I’m still reading Wonder Woman…

13 04 2012

This is not my entire Wonder Woman comic collection, but it’s every single issue from J. Michael Straczynski’s #601 till today (#7). Issue #601 was when they gave Wonder Woman her new costume with the long pants but the whole thing didn’t really go anywhere. JMS is a great writer, but his take on Wonder Woman was too bizarre and abstract for my taste. And then the story ruined itself when they dragged the arc out two more issues just to end it in time for DC’s massive reboot. Now Brian Azzarello (also great writer) is writing our favourite female superhero and the book has gotten a little bit better. Anyone else following this series???


Reading “Batman Noel” by Lee Bermejo

2 03 2012

Batman: Noel is a graphic novel based on the famous Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol, and it is everything you want a graphic novel to be. Just by looking at the cover, you can tell that the art is stylistic, intriguing, and a total treat to look at. Some pages boldly do away with panels, and I like the way the text are creatively positioned around the pages. The most astounding thing about this graphic novel is how atmospheric it is. This is the first time a book actually made me feel chilly.

Familiar faces like The Joker, Catwoman and even Superman appears in this story, and I loved every bit of them. Readers who are new to Batman comics won’t be put off because the story here is 100% standalone, but there are a few pages with stuff that the hardcore fanbase will be surprised and delighted to see.

With the relentless “New 52” reboot going on in DC at the moment, this much-needed graphic novel slows things down a whole lot and delivers a heart-warming story with compelling characters. Batman: Noel is a MUST-HAVE in every graphic novel / comic book collection!

Reading “Flashpoint” by Geoff Johns & Andy Kubert

14 02 2012


Flashpoint is DC’s “excuse” for their company-wide reboot, and it is actually pretty good. This is another one of those alternate reality stories where different versions of familiar characters will appear and the writer can go crazy because they’re not the real characters anyway. Where I think Flashpoint gets it right it that even though it’s playing out in a separate world, the story still makes you feel connected to the real DC universe. And after all, the Flash whom you are following here is the real Flash.

I like Flashpoint‘s rendition of Wonder Wonder and Aquaman, especially those bold new costumes. The story of their war and how it’s causing problems for the superhero world is interesting and makes for some epic battle scenes. But perhaps the best new character in Flashpoint is (and here comes the big spoiler…) Thomas Wayne as Batman! That shocking final panel of issue one was where I thought to myself, okay now I am on board with this nonsense. Out of nowhere comes this painful yet beautiful story of The Flash and a new Batman, which concludes with one of the most touching moments I’ve ever seen in a comic book.

Flashpoint is a great story for our Scarlet Speedster, and it’s also a great story about human love and sacrifice. Do not skip this!

Super Dinosaur (by Robert Kirkman) #1-3

7 09 2011

Issue #1

Super Dinosaur is written by Robert Kirkman, the man responsible for other comic cult favourites such as The Astounding Wolf-man, Invincible, and of course… The Walking Dead!!! (Which I don’t get at all.)

This comic series about a boy and his BFF T-Rex is unbelievably good. I was totally fascinated at how all the characters are so simple, but yet so engaging. The story of how Super Dinosaur (S.D.) was created is absolutely ridiculous, but I’m a huge dinosaur fanatic, so as long as there are dinosaurs, I’m on board.

You will hear a lot of people saying this, but I have to say it again because it’s true: Super Dinosaur brings back the feeling of watching Saturday morning cartoons. The friendliness and cosiness of Super Dinosaur dispells the dark and cynical nature of other comics that only make you hate yourself and the world.

Bottomline: Super Dinosaur is a complete delight for anyone and everyone. RAWR!

Issues #2 & #3

Reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

6 09 2011

If someone were to ask me “what’s your favourite movie?”, the answer has been and always will be – Jurassic Park.

Funny story. One day I was stuck in the mall because it was raining outside and I didn’t have an umbrella with me so I couldn’t walk home. I ended up in the library browsing through random shelves and trying not to sneeze too often. After a while I saw Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton and thought to myself – wow, I can’t believe I have never read the novel that my favourite movie is based on! /my JP story.

The Jurassic Park book is very interesting, but has a very different tone and focus from the movie by Steven Spielberg. Spoiler: The ending is drastically different. I prefer the movie ending because it is a somewhat “happy” ending, but the cynical conclusion of the book seems to carry a heavier message that adds more meaning to what is essentially a monster story.

I like that the book has a lot of scientific talk about chaos theory and other stuff  that I cannot remember. It’s good science-fiction because it talks about science in a way that makes sense, but later on goes into places which are obviously fiction. In the end you are left wondering where exactly was that cut-off point in which science turned into fiction… (to make life easier, I just believe the whole thing.)

And since we are already talking about Jurassic Park, the Jurassic Park Trilogy Blu-ray (I repeat, the JURASSIC PARK TRILOGY BLU-RAY) is expected to be released on 25 Oct 2011. RAWR!

The Hunger Games – May the movie be ever in your favour

29 08 2011

So I finished reading the Suzanne Collins “sci-fi” novel The Hunger Games. Why are people calling it sci-fi? What’s so sci-fi about it? Anyway, the book is good… but not great.

I think The Hunger Games and its upcoming film adaptation is hyped up waaay too high. As if it’s locked in as the next Harry Potter or the next Twilight or basically the next big thing. Meh.

Katniss will be played by Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, X-Men: First Class), and she is the only reason why I even bothered to read this novel. Peeta will be played by Josh Hutcherson, who very nearly became Peter Parker/Spider-Man in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man*. Does he look like Peeta? Meh.

So after reading the book and watching the teaser trailer (yes, I am THAT updated) for The Hunger Games, my excitement level is – meh.

 Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) & Peeta (Josh Hutcherson)

*PS. The role of Spidey eventually went to Andrew Garfield, who is a far better choice imo.

Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) & Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone)

Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet – Vol. 1 & 2

22 08 2011

The Green Hornet comes across as a B-grade Batman (and in some ways it is), but sometimes you just feel like joining the cult and supporting a B-grade character. This series is based on a story written by Kevin Smith many years back, which was supposed to be turned into a movie. Sadly, it never made it to the big screen, and what we got instead was the film starring Seth Rogen. Even if you liked that movie, this comic book is so much better.

The covers by Alex Ross are crazy awesome…

By Alex Ross