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Comic Books & Art / Batman: Year One - Frank Miller
« on: June 24, 2011, 01:33:43 pm »
Batman: Year One (1987)



Words by Frank Miller
Art by David Mazzucchelli
Colors by Richmond Lewis
Letters by Todd Klein


How profound is Batman Year One? Well, the story itself was the basis for a film adaptation that never got off the ground, but eventually had it's fingerprints on other films, namely Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. If you read Year One, and you already know the movies well enough, you will see elements throughout all of them taken directly from the book.

Frank Miller did an exceptional job here in revisiting Batman's origin while adding more to the story and completely changing the readers perception of Bruce Wayne. This isn't the typical, campy Batman that you grew up with. This is dark and gritty. And we can't forget about the amazing art of David Mazzucchelli, which is beyond exceptional and would be hard pressed to find anyone else that could top him. Sometimes simplicity is all you need to elevate your art to an even higher level.

If there is one negative that I would put on the book is that it's too short. The story itself ran only 4 issues. I guess in this day and age of mega-crossover story arcs spanning anywhere from 10 to 20 issues, a mere 4 issues can seem like a blip. But with the ground that's covered in just these few issues, Miller and company manage to redefine an iconic Superhero.

If you get the chance to pick up the Trade Paperback, always go with the Hardcover edition. And I have to mention that the Afterword at the end of the book is absolutely worth the price of admission. You get a lot of behind the scenes stuff with Page breakdowns, pre-lims, covers and pin up art. This stuff is golden in my eyes and opens your eyes into David's process and how he works his magic when he puts pencil to paper.

Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

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Comic Books & Art / V For Vendetta - Alan Moore
« on: June 24, 2011, 01:15:38 pm »
V For Vendetta (1982 / 1989)



Words by Alan Moore
Art by David Lloyd
Additional Art by Tony Weare
Letters by Steve Craddock
Colors by Steve Whitaker / Siobhan Dodds / David Lloyd


I come from a school of wanting my art to look a certain way. Growing up following the likes of Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri and others, I shouldn't like this. But a strange thing happened while reading V For Vendetta. I absolutely love David Lloyds art. The guy knows how to draw a picture that pulls you in. It's never going to get the accolades that today's artist get from fans, but that should absolutely have no bearing on picking this book up.

But lets be clear about one thing, you are picking this up for one reason and one reason only: Alan Moore. This book is one of his all time best and should be required reading for everyone. The story of Vendetta takes place in a dystopian future (well at the time it was written it was in the future) where Britain's society is under the rule of a totalitarian government. Enter the man known only as V, who is on a revenge mission against those that wronged him in his past, while also giving the people of England...hope, to rise up against the government.

V also has one of the coolest looking costumes accentuated with a Guy Fawkes mask. If you don't know what I'm talking about, just look at the book cover. Cool **** indeed.

I highly recommend getting this book. Just don't get the Trade Paperback as it's printed on cheap paper that doesn't do the art or the colors any justice. Go with the Hardcover Edition. There are a lot of reprints out there so make sure you're getting a copy of the highest quality before laying down you cash.

Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

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Comic Books & Art / 300 - Frank Miller
« on: June 24, 2011, 01:10:16 pm »
300 (1998)



Written and Drawn by Frank Miller
Colors by Lynn Varley


I'm a huge fan of Frank Miller as an artist and as a writer. But not everything he does is gold like most people will have you believe. 300 isn't perfect by any stretch and to me isn't one of my favorites from Miller. It's the story of how 300 Spartans withstood a Persian army of thousands upon thousands at the Battle of Thermopylae. I won't delve into the historical inaccuracy of the comic and will focus on the art and writing instead.

I love the artwork, both Millers drawings and Lynn Varley's colors are phenomenal. But for me, I think the book is average at best because the story is so much bigger than what we get in the pages of a comic. Five issues is far too little to tell a story of this magnitude and it's why, to me anyway, it feels condensed and rushed. As a reader, I feel cheated because I know there is so much more to the story.

I know I am probably in the minority here and will probably get toasted for not holding this book up to a lofty high standard that most other people have a tendency to do. Good for you people. Just not one of Miller's best in my eyes. I think that at the end of the day, I just don't care about any of the characters within the story. There is no emotional connection that the reader gets to connect with like say, Marv from Sin City. Because 300 whizzes by so fast, it leaves very little time to build up a genuine rapport with the lead character as well as the secondary ones too. Without that bond, there is no sense of urgency that one feels when we finally get to the big showdown at the end.

This is a pick 'em book. Pick it up at your own discretion. If I were you, I'd go to the Library first and check it out before laying down your hard earned cash.

Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

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Comic Books & Art / Re: What Are You Reading?
« on: June 24, 2011, 09:44:49 am »
Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee

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Music / What Are You Listening To Right Now?
« on: June 24, 2011, 07:43:04 am »
...Voices in my head. No, that's not a band either.  ;D

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Comic Books & Art / What Are You Reading?
« on: June 24, 2011, 07:33:11 am »
Daredevil: The Man Without Fear

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Video Games / What Games Are You Playing?
« on: June 24, 2011, 07:28:36 am »
Batman: Arkham Asylum

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Daredevil: The Man Without Fear (1993)




Written by Frank Miller
Art by John Romita Jr.


Outside of reading Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City over and over, no other book has come close except Daredevil: The Man Without Fear. It's not lost on me that the author for each of these books is the one and only Frank Miller. The guy, when he is on his A-Game, simply knows how to tell a story that engages the reader from start to finish and this book fits in nicely here.

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear is an origin story about Matt Murdock who becomes Daredevil. We get to see his transformation from akward teenager to the masked Superhero and everything in between. And helping tell the story is the amazing art of John Romita Jr. I first discovered him by way of The Punisher War Zone. His style has never changed from book to book and that's a good thing.

I recommend this to anyone that wants a fantastic story with amazing art. By all means get this one. I have read this over and over and I never get tired of it. And should you get the Hardcover Edition, it comes with probably the coolest bonus stuff you will ever find. It comes with the full outline of the story as well as the screenplay format with penciled Notes for panels to be drawn. Also, there is a ton of Covers and Unused stories too.

Great stuff.

Rating: 10 Stars out of 10

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Sports / 2011 NFL Football (Rants and Raves)
« on: June 24, 2011, 05:39:07 am »


It's never too early to talk about Football, even if there is a good chance there won't be any this year.   >:(


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Sports / 2011 Major League Baseball (Rants And Raves)
« on: June 24, 2011, 05:37:56 am »


Baseball been berry, berry good to me.


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Music / What Music genre do you listen to the most?
« on: June 23, 2011, 11:56:55 pm »
So, what's your main music genre? What type of music do you listen to more than any other? Choose your main style, but feel free to expand on other types of music you like as well.

As for me, even though I listen to a lot of different styles, it still comes back to Heavy Metal / Hard Rock (KISS, Def Leppard, Van Halen, GNR, etc...) as my first choice. I also listen to Techno (Prodigy) from my clubbing days, Ska (No Doubt) and Classic Rock (The Beatles, Elvis, U2)

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Television / What Are You Watching? (TV Shows on DVD/Blu-ray)
« on: June 23, 2011, 11:44:35 pm »
24 (Entire Series)



I just started my 24 Marathon a couple of weeks ago. Halfway through Season 1 at the moment. This one will keep me occupied for awhile. :) I will rate each season as I complete them.

Marathon started 06.23.11

Marathon ended 04.19.12

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All Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder (2005)



Written by Frank Miller
Pencils by Jim Lee
Inks by Scott Williams
Colors by Alex Sinclair



There is a lot of derision when it comes to All Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder for a couple of reasons. Most people either hate this or love it. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle. The reason why most hate it is that Frank Miller, for whatever reason chose to make Batman nothing short of a Blood thirsty, psychopath, hellbent on inflicting as much pain as possible against his enemies. But the thing that rubbed most people the wrong way is that he seemed to be getting off on all the carnage he was dishing out.

This goes against everything that Batman/Bruce Wayne stands for. It's so completely out of character. Now, usually something like this where a character starts acting against the norm can be attributed to brainwashing, alien infection or any other influences brought on by one of many Batman Villains. But here, it's him and him alone acting of his own volition.

The other thing that tends to bring comic book fans to a boil is that the book just....ends. There is no resolution to the story. After 9 issues, it just stops. Even though it has been announced that the book itself will be morphing into another title called Dark Knight: Boy Wonder for 6 Issues to wrap up the story, it's still a shitty way to treat fans that were following the exploits of Batman.

As for the story itself, it's an origin tale about Dick Greyson, the original "Boy-Wonder" who becomes Robin. Although a lot is said about how Batman is completely off his rocker here and in the way he treats Greyson almost to the point of abuse, I can still find some things about it interesting enough to not completely throw this one away. I just look at it as one of those weird anomalies and chalk it up to a different take on the characters that you would never get elsewhere.

Having said all that, the only saving grace really for the book is of course Jim Lee's stunning artwork. The work he put out for this one is of the highest standard that meets and at times eclipses that of his work on Batman: Hush. Just astonishing to look at.

I can only recommend the book for Jim's art and not much else.

Rating: 3 Stars out of 5




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