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Episode #116 – Dracula Pajama Party

Posted on 26 October 2011 by admin

Dracula Pajama Party

The Warriors get into the Halloween spirit by talking about their favorite spooky titles and discussing a top 10 scariest villains list. Happy Halloween indeed!

Books also reviewed include:

Resurrection Man #2 (DC Comics)
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning; Art by Fernando Dagnino

Batman #2 (DC Comics)
Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion

Batgirl #2 (DC Comics)
Written by Gail Simone; Art by Ardian Syaf & Vincente Cifuentes

Trivia Contest:
B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess #1-5 signed by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Guy Davis, and Dave Stewart
Abe Sapien: The Haunted Boy #1 signed by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Patrick Davis
Hellboy II: The Golden Army signed by Mike Mignola

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Episode #115 – Jonas’ Pile of Shame

Posted on 19 October 2011 by admin

Jonas' Shame

Jonas gives us an update of the plethora of comics he caught up with over the weekend. Walking Dead S2E1 is also discussed as well as the Halloween must-see movie, Trick ‘r Treat.

Books also reviewed include:

American Vampire (Vertigo)
Written by Scott Snyder; Art by Rafael Albuquerque

Zatanna (DC Comics)
Written by Adam Beechen; Art by Victor Ibáñez

Justice League Dark (DC Comics)
Written by Peter Milligan; Art by Mikel Janin

Morning Glories (Image Comics)
Written by Nick Spencer; Art by Joe Eisma

FF (Marvel Comics)
Written by Jonathan Hickman; Art by Steve Epting & Rick Magyar

The Sixth Gun (Oni Press)
Written by Cullen Bunn; Art by Brian Hurtt

Captain America (Marvel Comics)
Written by Ed Brubaker; Art by Steve McNiven & Mark Morales

iZombie (Vertigo)
Written by Chris Roberson; Art by Mike Allred

Batman and Robin #2 (DC Comics)
Written by Peter J. Tomasi; Art by Patrick Gleason & Mick Gray

Dylan Dog Case Files (Dark Horse Comics)
Written by Tiziano Sclavi; Art by Angelo Stano & Andrea Venturi

Bad Island (Graphix)
Written and drawn by Doug TenNapel

Trivia Contest: Green Lantern: The New Guardians #1 signed by Tyler Kirkham.

Green Lantern: The New Guardians #1

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Craig Thompson’s Habibi

Posted on 17 October 2011 by admin

Habibi

Habibi

Writer: Craig Thompson
Artist: Craig Thompson
Publisher: Pantheon
Price: $35.00

It is hard to believe that Craig Thompson has only produced three graphic novels before this year. Perhaps it is hard to believe because I have reread his work so much that it seems like Thompson is constantly putting out work and with each read his stories inspire me and I find something new and exciting. In fact, these days you will never see a top 10 greatest graphic novels list without seeing Blankets somewhere near the top. I believe that Habibi will start popping up in those lists from now on as well.

Thompson’s latest graphic novel is a 600 page powerful and moving tale about two orphaned refugees, Dodola and Zam. Both escape slavery while they are very young and struggle to survive somewhere in the modern day middle east. While their relationship grows as a mother/son relationship in the beginning, the intense bond they have for one another continues to grow even after they are separated. Dodola is enslaved into a harem while Zam finds out what life is like as a eunuch. They both continue to learn the harsh realties of life in their ever-changing world, while they never give up hope they will find each other again.

Thompson has created such a beautiful and epic story that one cannot help but be moved. Horrific things happen in the book but the meaning and motivations of the two protagonists always shines through. Never have I read a graphic novel and had to put it down after every chapter just to ponder it for the rest of the day before starting the book again.

Habibi is a book that took Thompson over six years to finish and you can see why on every page. His artwork is stunning. He showcases just what this medium can accomplish by creating breathtaking pages of Arabic calligraphy that not only breaks new ground, but also does it in an organic way. Thompson also uses passages from the Bible and the Koran in full page spreads that breathe life and meaning into his story. It is also interesting to note how connected the Bible and Koran really are in their roots. He also has fully detailed backgrounds creating magical cityscapes and exquisite architecture that constantly changes as the story progresses.

Thompson has greatly matured as a story teller and we are all the better for it. Habibi is nothing short of a masterpiece that should not just be read, but should be studied, pondered, and then reread again. This is not only the best graphic novel this year, but also easily the best graphic novel of the last ten years.

For more listen to the Wednesday Warriors discuss Habibi on Fight for Comics Episode #114.

Review by Sean Leslie

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DC Comics The New 52 Scorecard

Posted on 12 October 2011 by admin

Here is a great way to keep track of what the Warriors thought of the New 52.

New 52 Scorecard

DC Comics The New 52 Scorecard

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More reviews from Sean L. and Bryton will be coming in as they continue to catch up.

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Episode #114 – Comic Book Ketchup

Posted on 12 October 2011 by admin

It’s that time folks. Time for another astonishing edition of Comic Book Ketchup.

Books reviewed:

Savage Dragon (Image Comics)
Written and drawn by Erik Larsen

Rachel Rising #2 (Abstract Studios)
Written and drawn by Terry Moore

Near Death #1 (Image Comics)
Written by Jay Faerber; Art by Simone Guglielmini

Habibi (Pantheon)
Written and drawn by Craig Thompson

Punisher: Marvel Knights (Marvel Comics)
Written by Grath Ennis; Art by Steve Dillon

Brilliant #1 (Icon)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Art by Mark Bagley & Joe Rubinstein

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #1 (Image Comics)
Written by Justin Jordan; Art by Tradd Moore

Anya’s Ghost (First Second)
Written and drawn by Vera Brosgol

X-Men: Schizm #5 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Jason Aaron; Art by Andy Kubert & Mark Roslan

Penguin: Pain & Prejudice #1 (DC Comics)
Written by Greg Hurwitz; Art by Szymon Kudranski

Carbon Grey Vol. 1: Sisters at War (Image Comics)
Written by Khari Evans, Paul Gardner, Mike Kennedy & Hoang Nguyen; Art by Khari Evans, Kinsun Loh & Hoang Nguyen

New Avengers #16.1 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Art by Neal Adams

The Mighty Thor #6 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Matt Fraction; Art by Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, Cam Smith & Dexter Vines

Trivia Contest: Rachel Rising #1 signed by Terry Moore.

Rachel Rising #1

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Episode #113 – New 52 Review

Posted on 05 October 2011 by admin

Time has passed and all 52 books have been released. What ones should you check out and what ones should you avoid? It’s all here, as we review every book from DC’s New 52.

DC New 52

Books reviewed:

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
ACTION COMICS #1
ANIMAL MAN #1
BATGIRL #1
BATWING #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #1
GREEN ARROW #1
HAWK & DOVE #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1
MEN OF WAR #1
OMAC #1
STATIC SHOCK #1
STORMWATCH #1
SWAMP THING #1
BATMAN & ROBIN #1
BATWOMAN #1
DEATH STROKE #1
DEMON KNIGHTS #1
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #1
GREEN LANTERN #1
GRIFTER #1
LEGION LOST #1
MISTER TERRIFIC #1
RED LANTERNS #1
RESURRECTION MAN #1
SUICIDE SQUAD #1
SUPERBOY #1
BATMAN #1
BIRDS OF PREY #1
BLUE BEETLE #1
CAPTAIN ATOM #1
CATWOMAN #1
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1
GREEN LANTERN CORPS. #1
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1
NIGHTWING #1
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1
SUPERGIRL #1
WONDER WOMAN #1
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1
AQUAMAN #1
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1
BLACKHAWKS #1
THE FLASH #1
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1
GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #1
I,VAMPIRE #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1
SUPERMAN #1
TEEN TITANS #1
VOODOO #1

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