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Review of Starlight #1

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
– Julia Child
comics-starlight-1That’s right you sons of bitches, I’m back! And yeah that’s right, I opened this comeback review with a Julia Child quote. What?
I’m back to review the hell out of some comic books. Well okay, comic “book” – singular – that book being Mark Millar’s new series, Starlight.
Now like most of you when I think of Millar I think of ultra-violence, aging superheros, snotty young kids from said aging superheros – you know the normal shit that Millar does. And he does it so well that we don’t mind that he continually uses these same devices over and over. I guess the old adage, “Stick to what you know” comes into play here.

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THIS WEEKS GUEST

BILL SIENKIEWICZ

553352_404492459561779_96075067_nIn the world of comic books Bill Sienkiewicz is what you would call a living legend. He exploded onto the scene in 1980 with Marvel’s Moon Knight series and blew the doors off the industry that at the time had never seen art like this before. In a bold move Marvel put him on The New Mutants with issue #18 in 1984 . This traditional super hero comic written by Chris Claremont was for all intents and purposes just another X-Men book and offered nothing that we really hadn’t seen before. That is until Bill came aboard.

I remember when I was kid and opening up the New Mutants comic I just bought at the neighborhood market –  I can honestly say my mind was blown! Bill took a regular comic and turned it into a masterpiece of modern art. It is stunning work and still breathtaking to look at. But the best was yet to come.

In 1988 Bill teamed up with writer Frank Miller to unleash what many hold up to believe is the finest piece of popular art to ever be produced in the comic book medium, Elektra: Assassin. This mini series raised the bar so high that it has rarely been touched by any other artist out there. It is simply magnificent.

Back in the 80’s Bill was a hero to me and an artist that I followed religiously, so for me to now get a chance to engage in this little mini-interview all these years later is pretty much a dream come true. I am honored that he was able to take the time to answer some questions – let’s get to them!

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THIS WEEKS GUEST

KELLEY JONES

kelley-jonesI first discovered the dark and moody artwork of Kelley Jones in the pages of DC Comics legendary series Sandman, but it was really a few years later that I became a devoted Jones fan when I picked up Batman: Dark Joker, The Wild. That elseworlds graphic novel has what I consider to be to this day, the scariest portrayal of The Joker ever rendered. It is the stuff of nightmares and I loved it! You would think that someone who is capable of invoking such horrors would be kind of a creepy dude, but on the contrary – Kelley is incredibly generous, nice and super cool. He took time out of his busy schedule to answer my 5 Questions. So let’s get to it!

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TODAY’S GUEST

B. CLAY MOORE

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Photo by Mew Ski

In 2002 a new comic hit the stands that immediately wowed the masses and recived rave reviews from Entertainment Weekly and Publishers Weekly it was also snatached up by New Line Cinema to be turned into a feature film. That comic was Hawaiian Dick, and if you havent read it then stop reading this for  second and go get it – I’ll wait.

Okay, you’re back. Great. See what did I tell you? Good stuff right? Since Hawaiian Dick, B. Clay Moore has made a name for hemself in the comic book industry as a top notch writer – and with tiles like Superman Confidential, Our Fighting Forces, Casey Blue: Beyond Tomorrow, and JSA the Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull under his belt there is no doubt the future is bright for Clay and we will be egerly anticapating the next awesome series to spring forth from his typewriter.
Now then, Clay was kind enough to stop typing for a few minutes and answer my 5 questions. Lets see what he has to say.

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TODAY’S GUEST

ETHAN VAN SCIVER

230px-10.2.10EthanVanSciverByLuigiNovi1In the history of Green Lantern there are two distinct periods: Before Ethan Van Sciver and After Ethan Van Sciver. Along with Geoff Johns, Ethan redefined Hal Jordan for a new generation and I for one became a fan of the emerald knight thanks entirely to Ethan’s artwork. His style can be compared to that of Brian Bolland’s – exquisitely detailed line work with a mastery for character fluidity – in short, it’s beautiful art! A comic book with art by Van Sciver is always on my radar and there is a good chance I’ll be picking it up, if only to drool over the fantastic pages that he poured his sweat and blood into – it shows on every panel.

Ethan was nice enough to take some time out of his day to answer my 5 questions so let’s see what he has to say!

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THIS WEEKS GUEST

J.G JONES!

jgJ.G Jones is one of the premier comic book artists working in the business today. Known for his photo realistic style, his covers are the stuff of legend and a Jones cover alone can cause a comic to fly off the shelves. No stranger to interiors either, his work in Final Crisis, Wanted, and Before Watchman: The Comedian is highly detailed, expertly composed, and beautiful to behold. I will say though one of the crown jewels in his impressive profolio is the fifty two covers he did for the landmark DC Comics series “52“. Every week for one year his incredible covers graced the comic book shelves and made us all take notice of that ambitious series. Truly a wondrous achivement and has yet to be topped by any comic book artist out there.

Recently I had the chance to get together with J.G and ask him 5 questions. Let’s not waste anymore time and get to it!

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“I Did It My Way!”

My dudes,

You may have noticed the lack of posts by yours truly over the last few weeks – well truth be told I just really don’t have time these days to properly run this awesome site, so therefore I am handing the Keys to the Kingdom to Alex and stepping away for awhile from NBC.

Am I quitting NBC?

No.

Will I be posting articles?

No.

Will I pop in every now and then and post a profane comment?

You better fucking believe it.

Will I one day return?

Yes.

I want to thank you for making NBC the rad comic book site it has become. It has been such an incredible experience and I know the awesomeness will continue with Alex, Patrick, Josh, Cosmo, and Dean still kicking ass and taking names. I could not have done this without them.

See you in the funny books

Erik

And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way
Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way

Yes, it was my way

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THIS WEEKS GUEST

AARON KUDER

2720080-aaron_kuder_2_576If you have been reading DC Comics Action Comics for the last few months you may have noticed a new look for that book. Artist Aaron Kuder has come on board to bring his dynamic, highly stylized drawings to Superman’s world and the results so far have been mind-blowing awesome! I became an instant fan of Kuder’s work from the moment I laid eyes on one of his pages from Superman #20. Here is what I said of Kuder WAY back then in my iFanboy review of that issue, “Yeah, Kuder steals the show here in some pretty fantastic pages of the fight between Orion and Superman (the aircraft carrier page was glorious).

So when Aaron become the new artist on Action Comics I was thrilled and reached out to him to see if he wouldn’t mind answering a few fan-boy questions. To my delight he said yes (actually his real reply was, “Sure thing chicken wing.”)

So let’s get on with it!

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FREEZE FRAME! The Weeks Best Moments! 12/11/13

THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO DESCRIBE THIS WEEKS MOMENTS, THEY ARE AS…

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WOLVERINE #12

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