Wednesday, November 18, 2015

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From Marvel's Febuary 2016 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at Marvel Comics' February 2016 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH:  POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1 We know you've been waiting to see Luke Cage and Danny Rand back together and back to street-stomping basics! power man and iron fist are tracking a mystery with all the ingredients of a classic Heroes-for-Hire tale. Expect old friends, hired goons, crime lords, weird magic, plenty of power, a flurry of fists and as much bromance as you can handle! (W) David Walker (A) Sanford Greene

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME BLACK KNIGHT #4 The fate of the Black Knight and the Ebony Blade revealed! Who will end up with the Blade? Dane Whitman? The Avengers? Or someone else entirely? The answer will surprise you! (W) Frank Tieri (A) Luca Pizzari


DOCTOR STRANGE #5 The Witchfinder Wolves are here and Doctor Strange is in trouble. The Empirikul is coming, Magic's days are numbered and Strange is not ready! (W) Jason Aaron (A) Chris Bachalo

DAREDEVIL #4 Facing roadblocks at every turn, A.D.A. Matt Murdock struggles to build a case against the duplicitous founder of the Church of the Sheltering Hands, Tenfingers, who's not so secretly amassing power in Chinatown. Meanwhile, Daredevil's continued fight against the villain is stuck at a stalemate. With his back against the ropes, the Man Without Fear seeks help from the most seasoned super hero he knows --Steve Rogers! (W) Charles Soule (A) Ron Garney

HERCULES #4 The Uprising Storm is sweeping in to destroy all remnants of the ancient world and its ways, and only Hercules stands in its path. Meanwhile, Herc has been pushing his buddy Gilgamesh to get off the couch and back into the hero business. Now Gil has finally stepped up...and walked into a world of trouble. Hercules has got to save the world...but first, he's got to save his old friend from a miserable death.... (W) Dan Abnett (A) Luke Ross

 THE COOL KID  INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #6 "The War Machines" starts now! Something is not right in the house of Stark, and Tony must delve into the nooks and crannies of his international organization to find out what. Plus: The first big clues of major things to come in the Marvel Universe! (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Mike Deodato

 What do you think?  Full Marvel's February 2016 solicitations here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

SWEET AS: The Top 6 From DC Comics' February 2016 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's 'Sweet as'. When I look at DC Comics' February 2016 solicits, these six make the 'Sweet As' grade:

 PICK OF THE MONTH  WONDER WOMAN EARTH ONE VOL. 1 HC Grant Morrison joins with Yanick Paquette to reimagine Wonder Woman for a new era. Encompassing the vision of her original creator, William Moulton Marston, Morrison presents a Diana who yearns to break free from her mother and the utopian society on Paradise Island to learn about the forbidden outside world. 

Her dreams may come true when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor crashes on their shores, and she must defy the laws of the Amazons to return him to Man's World. Is she ready for the culture shock that awaits her in America? And is the world ready for this Wonder Woman? 144 pages (W) Grant Morrison (A) Yanick Paquette

 SOUNDS LIKE AWESOME  SUPERMAN: THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN #1 A threat so epic it will take more than one Man of Steel to handle it in this new 6-issue miniseries! As Darkseid and the hordes of Apokolips lay waste to the world, even Superman is overwhelmed -- but not for long, as three heroes from the miniaturized city of Kandor emerge at full size, armed with all the vast powers of Kal-El, ready to become the new Supermen! This battle of titans also features the machinations of Lex Luthor, plus fan favorites Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane aiding in the fight for Truth, Justice and the American Way. (W and A) Neal Adams


MIDNIGHTER #9 Spyral wants the deadly Perdition Pistol back -- so they turn to the only man who stands a chance of recovering it: Midnighter! The only problem is who has possession of it now...the near-unbeatable Suicide Squad! (W) Steve Orlando (A) ACO

SWAMP THING #2 A zombie is on the loose on the campus of Louisiana's Crowley College! Swamp Thing must search out an old friend if he hopes to save the small college town from the resurrected student roaming the forest. But if he thinks that zombies are the biggest problem on his horizon, Alec Holland might need to think again. (W) Len Wein (A) Kelley Jones

 JUMP ON HERE  HE-MAN: THE ETERNITY WAR #15 After #14's shocking conclusion, the victors of the Eternity War rise from the rebuild the future! Who has lived? Who has died? What is the future of the Masters of the Universe saga? Find out in this rousing epilogue to the modern day He-Man epic, "The Eternity War"! (W) Dan Abnett (A) Pop Mhan

 RETURN OF THE MONTH  GREEN LANTERN #48 Green Lantern faces off against Sonar and the forces of Modora in an explosive final showdown -- but does Hal have enough will to stand up to the coming threat of Parallax? (W) Robert Venditti (A) Martin Coccolo

 What do you think?  For DC's full February solicits, click here.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

SHIELDS! The iWantIt iPhone Batmobile Case

I first felt my life was incomplete when I missed out on getting a Soundwave Decepticon figure in the 80's (with Ravage of course). Then I thought it was by not having a time machine so I could go back and grab a copy of Lee and Kirby's Fantastic Four #1, Avengers #1 and as many of their Captain America's as I could carry. But now I realise, I was wrong.

My life is incomplete because I don't have the Tim Burton Batmobile iPhone cover.

Sure those fins will dig into your pocket, but no pain no gain and God damn it it even lights up and projects the bat signal!

What do you think?

Monday, November 02, 2015

ON A WIN AND A PRAYER: The First Preacher Trailer

They may be only three panels, but having Herr Starr escape cannibals by hopping out of the desert on one leg cracks me up everytime I look at it. Writer Garth Ennis is truly my kind of twisted.

Hopefully the just released trailer for AMC's upcoming Preacher TV series, based on the comic that featured the above escape fail, obese people bombs, rag on a stick showers and more, keeps the same sense of humour and wrongness as Jesse Custer seeks out God for a little one on one. Only then will it ever be right.

 What do you think?