Archive for the 'miniseries' Category

26
Aug
07

Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious #1 of 2

Written by, drawn by and cover art by Sam Kieth

DC Comics $5.99 

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YES!

Okay, so I was really excited when I saw this in my pile on Wednesday.  First of all, I was obsessed with Kieth’s The Maxx when I was younger.  I stopped reading comic books around the age of 16 when I started to become obsessed with music, but I continued to reread the Maxx series and eventually ended up buying a bootlegged version of the television series from Ebay.  It was well worth it.  I had noticed though, in my previous two years of rediscovering comic books, that Sam Kieth seemed to be missing entirely from the scene, but Jim Lee, the Kuberts, Chris Claremont and most of the people who were making my favorite books in the nineties.

So, again, I was seriously fucking jazzed when I saw this in Previews a few months back.  It comes at a time when I’ve been reading Grant Morrison Batman for almost a year, so I feel like I’m not at a point where Batman is strange territory for me.  Another great writer/artist on a character I’ve come to like quite a bit.  Excellent.

So, Sam Kieth, Batman, Lobo, Spaceships, Alien disease that makes women turn into homicidal maniacs, explosions, lots of guns, aliens.  As long as you aren’t expecting a super serious Batman story, this is made of 100% win.  Batman, against his will, is brought to a spaceship light years from earth to stop a disease that makes women act out and go on insane killing sprees.  All the men have left the ship and so all of these women are being killed.  Kieth’s women are, of course, beautiful and the story is fun as well as morbidly funny.  Of course, Lobo just happens to be there for some reason, trying to make some money.

Although this is only a two issue series, it’s being published in the prestige format, so each issue is 48 pages.  That means this won’t be a short little story, it will be almost 100 pages, easily the size of four or five issues published as a regular comic series.  I think it’s going to be a blast.

11
Aug
07

Star Trek: Klingons Blood Will Tell #4

Written by Scott Tipton & David Tipton

Art by David Messina and Elena Casagrande

IDW $3.99
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The miniseries winds down with the apparent conflict or resolution between the Klingons and the Federation quickly approaching. Morglar, an old comrade of Kahnrah’s recounts a tale, for no apparent reason, about his interaction and experience actually murdering human beings, which impresses K’ahlynn to no end. His story is about an encounter with the Enterprise, Kirk and company and a brutal sword fight among dozens of members of both the Federation and the Klingon soldiers who are trying to take it over in retaliation for being attacked by the Enterprise. Of course, the Klingon’s see this as Kirk’s fault and he utterly refuses to back down until a truce is called by both sides.
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Again, in the end everyone ends up having drinks and telling jokes. This issue is a retelling of the Original Series episode, day of the dove, but it tries to be more multifaceted in it’s portrayal of the Klingons, showing them as a race trying to secure a military advantage instead of the fascist way that they have often been portrayed in the television series. In the end, Morglar tells them to take up arms with the humans, that they should work together, because his battle on that day showed him that the humans can be trusted, but they are also incredibly strong and deserve the right to be respected.

Without a doubt, this series has been 200% better than the TNG series. I hope Tiptons get another Trek series, because they definitely know what they’re doing.

07
Aug
07

Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters TPB

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray

Art by Daniel Acuña

DC Comics $14.99

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This was actually one of the first DC books I started reading regularly and I fell in love with it rather quickly. Jimmy Palmiotti and company(with help from Grant Morrison) rework superheroes that have been neglected for nearly half a century, creating a nice cast, great story and obvious political commentary that spans eight issues. Uncle Sam creates a new team of freedom fighters to take a stand against the uber-right wing S.H.A.D.E., which claims to protect the nation against terrorists, but actually acts as the president’s personal brute squad.

The book acts as a very interesting commentary about socio-politics in America. It mostly teeters on a line that seems to want to juxtapose libertarian and extreme Christo-fascist ideals and how the right wing of this country is corrupt and hypocritical, telling us to do one thing as it does the other. I found this to be incredibly interesting, I’d never seen these kinds of direct politics in a comic book before, but it ended up changing the way I read. Since finishing Uncle Sam several months ago, I have started to dig for themes and innuendo in comic books like I see so obvious in movies and books, because it’s obviously there, but sometimes they aren’t waving it in your face. The idea that a writer can get across a view point with subtlety and style without sacrificing the nature of the story or narration is fairy impressive. Because Palmiotti and company have drawn my attention further to these ideas in comics, I am forever grateful.

Acuña’s art is amazing in this series.  It borders on resembling a photoshop-like version of Alex Ross’ superheroes and looking like a very impressive shaded inking job.  The way he portrays these characters, though usually with overt sexual presence, is both beautiful and a priceless addition to the characterization of the moderately large cast of heroes.  I’m hoping he’ll be the main artist on the new mini-series.

Collecting all eight issues of the mini-series that sold just well enough to earn itself a second chance as another mini-series next month, this trade isn’t anything special. If you missed the chance to get the individual issues, it’s perfect to catch up, but otherwise, it’s a useless trade. With absolutely no special features, extra sketches, foreword, epilogue or commentary what so ever, this book is strictly for trade collectors and new readers. Other than that, I really, genuinely loved this series and I’m rather excited to see what the story is next month.

04
Aug
07

New comics for August 03, 2007

I’m a week and a half behind, so this week I ended up picking up quite the pile. I was glad to see so many great issues in my pile this go around. I was particularly excited about walking dead, which is already reviewed, batman, dark tower and JLA. I’ll be putting up several reviews per day and working my way through my pile over the next several days.

Action Comics #853 – Kurt Busiek(w), Brand Walker, Livesay, Lee Loughridge(a)
Batman #666 – Grant Morrison(w), Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang(a)
Black Panther #29 – Reginald Hudlin(w), Francias Portela and Val Staples(a) Arthur Suydam(c)
Black Summer #1 of 7 – Warren Ellis(w), Juan Jose Ryp(a)
Chronicles of Wormwood #6 of 6 – Garth Ennis(w), Jacen Burrows(a)
Countdown #39 & 40 – Paul Dini, McKeever(w), Jim Calafiore and Jay Leigten(a)
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #7 of 7 – Peter David and Robin Furth(w), Jae Lee and Richard Isanove(a)
Deathblow #6 – Brian Azzarello(w), Carlos D’Anda, Henry Flint(a)
Fallen Angel #18 – Peter David(w) and J.K. Woodward(a)
Futurama # 32 – Ian Boothby(w), Mike Kazaleh and Andrew Pepoy(a)
Grimm Fairy Tales #16 – Ralph Tedesco and Joe Tyler(w), Andrew Magnum and Roland Salvidor(a)
Justice Society of America #8 – Geoff Johns(w), Fernando Pasarin and Rodney Ramos(a)
Metal Men #1 of 8 – Duncan Roleau(a & w)
Midnighter #10 – Keith Giffen(w), Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Randy Mayor(a)
Raise the Dead #4 of 4 – Leah Moore and John Reppion(w), Hugo Petrus, Marc Rueda and Ivan Nunes(a)
Speak of the Devil #1 of 6 – Gilbert Hernandez(Spider-Man Fairy Tales #3 of 4 – C.B. Cebulski(w), Kei Kobayashi, Christina Strain(a)
Star Trek: Klingons Blood Will Tell #4 – Scott and David Tipton(w), David Messina and Elaina Casagrande(a)
Star Trek: Year Four #1 – David Tischman(w), Steve Conley, Leonard O’Grady(a)
Uncanny X-Men #489 – Ed Brubaker(w), Mike Perkins and Andrew Hennessey(a)
Unholy Union #1 – Ron Marz(w), Michael Broussard(a)
Walking Dead #39 – Robert Kirkman(w), Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn(a)
Welcome to Tranquility #9 – Gail Simone(w), Neil Googe(a)
Wetworks #11 – J.M. Dematteis(w), Joel Gomez and Trevor Scott(a)
World War Hulk #3 – Greg Pak(w), John Romita Jr, Janson, Strain(a)
World War Hulk: Ironman #20 – Christos Gage(w), Butch Guice, Dean White and Gerald Parel(a)
World War Hulk: The Incredible Hulk #108 – Greg Pak(w), Leonard Kirk, Scott Hanna and Chris Sotomayor(a)
World War Hulk: The Irredeemable Ant-Man #10 – Robert Kirkman(w), Phil Hester, Ande Parks, Bill Crabtree and Val Staples(a)
X-Men #201 – Mike Cary(w), Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuevas and Edgar Delgado(a)

01
Aug
07

World War Hulk #2 of 5

Written By Greg Pak

Art by John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson and Christina Strain

Marvel Comics $3.99

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The fantastic four rush to the scene to try to stop the hulk, but are stopped pretty quickly. The Human Torch can’t burn hot enough, Storm has no effect on him and Reed and T’Challa are pretty much useless. The Thing tries to trade blows with him, but is pummeled so quickly, it’s barely a fight. When he’s through, he beats Reed’s body to hell and back, which was an absolute delight. He ends up a flat, stretched out mess, laying at Hulk’s feet with Stark, just like the Hulk wanted. I like that before the fight begins, we see Reed and Sue fighting, as they still aren’t back on good terms after Reed’s insane douche baggery during Civil War.

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This issue is everything you’d want in a Hulk story. All the build up has worked towards this smash fest of anger, resentment and hate. Even the Hulk’s best friends get their asses handed to them on the drop of a dime. Pak manages to get through a lot of story in Incredible Hulk and deliver the action in World War Hulk, combining the stories from both to make some pretty efficient comic book plotting. He’s in perfect form as the event he must have planned at least two years ago comes into play.

I was glad to see Pak include all the moronic Americans in the book, as they would certainly come out parading with signs both claiming the end was near and the beginning had already started, saying Hulk was a messiah and the anti-christ all wrapped up into one package.

As a reader who generally thinks most of Marvel’s superheroes are egotistical jerks who essentially serve others to serve themselves, this series is proving to be a lot of fun. It’s like going to court and watching the lawyers get beat up.

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As the city crumbles and virtually everyone he’s ever known struggles to survive, Dr. Strange seems to believe there’s only one “hero” that can save them, but he doesn’t say who. He seems to be spending the issue trying to summon someone. I think it’s going to be either Thor or Banner. Probably Banner.  Dr. Strange will likely be one of the most interesting characters in the series, obviously.  Marvel has a fortuitous goldmine on their hands, but they don’t really seem to know what to do with him, but I think Pak knows.

01
Aug
07

World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #1 of 4

Written by Frank Tieri

Art by Carlos Ferreira, Stephane Roux, Sandu Florea and Will Quintana

Marvel Comics $2.99

Well, this makes perfect sense. In an attempt to stop the Hulk, five gamma-induced humans are given similar powers(or so it seems in this issue) as the Hulk and will be recruited to stop him. It makes perfect sense that Stark would want these guys to go up against him, if he ever manages to crawl back out of the massive hole the Hulk buried him in, as their powers are similar. This plan doesn’t have a chance of working, but it should be fun to see a half dozen hulk-powered people battle it out.

I was actually really surprised by this issue. By the looks of the cover, which looks awful, though the inside art is actually quite nice and fitting for the style that the story is told in, I thought that it was the Hulk with a bunch of fighters, like he’d made more friends to go against Stark and Richards. Instead, a team has been bred to fight him. Okay then. It’s written decently enough, not that anything real besides an introduction to these characters happens and some chatter about Nick Fury being gone from S.H.I.E.L.D., as the issue ends with the team being informed they’re finally going to be given the chance to take down the Hulk. I assume next issue they will fail miserably.

Now I’m thinking that Nick Fury might come back and save the day in October, once nearly everyone has had their ass handed to them. That would be really fucking cool.

01
Aug
07

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death #1 of 2

Written by Laurell K. Hamilton and Jonathan Green

Art by Wellinton Alves and Color Dojo

Marvel Comics/Dabel Brothers Productions  $3.99

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Apparently the Guilty Pleasures adaptation of the novels have been pretty successful. I even saw that the people at Borders had posted up a comic book rack with the comics in the horror section where Hamilton’s novels are. That made me pretty happy, because there seems to be this hard separation between a large amount of comics and traditional literature readers. Being avid fans of both, I like to see everybody conveign and have a good time with a good story. Hamilton must have been happy with all of the sales, because, to my knowledge, she has no real history writing comic scripts, yet she designated this story, with 100% new material, for a comic book and helped write it herself.

The First Death is a two-parter that promises never before seen story and appears to occur before Guilty Pleasures, as Anita says she’s never been in the all male, all vampire strip club that she spends so much time in in the miniseries. It took me awhile to get into the miniseries, something like five or six issues, but I finally liked it. I think it was the dense amount of narration and long speech bubbles that made it hard to get through. Until this year I’d been mostly reading superhero comics, which have little important dialog, and sitting down with a comic book and spending a half an hour reading it felt strange and entirely out of place. But now I’ve rather enjoyed it. The writers manage to get a huge amount of story into an individual issue by using tactile, relevant dialog only and using the hell out of narrative boxes. It achieves a much more complex and detailed story than one is used to seeing in most comic books, especially one with a Marvel logo on it. Personally, it’s a welcome change.

Though Brett Booth did the cover and was the art supervisor of this issue, he doesn’t actually do the inside art. This was kind of disappointing for me, I’ve become a fan of his pretty quickly. At first I found his art to be kind of weird, disjointed in a way that made perfect sense, but it looked different. His sharp, detailed designs just stood out from the pages of Guilty Pleasures. Then I bought the first volume of Magician’s Apprentice and got to see six more issues of his work, by the end of the second issue, I really liked his stuff. Instead, in this issue Alves uses a softer, more gentile approach to character designs and uses a more generalized, less detailed attention to the little things. This, accompanied by less colors, results in paler characters and dull backgrounds.

The story focuses on a series of child murders, which is proven to be done by vampires. Anita is called in to help the police with their investigation and, as part of finding suspects, she attends Guilty Pleasures, a male vampire strip club, for the first time. This also serves as her introduction to Jean-Claude, the vampire who runs the club, with his victorian style clothes and hyper-sexualized masculinity that makes Anita incredibly uncomfortable. This book isn’t bogged down by the unnecessary inner-dialog of odd, out of place sexual thoughts that Anita has that plagued the Guilty Pleasures series, which makes for a much better read. Along with a generally more focused plot line and a faster pace, The First Death looks to be a pretty good read, better, I should say, than the first mini-series.