Comic Review: ’76 #2

I have no idea if I like this comic or not yet.  Consisting of two stories taking place in 1976:  Jackie Karma, an ebony and ivory kung fu cop story; and Cool, the tale of two cops taking care of simple matters involving blow, prostitutes, porn stars, and much more to come.

Jackie Karma sits on the page.  The comic lays flat, never picking up, never going anywhere.  The inks are too fat and instead of giving the book a unique feel everything looks a little too similar.  I wasn’t sure who I was supposed to be paying attention to or look at.

Which is as far opposite as one can get from Cool.  Every character is unique, not once will the reader become confused.  Exaggerated facial features and shades of gray so rich, you forget the book is black and white.  The scenes flow like water, picking you up then dropping you into the current, switching stories for what may seem like a bit of rest only to slam you into something heavier.  Then the realization comes that this is only issue 2 and its going to get even worse.  Cool is a film comic.  It becomes obvious where the reel changes or commercials would come in, but you’ll need that break.

Review:  Buy the second half of the comic.

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Comic Reviews: Kick Ass #1

Kick Ass #1
Where are we?:  Kick Ass is the story of young Dave Lizewski, your average high school teenager in this world.  He decides to be a superhero.  Did you catch the part where I said, “this world”.  Dave could live on your street, you could be his friend.  He has no powers, no radioactive spider, no last son of a lost world.  People don’t fly or shoot beams of energy.  Everyone in the book is as normal as you or I.  Dave decides to become a superhero.  His reasons are best summed up by saying, “why does everyone want to be Paris Hilton and no one wants to be Spider-Man?”  Well, that’s because Paris Hilton has a better publicity agent than Peter Parker.  Seriously, one is a low budget porn star that has never done anything else of note, and the other saves the world on a daily basis.
Dave begins to train, he does research (reads more comics), then he promptly gets his ass handed to him.  It is a brutal beating.  John Romita Jr.’s art not only graphically shows the beating, but the pacing of the fight causes your heart to jump with each panel.  The only thing saving the reader from going off the deep end is the knowledge that this is a flashback scene.  Hints are dropped to make us wonder just how successful Kick Ass become, and who are the “others” that he speaks of?

Rating:  Buy twice, once for the single issues, and again when the GN is released.

New Comics shipping April 30, 2008.

As always check with your local comic book store for availability.  Prices are based on Midtown Comics.  Hellions picks are in bold.

DC
Action Comics #864 $2.54
Adam Strange Archives Vol 3 HC $42.49
Blue Beetle Vol 7 #26 $2.98
DC Universe Zero (Final Crisis Tie-In) $0.50
Ex Machina #36 $2.54
Friday The 13th Abuser And The Abused #1 $2.98
Green Arrow Year One HC $21.24
Green Lantern Vol 4 #30 $2.54
Jack Of Fables #22 $2.54
JSA Classified #37 $2.54
Legion Of Super-Heroes Vol 5 #41 $2.54
Mystery In Space Vol 2 TP $15.29
Showcase Presents Challengers Of The Unknown Vol 2 TP $14.44
Superman Batman Vol 6 Torment HC $16.99
Teen Titans Go #54 $1.91
Teen Titans Vol 3 #58 $2.54
Teen Titans Year One #4 $2.54
Uncle Sam And The Freedom Fighters Vol 2 #8 $2.54

Marvel
Avengers The Initiative #12 $2.54
Black Panther Little Green Men TP $9.34
Daredevil Blood Of The Tarantula $3.39
Fantastic Four Beginning Of The End TP $11.04
Giant-Size Avengers Invaders #1 $3.39
Immortal Iron Fist #14 $3.39
Kabuki Reflections #10 $5.09
Marvel Adventures Iron Man #12 $2.54
Marvel Comics Presents Vol 2 #8 $3.39
Marvel Illustrated Moby Dick #3 $2.54
New Avengers #40 (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.54
New Warriors Vol 4 #11 $2.54

Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe A To Z Vol 2 HC $21.24
Order Vol 2 #10 $2.54
Punisher Circle Of Blood HC $16.99
Thor Ages Of Thunder $3.39
Thor By J Michael Straczynski Vol 1 HC $16.99
Ultimate Human #4 $2.54
Ultimate X-Men #93 $2.54
X-Men Legacy #210 (X-Men Divided We Stand Tie-In) $2.54

Dark Horse
Abe Sapien The Drowning #1 Incentive Lithograph $25.50
BPRD Vol 8 Killing Ground TP $15.26
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol 4 TP $21.21
Complete Green Lama Featuring The Art Of Mac Raboy HC $42.46
Facts In The Case Of The Departure Of Miss Finch HC $11.86
Star Wars Rebellion #13 $2.54
Tales Of The Fear Agent TP $12.71
Usagi Yojimbo Vol 3 #111 $2.54

Image
Crawl Space XXXombies #4 $2.54
Elephantmen War Toys #3 $2.54
Frank Frazettas Death Dealer Vol 1 Deluxe HC $42.49
Noble Causes Vol 2 #33 $2.98
Proof #7 $2.54
Urban Monsters #3 $2.98
Wanted HC Assassins Edition 2008 Convention Exclusive Foil Cover $42.49
Wildguard Insider #1 $2.98
Witchblade Devi #1 $3.39
Youngblood Vol 4 #3 $2.54

IDW Publishing
Locke & Key #2 2nd Ptg $3.39
Locke & Key #3 2nd Ptg $3.39
Speed Racer Racer X Origins Collection TP $16.99

Independents
2000 AD #1581 $3.83
2000 AD #1582 $3.83
85 TP Signed By Danny Simmons And Floyd Hughes $12.71
Abyss #4 $2.51
Adventures Of Tymm Alien Circus #1 $5.06
Age Of Insects Vol 2 Not Human $5.09
Alex Ross 2007 Sketchbook Signed By Alex Ross $42.49
Amor Y Cohetes TP $14.44
Angry Little Girls HC $12.71
Atlantis Rising #5 $3.39
Awkward And Definition TP Signed By Ariel Schrag $12.75
Banimon #1 $2.13
Banimon #2 $2.13
Battlestar Galactica Season Zero #7 $2.54
Big Amoeba One Shot $4.21
Black Summer #6 $2.54
Blackbeard Legacy Vol 2 #3 $3.39
Blazin Brandy #4 $2.54
Bottomless Belly Button TP $25.49
Buddha Story Of Enlightenment #2 $2.54
Caliber #1 $1.00
Delayed Replays GN $5.95
Devi #19 $2.54
Devils Rose HC $19.51
Dreadnought Invasion Six #2 $3.36
Dungeon Monstres Vol 1 The Crying Giant TP $11.01
Gargoyles Bad Guys #2 $2.98
Glamourpuss #1 $2.55
Gold Digger Tangent #4 $2.54
Green Lama Man Of Strength #1 $5.91
Grimm Fairy Tales Piper #2 $2.54

Grunts TP $12.71
Gunplay GN $12.74
Hercules (Radical Comics) #1 $1.00
Horsemen #1 $3.40
Hot Shot & Mighty Girl GN $12.74
Hunter #2 $5.06
I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space #1 $0.99
Injury Comics #2 $4.21
Jason & The Argonauts Kingdom Of Hades #3 $3.39
JFH Justice For Hire #3 Cvr B $3.39
Little Nothings Vol 1 The Curse Of The Umbrella TP $12.71
Local #11 $2.54
M HC $21.21
Metronome HC $11.86
MOME Vol 11 Spring 2008 TP $12.74
Morbid Myths TP $10.16
Nat Turner HC $21.21
Nat Turner TP Signed by Kyle Baker $11.01
Oz Wonderland Chronicles Jack & Cat Special $2.98
Ramayan 3392 AD Reloaded Guidebook $2.54
Snake Woman Vol 3 Curse Of The 68 #3 $2.54
Starslip Crisis Vol 1 TP $12.74
Super Larry GN $12.71
Tall Tales Of Vishnu Sharma #4 Panchatantra $2.54
Thoreau At Walden HC $14.44
White Shaka Boy GN With CD Signed By Alan Brody $16.96
Willow Creek #1 NYCC Exclusive Tyler Kirkham Variant Cover $8.50
Wonderland #6 $3.36
Wordless Books HC $29.75
X-O Manowar Birth HC Signed By Sean Chen With FREE Print $21.21

New Comics list for April 23, 2008.

As always check with your local comics shop for availability.  Prices are based on midtowncomics.com list.  Hellions picks are in bold.

DC
Batman #675 $2.54
Batman Chronicles Vol 5 TP $12.74
Birds Of Prey #117 $2.54
Checkmate Vol 2 #25 $2.54
Countdown To Final Crisis #1 $2.54
Death Of The New Gods #8 $2.98
Fables #72 $2.54

Jonah Hex Vol 4 Only The Good Die Young TP $11.04


Justice League Of America Vol 2 #20 $2.54
Justice Society Of America Vol 2 Thy Kingdom Come Part 1 HC $16.99
Northlanders #5 $2.54
Number Of The Beast #2 $2.54
Secret History Of The Authority Jack Hawksmoor #2 $2.54
Shadowpact #24 $2.54
Spirit Vol 6 #16 $2.54
Super Friends Vol 2 #2 $1.91
Superman Batman #47 $2.54
Supernatural Rising Son #1 $2.54
Team Zero TP $15.29

Marvel
Avengers Invaders Sketchbook – FREE TBA


Avengers Kree Skrull War TP New Printing $21.24
Daredevil Hell To Pay Vol 2 TP $13.59


Deadpool Classic Vol 1 TP $25.49


Deadpool vs Marvel Universe TP $21.24

Ghost Rider Vol 5 #22 $10.20
Hulk Vol 2 #3 $2.54
Hulk vs Hercules When Titans Collide $3.39
Invincible Iron Man Omnibus Vol 1 HC $84.99
Iron Man Hulk Sampler – FREE TBA
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #35 $2.54
Marvel Illustrated Picture Dorian Gray #5 $2.54
Marvel Previews #57 May 2008 $0.84


Mighty Avengers #12 (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.54


Ms Marvel Vol 2 #26 (Secret Invasion Infiltration Tie-In) $2.54
New Exiles #5 $2.54
Power Pack Day One #2 $2.54
She-Hulk 2 #28 $2.54
Thor Vol 3 #8 $2.54
Ultimate Fantastic Four #53 $2.54
Ultimate Spider-Man #121 $2.54
Uncanny X-Men #497 $2.54
Wolverine First Class #2 $2.54
X-Force Vol 3 #3 (X-Men Divided We Stand Tie-In) $2.54
X-Men Emperor Vulcan TP $11.89
X-Men First Class Vol 2 #11 $2.54


Young Avengers Presents #4 $2.54

Dark Horse


Living With The Dead TP $8.46


Return Of The Gremlins #2 $2.54
Robert E Howards Conan The Frazetta Cover Series #2 God In The Bowl $5.09
Star Wars Dark Times #10 $2.54
Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic #27 (Vector Part 3) $2.54
Star Wars Legacy #22 $2.54

Image
Dynamo 5 #12 $2.98
Godland #22 $2.54
Johnny Delgado Is Dead Vol 1 TP $12.74
Mice Templar #4 $2.54
Spawn #177 $2.51
Spawn Godslayer #8 $2.54
Witchblade #117 $2.54

IDW Publishing
Everybodys Dead #2 $3.39
Fallen Angel Vol 2 #26 $3.39
Gene Simmons Zipper #5 $3.39
Mack Bolan The Executioner Devils Tools #1 $3.39
Speed Racer Chronicles Of The Racer TP $15.29
Star Trek New Frontier #2 $3.39
Star Trek The Next Generation Intelligence Gathering #4 $3.39
Transformers Spotlight Grimlock $3.39
Wormwood Calamari Rising #4 $3.39

Independents
1001 Arabian Nights Adventures Of Sinbad #0 $0.99
2000 AD #1579 $3.83
Army Of Darkness Xena Why Not #2 $2.98
Atomic Rocket Group 66 #1 $4.21
Ayre Force Vol 1 HC $16.96
Bart Simpson Comics #41 $2.54
Bizarre New World Population Explosion GN $5.91
Boy Who Made Silence #2 $2.98
Brodies Law Vol 2 Road To Redemption TP $12.71
Castle Waiting Vol 3 #11 $3.36
Clouds Above GN $14.44
Daddys Girl HC $12.71
Darkness vs Eva #2 $2.98


Dead At 17 Compendium Edition TP $21.21
Dragonlance Chronicles Vol 3 #10 $2.98
Education Of Hopey Glass HC $16.99
Fall Of Cthulhu #11 $3.39
Flash Gordon Vol 6 #0 Midtown Comics $3.40
Fuzz And Pluck In Splitsville #5 $4.21
Ganges Vol 2 TP $6.76
Gold Digger #95 $2.54
Gold Digger Peebo Tales Special #3 $2.98
Gold Digger Sourcebook The Official Handbook To The Gold Digger Universe #16 $3.36
Good & Evil #3 Part 1 The Beginning $2.54


Hack Slash #11 $2.98
Hall Of Best Knowledge HC $16.99


Helen Killer #1 $2.54
India Authentic #12 Andhaka $2.54
Insane Jane #2 $3.39
Invincible Summer An Anthology Vol 2 TP $11.90
Iznogoud Vol 1 Wicked Wiles Of Iznogoud GN $10.16
Jessica Farm GN $12.74
Judge Dredd Megazine #270 $6.38
Kong King Of Skull Island #5 $2.98
Largo Winch Vol 1 The Heir GN $16.96
Love The Way You Love Side A TP $10.16
Making Stuff And Doing Things GN $10.20
Mineshaft #21 $5.91
Neozoic #4 $2.51
Nephilim GN $9.31
Path GN ComX Edition $11.01
Pigsty Of The Caribbean #1 $4.21
Project Superpowers #2 Foil Cover $21.21
Queen & Country Definitive Edition Vol 2 TP $16.96
Sadhu Wheel Of Destiny #1 $2.54
Say Please GN $11.01
Scared To Death Vol 1 Vampire From The Marshes GN $10.16
Seduce Me After The Show GN $11.01
Sheena Trail Of The Mapinguari One Shot $4.68
Simpsons Classics #16 $3.39
Simpsons Comics Dollars To Donuts TP $12.71
Simpsons Library Of Wisdom Flanders Book Of Faith HC $8.46
Simpsons Library Of Wisdom The Book Of Moe HC $8.46
Slowpoke One Nation Oh My God SC $11.86
Space Doubles #3 $2.54


Tales From Wonderland Queen Of Hearts #1 $2.54
Tales Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #45 $2.76
Vengeance Of Vampirella TP $13.56
Warhammer 40K Blood & Thunder Limited Edition HC $42.49
Warhammer 40K Blood & Thunder TP $14.44
Warhammer Forge Of War Limited Edition HC $42.49
Welcome To The Dahl House TP $5.95
White Picket Fences Double Feature GN $5.91
X-O Manowar Birth HC $21.21

Pulp Secret at NY Comic Con – Day 1

New Comics shipping April 16th.

As always check with your local comic book store for availability.  This week’s list is from Midtown Comics, and as such these prices are only good for that store.  Hellions picks are in bold.

DC
100 Bullets #90 $2.54
Bat Lash Vol 2 #5 $2.54
Batman And The Outsiders Vol 2 #6 $2.54
Batman Strikes #44 $1.91
Brave And The Bold Vol 3 #12 $2.54
Catwoman Vol 3 #78 $2.54
Countdown To Final Crisis #2 $2.54
DC Wildstorm Dreamwar #1 $2.54
DMZ #30 $2.54
Faker TP $12.74
Flash Vol 2 #239 $2.54
Gotham Underground #7 $2.54
Hellblazer #243 $2.54
Legion Of Super-Heroes In The 31st Century #13 $1.91
Programme #10 $2.54
Robin Vol 4 #173 $2.54
Salvation Run #6 $2.54
Showcase Presents Legion Of Super-Heroes Vol 2 TP $14.44
Suicide Squad Raise The Flag #8 $2.54
Superman Vol 3 #675 $3.39
Tangent Supermans Reign #2 $2.54
Un-Men Vol 1 Get Your Freak On TP $8.49
Wildstorm Armageddon TP $15.29
World Of Warcraft #6 $2.54

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #557 $2.54
Annihilation Conquest #6 $3.39
Avengers Classic #11 $2.54
Avengers The Initiative #11 $2.54
Captain America Vol 5 #37 $2.54
Captain Marvel Vol 5 #5 (Secret Invasion Infiltration Tie-In) $2.54
Ghost Rider Vol 5 #22 $2.54
Howard The Duck Media Duckling TP $10.19
Incredible Hercules #116 $2.54
Iron Man Legacy Of Doom #1 $2.54
Iron Man Vol 4 #28 $3.39
Marvel Adventures Avengers #23 $2.54
Marvel Adventures Avengers Vol 5 Some Assembling Required TP Digest $6.79
Marvel Adventures Two-In-One #10 $4.24
Marvel Illustrated Iliad #5 $2.54
Marvel Masterworks Captain Marvel Vol 3 HC $46.74
New-Gen #1 APNG Custom Comic (Free) TBA
Powers Annual 2008 $4.21
Punisher War Journal Vol 3 Hunter Hunted HC $16.99
Silver Surfer In Thy Name #1 Michael Turner Signed Cover CGC 9.8 $84.99
Spider-Man Iron Man Hulk Magazine $5.94
Thor Vol 3 #1 3rd Ptg Michael Turner Sketch Cover CGC 9.8 $67.99
Ultimate Spider-Man #111 WWC Joe Quesada Variant Cover Signed $33.99
War Is Hell First Flight Of The Phantom Eagle #2 $3.39
Wolverine Origins #24 $2.54
World War Hulk Aftersmash Warbound #5 $2.54
X-Factor Vol 3 #30 (X-Men Divided We Stand Tie-In) $2.54
X-Men Divided We Stand #1 $3.39

Dark Horse
Fear Agent #20 Hatchet Job Part 4 $2.54
Grendel Behold The Devil #6 $2.98
Hellboy Library Edition Vol 1 Seed Of Destruction & Wake The Devil HC $42.46
Pigeons From Hell #1 $2.54
Rex Mundi Vol 2 #11 $2.54

Image
76 #3 $2.54
Amory Wars Vol 1 Second Stage Turbine Blade TP $12.74
Bad Planet #5 $2.54
Darkness Vol 3 #3 $2.54
Infinite Horizon #3 $2.54
Nixons Pals GN $11.04
Noble Causes Archives Vol 1 TP $16.99
Noble Causes Vol 2 #32 $2.98
Perhapanauts Vol 2 #1 $2.98
Strange Girl Vol 4 Golden Lights TP $11.89
Stupid Comics Phoenix Edition GN $8.49
Sword #7 $2.54
Wonderlost #2 $5.09

IDW Publishing
Angel After The Fall #1 NDC & BCC Exclusive Cover $8.49
Badger Saves The World #5 $3.39
Doctor Who Vol 2 #3 $3.39
Star Trek Year Four Enterprise Experiment #1 $3.39

Independents
All We Ever Do Is Talk About Wood GN $8.46
American Flagg Limited Edition HC Book Set $67.15
Army Of Darkness Long Road Home #8 $2.98
Best Of The West #66 $5.91
Blood & Roses Con Special $8.49
Blood & Roses In The Dark #1 Regular Cover $2.54
Captain Action Vol 2 #0 $1.69
Cthulhu Tales #1 $3.39
Damned Prodigal Sons #1 $2.98
Darkness vs Eva #1 Foil Cover $21.24
Deadworld Frozen Over #2 $3.39
Econauts One Shot $5.94
Femforce #143 $5.91
Fire Away GN $11.01
Gnome One Shot $5.94
Goblin Chronicles #2 $2.98
Grimm Fairy Tales #26 $2.54
Hero By Night Vol 2 #3 $3.39
Hunters Moon TP $12.74
In The Small Graphic Novel HC $16.99
In The Small Graphic Novel TP $11.04
Jim Butchers Dresden Files Welcome To The Jungle #1 $3.39
Knights Of The Dinner Table #138 $4.24
Living Corpse #3 $2.54
Lone Ranger Vol 4 #11 $2.54
Misadventures Of Clark & Jefferson #4 $2.98
Necessary Evil #5 $3.39
Pirates vs Ninjas Global Harming One-Shot $2.98
PS238 Vol 5 Extraterrestrial Credit TP $13.59
Ramayan 3392 AD Reloaded Vol 2 Tome Of The Wastelands TP $12.74
Red Sonja Travels TP $16.99
Red Sonja Vol 4 #32 $2.54
Sadhu Vol 2 Silent Ones TP $12.74
Shojo Beat Vol 4 #5 May 08 $5.09
Simpsons Comics #141 $2.54
Waldos Hawaiian Holiday GN $16.96
Warhammer Forge Of War TP $12.74
Willow Creek #1 $2.54
Worlds Of Dungeons & Dragons #1 $4.68

ShoXC results from April 5th.

from Sherdog.com

For the second time in as many events, a ShoXC bill ended in controversy Saturday at the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, Calif.

In the main event of ProElite’s second ShoXC offering in just more than two weeks, Hawaiian Poai Suganuma  moved up in a world full of light heavyweight prospects by defeating fellow undefeated 205-pounder Jared Hamman  in 15 seconds. However, Suganuma’s stoppage win didn’t sit well with many.

The shorter Suganuma staggered the lanky Hamman with an overhand right. When Hamman appeared dazed from the shot, the Hilo native rushed him, connecting flush with a flying knee that dropped Hamman to the canvas.

As Jon Schorle moved in to halt the bout, Hamman, fighting on instinct, was able to climb to his feet. He was shocked to learn that the fight had been stopped in Suganuma’s favor, prompting a shower of boos from the crowd.

After a year and a half out of action, rising Brazilian Fabricio Camoes showed zero ring rust in destroying the win streak of Joe Camacho in their 160-pound contest.

Camoes, who hadn’t fought since his October 2006 breakout performance in which he won the one-night Super Challenge lightweight tournament, looked sharp from the outset. He quickly took Camacho to the mat and methodically pounded away. Eventually Camoes trapped Camacho against the fence and unloaded a series of punches that gave him a first-round stoppage and fifth straight victory.

In a thoroughly dominating display, Shayna Baszler notched her fourth straight first-round submission victory by destroying colorful journeywoman Keiko Tamai.

After Tamai opened the bout with a Superman punch, Baszler assumed control and never gave it back. She pounded Tamai on the mat and thwarted her attempt to get the fight back to the feet.

Baszler also kneed her opponent in the face before scoring a suplex from a rear waistlock that put Tamai on her face. A TKO stoppage seemed near while Baszler unloaded punches from back control. Instead Baszler pulled Tamai back, and when it seemed as if a rear-naked choke was imminent, Baszler switched off, triangling the far leg and cranking Tamai’s neck to record a spectacular submission victory with the ever-elusive Twister.

In another battle of undefeated fighters, “The Arm Collector” Givanildo Santana lived up to his nickname against Matt Lucas. After Lucas had controlled much of the first round with his wrestling and dropped Santana with a left hand, he seemed ready to put round one in the books.

However, late in the round, Santana caught Lucas looking lazy and spun for a textbook armbar from the guard for the tap.

Stepping in for Wilson Reis on short notice, the ever-game Bao Quach authored a quick and nasty knockout of UFC veteran Doug Evans in their 147-pound bout.

Although Evans was expected to impress in dropping down to the featherweight division, the Alaskan looked anxious from the start with sloppy and desperate striking. As Evans rushed him flailing with strikes, the veteran Quach connected with a clean right hook on the temple that dropped Evans down and out at only 55 seconds of the first round.

Undercard results:
Melanie Lacroix Def. Melissa Vasquez (Pictures) KO R1 2:58
Roberto Vargas Def. Telly Sanders Submission (Shoulder lock) R3 1:53
Lucas Gamaza Def. Devin Howard (Pictures) Decision (Unanimous)
Luke Riddering Def. Yasser Pezzat TKO (Strikes) R1 2:53
Brent Cooper Def. Jaime Iracheta KO R1 1:30
Tony Lopez Def. Terroll Dees TKO (Strikes) R2 1:09