Collected Comic Review - GRIEF: stories by Frank Gogol

GRIEF: stories by Frank Gogol - I have a confession to make: despite my love of comics, until very recently (we're talking the last month and a half or so), I have not been very successful in supporting indie comics.  Caveat: I personally don't consider titles from Image independent comics.  Sure they are all creator owned properties, but Image is more than the big fish in the small indie pond, they're more like the the kid who has graduated from the kid's table at family gatherings.  And that is my long way of introducing this collection of stories by Frank Gogol from Comics Experience and Source Point Press.

You may be wondering how I came upon such a book since I'm not an avid proponent of indie titles.  Well, I'm actually an (internet) acquaintance of Frank's thanks to The Omnibus Collector's Comic Swap and Community group on Facebook.  This project of his began as a Kickstarter campaign last year (which I missed out on) but I have followed its prog…

Review - Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), PG-13, 2h 15min - Of all of the Star Wars films to date (of which this is the tenth overall, and second anthology entry), this was easily the one that I was the least excited about (yes, that includes the prequel trilogy when they first hit theaters). I liked the premise: a Han Solo origin story, but the film encountered a number of obstacles during production (including a director change) and I wasn't terribly thrilled with the casting of Alden Ehrenreich as the younger version of the iconic character (I didn't feel like he could carry a film based on what little I had seen of him previously). On the other hand, I felt like Donald Glover was born to play a young Lando Calrissian, and after seeing the likes of Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Paul Bettany in the trailer I was cautiously optimistic. But even then I just didn't have the excitement and urgency that I usually do leading up to a new Star Wars film. That's the long way …

Collected Comic Review - Black Panther Oversize Hardcover Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet (Coates/Stelfreeze/Sprouse)

Black Panther Oversize Hardcover Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet - Collecting Black Panther (2016) #1-12.

Earlier this year I went on a Black Panther reading binge in the weeks leading up to the release of the Marvel Studios film.  One of the books I read during that time was this hardcover collection, which contains the first arc of Ta-Nehisi Coates' current, on-going run on the title.  I even teased the eventual completion of this review in my write up for the film.  I then proceeded to find myself distracted by a number of other things and hadn't gotten around to getting my thoughts down 'on paper' until now.  Let me assure you that my delay in getting this review together is no indication of this material's quality as it is excellent.

Aside from his inclusion in other Marvel comics titles (i.e. Jonathan Hickman's Avengers run) my comic book exposure to Black Panther prior to this volume was pretty much limited to Christopher Preist's highly regarded run

Collected Comic Review - Daredevil by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee Omnibus Vol. 2

Daredevil by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee Omnibus Vol. 2 - Collecting Daredevil (2011) #28-36, Daredevil (2014) #0.1-18, and Indestructible Hulk (2013) #9-10.

Those who know me or follow this blog are probably wondering "Why on Earth did it take Tim this long to get a review for this book written?  It's been out for almost a month already!"  Well, there was a bit of a delay in my receiving my copy as the first one arrived with a production defect (the top front edge of the dust jacket was torn/bent under the shrink wrap).  Fortunately, the customer service department at In Stock Trades is wonderful and I was able to get a replacement.  Unfortunately, I had to wait for my damaged copy to be returned before the replacement shipped.  About two weeks after my original order was placed, I finally had my copy in hand and then of course I needed time to re-read it!

This volume collects the second half of Mark Waid's run on Daredevil.  At this point in the run, Chris Samnee h…

Review - I Kill Giants

I Kill Giants (2017), NR, 1h 46min - This film is a live action adaptation of the 2008 Image Comics series of the same name, created by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura.  It was a series that I had long heard great things about, and one which I was happy to have finally gotten the chance to read this past week.  This weekend marks the film's initial, limited, theatrical release - meaning it won't get to my area for at least another week or two - however, thanks to its simultaneously being available to rent digitally through Amazon Prime, I didn't have to wait, and I'm happy to report that this is a pretty worthy adaptation.

I gave a vague overview of the story in my review of the graphic novel yesterday, and I will attempt to do the same here: I Kill Giants is the story of Barbara Thorsen (Madison Wolfe), a nerdy, sarcastic, introverted, middle school-aged girl, using her imagination to simultaneously avoid and cope with life's problems while interacting with others as…

Collected Comic Review - I Kill Giants: Titan Edition

I Kill Giants: Titan Edition - Collecting I Kill Giants (2008) #1-7.

I Kill Giants by writer Joe Kelly and artist JM Ken Niimura is a series from Image Comics that I have heard great things about for a while now, but had never had the chance to read.  Mostly due to my preference for nice, oversize hardcover editions and the fact that this Titan Edition is out of print and not the easiest to track down at a decent price.  About a week ago, the stars aligned and I was able to add a copy of this book to my collection and read it in time for the release of its live-action film adaptation (which hits theaters in a limited release this weekend).

More so than with other stories, I'm paranoid about spoiling details of such a short series, so this is going to be even more vague than usual.  I Kill Giants follows the nerdy, sarcastic, imaginative, introvert Barbara Thorson, whom we are first introduced to as she sits in the back of the classroom, generally ignoring the goings on of her fifth…

Review - Jessica Jones (Netflix), Season 2

Jessica Jones (2015), Season 2, TV-MA, 13 Episodes - The second season of Jessica Jones has been out on Netflix for about a week and a half now as it was released a day earlier than usual to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8.  I wasn't sure what to expect from season 2 as her comic book history is relatively limited when compared to her Defenders teammates (she first appeared in 2001) and her primary villain (Kilgrave) had already been dealt with in the first season.  What I got was a well paced, deeper exploration into Jessica's past that also provided significant character development for a number of characters (one of which hit very close to home for me personally, which I will discuss more in the spoiler section).

Season 2 takes place shortly after the events of The Defenders series.  Jessica (Krysten Ritter) is trying to go about her business running Alias Investigations with the help of her neighbor Malcolm (Eka Darville), but she finds it increasing…

Collected Comic Review - Black Widow TPB Vol. 1-2 (Waid/Samnee)

Black Widow Vol. 1 - S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Most Wanted - Collecting Black Widow (2016) #1-6
Black Widow Vol. 2 - No More Secrets - Collecting Black Widow (2016) #7-12

I recently re-read the Daredevil by Mark Waid Omnibus Vol. 1 in preparation for this past week's release of the Daredevil by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee Omnibus Vol. 2.  When that went much more quickly than I had planned, I found myself needing something short to read between volumes.  Since I was already in the middle of a Waid/Samnee kick, I figured their twelve issue Black Widow run from 2016 would be the perfect 'filler'.  I had actually read this series digitally as it was originally released, but it read even better all together this second time around, which really shouldn't have surprised me at all.

Waid and Samnee are credited as co-writers on this series, as they similarly were for a good portion of the second half of their time on Daredevil.  They waste no time in showing us why, producing a firs…

Collected Comic Review - Daredevil: Shadowland Omnibus

Daredevil: Shadowland Omnibus - Collecting Dark Reign: The List - Daredevil (2009) #1, Daredevil (1964) #501-512, Shadowland (2010) #1-5, Shadowland: Elektra (2010) #1, Shadowland: Bullseye (2010) #1, Shadowland: Moon Knight (2010) #1-3, Shadowland: Ghost Rider (2010) #1, Shadowland: Spider-Man (2010) #1, Shadowland: Blood on the Streets (2010) #1-4, Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow (2010) #1-3, Thunderbolts (1997) #148-149, Shadowland: Power Man (2010) #1-4, Shadowland: After the Fall (2011) #1, and Daredevil: Reborn (2011) #1-4

As a long time Daredevil fan, I was beyond excited a few months ago when it was first announced that Marvel was going to release this collection.  And I know for a fact that I was in the minority!  More often than not, if you ask someone about this era of Daredevil, they don't have kind things to say.  Personally I feel that it gets a bad rap, so hopefully my review (which I will keep as spoiler free as possible) will help you decide whether or not you…

Review - Black Panther

Black Panther (2018), PG-13, 2h 14min - Until recently, I had very little working knowledge of Black Panther's comic book history.  I have always been aware of the character, but was not familiar with his non-Avengers exploits.  Considering his fifty two year history (created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby), I have still only scratched the surface.  However, the material that I read leading up to this film's release is highly regarded - Christopher Priest's run from the late '90s and the beginning of Ta-Nahesi Coates' current run on the title (review to come) - both heavily influencing what we see on the big screen.  Despite my prior lack of familiarity with T'Challa's history, this film recently topped my Most Anticipated Films of 2018 list and it didn't disappoint!

We were first introduced to T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, when we learned the basics of the character: he is the King of a fict…