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Boy has it been an incredible past couple of weeks for DC Comics in the mainstream.  Of course, there are always news when it comes to what’s new in the comic book world, but for everyone else, television and movies are often the only outlets to some of the comic book properties.  2014-2015 television shows are being picked up and their initial trailers are being released and movie news for 2016 and beyond.  Among these, it appeared that NBC, CW, Fox, and Warner Bros got together and said, “the month of May is when we’re gonna release all the awesome DC-related news”.  Of course they didn’t actually do that, but damn it, it sure looked that way.  In today’s post, we’re gonna take a look at all the related news that was released that are DC Comics related.

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As promised, more DC characters have been drawn, now featuring Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.

I’ve got the 4 Robins already sketched and they’re awaiting proper coloring treatments.  Expect those soon.

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Since starting my comic book collection nearly two years ago, I’ve been slowly building to this respectable size.  Comic books can be a very personalized [and expensive] hobby, allowing individual readers to select and choose which stories to read in a pool of nearly infinite stories.  In many ways, I like to think a comic book reader can be deeply characterized by their choices in their favorite comic books.  After buying a range of comics from Batman to Fables to Y: The Last Man, I’ve learned that different stories are tailored to different peoples or even different moods.  Violence lovers will enjoy Kick-Ass and Wanted, love story romantics will adore Saga, and EVERYONE will enjoy Batman stories.

Anyways, today’s post marks the beginning of summer’s make up posts for the first quarter of the year lacking updates and content.  In today’s post, I share with you all my comic book collection as well as some things I’ve learned about being in the addictive comic book purchasing business.  As usual, feel free to drop me recommendations and let me know what you guys think!

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Saga is currently one of my favorite comic books out there.  Due to a lack of super original wallpapers for it, I decided to take it upon myself to draw one.  I chose Lying Cat because she’s definitely one of my favorite characters from it so far.  But truth be told I like all of them.  Anyways, just wanted to share with you guys something I did so you knew I wasn’t completely gone.

Edit: This was a trace.  I’m not THAT skilled.

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It’s been pretty stressful over here at Georgia Tech.  Chemical Engineering degrees don’t just get themselves.  I’m sorry I’ve broken my promise of videos, comic strips, articles, and pictures every week.  It’s unfortunately too much to handle.  However, I’ll remember to update this blog every once in a while when I make something worth sharing.

Picked up the first two volumes of New 52 Nightwing.  Thought it was pretty neat and drew this quick picture.  Enjoy.

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My first venture into DC comics was through some of the classics: The Killing Joke, The Long Halloween, The Dark Knight Returns, and Knightfall.  Sooner or later, I continued to pick up other Batman titles like Hush, Death in the Family, and Arkham Asylum.  I picked up everything that was considered Batman essential stories and sat proud of my collection of DC titles.  I continued to pick up a few DC imprints like Vertigo comics such as Fables and Y: The Last Man, further cementing my status as a DC fanboy.

What I hadn’t considered in the past was exploring other main DC titles.  For a while I was perfectly content with my collection.  Then I stumbled upon a fan webcomic created by Yale Stewart known as JL8.  This web comic series, based on the Justice League as if they were eight year old children, really compelled me to explore some of the other DC characters.  As a result I purchased The New 52 Justice League, happily reveling in the adult version of JL8.  But as I read Justice League, I slowly became interested in the individual members of the Justice League.  After some research, I’ve found that although Superman is one of the most popular superheroes in the DC universe, his beginning New 52 wasn’t as highly acclaimed as some of his co-League members.  Two heroes that have gotten a lot of acclaim were Wonder Woman and surprisingly Aquaman.  So I picked up whatever current volumes existed for these two super heroes.  I quickly learned that DC isn’t only ‘just Batman’.

The volumes covered in this article include:

  • Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench, written by Geoff Johns & illustrated  by Ivan Reiss
  • Aquaman Vol. 2: The Others, written by Geoff Johns & illustrated by Ivan Reiss
  • Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood, written by Brian Azzarello & illustrated by Cliff Chiang

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Something to Fear.  What Comes After.  March to War.  These are the names of the three latest volumes on the shelf of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic.  The names themselves are fairly cryptic, marking some of what I’ve read to be incredible set ups to The Walking Dead’s most memorable villain since the Governor.  Almost two years ago, I got my first two comic books for Christmas: The Walking Dead Compendium Volumes 1 & 2.  They were both 1000 pages long, and I absolutely crushed through them in a manner of a week.  The Walking Dead holds a close place in my heart as the first comic I’ve read and has recently inspired madness in collecting as many comics and graphic novels as possible.

It was very fitting that two years later on Christmas 2013, I obtained the three recent volumes of the The Walking Dead after the 2nd Compendium ended on.  I finally got around to finishing these three and I got so gleeful that I simply had to write about all the feelings I’m feeling.

  • An incredible new villain
  • More dying of favorite characters
  • Introduction and Reinforcement of Awesome Newer Characters
  • New revelations

So below are summaries and feelings of what I’ve been reading through.

Major Spoilers of The Walking Dead Comic Series to Follow

You’ve been warned.

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Christmas has occurred and that always meant gift giving and receiving is a tradition all around the world.  In my case, being a 21 year old, some would say that the things you ask your parents for Christmas has drastically changed.  Back then, you would ask for video games and books and the like.  I’ve asked around my friends and now they’re saying they have asked for nothing or adult things like batteries or utensils.

I don’t have to remind you that I’m a certified geek, but I will remind you that being a geek can mean keeping hobbies that requires the purchasing of memorabilia.  So while my friends are asking for furniture or a fancy bottle of spirits, I still haven’t changed 21 years later.  I’ve largely asked and received comic books.  The volumes and trades I’ll share with you below!  Maybe now you’ll see the pun that I’ve infused with the above title.

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So about last year, I really started getting into comic books and graphic novels.  Back then, I primarily stuck with graphic novels, stories that had distinct endings and were no longer in continuation.  The primary reason I did this was because I wasn’t sure that I wanted to get into the monthly issue release that would warrant me spending money and money over time and again.  So as the year progressed, I had successfully finished some of the greatest graphic novels out there: Watchmen, Wanted, The Dark Knight Returns, Black Hole, along with volumes and compendiums of the most popular story arcs such as The Long Halloween, The Walking Dead Compendium I + II, and Kick-Ass.  Now that I’m nearing the point where there aren’t many graphic novels left that I haven’t heard of.

So I’ve begun getting into series that are now ongoing, finding that they’re even more exhilarating because it’s like I’m joining a number of fan-bases that are eagerly awaiting the release of the next issue.  It’s a similar feeling as waiting for The Winds of Winter, or the next Superman vs. Batman movie.  With anticipation, there is some form of unification of a fanbase that spawns theories, speculations, and the like.

So today we’re going to talk about some of the comic books that I’m reading and some that I plan on beginning to read. Minor spoils ahead!

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At San Diego Comic Con, there were a lot of news bombs dropped in terms of movies, television, and books.  AMC released an amazingly well put together trailer for season 4 of the Walking Dead.  Season 3 and show runner Glenn Mazarra took an amazing step forward in realizing what the Walking Dead had the potential to be, but after differences between book creator, Robert Kirkman and Glenn Mazarra, the show let Mazarra go.

Scott Gimple took the reins, who is credited for some of the show’s strongest episodes such as Sophie’s status after the barn and Rick’s memorable reencounter with the psychologically damaged Morgan.  This has already created potential for making season 4 the strongest season yet.  And as a book reader, I have quite the idea of what this season will be centered on.

This article is NOT meant TV-only fans, it is meant for comic book readers who have finished the prison arc.

If you do not want to be spoiled, LEAVE NOW before I ruin the show for you.  Once again, this article/discussion is only for book readers and those who want to be spoiled.

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Did you ever want to know what would happen to Batman when he would inevitably become aged?  In Frank Miller’s non-canonical but still incredibly relevant, “The Dark Knight Returns”,  follows Batman in his golden years, 10 years after retirement.  As Gotham is still in the dark shadows, a new generation of criminals who do not know fear try to take over Gotham.  Only so long can the Dark Knight sit idly as he watches the city he gave half of his life to burns.  But he isn’t the only one watching Gotham…When he inevitably comes back, an old foe’s spark is reignited to return as well.

Spoilers beware

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Kick-Ass, a title you’ve only probably heard as a 2010 movie that relatively little people saw, revolved around a boy who wanted to become a superhero in everyday life.  The movie was based on a comic book written by Mark Millar (Wanted) and illustrated by John Romita, Jr.  Being a super geek myself, I’ve found myself in the same position that I wish I could be a superhero in real life.  Unfortunately this is not the type of comic book or movie to inspire you to do so.  Both tales are dark, one being significantly darker than the other, with cutting dialogue, violent page spreads, and snappy pop culture references.

Seeing as not many people have read or even seen the movie, I’ll keep this article light on the major spoilers.

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There isn’t a more fitting review to write a couple of  days after Halloween.  A while back, I announced my recent expedition to graphic novels.  About half of my purchases were Batman-related.  My recent obsession with Batman is quite deep: drawings [see them here] and a replay of  what is my opinion the best video game of 2011, Arkham City.  Reading the Long Halloween was another great way to solidify my love for the Batman universe.  Widely regarded as one of the best Batman Graphic Novels of all time,The Long Halloween adds surprising depth to the Batman universe and in Christopher Nolan’s words, “The Long Halloween is more than a comic book, it’s an epic tragedy”.  This review is riddled with references to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, as it’s well known that this graphic novel served as inspiration to the writing of that movie.

This is a recommendation piece, so I’ve allowed as minimal spoilers as possible.

Historical Overview and Basic Plot of Jeph Loeb

Written in 1996 and published in 1997, The Long Halloween was written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale.  The graphic novel itself received critical acclaim and created two sequels to this series: Dark Victory and Catwoman: When in Rome. The basic plot of Jeph Loeb’s story is written during the early days of Batman’s career where crime mob families are still adjusting to the Dark Knight’s presence.  But when a serial killer sparks a mob war between two families, Batman tries his best to get down to the identity of the killer before more people are killed. (more…)

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It took a while, but I finally got to the end of Mockingjay, the third book of the Hunger Games Trilogy.  To be straightforward with it, I’ll be honest, I didn’t enjoy this one.  People say that the third book is their least favorite, but this book became so much of a chore to finish, that I ended up resenting it for putting me through it in order to finish.  The adventures of Katniss Everdeen have long worn me down with her whining and essential uselessness, and the finale of the war for Panem through her eyes is so boring and disappointing that it kind of put a sour taste in my mouth regarding the whole series.  And I find it even harder to believe that this is the movie they’ll be splitting up into two parts.  Below, my list of both my distastes and liked moments of the Hunger Games Trilogy Finale.  Spoilers below.

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LOL, Bruce Wayne might have pulled a dick move here, but he’s pretty right when it comes to telling Lucius Fox off like this.  Essentially what’s happening is that Bruce Wayne is talking about how Lucius destroyed a honing device using cell phones that could’ve been used to find any person based on their voice.  Seeing as how Bane is heard over intercoms and with plenty of sound bites from his football field gig, they possibly could’ve found Bane when they had so much trouble.  Of course, Bruce is gonna be an ass about it.  And it’s hilarious.

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My graphic novel obsession has begun.  I recently dropped $70 on new books [a considerable amount for a college student], on a bundle of new graphic novels/comic books.  Barnes and Noble’s online store had a buy 2 DC comics, get a third one free was too much of a deal and I had to buy 6.  When they came in, despite being in the middle of Mockingjay (a review later this week), I made some of them a priority in reading.  In this article, I include my initial impressions of graphic novels and a relatively spoiler free impression of the ones I did read.

My New Graphic Novels

  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1 & 2
  • Watchmen
  • The Killing Joke
  • Dark Victory
  • A Long Halloween

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This is a cool image created by Dynamaito and it features Game of Thrones characters as street fighters.  It’s really neat how many small nods there are: Hear Me Roar, the Lanniser slogan. Bronn as a back up.  Tyion’s infamous slaps.  Paying debts.  The small council in the background.  Joffrey looking like a bitch.  I would totally buy this game.  I hear the only Game of Thrones game out there was that rpg that didn’t do so hot.  This is the kind of game they need, one where they can’t tinker with the ambitious story scope and just capitalize on the many references they could fit into characters, back ups, settings, and attacks.

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I’ve been a subscriber to Entertainment Weekly since 2009 I believe.  I actually do read it [most of the time] from cover to end.  It’s absolutely one of my favorite magazines for several reasons.  1) It’s not so much a gossip magazine that focuses on the most uninteresting people that so many people find interesting.  2) They cover two industries I love dearly: movies and television.  3) They get the most absurdly early looks at upcoming projects such as pictures or interviews. And finally 4) In the past they’ve introduced me to some of the most beloved shows I’ve come to know.

Sure not all their stories are the best [I can’t tell you how many times K-Stew and R-Pats have been on the damn cover and I groaned], but I’ve compiled a list of 5 pieces of pop culture [coincidentally all TV shows] that, while always hearing they were great, I didn’t actually start paying attention to until I read an article on Entertainment Weekly.  And surprisingly enough, they weren’t all cover stories.  Read on below for the full Scoop.

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It doesn’t take long for me to finish Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins’s second book in her Hunger Games Trilogy.  After the face paced finish of the first book, I was hungry for more Hunger Games [I bet THAT hasn’t been used before].  And with only 50 pages in, I got exactly what I was looking for.  Catching Fire forgoes a lot of the character development and setting up of Panem and dives deeper into its infrastructure and functionality.  It was overall neat as I was wondering how Katniss would be involved in all this, but I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

Although it seemed rushed and devoid of any of the vivid descriptions that made the first one more interesting and other books overall more colorful [George R.R. Martin could’ve spent an entire chapter of the Hunger Games describing a room vs. the quick plot advances in Collins’s style], I think Catching Fire was an overall better book plot wise and kept me even more glued to the pages than the first book.  And that’s definitely saying something. Major books spoilers below!

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I mentioned earlier this week that I would try to do a review on the entire trilogy, but I found it impossible to have all three read by this Friday.  As I write this article now on Tuesday, I know in balance with work and other things, I simply won’t have time to read and write about all three.  So I’ve decided since then to split all three of them up into separate reviews and sprinkle them in throughout August.

The first book in Suzanne Collins’s trilogy is The Hunger Games.  After coming so hot after A Song of Ice and Fire, I looked at the relatively small book and chuckled at it’s short length and large margins.  A quick read.  But it wasn’t because of the small number of pages or the size in between each line that made it quick to my surprise as I finished the book in about 5 or so hours.  The fast paced story and fascinating description of a dystopia had me turning the pages so quickly, that I would all of a sudden be a dozens of pages past of where I first started.  My breakdown of the story, the characters, and the style below.  Book spoilers below!

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