Monday, May 31, 2010
Iron Man: The Inevitable
I didn't like this miniseries at all. The story by Joe Casey left me indifferent (even worse: it bored me), and the artwork by Frazer Irving was a horrible mismatch for the story and the character. Call me crazy, but Tony Stark looked remarkably like Hitler, and I didn't find that funny or appropriate. Skip it if you haven't read it.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
I was curious to read this classic by Ray Bradbury, and it was an interesting story but kind of slow and not as compelling as I would have liked.
Are You There, Vodka? Its Me, Chelsea
I already talked about this hilarious book by Chelsea Handler here.
El último deseo
A very interesting read by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Last Wish (Ostatnie zyczenie in Polish) introduces Geralt de Rivia and his world, which develops throughout six more novels that I might just have to read. My friend Nash gave me the first two volumes as a birthday present, and even though it took me a couple of months to start reading the first one, I finished it in a matter of days. The mixture of fantasy, lore, and fairy tales is very original and ingeniously presented, and the main character is enigmatic, charismatic, and other adjectives ending in -atic that mean the book is a lot of fun to read. All in all, this novel was an unexpected treat, and I can't wait to read the next one. Thank you, Nash!
The Spider and the Fly
This oversized book is based on the cautionary tale by Mary Howitt, and is beautifully illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. You'll read it in a matter of minutes, but you'll spend a lot longer drooling over the artwork that accompanies the words. Great fun!
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
This gothic novella by Mathias Malzieu is also a steampunk tale of sorts, something you wouldn't be surprised to see as a Tim Burton movie. Malzieu is the singer of the French band Dyonisos, and this novella was the basis for their latest album, which must be an interesting collection of songs if they were inspired by this story. As it happens, I found the video for one of them, and it totally looks like the story I read, if that makes any sense, so check it out, and then decide if you'd like to read the book.
And that's it for this month. I will be traveling in June, so we'll see how many books I'm able to take with me. If you want to find out, come back in a month and all the secrets will be revealed!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
At any rate, the story by Matt Fraction is entertaining, and the books ends with a low-key cliffhanger, if that is not an oxymoron. I wonder what'll happen next month.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
The DVD comes with an alternate ending (the original one, I think) that I liked about as much as the one in the final cut. (Actually, it wasn't all that different.), and the austere menu and presentation reinforce the idea of it being a found tape, an amateur recording. It simply fits the content (and concept) of the movie perfectly, which is a great idea, just like the movie. So watch Paranormal Activity if you haven't already, and let us know what you think!
Friday, May 28, 2010
This is one of those pictures that were triggered by silly stories or weird ideas. My girlfriend and I were at the mall, and when we went back to the car we saw this vanity plate that said "Gleor". It was a Florida Gators plate, so we concluded the only possible explanation for this was for Gleor to be a mutant alligator of sorts. Needless to say, this monster all but begged to be drawn, so I proceeded (urgently) to do so. Since we "met" him at the parking lot, it only made sense he found us there and, in a fit of rage, destroyed our pick up truck.
I had a lot of fun drawing Gleor, and I think the picture turned out rather nicely, so I hope you guys enjoy it. As usual, let me know what you think!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
It is widely known that I don't consider Loeb the best of writers, yet he keeps working with artists I love and I am then forced to buy his books. He worked with Joe Madureira on Ultimates 3, with Frank Cho on Red Hulk (and, if I'm not mistaken, the upcoming Ultimates 4), and now with Arthur Adams on this book. (And also on Red Hulk for a couple of issues.) So after lamenting my luck, I went ahead and bought the stupid book. Was it worth it?
It was amazing, that's what it was.
The story was actually interesting, mysterious, and well told. There is barely any action scenes to speak of (yay!), and the whole tale develops at a slow, leisurely pace that I really, really enjoyed. And the artwork… To say it was extraordinary would be to say the sun is kinda shiny. Everything Adams draws in this book is simply perfect. He draws people incredibly well: their faces, expressions, body language. Their clothes are so detailed and realistic they almost blew my mind. His backgrounds are out of this world: Karen's bathroom is a work of art; her room is amazing; the mall is rendered so beautifully you will think the place actually exists; and the cars parked outside are incredible. I could go on: the panels are terrific, his sequential storytelling brilliant… He is a master.
As it turns out, Ultimate X is an ongoing bimonthly series by Loeb and Adams, so I guess this means I'll have to add it to my must-buy list, because if issue 2 is any indication, this series is going to be gold. Go buy it!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I was happy to see the story focused on Copycat, or, at least, she is the narrator that puts together a string of flashbacks. I always like Copycat, and it was nice to see her again. The story is mysterious, and Wood reveals details and information little by little. For some unknown reason, the team has somehow landed on a strange, primitive world (with two suns!), and the superpowered team members are understandably mistaken for gods. And that's about as much as the reader finds out. Interesting, but perhaps not great.
The artwork is fine as well, but I didn't think it was exceptional. Isaacs is certainly competent, and her style fits the story, but I guess I miss the way Ramos and Campbell and Lee depicted the characters, and it's simply not the same. Before you say "well, duh!", I realize it's not supposed to be the same, and that that's the whole point, yet I wish it was, at least when it comes to the visuals. (I mean, check out the cover by Lee accompanying these lines, in color here.) Or maybe I would be happier if one of my favorite artists had drawn the book, I don't know. Still, DV8 #1 was an interesting read, and I might even get the trade when it comes out. Didn't I say the same about iZombie and American Vampire? I think I'm starting to see a pattern here…
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
At any rate, this is probably the least exciting page in the comic book, but I felt I had to convey all that information somehow. Plus, the page was so simple I drew it in record time!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
MHL focused on one-night stands, but Vodka is broader in scope and recounts different anecdotes that are not related to sex necessarily. As with her previous effort, this book is laugh-out-loud funny, and the weird situations Handler finds herself in are priceless and definitely worth reading. I like her outrageous way to describe people and situations, and how she tries to be as insulting and infuriating as possible while keeping her tongue firmly planted in her cheek. I mean, "a kid with an unusually large cranium and 'crazy eyes'"? Who wouldn't want to read this book?
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The story is quirky and somewhat original, and Allred's artwork has come a long way from what I remembered. The main character, Gwen, is a zombie that looks "normal", and she must eat brains once a month to avoid becoming, well, a brainless zombie. To ensure ease of access to the freshly deceased, she works as an undertaker in the local cemetery, where she gets to hang out with a ghost from the sixties and a wereterrier she calls Spot. Is that quirky enough for you?
While neither story or pictures blew me away, iZombie was entertaining, and I might (maybe, perhaps, we'll see) buy the first trade whenever it comes out, so let me know if you check it out, and tell me what you think!
Friday, May 14, 2010
El matador tripón con el hacha levantada me gusta mucho también porque, aunque rompe la estética de matadores super cachas, le da a la unidad un toque divertido.
Del otro componente me gustan sus dos martillos, pues le da al grupo una variedad de armamento que me gusta bastante.
Bueno, espero que os gusten. ¡Ya solo quedan dos matadores más por presentar!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The whole Avengers subplot probably was my least favorite thing in the movie, as I see how Marvel is pushing their crossover movie, which is supposed to come after Thor and Captain America get their own films, both already in the works. And talking about those two characters, watch out for subtle (and not-so-subtle) references to both throughout the movie.
Something that surprised me is that the hilarious "You complete me" scene from the trailer was not in the movie, and I would really like to see it, so please make it available on the DVD. What wasn't all that surprising was the hidden scene after the credits. There was one in the first movie, so it only made sense there would be another one in the sequel, and there sure is, so don't leave the theater until you see it.
All in all, Iron Man 2 was tremendously enjoyable, so if you liked the first one, go to see this one. A fun time at the movies!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
I thought the story was interesting and well told, and the acting was great. I didn't expect anything less from Walken, but Denis Leary surprised and amused me in all his scenes, which seemed to have been written by a Tarantino fan. The movie is slow paced, but it never seems to drag and it's never boring, which is remarkable given there is only a handful of locations, no action to speak of, and the whole thing feels more like a play than a movie.
All in all, I had a great time watching this film, so if you haven't seen it, I recommend you check it out. It's definitely worth seeing!
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
Thursday, May 06, 2010
En la primera batalla, Vheto Slidecaster y sus muchachos se enfrentaron a un ejército de enanos con un montón de máquinas de guerra, cañones, lanza virotes, cañones de salvas, enanos con arcabuces, y un sacerdote enano que tira rayos desde un altar. Pero fue el día de los defectos de construcción, ya que explotó un cañón de salvas, el sacerdote enano decidió morir al invocar las plegarias de sus dios para lanzar rayos, y los artilleros enanos no conseguían acertar a mis tropas, así que las caballerías, el carro, la hidra, Vheto, Esmili y su hermana Mirith se lanzaron de cabeza contra el enemigo y lo masacraron.
En la segunda partida, Vheto y sus muchachos se enfrentaron a los temibles ejércitos de no muertos, donde unidades de esqueletos, y zombis estaban lideradas por cuatro temibles vampiros dentro de una unidad gigante de caballería tumularia. Y para acabar de arreglar el asunto, dos walgufs, criaturas que son una mezcla entre vampiro y ogro, les acompañaban por los flancos. Viendo la imposibilidad de ganar esta batalla en combate frontal, mis unidades se diseminaron por todo el campo de batalla para no ofrecer un blanco fácil de atacar mientras mis ballesteros, los lanza virotes y las caballerías ligeras con ballestas no paraban de disparar. Rápidamente, los hombres de Vheto acabaron con las unidades de infantería y los walgufs y se concentraron en disparar a la superunidad con todos los vampiros dentro, ataque que se mantuvo hasta que pudieron lanzarse a la carga todos mis nobles junto a los restos de mi caballería pesada, el carro y la hidra, que terminaron por aniquilarlos a todos. Sin embargo, costó más de lo que en un principio pensó Vheto Slidecaster, ya que los vampiros son unas criaturas muy difíciles de eliminar y dieron mucha guerra.
En la tercera batalla, un ejército de pieles verdes, orcos, y goblins cubrían como una marea verde todo el campo de batalla, y carros, orcos en jabalís salvajes, goblins con arcos, lanza virotes y un gigante se abalanzaron sobre los elfos oscuros. No fue el día de los ballesteros y los lanza virotes, que apenas causaron bajas mientras el enemigo se acercaba a toda velocidad, ni tampoco el de la caballería, que no pudo controlar a sus monturas y se quedaron paradas; sino que fue la unidad más insignificante del ejército la que le dio la victoria. Las dos pequeñas unidades de seres voladores de las cavernas se interpusieron entre los carros de los héroes goblin el tiempo suficiente para que las sombras (la unidad de élite de los elfos oscuros con sus temibles espadas a dos manos) y el maestro de asesinos acabasen con uno y Esmili con el otro. La otra unidad consiguió distraer al gigante interponiéndose entre él y la caballería lo justo para que la hidra cargase contra el costado del gigante y lo devorase. Vheto cargó contra un carro orco que decidió salir corriendo y pasar por encima de sus tropas haciendo una escabechina, pero se quedó expuesto a los disparos de los lanza virotes goblins con tan mala fortuna que tanto él como su pegaso fueron abatidos. Pero no os preocupéis, que se recuperarán. El resto de la batalla consistió en ir cazando unidades de goblins y orcos, pero son más escurridizos y duros de lo que pensaban y sólo se consiguió una victoria decisiva.
Así que, al final, un segundo puesto, lo que significa una nueva hacha de combate para mi armería. Y aquí tenéis un mini vídeo del torneo con una explicación de qué es Warhammer.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Lo bonito de la unidad que estoy creando es que los enanos son de diferentes marcas, con lo que no hay miniaturas repetidas. Aunque sale un poco más caro, queda genial en este tipo de unidades en las que no llevan un uniforme.
Siguiendo con el esquema de colores, he pintado la "falda" en colores rojos, al igual que los mangos de las armas ,y, para darle un toque de color, he pintado una línea blanca cerca del borde. Aunque no se aprecia del todo en la foto, la peana es como de un templo o palacio bastante deteriorado, en el que predomina el blanco con detalles en rojo, para dar un efecto de uniformidad a las miniaturas.
Me gustan mucho el del puño de hierro en alto en plan vacililla, y el del hacha que está a punto de partir a alguien por la mitad. ¡Ya me diréis cuáles os gustan a vosotros!
Monday, May 03, 2010
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Como los colores del clan del Valle de la niebla (mi ejército enano) son el rojo, el blanco y el dorado, decidí pintar las armaduras en rojo con los detalles en dorado. También estoy pintando la mayoría de los soldados rubios, para darle un aire más nórdico al ejército que creo que le va muy bien, exceptuando la unidad de matadores y algún que otro moreno. Finalmente, la peana de roca la tengo que sustituir por una de un camino, que es la que voy a poner en las unidades grandes.
Espero que os guste.
Saturday, May 01, 2010
This horror novel by Tim Waggoner was so wrong and so disturbing that some of the mental pictures it conjured will stay with me for the rest of my life. A gruesome but entertaining tale!
I bought this book while I was in Spain because I thought it could be really funny. At the same time, I was afraid it would turn out to be a horrible waste of money, but the truth is somewhere in the middle. In the vein of Price, Prejudice, and Zombies, this is a retelling of the classic story adding zombies and creatures of the night to the tale. The result is interesting and amusing, and while it won't become a classic like the one it was inspired by, I don't regret having read it.
Cycle of the Werewolf
This is an old book by Stephen King I had never read before because it was fifteen bucks at Barnes & Noble, and, for such a short story, I thought it was overpriced. I understand it is packed with beautiful illustrations by Berni Wrightson, but I simply wasn't willing to spend the money. Enter Amazon, and their great deals, and yours truly ended up buying the book. And hey, it turned out to be a very enjoyable tale. I liked the structure, the very impressionistic descriptions, and the way King uses precise brush strokes to create this world and characters. It was a quick read, but tremendously entertaining.
Iron Man: Hypervelocity
A friend of mine let me borrow this Iron Man trade because the awesome Adam Warren wrote it a few years ago. You should know by now that Warren is one of my favorite comic book creators (both as a writer and an artist) thanks to Empowered, so I was interested in reading Hypervelocity. Warren did the layouts but not the finished artwork, yet the pictures were still pretty to look at. As for the script, both story and dialogue were pure Warren, and the overwhelming technobabble fit the character perfectly and proved how literate, inventive, and resourceful Warren is when it comes to using the English language. A fun read!
Mysterius the Unfathomable
I had been eagerly anticipating this trade by Jeff Parker and Tom Fowler, and it was a lot of fun. The story was weird, interesting, twisty, and very entertaining, and the artwork by Fowler was extraordinary. A terrific read!
And that's it for April. It seems like I've settled for two or three books and a couple of trades a month, so I guess that's what you should expect next month as well. Swing by then, and find out!