My thoughts of Spider-man Noir

I am a big fan of retro, steampunk, dieselpunk, atompunk, etc.. Give me a little dark noir, some dieselpunk, with a murder mystery and you have the makings of a hit with me. Marvel has taken one of it’s popular superheroes and placed him in New York City in 1939.

This noir-treatment isn’t new, it’s been done before in both Marvel and DC and Spiderman has had the noir-treatment before. You may remember seeing the Spider-man Noir in the Spiderverse and Spider-man Noir in Webwarriors.

I loved the art. The story is excellent and hooked me almost from the start. I can’t wait to see where this goes …

Review: SteamPunk Originals Volume 1

SteamPunk Originals Volume 1

Edited by Mike Schneider

Series: Steampunk Originals

Paperback: 100 pages

Publisher: Arcana Studio

ISBN-10: 1771351160

ISBN-13: 978-1771351164

Available through Amazon:

SteamPunk Originals Volume 1

(Barry’s score 3 1/2 stars out of 5)

My thoughts: Barry says — good.

I have to admit that I was not impressed with the cover art of the first in a series. I really expected something a little more eye-popping. Some of the stories, at times, seemed to come to an awkward and sudden stop and the transitions as in the case with “Graveyard Shift” to “Gladiatrix” seemed very odd.

Having said that, I loved the cartoon zombies of “Graveyard Shift” and the beautiful illustrations of “Steaming Pile” and “Gargoyles.” There really is a little something for everyone in an anthology and this is a nice collection. As you might expect, some stories were hits while others were misses.

All in all, I thought Steampunk Originals Volume 1 was a good read and I was entertained. I give the first in this series 3 1/2 stars out of 5 and recommend it for the steampunk fan.

Product description:

Goggles, gadgets, and gears: considering Steampunk on those terms is no less absurd than imagining our reality populated solely by electricians, hackers, and astronauts. Imagine a reality where steam-based technology and 19th century culture persisted. The Confederacy holds to Southern traditions while industry flourishes in the Union. The west is wild as the Apache fight to take back their land. Japan remains feudal under the shogunate, China struggles with opium addiction, and India is oppressed by the East India Company. Rebellions run rampant across mainland Europe while the British Empire seeks to colonize the globe. Steampunk can be as rich and diverse as our own reality.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from the editor, Mike Schneider. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

A scent of Lotus Lobster Johnson

Bad guys will be bad guys
Bad guys will be bad guys

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Lobster Johnson is set in a retro 1930’ish city. I like the setting and time period. The artwork is eye-popping beautiful. The superhero reminds me of an older (gun-toting) Batman. There is plenty of gunfire and action.

While I enjoyed it, I didn’t really see anything that I haven’t seen before in a vigilantly superhero. However, having said that, the setting and artwork tempts me to try a few more editions.

All in all, I enjoyed the story. I give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

Time Lincoln

I’ve seen films of our 16th President destroying vampires with an axe and zombies with a scythe, but in this comic book series he battles Stalin with a ray-gun.

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On a certain level, my inner steampunk geek smiled at the story-line and some of the panels were cool-looking, but overall Time Lincoln seems to fall flat. I suppose that I expect each panel to explode with glowing, whining, steampunk aesthetics but most of the panels were spartan at best. The first comic book seemed promising but by the 5th and final installment, I was ready for it to end.

Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington Carver, Albert Einstein, and Lincoln …

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It seems like a good idea, but I think the whole thing needs to go back to the future for a re-write. Who knows in time someone may polish this series into something fun —  as George Washington Carver once said, “There is a use for almost everything.”

Batman Bruce Wayne is killed by his own dad in new comic book | The Sun |Showbiz|Film

THE world’s most famous comic book hero has breathed his last Bat breath.

Bruce Wayne – who by night is Batman – gets murdered by a man claiming to be the father he thought was dead.

In a highly controversial new storyline Bruce, who first appeared in 1939, is killed by Simon Hurt – the leader of the shady Black Glove organisation.

Simon claims he is really Dr Thomas Wayne, saying faked his own passing when Bruce was a child.

The superhero dies when he tries to stop his foe escaping by helicopter in the new comic Batman R.I.P.

Bad father … Batmans dadWriter Grant Morrison said: “This is so much better than death. People have killed characters in the past but to me, that kind of ends the story

"I like to keep the story twisting and turning. So what I am doing is a fate worse than death. Things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all.

"This is the end of Bruce Wayne as Batman."

Batman will live on though, with another character filling his Batsuit.

Two likely contenders are Dick Grayson – the original Robin – or current Boy Wonder, Tim Drake.

via Batman Bruce Wayne is killed by his own dad in new comic book | The Sun |Showbiz|Film

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