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Comic Review: Super Secret Crisis War #1 (IDW Publishing)

Published by IDW, June 2014
Story: Louise Simonson
Art: Derek Charm
Colors: Derek Charm
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Covers By: Derek Charm, Troy Little, and Katie Cook

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Synopsis: Oh boy when I heard this was coming out I told my daughter and she was like Powerpuff Girls and Dexter?  Even better Ben 10, Samurai Jack, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, and much much more!  Who’s Samurai Jack?  Oh okay, well that was one of daddy’s favorite cartoons back the golden age of Cartoon Network.  So who’s more excited for this, daddy or Natie?  I guess only time will tell and with this being a 6 issue miniseries with an additional 5 one-shots scheduled to be released this ginormous crossover IDW is pulling together is gonna be one heck of an event this summer.

So after reading I had to explain to my daughter that the bad guys were capturing all of the good guys to use them to take over the universe.  The story was a bit confusing as we literally jumped into this story without really knowing why we were here in the first place.  With each bad guy immediately came the pursuit and eventual capture of their adversary.  Then towards the end we get a stampede of sorts of what looks to be escaped Powerpuff Girl looking robots the Dynamo.  They go after a fifth set of characters that seem to get more play then the rest of what I thought were the main characters in this every expanding crossover.

So that being said this comic is all over the place causing a little confusion as to the purpose of this crossover event.  However that didn’t stop my daughter from wanting to read it, by herself I may add, a second time.  Sure she had questions but nothing to hard to explain.  As for me I sure hope this jumbled plot can pull itself together soon because we have 5 more issues for this event on top of 5 separate one-shot comics of new characters that’ll be thrown into the mix.  Overall I’ll stick to the main crossover for my daughter and skip the one-shots for now.

Related One-shots:

  1. Foster’s home for Imagination Friends
  2. The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
  3. Johnny Bravo
  4. Codename: Kids Next Door
  5. Cow and Chicken

Panel/Layout: Derek Charm’s line art and colors work well for the story keeping the characters look and feel in line with their related shows.  Ed, Edd, and Eddy have the squiggly lines while Samurai Jack have those sharp pointy signature lines.  It will be interesting to see if Charm’s can keep his momentum while staying true to each character’s design as things intensify.

Verdict: Yeah I’m picking this up, duh! I already have issue #4 on advance order so I’m committed.  It will be a fun read for any kid regardless of the plot.  It may even introduce them to characters apart of the Cartoon Network they didn’t even know existed.  I gave it a 3.5 only because of the jumbled plot.  Moms and Dads, good luck!

Rating: 3.5/5

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Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 7/30/2014

Top 10 Comic Book Covers – Week 7/30/2014

Here are my choices for top comic book covers.  As always there are way to many to pick from but these definitely got my attention!

Comic Book Cover Source: Midtown Comics

Comic Review: Winterworld #1 (IDW Publishing)

Published by IDW Publishing, June 2014
Story: Chuck Dixon
Art: Butch Guice
Colors: Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Covers By: Butch Guice & Diego Rodriguez

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Synopsis: This post apocalyptic style comic involves something that may very well be our future depending upon how we continue to affect climate change.  Besides that the story itself concerns 2 characters, Scully and Wynn.  Scully seems to the be level headed leader of the 2 and very much deep in the reality of their situation while Wynn, our 14 year old teenager is miss happy-go-lucky, the optimist of the 2.  We open up to her narration explaining the current state of the planet, frozen and lifeless making every day a life and death struggle.  

We follow these two in their search for Wynn’s parents.  Not much is known about why her parents are missing or how this whole expedition started.  This world reminds me of the movie “The Day After Tomorrow”, poorly executed, the movie I mean but the idea was quite fascinating.  I’m hoping this will explore this world ending scenario.  Things like coming across an aircraft carrier in the middle of a cold barren landscape was totally cool to see visualized.  The idea that the power could be turned on because it has a nuclear reactor.  The scene with the laptop and a Google like landing page displaying, pretty funny.  The fact that the need for transportation truly speaks how hard survival can be, especially traveling long distances.

Panel/Layout: The overall layout is nicely done allowing for the smooth progression of our teams adventure. I can’t form words to describe how amazing Butch Guice’s line art is and Diego Rodriguez’s use of color.  Each panel comes alive with this amazing detail allowing for a minimal narration by Wynn as we move between scenes, the pictures speak for themselves.  The hardships with each new scene and the bitter cold are brought forth through the minimalistic use of basic coloring.   

Verdict: The art is simply amazing and by far half of these new series selling point!  The other is by far the story from our writer Chuck Dixon.  We have something good here that needs to be explored.  Something that can provide a better survival story that what Hollywood can dish out.  I only hope this series continues to push the limits bringing forth both new material and new readers.

Rating: 4/5

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ComicMount – Tabletop/Shelf Display Review

ComicMount – Tabletop/Shelf Display Review

I purchased 5 of the ComicMount products from 1 of the 3 sellers on eBay and received them pretty quickly.  I wanted to share my thoughts on the product concerning tabletop/shelf display and wall mounting.  This review and pictures concern the tabletop and/or shelf style display of your comics.

To start out I used 2 types of comic book holders for reference in this review.  The first is one of the most common CGC style acrylic case and then the other not so common but still very awesome was the BCW Deluxe Comic Book UV Protected Display case.

CGC/PGX Acrylic Case

The CGC case performed well and looked great.  Sliding the stand around was very easy since the CGC case is very light in weight.  You just need to be careful not to yank the stand or the flimsy piece of cardboard that spreads the 2 pieces of plastic apart will fall out and you’ll need to reinsert. The width of the CGC case also averted any tipping the may happen by accident.  So overall a very good solution for displaying CGC or PGX style acrylic cases.

BCW Deluxe Comic Book UV Display Case

The BCW deluxe display case is by far much heavier and I can already tell you that it will not work in a wall mounting unless something is done to beef up the back screws that hold the 2 pieces of plastic together.  I plan on experimenting with that very scenario and will include that in a future review.  So we are just left with the Tabletop and/or shelf display and yes it does work with the heavy BCW case.

There are some caveats to the “works well” part of my explanation.  The flimsy piece of cardboard that keeps the 2 pieces of plastic spread apart in order for the comic stand to function is by far the Achilles heel of the product.  I really wish they had made this insert out of thick plastic like the rest of the product.  I also wish they had some how made this hypothetical plastic style insert slide in a fixed groove so as to keep this piece from simply falling out when pulled, such as sliding the comic case and stand to another side of the table.

Final Thoughts

Overall I think this is a wonderful product that I intend to keep my eye on.  I will definitely look into beefing up the flimsy piece of cardboard and see if that helps with the overall stability.  If you’d like to share some of your examples I’ve enabled this post for picture replies so don’t hesitate to send some my way.

Comic Review: Dexter’s Laboratory #1 (IDW Publishing)

Published by IDW Publishing, May 2014
Story: Derek Fridolfs
Art: Ryan Jampole
Colors:  Jeremy Colwell
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Covers By: Ryan Jampole & Derek Charm

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Synopsis: I remember watching Cartoon Network during the heyday of Genndy Tartakovsky’s creation period.  Many a time was I sitting in front of the TV watching Dexter’s Lab, Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack.  I’m glad that IDW Publishing has brought back the boy genius so as to help me relive through the eyes of my daughter in comic book form. I’m also looking forward to the new crossover event bringing back many of the Cartoon Network characters in Super Secret Crisis War later this year, so check it out if you can.

In this new 4-part miniseries Dexter starts out talking about his next big idea, one that he has been developing now for over a year.  We see that his lab is in lockdown and various worker robots are keeping tabs on Dee Dee’s every move until she leaves for her dance recital.  However like all of Dexter’s inventions they usually meet their demise quickly at the hands of an unexpected appearance from his sister Dee Dee.  The cute interactions between the two stay true to the original cartoon leading us into the main storyline with Dexter’s new invention and a dream.  A dream of a life where Dee Dee can no longer interfere with his lab or his inventions. 

Panel/Layout: From the viewpoint of a child the comic has a very basic square box layout that makes it easy to follow.  However the downside to this comic comes when a rather wordy bubble appears in a small box.  This usually occurs when Dexter is off on a rant and usually his vocabulary consists of rather large words.  Besides that the artwork stays true to classic Dexter and Dee Dee cartoons of the past.

Verdict: I would recommend this book for kids with a word of caution.  If you plan on getting this for a young reader ages 6 to 8 years of age then you may need to help read along.  Dexter has a rather large vocabulary of lengthy sized words that he utilizes to explain various experiments and of course gloating over his many achievements.  I read along with my 6 year old daughter and she loved the story.  In fact she really enjoyed the brother and sister interacts since she herself has a younger brother. 

Rating: 4/5

Office Site: Dexter’s Laboratory
Reference Site: Talking About New Series
Reference: CBR