Friday, March 20, 2015

Dragon Ball Minus - "Rocket Child of Destiny"

Here we have Akira Toriyama's special Dragon Ball - story, "Rocket Child of Destiny". He did it to tie his most well-known story into his newest manga, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. One day soon I hope to pull all the relevant pages from Jaco and post them here, to see how the stories crossover with each other. As I've come to expect after watching all of the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z anime, Toriyama doesn't hesitate to do a retcon here and there when it suits his purposes. In this omake story, he changes the story from the anime (especially the Bardock TV special) to make Goku 3-years-old when he is sent to Earth, rather than a newborn. But, hey, Dragon Ball is Toriyama's creation, so if he wants to change it here and there, that's OK with me.

The other significant thing from this omake is it's the first time we see Goku's mother, Gine.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F Chapter 2

Since I posted the first post on the newest Dragon Ball Z movie, it's gotten a slightly different name. At first it was translated as Rebirth of F or Revival of F. FUNimation got the rights and they're going to show the English-dubbed version this summer, and now it's just going to be called Resurrection F.

The second chapter to what I thought was a prequel manga--but now appears to just be a manga version of the film's story in its entirety--is now available below. This isn't as good a quality as the first chapter, as I just took a fan translation and pasted it into the Japanese version of the scanned pages, but it's what we have for now!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Looking Past a Creator to Enjoy the Work

I don't want to get in the middle of a comics blogger "feud", but yesterday my favorite website for rumors, Bleeding Cool, and my favorite comics website of all, The Outhousers, wrote articles on this thing between Chris Sims and Valerie D'Orazio, and I've got opinions about it. Well, not about D'Orazio exactly (because I've never heard of her before this), but about Sims and some of the larger overarching issues here.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Coby's Top 5 Comics of the Week of 3/11/15

Oh my goodness, this was probably the best week of comics since I started reading comics almost two years ago. So many good comics! Usually I have to rack my brain struggling to come up with five pretty good ones for this list--this week I have the opposite problem, trying to score them all and come up with the five best! There was All-New X-Men #37, Amazing Spider-Man #16, Amazing Spider-Man Special #1, Ant-Man #3, Captain Marvel #13, Deadpool #43, Hellbreak #1, Howard the Duck #1, Ultimate Spider-Man #11, Ms. Marvel #13, New Avengers #31, Ninjak #1, Nova Annual #1, Postal #2, Silver Surfer #10, Southern Cross #1, Spawn Resurrection #1, Spider-Gwen #2, Spider-Man & The X-Men #4, Spider-Man 2099 #10, Star Wars #3, Superior Iron Man #6, The Surface #1, The Walking Dead #138, and Thor #6! Holy cow! That's alotta good comics worth reading! I'll try my best to pick my Top 5 from that list for ya:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dragon Ball Z: Revival of F

During the break I took from Coby's Comics, I checked a longtime goal of mine of the ol' bucket list. My wonderful wife Sierra and I watched all the episodes of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT, including all the OAVs and movies. It was a heckuva lotta anime to watch. Even so, I'm still looking for more! I haven't yet watched the remastered Dragon Ball Z Kai, but I still want to. And I've only just started reading the manga. I've read the first few Dragon Ball and DBZ mangas, and they're all pretty much copied frame for frame in the anime, so I'll save those for later. Instead I've found a few different dojinshi continuing the story after Dragon Ball GT, which I've been reading and will be posting on here eventually.

But for now, let's get into the newest DBZ movie, set to come out April 18: "Revival of F".

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Daredevil Trailer

Big News Item of the Day:

Marvel Releases Daredevil Trailer

Before all the episodes get dumped on Netflix next month, here's a trailer:

Monday, March 9, 2015

Valiant Movies & TV Shows On the Way

A while back, I hopped on the Valiant Humble Bundle and scored the first TPBs for Archer & Armstrong, Quantum and Woody, X-O Manowar, Harbinger, and maybe some others. It was an awesome deal and introduced me to a whole buncha new comics I was previously completely oblivious to. I think I first read in Archer & Armstrong some vague references to The Vine, which I then learned more about in X-O Manowar. Then in Harbringer I met Toyo Harada and his "Project: Rising Spirit", which was then referenced in some of the other Valiant comics, and woah, there's a whole interconnected Universe here! It's much more subtle than Marvel's or even DC's, and, honestly, I like it a lot better. I try to stay up to date on all the Marvel books and some of DC's and Image's, but the ones I keep wanting to catch up on are the Valiant comics. The ones I have read (the previously mentioned, plus Ivar, Timewalker; Rai; Ninjak; and The Valiant) have all been outstanding. When I realized how the whole Valiant Universe was interconnected, the first thing I thought was that they could take this to the big screen and maybe be even better than the MCU, if only they could find the funding and get the right writers/directors. Which brings me to the

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude - This Sceptre'd Isle

Just like they did for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, on 2/3/15 (my birthday!) Marvel "stealth released" another infinite comic; this one as a prelude to Avengers: Age of Ultron, written by Will Corona Pilgrim and drawn by Wellinton Alves. Marvel has done a Prelude comic for just about all of their movies--some of them are alright and provide some missing pieces of information (see Thor: The Dark World); some of them are just there to capitalize on any fans of the MCU looking to crossover to the comics medium. The Age of Ultron prelude, "This Scepter'd Isle," is a bit of both: it is a good primer to throw you back in the MCU before going to see the movie, but it's mostly just there to get a few bucks out of any of the movies' fans looking around on the Internet for anything on Age of Ultron before the film's release.

Saturday, March 7, 2015


I'm a huge fan of the original Runaways series, as created by my favorite comicbook writer, Brian K. Vaughan. I'm not sure that anyone will ever do with his characters what he did there, but it looks like Marvel is going to give it another shot. This time, written by Noelle Stevenson and drawn by Sanford Green. Noelle Stevenson I know from her work with the web comics, and she should bring an entertaining spin to Runaways. But I'm not very confident in this SECRET WARS tie-in being anywhere near as great at Vaughan's work, especially because what made the original Runaways so special was the entirely unique cast of characters who were thrust into their own little corner of the Marvel U. But I'll withhold judgement until the release.

Coby's Top 5 Comics of the Week of 3/4/15

I haven't done one of these Top 5 Comics of the Week posts in a while, but since I'm starting to write again (after losing all motivation after I got laid off for writing that article), I figured I'd start this again too. I used to do these posts Friday mornings at work before the rest of the office got in. I figured it was nice to have it up before the weekend; that way, the Wednesday Warriors could debate me as to which are the best comics that week, and the less-hardcore comics readers would have some ideas about which comics might be worth picking up when they stop by the comics shop on the weekend. That's probably still sound reasoning, so I'll try to have this done Friday night. It's fun to do. It's fun to think about as I'm reading comics: which ones would be good enough to make it in the Top 5. To be here, a comic has to make me laugh and/or keep me engrossed the entire time; it's got to have clear, solid art that compliments the writing; it has to keep me turning the pages and dreading the issue's end rather than hoping for it. Surprisingly, out of all the comics I read each week, very few of them meet that criteria. Here are this week's Top 5: