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Review: Green Lantern: Rebirth

Before beginning, I would like to offer up thanks to Crackerbob, Chris, and kcgadiyar who came to my aid in my hour of need.  This was written by Geoff Johns, drawn by Ethan Van Sciver, and inked by Prentis Rollins.  I picked up the Green Lantern: Rebirth trade today at the advisement of the above mentioned commenters, and I think I liked it.  I say I think because I had no idea what was going on for the first few pages…. issues… ok, I was clueless for the entire first half but I think I worked it out in the end.  There’s a guy with a ring, except there are lots of guys that could have a ring if the guy dies (there used to be lots of them), but if the guy isn’t really dead or his body might be in the sun but then again it’s in a coffin in the Justice League maybe-secret (I’m not sure but it’s pretty big so maybe not) hideout.  So if there are guys cause the first guy died but then he comes back they can still hangout with their rings…. and stuff.

In all seriousness, I liked it.  Even though I was totally clueless for the first half, it was good.  The story was good once it got rolling, Green Arrow was cool, Batman was kinda a dick.  The idea of the Green Lantern, and the Corps has always interested me, the whole space odessy thing, with all the different lanterns.  It has a Star Wars-esque sort of feel for me, and I really love Star Wars.  I think the main problem for me following the book was they they often refer to each other by their real names, which I am not familiar with yet, but also because there were multiple parallel story lines going on which were all connected, but not in the ways I understood.  Once I went back and re-read them after finishing the book, it was much more lucid.

The Art was very top notch.  Everything was so detailed and sharp.  As I read a comic I often like to stop and appreciate the work the artist has put into each panel; notice which non-dialogue characters they chose to show in the background, and from what angle they visualized the situation.  Van Sciver absolutely delivered in giving me something to look at and be entertained by.  He managed to strike that difficult to obtain balance between having a busy background that distracts from the action/plot, and having a boring background, which really makes a comic seem bland and something you just want to speed through.

I can see that Green Lantern will definately be something I will be picking up in the future.

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Occupying Time Off

Mike over at Panels of Awesome, which btw have recently changed sites, so update your bookmarks, posted today on what to do while you’ve got downtime, be it from work or school.  I thought it was a very interesting topic, and to occupy my downtime, I figured I’d blog about it.  I left a comment saying that I tend to read old comics, but I do other stuff too; I read other’s blogs fanatically.  I figured I’d take some time and spotlight on some great blog posts of late by other bloggers.   Rokk’s Comic Revolution writes some great reviews that I often don’t really get to appreciate during the busy times of the year.  I’ve been reading them over the last few days and as someone who puts a lot of time and thought into writing reviews, I really appreciate what he’s doing there.  On the topic of reviews, Faust’s website, entitled Faust’s Fantastically Fantasmagoric Forum, writes on a wide variety of topics, including television and movies, but he also does a weekly comic review, focusing mainly on DC stuff.  I mainly read Marvel, Dark Horse, and BOOM! Studios comics, and I’d read more DC if it were financially feasible, so I enjoy the chance to read up on what’s happening in DC.

I would be mistaken to not mention Comics Daily, written by J. Hunt, a regular commenter on this site.  He recently wrote a post about the One More Day debacle, and wrote a very well worded opinion, which which I absolutely agree.  He writes very detailed blog posts, and always seems to be able to get to the heart of the issue.  Much of the comic book community is refusing to tangent from OMD, and to link you to all of the posts that have been created about it would be an act of futility.  One that does deserve mentioning is No More Days posted over at the Fortress of Solitude.  This post tackles the argument from a slightly different, and a little more cynical perspective.

Comics don’t always have to be taken seriously, a blog entitled Comics Make No Sense takes a look at comics that well, make no sense.  Taking them out of context, or even in general, and pointing out just how ridiculous they are.  I thought the one he did about some guy with a Q on his chest (I’m told it stands for Quiet Plea for Help), who appeared in Dial H for Hero.  Some blogs have been quite silent, such as Merc With A Mouth, who’s last entry was simply a list of links, which I am quickly realizing is what this is amounting to, I will probably do more indepth writing on each one in the coming future however.  As well as For the Love of Comics, who will be thankfully returning in the new year, because his is one of the ones I read most frequently.

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Rapid Fire Reviews: Conan, Cable & Deadpool, Star Wars, and World of Warcraft

Conan: The Frost-Giant’s Daughter #1 

            Granted, as I set out to write this review, I must admit that this was my first venture into the world of Conan the Barbarian.  For the record though, “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter” is the name of the story by Robert E. Howard, the comic is not depicting Conan as a daughter.  It opens with Conan on a snow covered field of battle, the lone survivor of a confrontation, facing off with another warrior, who we can assume to be the survivor of the opposing force.  The story continues with a scantily clad female, who approaches Conan of Cimmeria, tantalizing him, and he follows her for miles, eventually fighting her two brothers.  The art is very cinematic, and at times it seems almost watercolor, in what I understand to be the classic Conan style, there is a lot of buildup to the fight, but not as much art is dedicated to the fight itself.  I find this to be refreshing, although I do love a great comic book fight, Conan: The Frost-Giant’s Daughter has the feel of a novel, and it was based on one.  Despite its roots though, it does not tend to be overly wordy.  All in all, a good read.

 

 

Cable & Deadpool #48

            If you have been following Cable & Deadpool at all recently, you’ll know that Cable ‘died,’ and that his name has been crossed out on the cover for a while, replaced with a new character each month.  Now, I don’t think anyone believed for a second that Cable actually died (and we know now for sure thanks to Messiah Complex, that he didn’t), but it has offered some interesting story opportunities.  This month’s stand-in is Brother VooDoo (linked because some people may not recognize him, he’s not exactly central to many Marvel storylines), and he helps Wade Wilson with some self-actualization.  Fighting Deadpool arch-nemesis T-Ray takes up most of the issue, and while I am a huge fan of both fighting and Deadpool, nothing much really happens from page to page.  Don’t get me wrong though, I did enjoy the issue, but going back through it, it’s all setup for issues to come, and this issue is more of the same – Deadpool wants to be a hero now.  For Deadpool fans?  Well, you probably already own it, read it, and bagged/boarded it.  For anyone looking to get into Deadpool, I would go back to Civil War, and collect trades or read the comics by whatever means you have from there, because it will likely be confusing to any outsider at this point.

Star Wars: Dark Times #7

 
            Star Wars: Dark Times is one of my favourite Star Wars comic book story lines.  Set about a thousand years before the battle of Yavin, that’s the end of the first movie for all of those who might not know.  This story arc, Parallels, is set 19 years BBY (before the battle of Yavin).  This issue is comprised of three parts, a conversation between the nosurian, Bomo Greenbark (the new guy), and the human, Crys Taanzer, about how they have lost their families in the galactic war.  The next portion is a look at what happened after the events of Dark Times #6 (which, I highly recommend for any Star Wars fan out there), K’kruhk seems to be cautiously optimistic about his current situation, abandoned on this planet.  I wish they had donated a bit more than 2 pages to this, because it’s the story I’m most interested in; K’kruhk is one of my favourite Star Wars characters right now.  Moving on however, we’re back to the story of the crew on the Uhumele.  They’re attempting to make some money, but things go sour, and they get double crossed, and find they’re outgunned three to one.  Thankfully however, there is some deceit, and in the mayhem, it appears that the crew of the Uhumele will attack, with Bomo seeking to prove his worth, and become accepted. 

I am a fan of the art in Dark Times; Dave Ross is exceptionally proficient at making a busy scene understandable.  He is able to represent all the different races of the Star Wars universe, makes them recognizable, and gives them emotion.  Putting emotion into the eyes of a human is one thing, but being able to do it to a nosurian like Bomo Greenbark is another thing altogether.  If you’re not a Star Wars fan, I would be hesitant to recommend any of the Star Wars comics to you, because of the depth of Star Wars knowledge required, especially in story lines such as Knights of the Old Republic.  Dark Times would be much easier for anyone looking to pick up a Star Wars title, who has only seen the movies, however, working knowledge of Episodes 1-6 is probably required to understand what is going on.

World of Warcraft #2

 

 
            Last of this list of mini-reviews today is a follow up to the review I did of Issue #1.  The comic still seems to be written for a younger audience; the author still spells out many connections that could be left for any reader to discern for themselves.  However, the art is still very good, and much of this issue is taken up by a fight scene.  So, if you enjoy comic fights, this is probably worthwhile.  We do get a limited insight into the past life of “Croc-bait” or as he is known by the end of the issue “Lo’Gosh,” however, nothing we couldn’t have guessed for ourselves: he was a soldier who served under a still unnamed great leader.  He is likeable though, if you enjoy the unwilling hero motif.  My analysis from before has not really changed however, the comic is not brilliant, but it is good enough if you have an interest in the story behind Warcraft.

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