‘The Weekly Bat-Signals’ with Shawn Warner, Episode 17

Greetings and apologies fellow Gothamites, I must offer my most sincere request for your forgiveness for my absence last week. It seems even in Gotham the holidays can cause more chaos than a Riddler produced blackout. I tell you my friends that I would rather face The Joker, Killer Croc and Bane than a mob of WalMart Christmas shoppers waiting on queue for a deep discounted 52 inch hi def flat screen television Continue reading

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REVIEW: “Superman Unchained” #1

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITTEN BY:  Scott Snyder
PENCILS BY:  Jim Lee & Dustin Nguyen
INKS BY:  Dustin Nguyen & Scott Williams

The sky is falling, well not really but the satellites in it sure seem to be falling out of it at an alarming rate. So who else could save the day from such perilous events but Big Blue himself, Superman? Not just any Superman but Superman as brought to us by Batman scribe extraordinaire Scott Snyder and legendary artist Jim Lee, so to say that expectations are high would be beyond an understatement. Continue reading

REVIEW: “100 Words” Digital Comic

(DC COMICS, 2011)   –   Reviewed by Feral Fang

“100 Words” is one of those great things that only comes around every so often.  The short digital comic from DC is written by Neil Gaiman and features beautiful pencil artwork by Jim Lee, seen here in a much different style of artwork than he’s mostly known for.  Released with all of DC’s proceeds going to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, this short-but-very-sweet comic is available from DC’s website in digital form for only .99 cents.  Let me tell you this is .99 cents very well spent, and something I would have gladly paid much more for.  What you get in “100 Words” is a beautiful poem from Neil Gaiman set to the previously mentioned Jim Lee pencil work, and it is an amazing thing.  I’ve always liked Jim Lee’s artwork, and feel he’s really come into his own with what most consider some of his worst work – the current New 52 “Justice League” title.  This is a man who knows how to draw figures, and draw them very well.  The Jim Lee we see in this, however, is one with a very light touch, the work more refined pencil sketches than hard, inked images.  This is a Lee that plays with the format, flowing free on a page layout with no borders and no panels – the art frames itself mostly in a collection of sketchy scribbles that come together to form the breath-takingly intricate line work.  What I hear the most from critics of Lee’s JL work is that it’s too dull, too wooden.  That is not the case here in any way, as the work itself is so lively and full of emotion that it mirrors Gaiman’s sentimental words perfectly.  It may only be a few pages long, but this is one digital comic I would highly recommend.  The mixture of emotion and imagery is something I hope to see these artists tackle together again, and hopefully soon.  You can grab it yourself here: http://www.readdcentertainment.com/100-Words/comics-series/5621

— 5 out of 5 missing chairs for Scott Williams.

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