Review: Sally Of The Wasteland #3 (Titan Comics)

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Publisher: Titan Comics
Written by: Victor Gischler
Artwork by: Tazio Bettin
Review: Kate @ All That Geek.

Southern Louisiana, 82 years after the Fall. The apocalypse has come and gone, leaving behind a withered, ravaged landscape of wreckage and mutant crawfish. Still, you gotta laugh, and Sally does, often using her beloved shotgun, Bertha, as the punchline!

Inspired more by lust than common sense, and by a teenage desire to protect Tommy, the object of her desires, Sally leaves her bar job and joins the deranged crew of the Mississippi Duchess on a mission into the remains of New Orleans.

Saving the remains of civilisation plays second best to keeping her sweetheart safe as our smart and sexy princess of the wild frontier runs a gauntlet of gigantic genetic freaks and roving gangs of blood-hungry barbarians!

I expected Sally of the Wasteland to be far from my tastes of reading material – given that the style of the comic which was not overly appealing to me. With gratuitous nudity and scantily-clad women drawn in unrealistic proportions, I wasn’t expecting a lot, but this comic surprised me.

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Review: The Flash Season Zero #2 (DC Comics)

 

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Publisher: DC Comics
Story by: Andrew Kreisberg
Script by: Brooke Eikmeier & Katherine Walczak
Pencils by: Phil Hester
Inks by: Eric Gapstur
Colours by: Kelsey Shannon
Review: Kate @ All That Geek.

While I enjoyed issue one of The Flash Season Zero, even though it was mostly setting up background on our hero and the evil circus arc, the second installment felt a bit weighed down by Barry’s unrequited love.

Issue #2 picks up after Barry’s confrontation with the Strongman as he heads back to S.T.A.R Labs to explain what happened and have his ankle set (or rebroken and set). Its a great few pages, the banter between the characters is great and I expect to see that interaction replicated on screen. When Barry goes back to his other job, we see him spend a lot of time pining over Iris. I suppose its necessary to show, as its part of who Barry is, but it feels like there are a lot of panels devoted to it and it adds no value to the story. I want to be reading a superhero comic, not a love story. Barry’s identity crisis is something I can see him struggling with, though perhaps if we saw of his Flash-life conflicting with his regular Barry-life in some way, it might feel a bit more warranted.

The villain for this issue is a snake charmer who not only charms snakes, but all the animals at the zoo, sending some of them on a rampage. I like her better than the Strongman, though her purpose for getting all the animals under her thrall remains to be seen, hopefully we’ll find this out in the next issue.

The art bothered me a little more this time, with Barry being drawn way more bulky than the actor who plays him on the series, it feels odd. But I like the style of the art and the panels with the snake charmer are by far the best, especially the page with all the animals from the zoo.

One thing I have to mention is the title of this issue “Who Let The Chimps Out” and at the end we’re told next issue “Who Let The Cats Out” surely the creative team can come up with something better than a play on a tiresome early 2000 phrase?

Overall, a good issue, but I am hoping for more in number 3.

Have you read the second installment of The Flash Season Zero? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Buy The Flash Season Zero #2 from Comixology.

Music Monday: Matthew Garwood – The Tattooed Tenor

Who: Matthew Garwood
What: Tattooed Tenor

[Update: Read my review on Matthew Garwood’s amazing debut album]

I have said this before – and will keep saying it – one of the best things about reality singing contests is getting to see all the amazing unknown talent Australia has. For me, that talent was Matthew Garwood on The Voice.

While his appearance may give you the idea he’s some kind of rock artist, he’s actually an amazingly talented musical theatre star. Unfortunately he failed to make it through the battle rounds on The Voice (something I still don’t understand) but I was hopeful we would be seeing something from him in the future. And now we are!

Signing a record deal with Universal Music and Decca Records, Matthew’s debut album will be available on November 7th. “The Tattooed Tenor” features a fantastic collection of musical theatre and classic ballads including the song that won him a place on Ricky Martin’s team – All I Ask Of You.

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The CD is available now for pre-order, so be sure to get your copy from GetMusic!

Find Matthew Garwood on Twitter: @GarwoodMatthew and Facebook: Matthew Garwood Official

Review: Arrow season 2.5 Issue #2 (Blood part 2: Descent) (DC Comics)

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Publisher: DC Comics
Written by: Marc Guggenheim
Pencils by: Joe Bennett
Inks by: Craig Yeung
Review: Kate @ All That Geek.

In issue one we left Roy falling unconscious from a plane at 30,000 feet, will Oliver save him in time?

Spoiler alert: He does. With the help of a handy new arrow which opens like a parachute.

With the boxing arrow in issue one, and now the parachute arrow, I’m now keeping a tally as to how many elaborate and creative arrows Marc Guggenheim has come up with for these comics. I’m expecting great things.

As Oliver takes Roy to safety and tends to his gunshot wound, issue two gives us a look at where the TV series left us with Quentin Lance. Seeing him in the previews for season 3 of Arrow, we know he survives, but I’m glad the inbetween parts have been addressed without us having to suffer the tedious hospital drama on screen.

We also see Caleb again (the young man introduced in issue one) now presumably homeless and finding comfort in the bottom of a bottle. He is picked up by a well dressed stranger who you instantly know is up to no good. He takes Caleb to a rundown building – “a refuge for the lost” – where he shows him their saviour and who will be our main villian for the comics.

There isn’t a lot I can say about issue #2 that wont feel like I’m repeating myself from my review of issue one. Once again its a wonderful read, penned by Arrow writer Marc Guggenheim with more story to sink your teeth into. There are some great moments from Felicity, where she awkwardly offers Oliver her bed for the night – which feels exactly like it would play out on screen.

Just like issue one I love the full page action panels, particularly where Oliver jumps out of the plane. The artwork again is just fantastic and the colours have that dark moody feel from the show without being dull.

If you’re not reading Arrow Season 2.5 you’re missing out. But if you are reading it, tell me what you think in the comments below!

Oz Comic Con Report & Geek Goodies Haul!

After a terrible experience with the 2012 Melbourne event and stories I had heard from friends about Oz Comic Con in other states recently, I was hesitant to ever attend another one. I was expecting crushing crowds in an over packed venue, ridiculous queues with hours of waiting time and people lined up out into the main floor preventing movement, Q&A panels starting late and guests not getting their fully allotted time.

What I got, I am pleased to say, was quite the opposite, even though I thought the day was going to be as terrible as it started…

First there was a mix up at the bus station due to there being no definite signage as to where the free shuttle to the event was – they said Bay 13 on the website but as I don’t live in Sydney, I had no clue where it was. Then when I arrived, there was a very annoying mix up when a volunteer scanned my ticket multiple times while another volunteer was rudely ushering me down the line. I got told I was already checked in (that will happen if you scan the ticket more than once) and they couldn’t give me a pass. But after that was sorted the rest of the day went fairly smoothly.

One thing that I noticed straight away was what a great layout the con had. The stages were away from each other, so the noise from each Q&A didn’t filter in, making it hard to hear (something that happened in Melb 2012). Although sitting at the back of stage 1 where I was, meant you had to suffer the noise of a TARDIS from a vendor and not hear the guests. Speaking of panels, while they didn’t run overtime (miracle!) I found it annoying the crowds weren’t being moved out at the end of each one. I like this method and feel its a good one to stick with. Yes, it takes time for everyone to move out and others get seated, but at least you get a fair chance to have a good seat. And it’s more fair than letting someone park their butt up the front all day when they’re really only there to maybe see one panel. Perhaps it was because there was no area to line up for panels, so maybe something for them to think about bringing back in the future.

Another thing I appreciated were the autograph tables being well away from the main floor. They appeared to have lots of space to line up and not filter back into the crowds blocking access. I didn’t get any photos or autographs this time, but a friend waited in the token line for about an hour, which is about the standard on a general admission ticket, and certainly not the length we waited at Supanova back in June (three hours even with a priority pass).

The con didn’t seem too over crowded at any stage on Saturday, which I’m not sure was due to a lack of attendees or there really was that much space to spread out. Perhaps it was the caliber of guests this time. While its always great to see Stargate guests and William Shatner, they have all been here multiple times recently.

Overall it was actually a pleasant experience and makes me less cautious about attending future events, so well done Oz Comic Con, you’ve surprised me.

Now on to the goodies!

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Fan Friday: X-Files Art by Carolbee Doodles

 

 

I came across these beautiful illustrations by Caroline at Carolebee Doodles from a fellow X-Files fan on facebook and I’m lusting after all of them. The art posters feature iconic images from each episode most of which you’d only understand if you’re a more hardcore fan of the show. Check out the others, such as “Eve” and “The Unnatural” over on her website

Then check out her shop for some other awesome art.

Review: The Flash Season Zero #1 (DC Comics)

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The Flash Season Zero #1: Freak Show Part 1 “The Strongman Cometh”

Publisher: DC Comics
Story by: Andrew Kreisberg
Script by: Brooke Eikmeier & Katherine Walczak
Pencils by: Phil Hester
Inks by: Eric Gapstur
Colours by: Kelsey Shannon
Review: Kate @ All That Geek.

I have to admit, my knowledge of The Flash is limited to two things. 1) He runs fast. 2) Sheldon Cooper likes to dress up as him in The Big Bang Theory. But I like superhero stories, so I’m excited by another hitting our screens with a new comic to coincide.

While issue one is said to be set between the pilot episode and episode two, it spends about half of the pages setting up Barry’s story, just so we know how he became who he is and what he spends his time doing now – apparently rescuing a surprising number of dogs (the dog lover in me ‘aww-ed’ over that, I admit). All while maintaining his regular life as a CSI for Central City Police Department – and still as ungraceful as ever.

I like his narration in the comic, it feels in character to what we’ve seen of Barry Allen from all the awesome CW trailers for the series and gives those who havent been watching them a good, quick insight to the show and characters.

When a call comes in about a robbery at the National Bank, Barry spings to action. It’s there that we meet one of our villains for the comic – a strongman wielding a huge barbell. After an altercation, where Barry and his superhuman abilities actually come off second best, we see the Strongman return to a circus where he gives a shadowy figure the item he took from the bank and tells him all about Central City’s new hero.

Its a good start to The Flash comic series, even though a lot of the issue tells the reader Barry’s story, the pacing was good and it didn’t drag at any point for me. Much like the Arrow comics, The Flash benefits from having one of the shows writers (Andrew Kreisberg) on the creative team. The comic series promises those budget breaking stories and effects that we wont be able to see on the show, so I am looking forward to what the writers may come up with for this evil circus and seeing them come to life on the pages.

The artwork is bright and colourful, with lots of full page action sequences – including the full page dog rescue (aww!). The characters were drawn perhaps very cartoon-ish which didn’t bother me as I am not familiar with the on-screen counterparts, but what I do know of them, they were recognisable. Except Barry, who was maybe a little more bulky than he looks on the TV series.

Overall, a great set up to The Flash series, a good read for someone like myself who isn’t familiar with any previous Flash stories and wants to get into the TV series.

 

Have you read The Flash Season Zero #1? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.