Monday, December 12, 2011

Comic Book Gifts for the Kids

This weekend I stopped into my local comic shop, The Comic Bug, and searched for a few comic books to give as Christmas gifts. I was specifically looking for a couple of comic book tales for children. Two of my co-workers have a child who is starting to get into comic books, so as the office comic book authority I took it upon myself to their child some good reads. I already get their son the individual Reed Gunther comic book issues, but this is Christmas for Christ's sake (literally)! It's time for some trades.

Bad Island - 365 Days of Comics
Bad Island
Bad Island

The first trade I grabbed was a book I was not familiar with, however, Greg (a Comic Bug employee and friend) suggested some great books by the popular author Doug Tennapel. Tennapel may be best known for his character Earthworm Jim, who later starred in his own video game.

The Doug Tennapel selection I picked up was a trade titled, Bad Island. From what I could tell by looking through the wonderfully illustrated story, Bad Island features robots, monsters and of course...a bad island. I can't wait to hear how Bad Island turns out. Plus, I'm looking forward to asking a 9 year old if I can borrow his comic book.





The Incredibles - Family Matters - 365 Days of Comics
The Incredibles - Family Matters
The Incredibles - "Family Matters"

The second trade I picked-up had to have some characters I assumed their young buck would recognize, so I went straight to the Disney section and grabbed the Mark Waid Incredibles story, "Family Matters." I had read somewhere that this little trade was highly entertaining, and that even older readers would enjoy Waid's story. Mark Waid is one of the premier comic writers in the industry, so I knew I couldn't go wrong with this second comic book trade selection.


I hope my co-worker's child enjoys these comic books and that one day, thanks to my contributions, he may enjoy comics as much as I do...if not more.


Were these pretty good selections for a 9 year old? What comics would you get a little guy or girl on your list?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

5 Comic Book Gifts for X-Mas

Come Christmas time many comic book enthusiasts have a Hardcover or two on their gift lists. The list has the comic book items carefully typed-out and described in detail, so that dear old mom and pop won’t somehow come home with a Twighlight trade paperback.

“What? Isn’t this what the kids like…teenage vampires?”

Assuming you haven’t given your fifth Christmas list revision to your family and friends, I have come up with a list of 5 comic books you should ask for, for Christmas. Oh, and if you already have these, be a pal and get them for your friends.


Zombie DickHeads
Zombie DickHeads
Zombie Dickheads

The Walking Dead has thrust zombies into mainstream pop-culture in a way not seen since Michael Jackson’s thriller video. But rather than getting everyone to buy a sweet red leather jacket, The Walking Dead has gotten people to watch zombie media and buy zombie comic books. So what’s a Walking Dead TV show fan to do over the mid-season break? Simple. Buy a zombie comic book. I recommend buying the fun and inventive, Zombie Dickheads.

Written, illustrated and generally completely created by Chris Moreno, Zombie Dickheads follows a group of non-flesh eating zombies who have retained their intelligence and speech. The odd group of zombies has been forced into hiding, after the zombie Apocolypse, by humans who want to blow the heads off of ever zombie on Earth. Zombie Dickheads features vulgar language, hillbillies with guns and a zombie make-out that only adds to your adult brain’s begging to be devoured by Moreno’s world o’ zombie.

Recommended for Ages 16 and up – Cover Price $10: http://zombiedickheads.blogspot.com/


Thor The Mighty Avenger
Thor: The Mighty Avenger
Thor: The Mighty Avenger: Volumes 1 & 2

Have you been nudging a non-comic book reading person into comic books? Is your friend a kind, slightly innocent, individual who enjoys Pixar films and light-hearted humor? Also…did they see the movie Thor? If you answered “Yes” to at least one of those questions than Thor: The Mighty Avenger: Volumes 1 & 2 are perfect for your pal, guy or gal!

Thor: The Mighty Avenger features illustrations by one of the best visual storytellers in the business, Chris Samnee. The Mighty Avenger tells the story of Thor, a fallen God of Thunder who must come to terms with his anger while banished to Earth. He discovers kindness, through goofy friends, romantic charity rides, and brawls with Britains in bars. Thor: The Mighty Avenger is a wonderful all ages adventure filled with multiple Marvel special guests and smile producing moments. Buy both volumes for the complete story!

Recommended for All Ages! – Cover Price $14.99 Each – Your Local Comic Shop may have these in-stock http://www.amazon.com/Thor-Mighty-Avenger-Vol-Earth/dp/0785141219


All-Star Superman
All-Star Superman
All-Star Superman TPB (The Complete Series)

Unlike in 1939, today’s comic books have a hard time giving readers a sense of wonder and awe. Superhero stories have been done to death by this point, and in some cases even stories about their deaths are unoriginal and without impact. For one character in particular, interesting original tales have been hard to come by since he is basically unmatched in strength, speed and hair. Superman has suffered through many a ridiculous and poor comic book adventure in his day, and unfortunately, the comic reader has suffered with the man of steel.

Suffer no longer, comic book fan! Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely breathe new life into a character who has seen and done it all. Morrison writes a story depicting why Superman is the world’s greatest hero by giving readers pages of super-powered feats; but more importantly, All-Star Superman shows readers that it is his heart and determination that makes him the legend he is today. Plus, Frank Quitely’s delightful character designs instantly pull eyes and minds into a universe where a man can fly. All-Star Superman made me feel like I was reading the first comic book I have ever read. And that wonder and awe that comes with reading a comic book in 1939…it suddenly feels obtainable, 70 plus years later.

Recommended for Ages 10 and up – Cover Price $29.99 - Your Local Comic Shop may have this in-stock http://www.amazon.com/All-Star-Superman-Grant-Morrison/dp/1401232051/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1323217498&sr=8-7


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 1

New parents sometimes ask, “What do I use to shape a child into an awesome individual?” To this I simply respond with the items that shaped my childhood and crafted me into the radical dude I am today: a pair of sais, katana blades, nunchucks and one bow staff.

For anyone who has ever shouted cowabunga and enjoys comic books, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 1 is the perfect gift. The original Ninja Turtle comic books have finely been reprinted and collected in a huge 300 page addition that lets us in on the phenomena of the Ninja Turtles before they were the Fab Four of children programming.



Fear Agent
Fear Agent
Fear Agent Volume 1: Re-Ignition TPB

With the final issue already printed and release in book stores, I’d say it’s about time you get your Fear Agent trade paperback collection started. Fear Agent comes from the mind of the extremely talented writer, Rick Remender, and follows the drunken Texan Heath Houston on an adventure filled with aliens, sexy women, jet packs and more comic gore and foul-mouthery than you can shake a stick like object at.

Readers may know Remender from his more recent Marvel runs on popular titles such as Uncanny X-Force and Venom, but Fear Agent is among one of his creator owned series that has sky-rocketed him to new heights on the list of current industry greats. Oh, and did I mention that Fear Agent Volume 1 was illustrated by the amazingly talented Tony Moore? Well, it is…and holy shit does Fear Agent look out of this world for it. Opena’s art is so unique and panel perfect that a motion to change the $100 dollar bill to just a Moore panel is often heard in the U.S. Congress. The only reason the motion doesn’t pass into law is because representatives feel the value of the Moore panels are much greater than a $100. Get this book for yourself, or buddy, today!

Recommended for Ages 16 and up – Cover Price $9.99…I think http://www.amazon.com/Fear-Agent-Re-Ignition-Rick-Remender/dp/1582406189

Friday, October 21, 2011

1 Comic. 1 Sentence. 1 Word. - Fear Itself #7

Fear Itself #7 - 365 Days of Comics
Fear Itself #7
The visually strong and content weak Marvel mini series, Fear Itself, concluded (kind of) in an uneventful climax which included the killing of a God who everyone knows will simply resurrect...again.

Whatevessss.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This Week in Walter Peck Bombardment

Those of you who picked up this past Wednesday's Ghostbusters #1 will instantly recall who Walter Peck is. The rest of you who didn't pick up the IDW comic book should now be able to remember the character Walter Peck because of the Ghostbusters mention in my first sentence. Walter Peck was the bad guy who arrests the Ghostbusters after he releases a ton of ghosts back to the streets of New York City, in the film.

Walter Peck - Ghostbusters - 365 Days of Comics
Walter Peck will stare your ass down.

The IDW comic book, Ghostbusters #1, brings back the classic villain best known for his angry shouting as a ton of marshmallow gets dumped on him at the end of the film, Ghostbusters. The comic book closes-out with a city official placing Walter Peck in charge of holding the Ghostbusters crew accountable for their services, and once again making sure that the Ghostbusters team isn't actually responsible for the vast amounts of ghost. While it did seem a bit ridiculous that the city would bring Walter Peck back into the ghost-fold, it made for a fun reader moment that tied the comic to the film and created the reemergence of a known villain.

Ok, so Peck showed-up at the end of an obscure comic book...how is that bombardment? Well, that appearance alone would not call for this post. True. However, once the recognizable actor who played Walter Peck, William Atherton, showed up on ABC's "Castle" last night we were all officially Pecked at the eyes...in a good way!

Atherton did not play Peck on "Castle", but rather he played a doctor who worked at a facility in which people paid to have their bodies frozen and preserved. Atherton's lines still maintained their familiar cadence thus making it easy to instantly spot Walter Peck. Once you get past the old...visually he's there, too. Oh, and don't bother checking Atherton's IMDB. His "Castle" stats aren't listed...yet.

"Castle" viewers may have also caught the little shout-out to the classic Walter Peck character which was nicely worked into the show. A kid who was briefly interrogated in the episode had the last name, Peck. It can't be just a coincidence that the actor who played Walter Peck, a famous Peck in pop-culture, starred in an episode where another character had the Peck last name. A tip of the keyword to the writers of "Castle" is in order.

(Pause for keyboard tipping.)

So, is the Walter Peck bombardment over, or is it just beginning? My guess is we will see him this week in "Sons of Anarchy", "Community" and "Doctor Who."

Monday, October 3, 2011

1 Comic. 1 Sentence. 1 Word. - Aquaman #1

Aquaman #1 - 365 Days of Comics
Aquaman #1
With genius moments like Aquaman getting lunch at a seafood restaurant after saving the day on land, Geoff Johns sets the sails for an interesting Aquaman run.

Buoyant.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

1 Comic. 1 Sentence. 1 Word. - The Flash #1

The Flash #1 - 365 Days of Comics
The Flash #1
The fast paced Flash #1 is highlighted by the talented Francis Manapul's pencil skills and paneling ability.

Lively.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Guest Posting on Behold the Geek!

A fellow contributor to TheOuthousers.com, The Geek, recently asked me if I would write a guest post on his amazing blog, Behold the Geek! Since I am a fan of his website (the fun design makes mine look like garbage) I of course was willing to content-out a fellow blogger's page, and help out with a post.

Behold the Geek! is slightly different than 365 Days of Comics in that Geek deals with all things geek, not just comic related nerd gold. This meant I was given the opportunity to write about something other than comics! Finally! So what did I write about exactly? Well, if you follow the link, you will find a true tale about... A Gathering.

Enjoy!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

1 Comic. 1 Sentence. 1 Word. - Thunderbolts #163.1

Thunderbolts #163.1 - 365 Days of Comics
Thunderbolts #163.1
Thunderbolts #163.1 reminds us of how good the Thunderbolts run has been, and how exceptional the title will continue to be in the near future.

Zemo.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

1 Comic. 1 Sentence. 1 Word. - Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 - 365 Days of Comics
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1
A strong art performance by Sara Pichelli highlights the Bendis tale of yet another young man who gets bit by a spider and gains the power of...invisibility?

Beginning.

Monday, September 19, 2011

1 Comic. 1 Sentence. 1 Word. - Deathstroke #1

Deathstroke #1 - 365 Days of Comics
Deathstroke #1
Deathstroke #1 is a fun self-contained story which sets-up the direction of the title and introduces readers to DC's most self-proclaimed badass character.

Killer.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cliff Chiang-ing the DC Talent Perception

Okay, so the title is stupid. But I say to you, reader, stumble-uponer, that DC Comics has been criticized for not having the same level of overall talent as Marvel (I have actually claimed that myself), yet with amazing artists like Cliff Chiang on DC's roster that criticism just lost a whole bunch of validity.

The Harvard grad is coming off of memorable runs on Green Arrow/Black Canary and Vertigo's Human Target to illustrate the DCNU Wonder Woman series. I am new to Chiang's work, but right away I can see that he is extremely talented with a wonderful style that feels like a cross between Daniel Acuña and Stuart Immonen: stylized yet simplistic.

Anyway, see for your self by scrolling through some of the pieces I posted below and continuing to Cliff Chiang's website.

Green Arrow and Black Canary #1 - 365 Days of Comics
Green Arrow/Black Canary #1 - Standard and Variant
Wonder Woman #1 - Green Arrow and Black Canary #9 - 365 Days of Comics
Chiang displays his background tree ability: Wonder Woman #1 - Green Arrow/Black Canary #9
Cliff Chiang Star Wars - 365 Days of Comics
Cliff Chiang's Star Wars Illustrations
Cliff Chiang Star Wars - 365 Days of Comics
Another Cliff Chiang Star Wars Propaganda Piece
Human Target interior illustrations by Cliff Chiang - 365 Days of Comics
Human Target interior illustrations by Cliff Chiang.
Cliff Chiang's Breakfast Club/Teen Titan - 365 Days of Comics
Cliff Chiang's Breakfast Club/Teen Titans piece

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Is Ultimate Spider-Man the Ultimate Answer or Ultimate Hero?

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 - 365 Days of Comics
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1

This Wednesday, Marvel's Ultimate Universe finally brought the new Spider-Man, Miles Morales, to readers. Brian Michael Bendis writes the new-reader friendly Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1, in which he begins to tell the tale of how young Miles becomes the next Spider-Man. You will be able to find reviews of the issue on every other comic book website, so I will spare you my full thoughts on the book (which was amazing, by the way). What you may also find, within well written reviews on sites like iFanboy.com, is that comic book readers know their nerd fiction. In this case, their "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" fiction.




The Ultimate Number?

In the Douglas Adams's classic, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," Adams writes that there exists an answer to the ultimate question, and that answer, the ultimate answer, is 42. The number 42 in nerd lore is always associated with "Hitchhiker's Guide", and this may be exactly why Bendis uses it in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1.

In Bendis's first issue he explains that there are tests being run on multiple spiders so that the source of Spider-Man's powers can be reproduced by Norman Osborn. The spiders involved in the tests are numbered so that the researcher, and more importantly the comic reader, can understand that many spiders are being tested upon. The spider we are concerned with, the spider that eventually bites Miles Morales, is the spider numbered 42.

Is this a clever reference to "Hitchhiker's Guide?" It would make sense seeing as 42 is the ultimate answer and this Spider-Man is in the Ultimate Universe. The Ultimate question coming into this new Ultimate Universe reboot was, "Who will be the new Spider-Man?" The ultimate answer-numbered spider bites Miles to answer the ultimate question. But...

Spider number 42 - 365 Days of Comics
The spider that eventually bites Miles Morales is numbered 42.

What if there is more to the number 42?

What if there is another significant reason Bendis chose to label the spider that gives Miles powers, 42?

When I first read Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1, and saw the spider was numbered 42, I actually did not think of Douglas Adams; rather, I thought of Jackie Robinson.

When Peter Parker was killed-off, and Bendis and Marvel had to decide on who to make the new Spider-Man, or rather, how to sculpt the next Spider-Man, they ended up making a rather unique and slightly risky decision: Spider-Man would be black.

Of course there isn't anything wrong with that, and it really shouldn't matter, but to this point there has never been a top superhero that has been black. Spider-Man is probably one of the top 5 recognized superheroes in the world, and along with the others (Batman, Superman, and whoever else you may argue) he was white. The big boys, the top guns, the money makers...they are all white.

That's kinda messed up!

That is why I thought the number 42 was an ode to Jackie Robinson.

Jackie Robinson #42 - 365 Days of Comics
Jackie Robinson (#42) with the Brooklyn Dodgers
Robinson was the first black baseball player to break the color barrier (April 15, 1947). Robinson was the first black baseball player to play Major League Baseball (Dodgers). His entrance into America's most popular sport, and form of entertainment (at the time), is arguably one of the most important events in the last 100 years, of the United States' history. Miles Morales is actually a mix of several US minorities, but he is recognized as black and "black" basically just means minority in this situation. Miles is breaking a barrier that has stood for far too long.

To me, the number 42 represented a positive change in comics and our society in general. It represents equality. 42 marked a social hero, a cultural hero, a baseball hero and a people's hero. An American hero.

But you know what? Maybe I am reading way too far into this. After all, when Douglas Adams was asked why he chose the number 42, Adams did not give some amazing, magical or logical answer. Adams simply said, "It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one...I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought '42 will do'. I typed it out. End of story."

Why do you think the number 42 was chosen to mark the spider that would create a hero, in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Guest Voice on the WTO Podcast!

In a brilliant move by my good friends Scott and David, I was invited to provide my nightingale-like voice to the Way Too Opinionated podcast. To be honest, I am unsure how bright a move it was seeing as we review last weeks set of new DC 52 books, of which I read one of them. But hey! I have opinions! Plus, the book I read was Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales...a big-deal of a book. You can read my written review of it in TheOuthousers.com 52apolooza: Action Comics section.

Without further words not spoken in my angelic voice, proceed to the newest Way Too Opinionated podcast's newest episode featuring...me!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Worth Your Digital Dollar

Fantastic Four 1234 #1 - 365 Days of Comics
Fantastic Four 1234 #1 - Morrison & Jae Lee
There's more to owning a digital tablet than just carrying it around in public and absorbing everyone's hatousy (hate and jealousy combined...a.k.a. jealate, the other Italian ice cream). A purchased tablet should be filled with entertainment and information that will come in handy when on a long flight or while at a convention you were forced to attend by your company. I fill my iPad 2 tablet with apps that stream TV shows and films, arcade style games and of course, comic books.

The comic book apps such as Comixology, the Marvel app (which runs on the Comixology platform) and Graphic.ly are must haves for digital comic readers, but simply having the apps on your tablet does not mean that you have a vast library of comic books on your reader. The apps will offer free books for download and mental consumption, but not many. Plus, the amount of free high quality comic books is limited. To get the more appealing comic books on your tablet you must purchase them individually (costing anywhere between $.99 to $3.99 a comic book).

The first couple of weeks I didn't purchase any comic books. I simply downloaded the free comics and marveled at how those issues looked digitally: color-popping and awesome! I wanted to buy some books, but which to buy? If I started buying an ongoing I would want to read from the beginning, so the whole title would have to be listed for purchase digitally. Also, I don't want to mix and match my ongoing titles between digital and physical comic books. That would add to confusion when trying to reference an old issue or looking for it to read in the future. So...what to start with?

Great Suggestion Marvel, I'll Take Some More!

As mentioned above, there are free comics available for download...usually they are #1's. Plus, often the #1's are apart of a mini series that only includes a limited run of issues. Perfect for a few reasons.
  1. If the mini series is only 4 issues long, and I get the first one for free, I essentially get a fourth of the series for free. This makes buying the rest of the series quite painless.
  2. The mini series aspect limits my commitment in regards to space dedicated to the downloaded title.
  3. With physical comic books, when I purchase a #1, yet don't particularly care for it, I end up still completing (purchasing) the mini series. "I already spent money on a fraction, I might as well finish out." Since I am now able to test the waters for free with the first issue digitally, I have no monetary commitment to the title and thus, I have no need to complete the mini series and waste money on unwanted content.
Marvel has done I nice job when it comes to offering #1's of mini series. They have offered up entry point issues for limited series runs, by popular creators such as:
  • Grant Morrison and Jae Lee (Fantastic Four 1234) - 4 issues long
  • Mark Millar (1985) - 6 issues long
  • Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin (Doctor Strange: The Oath) - 5 issues long
So far I have spent most of my money on mini series runs, but because of the great issues provided digitally I have also expanded to one-shot issues. Obviously, one-shots come with no continued buying commitment, so these are also great books to spend digital dollars on. The one-shot issue I purchased happen to spawn out of my enjoyment of Jae Lee's art on the purchased mini, Fantastic Four 1234. Lee had done one issue of The Incredible Hulk where he manned the artistic duties for it's interiors. I used the "search creators" function in the Marvel app and found myself a great book.

Marvel Mondays - 365 Days of Comics
Hopefully the issue you want is available on Marvel Mondays
Oh, and if you happen to catch a mini series you have been thinking about purchasing during one of Marvel's discounted "Marvel Mondays" then you are in luck. The "Marvel Mondays" issues are all available for only $.99!

DC Has a Good Thing Going Too

I highlighted why Marvel has been able to sell me by way of mini series, but DC is also doing the same thing. Unfortunately for DC, I have always been more of a Marvel person, but also, I have caught them at a weird time. Buying a mini series about a world of characters that DC has rebooted and made some minor adjustments to (here and there) feels odd. If I like where the DC mini leaves me at the end, will I be angry that I know it doesn't lead to anything that effects the characters today? Maybe. I don't know! And that is why I don't want to take the chance on the old DC mini series books.

Mini series aside, DC does have the owning the complete series from issue #1 thing going for it. Since they are restarting all of their titles at #1, and releasing all of their titles day and date (releasing physical comics the same day as digital), I am more interested in starting up some DC ongoing collections digitally. So far I have bought Grant Morrison's Action Comics #1 and Justice League #1 by Jim Lee and Geoff Johns. With Marvel I am only taking the digital ongoing plunge on their new Ultimate Universe line of comics, but with DC...their whole line is the limit.


If you have a tablet and haven't bought any digital comics yet, but would like to, I suggest checking out the titles I mentioned above...especially Fantastic Four 1234 and Doctor Strange: The Oath.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Moon Knight #5

Moon Knight #5 - 365 Days of Comics
Moon Knight is like the USA Network: Characters Welcomed
I can't say enough good things about Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's, Moon Knight.
  • Quirky.
  • Original.
  • Funny.
  • The best kind of reboot.
Okay, that's enough...for now.

Moon Knight is possibly the best Marvel Comic for non-Marvel readers, or non-superhero readers for that matter. It reads like a P.I. story, and to this point, hasn't involved super powers...just old fashion hand to hand combat between men, and most recently in Moon Knight #5, women. Moon Knight gives you the grit of real life confrontations with bad guys, while still holding on too that bit of flair that comes along with an occasional costumed hero.

Another notable aspect that brings a sense of reality to the book, for me in particular, is that the story takes place in Los Angeles. For many local readers (LA locals) that I have spoken with, the location is actually appealing. The story also involves Marc Spector (A.K.A. Moon Knight) working in the entertainment industry which in real life is populated by many comic book fans. So I think the ability of Moon Knight to connect to comic book readers out west is strong.

Moon Knight #5 was a particularly fun issue for a couple of reasons.
  1. Marc's fully on crazy comes out in this issue when he is torn on how to react to a confrontation with the police. In his head, 3 different voices consisting of Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine are telling him to do different things. Each one of them speaks in a way consistent to their actual characters. For example, Cap is overly understanding of the cops' hostility towards Moon Knight, where as the Wolverine voice thinks Moon Knight should cut the pigs up. Great inner (but really outer) dialog.
  2. Marc gets his ass beat by Echo. In a wonderfully funny moment, Marc reads a situation poorly and kisses Echo. Echo is shocked by Marc's frontal assault on her face and proceeds to bloody his own face with a few fists of fury. As she storms off he yells out a charming joke to her, but since she is deaf it goes unnoticed. Great scene.
The dialog is top notch and the art fits the tone of the book perfectly. I've raved about Moon Knight before, and I have no problem doing it again. Bendis and Maleev have rebooted a B lister without even having to restart a whole line of comic books. Get this book. It's excellent.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Who Framed Rocket Raccoon?

I did.

Over the weekend Aaron Brothers had a few coupons for 50% any one item, so I thought I might as well make some art presentable. I took a few prints and an original sketch of Rocket Raccoon by Timothy Green II (which was also inked) to the store and found my matting of choice along with some clean basic frames. When I went to pay for the frames and mats I was informed that the frames I picked-out were already discounted frames, and that the 50% coupon did not apply.

That's when I got all Larry David on them.

Many frames throughout the store were supposedly pre-discounted by Aaron Brothers, and had the lowest price guaranteed "all the time." The sticker on the wrapped frames proved this. The employees said those frames were always discounted and thus, a coupon could not be applied to those frames. But here's the thing... If some frames are always discounted, then that discounted price becomes their actual price. If the price always remain the same without change, then that is the actual price. There is never a time when the frames' price raises. Thus, the price is not really discounted. The price simply is.

I then insisted that my 50% off coupon should apply to one of the frames. If the price is always discounted, then it can never really be discounted because the price is always the same.

I went back and forth with 3 different employees on this point. I was never really mean, however, I may have seemed a bit snarky. I did raise my eyebrows and give a slight smile while I tilted my head saying, "But again, If the price is always discounted, then it can never really be discounted because that is always the price."

The employees may have understood what I said, but I think to think they didn't get it. I had turned into Larry David from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" where watchers of the scene I had created understood my point, yet the people I was interacting with didn't seem to have a clue.

Before I went into a stare-down, backed by some clarinet music, with the employees to see if they truly got what I was throwing their way and not lying about being clueless, I paid full price for my frames (though i did get a mat for 50% off saving $2) and left.

When I got home I matted the original sketch of Rocket Raccoon by Timothy Green II, and mentally moved on from frustration...to delight.

Rocket Raccoon by Timothy Green II - 365 Days of Comics
Rocket Raccoon by Timothy Green II doesn't understand why the 50% off coupon didn't work.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Another Justice League #1 Review

Justice League #1 - 365 Days of Comics
Guess which 3 heroes didn't appear in JL #1.
Over at theOutHousers.com the grading of the DC 52 is underway with the review of Justice League #1.

The way the review system works:
  • 3 Different reviewers review an issue.
  • The reviewers consist of a DC enthusiast, a Marvel Zombie and an all around comic reader.
  • Reviewers rate the issue out of a score of 100 total points.
I was fortunate enough to be selected to review the first of the new 52, Justice League #1. Geoff Johns is a proven power-house of a writer when it comes to huge events and Jim Lee is one of the greatest artists to draw comic books, so I was definitely looking forward to getting my eyes on Justice League #1. You can read my review (I'm the Marvel-fan reviewer), and the other 2, by clicking on to 52apolooza: Justice League.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Coastal Comic Book Reading

New Mutants #98 - 365 Days of Comics
Deadpool's 1st appearance: New Mutants #98
When I read comic books on the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio with Bone Thugs N' Harmony I didn't have this problem. When I read comic books in the east bay near Oakland, California with M.C. Hammer I didn't have this problem. When I read comic books in Long Beach, California with Snoop Dogg I didn't have a problem. But now, here in El Segundo, CA (near Manhattan Beach), with no hip hop legend, I have a problem.

When I  bring a comic book to my place, which is about a mile from the ocean, the comic book pages begin to warp and become wavy due to the moisture in the air. This happens without failure to everyone of my comic books. Some of my trades with thicker pages seem to hold-up better to the aerial assault, but even Richard Starkings' Elephantmen trades feel the warped ways of the Pacific ocean.

If I keep my books sealed in bags and boards they remain well kept. This is great for some older issues I have that may be worth a good amount of money if kept in a 9.8 to 9.6 grade. These issues consist of the first appearance of Deadpool, Cable, Venom and Carnage. These books are not worth a ton, but they do retain some value when left very crisp. The problem I have is that I would still like to be able to occasionally read these issues at my leisure. It seems ridiculous to take these books several miles inland just to open them up and read them.

My dilemma seems to be quite simple. Do I move a couple of miles inland so that I no longer have to worry about wavy books? Or, do I never open up my older books again, and live by the M.C. Hammer code: "Can't Touch This"?

Comic lovers, what should I do?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pulls and Quick Reviews for 8/24/2011

FF #8 - 365 Days of Comics
FF #8 - Cover by Daniel Acuña
Wolverine #14 - $3.99

Jason Aaron finally wraps up his "Wolverine's Revenge" story arc in a way only half expected. The Red Hand, the group throwing random fighters at Wolverine, plays their final card, and we learn something about the fighters Wolverine has taken down during the last several issues. I'm happy the story is basically over since I thought too many issues were wasted on the build-up, and I'm also pleased with what comes out of the arc. Jae Lee does another fin job with the cover as well; however, I'm not a huge fan of the claw-like finger tips. The dude already has adamantium claws, do his nails have to be long and pointy, as well? Rating: 3.5/5


Uncanny X-Force #13 - $3.99

Any time Remender has Fantomex pull a Jamie Kennedy on someone ("you just got x-ed") I know I'm going to enjoy Remender's issue. A well timed misdirection helps X-Force and the Age of Apocalypse good-guy crew get back to the 616 time-line. Granted when they get there they run into an unexpected welcoming party which is sure to add some action to issue #14. Maybe it's because I'm not a hardcore X-Men fan, but I get sick of this idea that Wolverine is obsessed with Jean...even a Jean from an alternate reality. By this time I feel like Wolverine could control his feelings, and understand the difference between his time-line and another. This issue gets docked a bit for mushiness, but overall it's still an action filled fun edition to the Uncanny X-Force run. Rating: 3.5/5


FF #8 - $2.99

I find it funny that one of Marvel's best books is only $2.99. There may be 2 less pages, but Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting (this issue's artist) add so much story-telling content that this book could easily shift to $3.99 and I wouldn't even notice. Hickman has a way of weaving so many plot lines together in the FF that I can't help but starve for the next issue as soon as I finish the current: the villains that have assembled to assist in getting rid of the alternate time-line Reeds begin to reveal their true colors, while the Inhumans' entrance into the battle becomes troubling, while the true Reed and Doom's plans fall apart. Things are heating-up as Hickman's FF run continues. Value and Steve Epting art alone give this issue a strong score. Rating: 4.5/5


The Ultimates (Three) #1 - $3.99 (purchased digitally)

Jonathan Hickman is kind of a big deal, so who better to reboot the Ultimate Universe's main title than Marvel's Ron Burgundy. Not only did Hickman write a fast paced exciting first issue, but his Ultimates partner Esad Ribic did an amazing job on the books art. The nature of the characters such as Tony Stark and Thor really comes out in this first issue. Ribic does a particularly fine job on defining the characters based on their body positioning, facial expressions and movement throughout the panels. The Ultimates #1 ends in entertaining chaos and is sure to continue with a large-scale adventure. Rating: 4.5/5


Captain America and Bucky #621

Yeah, the story is well written by one of my favorites Ed Brubaker, but this reason this book is almost a perfect comic is due to the amazing pencil work of Chris Samnee. His style sets the tone of the 40's based Cap and Bucky arc with a mastery that hasn't been seen in comics for some time now. Samnee has proven himself to be a once in a decade artist who's style tells a story so well that if his comics did not include any text, they would still be some of the most impressive books on the stands. Get this comic book! Unfortunately, I cannot give it a 5 out of 5 due to Marvel's horrible decision to use an Ed McGuinness cover. I would not usually recommend harming a comic book, but ripping off the cover and then bagging and boarding the rest may be a good idea. Rating: 4.5/5


Doctor Who Annual 2011 - 365 Days of Comics
DW Annual 2011
Warehouse 13 #1 - $3.99

I have yet to read this comic, but I like the show...so I gave it a shot.


Doctor Who: Annual 2011 - $7.99

I have yet to read this comic, but I like the show...so I gave it a shot. Plus, the cover art looks cool!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 - $3.99

The turtles are back! In their first issue readers get to see a partial origin story and some lively combat between street thugs and the turtles. The issue jumps around a bit by going back several months to explain the team's reconstructed origin (this ain't your youth's TMNT origin) which has April O'Neil still wearing yellow, but with a very different job. The series, or at least the first arc, seems geared to continue with the looking-back storytelling since the book must explain how the fighting four was reduced to the fighting three. That's right, the team is one turtle down! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 is a nice starting point which includes lively art that is fine for an IDW book. The quality of art can be seen during non flashy panels involving a couple of people talking. There isn't great detail, but it'll do in terms of telling the story. I recommend checking out the book if you were ever a turtle fan. And let's face it...who wasn't? Rating: 3.5/5

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dominic and The Red Wing

The Red Wing #2 - 365 Days of Comics
Dom and The Red Wing
Some people don't care for their names. Those who self-hate either have ridiculous names like Pompillio (my father tried naming me that but my mother nixed that old-country name), or they have short boring names like Peter. I feel for those people because I was labeled with a truly wonderful first name: Dominic.

(Funny Side Note: There is no better way of dehumanizing myself than by referring to my naming process as "labeled.")

Dominic is a glorious name. It takes time to say, and lasts in the ears like one of those Star Trek 2: The Wraith of Khan mind controlling bugs. The only time it leaves your thoughts, and then ears, is when the name dies. Dominic is a flexible name. If you don't have the time to bask in it's greatness you can say "Dom." I always wanted to get the domain name DomthebombOG.com just because of the way it rhymes and flows.

Dom and Dominic may be the same name, but when I introduce myself to people they have very different uses and implications. When I introduce myself to women I like to introduce myself as Dominic. The longer semi-unique name stays with them longer and it reminds women of a romantic Italian name. Their mind's short sexy-time stories almost always include the name Dominic. Also, they loved that little boy with a ferret from Kindergarten Cop...also named Dominic.

Dom, on the other hand, is a quick lively name. It implies fun and unpredictability. When a guy meets another guy named Dom, he feels like he can fit in with "the guys." I named my twitter handle @365Dom after this site and the short side of my name so that people would initially think I was fun, and thus, a person they would want to follow. Also, Vin Diesel is named Dom in the Fast and Furious movies. Say what you will about the man as an actor...he always plays a bad-ass. Remember Iron Giant? Diesel voices the Robot. Bad-ass.

(Another Side Note: I am not a bad-ass. How many bad-asses use a hyphen when typing the word "bad-ass?")

You can see I love having my name, but as you may have noticed, I also enjoy when my name is used in movies, television and literature. It's not a common name like Mike or Bob which is used in ever other story. Dominic is used sparingly. It's the name you don't want to overuse or burnout. It's the injured prized athlete of names which you want to take his/her time getting back to playing condition so that he/she doesn't have any setbacks. That's Dominic.

(Last Side Note: I used "her" and "she" as an example of a prized athlete. There are no prized women athletes. Sorry for that moment of equality)

The newest home to the majestic name Dominic, is the Jonathan Hickman 4 issue mini series, The Red Wing. The Red Wing is a time traveling, war, adventure story which is 2 issues complete. One of the main characters followed in the comic book is a legacy time-fighter-ship pilot named (drums please)...Dominic! His father (thus him being a legacy pilot) was a famous pilot who gets lost in time when his ship wrecks through and across time. By the end of the second issue we learn something crazy about Dominic and about how he changes as a person over time.

Story aside, I can't help but be compelled by my name. I really do wonder (because I'm conceded and an idiot) if my friends read The Red Wing and think of me every time they read my name. Again, it's not some common name. It's Dom! I know when I read about Spider in Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan I think of my good pal Spider from Pleasanton, California. Coincidentally enough, my bud Spider was almost named Pompillio, too.

So what the heck was the point of this post mostly about how I love my name, and very briefly about The Red Wing? This post was written in hopes that boring named people would think a bit before they name their children. Oh, and don't go watering the Dominic name down by naming your next born Dominic, as well. Only about 1 in 250 of you can do that. Talk amongst yourself or conduct a raffle to determine whose son will be awesome, and whose son will be just another Dick. Excuse me...I mean Richard.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Growing Up: Comic Book Posters

When I was younger my bedroom's walls were lined with comic book posters. Now that I am older the bedroom and living room walls of my apartment are not aloud to be covered in comic characters due to being an adult and occasionally wanting girls who are not as into comics as I am to come over. (Note that I said "wanting" and not "having"...things are gonna pick-up!) Now I fake being an adult by placing my comic characters in picture frames and spreading them out in the proper frame hanging distance.

"Ah, there's a matting. Now it's legit."

So my walls are more adult, but I am still a bit of a child at heart because I still have all of my comic book related posters from when I was a kid. (By "kid" I mean I bought posters from a young age up through my early 20's...I'm 28 now. I wear dress shoes at fancy restaurants and everything. I'm an adult now.) The reason I don't buy posters anymore (or often) isn't because I'm a big boy, rather it's because I'm cheap.

It's hard to bring myself to buy a poster these days unless it's a crazy special addition one. Case and point...case in point...how ever that phrase goes...I did shell out $35 each on the Marko Djurdjevic 9ft. long Spider-Man and Avengers posters from a year ago. Those were giant posters that I knew would not fit in my house. I instead brought them to work! Yet, regardless of where I brought them, the point is that they were the only 2 posters I've bought in the past 6 years.

Marko Djurdjevic's Avengers poster - 365 Days of Comics
Marko Djurdjevic's Avengers poster under the boss-man's window.
Posters are not very expensive, but I feel awkward paying for them. One of the main reasons is that they won't be hung-up at home, but another almost equally as important reason is because you can get posters for free. Many comic book conventions have publisher booths that give away free posters for promotional purposes. Plus, since I'm a Marvel fan, I luck out that Marvel happens to constantly provide comic book retailers with free mini poster handouts. The mini posters are perfect for putting up around my desk at work, and since they're free, when a new one is passed-out I can simply take down the old one, toss it, and put up the new poster.

I have always been a fan of comic book posters, but as I grow the space in which they can occupy has shrunk. Besides some space at work...the space for my comic book posters: old and new, big and small, expensive and free, has become the bottom of my closet or sadly...the bottom of a garbage can.



(Note: Who actually uses garbage "cans" any more? Waste baskets, garbage bins, and other containers are more accurate...sorry for the confusion.)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dom's 8/10/2011 Comic Book Pull List

Last week wasn't too bad, but there appears to be a lot of comic books on my list this week. Oh my poor wallet...

The Amazing Spider-Man #667 - 365 Days of Comics
Spider powers come w/ a free Spider-Man shirt!
Amazing Spider-Man #667 - $3.99

The "Spider-Island" event officially starts with this week's issue. The story has had quite a bit of hype (advertised in almost every Marvel comic book), so I am curious to see if the hype is justified. But honestly, I just buy Amazing Spider-Man out of habit...regardless of the quality.

Detective Comics #881 - $3.99

This is it! The last Detective Comics issue before the DC reboot, and the last Detective Comics issue in Scott Snyder and Jock's wonderful run. This book will be great. Guaranteed. I am actually looking forward to when Jock and Snyder's TEC run gets collected into a hardcover so that I can get it for my bookshelf, and gift it for my friends.

Fear Itself #5 - $3.99

This issue is sure to be intense. When last we left Fear Itself, Thor was just about to do battle (hammer style) with the Thing and the Green Hulk. Some reviewers haven't been kind to the Fear Itself story telling, but I have enjoyed the title to this point. I recommend getting this issue just to witness the Stuart Immonen Thor, Hulk and the Thing layouts. You'll thank me later.

Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #2 - $2.99

Honestly, I can't remember what is happening in this miniseries. All I know is that I like the current X-Force team. Nuff' said.

Hellboy: The Fury #3 - 365 Days of Comics
Hell powers do not include a free shirt.
Hellboy: The Fury #3 - $2.99

Word on the street is that big red kicks the bucket in this issue. Though popular characters can't stay dead in comics, I still feel like the issue will have some significance. Plus, Mike Mignola will be at my local comic shop, the Comic Bug, to sign copies of The Fury #3. Last time I saw him I won a $100 gift certificate from his daughter, so I owe it to him to make an appearance and buy his book.

New Avengers #15 - $3.99

I just enjoy Bendis books. Plus, this team has characters I really enjoy: Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cage, Spider-Woman, etc.

The Red Wing #2 - $3.50

It's Hickman. I'm getting this comic book miniseries purely based on my Hickman Secret Warriors (which has ended) and FF love.

Reed Gunther #3 - $2.99

This is the best all ages book in stores. I actually already own this book in a black and white printing, but I started getting it for a co-worker's child. It really is a great gateway comic book. In another year or so I think their kid may be ready for Punisher MAX.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wolverine #13 - OutHousers Review

Wolverine #13 - 365 Days of Comics
What you don't see is the pool below them.
If you follow my link for Room With a Review: Wolverine #13, you will get my thoughts on Jason Aaron's dragging Wolverine storyline. Plus (there's always a plus), I gush over Jae Lee's cover art, and I recall a scene from Austin Powers which Jason Aaron could learn from.

Read on! ...or not.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Moon Knight: Read This Comic Book

Moon Knight #4 - 365 Days of Comics
How does Moon Knight keep that cape so white?
If you are more of a real world comic book reader who doesn't usually care for tales of men in tights or super-powered beings, I recommend a book about a superhero titled, Moon Knight. Moon Knight follows Marc Spector, a superhero who has moved out to LA to produce a TV show loosely based on his adventures as Moon Knight. After some time in LA Spector gets mixed-up in a mystery involving the LA crime scene and an Ultron head (Ultron is an evil AI robot who constantly tries to destroy humans...for you non-superhero readers).

So why am I suggesting this title to the non-cape-reading community? The book is grounded. I'm not talking no flying characters grounded...I'm talking about a story which could actually take place. Marc Spector (Moon Knight) comes off as if he isn't so much a superhero, but rather, Spector is written with more of a PI tone. Plus, he has multiple personality disorder which takes him out of that cookie-cutter superhero mold.

Click on to read my full gush fest over Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's Moon Knight.

Comics You Should Be Reading: Moon Knight

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

SDCC 2011 Purchase: Eric Canete's Egg Sketchbook

Eric Cante: Egg Sketchbook - 365 Days of Comics
Back and Front of Eric Canete's "Egg" Sketchbook

Often times when I attend comic book conventions I end-up buying a bunch of sketchbooks, prints or comics, but the San Diego Comic Convention is so overwhelming in terms of  awesomeness everywhere you look that I couldn't pull the trigger on purchasing anything (well, almost). Fortunately, before the zombie storm of product bombardment hit me I got off one round and ended-up with a truly pleasing item.

Eric Cantete: Egg Sketchbook

Since reading Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin a few weeks back I have been in wonder of Eric Canete's lively art work. His characters seem to jump off the page at you in a way I haven't felt since I first discovered Chris Bachalo's work. Like Bachalo, Cantete has a unique slightly exaggerated (Bachalo's are a bit more exaggerated) design style. The characters feel real, yet are infused with an energy that is purely comic book like. Canete's art is perfect for the pages of comics. With that said, once I spotted Eric Canete on the far wall of Comic Con I made a beeline for his table.

I played it cool.

"I have to say, your work on the Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin changed my life...I mean. It had a lot of life and energy. I liked it a lot!"

Cool.

"Thanks," Eric Canete said with a welcoming smile as he looked-up from a piece he was commissioned to draw. He then looked back down and continued to do his work while I flipped through his portfolio of original pages. The pages were out of my price range, but so thrilling to look at. I then moved to his sketchbook "Egg" which was in my price range ($25). Though the cover was slightly scuffed and dented, Canete only had 2 left...and it was only Friday!

I was so excited to get a copy and say thanks, I forgot to have him sign it! I didn't even relize that I had forgotten until this week when I was looking through the sketch book again. At that point I had "Egg" in my hands and on my face.

Dangzor!

Signature aside, "Egg" is a masterful sketch book. I particularly love all of his Marvel work since I follow Marvel Comics' characters pretty closely. I am admittedly still a bit of a child at heart when it comes to nude drawings...something that there are several pages of in Eric Canete's "Egg." They are well done figure drawings and...

Boobs!

Sorry. Like I said...a bit of a child.

I may have only purchased one thing at the San Diego Comic Con 2011, but it was a purchase I am supremely happy with. Take a look at one of the Avengers sketches from inside of Eric Canete's "Egg" below. Enjoy!

Eric Canete: Egg Sketchbook - Avengers Sketch - 365 Days of Comics
Eric Cante: Egg Sketchbook - Intricate Avengers Sketch

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Detective Comics #880

Detective Comics #880 - 365 Days of Comics
Which stings more: slit mouth or bat contacts?
The second to last issue in Scott Snyder and Jock's Detective Comics run thrills readers by giving every Batman fan what he/she really wants: the Joker.

Jock illustrates a creepy looking Joker which looks like a mix between Heath Ledger's sliced mouth corners Joker, and a super-skinny crack addict. Why is Jock drawing the Joker? Well... The Joker has recently escaped from prison and Batman (Dick Grayson) is tracking him down. Meanwhile, Commissioner Jim Gordon is tracking down his ex-wife Barbara because he fears the Joker will attack his family, as he always does. After Jim get's to his ex-wife too late to protect her from the Joker's laughing/smiling toxin, Jim and Batman learn that the man he thought responsible for Barbara's attack may not have been the clown prince after all...and that man may not have reached his Barbara attack quota for the night.

Detective Comics #880 has a few standout moments:
  • The final panel of the book has a very lasting quality to it. It reminds me of that scene in Jurassic Park where Nedry (Newman!) is trapped in a car with a dinosaur. The Detective Comics #880 panel would cover the moment just as the camera looks away and we hear the attack. Attacks can be that much scarier when they are only partially witnessed.
  • Just because you're paralyzed doesn't mean you have to do everything the hard way. Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon's daughter/Oracle, is shown next to her computers in Watchtower during one panel with something very important missing: a mouse. Don't tell me she uses the touch pad. Even the best touch-padder in the world can't...touch...the skills of a person using a mouse. Unless Oracle has some sort of Minority Report thing going on, I think Jock forgot to draw her a mouse.
  • When Jim Gordon's ex-wife is found in the bathtub (all Joker-gassed out), did anyone else think, "Damn, she's kind of buff."? Her lat and arm look like she's been holding herself in the fetal position for a long time. If she recovers, look out bad guys. The ex has some guns she might put to use.
So this is it for the wonderful Jock and Scott Snyder run...one more issue. I'm sure the DC executives would have guessed that the long running title would one day end on the numerically significant...#881? Hmmm, well 881 was the title of a Singaporean movie in 2007; and in Mandarin, 881 sounds like the word papaya...so it's got that going for it.

Anyway, great issue. I look forward to papaya!

Friday, July 29, 2011

FF #7 - No FF Members...No Problem

FF #7 - 365 Days of Comics
The white directional lines mean intensity.
I'll keep it short here, so that you can click through below to my full review of FF #7.

Quick Breakdown
  • This is the 2nd straight issue without evil Reeds or any FF members.
  • The art by Greg Tocchini and Paul Mounts makes me smile.
  • This isn't one of those lame issues where Black Bolt doesn't say one word...he speaks!
  • If you enjoy tentacle porn, you'll like the beginning of FF #7...sort of.
Read my Room With a Review: FF #7 to get my full thoughts on the issue.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Marvel's Digital Push

The Marvel Digital App - 365 Days of Comics
Marvel's Digital App
After sitting through many panels, at the San Diego Comic Con, that dealt with digital comics (even the podcasting panel that got hijacked by the digital topic) I started to formulate a pocket of confusion in my head.

Why can't I get every book on my iPad when I want it?

Marvel in particular seems to be dragging their feet on the issue. Their slow-rolling of their day and date comics is not helping me as much as DC's extreme push of releasing every comic book day and date starting in September. DC targeted readers like me, and Marvel...well, they are targeting another type of reader.

Check-out my full thoughts on Marvel's Digital Day and Date Dilemma at theOuthousers.com.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

iPad 2 Apps to Hold Me Over

Today I head out to San Diego, from Los Angeles, to attend my first ever Comic-Con! As you can tell from the exclamation mark...I'm pretty excited. I hop on board my Amtrak train for a 2 hour 40 minute trip later today, so for now I load my iPad 2 (tech name dropping) with thinks to keep me busy while I sit and wait for my 4 day adventure.

These are the iPad Apps I have downloaded:
  • Falling Stars - This cool new app gives users the ability to create sweet sweet music by way of star tear-drops and floating plant-vines in the sky. Sounds weird, but it's amazing...and free.
  • Marvel Kapow! HD - This Marvel game (free version) pits Marvel's heroes and their weapons against the villains of the Marvel universe. It's kind of like Pong meets Space Invaders.
  • Geometry Wars - I love this game. You are basically a ship that flies around shooting a bunch of weird shapes (thus Geometry). It is the suped-up version of Astroid for the 21st century. The handling is a bit difficult because it is like controlling a PlayStation controller on a touch-screen, but once you get the motions down...it's both amazing and addicting. Cost: $.99.

Besides the apps I have also placed the movie Crazy Heart and Source Code on my iPad 2. HD movies look amazing on the screen and I am looking forward to getting to use my iPad 2 and utilizing it's creativity and battery life.

Check out the clip of Geometry Wars below.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dom's Pull List: 7/13

Wolverine #1 - 365 Days of Comics
Jae Lee makes Wolvie do the snake dance.
The Red Wing #1 (of 4) - $3.50

That's a weird price, right? Regardless, the comic book is a Jonathan Hickman story who has been killing it with his Marvel work as of late: FF, Secret Warriors and S.H.I.E.L.D. I'm always willing to give a Hickman book a try.

X-Men: Schism #1 (of 5) - $4.99

My many days of listening to Ron Richards on iFanboy.com podcasts has finally worn me down. I pick-up this X-Men event book due to his influence over my brain and his love of anything X-Men. He's like those alien things on Falling Skies that control you...but nicer...and not on my back.

Wolverine #12 - $3.99

Jason Aaron does Wolverine like no other writer. I have been picking up this book from about issue 5 and have enjoyed it quite a bit. The current story may not be as good as the last, but it still beats most non-team superhero books. Oh, and every cover is by Jae Lee...who is a cover God.

The Amazing Spider-Man #665 - $3.99

I just love Spidey. I will always pick-up ASM. Nuff said.

FF #6 - $2.99

As I mentioned before, Hickman has been doing a great job with FF. Currently Black Bolt has been introduced after a couple of years out of comics, and the multiple Reeds storyline is picking-up quite nicely. Besides the event books Flashpoint and Fear Itself, this is the issue I most look forward to reading each month.

Captain America #1 - 365 Days of Comics
The return of Steve...McNiven!
Captain America #1 - $3.99

Steve is back! No, not Steve Rogers...Steve McNiven! McNiven is an amazing penciler, which goes without saying, but more importantly to this title, McNiven draws the Cap outfit better than 99% of all other artists. I left that 1% open on the slight chance that some monk in Tibet may be the worlds greatest artist and I simply just never knew.

Detective Comics #879 - $2.99

If it wasn't for Scott Snyder's writing I would most likely not be getting a DC book this week. His work on Detective has become a run worth noting and certainly collecting in trade or hard cover format (once it becomes available). Snyder's work has been consistently good, which makes buying his comics an easy choice. You know they're going to be good.

The New Avengers #14 - $3.99

I can't pass-up a flagship title for Marvel. Bendis is looking to bounce back after his last story-arc on New Avengers didn't fair well with readers...including me. I have enjoyed the Fear Itself tie-ins which are in ongoing titles like Thunderbolts, Avengers and Invincible Iron Man, so I look forward to seeing if Marvel and Bendis can keep it up with this New Avengers tie-in.


Well, that's it for this week in pulls. Did I miss pickingup anything important? Keep in mind...I'm a Marvel Zombie.