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Friday, December 31, 2010

Graphic Novels - Teen Titans Vol. 4: The Future is Now

Hello and hello! I’m back with another tpb, and it’s a good one. And yes, it’s another one of those Geoff Johns’ ones.

Teen Titans Vol. 4: The Future is Now
Writers: Geoff Johns
Artists: Mike McKone, Tom Grummett, and Ivan Reis


As stated above, the creative team is pretty much the same from before, with McKone doing the main stuff, Grummett doing filler, and Reis doing part 2 of the Legion Crossover. The volume has issues #16-23 including the Titans/Legion Special, so this is going to be a big one. So, let’s get to it.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Graphic Novels - Teen Titans Vol. 3: Beast Boys and Girls

Greetings and salutations! I'm back with another installment of Graphic Novels, concentrating on the stuff by Geoff Johns. Today, I'll be doing volume 3 of Teen Titans: Beast Boys and Girls.

I found this tpb a few days ago at Rick's Comic City in Donelson. The price wasn't bad. I'd probably pay the same if I got it online. Anyway, the book itself is split into two different stories. The first is actually a Beast Boy miniseries that came out a few years prior, and the next story is an arc from Teen Titans #13-15.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Working.......Yeeeaaaahhhhh!!!!!

As you can tell by that Lil' John-ish title, I'm working finally. I'm at UPS as a loader. I don't know how long it will last, but for right now I'm just thanking God that I have a job.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Random Pic of the Month - Dec.

The title says it all.



Batman (in Christian Bale's gruff, evil-sounding voice): Ho ho ho, little kids! It's Santa!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Graphic Novels - Teen Titans Vol. 2: Family Lost

Happy post-Thanksgiving! I hope all of you out there had a good Thanksgiving and that you are now exercising or doing something to get that turkey and dressing off ya. Here I am, sticking to what I said last time and going in order through this DC stuff. The next tpb on the list? Teen Titans Vol. 2: Family Lost.

Now I forgot to mention something in my last post and here it is: Volume 1 of the rebooted Teen titans book contain the first seven issue of the series. This volume contain issues 8 - 12, as well as Teen Titan 1/2. This volume pretty much takes off from where we left everyone in Volume 1. The TT are still looking for Raven and Joey (Jericho), and now Deathstroke and his daughter are also on the search. The creative team is pretty much the same as last time, but we have a new artist on board. Ivan Reis. I'll talk about him more later. So let's do it!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Graphic Novels - Teen Titans Vol. 1: A Kid's Game

This installment of Graphic Novels is brought to you by Prestone.

I don't know what to do next. I started writing up one post for Flash: Rebirth, and suddenly it hit me: How about I go in order when dealing with Geoff Johns' stuff? So, now I going to hold off on Flash: Rebirth and try to go in order from Teen Titans to Blackest Night (something else I'll eventually cover). This means I have to go through that certain major crossover Infinite Crisis (ugh).

Now, it's not a bad story. It's what got me into the DC Universe as a whole. The problem is that it's just so all over the place, ya know? Many story lines, many characters, IC is just ........another DC crisis. Well, before I even cover that "thing", I will go over the rebooted Teen Titans, starting with the tpb A Kid's Game.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Weird Star Trek Eps. - The Way to Eden aka "Hippies in SPACE!!!!"

Hey, whoever's out there. It's me, doing something a little different today. A while back, I watched some old Star Trek: TOS episodes on YouTube. I watched some good ones like the "Menagirie" and "The Doomsday Machine", and watched some ......weird ones. "The Way To Eden" is one of them. Now, it's not a bad episode, it's just a really weird episode. I mean, as I said before, it's "HIPPIES IN SPACE!!!!"(echos)

So here it is. I don't want to spoil the fun:

The Way To Eden

By the way, does the blond hippie look like Quentin Tarintino?



Friday, October 22, 2010

WT$?????

Wow......just wow. I knew that something like this existed, but seeing it is another thing. You want to know what I'm talking about? Well, here it is:


Yeah. I'm just shocked, as well scratching my head over this.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Some Random Stuff

Well, here I am again, back to post something. I'm just gonna throw some random stuff up. It's stuff that I pretty much about throughout the day.

Samuel Jackson as Captain America
I was at Johnson's food store today, and I began to wonder how SLJ would be as Captain America. He wouldn't be the 616 Cap, or the Ultimate Cap. He'd be the the ultimate, strong, and last but not least CRAZY version of Captain America. I would definitely see that movie

Here are a couple of quotes I would like to hear. Warning: they have been edited since...well, I don't cuss much.

"AND YOU WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE SYMBOL OF AMERICA WHEN I LAY THIS SHIELD UPSIDE YO' BUTT!!"

"WHAT YOU THINK THIS 'A' STAND FO'? FRANCE? NO! THIS STANDS FOR THE U.S. OF A, SUCKA!!!!"

Okay, enough of that

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Graphic Novels - Superman: Brainiac

This installment of Graphic Novels is brought to you by the letter Q.

Superman: Brainiac
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank

Hello and hello! I'm back to do the thing I set out to do a while back: go through my collection of TPBs and events. Today is a little different since what I have are individual issues of this story arc. Today, I'll talking about Action Comics #866-870 as well as the first part of Superman: New Krypton Special. But first, I'll let you know about the creative team...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Favorite 11 Albums of All Time!!!! (Okay, not really "Of All Time")

Well,........I'm bored (shocking, ain't it?). I recently saw a note post on Facebook where he listed the 20 albums that influence him most. I thought about doing one of those too, but I decided to not follow the crowd and do something else. I will list the albums that I like most, but instead of 10 or 20, I'll go with 12 'cause I'm just like that, dang it. So, here...we...go...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Graphic Novels - The Man of Steel



And after two weeks, I'm back, perplexed as ever. I may be starting Grad school in the summer instead of the spring now, I am still unemployed (but still looking around, and if anyone knows of a job in my immediate area, tell me), and I'm still wondering why in the heck does a test need to cost 250 George Washingtons? I must know!

Well, since I have gotten all of that out of the way, I can once more go through this little collection of mine. Today's (or tonight's) topic is called "The Man of Steel".

The Man of Steel
Written and Pencilled by John Byrne
Inked by Dick Giordano


Friday, August 20, 2010

Graphic Novels - Essential X-Men Volume 2

Essential X-Men Volume 2

Writer: Chris Claremont
Artists: John Byrne, Terry Austin, and Brent Anderson

So what can I say about the TPB?

THIS IS THE GREATEST THING I EVER READ IN MY LIFE!!!
….

Well, one of the best things I read in my life.

Anyway, why is it freaking good? The Dark Phoenix Saga? Days of Future Past? Wolverine being “a bad mother—shut your mouth?” Well, that and a whole lot more.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Wow....Just Wow


This is probably one of the most unintentionally funny videos I have seen in my life. Everybody has been talking about this video since it's been up. This just goes to show that I need to watch the news a little more.



Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Graphic Novels: Essential X-Men Volume 1



Essential X-Men Volume 1


Writers: Chris Claremont and Len Wein
Artists: Dave Cockrum , John Byrne, and others

So what can I say about this?

WOW, THIS IS AWESOME!!!!

.......Okay, that's too much enthusiasm, even for me.


I guess I'll start out by saying that I'm a huge X-Men fan. I still remember the animated series on Fox, which is still cool, and that X-Men arcade game. I still remember getting this thing in Orlando in 2002 (band trip, ya'll!!!). I was with a friend in one of those stores at one of the Universal Studios theme parks, and I had the money so I got it. I read it when I got home, and wanted to get the second volume, which I also have.


To give you a brief rundown on how the TPB lists the issues, it's like this:
Giant Sized X-Men #1, Uncanny X-Men #94-119.

I would give a history on the team that wrote and drew these issues, but you can go to Wikipedia for that. Instead, I'll say a little something about these guys:

Chris Claremont - Here's the guy who pretty much made the X-Men into what they are today. Claremont stayed on Uncanny X-Men the late seventies to the early nineties, and is still writing stuff today for Marvel.

Len Wein - a long-time writer. He wrote the Giant-Sized issue and that's about it.

Dave Cockrum - Cockrum is pretty much remembered for his work on DC's Legion of Superheroes in the seventies and here for his artwork on UXM (Uncanny X-men for short). I don't what else he had done, but he's probably done more. Unfortunately, Cockrum passed away on November 26, 2006.

John Byrne - Byrne has done a lot of stuff in terms of artwork and writing for the last few decades. Probably what he's known for is his work with Marvel and his rebooting of Superman in 1986.

Giving a description on what happens in this TPB would be long and tedious, so I'm just going to list my highlights on what is so cool this era and this TPB:


1. ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT X-MEN!!!
Pretty much happens in the beginning is that the old team of X-Men is trapped on some "evil" island (No, not Hawaii.). So Patrick Stewart, I mean Professor Charles Xavier, makes a trip around the world and finds new mutants who will go and see what the heck happened on this island. We have:
  • Nightcrawler - Cool

  • Colossus - Also cool

  • Banshee - Ok

  • Sunfire - Meh and leaves the next issue, jerk

  • Thunderbird - Also meh

  • Storm - Way, way cool

  • and everybody's favorite Canadian.....William Shatner! (No no, Wolverine.)
They are led by Cyclops (aka Mr. Eye Beams), who escaped from the island, go back to the island, save the old team, kick the island's butt, and go home. After all that fun, the old team believe they have learned all they can from Xavier and decide to leave the mansion and the team. The only one who doesn't leave is Cyclops, who decides to stay and lead the new team.

2. An X-Man Dies
That's right! In the second issue, an X-Man dies. Who it is I won't say, but considering you don't see him afterwards with the team on missions should give you a clue. Anyway, this is a highlight of mine for a couple of reasons. It shows that anything, and I mean anything, can happen to this team. Also, it shows how risky and tough the life of a superhero is.

3. The X-Men vs. (gasp!) The X-Men!
In the next few issues, Sentinels (big mutant-hunting robots) kidnap a few of the X-Men and take them to a big space station (yep.) and the rest of the team has to go get them. Stuff happens, and when the new recruits(without Cyclops) meet up with the rest of the captives, they run into the old X-Men team(Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman, Havok, Polaris, and Xavier)! And this old team is not happy. In the next issue, there is a showdown and you find out that things aren't making sense. First, Beast is here and not hairy (long story). Second, Cyclops is in an older uniform. And finally, Xavier's walking! Luckily, Wolverine, everybody's favorite jerk, figures out that something's up and attacks Marvel Girl:

only to find out that she and the rest are mini versions of Sentinels. Having learned that, the new team unleash hell and high water on the fakes and dispatch them easily. After they and the villain of the issue, the literal nut job Stephan Lang, are defeated, they escape on a shuttle and head for Earth. One problem though: sun flares (I think). Anyway, Jean Grey, one of the captives and Cyclops' woman, decides to risk it all and pilot the shuttle through the flare and to Earth. The rest of the team tells her that it's risky, but she wants to do it anyway. While the team is in some sort of shield-thing, Jean pilots the ship through the storm and the issue ends
with a shriek. This leads us to...

4. The Phoenix Rises
After they crash into the Hudson River in New York, the X-Men get to the surface and start yelling for Jean. Then, all of the sudden, this happens:


She's alive. Yay . Jean now is inhabited by the Phoenix Force. Here begins a big change in Jean's life. While being Phoenix, Jean does some awesome things with her new, extraordinary power. She also does some bad things with these powers, and that I'll talk about next time. But for now, she's one of the good guys.

5. New X-Men vs. Magneto: Round 1!
Now here's something that was inevitable: a showdown between Magneto and the new X-Men. After a little vacation/adventure at Sean Cassidy's (Banshee) home in Ireland, the team (without Cyclops, again) is then brought to Muir Island by "The Power of Magnetism!!" There, they face Magneto, who's back and more powerful than before, and get their butts kicked from here to there. Fortunately, Cyclops shows up, gets the X-Men to retreat, and Magneto wins.

6. X-Men in Space!!!
After a series of events involving an alien princess named Lilandra and some sort of all-powerful crystal, the X-Men (Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Storm, Banshee, Wolverine, and Phoenix) end up being transported to another galaxy. There, they end up facing the Legion of Superher....I mean, the Imperial Guard of the Sh'iar Empire. For real though, the Imperial Guard is pretty much a copy of the Legion of Superheroes from the seventies. Both titles had the same artist, Dave Cockrum.
After getting their butts kicked, they get saved by the Starjammers, who are led by a human who's revealed to be Scott's father. The X-Men end up needing to save the universe from the effects of the crystal (woo hoo!!), and it's actually Jean who does it. After all of this.....they go home.

7. Wolverine Actually Gets Likable
This is something that happens over the course of the book. When Logan first joined the X-Men, he was somewhat of a jerk to everyone on the team, except Jean. But over time, the jerkiness subsided, and the only person he ticked off was Scott. He also gets cooler, gets some back-story, and gets a new romantic interest named Mariko when the X-men are in Japan.

8. New X-Men vs. Magneto: Round 2!
After another series of unfortunate events (dang, they have a lot of these), they end up facing Magneto again in his "Volcano Fortress"(Don't worry, Cyclops is here). This time, Jean is here, as well as a former X-Man Beast. They still get their butts handed to them, even Jean, whose Phoenix powers give up on her. They all get locked up and Magneto leaves them as he was once left: locked up and trapped.

9. New X-Men vs. Magneto: Final Round!! (For now...)
Fortunately, the X-Men are able to un-trap themselves thanks to Storm and her skills. They then do something to Magneto they haven't done before: Fight him as a team instead of individuals. They beat him so bad his "Volcano Fortress" begins to fall apart, Magneto retreats, and Jean and Beast are the only ones who make it to the surface. Are the new X-Men dead?
Nooooo!!!!!!

10. LOST
Answer: Of course not! Duh!

But for real, they don't die. Somehow the X-men (Cyclops, Storm, Logan, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Banshee) fight to get out of their predicament. Their eventual destination? The Savage Land, a jungle located beneath the Arctic Circle populated by dinosaurs and primitives. Once they get their bearings, mourned a bit for their dead friends (who aren't dead, by the way), and help the good people of the Savage Land out with some baddies, they build a crappy raft and make their way home to America. They run into some storm trouble and get help from a Japanese freighter. When they get to Japan, they find it after the shock of a bad earthquake. Here, they run into the jerky former X-Man, Sunfire. Logan also meets his new romantic interest, Mariko. They then find out that Japan is under attack by the villain, Moses Magnum (cool name), and of course they stop him. The only casualty is Banshee, who loses his ability to yell real loud. The book ends with them celebrating Christmas and eventually leaving Japan.

11. Xavier's Origin (Last highlight)
When Jean and Beast arrive at the mansion, they tell Xavier that the new X-men are dead (they're not, of course.). He doesn't take it well. He then decides to leave Earth with his new "honey-bunch," Lilandra. We then get a story of Xavier's first encounter with an evil mutant. When he was young, Xavier traveled the world. While in Cairo, Egypt, he gets pick-pocketed by a girl, who's revealed to be a young Storm. Xavier then feels "a disturbance in the Force", or something like that, and finds that there is a mutant that's just like him. Amahl Farouk, also known as the Shadow King, isn't a good guy and decides to mentally challenge Xavier. Their battlefield is the Astral Plane.

They fight and Xavier is the victor. At that moment, he realizes how truly deadly mutant powers could be in the wrong hands. His new goal led him to creating the X-Men, to protect mankind from evil mutants and creatures like Farouk.

And that ends my highlights for this TPB. Is it good? Yeah. If you're a fan of these X-Men and want to read about their early adventures, you should give it a shot.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Graphic Novels: Kingdom Come


Kingdom Come

Written by Mark Waid
Illustrated by Alex Ross

So what can I say about this miniseries?

THIS IS THE GREATEST THING I HAVE EVER READ!!!!
(It's so great that it's on my "favorite books" thing on Facebook!)

But for real, it is. If you're a fan of DC Comics in general, you'll like it. Pretty much everything about KC is great. First, you have a great writer doing this story, Mark Waid. Next, the artwork by Alex Ross is amazing. There is probably a lot I could say about KC, but since I'm a man of one or two words (As you can tell I've gone way over that!), I'll try to keep it short.

Story - First off, the story is well told. The story's set some about 20 years into the future of the then-current DC Universe. it deals with a growing conflict between "traditional" superheroes, such as Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League, and a growing population of largely amoral and dangerously irresponsible new vigilantes. Next, you have Batman and his assembled team, who attempt to contain the escalating disaster, foil the machinations of Lex Luthor and the MLF, and prevent a world-ending superhuman war. All of these events are seen through the eyes of a pastor named Norman McKay and DC's spirit of vengeance, the Spectre.

The story draws heavily on Biblical apocalyptic imagery, especially the Book of Revelation. It gives the story a sense of finality, as well as urgency with the heroes trying to stop this big war. And when the war between these superheroes ends, it ends with a bang and a PO'ed Kryptonian, as you see here.





Art - The awesome art is done by Alex Ross. The artwork is so epic and just down right good. One of the things I like about the art is that it has a touch of reality in it. His art also shows how ridiculous some, if not all, of these people in tight, bright-colored suits look. I also like how Ross just throws in something obscure and random for no reason. Here's one example:

In the left corner we have Sherlock Holmes, Rorschach from Watchmen, The Shadow, The Question, another character called Obsidian, and another nut in a trench coat and fedora.


Then, there's also this fantastic page of this:


There's one more page that is both awesome and sad at the same time, but I won't show it to you because it spoils the surprise.

In conclusion, Kingdom Come is a great read to anyone who's a fan of the DC Universe.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Graphic Novels: Intro


(This is a picture I took of my collection for a school project in April 2007. My collection is has grown since then.)

Well, since I don't know what I want to talk about, I'll talk about some of the greatest stuff in my little collection. If you ever noticed to look at my profile pic and description pic, you probably have figured out that I am a fan of graphic novels. A simpler term for these would be comic books.

I've been a comic fan for a long time. When I was younger, I would get the occasional comic book off the stands at Wal-Mart or any other store that had them. After they pretty much stopped having them in stores, I stopped getting them. I think throughout high school, I only got 4 things: and issue of Spider-Man, and the first three volumes to Essential X-Men.

When I got into college, that was when my collecting really began to happen. I started out with New Avengers #1. Since then, I've collected a bunch of stuff (well, maybe not too much). With the way most single issues are going up in price, I may just have to stop someday. More recently I've been trying to find some good TPBs and good events from the past. For example, I've gotten into Geoff Johns' run on Teen Titans, and it's real good. I also found all six issues of "Infinity Gauthlet" at a small book store in Columbia and that was pretty good too. Well, time for me to shut up and see what i want to say about these GNs and Events.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lakers Vs Celtics: Part.....What? 12? 13?


Alright! Rematch, ! I don't know who will win this time, and I kinda don't care. Both teams have what it takes to win the Finals. That's why they're here. I just hope it's a good series.
Ryell Williams

Monday, May 31, 2010

Hello all!

Hello, internet community, to the greatest blog in the world!!!!! (echoes)

.....

Okay, that was sarcasm, but hey I have to put something down, ya know? Anyway, welcome to my blog, my first blog. This is just me playing around with the internet. I may post some stuff every so often. So welcome, and I hope I post some interesting stuff here.