Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Sculptor - Rating/Review

On February 5, 2015, Scott McClouds newest graphic novel, The Sculptor, goes on sale. Do yourself a favor, make sure you have pre-ordered this book. Because once word gets out, they will sell - fast!

I sat trying to write a review after finishing the book... This is what I came up with:

I've been starring at my screen for almost an hour; I type half a sentence, reflect more on "The Sculptor," and then delete it and try again. I don't know how to articulate how masterfully McCloud tells this story through a medium that obviously means so much to him.


When the validity of the Arts is ever questioned, it's works like "The Sculptor," that we raise proclaiming  McClouds' own words, "And life without it -- it's not enough."

I fully expect this book to win all the awards, deservedly.

Think of it this way, if "American Gods" conceived a child with "Blankets," you would end up with "The Sculptor."

This is by far the best thing I've read in a very, very long time.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Teen Titans: Earth One - Rating/Review

Available 11-19-2014
TEEN TITANS EARTH ONE HC VOL 01
DC COMICS
(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Terry Dodson & Various (CA) Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson

In the vein of Superman: Earth One and Batman: Earth One, DC is also publishing an updated take on its angsty adolescents heros, the Teen Titans.

For the Superman and Batman Earth One titles, DC brought out the big guns, using all-star writers J. Michael Straczynski and Geoff Johns respectively. Unlike the two flag-ship character origin stories of EARTH ONE, Teen Titans is scribed by Jeff Lemire, a writer known for standing on the edges of the traditional DC story-lines (i.e. Animal Man, Green Arrow).

Lemire's creator-owned work has established him as the go-to-guy for stories of adolescents with a dark twist (see his award winning series Sweet Tooth). So readers familiar with Lemire's previous work will carry and expectation of weird into these pages.\

Though reader's expectations may be different than what is delivered between the gutters. While this is a very different take on the origin of the Teen Titans, it feels as though DC editorial had a strong idea for the story before it was given to Lemire.

Without spoiling the experience of reading, what is well-written, well-drawn a teen-angst super-hero origin story, I'll say that the story feels like the Superboy origin was put into a blender with MARVEL's The Runaways.
I liked it and give it 3.5/5 stars.

The art is great. Dodgson's work is perfect for the story. His style has just a hint of anime to it, that I think many young-adult readers will feel comforting, especially if they aren't regular tights-and-capes comic readers.

Teen Titans fans are diehards. I doubt that this book will please the fanboys and fangirls. I do think this is an original take on a group of characters that have forever been haphazardly thrown together. What Lemire and his team did right, is give these characters a reason to be together, a reason that stands independent from the "put all the sidekicks on a team" reason of the past.

Trent's Rating: 2.5/4 ATOMIC BETA MeV's

Monday, October 20, 2014

Matinee - It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This

Joe Dante's Matinee is definitely one of my desert island, all-time, top-five, favorite movies. I just read Roger Ebert's review of the movie, and he completely captures not just the magic of the film, but the magic of film, for me, going to the movies in a small Wyoming town that had just one, single-screen movie theater -- left over from the 1920s.

"They say if you go to the movies long enough you will finally see yourself on the screen. I had that experience during "Matinee," because in many ways I was just like that kid Gene. At the age of 12, I was fascinated by science fiction, baffled by girls, and starstruck by show business."
-Roger Ebert | January 29, 1993 | 3.5/4 Stars


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Figs: Thanos

Inspired by @swankmotron's  awesome figure posts, I've decided to start my own take on action-figure posts.

I'm going to do my best to keep all "photoshopping" out of these photos.

Thanos:

Thanos
via Flickr

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DAREDEVIL #0.1 - Rating/Review

DAREDEVIL
STK645331 Image
Publisher: MARVEL COMICS
(W) Mark Waid (A) Peter Krause (CA) Chris Samnee
For the first time in print, the story that bridges the gap between the last Daredevil series and the all-new ongoing!
•  A cross country flight pits The Man Without Fear against a man without a heartbeat!
•  Plus, TWO DAREDEVILS (for the price of one)!
•  Mark Waid (Daredevil, Irredeemable) and Peter Krause (Irredeemable) bring you the first leg in Daredevil's journey to a new life!


This is a great one-shot comic that further proves Waids' epic career has been leading up to his continual masterpiece of Daredevil.

Plus Krause's art is spot-on. If Samnee and Maleev had a baby his/her art would look just like Krause's.

Story: 3.5/4
Art:    4/4

Trent's Rating: 3.75/4 ATOMIC BETA MeV's

Saturday, August 23, 2014

See Me at SLC3

The Salt Lake City Comic Con is in a couple of weeks. If you attend, stop in and see me at the Death Ray Comics booth, or sit in on one of the panels I'll be part of.


See more details about panels here.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

$1.99 Find of the Summer!

This LP of Segio Mendes and Brasil '66 "Look Around" is by far the best $1.99 I've spent this summer. The audio quality is awesome!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC #1 | Rating/Review

Publisher: MARVEL COMICS
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Michael Avon Oeming
DOUBLE-SIZED FOR REGULAR PRICE!

From the creators of the Eisner Award-winning, best-selling POWERS comes a brand-new world of crime fiction like you've never seen before. In this oversized first issue, you will discover a world in which the families of organized crime never lost their stranglehold on the United States. Today is the day that Valentine Gallo becomes a made man, and it's also the day he learns the secrets behind the organization he has served since he was old enough to walk. But it is mysterious hitwoman Jagger Rose that will forever turn his life upside down. Be there when shocking secrets of this new world spill out onto the very past page. This bold new vision of crime fiction hearkens back to Bendis' earliest work in crime comics, while also giving you everything you expect from the creators of POWERS, one of the most successful and longest-lasting independent comics in history.

Download preview pages here.

Bendis doing what he truly does best, writes crime fiction in a stylized world. Oeming's art is, well, it's Omeing: beautiful, stylized, and something all his own. An interesting "hook" first issue that leaves me wanting more. Art=4/4 - Story 3/4

Trent's Rating: 3.5/4 ATOMIC BETA MeV's

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 | Rating/Review

Publisher: MARVEL COMICS
(W) Mike Benson (A) Tan Eng Huat, Craig Yeung (CA) Dave Johnson

MURDER! MYSTERY! MARTIAL ARTS!
A former lover of Shang-Chi's is murdered in cold blood while working deep undercover for MI-6. When Shang-Chi travels to England to pay his respects he learns all is not as it seems, and if he's not careful he may be next to die! Old friends, new enemies, espionage and kung fu collide in this riveting story from Mike Benson and Tan Eng Huat!

Download art preview here.


Some great Kung-Fu action to a well-tested - yet no surprises -revenge story. Fans of Kung Fu/Spy flicks will do well to pick up this 4 issue series. Art = 4/4 = Story=2.5/4

Trent's Rating: 3.25/4 ATOMIC BETA MeV's