linked up vol.9

*Friday, time to share some links. Some i do comment, some not. Some lead to german internet presences.

[# Die schönsten Comics, die ich kenne (12): „The Fantastic Four“ # 41 – 51 (ii)](http://blog.montyarnold.de/2017/02/28/die-schoensten-comics-die-ich-kenne–12-the-fantastic-four–41–51-ii/)

[# China’s zombie factories and unborn cities](http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170223-chinas-zombie-factories-and-unborn-cities)

Dark Horse taxes my wallet this fall:
[# Dark Horse Publishes The Art Of Rick And Morty In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publishes-art-rick-morty-september/)
[# Dark Horse To Publish Art Of Over The Garden Wall In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publish-art-garden-wall-september/)
[# Dark Horse Announces Go Team Venture!: The Art And Making Of The Venture Bros.](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/27/dark-horse-announces-go-team-venture-art-making-venture-bros/)

[# Two Fantastic Four by Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition volumes in one year?](http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5792cac24346d164eb0cf6ad2&id=d70f593984&e=2b9c931aaf)

[# Sneak Peek At Samurai Jack Season 5](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/23/sneak-peek-samurai-jack-season–5/)

linked up vol.9

*Friday, time to share some links. Some i do comment, some not. Some lead to german internet presences.

[# Die schönsten Comics, die ich kenne (12): „The Fantastic Four“ # 41 – 51 (ii)](http://blog.montyarnold.de/2017/02/28/die-schoensten-comics-die-ich-kenne–12-the-fantastic-four–41–51-ii/)

[# China’s zombie factories and unborn cities](http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170223-chinas-zombie-factories-and-unborn-cities)

Dark Horse taxes my wallet this fall:
[# Dark Horse Publishes The Art Of Rick And Morty In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publishes-art-rick-morty-september/)
[# Dark Horse To Publish Art Of Over The Garden Wall In September](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/28/dark-horse-publish-art-garden-wall-september/)
[# Dark Horse Announces Go Team Venture!: The Art And Making Of The Venture Bros.](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/27/dark-horse-announces-go-team-venture-art-making-venture-bros/)

[# Two Fantastic Four by Jack Kirby Artist’s Edition volumes in one year?](http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5792cac24346d164eb0cf6ad2&id=d70f593984&e=2b9c931aaf)

[# Sneak Peek At Samurai Jack Season 5](https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/23/sneak-peek-samurai-jack-season–5/)

linked up vol.6

Friday, time to share some links. Some i do comment, some not. Some lead to german internet presences.

# Radioactive Lounge: 57 – Open Up And Say Ahhhh
Good talk about the industry and how it is gladly feasting on its consumers, retailers and ultimately, itself.

# Why ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ & ‘Voyager’ Won’t Be Released in HD or on Blu-ray

# Japanese Buildings that are Shaped Like the Things They Sell

# How to Shoot Street Photography with a 28mm Lens

# Doctor Strange Has Now Made More Money At Box Office Than Man Of Steel

# [Video] Awesomely Obscure Cartoons from the 80’s and 90’s
Is it strange that they are not that obscure to me?

#The RPG Scrollbars: Richard Garriott’s autobiography
Found the Ultima games i purchased through Good Old Games a while ago and then i find out about this book. It’s on my reading list.

# Samurai Jack season 5 trailer

# This maglev quadcopter hints at transportation’s future

# Tom Scioli Launches New Webcomic, “Princess”

# ‘Aftermath’ Trailer: Arnold Schwarzenegger Demands an Apology in the Darren Aronofsky-Produced Thriller

# Bard’s Tale IV Gets A New Gameplay Trailer
The latest episode of the Spielevetranen podcast mentioned Bard’s Tale II which rekindled a few memories of group playing afternoons of parts one and two. I did not realize a fourth title got funded!

# Netflix Announces Castlevania TV Show For 2017

link up! [2/2017]

Friday 00:05 MET, time to link up.

# Word Balloon Comic Books Podcast: Word Balloon’s 2016 Writer Of The Year Tom King Great talk.

# The Rock Talks #BlackAdam And The Entire DCU: “Hope, Optimism & FUN… Prepare Yourselves DC Universe” So he smelled what the Rock Of Eternity is cocking?[1]

# Polaroid Pop: A Digital Instant Camera for Iconic 3×4″ Polaroid Pictures We can’t let it die, can we? I have one of the old Polaroid ZINC printers, but frankly, the prints aren’t worth the money.

# Make Shinshoji Zen Museum & Gardens One of Your Top Destinations of 2017

# Ippitsuryu: Single Stroke Paintings of Dragons

# Utsuro-bune: the unidentified ship that landed on Edo-Japan’s shore

# First Uchu Sentai KyuRanger Teaser Promo Online! Is it that time again? I’m having so much fun with Zyuohger that i don’t want them to go into Super Sentai history. A second season would have been a good compensation for Ninninger, which in turn had a better soundtrack and mecha design considering that the main robot of the red ranger controlled a larger frame built by the other robots/vehicles.

# Arkham Knight – Mister Freeze Playthrough Victor Freeze is one of the tragic villains the Batman has to face from time to time and i dig what they did with him in the Arkham series of games, providing a fitting but sad ending in Arkham Knight[2]. Bat’s comment at the end is a tad harsh though.

# Remembering the Amstrad CPC, a superior 8-bit computer

# Dragone: Platinum’s Scalebound cancelled. I was actually looking forward to see the final game.

# Researchers discover that experimental Alzheimer’s drug causes teeth to regrow tissue lost to cavities

# How silent film effects were done

# Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche Comes To The USA With IDW Entertainment Remember reading a german edition a long time ago. Neat read.

# Scribd Closes Digital Comics Line Because No One Read Them

# Call Sheet Reveals Inhumans Characters

# A book about London’s gorgeous, brutalist architecture includes dainty DIY papercraft models to make yourself

# Watch Animation Test Footage For A ‘Rust’ Graphic Novel Adaptation Rust was great in comic form, an animated version makes more sense than animating every Justice League story.

# Bandai: S.H. Figuarts Dr. Strange Promotional Images and Info UPDATED! Looks neat. Not sure how i like the magic circle effect parts but otherwise a good ointment for the Hot Toys itch.

# (german) Die acht besten Bücher, die 2017 erscheinen Achtung Satire! Hoffentlich….

[1] It was worth a try.
[2] In my opinion, the worst of the games. Even Origins is better.

[link] Die, Industry, Die! (Or Why Letting Comics Fail is the “Real” Only Way to Save the Industry)

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After  the cancellation if Nighthawk and the following talk about the state of the comics industry The Outhousers speak out what i think.

Can you imagine if Coca-Cola’s strategy to get you to buy soda was to guilt trip you into believing they’ll have to cancel Sprite if you don’t let your supermarket know to order three cases of it for you in advance this month? This shit wouldn’t fly in any other industry, but in comics, for some reason, we all just accept it as if it isn’t completely fucking insane.

leave that oversized baby alone!

Spoiler for a 30 year old comic in the following text.
Around 1990 my brother and i inherited a box full of comics. Most of them Marvel and DC issues translated and repacked into digest sized collections by then active german publisher Condor. Among them was Captain America Taschenbuch Nr.1.

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It collected the issues 305 to 313 of the US Captain America comics, which were published around 1986. Like all the other comics in the box, we read this one from cover to cover until it came apart. This book also got confiscated because i read it during religious education[1]. But why this particular book stuck with me was because of issue no.313: Modok Screams Bloody Murder[2].
In the issue, Bushmaster and Daimondback of the Serpent Society are diving to a submarine used by AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics, another villainous organization in the Marvel Universe) and discover that MODOK was hiding there. They engage in battle.

At this point in my comic reading life, i was aware that no tears should have been spilled over whoever lost the battle, but nontheless i was startled by the actions taken to ensure Modok would not leave the craft alive and how helpless the character was without his chair.

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Modok manages to save his hide, but with his chair badly damaged he hides in the hanger of a parked truck.
Bushmaster was severly damaged in the fight and Daimondback contacts the Serpent Society which starts the hunt.

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The thing that grabbed me here was Princess Python and Death Adder in the fourth panel one the lower right corner. It must be very dangerous to hang around in elevator shafts with trenchcoats instead of a rather slim fitting outfit.
Meanwhile, Captain America visits his hotline’s offices to look who needs his aid and learns of a hacker. When investigating who tried to manipulate the line, he learns that a few computer savy people just wanted to help him filter and prioritize the calls that come in and makes him aware of reports about an extraterrestrial craft. Cap investigates and stumbles upon the Serpent Society agents that have Modok cornered in a Mall.
Cap engages in battle, which reminds us of the time this comic was written.

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It would be a shame to send off such a hunk. And lust becomes her undoing.
The next two pages “haunt” me to this day.

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They killed Modok. That was something that i did not yet encounter in comics. At the most, people got wounded badly but recovered. Today we make a snide remark about the death of a comic character in a mainstream title, and since then Modok has seen the ink of a printer again and again, with his depiction in Ales Kot’s run on Secret Avengers being one of my favourties.

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I guess what i’m trying to say is, that this was one of the moments where something i read provoked a genuine emotional reaction. And it’s echo still rings with almost the same intensity into the present,where it’s being heard by a more seasoned set of ears.

And to bring this whole thing full circle, here’s Modok’s first appearance from Tales Of Suspence no.94 by the King, Jack Kirby and the guy who exploited a lot of talented people.

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[1] A class you had to participate in if you were christened and your parents valued their freedom, which is strange considering the churches were nonetheless filled with the same people on sundays. And none of them were memebers of my schoolmates families.
[2] Modok auf der Flucht in german which translates to Modok On the Run

screenshots taken from digital version for review purposes, copyright lies with the respective owners

they made one fan very happy: trailer for Luke Cage is out

The moment where we see Luke Cage in his “classic” look, seemingly explained through science, made me smile. That’s how i first met the character and therefore has a special place in the comics-corner of my heart.

It seems the series will among other things look at the heroes that don’t have a secret identity and how much bravery it requires and how much danger this decision brings with it, and not only for the titular character.

comic reviews [31/2016]

Ms. Marvel no.9 (2016)

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A lot of Marvel titles are making Captain Marvel’s precog determined arrests a topic, and while i can see ex-SHIELD personel being on board because they have witnessed some shit over time and need more time to process, the kids in Ms. Marvel march to the drums because they get to use their powers to do good. And oftentimes they want to do their job a bit to good.
The people that get hurt here aren’t fortunate enough to have had their name on a cover in recent time, it’s the mostly regular janes and joes suffering for the greater good.


Lucky Luke Homage 1: Der Mann der Lucky Luke erschoß (2016)

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Not being able to read the french original i got the german translation. It captures the spirit of the classic comics, but Matthieu Bonhomme’s art, leaving out the Dalton brothers, injecting a drop of A Fistful Of Dollars as well as giving nostalgia a character lets the book feel modern despite the classic dressing of the cover.
I’ll ask my Dad if he could lend me his collection so i can give my memories a new coat of paint.


Giant Days no.17 (2016)

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This issue reminded me of the years spent hunting for a job that could “secure” my future for a while. No matter how legit people made things out to be, i was participating in dubious matters and my silence was bought rather than my work compensated.
Long way to say: i enjoy the book. Story and artwise its another great example of the John Allison brand of entertainment being a hyper realistic look into how we imagine the world to be.


Paper Girls no.8 (2016)

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I don’t know how Mr. Vaughn does it. “Nothing” is happening, but you’re looking forward to more.


Black Science no.23 (2016)

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Black Science stays as awesome as ever. Even if Grant’s monologues get on ones nerves, it makes the stress situation he’s in more authentic. He’s not better, his focus just shifted to trying to make everything right.


Superman no.4 (2016)

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So far except for Aquaman, Rebirth has been a disappointment. But this issue managed to get the Superman feeling going. Seeing Clark and his son work together is a joy to watch. Supes finally taking on the role that was his from the beginning is an actual progress.


Klaus no.7 (2016)

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The perfect comic to read with your loved ones once the holidays come around. I immensely enjoyed this title and am looking forward to see what Morisson does with the Easter Bunny.
But seriously, the Superman iconography in this issue make it a festive treat. Oh, and aliens are responsible for everything of course.


Aquaman no.4 (2016)

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My favourite Rebirth title. This issue might have gone a rather foreseeable way it feels like finally something is done with the character. And that is something that i miss with the relaunch. Not that nobody is trying, but here it feels like a path has been mapped out.


all photos taken for review purposes, copyriht lies with the repective woners