Tag Archives: Transformers vs GI Joe

Freeze Frame 7/1/2016

From Spider-Gwen Annual #1 by James Harren & Jordie Bellaire
From Spider-Gwen Annual #1 by James Harren & Jordie Bellaire

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (06/29/16)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Josh’s Recommendation …
DoctorWho9th#3Dr Who 9th Doctor #3
“More (9th) Doctor, Capt Jack Harkness, and Rose Tyler? FANTASTIC!”
 
 

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Freeze Frame 4/22/2016

From Transformers vs GI Joe #12 by Tom Scioli
From Transformers vs GI Joe #12 by Tom Scioli

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Freeze Frame 2/26/2016

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From Spawn #261 by Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen & FCO Plascenia

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Freeze Frame 10/16/2015

From Clandestino #1 by Amancay Nahuelpan
From Clandestino #1 by Amancay Nahuelpan

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Indubitable Issues and Pull List (10/7/15)

LOOKING FOR BOOKS TO BUY THIS WEEK?  

LOOK NO FURTHER.  

HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.

 
Tyler’s Recommendations: 
Paper Girls #1
“A new comic from Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang. That’s it, why would you need to know more? Is there anything that could make
you NOT want to read this? I would try the first issue even if the synopsis was, ” A story of sloths playing chess with no timer.” So, yeah, you
could say I’m excited for this.”

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Freeze Frame 8/7/2015

From This Dammed Band #1 by Tony Parket
From This Dammed Band #1 by Tony Parker

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An Interview With Esoteric of Czarface

Right to left: DJ 7L, Esoteric & Inspektah Deck are Czarface
Left to right: DJ 7L, Esoteric & Inspektah Deck are Czarface

Comics & Hip-Hop culture’s ties run pretty deep. Many of the same rappers that defined the medium in what’s often refered to as the golden age grew up reading Spiderman, Star Wars & X-Men books off the bodega spinner racks in cities all over the northeast while vibing out to early Def Jam artists like Run DMC, Public Enemy, LL Cool J & Slick Rick. Rapper Esoteric comes from that generation and comics iconography has had a profound influence on his music for the entirety of his career. Coming up with DJ 7L under the group name 7L & Esoteric,  the group arrived on the hip hop scene in 1996 with the b-side single Secret Wars that paid homage Marvel Comics & the breakout hit Be Alert that sampled the Transformers TV theme. Whether with his long time DJ as 7L & Esoteric or in one of the many expanded crews like Demigods or Army Of Pharaohs, Esoteric’s music has continued to be informed by comics mythology. In 2013, Esoteric teamed with 7L and legendary Wu-Tang wordsmith Inspectah Deck to form the group Czarface. After exceeding expectations on their debut album the trio has returned with the vibrant follow up, Every Hero Needs A Villian, which came out on Tuesday.

Every Hero is one of the most comic’s centric & straight up east coast boom bap rap albums in years. It doesn’t make songs about comics that we’ve already read, it uses comics idea’s and concepts to make classic blue collar, punch you in the face and snatch your chain east coast hip hop. It’s the type of album that evokes the feeling of running from the police while referencing Cyclops. In addition to the music, rapper Esoteric wrote his first comic book to go with the album which reads like Jack Kirby had he been brought up on Wu-Tang Clan. Below Esoteric & I talk about how comics influenced his raps, the brand new Czarface album, what he’s currently reading & making pro wrestling move’s comparable to Marvel superhero’s for role playing purposes. Continue reading An Interview With Esoteric of Czarface

Freeze Frame 6/5/2015

From Midnighter #1 by Aco
From Midnighter #1 by Aco

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Review of Transformers vs GI Joe #2

jun140409by John Barber & Tom Scioli

IDW’s Transformers vs GI Joe continues to be a fun romp extending the wild space cowboy by way of Jack Kirby narrative established by past issue’s while exponentially expanding on the scope of laws of it’s universe. Issue #2 is extra fun as it switched up the narrative of both what we’ve seen in the book past as well as these properties where the Joe’s end up on Cybertron while sticking to the script where all hell breaks lose. It’s an interesting three way conflict being created where the Joe’s, Autobots and Decepticon’s are all fighting each other with varying motivations. Scioli’s art rocks as it continues to bring all of that to vibrant life in his own style which is part hyper detailed, part super cartoony and part super goofy in all the right ways. His Kirbyesqye visual narrative is as fun and dynamic here as his best past work like Godland & American Barbarian while you can just feel the fun he’s having in drawing all these larger then life characters and worlds. It’s kind of unbelievable that this is what we are getting out of comic about two properties from toy companies fighting each other but I seriously wish that it could go on forever. When so much of corporate comics is this very cynical sell you anything to get money or this stock post Watchmen edgy/brooding nonsense to have a series like this feels so refreshing and exciting. Transformers vs GI Joe didn’t have to be anything as it’s title pretty sells it to it’s highest potential but they went and made it as cool as possible anyway and that is beautiful thing.