Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Book of the Week 6/27/07 Sinestro Corps #1

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ethan Van Sciver

Unlike last week where big events were unfolding in almost every book, this week seemed a little lackluster to me. Sure, amazons were attacking, x-men were bickering, and monitors were still giving me a history lesson.

However, about a month ago I mentioned big things were in store for the green lantern corps. and this week is where it begins. The sinestro corps is now assembled and launches its attack on the green lanterns. Ethan Van Sciver's art is spectacular and really plays with the light and dark visuals. It's easy to picture the rings are actually glowing on the page. Geoff Johns also shines here. Like he did in REBIRTH, this story ties current events in with the green lantern mythos, this time looking at Kyle Rayner's past, his time as a green lantern and the price he's paid for it. This leads Kyle to to a transformation that will have Kyle's fans up in arms.

As one of those fans, I don't believe this is the end of Kyle's story. He's just been taken off the side of the angels for the time being. Johns also makes great use of the green lantern villians. Sinestro, Parallax, and the Cyborg are all the escaped Superboy Prime and the revived Anti-Monitor. In darkest night indeed!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Weekly Review Podcast Episode 4- Captain America #27

Man this was a huge week for comics and Captain America #27 stood out as the book of the week. We also discuss the shocking endings of JLA #10 and Flash #13 and touch on other books that left an impact on us such as Fallen Son: spider-man and X-men Endangered Species. All that plus we give you our nerdiest top 5 yet, our picks for the top 5 toylines! You really don't want to miss this!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Book of the week 6/20/07 Captain America #27

Written by Ed Brubaker
Pencils and inks by Steve Epting and Mike Perkins
Coloring by Frank D'Armata
Lettering by Joe caramagna

This was a very big week from DC with a lot of surprises but I was left with mixed feelings about those books. Captain America 27 was the last book that I read and in one sentence I can sum up why it was chosen as the book of the week.

I'm OK with Steve Rogers death.

Before reading this issue I still found myself mourning over cap, heck I barely made it through Fallen Son: Spider-man this week without crying like a baby, but Brubaker truly does the impossible. He brings Bucky back to life (with a metal arm no less) and I am totally in love with the whole thing. I WANT BUCKY TO BE CAPTAIN AMERICA!!!! Brubaker is definitely teasing this but I can only hope that he follows through.

Epting and Perkins do an amazing job on this book but I have to say that the wild card on this team is Caramagna's coloring. You would expect that a Captain America book would be bright and full of red, white and blue but the tone of this book is really dark and Caramagna's coloring does a beautiful job of conveying this. I can say that this is the first time in my comic reading history that I have actually taken notice of the coloring and it's something to be commended.

I'm so glad this book is back on schedule and I can't wait to see what happens next. All I know is that Bucky Barnes now has cap's shield and it looks good on him.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Weekly Review Podcast episode 3- Green Arrow #75

Eric picked Green Arrow #75 as the book of the week. We also discuss the much hyped New Avengers #31, World War Hulk #1 and more. We also have seen Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer and we give you our reviews. All this plus our top five worst comic books movies!

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Skrull Paranoia

After the end of New Avengers #31 I was really confused, but I found this interview that did with Bendis, and now I'm pretty excited to see where this is going.

Make sure you check out this interview.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Robot Chicken Star Wars Special

In celebration of Star Wars turning 30 years old, the cartoon network show, Robot Chicken is airing a special Star Wars themed episode on June 17th at 10 pm. It looks promising.

Check out the trailers here!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Dark Knight emerges

Superhero hype has posted picks of the the new batsuit for The Dark Knight. I have to say I'm pretty impressed, the batman begins suit was cool but a little weird but this suit looks a lot better.

What do you think?

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Book of the week 06/13/07 Green Arrow #75

Years ago, when DC first announced that they were reviving Green Arrow for a new book, I was a little hesitant. I've never been a fan of characters coming back from the dead. Usually it's convoluted or poorly handled. Since I trusted Kevin Smith, I picked up Green Arrow #1 and was immediatly on board. Since then, this series has provided the humor and entertainment I expect from a comic book. I've always been a fan of Oliver Queen's dry wit and the fact that he's just a normal guy trying to do good in the world. In issue #75, the final issue of this series, we see the full circle of Oliver's good intentions as he steps down as mayor in his public persona as well as a full knock-down drag-out fight between the Green Arrow "family" and Deathstroke. Deathstroke has become one of my favorite villians in comics and its awesome to see him have a vendetta against someone other than the Titans. I've really enjoyed not only Ollie's adventures in this book but Mia, Conner, and Roy's growth as characters as well and I hope that they recieve the same excellent attention in other books that they have recieved in this title over the years. Winnick and McDaniel have both done a great job on this book. Even though Ollie's and Dinah's story will continue in the Black Canary book, this series will be missed.

Oliver Queen: That's really incredible. You know you have every newspaper in the country calling this guy the Green Arrow. He's got a real following.
Lois: Yeah, well, so did Charles Manson.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Weekly Review Podcast episode 2- New Warriors #1

Hey guys, Our second podcast is up covering New Warriors #1 as the book of the week. We also discuss Detective comics #833, Countdown #47, Avengers the initiative #3 and many more. Eric and I also tell you our top 5 best comic story arcs.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Happy birthday Joss

If you're a Joss Whedon fan and live in the portland area, check out the Hollywood theater on June 22nd and 23rd. for Whedon's birthday the theater, with the aid of local Firefly fans, the Portland browncoats, are putting Serenity back on the big screen with all of the proceeds going to charity. Very Cool! I know I'll be there..

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Book of the week 6/6/07 New Warriors #1

Written by Kevin Grevioux
Art by Paco Medina

You know I had one big problem with Civil War that I never really expressed. A lot of people were upset about the delays, everyone was complaining about the ending, that stuff didn't bother me. What really bothered me was how the New Warriors were displayed in Civil War.

I got hooked on comics when I was in the third grade and there are two books I can thank for that. Amazing spider-man and the New Warriors. I just loved that book, back in the day with Thrasher, Marvel boy, Nova, Namorita, Speedball, sil and Firestar. It was such a great book! If you haven't read those issues, and I don't think a lot of people have, the coolest thing it can be compared to is marvel's version of the titans. Like a lot of books it lost it's way an eventually got canceled but a couple of years ago I saw that they were releasing a New Warriors mini-series and I was really anticipating it. Boy was it a let down. They turned the warriors into clowns that were trying to do a reality super hero show, totally out of all character.

I was very upset that marvel not only killed this team but did so in such a throw away fashion.....and then I read this issue.....and I was back in the third grade again. Kevin Grevioux did a great job with this book and I love Paco Medina's art. I was really sad to see him leave New X-men Academy but now I'm happy he left. In a surprising move, this first issue follows one mysterious hero and two former new x-men who were de-powered after M-day, Sofia and ....Beak!!! A human Beak. We learn that someone is trying to re-assemble the New Warriors and in the last page we get a shot of someone in the night thrasher costume. The question is, is it Dwayne Taylor. I really hope so, he's such a great character and would really have a place in the post Civil War marvel universe. I was really worried when I found out that marvel was re-launching this book but after this issue I am completely on board!!!!

Monday, June 4, 2007

Titans Together on the big screen?

Apparently a Teen Titans movie has been green lit and Mark Verheiden, current writer of Batman/superman is doing the screen play. He hinted that he plans on using most of the main titans but I can't help but think that this movie is a bad idea.

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Superman Doomsday DVD has released the specs for the death of superman animated movie and I have to admit it looks promising. It even got a PG-13 rating!

Best reason to buy it though? Special clip of the next DC animated movie- Justice League: The New Frontier. Now that's something to be excited about.

See the article here

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Eric's Pick 05/30/07 Green Lantern #20

Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Daniel Acuna

Welcome to the first weekly pick here at fanboysstrikeback! Briefly covering our format, each week, myself or David will pick our favorite book that came out that week and write a review. The hand of fate has chosen me this week and my pick was Green Lantern #20. I've really been bored with the many of the story arcs in this book until lately. It seemed DC brought Hal Jordan back from the dead without giving him any direction to go in (which they've done with several other characters as well). Within the last several issues though Geoff Johns has really started to tie Hal back into his original supporting cast. I've enjoyed seeing Hal have to deal with his relationships to Carol, Tom, and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps. in light of what he did in the past. This last arc has also brought back the star sapphire which is a great contrast to the green lantern corps. I think Johns has really found how to write Hal Jordan as the cocky pilot character he is. I enjoyed seeing Hal dealing with his past girlfriend and his current one at the same time. Daniel Acuna has also done a great job on the artwork in this book over the last several issues. The part that really got me excited was the last page and seeing a growing collection of lanterns. Something is brewing and it looks to be big!

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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Marvel TV

I guess marvel is trying to ride on youtube's wave of success. When I first heard about marvel TV I thought it would be a joke but I have to say, it's pretty funny. I really like the fact that they're not taking themselves seriously.

What do you think?