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Books / Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock - Sammy Hagar
« on: June 24, 2011, 07:31:23 pm »
Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock (2011)

I'm a huge fan of Sammy Hagar. Now, if you had ask me during the Van Halen days when Roth and the boys were at their peak if I would ever accept anyone, let alone Sammy as the new lead singer I would have told you to "**** off". Come to think of it, that's exactly what I did say.

But ever since 5150 dropped, I have been a fan of his. The guy just brings so much raw energy to whatever he does and on top of that he gives some of the best interviews out there and is a likable guy, so a book by him just had to be kick ass. After reading the excerpt of Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine a few months ago, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Reading those few pages about his time with the Van Halen brothers had me convinced this was going to be the greatest Rock Bio of all time.

That was not the case here. The book is a very good and easy read. But it's far from perfect. It starts off rather slow. It's not until we get into his Montrose days does the book kick it up a notch. But once it gets into the Van Halen years or more to the point of when Sammy dishes on all things Eddie and Alex does this book go to a completely different level. You will find yourself turning pages as fast as you can. This is the fastest I have ever read any book. Less than a day. Sheesh!

Unfortunately these are the only high points of the book. There's plenty here to keep you busy. But I was disappointed that there wasn't more to the story about his tour with David Lee Roth. I knew there was some bad blood between the two out on the road and I was hopeful that we would get all the dirt once and for all. Sadly, that doesn't happen here.

After such a huge, thrilling ride for pretty much the entire book, it goes flat at the end. Not a whole lot was said about Chickenfoot at all to close it out which is kind of disappointing.

Having said that, I can absolutely recommend this book if your wanting to hear some juicy details about the VH boys.

Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

Comic Books & Art / Re: Art Spotlight Thread
« on: June 24, 2011, 05:13:08 pm »
Adam Hughes


Adam's newest, as of 15 minutes ago.


Comic Books & Art / Re: Art Spotlight Thread
« on: June 24, 2011, 05:12:05 pm »
Marta Dahlig




Marta is one of my all time favorite painters. What you see before you is her most famous series: The Seven Deadly Sins. I'm gonna let you search out the rest of the Sins if you like her art.

Comic Books & Art / Re: Art Spotlight Thread
« on: June 24, 2011, 05:11:34 pm »
Serge Birault

Poker Pinup 1

Poker Pinup 2

Martini Bambi

Comic Books & Art / Re: Art Spotlight Thread
« on: June 24, 2011, 05:10:56 pm »
Patrick Brown


Patrick's newest piece.

Comic Books & Art / Art Spotlight Thread
« on: June 24, 2011, 05:07:19 pm »
Stanley Lau

Green Lantern

Hopefully the original Art Spotlight Thread will also make it's way over here too. Until then, I guess I'll start another.

Books / What Are You Reading?
« on: June 24, 2011, 05:05:38 pm »
Writing for Comics and Graphic Novels with Peter David

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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