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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Geek-flavored movie trailer roundup: Iron Man 2, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim and more

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 1:04 PM

In case you haven't heard, a butthole-load of comic book-centric movies are coming to the big screen starting this spring. Some of the films are adapted from big superhero comics and others from indie books. Here's a collection of trailers for geek-flavored films hitting cinemas nationwide real soon:

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Kick-Ass

Iron Man 2

The Losers

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A duo of quickie comic reviews: American Vampire, X-Factor Forever and more

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 7:28 AM

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It's Wednesday, which of course means it's time for brand-new comic books. But before we check out this week's comics, let's wrap up a little of what last week had to offer:

American Vampire No. 1: The new Vertigo horror series written by Scott Snyder and legendary author Stephen King (yes, that Stephen King) debuted last Wednesday, and it's definitely a slow burner — but pays off at the end. Snyder's portion of the comic is filled some truly snappy, yet deceptively loaded, dialogue; and his tale closes on a truly chilling note. King's story — an offshoot of the lead adventure — though monstrous and slightly violent, is surprisingly fun. The art in both stories is skillfully rendered by Rafael Albuquerque, who seems to be a master of everything: storytelling, anatomy, emotion, and the kitchen sink. Good stuff.

X-Factor Forever No. 1: I guess Marvel's other retro mutant book, X-Men Forever, must be successful — because their really is no other reason to launch X-Factor Forever. I remember reading Louise Simonson's X-Factor comic — which, ya know, starred the original X-Men — back in the day, and it was truly awful. After reading this relaunch of that series (with it's old continuity attached), I see nothing has changed ... it still sucks balls. The contrived story lines and character interactions that just drip with bad soap opera influences are back front and center, just like the old days. Who the hell wanted this comic to return? Not me.

Reviewed materials provided by Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: www.heroesonline.com.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Mike Mignola at HeroesCon?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Yep. And a bunch of other folks, too.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring comic book preview: Guardians of the Galaxy, The Sword

Posted By on Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Lookee here ... I got a few more comic book picks for the spring:

The Sword No. 24: I've never read an issue of Image Comics' series The Sword — by the Luna Brothers — but this is the last issue. So, what better time to jump on board and read the whole story from the beginning?

Guardians of the Galaxy No. 25: I just love me some Guardians of the Galaxy. And in issue 25, the creative team is bringing back the big, bad villain Thanos. I wasn't a big fan of the Infinity-themed comics back in the day starring Thanos, but I've been enjoying GotG since issue one — and Thanos is a one of Marvel's greatest evil-doers. Color me interested.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring comic book preview: Crossed, ShadowHawk, Legion of Super-Heroes

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM

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I'm back with more picks for great comics hitting stores this spring. Check 'em out:

ShadowHawk No. 1: Look, I hated this series when it debuted back in the day. But the art on this particular version looks pretty good. I'll pick up the first one at the very least.

The Legion of Super-Heroes No. 1: Legendary writer and former DC bigwig Paul Levitz returns to the comic that made him a legend. Not really sure if this iteration will be great or not. LOS has gone through tons of revamps and creative teams in the last few years. Geoff Johns kind of righted the ship with his Legion of 3 Worlds limited series and with the first few issues of Adventure Comics, but will Levitz keep it sailing? I say pick it up and find out.

Crossed: Family Values No. 1: Writer Garth Ennis created this ultra-violent comic — about a strange disease that's turned folks all over the world into stark-raving psychopaths — but now writer David Lapham is taking the reins for a brand new Crossed limited series. I've always been a fan of Lapham, especially his old Stray Bullets series. I'll be buying this, too.

More to come tomorrow ...

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Super-duper quickie (I mean really quick) comic review: Siege No. 3

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Siege No. 3

Published by Marvel Comics. Written by Brian Michael Bendis. Pencils by Olivier Coipel. Inks by Mark Morales.

The Verdict: Oh come on ... how can you not like this?! Buy it. Like, now.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring comic book preview: Astounding Wolf-Man and I, Zombie

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 3:15 PM

In this week's edition of Creative Loafing, we rolled out our big, fancy-shmancy Spring Guide 2010 — which is designed to let you know the best people, places and things blooming all season. And to coincide with that guide, I offered a few picks for cool comics coming out this spring. I'll be continuing that look at spring comics on this blog all week ... hey, there are a lot of worthwhile books out there. Here's a peak at two upcoming titles:

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I, Zombie No. 1: Artist Michael Allred teams with writer Chris Roberson to launch a brand new comic with a cool concept (and I just love cool concepts). According to Previews, the lead character of I, Zombie (Gewn Dylan) is a gravedigger and a zombie-esque type who must eat a human brain once a month to keep from becoming a full-fledged zombie and to keep her own memories intact; as a result, her mind is crowded with dead folks' thoughts — and she feels compelled to fulfill their final requests. See? Cool idea. And with Allred behind the pen, the art is bound to be great.

Astounding Wolf-Man No. 25: Writer Robert Kirkman's horror/superhero comic comes to an end this issue, and — while I never thought the book was perfect — I am interested to see how it all ends (and how he pulls together a ton of dangling plotlines). Kirkman's been dropping hints here and there about the Wolf-Man popping up soon in a new comic. But for now, I'm anxious to enjoy the closing of this particular chapter.

More to come tomorrow ...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Quickie comic review: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet No. 1

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 4:02 PM

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Green Hornet No. 1

Published by Dynamite Entertainment. Written by Kevin Smith. Breakdowns by Phil Hester. Pencils by Jonathan Lau.

The Deal: Movie director and part-time comic book scribe Kevin Smith rolls out his brand-new version of the Green Hornet. This comic series is based on a screenplay written by Smith some time ago.

The Verdict: It's a decent read with some great, cinematic pacing and pretty good art — but it's not mind-blowing. If you're a fan of the Green Hornet (like me), it's nice to see the character back in action. If you're looking for a groundbreaking comic book experience, this ain't it. At the very least, it's much, much better than that GH series Now Comics used to publish back in the day.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

An ass-load of super-duper quickie comic reviews: Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps and more

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 4:29 PM

OK folks, Wednesday — aka "New Comics Day" — is almost here, so it's time for me to dispense with a bunch of reviews from last week's pile. Here goes the first batch:

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Green Lantern No. 51: I've really been enjoying the Green Lantern tie-ins for DC's Blackest Night limited series. The GL issues have definitely served to move forward the overall story and tell tales that happen between BN's panels. That said, has anyone else noticed that the main bad guy in this story line — Nekron — really hasn't done anything? Well, except for stand around and talk tough and look ugly. I'll still keep reading ... but I'm just saying.

Green Lantern Corps No. 45: Another Blackest Night tie-in ... and this one puts a creative close to Guy Gardner being a Red Lantern. Action-packed, drama-filled and sporting some amazing art by Patrick Gleason.

DoomWar No. 1: I was convinced I would hate this limited series starring the Black Panther(s), the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and more (battling against Dr. Doom). But the comic is slightly enjoyable. Well, the story is slightly enjoyable; the art, however, (by Scot Eaton) is pretty lackluster. I usually like Eaton's work, but this stuff looks sloppy.

Captain America No. 603: Wow, way to make Falcon look like a chump AGAIN. Didn't Christopher Priest prove he was cool in the 1980s with the Falcon mini-series? He sure comes across like a fucking punching bag these days.

Invincible No. 70: I've really been enjoying this comic lately. The stories are fun-filled and chock full of gore and extreme violence — you gotta love it! And Ryan Ottley's art is just too damn good.

Wolverine: Weapon X No. 10: Writer Jason Aaron is penning the types of Wolverine stories I like to read. That's it.

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