Archive for September, 2010
In this special episode, I’m joined by Nic Fury as we talk about the past decade of comic book movies (in alphabetical order). The best, the worst, we talk about them all.
In this special episode, I’m joined once again by Stephanie B-1000 to discuss the second season of Dexter on Showtime. Spoilers ahoy!
Lobster Johnson takes over this episode! Fast Five picks include Hack/Slash: My First Maniac #4 (Image), Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #2 (DC), Amazing Spider-Man 643 (Marvel), Morning Glories #2 (Image), and Brightest Day #10 (DC).
Despite what it may seem, this episode is not brought to you by India Pale Ale.
That’s right, comic book fans! Now you too can enjoy Cammy‘s Comic Corner on your on iPad / iPhone with this handy-dandy App! Not only that, but you’re helping supporting the show!
Hey all, I’ll be recording the Geeky Talky episode tomorrow where I’ll be answering your questions about whatever is on your mind, so send them in!
Email, Twitter, PM, YouTube, whatever. I’ll answer whatever you throw at me and release the episode this Wednesday.
Such a great week for comics! Pick Of The Week goes to Bryan Q. Miller & Lee Garbett for Batgirl #14 (DC)! Fast Five picks include American Vampire #6 (Vertigo), Green Lantern #57 (DC), The Thanos Imperative #4 (Marvel), Daytripper #10 (Vertigo), and Batman And Robin #14 (DC).
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In this incredibly long episode, I’m joined once again by Haley Manbat to discuss in great detail the second season of True Blood (HBO). Spoilers aplenty!
Book Of The Month – September
Written by Robert Kirkman
The past decade has been kind to superhero comic books. Not since the early 90’s comic boom have people been so interested in the medium; stopping by their local comic shops every Wednesday, sharing them with friends, and bragging at parties that they’re up to date on their Green Lantern or X-Men books (well, I brag anyways). Thanks to the help of Hollywood developing many of these properties for the silver screen, John Q. Public thinks Spider-Man is one cool dude, and they didn’t even have to read a comic!
As for the rest of us loyal readers, we’ve seen our favorite superheroes tackle every foe in every event for the past couple of decades, and still don’t seem to get bored by the same rehashed stories. Okay, well that might not be entirely true; I for one tend to tire of Hulk proving that he’s the strongest there is, or Superman never being able to kill anyone who deserves it, like Lex Luthor. However, once in a blue moon a new superhero will come along and capture the imagination of comic book fans all over the world. The best part? It’s not from the DC or Marvel universe.
Enter Invincible from Image Comics, created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker. Now independent comics don’t tend to sell as well as superheroes from the Big Two, let alone independent superheroes. But there’s something extremely special about Invincible; it has all the elements of why we love superhero comics, only the stories and characters are completely new and fun. With this gargantuan Ultimate Collection collecting the first 13 issues, you don’t have to worry about any continuity because this new universe is all explained to you within the first few issues.
We follow Mark Grayson, your run-of-the-mill high schooler dealing with the usual issues; girls, graduation, and a crappy job flipping burgers. His dad is a well-known author, but secretly fights crime as Omni-Man, the Superman archetype of this universe. Mark is half-Viltrumite, an alien race so advanced that they travelled the universe exploring new galaxies. Omni-Man fell in love with Earth, so he decided to settle-down and become its protector and work with the already established superhero community. Mark finally gets his powers, and is introduced to the crime-fighting lifestyle, and all the perks and disadvantages that come with it. New costumes, secret identities, and romance hits Mark at warp-speed, and yet he’s still able to adjust. Kinda.
Invincible, like Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, is one of those books that people get in trades instead of the monthly floppies. Because of this, it’s considered sacrilegious in the comic book community to spoil any of the events that happen in the current issues of either titles. Just for my own safety, I won’t give away the huge twist that grabs you by the balls and doesn’t let go, but I will say that things get bloody, dark, and unsettling. The best part is that you don’t even see it coming because you’re enjoying a superhero book as if it was approved by the comic code authority. That, with humor mixed in with the action, makes this title consistently enjoyable.
Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley’s art is wonderful to look at, as the action sequences are a combination of thrilling and jaw-dropping. You got your spandex of every color, costumes so tight that you can tell what religion the character is, and tons of hot superheroines. You’ll discover in the pages homage’s to certain DC and Marvel characters and villains, but in no way does it read as copyright infringement. I’m just blown away by the names of certain characters, and how they haven’t been scooped-up by the Big Two after all these years (Rex Splode, DupliKate, Atom Eve).
So yes, you can go and read another X-Men versus Magneto story for the fifteenth time in a row, or you can treat yourself to something original, fun, and still relatively new in the comics industry. It has something for everyone, so there’s no excuse. Plus you feel good for helping out the little guy.
See why Image Comics loves Robert Kirkman so much, that they made him Editor-In-Chief, and pick-up Invincible today!
In this special episode I interview comic book all-star Alex Robinson (Box Office Poison, Tricked). Tune-in as we talk about his graphic novels, thoughts on art school, and future plans with Top Shelf.