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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Pound: Horror Business #1 of 5 (Frozen Beach Studios)

"Yo, let's move. This alley stinks, like wet dog."~anonymous mugger

writer: Stephan Nilson
illustration: Karl Waller
ink assists: Rick Bonilla
colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
letterer: Charles Prichett
cover colors: Ron Riley
special thanks: Jay Faerber

(created by Stephan Nilson & Charles Prichett)

Comic Book Week: April 20, 2011

Hi! Kara's comic this week is a 1st! The 1st issue of an independent web comic or electronic comic I guess........I read it on line but it is also available on itunes............which reminds me! Any suggestions on whether I should find an ipad or a play book?

But we can talk later! ;)

A friend.........hi pete! ツ*.............pointed out this title to me. It is the 1st of 5 issues about dog catchers who we quickly learn are about to be catching something a little bit scarier than poor little stray dogs..........but you probably guessed that from the "Horror Business" title!

While not some thing that I would normally read I was grabbed by the excellent art work of the cover & 1st few pages. The art work does seem to get rushed as the story goes forward but it remains professional & well done. The coloring was vibrant & the characters consistent. My only minor complaint was the inking did seem to get a little bit sloppie (sorry!) & the story telling left me a little tiny bit confused when the action got more intense but part of that may have been the way the pages were chopped apart on my lap top.

I enjoyed the story & the dialogue in particular.........quite well done & funnie! The ending cliff hanger does bring you in wanting to read more.

I should add that the lay out & lettering was quite good.......since the letterer is also a creator he deserves some ♥! ;*)

This comic deserves another look & I will be hoping to read the next issue! A well deserved rating of.............

RATING: 6 ½ free puppies out of 10!

Just to finish off.............The Pound #1 is available for free right here: http://frozenbeachstudios.com/pound/ !

& while on the frozen beach web site I suggest looking at Danny Husk in: The Hollow Planet by............Scott Thompson from "The Kids in the Hall" (Buddy Cole & Liz & a whole lot of others!)!

& last...........ipad or play book..............what do you think?..........not that I can afford either 1, just if! 9,9

♥ ya! ツ*

Monday, April 18, 2011

ツ❀ Spring Spectacular! ❀ツ

Comic Book Week: April 13, 2010

Well! A big thank you is the call of the week! I had almost as many readers last week as I have had since I started this blog! You guys make me cry! *kiss! kiss! kiss! kiss! kiss! kiss! kiss! kiss! kiss! kiss! kiss! kiss!* ツ*

eew! maybs i should of put on a little more lip gloss! ;b

My problem is that my fav comic this week was also by the fabulous Gail Simone (♥!) & I do not want to look like I am intentionally trying to duplicate last week so I think it is time for another edition of "all the comix Kara read last week"!

Birds of Prey #11 (DC)
(Gail Simone & Pere Pérez)

"Which Reason Knows Not Of" is Huntress & Catman (:9)'s 1st date! Fabulous story by Gail Simone (♥!), best art work since Nicola Scott (♥!) left the title in its last series, fun moment between Di & Babs, & Catman's abs (♥!)! What more could a girl want? There is even a great twist ending to the story when it is all over! & look at that fabulous cover!

I feel a little bit bad only rating it at 9 ½ sunny days!!!!!! I want to give it a 10 sooooooo bad but I do not want to get my self stuck where I do not have any room to get better! :(

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Cinderella: Fables Are Forever #3 (Vertigo/DC)
(Chris Roberson & Shawn McManus, Fables created by Bill Willingham)

I have not ♥ed this mini series as much as the 1st but i still wait every month for it with anticipation..........007 with cute shoes! This is ish 3 pitting Cinderella..........Cindy to her friends ;)...........against Dorothy from the "Wizard of Oz". It is soooooooooo much fun! & you do not have to be a fan of the main Fables comix to enjoy the story. It is very self explanatory...........all you need to know is Cinderella from the fairie tales is now a spy in the 'real' world working for other story book characters. & just like the last mini series the art work is very fairie talish to make it feel like a bed time story! A high rating of 8 ½ sunny days!!!!!

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Batgirl #20 (DC)
(Bryan Q. Miller & Ramon Bachs, Batman created by Bob Kane)

"Batgirl: The Lesson-Tunnel Vision" is the fun 2nd part of a 2 part story where Batgirl Stephanie Brown learns to go on her own with out the help of Oracle Barbara Gordon. She gets help from younger Oracle called Proxy & has lots of new stuff that Bruce Wayne bought for her for Batman Inc. But she has to face a secretie shadowie group & a super fast bad guy......why was she never this cool when she was the Spoiler or Robin!!!!???? Mr. Miller & Mr. Bachs are making me like Steph more than Kara! (Supergirl natch! 8( ) 8 ½ sunny days!!!!!

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Booster Gold #43 (DC)
(Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis, Chris Batista & Rich Perrotta, Booster Gold created by Dan Jurgens)

"Endgame" is the last issue by the gentle men listed above who should be thanked for the fabulous job that they have done. Booster has be come the greatest hero you have never heard of. This ish wraps up a lot of the dangling story lines & ends with a trip to the future to visit the Legion of Super Heroes. Booster is always fun & good looking & my only problem with the end is it was almost too fast in ending his 'chronal leprosy' that he caught from himself as the Perforated Man........great name btw! 7 sunny days!!!!

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Justice League Generation Lost #23 (DC)
(Judd Winick & Fernando Dagnino & Raul Fernandez)

"Caught" is the 2nd to last in the series & i will be very interested to see how the story of Maxwell Lord ends. I am a big fan of this version of the Justice League but it is not quite the same with Judd Winick writing it as with Mr. Giffen & Mr. DeMatteis. I think that Mr. Winick is very good writing his own characters or little seen characters but he seems to give well known characters different personalities as in here with Ice whom I ♥! But the change is actually part of the story & Rocket Red is too great here to be angry! This book has been good not great. I hope the team can get a new series at the end though! 6 sunny days!!!

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To be honest I have to say that I also read 2 comix from Marvel this week but I was too disappointed & did not want to put them on the list & make you all think that I am playing favorites. I will not say what they are since 1 of the 2 is normally a fav but this month was just off. :(

As always u guys r 2 cool! ツ*

Monday, April 11, 2011

Secret Six #32 (DC)

"Hey there, big fella. My name's King Shark. I'm a shark."~King Shark
"Ah. Good choice for a name, then."~Parademon (deceased)

writer: Gail Simone (♥!)
artist: J. Caliafiore
colorist: John Kalisz
letterer: Travis Lanham
assistant editor: Ricky Purdin
editor: Rachel Gluckstern
cover: Dan LuVisi

Comic Book Week: April 6, 2011

Hi! This week Kara's comic is "The Secret Six Hundred and Sixty-Six"!

Not really. Actually it is called "The Darkest Hour, part two of three". So if you read my blog at all you know that I ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Gail Simone! I am not usually in to other girls but the lovely & wonderful & talented Ms. Simone has earned my undying devotion. Sadly in this story all of her lovely & wonderful & twisted characters are dead.

Well not really. They are in h-e-double hockey sticks though trying to retrieve a long standing plot device that is a "get out of [there] free" card left over from this title's very 1st story arc. 6er Ragdoll sortof died & took it there with him but 6er Scandal Savage wants to use it to retrieve her deceased girlfriend & former 6er Knockout. The 6 therefore follow Ragdoll "down there" where it seems that he does not want to leave & he decides to put up a fight with an army of the dead...........including other former 6er & also deceased Parademon..........a former........parademon..........of Darkseid. Before the fight starts though, 6er Catman ( ;9 ) sneaks off with guide The Demon to find............some one.............close to him & act like the total hard case that we have come to know & lust! & just to get you up to speed the rest of the 6 are Deadshot........he likes to shoot people, Bane.............he hurt Batman, Jeannette..........she is a banshee who has a wardrobe that I want, and King Shark...........he is a shark.

The story is of course fabulous & funny as always but Caliafiore is perhaps the real star of this story with his dark & detailed angular style bringing all the demons & dead bad guys to life...........um, even though they are dead. I did not particularly like the cover but I know that I can not have every thing that I want. The book is a little...........not prettie? But I know that for the sake of this story that it can not be so that is okay. Even after the story line where Catman ( ;9 ) killed a lot of people with a lot of blood this book makes me a little bit *ooky!* but I think that it is supposed to...........so my discomfort will in this case make me recommend it more!

My only fear? If you noticed I counted 7 members of the Secret Six..........& I am really nervous that 1 of them is not coming back! Ragdoll is soooooooo much fun even if he thinks he is "going sane", Scandal is a strong & unique a woman & far too valuable as a character with all of her relationships.........Bane, Liana (her current gf), Knockout, Vandal Savage (her dad), & even Deadshot (they have a great chemistry for 2 characters that really do not like each other)........., Catman is just *yummy!*, Deadshot is too important as a Batman villain & Suicide Squad member, Bane has never been as fabulous a character as now, & this issue alone has reminded how much I ♥ Jeanette...........another strong & unique woman sooooooo far above & beyond the "Jeanette prototype" Silver Banshee! The only character that I have not grown attached to yet is King Shark which makes him the most obvious..........which also makes him the least likely in the hands of Gail Simone! & even worse I had forgotten how much I missed Parademon! :'(

This was not my most favorite issue of the series but still easily my favorite comic book this week!

RATING: 8½ Jeanettes (after Caliafiore) out of 10!

Before I leave for this week IDW released Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters with a series of covers showing the store fronts of the comic book shops that ordered 500 or more (I think........I may have got that number wrong!). Here is the version from my LCS (local comic shop natch!)........the greatest comic shop in the world!........Strange Adventures! (Halifax!) (by.........I think..........Gordon Purcell & Mark Farmer):

♥ you guys! ツ*

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Detective Comics #875 (DC)

"The snow always makes me restless--the way it buries everything."~Commissioner Jim Gordon

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Mike Marts
Associate editor: Janelle Asselin
Assistant editor: Katie Kubert

(Batman created by Bob Kane)

Comic Book Week: March 30, 2011


Kara's comic this week is "Lost Boys" by the wonderful Scott Snyder who is also responsible for "American Vampire"..........that I ♥LUV♥LUV♥LUV♥!...........with art work by the fabulous Francesco Francavilla..............who I just bet has the sexiest accent! lol! ;)

I missed reviewing it but I thought that Mr. Snyder's 1st issue of this series (#871) was perhaps the best single comic of last year & the best rendition of (♥!) Dick (♥!) as Batman that I have read! He writes (♥!) Bat-Wing (♥!) like a real honest true different Batman from Bruce. Most writers seem to either write him the same or as Nightwing in Batman's costume.........which (♥!) Dick (♥!) is not! He cannot be........he clearly has both grown into the Batman role & tries to exude a more powerful & imposing figure while not completely losing the ease & comfort & humor of his natural character. But I cannot talk too much about (♥!) Dick (♥!) right now because he only appears in this issue for a few panels. This is a Commissioner Gordon story.

In the mentioned 1st issue #871 Commissioner Gordon appears in a back up story that ties into the main Batman story............in SUCH an interesting way!............that has now been completely submerged into the main story line. It tells the return of his son James to his life. James has had a troubled past & this story tells of where that troubled past began as the Commissioner solves a cold case from his own past. These 2 tales drift in & out of each other as the Commissioner makes his way through a snowy Gotham City.

Normally I would either give more description of these characters or links to wikipedia entries but Mr. Snyder writes this story so amazingly stand alone that you do not need to know anything about the characters! Even a prologue with a separate Gotham City Police Detective..........Harvey Bullock for those who know...........blends in deftly. This story could easily be a 1 shot police murder mystery with completely new characters..............but it still drives the story arc that was begun in issue #871! & not to give any thing away but the events herein clearly appear to have some inspiration from the Showtime television show "Dexter".........which is also a fav of mine! All I can say is bravo, Mr. Snyder!

& before I gush too much about the story, Mr. Francavilla inherits the job of the wonderful Jock & does him absolute justice! The story telling is completely there & the muted colors & dark flowing inks add a suitable heaviness to the material. My only...........MINOR!............complaint is that the characters do seem a little bit stiff but the absolute creepiness of little James' Halloween costume made up for all of that & sent a chill down my spine!

If you are not reading "Detective Comics" either start or even better buy the trade paper back of the James Gordon storyline when it is collected!

& as you may have guessed this week's quote was selected as I am stuck indoors with an early spring snow fall happening out doors............ :(

In spite of the snow I am faced with having to give a rating that I have been trying to avoid............


xoxoxo ツ*