Digital Comics

Digital Comics

So last Friday i got an iPad. The main reason i got one was for reading comics. Yep, that’s pretty much it. Ever since i quit the comic book store, i really didn’t feel like buying monthly comics at full price. $3-$4 for a 20 page story is just too steep for me. Then there is the fact that they start taking up all kinds of space in my small apartment. It was getting to the point where i was selling off my monthly issues and purchasing the Trade Paperbacks and Hardcover versions of the books. Those take up room too. The best thing about digital comics is that they are only $2, they don’t take up any space, i only need to purchase any given book once and it allows me to read it on my laptop, iPhone and iPad.

The books look great on the iPad. Sometimes, when you use the zoom in feature, the images can get a bit on the blurry side. But other than that, i can buy, read and store as many comics as i want without leaving my couch.

Right now i use Comixology, Image Comics and DC Comics apps. They are all created by Comixology and work pretty great. The downloads are fast, the books look good. Every now and then the apps freeze up, but that is more on the iPhone than the iPad. It has been great catching up on some of my series this past week, but i fear that i am getting too addicted to them. I read about 25 books in the last week. Luckily half of that was purchase on a iTunes giftcard.

If you own an iPhone or iPad i recommend downloading one of these apps and checking it out. There is a large variety of free comics that you can choose from and check out. I know that people like the way books feel or whatever, heck, i am still buying the Green Lantern and Madman hardcovers,  but i think digital comics are great! They are good for the environment, they do not take up space and they are backlit! Now i just need to find a Marvel book that interests me.

★ ★ ★ ★½

Green Lantern Comics – Catch Up!

A lot of people tell me that they want to start reading Green Lantern, but don’t know where to start. If you want to catch up to Geoff Johns’ upcoming “Brightest Day” story line, I am here to help. For some reason DC doesn’t concern itself with letting you know what Volume Number you are reading, so here is the order in which to read the complete story.

Vol. 1 – Green Lantern: Rebirth
Vol. 2 – Green Lantern: No Fear
Vol. 3 – Green Lantern: Revenge of the Green Lanterns
Vol. 4 – Green Lantern: Wanted Hal Jordan
Vol. 5 – Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War vol. 1
Vol. 6 – Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War vol. 2
Vol. 7 – Green Lantern: Tales of the Sinestro Corps (optional back stories)
Vol. 8 – Green Lantern: Secret Origins
Vol. 9 – Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns (also contains the Alfa Lantern miniseries)
Vol. 10 – Green Lantern: Agent Orange
Vol. 11 – Blackest Night
Vol. 12 – Blackest Night: Green Lantern

“Tales of the Sinestro Corps War” which talks about a lot of side stories from Sinestro Corps War but are unnecessary to the main story line.

Geoff Johns has mentioned that he has been working on this Blackest Night story line since Green Lantern issue 4 (which appears in “No Fear”). If you just want to enjoy Blackest Night, without forking out all the cash for Vol. 1-9, i would suggest that you use wikipedia to catch up to and through The Sinestro Corps story line, then start reading volume 7 (Secret Origins).

GREEN LANTERN CORPS – CATCH UP!

My Top 5 Favorite Comic Book Artists


 

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#5 Patrick Gleason

Patrick Gleason is the current artist on “Green Lantern Corps”. I love all of his work on GLC, but especially THIS picture portraying Kyle Rayner’s “death”. Don’t worry, he is okay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#4 Joëlle Jones

Joëlle is a great up and coming artist. She has recently worked on Jamie S. Rich’s fantastic Detective Noir book “You Have Killed Me” as well as “Twelve Reasons I Love Her”. You can also see her work in the pages of “Madman Atomic Comics” #16, “Dr. Horrible” and the upcoming “Spell Checkers”!

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#3 Ryan Ottley

Ryan Ottley is the current artist of one of my all time favorite books, “Invincible”. He has never made violence looked so clean. Ryan’s work can also be seen in “The Haunt” and his 24 Hour Comic Project “Space Grub”. His work is nothing short of amazing!

 

 

 

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#2 Ivan Reis

Ivan is the currently one of the artists for the upcoming Green Lantern book “Brightest Day”. He has spent the last several years creating immense battle scenes in the pages of “Green Lantern” and “Blackest Night”

 

 

 

 

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#1 Michael Allred

Back in the 90’s i started to stray away from Comic Books. Books like Youngblood and X-Treme and other Liefeld abominations were all the craze. All comics were was big guns, big boobs and big letdowns. After slowly letting my pull box overflow, i found “Madman”, a comic book that looked how a comic book should look.  Everything about Madman clicked with me and I have never turned my back on the book. Incidentally, i own the original art that is pictured above!

 

 

 

 

 


The Star Sapphires

For hearts long lost and full of fright. For those alone in blackest night, Accept our ring and join our fight. Love conquers all…With violet light!

The Star Sapphires just started off as a race of hot women that were recently infused into Geoff Johns’ “War of the Light Spectrum” using the Violet color to represent love. For millions of years, the Zamarons, a race of immortal warriors, would choose mortal women of identical physical appearances to become their queen.

The first time we met the Star Sapphires they had chosen non other than Carol Ferris, the boss and love interest of Hal Jordan. It appears that the Star Sapphires are currently collecting anyone who has love in their heart and transforming them into warriors of the violet light.

Most recently the villainous Fatality has become a Star Sapphire and is seeking out John Stewart, the Green Lantern who feels incredible guild for destroyer her home planet of Xanshi.

In addition to Fatality becoming a Violet Lantern, Carol Ferris has once again slipped into the role as a Star Sapphire!!

BLACKEST NIGHT #1 – Review

Well, the summer just officially kicked off for me. All of the disappointing hollywood blockbusters have pretty much all passed and now it is time for the real fireworks, BLACKEST NIGHT!

As you can all tell from this blog, i am a big Green Lantern fan. The first line in the Green Lantern’s Oath is, “In brightest day, in blackest night”. Blackest Night, though it takes it’s name from the Green Lantern mythos, Blackest Night is not a straight forward Green Lantern title. The events in Blackest Night affect the entire DC Universe. You see, Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps will continue to be published as Blackest Night goes on. Geoff Johns, the writer of both Green Lantern and Blackest Night, has some sort of weird knowledge of the entire history of the DC Universe, almost to the point where it gets a little tiring and cumbersome. Because this is a big event that stretches across the whole DC Universe, it has left Green Lantern out of the title, which i am sure is to appeal to a wider audience.

Because i am merely a green lantern fan, a lot of the first half of issue one is lost on me. There is a HEAVY amount of exposition that centers around all the people who have died in the past, from a bunch of books i have never read. Because i am a Green Lantern fan, i could care less about Hawkman or the hundreds of other DC characters that Geoff Johns insisted on putting in the book. It is almost to the point where it feels like Geoff Johns is saying, hey remember these guys? You don’t? Well maybe i am a little better than you. After reading the first half of Blackest Night, i felt like i was sitting here reading off a checklist of characters.

Luckily Blackest Night issue one is a double sized comic and the second half moves away from the graves of the dead and moves on to OA, where Scar (a rogue guardian and leader of the Black Lanterns) unleashes all kinds of hell and sends millions of Black Lantern rings and begins to raise the dead! After a lengthy setup Blackest Night begins to unleash all kinds of hell!!

Imagine a universe full of Flesh craving undead super human zombies with power rings with a thirst for destroying and converting super heroes everywhere. The last half of Blackest Night is the greatest Sci-Fi, Horror, Superhero, Space Opera EVER! I hope that all of the people who died on Xanshi come back to haunt John Stewart.

After a slow setup, i am glad it is out of the way, so that Geoff Johns and artist Ivan Reis can unleash hell on the DC Universe!

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

COMIC CON ’09 – Green Lantern: First Flight

Press Release

Green Lantern: First Flight, the highly-anticipated fifth entry in the popular DVD series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 movies, will have its world premiere at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, July 23, 2009.

More than 4,000 fans will have the opportunity to see Green Lantern: First Flight on the big screen five days before the latest DC Universe film is distributed on DVD and Blu-Ray™ Hi-Def. The film will premiere in the San Diego Convention Center’s Ballroom 20 at 8:00 p.m.

A panel comprised of filmmakers and voice cast will be presented on the following day, Friday, July 24. Details on that panel and its participants will be announced next week.

Acclaimed actor Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) fills the lead voice of Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern. Meloni is joined by fellow Emmy Award nominee Victor Garber (Milk, Titanic) as the villainous Sinestro, Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as the voice of Boodikka, and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) as Kilowog. The cast also includes Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), John Larroquette (Night Court), Kurtwood Smith (That ‘70s Show), and David Lander (Laverne & Shirley).

Produced by animation legend Bruce Timm, Green Lantern: First Flight is helmed by heralded director Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Superman Doomsday) and scripted by four-time Emmy Award-winning writer Alan Burnett (The Batman).

Green Lantern: First Flight finds Hal Jordan recruited to join the Green Lantern Corps and placed under the supervision of respected senior Lantern Sinestro. The earthling soon discovers his mentor is actually the central figure in a secret conspiracy that threatens the philosophies, traditions and hierarchy of the entire Green Lantern Corps. Hal must quickly hone his newfound powers and combat the treasonous Lanterns within the ranks to maintain order in the universe.

Geoff Johns Signing!

I recently found out that in one month from today, Geoff Johns will be signing copies of Blackest Night #1 at my store! If you haven’t been following this blog, Green Lantern has been kicking all kinds of major ass the past few years and it seemingly has all been leading up to this point!

Pretty soon i will be doing a large window painting of The Green Lantern along with the blackest night logo. The image of the Green Lantern i am going to use is a simple one, but not cartoony. It will be the version from the cover of “The Batman Strikes” #48. It is a simple drawing with a classic GL pose. I am looking forward to getting the shop ready and meeting my favorite comic writer working today!!

You have to come to the store if you are in the area.