Posts Tagged ‘P.S. 238

29
Aug
10

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 185: The Unsung Heroes

This week the boys line up another top ten (or seven… or eight…) episode, as they get together to discuss some of their favorite underrated characters from comics, television, movies, video games, and even a book or two without pictures. Which warriors do the guys say just don’t get the respect they deserve? And in the picks, Blake selects Superman/Batman #75 and Kenny digs on Booster Gold #35. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

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Episode 185: The Unsung Heroes

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12
Apr
09

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 114: Superman-Panic in the Sky

Retro-week strikes the Showcase boys, as they sit back and discuss one of their favorite stories of the early 1990s, the Superman-family crossover Panic in the Sky! The guys discuss the roots of the story, the repurcussions, how it led to the Death of Superman, and how the “Triangle Numbers” of the era compare with the way the Superman family of comics is in 2009. In the picks, Mike goes with Booster Gold #18, Chase picks The Walking Dead #59, and Blake digs PS 238 #38. Our graphic novel pick of the week? The Walking Dead Compendium Vol. 1! Write us with comments, suggestions, picks of the week, “Ask Chase Anything” questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Episode 114: Superman-Panic in the Sky
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PLUS: With Chase off for a Disney World vacation, Blake is riding solo this week. Chase gives us a quick phone call to check in, then Blake dishes on this week’s Lost, Dead is Dead, and the pilot episode of The Unusuals. Plus, he looks briefly at Kevin J. Anderson‘s upcoming Superman/Batman novel, Enemies and Allies.

Week in Geek #16: Greetings From Orlando!

14
Dec
08

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 97: The Spirit of Will Eisner

On Christmas day, movie theaters will burst open with Frank Miller‘s big-screen adaptation of The Spirit. This week, Blake and Chase talk about the character’s history in comics, his current status in DC comics, and how the legendary Will Eisner turned a guy in a blue three-piece suit into one of the most innovative superheroes ever created. In the picks this week, Blake recommends Archer and Armstrong: First Impressions, and Chase is still loving the new Flash Gordon series. Don’t forget to send us your votes for our Best of 2008 episode! You can find the categories and nominees in Episode 95! E-mail us with your votes, as well as comments, “Ask Chase Anything” questions, or anything else at Showcase@comixtreme.com!

Episode 97: The Spirit of Will Eisner
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PLUS: In Week in Geek #3, Blake picks up the microphone to discuss the recently-announced Fables TV show. How does he feel about his favorite comic book being made into a weekly TV series? And then, he gives a quick review of the new DVD release of a childhood favorite, Jim Henson’s The Christmas Toy.

Week In Geek #3: Fables TV and The Christmas Toy

New Reviews:

Just so you guys don’t have to go through this day with no new Christmas content from me, why not check out my review of this year’s edition of Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade? Gemstone Comics has upheld the classic tradition of Disney Christmas comics, and this year’s book is a fine one.

And while we’re at it, here are a few more comics I’ve reviewed lately:

02
Dec
08

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 95: Best of 2008 Nomination Special

The year is almost over, friends, so it’s time for Blake and Chase to make their nominations for the best in comics for 2008! Listen to the guys discuss their choices, and then e-mail your votes to Showcase@comixtreme.com. One randomly-chosen voter will recieve a prize package. Votes must be received by December 26, 2008, to be counted in time for their announcement in our end-of-the-year spectacular!

Episode 95: Best of 2008 Nomination Special

The nominees are:Best Ongoing Series:
Action Comics
Fables
Green Lantern
The Walking Dead

 

Best Miniseries or One-Shot:
Franklin Richards: Sons of Geniuses
Justice Society of America Kingdom Special: Superman
Secret Invasion
Superman: New Krypton Special

Best Storyline:
Action Comics: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes
Batman Confidential: The Bat and the Cat
Fables: War and Pieces
The Lone Ranger: Scorched Earth

Best New Series:
Flash Gordon
Guardians of the Galaxy
Incredible Hercules
Secret Six

Best Writer or Writing Team:
Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Ed Brubaker
Geoff Johns
Greg Pak

Best Artist or Art Team:
Mark Buckingham
Gary Frank
Mike McKone
Nicola Scott

Title Deserving of Wider Recognition:
Archie
Hack/Slash
PS 238
Uncle Scrooge

Best Genre TV Series:
Battlestar Galactica
Lost
Smallville
Stargate: Atlantis

Best Genre Motion Picture:
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Quantum of Solace
Wall-E

The Next Big Thing:
Blue Lanterns
The Legion of Super-Heroes
Marvel Illustrated: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Star Trek

Favorite Geek:
Mike Bellamy
Chase Bouzigard
Kenny Fanguy
Blake Petit

21
Aug
08

What I’m Reading: Final Crisis-Legion of Three Worlds #1

 So, if you haven’t figured it out by now, Geoff Johns is pretty much a bottomless pit of awesome. Let’s run through some of the comics he’s done: JSA/Justice Society of America. The Flash: Iron Heights and about forty incredible issues of that title. Action Comics (the Last Son, Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes and most recent Brainiac story arcs). Teen Titans. Infinite Crisis. And, of course, the new gold standard for how to do great comics, Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War. And just a couple of weeks ago, he hit us with the first of two tie-in books to DC’s current big event with Final Crisis: Rogue’s Revenge.

But by damn, this is the book I’ve been waiting for.

I’m a huge Legion of Super-Heroes fan. Not long ago, I even wrote a pretty detailed description of the three different groups to have borne that name for an Everything But Imaginary column. And finally, yesterday, I got the comic I’ve been waiting for: Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1. (Warning: Mild spoilers follow.)

Johns and the legendary artist George Perez have begun their tale with Mordru, the time-trapper, a longtime foe of the Legion. Mordru, the architect of the Legion’s troubles for years, decides the time has come to destroy the Legion and Superman’s legacy once and for all, so he summons Superboy-Prime from the timestream. The boy who wants to be Superman in the worst way (and I do mean the worst) goes on a tear, breaking open the seams of the prison planet Takron-Galtos. Prime has rounded up every enemy the Legion has ever faced, just as they face the greatest personal tragedy of their storied career.

Of course, it’s Brainiac 5 who realizes the only possible course of action. They need help. They need Superman. and since the threat they face comes from another universe, it’s time for them to fight fire with fire… they need the Legions of two other universes to join the fight.

It is not an exaggeration to say the first issue of this five-issue storyline gave me chills. Johns has displayed a love and respect for not just the original Legion, but for all three, that I’ve never seen before. I’m not surprised, though — this is the man who found a way to make Hal Jordan Green Lantern again without tarnishing Kyle Rayner, and who is about to be handed the reigns of both Barry Allen and Wally West in the Flash: Rebirth miniseries. Johns respects not only the originators of a superhero legacy, but all of the heroes who have carried the torch. Although the other two Legions only appear briefly, on Brainy’s computers, between those two pages and the rest of the book, George Perez may be a good 75 percent finished with his goal of drawing every Legionnaire of all time in this comic.

Johns has created a story that’s not only epic in scope, but also intensely personal for all the heroes involved. They’ve lost someone close to them, and Superman feels a responsibility for what Superboy-Prime has become. Meanwhile, people who have been anticipating this story for a while know that — although it doesn’t make an appearance in this issue — Brainy has a lightning rod with a face in it waiting somewhere… waiting to help a seemingly lost hero make his triumphant return.

Then there’s George Perez. Ever since the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, people have known that if you wanna have a buttload of characters in a comic book, Perez is the man to draw it. Not only does he fill this book with Legionnaires, the little details he drops in everywhere are amazing. In an early scene where Prime wanders (and trashes) the Superman Museum of the 31st Century, Perez packs in so many tidbits and Easter Eggs that I could write a whole article just pointing each one out and where it came from. Even the labels — written in the Legion’s language of “Interlac” — are worth looking at. In a scene with statues of Superman over the years, the plaques underneath each one, in Interlac, reads with the name of the classic Superman artist that drew that particular interpretation (Shuster, Boring, Swan, Garcia-Lopez, and Perez himself). And no, I don’t have the free time to sit around translating Interlac — I just have the overwhelming need to absorb each and every nugget of goodness this comic has to offer.

Simply put, this is a fan-freaking-tastic opening for this series. Just as Sinestro Corps ran away from the pack and became my favorite comic book story of last year, I’ve got a feeling that this book — coupled with the Superman and the Legion arc from Action Comics — will soon take that trophy for 2008. It just doesn’t get better than this.

Want to read a few more reviews? Here are some other comic reviews I’ve written in the last few weeks…

28
Jun
08

R.I.P., Michael Turner

Weekends like this, the time of a major comic book convention (specifically Wizard World Chicago), are supposed to be times of big news and big announcements for the comic fans in the world. Nobody expected to wake up to the news we got today. Michael Turner, the artist who made Witchblade big, helped resurrect Supergirl, and created and co-created such diverse books as Fathom, Soulfire and my personal favorite, Shrugged, has passed away at the age of 37.

Turner, one of the true comic book “superstars,” has had a very public battle with cancer for several years now. In a statement released this morning his friend Vince Hernandez says that Turner has beaten the disease, moving on to a better place. I rather like that way of looking at things, and the way Hernandez talks, it sounds like that is how Turner himself would want to be known.

I only met Michael Turner once, at the Wizard World Dallas convention in 2004, and I was just one of a thousand faces looking for autographs that day — but he was very polite and careful to double-check and make sure the names he was personalizing the books to were all spelled correctly. From all accounts, he was a very nice, kind man. Aren’t those always the ones that go early?

I’m not going to pretend I was his biggest fan — I liked his work, but I often felt like he was getting a bit overexposed. There was a period last year where it seemed he was drawing the covers on every other book Marvel and DC published, and I would have liked to see more old-fashioned covers done by the interior artists. Now, though, seeing that his work is done, it almost feels like his intent was to get as much out there as he could before it was too late. Now it seems the day of the Michael Turner cover is over, and that saddens me.

While he’ll be remembered for Witchblade, Fathom and Supergirl,my favorite work of his was a title he co-created and co-wrote with Frank Mastromauro, a fantasy/comedy called Shrugged. This was a book that featured a teenager with the classic “angel” and “demon” sitting on his shoulders, trying to give him advice — but then he begins communicating with these two abstract creatures, and the world of his conscience begins to bleed into the real world. For my money, it was the most original and creative thing Turner ever did, and while I hope it continues on without him, it’s a shame that his contribution to the title is over.

I wanted to post some of my older reviews of his work as a tribute of sorts (poor a tribute as that may be), and was doubly saddened to realize that the vast majority of the reviews I’ve done of his work were just of comics he drew covers for. I wish I had more. Still, I posted a few at the Back Issue Bin, and I’d encourage any other LiveJournal members out there to do the same.

Thirty-seven years is far too brief a time in this world, but Michael Turner made the most of what he had. He produced a vast wealth of work and inspired a whole new generation of artists. For anybody, that’s a pretty good run. Rest in peace, Mike.

Reviews this week..

I neglected to do this last weekend, mostly because I had very few reviews to share, but I made up for it this time. Here are the reviews I’ve posted since the last time I updated. and don’t forget, you can see all of my reviews at the Comic Reviews Archive right here at the ‘Realms.




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