Thursday, June 30, 2011

DC 52 Video Presentation

I just finished watching the New DC Comics Video Presentation with Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Grant Morrison, Bob Harras And Eddie Berganzaon at and I must say that it is an easy way to look at the September solicitations and listen to the DC executives pump up this massive Relaunch/Reboot/Ultimate whatever that is going to sweep the DC Universe in a few months. One thing I have a question about it is the fact that Dan Didio says that there are 52 new writers? There aren't 52 new writers. Most of the writers on these books are familiar to the DC titles and some are working on multiple books. So, how can you advertise 52 new writers? Nothing new in this video so you can skip it if you like, but I would watch it just to see Didio make a fool of himself when he says "52 great artists. 52 great writers. I just can't wait for everybody to see it," when there aren't. I am becoming a very negative comic book reader and I'm not sure if I like it...

Already Burnt Out On #1's?...I am!

This year has seen numerous number one relaunches and these are only going to increase in the coming months. I'm burnt out already. Looking through Previews this month at the DC solicitations for September I can honestly say that 2011 feels like the year of the number one. Fifty-Two number ones are hitting comic book shelves and book stores just from DC alone, and Marvel is renumbering and relaunching Uncanny X-men and Captain America to name a few. I believe this would constitute an overload of number ones.

I'm not completely behind DC's Relaunch/Reboot/Ultimate whatever because of the renumbering of Action and Detective Comics, and Marvel's renumbering of Uncanny X-Men. Why would you renumber two comic books that have been coming out since the late 1930's in the case of Detective and Action, and the only title in the 616 universe that has never to be renumbered. Oh wait, I know the answer to this question; to make more money. DC is taking a huge chance here and I actually hope it blows up in their faces and Marvel, well Marvel is like a rat with nicotine; they know it's bad but they do it anyway. Renumbering is a stupid way to increase comic sales for a very short period of time (see Marvel sales charts for a great example of this). All we can do is wait right now and be buried under the pile of number ones coming out from DC and Marvel.

A little math here (I know most people hate math), if you were to pay cover price for just the 52 of DC's number ones coming out in September (not including tax) you would be dishing out $156.48 to try them all out. If you kept up this practice for 1 year you would have dished out a minimum of &1,877.76 to follow only the 52 titles DC is pumping out in this Relaunch/Reboot/Ultimate whatever. If you live in the lovely broke state of California you will have to dished out almost $2,042.06 (based on an average sales tax rate of 8.75%). I understand that DC is still drawing the line at $2.99, but still 52 titles. Fuck!

The only thing we can do now is wait and see were these Relaunch/Reboot/Ultimate whatevers take DC and Marvel while we open our wallets to try and enjoy the characters we have loved for years. I think that's why I cut the DC 52 list down to 36 and I'm always ready to drop a book that sucks. Marvel knows this more than DC, but that may change in the coming months. Is there a pill for this #1 overload?

DC Solicitations I'm Pulling in September

The current issue of Previews came out this week and it has all the solicitations for DC's Relaunch/Reboot/Ultimate whatever and so I thought I would give a list of the titles I will be pulling this September:

01. Justice League
02. Justice League International
03. Aquaman
04. Wonder Woman
05. The Flash
06. Captain Atom
07. The Fury of Firestorm
08. Green Arrow
09. The Savage Hawkman
10. DC Universe Presents
11. Action Comics
12. Superman
13. Batman
14. Detective Comics
15. Batman: The Dark Knight
16. Batman and Robin
17. Batgirl
18. Batwoman
19. Catwoman
20. Green Lantern
21. Green Lantern Corps
22. Green Lantern: New Guardians
23. Red Lanterns
24. Justice League Dark
25. Swamp Thing
26. Animal Man
27. Resurrection Man
28. Stormwatch
29. Voodoo
30. Grifter
31. Deathstroke
32. Suicide Squad
33. Blackhawks
34. All-Star Western
35. Legion of Super-Heroes
36. Legion Lost

Out of the 52 titles being released at #1 I'm picking up 36 of them. Oh and I'm going to be picking up the 53rd title being released which is Batman Incorporated so, put me down for 37 titles out of 53. Most of them I will keep reading and hopefully enjoy, but there are going to be numerous titles that are going to be on the chopping block for me.

I'm still not sure about this whole Relaunch/Reboot/Ultimate whatever DC is doing, but I am willing to give it a shot. Of course I'm still disappointed in DC's renumbering of the two longest running titles in the history of comics: Action Comics and Detective Comics. One question is floating around in my head right now about that...What moron decided this was a good thing?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Conspirator Brock's Pull List for 6/29/11

For all of the curious people out there wondering what I like to read week to week here is a list of the titles I am going to be picking up for the week of 6/29/11:

01. Amazing Spider-Man #664 Marvel
02. American Vampire # 16 Vertigo
03. Batman Incorporated #7 DC
04. Batman: Arkham City #3 of 5 DC
05. Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness #2 Dynamite
06. Detective Comics #878 DC
07. Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket #1 DC
08. Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries #1 DC
09. Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1 of 3 DC
10. Flashpoint: Project Superman #1 of 3 DC
11. Gotham City Sirens #24 DC
12. Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #11 DC
13. Green Lantern: Movie Prequel - Hal Jordan #1 DC
14. Super Dinosaur #3 DC
15. Uncanny X-Men #539 DC
16. X-Men: Prelude to Schism #4 of 4 DC

More Flashpoint titles this week and don't forget the buttons! Overall this week's books don't jump out at me and I think I may be starting to feel the looming DC whatever starting to effect the DC titles out now. Filler issues and waiting is all we can look forward to even though we have the Flashpoint stuff to read I still feel as if there is too much and the stuff coming out isn't all great. Marvel is not making waves on my pull list either. Fear Itself was a bomb, the Road to Spider Island has been taking so long I don't really even care anymore, Captain America is getting relaunched with a number one again, and Schism for X-Men is just an excuse to relaunch Uncanny at a number one and god knows what else. I think before the year is out I'm going to get a headache with the amount of number ones that are coming out this year.

As usual I'll be talking comics on The Comic Conspiracy, and on the Geekbox Forums. Now get out there and enjoy some good old fashioned comic book reading.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Superman Reading List

Superman is an icon the world over so there are many comics that feature the "Man of Steel". When I started this reading list I was only really looking to organize the last Superman story that ended with War of the Supermen, but as I did my research I found that there are many more collected Superman stories that can be read in order. So, after a week of work I have compiled this Superman Reading List for those who want to dive into the Superman comic books.

These first few titles are various stories about or feature Superman that can be read at any time and in no particular order (although they are listed in chronological order here):

Crisis on Infinite Earths
Millennium (can be read in between Superman: The Man of Steel – Volume 6 and The World of Krypton)
For All Seasons
All Star Superman Collected Edition [On Sale October 5, 2011]
Red Son
Earth One

Below is a long list of Superman story arcs that start from the Superman re-numbering in the 80's. A lot of the Superman books: Adventures of Superman, Action Comics, The Man of Steel and the regular Superman series crossed over with one another so I have included with each trade the issues contained within them.

Superman: The Man of Steel – Volume 1
(The Man Of Steel 1-6)

Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
(Superman 423, Action Comics 583, "For the Man Who Has Everything" from Action Annual 11 and DC Comics Presents 85)

Superman: The Man of Steel – Volume 2
(Superman [v2] 1-3, Action Comics 585-587 and Adventures of Superman 424-426)

Superman: The Man of Steel – Volume 3
(Superman [v2] 4-6, Action Comics587-589, and Adventures of Superman 427-429)

Superman: The Man of Steel – Volume 4
(Superman [v2] 7-8, Action Comics 590-591, Adventures of Superman 430-431, and Legion of Super-Heroes 37-38)

Superman: The Man of Steel – Volume 5
(Superman [v2] 9-10, Action Comics 592-593, and Adventures of Superman 432-435)

Superman: The Man of Steel – Volume 6
(Superman [v2] 12, Annual 1, Action Comics 594-595, Annual 1, Adventures of Superman Annual 1, and Booster Gold 23)


The World of Krypton
(Man of Steel 1, Superman 233, 236, 238, 240, 248, 257, 266-267, and 375, The Superman Family 182, and World of Krypton 1-4)

(Superman [v2] 28-30 and 32-33, Adventures of Superman 451-456, Action Comics Annual 2, and Action Comics 643)

(Action Comics 651-652, Adventures of Superman 464-465, and Superman [v2] 41-42)

Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
(Superman [v2] 9, 11, Superman Annual 1, Action Comics 600 and 655, Adventures of Superman 445, 462 and 466, and Man of Steel 2)

Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite
(Superman [v2] 49-50, Action Comics 659-660, Adventures of Superman 472-473, and Starman 28)

Time and Time Again
(Adventures of Superman 476-478, Action Comics 663, 664, five pages from 665, and Superman [v2] 54-55, 61, and 73)

Panic in the Sky!
(Action Comics 674-675, The Man of Steel 9-10, Superman [v2] 65-66, and Adventures of Superman 488-489)

They Saved Luthor’s Brain!
(Man of Steel 4, Superman [v2] 2, 19, 21, and Action Comics 600, 668, 670-673, and 676-678)

The Death of Superman

The Death of Superman
(Action Comics 684, Adventures of Superman 497, Justice League of America 69, Superman [v2] 74-75, Superman: The Man of Steel 18-19, and one page each from Action Comics 683, Adventures of Superman 496, Superman 73, and Superman: The Man of Steel 17)

World Without A Superman
(Adventures of Superman 498-500, Action Comics 685-686, Superman: The Legacy of Superman 1 and 4, Superman: The Man of Steel 20-21, and Superman [v2] 76-77)

The Return of Superman
(Action Comics 687-691, Superman: The Man of Steel 22-26, Superman [v2] 78-82, Adventures of Superman 500-505 and Green Lantern 46)

Bizarro’s World
(Superman [v2] 87-88, Adventures of Superman 510, Action Comics 697 and Superman: The Man of Steel 32)

The Death of Clark Kent
(Adventures of Superman 523-525, Action Comics 709-711, Superman [v2] 99-102 and Superman: The Man of Steel 43-46)

The Trial of Superman
(Action Comics 716-717, Adventures of Superman 529-531, Superman [v2] 106-108, Superman: The Man of Steel 50-52 and Superman: The Man of Tomorrow 3)

Superman vs. the Revenge Squad
(Adventures of Superman 539, 542, 543, Action Comics 726, 730, Superman: The Man of Steel 61, 65 and Superman: Man of Tomorrow 7)

The Wedding and Beyond
(Superman [v2] 118, Superman: The Wedding Album 1, Adventures of Superman 541, Action Comics 728 and Superman: The Man of Steel 63)

(Action Comics 729, 732, Adventures of Superman 542, 545, Superman [v2] 119, 122-123 and Superman: The Man of Steel 64, 67)

No Limits
(Action Comics 760-761, Adventures of Superman 574, Superman [v2] 151-153 and Superman: The Man of Steel 95-97)

(Superman Y2K, Superman [v2] 154, Adventures of Superman 576, Superman: The Man of Steel 98 and Action Comics 763)

Superman vs. Brainiac
(Action Comics 242, 489-491, 544, 649 and 763, Superman [v2] 167, Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #17, Adventures of Superman #438 and Superman: Metropolis Secret Files 1)

Till Death Do Us Part
(Superman [v2] 155-157, Adventures of Superman 577-578, Superman: The Man of Steel 99-100, and Action Comics 764-765)

Critical Condition
(Adventures of Superman 579 and 580, Superman: The Man of Steel 101 and 102, Action Comics 766 and 767, Superman [v2] 158, and the lead story from Superman: Metropolis Secret Files 1.)

Emperor Joker
(Superman [v2] 160-161, Adventures of Superman 582-583, Superman: The Man of Steel 104-105, Action Comics 769-770 and Superman: Emperor Joker 1)

President Lex
(Adventures of Superman 581, President Luthor Sectert Files, Superman: Lex 2000, Superman [v2] 162-165, Superman: Man of Steel 108-110, and Action Comics 773)

Our Worlds At War Complete Edition

Return to Krypton
(Superman [v2] 166-167 and 184, Action Comics 776 and 793, Adventures of Superman 589 and 606, and Superman: Man of Steel 111 and 128)

Ending Battle
(Superman [v2] 185-186, Adventures of Superman 608-609, Superman: The Man of Steel 130-131 and Action Comics 795-796)

(Action Comics 812-813, Adventures of Superman 625-626 and Superman [v2] 202-203)

The Wrath of Gog
(Action Comics 814-819 and backups from 812-813)

Unconventional Warfare
(Adventures of Superman 625-632 and Superman Secret Files 2004)

In the Name of Gog
(Action Comics 820-825)

That Healing Touch
(Adventures of Superman 633-638 and the lead story from Superman Secret Files 2004)

For Tomorrow Vol. 1
(Superman [v2] 204-209)
For Tomorrow Vol. 2
(Superman [v2] 210-215)

(Superman [v2] 218-220, Adventures of Superman 642-643, Action Comics 829 and Wonder Woman 219-220)

Ruin Revealed
(Adventures of Superman 640-641 and 644-647)

The Journey
(Superman [v2] 217 and 221-225)

Strange Attractors
(Action Comics 827-828 and 830-835)

Infinite Crisis

Infinite Crisis

Superman - Infinite Crisis
(Superman [v2] 226, Action Comics 836, Adventures of Superman 649 and stories from Infinite Crisis Secret Files 2006)

Up, Up and Away
(Superman 650-653 and Action Comics 837-840)

Back In Action
(Action Comics 841-843 and DC Comics Presents 4,17 and 24)

Last Son
(Action Comics 844-846, 851 and Annual 11)

Camelot Falls Vol. 1
(Superman 654-658)
Camelot Falls Vol. 2
(Superman 662-664, 667-668, Annual 13)

(Superman 659 and 666, and Action Comics 848-849)

3-2-1 Action
(Superman 665, Action Comics 852-854 and Legends of the DC Universe 14)

The Third Kryptonian
(Superman 668-670 and Action Comics 847, plus the backup story from Superman Annual 13)

Escape From Bizarro World
(Action Comics 855-857, Superman 140, DC Comics Presents 71 and Man Of Steel 5)

Superman and the Legion of Superheroes
(Action Comics 858-863)

Shadow’s Linger
(Superman 671-675)

The Coming of Atlas
(Superman 677-680 and First Issue Special 1)

(Action Comics 866-870)

New Krypton

New Krypton Vol. 1
(Superman New Krypton Special 1, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Special 1, Superman 681, Action Comics 871 and Adventure Comics Special Featuring The Guardian 1)

New Krypton Vol. 2
(Superman 682 and 683, Action Comics 872 and 873, and Supergirl 35 and 36)

Mon-El Vol. 1
(Superman 684-690, and Action Comics 874 and Annual 10)

Supergirl Vol. 6 - Who is Superwoman?
(Supergirl 34 and 37-42)

New Krypton Vol. 3
(Superman: World of New Krypton 1-5 and Action Comics Annual 10)

Nightwing and Flamebird Vol. 1
(Action Comics 875-879 and Action Comics Annual 12)

Supergirl Vol. 7 - Friends and Fugitives
(Supergirl 43 and 45-47, Action Comics 881-882, and Superman Secret Files 2009 1)

Codename Patriot
(Supergman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Special 2, Superman 691, Supergirl 44, Action Comics 880 and Superman: World Of New Krypton 6)

New Krypton Vol. 4
(Superman: World of New Krypton 6-12)

Mon-El Vol. 2 - Man Of Valor
(Superman 692-697, Annual 14, Superman Secret Files 2009 1 and Adventure Comics 11)

Nightwing and Flamebird Vol. 2
(Action Comics 883-889, Superman 696 and stories from Adventure Comics 8-10)
Supergirl Vol. 8 - Death and the Family (Supergirl 48-50 and Supergirl Annual 1)

Last Stand of New Krypton

Last Stand of New Krypton Vol. 1
(Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton 1-2, Adventure Comics 8-9, Superman 698 and Supergirl 51)

The Last Stand of New Krypton Vol. 2
(Superman: The Last Stand of New Krypton #3, Adventure Comics #10-11, Supergirl #52 and Superman #699)

War of the Supermen

War of the Supermen
(Superman: War of the Supermen #0-4 and a page from Superman #700)

The Black Ring (Action Comics 890-895)

Now that your brain is filled way too many Superman titles you should be ready to read, but if you are too overwhelmed by this then start by reading any of the story arcs in the stand alone list or any that have a bolded title they are good jumping on points. Now that you have a long list of books to read on Superman you better get to it. Enjoy.

Comics Conspiracy is a great place to order comics by the way.

(I will update this as more trades are released so check back for updates.)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Green Lantern Movie Breakdown

"The ring turns thought into reality. The only limits are what you can imagine."

The Green Lantern movie was a reality for many fans, but it seriously lacked imagination. In my thorough review of the movie on The Comic Conspiracy: Episode 13 I give the movie a 30%, which is an F beyond belief. Why would I give a movie I was looking so forward to such an abysmal rating (only 4% above Rotten Tomatoes), because it was a shit movie.

The film completely lacked imagination throughout when it came to giving the audience a good film with a great cast, a solid script and eye catching special effects. The special effects were good, but were limited by the imagination of the studio. The acting seemed restricted: Ryan Reynolds came off as a guy suffering from huge brain farts, Blake Lively was a great card board cutout (you clearly saw this in the 3D version), Peter Sarsgaard did a great job when he wasn't screaming in pain, and Mark Strong nailed the look of Sinestro, but didn't have enough screen time or character development to give us the true Sinestro. The only two solid performances in this movie came from the voice acting of Michael Clarke Duncan (Kilowog) and Geoffrey Rush (Tomar-Re)! The most horrific thing about this film is the fact that it was written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, and Michael Goldenberg. Four guys wrote this steaming pile of green shit and this is the best they could come up with; what a shame.

You could tell Green Lantern was a studio made film not a film directed by Martin Campbell who has some good movies in his portfolio. The film felt as if it was trying to be too many things at once; a kid's move, a summer blockbuster, an action film, a romance, a comedy, a drama, a sci-fi adventure, and all of these things made it a mess of intergalactic proportions. My recommendation is that you stream this film at home, skip all the stuff on Earth or imagine your own Green Lantern movie because there is no way it could be worse than this film.

Random Comic Pick - Episode 13

My random comic pick on The Comic Conspiracy: Episode 13 is Legion Lost by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (DnA), and penciled by Oliver Coipel and Pascal Alike. A nice hardcover version of this 12 issue mini-series just came out and I had been hearing from people that it was a really good Legion of Superheroes story. The fact that it was written by DnA had me hooked, because I have really enjoyed their work on the Marvel Space books (check out Marvel Cosmic Reading List for more). I haven't yet read this, but I am recommending it. Take a chance just like I did and pick up a copy of this story and give it a try. I'll post a more in depth review after I actually read it.

Comics Conspiracy is a great place to order comics by the way.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Conspirator Brock's Pull List for 6/22/11

For all of the curious people out there wondering what I like to read week to week here is a list of the titles I am going to be picking up for the week of 6/22/11:

01. Action Comics #902 DC
02. Batman and the Outsiders #40 DC
03. Batman: Gates of Gotham #2 of 5 DC
04. Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing #1 of 3 DC
05. Captain America #619 Marvel
06. DMZ #66 Vertigo
07. Fables #106 Vertigo
08. Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #1 of 3 DC
09. Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1 of 3 DC
10. Flashpoint: The Outsider #1 of 3 DC
11. Flashpoint: Reverse Flash #1 of 3 DC
12. New Mutants #26 Marvel
13. Superman #712 DC
14. X-Men Legacy #251 Marvel

I am so behind in my week to week reading, but I'm making sure to read the important stuff to have something to talk about on the forums and on the podcast. I must say though I am excited to read The Search for Swamp Thing, Gates of Gotham and the Flashpoint mini's. On the sadder note this week, it is the last issue for this run of Batman and the Outsiders my favorite "guilty pleasure" book. It will be missed, but I know it will be back; The Outsiders always find a way.
I will hopefully get caught up with my stack of single issue reading this week because my graphic novel stack is getting bigger and bigger too, but A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin is so good. So much to read and so little time.

As usual I'll be talking comics on The Comic Conspiracy, and on the Geekbox Forums. Now get out there and enjoy some good old fashioned comic book reading.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Captain America Reading List

Captain America has had a long history in Marvel Comics and is going to be coming to a theater near you in Captain America: The First Avenger. This reading list focuses on the current Ed Brubaker run which has been amazing, and you should be reading it because it is just a great read. This run has been collected in hardcover, softcover, and omnibus formats (the omnibus does double up on issue 25 it is in Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), so there are many ways to enjoy this run on Captain America.

Winter Soldier - Book One (Vol. 1)
Winter Soldier - Book Two (Vol. 2)
{Ultimate Collection (Vol. 1) - Winter Soldier - Book 1 & 2}

Red Menace - Book One (Vol. 3)
Red Menace - Book Two (Vol. 4)
{Ultimate Collection (Vol. 2) - Red Menace - Book 1 & 2}

Civil War (Vol. 5)
Captain America Omnibus (Vol. 1)

The Death of Captain America - Book 1: The Death of the Dream (Vol. 6)
The Death of Captain America - Book 2: The Burden of Dreams (Vol. 7)
The Death of Captain America - Book 3: The Man Who Bought America (Vol. 8)
The Death of Captain America Omnibus (Vol. 2)

The Man with No Face (Vol. 9)
Road to Reborn (Vol. 10)
Captain America Lives Omnibus (Vol. 3)

Two Americas (Vol. 11)
No Escape (Vol. 12)
Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier
The Trial of Captain America (Vol. 13)
Prisoner of War (Vol. 14)

This is definitely a good run of Captain America to get into, and it is one of the only Marvel books I actually pick up month to month (except for all the random Captain America mini's). Oh and Ryan Higgins loves this run too.

Comics Conspiracy is a great place to order comics by the way.

(I will update this as more trades are released so check back for updates.)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Star Wars Reading Order...Titles within Vector Arc

I am currently reading through these four Star Wars series: Knights of the Old Republic, Dark Times, Rebellion, and Legacy. I started with Legacy and found out that it crossed over with three other titles from different eras in the Star Wars universe. After some internet digging I have compiled the reading order for these titles. Below is the order in which these titles appear in the Vector story arc. So when you read through them just read up to the Vector trade and then move on. When you are done with all four up until Vector then you can read the two Vector trades. After Vector you can finish each title as you like.

(* - see Vector Trade Section)
BBY stands for years before the Battle of Yavin.
ABY stands for years after the Battle of Yavin.

Knights of the Old Republic:
[Old Galactic Republic Era a.k.a The Sith Era (5,000–1,000 BBY)]

Commencement - Vol. 1
Flashpoint - Vol. 2
Days of Fear, Nights of Anger - Vol. 3
Daze of Hate, Knights of Suffering - Vol. 4
(Vector: Volume 1*)
Vindication - Vol. 6
Dueling Ambitions - Vol. 7
Destroyer - Vol. 8
Demon - Vol. 9

Dark Times:
[Rise of the Empire Era (1,000–0 BBY)]

The Path to Nowhere - Vol. 1
Parallels - Vol. 2
(Vector: Volume 1*)
Blue Harvest - Vol. 4

[The Rebellion Era (0–5 ABY)]

My Brother, My Enemy - Vol. 1
The Ahakista Gambit - Vol. 2
Small Victories - Vol. 3
(Vector: Volume 2*)

[Legacy Era (40 ABY onwards)]

Broken - Vol. 1
Shards - Vol. 2
Claws of the Dragon - Vol. 3
Alliance - Vol. 4
The Hidden Temple - Vol. 5
(Vector: Volume 2*)
Storms - Vol. 7
Tatooine - Vol. 8
Monster - Vol. 9
Extremes - Vol. 10


Vol. 1
Knights of the Old Republic - Vol. 5
Dark Times - Vol. 3

Vol. 2
Rebellion - Vol. 4
Legacy - Vol. 6

I must say that I am enjoying this dive into Star Wars comics. I am just bummed that my trade wall will have a gap in it volume wise, but hey can't win them all. Hopefully this list helps and "May the Force be with you".

Comics Conspiracy is a great place to order comics by the way.

(I will update this if more trades are released that tie in with any of these series. So check back for updates.)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Green Lantern movie in 3D...Boring!

Green Lantern did not live up to the hype. I can't give this movie a thumbs up or a thumbs down. I will talk this to death with Ryan Higgins on the podcast so I'm going to keep this short. The movie overall was in one word...BORING! The 3D couldn't even do anything to enhance the film for me. I am going to go see it again in 2D with my girlfriend because I want her opinion on it before I discuss this at length on The Comic Conspiracy. As a hopeful fan of Green Lantern I am disappointed.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Green Lantern Tonight!

Going to watch Green Lantern at midnight! Only thing I'm worried about is watching it in 3D and the fact that from what I've heard from the internet is that it isn't what people expected. I will be my own judge thank you very much. Stay tuned for my review.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Conspirator Brock's Pull List for 6/15/11

For all of the curious people out there wondering what I like to read week to week here is a list of the titles I am going to be picking up for the week of 6/15/11:

01. Batman #711 DC
02. Cinderella: Fables are Forever #5 Vertigo
03. DC Universe Online: Legends #10 DC
04. Fear Itself: The Home Front #3 of 7 Marvel
05. Flashpoint: Deadman and The Flying Graysons #1 of 3 DC
06. Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1 DC
07. Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1 of 3 DC
08. Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 of 3 DC
09. Green Lantern: Movie Prequel - Abin Sur #1 DC
10. Legion of Super-Heroes #14 DC
11. Superman / Batman #85 DC
12. Uncanny X-Men #538 Marvel
13. Walking Dead (Vol. 14) - No Way Out [TPB] Image
14. X-Men #13 Marvel
15. X-Men: Prelude to Schism #3 of 4 Marvel

You should know by now what titles I am looking forward to and if you don't then you haven't been paying attention. This week I'm looking forward to Flashpoint, Fear Itself: Home Front, Legion of Super-Heroes and the Walking Dead trade. Of course this week is overshadowed by the fact that Green Lantern comes out on Friday. I am going to the midnight showing on Thursday, but due to the fact that Ryan Higgins doesn't like a certain movie theater complex around here I will be watching it in 3D. I hope I enjoy the film despite the fact that I might get a headache watching the film. Damn you Higgins! Of course I'll watch it again, but it will be in 2D. So, get out there and read some comics and go watch Green lantern this weekend!

As usual I'll be talking comics on The Comic Conspiracy, and on the Geekbox Forums. Now get out there and enjoy some good old fashioned comic book reading.

Green Lantern movie...almost here...

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power... Green Lantern's light!

Tomorrow night I will be sitting in a dark theater, wearing 3D glasses, ready to experience the Green Lantern movie. I can't wait...kinda. I didn't want to watch Green Lantern in 3D, but if I'm going to be one of the first to go see it I'll need to just suck it up and deal with the headache I'm going to get. Oh well, I already know I'll be seeing the film again so it doesn't really matter. I will however be able to tell you which version is better; the 2D version. I can't be so negative to 3D though. Need to keep an open mind about getting a headache during my movie going is so hard to do this. Anyway, I am excited to see the green on the big screen and I am sure that this movie will be a hit (except with all the internet haters and Marvel crazed fan boys).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Random Comic Pick - Episode 12

My random comic pick on The Comic Conspiracy: Episode 12 is Superman / Batman: The Search for Kryptonite written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson with art by Shane Davis. There is kryptonite scattered all over the Earth and Superman wants it all destroyed. Batman agrees to help and the two embark on a journey that reveals how the different colors of kryptonite affect our favorite Kryptonian. I really enjoyed this story arc and I think you will too. So, get down to your local comic book store and snag a copy of this trade and you will find out what makes Superman "highly unstable".

Comics Conspiracy is a great place to order comics by the way.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Conspirator Brock's Pull List for 6/8/11

For all of the curious people out there wondering what I like to read week to week here is a list of the titles I am going to be picking up for the week of 6/8/11:

01. American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #1 of 5 Vertigo
02. Annihilators #4 of 4 Marvel
03. Batman and Robin #24 DC
04. Batman: Arkham City #2 of 5 DC
05. Booster Gold #45 DC
06. Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1 of 3 DC
07. Flashpoint: Deathsroke and the Curse of The Ravager #1 of 3 DC
08. Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1 of 3 DC
09. Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1 of 3 DC
10. Green Lantern: Movie Prequel - Kilowog #1 DC
11. Green Lantern: Movie Prequel - Tomar-Re #1 DC
12. The Stand: No Man's Land #5 of 5 Marvel
13. The Unwritten #26 Vertigo
14. X-Men Legacy #250 Marvel

You are probably getting tired of me talking about Flashpoint, Green Lantern and DC in general then go ahead and skip this next part. If you haven't been reading Flashpoint you should because it is really good. I'm also looking forward to Booster Gold this week and the Green Lantern: Movie Prequel one-shots. So much to read (considering I'm about two weeks behind), but I'm going to sit in a chair and get caught up if I can get Brody to sleep for an extended period of time. Wish me luck.

As usual I'll be talking comics on The Comic Conspiracy, and on the Geekbox Forums. Now get out there and enjoy some good old fashioned comic book reading.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Random Comic Pick - Episode 11

My random comic pick on The Comic Conspiracy: Episode 11 is Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and illustrated by George Pérez. I read this a few years ago when I first got back into comics and it was an amazing read. The story takes all of the multiverses in the DC Universe and removes them from the DC continuity. It is an epic event that has many lasting effects on the DC Universe. Ryan Higgins and I both believe that the big DC announcement from last week has something to do with the DC Universe around Crisis on Infinite Earths. I suggest this to anyone who wants a great story, and if the DC Universe jumps back to this time period; then I can't wait to read DC comics this September.

Comics Conspiracy is a great place to order comics by the way.

Friday, June 3, 2011

X-Men: First Class...Must See!

Calli and I went to see X-Men: First Class this morning and it was amazing. Calli enjoyed it, and said that she now understood the first three films better now. I asked her how she felt about this movie compared to Thor and she said she couldn't compare them because one was about on character and the other was a team film. Two different types of movies to her. I was pleasantly surprised overall, and actually left the theater wanting to see it again. For me this is the best X-Men movie. Filled with action and an actual story this prequel is well worth seeing. There are two cameos that you will really enjoy (no Stan Lee though), and you don't have to stay after the credits there isn't anything extra. Go check it out.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

DC Re-Boot in September

“The first rule about FLASHPOINT is, don’t talk about what comes after Flashpoint.” Easy for the Chief Creative Office of DC Geoff Johns to say. After the big announcements yesterday of a re-boot of all DC titles to new #1's of which there will be a total of 52 of them coming our way, not to mention changes to origins of major characters, 50 costume changes, and that DC will have Digital Day-and-Date comics. That is a big announcement and you don't want us to talk about it...that's not going to happen. So much was announced and the news keeps coming.

Here are some of the highlights that I gleamed from yesterday's announcements:

1) Justice League ongoing comic book by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee is set to be the only other title released the week of August 31st besides Flashpoint #5.

2) There are numerous new books coming out; Hawkman series by James Robinson and Philip Tan, Aquaman by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, and Firestorm to name a few.

3) There will be a shuffling of creative talent:
-Superman written by Grant Morrison.
-Birds of Prey will not be written by Gail Simone
-Teen Titans by "Red Robin" scribe Fabian Nicieza.

3) Deadman is set to be the main character in Adventure Comics.

4) There is something called Edge and Dark coming to DC Comics after Flashpoint...Sounds a lot like Marvel Edge and Dark Reign.

And announcements are still coming. So following this, “The first rule about FLASHPOINT is, don’t talk about what comes after Flashpoint,” is not going to happen (except for those who have signed a NDA).

Fans are already breaking this rule. Yesterday's announcements set the Twitter a fire, Facebook status updates a blaze, and forums threads loaded with fan boy reactions, questions, and outrages at this announcement. Higgins is a prime example of what some fans did yesterday. He was glued to his computer and phone talking wildly and smiling like a kid in a candy store. He was so over whelmed that he was tripping over his words and very excited all day; it was very entertaining to watch.

Needless to say that we will be definitely talking about this on The Comic Conspiracy: Episode 11.

Below are some of the articles about this big announcement:

Bleeding Cool

Re-Booting everything to #1
Johns and Lee JL
Deadman in Adventure Comics

DC The Source

Day-and-Date Digital Distribution

USA Today

DC Re-Invents

Conspirator Brock's Pull List for 6/1/11

For all of the curious people out there wondering what I like to read week to week here is a list of the titles I am going to be picking up for the week of 6/1/11:

01. Adventure Comics #527 DC
02. Amazing Spider-Man #663 Marvel
03. DC Universe Online: Legends #9 DC
04. Flashpoint #2 of 5 DC
05. Flashpoint: Abin Sur the Green Lantern #1 of 3 DC
06. Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #1 of 3 DC
07. Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1 of 3 DC
08. Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #1 of 3 DC
09. House of Mystery #38 Vertigo
10. Ozma of Oz #7 of 8 Marvel
11. Uncanny X-Force #11 Marvel
12. X-Men #12 Marvel

Flashpoint...I'm reading Flashpoint. I can't really talk about anything else. With the announcement that came Tuesday from DC there is so much to talk about I am going to have to wait till we record Friday to get it all out. I will leave you with this...pick up Flashpoint and read it!

As usual I'll be talking comics on The Comic Conspiracy, and on the Geekbox Forums. Now get out there and enjoy some good old fashioned comic book reading.