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    Wednesday
    Jun242015

    THE ROCKETEER: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES TPB (review) - at FORCES OF GEEK

     

    THE ROCKETEER - THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES TPB

    By Dave Stevens
    Coloring by Laura Martin
    Lettering by Carrie Spiegle
    Volume 1 art assist by Jaimie Hernandez
    Co-writers of Volume 2, chapters 2 & 3: 
    Danny Bilson & Paul Demeo
    Volume 2 art assist by: Art Adams, 
    Geof Darrow, Gary Gianni, Mike Kaluta,
     Stan Manoukian, Sandy Plunkett, and Vince Roucher
    Volume 2, chapters 2 & 3 covers by: Dave Stevens
     and painted by Dave Dorman and Paul Chadwick
    Edited by Scott Dunbier
    Collected Edition by: Justin Eisinger and Alonzo Simon
    Cover by Dave Stevens
    IDW Publishing
    Release Date: March 18, 2015
    Cover Price: $19.99
    UPC: 978163140227251999


    Summertime is the best time to catch up on reading! One of the classic comic characters I have always wanted to know more about, since seeing his 1991 film was The Rocketeer. 

    The pulp hero, inspired by art deco design and the creations of Howard Hughes (see The Aviator) was the titular work of Dave Stevens, a cartoonist and storyboard artist that passed away in 2008.

    IDW released an accessible paperback volume of our hood ornament of a hero with The Rocketeer The Complete Adventures in association with the Stevens Estate. The publisher and Stevens before his death tapped the talented Laura Martin to remaster the colors for the hardcover edition.

    This book is the best independent comics has to offer, a legendarily rare creation with extraordinary art and dogfight action.


    The Rocketeer wasn’t created in the time of the pulps, but instead captures the spirit of that high-flying time in American history with Cliff Secord,  The Rocketeer and his sometime pin-up gal pal Betty.

    Back in 2013, we covered Mark Waid’s Rocketeer & The Spirit: Pulp Friction. The two heroes are a perfect pairing for an adventure, but this was all I knew of Cliff and Peevy the mechanic besides the film.

    Reading the ‘real’ Rocketeer makes me itch for more of these kinds of tales, hopefully Waid, Langridge. Samnee and J. Bone continue to work on more tales of Cliff under the IDW imprint.

     

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    Tuesday
    Jun232015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. June 24, 2015 

     

    COMICS

    Mickey Mouse heads out on The Lost Explorers Trail with help from Goofy and Eurasia Toft in a brand new Mickey Mouse #1 from IDW! … We all remember 1992, right? Well, maybe some of you were just born. This was a time when comics had more hologram covers and pouches than you can shake a Mjolnir at. X-Men ‘92 #1 transforms us to that magical time when En Vogue ruled the airwaves. … Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerards’ Punisher #19 closes in on Frank Castle’s last days, hot on the heels of him Jon Bernthal being cast as Big Pun in Daredevil Season 2. … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!

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    Wednesday
    Jun172015

    THE COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS (book review) at FORCE OF GEEK

     

    The Comic Book History of Comics
    By: Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey
    Type: Graphic Novels
    Publisher: IDW Publishing
    Pub. Date: May 23, 2012
    UPC: 978161377197652199



    Pencils down, True Believers!

    As the The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture edX course winds down, my extra curricular activities have not stagnated.

    In fact, I’ve dusted off a few academic books about comics to further my station (in an audited class—I was never one for impressing actual teachers).

    A few weeks ago we talked The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics.  This week, I completed Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s illustrated Comic Book History of Comics and am still processing what they’ve done.

    By breaking down the history of comics in the selfsame sequential art medium, they have achieved nerd nirvana.

    Not since Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics have I felt such a connection with the books I love so much.

    I was lucky enough to speak with the ‘Evil Twin Studios’ artist Ryan back in 2013 for the debut of Action Presidents #1(George Washington).

     

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    Wednesday
    Jun172015

    Dig Boston and League Podcast Comics Picks of the Week for Wed. June 17, 2015

     

    COMICS

     

    The Shadow knows! Before comics there were the pulps full of rich heroes taking on the criminal set in the night with a mask on. Dynamite’s The Shadow #100 celebrates the anniversary with pulp fans Matt Wagner, Howard Chaykin and Francesco Francavilla. … With Secret Wars, many Thors have surfaced. We got a frog, a horse, a lady and a Hemsworth. Check out all the Asgardian Hammer Gods in Thors #1 this week. … Jason Shawn Alexander (Abe Sapien) unleashes a new sci-fi/horror series with The Empty Zone, set in a haunted dystopian future Empty Zone #1 is from Image Comics, the Vertigo of the new age! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com!

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    Saturday
    Jun132015

    Triple Shot: CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #1, CLARENCE #1 & NEGATIVE SPACE #1 AT FORCES OF GEEK 

    Triple Shot: CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #1, CLARENCE #1 & NEGATIVE SPACE #1


     

    Three new number ones this week for our Triple Shot!

    Ming Doyle teams up with James Tynion IV for the DCYou take on Constantine: The Hellblazer, Liz Prince (Tomboy) and artist Evan Palmer (Munchkin) step into the world of Cartoon Network’s newest creation, Clarence and we preview next month’s Negative Space #1 from Ryan K Lindsay.



    CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #1
    WRITER: Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV
    ART:  Riley Rossmo
    Publication Date: June 10, 2015
    Price: $2.99
    Publisher: DC Comics
    UPC: 76194133011200111
    Buy it HERE

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    New creative team Ming Doyle (Mara, The Kitchen)
    and James Tynion IV (Talon, Batman Eternal) relaunch Constantine for the #DCYou.

    The much beleaguered title and main character has to be an
    intimidating one — Constantine has seen many forms, from
    a Vertigo comic to a movie starring Keanu Reaves (what?)
    and riding the recent wave of comic book television with 2014’s Constantine (RIP).

    Getting a handle on the character is no easy task —
    Vertigo writers in the past include Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis,
    Peter Milligan, Andy Diggle and many more.

    Constantine in the DCU is a younger character and Doyle and Tynion
    are allowed to play him that way, hopefully to generate a new
    audience for Constantine as well as bridge the gap with older readers.

    This being a DC Comic and not Vertigo hurts the book in my opinion.

    John Constantine should be able to swear and be raunchy.

    Issue #1 isn’t a bad go at the old guy, though.
    Our demon whisperer shows up naked in a clothing shop covered in blood
    and brains. Later in the story, he is drafted by Blythe for a quick shag
    and his first ‘mission’ against some demons.

    Riley Rossmo has great stylistic choices for his art, including a
    landscape splash page cutaway view of the club and by the end of the book gets to draw some cool looking demons.

    I’m interested to see where this goes, issue #1 had enough bite to
    want me to pick up the next issue. This book doesn’t seem to be
    pandering to any fans of any Hellblazer incarnations — that could be a blessing or a curse once the story develops more.


     

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