Review: Amazing Spider-Man #18

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #18

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First up, I haven’t enjoyed the new direction Amazing Spider-Man has taken from its latest relaunch. There is something about having Peter Parker as a rich and successful business man that just doesn’t sit right with the character. For me, Peter struggling to balance his daily life and study/jobs with his duty as Spider-Man has been the one of the core elements of the character. As a result, I have really lost touch with a character that has been one of the staples of my comic buying life.

I decided to pick up #18 as it was promoted as the return to Doc Ock. Ock became a favourite of mine recently when he took the mantle of the ‘Superior Spider-Man’ for thirty odd issues. I loved this storyline and the way it evolved, all the way to the conclusion with Ock admitting that he could never be the hero to Peter is and allowing to to return as Spider-Man. Dan Slott really hit it out of the park with that run which pushed him into the realms of my favourite comic book writers.

Where rich and powerful Peter lost me, this issue dragged me back. There is still the ‘problem’ of Peter being rich, but it took a back seat to the reemergence of Doc Ock via a personality download to the Living Brain.

R.B. Silva has a great time with this issue. The art has a real energy to it helping the story zip along at a good pace. Slott’s writing is also good in this issue, though I found Ock’s characterization a little off in places. The major criticism I had with the issue is that the story basically ends up in the same place it starts – Doc Ock is back in the tiny robot creature, but with the knowledge he was able to collect from Parker Industries, particularly regarding cloning.

Given we know that The Jackal is returning very shortly, I would imagine we will be seeing Doc Ock and The Jackal working together (likely in the flesh) before too long. Slott does a good job at major storylines for Spidey, so I have high expectations for the upcoming Clone Conspiracy storyline.

Rating – 7/10 – good fun with a classic villain returning.

MillarWorld 2017 Talent Search

MillarWorld has launched its 2017 Talent Search competition, giving writers and artist a chance to be published (and paid at Marvel/DC rates). No catches, no gimmicks. You can check it out here:

CBR – MillarWorld Talent Search 2017

This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to make comics. Get out there, write and/or draw your ass off, and submit.

You won’t win if you don’t. You never know what might happen if you do…

Ghostbusters (2016)

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No spoilers:

Wow. I went in with more hope than expectations and was totally blown away by how much I enjoyed it. Story line, characters, sfx, comedy – it was all there and it was all good. So many quotable quotes, so many enjoyable scenes. And Chris Hemsworth – he was worth the price of admission alone.

Ghostbuster (2016) respects what came before it, but it isn’t beholden to it. It is its own entity, and this certainly allows the movie to breathe and expression itself while still remaining loyal to the core concept.

Admittedly, it’s not ‘Citizen Kane.’ It’s not the original Ghostbusters either. But it is head and shoulders above Ghostbusters 2 (not that that’s too hard). There are some points in the movie where I was left thinking ‘that seemed a little disjointed’ or ‘where did they find time to do that?’ But, more often than not, I was left laughing a joke, giggling a subtle or over the top sight gag, or sniggering at a skillfully worked reference/homage to the original.

Would I pay to see it again at the cinema? Absolutely. Would I let my seven year old see it – probably not. There are quite a few scary scenes at the beginning which left me concerned for the young children who were in the cinema. A few nightmares may be coming their way over the next few nights!

Overall, I rate this a solid 7/10. Recommended for those who are in the mood for some good, silly fun!

 

Rambling Words – The Newsletter!

Introducing – Rambling Words The Newsletter!

As you may have noticed (if I have set it up correctly) when you logged into the Rambling Words site, you got a pop-up asking you to sign up to the brand spanking new Rambling Words newsletter, written by yours truly!

I would really appreciate if you would consider signing up. The newsletter will be a fortnightly update of news, updates on my current projects, preview art, reviews, links and anything else pop-culture related that has caught my eye.

The first newsletter will be out shortly (when I have ironed out some of the kinks in my understanding of how these things work). If you don’t like the newsletter, it is easy to unsubscribe (or better yet, just delete it when it arrives), or you can email me on travisstunt@travisstunt.com and tell me my newsletter stinks and how I can improve it. Hopefully none of that will be necessary, but it is good to have all bases covered!

Hope to see most, if not all, of you on the subscriber list shortly!

Shameless self promotion: Fractured Scary Tales

Time for some shameless self promotion (if that isn’t what a blog is for, I don’t know what is!).

My short ‘Undead Poet’s Society’ is about to land! Issue two of ‘Fractured Scary Tales’ from Scary Tales Publishing will feature my print debut. Art is by Jeff Sadzinski (Jeff Sadzinski Deviantart link).

Fractured Scary Tales features 40 pages of horror parodies of famous movies by various artists and writers created by publisher (and horror movie producer) Kevin M. Glover. Fractured Scary Tales is on the website now (Fractured Scary Tales) and will be available in print soon for only $US10.

Previews of the other stories can be found on the Fractured Scary Tales website, but here is page one of ‘Undead Poet’s Society’ for your enjoyment. Don’t forget to order your copy today.

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Anthology – open submissions

Here are a couple of anthologies that currently have open submissions. Both required full art team attached:

Premier Comics:

 

Not Forgotten Anthology

Submission details (taken directly from their website):

Please include the following:

  • Names of those on the Creative Team and their roles.
  • Email address for each team member.
  • Public Domain Character being used with link (so we can verify they are in fact within the public domain)
  • Title (working titles are fine)
  • Page-count (1-10 page comics, please)
  • A pitch that is no longer than one page in length, 12pt Times New Roman font. Be sure to give us the beginning, middle and, end. Don’t worry, we won’t spoil it for anyone.
  • A signed release agreement that you can download here. 
  • While this is not required, you may also submit art samples along with your written pitch and link to an artist portfolio website. 
  • We also encourage you to tell us about yourself! Why are you interested in being in the anthology? Have you done other published work or is this your first possible projected? You don’t have to give us a brief bio, but we’ll read one.

Content Guidelines

  • In the spirit of the Golden-Age comics they come from, all stories must be G to PG-13.
  • Your submissions should be for a 1-10 page self contained stories. No “to be continued…” stories, please. The story, however, can end in a way that’s left open for future installations.
  • You may use any public domain character, create your own characters, mashup characters, reinvent characters, or any number of things.
  • You must include some form of color in your submission. Whether it’s a single color accenting a black and white comic, or a full color story, or something in-between! We’re fond of the old-school four-color style, but that’s just us.
  • Have fun! These are super heroes! We love daring adventures, skulking villains, and kirby-esque weirdness. Show us how you turn the genre on it’s ear! Leave your mark!

Both submissions look pretty interesting. Not sure if I’ll be submitting anything for either, but I think they both would be fun. There are further details on the Premier Comics tumblr page, so if you are looking for more info than has popped up in the above link, head there and check it out.

Writing CV

I added a writing C.V. to the left hand menu on the main page of this blog. It will make it easier for any potential collaborators to quickly see what I have in production or currently available.

Unfortunately, a the time of writing, it is all still in production, so I can’t show any of the artwork I have seen at this time. For now, you’ll just have to take my word – what I have seen looks awesome. Very awesome indeed.