Archive for May, 2008

Double-Teaming It: 1985 #1 review

May 31, 2008

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The ’80s was a great decade for comics. At Marvel, you had Chris Claremont on X-Men, Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (and later David Mazuchelli) on Daredevil, John Byrne on Fantastic Four… and of course, Secret Wars, Jim Shooter’s 12-issue mini-series starring almost all the major Marvel heroes and villains of the time. So it comes as little surprise that Mark Millar and Tommy Edwards have decided to revisit the comics of that era, specifically Secret Wars, which was just ending in 1985. There’s a twist, however: the story doesn’t take place in the Marvel Universe, but in the REAL world. Or as close to “real” a fictional story can get, anyway.

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The Warriors Three: Groins United, A Review and Discussion of Final Crisis #1

May 30, 2008

 

For the first time ever, and not the last, we at Goki’s Giving Groin present a special three-way review featuring the three biggest groins in the world Spiffy, David and Goki himself! For the inaugural event, we review the first issue of arguably the biggest event in comics this year, Final Crisis. Written by Grant Morrison and with pencils by J.G. Jones. Last night the three of us got online and had ourselves a chat, and what follows is the unrated result. Enjoy!

 

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Final Foreshadowing

May 30, 2008

Here’s a scene from 52 Week Forty-Six (click to enlarge, although you might still need to squint a bit to read it):
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And you thought Grant Morrison was just talking gibberish…

Five Comics Stories I Love

May 29, 2008

So, we here at goki’s Giving Groin are going to be doing some lists about comics about the next indeterminate amount of time. They’ll probably be not at all standardized, as we’ll come up with our own lists and formats, but I’m going to kick it off with five comic book stories that I have loved over the years.

To be clear, this is not at all a Top 5 Stories (for one, there’s no Watchmen here, which would be a must), since frankly, that would be harder. At some point this summer, I’d like to attempt that list, and there are one or two here that would stand a shot at making that list. But for now, I’m just going to throw out a few stories that I really enjoyed, and that have stuck with me. So without further ado, here they are, in no particular order:

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Not Just A Quickie: Film Review and Discussion of Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Double-Teaming It

May 28, 2008

 

After a 19-year layoff, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is well on its way to breaking box office records (doesn’t it seem like each week there’s a movie doing that?). But does that mean you should see it? Look to David and I for the answer, as we present a first on this blog (and certainly not the last): a dual review, followed by a conversation where we (attempt to) settle our differences. Enjoy!

 

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Yesterday, I went and saw Indy 4 for the second time since it’s been in theatres. I was among the many to see it at midnight on Wednesday, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s been a long time coming, but for the most part, it’s a delight seeing Indy and company return to the big screen.

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Guess What Day It Isn’t? Comicbook Day! (It’s tomorrow, 5/29/08, son)

May 28, 2008

Memorial Day postpones comics a day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on what to check out. And I’ll get to it.

DC Comics

Final Crisis #1 (of 7): Goki wouldn’t let me live with myself if I didn’t mention this one (I was going to spotlight Cartoon Network Block Party #45). At long last, DC’s super event is here. It’s taken Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, the original crisis AND 52 to happen first, but DC is now ready to unearth some serious shit. And plus, its Grant Morrison and JG Jones. I can’t guarantee you’ll know what’s going on…but it sure is going to be epic. And stay tuned, because by Thursday night or early Friday the Warriors Three will make their debut on this blog in doing a three-way review of this very title.

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Guess What Day It Is?! It’s Comicbook Day! 5/21/08

May 21, 2008

It’s already that time of the week again. This week, we have a few special things to look out for, and a way to help your dear Uncle Spiffy! Read on! (more…)

Invincible Iron Man #1 review

May 21, 2008

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Saw the Iron Man movie and craving for more? Well, Marvel’s got you covered with Invincible Iron Man #1, the first issue of Iron Man’s brand new series. Now I know there are probably two questions forming in your head right now: 1) is it anything like the movie and 2) is it good? The answer to both is yes… with a few caveats.

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Just a Quickie: Review for Iron Man

May 18, 2008

 

While it may not be the timeliest of reviews, we at GGG feel that a certain movie deserves a few words said about it. You may have heard of it: Iron Man, a $150 million dollar sensation after just two weeks and the second largest non-sequel debut in film history (to another Marvel product, Spider-Man). Since it’s come out, I’ve seen it twice, and folks, it is a great one. It’s on par with X-Men and X2, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 and with the original Superman and Batman films. Marvel took a risk, optioning a product that wasn’t as well known as Wolverine or Spider-Man, but marketed the film so brilliantly and cast so well that it was destined to be a hit the moment the first teaser hit the Internet last year.

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Seattle Mariners Rant

May 15, 2008

Today, the Seattle Mariners record stands at 16-26, which is good for the worst record in the American League, and a half game ahead of the San Diego Padres for worst record in all of baseball (this fact scares me, as the Peoria Sports Complex is the Spring training complex for both teams, and it was my home base for my spring training adventures this year; so basically, I’m a huge jinx).

 

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

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