Archive for March 25th, 2012



#105 – Fanboy Buzz Presents: The Nameless News

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#105 - Fanboy Buzz Presents: The Nameless News

Fanboy Buzz Presents: The Nameless News. In this episode Steve Boyd runs down some of the topics that we just didn’t have time for on the main Fanboy Buzz show. Some of these topics this week include Mark Waid – Bratty Little Sister, Stolen Avatar Swag and The Mighty Stan Lee in The Mighty 7. Make sure to check out Steven’s show-note image in the attachments!

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The Strange Talent of Luther Strode Review

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The Strange Talent of Luther Strode

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: Image Comics
Writer: Justin Jordan
Pencils: Tradd Moore
Number of Pages: 15 pgs.
Price: 2.99
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:
It ends here. Luther has lost nearly everything, but can he stop the Librarian from taking away the rest? Blood will flow, guts will fly and lives will change as the hit mini series concludes.

Reviewer’s Comments:
The Strange Talent of Luther Strode comes to a satisfying conclusion. The issue brings all of the plot to a conclusion, and Strode has revelations about his own life as a human being.

The issue starts off with Luther and his love interest finding their friend Pete dying. The issue then quickly moves to the current center of controversy: Luther’s mom chained up. A man (apparently sent by Cain) has kidnapped Luther’s mom, and he wishes to lure Luther for the two of them to talk. Luther has no interest in talking to the man, and his first attack is presumed by the man. His mother is grateful he has come, and Luther reassures her he will save her. However, in the midst of battle, tragedy strikes for Luther. He accidentally kills his own mother. This anger pushes him to finishing off the man once and for all while the man taunts him about what he truly is. The tragedy that strikes Luther and his natural tragic nature propel him forward to finally coming to the conclusion that he can save his love interest from the beginning of the issue.

Writer Justin Jordan does a good job with the characterization of the characters and story overall. He obviously has a long-term plan for his story, and here’s hoping Image lets him do that. Beyond that, the artist Tradd Moore does a great job. He has a nice swiftness to the action but gives each character unique traits which adds a nice feeling to the comic. Overall, these two men receive a gold star for this comic.

GRADE: A-.




Hawk and Dove #7 Review

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Hawk and Dove #7

Rating: 1/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Writer: Rob Liefeld
Pencils: Rob Liefeld
Number of Pages: 32 pgs.
Price: 2.99
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:
While dealing with their complicated relationship, Hank and Dawn face an attack from a mysterious hunter who reveals a larger conspiracy involving the heroic duo! Legendary creator Rob Liefeld continues his solo run on HAWK AND DOVE as writer and artist with this explosive issue!

Reviewer’s Comments:
This comic has probably been quite disappointing for me since Rob Liefeld took over as writer. Sterling Gates had quite a handle on the comic overall, and since last issue, this comic has depressed into an era of terrible plot structure and characterization.

The issue starts off with an almost unrecognizable (in characterization) Dove. She is out partying in her normal life as Dawn Granger. Hank Hall/Hawk has apparently been forced to take her off to these dance clubs. She has been needing to release her anxiety and depression since she broke up with Boston Brand/Deadman which was when the comic began to go downhill. While Hank confronts her about what she has been doing and they then settle their differences, they are attacked by the Hunter. He is apparently the object of their conquest, and then randomly, another avatar shows upon the doorstep of Hawk and Dove. Apparently, Hawk and Dove have moved in together. The Hunter is working for another avatar, and seeks to destroy all followers of the hawk. After she convinces the duo, the plot moves back to the Hunter where he meets with his avatar D’khan.

The writing for this comic is unbearable almost throughout the entire comic. Liefeld uses a third-person narration, and tells us both the origin and nature of the duo of Hawk and Dove as they fight the hunter. Not only does this take away from the action but we do not get any idea what the titular characters are even thinking. Furthermore, he depicts the villain as one dimensional, and he takes (what I read in an interview with Gates) as his future plot points (if he were to be the writer), and executes them in his own fashion like he is trying to shove something down his readers’ mouths. His art is ok. The writing has obviously caused him to have to rely on other artists (Marat Mychaels, Adelso Corona, Jacob Bear, etc) in the comic, and it is quite obvious. Unfortunately, we do not get fully his great art style that his defined this comic for the previous issues. While his look and characterization of Damian Wayne in the previous issue made me think it was Dick Grayson, this comic continues what was terrible about his premiere issue, and brings plenty more of that.

GRADE: D-.




Man of God #1 Review

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Man of God #1

Rating: 3/5
Publisher Name: Pinwheel Press
Publisher Website: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/706467365/man-of-god-the-death-of-john-morris

Writer: Craig Partin
Pencils: Yvel Guichet
Number of Pages: 31
Price: $3.50
Color: Black & White
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:
When a church fire claims the life of John Morris, it seems like just another story for the 10 o’clock news. But when John is reborn and tortured by the sins of those he touches, it becomes so much more. Burned beyond recognition, John flees into the night leaving devastation in his wake as he begins his search for the truth.

Reviewer’s Comments:
Man of God is a black and white comic a bit reminiscent of Marvel’s Ghost Rider, Image Comic’s Spawn and perhaps a little of DC’s Spectre if they were written by an independent with enough guts to push the envelope on what characters like these should present in their stories.

The protagonist, John Morris dies and returns to a sort of semblance of life as what appears will be an avenging angel (or monster as the case may be).

Making others relive their sins with a touch, I’m reminded of the penance stare the Ghost Rider uses on his victims. For some, the revelation of how wrong their sins have been is too much to bare.

The art is somewhat dark, yet very clean and matches the tone of the story as it unfolds in an entertaining ride. The mob scene towards the end of the book felt a little out of place within this story and we don’t get much of an explanation for it but all in all the writing seemed to be done well enough to entice the reader to the next page in an attempt to understand what exactly has happened to the protagonist.

Be forewarned, this book is probably not for the faint of heart and contains graphic imagery of horrendous acts as well as nudity.




Colors: Batman and Catwoman

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that life will surprise you when you least expect it, or at least that’s what happened to me. I never thought I’d remotely be interested in doing anything art-related but then one day I got this desire to try my hand at coloring. The next thing I know I’m spending several hours googling inks and coloring them for fun. I honestly can’t believe how much fun I’ve been having just coloring different people’s work. This new-found hobby of mine has also helped me to appreciate the coloring process of comics a lot more and how time consuming it must be.

I figured that since I’m still new to the process I thought I’d post some of the fun I’ve been having and encourage people to give me CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM so I can get better at coloring. I’m hoping as I do this I’ll get different input from hopefully people who do coloring, or just appreciate it. As mentioned, I’m doing this as a hobby but I still do want feedback whether positive or negative.

First piece displayed is a piece I recently colored featuring Batman and Catwoman. I found this piece over on the deviantart page for LahmiaRaven. The original piece can be found here and my understanding is that LahmiaRaven inked it, but there was a different penciler. I couldn’t locate the pencils credit, but if anyone finds it I’ll update this page.

So here is my UNOFFICIAL (fan) coloring:

Batman and Catwoman Colors

I wasn’t sure if I went too dark on the blues, but I figured since the inks were quite shadowy that it was supposed to be a darker feel. I might come back to it one day and try a lighter version.

Your turn to throw it at me. Comments, suggestions, ideas? Let me know in the feedback form below.






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