Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Verbal Mosh Episode 186

There are still a bunch more #0 books to talk about.
This week on the Verbal Mosh, we review: Invincible #95, Before Watchmen Ozymandias #3, Talon #0, Aquaman #0, Flash #0, Superman #0, Batman Incorporated #0, Superman Family Adventures #5, American Vampire #31, Wolverine and the x-Men #17, Winter Soldier #11, Journey into Mystery #644, and Hit-Girl #3. So tune in for this episode right here or on our Facebook page.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Justice League #0

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank

Lightening is leaking out of his eyeballs! That cover is crazy. :)

Billy Batson is the focus of this issue. About time, too. His story has been building in back-ups of Justice League for some time. Here he finally comes face to face with this old wizard, who tells billy the magical word that will transform him and give him new powers. Billy isn't the perfect candidate. The wizard had been looking for such a long time for the absolute perfect candidate and had never found one. Billy points out that it is because no such person exists. There is no such thing as an absolutely good person. Everyone has faults. As long as there was some good within, that was all that mattered. The wizard agreed with this point and saw the good in Billy. So, with the magic word: SHAZAM! Billy the boy turns into Billy the muscular man, and what does Billy decide to do? He decides to get a little payback. He acts without regard to any kind of consequences. Billy wrecks the car that belongs to that rich blonde man with the little jerk kids. He's got a lot of power in his hands and he needs to learn how to control it. Especially if he's going to eventually confront Black Adam, which is what it's looking like.

Considering all these issue 0 comics have been covering the origins of their respective main characters, it was a little surprising that the issue wasn't one of how all the various Justice League members met. But, the regular Justice League stories haven't been so great recently, that I preferred this change.

The back-up featured a story involving a woman named Pandora. I guess this is the purple cloaked woman who appeared in the backgrounds of the early issues of the new 52. The story of Pandora is, and mind, I'm roughly paraphrasing, Pandora has a box. Pandora opens that box. The seven deadly sins are released into the world. In this story, illustrated by Ethan Van Sciver, she also confronts the old wizard who gave powers to Billy. She wants to undo what opening her box had done. It's all going to tie together. When Billy was walking toward the wizard, he passed a bunch of relics that represented the seven deadly sins.

It was an okay introduction to Pandora. I enjoyed the main story with Billy more. It had more of a build-up and more intriguing parts to the character. The art was fantastic by Gary Frank, as usual. Ethan Van Sciver's work was good, too. Definitely check it out for yourself. It was an enjoyable read.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Comics Review: Balder The Brave #4

Written By Walt Simonson
Balder The Beautiful
Drawn By Sal Buscema

So i guess what Marvel is trying to get across is that Balder is good looking and you the reader is a total ug mo. Or maybe not. Who knows. In this issue Balder is still at war with the Frost Giants(not the San Francisco ones) because they kidnapped his woman Queen Karnilla. Balder defeats the smallest Frost Giant and regains to famed Sword Of Frey.

The King Frost Giants forces Balder the good looking without a shirt to drop his weapon. Balder tosses the sword to Agnar waiting in the wings and gives himself up to the Frost Giants. Agnar makes a run from the castle with the sword to tell the Asgardians that they will soon be under attack from the Giants.(not the football ones)

The king Frost Giant waves his hands and makes a snow storm engulf the land so Agnar will never reach Asgard. So that's how it works, you just need to wave your hands. Boy did Harry Potter lie to me. Karnilla is put into a glass bottle and watches the King Frost Giant do his thang when a shirtless Balder enters the room. Without shirt Balder fights the Frost Giants and frees Karnilla. The battle comes to an end when i kid you not, Balder makes things so hot and sexy the room castle start to melt. No I'm just kidding. Just about the sexy part. Balder is able to harness the power of the sun and heat up the realm of the Frost Giants and shrink them down to the size of small action figures.

Agnar is able to brave the winds and returns to the land of the Norns. Hogun the Grim arrives to tell Agnar to return to Asgard as they have chosen a new king.  They have chosen Balder The Brave. Damn it seems like just about everybody has been King of Asgard at some point. The throne of Asgard is sure a whore. Hogun leaves a note behind for the soon to be king.

Balder and Karnilla returns to her kingdom and Karnilla discovers the note left behind. She turns to throw the note away but she knows that this time she cannot. Karnilla passes the note to Balder. Balder must return to the Golden Realm at once to become king. Karnilla doesn't want him to leave but she knows that he can't run from his destiny anymore than she can. Karnilla will rebuild her realm and lets Balder leave. But not before giving him her ring. So that one day he might return to her. Balder rides off to take the Throne of Asgard after they share an embrace.

The mini series ends with a really cool double page spread of all the hero's and villains in the book. It's by the great Sal Buscema with inks by Simonson. When i got the mini series from C2-E2 in Chicago I was upset that it didn't feature Thor at all. But i was surprised by the story and i didn't miss The mighty one at all. It was a thrill ride that didn't leave you wanting for anything. It had action, romance and growth for everyone involved. Shows what I know. So go spend the money for these books. It's something every comic book fan should read.

-Tash Moore

The Verbal Mosh Episode 185

Shazam! It's Paragon! No, not really. But you can check out our website: to read this week's Pick of the Week. It's something to do with a magical little boy... a boy who gets magical... you know what I mean winking
The books we review for Episode 185 include: Lil Depressed Boy #13, Before Watchmen Nite Owl #3, Wonder Woman #0, Supergirl #0, Nightwing #0, Hellblazer #295, Avengers #30, Mighty THor #20, and Daredevil #18. And it can be heard right here or you can just swing by our Facebook page.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tash's Pick Of The Week: Batman #0

Bright New Yesterday
Written By Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and Andy Clarke

Well anybody who really knows me know that I'm a sucker for Batman. It all goes back to seeing the 1960's TV show in the 1990's (?) and thinking Batman was way cooler then Capt. Kirk (it's a tight race). No matter what the medium I can't get enough of the caped crusader. So it's no surprise that i was stoked for the new Batman relaunch with Scott Synder and Greg Capullo. Capullo was really only known to me for his work on Spawn. But i think that Greg Capullo has done some of his best work with his Batman run.

This issue is part of the zero issues of the New 52. So it's totally not the Batman #0 that came right after Zero Hour. It's got some pretty cool new twist and turns added to the Batman mythos. In the begnning The Red Hood gang is robbing a bank. It seems that there is something troublesome because one of the members seems a little off. The leader and head hood knows this and pulls his gun on said member.Turns out its totally Bruce Wayne under that Red Hood. I really liked that in his first attempt to get into the criminal underwear was to try and infiltrate the Red Hood Gang

It all goes to hell in a hand basket because Bruce tries to get away from the Red Hood gang and runs right into Gotham PD. They shoot at him (more of that to come in the years) and Bruce makes it to the Gotham sewer system. Using a batcycle Bruce makes his way back to his hidden lair that's not Wayne Manor but right in the heart of Crime Alley. In the faux Batcave Allfred tries to tell Bruce that he needs to come up with a front for himself of people will think him strange and connect him the vigilante that's sprung up in the city.

Jim Gordon stops by to tell Bruce that the man running his company, a guy named Philip Kane is up to some shady stuff. Gordon ask Bruce to keep his eyes and ears open. The Red Hood gang has followed Bruce back to his penthouse in Gotham and are gonna blow it all to hell. The back-up story was really good and it had a story with all the Robins. This i guess is the origins for these guys post Flashpoint. Tim Drake goes to a fancy boarding school and gets his Principal arrest for stealing funds. The story illustrates that Tim is a computer whiz. The second has Jason Todd being involved with a grocery  store robbery gone wrong in which a woman is killed.Dick Grayson flirts with a girl and tells her how his family is going to preform for Bruce Wayne. He also stops a purse snatching to boot. I guess people still do that, you know post Flashpoint.

All in all it had what i wanted out of a Batman comic. Flashy toys for Batman, and a bunch of kids jumping around in spandex for an older man.....................wait what? Aw I'm kidding that was lots of fun and artist Andy Clarke who drew the back up is bound for some awesome stuff in 2013 i hope. Way worth the $3.99

-Tash Moore

The Verbal Mosh Episode 184

So many books to talk about this week, from sexy double agents to murderous roosters and more!
On this week's episode: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #2, Chew #28, Conan the Barbarian #8, Before Watchmen Comedian #3, Superboy #0, Batman and Robin #0, Batgirl #0, Avengers vs. X-Men #11, Wolverine and the X-Men #16, Scarlet Spider #9, Captain America #17, Winter Soldier #10, Journey into Mystery #643, and Fantastic Four #610. You can hear it all here or on our Facebook page.
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We'd also like to mention Olivia's latest comic project, The Kitchen Witch written by Steve Orlando. It is an all-ages fantasy/adventure story about a cool witch, evil gremlins, and a young boy trying to connect with his father who is a famous restaurant chef. Issue 1 is available right now in digital format for your iPad or Android from 215 Ink. Download the 215 Ink app to read issue 1 for FREE!
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Comics Review: Invincible Iron Man #524

Armor War
Written By Matt Fraction
Art By Salvador Larroca

Well, in this issue of Invincible Iron Man tons of things come to light. First the cat is out of the bag and Rhodey goes and spills the beans that he's Iron Man 2.0. Rhodey comes to her aid when Pepper's Rescue armor comes to life. It's also in love with her. It may not be a sassy robot maid but I can live with it. Rhodey has a built in EMP that takes out the Rescue armor and just turns around and is like "I'm totally Rhodey." Just like that. True story. Or maybe not. But it was pretty damn close.

Back in Mandarin City, The Mandarin (no last name) makes Tony Stark and Zeke Stane dine on Fish and a fine Broth. Or not. It's really funny that more than once Mandarin calls Tony into his office to gloat over him. It's pretty funny and cool because really, how often does this happen. Quick, Matt Fraction hopes that you don't remember the "Hands Of The Mandarin" storyline from the 1990's. I don't and nor should you.

Tony and Zeke Stane get villains The Blizzard, Whirldwind and The Living Laser to give them the leg up on the evil Asian man. I keep waiting for Tony to come face to face with Mandarin while Zeke Stane screams for Tony to "Sweep the leg!" With some spare parts, Tony is able to fashion some new yet crude armor for himself and his new allies. They then up and attempt to go up against The Mandarin. This moved the story forward which is really all you can ask for at this point. I kind of want Tony to get killed at the end of this. He comes off as such a tweener asshole that it's really hard to root for him. But hey, I like Iron Man 2.0 That's got to count for something. Right?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Action Comics #0

Superman Action Comics #0
writer: Grant Morrison
artist: Ben Oliver

The Superman in Action Comics #0 is really cool. I wasn't a fan of his new "costume" at first but it's starting to grow on me. And Ben Oliver's art was fantastic and made me like it more. I liked this issue a lot.

There was a bit more of the same of what we had seen in previous issues with Clark going to the one shop to get his t-shirts printed up. It's funny how it focuses on that one shop because I liked it even more in one of the previous issues where every shop around was claiming to be the place Superman shops at. I won't call foul considering this issue takes place before the other one but I liked the other take better. Jimmy and Lois want to break the story about Superman but they as yet don't have any proof that the guy even exists. In an incident, Superman gets shot at on the roof of a building and falls to the ground. He is of course unscathed but a small child grabs his cloak which, unlike the rest of his outfit, is Kryptonian and therefore not easily damaged. The child uses the cloak to protect himself and a sibling from abuse. They run away and unluckily land themselves on a track with a train headed straight for them. Superman comes in and saves the small child. It was a weird moment when the child asks Superman what the "S" on his shirt stands for because it's a little cocky to call yourself super but it works because we don't see him say it. We see it in the headlines in the paper. The child had given back the cape. It was sweet.

The issue had a lot to do about the symbolism of Superman and how he is perceived. My two favorite moments were 1.) when the child yells at the abusive man about how he won't be able to hurt him or his family any more. The child has the courage and the strength that he gets from the stolen cape to stand up to injustice. And 2.) I liked when Superman stops the train from killing the children. That scene was just very classic and heroic and it's nice to get back to that for a moment and take a break from getting caught up in a character's own perspective.

It was a great story and had some wonderful art.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Comics Review: Balder The Brave #3

Written By Walt Simonson
Balder The Warrior
Illustrated By Sal Bucsema

We are back and Balder the Brave just gets better and better as it goes on. I'm really kicking myself for not taking the time to sit down and read this book. So our setting is in Jotunheim and Agnar has found the dead body of our hero Balder. But wait, it's not really him. In a flashback scene Balder gets a gut feeling that he is being lured into a trap. Oh that Balder, not only is he the only man who can rock a totally white hair-do but he's pretty dang smart too. He should have been a cop. Balder sends the slave of Karnilla ahead of him with Balder's own armor on and the Frost Giants waste the norn slave. Why is it that nobody mourns for the norn slave? Oh well.

As the Frost Giants return to their castle Balder follows undetected behind them. Balder strolls around the castle until he finds a white sparrow( it's really Karnilla) and decides to save it from the Frost Giants.
After sitting for awhile he tells the sparrow that he is not leaving the castle without his dear Karnilla. Karnilla as a sparrow imbued Balder with a white hot bolt of strength. The king of the Frost Giants notices the warm in his ever cold castle and they are lead back to Balder.

Using Karnilla as bait the Frost Giants force Balder into a fight to the death. (Oh No). The Frost Giants aren't without mercy and a sick sense of humor so Balder battles a Frost Giant that is his own size. The small Frost Giant is named Hagen and his is the smallest of the Frost Giants. He also has the Sword of Frey. It was mentioned in the first issue and is one the most powerful weapons in the nine realms.

During the fight Balder is able to stay one step ahead of Hagen but is starting to falter. Thanks to some quick thinking on the part of Balder he is able to knock out Hagen and take the all powerful sword into possession. (who does Balder think he is? He-Man?) Agnar shows up to lend a hand but the Frost Giant king tells Balder and Agnar to throw down their weapons or he will kill Karnilla! Well to some it up this was a thrill ride story with lots of cool twists and turns. It's a shame that most comics don't read like this anymore. Great pace and Sal Buccema is a master draftsmen. To be honest he's a better artist than Simonson. Real Talk.

-Tash Moore

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Verbal Mosh Episode 183

Yo yo! Juliet! Back dat thang up, mami. Throw do with Episode 183 here or on our Facebook page.
On this week's episode of The Verbal Mosh, we review: Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #3, Earth 2 #0, Green Lantern #0, Animal Man #0, Swamp Thing #0, Sweet Tooth #37, The Crow #3, Thief of Thieves #8, Amazing Spider-Man #693, and Mighty Thor #19.
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Comics Review: Balder The Brave #2

Balder The Betrayed!
Written By Walt Simonson
Illustrated By Sal Buscema

Two masters together for an awesome tale. Sorry it's been so long with this review. It's just that we here at The Verbal Mosh have a ton of books to read. That's no joke. Just ask Olivia. She says i made reading comics a job. Well that's a lie. You get paid at a job.

Anyway this yarn picks up with Karnilla who is queen of the norns sitting around fawning over Balder running off to help the Mighty Thor. If he's so mighty why does he always need help? The title should be the hapless Thor. But all is well because Balder is back and ready to mack on Karnilla. But gasp, it's a trap. It's some Frost Giants. They take Karnilla as a slave and depart for Jotunheim. Because that's where you keep it real.

Balder and Agnar return from helping the Hapless Thor to find Karilla gone. A little bird tells Balder what has happened and they ride off to save Karnilla. Good thing that Balder can speak to the birds because the Frost Giants have tons of spells and illusions to keep our heroes out of Jotunheim. Seems like even Frost Giants don't like unwelcome guess. Karnilla is then turned into a bird, for the fact that well, at this point the Frost Giants can do whatever they please.

Angar and Balder make camp right outside of Jotunheim. A former servant of Karnilla shows up at the campsite to tell Balder that he has a way into the castle. Balder goes alone to scope out the entrance with the servant of Karnilla. After some time Balder returns and attacks Agnar. Agnar holds back in the fight but then he comes to the conclusion that this being in not the real Balder and kills him. Turns out it was just the shape shifting Frost Giants who was able to over power Karnilla. This issue ends when Agnar goes off in search of Balder only to find his lifeless body. Oh no!

Since there are two more issues in this mini series I'm sure he ain't dead. Or is he. Be back here next week for issue three.

-Tash Moore

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tash's Pick of the Week: Superman Family Adventures #4

Superman Family Adventures #4
Written By Art Baltazar and Franco
Art By Art Baltazar

I read a great deal of comics. Most of the time I read my weekly books and walk away being angry, or just really confused. After reading this issue of Superman Family Adventures I felt something I haven't felt in a long time. I, dear reader, was entertained (which you may or may not be when you read my post on this site). I really wished that each and every comic that was put out gave me this feeling but no. The art is so simple along with the story that it's a totally awesome marriage. Which doesn't even need a pre-nup. Sometimes simple is the best way to go.

This book is fun because it's also so damn goofy. It's got Titano who is a pet of Lois Lane. Titano finds some red krytonite and grows into a raging powerhouse, who after reading this issue looks a little bit like King Kong. I hope DC Entertainment has it's lawyers ready. Clark Kent pals around with Bob Kent. Who's Bob Kent you ask? Why it's just the civilian identity of Beebo the super monkey. It's a monkey paling around with Clark totally wearing a tie and glasses. That was worth the cover price alone. The look on Lois's face when she hears that Bob needs to wear glasses (cuz he's a Kent Dammit) is pretty funny. You get the feeling that she knows that Clark is Superman but for the sake of the book she stays quiet.

Anyway back to the story. Titano eats the Red Kryptonite and grows all big and starts making trouble around Angel Grove, I mean Metropolis. Big Blue shows up and gets exposed to the Red Kryptonite and splits into two different beings. The Evil Superman is Clark Kant. As in he can't and won't do a dang thing to help you. It's true, he'd rather spend his time trying to mack on Lois and not shaving his five o'clock shadow. Boy he sure is a jerk. But I do like his all white Superman outfit. Anyway Beebo saves the day and removes the Red Kryptonite and rejoins the two Supermans (Supermens?).

Also I like how there is a very cool joke in the back. See since this is an all ages book the younger readers are allowed to send in drawings of the Superman family and tons of kids do. Which is all fine by me, but someone sends in a drawing of Krypto and Streaky the super cat. The child's drawing has word balloons added by the editor. Krypto is talking to the reader and Streaky is all like "Dude, shhh." Because you know, the super pets don't talk around humans.

A great book that leaves you with a great feeling. Hey Johns and Bendis you could learn a lot from this book. Wait this just came in, Bendis is taking over this book. It'll be retooled to Somewhat new Superman Family Adventures to the MAX. Across 70 plus issues, Superman and the crew try to figure out how to put on his snazzy new non red underwear suit.

-Tash Moore

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Verbal Mosh Episode 182

There's still a couple of days left to enter our New York Comic Con contest. Find out how at our website: and listen to episode 182 of The Verbal Mosh here and also on our Facebook page.
The Verbal Mosh is a comics review podcast. This week, we talk about: American Vampire #30, Aquaman #12, Batman Incorporated #3, Before Watchmen Minutemen #3, Journey into Mystery #642, Justice League #12, Morning Glories #21, WInter Soldier #9, and Wolverine and the X-Men #15.
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