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There’s a lot of hype out there about the upcoming Watchmen movie. Enough that I was motivated to crack open the Psycho comic archive located in the dark recesses of my basement and produce the above set of original Watchmen comics from 1986. Well… not the whole set. I was only able to find numbers one through nine. I pretty sure I have the last three as well but they weren’t proving too easy to find. And the dust was bugging me. And I wanted a beer. Maybe I’ll be motivated enough in the not too distant future to dig out the rest of them.

Probably not.

WonderCon ’06: Holy Terror, Batman!
Batman kicks Al Qaeda’s ass. Frank Miller’s talks about upcoming book.

During his WonderCon panel, Frank Miller discussed his next graphic novel. Once again, Miller returns to the world of the Batman, this time with Holy Terror, Batman!. Though the title plays with Robin’s classic catchphrase, the book deals with a serious subject. Gotham has been attacked by Al Qaeda and Batman sets out to defend the city he loves. The book, which Miller has inked through 120 pages, is expected to run roughly 200 pages total.

Miller proudly announced the title of his next Batman book, which he will write, draw and ink. Holy Terror, Batman! is no joke. And Miller doesn’t hold back on the true purpose of the book, calling it “a piece of propoganda,” where ‘Batman kicks al Qaeda’s ass.”

Yes, despite my previous bitching, I’m posting yet another comics story. Looks like I’m slowly getting pulled back in. But you know, its Frank Miller. And Batman. Thats a combination that just can’t be ignored.

[tags]Batman, Frank Miller[/tags]

Marvel has released the actual cover to Amazing Spider-Man #529 which pictures the new Spider-Man costume.

Full size version of the image above can be found here.

In the story, this new costume is designed by Tony Stark (Iron Man). That’s pretty apparent when you look at the color scheme of the costume. But whats with the three mechanical arms? Is Spidey now becoming Dr. Octopus as well? And maybe its just me, but thats a pretty…. unfortunate location for the third arm; at least in this picture.

What can I say, I’m old school. I don’t like it. Spider-Man should always have the blue and red custume. I didn’t like the black costume after the Venom storyline and I don’t like this one either.

update: broken link removed.
update2: new working link put back in.

[tags]Spider-Man, Spiderman, Marvel[/tags]

Its been quite a while since I’ve bought a comic. I still hang on to my collection (which if I remembers comprises about 15 full long boxes), but its been a long time since I’ve blown the dust off those boxes in my basement. I grew disillusioned with comics a while ago. It started with multiple covers/foil covers/signed covers and all the other usless marketing crap and came to head with a massive spike in single issue prices and the overblown hype of the ‘Death of Superman’ issue.

Last week while waiting to meet my father for lunch I found myself killing some time browsing the racks of Alternate Worlds in Cockeysville. I see that not much has changed in terms of comic prices. Apparently they’re still printing them with gold ink on silver pages. One series did catch my eye however; ‘The Walking Dead’ published by Image Comics. The series has been running for a while; I beleive the current issue is up in the high 20’s. What I came accross where the collections of the first 12 issues in ‘graphic novel’ format. A quick flip through the books and I was impressed with the art and the price, for comics, was reasonable ($10 and $13 respectively). I figured what the hell, its been a long time since I dropped any money on comics, I was getting 12 issues for a decent price and finally, zombies. How could you go wrong. I bought the first two of four volumes, The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye and The Walking Dead Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us

I went home, immediately read through both volumes that night and turned to Amazon and ordered the other two; The Walking Dead Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars and The Walking Dead Vol. 4: The Heart’s Desire. So yeah, its safe to say I liked the series.

Its has a very ’28 days’ beginning to it, but after that it takes a long term look at the characters and what changes after the zombies start walking and munching. As one reviewer states, this series starts where the regular zombie movie ends. One feature I like in the story? Just like a Josh Weadon (Buffy, Firefly) story, anybody can die at any time. I can’t remember the last time I actually said ‘shit!’ out loud after turning the page of any book, much less a comic book.

Don’t take my word for it though. In a great marketing move, Image Comics has placed the entire first issue of The Walking Dead online (with quite a few other of its issue #1 books). Go check it out, it you’re a fan of the zombie genre, you’ll like this series.

[tags]Comics, The Walking Dead, Zombies, Image[/tags]

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