Tagged: Fear Itself

The Summer of Marvel (part 1)

Any long-time FPNYC blog reader knows by now that I kind of favor Marvel when it comes to the big 2 Comic Publishers. I try not to be biased, as both publishers have their share of faults (:: cough :: Jack Kirby got screwed ::cough:::), but I love their characters as well as a ton of the creators working on them, and the Marvel movies have been pretty enjoyable so far. That, and occasionally they have a event I care about that seems like a ton of fun, despite having a weak premise. AvX (Avengers vs. X-Men) is this year’s “NOTHING WILL BE THE SAME”  event , and unlike “Fear Itself“, I’m actually enjoying ( and buying) it. While the majority of the Avengers and X-books tie into it, you can just read the main AvX series without having to buy a ton of tie-ins. However, if you’re in it for the fights, “AvX:Vs” may be more of your thing, as it’s a bunch of Marvel’s best artists drawing expanded battles from the series. Plus since both books are running $4 and issue, it comes with a free digital download code to redeem. so at least you’re getting 2 copies of the books basically.

So now that I’m done shamelessly plugging Marvel’s big event book, let me plug the latest line of Marvel Legends figures. Wave 2 is out in stores, and MAN, is it flying off of the shelves pretty much everywhere. Bucky-Captain America and Drax were the first figures to drop, as they were the only 2 without variants.  The remaining 5 figures are now dropping, and all but 1 have some sort of variant, which is kind of cool, as the majority of them are more than a simple color swap. Take Spidey for example. This is HARDLY the first time your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has gotten the Legends treatment. HOWEVER, this is the first time he’s been available in his “Big Time” green/black outfit, or his Future Foundation costume. I really like both costumes to be honest, and am legit torn which one to purchase.  Spidey, like Modern Thor before him, has no accessories or build-a-figure pieces though, so if you’re not in love with this costumes, you can skip him.

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The Clone Chores

This has been the easiest column to write of my long career…because I didn’t write it! OR DID I?! No, I did not, but my CLONE did! That’s right, in order to better multitask I have developed a clone-o-matic so that all of my necessary daily tasks (sweeping up the cave, writing my columns, eating, etc.) can be performed while I engage in weightier pursuits…like finally finishing Zelda II: The Adventures of Link. That game is tough!

So let’s just review this document my clone has passed in…we’ll call him CLunkiedev. *Puts on reading glasses, clears throat* Ahem.

GOOD FOR YOUR EYES


Well, I already have to step in to editorialize. Clunkie’s written here “Darhrazz 8” and then a sort of squiggle. Due to me taking this particular clone out of the tank a little early his hands aren’t strictly speaking hands…he can grip but his nailless fingers are sort of boneless and stumpy. I think IT is trying to recommend Dark Horse Presents #8 which, on top of some great new stuff from Brian Wood and Howard Chaykin promises to have a Hellboy B.P.R.D. tie-in story. It’s a good book to cover.

Speaking of which, Clunkiedev has scribbled a sort of moist rectangle with a Superman symbol, the number 6 and a big “X” through it. I think It is as disappointed in the cover to Action Comics #6 as I am…sort of a green and purple blob in which Superman is stuck as though in a Japanese tentacle manga. It reminds me of Clunkie’s forehead…see eyelashes are really hard to clone, and they came out all…never mind. AC #6 has a lousy cover, but I’m sure Grant Morrison’s superlative writing on these Super-books will be top notch.

Two covers that leap off the shelf are Fear Itself The Fearless #8 and The Twelve #9! Fear Itself The Fearless is the spin off series from last summer’s Fear Itself event. Good  Marvel fun. The cover, however, is the best Art Adams has to give! Amazing perspective, detail and poses as only Adams can deliver. Continue reading

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More Cha-bot

Forget about elections, snow, wild tigers ripping at your face, bills, those same tigers ripping at your legs, problems with your girlfriend, problems with your boyfriend, problems with your tiger, global warming, house fires, the mumps, the whooping cough, rubella, zombie bites, swarms of bees, bees and tigers mating to breed flying, stinging death machines, and that crazy ending to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

SALVATION is here in the form of ace cartoonist Jacob Chabot.

WHO?!

To quote Christopher Walken, “Jacob Chabot is just like you or I…he puts his pants on one leg at a time. The only difference is, once he has his pants on He makes Eisner nominated comics.”

Mighty Skullboy Army Vol. 2, Jacob Chabot (W/A), Dark Horse

I have no problem writing that Jacob Chabot is one of the most talented cartoonists working in comics today…and the fact that he’s still working is an incredible miracle! Last time I saw Jacob’s stuff was over in Spongebob Comics Magazine where he draws an impressive amount of the material, and previous to that he had a two pager in the Fear Itself tie-in humor comic Shame Itself.

The guy is working hard to make a living in a field he loves, a field with diminishing returns and thankless hustle. Jacob caught a break when he won Dark Horse’s online comics contest several years’ back. At the time, the comics industry could see money to be made off web comics but couldn’t quite figure out how to do it. Both Dark Horse and DC’s ZUDA web comics were run as contests…I think we all won!

Thanks to this period we not only have the amazing Chabot’s Mighty Skullboy Army, but we also have Steve Ellis and David Gallaher’s Harvey Nominated and highly awesome weird west werewolf comic High Moon at DC’s ZUDA. Continue reading

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Deadman on Camus

High fives for DC! High fives for everybody! I’m high right now, and I have the emotional maturity of a five year old! What am I high on?! THIS WEEK’S COMICS! …and rabies meds.

We’re into the fifth issues of many NEW 52 titles…some of which are being cancelled, while new titles are being announced. Say what you will about DC’s relaunch, from both a story and publishing history stand point, it sure ain’t boring!

Deadman gobbles up quite a large slice of the New 52 pie, being featured regularly in Justice League Dark, DC Universe Presents; which has the brand new issue #5 on the shelf this week; as well as cropping up in Hawk and Dove as Dove’s off-again, on again boyfriend. This week he’s ALSO co-opting the Blue Beetle’s title as Blue Beetle #5 features Dove and Blue Beetle in a search for Boston Brand, a.k.a. the Quantum Leap Zombie guy.

Justice League #5 is another great DC fiver this week, as is Uncanny X-Men #5. That’s not a DC book? Tricky ole’ Marvel, publishing a number five comic this week to try and steal DC’s thunder!

TROLLING THE INTERNET

Last week I talked about comic book covers and how they can’t help or hurt comic sales. I have a new example of the former to bring to our attention: this week’s Thunderbolts #169 and the character of Troll.

Now I stopped getting Thunderbolts when the book changed it’s name to Dark Avengers 😉 , kinda’ like how the Brooklyn Dodgers became the LA Dodgers. I missed the story line where Captain America decided that the premise of the team was sounder than previously imagined, that being super heroes can have rehabilitating effects on former super criminals, and gave the team to Luke Cage to train up villains in the powerful Super Jail the Raft.

That means I also missed out while this team of Parolees in Pajamas were fighting Trolls from Asgard during Fear Itself. That means I, much like yourself, may have missed the emergence of one of the COOLEST COMIC BOOK CHARACTER TO WATCH. YOU HEARD ME.

Troll is a teen gal raised by Asgardian trolls who wears a suit straight out of a Furry’s dreams, wields an axe and kicks ass like a sailor on shore-leave. She would be the result of Animal from the Muppets and Balsac The Jaws Of Death from GWAR having a love child. Continue reading

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Santa, Maybe

No matter how hard the lefties, the pagans, the communists, the gays, and every other group I belong to tries to stop it, Christmas is still happening. Glycon knows I’ve done my part! I personally punched out three mall Santas this week. I think they were mall Santas. They had beards and were wearing red…of course, I am color blind. And I think I was in a mall…

I remember I was drinking single malt whiskey mixed with lighter fluid at a Burl Ives look alike contest and then I kinda’ blacked out. Hmm.

The point is, you people will need to get some holiday shopping done soon and Forbidden Planet wants to build a scale replica of a Sentinel to keep those mutant kids from loitering out front.

UNKIEDEV’S GIFTS FOR PEOPLE YOU KNOW AND LIKE PT.1

Without a doubt my number 1 recommended gift for the holidays this year is The Incredible Hulk #2, out from Marvel this week. WHY? Because The Hulk is punching giant, green, great white sharks while simultaneously being eaten alive by these self-same, paradoxically-pigmented Green Great Whites. For the full awesome of that sentence to sink in on you I’ll pause here a moment so you may read it again.

Can I judge a book by its cover? YES, when that cover features gamma-radiated sharks fighting the Hulk, YES I CAN.

The latest Hulk comic has been cool. Marc Silvestri (with Whilce Portacio and other friends) have been turning out some really nice pages, and Jason Aaron seems to get the fun of a good Hulk story. The Hulk is best when there’s A) lots of monsters and B) weird, high stakes.

The Hulk and Bruce Banner are separate entities, due to Fear Itself. Why? Who knows? I read the dang thing and I can’t seem to recall…but then, those Whiskey-Lighter Daiquiris do pack quite a wallop.
The Hulk is seems okay with it, living with the Moloids underground. He does, however, fear the big, nasty Fear Demon that turned him into a Hammer-wielding puppet this past summer. I can’t figure out what he’s complaining about…he got to rampage, smash puny humans, pretty much par for the course there. I guess Hulk no like hammers.

Banner, meanwhile, is brooding, has a brain tumor, and is engaging in some spectacular mad science that would make the Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Dr. Weird look like Bill Nye. This is so he can recreate the Hulk. He wants the monster back.

THAT is where the story takes some suspension of disbelief. When you’ve got over forty years worth of continuity to deal with it is hard to keep some motivations clear, but the total about face of Banner WANTING the Hulk is jarring.

Fear Not. The Hulk is like a good hot dog; it should NEVER be over-analyzed. Continue reading

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Checking in with the Marvel Universe

by Chris Troy

Say what you will about the new 52, but DC has managed to keep everyone talking about their comics since the announcement months ago. Marvel on the other hand, had a great summer in the box office, but hasn’t been able to produce something to counter the DC reboot/relaunch buzz aside from the announcement of the new  bi-racial Ultimate Spider-Man. A shame really, because while Fear Itself may or may not be meeting up to your expectations ( I’m not a fan of everyone becomes Thor, but hey, at least it’s managed to stay on schedule unlike The House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, & Siege), the mini events ( Dan Slott‘s Spider-Island and it’s tie-in, Jason Aaron‘s Schism, the Daredevil/Moon Knight/Punisher relaunch) have all been awesome. You definitely owe it to yourself to see what Marvel’s been putting out this month while picking up your new DC #1s.

And after what feels like forever (at least to me), we’ve finally gotten more non-movie related Marvel Universe figures on the shelf. The 2011 releases so far have been pretty great, and it’s nice to see Hasbro  starting to pump out more 3 packs! I believe I may have brought up the Classic Avengers (Thor/Iron Man/ Hulk) and X-Force ( Warpath, Wolverine, Deadpool) sets in the past, and they’ve now been joined by 2 new sets. The Fantastic Four set contains Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Thing, and H.E.R.B.I.E. subbing in the for late (until November) Human Torch. Both Sue and Reed are rocking the Mark Millar era outfits, which gave the characters short sleeves. I imagine a Future Foundation line is in the works, with those sweet black & white costumes.  Maybe they’ll be some sort of announcement come New York Comic Con (which we’re selling passes for!)

But what blew my mind  this week was the release of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” set! Writers DnA (along with Keith Giffen) has reshaped the cosmic Marvel line, as the actual Guardians book was one of the best books no one read in the last 5 years. Hasbro threw GOtG fans a bone with the a set featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Racoon (soon to make his video game debut in “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3” come November) and a plant-size Groot (I AM GROOT!). Truth be told, I’m sure Star Lord and Drax are repaints/ resculpts or some such, and Rocket Racoon & Groot barely count as figures, but I don’t care.  This is an awesome set based on a series that deserved more love, so come in, pick up some “Annihilation”-related and “Guardians of the Galaxy” hardcovers/trades and I guarantee you’ll want this set. Each of these sets go for about $30 a pop, which is pretty solid for 3.5 figures a box.

As for single release Marvel Universe figures, we received and quickly sold out of the latest wave of the popular toy line. Returning figures Apocalypse, Guardian and Skaar (son/repaint of the Hulk) are joined by Avenger/Captain America partner the Falcon (with Redwing!), Doctor Strange, comic’s greatest villain Doctor Doom, and the Spider-Clone himself Scarlet Spider.  Worth noting is that Dr. Strange also comes in a clear blue variant, to represent his Astral Plane form, and that some Scarlet Spiders and packaged upside down, with a “Spider-Man” name-plate. I’m not sure if that’s an intentional error or not, but if so, that’s awesome. Anywho, this set has sold out once already, so if you want in on this wave, make sure you pick them up once they’re back on our shelves!

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Yes Contest

Your mom is wonderful and cool. Alternatively, so potentially is your father. I bet mommy and daddy make the most delicious (insert delicious food here) that any human being, alien, cyborg, or giraffe has ever eaten, absorbed, processed, or licked off of a tree.

But even the most savory of dishes gets cold after repeat eatings. Rep-eatings, I guess. Is that a word?

IT IS NOW!

UNKIEDEV’S AMAZING DAILY PLANET CONTEST

SO, I was going to plug DC’s Batman and Robin #1 (Second Batman and Robin #1 in two years! Nice DC) as well as the latest Fear Itself (#6) and Ultimate Spider-Man #1…but I feel like I’ve pimped those books many, many times.

I am but one voice with one opinion and two hands to bang it out on a keyboard. You, my readers, are LEGION.

I’m starting a contest! Maybe you’ve read my column before and maybe you haven’t. Maybe you’ve picked up books I’ve recommended and been happy, dissatisfied, or totally perplexed…and then again maybe you think I’m an out of touch fusspot who dresses in frilly bo-peep costumes and talks to stuffed animals.

You’re both right. (On a side note, I am really enjoying rep-eating this pizza from last week.)

All of this content in this print newsletter, and much more, is posted daily on Forbidden Planet’s various online sites; our two blogs, our Face Book page, and our Twitter feed. I want you guys and gals to tell me what I’m missing.

What is your FAVORITE comic book that I have never mentioned, paid lip service to, or even acknowledged existing before? What titles would you write about if YOU wrote for the Weekly Planet?!

Go to the comments section for the online version of this article at http://blog.fpnyc.com and let me know. I will personally read every single comment. The best read out of all of your suggestions will get a special highlight here in the column for your fellow comic enthusiasts to take a gander at. Plus YOU will get a fabulous prize! Continue reading

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Comics Gud. Gud Comics, Take Comics Home.

You are in luck, my friend, as there are so many AMAZING comic books out this week that you could probably buy one at random and still get somethin’ snazzy! Still, my job as a Forbidden Planet columnist is to provide you with some professional perspective to guide the dart of your paycheck towards that big red bulls-eye of a great read.  Please consider the following:

Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus, Shannon Wheeler (W/A), Dark Horse

Back in my day “Hipster” was called “Grunge” and there were several great comics out detailing the finer points of Grunge anthropology. Peter Bagge’s brilliant “Buddy” and “Hate” comics spring to mind, as does Shannon Wheeler’s Too Much Coffee Man.

Too Much Coffee Man is the café culture’s zeitgeist, an armchair super hero who worries about the universe’s gestalt while sipping mocha with his friends Too Much Expresso Man and Too Much German White Chocolate With Almonds Girl. Yes, really.

They don’t fight much crime, but they do ponder their place in the vast quandary that is human existence…and it’s really flippin’ funny! The TMCM Omnibus from Dark Horse collects a snot load of this good stuff for a cheap-oh price! Pick this book up and drop it on your lavatory cistern for easy retro-cool credibility.

Secret Society of Super Villains HC, Various (W/A), DC

When you’re done feeling all erudite and superior after that last book, bring it back to basics with this collection of Super-villains punching brightly colored dufi in their collected bread baskets!

Secret Society of Super Villains HC is a gorgeous, full color reprint edition of silver age comics featuring silly DC villains trying their darndest to get the upper hand on their good-guy foils. It will be weird, it will be stupid, it will be silly…but it sure won’t be boring!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Continue reading

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Speculative Diction

Anyone who believes in “comic books as lottery tickets,” that is to say that by purchasing collectible and significant comic books you can resell them in the future for a massive payoff, is a person of extreme optimism on a par with someone letting themselves get bitten by a radioactive spider in the hopes of one day kissing a red-head.

Still, you might want to pick-up Hellboy The Fury #3 and Fear Itself #5 this week for no reason whatsoever. Certainly nothing interesting is going to happen in either issue that might make them appreciate in value. Pffff. Perish the thought.

The better idea to make money off of comic books is to buy up every indie title you ever come across…for serious. Next time you go to a big con just walk yourself down artist alley and buy every single book down the line. ONE of those books is going to be the next big thing. Continue reading

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Et Tu, Tardis?

EDITOR: Please run this column LAST week, Thanks. – Unkiedev

HEY! I’m BACK from THE FUTURE with an AMAZING preview of NEXT week’s comic books! Let’s be clear: if you are reading this column “on time,” which is to say on the week of May 31st through June 5, 2011 than this will be an incredibly succinct and adrenalin pumping preview of the books to come out soon. If you are reading this column when it’s NOT supposed to come out, say the week of June 6th through the 12th then this will just seem like a regular run down of that week’s new releases.

Time Travel makes everything better, from comic books to family reunions. Just ask Philip J. Fry. Continue reading

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