When you hear the knell of a requiem bell, weird glows gleam where spirits dwell…
Happy Halloween, my dear Evil Geeks! Here’s one last Hall-O-Reads for you, before we take our pumpkins to the curb and smash ’em. With Justice League coming soon to theaters near us, I’ve been devouring so many DC titles to tide myself over until the big day. After the New 52, I was turned off from current books for a while, but I’m just starting to read some of the Rebirth titles and I’m really enjoying them! Naturally, I’m a fan of all things spooky, so when I saw DC House of Horror hit the shelves of my local comic shop, I knew I needed to read it.
First of all, the one thing that caught my eye before anything else was Wonder Woman on the cover. She’s right at the top of the art, as you can see here. I was drawn to her because she looks super banshee/Sindel from Mortal Kombat-esque, and she’s playing a violin for some reason.
While Wonder Woman is not a banshee in this comic, nor does she play violin, she and the other prominent Justice League members get featured in this Elseworlds AU, where the writers imagine canon events with a bit of a horror spin. For example, Superman as a creepy alien monster trying to murder the Kents’. Some of the stories I found to be a bit rushed and confusing, but I did have a few favorite stories from this special.
My personal favorite, Stray Arrow, imagines Green Arrow as a mass murderer, who has Black Canary locked in a cage in his basement. Ultimately, she kicks his ass and breaks out of there, but I thought it was not too far off from the way he was portrayed in Arrow a few seasons back. Although many other critics panned this story, I also really enjoyed the “mentally unstable Billy Batson” story, where ‘Shazam’ is the Mr. Hyde to Billy’s Jekyll, so to speak.
There were also some stories that elicited an actual “what the fuck” reaction from me, and the one that left me scratching my head the longest was certainly “Man’s World”, the Wonder Woman short story. In this story, Wonder Woman’s spirit possesses a woman, who is then extremely eager to spill the blood of men who have so wronged women in society. To me, this seemed super contrived and I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at it. I would have much preferred a violin playing banshee. A close second for most WTF story is “Crazy For You”, where Harley Quinn’s ghost causes a man to kill his wife, and eventually, he is driven mad by her apparition, and continues to kill people, while not in control of his body. Spoiler: This is not a feminist Harley Quinn like the one that DC attempted to bring out in Suicide Squad. In the 3 or so pages of this story, she tries to flash her breasts at least twice.
While this comic was good, it certainly isn’t worth the hefty $9.99 price tag. The art was pretty awesome, and I especially liked the style in “Crazy For You” that helped by giving us unsettling and eerie imagery of Harley’s ghost. If you’re a horror fan, and a DC fan excited for Justice League, this may be a nice addition to your collection, but if you’re debating dropping the $9.99 on it, you might want to wait for it to show up in the bargain bin.
Well, Evil Geeks, it’s been a pleasure for me to grace you with these Hall-O-Reads throughout the spooky season. I wish that I had more time to keep pumping these out. I will most definitely continue to bring you some spooky treats throughout the rest of the year, and am definitely still interested in hearing all of your favorite horror reads to keep me going until next Halloween.
Have a happy and safe Halloween, y’all, and happy reading! And remember, David S. Pumpkins is always with us.
Oh hello, Internet, I didn’t see you come in. How does this morning find you? That’s good to hear… oh, I’m doing quite well, thanks for asking. I recently acquired a new piece of art. No, I didn’t visit that gallery exhibition downtown, although I hear they had some delightful pieces; This was a work I commissioned from two of our generation’s greatest masters: Biff Tannen and Arthur Harkness. You may recall that in the past I have tasked them with recreating some of my favorite nerd culture images, yes? This one is almost undeniably the finest of those works. Here is the classic, (if amateurishly illustrated) original.
Greetings Evil Geeks; it’s been a while, but it’s finally comics time!!! I’ve been pretty busy making sure the Evil Lair is running smoothly and haven’t had much time for comics lately, but I have just put down a great book that I think is definitely worth checking out. Normally my tastes in comics heavily favor the capes and tights set, with a healthy dose of The Walking Dead thrown in to balance things out, but this week’s review strays from that genre, if only slightly. While Green Arrow would normally fit into the former category, The Long Bow Hunters, featuring words and art by Mike Grell, takes Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance away from the Justice League on a “no frills’ straight up, action story that stretches across decades. No trick arrows, no super powered back up, and relatively small time stakes? Can the Emerald Archer still fight crime without all the accoutrements? Read on and find out!
Hey There Evil Geeks!
Another week in Starling and the universe of Arrow is opening up! At the end of the last episode we found out that The Canary had some ties to Ra’s Al Ghul and that he was on the lookout for her. She on the other hand wants to stay off the radar so much that she would kill for it. Sound odd to you and a little out of character for Black Canary? Actually, Canary is one of the most skilled and dangerous fighters in the DCU and has even walked away from battles with Lady Shiva, so I can see how the League would be a place for her to train in the Arrow-verse. Anyway, this episode had some big reveals about our newest crime fighter so settle in and lets go back to Starling City…
Hey There Evil Geeks!
We’re back in Starling City and this weeks episode picks up directly after last week’s “Identity.” If you recall, Oliver was in the DA’s office and the police had the drop on him, Batman Year One style. When all seems dire for our hero The Black Canary drops on the scene (literally, through a skylight) and gets our hero out of there. Canary’s power in the DCU is her super-sonic Canary Call and in the more-realistic world of Arrow she uses a sonic device that has the cops grabbing for their ears and her and Ollie hightail it out of there. He tells her she has a nice mask and wants to know why she’s helping him, but she disappears.
Hey There Evil Geeks!
Big Evil here, and I will be spilling all the news on everyone’s favorite Emerald Archer this season, but as you can see I’m a little late. With all the hub-bub of NYCC and the much needed recovery time, I was unable to get to Starling City for the premiere, but I promise you that you’ll start to see these reviews much more regualr moving forward. So what makes me qualified you may ask? Well, I’ve been reading Green Arrow almost as long as I’ve read Batman and have followed Mr. Queen into battle for years now, so the idea that there’s a TV show about him (that is really friggin’ awesome) simply brings a smile to my face. The creators have managed to use Ollie’s rich history but update it for the modern era and work alongside with DC Comics in their current iteration of the character to really make a cohesive story… So, here we go.
Episode 1: City of Heroes
This episode picks up from the finale from last season where Starling City was ravaged by the destruction of The Glades. Malcolm Merlin was outed as the architect behind the plan, but Ollie’s mother did so by sacrificing herself and Tommy Merlin was killed trying to save Laurel. All in all, Oliver was a beaten man, her returned to the city and couldn’t save it and his “list” didn’t exact justice the way that he hoped. We open with a helicopter going towards the island that Ollie was stranded on for all those years. While the public face of Oliver Queen went traveling around Europe, the real man retreated to the only place that made sense to him. Diggle and Felicity have come bring him back; his mother is in prison and ready for trial, Thea is lost and needs him, and the company has a hostile takeover on the rise and they convince him that Oliver Queen needs to return to Starling City. Upon his return we find the Thea has taken over the club and she is still with Roy. Roy regularly runs around the streets trying to fill the hole of the vigilante along with other copycat “Hoods” that Digg describes as not having the honor or restraint that Ollie had.
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