Sunday, September 21, 2014

Coursera: Comic Books and Graphic Novels

My second-to-last class with AMU ends next week. Then I've just got my "Capstone" class starting next month, and then I'll have my B.S. in I.T. Woohoo! It's not that that's not enough schoolin, cuz it totally is... too much, in fact. I'm pretty sick of AMU and the $250/hour online for-profit college scam, and couldn't be happier to be done with it (even though I don't pay I dime, thanks to the G.I.Bill, and in fact I actually get paid to take classes, thanks to B.A.H., but still... I am opposed to the idea of them making $750 for a 3-credit class).

But this Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Comic Books and Graphic Novels popped up one day last week in my Facebook news feed, and I couldn't resist. I've been hearing about Coursera for quite a while now, about how it's going to revolutionize learning and colleges and will make it so that, in the near future, employers will look down on you if you were suckered into paying for a traditional college degree and will instead look to see which MOOC classes you have certificates for (which you do have to pay $50 for, but still, that's much more reasonable).

So I'll be taking University of Colorado Boulder Proffesor William Kuskin's MOOC on Comic Books and Graphic Novels, starting tomorrow for the next 7 weeks. I've skimmed through all the fine print, and I didn't see a place where it says I can't share about it here, so I'll probably put some stuff on Coby's Comics about it, depending on how the whole thing works out. This'll be my first class with Coursera, so I really have no idea what to expect. But the stuff on the Coursera page makes it sound really interesting!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014-15 Super Shows

Holy cow, Super Shows are everywhere now! There's a whole new slew of comic-based TV shows coming this fall, and it doesn't look like the bubble is set to pop any time soon! Here's the ones I'll be watching, along with their channel, time, premier date, and some thoughts.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Avengers #34.1 Review: Hyperion Shows Superman & Batman How Things are Done

"The World in His Hands"

Writer: Al Ewing
Penciler: Dale Keown
Inker: Norman Lee
Colorist: Jason Keith
Letterer: Cory Petit

Coby's Rating: 10/10

I know nothing about Hyperion. I've read all 34 Avengers comics up to this point, and I've seen him sort of in the background here and there, flying in with his super-strength to punch a badguy, but I really have no idea who he is or what he's about. According to the "PREVIOUSLY IN AVENGERS" opening page of Avengers #034.1, Hyperion's world died and he floated in nothingness until A.I.M. pulled him into the 616 Universe, where he joined the Avengers and saved some children from the Savage Land. Maybe I read this in some previous issues, but I really don't remember.

I also don't know why Marvel decided to number this comic 034.1. Maybe because they were deadset on having Avengers #35 be the start of the "Time Runs Out" 8-months in the future thing? They could've just called this thing Hyperion One-Shot, but then nobody would've bought it because nobody buys anything without "Avengers" or "X-Men" in the title (hence the renaming of AXIS to "Avengers & X-Men Axis").

But none of that matters. The only thing that matters is that this Hyperion One-Shot is pretty much a perfect comic. I know you haven't been paying attention, but I tend to be a pretty harsh reviewer (unlike the mainstream comics reviewing websites). I don't have an agenda, I don't get free review comics from the publishers, and I don't hope to work for one of the Big Two someday. I call things like I see them. When I was doing the Coby's Top 5 Comics of the Week thing, I gave only two comics a perfect 10/10 score: Moon Knight #5 and Chew: "Warrior Chicken Poyo". Well, here's a third perfect comic in Avengers #34.1.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I Wrote a Book!

It doesn't have much to do with comics, but it has everything to do with Coby! If you enjoy my writing and want to learn more about who I am, where I come from, and I what I used to do for a living, and/or if you just want to support me, please consider reading my book, From Boot Camp to al-Baghdadi: How One Junior Intel Marine Helped in the War Against al-Qaida in Iraq!
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fantastic Four: The Thing, Ms. Thing, & She-Thing

I'll admit I've only been halfway paying attention while skimming through the most recent Fantastic Four series. Frankly, it just isn't that good. Which is surprising, considering James Robinson is one of Marvel's premier writers. Maybe it's because I didn't read any of the previous Fantastic Four series, so I really am not emotionally invested in these characters (despite my history with them), and I have no clue what's going on with the "Future Foundation" kids.

But the most recent issue, #9, perked me right up and grabbed my attention last week with the introduction of a character I never would've imagined could make a return. And unlike a certain other character's brief cameo, this one actually meant something.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

No Variant Covers for Saga

I mentioned before how great Saga is. Sixteen issues and 11 months later, it's still one of the best comics available (currently the third best, according to me, as you can see on my "Coby's Top 10 Ongoing Comics" on the right side of Coby's Comics).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Coby's Previews of the Week

This'll likely be the last Preview of the Week, unless anyone wants me to keep going? I think I'm going to take a break from this blogging thing for a while. Too much other stuff going on in my life right now.
For this last Preview of the Week, I couldn't pick just one. There are quite a few comics to look forward to next week! Instead, I'll pick my favorite page from each one, and let you click through to look at the entire Preview, if you want.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Coby's Top 5 Comics of the Week of 8/13/14

I'm thinking about stopping this blog thing, or at least taking a break until school is over with and I publish my book. I am done with the Gambit one. Every time I think to myself, Hey, I should write something!, I then respond to myself, Yeah, I could write about comics, or I could play with my kids or read comics or read about comics or watch TV or watch a movie or do schoolwork or yardwork or play video games or work on my book or my art or do literally anything else... and that's not a sign of a healthy relationship!

But then, at the same time, as I'm reading the new comics of the week, I can't help but have thoughts about them, and then want to share those thoughts. Although this week I didn't get through them all until last night, so this post is going up on Saturday, rather than the usually Friday (which'll push the Preview of the Week post back to Sunday).

I dunno... does anybody actually read these weekly Top 5 Comics of the Week posts? That'd be encouraging to know. I'll do one for this week, but unless I hear back from somebody... anybody... I don't know how much longer I'll keep doing this.

The theme last week was unconventional comics. This week's theme: Indy Comics! (Or creator-owned comics... or whatever you want to call them--comics that aren't mainstream Marvel/DC comics were what I enjoyed most this week, is what I'm saying.)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Coby's Preview of the Week: HULK

It's Saturday, that means it's time for my Preview of the Week!

Next week, Marvel kicks of their latest promotional event, "Avengers NOW!", with Gerry Duggan's Hulk #5.

If you aint up on "Avengers NOW!," where've you been? Marvel's publicists pulled out all the stops, announcing a female Thor on The View, Sam Wilson (Falcon) as the All-New Captain America on the Colbert Report, and a new Superior Iron Man via Entertainment Weekly.

Also note Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, & Scarlett Witch because of upcoming MCU movies

Friday, August 8, 2014

Coby's Top 5 Comics of the Week of 8/6/14

You know the deal: every Friday, I give you my Top 5 Comics of the Week. This week seems to be all about unconventiality; I pick a graphic birth, a 2-issue crossover, a comedic villains book, a triple-digit issue, and an OGN.