Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011

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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Writer, Artist, and Letterer: A. Kaviraj

Technicality and The Plan are two wonderful sci-fi stories by A. Kaviraj, which will appeal to fans of old school science-fiction stories.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #3 REVIEW




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 recruitment process.

At least we DO get to see a potential new teammate that I can’t name here, ‘cause where’d be your incentive to treat yourself to this title if I did?

Know this: I like Deadman. I’m glad he’s being used in this book and used wisely. Issue #3 gives me plenty of Deadman, so if you’re a Deadie, you’ll be a happy little reader come the final page since we’re promised more of the Big Red D next month. No doubt Milligan’s on task this issue, the same as he’s been the previous two months, and Janin’s penciling is A- grade as always so there’s no concern in either department. Where’s the beef? With DC’s brass, that’s where. Seems to be a lot of cuts happening around the main office, with creators being dropped or reassigned or what have you, so here’s my message to DC’s top dawgs concerning this title: Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke. Milligan and Janin are peanut butter and jelly, the driving force that go well together, a team with a story to tell and that creative energy trickles down and up the ladder to everyone working on this book, so if you’re kicking around pink-slipping anybody on the team, don’t—these pieces fit too well together.

I’ve said it before: Justice League Dark is the cure for what ails you—as long as humdrum storytelling and run-of-the-mill art is your poison.


Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars.


Brian Cee is a contributing writer at Champion City Comics

Monday, November 28, 2011

GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #3 REVIEW


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 the lovable smurf guardian Ganthet.  Everyone knows if the Green and Indigo Team up it is instantly serious business so they are able to make the getaway pretty easy at the point.  Having fled back to Oa, Kyle heads down to see Ganthet, leaving Saint Walker in orbit because Oa is a No Fly Zone for different colored lanterns.  Proving time and time again that the Guardians are not only terrorists, they are also adamant racists.  But what can you expect from nerdy immortals with short man syndrome?





Come at us, bro!
           
After discovering that the Guardians have lobotomized Ganthet, Kyle becomes enraged and finds himself the proud bearer of not only the green ring, but all of the rings on every finger, except for the black ring.  (This absence of the black is worrying me.)  So now we have Kyle Raynor bearing all colors and blasting out all the emotions in one raw display of power.  The best live action I can think of to describe his anger is this epic portrayal of Rampo.  The scene I’m referring to can be found at 3:48, and it is seriously worth it.


Now that you have a sense of how bad ass Kyle Raynor is you won’t be surprised at all when he faints because he can’t handle the power.




Fail.

The guardians reprimand him quickly, comparing him to the power hunger of Krona, and Ganthet moves in to reclaim the ring.  At least he thought he was going to, the ring shock Ganthet and refused to be removed.  This is a sweet revelation, because while I enjoy ribbing these comic books for all I’m worth, I actually love these issues.  Not only do we get to enjoy the Lanterns, but there is another huge story coming up on the horizon that is going to concern the Lanterns.  I’m personally wondering if the Black Lanterns absence has anything to do with this relaunch, perhaps a new Blackest Night?  We all know the Black Hand is still out there fondling himself in crypts, so there’s going to be a return, and there’s no way it will be a small one.  I’m enjoying where all the Lantern issues are going, the creative talent behind all this (Geoff Johns)  is adding more and more depth to the powers that these ring bearers control, and opening up a doorway to many many more stories that I will love to sink my teeth into.  This arc alone bears some compelling ones.
           
Why is Kyle Raynor still acting like a wuss?  He’s like a sad version of the Thing.



It’s Clobberin....oh wait, not it’s not.

Every time he has a moment to be awesome he trips it up somehow or is unable to bear the burden.  I hate to say it, but with someone who has so much affinity to the cosmic color scheme he really is lacking.  Larfleeze finally returns and proves once again the he is the most underrated Ring bearer in the DC Universe.  His ring constructs sentient ring bearers on it’s own, while still maintain the entirety of the entire Orange Lantern Corps power with just one Bearer.  Don’t take lightly that Lex Luthor wants that ring.  That alone should solidify his significance.

The art was enjoyable, and the writing is getting better and keeping my attention.  I’m anxious to see where this goes.  I rarely give perfect scores, and this ones no exception, but I will say it’s definitely worth the read.



Verdict: 4.0 outta 5.0



Bret Kinsey is a contributing author at Champion City Comics, in his spare time he enjoys live action Pokemon.

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 cities and why Hawkeye’s allowed to take however much of the serum he feels is necessary (there’s a small pond of the stuff just floating there, by the way). He’s also given the opportunity to sample the concoction, along with some of his tag-along teammates, but to tell you who partakes ventures too far into Spoilerville. Suffice to say, some do, plus  Hulk gets offered hot cocoa. Yeah, really. Don’t know the angle Hickman’s going for, but a mysterious off-panel voice does in fact offer the giant grey behemoth some chocolately goodness.

Aside from my usually distaste of Sandoval’s pencils on Hawkeye (just the character; everything else looks fantastic), Hickman’s on his game as far as dialogue and pacing but it seems, as a whole, a lot of the story ended up on the cutting room floor, leaving me with the impression that this mini-series could’ve just been told in pages of the regular Ultimates ongoing. Maybe Marvel’s testing the waters on whether sales would support a Hawkeye monthly (I’d buy it), but brevity holds back a story I feel could’ve been told. At least Clint doesn’t have to wear that gaudy purple getup from the regular Marvel U, so I’ll count my blessings.


Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars



Brian Cee is a contributing writer at Champion City Comics

Saturday, November 26, 2011

KAV'S DVD REVIEW OF SUPER 8




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 loser father find they like each other. No fake lip locking scenes, just middle school love stuff-really well done.

I'm thinking Hollywood is starting to wise up, as eight out of ten movies I've watched lately have been great. Way to go Hollywood- throwing out the formula writing which doomed Green Lantern. You have my respect again which is not an easy thing to garner.

So the ending is predictable-of course it has to be when you make a movie like this. One false bit was the silent crowd scene at the end-an alien spacecraft is LIFTING OFF in the middle of town and no one says SQUAT. Hollywood really needs to observe some real crowds to realize how loud and how much talking goes on-especially when, like, a SPACESHIP LIFTS OFF!

3.765 out of 5 stars.

That's a wrap


Read Kav's review of Green Lantern.

Read Kav's review of Green Hornet.

Read Kav's review of Captain America: The First Avenger.


A. Kaviraj is an artist and writer at Champion City Comics. His works include Dr Death vs The Vampire, Doctor Death vs The Zombie, and The End of Paradise.

Friday, November 25, 2011

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 her in dealing with Banner. The Hulk decides to meet with with Von Doom on her ship, but they are attacked by a bunch of great white Hulk sharks compliments of Banner. 

This comic book ends on a good high note and I am very interested to see how The Hulk deals with his creepy ex who has lost his mind. I have a feeling that Banner is going to go bonkers when he sees The Hulk with his new honey, Ms. Von Doom. Drama time!

For the most part, I am really liking The Incredible Hulk. Aaron's story is great and the artwork by the triumvirate of Silvestri, Portacio, and Tan is really nice. My only negative comment is I'm still not sold on The Hulk wanting to help Von Doom on her mission of dealing with Banner. From my point of view, The Hulk would not care about Banner and he'd rather see Von Doom and her buddies deal with the problem. I can see The Hulk sold on eliminating Banner for good because he could be free from Banner for good. Overall, this has been a great comic book and I highly recommend this title.


TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The End of Paradise, and Day 165.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011

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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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 mass murder.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

JUSTICE LEAGUE #3 REVIEW

COMIC VINE


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, which is 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 Amazons.

Geoff Johns has quite a bit going on in this issue but handles the various story lines very well. The story is well paced and is an absolute page turner. Jim Lee has done it again and I was truly impressed with his work. For example, we have a great splash page with Wonder Woman taking on the demons and there is also a great page where we see Cyborg online for the first time and Lee mixes in a teaser of Darkseid, which is brilliant.

I've been very impressed with the Justice League which has been one of my New 52 favorites. There are no excuses for missing out on this series.

Justice League #1 Review

Justice League #2 Review



TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The End of Paradise, and Day 165.



Monday, November 21, 2011

CATWOMAN #3 REVIEW


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 put a bullet in her BFF. Those that read these prattles of mine know I’m not much on spoiling a good read so the main points to take from the book if you’re kicking around picking it up is that Catwoman’s mad, she kisses Batman some more and no, seriously— she’s REALLY pissed.

Catwoman’s my absolute favorite female comic character. I loved the 90s series, bought the whole run, and here with the New 52 Catwoman, can’t say I’m disappointed. Winnick’s Selina knows she’s bad and doesn’t have a problem with it but she also clearly defines an un-crossable, moral line. Girls gotta do what a girls gotta do, especially when you inhabit a world of Kryptonian and Amazonian demigods and dudes that conjure giant green flyswatters from a ring, so Selina feels she does what she needs to in order to compete. Winnick gives her childhood vulnerability tempered with a mean streak and the characterization is nigh on perfect.

You know how some artists are immediately associated with a character—Neal Adams’ Batman or Romita, Jr.’s Spider-Man, for instance? That’s how I categorize March’s work on Catwoman. The pencils are polished. I thought the same when he was on Gotham City Sirens and I hope DC’s brass pays him well ‘cause it’d be a shame to see him leave. Like Old Spice, anything less would be uncivilized.

This is one of my favorite titles of the launch and the way things are going, after having dropped two of the seven from my pulls, it’ll stay that way.


Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars. 


Catwoman #1 review


Brian Cee is a contributing writer at Champion City Comics

Friday, November 18, 2011

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 we have a strong story but the artwork by Marcos Martin is phenomenal, plus the colors by Javier Rodriguez is the icing on the cake. This Daredevil run has an old-school artwork/style to it that is perfect for the story.

I've been reading plenty of DC and Marvel titles lately and I must admit that Waid's Daredevil is one of the best I've read this year. 



TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. He is the writer for RED DEVIL.

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BATMAN #3 REVIEW




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 the last nest Batman gets caught in an explosion with a masked owl man watching from a distance and we are teased with a TO BE CONTINUED.

First and foremost, The Court creeps me the hell out. Their masks in the pictures (coupled with the elaborate dress of who I can only assume is the leader) are KKK enough to be unsettling. That aside, it works with the way Scott Snyder is taking things. We have a shadowy society that undercuts Gotham City, and has been doing it for hundreds of years.

People who have read a number of my critiques of Batman related titles probably know how much I disliked the way Batman was getting before the New 52, omnipotent, omniscient, and just generally uninteresting. The thing that continues to draw me about this comic is that Batman has turned back into a man. In the second issue he takes no less than three knives to his major muscle clusters, restricting his movement. And more importantly, he’s WRONG about the Court of Owls. Scott Snyder is creating a world where there are things Batman doesn’t know and I think that’s really exciting.

The art by Greg Capullo continues to be good, and I have to give him credit for unnerving me with owl costumes.

Overall a great issue to a great series, and one that I don’t anticipat missing for a long long time.

5 out of 5

BATMAN #2 REVIEW

BATMAN #1 REVIEW


Michael Knoll is a contributing writer at Champion City Comics

Thursday, November 17, 2011

HOMELAND DIRECTIVE REVIEW


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 issues typical of conspiracy flicks and there are the usual suspenseful moments like when the bad guy busts in minutes after the good guys got the hell outta Dodge, but the kick here is that this yarn is good. Really good. To go into too much would be a disservice to the book and I want to keep these review things spoiler-free, so that’s it—all I’m giving you. 

Venditti is smart, in both dialogue and plot. And not just smart, but like, Jeopardy contestant smart (and I’ve only ever awarded that distinction to one other writer, COBRA Civil War’s Mike Costa.) While I liked The Surrogates, I feel Venditti’s work on Directive is superior; a flex in creative muscle that hits all the same poses but does so better than the rest of the competition on the stage. And of note: he’s a helluva nice cat, too; he took a few minutes time to chat with me about the biz this past Heroes Con in Charlotte instead of brushing me off as some halfwit armed with dumb questions…which I am, but he played it cool.

Art-wise, Huddleston deftly captures the story— there’s no being bogged down by too much detail in the scenery or characters, a sort of minimalist perspective that works perfectly with the book. Ditto for his coloring work: he sticks to a very bland palate and only throws in some shine when a scene calls for it. Too much would simply be overkill.

The only reason you should pick up The Homeland Directive is if you enjoy bombproof plots that involve an interesting twist on biological weaponry and well-spoken characters that sound better than most books of the “realistic fiction” genre of which I am a fan.

Verdict: A rare 5 stars.

Brian Cee is a contributing writer at Champion City Comics 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011

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 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.

We hope you are enjoying our action-packed series, The Red Devil. This title blends pulp classics, with fast paced action, and a James Bond attitude. Check it out!

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Artist: Victor Pozzi

Synopsis: Based on the 1837 poem, La Cautiva, by Esteban Echeverria, this tale follows the horrific capture and bold escape of two Argentine settlers, Brian and Maria. You can read La Cautiva in Spanish here.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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 week when 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 vernacular of this book is a blend of internet slang with urban American slang, which is nothing terribly difficult to decipher. I give credit to Azzarello for creating a language that works well for this wonderfully odd story.

Spaceman is Orson, a genetic freak of a creature that was created for missions to Mars. The first issue includes flashbacks to Orson on a Mars mission but most of the story deals with his life on Earth, which appears to be a cyberpunk dystopia where the water levels have flooded a major city. Orson is a scavenger and has decided to take a risky trip into waters controlled by an individual known as Rat. While on his mission, Orson encounters a ship that has exploded and is about to sink. Orson is able to help a girl named Tara off the ship. Tara is part of a reality based show developed by two powerful celebrities named Marc and April who choose a orphan to join their "multinational adopted clan". Orson not only helps Tara off the boat but encounters some "trouble".

The price for this comic book was incredible and the story itself is excellent. Azzarello has done it again and Risso has not lost his touch. There is a splash page of the city where Orson lives and it is fantastic. After reading the first issue, I am hooked and can not wait to read the rest of this series.   



TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. He is the writer for RED DEVIL.

KAV'S DVD REVIEW OF THE GREEN HORNET



 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't say enough to praise this film-there is not a single lame line of dialogue in the whole thing-unheard of in Hollywood! A future cult classic for sure. The dude playing Kato is a GREAT Bruce Lee replacement. His accent, his funny lines, he even draws pics of Bruce in his sketchbook. Awesome! I'm sure Bruce Lee is watching this movie from beyond and is giving it a thumbs up. In fact, he told me so. He also told me to tell you to watch it or he's gonna roundhouse kick you!

The original Green Hornet TV show by Willam Dozier was an attempt to capitalize on the success of his Batman TV series-but why it failed was, where the Batman series was played campy, the Green Hornet was played straight. And it just didn't work. I was hoping for some camp when I rented this thing and they did it right-just the right mixture of camp and seriousness. I guess the director (Michael Gondry) did his homework. Kudos!

And it was after the Green Hornet was canceled and Bruce Lee couldn't get any leading roles because he was Asian. That led to him making a historical decision-to return to China and get starring roles in low budget films. His fighting skill, never seen before (or since) propelled him into the legend! He still appears frequently on covers of martial arts magazines. Amazing. Bruce is considered the father of modern martial arts. Do a YouTube search for his 1967 karate tournament video to see how amazing he was!

There was only one fake part about this movie-where the chick goes to dig the bullet out of the Green Hornet. Hollywood-once and for all-a bullet is harmless after it stops moving. Doctors almost NEVER remove them. You do more damage digging them out than it's worth-severing nerves and stuff. But otherwise stupendous.


A. Kaviraj is an artist and writer at Champion City Comics. His works include Dr Death vs The Vampire, Doctor Death vs The Zombie, and The End of Paradise.

Monday, November 14, 2011

SUPERBOY #3 REVIEW

DC Comics


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 up a prison so I was stoked to get issue #3 only to find that when I opened to page one, there's two homicidal Twilight wannabees killing people over a pack of Skittles which still makes no sense as of now why this was even in this issue.


I understand the strategy though, but it's just not working. Robert Kirkman was able to pull it off exquisitely in Invincible, where we would be reading and all of the sudden his ADHD would kick in and we would be reading about a random character that would be hit later. This is a writing style I have found myself attempting to emulate, but with all the background, and catching up we are doing, I'm not sure it was the right time to be doing this in this case.


Superboy's powers are starting to get more and more exotic, his mind is not so much left to just his head, his entire body is akin to a brain and his telekinesis works appropriately to said brainpower. It's obvious they are going to explore his powers more because in the opening pages Conner is at the Earth's core floating in lava. While swimming, he notices the pain of the heat from a rock he used to pull himself out, explaining that his powers work in conjunction with his awareness. Interesting ability.


We also discover that Rose knows a secret about Red, or Caitlin Fairchild of Gen13. Yes that's right, if you haven’t been reading the boards, or pieced it together, Red is the newest incarnation of Caitlin Faichild in Gen13 and it's official at the end of the issue and the hot little number she's wearing under her clothes as seen here.

DC Comics


Focus on the color of the bra, not the fact that she's pinching her left nipple.

There a lot going on in these 3 issues so far, and I actually enjoy reading it, I guess I've been a big fan of Connors for some time since his emergence in “Reign of the Supermen” I like the direction they are going in this reboot of the character. It also doesn't hurt to have a really sweet looking suit.

Verdict: 5 out of 5



Bret Kinsey is a contributing writer to Champion City Comics, in his off time he specializes in Tomfoolery and Gynecology.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

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

Trent Reznor + Al Jourgensen + Black Sabbath cover = AWESOME

Saturday, November 12, 2011

KAV'S DVD REVIEW: GREEN LANTERN


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 to crash - heads for the crowd, all this times passes before Green Lantern does something about it.  He watched it all go down, like everyone, but just, I don't know, reached for another drink.

   Also we have Sinestro - the GL leader (the guardians don't say or do much of anything-they kinda remind me of Michael Jackson on Propofol. Dumb).  So Sinestro tells Hal how inferior and unworthy he is
‘cause he's human.  If I was Hal I would have quipped, “Hey Goebbels-what's with the racist attitude, man?  Haven't you ever heard of diversity?  Seig Heil, dude.”  

The film plods along with the usual stupidities.  No one recognizes Hal because he's wearing an eye mask.  To test this I bought a same size domino mask and put it on.  I walked around to various friends and acquaintances and guess what - every single one said, “Hey Kav - what's with the mask?”  Dumb.

I also don't like the lantern.  It's obviously a lightweight cheap plastic prop and looks somewhat like a 60's hippie lamp.  Dumb.

Then we have the scene kyped from the original Superman movie where he flies up to Lois Lane I mean Carol Ferris's penthouse.  He even steals Superman's line, 'Are you ok?' And why does everyone in the movies live in penthouses???  I guess Hollywood thinks since they and all their friends live in penthouses, so must the rest of America.  Out of touch, boys?  It bugs me that the average 17 year old can spot these gaffes yet no one on a multimillion dollar movie set can.  Hollywood: I'M AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTATION!  I'LL WORK FOR FREE!  Christ.

OK finally Carol recognizes it's Hal.  Why it took her 3 minutes of staring to come up with this when my friends didn't even take 1/2 a second is a mystery.  PS can't the actor at least shave if he's gonna be in a multimillion dollar film? These and other questions I have. The beard stubble is distracting.  

Hal's OA Green Lantern mentor explained the mask appears when he's among his own kind so he can go unrecognized. The fact that beings as dumb as this have such powerful weapons scares me.

And the romance scenes really DRAG, man.  They could have just as effectively put up a sign that said 'ROMANCE SCENE HERE" instead of having the 'actors' go through the painful motions of speaking such lame dialogue.

Then there's the scene where Hal's old schoolmate now turned toad-style kung fu lookin’ dude battles Green Lantern. He keeps launching oxygen tanks at Green Lantern and Green Lantern keeps trying to block them with his ring. Of course, several slip past and knock him senseless.  Hey, dummy-just make a friggin force field. Christ.  Then we have to hear the cheesy villain 'Moogie-ha-ha' laugh.  Corny, guys. Weak  characterization.  No one is 100% evil-Hitler liked dogs.  But that's too deep for these writers, no-they went with the formula villain.  In fact this whole movie could have been written by a  computer.  I'm not kidding.  There are actual programs that do this.  So then the villain starts  MONOLOGUING.  Guys-go see The Incredibles.  That movie MOCKED the weak character device pretty effectively.

Then we learn that Hal is AFRAID.  He has the most advanced weapon ever devised and he's AFRAID.  Give me the freaking ring and I'll handle it dude.  I'll defeat the menace because I'll  ATTACK it instead of staring at it with gaping mouth.  Double Christ.  Hollywood-it's not a good sign when a viewer keeps waiting for the movie to be OVER.  But that's how I felt.  And everyone else I talked to.  Even teenagers HATED this movie.  PS the actor that plays Sinestro is great - it's too bad he got pulled into this suckfest.

We also have the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom rip-off where the evil guardian sucks the souls out of his victim's eyeballs. Lame.  The Hal gets half his soul sucked out but he's still ok.  I guess a half-wit can operate with a half-soul.  This movie is a real tragedy it could have been so good-Green Lantern has the most interesting super power.  But Hollywood formula writing prevails and we have a suckfest instead.

Hal lures the creature into the asteroid belt, which is strangely close to Earth, and is chock full of asteroids.  Science note-the actual belt is so sparse if you passed thru it you wouldn't see a single asteroid.  The entire mass of asteroids circling the Sun at a circumference of billions of miles would constitute a small moon.  There's not much there, folks.  Sorry.  If the actual belt was this crowded Earth would be struck so often that no life, not even bacteria, would have time to evolve.
     
So therefore I am re-naming this movie 'Green Latrine'

A. Kaviraj is an artist and writer at Champion City Comics. His works include Dr Death vs The Vampire, Doctor Death vs The Zombie, and The End of Paradise.

That's a wrap.

Friday, November 11, 2011

GREEN LANTERN #3 REVIEW



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 battery, it would automatically shut down. Sinestro instructs Hal to wait until sunset, and then once Sinestro has engaged the corpsmen, to take his lantern battery to the Central yellow battery. As they lie in wait a Korugaran woman named Arsona attacks a corpsmen, prompting Sinestro to break the plan and attack. Hal makes it to the central battery but all does not go well for him. Pick up the issue to find out the thrilling to be continued moment!

I’m really digging this story. As slow as it started in issue one, it’s beginning to pick up steam in a break-neck way. We’re seeing some insanely cool interactions between Sinestro and Hal and we’re being introduced to, what I can only assume will be pants wettingly awesome/terrifying, The Third Army.

Firstly, Hal and Sinestro are one of my favorite team-ups to date. The banter and constant one upping is really great. I won’t go into the over used, “They secretly, deep down, respect each other” angle, but there’s one line that I really like. Hal asks Sinestro why HIM? Why Hal? Sinestro says, “Because as surprising as it is to even me, I can trust you. Especially since I control the off switch on your ring.”

I’m also digging the angle that Sinestro is some kind of Ring genius. He’s doing things with his ring that we’ve never seen before and that’s just exciting to me to see what’s next.

The art by Mahnke continues to be good. There are a couple of panels in here that are really sweet, one of which is Hal socking old Sinestro right in the kisser. Otherwise, still good.

Overall I feel like Green Lantern has finally hit it’s stride. Three issues in and it’s go go go. With The Sinestro Corps still at large and alive, and the mysterious Third Army coming into being, we’ve got a lot to look forward to

5 out of 5


Michael Knoll is a contributing writer at Champion City Comics

Thursday, November 10, 2011

KAV'S DVD REVIEW OF 'SKYLINE'




 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 standard horror film premise of only five people being in the city. Amazingly, in the hi-rise apartment where it takes place, every other tenant (but one) is mysteriously out. Oh yeah, and the black guy dies first. It's like the producers tried to cram every action/sci-fi/horror cliche into one film, hoping something would stick. It didn't. Man I wish I could advise Hollywood on movies-simple stuff like a reactive protagonist which kills the film is easy for me to spot, and easy to fix. It's like I'm the only one who reads books on screenplay writing, and I'm not even a filmaker. WTF man?

Truly a stupid boring idiotic piece of dung. My only hope is that somehow all copies of this 'film' get destroyed somehow and we can pretend it never happened.

Only one word for the writer, producers and director of this 'film': STOP IT.

That's a wrap


A. Kaviraj is an artist and writer at Champion City Comics. His works include Dr Death vs The Vampire, Doctor Death vs The Zombie, and The End of Paradise.

LEGION SECRET ORIGIN #1 REVIEW



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 Triplicate Girl into The Legion.

To be completely honest, I paid the $2.99 for the “free” Legion ring that came with the issue. And in a continuing theme of honesty, I regret to say that that’s the only thing in the deal that’s WORTH $2.99. The point of this series is to reveal the previously unknown origin of The Legion of Superheroes. What I GOT was a cluster-suck of three different stories. The opening page sets up the history to that point succinctly and interestingly, after that it’s a free for all of vague statements, no explanation, and general nonsensical confusion. The Directorate seem to have no purpose other than to watch everything, talk about it, and do nothing. In most cases series’ like this are like putting a puzzle together. You get border piece after border piece until you have enough to fill in the center. Legion Secret Origin is DC hurling center pieces at us from the get go, and they don’t all seem to be from the same puzzle.



The art isn’t bad, but it’s not stellar, and does nothing to redeem the issue, even though it doesn’t hurt it any either.

Overall I’d say that if you want the ring, then buy the issue and then forget about it. It’s not worth the read.

0 out of 5

Michael Knoll is a contributing writer at Champion City Comics.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER 9, 2011

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.

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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 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.

We hope you are enjoying our action-packed series, The Red Devil. This title blends pulp classics, with fast paced action, and a James Bond attitude. Check it out!

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Writers: TonyDoug Wright & A. Kaviraj

Pencils, Inks, and Lettering: A. Kaviraj, Victor Pozzi, Earl Geier, and Isaac Weiss

Champion City Comics is pleased to present Tales From The Future, a sci-fi anthology inspired by the works of Philip K. Dick and classic golden age comic books!

Recommended if you like: Classic sci-fi tales

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