Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Game Time Baby!

Well, I mentioned it last time and here it is. The redonkulous new feature is launching today. Remember byou have to be an Awesomely Cool Member. Now, to qualify for this...aw who am I kidding, the fact that you're even reading this makes you Awesomely Cool in my book. So some of you may or may not know of this, but my buddy Jon and I have been writing these short comics that have turned out hilarious thanks to my pencils. Today's offering was pretty much entirely written by Jon and illustrated by yours truly. The inking process is still a bit wobbly, but we'll get the kinks worked out along the way. Well, enough talk, here you go.

Now these updates probably won't be entirely regular, but we have a lot of scripts done and a lot of ideas still flowing. So, while I make no promises, I'm gonna do my best to get a new one up each wednesday. Let us know what you think of it by posting comments at the bottom, you don't need to be registered, but leaving your name would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, and I look forward to hearin back from my peeps. Oh dear Lord, I just said 'peeps', excuse me while I throw up.

Ok, now that thats out of the way, time for real quick comic reviews. I'm not done all the ones from this week so expect another update later. First, Marvel 616, Astonishing X-Men...just amazing. Joss Whedon continues he and John Cassaday's run with #13 after a several month hiatus and it was worth the wait. If you're a fan of any of Joss' work, or a fan of the X-Men, this is a book worth checking out. We learn more about Emma and Hellfire, and its sure to heat up soon. Next is Amazing Spider-man#529, nothing all that amazing here(pun intended). A new art team is onboard, and while I will miss Mike Deodato, these guys know whats up. Spidey gets his new costume and tries it out, enjoy.

Now Marvel Ultimate, Ultimate Spider-man #90, another solid issue featuring Ultimate Vulture. It's kinda hard to say anything bad about this series except it keeps up the same amount of awesomeness, that I'll be gravely dissapointing when a bad one comes along, if it ever does. Next is Ultimate Deadpool and the countdown to #100 and the breaking of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's record. Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk #2 of 6, great great book, and on time, which is impressive considering its the guy who writes Lost. This goes into how Banner survives the Bomb and gets around. Next issue = super awesome fight scene, I can't wait.

Finally we have DC. Supergirl #5, a premature end to Jeph Loeb's run, but a solid issue that wraps things up nicely and sets the stage for One Year Later. Im not gonna explain what that means here, maybe another time. The tale of the two supergirls is over and itll be interseting to see where the next team takes her.

And thats that. Off to read more comics, and mayhaps draw some more as well...

life's been good to me so far

Sunday, February 19, 2006

I am Batman

Sadly though, I am not millionaire Bruce Wayne, just the kick ass part...although havin lots of money is pretty kick ass, but whatever. I've been a bit addicted to Batman: The Animated Series, which is, and i dont think I'm exaggerating here, the best cartoon ever made. Great story, great art (I love Bruce Timm), and each episode is like a mini movie. And the "Heart of Ice" episode is just amazingly awesome, Mr. Freeze has never been so cool(pun not intended). This is the show that made Batman and actually showed him correctly. No incarnation will ever match up to it.

Well, I figure I'll do a quick rundown of this past week's comics, I know its a bit late, but I've been busy with Batman things. This is a lighter week than last so prepare to read less.

First off is Marvel stuff. We're now past the mid way point on X-Men: Deadly Genesis(4 of 6) which is supposed to be this awful thing that professor Xavier has done in the past, but thus far, nothing is really that awful. I mean, he acts like a bit of a jerk and all, but I don't hate him or anything. Apparently the ending to this issue has been all over the interweb for some time, I never saw it, but it is a bit surprising and it'll be interesting how the fit everything in with continuity. Overall, this issue wasn't as great as previous efforts, but still keeps me interested enough to finish it out. Next is The New Avengers. For those that don't know, the old ones died so now they have "NEW" ones. This was a good read, although a bit out of date with the post "House of M" thing. Click the link and watch the videos with house of m in the title to get caught up on that. It is very cinematic in style and the art is amazing, and Alpha Flight makes a brief appearance...I wont go into the end of said appearance. Nice issue but I'm looking forward to the next one to explain what the hell is going on.

Wow, that was pretty long for just two comics...the IDW ones will be a bit shorter. First the two liscenced products: Transformers: Beast Wars - THe Gathering, longest title possible. It's based on the CGI show from a few years back, which was awesome by the way, and takes place either before all the stuff from the show or after...im not so clear on that one. This wasn't very interesting and I doubt I'll pick up the rest of this mini. Now, Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty, second longest title possible. It's based on the PS2 game from Konami and famed creator Hideo Kojima. Now this is interesting because it makes Raiden somewhat likeable and coolifies the convoluted story from the game. With Fatman taken care of, I'm interested to see where this is gonna go.

Finally we have the comic of the month. I know it's not the end of the month but it doesn't matter: Supermarket. It involves New York (futuristically i think), the Yakuza, a girl whos family is murdered, and some a-freakin-mazing art. Written by Brian Wood(of DMZ fame) this is not one to be missed. Great storytelling sells this book and the characters and Brian Wood is becoming a favorite writer of mine and I'm really diggin IDW.

Well, not quite as short as I'd originally hoped, but there you have it. Now I will be launching a new feature on here soon but you need to be an Awesomely Cool Member to see it. More details on both of them shortly. Well, I'm off to stop the riddler...or something.

a drunkards dream if i ever did see one

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Awesome

I just realized that I refer to a lot of things as awesome, but of course, they are all awesome. Anyway, another comic day has come and gone and I couldn't be happier. Now I realize that anyone reading this pretty much couldn't give two shits about the comics I read, but I figure I can plug my favs. And away we go.

Transformers are back with a new vision. It's only to issue 2 and its fun as hell. Good to know the robots in disguise haven't gone entirely. I'm interested to see where it goes and it appears the big guns (optimus and megatron) are gonna show up soon.

Invincible remains as probably the best superhero comic book in the universe! Think of this as image's response to Spider-man, the every-man who's dad is a superhero and he inherits the powers. There is much more too it with great characterization couopled with great action. Every issue is amazing and this weeks has proved no different. I am further drawn in by the awesomeness that is Robert Kirkman. Everything he writes just oozes of goodness. He's also writing a mini for marvel entitled "Marvel Zombies." It's exactly as it sounds, imagine all your favorite mavel heroes as blood thirsty zombies...good stuff.

Next up we have Supergirl. You know Supergirl, Supermans cousin, pretty much the same except its a girl and she wears a miniskirt. And no, I don't read it for the miniskirt, you weirdo. After a several month hiatus, Jeph Loeb returns with another superb issue. Only two left before he makes the jump to Marvel and he will certainly be missed on this book. Lex Luthor bit off more than he could chew and the stage is set for the two Supergirls to face off. My thoughts and heart go out to Jeph who recently lost his son to cancer and he's more than welcome to take as long as needed to get the next issue out, its gonna be great anyway.

Now for the marvel comics. First the Ultimate universe. For the uninitiated, the ultimate books(x-men, spider-man, etc) are the reinvention of the character we already know. For the most part it's very exciting. Ultimate X-men continues as the awesome Robert Kirkman writes for the second of his (i believe) seven issue stint and its interesting, but in a very good way. I love his take on the X-Men and he seems to be one of the few that realized these are teenagers for the most part and it a breath of fresh air after BKV's more serious run. Ultimate Extinction is the arrival of Galactus(think big dude covered in purple, rolls with silver surfer). It seems like it may be interesting, but has yet to really pick up steam but theres four issues left for that so I have faith.

And finally the Marvel 616 universe, that means the one you know. Cable & Deadpool takes a turn for the serious this issue which is normally filled with hilarity by Deadpool. He takes a backseat in this one as Cable is shown to be smarter than anyone thinks and fights Captain America, good read. Sensational Spider-Man...Was calles Marvel Knights: Spider-Man for issues 1-22 and for the past four it was caught in an outrageously played out crossover "the other" in which he died and came back and gained new powers. Still with me? Ok, now that theres a good writer and an amazing artist(Angel Medina, yes THE Angel Medina...::sigh:: he did spawn) its as good as ever. Its about damn time Spider-Man got back to bein awesome.

Well, that about does it for this week, I may do this regularly, who knows. Time to maybe do something productive...or watch some arrested development, I haven't decided yet.

dont you think you want someone to talk to?