Thursday, September 30, 2010

1968 DC Comics Showcase #73 "Beware The Creeper" House Ad



DC promoted the event of a popular artist moving into their stable with "Steve Ditko Strikes Again!" I suppose that would be a strike in the baseball sense, as like Jack Kirby, none off Ditko's DC creations ever caught fire like the Marvel ones. In fact, I'd say the Charlton heroes DC bought about fifteen years later have profited them far more than the Creeper, Stalker or Hawk & Dove... although the Vertigoized Shade the Changing Man had a longer run than any of them.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Linkypeux of 9.25.2010


John Henry gave his life against the Inky Poo to prove a man could overcome a machine. Frank Lee Delano fights a losing weekly battle against the internet, so that his sacrificed time might save your own.

General/Entertainment

Columns:

Art & Photograpy
bela lugosi is dead. (Random Picture Day)
vampirella's dogs. (Random Picture Day)
Charles Bronson (Rob Kelly Illustration)
Lawrence Tierney (Rob Kelly Illustration)
Alex Prager (Touch Puppet)

Movies:
Empire Magazine's The 100 Greatest Movie Characters (Empire Online)
Milla Jovovich Career Assessment (Pajiba)
Clint Eastwood as Superman or James Bond? ‘It could have happened,’ he says (LA Times Hero Complex)
Phil Hartman’s 62nd birthday (CHUD)
Heathers: The Musical Has Original Screenwriter Dan Waters On Board (Bleeding Cool)
The Weekend Box-Office Report: September 19, 2010 (Pajiba)
Waiting For Superman review by David Oliver (CHUD)
Resident Evil: Afterlife review by TK (Pajiba)
Resident Evil: Afterlife review by Armond White (New York Press)
Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D review by David Oliver (CHUD)
Too Many Movies: The American, The Mechanic, White Line Fever, Defiance, The Outfit and Rolling Thunder. (The Factual Opinion)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps review by Dustin Rowles (Pajiba)
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps review by Nick Nunziata (CHUD)
Catfish review by Brian Prisco (Pajiba)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole review by William Goss (Pajiba)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole review by Renn Brown (CHUD)
Buried review by TK (Pajiba)
I'm Still Here review by Brian Prisco (Pajiba)

Celebrity Gossip:

Comic Books:
Comic Book Reviews:
AICN Comic Reviews Shipping Week: 9/15/10 (AICN)
The Buy Pile 9/15/10 by Hannibal Tabu(CBR)
The Buy Pile 9/22/10 by Hannibal Tabu(CBR)
What I Read This Week: Monday, September 13, 2010 (El Jacone's Comic Book Bunker)
What I Read This Week: Monday, September 20, 2010 (El Jacone's Comic Book Bunker)
Comic Shop Comics (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Comics Of The Weak: Well, Sort Of (The Factual Opinion)
Best Shots Advance Reviews: HULK, VELOCITY, More (Newsarama)
Best Shots Comic Reviews: THUNDERBOLTS, ZATANNA, More (Newsarama)
Best Shots Rapid Reviews: FLASH, SECRET AVENGERS, More (Newsarama)
Comics Panel: September 24, 2010 by the A.V. Club

Comic Book Blogs:
Nobody’s Favorites: The Yazz (Armagideon Time)
Nobody’s Favorites: Magog (Armagideon Time)
The Lost Kingdom of Athala by Wally Wood (1951) (Atomic Surgery)
The Top 20 John Stewart Covers (DC Bloodlines)
The Top 10 Bloodlines Characters (DC Bloodlines)
The Top 11 Worst Bloodlines Characters (DC Bloodlines)
Rench's Introduction to Elementary Nursing (DC Bloodlines)
DC75: How Superman Would End The War... (Look, February 1940) (DC Bloodlines)
DC75: "Marvel Meets Mr. Mind" (Captain Marvel Adventures #26, 1943) (DC Bloodlines)
DC75: Boxing Glove Arrows? (JLA #8, 1997) (DC Bloodlines)
DC75: "If I Can't Trust the President of the United States..." Action Comics #309 (February, 1964) (DC Bloodlines)
1992 Glonth Human Form Character Design by Arthur Adams (DC Bloodlines)
The Top 20 Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark) Covers (Diana Prince: Wonder Woman)
2010 Wonder Woman by Rogan Josh (Diana Prince: Wonder Woman)
The Top 20 Wonder Woman Covers of the 1970s (Diana Prince: Wonder Woman)
Dragon*Con 2010 Donna Troy Cosplay (Diana Prince: Wonder Woman)
Dragon*Con 2010 Wonder Woman & the Wonder Girls Cosplay (Diana Prince: Wonder Woman)
"The Saviors!" by DeMatteis & Gil Kane from Time Warp #2 (September, 1979) (Diversions of the Groovy Kind)
Archie's Super Hero Comics Digest Magazine #2 (Summer 1979) (Diversions of the Groovy Kind)
The Origin of Jim Starlin's Darklon from Warren's Eerie #'s 79-80 (cover-dated November 1976-January 1977) (Diversions of the Groovy Kind)
Hear El Jacone On The Vault Of Startling Monster Horror Tales of Terror Podcast! (El Jacone's Comic Book Bunker)
Mars Attacks #1: The Invasion Begins (El Jacone's Comic Book Bunker)
2010 Zatanna Cosplay (Blue & White) by DJ Spider (Justice League Detroit)
The Top 20 Mera Covers (Justice League Detroit)
2009 The Canadian Defender Hero Tune-Up: Aquaman. (Justice League Detroit)
2010 Aquaman by Rogan Josh (Justice League Detroit)
Zatanna Gallery by Dale Eaglesham (Justice League Detroit)
Zatanna by Stephanie Buscema (Justice League Detroit)
Batgirl in "Downfall Of A Goliath!" rom Detective Comics No. 393, November 1969 (Kingdom Kane)
74: Fantastic Four #18 (Marvel Genesis)
75: Amazing Spider-Man #4 (Marvel Genesis)
76: Strange Tales #112 (Marvel Genesis)
77: Strange Tales Annual #2 (Marvel Genesis)
78: Tales of Suspense #45 (Marvel Genesis)
Señorita Rio from Fight Comics #53, 1947 (Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine)
Black Bess in Fight Comics #53, 1947 (Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine)
Iron Jaw in a two-part story from Boy Illustories (formerly Boy Comics) #68 and #69, 1951. (Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine)
The Top 10 Atom (Ray Palmer) Covers of the 1970s (Power of the Atom)
2007 San Diego Comic-Con Captain Atom & Vixen Cosplay (Power of Captain Atom)
Dragon*Con 2010 The Atom (Ray Palmer) Cosplayer (Power of the Atom)
Dragon*Con 2010 Indigo Tribe Atom Cosplayer Cptnspndx (Power of the Atom)
2006 Damage Unmasking Sketch by Dale Eaglesham (Power of the Atom)
What If... Sub-Mariner Had Saved Atlantis from its Destiny? (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
What If... the Invisible Girl Had Died? (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
What If... Conan the Barbarian Were Stranded in the 20th Century? (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
What If... Captain America Were Not Revived Until Today? (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
Golden Age Idol--Hip Knox!! (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Bold Fashion Choices--Oh My God, Jimmy Olsen Is HOT!!! (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
THE SEVEN BEST GAY CHARACTERS IN COMICS (Ty Templeton's Art Land)
THE SEVEN MOST MISGUIDED ATTEMPTS AT GAY CHARACTERS IN COMICS. (Ty Templeton's Art Land)

NUDITY (Not Safe For Work):
Rachel Bilson - In Bikini paddle surfing in Hawaii (3NE)
Karla Conway - PB Photoshoot - Miss April 1966 x31 (DeepAtSea)
Claire Sinclair - PB Photoshoot - Miss October 2010 x34 (DeepAtSea)
Sasha Grey - PB Magazine - October 2010 x39 (DeepAtSea)
Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Alicia Rachel Marek, Mayra Leal | Machete (2010) (DeepAtSea)
Ciara - Maxim Photoshoot x5lq (DeepAtSea)
Jordana Brewster - Naomi Kaltman Photoshoot x16 (DeepAtSea)
Xie Ming Pictures Are the Start of Something Eastern Sexy on Egotastic! (Egotastic!)
Uncensored Nude, After-Sex Photos of Brittney Jones, Ashton Kutcher's Revealed Mistress (Egotastic!)
Nude Booty Pictures of Mayra Veronica, The New Reggie Bush Girlfriend (Egotastic!)
Tiara Harris (HipHopWired)
Suelyn Medeiros in JM Magazine (hithiphop)
Marisa Elise for Show Gurlz Exclusive (hithiphop)
New Kim Kardashian Playboy Photos Released (The Nip Slip)
Fuct. (Random Picture Day)
Guinevere van Seenus by Mario Sorrenti (NSFW) (Touch Puppet)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Frank Review of "Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D" (2010)



The Short Version? The Matrix with zombies in 3D
What Is It? Action-Horror
Who Is In It? Leeloo, the other blond from Heroes, the Prison Break guy, that black dude who does black movies your pale ass don't see, that asshole who always plays scumbags
Should I See It? Maybe.

I slag on most movie franchises-- hell, most movies-- but I have my weak spots. Resident Evil is certainly one of them. I'm up for unpretentious cinematic badness if the formula is right. I love zombies, and adore Milla Jovovich, so I'm Paul W.S. Anderson's meal ticket. I have warm memories of playing every damned variation on the incomparable Resident Evil 2 video game I and a group of friends could manage (Hunk's Run owned me,) and followed that series through until Codename: Veronica, by which point I'd given up on all gaming. I even read a few of the comics, and started one of the books. I didn't mind the liberties taken in the first Resident Evil movie, because it offered enough respectful nods while clearly being its own beast. I say that with full consciousness that the games were little more than a mutated mating of dozens if not hundreds of zombie movies, while the movie owed outrageously blatant debts to films from other genres. They're both totally derivative, and their pleasures run to the guilty side, but I indulge in them unapologetically.

I've seen every Resident Evil film in the theater, and I've run through the first on DVD better than a dozen times. Of the many "influences" you could slap across the franchise's face, I find the closest parallel for myself to be the Roger Moore Bond movies. No one ever confused the dubious quality of Moore's outrageous '70s spectacles for the better Sean Connery material, just like George A. Romero can rest easy knowing his first two Dead films remain the gold standard. Still, Connery made Diamonds are Forever, and not having seen Survival of the Dead, I can safely say Romero went at least thirty years without producing a good zombie movie (quiet, Day apologists!) Given my druthers, I'll take the cheap thrills of RE over any additional screenings of Diary of the Dead, not to mention any Brosnan Bond besides Goldeneye.

For the uninitiated, the first Resident Evil introduced Alice, an initially amnesiac heroine who worked with a commando squad to investigate a top secret laboratory of the sinisterly omnipresent Umbrella Corporation. This was followed by Apocalypse, the messiest, ugliest, and least interesting chapter, as an outbreak of the murderous undead sweeps Raccoon City. Extinction took the franchise into Mad Max territory, involving some entertainingly goofy sci-fi/super-heroic elements. Each has ended with a cliffhanger, even though the directorial vision is quite inconsistent, and nothing is sensible enough to lead anyone to believe the continuing story is given any thought until after the box office indicates a greenlit sequel. This is especially amusing when you realize this is the rare series written by a single individual, but it's Paul W.S. Anderson, so yeah.

Afterlife picks up in Japan, as Alice leads an assault on Umbrella headquarters that recalls Kurt Wimmer's Ultraviolet (also starring Jovovich,) which effectively ended his directing career. Anyone who tells you this is the high point of the movie likes their shit dumb, extending from the lousy acting to the stupid dialogue through the questionable CGI. However, it's in 3D, and the kind Jim Cameron used for Avatar, so I suppose the gimmick of throwing stars coming right atacha does it for some people. Paul W.S. Anderson is back in the director's chair, and still desperately wants his own Matrix, but at least this is better than a Matrix sequel. The patented "homage" and magical unclear resolutions of once dire circumstances will be familiar from past entries in this series, but there's an added dose of excessive bullet time slo-/non motion. Besides the gimmickry and a desire to start things off with a bang, the main purpose of this sequence is to hit the reset button on elements of escalating lunacy from previous chapters.

From there, Afterlife slows way down, a source of complaint for some. Tonally and as manifested, it falls somewhere between Apocalypse and Extinction. A bunch of new characters are introduced as cannon fodder for cartoonish action set pieces like the second flick, but as in the third, the pacing is more deliberate, with some returning characters lending tension to situations where someone who matters somewhat in imperiled. Some new mystery/conspiracy elements are introduced that will never be satisfactorily resolved, and the appearance of any characters originating from the actual game will continue to alert viewers of a dip in the already shoddy acting standard present.

I condemn Resident Evil: Afterlife in the same way I would admonish myself while enjoying a triple meat cheeseburger. I know it will attack my heart, do damage to my bodily systems, and could be easily replaced with something better for me, but I'm not going to stop chowing down. Zombies whose mouths split into tentacles just like the genetically altered vampires in Blade 2 means idiot characters getting ate in the face. Fast zombies swarm rooftops like cockroaches in a sewer, twelve foot tall medieval executioners throw meat tenderizing axes, Milla/Alice jumps off the usual shit while things blow up, and brains hurl at the audience's altered perceptions like watermelon at a Gallagher concert. If you don't know you're supposed to giggle when Alice steps out of a prop plane dressed like Amelia Earnhardt with the full Maybelline treatment after experiencing 177 days without any signs of human life, you're just not getting it.

I continue to miss the atmospheric music of the first film. The only song here I can recall is an incessant remix of A Perfect Circle's "The Outsider." How do we go from new Slipknot and inventive old Nine Inch Nails to a tired ass single from Bush's first term (the president, although I could see thinking of the band under these circumstances.) No one in this cast makes an impression beyond Jovovich, and the villain is flat out terrible (Agent Smith by way of Val Kilmer, with a reasonable approximation of the hilariously awful voice acting of the early games.) The movie runs long at 1 1/2 hours, because that silly ending will. not. stop. There's even a mid-closing-credits tease, involving a pre-existing character I didn't recognize (six years and a dye job will do that,) building off a cliffhanger too stupid to live. Resident Evil: Afterlife is an objectively bad movie that thrilled me, and I'll be back at the trough for part five, especially if they finally work out the kinks with Smell-O-Vision. What an olfactory trauma that would be!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wednesday Is Any Day For All I Care #82

Avengers & the Infinity Gauntlet #1
Magnus, Robot Fighter #1 (2010)
Murderland #1
True Story, Swear To God Vol.2 #13




Avengers & the Infinity Gauntlet #1 (Marvel, 2010, $2.99)
Let me say this: the original Infinity Gauntlet was not a good story. It was a great premise: a death-obsessed demigod wiping out half of all sentient life and battling everything in heaven and earth that's left for his personal amusement. There were some fantastic moments and satisfying tie-in books, plus the art was pretty great. Unfortunately, it becomes an overlong Tex Avery cartoon crossed with a What If... of heroes rallying and getting crushed by Thanos for about four extended length comics out of six. Actually, the What If...? follow-up was solid, and anything would be an improvement on the stinky sequels.

Point being, Infinity Gauntlet is no sacred cow, and part of what makes this all-ages reinterpretation fun is the way it takes the piss out of the original. While semi-serious, this book doesn't seem to care too much about its subject matter, with constant character banter and occasional meta-commentary. However, that carefree attitude extends to the art, which is slipshod and serviceable at best. Also, I have a tough time seeing an Avengers book starring Spider-Man, Wolverine, Invisible Woman, the Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Dr. Doom. Still, it's four blessedly standard length issues, and the surprise reappearance of U.S. 1 declares this a lark, so what the hell...




Magnus, Robot Fighter #1 (Dark Horse, 2010, $3.50)
Minimum wage in this country is presently $7.25. That means a balding, middled-aged, pony-tailed McDonald's employee has to steam his long-lived zits over a deep fryer for over half an hour in order to buy the latest issue of Amazing Spider-Man, which he'll read in about five minutes. This is the sound of your publishing industry dying. That's why I must heartily and most sincerely applaud Dark Horse for releasing twenty-two pages of new comic and twenty-seven pages of quality reprints on high grade glossy stock for just three-fifty. Fucking aces, guys.

I decided to read the reprint first, since it was the original 1963 debut of Magnus, and because I figured I would enjoy it more. Russ Manning created the simple story of a future where humanity's overreliance on robot labor led to a power shift where machines dictated to society. Magnus in a human who was trained by a benevolent robot from infancy to beat the hell out of other robots with his bare hands (and legs) while taking advantage of an illegal receiver in his brain to listen in on robot transmissions. Magnus uses simplistic strategies to work his way up the evil robot pecking order to beat up their leader and free humans, as well as to get into the good graces of a senator's foxy and rebellious daughter. It's a nifty done-in-one story that leaves the door open for continuation and outside licensing. I would so play a Magnus video game, if only to hear the robots go "squeeee" when you karate chop them.

The new story by Jim Shooter feels very much like reading early Valiant all over again. Shooter is still an industry pariah, and he's still working with whatever well-past-prime journeyman artists he can get. Valiant was Shooter's company, so he gave those books his all in hopes of finally showing Marvel who should have remained boss. His eyes on the commercial prize, Shooter wrote as close an approximation of what Alan Moore giving the Dell/Western characters the Watchmen treatment would read like as he could manage without alienating audiences or painting himself into a corner. At Dark Horse, Shooter is just a freelancer putting forth a much milder effort. There are incongruous dark elements, but at its heart the book is still a man in a skirt and go-go boots punching robots. However, the story began in an oft-references giveaway comic a few months back, and does not end here. A bunch of stuff established in the reprint is restated here, so nothing feels consequential, and there's no closure. If Magnus had still been published during the Bronze Age, this is almost exactly what the book would have looked like (save some robot designs, media references, and the gun-toting cyborg.) I enjoyed Shooter's edgy and irreverent return to Legion of Super-Heroes a couple years back, but I guess his efforts weren't well received, because he's strictly retrograde here.




Murderland #1 (Image, 2010, $2.99)
I don't know what the fuck this was supposed to be. It's about a mistress in disguise/assassin with existential identity issues, and her unkillable handler/boyfriend on a job. There's a ton of violence and weird Cronenbergian organic weaponry, but fuck all in the way of plot or characterization (outside the foreign rival with the Pepé Le Pew accent. Shit happens, there are tits, there is blood, but it's all nonsense.




True Story, Swear To God Vol.2 #13 (Image, 2010, $3.50)
I picked this issue up because I'd always meant to give it a try, and because I've had my own misadventures with the little blue boner pill. While I could relate to some of Tom Beland's anecdotes, he still hovered between situational comedy and drama without falling far enough in either direction to move me. Further, his problems are magically resolved between the second-to-last and final pages without explanation. I didn't laugh, I didn't cry, and I didn't really relate either, so this turned out to be a wash.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wednesday Is Blandest Day For All I Care #81

Adventure Comics #517
Brightest Day #7-8
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1
R.E.B.E.L.S. #19




Adventure Comics #517 (DC, 2010, $3.99)
This Saturn Girl spotlighting issue is a damned far sight better than the execrable R.J. Brande piece from last month, but it's still problematic. The story jumps from moment to moment where it could use smooth transition. You just know the Token Minority from Without Silver Age Continuity is doomed, not that she ever mattered to the reader. Kevin Sharpe's art also has issues, as it's usually appealing, but with lurching lapses in aptitude that look like '90s c-lister gaffes. The anachronistic robots next to goofy '60s costume designs fail, as well. It's okay, but not for the price tag.

Meanwhile, Jeff Lemire's Atom co-feature continues to be the dumbest thing since Dan Jurgens gave Ray Palmer the Marty McFly treatment. Ray busts out some tough guy talk, which would be cool, except the next page has him as a kid science dork (in glasses, because all smart kids wear glasses.) Geoff Johns must have been seriously traumatized by The Empire Strikes Back, because it seems his "previously unseen evil relative" dictates have extended from Brightest Day to here. I'm still waiting for Peter Parker Ray to recall his National Committee For Prevention of Child Abuse moment with Uncle Dave.

Flash forward to the present, and the Atom de-miniaturizes a ray gun from his "utility belt." On nthe one hand, I would totally carry miniature weapons in my utility belt if I were the the Atom, just like Ryan Choi made a point of rocking his versatile Bang-Stick. On the other hand, the reason I greatly prefer Ray Palmer is because he's such a bad little motherfucker, he will stab you with the business end of a #2 pencil. He will (bobby) pin your hands behind your back and stab you to death with a plastic sandwich sword. Ray Palmer is the Bullseye of the Leprechaun League, and pulling a gat just seems so... Jason Toddy.

Things really take a turn for the "no he di'int" when the poisoned Atom brings the Calculator to the secret headquarters of his arch-nemesis, who just happens to have an antidote for him at the ready. Further, mentally competent Calculator is bound for Arkham Asylum, but rolls over on a client when threatened by the Atom. Now, he probably knows Ray would kill a bitch, but probably not with a woman present, especially if his brilliant mind had deduced that Ray had found him with the help of his friggin' arch-nemesis, the only person capable of such a task, who he once kinda met once. Shut. Up.




Brightest Day #7-8 (DC, 2010, $2.99)
Issue seven had a lot going for it. For starters, Ivan Reis wasn't wasted on too many pages of Deadman & Hawk & Dove. These are the characters driving the overarching story of twelve super-people having their lives restored as a blessing in exchange for accomplishing certain tasks for a divine being. That story isn't very interesting, and the three late '60s failures are regressed to approximations of their original, non-starter personas. Dove is still living in the Age of Aquarius, Hawk still thinks the Kent State shootings were totally justified, and Deadman is still a whiny schmuck. Plus, the Dixie Chicks gag doesn't work as well as it could, because they're actually quite good if you give them a chance. Better to bash a more universal lame-o (Uncle Kracker, Keith Urban... he'd probably like Koby Teef.)

Damn, that white outfit flatters J'Onn J'Onzz of Mars. I've dabbled in white as an alternate outfit for the guy, and while it doesn't suit his detective milieu, it's snazzy as all get out. I wonder though, why do White Martians bleed purple and Greens red?

I hope this stuff with Black Lantern Firestorm leads into the resurrection with renewed purpose of Shadowstorm. There's a lot of potential in the Firestorm concept, and I think the bi-racial themes and conflicted personalities strengthen the character. I just wish the art and story were better, although this issue indicates improvement.

Hawkman and Hawkgirl have the best chance of stealing the White Lantern arc's whimper. These characters suck in a full fantasy setting, the art is stiff, and I just really don't care about this take on Hawkworld. Katar also looks good but inappropriate in white.

Ivan Reis only draws two Aquaman pages, which is bullshit, because he was born to draw that feature. He was great on Green Lantern, but Atlantis is his home.

The now patented Geoff Johns "preview trailer" panel spread closes things out. Nice to see one of my favorite villains in Eclipso, but he'll be in The New Justice Titans, so count me out. I'm glad Isis is on her way back, though. DC needs all the non-derivative super-heroines with multi-media cred it can get.

Now issue eight? Not so hot. Two pages of Dead & Dove define dull. Now that we know Aqualad is the good son of the evil Black Manta, we now learn that the good Hawkgirl (still a girl? rilly?) is daughter to an evil Queen Shrike who's probably banging their archenemy. Incestuous much? Plus, Hawkman gets to be White Jesus to a bunch of animal people. Ohfuckingshitmychrist!

Martian Manhunter is especially dense, and I've got to say, I'm now really glad Pat Gleason will be preoccupied drawing Batman and Robin. There's just something whackass about his approach to J'Onn J'Onzz, from the painted fingernails to the wimpy brow, and he draws the worst Miss Martian to date. I want to care about this Green Martian serial killer arc, but we're four months in and it's still just preamble. Nothing is connecting here. It's a jumble of violent moments. I'm still waiting to see if the killer is a blood relation, by the way...




Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1 (DC, 2010, $3.99)
I didn't start buying Guy Gardner: Warrior until a year and a half into the series. From that point, I was able to fish back issues out of the quarter bin, and I followed the book through to its bitter end. All this is to say that I've liked Guy since his JLI days, but there was maybe one year out of his run of four worth reading. As written in the early '90s, Guy Gardner was a character with limited potential as a soloist, and when giving him Ben Grimm's personality and the Ultimate Warrior's war paint stands as a massive improvement, your character is flawed.

It isn't much of an accomplishment to state that Guy's second chance at his own book is much better than the first. Guy has a clear mission, and his main draw of belligerence has been balanced out with a sense of the greater good and the typical trappings of the rogue cop in an atypical environment. The art of Fernando Pasarin is very pretty, combining Bryan Hitch with Mike McKone, and rendering Gardner as the clean cut hardcase of his earlier appearances. I continue to suffer from indifference to the writing of Pete Tomasi though, and twenty-four pages of set-up for a run of the mill story asking four bucks of me can wait for its own turn in the discount box.




R.E.B.E.L.S. #19 (DC, 2010, $2.99)
This is one of those consistently alright books that I have a vested interest in following, but never quite earns its keep. For instance, this is the middle chapter of a three-parter in which Vril Dox finally confronts his "father," except this isn't the same continuity as twenty years ago. The Superman books recently offered up their umpteenth revision of Brainiac. For a longtime reader, there's a cognitive dissonance between the fairly consistent Dox and his newly beefcake paterfamilias whose latest costume looks like a quilt with built-in night lights. Especially with Dox and his son Lyrl going by Brainiacs 2 & 3, something the old Dox would never tolerate, the whole arc feels like a big to simply cash-in on the connection. The art remains pleasant, the stories inoffensive, but I'm always on the fence with this thing.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Linkpeux 9.6.10



General/Entertainment

Columns:
10 Sexiest Women in Science Fiction (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)

Art & Photograpy
Lee Marvin (Rob Kelly Illustration)
Lee Van Cleef (Rob Kelly Illustration)
From The Vault: Fashion - 2001 (Rob Kelly Illustration)

Movies:
Dellamorte's Box Office Wrap Up 9/3/10 (CHUD)
Machete review by Nick Nunziata (CHUD)
Machete review by Daniel Carlson (Pajiba)
The Golden Child review by Brian Prisco (Pajiba)

Celebrity Gossip:
Michael Ian Black Loses His Shit (Buzzfeed)

Comic Books:
Comic Book Reviews:
AICN Comic Reviews Shipping Week: 8/18/10
AICN Comic Reviews Shipping Week: 8/25/10
Comics Panel: August 27, 2010 by the A.V. Club
The Buy Pile 8/25/10 by Hannibal Tabu
The Buy Pile 9/1/10 by Hannibal Tabu
Comic shop comics: August 25th by J. Caleb Mozzocco
Three from Radical Comics (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)

Newsarama's Best Shots Comic Reviews:
SCARLET, FREEDOM FIGHTERS, More
WOLVERINE, BALTIMORE, GREEN HORNET
MAGDALENA, MOUSE GUARD, More
WONDER WOMAN, AVENGERS, More
BATMAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, More

Comic Book Blogs:
Nobody’s Favorites: Mighty Comics' The Owl (Armagideon Time)
The Question #1 (February, 1987) (DC Bloodlines)
DC75: Top Character Covers of the Dodranscentennial (DC Bloodlines)
Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #2 (June-July, 1975) (DC Bloodlines)
Nursing History in the DC Universe (DC Bloodlines)
Gotham Community College LPN Application Procedure Overview (DC Bloodlines)
2010 Wonder Woman #302 Notebook and Twin Pocket Folder Style #3009DC (Diana Prince: Wonder Woman)
Random Reads: The Brute #1 (Diversions of the Groovy Kind)
Master of Kung Fu #22 (August 1974) (Diversions of the Groovy Kind)
Fear Of A Black Panther: Part Three (The Factual Opinion)
Despero: The Fifth Most Important Martian Manhunter Adversary (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
Manhunter from Mars Annual #2 (1985) (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
"A Clue . . . Seven-Foot Tall!" Batgirl adventure from Detective Comics No. 392, October 1969 (Kingdom Kane)
70: Tales of Suspense #44 (Marvel Genesis)
71: Fantastic Four #17 (Marvel Genesis)
72: Journey into Mystery #95 (Marvel Genesis)
73: Tales to Astonish #47 (Marvel Genesis)
Forbidden Worlds #58, 1957 (Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine)
Batman and The Bechdel Test (Pretty, Fizzy Paradise )
The All New Atom #11 (July, 2007) (Power of the Atom)
What If... Thor Battled Conan? (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
What If... Dr. Strange Had Not Become Master of the Mystic Arts? (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)




NUDITY (Not Safe For Work):
Rachel Bilson - In Bikini paddle surfing in Hawaii (3NE)
Emmanuelle Chriqui - Photo Shoot for Entourage (3NE)
Donna Michelle - Pb Photoshoot - Miss December 1963 & Playmate of the Year 1964 x24 (DeepAtSea)
Rachel Bilson - Hawaii - 22 August 2010 x20 (DeepAtSea)
LeAnn Rimes - Mexico - 28 August 2010 x18 (DeepAtSea)
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