Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My October Comic Block from NerdBlock

Oooh.....what's in this month's box?

A Spawn T-shirt. I hate Spawn.

A Venom print plus three comics: Back to The Future (don't care), Lara Croft (really don't care) and Heroes Vengeance (really, REALLY don't care).

Dang? That's all? Better luck next month, Dann.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Opening my Marvel Collector Corps: Villains Box

VILLAINS! I'm excited to see what's inside.

A Red Skull patch, but something else has gone missing. Oh no....never fear...

...oh, here it is. A Green Goblin pin - it had come loose and was inside the box. Cool.

What else? A nice T-shirt. Good stuff.

Iron Man #1? Hell, yeah!

OK, the real meat is here. A Zombie Morbius bobblehead POP! Vinyl, a Dorbz Loki doll and a Venom keyring (which I passed onto Dash - he now needs a key to put on it).

Fuck! Even the empty box is awesome!
AW YEAH, I'm seriously impressed.
I can't wait for the Guardians Of The Galaxy box in a couple of months.

Kirby Your Enthusiam. ep. 43: "The times they are a'changing"

A VERY short podcast in which I discuss my comics pull for November 5. Plus I reveal my new philosophy when it comes to buying "floppies" (single issues) over "trades" (TPBs).
Times are tough, my friends.
The podcast can be found HERE.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

REVIEW: Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Troy Little (Top Shelf, 2015)

NO SOUNDTRACK could be more appropriate while reading this faithful, rather BRILLIANT adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's classic early 70s tale of drugs, drugs and more drugs (and the attempted discovery of "The American Dream") than Coil's Time Machines (1998). Suitably twisted music to accompany the deranged, partly factual adventures of two twisted souls, Raoul Duke and Dr Gonzo, on their red convertible journey into the Heart of Darkness (aka Las Vegas).
Ostensibly, Duke (in reality, Thompson) is hired to cover an off-road motorcycling event, the 1971 Mint 400. Later, he also gets hired to cover a police anti-drugs convention. 

But booze, recreational drugs (including, but not restricted to, ether and adrenal glands), random violence and general mayhem prevent Duke from writing anything meaningful.
Meanwhile, his attorney, Dr Gonzo (aka 
Oscar Zeta Acosta), comes along for the drugs and good times, metamorphosing from a 250lb Mexican into a 300lb Samoan in the process. At either size, he's fucking mental and very scary. He spends much of the book threatening bodily violence on various people, including Duke and himself.
After many misadventures and close scrapes, the pair eventually escape from Vegas, having destroyed two rental cars and wasted two magazines' expense accounts.
It's all a glorious, glorious mess.
I don't know much about Troy Little but this graphic novel is an artistic triumph.
His adaptation of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas is somewhat straightforward - it's like you're reading Thompson's book with added pictures. But the pictures are so fucking beautiful - and beautifully demented - that they greatly enhance the reader's appreciation of the text to the point that you forgive Little's literalness (say that three times fast!).
This is a loving and worthy tribute to one of the great novels of the 20th century and the unhinged genius who wrote it.
Raoul Duke would have approved.
RATING: 5 twisted stars out of five!

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Troy Little is published by Top Shelf and is out now.

Friday, October 9, 2015

My first Comic Block from Nerd Block

Look what turned up in my mailbox today.
My Comic Block for September. Let's open it up. :)
 Holy fuck! It's a 'SAGA' T-shirt!

Fucking 'SAGA'. That's fantastic!
A Green Lantern light-up ring?
Hmmm...the kids will probably like it.
 All first issues. Nothing I already have. A couple of variant covers. Nice.

OK, I'm seriously impressed with my first Comic Block. Absolutely worth the money. Tremendous value. :) 

Kirby Your Enthusiasm, ep. 42: "Essential" and "Godzilla" aren't two words you normally see in the same sentence

THIS podcast was supposed to be rambling reviews of Essential Godzilla Vol. 1 (Marvel, 2006), plus a bit at the end about Image's freaky series, Wytches. However, the second part of the podcast fucked up and now it's just about Godzilla. Sorry about that, but I can't be arsed re-recording it.

Ah well...let me just say here that Wytches is scary as hell and well worth your time picking up the first volume. It does for witches what The Walking Dead did for zombies. Seriously, freaky as fuck.
Anyways, enjoy this "on the road" edition of KYE, co-starring the Hotbody Helen. Cheers.
Podcast is 21 minutes long and can be found HERE.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


* NOW WITH STAR RATINGS (ala Wrestling Observer Newsletter PPV reports) *

*****     Watchmen, Miracleman, V For Vendetta
****      From Hell, Supreme, Swamp Thing, Fashion Beast, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (first two series)
***        Axel Pressbutton, Tom Strong
**         Promethea
*           LoEG: Century: 1969
DUD (or lower) any of his non-comics stuff

1.-24. Essential Godzilla #2 (Marvel, 2006) ***
- originally published in Godzilla #1-24 (Marvel, 1977-79)
Writer: Doug Moench/Artists: Herb Trimpe & friends
A podcast on this book is coming soon.
Toho Productions’ gave Marvel a two-year run with Godzilla and it was bizarre.
Godzilla emerges from an iceberg in Alaska and goes on a rampage. He’s evil for the first three issues, attacking Seattle and San Francisco. But that quickly grows boring, so they make him a sorta good guy (like the Hulk).
Even though he kills thousands of people (even in Marvel’s PG world, there’s no way he couldn’t have wiped out oodles of folk in those cities he destroyed.

Dr Takiguchi, his niece Tamara and annoying grandson Rob create a giant Shogun Warrior-style robot to fight Godzilla.

After that, Godzilla fights alien monsters, battles rustlers, gets shrunk and fights New York sewer rats, then is sent back in time to fight dinosaurs.
Along the way, Godzilla tangles with SHIELD, The Champions, The FF, The Avengers and Devil Dinosaur. It’s weirdly stupid, kinda boring and ends with Godzilla getting written out of Marvel continuity.
At least it means there’s no more Rob, because he’s truly annoying.

25. Vreckless Vrestlers #0 (Vreckless Comics, 2014) **3/4
Writer/artist: Lucasz Kowalczuk
It's in French! Luckily, there's not much dialogue.
26. All-Star Section Eight #4 (DC, 2015) ****
Writer: Garth Ennis/Artist: John McCrea
Garth Ennis really, really, REALLY hates Wonder Woman.
27. Starve #4 (Image, 2015) *****
Writer: Brian Wood/Artist ;Danijel Zezelj
28. We Stand On Guard #3 (Image, 2015) ****¼
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan/Artist: Steve Skroce
29. Minimum Wage: So Many Bad Decisions #5 (Image, 2015) *****
Writer/artist: Bob Fingerman
30. Jupiter’s Circle #6 (Image, 2015) ****
Writer: Mark Millar/Artists: Wilfredo Torres (interior); Frank Quitely (cover)
31. Groot #4 (Marvel, 2015) ***½
Writer: Jeff Loveness/Artists: Brian Kesinger (interiors)/Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire (covers)
32. Deadly Class #16 (Image, 2015) ****
Writer: Rick Remender/Artist: Wes Craig

33.-38. JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull #1-6 (DC, 2013) ***½
Writer: B. Clay Moore/Artist: Tony Harris
39. Shogun Warriors #2 (Marvel, 1978) **
Writer: Doug Moench/Artists: Herb Trimpe & Dan Green
40.-44. The Return Of Valkyrie (Eclipse, 1989) **½
- originally published in Airboy #1-5 (Eclipse, 1989)
Writers: Timothy Truman & Chuck Dixon/Artists: Timothy Truman, Tom Yeates, Stan Woch & Will Blyberg (interiors); Timothy Truman, Stan Woch & Dave Stevens (original covers); Jim Steranko (collection cover)
45. The Air Fighters Meet Sgt. Strike Special #1 (Eclipse, 1988) **
Story: Chuck Dixon/Artist: Tom Lyle
46. Target: Airboy #1 (Eclipse, 1988) *
Writer: Don Chin & Chuck Dixon/Artists: Sam Kieth, Sam De La Rosa & Russ Sever
47. Airboy And Mr Monster #1 (Eclipse, 1987) ***
Writer: Michael T. Gilbert/Artists: Michael T. Gilbert & Mark Pacella
48. Airboy Meets the Prowler (Eclipse, 1987) *
Writer: Timothy Truman & Chuck Dixon (with Michael H. Price)/Artists: John K. Snyder III & Graham Nolan

49. Heavy Metal #276 (Heavy Metal Media, 2015) **
Writers/Artists: various
I haven’t bought a copy of Heavy Metal for some years, but I had to get this ish ’cos of the Jack Kirby article featuring newly recoloured film concept artwork from the late 70s that the King did for Lord Of Light. The art in the feature is great, but the article is kinda meh. Other than that, it’s your usual HM shit: Enki Bilal, some other obscure and arty Euro-wankers plus reprints of Paul Kirchner’s The Bus (arguably the best thing in the issue). I can seriously see why the publishers have hired Grant Morrison to edit this rag in 2016 – it really needs a good shake-up to reclaim its late 70s/early 80s greatness.
50. Avatar Graphic Novel Sampler 2003 (Avatar, 2003) **
Writers/artists: various
51. Silver Surfer #14 (Marvel, 2015) ***½
Writer: Dan Slott/Artist: Michael Allred
52. Bitch Planet #5 (Image, 2015) ****
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick /Artist: Valentine De Landro
53.-58. Saga Vol. 5 (Image, 2015) *****
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan/Artist: Fiona Staples
59. Action Comics #900 (DC, 2011) ***¾
Writers/Artists: various
60. Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two #1 (IDW, 2014) ***
Writer: Douglas Wolk/Artist: Ulises Farinas
61. Captain Canuck #2 (Comely Comix, 1975) DUD
Writers/Artists: various
Godawful Canadian-made comic strip, badly written and draw. Also, there’s a bullshit article in it claiming that movies and TV influence children’s behaviour. It’s really fucking horrible (and badly researched). Fuck this comic.
62. New MGMT #1/Mind MGMT #36 (Dark Horse, 2015) *****
Writer/Artist: Matt Kindt
Very sad to see this great series come to an end. Also, this ends my hard-copy single issue relationship with Dark Horse. Mind MGMT was the only comic I still bought from this company (the rest I get free from the company as digital copies).
63. Foodang #1 (Entity Comics, 1996) ½*
Writer: Michael Duggan/Artists: Michael Duggan & Mike Sagara
A clown as a superhero living with a family of cannibal killers? Not good.
64. The Black Hood #2 (Red Circle, 1983) **
[Black Hood first story] Writer: Gary Cohn/Artist: Pat Boyette
[Black Hood second story] Writer: John Carbonaro & Rich Margopoulos/Artist: Dan Spiegle
[The Fox] Writer/Artist: Alex Toth
Cover Artist: Alex Toth
Toth is great – the rest is typical mediocre Red Circle fare.
65. Tales Of Dread Album (G.T. Ltd, c. Early 1960s) *
Writers/Artists: various
Cheap UK reprint of low-grade sci-fi, horror and western yarns from the USA. The only artist of note that I recognised was Steve Ditko. Some of the stories appear to be abbreviated to fit to space. Not that it matters – they’re all very clich├ęd and lame.
66. Space War #30 (Charlton, 1978) *
Writers/Artists: various
Below-average sci-fi yarns. The only thing that’s notable is that one tale, The Anywhere Machine!, has layouts by Wally Wood, but he must have done just the minimum of pencils, because the art itself is by Tom Sutton and it’s sub-par. Other than that, this comic is completely forgettable.
67. Archer & Armstrong #0 (Valiant, 1992) **
Writers: Bob Layton & Jim Shooter/Artists: Barry Windsor-Smith & Ralph Reese
68. Australian MAD #467 (Next Media, 2011) ***
Writers/Artists: the usual gang of idiots
I popped when I read “How Does Captain America Stack Up Against Other Legendary Captains?” and saw Captain Lou Albano...and he rated better than the other Cap!
69. Supermen Of America #1 (DC, 1999) **
Writer: Stuart Immonen/Artists: various
70. Harvey Kurtzman’s New Two-Fisted Tales (Dark Horse, 1994) ***½
Writers: various/Artists: various (interiors); Harvey Kurtzman & William Stout (cover)
71.-73. Scatterbrain #1-3 (Dark Horse, 1998) ***
Writers/artists: various
74. Monster Wrestlers In My Pocket Annual 1996 (Egmont Publishing, 1996) *
Writer; Mike Butcher/Artists: Tim Perkins, Leo Brown, Simon Clegg and John Moore
Remember Monsters In My Pocket from the early 90s? Those creepy lil’ toys were kinda cool (even for a guy in his late 20s), so I should have loved Wrestlers In My Pocket when I discovered them while holidaying in the UK in 1995. They were like an English version of Kinnikuman. But somehow they were kinda lame and didn’t last long. This annual was the one attempt I found to cash in on the fad. It’s pretty bad, even by wrestling comics’ low standards.

75. In The Days Of The Mob #1 (DC/Hampshire, 1971) ***½
Writer: Jack Kirby/Artists: Jack Kirby & Vince Colletta. Plus toons by Sergio Aragones
Picked up this holy grail of failed DC comics on special at Comic Kingdom in Sydney a few months back. One of Jack’s better efforts, but the 1920s gangster yarns were a probably bit too obscure for hip 70s kids to appreciate. Pity.
76. Cracked Magazine #171 (Major Magazines, 1980) *
Writers/artists: various
77. Life With Archie #9 (Archie, 2011) *
Writers/artists: various
I only bought this mag because it had articles about Lady Gaga on it. Pretty sad, eh?
78. Anthro #6 (DC, 1969) **
Writer: Howie Post/Artists: Howie Post & Wally Wood
Nice inks by Wally, but the story is pedestrian.
79. Vanguard Illustrated #2 (PC, 1984) *
Writers/artists: various
Only worthwhile for the Dave Stevens cheesecake cover.
80. Twisted Tales #5 (PC, 1983) *½
Writer: Bruce Jones/Artists: various (interior), Richard Corben (cover)

Great stuff from Corben, as usual.