Review – Axe Cop #1 of 3 “President Of The World”

Story: Malachai Nicolle
Pencils, Inks and Lettering: Ethan Nicolle
Colors: Dirk Erik Schulz
Published By: Dark Horse

Everyone’s favorite axe wielding, girl hating, talking gorilla fearing cop is back! Axe Cop is in an all new adventure taking over the world. Now President of the entire world, Axe Cop has to build a new “White House”, pick a new capital, make his political platform clear and most importantly make the gruesome consequences of not following said platforms rules. But wait there’s more, we are introduced to a man made of goo, we get to learn his back story and why he’s come to Axe Cop for help. If that wasn’t enough, he also meets a talking, super-powered gorilla who needs the unparalleled assistance of Axe Cop. Of course there is a bunch of stuff in between that I simply can’t describe here, it needs to be read first hand to be fully appreciated!

I love Axe Cop, every story is really something special. I love all the weird, crazy side characters and most importantly I love the stories. Axe Cop’s straight to the point storytelling is part of what makes it so great and this issue was awesome. Not only do you get a crazy story stemming from the 8-year-old mind of Malachai Nicolle but you get the amazing art of his older brother Ethan Nicolle. The best part of the art is that you inevitably find something that makes you do a double take or simply makes you blurt out a “WTF?” “President Of The World” is so entertaining and funny and at the same time the issue also manages to show us a softer side of the hard ass Axe Cop. Yes, he has feelings too. I don’t think I would vote for him but I would definitely read his comics!

Release Date: July 25th, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Before Watchmen arrive at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Comic fans living or visiting the LA Region on April 21st might want to take note that Jim Lee, Dan DiDio and Geoff Boucher will be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to talk about the new mini-series Before Watchmen coming out this summer from DC. It will be an opportunity to catch up on the story and information going into the new series long before it hits retail. The panel will kick off at 1:oo pm though and Geoff Boucher will act as moderator for the event.

Event details:

  • Location: USC School for Cinematic Arts
  • Date: Saturday April 21st, 2012
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Panel kicks off at 1:00 pm
  • Watchmen Director’s Cut shows after at 2:00pm

Space is limited so if you want to get tickets check out the reserve page to order your panel pass and get some cool perks in the process including a poster.

Link: DC Comics News | LA Times Festival of Books

Review – House of Night #5

Story: P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
Script: Kent Dalian
Art: Joëlle Jones and Eric Canete
Colors: Ryan Hill and Eric Canete
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Jenny Frison
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue begins with Zoey and her friends relived of stress and worry after having a snowball fight and acting like average, everyday kids. That is , until one of them, Stevie Rae begins coughing up blood. We soon see that this was all just a nightmare, but it does give some back story which allows us to understand the dangers all these kids face in going through the transition from fledgling to vampyre. We begin to understand just how scared they are and how much the fear weighs on their shoulders. We also get a glimpse into Zoey’s love-life, both past drama of exes and present giddiness of new love. Most importantly though, Zoey is about to embark on her final lesson, spirit, with the Goddess Nyx. Zoey’s lesson is taught through Amazon vampyre Queen, Hippolyte and the immortal hero Herakles, enemies who wage a war against each other only to come together through love in the end. Their love however cannot last and Hippolyte must take drastic measures to sever their ties. Zoey believes she understands and has learned her final lesson and thinks she knows what she has to do, but she really doesn’t. The application of her newly learned lesson will come later and she will find out that it is much more important than what she originally thought.

This issue is great, I really love the way Zoey’s lessons are taught and how the stories are told. I really like that there is so much woman power within the pages, something that is lacking within our society a lot of the time and is a great message to send to younger girls. I also enjoyed the little bit of back story we are given on Zoey’s love-life, it really helps to flush out the character and helps us to realize there is more to her than her school life. The art is gorgeous and really breathtaking as are the vibrant and beautiful colors. This series has really come into its own and I’m really enjoying the richness of the characters, the story and its message. Each issue is better than the last and I can’t wait to find out where these characters are going to go.

Release Date: March 14th, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – House of Night #3

Story: P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast
Script: Kent Dalian
Art: Joëlle Jones& Daniel Krall
Colors: Ryan Hill & Daniel Krall
Cover: Jenny Frison
Published By: Dark Horse

Jenny Frison Cover

The life of a fledgling vampyre is never easy and this issue shows us what these students have to go through. “The People of Faith” is a religious group that believes that the House of Night school is an abomination. The thought is the children are stolen, marked and then cursed and the religious group will not rest until the school is destroyed. As Zoey watches the protest from her bedroom window she sees her parents (stepdad) and little brother. We then see a flashback of the day Zoey was marked and that her family did not support her. As she approaches the protest she reaches out to her brother who screams and jumps back. Understandably this upsets Zoey and she does something that she shouldn’t do! Her actions make her realize that her next Dark Daughters lesson is that of Circe.

This issue of House of Night is he best one so far. I love the Circe/Odysseus lesson and the little bits of humor sprinkled here and there. The dialog is great and the art again is fantastic. I really like that Zoey is a strong girl, even when she falters she admits her mistakes and keeps trying. Very often teenage girls are portrayed as ditsy, weak and mellow-dramatic but that is not the case here. Zoey’s not perfect but she is trying to do her best! This was a fun read and I recommend checking it out.

Release Date: January 11th, 2012

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review: House of Night #2

Story: P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
Script: Kent Dalian
Art Joëlle Jones and Joshua Covey
Colors: Ryan Hill and Dan Jackson
Cover: Jenny Frison
Published By: Dark Horse

The second issue begins with Zoey and Damien in their fencing class which quickly transitions into Damien having to fence against his ex dorm mate Thor (!).  We learn some more about Damien, the one boy in the Dark Daughters.  We find out he’s gay, as if that isn’t hard enough for a teenager, he’s also a     vampyre…from Texas no less.  Zoey is waiting for her next lesson from the Goddess Nyx and in the meantime she makes sure to thank her friends for helping and believing in her when she was ready to give up.  This issue manages to capture the uncertainty and insecurities that teenagers go through at this age, minus the whole vampyre/magic aspect of it all.  The bullies, Thor (!) and Aphrodite are reminiscent of bullies in Anytown U.S.A.  They have their own issues but don’t have the support group (mainly because they are mean) that the regular kids do.  As Zoey soon finds out that the next lesson she must learn is air, we are given a flashback about a mother and her two daughters.  This flashback is extremely sad and very compelling.  Zoey and her crew learn about air, its powers, and the origins of The Dark Daughters.

I liked this issue a lot.  I like the depth and juxtaposition being used to flush out Aphrodite’s character.  As stated previously, I really enjoyed the humor in this issue, it was cute and witty.  I could hear these characters actually delivering these lines.  The art is fantastic and really captures the emotion and moods wonderfully.  I think this series has a lot of promise and is definitely worth picking up, I would recommend buying the first issue to begin.  There is a lot of back story that is important and I think if the reader just jumps in he/she may feel a little lost.

Release Date: December 14th, 2011

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review – House of Night #1

Written By: P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast & Kent Dalian
Art: Joëlle Jones & Karl Kerschl
Cover Art: Steve Morris
Published By: Dark Horse

Jenny Frison Cover

House of Night is about the spiritual journey of teenage girl Zoey Redbird.  She must make her way through the ins and outs of school, she’s the leader of a club she does not want responsibility of, faces claims of stealing Aphrodite’s boyfriend and she has to deal with her everyday.  This is just your typical day-to-day life of a teenage girl, right?  For the most part, yes, except for the fact that Zoey is a Vampyre.  She goes to a school with other fledgling Vampyres, however, she is different from the rest of them.  All of the fledglings have tattoos, these are their “marks”, but Zoey’s is different, hers is a filled in tattoo, she is the only teenager to have this “mark” as it was given to her by a Goddess who specifically chose her.  Since she is special in this way she has taken over as leader of The Dark Daughters group, a group we still don’t know too much about.  She has taken the leader position away from Aphrodite, this girl seems like she will be Zoey’s nemesis throughout the series.

As the story continues we meet Zoey’s friends who are also in The Dark Daughters group.  I did take issue here.  As we meet her friends we find out that they are known by Aphrodite as, the “nerd herd.”  This is unbelievable, if these characters were real life people and looked as they do in the comic, there would be absolutely no way that anyone would refer to these girls, and one guy, as nerds.  They just do not look the part!  The art is very good and the dialog isn’t bad either.  It does have a very Buffy feel to it except the teenage girls are vampyres instead of Slayers.  The story was not bad and I want to see where this comic will go. I could see teenage girls and fans of Buffy really liking this comic.  I will definitely at least read the next couple comics and hope that they work out a few of the kinks.

Release Date: 11/09/2011

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review – Conan: Road Of Kings #8

Conan: Road Of Kings #8

  • Writer: Roy Thomas
  • Penciller: Mike Hawthorne
  • Inker: John Lucas
  • Colorist: Dan Jackson
  • Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot

After killing Arpello’s second-in-command for betraying him and the plotters, Conan and newly companion Albiona must make their way through underground catacombs beneath Aquilonia’s capital.

Conan & Albiona are waiting for things to settle down before they make way to the trapdoor where Lady Thelitis and the plotters escape through. In hopes of finding them, Conan tells Albiona to wait until he returns once he’s found the door, defying Conan’s orders though, she accompanies him to the door. With a little help he quickly disposes of the two guards standing in front of the entrance, near the trap door. Once Inside, Albiona recalls a time when her mother told her about the tombs and how escape slaves of Acheron hid there to pray. Walking deeper and deeper in underground they find material remains of those who have also travel through the dark catacombs, they are suddenly attacked by giant insect like creatures. Conan springs into action and  furiously fights to save Albiona and himself, as they run to what looks like the exit of the tomb they run into lady Thelitis and the plotters who are also fighting their way through the creatures. Together, they easily fend off the rest of  the giant size insects but they soon realize the creature’s (Sarcophag’s) are not the only things that are dangerous………

Here’s what i think of Conan: Road Of Kings #8…Not much is going on in this issue, just continuing the current story. Hopefully the next issue will be better

Release Date: September 21, 2011

 

House of the Dead: Overkill gets screens and new art

Just when you thought the arcade shooter was dead. Sega comes in with one of the campiest games ever. House of the Dead: Overkill is a journey into madness using the PS3 move control system this round, players will go round after round into a 70’s Grind House inspired slaughter with only their sanity to lose.

Personally, Overkill on the Wii felt short, I hope they can get a little extra life out of this port because the game is funny to go through with a friend or in a group. Check out the screens below to see the art goodies and caps from Overkill.

Star Wars Galactic Warfare Mod arrives

This is really going to throw a lot of PC users, today we have news about the new Star Wars Galactic Warfare total conversion mod for Call of Duty 4. Yes, 4, not World at War, Modern Warfare 2 or Black Ops. Allowing players to pick from the Rebel Alliance or the Imperial Forces and battle it out on famous locations from the Star Wars universe. It’s a pretty hefty download but it looks well worth it, I’ll be downloading it shortly to get in on the action as I still have my Modern Warfare on the shelf.

Source: moddb | Gamefront
Download: Galactic Warfare 1.0 (Final)
Buy on Steam: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – $9.99

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Bad times – Gears of War 3 leak confirmed by Epic Games

Sometimes you wish you could get your hands on a game early, be it playing it first hand at E3 or Comic-Con or PAX, you just want that extra hour of play. Unfortunately someone took it a little too far this last week and not only got their hands on a test version of Gears of War 3, but they also dumped it to the net. Poor form by those who did it, of course rips like these are for cred in the scene but still it blows because it’s a spoiler for the entire community at large as trolls will no doubt embrace the potential to drop bombs on the story.

Full quote from Epic:

We have seen the reports of Gears of War 3 content being propped on the Web and working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation. This content is not from a final build and is not representative of what fans will enjoy when the game launches worldwide on September 20, 2011.

Source: Dana Cowley (Epic Games) | Save and Quit

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