Joshua Middleton

Sky Between Branches sketch by Joshua Middleton

Like Johnny over at Drawn!, we think Joshua Middleton’s work rocks. In fact, when New Mutants relaunched a few years back, it was Middleton’s covers that drew me back to the title. Of course, the title only lasted a short bit before it was renamed and sucked completely into the Uncanny X-Hole at Marvel. But ah well.

I had not seen his other work, though. But I think it’s brilliant. Find it all at his website here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:24:53+00:00 November 25th, 2007|Art|0 Comments

Contest: Win a Captain America Bust From Diamond Select Toys!

Limited Edition Civil War Captain America bust from Diamond Select Toys

Say what you want about Civil War. I know I have. But there is something to be said for seeing the (temporarily) late Captain America in limited edition bust form. They’re limited to 2000 in number and they’re a $50 value.

Well, here’s the drill. We’ve partnered up with Diamond Select Toys yet again and there’s one of these busts in it for you if you win.

Now, I’ll say this here and make it loud and clear because we’re doing something different on this contest, just like the last contest with Diamond Select. Part of the deal is by entering, your e-mail address and name will be given to Diamond Select Toys so they can add you to their marketing list. They won’t sell or redistribute them, they just want them for themselves. That’s a fair cop. But there’s no opt-out. If you’re not comfortable with that, just flat don’t enter. Cool? Cool.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:31:09+00:00 June 8th, 2007|Comics, Contests, Toys|0 Comments

Four Color Fury: The Departed?

Captain Colbert

In a blaze of publicity, Marvel Comics announced the death of Steve Rogers (aka: Captain America). The parting shot made headlines across the globe, and came at just the right time for the cable news pundits–because you can always stop talking about a dead supermodel’s baby daddy just long enough to talk about a dead fictional character.

Yes, I’m being a bit cynical about this. After all, with everything else that’s going on in the world–analyzing the political impact of Captain America’s “death” seems like a terribly inappropriate thing for a responsible media outlet to do. But then again, who am I to say–considering the last time a Four Color Fury column showed up, Anderson Cooper was still the host of The Mole. But everything changes, I’m told.

And besides, it’s not as if Marvel hasn’t done this before…

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By | 2017-09-24T23:34:47+00:00 March 19th, 2007|Rants|0 Comments

Lemony Snicket’s The Punisher: A Generous Helping of Willy Pete

Lemony Snicket: Punisher

Chris over at the Invincible Super-Blog has taken the idea of authors writing super-heroes to its logical and ridiculous conclusion. After all, didn’t Brad Meltzer start as just a novelist? Don’t you wish he’d go back to being just a novelist? Anyway. Lemony Snicket’s The Pernicious Punishment contains bits like this:

Gentle Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the story you are reading is horrifically violent. It is, to say the least, an extremely brutal tale of a very angry man who, despite being rather clever and possessing a very grim sense of humor, has chosen to react to tragedy by shooting, stabbing, or blowing up virtually every single person he encounters who is not dressed in some sort of garish spider costume.

I laughed so hard that Red Bull came out my nose. And I haven’t been near a Red Bull in a week’s time. Explain that.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:34:48+00:00 March 19th, 2007|Comics|0 Comments

Four-Color Fisticuffs: The Good, The Bad, and The Budget

With holidays fast approaching and the next-gen console arms race now well and truly joined by all parties, there are, no doubt, those who are still looking for some quality last-gen game goodness. As long as you’re shopping to soothe your geek tendencies, look to double up and indulge in multiple dorktacular obsessions simultaneously. To assist you in the endeavor, we offer a glimpse of three comic-driven videogames available on hardware that won’t require camping outside your local Best Buy or selling a kidney on eBay.

The Budget – Teen Titans (PS2, Xbox, GC, GBA)

As a comic property, I was always a bit lukewarm on the Teen Titans. Miniature versions of real heroes with an occasional sidekick thrown in for good measure just didn’t really compel me to pick up issues (though George Perez did his damnedest to compel my pre-pubescent self to buy them with Starfire and Raven). That aside, the animated series has been pretty consistently entertaining and provides an interesting bit of levity that the comic stories never managed. The heavily anime-influenced Titans ‘toon was a no-brainer for translation to the console realm.

Unfortunately, the game just isn’t that much fun. Combat is extremely repetitive after the first hour or so, and the total storyline can be played through in a dozen hours, tops. The versus mode is a good bit of fun, especially with the absolutely massive number of playable characters, but even it gets stale pretty quickly. Fans of the series will dig the game’s light-hearted story and approach, though, making it a solid rental for even casual fans of the beat-em-up game genre. The other huge point in the game’s favor is its budget price. There’s a lot of game here for $20.

Buy it from Amazon for the PS2, or the Xbox, or the Gamecube, or the GameBoy Advance.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:37:12+00:00 December 15th, 2006|Games, Reviews|0 Comments