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I was in shock when I saw this on the Comics Alliance website recently. Sad news for sure. It was Norm Breyfogle's artwork that drew me into the world of Batman after seeing Tim Burton's Batman movie back in '89. Yeah, I'm old. He along with regular scribe Alan Grant created some of the very best Batman yarns at DC during the early 90's & they still resonate today. He's also co creator of Batman fan favorite antihero, Anarky. I also fondly remember Breyfogle's work on super hero title, Prime over at the short lived Malibu Comics during the mid 90's too. Read on more @ the link below.…
     While it's not totally terrible as so many of the reviews would have you believe it's also not great which is a shame. I'd been eagerly awaiting this movie after 2007's TMNT & 2009's very awesome 2K animated series finale, "Turtles Forever". With other movies out on the horizon this past year like Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, & Transformers 4, this was the one movie that was at the very top of my list of "must see's". I wasn't in complete shock being well aware of Platinum Dunes' deficient filmography but still had some faith since it was being directed by Jonathan Liebesman who's also responsible for the very underrated period/action flick, "Wrath of the Titans". Not surprisingly, this movie seems more like a Megan Fox vehicle than an TMNT movie despite some great action scenes & special f/x that are absolutely top notch. Outfit designs aside, the turtles themselves look absolutely jaw droppingly spectacular as does Splinter & while many complaints were targeted at the turtles themselves as appearing too hulking with flared nostrils, this is all just total nonsense. If your a long time fan you can see right away they look like a cross between the artwork of Michael Dooney, Michael Zulli, & those incredible A.C. Farley paintings from the Mirage Studios era. This movie's flawed because it moves at such a swift pace & then it's over just as fast which would be fine if we got to know the characters a little better but the script obviously didn't leave room for any of that. Also not sure why they decided to alter the turtles traditional outfits or why they played up the "superhero" aspect by making the turtles superhuman strong & bullet proof. Seeing one of the turtles throw a truck trailer & Raphael smashing out from the side of a van left me scratching my head. What made the TMNT special in the fist place was that they sort of broke the mold of the traditional superhero. They were basically outsiders because of their physical appearance but who also happened to be very skilled fighters. They WERE NOT ever Superman or the X-Men. The lack of character development kills any attempt at the story they're trying to tell here so everyone in the film comes across quite flat & one dimensional. This takes all the various iterations of the turtles world & tries to create something all together new which is fine but it's still quite a botched, celluloid mess. As a long time fan I can honestly say that many of the changes they made to the turtles origin's or Shredder & the Foot were completely unnecessary & un-innovative. In fact, this new film's origin story seems heavily influenced by IDW's current comic book series yet the film makers still can't get it quite right. Their bright move? They sever any ties the turtles & splinter originally had with Japan, ninja's, & Oroku Saki (The Shredder). In the film, technically they're not even ninja's just because their "superhuman/intelligently fast learning mutation" allows them to photographically memorize all the moves from an old ninja manual Splinter found in the sewers. Yes, horrible alterations to their origin. Unforgivable & an insult to the source material. Not everyone but certainly most old school fan's will dislike this movie regardless if they either grew up with them through the comics books or the infamous campy cartoon that followed it. Casual viewers will see it as disposable popcorn entertainment perfect for one viewing. They should really just do all the fans a service & make a brand new movie, do it correctly, & forget this one even exists.
It's official & who knows how long this will float in Hollywood limbo heaven going forward. But anyways it's one of my all time favorite comics, characters, & favorite illustrators. Creator Erik Larsen's legendary comic book series. Click on the link!…
     Great "under the radar" comic from the minds of the Men in Black films & one of DC Comic's premiere architects. A wonderful & original tale set during the age of the dinosaurs. The title itself pretty much states it's premise but it's all done all very neatly & alluring to appeal to a broad audience. The magnificent artwork is another excellent highlight. Mukesh Singh's illustrations is perfect & what really makes this a standout comic book among the monthly many. If you enjoy indie comics this is an excellent premiere. I'm quite eager to check out the second part because this first volume is a very fast read & the sketchbook section at the end is another plus. If you're curious what else is out there besides the Marvel & DC roster, this is as a perfect place to start as any. I picked up the 1st volume in digital format on Amazon.
     One of my personal heroes since I first heard his music back the late 80's. This book is all about one of rock's greatest & sometimes underrated front men, KISS' Paul Stanley. Really not too unlike Ace Frehley's & Peter Criss' autobiography, I had a hard time putting this book down as this traces Paul's early childhood growing up in an almost dysfunctional household & from loner to driven singer, songwriter. Long time fan's all know the history of KISS more or less but here we finally get Paul's' side of the story. And its not just tales about his infamous rock band but also his inner demons, personal challenges, win's, & defeats. I would've never in my wildest dreams have thought that Paul Stanley was someone insecure or shy because his onstage persona is obviously quite different as is his relationship with long time band member, Gene Simmons. What's really cool here is that he always stuck to his guns throughout everything  & continued his band after KISS' major success in the mid 70's was beginning to dwindle at the start of the 80's. And I do put an  emphasis on "his" since KISS pretty much became his running solo project after the apparent & slight loss of interest that his partner in crime, Gene Simmons had been going through. Simmons had other endeavors he wanted to try out,  away from the band during the 80's. Though to his credit, while  Gene Simmons didn't really participate 100% on some of their records after the very successful "Lick it Up" album, he did perform on all the tours & appear in all the videos during this time so that's got to count for something. That was another serious shocker. How much Paul Stanley grumbles over his long running band mate.  While all hardcore fan's know that Ace & Peter's reputation is anything but above grade, Gene is also left in a quite negative light though for many reasons that are completely valid. And one thing Paul doesn't do here is candy coat anything, especially when it comes to all things KISS. I also really like that he confirms his stance & the reasoning behind the long time controversy surrounding Eric Singer & Tommy Thayer in the Space Ace & Catman stage persona's in this most current line-up of the band. This is a very excellent read even if you don't like this particular sort of music.  


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KISSFANFREHLEYSCOMET Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Are you kidding, a KISS fan?? Only the biggest!!!!!!!!! My whole house is a shrine/museum. I own the largest collection on Earth. I just made friends with a close associate of the group. Me and my father have been getting tons of signed items quite a bit lately. I have been trying to post pictures of my collection on, but do not know how to. Besides, by the time that I am done posting, I am sure that there will be more pictures to take, as I get items on a daily basis.
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