Friday, 24 December 2010

PART EACH MONTH vs FULL ARC

Too many comic book stories are multi issued arcs, the ones contained in only one title are better cause they don't require getting some issues of a title you don't want to get involved with, then wait for a trade hardcover to read it

Trades sometimes cost less than collecting the story issue by issue, and has less advertisements, plus they show the extra unused covers. This is a decade of a trade for each story, I recommend patience and collecting stories in trades, beats waiting for the next part one whole month

Sunday, 5 September 2010

GET A LIFE

Hey there true believers (I really need to quit quoting "Stan Lee")

I'm a comic reading nerd, I read so many comic
s, maybe a wee-bit too many, I also enjoy reading plenty of manga, playing video games, watching movies, etc,etc, same nerds stuff, it works fine for me, I can still arrange my affairs and not let my too many geeky activities interfere with the quality of activity in my life either social or to myself, though I discovered a good need to cut down my geeky/nerdy activity after checking a discussion about "How many times do you read comics?", some answered with "Only once", and I had to go in a :GASP: session, how can they do that? Of course they have too many comics they read, and so many things to do, after over a decade and a half of collecting comics they brief us on their experience of how life has things so stacked there is no room to reread back issues, and after prolonged thinking I figured I need to follow an advice of such a nice wise man


Of course the expression "Get a Life" can best be explained as "Don't let your interest(s) take over your life, balance between social stuff, work & fun", so don't misunderstand and think that reading comics is just a waste of time that causes serious troubles, it's a good hobby as many

I made a list of my top 50 characters over a year from the date of this post, 10 parts an entry with 5 characters in each entry, it went through some changes regarding the heroes I enjoy most, and who I think I should read about, but first check the important entries:

Part 1/10
Part 3/10
Part 4/10
Part 6/10

Some changes happened in the list, my top 5 heroes now, and the ones I care to collect about the most cause they are the most have comics of are (from the most favorite going downward):

1. Spider-Man: Was, and still is my favorite, not only as a superhero, but as fictional character, hopefully he will remain that way. This guy got me into the wonderful world of comics, he gave me a tempoarary fondness of spiders, I used to play with some spiders, that was until I developed quite the severe case of arachnophobia that lasted with me for years. This guy has one of the best names in comics, and a great costume that doesn't need a cape to look great, I always admired that about him, any reminder of him gives me a wide smile, and my fondness of him keeps growing, even after I feel him cheesy for a while, the only guy I almost have all of his published comics, his powers make great use in many video games, and looks great animated

2. Iron Man: Within time in the past two years and 3 months since his first movie was released, he jumped from a low mark of me not interested in him to my second favorite superhero, and as a fictional character, but I never liked the first movie that highly, still don't. I have a big collection of his comics





3. Superman: After a while, I began to feel he is my favorite DC Comics character, enjoying him more than I do Batman, the guys has the best comics I ever read, and has one of the greatest artists working on him for years, the magnificent "Curt Swan"




4. Batman: My top 3 movies of all time? Batman films. Greatest animated stuff? Batman. Comic books? Second best of all time (except the "Golden Age", some good and some boring). Video games? Have some real great stuff. Detective, I love detective stuff








5. DareDevil: Blind as a bat, his comics are great, and I have a great portion of his comics, they are great. And he's a ninja, I love ninja stuff





What made me make such a decision? I love rereading issues, I don't like to go sometime in the future collecting so many characters and barely have time to reread even an issue. I will keep my collection of other characters books, but I won't collect more of them, and besides, this way I will have more time for other things, for more important things

Saturday, 28 August 2010

UNDER THE RED HOOD


The latest release of DC DTV animated features, one of many Batman features of course, and there are one or two more Batman features to come later this year, the guy is a major cash bringer. Here's the trailer

But the movie is so good, so far it's the best animated feature I watched, it has great action, very well paced, a grim and sad story, but still holds its funny moments (so does Batman Begins), don't get grim & gritty for entirely humorless

Voice acting? Voice actors are plenty of different, listen to the voices of Batman & Joker mainly, two different from their legendary voice actors "Kevin Conroy" & "Mark Hamil" respectively, though for this movie they worked very well, perfectly well, voice acting is very well made

I won't type any of the synopsis, I think this movie is so great I don't care to spoil it for you. Watch and enjoy it, the sooner you do the better

Saturday, 12 June 2010

VAGABOND

This is it, the moment I finally review this amazing Manga series, which I'm so sorry for not reviewing earlier.

STORY:
Like many samurai stories, it takes you back to the historical "Battle of Sekigahara", a war between the North & the South of a country divided Japan, which is thankfully one united country now. From the village of Miyamoto two young men joined the war, they were at the age of 17, one of them is "Shinmen Takezo", the other one is his only friend in the village, the only man who put confidence in him, "Matahachi Honiden", both wanted to prove themselves as strong men joining the war, but they didn't have a proper opportunity to battle, at least that was what happened entirely with "Matahachi Honiden"

After the battle, some events took their toll on the characters, some took bad choices and made the wrong moves, fortunately for Musashi, he planned to move between villages & boroughs, hence the name Vagabond, the march of "Miyamoto Musashi" towards being a great swordsman

Amazing series, I recommend you to read it, if you like reality in what you read, this series has plenty of reality, and of course it has some things that require you to suspend your disbelief, just don't fret

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

TALES OF CHECKERED MAN

Origin of Checkered Man?

Fun comic strips, read them and you will enjoy them, I promise you will
Start reading from here then press on the link "Newer Posts" every time you finish from the strips on that site

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

BATMAN & ROBIN vs......ELECTRO?

Been having a Batman Fever for the past few months (so usually fever is called for the rise of body temperature caused due to bacterias from certain sources, but when a geek says "something fever" that means geekness kicks in in that criteria, real hard) and had so much Batman dosage whether it's from comics, movies, or other source, like two days ago I watched two Batman movies, watched some episodes from two Batman cartoons and so on, but let's cut to the chase, shall we




Since I've read Golden Age Batman, I couldn't help but note how this guy, The Human Magnet costume is similar to the costume of one of Spider-Man's main foes since the Lee/Ditko era, like the costume of Electro, The Human Lightning Bolt

Monday, 10 May 2010

IRON MAN, BIGGEST SUPERHERO ON THE BIG SCREEN?


After "John Favarue" worked with his crew on creating a highly acclaimed masterpiece that made "Iron Man" a truly big name in both the worlds of Superheroes & movies was released in 2008, it was possibly the movie that challenges the greatness of Batman on the big screen after "Chris Nolan" & his crew worked on the release of "Batman Begins" in the year 2005 & its hugely more successful sequel "The Dark Knight", that rose the value of comic book superhero movies levels higher than what Spider-Man did after what Superman's movie starring the late "Christopher Reeves" did

"Robert Downy jr" is the witty nice weapon industrialist you would love to be his friend cause he's fun and friendly, who decided to stop manufacturing weapon after seeing that his money & inventions kills his people possibly as much as it helps his country soldiers, and got captured by the enemies, he performed in a most admirable way, the movie made the scene better than it was in the comics, especially how he makes fun of his captors, and still makes a body armor instead of a weapon under the eye of their surveillance cameras, which can be known as P.I.S (Plot Induced Stupidity)

I guess money mongers turning to guardians of their towns make their creators richer money mongers if the characters are well written

Why have I said that this is possibly more successful than Nolan's Batman movie-wise? Check out youtube on both their movies and you'll find the No. of viewers reaching a very high number

Saturday, 8 May 2010

ODA NOBUNAGA

In a previous post I posted about this man, I saw him first in the video game by Capcom; "Onimusha 3" as the final boss, and was really surprised to see the exact same name used in a manga that has absolutely nothing to do with the game series. A fellow member from CBR forums & a fellow manga reader who pointed out to me indirectly on the manga series VAGABOND, pointed out that Nobunaga is a man from early Japan, a villain who wouldn't be let alone by historical fiction from the days of the Battle of Sekigahara mentioning him as a villain

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

COMMON FACTOR, OR PERSON

Vagabond Ch. 85
Story & Art by "Takehiko Inoue"
Based on the novel MUSASHI by "Eiji Yoshikawa"


The image above (as noted below) is a panel from chapter 85 of a manga series titeld Vagabond I currently read (I'll review the series later as I go on through it). I noticed the name below in it

It's the name of the evil gentleman below, it's like a villain from a video game offering a manga person position with him

The master villain from this great Samurai game series developed & published by Capcom
ONIMUSHA, which is a great game series, also a Samurai series

I love Samurai stories

Monday, 5 April 2010

PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #1/5

Written By: Victor Gischler
Art By: Rob Liefeld (only for this issue)

"Wanda Wilson" is the name of the female Deadpool on this cover, she is the first of four other pools from four other worlds besides our most common Earth616 to be collected to save the multi-verses as "Wade Wilson" was requested by a higher cosmic being. (Never look at the current Hulk books as they are Earth616 right now, cause they behave very far out of continuity)

Wanda is chased by the army, and led by "General America" (Captain is Major in the Zombie-Verse & a General here), there is a hard chase, a handful of soldiers are lost, a handful of soldier tanks & choppers

DP showed-up saving Wanda from being arrested, they go to Wade's home so the team can be united.
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Ignoring the art I'll give this issue a solid 5 out of 5, I'm a huge fan of Deadpool
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P.S: Get the issue, it's worth reading plenty much, that' why I don't ruin the jokes for you

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

DELTA HOUSE/ZETA HOUSE


In Spider-Man Crawlspace website which is started by "Brad Douglas" there are these two houses for the spidey fans due to the hate/love thing for the current status quo for Spider-Man

"Delta House" is for the haters of the new direction
"Zeta House" is for those enjoying the current direction
I'm Zeta member Scimitar (I mainly did this post so I can add the image to my signature)

Friday, 19 February 2010

DAREDEVIL: "BORN AGAIN"














From the creative team of "Batman: Year One", before moving to DC Comics "Frank Miller" & "David Mazzucchelli" we received this wonderful story for DareDevil, the return of "Karin Paige", Kingpin's new found info and the life of the man behind the mask; "Matthew Murdock"
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Main Characters Roles:

*Karin Paige: Karin was last seen before this story as an uprising actress who escaped her life as a secretary, and escaped the life of being DareDevil's girlfriend, of being the lover of a man who might die in his adventures. Here she returned as a junkie who sells the secret of DareDevil in "New Mexico" in exchange of some bread, but that leavers her endangered and in a situation that either she escapes or get killed. She got undesired help to transport back to where Matt lived by a gangster fan of the former actress, instead of doing her a favor for a favor Paulo decided she's his, she then escape, Paulo gets arrested and she is reunited with Matt

*Wilson Fisk/Kingpin: After a network of intelligence from "New Mexico" let the info of DD's secret identity make its way to Kingpin, Kingpin decided to make sure of this info, especially since at first he didn't believe Bullseye when he found out and told Kingpin. Wilson made Matt's life miserable, saw how DD is always there for Matt and realized it true, so he blew Matt's home trying to destroy him and make him work for him, Matt came angry and fought Willy but the fight ended too soon and Wilson made it look like Matt stole a cab, drove it drunk the drowned himself, but unfortunately for him Matt escaped

*Matthew Murdock/DareDevil: Hardly wore the suit in this story, he remained miserable but then stood again and took control of his life, he is since then a cook in Hells Kitchen living in a warehouse

*Ben Urich: He got his fingers broken, was creeped out to ignore the Murdock story and how it linked to Kingpin, then he came to it and did plenty of good work

Friday, 12 February 2010

NARUTO CHAPTER 482

Back in the early days when "Uchiha Sasuke" was a member of Team-7 he went with his fellow team-mates to the Chuunin exam, there he met a girl for a short time & saved her from a wild giant bear

Surprisingly; she is Karin, a fellow member with him in Akatsuki and from his team of Avengers, he was real nice to her back in those days
But he decided in his battle with Danzo since she is severely injured she is of no use to him, so he must get rid of her

Miss Karin is saved by "Haruno Sakura" who pretended to have the intention of killing Sasuke for being a traitor, but she wanted to do it alone so she decided to ditch her fellows since the previous chapter

Aawwhh, she does love him, but she's very stupid.

I guess what Meg told Herc in the Disney Hercules film that he told her again after saving her from death is true: "People do crazy things, when they're in love"

Thursday, 11 February 2010

SPIDER-MAN MOVIE REBOOT; ULTIMATE?


So it is not a new piece of information that after "Spider-Man 3" we will be getting a reboot for the series in 2012, new stars, new director. The film series (according to news) will be a new trilogy directed by "Marc Webb", the director of "500 Days of Summer" (I never saw the movie, never heard of it or of the director before).

"Director Webb" (heh heh, I make it sound like he's a director of S.H.I.E.L.D.) announced that he is a huge fan of "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man" which started back in the year 2000 by "Brian Michael Bendis"(never left the project) & artist "Mark Bagley" (stopped after issue 110 and went to DC comics as an artist for Trinity), the success of that series led to the launching of the rest of the "Ultimate Universe"

As a huge fan of "Ultimate Spider-Man" the new series could be hugely based on that series, starting with "Peter Parker" at "High School" and he could possibly make Peter have a job as the "Daily Bugle" web designer, this is a great service "Mr. Bendis" did for Peter because it has a better use of some of the young science whiz. abilities & skills

At least I hope like many other Spider-Man fans that the origin won't be retold here, cause it is very well known world wide and done a flawless revamp of it in the first of the previous trilogy

Sunday, 7 February 2010

JOHN JONES

I read "The Bat-Man" (that how Batman was known as when he first showed up) feature in the classic "Detective Comics #029" and there is the name by the issue villain known as "Dr. Death", a letter for "John Jones"

Detective Comic 029, "The Bat-Man"
Story & Art by "Bob Kane"



You definitely are familiar with the "Martian Manhunter" from "The Justice League", he's the last one of his kind who came to Earth, his name is "Jonn Jonzz", but he poses as a human cop and his name as a cop is "John Jones", the name Bat's read in the paper
Martian Manhunter/Jonn Jonzz

Friday, 5 February 2010

SAME PLOT, AGAIN & AGAIN

Image from "Iron Fist v1 #09"
By "Chris Claremont" & "John Byrne"

The poison that takes a certain time to take effect, and the challenge for the duration to reach the antidote

Sometime plots get repeated fun and sometimes boring, in my opinion this is one of the fun times

Sunday, 24 January 2010

NO GAMBLING = SMART WORDS

DareDevil 191 By "Frank Miller" & "Klaus Janson"

Roulette, gambling with a gun, truly idiotic
Any other type of Gambling does the same, it kills you, just doesn't do it this quick, not always

Saturday, 23 January 2010

WATCHMEN, THE MOVIE

Based on the 12 part mini-series by "Alan Moore" & an artist I have no idea what his name is, I saw the movie but still haven't read the "Graphic Novel"

The movie has an ok story, a good story, not as AWESOME as the graphic novel is praised, I don't think the graphic novel is worth this high level of praise anyway, this is an overrated story

The story is violent, and has lots of images unhealthy for the eyes, neither young nor old

This is a movie that anyone who thinks comic books are kids stuff must see
Of course Nolan's Batman must change your minds too, they are PG-13 movies, not too mature and not too childish

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

SPIDER-MAN 4, NO MORE?

No. 4 has a red X marked on it denying this number, cause we won't have Spider-Man 4 kids, the rumors are true: SPIDER-MAN FILM FRANCHISE GETS REBOOTED

The question Mark is me wondering: What Will The Suit Look Like In The Reboot?

Monday, 18 January 2010

YOU GOTTA LOVE 'EM

Panels from DareDevil v1 #172, script & art by "Frank Miller", inks by "Klaus Janson"

Kingpin is a calm powerful genius, he sure knows how to use tension for his advantage, Bullseye is a clever killer you don't want to tangle with, but they sure make a story really fun

Friday, 15 January 2010

ITALIAN INTRODUCTIONS 4 SUPERHERO CARTOONS

I have the intro's for Batman: TAS, HULK: TAS, BATMAN BEYOND & Spider-Man Unlimited in MP3 forms, I could've just added an image to the song and upload it here, but then I decided you need to see the videos on your own.

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BATMAN BEYOND/BATMAN OF THE FUTURE

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BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES

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HULK THE ANIMATED SERIES

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X-MEN THE ANIMATED SERIES

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SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED

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SPIDER-MAN FROM 1981, POORLY FORGOTTEN SHOW

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: WHAT A JOKE!!!

American Comics creators at least take too much pride with their false heritage anyway, why do so?

So many comics show America to have the upper hand over whatever threat hit it (so does Hollywood, every form of American fiction does so). Comic creators do plenty of comics showing how great and heroic they were during "World War II" against the danger of the Nazi threat, what gives?

Panel from Batman vs "Captain America". Story & Art by "John Byrne"

I saw so many covers of issues proving Americans to be Anti-Nazi patriots (this is why I started this subject in my comic blog), like America was threatened during WWII, the recent thing that really bugged me the most is having Joker disapprove of working for Nazi skunks because Nazi's are too evil even for a low-life like the Joker to join them

Here's a little lesson in history: During WWII U.S.A joined the group that worked against the Allied-Triangle, but what did they do? They loaned cash to countries to annihilate each other and stood watching from the sidelines, but when the Japanese blew-up one of their harbors in Hawaii back in August 1945 you know what those patriotic heroes did? The blew Two Japanese cities full of civilians, not militiamen, CIVILIANS, count 140,000 dead bodies. By the end of the war the great heroic country was the richest because it lost very little in the war compared to other countries and many countries were in financial debt to this mega awesome country

At least something good came out of that rubble the Nazi's (American government was and will always be a true Nazi, but they have many many respectable citizens, don't get frustrated on the citizens cause they are simply victims of their "Great Government"), Japanese stood up strong, they repaired their country and now they surpass all the rest of the countries by far many great steps, and we're very happy for the Manga and Anime aside from their fantastic technology, culture & well shaped manners

Monday, 11 January 2010

DARK KNIGHT TWO-FACE

Look at this picture; isn't it awesome?
This thread contains spoilers, so watch THE DARK KNIGHT movie then come read this if you didn't do so already. I can't guarantee you'll see it as awesome as I do even after several times of watching.

The one bedded is Harvey Dent after he is burnt severely in the entire left half of his body, the one with him is the Joker

Before capturing Joker Harvey was on his way to prison because he said he's Batman, they wanted Batman imprisoned to end the array of dead cops. Harvey was saved by Batman, Joker was captured and sent to prison.

Later Batman asks Joker where Harvey Dent & Rachel Dawes are, when did Joker have the time to capture them?

Batman said he'll save Rachel and told the cops to save Dent, but he felt Dent more important for the city so he saved him, the burnt half of Harvey was soaked in gasoline so it burnt after Batman took him away from the place before it burns, but they weren't able to go far enough and the fire reached and spread on the gasoline sending Harvey to the hospital

In the hospital before Joker blows it he convinced Harvey Two-Face that everything he did was random and unplanned, all plans have pathetic results? And Joker planned nothing? With everything he planned? And Harvey trusted him easily? After being so sore about Joker for what he did to him? Did I hear right?

Joker gets out and blows the hospital before Harvey has enough time to get out after getting dressed, how did he survive and didn't burn to an extra crisp? And that bombing of the hospital after having a chat with Two-Face wasn't planned? What did Joker say about planners being pathetic?

I think the movie is fun, it is one of my favorite movies, but it is very flawed

Friday, 8 January 2010

HOW MANY TIMES DID THIS HAPPEN SO FAR?





















From "Amazing Spider-Man #356" By "David Michilinie" & "Mark Bagley"

Thursday, 7 January 2010

ERIK LARSEN

I'm beginning to enjoy the art of the guy now that I find the Spider-Man stories sketched by him to be much more fun than the Michilinie stories penciled by Mark Bagley, though I prefer the art of Mr. Bagley heavily especially since I saw his work on Ultimate Spider-Man.


Here's a pin-up picture half drawn by Erik Larsen & Half drawn by Todd McFarlane from Amazing Spider-Man #350