Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Wait, What?

Today was the weirdest comic day of all time. First I get there about 5 minutes late, then there's freakin no one in there. So I think to myself 'self, this is quite odd, o well, better just grab my comics.' I go to my box to find that they pulled NOTHING for me. I should have had about 6 books waiting for me, instead, nada. So I gotta go get all my books myself, which isnt too bad, except they were out of Ultimate Spider-Man. You mean to tell me that the second Deadpool issue is not here? WTF mate? To top it all off, well, ill get to the problems I ran into later in the reviews, speakin of which: enjoy!

Ok, first off I've devised a new way to review books, I came up with a rating of sorts

supercool - can't miss, no reason you shouldn't plunk down your money
superawesome - great book, if your a fan of good stories, you should check it out
superneat - good story, nothing special to go out of your way for, but shouldnt miss if you were plannin on grabbin it
superok - decent at best, not terrible, but maybe best saved for a borrow from a friend
superlame - just plain awful, avoid at all costs

Lets start this off
First is Marvel
X-Men: Deadly Genesis #5 - superawesome
Finally this mini starts to come together and Xavier finally shows and hes...well, i wont ruin it for you. But if that excites you, dont miss out. I'm lookin forward tot he final issue, should be a blast.
The New Avengers: Illuminati - superneat
Intersting explanation of things and leads nicely into Civil War, but not that great of a story and feels a bit rushed. Best part is the three page preview of Civil War #1 in the back.

Now its DC's turn
All Star Superman #3 - superneat
Lays some intersting threads for the rest of the 12 issue(i assume) run. Morrison is the best thing to happen to Superman in a long time and its worth checkin out.
Batman: Year 100 #1&2 - supercool
This book is just amazing. It's like the spiritual sequel to Frank Miller's Return of the Dark Knight. I came a bit late on this one, but if you're a fan of Batman, or great comics in general, do yourself a favor and hunt this one down because it should not be missed by anyone.

Time for indies Mirage is first
Tales of the TMNT #21 - superneat
If you're a fan of old school turtles, this shouldn't be missed. A good story but nothing as spectacular as this series has shown in the past.

Next is Virtigo(which is a DC joint i believe)
DMZ #5 - superawesome
Brian Wood's other book, Supermarket, is my book of the month two months running so i figured Id check out DMZ. This was a very good read with an interesting take on a demilitarized manhattan in the future I assume. Cool story and characters and I may have another book to add to my pull list depending on how the next issue goes.

And finally Image
Invicible #30 - superneat
Kudos to Kirkman finally gettin this book back on schedule. A solid read as always from Kirkman, but not all that amazing, it more just wraps up the previous arc and sets some things in place for a while to come.
Walking Dead #27 - superlame
Well, my copy was anyway. To add to the worst comic day of all time, my copy was misprinted and i got the first half repeated twice. Hopefully full review will be up tomorrow when i replace it. The lesson here is to flip through this book to make sure the whole issue is there before buying it.

Also, a quick update on the comics, finally settled on the next few and started layouts in the ol' noggin. Pencils should be gettin down tomorrow and we should be set for a while.

im gonna play it regardless

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Ah, Spring Break

It's quite a wonderful feeling. A week of nothing. While I don't exactly do much work while school's in session, I feel like less of a slacker when I don't do anything when shool's out. For once im just gonna relax, read some comics, catch up on video games, and sleep lots. It's been a while since the last comic and such, so I'll be using spring break to pencil the next months worth at least so that they can go up in a regular fashion. And it's a bit late, and will include last weeks, but heres some comic reviews.

Lets switch things up by going with DC first this time. Detective Comics #817 and Batman #651, parts one and two of 'Face the Face' arc which is 8 parts and crosses over both titles. I believe it all ends with the return of Two Face, who had his face fixed, but it turns out, he's still nuts. Good reads overall, nice feeling to them. Really the first good batman story ive read in a long while. Now, Infinite Crisis: Secret Files, sheds some light on what happened between the last crisis and this one. And interesting read that fills in some gaps, but nothing sensational.

Now for Marvel, New Avengers #17, great read, great art, starts to make some sense out of what will lead into Civil War. Plus Deodato is handlin the art so im a bit biased here. Next, two Spider-men, Friendly Neighborhood #6, Peter David continues to prove why he should write a spider-man series. This one feels a bit disjointed and I was sad to see that Wieringo didn't handle the interiors, but Cruz does a good enough job. Amazing #530, this really leads into Civil War, I mean, on the cover it says "Road to Civil War". Tony and Pete go to Washington to talk about the superhuman registration act, and then spidey's new costume gets an upgrade. Pretty good read, but feels more like its trying to hard to be a civil war lead in than a good spidey story. Now the Ultimate line, only one this time: Ultimate X-Men, Kirkman finishes off his first 3 part arc amazingly and Tom Raney does great on art. I'm loving his take and theres a nice twist at the end. Also, it was announced at Wizard World in LA that he will be the new permanent writer for UXM in the near future. This makes me a happy nerd.

Now, Kirkman had another book come out, this one through Image: Walking Dead. This series is definately starting to pick up steam again and leads to a very interesting revelation which should push this title to greater goodness.

Finally we have IDW, Supermarket #2 is out and its amazing. Brian Wood does it again and the art is just great. I think I'm going to have to name this book of the month two months in a row unless something blows me away next week. There is not reason you should be missing this one. Next we have Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty #5, its starting to take some liberties on the story in the game which is cool. Not the best read if you don't know the game, but if you're a fan, check it out.

Everything should be back on schedule after Spring Break so expect some more hilarity to come by way of comic and rambling posts. Oh, also I may start reviewing video games here to so you can look forward to that. Until next time, I'll be the blue guy stealing everyone's weapon.

it was gonna happen anyway

Monday, March 20, 2006

The ALL NIGHTER

No new comic here, no comic reviews, right now its about 330am and theres no end in sight to my work. It appears this will be my first real all nighter. Yup, three years of college almost gone and this is my first, also the first time I ever drank coffee, nuts huh? So anyway, ive decide to chronicle the events of the night cause i thought it might be funny.

1150pm - started to get tired so decided to take the plunge. walked up to dunkin donuts and bought my first coffee ever: french vinilla.

1230am - finally settled down to start workin on my AI project thats due in about 34 hours

2am - coffee almost gone and i just realized the the last hour and a half of work was useless so i have to start all over again. also, computer starts bein super gay and i have to restart it

215am - caffiene kicks into high gear and i go nuts for a good 15-30 mins

300am - still goin nuts on caffiene, but settles enough to get lots of work done

330am - all work done between 300am and now doesnt work, gotta debug this mothafucka

335am - just realized work done between 300-330 useless, starting over #2

400am - finally have something working, but still have a ways to go before i can get to sleepy sleeps. also caffiene high starting to crash, feel tired in head region, but eyes refuse to shut, which is good cause i need to stay awake

415am - just realized i stopped my music about 45mins ago when i went to the bathroom, turned it back on and opened bag of black pepper jack doritos to try and fill in for the loss of caffiene

437am - startin to lose it, tryin to do a bit of exercise to stay awake, though not certain i could fall asleep if i wanted to. listenin to dropkick murphys in hopes that the upbeat musica will help

445am - losin focus big time, steppin outside for a few in hopes the cold will wake me back the hell up

500am - goin outside definately worked, but now im just confused as to what this next part of the project is askin me to do, o well, back to work. plus its 5am, this is new territory for me

530am - half hour till sunrise, too close for AI, im switchin to JAVA

600am - final entry. got nearly no JAVA done, just losin it all around. AI still needs some work, but got a lot out of the way. finally gonna get a bit of rest, lookin like 3-4 hours worth, then back to work. Well, this has been quite the event for me, ill have to do it again sometime, though hopfully not too soon. Hiya there mr. sun, now go away so i can sleep

no he never returned

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

New and Colorified

Well its finally here. The new Comic is upon us. I know it took a bit longer than I had planned, but I think it was worth it. This one is colored and inked using the same technique as the last one. Hopefully when it becomes more feasible, some real inks will be gettin laid down. Now for a bit of explanation about the comic, in the Resident Evil series, no matter how fucked up you were, if you ate one of the magical herbs, you'd be cured. That's all you need to know. I'm hoping to get the next comic up by friday so I can be back on schedule by next wed, but I just realized I have yet to settle on a script. I'll prob be able to get it down tomorrow though once I make a decision.

Now that that's out of the way, I'd like to rant about this whole 'One Year Later' bidness that DC is tryin to pull. Basically, after this whole 'Infinite Crisis' thing ends, all the comics jump a year ahead(hence the name). However, the OYL arcs have launched while there are still two IC issues to go. I don't really get it. Oh, also, after IC ends, 52 starts, which is a weekly comic chronicling the year that was lost, which was apparently a year without the big three: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. While I've been very skeptical about this, considering DC has the worst delays ever, I picked up the first Batman OYL(Detective Comics #817). You win DC, it's awesome. Gordon's all like 'bat signal' and Batman and Robin are all like 'lets kick some old school ass.' It just feels like that Batman of yore when he just went out and was a detective and was awesome, before the whole emo Batman thing. I'll be getting it, at least until this arc ends, and I'll be giving 52 a try. Let's hope for once I'm wrong and it's all awesome. A tip of the hat to you DC, apparently you're not all idiots.

i like mine with lettuce and tomato

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Well Poo

Ok, so by the time I got back, I forgot where I was goin with that whole 'arcades are dead' rant. If I ever remember, it'll find it's way here, cause that's the only way any one will bother to listen to me rant about arcades. So the comic is still not done, but I have a good reason aside from all that school crap. It's about three times as large as the previous two and its more action oriented. Also, I'm gonna try and see if my brother can ink it and I'm goin to try and color it too. So depending on how long this whole process takes, I may or may not continue getting it inked or colored. It's all part of the process that you get to suffer through along with me. I wish I had one of those crazy awsome tablet things. The guys a Penny Arcade use one of them and their shit looks awesome. I just love the inking done on it, talk about your nerdgasms. You will be happy to learn I am forgoing any sort of work to finish this comic by the end of the weekend so I'm in like crunch mode or something.

Alright, now it was a light comic week so reviews are gonna be short, and considering they're late, thats probably a good thing.

First off Marvel(which has a newly redesigned website, really cool stuff, you should check it out). A pair of Spider-Men this week, first up is Sensational. Angel Medina continues to make this book look amazing. The story is intriguing even though I really have no idea if it has much more direction than 'person A' fights 'person B'. But this arc has a way to go so hopefully it'll make more sense as time goes on. And the way it ends is pretty shocking. Overall, a decent book, but still better than Hudlin's run on Marvel Knights, and as sad as it makes me to say, better than the last issue of Amazing. Now Ultimate Spider-Man. You don't realize how spoiled you are reading a consistently awesome comic until you come across a dud, or in this case, come off of a dud arc and into an awesome one(Silver Sable was a really weak arc, just admit it). Bendis does great again and throwing Kitty in there never hurts. This is the first appearance of Ultimate Deadpool and it does not dissapoint. I just can't wait for the banter next issue.

Now a bit of indie stuff. IDW's Transformers: Infiltration, another solid issue with some action and good plot movement. I still can't figure out everyone's freakin name, I mean most of them look identical aside from a few colors. Anyway, it is definately picking up speed and this looks like it will go down with the Marvel Transformers as some of the best stories told. Next is Invincible. I have made no attempt to hide my love for Robert Kirkman and he does it again in this issue. If you hate blood and gore, please for God's sake do not pick this one up. Great read from start to finish and I always yell at this comic when it ends. I'm glad to see this getting back on schedule and you should be picking this one up.

Lastly is DC Vertigo's American Virgin. From the bible belt to the chastity belt as the cover says. A solid read and sets things up for the rest of the mini. I can't say much without spoiling it, but it's about a virgin who is proud of it and things start to fall apart around him. I'm definately on for the next issue

Well, a bit longer than anticipated, but that's what happens. I'll be back in a few days(hopefully) with the new comic up and perhaps some more to rant about.

any love is good love

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Oopsies

Well, this weeks comic is gonna be late. Sorry bout that, but I've got way too much extra (read: school) work to get done. So I'm guessing that will be up by friday or so and then I should be back on schedule by next Wednesday. Instead of a hilarious comic that will leave you in stitches, here comes a hilarious post.

It's a fact that makes me sad, but I'm not so sure many people feel the same way. The arcade is gone. No longer can you go to a darkened room full of flashing light and games all around. That was always my favorite part of goin anywhere that was remotely near an arcade. Somehow it would pull me in, like some sort of mystical force that is in everything around us...but that's all gone now. Any arcade I used to frequent has since been shut down and replaced with some store or something with one pac-man machine. I miss walking up to capcom vs. marvel machine and destroying whoever was at the other side and havin his posse flip out that this little kid just schooled him. That's gotta be the thing I miss most, hanging out and playin games with people you don't really know, but they sure as hell know how move a joystick and push some buttons. Huh, that doesn't sound right. Oh well, I'll just let it go. Oops again, it appears its comic time, be back later to finish this rant and get some comic reviews goin.

the old account was settled long ago

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Even You can be a HERO

Well, apparently no one knows who Uwe Boll is. Damn non-nerds. Anyway, today's comic deals with some fears I have involving letting some of my friends play my most cherished game. Oh, and I've used a different technique for the inking of this one and I think it looks hella better. Also, if anyone feels they can color these things, and wants to, drop me a line because I'm no good at that sorta thing.

Well, this week marks the 20th anniversary of the nation-wide launch of the NES in the good ol' USA. I know I've been playin a bunch of mario and megaman, not to mention some TMNT. I suggest you do the same, cause without the NES, we wouldn't have the wonder that is Guitar Hero, and for that it gets mad props. I know I've never been happier that I bought an NES a number of years back after my first one was given away. It's hard to explain, but those games just have the charm that a lot of today's games lack.

Damn, now I know I had more to talk about, but it escapes me now. Comic reviews will be up later today since it is before noon right now and comics come out then. Although, here's one to hold you over: V for Vendetta #1 - It's so awesome I can't put it into words. Watchmen is mainly what Alan Moore is known for, but this is such a departure from that. Also with the movie coming out soon, you may want to check it out, it'll be worth it, trust me. OK, be back later for today's more up to date reviews.

UPDATE:

Comic review time: First up is Marvel. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man #5, the first Peter David book since "The Other"(as is the other spider-man crossover you shouldn't bother with). This thing is just great. Peter was made to write Spider-man and Miek Wieringo's art matches the writing style perfectly. Nice to see that at least 2 of 3 spider-man series are doin good. Next we have a double shot from my favorite writer Robert Kirkman. Marvel Zombies #4 continues the tale of a zomified marvel universe, this issue is a bit weaker than the previous 3 but still a good read. I'm lookin forward to the final issue of this mini to see how it all ends. Then theres Marvel Team-Up #18, the finale to the 'League of Losers' arc. I loved this from the beginning and it ends in a very satisfying, although suprising way. We can only hope Kirkman gets more Marvel work soon.

Ultimate Marvel is next. Only one this week and that is Ultimates 2 #10. This is consistently the best Ultimate book available, sadly delays have hurt this series as it seems to be months and months in between releases. This is a great issue and it's definately reaching a breaking point. Helloooooo glorious action sequence that is sure to happen in next issue. Hopefully that comes within the next 4 weeks.

Finally we have DC. Batman Annual #25 explains Jason Todd's return, leaving nothing to question. Finally we have an answer as to why Batman's second Robin is back kickin ass. Good stuff all around. Then we have Infinite Crisis #5. It's always interesting how they try to make something to attract new readers when you need to know years of continuity to make any sense of this mini. I do the continuity and if you take the time to figure some things out, this is definately worth a read. And those eagle-eyed among you will recognize the one page spreads that reflect Crisis on Infinite Earths when Supergirl died, and Action Comics #1. Good nerd service for us. If you've been readin this all along, this shouldn't be missed, but please, for God's sake, don't try and jump on here. Oh and this is supposed to shove the DC universe into 'One Year Later.' Yeah, good luck with that.

a modern-day warrior