Friday, September 30, 2011

Philip Tan & I on Twitter

Here's a short conversation I had with Savage Hawkman artist Philip Tan on Twitter last night:

@philipsytan: To every1 who said so much flattering things, beyond what I deserve, about Hawkman, THANK YOU VERY MUCH..To 1's who didnt like: hang around!

@ljacone: @philipsytan Philip, I get my comics mail order, so I should have Hawkman on Monday. Can't wait! #savagehawkman

@ljacone: @philipsytan In the meantime please check out my Hawkman blog, Thanks! #hawkman

@philipsytan: @ljacone awesome!!!!! ;)

@philipsytan: RT @ljacone: @philipsytan In the meantime please check out my Hawkman blog, Thanks! #hawkman

Thanks a ton, Philip!  The Retweet is much appreciated and hopefully will bring some new eyes here to Being Carter Hall.

You can follow Philip on Twitter at @philipsytan, and you can follow yours truly at @ljacone.  Go ahead and join the conversation!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Savage Hawkman #1 Review Roundup!

The reviews of The Savage Hawkman #1 are starting to come in!



Cosmic Book News



Nerds on the Rocks

More to come!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Savage Hawkman #1 Teaser

The following teaser for The Savage Hawkman #1 just showed up on The Source...

"How long have I been here? How long have I been frozen like this?"
–Carter Hall in THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1

Image: Savage Hawkman #1 teaser, 2011, Philip Tan.  

The Savage Hawkman #1 In Stores Today!

I knew I forgot something!

The Savage Hawkman #1 -- Today's the day!  After months of speculation and impatience, the fifth volume of Hawkman comics starts today.  I don't know what else I can say at this point which I have not said already other than GO OUT AND BUY THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN!

Waiting In The Wings -- 09/28/2011

Time for the last wave of the New 52 from DC Comics!

All-Star Western #1 -- Jonah Hex in Gotham City?  Sounds like a novel idea.  Definitely interested in seeing where this one goes. Want To Check Out.

Aquaman #1 -- I'll always give Aquaman a peek, he's a great classic hero and it seems like he is primed for his push to the top of the card.  Picking Up.

Batman: The Dark Knight #1 -- I have yet to figure out why this book exists.  Pass.

Blackhawks #1 -- The counterpart to Men Of War, this one looks a little but more like Military Fantasy in the vein of GI Joe, which is awesome.  Picking Up (Mail Order).

Flash #1 -- It's the Flash, so of course I am going to check it out.  Time for Barry Allen to shine.  Picking Up (Mail Order).

Fury of Firestorm #1 -- Shag has talked me up enough on this one, coupled with the awesome Firestorm storyline in Brightest Day.  Picking Up.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #1 -- There certainly are a lot of Green Lantern books on the stands now, huh?  Pass.

I, Vampire #1 -- I dismissed this book out of hand when I saw the cover, thinking it was shooting for a twinkling vampire effect.  The interiors seem to suggest a more serious horror book, so now I am torn.  Want To Check Out.

Justice League Dark #1 -- *sigh* Pass just on the title.

Superman #1 -- Superman by George Perez?  Color me intrigued.  I have my concerns with Action Comics but Superman looks like it might be fun.  Picking Up.

Teen Titans #1 -- I am really hopeful that this book will be a success, because I think the DCU needs a good team of Teen Titans.  But I have not had an interest in them in a long time.  Pass.

Voodoo #1 -- The only Wildstorm book I have ever liked was the reboot of Wetworks.  I don't think the WS characters are going to be integrated very well into the regular DCU, and Voodoo is not a character I am interested in anyway.  Pass.

Well, that's all of them... right...?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Savage Hawkman #1 Preview

It's coming!  In just two days The Savage Hawkman #1 will be on comic shop shelves all over the country!  And we now have the first preview of the book courtesy of UGO!

I have NOT read this preview and I will not; I try not to read previews for books I am buying, especially ones which I have been anticipating as much as this one.  So please keep that in mind if you make any comments.

Of course, I will have to wait a few days beyond that to read the issue as I will have to wait on my shipment from  I am seriously considering not ordering this title mail order just so I can get it faster.  Stay tuned.

Image: The Savage Hawkman #1, 2011, Philip Tan.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waiting In The Wings -- 09/21/2011

We have to wait one more week for The Savage Hawkman #1, which means once more than yours truly will be running through the New 52 titles for this week!

Batman #1 -- Scott Snyder is handling the writing chores on this book, and thanks to the Batman Minimum Appreciation Index, I have a mild interest in checking this out.  Mildly Interested.

Birds of Prey #1 -- Katana has had some bad costumes in her day, but this one takes the cake.  Pass.

Blue Beetle #1 -- Jaime is a good character but this is not my scene.  Pass.

Catpain Atom #1 -- Eh.  Not feeling it.  Pass.

Catwoman #1 -- I am glad to see Selina have her own title in the New 52.  But that doesn't mean I am buying it.  Pass.

DC Universe Presents #1 -- I like anthologies, and I like secondary characters, and I dug Boston Brand in both Wednesday Comics (remember that?) and Brightest Day, so this one has my attention.  Want to Read.

Green Lantern Corps #1 -- Like the other GL titles, I was not reading these titles beforehand so I have little interest in reading them now.  Pass.

Legion of Superheroes #1 -- Not doing anything for me.  Pass.

Nightwing #1 -- Isn't this something of a backwards move for Dick Grayson?  I am sure his fans don't mind too much though.  Especially his fans of the, ahem, female persuasion.  Pass.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 -- The most irritating of all the New 52 to me, because this is the title which is replacing Outsiders.  Right down to the format of the title, this is the book which is taking the place of a title which I liked a LOT before this reboot.  And to make things worse, it's got a cast of characters I do not want to read.  Pass.

Supergirl #1 -- I started to really like Supergirl while I was reading the "New Krypton" epic.  This series apparently jettisons all of the stuff I liked.  Pass.

Wonder Woman #1 -- I can't explain my attraction to Wonder Woman (oh not that type of "attraction" and you know it) but the chance to get in on the ground floor with her is very intriguing to me.  And Cliff Chiang's artwork looks fantastic.  Want to Read.

Still fairly slim but more books than last week, anyway!


Showcase Presents: All-Star Comics v.1 -- Reprinting All-Star Comics #58-74 and Adventure Comics #461-466, these Bronze Age stories feature the Earth-2 Justice Society of America, including Hawkman and Hawkgirl.  The Hawks don't feature in every story but Carter does rate the cover.  If you are interested in hearing about the Justice Society of America, I recommend the Tales of the JSA podcast from the Two True Freaks! network.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

More Cosplay From DragonCon 2011

Here we have two cosplayers from DragonCon -- photos courtesy of The Irredeemable Shag, who came back from Atlanta this year with over 700 pictures!  Thank Hashut for digital cameras, huh?  You can head on over to either Flickr or The Unique Geek to check out all the pics!

Anyways, the Hawkman

Hawkman looks suitably beefy for the Winged Wonder.  His shield is hiding his trunks so I am going to assume they are red.  The shoulder armor is nice and readily identifies this as the modern Hawkman as well.  But the shield is actually my favorite part of this costume.  You don't always see Hawks armed with a shield in cosplay but this is a very nice looking piece, properly weathered as it is.  

The Hawkgirl cosplayer I think I have seen before.  I like her angelic wings (though they seem to be sagging in this picture) and her belt, plus her proper looking stomach for Kendra's midriff bearing costume.  The mace and wrist bracers are nice touches, too.

Good as always to see the Hawks getting some love at DragonCon!

Image: Hawkman cosplayer at DragonCon 2011, 2011, image obtained from The Unique Geek.

Image: Hawkgirl cosplayer at DragonCon 2011, 2011, image obtained from The Unique Geek.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Savage Hawkman #4 Solicits

DC Comics has released the solicitation copy for the Justice League titles coming out in December, including The Savage Hawkman #4:

Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art and cover by PHILIP TAN
On sale DECEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The exciting conclusion to the Savage Hawkman's first adventure is here! Hawkman battles his way through Dr. Kane's compound, where the alien monstrosity known as Morphicius is sheltered. But in his quest for alien knowledge, Dr. Kane unknowingly jumpstarts what Morphicius refers to as the Black Plague. Can Hawkman contain this deadly outbreak, or will New York soon become infected with lethal, fast-spreading alien organisms?

Is Dr. Kane the new archenemy which we have heard reference to previously?  Will New York being Hawkman's regular stomping grounds?  Does Morphicus have any connections to Thanagar or Hawkworld ala Brightest Day?  Plus how awesome do Hawkman's wings look on that cover?  Questions, questions.

Oddly, the first story arc of Volume 4 was also four issues long.  Coincidence?!  I think... so, mostly likely.

Image: The Savage Hawkman #4, 2011, Philip Tan.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Waiting In The Wings -- 09/15/2011

Well, we're still waiting on Savage Hawkman #1, so once more it's time to look at the REST of the DC New 52 titles!

Batman And Robin #1 -- The dynamic with Bruce and Damien should be interesting, but I'm no Batman reader.  Pass.

Batwoman #1 -- I read the first issue of her last series, with the same team I think, and didn't care for it.  Glad to see she is starring in her own title still, though.  Pass.

Deathstroke #1 -- It's like Zero Hour all over again!  Pass.

Demon Knights #1 -- DC is calling this a "sword and sorcerty" title; I'll believe that when I see it.  Pass.

Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE #1 -- This is one of those concepts which one would think would appeal to me but does not.  Pass.

Green Lantern #1 -- Well, I wasn't reading it before.  And evidently this is simply a continuation of that stuff.  Pass.

Grifter #1 -- Just... pass.

Legion Lost #1 -- No interest whatsoever in the Legion, let alone them getting two monthlies still.  Pass.

Mister Terrific #1 -- Not a bad setup but while I like Mr. Terrific, there are other JSAers I would rather have seen in this slot.  Pass.

Red Lanterns #1 -- This title is aimed at a very specific market.  I am not it.  Pass.

Resurrection Man #1 -- I guess I should have seen this one coming after his cameo in Brightest Day.  Pass.

Suicide Squad #1 -- I don't see this lasting very long.  Pass.

Superboy #1 -- More of the "reimagining" of the Superman family which falls on my deaf ears.  I just finished reading The Death And Life of Superman by Roger Stern.  That's Superboy.  Pass.

Yup, not interested in a single book this week!  Yikes!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hawkman and Hawkgirl Cosplay At DragonCon

This past weekend in Atlanta was DragonCon, and as every year, DragonCon was filled with cosplayers.  Hawkman and Hawkgirl are not easy costumes to put together, but there's always a few who take the challenge, as we see here.  I got this particular image of Hawkman and Hawkgirl from io9.  

I think these two have put together a nice pair of costumes.  I like the Rags-esque lenses on Hawkman's helmet, along with the pouched belt which clearly identifies this as the Volume 4 era Hawkman.  Hawkgirl looks more like the Silver Age Shayera than Kendra, with her solid yellow top and no midriff.  But the belt and weapon suggest Kendra or the reborn Shiera, so I guess this is sort of a hybrid.  Also, I really like that she put the earrings in there!

My associate Shag has promised me that there will he has more Hawk cosplay pics from the show, so those will be coming soon!

Image: DragonCon 2011 Hawkman and Hakwgirl cosplayers, 2011, image retrieved from io9.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Waiting In The Wings -- 09/07/2011

The New 52 has Begun!

...but we have to wait until the end of the month for Savage Hawkman #1.  So instead I'm going to offer some commentary on the other DC books out this week.  I know, I know, once more here at Being Carter Hall we're breaking NEW GROUND that NO ONE on the Internet has ever done before.  Heh.  For the ones I am definitely buying, please head over to today's post over at The Bunker.

Action Comics #1 -- The concept sounds good (Superman just starting out as a hero), but Grant Morrison is extremely hit or miss for me, and the conceit of "social justice" in the modern sense has be pre-emptively rolling my eyes dramatically.  I am on something of a Superman kick lately because I am reading the Roger Stern novel The Death And Life of Superman, but somehow I don't think this will satisfy that trend.  Pass.

Batgirl #1 -- Not interested in the character nor the creative team.  Major Pass.

Batwing #1 -- Clearly this was a better choice for DC's relaunch than a new Outsiders book.  Pass.

Detective Comics #1 -- Of the multitude of the Batman books populating this relaunch (and there are plenty of them), this one has the most interest from me.  Not enough to buy it outright but I might check it out.  Awaiting Judgement.

Green Arrow #1 -- This one was on my short list of which books to preorder.  Definitely want to check it out, but my Green Arrow loving buddy Adama is buying them, so we might have a comic reading party down the road.  Because that's how us playboy types kick it.  Want To Read.

Hawk And Dove #1 -- See the Bunker post.

Justice League International #1 -- I have never read any of the Bwa-ha-ha League other than their tussle with Doomsday (does that even count?), so there is no nostalgia factor here for me with this title.  Others seem really excited by it, though, so more power to you.  Pass.

Men of War #1 -- See the Bunker post.

OMAC #1 -- See the Bunker post.

Static Shock #1 -- I have a soft spot for the Milestone characters, Static included.  If this had been Icon or Hardware getting a shot instead of Virgil, this would be a must buy for me.  But as it stands this sounds like a good stage for Static to play on, especially getting him into NYC and out of Dakota.  Want To Read.

Stormwatch #1 -- This one just baffles me.  On the one hand, I want to read about the Martian Manhunter (hi, Frank!).  On the other hand, I know nothing about Stormwatch or The Authority other than things I have read about in magazines and such, and all of that sounds incredibly awful.  Coming off of Brightest Day, to see the Manhunter shuffled off into a 2nd (or 3rd!) tier book is a major disappointment for me, because I thought the point was to groom him for another solo series.  Instead he plays straight man to a team of insane characters whom I am not convinced even belong in the DCU.  Undecided.

Swamp Thing #1 -- I like monster comics as a general rule, so I will see how this one plays out.  Awaiting Judgement.

Those are my thoughts... what are yours?  To quote Cody Rhodes, "You have a voice... use it."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

This Past Labor Day Weekend...

... was not spent at DragonCon.  It was spent at my in-laws in Florida.  And on Thursday, I will be heading to New York to visit my family.  So things are going to be a little light for a spell.  Sorry for any inconvenience!