Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Jor-El (Russell Crowe) "Man of Steel" Action Figure - I Need It!

One of the most anticipated movies of the year is the upcoming Superman movie, "Man of Steel". I don't want to focus on the movie as much as the merchandise. As you may know, Russell Crowe will be portraying Superman's biological father, Jor-El. When I first heard about this, I couldn't have been more excited.

On February 25 (last Monday), Russell Crowe appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to discuss the movie. Here's a clip:



If you watch the clip, you'll see (about a minute in) that there will be a Russell Crowe as Jor-El action figure. It will be part of Mattel's "Movie Masters" action figure line. I need this action figure. Plain and simple. I'll be on the lookout to pre-order this figure when it's available. If you have any information on the best/quickest way to get it, please contact me!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" And "Iron Man 3" - New Images!

Yesterday, two Marvel movie images were revealed that made me almost as excited as seeing Jennifer Lawrence win her Best Actress Oscar for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook" this past Sunday (Although "The Avengers" was robbed for Best Visual Effects -- Don't get me started...)

First, we got a look at Spider-Man's costume in the upcoming "The Amazing Spiderman 2".


If that wasn't enough to brighten up your week, we also have a new "Iron Man 3" poster featuring Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts holding a really beaten up Iron Man Helmet.

Or is that Iron Man's head? We'll see.
I'm excited for both movies. I've been a fan of the Iron Man movie series for years. But, I think "The Amazing Spider-Man" was an awesome movie and really well done.

So I ask you, the reader, which movie are you more excited to see? What are your predictions? What's going to happen after the credits? Let's talk movies!

You know, it's curious that these two images were released on the same day, because this is what I'm hoping to see on the big screen:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Where Do I Go From Here?

It's no secret that I love reading comic books from the golden and silver ages. I started reading The Flash #151 (1965). I'm so hooked! But, I have no idea where the rest of the comic is. The pages must be lost. They leave you with a cliffhanger, then they expect you to just know where to go to read the rest of the story.


Oh, nevermind. Phew! I found it.


Thankfully, they point out that you need to turn the page to read the rest of the comic. I don't know how else people would have known.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

FAT Illustrations - Pizza Time with Hal and Sinestro

Today's FAT Illustration comes from the very talented Jimfinity!

Who are they foolin', cutting that pizza? And where did Hal get that hot dog from?
Thanks, Jim! Even enemies can put aside their differences for a good slice, unless they're about to fight to the death over it...

I encourage you all to check out Jim's very funny webcomic, TOM OXEN: The World's Favorite Ox Comic!

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book character and send it! I will showcase your art along with your name, Twitter handle, and website (unless you specify otherwise).

FAT Illustrations: Where the readers shine and the comic book characters are slobs.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Caption Figures #47

"Hey Hank, how about a quick round of 'bloody knuckles'?"
Please comment with your own captions! I'll pick my favorite caption and feature it in a "best of" post.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Where Are The Damn Ninja Turtles Comics!?

Do you ever feel like your mind is playing tricks on you? Sometimes, I wonder...

Living in New York City, I am lucky enough to have access to some of the best comic shops in the world. I do most of my comic shopping at Midtown Comics located in Times Square. I also like to shop at the Midtown Comics located in downtown Manhattan, and sometimes I like to go to different comic shops all together (This is the main reason why I do not have a pull list -- I like to keep my options open).

As with most comic shops, Midtown Comics has the newer comic books stacked along a wall so that you can spot them fairly easily. I have absolutely fallen in love with the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) series published by IDW. Lately, when I've approached the new comics wall at Midtown Comics to grab the latest issue of TMNT, something...weird has been happening.

I can not, for the life of me, spot this comic book. I usually have to ask the fine Midtown Comics staff if they have it in stock, and they always do. Then, they go right to where it is on the rack and show me. It's always right in front of my face. This has happened for the past 5 issues!

You know what they say: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." I have a question. What happens when you get fooled FIVE TIMES?

Am I getting fooled, though? It's not the comic shop's fault. Maybe my brain is fooling me. I love these comics so much, but for some reason, the connection from my eyes to my brain is being interrupted when I'm looking right at them. It's literally all in my head.

What's wrong with me!?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

An Open Letter to Geoff Johns

I was overcome with emotion while reading your blog post at the DC Comics website yesterday. In it, you stated that after just about 10 years, you will be stepping down from writing Green Lantern, concluding with issue #20 of the current series.

I have been a comic book reader my entire life. It wasn't until I was an adult, however, that I fell in love with Green Lantern. Thankfully, when issue #0 of Blackest Night was released on free comic book day, I picked it up. I'm glad that I did. Getting that comic snowballed into me becoming one of the biggest Green Lantern fanatics out there. After "Blackest Night" concluded, I went back and read "Green Lantern: Rebirth", then everything else that had "Green Lantern" and "Geoff Johns" on the cover.

Prior to "Blackest Night", I had absolutely no interest in Green Lantern. It was you who made me appreciate Green Lantern. You, along with a handful of great artists, redefined a character with "Green Lantern: Rebirth" by bringing Hal Jordan back, while also defining an entire universe with the establishment of the emotional spectrum in "Blackest Night" (and the comics leading up to it). That blew me away and made me excited about Green Lantern. Now, I spend as much time as I can catching up on the past 70 years of Green Lantern that I've missed.

My initial reaction to the news that you will be retiring as writer of Green Lantern was complete sadness. I have gotten used to knowing that all will be well when it comes to Green Lantern because you have been telling the tales. Soon, you won't be telling those stories anymore. That made me sad. The more I thought about it, the less sad and the more content I became. I was lucky enough to have lived through your Green Lantern run. That's cool! I even got the chance to meet you, talk about Green Lantern, and have you sign one of my favorite Green Lantern trade paperbacks. I can't say that about writer Dennis O'Neil's legendary Green Lantern run. I wasn't even alive when he was writing Green Lantern. Sure, I'd love for you to write Green Lantern forever, but you have more than made your mark on the character and comics in general, and I was there for it all. I will always appreciate that.

You have not only had an effect on my reading, but also my writing. The creation of this blog was in part due to all of the stories that you have written (I mean, my blog isn't called The Fat Superman). I have spent so much time reading your work and I wanted an outlet to express my thoughts and opinions through writing. It has become that and more. I have explored so much of the DC Universe and written about a lot more than I thought I ever would. I now aspire to write anything that has a fraction of the impact that your run on Green Lantern has had on me. You even inspired me to create my own Corps: The Fat Lantern Corps (a.k.a. my faithful readers).

Now I know, you're still going to be around and writing for DC Comics. I can't wait to see what happens at the conclusion of your Green Lantern run. I am also very eager to see what you will do with Justice League of America. Plus, Aquaman is fantastic (for the record, that is another character that I had no interest in before I read your current Aquaman comics). However, I want you to know that what you did with Green Lantern is something that has truly been special to me. "Blackest Night" is my "Dark Knight Returns". You are my Frank Miller.

Thank you, Geoff Johns. Thank you for everything.

With that, I guess there's only one thing left to do. Light 'em up!

In Brightest Day,
In Blackest Night
No Evil Shall Escape Our Sight!
Let Those Who Worship Evil's Might
Beware Our Power,
Green Lantern's Light!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saint Walker Action Figure Review at ReadComicBooks.net

I recently had the pleasure of writing a review of the new DC Comics Signature Series Saint Walker action figure for the very awesome comic book website ReadComicBooks.net. You can find my action figure review here. ReadComicBooks is a great site for comic book reviews, news, interviews, and much more, so go check them out! You can also follow them on Twitter.

THANK YOU, ReadComicBooks, for letting me be a part of your site!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Caption Figures #46

"Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeese!"
Please comment with your own captions! I'll pick my favorite caption and feature it in a "best of" post.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Best of Caption Figures #41-45!

Caption Figures is a weekly post where I take pictures of my action figures in different positions, add captions, and ask you (the reader) to participate by writing your own captions. Thank you to everyone who participated. I picked my favorite reader caption for each Caption Figure from #41-45. Let's take a look!

Caption Figures #41

Read Comic Books: "This fancy red paint on the end of my gun-saw will definitely scare those bastards off!"

Caption Figures #42

Forgeticus: "A pretty good Stallone impression, huh? Cliffhanger is an avalanche of thrills!"

Caption Figures #43

Keith Frank: "I don't think this is how the human centipede works, Warrior..."

Caption Figures #44

The_Brain: Hal - "Smooth right? I bet Batman's skin isn't that soft."

Caption Figures #45

Adam Snape: "Yes, the two tone suit is very cool but I need the front of my shirt back, man..."

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Superhero U-Turns

The Flash by Alex Ross
We all have our favorite comic book characters. Along with our favorites come our least favorites. Then there are some characters that we just hate. However, sometimes you read a comic that makes you look at a character completely differently.

I experienced this after reading Showcase Presents: The Trial of The Flash. This collection chronicles over two years of Flash comics (in black and white) in one trade paperback. In this story, The Flash is put on trial for murder after he kills Reverse-Flash to save his fiancé's life.

I am a big DC Comics guy, but I have never liked The Flash. Crazy, right? I always thought that he was a really lame character with a useless superpower. A guy who can run fast? What's he going to do with that ability? After reading The Trial of The Flash, I learned a lot more about his superpowers and his alter ego, Barry Allen. This was the turning point for me. I started to really get interested in The Flash.

Now, I'm catching up on any Flash trades that I can get a hold of. I'm currently reading The Flash of Two Worlds and I'm loving it. It's a collection of comics from the 1960's. Jay Garrick, the golden age Flash, meets Barry Allen, the modern day Flash, and they decide to team up. I've also been following the current New 52 Flash series since it started in 2011. It's fantastic. Writers Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are doing really creative things with the character. I look forward to it every month.

As much as I like it when everything is about me, I would love to turn this over to my readers. What are the comics that you have read that made you completely rethink a character? Please comment with your contributions!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Green Lantern Corps Annual #1: What Conclusion?

I have a problem. On occasion, I have been known to judge things too early. Previously, I discussed my thoughts on the Green Lantern crossover story "Rise of the Third Army". Now that the story has "concluded", I will admit that some of my opinions may have been premature. I have read every comic included in the crossover, and I would like to share my updated thoughts and opinions.

Green Lantern Corps Annual #1 was the final issue in the "Rise of the Third Army" story. It was published by DC Comics on January 30, 2013. It was written by Peter J. Tomasi and illustrated by ChrisCross. Before I continue with my thoughts, I'll recap the issue:
  • The Guardians set up a trap to get all Green Lanterns to Oa by sending them a message that an alien threat is transforming sentient beings across the universe (The Third Army).
  • Guy Gardner sees through this and decides to go after the Guardians...without a power ring!
  • Green Lanterns Baz and B'dg open up the book of the black and get sucked in (eaten?) by The First Lantern. Here, they meet Black Hand in "The Chamber of Shadows".
  • Members of the Green Lantern Corps start arriving at Oa where they are immobilized in an energy field.
  • Guy Gardner goes to the ring foundry to get his ring back but the Guardians protected it against him. He doesn't get it back, yet.
  • Guy Gardner (ringless) along with Green Lantern Kilowog and some other Green Lantern Corps members start fighting the Third Army.
  • Mogo reforms and sucks Green Lantern John Stewart and Star Sapphire Fatality into it, looking like it's about to kill them. It turns out that Mogo wasn't trying to kill them, it was saving them. Mogo releases them along with a huge blast to the Third Army.
  • The fight between the Green Lantern Corps and the Third Army continues with the Guardians getting in the mix. Then, some more of the spectrum shows up: White Lantern Kyle Rayner, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris, Blue Lantern Saint Walker, Yellow Lantern Arkillo, and Indigo Tribe member Indigo-1.
  • With the Guardians distracted, Guy uses a bioelectric field to unleash all of the Green power rings from the foundry. Boom! He gets his ring back.
  • Then, things get really crazy. Red Lantern Atrocitus shows up with his Manhunters. The Guardians and the Third Army don't stand a chance so they decide to draw power from The First Lantern. Or so they thought.
  • Volthoom, The First Lantern, takes this opportunity to break free.
  • That's where the comic ends.

Early in the Third Army story, I was confused by the lack of cohesiveness in all of the Lantern titles. There was some slight overlap, but each title felt like it was focusing on its own characters separately without incorporating much of the Third Army. I was pleasantly surprised in Green Lantern Corps Annual #1 when they beautifully tied everything together. Although this has not been my favorite crossover story, Green Lantern Corps Annual #1 made up for a lot of the problems I had early on. Plus, it was jam-packed with action.

As happy as I was with this comic book, I am sorry to say that I was not so happy with what they advertised as the "conclusion" of the Third Army story. Looks to me like we're just getting things started! Hal Jordan and Sinestro are still lost. Baz and B'dg are stuck in The Chamber of Shadows. Atrocitus and his Manhunters are ready to kick some ass. The Guardians are on the verge of getting their asses handed to them by The First Lantern, the Manhunters, and anything/anyone with a power ring. Guy Gardner just got his ring back. Kyle Rayner is finally, after 16 comic issues, harnessing the power of the entire emotional spectrum. Why are we now switching the name of this story to "Wrath of the First Lantern"? I know that it's the "next" story, but if you really think about it, it's not. It's THE story. This is all one big story!

Am I being nitpicky? Possibly. However, think of it in terms of trade paperbacks. Let's assume that the trade that will eventually be released will collect titles included in just the "Rise of the Third Army" story, not the upcoming "Wrath of the First Lantern". Someone who has never read any of it could go to the comic shop, see the trade, and say "Hey, this seems like a cool story, let me check it out!". Sure, for us comic subscribers, we're locked in. All we have to do is wait until next month when the next issues are released. But for the person buying the trades, the finale of this story is going to be very disappointing.

I really enjoyed Green Lantern Corps Annual #1. I think that it was the most exciting New 52 Annual that I've read and it showcases the Corps in a unique way. I do take issue with calling it the "Rise of the Third Army Conclusion".

There is a solution. When these comics are released in trade paperback form, it should collect both "Rise of the Third Army" and "Wrath of the First Lantern" all in one trade and label the Third Army story as "Prologue". Problem solved!

Monday, February 4, 2013

FAT Illustrations - Spidey's Trip to McDonald's

Today's FAT Illustration comes from my buddy Keith Frank!


Thanks, Keith! At least he's strategic when it comes to getting his fast food.

I encourage you all to check out more from Keith at his blog.

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book character and send it! I will showcase your art along with your name, Twitter handle, and website (unless you specify otherwise).

FAT Illustrations: Where the readers shine and the comic book characters are slobs.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Caption Figures #45

"I gave you the money, now give me the curly fries!"
Please comment with your own captions! I'll pick my favorite caption and feature it in a "best of" post.