Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday; Detective Comics #662

Knightfall Part 8
Don't get burnt by Firefly
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Penciller: Graham Nolan
Inker: Scott Hanna

   In part eight of Knighfall Batman finally has a showdown with Firefly. Batman tracks him to the Gotham Zoo as this was the next target for Firefly to burn down. After a lengthy battle Batman put Firefly on ice. Trying to fly away Batman uses his bat rope to wrap around Fireflys ankle to ground him.After the fact Batman still knows that he has Bane to worry about down the road.

   While feeling dejected from not being able to help his mentor Robin broods in the bat cave. While using the giant monitor in the cave for TV purposes he stumbles across the Cassie Jose Rudolpho show. Which i am sure is a dig at the Sally Jesse Raphael show. The Riddler's gang has dumped him and now he has taken the whole studio audience hostage. He has dynamite attached to his body and threatening to blow everyone away. Robin sees this and springs into action.

   Robin makes it to the TV studio by crawling into a vent. He keeps The Riddler from blowing everyone sky high by using a paste that keeps The Riddler from ever hitting the detonator on his dynamite vest. The Gotham City Police Department burst in and put the cuffs on The Riddler. After that Robin gets his head handed to him by Harvey Bullock. Harvey gives Robin the riot act about what he did was wrong and how he could have killed everyone in the room. Harvey also tells Robin that he will tell Batman how badly the situation with The Riddler went.

   Also the gang that kicked The Riddler to the curb decides that they are going to steal blank money order, some cash and stamps. The gang make it into the Gotham Post Office but on the way they get beaten down by The Huntress.

Next- Batman # 496

-Tash Moore

The Verbal Mosh Episode 142

You can hear The Verbal Mosh Ep 142 here.
This week on The Verbal Mosh, we review some super sexy books including: Aquaman #3, Captain America and Bucky #624, Fantastic Four #600, Flash #3, Hellblazer #285, Invincible #85, Kick-Ass 2 #5, Mighty Thor #8, Superman #3, and Wolverine and the X-Men #2.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving was yesterday. We had lots of turkey and a bunch of other scrumptious sides. The Verbal Mosh wishes you all had a wonderful day too. Episode 142 is going to be a little late because of the holiday, but when we get back to schedule, you can sure bet it'll be awesome.

-The Verbal Mosh

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday: Batman #495

Ivy gets down and dirty with the Batman
Knightfall Part 7
Writer: Doug Moench
Penciller:  Jim Aparo
Inker: Bob Wiacek

  At the beginning of this issue Batman is fighting the Firefly. The Firefly is able to break away and tries to send Batman down into a burning theater. Batman saves himself with his bat rope and returns to Wayne Manor. Bruce is to attend a Wayne Foundation Gala planned months in advance. Alfred tells him it would be a bad idea not a attend seeing as how the media knows that the Batman has been operation on less than 100 percent.

   One of Bane's henchmen tells Bane about the Gala and how one of the Batman's rouges might show up. Bane knows that where there is trouble the Batman will be there to try and stop it. Azrael goes out on patrol alone without Robin and foils a robbery at a factory. Azrael pretty much beats the villains into a bloody pulp. On the other side of town The Joker and The Scarecrow still hold Mayor Krol hostage. They force him to make phone calls to the Gotham City Police Department. The Mayor tells them that he is being held at an amusement park.

  The GCPD race to the amusement park only to find a tape recording  of the mayor and a bomb. The swat team that heads in gets killed and Joker and Scarecrow still hold the mayor hostage. Back at the Gala Poison Ivy uses a nightshade to lull everyone into a strange hypnosis. Bruce notices that something is wrong and slips in his nose filters from his utility belt. The women are left behind as the most wealthy men in Gotham are taken away to Ivy's hideout.

  When Bane shows up at the Gala and sees Bruce being lead away buy Ivy he knows that Bruce and Batman are one and the same. Once in Ivy's hideout Bruce heads off and slips into his Batman costume. He saves Lucius Fox from being kissed and killed by Poison Ivy. Ivy calls out the men who have already been infected by her charms called the Dead Fellows. After using up every last ounce of his strength and agility Batman defeats the Dead Fellows and knocks out Poison Ivy. Bane watching can tell that the Batman is ready to break.

Next- Detective Comics # 662

-Tash Moore

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 141

You can hear The Verbal Mosh EP. 141 here.
DC Comics showcases split personalities. First with Spidey-Harry Potter-Kent, and now we've got Wonder Woman-don't call me Clay-punch you in the face-eating ice cream cones.
Well, it still beats what's happening in Captain America.

The Verbal Mosh is a comics podcast. This week, we review: Amazing Spider-man #674, Batman #3, Captain America #4, DC Universe presents Deadman #3, Justice League #3, Morning Glories #14, Nightwing #3, Star Wars Invasion: Revelations #5, Supergirl #3, and Wonder Woman #3.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Trade Central Station: Jane Austen's Emma

"Rollin' with the homies"

Marvel has been publishing comic adaptations of Jane Austen's novels in a line they call Marvel Illustrated. Already collected in trade format is Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Now, I own those two stories as film adaptations. Sense and Sensibility is the 1995 version starring Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet. Pride and Prejudice is the 2006 version starring Keira Knightley. I love both these movies very much. I had known for a while that Marvel was adapting the novels into comics but I forgot all about it after a while and thought of picking up a copy only after seeing an ad in one of their other comics (I think it was Amazing Spider-man) for Emma. I don't own that on dvd and thought I was as such not familiar with the story. I picked up the trade while at this year's NYCC. It wasn't until I actually cracked open the book that it hit me. I did know this story. I know it from the 1995 film adaptation called "Clueless" starring Alicia Silverstone. Duh.

Remembering that fact did make it easier to get into the flow of the story. So many characters get introduced throughout the story and it was sometimes easy to lose track of them all.

There was a one page forward by the author, Nancy Butler. She talks briefly about social statuses as it relates to one's method of travel during Emma's time and then a bit about the timelessness of the character of Emma. A lot of that is iterated in the story, itself.

Janet Lee is the artist. At a glance, the pastel color palette did not impress me but it works for the story. It feels cheerful and bright, complementing the rich life of the characters with their balls/dances and romances. My favorite moments in the artwork was when there was a lot of detail to look at, whether that was in the ladies' dresses or the background. That was when I felt the use of markers was best because at other times, the streaks of marker were too apparent. Along with some of the watercolor washes, they felt to be filling in space rather than describing a texture or developing a depth in the space. The characters look very similar to one another and the easiest way to tell them apart is hair color and style.

Overall, the artwork is very quaint and charming.

The story is that Emma sees herself as a matchmaker. When she comes to know a young woman, Harriet Smith, she takes it upon herself to set her up with some one. Little is known of Harriet's status so Emma assumes she must be of a gentleman's family and will set Harriet up with someone of no less stature. It's unfortunate as very early on, Harriet is proposed to by Mr. Martin but he is not the status Emma would hope for. Inevitably, nothing works out the way Emma plans. She calls off matchmaking but in the end, she finds herself falling in love with an old friend, George Knightley.

Though the characters faces looked similar, the facial expressions were delightful. I love the fashions in it too.

The back of the trade has all of the covers from the single issues. They used the cover to issue two for the trade. It really sums the story up well. Emma is happy to set up Harriet with Mr. Elton. Harriet gives him her heart and Mr. Elton looks as if he'd rather be anywhere else.  

I love love love Pride and Prejudice, so I definitely plan to pick up that trade, as well, now that I've finished Emma. The stories are wonderful, which is a credit to Jane Austen. Nancy Butler wrote the adaptation to Pride and Prejudice too, though there is a different artist, Hugo Petris. But judging by the cover, it looks really lovely, too.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

What's New From DC In Fed. 2012

Lots of good things that's coming from DC Comics in February of 2012. Here are just some of things that have caught my eye.

Andy Kubert on Action Comics
    Andy Kubert is set to handle the art chores on Action Comics for two issues. I don't really mind this but i like a little consistency from my creative teams, even if the book is late. I've been really digging Rags Morales on Action and i hate to see him go even if it's just for two issues. But i know from the "Flashpoint" mini-series that Andy Kubet can draw a damn good comic and keep it on time. So i got no problems here.

Jim Lee's Darkseid
   I really dig the new Darksied by Jim Lee. With Jim it can be a bot of a hit or miss. But let's be totally honest, this updated look is way cooler than the purple boots he was rocking. Just to clear things up that was not a knock on The King Jack Kirby. This new costume give the ruler of Apokolips a more menacing look and feel. Good job Jim Lee. Also it's cool how they have incorporated the anti life logo into his new outfit.

Jim Aparo Batman

    DC has shown in the Feb 2012 solicitations that in April they will publish a trade collection of over 500 pages of Jim Aparo's Batman. I love Batman. Also Jim Aparo is one of my favorite artist every. He has touched just about every DC hero and villain. With the Brave and the Bold being the Batman team up book at the time we had some really awesome team ups. I really can't wait to get this. I've been talking about a Jim Aparo Batman book for almost three years on The Verbal Mosh Podcast and I'm glad to see it's going to out there soon.

The Return of Batman Beyond

      When the new 52 was announced there was no mention of Batman Beyond. At that point it was one of my favorite Batman titles and i really enjoyed the writing. Even if you weren't a die hard fan of the show Writer Adam Beechen did a fantastic job making the book really easy to get into which is rare in comics these days. I'm glad to see that this is making it's return and artist Dustin Nguyen is writing this book along with doing pencils.DC seems to be letting some of it's artist get really get into the writing thing. Lots of guys you see normally as pencilers have taken over as writers on lots of DCnU book. (Scott McDaniel on Static Shock.) I'm going to buy this but lets see if it lives up to the hype. Nine times of out ten it will i bet.


    Ron Marz off of Voodoo is bad news when i think about it. Marz has shown that he can write some great stories with strong female leads. I mean his run on Witchblade proved that. He took a book that was really a joke in the industry and turned it on it's ear. It's really good stuff and you should check it out. But i read the first issue and thought it was quite good you can read the review here. I haven't read anything from new incoming writer Josh Williamson but all the news surrounding the book gives it a buzz that i will probably do a digital review of Josh Williamson's first issue.

Well that's all i have, be here later for more news and nonsense in the next few day. I'll take a look at the February 2012 books due out from Marvel.

-Tash Moore

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday: Detective Comics #661

Knightfall Part 6
Knightfall Part 6
Writer:  Chuck Dixon
Penciller: Graham Nolan
Inker: Scott Hanna

  In part six of Knigfall Batman and Robin go up against the Firefly. Unlike most of Batman's rouges Firefly is not obsessed with the Dark Knight. The Firefly as you can tell just wants to rob places and then set them on fire. Batman and Robin come to a pier that Firefly has set fire to. Batman is not thinking and rushes headlong into the fight and almost gets killed. Thanks to the timely intervention by Robin is Batman saved.

   Robin tells Batman that he should not be running into fights without thinking. That's what Bane wants him to do. Robin reminds Batman that you have to have a clear mind when dealing with the crazies in Gotham. Robin does detective work to find out that Firefly and his sister were both in an orpanage when they were kids and potential  parents would come by and see them and lie about how they were going to take them to all the fun places in Gotham. Being lied to as a kid has turned Firefly as an adult into a nut case who's going to burn down and the amusement and tourist spots in the city.

   The Joker and Scarecrow continues to hold Mayor Krol as a hostage and makes him call the chief of the fire department. The fire chief gets all bend out of shape when Mayor Krol under the influence of Joker and Scarecrow tells him that he is going to be making cuts in the cities fie department. That leads the fire fighters to strike. Robins gives up his Intel on Firefly to Batman and both Batman and Firefly have a showdown at the old Gotham Majestic Theater. A fight breaks out and both hero and villain fall into a raging fire below them.

-Tash Moore

Next: Batman #495

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 140

Here is the link for The Verbal Mosh Ep 140
He's pissing on the carpet.
I'm not gonna clean it up. Are you?
The Verbal Mosh is a comics podcast. This week review: Avenging Spider-man #1, Batgirl #3, Batman and Robin #3, Garth Ennis' Jennifer Blood #6, Green Lantern #3, Grifter #3, and Superboy #3.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday: Batman #494

Batman #494
Knightfall Part 5
Writer: Doug Moench
Penciller: Jim Aparo
Inker: Tom Mandrake

  In this issue Robin escapes from Bane and Killer Croc, who fight each other right into the Gotham harbor. Robin returns to the Batcave to fill Batman on what went down in Gotham's sewers. While Batman needs rest he can't help but suit up and go looking for some of the bad guys who went missing when Arkham was destroyed a few issues ago.  Cornelius Stirk is a villain who can use pychic powers to look like anyone and instill fear into a person. After killing a man, Stirk is found out by The Joker who wants the two to team up.

  Joker's plan is to take Commissioner Gordon hostage and create total chaos in Gotham. Batman uses the Batcompter to look for places where Stirk might be and follows some clues to a crappy area of Gotham called the hub. He finds Stirks hideout but is too late to save another of Stirks victims. Batman discovers a diary that has Stirks and Jokers plan to kidnap Gordon. The bat signal goes up and Gordon goes out to answer it.

  Gordon reaches the Bat signal and Batman comes out of the shadows to greet him. But it's not the real Batman. It's Stirk using his powers to appear as Batman to Gordon and stab his heart out. The real Batman shows up and makes the save. Joker watching from afar thinks that Stirk was a total idiot but wanted a laugh anyway. Scarecrow shows up after being told by Joker's gang that Joker had something major planned. Scarecrow hates the fact that Joker went to Stirk when Scarecrow calls himself the true master of fear.

  Scarecrow and Joker agree to team up and they take Mayor Armen Krol hostage with Scarecrows fear toxin.  Gordon has had a total breakdown from the assault by Stirk and can't get a grip on realty. Gordon's wife Sarah tells Batman that all this craziness is his fault. Batman thinks to himself that if he can barely put away Stirk what will happen when Bane comes for him.

Next Detective Comics #661

-Tash Moore

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Comings And Goings At Marvel Comics

  Lots of things going on at the House of Ideas. Some good and some bad. I just wanted to take a look a some of the topics that have been out there on the interweb for awhile.

1. There have been lay offs at Marvel, which as you know is never a good thing. It seems that some truly talented people have been let go and that's a shame. Turns out that Iron Man Editor Alejandro Arbona is one of them. I can tell you right now that the quality of that book will drop. Well unless they somehow over work poor Steve Wacker into becoming the editor of the book.

2. Marvel has cancelled the Teen Victor Von Doom Mini Series by Nick Spencer and Becky Cloonan. This sucks because i was really looking forward to teenage Doom being a badass and causing mayhem in the mighty mavel manner. Nick Spencer has shown that he can handle teen characters, just read his Image series Morning Glories. I also really wanted to read this for the awesome art of Becky Cloonan. The more i think about it the more upset it makes me that i won't get to buy this book.

3. Now on to some good news. Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice will be launching a new Winter Soldier ongoing. Those who keep up with the Podcast know that i am a big fan of Bucky Cap. Now that Steve Rogers is back as Captain America that book seems a little bland. I think Brubaker had way more fun writing Bucky when he was Cap. I really enjoy Captain America and Bucky but i think this might be the break out hit of 2012.

-Tash Moore

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 139

You can here The Verbal Mosh Ep 139 here
We've had time to take INFINITE vacations while waiting for Infinite Vacation #3 to be released but it's finally here, a little bit queer, and they don't have any bears.
The Verbal Mosh is a comics podcast. We review comics and stuff, this week including: Action Comics #3, Amazing Spider-Man #673, American Vampire #20, Animal Man #3, Infinite Vacation #3, Invincible #84, Moon Knight #7, Swamp Thing #3, Sweet Tooth #27, and Uncanny X-Men #1.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday: Detective Comics #660

Knightfall Part 4
Detective Comics #660
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Penciller: Jim Balent
Inker: Scott Hanna

   In part four of Knightfall Robin, Bane and Killer Croc take center stage. During this story Bane and his crew, Zombie, Trogg and Bird, walk around the streets of Gotham reveling in the fact that people are home behind locked doors. Bane leaves the group to hit the rooftops and continues to go around the city alone. But he's not alone because he is being tailed by the boy wonder, Robin. While tailing Bane, Robin keeps trying to get in radio contact with Batman.

   After the battle at the Bates School for Girls with Mr. Zsasz, Batman is getting some rest on top of the school. Bullock finds him and wakes him from his much needed rest. Bullock tells Batman that he should go home and get some rest, but the Batman just ignores him and continues to search for more of the escaped Arkham inmates. Batman tries to respond via radio to Robin only to find out that Robin is out of range.

   After being spied on, Bane gets the drop on Robin and knocks him out. When he comes to, Robin is blindfolded and is told by Bane that he will be held hostage until the Batman can come to rescue him. Robin, not wanting to be used as a foil for Batman, tries to fight past Bane. In the large sewer area when Bane is holding Robin, Killer Croc gets keen to what's happening in the sewers. He can smell Bane and he remembers it was Bane who broke his arms.

  Killer Croc attacks Bane and destroys the Venom packs on his forearms. Croc tells Bane that he won't have his secret weapon to help him this time. Bane tells Croc he does not need Venom to beat the likes of him. During the fight the scaffold that was holding Bane, Croc and Robin collapses and they fall into the river below. Croc and Bane fight in the water while it looks like Robin is going to drown beneath the sewers of Gotham.

-Next Batman #494

-Tash Moore