Friday, January 29, 2016

UNEXPECTED HORROR BLOCK II: What I got...


I THOUGHT I cancelled this bloody thing...
*SIGH*

OK, let's see what's in my January block.

Hmmm...looks promising for AUD$50 worth of stuff...

They Live!
This T-shirt is fucking awesome!!!

Nice! I'm using this at work right now.

What the fuck..?
A broken, evil dolly head? Hmmm...perfect for leaving around an abandoned house to scare the frig out of stoner kids.

A mini-cleaver keyring? 
Meh. How many keyrings do I need in my life?

A film cel is pretty cool. 
Clearly a copy, but it's still waaaaay cool. :)

And a great bloody magazine to wrap up the Horror Block. I'm glad as hell they "accidentally" sent this to me.

OK, paint me IMPRESSED. This block was super-great value for money. If the dollar improves, I may well go back to ordering more of these.
If you want one, head to Nerd Block. I'd highly recommend it.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Opening my Marvel Collector Corps: Guardians Of The Galaxy (oversized) Box

My last Marvel Collector Corps box.....wow me!



I luuuuuurve the packaging.


Good start...

Instead of a T-shirt, I got a GotG scarf. What's even cooler is the long vertical Groot on the other side. :)

Saves me having to buy the first issue. Cute cover.

Cool mug, if slightly impractical. I passed it onto a friend.


Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute.

Overall rating: a galactict 9/10!!! :D




HORROR BLOCK: What I got....




I PICKED this up cheap due to some Halloween/Black Friday deal. Was it worth the cost?


Ooooooh, spooky!

Awwwww, he's do cute!


Wes Craven tribute T-shirt? Already worn it once. It's a winner!


Got this on display at work. Noice!


On my pin-up board at work. Cool. :)


Not into The Walking Dead. I'll pass this onto someone else who is.


Gave this mag to a friend.

So, all in all, I give this reduced-price HORROR BLOCK 9/10. :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

COMICS READING FOR DECEMBER: “Mission bloody Possible: 100 random, potentially shit comics in a month...PLUS one extra comic”


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

HOW I RATE THE COMICS VIA THE ALAN MOORE SCALE
*****     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.-4. Hero 9 to 5 (Markosia, 2010) ***¼
- originally published as Hero 9 to 5 #1-4 (Markosia, 2010)
Writer: Ian Sharman/Artist: David Gray
An amiable tale about working-class superheroes in England, marred by an out-of-left-field rape incident in the fourth issue. Jarring stuff.
5.-10. Marvel Boy TPB (Marvel, 2001) *½
- originally published as Marvel Boy #1-6 (Marvel Knights, 2000-01)
Writer: Grant Morrison/Artists: JG Jones, Ryan Kelly & Sean Parsons
How can a guy who produces so exquisitely perfect and delightful as All-Star Superman can also serve up such a steaming, dense, incomprehensible piece of crap like this reimagining of the Captain Marvel mythos.
11. Southern Knights #29 (Comics Interview, 1988) **
Writer: Henry Vogel/Artists: Chuck Wojtkiewicz; Del Thompson; Mark Propst & John Dell III
Utterly uninspiring superheroic shenanigans.
12. Genesis #0 (Malibu, 1993) ½*
Widowmaker:
Writer: Roland Mann/Artist: Jimmy Palmiotti
Ex-Mutants:
Writer: Charles Marshall/Artists: Patrick Rolo & Bobby Rae
Dinosaurs for Hire:
Writer: Tom Mason/Artists: Curt Swan & Bruce McCorkindale
Protectors:
Writer: RA Jones/Artist: Rich Buckler
George Perez (cover)
The wrap-around foil cover reveals everything that was wrong with early 90s mainstream comics. Add to it bad, “gritty’ writing and “killer” vigilantes and you get a shitty-as-fuck comic.
13.-18. Kick-Ass 3 #3-8 (Icon, 2013-14) ****
Writer: Mark Millar/Artists: John Romita Jr & Tom Palmer
I didn’t like the first two issues and I expected this final chapter in the trilogy to continue to be a major disappointment. To be honest, I was dreading reading the last six issues. But to my surprise and pleasure, the series really picked up with #3 and didn’t let up till the very end. Just a really fun read and a satisfying conclusion to the Kick-Ass story. I didn’t fully understand why the Motherfucker turned good – that seemed unbelievable and designed to be a shock twist – but other than that, I enjoyed Kick-Ass 3 immensely.
19. Epic #2 (Comix Tribe, 2014) **
Writer: Tyler James/Artist: Fico Ossio
A juvenile superhero who loses his powers when in the presence of hot chicks? That’s a new wrinkle to an old story. Other than that, Epic wasn’t particularly good.
20.-21. Mandrake the Magician #2, #8 (Frew, 1990-91) **½
Writer: Lee Falk/Artists: Phil Davis (interior); Glenn Ford (#2 cover)
When my mum went into a nursing home a few months back, I inherited her comics collection, which included these two Aussie-produced mags, reprinting Mandrake strips from the 1940s. Frew had been publishing The Phantom for 40+ years at this stage and obviously thought another Lee Falk creation might do well on the newsstands. Originally billed as a six-issue limited series, the title must have done OK for a while as Mum also had #8. But I don’t think Mandrake lasted too much longer after that. As premises go it’s kinda lame: a magician constantly uses “mass hypnosis” to thwart crooks – while always wearing a three-piece dinner suit and top hat. His assistant – the super-strong but superstitious and cowardly Lothar – is a pretty bad racial stereotype, even by the terrible cultural standards of that time. With all that said, #8’s story “The Kordies” (part one of a two-part series) was entertaining and the use of the zombie-like Kordies – led by evil Baron Kord – is effectively creepy. As for Frew, the company STILL reprints old Phantom strips, making it the most successful Aussie-based comics company of all time.
22. Legends #5 (DC, 1987) ***¼
Writers: John Ostrander & Len Wein/Artists: John Byrne & Karl Kesel
This was the series where G. Gordon Godfrey (who was one of Darkseid’s stooges) turned mankind against superheroes. Cool art by John Byrne and this issue sets up a bunch of post-Legends series including the new Justice League and Suicide Squad.
23. Get Lost #2 (NCG, 1987) *
Writers: Ross Andru & Mike Esposito/Artists: Andru & Esposito (interior); Gray Morrow (cover)
Terrible, sub-par Mad magazine rip-off. This is a reprint of the original Get Lost from the mid-1950s.
24. Unknown Worlds Of Science Fiction #4 (Marvel/Curtis, 1975) **¼
Writers/Artists: various
I always loved this mag, which I first read when it was reprinted by Newton Comics in the mid-70s. Nostalgic feelings aside, however, it’s pretty ordinary sci-fi anthology stuff. There’s an interesting interview with AE Van Vogt, where he reveals he’s a Scientologist and a “good friend” of L. Ron Hubbard. Wacky stuff. The only decent strip is Encounter At War, written by Jan Strnad and illustrated by Richard Corben. But the poor B&W printing on cheap paper destroys the art’s impact.

25.-28. Invincible Vol. 1: Family Matters (Image, 2003) ***½
29.-32. Invincible Vol. 2: Eight Is Enough (Image, 2004) ***½
33.-37. Invincible Vol. 3: Perfect Strangers (Image, 2004) ***
38.-43. Invincible Vol. 4: Head Of The Class (Image, 2005) ***½
- originally published in Invincible #1-19 & Image Summer Special #1 (Image, 2003-04)
Writer: Robert Kirkman/Artists: Cory Walker (#1-7), Ryan Ottley (#8-19) + friends

DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH THE ORIGINAL COMICS OF THIS SERIES ARE WORTH?!!! Issue one alone is $1500 MINT! I had Invincible #1-25 and I sold the lot in 2005 for THIRTY DOLLARS on eBay!!! AAAAARRRRRGHHHHHH!
I stopped buying Invincible and sold my collection at the same time that I quit The Walking Dead (and yes, I sold the first 25 issues of TWD on eBay for a pittance, too). I’d had enough of the torture porn that Kirkman had turned both titles into – while I could sorta understand why he did in a zombie comic, I just couldn’t appreciate him taking the torture porn route in what was, essentially, a light-hearted superhero tale. To be honest, I started going off Invincible around #8 when Invincible’s dad Omni-Man was revealed to be a mass-murdering psycho from another planet. It wasn’t hard to quit the series when I did the same with TWD. Having just read the Wikipedia entry on Invincible, I’m glad I did, because Kirkman has taken the series into some truly dark territory. Still...a few years back i saw the first four volumes of Invincible for sale cheap on eBay. On a whim I bought them (along with the first two volumes of TWD...don’t ask). I didn’t know what to expect when I reread the first 19 issues. I will say that I still hate the dark road that Kirkman took the series in #8 when Omni-Man slaughters the Guardians Of The Globe. But much of the comic is endearing and Invincible is such a likeable teenager...well, he is at this stage anyway.
I won’t buy any further volumes, but I’m glad I reread it – Invincible was once a very enjoyable comic book.

44. Brinke Of Eternity #1 (Chaos! Comics, 1994) DUD
Writers: Brinke Stevens & Brian Pulido/Artists: Mike Holliman & Mark Morales (interior); Steven Hughes (cover)
45. Brinke Of Destruction #1 (High Top, 1995) *
Writers: Brinke Stevens & Todd A. Kaylor/Artists: Mike Holliman & Ian (interior); boris Vallejo (cover)
46. Brinke Of Disaster! (High-Top Sports Productions, 1996) **
Writer: Dave R. & Richard McEnroe & Cynthia Johns/Artists: PM Butler (pencils); Richard Mcenroe & John Lockamy (cover)

47.-50. Marvel Milestones Special (Marvel, 2006) ***½
- originally published in Marvel Presents #1 (1975), Machine Man #1 (1978), Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 (1982), Bloodstone #1 (2001)
Writers/artists: various
51. Kid Colt And The Arizona Girl (Marvel, 2006) ***¼
Writers/artists: various
52. Trident #1 (Trident Comics, 1989) **½
Writers/artists: various
53. Terra Magazine #1 (Black House, 2011) **
Writers/artists: various
54. Moon Girl #3 (Red 5 Comics, 2011) DUD
Writer: Tony Trov & Johnny Zito/Aritst: The Rahzzah
55. The Vic Bridges Fazes Sketchbook And Fact File #1 (AC Comics, 1986) **¼
56. Hello, I’m Johnny Cash (Spire Christian Comics, 1976) **
Writers: Johnny Cash & Billy Zeoli/Artist: Al Hartley
57. Asylum #2 (Millennium Publications, 1993) ***¾
Writers/artists: various
58. Star Wars #1 (Marvel, 2015) *
Writer: Jason Aaron/Artist: John Cassaday
59. Pacific Rim: Tales From The Drift #1 (Legendary, 2015) DUD
Writers: Travis Beacham & Joshua Fialkov/Artist: Marcos Marz (interior); Marz & Whilce Portacio (cover)
60. Doctor Solar #1 (Dark Horse, 2010) **
Writers/artists: various
61. Chicanos #1 (IDW, 2005) ½*
Writer: Carlos Trillo/Artist: Eduardo Risso
Racist, sexist shit.
62. Lucifer Fawkes: Bloodflow (Rorschach Entertainment, 2004) ½*
Writer: C. William Russette/Artists: Ryan Sergeant (interior); Shane White (cover)
63.-65. Sparks Limited Preview Ashcan #1-2 (Catastrophic Comics, 2008) **
Writer: Chris Folino/Artist: JM Ringuet
66. Ornette Birks Makkonen Speaks Fluent English (self-published, 1996?) *
Writer: Pauli Kallio/Artist: Ville Pirinen
67. Star Wars: Vader Down #1 (Marvel, 2016) *
Writers: Jason Aaron & Kieron Gillen/Artists: Mike Deodato (interior); Mark Brooks (cover)
68.-73. Vext #1-6 (DC, 1999) ***
Writer: Keith Giffen/Artists: Mike McKone & Mark McKenna
Giffen isn’t as funny as he thinks he is.
74.-75. Freedom Fighters #1-2 (DC, 1976) *
Writers: Martin Pasko (#1) & Gerry Conway (#1-2)/Artists: Ric Estrada & Mike Royer (#1); Pablo Marcos & Tex Blaisdell (#2)
76. Bucky O’Hare TPB (Continuity, 1986) **¾
Writer: Michael Golden/Artist: Larry Hama
77.-80. Helen Killer #1-4 (Arcana, 2007-08) ½*
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg & Matthew JLD Rice/Artist: Matthew JLD Rice
Arguably the stupidest concept ever: Helen Keller puts on wacky glasses and becomes a demon-possessed ninja superhero. Godawful!
81.-85. Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman Vol. 1 (Marvel, 2011) ****
- originally published in Fantastic Four #570-574 (Marvel, 2009-10)
Writer: Jonathan Hickman/Artists: Dale Eaglesham & Andrew Currie (interiors #570-572); Neil Edwards (interiors #573-574); Alan Davis & Mark Farmer (main covers)
Actually, this was surprisingly good.
86.-89. Marvel Universe vs The Punisher #1-4 (Marvel, 2010-11) ***½
Writer: Jonathan Mayberry/Artist: Goran Parlov
So was this.
90. Plastic Farm #17 (self-published, 2010) ***
Writer/artist: Rafer Roberts
91. Random Order Comics (self-published, 2004) ***
Writer/Artist: James V. West
92. The Airmen (Mansion Comics, 1995) DUD
Writer: David Watkins/Artists: various
93. Zombie Boy #1 (Antarctic Press, 1996) **¾
Writer/artist: Mark Stokes
94.-95. Eclipse Monthly #3, #6 (Eclipse, 1983) **
Writers/artists: various
96. McBlack One-Shot (Black Class Press, 2011) **
Writer: Jason Franks/Artists: various
97. PeaceMakers #1 (Bittersweet Press, 1997) DUD
Writers/artists: various
Horribly lame “superhero” action, not helped that the comic is misprinted and one section is repeated, making the two stories incomprehensible.
98. Bloody Bones And Blackeyed Peas #1 (Galaxy Comics, 1984) ½*
Writers/artists: various
I’d wanted this comic for years after seeing the cover in The Comics Journal back in the mid-80s. I’ve read it now, but it was awful. Totally schlocky DC House Of Mystery-style horror.
99. The Cosmic Book #1 (ACE Comics, 1986) ** (all for Wally Wood & Alex Toth)
Contributors: Wally Wood, Alex Toth, etc.
100. Reagan’s Raiders #2 (Solson Publications, 1986) -**
Writer: Monroe Arnold, David George & Rich Buckler/Artists: Keith royster, Rich Buckler & Scott Gladfelter
Godawful political superhero “satire”.

PLUS
101. Cyanide And Happiness: I’m Giving You the Finger (HarperCollins, 2009) ****
Writers/artists: Rob D, Dave, Matt & Kris