John, EJ, and Migs volt in this week (but not the way you would think… sicko) and review Flash: Rebirth #6, New Avengers #62, and Blackest Night #7. After a round of Quick Shots and War of Thumbs, the bastards discuss the possibility of burn out caused by an over-saturation of comic book films in the cinemas.
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During a Tres Komikeros secret fortress assembly, the boys together read a copy of Blackest Night #5, and as the last page was turned, a rainbow of rings burst out of the pages, deputizing various celebrities around the globe. This is the beginning of our search.
“Bruce Lee of Earth, you have the ability to inflict great pain… in a yellow jumpsuit. Welcome to the Sinestro Corps.”
John, Alex, and Migs return with a boatload of reviews with their spotlights (eew?) shining on Power Girl #9, Devil #1, and DoomWar #1. After a hefty round of quick shots, the boys discuss the recent big changes in the big offices with Dan Didio, Geoff Johns, and Jim Lee each getting title upgrades. The show is capped off with a panel discussion about the komikeros’ expectations for the New Heroic Age and Brightest Day. Listen and learn, kids.
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John is back and EJ joins him to review the latest DC animated feature JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS on TWO EARTHS. Tan tan taaaaan!!! Join the boys as they discuss the film’s highs and lows, their thoughts on James Woods’ performance, and their personal favorite DC superhero animated films.
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Here we are, in another action-packed edition of the All-New, All-Powerful Prejudged!!! This is another huge week in comic books, with releases like Amazing Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Captain America, Batman, Dark Avengers, Daredevil, Power Girl, Deadpool, Incredible Hulk, and Uncanny X-Men.
This time though, we’ll be taking a look at covers to titles which I think should be getting more attention, in an attempt to make this already big week HUGE!!!
First on our list is Invincible #70: cover by Ryan Ottley
After years of build-up, the Sequid Invasion finally begins and Invincible and his fellow heroes seem outmatched and overwhelmed. How will they escape their doom?… Just a little old-school hyping up for ya. As always, Invincible promises to be a fun-filled thrill ride with lots of action, drama, and a whole lot of teen angst. This comic book has been as consistent as its Marvel counterpart, Ultimate Spider-Man, without stepping into “rip-off” territory. As a friend once said: “Invincible is good enough to make you pass on sex”…… There’s a comments section at the bottom of the page, by the way.
Next is Batman: Streets of Gotham #9; cover by Dustin Nguyen
This is my bet for Alex’s next Cover of the Week. Heck, just the covers alone make me get this title every month. Not to say that the stories aren’t good too. This issue is penned by Mike Benson. For those who aren’t familiar with him; Michael Benson is a regular writer on HBO’s hit series “Entourage”. Come to think of it, he’s probably responsible for Vincent Chase as Aquaman….. Anyway, expect this issue to have the usual gorgeous artwork from Nguyen, with a strong done-in-one story. The Manhunter c0-feature ain’t too shabby either.
Next up is a personal favorite, Punisher #14; cover by Mike McKone
Bitch all you want about the plot being ridiculous and campy, cause guess what, this isn’t your usual Garth Ennis Punisher anymore. You can save the gritty realism for the Marvel MAX line. This is the 616, where people wear bright colored spandex and can come back from the dead as a badass Frankenstein monster. I thought I’d never again read a Punisher book and actually have a blast. It’s not that I don’t like the Ennis Punisher (the adult in me loves it), it’s just that the 8 year old in me thinks Franken Castle is an awesome name!
Lastly we have Joe the Barbarian #2; cover by Sean Murphy
Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy. If you’re aware of who these two are, that should be enough reason to pick this up. The first issue was off to a great start, showcasing the spectacular artwork of Mr. Murphy and a more grounded Grant Morrison (as opposed to the freaky weird (albeit brilliant) version of Grant Morrison) who is one of the few comic book writers who excel at both superhero and non-superhero stories. Joe the Barbarian is a powerful piece of storytelling.
So there you have it. If you’re not already reading these titles, I hope I’ve been able to steer you towards at least taking a good long look at the cover to Streets of Gotham. See you next week.
Cover of the Week is my presentation of the best cover from last week’s comic book releases, based on the art, design, and overall good looks.
Hello everyone! I hope you didn’t miss me that much. This week we feature a book by the “wonder twins”, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba.
“There’s no way to caption this without being sexist.” — anonymous komikero
Psylocke: A British telepath inhabiting the body of a Japanese ninja assassin and master martial artist, Betsy Braddock is able to telekinetically enhance her strength and agility enough to outmatch Sabretooth. Her telepathic powers allow her to read her opponents’ minds, and project a focused beam of directed psionic energy into a ‘psycho-blast’ or a ‘psi-blade’ capable of piercing the Juggernaut’s psi-proof helmet.
Why She Wins: Psylocke shoots out a blast of psionic energy at Sara Pezzini and simultaneously charges at her wielding, her psi-blade. The Witchblade instictively blocks her attacks, not letting its host be harmed. Psylocke detects this through her telepathy and unleashes a torrent of psychic attacks coupled with physical blows to continue distracting the Witchblade. Pezzini, unable to withstand the psychic assault, passes out, leaving the Witchblade without a bearer. Psylocke then calls on it come and claim its new host.
Witchblade: Passed along for generations as a mystical gauntlet borne by generations of great warrior women, the Witchblade grants its bearer heightened agility, nigh-invulnerability, a force blast, and at times… necromancy.
Why She Wins: Tough as nails New York City cop Sara Pezzini uses the Witchblade’s demonic attacks to hold the telepathic ninja at bay, but is unable to for too long, not being an advanced martial artist. With Psylocke barely able to physically harm Pezzini, the mutant switches to psychic assault and plunges a psi-blade into Witchblade’s mind. Initially thinking it an easy win, Psylocke is overwhelmed by the gauntlet’s ancient demonic essence and is left a convulsing (albeit hot) mess on the floor as Sara walks away, unfazed.