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Marvel of the Dead: Laziest Teaser Ever? (UPDATED)

Marvel of the Dead: Laziest Teaser Ever? (UPDATED)

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 22, 2013

Marvel released a teaser that simply contained the words "of the dead," with absolutely no other information.

ComicsAlliance Shocks Internet, Declares Cyclops

ComicsAlliance Shocks Internet, Declares Cyclops "To Not Be Spider-Man"

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 22, 2013

ComicsAlliance senior writer takes 2,000 words to explain why Cyclops isn't Spider-Man.

FRANK HELP! - 2/22/2013 – FRANK BORED SPECIAL EDITION

FRANK HELP! - 2/22/2013 – FRANK BORED SPECIAL EDITION

By Frankenstein, Former Agent of S.H.A.D.E. in Features on February 22, 2013

FRANK HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO AND OUTHOUSE STAFF BORING AND NO GIVE FRANK GOOD ASSIGNMENT!

DC Artist Scott Clark Deceased

DC Artist Scott Clark Deceased

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on February 22, 2013

Clark was 43

More Casting News for Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy

More Casting News for Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on February 22, 2013

After it looked like Guardians of the Galaxy had found their Drax the Destroyer in Jason Momoa, more actors continue to be screen tested.

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt coming to Playstation 4

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt coming to Playstation 4

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 22, 2013

CD Projekt RED had confirmed that Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will launch simultaneously on high end consoles in 2014.

Hamill & Fisher approached for Star Wars Episode VII

Hamill & Fisher approached for Star Wars Episode VII

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 22, 2013

Could Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher reprise their roles for Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the next Star Wars movie?

Megan Fox Cast in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie; God Dead

Megan Fox Cast in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie; God Dead

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 22, 2013

Megan Fox's casting comes as a sign that the Almighty has fallen.

Rocket Raccoon Gets a Case of the Wolverines in Nova #2 First Look

Rocket Raccoon Gets a Case of the Wolverines in Nova #2 First Look

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 21, 2013

The normally lovable anthromorphic raccoon attempts child murder in this first look at Jeph Loeb's Nova #2.

Closer look at Playstation Dualshock4 Controller, Old Controllers Won't Be Compatible

Closer look at Playstation Dualshock4 Controller, Old Controllers Won't Be Compatible

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 21, 2013

Not much for the new Playstation DualShock4 controller and hoping to just use your old controller? Well, too bad.

Swamp Thing # 38 39 - Moore, Woch Bissette

Swamp Thing # 38 39 - Moore, Woch Bissette

By Arion in Reviews on February 21, 2013

Stephen Bissette & John Totleben There is a town of the living and there is a town of the dead. On the surface, adults go to work each day while their kids go to school. Below the surface, in the deep and dark waters of Rosewood, the undead are ready to send their offspring into our world. The first pages of “Still Waters” are quite relevant. We see a group of jovial teenagers running towards the unmoving Rosewood lake: “The boys are running down to the water, laughing and punching each other, goose-fleshed in the cold gold of the hollow sunlight”. These young boys are exploring their own bodies, touching themselves in jest, ready to jump naked into the freezing waters of a lake that no one else dares to approach. But neither their corporal heat nor their youthful exuberance can save them. Soon, they learn why everyone is so fearful about this place, as one of them becomes the victim of a covenant of underwater vampires. Indeed, if vampires are undead creatures, they don’t need oxygen as we do. Thus living underwater makes perfect sense: the deeper you sink into the water, the darker it gets. At some point, sunlight disappears and so these vampires live in a “weightless twilight”. In Rosewood lake it’s always night. The vampire covenant is feeding their queen with fresh blood, she’s about to give birth to a new generation of blood-sucking creatures, but this time the horror will not take human form.    John Constantine warns Swamp Thing about this new evil and sends him to Rosewood. Two years ago Swamp Thing had been in this vampire-infested town, and after a flood everyone assumed the vampires had been destroyed (this story took place on Swamp Thing # 3 and was written by Martin Pasko). Under Constantine’s guidance, Swamp Thing discovers that he can materialize a new body anywhere in the planet. So he simply lets his body disintegrate in Louisiana and he reintegrates it in the woods of Illinois.  a reckless group of teenagers / un imprudente grupo de adolescentes In “Fish Story” we see the parents looking for their kids, and we also witness the arrival of a new generation of vampiric monsters. Inside the lake, Swamp Thing fights against a horde of vampires; instead of hemoglobin he has chlorophyll in his plant-like veins so they can’t harm him but they are so many that he can’t kill them one by one. It would seem like a standstill, until Swamp Things understands that he’s thinking like a human and fighting like a human, something he clearly isn’t. So instead of using his fists he concentrates and rematerializes his body all around Rosewood lake, he rises, as big and tall as a mountain, and all the water of the lake washes down the valley, and so the sunlight and the violent current movements are enough to exterminate all of Rosewood vampires.  vampires live under water / los vampiros viven bajo el agua The penciler in “Still Waters” is Stan Woch, and the inker, as usual, is John Totleben. Stan Woch does an absolutely amazing work. The sequence with the boys jumping into the lake is so vivid, so enthu-siastic, one can almost hear the water splashing. The artist makes this group of boys come to life, and at the same time, he creates a very threatening group of underwater vampires. Perhaps his most innovative design is that of the queen of the vampires, an obese and pale woman that looks strangely feminine and yet, very inhuman at the same time. In “Fish Story” Stephen Bissette returns, creating pages of unparalleled beauty.  In the prologue of this trade paperback, Stephen Bissette explains how on many occasions Alan Moore accepted the suggestions of the artistic team: Bissette and Totleben had been proposing stories when Martin Pasko was the writer, but none had been taken into account. Moore, however, introduced all these seemingly loose plot threads and created “American Gothic”, a saga defined as “a kind of Ramsey Campbell version of Easy Rider”. Around this time, Bissette decided that he would be leaving the title after issue 50. He had a daughter and his wife was pregnant again, and raising a family demanded a lot of hours, time he didn’t have as he was struggling to keep up with deadlines; he mentions his “eternal inability to crank out 23 pages in as many days”. He had been replaced before by other artists, but eventually he decided he couldn’t keep up with the pace. That’s something completely understandable, especially now that it’s rare to find a single artist in Marvel or DC able to complete a 22 page comic book in a month, that’s why artistic teams today are in constant flux, staying on a title for a few issues to be rapidly replaced by other people. Personally, after collaborating with at least 4 different artists for my GrayHaven Comics stories, I’ve realized that it isn’t feasible to demand your artist to complete something in a month so what I’ve done is taking me precautions and producing always less than 12 stories a year. However, in the 80s, the monthly schedule had to be maintained no matter what.   ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ one of the kids is the victim / uno de los chiquillos es la víctima Hay un pueblo de los vivos y hay un pueblo de los muertos. En la superficie, los adultos van a trabajar a diario mientras sus hijos van al colegio. Bajo la superficie, en las oscuras y profundas aguas de Rosewood, los no-muertos están listos para enviar su progenie a nuestro mundo. Las primeras páginas de “Aguas quietas” son bastante relevantes. Vemos a un grupo de joviales adolescentes que corren hacia el inmóvil lago Rosewood: "Los chicos están corriendo hacia al agua, riendo y golpeándose unos a otros, con la carne de gallina bajo el frío oro de la pálida luz solar". Estos chiquillos están explorando sus propios cuerpos, tocándose en broma, listos para saltar desnudos en las heladas aguas de un lago al que nadie más se atreve a visitar. Pero ni el calor de sus cuerpos ni su exuberancia juvenil puede salvarlos. Pronto, entienden por qué todos le tienen miedo a este lugar, y es que uno de ellos se convierte en la víctima de un clan de vampiros que viven bajo el agua.  De hecho, si los vampiros son criaturas no-muertas, no necesitan oxígeno. Por lo tanto, vivir bajo el agua tiene sentido: mientras más profundo nadas, más oscuro es el entorno. En algún momento, la luz del sol desaparece así que estos vampiros viven en un "crepúsculo sin peso". En el lago Rosewood siempre es de noche. El clan de vampiros alimenta a su reina con sangre fresca, ella está a punto de parir a una nueva generación de criaturas chupadoras de sangre, pero esta vez el horror no tendrá forma humana. a new race of vampires / una nueva raza de vampiros John Constan-tine advierte a Swamp Thing sobre estos nuevos engendros y lo envía a Rosewood. Hace dos años Swamp Thing había estado en este pueblo infestado de vampiros, y luego de una inundación todos asumieron que los vampiros habían sido destruidos (esta historia ocurrió en Swamp Thing # 3 y fue escrita por Martin Pasko). Bajo la guía de Constantine, Swamp Thing descubre que puede materializar un nuevo cuerpo en cualquier lugar del planeta. Así que simplemente deja que su cuerpo se desintegre en Louisiana para reintegrarlo en los bosques de Illinois.  En “Historia de pescados” vemos a los padres buscando a sus hijos, y somos testigos de la llegada de una generación de monstruos vampíricos. Dentro del lago, Swamp Thing pelea contra una horda de vampiros; en vez de hemoglobina, él tiene clorofila en sus venas así que no le pueden hacer daño pero ellos son tantos que él no puede matarlos uno por uno. Parecería un empate, hasta que Swamp Thing entiende que está pensando como un humano y luchando como un humano, algo que él no es. Así que en vez de usar sus puños se concentra y materializa su cuerpo alrededor del lago de Rosewood, y se levanta, tan grande y alto como una montaña, y toda el agua del lago se precipita hacia abajo, hacia el valle, y de este modo la luz solar y los violentos movimientos de la corriente son suficientes para exterminar a todos los vampiros de Rosewood. Swamp Thing intervenes / Swamp Thing interviene El artista de “Aguas quietas” es Stan Woch, y el entintador, como siempre, es John Totleben. Stan Woch hace un trabajo absoluta-mente maravilloso. La secuencia con los muchachos saltando al lago es tan vívida, tan entusiasta, que uno casi puede oír el chapoteo del agua. El artista hace que este grupo de chiquillos cobre vida, y al mismo tiempo, crea a un muy amenazador grupo de vampiros acuáticos. Tal vez su diseño más innovador es el de la reina de los vampiros, una obesa y pálida mujer que se ve extrañamente femenina y aún así, muy inhumana al mismo tiempo. En “Historia de pescados” Stephen Bissette regresa, y crea páginas de incomparable belleza. En el prólogo de este tomo recopilatorio, Stephen Bissette explica cómo, en muchas ocasiones, Alan Moore aceptó las sugerencias de su equipo artístico: Bissette y Totleben habían propuesto historias cuando Martin Pasko era el escritor, pero ninguna había sido tomada en cuenta. Moore, sin embargo, introdujo todos estos elementos argumentales aparentemente inconexos y creó “American Gothic”, una saga que definió como “una especie de ‘Easy Rider’ en versión de Ramsey Campbell”. En esta época, Bissette decidió que dejaría el título después del número 50. Él tenía una hija y su esposa estaba embarazada de nuevo, y criar una familia demandaba muchas horas, tiempo que no tenía ya que estaba luchando para mantenerse al día con las fechas de entrega; él menciona su "eterna incapacidad de completar 23 páginas en igual cantidad de días". Ya había sido reemplazado antes por otros artistas, pero eventualmente decidió que no podía seguir con ese ritmo. Algo del todo comprensible, especialmente ahora que es raro encontrar a un artista, ya sea en Marvel o DC, capaz de terminar un cómic de 22 páginas al mes, y es por eso que los equipos artísticos hoy en día están en constante fluctuación, quedándose por pocos números en algún título sólo para ser rápidamente reemplazados después. Personalmente, después de colaborar con al menos 4 artistas diferentes para mis historias en GrayHaven Comics, me he dado cuenta de que no es factible demandarle a un artista que complete todo lo que uno quiere en un mes, así que lo que he hecho es tomar mis precauciones y producir menos de 12 historias al año. Sin embargo, en los 80, la periodicidad mensual debía mantenerse a toda costa.   Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/swamp-thing-38-39-moore-woch-bissette.html

Skyrim: Redguard DLC

Skyrim: Redguard DLC

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 21, 2013

Making the case for the next Skyrim DLC.

Irrational Fanboy Reacts To DC’s Justice League Of America Mississippi Variant Cover

Irrational Fanboy Reacts To DC’s Justice League Of America Mississippi Variant Cover

By GHERU in News with Benefits on February 21, 2013

Just what is DC saying about Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Cat Woman, and Vibe?

DC Shocker: Greg Pak and Jae Lee on Superman/Batman Series

DC Shocker: Greg Pak and Jae Lee on Superman/Batman Series

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 21, 2013

The series will begin in June 2013.

Vanquish Your Enemies in New Rob Liefeld Contest

Vanquish Your Enemies in New Rob Liefeld Contest

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 21, 2013

Rob Liefeld is running a contest where he will draw your Extreme Comics stories and publish them in an upcoming comic.

Arrow Annotations -

Arrow Annotations - "Dodger"

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 21, 2013

A look at the easter eggs and comic book references from last night's episode.

Valiant Preview: Harbinger Wars #1

Valiant Preview: Harbinger Wars #1

By Royal Nonesuch in Previews on February 21, 2013

It's your first look at the upcoming crossover event Harbinger Wars from Valiant Comics!

So, What Did we learn from Sony about the PS4 Today?

So, What Did we learn from Sony about the PS4 Today?

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 21, 2013

After sorting through all the gabbing and promos, what did we really learn today about the PS4? (Updated)

Sony Playstation Meeting - Where was Bethesda?

Sony Playstation Meeting - Where was Bethesda?

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 21, 2013

With the amount I cover Skyrim, I've received a few questions on Bethesda and their absence at the event.

Why I Love Comics #123 The Return of Elliott Serrano!

Why I Love Comics #123 The Return of Elliott Serrano!

By Eric Ratcliffe in Podcasts on February 20, 2013

On this episode of the podcast I was joined by the returning Elliott Serrano (Last on episode #73!

Sony Playstation Livestream

Sony Playstation Livestream

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on February 20, 2013

Playstation 4 announcement? + more

100,000 Dolphins Flee San Diego Area, Call Comic Con

100,000 Dolphins Flee San Diego Area, Call Comic Con "Too Hollywood"

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 20, 2013

What is being called a super-mega-pod of dolphins has been seen fleeing the San Diego area, in what is assumed to be a response to the commercialization of Comic Con International.

Here's What Valiant is Scheduled to do at Emerald City Comic-Con

Here's What Valiant is Scheduled to do at Emerald City Comic-Con

By Royal Nonesuch in News with Benefits on February 20, 2013

Valiant is headed to Seattle for Emerald City Comic-Con. Are you?

What Are You Buying 2/27/2013?

What Are You Buying 2/27/2013?

By GHERU in Features on February 20, 2013

Oooohhhh, lists!

Advanced RUview: The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun #1

Advanced RUview: The Sixth Gun: Sons of the Gun #1

By GHERU in Reviews on February 20, 2013

It still counts as “advanced” as long as I received my copy before it came out, right?

Superman Gets Underwear Back in Supergirl 17, Character Still Sucks

Superman Gets Underwear Back in Supergirl 17, Character Still Sucks

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 20, 2013

The super-panties mysteriously appear in this page from Supergirl #17, indicating someone finally found a way to clean indestructible skid marks out of Kryptonian fabric.

Review: Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1

Review: Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 20, 2013

Cover Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1 mark the beginning of a Star Wars series by Star Wars set in a new era, free from continuity restraints. From Dark Horse's site: Here begins the tale of the dawn of the Jedi, the Star Wars of 25,000 years ago—before lightsabers, before hyperspace travel, before the Jedi spread throughout the galaxy, when connections to the Force were new.  On the planet Tython, a group of beings—scientists, philosophers, and warriors—strive to maintain peace and to balance the mystifying power known as the Force. But a stranger is coming, one who will disrupt the balance with his arrival and his own connection to the Force. Everything in their system is about to change . . . The doors to the galaxy have been opened! Collects Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi—Force Storm #1–#5. How is it? Wait What? A strange pyramidal ship (that is left unexplained) gathers a bunch of force sensitive people from several planets and brings them together at one planet that works as a force focal point. These people and their descendants will in time be called Je'daii. Unlike "modern" Jedi these strive to be in balance with the force, this is equals parts dark and light. On day a dark side of the force user drops by this planet and hell breaks loose. The rest of the book is fighty fighty, the force this and the dark side that. Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons Wes Dzioba and Gonzalo Flores made a good job making this book on par with the other Dark Horse Star Wars books. The myriad of alien races and different characters is really cool to see. The coloring, while not groundbreaking does a competent job. Overall the art department is very well taken care off. I really wanted to love this one. I'm a fan of the Star Wars mythos and usually enjoy the Ostrander / Duursema's books very much. But it seems that Ostrander has lost his Midas touch. The narrative is, for the most part, uninspired,  predictable and at times boring. Ostrander uses and abuses the made up names and force memes. It seems that every other panel there's a "balance of the force", "force storm" or "dark side". And the made up names make it nigh impossible to follow the story without going back and forward in the book checking who's who. I know these are Star Wars cliches, but in Dawn of the Jedi these artifices are used to the point of exhaustion. Look not lightsabers The worst part is that the book does not deliver what Dark Horse promised. This is set 25000 years Before the Battle of Yavin (BBY) but everything looks more evolved than in the Knights of the Old Republic comics (check Dark Horse's Tales of the Jedi Volume 1 and Volume 2) that took place only 5000 years BBY. The Je'dii social structure is almost identical to what is found in the prequel trilogy (almost 25000 years later). There doesn't seem to be much difference in the technological field also. In fact, apart from the flying cars and intergalactic travel there doesn't seem to by any significant difference. Not what one would expect for a gap of 25000 years. Blade Rides "Butch" These Je'Daii seem to have a much stronger grasp of the force than any other era Jedi or Sith. And talking of the Sith, out of the blue the name is thrown around. This is really odd because Dawn of the Jedi is supposed to be from a time before the Jedi/Sith ever came to be. Then there are the lightsabers issue. In Tales of the Jedi (20000 years after this story) the few lightsabers that existed had external power packs while these one work on force will alone. In the tagline for this book it clearly reads before lightsabers but this book Ostrander introduced forcesabers, that are, for the lack of a better word, lightsabers. Really slick and original trilogy looking ones. Early Promo Verdict? I fell in love with this concept from the first promo image that Dark Horse put out. However this book doesn't even come close to the spirit of that early promo. Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1 is a passable book at best. The art is good, but the writing is far from the best Ostrander and Dark Horse have produced in the past. Unless you're a die hard Star Wars fan give this one a pass. Publisher: Dark Horse Year: 2012 Pages: 128 Authors: John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons Wes Dzioba, Gonzalo Flores ISBN: 1595829792 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-star-wars-dawn-of-jedi-volume-1.html

DC’s Batwoman Does Gay Thing To Appeal To Gays, Gays Celebrate! *SPOILERS*

DC’s Batwoman Does Gay Thing To Appeal To Gays, Gays Celebrate! *SPOILERS*

By GHERU in News with Benefits on February 20, 2013

The party will be fabulous!

New Green Lantern Teams and Series Announced

New Green Lantern Teams and Series Announced

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 20, 2013

New creative teams for four existing series were announced.

FRANK HELP! - 2/20/2013

FRANK HELP! - 2/20/2013

By Frankenstein, Former Agent of S.H.A.D.E. in Features on February 20, 2013

FRANK HERE! HI! FRANK TALK ABOUT PRESIDENTS, GRAMMYS, DARTH DIDIO, AND OTHER STUFF! YOU SHOULD READ FRANK HELP!

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