Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blue Beetle #10

Blue Beetle #10 was published by DC Comics on June 20, 2012, written by Tony Bedard, and illustrated by Ig Guara and J.P. Mayer. This issue begins with our hero Jaime Reyes, a.k.a. Blue Beetle, in the custody of Mr. Bones. Mr. Bones works for the federal government and is in charge of the Department of Extranormal Operations (D.E.O.).

Look, I know we all want to see this scary skeleton dude as a bad guy. But let's face it, he's protecting earth from potential threats. Jaime's wandering around New York City in a bright blue, full-body suit, beating up women (For more on this, check out my Blue Beetle recap). Let's cut Mr. Bones, or "Bonesy" as I like to call him, some slack.

A few hours earlier, Jaime was fighting alongside the New Guardians (Blue Beetle #9). Green Lantern Kyle Rayner sent the mysterious sniper that was out to get them to the D.E.O. Khaji-da informs Jaime that the D.E.O. has been tracking him. Jaime figures that if Kyle can trust them enough, then maybe he can head over to D.E.O. headquarters and get some help. He's desperate at this point. The poor kid is literally dumpster diving for food.

He is not met with the warm greetings he was hoping for. The guards take Jaime down to the basement where he's greeted by that jerk sniper in a holding cell. He informs the guards that Jaime is a soldier from The Reach. That's when they detain Jaime and he ends up where the comic book started, in front of Mr. Bones.

As a side note, we see Jaime's parents back in El Paso, Texas calling Jaime's grandmother. They inform her of Jaime's disappearance which really pisses her off. She says she's going to find Jaime. That's all we see of that. I have no idea what any of that means, but I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of whatever Jaime's grandmother can dish out. She's huge.

Bonesy wants to figure out exactly what the Blue Beetle is. Khaji-da can't allow that. The suit charges up and lets out a huge power surge that causes a blackout. Jaime manages to escape before they get the lights back on.

The comic book ends at the offices of Superfail, the website that showcased the video of Jaime smacking his friend, Brenda. The people working for Superfail are discussing what other juicy stuff they can add to their site. Just when they think they've got it, in walks Booster Gold!

Looks like Booster Gold is here to make things right. I'm excited to see the dynamic between Jaime and Booster when they finally meet. Although I enjoyed Blue Beetle #10, I must admit that I was slightly disappointed that we didn't see more of Jaime and the New Guardians. I understand that the New Guardians have their hands full right now. I just really enjoyed the interaction between Kyle and Jaime. I think there's potential for a great friendship between them. Hopefully we'll see another crossover soon.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Are You Marvel or DC?

"Hey, are a Marvel guy or a DC guy?" This is a question I get asked quite often. The short answer is I'm a DC guy. My current subscription is mostly DC Comics. Plus, look at the name of the site. It's not The Fat Goblin.

But I really don't like taking sides. As a kid, I was into everything Marvel. I've found that as an adult I tend to gravitate more towards DC. However, I do read Marvel. I'd put the initial run of Ultimate Fantastic Four up against anything. If it's interesting, fun, and looks cool, I'm going to enjoy it regardless of the publisher. 

I also wouldn't stick to Marvel or DC because there are so many publishers out there such as IDW, Dynamite, Image, Dark Horse, Archie, and more. Although not as popular or established as Marvel or DC, these companies have published some great titles. One of my all time favorite comic book series was Conan, published by Dark Horse in 2004 and written by Kurt Busiek. Also, IDW's current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series is fantastic.

Let's not forget all of the independent writers and artists that are working hard to get their work known. I discovered a great local NYC comic book writer/illustrator while cruising the independent section at Jim Hanley's Universe. I encourage you to check out Alec Lewellyn and his great comic book about professional wrestling, Big Title.

When all of these talented people compete, it's us, the readers who benefit from it. So whether you're a Marvel person, a DC person, a Dark Horse person, or any other kind of person, try not to pledge allegiance to a company because you could be missing out on some great stuff.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Calling All Artists!

I am making a plea to all artists, illustrators, and/or anyone who likes to draw. I want illustrations of fat versions of comic book characters. There's a catch, and here it is. The Fat Lantern has to be integrated into it somehow. It could be on a shirt, a billboard, or anywhere on the page.

I would like this to be a weekly post on the site. If you participate, I will showcase your art along with your name, Twitter handle, and website (unless you specify otherwise). These drawings do not need to be elaborate. I'll even take a quick sketch in pencil.

To learn more about my obsession with fat versions of characters, click here.

Please spread the word about this! If you would like to participate, please comment or message me on Twitter or Google +. I'm looking forward to your submissions!

Let's Put a Smirk On That Face! (6-25-12)

How did Robin know the Tyrannosaurus Rex was asleep?

(From The Joker's Joke Book, DC Comics Inc., 1987)

Comment with what you think is the answer! I'll post the correct answer tomorrow morning in the comments section.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Blackest Night: White Lantern Sinestro Bust

I am a fan of birthday presents. Thankfully, my birthday was 2 days ago. I have to admit that the people closest to me do spoil me when it comes to my birthday. But I received one of the coolest gifts of all time from my fiancée that I had to talk about.

In 2011, DC Comics released a mini-bust of various characters from "Blackest Night" including Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Black Hand, Violet Lantern Star Sapphire, Larfleeze The Orange Lantern, Black Lantern Batman, Red Lantern Atrocitus, Blue Lantern Saint Walker, Indigo-1, Black Lantern Nekron, Black Lantern Firestorm, and Sinestro Corps Member Arkillo. I received White Lantern Sinestro. This sculpture, part of the Heroes of the DC Universe: Blackest Night bust line, was designed by Ivan Reis and sculpted by James Shoop. It's about 6 inches tall and let me tell you, it is an amazing work of art. The statue is porcelain and hand-painted. It's a great addition to my display of collectables.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Guy Gardner Progress Report (6-20-12)

As I discussed in April, I am on a mission to collect every Guy Gardner comic book out there. Last week, I visited Time Machine at 207 W. 14th Street in NYC, NY. It's a great little shop with a ton of back issues from any era.

I was browsing the comic boxes and came across some Guy Gardner comics. Here's what I picked up:

  • Guy Gardner #1
  • Guy Gardner #2
  • Guy Gardner #4
  • Guy Gardner #5
  • Guy Gardner #6
  • Guy Gardner #9
  • Guy Gardner #12
Remember, no eBay purchases! I'm going to collect every issue by buying them the old fashioned way... in a store!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Let's Put a Smirk On That Face! (6-18-12)

What are the spider webs in the Joker's hide-out good for?

(From The Joker's Joke Book, DC Comics Inc., 1987)

Comment with what you think is the answer! I'll post the correct answer tomorrow morning in the comments section.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Who Needs Soft Serve?

Is there anything better than the Spider-man Popsicle bar?

Lemon and cherry sorbet with gumball eyes. Delicious.
The answer is yes, there is one thing. But only one thing. The WWF/WWE ice cream bar:

Delicious cookie, creamy vanilla ice cream, and delectable chocolate. To die for.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Earth 2 #2

*This post contains spoilers*

Earth 2 #2 is one of the most controversial comic books of my lifetime. It was published by DC Comics on June 6, 2012, written by James Robinson, and illustrated by Nicola Scott and Trevor Scott. If you want to catch up on the series, check out my review of Earth 2 #1.

Earth 2 #2 begins with a bit of confusion. Mr. Terrific from Earth 1 is transported through a portal to Earth 2. He's confronted by Terry Sloan, a well-dressed man who claims to be the smartest man on earth. He also just happens to be the golden age Mr. Terrific. Sloan sees Mr. Terrific as a threat, so he attacks him. The New 52 Mr. Terrific comic series was cancelled, so it seems like it will be picking up on Earth 2. I think this is an interesting development, seeing the Earth 1 Mr. Terrific facing off against the Earth 2 Mr. Terrific.

In Michigan, Jay Garrick is attending to the fallen God, Mercury. Mercury warns Jay of Steppenwolf and the dangers that are coming to Earth 2. Right before he dies, Mercury transfers his powers to Jay. What are his powers? Guess. No seriously, guess. I'll give you a hint: Jay Garrick, "The Flash".

It's speed. Mercury truly believes that Jay is capable of being one of the greatest heroes and protectors of Earth. Jay is reluctant, but quickly gets the hang of things.

He gets the hang of things so quickly that he actually ends up in Poland without realizing it. I think that this is a great, fresh start to Earth 2 Flash. Jay Garrick was a lost young man. Now, he's given purpose and I think his new position as The Flash is going to bring out a lot in him.

Alan Scott is seen arriving in Hong Kong. There to greet him is his boyfriend, Sam. Here is the moment that everyone was waiting for:

This isn't just some random kiss to get everyone's attention. It is very apparent that Alan and Sam are in love. Alan wants to talk to Sam about something, but Sam wants to take Alan away from Hong Kong to escape all of the craziness of Alan's job. They decide to get away and head to the country where things are quieter and they can enjoy some time together.

On the train, Alan finally gets the chance to talk to Sam about what was on his mind. He takes a ring out and proposes to Sam. Just when he's about done with his proposal, we see the train explode, and the comic ends.

Alan Scott being gay is one of the most talked about comic book news stories that I have ever seen. I have read some opinions stating that it seemed too over the top. I disagree. I think that the reveal was tasteful. It might have seemed more "in your face" than the usual comic book relationship because it isn't seen as frequently. I also think that with the massive hype surrounding this story, it's hard to not completely focus on this one aspect of the comic book. When you analyze the comic as a whole, I think it tells a really fair, interesting story for all of the characters.

Another problem that people had with it was the idea of DC Comics making Alan Scott gay to make a statement as opposed to serving the story of the comic. Even if DC did this just to make a political statement about gay marriage and gay rights, is that so bad? Isn't it a good thing if comics can have an impact on important, real-life issues? Looking beyond the political aspect of Alan Scott being gay, I don't think that it tarnishes the story because this is Earth 2 in the New 52 universe. Everything is up in the air and anything can happen. I think that's exciting.

Monday, June 11, 2012

GIANT-SIZE Issue #100

In fullest day,
In famished night,
No burger shall escape my sight!
Let those who worship health food's blight,
Beware my hunger...
Fat Lantern's bite!

It's the 100th post of The Fat Lantern! This is a huge milestone for me and the site. As I stated in my very first post, Issue #1, I started this blog to write about and discuss comics. Along the way, I've done just that and even thrown in some fun, non-comic related goodness. Let's take a look at some of the highlights from the past 100 posts.

Most Popular Post:
We might as well start off with a bang! The hands-down, most popular post on the entire site is A Tribute to Professional Wrestlers in Comic Book Movies. There are a number of people that still check out this post every day, even though it was posted back in February. I have to admit, I did get some help to make this happen. I sent a link to WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross on Twitter and he retweeted it! Ever since then, tons of people have been visiting the site for this post. Two of my favorite things on earth are comics and professional wrestling, so I have no problem with this post being #1.


Are you familiar with the idea of fan fiction? I am in the process of writing a short story that I refer to as fat fiction. I don't want to give away too much, but I will tell you that the title of the story is "The Dark Knight Widens". It takes place after "The Dark Knight" but before "The Dark Knight Rises". You'll only be able to get it here, folks, so stay tuned!

Not-So-Popular Posts:
No matter how hard you try, some posts don't become an immediate smash hit. This is especially the case for some of the earlier posts that a lot of my current readers were not around for yet. Here is a list of posts that I think deserve another shot:

What happened to the Joker's green hair when he jumped into the Red Sea?

(From The Joker's Joke Book, DC Comics Inc., 1987)

Comment with what you think is the answer! I'll post the correct answer tomorrow morning in the comments section.

Fat Lantern's Picks:
As I hope is apparent, I love writing not only for myself, but to be entertaining as well. I put time and effort into everything that I write, but there are some posts that I have been particularly proud of. Here are my personal favorites that I hope everyone checks out:

And now, let's have a round of applause for the most rotund Lantern in the history of the universe, Mogo:

Thank you for checking out this retrospective look at The Fat Lantern. I encourage you all to comment with your favorite moments from the past 100 posts. You can follow me on Twitter here, and Google + here. There is a lot more to come so keep reading, tell your friends, and I'll talk to you later!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Caption Figures #21

"Unfortunately, the Justice League is only accepting one Batman. We just don't have enough candy."

Please comment with your own captions!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dishonorable Mention

When I was a young man, around 1990 in 1st grade, my elementary school held a pumpkin decorating contest. At the time, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were red hot. They couldn't be more popular. Being the little Ninja Turtles fanatic that I was, I decided to decorate a pumpkin as Michelangelo. I know, right? Isn't that a fantastic idea?

Here's what I did. I painted the entire pumpkin green. Then, I tied a Ninja Turtles mask that I had from Halloween onto it. The mask was basically this:
As a matter of fact, the mask I owned had a green plastic turtle snout attached to it. To finish it off, I drew eyes and a mouth on the pumpkin. Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of my decorated pumpkin, but you can imagine how cool it looked.

The results of the pumpkin decorating contest were disappointing. I received an honorable mention. That's right. Six year old Dominick came up with the idea to turn a pumpkin into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, executed it, and only received an honorable mention.

OK, so maybe I'm being a sore loser. I did get an honorable mention, after all. There is only 1 problem. Everyone who wasn't 1st, 2nd, or 3rd got an honorable mention!

What's honorable about getting mentioned with the worst decorated pumpkin? Those jerks might as well have made an announcement stating "If you are not the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd winners, please throw away your pumpkin, smack yourself in the face, and get the hell out."

But you have to let things go.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

TMNT Micro-Series #4

*This post contains spoilers*

IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #4 takes a closer look at Leonardo, the most focused Ninja Turtle with the most under-utilized weapon. If you want to know more about the previous issues in the series, check out my reviews of TMNT Micro-Series #1, 2, and 3.

Published on April 18, 2012, written by Brian Lynch, and illustrated by Ross Campbell and Jay Fotos, TMNT Micro-Series #4 begins with Splinter being kidnapped. The Turtles immediately take action and decide to split up to look for him. Thankfully, in a crisis like this, The Turtles can count on Leonardo to have his head on straight.

One aspect of the TMNT Micro-Series that I have enjoyed is the depth of the story. This series goes beyond the immediate action and tells a greater tale. In this issue, we see flashbacks of The Turtles as humans training with their father, Splinter, and being cared for by their mother.

While reminiscing, Leonardo gets attacked by Foot Ninjas. He has no idea what's going on, but he definitely suspects that they have something to do with Splinter's kidnapping. He tries to fight them but there are too many. He tries to outrun them but they are too quick.

Hey, Leo, I have an idea. Use the sharp end of your swords. I understand the tone of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but don't tell me that you haven't been waiting for Leonardo to slice someone like a ripe tomato. You would think that he'd at least nick an artery or slice a few fingers off just by chance.

Leonardo runs into a house and just as he's about to interrogate a Foot Ninja, a woman jumps out from the dark. They're in her house, and she wants them out. The Foot Ninja quickly takes her and Leonardo chases them to the roof. When he reaches the roof, he's greeted by a ninja with exceptional skill. This guy is not your run-of-the-mill ninja. He reduces Leonardo to a little kid who just finished his first karate lesson.

The unknown assailant holds Leonardo by the neck over the edge of the roof. Just as he's about to let go, you see his face and there is a scar on his left eye. He lets go and Leonardo falls into a dumpster.

Leonardo heads home to consult with his brothers. Everyone is confused and unsure of what to do next. Leonardo, being the strong-willed Turtle that he is, reassures them that they are going to keep kicking butt until they get Splinter back.

TMNT Micro-Series #4 is another great issue in the series. So far I have enjoyed everything about these comics, with the exception of Leonardo keeping his katana blades clean. Next up is TMNT Micro-Series #5 - Splinter, available on June 27!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Let's Put a Smirk On That Face! (6-4-12)

Why didn't the Joker like the joke about the Academy Award?

(From The Joker's Joke Book, DC Comics Inc., 1987)

Comment with what you think is the answer! I'll post the correct answer tomorrow morning in the comments section.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Caption Figures #20

"Listen, Harvey Two-Face, you know damn well that you owe more than a frakking quarter."

Please comment with your own captions!