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Why I Love Comics: Best of 2012 Gaming Edition

Why I Love Comics: Best of 2012 Gaming Edition

By Eric Ratcliffe in Features on February 13, 2013

What?! The Why I Love Comics Best of 2012 Video Game Edition? Aw snap, son!

Harry Potter Gets New Covers for Fifteenth Anniversary...

Harry Potter Gets New Covers for Fifteenth Anniversary...

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 13, 2013

...and fans feel old as hell when they realize the series is fifteen years old.

Action Comics Writer Enthused to Learn That His Supervillain Status Has Gone Undiscovered

Action Comics Writer Enthused to Learn That His Supervillain Status Has Gone Undiscovered

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 13, 2013

The writer was relieved to learn that a critical CBR article was directed at another Superman writer.

Suicide Squad #17 Preview

Suicide Squad #17 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 13, 2013

A dangerous surprise from Yo-Yo’s past awaits the Squad.

Valentine’s Day Tips From The Outhouse

Valentine’s Day Tips From The Outhouse

By GHERU in Features on February 13, 2013

Because our readers are well adjusted enough to have significant others.

Team 7 #5 Preview

Team 7 #5 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 13, 2013

The secret history of the DCU’s original Cyborg Program!

Desperate Comics Media Reports on Wonder Woman Documentary

Desperate Comics Media Reports on Wonder Woman Documentary

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 13, 2013

You know it's a slow news day when we're talking about a Wonder Woman doc on PBS.

Batgirl #17 Preview

Batgirl #17 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 13, 2013

Barbara Gordon must deal with the fallout from “DEATH OF THE FAMILY” in this issue that will forever change her status quo in The New 52!

Katana #1 Preview

Katana #1 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 13, 2013

KATANA is a former assassin on a noble quest to restore the OUTSIDERS to their former glory! Will she succeed, or will she be overcome by the power of her sword, the SoulTaker?

Batman #17 Preview  (UPDATED)

Batman #17 Preview (UPDATED)

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 13, 2013

This is it: The stunning conclusion to “DEATH OF THE FAMILY”!

The Secret Service # 5 - Mark Millar Dave Gibbons - *NSFW*

The Secret Service # 5 - Mark Millar Dave Gibbons - *NSFW*

By Arion in Reviews on February 12, 2013

In the first issue of “The Secret Service”, we saw a paramilitary group kidnapping Mark Hammill (famous for his role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy). In subsequent issues, several Hollywood superstars are also captured, and neither Jack nor Gary can figure out why anyone would go through all these problems without asking for a ransom afterwards. Jack, the best spy of the British Crown, knows that the next in the list is Ridley Scott, a famous filmmaker and the creator of the “Alien” franchise, a well-known cultural icon. So what can be the link between Mark Hammill, Ridley Scott and the other superstars that have vanished from the face of the Earth? The answer, with the right touch of irreverence (something that we’ve all come to expect from the Irish writer) is funny and surprising. But don’t worry, I won’t spoil it here. The Gary from this issue is completely different from the Gary we met on issue # 1. The young man has grown up, he is no longer the immature kid that had a bad relationship with his mother. Things have changed. But embracing his uncle Jack as a fatherly figure might also mean that mourning his death won’t be easy. In a violent ambush, Jack is murdered by the henchmen of the man behind the kidnappings, a man who has a secret plan to destroy the lives of 5 billion people in a matter of hours.    Dave Gibbons has some very good pages here: the sex scene between Jack and the villain’s wife is handled with subtlety, and the moment of Jack’s death is depicted with the necessary level of violence. With only one issue to go, there are many questions and mysteries that still need to be solved. I’m sure the last chapter will be quite memorable. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ En el primer ejemplar de "El servicio secreto", vimos a un grupo paramilitar que había secuestrado a Mark Hammill (famoso por su rol como Luke Skywalker en la trilogía original de “La guerra de las galaxias”). En números subsiguientes, varias súper-estrellas de Hollywood son apresadas, y ni Jack ni Gary pueden adivinar por qué alguien raptaría a estas personas sin pedir un rescate después.  Jack, el mejor espía de la Corona Británica, sabe que el próximo en la lista es Ridley Scott, un famoso cineasta y el creador de la franquicia de “Alien”, un conocido ícono cultural. Así que ¿cuál puede ser el vínculo entre Mark Hammill, Ridley Scott y otras súper-estrellas que se han desvanecido de la faz de la Tierra? La respuesta, con el toque justo de irreverencia (algo que todos esperamos del escritor irlandés) es divertida y sorprendente. Pero no se preocupen, no planeo arruinar la sorpresa. my drawing / mi dibujo El Gary de este número es completamente diferente del Gary que conocimos en el # 1. El joven ha crecido, ya no es un chiquillo inmaduro que tenía una mala relación con su madre. Las cosas han cambiado. Pero tener al tío Jack como una figura paterna también significa que el luto por su muerte no será fácil. En una violenta emboscada, Jack es asesinado por los secuaces del hombre detrás de los secuestros, un hombre que tiene un plan secreto para destruir las vidas de 5 billones de personas en cuestión de horas.  Dave Gibbons tiene algunas páginas muy buenas aquí: la escena de sexo entre Jack y la esposa del villano es manejada con sutileza, y el momento de la muerte de Jack es retratado con el nivel de violencia necesario. En el próximo número, el último, las preguntas y los misterios serán resueltos. De manera memorable, estoy seguro.   Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-secret-service-5-mark-millar-dave.html

Peter David Benefit Auction Offers Comics, Original Art Tomorrow

Peter David Benefit Auction Offers Comics, Original Art Tomorrow

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

Fallen Angel artist J.K. Woodward has put together a benefit auction to help out Peter David and his family with medical expenses.

Marvel Stops Pretending This Isn't the 90s All Over Again, Launches Guardians of the Galaxy #1 with Trading Cards

Marvel Stops Pretending This Isn't the 90s All Over Again, Launches Guardians of the Galaxy #1 with Trading Cards

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

One of the cards will be super rare, so be sure to buy multiple copies of the book, suckers!

Valiant Announces Dollar Debuts!

Valiant Announces Dollar Debuts!

By Royal Nonesuch in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

Get every Valiant $1 for #1. No wait, the other way around.

Transformers: Prime Season 3 Trailer

Transformers: Prime Season 3 Trailer

By Zechs in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

The Predacons are here in this season 3 trailer entitled: Beast Hunters for Transformers: Prime.

Starlin Plans To Revamp STORMWATCH

Starlin Plans To Revamp STORMWATCH

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

New writer Jim Starlin calls it a 'revamp of a revamp'

A Journey Through Skyrim #28

A Journey Through Skyrim #28

By xaraan in Webcomics on February 12, 2013

#28 is ready - "From Past to Present"

Jim Starlin Reveals Details on Stormwatch: Infinity

Jim Starlin Reveals Details on Stormwatch: Infinity

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

The new Stormwatch writer plans to change everything. EVERYTHING!

And They Fire Frank!

And They Fire Frank!

By Frankenstein, Former Agent of S.H.A.D.E. in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

Frank know he no work for Marvel, but they all the same!

Demon Knights #17 Preview

Demon Knights #17 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 12, 2013

How can things get worse for Jason Blood, the man bonded for eternity to the Demon Etrigan? Let’s start with decades of brutal torture…

Kasdan Talks Star Wars; Gives No Details Whatsoever; Media Freaks Out

Kasdan Talks Star Wars; Gives No Details Whatsoever; Media Freaks Out

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

The Empire Strikes Back screenwriter gave the media no information about the new Star Wars movies, so they just made something up.

Threshold #2 Preview

Threshold #2 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 12, 2013

It’s renegade Green Lantern JEDIAH CAUL against BLUE BEETLE! But what is poor Jaime doing stranded in the wildest corners of outer space, anyway?

The Outhouse Has Decided To Let This One Be: Card On Superman

The Outhouse Has Decided To Let This One Be: Card On Superman

By GHERU in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

No, nothing to see here

Arkham City Sequel Confirmed for 2013 Release

Arkham City Sequel Confirmed for 2013 Release

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

There's not much more news than that.

DC to Fill Green Lantern Vacancies with More 90s Writers

DC to Fill Green Lantern Vacancies with More 90s Writers

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

DC plans on filling writing positions with more writers from the 90s.

Review: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Volume 10 War

Review: Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Volume 10 War

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 12, 2013

Cover Zayne Carrick, being the unluckiest man in the Universe, finds himself in the middle of the Republic/Mandalorian War. He doesn't want to kill or hurt anyone so being in the battle field is a major problem. In Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Volume 10 War Zayne has to serve the Republic under a totalitarian Captain that as no concern about human life and little respect for his men. What will happen when they get ambushed by the Mandalorians in an outer rim planet far away from any backup? Zayne will try to keep his brothers in arms save while at the same time he refusing to take up arms, even to defend himself. How is it? Zayne is one of the bravest good guys created in the last decade in the Star Wars Universe. He went against his masters, the Jedi Council and the Republic army to stay alive and clear his name. And in that time he couldn't stop helping those who couldn't help themselves. Zayne is not a Jedi nor he is a typical force sensitive. He isn't very skilled with a lightsaber and his special connection to the force is so unpredictable that it isn't any good in a fight. And still he ventures on. Its a trap In this book Zayne gets drafted to the Republican army and shipped off to fight the Mandarolians. With some twists and turns of fate and the help of some Republican traitors, Zayne and most of his companions get captured by the enemy. The Mandarolians don't take prisoners. Instead they either put the captured soldiers to work as slaves or incorporate them into the Mandalorian army. In order to regain his freedom, thwart the plans of the Mandalorians and stop the Republican traitors Zayne comes up with this very convoluted plan to steal a ship from the Mandalorians and get back into Republican space in time to stop the Republican traitors from executing a deadly attack. And here is the problem of this book. The plot is awful, the characterization of Zayne is dreadful and the characters motivations are anything but believable. Zayne never was a mastermind. He was only one not very skilled padwan that had a strange connection to the force. Cavalry charge Another thing that bothered me is how is it that a guy that eluded the his Jedi masters, the Jedi council and the Republican army for so long gets drafted against his will and without putting up a fight? This doesn't make any sense. Neither does his unwillingness to pick up his lightsaber and fight for what he believes. Even if you take the continuity out of the equation this story is still awful. Its just not a good book. Art wise its not that bad. I guess the artists made a good enough job, but nothing praise worth. Verdict? It pains me to say that you should stay away from this one, especially if you're a Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic fan. I loved this series, but after the closure of the original story arc (Volume 6) it never regained the original appeal back, and this last volume just brought this book down several notches. Publisher: Dark Horse Year: 2012 Pages: 120 Authors: John Jackson Miller, Dave Marshall, Andrea Mutti, Gigi Baldassini ISBN: 1595829598 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-star-wars-knights-of-old.html

The Enthusiast - Episode 2: They Got A Tank

The Enthusiast - Episode 2: They Got A Tank

By Kieran in Podcasts on February 12, 2013

The Enthusiast returns for Round 2!

DC Comics Full Monthly Solicitations for May 2013

DC Comics Full Monthly Solicitations for May 2013

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 12, 2013

What's shipping from DC Comics? What's boding ill for Vertigo? What about the Johnspocalypse?! Find out all the details in DC's monthly solicits!

Just a Little More Blud: Whatever Happened to the Superfriends?

Just a Little More Blud: Whatever Happened to the Superfriends?

By Jude Terror in Webcomics on February 12, 2013

We're a day late, but we're always worth it. Blud and the gang find a rare and valuable Grant Morrison comic in this episode...

Does Marvel Know That Hong Kong's Not in Japan?

Does Marvel Know That Hong Kong's Not in Japan?

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 11, 2013

A new Avengers cover is decidedly Japanese influenced, despite the issue taking place in China.

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