Thursday, December 5, 2019

The SubAdventures - Meeting the Subs - Chapter 5: Brek

Chapter 5 of the SubAdventures is here! This time, Brek Bannin, a.k.a. Polar Boy, takes the spotlight!
Keep your eyes open, for Chapter 6 will be double-sized!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The SubAdventures - Meeting the Subs - Chapter 3: Ral

The SubAdventures saga continues with its third chapter. This time focusing on Ral Benem, Chlorophyll Kid, from the Legion of Substitute Heroes.
I hope you enjoy the strip!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The SubAdventures - Meeting the Subs - Chapter 2: Dag

Chapter 2 of the Legion of Substitute Heroes continues, this time featuring Stone Boy.
Once I catch up with all the currently produced strips, the series will continue every Monday.

Monday, November 25, 2019

The SubAdventures - Meeting the Subs - Chapter 1: Lydda

Welcome to this original fan strip based on the Legion of Substitute Heroes. This first story arc will run for 6 chapters, here's the first one. 
There's a lot of love for the Substitutes in this small series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did working with it.
In a few days I'll post the next chapter.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

The Legion of Substitute Heroes Holiday!

Here's some love the Legion of Substitute Heroes.
I've been working on a fanstrip that I will be posting soon in this blog, in the meanwhile, I give you this shot that is basically a holiday card.
Art by: Christian Zamora-Dahmen.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Meanwhile, in the 90s-- The New Warriors!

These six youngsters joined arms in The New Wariors #1, under the guiding hands of Fabian Nicieza, fantastic writer, and Mark Bagley, talented artist. The formula wasn't something new, it was clear as water that they were trying to emulate the New Teen Titans' success, but did they hit a home run with this series!

There's a lesson in here. Copies aren't always a bad thing if you can give them their own flavor and a lot of heart.

Before the era of big crossovers and life-changing events, there was a time when a comic book series could stand on its own if it was good enough and you could hold the entire run in your hands and read it from beginning to end without plot interruptions. It was such a joyful experience and it makes me wonder what new readers are missing these days.

I still wonder if any current run could survive without the extra push that a crossover can give. Because great runs like this one didn't need anything else to keep going and it did bring together a strong fanbase that, even to these days, they keep asking for this team to come back to life. Okay, I know there was another New Warriors run last year that didn't last, sadly. But maybe the environment of today's comics has become so hostile that if it's not dark and gritty and involved in a mega-saga, it just won't work-- There's some food for thought in here.

Anyway, I was so glad to find out a few days ago that Comixology has the first part of the original New Warriros run in its page; it is covering issues 1-17 and annuals 1 and 2 as of now. Obviously, it's not the complete series, but they're at least paying some attention to this title and I couldn't be happier for it. And the new digitalized pages do look great!

Well. I just have to say this out loud before I go. I had a letter printed in New Warriors #28. I swear it made me the happiest fanboy ever!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thou shall not defy the God of Thunder!

They say Gods are very touchy. And guess what? They're also very self-conscious about their appearance. So, watch out, if you get hit by thunder, it would be your fault.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Justice League 3000: Reviewing issues 1-9

This is a spoiler-free review, so make yourself comfortable.

We've all heard about the imminent return of BLUE BEETLE & BOOSTER GOLD, yes, the real ones, the pre-New 52 ones (at least the ones I consider to be the "real" ones). They're supposed to appear in Justice League 3000 #12 and I just couldn't help it and had jump into the series from #1.

I remember reading the first issue back when it was first published, but it had a sour aftertaste since Kevin Maguire had been dumped from the book and the entire first issue got pencilled all over again by Howard Porter, who happened to be the one who actually designed these new characters. The creative team that reunited the original writers (Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis) and penciller from the classic 80s-90s Justice League was simply gone. This whole mess turned into a deep dislike of what I read in the first issue at that moment.

Now, with a different perspective in sight, and realizing that the "New 52" tag had been removed from the series starting with issue 9, I had a better vibe towards this book. So, I went on reading. And whoa, what a reading, I enjoyed every bit of it. The characters are dead on and they're definitely not our regular Justice League. From an obnoxious Superman to a bloodthirsty Wonder Woman, and add an ironic Batman, a shy Green Lantern and a tragic Flash, we have quite a set. I mean, I don't love the idea of a bloodthirsty Wonder Woman (I hate her regular book), but this whole thing has a giant joke behind. Yeah, I think they're doing their best to recapture the sense of humor comics these days are so much lacking.

Yeah. Shake in your seats. This book is bringing humor back to the fold.

Who would have thought? After the entire mess of the New 52 that there was this book that was really doing its best to build a different tone, and it was going unnoticed! News and company politics threw most of us out of the door and didn't let us give this book a chance. Well, now it comes with my biggest recommendation.

My only complaint is the pace. Nine issues into the series and the first story-arc is still incomplete. But it will be coming to an end with issue 10, so, I will have to wait just a bit. (There's nothing I can do about the pace since that's the regular thing these days in the comic universe). But at least this is an enjoyable series. I even grew to like Howard Porter's style, which is quite rich and hast its own merit. Comparing it with Kevin Maguire's may be a problem and not exactly fair. DC kinda forced the comparison, too bad.

So, what do you think? Will you give this book a chance? If a DC book from their core line, without the "New 52" tag does succeed, it should mean something, uh? What do you think?