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DC Comics- Batwoman #1 – Review- A Few Thoughts

 

I have to admit , even though she’s been around for almost 10 years now, this is my first Batwoman book that I’ve actually read. By “She” I mean of course this incarnation of Batwoman in the form of Kate Kane. The book itself is not a bad jumping on point for new readers. The story  does focus on some events from a previous series, but they don’t overly impact where the story goes in its 1rst issue.

James T Tynion IV & Marguerite Bennett have plotted and written a pretty good first chapter that has very much a globe trotting feel to it with just a tinge of James Bond .The interaction between the characters and the characters own inner dialogue flows well and they even manage to bring in a bit of domesticated banter concerning the dishes that worked in the moment.

I was left with more questions than answers with this book and I’m not sure if that was by design, or not having access to back history of the character. If by design it was well done, if not,” meh”, that’s my fault for not getting here earlier.

The art by Steven Epting was fantastic. I have a soft spot for his work, as I really loved his run on the Avengers in the early 90’s.His run with Ed Brubaker on Captain America also stands out as a fav of mine. He knows how to draw the world of shadowy espionage and his style was well suited to this book .

I’ll probably end up picking the 2nd issue up off the shelf as I have to many books in my pull list now, but if the 2nd issue is as well done I’ll probably end up adding the series.

I did find it a bit odd that the series was listed as “Teen plus”….there’s no blood letting or cursing. Is this due to her being………a badass? A Lesbian Badass? Either way, if you’re previous fan this series seems off to a good start, or if you’re looking for a book with a strong female lead this might be for you. Cheers.

Writers- Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV

Art – Steve Epting

Colors – Jeremy Cox

 

 

 

Pre-Trailers for Justice League movie

 

The real one is dropping this Saturday. This is to only tease you. Are you teased yet? I actually find these more annoying than teasing but it’s content so here we go.

1rst one shows some decent shots of Aquaman with trident in hand. He looks every bit the part of Aquaman. I say he LOOKS the part. I haven’t heard him really channel any dialogue just yet

The 2nd one is Batman taking center stage and has some pretty good shots too. The first one has kind of a “300” look to it and the other is of the Batmobile in a retreating stance, guns blazing(That was worth your 20 seconds right there).

And there you have it

Kingpin- Book 2-Marvel Comics – Review

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed the first book in this series, and had been looking forward to reading the follow -up. Matthew Rosenberg(writer) continues to flesh out the characters at a steady enough pace to move the story along, while giving the readers a chance to see a side of the Kingpin that we may not have seen yet. We know he had a strong emotional attachment to his wife Vanessa, but we may not have seen his sense of almost “Robin Hood’ like charity to those less fortunate, and his connection to them. We all have a wounded child inside of us…..even the Kingpin.

We’re reminded that even though the Kingpin may want to present himself in a different light , many vestiges of his past may not want the world to forget exactly who he is. They come in 3 forms in this 2 nd chapter. The underworld around him, the politics around him and the hook for the next issue. This hook comes in the form of an appearance I was hoping would be held off for a few more issues. I suspect this may have been a corporate decision to go in this direction so soon and I was looking forward to this book having a more “solo” feel to it for just a bit longer.

One of the main characters of this book “Sarah” is showing more depth in 2 issues then some other Marvel characters have been receiving in 10 issues thanks to Rosenberg’s attention to character building.It seems she’ll be playing a lead role for quite some time, so the fact she is being fleshed out so well is good building on Rosenberg’s part.

Ben Torres art once again helped convey a well written story .Subtle changes in facial expressions from panel to panel can say so much. Especially where more complex emotions have to be conveyed instead of, for example, just a simple toned battle scene. When you can feel emotions changing panel to panel that to me is a sign of good work.

I noticed Colorist Johnathan Boyd used more Black and whites and fleshier tones when colouring the panels this time. Gave it kind of “Sin City” vibe to it which matched the story subject and surrounding subplots.

If there was one small critique of the book I could find it would have been the use of the “Underworld” figures that they did use, and in the context that they used them. Would have liked to have seen that confrontation on a more private level.

Still, a very good outing and I’m enjoying the series very much so far. Looking forward to the next issue.

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg

Artist: Ben Torres

Color Artist: Johnathan Boyd

Letterer: Travis Lanham

 

Holy Grails of the Comic world …….Prologue

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Every collector genre has their own holy grail, or grails. Those cards, albums, videogames etc  that instantly when you mention them, there is a universal glimmer of recognition. Had an experience like that just last night.

As many of you know, Wednesday is new comic book day. When we the faithful, head in   to see what wonders wait in store for us.Waiting until the weekend is insanity to us, weekend warriors be damned. A few of us had converged in the comics section(Both new and back issues) and were buzzing like school girls about the weeks events and what was to come.(Not one of us is under 40, and would look mostly terrible to pigtails….mostly).

Suddenly, the nefarious “Mr. L” who runs our Mecca of Marvels, our Dominion of DC, our Institution of Images, our Zenith of Zenescop—-well you get the idea. Anyway, he beckoned us over to see something on his hi- def 23 inch(maybe?) PC Monitor and there we stood ……our brains slowing wrapping around what we were seeing. Gathered like schoolboys at what was pixelated in front of us.

This was Nirvana. There on the screen before us was Avengers#1 thru 6 (1963), Daredevil #1,(1963), Amazing Spider-man(1963) and Amazing Fantasy #15(1962).These were REALLY nice looking books. You could see the minor chipping(very minor) and a few creases but these books had some of tightest spines I had seen in a long while…….I need a moment.

Okay, I’m back. We looked on in awe for a moment and then the questions began “Are those yours?”…..”Where did they come from?”……”Wow, really?”…..”No, a guy brought them in in a plastic bag”…….Yup folks. These gems showed up at the comic shop of my choice in a simple plastic bag. What followed was a pretty cool story you only hear about once every 5 years or so………

 

 

Wait a minute…………………………this is too long to type out l. Make you a deal(A mantra of dealers everywhere). John”Stoney” Burke on I are gonna chat about this on the podcast next Wednesday Mar.2nd(with commentary hopefully from “Mr.L”.) and then I’ll update this post to give an abbreviated version of what went on…. pop back …..or listen in….your call.

Some of the nicest spines…….ever.

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Elektra #1 – 2017 Marvel Comics Review.

 

 

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Writer: Matt Owens

Pencilled: Alec Morgan

Cover Artist:(Special mention) Elizabeth Torque

 

 

I’ve always been a fan of #1’s when they introduce a villain who was NOT a main stay of this hero’s gallery of Rogues. It gives a chance for the book to go in a fresh direction I think. Gives it a chance to explore new skills, relationships and memories of our lead character. Marvel did that with this #1.To the best of my knowledge Elektra has not faced off against this multi issue story arc villain.

However one of main problems with it was anyone who even a had average knowledge of Marvel history, could have guessed the mystery of who this villain is in the first few panels. Great for new readers…not so great for us Vets:).Before I go any further I should state I loved this cover. Feminine yet rugged. Great effort by artist Elizabeth Torque.Really Well done .

The story itself was one of getting lost in lights of sin city and realizing you picked a hell of a town to try to get away from the corruption of humanity. It’s touches on depravity that goes on in shadows that most of us never see…….it also was a lot less dramatic than I’m making it seem. Matt Owens never really pulled me in with this story. There was nothing new that I didn’t feel that I hadn’t heard before in other storylines. Some of the characters seemed far more over the top then they should have been, and the hook to have me come back for issue two just wasn’t there.

The pencils on this issue also left a bit to be desired for me. If there was such a term as Mannequinish(there’s not, I checked)I would probably place hold it in  a bit here. I suppose I should state in full disclosure that I could not draw a bath, BUT, to me a well drawn character can say so much without saying much at all. A cocked, eyebrow, A furrowed forehead, the stretch of crows feet when a character smiles , a quivering lip, a watering eye all are able to convey sometimes more emotion then 20 words. I felt not much of that from the art here. Alec Morgan told the requested storyline in a correct manner for sure but his character features seemed almost blank to me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though I suppose

If you enjoy a fresh take on this character you will probably like the journey this issue is beginning.

I might pick up the second issue later on down the road but it’s not going in my pull file for now.

 

 

Actual Old Man Logan

The people over at The Warp Zone gives us their newest parody and it is old man Logan. Wolverine takes on Father Time and finds him to be one of toughest opponents.  Logan is trapped in a old folks home and spends his time trying to escape. Loving tapioca pudding and talking about the old days.

It’s a fun short and I got a few giggles watching it. I hope you like it also.

Source: Geektyrant, YouTube, The Warp Zone

Grimm Fairy Tales – Steam Punk – Alice in Wonderland – 1 Shot Review

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Writer: Ryan Fassett

Artwork: Noah Salonga(1-7) & Fritz Casas(8-29)

Colors: Robby Bevard (1-7) & Erick Arciniega(8-29)

Letters : Taylor Esposito

I honestly had no idea what to expect from “Steampunk- Alice in Wonderland”. I had a vague idea what the term “Steam punk” meant and had heard it referenced to WWE wrestler “Becky Lynch’s” style of dress, but other then that was not overly familiar with the term. Steampunk is a blending of historical setting , time appropriate tech and a great sense of adventure. This book lived up vividly to that description.

Alice in Wonderland has been told several times obviously, but this re imagining had more grit to it then a lot of the others I have seen. Alice seems a more independent lass this time around who simply wants to make the world better through her inventions. She doesn’t want to be the belle of the ball, or the center of attention. I can respect that……

The story itself flows well and is actually a relatively complex read which I enjoyed thoroughly. Writer Ryan Fassett caught my attention and held it on this book. At times it felt like a scene spanning trilogy instead of the 1 shot that it was. To me ,the more story the better so it worked on that level. My only critique of the writing was what almost seemed like 20th century slang in 17th century Victorian Britian. It just seemed out of place in this story.

A bit  of Alice’s brief origin gave us a good starting point and several aspects of the re-imagined Alice in Wonderland was introduced at well paced intervals within the story. This story is the stuff that’s sourced for material for TV series. I know that’s a big leap, but this story worked that well for me. Strong, well written, female characters sell. I hope they continue Alice Liddles story in a future series.

The art also worked quite well. By using two artists you were able to succinctly create a visual border between Victorian earth and the Wonderland. Noah Salonga captured the essence of shadowy, arcane feeling of Victorian England quite well, while Fritz Casas take on this re-imagined Wonderland gave it the more opposing landscape visual appeal that it required. The attention to detail in their paneling really conveyed the frenetic of the story. One other thing I noted was the fact that Alice dressed a bit more conservatively. Good characters don’t NEED to be bursting out of their corsets. Save something for the variants 😉

Like the art, the color was also broke down by worlds. Robby Bevard brought some lovely shades to emphasize the royal feel of Victoria, while Erick Arciniega built up Wonderland  using shadowy browns , blues and shade of orange. Great job done here

I hope there is a follow -up series to this book. There’s more story to be told.

Book was released Feb.9th and is on shelves on now.