Posted on: July 11th, 2012 REVIEW: Revival #1

Revival1First I sat with my mouth open. Blinking. I had goosebumps. I got cold. I was wickedly uncomfortable. I was freaked the hell out. Revival by Tim Seeley. Art by Mike Norton.

This book is creepy. Like super creepy. Like I never want to go to Wisconsin creepy. So good.

Revival is the story of a small town in rural Wisconsin and a group of dead folks didn’t stay dead. They aren’t zombies, they just brushed themselves off and carried on. Now the local police (and the nation) is trying to deal with all the craziness surrounding this incident. We follow Dana specifically. Police officer in a district where her father happens to be sheriff. Issue one is our introduction to key characters and a feel for the hysteria. It also exposes us to one of the revived. And…um…wow. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on: June 27th, 2012 Giant Killer Comix (What’s Killer this Wed)

Giant Killer Comix- The so much awesome shit is out this week edition

Just wanted to take a minute to highlight a few—the many awesome comics that are out this week for your consumption.
First off, its like awesome trades galore , with the trades for the first volumes of both Fatale and Defenders out this week , as well as the third volume of the great morning glories.
I feel like I’ve already said a lot about defenders in at least one of the other posts , but allow to give you a bit of a condensed spark notes if you will ( blatant advertising! ) version of why you should be reading this comic.

We all complain about how marvel is putting out the same three books 4 times a month, that were tired of the same stuff over and over again being regurgitated , forced down our collective throats. But lets face the facts, when we get these weird awesome off the wall fun books like defenders, sales do not reflect that expressed desire. This is marvel giving one of the best most insane, fun , superspy , mega sex writers today a book where he has free license to make characters drink wakandan peyote and go on a spirit journey, and sales aren’t exactly reflective of a book with wakandan spirit peyote.

For the measly price of 16.99 , you get the first 6 issues, which encompass more content than 12 issues of some other books. I implore you , if you are one of these people who want more diversity in they’re super books, please check it out. Fans of Casanova will dig this.

Onto Fatale. I don’t really know what I can say about this book other than it is Brubaker and Phillips doing what they do best and writing totally amazing crime noir stories. But wait , there’s a twist. Fold in some Lovecraft and you’ve got Fatale. Seriously these are two guys whose stuff you should be checking out regardless of what some dude on the internet says , but if you need confirmation: Hello internet, this book is fucking awesome.

Again, in terms of bang for buck this book is tops. Brubaker and Phillips know how to deliver.
Morning Glories : Well in terms of value , this one has it . its like two hundred pages for fifteen bucks. Seriously I really dig how Spencer and Eisma have always been super cool to their readers about content. Every issue of morning glories is like 3000 pages long for the same beautiful price tag of 2.99. Tonally the book remains like a weird mix of lost and maybe some Morrison thrown in there for good measure.   Honestly that’s just a bullshit logline I’m throwing out to get you to check the book out if you haven’t, its way cooler than that . Nick and Joe are doing cool stuff, so check it .

Out this week is also the first Brandon graham drawn issue of prophet. It will be awesome. I’ve already gone on enough graham related tangents here for you all to know its epic fun . Its about a robot named Jaxson. Do it up.

Issue 4 of Hell Yeah is also out, another book that’s great fun. Word on the street is it also features a one page tiger lawyer story by Nick Wooster fanboy /writer extraordinaire Ryan Ferrier. Did I just cross the line and promote on of GKS OWN? DON’T CARE MAN. IT BE SUPA COOL.

I read this super awesome /weird Gilbert Hernandez book called SPEAK OF THE DEVIL . It was really crazy . I can honestly say I’ve never read anything else like it . Here’s a sampling of it . You should check it out.

Gilbert has a new book out from darkhorse today called “FATIMA THE BLOOD SPINNERS” which also looks amazing. Here is a preview.

Anyways, nice to see you people. Talk soon.
Your friend Curt.
PS- do you love or hate lana del rey?

Posted on: June 6th, 2012 REVIEW: Creator-Owned Heroes #1

COH TriggerGirl Cover 1Without a doubt, you’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about creator-owned rights and contracts regarding certain…popular title spin-offs this week. Okay, we’ve all got our opinions on the subject but I think we all can agree that what the world needs now is love. Sweet love.

No. That’s not right. Creator-owned comics. Sweet creator-owned comics.

So what better than a book that offers not one but *two* creator-owned stories? But wait! There’s more! It also includes a Neil Gaiman interview! And if you order now, you get editorials and informational articles on the process of making comics! Now how much would you pay?! Hopefully $3.99 or above because that’s how much I expect you to dish out. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on: May 28th, 2012 Giant Killer Comix #3 ( GIANT KILLER CONVENTIONS SUPER LATE EDITION)

WHEW been a while. Sorry . My bad. Ok internet? Are we friends again? Cool.

From February onwards has just been a whirlwind of craziness.

In march I headed to Seattle for the Emerald City comic convention.  It was a pretty cool convention.  Interesting to see how it is different and similar to my local con , which is the second largest con in Canada.

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Posted on: May 23rd, 2012 REVIEW: Mind MGMT #1

Mind MGMT 1How many of the books in your pull list make you think?

Now, I don’t mean books that you *choose* to think. I’m not talking about finding social commentary in an X-book or contemplating sexism in literature and entertainment. I’m talking about books that require thought to make it through the story. How many?

I don’t have many, if at all. Until this week. I really wasn’t ready for it.

I like explosions. I like punching. I like quippy one liners. I like explosions. The average book doesn’t give my brain much trouble. So here I sit, reading Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT from Dark Horse and I think, “Wow, I don’t like this.” And I finished it, but I realized I should have liked it. So I read it again. And it got better. Then I read the margins. And I liked it. Then I read the back-up story and I really liked it. And then I read the letters column and I loved it.

So that’s where we are. Let’s talk about why this book is different than any other book you’re reading: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on: March 28th, 2012 Giant Killer Comix {#2}

Holy shit . What a crazy couple of weeks it has been .  First off , I finished reading King City and was blown away. So much heart in this book. So much invention . It’s simply put, an amazing comic.

One of the few remaining Gods to walk the earth passed away this weekend. Jean Girard or Moebius as he was known to many of his followers.  I can’t honestly do justice to the man’s legacy with my words so rather lets take a look at the magic that is , was , and eternally shall be MOEBIUS.

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Posted on: January 23rd, 2012 HELL YEAH – An interview with Joe Keatinge

[interviewed by Curt Pires}
Joe, 2012 is looking to be a big year for you. You’ve got two projects (GLORY, HELL YEAH) coming out in the next couple of months here. For viewers who maybe aren’t up to date,  Tell us a bit about these projects. Why should we be excited?

You’ve mentioned before, that Hell Yeah is sort of this idea in your head that has been percolating for about 20 years now, tell us a bit about that. What is the Untold history of HELL YEAH?

Hell Yeah #1

I don’t remember how I started reading comics. There’s pictures of me two years old with comics around. They were just always there. However, once Image came along I got inspired to make them not just something I did as a reader, but as a creator. I drew in sketchbooks constantly, making my own comics with my own superheroes who were largely versions of Image heroes. The main character started off as an awful parody of the Maxx, called Faxx, and over time it turned into this superhero doing every day stuff. I got really fascinated by the idea of superheroes doing more than just saving cats out of trees, as the Image characters didn’t adhere to any of the same rules the Marvel and DC guys did. Eventually over time it gave me the idea to do this series, then called Zero Crisis, which eventually turned into a one-act play I wrote, director & co-starred while in college. Then eventually I started actually working in comics, which lead to working at Image, which lead to Erik Larsen & Eric Stephenson really pushing me to write, which lead to me trying to do Hell Yeah with another artist, which was a pretty horrible failure, which lead to me thinking it was dead, which lead to me working on PopGun, which lead to me meeting Andre, which lead to me seeing he was pretty much the perfect person on Earth to collaborate with in terms of style and what comics he dug. All this brought us here and now. Read the rest of this entry »

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


Joe Keatinge , Ross Campbell


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: August 24th, 2011 REVIEW: Captain America & Bucky #621

Captain America and Bucky 621 CoverI don’t mean to blow your mind here, but did you know Marvel released a Captain America movie this summer? Yeah, it was sort of hard to miss. But you know what? I liked it. A lot. It was everything I needed it to be. There was, however, a bit of a hang-up for me. Captain America and Bucky are friends and around the same age. I completely understand the Bucky and Steve dynamic in the movie. I understand why it needed to be that way for the movie. No one likes plucky kid side-kicks anymore. People want sexy stars. And the only thing better than one pretty boy heart-throb is two pretty boy heart-throbs. Keep adding them to the machine and you’ve got a teen sensation and before you know it, the years add up and you’re getting kicked out of Menudo. But…I digress.

Let’s turn down the Latin heat and get back to comics. The Cap and Bucky dynamic fascinates me. It’s taken so many different approaches-from original inception to modern day dual-Caps to same-age movie personas. But I like it when Bucky’s a kid. And I like it when he’s more than just a lovable ball of enthusiasm. For example, I like Bucky in Captain America & Bucky #621. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on: April 13th, 2011 The Intergalactic Nemesis Needs You!

NemesisPoster5webIf you’re no stranger to these parts then you know that we at GKS have a big ol’ soft-spot for The Intergalactic Nemesis (our very own Auburn reviewed the first issue of the print series here). To be frank, we think Nemesis is the total tits. And why do we think that? Well it’s simple: it is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The Intergalactic Nemesis transcends comics; weaving sound, imagery and performance into a truly immersive theater experience. Imagine an orgy with your favorite comic book, a sassy little radio show and an eye-punching Saturday morning cartoon. The “live-action graphic novel” is a novel idea (athankya), and the bar has been set pretty high right out of the gate. This fall they’re even taking the show, The Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth, on the road, hitting 25 cities. And impregnating each one.

Speaking of making babies, the whole point of this article is to enlist you, dear reader, in making the sequel happen. That’s right, a !@#$%ng sequel! Book Two: Robot Planet Rising is already in development, and Team Nemesis wants to put on the best, most innovative show possible. Cue the part where you give money to them. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on: March 24th, 2011 BOOM! Celebrates HELLRAISER Launch with Free Comic

Prelude_to_HELLRAISER_01_CVRIf you’re a comic fan on twitter then you no doubt came across one of Boom! Studios’ many tweets for their new ongoing series, Hellraiser. With mastermind himself Clive Barker writing (with Christopher Monfette), marking his return to the iconic franchise, and Leonardo Manco handling art duty on this one, you can see why Boom! wants to push this. So they did something that I think is pretty smart: they released an 8 page preview – in digital .pdf format – free for everyone and encouraged to share. It’s pretty wild how fast things spread; searching #hellraiserprelude on the tweet machine brings up pages upon pages of fans spreading the bird.

And rightfully so: the prelude is good. Violent. It feels like a Hellraiser comic should feel, and Pinhead’s voice resonates in the way that only Barker can make it. There are no bartender cenobites in this one, I can safely tell you. I hope. I’m not a single-issue guy, I made the move to trades about a year and change ago, but being a massive horror and comics fan, I think a pit-stop at my local shoppe is in order.

Thanks to Boom! Studios and their ever-kind encouragement to share this here prelude, GKS is able to provide you with such a link. So sit back, relax and enjoy a free comic. It would be in poor taste to not encourage you to pick up the book too, so do that, then tell us what you think.

Click here to download the HELLRAISER PRELUDE!

(Right -click as ‘Save As’ unless you want to potentially kill your browser)

Posted on: March 8th, 2011 Putting THE INHUMANS On The Big Screen

3578219783_72f6872b10_bBefore I begin, let me quell the riff-raff right away; yes, I know I just posted a letter in which I claimed GKS is going all comics. There will be times here and there, where we dance close to our old stomping grounds; specifically in cases like this, with comic book films. But, like I said before, we won’t simply regurgitate the headlines that have already splattered your screens. We’re not here to win any races. But we are here to share some insight and hopefully something unique. And as this relates heavily to comics – in this case, a much smaller comic book fan-base – let me fire away.

If you hadn’t heard already, Marvel/Disney has begun early development on a feature-film based on The Inhumans. What, or whom, are these Inhumans, you ask? Google, motherfucker, do you use it?

Now, I dig The Inhumans. They’re kinda wacky, but I dig them. The leader of the group, Black Bolt, doesn’t talk and they have a giant talking bulldog named Lockjaw. Of all the Marvel characters and properties, however, I never expected The Inhumans to make it to the big screen, especially before more grounded staples like Luke Cage or Iron Fist. There isn’t an ounce of elitism in me when I say that The Inhumans are about the farthest from accessible to a mainstream audience. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on: March 6th, 2011 Reading Comics on the iPad: My Thoughts

4501817179_eddc33ebab_oI never really wanted an iPad. Not that having one wouldn’t be cool, but to me it just seemed that I wouldn’t use it much. Of course, this is entirely a cost thing. If the device cost $200, you bet your sweet ass I would have had the thing on day one. But it isn’t $200. I think it just came down to around $9,000 for the base model. But anyways, I never poo-pooed anyone for wanting or buying one; they are a cool device and I know there’s a huge number of people that bought it, use it daily, and even a percentage of them that replaced their home computer with it. So I never really paid it much heed, as my Macbook Pro is practically tethered to my body every second I’m in my house.

Then I received an iPad for Christmas back in December. I know, pretty good gift, right? Well I tell you, I fell in love that day, and haven’t gone a day since without using the iPad for at least an hour. I’ve read five books on it since Christmas, and I’ve probably watched a dozen films on it. It is a fantastic mobile media station, and I’d be lost – in bed before turning the lights out, where it’s mostly used – without it. But you know what I was really curious about, long before I even laid hands on the cold, slightly heavy device? Comics. I had this grand vision of having my own local comic book shoppe right in my hands. Vibrant colors and intense kapows delivered to my eyeballs every Wednesday, ready to be consumed by my fingertips and stored in thin air, leaving me more room in my house for statues and toys instead of unsightly (yet still prideful) white long-boxes. I could lay in bed every night with a digital KILBY from Ikea bookshelf, just full of trades and issues and one-shots just gagging to be fingered and peeped. But it never happened. At least not right away. It took a while, but eventually the big two managed to put their hesitance and investments at ease and get on board the digital train thanks to comic shoppe apps through Comixology (which pretty much has a monopoly on the comic app market, with exception to a couple of smaller vendors). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on: March 6th, 2011 A Letter From The Editor:

11d398ae2240f5d3f0684ecb8d3jeanne_phillips-dear-abbyDear Readers,

You may have noticed that there’s been some changes here at GKS. A few months ago things began to slow down on the day-to-day of the site, and the film side of things quickly faded away. The online film journalism/blog community is a fickle thing, you see, some might call it a bit of a “boy’s club”. Team Squid worked hard for a few years with the intention of getting in that circle, and although we have a large, loyal and amazing fan-base and readership, GKS was never really accepted by its peers. It took a while to see it, but ultimately, GKS isn’t cut from the same cloth. We don’t want to be, nor do we need to be.

The drama, the politics, the competition, and ultimately the lack of original content is the foundation of the film-blog community. So we’ve decided to change things up and steer this ship in a different path. This isn’t a case of oh, well you didn’t have success so you’re just adapting to failure. It’s hardly that. The vast majority of film site content is re-written slop. A story breaks and within twenty minutes you have essentially the same article regurgitated from a hundred different sites. Of course there are exceptions, and there are many sites that do run great, read-worthy original articles. I consider GKS a success in that area, and we will continue to do that.

But the rat-race of the film blog isn’t for us, so we’re getting back to our roots with comics. Moving forward, Giant Killer Squid is all about the funny books. We’re moving ahead with weekly reviews, and we will be adding some new columns into the mix. No more flash, no more unnecessary zazzle, and no more superfluous bits and bites; you want some gassy news, you will no doubt hear about it before you hit the site, from a million different sources. You want original, insightful commentary and discussion? We’d love to have you.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t have a similar avenue for film; our Squid scientists are hard at work on a sister-experience to GKS to streamline that content directly into your eyeballs. When it happens you’ll know.

I’d also like to acknowledge and thank our very own (and exceptionally talented) Auburn for her continuing contributions to the site, and keeping the site alive.

So welcome to the new GKS, and thank you for your continual readership!

– Ryan

Posted on: April 9th, 2010 Review: Kick-Ass

KAPosterEvidently there is something in the paperwork of movie rights that says if it’s written by Mark Millar, it will be a loose adaptation.  Who here saw the movie Wanted?  Who read Millar’s book? Was it the same? No. Not really. If you were okay with that, then you’re going to be okay with Kick-Ass from Lionsgate. Did the Wanted adaptation piss you off? Kick-Ass is better, but it still might make you angry. Just do yourself a favor and look at the comic and the movie as separate entities.

Dave Lizewski takes his love of comic books to the next level when he decides to try his hand at vigilante justice crusading around the city as Kick-Ass. Although happy taking down petty criminals and finding lost cats, Kick-Ass unknowingly advances into serious crime-fighting when he meets the super-hero duo Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. When crime-boss Frank D’Amico feels his operations are being threatened, he vows to do whatever it takes to bring down Kick-Ass.

Let’s look at it as a movie first: Over-all, it’s a blast. It truly embraces the idea that these characters behind the masks are just regular shmucks, trying to add some excitement or purpose into their lives. Pacing sort of hits a lull in the middle of the movie, but all the action scenes make up for a lot. Bradley James Allan was stunt coordinator on this flick and he did one bang up job. If Kick-Ass is any indication of his quality of work, his next exhibition of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World should be incredible. Judging from the response of the audience, it will be all the violence and action sequences that dominate word-of-mouth. In regards to direction, Matthew Vaughn’s name has been thrown around lately for anything from Sandman to X-Men: First Class. After seeing Kick-Ass, I can’t wait for him to get his hands on another movie. It takes a special kind of director to take a story enjoyed by a relatively small market, and shape it into something enjoyable for mass consumption. Most of the people in my theater had not read the comic, it seemed that everyone enjoyed the movie.

In the story, Kick-Ass’s Alter Ego Dave Lizewski is a forgettable character. Aaron Johnson was a forgettable Dave Lizewski. Is that the fault of the character or that of the acting? I’m not sure. What I do know is, you could have put someone different in that wet suit, I probably wouldn’t have cared. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (doomed to be referred to as McLovin) plays Red Mist the same way he plays every character. Weird, a little creepy, and funny because of it. I don’t actually think that’s acting. I think that’s just him. Similar to McLovin, he was by no means impressive but he is enjoyable.

I won’t lie to you, when I first heard that Nicholas Cage was up for Big Daddy, I nearly cried. I did NOT want that dude messing up my movie. That was unfair and if ever given the chance to tell Nicholas Cage that I’m sorry, I’d do it in a heart beat. He was amazing. In a recent interview he revealed that 1960 Adam West’s Batman was a huge influence in his speech mannerisms as Big Daddy. It was a bold move; not a risk many actors would have taken. I commend him and it totally paid off. It’s a little awkward, but that’s what makes these characters great. Everyone is awkward…except Hit-Girl. Chloe Moretz. 100% flawless delivery as Hit-Girl. Only she can still maintain the sweetness of a 10-year old daddy’s girl while flinging blades and firing some serious heat. Without question, she owns every scene she’s in.

KARomitaposterI’m the comic chick, let’s talk shop: (MINOR SPOILERS) the surprising little nugget of goodness was the inclusion of John Romita, Jr.’s art. We even get some sweet motion-comic action as a story-telling mechanism. I was a big fan of that. Another surprise? This movie is darker than the comic book. There’s actually a voice of reason to come out and say that Mindy’s not being put in the best of upbringings. It forces you to think that hey, maybe a 10-year old shouldn’t be out killing bad-guys. And c’mon, you know what happens with Hit-Girl and Big Daddy at the end of the story. It’s even more twisted in the film. Yes, there are differences in the back story regarding Damon and Mindy Macready. Their origins have, in fact, been movie-fied. Now our loser dad turned superhero has become a former-cop that unjustly took the fall for the dirty-dealings of his colleagues involving a drug-ring. After his pregnant wife commits suicide, he vows to take down the D’Amico operations. It drives the movie plot, so it’s not as frustrating as you may think. Would you like to know what is? Dave gets the girl. What?! She even gets to be his Mary Jane Watson where she knows his secret and is the worrying lover back at home. I liked the fact that in the comic Dave ended up right back where he started, but we don’t get that in the film. I think the message of the story loses something because of it, but mass audiences like happy endings. If you can over-look those changes, you’re going to dig the hell out of Kick-Ass.

In the end, this is one violent, twisted, and genuinely funny movie. Did it change the way I look at comic book adaptations? No. But I couldn’t be happier for Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. Their work was in NO WAY bastardized through the production of this film and it’s very likely that this will sell more of the hardcover. My friend’s girlfriend wants to read the comics now. And, for me, if it means more people will read comic books, then it’s a success.

Kick-Ass opens April 16th. Go see it.