Monthly Archives: April 2015

Mystery Comic 1: Detective Comics: Batman – 734

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This is a great comic to start with because it’s a batshit (pun intended) crazy. First of all its part 20 of the of 88 “No Man’s Land” crossover event that took place during the entire year of 1999. Let’s take a minute to let that marinate. There was a crossover Batman event in 1999 that took place across 13 titles and various one shot comics. So if you were trying to follow along in this series back in 1999 you would have had to buy 88 issues costing roughly $175 dollars. Even though that’s over an entire year that’s a hell of a lot of comics if you want to get the entire series. It also means is confusing as shit if you were to be a new reader trying to get into a certain comic.

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It’s intimidating enough when you see a number like 734 next to a book. If you are new to comics you are going to ask yourself, “Do I need to read 733 issues to know what’s going on?” Not only that but this is part two of a two part story, “No problem!” you exclaim, “I’ll just buy Detective Comics 733 and all will be well.” So you go to Detective comics 733 but when you do its list as “Crisis of Faith” not “Mark of Cain”. No “Mark of Cain” part 1 is in Batman Comics issue 567. And not only is Detective Comics 733 not the first part of the story you were looking for but it also is part 16 of No Man’s Land not part 19. So within one month you have lost three parts of the No Man’s Land arc.

This is a perfect example of why it’s so hard to break into comics if you are an outside reader. Of course with the internet its easier now to find out what is happening with comics month to month but it’s still pretty damn difficult. If comic book companies are scratching their head to why people don’t buy comics this serves as a huge example. First it’s a huge crossover that involves close to 100 books, second they are spread out randomly across 13 titles, and third within a year afterward none of the events of No Man’s Land even mattered. I get the need to keep the status quo when it comes to a character like Batman. You can’t really kill or injure characters and so that happens the impact that stories are going to have. But to have an event like this that last an entire year and involve so man titles have all most no lasting impact in the Batman or DC universe, its little wonder how this kind of thing can lose more readers than it gains. It’s another example of the comic industry desperate for sales squeezing as much money from their base as possible rather than do something that might gain new readers.

Ok enough rant back to the comic itself.

So needless to say it’s a little confusing coming straight into this book. You get a one sentence blurb kind of describing what No Man’s Land is and then it jumps right in. Cain is trying to kill Commissioner Gordon and his daughter tackles him out a window to stop him. Batman saves the both of them holding on to Cain with a rope and Cain holding on to his daughter by the hands. He drops her and it picks up with Cassandra (his daughter) in a graveyard (hanging out not cause she’s dead) not exactly explaining how she survived the fall.

Batman then talks to Cassandra for a while (no explanation why or how he got there) and finds out that Cassandra can’t speak any language, she only knows the language of violence.

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Are you shitting me? The language of violence… I know enough about Batman to know that Cassandra Cain later will become Batgirl. I have also read enough Batgirl that they use this whole she can’t speak thing for a while in the comics. It leads to interesting stories but she understands language she just can’t speak it. I don’t know how this kind of thing works but it seems to me if you can understand English perfectly you should be able to speak it to some extent. It lead to some interesting stories but they winded up dropping the whole thing by a very random contrived method. They had some random meta-human who we have never met and never see again. He has the ability to fix peoples brains and he happens to run into Cassandra, fix her brain, and leave. So from then on Cassandra can speak and write. It was a total cop out and you can tell it was only done because the writers were tired of skipping around how she couldn’t speak and picked an easy out. So knowing what I know about the character this whole section about Batman’s shock at her only knowing the language of violence is pretty lame.

Back to the story, Batman finds Cain and fights him while Cassandra dons a black mask and attacks/steals money from Two Face. It cuts back to the Batman/Cain fight and right before they land a devastating blow on each other Cassandra breaks up the fight distracting them by throwing the money she stole from Two Face at them. Then it cuts to Batman introducing Cassandra Cain to Barbra Gordon (Original Batgirl) who thanks her for saving her father and tells her she was once Batgirl. It ends with Batman saying to Oracle “Oracle. Call them”, with no explanation of what that means.

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Over all it’s not a bad comic just really hard to follow completely out of context. I luckily had some history about No Man’s Land and Cassandra Cain but which helped a lot. Had you just picked this up without any context it would probably be a lot of non-sense. Overall I give it a 6 out of 10.

Here are a couple of my favorite vintage ads from it.

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Dark Knight Part 3 Announced!

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Yesterday (4/24/15) at C2E2 it was announced that Legendary Comic Book writer Frank Miller will be returning to his Dark Knight series with one more book.  Joining Miller on writing duties will be Brian Azzarello who said, “For the past six months, I’ve been working with Frank Miller to bring the next chapter in the ‘Dark Knight’ to light.  It’s been humbling. I’ve learned a lot, and I call him sensei. It’s a really, really big project.”

We don’t know much else so far.  Miller won’t be drawing the comic and we don’t know who will.  There were rumors that there won’t be a single artist but it will instead be a rotation of several high profile artists.  The release date is set for this fall.


Mystery Comics Project: The Arrival!

I know that I only posted about this a couple of days ago but in reality it’s been close to two weeks for the comics to get here.  Now I know this is just me being spoiled from using amazon prime but seriously two weeks to ship something is ridiculous.  I love me some woot and have gotten some great deals from it in the past but don’t ever order anything from them you might need quickly.  So up top are scans of all the covers that I took last night.  I was actually pretty surprised by the quality of the comics that I got.  They were pretty diverse selection some going back to 1990 and some from as recent as 2012.  Also there was a lot more number 1 issues that I could have hoped for.  This will certainly make reading these a little easier and prevent me from being completely lost.

One minor gripe was that included in these comics was the following issue of Batman.  It is was a free preview version of the graphic novel Batman: Earth One that was released last year to coincide with the release of The Dark Knight Rises.  It’s not really a comic book and it was a free give away so it’s a bit of a cop out from original description of the order I made.  I was pretty annoyed initially but the quality of the other comics is better than I expected so I’m going to let it slide.  However as far as this project goes I am going to switch it out with another book.  I had picked up a bunch of random comics while I was at the local comic book convention and am going to a random issue of Detective Comics from 1999 (Detective Comics 734) instead.  Since I was promised a Batman comic if feels like a solid replacement.

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So here is the complete list of the comics that I got.

  • Detective Comics: Batman – 734
    July 1999 – DC Comics
    $1.99
  • Fantastic Four – 383
    December 1993 – Marvel
    $1.25
  • War Heroes – 1 of 6
    July 2008 – Image
    $2.99
  • Wonder Woman – 178
    March 2002 – DC Comics
    $2.25
  • Catwoman – 1
    August 1993 – DC Comics
    $1.95
  • Hammer of God – 2 of 2
    1991 – First Publishing
    $4.95
  • Squalor – 4 of 4
    August 1990 – First Publishing
    $2.75
  • Blackest Night R.E.B.E.L.S. – 10
    January 2010 – DC Comics
    $3.99
  • Day of Vengeance – 1
    June 2005 – DC Comics
    $2.50
  • Wolverine – 27
    June 2005 – Marvel Comics
    $2.25
  • Secret Avengers – 1
    July 2010 – Marvel
    $3.99
  • House of M – 1 of 8
    August 2005 – Marvel
    $2.99
  • Exiles – 48
    August 2004 – Marvel
    $2.99
  • X-Men – 27
    June 2012 – Marvel
    $3.99
  • Ultimate Spider-man – 78
    August 2005 – Marvel
    $2.50
  • X-Patrol – 1
    April 1996 – Amalgam
    $1.95
  • Zorro – 6
    October 2005 – Papercut
    $2.95
  • Hercules: The Knives of Kush – 3 of 5
    October 2009 – Radical Comics
    $2.99
  • Bullets and Bracelets – 1
    April 1996 – Amalgam
    $1.95
  • Adventure Comics – 504
    October 2009 – DC Comics
    $3.99
  • Wrath – 1
    January 1994 – Malibu Comics
    $1.95
  • Wrath – 6
    June 1994 – Malibu Comics
    $1.95
  • Deadman – 6
    July 2002 – DC Comics
    $2.50
  • Negation – 9
    September 2002 – Crossgen Comics
    $2.95
  • Transformers: Generations – 1
    March 2006 – IDW
    $1.99

Along with these comics I also got 10 packs of random non-sports cards.  Five unopened packs of Pukeymon Cards and 5 unopened packs of Johnny Quest Cards.  I also got random assortment of opened Desert Storm cards as well.

They are pretty fantastic as well and don’t worry I’ll make a special blog post just about them.

The total retail cost of the comics would have been $68.50 and the retail cost of the cards would have been $19.90 bringing the total value of the package at $88.40 retail.  I paid 14.99 which is 17% of retail value.  The most valuable comic of the bunch is Catwoman 1 which goes for $5.00 today which is 2.56 times its original cost.


Mystery Comic Book Project

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Full disclosure this and a few posts related to this were actually written on another blog that I do that is dedicated to Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice.  “Well that’s a weird thing to post on a blog about Pride and Prejudice?”  It doesn’t!  Which is why I am moving these posts over here to Comic Books and Cats!  So basically what has started as an impulse purchase will now be a new project for the website.

Here is what was listed on the website of what my mystery comics will include:

Every bundle is guaranteed to include, among the 25, at least:

  • 1 Avengers book
  • 1 Batman book
  • 1 Fantastic Four book
  • 1 Spiderman book
  • 1 Wolverine book
  • And 1 X-Men book

You will receive vintage comics, and some that may have high value!

Includes Marvel, DC, Dark Horse comics and more

Also Includes a BONUS of 10 unopened packs of non-sport collector cards that just might include DC, Marvel and/or Star Wars.

If the picture is any indication it looks like all stuff from the 90’s during the big speculation boom. Those comics are generally worth very little since they printed so many in those days but they also happen to be the comics of my formative years. The plan will be to read all of them and write short reviews along with pictures and scans of what some of the “collector’s cards” are. I’ll make another post when it arrives that details what all I winded up getting. Hopefully they come in the next few days, I love woot but they are terrible when it comes to delivering things and it usually takes at least 2-3 weeks. Any ways stay tuned and I hope you are as excited as I am (which I doubt you are).


Top 8 Cat Moments in Comic Books

Number 8: Catwoman Vol. 3 Issue 1

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I probably could have put together an entire list of just Cat moments in Catwoman (and still might) so I decided to just pick one.  I picked the first issue of Catwoman in Vol. 3 because it occurs in the first few pages of the book and sets the tone for the series.  In 2011 DC Comics rebooted every comic book they had with new artist and writers back to issue 1.

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This was a big moment for comic books.  It served as an introduction to comic books to a whole new set of fans who have never read a comic book before.  Therefore it is important that the books made a good first impression right away.  This opening scene set the mood for the whole series and this did a great job.  It’s Catwoman working on the fly, her door is getting knocked down and she’s grabbing what she can to make an escape.  It’s a fun scene and is just a taste of the shenanigans to come.

Number 7: Batman Issue 406 (Batman Year One)

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This is basically another Catwoman moment, but it could be seen as the first Catwoman moment!  There is a suspenseful moment in the Batman Year One story where Batman is pinned down by cops and a cat gives away his position.  They start shooting and Batman could have just left the cat behind but he scoops the cat up on his way out and gets it out of the building to safety.

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It’s one of my favorite moments in the story, not just because Batman saves the cat from certain death but because it also establishes a good relationship between Catwoman and Batman.

Number 6: Supergirl Vol. 5 Issue 14

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So there is a bunch of Superpets.  If you are aware of any of them (which you probably aren’t) you probably are aware of Krypto the Superdog.  But there is clearly one pet that is the best and that is Supergirl’s pet cat Streaky, the Supercat.  I’ll have a future blog post devoted just to Streaky but I picked this issue because it is a different non-super version of Streaky.  In this version Streaky gets his name from completely non-super power related reasons…

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Number 5: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 1

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Every one needs a sidekick, from Batman and Robin to Tango and Cash, every one just works better in pairs.  So our number five selection is Sabrina the teenage witches’ side kick Salem.  I’m not super familiar with all things Sabrina so it’s nice they added a little info comic in the back up to explain things.

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Salem serves as Sabrina’s voice of reason and occasional wit and humor.  Now lets hope they eventually release issue 2!

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Number 4: Wonder Woman 600

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As these types of anniversary issues tend to be Wonder Woman 600 is an anthology issue which includes several stories from various writers and artists who have had an important runs in Wonder Woman history.  Part of this included a story drawn by Amanda Conner in which Wonder Woman and Power Girl have a heart to heart over a cat.  It’s not specifically said that this cat is streaky… but… its Streaky.

Number 3: Wednesday Comics

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Wednesday Comics was a weekly anthology comic book that came out in 2009 and lasted for 12 issues.  It featured short 1 page stories featuring various takes on DC characters from different writers and artists.  Throughout it’s run Amanda Conner did a few Supergirl stories and most of them featured Streaky.  I tried to find as many as I could but this series isn’t digital yet so I found as many as I could.

Number 2: Saga Chapter 14

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If you aren’t reading Saga right now go ahead and close this out and start reading it right meow.  It is not only the best comic that is coming out monthly right now but could very well be one of the greatest comics of all time.  That is pretty high praise so with that I will say that the following page from chapter 14 is my favorite moment of the entire series (so far).  Lying cat is a character that has been around from the beginning of the series.  He (she possibly?) is the side kick of an assassin named “The Will”.  This particular assassin has been given the bounty of taking out our main characters so he is a bad guy but has managed to win our hearts over.  Lets just hope he never does actually kill our main characters…

Lying Cat has the ability of being able to tell if any one is telling the truth.  If they are being honest Lying cat says nothing, but if a person is lying, Lying Cat will say “lying”.

The back story of this scene is that The Will went to a pleasure planet called Sextillion for some carnal pleasures.  When he asked for a woman of the night he was presented with this 6 year old slave girl.  The Will did not approve and killed this girls pimp and took her off planet to protect her.  This scene takes place after their escape.  It’s touching, its simple, its why this series continues to be amazing.

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Number 1: Sandman Issue 18

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The Sandman is arguably one of the greatest series of all time, read any best of comics list and you are sure to find Sandman firmly in the top 5.  This story is a one shot story that takes place in issue 18 titled “Dream of a Thousand Cats”.  This story is a sad one about a cat who lost her kittens due to some human cruelty.  I really don’t like that part, it almost spoils the entire story for me but the rest of the story is so unique and interesting that I still enjoy it.

Apparently a long time ago cats were the dominate speices on the planet and people were their subjects.  The humans band together and a group of a thousand dreamed the same dream and were able to change cats in to smaller subordinate animals.  Our main cat in this story seeks out Dream (the Sandman) who tells her if she can get a thousand cats to dream together they can change the world and turn things back.  Our main cat goes from place to place to tell her tale and gather enough cats to dream together.  However cats are independent and skeptical of her tale and dismiss it as myth.

Like I said before the cat violence part really turns me off of the story but there is a lot to like in this story.  Neil Gaimen does a great job of getting to the essence of what it is to be a cat.  Their intelligence, their independence, their inquisitive nature.  It’s a great story and really nothing like anything thing else I’ve read in the series.

Bonus Cats! Green Lantern 55

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Strap in kids because this one is going to hit you right in the feels.  The Red Lanterns symbolize the emotion of rage.  Initially at least they could not talk and could only scream and puke blood.  So of course they got their own series during the re-launch of the new 52…

Any who this was the knowledge I had of them so I was never terribly interested in reading them.  I was aware that there was a Cat that was part of their team named Dex-Starr but little else.  I did not know that this cat was given and origin story and that it was heartbreaking.


Marvel’s Daredevil Out Today!

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Netflix has released all 13 episodes of its new series Daredevil today!  Let the streaming begin! Click here to go directly to Netflix.  Here is a trailer for the series to get your beak wet.

Is your only Daredevil experience the Ben Affleck movie?  Fear not true believer Comixology is having a sale on Daredevil individual issues and collections.  Right now they have Issues 1 – 36 of Mark Waid’s 2011 series. Click here.

Comixology also has the following collections on sale for 4.99 each, including the greatest Daredevil story of all time “Born Again”.  Click Here

  • Daredevil: Born Again – Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
  • Daredevil Vol. 1 – Frank Miller and Klaus Janson
  • Daredevil: The Man Without Fear – Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev
  • Daredevil Vol. 1. – Mark Waid and Marcos Martin
  • Daredevil Vol. 1: Devil at Bay – Mark Waid and Krause/Rodriguez/Samnee
  • Daredevil: Guardian Devil – Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada

If Comixology isn’t your style you can pick them up at Google Play here, or Amazon Kindle here, both are price matching.

 


Netflix PSA April 2015

Here is the list of movies that are available on Netflix Instant as of April 1st

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  • Charlie Bartlett (2007)
  • Derek Season 3
  • Ace of Cakes
  • Chopped
  • Cupcake Wars
  • Next Food Network Star
  • Man v. Food
  • Good Eats
  • Iron Chef America
  • Property Brothers
  • Vanilla Ice Goes Amish
  • 50 First Dates (2004)
  • American Psycho (2000)
  • American Psycho 2 (2002)
  • Barnyard (2006)
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • Bound (1996)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
  • Belly (1998)
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
  • Clockstoppers (2002)
  • Cujo (1983)
  • Down to You (2000)
  • The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
  • Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
  • Dead Man Walking (1995)
  • Frankenstien (2004)
  • Gladiator (2000)
  • Godzilla (1998)
  • The Graduate (1967)
  • Leprechaun 2 (1994)
  • Leprechaun 3 (1995)
  • Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)
  • Leprechaun 5: In the Hood (2003)
  • Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)
  • The Longest Yard (2005)
  • Mommie Dearest (1981)
  • My Bloody Valentine (1981)
  • Natural Born Killers (1994)
  • Nine to Five (1980)
  • Open Water (2004)
  • Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
  • The Punisher (2004)
  • Remember Me (2010)
  • Saved! (2004)
  • Bob’s Burgers Season 4
  • Top Gear Season 21
  • Sleepaway Camp II and III
  • Snake Eyes (1998)
  • Space Cowboys (2000)
  • Survival of the Dead (2009)
  • Three Kings (1999)
  • Unbreakable (2000)
  • Underworld (2003)
  • Titanic (1997)
  • Twins (1988)
  • This is Spinal Tap (1984)
  • Wild Wild West (1999)
  • Wolfcop (2014)

April 8th

  • Halt and Catch Fire Season 1
  • Wilfred Season 4

April 10th

  • Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1
  • Flower Girl
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door
  • Ties That Bind
  • The Awakening
  • Forgetting June

April 12th

  • The Identical

April 14th

  • The Babadook (2014)
  • Goodbye to Language
  • Kink

April 16th

  • Hot Fuzz

April 18th

  • Noah
  • They Came Together

April 25th

  • Sons of Anarchy Season 7

April 27th

  • National Treasure

In Memorium

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This is the list of movies that will be leaving Netflix as of April 1st.

  • Annie (1982)
  • Clue (1985)
  • Coneheads (1993)
  • Friday the 13th 1-4, 6, 8
  • Get Shorty (1995)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Guess Who (2005)
  • Jane Eyre (1944)
  • Jeepers Creepers 1 and 2
  • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
  • The Karate Kid 1-3
  • The Quick and the Dead (1995)
  • Sleeping Beauty (2011)
  • The Cable Guy (1996)
  • Taking Lives (2004)
  • Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  • Philadelphia (1993)
  • Reindeer Games (2000)
  • Mystic Pizza (1988)
  • Mystic River (2003)

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