Cover The mantle of Dr. Fate has been without a bearer for a long time. Fate's helmet has been thrown into space and now returns to choose the new Dr. Fate. Fate dictated that the helmet finds his way to Dr. Kent V. Nelson, a distant relative of the original Dr. Fate. Kent Nelson is a good man that is in a truly low and bad moment of his life. Far are the days when he was a top psychiatrist, good father and husband with a nice house and a great life. Dr. Fate Countdown to Mystery was supposed to mark the start of a new era in the Dr. Fate legacy. This story sees Kent Nelson coming to terms with his personal fate and the beginning of the journey to rebuild his life. How is it? When Fate's helmet return to earth we find the good Dr. Kent V. Nelson in session of "Rumble Bums", this is, fighting another bum for money. He looses and gets scammed out of his share by his friend, who coincidentally was the other bum on the "Rumble Bums" fight. This leaves him passed out on a dumpster in the rain. Soon after he wakes up with the helmet by his side and puts it on for the first time. This puts him, and the reader, in a fast but enlightening journey through the recent history of the helmet. In doing this Steve Gerber ensures that this book is accessible for everyone, even for one that has never read a Dr. Fate story. Kent has the misfortune to go against the Demon Negal in his first time wearing the helmet. Its only with beginners luck that Kent manages to defeat Negal, but its only temporarily. All of this turns out to be too much for the, already frail, Kent Nelson to handle and he drifts back into the bottle. That leads to a series of events that bring together Kent and Inza (a throwback at the original Dr. Fate's wife). Inza is a struggling comic book creator (wink wink) and proud creator of the KillHead comics. She then takes on the unwilling role of the damsel in distress, and the rest is history. The Helmet Whispers the Spells Strange but familiar Sadly Steve Gerber passed away and he didn't had the chance to end this book. DC Comics called on Gail Simone, Adam Beechen, Mark Evanier and Mark Waid to write an ending to the truly great story Steve Gerber started. As a result there are 4 possible endings to this story. Its a shame there isn't a cannon ending to this story, but this doesn't mean Countdown to Mystery isn't worth your time, because it is, very much so. The lack of a definitive ending only downgrades this book from stellar to fantastic. The art is gorgeous. The expressiveness of the faces is great. You can almost taste Kent's misery in (almost) every shot. Justiniano and Walden Wong really bring Dr. Fate's costume to life. It is very simple, a full body blue suite and the usual yellow gloves, belt, amulet, helmet and cape, but its very powerful to see. When Dr. Fate appears he's both gracious and imposing. The contrast between Kent's world, Negal's dimension and KillHead's story is fantastic. These are three very different aspects of Countdown to Mystery that are characterized with subtle but powerful differences in the art style that represents each one. Also worth mentioning is that the page composition is amazing The panel layouts are unique for every page, creating great reading dynamic. I love the panel overlapping they used regularly. Symbolism Newbie Fate gets beaten Verdict? Dr. Fate Countdown to Mystery, even if unfinished, is a must read for any Dr. Fate or magic themed stories fan. I'm both so I love this one, so much so that I've read it more than a couple of times since I got it. My preferences apart, be it for the fantastic art or the compelling story this book is worth your attention. Publisher: DC Comics Year: 2008 Pages: 160 Authors: Steve Gerber, Justiniano, Walden Wong, Adam Beechen, Mark Evanier, Mark Waid, Gail Simone ISBN: 1401218407 Follow Reading Graphic Novels in Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-dr-fate-countdown-to-mystery.html
The United States enters the battle against Atlantis, setting in motion the creation of the Justice League of America!
Don’t judge a book by its cover, even if that cover wreaked havoc upon your country and life.
So who's going to guest star on the remaining Season One episodes of TMNT on Nickelodeon? Behold the return of the Corey, Kelly Hu, Cassandra Peterson, and Rosanne Barr as the Kraang Prime?! Yes you read that right.
In this penultimate chapter, everything that’s been happening in BATWOMAN comes to a head!
The action figures NECA had made for the smash hit movie, Django Unchained, have been discontinued.
The issue also features a preview of the upcoming 'Man of Steel' series
The number of times Wolverine was mentioned in the Marvel solicits is only 50 this month, down one from last month's high of 51.
Check out what's shipping from Marvel in April of 2013 with the monthly solicits! What's canceled? What ties into Age of Ultron? Read on to find out!
Are you a PC or PS3 player that has been salivating with the thought of getting your hands on the latest Skyrim DLC? Well, we finally got a bit of Official info on the release and a bit more for PS3 players!
Francesco Francavilla will take over art duties on Hawkeye for issue #10 and #12, and we have absolutely nothing funny to say about it.
Two series were cancelled today.
Lukas Ketner Witch Doctor is sick, and he’s desperately trying to find a cure. After all, his life depends on it. Dr. Vincent Morrow and paramedic Gast visit the Red Market, a rendezvous point for people interested in the arcane arts and the illegal trafficking of spells. This is a place visited by many, but only a few know where to find the good stuff. The doctor, of course, knows who might help him: Old Man Moonshine, a magical practitioner that looks just like a hobo. I’ve mentioned before that Brandon knows what he’s doing. He has even mentioned in the letter column that after intensive research he also has a couple of ad honorem consultants (a doctor and a biologist). And all that effort shows, especially in a fantastic sequence in which Vincent Morrow inspects the corpses of Old Man Moonshine’s friends. He determines the cause of death, after inspecting the bodies and reaching a logical conclusion: two different mystical creatures have attacked them at the same time, something odd because monsters tend to be territorial. The explanation of how the creatures look and act, is amazing. This is a great example of imagination and creativity; there’s no need for us, the readers, to have any ‘suspension of disbelief’, we can believe everything Morrow says from the get go. The effort here, really, would be to consider this as a simple imaginary tale. It is that good. mystical diagnosis / el diagnóstico místico My second favorite moment takes only five pages: it’s the first appearance of the Surgeons, creatures that seem straight out of a Hellraiser inspired nightmare or a cross between a postapocalyptic Steampunk world and the gore of movies like “Saw”. I don’t know what Lukas had in mind when he read Brandon’s script, but I’m absolutely sure that not even the writer could have imagined how great his creations would look like. Lukas is an extraordinarily talented artist, his mastery over horror blends in perfectly with his complete dominion over design. I was so thrilled with the comic that it took me a while to get to the letters section. And there I found another great surprise: my letter was published! So without further ado, here it is: The summoning / la invocación Hello Brandon and Lukas: It’s not easy to write a one-shot, and yet, Witch Doctor the Resuscitation was an awesome issue. Most writers nowadays seem to be obsessed with the 6-issue arc structure and sometimes I find that a bit tedious. So I’m thrilled to see that WD can work in a single issue just as good as it does in a 4-issue miniseries. By the way guys, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for publishing my letter, it is truly a unique honor, perhaps even more special than being magically tied up by your future soul-mate while you’re investigating a deceased -and dismembered- ancient god. I’ve seen dozens of guys complaining about WD not being an ongoing, I’d hate to be the devil’s advocate here but I am more than satisfied with WD as a miniseries right now. Image is putting out so many amazing titles and my budget is so limited that I honestly couldn’t afford more ongoings. Miniseries, on the other hand, are always a sure buy for me. Out of 10 titles I buy, only 3 are ongoing and the rest are minis, that’s the only way I can keep up with Image nowadays. Meanwhile, I can’t wait for the next WD one-shot or mini. Don’t make us wait that long, eh? Arcadio Bolaños _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ The Surgeons / los Cirujanos Witch Doctor está enfermo, y busca con desesperación una cura. Su vida depende de ello. El Dr. Vincent Morrow y el paramédico Gast visitan el Mercado Rojo, un punto de encuentro para gente interesada en las artes arcanas y el tráfico ilegal de hechizos. Este es un lugar visitado por muchos. El doctor, desde luego, sabe quién podría ayudarlo: El Viejo Moonshine, un practicante de la magia que parece un vagabundo. He mencionado antes que Brandon sabe lo que está haciendo. Incluso él ha mencionado en la columna de cartas que después de hacer una investigación intensa también cuenta con un par de consultores ad honorem (un doctor y una bióloga). Y todo ese esfuerzo se nota, sobre todo en la secuencia en la que Vincent Morrow inspecciona los cadáveres de los amigos del Viejo Moonshine. Determina la causa del deceso luego de inspeccionar los cuerpos y llegar a una conclusión lógica: dos criaturas místicas han atacado al mismo tiempo, algo raro ya que los monstruos tienden a ser territoriales. La explicación sobre la apariencia y los actos de las criaturas es asombrosa. Este un gran ejemplo de imaginación y creatividad; no hace falta que nosotros, los lectores, suspendamos nuestra incredulidad, podemos creer todo lo que Morrow dice desde la primera palabra. El esfuerzo aquí, en realidad, sería considerar esto como un simple relato imaginario. Es así de bueno. my letter published / mi carta publicada Mi segundo momento favorito ocupa sólo 5 páginas: es la primera aparición de los Cirujanos, criaturas que parecen salir de una pesadilla inspirada en Hellraiser o un cruce entre un mundo Steampunk post-apocalíptico y el gore de películas como "Saw". No sé qué es lo que Lukas tenía en mente cuando leyó el guión de Brandon, pero estoy del todo seguro que ni siquiera el escritor podía haber imaginado lo estupendas que se verían sus creaciones. Lukas es un artista de extraordinario talento, su maestría del terror se mezcla a la perfección con su completo dominio del diseño. Estaba tan encantado con el cómic que me tomó un rato llegar a la sección de cartas. Y allí encontré otra gran sorpresa: ¡mi carta publicada! Así que sin más preámbulos, aquí está. Hola Brandon y Lukas: No es fácil escribir un one-shot, y no obstante, Witch Doctor la Resucitación fue un ejemplar asombroso. Hoy en día, la mayoría de escritores parece tener una obsesión con la estructura de arcos de 6 números y a veces encuentro esto un poco tedioso. Así que me complace ver que WD puede funcionar en un sólo número tan bien como en una miniserie de 4 entregas. Por cierto, muchachos, sólo quería decir GRACIAS por publicar mi carta, es realmente un honor único, tal vez incluso más especial que ser mágicamente atado por tu futura alma-gemela mientras estás investigando a un fallecido -y desmembrado- dios antiguo. He visto a docenas de tipos quejándose porque WD no es una serie regular, odiaría ser el abogado del diablo pero ahora mismo estoy más que satisfecho con WD como miniserie. Image está sacando tantos títulos estupendos y mi presupuesto es tan limitado que honestamente no podría darme el lujo de comprar más series regulares. Las miniseries, por otro lado, son una compra asegurada. De los 10 títulos que compro, sólo 3 son series regulares y el resto son miniseries, esa es la única forma en la que puedo mantenerme a la par con Image. Mientras tanto, no puedo esperar hasta el próximo one-shot o miniserie de WD. No nos hagan esperar mucho ¿eh? Arcadio Bolaños Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/with-doctor-mal-practice-2-brandon.html
RISE OF THE THIRD ARMY marches toward its conclusion as Simon Baz meets his fellow Green Lantern for the first time, just as the Corps teeters on absolute destruction!
Marvel released a teaser for Uncanny X-Men which alleges that one of the characters in the image is a traitor.
So who made the final cut? You'll be surprised.
The company, whose sole purpose appears to be to make Cowboys and Aliens stuff, held a drama-filled conference call.
A look at some of the Easter Eggs from last night's episode!
So just when is Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment releasing the DCU slugfest and what kind of goodies are you getting for the Battle Edition?
Cover Chew Volume 6 Space Cakes focus on Toni Chu, Tony Chu's sister. Tony is the usual main character, but this time its Toni's turn to take the lead. Toni is a agent of NASA, that after the events in Chew Volume 4 Flambé is the most powerful organization on Earth. In this story arc Toni joins John Colby and Caesar Valenzano in the pursuit of The Vampire, a villain in the making. Twists and turns await our protagonists when things do go according to plan for once. This volume also collects the awesomeness of the Chew: Secret Agent Poyo one-shot. How is it? I love Chew. First and foremost I love the art. Rob Guillory's art is like nothing I've seen. The closest I can remember is Skottie Young's art in the Oz books at Marvel (that I also adore). The character designs are truly unique and fresh. The faces Rob draws are nothing short of great, the resemblance yet uniqueness of the Chu family alone is worth praising. The weeding You know the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" right? Well it doesn't apply to Chew. The inside art is just as good as the cover art. I hate it when I pick up a book with stellar cover art and the inside pages have nothing to do with it, not even the style. But that isn't the case in this one. Chew profits from great and consistent art from cover to cover. Plot wise this is like a typical Chew with a Disney dark twist in it, then typical Chew again. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but think Bambi. John Layman is a master at cheerful plot with gloomy protagonist and delivering crushing blows to your spirit. In this 6th Volume Tony is in the Hopital (read volume 5 to know how he got there) and its up to his sister Toni to keep up the pursuit of the Cibopath known as The Vampire. Toni is a Cibovoyant (can see the future of the living things she eats), so, like her brother, she spends a good part of the story eating strange stuff. Tony is not is usual self In Space Cakes John Layman takes the most advantage of the Chew gimmick. Food related special abilities. Unlike Tony, when Toni uses her power the reader doesn't see what she sees. At first I didn't even notice it but halfway in the story it became evident that it was a plot device. This allows for some shock and a big awe further down the line. I must admit that I wasn't expecting to be surprised like this by Layman's writing but am very pleased I was. Toni's fiancee Toni is nothing like Tony. She is extroverted, a free spirit (really free), a nice person all around. During this story arc we get to know little pieces of her past. Turns out she's meet Caeser several times in the past but strongly denies it. This makes for a very humorous running joke through out the book. The journey Toni makes in this book is very engaging and interesting to read. I was glued to the book and only the long hours of the night made me put it down. In the end the Chu family will never be the same and the path is set for the next story arc. Space Cakes also collects the Chew: Secret Agent Poyo one-shot. This one shot is just what you imagine it to be. A full chapter of Poyo awesome kick-assery. Poyo (the cyborg roaster secret agent) is a former wrestler with the taste for big fights. He's ruthless and deadly. This one-shot is all about mindless fun when Poyo join the British secret services to take down a terrorist that threatens England and the World with a machine that makes farm animals rain down from the sky. Great fun. Verdict? Chew Volume 6 Space Cakes is very much worth your time and money. This is a great series that has regained the awesome vibe it had the first 3 volumes. Chew is, and has been since launch, one of the best series out there. If you haven't check out the previous volumes given them a looksy. They're cheap and are very rewarding to read. Highly recommended. Publisher: Image Comics Year: 2013 Pages: 156 Authors: Rob Guillory, John Layman ISBN: 1607066211 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-chew-volume-6-space-cakes.html
The hit post apocalyptic video game from Bethesda could be coming to TV.
Lukas Ketner Witch Doctor may be the world’s mystic protector and the wielder of Excalibur, but he’s also a man. A man with needs. A man with sexual needs. After a rough day dealing with demonic larvae, he meets a very sensual young woman in a bar. One thing leads to another and voilà, Doctor Vincent Morrow wakes up the next morning stark naked, heavily drunk and without a single clue of what happened in his bedroom… besides the sexy lingerie the mysterious woman has left behind. In the real world, unprotected sex can lead to sexually transmitted diseases, but in Witch Doctor’s world, unprotected sex with a supernatural creature can lead to, well, to a life extinction event. Quickly, Morrow establishes that he has been infected by a strigoi. Penny Dreadful, the doctor’s anesthetist, engages in a brutal battle with the strigoi and eventually subdues the creature. But who was behind this attack? And how can the good doctor find a cure before it’s too late? The morning after / la mañana siguiente Writer Brandon Seifert has again hit a homerun with the initial chapter of this new miniseries. Every work of fiction must have a set of logical rules to preserve consistency, this is somewhat easier when we ground our stories in real life, but Brandon does something else, something more difficult, and he succeeds in creating for us a world that although may not exist feels just as real as the streets we see outside our window. But without Lukas Ketner this original universe couldn’t exist. Lukas takes the page and turns it into that metaphorical window that actually lets us see what is going on in the doctor’s world. And if we pay enough attention we will find a myriad of details that help make this world just as real and solid as ours (if not more). For instance, the bar is decorated with some really nice vintage lamps and also a phrenology skull (a pseudo-science from the 19th century). Morrow’s hotel room is also a good combination between an average single man’s house with the ambiance of old hotels that are the perfect locale for certain horror movies. Penny Dreadful But the thing that really made me feel as if insects were crawling all over my skin is the page in which we see the sensual unknown woman licking Morrow’s neck, and then we see the tongue being transformed into the horrifying organ of the strigoi. The last time something made me feel like this was in Stephen Bissette’s masterfully depiction of Louisiana’s insects in “Love and Death” (Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing # 29). _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Strigoi Witch Doctor es el protector místico del mundo y el portador de Excalibur, pero también es un hombre. Un hombre con necesidades. Un hombre con necesidades sexuales. Después de un pesado día lidiando con larvas demoníacas, él conoce a una sensual mujer en un bar. Una cosa lleva a la otra y voilà, a la mañana siguiente el doctor Vincent Morrow se despierta totalmente desnudo, realmente borracho y sin una sola pista de lo que pasó en su habitación... excepto por el sexy sostén que la misteriosa mujer he dejado en su cama. En el mundo real, la consecuencia del sexo sin protección puede ser una enfermedad de transmisión sexual, pero en el mundo de Witch Doctor, el sexo in protección con una criatura sobrenatural puede tener como consecuencia la extinción de la vida. Rápidamente, Morrow deduce que ha sido infectado por un strigoi. Penny Dreadful, la anestesista del doctor, se enzarza en un feroz combate con el strigoi y eventualmente somete a la criatura. Pero, ¿quién estaba detrás de este ataque? ¿Y cómo podrá el doctor encontrar una cura antes que sea demasiado tarde? Penny Dreadful versus Strigoi El escritor Brandon Seifert ha logrado fascinar a todos con el capítulo inicial de esta nueva miniserie. Toda obra de ficción debe tener un conjunto de reglas lógicas para preservar la consistencia, esto es un poquito más fácil cuando establecemos nuestros relatos en la vida real, pero Brandon hace algo más, algo más difícil, y crea con éxito un mundo que aunque no existe se siente tan real como las calles que vemos por nuestra ventana. Pero sin Lukas Ketner este original universo no podría existir. Lukas toma la página y la convierte en esa ventana metafórica que, de hecho, nos permite ver lo que sucede en el mundo del doctor. Y si prestamos atención encontraremos una miríada de detalles que ayudan a que este mundo sea tan real y sólido como el nuestro (o más). Por ejemplo, el bar está decorado con adorables lámparas antiguas y también un cráneo de frenología (una pseudo-ciencia del siglo XIX). El hotel de Morrow es también una buena combinación entre la casa de un típico soltero y la atmósfera de los viejos hoteles que son las locaciones perfectas para cierto tipo de películas de terror. Pero lo que realmente me hizo sentir como si hubiese insectos reptando por mi piel fue la página en la que vemos a la desconocida y sensual mujer lamiendo el cuello de Morrow, y luego vemos la lengua transformándose en el horroroso órgano del strigoi. La última vez que algo me hizo sentir así fue la magistral ilustración de los insectos de Louisiana en "Amor y muerte" (Saga of the Swamp Thing # 29 de Alan Moore). Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/with-doctor-mal-practice-1-brandon.html
On this episode of the podcast, I was joined by good friend and awesome artist of New Comic Day Jim Gallo!
We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried.
GLAAD has released the nominees for the 2012 GLAAD awards. What was nominated in the comic book category?
HARD QUESTIONS THIS TIME! FRANK HAVE TO USE DICTIONARY, BUT THEN FRANK REMEMBER HE NO SPELL GOOD AND DICTIONARY STUPID!
Syfy contestants paired with six of DC’s most respected artists
Hey, look at that, Deadpool is riding a whale!
Joe Keatinge's Thanos: Son of Titan series reemerges, this time called Thanos Rising by Jason Aaron.