Saturday, February 20, 2010

new links for the weekend

Since I still don´t have a new computer I thought it was time to do another link post so that you have something to read over the weekend. As always I have scoured the web to find some content that might interest my readers.

Bendis big finale on his Avengers Opus

Six years ago Bendis started his stint on Earth´s Mightiest Heroes with the premise of revamping the Avengers franchise and boosting sales. Now he´s going to begin the last chapter together with superstar artist John Romita Jr in a new ongoing series. You can read more about it here but be careful, there are some spoilers involved.

You may have seen some shilouettes that were given as promo materila but since I don´t like to speculate here are three candidates :

Also talking about the Avengers ( among other things ) is Tom Brevoort in this interview with Sean T. Collins on ROBOT 6.

Meet the new boss - same as the old boss

With SIEGE well under way it´s time to look back at the dark times at Marvel over the past year and see which big impact it had - or not. Over at THE WEEKLY CRISIS guest poster Warwick Johnson ponders the question if Norman Osborn´s DARK REIGN has really been that evil which is a really funny and thought provoking read.

SIEGE - Marvel´s newest fiasko ?

Since I already mentioned SIEGE and how little DARK REIGN accomplished from what it set out to be here´s a nice analysis from COMIKS DEBRIS about what DC and MARVEL are currently doing wrong - not the least of it forgetting that it´s not 2005 anymore. Seems the more those comic companies emphasize that the next big crossover WILL matter the less impact they really have. Or has DARK REIGN come up in that many Spider - Man stories lately ?

Reinventing the wheel - again

Speaking about mistakes by DC, I´m not so sure if FIRST WAVE - the new series by Brian Azzarello and Rags Morales - is such a good idea. I mean DC just went through INFINITE CRISIS and FINAL CRISIS to make their universe easier. And now they´re starting again to make it complicated.

On top of that the idea of a pulp version of the DC universe doesn´t seem so novel to me. Of course Rags Morales will guarantee that it looks good but we will have to wait and see to find out if this will enrichen the DC universe or not. At least they will use othe pulp characters like DOC SAVAGE or the SPIRIT again which is always a plus.

You can read more ( with some spoilers ) on PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Kick some....well, all the good jokes are done

Sinc e we already heard of one of John Romita Jr´s collaborators here are two interviews with Mark Millar about his upcoming KICK ASS movie and other things comic. I haven´t read the book since I already missed most of the series and am now waiting for the release of the collected edition. I also have been avoiding most movie trailers so I won´t be spoiled which means that I can´t tell you if I like it or not.

And that´s all for this edition. I hope you have a nice weekend and I´m just about to watch this week´s episode of SMALLVILLE.

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    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    What it is

    So there haven´t been any new posts since the first week of January. With the access to a computer rather limited till I can afford a new one it´s rather difficult to prepare all the stuff - which usually takes a few days.

    Another thing that was playing havoc with my posting schedule was that I wanted to wait till I had finished another HORST translation. Well, the main problem was that it was a rather long one. And to add another wrinkle to it there was a character that talked with an austrian accent which I decided to translate to my version of " ghetto lingo " Dolemite stile. Well, for the spanish version I went even further and decided to translate it to castellano which added another two weeks. Which I promise to never do again. It sounds okay but I´m still not 100 percent sure if all of it is correct.

    I don´t know why but the translations take me longer and longer. Right now I have started another ten page epic - in english - and I should have finished it for some time now. But something always comes up. Two weeks ago I first had to go to the unemployment office on Monday and then to the doctor on Thursday to get a date for surgery. Usually I try not to go to Ludwigsburg more often than once a week because it´s very expensive. But it just couldn´t be avoided. Right now I have to look for a new laptop but with the little money I get and my health problems it´s just difficult. In January my bank billed me for activity costs which took almost all my money so I had to wait with spending money till February.

    Another thing is that without daily access to a computer I am so far behind on news that it´s not even funny.

    So no solicitation posts, no news post and since there haven´t been any good bargains at amazon since my last post about´s just difficult to find something to write about at the moment. And on some days I´m so depressed because of the weather here in Germany ( always cold always snowing ) that I don´t feel like writing at all. I´m not getting much sleep either so on some days it´s difficult to walk or think straight much less think about writing. Okay, A COMICBOOK ORANGE has started it´s new season but I´m already three weeks late with that announcements. I could write about some of the comics I have re-read since I ran out of new comics to read. But since they are old comics that´s not a pressing matter.

    I thought about doing this on a new segment titled THE WORLD´S BEST COMICS or doing a CrossGen special about RUSE, ROUTE 666 and NEGATION ( since these are some of the books I read ) but it´s better to wait with atarting new segments till I have a new computer. Another book I re-read was KANE but I made the mistake of ordering issues 19 and 20 with my last order from blackdog ( to get ULTIMATE X 1 which of course was sold out ) before finding out that there are two trades left that I haven´t got.....and they start with number 19. So maybe I can get my money back for those two issues in any case I´ll wait with my post about KANE till I have read the two trades.

    So anyway, the reason why I´m writing this is that the german version of Halloween has started ( called Karneval, Fasching or Fasnacht depending on which part of Germany you live in ) but instead of going partying with a selfmade disguise I had a shoulder operation. Yes, can´t get enough of the surgery. On Monday ( Rosenmontag ) I had the surgery ( with general anaestetic ) but instead of staying at the hospital like last time I had to go home afterwards with a drainage in my shoulder.

    Now I don´t know if that was because the hospitals are full at the moment because of the many injured people now that there is so much snow. Maybe it´s because the german health insurance has to save money. My brother said it was because I´m unemployed. I´m not sure if that´s true. In any case it was very weird walking around with a tube in my shoulder and a bottle.

    Today they pulled the tube out and put a patch on it but it really hurts. In two weeks they have to remove the stitches and I hope I´m feeling better till then.

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