Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review: Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

Out today is the latest addition to the Hellboy universe, Itty Bitty Hellboy from Dark Horse Comics! Issue #1 of 5 is co-written by Art Baltazar and Franco, plus art by Art Baltazar. These guys do their best to bring the red guy to you and your kids.

This is an single issue of six short stories that introduce the characters in a fun way.  We get to see all the old familiars Hellboy, Liz, Johan, Roger, Abe plus the baddies Rasputin, von Klempt, and Kroenenbut.   

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: Conan the Barbarian #19

By Reboot

Today I'm reviewing Dark Horse Comics' Conan the Barbarian #19, the start of Black Stones: Part 1 written by Brian Wood with art by Paul Azaceta and colors by Dave Stewart.  Though this is a continuation of Brian Wood's run, it is a decent jumping on point being the start of a new arc, so don't dismiss this title solely for the scary #19 on the cover.  If that's not enough to persuade you, keep reading!

This adventure follows Conan and Belit sailing on the Tigress in the Western Ocean, causing some pirate related mayhem along the way.  In this particular story, there are these scary Black Stone thingies that do stuff I don't wanna tell you because you should read it.  For the sake of clarification, they do not do good things.  We also get a mix of seafaring in addition to creepy small town craziness all in one issue!

Friday, August 16, 2013

[IGH] At The Movies: Kick-Ass 2

By BatHobbit, our newest contributor!

The original Kick-Ass was the antithesis of the modern Super-Hero formula. The hero had no skills, no genius intellect, no fortune, no training and no special powers. He was an average geeky teenager who decided there was no reason for people not to be real super heroes. The movie poked fun at hero tropes, while never mocking heroes as a whole and, in fact, celebrating super heroes in a way most super-films don’t. If Kick-Ass was the irreverent response to Batman Begins, Kick-Ass 2 is a direct retort to The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises– sharing their exploration of hero retirement, escalation, mourning and repercussions.

Just a heads up, minor spoilers after the break.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: Mini Comics Included

By Reboot

Today I review Fifth World Studios' Mini Comics Included.  This is the brain child of comic industry veterans Tim Seeley, Steve Seeley, and Michael Moreci with various artists and encompasses 6 separate 16 page mini comics.

This started out as a Kickstarter project back in March.  This project was a nail-biter but in the end received the funding it needed.  If you look over the page you can see why.  This is the kind of fun, original project that Kickstarter was designed to encourage.

Mini Comics Included is a throwback to 80's style mini comics that came with certain action figures.  And they all have names that fit the style like Superbeasts, Omega, Colt Noble and Prime-8's.  The stories for each comic fit the time period and style well too.  You'll find little snip-its of bigger and greater worlds written with the whimsy and optimism of an 80's cartoon like He-Man with the charm and camp of a dime store novel.

It becomes very obvious from reading these comics that everyone who worked on it thought long and hard about the worlds they were creating and they fleshed them out well beyond what we actually see.  This helped allow me and anyone else who reads this to jump right in to a fully realized world.  They get you to care about the characters and the world they set up right away, and leave you wishing you had more to read while being satisfied with what you just experienced.

For those of you who didn't pledge to the Kickstarter campaign, you can buy all 6 for $10 through Fifth World Studios and all of the issues will be signed.  Copies begin shipping this month so get on this!  It's an unbeatable price for comics jam packed with fun and nostalgia made by people that get it and know how to make you get it too.  Do yourself a favor and add Mini Comics Included to your collection.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

I Survived SDCC and All I Got Is This Giveaway!

Stellar view from the
convention center
Hi kiddies!  I'm back from my worldwide traveling, which of course included that lovely week in sunny San Diego.  Just a side note, going to San Diego from the humidity-filled hell that is New York City is amazing wonderful.  Like escaping the Rancor only to find yourself in a library stocked with all the books.....and Benedict Cumberbatch is your manservant.  Just mull it over, you'll thank me later.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The New Doctor is....

In a live simulcast around the world, the BBC has announced who will replace Matt Smith as the 12th Doctor.

Stop reading if you don't want to know 
(though I doubt you'll remind unspoiled for long)