Posted on: January 16th, 2012 ADVANCED REVIEW: Glory #23 by Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell

GLORY 23

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‘ONCE AND FUTURE,’ Part One

EXTREME’S ORIGINAL WARRIOR GODDESS RETURNS! After missing for almost a decade, Glory’s whereabouts are uncovered by a lone reporter, but the globe-spanning conspiracy keeping her hidden from humanity could make her return more dangerous than anyone ever anticipated! This first issue of an brand-new saga written by Eisner & Harvey-award winner JOE KEATINGE and illustrated by Wet Moon and Shadoweyes creator ROSS CAMPBELL sets up Glory’s future by expanding on her past in a way promising to shock long-time fans and excite all-new readers!

[Reviewed by Curt Pires] Glory tells the story of Gloriana Demeter.  A child of two worlds, she finds herself torn between her mother’s people and her father’s, who are at war.  If you’ve seen the few preview pages of the issue floating around you’ve no doubt been clued into this element of the story.

What you are probably not aware of  is the awesome direction that Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell take this story after these initial pages.  I don’t want to spoil this for any potential readers, but suffice to say : you are in for a treat.  The story takes a tone ,particularly in the second half of the issue that owes more to Stieg Larsons’ “ The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” than to any particular brand of the capes and tights variety.  Keatinge and Campbell manage to set up a mystery here that not only pulls the reader in,  but sets the stage for the foreseeable future.

In a manner not only do the creators serve to not only build up Glory as a character, and the extreme universe as a viable one, but they shatter the very notion of it only pages later.   This is a book that takes your expectations and your prejudices about what a Rob Liefield created character is, what an Extreme book is,  and forces you to toss them out the window in the best possible way.

On the writing side of things Joe Keatinge turns in a strong script , with solid pacing,  believable dialogue , and control over pacing that serves to draw the reader in and effectively convey the story.  This is a book that is definitely substantial in content, but never overwhelming. Simply put, you get your moneys worth of content.   As well as  being a great jumping on point for new readers the story  remains respectful and tuned into fans of the earlier run of this character, referencing the characters past stories , and also featuring a cameo by Extreme staple SUPREME.

Artistically, Ross Campbell delivers a refreshing take on the character of Glory and her world .  Ross actually has a really interesting European sensibility to his work that lovers of art will appreciate. Characters have distinct facial features, mass, and shape , which in an age of bodacious carbon copy women and steroid abusing hero’s  is much appreciated.

If the goal of The Extreme relaunch is (as Imagine it is) to bring in new readers , tell interesting stories that can stand on their own , and push creative boundaries, you can chalk this one in the win column.  Glory 23 is a fun ,meaty, read.  But more importantly a coming out party for the creative talents that are Keatinge and Campbell.

Writing 4.5 , Art 4

Glory 23  hits the shelves Febuary 15th 2012 for the price of 2.99. You can reserve a copy now by using this code : DEC110469 , at your local comic shop.

Curt Pires is a writer based out of Calgary Alberta Canada. When he isn’t contributing to da squid he can be found writing comics,  binge drinking coffee, maintaining his stache,  or watching COMMUNITY.  Connect with him on twitter : @CurtPires

Posted on: November 3rd, 2009 Wares, Wears & Werewolves: The Brilliant ‘Nakatomi Inc.’

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Part of living this life, this geeky, culture-centric existence, is collecting. Like the cro-magnon man before us, we hunt and gather and ultimately hoard (substitute furs and herbs with phasers and variant covers). As a collector of all things nerdy, and with a scrutinizing eye no less, very rarely is the find worth the chase; this is not the case with the beautiful product offered at my new favorite website Nakatomi Inc.

MermanwebNakatomi Inc (located at www.nakatomiinc.comnotice the double i’s) is a fairly new online hub for posters, prints, shirts and other accessories aimed at those with their fingers on the pulse or the arts and entertainment (though to be fair, anyone who can appreciate anything on a visual level will find plenty to awe over). Started in January of this year by founder Tim Doyle, Nakatomi Inc. has already gained a reputation for quality, accessibility and a massive overall rad-factor.

If you’re like me, you’re no stranger to ordering prints online – reproductions or original pieces based on sci-fi movies, or quirky actors, things like that. While the majority of these are frame worthy (plenty adorn my wall in expensive mounting), you can’t help but shake that they are reproductions. Just this week I got my hands on some prints from Nakatomi Inc. and I kid you not I was taken aback – hands down, these cats win best in show for quality and presentation, let alone the gorgeousness of the product itself. The paper quality, matched with the inks (every grain a blind-man’s dream), scream original; though most of these prints are in very limited number, you would honestly think that you were holding a piece valued at hundreds of dollars. For all intents and purposes, they should be hundreds of dollars, though almost all of the pieces for sale are less than $60.

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The designs themselves are amazing; though much of the subject material is based on or inspired by the nerdy with a retro flavor, the amount of talent in each piece is unfathomable. I’m having a couple prints framed next week, I guarantee you they will be the highlight of the room. Everything from My Little Pony to Planet of the Apes; nothing is sacred and everything is fodder for some of the most unique and accessible art you will find on the web today. You can even pick up some of your favorite gig posters, an area I find myself more and more interested in. Mr. Doyle’s own comic book, Amazing Adult Fantasy, can also be purchased through their store.

wolfboxHere’s where I’m really going to go “buck wild”… get it… bucks.. as in “money”… hello? The t-shirts. Who isn’t flat out nutso for a killer tee? My heart fluttered and my credit card shook (though their prices are more than reasonable) when I hit the t-shirt page. Classic monsters transform into vibrant chest-warmers, and get this: some of them are sent to you in an old-school VHS tape case (yes, it depresses me to reference VHS as “old-school”). Brilliant. Genius. En route to my back. SPOILER ALERT: You’re all getting one for Christmas this year.

Nakatomi Inc. must be on your ‘watch’ list and in your bookmarks if you have any semblance of awesome. Alongside artist/founder Tim Doyle you will find incredible work from artists such as Paul Pope, Jacob Borshard, Nick Derington and other amazing artists. Nakatomi Inc. also features a really innovative way to get their work out with the “Nakatomi Invitational” – once a month Nakatomi Inc. invites an artist to create an art print and t-shirt, limited to 100 pieces and only available for that month. Check out this month’s invitational from artist Guy Burwell.

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The Devil Dinosaur invades my cubicle!

 

Before I leave you to go and fill your cart, let me say this: I live in Calgary, AB, Canada, far from the aforementioned pulse. I don’t get cool screenings, there’s no real film/geek community, nor is there a “scene”. From the outside looking in, Austin, TX is the greatest place on earth. I’ve dreamed of visiting the world-famous Alamo Drafthouse theater (which coincidentally used to employ Tim, who also curated their equally world-famous merchandise) and setting up shop behind my laptop in this seemingly magical city, as many nerds before me have done. It is with these sentiments that I ask Mr. Doyle this very serious question:

Dear Tim, may I please have your life?

Head on over to www.nakatomiinc.com immediately. They also have a killer blog going on, The Stuff. Tim Doyle’s personal portfolio is also incredible.

Steve Zissou says ‘do it’.

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Posted on: October 3rd, 2009 SH*T THAT I WANT: Vol. 3

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Hey kids, here’s another volume of SH*T THAT I WANT coming at your face like buttered wind on the back of a ten-speed. I’ve scoured the internet for some pretty neat items that any of you can buy for me at any time. Let’s open up Daddy’s treasure trunk and see what’s inside…

Marvel VS. Capcom 2 Tournament Edition Arcade Fightstick

Try saying that three times fast, what a tongue-twister har har har…

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I’m not too much into video games (meaning, I enjoy them but am absolutely terrible at them) but I really did superhero fighting games, specifically the Marvel VS. Capcom ones. The game was recently re-released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, so Marvel and Capcom teamed up with peripheral manufacturers Mad Catz to bring you this bad-ass arcade joystick controller featuring some really nice artwork. It’s got lots of buttons and a big, colorful knob. Hehe.

The fightstick (not to be confused with the slapchop) will be available later this fall via GameStop stores and Capcom and Mad Catz online stores. I have no idea how much it will cost, most likely in the area of $500 knowing the video game market.

Star Wars Dagobah Frog Habitat

This is incredible. It’s essentially a little plastic aquarium thingy only it comes with an above-water Dagobah environment, complete with minature Yoda and his hut. It also has a picture backdrop of the swamp planet with Luke’s x-wing sticking out.

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You put your li’l froglings or tadpoles in there, and they live there! They can crawl around with Yoda or swim around underneath the water. This is amazing. Must buy.

Think Geek sells this for a measly $39.99 – it also comes with a mail-in for a free tadpole. They send you a tadpole. In the mail! No home office is complete without it.

Iron Man Arc Reactor Replica

Yes, it is only a replica, but you can own the very gift Ms. Pepper Potts gave to Tony Stark in the first Iron Man film – his first electromagnetic shrapnel stopper!

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The replica comes in a little clear cube, just like in the film, and is etched with the message “Proof that Tony Stark has a heart”. This thing is made from aluminum, stainless steel and molded plastic and it has light-up LCDs! This thing glows! The folks at Museum Replicas spared no expense on making this item just as it was in the movie.

It runs a little more expensive at $150, but it’s a small price to pay for such an awesome piece. Urban-Collector has it going for $119.99 at the moment…

The Dark Knight Batman Motorcycle Suit

This is entirely ridiculous. It’s a motorcycle suit, protective leathers and such, that looks almost identical to Batman’s suit from The Dark Knight.

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This company UD Replicas only made 1,000 of these suits comprised of spandex, molded leather and kevlar armor plating, gloves and boots; so in other words, exactly like the fucking bat-suit.

The whole set can be bought for $998 US, or you can buy the jacket, pants, gloves and boots separately. I honestly don’t know what I’d think if I saw this on the road, but I do know I want it for around the house.

Look at this thing in action in this video:

There you have it for another edition of SH*T THAT I WANT. As usual, if you have any items you think would be worthy of future installments, leave a comment and cross your fingers.

Happy spending.

Posted on: July 10th, 2009 Hot Toys MMSDX02 1/6th Scale Dark Knight Batman

We’ve got some new details on the next deluxe, or as I call them luxury, collectible from collectibles masters Hot Toys. A while ago we showcased the first in a deluxe line of Dark Knight figures from Hot Toys, the MMSDX01 The Joker.

This time, Batman is up for the Hot Toys treatment, with a beautiful, movie-accurate figure worthy of any collector’s cabinet.

The figure includes:

- Figure stands approximately 32cm tall.

- Two functional heads, one including light-up sonar eyes as seen in the film.

- Heads feature the Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) and translucent iris.

- Three interchangeable facial expressions.

- Fully detailed Batman suit.

- Accessories: the film’s sticky-bomb gun, grapling gun, backpack, holsters, mines, and two interchangeable utility belts.

- Three pairs of interchangeable hands.

- Figure comes with a deluxe LED light-up stand.

No specific release date for the figure has been released yet, but we can expect this pricey item to hit retailers sometime in first quarter 2010.

Check out the gallery below for some pretty incredibly product shots.

Posted on: June 11th, 2009 SH*T THAT I WANT: Vol. 2

Alright kids, it’s been a couple months and I’ve amassed a whole bunch of consumerables for the second edition of STIW. Here’s the best of the best, in quick and dirty rawdog style:

Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Blaster

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Jesus H. Christ, look at that thing. Nerf really hasn’t been cool since the crotch-bat really… until I came across this beast (almost quite literally), the N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Blaster. The EBF stands for Everyone’s Balls Fucked. I dunno. This is the T-101 of air powered sponge artillery. Some of its features: ammo box, folding tripod, 25-dart belt and 25 SONIC MICRO DARTS. What the hell is a sonic micro dart? I have no clue, but I need to find out. Retails for around $40.

And, according to the image below, you can fire it into another dude’s ass!

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Buy it online.

Mastodon Vans Shoes

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It is scientific fact that footwear could not be any more bad-ass than this. Unless you strapped hatchet-laden corpses to your feet, but that’s illegal and morally deplorable. So instead, Vans – the creators of the equally awesome Iron Maiden shoes (which I own) – stepped up and gave us the next best thing: shoes inspired by artwork from Mastodon’s Blood Mountain record. Though it would’ve been a wet dream to have shoes from Leviathan or even Crack The Skye, I can’t complain, these are fucking epic. Both version come in hi-top or low-top and I have no clue how much they retail for. I paid $30 for the Iron Maiden ones.

More info to come on the official site.

Creative Vado HD Pocket Video Cam

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I’ve been on the market for one of these sexy little pocket cams for a while now, and it seems that pretty much across the board the Creative Vado HD delivers boners to even the most fickle of tech-wieners. This palm-sized camera boasts an impressive 2 hours of recording/playback at 720p, a hefty 8GB of internal memory, a decent 2″ screen and a slide-out USB for pulling out, stuffing in, and unloading all the stuff you’ve just accumulated. That’s what she said.

It doesn’t hurt that the footage this baby captures is really damn amazing from such a compact machine. Better yet is that it retails for less than $230. Check out the official site.

Watchmen Blu-Ray ‘Owlship’ Collector’s Edition

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It’s exciting enough just having Watchmen on DVD and Blu-Ray so soon (July 21), but this gave me a big nerdy one… the Amazon.com exclusive Owlship collector’s set. This bad boy can only be purchased online. Just look at that. What a beaut. The set includes the  special edition 2-disc blu-ray of the film, lame-ass digital copy which no one will use, and a ridiculously awesome miniature Owlship replica that holds the discs and has lights and sounds. The only thing that would make this better is if it had the technology to blow me while I watch the film. But then again, that could be distracting.

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So again, this is an Amazon.com exclusive – pre-order it for $83.99 right now.

Sony 400-disc BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray Mega Changer

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This is one of those things that I really want, but will never, ever own. It’s fairly simple in technology, a juke-box for the future, if you will, that stores all of your DVD discs and then you use the remote in your 500 pound, Cheeto-dust smothered hand, to select the movie you want and it cues it up for you. Because five feet really is that far. Regardless of its complete lack of practicality, it is pretty damn cool. And Sony’s gearing up to launch this mega changer that will hold 400 Blu-Ray discs. Are there even 400 Blu-Ray’s available? Oof. I’m so balls deep in Blu-Ray right now. I want this. It will no doubt retail for $1,000,000 and the only people who will have it are Larry Flynt looking oil tycoons obsessed with Indecent Proposal and Dirty Dancing in 1080p.

Check out Engadget’s piece on the 400 disc calorie saver here.

Well that wraps up another volume of SH*T THAT I WANT. If you have any ideas for items for future volumes, or just foudn some really bad-ass stuff that you want, let us know.

Remember, money ain’t no good to a dead man.

Posted on: March 22nd, 2009 SH*T THAT I WANT: Vol. 1

Alright kids, welcome to the inaugural edition of SH*T THAT I WANT, a new semi-regular column appearing here on Giant Killer Squid.

What is this column you ask? Well it’s simple… the internet is an endless city of store fronts, each selling their own wonderful wares. And if you’re like me, amassing these items are more than a past-time. So with each edition of SH”*T I WANT I will highlight just a few items of.. well… cool shit that I want.

So without further ado, here’s this week’s nerdly treasures. Can I afford em? Hell no. But looking through the window is half the fun…

Creepshow ‘Father’s Day’ T-Shirt

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I wan’t my cake! I want my caaaaaake! You remember Creepshow, the awesome Stephen King/George Romero horror-anthology. And if you don’t remember it, then get learned. This wonderful tee boasts a kick-ass image from the film’s first segment, Father’s Day. The only thing cooler was Ed Harris tearing the fuck out of the living room rug with his hellacious dance moves. You can find the shirt at Fright-Rags.com for a mere $16.95.

OUTATIME License Plate

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It’s Hill Valley, 1985. Doc Brown invited your sneakered ass to the Twin Pines mall where he dropped some science on you in the form of a time machine. This license plate was the only thing spinning as your body hurled through time and space. Well in 2009 you can buy a new one! ThinkGeek.com is selling these beauts for $29.99.


Metropolis SXSW Poster

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Your room can never look as bad-ass as it is with this print lining your wall. This poster, made especially for a SXSW screening, captures the wonder of the classic 1927 sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis. Featuring metallic and glow in the dark paints, this piece by illustrator Martin Ansin is stunning, only fit for a frame. Hurry up and buy it from MondoTees.com for the shockingly low price of $30.00. I can’t pimp that site out enough too, they continually bring in amazing posters at ridiculously affordable prices.


Hot Toys 1/6 Scale Bank Robber Joker (Dark Knight)

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This could be the most amazing collectible figure I’ve ever laid eyes upon. The figure is 12” tall, has 32 points of articulation and comes with a plethora of accessories like multiple guns, gas grenades, mask, alternate head & hands, a bag full of money and a display base & stand. This mf’er retails for between $140-$190. Good luck finding one…

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Resident Evil 5

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If you want the truth… I haven’t beaten a Resident Evil game to date. RE4 was too scary for me. Go ahead, call me a pussy… but that shit’s engrossing yo. I haven’t played Resident Evil 5 yet, just the demo…. and I think that’s as far as I can get. But I just love watching people play and feel it deserves a spot on this list. If killing thousands of zombies and monsters with not nearly enough ammo is your thing, then pick this game up now for the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. It no doubt retails for $1,000 or however much they’re overcharging for games these days.

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That concludes the first edition of SH*T I WANT. If you have any ideas for future installments, spread some words below.

What recession?