August 1, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy review – RWG TV and Film

Guardians of the Galaxy review – RWG TV and Film

***This review is spoiler FREE***

Guardians of the Galaxy
Cast Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, Lee Pace as Ronan The Accuser, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Laura Haddock as Meredith Quill, Benicio Del Toro as Taneleer Tivan / The Collector, Djimon Hounsouas…

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August 1, 2014
Wolf Warriors and Battering Rams

Wolf Warriors and Battering Rams

Indian Chief (titled simply The Chief for its first two issues) was published by Dell Comics and ran through most of the 1950s. They were stories involving various Native American tribes and usually didn’t involve white men at all. I’m not sure of the time frame—whether the stories were set before any Europeans were on the scene or if they recount adventures that just didn’t happen to involve any…

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August 1, 2014
Who’s Who of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Legendary Starlord

Who’s Who of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Legendary Starlord

Greetings comic-book and/or movie lovers! We here at Rhymes With Geek are very excited about the latest film from Marvel Studios and the start of what will (hopefully) be Marvel’s Cosmic Universe – Guardians of the Galaxy!
We’re so excited that we’ve been spotlighting the comic-book history of one of the characters from the movie EVERY DAY in the run up to its US Box Office release on August 1st!…

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August 1, 2014
Humble Bazooka Episode 19: Playstation Now open beta, Destiny Beta, and The Last of Us Remastered

Humble Bazooka Episode 19: Playstation Now open beta, Destiny Beta, and The Last of Us Remastered

Listen in to hear our thoughts on Sony’s Playstation Now pricing, we talk about some more about the Destiny beta and what we think the final game will be like, and finally we discuss Naughty Dog’s survival horror remaster, The Last of Us.

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July 31, 2014
Real Books Don’t Have Batman 7/30/14

Real Books Don’t Have Batman 7/30/14

Real Books Don’t Have Batman 7/30/14

Forget Alex Kurtzman, let’s get Scott Snyder on that Universal Monsters Universe.

This week we review:
100th Anniversary Special Guardians of the Galaxy # 1
All-New Ghost Rider # 5
Harley Quinn # 8
Aquaman Annual # 2
Batman Eternal # 17
Justice League # 32
The Sandman: Overture # 3
The Wake # 10 (of 10)

Short Stacks for this week
The Sandman Overture # 3
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July 31, 2014

Bodies #1
Author: Si Spencer
Artist: Meghan Hetrick (2014), Dean Ormston (1890), Tula Lotay (2050), Phil Winslade (1940), Lee Loughridge (Colors)
Publisher: Vertigo
Reviewer: Nikki Sherman

Looking for a mystery that defies both time and industry norms, all while presenting a compelling story that’s truly one for the ages? Bodies #1, written by Si Spencer and drawn by four talented artists (with consistent coloring by the one and only Lee Loughridge), represents everything that Vertigo strives for with its “Defy” tagline. With four stories limited to a strict six-page maximum per issue, Spencer is weaving a thrilling tale that serves as an artist showcase and detective story for the books. Is it worth the continued investigation and the hard-earned cash from your wallet?

Story

Bodies #1 seems like a simple tale at face value: the same corpse is discovered in the same location by four investigative bodies across four time periods. Each story is given a quarter of the issue to not only introduce its main character, but also the circumstances of the discovery and the state of London during the time period being explored. The cast is diverse, ranging across gender, race, and creed.  We have 2014’s Detective Sergeant Shahara Hasan, a religious police investigator who strategically navigates the religious and political turmoil London is facing, and 1890’s Edmond Hillinghead, a secret investigator determined to solve the case far ahead of his time. We also meet 2050’s eccentric and hard-to-pin-down Maplewood, living in a devastated terrain and the 1940’s noir detective Karl Whiteman, who skirts the line between dangerous undercover work and police extraordinaire. In each time period, the same body is found, tortured and strangely marked, leaving each investigator to puzzle over how the body got there and what caused the disturbing death.

What’s most amazing to me is how Spencer manages to capture a distinct voice between each of the time periods and with each character. If I didn’t know better when reading it, I’d have thought that there was a different writer at the helm in a couple of the time periods. Spencer is able to seamlessly convery that these are four distinct years, but does so in a way that lends itself beautifully to the overarching story. Though he certainly captures the tone of each period, that tone often contributes to difficulty understanding what exactly a character is saying. In particular, I had a little trouble with the 1890 period, but it’s nothing that a couple read-throughs couldn’t solve. The overall story is unique, and by the end of the issue, the reader no doubt will have countless questions on their brain. You know you have something special on your hands when your questioning time travel in new ways, thoughtfully pondering whether or not the killer or the body itself is what is displacing time itself.  Story: 9.5 out of 10

Art

I want to start by acknowledging that what Loughridge has accomplished with this series so far is nothing short of amazing. In the same way that each story in the issue is tied together by the tormented body discovered by the investigators, the art in each story is carefully threaded though Loughridge’s keen eye for color. While working with different artists on the same series, but keeping a consistent colorists is not necessarily groundbreaking, the way Loughridge meticulously matches colors with not only artistic flow but with the time period as well is a sight to behold. The 2014 piece is modernly rendered; the 1890 scenes feel like something straight from classic fiction; the futuristic 2050 location is brightly lit and post-apocalyptically dulled in all the right ways; and the 1940 time period feels pulpy and off-beat enough to be a scene out of Sin City. And while the art for each section should be properly lauded for its ability to portray the period, it’s hard to tell just how effective it would be without Loughridge.

As for the inks and pencils for each section, each artist is clearly a perfect choice for what they are required to showcase. The art beautifully renders the mood of the period, yet remains grim and determined consistently throughout the book. While readers will likely pick their favorites, it’s next to impossible to put this book down without a firm appreciation for the task each artist has accomplished, all working with Spencer’s grand design in a spectacular fashion. Art: 9.5 out of 10

Overall

Spencer and co. have something spectacular going on here. With eight issues in the mini-series, and six pages per story each issue, we’ll essentially have two issues for four amazing stories telling one master narrative. Like something of an extended anthology, I can hardly wait to see where Spencer and his merry band of artists have in store for the audience. Though the story has barely unfolded, I’m intrigued enough to continue along, and hope you will too. Overall: 9.5 out of 10

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Bodies #1 – RWG Reviews Bodies #1 Author: Si Spencer Artist: Meghan Hetrick (2014), Dean Ormston (1890), Tula Lotay (2050), Phil Winslade (1940), …

July 31, 2014
Who’s Who of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon

Who’s Who of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon

Greetings comic-book and/or movie lovers! We here at Rhymes With Geek are very excited about the latest film from Marvel Studios and the start of what will (hopefully) be Marvel’s Cosmic Universe – Guardians of the Galaxy!
We’re so excited that we’ll be spotlighting the comic-book history of one of the characters from the movie EVERY DAY in the run up to its US Box Office release on August 1st!

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July 30, 2014
Super Hero Speak - #65: Elena: Divinity Rising

Super Hero Speak – #65: Elena: Divinity Rising

It’s Super Hero Speak’s first international episode! This week Dave sits down with Stuart Jennett and Darren Pearce from the U.K. and they talk all about their new book Elena: Divinity Rising. Also Dave learns about how comics differ in the United Kingdom from the U.S. Darren is a new comer to the comics scene, where Stuart is a long time vet having worked for Marvel U.K. and had much success…

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July 30, 2014
Life Leave Me Alone Ep. 49: “The Jim” w/ Jim Rugg

Life Leave Me Alone Ep. 49: “The Jim” w/ Jim Rugg

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Episode 49

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear Mr. Too-Cool-For-Super-Hero-Comics geek out on one of his favorite creators? NOW’S YOUR TIME! We are delighted to have JIM RUGG creator of STREET ANGEL and AFRODISIAC on the show this week! “We” as a show are stoked. Morris, as a person, is beside himself.

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July 30, 2014

Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #2
Written by: Louise Simonson
Artist: Derek Charm
Lettered by: Tom B. Long
Published by: IDW Publishing
Published on: 7/28/14
Review by: Wesley Messer

Super Secret Crisis War is a series that is truly catching people by surprise. The first issue of Super Secret Crisis War lived up to every one of my expectations. Honestly, it surpassed my expectations. Now #2 hits and after a solid one-shot with Johnny Bravo, now we’re back into the Super Secret Crisis War itself. Even the most cynical soul in comics can’t help but smile at this concept. Will this be as much if not more fun than the first issue? Will the Johnny Bravo One-Shot matter to the series at large? Time to find out these questions and more as I begin my look Super Secret Crisis War #2!

Story:

Super Secret Crisis War is such a joy to read and #2 is no different. Now that all the characters are together, Super Secret Crisis War is heating up. Louise Simonson is smart about having each of these characters working together. Each of their personalities are dead on from their respective TV shows. Even if you only know a little about each series; it all makes sense as to how each character would work together. From Samurai Jack to Ed, Edd, & Eddy, no one comes out of this issue looking any different from their TV show counterparts. Even more fun to watch is how the villains work or don’t work together as well as you think they would. For a Cartoon Network fan, young or old, you’re going to have a smile ear to ear with all these interactions.

Even better is that while you don’t need to read the one-shots, they look like they’re going to matter to the larger narrative. There’s a special piece of Johnny Bravo’s comic that had my heart and its here. I’m smiling ear to ear even writing about that part of this. Overall this is a good time, but The Edd’s are still the odd characters out. While the Edds may ring hollow to me now, I’m happy to see if they grow on me. Story: 8.5 out of 10

Art:

Truly hope that by the end of Super Secret Crisis War, Derek Charm gets a good amount of notice for what he’s doing here. I’ve made notice of how he captures each of the unique styles of each series in the last review. That same expertise remains here. Now we get to see how he explores more of the storyline that Simonson sets forth. Storytelling in this book is energetic which is appropriate for Super Secret Crisis War. Only complaint is there’s an especially busy splash page that didn’t work for me, outside of that this is good stuff. Outside of that one busy splash page, the action and storytelling here is top notch. Ben 10 gets a spotlight here with his abilities and even Dexter gets a fun showcase of his skills. Simonson could not ask for a better artistic partner to bring Super Secret Crisis War to life. Art: 9 out of 10

Overall:

If you’re an old school Cartoon Network fan, how in the world are you not reading Super Secret Crisis War? At least if you haven’t started by now; it’s easy enough to catch up. Cartoon Network has given the fans of many franchises something to cheer about here. It’s fun, enjoyable, and you can’t help but have a great time. Despite my lack of connection with some characters, I’m having a ball with this. Super Secret Crisis War is still one impressive event and has something for every animation fan out there.

Overall: 8.8 out of 10

Check out my other reviews of the Super Secret Crisis War thus far!

Super Secret Crisis War #1

SSCW: Johnny Bravo One-Shot

If you’re curious in what other reviewers think about Super Secret Crisis War and other comics, check out www.comicbookroundup.com!

CN: Super Secret Crisis War! #2 – RWG Reviews Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #2 Written by: Louise Simonson Artist: Derek Charm Lettered by: …

July 30, 2014
Kevin Is Right: Wonder Woman: These Boots Were Made for Gawkin’

Kevin Is Right: Wonder Woman: These Boots Were Made for Gawkin’

KevinIsRightThis week we were treated, via the marketing blitz that is San Diego Comic Con, to our first image of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman costume for the upcoming super hero clown car DC Comics film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Over the course of the marketing build up preceding Man of Steel (and continuing to this day) the watchwords have been “gritty” and “realism.”

Looking at the image, the…

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July 30, 2014
The Shadow Over Innsmouth-RWG Reviews

The Shadow Over Innsmouth-RWG Reviews

The Shadow Over Innsmouth (One Shot)

Story: Ron Marz

Art: Ivan Rodriguez

Publisher: Dynamite

Reviewed by: Denise Blakely

Innsmouth is a fictional town created by H.P. Lovecraft, which was referenced numerous times throughout his work, but is the full setting in his 1936 horror novella The Shadow over Innsmouth. It was one of the few stories that Lovecraft wrote that didn’t appear in a pulp…

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July 30, 2014

Written by Jeremy Holt
Art by Francesca Ciregia
Published by Monkeybrain Comics
Priced at $0.99 cents
Reviewer: Kyle Overkill

The opening of Art Monster issue three is stunning and beautifully done. Holt plays with gender and expectations in a real and direct way. Holt takes a very common trope and presents it in a different but completely real way. It is just as terrifying and impactful. Ciregia’s full-page spread at the height of the action is bold and powerful, proving an even more visceral experience.

Issue one teased a very big idea that even into issue three is still being built upon. Holt paces the story in a way that moves the plot along but not at the expense of the characters. It seems clear where Vic’s actions are taking him but Art Monster is about the journey and the characters along that journey. Holt crafts conversations with Vic and his supporting cast that are subtle but full of chemistry. The characters feel so genuine that the unsavory nature of other actions is heightened in contrast.

Ciregia’s art brings another level of genuineness to the characters. Characters expressions have great dimension, even in spectrums of smiles. Ciregia shows a great range from page to page. At times have two characters playfully flirt with each other and on another page a possum being shocked backed to life. Ciregia effectively uses shadows and negative space to provide another layer to the art that color might normally provide.

Issue three of Art Monster continues to effectively tell a larger story with its smaller but far more important pieces. Holt breathes life into a wonderful cast of characters who usher along a far darker story while Ciregia’s art enhances and on many pages tells its own wonderful story. Good art takes time and Art Monster is worth yours.

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Art Monster #3 – RWG Reviews Written by Jeremy Holt Art by Francesca Ciregia Published by Monkeybrain Comics Priced at $0.99 cents…

July 30, 2014
Who’s Who of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Groot

Who’s Who of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Groot

Greetings comic-book and/or movie lovers! We here at Rhymes With Geek are very excited about the latest film from Marvel Studios and the start of what will (hopefully) be Marvel’s Cosmic Universe – Guardians of the Galaxy!
We’re so excited that we’ll be spotlighting the comic-book history of one of the characters from the movie EVERY DAY in the run up to its US Box Office release on August 1st!

D…

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July 29, 2014
Shock Power Dragon Express: Goof Troop Episode 3

Shock Power Dragon Express: Goof Troop Episode 3

Pirate Pete just came and booted it. What a ballsack.

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