Author: Joe Patrick

Book Report: Fables Vol. 1 Legends in Exile

WRITER: BILL WILLINGHAM PENCILLER: LAN MEDINA INKERS: STEVE LEIALOHA & CRAIG HAMILTON DC COMICS/VERTIGO $9.99 (**NOTE: This is a review of the previous edition of this volume. There is now a new edition available with a new cover, extra material, and a $12.99 cover price.**) Prince Charming saved Snow White with a kiss. The Big, Bad Wolf terrorized the Three Little Pigs. Pinocchio was granted his wish to become a real boy. Beauty saw through the Beast’s monstrous exterior to find the noble heart within. These characters and their stories are familiar to all of us. We’ve heard them hundreds of times in dozens of different forms. But what if our favorite fairy tale characters were living among us? What if there was far more to the stories than what we’ve been told? This is the premise of Fables, the long-running comic book series published by Vertigo/DC Comics. “Once upon a time, in a fictional land called New York City.” With this clever opening line, writer Bill Willingham begins to set the scene for his tale. The first volume in the ongoing Fables saga, titled “Legends In Exile,” introduces the reader to the book’s cast and shows just how different these characters are from the versions we remember. Hundreds of years ago, sometime after the events of the tales we know, an unknown adversary rampaged through the kingdoms of...

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Book Report: Starman Omnibus Volume 1

Welcome to the first installment of Book Report, my sure-to-be-irregular column in which I’ll be writing solo reviews of graphic novels and trade paperbacks that are essential to the health and well-being of any properly adjusted comic fan. For my first offering, I thought I’d recycle an oldie (at least, it’s an oldie where I come from…) that originated at my dearly departed blog Aquaman is Watching You. Yes, Virginia, I tried to make a go at the comic book review game before Matt and I developed THN. It was short-lived, but I had a blast doing it. And if nothing else, it inspired me to become the svelte comic book journalist you know and tolerate. This particular review won me a copy of the first Umbrella Academy trade paperback from the good folks at the Pull List Podcast — you should most definitely check those guys out at your earliest convenience. Their show was a direct inspiration to THN and they deserve your support. FUN FACT: I have sold more copies of this book than any other employee at Legend Comics & Coffee using something I call “The Starman Pitch,” some of which you’ll find in the following review. ONWARD! ————————— STARMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 1 WRITTEN BY JAMES ROBINSON ART BY TONY HARRIS (and various) COVER BY TONY HARRIS DC COMICS $49.99 (Hardcover) “There is a city. A...

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Ludicrous Speed Reviews – Week of 8/29/12

No podcast episode this week? No problem! Feast your rods and cones on reviews so short you’ll forget what you’ve read before you finish reading it! THIS…IS THE LUDICROUS SPEED ROUND — WRITTEN EDITION!!! Flash Annual #1 (DC Comics):  This issue fills in a bit of the pre-issue-one history of the New 52 version of the Rogues, and it isn’t bad. There are a lot of artists here, but each artist’s pages are wisely divided into individual chapters, so the change is never jarring. However, I thought Wes Craig’s art seemed really out of place compared to the others, though I’m generally a fan of his work. Ultimately, though, this issue reads as filler that could easily have fit into the regular series, as opposed to a $4.99 annual. Plus, the cliffhanger, while offering an exciting tease, seems completely disconnected from the current Rogues Gallery-centric story, and we’ll have to wait until September’s Zero Month is over to find out how it all fits together. Rating: SKIM IT Green Lantern Annual #1 (DC Comics): This is more like it. Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver (along with Pete Woods) wrap up the current Black Hand storyline while setting things up for the Rise of the Third Army crossover coming in October. Van Sciver’s art is gorgeous as usual — his Black Hand is genuinely terrifying. As with the Flash...

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“Who Am I? Why Am I Here?”

Besides quoting obscure Saturday Night Live sketches featuring forgotten political figures, I mean. As you may have heard on the Episode 79 of the Two-Headed Nerd Comicast, the show is on a brief hiatus while my co-host Matt Baum tours tours the country with his world-famous rock and roll band Desaparecidos. While one may think this is an excuse to rest easy and slack on our promise to delivery quality nerd content on a weekly basis, I assure that the reality is quite the opposite! If you recall from our most recent episode, we promised regular written content, guaranteed to both entertain AND inform, available right here at the all-new Two-Headed Nerd Dot Com! But what does that mean, exactly? I’m glad you asked… THN will post reactions to the latest nerd news (like our recent Justice League of America article), weekly written reviews that you won’t hear on the podcast, and regular content (reviews, essays, opinion pieces, etc.) from a host of awesome contributors like Keith Silva, Aaron Meyers, Tony Wright, our friend and fellow podcaster John Littrel from Burnt Weiners, and more! For our first contributor post, we are proud to present Girl Meets Nerd, the ongoing chronicle of Kacie Baum’s life with THN’s own Matt Baumstein. Look for Girl Meets Nerd’s first post here at its new home later tonight! In closing, Matt and I want...

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DC Announces JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

DC Comics announced a new ongoing Justice League title, Justice League of America, today during their DC Entertainment-All Access panel at Canada’s Fan Expo Toronto. The new series will be written by Geoff Johns (Justice League, Aquaman, Green Lantern) and art will be provided by David Finch (Batman the Dark Knight). The team features a, frankly, BIZARRE cast of characters, including Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Steve Trevor (I guess he was only MOSTLY dead), Green Arrow, Katana, Catwoman, Stargirl (!!!), Vibe (?!), and Baz – the new Arab-American Green Lantern. In a press release posted on DC’s Source blog, Geoff Johns wrote “[t]hey’re a team of unlikely heroes who will help one another discover they’re as A-List as anybody — yes, even Vibe. Though getting there won’t be easy. Why they’re formed, why each member joins, what they’re after and who the society of villains is they’re trying to take apart will all be clear in the first issue when it hits early 2013. David and I are really focused on delving deep into what it’s like to not be a member of the big seven and why, sometimes, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” I can tell you honestly that my heart jumped into my throat when I saw that Stargirl was coming back, but then it sank to the floor when I saw that she...

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