Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Random Pics of the Month - Feburary

I'm shocked I almost forgot about this. Well, Since it is Black History Month, I decided to look at "The Good, The Bad, and The WTH" of Black superheroes. Mind you, it's just some of them.

The Good
I don't even need to say anything. John's saying it all here!

He may look ridiculous in that tiara, but Luke Cage is still awesome. Only he can muscle Doctor Doom for $200 bucks.

You know, it's not everyday we get a Superman who's black and the President. Thanks, Grant!

Crisis Time! - Adventures of Superman #516 and Zero Hour #2

This installment of Crisis Time is brought to you by Dwayne Wade: the newest fighter in the next Mortal Kombat game!

(by the way, if you haven't seen the teaser for Season 2 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, go see it because it was Glorious!!!)

Welcome back to my look at the Zero Hour event. Today's issues are Adventures of Superman #516 and Zero Hour #2. I did not own these issues back in the day though I do vaguely remember reading Zero Hour #2 at some point in a store. In those days, the only places I would hang out in stores were either the toy section or the books section. This time, I'm switching up the order this time because ZH #2 literally takes place after ZH #3.

The creative team for Zero Hour #2 is the same as it was before. For the Superman issue, the credits for the creative team is pretty funny.  I'll just show ya.
  • Karl "Claudius" Kesel
  • Peter "Caesar" Krause
  • Jackson "Ausgustus" Guice
  • Glenn "Galerius" Whitmore
  •  Albert "Abionis" DeGuzman
  • Chris "Croesus" Duffy
  •  Frank "Petronius" Pittarse
  • Mike "Caligula" Carlin
If they only had a "Longinus"...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Crisis Time! - Superman #93 and Zero Hour #3

Today’s installment of Crisis Time is brought to you by Snape: the potions master.

Hmm…Learning how to “pickle victory” would be good.

Welcome back to this event segment. Today’s issues are Superman #93 and Zero Hour #3. As I have said before in other posts, I did own Zero Hour #3 for a while. I don’t know why I got it. At that time, the only characters I would have recognized were Superman, Batman, Robin, and maybe Wonder Woman. Recently,  I'm beginning to think I might have actually owned this Superman issue. I’m really not sure. I know I had to have read it at some point when I was younger, but I don’t know if I bought it. All I know is that I have it now.

The creative team for the Superman issue is Dan Jurgens (…I know that guy!) and Josef Rubinstein. Jurgens did both the story and the pencils while Rubenstein did the inks. Zero Hour #3 is still done by Jurgens and Ordway. So with that out of the way, let’s get to it!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Crisis Time! - Superman: MOS #37 and Zero Hour #4

Crisis Time.....well, at least it's better than "Crisis Talk" or "Crisis Stuff". This segment is pretty much geared toward the big events or the many crises that DC (or Marvel, they have them too) will have from time to time. This month is going to look at the crossover event, Zero Hour. Today's issues are Superman: Man of Steel #37 and Zero Hour #4. Now, I originally owned the Superman tie-in long ago, but it pretty much got shredded. When I got into college, I was able to find the issue. Now, I never read this issue of Zero Hour. My time with the event started with #3.

The creative team for the Superman book is Louise Simonson and John Bogdanove (?). If you want more info on this creative team and this series in general, I'll point you to a little podcast call From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast. The cover is...pretty freakin' awesome. I think I know why I got this way back when. My only complaint is that we don't get to see the B: TAS version in the book and that sucks.

Zero Hour was written and drawn by Dan Jurgens with Jerry Ordway providing additional art and inking. Jurgens and Ordway are known for being on the Superman books during this era. Also, if there's anything to say about this series, it is this: the artwork is pretty awesome. The art as a whole is good. The cover is pretty good. It kinda spoils something, but I'll get to that later.

Well, here...we...go.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Random Thoughts #22

Well, I'm at work and I'm pretty much done with my load. I think it's time for some Random Thoughts.

Grad School
Wait, why am I talking about grad school? Oh yeah...I'm done with it! YEAH!!!!!!!!! I finally got my degree a couple of weeks ago in the mail. Do I miss school? Nope, but I really need to find something to do which is not related to my new PS3.

Wow...I really don't use cash that much...
Today, I went into Dunkin' Donuts to get some donuts for the office. I was planning on using cash, but when the time to pay came, I immediately used my card. I guess that is the way of the future, ain't it? I'll admit that it's more easy to whip out the card and swipe it. The only drawback is that you might not know how much money you got in your account. Anyway, that was my day....pretty dull, right?

Uh...Well, there is this one-- Oh. On second thought, wait a little while.

Zero Hour
You know i had this epic intro for Zero Hour. I talked about how it was technically my first event crossover and about how it was a series that I really wanted to own. Then...I deleted the dang thing by accident. Crap. Now I have to try to write the thing again. Well, here I go again:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Graphic Novels - Teen Titans Vol. 7: Titans East

This installment of Graphic Novels is brought to you by Prestone, the best makers of anti-freeze ever! It'll cool your vehicle as well as you next door alien bounty hunter!

Well, this is it. It's the end of Geoff Johns' run on Teen Titans. We've seen the highs and the lows to his run on the book. We've also seen death and rebirth too. It took a while to do this post because... well, you'll find out below. Geoff Johns isn't the only writer in this trade. We have Adam Beechen, a writer who took over the series for a couple of issues. We also have a few artists this time around. There's Tony Daniel, Chris Batista, Al Barrinuevo, and Peter Snejbjerg. The issues contained in the trade are Teen Titans #42-47. This is going to be one of the long posts, so sit back and let's see if this volume lives up to what has come before it.

Teen Titans Volume 7: Titans East
Writers: Geoff Johns and Adam Beechen
Artists: Peter Snejbjerg, Tony Daniel, Al Barrinuevo, and
Chris Batista