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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!

Star Trek Into Darkness Motion Poster + Preview Video

Star Trek Into Darkness Motion Poster + Preview Video

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 20, 2013

A short first-look video for the new Star Trek movie and the new 'motion poster' (warning: sound)

X-Men vs. Sentinels in All New X-Men #9 Preview

X-Men vs. Sentinels in All New X-Men #9 Preview

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 19, 2013

The time-displaced X-Men face off against sentinels on the streets of New York City in this first look at All New X-Men #9!

DC Universe Presents #17 Preview

DC Universe Presents #17 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 19, 2013

Roy Harper is all too familiar with the road to hell being paved with good intentions, so he’s not totally surprised when an attempt to help Killer Croc leaves him running for his life on the streets of Japan.

JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull #3 Preview

JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull #3 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 19, 2013

Chapter 3 of 'The Big Dirt Nap'

Weisman Comments on Young Justice's End

Weisman Comments on Young Justice's End

By Zechs in News with Benefits on February 19, 2013

The co-creator of the show, Greg Weisman finally talks about the cancellation of Young Justice.

A Journey Through Skyrim #29

A Journey Through Skyrim #29

By xaraan in Webcomics on February 19, 2013

Issue 29 is up and ready for consumption!

Legion Of Super Heroes #17 Preview

Legion Of Super Heroes #17 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 19, 2013

Sarah McLachlan pleads: 'PLEASE, won't you help donate to stop Nacireman's endless anguish ? For just $2.99 a month you can ease his chronic suffering, provide needed medication and restful nights'

Action Comics #17 Preview

Action Comics #17 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 19, 2013

Superman fights to save all of creation! In the backup story, find out whatever happened to the Men of Tomorrow(s)!

FRANK CONFUSED: Ultimate Universe Canceled Or Not?!

FRANK CONFUSED: Ultimate Universe Canceled Or Not?!

By Frankenstein, Former Agent of S.H.A.D.E. in News with Benefits on February 19, 2013

Frank no know if should believe Bleeding Cool or Great One!

Feminist Comic Creator Elicits Wrong Reaction to New Superheroine

Feminist Comic Creator Elicits Wrong Reaction to New Superheroine

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 19, 2013

All poor feminist Will Brooker wanted was to save frail, defenseless women from the perils of a male-dominated comic book industry.

Green Lantern #17 Preview

Green Lantern #17 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 19, 2013

An epic, destiny-fueled adventure begins here with part one of 'WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN'! And .. the ultimate fate of Hal Jordan and Sinestro is revealed!

Justice League Of America #1 Preview

Justice League Of America #1 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 19, 2013

Green Lantern! Green Arrow! Catwoman! Katana! Vibe! Hawkman! Stargirl! They aren’t the world’s greatest super heroes—they’re the most dangerous! But why does a team like the JLA need to exist? What is their ultimate mission? And who is pulling the strings?

Dexter Comic Delayed Again

Dexter Comic Delayed Again

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 19, 2013

Marvel believed to be canceling and resoliciting comic "just to screw with people."

The Walking Dead:

The Walking Dead: "Home"

By Royal Nonesuch in Features on February 19, 2013

PhoenixEquinox returns to review the latest episode of AMC's The Walking Dead!

Saga of the Swamp Thing # 35, 36 37 - Moore, Bissette Totleben

Saga of the Swamp Thing # 35, 36 37 - Moore, Bissette Totleben

By Arion in Reviews on February 19, 2013

Stephen Bissette & John Totleben Could you put a price to the life of your children? Can everything in this world be bought or sold? These quandaries are common in today’s society, and I imagine Alan Moore must have been musing about it before he sat down to write “The Nukeface Papers”, which was published in Saga of the Swamp Thing # 35 and 36 in April and May, 1985. Everything begins in a peaceful afternoon. Abby is sleeping next to Swamp Thing, the trees are blossoming, the flowers are colorful and the only odd intruders are the newspaper pages that have been thrown away: “He watches the sheets of newsprint flap like huge moths, crippled by their own weight, hopping clumsily amongst the black trees. Their pages are full of obsolete tragedies and discarded faces; all the carefully logged hysteria of a world he no longer belongs to”.  And then, a couple of miles away, an old man nicknamed Nukeface runs into a young runaway. Nukeface is clearly a homeless drunk, and he immediately starts drinking a strange glowing fluid while he talks about Pennsylvania and the way a certain company disposed of their nuclear wastes. Contamination is part of our life, but sometimes we forget how serious the consequences are, especially when corporative responsibility is a scarce virtue. There have been films –like Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brokovich– that show the tremendous cruelty of certain companies that deliberately poisoned people with radioactivity and/or chemical substances. These companies were never held accountable for their acts, until the people started suing them for millions of dollars, in some cases –in the Erin Brokovich story– the people won, in other cases, they didn’t. Those are real life situations, but what Alan Moore does here is disguise the horror of corporative greed in an allegorical tale of death and putrefaction. When Nukeface gives the young runaway a taste of his beverage, we understand what he has been drinking all along: nuclear wastes. Quickly, the young man starts decomposing until he dies. And Nukeface keeps searching for nuclear wastes. He knows the company is no longer disposing of them in Pennsylvania due to lawsuits, they’re now burying all of it into the swamps of Louisiana. When Swamp Thing runs into Nukeface, he’s contaminated by his radioactive body. If the Swamp Thing is a creature of nature, there can be nothing more lethal to him than contamination. And slowly but surely, he starts rotting.  Nukeface / Cara-Nuclear The conclusion of the story is told from the perspective of eight different characters. They all share what they know, as readers we can easily piece together the puzzle after we see what these men and women have gone through. This is an extraordinary narrative device that only a handful of writers would know how to use properly. Alan Moore shows why he is one of the best and most influential authors in recent decades by connecting the dots and adding an unmatched layer of complexity. There are moments of true horror in these pages, and in the end Nukeface remains at large. Nothing can deter him, not the people who died in their presence, nor the putrefied fauna. But perhaps the scariest part is that Nukeface is not the real monster. He’s the product of those who seek only profit and care not for life. The real monster is the company, but this time there are no lawsuits, no happy endings to speak of… only a final page that reunites dozens of newspaper clips (selected by Moore) that are testimonies of people who developed cancer as a result of radioactive or chemical exposure; they were victims, above all, of the indifference and ruthlessness of the companies who disposed of their thrash without worrying about the consequences.      Swamp Thing decomposing / Swamp Thing descomponiéndose After such an intense story, one would think that Alan Moore would take it easy for an issue or two. But that’s not the case. On the contrary, “Growth Patterns” is the prelude of Swamp Thing’s most epic saga: American Gothic. And this issue also marks the first historical appearance of John Constantine, a British bloke, a chronic smoker, a dabbler in the mystic arts and a cold bastard that could outwit any sorcerer or demon on Earth. A few years later, John Constantine would be the protagonist of Hellblazer, a Vertigo title that lasted for over 25 years. These are his –not so much– humbling beginnings. Stephen Bissette and John Totleben surprise us again with some of the most haunting images ever. Let’s take a look at the horror of human misery and the corporal decay of Nukeface, which is made evident in the putrid face of this alcoholic / addict to nuclear wastes. I saw this drawing for the first time over 14 years ago and I was marveled by the details and the overall design. This is a comic book page that I could never forget. Seeing the Swamp Thing melting in a pool of radioactive fluids is also a powerful moment. The body language and the physical attributes of the eight characters that narrate this story are carefully depicted by the creative team, Billy Hatcher is a good example of that. Finally, “Growth Patterns” counts with Rick Veitch as penciler and thanks to him we see a young John Constantine and his lover Emma who is drawing an invunche, a homicidal demon that eventually will find his way into this world, as we can see in the next page. The idea of a humanoid with a hand sewn inside his own body and his head turned in an impossible way that defies death is quite a shocking figure. Of course, Bissette and Totleben are also in charge of the covers, and their amazing visual concepts and detailed work are a privilege and a joy to behold. _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Billy Hatcher ¿La vida de tus hijos tiene un precio? ¿Todo en este mundo puede ser comprado o vendido? Estas interrogantes son comunes en la sociedad actual, e imagino que Alan Moore debe haber meditado sobre ello antes de sentarse a escribir "Los periódicos de Cara-Nuclear", publicados en "Saga of the Swamp Thing" # 35 y 36 en abril y mayo de 1985. Todo empieza en una pacífica tarde. Abby duerme al lado de Swamp Thing, los árboles están reverdeciendo, las flores brotan y los únicos raros intrusos son los papeles periódicos que han sido arrojados por ahí: "Él observa las hojas impresas que aletean como gigantescas polillas, agobiadas por su propio peso, chocando torpemente contra los negros árboles. Sus páginas están llenas de tragedias obsoletas y rostros descartados; toda la histeria cuidadosamente registrada de un mundo al que él ya no pertenece".   John Constantine Y luego, a un par de millas, un viejo apodado Cara-Nuclear se cruza con un joven fugitivo. Cara-Nuclear es un vagabundo borracho, y de inmediato empieza a tomar un extraño líquido brillante mientras habla sobre Pennsylvania y la forma en que una empresa desechaba sus residuos nucleares. La contaminación es parte de nuestra vida, pero a veces olvidamos qué tan serias pueden ser las conse-cuencias, en especial cuando la responsabilidad corporativa es una virtud escaza. Hay películas -como "Erin Brokovich" de Steven Soderbergh- que muestran la tremenda crueldad de ciertas compañías que envenenan a personas, a conciencia, con radioactividad o sustancias químicas. Estas compañías no asumen responsabilidad alguna por sus actos, hasta que la gente empieza a demandarlas por millones de dólares, en algunos casos -en la historia de "Erin Brokovich"- la gente gana, en otros, no. Estas situaciones son de la vida real, pero lo que Alan Moore hace aquí es disfrazar el horror de la codicia corporativa en una historia alegórica de muerte y putrefacción. Cuando Cara-Nuclear le da al joven vagabundo un sorbo de su bebida, entendemos qué es lo que ha estado tomando desde el inicio: residuos nucleares. Rápidamente, el joven empieza a descomponerse hasta que muere. Y Cara-Nuclear sigue en su búsqueda de desechos radioactivos. Él sabe que la compañía ya no los deja en Pennsylvania a causa de las demandas, y ahora los entierran en los pantanos de Louisiana. Cuando Swamp Thing encuentra a Cara-Nuclear, es contaminado por su cuerpo radioactivo. Si Swamp Thing es una criatura de la naturaleza, nada es más letal para él que la contaminación. Y lentamente, empieza a podrirse. Invunche La conclusión de la historia es contada desde la perspectiva de ocho personajes diferentes. Todos comparten lo que saben, como lectores podemos armar las piezas del rompe-cabezas después de ver todo lo que experimentan estos hombres y mujeres. Este es un extraordinario recurso narrativo que sólo un puñado de escritores sabría cómo usar de modo adecuado. Alan Moore nos muestra por qué él es uno de los mejores y más influyentes autores de las últimas décadas al conectar todos los puntos y añadir así un nivel de complejidad sin precedentes. Hay momentos de verdadero terror en estas páginas, y al final Cara-Nuclear sigue libre. Nada puede detenerlo, ni la gente que murió en su presencia, ni la fauna que se pudrió. Pero tal vez lo más terrible es que Cara-Nuclear no es el monstruo real. Él es el producto de aquellos que buscan sólo ganancias, sin preocuparse por la vida. El monstruo real es la compañía, pero esta vez no hay demandas ni finales felices... sólo una última página que reúne docenas de recortes de periódico (seleccionador por Moore) que son testimonios de personas que desarrollaron algún tipo de cáncer como resultado de la exposición química o radioactiva; ellos fueron víctimas, después de todo, de la indiferencia y la frialdad de las compañías que botaron su basura sin preocuparse de las consecuencias. Después de una historia tan intensa, uno pensaría que Alan Moore se tomaría las cosas con calma. Pero eso no es así. Por el contrario, "Patrones de crecimiento" es el preludio de la saga más épica de Swamp Thing: American Gothic. Y este ejemplar también marca la primera aparición histórica de John Constantine, un sujeto británico, un fumador crónico, un investigador de las artes místicas y un frío bastardo capaz de engañar a cualquier hechicero o demonio sobre la Tierra. Pocos años después, John Constantine sería el protagonista de Hellblazer, un título de Vertigo que duró por más de 25 años. Estos son sus -nada humildes- orígenes. Stephen Bissette y John Totleben nos sorprenden de nuevo con imágenes alucinantes. Veamos el horror de la miseria humana y la descomposición corporal de Cara-Nuclear, que se hace evidente en el pútrido rostro de este alcohólico / adicto a los residuos nucleares. Vi este dibujo por primera vez hace más de 14 años y quedé maravillado por los detalles y el diseño en general. Este es un cómic que nunca podría olvidar. Ver a Swamp Thing derritiéndose en un charco de fluidos radioactivos es también un poderoso momento. El lenguaje corporal y los atributos físicos de los ochos personajes que narran esta historia son retratados con sumo cuidado por el equipo creativo, Billy Hatcher es un buen ejemplo de ello. Finalmente, "Patrones de crecimiento" cuenta con los lápices de Rick Veitch y gracias a él vemos a un joven John Constantine y a su amante Emma quien dibuja un invunche, un demonio homicida que eventualmente se abrirá paso en nuestro mundo, tal como vemos en la página siguiente. La idea de un humanoide con una mano cosida dentro de su propio cuerpo y su cabeza volteada de una manera que desafía la muerte causan una fuerte impresión. Desde luego, Bissette y Totleben también están a cargo de las portadas, y sus asombrosos conceptos visuales y detallado trabajo son un privilegio y un disfrute para quien los contempla.   Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/saga-of-swamp-thing-35-36-37-moore.html

Jason Momoa to Play Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy?

Jason Momoa to Play Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy?

By xaraan in News with Benefits on February 19, 2013

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy is slowly beginning to take shape and it looks like Jason Momoa may be joining up.

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