Posted on: December 16th, 2011 INTERVIEW: Nathan Edmondson Talks ‘The Activity’

Interviewed by Curt Pires. Read the advanced review of THE ACTIVITY #1 here.

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Thanks for taking the time to talk to me today Nathan. First off lets talk about your brand new book that hits the shelves December 21st . THE ACTIVITY. What was the inception of the project ? How did this concept enter your idea space? Having read the first issue, this strikes me as sort of a niche of comic, and style of story telling that isn’t really touched on much: Espionage comics.

First off, for the most part, THE ACTIVITY is not an espionage book. There will be issues that are espionage-like, but on the whole it is an action thriller in the vein of MODERN WARFARE, with some MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE in there. The idea came from reading about the real group INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT ACTIVITY, and realizing that there was nothing like this book–a grounded, realistic action/team/military thriller out there in comics (and has never really been).

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Posted on: December 16th, 2011 ADVANCED REVIEW: THE ACTIVITY #1

the-activity-1The Activity #1 (MR)
story NATHAN EDMONDSON, art / cover MITCH GERADS

Price:
$3.50
Diamond ID:
OCT110438
On Sale:
December 21, 2011

[Review by Curt Pires] The evolution of global warfare necessitates the evolution of special forces to rise and meet the call. The U.S Army has therefore looked to its last secret special operations tribe, the INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT ACTIVITY, or Gray Fox. Within Gray Fox is a team of elite men and women whose mission is flexible, whose technology is bleeding edge, and whose execution is precise and lethal. They are Team Omaha, and they serve THE ACTIVITY. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on: December 16th, 2011 Critiques from the Asylum: Entitlement, Schmentitlement

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Hola Lords and Ladies! Byron’s back from the underground with a new editorial for your eye-tubes. Let me preface by saying I love being a nerd, I love nerddom and nearly all facets of this wonderful culture we live in……..(smiley face falls away in 3..2………1)

THAT BEING SAID, there’s a growing problem I’ve been seeing not only on forums, but at a lot of the conventions I’ve been to over the past couple of years. This problem has been festering in the darker corners of fandom and its spreading like a cancer throughout fandom as a whole and that is this growing sense of nerd entitlement that is acting like a festering wound that needs to be treated and healed. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on: October 3rd, 2011 DC’s New 52: Week 4 REVIEWED!

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Well folks, that’s a wrap on the first wave of DC re-launch titles. Read on for our thoughts; what to pick up, what to celebrate, or even what ain’t so good, Al. As always, these are only our opinions. But we’re also always right, don’t forget that. Kidding. No we’re not.

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Posted on: September 25th, 2011 DC’s New 52: Week 3 REVIEWED!

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We’re week three into the re-launch already. How are you all feeling? Tired yet? I don’t know about you, but my eyeballs have abs already. Here’s the run-down on the latest batch of re-launch titles:

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Batman #1

20086_180x270Scott Synder writes an amazing Batman book. He’s been doing it for a little while now between Detective and Gates of Gotham. This issue is simply a continuation of his high standards. For those of you that haven’t been keeping up with the Bat, here’s where we stand: Bruce is Batman again. His biological son, Damian, is his Robin. Dick is Nightwing. Tim is Red Robin. This issue sets the tone for Snyder’s Batman. You see the family dynamic between Bruce and the boys, get a look at how high-tech his operations are, truly grasp the romanticism that Bruce holds for Gotham, and towards the end you see where the story arc’s headed. It’s a beautiful book from its script to the art from Greg Capullo. I assure you that you’ll be glad you picked this one up. [Auburn] Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on: September 16th, 2011 DC’s New 52: Week 2 REVIEWED!

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So we’re half-way through the new 52. If you missed last weeks reviews of the first 13 titles, check that out here. enough of my yakkity-yak, let’s just get right into it. Auburn and I slaved and sweated many hours over these books to bring you only the most honest of reviews. Poor us.

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Posted on: September 10th, 2011 DC’s New 52: Week 1 REVIEWED! 13 Titles!

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When the news broke that DC was relaunching with 52 new #1’s in the month of September, Auburn and I agreed that we must read and review every single one. A feat not to be scoffed at. So we split the pile and went to work, with Auburn as punctual as ever and myself a little less so. But we did it. Thirteen first issues reviewed in three days, that’s not so bad considering you’re getting peace of mind for free, right? So without further ado, here’s the word on the first batch of DC’s relaunch titles, in alphabetical order. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on: June 24th, 2011 RIP Gene Colan

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The industry has lost a true legend, artist Gene Colan, at the age of 84.

Gene will be remembered for his amazing artwork, spanning decades and publisher. Notably, his covers for titles like Daredevil, Howard the Duck and Tales to Astonish among others, captured an unparalleled sense of action and excitement.

Gene was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.

Rich Lovatt has posted a great collection of 50 amazing Gene Colan covers. The don’t make ‘em like Gene did, that’s for sure.

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Posted on: June 22nd, 2011 New Mini Takes The Avengers To 1959

I’ve been sitting here for literally ten minutes trying to come up with some sort of title that worked in an Austin Powers joke. It’s impossible. That property has created a vacuum of comedy. It is now completely devoid of any humor. Shame on me for trying. Moving along…

Hot off the heels of this summer’s successful X-Men: First Class film, which was set in the swinging sixties, Marvel has announced a new mini-series that will take a new Avengers team to 1959. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on: June 22nd, 2011 This Year’s Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo the Best Yet

expo-logoNot often I go the route of personal blog-style content on here, but fuck it, I pay the bills so I’ll do as I see fit. This weekend marked my fourth year in attendance to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (held, naturally, in my hometown of Calgary), which I believe is now the second largest con in Canada only behind Toronto’s FanExpo in August. This year was different however, as instead of walking around from booth to booth (though there was still painfully a lot of that regardless), a fair amount of my time was spent behind one, promoting my comic series Terminals and helping my good friend and comic-partner Rove.

It’s safe to say that CCEE is now a convention to keep your schedule clear for, if you’re the globe-trotting convention type. Last year the con broke their attendance record with close to 20,000 over two days. This year the space tripled, a third day was added, and the place was steadily packed. Though the con is, as I overheard “a quarter the size of San Diego’s” the vibe from the creators and guests was that Calgary is now a legit convention scene. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on: June 5th, 2011 INTERVIEW: Doug Kline, Author of ‘The Unauthorized San Diego Comic-Con Survival Guide’

sdccsgcoverimage1For many of you (myself included), this July will mark your first visit to the San Diego Comic-Con. As exciting as this is, it’s not unreasonable to find yourself nervous about what to expect. We’ve all heard how overwhelming the event, which draws over 120,000 passionate fans through it’s doors, can be. It’s no mystery either, just how jam-packed the con is, making it imperative to maximize one’s time and efforts, getting the most out of the experience. When I started my preparation for this year’s Comic-Con, an event I’ve dreamed of attending for years, I found a resource that will prove to be absolutely invaluable to SDCC first-timers and returning guests alike.

Doug Kline is the author of The Unauthorized San Diego Comic-Con Survival Guide, and he knows what he’s talking about. The book is the perfect go-to tool  for anyone attending the con, covering everything from how to handle the massive lines and keeping yourself alive amidst the chaos, to navigating around the neighboring hot-spots and increasing your chances of getting into that must-see panel or meeting that mega-superstar. I’ve read the book twice now, I’ll probably read it again before the convention, and I’ll probably have it on me when I’m through those doors in San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on: June 2nd, 2011 REBOOTED! DC Talks Print & Digital Price Points

dcpricepadWe’re still going on the DC reboot. We’ll be at it for a while too, at least until September, when all fifty-two relaunched titles hit (that’s right… fifty-fucking-two titles in one month).

DC took to their blog, The Source, this time to talk cheddar. Swiss, if you catch my sniff. Dinero. I’m talking that fabulous moolah, and not the female wrestler. No, I mean price point – something that retailers have to be thinking hard about after DC announced that their entire catalogue will be going digital the same day as release. While DC is only talking about the first relaunch title, Justice League, I think it’s safe to assume that the same model can be adapted moving forward.

Justice League will hit stores in print for $3.99. It will also hit the digital store for that same price. For $4.99, you can purchase a special poly-bagged bundle which includes the print version and a redemption code for a free digital download of the issue, giving you both options. I know what you’re thinking, $3.99 for a digital download? What’s the deal? Well, after four weeks, the price of digital downloads – for Justice League – will drop a dollar cheaper to $1.99 (double-sized issues to $2.99 – and#1 is a double-sized). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on: June 2nd, 2011 DC Announces Major Reboot Titles & Creative Teams

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Black is white. Up is down. Dogs and cats living together. DC is rebooting. Phew. What a week. If you aren’t picking up what I’m putting down, get caught up with yesterday’s article.

DC’s cutting through the speculation and rumors rather quickly, announcing today some of the major titles and creative teams that will handle them. This is only the tip of the ice-berg, as we’ll be seeing fifty-two relaunched or new titles in total, so expect more updates in the coming weeks. These teams/titles look awesome and I am even more excited for this change-up. I’ll be buying every title (at least the first), so well done on getting my money for now, DC. Well done indeed.

So, straight from the Source – and with cover art! – coming this September we will see: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on: June 1st, 2011 No Joke: DC To Reboot Entire Universe This September

300px-DC_Comics_logo.svgThat ain’t a typo in the headline, you’re reading it right. Yesterday, DC announced – to a collective ‘WTF’ from most of the internet – that beginning August 31, fifty-two of their titles will be completely relaunched from scratch. The baffling move will come hot off the climax of Flashpoint, the current big DC event series.

But what does that mean, exactly? Honestly, I still haven’t  the foggiest, but it seems like the change is as profound as it seems. From what I’ve read here and there online, most current on-goings will come to an “end”, and major characters will be rebooted ala Marvel’s Ultimates style, though in this case I don’t think they’re being treated as alternate entities; there aren’t going to be two different Batman continuities, or two different Supermans… or is there? Fuck, this is confusing.So, each title will relaunch with a new issue #1, and possibly new costumes and origins. The first of the titles to begin anew will be JLA (bringing together the creative team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, the brains behind this whole thing), and will extend as far as Action Comics and Detective Comics. Still with me? This doesn’t make much sense, but basically DC is doing a universe-wide do-over. At least until Crisis on Infinite Earths II six years from now, when everything will revert to the way it was again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on: May 27th, 2011 REVIEW: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray’s THE TATTERED MAN

prv8759_covThe last year has had me paying real close attention to Image and what they’re putting out. When I found out about The Tattered Man – a double-sized one-shot from writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray – I knew the risk was minimal, and potential great. Once I reached the last page, I was glad I had stayed up reading until 1am on a work night.

The biggest hurdle The Tattered Man faces at first glance is familiarity; the book has a definite dark, almost mystical air of Ghost Rider or Spawn. This immediately crashes down hard however, when we’re taken to Auschwitz, among the mass graves of the holocaust. It becomes very real and very disturbing. Palmiotti and Gray are pushing at the rawest nerve in humankind, and for a split second you almost become offended. Writing this took balls. The concept is very small – not a negative, in fact quite the opposite – so I won’t risk ruining it for you with a general summary, but the idea is that out of the holocaust (figuratively and literally) came a spirit. A spirit made from all the suffering, all the rage and all the wrong. We move forward to present day, and the spirit becomes the Tattered Man (again, not saying how), a new entity of vengeance and retribution. Make no mistake, the book is dark, unapologetic and like I said before, ballsy. Read the rest of this entry »

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