Friday, May 3, 2013

Powerful Panels - Polarity #1

Jorge Coelho, artist of Boom! Studios new Polarity mini-series, creates some wonderfully fun hipster designs. Check out the panels below and pick out your favorite art-show hister! (Note: I did not point out Alexis and Lily...that's actually in the comic.)

Polarity #1 - Art Show Hipsters - 365 Days of Comics
Polarity #1 - Art Show Hipsters (Click to enlarge)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Powerful Panels - Chris Samnee Daredevil #25

I feel bad for the blind. They never get to see Chris Samnee's art. Check out these Daredevil #25 panels which Samnee has graciously released to the world.
Daredevil #25 - Bearings - 365 Days of Comics
Samnee's panel makes me dizzy just looking at it! Great visual story-telling.

Daredevil #25 - Senses - 365 Days of Comics
The senses are captured brilliantly in this broken image panel. (Click to enlarge)

Jebus, Chris Samnee is talented.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fans Don't Care About Kevin Feige

I saw the banner below on Marvel.com, today.

Fans Don't Care About Kevin Feige - 365 Days of Comics
We get it...Kevin Feige works on the Marvel movies.
Someone has to say it already. Fans don't care about Kevin Feige.

I understand, based on way too many interviews with Kevin Feige, that Feige has been very instrumental to the Marvel movie success. I get that. I just don't care.

He's a producer. Not an actor. Not the writer. Not the director. Not even the concept artist. He's a producer. Producers may be important to the final product actually getting made, but they are not cool to interview unless they are former celebrity actors, writers or directors. The greater population just doesn't care about the producer.

Beyond the status of Feige, we've just seen and heard from him way too much already. Please Marvel, leave your wizard behind the curtain. Fans are tired of hearing about how great and powerful he is. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dom's Digital Purchases - April 10, 2013

Uncanny Avengers #6 - 365 Days of Comics
Uncanny Avengers #6
These are the comic books I bought digitally, today (4/10/2013) through Comixology.com. I have yet to read any, so I'll shoot-out a few reviews later this week.

Purchased Today:


Batman and Robin #19 - $2.99

Harbinger #11 - $3.99

Harbinger Wars #1 - $3.99

Batman #19 - $3.99

Uncanny Avengers #6 - $3.99

Age of Ultron #5 (of 10) - $3.99

Hawkeye #9 - $2.99

Avengers #9 - $3.99

Thor: God of Thunder #7 - $3.99

Theremin #1 - $.99 (digital first/only book)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Thanos Rising #1 (of 5)

Thanos Rising #1 - 365 Days of Comics
Thanos Rising #1
Not a huge fan.

Not of Thanos, but of Thanos Rising #1.

Like many children of the late 80's and early 90's, I love Marvel's The Infinity Gauntlet series. Not only does Thanos prove to be a bad-ass, but he also proves to be capable of love and hate...just like me! We're basically the same person. Or so I thought until I read Thanos Rising #1.

Based on the events that take place early in Thanos' life, as documented by Jason Aaron in Thanos Rising #1, Thanos was a strange kid who liked to draw (similar to me, so far so good), who's mother hated him (okay this is where we vary), and who eventually avenged the deaths of his friends by murdering a bunch of lizards (and similar again).

After reading issue one I have decided that I like a large bulky Thanos, not a skinny little lizard hater.

Jason Aaron's plotting is good enough, but the story he has to tell is boring. Simone Bianchi's art, on the other gauntletless hand, is not doing it for me. His figures look a bit off and their faces all seem doll like or lifeless. Lifeless works for Thanos, but not the other characters. In fact, I really enjoy the cover of Thanos' face. Bianchi has it in him, he just didn't put it in Thanos Rising #1.

Thanos Rising #1 - Rating 6/10 - Skip It

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Superior Spider-Man #7

The Superior Spider-Man #7 - 365 Days of Comics
The Superior Spider-Man #7
The Spider-Man crew over at Marvel has been getting a lot of flack since their killing of Peter Parker, er...suppressing of Peter Parker? It's hard to say what exactly the real Peter Parker is theses days. He's like a soul or spirit that is tied to his old body, which is now also occupied and controlled by Doctor Octopus. Anyway, regardless of what Pete is now, he is involved in an interesting era of Spider-Man comic books.

Some Spoilers ahead...though it's not really an issue where spoilers matter. (You can skip the next 2 paragraphs)

The Superior Spider-Man #7 feels like the beginning of the end for Doctor Octopus in Pete/Spider-Man's body. Pete's spirit is discovering that he may actually be able to have an effect on his former body. In previous issues, Pete has tried yelling at Otto from the spirit world (or whatever), but Otto has not been able to hear or feel Pete. Issue #7 marks the first time Pete is heard by Otto, in Otto's head. Also, The Superior Spider-Man #7 marks the first time Pete is able to actually move Otto's body (which is really Pete's).

Otto notices something is off, but unfortunately for him, he is unable to figure out what exactly is happening because Otto/Spider-Man is urgently called for, by the Avengers. The Avengers have known Spider-Man for a long time and they too sense something is awry. When they call Spider-Man for an intervention regarding his brutal behavior towards criminals lately, Spider-Man gets aggressive and the beginning of a battle ensues.

Dan Slott, The Superior Spider-Man writer, does a fine job with The Superior Spider-Man #7. At this point in the story most of the fun is tied up in:
  • Finding out just how aggressive and brutal Otto can be.
  • Finding out if Pete will be able to effect Otto from the spirit world.
  • Finding out if anyone (including the Avengers) will find out that Otto has tagged-in as Spider-Man.
  • Reading the Otto-Spider-Man's dialog. He speaks a lot like Otto so he often uses terminology which is goofy or very awkward for other characters to react to.
Slott has been criticized by so many "Spidey fans" for killing Peter Parker, but The Superior Spider-Man carries on the idea that Pete is still sort of alive. It just seems like a story about Pete losing control, and trying to gain it again. In some ways it feels like when Pete started using the symbiot. Pete started acting differently and lost control of who he was. Same thing...kind of.

Thanks to Dan Slott, I'm looking forward to Peter Parker's future for the first time in years.

Art wise...well, here's the thing. When I was getting back into comic books it was around Marvel's Civil War event. I really loved Humberto Ramos' art on Wolverine and the over-exaggerated character thing worked for me, at that time. Over the years I got burned out on the style. It's not bad, just not my thing anymore. Admittedly though, I thought his work on The Superior Spider-Man #7 was toned down and worked a little better for me. Then again, I could just be extremely interested in the story and thus anything that touches the story is great.

Oh, and before I score the book...Cardiac. Yes! I loved Cardiac back in the Mark Bagley days of The Amazing Spider-Man. It's nice to see the character used again. Thanks, Slott.

Cardiac - The Superior Spider-Man #7 - 365 Days of Comics
Cardiac - The Superior Spider-Man #7

The Superior Spider-Man #7 - Rating: 8.5/10 - Recommended Read



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Age of Ultron #4 - Hiya Dragon Backpack

Did anyone else catch the Dragon Balls Z reference in Age of Ultron #4?

Age of Ultron #4 - Hiya Dragon Backpack - 365 Days of Comics
Age of Ultron #4 - Hiya Dragon Backpack (click to enlarge image)

Task Master is wearing a Hiya Dragon backpack. Hiya Dragon was Gohan's (Goku's son) flying option. Hiya Dragon was basically Gohan's Nimbus Cloud. Check out the video below for reference.



If the backpack actually references something else, please let me know. Thanks!

Dom's Digital Purchases - April 3, 2013

All New X-Men #10 - Stuart Immonen Cover - 365 Days of Comics
All New X-Men #10 - Stuart Immonen Cover
These are the comic books I bought digitally, today (4/3/2013) through Comixology.com. I've only read a couple of them so far, but I'll shoot-out a mini review for each in a day or so. You'll notice some of the issues I purchased came out a month, or so, ago. I buy some issues a month later for the $1 digital discount. Get some!

Purchased Today:


Age of Ultron #4 (of 10) - $3.99

All New X-Men #10 - $3.99

Green Arrow #18 - $1 Off (Last Month's Issue) - $1.99

Superior Spider-Man #7 - $3.99

Thanos Rising #1 (of 5) - $3.99

Guardians of the Galaxy: Infinite Comic #3 - Free!


Waiting for $1 Cheaper - Next Month Purchases:


Green Arrow #19

Harbinger Wars #1

As I mentioned above, mini reviews will come shortly.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hickman's Avenger Titles are Starting to Connect

Did anyone else catch that the panel on the last page in New Avengers #3 (this past Wednesday) was seen in a panel from the opening of Avengers #1, from a couple of months ago? I'm so excited! Jonathan Hickman's stories are starting to connect. You know Hickman has a long large story planned out for the Avengers. This is just the beginning...
New Avengers #3 - Jonathan Hickman - 365 Days of Comics
New Avengers #3 - The Illuminati wipes Cap's memory!
The second to last panel was first seen below, in Avengers #1.
Avengers #1 - Jonathan Hickman - 365 Days of Comics
Avengers #1 - Cap wakes from something like a "bad dream."
After re-reading the Avengers #1 page, I'm actually thinking that maybe Captain America knows that he didn't just experience a bad dream. Maybe Cap knows something is up and doesn't want to put his cards on the table just yet. Since Cap says that the experience he just had was "something like" a "bad dream" he could be implying that what he experienced was so horrible it should only take place in things such as "bad dreams."

We've just been Hickmaned!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

On The Same Page: Hawkeye

I think it's fair to say that 7 issues in, Hawkeye has become Marvel Comics' best comic book.

Hawkeye #7 Wow - 365 Days of Comics
Hawkeye #7 - Wow, Unbelievably Good
I know. I know. Labeling a comic book "best" is a tricky thing. It's like when someone asks, "what's your favorite movie?" Movies are liked based on factors like your current mood, how much weight you give a specific genre and so many other factors. I usually end up giving a list of 3 to 5 movies in no particular order:
  • Young Frankenstein
  • The Longest Yard
  • Sandlot
  • A Goofy Movie
  • The Hustler
That's off the top of my head.

Clearly no one would argue that A Goofy Movie is a better film than a masterpiece like On the Waterfront, but when it comes to what I would more want to watch again and again...A Goofy Movie trumps Brando's classic every time.

Personally, I look forward to other books coming out more than Hawkeye. Hawkeye is not even my favorite Marvel comic, but I can recognize that Hawkeye is Marvel's most quality monthly title available.

Matt Fraction writes for a team of amazing artists including: David Aja, Javier Pulido, Jesse Hamm, Steve Lieber and Matt Hollingsworth. All of which have carried the same engaging tone from issue to issue. I give Hollingsworth a lot of the connective credit since he has colored every issue making the illustrators' work seem seamless from month to month. Hollingsworth's pallet of colors has kept the book feeling grounded in the real world while also adding a bit of fun and warmth to the Hawkeye world. The whole book is muted in purple hues and specific purple shirts, dresses, curtains, gloves and so much more are highlighted and brought to the forefront of the readers eye. Visually, this book is completely Hawkeye due to Matt Hollingsworth. I would be stunned if he was not nominated for an Eisner Award for his work.

Oh yeah...Matt Fraction. This book is really the tale of two Matts. While Holls holds down the visual tone, Fraction creates a less than fantastical world for a normal Bronx good-guy who just so happens to help save the world in between issues. Fraction's tagline on the credits page for Hawkeye is: "This is what he does when he's not being an Avenger." Fraction has Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, helping people in his apartment complex pay for rent, stopping a criminal circus group and helping a neighbor's family deal with hurricane Sandy...all while being a mentor to a young female Hawkeye, Kate Bishop.

Fraction's most recent Hawkeye #7 was particularly touching. Clint aids a neighbor in keeping his old stubborn father safe from hurricane Sandy. When the neighbor's father's house is flooded and picture memories of the neighbor's deceased mother are washed away, Clint helps the father and son realize they have what's important: each other. Kate on the other hand aids a friend's mother by trying to get some much needed medication during the events right after Sandy hit New Jersey. When Kate is blindsided by some drug store looters, a group of Jersey residents come to her aid.

Hawkeye #7 S'okay - 365 Days of Comics
Hawkeye #7 - S'okay
 Fraction writes in Hawkeye #7: "The world comes crumbling down around you and everybody just pulled together tighter."

Beautiful.

If you've read Hawkeye, one issue or the complete run so far, then we're on the same page. Hawkeye is Marvel Comics' best comic book.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Overrated Comic Book of the Week: Young Avengers #1

I don't get it.

Initially, I held off on buying this book because the creative team didn't blow me away, and I'm not always into Marvel titles dedicated to just the younger heroes. But after hearing great things about the issue from a website I enjoy and trust, iFanboy.com (who also had it as their pick of the week), I gave it a chance.

I bought it digitally through the Comixology app, as I always buy comics these days, and was pleasantly surprised to see that after 2 days Young Avengers #1 already had a 4 star rating with over 200 reviews through Comixology.

And time!

It was a quick read. More importantly...I just didn't care about most of the characters. I was kind of excited to see Noh-Varr in the book since he is a powerful character that I latched onto after Grant Morrison's mini-series introducing him. But he is only in the first few pages and he's mostly just dancing and singing (except in a 2-page spread...see below).

Two of the other boys in the issue, Hulking and Wiccan, have a cliche argument about being who they are gifted to be which wastes like 5 pages, while kid Loki and Marvel's young Spanish-speaking Wonder Woman knock-off (drawn much better by Nick Dragotta in Vengeance) have a random confrontation on Hulking and Wiccan's house. Oh and the end is shocking!...if you care about non powered characters that aren't really important to the future of this comic book.

Young Avengers #1 was just very blah to me. I didn't care what was going on and I'm not excited that this issue cost $3.99. The writing was dull and the art, except for one of the 2-page spreads (see below), was bland and boring.

To be fair to the creators, I will give the first few issues a chance. I didn't care for the book, but sometimes stories don't really take shape until 3 to 5 issues in. Maybe the book gets better... Hopefully.

Until then, these are the only 2 pages I enjoyed. It's actually a pretty sick layout. Props to Jamie McKelvie on this spread. Let's see more of this in the future.

Young Avengers #1 - Noh-Varr - 365 Days of Comics
Young Avengers #1 - 2-page spread (Click for Larger View)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What's With Strong Guy's Eyes?

X-Factor #1 (vol.2) - Strong Guy's Eyes - 365 Days of Comics
X-Factor #1 (vol.2) - Strong Guy's Eyes

Are they some type of glasses? Are his eyes mechanical? I honestly do not know what's up with Strong Guy's eyes!

Anyone?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Time to Get a Tablet - Lookouts

Lookouts #1 - May We Die In The Forrest - 365 Days of Comics
Lookouts #1 - May We Die In The Forrest
Most comic books you can buy online, through Comixology and other digital retailers, can also be found in physical form; however, some comic books are produced solely for digital consumption. Among the digital only comic books there are a few gems that unfortunately do not get as much attention from the larger comic review websites. Since the digital only comics reach is limited to those with digital readers, such as tablets, a review for them may get less attention by browsers. Well, I don't have a full on website and my main reader is my mother, so I could care less about reviewing books that are popular or wide spread.

Lookouts

To get my attention, or a possible purchase, digital only comic must possess at least 2 of the following criteria.
  • Only $.99
  • Unique and/or interesting art
  • Created by a writer I like or respect
  • Created by an artist I like or respect
  • Has a very unique idea that's conveyed in the 3 sentence preview
  • Has at least a 4 star rating with over 100 reviews on Comixology
Lookouts #1 fit 3 of the above points (only $.99, interesting art and 4 star reviews by a lot of readers), so I gave the digital only comic book a shot. I was happy I did.

Lookouts is a wonderfully fun comic which follows a group of young village protectors in training as they learn the ropes from their wise eye-patched instructor. The world of Lookouts is a fictional past in which goofy bridge trolls and large vicious sphinx can only be passed with a riddles. The sword is wielded but experience and intelligence is valued and conveyed as important in Lookouts, which makes the digital comic book great for children.

The best part about Lookouts is the amazing art. The lively characters penciled by Robb Mommaerts all have distinctive looks, especially the large bubbling troll the young Lookouts face in issues #2 and #3. Mommaerts also does a splendid job with the backgrounds and general scenery. The opening page on issue #2 is worthy of being framed (by use of an Aaron Brothers coupon of course...framing is expensive!)...it's that good.
Lookouts #2 - Bridge Troll - 365 Days of Comics
Lookouts #2 - Bridge Troll (Click for Larger Pic)
Of course Robb Mommaerts' work is heightened thanks to the tone-perfect coloring by Rainer Petter and the crisp ink work displayed by Mike Norton. This team has created a display that fits the bright digital format and makes excellent use of the platform which it exists.

If you're looking for a beautiful book...checkout Lookouts. If you're looking for a fun book...checkout Lookouts. If you're looking for a book that your kids can actually have downloaded on their tablet...checkout Lookouts. Just get this book already. Jeez.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Amazing Spider-Man #121 - Losing My Gwen Stacy

The Amazing Spider-Man #121 - 365 Days of Comics
The Amazing Spider-Man #121
Recently I have lost a person I love. I didn't literally put her somewhere and forgot where I had put her. She also didn't get murdered by an evil villain, such as in the issue to your right. She is just gone from my life. I've been feeling kind of like Peter Parker felt when he lost Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man #121: sad and angry. But supposedly...those feelings will pass.

When my Gwen was around, I was very happy; and so, in honor of the times I got to spend with my Gwen I thought it would be nice to start doing something that always made me happy, posting fun segments about comics, again. Sometimes loss can help one find their creativity, so we'll see if I can get back to some goofy light hearted reviews of comic books and comic culture. After all, Pete was able to go on and do some good after he lost Gwen. Why can't I?

For my Gwen.

- Dom