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THE FLASH #2 REVIEW

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Writers: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

Art: Francis Manapul


Warning: This review contains spoilers


As a big fan of The Flash,my first impression of Flash #1 by Francis Manapul and Brian Brian Buccellato was a less-than-memorable issue. The owner of my local comic book store said it best when he told me, "Yeah, I read that issue but remember nothing about it at all." My thoughts exactly. Of all the New 52 #1 issues I had purchased, it was Flash #1 that I could not remember that well. It is sad to have to re-read one of your favorite characters' debut titles to refresh your memory. I like to re-read my comics because they are amazing works of writing and art. I know the fanboys are going to want to know why I have a negative opinion of the first issue, so allow me to share my personal opinion. Let me give you a quick overview of my displeasure. The first issue of The Flash was an unimpressive debut where Barry Allen went head-to-head with an army of clones that look…

AQUAMAN #2 REVIEW

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Writer: Geoff Johns

Pencils: Ivan Reis

Warning: This review contains spoilers!

"Haters gonna hate" is an appropriate statement for some Aquaman sentiment prior to the launch of the New 52 by DC Comics. I'll fully admit that I was a hater due to the fact that I had read some Aquaman comics from the 1980s and 90s that were less-than-interesting. The New 52 launch changed everything for me. After I read an impressive first issue and purchased an even more impressive Aquaman #2 I have shredded my Aquaman Haters Club Card. Writer, Geoff Johns, and penciller, Ivan Reis, have a winner and they've gone from a humorous well-paced first issue to a thrilling action-packed second.

Aquaman #2 begins with the freakish evil sea beings that are in search of food. Fortunately, they find a ship out at sea and are pleased to find the food they are looking for, which is the crew. The ship returns back to a harbor sans the crew and the local authorities search for Aquaman to solve the cri…

SUNDAY SONG SELECTION FOR OCTOBER 30, 2011: 'HALLOWEEN' BY THE MISFITS

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The Song of the Day concept did not go over well, so I've decided to bring back The Sunday Song Selection. Let's get in the Halloween spirit with The Misfits.


TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3 REVIEW

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Writer: Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz

Art: Dan Duncan

Warning: This review contains spoilers.

We dive again into the story as Casey Jones and Raphael patrol the streets bringing justice to the world one purse snatcher at a time. Meanwhile, his brothers train themselves to confront Old Hob and his men if they should cross paths again, and continue their search for their lost brother. We flashback to the final moments of the turtles lives as test subjects. They’ve been removed from their facility by ninjas and one turtle was carried off by an alley cat that looks suspiciously like a one eyed feline villain we know. Splinter maneuvers a tricky rescue and saves three turtles, but at the cost of everyone getting covered in mutegen, and the alley cat losing an eye (I called it the first issue! Check if you don’t believe me. I DARE YOU). Splinter comes around and realizes he can talk, and is in his current state. On a rooftop, just before a patrol the three brothers have it out over the, as …

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #2 REVIEW

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Writer: Tony Bedard

Artist: Tyler Kirkham

New Guardians picks up right where the last issue left off with Kyle Rayner surrounded by members of the Red, Indigo, Violet, and Sinestro Corps. And that’s not even covering all the RINGS. One from each Corps. The other lanterns, intent on killing Rayner, fight Kyle and each other to the death. Saint Walker arrives and manages to help Kyle escape and get to OA where he seeks out Ganthet for advice. Upon entering the Guardians chambers he finds that there’s something rotten on the planet OA. Meanwhile back on Earth the other lanterns have decided to team up and go after him, even though that means breaking the ban that The Guardians seem to have put on their planet. The issue ends with The Guardians attacking Kyle to seize the rings, and interrogate him. Somehow the rings make their way onto Kyle’s fingers and we are treated to a pretty awesome splash page.

One thing that I’m starting to wonder about is, what’s Kyle’s motivation in all this. …

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 28, 2011: 'LITTLE BABIES' BY SLEATER-KINNEY

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Dum dum ditty dah dum dum dum dah dum yeah! Crank this one, kids.



BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE LIVING DEAD ISSUE #1 REVIEW

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Writer: Joe Wight

Art: Rod Espinosa

Publisher: Antarctic Press


Warning: This review contains spoilers.

If you are familiar with the titles from Antarctic Press then you know that they have an affinity for Manga inspired comics. As a comics reader, I am not that fond of Manga or Manga inspired works, but Antarctic Press is an exception. Personally, I have always been impressed with their work and it is good to see an independent publisher stay afloat during these god-awful economic times. Like many publishers of comic books, Antarctic Press has some zombie themed offerings that are worth reading. Battle for the Planet of the Living Dead #1 which was written by Joe Wight and featuring the art of Rod Espinosa is a another great work for zombie fans. 

This first issue follows a man named Adams who lives on a planet known as Kaiser Sigma. Adams is a blue-collar guy who works for the industrial firm that pretty much runs the planet. Adams' typical day comes to an end when a space frei…

'68 #4 REVIEW

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Story: Mark Kidwell

Pen and Inks: Nat Jones


Warning: there are a few spoilers in this review.

I am a comic book reader that is willing to take risks on titles simply based on their cover. As a historian, a fan of war comics, and a fan of zombie comics, I felt I could not go wrong with '68 #4 by Image Comics. The cover featured an American GI turned zombie, which seemed good enough for me. Titled 'Crossfire Hurricane', this issue by Mark Kidwell featuring the artwork of Nat Jones is an action-packed journey into the jungles of Vietnam.

It is my duty to inform you that I was not able to find copies of the first three issues of '68 at my local comic book store. I wanted to be thorough in my review, but zombie mania has struck once again. While reading this issue I was able to get the idea of this story, which is the world experiences a zombie outbreak in 1968. I'll give the creative team plenty of props for coming up with a cool zombie story set during one of the mos…

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 27, 2011: 'CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME' BY BLIND FAITH

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Another late entry, but enjoy this rock classic.

MARVEL ULTIMATE COMICS - ULTIMATES #3 REVIEW

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Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Esad Ribic
Someone once said that art imitates life; that seems fairly apropos, considering the hell-in-a-hand basket state of global affairs in the real world. But at least the real world’s not Marvel’s Ultimates world, ‘cause boy, have problems really compounded, as evidenced in issue #3 of the relaunched Ultimate Comics The Ultimates.
Hawkeye’s back on home turf, fresh off his suicidal jaunt in Southeastern Asia (that story wraps in next month’s Ultimate Comics Hawkeye finale.) Here, and if you’ve been following the story or are considering it, know that Thor has no home, mainly because some super-people decimated Asgard and all its godly inhabitants. His powers waning, Stark concocts some stand-in armor for the Thunder God so he can keep up with all the hammer tossin’ that needs to be done, because the good guys have lined up to take it to baddies who’ve said to hell with drawing lines in the sand and instead want to eradicate all forms of human resista…

STRAY BULLETS REVIEW

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Stray Bullets by David Lapham

It's hard to deliver good visuals and a strong story in the same book, but this book delivers. Let me stress this book is not a super hero book, it's about life. Extreme circumstances, sure, but real and complicated people, with every-day problems thrown into extraordinary circumstances. But the real treat of this book is the way the people are connected.

This book delivers continuity in a new fashion, by ignoring serial-linear story telling. It's quite brilliant. The meaning behind the name of the series stems from that continuity play. Take a line of time. Imagine time as one piece of yarn stretched tight. Now take a gun and fire a bullet at a seemingly random part of that line. That's where the next book picks up. At the end of the story, fire the gun again and pick up where that bullet hits. But the joy of the series is still to come. Every story, though seemingly random, is another point where our lead character of the book int…

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 26, 2011: 'LIFE'S BEEN GOOD' BY JOE WALSH

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"I can't complain but sometimes I still do." - Joe Walsh 

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011

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Champion City comics has nineteen webcomic titles for you to enjoy and we have updates this week for Dr. Death vs The Zombie and The Red Devil.


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 recovered from his battle with Dr Death and has encountered Jessie Santiago, a thief who has an ancient skull which controls the zombie that…

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 25, 2011: 'TUESDAY'S GONE' BY LYNYRD SKYNYRD

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Tuesday is almost gone but I updated the song of the day.


BATMAN ARKHAM CITY VIDEO GAME REVIEW

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Batman Arkham City

By RockSteady Studios

The highly anticipated game Batman Arkham City is out; and after almost 12 hours of campaign (I didn’t do many side missions to begin with) I, that is to say Batman, have stepped victorious from the abomination that is Arkham City. The real strength of this game is the sprawling map and comprehensive cast of characters. And I mean COMPREHENSIVE. Since beating the game I’ve completed a number of side missions and have thus encountered Joker, Two-Face, Clayface, Mad Hatter, Penguin, Bane, Solomon Grundy, Mr. Freeze, Victor Zsasz, Harley Quinn, Rha’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Riddler, Hugo Strange, AND legions of thugs. And that’s just the villains.


The story of the game is pretty engaging and keeps you running all across the map. The main mission task involves Victor Zsasz calling random payphones and you rarely stop moving for long. I haven’t been able to play the Catwoman missions but I’ve been told that her parts are fun to play, and doesn’t…

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: JIMMY OLSEN #108 (PART 2)

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Kav & Tony Break it Down is nothing more than two long-time comic book readers making fun of the Golden and Silver Age Superman comics. We understand that these books were written for a juvenile audience but we could not resist reviewing these classics. Please note that no comic books were hurt during the review. 


Kav and I are continuing our review of Jimmy Olsen #108 titled 'The Midas of Metropolis', which was published by DC Comics in 1968. The issue was written by Leo Dorfman and featured the artwork of Curt Swan.

Did you miss part one? If so then click here to read.

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Kav: Jimmy buys out a movie theater and what's playing? Of course, it's another SUPERMAN movie. The Hollywood of Jimmy's world is even more closed minded than the real Hollywood. Mostly they crank out Superman movies. No Green Lantern or Batman movies, just Superman. Then he goes to an airport to shop for planes....we know what this means- every time Jimmy is n…

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 24, 2011: 'I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS' BY THE BOOMTOWN RATS

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Enough said.


COMING SOON: RAPID CITY #1

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What makes Champion City Comics special is the fact that we are always developing new stories and adding more issues to our webcomics collection. Writer, Josh Dahl (Rapid City: Escalation), and artist, A. Kaviraj (Dr Death vs The Vampire, Dr Death vs The Zombie, and Tales From The Future), have teamed up for another Rapid City project. If you've readRapid City: Escalation then you are familiar with this superhero tale then you can see how it all began.

Synopsis: In a city where superheroes are still learning and questioning the choice to be superheroes, even coming up with a name can be a struggle. Meanwhile, forces are coalescing around them that they are oblivious to.

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GREEN LANTERN CORPS #2 REVIEW

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Written By: Peter J Tomasi
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin
Inks: Scott Hanna
This issue picks up where Green Lantern Corps #1 ended. We return to a planet that has had its entire water source removed, an entire amphibious race killed, plus several Green Lanterns were impaled in the process.  If you read my first review, you know I could have sworn that the Sportsmaster was behind this.  Well, surprise, he's not.  This is disappointing in so many levels but now is not the time, nor the platform for me to vent my frustration at this Golden Age villain.
A mysterious force is at work in this issue, in what I had assumed was a sole conspirator, but turns out to actually be a whole army.  After the Lantern team visit the planet Nerro and find it devoid of water, they find fellow members of the Corp impaled, and their ring fingers removed.  After some heated, heartfelt words the story takes us to an undisclosed location where we find a black figure surrounded by four oddly shaped Lantern power bat…

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 23, 2011: 'TIME HAS COME TODAY' BY THE RAMONES

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I enjoy a good cover and The Ramones do a great job covering this Chambers Brothers hit. 






SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 22, 2011: 'I AM A SCIENTIST' BY GUIDED BY VOICES

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It's my birthday, so I've picked one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite artists.






TonyDoug Wright is the birthday boy. 

BATMAN #2 REVIEW (SPOILERS)

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Writer: Scott Snyder

Pencils: Greg Capullo

With a cliffhanger leaving Dick Grayson implicated in murder, and a flaming death sentence for Bruce Wayne on the wall, the first issue provided some momentum for the second issue. Batman #2 utilized the momentum by talking about gargoyles for two pages which at first seemed to be a bit of a kill joy, until Bruce came crashing through a window with assassin knives in all his major arteries, restricting his movement. We then have a flashback 23 hours prior to the window crashing where Batman is investigating the man who Dick supposedly killed. Gordon helps him get access to the body, by means of a scanner installed in the security cameras. Batman finds several clues that tell us the victim was a rich man’s sword trainer. His wisdom teeth bare the markings of a “nonexistent” secret society called The Court of the Owls. Batman assures Gordon that they don’t exist. Nightwing shows up and tells Batman that he ran into the man at the party he…

WONDER WOMAN #2 REVIEW (CONTAINS SPOILERS)

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Writer: Brian Azzarello

Artist: Cliff Chiang

We've had an impressive run of second issues from the New 52 by DC Comics. Justice League #2 was a fantastic issue thanks to Geoff Johns' well paced action-packed comic which featured a cool showdown where Superman took on Batman and Green Lantern. The incredible artwork by Jim Lee was elevated to another awesome level thanks to the work of Scott Williams. To add to the excellence we have Batman #2 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. The fanboys are high on Batman #2 like a crowd at a Grateful Dead concert circa 1972. I'll admit I was not 100% impressed by Batman #1 but was absolutely blown away by Batman #2. Rounding out the list of great comics is Wonder Woman #2.

Holy Toledo, folks! Wonder Woman has to be one of the best titles of the New 52. I was very pleased with the first issue and was hoping for an equally strong second issue. Azzarello and Chiang have once again knocked it out of the park and I have to say that I'm …

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 21, 2011: 'LOW SPARK OF THE HIGH HEELED BOYS' BY TRAFFIC

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Today is one of those days where you need to take a song to eleven. I picked an eleven minute psychedelic jazz rock jam called 'The Low Spark of the High Heeled Boys' by Traffic. Hit play and take it easy.


JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 REVIEW (CONTAINS SPOILERS)

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Writer: Geoff Johns

Pencils: Jim Lee

Inks: Scott Williams

Justice League #2 picks up where the first one left off, with Batman, Green Lantern, and Superman locked in a titanic power struggle. Green Lantern calls The Flash in for back up and Batman realizes there’s been a big misunderstanding. After a few more punches are thrown Batman manages to calm everyone down and they relocate to an abandoned paper mill to analyze one of the boxes Darkseid’s minions have left behind. Meanwhile, Vic Stone (the not-yet-Cyborg) confronts his father about missing his football game. His father gets angry and tells him that his sports prowess is nothing compared to the super humans that are emerging. Vic goes to leave but the boxes begin to show some activity and legions of Darkseid’s soldiers pour out, burning Vic horribly.

This issue definitely fixed the action to story ratio that was a little off last time. A great deal happened, in both story and action, but was kept at a good pace. I like th…

HAWKEYE #3 REVIEW

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Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Art: Rafa Sandoval

By now you know the meat n’ potatoes of the whole series: Hawkeye’s hunkered down in unstable southeastern Asia, trying in vain in track down a Super Soldier serum recipe while avoiding The People, some super-patriots who are all about toppling the existing government and inserting and asserting themselves as the Powers That Be. Oh, and they also want to exterminate all of mutantkind. Kinda important footnote.

Here in issue #3 of the four issue mini, we join up with Hawk and the gang, one of which is The Hulk, so you see where this is heading. The way they have it figured is if the gang sneaks into the enemy fortress unnoticed and “steal” the plans telepathically, no harm’s done. “Hulk” and “covert” are practically antonyms, so there’s plenty of resulting property damage until a mystery man sends the big grey mass down to his knees. Yeah.

Meanwhile, Hawkeye and the squad find out what they want to steal might be practically given to them …

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 20, 2011: 'YOUTH AGAINST FASCISM' BY SONIC YOUTH

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It's time for some noisy indie rock and nobody does the job like Sonic Youth.




TonyDoug Wright enjoys noisy indie rock

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 19, 2011

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Ladies and gentlemen, you should be excited to hear that we have updates for Doctor Death vs The Zombie and Red Devil.


DOCTOR DEATH VS THE ZOMBIE:

Writer: TonyDoug Wright

Artist: A. Kaviraj

Synopsis: 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.

Update: Doctor Death and Phreaker have regrouped since their encounter with the vampires and are now on the hunt for a person of interest. Check out pages 67 to 70!


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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 c…

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 19, 2011: 'RAIN' BY THE BEATLES

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The perfect song for a day filled with rain, rain, and more rain.





TonyDoug Wright digs The Beatles

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: JIMMY OLSEN #108 (PART 1)

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Kav & Tony Break it Down is nothing more than two long-time comic book readers making fun of the Golden and Silver Age Superman comics. We understand that these books were written for a juvenile audience but we could not resist reviewing these classics. Please note that no comic books were hurt during the review. 

Kav and I decided to give the Superman and Action Comics titles a break, so this week we are starting our review of Jimmy Olsen #108 titled 'The Midas of Metropolis'.


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Kav: OK, we see Jimmy is rich in this story. Of course any rich guy has to sit out in front of a motel watching flamenco dancers on TV with his gold Rolls Royce and a ROCKET in the courtyard.

Tony: It's funny to see Superman flying in with a basket of cash for Jimmy who is dressed like Thurston Howell, III from Gilligan's Island. After reading this first page, it seems to me that Jimmy's crib already rivals that of Master P's crib and MC Hammer's …

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 18, 2011: '99 PROBLEMS' BY JAY-Z

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Yeah, it has been that kind of week. Testify, J-Hova.





TonyDoug Wright is a tired dude. 

CRIMINAL: THE LAST OF THE INNOCENT REVIEW

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Writer: Ed Brubaker

Artist: Sean Phillips

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are back with another CRIMINAL story-and it's the best yet in my view.
It unfolds like a true crime book or an episode of DATELINE. Riley Richards married the girl of his dreams and high school sweetheart, the rich girl Felix. Clever transposition of male/female names, Ed. Also clever is the Betty/Veronica angle on the other girl in Riley's life-the not rich girl. Anyway Riley finds out his wife is
a ho, banging his nemesis from high school on the side. Old Riley has gambling debts and we see RICKY LAWLESS appear in this story. He plays the trickster role from Joseph Campbell's 'The Hero's Journey'. He wants his MONEY. He also helps Riley to protect his investment. So, there's the set-up: cheating wife, hubby with a pre-nup and gambling debts. He wants to keep his knees intact so he decides to kill his wife Felix.

And we like Felix. We also like Riley. Great tension is created by Bruba…

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 17, 2O11: 'SWEET BABY JAMES' BY JAMES TAYLOR

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Today is my son's fourth birthday. His name is James and this song is for him. Happy Birthday, James!





TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor at Champion City Comics

GREEN LANTERN #2 REVIEW

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Writer Geoff Johns

Art: Doug Mahnke

When last we left our fallen Lantern, Hal Jordan, his life was generally in shambles and he’d just been confronted by his long time nemesis Sinestro, who is now in possession of a Green Lantern Ring and is the Green Lantern of Sector 2814. Jordan was told that if he wants his ring back, then he must do exactly as Sinestro says. I made my disappointment in the first issue no secret, but this issue rewards my faith that it would get better. Hal decides the best course of action is to attack Sinestro by, you guessed it, tackling him out a window. Sinestro does some pretty impressive talking down to Hal before giving him a Green Lantern ring that he (Sinestro) can turn on and off at will. When Hal turns his attention to a bridge that was destroyed by something falling from the sky, Sinestro decides it’s time he learn a lesson. Cutting the power to Hal’s ring he not only stops him from saving the people, but then saves EVERYONE and rebuilds the bri…

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 16, 2011: 'SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN' BY JOHNNY CASH & KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

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This is the country music that I enjoy. Don't put Johnny and Kris into the same crowd as the pop driven garbage that passes for country. Don't do it, man. Just play the song and crack open a beer. 






TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics.

SONG OF THE DAY FOR OCTOBER 15, 2011: 'ALRIGHT' BY CAST

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Better late than never. In case you're wondering, I'm doing alright.



KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: ACTION COMICS #312 'SUPERMAN, KING OF THE EARTH' (PAGES 12 TO 14)

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Kav & Tony Break it Down is nothing more than two long-time comic book readers making fun of the Golden and Silver Age Superman comics. We understand that these books were written for a juvenile audience but we could not resist reviewing these classics. Please note that no comic books were hurt during the review. 

Ladies and gentlemen, your response to our last post was incredible, so we've decided to finish up our review of Action Comics #312. Are you not familiar with this series? Fear not because you can catch up with our on-going review of Action Comics #312 by reading part one ,part two, and part three of our review.

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Kav: Stupidman explains it was all a 'hoax'. Aliens are coming with a bomb and they will demonstrate their power by freezing the ocean, destroying a model city etc. In order to stop a 'global panic' Stupes just told the world instead that HE IS NOW AN EVIL A SUPER POWERED BEING WHO CAN DEMOLISH THE PLA…