We just got done with a crazy and successful weekend at the Amazing Hawaii Comic Con here on the island of Oahu. It was my very first Comic Convention I've been to, and definitely not my last. Had such a sick experience meeting other people in the comic scene especially the legends like Kevin Eastman (creator of TMNT), Rob Liefield (creator of Deadpool), Greg Capullo, George Perez, Adam Kubert, Joe Rubinstein, John Romita Jr, Hawaii's own Peter Nguyen, and even the man of the week Stan "The Man" Lee! All of them were really cool and only had nice things to say about the island and the people of Hawaii. They were even shocked on how much of a packed house the convention center was, being the biggest venue on all 8 islands. Most of them also said they're gonna come back during next year's Comic Con in May. Stan talked about Hawaii for a good hour during his Q&A session and even mentioned bringing in a Hawaiian superhero to Marvel Comics! He is such an icon here that on September 18 it's officially known as "Stan Lee Day" in Hawaii, announced by the mayor and governor themselves at the convention. Not to mention the cosplay that was going down the whole event. It was so cool seeing all these people dress up to their favorite superhero/comic figure, even Jessica Nigri (World famous cosplayer) was there! I was so blown away by everything that took place at the comic con, it left me in awe. Literally spent over $200 the whole weekend buying comics and posters to sign from the creators, writers, and artists that I look up to in the comic world. One of the coolest experiences I'll remember my whole life.
Stan Lee on Hawaii's KITV4 News:
Here's all the comics I pulled from the Comic Convention:
Meeting Kevin Eastman & getting autographs signed on Hawaii variant issue/IDW publishing issue
Meeting Rob Liefield & getting autographs signed on Deadpool issue 1 & Deadpool/Harley Quinn poster. Also picked up a few silver age Incredible Hulk Comics from battles between Wolverine and the Hulk.
Peter Nguyen artwork and signed poster. Also have a cool Aquaman poster that he drew too.
If you don't know yesterday was the start of 'Shark Week' on Discovery Channel and I felt that it necessary to post the cover of Deadpool #9 where he is assigned to kill Artie (an Aquaman impersonator of the Marvel Universe) who's a victim on Vetis' list in order to save his new friend's life. I don't want to spoil it more than I already did, but let's just say he has a brief encounter with animals that aren't not too friendly in the water (can you guess what?). If you have read this issue before, what's your thoughts on it? Are you guys liking the Marvel NOW! series of Deadpool, like I am? What about Shark Week?
(0|0) - It's.... Deadpool! Jus wanted to let you guys know I'm still alive!!!
You've just destroyed and robbed a bank, considerably life sentence.
Think of a plan and tell me how you would stay from out of plain sight and away from the NYPD.
Then let's assume you have to enter H2H with one of the cops. Could you beat him/her?
Last, the NYPD is outside of your house with guns, cars, and bazookas. What do you do?
Here's my Plan of Action
I'll have a few underground hideouts in sewers like the TMNT and Bane from "TDKR" and set up surveillance cameras all around the sewers with automatic silenced sensors alerting when trespassers enter the sewers. I'll have couple hideouts, one being the main cabin with all my necessities where the money is, another one similar to my first hideout, and couple other little bunkers set up very secretively around the sewers. I'll also have booby traps set up all around so that no one would be able to walk around and search for me. However, there's also an on-and-off switch for these security services that is located in my main hideout which I usually keep on for safety cautions. I'll have very nice setups, above satisfaction level as to a humane and clean living environement. I also have A/C rooms, my own indoor hydroponic garden, bed comforters, TV and cable, my comics, and all I could get - clean water. Along with my security cameras, I have 2 doors to get through in both my main hideouts that are made from 10 inch thick admantium metals sealing the outside to the next door. It also has an eye and hand scanner so that no one could breach in without my consent. My hideouts also have backdoor exits, only able to exit out and not in, and leads to other caverns along the sewers.
If one day, I supposedly come out of my nest and a cop spots me to be a wanted man and we get into a fight; I will end him!!! Lol, it's either life, prison, or death and I'm not so fond for the last two. I'll probably fight for my life, steal the cops gun from his holster and shoot him. The end for mr. cop.
Last one, they wouldn't be able to break my admantium doors down, no way jose! If they do make it past the security cameras and booby traps that is. They're gonna have to not only get past the surveillance and traps, but also break through 2 indestructible doors. By this time I will be out of there into another one of my hideouts.
Snake Eyes was a former commando and Master Sergeant, acquiring great hand-to-hand combat skills and enhanced abilities such as his stealth, agility, reflex, strategic tactics, and other senses. As commando, he completed many missions, specifically the one he went on with Stalker and Storm Shadow into Vietnam which he depicted great willpower, stamina and durability. After obtaining his abilities, he then ventured off to find study ninja arts with Storm Shadow and the Arashikage Clan, where he learned multiple martial art styles from many masters and became a full-fledged master (becoming a member of the G.I. Joe's and training the team combat skills soon afterwards). He is considered to be Storm Shadow's equal.
Here's a scene where Snake Eyes fights off trained ninjas and escaping from Storm Shadow and his ninjas displaying his H2H combat skills, stealthy approach, and tactical strategies.
Snake Eyes sword-fighting blind folded and defeating his opponent showing his enhanced senses and abilities.
Snake Eyes taking on a group of highly trained ninjas wielding maces, katanas, and other weaponry with just a pocket knife.
Here are scans depicting Snake Eyes' enhanced senses and abilities as well as his combat skills. He is able to single handedly take on Slice and Dice who were both meta-humans.
Here are really impressive feats of his enhanced senses as he is shown blitzing through three men, catching an arrow in the third and displaying his enhanced senses, and deflecting multiple bullets with his swords which elaborates on his extremely enhanced reflexes.
Snake Eyes taking on Starstorm (although this is non-canon). I mean, not any normal human would do that, but instead run for their lives like Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox mostly were doing in the Transformer movies.
Anyone else have any scans of Snake Eyes in comics, post here for everyone else could see!
Recently, I've been posting up Samurai Jack battles against very reasonable opponents that possess meta-human abilities such as Deathstroke, superhuman strength such as the Hulk, and unparalleled martial arts and hand to hand combat skills such as Batman. Now, I've been trying to find his greatest adversary and counterpart by matching him up with quite a few top-tier superheroes; although, some may think these are all stomps/mismatches in agreement that "Kung-fu" Jack is far more superior than those that he has already challenged in the CV Battle Forums. However, I do apply the rules and settings in which it is somewhat of an evenly matched bout; but still get the same opinions and feedback. Is this due to his popularity or the fact that Samurai Jack is simply just far more skillful than his opponents, because it seems like its been just one-sided debates.
Check out these Battle Discussions for examples of what I'm trying to point out.
Some of favorite hobbies are surfing and collecting comics, particularly DC Comic's Aquaman and Marvel's one and only, Hulk. My favorite era is of the Silver Age, more specifically the rebirth of Hal Jordan, evidently one of the most important member of the Green Lantern Corps. The title was written by Geoff Johns who worked alongside artists, Ethan Van Sciver and Ivan Reis in creating the project for DC Comic's Green Lantern during the start of 2005, collaborating on the soon-to-be masterpiece. I believe this on-going series from Geoff Johns contains some of the best stories in comic book history, some including events like the Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night, & Brightest Day. On my spare time, I really enjoy reviewing the newest and current comic issues of my choice. You can go ahead and read some of my work in the review section of my homepage where you'll stumble upon write-ups on the newest (and maybe oldest) issues of titles from both mainstream and indie comics. Some of the well-known critics coming from Comic Vine and CBR were some of the few that got me to love the sensation of reviewing comics and giving it a say, helping others choose their comic of choice that specific week and/or month. I really don't take joy in criticizing those comics that gives the general audience no fix attention into picking up the next issue, especially if that specific issue has no conclusion/cliffhanger giving a viewer somewhat of a curiosity to patiently wait for the future issues. My reviews are from the newest issues today, sometimes I'll review essential back issues, but again, you'll hardly see reviews of mine rated "3 stars" or less, except if that issue was hyped up by the franchise and public viewers on becoming one that everyone can anticipate. Check out my reviews and don't forget to recommend it to others!
Hey what's up viners, if you're an Aqua fan like myself you definitely wanna check out this video my good friend I met on Comic Vine, @fernando072295reborn somehow had the time to put together. It's by far one of the sickest Aquaman tribute I've ever seen and I am more than happy that he made it. Hope you guys are as psyched as I was on this and like the video!
In this issue, Aquaman and the Atlantean army are reclaiming and disposing of all the lost Atantean firearms around the seven seas, the ones that haven't made it to the surface yet to be specific. Knowing that there are air-breathing pirates stealing the Atlantean weaponry and selling them at the highest prices possible to meet their personal satisfactions, Arthur will have to act fast before the firearms fall into the wrong hands. However, the weapons dealer is already distributing them to the wrong kinds of people and thus making the surface world more of a dangerous threat to not only Atlantis and the open seas, but also to themselves. In order to receive direct intel on an idea to whom might the treasure hunting pirates be, Aquaman has been convinced to get advice from Vulko, who practically knows about every activity that goes on in the underwater world having once been a loyal and trustworthy advisor to the throne of Atlantis. Now, it's up to King Arthur and his army to track down the air-breathing pirates before things get a lot worse for the two separated worlds.
Geoff Johns introduces quite a few characters from Atlantis into the New 52 series as well as already established characters in Aquaman mythos (couple in particular that are from the Golden Age of Aquaman.. literally). One of the characters I was very eager to see more of in this series was Tula. Tula is depicted of being Orm's sister and the leader of a militia in the Atlantean army called the Drift; she's also given a whole new cool (and sexy) look in theNew 52! Murk also appears in this issue, and still is trying to figure out why Aquaman seems to take interest in the people of the surface world. However, I really liked how Aquaman exemplifies the visa versa perspective of a child in Boston at the time of the Atlantean war, which I think Murk somewhat came to his senses..sort of. Having only surfaced couple times before, Murk's skeptical of the surface world thinking that they are only a dangerous threat to everyone else and should not be treated so lightly. I believe Murk is a great representative that characterizes the "Army values" (honor, loyalty, integrity, courage, etc) that the Altanteans preserve as well as their army's brute force. Although he seems to be doing his best to protect the seven seas, it's not the way Aquaman would want him nor Atlantis to be portrayed as and wishes to act as a respectful (...humane) and civilized nation. Johns also dives further in depth with Scavenger and his whole reason of being seen strapped up in his diving suit roaming around the ocean floor in Aquaman #17. We see more of Peter Mortimer rather than the normal Scavenger in his blue shark diving suit, which in fact is quite intriguing to see. Johns elaborates more on his field of interests and definitely sheds some light on the once-forgotten character who hasn't really been given any attention of being a major Aquaman villain. By bringing about these new and old aquatic characters, I believe it's a great idea to rebuild the foundation of a more underwater perspective so that Johns has room to expand on the Aquaman mythos in New 52. Vulko's trial is also mentioned in this issue as Aquaman is confronted by Urn, the keeper of the prisons who tells Arthur of the time when the missiles were launched towards Atlantis that three of his guards perished and would want to know that the day of judgement is to be forthcoming. In contrary to the underwater world, Mera is seen still trying to live a normal life in Amnesty Bay, but authority doesn't always seem to be in her favor and gets a little life lesson from the words of Officer Watson, one of Arthur's old classmates, about cooperating within the laws to be associated among the rest of the society. There's also something that happens in the very beginning which will pretty much foreshadow the ending page, considerably the one and only intense part of the story (can't spoil it....I won't!).
Now, moving onto the aspect where I thought made this issue so incredible; the artistic POV. The cover is absolutely remarkable. I believe penciler, Paul Pelletier did a phenomenal job drawing out the individual characters as well as the overview of Atlantis, and seems that he's getting very comfortable working on this title. With Pelletier's complex, yet classy sketches, it give's room for Rod Reis to work his magic (no puns intended) and approaches the panels with the MOST rich and deepest coloring on the sheets of material used. I believe both artists did a remarkable job opening up their creative minds, more so Paul Pelletier who established very unique and distinctively new designs for the various characters, which corresponds great to the Atlantean "appearance". They are now coming to their senses as to what they vision the title of being portrayed as and believe it's the right angle to follow. From their armory and clothing to the Atlantean weaponry and city of Atlantis, they're truly depicting a real civilization and believe that they're doing a fantastic work expanding on the culture of Atlantis. The last page of this issue is presented with most intriguing artwork in the entire series so far and is a great cliffhanger (writing and art-wise) leading into the next issue of "Death of a King". The end product of this issue is extraordinarily perfected.
This issue is more storytelling and a filler to the next issue. However, even though there were only a few intense panels, I was absolutely captivated by the artwork Paul Pelletier and Rod Reis had done.
I rated this a 5 star as it is a great introduction to the underwater nation and a wonderful start to the plot (and/or sub-plot) of the story. Although this issue tends to be more conversational and mellow, Johns does a phenomenal work with moving the pace of the story bits-by-bits and extracts as much as he possibly could without getting the pages clustered up; which I believe he did an exceptional job doing. Again, this issue is more of an installment to lead to the main events in this story arc. If you are really intrigued by comic book designs and art, then I highly suggest to pick up this issue! It also seems like this will be an overall great story line. Even though there were hardly any intense scenes (which I love the most), I was truly was amazed by the artwork.
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Thanks again for taking the time to read the review, hope I didn't spoil too much!