Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Sept. 30): Action Comics, First Wave #4

Action Comics #893

What would happen if two megalomaniac intellectuals come face to face? In this issue, Grodd the super ape plans to eat Lex Luthor’s brain. But really, who will outsmart who? Here, we are shown how brilliant and clever Lex truly is. I can’t help but wonder if the almost comical Lex played by Gene Hackman in the 80’s can ever match the Lex presented in this Action Comics series. Rating: 9 out of 10.

Action Comics #893

Jimmy Olsen will also be in the co-feature. Although, I have to admit that I found Jimmy’s story to be a bit dragging. The part about Jimmy’s botched relationship with his girlfriend and love for the Superman video game can be wearisome. Still, I hope that the impending alien invasion will make things better next issue. Rating: 5 out of 10.

First Wave #4

First Wave #4So far, the only thing that keeps me hanging on to this story arc is the art by Rags Morales. Brian Azzarello is a great writer and he has done some awesome stories on Batman. This time, though, I’m afraid that First Wave is a bit too crammed with characters, what with Batman, the Spirit, Doc Savage, and the Blackhawks fighting for panels. However, in this issue, the story now goes to Hidalgo and the real adventure is set. I believe that Issue #4 is that part where all the main characters start to come together like chess pieces on the board. Here’s hoping for a great ending.

Machete #0

Robert Rodriguez' Machete #0It’s no secret that Machete gets his own film to be released later this year, thanks to film producer and director Robert Rodriguez. But before you go to the movies, you owe it to yourself to first get acquainted with former Mexican Federale officer Daniel Lopez who’s now out for vengeance against the people who betrayed him. This series reveals the events that led this big deadly Mexican to bring out the blades. The art may not be that awesome, but the storyline itself is an offer you can’t refuse.

Star Wars: Blood Ties – A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett #2

Star Wars: Blood Ties #2“Can you shoot yourself?” That’s Jango asking another Jango. This issue shows us how ruthless Boba’s old man was. We will also witness how Jedi Mace Windu played an important part in shaping the distinctive nature of Boba Fett, the greatest bounty hunter in the entire galaxy. More than that, the story takes us deeper into the Fett clan. Is Boba really Jango’s only son? Who is Boba’s new prey and why is our bounty hunter willing to help this guy?

Fanboyninja Gets a Lego Light Keyring


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Most, if not all, geeks love Lego. It is the ultimate construction toy for young builders and fantasists. I remember my first ever Lego set back in the 80’s, a gift from my father. It was a basic house on a green baseplate. However, as a young boy, I didn’t want to build a house for a girlie Lego character with a black toupee on her head. Instead, I would fashion the bricks into a badly proportioned—and multicolored–laser gun or airplane. Needless to say, the green miniature tree that comes with the set became our dog’s chew toy.

Lego Keyring

Well, last week, I received a very special gift from my dear friend Tatit (my preciousss’ aunt), who arrived from Sweden. It’s a 7-centimeter Lego Light Keyring. The figure has two LED lights at the bottom of its feet and a key ring attached to its head. It has the same articulation points as any standard Lego minifigure and it comes with three replaceable 3-volt CR2025 batteries accessible at the back. The lights can be switched on by pressing the figure’s belly.

Now, I am proud to say that I can brave dark corners even after watching horror-soaked flicks. I have a ready light source at my fingertips. Thanks to Tatit and my new pocket-sized Lego Light Keyring!

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Sept. 23): Millar’s Nemesis plus GL Corps

Nemesis #3

You’d be crazy if you don’t like this series written by Mark Millar, with art by Steve McNiven. Think Batman/Bruce Wayne, except that Nemesis is on the other side of the law. Yep, a billionaire gadget-totting masked character who wants to destroy the status quo that we all have come to know. Nemesis #3 In this latest issue, we see Nemesis in a fantastic and bloody fight scene against prison guards—97 in all. His unbelievable escape is definitely one of a kind and a very expensive one at that. It shouldn’t to be missed. To top it all, McNiven also dishes out an awesome and very energetic art.

Thor #615

Thor #615In this issue, we find Agardians and Broxton citizens busy rebuilding their lives after the Siege. Thor is about to jump on a new course. Where would that lead him? We don’t know. If you have been a longtime fan of the series, this issue signals the turning of a new chapter in the life and adventures of the God of Thunder and his friends.

Green Lantern Corps #52

Green Lantern Corps #52Let’s face it. Blackest Night was one hell of a series. After that, it’s just hard to find another great story about the Green Lanterns. I have to admit, I am slowly getting bored with Brightest Day as a whole. But this latest issue of Green Lantern Corps has given me the jolt that I needed. Here, we find two great lanterns from our very own Space Sector 2814—Kyle Rayner and John Stewart—on center stage as they save the day in Planet Grenda. This issue is made more relevant as it shows us the sad end of Hank Henshaw (aka Cyborg Superman) in the hands of Lantern Boodikka. Moreover, Alpha Lanterns have been changed back and reinstated into the Corps. For many Green Lantern fans, the team pose at the end is reason enough to get this issue.

Flash #5

Flash #5Previously… Flash is being arrested by the time-traveling Renegades from the 25th century for a crime that our hero is supposed to have committed in the future.

Now…Flash gets support from Top, one of the Renegades from the 25th century. But any help from Top is offset by the fact that the other Renegades and both present and future Rogues are hot on our duo’s tails. The plot also thickens as the mirror containing the Mirror Lords is also about to crack. Will things get better or worse for the Flash? Well, writer Geoff Johns hangs us in suspense till the next issue.

Justice League Generation Lost #10

Justice League Generation Lost #10Magog and Maxwell Lord have joined hands and we see the kind of future that this alliance could bring. Make no mistake, Maxwell Lord simply wants to corrupt the future. That’s why it is imperative that our Justice League heroes uncover Max’s plans. This issue also features Batman and Power Girl inquiring about Max. Did these two finally break free of the global mind wipe performed by Max? If so, will they be able to join the Justice League in the hunt for Max? Let’s all stay tuned.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Sept. 16): Aliens Vs. Predators, Emerald Warriors

AVP Three World War #6

In this issue, the Colonial Marines and their Hunter Predator ‘allies’ are on the offensive against the Killer Predators. The conclusion to this 6-issue series from Dark Horse Comics reveals how the Killer Predators were able to subjugate their Alien pets. And with that piece of information—thanks to the android David Sereda— the allies now have a chance to defeat the Killer Predators.

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With a Queen Alien in their ship, the Hunter Predators provides the much needed boost to help them and their human comrades win the war. As the series ends, what will happen to Machiko and her team? Rating: 8 out of 10.

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #2

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #2The Emerald Warriors—consist of Guy Gardner, Arisia, Kilowog, and a Red Lantern named Bleez—visit Odym, the home base of the Blue Lantern Corps. In this issue, Guy discovers that the violent energy of the Red Lantern still rages inside him. What would this visit to the Blue Lanterns do for Guy? Can the team really work with a Red Lantern? This issue brings us a step closer to the Guy’s mysterious mission in the outskirts of the galaxy.

Thor First Thunder #1

Thor First Thunder #1Basically, this is a retelling of the very first Thor story as featured in Journey Into Mystery #83, which has also been reprinted as a special feature here in this issue. If you have read the first Thor appearance, you surely have met the Stone Men from Saturn. Well, they are back along with the classic moments leading to where Dr. Donald Blake found a misshapen but mysterious piece of wood that he would later use as cane and emergency lifeline to the God of Thunder. But make no mistake, this issue is not just a recapitulation of how Thor came to be. Rather, it presents how the story of the Son of Odin fits in modern times. Rating: 9 out of 10.

Thor For Asgard #2

Thor For Asgard #2Everything’s wrong in Asgard nowadays. This issue presents a very depressing time in the city of the Norse Gods. The gloomy mood stems from Thor being alone and saddled with the responsibilities of an Asgard’s ruler. To make matters worse, some young and rebellious Asgardians have banded together to attempt to demolish the Rainbow Bridge. How long can Thor put up with all the problems that beset Asgard? So far, I find this arc very interesting both in terms of story and art.

Brightest Day #10

Brightest Day  #10Don’t be fooled by the amazing cover art by David Finch. Aqualad will not beat the crap out of Deadman, at least not in this issue. What you will see though is the ongoing changes and new theories that will redefine Firestorm. Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch still find it hard to agree on anything even as they are fused to become Firestorm. The other highlight of the issue is Jackson Hyde, the new Aqualad. Here, we will see the events that will ultimately lead him to his destiny. Brightest Day #10 is one of the most engaging issues in the series.

Ides of Blood #2

Ides Of Blood #2I admit it. I’m not a big Vampire fan. Besides American Vampire, I have not come across a refreshing vampire story arc lately. But I’m afraid I have to make another exception with Ides of Blood. Sure, many fans find this new take on Roman history a bit boring, but the pacing of the story in each issue has been first-rate for me. After all, if you can imagine a vampire being involved in one of the most vicious assassination plots in history, you would get hooked to this series too.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Sept. 8): God of Thunder and The Dark Knight

Thor #614

Thor #614

This is the final issue on Kieron Gillen’s run on Thor. We find the God of Thunder finally drawing out the sword Eir-Gram, the only weapon that can defeat the Disir, the evil shield maidens cursed by Odin. Meanwhile, Fortress Hela and God of War Tyr are running out of time defending the souls of the Asgardian dead. Towards the end, Thor also discovers something about Kelda. And is Mephisto really not preoccupied by what is happening with the Asgardians? Blood, gore, and almighty-ness are the high points of this issue.   Also, the bold penciling makes the evil hordes of Hel and Hell look more terrifying.

Batman #703

This is the prelude to “Bruce Wayne: The Road Home”. We find Dick Grayson’s Batman, Damian Wayne’s Robin, and Tim Drake’s Red Robin on the trail of a master thief who turns out to be Getaway Genius. Damian will learn that his father Bruce is not always the uncompassionate caped crusader that we all know him to be, that Bruce actually has a heart.

Green Lantern #57

Green Lantern #57This issue of Green Lantern made me cry. You know how some long-running comics provide us fans with filler issues every now and then. Well, issue #57 is definitely not a filler. Thanks again to Geoff Johns’ craft. Here, Larfleeze—the wielder of the Light of Avarice—comes to Las Vegas (do I hear uh-ohs?). Readers will get a deeper insight into the world of the Star Sapphires and the nature of love. And did I mention that Carol Ferris will fill in the shoes of someone very important?

American Vampire #6

American Vampire #6I am beginning to hate Vampire stories. Nowadays, those bloodsuckers have become too commercialized and full of cr_p. But not American Vampire. Surprisingly, this series presents a fresh look at vampires. In this latest issue, the story shifts from Hollywood to Las Vegas circa 1935. The local Vegas police, headed by Chief Cash McCogan, are on their toes as prominent businessmen have turned out dead and drained of blood. If our main characters Skinner Sweet and Pearl come to Las Vegas, they will definitely find themselves in a darker, more violent place.

Comic Book Guy: The Comic Book #3

Comic Book Guy #3The death of Jeff Albertson, popularly known as Comic Book Guy and owner of The Android’s Dungeon (Springfield’s most popular comic book store), has brought upon a civil war of sorts. No, it’s not North versus South. It’s Geeks versus Nerds! Comic Book Guy’s death also forces Bart to look for an alternative hobby as Marge (who now owns The Android’s Dungeon) would only sell wholesome kids’ stuff. Meanwhile, Lisa takes it upon herself to find out what really happened to Comic Book Guy. ‘Nuff said.

Justice League Generation Lost #9

Justice League Generation Lost #9When I bought the first issue, I have to admit that I did it simply because I was curious. But as Generation Lost slowly comes to its ending, I am quite surprised about the twists and the cat and mouse game between the Justice League International (JLI) and Max Lord.

In this issue, JLI has finally found Max. Well, not just found–they actually had to fight it out inside the JLI headquarters. Aside from the fight scenes, a personal conflict between Ice and Captain Atom has also come up to the surface. Max’s mental powers allowed him to command Fire to fight her teammates against her will. But is Max really invulnerable? We’ll leave it to Booster Gold to handle the man who wiped out the world’s memory of him.

Doctor Solar #2

Doctor Solar #2You think having the power of the sun makes you a God? How about having the power to give life to entities that came straight out of your imagination? Whitmore Pickerel, the writer who can create living and breathing beings from the characters that he writes about, has become more selfish since the last issue. His first two creations, Leviathan and Glow, have left him to run their own lives. So, Pickerel decides to create more entities to pursue his own plans. The problem is that Pickerel’s creations are not always what we real world folks can consider as virtuous. And Doctor Solar may be the only one that can convince Pickerel to stop his foolish agenda. The dialogues are also worth sinking your teeth into.

Batman Odyssey #3

Batman Odyssey #3I’m a big Batman fan. But storywise, this series does not really impress me. In the previous issues, I even find some scenes to be comedic. The thing is that Odyssey is written by Neal Adams. And I thought that being known for the art that he did for Batman, he could also deliver a great storyline. Still, the completist in me has decided to, well, complete this series. Hey, the art is not at all that bad.

Fanboyninja: V (TV Series) is Above-Average Treat for Alien Fans

Over the last weekend, I watched the full first season of V, the TV series. I’d like to say that the first few episodes of the show have what it takes to stop me from chewing popcorn in my mouth. And that’s saying something. Just imagine waking up one day and finding a huge spaceship parked on top of your city and surely your mouth will stop working too—more so if you are a ninja who thought that you belong to the most powerful beings in the galaxy.

In the series, 29 supersized spaceships have appeared and are now hovering above major cities on the planet. The advanced extraterrestrials manning the spaceships belong to a fierce reptilian species. They hide their ruthlessness by wearing synthetic human skin, which make them look like us. But before you shout serialized Independence Day, Anna (Morena Baccarin)–the leader of the aliens–had declared early on that they are “of peace…always.” Moreover, the Visitors or the V’s also promised to share their medical and technological knowledge, which is many light years more advanced than what we puny humans have.

Most people would think that humans would be in a very convenient situation. But if you’re a ninja, you’d have this nasty feeling in your gut that all the peace and the favors mentioned will come at a price. Well, you’d be right. The aliens want some kind of natural resource that we have here on Earth in exchange for all their benevolence.

Still, the quid pro quo may sound fair. We give them some stuff that we abundantly have and they give us the cure to almost all the imaginable diseases plaguing us humans. But there’s just one small problem. The aliens are not after any Earthly raw material. They are actually planning to invade the planet.

Fortunately, we have some people on our side bent on thwarting the evil aliens. The resistance is made up of humans (most likely previous alien abductees) and the Fifth Column, composed of V’s who were sent to Earth decades ago to infiltrate key positions in our society but instead became sympathetic to the human cause.

The main resistance recruits include Erica Evans (an FBI agent), Jack Landry (a Catholic priest), and Kyle Hobbes (former SAS turned mercenary). They have joined with Georgie Sutton (one of the earliest members of the human resistance against aliens) and longtime “columnists” Ryan Nichols (a V masquerading as a human) and Joshua (a secret Fifth Column member and high-ranking V in-charge of the New York spaceship’s medical crew).

I am not aware if V is now being broadcasted locally, but the series was first aired by ABC on November 3, 2009. This sci-fi series was based on a 1983 miniseries of the same title. On the bad side, the show definitely has some formulaic moments reminiscent of typical movies about invading aliens or cyborgs from the future—like humans are always the underdogs. But there are also highlights such as the fact that V is not as overly-elaborate as Flash Forward or LOST. Once you started V, you will definitely be dragged into the following episodes up to the finale, which was not as bad as Flash Forward’s.

One will wonder how V will be able to raise the stakes in the second season. I do hope that this series finds its own identity and a more unique story arc.