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This Week In Comics 9/4/2008

I start this week’s reviews off with Marvel Apes #1. The basic story is this: Marty Blank (a.k.a. – The Gibbon) has donated his body to science since the Avengers won’t take him and Spiderman laughs at his job inquiry. During the experimentation, the Gibbon (along with the hot scientist) get teleported to a version of the Marvel Universe inhabited by primates. Here we meet the Ape-Vengers and a monkey version of the Fantastic Four. As they try to find their way back to their own world, they discover that this world is a lot more primal that their own.

Written by Karl Kesel, the issue seemed to me as though rather than really putting all his heart into it, he really just looked for any excuse he could to adapt a Marvel name or organization to this new universe. The art by Ramon Bachs is a bit to Saturday morning for my tastes as are the colors by Javier Mena Guerrero.

I picked up this title hoping it would be at least as good as the the Marvel Zombie titles. However, it let me down. Not even The History of the Marvel Apes Universe bonus at the end saved it. In fact, it was just another reason to mangle the names of even more Marvel characters. It earns 2/5 stars.

This week from DC, we look at Secret Six #1. The team is hired to break a murderer out of Alcatraz and deliver her across the country to Gotham. However, it seems this could just be a plot to rid the world of them all. And Junior, the baddie it appears they will be up against, though still a mystery, doesn’t seem like the kind of guy even this group of cold-hearted killers wants to meet in a dark alley.

Gail Simone wrote this first issue of this new ongoing series and he might have succeeded in getting this title added to my pull list. With action, character development, and and excellent cliffhanger endpoint, we can’t wait to see where the plot is going. Nicola Scott drew the issue and we are very pleased with her work.

A promising first issue and we hope to see many more. Secret Six #1 has earned itself a 3 of 5 stars. Later issues might put this title up to regular 4 stars.

Our final title this week comes from Marvel’s creator-owned imprint. Kick-Ass Must Have collects issues 1-3 of this title created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. It tells the tale of a high school student who, after years of reading comic books, decides to put on a mask and jumpsuit and hit the streets fighting crime. However, he usually just ends up getting his ass kicked. It reminds me a lot of what would actually happen if some jackass actually went out and tried to fight crime.

Mark Millar wrote the three issues collected in this volume, offering us a funny, action-packed, and moving story. John Romita Jr. provided the artwork and, though it is not award-winning material, he knows very well how to tell a story through artwork and play off of Millar’s tale.

A great story that offers comedy, action, love, and family plotlines, Kick-Ass is definately a title you want to be reading. I award it 4/5 stars.

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September 7, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, Reviews, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fantasy Cast: Batman 3

We all like to think about what it would be like if some of our favorite actors played some of our favorite characters. The current rage seems to be the next Batman film. Here at Neorama Comics, we’ve put together our own little fantasy cast for the to-be-released Batman sequel. Of course, we are excited to see Bale in the role of Wayne/Batman, Gary Oldman in the role of Gordon, Ekhart in the role of Two-Face (you don’t really think he’s dead do you?), Michael Caine as Aldred, and Morgan Freeman as Lucias Fox. But everyone knows that a Batfilm is made or broke with villains. Here are four we wanna see (well three, plus an anti-antihero).

We think Johnny Depp would fit the role of The Riddler perfectly. He has the ability to be funny in a whimsical sort of way (a la Jack Sparrow or Willie Wonka), yet able to do serious roles (such as in Secret Window or The Ninth Gate). Mr. Depp also has a knack for bringing any role he sinks into to life, something that any baddie successor to the late Heath Ledger will have to do.

 

 

With Rachel Whatsherface out of the picture there is room for another love interest in Bruce’s life. The most obvious choice to us is Selina Kyle, better known as Catwoman. For such a role, Nolan will need someone who is not only sexy, but fierce as well. We suggest Jessica Biel. She proved herself fierce in the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and is 100% sexy. Oh, and if Nolan seriously casts Cher, I will boycott the film and laugh as it burns in hell.

 

 

 

Now that Batman is being hunted by the police, it is a perfect time to bring in his longtime nemesis, Detective Harvey Bullock, putting him in charge of tracking down and arresting the caped crusader. For this role, we choose Michael Madsen. His body of work proves that he is beyond capable of depicting a rough around the edges, hardboiled detective.

 

 

 

 

Finally, since we obviously can’t have back the Joker we want, let’s throw his honey into the mix (maybe with just a cameo appearance, promising of another Batfilm). At first we were thinking it would be a role perfect for Jessica Alba. However, the more we thought about it, the more Miss Scarlet Johanson appealed to us. So what do you think?

September 3, 2008 Posted by | DC Comics, Movies, Neorama, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Project Overload

Okay, so here’s my problem. I have all these great ideas I want to bring to you and I get excited about them. This excitement gets me working on all of them at once. Now, considering I work two jobs, children, and am trying to have something of a social life as well, this leaves me very little time to work on personal projects. I usually do a little bit after writing my post for this blog every night, but with so many projects going on it’s hard to believe that any of them will get done. This tells me I am officially in project overload and that I need to cut back.

It is for this reason that I must cut a few of the projects you might have heard about: The Murder, Readers’ Choice, and the untitled project mentioned about the Babylonian creation story (sorry Nate, I tried to get ahold of you today but you were gone already). What are we working on then? I have started on a script for a comic miniseries that readers of Frank Miller should love. This will actually be part of a trilogy of stories, each one featuring twelve 16-page issues. Also in the pipe are twelve scripts for sketch comedy performances. Once completed, I will try to put together a ragtag comedy troop and produce them for your viewing pleasure.

Sorry to disappoint anyone, especially you Nate (but check your inbox often, I will have character descriptions for you soon). This was a choice I had to make or run the risk of not being able to bring anything to you at all. You can still expect to see daily blog posts here as well. Also, those nixed projects are not gone forever. They’ve been placed on the back burner until I can free up some more time to do them right.

September 1, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, Neorama, News, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Afterthought Review: H.P. Lovecraft’s Haunts of Horror #3 of 3

This week’s afterthough takes a look at the final installment to Marvel MAX’s adaption of the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Haunts of Horror #3 of 3. I am a longtime fan of this underrated and prolific author of some of the strangest fiction I have ever encountered and jump at the chance to check out anything remotely Lovecraftian. The first issue of this three part series was good an enticed me to pick up the second. That one was not so good. However, being the obsessive fan that I am, I have just got finished with the third and final installment. How did it hold up.

Again, Richard Corben provided the story adaptations and artwork on all three tales. The writing on the first story is smooth enough, though the ending seems a bit rushed and the other two stories seem more like highlights (Cliffnotes, if you will) of the stories they are adapted from. Also in the first story, the art has improved from the other issues despite the obvious disproportions. However, it falters in the later two stories. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, H.P. Lovecraft adaptations need to be shadowy and dark – something that Haunts of Horror lacks.

Again, I find the best part of this issue is the inclusion of the original works by H.P. Lovecraft. I rate this issue 2/5 stars.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, Marvel, Marvel MAX, Reviews, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

This Week In Comics 8/27/08

Sorry about getting to this so late. I had a hell of a night at my job. But they’re here – this week’s new release reviews.

We start the reviews off with Nova #16. This issue ties the Centurion, while investigating a possible Phalanx infestation, is pulled right into the Secret Invasion storyline. The space trooper must team up with one of the enemy, Kl,rt – the Super-Skrull. However, can he be trusted. And, sure, Nova’s been outnumbered before, but he stands against an entire fleet of Skrull warships. Oh, and did I mention Worldmind seems to be out of action for good?

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning wrote this issue, kicking off Nova’s run in the Secret Invasion story. The story is solid and the dialog is strong. I should also mention the great character building work they did on Kl’rt. The artwork was provided by Wellington Alves and Geraldo Burges. Action packed and filled with great hero shots.

This is the first “cosmic” character I have ever been into and this issue is yet another reason why. Nova #16 gets 4/5 stars.

 

This weeks indie title comes from indie giant Dark Horse with Star Wars Legacy #27. Now, I am a Star Wars fan and could not pass up the opportunity to check out two Sith dueling to the death. Traveling into the Deep Core, master of Sith lore Darth Wyyrlok must find the knowledge needed to keep his master alive. And he must battle Lord Adeddu, an ancient who once kept himself alive through sheer force of will alone.

John Ostrander wrote the script and, as a fan of Star Wars, I can say he puts me right back into that immortal universe. Furthermore, he manages to turn a story about a Sith into an inspirational tale about confidence. The art by Omar Francia is top-notch and detailed extremely well. Brad Anderson colored the issue and did an equally spectacular job. Details added to Darth Wyyrlok’s ship remind me of the detail on the X-Wings when I first watch A New Hope (complete with rust and dirt).

A good read and an excellent exploration into Sith philosophy with very talented art and colors earns this issue 4/5 stars.

Finally, we have our DC title, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1 of 2. As Louis is dying in a hospital bed, Superman is approached by a super god seeking to recruit the man of steel in a fight against a “reality-spanning menace.” In return, the super god offers Superman the chance to save the life of the woman he loves. It is then that we embark on an adventure that spans across the various Earths of the DC Universe and are introduced to a disfunctional team of Supermen.

Written by Grant Morrison, he juggles the various versions of Superman well, though the dialog can get kind of cheesy. However, that’s part of the fun. Doug Mahnke penciled the art and though a few panels seem off, the action shots and most of the panels with Ultraman are intense. Colors were done by David Baron and he makes sure to use them to bring the story alive with everything from divinity to crazed anger.

A fun read, especially with seeing Supermen of so many Earths coming together. I give the first installment of this two part mini 4/5 stars.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, dark horse, DC Comics, Marvel, Reviews, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cheap Box Review: Night of the Living Dead: Just A Girl

We’ve all seen them in our comic shops. They’re the cheap boxes, row after row of comics at discount prices because the titles in them just wouldn’t sell or their just not good enough for the showcase. Many people try to avoid them, I can’t get enough of them. Sure alot of the time you pull a dud. However, every once in a while, you pull a gem. Such was the case when I picked up this one-shot from Avatar.

Night of the Living Dead: Just A Girl takes us back to that old farmhouse in 1960, where a small group of frightened individuals holed up against a horde of zombies. For any of you who’ve never seen the original film, you’ve never seen a zombie film until you’ve seen this one. Those of you who have seen it will undoubtedly remember the little girl in the basement. Well, have you ever wondered what happened to her that turned her into a zombie or why she so violently killed her parents? Well this is a book you don’t want to miss.

Written by NotLD co-writer John Russo, I was hopeful that this would not be another crap story riding on the cult classic’s tail. I was not disappointed. Rather than twisting and ruining a story that I consider one the best social satires of our time, it added to it and explored a character that was left pretty unexplored in the movie.  Edison George provided the artwork for the tale, managing to strike a fine balance between story, character, and gore.

This book was an excellent find and I only paid half a dollar for it. Featuring a great story and detailed art, I give this book 4 of 5 stars.

August 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Comics ARE Literature Part 1

Growing up, I was always told that comics are not a valid literary genre. Just like novels were considered as trashy reading back in the Victorian era and before, comics do not garner the respect they deserve in today’s world. If you are a grown man or woman reading a comic book in a public place, you can rest assured that other adults will look at you as childish and immature. However, I must respectfully disagree. There are several books out there that challenge readers and ask them to think. This is the first in a series series of poststhat will explore some of the comic genre’s best graphic novels and stories. If you have any that you think should appear in this series, post it in the comments and we will definately consider it.

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Allan Moore’s Watchmen is the first and probably the best of these books. Created in 1986 with art by Dave Gibbons, TIME MAGAZINE named it in their top 100 English-language novels from 1923-the present. It is part murder mystery, part sinster plot to create world peace, and all psychological. Since reading it, I have often asked myself how Allan Moore stayed sane while writing a plot that is so complex that you will be scratching your head until the very end… and end that will twist your mind in knots and leave you utterly speachless. If, after reading this book, you do not consider comics literature, then you don’t know what literature is. This is one of Neorama Entertainment’s 5/5 star books.

August 24, 2008 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, DC Comics, Reviews, Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Afterthought Review: The Victorian Horrors of Old Mauch Chunk #1

I have long been a fan of Victorian era horror. Everything from Edgar Allen Poe to Bram Stoker and Mary Shelly. It is for this reason that I picked up ASGMC’s The Victorian Horrors of Old Mauch Chunk, a miniseries set in the town of Mauch Chunk, PA (now Jim Thorpe, PA). As a team of coal miners discover a cave that seems to have dug out of the ground rather than formed naturally. The Gerard Company, who owns the mine, convinces James Ashton, a scientist from Villanova University, to investigate the cave and strange happenings in the town. Upon his arrival, he is approached by a local crazy who implores Mr. Ashton to leave and take him as well. Before he can show the scientist documents that would reveal the mystery, the “addict” is killed and devoured by a dark winged creature. We are left with James wondering down the alley where the vagrant has just been slain.

The book was created by Michael Bann and the story was created by Robert Canton and Michael Bann. Robert Canton wrote the script and does an excellent job of introducing the various aspects of the plot to us and smoothly introducing the characters. Allan Gallo provids highly detailed artwork with authentic architecture and clothing from the era and a growing sense of doom at the end. Michal Bann contributed what little color there is in the book. You see, the whole thing is done in black and white except for three panels splattered with blood. I get the feeling though that, as the story progresses, we will see a lot more of that deep crimson sprayed across that pages. Almost as an added bonus, many of the ads in the issue are Victorian in style, adding to the atmosphere of the story and making it feel like you are holding an authentic Penny Dreadful. I therefore offer this first issue of The Victorian Horrors of Old Mauch Chunk 4 out of 5 stars.

August 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I See Monkeys

This post is inspired by my friend Kate. Hope it makes you laugh. Tonight I will be taking a look at primates in comics.

We start off with the upcoming Marvel Apes. This miniseries will feature the Gibbon finds himself transported to an alternate reality in which humans do not exist and primates run the world. We are advised that we will be meeting Spider-Monkey, Doc Ook, Iron Mandrill, Simian Torch, and the Ape-Vengers. From the looks of the artwork I found, we will also be seeing a howler monkey version of Wolverine. I’m looking forward to this one.

 

Next, we look at Guerillas from Image Comics. This mini focuses on a troop of Special Forces touring in the  Vietnam War. Here’s the twist – the troop is made up entirely of chimpanzees. The first issue is due out next week and it sounds like it is going to be one of the most interesting war comics yet. You can check out a preview here.

 

 

 

 

Within the DC Universe there exists a superintelligent, superstrong villain called Gorilla Grod. Wikipedia describes him as”

Gorilla Grodd is a hyper-intelligent telepathic gorilla with the power to control the minds of others. At one time he was nothing more than an average ape, but after an alien spacecraft crashes in his African home, Grodd and his troupe are imbued with super-intelligence by the ship’s pilot. Grodd and fellow gorilla Solovar also develop telepathic and telekinetic powers. Taking the alien as their leader, the gorillas construct a super advanced home named Gorilla City. The gorillas live in peace until their home is discovered by prying explorers. Grodd forces one of the explorers to kill the alien, and takes over Gorilla City, planning to conquer the world next. Solovar telepathically contacts Barry Allen to warn him of the evil gorilla’s plans, and Grodd is defeated. The villain manages return again and again to plague the Flash and his allies.

Perhaps no other franchise is more famous for its monkeys than Planet of the Apes. No stranger to comics, it has been carried by 13 publishers, including two Japanese manga adaptions, a UK adaption, a Agentine adaption, a Hugarian adaption, and a Filipino parody.

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August 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Around the Net Today

Thought I’d share some great videos from old YouTube today. Some you may have seen, others you may not have. Either way, enjoy.

This is just hilarious. If anything deserves hydrolics, it’s an ice cream truck.

Does anyone realize that this little boxy R2D2 looking thing is the world’s first cyborg?

This guy is an amazing writer, and probably the best comic book writer ever.

And a show like this wouldn’t be complete without some Star Wars humors.

August 20, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment