Friday, February 28, 2014

Comic Review: Dejah Thoris & the Green Men #11


We bring February to a close with the penultimate chapter of Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars! Yeah I didn't think it would go on this long either.

Following being discovered last issue by another red woman who knows who she is, Dejah does what any person would do: get into a brawl with her for the enjoyment of their captors, the Warhoons. But quicker than you can say "first rule of Fight Club" Dejah manages to win the fight and learn some information-her fellow captive is psychic and needed to operate "the gun" in an abandoned ship. Dejah and her team must find a way to stop this but first must survive with green men who cannot be trusted.

Pretty much most of this issue is given over to Dejah's Road House style abilities while the rest is a walk to a big gun so there isn't much plot to speak of. That said it goes by fast even if seeing the incomparable Dejah reduced to slugging it out is a little off the beaten track, even for this series or Dynamite's other comics.

Some nice artwork by Jethro Morales helps carry the issue along, with some nice colors and design choices. Nothing else left to say there.

I'll close by saying it's an OK issue, nothing more, nothing less. Just please don't announce another extension! Until next time fellas.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

'Guardians of the Galaxy' A Brief History


For those who need some info here you go. IGN posted this video a few months back helping to explain the history and characters you'll be seeing in the upcoming film. So take a peek and let us know what you think.

Monday, February 24, 2014

'Dejah of Mars' Coming From Dynamite


So the story isn't over. Dynamite will be following up their upcoming Warlord of Mars #100 with a new four issue miniseries written by Mark Rahner with art by Jethro Morales. According to the description: "Following the events of Warlord of Mars #100! John Carter has gone missing. And to find him there's nothing Dejah Thoris won't break. No one she won't hurt. No hornet's nest she won't kick. But the Warlord of Mars stole an important Helium artifact before he disappeared, so not only is the princess on her own this time - she has to get Carter before anyone else does!" For more info go to http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/920?stockItemID=MAR141076.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Retro Comics: Marvel Premiere #61


With Guardians of the Galaxy gaining steam, I thought I would take a look back at an earlier adventure starring...Star Lord! Who?

In "Planet Story" Peter Quill and his ship (known as "Ship") discover a planet that could possibly host life. But when Quill investigates he discovers a living, breathing planet that he barely escapes from. Questioning whether or not such a planet needs to exist, he reaches a moral quandary: does he have the right to destroy an organism even if it appears deadly?

For those coming to this comic book with the recent trailer and its more smart-ass Peter Quill on their mind maybe in for a shock at the serious tone writer Doug Moench creates here. Actually splitting the issue into three parts with the first two telling the same story from Quill and the planet's own point of views, Moench creates a compelling story with some big questions about morality and whether or not a person has the right to take a life, even if that life is dangerous. For those used to rock-, em-sock-em Marvel action or space operas that rely more on aliens and cool weapons it's an intriguing breath of fresh air and a gripping tale.

The issue also benefits from artist Tom Sutton's artwork capturing the live planet and its creepiness along with the nightmarish imagery that Quill finds himself subjected to. It's not the most vibrant comic color wise but I appreciated the muted colors and straight ahead look that represented the era in which I came to Marvel and miss the sure hand and vivid artwork that they used to have.

I suspect with the movie there will be more interest in the Guardians and their solo adventures so I give this issue a big recommendation if you can find it. I'll see you guys later.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Comic Review: Dejah Thoris #36


No clever opening guys. Just a review.

When we last left our heroes, a deadly assassin had interrupted the attempted assassination of Mors Kojak by his granddaughter Tala. However the new assassin injures Mors and escapes with Tala, leaving Dejah to pick up the pieces. With help from Kantos Kan, she tracks the assassin-Tur-Tan-to Zodanga, where a fight to rescue Tala ensues. Of course it's all a part of Kajak Thoris to destroy Dejah and her family. And there is a big shocker at the end...

With what appears to be next to last issue of the series (considering the lack of new cover art for future issues on their website) Dynamite and company (writer Robert Napton and artist Debora Carita) deliver a fast-paced setup with some interesting twists and turns that helps keep the reader interested.

I do however have some qualms about the storyline though, or rather how things are going. First while we know that Tala is part of her father's plan she hasn't developed much beyond being a psychotic brat with little to make us feel for her. It might have worked better to build up sympathy for her than to reveal her true nature. It also doesn't help the characters of Dejah and her family since they come across as clueless, not even questioning why Tala ran away last issue-or for that matter attempted to kill Mors Kojak. Really that wasn't a dead give away there was something afoot?

Oh well maybe with the next issue things will reach a satisfying conclusion. I'll be back later with another "retro comics" review. Be safe and Kaor!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Retro Comics: What If #10


OK..."What if JANE FOSTER had found the Hammer of THOR?" A potential plot for Thor 3?

Basically imagine the original Stan Lee-Jack Kirby origin story for Thor rewritten where it was Jane who found that walking stick and suddenly possessed the power of Thor? Well she becomes Thordis, runs around saving the day, causes mass confusion for the gods of Asgard and has to stop Ragnorak from happening. All the while pining for poor Don Blake...

For you true believers out there you probably remember this series but for those who don't, What If was a long running Marvel title that ran stories that offered up alternate stories of Marvel's heroes, like if Spider-Man's Aunt May had been bitten by that spider or one time the Mighty Thor meeting Conan the Barbarian. In this case writer Don Glut offers up his spin on Thor and Jane Foster, resulting in some humorous moments in Asgard where Odin wonders if his poor son isn't under the spell of some sorcerer, Loki delighting in the idea that he is now the only son and then some. There is some playful takes on Marvel history (like the team make-up of The Avengers) and an ending that leads to something you would see on late afternoon soap operas or Jerry Springer (trust me) but it's still a fun read.

Handling art duties is Rick Hoberg and he does a good job bringing the characters and settings to life. It's not Kirby or Walt Simonson (then what is) but he handles everything quite well, even making Jane/Thordis a convincing figure (even though I shudder at the thought what some cosplay fan might do). Throw in the nice bright colors that Marvel basked in during the late 1970s and you have a feast for the eyes.

In short if you can find it for a few bucks pick it up and enjoy the camp spectacle. Until next time folks.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

First Trailer for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'


For those who always dreamt of a movie with a pistol-packing raccoon, here's a film for you! Joking aside here's the first glimpse of Marvel's upcoming sci-fi epic with a buff Chris Pratt, green Zoe Saldana, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Drax fighting to save the universe. Watch it and leave any thoughts afterwards. UPDATE: For those who want to hear what Rocket sounds like, a brief video of Bradley Cooper recording Rocket has been posted. Look below the trailer and enjoy.



Sunday, February 16, 2014

John Carter of Mars: Media Bites Edition


With little else going on here's something courtesy of The John Carter Files. Prepared by "Random Rob" this video takes a look at John Carter of Mars with clips from the movie and other sources. Some of it is good stuff-Carl Sagan's discussion of the influence of the books on his life and work-and some of it...well take a peek and you can figure out where I cringed. Enjoy and leave and comments below.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

'Tarzan' Swings into Theaters July 1, 2016


Well it's official: Tarzan returns! Warner Bros. has set July 1, 2016 for the release of director David Yates' new film as announced in a press release that you can check out at http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=114732. The release confirms that Alexander Skarsgard will be donning the loincloth to play Tarzan, with Margot Robbie as Jane Porter and Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz also in the cast. No word when production will actually begin but I'm sure we'll be hearing soon. Stay tuned for more information.

Monday, February 10, 2014

First Look at "Jungle Tales of Tarzan"


OK it's about time! As some of you might remember Sequential Pulp Comics announced a while back a graphic novel adaptation of Jungle Tales of Tarzan. Well their official Facebook page has posted not only a cover for the book but some art samples as well. In addition writer Martin Powell also confirms on there that the book has been turned over to Dark Horse Comics for final editing so we might be hearing a release date soon. To see the art, as well as art from their At the Earth's Core adaptation as well, hit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sequential-Pulp-Comics/188071621240849.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Book Review: Destiny of the Daleks


I hope you guys are keeping warm. With the winter snow I've at least been catching up with my reading, so here's a review of one of the books I've been digging into.

Landing on what appears to be a bombed out planet, the Doctor and his traveling companion Romana find themselves in the midst of a war between the Movallans and the Doctor's old foes, the Daleks. Eventually the Doctor discovers that he is on the birth planet of the Daleks, Skaro, and their plan-to resurrect their fallen creator Davros in the hope that he will lead them to victory. The Doctor must put his wits to the test to stop them, but with his new allies also have their own agenda, one that puts the Doctor and Romana in the hot seat.

One of the series of novelizations of the classic Doctor Who television series, Destiny of the Daleks doesn't have much of a good reputation among fans, mostly due to the script and the production's low budget. So in that respect the book by former Who script editor and writer Terrance Dicks probably has an advantage of letting the reader fill in the images and create a more elaborate story than what the TV show could do. The book itself is pretty brisk at a 110 pages and moves quickly, establishing the plot and the characters without much meat or back story but that could be the fault of the script Dicks was adapting more than his own work.

That being said it was still a fun read, thanks to Dicks' ability to capture the personality of Tom Baker's Doctor-from his usual humorous quips to his quick-minded resolve-as well as bringing Davros to life, even if he gets little to do than boss around Daleks and make idle threats against the Doctor. The late twist revelation of the Movallans and their identities also brings a good twist to the story, resulting in a nice final resolution.

It's not the best Dalek story-or for that matter Doctor Who story-but if you can find a copy it's a good tale to pass the time, especially if you're stuck in a house with snow outside. Rating: *** out of 4.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Comic Review: Dejah Thoris #35


Sorry for the lack of anything. Bad weather, other things and a lack of any ERB news to report. But I'm back with this week's Dejah adventure...

Returning back to Helium with her "niece" Tala, Dejah hopes the young woman will adjust and get over her father, Kajak. However Tala is a pawn in Kajak's plans, as he directs her to escape and head to Lesser Helium, With Dejah and some sentries looking for her, Tala risks her life to exact revenge against the one man her father holds responsible for his misfortune-Mors Kojak. But things get complicated with a new mysterious figure becoming involved in the action.

As usual a bridging issue that spends more time setting up the next issue than anything else. That said writer Robert Place Napton does give some nice breaks, including a warm dinner between Dejah and her father and Tala's escape from Greater Helium and flight to Lesser Helium to liven up the story.

Carlos Rafael returns to handle the art duties and as usual does a bang-up job, capturing the characters and action well with style and a sure hand.

Yep another short review but it's a good issue so there isn't much else to say except pick it up and sit back and enjoy the ride. Stay warm and I'll be back later.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Comic Review: Dejah Thoris & the Green Men #10


This week's other trip to Barsoom finds Dejah under cover (and no not those type of covers.)

Posing as a slave to a group of Warhoons, Dejah and her Thark Seven are welcomed into a group of Warhoons but they may have some problems, including suspicious Warhoons and another female slave whose possible recognition of Dejah might jeopardize the entire mission. That's all that happens.

In short a pretty swift issue that really does nothing more than setup the next one, which promises some fighting, more blood and action and Dejah fighting for her life. I've gotten over my initial qualms with this series and have liked the last few issues but I'm still relieved that it will be coming to an end soon. Beyond that Mark Rahner and company at least with this issue deliver a good one, just don't expect too much.

For the artwork, Jethro Morales handles the drawing duties and the Tharks and Warhoons look good, while he gives some nice details and designs to the rest of the issue. I do have to mention that Dejah at this point is sporting the "Slave Leia" look, which is kind of funny considering how that look was heavily inspired by Dejah Thoris herself. What comes around goes around I suppose.

I'll leave it at that and just give a recommendation. I hope you guys stay warm and I'll be back soon.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Comic Review: Warlord of Mars #33


The first of two Barsoomain comic reviews finds John Carter and family on the run for their lives and trying to discover the truth about the "new" Tardors Mors.

Fleeing Helium, Carter, Dejah Thoris and Carthoris head towards the Valley Dor, suspecting that the Therns might hold the key to the mystery. But Mors is ahead of them, sending troops in to find the same information. Striking an uneasy deal with the new father of Therns, Carter finds what he is looking for, an ancient text that dates back to the time of the Orovars and the creation of the twin spires of Helium. However deceit is named Thern and the family must flee, but end up leaving one behind...

A fast-paced issue is probably the best way to describe it dear readers. From a brief confrontation between Tars Tarkas and the new ruler of Helium to the final fight to escape, Arvid Nelson and artist Wagner Reis keep the tempo moving without any slow spots. To say more might rob the reader so I'll just let you discover it and not spoil it.

There are a few qualms though, including Dejah's even more skimpy outfit, Carter's foul mouth (such vulgarities from a Southern Gentleman) and some questionable story telling decisions to mar this issue a bit but not enough I feel to completely destroy it.

So there you go, a quick recommendation and I hope you enjoy it. I'll be back tomorrow with Dejah and her "army." See you then!