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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

Marvel Ups Digital Ante, Includes Digital Download Codes with Marvel NOW! Hardcovers

Marvel Ups Digital Ante, Includes Digital Download Codes with Marvel NOW! Hardcovers

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

Alright, we have to admit, this is pretty cool. Marvel will offer digital downloads for free with all Marvel NOW! Premiere Hardcovers!

FRANK HELP! - 1/22/2013

FRANK HELP! - 1/22/2013

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

FRANK BACK AT WORK AFTER MLK DAY OFF! FRANK SAD MLK'S DREAM NO INCLUDE MONSTERS! WHY HE NO WANT HIS KIDS PLAY WITH FRANK?

Submit or Perish: Who Will Return from Age of Ultron?

Submit or Perish: Who Will Return from Age of Ultron?

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

A new Marvel teaser series hints that not everyone will make it out of Age of Ultron alive. The first two teasers show Red Hulk and Black Widow.

Elder Scrolls Online - Alliance Cinematic Trailer & Beta Signup

Elder Scrolls Online - Alliance Cinematic Trailer & Beta Signup

By xaraan in News with Benefits on January 22, 2013

Zenimax released a new trailer for their MMO: Elder Scrolls Online and also hit fans with the beta sign up today.

A Journey Through Skyrim #25

A Journey Through Skyrim #25

By xaraan in Webcomics on January 22, 2013

Issue 25, Whispers of Death, is out today.

Supergirl #16 Preview

Supergirl #16 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 22, 2013

The assault on the Fortress of Solitude rages on!

Michael Berryman Returns in Nova First Look from Marvel

Michael Berryman Returns in Nova First Look from Marvel

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

The actor makes a late career comeback reprising his role as a high school principle in Marvel's new Nova ongoing.

Advance Review: Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #3

Advance Review: Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #3

By Spider-Buggy in Reviews on January 22, 2013

An advance review of the Image comic.

'Ravagers' And 'Sword Of Sorcery' Back-Up To Get A Slightly Darker Tone

'Ravagers' And 'Sword Of Sorcery' Back-Up To Get A Slightly Darker Tone

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on January 22, 2013

Ravagers and 'Stalker' to feature a different focus

Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

Man Of Steel News: Superman's Gal Pal, Jenny Olsen?

By Niam Suggitt in News with Benefits on January 22, 2013

Could the classic Superman supporting character be gender-swapped in the upcoming 'Man Of Steel' movie? All signs point to yes, say hello to Jenny Olsen!

Review: Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 3

Review: Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 3

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 22, 2013

Cover The Marvel Summer event of 2012 comes to Wolverine and the X-Men. The mutants at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning have to choose what side they want to fight for. Wolverine tries to keep the normality of the School and the neutrality of his students, but something are just impossible to control. Students strand up against teachers and friends will fight friends. Will the school ever be the same?! How is it? Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 3 is a very disappointing book. If you read any of my previous Wolverine and the X-Men reviews you know I've loved the book from the start and have praised it a lot. If you haven't read them, this a good opportunity, check them in these links: Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 1 Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 2 Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha & Omega Sadly when judge this book by its own merits this book fails miserably. However Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw aren't to blame. They do their respective jobs as well as its possible. The problem is with Marvel editorial. This book was dragged into the crossover event du jour and as a consequence it lost even the slightest shred of story telling ability  Its a disjointed mess of chapters, where stuff happens off pages (probably in other books) that radically change the dynamic between the characters and, unless you read the main event in order or you're Sherlock Holmes, you're going to be dazed and confused (in the bad way). In order to be fair to the authors lets break this down in more manageable chunks. The Good Chris Bachalo's and Nick Bradshaw's art is amazing as it was in the previous volumes. Everything is vibrant and dynamic. The fights are really cool to watch. There are 3 characters they draw in a spectacular way: Ice Man, The Beast and Rachel Summers. It is ON! The latter is one of my favorite X-characters that as a bit of a spotlight in this volume. Rachel has to confront her past as a hunter of mutants when she is asked to do just the same. Jason Aaron does a good job fleshing out her inner conflict about using her mutant hunting ability to track down Hope. Orders are orders The last chapter is really good. Its about Warbird's origin. Ava'dara Naganandini, soldier of the Shi'ar Imperium, Royal Warbird, Deathbringer class is a much more complex character than she's had the chance to show. Once again Jason Aaron creates a very interesting background for a lesser character that not only fleshes her out as it opens a few door to future plots. I loved her sins, her depravity (its not what you're thinking) and her punishment  Saying more would spoil the best story in this collection. The Bad: Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 3 is, for the lack of a better word, a clusterfuck. Basically from chapter to chapter you get lost and confused. Lots of stuff happens in between chapters that you have no way to know, unless you're reading all the AVX books. Even if you were reading all the books that compose the AVX event, you'd have to read a chapter at a time from everyone of them. And it was up to you to figure out the correct reading order. The Ugly: Either Marvel had an enormous lack of vision or a disturbing lack of consideration for their readership. Publishing such a disjointed and disconnected book is a huge mistake. I want to think this was a lack of vision and a bit of incompetence but it feels more like they did it this way to "force" the reader to buy other books he doesn't want to in order to understand whats going on. Next time, please look how Dark Horse did it with Vector or how DC Comics did with Blackest Night. In Vector Dark Horse collect all the issues, in the proper reading order, in two easy to read volumes. DC opted for a different route. The involved tie in books had coherent narratives that contributed to the main event. When DC collected them, it read like a regular story arc that was readable and understandable on their own. Hi, I'm here to hijack  the story. Verdict? Unless you're following the Avengers Vs X-men event, don't bother with this one. In fact stay away! This is a mess. Publisher: Marvel Comics Year: 2012 Pages: 112 Authors: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Nick Bradshaw ISBN: 0785159991 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-wolverine-and-x-men-volume-3.html

Deathmatch #2 Preview

Deathmatch #2 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 21, 2013

Boom! Studios battle royale continues as the world’s greatest superheroes are forced to fight each other to the death in a mysterious, otherworldly prison.

Grand Theft Auto V Headed to PC?

Grand Theft Auto V Headed to PC?

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

The PC version of GTA V has been listed for preorder on the French version of Amazon.com.

Kevin Feige Talks Iron Man 3

Kevin Feige Talks Iron Man 3

By xaraan in News with Benefits on January 21, 2013

The president of Marvel Studios sat down with MTV News to talk about the next Iron Man movie.

The Walking Dead, Sneak Peak of Episode 3.09: The Suicide King

The Walking Dead, Sneak Peak of Episode 3.09: The Suicide King

By xaraan in News with Benefits on January 21, 2013

The Walking Dead season 3 continues on February 10th, but we have a sneak peak at the new episode and a pretty poor quality leak of a future trailer.

Once Upon a Time: “In the Name of the Brother”

Once Upon a Time: “In the Name of the Brother”

By The Resident in Reviews on January 21, 2013

Definitely a bridge episode.

Will the Star Trek Abramsverse Address Klingon Appearance?

Will the Star Trek Abramsverse Address Klingon Appearance?

By xaraan in News with Benefits on January 21, 2013

An upcoming IDW Star Trek comic will feature Klingons, not to mention we should be seeing them in Star Trek 2. But what will they look like?

Superboy Annual #1 Preview

Superboy Annual #1 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 21, 2013

As the battle to stop H’El rages on, Superman learns the truth about just what Superboy is...but is it the whole truth?

Green Lantern Corps #16 Preview

Green Lantern Corps #16 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 21, 2013

All hell is breaking loose as John and Fatality battle the Third Army and the Guardians unleash horror on Oa!

JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull #2 Preview

JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull #2 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 21, 2013

'The Big Dirt Nap' continues

Review: Green Lantern Emerald Dawn

Review: Green Lantern Emerald Dawn

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 21, 2013

Cover Green Lantern Emerald Dawn re-imagines the origin story of the Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Hal Jordan is a test pilot for Ferris Aircraft. One day, while working on a simulator he is snatched be a mysterious green light and flown to the desert. There he meets an alien that gives him a powerful green ring and dies before Hal can come to terms with whats happening. From an arrogant and irresponsible grounded test pilot to a galactic trainee cop, the journey of Hal Jordan is a whirlwind filled with aliens, new found responsibilities and introspection. How is it? Before we get into the book I should tell you that this is one of those books that remind me of my childhood. I actually bought this book twice, in 92/93 still on my allowance and again in 2005/2006. This book reminds me of Summer vacations. Not that it has anything to do with the story, but I first read it in in the Summer of 92/93 while lying down on the sand by the Atlantic (yes it got filled with sand, but I was a kid back then). I've read it more than a couple of times since. Call to OA Nowadays its common to hear voices against the use of Hal Jordan as Earth's Green Lantern, but 20 or so years ago (God, as it been that long?!)  he was a very popular character. In a time of near perfect heroes he was the imperfect one. He had family issues, work problems even his long time on-again off-again girlfriend tried to kill him many times. Hal was a Green Lantern, not because he was fearless, but because he could overcome his fear, and that made him unique. It starts with Hal Jordan in his flight simulator when suddenly it takes off flying, heading into the desert. Upon arrival he meets Abin Sur, a dying alien, that gives him his power ring. Abin Sur explains what are the Green Lanterns and why he was chosen. Shortly after Abin Sur dies and Hal is handed the most powerful weapon in the Universe. From here on Gerald Jones, Jim Owsley and Keith Giffen weave a story where Hal Jordan will have learn how to be a Green Lantern and take responsibility for his past and present actions. In a way this is a coming of age story. Hal never looses his trademark cockiness, but he does learn to accept new found responsibilities and handle the consequences that come with being a Green Lantern. In the beginning of Emerald Dawn Hal is driving while drunk and crashes is car against a sign near the road. As a result one of his friends is paralyzed. At first he doesn't take responsibility for that, but eventually Hal grows a conscience and tries to atone for that by giving himself up to the police. This is a symbolic moment that marks a turning point in Hal's life. He's finally growing up. Emerald Dawn is full of memorable moments. Among the best of them are: Hal getting the ring for the first time; Hal taking flight for the first time, Kilowog's training; the final battle against Legion and Hal turning himself in and going to jail. Kilowog is the man This book has great art. At the time it was top notch, but even 20 years later the art still manages to keep a high quality. The coloring on the other hand would benefit from an update. Panel layouts are not very imaginative by today's standards, but are not very static either. They change it a bit here and there. You will find few, but glorious, full pages panels. Verdict? To me this is the definitive origin story for Hal Jordan. It is also one of my favorite Green Lantern stories of all time. I admit to be bias towards this book, because it made a big impression on me when I was younger. If you are a fan of the Green Lantern mythos and  want to read more about Hal Jordan or just want to understand why he was such a popular character, then this book is a must read. If you're only interested in the current generation of Green Lanterns, then this won't add anything to that. Publisher: DC Comics Year: 1991 Pages: 144 Authors: Keith Giffen, Gerard Jones, Jim Owsley, M.D. Bright, Romeo Tanghal ISBN: 0930289889 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-green-lantern-emerald-dawn.html

Uncanny Avengers # 2 - Rick Remender John Cassaday

Uncanny Avengers # 2 - Rick Remender John Cassaday

By Arion in Reviews on January 21, 2013

Charles Xavier, the founding father of the X-Men has been slain at the hands of his most beloved pupil, Cyclops (Scott Summers). Now it’s time for Havoc (Alex Summers) to assume leadership of a group comprised of mutants and humans.  After the disastrous events that took place in the previous issue, a new anti-mutant agenda starts spreading in every major TV network in the US. The Red Skull is behind all of this, but besides inciting hatred and bigotry, he has also desecrated the corpse of Professor X. By removing Xavier’s brain he’s now in control of the world’s most powerful weapon. And he’s already using those enormous telepathic talents to brainwash Scarlet Witch. X-Men & Avengers Both Rogue and Scarlet Witch were captured, but the Southern mutant manages to escape, in part thanks to her mutant powers which allow her to absorb other people’s abilities and memories, and also in part thanks to “Remy LeBeau and all those kinky bondage drinking games” (who said sexual experimentation wouldn’t come in handy for superheroines?).   The most shocking moment, however, takes place right after Rogue has escaped and has found Wanda Maximoff. Together, the two women witness a horrifying spectacle: the body of Charles Xavier, which has been mutilated: his skull has been opened, and his brain has been removed.  Red Skull & Scarlet Witch John Cassaday has some truly memorable pages here. For instance, in the partial double page spread, the superior half is a wide panel that shows the Avengers and the X-Men rescuing the victims after Avalanche’s attack. We can see Spider-Man, Falcon, Logan, Havoc, Captain America, Thor, Captain Marvel, Iron Man and Daredevil. I’ve also enjoyed the design of the Red Skull’s secret headquarters, and the initial confrontation between Scarlet Witch and the villain. When Cassaday shows the body of Xavier he also includes a flashback that recounts Rogue’s first experiences with the X-Men. Laura Martin, one of the best colorists of the industry, gives us cold and pale tones in the first frames (Xavier’s corpse) and warm and soothing tones in the last frames (Rogue’s memory of Xavier’s altruism). ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ the body of Professor X / el cadáver del Profesor X Charles Xavier, el padre fundador de los X-Men ha sido asesinado a manos de su bienhadado pupilo, Cyclops (Scott Summers). Ahora le toca a Havoc (Alex Summers) asumir el liderazgo de un grupo compuesto por mutantes y humanos. Después de los desastrosos eventos que sucedieron en el capítulo anterior, una nueva agenda anti-mutante empieza a extenderse en las grandes cadenas de televisión en USA. Red Skull está detrás de todo esto, pero además de incitar el odio y el racismo, también ha corrompido el cuerpo del Profesor X. Al extirpar el cerebro de Xavier, ahora controla el arma más poderosa del mundo. Y ya está usando estos enormes talentos telepáticos para lavarle el cerebro a Scarlet Witch. Tanto Rogue como Scarlet Witch fueron capturadas, pero la mutante sureña logra escapar, en parte gracias a sus poderes mutantes que le permiten absorber las habilidades y memorias de otras personas, y también en parte gracias a “Remy LeBeau y todos esos mañosos juegos de bondage y de beber” (¿quién dijo que la experimentación sexual no sería útil para las súper-heroínas?). Red Skull and his minions / Cráneo Rojo y sus secuaces El momento más impactante, sin embargo, sucede justo después que Rogue ha escapado y ha encontrado a Wanda Maximoff. Juntas, las dos mujeres atestiguan un horrendo espectáculo: el cuerpo de Charles Xavier, que ha sido mutilado: su cráneo está abierto, y su cerebro ha sido extirpado. John Cassaday tiene algunas páginas realmente memorables. Por ejemplo, en la página doble parcial, la mitad superior es un panel ancho que muestra a los Vengadores y a los X-Men rescatando a las víctimas después el ataque de Avalancha. Podemos ver a Spider-Man,  Falcon, Logan, Havoc, Captain America, Thor, Captain Marvel, Iron Man y Daredevil. También he disfrutado con el diseño de los cuarteles secretos de Red Skull, y la confrontación inicial entre Scarlet Witch y el villano. Cuando Cassaday muestra el cuerpo de Xavier también incluye un flashback que recuenta las primeras experiencias de Rogue con los X-Men. Laura Martin, una de las mejores coloristas de la industria, nos da tonos fríos y pálidos en las primeras viñetas (el cadáver de Xavier) y tonos cálidos y apacibles en las últimas (allí Rogue recuerda el altruismo de Xavier). Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/uncanny-avengers-2-rick-remender-john.html

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