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If you haven't been following Tom Taylor's amazing zombie apocalypse story DCeased, I really urge you to come out from under your rocks, and just kind of dive in. This is some of the best stuff I have ever seen from DC. For a brief recap, the Anti-Life Equation essentially took over the world through Cyborg. Everyone looking at a screen was infected with the Anti-Life Equation. Throughout the course of the series, we've lost some of the greatest heroes in the DC Pantheon: Hal Jordan, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Nightwing, Robin, and a host of others. This brief recap absolutely does it no justice, and it is worth every second of reading. But what I am going to talk to you about today, hit me like a ton of bricks, and took me about a day to recover from before I could adequately write about it. As mentioned in the title, it is one of the spin-offs from the series called Dead Planet.
Superman has been an unstoppable force in popular culture and the imagination of people every where since June of 1938 when he took the world by storm. Written by Jerry Spiegel and Joel Schuster; two Jewish boys in New York, Superman dazzled the world with his feats of strength, speed, and invulnerability. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, more powerful than a locomotive, and faster than a speeding bullet; the Man of Steel quickly became the Man of Tomorrow. Not only that though, he became the lightning rod of a generation with his unshakable moral baseline, and his unending altruism, he showed us then and continues to show us, the great heights that humanity can get to by helping each other. But what happens when that unstoppable force collides with an immovable object? Enter the monster known as Doomsday. Out of all the trails and tribulations Superman faced as he evolved as a character, this was by far the most dangerous. Just how far would this monster, this Doomsday take Superman, and how far would he let himself be taken?
Starting with Black Mirror and The Gates of Gotham, Scott Snyder became synonymous with Batman since the dawn of the New 52, and the beginning of one of the greatest criminal organizations in the DC Universe: The Court of Owls. Through events such as the New 52, stories like Batman and The Signal, and countless others that he has collaborated on, Scott Snyder has etched himself a place on top of the Batman Writers Pantheon as one of the most prolific and sought after writers in comics today. Most writers by now I think, would kind of fade away into obscurity and move on to other projects and try to leave their mark somewhere else. But not Scott, while he is leaving Batman in the near future to work on more independent projects, he is going out in a blaze of glory with the epic Dark Knights Metal. Akin to Frank Miller's Batman Odyssey and, as long as Grant Morrison's; Scott's time on Batman has shed new light, and for me, a new love on one of the most recognized pulp superheroes of all time.
The premises with extreme potential brings disappointment. I expected a lot more from a France entry. Typically, a mixture of drama and brutal violence is handled well from the french, but this time it felt small, pointless and insignificant. Was the murderous creature even that bad and monsterish as depicted? The guy was just slightly ugly, too tall for his age and hairless, oh the fear! Although well crafted, much is left desired.
Starring Japan's on-screen favorite Tatsuya Fujiwara (best known for his roles in BATTLE ROYALE and DEATH NOTE the movie) as a mislead sociopath with supernatural powers. Thinking himself superior to the rest of ningen-kind, his world is flipped upside down when he finds someone capable of resisting his hypnotic powers and a battle to the death ensues. Satomi Ishihara stole hearts. However, the movie was a bit of a let down. The soundtrack was repetitive and grating. It started out a promising psychological thriller but quickly turned into a predictable bore.
Magnificent opus of gore splatter and violence, a gruesome plate of zombies with a side of soccer. GOAL stomps all its genres tropes dead. Charismatic, light on its feet and hilarious, all offered at a demonic pace. Awesome and truly entertaining. Here, the subject of darkness is handled with subtle grace and style. Bravo on this one France, bravo! Tip of the hat to you, OF THE DEAD was mesmerizing, don't miss it once distributed.
What happens when we the people give our governments too much control? What if every piece of information we received was watched, edited and tailored towards an agenda put forth by the controlling powers of our countries? Chanel Zero examines this issue and takes a look at life of a world through a government filter. This series is the perfect mix of graphic design, social commentary and engaging story telling. Even though this was Brian Wood’s first venture into indie comics it is completely compelling and enjoyable.
The Foot Soldiers is a story of what happens when all the worlds heroes are gone, who takes their place. How does the world operate without protection. In the world of comics one thing reigns true, the world needs heroes. This book is a retelling of a common trope where we see the birth of a new generation of heroes through the worlds need.
There are very few comics I get as excited about as I got when I read my copy of “Friends with Boys,” this comic has everything that I love in a comic. A story that is engaging and full of mystery and intrigue, relatable characters and Hicks’ charming art style.
Described as a ‘speculative memoir’, cartoonist Bob Fingerman’s From the Ashes predicts the future and makes the end of the world a hilarious satire. Set in the smouldering ruins of Manhattan after an unknown but not unexpected disaster, the story follows Bob and his wife Michelle. They journey through a post apocalyptic New York, encountering cannibal foodies, friendly neighborhood mutants and reproduction camps run by ‘Rile O’Biley’. Apocalyptic literature often takes itself way too seriously (read: The Road by Cormac McCarthy) but Fingerman’s cheeky satire is bang on the money.
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