Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hello Lois Lane!


First Anne Hathaway is cast as Catwoman and now Amy Adams is Lois Lane.  Someone in Hollywood really gets me.  I think this casting choice makes a lot of sense.  Amy Adams has already demonstrated that she can play tough characters and still maintain her femininity.  Let’s be honest she is just the right kind of sexy for Henry Cavill’s Superman. While I’ve always considered myself more of a Batman person, the Superman movie keeps becoming more and more appealing.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Marvel Madness

Paul and I aren’t at C2E2 this weekend but we’ve been paying close attention to the announcements coming down the pipe and so far I’m surprised to learn that very soon we will be adding a few of Marvel comics to our subscription box.  Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, and Brian Michael Bendis are all attached to new Marvel comics and revamps and all three sound really appealing. 

First and foremost, Greg Rucka’s work is very near and dear to us, so we will absolutely be picking up his new run on Punisher.  I’m curious to see what he does with it, since Garth Ennis did such a wonderful job on it before.  How many origin stories does Frank really need?  I’m sure Rucka’s love of the espionage though will add a new twist and with any series when the torch is passed the tone changes.  Rucka writing for Marvel caused me genuine shock.  After leaving DC, and I’ve heard him talk about why and I think his reasons were very valid, I didn’t expect him to go back to a non-creator-owned publisher.  True, Punisher is published through MAX, which is directly owned by Marvel but not part of the Marvel superhero world, and honestly if Rucka was connected to something like the Fantastic Four I might shed a tear or two but I would still read it.

I have never read Daredevil, but there’s a first time for everything.  Mark Waid is taking over and as I will have nothing to compare it to, I’m excited for something new.

Brian Michael Bendis is writing a new series for Icon called Brilliant.  I swear that man must never sleep.  The premise as described by Bendis is: “This is the real world. This is happening today. It happens at a fictional Seattle nouveau Ivy League school where the geniuses of the next generation have gathered and a couple of them have decided and challenged each other to turn the science fiction of superheroes into science fact. That doesn't mean this is a superhero book because it is not. It is about what the world would really be like if a couple of kids cracked the code.”

So the real question is, where are the big announcements from DC?  The most exciting thing I’ve heard so far is that Cassandra Cain is coming back.  She will be in Batman: Gates of Gotham and the word on the street is that’s she will play a big role.  We’ve missed Cassandra but as I like to say, Stephanie Brown forever.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Review: Xombi #1

Written by: John Rozum

Art by: Fraser Irving

A common comic debate in our house revolves around Fraser Irving’s work on Batman.  Paul is a huge fan while I’m not so fond of how he draws the Wayne family, so we were both very curious to see how we would respond to Xombi.  This is what I learned, as long as he’s not drawing Dick Grayson, I am a Fraser Irving convert, but more importantly than that, Xombi is quite possibly about to become one of my new favorite series.  It was hilarious, I actually had tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard at the quirky one liners and names of the nuns.  I knew I was going to love it at the first Forbidden Planet reference. 

The premise revolves around character David Kim whose body is inhabited by nanomachines that he is able to communicate with and instruct to do his bidding…sort of.  They also have a mind of their own.  In the first issue David and his strange assortment of religious superheroes have to find out what happened to the prisoners in a molecularly engineered shrunken prison.  I told you it was quirky, and awesome.

Wonder Woman Costume Revealed

Oh…my…goodness.  That’s certainly interesting.  I kept my mouth shut when they cast Adrianne Palicki as Diana, even though I have severe reservations, and I didn’t say a word when Elizabeth Hurley was cast as Veronica Kale which I violently disagree with, but now I’m done.  That costume looks plastic.  They didn’t have to go super camp!  Diana is such a strong character and worthy of so much more. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Meet the Kents

It’s official boys and girls, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner are Ma and Pa Kent.  I have such mixed emotions about this.  My first thought is, aren’t they too young?  This isn’t Smallville.  But then I realize that a lot of time has passed since Bull Durham and Streets of Fire.  Poor Michael Parѐ.  But I digress. 

I am a Costner fan, I will proudly admit to watching Waterworld, and I like Diane Lane.  She has a tough chick quality that I’ve always found endearing…which is another reason for my mixed emotions about the casting choice.  But Kevin and Diane have moved on to playing parental types and I’m alright with that.  It’s going to be a younger, prettier, and possibly grittier Superman.  Bring it on.

Terry Moore’s Next Project Announced!

Yesterday Terry Moore announced that his next project will be a new series entitled Rachel Rising, a character driven horror story.

“Rachel Beck wakes on damp, soft dirt. Sitting up, she sees a foot sticking up from the ground in front of her. She is sitting on somebody. She is sitting on a shallow grave. Rolling onto her knees she claws the dirt away. It is the body of a woman much like her. The clothes are like hers. The face… it’s her. Dead.”

There were rumors of a Strangers in Paradise sequel, and while I adore SiP, I’m glad that Moore chose to work on something new.  Katchoo and Francine found their happy ever after and the last thing they need is more drama.

With Echo ending next month, it’s good to know that fans won’t have to wait long for the first issue of Rachel Rising which is scheduled to be released in July.

Friday, March 11, 2011


Batgirl Issue #19
Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Ramon Bachs

Batgirl has the luxury of being one of the bat books able to lend itself to the overall Batman Inc. arc while still having a romping good time on its own. There was some interesting subtext in this issue that leads me to believe that Barbara isn’t completely happy with her new role in Batman Inc. Slipstream is a fun villain and I’m very curious as to who is pulling the strings there, and while I have to admit that I wasn’t too fond of Grey Ghost in the beginning, Clancy has grown on me.

Proxy’s role is obviously about to change quite a bit as her responsibilities take on a wider scope and it’s nice to see Bruce taking Stephanie seriously as a member of the group as her new toys prove. I was disappointed that Dustin Nguyen only did the cover this month, but I was very happy with Ramon Bachs’ Stephanie.

Batman and Robin Issue # 21
Written by: Peter Tomasi
Art by: Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray

I was anxious for Peter Tomasi’s run on this series, and it was worth the wait. The story of the White Knight is right on with the same tone as previous arcs of Batman and Robin. The premise is really disturbing when you realize what’s actually going on, but it’s interlaced with the Dick/Damian banter that we’ve grown to love. The conversation about why there aren’t pigeons in Gotham was oddly fascinating.

Bird of Prey Issue #10
Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Inaki Miranda

The cover of this issue is gorgeous, but the interior art wasn’t doing it for me this month. Helena and Dinah look about fourteen and I don’t think of Dinah of short, but that’s the vibe she was giving. Zinda and Dove looked more like themselves, although Dove was in costume the whole time so we didn’t see her facial features at all.

Content though never disappoints with Gail Simone. This issue has been a long time coming in terms of what the “death of Oracle” actually means for the superheroes of the DCU. Reading as Oracle left Manhunter and Booster to their own devices had me doing involuntary fist clenches and once again raises the question, how much do we really trust Bruce? Don’t get me wrong, I always trust his intentions, but the follow through is something else. This is also putting a huge responsibility on Wendy aka Proxy, but more about that in Batgirl this week. Hats off to the Misfit cameo, I hope we see more of her soon.

Doom Patrol Issue #20
Written by: Keith Giffen
Art by: Matthew Clark and Ron Randall

Dick Grayson is NOT the Justin Bieber of Batman!  Aside from that, only a few more issues to go and we’ll miss you.

Justice League: Generation Lost Issue #21
Written by: Judd Winick
Art by: Fernando Dagnino

This series gets better and better and it’s going to be a shame when it ends but it’s almost time to see Max Lord get what’s coming to him! This issue is fraught with soap. It is melodrama central and I love it. There’s self-deprecation, grieving, pep talks, and even a little romance. After a few issues of total frustration about the recurring memory loss problem, it was nice to see Judd throw in a little silliness, it was much appreciated. I won’t give anything away but I’m happy to say I was right and leave it at that.

Titans Issue #33
Written by: Eric Wallace
Art by: Fabrizio Fiorentino

I’m tired of junkie Roy. I miss his interactions with Dinah and Ollie and while I get that that’s not his current path, I am officially bored with where he is at. He’s become a one trick pony whose one liners about his need for a fix are stale. That said, the Deathstroke overall story in Titans is very intriguing and despite rolling my eyes every once in awhile at the Roy/Jade drama, I’m never bored. This issue puts Wilson in quite the pickle and ends with whopping cliffhanger. I’m also happy to report that I think Osiris will soon be getting what he deserves. Hopefully that will mean less whining and if we’re lucky, maybe even death.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

No Release Date in Sight for Batwoman

Once again, the release date for Batwoman has been pushed back, but this time there isn’t even a month to look forward to.  It has literally disappeared from the DC solicits while the preview for Issue #1 was included in most of our comics released this week.  Hopefully there will be more detailed info in the coming days, but keep your fingers crossed that this much sought after series doesn’t disappear into the ether. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Emerald City Comicon


ECCC Day 1: Paul and I spent most of the day traveling, but still managed to get to the con by around 3:30pm.  Friday was the day we decided to just take everything in, so I left the comics in need of signatures back at the hotel and off we went.  The exhibit showroom was positively overwhelming.  Thankfully we had lists and were able to buy quite a few comics that we needed.  The only panel that we attended on Friday was “DC Nation”.  I’m sure that a lot of people on the net are going to talk about the DC panels because they were by far the most disappointing.  I know that the big announcements are going to come at C2E2 and San Diego, but honestly Paul and I got better information by reading The Source on Friday than we did at any DC Panel.  Both (Friday and Saturday) were only question and answer sessions and the answer to practically every question was “I can’t answer that, but keep reading.” Some structure would have been nice.  They had really great creators at the DC panels and I would have liked it if each were given a little time to talk about what they’re doing.  The only bit of information that made me happy was they confirmed that there are future plans for Deadman following Brightest Day.  Back to The Source though, the Flashpoint covers they announced this week are sweet!  I did discover that I disagree with a lot of other readers out there.  Bring back Elseworlds?  Please God NO! 

ECCC Day 2: So take all the people who showed up on Friday and quadruple it!  There was a point when the line for Mike Mignola and the line for the Boondock Saints converged into one and threatened chaos!  I’m not really one for lines, so I didn’t wait in either, but I did make sure to get my Norman Reedus fix by walking by the booth a few times.  We got most of the comics we brought signed.  Nick Spencer was an enigma and I could never seem to find him and the Brian Michael Bendis line was just not going to happen.  The first signature we went for was Greg Rucka.  Still no dates set for the next Stumptown story, but he is announcing a new project at C2E2, so we’re looking forward to that.  Matthew Clarke was next, we’re so sad that Doom Patrol is ending and he was super nice so hopefully DC will find something else for him to do and stat!  I won’t go into everyone we hit up for signatures, although I could because they were all delightful.  The Vertigo and Oni Press panels were both enjoyable, and piqued our interest about some of the ongoing books that we’ve been waiting to pick up.  Oni Press got out heartfelt thanks later when we went to their booth and found some back issues of The Damned: Prodigal Sons that we’ve been searching for forever.  To sweeten the deal, Brian Hurtt signed them for us and promised another storyline at some point.   It all depends on the how scheduling goes for The Sixth Gun

So now it’s Sunday morning and we’re basking in the glow of the huge amount of stuff that we bought and looking forward to our next con, Comicpalooza,  which will thankfully be on our home turf in May.