Chuck’n Comics Episode 105: Avenger VS. X-Men #1 For Reals This Time!

Welcome back once again to Chuck’n Comics!  Where sitting on the couch in your underwear in the middle of the day is no longer weird but a fact of life and completely accepted by everyone in my social circle.

Okay, that’s a lie.  But let’s disregard that awkward little tangent and get into our next comic review:  Avengers Vs. X-Men #1!

BACKGROUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Short and sweet:  The mutant species is dying off.  There are only handful of them left on the planet.  The Phoenix force, once inhabiting the body of Jean Grey, is alive and well and heading to Earth.  Destroying at least one planet in it’s wake.

The X-Men are far removed from the mutants we knew and loved just a few short years ago.  They have hardened.
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Chuck’n Comics Episode 104: Batman #1

Welcome back once again to Chuck’n Comics where we are going to take a look at one of my favorite books of the new 52:  Batman.

BACKGROUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, I would normally deliver a little backstory here but…it’s Batman.  From Tim Burton to Christopher Nolan, we have heard the plot and background again and again so I won’t belabor the point.

Beware…spoilers.

Batman #1 follows the character we love as he undercuts a potential uprising at Arkam Asylum with the aid of the first Robin, Dick Grayson/Nightwing.  The fight isn’t much of a test of Batman’s skills as both him and Nightwing (disguised as The Joker) deal with it pretty easily.  From there we are taken to Bruce Wayne’s new project:  The future of Gotham.  There he meets a young, noble man with ambitions as large as Gotham itself,  Lincoln March.  Life is seemingly heading up until Bruce intercepts a call for Commissioner Gordon that involves a very brutal murder where in the only evidence are the murder weapons (throwing knives engraved with owls on the handles) and the DNA, under the fingernails of the victim, belonging to Dick Grayson.

This and Aquaman were the first books I got into when I heard of the new 52 and so far, I have been blown away by the artwork and the storytelling has ranged from action packed to creepy as all hell.  Issue #1, written by Scott Snyder and pencilled by Greg Capullo, starts a little slow, luring you into a false sense of “here we go again” and throws you head first into a free fall which leads all the why down to the court of the owls.

My favorite aspect has to be Capullo’s artistic style.  The self taught artist is in himself a great instructor as the artwork keeps the comic style while integrating a noir look to the book that isn’t overbearing but subtle and smooth.  Action sequences aren’t just stimulating but deeply moving, such as Mr. Freezes expression from getting his helmet smashed by the bat.  A great commitment to keeping characters engaged in the story keeps the reader engaged as well.

As a stand alone number one, it’s a really good book.  I initially got a little bored with how easily he dispatched so many criminals but having read the whole story arc, it sets up the rest of the story very well.

Check it out!  See you next time when we take a look at the real Avengers Vs. X-Men #1!

Chuck’n Comics Episode 103 FLASHBACK: Y The First Man Vol. #1

Y the last man vol 1Welcome back to Chuck’n Comics where the geek is chic…always.  Today I’d like to jump in the TARDIS and ride all timey-whimey back a few years to the release of Brian K. Vaughn’s Y:  The Last Man Vol. 1.  Y,  the first volume in the graphic novels, begins the story of what if all the men on earth died.  What was once a lewd sexual fantasy shared by many adolescent boys is brought to the harsh light of reality in an amazing story that grabs you from the first page.

Taken from Vertigo’s website:  “Written by Brian K. Vaughan (Lost, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.” Continue reading “Chuck’n Comics Episode 103 FLASHBACK: Y The First Man Vol. #1” »

Chuck’n Comics Episode 102: AvsX #1

Welcome back!  This week on Chuck’n Comics we are looking at AvsX #1…of the limited series.  An exciting opportunity turned disappointment when I realized the book I was reading was not the first book in the series but more a complimentary series for the story arc.

For those of you not in the know, what AvsX represents is the ultimate fight between Earth’s mightiest heroes and the X-Men when it comes down to the return of the Phoenix either meaning the rebirth of the mutant species or the end of  Earth as the Avengers know it.  The X-Men want it and the Avengers must protect the planet thus…Avengers vs. X-men!

So understanding this, I must say this was a series I was extremely excited to dive into.  It has been a while since I have been excited about a Marvel event so, needless to say, I was eager.  I, unfortunately, should have looked before I leaped because I ended up in the right story but wrong set of books so my experience with the books, thus far, is confusing but I am going to shoot a review of it anyway.

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Chuck’n Comics Episode 101: Batgirl #1

Welcome to the first of hopefully many comic reviews here on the Earth Station One.  My name is Chuck Peters.  I’m a filmmaker, writer, blogger and all around comic loving guy who is here to talk the shop…comic-shop.   Looking at what’s hot, what’s been left in the oven a bit too long and what’s cold.  So let’s get to it.  First up:  Batgirl #1!

As most you may know, Barbara Gordon is back as Batgirl in the new 52, the reboot event so big DC comics old logo couldn’t survive it.  Before we get into the comic itself, how about a little background on Ms. Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.

“A prodigy ahead of her time? Check. Fought toe-to-toe with Gotham’s most unsavory? Double-check. Bailed out the Dark Knight on countless occasions? Capital C check.

Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, a confident young woman as committed to justice as her father, Gotham City’s top cop Commissioner Gordon. But when her overprotective Dad forbids her from joining the force, her admiration of Batman leads her to rebel the way crime-fighting rebels do in Gotham City: by picking up the mantle of the Bat.

An exceptional fighter and detective, Batgirl is also unparalleled in her computer skills. With a Utility Belt filled with Batarangs and her own Batcycle to speed her across the city, she pursues justice regardless of whether others—including Batman—wish her to. But Gotham’s criminals are a ruthless and maniacal lot, and every moment she risks her neck means dancing closer to death.  (Taken from the DC Webpage)”

What is missing is the life before the 52 that you need to know:  How the Joker arrived at her doorstep.  How he shot her through the spinal cord and from that point forward, she became the Oracle, Batman’s eyes and ears over Gotham.

Since the birth of the new 52, Barbara Gordon is back in the cowl so let’s look at Batgirl #1.

SPOILERS

Barbara is back patrolling the night skies when her path converges with that of a new killer:  The Mirror.  Finding her way to the home of Ortegas, she encounters the Brisby Killers, a group of young people posing in cheap costumes who love to commit home invasions and murder.  A group who has also fallen onto the radar of The Mirror.

After her foiling of the Brisby killers at the Ortega house, Barbara finally gets out on her own and moved in with an actual roommate.  Things are going fairly well when her phone, tapped into her father’s emergency texts,  alerts her to a terrorist ordeal at the hospital, where the last surviving member of the Brisby Killers is being treated.  She grabs her Batcycle and races for the hospital.

The hospital is a shambles, one cop is dead and Batgirl comes face to face with the mirror.  The Mirror is after those that should have died and with a gun pointed at Batgirl’s spine, he kills the last member of the Brisby killers…and she’s next.

The first issue is very appealing in the sense that it almost feels like Spider-Man.  As Batgirl, she’s getting on her feet and getting used to what it’s like out on the city scape but as Barbara Gordon, she’s living with her father Jim and moving out on to her own.

So far I’m enthused about the book but I’m not overly impressed.   The beginning is very luke warm but thankfully, not cold.  When she’s Batgirl, I’m not feeling too much of a difference between her and Batman, a little more sarcasm but it

doesn’t feel…different.  I’m more interested in the story behind the cowl right now.  I like the concept of Barabara dealing with being the Batgirl but having a life and that is what the first book hints at.

I am intrigued enough to keep reading.

Tune in for the next episode when I take at look at  A VS X and reveal one of my favorite older issues from off the shelf.  In the meantime, I’m Chuck’N Comics.  Later.

Nathan Fillion teases ‘Firefly’: Could Netflix bring it back?

Originally Posted by Jenna Busch @ blog.zap2it.com

While perusing Nathan Fillion‘s Twitter feed, as any woman in her right mind is wont to do, we came across a particular Tweet that is making geek hearts explode all over the internet. It read, “Hmm Hmmmmm HMMMMMM tiny.cc/wnba9.”  That magical link takes you to a blog by comic book writer (and all around cool guy) Marc Bernardin called, “Could Netflix Bring Firefly Back From the Dead?”

Oh my dear and fluffy lord, would that it were true! (And yes, that is from “Serenity,” the film that is essentially the second season of “Firefly.”) Bernardin suggests in his article that Netflix, which has resurrected “Arrested Development” and plans to make more episodes, might be able to do the same for “Firefly.”

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