Friday, December 03, 2010

Forgot about this blog. Maybe it still has some use left in it. Quite a few upgrades since Google acquired it. I may use it in Web Design, since I think they have unblocked it at school.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Movin' on

not a big deal, since i don't think I've had over one visitor since this blog appeared, but I'm gonna stick with my wordpress blog from here on out, and try to make that one a bit more of a conversation.

see ya

http://spencerd.wordpress.com/

Sunday, August 05, 2007

New find


I'm a bit slow to find new stuff out there......and this is nothing really "new" except to me.

I saw an ad for Elephantmen a few months ago, dismissed it as a TMNT-type of thing, then I saw another one somewhere and thought the artwork looked really cool. So I dug around at Tardy's and found a few issues. I didn't read it for a few days, then picked it up and was pretty much blown away. Not just by the art, but by the story, which, in #1 was pretty poignant and resonated with me. Yes, it's implausible and fantastic. That's why I buy comics.

I guess I wasn't the only one, because it appears to have become pretty popular. The trade is out collecting the first 7 issues, but I think I'm gonna stick with getting the individual issues. More fun that way. Do yourself a favor and check this title out, I think they've got something here.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Marvel vs. DC

This week:

Captain America #28
vs.
All-Star Batman & Robin #6

I never thought I would buy a Captain America comic again in my life, since the last one I bought was probably when I was around 14. For reasons I can't even remember, I picked up Cap #1 a couple of years ago, probably because it was a #1 (that experience has gotten old...LOL). Anyway, as I've said before, what Brubaker has done with this title is nothing short of amazing.

Continuing the death of Cap, this issue is a bunch of mini-chapters, connecting the Winter Soldier's reaction, the Skulls daughter and the reformation of the Serpent Squad, a look at how the average joe is reacting, Stark and Xavier trying to get to the bottom of Crossbone's mind, and, of course, Agent 13, the Falcon, and Fury. Whew!

Batman & Robin #6 hit the stands not too long after #5, which was a bit of a surprise, considering how this title has been coming out. Black Canary continues to be a major part of the storyline, and Gordon's daughter, Barbara, dons the mask for the first time. As expected, the artwork is fantastic, and lends a real grittiness to the Bat's world. Miller really tries to cram a lot of Bat-mythos into this series, like Vicki Vale and.....Jimmy Olsen? As far as the Robin part of the title, he's absent from this issue, other than a couple of offhand comments about him. I get the feeling that this book is kind of a fly-by the seat of your pants type of book, although I keep buying it!

The Deciderer:

While I'm a huge Miller fan, I have to go with Brubaker's Captain America for sheer plotting and smarts. Batman and Robin, while nice to look at, is ultimately forgettable.

Scorecard:

DC 1
Marvel 1

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Marvel vs. DC


Just for fun, I'm going to start a new feature called "Marvel vs. DC." I'm going to randomly read a comic from each, review them, and declare a winner for the week.

This week, among the books I picked up, I'm gonna pit World War Hulk #2 against Green Arrow: Year One #1.

Marvel:


World War Hulk #2

Hulk and his warbound allies are after Dr. Strange and Reed Richards. A host of heroes are between them. She-Hulk tries reason, but uh-uh, nothing's gonna stop the Jade Giant, it looks like. I'm a big fan of Hulk/Thing fights, and this one, while short, is pretty good. Romita Jr. does a great job of getting the awesome ferocity of the Hulk across, and I was pretty impressed by how Pak shows the fear and desperation of Strange and Richards, who are almost consigned to their fate. Perhaps it's just me, but I caught a whiff of comparison to the Iraq conflict. The whole idea of, OK, you guys started this, and here's what you get kinda struck me as pretty symbolic of our times. I'm probably reading too much into it, but.... you get the idea.
I'm very interested to see where this "war" ends up. Obviously, major characters like Dr. Strange and Iron Man aren't going anywhere, but even with that understood, it will be interesting to see the Marvel Universe when this is over.

DC:

Green Arrow: Year One #1


Ok, I will admit it, I'm not a huge GA fan. The only exposure I've really had to Ollie has been in JLA, where he's usually been sidelined. But, Ive like Andy Diggle and Jock's work on The Losers, so I thought I would give it a try. The story establishes Ollie's wealth, and his lack of a "calling" by showing his attraction to extreme sports, partying, and the like. One of the things I liked about this issue is Diggle pretty much makes you dislike Ollie, who is pompous, spoiled, and arrogant. I knew about Ollie being marooned on an island, and the robin hood slant, but I must admit, It didn't cause any "ho-hum" same-old, same old reaction from me. If each issue equals this one, then I'm all in.





The deciderer:

I'm gonna have to go with the GA book, even though the WWHulk was quite tasty also. The deciding factor for me was the fact that while the Hulk storyline is new and quite interesting, the GA book took a story I already knew, and made it more interesting and updated.

DC 1
Marvel 0

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Summertime Stuff

I just picked up my latest batch of comics, a pretty ecletic and diverse bunch:

Wormwood #4

The Dark Tower #5

Sub-Mariner #1

Conan #41

Hellblazer #232

Incredible Hulk #107

If you haven't read Wormwood, by Garth Ennis, I highly recommend it, although it may offend your religious sensibilities. Basically, it's an Antichrist story, but with a few twists. Ennis's version of Jesus is really....interesting. The Sub-Mariner story was very good, very in step with today's "you're either with us, or against us" political world.

There's a bunch I haven't read yet, like Justice #12, which I really buy just for the art, and the latest Hellblazer, which got off to a great start under Andy Diggle, who I liked on the Losers. Hopefully he can keep the nastiness that is Constantine going.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Latest Batch


I was reading my latest batch of comics from the past couple of weeks, and thinking about which one I remember the best. Many times I find myself robotically reading a comic, and ten minutes later I could hardly tell you what it was about. Some of that, I'm sure, is me. (getting old? 44 soon....)

I think part of it, of course, is simply the story. If it didn't grab you, then it's mostly just another story to get bagged and put in the box.

The comic that was most memorable to me these last couple of weeks was Action #847. The funniest thing is that it's a "filler" issue, probably to give Johns/Donner/Kubert time to catch up. "Intermezzo" is a flashback story, told by Pa Kent, about a time Clark took him into space. Maybe it's the father/son thing that did it for me, but I found it to be an excellent issue. Great writing and nice artwork.

How funny, also, that I have never been a big Supes fan. In fact, when I was a kid, I can't ever remember buying a Superman book. I was all Marvel back then, and looking back, I think I was right. But this isn't your dad's Superman any more.