand-out covers were the the criminal line-up by Tim Bradstreet for "Boba Fett: Salvage" and the cover to "Boba Fett: Overkill" by Adam Hughes.

From start to finish, this was a wonderful collection of stories. I highly encourage everyone to pick it up and give it a read. I'm glad I got my copy.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday: Batman #493

Batman #493
Knightfall Part 3
Writer: Doug Moench
Artist: Norm Breyfogle

   In part 3 of Knightfall we have one if the escaped inmates from Arkham named Mr. Zsasz take a boarding school for girls hostage. Some of the girls in the school make a getaway and call the Gotham City Police Department. The GCPD surrounds the school and tries to reason with Zsasz to let the girls go. Zsasz is a Batman villain that kills then uses a knife on his own flesh to carve the amount of people he has murdered. One of the members of the GCPD are sent in and killed by Zsasz. Minutes later a second officer is sent in and murdered as well.

   Lt. Bullock and Montoya are also with the GCPD surrounding the building. The Batman shows up and tells the GCPD to hold back while he tries to free the female hostages. Also Robin makes contact with Batman letting him know that he is still hunting one of Bane's thugs named Bird. Batman tells him that this is fine so long as Robin stays away from Bane himself. As Batman makes his way into the school Montoya tells Bullock that the Batman is looking pretty beat down.

   Back inside the school some of the girls who are being held hostage try to rush Mr. Zsasz. Some are pretty much to frightened to move and Zsasz just overwhelms them back into submission. As Zsasz goes to kill one Batman stops him and a fight ensues. Zsasz breaks free and with a little help from Montoya they take down Mr Zsasz. At the end of this story the Batman is looking unshaven and unkempt and headed for a fall.

Next Detective #660

-Tash Moore

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pull the trigger; a look back at Marvel's Big Shots

  Way back in March Marvel Comics announced that they would be pairing big name talent with some B list characters to launch new books. My first impression to the news can be found here.So far the three books that were announced  were Moon Knight by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev. Daredevil By Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin. The Punisher by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto. I've read all three of these books and i'll tell you what i really think about all three books.

The Punisher By Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto
    I had such high hopes for the book. To be honest i really didn't enjoy it that much. Sure it had lots of violence in it but i felt this book came off as a little of a let down. The story came off as hard to follow and the art at some points just confused the hell out of me. Some of Checchetto's work is flashy but the storytelling is a bit of of sync. I'm not saying this is a bad comic, I'm just saying that i didn't enjoy it as much as the next man. Maybe i only can enjoy Punisher when Garth Ennis is writing it. Hmm might be time to pick up that omnibus.

Moon Knight By Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev

   This did not suck. I had a feeling that it would and I'm glad i was wrong. Bendis does a great job crafting a story in which Moon Knight is in L.A. I like the fact that they are not in the typical New York setting and Moony is kind of out of his element. Bendis does a great job of growing this character. I like the interactions of Moon Knight and Echo, a former love interest of Daredevil. I like the fact that instead of being a cab driver Moony is going for being the top 3 Avengers in his mind. He regularly speaks with Captain America, Spider-Man and Wolverine.

   Hell at one point Moon Knight even dresses up like Spidey when he takes down a group of villains called the Nightshade. The art by Alex Maleev is just fantastic. It's not quite as dark as the stuff he was doing on Daredevil. Maleevs art is moody and it sets the tone for the book. The best part is that there is on one in this comic who tries to be funny by repeating themselves over and over again like Bendis normally does when writing Spider-Man.

Daredevil By Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin

   This is by far the best book that Marvel is publishing right now. I remember that sometime back i thought that it would be a great idea that Mark Waid write the Superman title and this is why. Mark Waid writes a Daredevil that hasn't been seen since the days of Stan Lee and Gene Colan and that is a good thing. This book is fun and fresh and not like anything else on the market today. I just can't enough good things about this book, it sucks that this book comes out only once a month. The art is nothing but stellar from Rivera and Martin who share art duties on this book.

   At first it can come off as a very minimalist approach but take a closer look. Tons of details went into each and every page. These guys are not slacking with the art process. Also i think we need to thank the unsung hero of this book and that's the colorist Matt Hollingsworth. He makes each an every page pop with color. It's just a damn fine comic book with lots of fun and not too heavy. It gets away from the stuff that just about every creator has been doing with ol' hornhead which is try to tell the same Frank Miller story over and over.

So there you have it a look at Marvel's big shots with Daredevil clearly taking the cake. What do you guys think?

-Tash Moore

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 137

 Here is the link to Episode 137 of The Verbal Mosh

DC is playing a little Halloween trick, perhaps? Making us all think this week's books are chocked full of long, awesome stories but instead chocked full of previews for Batman: Noel. Harumph. Ho Hum.
New York Comic Con is over. You know we always have awesome content over at our website, that includes a review Olivia wrote up about the convention. Read more here:
Does Hulk dreaming make him more of a man than monster? Or is that idea itself only a dream?
This week we review:
Avengers #18, Batman #2, Fear Itself #7, Hellblazer #284, Justice League #2, Nightwing #2, Supergirl #2, Tiny Titans #45, and Wonder Woman #2.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday: Detective Comics #659

Knightfall Part 2
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Knightfall Part 2
Artist: Norm Breyfogle

  Yeah i know, yet again this is late. After all the stuff that went on with New York Comic Con i needed a little time to relax. Anyway in this issue the Ventriloquist runs away from Arkham after the breakout and teams with an inmate named Amygdala to look for his lost puppet Scarface. Batman and Robin find the body of Film Freak and Batman tells Robin that Bane has beaten Film Freak to death and has broken every bone in his body.  Batman feels that there has to be a method to the madness.

  While listing to the police scanner they follow up to a place called Joy Boy Toys. Batman figures that this is the type of call they should be keeping a ear out for as it might lead them to a villain that they can put back behind bars. Once they make it to the toy shop Robin looks up and sees a falcon that has been following them since the beginning of the issue. Batman tells Robin to stay behind as Batman makes his way into the toy store. Once inside Batman pauses for a second and takes a rest. He then is startled by the sight of Ventriloquist. Before Batman can make a move Amygdala attacks from the shadows.
  Robin sees the falcon in the sky and knows that it's not native to Gotham and twice in one night is too much of a coincidence. He finds Banes associate Bird watching from afar and decides to take him down. But Robin is no match for the evil bird watcher and gets his ass handed to him. Right before Bird call kill Robin Bane calls him back. Bane is not quite ready to show his hand yet. During Batman's fight with Amygdala Batman lands some blows but to no avail.

  Amygdala only stops because he needs the medicine that was given to him in Arkham to keep his rage in check. Amygdala has head pains that bring him to his knees and then the Batman hits him with double axe handle to the back of the head (pro wrestling move). While the fight is going on The Ventriloquist makes a break for it so he can continue to look for Scarface.  Batman worn out from his fight calls the GCPD and walks back to the Batmobile to find a note from Robin saying that he is going Birdwatching. In other words he's gone after Bane and Bird.

Next Batman #493

-Tash Moore

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New York Comic Con 2011

This past weekend was New York Comic Con, held at the Jacob Javitz Center. The Verbal Mosh was there all four days checking things out.

I gotta say, I love coming in to the city. There's the best food, mix in tons of discounted comics, funny and informative panels= an awesome good time.

This was the first time NYCC spread out to four days. Normally, it had been Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Thursday was a day for the press and professionals. We did a bit of browsing around. The really good panels weren't starting until the next day so we stayed up in the showroom area. We scored an awesome deal and were able to pick up a drawer box. Thursday was nice because the crowds weren't so large. It's great because you can actually check things out without having a ton of people jostling you this way and that. Aside from that, I can't say there was too much people missed out on if they couldn't get in on that day.

The rest of the weekend, the con was very much crowded. It's part of the excitement, though. Trying to be the first ones in to grab a bunch of free swag. We stopped by the DC booth but missed out on the Lego figures they were handing out. I grabbed a Previews comic from the Marvel booth. The Hulk story illustrated by Marc Silvestri is hilarious. The Hulk is one big, angry dude. In this story, the Hulk is talking about how he wishes he could dream more rather than smash stuff more. Y'see? Hilarious. It's not a familiar juxtaposition to have that character expressing himself more like he was a poet. I feel like it is trying to give more depth to the character, but in the end, the camp ground he's hanging out in gets attacked and he has to go back to dishing out some beatings anyway. So much for dreams. The Hulk is pulled back in to reality.

I had a good time watching the people get up and dance over at the Black Eyed Peas Experience and the Just Dance 3 stage. Deadpool got up to dance. Well... He got up to gyrate and fling himself about the stage, even completing the "worm" before he wound up injuring himself. There was the cutest little girl dressed like Batgirl. She looked like she was three or four years old. She loved dancing on the Just Dance stage. It was so adorable.

Some panels to note that were an excellent time were the Spider-Man panel, Breaking in to Comics the Marvel Way, DC All Access: Meet the Publishers, and Marvel Cup O' Joe.

Now, I know when I first heard about what got printed in regards to Star Fire and Catwoman was shocking, but I'm getting a little tired of hearing about it because there are a lot of other strong, wonderful female characters in the DC universe. There's Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl, just to name a few. The DC universe is big and tries to reach a diverse audience, not everything is going to be to everyone's tastes. Y'know, not every girl goes to comic con with her breasts and/or ass hanging out of a skin tight costume.  People like to do and read different things. I wonder if the women who complain at these panels, walk up to other women in those types of costumes and tell them to put on more clothes...

We're still not even getting a clue to who that mysteriously cloaked and glowing woman is, who is popping up in the background to almost all of the 52 books at DC.

I, also, want to mention that I am looking forward to getting my hands on the new Zelda: Skyward Sword video game. I am happy the designers reduced the size of Link's alien eyes from Twilight Princess. The game looked difficult and fantastic, just the way I like it.

Best day of the convention was Sunday, for me. I was looking all around and finally, FINALLY, found a copy of Marvel's Jane Austen's Emma. I always have the most difficult time finding the books that I like so I was super jazzed to find it and at 50% off, too. Tash and I reconnected and connected with people we know. I met up with a bunch of wonderful editors I know. Tash caught up with Sterling Gates, who was a really nice guy. I was not bored at all, Sterling. I was tired from all the standing and walking around, being on the fourth day of the convention, but I was not bored by you.

This year we attended San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con. People I tell always ask me which convention do I prefer.

New York Comic Con, hands down, all the way.

The crowds give off a vibe that is just so electric and it always makes me look forward to next year's convention.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 136

Another year and another great New York Comic Con.
A full review will be posted on the website within the next day or so:
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Also check out the newest episode The Verbal Mosh Episode 136
On this episode, we talk about new comics we've read. Those include: Amazing Spider-Man #671, Batgirl #2, Batman and Robin #2, FF #10, Jennifer Blood #5, Green Lantern #2, Grifter #2, Morning Glories #13 (Finally, we get a character sheet so we can remember these kids' names!), Punisher #4, Star Wars: Invasion: Revelations #4, and Superboy #2.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Trade Central Station: Tales Of The Batman: Gene Colan Vol.1

Buy this book now!
      Before i head out to New York Comic Con i sat down and read this hardcover that DC Comics put out not to long ago. I wish all comics were as good as this. I was a throw back to when most comics were done in one. And might i add they were done quite well. From the first page DC let everybody in the comics world know that Gene Colan was now drawing Batman. Hell on the cover it tells you that DC has reunited Roy Thomas and Gene Colan. I can only imagine what it must have been to be a kid back in the late 70's and see that i made who redefined Daredevil was now working on Batman. Hell I'm 26 now and i spent hours looking over the pages in this book.

     The first few stories are pretty much OK. You have Batman solving murders and trying to keep Vicki Vale from blowing the lid on his secret identity. Batman has a falling out with Robin over the fact that Robin has left college to follow his roots with the Haley Circus. I enjoyed that Bruce has closed up Wayne Manor and moved the Bat cave to downtown Gotham in order to be closer to the action. The book also has a bit of politics  thrown into it.

   One of the candidates for Gotham City Mayor is making a name for himself by throwing the Batman under the bus to win votes. The other is doing the same thing but instead he is using Commissioner  Gordon as cannon fodder. The anti-Gordon candidate wins and while trying to get Gordon off the force teams him up with the worst cop of them all, Harvey Bullock. Harvey in these stories is really an asshole. He tries to trip Gordon up and takes credit that really isn't his. With that help of Gordon and Batman Harvey puts away cop killing villain called the Savage Skull ( i know that is a pretty cool name.)

   After telling Gordon that he might be wrong about him Harvey calls a press conference and takes credit and then tells the media that he did all the work while Gordon got in his way. Like i said Harvey is a real dick. But the best stories is when Robin starts dating a girl named Dala and she and her brother turn out to be Vampires and she bites Robin. As a vampire Robin in turns bites Batman turning him into a vampire!

   In the end with the help of a priest Batman is able to overcome Dala and her brother (The Monk) and find a cure for both he and Robin. Let me say that the art is top notch and how could it not be it by one of the best in the industry Gene Colan. This was worth the $40 i paid for it. It's some of the finest Batman work out        there. Since you have some many talented people working on it, it really feels like a bronze age Marvel Comics version of the Batman. Let me tell you, that ain't a bad thing. Not at all.

-Tash Moore

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday Review: Batman #492

Knightfall Part 1
Writer: Doug Moench
Knightfall Part 1
Artist: Norm Breyfogle

    In this, which is part one of Knightfall all of the villains that were held in Arkham have been set free by Bane. Bane is using all the inmates to run down the Batman so it will be much easier for him to knock the Batman off his perch. This issue takes a look at the Mad Hatter once again taking some criminals  off the streets of Gotham for his insane tea parties. While he has some of the inmates with him he uses the one called Film Freak to find out who has set them free.

     Using a tracking device that has been planted on one of Bane's Henchmen Birds Falcon Film Freak tracks Bird back to Banes hideout. Film Freak is still wearing the hat that the Mad Hatter has given him so you can the Hatter can hear what's going down with Film Freak.

   Batman tells Robin to stay behind and that for this fight he will only be needed as back up. Batman looking very worn out jumps into the Mad Hatters hideout and starts taking out the bad guys. Batman asks the Mad Hatter what is his connection to Bane. Just then while Film Freak is in the process of scooping out Banes hideout, Bane himself shows up and beats the Film Freak to death.

    Batman, while fighting with the Hatter and his crew loses track and almost gets shot in the back. Robin at the last second jumps in and makes the save. After Batman takes down the Mad Hatter he can hear Bane beat the Film Freak to death. Batman is glad that the Hatter is down but looks the worst for wear and he knows that the other Arkaham inmates are still out there and so is Bane.

Next: Detective Comics #659

-Tash Moore

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 135

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It's a new episode of The Verbal Mosh. New York Comic Con is next week. We are so jazzed winking This week, we review: Action Comics #2 (with Harry Kent or Clark Potter... who called it? We did, that's who!), Animal Man #2, Chew #21, Invincible #83, Moon Knight #6, Swamp Thing #2, and Sweet Tooth #26.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Verbal Mosh's Top Five DCnU 52

Nightwing #1 
by Kyle Higgins and Eddy Burrows

Nightwing is back to his own costume, no longer playing dress-up in his "daddy's" cape and cowl. You, essentially, have the differences between him and Bruce spelled out for you as you see Dick's costume on the floor, overall sloppiness and carefree attitude. Well, not carefree but there's something very positive about his outlook. There's a nice nod to his roots as he hits up the circus he once performed in. You know that the character has developed while staying true to who he is.  

I'm not a personal fan of all that crotch-ity goodness that was on the cover but the interior artwork was decent.

Green Lantern #1 
by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke

The artwork was lovely. I thoroughly enjoy seeing what is happening with Sinestro's character and the short-comings of Hal Jordan. Hal always seemed like a very cocky guy to me and it's great to see him "brought down to Earth." ;)

The Flash #1 
by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

This was such a good book. I expected nothing less from Francis Manapul. A big theme between a lot of the re-launched books is not so much the characters are different but the relationships they have with the other characters have drastically altered. There's a bit of a love triangle going on with Iris, Patty and Wally. I loved the  shifts in colors and design as the story touched the present and bits of flashback from the past. I'm just a sucker for watercolors.

Wonder Woman #1 
by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

Wonder Woman turned out to be such a pleasant surprise. I had some reservations upon seeing the promo ads. Not that the art looked bad, on the contrary, but Diana already had a bit of a "rebirth" already as she rediscovered her identity and I wasn't sure what the creative team would do to change things up. Diana is the beautiful, strong female she should be. 'Nuff said.


Animal Man #1 
by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman 

Jeff Lemire is awesome. He has a wonderful way of writing family dynamics and making each character feel important. Animal Man feels like a very complex character which makes people invested in his story because we can relate, despite his "super-powers". The book is colorful with a touch of gruesome which makes it a very enjoyable read.

Those are our top five books. If you want to know more about these comics, be sure to stop by your own local comic book store and pick them up. 


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday Review; Batman #491

Batman #491
Writer: Doug Moench
Artist: Jim Aparo

  This is the big set up for Knightfall. Bane and crew pay off a guard at Arkham to give them the blueprints to the place. Commissioner Gordon is getting his head handed to him by new Mayor, Armond Krol to clean up Gotham City Asap. Jean Paul spends time with the Tim Drake Robin and cuts his hair while starting a new work out program that has a set of 1,000 push ups. Jean Paul is feeling down because he was almost beaten to death by Killer Croc and Bane just walked away from him.

   Bane and his group, Bird,Trogg and Zombie help Bane destroy the violent wing at Arkham with a stinger missile. The Joker is the first one set free and sets his sight on the man who runs the place one Dr. Jeremiah Arkham. The state police lend at hand to the Gotham City PD and team up to bring the situation under control. Just when they think they have things well in hand Bane drops a large cache of guns and ammo into Arkham.

   The inmates are breaking free along with all of Batman's other rouges. The Joker now takes Dr. Arkham and using some wire and a shotgun ties them together to make a cool noose. With the noose if Dr. Arkham bends down or moves in the just the tiniest way the shotgun will blast his head off. As Batman makes his way to Arkham he saves a group of orderlies from some deranged inmates and runs into The Jokers toying with Dr. Arkham.

  The Joker makes a break for it while Batman has just one chance to throw a Bat-A-Rang with rip the wire and keep it from blowing of Dr. Arkhams head. Of course the name of this book is Batman he succeeds in doing just that.  After Batman saves him Dr. Arkham is gibbering on and on about maddness. It seems that Dr. Arkham has lost his mind just like all of him inmates. With the walls of Arkham broken down and 95% of Batman is standing in the rouble and lets out a loud yell. Bane remarks that if he didn't want the Batman's blood so badly he might pity him.

Next; Batman #492 Knightfall part 1

-Tash Moore

Monday, October 3, 2011

Digital Review: Voodoo #1

Writer: Ron Marz
Voodoo #1
Artist: Sami Basri

    Now to be honest with you this was NOT a bad comic book.  I think Ron Marz has done a fantastic job with this book. I think that after his work on Witchblade, he has shown that he can handle writing a comic with a female lead and not screw it up. Ron Marz took a comic which was really just a T & A book and made it a strong detective comic. As for Sami Basri I think that he did a fine job with the art. It's cheesecake, not over the top.

    I first saw Basri's work on Power Girl. While at first I was not a fan, it really grew on me after awhile. The story has two agents named Evans and Fallon at the New Orleans strip joint named Voodoo. They are watching the top dancer there Priscilla has earned the nickname Voodoo. (It's cause she is the best dancer in this place.)  Fallon doesn't was to stay in the club so she heads out.

  Evans however doesn't want to leave and pays for a private dance from Voodoo. Meanwhile Fallon heads out to smoke and runs into some young punks who she kicks the crap out of. She then heads back to the hotel she and her partner are sharing. While getting his private dance from Voodoo Agent Evans tells her that he know what she is and that she is not human. Agent Evans tells Voodoo it would be best if she just turned herself over to the Agency that he works for.

  While Evans is talking with Voodoo his partner is busy calling him. During the whole spiel i guess that Evans never hears that Fallon is calling him. Before he can even say another word in Voodoo turns into some really strange green alien like monster. She then slashes Agent Evans and leaves him to bleed out in the private dance room.  There was a really nice shot when Evans is sitting in the chair all cut up and we can see Voodoo leaving the room from the refection in his glasses.

   The story comes to an end with Voodoo leaving the club with Evan's cellphone and calling Fallon back saying that she is on her way back to the hotel. With that said Voodoo then shape-shifts into the now deceased Agent Evans. All in all this was an OK book. Sure it started out in a strip joint but as it went on i was very intrigued into what Voodoo really was. I think that people should go and just read this book and take it for what it is. A monster murder mystery with a little sex appeal added to it.

-Tash Moore