Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Women Wednesday: Yankee Girl

Proof that Merlin had a strange sense of humor in the Golden Age. He turned Lauren Mason into a superheroine in Red Seal Comics #17 (July 1946) and Dynamic Comics #23 (November 1947). She appeared in only those two issues until AC Comics revived her in the pages of FemForce and Sentinels of Justice. She had to say "Karma Madre Tolon" in order to gain her costume and powers but she originally had to say "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Yankee Girl received a one-shot issue in 2003 from AC Comics.
Yankee Girl
Live action Yankee Girl
Yankee girl pinup
Yankee Girl #1 from AC Comics

Monday, June 27, 2011

Moongem Comics Hits 150,000

Yes, Moongem Comics has hit 150,000 hits. Thanks to all the visitors, new and old. According to Blogger stats, the keywords to find this blog has been the following:

bravestarr comics
new harley quinn
wonder woman comics
catwoman converse
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green lantern converse
black cat cosplay
converse catwoman
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The ten most recent keywords used to find this blog according to the counter has been the following:

new harley quinn
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Goodnight Gene Colan

Legendary comic book artist, Gene Colan, has passed away at the age of eighty-four according to Newsarama. He was best known for his work on Daredevil, The Tomb of Dracula and Howard The Duck for Marvel Comics as well as Batman and Detective Comics for DC Comics. You can read about Gene Colan's long career here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Women Wednesday: Lois Lane OMG

From Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1 (August 2011) published by DC Comics:
Lois Lane OMG

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Batman And Joker Converse Ads

These Journey Converse ads were found in Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1 (August 2011):
Batman Converse ad
You can buy the Batman Converse shoes at Journeys.
Joker Converse ad
You can buy the Joker Converse shoes at Journeys.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Comic Review: The Order of Dragonet #5

Cover of The Order of Dragonet #5 from Firetower Studios

The Order of Dragonet #5 is written by Jeremy Whitley while Jason Strutz provided the artwork. The issue is published by Firetower Studios and you can order a print or digital copy from their website. The first four issues are also available and they will be collected in a trade later this year.

The issue starts with Merlin talking to a oddball band consisting of what he calls “two knights, a Jew and a Moor who consorts with faeries.” The only one called by name is the black woman named Laverne, who does not like the way that the old mage talks. He considers them the knights of the realm as he tries finds the entrance to the crystal cavern. Once open and inside the cave, they find a large round table with chairs. Merlin admits that Camelot used to stand between Cornwall and Wales.

The Order of Dragonet #5 switches to a group of centaurs enjoying a man that looks like Elton John playing the piano in the woods. An older centaur tells a white-haired man that they have been trapped for centuries. He gets snatched by a mysterious person that says that he is in danger and is going to get him out. The issue shifts scenes again to a blonde fairy looking for the queen. Her sister fairy is watching Shark Week on the tv and seems to enjoy watching the humans getting attacked. There is a little man sitting next to her on a sofa but I cannot what he is. The blonde fairy tells her sister about throwing up on Merlin after drinking some beer.

The issue shifts back to the old mage and the so-called knights. He opens a magical bag but no one is impressed and in fact one of the guys says that it is just special effects. Merlin stuffs his staff in the bag so it appears that it may be a bag of holding. The scene shifts to the old man who bites the mysterious person’s fingers in the woods. He yells for Angus, the centaur that he was talking to earlier, who arrives with his bow at the ready. The mysterious person turns out to be a redheaded woman and we learn that the old man’s name is Patrick. Angus admits that he should go with her because the centaurs practice human sacrifice. She introduces herself as Jenny and he tells her that he is Patrick Tottington, a knight.

Back at the crystal cave, the guy with the thick accent pulls out a magical lute. Merlin tells them that the musical instrument is the weapon that will set England free. The one wearing glasses argues with the old mage that the weapons should be at the lake. Merlin gets very angry and tells him to withdraw his weapon from the magic bag. He is very surprised when the man wearing glasses pulls out a huge sword. The old mage claims that Arthur should have shown up by now and tells the group that their queen is held in a place called the Globe. The knights are about to leave when they find out that it is dawn. They decide to rest and go after the queen that night. Merlin gets a headache and wishes that Arthur would hurry up and arrive. Speaking of the king, the issue ends with him waking up on a boat

I enjoyed The Order of Dragonet #5 even though this was not a good jumping on issue. I have yet to read the first four issues but this issue does make me want to read them. Merlin and Arthur was easily identified but some of the characters are never named. I did like the dialogue especially when Merlin and Patrick were talking. The artwork does take some time getting used to. If you enjoy reading about Merlin in the modern day with some humor thrown in, then you will enjoy this issue. Overall, I give The Order of Dragonet #5 a solid B.

You can view more art by Jason Strutz at Strutz Illustration.

Page 4 of The Order of Dragonet #5

Friday, June 17, 2011

Green Lantern Converse Ad

Since Green Lantern opens in theaters today, I thought I would showcase this Converse ad that I found in Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1 (2011):

Green Lantern Converse ad
You can buy the shoes at Journeys.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Women Wednesday: Catwoman Converse Ad

This Converse ad featuring Catwoman came from Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 (August 2011):
Catwoman Converse ad
You can buy the Catwoman shoes at Journeys (they also have shoes featuring other characters from DC Comics).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Comic Review: Princeless #1

Cover of Princeless #1 from Action Lab Entertainment and Firetower Studios

Princeless #1 (October 2011) is the first issue of a four part mini series that will wrap up by year’s end. Another four part mini series will start shortly after that. Jeremy Whitley is the writer while Mia Goodwin provided the art and colors. Letters and “Mr. Froggy” colors was done by Jung-Ha Kim while the “Mr. Foggy” art was provided by D. E. Belton. Princeless #1 will be published by Action Lab Entertainment and Firetower Studios. The book will be available through Diamond, local comic book shops and at conventions this fall. A preview copy should be made available in time for the San Diego Comic Con.

The issue starts with a young princess named Adrienne finding fault with fairy tale that her mother reads her. She then finds herself in a tower guarded by a female dragon named Sparky about ten years later. She insults a young prince coming to her rescue before the dragon shows up. While the pair battle, Adrienne finds a sword under her bed. She decides to rescue her five older sisters from their towers with Sparky’s help.

The prince that Sparky was fighting with earlier finds his way back to Adrienne’s father, who is not happy with his failed rescue attempts. He claims that he has seven daughters in seven towers guarded by seven mythical beasts. The king even says that Sparky was chosen in hopes that she would be easily slain. He calls his own son, Devin, not worthy to be king since he would rather play dress up. There is more but I do not want to give everything away in this review.

I really like the art and story of Princeless #1 but the characters are what really shine. There are several amusing moments with Adrienne but my favorite are the scenes with Sparky, who has an appetite for princes. This comic book is suitable for all ages and fans of Disney-like fairy tales will get a kick out of it. I give Princeless #1 a solid A.

Adrienne and Sparky from Princeless #1

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Meet The New Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn didn't get the memo about pants:
Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad #1 from DC Comics
She will be joined by King Shark and Deadshot as members of the new Suicide Squad. I am not fond of the new costume but I do like her two tone hair.

T-Shirt Thursday: Green Lantern

All Posters has a bunch of cool t-shirts including this one featuring Green Lantern:

DC Comics - Green Lantern

DC Comics - Green Lantern
Buy This

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Women Wednesday: Barbara Gordon Returns As Batgirl

This is in case you have not read the news that Barbara Gordon will be back as Batgirl with the relaunch of the DC Universe:
Barbara Gordon returns as Batgirl from DC Comics

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Andrew Bennett Returns In I, Vampire #1

According to DC Embraces Its Dark Side, Andrew Bennett returns in I, Vampire #1. His series originally ran for twenty-four issues in House of Mystery between 1981 and 1983. All I can say is about time he gets his own title.
Andrew Bennett returns in I, Vampire #1

Monday, June 06, 2011

Batwing #1 Coming Soon

Batwing, the first in-continuity black character to wear the Batman costume, will be getting his very own title with the coming DC Comics relaunch.
Batwing from DC Comics

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Batman And Robin 1989 PVC Figures

These Batman and Robin PVC figures was made by Applause in 1989. The Dark Knight is 3 1/2" tall while the Boy Wonder is 3 1/4" tall. I believe that I found these at a local thrift store for fifty cents each several years ago. Batman's cape is separate from the rest of his body and can be pulled back. Robin's cape is attached to his body.
Front of Batman and Robin 1989 PVC figures by Applause
Back of Batman and Robin 1989 PVC figures by Applause

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Magneto's Helmet In Mafia Wars

I finally collected one set of the X-Men First Class items in Mafia Wars so I can receive Magneto's Helmet:
Magneto's Helmet in Mafia Wars

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

DC Comics Reboots

DC Comics actually broke the news yesterday that they will be rebooting their entire line of comics on August 31st starting with a brand new Justice League #1. This title will feature younger versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Green Lantern plus Cyborg in place of Martian Manhunter. Fifty-one other titles will be rebooted with number ones. You can read more about the reboot at DC Universe: The Source and DC reboots EVERY superhero, starts all comics over with issue #1.
DC reboots with Justice League #1 on August 31
I am on the fence about the reboot right now. I actually believed that the DC Universe should have been rebooted completely with Crisis On Infinite Earths in 1985.