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Review: Eagle Heart #1

Eagle Heart 1

Movies about football, or as we call it here in America, soccer, are few and far between. Many of the movies that are made about the sport are about the culture, the fans and their maniacal allegiance to their sports clubs. For instance, Green Street Hooligans, a modern epic about football and one where Elijah Wood really showed his acting chops. The movie is probably as close to that world as the mainstream can get to it. It’s hard to capture the devotion which is even more unwavering than love.

One of my favorite movies was Kuno Becker’s Goal,.The movie featured the rise of a young player in the professional world. The sequel, Goal II, showed a different side, one where the glamour of bright lights and money traps swallow young players, including Becker’s character, Santiago. For anyone curious about the sport, it was able to show an appreciation of it all. In the debut chapter of Eagle Heart, we find a protagonist like Santiago, with everything in the world he has to deal with.

We’re taken to the city of Veracruz, where one young man, Amoldo Guerrero, wakes up at the break of dawn to train for the sport he has played his whole life, Crashball. His day job is working at a fish processing plant. It helps him help his family. Along with going to school full time and his girlfriend Belecia, it leaves him no time for himself. We also meet Amoldo ‘s rival, Emiliano Reyes, who many say is the best player in Veracruz. By issue’s end, Amoldo may have blown a crucial play in a game, one where he may have been injured.

Overall, an exciting story that shows, much like Goal, the trials and tribulations of a professional athlete. The story by Johnny O’Bryant and Abraham Cuzner is fun. The art by Sebastian Riera is beautiful. Altogether, a story that shows athletes as regular humans and so much more.

Story: Johnny O’Bryant and Abraham Cuzner Art: Sebastian Riera
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: The Ballad of Sang #5

The Ballad of Sang #5

(W) Ed Brisson
(A) Alessandro Micelli
(C) Shari Chankhamma
(CA) Alessandro Micelli with Shari Chankhamma
Age Rating: Mature Audiences
Genre: Action/Adventure
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

THE FINAL SHOWDOWN! Thanks to Minchella’s new arm, he’s got a whole new set of deadly tricks up his sleeve. Can Sang avenge his master? Will the Black-Eyed Bettys get their clubhouse back? And most importantly, who’s going to pay for the damage to Lucy’s food truck? Find the answers to these questions and more in the thrilling conclusion to The Ballad of Sang!

Review: Judas #2

Judas comes face-to-face with Satan, and the Great Adversary begins to win him over.

The second issue of Judas is here and writer Jeff Loveness and artist Jakub Rebelka take us through the afterlife delivering lots of philosophical things to muse on about fate, destiny, predestination, and how that all applies to religion.

What are Judas’ and Jesus’ role in the bigger picture? That’s what this issue debates as Judas is confronted by Satan. Satan takes him through the history of the Bible explaining that everyone in the many stories needs a villain and Judas is Jesus’. That’s his role and it stinks. Every villain has a role to play and that includes Satan. We’re taken through the major stories and it’s provides an interesting perspective of the Bible and its various parables.

Rebelka’s art is fascinating blending a religious aspect of it all with a tinge of horror as well. The depiction of the various well known characters is interesting and Satan in particular is a new take and design I haven’t seen before. It feels like Hellraiser run visually through the Church.

The issue is a solid one that ups the amount of stuff to think about. By the end, you may be rethinking the Bible and the various villains within. Judas has turned into a hell of a thinker and a fascinating comic to think about what it has to say not just about religion but our role in the world. Judas #2 leaves you with a lot to ruminate on by the end.

Story: Jeff Loveness Art: Jakub Rebelka
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 1It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get and enjoy? What was a stinker? Sound off in the comments!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Medium – On the Death of James Rhodes — War Machine ‘Making America White Again’ one page at a time – If you read one thing in this post.

CBR – AMC Renews “Preacher” for Season 2 – Awesome!

The Advocate – The Secret to Battling Homophobia in Japan’s Schools: Manga – Very cool!

CBLDF – How the Comics Code Laid the Foundation for LGBTQ Comix – A very interesting read and some solid history.

CBR – New “Arrow” Casting Brings Hal Jordan One Step Closer to Star City – Well ok then.

CBR – Vinnie Jones Joins “Kingsman” Sequel in Mystery Role – Everything is improved with more Vinnie Jones. Especially if he sings.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Black Panther #3

Comic Vine – Cryptocracy #1

Newsarama – Jade Street Protection Services #1

Fandom Post – Semiautomagic

New York Comic Con 2014: Cates and Rahal Team Up for Paybacks

Spinning out of the pages of Buzzkill comes The Paybacks—a wildly entertaining ongoing series from Buzzkill co-creators Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal.

With Geof Shaw returning for art duties and Lauren Affe on colors, The Paybacks takes on hard issues with humor and will keep you coming back for more!

Having trouble paying off your superhero loan? Behind on payments for your invisible jet or suit of armor? Have no fear! Our skilled repossession team, the Paybacks, will help you transition into a new life of service to pay off your superdebt! That is, if you survive the experience…

The Paybacks is set to debut in September 2015, from Dark Horse Comics.

Donny Cates’s latest ongoing series, The Ghost Fleet, launches November 5, 2014.

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It Starts NOW! – Marvel NOW! Point One!

MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1 (AUG120546)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, MATT FRACTION, JEPH LOEB, NICK SPENCER, KIERON GILLEN & DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by STEVE MCNIVEN, MICHAEL ALLRED, ED MCGUINNESS, LUKE ROSS, JAMIE MCKELVIE & GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA
FOC – 9/17/12, ON SALE – 10/17/12

Blood Red Dragon press conference by POW! Entertainment’s Stan Lee, Yoshiki, Todd McFarlane at San Diego Comic-Con

Official Press Release

Blood Red Dragon

POW! ENTERTAINMENT’S STAN LEE, MUSIC SUPERSTAR YOSHIKI, WORLD RENOWNED COMIC BOOK ARTIST TODD MCFARLANE AND COMIC BOOK WRITER JON GOFF  UNVEIL BLOOD RED DRAGON

PREVIEW ISSUE ZERO WITH NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN OR HEARD COMIC BOOK MUSIC CHIP

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON PANEL AT THE HILTON SAN DIEGO BAYFRONT HOTEL (INDIGO ROOM)

THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, FROM 1PM-2PM.

WHAT: POW! Entertainment’s, Stan Lee, international music superstar Yoshiki, world renowned comic book artist Todd McFarlane, and comic book writer Jon Goff will present Preview Issue Zero of the new comic Blood Red Dragon, along with the never-before-seen or heard music chip,during a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.

WHERE: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel (Indigo Room), 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA

WHEN: Thursday, July 21, 2011

1:00PM – 2:00PM

About Blood Red Dragon

Blood Red Dragon is a comic book series created by POW! Entertainment’s Stan Lee and YSK Entertainment’s Yoshiki and produced in association with Todd McFarlane Productions.  The publisher for Blood Red Dragon is Image Comics and the distributor is Diamond Book Distributors.