Mighty Man #1

Written by Gary Carlson and Erik Larsen Drawn and colored by Mark Englert Published by Image Comics This is a comic that I didn’t even know existed until it popped up in my “recommended for you” list on Amazon. This is character created by Erik Larsen that originally appeared in the early issues of his…

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE vol. 3

Written by J. Michael Straczynski Art by Ardian Syaf Published by DC Comics Yes, yes I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: J.R. didn’t like SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, and J.R. didn’t like SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE vol. 2 SO WHY THE *@#* DID HE EVEN BUY VOL. 3?!? Good question. I wish I had a good…

Grimm Fairy Tales #25 and #26

Written by Linda Ly and Raven Gregory Drawn by Claudio Sepulveda Colored by Nei Ruffino Published by Zenescope Today I’m reviewing two issues of this ongoing series, which features updates of classic fairy tales told in the present and frequently with an horrific twist. This is a two-part adaptation of The Little Mermaid (which is…

SHAFT #3

Written by David F. Walker Drawn by Bilquis Evely Published by Dynamite Comics PREVIOUSLY: Shaft #2 So, as per last issue, Shaft’s burgeoning romance with a woman named Arletha got interrupted by some goons who burst into her apartment with guns, looking for her ex-roomate Marisol. Shaft got forced to try to help one of…

MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT by LL Cool J

Released August 1990 Def Jam Recordings After his blistering debut RADIO was released in 1985, LL Cool J followed that up with 1987’s BIGGER AND DEFFER which established him as a mainstream rap star. In 1989 he released WALKING WITH A PANTHER, a double-album. While commercially successful, and containing several hits, including the classic GOING…

Star Trek/Planet Of The Apes #2

Written by Scott Tipton & David Tipton Drawn by Rachael Stott Published by IDW Publishing with Boom! Studios PREVIOUSLY: Star Trek/Planet Of The Apes #1 Okay, you know I like to keep spoilers to a minimum, but I guess it’s no surprise for me to say that the Enterprise survived being ambushed by the Klingon…

Action Comics #38

Written by Greg Pak Drawn by Aaron Kudor, Jae Lee, and June Chung Colored by Wil Quintana Published by DC Comics PREVIOUSLY: Action Comics #37 The HORRORVILLE storyline continues in this latest chapter titled HOME IS WHERE THE HELL IS. We open with Superman, as Clark Kent, being haunted by nightmares of his parents house…

Hamster Rage #1

Written and drawn by Brian J. Crowley Colored by Rochelle Rosenberg and Marc Lewis Much like Drew Edwards’ Halloween Man (which creator Brian J. Crowley has worked on before), Hamster Rage began it’s life (and continues) as a webcomic. If you thought an undead half-zombie fighting monsters while armed with a big shovel was weird,…

Halloween Man #8

Written by Drew Edwards Edited by Russell Hillman Published by Monsterverse PREVIOUSLY: Halloween Man #7 Another batch of stories of our favorite shovel-wielding and his cast of supporting characters. This time creator Drew Edwards writes all the stories, drawn by an assortment of artists. THE TERRIBLE FRUIT BATS, PART 2 Drawn by Sergio Calvet Picking…

Savage Dragon #201

Written and drawn by Erik Larsen Published by Image Comics PREVIOUSLY: Savage Dragon #200 Yes, I was greatly disappointed by a certain development in the previous issue, which colored my ability to enjoy it. But I loved the 7 issues before that, so I wasn’t quite ready to give up on this title yet. As…

Jupiter’s Legacy #5

Written by Mark Millar Drawn by Frank Quitely Published by Image Comics Previously: Jupiter’s Legacy #4 It’s been a loooooong time since the previous issue. Is it worth the wait? Well, I’ll finish this after I read it, and we’ll see. Okay, read it. As per last issue, Hutch and Chloe are hiding out in…

All-New MIRACLEMAN Annual #1

Published by Marvel Comics Okay before I review this I guess I need to do a quick history lesson. Back in the 1940’s a comic-book publisher called Fawcett Comics created a new superhero called Captain Marvel. When young boy Billy Batson said the magic word SHAZAM, he became the adult superhero Captain Marvel who had…

Shaft #2

Written by David F. Walker Drawn by Bilquis Evely Published by Dynamite Comics PREVIOUSLY: Shaft #1 So, as per last issue, Shaft managed to get out of Harlem intact, despite refusing local gangster Junius Tate’s order that he take a dive in his boxing match. But this means that his nascent boxing career is over.…

STRAY #1

Written by Vito Delsante Drawn by Sean Izaakse Published by Action Lab Entertainment Dan Weller was a masked vigilante called The Doberman, who fought crime with his martial arts/athletic skills and a variety of high-tech weapons. Through flashbacks we learn that 11 years earlier his wife died (or maybeshe was killed, no specifics are given)…

Star Trek/Planet Of The Apes #1

Written by Scott Tipton & David Tipton Drawn by Rachael Stott Published by IDW Publishing with Boom! Studios Well, this is quite an interesting crossover, although not as improbable as it initially seems. In all variations of the Star Trek universe, concepts like time travel and parallel universes/timelines have long been utilized. And for the…

Wonder Woman ’77 #1

Written by Marc Andreyko Drawn by Drew Johnson Published by DC Comics This is an intriguing new series. It’s telling brand new Wonder Woman stories but is based on the classic 1970’s Wonder Woman TV series, which starred Lynda Carter. This is the version of Wonder Woman that remains most ingrained in the public consciousness,…

Action Comics #37

Written by Greg Pak Drawn by Aaron Kuder Colored by Wil Quintana Published by DC Comics PREVIOUSLY: Action Comics #36 Picking right up from the end of the previous issue, the living mist has still engulfed the entire town of Smallville and Superman is trapped inside it along with Lana, John Henry Irons, and all…

2014 in review (I blogged a lot)

Well, still a couple of days left in the year, but I might as well post this now. Thanks to all whom have been reading this years, even in this past month when I haven’t been updating it (but I’ve still been averaging over 200 views a day!), I appreciate every single last one of…

Action Comics #36

Written by Greg Pak Drawn by Aaron Kuder Colored by Wil Quintana Published by DC Comics PREVIOUSLY: Action Comics #35 This is the first chapter of HORRORVILLE. Things are getting wonky in Smallville. Lana Lang is having recurring nightmares about her dead parents rising from their graves as zombies. She’s shacked up with John Henry…

Action Comics #35

Written by Greg Pak Drawn by Scott Kolins and Vincente Cifuentes Colored by Wil Quintana Published by DC Comics I haven’t been following most of the mainstream DC Comics titles, including Action Comics, since the Nu52 era began. I started picking up the regular Superman series earlier this year, starting with #33 mainly because of…

Bitch Planet #1

Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick Drawn by Valentine De Landro Published by Image Comics I picked this book up on impulse, just based on the title. It’s a sci-fi take on Women In Prison films. I would assume that it takes place in the future, although no date is given, but the brief scenes of…

Savage Dragon #200

Written and drawn by Erik Larsen Published by Image Comics PREVIOUSLY: Savage Dragon #199 Well, I started picking up this title again last Feb. with Savage Dragon #193 and have been re-hooked on it ever since. Malcolm has made a successful replacement leading man And now Erik Larsen joins Todd McFarlane as having the 2nd…

The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1

Written by Grant Morrison Drawn by Cameron Stewart Published by DC Comics The Multiveristy is a long miniseries written by Grant Morrison, with each issue taking place on a separate parallel universe. The conceit of the series is that in each universe the characters in the other universes are fictional comic-book characters, and so each…

Django/Zorro #2

Written by Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner Drawn by Esteve Polls Published by Dynamite Comics PREVIOUSLY: Django/Zorro #1 This is issue is primarily concerned with the story of a man named Gurko Landon who is meant to be the villain of this miniseries. He is a wealthy land-owner from Spain who has come to Arizona…

Shaft #1

Written by David F. Walker Drawn by Bilquis Evely Published by Dynamite Comics Who’s the Black private dick that’s a sex machine with all the chicks? SHAFT! Thinking about it, I’m kind of surprised that it’s taken this long for someone to adapt Ernest Tidyman’s classic literary/film character John Shaft into a comic-book, but here…

Halloween Man #7

PREVIOUSLY: Halloween Man #6 One again we get multiple stories in one issue, a full-length story by the main creative team and three short stories with other artists and a new writer. So, as before, I shall review and grade each story separately. THE TERRIBLE FRUIT BATS part 1 Written by Drew Edwards Drawn by…

In December I Will Not Blog A Lot

Okay, I caught up, mostly with a bunch of late comic-book reviews this weekend. This post right here now makes 30 posts for the month of November, which had 30 days. So for the 6th month in a row I’ve reached my goal of posting at least one post for every day of the month.…

Superman and Elvis Presley

SUPERMAN! ELVIS PRESLEY! Two of my favorite heroes (one fictional, one historical). Y’know, I observed many years ago that these two seemingly disparate characters actually have quite a few similarities. And, no, I don’t mean the fact that they were both known for wearing capes. Elvis got that idea from a different superhero. Seriously. So…

HYPER-ACTIVES

Written by Darin Wagner Art by Clint Hilinski Colors by Andrew Dalhouse Letters by Bill Tortolini Published by Arcana Comics This is a 4-issue miniseries that was published years ago, I think around 2006. I started to buy it back then mainly because I knew the writer, Darin Wagner, from a couple of message boards…

Jimmy Olsen #1

Written by Nick Spencer Drawn by RB Silva and Amilcar Pinna Published by DC Comics Another retro-review for tonight! Jimmy Olsen is probably the 2nd-most famous sidekick in comic-book history, after Robin. The character was so popular that for 20 years, from 1954 to 1974, he starred in his own comic-book series, “Superman’s Pal Jimmy…

Super #1

Written by Joshua Crowther Drawn by Bruno Chiroleu Published by Jay Crow Comics This little indie comic caught my eye while browsing new comics on Comixology last week, and it was only .99 cents, so I picked it up. The story takes place both in the present and in serious of flashbacks dating back to…

Superman/Batman #77

Written by Joshua Williamson Drawn by Ale Garza Inked by Oliver Nome Published by DC Comics Retro-review time! Superman/Batman was an ongoing series that DC Comics started publishing back in 2003, which teamed up Superman and Batman on various adventures. It lasted 87 issues until it was canceled in 2011 just before DC rebooted their…

Justice League: War

Written by Heath Corson, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Scott WIlliams Directed by Jay Olivia Warner Home Video I picked up this animated film on DVD recently, it’s based on the comic-book JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGIN‏ by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee which, if you read the link, you’ll note that I wasn’t particularly impressed with.…

Midnight Tiger #2 (again?)

Written by DeWayne Feenstra Art by Ray-Anthony Height Colors by Paul John Little Letters by Vito Delsante Published by Action Lab Entertainment Okay, first off, something is wrong here. This is a digital series, as far as I know. I don’t know if it’s also available in print, but I just get it via Comixology.…

The Supernals Experiment #2

Created by Phillip Buchanon Written by David F. Walker Drawn by Ramon F. Bachs Inked by Raul Fernandez Colors by Santiago Arcas Published by Canon Comics PREVIOUSLY: The Supernals Experiment #1 This issue steps up the action a bit. First we open with a flashback years ago at the Healing Hands Institute, where we see…

Bill Cosby. . .

This is probably the most difficult post I’ve ever tried to write on this blog. I’ve literally been planning to write this everyday for the past two weeks but I kept putting it off, because I wasn’t sure what to say. And, I guess, part of me was hoping that “it” would just go away…

Conspiracy Theories

Yesterday the Reelz network reran it’s miniseries The Kennedys, which I’d seen before, and I rewatched some of it. It reminded me of an article I read last month, which I’ll refer to in a minute. First I’ll say that for the record I don’t consider myself a conspiracy theorist. That isn’t to say that…

Michael Jackson Vs. Prince

Having gone over the pros and cons of usage of the N-Word last week, I am now prepared to delve into an even more controversial topic. One which has divided millions for over 30 years now. Before I even start writing this I know that no matter what I say, someone who reads this is…

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