Archive for the ‘sinbad’ Category
Filed Under pirates, sinbad, star trek
Captain Kirk and the Flight of the Buccaneer
I don’t link to Siskoid’s Blog of Awesomeness – I mean, Geekery – enough, so let me take a step towards correcting that. After all, a post about Captain Kirk fighting a bunch of space pirates is pretty much tailor-made for me.
Siskoid recently finished up the daunting task of reviewing every single Star Trek TV episode and movie ever made and is following it with reviews of the comics and books, including that Voodoo one I posted about last Spring. It’s Must Read Internet.
New Sinbad movie
In other pirate news, looks like there’s a new Sinbad movie in the works. According to SCIFI Wire, “The story centers on Sinbad and his crew, who are marooned off the coast of China and embark on a quest to find the lamp of Aladdin.”
The image to the left there is Sinbad, but otherwise has nothing to do with the movie. It’s from Pierre Alary’s upcoming graphic novel that I’m very impatient about.
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So we’re three issues in and I absolutely love the story Dan Wickline is telling in his Sinbad comic. It’s only fair to tell you that Wickline’s a pal of mine, but if I didn’t like Sinbad, I just wouldn’t post about it. I’m telling you about Sinbad because I think you’re missing out on an awesome story if you’re not reading it.
It strikes all the right notes that I’m looking for in a Sinbad story: mystic artifacts, strange creatures, a diverse crew with various supernatural powers, a roguish hero, double-crosses, hidden islands, and lots of beautiful women.
I’m not as fond of the art on the first couple of issues as I am of the writing though. Paolo Pantalena has an angular, stylized look that I’m not sure was right for the story. As soon as I type this I’ll think of an exception, but my favorite fantasy comics are usually ones that ground the wildness of the setting in a straightforward style. That’s not to say that every fantasy comic should be drawn like Cary Nord – art doesn’t have to be realistic to be grounded – but Pantalena’s work is unsettling in its exoticness. I was never able to sit back and just enjoy the story. I always felt like I was interpreting his pictures.
Still, the man draws some awesome action sequences. He’s dynamic as hell.
But back in the negative column, Pantalena’s Sinbad sometimes looks malevolent when I think he’s supposed to be cocksure. I saw this same expression on Sinbad a lot in Pantalena’s issues.
Sinbad looks like his ideas may have as much to do with carving her up and dressing in her skin as they do with fooling around with her. Rest assured though, he’s thinking about fooling around.
As you might expect from a Zenescope comic, the series is pretty bawdy. There are lots of barely dressed women and plenty of leering and groping from the fellas. That’s not a complaint – it is what it is and the women give as good as they get in the series – but since most of the stuff I talk about here is fairly kid-friendly, I thought I should mention that this isn’t. But even though I wouldn’t read it to my six-year-old, it’s great fun for me.
I mentioned the diverse crew with supernatural abilities. One of the main ones is Wilhelm, a cursed sailor whom Pantalena draws beautifully. Witness this entrance:
That’s a great design. I’d buy a Wilhelm series if Pantalena drew it.
For the most part though, I prefer Tone Rodriguez’s art in the third issue. He’s got a more realistic style and he also gets Sinbad’s grin right.
There’s still some danger to that smile, but it doesn’t look like he’s about to cook and eat you.
Some of my fondness for the third issue may also have to do with the action’s really picking up in it. There’s nothing wrong with the pacing of the first two, but Sinbad and his crew do spend a lot of time sneaking around and gathering information. It’s necessary and Wickline makes it interesting with lots of sword-play and intrigue and secret passages and whatnot; it’s just especially nice when the dragons and flying lions show up in #3.
All-in-all it’s a cool series. There are more artistic changes coming in future issues and I’d like to see Zenescope get that settled quickly, but Wickline’s story is awesome. I’ll be sticking with it.
Filed Under indiana jones, sinbad, spacemen, wonder woman
Indy and Marion
By Grant Gould.
So, I’m reading Stephen King’s Duma Key right now and on page 360 I get to this passage where the narrator is visiting an old woman in her room and she’s got a print of Edward Hopper’s Eleven AM above her bed. King describes it as “an archetype of loneliness waiting patiently at the window for some change, any change.” Then, two pages later, he says this:
Over her head, the loneliest girl in the world sat in a chair and looked out the window forever, face hidden by the fall of her hair, naked but for a pair of shoes.
Made me want to see what he was talking about.
By Edward Hopper.
Wonder Woman and Malcolm Magic
By Malcolm’s co-creator Lawrence Etherington.
By Pierre Alary.
Giant Two-Headed Space Monsters and the Men Who Kill Them
By Berni Wrightson.
Filed Under bond, dragons, powerpuff girls, sinbad, spies, superheroes
The name is Bond
By Cary Nord.
By Sarah Mensinga.
By Pierre Alary.
Filed Under burn notice, chuck, comics, firefly, gorillas, indiana jones, robots, sinbad
It’s getting late, so I’m gonna skip the Day Watch review until tomorrow. Here’s your Awesome List.
As if there was any doubt. June 17. Write it down.
This may be cuter than I want Indiana Jones to be. Except for that Marion with the monkey. That I want. (Via.)
The hero of Seattle, the man they call Jayne
Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Chuck) will be at Emerald City Comicon. I’ve never wanted to go to Seattle as badly as I do right now. (Via.)
Dan Wickline’s Sinbad
Dan’s a pal of mine and Sinbad’s a hero I have a lot of affection for, so this is an easy sell. Especially when Dan describes his series this way:
“Sinbad was by far, the world’s worst sailor. He went on seven voyages and never once came home on the same ship … To me, I don’t think he was Sinbad the Sailor until after the voyages. He learned who he was and what he can do through those journeys. The Sinbad we have here is at his confident, charismatic and creative peak. Why just save the girl when you can do it with style? Why retreat when you can charge? And he will always have a plan, even if it’s made up as he goes along.”
Tom Spurgeon is collating a list of US cities and their comics scenes. “Kind of a first stop on who to contact if you were planning to relocate,” Tom says, “or where to go if you were planning a visit, or who to invite if you were having a show, or who you might profile if you were writing a feature article.” I’ve always known the Twin Cities has a great comics scene and now it’s documented.
He’s also soliciting updates to the list.
Robots vs. crocodiles and gorillas
Lady, That’s My Skull has scans from “My Brother Was a Robot,” a story in My Greatest Adventure #42. As Sleestak says, “I’m presenting ‘My Brother Was A Robot’ here not because it is particularly good, the plot is pretty dull actually and is an otherwise forgettable entry into the annals of comic history. What makes this story worth noting at all is that it features a robot beating the crap out of some crocodiles and a gorilla. Sometimes comics just don’t get any better than that.” Amen, my reptilian brother.
Filed Under hercules, hulk, nick fury, rocket raccoon, sinbad, spider-man, wolverine, yondu, zatanna
Marvel and DC for April
Marvel and DC have both released information about their April comics. Here’s the stuff I found interesting:
Amazing Spider-Man #555
I’m not a Spider-Man fan and I can take or leave Wolverine, but dang those guys they’re fighting look cool.
Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Clash
Looks like a continuation of the current “Incredible Herc” storyline currently in The Incredible Hulk comic, but even if it wasn’t I’d be into it. Looks like a glorious smash party.
Mighty Avengers #12
I really don’t care much about the Secret Invasion of Skrulls, but I do care about “WHERE THE HELL HAS NICK FURY BEEN??”
Secret Invasion #1
That said, I’ll give this a flip through and see if it’s interesting.
Detective Comics #843
You can’t tell it from the cover, but this issue features Zatanna and that’s always a draw. Especially Paul Dini-written Zatanna.
Tangent: Superman’s Reign #2
I’ve never been a Green Lantern fan, but I love the design of the Tangent version. I’m not afraid to admit that it’s the big ass lantern-on-a-stick. I’m tempted to give this issue a try even though it’s part of a storyline/event that I care absolutely nothing about.
New Guardians of the Galaxy
I’ve really enjoyed Marvel’s Annihilation: Conquest mini-series, so I’m glad they’re going to keep going with the same characters when it’s done. I mean, any comic with a talking space-raccoon is a good comic.
But you know how you could make that comic better? Call it Guardians of the Galaxy and put an alien with a giant fin on his head in it. We’re halfway there; I just need to know where the petition I need to sign is to include Yondu.
(I realize that not even Rocket Raccoon is a done deal for the series, but a man has to dream.)
Zenescope? Yes, Zenescope.
I haven’t been a big fan of Zenescope’s comics so far, but they’ve got some upcoming projects that sound really cool. One is Dan Wickline’s ongoing Sinbad series.
The other is Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson’s The Living Corpse. It’s not as natural a draw for me as Dan or Sinbad comics in general, but the preview makes it look like fun.
Other comics I’m looking forward to
I forgot to mention it here at the time, but my Blog@ post last week was the Top 10 independent adventure comics I’m looking forward to this year.