AICN Accidentally Reveals Ridiculously Fluffy Nature of Comics Media with Amazing Spider-Man 2 CoverageBy Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 6, 2013
The funny thing is, their headline was almost word for word the one we were writing before we saw their article.
Cover Skullkickers Volume 1 1000 Opas and a Dead Body is a fantasy action-comedy book published by Image and written by Jim Zub with art by Chris Stevens and Edwin Huang. It has a bit Tolkien and a bit D&D in it, mixed with a good chunk of action and a lots of humor. Shake everything and you'll have a light, fun, action packed story that embraces many fantasy cliches and gives them new, and often humorous, twists. Shorty and Baldy are the Skullkickers. Shorty is a foulmouthed, short-tempered, ax wielder, red-headed dwarf. Baldy is a calm(er), hulking like, pistol shooting, bald man. Together they steal, kill, maim, protect and any other job that will get them paid. How is it? Virgin Sacrifice? 1000 Opas and a Dead Body starts with the assassination of a Chancellor. Shorty and Baldy get themselves hired to retrieve his body from the authorities and return him to the Chancellor's entourage. Of course it goes horribly wrong and they find themselves in the middle of a deranged Necromancer's quest for power. Zombies, Elves, Demons, poisoned stew, bar fights and much more wait the Skullkickers. At first this seemed like a generic fantasy book. A dwarf and a big man go around doing whatever they can to get money, but it doesn't take long for the identity of Skullkickers to gain form and substance. I loved the way the book doesn't take itself too seriously and embraces some of the usual cliches of fantasy storytelling and twists them around in unexpected ways. Small details like the Baldy, a big strong man, being the brains of the operation and using a small and underwhelming looking pistol, fat werewolves, their generally unheroic behavior, among many others, made this book a very entertaining read. Shorty and Baldy jump into action This volume also collects the 2 Skullkicker stories from Popgun Volumes 2 and 3. These stories take place before 1000 Opas and a Dead Body and its more of a draft for Skullkickers than an early story. The art style fits the mood of the book like a glove. Chris Evens and Edwin Huang do a great job bringing Jim Zub's plot to life. The character designs are very good. Shorty, while great to look at, is not that original. He basically looks like Gimli from Lord of the Rings but in different armor. Baldy is a different story. He might have a simpler and more streamlined look, but it works very well. The panel dynamics is great and so is the coloring with its bright colors and distinct pallets for the different settings in the story. Fat Werewolf Just two small details I enjoy thoroughly. One are the sound effects. Not only you get the more usual Boom, Swash and alike, but also stuff like Dash, Powerful Slap, Incoming Death can be found throughout the book.I couldn't help it but to imagine a D&D Dungeon Master narrating the fight.The other is the way the dialogue that a prisoner of the Skullkickers has from the moment he is captured to the end of the book. While what he says is funny, what I liked is the fact that he had most his mouth shoot off, so he can't speak, just mumble. The way they handle it is very cool. Verdict? I came into this book with relatively low expectations and got blown away by how much I enjoyed it. At first its only an ok book, but soon it finds it voice and becomes a very fun and entertaining read. If you like fantasy stories, with dwarfs, elves, sorcery, taverns fights and alike then you definitely should read this book. Even if you're not big on fantasy but just want to read a good and entertaining comic book, then give it a try. Publisher: Image Comics Year: 2011 Pages: 144 Authors: Jim Zub, Edwin Huang, Chris Stevens ISBN: 1607063662 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-skullkickers-volume-1-1000-opas.html
Welcome the new team of writer JEFF LEMIRE and artist ANDREA SORRENTINO!
Murder, mayhem, terrible compromises and unholy hairballs deep in the heart of a dark forest and in the frenetic streets of Tokyo.
Deadly new villains are introduced—and you won’t believe their horrific ties to Arkham Asylum!
Disney has confirmed that "spin-off" films are in development.
Everyone believed Tommy Watts was Earth’s most powerful teenager. They were wrong. Tommy Watts has but one ability: to give powers to those who never had them. After being kidnapped by a group of young renegades, one of his captors hits him over and over again, in a futile attempt to awaken his powers. None of them knows that Tommy can’t give powers to those who already have them, he can only affect regular human beings. Obviously, those in charge of America’s Got Powers can’t afford to lose someone as emblematic as Tommy, and they send an army of humans and a group of supermen to track him down. Although heavily action-oriented, Jonathan Ross doesn’t forget to include the elements that set this miniseries apart from regular superhero titles. The young renegades and Tommy are labeled as terrorists by the press. What is the origin of that this impasse between youth and authority? the attack of the paladins / el ataque de los paladines The group of power (the adults) wants to supervise the development of the adolescents identity. Nonetheless, feelings of fraudulence, desire for competency and mastery, and the vacillation between identification and individuation are common to both supervisor and adolescent. That is the source of the plot threads we find in America’s Got Powers: a paranoid fear (justified in this case), brutal competition between teens (sometimes to the death), and the search of one’s own identity. Tommy Watts captured / Tommy Watts capturado Bryan Hitch once again includes some truly great double page spreads, one of my favorites is the attack of several paladins (robots designed to neutralize a superhuman) on a an unsuspecting child; the other one shows us the army of supermen that are now in pursuit of Tommy, this is a very dynamic and colorful illustration. Hitch also does an amazing job with Tommy’s face, bruised and bleeding profusely. Finally, the confrontation between the young rebels and the conservative heroes is top notch. _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Todos creían que Tommy Watts era el adolescente más poderoso de la Tierra. Estaban equivocados. Tommy Watts tiene una sola habilidad: darle poderes a quienes nunca los tuvieron. Después de ser secuestrado por un grupo de jóvenes renegados, uno de sus captores lo golpea una y otra vez, en un fútil intento de activar sus poderes. Ninguno de ellos sabe que Tommy no puede darle poderes a quienes ya son poderosos, él sólo puede afectar a los seres humanos normales. the hunt begins / la cacería comienza Obviamente, los que están a cargo de "America’s Got Powers" no pueden darse el lujo de perder a alguien tan emblemático como Tommy, y envían un ejército de humanos y un grupo de superhombres para rastrearlo. Aunque hay mucha acción, Jonathan Ross no olvida incluir elementos que colocan esta serie por encima de los títulos heroicos comunes. Los jóvenes renegados y Tommy son calificados como terroristas por la prensa. ¿Cuál es el origen de este impasse entre la juventud y la autoridad? the confrontation / la confrontación El grupo de poder (los adultos) quiere supervisar el desarrollo de la identidad de los adolescentes. No obstante, los sentimientos de fraudulencia, el deseo de la competencia y el dominio, y la vacilación entre la identificación y la individuación son comunes tanto en el supervisor como en el adolescente. Este es el origen de los hilos argumentales de America’s Got Powers: un miedo paranoico (justificado en este caso), competencia brutal entre los jóvenes (a veces hasta la muerte) y la búsqueda de la identidad propia. Bryan Hitch una vez más incluye algunas páginas dobles de primer nivel, una de mis favoritas es el ataque de varios paladines (robots diseñados para neutralizar a un súper-humano) a un niño inocente; la otra muestra al ejército de superhombres que están buscando a Tommy, esta es una ilustración muy dinámica y colorida. Hitch también hace un asombroso trabajo con el golpeado rostro de Tommy, que sangra profusamente. Finalmente, la confrontación entre los jóvenes rebeldes y los héroes conservadores es tremenda. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/americas-got-powers-4-jonathan-ross.html
dcwomenkickingass: Asked * if I like an early look at the first issue of Fearless Defenders #1, the new all female-team book from Marvel starring Misty Knight and Valkyrie, how could I say no? Misty Knight is one of my favorite female superhero characters of all time and, as you might know, I’m a tad interested in female characters as leads in superhero comics. So I gladly, albeit nervously, took the opportunity. So how was it? Read More Originally Published at Power Honor Grace http://powerhonorgrace.tumblr.com/post/42429154638
The Zero Dark Thirty star will play Peter Quill.
Marvel has revealed the cover to Uncanny Avengers #8
Watch as Bloodshot faces off against an angry toddler throwing a temper tantrum!
Funko is releasing Domo versions of their Pop Vinyl figures, starting with members of DC's Justice League.
Issue #27 - 'Taking Care of Business' is out now!
An editorial making the rounds says there aren't, and wonders why no one seems to care.
Jonathan Hickman will be handling Marvel's next big event.
The Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo has announced the winners of their annual awards.
The latest issue of Game Informer has a rundown of what to expect out of the next Witcher game.
The up-and-coming duo releases a bizarre music video for "Fantasy".
Darth Maul and Savage Oppress try to use the criminal underworld to start their own empire to rival the Separatists and Republic. However, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bo Katan stand in their way. Plus: they face their greatest challenge in...Darth Sidious?!
The epic finale of 'ROTWORLD' continues from this month’s ANIMAL MAN #17!
The epic climax of 'ROTWORLD' starts here and continues into this month’s SWAMP THING #17!
In the past I had over 20 comics to talk about, but this time I only have a few. But what I lack in quantity I more than make up for in quality. First we have a couple of very interesting Image ongoings: Great Pacific and Clone, and also the beginning of a very promising miniseries: Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth. The fifth installments of Fashion Beast and Secret Service were quite good, but the crown’s jewel is, of course, the third trade paperback of Alan Moore’ Swamp Thing. I still haven’t finished reviewing December comics, will I have enough time to review all of this before I get my February package? I also received Tales From the Abyss # 1 and I decided to dedicate a little drawing (accompanied by my signature) for one of my best friends. CLONE #3 (W) David Schulner (A/CA) Juan Jose Ryp, Felix Serrano Will Dr. Luke Taylor's descent into the government's most secretive project shed light on his origins? Or is he just the next in line to fall victim to his evil 'brother?' In this country, not all clones are created equal… FASHION BEAST #5 WRAP CVR (MR) Writer: Alan Moore Cover & Art: Facundo Percio -Alan Moore and Facundo Percio continue to spin the complex tale that was nearly lost to the sands of time! The web of Celestine's mysterious factory spins deeper around Doll and Jonni. Though the two despise each other, their anger and frustration over the machinations of the mystic designer draw them closer to the truth. There is a reason for everything le Patron does and his ultimate goals are shifting into place. Doll's destiny has been revealed in the tarot cards, but only time will tell whether she has drawn the Fool or the Magician from the deck. Available with a Regular or Wraparound Cover by series artist Facundo Percio or Haute Couture Incentive (by Percio) or the very rare Tarot (by Paul Duffield) Incentive cover. GREAT PACIFIC #3 (MR) (W) Joe Harris (A/CA) Martin Morazzo. 'TRASHED!' Part Three Lost and alone, surveilled from above by forces unrevealed, on the run from hostile natives out to avenge their murdered brother, and stalked from below by the monstrous octopus, Yalafath, Chas Worthington scuttles his quest to tame and settle The Pack as merely surviving becomes the hardest task of all. SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP BOOK 03 (MR) (W) Alan Moore (A) Stephen R. Bissette & Various (CA) Stephen R. Bissette, John Totleben Collecting issues #35-42 of Alan Moore's award-winning SWAMP THING, this volume brims with visceral horrors including underwater vampires, a werewolf under an unusual curse, and the debut of John Constantine! SECRET SERVICE #5 (OF 7) (MR) (W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Dave Gibbons. Gary's spy skills and confidence have blossomed. Now it's time to put them to use where it matters most: on the home front, where his violent stepdad will finally meet his match. Meanwhile, it's time for Jack to discover the truth behind the missing sci-fi celebrities. A grand conspiracy is revealed and illusions are shattered when a young entrepreneur unveils his secrets. TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #1 (OF 4) (W) Ken Kristensen (A/CA) M. K. Perker. This series, a collision of comedy, sex, and violence, follows the misadventures of America's most dysfunctional family as they go head-to-severed head with an Oprah-loving ax murderer, a cult-crazy soap opera star, and a neo-Nazi prison gang. First issue: Todd wants desperately to make friends, but every kid he approaches winds up decapitated. Or worse. Meanwhile, Todd's mother is on a mission to get even with her husband who she believes is having an affair. WALKING DEAD #106 CVR A ADLARD & RATHBURN (MR) (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn (CA) Charlie Adlard. REVENGE! ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ En el pasado tenía más de 20 cómics de los que podía hablar; esta vez sólo hay unos pocos. Pero lo que falta en cantidad queda más que compensado en calidad. Primero tenemos un de interesantes series de Image: Great Pacific y Clone, y también el comienzo de una muy prometedora miniserie: Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth. La quinta entrega de Fashion Beast y Secret Service estuvieron muy bien pero, la joya de la corona, por supuesto, es el tercer tomo de Swamp Thing de Alan Moore. Todavía no he terminado de reseñar los cómics de diciembre, ¿tendré tiempo de reseñar todo este antes de que llegue mi paquete de febrero? También Tales From the Abyss # 1 recibí y decidí dedicarle un dibujito (acompañado de mi firma) a uno de mis mejores amigos. CLONE #3 ¿El descenso del doctor Luke Taylor en el proyecto más secreto del gobierno podrá dar nuevas luces sobre sus orígenes? my drawing + my signature / mi dibujo + mi firma FASHION BEAST #5 WRAP CVR (MR) La red de la misteriosa fábrica envuelve a DOLL y JONNI. Aunque ambos se desprecian, su ira y frustración hacia las maquinaciones del diseñador místico los unen. Hay una razón para todo lo que el Patrón hace. GREAT PACIFIC #3 (MR) Chas es vigilado desde el aire por fuerzas no reveladas mientras huye de nativos hostiles y es asediado en el agua por un monstruoso pulpo. SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP BOOK 03 (MR) Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette & John Totleben. Swamp Thing #35-42. SECRET SERVICE #5 (OF 7) (MR) La confianza de Gary y sus habilidades como espía han florecido. Ahora es el momento de sacarles provecho: en casa, donde su violento padrastro recibirá una lección. Mientras tanto Jack descubre la verdad detrás de las celebridades secuestradas. Una gran conspiración se revela. TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #1 (OF 4) Una colisión de comedia, sexo y violencia que sigue las desventuras de la familia más disfuncional de Estados Unidos. Tenemos a alguien que decapita gente, una estrella de una telenovela de culto y una pandilla de neo-nazis de la cárcel. Todd intenta desesperadamente hacer nuevos amigos pero cada vez que se acerca a otros chicos terminan decapitados. O algo peor. Y la madre de Todd cree que la están engañando. WALKING DEAD #106 Revancha. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/january-comic-books-comics-de-enero.html
Episodes for a reboot of the pupp-- Supermarination series have been ordered.
The Revenge of The Spectre !
What do these villains have to do with the missing Michael Holt and the radioactive monster known as Hakkou?
Romance is in the air in this very special DC Special!
Marvel and DC Comics offer exciting incentives to retailers who buy lots of comics.
Check out this first look at Avengers vs. X-Men #8, in which the All New X-Men come face to face with the Avengers.
Rumor has it the popular Planet Hulk and World War Hulk stories will play a big role in Phase 3 of Marvel's Movieverse!
LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof has an idea of what happened Sunday night at Super Bowl XLVII.
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