Sunday, July 29, 2007

Countdown to Final Crisis

DC comic's Dan DiDio announced that in issue #26, Countdown changes it's name to Countdown to Final Crisis. While we don't know how this new Crisis will differ from the others, rumors are stating that a main character will die and that this will indeed be the final crisis.......we'll see about that last part. DC comics did reveal two promotional pics so check them out.

Whedon's and Cassaday's Astonishing Replacements has a new article up revealing the new writer and artist of Astonishing X-men. Warren Ellis will take over the writing duties while Simone Bianchi comes on as the new series artist. I can't say that I'm thrilled at these choices but I guess I should wait and see. I think they should just end the book and re-structure the teams but I know that's not going to happen so I'll try to be optimistic.

What do you guys think?

Read the article here

SDCC 2007 Snyder set for Watchmen has details on Zach Snyder's new movie, Watchmen. I think everyone is a bit nervous about adapting Watchmen to the big screen but I don't think any of us can complain about 300 so bring it on!

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SDCC 2007 Amazing Spider-man One More Day Talent unveiled has an article detailing the full lineup of the new Amazing Spider-man book. The book will ship three times a month and will be the only Spider-man book for Marvel, so while I'm a little nervous about the whole idea, there's some good writers and artists involved so I'm looking forward to it.

Read the interview here.

SDCC 2007 Iron Man Footage

This footage of Iron Man showed up on youtube and we just have to share it with you guys. It looks amazing and the CGI at the end....I just can't wait!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Go Silver Surfer Go!

G4 may not be the station that it once was but it does have its shining moments, such as this clip of the Fantastic Four 2 musical shown this week during comic-con. Check it out!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Why so serious?

The new Dark Knight viral site has a link to the first Dark Knight trailer. Go to the page and click on the white dot in the bottom right corner and then enjoy........looks good!

Download the trailer here

Wait till they get a load of me...

A new pic of the joker from The Dark Knight has been revealed this week from Warner Bros. I think this will be a whole different kind of Joker from what we usually have. Anyone notice the Joker's entire body isn't white? New origin perhaps?

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Weekly Review Podcast Episode 8- Ultimate Spider-man #111

This week was a no-brainer for me as I picked Ultimate Spider-man #111 as the book of the week. We also discuss JLA #7, Avengers- the initiative #4, All Flash #1 and more. I also give you my spoiler filled review of the last Harry Potter book and Eric gives some recommendations for some new trades. We finish off with our top 5 current TV was a busy week.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Book of the Week 7/25/07 Amazing Spiderman #542

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Pencilled by Ron Garney
Inks by Bill Reinhold
Letters by Cory Petit

In a week with two of comics big name writers churning out Batman books, strangely the best batman book I read was Amazing Spiderman #542. Peter Parker has been sliding towards the dark side throughout the Back in Black storyline which has seen the fallout from Peter's civil war revalation including the near death of Aunt May. This issue picks up as Peter confronts the man responsible for his aunt's condition. This book really made me feel the anger that's seething inside Peter at this point.

Straczynski has outdone his fellow writers this month in my eyes by taking a formerly light hearted character and making him genuinly scary and not seem completely out of character. Throughout the story, as Peter pushes himself further and further, he walks the line of losing himself. Strczynski however, pulls Peter back from the brink at the end, allowing the character to remain someone that we want to root for and stand by. This seems to be something completely lost on most Batman writers (Miller and Morrison, I'm looking at you) who feel that since they have a dark character on their hands, they can feel free to push the envelope so much that the character is no longer recognizable. This book also does a nice job addressing how Peter will keep his family safe in the future now that his secret is out.

Garney's art is great in its simplicity. Throughout the fight scene, the backgrounds are palettes of color instead of detail. This allows the reader to focus on the character movements and the brutality of the scene. Out of all the books this week, I felt this one conveyed the most emotion across the pages and was easily this weeks pick.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Smallville's newest edition has the first pic of the newest edition to the Smallville TV show.....Supergirl. While I agree that the show's last season was the best in a while, I'm not sure I want to see a Kara Zor-El flying around Smallville. Just give us a younger Bruce Wayne please!

What do you guys think of this addition?
Comment here and let us know.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Book of the Week 7/18/07 Ultimate Spider-man #111

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils by Mark Bagley and Stuart Immonen
Inks by Drew Hennessy
Colors by Justin Ponsor
Letters by Cory Petit

Man what a no-brianer pick this was.

Unless you've been living in a hole for the past six years, you already know that Bendis and Bagley broke the continual writer/artist run previously held by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and this issue is Mark Bagley's last of the run.

And what a run it was.

As I said on the podcast this week, if you're a Spider-man fan, then there is nothing better than this book. Bendis is the modern Spider-man writer and personally Mark Bagley is THE Spider-man artist and this book has been absolutely amazing.

In this issue we're treated to the aftermath of the clone saga and Peter telling Aunt May about being Spider-man and I just couldn't get enough of it. It's obvious that Bagley took a lot of time on this issue as his art is absolutely stunning and kudos go out to Hennessy and Ponsor, whose inks and coloring really helped to honor Bagley in his final issue.

Immonen draws a couple of pages in the middle of the book to give us a sneak peak at the future of USM but Bagley was the star of this issue and rightfully so. The man has had an amazing career and his work on this title has been astounding.

This is a great single story, an easy jumping on point and a great comic with beautiful art. GO BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!

Thanks for an amazing 111 issues Mr. Bagley


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Weekly Review Podcast Episode 7- New Avengers #32

This week Eric chose New Avengers #32 as the best book of the week as the fallout of the mysterious skrull invasion begins. We also discuss JSA #7, Green Lantern #21, Green Arrow Year One #1 and more. We also give you our top 5 current monthly books as requested.

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Revealing Answers

As we mentioned in this week's podcast Dan DiDio gave a full walkthrough on this first teaser poster of countdown and revealed all the secrets that were hidden. I thought this was a great marketing tool and this has been the only thing that I've been excited about when it comes to Countdown.

Read all the details here.

And remember, Eric posted the second teaser poster below,so check it out again and post what you think may be going on.

Sinestro Corps-In Depth has an interview on their site with Green Lantern writer Geoff Johns, Johns talks about the success of the event, DC's lack of attention to the title and we also are treated with this picture that left me really excited.......

Check out the great interview here

First full pic of the Dark Knight's Joker?

A random site called has what it seems to be a full photo of Heath Ledger in the Joker costume. Some people don't really seem to be that impressed but I think it looks great!

Check it out and see what you think.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Book of the Week 7/11/07 New Avengers #32

Written by Brian Bendis
Art by Leinil Yu
Color Art by Dave McCaig
Letters by Albert Deschesne

The last issue of New Avengers left me the victim of overhype. Not being a Marvel zombie I knew little of the the history of the Skrulls or what the last images of issue #31 would mean for the Marvel universe. Granted, I had an idea and Bendis did clarify a few things however, this issue not only really brought me up to speed but I loved seeing the seeds of mistrust being planted amongst the team members.

Theories abound in this issue over the secret war, civil war, M-day, and where various loyalties lie plus everyone gets called on their strange behavior over the last several years. There's alot of build-up in this issue, which isn't necessarily a bad thing when written well. Bendis does an excellent job showing the team breaking apart through mistrust and then putting them into a situation that sees at least one member go their own way. I'm excited to see what this means for the Marvel-U as it looks like another summer event kicks off here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Weekly Review Podcast Episode 6- Thor #1

Hey guys, this week I was shocked as I actually picked Thor #1 as the best book that I read. Eric and I also discuss Outsiders, Countdown, Fallen Son and more. Also get ready because we saw Transformers last week and we have our review for you and we finish off with our top 5 favorite comic movies.

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Friday, July 6, 2007

Book of the week 7/5/07 Thor #1

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Pencils by Olivier Coipel
Inks by Mark Morales
Colors by Laura Martin
Lettering by Chris Eliopoulos

I have to express right away that I was extremely shocked that I liked this book, I've actually always hated Thor as a character. I mean I thought he was cool in the big battles but I have never bought a Thor book.....until today.

I was intrigued when I heard that Thor had died and like everyone else it was a huge shock when he returned in Civil War.....until it turned out that he was a clone. I wasn't even planning on picking up this issue but I'm a fan of Straczynski and after House of m, I will buy anything drawn by Coipel. And I am ever so happy that I bought this book.

The story revolves around Donald Blake, Thor's alter ego, trying to convince the norse god to come back to earth and that he is needed. The contrast between the two characters as being separate and the same is very well done by Straczynski and Coipel art is just beautiful and poetic.

Fallen Son: Iron man moved me this week but this book made me fall in love with a character that I have previously disliked and it did it all in one issue, to me that gets the nod as the book of the week. Let's hope this team keeps up the great work!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Weekly Review Podcast Episode 5- Sinestro Corps #1

Hey guys. This week Sinestro Corps #1 blew both Eric and I away and was easily Eric's choice for book of the week. We also discuss X-men #200, Teen Titans #48 and we give you our top 5 comic stories that we would like to see happen.

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Monday, July 2, 2007

The new teaser for countdown from one of our favorite artists Ethan Van Sciver has been released. What do you think?