Thursday, November 19, 2009

Previews and Reviews with Gore Jones

Oh Snap! What up World!
What's doin kiddies? Some week huh.. The shelves were rockin yesterday and I've got something to say.

I'd just like to say that on Sunday I asked my girlfriend Lauren to take the plunge and become my wife. Thank God she said yes. So yeah, I just wanted to let you know that.

Now onto the show..

Recently, I've found myself emersed in reading old DC comics such as Doom Patrol, Suicide Squad, Azrael and Grant Morrison's JLA run. I love Marvel but with Blackest Night going on DC really has my attention to the point I'm digging up old stuff that is being referenced in some way or another.

Jesus Hates Zombies featuring Lincoln Hates Werewolves. Yea, Though I walk. Vol. 3

What's up with all the hate? Where's the love? I got some love for you, right here in this awesome comic which I really wish was a monthly book already. Writer Stephen Lindsay continues the adventures of Jesus and his rag tag crew as they attempt to thwart the zombie apocalypse and send Abraham Lincoln back to his own time. This volume adds to the cast the heavenly presence of Frederick Douglas and Mother Teresa and a quick visit to "Aaron's house". The laughs keep rolling and it really makes you want to turn the page. The back up story of how Laz, Jesus' zombie buddy gets turned into a zombie is a pleasant surprise. I myself always wondered how he got "killed" and here we have it. If you've been sleeping on this book or are turned off by the name. STOP! Pick up the Jesus Hates Zombies: Those Slack Jaw Blues GN and you'll soon be another of the saviors flock.

5 out of 5.

Realm Of Kings One Shot.

Following the events of "War of kings", stems "Realm of kings". This one shot focuses on Quasar heading through the rift to explore where it goes and what's on the other side if in fact there is an other side. On the other side of the rift, Quasar first becomes flesh and blood which is a drastic change since he died back in Annihilation and has been a spectral form ever since. He then comes into contact with a obviously different incarnation of The Avengers. They've "sold their souls" to the ancient gods in return for power. They also plan on following Quasar's quantum trail back through the rift to take over and replace our earth.
I have to say that I'm a little disappointed in this one shot. We still don't know what happened to Black Bolt and Vulcan after "War of kings". Did they die? Did they get sent through the rift? That's yet to be answered. Where's Adam Warlock? Didn't he become Magnus in Guardians of the Galaxy? Thus far, the concept of Realm of Kings is kinda distorted in my eyes. I mean following everything that's happened up until this point, should'nt it be a battle for control of the universe between the Shi'ar, Kree, Inhumans, The Negative Zone army and whoever else is looking to gain control. I'm sorry, cool story but it throws things off as far as what the hell is going on.

3 out of 5

Victorian Undead #1

Sherlock Holmes vs. Zombies. A meteroite falls from the sky and pieces break off and one just so happens to fall into a water well that sustains an English town. People begin dying and returning from the dead, "Who ya gonna call?" Sherlock Holmes! Holmes and Watson are called in to look at a man that died in police custody and mysteriously returns to life a mad undead raving lunatic.
I've been looking forward to this book since I first heard about it. Ian Edginton is an amazing writer and I enjoy most if not all of his works. Sadly this book is a miniseries but a fun one at that, it's not all supercomputers and shady government projects. It's 1800's England with Zombies and Sherlock Holmes. What more can you ask for? Zombie Moriarty?

5 out of 5

Superman / Batman #66

Blackest night spreads and now involves Bizarro, Man-Bat and Black Lantern Solomon Grundy. These next two issues of the book will be drawn and written by Scott Kollins who also wrote and drew the 7 issue "Solomon Grundy" mini which revealed his origins and at the end made him a Black Lantern. It's a fun romp through Gotham as Bizarro looks for Grundy and Kirk Langstrom aka Man-Bat is hunted by his wife so she can cure him. I'm confused because Solomon Grundy has had many incarnations ranging from raging brute monster to calm, cool and calculating super villain. Kollins fails to establish which one he is and doesn't really establish anything. Anyone who didn't read the mini series is almost forced to do so because you have no idea what's going on. The recap at the begining is short and to the point but it doesn't give you any idea as to why Bizarro is looking for him or why Man-Bat is floating around Gotham when the last time you saw him was in the pages of "The Outsiders" when they were attempting to capture him. Maybe the next issue will be better but I didn't care for this issue and it's sad because Grundy as a Black Lantern could be so much cooler.

2 out of 5

Outsiders #24

Right from the start I felt that this was going to be a bad issue because on the cover it shows Black Lantern Terra holding her brother Geo Force and we've just seen her in the "Blackest Night: Titans" mini. Oddly enough, she shows up at the Outsiders base and begins to tell Geo Force what's going on, how it happened and that she just came from attempting to kill The Titans.

Awesome use of continuity! Finally someone's paying attention to the other books around them.

They attempt to sever the ring from her hand but as she had already told them it keeps growing back. I think it's a plot since she failed to get Beast Boy, she's now got her sights set on Geo Force.
Meanwhile, Violet and Tatsu are driving back to Gotham with Creeper and the captured Killer Croc when out of no where Tatsu's two dead sons and her dead husband appear out of the shadows and level their truck. Tatsu is taken back for a moment but a fight quickly ensues as Violet attempts to burn them and they keep coming.
Not a bad issue, not a great issue. I'm just thankful that Pete Tomasi did his homework about Terra and bridged two stories.

3 out of 5

Adventure Comics #4

Superboy Prime was returned to his earth during "The Legion Of Three Worlds" miniseries. On his homeworld, he doesn't have any of his "Superboy" abilities and now just reads comics about the world he attempted to destroy and blogs about it. In reading "Adventure Comics #4", he see's that he's about to become part of the story once again when Alexander Luthor is resurrected and comes looking for him. It's oddly entertaining watching as SuperBoy Prime goes to hunt down info on "Adventure Comics #5" and it's final outcome. Does he die? Do the Black Lanterns win? What happens next? We'll all have to wait until the next issue.

5 out of 5.

And that's all folks...

Now the books I'm Jonesin for Next Week!

Chew #6
Invincible Iron Man #20

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