God Hates Astronauts #1 Review

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I have to say I went in a little blind when I picked up this issue of God Hates Astronauts in as much as I didn’t realise how much a world creator Ryan Browne had already made. Visiting his website only goes to show how much I have already missed. However dear reader, do not be afraid, because with this latest issue from Image you are at the perfect jumping in point and can pick up the story straight away.

For those that are fans of slightly surreal and off kilter comics, then this is one certainly for you. The plot follows space farmers, interspecies love (who dares keep a man and his chicken away from each other in the name of true love?!), a cheeeseburger eating tiger king and many other weird and wonderful characters.

The comic itself it set out in a rather tongue in cheek manner, with fake reviews on the back, all of which seem to be telling people not to bother with the comic and to buy Snopple. The age rating at the back is referred to as “mature readers only?”, and it is little touches like this that show the huge amount of detail and control that goes into every issue of a comic.

I cannot recommend this comic highly enough as it is a so funny and I am extremely excited to see how the story unfolds over the coming months!

Evan Goldberg Talks About Preacher

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Recently, I expressed my unhappiness about the upcoming Preacher television show from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in an article here and it seems that Goldberg has been trying to calm some of these fears, not mine personally, but I think the general worry that some of the fans may have about the upcoming show, in a recent interview at SXSW.

“We just had a meeting with AMC and Garth Ennis, who’s the writer, and we all kind of seemed to agree that we’re gonna stay as true to the comic as we can. We need to change some stuff but we’re not gonna change much, I hope. We’re just gonna do a little more of the preamble instead of doing flashbacks and restructure how we dole out the information a little, but we’re gonna [do the] same characters, same story, same ending. We’re gonna try to stick to Preacher as best we can. We’re making it with Sam Catlin who did Breaking Bad, and so he might tell me I’m wrong about all of this and that the real way to do it is different because he’s much smarter and better at all this than I am. But we’re gonna try to stick to what it is as best we can.”

It is nice to see that they are trying to stick to the source material as much as they, because that will be the first thing the fans grab on to when the want to criticise the show. I can already hear the fanboys chants of “IT WASN’T LIKE THAT IN THE COMIC!”

“We’re beyond excited, we’ve tried to make it for 10 years. The big difference is everyone else tried to make it a movie and it shouldn’t be a movie. It should be an AMC show, that’s the proper way for it to get done… It’s too big; you can’t do that in a movie. It’s just too big. You’ve gotta learn the characters, it’s all about a love triangle and you need to grow with them and see the woman swayed one way or the other, and in a movie you just can’t accomplish all that.”

Golberg seems to think that their format is going to be the best way forward for the comic, and I have to agree with him that a TV show is much better than a film for the adaptation.

I will just have to see how it goes and reserve judgement until the finished product is out!

The Preacher Television Show Is A Bad Idea

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Yesterday it was officially announced that Preacher was coming to the small screen. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to be the main creative pair behind the show, with Sam Catlin, who was previously involved with Breaking Bad also teaming up with them to help write the pilot episode.

Now I first want to state, that I don’t think this TV show is a bad idea because I am not a fan of Preacher. This is far from the case. I love the source material; some of my most prized possessions are my first edition issues of the comic.  Also, I am a huge fan of Rogen’s and Goldberg’s work and will always check out their latest offerings, and when you have anyone that was involved in one of the greatest television shows ever involved, I will certainly go it a watch.

However, I just don’t think an adaptation of Preacher is going to work. It is one of the most bat-shit insane comics ever written and because of that, trying to get it work for a television show is going to be a problem. Some may argue that because The Walking Dead worked so well, why can’t others? Because at the end of the day, The Walking Dead is quite a simple premise, albeit one that needs a lot of special effects (I am not knocking either the comic or the TV version of The Walking Dead because I am a huge fan of both of these as well), and Preacher encompasses so much more; the scale and scope of the story is just massive.

Famed comic writer, Alan Moore, stated that the reason he works in comics and doesn’t like people adapting his work is because that is the medium that he chose to work in and if he wanted any of his work to be on film, he would of originally done it that way (I am paraphrasing him here with these comments, but I hope you get the general jist). I feel this works with Preacher as well, although creators Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon have never come out and said that they are completely opposed to their work being adapted. It is because of the way the story is constructed and the characters involved that it all works so well in a comic book.

I am not going to go into all of the plot of the comic here, because that would just take far too long, and if you haven’t already read it I cannot recommend it enough. Seriously, go out and pick it up as soon as you can. It is one of the most ridiculous and amazing things you will ever read; and you will be able to comment on the TV show when it finally comes out and see how much they have changed. I will say though, they are going to have to try and keep some of the big plot details the same, because Rogen, Goldberg and Catlin will take away everything that makes Preacher brilliant if they do. I seriously want to see how they are going to a get a man fucking a giant meat woman onto our screens! There are some quite deep issues that get touched upon in the comic, and people are going to have to go into the show with a very open mind, because straight away it starts off with a preacher (hence the title!) being the host for the offspring of an angel and a demon. If people aren’t willing to accept that, they are going to struggle with the rest of the show!

Maybe my reluctance to get excited for this project is over my nerves as to how it could turn out. Only time will tell if the end product is as good as the original comic and I will be able to look back on this article and laugh over my fears, or maybe they will be proved right and they should have just left Preacher alone.

Almighties Origins Review

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Out now from Sam Johnson and Mike Gagnon is the prequel to the hit comic from last month The Almighties.

Whilst the first issue threw us right into the action of the group, this 7 page prequel comic gives us a bit more insight into the lives of the characters before they were the team as we know them now. It may seem strange to have produced such a short comic to give so much information to the readers, but Johnson and Gagnon manage to do it with the same style, flair and humour found in the first issue.

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The highlights of the comic include a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to An American Werewolf in London in the origin story for Phineus Clayworth, fingers crossed you’ll know what I am talking about when you read the issue; and a rather brilliant use of The A-Team introduction.

It seems that both Johnson and Gagnon, who have both written stories for this issue, are having a great time and a lot of fun making this comic and it really shows! The pair are really a talent to look out for and I can’t wait to see the rest of their story.

Almighties Origins is available to Read or Download FREE at www.thealmighties.com

 

New Comic From Mark Millar – Starlight

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In an exclusive from the Hollywood ReporterMark Millar, creator of such titles as Kick Ass, The Ultimates and Superman: Red Son has announced his latest comic project with Punisher artist, Goran Parlov.

Starlight has been described by Millar as “Flash Gordon-meets-The Dark Knight Returns” and centres on a hero who saved the universe 35 years ago, but as the years have passed, no one believes his story. He does what any normal person would do in that situation and length of time; he settles down, has a family, gets a few kids. Things are never that simple though, as Millar states “…then that old, sparky, Buster Crabbe-era rocket ship comes back and needs him for one last adventure”

Not content with alluding the comic to another great work (The Dark Knight Returns), he also had this to say about it; “It’s Buzz Lightyear meets Unforgiven. I guess and I’ve been motoring through it for months, really having a good time with it.”

 Below is some of the artwork for the upcoming comic

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Starlight is set to be released in March 2014 and will run for 6 issues

Geek-Girl #0 Review

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Another offering from Sam Johnson, creator of The Almighties (review for #1 can be found here) and this time he is focusing his attention on the solo superhero.

Ruby Kaye is just like any other American girl, until she happens to come into possession of a rather remarkable pair of glasses, through what would have most probably been a rather remarkable game of strip poker, that bestow upon her all of the powers of a superhero; without the tenuous dead parents/alien orphan back story that has become such common place in the world of comic books nowadays!

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The comic has some rather bawdy humour throughout, which is becoming a trademark with Johnson and his writing style. See if you can spot the rather subtle ‘backdoor love’ interaction between the girls in the nightclub!

Shorter than a usual issue, because it is only an introduction to the series, this comic manages to grab the readers attention in a short space of time and want to them to know about the characters involved. Whether that may be because male readers will want to see more of Ruby in her newly designed outfit, I am in no position to get into that discussion; you can make your own mind up with that one!

For more information about the Geek-Girl comic and to pick up your own copy, check out the site here

The Almighties #1 Review

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Out today from Sam Johnson and Mike Gagnon comes their hilarious take on the superhero group, The Almighties.

Written by the pair and featuring artwork from Eleonora KortsarzPablo Zambrano and D.C. White the comic has managed to build up quite a following with fans already; but it is time to spread the word to new fans as well as old that they should be picking up this comic.

Without wanting to give too much of the plot away for those who have yet to pick up the comic, the story follows Maxi-TronNite FangMs. FMason and Stefanos as they are brought together by the mysterious White Out to form The Almighties in an attempt to fight crime across America. Nothing is as it seems though in this story and things take a rather dramatic turn towards the end of the comic, after the group have already completed three of the missions set out by White Out.

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Never fear though, this comic isn’t all about the serious and dramatic! Littered throughout the pages are some laugh out loud on liners (I’m personally hoping “Who wants salad?” catches on as a major catchphrase throughout the series) and a nice little piece of advice to always check for testicular cancer; it all makes sense when you read it!

It is a solid start to what looks to be a hugely enjoyable series. For those looking for a great superhero group, but without all the seriousness that sometimes goes along with them, I definitely recommend checking out The Almighties. Hopefully the rest of the series will carry on with the laughs that the first issue has provided and over time we will find out more about Stefanos and his connections with the White House and whether he will ever trust his nephew again to put on the fries; only time will tell.

To find out more about The Almighties and get your own copy, check out the site