I saw Zack Snyder’s new Superman movie over twenty four hours ago, and I’m still struggling to sort out my feelings. The movie had a lot I walked away enjoying, a lot I walked away hating, and a lot that I found hard to categorize. It had moments of brilliance, moments of stupidity, and a strange lack of emotion. The ensuing mess of thoughts I had after watching it made my head a complete mess. It made my head a jumble of opinions, emotions, thoughts, hypothesizes, questions and more. Then I read some other reviews and my thoughts turned into a fucking jungle.
And low, so it came to pass, that the first proper comic book series I’ve ever read was a Superman arc, and not just any arc, but the beautifully, poignant, thought provoking All Star Superman. It also must have been providence since this week sees the last son of Krypton being very much in the spotlight with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel being unleashed like a speeding bullet in the cinemas with reviews claiming it to be more powerful than a locomotive and leaping over tall buildings in a single bound is the new comic series Superman Unchained from Scott Snyder and Jim Lee.
The Massive is the tale of a group of eco-activists called the Ninth Wave and their struggles as the World collapses around them. Spurred by a string of environmental disasters, society is bordering on collapse and the crew of the environmental-action ship Kapital (think the Sea Shepherd) battle to survive, find their friends and keep their ideals.
I love fresh comics though. By fresh I mean something that makes me step outside my comfort zone, broaden my paradigm and engage with something new. A lifestyle I haven’t encountered before in my day-to-day, a character I would never befriend in real life, or sometimes, something that’s altogether too familiar to me but reimagined in a way I’ve never seen before. Matt Miner’s Liberator mini-series from Black Mask Studios gave me everything I could ask for: its counter-culture, heavily liberal in its ideology, horrific and disgusting but wonderful at the same time.
Another good mix of comics this week. Life lessons are learnt, villains beaten and herculean feats are achieved (and that’s just in My Little Pony). So how did they do? Welcome to the Six Shooter! The weekly column that reviews six specific comics. Big new releases, small interesting titles and random curiosities. All will be looked at.
Now, as I sit here now on the red, fluffy rug that adorns my living room, the guitar solo laden intro to Justice League Unlimited is kicking out from the telly, goosebumps are crawling their way up my arm, and a very excited four year old boy is bouncing off the sofa shouting “How are they gonna get that weird purple thing off of Superman!”
Mongul had caught Kal-El off guard and unleashed a plant known as the Black Mercy upon him, sending him into a deep sleep, with a dream populated by his deepest idyll’s. He is married, has a son and is living out his life on an un-exploded Krypton.
Welcome to the Six Shooter! This is a weekly column that will review six specific comics. Big new releases, small interesting titles and random curiosities. All will be looked at. The way it works is that there will be a brief review of the comics followed by our rating system. This week i’ll be looking at Age of Ultron #9, Mice Templar IV: Legend #3, Virga: Sun Of Suns #1, Miss Fury #3, Shadowman #7 and Astro City #1.
And so, my journey has begun. I am now actively looking for comics, and again, scouring the internet (looking at the first page of google) in search of comics I really should be reading! I’m slowly but surely attempting to get my head around the fact that there have been different ages of comic books, from Gold to Silver, Silver to Bronze and then Bronze to Modern. I have to say that my personal favourites seem to be the Modern era, with their darker characters and more complex plots and themes.
Gail Simone has been consistently knocking it out of the park with her writing, even overcoming being controversially sacked from Batgirl only to be reinstated 2 issues later! The second installment of her standalone title The Movement is a fast moving and well worked comic book. The first issue was an almost text book example of how to launch a new comic, there was no slow steady build up with too much time spent talking for page upon page.
So, the first wave of Marvel NOW! titles has officially come to end with the release of this week’s all new book simply titled X-Men (featuring an all female X-Men team). With a second wave already in the works, why don’t we take a look at what you should be reading from wave 1.
Issue 3 focuses on El Chupacabra, a character we’ve only seen in small amounts since he inadvertently caused the death of another team member. The kicker is it was because he was drunk, which has caused him a great deal of guilt and the ire of his teammates. Still riddled with regret Chupacabra is looking to make amends and has travelled to Siberia to do so, specifically to the hometown of his deceased teammate.
During thirty years of indifference to Godzilla I had managed to avoid nearly all contact with the legendary beast. Barring the odd glimpse across the channels of his 90′s American movie, I knew little and cared less. Turns out all it took was the work of one very talented cartoonist to get me deeply involved in the world of rampaging radioactive lizard monsters and the men that struggle to contain them.
Injustice Gods Among Us tells the backstory of the recent video game of the same name. The gist of the series is: Superman has gone power mad. His former allies are splintering into two factions, those with him and those against him. Set out of main continuity, writer Tom Taylor has a lot of freedom to really push the boundaries of what we’re used to seeing in a regular monthly DC book. Thankfully, that’s exactly what he does.
Those who know me seem to think I’m obsessed by comics and comic book characters. I don’t quite know where they get that idea from as I sit here drinking tea from my oversized superman mug in my Captain America T-Shirt, Avengers lounge trousers and mismatched Batman and The Flash socks. Do I own all the Marvel Movies (with the exception of Elektra…)… Yes…but do I own comics?
Welcome to the very first Six Shooter! This is a weekly column that will review six specific comics. Big new releases, small interesting titles and random curiosities. All will be looked at. The way it works is that there will be a brief review of the comics followed by our rating system. As it’s the first ever Six Shooter it would seem prudent to focus this edition on First issues. Thankfully the gods of comics where smiling down on us and we actually have six new number ones (we cheated as one of them is a one-shot) to review.