Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I am grateful people have come to check out reviews every week on the released titles. But it all comes to an end. This is the second time and there will not be a third time. I am turning all my time, which is limited because of a day job and a family which consists of a wife and two twin baby girls. I hope you stick around and if not I wish you the best on future endeavors.
Spell #2 is in the process of lettering and will be sent to the printer on 4/1/14, Spell #3 is already in the process of being penciled and inked. This is my true love and forever will be.
See you soon,
Joseph Hottendorf Jr
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Pick of the Week: Jupiter's Legacy #4 (Image Comics) Mark Millar Writer/Frank Quitely Art
This book would most likely take the top honors month after month. Problem is it only comes out every 3 plus months. Well that usually holds me back from giving the top honors to a book, but everything put into this book can not stop that level headedness. I hope in the future this book comes out on a better schedule, but look at the creators and if you have picked it up you know what I am talking about. This is basically the X-Men gone bad!!!!
Runner-Up: Wolverine and the X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics) Jason Latour Writer/Mahmud Asrar Art
I was kind of weary on the relaunch of this title, the first series was one of my favorite series for most of its run. Well Jason Aaron, your legacy is being followed up well by Latour and Bacahalo does not have to worry cause Asrar, not as good has the right stuff for this book. Cant wait to see where this creative team takes us!!!!
Also Hot: Forever Evil #6 (D.C. Comics), Green Lantern #29 (D.C. Comics), Nova #14 (Marvel Comics), Uncanny X-Men #18 (Marvel Comics), Archer & Armstrong #18 (Valiant Ent.)
Honorable Mention: Batman Superman Annual #1 (D.C. Comics), Earth 2 #21 (D.C. Comics), Tales of honor #1 (Top Cow/Image), Turok Dinosaur Hunter (Dynamite Ent.)
Not So Hot: Batman Detective Comics #29 Gothtopia (D.C. Comics), New Warriores #2 (Marvel Comics)
Monday, March 3, 2014
Pick of the Week: Black Science #4 (Image Comics) Rick Remender Writer/Matteo Scalera & Dean White Art
I grew up listening to old time radio on the local radio station 95.5 FM WBAI on such shows as Golden Age of Radio, Mass Backwards and Hour of the Wolf all which at one time played old radio shows such as X-Minus One, The Shadow and so many other shows of yester-year. Other then Remender's Marvel/super hero work Black Science and Fear Agent remind me of this almost forgotten art form from a different time period. Here is the thing, his writing works today in the same way it would of over 70 years ago. The reason is he tells stories that are classics ad timeless, you take this and surround such a talent with great artists and you have a award winning comicbook writer in a nut shell!
Runner-Up: Guardians of the Galaxy #12 (Marvel Comics) Brian Michael Bendis Writer/Sara Pinchelli & Stuart Immonen Pencils
Yet again Guardians is one of the best books on the market month after month with Bendis writing and two of the brightest and upcoming stars in the business playing with there crayons...This is all that and a bag of bagel bits!!!
Also Hot: Batman Superman #8 (D.C. Comics), Superman #28 (D.C. Comics), Elephantmen #54 (Image Comics), Star Trek Khan #5 (IDW Publishing), Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps: H.A.R.D. Corps #0 (Valiant Ent.), X-O Manowar #22 Unity Aftermath (Valiant Ent.)
Honorable Mention: Serenity Firefly Class 03-K64 #2 (Dark Horse Comics), Origin II #3 (Marvel Comics), Wolverine #2 (Marvel Comic), Robotech Voltron #2 (Dynamite Ent)
Not So Hot: Star Wars Legacy #12 (Dark Horse Comics), Aquaman #28 (D.C. Comics), Wolverine and the X-Men #42 (Marvel Comics), Star Trek #30 (IDW Publishing), The Transformers Generation One #99 (IDW Publishing), The X Files Conspiracy The Transformers #1 (IDW Publishing)
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Pick of the Week: Uncanny X-Men #17 (Marvel Comics) Brian Michael Bendis Writer/Chris Bachalo Pencils/Tim Townsend Inks
What is this? Volume 3 of Uncanny X-Men, I really can not keep track. I was so upset when they discontinued the first and original Uncanny title and i will probably never be able to forgive Marvel/Disney on that little screw up. I can say this volume thanks to the likes of Bendis/Bachalo/Townsend is leaps and bounds better then the last series. Good thing cause X-Men plainly titled is a shit fest in the making since issue #2. I know one does not only get a pass, but was actually promising and looked good before the following issues. I have missed the mysticism and wonderment of the 80's and 90's mutant books and Uncanny X-Men has recaptured that wonderment as the original series.
Runner-Up: Amazing X-Men #4 Jason Aaron Writer/Ed McGuinness Pencils/Dexter Vines Inks (Marvel Comics), New Warriors #1 Christopher Yost Writer/Marcus To Art (Marvel Comics), Nova #13 Gerry Duggan Writer/Paco Medina Pencils (Marvel Comics)
No really, I usually throw Marvel in the gutter. Not this week, wow some damn good books here, dont believe me? Pick them up and don't say I didn't tell you so.
Also Hot: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #199 (IDW Publishing), Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #19 (Valiant Ent.)
Honorable Mention: Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #3 (Dark Horse Comics), Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #4 (Dark Horse Comics), Justice League #28 Forever Evil tie-in (D.C. Comics), Red Hood and the Outlaws #28 (D.C. Comics), X-Men #11 (Marvel Comics), Morning Glories #37 (Image Comics), Battlestar Galactica Starbuck #4 (Dynamite Ent.), Unity #4 (Valiant Ent.)
Not So Hot: G.I. Joe Special Missions #12 (IDW Publishing) Meh!!!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Pick of the Week: All New X-Men #23 The Trial of Jean Grey part 3 of 5 (Marvel Comics) Brian Michael Bendis Writer/Stuart Immonen Pencils/ Wade Von Grawbadger Inks
If there were only two books that Marvel published on a monthly basis that I could pick up it would be All New X-Men & Guardians of the Galaxy. So when you have a cross over event between both of these titles I am in full out nerd-gasm!!! Do not miss this storyline!
Runner-Up: Batman #28 (D.C. Comics) Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV Writers/Dustin Nguyen Pencils & Cover
Batman has been great since its relaunch into "The New 52", well get ready for Batman Eternal. Last time I felt this way about a future look on Batman was Batman "Frank Miller's" Returns. No joke, I am not in the business of joking about such a statement.
Also Hot: Superman Wonder Women #5 (D.C. Comics), All-New X-Factor #3 (Marvel Comics), Spawn #240 (Image Comics), Battlestar Galactica #8 (Dynamite Ent.), Legenderry #2 (Dynamite Ent.), Harbinger #21 (Valiant Ent.)
Honorable Mention: Star Wars #14 (Dark Horse Comics), Green Lantern Corps. #28 (D.C. Comics), Justice League America #12 (D.C. Comics), Wolverine and the X-Men #41 (Marvel Comics), The Transformers Robots in Disguise #26 (IDW Publishing), Eternal Warrior #6 (Valiant Ent.)
Not So Hot: Avengers #26 (Marvel Comics) Bring back Infinity please, X-Force #1 (Marvel Comics) Actually a #1 that is a #1, other then that I wanted to rip my brain out my ass!!!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Pick of the Week: Earth 2 #20 (D.C. Comics) Tom Taylor Writer/Barry Kitson & Robson Rocha Pencils/Barry Kitson & Oclair Albert Inks/Jae Lee Cover
Another month and another grab at the top spot, I am not even going to say anything. Reason for that is I have nothing more to say. This is D.C. Comics best monthly title on the racks for 21 months straight it has not wavered no matter who is on the creative side of things. Great idea leads to a great book month after month!!!
Runner-Up: Aphrodite IX #8 (Top Cow/Image) Matt Hawkins Writer/Stjepan Sejic Art
I have been feeling this more then the first run but out by Top Cow Image in the 90's with art by David Finch, really interesting story and deep Sci-Fi overtones to this gem.
Also Hot: Forever Evil #5 (D.C. Comics), Green Lantern/Red Lantern #28 Flip Book (D.C. Comics), G.I. Joe #13 (IDW Publishing), The Transformers More Than Meets the Eye #26 Dark Cybertron Chapter 8 (IDW Publishing)
Honorable Mention: The Star Wars #5 (Dark Horse Comics), Batman Detective Comics #28 Gothopia (D.C. Comics), New Avengers #14 (Marvel Comics), Revelations #2 of 6 (Boom Studios). Archer & Armstrong: Archer #0 (Valiant Ent.)
Not So Hot: X-Men #10 AKA #1 (Marvel Comics) Marvel stop wit the #1 bullshit...Nuff Said!, house of ideas my ass, more like lets see how many gimmicks we can push till the comic market collapses yet again., Wolverine #1 (Marvel Comics) The idea is pretty cool, just not feeling the story., Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 (Dynamite/Gold Key) Not really feeling it, maybe it has been launched one too many times.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Pick of the Week: Guardians of the Galaxy #11 The Trial of Jean Grey (Marvel Comics) Brian Michael (New Avengers) Bendis Writer/Sara (NYX, Runaways) Pichelli Art
I have been a fan of GotG since it was released in the early 90's spearheaded by one of Image Comic's founding fathers Jim Valentino. Since then I have been hooked line and sinker, where i had to track down earlier material of there adventures. A few years ago I was weary when DnA launched a new series by the same name and to my satisfaction I was yet again blown away. fast forward to 2013 and Marvel yet again does not only impress but surpasses the prior versions of this book. Bendis is writing a wonderful tale that keeps getting better as it gains even more momentum with some of the best artists in the field supplying the artwork. Which brings me to Sara Pichelli. I wish all I was able to say was wow, but no. I see her work getting better every issue and I have not liked an artist work this much in a very long time, this is the kind of caliber work that built a little company called Image. I can not wait for more work from her and I have already started backtracking to catch up on her earlier works.
Runner-Up: Serenity Firefly Class 03-K64 #1 (Dark Horse Comics) Zack (Fringe) Whedon Writer/Georges (Bishop: The Last X-Men) Jeanty Art
Serenity picks up months after the Serenity movie ended and already has matched what has come before. I wouldn't exactly call myself a Browncoat, but I was a fan of Firefly from the night it premiered on Fox and cringed the day it was canceled. Fox didn't even have the balls to finish airing the remaining produced episodes of the first season. Since then Fox I believe see's they have made a mistake. You can not go wrong with this book, Firefly...Check, A Whedon on the book...Check! Pick it up, it's about time Firefly/Serenity has come back to the comic shelves!
Also Hot: Superman #27 (D.C. Comics), Uncanny X-Force #17 Vendetta part. 4 (Marvel Comics), Cyber Force #8 (Image/Top Cow), Saga #18 (Image Comics), The Transformers: Regeneration One #98 (IDW Publishing)
Honorable Mention: Aquaman #27 (D.C. Comics), Earth 2 Annual #2 (D.C. Comics), Inhumanity #2 (Marvel Comics), Star Trek #29 (IDW Publishing)
Not So Hot: Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 (D.C. Comics) As of late GL books have been real hit or miss, hopefully Green Lanter/Red Lantern flip book makes up for it.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Pick of the Week: Eternal Warrior #5 (Valiant Ent.) Greg Pak Writer/Robert Gill Art
It may only be the first month of the year, but this is my far my hottest pick that has been released. Nothing has come this close to picking a book or producing a choice that would surpass this book. Not only am I happy with the issue of Eternal Warrior, I have loved the series thus far. The writing and art have been at the top of the heap. I can not wait for more of this book, it is like a diamond in the rough and I hope that is the outcome for the coming months. Futuristic + Ancient = kick ass greatness!
Runner-Up: All-New X-Men #22 (Marvel Comic) Brian Michael Bendis Writer/Stuart Immonen Pencils
I have not been too fond of the X-titles in the last two years and beyond. The two that have stood out has been Wolverine and the X-Men and since its inception All New X-Men. All the other X-titles in my opinion have been hit or miss. Well I can not pull the wool over the eyes of these creators, nor can I hide the fact that this title and the Wolverine and X-Men title are the only two to shine in the last few years, wile Uncanny does hit a spot cause of Bachalo! I just wish I could write some of these mutant titles to turn shit straight!
Also Hot: Batman #27 (D.C. Comics), Justice League #27 Forever Evil tie-in (D.C.Comics), Wolverine and the X-Men #40 (Marvel Comics), X-O Manowar #21 (Valiant Ent.)
Honorable Mention: Star Wars Legacy II #11 (Dark Horse Comics), Red Hood and the Outlaws #27 (D.C. Comics), Avengers #25 (Marvel Comics), Cable and X-Force #19 Vendetta Pt. 3 (Marvel Comics), Origin II #2 (Marvel Comics), All New X-Factor #2 (Marvel Comics), Aphrodite IX: Hidden Files #1 (Image/Top Cow), Battlestar Galactica #7 (Dynamite Ent.), Battlestar Galactica Starbuck #3 (Dynamite Ent.), The Transformers: Robots in Disguise #25 (IDW Publishing)
Not So Hot: X-Men #9 (Marvel Comics) I tried, and I tried!!! I just can not find it in me to feel this book 9 issues in. In my opinion it is not the all female team. Not at all, some of my favorite X-Men are females, most of my favorite X-Men are females. I just do not like the story line., also let me go out on a limb. After a decade if not a little less I must admit I truly hate art done by the Dodson couple. They have done a lot of X-Titles in the last decade and it makes me hate the genre even more then the writing. I do not think I would mind there style on a Spider-Man title or even the Avengers. Am I the only one to have this complaint?
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Pick of the Week: Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows #2 (Dark Horse Comics) Tim Siedell Writer/Gabriel Guzman Art
This is not the first mini series published by Dark Horse featuring the Dark Lord himself. I have really thought the quality of the art and stories on all the previous Vader series were amazing and top notch. Well a month ago I would of told you how I hated this chapter of Vader's story, well 30 days or so and I am here to praise this title. This book is by far the book I enjoyed most this week.
Runner-Up: Superman Wonder Women #4 (D.C. Comics) Charles Soule Writer/ Tony S. Daniel Pencils/Batt Inks
Never a big fan of these two characters unless there was a spotlighted artist or writer on there respective books. The bottom line is that this creative team is dealing with the cast just fine and putting out a damn good book!
Honorable Mention: Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #3 (Dark Horse Comics), Green Lantern Corps #27 (D.C. Comics), Justice League #11 Forever Evil tie-in (D.C. Comics), Amazing X-Men #3 (Marvel Comics), Nova #12 (Marvel Comics), All New X-Men #21 (Marvel Comics), G.I. Joe Special Missions #11 (IDW Publishing), G.I. Joe A Real American Hero! #198 (IDW Publishing), The Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #25 Dark Cybertron Chapter 6 (IDW Publishing), Unity #3 (Valiant Ent.)
Not So Hot: Carbon Grey #2 vol.3 (Image Comics) What started out as a master piece in volume 1 of Carbon Grey just lost it's momentum as the story progressed. Feeling very lost as this book got close to the end.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Pick of the Week: Earth 2 #19 (D.C. Comics) Tom Taylor Writer/Nicola Scott & Robson Rocha Pencils/Trevor Scott & Oclair Albert Inks
Not much to say other then month after month this is hands down one of D.C. Comics best titles on the rack. Refreshing, Amazing and startling creators, art and story all wrapped into one title.
Runner-Up: All-New X-Factor #1 (Marvel Comics) Peter David Writer/Carmine Di Giandomenico Art
Another unnecessary Marvel reboot can not keep the already incumbent X-Factor writer off the runner-up honors. Somewhat different team and good art hold up to David's scribe. I enjoyed this reboot even though they should of just continued as in the old days from what ever issue the book was up to with the headline "All New" or "New Team" or "Jumping On Point". Marvel has got to stop being the money hungry entity that they are, I have cut many Marvel books of late and may just continue on that rout. Good job Disney!!!!
Also Hot: Star Wars #13 (Dark Horse Comics), Green Lantern #27 (D.C. Comics), Spawn #239 (Image Comics)
Honorable Mention: Batman Superman #7 (D.C. Comics), Batman Detective Comics #27 (D.C. Comics), Cable and X-Force #18 (Marvel Comics), Cataclysm Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3 (Marvel Comics), Aphrodite IX #7 (Top Cow/Image Comics), Elephantmen #53 (Image Comics), Morning Glories #36 (Image Comics), G.I. Joe vs. Cobra #6 (FP Comics), Star Trek Khan #4 (IDW Publishing), Bloodshot and H.A.R. D. Corps #18 (Valiant Ent.)
Not So Hot: Transformers Timelines #8 (FP Comics) MEH!!!!
Friday, January 3, 2014
Pick of the Week: Guardians of the Galaxy #10 (Marvel Comics) Brian Michael Bendis Writer/Kevin Maguire Art
Each incarnation of Guardians of the Galaxy gets better, its like a fine aged wine. Valentino took a group of future heroes from the 60's & 70's and brought them into the 90's with a bang. In 2008 DnA and Pelletier, Walker & Craig did the unthinkable and made this title even better, critically acclaimed at the time but with slow sales was cancelled. Fast forward 2013 and again I was a little skeptical with this new series just like the DnA version of GotG. Well all those heads can be put to bed! Bendis and Gaiman has written a cosmic masterpiece while the art provided by McNiven, Maguire, Francavilla and the most talented Sara Pichelli (Her art Rocks)! With a movie coming this summer I see some good Guardians of the Galaxy material for the immediate future if not longer.
Runner-Up: Legenderry #1 (Dynamite Ent.) Bill Willingham Writer/Sergio Davila Art/Joe Benitez Cover and Revelations #1 of 6 (Boom Studios) Paul Jenkins Writer/Humberto Ramos Art
I could not leave either of these titles out, that is how out of the ballpark they were. May I also mention I was not picking up either of them. Legenderry happened thanks to my comic supplier, he throws sketch covers in my pull pile so I can doodle and this happened to be one of those sketch covers. I have never really been into the whole steampunk genre to be truthful with you, maybe a hand full that I can recall such as Lady Mechanika and Transformers Evolutions: Heart of Steel. Well I really got into this book from cover to cover and this is now added to my pull list. The other hidden gem was Revelations with a religious undertone and a potty mouth detective. I did not even realize that this was being released this week, good thing cause Ramos was great with Spider-Man and Wolverine for Marvel. This is also now on my pull list!
Also Hot: Superman Unchained #5 (D.C. Comics) Scott Snyder Writer/Jim Lee, Scott Williams & Dustin Nguyen Art, Superman #26 (D.C. Comics) Scott Lobdell Writer/Ken Lashley Art
Honorable Mention: The Star Wars #0 (Dark Horse Comics), New Avengers #13 Inhumanity tie-in (Marvel Comics), G.I. Joe #12 (IDW Publishing)
Not So Not: Aquaman #26 (D.C. Comics) Sorry Paul, love your artwork. It's the storyline that has been lacking since Johns stepped down as the writer.