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Monday, May 25, 2009

How do you beat this?

I consider myself a pretty mellow guy, you know? Nothing stirs me that much except when it has something to do with comics, girls, anime and adobo.

Then I heard the news.

A local TV station has announced that it's going to air for the first time in the Philippines what could possibly be THE most talked about and anticipated anime series in any sort of recognizable fandom.

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Seriously.

I mean, dude. Seriously. How the hell do you beat that?

Friday, May 15, 2009

My Week in Comics: Captain Britain and the MI13 #13

I know Power Girl is already so last week's news, but I had to get this off my chest (hee!). Jimmy, Justin, Amanda...I love you guys, but if there had to be an example of how to make a successful first issue, Power Girl #1 wouldn't be one of them. For someone with as much chest-icular fortitude as her, I had a hard time staying awake trying to pay attention to her. Oh, and bewbs.

Ehm...now where was I? Oh yes, My Week in Comics...the comic book review column that takes the time you wished it would take to read comic books and waste it on reviewing one! So what have I gotten myself into this week?

Ah, yes…Captain Britain and the MI13 #13. It’s a pretty unlucky number for this superteam, as Lord Dracula switches his invasion plans into high-gear, making sure that nothing stands in his way towards the total domination of England. It's got some heavy stuff, more vampires than even Twilight would know what to do with, and it's got some throwaway cameos by Union Jack and Norman Osborn! Talk about getting bang for your buck!

If I could only use one word to describe this particular comic, it would be “Scary.” Granted that I haven’t been reading comics that long (what’s 15 years anyway?), but I’ve never seen a villain win so hard like this. The lord of vampires made sure that England’s ass is his. Cutting England off from aid via force field, shooting vampire missiles at them from the moon, taking the MI13 down one by one like a bunch of amateurs…Dracula had all the bases covered. It's that sort of surgical precision I don't see a lot of in villains these days...and if I had my way, I'd only let Dracula have all of it.

If there’s anything that would take this comic down a notch, it would be Leonard Kirk, whose usually awesome pencil work is more scratchy and plain than usual here. And often, some panels would say one thing but show something totally different. I mean, let’s just say you wouldn’t know that there was some ‘holy water carpet bombing’ involved in a panel or two if the characters didn’t straight up tell you!

The ish didn't wow me overall, but I'm hoping all the shit that happens in this issue will lead to an epic showdown of ultimate power. The MI13 doesn't know how lucky they have it. I mean, how many here can brag that they're about to throw down with the Lord of Vampires? This one's an easy 3.5 out of 5.


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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Finally, Free Comic Book Day!

Happy Free Comic Book Day, fellow citizens of comicdom! Frankly, I'm surprised I was able to celebrate at all. My last brush with FCBD ended in disaster, but like that black dude in Harold and Kumar said, "The universe tends to unfold as it should."

But I still didn't get to grab some free comics from the good people of Comic Odyssey (the ultimate Free Comic Book Day destination)...due to oversleeping. And if there's anything I learned from last time, if it's already 11am, don't bother going.

Thankfully, I still had some comics waiting for me in Planet X Comics, where I was pleasantly surprised to see that I got some FCBD comics waiting for me in my pull box! And since I missed out on My Week in Comics 2 weeks in a row (did anybody miss it at all?), I thought I'd just share with you guys what I thought of these awesome freebies!

First up is Arcana Studio Presents, Arcana Studios' offering for FCBD. It's more of an appetizer of sorts, teasers for upcoming projects like Kade (looks good, reads weird), Creepsville (I find the 'mishmash of monsters and aliens and weirdos in one town' concept pretty interesting), Eve: Vampyre Diva and Koni Waves (with art that has shades of J. Scott Campbell, which means 'me likey'). It's a bit sad to know that some FCBD's just become teaser pamphlets instead of full, original stories you can spread around to your friends after you're finished, but that's just me.

FCBD Radical 2009 PreviewNext is Radical 2009 Preview. I'm still kicking myself for not getting into Caliber (Radical's Wild West take on the Arthurian legend) sooner. Their graphic work is just gorgeous, you can tell people slaved over this. From Hercules to FVZA to Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead...I mean, they even got an upcoming title called Aladdin, Legacy of the Lost that looks like it could kick that Disney streetrat's ass all up and down Disney World! Any company that could make freaking Aladdin badass is aces in my book.


FCBD AvengersAnd finally we come to Marvel Comics' FCBD offering, Avengers. Unlike the first two which are simply previews and teasers for upcoming releases, this issue is an all-original story by Brian Bendis and Jim Cheung. It starts with Thor falling down from the heavens looking like somebody beat the living crap out of him and it gets crazier from there! A Frost Giant appears in the middle of New York and the New and Dark Avengers must find away to stop it from making it his personal outhouse while trying their best not to kill each other...and their actions here will have ramifications over the rest of Marvel U..

As per Bendis' usual, it's a pretty wordy adventure with lots of action and peppered with punchlines, supplied by that motormouth Spidey. While Secret Invasion still left a bad taste in my mouth, I found this to be a pretty enjoyable story. Of course, the fact that the spotlight is on Ares (one of my favorite characters) might have something to do with it. And together with gorgeous art courtesy of Jim Cheung, it all combines into a fun comic that should please longtime readers and newbies alike.

And that's the spirit of Free Comic Book Day, anyway. Making people aware that there are awesome comics out there for just about anyone if you only care to look. I know I'll be leaving these babies in the office...you never know when a future comic book fan might pass by!

Speaking of comic book fans...how's YOUR Free Comic Book Day?

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