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WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011

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We have two webcomics updates for this week, so please enjoy our international crime-fighting story, The Red Devil, and our awesome sci-fi anthology, Tales From The Future.

Also, we are approaching a total of 100,000 viewers for this year and we appreciate your support!

THE RED DEVIL

Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Artist: Erik Roman

Color & Lettering: Joe Haemmerle

Dublin O'Darby (The Red Devil) is an international crime-fighter who works for Sebastian Coronado, the director of an organization dedicated to combating cartels of evil. Joining The Red Devil is teenage sidekick Charlotte Murphy (Kid Diablo). In the exciting first issue, Red Devil and Kid Diablo track down a dangerous ninja, Silent Noise, who has stolen a mysterious ring which once belonged to a diabolical group of demon worshipers known as the Order of Methalius.


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TALES FROM THE FUTURE: TECHNICALITY & THE PLAN

Writer, Artist, and Letterer: A. Kaviraj

Technicality and The Plan are two wonderful…

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #3 REVIEW

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Writer: Peter Milligan

Art: Mikel Janin


Justice League Dark #1 Review


My favorite pick of DC’s 52 keeps on rolling with the usual quality business from Milligan and Janin.

The creepiness, the other worldliness of this book is the primary strength of the title and here in issue #3, Justice League Dark maintains its own status quo: Zatanna is in need of some TLC, seeing that she’s seated in the middle of Main Street USA in a self-imposed trance, a defensive move to counter the Enchantress’ attacks while the witch sets up a magical equivalent of a box trap in the boonies to await her prey. The only guy who can lend Zatanna a hand is one John Constantine, and when that guy’s your guiding light…well, you know you just fell from the frying pan and into the fire, figuratively speaking. Meanwhile, June Moone and Deadman are off trying to figure out the nuts n’ bolts of their own relationship as Shade tries vainly to contact other “magick” folks at the request of Xanadu in a fruitless recrui…

GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #3 REVIEW

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Written by:  Tony Bedard
Pencils:  Harvey Tolibao
Pencils:  Tyler Kirkham
Inks:  Matt Banning

It’s that time again Lanterns, grab your power rings, red, yellow, white, green, blue, orange, violet, indigo, and not a chance in hell for a black ring, and lets review this title that is delving far deeper into the Green Lantern universe than Chris Hanson at a NAMBLA rally.  (If you don’t get that, it’s probably best.)  You can read Mike “Simply Fabulous” Knolls issue one review here. and issue two, here

So here we have Kyle Rayner, once again being portrayed as the messianic Lantern.  Except now, every ring, except the black, has chosen him to be it’s champion. Confused, and rightfully so, Kyle becomes the object of the irrational affections of the other colored lanterns.  They are none to pleased that he has these rings and want them back, at any cost.  Back in issue two Saint Walker comes to the rescue of Kyle and aids him in escaping so he can find out why the rings have chosen him from th…

HAWKEYE #4 REVIEW

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Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Art: Rafa Sandoval


Hawkeye’s one of my favorites. Not just one of my favorite Avengers, I mean “favorite” as in “all time.” ONE of my favorites—Cap still takes that cake. Anyway, I’m a bit biased when it comes to the handling of my faves, and here with issue #4 of Ultimate Comics Hawkeye, we’re seeing the wraps on his solo mission to retrieve a purported Super Soldier Serum in Southeast Asia that ends up with a resounding “Huh?”

As a story, it leaves plenty of questions that I’m sure will be addressed over in the mother title Ultimate Comics Ultimates, making these four issues part of larger ongoing saga that’s happening over in that book. As a stand-alone, self-contained arc, you can’t help but feel page constraints kept Hickman from fully fleshing out his tale. Or maybe it was editorial. Regardless, here’s the skinny: two super-powered brothers—Zorn and Xorn, respectively—wax over their origins, why they are like they are, why they live in twin floating cit…

SUNDAY SONG SELECTION FOR NOVEMBER 27, 2011: 'YOU ARE INVITED' BY THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN

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You can't go wrong with The Dismemberment Plan. Enjoy.



KAV'S DVD REVIEW OF SUPER 8

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Ok, what do you get when Steven Speilberg and JJ Abrams make a movie? You get Super 8, a cross between The Goonies, ET and Cloverfield. Really well done film-the dialogue is top-notch. Example-the hippie dude who likes one of the kid's sister asks him, "What type of music does your sister like?" The kid replies, "I don't know-who cares? Disco I guess." "I can get back into disco," the guy replies. Funny.

So the movie is about a huge alien who crash landed in the 50's-it's trying to repair its ship, which somehow dissolved into a mass of alien cubes. ET wants to go HOME. The USAF is tracking the thing, which escaped after a train wreck. All the scenes are seat-gripping, and the sub plot of the kids making an amateur zombie movie is great. As an amateur film maker myself, I found it highly interesting.

The acting is also top notch, not a false note anywhere. There's also a romantic sub plot as the geeky kid and the hot chick with the lo…

THE INCREDIBLE HULK REVIEW #2

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Writer: Jason Aaron

Pencils: Marc Silvestri, Whilce Portacio, and Billy Tan


Need to read The Incredible Hulk #1 review? Click here to read.

Breaking up is hard to do and Jason Aaron is doing a great job of exploring the post break-up status of Bruce Banner and The Hulk with his run on The Incredible Hulk. After years of living with the beast, Banner has realized that The Hulk was his greatest achievement and he will do anything to get that back. In order to succeed, Banner has taken residence on an island that once served as a nuclear testing site and has developed an army of Hulk-like animals.

While Banner is going to every possible extreme to return to the good ol' days, The Hulk is enjoying the single life. He's been living underground with Moloids and was very content until Amanda Von Doom and her horde of robots and misfits came along as a major buzzkill. Somehow, Von Doom was able to get The Hulk to listen to her plan where he is to leave his happy place and assist he…

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011

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We have two webcomics updates for this week, so please enjoy Dr. Death vs The Zombie and The Number 18.



DOCTOR DEATH VS THE ZOMBIE

Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Artist and Letterer: A. Kaviraj

Dr. Death character based on the story Dr Death vs The Vampire by Aaron Schutz

Champion City Comics is pleased to present the exciting conclusion to Dr Death vs The Vampire. Dr. Death has taken refuge in Las Vegas following a brutal encounter with a vampire clan. However, his refuge is short-lived due to the presence of a zombie that is terrorizing the city.

Dr Death and Phreaker have survived their run-in with the vampire and zombie but an ally may be in danger.

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TALES FROM THE FUTURE: THE NUMBER 18
Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Artist and Letterer: A. Kaviraj

The Number 18 has been re-lettered so please enjoy this sci-fi tale where Dr. William Montgomery has discovered that his patient, Jack Clark, has been implanted with a defective microchip that may have Jack programmed to commit m…

JUSTICE LEAGUE #3 REVIEW

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Writer: Geoff Johns

Pencils: Jim Lee

Inks: Scott Williams

Warning: This review contains spoilers.

"Who's in charge here? I vote for ME." That's how Aquaman makes his introduction to the Justice League in issue three, which in my opinion is a bold way to make your presence known to the world's best superheroes. The band is getting together and we may see a fully united Justice League battling Darkseid and his evil minions in issue four. Wonder Woman and Cyborg also make their first appearance in Justice League #3, whichis another action-packed read from the creative team of Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams.  

Darkseid has been creating havoc pm Earth and in this issue he has unleashed an army of winged demons that are capturing people and our heroes, sans Cyborg, are battling them furiously. Superman, Batman, The Flash, and Green Lantern are in a fierce battle when Wonder Woman shows up and gives the boys a taste of how they do things in the land of Amaz…

CATWOMAN #3 REVIEW

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Writer: Judd Winnick
Art: Guillem March
The moral of the Catwoman reboot, and that’s a loose term in the scheme of things, is that this kitten has claws, a fact not lost here in issue #3.
The previous two issues from the same creative team of Winnick and March showed us that A) Selina still fans a hot-burning flame for Batman, and B) she digs pink lingerie. Other than showing us that the ol’ girl is up to her old tricks while pissing off some (most) of Gotham’s most nefarious ne’er-do-wells, the only new info we’re privy to is meeting Selina’s fence (that’s someone who buys stolen goods from thieves—the booster—in exchange for split profits, FYI.) If you read last month’s issue, you know that the chick was DOA when Catwoman paid a visit to her dear friend, courtesy of osteo-thug Bone, a victim of Selina’s who wants his valuables returned.
Issue #3 reminds us that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, doubly so if said woman is ultra-agile, a crackerjack with a bullwhip and you just p…

SUNDAY SONG SELECTION FOR NOVEMBER 20, 2011: TV'S FROM OUTER SPACE BY BUTCH WILLIS & THE ROCKS

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Enjoy the bizarre rock and roll!



THE HUNGER GAMES OFFICIAL TRAILER (2012)

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DAREDEVIL #5 REVIEW

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Writer: Mark Waid

Artist: Marcos Martin

Color: Javier Rodriguez

It has been years since I've read an issue of Daredevil. The reason had to do with life going by quickly rather than the comic book. Now I have returned and am glad because Mark Waid's run with Daredevil has been excellent.

When I was reading this title, it was the era of Bendis and Brubaker. Those comics were awesome and I'm pleased to see Waid continuing the excellence with his storytelling. I am not going to give away too much with this review, but Matt Murdoch is defending Austin Cao, a blind man who overheard something juicy regrading Latveria and that is all I will write at this time. There is plenty of action and of course, Foggy Nelson provides plenty of comedy for diehard fans.

If you missed issues one to five then you will not necessarily be lost with this issue. One can jump in and enjoy the adventures of Daredevil.

Waid's script is great and there is plenty of action and intrigue. Not only do…

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BATMAN #3 REVIEW

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Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo

The Court of the Owls is gunning for Bruce Wayne, and Batman rushes to find answers. The issue begins with Bruce’s great-great-grandfather, Alan Wayne, running through the streets screaming hysterically about owls roosting in his house. When he’s stopped by the police he falls down an open manhole cover and dies. In the present day, Batman begins to think that he might have been wrong about The Court of the Owls. Visiting mayoral candidate and friend, Lincoln March, in the hospital it occurs to Bruce how the masked assassin got into his tower without being seen. Batman gives a short monologue about buildings that don’t have a 13th floor and how they technically do, but there’s nothing there; it’s an empty space. He has Alfred call up a list of buildings built through a fund his great-great-grandfather set up and, upon visiting all of them, he finds nests built into each building with portraits of The Court going back to at least 1919. In…

HOMELAND DIRECTIVE REVIEW

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Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Mike Huddleston
Robert Venditti has a message for you: the government— they’re bad. In Top Shelf Comics’ graphic novel release The Homeland Directive, Venditti and his co-conspirator Huddleston aim to show you Uncle Sam’s insidious side and how the suits and spooks that make up U.S. domestic policy would rather eat their own than sample defeat. Released this past June, Venditti—the guy behind the graphic novel source material for the 2009 Bruce Willis flick Surrogates—serves up not a ‘Who Dunnit’ but a ‘Why’d They Do It’ expose on just how far big government will go to ensure that national security stays that way.
Lucky us it’s a tale that reads better than most.
The skinny: on what should’ve been a humdrum speaking engagement, CDC virologist and chief heroine Dr. Laura Regan soon finds herself waist-high in conspiracy, staring down both a fledgling national epidemic and an assassin hellbent on eliminating his mark. She’s caught between the usual trust …

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011

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We have three webcomics updates for this week, so please enjoy Dr. Death vs The Zombie, The Red Devil, and The Captive.



DOCTOR DEATH VS THE ZOMBIE

Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Artist and Letterer: A. Kaviraj

Dr. Death character based on the story Dr Death vs The Vampire by Aaron Schutz

Champion City Comics is pleased to present the exciting conclusion to Dr Death vs The Vampire. Dr. Death has taken refuge in Las Vegas following a brutal encounter with a vampire clan. However, his refuge is short-lived due to the presence of a zombie that is terrorizing the city.

Dr Death and Phreaker are still in pursuit of the vampire and the zombie, but things get crazy in Sin City.
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THE RED DEVIL

Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Pencils and Inks: Erik Roman

Color and Lettering: Joe Haemmerle

Synopsis: Dublin O'Darby (The Red Devil) is an international crime-fighter who works for Sebastian Coronado, the director of an organization dedicated to combating cartels of evil. Joining The Red Dev…

SPACEMAN #1 REVIEW

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Writer: Brian Azzarello

Artist: Eduardo Risso


Warning: This review contains spoilers

I've been looking for something different and interesting at my comic book store. Over the past month, I've been on a New 52 kick and have enjoyed some great stories from Marvel. However, I was not able to find something new, but that changed last weekwhen I picked up Spaceman.

Spaceman, a nine issue science-fiction story from the creative team of 100 Bullets. The one dollar price was very nice, but I was sold on the collaboration of Azzarello and Risso. For some reason, I had not read anything online about the release of Spaceman, so I decided to give the first issue a shot. Azzarello and Risso had an amazing run with 100 Bullets and Azzarello has been on fire with Wonder Woman.


Reading Spaceman was the equivalent of reading something from Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow), Samuel Delany (Dhalgren), or Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange). That's not a negative statement, folks. The …

KAV'S DVD REVIEW OF THE GREEN HORNET

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This is the greatest movie ever made! I almost didn't rent it cause I figured it was a B movie superhero movie and those films usually SUCK. But then I remembered that it was barely advertised, and knowing that the amount of advertising of a movie is directly proportional to the amount of suckiness I decided to give it a chance. And I'm glad I did!

The humorous dynamic between The Green Hornet and Kato is great-a joy to watch. action scenes unfold with awesomeness. Kato does a kick in this film I have never seen before: a jumping spinning front kick! I immediately tried this at home and it works! I'm using this baby in my next street fight-like the one I got in where I roundhouse kicked a dude in the head in true Chuck Norris fashion!

The villain is expertly scripted-he gets mad when people think he's 'not scary' then before he blows their cortex across the room as he jamms his double-gun in their face he says, 'Am I scary now?' Ha ha! great!

I can&#…

SUPERBOY #3 REVIEW

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Written by Scott Lobdell

Art by R.B. Silva and Rob Lean


Considering my distaste for the current running Superman issues that apparently have more fans than Justin Bieber, I'll admit, and concede defeat when it comes to Superboy. Hands down this is really fueling my nerd ego. Superboy, a title they have made no quips about, is relaunched. It has to be, I mean, in issue one he's in a lab being incubated for the wrath of Khan! But at least for the sake of continuity we know he's the clone of Lex and Kal-El, and at least at this point, that hasn't changed. I can deal with that, but when you tell me this is not a relaunch and expect me to think this Superman is the same one that had issues with curing cancer, then I pardon my Assholiosis. (See Action Comics #3 review for definition).


First, I freaking love, LOVE, the new costume. It's all black (always in fashion at Old Navy) and has glowing power lines that just look freaking sweet. In issue #2 Superboy blew …

SUNDAY SONG SELECTION: 'SUPERNAUT' BY 1,000 HOMO DJS

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Trent Reznor + Al Jourgensen + Black Sabbath cover = AWESOME

KAV'S DVD REVIEW: GREEN LANTERN

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Having accidentally rented The Green Lantern CARTOON with the live action cover last week - released close to the time the REAL Green Lantern movie was coming out - a bait and switch ploy from DC I'm sure, I was not in a positive frame of mind for this movie.  But I wanted to give it a chance.
One thing I've noticed about DC movies as opposed to Marvel movies is the crowds.  In a Marvel movie the crowd is reacting to what's happening.  In a DC movie the crowd just stands there while a green flying guy you know, shoots magical beams that stop a crashing helicopter and saves a girl from a falling structure with a FORCE FIELD.  Even after the FLYING GREEN GUY shoots skyward, no one says a word.  Also, they're evenly spaced.  It's like the director said, “OK you guys stand here, here, and here” and then forgot about them.
Dumb, man.  No one says, "WHO IS THAT DUDE? HOW CAN HE FLY?" or even, "OMG!" Also, the debut of GL was dumb.  A helicopter starts t…

GREEN LANTERN #3 REVIEW

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Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist Doug Mahnke

Oa, The Guardian’s chambers. Ganthet, having recently been lobotomized by his fellow guardians (See my review of Green Lantern: New Guardians #2) tells his fellow guardians what he’s learned. Over his time serving in different Corps he’s learned that each army that has been created (The Mahunters and The Corps) have had the capacity for fault. That in the end, they have failed. So Ganthet decides it’s time to sanction “The Third Army”.

Meanwhile, things are finally heating up for Hal Jordan, erstwhile Green Lantern of sector 2814. Sinestro has given him a proxy ring that he can turn on and off at whim. Using that as leverage he’s sealed a deal that ensures Hal’s help in overthrowing his Corps in return for a permanent ring. Together they take off for Korugar, and when they reach it, Hal learns a few new tricks from his old mentor. Sinestro then reveals the failsafe he built into the battery, if a Green Lantern were to enter the main batt…

KAV'S DVD REVIEW OF 'SKYLINE'

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OK, this film is Independence Day meets Fire in the Sky meets Cloverfield meets The Matrix and boy is it boring. LA is invaded by alien sentinel things that swallow you up in Fire in the Sky goo and giant spacecraft which crash to the ground with a nuclear explosion and releasing Cloverfield-like giant hungry aliens. Sounds exciting, right? It isn't. Not even a little bit. Matter of fact, the last 1/3 of the film I just kept skipping ahead to watch basically the same scene over and over again-screaming women, whining, running men...lame.

WHY was it boring? well because the writers forget the basic rule of scriptwriting-your characters cannot be reactive, just running and screaming from one menace to another. They have to ACT, man, like John McClane does in the Die Hard films. A powerless protagonist is a BORING protagonist. And with virtually no dialogue, you know, stuff like, 'WTF is happening? Aliens have invaded?' or such, it rings totally FALSE.

And, it follows the s…

LEGION SECRET ORIGIN #1 REVIEW

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Writer: Paul Levitz

Artist: Chris Batista

Publisher: DC Comics

The issue begins with humanity finding a race of people who have been butchered beyond anything their advanced sensibilities can comprehend. They bring in a specialist to investigate; a young man named Braniac 5. Simultaneously, The Security Directorate, which may or may not be made up of psychics (it seems like they’re more pre-cognicent than psychic), watches over a man named R.J. Brande and the three children with amazing abilities that he has with him. The Directorate speaks in a vague, mystical, foreshadowing manner about the kids (who are of course Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad) and they even confront Brande about it. Meanwhile, Brainiac is making some headway on the butchering case when a mysterious woman comes through a wormhole and warns of some immense danger. The Directorate discuss various issues in regards to this woman, the budding Legion, and in the end we see Cosmic Boy swearing Triplica…

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 9, 2011

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We have three webcomics updates for this week, so please enjoy Dr. Death vs The Zombie, The Red Devil, and Tales From The Future: License Expired.



DOCTOR DEATH VS THE ZOMBIE

Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Artist and Letterer: A. Kaviraj

Dr. Death character based on the story Dr Death vs The Vampire by Aaron Schutz

Champion City Comics is pleased to present the exciting conclusion to Dr Death vs The Vampire. Dr. Death has taken refuge in Las Vegas following a brutal encounter with a vampire clan. However, his refuge is short-lived due to the presence of a zombie that is terrorizing the city.

Have you been checking out this awesome webcomic? No? What is wrong with you?! We have an exciting tale where superheroes, vampires, and a zombie battle it out in Las Vegas. What else do you need?

Check out the latest pages where Maximillian, a vampire leader, has taken some hostages and gained a valuable ally. Doctor Death and Phreaker are in hot pursuit and things are about to get crazier in Sin City.

CLI…