Friday, November 30, 2007

Boughts and Thoughts: Scott Pilgrim vol. 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together

Scott Pilgrim vol. 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together (ONI Press)SCOTT PILGRIM VOL.4: SCOTT PILGRIM GETS IT TOGETHER
Written/Illustrated by: Bryan Lee O'Malley

Published by: ONI Press

I know, this book came out two weeks ago, too. It came out on the same day as Zombies Calling. I got it on the same day that Zombies Calling came in. I read it and finished it, right after I finished Zombies Calling. That was one good day of reading. Scott Pilgrim vol. 4 is one fantastic book to read.

To start, I was quite surprised to see the first eight pages in colour (coloured by Steve Buccellato)! That was a nice bonus! I also liked the "Sonic The Hedgehog" logo tribute, used for Scott Pilgrim vol. 4. Brings back so many memories of the game I never owned, but played many times (I never had Sega Genesis).

Scott Pilgrim is the story of how Scott battling the seven "Evil Exes" of his girlfriend, Ramona Flowers. Volume four, features the battle between Scott and Ramona's fourth Evil-Ex... and Scott looking for a JOB!

I started reading the Scott Pilgrim series, when I was part of the nominating committee for the Joe Shuster Awards, back in 2006. Volume two was eligible for nominations, so I decided to read Volume one, before tackling the second one.

Bryan Lee O'Malley was nominated and won the JSA for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist at the 2006 Joe Shuster Awards, for his work on Scott Pilgrim vol. 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Getting back to volume 4, and it's awesomeness, there were so many unexpected moments for me. Totally didn't see a lot of the events happening. Just when you think something is going one way, it goes another! This book kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire ride, and I WANT MORE!

And to end off the book, a nice short story by Steve Manale, as well as some pin-ups!


Boughts and Thoughts: Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks

Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks (SLG Publishing)ZOMBIES CALLING
Written/Illustrated by: Faith Erin Hicks

Published by: SLG Publishing

I know, this book has been out for like two weeks now, but it just arrived on Monday for me. As soon as I got it, I cracked it open and dug into it. In short, the book is great!

Zombies Calling follows Joss, a Zombie-movie-loving university student, and her two roommates, Sonnet and Robyn. When zombies suddenly invade the university during exam time, it's up to Joss to save the day, and her friends, by following "The Rules" of zombie movies.

I read the preview for it, prior to the 2007 Paradise Toronto Comicon, where Faith was a guest of the Women of Comics II Symposium. Faith was also nominated for Outstanding Canadian Web Comic Creator at the 2007 Joe Shuster Awards, for her webcomic, Ice.

The preview of Zombies Calling got me interested, and meeting Faith at the con (her first convention), pretty much solidified my purchase of the book.

So having fully read the book, I really enjoyed the book. It's a really nice and fun mix of zombies, action, comedy, and university life (not that I have attended university).

I'm sure most of you have $10 to spend, so go out and get this book.

And, if you would like to meet Faith, you can see her at The Beguiling, on December 19th, 2007, from 4pm-6pm. You can also meet Dramacon creator, Svetlana Chmakova.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Latest Art Purchase

Birds of Prey #106 Page 7 - Pencils: Nicola Scott. Inks: Doug Hazlewood. Writer: Gail SimoneThis arrived in the mail for me today, from Doug Hazlewood (current inker of Birds of Prey).

It's from Birds of Prey #106, Page 7, that Nicola Scott pencilled, and Doug Hazlewood inked. The issue is written by Gail Simone.

I'm not sure why, but I'm becoming a fan of Misfit, so I wanted this page. Also, I am a fan of Oracle.

Misfit is realizing that the girls of the Birds of Prey are out numbered, against the Secret Six, so she teleports to the fight.

Also on the page (well, on the back), is Nicola's rough pencils, which I assume are for lightboxing purposes. And here is the coloured page from the issue, with word balloons.

All images above are copyrights of DC Comics, the respective parties involved.

That's it for original art for the time being. Christmas is coming, and I gotta get my shopping on.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Boughts and Thoughts - November 28th, 2007

All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder #8 - Swastika nipple pasties? Hal Jordan is a moron? Robin gets his name. Joker! CATWOMAN! Don't care what anyone says, I liked this issue. Not much happened, but I liked it.

Ed Burn's Dock Walloper #1 - Call me a sucker for when celebrities get involved. I enjoy some of Edward Burn's movies, so I thought I'd give it a try. Plus, Jimmy Palmiotti is the writer of the book. It was a decent read, dealing with prohibition in the 1920's.

Mercenaries #1 - Pretty good start to this series. It's getting me excitied about Mercenaries 2, the video game. Too bad for me, I don't have an X-Box 360.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

More Recent Purchases

The Pulse #3 Page 5 (Pencils: Mark Bagley. Inks: Scott HannaAfter my stupid ordeal with Purolator, I finally got my page in from The Artist's Choice. It's from The Pulse #3, Page 5. Pencils by Mark Bagley. Inks by Scott Hanna. The issue was written by Brian Michael Bendis.

The stupid ordeal wasn't much of a headache or anything. They tried to deliver the package on Monday, but I didn't answer the door. I didn't hear the doorbell, and with the time they listed on the notice, I am sure I was in the kitchen, eating my lunch. So, I should've heard it.

Anyways, I get the notice, saying to pick it up from the Purolator service station the next day. Okay, not a big deal. It's about a city block away, so I make the trip this morning (Tuesday). I get there, give the notice to the girl at the counter. She comes back telling me it's out for delivery. What?!?!? She's confused as to why the notice was left for me to pick it up, and they sent it out for delivery again. She apologized, even though I'm not upset at her or blaming her or anything. I, too, am confused though.

So I spent the morning waiting for Purolator to arrive. When they finally do, it's not from a big white Purolator truck. It's from some lady's Honda Accord. Even more confused here. I know it's not the mail carrier, cause I've seen the mail carrier, and know both of the cars she uses.

Anyways, it's over with, and I have the Mark Bagley splash page that I've been eyeing for a couple of years now. And to top that off, this page came signed by Mark Bagley and Scott Hanna! SCORE!

Just got these two books in yesterday, and I read them both. Both of the books are fantastic!

I would get into more detail here, but I gotta get ready for work.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Recent Purchases

Birds of Prey #104 Page 3 - Pencils by Nicola Scott, Inks by Doug HazlewoodI guess I'm done my Christmas shopping for myself. Time to concentrate on my family. I don't know where I'm pulling the money for these items.

I received one of the pages I purchased off of Doug Hazlewood, inker over Nicola Scott's Birds of Prey original pencils. This is from Birds of Prey #104 Page 3. I really like this page, as it contains Oracle, Black Canary, Sin, Spy Smasher, Misfit, and Huntress. Two of my brother's pages came in as well, which I'm sure he'll mention eventually.

Also, on the back of the page, was some of the roughs of the page, which I think were used in the lightboxing process. Here is the page directly from the issue, in full colour and with text.

All images above are copyrights of DC Comics, the respective parties involved

I also purchased another page from Doug Hazlewood, which I should be receiving in the future.

Also, I received those Heroes TV Guide magazines, that my cousin purchased for me. Not really sure what I'm going to do with these, but I have them.

I also finally got around to picking up the Heroes vol. 1 HC. It's a great collection of the online short comics that were released on a weekly basis during the first season of Heroes (and continuing since).

Another hardcover I finally got around to purchasing was, Serenty: Those Left Behind. I passed on the trade before, because I didn't like the size of it. I was kind of hoping for more pin-ups of characters, by different artists. Most of the bonus material was done by Joshua Middleton and Leinil Francis Yu.

I also picked up Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling. I hope to try to hit up the Chapters signing two weeks from now. Bret Hart was one of my favourite wrestlers growing up, and I finally have the chance to meet him, without anything conflicting with the signing (at present time).

That is all for now.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Boughts and Thoughts - November 21st, 2007

Angel: After The Fall #1 - This wasn't bad, but I really don't know what happened in the last few seasons of Angel, to fully understand how the world got to that point.

Captain America #32 - Bucky is bad ass! Arms tied up, and still kicking ass.

Grendel: Behold The Devil #1 - Very enjoyable issue for me. I may just have to check out the previous Grendel series.

Hawaiian Dick: Screaming Black Thunder #1 - Another very enjoyable issue! Great artwork by Scott Chantler and Steve Griffin.

The Spirit #11 - ARGONAUT BONES SAVES THE DAY! Unfortunately, at the ultimate price. Fantastic stuff Mr. Cooke & Mr. Bone!

Umbrella Academy Apocalypse Suite #3 - Not a bad issue. Wanna see where the ending leads.

The Walking Dead #44 - NO ONE IS SAFE! Definitely want to see how this one goes.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Zatanna Sketches - Through The [two] Years

Zatanna by Ramon Perez (2005)I was looking through my sketch collection recently, and it's very obvious that one of the characters that I've gotten many sketches of was Zatanna. I hope to continue this theme, but I have been trying to branch out to some more characters that I do enjoy. In 2007 alone, I've gotten 10 Zatanna sketches, out of the 107 sketches I had done throughout the year.

On a side note, "Holy s**t! 107 sketches in 2007?"

My collection of Zatanna sketches is up to 15 sketches. It all started with local creator, Ramon Perez (Butternutsquash, Kukuburi). The sketch was done at the Paradise Comics store signing (October 8th, 2005), with the release of Spellgame, from the now defunct, Speakeasy Comics. Ramon Perez was the artist on the title, until Speakeasy Comics stopped paying people, and shut down.

To this day, I still don't know how I decided on Zatanna. Whatever it may be, it was the start of something good for me.

Zatanna by George Perez (2006)The next Zatanna sketch happened on April 29th, 2006. It actually got started the day before, when I got my name on George Perez's sketch list, with proceeds going to ACTOR Comic Fund (now, the Hero Initiative). This took place at Paradise Toronto Comicon 2006. George Perez was announced as one of the Guests of Honour, after Stan Lee unfortunately had to cancel.

Once I got my name onto the list (and my brother's), on the first day of the con, I waited until the next morning to pick it up. Since then, it's been framed, and hanging on my wall. I love how George Perez signs his name backwards for Zatanna sketches. I would've gotten Wonder Woman, but my bro already had a sketch of her, so I went with Zatanna. Now that I think about it, the next time I'm able to get another sketch from George Perez, I do want a Wonder Woman for my collection.

Zatanna by Danielle Corsetto (2006)Deciding on continuing the Zatanna theme, the next one came at the same convention, on the same day (Paradise Toronto Comicon - April 29th, 2006). This one is by Girls With Slingshots cartoonist, Danielle Corsetto.

Danielle was unknown to me at the time, until my brother pointed out her webcomic and sketches, after she was listed as one of the guests. I ended up reading the entire webcomic series then, and continue to do so on a regular basis. I also really liked her sketches, so I knew I wanted to get one from her then. I thought Zatanna would be a fun character to see in Danielle Corsetto's style.

Zatanna by J. Bone (2006)This one was also done at Paradise Toronto Comicon 2006, but on the final day, April 30th, 2006. I was actually waiting in line for Amanda Conner that day, because her line, and Darwyn Cooke's line were the longest ones throughout the show. I had already gotten a Darwyn Cooke sketch the day before, at the ACTOR Comic Fund signing.

Since Amanda was arriving later in the day, I was able to jump over to J. Bone's line, and get another Zatanna sketch. It's a blonde Zatanna! For those that don't know, Zatanna actually appears as a blonde during the series, "Books of Magick: Life During Wartime." I really don't know if she appeared in the magician costume. Regardless, it's such a nice sketch.

Zatanna by Phil Jimenez (2006)The last Zatanna sketch of 2006, was on August 20th, 2006, at the first Toronto Comic Book Fan Super Show. Phil Jimenez and Ken Lashley were the headlining guests. Phil Jimenez was originally a guest for Paradise Toronto Comicon 2006, but had to cancel, because he agreed to make an appearance with Geoff Johns, in either New Zealand or Australia (I forget).

Since this was a one day appearance, I had to get in line for him. I decided on Zatanna, because I got one from George Perez. That was really it, and no other reason. At least, I don't think there was any other reasons as to why I chose Zatanna.

At this point, I didn't expect Zatanna to be a huge theme for me, just something for fun.

Zatanna by Karl Kerschl (2007)The first one of 2007 came on March 25th, 2007, at the third Toronto Comic Book Fan Super Show. This was also the show that Milo (of Digital Kontent) brought in a whole bunch of free comics to give away (and several copies of To Kill a Mockingbird). It was advertised, and he delivered.

This was Karl Kerschl's first show in Toronto, since moving back to Toronto. This was the show that I planted myself at Karl's line, and waited almost three hours before he showed up. I went with the Zatanna sketch, because I really like his take on Zatanna (see Adventures of Superman #644).

Zatanna by Alvin Lee (2007)Street Fighter II artist, Alvin Lee, was one of the guests at Hobbystar's Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event (April 13th-15th, 2007). The three day event saw a significant decline in fans in attendance on the second and third day. I got this Zatanna sketch on the second day (April 14th, 2007), when Alvin finally arrived really late in the day. I was just roaming around at the time, when I noticed him arrive at the Udon booth, and I headed to the table right away, and ended up being first in line (lucky me!).

Alvin put in more than the usually head sketch that Udon usually provides with the purchase of their sketchbook. I was quite glad to get this Zatanna piece.

Zatanna by Mike Choi (2007)Coffee Crisp! This was also done at the Fan Appreciation Event, but on the last day (April 15th, 2007). Mike Choi had been sketching away for the fans, and this was the second one from him for me, during the weekend. Though I never followed his Witchblade work, everytime I saw it, I thought it was beautiful (especially with Sonia Oback's colouring).

Mike was working on X-23: Target X for Marvel, during the time of the convention. I think there was one or two more issues left to the series, when he made his appearance.

Since I knew Zatanna was a growing theme on me, I went with her (X-23 was the first sketch I got from Mike on the first night).

Zatanna by Agnes Garbowska (2007)Zatanna by Francis Manapul (2007)Continuing with the Zatanna theme, I got the next two simultaneously at the Free Comic Book Day signing at Paradise Comics. Both Francis Manapul and Agnes Garbowska were guests there.

Paradise was actually the third store I went to that day (first two being One Million Comix and Comics & More, respectively), when I ran my gauntlet around Toronto. That was a crazy day for me, but a fun one, nonetheless. After the sketches, and chilling at Paradise for a bit, I went down to Silver Snail for their FCBD signing, and then The Beguiling for their FCBD signing. TTC Day Pass was put to use.

Zatanna by Nicola Scott (2007)The next five Zatanna sketches were done at Paradise Toronto Comicon 2007 (June 8th-10th, 2007).

First sketch list I got onto that weekend was Nicola Scott (Birds of Prey artist), and was one of the "Must Have" sketches for that event. So, I was extremely happy about getting myself down on the list.

She was a returning Guest of the Women of Comics Symposium. I met her the previous year, and became an instant fan. Then when she was announced as the regular artist of Bird of Prey, I was quite excited and looking forward to the start of her run.

Zatanna by Tara McPherson (2007)Though not the next person I got myself on the list for, the Zatanna sketch by Tara McPherson was the next one I did receive. Tara McPherson was also a Guest of the Women of Comics Symposium.

I do enjoy her style of artwork, though, I don't really follow her work. She's more of a freelance illustrator, doing work for many clients outside of the comic world.

For me, to get a sketch in her style was something I wanted, and I was glad to get one done.

Zatanna by Joseph Michael Linsner (2007)Getting something from Joseph Michael Linsner was also a "Must Have" for me, the second I found out he was announced as a Guest.

He was actually a Guest for the year before, but had to cancel, because of an appearance he agreed to, I believe, in Germany.

I actually got on the list on Friday, pretty early in the day, but didn't pick up the sketch until Saturday morning/afternoon. I was also picking up my bro's sketch, since I got him on the list, and paid upfront for his sketch. My jaw dropped at the sight of both sketches. The scan doesn't do the sketch justice.

This is another sketch I have framed and hanging on my wall, next to the George Perez Zatanna sketch.

Zatanna by Darwyn Cooke (2007)Now this was on the top of the "Must Have" list for Paradise Toronto Comicon 2007. Upon entering the convention floor on the first day, my bro and I planted ourselves in line. Unfortunately for us in line, Darwyn Cooke was busy, if I'm not mistaken, at the Sick Kids Hospital, chatting and drawing for the children.

This man is amazing!

After a long day of drawing for the kids, he wasn't up for doing any sketches on the Friday. Totally understandable. He said to try again the next day, which of course, we did.

Upon entering and planting ourselves once again, but moved down the line, to allow two guys from the US (Steve Zegers and Bill Nolan), who made it their "quest" to get a sketch from Darwyn.

This sketch is also framed and hanging on my wall, above my TV, so I always see it, and smile. Thanks Darwyn!

Zatanna by Terry Moore (2007)I tried to get on Terry Moore's list for Friday, but he was booked. I somehow was able to convince him to start a list for Saturday, which he almost got booked solid not too long after starting that list for the Saturday.

I picked this up late on Saturday. I can't remember when, but I was really happy with how it turned out.

So there you have it. The story of my Zatanna Sketch Collection. There are several other artists that I would definitely like to get sketches of Zatanna from, but for the time being, I am going to hold off on the Zatanna sketches, unless it's from the few artists I have in mind for them.

Thank You to all the artists above, that did these sketches for me!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Sis' BDay, and some comic purchases

This past Friday was my little sister's 9th birthday. We decided on going to a buffet as a family thing, after her and my little bro's swimming class. Her birthday party with her friends will take place on Sunday.

The buffet of choice was one near Vaughan Mills, called, Oriental Buffet. Gotta love the cleverness of the name. Almost as clever as Asian Buffet, at the Interchange complex, in Vaughan.

To be honest, the place was much nicer than Asian Buffet, but the food was terrible and a lot of it was cold. I did eat a lot of food there. I was quite disgusted with the roast beef and the hot & sour soup. There was some enjoyable food, but nothing special. It was just some tolerable food.

After we got home, that's when we decided to give the gifts to little sis. It was either cash, or something Hannah Montana related for her, which made her really happy.

Saturday, I went around to a few comic shops, for different sales. I started the day, heading to Fortinos (yea, I know... this isn't a comic shop). Went to pick up some bottled water. It was 99-cents for a 12-pack of water, so I went for that. Pretty messed up, because people swarmed the guy bringing out the skid of water, while he was trying to get it into position. The people ended up forcing the guy to stop in a random area in the supermarket, so that they can get their water.

I can't stand middle-aged people at those self checkout stations. When I went to line up, I was standing behind the only person waiting in line for the self checkout. CLEARLY BEHIND THIS PERSON. Then out of nowhere, this middle-aged woman comes up with her cart, and parks it directly next to me and my cart, trying to squeeze her way in front of me.

Then she asks me, "Are you in line?"

I'm there thinking, "WTF do you think, lady?" and reply, "Yes I am."

So she moves over to the next lane of self checkouts. The lady infront ends up crossing to the other lane to the station that just opened up, since she was there first. Then the middle-aged woman crosses back into my lane, cause she notices the station infront about to open up.

Naturally, I'm thinking to my self, "Stupid F'N impatient middle-aged snob." Just as the other station in my lane opens up. I scan the stuff, and get out of there, while this middle-aged woman is still trying to figure out how to work the damn self checkout.

It really bugs me when people go to these self checkouts, and don't know how to scan the barcode over the big-ass scanner. Once it beeps, put the item in the bag. Stop touching the screen!

After this fun filled event, I went down to Excalibur Comics. It's 50% off of the items on the second floor. I was kinda hoping for many trades or hardcovers, but there was a very limited selection on those. So, I went bin-diving. I didn't pick up too much, since there wasn't too much that interest me. Too bad a lot of the better stuff was on the first floor.

I did pick up:

- Flinch #1 - Features work by Jim Lee, Frank Quitely, Richard Corben, Jen Van Meter, and others.
- Gen 13 #1 - Blank variant cover. It was cheap, so I bought it.
- House of M #3 - First appearance of Layla Miller (She knows stuff). I completely forgot about that when I sold my HoM #1-8 set, and went looking for that issue (though, not hard).
- NYX #1 & 2 - I never had issue 2, and I picked up a second copy of issue 1. I really think they should use Kiden more in the regular Marvel U.
- Marvel Boy #1 - For my bro, since he doesn't have one.

I checked out some toys, but ended up passing on them. Would've been nice for 50% off, but there wasn't anything that I wanted. There was just too much crap that didn't interest me.

After Excalibur, I went to Paradise Comics to check out which variants were 60% off. There was a lot of nice variants that I wanted, but I didn't have that much money. However, I did leave with a lot of great items for myself, and some for my bro.

I picked up (for myself):

- Batman/The Spirit - This was signed by Jeph Loeb, Darwyn Cooke, and J. Bone. I only have a copy signed by Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone.
- Birds of Prey #8 - I've been looking for this for quite a while, and I'm really happy with the price I paid. The day was worth it for me, if I only picked up this issue.
- Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #3 - Sketch by Christine Norrie! Definitely worth the price I paid, and I'm quite happy to have it. (Pictured)
- First Born #1 Top Cow Exclusive - It's the Mike Choi/Sonia Oback cover that is an homage to the Demi Moore nekkid preggo Vanity Fair cover.
- Zatanna: Everyday Magic - It's the one-shot written by Paul Dini for Vertigo. Art by Rick Mays, and cover by Brian Bolland. Was never really looking for this, but when I saw it, I wanted it. Now, I have it.

For my bro:

- Justice Society of America #10 - Bro wanted this.
- She-Hulk #22 Ed McGuinness Variant - Bro wanted this, and I spent quite a bit, so I was willing to pass this up to him, at cost.
- Batman and the Outsiders #1

After Paradise Comics, I went to my regular shop, Cyber City Comix, to look for What If Planet Hulk. Couldn't find those, but ended up picking up for my bro:

- Green Arrow/Black Canary #2
- World War Hulk #5

Then I went home, and got home at a time I normally wake up at on a Saturday.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Something Different...

It's been a while since I actually wrote something, other than the "Shipping..." and "Boughts..." entries.

First, you should notice the name change of the blog. I changed it some time ago, from "Jason's Blog" to "The Blog of Jason Truong" to "The Crooked Little World of Jason Truong." Now, I have changed it just to "The Crooked Little World."

Why? I dunno. I guess I just didn't want my name in the title. It'll still be the same stuff I blog about. Randomness, comics, conventions, etc.

So, what to discuss?

- This past week, I've placed orders for two pages of original comic art. I bought one Mark Bagley page (inked by Scott Hanna), from The Pulse #3, off of The Artist's Choice. I also picked up a Nicola Scott page (inked by Doug Hazlewood, who I am buying the page from), from Birds of Prey #104. I'm looking forward to receiving these pages.

- Also, my cousin, Roseanna, picked up those Heroes TV Guide issues for me. I'm also looking forward to receiving those. Thanks Cuz!

- This is something random... former WWE Women's Champion, Trish Stratus is opening up a yoga studio, Stratusphere Yoga in 2008. It'll be located outside of Vaughan Mills, in The Village. Close to Bass Pro Mills Drive & Hwy. 400. Anyone looking for a yoga studio, there it is.

- Checked out the latest Comic Shop News that came out on Wednesday, with the list of stuff being released (or that was originally scheduled to be released) in December. I noticed that Series 2 of the DC: The New Frontier toys will be coming out, based on the multiple award-winning series, DC: The New Frontier. There are four figures being released: Batman, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Dr. Fate. I'll most likely just get Batman and The Flash. Figures are designed by storytelling master, Darwyn Cooke.

- I bought new shoes on Wednesday, at Reebok, during the 40% off the Entire Store sale. Yea, I haven't purchased shoes in a long while, and as much as I felt it deserved its own blog post, I opted to just include it in this one.

- I started my Christmas shopping. One down, that my bro and I are splitting for our little bro. Video games aren't cheap.

- I bought a TimCard. That's right, I'm cool! I'm paying for my coffee, with "plastic"!!!

- I'm disappointed that the Toronto Maple Leafs have now loss three straight games, and they are facing Ottawa on Saturday. Here's my prediction. The Leafs lose on Saturday.

- I did NOT win the $37 million 6/49 jackpot.

I can't think of anything else right now, so I'll leave it at that.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Boughts and Thoughts - November 14th, 2007

All Star Superman #9 - Another solid story from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely! However, nothing spectacular, just another story. This, telling of Superman's Kryptonian replacements on Earth, which Superman was on Bizarro's World.

New Avengers #36 - Highly enjoyed this issue. Most of it was a conversation between Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, but a good portion of that conversation took place while recapping everything that had happened with the symbiote plaguing New York. Really looking forward to the next issue.

Wonder Woman #14 - Welcome to Wonder Woman, Gail! I'm already liking it more than the relaunch of the title.

World War Hulk #5 - Somewhat disappointed with the ending, but it seems to be leading to more. Not really looking forward to Hercules getting his own title, again.

Scott Pilgrim Vol 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together - It's on order for me. And now I play the waiting game.

Zombies Calling - It's on order for me. And now I play the waiting game.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Boughts and Thoughts - November 7th, 2007

First off, I start this by wishing my bro a Happy Birthday!

Second, I want to Thank Marvel Comics for changing their Canadian cover price, which went into effect today. So, Marvel's Canadian cover price dropped from $3.75CDN to $3.05CDN (for the standard $2.99 US priced comic). In addition to that, the membership discount that I have at Cyber City Comix also drops price down another 20%. So, the standard $2.99 US cover price Marvel comic, comes out to $2.44CDN +taxes ($2.78CDN).

Now, onto the books.

Astonishing X-Men #23 - Wow, Joss Whedon is really trying to make Cyclops the leader he should be. Being the sucker that I am, I'm actually excited about it! I love how they showed Cyclops telepathically make the plans (being linked to the rest of the team by Emma Frost).

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight #8 - Faith is in trouble! Damn cliffhanger endings...

Grimm Fairy Tales: Return to Wonderland #3 & 4 - Originally, I passed on issue 3, because I didn't remember if I bought issue 2 or not. Since issue 4 was out this week, I actually went to check if I had issue 2, which I did, so I picked up issue 3 today, with issue 4. Both were pretty good. I'm liking the Grimm Fairy Tales series.

Iron and the Maiden #4 - This was an action-packed issue. Definitely room for a sequel to this series.

New Avengers Illuminati #5 - More Skrulls revealed! This just gets me wondering, does this take place after World War Hulk?

Heroes HC to be picked up another time.