Tips, Reviews and News

24 Mar

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Welcome back my friends! I’m alive! So, firstly, let me just state that I know it has been awhile since the last post so please forgive me for that. I’ve been working my butt off job searching and working on some class projects, but to make it up to you this post is going to have multiple parts and be a bit longer than normal. So, let’s get started shall we?

Tips from the Pros

Last weekend, I got a chance to go to the Lexington Comic Book and Toy Con in Lexington, Ky. While I was there, not only did I do some shopping around for comic books and get my picture taken with some celebrities, I also asked some independent comic book creators and comic book collectors what they would suggest to people who are attempting to get into the hobby. Here is the most common answer I got:

– Don’t follow a series. Follow a writer. Here are just a couple: Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, and Scott Snyder

I heard this from almost everyone I asked.

And, I can understand that. When looking at how long series can last, Amazing Spider-Man lasted for 50 years, it’s difficult to imagine how many writers a series must go through. Because of the changing in writers, there is obviously going to be some ebb and flow in terms of quality when it comes to the stories in a series.

So, let’s say you’re a fan of Amazing Spider-Man, by following the best writers of the series you’ll be able to see which issues volumes and issues you’d be most interested in.

Along with that, you’ll also be able to find some other series or books that you might enjoy. For example: Geoff Johns, the current writer for Aqua Man, previously worked on the Green Lantern series.

Now, before I move onto the next part of this post, I just want to say thanks to Dustin Carson, the creator of the independent comic book series “No Gods” for talking with me while I was at the Con. You can get more info about his comic by emailing nogodscomic@yahoo.com.

You may not have liked the movie, but this is one of the best graphic novels of all time.

You may not have liked the movie, but this is one of the best graphic novels of all time.

Reviews

-Hawkeye (2012-Present)

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Modeled after the Hawkeye we met in the popular Joss Whedon Avengers movie, this comic book written by Matt Fraction with art by David Aja is one of my new favorites.

Hawkeye is a unique character in the world of superheros. He’s a damageable person with no super powers. In fact, our first introduction to the character is him falling out of a window and into a weeks long hospital stay.

Fraction has done an excellent job, in my opinion, of making the character a relatable semi anti-hero. When different languages are spoken, we don’t get translations, we get a speech bubble that simple says “Russian” or “Maybe Italian”.

Besides this, the stories are pretty good. All of the issues I have read so far have been self contained issues, lacking a large overarching story, but I find this to be a nice break from my so far 6 issue long Batman story arc. The writing is good and while there may be no overreaching plot, each issue has been extremely enjoyable in terms of plot.

The art is also quite good. Taking a minimilast approach to the drawings, the art definitely differentiates itself compared to the more detailed panels seen in a lot of newer comics.

I highly suggest giving this comic a look and buy.

Aquaman– (2011-Present)

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. Aquaman, the joke of the super hero community. Not anymore. This Aquaman is strong, smart and very much aware of the jokes made about him.

Author Geoff Jones has done a great job introducing our thoughts about Aquaman into this comic book’s universe and helps to dispel those ideas within the first two pages of the first issue.

This is an Aquaman that eats at seafood restaurants, takes bullets to the face with barely a scratch, and has the jumping ability of a young Superman.

Since this is a New 52 comic, you don’t really need to know much about Aquaman going into this comic. This is a brand new start for the King of the Seven Seas and from the issues I’ve read, there seems to be some fun foreshadowing involved with that.

As for the art in this title, I think it’s beautiful. Strongly relying on contrast colors, the panels pop and really help to bring out the action sequences.

Again, I highly suggest this comic and will say it’s definitely worth a buy.

Civil War (2006-2007)

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One of the biggest events in the Marvel Universe definitely deserves a look into. While the series itself focuses around seven main comics, I would suggest using Marvel’s digital comic app to help guide you through this event due to the huge amount of tie-ins.

I personally have quite enjoyed the Spiderman story that helps to set the scene for the upcoming battles in the series. But, following the tie-ins will definitely cost you more money and I’m not going to be the one to tell you to spend a lot.

While this series may be a bit old, I definitely think it’s worth checking out. It’s epic in scale and the writing behind it is pretty good and deals with some of the issues that you might be familiar with thanks to the Watchmen movie. In essence, who controls the superheroes?

So, I suggest checking it out.

News

Just a quick update, I’m going to be adding a new page to the blog for stuff that doesn’t deal with comic books, but that I still think is fun, enjoyable or interesting. So, keep an eye out for the “Cool Stuff” page. I’m excited to say that the first thing going up on it will be my interview with famous creature actor, Doug Jones. So please, do check that out.

And, as always, if you like the blog, be sure to share it with you friends and to leave some comments letting me know how I can improve or if you just want to suggest some new titles or post ideas. I’m always looking for ways to improve.

Later friends.

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