Friday, February 22, 2008
It's time for yet another new feature.
My Favorite Comics Ever.
JLA #84-89 (collected as JLA Vol. 14 “Trial By Fire”)
Joe Kelly writes a perfect Batman, shows just how powerful a player Martian Manhunter is in the DCU, and comes up with multiple Grant Morrison-sized/OMG/character defining moments for pretty much every member of the Justice League.
Doug Mahnke’s art is absolutely incredible. I mean, there’s no other way to say it. There are totally scan-worthy panels on pretty much every page of every issue.
The guy is just an amazing artist capable of making Superman look “super” whether he’s sitting in a lawnchair at J’onn’s backyard BBQ or racing across the planet to chase down the last of several hundred nuclear missiles the JLA must stop.
Even more importantly perhaps is the fact that he makes characters like The Atom and Major Disaster look every bit as epic and impressive as Superman and Batman. (And Joe Kelly does his part to make them seem just as important and integral to the story as “The Big Guys”.)
Oh, and did I mention that the only person who can save the JLA and the Earth itself is Plastic Man?
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome.
I don’t know that it’s the best Justice League story, but it’s definitely top notch on every level. I can't say that it's my favorite JLA story of all time, but it's certainly my favorite JLA story at the moment and one of my favorite comics ever.
Fun with the Solicits!
Image Comics for May 2008 Edition
A 24-hour comic by Invincible's Ryan Ottley?
Are you kidding me?!
I absolutely cannot wait to see how this turns out, because if it's even halfway decent (artistically speaking) I'm going to demand that Invincible start coming out once a week.
Zoo full of monsters.
What more could someone possibly want?
I want to like this comic so much. I like Joe Casey and Derec Donovan's art is fantastic, but the first issue was sooo boring. I mean, really, it was boring. And here they are soliciting the TPB, and as far as I've seen the second issue hasn't come out yet. Maybe it's silly of me, even in 2008, to expect Youngblood not to ship late.
Could someone please tell me what I'm supposed to make of this comic?
Thursday, February 21, 2008
5 Reasons Toy Fair 2008 Was Rad!
I wish I could tell you there was some kind of way I wasn't going to buy that Iron Man Happy Fun Playtime Dress-Up helmet set, but I don't want to lie to you.
It's Incredibly Well-Endowed, But Tragically Invisible Erection Action Aquaman!
Who couldn't use a Kurt Russell action figure?
Minimate Nova! Complete with severed head!
Best for last? I think so.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
You may remember a former professional wrestler from the late 80s and 90s called The Ultimate Warrior. You may not. If you do remember him, you will most likely remember that when he would "cut promos" (which is to say, was interviewed or spoke directly to the camera) it was obvious that he was bat-shit insane.
Well, he has a blog now.
It is even crazier than when he was saying things like, "Dig your claws into my organs! Stretch into my tendons! Bury your angers into my bones! For the power of the Warrior will always prevail!"
Anyway, onto things that are filled with a little less utter madness.
Instructions: Open up your iTunes and fill out this survey, no matter how embarrassing the responses might be.
How many songs total: 4703
How many hours or days of music: 12 Days : 3 Hours : 31 Minutes
Most recently played: Penny Arcade Podcast "The Spore Cult"
Most played: "FTW" by mc chris
Most recently added: Penny Arcade Podcast "The Spore Cult"
Sort by song title:
First Song: "ABC" by The Jackson 5
Last Song: "99 Ways To Die" by Megadeth
Sort by time:
Shortest Song: "I Just Found A Bag Of Fireworks (Dialogue)" from the Hot Rod Soundtrack (0:05)
Longest Song: NPR: Spoon in Concert 10-24-2007 (1:45:29)
Sort by album:
First album: "Abbey Road" by The Beatles
Last album: "4 Nights at Palais Royale" by Sloan
First song that comes up on Shuffle: "Baby Hates Me" by Danko Jones
Search the following and state how many songs come up:
Death - 48
Life - 69
Love - 189
Hate - 19
You - 537
Sex - 15
Found at Joel Carroll's livejay.
Nicholas Gurewitch is semi-retiring The Perry Bible Fellowship.
I've decided to start a new series here on the ol' blarg called, Reasons To Keep Living.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 : The Movie is being re-released on DVD this May after years of being out-of-print and ridiculously expensive on electronic-Bay.
Thanks to my favorite writer I own the original copy, but this is exciting news for those of you not lucky enough to be friends with the illegitimate love child of Alan Moore and Chris Onstad.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The new (and improved?) Ben 10.
More details here.
I don't know if any of you have ever caught the show (it's on Cartoon Network) or cared for it, but there's a lot of top notch people from the world of comics involved with it, so I've always been interested.
I don't know about this new iteration, but pretty much all of the designs for the original seasons of the show were by Dave Johnson, and the show itself was created by a studio of comic pros (Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven Seagle) called Man of Action.
To be honest, after an episode or two, I started watching it with the sound off and found it to be much more enjoyable that way. However, when my little cousins (both boys directly in the show's key demographic ages) visited me the last two summers, watching them watch it and really get into it became the most enjoyable way to watch it.
Completely unrelated question, but is 5 updates in one day too many?
I'm exploding with things to post about, but I don't want to overload the blogalaxy!
So there's a trailer.
The official Justice League : The New Frontier site is pretty snazzy as well.
Or head over to CBR and enjoy this interview with Darwyn.
If you're curious, yes, I've already seen it and yes, I do have thoughts.
I'm not sure if I want to save them until after the official release or not though.
Of course, no sooner did I post that other version of this picture that I noticed all the things I needed to fix.
So here is the fixed version.
I'm much happier with it.
I hope you are too.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Toy Fair 2008 is going on as we speak.
Thanks to the blogalaxy's neverending coverage, I bring you Clone Wars Yoda.
I have no idea what I can add to this image, but it certainly looks ripe for some Photoshoppery. A caption, a thought bubble, I don't know.. something.
I'm inviting all takers.
For more feel free to drop by the Star Wars blog.
So, what is the point of having a little stuffed doll of yourself if you can't dress it up like your favorite superhero?
God willing this will get noticed by the comics blogalaxy and be a huge hit and give me an excuse to do a whole series of these.
A boy can dream, can't he?
Well, Joel has broken the news about our new team-up blog!
In this instance, the word "our" is used to indicate Joel Priddy, Curt Franklin, and myself.
Joel does a far better job of making it sound grand than I could, so just hit the link.