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Batman Beyond Unlimited #8 Review

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Batman Beyond Unlimited #8

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Writer: Adam Beechen/JT Krul/Derek Fridolfs/Dustin Nguyen
Pencils: Norm Breyfogle/Howard Porter/Dustin Nguyen
Number of Pages: 48 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:
These stories are in print for the first time after appearing online.

• With BRUCE WAYNE hospitalized, terrorists strike at Gotham City!

• THE LEAGUE returns from APOKOLIPS in defeat and must prepare for

a last stand against KOBRA!

Reviewer’s Comments:
Bruce has seen many of his allies be injured or die in front of him. Worse yet, he’s had some come back from the dead mysteriously to wreak havoc upon him. However this time, it is different because Bruce is the one in the hospital. In fact, he knew all along what was wrong with him, and just took a bunch of pain killers to try to ease the pain. Despite Bruce’s wishes, Terry will not let him leave.

As the issue opens, Gotham is a mess. The Jokerz are completely decimating the city by using many of their members as suicide bombers to blow themselves up at buildings. Unfortunately, Terry has to stop this but may not be alone. He meets a new character named Vigilante, and is at first suspect of him but learns he has no real choice but to trust him especially after the danger Max finds himself in. As Terry returns home after the mess, he finds his family missing, and guesses they left to seek shelter. Unfortunately below him, a familiar feline friend is below.

Since Luthor’s daughter’s actions, Walker, one of the super-cops, decides to use more of the power of the suit than any other cop. Unfortunately, that does not bode well for his brain as he steals the power of the other cops’ suits. As Superman hides out in his Fortress of Solitude, he cannot help but worry about Walker and the situation ensuing. He does not want to involve himself because of the possibility of an attack by Lex’s daughter. Yet when he enters into “Eradicator” mode with his suit, you know he means business.

Meanwhile, the JLU return from Apokolips in one peace. They know the war’s not over even though the battle might be. With the world threatened and Superman thinking seriously about the possibility of death, he tells the team to go home to their families. This leads to Terry getting his regular batsuit back from Bruce and what appears to be a boom tube as well with some book. However as they all have their final moments, Kobra prepares for the final phase of their war on the JLU!

Adam Beechen brings the threat full frontal in this issue. He raises the stakes on Terry and company, and brings in a couple old favorites of mine to join the action; quite solid work. Norm Breyfogle can just about do anything it seems alongside Mr. Beechen. Breyfogle brings Beechen’s script to life with beautiful action and dynamism, and as usual, nails each character.

JT Krul continues to build up more threats for Superman to face while at the same time crafting a new Luthor for him to face. This one isn’t giving up that easily, and is ready in the shadows waiting. Howard Porter does some great work here with attention to detail, and showing a real diversity in his artistic abilities. He draws a bunch of different things, and it’s fun to watch an artist do this. My only complaint was that in one panel, Superman’s skin looks like it’s falling off. Beyond that, it’s great.

Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen take a break from the action, and bring us some quiet moments. The story with Terry getting to spend some time with Bruce is written extremely well, and may be one (if) of their best issues yet. The art from this duo is also quite impressive. They are able to capture the JLU but also nail Wayne Manor too which is just astounding.
With these three teams in place, I wait with great anticipation until October.


Tommy Zimmer is an upcoming writer of short stories, comic books, journalism/media reviews, screenplays, and anything related to writing. On zimmert101.wordpress.com, you can view his latest work, and see what exciting things he is currently doing!!




Catwoman #0 Review

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Catwoman #0

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Writer: Ann Nocenti
Pencils: Adriana Melo
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:
The secret origin of Selina Kyle! • Major shocks are in store for Catwoman this year – and this is just the beginning!

Reviewer’s Comments:
Selina Kyle has always been a survivor. She does not know exactly who she is or what her focus in life is. However as of late, she’s been a career criminal. She works with some conspicuous characters, and that leads her into some dark corners that impact her.

She is recruited off the streets by a government program called “Second Chance,” akin to the Nolan “Clean-Slate” program as seen in The Dark Knight Rises. Essentially, she gets a clean slate to start her life over. However, she is not able to find her real name, and apparently her name is Russian. She finds this as she searches for her brother who she grew up with in a group home. She begins to develop a friendship with the man who rescued her, and then we are brought into her thievery past where the reader learns of her mistakes on her heists and how she learned from them. Her friendship with her mysterious rescuer proves fatal, and a scene out of Batman Returns occurs which will upset many Catwoman fans. Yes, she is licked (presumably) back to life by cats. She then begins to search for any past signs of who she truly is.

Ann Nocenti begins her run with this zero issue. While I liked the issue, I found a few difficulties with some things. I am left wondering why she is all of a sudden Russian and why she was licked back to life by cats…. While I have no problem with the issue as a whole, I wonder why her Italian heritage could not have stayed and what the licking by the cats is really about. Overall though, I am interested to see where she goes. It is definitely an interesting start to her run.

Adriana Melo does a fantastic job. I always loves when she fills in for Guillem March, and she is definitely the artist to have on Catwoman. She knows who the character is, and can play around with that character quite a lot. Knowing she is only around for this issue, I look forward to what Rafa Sandoval will do after her. He’s got big shoes to fill….

All in all, an interesting if not controversial start to a new and mysterious Catwoman run.


Tommy Zimmer is an upcoming writer of short stories, comic books, journalism/media reviews, screenplays, and anything related to writing. On zimmert101.wordpress.com, you can view his latest work, and see what exciting things he is currently doing!!




ComixTribe’s New York Comic Con Plans

Written by on Sep 24, 2012
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September 21, 2012 — Newburyport, MA — ComixTribe announced today that it will be at the New York Comic Con (Booth #2380), and has released a 40+ page digital download Pre-View Book of show exclusives and content it will have on hand at the show.  ComixTribe is the publisher of SCAM, THE RED TEN, THE STANDARD, and OXYMORON, and will have plenty of product featuring those properties at the show.

“ComixTribe is thrilled to be coming back to New York Comic Con,” said publisher Tyler James. “We’ve had a big year, and the con is providing a great venue for many of us to get together to celebrate what we’ve achieved, thank many of the fans who made it all possible, and strategize for an even bigger 2013.”

At the ComixTribe Booth this year:

Tyler James (The Red Ten, Oxymoron)
Joe Mulvey (SCAM)
John Lees (The Standard)
Jonathan Rector (The Standard)
Cesar Feliciano (The Red Ten)

Also appearing for signings will be members of the Oxymoron anthology project, including:

Jason Ciaramella (The Cape, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters)
Mark Poulton (Avengelyne, Savage Hawkman)
Rich Douek (Gutter Magic)
Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm)
Paul Allor (TMNT: Fugitoid, Clockwork, Orcgirl)
Alex Cormack (Chikara)

Imbibe with the Tribe! 2nd Annual ComixTribe NYCC Drink Draw Announced!

Thursday (Opening Night) October 11, 2012
Tempest Bar – 407 8th Ave (between 30th 31st)
Midtown West (A few blocks from the show)
10:00pm – ???

RSVP on Facebook

For Publicity and Public Relations Solicits:
Review Copy Requests, Interviews and more please contact

Tyler James
tyler.james@comixtribe.com

 

Get a FREE Sketch at New York Comic Con from ComixTribe!

Attending the New York Comic Con?  Want a FREE sketch!  ComixTribe (Booth #2380) Has the Hook Up! Only 100 available so order yours ASAP!




It Starts NOW! – MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE!

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It Starts NOW! – MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE!

MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1 (AUG120546) Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, MATT FRACTION, JEPH LOEB, NICK SPENCER, KIERON GILLEN & DENNIS HOPELESS Art by STEVE MCNIVEN, MICHAEL ALLRED, ED MCGUINNESS, LUKE ROSS, JAMIE MCKELVIE & GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA FOC – 9/17/12, ON SALE – 10/17/12




Your First Look at Chris Eliopoulos’ Variant Cover to A-BABIES VS. X-BABIES #1!

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Your First Look at Chris Eliopoulos’ Variant Cover to A-BABIES VS. X-BABIES #1!

Your First Look at Chris Eliopoulos’ Variant Cover to A-BABIES VS. X-BABIES #1!

Fanboy Buzz is pleased to present your first look at the A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1 Eliopoulos Variant, by Chris Eliopoulos! It’s the tie-in to end all tie-ins coming at you from the rock star creative team of writer Skottie Young and Gurihiru. The Phoenix is coming…and bringing babies with it in an all-out war! Find out whom amongst the teams will live, who will die, and who will succumb to diaper rash. It’s non-stop action in the A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1 Eliopoulos Variant, coming to comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this October.

For more on Avengers VS. X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

A-BABIES VS. X-BABIES #1 (AUG120579) A-BABIES VS. X-BABIES #1 ELIOPOULOS VARIANT (AUG128235) Written by SKOTTIE YOUNG Pencils by GURIHIRU Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG Variant Cover by CHRIS ELIOPOULOS FOC 10/1/12, ON SALE 10/24/12






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