August 2011

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I mean seriously?

Is there any doubt about the awesomeness of this splash page by Paul Azaceta and Dave McCraig  in this week’s Northlanders #43?  I am going to miss this book like crazy when it’s gone.  :(

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““Gates of Gotham” #5 does not end as strongly as it began, but it’s still a solid book with a strong ending to what was a compelling and different kind of Bat series.

Delving deeply into Gotham’s history, Scott Snyder and Kyle Higgins brought us something new and interesting with this series, and an aspect of Bat books that is too frequently paid lip service to but not actually explored: Gotham as a character itself…”

Read the rest of my CBR Review of Gates of Gotham #5 here.

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Fellow CBR Reviewer Ryan K. Lindsay runs this really great comics writing site called Thought Balloons with a handful of other gents.  Thought Balloons is a great writing experiment in which the contributing writers alternate weeks choosing a character and each prepares a one page script for that character and posts it.  The scripts posted can be an excerpt of a larger script, a standalone page, just about anything, so long as they are only one page.  It’s a great way to get feedback (writing in a vaccuum is one of the biggest challenges for any writer) and also to help keep the ideas freely flowing, which is key and very hard to maintain as a writer, especially as you try to break into the business.

This week Ryan asked me if I’d like to join them as a guest writer.  I of course jumped at the chance and on his suggestion gave Ryan a handful of characters I’d be especially pumped to write for.  Of those characters, Ryan picked Kate Kane/Batwoman, and today is Batwoman’s introduction on Thought Balloons and the debut of my page.

And because it’s always fun to show some Kate Kane art, here’s a Batwoman variant cover that I love from Amy Reeder.  A cover that apparently WILL NOT be hitting shelves anytime soon (it seems DC has cut back on variants and as such this cover won’t be used…such a shame).

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“Finally, we come to the end of this unsatisfying “Odyssey” arc for “Wonder Woman.” It’s hard not to breathe a sigh of relief and look with hope toward Cliff Chiang and Brian Azzarello’s take on Diana next month.

This issue of “Wonder Woman” feels like it was tacked on to get the “Odyssey” arc to match up with the September re-launch and, as a result, it reads like an anti-climactic re-hash of issue #613, with some saccharine pages at the end. Diana, having “reabsorbed” the rest of herself (don’t ask) in “Wonder Woman” #613, now fights Nemesis and defeats her. But since Diana kills Nemesis with Nemesis’ own sword, the sword binds to Diana and tries to make her the “new” Nemesis…”

Read the rest of my CBR Review of Wonder Woman #614 here.

As always likes and retweets are appreciated and you can read all of my CBR Reviews thus far here.

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A tie this week between this fantastic classically heroic Justice Society of America #54 cover by Darwyn Cooke

And this lovely Dustin Nguyen Gates of Gotham #5 variant, which nicely features my girl Cass Cain as Blackbat.

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Here are the “rules“.

If  you’d like to see the full Marvel November Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

Come one, come all, to our bi-monthly installment of DRUNK COVER SOLICITS IN THREE SENTENCES OR LESS!

Here’s the thing about the Marvel solicits this month…they’re not very funny.  And that is actually a great thing…though it makes for a lousy Drunk Cover Solicits.  I found VERY LITTLE in the way of inappropriate costume choices (and similar) this month.  I mean…I’m not delusional enough to think that Marvel is actually listening to little old me, but I want to say THANK YOU just the same.  Yes, Marvel, you have made this feature far less funny…but if that is the price to pay for less hyper-sexualization in your female characters then I am happy to pay it.

Head on in for some really great covers, and a couple funny ones.  Good times!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 674.  Nice shadow work.


ANNIHILATORS: EARTHFALL 3.  I think I know why this kid went mad and killed all these people…it’s cause he’s purple…and wearing ALL purple. That would be enough to drive anyone mad.

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“I’ve never understood the idea of a “house style” for a comic book company, because there’s nothing more refreshing as a comic reader than opening up a brilliantly drawn book that looks new and exciting instead of like the same thing you’ve seen a million times before. Such is the case with David Lafuente’s take on the New Mutants in this book..”

Click here to read the rest of my CBR Review of New Mutants #30.

As always, likes and retweets are much appreciated, and you can read the rest of my CBR reviews here. 


Here are the “rules“.

And if you’d like to see the full November 2011 DC solicits head over to CBR.

Come one, come all, to our bi-monthly installment of DRUNK COVER SOLICITS IN THREE SENTENCES OR LESS now with MOAR potential hurricane-y goodness!

This, and all Drunk Cover Solicits are sponsored by VEUVE.  Tonight some Non-pareils from Fairway have also made an appearance and depending on how long this shit takes, whatever vodka is in the freezer will help us along as well.

Also, I’m too tired to use bold for the titles…accept it.

Oh, and I’m posting without proofing and while drunk, so if you find typos…learn to enjoy them!

ACTION COMICS 3.  The look on Superman’s face is…not good.  He looks like a fool.  Also, am I really supposed to believe that his costume is a pair of jeans, and t-shirt with a logo that has a cape SEWN into it?  HORRIBLE.

ANIMAL MAN 3. Hmm.  That, by definition, is most certainly an “animal man”.

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Head on over to CSBG for a write up and link to the latest episode of 3 Chicks Review Comics, with amazing guest star Scott Snyder!


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“It can be hard with event books to toe dip in to just part of an event without feeling entirely lost, but “Spider Island: Spider-Girl” works well on its own while still tying nicely into the larger picture of the Spider Island Event…”

Read the rest of my CBR Review of Spider Island Spider-Girl #1 here.

As always, likes and retweets are much appreciated and you can read all my CBR Reviews thus far (and my fancy new bio!) here.



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