Archive for December, 2009

Happy Holidays!

December 26, 2009

Yes, admittedly, I’m a day late with this message, but better than late than never, right? I hope everyone around these parts is enjoying time with their friends, families, dogs, cats, iguanas, camels, right/left hand these weeks, and I hope everyone enjoyed/is enjoying Christmas/Hannukah and Kwanzaa. Also, be sure to get hammered drunk/play a lot of board games this New Year’s!

If you’re bored or tired of that, may I suggest a trip to the movies? I have yet to see Avatar (I’m holding out for a 3-D IMAX experience, and have found tickets to be hard to come by), but I hear the technical spectacle is worth the hefty price of admission. I have, however, seen Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, and LOVED it. Robert Downey Jr. is fantastic in the title role, and so is Jude Law’s Dr. Watson (great  chemistry). Speaking of chemistry, Downey had a lot of it with love interest Irene Adley (played by Rachel McAdams, who I will marry one day). I’m not a Holmes buff by any stretch of the imagination, but this was just such an entertaining and well-made blockbuster, which isn’t anything to scoff at nowadays.

–Spiffy

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What Up, Blogger(s)!

December 21, 2009

A lot has changed in the past few months. Steve Rogers is no longer dead. 30 Rock is no longer the best sitcom on Thursday nights (that honor goes to NBC’s newest sitcom, Community). Goki’s Giving Groin is now Eat More Comics. And with the name change comes a delightful new messageboard to accompany our humble blog.

But some things haven’t changed: Barry Allen is still in the midst of a rebirth (to put this in perspective, I was still reading comics when the first issue came out). The Seahawks still blow. And Showtime’s brilliant show Dexter continues to make my jaw drop. And perhaps most importantly, we still have our Warriors Three (Goki, David and I), Lia and, unfortunately, little else. But there’s reason for optimism: we have a lot in store for you guys in the coming month in wrapping up 2009, with each of us giving our 5 best comic runs of the decade, and we all have some tricks up our sleeves in the coming new year. I have a feeling 2010 will be a fruitful one.

So read and appreciate us, dammit.

And give it up to Goki and David for being at the heart of the changes to the blog, they deserve all the credit. I’m a bum (some things never change).

–Spiffy

Spoiler Edition: 12/9 and 12/16 Reviews

December 19, 2009

So, regular readers know that my (usually) weekly reviews are sans-spoilers, so you can get a feel for what to buy without having anything ruined for you. But the downside is not getting to discuss specific details of books, which is sometimes the most fun. So for a couple recent releases, I’m going to talk a little bit about what happened and how that affected my rating of the issue. So, spoiled/reviewed this week:

Booster Gold #27 (and bizarrely, I’m also going to spoil the end of the movie Shaun of the Dead)

Dark Avengers #12

Dark X-Men #2 (and #1)

Flash: Rebirth #5 (from Nov. 18, so a little late, but a needed rant)

Green Lantern Corps. #43 (and #42)

I’ll go in the above order and skip big spaces between each one, so if there’s just one or two books here you don’t want spoiled, you should be able to skip over them and read about the rest.

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12/9 and 12/16/2009 Reviews

December 18, 2009

Double dose of reviews this week! See, there was an upside to me getting last week’s comics late.

Reviewed these weeks:

12/9

Booster Gold #27

Dark X-Men #2 (of 5)

Red Robin #7

12/16

Batman #694

Captain America: Reborn #5 (of 6)

Dark Avengers #12

Fables #91

Green Lantern Corps. #43

X-Factor #200

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What to buy: December 16, 2009

December 16, 2009
David: Hidy ho, true believers! Dave speaking, back after a small hiatus. Don’t worry, Goki has beaten me severely, and it won’t happen again. Time for another round of tag-team recommendations; and if you don’t believe me, heeeeere’s Goki to say something clever!
 
Goki: Clever? I hardly know ‘er! Nyuk nyuk nyuk nyuk
 
David: That was awful Goki. Hopefully you do better in the reviews.
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THIS. IS. PERSIAAAAAA!!!!!

December 15, 2009

Wow, now here’s some big news. Frank Miller’s making a sequel to 300. Not a movie sequel, mind you, although Miller says it would be used as a basis for another 300 film. This one’s a comic, just like the original 300, and will focus on a young Xerxes I of Persia, a.k.a. the guy Gerard Butler kicked into a pit the antagonist in 300… and the guy Gerard Butler hurled a spear at. :b The name of this upcoming graphic novel? Xerxes, of course! For you history buffs, this will be the story of the Battle of Marathon, Frank Miller style.

Talk about a surprise. Last I heard, Frank Miller was working on his Batman vs. al-Qaeda story, Holy Terror, Batman! However, this project sounds a lot more promising. I haven’t read 300 all the way through yet, but I did see the movie and generally enjoyed it. Besides, this could mean a return to the art style Miller used in 300, which isn’t TOO different from his recent stuff, but has a polish his more current work sometimes lacks. Just check out how he drew Xerxes, for example. And doesn’t the painted coloring by Lynn Varley look great? If she’s up for it, I’d love to see her onboard for the sequel.

New ‘n bits, Dec. 11, 2009

December 12, 2009

Interesting stuff around the Interwebz as always. 

Grant Morrison: The Movie. I’m not joking. That link right there’s the trailer to the documentary, which looks pretty awesome. There was another trailer too, which I’ll post once I find it again. 

The big Superman event of 2010 is finally revealed: War of the Supermen. Think of it: Superman versus 100,000 Kryptonians with his superpowers. Assuming he doesn’t decide to fight alongside them… 

Is it just me, or should we all be buying Power Girl? And doesn’t Amanda Conner look more and more like PG all the time? (or, “Is it just me, or does Amanda Conner look more and more like Power Girl all the time?”) 

 And speaking of Grant Morrison, here’s some big, big news– although it’s kind of a major spoiler (and I don’t mean the Setphanie Brown kind ;)). If you want your Bat-reading experience to be spoiler-free, I’ve put the news– along with somewhat lengthy commentary– behind a cut. If you’re cool with spoilers, read on! 

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What to buy: Dec. 9, 2009

December 9, 2009

Goki has jumped in to save today’s weekly recommendations. Give the man a round of applause! I’ll jump in later with a comment giving some thoughts and additions. In the meantime, enjoy this delightful buying guide.

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DCU in 2010: Ultimate DC? Try ‘Earth One’- UPDATED

December 8, 2009

Wow, big news yesterday: next year, DC is unveiling Superman: Earth One and Batman: Earth One, two original graphic novels set in a brand new continuity. J. Michael Stracynksi and Shane Davis are working on Superman: Earth One, while Batman: Year One will be by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, a.k.a. the creative team behind Superman: Secret Origin. These two graphic novels aren’t one-shots, mind you: they’re the first in a series of ONGOING original graphic novels, which I’m not sure DC’s ever done before. Ain’t It Cool News already has an interview with JMS and Geoff Johns, which you can check out here:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/43302

Wow, and here I thought Earth-One was the pre-Crisis DC Universe (as I’m sure many people thought when it was reintroduced in Kurt Busiek’s Trinity series). I’m of two minds about this: on one hand, these graphic novels almost seem redundant; I mean, aren’t we seeing Superman’s origin being retold right now in Superman: Secret Origin? Yet on the other hand… this is Ultimate DC. This is what the All-Star line could have been if All-Star Superman and All-Star Batman weren’t self-contained stories. In other words… this could be DC’s chance to pick up a whole bunch of new readers like the Ultimate Marvel titles did in their heyday. Plus, look at the creative teams: JMS’ track record has been a little iffy lately, but for every “One More Day,” there’s a Thor. And you can’t go wrong with Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, who did a terrific job when they worked on Action Comics together. I mean, check out that Batman costume redesign! Not to mention their take on Alfred is certainly different from what we’ve seen before…

I think the only thing that could top “Earth One” is a continuity-free line where creators can virtually do whatever they want with the characters. But this is the next best thing. I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

UPDATE: Gary Frank and Shane Davis speak. The Davis interview has new art!

12/3/09 Reviews

December 6, 2009

Welcome to any viewers that are new to the blog. I’m about to do a brief rundown of Thursday’s new comics; please feel free to comment and let us know what you thought about anything I review, or even better, about something I didn’t buy but perhaps should have. I keep spoilers out of my Quick Hit reviews, so if you want to mention something in particular that happened in an issue, all I ask is that you give an all-caps warning first, so no one finds out something they didn’t want to know.

Reviewed this week:

Blackest Night: Flash #1 (of 3)

Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1 (of 3)

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love #2 (of 6)

Dark Avengers Annual #1

Empowered #1 (special)

Incredible Hercules #138

Jack of Fables #40

JSA All-Stars #1

Torch #4 (of 8 )

Uncanny X-Men #518

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