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: Lobster Johnson: A Chain Forged in Life


No, Lobster Johnson is not some freakish lobster-man from the imagination of some comic writer, but a vigilante along the lines of an early Batman-Shadow. Check out my review of “A Scent of Lotus” (link).

27180On the one hand, I love the diselpunk-era vigilante superhero concept. The artwork is cool and I love the action. On the downside, the story was extremely weak. Would it have been so hard to throw in a twist at the end? Basically, Lobster Johnson chases down some villains who take a street Santa as hostage.

All in all, it was a fun read and should appeal to the steampunk, diselpunk, retro-hero fans. I give it 3 1/2 stars.

Steampunk Teen Titans

DC is gettin’ all steampunk up in here! Keep an eye out for DC comics with steampunk covers.


“Justice League” #28
“Justice League of America” #12
“Justice League Dark” #28
“Aquaman” #28
“The Flash” #28
“Wonder Woman” #28
“Batman/Superman” #8
“Earth 2″ #20
“Superman/Wonder Woman” #5
“Action Comics” #28
“Superman” #28
“Batman” #28
“Detective Comics” #28
“Batgirl” #28
“Batman and Two-Face” #28
“Batwoman” #28
“Nightwing” #28
“Green Lantern Corps” #28
“Green Lantern: New Guardians” #28
“Teen Titans” #28

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

lobsterjohnsonLobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus #1

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.

It’s official: Robert Downey Jr. will suit up for “The Avengers,”; Jon Favreau on board as an executive producer | Hero Complex | Los Angeles Times

Marvel Studios announced Tuesday that the "Iron Man" tandem of star Robert Downey Jr. and flmmaker Jon Favreau will assemble for the "Avengers" film, although the role announced for Favreau is that of executive producer, not director.

It's no surprise that Downey will reprise his role for the "Avengers "movie, but the official word is part of the ongoing campaign to stir excitement for the first major motion picture that will bring together superheroes from separate franchises. You can see all of this leading up to some future Comic-Con International panel that will have Downey sitting next to at least two other Oscar-nominated actors: Edward Norton, who played the Hulk this summer and is, by all appearances, on board for more action, as well as Don Cheadle, who will pick up the role of Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes in the "Iron Man" franchise. The Marvel announcement today made his addition to the cast official and made a point to announce that he would be in the "Avengers" film as well.

via It's official: Robert Downey Jr. will suit up for 'The Avengers,' Jon Favreau on board as an executive producer | Hero Complex | Los Angeles Times

IGN: Marvel Acting Strange

UK, October 22, 2008 – Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has been blabbing to MTV that the next of their characters to get the big-screen treatment will be the magical Doctor Strange.

Rumours of a movie incarnation for the property have been ciculating for years, with Dark Knight scribe David Goyer at one point set to direct a version, and Guillermo Del Toro recently discussing the characters cinematic potential.

Now Feige has admitted that Dr. Strange is next on their list, saying, “Its something Im very, very interested in.

IGN: Marvel Acting Strange

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