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Troy’s Toys But with Comics: Date Night Edition

Uncanny_X-Men_Vol_3_33Uncanny X-men #33

Brian Michael Bendis/Kris Anka/ Antonio Fabela

Marvel $3.99

Note: Despite Kitty Pryde and Magik being the focus of the issues, there is zero actual dates in this issue.

This particular issue works on a number of levels. Brain Micahel Bendis uses Marvel continuity to his advantage. Uncanny X-men #33 focuses on Kitty Pryde and Illayana Rasputin’s friendship, while setting the issue on MONSTER ISLAND, which is the best island location in the Marvel Universe. Bendis expertly draws upon both the character’s pasts to tell a compelling story that’s been done a million times before in X-men comics, but everything’s so good the reader doesn’t notice. His voices for these characters ring true and natural, to the point that this may be the best done in one he’s done on Uncanny.

Art wise, the book couldn’t look better. Kris Anka returns to draw this issue, and he’s the perfect fit for it. His Kitty and Magik look great, thanks to Anka’s clean line work and Antonio Fabela‘s flawless colors. Anka’s super expressive faces also help with the emotional beats of Bendis’ scripts, making the whole thing feel so genuine and Chris Claremont-esque. MOST IMPORTANTLY, he channels some serious Wally Wood/Jack Kirby when it comes to drawing the massive residents of Monster Island. He’s a great enough talent that he can mix those gold and silver age era character designs with the modern age looks of Kitty and Magik  and have it look natural. Well as natural as you can get in an X-men comic.

This particular issue of Uncanny X-men rewards you based on how long you’ve been with the franchise. There’s some calls back to the book’s earlier days, and it definitely has that nice, Claremont era vibe to it, without feeling too much like fan fiction. It’s fun read that now only showcases some great art, but shows how good Bendis is when he focuses on a dense done in one issue.

Ms.-Marvel-14-CoverMs Marvel #14

G Willow Wilson/Takeshi Miyazawa/Ian Herring

Marvel $2.99

NOTE: This issue very much has dates and emotions, justifying the title of this article.

It’s been a few months since I’ve wrote about Ms Marvel, but it’s not like I stopped reading the book. It’s been consistently excellent, but much like Saga, it was getting to the point I was running out of ways to praise it. This month’s issue isn’t any less excellent that those non-reviewed issues, but there’s a particular scene I want to talk about.

Said scene is between Khamala’s older brother Aamir, and her bff/boy with a secret crush Bruno. SPOILERS, said moment involves both males discussing Bruno’s crush on Khamala, her new male friend who she’s clearly sweet on, and why it would never work between Ms Khan and her bestie. It’s scene we’ve seen before in all sorts of media, but writer G Willow Wilson brings a cultural spin on it that makes for a really compelling 2 pages. It gives a good reason for it to not happened, which in turn makes it all the most fascinating.

That is not to say Khamala is a no factor in this comic. Our spunky lead is dealing with her first crush, and it results in her being dragged closer to the shared Marvel Universe. Fill in artist Takeshi Miyazawa  (who ironically was also the back up artist on regular series artist Adrian Alphona’s run on Runways) line work is great, slightly more focused and manga-esque than Alphona’s but beautiful none the less. Ian Herring‘s superb colors helps Miyazawa’s art stay in constant with how the title looks normally, without taking away from his particular spin on Ms Marvel and her cast.

Ms Marvel #14 is another delightful issue from one of the best comics on the stand today. It’s a wonderful series that never disappoints and constantly entertains, and it will be interesting to see if this issue’s cliffhanger will play out next month.





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April 30th Troma Signing with Lloyd Kaufman, Ethan Hurt & Lisa Gaye!

Forbidden Planet is stoked to announce a Troma signing on Thursday April 30th at 7PM!

Meet Lloyd Kaufman (Troma President and creator of The Toxic Avenger), Ethan Hurt (Composer of the Class of Nuke ‘Em High Theme), and Lisa Gaye (star of Class of Nuke ‘ Em High 2 & 3, Toxic Avenger 2-4, and many more Troma classiscs!

Troma-Signing-PosterWEBAs usual we make sure that people across the globe will be able to take part in this event! So pre-order a copy of the Class of Nuke ‘Em High LP from and it will be signed by all guests attending our event!

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Troy’a Toys But with Comics: Feathered Edition

CONV_NW_OR_1_54b06bb6addff7.95522607Convergence: Nightwing & Oracle#1

Gail Simone/Jan Duursema/Dan Parsons/Wes Dzioba

DC $3.99


DC has done a lot of things to get me to buy their books as of late, but there’s no way I’m buying into a 2 month long event spanning 40 something books.  Especially when each of those chapters run $4 a pop. However, I will gladly drop $4 on a Gail Simone penned Nightwing and Oracle mini series, because I go full 16 year old teen on Tumblr when it comes to those characters, especially after Simone’s memorable run writing Barbara Gordon in Birds of Prey.

C: N&O is a event tie in mind you, so there’s some stuff involving Brianiac and evil Hawkpeople (the DC ones, not Clint and Kate)  that I’m not exactly sure what the deal with is. All I know is apparently the Gotham city of old (PreFlashpoint) is trapt in a bottle, and Barbarba Gordon is it’s protector. As much as I’ve enjoyed the recent take on Barbara,  seeing the Babs I grew up on as a capable badass again is a treat. She’s very much Gotham’s den mother, and Gail writing an incarnation of the character she did so much with once again is great. There are a lot of Simone writing superhero tropes in this issue, but considering this whole event is fan service, it’s not much a deterrent to the book’s quality. It’s very much aiming for a specific audience, and as a member of that audience I am pleased with what I got.

 Jan Duursema’s art is serviceable. Starts off strong, but takes a slight hit as the book progresses. A shame, but at least when it’s good it’s good, capturing the last 2000’s all to well. The same can be said of Dan Parsons inks, although it’s worth mentioning his uses of shadowing with the inks remains strong throughout the issue, Wes Dzioba‘s color definitely help the art overall, keeping the book looking clean and vibrant.

While I’m not thrilled about the temporary price increase for my DC pulls, this Convergence mini is off to a fairly strong start. Hopefully the art will be a little more polished come issue two, and do Gail Simone’s fun script the justice it deserves.

portrait_incredible (2)Howard the Duck #2

Chip Zdarsky/Joe Quinones/Joe Rivera/Rico Rensi/Rob Guillory

Marvel $3.99

Some of us Older  folk may remember way back when it was announced that Disney was going to buy Marvel, there was a certain fear that the House O’ Mouse was going to tone things down at the House O Ideas. And sure, you can use the recent deaths of Wolverine and Deadpool as proof of that happening, but they’re also Fox/ X-men related characters, so there’s that. Howard the Duck #2 on the other hand, is proof that it’s not happening however, which comes as no surprise given that it’s a Chip Zdarsky penned comic.

Howard issue 2 sees Chip and artist Joe Quinones go full James Gunn and bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy, who are possibly mocking DC’s selfie cover month via duck-facing so hard Kelly Sue Deconnick would be proud. Also heh, duck facing, get it? Anywho, for 17 beautifully illustrated pages, we get Howard running around in space, quacking  cracking wise and looking amazing while doing so. The other 3 pages are an unrelated stroy drawn by Rob Guillory, dealing with Howard getting sued. It’s on par with the main story in terms of overall quality, despite it’s length. And while both artists couldn’t be any more different in terms of style, they both work well with Zdarsky’s script. Chip being an artist himself probably helps with him write to his collaborator’s strengths.

Howard the Duck continues to impress with only 2 issues out. It’s a geniunely hilarious book that has some weight to it, and it looks fantastic. Zdarsky is clearly using as much of the Marvle Universe as he can in this title, without the book ever feeling overwhelming or suffocating for the reader. Yeah it’s dense enough to make me feel like it’s worth the $4. And again, having a artist of Joe Quinoes (not to mention Rob Guillort as well)  draw this book only makes it all the better.



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Troy’s Troys But With Comics: Childhood Flashbacks editions

There are currently 12 unwatched episodes of Daredevil in my Netflix queue right now, please note that I took time to write this article instead of ODing on DD.

Saga_27-1_300_462Saga #27

Fiona Staples/Biran K Vaughan

Image Comics $2.99

I’ve been running out of ways to complement Saga. Each issue is a 20 page celebration of comics, with the creators doing their damnedest to show exactly  why they’re the best what this medium is capable of. This month’s issue is no exception, as Fiona Staples and Brain K Vaughan show off their full range of talents.

Issue 27 has Fiona Staples drawing everything from odd/unusual erotica, to grotesque violence, to absolutely adorable thanks to tiny sealman/my favorite character Ghus. Ghus in particular is an fine example of Staples’ artistic skills, as she manages to convey a lot of character and emotion in a character with a comparatively simplistic design. There’s also some really powerful emotional beats that Staples hit without the assistance of BKV’s words. While she’s never been anything less than impressive, this particular arc of Saga may be Staples finest work to date. I couldn’t think of a better artist to see their name listed before the writer’s name in the credits page.

Brain K Vaughan continues to be the very best at what he does when it comes to dialogue and the script, snikt. We get to take another glimpse of Marko’s past in this issue, and the stuff revealed in the flashbacks is brutal, but compelling none the less. He also injects some much needed humor in places that helps ease the tension, as well as remind us how delightful these characters are. Vaughan’s words are overshadowed by the art at times, but it never feels like he’s coasting on Staples talents.

Saga is still very much the best book on the market, and this issue is just further proof of that.

portrait_incredible (1)All New Hawkeye #2

Jeff Lemire/Ramon Perez/Ian Herring

Marvel $3.99

AWWW, Fact: This is the 2nd Hawkeye #2 in which a/the Swordsman is a crucial element to the plot!

This 2nd issue of All New Hawkeye is a slight improvement over the previous issue, but I’m still a tad confused over the direction of the title. The book continues to be split between the past and present, but the present sections continue to feel like an after though. Ramon Perez and Ian Herring certainly do some cool stuff with this book’s visuals, but it genuinely does feel like writer Jeff Lemire prefers re-telling Clint’s origin than moving his Hydra/creepy-ass children plot forward.

To be fair, the Circus flashback segments are fairly enjoyable, even with the art being a little uneven in places. The sketchy art looks a tad incomplete at times, but Ian Herring’s colors really help enhance it a ton. The modern segments look slightly better, as Perez channeling David Aja suits his style better. Lemire is still struggling with the Hawkeyes banter, but it’s improving.

All New Hawkeye #2 is a much needed step in the right direction, although it’s not quite there yet. Hopefully the next issue will continue to improve in quality, and this book will be on par with the previous creative team’s efforts.



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Troy’s Toys, but with comics: Platinum Blondes edition

backgroundSpider-Gwen #3

Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriquez, Rico Renzi

Marvel $3.99

Spider-Gwen #3 lacks scumbag Matt Murdock for SOME reason, but writer Jason Latour slips in a Wu-Tang Clan reference, so I guess i can let it slide.

This issue is heavy on fights, which is great, because it allows Robbi Rodriquez to go all out on the layouts. Rodriquez uses a lot of unique “camera angles” and hyper exaggerated body language to sell the fight scenes, lead to some over the top and more importantly visually stunning panels. Rico Renzi’s green heavy color palette is very crucial to this, making this book pop, drawing the reader in more than a lesser colorist would. There’s also some very fun and creative uses of sound effects in this comic, reminding me more of Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim film adaption than the tradition comics sound effects. The end product is a comic that feels very loose, bright and chaotic, but so visually appealing you can’t help but love it.

Jason Latour’s scripts are getting tighter and tighter with every issue. He ramps up the traditional Spider-related drama and action with this issue, but he continues to add new elements to story to make things interesting. An important character to the Spider-mythos makes his debut this issue, and while it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before, the execution makes it seem fresher than it actually is. I know that seems like a backhanded compliment, but it’s pretty impressive given how long the Spider-Man concept has existed.

Spider-Gwen continues to be a delight month after month. It gives off an fresh indie vibe unlock any other Marvel book, despite being tied to such an iconic comics character. Latour, Rodriquez and Renzi are so in sync with each other for a relatively new creative team, it’s scary to think how much better this team will get with every issue.

GA02Gotham Academy Endgame

Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Jeff Stokely, Jenny Donovan, Cilo Chiang, Joy Ang, Vera Brosgol, Sonia Oback

DC $2.99

Once again I have bought another Endgame tie-in, despite not having bought a single issue of Batman proper in years (#tradewait). Also once again, I am charmed by a Endgame tie in.

While crazies and shipping delays overrun Gotham, Maps, Olivia and Pomeline are having a sleepover of sorts, swapping SPOOKY stories that are Joker-related. It’s a lot like that episode of Batman: The Animated Series where kids sit around swapping Batman stories, and I can’t help to think that this issue may be a homage to it. It’s also a surprisingly gruesome issue in some parts, which I guess makes sense given its semi Joker related.

Sadly, Karl Kerschl couldn’t draw this issue, so he’s replaced with 4 different artists. While I’m crazy over the art that sets up each story, Jenny Donovan, Cilo Chiang, Joy Ang, Vera Brosgol, and Sonia Oback all come through on their shorter stories. The end product is a bit uneven, but good none the less. It’s also nice to see DC let new talent work on one of their more highly acclaimed titles.

On the script/dialogue side of things, there’s a lot of good stuff from regular writers Brenden Fletcher and Becky Cloonan. Using the campfire spookum stories as a framing device, the duo cleverly incorporate horror movie clichés and folklore into their Jokers tales, making for some fascinating results. Sadly thanks to to the slightly amateurish and rough at times art by Jeff Stokley, the book suffers in places.

Gotham Academy Endgame is a nice showcase for new talent, but it’s strictly for GA fans only. It’s not exactly a good introduction to anyone coming by from Batman proper, but regular Gotham Academy readers should get a kick out of it.


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Troy’s Toys but with Comics: Wicked Academy

WickedDivine_09The Wicked & The Divine #9

Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson

Image $3.50


He’s not really. I’ve met him several time, if anything he’s the complete opposite. But man, this issue of The Wicked and the Divine ends on a bummer of a cliffhanger.

Gillen’s pacing has been incredible throughout the series. The previous issue of #WicDiv ended on saucy note, and this issue lead up to believe sexy times were instore for everyone. That couldn’t be any farther than the truth, as we’re instead treated to a few reveals, some heartbreak, and some choice dialogue by KG once again.

Surprising no one, Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson are still in top form with the art for this book.  McKelvie reminds us just how good he is by giving a trio of familiar supporting characters a new look, and it’s gorgeous. McKelvie excels at designing and redesigning character, so I shouldn’t be surprised the end results are as good as they are, but I’m impressed time after time.  Wilson remains equally important, as his choice in colors for these character really give them a visual style that helps win the reader over.

Wicked and Divine volume 2 continues to be a consistent and stellar read. The WicDiv fandom has come to expect certain things from a Gillen/McKelvie/Wilson project, and they deliver in usual  fashion again with this is, despite its being quite brutal at times.




STK666956Gotham Academy #6

Brenden Fletcher/Becky Cloonan/Karl Kerschl/Mingue Helen Chen/Msassyk/Serge Lapointe

DC $2.99

Guys, I’m not sure if I get this message across in my reviews, but this is the BEST time to be reading comics.

Gotham Academy wraps up its first arc, and it’s delightful. It’s funny that arguably the most light hearted of the Bat-titles, this is the book that has Batman come off as a villian. Obviously he and Croc has a history that says otherwise, but a teenager with mom issues may see the Bat in a different light. Batman’s extended appearance doesn’t detract from the feel and tone of the book though, as it shakes things up a bit and takes the book in some interesting directions. The most  shocking being the tease of the addition of a established Bat-character who’s presence is welcomed and makes a ton of sense.

Karl Keschl gets some help on the art end of things from Mingue Helen Chen and style wise it couldn’t be better. While it’s not as bright & colorful as Keschl’s art, it’s definitely beautiful in its own way, channels the same animation vibe, and fits the narrative quite well. Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher are in top form, writing very believable kids & a very rich and interesting world. In the span of 6 issues, these  5 kids have been given an impressive amount of depth in such a short period of time, and it kills me I’m going to have to wait until June before we re-visit this world again.

Gotham Academy #6 is another great installment of the best Batman book no one’s reading. Hopefully the new addition to the cast will get the book some new readers, because I would hate to see it end after the next arc.

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Yo I Heard You’re Mad About – New Superhero Costumes

When it comes to funny books, opinions are never in short supply. So with every announcement must also inevitably come the backlash. And if you think Forbidden Planet is immune from having the feels (or “feeliopolises” as we will come to call them in the year 2026), we certainly aren’t. So let’s talk about what’s got people SJW-ing to their problematicness until they swallow the red pill and become meninists this week – superhero costumes!

In the realm of cape and tights comics, costumes are a lot like buttholes – everyone’s got one and most of ‘em stink. So who can be surprised when heroes and villains get revamp after revamp? Whether it’s a long term change, or just the equivalent of comic book laundry day, every Bruce, Dick, and Peter Parker gets an update now and again.

Lately, though, it seems like we’re on new costume overload – Batgirl, Spider-Woman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman… all of ‘em have either gotten a costume change already or have a major one incoming.

And, yo, I heard you’re mad about it. No worries. Happens to the best of us.


When I saw the new Wonder Woman costume, por ejemplo, I sent a text to Julia saying, “The Finch’s are giving Wonder Woman pants and I’m mad about it,” hence the title of this article. Julia’s response? “I almost vomited.”

So, obviously, we came in already having some well-reasoned and respectful thoughts on this costume update.

And, surprise, surprise, we were not alone. But for every person decrying the change, there were just as many people lauding it. Which has led to a lot of yelling back and forth  on the internet. Poor Erik Larsen left Twitter behind completely so heated were the tweets that he both tweeted and were betweeted in kind! And I only say that mostly sarcastically! It has been, in short, “a thing”.

And while we wouldn’t dream of saying “maybe stop yelling at each other” mostly because it would only mean we would become the focus of the yelling, it’s worth pointing out that the major points made both pro and con new Wondie have validity.

On the pro, it is super ridiculous to expect Diana’s breasticles to stay solid sans some serious support. As a proud member of the teeniest tiniest of titty committees, I can tell you that, even if I go strapless, there still remains a dread fear of flippity flopping out all over the place. So, hey. Keeping the girls protected is not unreasonable.

On the other hand, this costume is a little less eye-catching. Some call it ugly, I would personally say that I think the Wonder Woman standard costume is iconic for a reason and I’m relatively confident that reason is more than just sex appeal. The darker, more sedate blues of the new design are less exciting, and the collar is a clear nod to Jim Lee’s New 52 Superman design which almost no-one liked.

The point is, this new costume feels like a place-holder for whenever we get around to flipping back to Wondie classic, boob dangers be damned.

Yes, just like killed-a-million-@#$ing-times Jean Grey, Wonder Woman’s classic costume will inevitably rise from the ashes. And, considering how well people have responded to J. Scott Campbell’s take on what he wants to see, that rise will probably come sooner than later.


So what’s the point? Is this just a flashy, better-get-this-special-issue cash-grab signifying nothing? Or can the heated debate surrounding this new costume make a temporary change worthwhile? Or, as Julia and I keep wondering, wouldn’t it be great if we could also talk about the way Wonder Woman is being written at this moment as much as how she’s being drawn? Because that is just as worth discussing.

But maybe the best thing we can do right now is make like we are all in the 1994 classic college film, PCU, take a brief break from being on opposite sides, and enjoy the rhythmic stylings of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Or, in this case, all agree that Batman’s giant rabbit mechanized suit coming in DC’s CONVERGENCE event series sure is… something.


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Holy guacamole! The 80’s and 90’s are back!

Well, we must have all popped in a Night Ranger tape in our Mr. Fusion-powered DeLorean and traveled back in time to the late 1980s, because they are back in a big way on our shelves this month.

A few weeks ago, BOOM! Studios brought us the most excellent return of rock and roll’s goofiest gods, BILL S. PRESTON, ESQ. and TED “THEODORE” LOGAN, aka Wyld Satllyns. And, yes, their time-hopping, robot-sidekick’s, the princess, and Death are all back, too. Fans of the movies will enjoy this trip down memory lane, along with a newer, very self-aware story by RYAN “DINOSAUR COMICS” NORTH (UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, ADVENTURE TIME). If anyone could sustain a story about Bill and Ted’s robot companions getting the very first spam email virus in their code (“Bill”s and “Ted”s, instead of 1’s and 0’s), it’s this big nerd. Lots of laughs, and just in time for the big announcement (hopefully) that Bill and Ted will be back on the big screen soon. There are still some copies (including variants) on our shelves, so get them while they’re still non non non non heinous!

Last week, we were treated to the first of IDW’s 1980s reimaginings – THE FLY: OUTBREAK. With artwork by MENTON3 (MONOCYTE), this book is as close as we’ll ever get to a comic adaptation of a Cronenberg movie, one that captures the body horror and existential dread of the originals. Well, at least until Bill Sienkiewicz finally makes a VIDEODROME adaptation. The story is compelling and horrifying, and just as… I don’t want to say “friendly,” but at least accessible to new readers as it is to fans of the original (or the remake). It’s definitely worth checking out, but there’s even more to come!

IDW’s other major offerings include this week’s JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #1, by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell (WET MOON). It’s a weird, totally hip trip with these girls, modernized for the modern age. If you’re nostalgic for a comic adaptation of the show, this ain’t it. If, however, you want something that captures the spirit of the original and avoids being dated by virtue of spouting 80s cliches in a 2015 world, along with AMAZING artwork, this one is for you. And don’t worry–there are THIRTEEN variants, so you can collect them all!

Coming soon: be sure to keep an eye out for JOE CASEY (BUTCHER BAKER, GODLAND) and JIM MAHFOOD’s (TANK GIRL, the KICKPUNCHER comic from COMMUNITY) MIAMI VICE. This is the second MIAMI VICE comic in as many years, but it seems like this creative team might be skewing more for an INVADER ZIM/JHONNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC kind of aesthetic than a straight-up adaptation.

Also, X-MEN ’92, a digital-first SECRET WARS tie-in from CHRIS SIMS & CHAD BOWERS (COMICSALLIANCE; AWESOME HOSPITAL; DOWN, SET, FIGHT!) and SCOTT KOBLISH (DEADPOOL). I can only hope this one stays true to the original, as the X-MEN cartoon from my childhood remains a monument to television so bad that it can only be perfect. I mean, without it, would the cultural lexicon have lines like “Does a mallrat love chili dogs?” No, it would not, and we as a society would be the poorer for it.

So welcome back, late 1980s! We hope you didn’t bring the ghost (OR SKELETON) of Ronald Reagan with you!

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Fresh from the Planet: Mattei-sterpieces!

We may not have a bag check here anymore, but we can still make sure you check your brain at the door! Looking for some good ol’ mindless entertainment? Forbidden Planet has got your back… as usual.

You may have noticed our movie section has expanded like The Blob on a good day. We’ve seriously upped our game and focused our selection on some of the sleaziest cult, horror, kung-fu and exploitation available. A browse through our shelves of films is like a walk down 42nd St. during it’s pre-Disney Grindhouse heyday.

But with so much to choose from, what should you watch? Or, better yet, what should you avoid? Well that depends entirely on your perspective. Personally, when someone tells me they’ve “seen the worst movie ever” though, my interest is piqued.

I mean how could anything be worse than BLOODSUCKING NAZI ZOMBIES, MAC and ME, or SHOWGIRLS2 2? Okay, I do like all of those movies and, if I was to make a list of worst movies, it would probably read more like IMDB’s highest rated films. Tastes vary and art is relative, so there is no definite best or worst in any of this. But if, let’s say, “the best of the worst” sounds right up your alley then, bud, have we got some killer trash in just for you!

So lets dig into two films by super-schlockmeister, Bruno Mattei! To give you a reasonable summary of a man with such a vast body of work in a single Weekly Planet column would be impossible. So I’ll give you the quick, cheapie version – the Mattei version, if you will.

Born in Italy to a father who owned an editing studio, a future in film was inevitable for Mattei. He has worked on over 200 films in every capacity from editing to directing. My guess is most of you can’t even name one of them but, in the same turn, I probably couldn’t name a single Oscar winner from the past 10 years.

His work may not always be original but its usually entertaining. Put it this way, his films are so inept he’s been dubbed “the Italian Ed Wood”. We unfortunately lost this underachieving auteur in 2007 but, hot damn, did he make sure to go out with a bang!

Mattei wraps up his career with a duo of zany zombie flicks that are now available in America (and right here at FP) for the first time ever thanks to the mentally ill minds at Intervision. Filmed back to back in the Philippines, ISLAND OF THE LIVING DEAD and its sequel, ZOMBIES THE BEGINNING, are best viewed back to back, if you can handle that much Mattei at once!

Just like Halloween, Back To The Future or Army of Darkness, Zombies the Beginning picks up exactly where Island of the Living Dead leaves you off. Now take a second and reflect on that… Zombies the BEGINNING takes place right AFTER Island of the Living Dead, if that doesn’t help set the stage for what we’re working with here just stop… no seriously… STOP READING.

For those of you still with us, giving you any kind of plot descriptions would be hard for even Mattei himself, so let me just run down a list of the highlights… of both films. Like I’m really gonna waste my time telling you what scene is from which film. That my friend, you will have to find out on your own.

If you drop these discs into your player, you will be treated to inept pirates, characters named after their t-shirt designs, underachieving overdubs, head-shots gorelore, alien abortions, stupid SWAT teams, freaky flambéd friends, and a bevy of zombies. And as for zombies, well… get fanged zombies, regenerating zombies, voodoo zombies, kung-fu zombies, conquistador zombies, you get the point.

Mattei didn’t mind homage. Maybe that’s too nice… he straight up rips off scenes from Aliens, Robocop, and Fulci’s Zombie. I’m sure there are even more, but I was having a hard time getting my brain to function during most of what I was watching.

So if you’re looking for some brainless zombie fun, snag these two Mattei-sterpieces from our ever growing selection of schlock.

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Colder and Rex Mundi artist, Juan Ferreyra speaks!

When you have all the time in the world to pore over wall after wall of new comics, you start to take notice of the artists who really stand out. And one pattern that’s really emerged is this – artist, Juan Ferreyra, can draw some #$%ed up $#@!

So after obsessing over books like COLDER, REX MUNDI, PROMETHEUS and more, our own comic jockey, Scott Baker, reached out to Ferreyra to pick his brain and some from whence the madness comes.

FORBIDDEN PLANET: I was surprised to find very little on your personal life on the web. What would you like to tell us about what got you to where you are today?

JUAN FERREYRA: Ok, I’m Juan Ferreyra, 37 years old, I was born In the city of Cordoba in Argentina, and it was a car and some walking too that got me where I am right now, heh!

FP: Who inspired you to pick up drawing as a career?

JF: I was drawing since I can remember, mostly because my dad draws really well. My uncles and cousins draw really well, too, so it runs in the family. My dad used to read comics and they were all over the place in my house and, since I was a little kid, I pictured me working as a grown up as a sequential illustrator. When I read my first American comic book (Action Comics 584, by John Byrne) I realized it was comics that I wanted to do for a living.

FP: Your work contains various intricacies in a single space. Has this ever caused trouble meeting a deadline?

JF: At the beginning of my career (and usually on #1 issues), but I think I’ve met all my deadlines so far… I also sometimes like to make myself some extra trouble by adding pages to the scripts, making one page fight scene into a 3 pager and things like that.

FP: When I see your work, whether it’s in the pages of “Colder” or on the covers of “New Suicide Squad” or “Constantine,” I end up looking at it for an extended period of time. What artists, in comics or otherwise, cause you to stare at their work for extended periods of time?

JF: I love works from guys like Adam Hughes, Travis Charest, Bryan Hitch, Alan Davis, Brian Bolland , Kevin Nowlan, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Frank Quitely, Stuart Immonen, Sean Gordon Murphy, etc!

FP: Do you prefer working on covers or entire story arcs?

JF: Doing Covers is awesome, but what I enjoy the most is entire story arcs, doing the sequential part is the best for me, I have a blast doing it.

FP:  I’m a huge fan of “Colder,” and have dipped my toes into “Rex Mundi.” What can you tell our readers about how your early creative process differs from your current process?

JF: Colder is awesome! I started with an Image comic called Small Gods, and then I started to do pencils, inks and greyscales with the computer.  For Rex Mundi, I switched inks for pencils and coloring with the computer. For Colder, I kept the pencils but tried to loosen up a bit; less clean lines and I added watercolors to some pages and the coloring with the computer.

FP: Have you ever drawn something so bizarre you sat back and thought, “They might lock me away if anybody saw this”?

JF: Maybe in High school where I did a comic that was called The Student Avenger, and it was about one of our friends that was really big and muscular but also very quiet, although you could sense he could snap anytime and crush you. In the comic he transformed into the Student Avenger and punished the bad teachers. I had him kill a lot of teachers in comics. I guess that if the teachers read that they would’ve done something with me.

FP: What do you like to have on while you work? Music? Movies/TV? Deafening silence?

JF: I listen to music or Radio, lately I prefer to listen to radios that have people talking, so I feel more like I have working partners!
FP: You and Paul Tobin make a great team! Who else would you like to illustrate for?

JF: Thanks! Paul is awesome. We worked together on 3 different projects already: Colder, Falling Skies and Prometheus. I would love to illustrate something for Garth Ennis, Brian K Vaughn, Morrison..

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Troy’s Toys but with Comics: SEXCASTLE


Kyle Starks

Image $15.99

Reviewed by Chris Troy 

“Nurse, this baby was born mean!”

Comics Alliance contributor/upcoming X-men ’92 writer Chris Sims first brought Kyle Starks‘ brilliant SEXCASTLE to my attention via a an article/Kickstartr plug on CA. The panel that sold me on the book is below, edited because language, but the important thing about this page remains unaltered:









The last panel is arguably the best line of comics dialogue in 2015/the last 10 years/since Ben Grimm declared it was “Clobberin’ Time” for the first time.

Once SEXCASTLE was fully funded, Image Comics, who has also given us comics with sex in the title such as SEX and SEX CRIMINALS, picked up the publishing rights, and unleashed Kyle Starks insanely rad comic on the masses last week. It’s a tribute/parody of classic ’80s/90s action films, which is nothing new to comics, but so over the top it feels fresh. Sexcastle definitely pays homage to the works that inspired it, but it also laughs at them, and encourages others to do so as well.

fistburger006SEXCASTLE is the tale of Shane Sexcastle, once the world’s greatest assassin, now an ex-con who ready to start life over in a small town. Of course that sort of plot doesn’t make for the most action packed action comic, so Shane’s vow to give up violence is short lived, and his legacy of brutality* catches up to him once he messes up some locale. This ends in hella punching several characters that bear resemblance to a lot of action film icons, and all of them dying terrible and hilarious deaths. Oh and an actual bear. Sexcastle isn’t exactly the most serious of comics folks.

What Sexcastle is however, is arguably the most quotable comic in some time. The dialogue is a blend of action movies and Chris Onstad‘s Achewood, meaning a lot of dumb things are said in clever and hilarious ways. There’s jokes everywhere in this book, and all of them stick their landing mostly because they’re played straight, and rarely acknowledged. I’m honestly surprised the book isn’t labeled as an action-comedy, but then again I suppose there’s nothing funny about violence. No, that’s a lie, comics violence can be hilarious, especially when GUNCHUCKS are involved.

Sexcastle01Starks’ artwork is simplistic, and honestly that’s for the best. Like I just said, there’s a ton of graphic violence in this book, and this book would probably turn me off to it a bit if it looked too realistic. The cartoony style works in the comic’s favor, as does having the book being printed in black and white with some gray-scaling. Even the hand penned lettering is often hilarious, featuring sound sound effects like ONG-BAK’D, PANTIED, and a bunch of others words I can’t post here.

SEXCASTLE, while chock full of good morals, is definitely not for the children. BUT it’s arguably the best comic release of the year. Yeah, I know, Scott McCloud released something not too long along, and technically this was first released in 2014, BUT MCCLOUD’S FOR NERDS** AND SEXCASTLE DOESN’T ACKNOWLEDGE SUCH LAME CONCEPTS AS TIME! To paraphrase The Simpsons, BUY SEXCASTLE OR GO TO HELL!




*Shout of to the Misfits!

** Not personal Scott McCloud, but this book owns harder than both The Raids and Dredd combined.


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Troy’s Toys But With Comics: #BatgirlofBurnside Edition

So in case haven’t sold a large  small portion of your humanity to the internet like I have, you may have missed this week’s Batgirl controversy. The Outhouse has a good summary of the insanity if you care to catch up on it, and I agree with DC‘s  decision to recall the cover. Sadly, there’s a loud internet minority that doesn’t agree with me, but I really don’t give a toss about their whacks opinions.

As fate would have it (“or maybe it’s a CONSPIRACY?!” says that one guy on Facebook no one really likes), not only did this month’s issue of Batgirl drop this week, but the Batgirl: Endgame tie-in issue dropped as well. Since Barbara is once again in the spotlight, I’d figured I’d cover both issues in the column, because it makes or better narrative or something.

batgirlendgame1BG40cover-copy_5488f03771edf2.26063680Batgirl: Endgame #1

Cameron Stewart/Brenden Fletcher/Bengal

Batgirl #40

Cameron Stewart/Brenden Fletcher/Babs Tarr/Maris Wicks 

DC $2.99

Batgirl Endgame wasn’t what I expecting, but delightful none the less. Taking place before the events of Batman #40, but after Batgirl #40, the one shot sees Babs helping out with some evacuating while dealing with the ( HERE LIES SPOILERS) The Joker plague that infected Gotham.

The comic is impressive on 2 major levels. It’s a silent issue of sorts, which ever since G.I. Joe #21, is nothing new, but still an hard feet to pull off. What separate this silent issue from past ones is the clear use of Emojis, thus making it the MOST 2015 of comics. The other things that wow me was the art of Bengal, who has the not easy task of being the first artist to draw something related the series since Babs Tarr. This France-based artist delivers some gorgeous and really expressive art, and successfully manages to tell a emotional story without the use of any dialogue.

The story, by series regulars Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, itself is fairly straight forward, and a tad on the fluff side, but let’s be real, there’s only so much you can do with a editorial mandated tie in. Upside, it’s a simple one-shot (unlike the Death of the Story arc from a few years back), the gets to see Batgirl be a creative and triumphant hero, which is nice when dealing with Joker related stuff. It’s a solid alternative to the pretty grim stuff that’s been going with Batman proper, and shows that Barbara can be triumphant and stay true to her character even in the darkest of situations.

With Batgirl #40 we have a story in a very modern setting with a some retro plot elements. The previous issue gave us the reveal of the first arc’s big bad, and we get it’s origin with this issue. It’s a bit disappointing in my opinion, as SPOILERS a rogue AI based on Batgirl’s brain patterns is something  straight out of Wargames. I do appreciate it being  an analogy for the Batgirl’s ongoing struggle with her identity, but I thought it was a little ham fisted. That being said, I REALLY dug the last few pages of the issue, and I’m hyped to see what June will bring for this title and the upcoming Black Canary title.


Even though I wasn’t exactly the biggest fan of the book’s plot, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr and Marius Wicks’ visuals are still gorgeous. Tarr’s facial expressions, beautiful character designs & outfits and brutal yet clean fights scenes combined with Wicks’ crisp colors palette are still the main reason to buy this book. And while Stewart and Brenden Fletcher’s script wasn’t as strong as i’ts been in the past, they do drop some interesting hints about the possible future of some of the cast members.


Batgirl #40 is a bit uneven, and Batgirl Endgame is a bit of light read, but I wouldn’t call either comics bad. They’re fun books, with visuals that aren’t afraid to try new things. They both feel fresh, which is appreciated and welcomed, as I rather see comic try and fail then stick to  a proven but tired formula. Batgirl is a book that embraces the changing comic book medium, and that makes it a must read.


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Troy’s Toys But With Comics: Duck Puns Edition

howard_the_duck_1_coverHoward The Duck #1

Chip Zdarsky, Joe Quinones, Rico Renzi

Marvel $3.99

I love the fact that we now live in a world where the box office success of Guardians of the Galaxy means Chip Zdarsky gets to write a Howard the Duck book drawn by Joe Quinones.

Howard the Duck is the latest off-beat Marvel book that’s unsurprisingly amazing. Joe Quinones has been drawing a number of beautiful covers for years, so this book looking as good as it does is expected. And Zdarkseid (Mandatory misspelling of Chip’s pen name=GET) has been one of the funniest dudes in comics as of late, so Howard being a laugh riot also isn’t shocking.

What I wasn’t expecting was this creative team to build a narrative that spans from the original Howard the Duck #1 all the way to the GOTG post credit scene. It’s the opposite of the recently relaunched Ant-Man, embracing Howard’s weird history, not to mention the recently concluded She- Hulk series, yet presenting in a way that easy for new reader to pick up. I would say it’s the best Howard I’ve read since creator Steve Gerber’s last run, but I’m sure there was also a mini series where Howard turned into a MODOK, which is also pretty great.

I can’t ever recall wanting a Howard the Duck series, but now that I have one by this specific creative team I kind of love it. It looks great, it’s funny as hell and there’s enough content in the first issue that warrants a re-read. Howard the Duck #1 is not unlike Squirrel girl#1 where Marvel has given us super hero humor book by some top-self creators. Also if anyone at Marvel is reading this, a Zdarsky-penned “Self-loathing Spider-Man” series is something I want now.


portrait_incredibleSpider-Gwen #2

Jason Latour/Robbi Rodrigues/Rico Renzi

Marvel $3.99

I’ll be honest, I was willing to trade wait Spider-Gwen even with the first issue being quite superb. But then Scumbag Matt Murdock made an appearance, and suddenly I was $4 poorer.

Spider-Gwen continues the trend of excellent talking animal comics by Marvel this week, as Spider-Ham plays a unexpected, but none the less important role in this issue, which sees both Stacys deal with their respected Spider-Gwen related problems. Having both Stacys take point this issue gives it a unique perspective, as Father/Daughter relationships are rarely explored in super hero comics. We also get to see more of this reimagined Marvel universe characters, and a background Easter egg promising an interesting take on one Felicia Hardy. In a way it hits a lot of the same beats the first issue did, while continuing to develop the characters and move the story forward. This continues to be Jason Latour‘s finest Marvel work to date, especially with the dialogue sounding and flowing as well as it does.

Visually, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi continue to provide stellar art for this book. Each character is boiled down to a specific characteristic (Murdock’s always sleazy, Frank Castle always looks determined, Spider-Ham is VERY much a pig) under Rodriguez’s skillful line work, and the heavy use of pink and green against the darker backgrounds of this book still make it look slick as hell.

Spider-Gwen #2 is pretty much more of the same of what we got from issue 1, which is fine. The first issue was rad, as was this one. Between this and the newly relaunched Spider-Woman, we have two awesome alternatives to Amazing Spider-Man, with each book offering something fresh and fun.





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Troy’s Toys but with Comics: Sassy Spies Editions

Yes, yes, I’m well aware Spider-Woman isn’t a spy anymore, but she’s still in Secret Avengers for the next 2 months so it works.


635544611181339292-SpiderWoman-coverSpider-Woman #5

Dennis Hopeless/Javier Rodriguez/Alvaro Lopez

Marvel $3.99


Spider-Woman, not unlike Spider-Gwen, is done with Spider-Verse nonsense, done with the Avengers, done with Greg Land, and is hitting the streets with a new mission and a new slick look courtesy of Kris Anka. Writer Dennis Hopeless is now free to tell stories without having to worry about tying into Amazing Spider-Man, and the book’s all the better for it.


Land is replaced by former Daredevil colorist/Fill in Artist Javier Rodriguez, who reminds everyone that he can draw and color the hell out of a comic 5 pages into this issue. Rodriquez definitely picked up some tricks coloring Chris Samnee over the years, which explains why is layouts are so good. And of course, the coloring on this book is surreal. The way Rodriquez colors the rain almost make those panels feel 3-D. And man, that new costume looks amazing on Jessica. Inking him is Alvaro Lopez, who knows where to thicken his black lines and where to keep them thin. He’s a fine match for Javier.


Hopeless staying aboard on the title is A-O-K with me, as he’s a smart writer with a knack of coming up with unique premises on corporate comic characters. Jessica struggling with going solo is an interesting predicament for a super hero, and it’s a cool challenge for her to overcome. And the addition of Daily Bugle mainstay Phil Urich is neat, and gives Jessica a great character to interact with. Also Hopeless appeals to my loves of the recently completed Superior Foes of Spider-Man and brings in several Z-list Marvel villains for Jessica to harass.


Spider-Woman #5 is not unlike the Bab Tarring of Batgirl, which is fine because that was a smart move, and it’s certainly now working for J-Drew.   Between this, Silk and Spider-Gwen, you’d think the comics world would be sick of female Spider-ladies, but not that’s far from the case. Each one of these titles brings something to new to medium, and all of them are good comics.  Spider-Woman #5 is a VERY good comic that should have been a #1. I know the book got a nice sales boost launching and tying into Spider-Verse, but THIS is the debut issue the creators and characters deserve.


stk665635Grayson #8

Tom King/Tim Seeley/Mikel Janin/Jeromy Cox

DC $2.99

This issue sees the end of season 1 wrapping up, as the book goes on hiatus for 2 months due to DC moving to the west coast and not replacing them with robots like I did (Hence I spell all good like always). In terms of endings, I don’t think this could have been any better.

Issue 8’s cover is pretty spot on, as SPYRAL finds a traitor in it’s ranks, and it’s up to Agent Grayson to save the day. It brings the cast of mostly new characters together in a fun and creative way, and ends on a brutal note. It’s spy comics done right, which has been this creative team’s MO since day 1, so this issue being as great as it is doesn’t come at that much of a surprise. Tom King and Tim Seeley deliver another fine script with some choice dialogue and neat twists, and Mike Janin and Jeromy Cox make the whole thing looks so pretty. Even when things get dark and violent, which says a lot about how I judge beauty.

Issue 8 is an issue that wraps up some plot-lines, starts new ones, and sees one of Dick Grayson’s student name each of his butt cheeks. It’s another great installment of comic that has been a crazy fun ride, and this slight break will make me miss it a ton.


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Troy’s Toys But With Comics: Jeff Lemire Debut edition

Welcome to the article where I know I’m going to spell Lemire as “Lemiere” at least twice and not notice it until it’s pointed out in the comments section/Twitter.

Jeff Lemire, who’s had a big week, is a writer who’s stuff I haven’t touched in awhile, but I definitely liked is work in the past. His run on Animal Man was quite good, he did a pre-Flaspoint/New 52 Superboy book that was equally bizarre as it was charming, and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of his creator owned stuff. This week, Lemire launches his new Indie book under Image, and relaunches my favorite Marvel comic (that’s yet to be completed).

Descender-01-6b1c3Descender #1

Jeff Lemire/Dustin Nguyen

Image $2.99

Ever since Saga took over comics, Image has had no shortage of comics involving space, children, crime or a combination of all three. Most of those book has also been amazing, so no one complains about it because otherwise the alternative is going back to Spawn or Witchblade.

As every review of Descender will tell you, Sony Pictures ponied up a ton of money to secure the films right to the comic, despite the fact it was still a month away from hitting the stands. Created by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, it is a GORGEOUS looking book, and  it reads like Chris Nolan directing a Pixar movie. If that’s now something you want in your life, I wouldn’t hold you breathe, also welcome to the nightmare that is being me. But yeah, Nguyen’s water colors look great, and Lemire’s writing is spot on. Despite this being another comic about a young boy by Lemire (see Blankets, Superboy, parts of his new Hawwkeye series,  Sweet Tooth), he introduces a weird  cast that’s helps suck you into this world that he’s co-created. It’s a surprisingly charming book, despite some really dark plot points and themes.

I went into Descender with a good feeling, and I ended up liking it a lot more than I was expecting. Robots and space are often my jams when it comes to media, and Descender uses them to tell an exciting new story I’m eager to read more of.


All-New_Hawkeye_Vol_1_1_TextlessAll-New Hawkeye #1

Jeff Lemire/Ramon Perez/Ian Herring

Marvel $3.99

Here we have the other great looking Jeff Lemire comic to debut this week. Sadly, I am not as happy with it as I was with Descender.

All-New Hawkeye is not a bad comic, but it just didn’t wow me like the yet to be completed Matt Fraction/David Aja book did. That book had a mission statement from day one (Show what Hawkeye does on his day off). This one starts off mostly set in the past, and cuts to the Hawkeyes doing some avenging in the present. While I appreciate Lemire taking the book in a new direction, it still needs a hook. All I got from it was “Hey, the previous Hawkeye series got Marvel a ton of buzz and acclaim, let’s keep this book going.” Hawkeye volume 1 issue 1 felt like a cool new indie book, where as ANH feels like more like a really good cover band messing up my favorite song. Lemire’s attempt to capture Clint and Kate’s banter is appreciated, but it’s something he needs to work on. It felt colder and nagging than it did humorous and playful.

Visually, Ramon Perez and Ian Herring couldn’t be better replacements for David Aja & Matt Hollingsworth. Perez’s art is the best thing about this book, and his painted illustrations for the flashback material are gorgeous. And when paired with Herring for the modern stuff, we get some solid action scenes, with Herring doing his best to ape Matt Hollingsworth flat color pallet. It works for the most part, because while Perez isn’t as strong as the veteran Aja, Herring’s bold colors help complete the visual experience. All New Hawkeye is a great looking book, and I’m glad Perez and Herring are able to deliver on the art end of things like Aja, Annie Wu and the other Hawkeye volume 1 artists before them.

In the new creative team’s defense, it was an almost impossible task to make me fall in love with this book like I did with the previous volume. Following up to that creative team is a huge  challenge, and they definitely tried to do their best with this issue. I have faith that Lemire can escape Fraction’s shadow sooner rather than later, but I’ll admit, it felt weird to read a Hawkeye comic that I didn’t fall in love with immediately. I hope that’s something that doesn’t happen again.



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