Monday, 28 February 2011

Monday Memes #9

As we all know, the titles of comics have to appear on the cover, usually right at the top. Every now and then, though, the cover artist does something a bit different and puts the Title in Shot, whether it's part of the scenery:

or even part of the dialogue:

Ah, dialogue on the cover. Why isn't there more of that these days?

Friday, 25 February 2011

You Want Very Tiny And Loud, Judd? You Got It.

Thanks to Sally P over at Green Lantern Butt's Forever I've just read an interview with Judd Winick over at CBR which I would normally have ignored.

In the interview, Winick talks about Justice League: Generation Lost and what's going to be happening in the closing issues which are fast approaching. It's probably no surprise that it's all building to a big climax (which is apparently a three issue long fight scene) but that wasn't what drew me to read it.

Sally P's blog post was called Tiny But Loud.

As I started writing this, a new post landed in my feed reader from Stars And Garters called Tiny? No. Vocal? Hell, Yes!

And then there's the title of this post. Anyone spotting a pattern?

Friday Night Fights - Big Blue Scout vs Big Red Cheese

It's Friday and, as is tradition, Spacebooger hosts the Friday Night Fight from 11PM EST.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Sucker Punch Trailer

Dead busy with work at the moment so I'll be brief - the new Sucker Punch trailer looks utterly gorgeous!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Just Because

I mean, really, why wouldn't I post a picture that a mate sent to me of Adam West as Batman astride an elephant?

Monday, 21 February 2011

Monday Memes #8

If there's one staple of comic books - particularly the superhero genre - it's that when two heroes get together for the first time, they will almost inevitably fight. Whether it's a misunderstanding or some villain's mind-control scheme, if you put two friends together, you're going to get a punch up.

And it's been happening for years, over and over again:

Captain Marvel and Superman have knocked each other round the block a few times . . .

. . . but then Superman's often fought with his multiversal self as well.

Of all the memes I've put together, Friendly Fire is the one that could run for the best part of a year all by itself.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

The Problem With Prophecy

One of the cool things about comics is that, for the most part, they never end. Oh sure, individual series will fall by the wayside due to poor sales despite them being damn good (Blue Beetle, I'm looking at you) but by and large the stories of characters will continue in one form or another. Even death is no barrier to a popular character - how many have died and returned over the last few years?

Of course, in the DC Universe at least, that's no longer possible in a post-Blackest Night world. Once you're dead, you're dead.

Unless you're the Tasmanian Devil.

But the longevity of some characters can also have a drawback, particularly in the world of comics where creative teams tend not to spend too long on the same books. When leaving a book, some writers may leave plot threads hanging but it's down to the incoming writers (or sometimes editors) whether or not they choose to pick up on those hints. Due to this uncertainty, it's perhaps unwise to make pronouncements about what will happen to a character in the future, as I mentioned before when Rip Hunter, that old Time Master, proclaimed Magog had a good future ahead of him.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

The Comic Fanboy Questionnaire

Spacebooger is reknowned for his love of violence, hence his hosting the Friday Night Fights for lo these many years now, but he recently posted something that got me to thinking:

The Comic Fanboy Questionnaire

I'm not normally one for round-robin type affairs but as I read through Spacebooger's own answers, I wondered what my own would be. So, with very little thought and all this off the top of my head, here are my answers:

What is your favorite comic series of all-time?

Oh crap, that's a tough one. Watchmen, maybe? Crisis on Infinite Earths? For series that I keep coming back to and re-reading time and again, it's probably those two.

What is your favorite currently running comic?

Again, a tough one. This time last year my answer would have been Power Girl without a doubt but these days . . . The Boys probably tops the list, though Knight & Squire has been a blast from start to finish. Secret Six is worth a mention, too, as that's so much fun.

Who is your favorite comic publisher?

DC, definitely. Comics weren't that big with my friends when I was a kid - here in Britain you read 2000AD and that was about it. When I did come across a newsagent that sold American comics, it was the DC titles - Green Lantern, Justice League of America - that caught my eye and I've stuck with them ever since.

What was your favorite comic storyline/Crossover Event?

Crisis on Infinite Earths without a doubt. I didn't read it at the time (that was during my discovery of beer and girls so comics weren't high on my priorities) but came to it a few years later after I'd re-discovered the DC Universe. Sure it has its flaws but it still tops my list.

Who is your favorite hero/protagonist?

Another tough question - to a certain extent it depends on who is writing the character. Dear old Green Lantern Hal Jordan's always been a fave, though, along with Green Arrow, Power Girl and Booster Gold. I figure guys like Superman and Batman already have enough fans so I'm happy to go with the second stringers.

Who is your favorite villain?

Again, same applies as to the writing. The Joker's a contender, though.

Who is your favorite comic writer?

A bunch of names spring instantly to mind: Alan Moore, Garth Ennis, Geoff Johns, Keith Giffen, Jimmy Palmiotti . . . I probably own more comics written by Ennis than any other writer but I guess Moore would top out that list.

Who is your favorite comic artist?

Probably Amanda Conner - some complain that her style's a little cartoony but for me it works a treat. Other worthy mentions would be Steve Dillon, Brian Bolland and the awesome Carlos Ezquerra, all 2000AD greats.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Monday Memes #7

It's Valentine's Day so how could I not do a Romance meme?

And what says romance more than girls and guns?

Green Lantern, of course, is well known for his luck with the ladies . . . less well known is that Jordan's not the only GL to have struck lucky on occasion:

Enjoy Valentine's Day folks!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Old Ads #1

Adverts in old comics - we've all seen them, haven't we? X-Ray Specs, spy cameras and radio watches: they were all over the place in the old days. But what about some of the other classified ads that were dotted around?

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Coming Soon

And about bloody time!

Browsing Amazon the other day, I found this little beauty in my recommendations:

Can't wait!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Justice To Your Door

Well, my door anyhow. Just had this through the post:

Volume 17 of the Judge Dredd Complete Case Files.

And in manly pink, too!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Monday Memes #6

So here's the thing - you've got a big event, possibly spanning lots of titles and you're wondering how best to get the vitality and energy of a bunch of heroes across to the reader on the cover. What do you have them do?

Charge at you!

Preferably cramming as many characters in together as well!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Flashpoint #1 Cover

The full cover for #1 of Flashpoint is revealed over at the DC Source blog and it looks nice.

The question in my mind (purely selfishly) is . . . do I annotate this series as I have previous events? Thoughts, anyone?

Thursday, 3 February 2011

No Kitchen Shall Escape My Sight

A Green Lantern apron. Seriously. Who wouldn't want that?

Actually, as I do most of the cooking in my house, I think I'm setting myself up for a fall with this.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Green Lantern Movie - Straight To The Red Lanterns?!

Seriously, folks - everything I know about Heroclix I got from The Absorbascon or Wikipedia. It's not something I can ever see myself getting involved in but when I saw an article about Green Lantern merchandise based around the forthcoming film, I figured I'd take a look at it.

The merchandise, that is - not Heroclix.

Yep, GL Heroclix figures from "the most anticipated movie of the summer!"

So we've got Abin Sur, Kilowog, Hal Jordan (of course), Sinestro, one of the Guardians and Tomar-Re . . . who looks a bit . . . odd . . .

Holy crap! Look at that logo! It's red - he's a Red Lantern I tells ya! Sure, the logo's a little off but it's clearly RED! People thought the GL movie was going to be Jordan's origin story and maybe Sinestro's turn to evil but no! If these Heroclix figures are anything to go by - and they should be because the packaging states:

they're dumping all that origin nonsense and tying in with this summers War of The Lanterns!

Wow, I'd heard they were doing some re-shoots but I didn't think it would be this dramatic.

I can't wait for the movie now!

Please note - sarcasm doesn't translate well in the written form.


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