Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Chemical Box - Injection #3

They're back! In this episode, Joe and Alec hold a discussion with their friend Will Sabatini and talk about the Windy City Comic Con and all of its awesomeness. Later in the show Joe and Alec talk about the newly adapted Surrogates, movie trailers and mix CDs.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Episode 43 - Philip Tan Haters, Don't Hate!

Answer time! This week I review the responses to the first Question of the Week, and I also run down a list of recent reads.

Books Mentioned
Dark Reign: The List - Daredevil
Batman & Robin #4
Dark Avengers #9
Deadpool #15
X-Force #17 & 18

Music Featured is by Sonic Youth.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Episode 42 - Sweet Zombie Union

This week I will try once again to kick-start a new show segment (seriously, I mean it this time). After that, it is just a few recent reads and the usual B/S.

Books Discussed:
Marvel Zombies Vol. 1
Sweet Tooth #1
Union Station

Music Featured is by Red Tape.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Episode 41 - Ultimate Comics Spider-man

One topic. Thirty minutes. You know what you get? Spider-Geekfest.

Yep, I am taking a look at the Ultimate Comics Relaunch and how it affects my favorite character. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Again, just tune in to hear me be a geek. That's the hook of this episode...right?

Music featured is by Beck.

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Quick Hit Review

Dark Reign – The List: Avengers

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis

Pencils: Marko Djurdjevic

Inks: Mark Morales

Colors: Marte Gracia

Review By: Alec Berry

I had no interest in Dark Reign’s beginning, yet the tail end of the status quo’s existence is dragging me back to the Marvel Universe full force. Dark Reign – The List: Avengers kicks off a series of eight one-shot/special issues that entail what seems to be Norman Osborn’s full-force (if not final) siege upon the world of Marvel Heroes. As Osborn sees it, it is time to bring some real change to the world and take full control of the way things function – mainly the freedoms of the world’s largest super-powered individuals who constantly threaten his presence at the top.

This book did what all event-focused books should: take existing characters that we all know at the core and study them from another angle while exploring their reactions, attitudes and character under unusual and even extreme circumstances. Bendis does this by simply focusing on two different sides of the Norman Osborn argument: kill him or bring him to justice? The idea creates an interesting divide within the Avengers team, and it also allows reflects upon what makes the characters of Captain America, Spider-man and Clint Barton who they are. Ultimately, this question is what moves the plot of the issue and places a specific character in an interesting position which will surely see farther exploration in the core Avengers book (New Avengers).

The artwork within this issue is also very well produced – the tag team of Djurdjevic, Morales and Gracia work well in their collaboration implanting a tone of desperation and almost futility. Djurdjevic also captures the sequential feel quite nicely, which is shocking for the amount of cover work he produces.

All and all, this was well worth the read and adds to my growing curiosity of the current Marvel Comics landscape. Yet, to place a warning to potential consumers, this book is not oversized for the 3.99 price tag. It may feel heavy when picked off the spinner rack, but don’t let the dual eight-page previews of Dark Reign – The List: Daredevil & Dark Reign – The List: X-Men fool you. But, I will not linger on that complaint – I still bought it holding that knowledge after all. But yes, Dark Reign: The List – Avengers is a nice example of a good event-centric comic book; it packs interesting looks at favorite characters, gorgeous artwork and a cliff-hanger that leaves the reader curious for more.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Quick Hit Review

Fantastic Four #570

Written By: Jonathan Hickman

Art By: Dale Eaglesham

Colors: Paul Mounts

What can I say, this was an exceptionally good start to an exciting run. Hickman took Marvel’s First Family and brought them back to their basics: exploring the angles of family relationships, what makes the characters who they are and the questions of the larger landscape under a cosmic curtain. Yet, with that said, Hickman’s take on the team is not the same old campfire tale fans are used to. Within this issue Hickman is planting the seeds for what could be a very memorable take and exploration of the Fantastic Four, or namely the team’s leader.

The character of Reed Richards seems to be setup as Hickman’s main focus, to the point that I think this run may be more of a Mr. Fantastic story than a Fantastic Four story. He takes a sure-minded character and turns him upside-down leaving him in question: Reed Richards the genius is now beginning to wonder if he is truly always right in his judgment. This take on the character is a very interesting one because it is not what is expected nor is usually seen from him, and Hickman now seems to be introducing a surprising angle to make Mr. Fantastic more than two-dimensional. Also, the reader sneaks a peek at the pressure Richards deals with being the world’s smartest man. The world is not perfect, even with super-powered beings, and Richards wishes to change that with his countless projects, sleepless nights and even ideas he must keep hidden from the rest of his family. Richards sees himself as the world’s last chance as he stands on the brink of fixing everything with his scientific power.

I was excited about this run when it was first announced, and that excitement has carried through with the actual reading. Jonathan Hickman has kicked off a promising run for the Fantastic Four, one that could possibly show us the characters in a way we never imagined.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Episode 40 - A Marvelous Podcast

Yes, I am going to talk about the obvious(Disney/Marvel). I know, I know - how original. But, that was not the true intention of Episode 40 (Listen to discover the details)! Other than the obvious, I dive into a batch of recent reads and a newly found enjoyment of event comics (gasp!).

Music featured is by T-rex.

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