Batgirl picks up the slack here with Batman and Robin out of town and gets entangle with Catwoman that looks like the...moreNo Batman and Robin? No problem!
Batgirl picks up the slack here with Batman and Robin out of town and gets entangle with Catwoman that looks like the Eartha Kitt version of the character. Of course a catfight ensues, that scene is almost guaranteed with this cast.
I usually follow the sequence of release for this digital first series but I decided to prioritize the ones that are Guided View native for Comixology since I really like how the artist integrate it into their storytelling and with this issue, I was not mistaken. It has Eisner award winning artist Colleen Coover on art and although she picked up design cues from artist Jonathan Case for her stint on Batman '66, her inimitable style still manages to peek through.
Nothing but love for this issue and I hope Jeff Parker will show that Lord Deathman encounter with Adam West Batman soon.(less)
Batman Beyond is one of those concepts that don't seem to catch on well on print. A well-received miniseries isn't enough to snowball into a regular o...moreBatman Beyond is one of those concepts that don't seem to catch on well on print. A well-received miniseries isn't enough to snowball into a regular ongoing and it would seem out of place with the New 52 offerings of DC but it seems to have found a place in its digital first offerings.
I've always enjoyed the interaction between new Batman Terry and his mentor old Bruce but writer Kyle Higgins shakes things up here to keep things interesting.(less)
Batman can be a dick sometimes but he learns a lesson here. He's lucky to have Alfred as an ally.
This is a great standalone issue and with a great cre...moreBatman can be a dick sometimes but he learns a lesson here. He's lucky to have Alfred as an ally.
This is a great standalone issue and with a great creative cast with story by Damono Lindelof and art by Jeff Lmire. The digital format makes it easy for DC to return to the anthology comics it used to have before it rebooted it's universe with New 52. (less)
This digital series brings the campy energy of the original television show to the screen of your favored reading device and just in time. The main li...moreThis digital series brings the campy energy of the original television show to the screen of your favored reading device and just in time. The main line Batman comics and movies has our hero moving into a darker realm but this serves to remind older readers and perhaps introduce to newer ones that Batman was once a fun character with a noble and heroic heart.
Reading this digital comic, it made me realize that I've seen the future of the medium and this is it.
Tim Gibson makes the most out of how panels segu...moreReading this digital comic, it made me realize that I've seen the future of the medium and this is it.
Tim Gibson makes the most out of how panels segue in tablet computer, integrating it into his storytelling. I love the story, it has a Hickmanesque vibe that I enjoy in Jonathan Hickman's indie comic work.(less)
It took a timely Black Friday sale over the long Thanksgiving weekend for me to take the plunge and bought me some digital trades. That and the fact I...moreIt took a timely Black Friday sale over the long Thanksgiving weekend for me to take the plunge and bought me some digital trades. That and the fact I could use Paypal for my Comixology purcahses made me pull the trigger. My first purchase was a story-line I've been wanting to read since DC Comics rebooted their superhero line of comic books and that's this inaugural six issue arc of its flagship title Justice League.
There was no reason this book should not be this good, DC assigned its most bankable writer and artist to team up on a book about its seven best superheroes.
Geoff Johns wrote a tale that any new reader should be able to latch on quickly without any encyclopedic knowledge of past continuity. This was the best entry point to get on the new DC 52 and Johns helped made it so. There's a lot of great things about this book but one thing remains inedible in my mind and it's Johns making Aquaman cool. Aquaman may talk to fish but it could be an awesome power as well.
Jim Lee remains the best superhero comic book artist in this century and the last. He brings a whole lot of Wildstorm elements in his redesign of the DC's most iconic heroes. He certainly removed Superman's underpants. Still, his art is as magnificent as ever.
I should have read this book from the start, or at least got the hardcover as soon as it was published, still despite my initial hesitation and delay. the magic of digital comics made it possible for me to catch up on what the rest of comic fandom already know, the new 52 relaunch worked very well for DC.(less)
BKV is one of my favorite writer and I'll buy any of his comics work in whatever format they come. Vaughan and Marcos Martin's futuristic noir tale pa...moreBKV is one of my favorite writer and I'll buy any of his comics work in whatever format they come. Vaughan and Marcos Martin's futuristic noir tale paints a future in the aftermath of the collapse of the current internet structure. We share our lives easily online or in the cloud with all our darkest secrets. What happens if that cloud burts?
I'm loving the series so far and the way the creators serve up their issues to the public is novel, wherein the reader gets to pick a price point for the download. Every issue is easily worth the $3.99 the comic industry giants charge for their books.(less)
The cover is kind of misleading, as the reader is actually made to believe that Nightcrawler returns to the X-Men in this issue, but it doesn't happen...moreThe cover is kind of misleading, as the reader is actually made to believe that Nightcrawler returns to the X-Men in this issue, but it doesn't happen yet and although Kurt Wagner appears in this issue, I believe his panels are a flashback of sorts.
This new comic book series has actually made a lot of X-fans excited with Kurt Wagner, a.k.a. Nightcrawler, returning to comics from the limbo he was in when he died in a fairly recent X-books crossover. This is Jason Aaron's second X-Men ongoing and this time, he brought along Ed McGuinness, a self-admitted big Nightcrawler fan. This is a story that Aaron has teased in his other ongoing, Wolverine and the X-Men for sometime now but I guess the scope is big enough that it deserves its own title and spiffy number one issue.
I'm excited for the next issue after reading this one, but a bit sad after learning that Aaron and Marvel will be ending his run in Wolverine and the X-Men because of this new ongoing. If McGuinness continues to put out the best art in his career in his current Amazing X-Men arc, I can live with that loss.(less)
FoxTrot is one of my favorite current daily strips and its book collections are hard to find, at least in my city, so finding a copy of an oversized c...moreFoxTrot is one of my favorite current daily strips and its book collections are hard to find, at least in my city, so finding a copy of an oversized collection of various strips in one of my bargain hunting bookstore strips was a real treat.
This particular collection has aged a bit, youngest son Jason is quite excited at coming the Episode I, the first Star Wars film in years. Actually, that doesn't seem qw dated at all since he will also feel the same at a new Star Wars movie slated for release in 2015.
I've also read some of the daily strips in this collection, since they are reissuing them again with creator Bill Amend semi-retired and only doing new Sunday strips. But the Sunday strips here are new to me, since those haven't been reissued. Those colored strips along are worth the sticker price.(less)
This graphic album was a great find from a pile of clearance books at National Book Store in Centrio. There were a few other Asterix titles on sale bu...moreThis graphic album was a great find from a pile of clearance books at National Book Store in Centrio. There were a few other Asterix titles on sale but this was the only one was by it original creators Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. It was at half-price off so it was very hard not to buy.
Despite it being half-price off, truth be told, I was hesitating to getting it. It is not that I don't enjoy Franco-Belgian comics, I enjoy Herge's Tintin and Peyo's Smurfs. It was that the first few Asterix I read I didn't quite get the European style of humor. But that changed with this volume.
I thought the premise was idiotic, Vikings who wanted to know the meaning of fear. They were not even called Vikings here but Normans and although Normans may be related to Vikings, they didn't settle in France a few centuries later. Although since the word "Norman" actually means "northman" it was technically correct to refer to them here as Normans.
Another plot involved the city kid that is Asterix's chief's nephew. His father was worried that Justforkix was getting soft, sent him to Asterix's village to grow up a little.
I was initially puzzled how this two plots would merge as the story ends but it does beautifully. I thought it was corny at first but I ended up laughing at tbe last few pages as the graphic album winded down. It also helped that Uderzo has just a great comic style that blended seamlessly with Goscinny's plots and words.
This volume helped make me a believer. It was plain to see why Goscinny and Uderzo were considered legends of Franco-Belgian comics. (less)
Thor has always been my favorite character because of his nobility and power. The new monthly, Thor: God of Thunder by the creative duo of Jason Aaron...moreThor has always been my favorite character because of his nobility and power. The new monthly, Thor: God of Thunder by the creative duo of Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic is one of my two eagerly anticipated titles of the Marvel NOW relaunches. The first, Uncanny Avengers, experienced some shipping delays but Thor so far has not disappoint.
I really like the direction that Aaron is taking Thor by focusing on the character. Without the classic supporting cast cluttering the panels, it brings the focus to Thor and reminds the reader that this character can carry his own book. The opening arc is a tale worthy of the Odinson, set across three eras of his life, he seeks to stop the rampage of the God Butcher, who singlehandedly has been decimating entire pantheons of gods across the universe.
I am enjoying how Aaron is simultaneously weaving three stories into one epic. It is certainly ambitious and I appreciate the attempt because he is on target. His voices for the three incarnations of Thor; a brash godling, a seasoned veteran Avenger and a tired king of Asgard is right on. If the last page of issue four is any indication, the time barrier is no hindrance for at least two Thors working together.
Ribic deserves praise for having provided for the first five issues. His soft and detailed lines are perfect for the fantasy themes. The color palette by Dean White in the first issue and Ive Svorcina for the succeeding issues, give it a painted look that brings out the nuances of Ribic's lines without overpowering it.
This is the universe spanning Thor series that I realized I wanted. The character has been earthbound for the past few years, now it is time to rediscover his mythic nature and I am glad to be on the ground floor with this new launch. This is a new reader friendly book and all one has to know is on the title. He is Thor, the god of thunder.(less)
The X-Men has become more interesting in the aftermath of Avengers Versus X-Men (AVX), but the new X-Men main writer isn't content with the already fe...moreThe X-Men has become more interesting in the aftermath of Avengers Versus X-Men (AVX), but the new X-Men main writer isn't content with the already fertile soil for stories. He throws a substantial wrench into the works by bringing back the original teenage X-Men straight from the pages of the Silver Age X-Men stories by Stan Lee and Kirby. There will a price to pay for this gross abuse of space-time but this new direction has already been in the works since he relaunched Avengers after Siege. Still, it is good to see Jean Grey back in an ongoing series again.
Bendis has done excellent work with a teenage cast before, a prime example would be his Ultimate Spider-Man work, so I can see why he would bring in the original X-Men. Initially. the five were brought back by a dying Beast to be the ghosts of Christmas past to Cyclops, to remind him of his heinous crime of murdering Charles Xavier. Now, the original five are here to stay to prevent a mutant civil war and to restore Xavier's dream.
The art is as excellent as any of the franchise's storied past. Stuart Immonen is producing the best art of his career and colorist Marte Gracia is making a name for himself with his vibrant coloring.
I read this collection digitally in Comixology and I'm glad Marvel included the bonus material from the hardcover. This feature was missing from prior digital/print combo releases and I'm glad Marvel learned from that mistake. I would have wanted to see all the variant covers included with the AVX digital collection, but I'm happy that this digital version has all the covers from the first five issues.
This is a great jump-on point for anyone intrigued by the storied history of the X-Men. Bringing the original X-Men to the present means that new history is being written and now would be the best time to be part of it. Whether digital or print, this is the book to help you start on your X-Men journey.
Writer Joe Casey pens a tale that embellishes and adds nuance to the first encounter between Iron Man and his arch-nemesis, the Mandarin. His story fo...moreWriter Joe Casey pens a tale that embellishes and adds nuance to the first encounter between Iron Man and his arch-nemesis, the Mandarin. His story for this six-part miniseries builds upon the original stories by Stan Lee and Don Heck. He adds more background to the Mandarin, who is Tony Stark's dark reflection and their battles and taunts speak of the divide that exist between two men who seemingly were born to be mortal enemies.
This stories also updates much of Iron Man's earlier adventures. Of all the Marvel characters, his Silver Age stories are the most dated since his premise relies a lot on technology.
Eric Canete provides the art and though his line art may not be as polished as Adi Granov's*, it strikes the right balance between a retro feel and modernity.
This is a great introduction to one's Iron Man's signature foes and would appeal to someone who just watched the new Iron Man 3 movie showing right now in theaters and wishing to read more of the comic books that inspired the film.
Marvel made the the entire miniseries available to read for free on their Marvel Unlimited iOS app and that was where I read it.
*Adi Granov was one of the original designers on the first Iron Man movie and his design for the armor influenced the look for the franchise. He also collaborated with Warren Ellis on Extremis, the story that inspired the new movie.(less)
Cartoonist Michael David follows up his fourth collection of strips, The Melancholy of Edward Cordero with an original graphic novel, Kubori Kikiam #8...moreCartoonist Michael David follows up his fourth collection of strips, The Melancholy of Edward Cordero with an original graphic novel, Kubori Kikiam #8. It picks up from the story threads from the aforementioned collection with the Kikiams on top of the world after emerging as talent show champions and still feeling the effects of the potent magic of an engkanto's (fairy) tears.
David shows versatility switching storytelling gears. He goes from four panels per strip pacing to a bigger canvas. This ability reminds me of one of my favorite cartoonists, who has found dual success in syndicated strips and comic books. Yes, I am comparing Frank Cho to someone whose greatest commercial success is anthropomorphic processed food products. In fact, the two of them has one particularly impressive skill that they share in common; both of them can draw babes and they aren't exactly generous in clothing them.
If this book has a weakness, it isn't the story. The story is its usual mishmash of pop culture references, parodying both slasher flicks and zombie cinema. David foreshadows a new direction for the Kikiams, introducing a potential big bad who is poised to bring misery to our deep fried food heroes. No, the weakness is that David deviates from his predilection of drawing scantily clad babes for this story.
The story needed more girls. Since this is a horror parody, there should have been some busty coeds screaming. I mean, the Kikiams that are familiar to are the ones the openly lust after some porn starlet or hang out at strip clubs. I could only guess that David may be trying to appease some women groups for his overly sexual depictions of women in the past, but he has the freedom of speech to protect his right to draw nubile babes.
I really love the wrap-around cover though. David is sure full of surprises. I didn't expect Bret 'The Hitman' Hart to be flauting his Michael Jackson inspired regalia and mixing beats, but there he is deejaying for the party scene on the cover. Overall, this is an enjoyable book, fit to introduce new readers to a more family friendly Kikiam experience. That is, if zombies, slashers and Lovecraftian monsters are one's idea of wholesome family fun.(less)
Ambush, Andrew Villar’s teenybopper secret agent, has been on my short list of independent titles to try ever since her tea...moreSummer Komikon 2013 special
Ambush, Andrew Villar’s teenybopper secret agent, has been on my short list of independent titles to try ever since her team-up with Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s Trese in short story that appeared in a special FCBD comic. During Summer Komikon 2013, I got my chance when Villar released a trade of her earliest adventures that were published as strips in the Manila Bulletin.
Why call her Ambush? I once asked Villar. He wanted a character with a name that has an action vibe and Ambush fit the bill. At first glance, the character appears to be a local knockoff of Lara Croft the Tomb Raider, with her glasses, tight shirt, Daisy Dukes and twin pistols; but there is a lot more to her than just cheesecake potential. She has secret agent skills but she still has the sensibilities of a teenager her age. Her supporting cast barely recognizes that so they are often on eggshells around her which provides some of the comedy.
The Ambush strips in this collection combine both secret agent and science fiction adventure, especially the sci-fi influence, which Villar wears on his sleeve. If Ambush’s diminutive “Master Yoga” isn’t obvious, he does a multi-part Star Wars parody here. Villar also enjoyed teaming Ambush with various Filipino independent comic characters. Since Ambush was published serially in a national daily, it actually helped her guests get some needed exposure.
The book itself is beautifully produced, with heavy duty binding and slick and thick interior pages. I am surprised at the slick pages if the plan was for black and white printing. I think slightly thick white newsprint would have worked better. I wished that they went for a larger page trim since the smaller pages allowed some gutter loss and rendered a few of the strips unreadable. Still, I really like the quality of this book.
Ambush is a book that deserves more readers. It is fun and excellently drawn. I recommend that Trese completists check this collection out; it has two team-ups that feature the supernatural detective. If Budjette Tan allowed this story to happen, then it is canon. One of the stories reveals the Kambal’s weakness. They can’t do squat against a nubile teenager that packs twin pistols.