Comic Book Review: A Game of Thrones #1

Game of Thrones is enjoying immense popularity nowadays, thanks to the Emmy-nominated HBO series based on the highly-acclaimed work by author George R.R. Martin. But all the adoration for the novel is far from over. This week, Dynamite Entertainment released the first comicbook issue of A Game of Thrones.

Cover Art for A Game of Thrones #1

Adapted for comics by Daniel Abraham, the book—or at least, the first issue—leans more on the source text rather than on the TV series. Fans who just don’t have the time to read the original book can sink their eyes on the comics version without missing important details or suffering cinematic twists that are not at all found in George R.R. Martin’s original material. This is not to say that the TV series version is less than spectacular.

I enjoyed reading A Game of Thrones #1 because—unlike in the original book—the comics storyline does not shift abruptly according to the points of view of the characters. In other words, the comics version lays out the story on a straight line whenever possible, making it more convenient and less confusing to read. I’m also impressed that—unlike in the first HBO episode—the first few pages of the comicbook depicting the scenes in the Haunted Forest (where The Others first appeared) have remained faithful to what has been described in the original work.

As to the artwork, I’m really blown away by the main cover art by Alex Ross. The art by Tommy Patterson is also clean and crisp. And the colors by Ivan Nunes go very well with the dark fantasy theme of the story. Overall, I find A Game of Thrones #1 an enjoyable read. It’s definitely a brilliant companion to George R.R. Martin’s original work. Comics fans who have yet to read the novel can also opt to read the comics instead.

Btw, big congratulations to Peter Dinklage(who played Tyrion Lannister) for winning this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

DC Comics Launches The New 52: List of Titles for Week 3

On the third week of The New 52, DC Comics’ big event for the year, I’m very lucky to have my favorite DC titles included. These are Batman and Green Lantern Corps. I’m also excited for Wonder Woman #1, which kicks off the highly-anticipated story arc by Brian Azzarello. Deadman #1 is also a must read and it proves that The New 52 isn’t just another renumbering of the beloved DC titles. If you haven’t read any of the new fifty-two titles from DC, then what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to start sinking your eyes in comicbooks again.

Cover Art for The New 52: Batman #1
Batman #1
Writer: Scott Snyder
Pencils and Cover: Greg Capullo
Inker: Jonathan Glapion
Cover Art for The New 52: Birds of Prey #1
Birds of Prey #1
Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Artist: Jesus Saiz
Cover Art for The New 52: Blue Beetle #1
Blue Beetle #1
Writer: Tony Bedard
Penciller: Ig Guara
Inker: Ruy Jose
Cover Art for The New 52: Captain Atom #1
Captain Atom #1
Writer: J.T. Krul
Artist: Freddie Williams II
Cover Art for The New 52: Catwoman #1
Catwoman #1
Writer: Judd Winick
Artist and Cover: Guillem March
Cover Art for The New 52: Deadman #1
Deadman #1
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist and Cover: Bernard Chang
Cover Art for The New 52: Green Lantern Corps #1
Green Lantern Corps #1
Story and Words: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist Fernando Pasarin
Inker Scott Hanna
Cover Art for The New 52: Legion of Super-Heroes #1
Legion of Super-Heroes #1
Writer: Paul Levitz
Artist: Francis Portela
Cover Art for The New 52: Nightwing #1
Nightwing #1
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Penciller: Eddy Barrows
Inker: JP Mayer
Cover Art for The New 52: Red Hood and the Outlaws #1
Red Hood and the Outlaws #1
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Art and Cover: Kenneth Rocafort
Colorist: Blond
Cover Art for The New 52: Supergirl #1
Supergirl #1
Writers: Michael Green and
Mike Johnson
Penciller: Mahmud Asrar
Inkers: Dan Green
with Mahmud Asrar
Cover Art for The New 52: Wonder Woman #1
Wonder Woman #1
Writer: Brian Azzarelo
Artist and Cover: Cliff Chang

DC Comics Launches The New 52: Complete Checklist for Week 2

Last week, comics fans got their taste of the first batch of titles under The New 52 from DC Comics. The event relaunched many of the old and favorite titles from the DC stable, starting off fifty-two books at Issue #1. It’s definitely a new beginning for many comics collectors. For those new to comics, this is the perfect time to begin collecting DC comicbooks or to simply jump in on any of the major titles from DC Universe. Here are The New 52 issues for this week, all thirteen of them.

Cover Art for The New 52: Batman and Robin #1
Batman and Robin #1
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller: Patrick Gleason
Inker: Mick Gray
Cover Art for The New 52: Batwoman #1
Batwoman #1
Writers: J.H. Williams III and
W. Haden Blackman
Artist: J.H. Williams III
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Art for The New 52: Deathstroke #1
Deathstroke #1
Script: Kyle Higgins
Pencils: Joe Bennett
Inks: Art Thibert
Cover Art for The New 52: Demon Knights #1
Demon Knights #1
Writer: Paul Cornell
Penciller: Diogenes Neves
Inker: Oclair Albert
Cover Art for The New 52: Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1
Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Alberto Ponticelli
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia
Cover Art for The New 52: Green Lantern #1
Green Lantern #1
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Doug Mahnke
Inks: Christian Alamy
with Tom Nguyen
Cover Art for The New 52: Grifter #1
Grifter #1
Story by Nathan Edmondson
Pencils by Cafu
Inks by Jason Gorder
Cover Art for The New 52: Legion Lost #1
Legion Lost #1
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Pencil Artist: Pete Woods
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Cover Art for The New 52: Mister Terrific #1
Mister Terrific #1
Writer: Eric Wallace
Penciller: Gianluca Gugliotta
Inker: Wayne Fauchert
Cover Art for The New 52: Red Lanterns #1
Red Lanterns #1
Writer: Peter Milligan
Penciller: Ed Benes
Inker: Rob Hunter
Cover Art for The New 52: Resurrection Man #1
Resurrection Man #1
Writers: Dan Abnett and
Andy Lanning
Artist: Fernando Dagnino
Cover Art for The New 52: Suicide Squad #1
Suicide Squad #1
Writer: Adam Glass
Artists: Federico Dallocchio,
Ransom Getty and
Scott Hanna
Cover Art for The New 52: Superboy #1
Superboy #1
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Penciller: R.B. Silva
Inker: Rob Lean

DC Comics Launches The New 52: Complete Pull List for Week 1

This week, DC Comics relaunches fifty-two titles. Dubbed as The New 52, it’s the biggest event for DC Universe this year and in recent memory. Many old favorites and new titles will be starting off at issue #1. Take note, this event isn’t just another renumbering of old DC titles. In its entirety, The New 52 event re-imagines many of the classic DC comics stories to make them more attuned to this time and age. It’s definitely a new dawn for many comics collectors. And for new comicbook readers, it’s the perfect jumping on point for major DC titles. Here are the issues launched during the first week of The New 52.

Cover Art for The New 52: Justice League #1
Justice League #1
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Jim Lee
Inker: Scott Williams
Cover Art for The New 52: Action Comics #1
Action Comics #1
Writer: Grant Morrison
Penciller: Rags Morales
Inker: Rick Bryant
Cover Art for The New 52: Animal Man #1
Animal Man #1
Story by Jeff Lemire
Pencils and Cover: Travel Foreman
Inks: Travel Foreman and Dan Green
Cover Art for The New 52: Batgirl #1
Batgirl #1
Writer: Gail Simone
Penciller: Ardian Syaf
Inker: Vicente Cifuentes
Cover Art for The New 52: Batwing #1
Batwing #1
Writer: Judd Winick
Artist: Ben Oliver
Colors: Brian Reber
Cover Art for The New 52: Detective Comics #1
Detective Comics #1
Written and Drawn by Tony Daniel
Inks by Ryan Winn
Cover Art for The New 52: Green Arrow #1
Green Arrow #1
Writer: J.T. Krul
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Perez
Cover Art for The New 52: Hawk and Dove #1
Hawk and Dove #1
Writer: Sterling Gates
Artist: Rob Liefeld
Cover Art for The New 52: Justice League International #1
Justice League International #1
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Pencil Art: Aaron Lopresti
Inker: Matt Ryan
Cover Art for The New 52: Men of War #1
Men of War #1
Writer: Ivan Brandon
Artist: Tom Derenick
Back-up Story by Jonathan Vankin
Back-up Story Art by: Phil Winslade
Cover Art for The New 52: O.M.A.C. #1
O.M.A.C. #1
Story and Art by Keith Giffen and Dan Didio
Inks by Scott Koblish
Colors by Hi-Fi
Cover Art for The New 52: Static Shock #1
Static Shock #1
Story by Scott McDaniel and
John Rozum
Pencils by Scott McDaniel
Inks by Jonathan Glapion and
Le Beau Underwood
Cover Art for The New 52: Stormwatch #1
Stormwatch #1
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Miguel Sepulveda
Cover Art for The New 52: Swamp Thing #1
Swamp Thing #1
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Yanick Paquette

Uncouth Sleuth Review: The LOL Case of a Hardboiled Satirical Comic Book

Before I get on with how hilarious and engrossing Uncouth Sleuth is, I’d like for a moment to bring your attention to one of pop culture’s most beloved characters – Indiana Jones. Mention the guy’s name and you can bet that the image of an adventurous archaeology professor moonlighting as a US spy in World War II will pop into just about everyone’s mind. But have you ever imagined what it’s like to have Indiana Jones mixed with the qualities of a loony chum like Austin Powers, aka the International Man of Mystery? Or what would you do if you learned that the fictional hero created by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg turns out to be a bit of a smutty character?

Cover Art for Uncouth Sleuth

Well, that’s the long and short of Uncouth Sleuth. It’s an Indiana Jones parody that tells the story of Harrison “Harry” Johnson, a hard-hitting private detective who manages to insert double-meaning sleazy lines in almost every panel in the book and somehow gets away with it (even the guy’s name has that obscene ring to it or is it just me?). This explains the parental advisory on the cover. Even so, I find this satirical comic book as a welcome relief to all the interdimensional crises, superhero deaths, shared universes and other dark moments that are common in mainstream comicbooks.

Uncouth Sleuth Sample Page

Set in 1937, the story opens with a damsel in distress named Selena Crabbe hiring Harry Johnson to look for her father who disappeared without a trace. After two pages of kinky one-liners, our seasoned private investigator accepts the job. But Harry can’t just go around the world all by himself looking for Ms. Crabbe’s missing dad. He needed an assistant and there’s no better place to find a dedicated, smart backup than in a stripper club. Enter Fanny Sellers, a stripper from the Temple of Poon. Together, Harry and Fanny must face cannibals, a former Majaraja and his henchmen, typical Nazis, and a squad of Swastika-clad femme fatale bodyguards. Question is, will the tandem accomplish their job?

A self-contained book, Uncouth Sleuth compiles three episodes of raw Harry Johnson adventures or – more appropriately – misadventures. Writer and creator Charles Fulp tells a good story that really entertains. The book is a Director’s Cut that also includes the sketchbook by legendary Playboy Magazine gag artist Dean Yeagle, who designed the characters in this satirical comic book. With playful pencil work by Craig Rousseau and inks by Norman Lee, this one will surely tickle your funny bone. True, the book doesn’t offer clean humor, but it’s great fun to read.

More than the erotic temptresses that are scattered within the pages of the book and more than just being a funny and smutty take on a very popular Hollywood hero, Uncouth Sleuth is a straightforward detective story where there’s no need for explanations. In fact, there’s nothing new to the overall plot of the story and this is not surprising as the book is supposed to be a parody. But this is not to say that the book is cliché-ridden. Quite on the contrary, with the mind-blowing number of cockiness and subplots in the book, readers can only expect the unexpected from Harry Johnson.

My only complaint is that I find the frequent and instantaneous shifting of the locations in the story to be somewhat disruptive of the story’s general flow. But what the heck, who cares about the story flow when you’re having fun? Once you open the book, you’ll find yourself seduced and easily carried away by Harry Johnson’s hilarious story. The witty and perky one-liners make this comicbook a very macho piece of literature with a healthy dose of adventure story to tell.

Uncouth Sleuth comes to your favorite comic book shop this August.