Trade Post: Frank, Midnighter, Constantine, Spirit & Batman/TMNT

trade-pileAnother week has gone by and I’ve knocked out another pile of comics, most of which came from my local library system. As you can see, we’ve got a mix of amazing indie artists, classic comic visionaries, crossovers and newer books. Hit the jump to see what I had to say on this batch! Continue reading Trade Post: Frank, Midnighter, Constantine, Spirit & Batman/TMNT

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Comixology‘s new Submit functionality for digital comics will change the industry, no doubt. Makes me want to find an artist extra bad.

A Super Troopers sequel might film later this year? That is amazing. (via Collider)

Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso are working on a 100 Bullets spinoff mini about Lono! (via Comics Alliance)

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On a similar note, I’m really excited to hear by way of MTV Geek that Kurt Busiek’s got an Astro City ongoing in the works at DC. I’m a big fan of that world and can’t wait to see more.

Universal is suing a porn company for making a Fifty Shades Of Grey parody. No big deal there, right? The interesting part of this THR article is that the porn company’s lawyers claim that much of Gray is actually in the public domain because 89% of the work was published on various websites as fanfic. This could turn out to be a really interesting case for digitally distributed content moving forward. How does ownership work on the internet these days, especially if you’re posting your artistic endeavors on a third party site? What will that mean for future deals like the one E.L. James got?

 A lot of mash-ups just become noise, but this one featuring Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like A Hole” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is brilliant.

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I’m pretty curious about this official Doc Savage King Kong crossover book called Doc Savage: Skull Island. Sounds pretty rad.

I’m a sucker for a good list about creepy abandoned places, so this one from ListVerse is aces in my book.

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I don’t follow many indie comic artists, but I’ve become a huge fan of Kevin Huizenga over the years. He posted the cover to his new book The Half Men over on his blog. No idea what it’s about, but I’ll give it a shot.

IFC keeps lining up comedies I want to check out. THR just announced that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are working on one called The Spoils Of Babylon while Ben Stiller and Mr. Show‘s Bob Odenkirk have The Birthday Boys in the works. I don’t have IFC, but when they hit Netflix Instant, I’m all over them.

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Oh sweet goodness, Dan Hipp’s posting artwork again over on his blog. You can not go wrong in my brain by mashing up Predator in a smoking jacket and a video game-themed trophy room. This is now my computer’s wallpaper.

Simon West wants to remake the Burt Reynolds movie Heat with Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara. Yes, make this happen, Hollywood. (via THR)

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Feast your eyes on this fantastic Centurions Jake Rockwell custom toy by Hiss Tank contributor nath_1977. I would buy a line of toys like this.

Something Wicked-Awesome This Way Comes

Okay, so it’s probably not wicked-awesome, but I’ve decided to schedule some of my reoccurring posts live Covering Vinyl, Crossovers I Want To See, Toy Commercial Tuesday, Trade Post, Ad It Up, Supergroup Showcase and I’m repurposing Sketchbook Sunday as Sketchbook Saturday. I’m also looking to start reviewing records on a weekly basis, just because I love talking about music. I’m a big fan of making lists and crossing things of said lists, so this is the best way for me to keep up on the posts I intend to do. Of course, you’ll also be seeing the usual Real Housewives, Real World, Jersey Shore, Mad Men and Big Bang Theory posts, plus a few potential other returning favorites and new shows on the corresponding days. Of course, I’ll still be watching movies and random other TV shows and sharing my opinions on those here and there.

I’ve also been toying around with the idea of a weekly post called The Perks Of Being A Freelancer, that won’t just cover the perks, but some of the ins and outs of making it as a freelancer nowadays. I’m going to see how August goes and then move on from there. I might also be getting another writer or two in the near future to make the name of the website really make sense (can one monkee be united?). So, keep your eyes peeled, tell your friends and leave some comments on what you might like to see on the site that I’ve done in the past and am no longer doing, or brand new kinds of posts you think might work. I appreciate the feedback.

Crossovers I Want To See: John Constantine & Punisher

Originally, I was going to pair up John Constantine with Wolverine because they’re both characters with mysterious pasts who seem to constantly run into people they’ve had dealings with that readers have never been introduced to before. But, while looking for art by Tim Bradstreet of Wolverine, I saw all the Punisher artwork and the incredibly obvious smashed itself into my head: Constantine should team up with Punisher with art by Bradstreet or Steve Dillon and written by Garth Ennis (late 90s version if possible).

Here’s how I’d write the thing, in case anyone was curious. Punisher’s hunting down some mobsters in London and soon finds himself way in over his head because it turns out they’re mixed up with some magic. Luckily for him, Constantine’s been hunting this monster down and while he doesn’t stop the demon, he does scare it away in time to save Punisher’s life. From there, the pair team up to take on the monsters both human and otherworldly with lots and lots of bullets, blood and swearing along the way. I envision a scene between Frank and John where they’re exchanging their favorite curse words, possibly while fighting a monster. No, it’s not the most original story in the world, but it sure would be fun, wouldn’t it? A mix of great action and fantasy would be rad.

What I like about both characters is that neither of them could be considered good men, yet they do what can be considered good: removing evil from the earth. They’ve both done terrible, awful, horrible things, but they’ve done it with the supposed intent of helping their fellow men (the good ones at least). I think they’d pair well together once they saw that. Neither would be 100% comfortable because they’re dealing with the kinds of elements they don’t usually interact with.

If only Marvel and DC could stop their nonsense and get some fun crossovers going. I’m sure they’re a logistical nightmare, but I’m also pretty damn sure they would sell like crazy.

Crossovers I Want To See: Jason Vs. Wolverine

I’ve only done one of these before, but have been meaning to do more. Frankly, this is the kind of stuff geek dreams are made of right? And even when the long awaited crossovers do happen they’re either lopsided towards one franchise (Freddy vs. Jason) or depending on fan votes for fight results (DC Vs. Marvel) or just not good at all (Alien Vs. Predator). I’ve been pitting slashers against superheroes in my head for a surprisingly short period of time considering how long I’ve been a fan of both (just the last year or two, really). The idea of pitting two seemingly indestructable killing machines against each other actually came from a figure pairing on my desk when I still worked at the old ToyFare offices. Here you have a 3 3/4-inch Hasbro Wolverine in Jacket from the Wolverine: Origins line and a 3 3/4-inch Jason Voorhees from Mezco’s Cinema Of Fear series facing off on my kitchen tables. On my desk, they went from fighting to riding the bulldog that came with the DCUC Lobo SDCC figure from a few years back. In my imagined crossover, though, they would spend the entire comic or movie just slashing the shit out of each other getting angrier and angrier the entire time. Here’s how I see it going down. Wolverine’s on one of his many cross country trips when he finds himself in Crystal Lake. After a day or so of fishing and hunting, Jason shows up to politely ask Wolverine to leave. The pair throw down, but Wolverine doesn’t know what he’s dealing with, so he assumes Jason dies at the end of the battle and heads back to New York. Of course, it’s not nearly that simple, as Jason heals and goes on a trip to New York to exact his revenge using those crazy tracking skills he used to hunt down and kill the Final Girl from the first Friday The 13th in the first sequel (continuity!). Bam, huge fight in NYC between two crazy men with healing abilities. If it’s a comic book, it would only make sense for the rest of the NYC local heroes to get involved and help put a stop to Jason (shouldn’t be a problem for the Avengers–especially if Thor’s around, how friggin’ cool of a few panels would that be? Mallet for machete!–or Fantastic Four). But, if it’s a movie (a boy can dream), they’d continue their fight until the X-Men finally show up to help and probably drop Jason in some freshly poured concrete. Marvel and WildStorm, feel free to contact me. I can easily flesh this story out or come up with a brand spanking new one.

Crossovers I Want To See: Wonder Woman & Incredible Herc

Welcome to a brand new installment called Crossovers I Want To See. It’s your basic pie-in-the-sky geeky mash-ups. In this awesome alternate reality, I’d get to see a Gail Simone, Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente-written crossover between Wonder Woman and Hercules drawn by the magnificent current Wonder Woman artist Aaron Lopresti and sometimes Herc cover artist Art Adams (I love me some Art art).

Back when I was in third grade Mrs. Getz (or maybe it was fourth grade with Ms. Doodie) we started learning about Greek and Roman myths. The one that I remember the most was Sisyphus and his constant boulder rolling. That lead to me checking out a number of books from the library and reading through them. I also got into comics within a few years of that and started reading Wonder Woman when Artemis took over the mantle and Diana started running around in bicycle shorts and cut her hair.

After that John Byrne took over and…things happened. Anyway, as most of you know, Wonder Woman’s had an iffy-at-best run as DC’s main superchick since then, but I think Gail Simone’s run on the book has been fantastic and you really need to crack open an issue or trade to see how amazing Lopresti’s artwork looks. Simone’s made it a point to explore Wonder Woman’s place in the pantheon of all gods, not just her specific group and it’s been a lot of fun seeing her as the true warrior she really is.

Pak and Van Lente have been doing the same with Incredible Hercules, the book that took over after Pak’s awesome Planet Hulk story lead into World War Hulk. While Jeph Loeb does…things to the Hulk in his Hulk book, Herc and Hulk supporter Amadeus Cho took the spotlight in the former Incredible Hulk book. I missed most of the Secret Invasion tie-in, but I think I’ve read the rest of the issues and they’re a lot of fun, even balancing the mythology stuff with the post Secret Invasion Marvel status quo. It’s a fun book you should definitely check out.

Anyway, after reading this week’s issue of Herc, it hit me that these two books have been thematically similar for a while now and it would make perfect sense as a crossover. I know there hasn’t been a Marvel/DC crossover in a while, but this would be a great, well-executed and probably understated tale that could feature our two heroes taking on a bevy of gods and goddesses from across the two universes. But hey, I’ll leave the creative aspects up to the creators. Maybe Art or Aaron could draw me in the background of a panel hanging out with Amadeus! Just drop me a line and I’ll sign a waiver.