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!