Friday, August 10, 2012

My Week in Comics: Godzilla: The Half Century War #1

I don't get why comic creators have a hard time with Big G here. His very existence demands bigger-than-life storytelling, and yet previous attempts have him guest-starring to badass normals, relegating Big G to half-veiled shots of foot or tail, if any. When I pick up a Godzilla comic, the last thing I want it to see is the book actually being "Everyday Joe (with special appearance by Godzilla)", ya know?

Enter Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1, IDW's latest foray into the Godzilla franchise. Written and drawn by James Stokoe, the first salvo of this miniseries opens up with Godzilla tearing Tokyo a new one, and it just gets better from there. Not only do we get to see Big G stomp his way through the entire comic, we also get a compelling human character in Lt. Ota Murakami, a Japanese soldier caught in Godzilla's rampage. And while he's not totally helpless in the face of all that wanton destruction (he gets in a few awesome moments, in fact), Ota knows he's way in over his head in this one, and it's that fine balance of heroism and helplessness and heaping doses of Godzilla action that makes this a fun and interesting read.

And man, this book is gorgeous. Stokoe renders the hell out of each and every panel of this book and then some. Every scale in his hide, every wisp of smoke, every destroyed building in Tokyo is done in amazing detail. You could pore through each page for days and you'd still miss something. I bow to Stokoe's mastery over both story AND art, a rare talent that rarely works...but when it does, you get THIS book.

Bottom line is, this is how you make a Godzilla comic. Godzilla: The Half-Century War #1 is glorious, a fitting addition to the Godzilla legacy. If you have to get a Godzilla book, get this one. This gets a 6 out of 5. Pick this up on sight at your friendly comic book shop today!

[SMILE WEEK] Smile Without Fear!

Daredevil #1 (2011). Cover art by Paolo Rivera.

Daredevil's impish smile says it all, and then some, in what probably is the most gorgeous cover in all of comicdom.

Thanks for looking! And thank you for joining us in SMILE WEEK!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

[SMILE WEEK] Say Cheesecake!

Power Girl vol.2 #1 (2009). Cover art by Amanda Conner.

Nothing like the always-perky Power Girl smiling to brighten up your day! I know it brightened mine!

It's SMILE WEEK at Behold the Geek! All smiles, all this week!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

[SMILE WEEK] Simply Sensational!

The Sensational She-Hulk #43 (1992). Cover art by John Byrne.

She-Hulk had a lot to smile about during her 60-issue run back in the 90s. Just looking at this cover, you can't help but smile back!

It's SMILE WEEK at Behold the Geek! All smiles, all this week!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

[SMILE WEEK] Best in Smile

Wolverine #1 (1982). Cover art by Frank Miller.

It's never a good sign when Wolverine flashes you that smile. But hey, at least the ol' Canuck's smiling!

It's SMILE WEEK at Behold the Geek! All smiles, all this week!

Monday, August 06, 2012

[SMILE WEEK] Golden Age Choppers

World's Finest Comics #2 (1941). Cover art by Fred Ray.

Ahh, the Golden Age of Comics. When men were super, women wore bulletproof bracelets, and Batman was allowed to smile! And the toothy, open-mouthed kind too!

It's SMILE WEEK at Behold the Geek! All smiles, all this week!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Webcomics I Love: Power Nap

There's nothing more important to the working man than a good night's sleep. Just ask Drew Spencer, the unfortunate star of this week's Webcomic I Love called Power Nap! (

From the mind of Maritza Campos (writer) and Bachan (artist), Power Nap is set in this futuristic world, where a supplement called Z-Sup lets people stay awake 24/7. Here, sleep is literally for the weak. Unfortunately for office drone Drew, he's allergic to Z-Sup...and this fast-paced world, coupled with little sleep, is taking a toll on his sanity. From monstrous hallucinations to panic attacks magnified a hundred-fold, Drew slowly sinks into madness...until he discovers a strange alien world in-between the cracks!

Admit it, we've all been there. The sleepless nights trying to finish that one project to make the quota. The overtime slips piling on your desk together with your medicine bills. It's a dog-eat-dog out there, and that's the beauty of Power shines a sick spotlight on our life habits, and you can't help but look, because more often than not they ain't pretty. 

That's not to say Power Nap is unpretty. Far from it. Bachan's art is amazing and dynamic, and his facial expressions are killer, making Maritza's punchlines all the more hilarious. I feel for this Drew guy, and I won't be surprised if you do too!

Equal parts funny and sobering, Power Nap is going places I can't wait to see. But enough of my yakking...go and read Power Nap, like, right now.
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