“ALL THESE MOMENTS LOST, LIKE TEARS IN RAIN.”
28 ISSUES HAVE BEEN BUILDING TO THIS SINGLE MOMENT. WONDERFUL
28 ISSUES HAVE BEEN BUILDING TO THIS SINGLE MOMENT. WONDERFUL
Each week, the NBC Staff will share various comics we think are worthy to be your pull list. These issues will be picked based upon just how excited we are for them to come out. We dig them, and you might too.
Feel free to let us know what YOU think WE should be reading in the comment section below.
You gotta feel it in your Soule…Ukerupp thinks you should try:
Charles Soule and Tony S. Daniel
This guy Charles Soule is one to keep your eye on. I’m calling it now, he will go down in the books as one of the best writers of this generation. I don’t read Superman, and I only read Wonder Woman in trades so I am not caught up, but I will be picking this up.
To quote Morrissey, “Everyday is like Sunday!” Well, I wish everyday was like Sunday and I’m sure you do as well because it’s the day you get to read my rambling, stream of consciousness thoughts in Drawing Lines – where I drop more F bombs then a B-52 Super Flying Fortress. The first week back from a long ass month of villains felt good – until I started reading the DC books I got…but wait, I’m getting ahead of myself – let’s save that for the bullet points – cause I love me some bullet points. I am so glad October is here, I’m not a summer guy at all and down right loath the sun (so why I live in California I’ll never know). October is my all time favorite month and Halloween pretty much my fave holiday. I remember back as kid the 31 day wait till Halloween. Those 31 days were spent constructing my costumes (they didn’t sale pre-made zombie kits at Target back in the days) and staying up late to watch Christopher Lee movies. Such great memories, they serve me well. You know what else serves me well? Points that are bullet shaped.
Every Thursday, each staff member will choose his favorite cover of the week to showcase here.
So… Are variant covers worth it? I mean, I’ve never bought one in my life and I’m perfectly hap– Wait, Dave McKean is doing the Sandman: Overture variants? Dammit…
Cover Art By Frazer Irving
1ST PLACE GOLD MEDAL BOOKS
Batman & Robin 23.1 (Two Face): NBC Rating – Great 50%
Flash 23.1 (Grodd): NBC Rating – Great 66.67%
Green Arrow 23.1 (Count Vertigo): NBC Rating – Great 57.14%
Justice League of America 7.1 (Deadshot): NBC Rating – Great 75%
2ND PLACE SILVER MEDAL BOOKS
Earth 2 15.1 (Desaad): NBC Rating – Great 25%
Green Lantern 23.1 (Relic): NBC Rating – Great 37.5%
Action Comics 23.1 (Cyborg Superman): NBC Rating – Good 57.14%
Detective Comics 23.1 (Poison Ivy): NBC Rating – Good 75%
Justice League 23.1 (Darksied): NBC Rating – Good 77.78%
Superman 23.1 (Bizzarro): NBC Rating – Good 60%
3RD PLACE BRONZE MEDAL BOOKS
Batman 23.1 (Joker): NBC Rating – Poor 50%
Batman: The Dark Knight 23.1 (Ventriloquist): NBC Rating – Fair 66.67%
Justice League Dark 23.1 (Creeper): NBC Rating – Fair 66.67%
As September draws to a close, it seems fitting to take stock of DC’s Villain Month initiative/gimmick. When it was originally announced, I was pretty skeptical of the whole enterprise, before becoming downright cynical when I heard about the 3D covers. That said, I did buy a few of the issues, and borrowed a large amount of them from a friend. What follows are my thoughts based on the 35, out of 52, installments that I read.
Context helps: When Villains’ Month was first announced, we knew that Forever Evil was coming, but didn’t know yet exactly what it would entail. Once that became clearer the choice of spotlighting villains did as well. One of the complaints about last year’s Zero Month was that DC interrupted their regular storylines for random, arbitrary reasons. Now, some titles were able to adapt (Demon Knights and Justice League Dark come to mind); the former fitting the flashbacks into a natural break between arcs, while the latter used the opportunity to tell the reader something about the current storyline’s baddie. For the most part, though, regardless of how well the issue was written, the vast majority had little or no need to be told at that particular time. This year, many of the stories were rooted in the specific circumstances of Forever Evil, and thus, by portraying how different characters reacted to their new status quo, moved the overall narrative forward.
One month of writing about awesome comics and posting comments about shitty comics. I gotta say this month has been so much fun for me personally and as a comic fan thanks to this little website that keeps growing in hits and views every day (word on the street is that a certain DC Comics Artist posted a link to NBC on his Facebook page and called us “Awesome!” True story) . I love coming here and spewing my wisdom to you and also love trading snarky remarks in the comments with everyone as well. You out there have made NBC’s first month a successful one and we would definitely not be here without you, so once again, from the bottom of my foul mouthed heart, thank you! I’ll take this moment to apologize to you for the shortness of this weeks drawing lines, this weekend is super busy for me (I play a rock-star part time when I’m not posting about comic books and had to gear up to melt faces at the show tonight – so I’m writing this on the fly), now then, let’s get to those sweet, sweet bullet-points.
SUPERMAN #23.4 (PARASITE): This ranks up there as one of the best Villains Months issues yet – and who would have figured that artist Arron Kuder, whose work I’ve always enjoyed and championed in past reviews, could also deliver a solid script and put other Villains Months writers to shame (I mean have you read Joker’s Daughter by Ann Nocenti? Holy mother of god that may go down has the worst reviewed comic in the history of comics). Kuder makes the most of his first time out as a writer and gives us solid characterization of Joshua Michael Allan, a bike messenger that has had enough of living in Metropolis. Being attacked by “the monster of the week” is just one of the many incidents in Allen’s life that causes him to hit bottom and seek cash from being a medical experiment. And yeah, you guessed it, the experiment doesn’t go so well. Favorite moment of the issue: I picked in for my Freeze Frame of the week, the moment after Joshua becomes Parasite and looks at himself in the mirror for the first time. Damn good stuff here. WRITING: GOOD / ART: EXCELLENT
Three weeks down here at NBC and a couple thousand or more to go (I hope). Lots of changes in this third week – mostly cosmetic as if you didn’t know. Yep, the look of NBC has changed and I think for the better. It was pointed out to me this week by another comic book fan who’s name rhymes with Bosh Zanagan that the old look of NBC resembled another website of professional comic book artist Tony Moore – you know that dude that is KICKING HIMSELF for leaving The Walking Dead after 6 issues – so I decided to change it. ( you can check out our old look at his site HERE and relive the good old days of those first two weeks at NBC. Ahhhh memories. ) At any rate, I went through the whole motherfucking entire Theme choices that WordPress had to offer over the last few days and let me tell you, if I never see another theme it will be too soon. Ugh, but it was worth it and I think we have a pretty good looking site now, at least one that I’m happy with. So, enough of themes and Tony Moore’s, let’s do some Bullet Points!