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Super-Dinosaur #10 Review

Written by on Apr 22, 2012
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Super-Dinosaur #10

Rating: 2/5
Publisher Name: Image Comics
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Jason Howard
Number of Pages: 22 pgs.
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: A – Appropriate for age 9 and up.

Publisher’s Blurb:
The dreaded Exile proves to be a far more formidable foe than Max Maximus ever was! Super Dinosaur finds himself under attack by The Exile led horde of Dino-Men! Meanwhile, Derek must infiltrate The Exile’s secret base in order to find the key to defeating him once and for all! But what about Derek’s mother? Will he ever find out she exists?

Reviewer’s Comments:
Super-Dinosaur is one of those comics that is just average. It doesn’t offer much but an entertainment value.

The issue begins when Dynamo tells his cohort to wake up. There is a little anger between the two but then the Earthcore Elite attack! The two men run outside onto a balcony onto their ship. Meanwhile, an imprisoned dinosaur-alien asks for the attention of the young boy at Earthcore HQ. He asks for the boy because the alien considers the boy smarter than the other humans he has met along with having gotten used to the boy’s image. Meanwhile, back at the Dynamo Dome, Super-Dinosaur suits up with some new equipment preparing for battle. After a few cheesy lines, Erin, his human friend, and Super-Dinosaur go off to battle. The two escaped men from earlier begin to ramble about the progress one has made or the other’s wife won’t be released from her kidnappers. Then, it goes back to Super-Dinosaur who is surprised to see Erin following him. He is worried about her when suddenly a dinosaur commando comes and attacks them. They battle, and Erin becomes extremely worried. Meanwhile, the little kid tries to interrogate the dinosaur with no such luck. He defends the human race by saying we’ll see in response to whether they will survive the future strike by the dinosaur-aliens or not. Next, Super-Dinosaur continues to fight as more commandos come out ready for battle. Erin is surrounded as we leave their tale for a moment, and move back to the escaped men. The man with his kidnapped wife is happy to see her again. The boy finally makes some progress with the dinosaur-alien who announces his wish to go home and taking the boy with him!!

The writing for this comic is just cheesy. Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead makes me wish he sticks on that. He seems to be writing cheese just for the sake of cheese. I do not know how else to describe this action-packed over-the-top story that is not only unrealistic in the way it portrays humans but also makes me question them letting a young boy interrogate a giant dinosaur-alien. Despite that, Jason Howard seems to be having the time of his life drawing this, and who wouldn’t its dinosaurs….. However, one wonders if they could not have come up with a nobler concept like Jurassic Strikeforce 5…..

Webcomic: Why I love my father-in-law

Written by on Apr 22, 2012
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We live in a society where for whatever reason two unexplained phenomenons occur…

1) People hate their in-laws
2) People listen to Nickelback

I recently had an opportunity to go against BOTH of these and try to put some right to our universe. You see, I’m one of those rare exceptions to the first rule, and I actually love my in-laws. They’re nice, they’re friendly, they’re helpful and best of all, they share my hatred for Nickelback. So as you can guess, when my father-in-law recently shared a sketch with me and said – “Hey can you redo this but to read Nickelback instead?” I jumped on the opportunity.

I’m not sure where the original idea came from (it was Phil Collins so it’s probably been around awhile), but I apologize for not giving credit. Regardless, I’m hoping I can take a funny sketch and bring the concept into modern time.

Nickelback Webcomic

I know this isn’t really the usual webcomic of mine, but the weather has been beautiful the last couple weekends allowing me to actually step away from the computer and work outside. I hope soon I’ll have another full blown webcomic for you to enjoy. As always, please let me know what you think.

Jack Hammer: Political Science Review

Written by on Apr 22, 2012
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Jack Hammer: Political Science

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Action Lab
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Writer: Brandon Barrows
Pencils: Ionic
Number of Pages: 98
Price: 15.95
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:
Jack McGriskin is a private detective with a strong right arm and a penchant for sticking his nose into other people’s problems.

When a missing person he’s been hired to find turns up dead, he stumbles onto a network of corruption stretching from the streets of Boston to the halls of Congress itself, and the trail takes him back into a world he left behind…

Murder, mystery, superhuman beings and so much more can be found in Jack Hammer: Political Science. The independent comic series by the team of Brandon Barrows and Ionic receives its first ever completed collected edition, courtesy of Action Lab Entertainment.

Jack Hammer: Political Science is now available for pre-order (Diamond Order Code APR120744) with a June 2012 release in comic book shops, and will also be available via Graphicly, Comics Plus (iVerse), Kindle, Kobo, Nook, the Apple Bookstore, Google Books and additional digital distribution outlets.

Reviewer’s Comments:
A prime example of why comic fans should be spending some time looking for indie books. Jack Hammer: Political Science, is on par with all but the very best titles we’ve seen from The Big Two in the last couple of decades. The cast is very well rounded and you not only get to know these characters quickly, but they feel firmly established beyond what most creators, comics or otherwise, can generally pull off so early in a story. Brilliant writing by Mr. Barrows. You couldn’t ask for anything more in terms of his pacing and characterization.

Now, anyone who has ever talked comics with me knows that I love artwork that looks like it was drawn. Anytime I can look at something on the page and think “Well, that was clearly done by a pencil” I get downright giddy. I have nothing against the admittedly amazing things that people can do with a computer these days, but, in my opinion, quality artwork takes a backseat to lighting and coloring effects that weren’t possible 10-15 years ago a bit too often. In this book a more simplistic approach was taken after the ink settled, relying more on good ol’ fashioned quality artwork. If that was a product of low funds, I hope these guys keep working on a ramen noodle budget for quite awhile. Ionic’s work is something I could easily get used to seeing more and more of.

I know what you’re thinking, “But Tommy, if you loved it that much, why a 4? Why not a 5 you evil, loathing, poodle-kicker!” First of all, I’ve kicked ONE poodle. Second of all, I think to give a 1 is to say the comic had no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and to give a 5 is to say I found not a single thing which could have possibly been done better. Honestly, if I were to have reviewed this title issue by issue, the four collected in this trade would have gotten two 4’s and two 5’s. That’s far from a harsh judgment! I do feel the mystery could have been a little bit thicker, once you met a character it was kind of clear where they stood in the grand scheme of things. Also, There was one point where Jack just kind of stood around as something terrible happened to a victim he could have possibly saved and that felt a bit out of character to me.

Final word: When this baby comes out in June, check it out. Look up more online and pre-order the dang thing. If your local shops aren’t carrying it, special order it. I know, I’m really pushing it on you here, but not without good reason. If this title does well, it stands to reason that more issues will be made. And, damn it, I want to read more Jack Hammer!

Avengers #25 Review

Written by on Apr 22, 2012
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Avengers #25

Rating: 3/5
Publisher Name: Marvel Comics
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Walter Simonson

Colorist: Jason Keith
Number of Pages: 22 pgs
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: Captain America has declared war on The X-Men! The impending doom of the Phoenix Force lurks ever closer; forcing The Avengers to suit up and join the battle to save the Earth! But, which Avengers will follow Captain America to the front lines?


When done poorly, an event tie-in comic is, plain and simple, a waste of money. When done correctly, a tie-in book to a major comic event is at it’s best when it not only supplements the event itself, but also tells its own tale that becomes just as important as the event itself. During Brian Michael Bendis’s tenure he’s had to navigator through tie-ins from Civil War, to most recently Fear It, with mixed results.

One of my problems with tie-in books are they normally have to drop whatever storyline that’s been building in the individual book to assistance the event, which seems counterproductive, but much like Bendis’s recent issue of New Avengers, Avengers uses the main event—in this case the Avengers vs. X-Men—as a bracketing device to further the story that Bendis as been planting the seeds for dating back to the respective Avengers annuals.

In this issue, the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, more specificity Captain America, proceeds to deal with the fallout of Norman Osborn’s media attack on the true purpose of the Avengers. With pretty much every Avenger, from the New to the Secret, caught up in the events of AvX, this issue is a breath of fresh air as it furthers developments of previous issues of the series like the Jessica Drew/Clint Bart love affair, which much like the Point One issue shows the two as that annoying couple that insist on public displays of affection regardless if anybody wants to see it or not.

With only two issues of AvX out for public consumption, this tie-in issue of Avengers sidesteps what could have been a retread two issues of the event book in favorite of illuminating the problems and issues that have been affecting the Avengers in their own book. Whether you like him or loathe him, Brian Michael Bendis displays in this comic that the issues the Avengers have been having to deal with the in regards to the new H.A.M.M.E.R (the combined might of the Hand, A.I.M. And Hydra) and Norman Osborn are far from resolved.

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