29 February 2008

Friday Night Fights: Knockout Round 9

After a brief hiatus, I'm back in the fight. Can't stay away from Bahlactus for long. He'll hunt you down! First, a bit of backstory for tonight's contender: St. Augustine!

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "No way this man of the cloth is gonna last the round." Shows what you know, sucka!

See, he has the pointy hat and all. He's ready to rumble!

Just be patient. I'm going somewhere with this.....

See? Toldja! You don't mess with a man of God, you hear?

From Action Philosophers Giant Size Thing - vol. 1 by Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey

28 February 2008

Garfield Minus Garfield

Check this out: Garfield minus Garfield. It is what it says it is, a Garfield comic strip without Garfield or that stupid dog. Just Jon seemingly talking to himself and that makes the strip even funnier. Or I should say, funny, since I never really found Garfield even slightly amusing (I preferred Bloom County myself). These are, as the site creator says at the top of the page, "even better comic[s] about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life," when Garfield is removed from the panels.

Now someone do the same with Beetle Bailey.

27 February 2008

Hulk #2

So in this issue, the crimson-tinted Hulk has to....aww, who gives a damn? They lost me at Jeph Loeb.

Mini Review - Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock Knock Jokes HC

Aaaannnd I'm back. I told you I'll be back in February. I didn't say when in February, did I? Hah! Just had to sort out some personal stuff and then decided to take some time off from blogging. Because I can. But I'm back and there is much rejoicing across the land. What have I been reading this past few days? This:

It collects the first seven issues of Harley's own series, written by Karl "12 parsecs" Kesel and art by Terry and Rachel Dodson. In this collection, Harley decides to go solo after Joker tries to kill her, tangles with Two-Face, have a girls' night out with some of DC's femme fatales, recruits a Joker wannabe into her gang and tries to rob Wayne Manor. Fun!

I like Kesel's plots. And here I thought he was just a kick ass inker. Nothing ground breaking here, I admit, but writing an entertaining comic book story isn't as easy as you would think. If it was, I'd be doing it myself. The Dodson's art is solid. I've never seen their work before this and it reminds me a little of the late Mike Weiringo and that's no bad thing.

Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock Knock Jokes is a nice collection that a Bat-fan should own. A bit overpriced perhaps ($25 for seven issues) but who buys at retail price anyway? Or you could wait for the softcover version.

And that's my mini review. Yeah, it isn't much...I'm still rusty from taking a couple weeks off.

12 February 2008

Steve Gerber Is Dead.

From Comic Book Resources.com:

"Legendary comics writer Steve Gerber passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2008, due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. He was 60-years-old.

Best known for his creation Howard the Duck, Gerber was responsible for many of the memorable characters of the 1970s including Omega the Unknown, Man-Thing and Shanna the She-Devil. In the last two decades, Gerber authored celebrated Marvel Comics stories including runs on “Sub-Mariner,” “Daredevil” and “Defenders.” DC Comics published Gerber’s creator-owned works “Nevada” and “Hard Time,” both of which were met with considerable critical acclaim.

In television, Gerber was a writer and story editor on such lauded series as “The Transformers” and “G.I. Joe.” He created “Thundarr the Barbarian,” and in 1998 shared a Daytime Emmy Award for his work on “The New Batman/Superman Adventures.”

Prior to his death, Gerber was writing “Countdown to Mystery: Doctor Fate” for DC Comics.

Arrgh! Man-Boobs!

Y'know, I've never really hated Rob Liefeld's art back when I was collecting comics. He wasn't my favourite but he wasn't at the bottom of my list either. But Damn!, this pin-up of Captain America gave me nightmares when I first saw it. This should have a caption at the bottom, "Look, kids! Just say "NO" to drugs. I didn't and look what happened!"

(yeah, I haven't been updating this blog as often as I should. Sorry.)

04 February 2008

With A Surname Like That, Of Course He Had To Be A Doctor

I bet none of his students dare to skip his classes. Homeland Security should keep an eye on this guy. Find out what he does in his spare time. I'm thinking "dabbling in the Dark Arts" is a favourite.

03 February 2008

Reed Richards, Super-Genius...Terrible Memory

Okay, what is wrong with this panel from issue #20 of Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby? Give up?

By issue #20, the FF have met the Skrulls, Kurrgo, master of Planet X, Uatu the Watcher, the Impossible Man and a time-travelling Pharaoh....and Reed thinks a meteor that crash landed on a farm is proof that there is life in outer space???