Film and TV are saturated with superheroes these days, so it is refreshing when something comes along that is a bit different. Batman Ninja is a welcome, new take on the Batman mythos that brings the Caped Crusader to feudal Japan.
It's a little tough to give a proper review of Walt Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales Volume 3. It isn't your average omnibus or anthology collection. Long before Marvel and Disney tied the knot, Disney had a line of comics in morning newspapers. Based on various properties ranging from iconic Mickey Mouse stories to adaptations of films like Big Red, Disney comics are an old and varied lot. As a fan of older Disney properties, I picked up Walt Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales Volume 3 with a lot of excitement.
Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin ,along with Muntsa Vicente, flip the form of the comic book format on its side. Literally. To give us a more cinematic perspective of the story as it unfolds, they’ve altered the typical “portrait” format by rotating the view 45 degrees clockwise to a “landscape” format, creating a 70mm texture which is fitting for this mixture of genres. The first time I saw this done in a comic was an issue of Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man back in the '90s. I always thought it was cool, but it didn’t serve a purpose or wasn’t used to pronounce the story in any meaningful way. Here, it does.
Did you miss the Geek-Girl mini-series but are intrigued by the idea of a self-involved college girl turned superhero who protects Maine from an electricity prone baddy? Have you heard rumors of a full-length Geek-Girl run but need a refresher on the first four issues? Not to fear! Creator Sam Johnson has brought the team back together with a 14-page introduction/recap to the story to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!
Have you ever sat flipping through television stations or scrolling through things on Netflix far too late at night, unsure what to watch, and you stop on something you’ve never heard of and it turns out to be one of your most favorite things ever? That happened to me one night at 2 a.m. with Dog Day Afternoon, the Al Pacino movie. In a similar fashion, it has happened to me again with Evan Dorkin (writer) and Jill Thompson’s (artist) Beasts of Burden Volume 1: Animal Rites.
Recently, I wanted to sit down and read through all of the Hellboy stories. I know I had read some of them, but I couldn’t remember how many, and I was looking forward to starting on that journey again when Dark Horse announced the arrival of the first of what sounds like a handful of Omnibuses following the types of paranormal adventures that Hellboy likes to find himself in.
Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil takes place in one of my favorite comic book universes right now, that of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer. It also happens to deal with two of my favorite characters from the world: Lucy Weber (the daughter of Black Hammer) and Golden Gail. The main character of the story is Lucy Weber as she uses her journalistic training and unending gumption to track down any answer she can find involving the disappearance of her father and the rest of the heroes after their fight against Anti-God. Doctor Star, another hero (who is currently heading his own Black Hammer spinoff series) gives Lucy the push she needs to begin her hero’s journey. Of all of the characters in the Black Hammer world, she is, by far, the most motivated and strong willed.
I think the showrunners of Westworld binge watched a lot of Game of Thrones during their time off, as Season Two, Episode Two seems like a GoT episode: lots of exposition, four or five running plotlines, nothing resolved, and pawns being moved into place for some crazy stuff three to four episodes from now. But precious little actually happens.