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PREVIEWS: Dark Horse for September 2006

June 13th, 2006 10:01am by ComicList Email

Previews of Dark Horse Comics that will be published in September 2006, by Ralf Haring.

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SA: Mouse Guard: Belly of the Beast / Electric Girl

June 9th, 2006 10:57am by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Reviews

Mouse Guard: Belly of the Beast (#1 of 6)/22 pgs. & $3.50 from Archaia Studios Press/by David Peterson/sold at comics shops & www.aspcomics.com.

Although it looks and reads like a children's book, Mouse Guard is not for children. Its prose introduction states …"mice struggle to live safely and prosper among all of the world's harsh conditions and predators. Thus the mouse guard was formed".

These mice do so with violence, blood, and death in a mix of reality and fantasy that is neither traditional children's nor adult literature.

'Tis the content that blurs the literary distinctions as three sighted mice search for a missing merchant mouse.

Beautiful, reality-based art ends at the tip of the swords carried by the mice, at the clothing worn, and at the tips of tongues that speak. But a number of scenes of graphic violence are too disturbing for young minds that know nothing of death.

It's confusing.

So who is the intended audience of this wonderful new jewel?

Mouse Guard is recommended for mature readers who enjoy art and story generally associated with children's books. MV

Electric Girl #3/160 pgs. & $13.95 from AiT/PlanetLar/art and story by Michael Brennan/sold at comics shops and www.ait-planetlar.com.

Despite its claim to be a graphic novel, this collection reprints issues 9 and 10 of a delightful new comics title for pre-literate and beginning readers.

Well-written and drawn, young girls in particular will enjoy the entertaining adventures of Virginia, a teenage girl with electric powers. Virginia is not characterized as a superhero.

Virginia must contend with the mundane problems of life including the antics of her dog Blammo as well as the fantasy of a gremlin named Oogleeoog.

Some children may ask 'what is a gremlin' and 'why does Virginia have one', questions that one hopes will be answered in future compilations.

Electric Girl is recommended.

Order you copy of the all-Vance horror paperback Apocris 1 at
http://www.lighthousemediaone.co.uk/FutureProjects.html

Interested in the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection and Toy and Action Figure Museum? Go to fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com/

On The Shelves: 06/07/06

June 6th, 2006 9:16pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 06/07/06, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Support GOOD Comics! Try something new EVERY month.

My weekly look at select comic books being released Thursday, 06/07/06. The full shipping is list available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK

Action Philosophers Vol 1: Giant-Size Thing

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SA: The Art of John Romita

June 2nd, 2006 4:21pm by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review: The Art of John Romita, published by Marvel Comics, hardback, 96 pages, $34.95.

As a fan of comics, and a student of the history of the medium, books about it's creators are always a draw for me. Additionally, I believe the argument can be made that they can hold great interest for any pop culture enthusiast. With that in mind, let me introduce you to The Art of John Romita.

If you've read few comics in your life, you're probably clueless as to Romita's identity. John Romita is one of the most influential artists whose work ever graced a comics page.

Taking over The Amazing Spider-Man from the character's co-creator and original artist, Steve Ditko in 1966, Romita quickly infused the title with his own charming, "clean-cut" style. In his stride on the title, he gave Spider-Man, as well as his alter-ego, Peter Parker, what some fans still consider the classic look of the character.

Romita has accomplished a great deal more, however, than his landmark work on one of Marvel's most well-known and beloved titles. His influence was felt as far back as the Golden Age of comics, and is still being felt today. Having put his artistic mark on suspense, sci-fi, crime, western and romance tales, this publication, which is basically a book-length interview with Romita, himself, maps out that impressive
career.

Probably one of the most interesting things about Romita brought to light by the book is his humility. Here is a man who literally helped shape superhero comics, yet has not become conceited or high-minded. After decades in the business, he is still sometimes hesitant and doubtful in his own incredible ability.

This reviewer, however, is not. Nor am I doubtful that readers will enjoy this informative work, which also happens to be chock-full of wonderful artwork, and even contains Romita's favorite Spider-Man story that he and Stan Lee ever produced. It is highly recommended.

Find The Art of John Romita at comics shops, online retailers and online auctions. Mark Allen

For information on the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection and joy and Action Figure Museum go to fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com/

On The Shelves: 06/01/06

May 31st, 2006 10:24pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 06/01/06, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Support GOOD Comics! Try something new EVERY month.

My weekly look at select comic books being released Thursday, 06/01/06. The full shipping is list available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK

Skyscrapers of the Midwest #3

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Suspended Animation Review 05/26/06

May 26th, 2006 5:50am by ComicList Email

Graphic Classics: Rafael Sabatini/ 141 pgs. & $11.95 from Eureka Productions/various artists and writers/sold at comics shops and www.graphicclassics.com

Once a celebrated author, Rafael Sabatini is virtually unknown today. Even his tales of the pirate Captain Blood, 'immortalized' in motion pictures by actor Errol Flynn, are slipping into obscurity. If nothing else, Sabatini is proof positive that fame is fleeting.

The 13th volume in the Graphic Classics series of literature adapted into comics is proof that it shouldn't be fleeting. Sabatini wrote high adventure, supernatural, and other genres
tales in novels, short stories, and poetry. They are deserving of praise.

My favorite art in this collection is by Gerry Alanguilan. The best story is every story; Sabatini was talented, and these terse adaptations of his work are entertaining and worth
your attention.

The entire Graphic Classics series is strongly recommended. MV

Superman Family #173 [1975]/50 pgs. DC Comics/various artists and writers/sold at comics shops and on-line auctions.

They were different.

In general, comic books predating the 1980s were story rather than character driven, and were created for an audience of young readers around the age of ten. Indeed, Superman
Family almost seems silly compared to today's character driven, hard-edged, and even grim titles.

Reading an issue for the first time in thirty years was refreshing.

"Superman's pal" Jimmy Olsen, Supergirl, Lois Lane and Superdog are the featured cast. Inside, Jimmy becomes a superhero, Supergirl marries the man who destroyed her home planet, Suberdog saves Superboy, and Lois Lane becomes a series of super-bugs. No one is killed, no one is a drug addict, and life doesn't stink. No kidding.

Couldn't we get a few optimistic titles back on today's market? Pretty please!

Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection (OCC) Hall of Fame member E. Nelson Bridwell and OCC Associate Kurt Schaffenberger produced the Lois Lane "Super Bug" story. Recommended. MV

Order you copy of the all-Vance horror paperback Apocris 1 at http://www.lighthousemediaone.co.uk/FutureProjects.html

Interested in the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection and Toy and Action Figure Museum? Go to fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com/

On The Shelves: 5/24/06

May 23rd, 2006 10:33pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 5/24/06, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Support GOOD Comics! Try something new EVERY month.

My weekly look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 5/24/06. The full shipping is list available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK

Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness (Vol. 3)

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Suspended Animation Review: The Portent #1

May 20th, 2006 12:30pm by ComicList Email

The Portent #1, published by Image Comics, 28 pages, $2.99.

Writer and artist Peter Bergting has embarked upon a sequential tale that could be something great in the making. The first issue of The Portent introduces readers to a young warrior named Milo, who seems to be on a mission which has lead him to an all-but-deserted city. Though his motivations remain unrevealed in this issue, a group of "seers" has foretold his coming as a hero who would deliver them from danger. And, indeed, by issue's end, the danger has been revealed, both in the form of an ancient evil awoken, and a dark army poised to kill and destroy.

Like I said, a great beginning. Bergting sets a wonderfully ominous tone with this book, as the reader is given the feeling that everything is about to break loose. He also instills Milo with plenty of mystery, yet manages to make him an interesting character. I can't wait to find out what HIS motive was for engaging the forces of darkness.

Bergting's art is equally pleasing. With a flair for the dramatic, not to mention the "spooky", his heavy use of blacks and greys is far from boring, lending a sense of mood which works hand-in-hand with his writing to make this one of the best beginnings of a fantasy tale I've seen in a while. I am now eagerly awaiting the second issue.

Recommended for all but the youngest readers. Find it at comics shops and online retailers and auctions.
Mark Allen

Save Spider-Girl
This mini-review is a "shout-out" of sorts to the worth-while site, www.savespidergirl.com . With a crash course on who Spider-Girl is, the character's history with Marvel, (including a scrapped-before-it-was-tried marketing plan through retail giant Wal-Mart) testimonials of the comic by industry professionals, a message board and much more, this is both a chronicle of comics history in the making, as well as an effort to save a worthwhile publication which could bring in new, younger readers.

Check it out.

For information on the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection and Toy and Action Figure Museum go to fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com/

The Acronyms List

AR -
Ask retailer for price
BD -
Blu-ray Disc
CCG -
Collectible card game
CD -
Compact disc
DVD -
Digital versatile disc
FCBD -
Free Comic Book Day
GN -
Graphic novel
HC -
Hardcover
HD -
High definition
LCG -
Living Card Game
MMPB -
Mass market paperback
PVC -
Polyvinyl chloride
RPG -
Role playing game
SC -
Softcover
TBD -
To be determined
TCG -
Trading card game
TP -
Trade paperback
UDA -
Upper Deck Authenticated
WDCC -
Walt Disney Classics Collection
WS -
Widescreen

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