Friday, 23 September 2011

Today's Cosmic Themed Post Was Brought To You By The Colour Purple....

I'm a big fan of Thanos since way back. From his days fighting the late great Mar-vell, to his on-again-off-again bromance with Adam Warlock, to his philosophical tussles with the Silver Surfer and most especially that time he became omnipotent, killed half the universe to impress his girlfriend and then had to throw down with...pretty much everybody. Not many other characters come with a resume quite as awesome as that one.

It's pretty much a standing rule here at YouAreComic, put ol' Purple Puss in a book and we'll be buying it. So when Marvel gave the big guy his own series a few years back, done by such luminaries as Marvel's cosmic godfather Jim Starlin and our most beloved West Coast Avengers artist Al Milgrom, you better believe we were all over that!

Jim and Al didn't let us down, it was an awesome series, but I've got to say re-reading it recently Thanos #3 has got to be my favorite.

I mean you knew it was going to be good when you crack open the book and on the very first page you are treated to the veritable cosmic-comic-book-eye-candy that is....Sad Galactus:
All together now...Awwwwww!

It seems that underneath that awesome purple hat and unimaginable cosmic power beats the heart of a sad and lonely man. He never wanted to be the almighty 'Devourer Of Worlds' he was just a kid named Galan from the old country (the old country being the universe that existed prior to the big bang that created our own) when destiny, aided and abetted by Stan & Jack, came a-calling. It's not his fault that being reshaped into a giant, purple-skirted, conceptual, cosmic being gives him the munchies.

Galactus's sour mood is not improved when Thanos contacts him telepathically with the help of everyone's favorite bald, lesbian, cosmic hanger-on Moondragon. I would go so far as to say that he is dragged deeper into the doldrums when Thanos lures him onto the psionic plane and tries to murder him by becoming a giant cosmic octopus:
C'mon Glaccy, give me a hug!

That my comic-booking friends is awesome. Jim Starlin at his best (as always). That man doesn't know how to write a bad cosmically based comic-book.

The fun doesn't stop there though. Unsurprisingly Galactus shrugs of Thanos's mind tentacles as easy as pie, and understandably a little ticked off, grows to gargantuan proportions and tries to squish Thanos into sticky purple paste with one giant telepathic fist!

That's a killer visual. Al Milgrom is really firing on all cylinders throughout the issue but I think on that one panel in particular he hit it right the hell out of the park.

It's really a great issue that not only sets us up for a future confrontation between Thanos, the Big G and even bigger, even scarier cosmic entity. It also treats us to appearences by other Infinity Watch alumni Adam Warlock and Pip the Troll. I miss reading about those guys every month!

Especially Pip the Troll, I love that little guy. Any time he shows up it's like reading about a shrunken, shifty, drunk, cosmic Dean Stockwell. Know what I mean? Anybody? No? Nobody?

Okay, it's good stuff. You should go buy it.

See ya.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Prince Of Power, King Amongst Comic-books...

I've been catching up on all of Marvel's Heroic Age stuff recently, it's been pretty good stuff all in all, then I read Prince of Power #3 and was blown away. Prince of Power #3is just straight-up awesome comic-books people. It's got everything your average YouAreComic reader could possibly want. It's got crazy mythology of every possible stripe, it's got Marvel's new polished streamlined Thor (who hasn't been this fantastic since he was storming the gates of Hel under the pen of Walt Simonson), it's got the always badass Amadeus Cho and it's got boatloads of batshit comic-book wackiness.

And the wackiness kicks in straight away on page 1. Amadeus and Thor are throwing down with a big, crazy, sword-wielding Egyptian cat goddess in the middle of the Egyptian Underworld:

Now as any regular reader of the trusty YAC will know no-one appreciates a Viking God, Egyptian cat chick and mortal super-genius throwdown more than myself but when it comes to Amadeus Cho I'd rather see him solve his Egyptian cat-people problems with his super-intellect and not his big honking magical mace.

As blasphemous as it is to say such a thing here at the YAC, clearly the great Greg Pak and the always fantastic Fred Van Lente agree. Rather than pummelling kitty into litter with some old-fashioned Uru justice they've got Amadeus coming up with a ingenious escape plan using his encylopedic knowledge of Egyptian mythology:

That's using yer noodle man. However this begins what becomes something of pattern in this issue. This awesome escape is immediately outdone on the very next page. Behold the undeniable awesomeness of...

...a crazy cat lady armed with a saracen sword chasing us down the River Nile on a freaking humungous white snake. Folks - that shit is so crazy that somewhere David Coverdale is having nightmares!

In the middle of the insane giant white snake-funeral barge high speed chase Van Lente and Pak decide to cut away from the action to catch up on what's going on with Amadeus' ex-girlfriend Delphyne Gorgon....who by the way is in fact a smoking hot Medusa-looking chick.

I know what you're thinking, what possible reason could there be to cut away from a cat-goddess on a giant white snake chasing a Norse God riding on a boat with the sun's coffin down a magic river?

Well how about a page of Delphyne engaging in an 80s movie style 'getting ready for action' montage that includes holstering her twin machine pistols and tying back her snaky locks with a 'death scrunchie':

That my friends is pure goofy comic-book gold!

Of course the patented Van Lente & Pak 'top that batshit crazy thing you jut saw on the very next page' pattern strikes again at this point. I mean putting a death scrunchie in your snaky locks is pretty sweet, but is it better than this?

Unlike Delphyne, Amadeus likes to rely on his brains instead of his brawn. So when the crazy cat Cleopatra gets the drop on Thor, Amadeus steps in and saves the day with a battle tactic only the most advanced brain in the world could come up with.

He slips the sword-wielding, snake-riding, feline guardian on the Egyptian underworld a roofie:

Yeah, so apparently when you slip Egyptian gods a mickey they go from sword swingin', evil-seein' engines of destruction to cutesy, wutesy, lovey-dovey, Puss-In-Boots-from-Shrek looking kitten chicks who can be easily defeated with an irrestible ball of yarn.

Those Egyptians had some wacky-ass mythology dude.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Better Angels #2 is online now...

Just in case some of you folks out there on blogland forgot the second installment of the official YouAreComic webcomic 'BETTER ANGELS' came out last Tuesday. This month Faith's luck goes from bad to weird to worst.

Here's a sneaky peek:

As always it's got words by yours truly and sterling artwork by the very talented Mr Jordan Kroeger.

Please check it out here and leave us a comment or rating to let us know how you think we're doing.

There will hopefully more exciting news on the YouAreComic webcomic front real soon.

Stay tuned.