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Mystery Comic 6 and 7

Mystery Comic 6: Hammer of God: Sword of Justice Issue 2 of 2

Comic (6)

This book is terrible. It is the second issue of a two issue arc and I’m not going to pretend I bothered trying to read the back up that explained what happened to this point.  This book is chock full of the things I hate about Science Fiction writing the most.  It goes out of its way at times to try to create a its own futurist system of slang only to abandon it just as quickly and use slang of the time that is all ready dated.

The story is based around a monkey / human hybrid called the Hammer.  I don’t really know why he’s important or care enough to find out.  The first half is spent talking about how Hammer (the monkey guy) is coming and they need to prepare, and the second half is him attacking this Brain ship.  He eventually defeats the brain ship which has a whole city inside it and they re-purpose it for themselves.  Is it the end? I don’t really care.

I don’t really have much to say about this book.  It’s by far the worst book I’ve read so far out of these mystery comics.  There weren’t really even any funny ads.  I went back and forth if I should scan more pictures of the inside but nothing was crazy enough or good enough it seemed it deserved it.

Mystery Comic 7: Squalor Issue 4 of 4

Comic (7)

Wow.  I thought Hammer was a terrible book but Squalor is unreadable.  I would sum things up but I honestly have no idea what was going on.  This is part 4 of a 4 part story but still, I couldn’t even get a glimpse of what the plot was suppose to be.  Here is a sample of what the comic is like.

Squalor

Every page is like this.  It mostly takes place in this dream world which the characters just speak in non-sense.  When it does cut to the real world it makes even less sense.  I have nothing else to say, so far Squalor is the clear front runner for the worst comic in this entire batch.


Complete Women of Marvel Variant Covers

This March Marvel had a “Women of Marvel” theme of Variant Covers spot lighting lady creators.  I got the complete collection below.

  • All-New Captain America #5 By Unknown
  • All-New Hawkeye #1 By Sho Murase
  • All-New X-Men #39 By Faith Erin Hicks
  • Amazing Spider-Man #16 By Ming Doyle
  • Ant-Man #3 By Katie Cook
  • Avengers #42 By Uknown
  • Black Widow #16 By Vanesa Del Rey
  • Captain Marvel #13 By Aufa Richardson
  • Deadpool #43 By Unknown
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy #25 By Erica Henderson
  • Inhuman #13 By Jill Thompson
  • Legendary Star-Lord #10 By Sana Takeda
  • Ms. Marvel #13 By Unknown
  • New Avengers #31 By Sara Pichelli
  • Rocket Raccoon #9 By Janet Lee
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 By Colleen Doran
  • Superior Iron Man #6 By Uknown
  • Thor #6 By Stephanie Hans
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 By Gurihiru
  • Uncanny Avengers #3 By Amanda Conner
  • Uncanny X-Men #33 By Stacey Lee

 


10 Unlikely Bands that Have Been on the Vans Warped Tour

Since my high school days as a wee little punk rocker, the Vans Warped Tour has been a part of my life.  Warped Tour is a nationwide (and sometimes international) touring festival that has made it’s way across the USA every year for the past 30 years.  For around 25 dollars (or that’s what it was back in the day) you can see over 130 different bands of various genres (though mostly punk rock).  It was, and still is, by far the best deal in music.  It is also a good starting ground for bands to get major exposure by being a part of a nationwide tour.

Outside of this list there is a big group of bands that are now household names which cut their teeth on the Warped Tour.  They include:

Green Day, Blink 182, No Doubt, Linkin Park, The Deftones, NERD, The Offspring, Paramore, Papa Roach, Staind, Sublime, 30 Seconds to Mars, Weezer, 311, Billy Idol, Talib Kweli, D12, Atmosphere

While some of those names may surprise you, it is hard to believe the following ten mega bands and singers spent a summer on the Warped Tour.

1) Katy Perry

The Superbowl Half Time alumni appeared in on the Vans Warped Tour in 2008.  In a recent interview with USA Today she even said that she got her bearings from being on the Warped Tour.

Katy Perry Warped Tour 2008Image Credit http://vansgirls.tumblr.com/

2) Beck

Beck was not only on the Vans Warped Tour in 1996 but was also featured on the Warped Tour Sampler Compilation album.

Beck Sampler Album

3) The Black Eye Peas

The Black Eyed Peas have actually been around for a long time and had two albums before Fergie joined the mixed.  They started off as a pretty legit Indie Hip-hop group before taking off to astronomical levels with the 2003 album
Elephunk.  So in 1996, two years before the release of their first album they did a stint on the Warped Tour, though they looked a little different then they do today.

Black Eyed Peas

4) Eminem

It’s hard to remember all the way back to 1999 when the Slim Shady LP first released.  But Eminem was not an overnight sensation when he first got on to the music scene.  Eminem’s success was a slow build that didn’t really reach peak level until the release of his sophmore album, the Marshall Mathers LP (fueled by the huge single “The Real Slim Shady“).  So while it is still odd to think that Eminem was on the Warped Tour in 1999 it was a smart move for a up and coming artist.

5) Sugar Ray

Yes that Sugar Ray! Here’s a weird fact about Sugar Ray.  They actually started out as a fairly straight forward punk rock band.  Their second album Floored, released in 1997 is entirely made up of punk rock music with the exception of the huge hit “Fly” which appears as the last song of the album.  The single became so big that Sugar Ray changed the direction of the band to become the more radio friendly pop band that we know today.  So it is weird, but it does make sense that they would be on the Vans Warped Tour in 1997 to promote their album.

sugar ray

6) Godsmack

Every one has to start some where.  Godsmack was another band that had a slow gradual climb to success.  Their first self titled album winded up selling over 4 million copies but in 1998 they promoted it by spending a Summer at the Warped Tour.

godsmack

7) Ice-T

The real question is what hasn’t Ice-T done?  The man had his own rock band (Body Count), has played a cop on tv for a decade, read dungeons and dragons audiobooks, and appears in Gears of War 3.  Is it even a surprise that he was on the Warped Tour in 1999?

8) Incubus

When I think of Incubus I don’t really think of them before 1999 and the release of the super popular Make Yourself.  But they actually had an album before that, 1998’s S.C.I.E.N.C.E. which they promoted while spending the Summer on the 1998 Warped Tour.

incubus

9) Kid Rock

Kid Rock had three albums before the release of the huge hit Devil Without a Cause was released in 1998.  The album wasn’t actually released until August of 1998 right after he finished his stint on that Summer’s Warped Tour.  I’ll assume he left the fur at home.

kid rock

10) Limp Bizkit

How things have been going for Limp Bizkit lately it might not be too long before they are on the Warped Tour again.  Limp Bizkit is another band that had sky rocketed to success on their sophomore album.  They appeared on the 1997 Warped Tour to support the album Three Dollar Bill Yall (which had moderate success and even had a couple music videos reach MTV).  It wasn’t until 1999’s Significant Other that the band really took off to what we know (and mostly hate) now.

 


DC Comics 1994 Elseworlds Annuals

Elseworld's Finest Vol 1 2

Since I put this site together my first instinct was to review/talk about the new comics I get each week.  However, these posts take me a while to put together and really the quickest I could get something out would be 2-3 days after the comic was released, which is approximately 7 years in internet terms.  So by the time I got my review out there would already be hundreds of professional and amateur sites that do just that. Frankly I don’t know if my opinion on new comics is that unique that I need to throw in my two cents.

That being said this is my website so I will write about whatever I want to, which may include reviews of new comics from time to time (YOU’RE NOT MY SUPERVISOR!).  But for the most part I focus my reviews on older more obscure stuff I like from the 90’s.

I’m a child of the 90’s and while I didn’t really read comic books much back then, the big boom comics of the early 90’s were the color pallet of my childhood.  Things like Batman the Animated Series, the X-Men cartoon, pogs, and Crystal Pepsi were my jam.  This actually works out great for me at this age in life because the comics I am most interested in collecting (stuff from the early 90’s) is literally some of the least valuable comics available and super easy to find.

So one of the things I love in Comic Books (besides early 90’s X-Men) is Elseworlds stories (What if… stories if you’re nasty).  I really enjoy getting new takes on well known characters that put them in situations I would have never dreamed of (Superman Red Son is easily one of my favorite series of all time).

What makes Elseworld stories so great you ask?  Well a couple of things.  First, Elseworlds stories are self-contained and a lot of times appear only as one issue comics.  You get a short, but complete story, which is given to you in a self-contained universe.  Second, because these are non-canon stories anything can happen.  Major villains and heroes can die so the stakes are a lot higher.

This is the list of 1994 Annuals that I was able to buy

  • The Adventures of Superman 6 “The Super Seven Part I: The Longest Night”
  • Batman 18 “Black Masterpiece”
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat 2 “The Tyrant”
  • Catwoman 1 “The Last Man”
  • Detective Comics 7 “Leatherwing”
  • Green Lantern 3 “Ring of Evil”
  • Justice League International 5 “No Rules to Follow”
  • Justice League of America 8 “The Once and Future League”
  • Legends of the Dark Knight 4 “Citizen Wayne”
  • Lobo 2 “Western”
  • Robin 3 “The Narrow Path”
  • Steel 1 “Crucible of Freedom”
  • Superboy 1 “The Super Seven Part II: The Men of Steel”
  • Superman 6 “The Feral Man of Steel”
  • Team Titans 2 “Into the Light”

I only have 15 of the 23 so I am missing 8 but honestly the rest of the list is pretty obscure (L.E.G.I.O.N., Legionnaires, Legion of Super-heroes etc.) so even with my OCD completionist mindset I’m fine not having all of them (though if I see it I’ll pick up Action Comics Annual 6).  I’m still a little amazed I was able to find the 15 that I did find at once.  I was able to get all of these at Houston Comic-Con (Comicpalooza) over Memorial Day weekend.  At first I had only found three (Batman, Detective Comics, and Superman) and was checking out when the stall owner said he had a bundled a few together which contained 12 more.

So my plan is to treat this like I do my Mystery Comics and periodically review these from time to time as I read them.  So be on the look out! This is just the start of more to come!


DC Comics Plans After Convergence

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DC Comics plans for what is going to happen after Convergence are finally becoming clear.  It looks like they are doing some major housecleaning and not resetting numbers across the line.  Staple books like Batman, Superman, Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, etc. aren’t renumbering to 1 and will continue with their “New 52” numbering (all are at issue 41 right now).

Overall there will be 25 comics that were being released before convergence that will continue being ongoing series and not being renumbered to number 1.

  • Action Comics by Greg Pak/Aaron Kuder
  • Aquaman by Cullen Bunn/Trevor McCarthy
  • Batgirl by Cameron Stewart/Brenden Fletcher/Babs Tarr
  • Batman by Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo
  • Detective Comics by Brian Buccelato/Francis Manapul
  • Batman/Superman by Greg Pak/Ardian Syaf
  • Catwoman by Genevieve Valentine/David Messina
  • Deathstroke by Tony Daniel/Tony Daniel
  • Flash by Rob Venditti/Van Jensen/Brett Booth
  • Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan/Brenden Fletcher/Karl Kerschl
  • Gotham By Midnight by Ray Fawkes/Juan Ferreyra
  • Grayson by Tim King/Tim Seeley/Mikel Janin
  • Green Arrow by Ben Percy/Richard Zircher
  • Green Lantern by Robert Venditti/Billy Tan
  • Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti/Chad Hardin
  • Justice League by Geoff Johns/Jason Fabok
  • Justice League United by ?/Travel Foreman & Paul Pelletier.
  • Lobo by Cullen Bunn/Cliff Richards
  • Secret Six by Gail Simone/Dale Eaglesham
  • Sinestro by Cullen Bunn/Brad Walker
  • New Suicide Squad by Sean Ryan/Carlos D’Anda
  • Superman by Gene Luen Yang/John Romita Jr.
  • Superman/Wonder Woman by Peter Tomasi/Doug Mahnke
  • Teen Titans by Will Pfeifer/Kenneth Rocafort
  • Wonder Woman by Meredith Finch/David Finch

There will be 24 new series coming out that will all be number 1 issues.  They are:

  • Robin, Son of Batman by writer/artist Pat Gleason
  • Black Canary by writer Brenden Fletcher and artist Annie Wu
  • Martian Manhunter by writer Rob Williams and artists Ben Oliver and Paulo Siqueira
  • Earth 2: Society by writer Daniel H. Wilson and artist Jorge Jimenez
  • Midnighter by writer Steve Orlando and artist ACO
  • Bat-Mite by writer Dan Jurgens and artist Corin Howell
  • Batman Beyond by writer Dan Jurgens and artist Bernard Chang
  • Cyborg by writer David L. Walker and artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
  • Dark Universe by writer James Tynion IV and artist Ming Doyle
  • Doomed by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Javier Fernandez
  • Harley Quinn/Power Girl by writers Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner and Justin Gray with artist Stephane Roux
  • Red Hood/Arsenal by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Denis Medri
  • Starfire by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, with artist Emanuela Lupacchino
  • We Are Robin by writer Lee Bermejo and artists Rob Haynes and Khary Randolph
  • Justice League of America by writer/artist Brian Hitch
  • Bizzaro by writer Heath Corson and artist Gustavo Duarte
  • Prez by writer Mark Russell and artist Ben Caldwell
  • Omega Men by writer Tom King and artist Barnaby Bagenda
  • Mystic U (tentative title) by writer Alisa Kwitney and artist Mauricet
  • Section Eight by writer Garth Ennis and artist John McCrea
  • Dr. Fate by writer Paul Levitz and artist Sonny Liew
  • Green Lantern: Lost Army by Cullen Bunn, art by Jesus Saiz and Javi Pina.
  • Justice League 3001 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Howard Porter
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle and Riley Rossmo

This isn’t the first time DC has cleaned house.  DC has had sweeping line changes since the launch of the New 52 back in 2011.  Every 6 months they have fairly consistently ended series and added new ones in.

The biggest difference in this change that I can see is that DC won’t be calling their line the “New 52” anymore, which make sense since the “New 52” is now 4 years old. The DC Comics line of books will now be called “DC You”.

New number 1 issues always sell a lot and make for easy jumping on points so the big two (Marvel and DC) renumber series on the regular when series take new creative directions.  DC seems to have held off on this more than Marvel lately.  We saw this when there was sea change in creative for Batgirl and Wonder Woman and DC continued with the “New 52” numbering rather than go reverting to number 1. DC has also (so far) kept to the “New 52” numbering without reverting back to the old numbering, even for major anniversary issues. Issue 19 of Detective Comics would have been issue 900 in the old numbering. DC still made this a special oversize anthology issue but actually kept the issue number of 19 and resisted renumbering the issue to 900.

I’ve been a big fan of the “New 52” so while I’m sad to see the name go, it looks like DC isn’t rebooting everything and this is just a shake up of things. The new books in this shake up aren’t all that interesting to me. So far the only book I’m planning on buying is Bryan Hitch’s Justice League of America, but we shall see.


Arkham Knight: Complete Pre-Order DLC Rundown

Batman Arkham Knight Cover Art

When the PS4 and Xbox One were announced I decided that come hell or high water that I would wait to buy one the new consoles until a game I really wanted was released.  Almost a year after their launch there has only been one game that has had the pull to push me into the next generation of consoles and it’s been Arkham Knight.

Batman Arkham Asylum

I’ve played all of the Arkham games since the release of Arkham Asylum back in 2009 and its been one of my favorite games series of all time.  I loved it’s follow up Arkham City and even really enjoyed the non-Rocksteady Studios release Arkham Origins.  I even played the Playstation Vita Version of Arkham Origins, Arkham Origins: Blackgate.  So you can bet your sweet ass that if there is a new Arkham game now or in the future I’m going to be buying it, and whatever console I need to play it.

I love me some Arkham but for the release of Arkham Knight the powers to be are doing something that absolutely drives me insane.  That is retailer exclusive pre-order DLC bonuses.  When I get Arkham Knight I am going to play the absolute shit out of this game.  I will complete all of the bonus missions, I will find all the Riddler trophies, I will buy all of the DLC.  However, because of these retailer exclusive pre-order DLC’s I have a Sophie’s Choice to make wading through this mindfield and figure out which store has the best deal.

The Arkham games have had pre-order DLC bonus’s in the past but they have never been story missions.  Arkham City had some challenge maps and character skins that didn’t really effect game play.  This time around we have actual story missions that will be included which makes picking a store to buy it from much more difficult.  In the past these they have eventually released these pre-order DLC as normal DLC but no mention has been made yet of when this will happen and what the cost will be.  I’d like to think it will be included in the 40 dollar season pass but I won’t hold my breath…

So let’s run down the various stores and pre-order DLC bonuses you can get.

Arkham Knight - Harley Quinn

First no matter where you pre-order from you will get the playable Harley Quinn Story Missions.  I’m assuming that this is similar to the playable Catwoman DLC from Arkham City and that it will continue to be included with the game after the pre-order window as long as you are buying the game new (although this is not confirmed so better safe than sorry).

Amazon

Amazon has a few options here. First they have two collector’s editions that were going for 100 dollars (they are no longer available to buy).

Arkham Knight - Amazon Batmobile

The first collector’s edition had a model replica of the Arkham Knight Batmobile.  It also comes with a steel book game case, art book, exclusive 0 issue of the Arkham Knight Comic Book, along with three “New 52” Character skins.

Arkham Knight - Amazon Statue

The second collector’s edition also cost 100 dollar and had a statue of Batman (also no longer available).  It also came with the other collector’s edition material such as steel book game case, art book, exclusive 0 issue of the Arkham Knight Comic Book, along with three “New 52” Character skins.

Arkham Knight - Book Edition

Next they have a Arkham Asylum bundle which for 10 dollars extra (70 dollars total) you get the game and a copy of the 25th anniversary edition of the graphic novel Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean.  You also get a bonus first appearance of Batman (Detective Comics 27) character skin.

Arkham Knight - Amazon Regular

Lastly they have the normal version of the game which comes with the Batman first appearance character skin.

Best Buy

Arkham Knight - Best Buy

Best Buy offers the Wayne Tech Booster pack which gives you four in game upgrades to your weapons and Batmobile.  These are Explosive Gel Takedown, Aerial Juggle, Batarang while gliding, and Batmobile weapon upgrade.

This might be the weakest Pre-order DLC bonus pack, I can’t imagine you won’t be able to just get all of these upgrades through normal game play.

Wal-Mart

Arkham Knight - Walmarrt

Walmart offers a Prototype Batmobile skin along with 5 dollars credit to their movie service Vudu.

Gamestop

Arkham Knight - Gamestop

Gamestop offers a story mission featuring the Red Hood (aka Jason Todd).  This might be the best bonus of the whole group seeing as most of the other bonuses involve skins and not additional gameplay content.

Steam

Arkham Knight - Steam

Steam is offering Batman character skins with a Dark Knight Returns version of Batman along with a Batman Beyond version.  I am for sure getting the game on Playstation 4 so Steam was never really in my cards as an option.

Playstation 4

Arkham Knight - PS4 Exclusives

Regardless where you buy the game from, if you get it on PlayStation 4 you get you get Scarecrow Nightmare missions along with Batman 3000 and Batman ’66 character skins along with a Batman ’66 Batmobile skin. This sucks for Xbox One owners but frankly isn’t that surprising.  Playstation has been getting exclusive DLC going all the way back to the original Arkham Asylum.

jerry final thought

So after much thought and deliberation I went with Gamestop to get the Red Hood story mission.  I’d honestly much rather get the Arkham Asylum graphic novel bundle from amazon since 10 dollars is a good price for the book and I don’t own it already. But if it’s between a book and more gameplay I have to choose more gameplay.  The struggle is real, the struggle is real.


Comic Books and Cats 50th Post Anniversary Issue

Spiderman 50

Hey there True Believers.  This very post marks my 50th post on this blog so I’d thought I’d take a minute to rundown my 5 most popular blog posts so far.  Before that a little shameless self promotion here.  I started a Facebook Fan Page for the blog (you get find it here) where I’ll be putting in all my blog posts.  I’ll also be posting other comic book related videos, news, and articles so go ahead and give it a like.

1) Netflix PSA December 2014

2) Netflix PSA March 2015

3) Top 8 Cat Moments in Comic Books

4) Shock-tober! DC Comics Monster Variant Covers

5) New Comic Book TV Part I: Gotham


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