Sunday, April 29, 2012

Movie Review: The Five Year Engagement

Warning: Spoilers!

The Five Year Engagement
starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt

Jason Segel is really fantastic. I thought he was great in the television series, "How I Met Your Mother." Other work of his that I enjoy include "The Muppets", "I Love You, Man", and "Jeff, Who Lives at Home."

Tom (Jason Segel) proposes to Violet (Emily Blunt). They don't get married because other plans get in the way. Violet's sister becomes pregnant, then she has a wedding, grandparents die, career paths change, Tom and Violet move... things that can happen to anybody. Tom and Violet keep waiting for life to be perfect or at least for their lives to settle down, but that never happens. They begin to question whether or not they should get married at all because it's apparent that they are not perfect for each other. Almost perfect, but not quite. It was strange seeing them date other people because the chemistry wasn't the same. It's part great acting and part great script. Tom dates a 23 year old girl, who is utterly ridiculous and hilarious. She acts more like a teenager. And, a mean teenager, at that. Violet dates her boss but that relationship turns nasty when she realizes it was all a sham.

Some of my favorite moments were of when Tom and Violet were still together and Tom starts to get a bit loony. He grows the strangest facial hair I've ever seen. He kills deer... constantly, with his home-made-sweater-clad friends. Those sweaters were hilarious.

There's a difference between something that is home-made and hand-made. That difference has to do with skill. The sweaters in the movie are purposefully made too big and ill-fitting, though, to add to the comedy. I think the one I liked the most was the very first one you see in the movie. It was light blue and had some strange organic design knit onto the front.

Tom wearing his Super Bunny costume eating the old donuts was funny. That's the moment that Violet sees the relationship stopping, but it becomes the moment of clarity for the two of them and helps them get back together, too.

The message at the end is that life will never be perfect. If you wait for it to become perfect, you're going to be waiting forever. Instead, you make the most with what you have and you make the best life that you can.

I want to mention some of the other fine actors that are in this film: Chris Pratt, Chris Parnell, Mindy Kaling, and Brian Posehn. The entire cast was great but I just wanted to mention a few.

The movie is relatable to anybody who has ever procrastinated with big decisions. It's a sweet and funny tale of love and the twists that come. I give it two thumbs up and I encourage you all to go and see it, too.

-O.Pelaez

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tash's Pick: The Flash #8

Written and Drawn By Francis Manapul and Brain Buccellato

The Speed Force
 Let me say that it is a real treat to read this book each and every month. When i heard that Geoff Johns was leaving this book and Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato were taking over made my head spin. I could not see a world where there was a Flash comic that Johns didn't have his hand in. At Comic Con 2011 Manapul and Buccellato put my rest at ease at a DC panel when they spoke about the love and the plans they have for Flash.

So here we are in the eight month of the New 52 and this book is killer. First the art is a blast to look at. It feels like Brian and Fancis really sit down and just flesh out how the art and the story are going to meld together. In this issue Flash finds himself stuck in the Speed Force. Flash jumped into it trying to save a boat that was carrying Iris West. Iris was on the boat when it got pulled in a Speed Force  by a vortex that Barry thinks he created by just running.

Once inside the Speed Force he meet Turbine. Turbine was apart of the Tuskegee Airmen and was pulled into a vortex himself. Flash and Turbine team up to find a way out. During this time Barry finds out that he needs to run to keep the Speed Force from going haywire. It seems The Flash is the release valve for the Speed Force and if he doesn't run bad things will happen to the time stream. Turbine wants to go home so bad and back to his own time he'll do anything to get back. And that includes killing The Flash.

It's smart fun comics with time travel involved that doesn't make you want to bang your head into a wall. Go out and buy all eight issues on sale now.

-Tash Moore

The Verbal Mosh Episode 164


Aquaman has some explaining to do to Mera in Aquaman #8. LDB does nothing and gets depressed about it, as usual in Little Depressed Boy #10. Superman trips out on some new alien drug. All of this on this week's episode of The Verbal Mosh, including Captain America #10, Mighty Thor #13, Moon Knight #12, and the New Deadwardians #2. You can hear Ep. 164 of The Verbal Mosh here or on our facebook page.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Wonder Woman #8

Wonder Woman #8
story by Brian Azzarello
Art by Cliff Chiang



Wonder Woman is a fantastic character to read. I think she's so tough and cool.

In issue 8, Wonder Woman has to go to Hell to get Zola back from Hades. Wonder Woman did make a deal with him, after all, to give him a queen, who he thought would be Hera. But now, he has his sights set on Zola's unborn child. WW dons some new armor, along with borrowing Eros' golden pistols (as seen on the cover above.) She doesn't do anything too out of the ordinary with her new look.

It's a different depiction of Hell in this book. It looks very barren, not filled with raining ash, smoke, fire and screaming souls, which you would normally imagine. It's always different every time Hermes has visited though. It's quite freaky. The entire landscape is built on the souls of the damned. We see them in the floors. As, WW's presence is felt, the statues crumble, exposing the muscle and nerves of the demons that will try to stand in WW's way.

When WW does find Zola, Zola looks full to bursting with child. It's disconcerting because of how much time has seemed to pass in Hell but also because Zola doesn't look much like a captive. She's not chained down or anything. The landscape is molded to look like her old farm. Hades steps out and notes that two came down to Hell, and only two can leave. WW decides to trade Eros' guns for the freedom of Zola. It's a really stupid mistake. When I read this part, I could remember Eros telling WW to make sure to take care and bring back his guns. Then, I think about how she didn't draw them out when fighting any of the demons. It all leads to this powerful moment when Hades pulls the trigger and fires at Wonder Woman.

It was all so well executed.

It was a stupid error on Wonder Woman's behalf, but those weren't her guns. She couldn't have known the full extent of their power. And, the more pressing matter was to make sure she rescued Zola. Making that dumb deal with Hades the first time should have made her wiser, though than to up and make another deal with him. I want to blame this all on her unfamiliarity with her "family."

I can't see how Wonder Woman is going to get out of this mess this time and eagerly anticipate the next issue. I love the art by Cliff Chiang. The one-shoulder armor looked strange on Wonder Woman. I like her better in her normal costume, but really... that's not much to complain about in this fantastic issue.

-O.Pelaez

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Verbal Mosh Episode 163


And we're back with another new episode!
We watched Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on t.v.
How Jessica Alba passes off for Caucasian, I just don't get.
And you can hear Ep 163 of The Verbal Mosh here and on our Facebook page.
This week, The Verbal Mosh reviews comic books including: Amazing Spider-Man #684, Avengers #25, Avengers vs. X-Men #2, Batman #8, Batman Beyond Unlimited #3, DC Universe Presents #8, Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child #2, Hellblazer #290, Justice League #8, Nightwing #8, Supergirl #8, and Wolverine and the X-Men #8.
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tash's Pick: Fantastic Four #605

Fantastic Four #605
Written By Jonathan Hickman
End Of Line?
Art By Ron Garney

This was a great issue of Fantastic Four and a great jumping on point for new readers.  With all the big things that have been happening with this book i was really floored by this issue and how simple and straightforward it was. It starts off with Reed and Nathan Richards building a device that can allow them to see into the future. But that's it. Reed and Nathan don't get to meet with any future versions of themselves and they can't interfere with what they see.

They see New York City at different parts of the future and the two things they see as constant are The Thing and Franklin Richards leading a different group of super humans as the Fantastic Four. It seems that the serum that was created by the first generation of the Future Foundation allows Ben Grimm to return to human form for one day a year. But the draw back to that is that Ben only ages one day a year. This gives Ben a very, very, very, very long lifespan.

Around the year 4012 Franklin Richards goes off to work with/for Galactus and leaves Ben on earth and head up the Future Foundation. Ben gives a great speech to the newest class about how they should stop every once in awhile and enjoy themselves.  Around the year 6012 Ben Grimms dies of old age with Franklin looking on. Reed returns to the present and realizes that he too should take time to spend with his family and friends. So Reed takes a seat next to bed during a boxing match that is on pay per view and has a beer. Content to be enjoy Ben's friendship and company.

All around a fantastic (no pun intended) comic book. It was a nice little break from the big ideas that have been apart of this book since Hickman started as writer. The art is by Ron Garney who we all know the be a very steady hand when it comes to getting a book out on time. So i am proud to say that if you never read Fantastic Four ever or just dropped the book give this issue a shot.

-Tash Moore

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Verbal Mosh Episode 162


We're super beat from attending this year's C2E2, see all the details at www.theverbalmosh.com 
The Verbal Mosh is a comic book podcast. We review comics. Yeah! You can hear The Verbal Mosh Ep 162 here or on our facebook page. Like us!
This week, we talk about: Batgirl #8, Batman and Robin #8, Conan the Barbarian #3, Green Lantern #8, Saucer Country #2, Scarlet Spider #2, Superboy #8, Thief of Thieves #3, and Winter Soldier #4.
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock

Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock
Volume 2
Issue 1-3



This is an enjoyable read that I picked up at the Archaia booth at C2E2 as a part of the free comic books they were giving away. Each issue features three stories with a different creative team on each story. I'm going to highlight some of the stories that stood out the most to me:

"Wembley and the Great Dream-Capade"
story by Grace Randolph
art by Caravan Studio

Wembley feels envious of his friends' dreams and begins to think his dreams aren't worth having, so he dreams about nothing and can't go to sleep. All of the other fraggles try to help him out but it isn't until he talks to the trash heap and understands that it shouldn't matter if his dreams don't seem extravagant to anybody else. His dreams are his own. As long as they make him happy, they should suffice. Everybody has very different dreams. Because I'm a knitter, I particularly enjoyed the line the trash heap said about his own dreams of knitting patterns. What would the trash make? I can't imagine is knitting a sweater for itself... then again, that would be quite funny to see. Wembley wound up having lots of dreams because he can never make up his mind about which one he likes best. The dreams are so indicative of the fraggle, it was nice to see him finally accept himself in the end.

 "A Visitor From Outer Space"
story by Leigh Dragoon
art by Jake Myler

This story has one of the best opening sequences. A dog is sleeping and Doc rushes in with a cat and says, "Wake up, Sprocket!... Look what I found." And he holds out the cat. :)

The cat gets loose into the wall where the fraggles live. The fraggles freak out and try to figure out how to get rid of it. Wembley has the first encounter and while everyone else sees the cat as a monster, he sees that it wants to play with their tails and that the cat doesn't seem all that mean and vicious. Boober has the worst time coping with the cat. This story was cute because I have my own little monster, Randy, that visits me from time to time. I'm sure I've mentioned him on one or two of the podcast episodes. His claws would swipe at and hurt the fraggles compared to the cat in the story who looked so harmless.

All in all, every one of the fraggles has a good time leading the cat back out of the wall. Red even suggests they make this an annual event. The cat bounces into Sprocket and falls asleep upon collision. I've never seen a cat do that but it was a cute illustration to see the dog on his back with the cat asleep on his stomach.

"To Catch a Fwaggle"
story by Bryce P. Coleman
art by Michael DiMotta

Junior Gorg is going to catch a fraggle. Every time he comes close to doing it but things just fall apart for him. He's trying so much and so hard. King Daddy says he should give up. Junior gets pretty down and concedes. I can empathize with his feelings of being a failure. Queen Mommy suggests that maybe the son is only doing all this to get the approval of his father but we see that junior only wants to befriend the little fraggles. He's made a bunch of little dolls that look like them and himself.

This story, in particular, was my favorite out of all three issues. The fraggles are a nuisance to the gorgs. The gorgs look so huge and imposing. It goes to show that appearances don't count for everything. The gorgs were very sweet at heart and acted like a normal family hierarchy with the parents ruling the "household" and the son trying to figure out his own role. The gorgs eat radishes and it was a nice detail for the son to wear pajamas with radishes all over them, too.

Each story had its own style of art and I really liked all of them. Each character was unique with colorful personalities. The messages within the stories never felt forced. It was all good but because of all of the morals, the book was less funny than certain other comics I've read and more sweet and charming instead.

I had never seen the Fraggle Rock television show when I was younger, but after reading these issues, Tash and I looked up and watched the theme song. Now, I can't get it out of my head! :)

The activities at the back of each issue looked pretty fun, too, like the activities at the back of my Tiny Titans comics. There's a "lesson in artistic interpretation" in the third issue, and I'll be adding my own interpretation to the end of this post soon ;)



-O.Pelaez

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

C2E2 2012- overview


C2E2 = Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo

April 13-15, 2012
Located at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

This was a fairly big convention. If we weren't on the show floor, we were upstairs at one of the panels. Friday was the least crowded and so there was the best opportunity to get a good look around. It's a comic book convention. People sell comics, toys, apparel, and more. I had the best time going to random panels.



To begin with, I did a terrible job of planning what I wanted to do all three days. I mostly only planned out my Saturday schedule. I missed out on panels I wanted to check out on Friday in order to make it back to check-in to the hotel. My two stand-out panels were the Roman Dirge Q&A and the Archaia presents How to use World Building to Become a Better Storyteller (or something to that effect.)

The Roman Dirge panel... now I really wasn't expecting to go to this panel because I had no idea who Roman Dirge was. Turned out I was kind of familiar with his work. He writes and draws the Lenore comic book. I saw it at a shop a long time ago and thought about picking it up because I like Edgar Allen Poe and thought there might be some kind of connection. As Roman explained, that isn't the case. He just took the name Lenore from Poe's work. People asked a bunch of random questions. I enjoyed the tales about his work, his PO'd ex-girlfriend who hated how it looked like he sat around and did nothing all day when he was working out ideas for his comic, and even listening to some of the awkwardness that came when no one asked a question. The characters in his work seem fun. There isn't any deep meaning to his work. He just produces comics that he enjoys making and thinks is funny and fun to read. As new creators, I think it's easy to get caught up in what other people think of your work, especially if you're the type who goes to submit portfolios to Marvel or DC. You get caught up in thinking about what those kinds of companies want to see, what they don't want to see, etc. even though it's not appropriate for the work that you like to do.

Roman talked about how he's in the process of getting a Lenore movie made. Neil Gaiman is the producer. Roman told an awesome story about how he "drunk scripted" the story for the Lenore movie and sent it to Neil. He wants to have it made similarly to the way Gaiman's Coraline was created. I think that would look awesome.

The Archaia panel was another one that I, at the last moment, decided to go to. It featured David Peterson (MouseGuard), Jeremy Bastian (the upcoming Cursed Pirate Girl), and Sean Rubin (Redwall and the upcoming Bolivar.) The panel focused on world-building in relation to story-telling. In a comic, you create an entire world to house your characters. Some people do this quite extensively with their stories (just think about Lord of the Rings and how JRR Tolkein made up all of those languages for the various being's of middle earth.) David Peterson likes to work with a balance of planning everything out and not planning it all out. It's more interesting for him to figure out some of his story along the way. The phrase he used was to "edit along the way." When it came to creating the different characters, all he liked to have was their name and a sketch. He, also, created these cool miniature models of the different locations in the Mouse Territories. It helps your world become more believable if it can stay pretty consistent. Jeremy Bastian and Sean Rubin, along with David Peterson, used models they made of their characters at one point or another to keep them consistent. Though the main point they all emphasized was that the world-building should never interfere with the story. It's great to build all these models and reference sheets but if you keep developing all those details, you forget about your story. When you try to pitch that story to an editor, it may look beautiful and have all these crazy, wonderful details about it but without a strong story, the reader won't be invested in your characters and it's likely your book might not get published past the first issue.

It's interesting because I started reading MouseGuard with the Fall Issues. I still think that book is beautifully illustrated. I think in waiting for Winter to come out, I lost touch with the book. I tried to pick it up with the Free Comic Book Day issues again but couldn't quite connect to the characters. I might look for a trade of Winter next convention I go to and give the book another shot.

Bolivar comes out next year, I believe. That looks like a really fun book that I may check out as well. It takes place, pretty normal time, in New York City. The only real oddity exists in the character Bolivar, a tyrannosaurus rex who survived extinction and also lives in the city.

The Cursed Pirate Girl comes out next year, too. I'm not as big in to the swash-buckling fantasies but the illustrations for the book were so detailed and really lovely to look at.

There were a couple of panels featuring Art Baltazar and Franco and I made sure to go to at least one of them. It was called DC For Kids. It was on Sunday, which is usually the day all cons have as kids day and so, there were a lot of little kids at the panel. It was very relaxing and funny. Who knew Tiny Titans was located in Chicago?! I didn't. How could I not even realize my favorite character, Batcow, is a girl?!!! She's a cow... with udders... D'oh! Otherwise it would be called Batbull, which doesn't have a very kid-friendly appeal to it, in my opinion. It was very sweet to see all the kids ask questions and show their appreciation. Tiny Titans wasn't the only talk there. They talked about Young Justice League and Green Lantern as well, but I cared about Tiny Titans and the Superman Family Adventures more.


We took a bunch of photos of the con. There were a lot of great cosplayers and you can check out more photos on our Facebook page.

Chicago is a beautiful city. There wasn't anything at the convention that would make me want to come back again. I way more prefer New York Comic Con, especially since I live closer. That city does have some really great food, though. And, beautiful scenery. The hands-down highlight of the trip was to a restaurant called Avec. It's got a 99% liked rating on Zagat and with good reason. We had the chorizo stuffed dates, the hangar steak, and the oven-roasted pork shoulder. It was SO GOOD! The chorizo dates were spicy and sweet. The steak was cooked perfectly. The shoulder just fell apart, it was so tender and had this delicious lime sauce.

I was not a fan of the weather. Chicago really is a windy city. We left and packed ready for rain. All the weather forecasts said to expect rain all weekend. There wasn't any except for the occasional drizzle on Sunday and heavy downpour on Sunday night which is pretty lucky if you think about it. But you also have to consider that we were leaving Jersey which was expecting summer-like weather in the 80s, close to 90s.

Another reason why New York trumps Chicago is because you don't need a car to reach the convention center.  -_-

Still, I enjoyed myself and this was my favorite convention that I've been to that I had to travel far for.

:D
-O.Pelaez

C2E2 2012 Day 3 Sunday

Well it's late but here is the news I picked up on while running around on Sunday at c2e2 2012.

Jamie McKelvie will take over art duties on The Defenders with Matt Fraction with Issue #8.

In the summer Thor and Journey Into Mystery will cross over bringing the return of The Fire Demon Surtur.

Cullen Bunn and Paul Pelletier are going to be the new creative team for Wolverine  with Issue #305

By far the craziest news from Marvel at C2E2 is that Gambit will be receiving his own Ongoing book by the team of James Asmus and Clay Mann. Not really a Gambit fan but I might buy this because the work writer James Asmus has done on Captain America and Bucky.

-Tash Moore

Sunday, April 15, 2012

C2E2 Day 2 Saturday

So I went to two major panels yesterday. The Amazing Spider-Man panel and the Before Watchmen panel. Here are some of the takeaways from those two panels.

Amazing Spider-Man:
The Blizzard will return for a storyarc called No Turning Back.

The Kravens come for blood and Maine in the next few issues of Scarlet Spider.
Artist Ryan Stegman will be leaving Scarlet Spider with issue #6 being his last.
Artist Khoi Pharmacy takes over art chores with issue #7.
Speaking of Stegman, he'll be drawing Fantastic Four with issue #609.

At the Before Watchmen panel we got tons of non answers. But we did learn the following:

The Nite Owl mini series will feature the origin of the second Nite Owl.
The Comedian mini series is a story that will take place in 1960.
Adam Hughes really really really wanted to draw Nite Owl but got Dr. Manhattan.
Ananda Conner says that her Silk Spectre mini series will stick to the nine page grid layout from the original mini series.
The Rorschach tale takes place in 1977 and looks violent and awesome.

Well I'm off to buy more Batman comics and I'll have some info from Sunday posted later with a full review later next week by Olivia.

Tash Moore.

Friday, April 13, 2012

C2E2 2012 Day 1 Friday

Olivia and I left Jersey early. I mean we were both up and out at 4 am in the morning today. We made our way from Midway airport right to downtown Chicago. After some Starbucks we went to get our press passes for C2E2. I only picked up vol.4 of Walt Simonson's Thor, and Scott Snyder gave out free copies of Batman #1. I got to rub elbows with Joe Quesada and Geoff Johns which was pretty damn cool. We then left for pizza and beer. Now I am at the hotel ready to be 100% for Saturday and round two.

Tash Moore

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Invincible #90


I know. I know. This is super duper late. The Verbal Mosh is prepping to go to C2E2 this upcoming weekend. Weather forecasts it's gonna be rainy... -_-


:D
My pick for the latest book of the week is... Invincible #90.




Invincible #90
writer: Robert Kirkman
art: Ryan Ottley

The visual storytelling on this book is always top notch. I chose this book this week because I love the story that's been developing in regards to Oliver, Dinosaurus, and the Viltrumite leader, Thragg. I didn't care for Blincible.* He feels like a throw-away character, thrown into the story to give Eve something to do... though she didn't want to "do" him ;)

Oliver is a really interesting character. He seemed to care for his family but because he isn't attached to any other humans, like Mark is to Eve and all his other friends, he's been able to develop a big indifference to the race as a whole. Part of the indifference can be blamed on the alien side of him, that has such short life-spans, they don't have time to develop bonds. Though what I think it is is a mix between that and his growing adolescent human mind, adolescence already being prone to isolating oneself from others in order to develop one's own sense of self and independence, conflicting with each other. This internal development/struggle makes him less predictable to read than "good guy Mark" because time after time, Mark will always do what he thinks is right and moral even if he breaks a few rules along the way. He doesn't have as many slips, only those that may come from not thinking a situation through properly like what happened in Las Vegas, which now that I think about it, is just as dangerous than doing what is blatantly wrong. 

Dinosaurus is a sweet character and it was rough watching what happened to him in this issue. His head is torn open and I have no idea if he can heal from that. He's discovered that all isn't right with what Thragg is up to. One minute, the Viltrumite is trying to save Mark from dying, then he's trying to kill him. It seems that because Mark is part human, the Scourge Virus won't kill him like it would a pure Viltrumite. Seems like now, Allen had the right idea to infect the whole Earth in order to kill the remaining Viltrumites. It's not right, even though they are power-hungry and an extremely violent species. I think Mark would have still objected to the idea. 

Eve needs to lose weight. She needs to get her strength and confidence back and stop crying and worrying about what will happen to Mark. Her character is too emotionally weak right now. I guess she was always weak, after all she made herself bigger boobs instead of being proud of what she had. 

Eve needs to get it together and be strong for herself and her man. It would be healthy for her to develop a career outside of Invincible Inc., but then she wouldn't fit in with the rest of the book and there's enough going on with Oliver pulling away from everyone. She's a side character and needs to stay relevant to Mark's life. Right now, she just doesn't feel relevant.  



This book is always packed with action and human intrigue. A great read. My pick of the week.

-O.Pelaez


*Blincible = Black Invincible 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Verbal Mosh Episode 161


Sometimes we agree to disagree on what we think are good books... or even good movies...
The Verbal Mosh is a comic book podcast and can be heard here  or on our facebok page.
On this week's episode, we review: Action Comics #8, Amazing Spider-Man #683, Animal Man #8, Avengers vs. X-Men #1, Chew #25, Fairest #2, Swamp Thing #8, Sweet Tooth #32, and Wolverine and the X-Men #8
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Movie Review: 21 Jump Street


"21 Jump Street" starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

I'm one of those people who didn't watch the television show, so I had no concept of what to expect when I went to go see this movie.

The premise is that these two bumbling cops go undercover at a high school to determine the source of a new drug craze that has already killed one student. The only reason these guys are chosen to work at 21 Jump Street is because they look young. They make a fool of themselves. They do everything they shouldn't be doing. They buy beer to give to underage students at a party. They steal weed from the police evidence locker to give to the students. They ingest the drug they're supposed to be investigating. They do hold off from having sex with any of the students. The love interest to Jonah Hill's character is, lucky for him, eighteen years old. I rolled my eyes at that. It was like she was always there waiting for him, tied up with a neat bow around her. There were some pretty predictable jokes, like the car explosion gag. Which one will explode? The one you least expect. The script definitely reflects modern youth. And because of that is why I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoy other movies. Watching the characters trip out on drugs, get stabbed, make lewd, sexual jokes is simple comedy like "slap stick." It's an easy laugh. You know what to expect just like once the set-up of the cool kid and nerd was introduced, you know when they go back to high school, the roles will get reversed. I did think korean Jesus was kinda funny.

I didn't hate this movie, but I didn't love it either. I definitely would not have watched this movie alone nor will I purchase it on dvd. I'd give this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars.

-O.Pelaez

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review: Invincible Iron Man #514

Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Salvador Larroca

Oh boy is this book getting good. For sometime it's been really hard to enjoy Iron Man. The writing by Mr. Faction can be very slow at times but now it's moving into high gear. The US government knows that Tony Stark flew the Iron Man armor while drunk. So they ask him to turn over all the data to them. Tony turns the tables and brings over 19 trucks with all the data they would want on it. As Tony puts it, he gives them the haystack, they need to find their own needle.

Meanwhile, The Mandarin sends  Whirlwind to an oil field in California and a new powered up Melter to LA. Tony meets with Justine Hammer now working for the US government and they give a silver ring to Tony. The government wants Tony to wear the ring along with his Iron Man armor to monitor him. Also to try to keep him on a short lease. Tony takes the bait and then comes to the conclusion that he has a mole in his company leaking info to The Mandarin.



Iron Man shows up in the California oil field and engages in battle with Whirlwind and after a lengthy battle Whirlwind makes a break for it. Just as Iron Man is about to pursue the US government shuts down the Iron Man armor. In LA The Melter is destroying the downtown area and War Machine is sent it to deal with him.
All in all this was fast paced and the back and forth between Tony Stark and the reps from the government was downright funny. Matt Fraction hit it on the head and Salvador Larroca never seems to miss a beat with the art on this book. Month in and month out he brings his A-game and keeps this book on time. That's rare for a comic book artist these days.

-Tash Moore

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Verbal Mosh Episode 160


We've got a good mix of comics to talk about this week. "It's [sort of] coming." We've got previews of the previews of the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline. Daredevil has no foresight when it comes to "blinging" out some tombstones. Superman's suit is pretty cool. The Verbal Mosh Ep. 160 can be heard here and on our facebook page.
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Tash will have his Pick of the Week reviewed there.
This week, we review: American Vampire #25, Aquaman #7, Avengers vs. X-Men #0, Daredevil #10, Flash #7, Mighty Thor #12, Moon Knight #11, Morning Glories #17, New Deadwardians #1, and Superman #7.
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Tash's pick: Captain America & Bucky #628

Plot by James Asmus and Ed Brubaker
Written by James Asmus
Art by Francesco Francavilla

Let me just say that I know my pick of the week is late. That's okay because it was Wrestlemania weekend so cut me some slack. Okay back to the comics, this book has been so much fun. This issue I picked is the conclusion of the second storyline in Cap and Bucky. It involves Fred Davis, a man who served in the second World War as Bucky when everyone thought the real Bucky had been killed. Fred and the also new replacement Captain America, William Naslund, take up the mantle of heroes but are never recognized because at the time the information was all very top secret.

A man posing as the grandson of William Naslund shows up and turns out to be an android assassin. The younger Naslund's personality is overwritten by the main villain who is the same android who killed the 1940's Captain America. Cap teams up with another android from the past, the original Human Torch, which I found to be a nice little throwback to Golden Age Marvel Comics. The super evil android now known as Adam III takes the form of the Captain America we all know and love and with his connections in the government tried to use U.S. missiles to take out all life on the planet.

While Captain America is down along with The Human Torch making the save to destroy Adam III back up Bucky makes the game winning play. He has the android who was working with Adam III locked up by Military Police (this android was a US General). The best part is the bit of gratitude that is showed to Fred Davis. He spent his whole life knowing that he was a hero during the closing days of World War II but was never able to speak about it. I loved how at the end Captain America has a giant statue erected in honor of William Naslund and Fred for their selfless service to the United States. I loved the writing on the book and was really becoming a fan of the creative team. I felt they were really beginning to hit their stride. But alas it was a fitting ending to an awesome story.

-Tash Moore