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Monday, March 29, 2010

Check this Out: Neko Ramen


Why didn't I hear about this sooner?

Tokyopop announced that they're releasing a 4-koma manga that seems to cater to my specific interests. The manga's called Neko Ramen, and it's about a cat who runs a ramen shop.

A cat. Who runs a ramen shop.

I've never squee'd this hard my entire life.

If you wanna know more, check out the official Neko Ramen site, add him up on Facebook, or read some preview strips. It's slated for a June 2010 release. Oh god, I can't stop laughing.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Webcomics I Love: Let's Be Friends Again

March is winding down fast, so why not wind down with another Webcomic I Love?

This week, we'll be checking out a webcomic that's a little close to home, and by home I mean my unabashed love for comic books and awesome. I'm talking about Let's Be Friends Again.

Let's Be Friends Again
I know the title's got nothing even resembling involvement with our favorite four-color pamphlets, but it works. Let's Be Friends Again is funny, edgy and the guys who make these (some dudes named Curt Franklin and Chris Haley) are the penultimate bro-est of bros. And the love Batman as much as I do! So it's win/win!

Go check out Let's Be Friends Again today!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon

When a movie's got a burly, bearded viking beating the crap out of an enormous dragon (that just happened to be set on fire) with his bare hands in the first 10 minutes, you just know it's gonna be good. And How to Train Your Dragon, Dreamworks' latest offering, is exactly that.


Okay, it's not just good. I think it's safe to say that How to Train Your Dragon blows every dragon movie out of the skies. It's a visual treat, with cute and endearing characters, adrenaline-pumping action, and very innovative dragon designs. And when watch all that in a fully 3D experience? Roller coasters got nothing on the sheer thrill of seeing Toothless (the titular Dragon) soar through skies that go on forever, do barrel rolls, and dive headfirst towards the ground at breakneck speeds. I was literally clutching my arm rest and holding my breath as I watched the ground grow closer and closer and closer!

The story is just as great. Kids will love Hiccup's antics as the bumbling Viking wannabe with something to prove, and guys like me will most probably be inspired by Hiccup's intestinal fortitude, taking on all challenges despite being scared out of his wits, but getting the job done anyway. Hey, when you've got one of the rarest and most powerful dragons on your side, you get to brag a little. I know I would!

How to Train Your Dragon will make you chortle, cry and scream "Awesome!!!1!11eleven!1" from beginning to end. And trust me, you'd want to see it till the end. Watch it, watch it, watch it. In 3D!

Friday, March 19, 2010

My Week in Comics: March 19, 2010

For comic fans in Makati, Planet X Comics is extending their sale until Sunday, March 21. All back issues in the bins for only 50 pesos! A freaking steal if I ever saw one! But I digress. It's another My Week in Comics! Let's see what I got myself into...

The last time we saw Nova, he and his pals (the time-displaced Mr. Fantastic, Namorita, Black Bolt and other characters I have no interest in) were about to be royally screwed by a superpowered Sphinx, who has taken control of two Ra stones (RaRa?), effectively becoming a being capable of rewriting the universe at his whim! Flash forward to Nova #35, and Rich has a plan crazy enough and universally impossible enough to work!

Abnett and Lanning does another great job, channeling some over-the-top, old school heroics as Nova takes on an insurmountable threat without batting an eyelash. Mahmoud Asrar on pencils is adequate, but his group shots, as well as Nova's Sphinx takedown, could have been better rendered so I would know what the heck's happening. As it is, the very shocking and surprising turn of events in the last few pages is just enough to make me interested in what happens next. This book is a good 3 out of 5.


And then we get to Siege #3. Wow, just...Siege #3.

This isn't Bendis, is it? Marvel's messing with us. It's absolutely hard to believe the man who wrote the shitfest that was Secret Invasion made an event book filled to the brim with brutal fight scenes, balanced with some of the most awesome dialogue this side of Marvel (Sentry saying "How many gods will I have to kill today?" literally gave me chills. The freaking Sentry gave me chills.). and tension mounting with every turn of the page that I'm afraid people of lesser countenance will explode upon reaching the last page.

And I'm seriously man-crushing on Oliver Coipiel right now. His pencilwork just makes this issue mindblowingly HUGE, I'm forced to use the word 'cinematic' right into the ground for lack of a more appropriate term. You're not reading a comic book anymore. You're watching an action film with the Iron Man soundtrack blaring rocking guitar riffs in the background as Thor pummels Sentry with a strength that could shatter planets. This is comic book art at its best, people.

This book just pushes what can be done in event books to its very limit, and I fucking love it.

5 out of 5, baby. 5 out of 5.


It's a good day to be a Marvel fan! At this rate, I'll buy Siege #4 sight unseen. Here's hoping it lives up to the hype! Do you like the review? Do you think I'm crazy for loving Siege? Drop a comment to let me know and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hot Toys War Machine is Hot

Ohshitohshitohshitohshit.


Hot Toys War Machine from the Iron Man 2 movie has been revealed!

My goodness...it-it's like I'm staring into the light of creation.

Check out the rest of what this bad boy has courtesy of Cool Toy Review. Wallets are crying softly everywhere.

Friday, March 12, 2010

My Week in Comics: March 12, 2010

It's an interesting coincidence that I've got my pull list full of comics about women during International Women's Week, but it's just as well. Fate has a way of making something relevant for you just when you need it. But I digress, let's see what I got myself into this week!

Let's start off with Fathom #10, the last issue in the kickass story arc where Fathom fights bad guys called the Black who's Big Bad Plan was to drown cities using Giant Water Balloons of Doom. It's all well and good, but I'm surprised and somewhat amused to see all the build-up for the Black in the last 9 issues basically boils down to 'Nah, we're just messing with you guys. We just wanted the attention!' *swims away*. Talk about sending the wrong signals.

At least the issue was saved by a catfight between Aspen and Kiana, who's gone off the deep end in her hatred for humans. Well, maybe not a catfight, since it abruptly ends with one disintegrating the other in a whirlpool of light. Harsh, but that and the gorgeous Ale Garza art is enough to give this a 3 out of 5.


Red Sonja: Wrath of the Gods #2 reveals that the story is one big Norse play where Loki, the god of mischief in Norse mythology, is looking for a way to planeswalk (hee) to Hyboria, whom Loki thinks deserves a better class of god. Standing in his way is the She-Devil with a Sword, of course, but with a little added help from a burly, hairy Thor.

We discover a little more about Loki's plot, which Sonja thinks is no big deal. Makes you wonder just how messed up Sonja is in the head if she considers an all-powerful god about to turn Hyboria into his own stomping ground, complete with decapitated men and thong-wearing women, as 'not a big deal'. Walter Geovani's art is pretty good, though. Red Sonja kicking ass all over the place is entirely welcome.

Par for the course, but then again, when I'm hoping it gets better next issue, it just raises all sorts of red flags for me. Buy this if you've already started off Wrath of the Gods, otherwise, it's best left read in the store. This gets a 3 out of 5.


Surprisingly, there's one comic from my list I enjoyed this week, and that's Udon's Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki #1. Now, for those of you who know me, I'm not a fighting game fan. All those button combos and juggles and tech hits aren't my cup of tea (not to mention I don't like it when I lose), but if there's anything about them I'm a fan of, it's the characters. This time, Street Fighter Legends focuses on ninja girl Ibuki, shown here juggling rigorous ninja training with the more rigorous life of a high school student!

It's a cute story, and I appreciate Udon's attempt to flesh out these characters, bringing them out of their fighting game roots for a dose of slice-of-life. The artwork is just as great, and guest-star Makoto is adorable as the violence-hungry judo master with something to prove (despite people saying she's one of the worst characters to play as in SF IV!). If not for the slight story hiccup in the last few pages that made me go 'Wait, what was that all about?', this would have gotten a perfect score. Get it, you won't regret it! This gets a deserving 4 out of 5.


Not too bad for a Week in Comics. Udon got themselves a new fan. Let's just hope the rest of them get better the next time we meet in my pull list! So, any comments? suggestions? Knee-jerk violent reactions? Leave me a comment and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Webcomics I Love: Hark, A Vagrant

Man, time flies doesn't it? It's another Wednesday! And it's time for a scheduled (!) Webcomic I Love! And since it's International Women's Week, it's only fitting that a very funny female is responsible for this awesome webcomic I'm loving, called Hark, A Vagrant.

Hark, A Vagrant is a collection of strips and doodles by a certain Kate Beaton, and the doodle-y art style just oozes with charm. She makes comics about anything really, but what I really love are the hilarious send-ups of historical figures she does, from Mary Shelley's boy problems to an exasperated Jane Austen. Oh, and St. Francis too. He's a bro.

Hark, A Vagrant's got something for everybody, so check it out and tell her I sent you!

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