Monday, March 31, 2014

Comics Rant: Amazing Spider-Man #325


Written by: Dave Michelinie
Art by: Todd McFarlane


Welcome to the final chapter of the Assassin Nation Plot, and its been one hell of a ride since the start. World leaders are dead, countries are being blamed, villains are dying, but the truth still hasn't been revealed.

This issue starts off with some bad news, Spidey's getting rejected for security clearance for the Pentagon! The guard can't comfortably let him have a pass not knowing who he is. That's pretty tough on the poor guy, and Spider-Man leaves in a hurry to his aunt's boarding home. The next day at the Pentagon in Washington DC, Spidey manages to sneak into the building which surprises Cap and Sable, and kind of pisses Cap off. He drops a hint of something the Wall-Crawler could do, and they head their separate ways.

Spider-Man's next move is

The Verbal Mosh Episode 263


Welcome to another episode of The Verbal Mosh, where we like to talk about comic books and such. This week we've got: Superman #29, Silver Surfer #1, Superior Spider-Man #30, Miracleman #4, Indestructible Hulk #20, and Amazing X-Men #5. You can tune in right here or also on our Facebook page.
Find more reviews and rants at our official website:www.theverbalmosh.com
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Comics Rant: Walking Dead #123

Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard


    Last time we learned of Negan's new strategy for taking down Rick and his group. They're covering their weapons in walker flesh so when they inflict even the smallest of wounds, their target is guaranteed to die and come back soon as a walker from the inside of the camp. Its a genius plan, and its going to pan out a little sooner than everyone on Rick's side thought. The man from the last issue who wants to help Dwight save Eugene comes to Gene's cell and breaks him out. Now is the perfect opportunity since everyone is off watching Rick's camp. As they're escaping, they come across some other members of the Saviors who want out, but can a big group like this escape successfully? Things seem calm at the Hilltop, which always means things are about to go downhill very quickly, and they do. Negan shows up at the front gates asking only for Rick.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tash's Pick of the Week: Animal Man #29


Written By Jeff Lemire
Art By Travel Foreman & Jeff Lemire
Colors By Lovern Kindzierski & Jose Villarrubia



Hey gang, Tash Moore here with my Pick of the Week which you can already tell is Animal Man #29. It’s the final issue of this comic book which has been a real gem of the New 52 since it launched a little over two years ago. It’s all the fault of Batdad if you ask me. Wait? You didn’t? Meh, who cares. Jeff Lemire has helmed the title since the first issue giving you and I some of the best tales that are a mix of both Super Hero and horror tales all together. The last issue of Animal Man is pretty damn bittersweet.


The issue has Buddy Baker talking Sock and Shepperd into becoming the new totems of the Red, seeing as how you know, the others totems are dead and one went power mad. Good idea, Buddy.

The Verbal Mosh Episode 262


It's a three book episode. On this week's episode of The Verbal Mosh, comics podcast, we review: Superman Unchained #6, Wonder Woman #29, and Daredevil #1. You can hear this new episode right here for free or also on our Facebook page.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Comics Rant: Walking Dead #122

Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard

    Last time we almost saw Eugene die at the hands of Negan, but hung on by the skin of his teeth. Eugene also learned that Dwight is actually on his side. That's where the last issue left off, now let's see what kind of trouble our group can get themselves into this time around. Negan goes off to bed leaving Dwight with Eugene and another henchman. Dwight tries to tell Eugene, when he thinks the coast is clear, to not get himself killed. He's trying to help him escape but Eugene isn't making it any easier, talking to Negan the way he does. Gene doesn't believe him, asking why doesn't Dwight just kill Negan when he isn't looking, to which Dwight assures Eugene that if he didn't think the people here would have his head, he'd stick a knife right in Negan's eye. Unknowingly to them, there's another listener in the conversation. Its the other henchman that Negan left behind, and he just has a question for Dwight. To everyone's surprise, the man wants in on their plan. He wants to escape and be his own man. He wants to bring down Negan.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Nightwing #29

Nightwing #29
written by Kyle Higgins
art by Russell Dauterman

A different artist drew this issue from the last and I found it really nice to look at. The style felt a bit light in tone. It worked well, especially in this issue, and kept the story from getting too dark. The young girl who was watched over at Dick's apartment had gone out (picking up from the last issue) to avenge her parent's deaths...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Comics Rant: Mighty Thor #211


Written By Gerry Conway
Pencils By John Buscema & Don Perlin
Inks By Vinnie Colletta
Colors By P. Goldberg



What the dilly-o, gang? Tash Moore here with more Mighty Thor goodness from the Bronze Age. Which for you kids who only know who Bendis is, that’s the years of Mid 1970’s to late 1980’s. Back when Spider-Man wasn’t too overtly complicated and Batman was just getting back to being a stick to the shadows type of dude. In short, it was a totally awesome creative time to be reading comics. Thor was no exception. Gerry Conway added new layers to the God of Thunder and “Big” John Buscema provided some amazing art. Hell, when the end of the world comes John Buscema artwork will be saved for future generations to look at. Tony Daniels art will be destroyed…..along with Tony Daniels.

Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel
directed by Wes Anderson
starring Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Willem Defoe, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Tony Revolori and many more.

Wes Anderson's films are delightful to watch. I enjoy the way the narrative gets broken into parts and the two dimensional feel of some of the backgrounds. It feels like a fantastically orchestrated play. In The Grand Budapest Hotel, we learn the story of this established hotel and how murder, love, loss, and delicious baked goods cross paths and connect the many colorful characters in this world.

The Verbal Mosh Episode 261

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Perhaps instead of the "god-damn Batman", he should say "I'm Batman, god-damnit!" Heheh. I like it. And give him some red tights! No, now things are getting crazy.
On this week's episode of The Verbal Mosh, we review: Invincible #109, Batman #29, Batgirl #29, and Superior Spider-Man #29. That's a lot of 29s. You can find this new episode right here or also on our Facebook page.
Find more reviews at www.theverbalmosh.com
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Comics Review: Mighty Thor #210


Written By Gerry Conway
Layouts By John Buscema
Finished Art By Don Perlin
Inks By Vinne Colletta
Colors By Glynis Wein



What’s going on, everybody? Tash Moore here with a new review for the Bronze Age Thor with The Mighty Thor #210. Lots of action and total nonsense in this review as only I can bring you in the Verbal Mosh manner. Which really means lots of typos and tons of rambling. Much like the last few months of Wizard Magazine (HIYO).


This story starts out with Gierrodur and Ulik the trolls hanging out deep beneath the Earth's crust and not just living on message boards on the internet. Go figure. Ulik is mad that Gierrodur created Thor’s hammer. If I were Ulik I too would be pissed when my best friend makes the very same weapon that always ends up handing me my hairy ass. So what does Ulik and crew plan on doing? Why killing Thor and getting rid of the hammer. For once Marvel bad guys don’t act like Bond Villains.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tash's Pick of the Week: Green Lantern #29


Written By Robert Venditti
Pencils By Billy Tan and Martin Coccolo
Inks By Rob Hunter and Walden Wong
Colors By Alex Sinclair and Tony Avina




Tash Moore here with the Pick of the Week as I can only provide. Which at this point means late and full of typos. That’s right. My pick ended up being Green Lantern #29 from the New 52. I had given up on this title when Geoff Johns left the book but it seems like I was wrong. The book took on a whole new direction that from what I’ve read so far, isn’t that bad.


In this issue of Green Lantern, Hal Jordan goes to see his family ( his brother and his kids) and has some bad news to break. Since everything is going down with the whole galaxy out to get the Green Lantern Corp ( their rings drain the life force of the universe when used) and the Red Lanterns now led by Guy Gardner have taken over Hal’s old sector. I think it’s a really cool idea that for the first time the Green Lanterns no longer have a presence in that area.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Comics Review: Amazing Spider-Man #324


Written by: Dave Michelinie
Art by: Erik Larson

    Part 5 of 6 of the Assassin Nation Plot. Tensions are high between the US and Symkaria, as the Symkarian people believe the C.I.A. had some involvement in the murder of their Prime Minister. We all know, though, it was actually Sabretooth who killed him, but without concrete proof, that information isn't worth anything. So its up to our spandex clad heroes to grab the proof and release the tensions between these two powerhouse nations before All Out War starts up. (See what I did there? I'm a mess, plugging my other reviews, I'm terrible.) We open up with a whole bunch of Ultimatum Soldiers wrapped up in Spider-Man's webbing, ready for a good questioning for information. Spider-Man is teaming up with Solo to get the whereabouts of Toler Weil, a high ranking Ultimatum Soldier. The questioning doesn't go as planned, or at all, when Solo ends up killing the entire group, shooting them out after seeing one of them pull out a gun behind Spider-Man's back. He obviously didn't know about the Wall-Crawler's Spider-Sense. What a jerk, he didn't even ask. Shame. So Spidey bails, since this lead has hit a...dare I say it...dead end. Wonder how things are going for Captain America and the Silver Sable.

The Verbal Mosh Episode 260


It's the return of Moon Nut!!!!!!!!!
On this week's episode of The Verbal Mosh, we review: Green Arrow #29, Trillium #7, Moon Knight #1, and Captain America #18. Tune in to hear this new episode right here or on our Facebook page. 
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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Olivia's Pick of the Week: The Wake #6

The Wake #6
written by Scott Snyder
art by Sean Murphy

I wasn't a huge fan of part 1 of The Wake. It was okay but I couldn't really connect to any of the characters. It did, however, do a great job in setting up the landscape and history for part 2, which starts with issue #6. I really enjoyed the pacing of this story and discovering more of the little details that make this world unique.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Comics Review: Mighty Thor #209


Written By Gerry Conway
Pencils By John Buscema
Inks By Vinnie Colletta
Colors By Petra Goldberg


Hey there gang. Tash Moore here yet again talking about the Bronze Age tales of the Mighty Thor. You know, with some of the last few yarns Thor has been acting like a spoiled jerk. I guess you would act like that too if your high and mighty dad kicked you out of home then your one and only love gave herself up for you to save you from your homicidal half brother who also is the trickster god. Clearly. We’ve all been there before, Thor. Keep your chin up!


Our tale takes up to merry old England. Home of Big Ben, tea at midday, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock. (Suck it, CBS!) Thor is on the hunt for Sif and while landing decides to walk around in his human form of Dr. Donald Blake. Good idea. People tend to notice seven foot tall blond dudes in capes just hanging around.

The Verbal Mosh Episode 259


Where have I been?! Where have you been, comic books?! Aw, we can't stay mad at each other.
On this week's episode of The Verbal Mosh, we review: Chew #40, Superman #28, Superior Spider-Man #28, Miracleman #3, Indestructible Hulk #19, and Wolverine and the X-Men #42. Tune in right here or listen in on our Facebook page.
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Comics Review: Walking Dead #121


Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard

 This issue starts off with a bang if there ever was one. We see Eugene with his crew at their factory making weapons when the foolishness of one of the workers gets him killed and walkers flooding the factory! Eugene and company get outside in the nick of time, but also in time to find Negan and some of his men waiting for them. Well, that ended pretty quickly. Back at Rick's house, he finally wakes up from passing out at the end of last issue. Things have died down since they attack on the town by Negan, but the fight isn't over. Denise, a good friend was bitten and is slowly dying with her boyfriend, Heath at her bedside. The town gets together and Rick decides it is finally time to leave this good town and move on. He's chosen the Hilltop, where Maggie is leader. She says there's plenty of room for all of Rick's people. Hey, he's even leaving behind that doofy phone he would use to talk to Lori's ghost. Or, well, what he thought was her ghost, since he was crazy.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Comics Review: Mighty Thor #208


Written By Gerry Conway
Pencils By John Buscema
Inks By Vinne Colletta
Colors By Stan G.


Hey hey gang, Tash Moore here with a new review for the Bronze Age Thor. You know, with Sif being taken hostage by the Norn Queen, Thor killing his brother and then being banished by dear old dad, Odin, this book is starting to feel like a bad soap opera. Hopefully this whole yarn doesn’t end up with Loki waking up in a hospital screaming “It was all a bad dream!”


In this mighty issue Thor tackles The Fourth Dimensional Man! No word on if later on does Thor fight the Third and Second Dimensional Man.