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    Friday
    Feb092018

    ‘Batman: Gotham By Gaslight’ (review)

     

    One of my favorite and universally beloved Batman Elseworlds stories, Gotham By Gaslight, has been adapted in the latest DC Animated Original Movie.

    While there is now a call for DC to reach into the Elseworlds catalog for the live action movies to re-right the ship, using the imprint to make successful animated movies is working well.

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    Wednesday
    Aug312011

    @DigBoston and @LeaguePodcast Comic Book Picks of the Week for August 31 , 2011

    COMICS

    OK, the big comic book news gets broken in USA Today, nowadays. Not that we’re complaining. Today marks the re-launch and fanboy-cringing renumbering of the DC Comics universe. The ‘New 52’ starts out with Justice League #1 from Geoff Johns (Flash, Green Lantern) and Jim Lee (X-Men, All Star Batman and Robin, DC Co-Publisher). Come and get it! … The Godfather of the graphic novel format, Will Eisner believed in the teaching power of comics. In WWII, the U.S. Army commissioned him to draw maintenance drawings, step-by-step instructions, and pin-ups for G.I.s abroad. The Best of PS Magazine - Preventive Maintence Monthly comes out today. … Aww Yeah, monkeys! Why let the Justice League and the grunts have all the fun? Beppo the Super Monkey faces Gorilla Grodd in Super-pets Midway Monkey Madness. Don’t slip on any banana peels! … Picks this week from LeaguePodcast.com.

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    Tuesday
    Jun072011

    BOOK REVIEW! Identity Crisis [Paperback] Brad Meltzer (Author), Rags Morales (Illustrator), Joss Whedon (Introduction), Michael Bair (Colorist)

    Identity CrisisIdentity Crisis by Brad Meltzer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Brad Meltzer along with Rags Morales and Michael Bair have created a brilliant Justice League mystery for the ages. Art is a solid 5 out of 5 stars. No question. Morales has the sensibility of another DC heavyweight, Brian Bolland, and the storytelling ability of a Neal Adams or John Byrne. Clean Bolland lines on the inks, solid blacks, great expressions and characterizations. Spoiler-free story review. Meltzer ties the Justice League and Justice Society into a long form mystery involving the murder of the Elongated Man’s wife. Third act climax and twist rivals Conan Doyle or Christie. This is frequently on the top ten lists of the last decade and I would concur. Knowledge of the DC universe is not required, some basic knowledge of the League is helpful. Tim Drake is Robin under Batman at this time, and Wally West is the current Flash. Recommended if you like: Watchmen, Jack & Bobby (TV), Blackest Night, V for Vendetta, Murder She Wrote, V for Vendetta, Sin City, Animal Man, Arkham Asylum. View all my reviews

    Saturday
    Nov282009

    2-Bit Comics - Howlin' Jack Kirby!

    Hello Leaguers! Here is a column I will now dub ‘2-Bit Comics’! I find some great comics hiding in the 25 cent to $1 bins and highly recommend you do the same! Also, here is where I may share some cheap TPB deals that I have discovered. Of course the other leaguers are free to participate as well. A light bulb popped over my head this morning as I awoke to share with you two books that I picked up yesterday.

    Frank Frazetta’s Dracula Meets the Wolfman One-Shot, Cover B, August 2008, Image Comics What I paid: 50 cents. WOW! This was a great book. Art by Francesco Francavilla. Story by Steve Niles. This sepia toned book takes us back to Moldavia circa 1849. Nicolae Bulinski is professing his love for his dear Marta as she heads into the house. Nicolae then realizes he is out too late and transforms into the Wolf-Man! Wolf-Man bolts into the woods, eventually to be captured by his caring father and brother, as he chases down a horse for food. Pa and Bro net him and lock him up for the night. The family is used to his unfortunate curse, and take care of him until he transforms back to Nicolae. Marta, meanwhile, is preparing for a night dining with the Count! Though she is fearful, she accepts the invitation. The Count’s driver picks her up in a carriage and brings her to the castle. Dracula wastes no time and makes his intention clear…he wants to feast on her (“In Transylvania, dinner host eats YOU!”). Well, this is where I stop describing the plot — I want you to track down this book if you like classic Universal Monster Team-Ups! This comic reads like an old movie. It’s comfortable, beautiful, and has a classic illustration style.

    Countdown Special : The New Gods - Featuting Mister Miracle, Orion, and The Forever People DC Comics, March 2008. Cover by Ryan Sook What I paid: 50 cents. First things First: This is Jack Kirby! 80 delicious pages of story and art from the King himself.

    Reprinted from the pages of Forever People, Mister Miracle and New Gods, here is an introduction to some of Kirby’s most lauded Cosmic characters in the Mighty 1970s DC style. Let’s talk art. Vince Colletta inks the first two stories, and Mike Royer inks the third story. I understand Jack and a lot of fans weren’t that crazy about Vince’s work, but I thought his inks complemented the pencils well and maintain the classic Kirby look. No complaints from me. Mike Royer inks the Orion origin, the third story in the book that takes place mostly on Apokolips. Kirby dots are everywhere and the New Gods look noble and dynamic. There are weirdo contraptions, Dragon Tanks, and action on every panel. This is a great looking story. If I were to compare the two, I would say That Mike Royer’s inks lean a bit more toward the bold ink lines and swooshy brushwork of Kirby himself. Both inkers, in my opinion, are great. I believe that because Vince does not seem to have the same style as Jack, some fans cast aspersions on his art but I think that is unfair. As far as the story, we get the first appearance of some great characters — The New Gods. Being a Marvel kid, I was in the dark of this era of the King’s career up until recently. Boy, am I glad to get into this now! Every panel moves the story along, each word in the captions and word balloons are relevant. Inner dialogue is kept to a minimum and not abstract. There are complex familial relationships in the New Gods, similar to Greek mythology. Each time I open a book and it says “Written, Drawn, and Edited by Jack Kirby”, I laugh a little bit. But then after the second reading I think to myself “How could anyone ELSE edit this book? Jack’s got all this stuff floating around in his head! He’s establishing the continuity!” I really enjoy what little I have read of Jim Starlin’s versions of the characters, but this certainly is the real deal! This review is not just an endorsement for this book, but a strong recommendation for you to find old Kirby comics and read them and enjoy your art until your eyes bleed. Seriously, it is so worth the trip!

    Well that does it folks! You can expect some upcoming reviews of Jack Kirby’s Black Panther, and Justice League Europe.