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Upcoming Sandman Movie: JGL, Goyer, & Gaiman – OH MY!

(image via CBR)

(image via CBR – Enjoy the title page from the first issue of Sandman, since I felt like it was cheating to post another picture of JGL even though he’s a total dreamboat)

Consider this post a continuation springing forth from Jay-Rey’s post announcing the big news that Joseph Gordon Levitt is in the home stretch of talking with Warner Brothers and it looks like he may star in and possibly direct (but as of right now is definitely signed on as Producer) for a movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. We’ve been hearing these murmurings for while, and while many of us never felt this day may ever REALLY come (or want it to?) we are at the threshold of having a Sandman movie in the works. Some folks have been waiting since 1989 for Dream to come alive and it looks like this time it will finally happen.

I’m an intense fan of the Sandman series, it’s one of those stories that came into my life during a particularly relevant time, and so it resonated deeply with me and left a pretty big mark in my mind. Some story lines hit me so close while I was reading that I was wrecked for days afterwards. Like… one of those instances where you put a book down, look around dazed and slightly alarmed and realize you’ve definitely just ruined your own day. Then the next day you sit and stare into your morning cereal pondering the cosmos and mortality and why are you even eating cereal at all. I get pretty worked up over this series. So like some others out there that feel deeply for Sandman, I maybe didn’t care to cry out for a Sandman movie for fear of having another Last Airbender in my life. I mentally, emotionally, psychologically cannot handle the idea of that happening to Sandman. And it’s the risk every invested fan takes when we hear the words “movie adaptation”. No other phrase can bring such dread and such joy. Continue reading

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Review: Hawkeye #14

(image via Marvel Wiki)

(image via Marvel Wiki)

It’s a side-story one-shot and it’s 100% about Kate Bishop. She goes to Cali to get some space, takes Lucky with her, and tries her hand as a girl detective/hero-for-hire. End of review.

No literally, that’s the issue in a nutshell. And on its own, that might be enough to have some of you “meh”ing and skipping this issue. Except that all of us acquainted with the creative team for this series (we’ve all agreed to call ourselves “Team Hawkguy”) know that a simple cut and dry two line premise for an issue, when handed over to this magical blend of people, is somehow transformed into a unique and refreshing reading experience. I’ve always been a fan of simple side-issues. I enjoy series that don’t take themselves too seriously. Sometimes when I sit down I just like to read a comic that’s entertaining, not heavy, and doesn’t require extensive google-time. This issue satisfies all three criteria. It’s hilarious, the one-liners are solid (and frequent!), and Annie Wu (the artist for this issue) manages to make panels that have you laughing without a single printed word. Fraction and Hollingsworth bring the same level of quality (as we know from previous issues) and Wu’s style blends well with Hawkeye’s established visual “style”. It’s nice to have the consistency of Hollingsworth on color for this issue, so the change in art style isn’t severe; we still feel this is definitely Hawkeye, while still granting Kate the opportunity to break-away and have her own artist representing her. On a fun note: I’ve been following Annie Wu for a while on Tumblr, and it completely slipped my mind that she was scheduled to do this issue! I first was introduced to her work, and her name, years ago through her Venture Brothers fanart (perhaps you’ve seen some of her awesome illustrations of various VB characters or our favorite Astrobase Go! duo). Since then she’s been doin’ work in the comics industry, and this is not her first appearance on Team Hawkguy! She was responsible for some of the fantastic mock-pulp romance novel covers in issue #8. Continue reading

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Review: Young Avengers #12

(image via Marvel Wiki)

(image via Marvel Wiki)

So last we left off, we were riding out the calm before the storm… the lull before the big showdown with MOTHER! It becomes firmly established right off the bat that the adults are out on this one, no matter what goes down it’s up to the younger generation to handle this one. While some might argue the plausibility that Mother is somehow powerful enough to completely bamboozle some of the greatest minds and wills in the universe into blissful unawareness, I appreciate this move on Gillen’s part.  I’ve come this far with the Young Avengers, last thing I want at this point is Cap to swoop in and clean everyone’s mess up. I want these kids to see it through to the end. And luckily there are able to amass one seriously badass looking group thanks to Prodigy. Continue reading

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Review: Sex Criminals #3 – “BANNED BY ITUNES, SUED BY QUEEN”

 

image courtesy of Image Comics

As usual, issue #3 delivers a beautiful cover (image courtesy of Image Comics)

Dear readers, I said I wasn’t knocked out seeing stars with the last two issues and I’d keep you posted. Well, let I’ll be damned if a bunch of people on the internet think I’m a lady who won’t follow through on her word! I might be seeing some stars, guys. This issue pretty much has me sold on the series. Who knows, maybe I was really in the mood for this issue and it hit me in the right way at the right time (as certain series and certain issues are known to do) but dang am I head over boots for Sex Criminals #3. I’m going to encourage Naz to put this at the top of his read list this week, and this subtly implies that you should probablyyyy go do the same.

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Review: Afterlife with Archie #2

(image courtesy of Newsarama)

(image courtesy of Newsarama)

I would like to start with a little back story here. About me. Que the groaning from your miserable mouth. Now shut up. “BUT I DON’T CARE JUST TELL ME ABOUT THE ISSUE”.  Just relax a minute, enjoy the ride, the review WILL HAPPEN (but if you’re a story-time hater, then skip to where I let you know the review begins). You see, Archie has an undeniable soft spot in my heart, although I haven’t read an issue since I was a kid. Archie Digest was my first comic book series. I was obsessed… Although I have no idea why a child who literally just grasped reading independently was attracted to the eternal struggle of high-school love triangles… Flash forward: I’m a twenty something who loves comics, horror movies, kitsch, puns, cheesy one-liners, movie monsters, zombies … All the stuff an upstanding hot-blooded American woman is into. Flash even more forward: Afterlife with Archie is announced. I was besides myself when I heard this was a title that was going to happen, I mean REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN — Archie meets a zombie apocalypse. Literally. I high-fived my inner child. I needed this book months before it was ever released, although I really had no idea what to expect besides zombies + Archie… but that was enough for me. I’ve noticed the resurgence in popularity with Archie lately and I had been hearing good things about Archie Comics as a whole. I was letting myself get stoked, contrary to my usual stance of “cautious optimism”.

I read issue #1… I was in love from the get-go. This was dark, eerie, sometimes-gruesome, and not pandering to the younger audience I typically think of when I think Archie although times have changed, this comic does have a Teen rating, and I haven’t been keeping up with the general direction of Archie Comics lately, so for all I know the tone of Archie could be much different now. It’s everything I could have possibly hoped for this comic to be. This is like an 80s horror flick with all the cheesy, gruesome goodness found in those movies that I, and so many others, love and it’s been set in good ol’ squeaky-clean Riverdale. All the classic Archie characters are present and they’re cracking their silly puns and come-backs, but they’ve been woven into this twisted tale with a gruesome face.

Afterlife with Archie is like fan fiction gone so awesomely right that you can’t help but tell your friends about how off-the-wall fantastic it is.

THE ISSUE 2 REVIEW:

Issue #2 continues where we left off, Jughead arrives at the Halloween dance and chaos ensues once everyone realizes that Riverdale’s resident goof is not in really, really impressive stage makeup… and that his girlfriend was definitely not in on the joke. Veronica provides the main narration for this issue, and as she describes the events of the dance we feel very much like we’re watching a horror movie. There’s a good amount of tension and suspense – the panels, layout, and pacing are all on point. It’s been said before and I’ll say it again, Francesco Francavilla’s style is perfectly suited for this story and this issue contains some of my favorite pages I’ve seen (in any comic) lately. (I’m talking about the first page and the page with the apple, in case you were curious.) He does the coloring as well, and it is perfectly suited for this kind of storytelling – dark and dramatic, high contrast with a limited but bold color palette. Remember Batman: Long Halloween? Remember that chilling, bold artwork that filled you with this sense of intensity and dread? That’s Francavilla’s work. If you enjoyed his style in that, then you’ll want to check out Afterlife with Archie. At the end of issue #2 we’re looking at a bunch of traumatized teenagers facing a zombie apocalypse, after finally finding a place of refuge. Undoubtedly Riverdale is gonna go to hell, things are going to escalate, more beloved characters will die and reanimate, and in the future we’re going to probably see these teens kicking zombie ass. The contrast of these classic clean-cut “golly gosh” characters with actual horror situations is so refreshing, and has you conflicted in the best way possible — You’re not sure how serious you should be taking this whole thing. The answer: As serious as you want to. It’s just a super fuckin’ fun read, so just go with it. To quote the lovely “nurse” Betty Cooper when discussing the fact that a zombie apocalypse that has begun in Riverdale: “Don’t ask questions, just accept it.” This isn’t supposed to be a super complex premise; it’s supposed to be a fun horror comic. The artwork is great, the writing is great, and it feels fresh when you read it although it’s definitely campy (in the good way, not the bad way).

A nice bonus, if you’re into it, is the extra at the end of the issue: a small, additional 6-page horror-thriller story titled The Cat. This originally dates from the 70s and was found in a collection previously thought to be lost. It’s a good way to get your feet wet with some old-school horror comics if you’ve never done so before! If you like old-school horror thriller comics then this is an extra nice treat. In an age where comic books seem to be filling precious space with ads while print prices keep rising … it’s an appreciated gesture when we’re given a little something extra! Stay classy, Archie Comics. I’ll definitely have this in my stack on December 11th, when issue #3 is due to come out.

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