I had never heard of Marvel Mythos, but as I started digging around for information about Paolo Rivera after my fateful encounter at Comic Con this year, I couldn’t escape it. Released as a series of one shots between 2006-2008 (during my self-imposed comic book exile) each issue was a retelling of some of Marvel character’s origins and first issues. The stories are adapted by Paul Jenkins and fully painted by Paolo Rivera, making this a nice companion piece to the classic Marvels miniseries.
Like most children of the 1980’s I consumed all things Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles related. The cartoon, the toys, the video games…pretty much anything I could get my hands on except the comic books. I was just a little too young to know that there was life before the animated kids show. When I found out that IDW acquired the comic book rights to the original Mirage Studio output I knew I had to get in there and check it out.
I started with the lavish Ultimate Edition Vol. 1 hardcover containing the first seven issues of the run plus the Micro-Series #1 – Raphael (a self-contained story that fits in between issues #3 and #4). The art is blown up and printed in its original black and white state and after each issue there is a write up by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird discussing what was going on at that point in their publishing life. Plus, there’s almost a page by page write up about the art from the issue and the layouts. It’s a hefty ticket price of $50 dollars for 8 issues, but it’s a wealth of information.
Probably thanks to J.K. Rowling the last decade has seen a massive increase in novels featuring witches, magic, and numerous fantasy worlds. And about 5 years ago a man named Lev Grossman released a novel titled The Magicians that was touted as “A Harry Potter novel for adults.” I guess I should first comment that all of the Harry Potter novels are stellar and are not just for kids, so if you haven’t read them you are truly missing out. But I was intrigued by this review and all the popular acclaim this novel got, so I decided to check it out. Continue onward for my spoiler containing review of this novel.
When Dynamite Entertainment first announced a 5 issue Robotech/Voltron crossover I was thrilled. I have a love in my heart for Voltron like few other cartoons from my youth; the concept alone had always been endlessly fascinating to me. Robotech on the other hand is something that I found in my adulthood and it was refreshing that it could fit neatly alongside the cartoons of my youth but also be much more sophisticated. I was hoping this miniseries would be a fun 80’s style crossover, which is not exactly what we got.
Riding the high of the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie, I wanted more. While waiting 2 months for Amazon to fulfill their backorders of the Abnett & Lanning Complete Collection of Guardians, I turned my attention to a novel.
Dan Abnett wrote, “Rocket Raccoon & Groot Steal The Galaxy!” Marvel’s first original prose novel which was released a few weeks ahead of the movie. At the time when I bought it, I couldn’t find too many reviews on it, so I figured what did I have to lose?
Welcome one and welcome all to another edition of the Indie Spotlight. I, of course, am your devourer of souls and filler of holes (ladies) Arthur Harkness, and today I bring to you something that is right up my alley. As most of you know, I am a huge fan of anything and everything that has to do with my adopted ancestral Norsemen, going so far as to leave dishes of cod oil out on my front doorstep every night….just in case. When C-Mart said he was given something that would get my blood going, I immediately thought he was given some goat’s blood or some sort of human sacrifice, unfortunately that was not the case, but fortunately it was something that I would enjoy. Ladies and Gentlemen, come with me as we take a look at a new indie comic titled Jorund by James Mulholland with art by Julio Falkenhagen. Make sure to bring a change of clothes too, as this one is going to be somewhat bloody…like most of my dates.