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I did my best, and after all, it is MY list and I am sharing MY opinions along with what that particular artists run meant to me.
That Batman list was a difficult one to put together. But THIS one, where I list the definitive Spider-Man visionaries, was like, 20 times more difficult. And it’s only because I GREW up on Spider-Man comics. Read the rest of this entry »
Hey, Bleederz! I hope everyone is enjoying their Easter weekend…hiding candy from children. I never actually understood that part of the holiday, to be honest.
A giant bunny breaks into my home and hides candy around the house? Mostly because to me hiding deliciousness is pure evil.
Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey didn’t help with the big scary bunny thing, either.
But I digress (which my regular readers will know I do about 400 times in each column), since it’s Easter I would like to this week to talk about ‘Easter eggs” in comics. You’d probably noticed that oftentimes an artist will subtly and sometimes not so subtly put something in the comic that is either an inside joke or a nod to something. I’ve always been a fan of them.
And while this has become pretty popular in big budget films lately, comic creators have been sneaking stuff into their artwork for decades.
Welcome Bleederz to the 10th episode of Full Page Bleed! It feels kinda special, doesn’t it? Like I should have clowns and balloons and that cold cheeseless pizza (or is that just a Canadian thing?!)…truth is, all I have is a return to basics here. And by basics I mean, I am all out of pictures and interviews of pretty girls in tight latex or spandex. Or anything ending in ex. I’m sorry!! (I’m pretty sure if I post anymore pics of Green Lantern Girl, I think I would be legally a stalker) It is only temporary, I promise. I am currently in talks to have more awkward moments involving me and professional super hero costume wearers. I’m sure I’ll have more of those coming in a very short time.
On a happy note! This week I have many goodies and exclusives for you, my adoring readers. First off, I’d like to introduce a new weekly portion of FPB called The Blood Pack. Here I will highlight the comics I am anticipating reading every week, my read pile basically…I even made a pretty banner! So without further ado, here is……
(you can’t see it, but I threw into the banner my favorite issue of Alf from when I was a kid. Don’t judge me!!)
This was a no-brainer. I mean, it’s the first comic Joe Mad has completed in a while. I knooow, like many artists of his generation, he has taken a lot of heat over the years for not making deadlines and his books coming out late. Is his flashy & fun Manga/American comics hybrid style worth the long wait? I personally think so. But what do I know?! What I do know is, this is the only book in the Pack I’ve already read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It carries the same witty, fast pace as Amazing has been banking on lately. I don’t think there has been a more fun character to read in the past couple of years as Mayor Jonah Jameson. And he’s in full force here. Let’s just all hope Avenging #2 comes out before next Halloween.
As I have said many times, I have a special spot in my heart for J.H. Williams’ quirky layouts and dark, gothic art style. Any comic of his would make my pull list. Even if he was drawing Plastic Man. And I HATE Plastic Man.
Now I won’t spoil anything for those who haven’t read Fear Itself #7, but I’m very curious as to how Marvel is going to get themselves out of this mess. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being negative…I’m one of those guys that LOVED F.I. But if you are going to just kill off characters WE KNOW you are going to bring back a week later…don’t bother. That’s all I’m sayin’. I also suggest you pick up 7.1 from last week. Butch Guice tore me a new one in that. He’s grown on me a lot over the years. And I’m not a regular Cap reader. Major Steranko influences there. Gotta love it.
Marvel Point One (One Shot) by Various Creators
Now, in part 2 of this edition of Bleed, I have opted to be the eXPress member to review Rage Against The Machine guitarist and The Nightwatchman himself, Tom Morello’s much buzz-worthy comic series, Orchid! The first issue of this comic published by Dark Horse sold like hotcakes (mmmm, hotcakes) and since I am a huge Rage-head, I jumped (literally jumped, it was impressive) at the opportunity to review both issues 1 and 2.
When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by the wild, from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful, who over-look swampland shantytowns from their fortresslike cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. Welcome to the world of Orchid!
This is the premise of this apocalyptic tale from the mind of Morello, who is not only a rock star of the highest order (He was ranked #26 in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”), but also is a Harvard graduate and an avid social activist, often holding impromptu concerts at protests and rallies, most recently at Occupy Wall Street.
The story is a sci-fi/fantasy story about a young, tough-talking prostitute named Orchid who is supporting her mom and little brother in a world where there are very few options and the rich and corrupt rule all. It is soon discovered that she is stealing from what I assume is her pimp, who in revenge sells out her and her brother, along with a young revolutionary named Simon who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, to a slave camp. Simon also has in his possession this mask that holds a great and dangerous power. By the end of issue 2, this trio eventually escape and find themselves in the wilds of this fearsome and strangely evolved world.
When I heard Tom Morello was writing a comic book, I immediately expected a comic book more like Bendis’ Scarlet or V For Vendetta, something perhaps a little more blatantly reflecting his views. While this book does sing the tune of revolution, it is more reminiscent of Mad Max or Xenozoic Tales (Cadillacs & Dinosaurs for all you Saturday morning cartoon fans). I have to admit, I am quite hooked. Orchid is an interesting female character. You’d want her on your side in any situation. She has the word “PROPERTY” tattooed on her chest (her evil pimp seems to like to brands his girls), but in reality, she is nobody’s property. How’s that for ironic? I’d like to see how her relationship with Simon (who she immediately doesn’t trust but slowly is beginning to like) evolves. The tones of mysticism and dogma in this story are intriguing beyond words. I recommend the book, especially for people looking to read something a little different.
The art is by a young Canadian artist named Scott Hepburn. His style is a bit abstract at first, but it grows on you. His characters have a fluidity that reminded me a lot of the Aeon Flux animated series. It fits with the series quite well. The creatures he creates are very far-out and memorable (I have to admit a bear with a scorpion tail is pretty damned creepy.) Morello’s writing style is on-point as well. I can’t wait to see where these characters end up next.
What’s even cooler and original about Orchid is with each issue comes with a soundtrack! You actually get a code that you can enter into nightwatchmanmusic.com (actually issue 1 requires no code, you can go download the tune right now!) and you receive a track by Tom Morello himself! How awesome is that?! Bottom line, go check out Orchid as soon as you can. They sell out very fast!
The cover for Orchid #3! Look for it next month!
Finally, before I bid you all adieu (oh yeah, I threw some of my Quebec-ness on ya), I have some PREVIEWS for you. Marvel style! Cuz that’s how the Bleeder and eXpertcomics.com rolls! First off, here are some preview pages for Captain America# 6 by Ed Brubaker and (my personal fave artist of all of the times) ALAN DAVIS! Trust me, the pleasure is all mine.
(Alan Davis drawing a SWARM of Batroc The Leapers literally made me cry just now. Seriosusly, if you are able to keep your composure after looking at these pages, I don’t think you have a soul.)
Next, I also get to show you some amazing pages of Secret Avengers #22! Where we get to see their new lineup, featuring new members Venom, Hawkeye (decked out in his movie-esque threads! I’m sure he’s just there to hit on Valkyrie), Captain Britain?!? and is that…Human Torch?! Or perhaps Toro?! Well, okay then. I’m game, man. Especially that I know my other old-school fave, Arthur Adams will be lending his talents to this comic book! I’m a happy, happy boy.
(I believe the term is giggity giggity goo.)
Well, that was FPB for this week!! Stay tuned for next week where I have another Blood Pack, begin my Marvel Movie Revisited and more goodies…I may even marry a Kardashian for a few days. It all depends on if I can get a Kardashian to wear a Green Lantern costume. (I might as well get my Kardashian marriage joke in…)
Til then, if ya gonna bleed, BLEED COMICS! Take care!
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