Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Verbal Mosh 2011 Book of the Year

There's been a lot of arguing back and forth between myself and Tash about which book deserves the title of "Book of the Year".

Of which I think is great. It's wonderful there's been so many great books throughout the year, that not only provide wonderful stories, but fantastic storytelling that is consecutively good and on time.

Before I get to our top pick, I want to mention a couple of deserving titles that almost made the cut. First, Daredevil. It's been wonderful to see the character develop. It's more fun than serious which is a nice nod back to old school comics where everyone doesn't have some sort of addiction, depression, or insert traumatic problem here.

Next, I want to mention Captain America and Bucky. Sometimes the side characters steal the show. The book was all about Bucky, which is not a bad thing. Here's another book that showcased the good guys beating the bad guys up. Straightforward. Getting the job the done. Bucky has got a lot of spunk and I like that.

Okay. I don't want to get too carried away with this. I'll lastly mention American Vampire. I love how the creative teams have taken the character of the vampire and put a new spin on it. These aren't your glittering pretty boys. They're monsters. They're vicious. There's a bit of romance, action, fantasy, western happening that makes this book so compelling to read because I'm never sure what's going to happen next.

And so...

The Verbal Mosh's pick of 2011 Book of the Year is....



.....

TINY TITANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



The same creative team has been working on this book from day one: Art Baltazar and Franco. These days, that's very rare to see that happen. The work is consistent and funny. It pokes fun at the changes that go on in the DC universe. Who doesn't love the "Just Us League Cows"? That's just gold. The stories are simple to appeal to young readers but because they comment on events and the like going on in other DC books, that makes them a pleasure to read for adults, too.

Tash and I both love the way Robin talks like he's constantly yelling. At New York Comic Con this year, I made sure to grab a Tiny Titans Robin temporary tattoo from the DC booth.

It's really nice to have a laugh with the cast of characters. It's fun, it's easy and relaxing. Tiny Titans is the first book I always read when our books come in for the show. I'm going to be really sad to see the book end with issue 50, but I'm sure it'll go out with a bang.



Aw Yeah, Tiny Titans!
-O.Pelaez

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday: Detective Comics #664

Knightfall Part 12
Who Rules The Night?

Writer: Chuck Dixon
Prenciller: Graham Nolan
Inker: Scott Hanna



In part twelve of Knightfall Batman has had his back broken by Bane. Bane takes Batman to one of the highest buildings in Gotham. Banes tells the people of Gotham that the Dark Knight is no more and that he is a broken man. Batman is then tossed from the building landing on the sidewalk. People gather to see the fallen hero.

Soon the Gotham City Police Department show up and keeps the crowd back. An EMT shows up and takes Batman away. Detective Montoya is a little weary of all this but she is given the word of the EMT that the Batman will be well taken care of. Commissioner Gordon becomes upset when he finds out that Batman never made it to any of Gotham's hospitals.

Joker and Scarecrow are upset with the fact that Batman ruined their plans with the mayor. Scarecrow gets so upset that he uses his fear gas on The Joker. The gas has no effect on The Joker due to the fact that he is insane. In a blind rage Joker beats Scarecrow in a bloody pulp. Much like he did to the second Robin, Jason Todd.

The EMT workers who have taken Batman away turns out to be on other than Robin and Alfred. They rush Batman back to the batcave and hook him up to emergency life support. The do an x-ray that reveals that Batman has a broken back. Which makes matters worst his spine is swelling to a point where if they can't stop it he may never walk again. Alfred and Robin put in a call to Gordon at GCPD.

Detective Bullock and Officer Montoya get the drug needed for Batman and take it to a dead end. Azrael and Robin show up and take the drug back to the cave. Alfred gives it to Batman and the trio stands around and prays for a miracle.

Next Showcase '93#7

-Tash Moore

Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes: A Review



Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes!
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Chris Burnham and Cameron Stewart

Finally! Finally! I get some closure... sort of...


SPOILERS!!!!!

Not knowing what in the world was Leviathan leading up to/all about was the biggest casualty of the New 52 re-boot by DC, in my opinion. A lot of the others DC books we were reading had smaller plots that weren't as interesting or had wrapped up any arcs they were working on. But with Leviathan, I was so upset I wasn't going to know what would have happened.

Now here we are.

Leviathan Strikes is a one shot story that takes place before Flashpoint and the New 52. It's actually two issues in one, which is why there are two artists. Cameron Stewart illustrates the first issue, beautifully, I might add. Stephanie Brown a.k.a. Batgirl has infiltrated St. Hadrian's Finishing School for Girls under the directions of Batman because they know Leviathan has something to do with it. The people there are actually training the girls to become ninja-like assassins. It's kind of funny to see them shoot at the posters of the various super-heroes because they take aim directly at their crotches. The whole place is very much like a cult. They feed the girls mind-controlling wafers. Professor Pyg is there, ready to torture Stephanie and her "friend" because they know one of them is a mole. Stephanie looks like she's in a real tight pickle but then luckily Batman is there, all along, ready to help her out.

While this was a fun read, we still don't know who or what Leviathan is. I enjoyed it immensely but I think it would have been better to have an issue that sets up what's going to happen in the next chapter, drawn by Chris Burnham. At times, the artwork is very reminiscent of Frank Quietly. This chapter was SO trippy though. Somehow, someway we don't know (which is what we should've seen in Chapter one) Bruce-Batman, Dick-Batman, Red Robin and Damien get trapped in an endless circle of doors and events representing Dedalus' labryinth and Oroboro, the snake eating its own tail, things that have been hinted at previously.  Bruce-Batman is inhaling some gas that causes the same effects as Alzeihmer's so he's constantly forgetting and constantly chasing after the villain in charge, Otto Netz, trying to find out if Jezebel Jett is Leviathan and trying to stop Otto from bombing the world. What's worse for the Bat-team is that Otto has captured the Batmen of the world and turned them into his own fighting zombies. Every five minutes another batman gets killed. El Guacho is an awesome double agent. Who really saves the day though is Damien. He sees his dad in trouble so he sends a dagger flying through both of Otto's eyes. It's pretty cool considering all the eye symbols Otto had around the place.

In the end, Bruce finds out Jezebel truly is dead and Leviathan is none other than Talia. And the thing I hate most is that the story doesn't end. It's to be continued in 2012. Aaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! I just wanna know how this ends! We still have yet to see the real significance for the Bat-Bots. I wish the two chapters would have connected some more. The writing has always been all over the place, though. It's a puzzle itself and forces the reader to connect the dots and think a little unlike the majority of stories that explain everything in crystal clear detail. It's good and it's bad because you can go over board with that kind of writing and really lose the reader, which at times has happened with this storyline but I think it holds itself together just enough.

It's not much of a one-shot if it's to be continued. I'm happy to have read this story and I'm anxious to see what's coming next.

-O.Pelaez

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 146


Happy Holidays!!!!!!
The Verbal Mosh Ep. 146 can be heard here.
It's a festive time of year and what says "festive" more than a blind man with a broken leg, a young girl having sex with an old prick, and evil villains trying to take over the world?
This week, we review: Amazing Spider-Man #676, Batman #4, Daredevil #7, Deadman #4, Fantastic Four #601, Hellblazer #286, Invincible #86, Justice League #4, Nightwing #4, Supergirl #4, Tiny Titans #47, Wolverine and the X-Men #3, and Wonder Woman #4.


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Best Of The Best: Dan Slott's Spider-Man

  Remember a time when you got so much from a comic. It's seem that today you always seem to get part three of a six part story. Back when i started reading comics you could pick up any issue and it would be a jumping on point. To me, that was the gold standard for a comic book. Amazing Spider-Man did this well in the early to mid 1990's. Then it kind of just fell off.

  Then enter Dan Slott. A man who I'm sure prides himself on being a true blue Spidey fan. Hell, you can tell he is just from reading his awesome run on Amazing Spider-Man. His work so far reads like a love letter to the Spider-Man we all know and love. It feels like something you would read from the Lee/Ditko, Lee/Romita run from back in the day.

    Dan Slott's Spider-Man has lots on his plate and that's the way we like it. From his relationship problems which are the cornerstone of any Spidey book to his rouges gallery. Spidey boast some of the best villains in all of comics. But Slott and the whole creative team has gone out of it's way to create new villains and update the older ones for a new era of fans. To be quite honest Mr. Slott and crew have hit a home run each and every time.

  I know it can't last but i hope the entire Spider-Man creative team sticks around for a very long time. He really is the world's greatest superhero. I know I'm a big Batman fan, but i love Spidey even more. If not for the Spider-Man animated series a few years ago i would not be reading comics or writing this post. So now i beg each and everyone of you to go buy Amazing Spider-Man. It's worth it's wait in gold. Also, if you see Dan Slott give him a hug for making Spidey the best damn book on the rack.



-Tash Moore

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday: Batman #497

The Broken Bat
Knightfall Part 11
Writer: Doug Moench
Penciller: Jim Aparo
Inker: Dick Giordano



  Finally we get the battle between Batman and Bane. And it's not pretty to say the least. Batman arrives back at Wayne Manor only to find Alfred injured with Bane standing over him. Bane reveals that he knew for quite sometime that Batman and Bruce Wayne were one and the same. Batman ask what has this all been for. The releasing of Arkham inmates and such.

  Bane tells Batman that this had been his whole plan all along. Not only to test and study the Batman but to weaken him as well. Batman angry at the death and destruction that Bane has brought to his city slips on his mask and attacks Bane. But after fighting so many of his rouges and going toe to toe with Bane's henchmen Batman has nothing left in the tank.

  Bane beats Batman right down to the Bat Cave. Alfred runs over to where Robin in his guise as Tim Drake lives with his father. Robins father's mansion is right across from Wayne Manor. Alfred tells Robin that Batman is in very deep trouble and they may need to call an ambulance. Back in the Bat Cave Bane drops the giant penny on Batman then slams him head first into the Batmobile.

  Batman attempts to fight back throwing a punch only to have Bane block it. Bane sends Batman crashing into the glass case that houses the second Robin, Jason Todd costume which causes it to fall over and draped Batman. Bane picks up Batman telling him that he could kill him but that would only silence his same. Lifting him over head Bane slams Batman on to his knee breaking his back.

Next: Detective Comics #664

-Tash Moore

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 145


The Verbal Mosh is a comic book review podcast. This week, we review: American Vampire #21, Batgirl #4, Batman and Robin #4, Green Lantern #4, Grifter #4, and Superboy #4. It's a whole lot o' DC.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Muppets (2011) movie review




Kids these days don't know what they're missing. Tash and I went out a couple of days ago to go see The Muppets, starring Kermit the Frog, of course. Jason Segel and Amy Adams are in it, too. That movie was such a blast.

The premise is that an evil richman named Richman (who laughs by saying "maniacal laugh") has bought the Muppet Studios including the theater and all of the characters' names. He's going to drill for oil under the studios and foster an edgier cast called the Moopets. Waka waka. The only way the Muppets can stop this from happening is if they raise a million dollars. The whole project is spear-headed by a character named Walter. He's the muppet brother to Gary (Jason Segel). Gary has been dating Mary (Amy Adams) for ten years. They decide to go to California because it's an anniversary trip. They bring Walter with them as Gary knows it's Walter's dream to meet the Muppets. 

There is so much singing and dancing in this movie. I couldn't help but sway in time to the music. It's over-the-top at times but cheeky as there are a couple of times in the movie where the characters address the fact that there is an audience watching them. Another thing this movie had lots of were cameos. I disliked the appearance of Selina Gomez but she spoke the truth. She said she has no idea who the Muppets are, she's just appearing because her agent told her to. I can't recall seeing any children in the theater with us. It was all adults reliving their youth. My favorite cameo was Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory. He was a part of the number "Man or muppet?"

I loved all the songs in the movie. Sad thing though is that once the last song came on, I couldn't recall any of the lyrics from the previous songs. The rest of the night I was singing "Mahna mahna. Doo dooo doo doo do."

There were so many awesome things about the movie. I barely covered them. Best thing is for you to go out and see it yourself. You'll be laughing, singing, dancing and having the best time. This movie gets five stars from me. Take a younger relative with you, while you're at it. Introduce them to the Muppets and then you can introduce them to the awesome Muppet Babies.

-O.Pelaez

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday: Detective Comics #663

Knightfall Part 10
No Rest For The Wicked.
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Penciller: Graham Nolan
Inker: Scott Hanna




  Part 10 of Knighfall leaves up with Batman and Mayor Krol escaping being trapped in an underground tunnel that was filling with water. Using the last of his strength Batman knocks out the Mayor with a sleeping gas. Using his cape to wrap air around the Mayor Batman swims to a service entrance and leaves the Mayor with the Gotham City Police Department. Krol is impressed with Batman and his never say die attitude. Once a staunch opponent of the Batman he becomes a very strong supporter.

 
 Batman hits to rooftops to catch some much needed rest. Batman notices how some of the birds on the rooftop are startled by a falcon. He remembers that Robin told him that one of Bane's men is a falconer. Batman is then attacked by Trogg, the strongman of Bane's group. Trogg puts Batman in a bear hug that breaks one of Batman's rib. Batman is about to douse Trogg in a gas that knocks him out cold.

  Next Batman comes face to face with Zombie. Zombie is a mater at throwing knifes with great accuracy.
Batman spends sometime dodging Zombies blades and with a little help from taking off his cape and cowl is able to trick Zombie and trip him up. Falcon is the last to confront Batman and Falcon holds his own against The Dark Knight. Batman makes a big baby face like come back and beats Falcon and calls the police to arrest them.

  Feeling bruised and run downed Batman heads back to the Batcave. He is so dead tired that he can barley remember the ride back. In the cave he throws on a robe then heads upstairs to Wayne Manor. Inside the house he finds Alfred in a bloody mess and Bane standing over him. Shit just got real folks.

Next Batman #497

-Tash Moore

 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 144

The Verbal Mosh Ep. 144 can be heard here.
"Ha... Ho?"
This week on The Verbal Mosh, we review Action Comics #4. Superman's outfit gets dirty and torn, showing it's not just the female characters that show a little skin. Amazing Spider-man #675, Animal Man #4, Avenging Spider-man #2. If Red Hulk is Rulk, shouldn't She-Hulk be Shulk? Chew #22. Guest starring our cat, Randy Orton, in the letter column! Moon Knight #8, Swamp Thing #4, and Sweet Tooth #28.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Knightfall Tuesday: Batman #496

Knightfall Part 9
I'm pretty sure Batman is trying acid here.
Writer: Doug Moench
Penciller: Jim Aparo
Inker: Josef Rubinstein

  In this installment of Knightfall Tuesday Batman gets some throw down revenge on The Joker. Batman feeling bruised and broken after his fight with Firefly.Batman then learns that the mayor has been taken hostage by The Joker and The Scarecrow. A trip to the mayors mansion proved futile after Lt. Bullock trips a wire that blows the place up. Batman intervenes and saves Bullock from going up with the mansion.

  The Joker and Scarecrow uses the mayor to call Gordon to lure him into a trap. Joker and Scarecrow enter the Gotham City tunnel under the Gotham River. They blow up a few cars and trucks creating a large traffic jam. The traffic jam keeps the police at bay at the entrance to the tunnel. Batman arrives and takes charge into the tunnel to save the mayors life.

  Joker splits up with Scarecrow who runs into Batman first. Batman beats down on Scarecrow but Scarecrow manages to spray Batman with his fear gas. Batman sees his greatest fear which at the point was the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd. Batman proceeds to beat The Scarecrow to a pulp. Once he finds The Joker, who is busy tormenting the mayor, Batman starts to beat on him too. To be quite honest Batman is very brutal in his beating of the clown prince of crime.

  Knowing that they've pissed The Batman off, Joker and Scarecrow use a rocket launcher to blow a hole in the roof of the tunnel. Since the tunnel is right under Gotham Harbor water starts to flood in. Batman makes the choice to save the mayor while the villains get away. The last image we see is Batman and Mayor Krol running from a huge wave of water in the tunnel coming at them both.

Next Detective Comics #663

-Tash Moore

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Best of the Best: George Perez's Superman

I love comic books. Anybody who really knows me can tell you that. One comic that i really am enjoying from the New 52 is Superman. When i first heard about this book i was a little upset about the creative team. I felt like the time and place for the artwork and writing of George Perez was out of place and out of touch with today's comics.Boy was i wrong.

This is one of the best comic books out there today. The reason why is that this is a throwback to when comics were full of story with lots of pages and dialogue and plot points. These days most comic book writers do what they can to stretch a story out that could be told in two or three issues and pad it out to six issues. I remember a time when comics were really done in one. George Perez's Superman is in a way that type of comic.

His work on Wonder Woman has shown that he can write and his Superman work looks and feels like a early 1980 book. It has a done on one story yet it also has an ongoing plot thread. Where all these aliens keep showing up in Metropolis and they speak a strange language. It's not one that Superman fully understands but he does know that they manage to sneak the word Kryption when talking to the Man Of Steel.

The art is great. When i first saw the re-designed Superman costume i was like "What the hell is that?" But the more i really looked at the cover for the first issue i started to really dig it. To be honest George is an old pro and his covers do a great job of selling the comic, which that's what the cover is there for. His cover pack a lot of punch and have a great deal of action in them.

While the covers and writing is top notch George Perez continues to pull his weight with the breakdowns on the inside. The very talented Jesus Merino provides the full pencils. I also enjoy the new take on the Daily Planet and how it's now part of this major conglomerate which Lois Lane is at the head of. I like how Clark as being an alien does tend to keep his distance from most people. Also i love how Jimmy Olsen is no longer a goober with a watch that calls Superman to his side like a total bitch.

All in all this is a face comic and i am more than happy to spend $2.99 on it. But like all good things this run will only last until issue #6. So I'm going to enjoy this ride for as long as i can.

-Tash Moore

The Verbal Mosh Episode 143


The Verbal Mosh Ep. 143 can be heard here.
It's not a long episode this week, as we only have four books to review including: Daredevil #6, FF #12, Tiny Titans #46, and Uncanny X-Men #2.
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