Friday, August 26, 2011

My Week in Comics: Uncanny X-Force #13

Imagine losing the daughter you never had, finding the deceased love of your life alive, and finding out you became a genetic despot in an alternate universe. It's enough to make anyone go...berserk.

Yeah, Wolverine doesn't really have it easy, and Uncanny X-Force #13 offers no reprieve.

Rick Remender is on a roll here. Juggling an ensemble cast of crazy characters while letting everyone have at least one badass moment, on top of telling the vicious climax to The Dark Angel Saga...lesser writers would have folded on the first order of business. Lots of great character work here, especially Wolvie and Jean Grey. The longing in Wolvie's voice for the redhead is palpable and heartbreaking, while Jean is torn between love for her husband-turned-Apocalypse and her duty to stop him. It makes for some interesting drama, one I never thought I'd see in a comic filled with dudes disemboweling other dudes. Don't worry, it's balanced by a heaping serving of violence and Fantomex and AoA Gambit being dicks to each other. ("Your French accent, it's fake, oui?" "Still more dignified than your mutt Creole, yes?") Awesome.

More awesome is Mark Brooks, together with Scott Eaton, on art. I've always loved Brooks, and his work on this issue is his best yet. It's crisp and clean, he's got the sequential storytelling chops, and he draws mean action scenes. Helping him out in a couple of pages is Scott Eaton, who matches Brooks' excitement and storytelling (without aping the dude's art style) well. It's a two-fisted helping of art that just works for a book like this.

In the end, Remender teases us with the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers, and you'll be hard-pressed to not be afraid for these poor X-People when the next issue rolls around. Uncanny X-Force is filled to the brim with action, drama, short and sweet character moments and awesome art. Comics don't get any better than this. This gets a 4 out of 5.

BONUS CONTENT! Can't get enough of The Geek's reviews? Then head on over to The Outhousers, where I reviewed Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #1, the opening salvo to the explosive Ultimate Comics relaunch!

Good comics all around! See you next week when I tackle the big DCnU reboot! Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Super Underpants, RIP

The writing's on the wall. The DCnU reboot. The leaked photos from Zack Snyder's The Man of Steel movie. They all make manifest the one thing we all fear: that Superman's wearing-briefs-on-the-outside days are over.

Yes, friends, Superman's iconic red trunks have been removed from history. That they decided to underline that fact in Superman's upcoming movie, which is sure to ingrain that image in the minds of pop culturedom forever, is the final nail on the coffin.

Truly a grim day...nay, a grim lifetime for all of us. My future child will never get to run around with a cape and his briefs on the outside while whooshing all over the house, because that's not how Superman looks like anymore. I just hope that whoever decided against keeping Superman's crimson underpants didn't think that he's doing the world a favor. You have doomed children's dreams, sir!

Join me in going 'half-mast' in memory of this devastating event. Let the world know that once upon a time, Superman did not go commando!*

*Okay, so my reaction isn't really as drastic as this one. Henry Cavill looks great in those set photos. Now to wait and see how they'll avoid making him look too much like a certain superpowered Muppet...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Anatomy of a New Comic Book Reader

They're the reason for all the shake-ups, the retcons, the renumberings, the deaths and the gimmicks. They mean sleepless nights for anyone working in the comic book industry. They're both a mystery and damn open book. They're new readers, and their story is legend.

The term "New Reader" has been bandied around for a good part of 2011, even more so with the DCnU reboot looming just over the horizon. Comic book companies are aggressively seeking out these new readers to bring some new blood into the hobby. But what makes them tick? What exactly are these people made of? Let me attempt to list down what I think the anatomy of a new reader is.

The New Reader...

...likes pop culture

His Holiness the Pope is a pretty cool guy. He’s also the last person you would think would want to read Batman or the Ultimates, or any form of comic book for that matter (correct me if I’m wrong, just giving an exaggerated example). With comics these days only being sold in comic shops and specialty bookstores, and the stories becoming increasingly complex, it takes a special kind of person to have the guts to walk in a comic shop and, despite being a total newbie, ask for a comic book.

That’s why the new reader must be someone with their finger on the pop culture pulse. They’re ‘in’, they like movies, they play video games, and comics are just within their radar to get these guys to actually notice them and take a look. It helps that we've got the recent slew of comic book superhero films these past few months no one has any excuse to say they don't know one superhero!

...likes reading

Reading is fun! Who doesn’t like reading? Okay, so there are some people who don’t, and that’s the point. Comic books are a storytelling medium, one that relies on an ongoing narrative that practically demands your attention. Add the fact that some comics have been telling ongoing adventures for the past 50 or so years and you get the same reaction one has when trying to get to the other side of an enormous, bottomless chasm using a flimsy rope bridge. Comic books need new readers who like reading, don’t care where they start, and would keep reading. smart

One of the biggest mistakes companies like Marvel and DC make is thinking they could snare new readers with cheap gimmicks, shocking storylines and the like. The new reader of today, faced with all sorts of options for their personal entertainment (movies, video games, TV), isn’t going to fall for your silly tricks. The new reader knows what they want and how to get it, and if they find something to like about comic books, trust them to keep buying.

...has money to burn

I don’t need to tell you money’s tight, but I’ll tell you anyway. Money’s tight. But for a comic book fan, money’s no object when it comes to their favorite titles. I mean, I’m willing to spend just as much money on The Flash as I did SuicideGirls and 15 Love. At this point, I'm convinced longtime comic book fans like me are the only ones who can stomach paying $3-$4 on a 20 page pamphlet every month! That’s why it’s important for a new reader to have the funds necessary to buy trades or read comic books month in and month out

All these ingredients make up the ideal comic book reader. They're pretty basic points, but as comic book companies scramble to connect with the increasingly complex market called new readers, I think it's the basic that gets overlooked often.

But there's a bonus part to this anatomy, one that I think is an essential part of being a new reader that most companies tend to ignore.

The new reader is YOUNG

You don't just read comics. Comic books become a part of your life. And there's no better time to instill that idea than when a potential new reader is young.  When a kid gets used to comic books at an early age, no matter if they move on to video games or girls or studying hard, the seed for a potential new reader is planted.

Some of comic books' biggest fans started out as kids. George R. R. Martin owe his reading habits to comics. Jim Shooter was into comics at a young age, and worked in the industry at 13 years old! I was a kid when I read my first comic book (good ol' Wolverine #89) and I never looked back. Guys like Marvel or DC don't realize how important Marvel Adventures or Tiny Titans or simply toning down the immature content of existing books is to getting one step closer to getting new readers on board!

Get 'em while they're young, and it's all a matter of reaping the fruits later.

Looking at the list of DC Comics' 52 titles coming out in the next few weeks, do they pass the criteria I set above? Those into pop culture would definitely recognize Superman, Batman and Green Lantern. DC more or less promised the return of done-in-ones, so those who like reading will get a kick out of reading new adventures every month. The smart ones will research their ideal first comic (psst, Justice League looks nice). And when all is said and done, you can be sure people will find something in there worth plunking down dough for.

But what about my bonus criteria? Will the young ones get to enjoy these as much as we (might) will?

Only time will tell.

But hey, congratulations for getting this far, and thanks for reading!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hot Toys Cutie Monday

This is Yulli. She's down-to-earth. She's insanely pretty. She's also sculptor of the year, all years.

Ms. Yulli here works as lead sculptor for Hot Toys, the Hong Kong-based company that makes amazing 1/6th scale collectible figures based on popular movies and pop culture. She's responsible for the awesome and eerily life-like likenesses for the figures of Jack Sparrow and Heath Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight.

Yes, she can sculpt better than you. And yes, you wouldn't want it any other way.

So to all aspiring sculptors out there, if you wanna get with someone like Yulli, you better step up your game! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to work on my nonexistent sculpting skills...

Friday, August 19, 2011

My Week in Comics: August 19, 2011

Not-so-happy endings and new beginnings were in store for me in my comics list this week. What did I get myself into? Read on and find out!

Oh how the mighty have fallen. Zatanna #16 is by no means a bad issue. In fact, it's a sort of tongue-in-cheek send-off for our hero, as Adam Beechen gives us a tired and weary Zatanna wanting nothing more than to get some beauty sleep before her big show in D.C. without some pesky visitor from Limbo Town wanting to learn how to rule the multiverse.

Knowing that this is the last issue of Zatanna before the big DC reboot, Beechen does his best to at least subtly acknowledge the reboot and wave goodbye to the audience before closing up shop himself. The last page even ends with Zatanna in a bikini drawn with love by Victor Ibañez (the issue's artist), telling "D.C. (get it?) ticketholders" to "live with it" as she takes a well-deserved break. Sly, but good.

You can catch Zatanna rubbing elbows with other magic folks when Justice League Dark #1 drops on September 28. Until then, this gets a 2.5 out of 5.

And so we've come to Daredevil #2. If you though the first issue was simply a flash in the pan for Mark Waid, let this ish school you. Hard.

Seriously, this is Waid schooling everybody else on how to write a superhero comic book. You've got a tightly packed, compelling story in Daredevil's search for clues to his former client's inability to find anyone to defend him in court. Waid writes with a confidence I don't see too often in comics, and he packs in as much narrative in this book, even going so far as to building on what came before, making this slim pamphlet read like a crime novel starring a blind dude who can kick your ass with a billy club. A comic that's actually worth the $2.99? You're looking at it.

Speaking of looking, the book also has awesome visuals courtesy of Paolo and Joe Rivera. It's been a while since anybody has actually shown Daredevil's unique view of the world, and the Riveras' creativity shines through in every panel. I especially like Javier Rodriguez's colors. It's bright and fun, just like a superhero comic should.  Couple that with an exciting and unusual revelation at the end and a cameo by Captain America that ends with DD and Cap fighting and you've got yourself a recipe for what arguably is a well-done comic book.

If you're a fan of superheroes, do yourself a favor and follow Daredevil's adventures. You will not regret it. A solid 5 out of 5.

Can't believe I'm saying this, but Marvel's on a roll with ol' Hornhead here! I'll be missing Zee, though. Will you miss her too? And what did you think of this week's comics? Leave me a comment and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Webcomics I Love: Cat Versus Human

I'm missing my sweetie so much these days, what with her on the other side of the globe and all. And so, I dedicate this Wednesday to her by featuring another cat-themed webcomic! Feast your eyes on Cat versus Human (!

Cat versus Human is the brainchild of one Yasmine Surovec, she of the sexy hair and the penchant for making cute comics about cats. Cat versus Human relates her day to day observations about her own cats and the feline species in general, but we all know it's just an excuse to draw cats doing cute, silly and absurd things. But what an excuse it is!

It's funny, oftentimes sweet, and Yasmine's drawings have that style that I love. A complete package of cat drawing goodness! So what are you waiting for? Visit Cat versus Human now!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes

Who said spirituality and superheroes don't mix?

I did, at least, before I chanced upon The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes during one of my book runs a couple of days ago. I'm a comic geek and even I knew the author's name emblazoned on the front cover. Deepak Chopra? The New Age guru, talking about superheroes? What sorcery is this?

Believe me, it's really not that far-fetched. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes sees Deepak Chopra and his son Gotham (of Liquid Comics fame) shed light on unlocking our potential using the example guys like me are familiar with, namely superheroes! Superman? Batman? Daredevil? Iron Man? They're masters of spiritual gifts that you can actually harness!

It's terribly interesting, if only to see Deepak Chopra and Batman in the same sentence. Superheroes have gone a long way to even be talked about this way, and it's fun to see someone like Chopra namedropping Iron Man and Dr. Strange while talking about finding your inner superhero through the seven spiritual laws that superheroes apparently follow: Balance, Transformation, Power, Love, Creativity, Intention and Transcendence. With son Gotham supplying the superheroes and dad Deepak supplying the insight, you get a book that tackles spirituality and philosophy through the world of comic books and the heroes who inhabit them.

Sounds deep? It sorta kinda is. Let's just say this isn't the book you reach for when you want some light reading about supers. Chopra delves into some pretty heavy stuff here. Each spiritual law, each chapter gets deeper and more complex until the last few pages of the book becomes a mind-blowing, oftentimes rambling, stare-into-the-secrets-of-the-universe epiphany of the Self that might scare off laymen. It's a good thing that Chopra takes the time to list down exercises called "Activate Your Superhero Brain", practical tips on how to live these laws in your own life, which include basic meditation and simply welcoming every day as a new day , which is pretty cool.

I love how it warrants multiple read-throughs to absorb it all. Chopra is insightful without being heavy-handed, and he handles superheroes with the same respect he gives Buddha and God without sounding like a poser. There are some times when Chopra's superhero naivete shows through (like calling Bullseye a 'superhero' and mis-attributing a quote by him to someone else), but that's just the comic book geek in me nitpicking. The book is worth the look, regardless.

Did anyone else pick this up? If you're a fan of superheroes, what did you think of it? If you've never touched a superhero comic in your life, did you relate or learn anything from it?

Friday, August 12, 2011

My Week in Comics: August 12, 2011

It's superhero comic book events galore in My Week in Comics! With two of the biggest event books in  comicdom coming out this week, this is gonna be a doozy! But I digress. It's time for the most verbose comic book reviews around! So what did I get myself into this week? Read on to find out! 

It's unfortunate that Fear Itself is a victim of comic fans' cynicism. But can you blame us? Event after event, year after year, amounting only to so much supervillain posturing and superheroes standing around just to facilitate the change in status quo. And it's unfortunate that Fear Itself #5 is more of the same. The Serpent posturing, calling our heroes 'children', the heroes basically barging in fists-first without thinking...

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely hate thinking this way. Comics are supposed to be simple but fun entertainment! But I just can't say that I was entertained by this book. It's obvious that Matt Fraction is channeling something, the bombast and verve of superheroes of yesteryear. There are slivers of over-the-top superhero comics in here, and its a refreshing change from the dull and grim events before it. But it all falls flat, coming across instead as overcompensating to hide a paper-thin plot.

At least the action sequences are appropriately badass (it's been a while since I saw Thor whip out his God of Thunder card), and a curiously convenient but interesting plot point pops up that could be useful down the road, if only Fraction takes the time to write our heroes actually thinking first before trying to punch an Asgardian god in the face. It's like these people haven't read The Infinity Gauntlet before, much less take part in it! Stuart Immonen's fight scenes are epic, though. That puts the issue a bit ahead. Unfortunately, it's a little bit too late. I'm out. I'll have to look to spoilers to find out what happens next. Dropping this book while I still can, and giving this a 2 out of 5.

The last issue of Artifacts ended with Jackie Estacado mackin' on Sara Pezzini while the big bad Survivor succeeds in collecting the majority of the Artifacts! It might not look bad for our heroes yet in Artifacts #9, as the Thirteenth Artifact has been found, and Jackie and Sara...have sex?

Wow. That floored me. It's been a while since I saw a sex scene in comics (not that I'm looking hard for it, mind you) and Artifacts #9 just gave everyone a heaping double page spread (hee!) of it. I'm sure it's a useful plot point down the road, but it just seemed weird. But hey, who am I to question Ron Marz's plans?

If there's one thing going for it, it's that this ish finally sheds light on the Survivor's mysterious past. It gave the Big Bad of this event some much needed depth. Now I know why he does what he does, and I'm excited to know if our heroes will survive the experience. But judging from the state our bound and gagged heroes are in, especially now that the Survivor has gotten almost all the Artifacts, it's gonna be a tough road ahead. Pretty straightforward storytelling, which is cool.

Jeremy Haun's art is a refreshing change of pace from Whilce Portacio's frenetic pencils, but like the previous issues, poor sequential storytelling spoils everything. Aside from the PG-13 sex scene, everything else lacked the oomph of excitement or the clarity needed to sell the drama of Marz's words. It's all plain, and plain isn't what you pay $3.99 for.

At the very least, Artifacts is doing something exciting for the Image universe. Three more issues to go! This one is a 3 out of 5.

Not that good of a week, but man if that Thor-Hulk fight right there didn't give me goosebumps. So what do you think of events? Leave me a comment below and let's talk about it. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Top 5 Most Badass Autobot Names

Welcome to our two-part celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie! We've taken a look at the top 5 most badass Decepticon names (which wasn't a walk in the park, I assure you!). Now let's count down the top 5 most badass names in the ranks of the heroic Autobots! We count them down so you won't have to!

5. Ironhide

Our top 5 most badass Autobot name is a familiar one, belonging to one of the iconic and badass Transformers out there. Ironhide is the gruff weapons specialist for the Autobots. He's built for war, and he's got the scars to prove it. The dude just sounds invincible (just don't tell movieverse Ironhide that), and is practically the robotic equivalent of R. Lee Ermey. Can you expect anything else from a robot named Ironhide?

4. Boss

Look at that name. There's no getting around it. It's that badass. Even the simple act of introducing himself sounds like a declaration of awesomeness."Hello. I'm Boss." Aww yeah.

Boss is the subcommander of the Turbomasters, Autobot cars whose engines transform into powerful weapons. Even his car mode (a futuristic Batmobile car) is boss, and his toy's weapon can shoot missiles like a boss. I should know. I almost took my sister's eye out with it when we were kids. Now that's boss!

3. Grindcore

Our third most badass Autobot name belongs to a 'bot who was flashing devil signs the day he was born. The name Grindcore evokes the image of ears bleeding over distorted guitar riffs and blast beats, and the Autobot named after it rocks just as hard. The Autobot known as Grindcore first appeared in the comic book adaptation of the first live-action Transformers movie, and even got a badass toy out of the deal. But even a heavy metal name like Grindcore pales in comparison to...

2. Grimlock

The worst thing a Decepticon can do on this earth is to call a giant robot that turns into a metal T-rex named Grimlock "stupid". And our second most badass Autobot name agrees. Grimlock is the leader of the heroic Dinobots, who are basically robot dinosaurs, which are basically the best things ever. Grimlock may be a little slow on the uptake, and would just as quickly stomp on his fellow Autobots as well as Decepticons, but you can't deny the appeal of a child-like, hulking brute of a robot whose name reminds every Decepticon out there that there's an Autobot willing and able to tear them a new exhaust port.

1. Omega Supreme

The most badass name in the Autobot ranks is fittingly owned by one of the biggest to ever exist. Omega Supreme is built like a citybot and armed like a battleship, perfect for his role as the last line of defense for the Autobots. It's a name so badass, you could put it on anything and its badass quotient ups 500%. Call your beat-up Corolla Omega Supreme and watch yourself rule the road. You could name your child this and watch bullies squirm at the mere mention of his name. Win-win for the Autobot with the most badass name ever!

That's our top 5 Autobots with the most badass names. I hope you enjoyed our double-feature here on Top 5 Thursdays, and I hope you join Transfans all over the world in celebrating all things Transformers! Thanks for reading!

Top 5 Most Badass Decepticon Names

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the premiere of The Transformers: The Movie, the movie that introduced us to Unicron, Galvatron, dead Optimus and rockin' Stan Bush! To celebrate this momentous occasion, I scoured the Ark's archives for the most badass Transformers codenames ever!

The Transformers, in its 25+ year history, has had its share of badass names. You could never really forget a name like Optimus Prime or Tryptichon, and so we celebrate the names of the Transformers who, when pressed for an introduction, need only to say their name once!And since it's like choosing your favorite children, I'm breaking down this countdown into two parts, one for the Autobots and one for the Decepticons.

So let's start with those dastardly Decepticons! Which names evoke the most badassitude? I ranked them now so you won't have to!

Oh, and you know what I learned from all this? Pretenders get the most badass names.

5. Octopunch

If you don't think this name is badass enough, I pity your lack of imagination. It's names like these that made Saturday afternoons worth living, as you imagine an evil robot that dresses up as a deep-sea diver from hell punching his enemies twice in the solar plexus, twice in the back of the head and four times in the face for good measure.

4. Skullgrin

Autobot nightmares almost always involve Skullgrin here, our top 4 most badass Decepticon name ever. There's no redeeming factor to a name like Skullgrin, nothing you can spin as cuddly or cute about it. The name is just straight-up scary. It doesn't help that his Pretender shell is basically the stuff you check your closets every night for: a demonic barbarian sporting a bleached white skull with devil horns for a head. That's okay, robots don't need sleep anyway.

3. Gutcruncher

Oh Gutcruncher, you so badass. With a name like that, your reputation certainly precedes you. I don't even know what a Gutcruncher is. Does he have abs? Is it a new exercise machine that blasts your abs and obliques? I bet this Decepticon doesn't care. He's a robot that drives his very own fighter jet.

A Transformer. Who drives a fighter jet. I love Transformers so much.

2. Hun-gurr

Whoever thought up of this name hopefully got a raise, a bonus, and a nice Boracay vacation for his whole family. There's no other name in the Decepticon ranks that evoke as much badass as Hun-gurrr here. I mean, he's both hungry AND angry! Two sins for the price of one! As a Terrorcon, he likes to nibble on Autobots while feasting on the spoils of the Great War, all while sitting pretty with a name any 80's kid would wish he was born with. But they might change their mind with our Top 1...

1. Bruticus

Bruticus claims the dubious title of most badass Decepticon name, for no better reason than the name is nothing short of brutal. He's the sum total of the Combaticon combiner team, and his name sounds like a sadistic Roman gladiator. He's one of the strongest Transformers ever, and Autobots pray to Primus that the Combaticons don't feel like combining during one of their daily skirmishes. A giant homicidal Transformer composed of army vehicles deserve a name like Bruticus, and certainly deserve the title of most badass Decepticon name ever!

And those are our top 5 badass Decepticon names. These evil robots may have gotten the short end of the goodness stick, but they more than made up for it with names only a sick and twisted Megatron would love!

Stay tuned for the part 2, with our top 5 badass Autobot names! Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 05, 2011

My Week in Comics: August 5, 2011

I love me some ladies, and it seems my week in comics agrees with me! So what did I get myself into this week? Step up, hunker down and start reading to find out!

X-23 #13 sees Laura going back to New York to search for clues to her past. Just in time, because a malevolent being is about to make The Big Apple's his deadly playground!

A sorta weird issue IMO, but maybe that's because the Future Foundation (formerly the Fantastic Four) makes a cameo in this ish. I always seem to break out into hives when those low-key books dip back into the main Marvel U. At least X-23 and Spidey's interaction is sorta kinda cute, but Marjorie Liu just used up her allotted pages to set up a new big bad for Laura to confront, and not much else. To be continued, indeed. At least Phil Noto's art is nice, and that's all I can say about that. This one's a 2.5 out of 5.

After falling out with her coach last issue, Mill Collins is swept off her feet by handsome coach/agent Cal. But is there something her new boy toy isn't telling her? And will Mill Collins ever prove she's got what it takes to be a tennis pro? 15 Love #3, which came out this week, has all the answers.

I just realized my buying of 15 Love amounted to very expensive curiosity. It's a story that's been on bank for years, which they decided to release as three double-sized issues instead of a graphic novel. The wait between months didn't hurt, at least Andi Watson made sure the drama was interesting enough to make you come back for more. I feel sorry for Mill here, surrounded by vested interests who didn't make a difference one iota on her training to be a better tennis player. It did show that Mill had the drive within her, and that she only had to believe in herself to let it all out.

Pretty inspiring stuff. The focus, though, was all over the place. I didn't have time to care about a plot point when a new one crops up in its place. It just feels a bit rushed. At least Tommy Ohtsuka did a great job making Austen's script exciting visually.

It was fun while it lasted. 15 Love may not be remembered for much, but if you're into tennis mixed with a little bit of high school drama, this is as good as it will get. This gets a 3 out of 5.

As far as fanservice is concerned, SuicideGirls #4 delivers. Just when you think it couldn't get any crazier, or naked-er, the final issue of this mini-series just lets it all out in one all-out rescue mission that lives up to their name!

What can I say? I love nicely drawn chicks kicking ass, and this book delivers on that aspect. Sure, the rest of the book doesn't make a lick of sense once you think about it too much...but then again, you're reading a comic that's got naked, pierced and tattooed girls engaging cyborgs and maniacal cult leaders in fisticuffs. Series writer Brea Grant rolled with the concept, and I appreciate her giving us at least a few surprises that might have made me go WTF, but got me glued to the page nonetheless.

Oh man, what am I saying? This is teetering towards the 'turn off your brain' category, a term I absolutely abhor with all of my heart! But look past that, and it's a satisfying finale to a pretty simple story, made more awesome by David Hahn on art. Every page is sexy, tongue-in-cheek and well-drawn. Best looking book this week.

It feels weird saying this, but this book was having fun. Crazy, beautifully drawn fun, but fun nonetheless. This is a neat and quick ending to a mini-series that defied expectations, just like the girls the book's named after. This is a 4 out of 5.

Another week saved by half-naked women with piercings! Agree? Disagree? Want to connect with the other guy who bought an issue of 15 Love? Leave me a comment and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

WTF Comic-Related Search Keyword of the Day

So I was checking out my blog's stats in my Blogger dashboard when I saw in the Search Keywords section, mixed with the usual geek and thor movie hammer searches, the single search term "zatanna" "toilet" "paul dini".

I don't know what's more messed up, that I might have posted something in this blog that contains these altogether disparate elements.or the fact that someone searched for this and might have actually found what he was looking for. Zatanna...and a toilet?

I don't even want to know what those "suspicious quotation marks" are for.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Webcomics I Love: Tozo - The Public Servant

Welcome to another installment of Webcomics I Love! This week, get ready to get lost in the world of Tozo, The Public Servant! (

When Detective Inspector Tozo is asked to investigate the murder of an employee of the Financial Exchange, he has little idea that the trail will lead him into a shadowy and deadly world of political intrigue, smuggling and religious conspiracy.

I'm a sucker for detective stories, and Tozo's mystery's got me hooked. But Tozo isn't just a detective story. It's also the story of this amazing world where the past and future collide. It's a place where automatons (read: robots) walk the streets and steam-powered ships soar the skies, with a little bit of intrigue spliced in between. It's all terribly interesting, and the art has that Hergé flourish that fits the story so well.

So what are you waiting for? Start bookmarking Tozo now! 
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