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Comic Review: GFT- Dark Shaman #2

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GFT: Dark Shaman #2

Story: Joe Brusha

Writer: Erica J. Heflin

Art: Sean Hill

Colours: Omi Remalante Jr.

Letters:Jim Campbell

Editor: Nicole Glade

Reviewed By: J.W. Coughlan

Hey Poppers,

I read Dark Shaman two, and here is my review… rhyming is slick.

Now I hadn’t read the first Dark Shaman, so I went in with an open mind. Now, as always Zenescope gave us our catch up. So, after reading that I dove right in. The first few pages of the comic really caught my eye. The layout was incredible, and added to the entire story. The closest thing I can relate this comic to would be The Walking Dead graphic novels. A horror tale of adventure.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this comic was the cut scenes. I really like when the use of cut scenes add to dramatic moments in comics.

For the second installment in a four part story, this comic clipped along nicely, it didn’t drag like the middle of stories tend to sometimes. Now, not to spoil too much, but it ends on a cliffhanger, which since Dukes of Hazzard has always been a good call.

Another thing I found was that this comic did a lot with a little. By that I mean without one hundred million characters in twenty thousand locations the comic stayed fresh and interesting. Like a sprout sandwich…. that might punch you in the face.

Now all that being said, I found the basic idea really really cool, witchy supernatural elements mixed with horror. I stayed invested in the story from start to finish and am excited for stories three and four.

Now if you are a fan of supernatural elements and/or horror, I suggest picking up a copy.

I’m giving this comic four pops out of five.

A smart use of horror that stays intriguing from start to finish.

Remember, comics are to be enjoyed not destroyed.

J.W. Coughlan

Catching Up With The Poppers

Good Day Poppers,

J.W. Coughlan coming at you through the World Wide Web.


Let us catch up, shant we? Fantastic, Allons-y, GERONIMO!! My super cute nerd child which I created with my super awesome partner in crime is getting into TMNT from 1987, thank you YouTube!!! I even managed to dig up my old toys for him to play with as he watches the wonders of that classic toon. Also, he still is into Ultimate Spider-Man, which I hope some of you checked out. Pretty awesome right?


In other news I have almost caught up on Doctor Who, I finished Matt Smith. He was AMAZING, he is my Doctor, he was the best, he was complete epic bliss. I think him and Amy put together would be my secondary soul mate. Does that make sense? No. Does it have to? No. Guess what else, lego hairy cart lanterns with chalky soap in a glass bottle tied to a donkey on a Halloween landing on Sunday. See blogs rule. So yeah, I hope this next guy doesn’t disappoint cause oh man, avoiding spoilers is not easy. I loved Amy so much, I loved Eleven so much, just like Ten and Martha, and back then I was all pffff, nobody could ever top these two. But now after Eleven and Amy I’m all, dude, I couldn’t even pick those other fools out of a line up. A line up of Starfleet officers even. Seriously, I am so blinded by my love for them, if you took Ten and Martha and put them on the bridge of the Enterprise and said find the Doctor Who characters I would say sorry, but my mind is just showing pictures of Amy and her raggedy man.

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What else is new? Arrow premiere tonight super stoked about that. I’m reading a book called Half Bad, and it ain’t half bad….. my wife told me that joke, I am shameful. I took it out from a building called the library. I want to take my vacation at THE LIBRARY!


Right, now, I’m running low on news from my life. I’m wearing Joker pyjama pants, and a shirt that says lettuce turnip the beet. LOL! Oh yeah The Flash premiered. And! The Edmonton Comic Expo came and went, I got a few pics. Me and the fam jam went as Arrow characters, check it out on my Twitter here:


Also, I was trying to find a way to say this without sounding like I’m just plugging myself, that’s what she said, but I can’t, please buy my book, it’s pretty good.


Now that we are reacquainted I just want to tell you about something I recently re-read. SCOTT PILGRIM.


Very very entertaining. You need to read it a little slow to catch every little subtle joke, but at the same time it is so hilarious and action packed you can’t help but read it at 670 616 629 miles per hour (1.07925285 × 109 kilometers per hour (that is the speed of light (in metric and imperial (guess we should stick with metric Scott Pilgrim is set in Canada (oh man more brackets (or are they parentheses? (these are brackets? [ (it’s like we’re zooming into the conversation with all these brackets (I hope we don’t get stuck down here, (K, this joke is getting old, (let’s get outta here.))))))))))) Fewf, or phewf. There we go all better. I’m always going to use these ( because these [ aren’t cool. You know how I know? They’re square! Oh, Zing, total dad joke. Probably why I love this lettuce turnip the beet shirt so much. A pun that tells you to eat your vegetables. I think the proper career choice for me is lame/ cool dad.


So, Scott Pilgrim. Very witty, very funny. Very very in fact. Like, if John Green got stuck in an 8 bit video game. Sound about right? Lots of people read the comics, and tons of people saw the movie. They line up nicely, but the comics have way more back story, way more explaining and way more stuff and whatever as Kim Pine would say. There are six books, Each one as hilarious as the last. They take place in Toronto. They are quaint and fun. And they may just RIP YOUR IMAGINATION OUT OF YOUR FACE HOLE!! I don’t really know what that meant, I was just starting to feel like someone from Antiques Roadshow…. Or whatever. You can get them on Amazon, unlike my book, which is on Lulu. Not lulu lemon, lulu bookshop. But yes I do, do yoga and that’s ok because so does Iron Fist and so did Aang that one time. Which it’s like where is our good Last Airbender movie? And where is our Iron Fist movie. We are nerds, we have needs to be met. And those needs only grow the more we get. Plus have you ever read the top opening weekend moives? I think nerds are these Hollywood executives best source of income. Not the DVDs and Blu-Rays though, we have downloading figured out, not that we do it….. we just figured it out. Sorry here is the list.

1 Marvel’s The Avengers

2 Iron Man 3

3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

4 The Dark Knight Rises

5 The Dark Knight

6 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

7 The Hunger Games

8 Spider-Man 3

9 The Twilight Saga: New Moon

10 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

K there’s the top ten… here’s all of them up to fifty, but I won’t put them like this or this blog will go on forever, I’ll do side by side

11 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, 12 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, 13 Iron Man 2, 14 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, 15 Shrek the Third, 16 Man of Steel, 17 Alice in Wonderland (2010), 18 Spider-Man, 19 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, 20 Toy Story 3, 21 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 22 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, 23 Shrek 2, 24 X-Men: The Last Stand, 25 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 26 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, 27 Transformers: Age of Extinction, 28 Iron Man, 29 Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 30 Fast & Furious 6, 31 Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 32 Guardians of the Galaxy, 33 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 34 Godzilla (2014), 35 The Matrix Reloaded, 36 The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 37 X-Men: Days of Future Past, 38 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 39 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, 40 Skyfall, 41 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 42 Spider-Man 2, 43 Fast Five, 44 The Hangover Part II, 45 Thor: The Dark World, 46 X2: X-Men United, 47 X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 48 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 49 The Passion of the Christ, 50 Despicable Me 2

This list is basically just Superheroes, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Monsters and Robots.

K why did I do that? Oh yeah, make an Iron Fist movie. And Scott Pilgrim is totally charming. READ THEM.

So, have a good one, keep up with the nerd lifestyle. Follow all the Twitters and the Facebooks and the everythings.

Nice catching up with everyone!

J.W. Coughlan

Comic Book Heros: Part Two

In part two of my look at how comic book hero’s have affected out lives I ask two friends of mine Paul Terry @BKPlayground and Aaron James Henderson-Smith AKA @Angry_Oz_Geek  that question. How has comic books and those hero’s of these books affect them.

First up Paul Terry:

The first comic book character I remember really wanting to be was Angel from the original X Men, their book was my favourite when I was very young and I loved the idea of being able to fly so much that I wished I was him.Angel
When I got a bit older and moved to High School, life got a bit tougher – there was bullying and violence (it wasn’t a great school and not the one I chose to go to), I started reading 2000AD instead of super hero comics, mainly because they were so damn hard to find in the small town I grew up in.
At this point, Judge Dredd had the biggest impact on me because of his unwavering sense of justice, his black and white vision of right and wrong and of course his (often amusing to be fair) violent brand of enforcing the law. I wished I could be more like him because I could see so many people around me that deserved a daystick to the mouth but I did adopt his principles of right and wrong.
When I left school and got a job, I found a shop that sold DC and Marvel comics so I started picking up Batman titles, I wasn’t really a fan of “super powers” (except maybe Green Lantern, because that COULD happen) and so I liked Batman because he’d learned how to do what he does and in could be within my grasp…if I applied myself, which I was never going to!
batman_jdThe first issue of Batman I picked up was actually part one of Death In The Family and it was a lot more grown up than the Marvel comics I used to read, it led me to finding The Dark Knight Returns and from the moment I saw Batman’s overnight war on crime when he first returns to the cowl, I was hooked.
From that point to this very day my favorite character is Batman because of his dedication, selflessness, intelligence and, to be honest, I like the way he enjoys showing the other major “super heroes” how much better them them he is. What appeals to me most is how he makes criminals scared of him and deep down I just love how cool he looks when drawn properly, who wouldn’t want to be Batman!
So, the answer to John’s question is.. Batman has had the biggest effect on my life, he’s inspired me to make decisions over the last 25 years that changed the course of my life and made me a better person for it.


Angry Oz Geek

 Wolverine: trying to be like him as a little kid growing up and getting my ass handed to me despite it… also Cyclops as well.18-Xmen-First-Clas-Cyclops He was responsible for my neurotic “I’ll never be as good as Wolverine” deal, and focus on leadership and driving myself to be as good as he is, but using what I had. Plus I got the girl.. (Jean Grey is why I have a BIG thing for redheads: ironic really – my wife is Asian…).

As an adult? I guess the one I identify most with is Magneto – his sense of justice and the necessity to accept the mantle of a demon sometimes to liberate, and see TRUE long lasting, justice met.. and the OTHER is Jesse Custer from “Preacher”. I agree with him 100% that SOMEBODY needs to make god accountable for what he’s done, AND more importantly kick his ass. That book proves my belief that god exists purely for his own amusement (cruel as it is), and the afterlife: paradise? to have ANYTHING to do it. The last thing we need is for that mass-murdering, creation neglecting, ego maniacal, piece of shit tyrant to have ANYTHING to do it. In fact, most of my morality echoes Jesse Custer.Preacher










Do you have a comic book character of book that has shaped you knowingly or not?

The Mocking Dead

comics-the-mocking-dead-1The Mocking Dead #1

Writer: Fred Van Lente

Art: Max Dunbar

Lettering: Simon Bowland

So another entree into the increasing world of the dead comes “The Mocking Dead” from Dynamite Comics. From the beginning of the book you can sense that this is a more light heart attempt at the zombie craze. The attempt works. Not a laugh riot book but there is humor and a few panels that make smile. You can see the premise in the first few panels as a zombie come out of the bushes and size up some kids. In a panel that reminded me of a terminator the zombie checks the weight and calories of the kids and picks the fat toddler. The book is done in black and white either a shout out to “The Walking Dead” or on purpose.

The Defense Intelligence Agency comes knocking on the door of Arron Bunch. Arron along with the woman that came looking for him, Vanessa Malik they were part of  Entertainment Emulation coded named “TINSELTOWN”. TINSELTOWN scanned entertainment products to come up with containment ideas for plausible real world threats. Plan Z was one of them.

The art of Max Dunbar is great and I can see some aspects of  artist J. Scott Campbell in his work. There is some good details in his panels and the facial expressions a very good. The story by Fred Van Lente is good and has fun with turning a nerd to a hero.  Also show how in our modern times we think of fame on YouTube over ones own safety. Fred takes Arron, the typical nerd and his love of entertainment and he’s love of it, become a useful tool. This is the first of a four books and I plan on getting the rest.

So in the end I give “The Mocking Dead” 4 zombies out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed, not destroyed.


Quantum and Woody #1

Quantum-Woody-1 So a little late in a reveiw but maybe you may have not decided to spend you cash on this book, yet? Written by James Asmus and art by Tom Fowler Quantum and Woody are not your typical heroes. Hell they can not seem to get along with each other. Quantum and Woody were created by M D BrightChristopher Priest for Valiant comics after the company was acquired by Acclaim Entertainment. I was a big fan of Valiant back in the day when they first came out but once it was bought out by Acclaim I lost all interest in the books. So I have no idea about this books history.

Saying that, I found the book entertaining but nothing that really stood out for me. The main characters are foster brothers Woodrow Van Chelton (Woody) and Eric Henderson in this retelling of the story. They are brought back together after the mysterious death of their father. Eric is the more discipline of the two after serving in the military and Woody, well he just gets along on his wits. You can see that Eric resents his brother mostly because of the pressure put on him by their father. Woody just wings it and seems to not to have a care in the world and for no one. There is a part where Woody tries to tell Eric his feeling but does not get the chance.

The story is interesting and I can see James Asmus is trying to set up a back story to show the conflict between Eric and Woody so book #1 is kind of a orgin story. The art by Tom Fowler is fun and is animated. I will have to pick another issue of two to fine out if I want to continue with book.

So in the end I would say pick it up and give it a shot.  I give it 3 goats out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed, not destroyed.



Doomsday1_cvrAOriginal done back in July 1975 thru May 1976 as  a six part story by writer Joe Gill and penciled/inked by John Byrne Doomsday +1 took place in a apocalypse aftermath of earth. So now years later John Byrne updates this story for IDW. In this updated telling of the story we find a group of astronauts orbiting the earth in a international space station and have discovered a large solar flare heading for earth. Unlike the original story it is the solar flare that causes the apocalypse and not man. The book cuts between the astronauts on the station and their fight to survive the coming solar flare and four different scenes that will play out later in the story.  Two of the side stories do look interesting. The Pope using a double to help keep the frighten crowds some hope while he flees to safety and feeling little for the people that about to die. A group of inmates at a Texas prison that escape and like all good apocalypse stories will become the motorcycle, gun welding crazies that wander the now scotch earth. Oh boy there be some good killing coming.

I like John Byrne’s art style. His art work on the magazine of Star Lord is what got me hooked on comics and I have bought and read almost all of his work. The story is quick and fast pace like the opening act of action/disaster movie. Introduce the main characters of the story. Show what story A will be and sub stories and lets get to the action with some dialogue to help move the story along. If you think I am dishing on Mr Byrne hell no. I am hoping that as any good action movie the story will get better and the action faster as the book moves on. So bring on the next chapter of the story and lets hope for a bumpy and fun ride.

I give Doomsday .1 3 solar flares out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed, not destroyed.