Black Widow’s First Line of Red. How It Started. (Issue 19)

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Black Widow is one of the few titles that I’ve been sticking with. I love the series — full of action and drama with amazing artwork to boot. It’s the reason why I started reading more and more current superhero comic books. The latest issue did not disappoint. It takes the reader to Natasha’s past and how it started. We’ve gotten a few glimpses before, but this issue really delved into it.

What decision will she make? I guess we’ll find out in issue 20.

TOO LATE FOR REDEMPTION? At the end of all things, Black Widow finds herself unexpectedly connected to one of the darkest moments of her past. See how the first lines of red in her ledger were written. Will Natasha fall into darkness or rage against the dying of the light? READ MORE

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JEM Keeps Getting Better with Issue 4

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The upcoming live-action JEM film may suck — actually, it probably will after having watched the trailer — but, fans should definitely be reading the comics. They’ve got the core of JEM, but updated for 2015, which I very much appreciate.

The driving force of the JEM and the Holgrams vs The Misfits rivalry is the music but also forbidden love between two of the band members. It definitely heightens the drama between the two bands. And, I love the artwork.

Jem and The Holograms do their first live show at The Starlight Foundation’s annual fundraiser—but a rabid Misfits fan is determined to sabotage their performance… at any cost! READ MORE

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What Happens After the Bad Guy Has Been Defeated? New Comic “Zodiac Starforce” to Debut in August 2015!

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Ooh! This comes out in digital and print on August 26th! The art looks amazing and the story sounds like a very interesting premise! Comic created by artist Paulina Ganucheau and writer Kevin Panetta.

It’s been two years since the girls received their power from an goddess named Astra and destroyed the villain Cimmeria; the team has since disbanded, and like a lot of friends do over the course of high school, they’re starting to find themselves drawn to different interests and heading in different directions. READ MORE

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DC Comics Superman “Truth”, Issue 41, is One Wild Ride. Wow.

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I’ve tried getting into Superman comics in the past — even the Superman Wonderwoman series — but they fell flat for me. There was never enough character build up to make me root for Superman. The only time I ever loved Superman was when I was a kid watching the Christopher Reeve films. To this day, they hold up even against the Henry Cavill re-boot “Man of Steel” in 2013, which SUCKED so bad all around.

But, when I found out that one of my most favorite comic creators, Gene Luen Yang, would be writing for issue 41, I HAD to pick it up. Let me say that I was not disappointed at all. In fact, the story was riveting from the first page to the last. I love how they re-worked the story so that Superman’s identity is revealed and how that plays out.

I seriously can not wait for issue 42 to hit the stands.

The epic new storyline “TRUTH” continues with the debut of the amazing new creative team of new writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and continuing artists John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson! What will happen when the big secret is revealed? READ MORE

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I Wanted to Like Black Canary Issue 1…I Really Did, But…

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it just didn’t grab me from the outset. Maybe I was looking forward to it too much? I was already excited about the artwork by Annie Wu — I loved what she did with Batgirl Beyond — and the artwork is amazing. I love it. But, the story fell a bit flat. I actually liked her more during her appearances in Batgirl.

Will I give it another chance? I don’t know only because I have so many other titles I’m following.

Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the LAST place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to – for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why! Martial arts, super-spies, and rock ‘n’ roll combine, from Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL) and Annie Wu (Hawkeye)!

 

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DC Comics Convergence Nightwing/Oracle #1. Dang That Was Good.

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Honestly, this issue has been sitting on my nightstand for the past few weeks. It came highly recommended by the comic book shop guy who couldn’t say enough good things about it. I was actually picking up the Convergence Batgirl title because of the return of Cassandra Cain!

And so, I read the Convergence Batgirl and, for me, it was…meh. I didn’t hold out much hope for the Convergence Nightwing/Oracle title after that.

But today…today, I realized how wrong I was.

Dang, it was good from beginning, middle and to end. Superb writing by Gail Simone captured the state of Gotham and the state of Dick Grayson’s and Barbara Gordon’s relationship.

STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Just as they’ve finally been reunited, the romance between Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon is sentenced to execution by Flashpoint Hawkman and Hawkwoman! READ MORE

Now, I must hunt down issue 2.

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Image Comics’ Kaptara: “Space, why you gotta be like that?”

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What? Huh?

A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Join CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals the Duck) and KAGAN McLEOD (Infinite Kung Fu) as they put the “fi” back into “sci-fi” and pretty much disregard the “sci” part in this epic story of punching and love!

Story By: Chip Zdarsky
Art & Cover By: Kagan Mcleod

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So, initially, I was at the comic book shop looking to get the latest issues of some of the titles I’m reading. I wasn’t there to scope out anything new. I generally limit my books to 5 titles.

But then, I saw — not the cover of issue 1 — but the insanity of issue 2 featuring…cat tanks. CAT TANKS!

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How could I NOT try this out? What completely sold it for me was the tagline for issue 1: “Space, why you gotta be like that?” It’s funny, the artwork is fantastic, and it’s set in a crazy, weird world.

Kaptara!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron…Age of Disappointment. What Happened Here?

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I waited a few weeks for the crowds to die down before heading to the movie theatre with the Mister to watch Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The opening sequence dove right into the action. I was certain that it was going to be a fun ride.

But then…but then…the fun started disappearing and in its place was annoyance.

I’m a fan of the Black Widow character. I read the current comics and love how she just gets shit done. So, the need to explore a relationship between Black Widow and Bruce Banner in the movie had me completely perplexed. Like, where did that come from? At what point in the other two films was that even developed? And she feels for him so strongly that she would run away with him?

Black Widow does not run away.

The Mister was also troubled by the “romance.” He didn’t understand why a character as strong as Black Widow would go for someone as weak as Bruce Banner.

Also, I didn’t appreciate how Hawkeye’s wife and children were just slapped into the movie. There wasn’t a point to the wife. Her role was to basically just wait and look longingly into his eyes.

Come on. It’s 2015. Let’s stop being so lazy with story-telling and character development.

I can watch the first Avengers movie and even the second one on repeat. But this third one? No.

I should’ve just gone to watch Jurassic World instead.

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Jem and the Holograms, Issue 3

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Hot off their video win, Jem and the Holograms perform at the Starlight Foundation’s annual fundraiser—but the Misfits, anxious the Holograms’ overnight success, plan to bring them down.

Truth be told, I didn’t think that I’d end up enjoying these Jem and the Hologram comics as much as I have. I thought they’d be cheesy and more geared towards kids, but I was wrong. There’s great character development and some mature issues being dealt with. Plus, the story keeps getting better and better — staying true to its roots but updated and tweaked to make it new and fresh.

What I also appreciate is the artwork. It’s fun and the girls are illustrated in different shapes, colors, and sizes. It’s rare to see in the media, much less in comic books. Kudos to the creative team for drawing real women.

If you’re like me and wanted to scream out of sheer horror after watching the hot mess of a teaser for the live-action Jem movie, then read the comics instead. Hasbro and the folk working on the movie should’ve just based the whole story off the comics. Why didn’t they?

Anyhow, I’m looking forward to issue 4 — and NOT watching the movie.

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Sense8 is Awesome Sauce. Sun Is My All-Time Fave.

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I just finished binge-watching Sense8, the latest original Netflix series created, written and executive-produced by Andy and Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. And, wow…just wow…

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.

It reminds me of X-Men, but with ordinary people with an extraordinary power. The characters are from all walks of life spanning different continents, but they’re all connected by this power. Life would be perfectly fine except there’s someone out to snuff them all out so they’ve got to work together to stay alive and to find out why they’re being hunted.

The breakout character for me is Sun played by Bae Doona. Sun is a Seoul businesswoman and burgeoning star in the underground kickboxing world. She has a good for nothing father and brother and to vent it all out she fights in the ring. She is so badass.

After each episode, I’m not left feeling emotionally cheated with lame cliff-hangers or upset that the whole episode was just filler material to keep me hanging on. I just want to keep going along for the ride.

So, now that I’m done with season one, I need for season two to come out, like, now.

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Who Is the New Thor? What?! Issue 8 (2014)

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When I got to the last page I was, like, what?!?!?!

I picked up the latest issue a few days ago at one of my fave comic shops — New England Comics in Quincy, MA. There’s been a lot of press/spoilers floating around and I avoided all news related to it.

Please note that this series is the first time reading anything Thor. Up until this point, I thought he was a weird character, but then I watched the films and he started making sense. So, in terms of all the back story and such I have no point of reference. But, I will start researching around because I need to make sense of this and how it works.

The reveal was a surprise but not a surprise. I just need to know how it all works.

To be continued.

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My Top 5 Additional Cameo Picks for Taylor Swift’s new video “Bad Blood”

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uhhhhh…the only other video I played on repeat was Taylor Swift’s Blank Space. I will be adding Bad Blood to it.

I absolutely love the story, all the cameos, and the ladies kicking ass. I just wish that Taylor had an Asian friend or two. Here are my Top 5 picks:

 

1. Jamie Chung

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Jamie Chung played Miho in…SIN CITY — which looks to be one of the inspirations for the music video. She also played Mu Lan on Once Upon a Time. She’s proven that she can do some killing. Also, I first saw her on MTV’s The Real World: San Diego and am tickled that she’s created a career for herself — she was my fave cast on that show because she didn’t cause any drama. 

 

2. Ming-Na

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Two words for Ming-Na other than her first name. Agent May. Enough said.

 

3. Maggie Q

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I only ever watched an episode of the Nikita TV series, but Maggie Q looked pretty bad ass in that. Plus, she’s been well trained in the Hong Kong action movie industry.

 

4. Constance Wu

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I watched Parallels on Netflix the other day and it was freakin’ awesome and because I’m obsessed with parallel universes. I hope to gawd that they continue filming because you can’t just leave me hanging like that. Constance Wu gave some badassery Orphan Black style (please note that I still need to watch Orphan Black, but what I do know of the show are the clones-but-not-clones).

 

5. Grace Park

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Grace Park played Boomer on Battlestar Galactica. I was obsessively watching it for the first several episodes until it got too drama-filled for me with who’s a cylon/who’s not.

They all would’ve made great additions to the video.

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Stripped: The Comics Documentary

So, I have been at a crossroads with my comic — where is it going? what am I doing? And then, I take a break. Fire up Netflix on the Mister’s PS3 and what do I see in the ‘Recently Added’ queue? Stripped.

Oh man, can I say how inspired I am? To learn about the history, the process, and to hear from some of my cartoon heroes! I now have a more clear idea of what I want to do.

I do have the compilation book I’m putting together, but I’m also going to start fleshing out ah-Lin’s character and her world some more. This is quite momentous given that tomorrow is my birthday and a lot of stuff has been going on behind the scenes that have been a bit challenging.

But, in the very wise words of the great P. Diddy, “Can’t nobody hold me down, oh no I got to keep on movin’.”

STRIPPED is the ultimate love-letter to comic strips. It brings together the world’s best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newspapers die.

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Ronda Rousey, Why You Single?

“I’m young, successful and I’m single. Why is that a bad thing?” she said. “I don’t hear any of the guys being asked these questions. Because if they’re young and successful and single everyone’s like ‘Baller! That guy is awesome, he’s living the dream.’ [The media] is never bugging them about that so why do I get bugged about it?” READ MORE

You go, Rhonda!

I want to read her autobiography, “My Fight / Your Fight“.

[via Huffington Post]
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‘Dr. Ken’ Official Trailer

Oh man — I am totally looking forward to this.

Dr. Ken is a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor, as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. Luckily, his therapist wife Allison is just the right partner to keep things sane. Coming soon to ABC FRIDAYS 8:30|7:30c THIS FALL.

Thank you ABC for supporting diversity! Don’t understand why it’s so hard for everyone to do this.

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Chris Rock: ‘I’m doing OK, but some days I’m sad outta my mind’

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“Chris Rock is one of the world’s funniest, most gifted standups but he’s never made a decent movie – until now. He talks about his new film Top Five, divorce, Kanye – and America’s race problem”

This piece was some inspirational reading. The creative process can be difficult especially when you’re searching for your true voice. Sometimes the amazingness that you see others doing clouds your path and instead of being confident in it, you start to maybe start chasing other paths that you think are better — when really, they’re just different…no better, no worse.

This quote sums it up perfectly:

“You get to a point where you say, OK, I’m not going to be Iron Man. So maybe I should be hanging with [Richard] Linklater and [Alexander]Payne. Maybe this is my crew instead of Sandler and Apatow and Stiller. They’re all still my boys, but maybe, artistically, my crew is over here,” he says. READ MORE

Now let’s get down to work and just do it!

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Comic Book Homework

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A lot has been happening and not been happening with my ah-Lin! comic 🙂

The other day, I decided to break Empty Bamboo Girl off and make it into an overarching umbrella for the different comic strip projects I have coming up. I’ve also taken a look at the state of ah-Lin! and it needs to be better because I know that I can do better. And so, I’m hitting the books and learning from some of my all-time favorites:

 

I was also lucky enough to pick up a copy of Will Eisner’s Comics and Sequential Art during my comic book adventure the other week. I got it for $5 from Rubber Chicken Comics. What?! Crazy.

Anyhow, be on the lookout for more — and better — comics from yours truly. And thank you for the continued support on the EBG Facebook page!

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The Digital Age of Comics

With superheroes dominating the box office, It’s easy to forget comics weren’t always as well regarded or accessible. The Verge talks to comic theoriest Scott McCloud, Comixology founders John Roberts and David Steinberger, and Symbolia creative director Joyce Rice to find out more about the future of this expanding, diversifying medium.

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