Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
As Image month comes to a close, I only have one more comic to review. I would tell you the history of this comic but I can't find it anywhere. All I can gather is that it was a series that lasted 4 issues, and it's about two heroes called Kill-Cat and Kid Avenger. Other then that I got nothing. So let's get started. The comic starts off with Kill-Cat and Kid Avenger on the set of a movie based on there heroics. The movie itself is a cheesy action movie, going so far as staring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
During one of the scenes Arnold loses control of his gun. Kill-Cat realizes that something is wrong with the gun, and stop him with the help of Kid Avenger and a girl named Riptide. From Youngbloods. Anyway they start to film the next scene in Alaska, I think. They don't really say where they are.
The actor playing a villain called Radiator is knocked out by the real Radiator who then pretends to be the fake Radiator. Anyway he uses on of the helicopter props to cause, avalanche and the three heroes have to save everyone again. Kill-Cat and Radiator get in a fight, and Radiator reveals the reason he did this was because he wasn't the main villain in the movie.
Anyway the fight ends when Radiators powers melt the ice he's standing on. The comic ends with Kid Avenger coming to help Kill-Cat, and his rocket boots melt the ice some more trapping both of them in the ice with Radiator.
Let's start with the plot. It's stupid. It feels like a parody of Superhero movies. Even the characters feel like a parody, and are very very silly. The art is bad 90's art to the max. Apparently this is the last issue, and it's obvious why. Overall this is not a good comic by any means. So Image month is over, and next week were going to look at something more modern. Something more mainstream.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Next up on Image Month is Spawn. Which is probably the most well known Image character. Spawn is about Al Simmons who after being killed made a deal with Malebolgia (Essentially the Devil) to become a Hellspawn in return for seeing his wife again.Malebolgia returns Simmons to the world of the living, but with little memory, a badly burned and disfigured body, and his newly acquired hellspawn powers. I'm going to be honest, I never really liked Spawn. It's not that I don't like him, It's just I never really got into the comic. So I'm sorry if I'm not well versed on the characters.
The comic starts with Spawn going to Cog (short for Cogliostro) in order to find out who he is. Cog brings him to a museum that was once a church in order to look at the "Archives of the Hellspawn" so that he can understand the "Depth and Breadth" of his curse. while there Cog also reveals he was once a Hellspawn himself.. However he rebelled, and was doomed to walk the earth forever, trapped between Heaven and Hell
Cog believes that Spawn is the one that can lift his curse. However the only way to do it is by letting his demonic nature grow until he's strong enough to kill Malebolgia, and become the new king of hell. Spawn is against this since he would not only become the new ruler of hell but also because he would lose all of his humanity.
While this is happening officers Sam Burke and Twitch Williams are looking for Spawn. They run into a man that starts to shoot and them. The comic ends with Twitch being shot in the head.
The story is pretty good, and brings up a lot of interesting concepts. The art is amazing compared to other 90's books, and the cover is epic however it doesn't really have a lot to do with the story. The characters are pretty developed, and are also interesting. Overall this is a good comic, especially for the 90's.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Image month continues with WildC.A.T.s #1 written and drawn by Jim Lee, who you may remember as the artist for All-Star Batman and Robin. He was also in charge of most of redesigns in DC's New 52. So let's see how the artist fairs at writing a story. This issue starts out with a man named Jacob Marlowe (who we assume is a hobo) who was saved from being mugged thanks to a girl named Void who looks like a female version of Silver Surfer except you can see her face.
However it's revealed to be a dream, kind of. Jacob's really a Billionaire, wait no Zillionaire. That's what he says in the comic. He knows Void, and she thinks he's some kind of savior to the human race. He also runs the WildC.A.T.s who are a group of gifted humans. We are introduced to 3 of them Spartan, Maul (Yes Maul), and Warblade. We are also introduced to Grifter who goes to a strip club to find another one of the gifted, it's revealed to be a dancer named Voodoo. Wait Voodoo and Grifter.
That's right DC Comics now owns WildC.A.T.s and they gave two of the characters there own solo series in the New 52. Anyway some bad guys show up, and Grifter starts to fight them. The rest of the WildC.A.T.s show up, and they fight some more. They try to take Jacob as a hostage but they are stopped thanks to the appearance of some one named Sister Zealot. Then the comic ends with one of the monsters blowing up the building.
The art is a bit better then then the average 90's comic. Jim Lee's art does get better with time though, because now a days it really good. The panel structure is normal but there are a couple of two page spreads that you have to turn on it's side to read it.
The story is a bit convoluted especially in the beginning, but becomes less confusing as it goes on. The characters are a bit dull and cliche especially for 90's character. Even Grifter, though he is still a badass. Overall this isn't bad but I've read much better.
Next week were going to look at the most well known Image comic, Spawn.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
In the 90's several illustrators from Marvel left because of problems with ownership of characters they created. 8 of them went and formed there own company called Image comics. With the news of DC releasing a prequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Watchmen, it kinda reminded me of this story. So for the next couple of weeks I'm going to review a couple Image books, especially since I never reviewed one yet.
To start off we are going to take a look at Splitting Image! a parody of Image comics, released by Image comics. Making fun of there most popular comics at the time as well as the people who created them. Such as WildC.A.T.s and Spawn.
|Because this is really hard to make fun of. But I have a feeling we'll see this again soon.|
There's not really a story, it's about a parody of Image founders showing off there new comics. The comics they show are obviously parody's of the ones that where made in real life, hence they where generic 90's comics with buff heroes fighting against various organizations, and women that are there because the artist wanted to draw women. The comic itself is funny sometimes but only if you know the history of Image and the story of the comics there parodying.
The comics art is not bad for 90's comics I guess. I just find it hilarious that some of there parody's have better art then what there parodying. Overall it's not the best, it's a bad 90's comic parodying bad 90's comics. It very obvious why it only lasted 2 issues.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
When I first heard about the possibility of a Watchmen prequel I was quick to dismiss it. I mean Alan Moore would never let anyone else "taint" one of his storys. But DC has announced 7 miniseries as well as an epilogue staring various characters from Watchmen called Before Watchmen. That's right there is going to be a Watchmen prequel. The specific miniseries are going to be Rorschach, Minutemen, Comedian Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, and Silk Spectre.
I'm really not sure how to feel about this. I mean on the one hand it could be cool to learn more about the characters, then on the other hand I don't want it if it ruins what we already knew about the characters. They really have to be careful otherwise this will be the Star Wars prequels all over again. The whole thing is kinda pointless anyway since everything we needed to know about the characters and there back story's are already there. But I wouldn't be a good comic fan if I didn't read them, at the very least The Rorschach one and the Minutemen one. Anyway I think I'm done for now except for one more tiny problem. The new DC logo sucks.