I’m a big fan of the Edgar Rice Burrough works. From Carson to Carter and Tarzan, although they were are pretty much the same stories in various settings – I loved them all. And Dynamite is gathering all the ERB heroes in one place for a limited run epic.
I should first disclose I’m a James Bond fanboy. I have been ever since I was a boy, for hours my best friend and I would talk about which were our favorite films and why, as grown men my two closest friends and I still do this. From Russia with love or Thunderball? Goldfinger or Dr No? Live and let die or For your eyes only? The arguments go on and on. James Bond games, books, films, I love it all. And I’ve always wished was that more was done with the American friend of Bond, Felix Leiter.
Now I’m late to the party, I’ve just started reading the Bond series and am left playing catch up. For example, I’ve clearly missed something since Felix is now a cyborg. Yeah you read that right, he has robot parts. An arm and a leg. This plays a part in the story and clearly a big part in who Felix is now at this point in his life. The story unfolds with Felix at a bar in Tokyo and the action heats up from there.
Currently I’m working my way through the first Hellboy and the BPRD 1952 TPB, Tarzan and the planet of the apes (Limited series), Shipwreck #2-3, The Spirit, and 3-4 others including the first issue of The Few, which looks interesting, but the art is a little rough, and the Bond spinoff starring none other than Felix. Looks for my thoughts on these over the next few weeks. PW
Some years ago, in a weekly comic, I’m sure he doesn’t remember, I was a guest artist in a comic called New Comic Day that was also featuring by Phil Hester. It was the first time I’d seen his work, since that time I think I’ve collected everything he’s done either in trade or issue form. He’s easily the most underrated artist and storyteller in comics today, and now he’s teamed up with Ellis for what’s turning out to be a really great mini series.
So here’s one that very well may have slipped by you without notice, The Mummy from Titan Comics. Let me start by saying I love The Mummy film from the 90’s, when I was a boy I loved the originals. The Mummy has always to me been a franchise with endless opportunities for adventure. The Mummy returns may have failed to live up to it’s predecessor, but a large part of that was due to some very bad CGI and a few silly plot elements. The franchise sunk a bit after that, The Rock’s franchise went from a possibly promising idea to a pile of third rate B movies and the third entry in The Mummy series, although I had fun watching it and felt it was a bit better then Returns, it was a pretty poor attempt to save the franchise. But, there were yeti, which is always nice.
Now Tom Cruise will be taking over the franchise in a more serious reboot this summer, and Titan comics has rebooted their own version of the series in a limited run comic, which I’ve just finished reading. How was you ask? It was about as good as The Mummy Returns. In that it really isn’t much good at all.
I was attracted to this title first by the cover, then by the title. Lake of fire is of course a classic reference to hell, the art shows a small armed group of knights heading towards a steaming chasms in a snowy mountain range, when I flipped through the nicely printed pages it was revealed this was a story featuring Templar knights. I assumed this would be as most stories featuring the Templar, a bashing of them as nothing more than blood thirsty animals such as shown in the Ridley Scott film Kingdom of Heaven, but… This wasn’t the case.
Now here’s something plausible but unexpected, a Lone Ranger/Green Hornet crossover. I say plausible because the time period in which these tales took place would allow for such a crossover to occur. The Ranger very well could have been riding alongside The Hornet, but as far as I’m aware this is the first attempt at such a crossover (and probably the last). I know it’s strange to only talk about issue 5, but I picked up this issue to see if it was worth picking up either the back issues or the TPB*.