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Pro Wrestling Regains Stupidity Championship from Comics Industry as WWE Plans to Reboot Leprecaun Franchise

Pro Wrestling Regains Stupidity Championship from Comics Industry as WWE Plans to Reboot Leprecaun Franchise

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 24, 2013

The new movie will star midget wrestler Hornswaggle.

J J Abrams Directing New Star Wars Film

J J Abrams Directing New Star Wars Film

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 24, 2013

Deadline is reporting that J.J. Abrams is directing the new film.

Justice League Movie to be Filmed on Moon, Stars Jesus, the Tooth Fairy, and Heath Ledger's Reanimated Corpse

Justice League Movie to be Filmed on Moon, Stars Jesus, the Tooth Fairy, and Heath Ledger's Reanimated Corpse

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 24, 2013

More rumors have surfaced about the possibly fictional Justice League movie.

Iron Man to do Battle with Thighmaster in Age of Ultron

Iron Man to do Battle with Thighmaster in Age of Ultron

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 24, 2013

Despite an attempt to cover it up by adding molded muscles to the Iron Man suit, Tony Stark has added at least 25 pounds per thigh in the latest Age of Ultron teaser.

Arrow Annotations -

Arrow Annotations - "Trust But Verify"

By ThanosCopter in Features on January 24, 2013

A look at Easter eggs from this week's episode of Arrow.

Review: X-O Manowar #9

Review: X-O Manowar #9

By Royal Nonesuch in Reviews on January 24, 2013

It's all-out action in the Valiant manner! X-O Manowar #9 starts the prelude to "Planet Death!"

Review: The Goon Volume 0 Rough Stuff

Review: The Goon Volume 0 Rough Stuff

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 24, 2013

Cover The Goon and Frankie welcome you to the Milking-It-For-All-It's-Worth-Edition of this earlier work by Eric Powell. This book collects the first three issues of The Goon (before Dark Horse), some comic strips, sketches and unpublished drafts of some of the early stories. Learn all about The Goon's origin and his first encounters with the Zombie mob and the Zombie Priest, Fishy Pete and others. How is it? Short version Really good. Read it. Not so short version Eric Powell is the mind behind The Goon. This is his love child and it shows. From the introductions (plural) to the extras of the book the emotional investment done is palpable. Rough Stuff collects the early work Powell did for The Goon. For some reason, right up front, Powell makes sure to lower the expectation for this book stating that its sub-par of his more recent work on The Goon. To be fair this is my first Goon book so I don't have a Goon benchmark setup, but judging from this one Powell was overzealous. While this book is a bit too short to be a great collection it still manages to be really good at its job. To entertain. In that light this is an good book. I couldn't help but to end each chapter with a smile on my face. Welcome For those unfamiliar with The Goon, he and his pall Frankie are mob enforcers. Actually they're the only ones that stand up to the Zombie Mob and prevent the Zombie Priest's rule over the city. They work for Labrazio. A ruthless bad man with a reputation that puts fear into everyone’s heart. However The Goon is the only one that’s had any type of contact with contact with Labrazio for the last 20 years. His relationship with Labrazio is the foundation for his origin story. I loved the dynamic between The Goon and Frankie. One is somewhat calm, big and powerful, the other is violent, little, psychopath and very vocal. They complement each other very well. Powell complemented these traits with a fantastic visual representation. The Goon and Frankie are drawn is very different styles highlighting the differences between them. Art wise this is a good book. Powell says "Its called Rough Stuff for a reason", however I won't go as far as Powell went with his self criticism. This is not bad work be any means. While it won't win any art awards it is very enjoyable. This was Powell's earlier work, he hadn't yet establish is award winning style, but it already show high potential. Mister Powell might not love this earlier work, but I sure enjoyed watching it. You heard the man Lazlo! Getting that demon out Plot and art aside, this book is a humorous one. Its present in every page and every panel. Not all of it is brilliant, but there are many good moments. I particularly love the Vampire joke (not going to spoil it). Verdict? The Goon gained a new follower with this Rough Stuff. Its a funny book that is guaranteed to put you in a good mood. Highly Recommended. On a side note I want to thank my e-buddy Tim for this awesome gift. I liked it very much. Publisher:  Dark Horse Year: 2010 Pages: 104 Authors: Eric Powell ISBN: 1595824685 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-goon-volume-0-rough-stuff.html

Gene Luen Yang's Next Graphic Novel Will Actually Be Two Graphic Novels

Gene Luen Yang's Next Graphic Novel Will Actually Be Two Graphic Novels

By Royal Nonesuch in News with Benefits on January 24, 2013

The American Born Chinese creator's next effort, entitled Boxers & Saints, is due out from First Second this fall!

Frank And JoJo At The Comics: Batman #16

Frank And JoJo At The Comics: Batman #16

By Frankenstein, Former Agent of S.H.A.D.E. & Mojo Jojo in Reviews on January 23, 2013

Frankenstein, Former Agent of S.H.A.D.E., and MoJo JoJo team up to review comics. This time, Batman #16 (Death Of The Family tie-in)

Why I Love Comics #120 catching up with Greg Rucka!

Why I Love Comics #120 catching up with Greg Rucka!

By Eric Ratcliffe in Podcasts on January 23, 2013

On this episode of the podcast, I caught up with awesome writer and all around cool creator Greg Rucka!

Masks # 1 - Chris Roberson Alex Ross

Masks # 1 - Chris Roberson Alex Ross

By Arion in Reviews on January 23, 2013

Superheroes always operate on the outskirts of legality. They may capture criminals, but by doing so they’re also infringing the law, after all, no citizen can take justice into their own hands. Unless, of course, doing that becomes absolutely necessary.  Chris Roberson reunites in the same city a group of masked vigilantes that existed way before Batman or Captain America. We are talking about classic pulp heroes from the 20s and 30s such as The Shadow, The Spider, Zorro, The Green Hornet and Kato. And Roberson cleverly poses a question of significant philosophical depths: what is the difference between law and justice? Which one of those should prevail? And what should be done in case justice is threatened by the law? Green Hornet & Kato / el Avispón Verde y Kato In a corrupted city, the major is hiring criminals as cops and instituting laws that will only make the mobsters and contra-bandists richer. The Green Hornet and Kato have problems dealing with this new status quo, they have always operated within the confine-ments of the law, and they had always associated law with justice, like so many people do. That’s when The Shadow appears. And he shows them that law and justice are very different things, and that injustice can often be found in the world of legality. With the help of Zorro and The Spider this group of gentlemen will declare war against a new fascist regimen unlike anything America has ever seen.  What can I say? I’m not really a fan of these classic pulp heroes, but I really liked this first issue. I think Roberson has found a way to make the most out of this group of characters. Clearly there has been a lot of thought put into this project.  now the enemy is the law / ahora el enemigo es la ley Another major surprise was seeing Alex Ross doing interior art again. He does covers every month, mostly for Dynamite titles, but I really missed his sequential art. Looks like this year I’ve started buying more comics thanks to extraordinary artists such as John Cassaday (who after years of dedicating his talent exclusively to covers has returned as full penciler and inker) and now Alex Ross.  I’ve been a Ross fan since Marvels and Kingdom Come. Surely, his style demands time. He uses models to get the level of photorealism that made him one of the most respected painters of the industry. He’s always meticulously careful with the designs he creates, and that is very time-consuming. Consequently, he wouldn’t be able to do a monthly series, so every new project from him is always welcome. I was thrilled looking at his pages, this first issue sure reminded me of what I have always loved about Ross. It’s official, this is Dynamite’s best miniseries of the year.   _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ The Shadow / La Sombra Los súper-héroes siempre operan al margen de la legalidad. Puede ser que capturen criminales, pero al hacerlo también infringen la ley, después de todo, ningún ciudadano puede actuar como justiciero. A menos, claro está, que hacerlo sea absoluta-mente necesario. Chris Roberson reúne en la misma ciudad a un grupo de vigilantes enmas-carados que existieron mucho antes que Batman o el Capitán América. Estamos hablando de los clásicos héroes de los 'pulp' de los años 20 y 30 como La Sombra, La Araña, el Zorro, el Avispón Verde y Kato. Y Roberson coloca con astucia una pregunta de profundad filosófica: ¿cuál es la diferencia entre la ley y la justicia? ¿Cuál debería prevalecer? ¿Y qué debería hacerse en caso que la justicia sea amenazada por la ley? En una ciudad corrupta, el alcalde contrata a criminales como policías, e instaura leyes que sólo enriquecen a los mafiosos y a los contrabandistas. Al Avispón Verde y a Kato les cuesta entender este nuevo status quo, y es que ellos siempre han operado dentro de los confines de la ley, y siempre han asociado la ley con la justicia, al igual que mucha gente. Entonces, La Sombra aparece. Y él les muestra que ley y justicia son dos cosas distintas, y la injusticia a menudo se encuentra en el mundo de la legalidad. Con la ayuda del Zorro y la Araña, este grupo de caballeros declarará la guerra contra el régimen más fascista que Estados Unidos ha visto alguna vez. The Spider / La Araña ¿Qué puedo decir? En realidad no soy fan de esos clásicos héroes pulp, pero realmente me gustó el primer número. Creo que Roberson ha encontrado la manera de aprovechar a este grupo de personajes. Se nota que ha pensado bien en cómo hacer este proyecto. Otra gran sorpresa fue ver a Alex Ross dibujando. Él hace portadas cada mes, sobre todo para Dynamite, pero yo realmente echaba de menos su arte secuencial. Parece que este año he comprado más cómics gracias a artistas extraordinarios como John Cassaday (quien se había dedicado años exclusivamente a las portadas) y ahora Alex Ross.  He sido fan de Ross desde los días de "Marvels" y "Kingdom Come". Sin duda, su estilo demanda tiempo. Usa modelos para obtener el nivel de foto-realismo que lo convirtió en uno de los más respetados ilustradores de la industria. Siempre es meticulosamente cuidadoso con los diseños que crea, y eso consume tiempo. En consecuencia, no sería capaz de dibujar una serie mensual, así que cada nuevo proyecto suyo es siempre bienvenido. Quedé encantado mirando sus páginas, este primer número me recordó por qué amo el arte de Ross. Es oficial, esta es la mejor miniserie de Dynamite del año. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/masks-1-chris-roberson-alex-ross.html

New GI Joe: Retaliation Clip

New GI Joe: Retaliation Clip

By Zechs in News with Benefits on January 23, 2013

Want some ninja on ninja action? Well this clip from GI Joe: Retaliation will feed that need.

What Are You Buying 1/30/2013?

What Are You Buying 1/30/2013?

By GHERU in Features on January 23, 2013

Tom Morello's "Orchid" concludes, I saw one DC annual, at least 9 versions of "Invincible" #100, and the Superior Spider-Man doesn't trick Mary Jane into doin' stuff

WINNER: Cover Of The Week - 1/23/2013: Harbinger Vol 2 #8 Incentive Jeff Lemire Line-Wide Variant Cover

WINNER: Cover Of The Week - 1/23/2013: Harbinger Vol 2 #8 Incentive Jeff Lemire Line-Wide Variant Cover

By GHERU in Features on January 23, 2013

WINNER: Cover Of The Week - 1/23/2013: Harbinger Vol 2 #8 Incentive Jeff Lemire Line-Wide Variant Cover

WINNER: Comic Of The Week - 1/23/2013: Wolverine And The X-Men #24 by Jason Aaron & David Lopez

WINNER: Comic Of The Week - 1/23/2013: Wolverine And The X-Men #24 by Jason Aaron & David Lopez

By GHERU in Features on January 23, 2013

WINNER: Comic Of The Week - 1/23/2013: Wolverine And The X-Men #24 by Jason Aaron & David Lopez

Will Ann Coulter Submit or Perish in Age of Ultron?

Will Ann Coulter Submit or Perish in Age of Ultron?

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 23, 2013

A new teaser for Marvel's Age of Ultron event features conservative pundit Ann Coulter in her first comic book appearance.

Frank Darabount Talks About  Godzilla Rewrite

Frank Darabount Talks About Godzilla Rewrite

By Zechs in News with Benefits on January 23, 2013

The former The Walking Dead show-runner talks on what he's doing to the script for the Legendary Pictures Godzilla movie.

VIBE Gets A New Role In The DC Universe

VIBE Gets A New Role In The DC Universe

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on January 23, 2013

Vibe takes on his new task guarding the gateway to the DC multiverse

Toy Shed: Fall of Cybertron Voyager Class Soundwave

Toy Shed: Fall of Cybertron Voyager Class Soundwave

By Zechs in Columns on January 23, 2013

Will this version of Soundwave prove SUPERIOR? Or will it be INFERIOR?

Blogger Threatens Violence in Response to ABC's Cancellation of Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23

Blogger Threatens Violence in Response to ABC's Cancellation of Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 23, 2013

Shocking and disturbing comments marked the response of one blogger and fan of the recently canceled sitcom.

Dragon-Con Co-Founder Is An (Alleged) Pederast

Dragon-Con Co-Founder Is An (Alleged) Pederast

By GHERU in News with Benefits on January 23, 2013

Before you boycott Dragon-Con, take note that he hasn't been involved in the show since 2000.

Pilot Ordered: The Sixth Gun

Pilot Ordered: The Sixth Gun

By GHERU in News with Benefits on January 23, 2013

NBC has ordered a pilot based on Oni Press’ "The Sixth Gun" comic book.

Green Lantern: The New Guardians #16 Preview

Green Lantern: The New Guardians #16 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 23, 2013

As Kyle Rayner begins to master the spectrum of Lantern powers, the Third Army attacks!

Rob Liefeld Leaks Self-Written Screenplay Based on Own Life

Rob Liefeld Leaks Self-Written Screenplay Based on Own Life

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 23, 2013

File this under: too bizarre to be true.

Review: The Answer #1

Review: The Answer #1

By Royal Nonesuch in Reviews on January 23, 2013

Mike Norton and Dennis Hopeless bring you The Answer #1, from Dark Horse Comics!

Dredd Tops DVD/Blu Ray Sales

Dredd Tops DVD/Blu Ray Sales

By Zechs in News with Benefits on January 23, 2013

The verdict is in, but just how well did DREDD do in DVD/Blu Ray sales?

Sword Of Sorcery #4 Preview

Sword Of Sorcery #4 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 23, 2013

Guest-starring John Constantine!

Wonder Woman #16 Preview

Wonder Woman #16 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 23, 2013

Wonder Woman and her half brother Milan must grapple with the dangerous New God known as Orion!

Nightwing #16 Preview

Nightwing #16 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 23, 2013

Dick’s past is about to burn down around him – literally!

Happy # 3 - Grant Morrison Darick Robertson

Happy # 3 - Grant Morrison Darick Robertson

By Arion in Reviews on January 22, 2013

Does nostalgia betray our memories, coloring our past in warmer and happier tones? Perhaps sometimes that is the case, but one thing remains true when it comes down to Nick Sax: his terrible current situation would make his past, any past, seem like paradise in comparison. In the penultimate chapter of Grant Morrison’s new creator-owned series, Nick tries to get out of the city. Happy, the blue winged horse that he initially considered a hallucination tries to convince him to save the life of a child named Hailey.  It’s interesting to observe that in the past, Nick had a good life and a loving wife. But after witnessing some of the most horrifying crimes in the city, his only way to deal with all that was by drinking. Then things got worse and worse, and finally his wife left him and he lost his badge. With nothing to lose, he starts working for a criminal group. Nick's past / el pasado de Nick Happy doesn’t accept that misery and decay is the norm, but after taking a quick look at how people act and talk during the Christmas season, he convinces himself that Nick is right: the world is a hopeless, shitty place. It seems, then, that without at least a modicum of happiness Happy can no longer manifest himself in our reality, and so he vanishes not without finally explaining to Nick what is his connection with Hailey. In the final scenes, we see the depraved Santa Claus about to ‘open his gifts’, a group of kids tied up as Christmas presents. One of them is Hailey. She’s about to be raped by a Santa Claus who plans to act like the protagonist of a very perverted pornographic movie. Let’s remember that the term pornography originates from two Greek words, porne, which means harlot, and graphein, which means to write. In a way, the viewer is inscribed -written into the sexual situation he’s seeing- into the movie. The audience imagines how it would feel to be the man who’s penetrating the woman, but what does Hailey imagine in this situation? She fantasizes, of course, about freedom, about a fictitious creature that will magically save her: Happy. Santa Claus will reduce her to something not human; merely a body part, a body opening or an orifice, and she must hold on to her fantasies in order to remain sane. The white-bearded pederast derives sexual gratification from the degradation of children. Certainly, this third issue ends with a strong cliffhanger. ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Nick killing again / Nick matando nuevamente ¿La nostalgia traiciona nuestras memorias, coloreando el pasado con tonos más cálidos y felices? Tal vez así sea en algunos casos, pero algo es cierto cuando se trata de Nick Sax: su terrible situación actual haría que su pasado, cualquier pasado, sea como un paraíso en comparación. En el penúltimo capítulo de la nueva miniserie de Grant Morrison, Nick intenta escapar de la ciudad. Happy, el caballo alado azul que él inicialmente consideraba como una alucinación intenta convencerlo para que le salve la vida a una niña llamada Hailey.  Es interesante observar que en el pasado, Nick había tenido una buena vida y una esposa amorosa. Pero luego de ser testigo de algunos de los crímenes más horrendos de la ciudad, su única manera de lidiar con todo ello fue a través de la bebida. Luego las cosas empeoran y finalmente su esposa lo abandona y él pierde su placa. Sin nada que perder, empieza a trabajar para un grupo criminal. A very depraved Santa Claus / Un Papa Noel muy depravado Happy no acepta que la miseria y la corrupción sean la norma, pero luego de ver cómo la gente actúa y habla durante la temporada navideña, descubre que Nick tiene razón: el mundo es un lugar de mierda, sin esperanza. Parece, entonces, que sin nada de felicidad Happy no puede manifestarse en nuestra realidad, así que se desvanece no sin antes explicarle a Nick cuál es conexión con Hailey. En las escenas finales, vemos al depravado Papa Noel a punto de 'abrir sus regalos', un grupo de niños amarrados como obsequios navideños. Entre ellos está Hailey. Ella está a punto de ser violado por un Papa Noel que planea actuar como el depravado protagonista de una película pornográfica. Recordemos que el término pornografía se origina de dos palabras griegas, porne, que significa prostíbulo, y graphein, que significa escribir. En cierto modo, el espectador se inscribe -está inscrito en la situación sexual que observa- en la película. La audiencia se imagina cómo se sentiría al ser el hombre que penetra a la mujer, pero ¿qué es lo que Hailey se imagina en esta situación? Ella fantasea, por supuesto, con la libertad, con una criatura ficticia que la salvará mágicamente: Happy. Papa Noel la reducirá a algo inhumano; apenas una parte del cuerpo, una abertura corporal o un orificio, y ella debe aferrarse a sus fantasías para poder conservar la cordura. El pederasta de barba blanca deriva su gratificación sexual de la degradación de los niños. Ciertamente, este tercer número concluye con fuerza.   Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/happy-3-grant-morrison-darick-robertson.html

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