Thursday, June 28, 2012

Comics Review: Invincible Iron Man #519

The Work
Written By Matt Fraction
Art By Salvador Larroca







Tony Stark has pissed somebody off. Imagine that. The Media again are all over Tony asking him who the new Iron Man is but he ain't saying. Hey, didn't this guy cause the whole Civil War deal a few years ago. Oh, well.

Zeke Stane breaks free of The Mandarins control. Sweet, sweet freedom. Well, until The Mandarin beats the hell out of him. But does The Mandarin kill him. No way. Why, you ask? Because Stane still has work to do for The Mandarin. Oh that Mandarin, always demadnig the best from all his employee's/people he has implanted bombs in.

Tony Stark is feeling all down and out. Even though all these problems are his fault. Bethany Cabe is pissed at him beacues he didn't give her the 411 on the security situation back when he first hired her. Tony then takes his name off his company naming it Resilent now. In fact, Tony leaves the company all together. I guess he doesn't want his nonsense to catch up with this company. Like that's never happened before. Oh Tony, for a guy who's super intelligent, you sure are a dumb ass.

At the end Tony holds a press conference to tell the media (Again with the media!) that he is stepping down from his company. A gunman leaps from the crowd and the new Iron Man shows up to save Tony Stark. By the way this issue is called The Work. I guess because Tony and Rhodey are "working" the media. (Really, again with the media?)


-Tash Moore

Monday, June 25, 2012

Tash's Pich Of The Week: Daredevil #14

Written By Mark Waid
Damned if you do...Damned if you don't
Art By Chris Samnee



This is without question the best Spider-Man comic in the Marvel U. Oh wait, what? This isn't a Spider-Man comic? You could have fooled me. Hey, i kid. This is a fun comic in the throwback vain of the old school Daredevil. Like the Stan Lee and Gene Colan stuff. It's been a long time that ol' hornhead has been in a book that hasn't made you want to kill yourself at how depressing it is. (I blame Frank Miller and his bad haircut.)

 So DD wakes up in a glass case in Latveria, home of Darth Vade i mean Doctor Doom. In the beginning of this issue, we learn that it's not Doom who is holding Matt hostage but Chancellor Beltane ( I'm kinda mad we didn't just get a doom bot here.) Beltane is pissed that Daredevil stuck his nose in Doctor Doom's business by stealing the Omega Drive.

So as an act of revenge DD gets kidnapped and blasted with this goofy green gas. After taking in a lungful of the gas Chancellor Beltane simply let's the Man Without Fear go free. Letting him know that all debts are now paid in full. Once free Daredevil starts to kick ass and take names. Sensational art by Chris Samnee by sticking to his own art style and not trying to mimic any other former Daredevil artist like Marcos Martin.

Back in New York Foggy speaks to Matt's new flame Kirsten and they both wonder just where the hell Matt may have gone off to. Foggy does a half ass job covering for his boy. In seven awesome pages of DD running along side the Latveria countryside DD starts to lose his hyper sense. Turns out that green gas that he was stuck with releases nanobites into the body and heal any and all problems you might have. Like let's say having a built in radar sense. Quick somebody get me a radioactive goat and or bat.

As Daredvil loses his power he steals a horse and makes a break for Latveria boarder. With the last ounce of Radar sense DD jumps from the horse and lands safely on the train to freedom. Or so we think since his radar sense is kaput and he is beaten and captured by the minions of Doom. The ending of the book kind of is DD smiling being dragged back to castle Doom in a scene which can only be described as when Homer ate that spoonful of Baking Soda on The Simpsons.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Verbal Mosh Episode 172


Before Watchmen strikes again! This time with the Comedian #1. A crying Comedian... who does he think he is? Nite Owl? And who does Spider-Man think he is in the new upcoming movie? I'll tell you what he looks like. He looks like a sneaker. Like a giant rubber sole o.O  You can hear Episode 172 here and on our Facebook page.
The Verbal Mosh reviews: Avengers vs. X-Men #6, Before Watchmen: Comedian #1, Chew #27, Hellblazer #292, NIghtwing #10, Supergirl #10, Winter Soldier #7, and Wonder Woman #10.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Olivia's Pick: Invincible #92

Invincible #92
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Ryan Ottley and Corey Walker


I'm enjoying all the new information that's starting to get revealed in Invincible #92. The relationship between Robot and Monster Girl was something I wanted to know more about immediately after they came back to their own dimension. Holy cow!!!! They've been together for over seven hundred years. While in the Flaxan dimension, they didn't age, or at least they aged very slowly but all Robot was left with was a scruffy beard. Monster Girl is more woman now. This issue doesn't get into detail about why that is so. Always leaving the reader wanting more. But, we are starting to see how complex their relationship is.

Mark is no longer invincible... hopefully that is only a temporary effect from the scourge virus he was infected with. They'd have to call the book something else... he doesn't have much going on for himself without that power and I don't want Blincible replacing him permanently. He's got some kinky fetish with Atom Eve. Did you see that nude painting of her?!!!! How can Blincible's girlfriend be cool with that. The story became weird at that point, where he's having dinner with his parents.

I'm not a fan of the portrayal of these women, crying over their men. I had a problem when Eve did that with Mark when he disappeared in space. Blincible's girlfriend is jealous and needy in this issue. Then again, the guy did previously cheat on her. She should dump him. That's another reason why I dislike Blincible. Monster Girl is nagging Robot about his video games. It's all pretty stereotypical. It'd be funny if Tina Fey wrote Invincible. She could blame all that behavior on their periods.

But I really did enjoy this issue. There's always a lot of action going on in Invincible. There were some weird squid and octopus monsters. It was really funny because the octopus wanted to continue speaking English despite how poorly he did it because 'practice makes perfect.'

I barely registered that there were two artists working on this book while I was reading it, but that's because the styles further the storytelling. One artist works on the present narrative and the other artist works on the flashback sequences. It's great. Way better than when books randomly alternate artists from page to page.

There's so much happening in Invincible but I never feel overwhelmed by all of the various plots and sub-plots like I can in some series. This issue was entertaining. You should all check it out for yourselves.

-O.Pelaez

Monday, June 18, 2012

Movie Review: Moonrise Kingdom



I LOOOOOOOOOOOVED this movie :)

From seeing the previews on t.v., I had no idea what to expect in terms of the plot of this movie. The actors and director were enough to pull me in, though. This is the latest film by Wes Anderson, starring Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, and more.

The story revolves around two outcasted children: Sam and Suzy, who find each other, find love, and even weather a couple of lightning strikes while they're at it. The story is told with the use of one of Suzy's little brothers record player in that the music reflects the parts of the story and how each separate part of the orchestra plays the same music in turns and then all comes together in the end to form the collective story.

The actors who played Sam and Suzy were perfect: Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. I was so happy that they found each other in the movie. These are two outcasted, kind of disturbed children, but with each other, they are happy. Sam is an orphan. No one in his "Khaki Scouts" unit likes him. There is a funny scene where Sam is talking to some kid, then decides to punch him in the balls and runs away before the kid can hit him back. Suzy finds a pamphlet in her parent's things about dealing with a disturbed child and that can only be about herself. Then there is the scene where she snaps at school and starts a fight with another of her classmates. She owns a pair of lucky lefty scissors that isn't so lucky for another kid. Essentially, they are tired of dealing with everyone else and they run away together to this beach hide-away.

Suzy's blue eye shadow was cool. She packed the most useless things in her suitcase: books, scissors, binoculars, cat food. She has a cat that she brings with her and it is just the cutest thing. It tries to poke it's head out of it's carrier. It scratches itself when Sam paints Suzy's potrait. Okay, okay. Enough rambling about the cat. :)

This film kind of reminded me of the last Wes Anderson film I had seen, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, when the children don little animal costumes.

There was so much to love about this movie. So many details to note. The scene where Suzy gets her ears pierced is freaky. The two children are so awkward around each other which is perfect because though they try to act adult, they cannot fool themselves. I loved seeing the two of them dance together. Sam had some funky awesome moves. I could go on and on, but I highly recommend you check the movie out for yourself. For me, this movie was all about Sam and Suzy but the adult actors where fantastic, too. This film is brilliant.

-O.Pelaez

Comics Review: Invincible Iron Man #518

You Ghosts Of Mine Both New And Old
Invincible Iron Man #518
Written By Matt Fraction
Art By Salvador Larroca





 stand back, it's Iron Man and Tony Stark in two different places. Wait...whaaaaaat? There is a mistake on the inside cover of this book. (My posts on this website is filled with them) This issue is listed at part two of the Long Way Down storyline, when it's really part three. Yo Marvel  and it's overlord Disney give me my damn no prize. While i wait by my mailbox by gawd, I'll hammer out this review.

 A new Iron Man is battling with pirates and The Mandarins new war device called the Dreadnought. Remember this creation first showed up in Invincible Iron Man #515. But the guy in the Iron Man is the thought dead War Machine. Using the new and i guess improved Iron Man armor, Rhodey easily beats the Dreadnought. So much for it being the ultimate weapon to kill Iron Man. I really hope that Mandarin kept the  receipt. If he did I'm sure that he'd be able to get a refund or at the least store credit.

 The dude who was once Detroit Steel kidnaps one of the Hammer girls, Sasha. Why? I don't really think they got around to that. And shit, I've been reading this book since issue twelve. Bethany Cabe and her high heels (with the help of Tony Stark's Secretary) finally kills Spymaster. I really enjoyed the scene in which Tony is at the FF building and the press is swarming him about the new Iron Man. Tony is coy but lets the media know that he and the new Iron Man are in two different places. Really Tony? I mean the media should not fall for this. Tony Stark is like the third smartest man in the Marvel U. And plus i guess the Marvel U press has never heard of a DAMN remote control! BAH! It's a metal suit!

 The story ends when Zeke Stane confronts The Mandarin and throws the small bomb that was implanted inside him since day one. Looks like it's a fight with the bad guys. I'd buy this book just to laugh at the stupidity of the reporters of the Marvel U. See this is what happens when J. Jonah Jameson leaves the Daily Bugle to be Mayor of New York.

-Tash Moore


Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Verbal Mosh Episode 171


Many new books to talk about on this week's episode of The Verbal Mosh. Which can be heard here or on our Facebook page.
Batman says 'Night of the Owls' is over, so... uh... I guess, it's over...
There's more Before Watchmen... yeah, it was okay. THERE! I said it.... But that's only because of the creative talent on the books.
We review: Amazing Spider-Man #687, Avengers #27, Batgirl #10, Batman #10, Batman and Robin #10, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1, Captain America #13, Conan the Barbarian #5, Fantastic Four #607, Green Lantern #10, Mighty Thor #15, Scarlet Spider #6, and Superboy #10
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Comic Review: Invincible Iron Man #517

How To Make A Madman
Written By Matt Fraction
Art By Slavador Larroca



Back again with a review of Iron Man #517. What's up with Marvel. They seem to be churning an Iron Man comic every other week. I guess they are trying to wrap up the current storyline because the word around ( if you believe Bleeding Cool and i do) is that Kieron Gillen and Greg Land are set to be taking over the book soon.


So Tony Stark is all up in arms because the Government keeps using a device call the Governor that can block his ability to suit up. SO Tony goes to see the other smartest man i the Marvel U. One Reed Richards. Reed removes the Iron Man armor from Tony's body and hands it over the the Government. They then have no choice but to leave Tony Stark alone as he is now a private citizen. (Not Kane.)   Zeke Stane did some pretty cool and crazy stuff in this issue too. So the Mandarin gets the bright idea to put bombs into his employees. That'll keep them from stealing time while taking a break.

So Zeke lays himself down on a table and with the use of a laser removes the bomb planted deep inside his own stomach. Say what you will but that takes guts. Yes pun was intended. Bethany Cabe who is head of Stark security take down Spymaster in a cool little two page scene. Back at the Future Foundation headquarters Tony Stark has some new type of Iron Man armor and wants Reed Richard to install it into. Tony now being more machine then man.

The issue ends with the War Machine showing up in some oddball armor taking the fight to Detroit Steel over the ocean near Somalia. This issue had okay pacing and keep the story moving in a nice direction. No real confusing parts at all. Fraction did a good job with the writing while Salvador Larroca is the unsung hero of this comic. Can't wait to see how Tony sticks it the Government. Shit in real life the IRS would just audit Tony, but really who the hell would want to read that.

-Tash Moore

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tash's Pick Of The Week: Sweet Tooth #34

The Ballad Of Johnny and Abbot
Sweet Tooth #34
Story and Art By Jeff Lemire




 This is my pick of the week and let me say that I am a sucker for the work of Jeff Lemire. But that's because he's got to be one of the best creators in comics. But back to this issue of Sweet Tooth. It's awesome and the title character isn't even in it. To me that's a testament to a great creator.

 This issue takes a break from Sweet Tooth and his journey to get to Alaska and gives us brothers Johnny and Doug. You can say that they have been an integral part to the story since the first few issues. Doug and Johnny grew up with their dad who is abusive. Johnny doesn't have the courage to stand up to him but whenever their father goes on the warpath Doug is there to stand up for his brother. Even as kids Doug lets Johnny know that he won't always be around to protect him.

 Fast forward to the outbreak to the plague. Johnny is stuck at home and Doug fresh back from the army comes to save his little brother. Johnny hates how his dad abuses him but won't leave him in his weakened state. Doug knows that even though their father is a total dick, Johnny just can't help but be chained to him. Doug then takes it upon himself to shoot his own father in the head. I felt that was a great way to show that Doug had no real emotional attachment to anyone but his kid brother. Again after the father has been shot in the head Doug lets Johnny know that he won't always be there for him.

In the present time, Doug has Johnny tied down asking where Sweet Tooth and Jeppard have gone to. Johnny keeps his mouth shut and Doug warns him. Johnny says that Doug won't hurt him afterall. Johnny knows that he is Doug's one weakness.  Doug with great regret shoots his baby brother in the head and for the last time repeats that "I won't always be around to protect you."

Doug then has Johnny buried somewhere nice and heads out in search of Sweet Tooth and that damn Jeppard. Another great part was that the whole time this was going on, the little beaver boy Bobby was watching and crying. I tell you folks that comic don't get any better than this.

-Tash Moore

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A fight over Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1

Well to be totally honest i felt that this was a spectacular issue by the creative mind of the great Darwyn Cooke. Olivia felt that other then the fantastic art that the story itself just wasn't up to snuff. So write us an email to theverbalmosh@gmail.com or leave a comment below and tell us what you think about this issue of Before Watchmen. We'll draw names out of a hat and send the winner something cool.

-Tash Moore

The Verbal Mosh Episode 170


Make way for the Mighty Morphing Power Phoenixes!
The Verbal Mosh is a comic book podcast.  You hear Ep. 170 here or on our Facebook page.This week, we review: Action Comics #10, Animal Man #10, Avengers vs. X-Men #5, Before Watchmen: MinuteMen #1, Earth Two #2, Morning Glories #19, Swamp Thing #10, Thief of Thieves #5, and Winter Soldier #6.
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Olivia's Pick of the Week: New Deadwardians #3

New Deadwardians #3
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: I.N.J. Culbard


This is a mature readers book.

I must say, I've been enjoying every issue of this book so far. This issue should be subtitled: "Can a dead man get a boner?" That part of the story sets up an interesting environment and sub-plot, but we're still basically following the lead character Chief Inspector George Suttle on the murder investigation where previously there was found a dead Young man in Zone A. George is a Young, too, which is a dead person, like a vampire. He is different than the "Restless" (who look more like zombies) because he had taken the "cure." The "Brights" are normal people. George heads into Zone B in order to ask questions about who the dead Young man was. This is a rough place to be especially for someone like himself. He's rich and he has status, which is how he could afford to take the cure. George goes looking for the artist whom the dead Young man associated with and the issue ends with him crossing the path of a group of surly, tough guys.

I particularly liked this issue because we are getting a fuller understanding between the distinction of classes. We see that animals can't stand the Young. George is, also, a Christian who wears a cross, disproving the myth that his kind burns if touched by a cross. I wonder if the same holds true for garlic and a stake through the heart. The cover shows the brothel girls with stakes in their hands and a supposedly tied up George but that is misleading because there's nothing like that in the issue. The brothel in this issue is where George gets his information from and it's quite funny and also sad to see how overtly sexual the young lady acts in trying to rouse him. It's almost like she's desperate for his attention or at least desperate to prove she can persuade the "dead to rise" but in either case, it's desperate. George goes on his way after he finds out all he needs to.

The art's really nice. I love the line quality. It has a very straight-forward storytelling style. The panel to panel moments depict nice character nuances with sometimes only slight movements of the head or small actions that show how distant George is because he is Young. Given that not a whole lot happened in this issue it still felt very rich because of the expositions and all the information picked up from the characters.

This is a great book that everyone else should check out as well.

-O. Pelaez

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Verbal Mosh Episode 169


When the sun goes down, all the freaks with their comics come out winking
You can hear The Verbal Mosh Ep 169 here or on our Facebook Page.
On this week's episode, the Verbal Mosh reviews: American Vampire #27, Batman Beyond Unlimited #4, Lil Depressed Boy #11, Superman Family Adventures #1, Wolverine and the X-Men #11, and the hardcover: Batman Death by Design.
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