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Halloween Film/TV Recommendations for Comic Geeks

10 Oct
In keeping with the wonderful advice we give you, our readers and fellow geeks, along with staying within the Halloween spirit today we’re going to help you with a dilemma you may be facing. You may be asking yourself, “How do I fulfill the need for something creepy to watch AND get my comic book fix at the same time?” Well here is a list of films and TV shows that will hopefully help to fix that problem.


Swamp Thing

Either the films or the TV series will work. It has mutants, action, and suspense. Not to mention that it stars a comic book hero who can manipulate the elements, and oh yeah, bring people back from the dead. How cool is that?!

The Incredible Hulk

For this one we recommend the series rather than the movies. Why? The series had a much more Frankenstein’s monster feel to it. Of course there is also the comic hero thrashing on the bad guys too.

Hellboy

The live action films and the animated ones are great for that comic book creature feature need. There are monsters galore, evil spirits, and a demon trying to keep the peace. Besides, what’s not to love about a wise cracking demon doing a blue collar job?

Constantine

One man who has the impossible, as well as never ending, job of keeping the balance between heaven and hell. There are demons, secret wars, incantations, and rites all done in the name of keeping the balance between good and evil. It also has John Constantine, from the Hellblazer comics, who is thrashing on the bad guys who cross the line.

Gargoyles

The animated TV series by Disney has it all. There are monsters, robots, sorcery, and heroes who only come out at night. They also had their own comic series for a while. It’s also worth mentioning that many of the voices were done by several members of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Doctor Strange

The animated movie put out by Marvel is filled with supernatural suspense. The origin of Stephen Strange blended together with the come-back attempts of Mordo. There is sorcery, both good and evil, as well as dark creatures of magic.


Blade

Vampires that don’t sparkle. Is there really any more that needs to be said? How about hybred vampire looking to take down all of the selfish human preying vampires? Yeah, we thought that would get your attention. Epic vampire battles to the death. It doesn’t get much better.

Ghost Rider

A stunt rider who sells his soul to the Devil and then becomes a bounty hunter for hell. Also tossed in for fun are elemental demons trying collect a mass of evil souls for their power. There’s also the cool skull on fire thing the aptly named Johnny Blaze has going on. Sounds like good ol’ supernatural fun with a twist of butt whoopin’ going on.

The Batman vs Dracula

An animated meeting of Batman and Dracula that is phenomenal! This movies shows just how much Batman and Dracula have in common. Dracual is awakened by Penguin and starts to promptly feed on the residents of Gotham. Also, for a really spine tingling twist, see Joker as a vampire.
If there’s any others that you can think of or that we left out, please let us know. Also tell us who/what your favorite supernatural comic book character is.

A Hell(Blazer) of a week.

22 Jul

I have been reading comics as mentioned the other week for close to 30yrs. And a small portion of that time I have spent a small fortune buying, selling and re-collecting, after my first collection was burnt in a fire. Amongst those were the Uncanny X-men run from #180-295. Some of the greatest X-Men stories told were written during those years. But I am digressing. Anyway, I restarting collecting 10yrs ago and haven’t stopped since. As well as you know writing and creating my own. 


Hellblazer Pandemonium Jami Delano is a Must Read.





One of my top 3 fave non-super-powered is John Constantine, Hellblazer from Vertigo, (Batman and Punisher are the other two). John was created by Alan Moore back in issue #37 in Saga of the Swamp Thing. That character has is the longest running non-hero comic book. I had a couple opportunities over the past few years to get my hands on #37, but due to lack of funds or having already committed myself to other books, I missed out.


Hellblazer: Rare Cuts is a good starting point.

   The character of Constantine is so rich with lore and mysticism that there is so much that you can do with him with ruining the history as long as you stick to the archetype. John is the Trickster, the Court Jester and The Magi all in one.  It was this that after setting myself to reading from Hellblazer #1 to the lastest that was available in October last year that led me to write Black Waters, my own take on John Constantine,


Intro to Black Waters©, by Aru Singh. 2011

 Writing a 148+ page Hellblazer standalone graphic novel based in the Fiji was not something I gave much thought to. I was waiting for my plane ride back to Auckland from Nadi Airport, after a stressful trip back from my ex’s father’s funeral and I guess I needed to clear my head and so I just started writing. It was messy but after some rewriting it came together. I have no idea what I am going to do with it. I did have a guy consider working on it, to see if we can get DC Vertigo to look at it, but after discussing it I thought to let it rest for a bit. And who knows, I might illustrate it myself after I get Zero completed.


Thats the background to how much I like the John Constantine Archetype. The following is 3 amazing events which took place in the last 6 days.


Event 1.
  Last weekend while at Zinefest I stopped by a comic shop and bought the DC Direct Collectible Figure of John in his Hellblazer set-up. It wasn’t in the store but they would have it the following week. This  was an out-of-the-blue purchase.

Event 2.
  Having gotten home and still feeling unwell I had stayed up and was browsing comic on an online auction site and came across Saga of Swamp Thing #37 from June 1985. It was on Buy Now for $5 + $3 for Delivery. I actually have my comic shop guy, Jeremy at Gotham Comics here in New Zealand looking out for one. I better tell him I got a copy now. This comic goes for around US$30+ and around US$90 on milehighcomics So, I was quite excited about this. 



Event 2.
   If you look in the letters section of this months Hellblazer #281 you will see at top right hand side my very own letter. I have never written a letter, that I can remember to a comic company about one of their comics, so when I heard talk that they might be bringing Hellblazer in to the main DC Universe with Superman and Batman etc. I thought I better send a message. So, I can’t remember when but a couple weeks back I got on the Vertigo site and left a message. 


Hellblazer #281



Now, you are probably wondering why I shared this with you guys? Well, I thought you guys might like to share in my hell of a week. 
-Aru


Further info John Constantine, Also, Straight to Hell. Both sites were helpful when I was writing the graphic novel.