Friday, February 27, 2015

Superman: Earth One: Volume 3

Superman: Earth One: Volume 3
written by: J. Michael Straczynski
art by: Ardian Syaf

I've put off writing this review long enough. To be frank, I can't recall what happened in the previous two installments of Earth One, so I'm looking at this story as it stands alone. One of the funniest scenes in the entire story is when Zod-El bursts out of his space pod. The dialogue after it and the pose he strikes is so awkward. To be followed by his fall into the dirt does not set up his character to be frightening at all, and along with Alexa, he's supposed to be the major threat that Superman will have to face. Alexa overreacts in this story to the point where she seems comedic, too.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Comics Rant: Detective Comics #578

Detective Comics #578
Written By Mike W. Barr
Drawn By Todd McFarlane
Colors By Steve Oliff & Gloria Vasquez

This is it! The big finale to Batman Year Two. And about time too. I wanted to move on to talking thrash about Chris Claremont and John Byrnes X-Men, But anyway this issue is brought to us by Mike W. Barr and Todd McFarlane. Surprise, McFarlane is doing the inks himself. Boy is it bad. I mean he was never that great of an inker but here you can really tell that he hasn’t found that style that would be associated with him for the rest of his carrer. Also, Bruce Wayne looks like Peter Parker here and Batman looks like Spawn. You know, where the cape covers the whole body as if Batman is nothing but a shape. This is where Todd tells you some bullshit about how you fear the shape. Uhmmm, sure Todd, we’ll be frightened.

So all the Mafia bosses are pissed that Joe Chill didn’t take out the Reaper. Tough shit. The cops crash the Mafia party along with the Reaper. Jim Gordon and his cops get a tip (Also from the Reaper.) and show up where the Mafia is. A big fight breaks out and then of course Batman shows up. But not before Bruce Wayne asks Rachel to marry him. But Bruce wants to fight and stop the mob, Joe Chill and the Reaper before he can hang up his cape and cowl. Clearly a tall order.

The Verbal Mosh Episode 302

Invincible #117, Batman and Robin #39, Silk #1, and All-New Captain America #4, The Flash and Gotham are what we discuss on this week's episode of The Verbal Mosh, comic book podcast. So tune in right here to hear this new episode or you can hear it on our Facebook page, too!
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Tash's Pick of the Week: Silver Surfer #9

Tash’s Pick of the Week: Silver Surfer #9
Written By Dan Slott
Drawn By Michael Allred
Colors By Laura Allred

Well, Tash Moore here and it’s my turn for the pick of the week. I mean, when you only have two books to talk about it kind of makes it hard to it every week. I mean, I’d buy more books but screw that noise, I’m not paying $3.99 to get a story that won’t even been cannon in the next year. So yeah, I’m not throwing away good money on bad books. But I’d happily pay $3.99 for Silver Surfer. That’s a book that is cream of the crop and I hope that Dan Slott and Mike and Laura Allred stick around this title for a long time. You know, not like they tend to do now, where a creative team jumps on board for six months then gets paid and runs for the hills. It happened in Moon Knight with Warren Ellis. He’s still counting his coins on his floor. True story.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Comics Rant: Fantastic Four #203

Fantastic Four #203
Written By Marv Wolfman
Pencils By Keith Pollard
Inks By Joe Sinnott
Colors By G. Wein

Would you take me to funky town? That’s pretty much what was going down in this flashback issue of the Fantastic Four. Tash Moore here, and I know that this is late but hey, better late then never. Or ever. Whatever. I read this issue and pretty much figured that we would have a one off tale and it was pretty much that but it was still fun to read.

As the issue begins the FF are hanging around the Baxter Building. Which makes total sense because it’s their home. Makes sense to me. Reed is creating a new device that absorbs radiation. Somehow I have this funny feeling that this will somehow play a part of this tale. Oh you all were all thinking it. I just said it. Or typed it. Or whatever.  Ben just wants an issue off to relax and bowl. Reed just wants to work and well, that’s pretty much it.

The Verbal Mosh Episode 301

Amazing Spider-Man #14 and Thor #5 including Flash, Gotham, and Constantine are what we discuss in this week's episode of The Verbal Mosh comic book podcast. Head right over here or hear this new episode on our Facebook page.
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Movie Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service
directed by Matthew Vaughn
starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, and more.

I enjoy spy movies from James Bond to Spy Kids and others in between, so though there wasn't anything too enticing when I saw the trailers for Kingsman, I still thought it would be a good show. The fact that the movie is based on a Mark Millar comic book was just an interesting side note for me. The premise of the movie takes an interesting twist on the typical villain archetype. The villain is a man named Valentine (played by Samuel L. Jackson) who has serious concerns about global warming.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Batman '66 #19

Batman '66 #19
written by Jeff Parker
art by Leonardo Romero

"The Villain of Vapor Street"

Better than the previous issue of Batman '66 which told two short stories, I enjoyed the focus on this singular story with a singular villain, Professor Marmaduke Ffogg.

The artwork is really nice. I like the amount of detail which stays nice and light compared to the weight of the lines for the figures, and I like the compositions, too. Leonardo Romero even makes the weird pig-nose version of Batman's cowl look decent.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Comics Rant: Detective Comics #577

Detective Comics #577
Written By Mike W. Barr
Pencils By Todd McFarlane
Inks By Alfredo Alcala
Colors By Steve Oliff & Gloria Vasquez

Tash Moore and I’m back and better than ever. I just had some coffee and if you happen to check out The Verbal Mosh pod cast you’ll find out that we hit our 300th episode. Wow, 300 weeks talking about comics. It’s made me pretty jaded. I mean really, you don’t need a fucking big event every damn year. Defeats the purpose of it being, you know, special. But we all know that the big two is only looking to pad itself up with the all mighty alldar (Not a typo but a Simpson’s reference. Look it up!)

So every so often I like to go back and read some classic stuff and that’s where we are with part three of Batman Year Two in Detective Comics #577. Where we last

The Verbal Mosh Episode 300

Superman #38, Detective Comics #39, Miracleman #15, and Hulk #11 are the comics discussed on this week's episode of The Verbal Mosh, comic book podcast, along with Gotham, The Flash, and Constantine. 
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Tash's Pick of the Week: Thor #4

Tash’s Pick of the Week: Thor #4
Written By Jason Aaron
Drawn By Russell Dauterman
Colors By Matthew Wilson

Tash Moore here and boy was this issue of Thor was so freaking good. I really dug the fact that we had Thor vs. Thor!! Yup, that’s totally right. Man Thor, son of Odin comes face to face with Female Thor. I was pretty much sure that New Thor was the Odinson’s mom. I mean, I really had that going through my mind. Heck, I even said it on the pod cast. More than once. So Odinson Thor has his freaky metal arm that we saw in the last Thor Ongoing. He’s needing it since you know, Malekith cut it off. We also have a great fight scene where Odinson comes to Midgard (Earth) to get his hammer, but in the mighty marvel manner, Thor and Ther (Female Thor) team up to fight the Frost Giants that came to the floating Roxxon Island.

Dario Agger has totally

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Comics Rant: Daredevil #169

Writing and Art by: Frank Miller
Inks by: Klaus Janson

     This issue opens up with a night time talk show episode with an interview featuring none other than our favorite blind lawyer, Matt Murdock! But this wouldn't be a good comic book if it weren't interrupted by something and mid way through the intro to the interview, the broadcast cuts off to show a breaking news story. The dreaded assassin Bullseye has broken out of a hospital as he was about to receive surgery and by the time the show comes back on the air, Matt has already slipped into the shadows and gone to the location of the break out. He finds the lieutenant of police there who fills Daredevil in. Apparently, Bullseye held with breath during the laughing gas that was supposed to put him to sleep and grabbed a knife and the rest is typical Bullseye. As we know, anything in his hands is considered a weapon. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the city we catch up with an escaped Bullseye and we learn that he truly has gone completely and totally insane. He's trying not to scream in the streets of New York as every single person in the city, to him, is dressed as Daredevil. Daredevil street vendors.

The Verbal Mosh Episode 299

Batman #38 and Spider-Man 2099 #8 are the only books we talk about on this week's episode along with Gotham, Constantine, and The Flash. So you can totally hear Episode 299right here or also on our Facebook page.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Reboots and Relaunches February 2015

It’s so very good to be back. Tash Moore here and much like the final play of Super Bowl XLIX I’ll leave you scratching your head. That’s right, it’s the return of Reboots & Relaunches! I mean I’d have totally gotten to this sooner or later, but now seems like a pretty good time. I mean, it was really due in January but between trying to sort out Miracleman’s issue of if Johnny Bates is black or not or if we’d ever see another issue of the Dan Slott/Mike Allred Silver Surfer I just kind of lost track. Thankfully this website doesn’t have investors or stockholders. I’d be in a bind, you know, trying to explain how I just don’t feel like be hassled today. (Simpsons!) So now it’s time for the news that you can use and by use I mean the complete and total opposite of that, here we go.

Struggling Supergirl?!?

So CBS is still moving forward with it’s Supergirl TV show. They figured why should the CW and FOX make money off these funky dudes in tights? We’re America’s Number One network dammit! No doubt, this is most likely said by some network producer. Right before he went back to drinking his latte and then attempting to run reruns of the 1990’s Flash TV. (Which I’ll admit I fond memories for, but holy shit does it not age well. Like a Limp Bizkit song. Or hell, Fred Durst himself. Poor bastard!) So Melissa Benoist has been  tapped to be the CBS version of the Girl of Steel. So I’ve read that she’s been on Glee. Seeing as how I’m a full grown man and care for quality in my programming, I’ve never seen Glee. So I can say that I am heading into this show with fresh eyes and no judgment.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Scarlet Spiders #3

Scarlet Spiders #3
written by Mike Costa
art by Paco Diaz and Israel Silva

I'd like to preface first by saying I'm not a big fan of Paco Diaz's art style. That's mainly because of the very skinny yet muscular way he has of drawing the characters but the art still has it's charm and the storytelling itself is pretty good. Now that I got that out of the way I'll talk about why I chose this issue as my Pick of the Week.

There isn't a whole lot that happens in this issue. It's mainly a big fight scene.