Superboy Annual #1 (DC) – A Discussion

Discussion: Superboy Annual #1

I’m starting to think cloning isn’t such a great idea.

Superboy Annual #1 CoverWriter: Tom DeFalco
Pencils: Too many to list here
Colorist: Just as many to list here
Cover Art: Yvel Guichet, Jonas Trinade and Java Tartaglia

Publisher: DC
Cover Date: Mar 2013
Cover Price: $4.99

I know it’s not “cool” to admit, even in the comic book community, but Superman is my favorite superhero. Yea. That’s right. You read that right. Better than Batman, Cap, Wolverine (or any of the X-Men for that matter), and even Spider-Man. Although, Spidey does run a pretty close second.

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Review: Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood #2 (Zenescope)

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents:

Robyn Hood #2 (of 5) Review

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood #2Writer: Pat Shand
Pencils: Larry Watts
Colorist: Andrew Elder
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Art: Ale Garza & JJ Kirby (Cover A)
Editor: Hannah Gorfinkel

Publisher: Zenescope
Cover Date: Oct 2012
Cover Price: $2.99

Title: Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood

We’re back with the second installment of Robyn Hood by Zenescope and writer Pat Shand has once again delivered. I found this book to be a wonderful compliment to the first issue where, not only did we get some action, the setup was done really well. Issue #2 continues to delve into Robyn’s past, without distracting from what’s happening in the ‘here and now’.

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Review: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

Review: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

“You don’t get it boy. This isn’t a mudhole…

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1Distributor: Warner Brothers
Release Date: Sept 2012
Retail Price: $16.99

For this “discussion”, we need to take a quick trip in the wayback machine. So buckle up, please keep arms and legs inside at all times. Do not stand while the vehicle is in motion and please… no flash photography.

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Toy Review: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Quinjet Aerial Battle

Review: The Avengers’ Quinjet Aerial Battle

Is 70 bucks worth it to get your hands on Black Widow?
Mmmm… hands on Black Widow.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Quinjet Aerial BattleManufacturer: Lego
Release Date: April 2012
Retail Price: $69.99

I love Lego. I say it loud, I say it proud. I say it softly, I say it with a fair amount of trepidation. I’m what you call “forty-ish”. So, you tend to get funny looks from folks as they tuck their children behind them when you say that kinda thing in a public forum.

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Review: Batman #13 (DC)

Review of Batman #13

Batman #13 CoverWriter: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Greg Capullo
Colorist: Jonathan Glapion
Cover Art: Greg Capullo

 

Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Date: Dec 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

 

Will the real Mr. J please stand up?

SPOILER ALERT: I might be slightly spoilerific here, so if you haven’t read the book yet, consider yourself warned.

It’s a little tough “reviewing” a book like Batman #13. With all the hype, everyone knows about it and is already discussing it. They’ve picked up the book and already formed their opinion of it. So… let’s call this little write up of mine less of a “review” and more of a “discussion”.

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Review: Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Robyn Hood #1 (Zenescope)

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents
Robyn Hood #1 (of 5) Review

Grimm Fairy Tales presents Robyn Hood #1Writer: Pat Shand
Pencils: Dan Glasl
Colorist: Tom Mullin & Jason Embury
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Art: Eric Basaldua & Nei Ruffino (Cover A)
Editor: Hannah Gorfinkel

Publisher: Zenescope
Cover Date: Oct 2012
Cover Price: $2.99

Title: Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood

Despite what the cover may have you believe, this book is no ‘bust’. Robyn Hood provides a unique and fresh perspective on the character we all know and love who stole from the rich and gave to the poor.  In this book, Robyn (notice the different spelling) is a young girl who comes from the realm: Myst.  Fairy tales are integrated into this, and several other, realms as you’ll quickly discover throughout the dialogue.  Subtle hints are dropped to other realms that exist as characters, you may be familiar with, are mentioned.

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Toy Review: Kraang (TMNT) by Playmates Toys

Toy Review: Kraang by Playmates Toys

Kraang

Who knew having a brain was so much fun?

Figure: Kraang
Line: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Manufacturer: Playmates Toys
Retail: $8.99 US

Ok. Here’s the thing with me and toys… I don’t necessarily have to be into a “property” to buy some (all) of the figures. If a figure is “cool” or “unusual” enough, I’ll gladly fork over the bucks for it. Likewise, I can really be into a property, but if the figures are stupid, I won’t get them.

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Review: Superman #0 (DC)

Superman #0 Review

Superman #0 CoverWriter: Scott Lobdell
Art: Kenneth Rocafort
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover Art: Kenneth Rocafort
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Date: Nov 2012
Cover Price: $2.99 US

Title: “Every End has a Beginning”
 

Where’s Lara?

As frustrating as it was to hear that a third creative team would be taking over Superman in a year, I did not want to set this book down once I started reading.  Scott Lobdell hit a Kryptonian home run with this issue, in which we are introduced to the New 52 Jor-El and Lara, DC’s first power couple. While everyone knows the fate of the doomed planet, this story is more about who Ma and Pa El were, as a couple, and how they dealt with adversity.

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Review: Justice League #0 (DC)

Where is the Wizard?!?!?

Justice League #0Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank
Cover Art: Gary Frank

Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Date: November 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

 

 

Ok. I’m just going to come right out and say it. I don’t like what they’re doing with Shazam. At all. Now look, I can’t say I know all the particulars of the once Captain Marvel/now Shazam. I can’t say I was a big Shazam fan growing up, either. I do vaguely remember watching the show on TV, but that was a bit before my time.

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Review: Grifter #0 (DC)

Grifter #0 Review

 

Grifter #0 coverPlotter: Rob Liefeld
Writers: Rob Liefeld, Frank Tieri
Pencils: Scott Clark
Inks: David Beatty
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Cover Art: Rob Liefeld

Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Date: Nov 2012
Cover Price: $2.99 US

 

Like fine wine, this book will get better with age

Grifter #0 won’t be a book that impresses you now, but as future issues roll by, it will be known as a required back issue.  As much as I loathe Rob Liefeld as an artist, and I’m not alone, he does a fairly good job at coming up with good plot points.  He could use a little help in the actual fleshing out of the story though.  Although he’s departing from the title with issue 14, I feel he did an admirable job setting Grifter up for the next year. Just, whatever you do, ignore the cover!

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