Friday, February 29, 2008

New Iron Man trailer

The new Iron Man trailer premiered with Lost tonight and this movie keeps looking better and better. Judge for yourselves below.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Book of the Week 2/28/08 Thor #6

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

I've basically been gushing about this book since it came out and I said it once and I'll say it again, I never even considered buying a Thor Book before six months ago but now I'm hooked. JMS has done a wonderful job of rebooting the god of thunder and using him in the modern age. Thor isn't on Asgard, he's on Earth and the first five issues have dealt with him making a decision on behalf of the rest of the gods and just what will that decision be.

We see Thor's choice in this issue and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Just when I think that the book may falter and lose its way, JMS really comes through and changes things. It's just been announced that JMS is no longer exclusive to Marvel so I don't know where that's going to leave Thor. Perhaps he's still going on with the book or maybe he's leaving but I really hope that's not the case because this has become one of the books that I'm most excited to read every month.

I can't forget to mention Oliver Coipel's art because that's what made me want to try this title in the first place and its been stellar through this whole arc. Coipel's art is subtle yet strikingly beautiful, it's not the kind of art that you would expect from a Thor book but it's also the perfect fit. This was Coipel's last issue and while I'm expecting good things from Marko Djurdjevic, I'm really going to miss Oliver. I've been a huge fan of his since Avengers and House of M and I'll buy anything he does.

I don't hear a lot of people talk about this book....I actually don't hear anyone talking about it so I hope by reading this, you'll give the book a shot. This isn't the typical gods at war Thor book in years past. This book is centered around emotion, relationships and being a part of something special.

Try this book out, you won't be sorry.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Weekly Review Podcast Episode 29- Checkmate #23

We have an all comic review show this week and Eric chose Checkmate #23 as the book of the week and is wondering why he hasn't been reading this book more. We also discuss Justice League of America, Countdown, Robin, Mighty Avengers and more!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Book of the Week 2/20/08 Checkmate #23

Written by Greg Rucka & Eric Trautmann
Art by Joe Bennett & Jack Jadson
Cover by Kalman Andrasovfsky

I've picked up random issues of Checkmate in the past and can admit that it's always been a fine book. I thoroughly enjoyed the "Checkout" storyline as well. For some reason or another I've just never bought the book on a regular basis. However this week provided me the opportunity to jump on at the beginning of a new story arc and I can tell you I'm on board for the foreseeable future.

This comic hits all of its marks. It has great espionage stories without trying too hard or being overly dramatic like some television shows. The cast of characters also play well off one another. This issue revolves around Checkmate trying to get one of their undercover agents out of a Kobra stronghold. In order to accomplish this with minimum loss of life, they must enlist the most unlikely person to be involved in shady government operations...Superman. It's great seeing how Clark works with Sasha and the rest and the conflicts Clark has about getting his hands dirty. Really it would have been more reasonable to see someone like Batman in this role but I love that it was Clark who was tapped.

Rucka creates a great story here that anyone can jump into without having read the book in the past. I'm sure this story will pay off even more for longtime readers but I'm happy that with a book that has such a large cast and is fairly reliant upon DC history, anyone can jump on here.

Bennett and Jadson do a terrific job on the art. While not overly complicated, the art is reminiscent of Rags Morales with a slightly more "developed" look to it. They especially did a great job portraying a "darker" Superman.

This book did a great job of drawing me in and providing an intriguing story that will have me coming back for more next month. Kudos for also giving me a sneak preview of the new Titans book in the last several pages too!

The Final Crisis is almost here

DC comics has released the cover to the first issue of Final Crisis and it looks pretty sweet. I've been pretty vocal about not liking this idea but I'll try out the first couple of issues. J.G. Jones' is a skilled artist and these covers are looking good(although I think they may be a slight knock off of John Cassaday's Astonishing X-men variants)But good nonetheless!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

First look from Wolverine

Logan's back and here's the first image from the X-men spin-off Wolverine. Due out next May, The movie will explore Wolverine's past while also giving him reasons to keep having Berserker rages. After X3 I can't say I'm too excited about this but Jackman does create a great on screen Logan.

It's here!

Damn I'm excited for this. As we promised, here is the new Indy trailer posted by I really can't wait!

And check out the official site for more!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Weekly Review Podcast Episode 28- Nightwing #141

Eric was more than happy to choose Nightwing #141 as the book of the week because of the powerhouse team of Tomasi and Morales. We also discuss Ms. Marvel #24 and find out who's a skrull, Uncanny X-men #495, Teen Titans Year one #2 and more. In comic news we talked about Trinity the new upcoming weekly from DC comics by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley and we finish off the show with our top 5 picks for the most inspiring moments in comics, the moments that had influenced the industry and the readers.

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Book of the Week 2/13/08 Fantastic Four #554

Written by Mark Millar
Pencils by Bryan Hitch
Inks by Paul Neary
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Rus Wooton

I've read the Fantastic Four on and off ever since I started reading comics but this has to be the first time that I've been excited about a new FF run. Don't get me wrong, there's been some great runs over the years and the book has been really good recently but the FF has never received a lot of attention and buzz and I've always loved that about the book because it's great to have a solid book but some really good stories have been told in Fantastic Four lately and you also want people to take notice of that.

That being said, Millar and Hitch do a great job and making fans excited about the Fantastic Four again. I was worried about the Ultimate team moving over to the FF because it's Marvel's first family and I want it to stay that way. Millar is known for being over the top and pretty mature and that's something that I don't want to see in a Fantastic Four book and I'm happy to say that this has the makings of a great family based FF run.

Millar seems to have a great grasp and appreciation for the characters and it really shines through in the book. The personalities are spot on and there are several moments in this issue that made me laugh at loud. I've never had a single bad thing to say about Bryan Hitch and I still don't. His art is amazing, I love his facial expressions and his detail is astounding! There is a page towards the end of the book that is unbelievable.

This was a great comic book and something that you don't see in the industry too often. The Fantastic Four represents the softer side of superhero comics and that's probably why it never stands out and I hope Millar and Hitch will bring new readers on board. This was just a fun read and it made me feel like I was 10 years old again, being in awe of these great superheros and wishing I had an uncle Johnny and uncle Ben.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Book of the Week 2/6/08 Nightwing #141

Written by Peter Tomasi
Pencils by Rags Morales
Inks by Michael Bair
Letters by Sal Cipriano

I can't even explain the joy I had reading this comic. As fans of the podcast know, I'm a huge Nightwing fan. Unfortunately lately his book has been...well...lacking. Marv Wolfman had a good start but unfortunately the book became a preview for Wolfmans other project. Well I'm happy to say that Tomasi and Morales have brought one of my favorite characters back from the brink.

While the last issue set things up for Dick's new life in New York, this issue is the true start of Nightwings investigation into the missing bodies that are disappearing from the graves of deceased heroes and villains. Also, this issue could be called "Nightwing and his amazing friends". Superman, Batman, the Justice Society, John Stewart, and Wally West all make an appearance. People complaining about the "new" Wally should pick up this book as it really feels like the old "pre-responsible" Flash. Also, I appreciate Tomasi remembering that Wally is really Dicks best friend and two haven't really caught up since his return. Surprisingly, with all these heroes showing up, not much action really takes place in this issue but the mystery does deepen and it's nice to see Dick Grayson portrayed well again.

I didn't mean to pick another Tomasi book this week but lets face it, this guy is on a streak! I've been okay with the lack of action so far in the story because I know the guy can write it as we've seen in Black Adam. So far he has done an amazing job of giving Dick some great moments with his supporting cast as we saw with Bruce and Tim in the last issue and the rest of the DCU in this issue. I think above all, I'm happy to see the character finally given the respect he deserves in his own book. Wolfman came close but wrote the character like he did when he was younger. This feels right for the character given his age, experience, and role in the DCU.

Rags Morales is incredible. His style has definitely grown since his work on Identity Crisis. He also does well when framing a shot. Credit also needs to be given to Michael Bair who adds great mood to some of the panels. The shot of another well known deceased villain being pulled from the ground was downright chilling.

As I said earlier, its nice to have this book back to where it should be. I don't think I've been as excited about its direction since Chuck Dixon was on the title. Things are looking up for the former boy wonder!

Weekly Review Podcast Episode 27- Black Adam:The Dark Age #6

This was a huge huge for book so we pass up on our top 5 for the week and focus completely on this week's comic's. Eric chose Black Adam:The Dark Age #6 as the book of the week because of the emotional take on DC's breakout character. We also discuss Bucky as the new Cap in Captain America #34, Green Lantern #24, Countdown, New Avengers Annual and more!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

First Mark Bagley DC Art is Revealed

As we've talked about on the podcast Mark Bagley is leaving Marvel for DC and just released this first look of Bagley's DC art. He'll be working with Kurt Busiek on a yet to be announced project but it sounds like a great team for a book. Marvel will miss you Bags!