Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Comics Rant: Mighty Thor #214

Written by Gerry Conway
Pencils By Sal Buscema
Inks By Jim Mooney
Colors By P. Goldberg

Hey there, gang. Tash Moore back to hammer out another awesome (confusing) review for the Mighty Thor from back in the day. And by back in the day I mean when people still wore belle bottoms and said the word “Jive” to each other. While not a great time for TV, it was a very creative time for comics. Comic creators were really hitting their stride, tons of great stories came out and one of the best was the John Buscema Thor run. Probably one of the best all around artist in the business of all time drawing the Thunder God. You can’t go wrong. But this issue gets even better because John’s brother Sal Buscema is doing the art chores this time around. It's win/win.

This issue is titled “Into the Dark Nebula”. That was so nice of the creative team to let us know just where Thor and crew are going this month. Last issue Thor found out from the evil SSSthgar (how could he try to be a good guy with a name like that? I blame his parents.)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Wonder Woman #30

Wonder Woman #30
written by Brian Azzarello
art by Goran Sudzuka

Wonder Woman has got such a cool story-line going on right now. Olympus is such a mess with the First Born ruling over it all. It's hardly recognizable. On top of those troubles, Wonder Woman has the added struggle to reconcile with her fellow amazons now that they've been released from the spell that held them as snakes.

Since the amazons knew that they had been turned into snakes and back again, they must have been able to hold onto their own minds. They didn't simply become animals. Not only did they hold onto some sense of self but I feel like they had some sense of time. They are very tetchy after they had been released from the spell that was binding them and that seems like something that can be attributed to the situation they were put in and how long it took for them to be released.

The Verbal Mosh Episode 266

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New comics to talk about and you can be sure there will be a Pick of the Week this week. The books we discuss on this episode of The Verbal Mosh include Batman #30, Batman and Wonder Woman #30, Superior Spider-Man #31, Hulk #1, Thor God of Thunder #21, and Amazing X-Men #6. You can hear this new episode for free right here or also on our Facebook page. 
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Comics Rant: Mighty Thor #213

Story By Gerry Conway
Script By Len Wein
Pencils By John Buscema & Don Perlin
Inks By Vinne Colletta
Colors By G. Wein

It’s slavery she wrote! Again! Thor and the Warriors Three get overrun by the evil snake men lead by the equally evil SSSthgar. There was a crazy scene in this issue where Odin is all teary eyed. He’s pretty much pleading with Thor and the gang to go ahead and just submit to the snake men. You know, it just might be me, but Odin just might not seem like himself. Trust me, this will be a huge (not really) plot point later on.

Okay, so Thor and crew have been taken to a cell and tied up. SSSthgar takes no chance and chains Thor to a wall. You know, if I were an evil villian I’d do more than just tie fucking Thor up to a damn wall. I’d just kill his ass.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Verbal Mosh Episode 265

No Pick of the Week this week! Can you believe it?! I can.
On this episode of The Verbal Mosh, comic book podcast, we review Kick-Ass 3 #7, Invincible #110, and Batgirl #30. Check it out right here or on our facebook page.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, and more.

I remember when the first few trailers were coming out for this film, thinking to myself after seeing "the winter soldier": Ooh, who could that be?!... Well, duh. Then I remembered I had read the comics, so of course I knew who that was. But I won't spoil that here if you still haven't seen the film.

This film was a lot of fun. I was completely enthralled with the plot from beginning to end. There were no lull periods in the pacing of the film, either. The plot is simple: because of the New York incident that happened in the Avengers movie, the government, specifically S.H.I.E.L.D, want to arm themselves with the biggest guns they can muster. All in the name of safety and protection. The problem is that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Comics Rant: Mighty Thor #212

Written By Gerry Conway
Art By John Buscema and Don Parlin
Inked By Vinnie Colletta
Colors By S. Goldberg

Tash Moore here with a new review for that Bronze Age Thor. Sorry, it’s been so long. I kept on meaning to get this review done but I ended up watching Sherlock from the BBC. To be honest that kind of taken over my life. Sorry, it’s true. So now that it’s over and I’m officially finished with Sherlock withdrawal I can get back to running this site (poorly) and getting out these reviews. So let begin shall we?

So in this tale it’s slavery she wrote. Thor is feeling homesick and decides that he should go ask Odin about going back to Asgard and making up with dear ol’ daddy. Thor and the Warriors Three show up to find the rainbow bridge totally empty. Looks like someone dropped the ball with security here.  Once they get to the city they find the streets of Asgard totally empty. Thankfully at no point did Thor shout out “It was hippies!” That would have been sweet. But sadly, it didn’t go down like that. Sadly

Friday, April 11, 2014

Comics Rant: Amazing Spider-Man #327

Written by: Dave Michelinie
Art by: Erik Larsen

    The Acts of Vengeance story line keeps coming strong across all Spider-Man titles. In some side stories printed in other books, Spidey fights the Trapster and Titana all that even sparks the interest of the most vile villain in Marvel, Dr. Doom! But we're not worried about those books, because that's not what's on the cover of this Omnibus, dammit! So THIS issue starts off with Pete and MJ at home, and Pete's showing off some of his new skills. Mainly the one that involves his webbing. It can now form different shapes as long as he just thinks it! That's all! That's it! This is incredible! He can be Spider-Man from his damn couch!!! Anywho, he does his usual "I feel guilty." trip and MJ kicks his ass back into play and kicks him out to go find work! Maybe it wasn't as mean as that, but maybe it was. Elsewhere, we have an awkward meeting if villains all reading about Spider-Man. The Kingpin, Dr. Doom, Magneto and the Wizard are all looking back on the half assed success for Graviton from the previous issue.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Comics Rant: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #200

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Dave Marquez, David Lafuente, Sara Pichelli, Mark Brooks, Mark Bagley and Andrew Hennessy

    Its been one year since the untimely death of most of our favorite hero, Peter Parker. That's right, in the Ultimate universe, Peter Parker was almost as important to the fans as his alter ego, Spider-Man. this story picks up in Queens where our current Spider-Man, Miles Morales, is getting off of a bus with his best friend Ganke. They're on their way to a formal event, by the looks of their clothes and Ganke has a box of some sort. Apparently, he's bringing something to this event that may be a little bit embarrassing. Turns out that thing, is a box of Lego's. Let's see how this disaster turns out.They arrive at the house of Peter Parker which has a for sale sign right in front, and enter the door. From across the street, we can find Mary Jane Watson, ex girlfriend of Peter Parker looking at the house, she's with her new boyfriend, Liam. They decide its best for him not to go and he goes home, leaving her to enter the house herself. A limo pulls up to the house and inside is Lana Baumgartner and Jessica Drew, both friends of Parkers and Spider-Man's. Elsewhere in the city Firestar,

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tash's Pick of the Week: Green Lantern #30

Written By Robert Venditti
Art By Martin Coccolo
Colors By Tony Avina & Alex Sinclair

I've got the Pick of the Week this time around and as you can tell with the title it’s about Green Lantern #30. All credit goes to writer Robert Venditti, who’s done a really good job on this book. I will admit that I am one of those people who stopped, for a period, buying Green Lantern when Geoff Johns left the title. To be honest Johns had been spreading himself pretty thin. Making him the DC equivalent of Brian Bendis. Except being bald and crappy, Geoff has a head full of hair.

I’m really enjoying Hal Jordan as the leader of the Green Lantern Corps. He’s a natural born leader. Plus you know fans were just waiting in the 1980’s for Hal to knock off the guardians and take over. You know

Monday, April 7, 2014

Comics Rant: Superior Spider-Man Team Up #11

Written by: Kevin Shinick
Art by: Marco Chechetto and Ron Frenz

The goblin has completely taken over New York City! Buildings are burning, people are hurt, and he's got control of Mayor Jameson's Spider-Slayers and is gripping Spider-Man and the Spider-Man of the future in his grips! What a better time than this to reflect on life?! Apparently, Otto agrees and that's just what he does. He takes us back to a time shortly after the supposed death of Norman Osborn. It's at a castle in Europe, on a dark and stormy night. Geez, haven't seen THIS before.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Comics Rant: Amazing Spider-Man #326

Written by: Dave Michelinie
Art by: Todd Mc......wait what? Who's this? Are you serious?! Ok, fine. Art by: Colleen Doran

    This kicks off the Acts of Vengeance side arc thing stuff. This is the late 80's early 90's version of Marvel NOW! They take a bunch of heroes and villains and shake it up a bit, and it starts with a party! Peter Parker and MJ have finally moved into their new apartment and are celebrating with all their family and friends. The party goes sour real quick when MJ receives room service and a note all coming from a Jonathan Caesar! For those of you who don't remember, Caesar is the guy who kidnapped MJ and tried getting her to marry him. When Spider-Man stopped him, Caesar vowed to destroy her career, even all the way from jail. Which is why MJ couldn't land a job for a long while. Some consoling from her loving husband Peter, and the party is right back on, MJ is feeling better and everyone can continue with their festivities. Later that night the party comes to a close and Pete leaves with Flash and a friend Sam on a walk through the city. Pete branches off by the Bugle and stops in to see if there's any assignments, and shocker, there aren't. What else is new? Maybe Spider-Man can get some better luck and score some pics.

Comics Rant: Walking Dead #124

Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard

    Last time we left this book, it ended on a massive cliffhanger. Dwight, who's been playing both sides of the Negan/Rick war, shot Rick through the abdomen with an arrow. Negan ha all his men coat their weapons with walker flesh so any wound, no matter how small would be sure to kill the recipient. Now we crack this book open and see how Rick's group handles their wounded leader.

    We open up with Eugene and his escape group from Negan's camp all in a car. It's getting dark so they're going to have to find a camp soon, but one quick check of their surroundings with the car's headlights changes everything. They're surrounded by walkers, of course, and need to act quickly to get themselves out alive. Meanwhile, at Rick's end of the fight, it takes a couple pages for them to get Rick into a house, losing some of their men along the way. Just as they get Rick in the house, Michonne and Ezekiel set off a really cool trap to get rid of some of Negan's men.

The Verbal Mosh Episode 264

Moon Nut. Moon Nut. He's gonna gonna getcha getcha. Moon Nut... Moon Nut!
On this week's episode of the comic book podcast, The Verbal Mosh, we review: Green Arrow #30, Detective Comics #30, Trillium #8, Moon Knight #2, and Captain America #19. So check it out right here or on our Facebook page.
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Movie Review: Muppets: Most Wanted

Muppets: Most Wanted
directed by: James Bobin
starring: Kermit the Frog, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais, and more.

My feelings about this movie are mixed but for the most part, I really enjoyed it. There were a lot of noisy and messy kids in the theater I went to which was irksome but thank goodness for the extremely loud volume of the film. It drowned most of them out.

The movie started out strong. The first song act was so good and funny. It was about this film being a sequel and it made light of that: It's not always as good as the first, it's something to see while waiting for the next Toy Story movie to come out...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Olivia's Pick of the Week: The Wake #7

The Wake #7
written by Scott Snyder
art by Sean Murphy

Part 2 of the Wake has been consistent and brilliant. The artwork is filled with awesome details especially when it comes to the characters and various vehicles/crafts and the story covers intriguing themes. It's my favorite kind of story with action, adventure, and fantasy. In this issue we find out a bit about Leeward's past and her fascination with trying to find a solution to the Mer problem. She gets caught by the government from the last issue and taken onto a gigantic ship to basically perform slave labor as punishment.

Reboots and Relaunches April 2014

Well I hope you are happy. I’m back and ready to go. I’m Tash Moore here with a new edition of Reboots and Relaunches. The comic book column that takes the “news” and totally makes fun of it. You know, just because. I’d like to point out that I am pretty late in doing this, but hey, better late than never. I guess.

Amazing Spider-Man #1

Bleeding Cool has reported that Marvel has sold about half a million copies of Amazing Spider-Man #1. While I’ll totally say that this is money in the bank it’s also a bad thing. Marvel has taken the money of comic book shops with its pre order system. Do you really think that there are half a million people out there who are waiting to get this book? Nope. It’s pretty much a set up to force people to buy the god damn variant covers. (Damn, Matt.)  How many copies do you think will wind up in the back issue bin? Tons I bet. Sadly I remember when someone would kill for a copy of ASM. I was one of those kids. How I miss the 1990’s. But I’ll say that Dan Slott has been a great writer for the book. Not since the days of Lee and Ditko has the comic been this fun. I’ll buy my copy.