Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’
Comic Book Fix: After ‘Before Watchmen’
Last Updated on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 01:14 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 6 June 2012 11:00
If no one cares what happened before Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal graphic novel that, along with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, changed the face of superhero comics 25 years ago, will DC still call it a success? The Internet seems to be evenly split into three camps: a) those who can’t wait for ‘Before Watchmen’; b) those who hate the very idea of anything Watchmen-related that doesn’t involve Alan Moore; and c) complete and utter ambivalence. Which category do you fall into?
Check out where I stand after the break, as DC’s ‘Before Watchmen’ event gets underway, and be sure to read my reviews of the great new thrillers from Image and Dark Horse: Dancer and MIND MGMT.
Comic Book Fix: Gays In Comics and Godzilla Reviewed
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 01:57 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 30 May 2012 07:00
Marvel and DC are jumping on the gay bandwagon, but is it a cynical ploy for your same-sex dollar or a sincere attempt to make their respective comic book universes more inclusive and reflective of the real world? Read more after the jump, including my surprisingly positive reaction to a comic starring a giant green monster, and I’m not talking about the Hulk.
Comic Book Fix: Reviews – ‘Higher Earth’ and ‘Lobster Johnson’
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:51 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 16 May 2012 11:00
As if publishing a series of unnecessary prequels to one of the most influential comic books in history weren’t enough of an insult, Warner Bros. (corporate overlords of DC Comics) has entered into a licensing agreement with the purveyor of the finest comic book schlock, Dynamic Forces, to launch a line of, yes, branded toasters, a line that includes Alan Moore’s Watchmen, or, at least, the movie counterparts to Moore’s seminal graphic novel. Now, the controversial comic book vigilantes aren’t the only ones receiving this *ahem* honor. You will also be able to mark your bread with the likenesses of characters from The Wizard of Oz, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Goonies and others.
It’s almost as if DC is trying to give Alan Moore a heart attack at this point. Why else would they okay something as ridiculous as a Watchmen-branded toaster? Who wants to burn the visage of Rorschach into their bread anyway? Chalk up another victory for crass marketing and exploitation, while creators once again receive the short end of the stick.
Click through for my reviews of two creator-owned comics whose auteurs will almost certainly be treated with more dignity by their publishers than DC Comics has treated Alan Moore.
Comic Book Fix: Avengers vs. X-Men Release Party and Review
Last Updated on Wednesday, 4 April 2012 05:39 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 4 April 2012 11:00
To celebrate the release of the biggest crossover event in years, comic book shops were given permission by Marvel to sell the first issue of its much-hyped megaseries, Avengers Vs. X-Men, a day early. More than a thousand stores around the world, from the U.S. to Europe to Japan, held Tuesday night release parties for the epic showdown between Marvel’s two mightiest franchises.
Some stores hosted Marvel creators like Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, while others held special sales for all the fans who came out, like Omaha’s Krypton Comics, which marked down all back issues to half price for the duration of the AvX party. Marvel is trying its best to make this 12-part series a BIG DEAL, especially with two would-be blockbuster movies being released over the next few months: The Avengers in May and Amazing Spider-Man (in the comics Spidey is a part-time Avenger) in July.
The repercussions from this event will be felt throughout the Marvel Universe for the next couple years, so it’s imperative that they get the kickoff issue right. So how did they do? Click the link for my review of the book everyone on the Internet will be talking about this week, Avengers Vs. X-Men #1, and check out a few photos from last night’s Krypton Comics release party.