Just a small post, I was thinking earlier that at the moment, through all comics mediums this really is the best time to be a comics fan. Honestly I can’t remember a week that hasn’t included a new number one issue, or a relaunch of an existing character, my obvious prime example of this being the relaunch of Batman.
DC Comics have been knocking it out of the park with the whole Green Lantern line recently and Green Lantern #10 is no exception. In the previous issue we learnt that Abin Sur had helped create the Indigo power rings to brain wash the universe’s most notorious criminals into feeling compassion and remorse for their crimes.
Let me just start by saying I reviewed this comic because it was getting some hype (I thought it was about a girl that danced, so it didn´t interest me at first, but someone told me what it was really about and I decided to give it a shot). So if you´re wondering what the hype is all about carry on reading.
So this is where I ended up. How in the muddy brown rivers of England can Mr Wade Wilson be portrayed on the silver screen for him to generate revenue the likes of his pals at Marvel have done! Comic book movies now are dominating the big screen; I dare you to find someone not a little bit piss your pants excited for the Dark Knight Rises.
Let me start off with something the 8 year old me would be going absolutely mad as hell about but the 25 year old me can’t wait for. Yeah the long awaited Judge Dredd remake starring Karl Urban! The first one sheet has been released last week and I’m hyped as hell for Dredd and his Law Giver II (Grenade!) to hit the big screen again.
Scam is a book that came from nowhere really from a small creator owned publisher, called Comixtribe. Which at the time of its original release was only dealing with a micro distribution deal with a few select comic shops in the USA and Canada, but after making some big deals, they are finally getting the worldwide release of their books that they deserve, and I for one couldn’t be happier to finally get my hands on them!
‘The Boys’ are a group of super-powered humans who monitor the actual superheroes (who are quite often parodies of our well-known Marvel and DC heroes- ‘Homelander’ is a bastardised, completely insane version of our DC’s Superman) and keep them from causing too much trouble; Simon Pegg summed it up excellently in his foreword to the TPB Volume 1, Name Of The Game: “Who watches the watchmen?
The world of independent comics has never looked better. With websites like Kickstarter and indiegogo, creators can now get their work funded (by the public, no less) without having to go through publishers. This relatively new system works particularly well for possibly controversial projects, such as Adam Cheal’s Zyklon B.
The majority of DC’s New 52 relaunch have been both financially and critically successful: from Aquaman to Wonder Woman, Batman to Animal Man. Unfortunately, some of the books have been far less successful and DC decided to drop 6 of the worst selling titles. But every cloud has a silver lining, and with these cancellations come 6 brand new titles. Earth 2 #1 is part of this Second Wave and it brings a fresh & interesting alternate-Earth (hence the name Earth 2) to the latest incarnation of DC Universe.
The hype has built up over nearly 50 years of comics and 5 feature films. Finally, Marvel’s The Avengers make their début on the big screen. Could it possibly live up to these enormously high expectations? You’re damn right it can!
As a child, I was never a fan of The Flash. I had nothing against the character but the concept of a guy whose only power is to run really quickly hadn’t ever interested me in the same way as seemingly more multi-layered characters like Batman and Swamp Thing…
Avengers vs X-Men is huge in everything from the amount of action in it’s pages to the creative team behind the project. The list of personnel is truly astonishing, including greats such as Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, New Avengers), Ed Brubaker (Winter Soldier, Captain America), John Romita Jr (Kick-Ass, Uncanny X-Men) and Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, The Manhattan Projects). However, even with good creative teams, these big events have developed a trend of failing to meet expectations.
Teenagers fighting in near-future tournaments? Yet another America’s Got… title? At first glance you’d think that America’s Got Powers is just a flash in the pan idea, made to hit on a few of the current hot topics in pop culture. But once you see the two men involved in creating this project, you come to realise that it has potential to be far more than a simple cash-in.
As a fan of both the Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited TV shows, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this section of the DC multi-verse was getting a weekly digital comic series. Now, Kal-El himself gets a solo début in the Beyond setting with Superman Beyond #1. It’s short, to the point and serves as an introduction to the universe and characters.