Friday, July 31, 2009

Elasti-Girl Friday 14

Sorry for the lack of postiness! I was being lazy. Literally. I had two days off work and went to the cottage on Harsen's Island with my lovely wife and kids to visit with the lovely wife's lovely family from Colorado. Good times. Beers were indeed harmed in the making of this vacation. If you're a fan of the barley pop, take my advice and find yourself some Fat Tire. Brewed in Colorado. Good stuff.

But enough about me!

If any of you were savvy enough to read the comments to previous posts or to follow my good buddy in bloggery, Dan Woodward's posts, you would have already happened across this on your own.

If you haven't here's some news:

Doom Patrol #1 by Keith Giffen, Matthew Clark, Livesay, Pat Brousseau, and Guy Major hits the stands this week. I'm kinda excited about that. Extra bonus, I get to review it for

Newsarama (hereafter referred to as the other comic news site, or OCNS) has a preview with a couple more pages than we've seen to this point. I have a copy of the variant cover image, right here.

Nice, eh? Yes, I'm going to be dropping some extra money this week. That variant is just too much fun.

Monday, July 27, 2009

More Brave and the Bold goodness

Not so Negative for a Negative Monday. Nosir, this is not negative indeed.

J. Bone has a little piece he chose to share about his work on the issue of Batman: the Brave and the Bold coming out in a pair of days.

Negative Monday 14

Wow, do I ever suck at this blogging thing. Unless of course, you recall that I told you up front that I wasn't going to be able to regularly post.

Irregularity. That's my specialty. And no, I haven't seen a doctor about it.

Speaking of doctors, Dr. Torres and Dr. Bone (specialists in coolness) are going to be in the operating room this Wednesday as Batman: the Brave and the Bold #7 hits the shelves. By operating room, I mean your local comics shop. And, no, they won't physically be at your local comic shop, but their handiwork will be.

Graced with the good fortune of having their tale hit the shelves one week before the first issue of the regular series, these two fellows joined me for the first interview hosted here on My Greatest Adventure. The link is right here.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Doom Patrol #3 cover

The solicits for October comics hit on Monday, July 20. As part of the new monthly standard, Doom Patrol is there with an issue.

Written by Keith Giffen; co-feature written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Matthew Clark & Livesay;co-feature art by Kevin Maguire
Cover by Matthew Clark
Variant cover by Matthew Clark and Kevin Maguire
Remember Mento? Yeah, that guy – goofy helmet, lightning bolt on his chest. After reading this issue, it's a sure bet you won't forget him again any time soon. Oh yeah, and the resolution of that whole "black hole" thing from last issue adds a kinda-sorta new member to the Doom Patrol roster. As for everyone's favorite Metal Men, it's the dynamic debut of Douglas, Robot Hunter! We're too good to you.
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Matthew Clark), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Matthew Clark and Kevin Maguire). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale October 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Anyone else notice the line about the variant cover? Yeah. Me too.

You can check out all of the glorious solicits (and the not-so-glorious ones) with our friends at Comic Book Resources.

Negative Monday 14 - Matthew Clark's promo poster

So Matthew Clark has done up this nice poster.

We've seen the pencils and the inks.

But now, well, hold onto your seats, because here's the color version.

I love the commlinks/logo emblem-thingees. And poor Cliff. He's making Shag's idea a great idea. . .

As always, here's the link to Matthew's site directly. He might, possibly, have a copy of this available over there sometime soon. . .

Friday, July 17, 2009

Elasti-Girl Friday 13

Yesterday, or maybe two days ago, during the Blackest Night hubbub, I mentioned that Rita was cloned.

Here's the page with the reveal from the 36th issue of the current volume of Teen Titans, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Tony Daniel.

This was during the height of One Year Later, DC's attempt to provide magic jumping on points for readers to start picking up titles. It worked well for some titles, not so much for others.

Teen Titans gave us a new Doom Patrol, with Mal Duncan, now known as Vox, and Bumblebee, who happens to be stuck at her smaller size.

Truly I hope Giffen makes Chief less of a jerk. More from this issue soon.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Blackest Night

This one isn't really Doom Patrol related, or is it?!??!

As I was reading Blackest Night #1, I kept getting more and more blown away with each page. Then I got to the conversation between Hal Jordan and Barry Allen. Barry wants to know who else has fallen.
So Hal shows him. As expected, this included a few Doom Patrolers.
Celsius (far right, bottom) sure.
Negative Woman (far left middle) really? Did Val actually die in Final Crisis? I couldn't bring myself to finish Final Crisis, so I am woefully uninformed at this point.
Tempest, er, Josh Clay (middle, near crease at top of page)

Anyone else find any others? Personally, I was expecting to see Dorothy Spinner, Rita Farr (remember Chief cloned her from a skull fragment), Lodestone, Karma, and Scott Fischer, among others.

While I have never been the biggest Green Lantern fan, I've been buying into the hype leading up to Blackest Night. I cannot rationally explain why, save for the fact that I am really hoping for a great summer event comic. Sure, it's only one issue in, but I think I'm getting my hopes filled here.

Giffen It To Ya, Again!

Our wonderful friends over at The Source have a poreview of Magog, written by the Doom Patrol's very own Keith Giffen.
Like the Doom Patrol preview, this is most likely destined to run in the back of many of DC's comics in the upcoming months.

While the Magog character has never really done much for me, I am planning on checking this series out due to Giffen's and Howard Porter's involvement. How about the rest of you?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Negative Monday 13

(in very best Doofensmirtz voice) Look at that! The thirteenth installment of Negative Mondays on Monday the thirteenth!

Sorry for that, I've been soaking up as much Phineas & Ferb and possible with the kids.

Continuing the exploits of Larry Trainor and his negative thoughts, here's the cover for this week's episode.
The team (Joshua Clay, Negative Woman, Celsius, Lodestone, and Karma) are off on the trail of Niles Caulder, or so Arani (Celsius) Caulder would have everyone believe. Larry Trainor, however, is left to stew about Val Vostok maintaining her hold on the Negative energy being.

Serendipitous that the rant from Trainor just so happens to be on page 13 for this, the thirteenth installment of Negative Monday, no?

This series has been entertaining to re-investigate. Arani is really a bit obsessed, and I wonder where that character could have gone. Kupperberg did a great job of making her a schemer, but didn't make her intolerable.

I haven't been able to go as in depth with it as I really want to. I'm hip-deep in my second book and have been devoting my back-issue re-reading time to that endeavor.

Another bit of negativity: this is Steve Lightle's last issue on the art chores.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


So the preview DC's Source shared with us some days ago is now printed! On paper! I'm not sure what titles it found its way into, but it was in the copy of Green Arrow/Black Canary #22 that I picked up today - two stories and the DP preview, not too shabby!

How about the rest of you? Have you found the preview anywhere?

I think they should have included the preview in Wednesday Comics. . .

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Clark Poster Update

Matthew Clark updated his poster on his blog. Or you can just check it out below.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Negative Monday 12

So we're under a month until Doom Patrol #1 by Keith Giffen, Matthew Clark, Livesay, and crew hits the stands!

Until then, I'll keep posting nuggets from here and there. Today, I decided we'd take a peek a something really negative - the conflict (the negative power struggle) between Val and Larry in issue #4 of the Paul Kupperberg, Steve Lightle, and Gary Martin series from 1987.

Here's the cover. That Steve Lightle certainly knew how to craft one helluva cover, eh? What's he up to nowadays?
Upon discovering Larry Trainor in the clutches of the sinister Kalki (another time, but same place - here on this blog!) the DP bring Larry back to Kansas City. The problem is, however, that Val doesn't want to give up the Negative being.
This, of course, in typical 1980s-comic fashion, leads to some seriously retina-damaging color choices and one whiny former superhero.
Come back next week for the next segment in Negative Mondays. I'll pick it up from here.
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