Sunday, September 28, 2008

Review Rail 02 : Cuti lagi

As if I don't go on enough timeouts but you know, I like the outdoors. Before I go out for a while let's roll this message out from our resident geeks:

Johan:

Hello there! Just thought I throw in my suggestions for the month. First up is a piece of software to keep your comic collection organized. With Comic Collecterz I can record how much each comic was, where I purchased it, what condition it's in. I'm completely blown away by how the website already has so much information on the books I have! It works with Issues, Hardcovers and Trade paperbacks. Try it at http://www.collectorz.com/comic/

Now let's get to the comics.

1. Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 20 TPB - And His Amazing Friends. Writer - Brian Michael Bendis, Pencils - Stuart Immonen

Story involves around young Peter Parker in his school days with appearance from Johnny Storm a.k.a Human Torch of Fantastic Four, Shocker and even Magneto. New illustrator Stuart Immonen marks his debut for this volume as a permanent artist. The writing and story line are very good and the art work is excellent. Gathers issues #112-117.

2. Scud The Disposable Assassin The Whole Shebang TPB - Story - Rob Schrab, Dan Harmon & Mondy Carter, Art & Cover - Rob Schrab

Scud is programmed to destroy a basement monster but he will self destruct if he does, so the robotic assassin puts the wounded creature on life support and becomes a freelance assassin to pay for the hospital bills. Collects SCUD # 1 - #24.

3. Fathom : The Definitive Edition TPB. Written by Michael Turner and Bill O'Neil, Pencils by Michael Turner

Aspen presents the most complete collection of Michael Turner's first creator-owned series, Fathom, with this Definitive Trade Paperback Edition! The rare Fathom Preview, issues #0 and #1/2, both of which have never been collected in a trade before now! Issues #1 through #9, and the sold-out issues #10 and #11, also making their first trade debut! Now available for pre-ordering at your local comic store. Comics Mart Midvalley!

4. Hulk Premium Hardcover Vol 1 - Red Hulk - Writer - Jeph Loeb, Pencils - Ed McGuinness

Superstars Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness will change the way you see the Hulk! In this startling origin epic, the breathtaking events that ended WORLD WAR HULK rocket into this brand-new saga. When one of the Hulk`s oldest cast members is murdered, everyone turns to the team of Iron Man, She-Hulk and Leonard Samson to solve the grizzly case. All the evidence points to the Hulk as the killer, but all is not as it seems! Collecting HULK #1-6 and the backup story from WOLVERINE #50.

SHAZ:

TODAY I TAKE THIS MEDICINE. TODAY I AM CALM. NORMAN! I EMAIL THIS TO YOU, YOU BASTARD!

Hai,

My Opinion of Spiderman : Civil War, Spiderman : Back in Black & One More Day.

Do not groan at me! Groan elsewhere!

I have been following these titles starting from Spiderman civil war, Peter Parker civil war,
Back in Black to Brand New Day. I have to admit that in Civil war Spiderman stories is more interesting to follow than BIB and OMD. It all started with CW when Peter decided to reveal his identity and how everything went downhill from there. In Back in Black, the stories bring together Peter's problems with his wife, aunt May and the death of Captain America.
I felt the stories are too slow with a lot of drama between Peter Parker, Mary Jane and his fellow superheroes.

Spiderman : One More Day is another week of stories about saving aunt May from death and the deal with Mephisto. What a stupid reason it is to save someone life, and this doesn't look like Peter Parker in his true self. I always figured him much smarter than to agree to a deal with frigging Mephisto.

In conclusion I like Spiderman and I don't care what the haters (including Norman) thinks. I don't even care if this is old news. HAH!

HAH!

With that we wrap up this month's Review Rail. Thanks everyone and see you again when I get back.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Debut: The Review Rail

Well here we are! I finally got some volunteer geeks to do the Review Rail. Johan and Shaz will be here every so often. Drop by once in a while for their opinions on comic books, toys, and whatever unholy gadget they just bought. These are their personal recommendations but feel free to chime in your own.

Oh, they might tell it in english or in bahasa since we figure our local comic book readers could speak more than one language anyway. I'm pretty much letting them say whatever they like.

Let's start shall we?

Hi all!

Wormwood Gentleman Corpse Calamari Rising TP by Ben Templesmith


This is a fun, action packed installment that allows Templesmith to show off his artistry, with big weapons, weird robot suits, exploding things, and big alien squid things. It's all as pretty as can be, in a bizarre, expressionistic-surrealistic way.

I guess it depends on your own personal definition of pretty (but it fits mine, so there). The coloring is rich, and you really do feel like you're submerged in a bizarre new world. It's a good buy!

Captain Stoneheart And The Truth Fairy HC by Joe Kelly and artist Chris Bachalo


Pirates and Hippos. What's not to love? No, really! Head over to www.hipflask.com and take a look.

Avengers Disassembled : Thor TP by Michael Oeming and artist Andrea Di Vito



As you can expect by the title "Ragnarok," or the end of the world in Norse mythology, a lot of things get shaken up. Thor is now king of Asgard, and his reign is threatened by his maniacal half brother, Loki, who apparently carries out his most ambitious scheme yet. This leads to a number of Asgardian deaths, but you never know for sure when you are dealing with gods and goddesses.

The first few pages was a pleasure to read. The book also gives a brief origin of Thor, Loki and the hammer Mjlonir.

The art was very appropriate for the armageddon-like atmosphere of the story. One two-page diagonal spread shows Loki in all his glory above his fallen arch enemy.
At any rate, I recommend this book.

Thank you Johan. Now let's see what Shaz has for us. Brace yourself, he's kinda loud...

HAI!

LAST SON #1, DC.


WHEN A KRYPTONIAN CHILD CRASH LANDS IN METROPOLIS. CLARK KENT RAISES THE BOY AS HIS OWN AND GIVING HIM A SECRET IDENTITY AS CHRISTOPHER KENT.
BIZARRO, GENERAL ZOD, LEX LUTHOR AND THE SUPERMAN REVENGE SQUAD.EACH HASENOUGH POWER TO RIVAL SUPERMAN, AND EACH WILL DO ANYTHING TO HAVE CHRISTOPHER FOR THEIR OWN.AS WAR THIS EXTRAORDINARY CHILD RAGES IN THE SKIES OF METROPOLIS,SUPERMAN IS TRAPPED IN THE PHANTOM ZONE.LOST AND TRAPPED IN THE PHANTOM ZONE SUPERMAN MEET HIS LONG LOST FRIEND MON EL WHOM HE EXILEDTO THE PHANTOM ZONE TO SAVE HIM FROM LEAD RADIATION. MON EL HELP SUPERMAN FIND HIS WAY OUT TO SAVE THE WORLD BUT THERE'S ANOTHER DANGER INSIDE THE PHANTOM ZONE A WAITING FOR SUPERMAN AND HIS FRIEND.

RATING FOUR STARS OF FIVE! POWER EXTREME!

Translation: Shaz likes this book about Superman.

ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN HC VOL 1 BY JIM LEE & FRANK MILLER PUBLISHER DC COMIC


THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF BATMAN AND ROBIN BECOMING THE DYNAMIC DUO, WHEN BRUCE WAYNE WENT TO THE CIRCUSWITH HIS GROUPIES TO WATCH THE FLYING GRAYSONS. DURING THE SHOW, THE GRAYSON FAMILY WAS ASSASSINATED LEAVING DICK GRAYSON AS THE ONLY SURVIVOR IN HIS FAMILY. BRUCE THEN SAVES GRAYSON'S LIFE AS THE GODDAMNED BATMAN!

RATING FOUR STAR OF FIVE! MMMM! BITCHES!

Translation: It's another retelling of Batman & Robin. This time Jim Lee and Frank Miller hold the reigns. Campy as hell but it grows on you. Frank trolls you because he loves you.

CONAN BORN ON BATTLEFIELD TP VOL 0 BY KURT BUSIEK & GREG RUTH PUBLISHER DARKHORSE


FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS IN THE HARSH NORTHERN LANDS OF CIMMERIA, TO LEGENDARY FEAT ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF VENARIUM. THIS IS THE ORIGINS STORY OF CONAN BORN ON BATTLEFIELD. FROM NOMAD TO BARBARIAN TO A KING.THIS IS CONAN PROPHECY, LATER TO BE A STORY TO TALE BY HIS FOLK. CONAN GREW WITH ADVENTURE OF HIS GRANDFATHER CONNAUCHT WHEN HE WAS YOUNG, AND A WISDOM OF STEEL AND CROM FROM HIS FATHER CENAN.

RATING FOUR STAR OF FIVE! I AM A MAN OF GREAT MIRTH AND MELANCHOLY!

Translation: It's Conan's origin in all it's bloody magnificence. Conan destroys for great justice then broods in the dark. It's all good.

Well, there's our first Review Rail! Tune for more on the next installment whenever we bother!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Watch this space

I'm trying to get some contributors for a new slot I'm planning for this blog.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

KRANK

Heeey.

You CAN ride a bike with no handlebars!