Archive for June 24th, 2011

MARVEL COMICS Unveils Death of Spider-Man Spoiler Variant!

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MARVEL COMICS Unveils Death of Spider-Man Spoiler Variant!

Marvel is proud to unveil Marvel Architect, Mark Bagley’s, stunning variant to the critically acclaimed Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 – the tragic conclusion to “Death of Spider-Man”! It’s the death that rocked headlines everywhere from NPR, Fox News, to Entertainment Weekly and no Ultimate Comics Spider-Man fan can afford to miss out on this one! With retailers nationwide reporting immediate sell-outs, fans have one more chance to get their hands on this history making issue! It’s the end of an era as ComicBookResources says “with writer and artist, hero and villain, friend and family member all at their absolute best.” Be sure to head over to your local comic shop next week for your last chance to read how it all comes to a close in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 Spoiler Variant!


Pencils & Cover by MARK BAGLEY

Rated T+ …$3.99

ON SALE 6/29/11

MARVEL COMICS – FEAR ITSELF Pits The Thing Against The FF!

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MARVEL COMICS - FEAR ITSELF Pits The Thing Against The FF!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Fear Itself: FF #1 from acclaimed writer Cullen Bunn and artist Tom Grummett! Ben Grimm, The Thing, has been deemed “worthy” by the villainous Serpent and now it’s up to the FF to put an end to his rampage! But do the FF have a prayer at prying their friend from the God of Fear’s grasp?  Find out this August, in the explosive Fear Itself: FF #1!

FEAR ITSELF: FF #1 (MAY110577)

Written by CULLEN BUNN



Rated A…$2.99

FOC—6/27/11, ON SALE—8/3/11



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Rating: 1/5
Publisher Name: DYNAMITE
Publisher Website:

Writer: Kurt Busiek
Pencils: Alex Ross & Jack Herbert
Inks: Alex Ross & Jack Herbert
Colors: Vinicius Andrade
Number of Pages: 32
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
KIRBY: GENESIS explodes into action! A message to space has been heard and answered — but what has come to Earth isn’t what anyone would expect! As cosmic visitors begin to be revealed to the world, a deadly battle begins — and three ordinary people are caught up in it. Featuring: Captain Victory, Silver Star, the Glory Knights and more — and this is just the beginning! Superstars Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross bring Jack ‘King’ Kirby’s creations to life in a way you’ll never forget! This is the beginning! This is the GENESIS!

Reviewer’s Comments:
If there’s an ideal target audience for this comic, I would probably be it. I worship Jack Kirby. I have multiple books on him occupying shelf space, I subscribe to the Jack Kirby Collector and I regard it as an indisputable fact that not only is he the greatest comic artist of all time but one of the most important artists of the 20th century. So I’m inclined to look favorably towards any comic that seems to exist solely to pay homage to the King of Comics. I really wanted to like Kirby: Genesis. Unfortunately, this whole thing is half baked in both the conception and the execution.

Kurt Busiek is scripting this comic (with co-plotting from Alex Ross) and it becomes quickly apparent that he isn’t above borrowing ideas from himself. Specifically, the whole premise seems to be lifted from Marvels, swapping out the Marvel characters (largely Kirby created but Marvel owned characters, I feel like adding) for Kirby owned ones. These characters are then observed through other characters providing the man-on-the-street perspective. If you’re currently thinking that doesn’t sound Kirby-esque in the slightest, well, I had a similar thought. Which wouldn’t really be a problem if the man-on-the-street characters were interesting in and of themselves, but, sadly, that’s not the case.

Our protagonist is a young nerdy chap named Kirby (yes, really) who is in love with his best friend, a young woman named Bobbi. Bobbi is, obviously, beautiful and popular and unaware of Kirby’s feelings, leading him to remark that, “She has, like, nine million friends on Facebook and God knows how many Twitter followers. Most of them guys. You should see the way they swarm around her when we’re out. And me? I have twenty-three Facebook friends. If you count ‘Mythbusters’ as a person.” Ugh. Where’s the Anti-Life equation when you need it?

Busiek seems to have pulled both of these characters, the protagonists of the series and the would-be emotional anchors of this story, out of the stock characters database and dropped them unaltered into the script. You’ve seen both of them before in much more interesting circumstances dating back to, I dunno, every teenage zero-to-hero story ever made.

Though, really, the highlight of a Kirby homage comic should be the art, right? In theory, yes, but there’s a problem there, too. You see, Alex Ross’ photo-realistic, metallic, shiny artwork is the antithesis of Jack Kirby’s slashing, dynamic storytelling. Jack Herbert is doing the actual pencilling here (I think, the art box lumps them together) but he’s following Ross’ layouts and is clearly an acolyte of the Alex Ross look. That look can work fine for covers, but for actual storytelling it’s flat and lifeless (and not Kirby-esque at all.)

So what we have here is a generic story with stock characters that, while having the best of intentions of paying homage to Jack Kirby, completely misses the mark. If you want to read a comic that salutes the King, pick up Godland instead.

DC COMICS – Dan DiDio & Keith Giffen talk O.M.A.C.

Written by on Jun 24, 2011
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Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

By David Hyde


This September, Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen reunite for O.M.A.C. This new series tells the story of Kevin Kho’s transformation into a One Machine Army Corp, an unwilling participant in a brutal war. NEWSARAMA and COMIC BOOK RESOURCES have the first interviews about the book.

So who is this new character, Kevin Kho, and what can we expect from his story?

“It’s really about a person who lives his life under a lot of control and is used to being able to have things in a very orderly fashion. Enter into his life ‘OMAC’ and the events that occur, and basically, he loses control of his own life. A lot of the story is about his struggle to regain control, to re-establish himself as an individual again, as other events are pressing against him,” DiDio told COMIC BOOK RESOURCES.

“The first issue introduces O.M.A.C. and the circumstances he’s in now. But we’ll get some flashbacks to his life before he was O.M.A.C. in the first issue, and you’ll see that there’s nothing about this guy that makes you think he’s going to be a superhero. He’s just an ordinary guy named Kevin Kho. He’s an adopted Cambodian orphan, but he’s not a black-belt or anything like that,” Giffen said to NEWSARAMA.

Comic Book Storytellers - Comic Book Column

Comic Book Storytellers #2

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“How I broke into comics!” Interviews with comic book artist, writer, legends, and newbies from Marvel, DC, Aspen, Dark Horse, Bongo, and Cloud 9 Comix. Terry Moore, George Perez, Ron Frenz, Talent Caldwell, Pat Olliffe, Chris Yamber . . . and more!

Hellblazer #280 Review

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Hellblazer #280

Rating: 3/5
Publisher Name: Vertigo
Writer: Peter Milligan
Pencils: Gael Bertrand
Number of Pages: 32
Price: .99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: NR – Not Rated

Publisher’s Blurb:
When John Constantine gets a call from his niece Gemma telling him she’s summoned a demon, he hurries to her aid. But Gemma is nursing a grudge against her uncle, believing him responsible for an assault. The truth is, Gemma Masters has always felt like a Constantine – and now she plans to kill off that Constantine part of her for good.

Reviewer’s Comments:
Gemma has always been a survivor in Hellblazer, managing to avoid the grisly fate of many of Constantine’s other supporting characters, like her father, grandfather and mother. She has always straddled the line between normal person and occult mage, a female Constantine if John hadn’t been quite so screwed up.

Milligan has pushed her over the edge and the results are mostly promising.

Gemma attended John’s wedding, and was sexually assaulted by Demon Constantine. This is classic John. He let Demon Constantine loose as a decoy for himself, knowing Nergal would be gunning for him at his wedding. And in protecting himself, he wasn’t very concerned about letting an evil version of himself run around on Earth for a short period of time. Something bad always happens, and this time it happend to Gemma.

Hellblazer #280 is probably one of the only issues narrated entirely by someone other than John, and Gemma’s internal struggle concerns whether she will become a “Constantine” or stay a normal person.

Milligan does a good job with this monologue, especially considering we already know the outcome. She still seems to care for John, even though she believes he abused her. Notice how she still takes his advice about not making deals with creatures, even when it’s a creature she summoned and is ostensibly in control of. Although at the end, she proclaims she is now Gemma Masters, what she has done is classic Constantine. She wanted revenge, and didn’t consider any of the possible consequences.

My one concern is the conclusion of this storyline. “It was all a big mis-understanding!” seems like a poor conclusion to a story of sexual abuse and attempted murder.

And a part of me is afraid that Gemma will finally bite the dust, leaving Chas the only surviving member of John’s original cast.

The art is servicable, a halfway point between cartoony and the more realistic art we usually see on the title. The bird monster looks unthreatening, but Gemma is wonderfully drawn with her black mascara running down her face. Kudos are deserved to both writer and artist for showing restraint when referencing Gemma’s assault.

This being a Vertigo title we could have seen a graphic depiction of John raping his neice. Thankfully, such shock value was avoided. Overall, Milligan’s run has been good, but not great, and this issue falls pretty squarely into that description.

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