Thursday, July 28, 2011

And Now, Your Moment of Zen

My Little Skystriker: Firepower is Magic!

Shout out to Viciousvinyltoys over at for making this awesome 80s mashup!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What Looks Good?

Yeah, it's hot all over the country?  You know what?  This is NORMAL WEATHER down here!  So grab some comics and chill out!

Strange Case of Mr. Hyde #4 -- I have very much enjoyed this detective story with Henry Jekyll helping to track down Jack The Ripper.  I know, big shock.

Action Comics #903 -- DOOMSLAYER!  Sounds like the most awesome heavy metal band ever.

Heroes of the DCU Hawk Bust -- Not getting this bust if there ever was a character who utilizes the term "bust" in his crime fighting, it's Hawk.  (No, not THAT definition of "bust," the other one.)

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #5 -- King Ghidorah?  Perhaps?  Maybe?

Charmed #12 -- The battle continues against The First Witch!

Futurama Comics #56 -- What news do these intrepid explorers bring of the far-flung future?!

Terminator/Robocop: Kill Human #1 -- You know at some point I should track down the original Robocop vs Terminator.

So, what looks good to YOU?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Is The Popemobile Catholic?

I don't think these guys are out yet, but once they are I am SO buying them -- die cast Pope Pinion IV and Popemobile from Cars 2.  

Thursday, July 21, 2011

We Must Resist! After All, It's Our Phyiscal Nature.

We call this "electrical engineering humor."

Yeah, I know.  We had better not quit our day jobs.  (I'm a Controls engineer though, so I'm in the clear.)

You can get this "Resist" T-shirt at today and today only.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What Looks Good?

Before going to the theater to see Captain America, be sure to buy your comics!

DC Retroactive -- The Flash: The 70s /Wonder Woman: The 70s -- Decided to get these two as much for the new stories as the reprints!

Justice League of America #59 -- Eclipso just sliced the moon in half.  So this should be rough going for the Earth!

Tiny Titans #42 -- Young Bizarros in LOVE!  Yuck!

GI Joe: A Real American Hero #168 -- The Joes mission to the arctic gets even rougher!

Invincible Iron Man #506 -- Paris is a stone wasteland thanks to the Grey Gargoyle, but is Tony in danger of losing a battle against his will?

Iron Man 2.0 #7 -- *sigh* Something about Chinese demons or something.  Very much related to War Machine.  Right?

Darkwing Duck #14 -- The Duck Knight is facing all sorts of problems but crimefighting waits for no man!

So, what looks good to YOU?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Garbageman and Tanga Will Return

Not thrilled that I have to wait until the fall, but hey, Garbageman and Tanga!

On sale OCTOBER 12 • 1 of 6, 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The adventures of Garbage Man and Tanga from WEIRD WORLDS continue – and now, these offbeat heroes are joined by the Robotman, who has a disturbing knack for self-destruction!

Sounds good to me!

You can check out the rest of the second wave of "DCnU" (ugh) solicits over at Newsarama.

Monday, July 18, 2011

4 Color Cinema: Thor

This past Friday, my wife and I (along with our 3 month old son) finally got a chance to see Thor, thanks to the Carmike Wynsong discount theater up in Spartanburg.  It's hard for both of us to go to the movies together so this was a real treat.  Did our date pay off?  Very much so!

The story is straightforward (as befitting a film version of Thor): After an ill-thought out attack on the Frost Giants leads to a declaration of war, arrogant Thor is cast out of Asgard by Odin.  Trapped on Earth, Thor is unable to stop the machinations of his devious brother Loki, who plots threaten Asgard, Earth, and all of the Nine Realms.  Thor must prove himself worthy and reclaim his power to save the day.

I'm not a Thor fan by any means.  I have read lots of him in Avengers, but I have never read his solo series.  My brother read him some as a young man but moved on to The Punisher early on.  So I am going in with only the barest of non-blank slates on the character.  I know the basics but the details are an unknown for me.  So, coming from that background, this film really delivered the goods.  It set up the backstory without bogging everything down, brings some awesome action sequences, and brings the grandiose operatic style appropriate for the drama of the gods on Asgard.  We get everything from the Marvel version of King Lear to Thor walking into a pet shop in New Mexico demanding a horse, plus a cameo from Hawkeye.  This is a grand film on many levels, which left me very satisfied as a viewer.

The cast didn't have any real weak points that I could find.  Chris Hemsworth did a fine job as Thor, showcasing both his youthful hot-bloodedness as well as noblity and even a little humility.  Natalie Portman's Jane Foster was a good supporting character, and she's as cute as ever.  Loki was played by Tom Hiddleston with a very strong sense of conviction of actions, and really shines.  And Anthony Hopkins as Odin seems pretty obvious but it works very well.  There's some overacting in there, but as I said this is operatic, so that's alright.  It helps to differentiate the tone from the Asgard scenes and Earth scenes.  This is a solid cast and hopefully at least some of them will make a reappearance in The Avengers (besides Thor of course).

As far as complaints, I don't have many.  The film lacks any of the real world relevance of Iron Man, but then again, this is Thor, and I am not expecting real world relevance from a Thor story.  But still, it does not have the same gravitas of Iron Man, which remains the best of the Marvel films, nor Incredible Hulk, which is very near the top.  But that doesn't mean it doesn't hit all of the right notes and come off pretty dead-on to what I want from a Thor movie.

Now, which did I like better, this one or Green Lantern?  Sorry to give a cop out answer, but I thought these two were pretty close to each other.  Thor was the better movie overall, but Green Lantern was a lot of fun, so that's sort of a wash.  With a gun to my head I would say Thor was better.  I don't consider this a problem, though -- two awesome superhero movies in one summer is never a bad thing to me.

In closing, Thor scores another big hit for Marvel.  It's no Iron Man, but it's certainly right up there with some of the best superhero movies I have seen.

(For those who are curious: The little guy slept through most of it (though he did like watching the trailers and opening credits), but he did get upset about 30 minutes in and required some TLC.  Luckily the theater had a nice vestibule in the back so I could calm him down while still seeing the movie.  And I am now considering buying him that semi-soft foam Mjolnir toy!)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fair Trade -- Star Trek: The Gorn Crisis

Star Trek: The Gorn Crisis -- During the Dominion War, the Enterprise is ordered to open negotiations with the Gorn Empire in order to gain their alligience.  But the timing couldn't be worse because the Gorn military caste, lead by General Slessshh and his Black Crest warriors, have performed a bloody coup on the government.  Meanwhile, Riker is on the planet Elkauron II, working with a Klingon crew to shore up the defenses there.   Slessshh and his soldiers then launch attacks on the two closest outposts -- good ole Cestus III and, of course, Elkauron II.  With the Enterprise crew held hostage in the Gorn capital and Riker and the Klingons being pushed back by the extremely tough Gorn fighters, it's a desperate situation for the heroes.  Authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta turn in a solid tale with a strong examination of the Gorn and their culture.  Plus it is always fun to see Riker as an action hero -- much more believable than Picard as one!  The main selling point (besides the Gorn) is the painting art by Igor Kordey, which is evocative and very accurate.  It suits the story well and the Gorn themselves look great.  All around, this is was a strong Star Trek adventure, but not super epic or anything.  Worth picking up if you can find it and if you dig the Gorn, like me.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What Looks Good?

Yeah, I know, I said I'd try to get back into the blogswing, but this new project is taking up a lot of time.  Sue me!  Or better yet just read some comics.

Orange Lantern 1/4 Scale Power Battery and Ring -- Maybe it's cliche but MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE!!!

Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths #2 -- The first issue of this miniseries is already better than every other Godzilla comic IDW has published.

The Iron Age #2 -- So far this event is kicking it hardcore just the way I like it.  (I ordered the Power Man & Iron Fist cover.)

So, what looks good to YOU?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What Looks Good?

New project, new building, new desk, same new comic book day!

DC Direct Brightest Day Hawkman -- I recently got the Black Lantern Hawkman toy so I guess I should try to find this one, too!

GI Joe: A Real American Hero v.2 -- Can't wait to read this one, as the last volume ended with Snake Eyes under the influence of the Brain Wave Scanner. (Larry Hama, woo!)

Black Bat GN -- I ordered this GN from Moonstone so long ago that I forgot about it.  Moonstone does these pulp characters like nobody else, though!

So, what looks good to YOU?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Uh yeah...

...about the last few weeks...

Sorry folks, started a new project at work and between that and taking care of several projects around the house before the holiday, my blogging availability has been extremely scarce.  I hope to get back into the full swing of things either this week or next.  Sorry for any inconvenience!