Archive for July, 2012

The Mighty Titan

Posted: 22/07/2012 in just talk
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I first discovered Joe Martino’s work after being in contact with him about Shadowflame and Ripperman. I got the books digitally and I was always speaking to Joe regarding his next project. He was always very secretive about the next comic adventure, but he promised it was a very personal story to him. After seeing a few teasers of art creations and the title, he started slowly releasing things through both twitter and Facebook. Eventually after some time, and much excitement, the kickstarter project was revealed. “The Mighty Titan” needs your help. As many of you know I am a big supporter of creator owned comics and comics that may not get the coverage they want, and in most cases deserve. The official press release for “The Mighty Titan” read like this:
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The Mighty Titan is on Kickstarter – JGM Comics releases its newest book for funding on crowd funding site. JGM Comics is trying something new. It is releasing its newest title on Kickstarter. Joe Martino’s new book The Mighty Titan takes Joe’s cancer experience and wraps it in a superhero shell. Writer/Creator Joe Martino said “The Mighty Titan is my newest creation that essentially takes my cancer (and other) experiences and wraps them in a superhero shell. This isn’t autobiographical. I have researched and talked to other cancer survivors to try and get the feeling of what other people have experienced.” JGM is using this as a pre-order engine for their new mini-series and has rewards that range from the First issue to original art from the book. You could even star in the book. The Mighty Titan is a 5 issue mini-series that boasts the talents of Luca Cicchitti, Cory Smith, Jeff Austin, Keith J. Betancourt and Johnny Lowe. Issue one has an amazing cover by Industry Legend Jerry Ordway and is colored by Danielle Alexis St Pierre. Please see the The Mighty Titan Kickstarter campaign at the following link; http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jgmcomics/the-mighty-titan JGM Comics is a publisher of Shadowflame, Ripperman, John Orlando’s FHA-Q and New Age Tales of Alternate Adventures. They have been publishing on and off since 1996.
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As you can read, this has a very personal story through out for Joe. This also brings you into the mindset slightly of the writer/creator as he tries to express his pain, and the pain of others, through his latest superhero creation. It is this that gives the story such a unique feel, because you know that the person writing it has actually felt these feelings. The book it’s self it’s still in development, with a massive group of very talented people putting art to Joes writing. Joe has been kind enough to give me a couple of exclusive pages. The first 2 pages of issue 1 inked look incredible, and even the sneak peak I got at 3-4 pencilled were amazing. I can tell the effort that is going into this comic is going to pay of, for us as fans, but also this could be JGM comics biggest release yet.

Here Are the exclusive pages 1 and 2 from issue 1, that I think you will agree they look pretty awesome.

 

I personally will be backing this comic in which ever ways I can, which includes my financial contribution. I really hope that all you guys can do the same. If you can’t back financially then at least share your interests with all your followers. With all our help, Joe can release “The Mighty Titan” into the comic book world we all love. I’m certain that you will regret not being part of this creation. Even if you are just sharing it with your friends so that they might see this incredible opportunity, then all support is appreciated (I speak on behalf of Joe of course, and if my article is your discovery of “The Mighty Titan” then I thank you on my behalf also)
I know all this sounds like I’m fishing for a job at JGM comics, or that I’m getting something in return, but that’s not the case. This truly is a kickstarter project that I personally want to help make it to funding. Not only for the fact that we all get an amazing comic book creation, but I know how personal this story is to Joe. I for one feel I would be upset with the fact that this project may not get the funding it needs through lack of knowledge about it. So consider this my plea, I want all of you reading this to back this comic project, with whatever you can. Even if you can’t put any money in, spread the word. Help get this comic book to the level it needs to be at, to be unleashed into the world.

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I urge all of you people to visit this link and pledge your support to this amazing cause. To be honest once you check out the rewards alone, you will want to get involved, but read the page and you will get a small glimpse at how much this project means to Joe Martino.It truly is moving to read his words and you can almost feel the emotion he is putting into this project.

Please visit the kickstarter page by clicking HERE, also you can like The Mighty Titan on Facebook.

You can also speak to the man himself Joe Martino via his Twitter account, and feel free to ask him questions about stuff, he really is a very cool guy.

Please leave your comments, and also contact me via my twitter page, and please check out this project.

Jason

When I was a kid, he-man and the masters of the universe was the single biggest thing in my life. I always had a sword down my back, and always watched the cartoons. So of course when issue 1 of a new DC comics series of He-man came through the post, I couldn’t contain my inner child.

We begin the issue in a dream, and talk of great power, and great battle between good and evil. Then we come back to the forest of Eternia, where Adam is going about his daily activities as a woodsman. We learn that when he isn’t chopping down trees and such he is a carer for his farther. When he returns to his duties, he is distracted by a bird, who although he hasn’t seen this bird before he knew its name as if it told him himself. After more dreams, Adam has an epiphany and realises he should go away and search for powers of which he dreams.

Only things aren’t what they seem, and we are quickly introduced to the villain of the issue Beastman. Who knows all about Adam and his journey, and has been sent to stop him. This brings out things in Adam that he doesn’t realise are there. After the battle, Adam continues on his journey. This then brings us to a throne room filled with all the evil you could imagine, including the dreaded Skeletor.

This book was always going to have to do a lot to impress fans like myself. The writing by James Robinson may not be to everyone’s liking. However I feel like this was a great method to use as he gives you just enough to keep you wanting more, but not too much to throw out the whole story very quickly. Although it may seem slow to take off, it just makes me more intrigued as to where the story will go in the following issues.

Art by Philip Tan is good, on the few pages we actually get to see He-man and the other heroes and villains of the story have a huge magical feeling to them like they are going to jump off the page. On the pages in between have a completely different feel to them, like its two different books but all wrapped up in an awesome first issue. Although it may not be to everyone’s taste, this is a great introduction back into Eternia and the magical world of my childhood hero.

please leave your comments and let me know your thoughts on my twitter page

Jason

Batman earth one is a retelling of the origins of the superhero, who is just about the most recognisable character in history. We have all heard or seen or read different origin stories. This can be the cause of many arguments amongst Bat-fans. Now with Geoff Johns and Gary Frank taking the caped crusader down a different path, this will only add to the legendary mythology that already surrounds the dark knight.

Our story begins on the roof tops of Gotham, and a chase through the dark shadows. Batman chasing down a man he is trying to apprehend, which doesn’t exactly go to plan. This takes us back to the time of Thomas and Martha Wayne, which introduces Alfred Pennyworth, only not as we know him. He is an ex-marine, and friend to Dr. Wayne and also a former patient. He is asked to work security for the family as they go on the mayoral campaign trail, not only for them but their young son Bruce. After the tragedy of the loss of his parents (some things can’t change) Alfred is named as Bruce’s legal guardian, and so ensues the young boys training to becoming the caped crusader. The story shows a completely different side to the relationship shared by Alfred and Bruce. Although not so far from the original origin story, is enough to give you a completely different aspect on the whole history between them.

After the funeral we meet Detective Jim Gordon, and even for a brief moment Barbara too. This brings in the introduction of Officer Harvey Bullock as Jim’s new partner. Both Jim and Harvey go out onto the streets of Gotham as they make their way to security detail for the corrupt criminal mastermind that is the mayor. Who is none other than Mayor Oswald Cobblepot. This is where the paths of the two main focuses of the story first cross, only little do they know they will become close allies in the war on crime in Gotham City.

The development of the relationships in this story are so perfectly written, and give a real in depth look at the ways that both Batman and Jim Gordon help each other along their own paths to the legends they will one day become, although not always knowing they are destined to become closer than they ever would expect in the most dangerous city in the world. Also the story shows all the people in their lives around them, that all adds a familiarity to this epic retelling of the story the world knows in many different ways. Geoff Johns writing throughout is of such a high standard, he is absolutely written a perfect Batman story. He has created a reimagining of the story that has been done many times before, only adding his own spin to it.

The art of Gary Frank is incredible, it really has a dark gritty feel that only portrays the elements of danger throughout the city, and its entire criminal underworld. Every single panel is a masterpiece of comic art. The lines, the backgrounds, even the serial killer “The birthday boy” although may have a humorous look is still menacing.

With both Geoff and Gary doing such amazing work, I can see this book making many top 10 lists, as it has mine.

Please leave you comments and let me know your thoughts via my twitter

Jason