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Godzilla #1 Review

Written by on May 22, 2012
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Godzilla #1

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: IDW
Publisher Website: www.idwpublishing.com

Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Pencils: Simon Gane
Number of Pages: 33
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:
Godzilla is back… in an all-new ongoing series! Duane Swierczynski and Simon Gane launch this ultimate action-movie blockbuster, ushering in a new era of monster battles. Ex-special forces tough-guy Boxer is a man with a grudge and vows to end the terror of Godzilla, no matter what. He assembles a top notch team to take down monster-sized threats… at billion a bounty. What starts as a vendetta could become a lucrative business for Boxer… if he can live past day one!

Reviewer’s Comments:
The worldwide pop culture icon is back with a huge atomic blast in this new ongoing series. Before reading this issue, I had never read a Godzilla book and the only Godzilla film that I’ve seen was the 1998 version (which I know a lot of folks didn’t enjoy but I didn’t mind it) and I also enjoyed the cartoon series that aired on Fox Kids.
This comic didn’t disappoint. It began with chaos and ended with chaos that only Godzilla and his monster enemies can bring. What’s a Godzilla story without destruction? There’s a huge spider monster that attacks Mexico City and brings down buildings while leaving bodies in its wake. And of course there’s the big dude rising from a huge hole and roaming through Washington D.C. with his infamous roar, blasting his way through the city, buildings crashing down, leaving survivors shaken among the rubble.
Two survivors who are the main characters in the story are Irving “Urv” Jassim-who lost the love of his life in the midst of saying “I do”-and Boxer the professional soldier and amateur cook who despite his amazing effort to protect his client’s daughter fails as his past memories flash through his mind. At the end of the story we find that the two know each other and it’s more than likely that they’ll be going monster hunting in the next issue.
Duane Swierczynski and Simon Cane are a great creative team for this series and this series has made a great impression for readers old and new.




Save The Date-Marvel Announces Landmark X-Men Marriage

Written by on May 22, 2012
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Save The Date-Marvel Announces Landmark X-Men Marriage

Save The Date-Marvel Announces Landmark X-Men Marriage

Northstar Proposes To His Longtime Boyfriend In Astonishing X-Men #50, on-sale tomorrow

New York NY-May 22nd, 2012- The X-Men, one of the world’s most popular super hero teams, have always been at the forefront of the biggest stories in comic history; and today is no different as Marvel is proud to announce the wedding that has everyone talking! Today, fans worldwide learned on ABC’s The View, that Jean-Paul Beaubier, AKA Northstar and a popular member of the X-Men, proposes to his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in Astonishing X-Men #50, on-sale tomorrow in comic stores, on the Marvel Comics app http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp and at the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. The creative team of New York Times best-sellers Marjorie Liu (X-23¸ the urban fantasy Hunter Kiss series and the Dirk & Steele paranormal romances) and Mike Perkins (Stephen King’s The Stand) have put Northstar and Kyle’s relationship to the test-and now they’re about to take their biggest step yet. But will their path to wedded matrimony in New York City be smooth or are there hidden dangers around the corner?

“The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window, so we strive to make sure our characters, relationships and stories are grounded in that reality,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor in Chief. “We’ve been working on this story for over a year to ensure Northstar and Kyle’s wedding reflects Marvel’s “world outside your window” tradition.”

Then, on June 20th, don’t miss the wedding of Northstar and Kyle in the pages of Astonishing X-Men #51! This unforgettable issue features covers by Dustin Weaver and Marko Djurdjevic, along with a special “Create Your Own Wedding” blank variant cover! Select comic book retailers nationwide will host wedding parties at their stores to celebrate this joyous occasion, with special items exclusively available at participating stores!

“The story of Northstar and Kyle is universal, and at the core of everything I write: a powerful love between two people who have to fight for it against all odds,” said Liu. “This is the quintessential Marvel story, one that blends the modern world with the fantasy of super heroes in order to tell an exciting story that begins with a wedding-and continues in ways you can’t imagine.”

Northstar was first introduced to comic fans in the pages of 1979’s Uncanny X-Men #120, a member of the super hero team Alpha Flight and antagonist to the popular super heroes. A gold medal winning Olympian and successful businessman, the French-Canadian super hero quickly became one of the most popular members of Alpha Flight when its ongoing series launched in 1983. In 1992’s historic Alpha Flight #106, Northstar became the first openly gay super hero when he announced his sexual identity through national media. Since then, Northstar has not only joined the X-Men but become one of their most popular new members. Northstar and Kyle have been a couple since 2009, garnering a large fan following since their first appearance together.

“As a long-time fan of the X-Men, it’s not only a true honor to be part of such a historically significant story but also a complete joy,” explained Perkins.

Don’t miss the proposal everyone’s talking in Astonishing X-Men #50, available tomorrow in comic stores, on the Marvel Comics app http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp and at the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. And then save the date for June 20, as Northstar and Kyle tie the knot in Astonishing X-Men #51

ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 (MAR120623)

Written by MARJORIE LIU

Art by MIKE PERKINS

Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER

Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Sketch Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Rated T+ …$3.99

ON SALE 5/23/12

ASTONISHING X-MEN #51 (APR120665)

Written by MARJORIE LIU

Art by MIKE PERKINS

Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER

Variant Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC

Create Your Own Wedding Variant also available

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC-5/28/12, On-Sale-6/20/12




House, M.D. Series Finale

Written by on May 22, 2012
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House FinaleSometimes you have to break rules and the series finale of House MD has me doing that with this post. That’s right – I’m abusing my column here on Fanboy Buzz to write about something that has nothing to do with comic books, anime or even a distantly related subject. If you haven’t watched the finale yet and don’t want it to be ruined, I suggest you read no further as I’m about to use spoilers.

After last night’s finale the cocky, arrogant and over the top doctor we have all come to love over the past 8 years is gone. That’s right, technically speaking Dr. Gregory House no longer exists on TV or in TV-land either.

While I was one of the few viewers left who had not become bored with the repetitive nature of show over the past few years, I will admit that the latter part of this season (including last nights finale) left a lot to be desired. For a show with such a huge track record of playing on a variety of viewer emotions, I felt as if the show just stayed within the typical show formula during the wind down on the series.

The concept behind last night’s finale was sound with the writers leading the viewers to think that House was dead, only to find out he had switched dental records in order to fake his death. This last minute switch combined with the hallucinations of characters from House’s past were definitely the right pieces for a House-finale puzzle, but I couldn’t help but feel as if there were too many pieces that were missing to complete it. Now that I’ve had a night to think about it, in my opinion there needed to be better lead up in the prior few episodes or possibly a 2-hour finale.

Viewers of the finale were left in a position to fill in a lot of blanks about the turmoil that left us with a suicidal House. In many of last night’s circumstances I felt crucial moments were rushed and where the audience couldn’t feel the character’s demise. The finale didn’t do a very good job of helping viewers understand why this one particular event would make House suicidal after all the times we had seen him shrug off other emotionally-traumatic events over the past 8 years. This could have easily been accomplished if the writers had spent more time leading up to House’s downfall; however, sadly the show didn’t deliver.

Contrary to the flaws I’ve mentioned, I won’t go as far as to say that the finale was terrible – but I can’t say it was great either. The episode presented a lot of parts to the making of a great finale, but it was missing a lot of them too. Overall I’d say that the first half of the show was far better than the second with the writers developing a way to bring characters of the past back without it seeming too absurd; however, there definitely needed to be a Cuddy cameo.

PS. Hugh Laurie was in “Street Kings” which featured Chris Evans who is also in Captain America and Avengers. Laurie also voiced in Monsters vs Aliens which also featured Green Hornet’s Seth Rogen. If that’s not enough for you either he was also featured in movie once called Valiant and Valiant is also a name of a comic publisher. There you go – now I’ve related this post to comics.




Secret Messages in WITCHBLADE Covers

Written by on May 22, 2012
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Secret Messages in WITCHBLADE Covers

WITCHBLADE Uncovers Hidden Artifacts! Image Comics/Top Cow teams with Wired’s GeekDad to reveal a secret message

Image Comics and Top Cow Productions are excited to reveal to fans an innovative new promotion for fans — WITCHBLADE Cover Artifacts. Cover artist John Tyler Christopher’s stunning artwork has adorned the “A” covers of Witchblade since issue #151. Little did readers know, however, that Christopher hid a message in each of the covers!

The Top Cow Universe is full of secrets, myths and hidden mysteries and no title embodies that more than our flagship — WITCHBLADE! And now, thanks to cover artist John Tyler Christopher (ARTIFACTS, Voodoo), the mystery is no contained only within the story pages between the covers. Beginning with WITCHBLADE #151, each “A” cover contains hidden clues within the art. Find the “artifacts” hidden in each of the covers to solve a puzzle. Fans who solve each puzzle will be able to unlock exclusive downloads and bonus material by going to http://www.topcow.com/community/promotions and entering the solution. But be warned, these puzzles are challenging!

Top Cow has teamed up with Wired’s GeekDad blog to exclusively debut this promotion beginning Monday, May 21. To celebrate a “Week of Witchblade,” GeekDad will debut a new cover puzzle each day and also run a contest every day. Fans can not only unlock exclusive content at topcow.com, but also be eligible for a Daily Prize as well as a Grand Prize by entering at http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/05/a-week-of-witchblade-issue-151.

“One of the many reasons I love working with John is that, as an illustrator, he’s not only capable of producing some truly mesmerizing covers, but he’s always thinking outside the box,” said Top Cow Publisher FIlip Sablik. “The genesis of this idea really began with John’s desire to engage fans and give them more with every cover. And what better way to announce the project than on Wired, the best news source for innovation and technology?”

Fans can study each cover in depth both in the individual issues as well as the upcoming WITCHBLADE: Rebirth Volume 1 trade paperback, which collects WITCHBLADE #151-#155. The 144-page collection retails for $9.99 and is scheduled to be in stores June 6, 2012. WITCHBLADE #156 is in stores this week on May 23 and retails for $2.99. The stand-alone issue is the only one that does not feature a puzzle, and as a special bonus, fans will receive bonus downloads and behind-the-scenes material completely free on the WITCHBLADE Cover Artifacts homepage.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.






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