Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What A Perfect Day To Frequent A Comic Store


    To those of you that don't know, Wednesday is the day that comics are released at retailers across the country.  This Wednesday is particularly interesting for comics readers who like DC Comics as they are re-booting their entire universe (starting over at number 1) and trimming it down to only 52 titles.  They are adding interesting characters to boring teams and bringing in events and activities that have only existed on the periphery of their universe.  Wildstorm characters (hard-edged characters from a sub-publishing company) are re-integrating into the DC universe and mixing it up to highly anticipated results.  The first title of the "New 52" is Justice League Of America and it's available TODAY.  You can walk into comic stores across the country and know exactly what is going on in the new DC Universe by spending $2.99 and reading the one and only title that they are letting out yet.  Again, everything else is cancelled, so this is as good of a jumping on point as you will get.


Here's what Ifanboy.com had to say about it -> CLICK ME

Here's what the New York Times had to say about it -> CLICK ME TOO

Let us know what you have to say about it in the comments section below.  Also be on the lookout for the new Top 5 posting tomorrow!

~ Scott Deaux ~

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Scott Pilgrim Blog Numero Tres y Los Finale!

    Endings tend to be a tricky thing for both authors and their readers, especially in long running series as is the case for the Scott Pilgrim books.  While reading, expectations are raised, and possible conclusions are formulated in the mind of the reader both of which can be troubling for an author to contend with whilst dotting the final period on his or her work, and with a little help from Edgar Wright and Company, the Scott Pilgrim conclusion became a somewhat hyped affair. Could Bryan Lee O’Malley possibly write an ending that perfectly (or even adequately) satisfied every expectation of every reader who eagerly awaited the final volume? Statistically speaking, no, but was that what he aimed to accomplish? That’s a question with a more complicated and convoluted answer and too easily drifts into pseudo-philosophical territories, and who knows if O’Malley could even answer it? I reckon that he could, but that’s beyond the point. The point is that endings are tricky.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Wolverine Goes Insane In The Brain With Jason Aaron

    Thanks for coming back to Comical Musings.  Today we have a doozy for you.  You may have read my recent review of Jason Aaron's "Wolverine: Adamantium Men," and heard me gush about how wonderful it was.  I thought to myself, "Self, you have to stop reviewing things so positively or everyone will think you are a Marvel Zombie."  I sat back and thought of being typecast.  I thought about being pigeonholed into the category of being a constantly positive person and ultimately decided that that would be OK.  "You know what I'll do?!" I shouted to myself mentally, "I will read the next story arc and will not like that as much and we can just get over this whole thing."  Thus I began to read:


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wolverine, Jason Aaron Style!

    Hola mi amigos!  Como esta?  Ven conmigo!  Anyways, we here at Comical-Musings are happy to have you checking us out today.  We are offering a review from a top-shelf superhero book today.  There are superheroes in the community that are so famous and iconic that all you have to do is feature them in your book and sales go up exponentially.  If they make it onto the cover, droves of sheeple will shell out money for the comic book, whether they read the title or not.  One of those heroes is Wolverine.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Big Announcement This Week For Dallas Comic Book Fans


    Hi everybody and welcome to Comical-Musings.  Typically when you hop onto our little site, you are gifted with a review of an excellent or...terrible comic series placed in blog form.  Rarely is the blog used to promote anything (Ifanboy.com sometimes because I love those guys) but, today I have been notified of an AMAZING deal available to Dallas comic book fans!  Check this out:

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Family Affair

    Hello comic book enthusiasts and welcome back to Comical-Musings.  This site/blog exists to tell you about good comic books that we have read/are reading.  Often that takes the form of a review, sometimes just an opinion or two.  We are a family oriented website that believes that kids should read comics again.  We try not to be crude or swear or focus too negatively on anything.  Therefore, we are thrilled to spotlight a super hero team that tries to uphold similar standards in their duties to the public, The Justice Society of America.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Who Will Defeat The Monster Society of Evil?

    Happy September to you all and thanks for stopping bye Comical-Musings.  There are a lot of people who believe that kids are a lost audience for comic books.  The fan boys that used to buy them are now fan men and require adult themes to continue their purchasing habits.  Nudity, profanity, and violence have been permeating mainstream comic books and therefore, maybe it isn't a safe place for kids.  Maybe the industry that was formed by and built for children is no longer a safe haven for their creativity to flourish.  However, there are some creators that don't share those feelings.  Jeff Smith is one of those creators.
    Jeff Smith created the company, Cartoon Books in 1991 to publish his graphic novel Bone.  Jeff does the writing and illustrations of Bone.  The story of Bone was a giant work with an epic scope for three cousins lost in a fantasy world.  It was well received and Jeff became very successful.  Bone has even been published by Scholastic for school children in book form.  Jeff conveys a sweet spirit to the rich stories he creates and in 2007, when he did his first non-creator owned material for DC.  That material was Shazam! Monster Society of Evil and is what we are discussing today.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thoughts for a Thursday

    Comical-Musings would like to welcome you to our little slice of cyber space today.  We, The Writer's Blok try to constantly provide you with content that highlights great comic book stories or news.  Occasionally, something will jump off the internets and hit us in the face to where out of sheer amusement, we must share.  Often, it will be something funny like Hal telling me about Tomar Re being a chicken and not a fish.  Sometimes Stumbleupon will grant me a magic blessing in the form of unexpected humor.  Today, my friend, David Wall sent me some picture sites from Flickr.  They are great and so I am sharing them with you.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cadencejunkie/sets/72157625580764074/with/5415762963/
Superhero Dinosaurs

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lishoffs/5596777312/
Teach Your Kids The Alphabet With Superheroes!

If you like David Wall for recommending this or for having really excellent hair, you should check out HIS website at www.dwalldesign.com

Anyways, that is all.  We have "What If Week" starting on Monday, so you will want to make sure that you check that out.  Keep on reading and look for an Omega Red article to post soon.  I know you are excited about that!

~ Scott Deaux ~

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Does The Shadowpact Fall Flat?

    I would like to take the time to welcome you to Comical-Musings... "Welcome to Comical-Musings my friends!"  We like to think of ourselves as a website that provides information to new readers on older stories that are still good reads.  We take what we have found to be interesting and share it with you in the hopes that you will take interest and purchase the recommended material through Amazon.com or Instocktrades.com or Barnes and Noble or Graphicly.com.  If you do this, then we can save the comic book industry together, or at least that's our hope.  Many times, the information provided to you comes in a review.  Today we are looking at an oft-forgotten, but surprisingly good story-arc of The Shadowpact.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Results of Our Poll!

    So, if you have been to Comical-Musings in the last week, and statistics say a couple hundred of you did, you probably saw our poll in the top right hand corner of the blog.  It asked whether you, the reader/consumer, were satisfied with the comic book movies that have come out this year?  We had the options yes or no available.  To a layman, the results were inconclusive, but I feel that they are more telling than you might think.

The Illuminati: In Control Of Everything Since 2006

    Hello, hello!  Welcome to Comical-Musings.  We are your place for suggestions, reviews, and subterfuge.  We are trying to ignite a passion in the people of the world to read stories with pictures.  Our goal at The Writer's Blok is to be a voice for the industry, a voice that speaks positively about comic books rather than condemning them as childish.  Won't you come along with us?


Friday, August 12, 2011

The Government Doesn't Want You To Listen To This Podcast

    Comical-Musings has a doozy for you today.  Those of you who know me know that I listen to podcasts alot!  I keep up with Kidd Kraddick In The Morning for laughs and continuity sake (I have listened for years).  I am kind of a football nut and listen to Paul Allen on the Nine to Noon Show on Minnesota's Kfan radio to root for my Vikings whilst laughing at PA, Charch, and Tiny Joe Nelson.  The last and most downloaded podcast that I listen to obsessively is the Pick of The Week Podcast on Ifanboy.com.  I love it and reference/promote it constantly both here and in my personal life.  I recently listened to a random creator spotlight interview with Brian Churilla, who was promoting his new comic book serial The Secret History of D.B. Cooper.  The interview goes to some trippy places and has me excited for the comic's release in March 2012.  The concept is really weird and if you are looking to be entertained, this will do it for about twenty-two minutes.


~ Scott Deaux ~

The Death Of The Punisher?

    Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it!  The Punisher is dead!  Frank Castle is dead!  That's right, you are back at Comical-Musings, your source for good comics and today we are going to briefly discuss something that happened in the Marvel Universe last year that slipped right by me.  Frank Castle, The Punisher was killed.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Spider-Man Has A Fever....

    Hello to all of my followers and new friends out there!  Welcome to Comical-Musings.  What we, The Writer's Blok, are attempting to do is to enhance your comic book experience by recommending things that we have read or characters and series that we are interested in.  As the Editor In Chief of Comical-Musings, it is my job to keep things well edited and interesting and to really challenge The Writer's Blok writers to go to new lengths to amuse and inform you.  I must apologize to you as it is often hard to see my own flaws from my ivory tower, but it has been brought to my attention that I NEVER do anything on Spider-Man...ever.  Today, we rectify that situation.

    Don't get confused, I do not hate Spider-Man.  Truthfully, I love Ultimate Spider-Man.  I'm not mad at Stan Lee for creating him long ago.  I don't have a problem with him perpetually trying to join the Fantastic Four.  I don't have a problem with him bringing Todd McFarlane into the mainstream.  I am not mad about how weird he is when portrayed in alternate universes.  I don't even hold the musical number in Spider-Man Three against him.  I just don't find him incredibly interesting.  In the world in which we live, the 30,000 (yes, there's only that many of us) comic book fans have TONS to choose from both past and present.  Spiderman has just never really excited me as a character.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Scott Pilgrim Blog Numero Dos

    Scott Pilgrim is, for lack of a better term, crack—pure, addictive, comic crack. Once you buy into the conceit (that the entirety of the plot takes place in a video game) and invest in the human element of its characters, I doubt you will be able to put the book down with ease. Scott Pilgrim is also a quick read, not because it’s particularly short (it’s not). Rather, it possesses a sort of frenzied pace—something Edgar Wright realized brilliantly when editing the film—where the events of the books just seem to keep flowing together with few breaks in between, as close to stream of consciousness as the comic book industry gets.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Neil Gaiman: Humble and Brilliant Realist

    Hello, hello (U2 voice!)  Comical-Musings has been working overtime lately to step up our advertising by becoming a bigger part of the Stumbleupon community.  Stumbleupon is a brilliant little web search thingy that brings you lots of cool things based on your interests.  I am loving it and am thankful to my friend Chris Fluitt for showing it to me.  In a session where you look at 10 different pages, you will probably see 3 things that you love, 3 things you don't care about and 4 things that are either just cool or funny.  While I was stumbling, it brought me to this random video featuring Neil Gaiman.  You may remember Neil from Sandman, Marvel: 1602, or the review that Aberdeen did on The Wolves in The Walls.  If you haven't read that, it is great and you should, but the thing I stumbled upon today was a video statement from Neil about internet piracy.  I thought that his views were striking, surprising, and well stated.  It was a smart thought expressed by a smart man who owns a great deal of my respect as a word artist.  I thought that I would share.

Neil Gaiman on Piracy

You can get more Neil at www.neilgaiman.com

~ Scott Deaux ~ 

Old Man Logan

    We are glad to have your eyes back on Comical-Musings.  I am aware of the fact that we have been doing theme months in July (Independents) and June (Hawkeye), but it's August now and whatever restraint we had is no longer in play.  In the month of August, anything goes and all of The Writer's Blok has been encouraged to pursue reviews of more random and challenging comic books in these, the final days of summer.  I, personally, have been looking for lost gold in the form of collected series that received high marks from critics, but I somehow missed.



Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Weekly Roundup and a Cool Gem From Stumbleupon

    Hey everybody!  We have some new posts out this week.  If you like movies, check out our Cowboys & Aliens and Captain America: The First Avenger posts.  Good opinions are getting thrown around on those posts.  If you just want to laugh at something, Bad Guys In Big Coats is for you.  Finally, I found this REALLY cool art website on Stumbleupon with a bunch of minimalist portrayals of super properties.  Give it a look and tell me what you think in the comments section!


~ Scott Deaux ~

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Big Comic News Of The Week: Bad Guys In Big Coats

    Welcome to Comical-Musings where we are making attempts to get a little more current than usual.  There are many hot topics in the news this week and headlines from the comic world have been invading such legitimate publications as USA Today and The New York Times.  Today, we are attempting to address probably the hottest topic in comic-dom.

Review of Captain America: The First Avenger

                I’ve got to admit when Hal gave me his feedback for the Green Lantern movie, and the recent lackluster Marvel movie of Thor being drastically sidetracked by Natalie Portman; I was incredibly hesitant to get my hopes up that Captain America would be good. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Cowboys and Aliens

    Welcome to Comical-Musings.  We have successfully ended the month of July and are incredibly happy to have had this month of Independents go so well.  The main point of Comical-Musings is to excite and intrigue new readers into choosing to read comics over sitting for 15 hours on Farmville.  The comics industry is suffering and so we, as The Writer's Blok, constantly seek to entice noobs into readership.  The way that we often do that is to highlight older series available in collected editions, often for discounted prices.  This model that we have chosen for our blog often keeps us off of the cutting edge of comics news, but if we are honest with ourselves, "news" when it comes to comics is all just about movies and TV shows nowadays.  I'm kind of saddened that everything I hear out of Comic Con has been about mediums other than COMIC BOOKS, but anyways.  In an effort to address the topics of today, I am writing you a review of Cowboys and Aliens.


Top 5 Lamest Super Costumes

    Every time a new month comes, we christen it with a brand new Top 5 list.  All of these lists are created off of reader suggestions.  Our latest Top 5 list is the Top 5 Lamest Super Costumes.  These can be Super "hero" or "villain" costumes.  The Writer's Blok has dug up many different outfits from ugly to absurd and worked as a team to filet them.