Thursday, January 29, 2015

Comics Rant: Fantastic Four #202


Fantastic Four #202
Written By Marv Wolfman
Pencils By John Buscema
Inks By Joe Sinnott
Colors By Janice Cohen



The fun just keeps on coming in this retro issue of Fantastic Four. Not only do we get Marvel’s First Family in this Bronze Age tale, we also get  Bronze Age Shell Head, Iron Man, too. It’s a tale called “Too many Iron Man’s.” Which could really just be totaled after how many damn re-boots the poor bastard's had to endure since “Heroes Reborn” or not. Shit, with a new (not so) Secret Wars heading this way in May, you can bet everyone will get a brand new #1. Before going away in eleven months time and starting all over again with what…..you guessed. A brand new #1! It’ll be fun (so says Marvel) and costly. (So say I!)



So Marv Wolfman and “Big” John Buscema bring us a tale of The Fantastic Four moving

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Comics Rant: Avengers #40


Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Art by: Stefano Caselli


    Every couple of months I feel like dropping this book. I don't always understand what's going on, and it relies heavily on the assumption that the reader is also reading New Avengers. But every so often an issue like this ones out. One that doesn't take the Avengers into alternate time lines, meeting cloning robots, or Franklin Richards from 4,000 years in the future. We get an issue like this which is simple, quick, and mind blowing. A plan, a double cross, an explanation. This one was pure gold. Just to catch you guys up in case you haven't been reading either title, the Illuminati made up of Namor, Black Panther, Reed Richards, Iron Man, Beast and Dr. Strange have been visiting other worlds. If Infinity showed us one thing other than event books suck, it was that other worlds and universes and timelines exist. They exist and they're crashing. They're physically colliding with each other and killing everything. So what the Illuminati have been doing is visiting those worlds and destroying them before they can reach our world. When Captain America found out, naturally he did not agree with it and threatened to take them all out, that's when Iron Man had Dr. Strange erase Cap's mind. What they didn't expect is, Steve would remember. Since then he and S.H.I.E.L.D. have been on the hunt but the Illuminati have stayed multiple steps ahead. Cap has

Comics Rant: Walking Dead #136


Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard


    Last time we left this book, Gregory, the old leader of The Hilltop and the parents of the boys who Carl almost killed were deciding on ways to deal with what's been going on. They feel like Maggie is going to give Carl a break because they've known each other prior to The Hilltop. Gregory made the suggestion that they kill Maggie, and not this issue begins. The people don't really take well to that, a shocking realization for Gregory who was just listening to them complain and ask for an answer. Well, here it is folks! Meanwhile, Jesus and Maggie are questioning Marco, brother of Ken who he left out in the wild and who heard the walkers talking. Which we now know are just people in walker skins. They break the news to him that he isn't crazy and tell him about the people in suits which is certainly confusing but I'm sure was incredibly satisfying to know one isn't crazy. Also, on the other side of the town, Carl is chatting it up with the girl Jesus captured. He's telling her how he understands why he's being punished and how they operate on The Hilltop, no killing. He tells her that when she answers for her crimes, she most likely will not be killed because it is not how thinks work now in this new society.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Verbal Mosh Episode 298


Invincible #116, Batman and Robin #38, and Amazing Spider-Man #13, along with Gotham and Constantine are what we talk about on this week's episode. So head on over right here or heck, you can check out this new episode on our Facebook page.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Comics Rant: Detective Comics #576


Detective Comics #576
Written By Mike W. Barr
Pencils By Todd McFarlane
Inks by Alfredo Alcala
Colors By Steve Oliff & Gloria Vasquez



Batman Year Two continues with hurt feelings and Bruce Wayne trying to get down and dirty with a nun. Who knew DC comics would publish such a tale. As this was a second part to a four part story penciler Alan Davis is replaced for some reason with Todd (I really only want to draw Spawn in Spider-Man like poses) McFarlane. I don’t know why this happened but it was pretty much Todd’s big break in the comic book industry. I wonder if the editor who hired him would be taken aback by the fact that Todd owns those crappy Mark McGuire balls. Oh, well.


This issue starts out with Bruce down in the cave and he’s using the gun that killed his folks and he’s practicing his marksmanship.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tash's Pick of the Week: Silver Surfer #8


Tash’ Pick of the Week: Silver Surfer #8
Story & Art By Dan Slott & Michael Allred
Colors By Laura Allred



By Jack Kirby’s pencils! Tash Moore here, and I get to bring you my rant which is also my pick of the week this week. So if you’ve been living in a cave, I hope it’s clean, I’m going with Silver Surfer #8. My hat (I only have one.) to Dan Slott and Michael (give me a royalty check) Allred have done a bang up job here with the space rider of the space ways. Slott and Allred give us a pretty much new take on the Silver Surfer. I mean, they could have just totally opted to do the whole Stan Lee “I’m the Silver Surfer and everything I care about is gone slash I’ve got blood on my hands, boo hoo hoo!” That just about every writer has done but they opt for a more comical route. Smart.


So this issue starts off on a planet called Newhaven where the inhabitants are have a funeral. It’s a funeral for a

The Verbal Mosh Episode 297


Daredevil #12 and All-New Captain America #3 along with the Constantine tv series are what we're talking about on this latest episode of The Verbal Mosh comic book podcast.
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Olivia's Pick of the Week: All-New Miracleman Annual #1

All-New Miracleman Annual #1
The Priest and the Dragon by Grant Morrison, Joe Quesada, Richard Isanove, and Chris Eliopoulous.
The Miracleman Family by Peter Milligan, Mike Allred, Laura Allred, and Travis Lanham.

It was a surprise to me how much I enjoyed reading this annual. The original writer on the Miracleman series has a writing style which I'm not particularly keen on and is why, more often than not, you'll hear me whine about this book on our podcast. Because the two stories in this annual are not written by the original writer, I found the characters and their stories a lot more interesting and entertaining. The stories still carried deep themes like the originals but I felt like the writings had more clarity to them.

The first story focuses on the character Johnny Bates a.k.a Kid Miracleman.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Comics Rant: Fantastic Four #201


Fantastic Four #201
Written By Marv Wolfman
Pencils By Keith Pollard
Inks By Joe Sinnott
Colors By F. Mouly



Tash Moore, here and boy am I ready to get into this new rant of Fantastic Four. I mean, from what I’ve heard lately, Fox is having a crap time with the new FF movie. Word is, that Fox is spending tons of capital for rebuild sets and re-shoot parts of the film. Plus we also have Marvel getting ready to give the book the ax, so I like to pine for the good old days of Marvel’s First Family. It’s the bronze age of comics and Marv Wolfman is still the writer and the editor of this book. So he’s pulling double duty. Which means sending his script to himself then giving himself the thumbs up while standing in the Marvel offices Bathroom. I bet that happen. Or at least I hope it did.


So the holdover from last issue, where Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben are still in Latveria. Since getting rid of Dr.Doom last month, if you didn’t read my last rant, then shame on you. Go check out it. It’s great. (Shameless plug.)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Comics Rant: Detective Comics #575


Detective Comics #575
Written By Mike W. Barr
Pencils By Alan Davis
Inks By Paul Neary
Colors By Steve Oliff & Gloria Vasquez


Fear the Reaper? Who in their right minds would do that? Well, Batman for starters. Mike W. Barr and Alan Davis, who is probably the best artist in comics who’s hasn’t gone out of his way to change his art style brings you a tale to follow up Batman: Year One. Hell, even in the introduction that Barr wrote for the Trade paperback,  says that he can’t live up to the awesomeness that is Batman: Year One, so there’s no point in trying. He did however try to add to that mythos and bring in a colorful bad guy for Bat to go toe to toe with. Enter the Reaper.


This issue starts off with newly minted Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon on some late night talk show. No, it’s not funny like Letterman, but some Meet the Press type

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Verbal Mosh Episode 296


Amazing Spider-Man #12, Wolverines #1, Spider-Man 2099 #7, Detective Comics #38, Hulk #10, and Miracleman #14, along with Gotham are what we discuss in this episode of The Verbal Mosh comicbook podcast. So tune in right over here or also listen for free on our Facebook page,too!
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Comics Rant: Robin #5


Robin #5
Written By Chuck Dixon
Pencils By Tom Lyle
Inks By Bob Smith
Colors By Adrienne Roy



It’s the final issue of Robin’s first solo mini series, and boy was it an uhmmm, well this was an ending. Well, until Dixon and Lyle took over the Batman title for three months and wrote a sequel about this story called “Shadow Box”. Which I’ll admit was pretty good so I can't crap over it. Hell, even this mini series was good. We get the big finale with Robin, Lady Shiva, Clyde Rowlins, and King Snake. FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT! So Robin, Clyde, and Shiva track King Snake to his giant tower in Hong Kong. King Snake is busy setting up his new toy which is the water tower with the plague bomb encased in salt. The salt brick is set to dissolve in the water in a total of seven days and by that point King Snake and his goons will be in the United States. You know, not paying taxes and selling drugs. Or so I’m told. Well, if that vile King Snake gets his way.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Comics Rant: Daredevil #168


Written AND Art by: Frank Miller

     Here it is folks, we finally have the beginning of the darkest era in Daredevil's history. That moment of course, is when soon to be acclaimed writer/artist began doing both for the Daredevil that he used to just draw for. This is where we get some Dark Knight style stories for our Horn Head. Enough blabbing though, we gotta get this damn book open and see what's waiting for us inside!!!

     A cold, rainy night on the docks and Daredevil is out trying to get some answers from fake blind people. No seriously, some mole dude is posing as a blind dude on some stakeout job. Daredevil is after a theif named Alarich Wallenquist. This man was hired by a familiar name to us, Eric Slaughter and he was hired to protect Slaughter from the Devil. Matt is only concerned with Wellenquist because supposedly he witnessed a murder that someone else has been charged with and if he's not in court by morning, another man will go to jail for a crime he didn't commit. We all know how much Matt likes the law and....stuff. So he has to catch him quick. Apparently these bums travel in packs and another homeless man wakes up who's actually another undercover thug. This guy decides to toss a bottled explosion at Daredevil just as he's getting the first thug to talk and they make it out of the way just in the nick of time. The second bum uses this newly found silence to try and make his escape but is surely found by Daredevil. The explosion took a bit out of him, he's hurting and doesn't notices a shadowy figure behind him. Perhaps another bum?! No! Its Eleltra! She shoots one of her blades at the back of Daredevil's head smacking him with the hilt. It all but knocks him out while she takes care of the thug trying to make his escape. Apparently there's a bounty on his head in Europe and she has the full intention on collecting. Daredevil can barely stay conscious as he slips away into memories.

     His first one being back in the

Comics Rant: Walking Dead #135


Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard


The last issue left off with Carl bringing a wounded Sophia to the front gates to meet Maggie and tell them everything that happened. How those two boys attacked them and Carl fought back, but with a shovel. He may have really hurt those kids more than he should've. Everything's happening all at once and its very chaotic. Jesus finally came back as well bringing with him a walker, or at least what looks like one. Its actually a person inside walker flesh. She says it her group's way of getting around the walkers without them noticing fresh meat. It also explains how some people thought the walkers could talk at well, since it was only the humans on the inside of the walker flesh. There's just a lot going on here and not enough time to process it all, so Sophia gets taken to the doctor and Jesus takes his walker friend to go get cleaned up. Carl meets up with the doctors at the Hilltop's hospital type place and luckily Sophia is going to be okay. Unfortunately for Carl, they found the bodies of the two boys and they're not looking good, they're barely alive. The parents of these two kids think that Sophia attacked them and they were defending themselves out of fear. Now, I'm no expert when it comes to child behaviors...but that's just stupid and isn't convincing anyone,

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Comics Rant: Fantastic Four #200


It’s Fantastic Four #200 written by Marv Wolfman with art by Keith Pollard and Joe Sinnott and a color job that even Marvel doesn’t want you to remember by F. Mouly (What type of first name is F.? Oh,
you mean that whoever had the job of lettering this book just said “Fuck it” and decided not to spell the whole thing out? Sounds about right to me.) And I Tash Moore, am here in all my after 2014 glory to bring you the rant I was clearly too damn lazy to write about before we hit 2015. Hey, to be honest I tried to hammer this out but whoever came up with this holiday shit really needs to plan it a little better. Santa needs to sit down with the New Years Baby and come up with a plan to have these holidays a week apart. Kind of like the NFC/AFC Championships and the Super Bowl. But with all the football talk aside (What pass interference? Pick up that damn flag, dammit!) I’m here with Fantastic Four #200 to rant about and it was so big that it was told in three parts. Also, Marvel scammed a full $0.60 out of us for this issue. To buy Stan Lee some new glasses and NOT pay Jack Kirby I bet.



First off, Jack Kirby did the artwork for the cover. I’m sure that after he turned in the page Marvel then erased his name for it and gave all monies to Jim Shooter.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Verbal Mosh Episode 295


2014 is almost at an end, but we've still got comicsto talk about including Superman #37, Batman '66 #18, and Daredevil #11. So hit the link right over here to hear it or check out our Facebook page.
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