Friday, August 29, 2014

Comics Rant: Fantastic Four #186


Fantastic Four #186
Written By Len Wein
Pencils By George Perez
Inks By Joe Sinnott
Colors By Glynis Wein


You know how much of a master that George Perez is? This stuff he’s doing on the Fantastic Four was done in the 1970’s. The guy's like a fine wine, I tell you. Hell he was the writer/artist for the Superman reboot over at DC when they launched the New (now Old and worn out it’s fucking welcome) 52. No arguments that George is master at what he does. His crisp line and strong storytelling is what keeps him earning the big bucks. It should come as no surprise that this issue of Fantastic Four was knocked right out of the ballpark. So let’s move along with the rant, eh?


This issue has Agatha Harkness on trial by Nicolas Scratch. Why you might ask? Why, she’s a witch and she dared ventured into the world of man. You know, just your everyday problem. Why my original cat, Spunky, had to leave in 1991 for the very same reason. Okay, maybe he just ran away. Buy hey, my version makes me feel better, so deal with it. Anyhoo, the reason why little Frankin Richards is also being held is so the Fantastic Four don’t stick their nose into Scratch’s business. Holy shit, Scratch is like a Bond Villain. Totally clueless.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Comics Rant: Walking Dead #130

Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard


Last issue left us on a huge cliffhanger. The new members of Rick's group have broken into the town prison and found Negan! but they found a very different Negan than the one we know. He acted scared, helpless, begging for assistance. Anything to get him out of that cell. Do they fall for it? And what will happen if they do fall for it since Rick isn't around? Ah shit.

We start off back in the basement and Negan is still pleading for help. Luckily for all innocents involved, they don't take the bait. Magna, the leader of the new group, has seen torture and what it does to a person. She doesn't see this in Negan so she picks up on his lie real quick. Thank god for that shit cuse it wouldn't have been pretty if he got out. They leave Negan to his thoughts in the basement and continue on looking through the house. The book then cuts to our new characters from the last issue. The brothers who were abandoned by their horse and left for dead. Almost literally since one of them is severely hurt. It's now raining hard and the toe brothers end up on a trench type of thing with walkers hot on their tails! As they lay in the mud hoping not to be sniffed out by the passing walkers, they hear some whispering asking where they went. Could this be some hunters trailing the walkers...or maybe even the dead themselves?

Morning strikes and Rick and Carl finally make

Tash's Pick of the Week: Batman #34


Story By Scott Snyder & Gerry Duggan
Written By Gerry Duggan
Drawn By Matteo Scalera
Colors By Lee Loughridge


Hey there, Verbal Moshers. Tash Moore here with his pick of the week and if you can’t tell from the damn header it’s Batman #34. Ah, Batman. I could not even begin to tell you how many days I’d lounge around the house and spend reading this book. Batman will always be my second favorite hero. Next to the web swinger, of course. When Batman moved into the late 1990’s he kind of lost his edge and kind of just faded into the DC mix of crossover and bull shit. When Doug Moench left, I felt like something vaudevillian was lost for sometime.

Hell, even now you have Batman facing the bad guy of the month and a strange 6-8 month rotation. (Thanks Modern Comics.)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Comics Rant: Daredevil #163


Written by: Roger McKenzie
Art by: Frank Miller


     The Hulk is back and he's been rampaging through New York. He's out on the hunt, looking for Bruce Banner, not fully understanding that Banner is inside the Hulk. One of the last to find this out is Matt Murdock, who at the moment is trying to unwind at some fancy looking party. Suits and dresses and no twerking. Not my scene, but to each his own. Matt's party gets cut short when his advanced senses start picking up an accelerated heartbeat. The heartbeat of a raging, rampant, massive Hulk! He makes a quick, stealthy escape and makes his way to the action. He gets there in time to catch the Hulk before he hurts anyone, but in order to do that he needed to bring the focus to him and only him. What's the best way to do that? Mention Banner of course. Now the Hulk has his eyes set solely on this puny blind man but Mr. Murdock being the smooth talker he is, was able to calm down the Hulk enough so that he turned back into Bruce Banner. Now that he's calm, he can listen to some reason, but not before a full night's rest.

     The next morning doesn't show any progress,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Comics Rant: Fantastic Four #185


Written By Len Wein
Pencils By George Perez
Inks By Joe Sinnott
Colors By Glynis Wein


Tash Moore here with the look back at the 1970’s Fantastic Four. This week we have a very strange tale for you indeed. Before we get back on to the craziness that is me giving a rant about the Fantastic Four let me just say that for a very long time it was one of the most safeguarded titles at the House of Ideas. (Well Fantastic Four and Amazing Spider-Man, if you wanted to know what the other one was.) If you were Joe Nobody off the street, lord knows you didn’t get a crack at  those books until you had proven yourself. Plus you had to be at the top of your game if you didn’t want, then Editor in Chief, Jim Shooter to toss your ass down a flight of steps.


Anyway, all that stuff aside let’s get on with the rant.  Reed Richards wants to find his son, so after last issue’s battle with the Exterminator (The only thing that this sad sack was able to eliminate was himself! What a dumbass! So much for machines being smarter than humans.) Reed takes the egg that he was hatched from and traces it back to a small and well hidden town in Colorado. But before the team leaves, Reed switches to his old school super baby blue duds. Not because he wants to wear vintage clothes, but because his powers are gone and he’s using extendo arms to simulate his stretching powers.

The Verbal Mosh Episode 280

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This week's episode of The Verbal Mosh comic book podcast includes: Thief of Thieves #23, Spider-Man 2099 #2, Batgirl #34, Amazing Spider-Man #5, Captain America #23, and Hulk #5.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
directed by Jonathan Liebesman
starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, and many more.

So, I actually saw this movie the same day I saw Guardians of the Galaxy. I enjoyed TMNT way more than Guardians. The plot was more interesting. The jokes were funny. Megan Fox was not a terrible actress.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Comics Rant: Superior Spider-Man #32

Written by: Dan Slott
Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli


Wait, Superior Spider-Man? Didn't this book end like 6 months ago? Didn't Otto die and...stuff? Well about two thirds into this books life, we were reacquainted with Miguel O'Harra, the Spider-Man of tomorrow. During that story arc, Otto flipped some switches and pressed some buttons and disappeared for 24 hours. This is where he went.

Being sucked through time and space, unsure where he was going to land, Otto Octavius just straps in and goes for the ride. A ride he's not sure even he can survive! Where he ends up isn't so shocking, as we have in our time the resident of Otto's destination, the year 2099. He finds the local authorities rather quickly and instead of running like Miguel, Otto decides to fight back. Something they weren't expecting. In all the commotion Otto meets Miguel's brother, who recognizes Spider-Man from that other time they met.* Some skilled hover car driving later and they both escape all the ruckus. Back at Miguel's apartment, Otto meets his A.I. a house robot hologram thing that basically acts like Siri, but not as mean. He immediately kicked out Miguel's brother and starts getting to work on building a machine to send him back to his time.

By no means does this mean Otto has to get

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy
directed by James Gunn
starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, and more.

This movie has gotten a lot of hype after it's release, which gave me high hopes for seeing it. However, I was not as impressed with it.

I found the story to be a bit cliche... An unlikely group of characters have to come and work together in order to save the day... They end up being bonded in friendship... They save the day...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Comics Rant: Fantastic Four #184


Written By Len Wein
Pencils By George Perez
Inks By Joe Sinnott
Colors By Glynis Wein


Jumpin’ Jack Flash! Don’t know why I said all that but hey, it got your attention. Didn’t it? Tash Moore and I’m back to give you some awesome Bronze Age Fantastic Four. It’s pretty good stuff. I was reading some of this stuff before but only now am I taking the time to sit down and talk about these issues.

In this issue we pick off from where we left off with a counter Earth version of Reed Richards who could also turn into a hulking monster named the Brute trying to take over our Reed! Thankfully the FF was about to figure this all out in the nick of time. (Don’t they always do that?) A fight breaks out and with the help of a returning good guy Reed to blast bad guy Reed into the Negative Zone! That Fantastic Four sure know how to deal with things. So long as their last name isn’t Doom.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Moon Knight #6

Moon Knight #6
written by Warren Ellis
art by Declan Shalvey

WHY?????!!!!!!! Why must it come to an end??????????!!!!!!
I've really enjoyed this run on Moon Knight by the entire creative team. I'm gonna check out the first few issues done by the next team working on this title, but from what I read of the preview in the back of issue #6, I don't have very high hopes for it being an entertaining read that'll hold my attention.

In this issue of Moon Knight there's a cop who loses his marbles. He absolutely becomes cuckoo for cocoa puffs, cuckoo for Moon Knight, cuckoo for Black Spectre.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Comics Rant: Mighty Thor #220


Written By Gerry Conway
Pencils By John Buscema
Inks By Mike Esposito
Colors By Glynis Wein


Well this is it! The big finish to my Bronze Age recap or rant or whatever you want to call it on the Mighty Thor. There’s been tons of up’s and down’s with some of these issues. But it always felt (to me anyway) that the story was the thing that was a bit lacking. It overreached at times and just came off as down right goofy. But hey, in a world where a dude can get bit by a radioactive spider and NOT end up with six arms and kneel over and die, I guess the whole genre is a bit goofy, now isn’t it?


So Thor and his crew along with Avalon now have to deal with the Black Stars (Yo.) The Black Stars are pretty much Galactus, in a sense. They want to blow up our Galaxy to collect the raw (uncooked?)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Comics Rant: Daredevil #161

Written by: Roger McKenzie
Art by: Frank Miller


Just when you thought you were safe, the Devil comes back for ya!!! Daredevil has followed the lisping henchmen all the way to the famous amusement park on Coney Island and back to Mr. Slaughter just in time to force the answers he needs. Zero time, and I mean zero, is wasted in kicking the unholy shit out of Slaughters lackeys and all nor head wants to know is! where is Bullseye. Luckily, or not depending on how you look at it, for him Bullseye is there waiting for all of them. He kicks on some switches and one of the rides starts up. Those super cheesy ones that just take you up and drop you down. Normally boring, but this time there are henchmen with guns everywhere waiting to fire upon the elevated Devil. There's not a lot of time to waste devising a plan, so Matt's gotta move quick. Fortunately, that's exactly what he does best.

The Verbal Mosh Episode 279

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There are a bunch of books to talk about on this week's episode. It's the end for a couple of titles and the end of a couple of creative teams' runs on other titles.
We review: Kick-Ass 3 #8, Invincible #113, Green Arrow #34, Green Lantern #34, Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse #3, Miracleman #9, Wake #10, and Chew Warrior Chicken Poyo. You can tune in right here or also on our Facebook page too!
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Comics Rant: Uncanny X-Men #24


Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Kris Anka


You wanna talk cliffhangers? Then go read Uncanny X-Men 23. Unless you hate life and don't want to, then that's cool too. She-Hulk arrived on the premises of the Jean Grey School for Gifted Youth after a nice big fight that out the X-Men against S.H.I.E.L.D., shocker. Anywho, she has with her the last will and testament of Charles Xavier. Only catch is, she can't read it unless everyone mentioned in it is present. That means Scott Summers. She needs the original X-Men here in order to read the will. Looks like Hank and Ororo will finally get to hunt down Scott like he deserves. Will they find him? Will they kill him?! Let's find out!

It's still very hard dealing with the death of Charles. For most of the staff at the school,

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tash's Pick of the Week: Wonder Woman #33


Written By Brian Azzarello
Art By Cliff Chiang
Colors By Matthew Wilson



Hey there, gang. Tash Moore here and it’s my turn to hit you all up with the pick of the week. Seeing as how this was my week ( Or really last weeks) to pick I went with Wonder Woman #33. If you’ll settle down I’ll get to why in just a few moments. This has been one of the most fun and consistent books since the New 52 launched almost more than two years ago. Hey, creative team over on Batman! This is how you write a compelling story and keep at it. Ahem, anyway Wonder Woman is in a real bind here. No legit, she is tied up.


By whom you might ask. Why it’s the First Born. And Wonder Woman ain’t just tied up for nothing. For once it’s not for anything erotic. (Maybe?) The First Born wants Wonder Woman for his bride. Hey buddy, don’t you know she’s going out with Superman? He must not read Superman/Wonder Woman. Along with 85% of fucking everyone else (HIYO). So since Wonder Woman is deciding to be her own (Wonder) woman she decides that she can’t just get down with the First Born. At least here Diana has morals. But don’t you guys worry none.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Comics Rant: Daredevil #160

Written by: Roger McKenzie
Art by: Frank Miller




    Last time we left this book, Daredevil was being hunted by henchmen working for Mr. Slaughter, who in turn was working for Bullseye. All these guys just want Daredevil dead and I don't know why. He's got that snazzy red outfit and those fancy sticks. I don't know, maybe they're just crazy. But know, before we even open this book, we see Bullseye holding the Black Widow, Horn Head's current love interest, hostage. Could this be a way to get the Devil to come to him? Of COURSE it is, without that we wouldn't have this comic book! Now, let's get all up in these pages and see what the marksman does with the Black Widow.

    We start this book following the Black Widow. She's just coming home from a night out, probably fighting crime or