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This week Matthew Sardo talks about Amazing Spider-Man #700, “Dark Knight Rises,” Image Comics’ Debris #1, Marvel Comics’ Hit Girl #2, FF #20 and DC Comics’ Green Lantern #11. Sardo talks about politics and how mainstream comics need to take care of their customers.

Will Dan Slott kill Mary Jane in Amazing Spider-Man #700?

Dan Slott mentioned at Comic Con International that Amazing spider-Man #700 is the biggest thing that he has worked on in his career and that what happens in the issue would polarize audiences. Killing MJ is the biggest thing that people over at the Comic Vault could come up with. What do you think?

Below is the cover Amazing Spider-Man #700 by French artist Mr Garcin.

Happy 4th of July America!

The Comic Vault wishes you a great 4th of July. Enjoy your BBQ, comics and America!

Captain America is a fictional character, a superhero who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (cover-dated March 1941), from Marvel Comics’ 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics,[1] and was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. As of 2007, an estimated 210 million copies of “Captain America” comic books had been sold in 75 countries.[2] For nearly all of the character’s publication history, Captain America was the alter ego of Steve Rogers, a frail young man who was enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum in order to aid the United States war effort. Captain America wears a costume that bears an American flag motif, and is armed with an indestructible shield that can be thrown as a weapon.[3]
An intentionally patriotic creation who was often depicted fighting the Axis powers of World War II, Captain America was Timely Comics’ most popular character during the wartime period. After the war ended, the character’s popularity waned and he disappeared by the 1950s aside from an ill-fated revival in 1953. Captain America was reintroduced during the Silver Age of comics when he was revived from suspended animation by the superhero team the Avengers in The Avengers #4 (March 1964). Since then, Captain America has often led the team, as well as starring in his own series.
Steve Rogers was purportedly assassinated in Captain America vol. 5, #25 (March 2007), although he was later revealed to be alive. The comic-book series Captain America continued to be published,[4] with Rogers’ former sidekick, James “Bucky” Barnes, having taken up the mantle, and keeping it at the insistence of Rogers, who upon his return began operating as an intelligence agent in the Secret Avengers title, and in the limited series Steve Rogers: Super Soldier, before resuming the identity after Bucky was killed in the line of duty.
Captain America was the first Marvel Comics character adapted into another medium with the release of the 1944 movie serial Captain America. Since then, the character has been featured in several other films and television series, including Chris Evans’ portrayal in Captain America: The First Avenger, released on July 22, 2011, and The Avengers, released on May 4, 2012. Captain America was ranked sixth on IGN’s Top 100 Comic Book Heroes in 2011.

3-page preview: Spider-Men #3 – sort of…


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Marvel Comics Friday afternoon released a three-page preview of Spider-Men #3 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Sara Pichelli. The problem with the preview is some of the panels are blackout till you read Spider-Men #2. No one wants spoilers but it seems like a have hearted effort by Marvel Comics. Also, the Comic Vault is waiting to review Spider-Men till something happens because the first issue is just a very long setup. Bendis is great at witty banter but could use some help with the pacing. With that said, Marvel loaded the press release with quotes from other comic book website and I feel like I read a different book.
The Comic Vault would like your opinion of what you thought of the first issue of Spider-Men #1.

“With well-judged pace and tone, it’s everything a Spider-Man fan could want.” – ComicBookResources.com

“A fine comic book that is spilling with the same charm that we get from Ultimate Comics Spider-Man each and every month.” – IGN.com

“…there isn’t a single panel that feels static.” – AintItCoolNews.com

“A purely enjoyable comic book, and three cheers if that continues through to the end.” – Comicsbeat.com

SPIDER-MEN #3 (MAY120671)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Variant Covers by SARA PICHELLI & TERRY DODSON
FOC – 6/18/2012, On Sale – 7/11/2012

A Conversation with MONOCYTE Creators MENTON 3 and Kasra Ghanbari

 

I spoke to Menton and Kasra after issue 3 of MONOCYTE (which you can read here)  and immediately we decided to get back together upon issue 4 being completed. Issue 4 came out May 30th and wraps up the first chapter in MONOCYTE. I was invited back to their studio to speak to Menton and Kasra about their final issue, MONOCYTE’S soon to be hardcover release, mortality,and whats next for both creators.

Comic Vault: So in Issue 4 during the fight between light and Monocyte/Augustus , there is a pivotal moment where Lapis which is Monocytes helmet says “In the land of the blind the One Eyed is King” from that moment there’s a sudden shift in Augustus . Can you expand on that moment for me?

Kasra Ghanbari: The Subtitle for the whole miniseries was in the land of the blind the one eyed is king. That scene was written almost musically, more so about pacing. So you have Augustus and you see him in full spread standing up making a declaration of what he has experienced in the face of this light creature. You turn the page and at the top of  next page you see the helmet and we have the creature talk. Partly to let you know hes a witness to this and also a harkening back to the subtitle which we haven’t alluded to anywhere else in the series. But it’s also a little bit musical as a pause. You’re right from that moment on there is a very clear escalation in what he has said and Augustus is overcoming Light based on what the creäture has said.

MENTON 3: Throughout the whole book when the helmet talks versus Augustus we changed the color of the bubble image. It was important for me that the creäture in the helmet said its last thing but it’s really making a joke. When we see Monocyte with the helmet off  he does have one human eye. Which is pretty much the only human eye we have in the entire book. This is one eye-ball viewing from that perspective this entire world. So what I wanted to let everyone know is that the helmet influences him in ways that we didn’t really understand and still don’t as far as the ending of this particular book. In a sense Augustus is sleeping inside of a shell kind of like a locust. So when the helmet comes off he gets to really talk without the psychological and physical resistance from the helmet. Right after that occurs its time to go get my prize , to actually die now. So the statement from the helmet is a conceit. It was making fun of Augustus but at the same time conceding that they are fucking blind.

CV:Following that Augustus Finally meets the Green Man. The Green Man addresses Augustus and I found it interesting that Augustus claims that he doesn’t want to be addressed by that name anymore and in fact Lapis is the one who ends up carrying on the conversation. So as a reader I was surprised that this meeting meant more to Lapis as a character than Augustus.

M3:Absolutely, Augustus doesn’t want to be a pawn but he doesn’t have another option. Augustus would love a reason to live but doesn’t have one nor is he willing to accept one. Lapis is consumed with the idea of playing the game. So the motivations for Monocyte have always been from Lapis and not Augustus. The humanity from the story takes place in that portion , that there is a disconnect between the two of them.

CV:I Really like the reveal that Lapis was responsible for creating The Olignostics which in turn paved way to the war in the first place. Green Man seems to have a better understanding of how this universe works than anyone and you give him one of the best moments of dialogue in the entire series. (Referring to the Anyone may look around and see the problems in this world.) Were you always planning on having that character have such a pivotal moment?

M3:You got to understand the Green Man knew the story. He actually searched for this creature because he thought by having this creature he may be able to win the war. Monocyte is even a myth to him, but he’s cool enough and collective enough that he actually knows whats going to happen here. He’s not going to fight this because whats happening is probably the wisest thing.

KG: He sees the entire order and confluence of events and rather than fight against it he recognizes the confluence and becomes part of it.

M3: He really helps, really one of the biggest heroes of the book is The Green Man. If the series continues we will talk more about The Green Man.

CV: I feel like you give him one of the biggest moments in the series , right before he passes away he has a last few words for Monocyte. The “How would you have it be” speech. Did you always plan on giving him that line and have that be such a pivotal moment?

KG: In a way for us emotionally that was the end of the book. The delivery mechanism for the book was that page.

M3:  When Monocyte went to The Olignostics in issue 2 the Conduit was not willing to die. He was pretty much begging like a little bitch. Its kind of like the 40 Days o Night in the desert type thing where Monocytes like what a piece of shit humanity is. People don’t realize that that’s what Shakespeare was talking about in that Soliloquy in Hamlet he’s actually talking about what a piece of shit we are. People will use it and be like “what a piece of work this man has done” but at the end he has the line “but yet to me what is this quintessence of dust?” which is a condemnation of humanity but they don’t read that line. I’ll see famous actors recite that and they will literally leave that line out which is like leaving out the ending to Apocalypse Now. You missed the entirety of the point in everything.

CV: Right they take what they want out of it and leave out whats uncomfortable for them to acknowledge.

M3: Exactly which is fine do that with any literature that you want. I’m a huge Hamlet fan and I’ve probably read that book into the high double digits. The other reason to do MONOCYTE for me was to deliver some of the information the way i saw it in that book. I didn’t want to recreate Hamlet because who the fuck could do that but I definitely have a disgust for the people I see around me . I don’t feel like I’m above or below them but I don’t feel like I’ve ever been part of that Tribe. That isolation was something I had a lot of fun exploring in the book. So the Green Man was completely wise to that. In a lot of ways he was one of the bigger heroes in the book even though we didn’t talk about him that much.

KG: Representation-ally and thematically The Green Man because of where he comes from historically we used him to represent what constitutes a leader and what does that actually mean. Part of being a leader is having a different perspective on what  constitutes sacrifice.

CV: One of the things I noticed this issue is that it seemed other than The Green Man everyone else seemed to have their own selfish motivations for Monocyte and Augustus. I loved seeing Monocyte return to Azrael and having him acknowledge that what Monocyte has done is the most selfless act as an individual that can be done.

M3: The way that we saw it and the way I intended it forever is that Azrael knew all this shit and knows what happens into the future. Azrael was very smart and knew the whole fucking thing and knows whats going to happen to Monocyte too. He’s death and he loves Monocyte very much but knows what the future holds for Monocyte as well. I wanted to touch on Brotherhood because that’s one of the things I think we lack as a society. I’m not saying I’m big enough or smart enough to judge society but I do think we lack Brotherhood. What I am saying is that if somebody is in need its very rare that we can help them but we donate to huge charities and say that we’ve helped people. Like for instance we fund high-speed trains barreling through the city but we cant figure out how to feed a homeless person on the street. We live in all this pretense where we don’t even know how fucking  idiotic we are. So the way I tried to write Death was from the perspective that he knew how idiotic that was. Where we had ended up as humans. The Vampires in the book even the way we were writing Moses at one point they were human. This is what they had evolved into so even though their Immortal were still talking about humanity. That was one of the things I had a hard time talking about in interviews was when people would ask what about the humans. These are the humans you know? Even The Olignostics were humans these are the worst qualities we see in humans. Azrael knew the whole thing and that’s one of the things I loved the most about painting and drawing and writing  him as much as I could because he’s a really good guy. People view death like “oh my god I don’t want to die”  but it’s really like if you take a plastic flower that’s made its beautiful and each individual pedal is flawless but there’s nothing more beautiful than an actual flower. One of the reasons that flower is so beautiful is because its mortal.  When you take away our mortality you take away our beauty. Like I don’t want to die you know, I have a wife and kid I love but I will accept my death when it comes. I just hope I have long enough to fear it. Where it’s like this wonderful experience like everything else.

CV: Chris Newman shares art duties with you guys. Did you feel any apprehension about handing over art duties for such a pivotal part of the series?

M3: You know I have no ego in that regard. I have a horrible ego and I’m a terrible person but in that regard no ego what so ever. It was a joy because Chris Newman hasn’t done comics before but he wants to because he doesn’t have a name yet, but he should because he’s fucking brilliant. It was an honor to give him that platform. My onset for issue four was that I wanted to view for Beatrice to be from a different perspective. So I started experimenting with a different art style but as I started to explore that art style I was just like this looks like Chris Newman so why not have him do it. I thin he did a wonderful job. At some point we would like to continue the story and his voice is an important part of that. I don’t like to touch Beatrice too much…

Chris Newman's take on Grod for MONOCYTE issue 4

CV: I wanted to touch on Beatrice as a character for a moment while were speaking about her. This issue she finally gets to see Augustus again and she want to address him as a human again letting him know that he’s loved and it seems to little too late.

M3: Part of him doesn’t even hear that yet. If we continue this story a lot of what the story is about is between Beatrice and Augustus. Beatrice is a really important character to the story. We didn’t explore her a lot because I always felt a little bit strange painting her. I don’t know if I’m the right artist for her. I like her too much to paint her, she definitely the Sophia of this whole thing. I’m a little sad that we couldn’t fit a lot of her story into this.If we explored her more people would really like her and Sheppard too. The thing I was jealous about Chris Newman was that he gets to paint Sheppard because there’s nothing more than I like to paint in this world then the Sheppard. The Sheppard is this wonderful correlation of  the woman who wont fuck you and the teacher that treated you like shit. So I was jealous of Chris’s Sheppard’s and I thought he did Great with Grod too.

CV: His Grod was great! It’s the first time your seeing him be completely out of his mind evil.

M3: If we continue the story Grod gets much worse. Can I ask you a quick question as to what you think happened at the end.

CV: At the end I thought Beatrice was motivated by her own selfish desires for Augustus / Monocyte so I thought that when she went in front on Grod and told him that  if Monocyte dies so does he and all of the Olignostics that it was all a lie. I thought that in the end Augustus died and we are left with Grod saving Monocyte which is now an empty shell and becomes a body or Religious figure-head for him to worship.

M3: I don’t mind addressing that and going full on into it. When Monocyte killed the very first human that was the first thing that had died like that in along time. He then legitimately became the conduit. He didn’t know that but Death did. Then when he killed the first Immortal Ryul he became the Death Conduit. So what Beatrice is telling Grod is true. If Monocyte dies every one of the Olignostics die. So it’s not a lie but I love the idea that other people may think that it is. The one thing I don’t care about blurting out is that when Monocyte killed The Green man it had the same effect on the Antedeluvians. So when Monocyte dies they all eat it. So now you have a situation where the Villains now have to attempt to keep the hero alive.

KG: Thats the lingering question we want to leave with readers. How is Monocyte going to come back? What happen to Lapis?  Theres that early story where we had The Sheppard coveting Lapis. So you have Grod set against everyone wanting power in absolute form. You have Monocyte who wanted to die and is now brought back but we don’t know in what form.  We have Sheppard roaming around as the Chaos element . The Green Man is now gone and the Antedeluvians are spread out all around. Make no mistake Grod places mark on Monocyte to bring him back in order to maintain control with the goal of nothing short then ultimate power. The question then becomes how physically and otherwise subservient is Monocyte going to be to Grod and if he controls him how is that going to change over time.

M3: People are like “well you don’t really have an ending there” But the ending is a very real ending. That even with this amazing selfless act by a few key individuals no one has learned shit. Their completely happy to live in Hubris and to me that was the exclamation point to put in the book. We sat down and we knew in this book we wanted to ask the question how would you have it be? That is the lingering thing. Is there a definite of what Monocyte is now? Not necessarily but we do elude to it  throughout the entirety of the series. When people pick up the collected version of this and reread it they will pick up on certain things that weren’t in there. I will definitely say that there are clues upon clues upon clues. Some of the diagrams and the wordings….We really worked way to much on this book and spent way more time on this than anyone would believe.

CV: I think it shows in the work that was done on the series and the level of quality in the book.

KG: Something I would like on record is that we made a great deal of effort to put this book together. It was important enough for us to do this book just to ask the question how would you have it be and have the reader take that question seriously internalize it and consider it.

M3: In the end I want to make art, I like making art. To me this was a book of art. It was the best I could do given what I had at my disposal at the time. The fact that the book even exists is completely enough for me. If we sold two copies it might have hurt my feelings but all I wanted to do is make the book. Kasra and I have been able to do that together without killing each other which is really hard to do in my case because I’m really difficult to work with.

(Kasra remains quiet takes a long drawn out sip of coffee after Menton’s comment and we all laugh)

CV: Can you guys share with me if your working on anything else together at the moment?

M3: We have one story were talking about right now that were both strangely in love with. The funny thing about this story is that it will be really simple to understand. It wont be nearly as Esoteric as MONOCYTE. For me the strange thing about it is that I’m strangely excited to do a book like that. I say this now and then the book is going to come out and people are going to be like “I don’t understand this book”

KG: One of the things with MONOCYTE and we’ve been told this over and over so I hope I don’t sound pretentious by saying this  is that its pretty singular than other things that have been produced. Which I think makes it pretty easy for Menton and myself to be typecast. This book we are working on now were just as excited and involved in and it will completely destroy any semblance of being typecast or any expectation that anyone else has of us and that is amazing.

CV: I appreciate that you guys are self aware as a reader.

M3: Well self aware , but at the same time horribly pretentious in that regard. I’ve got to do other books you know. I did Zombies Vs. Robots and Silent Hill and those are a lot of fun to do. If I’m going to do my own books I have to do shit I like. We arrived at this other story form an excitement stand point.

CV: You also have the Collected edition of MONOCYTE coming out soon. I know prior you had mentioned possibly adding a story to it. Do you plan on still doing that and if so will we see some characters return?

KG:We ended up not including an additional story for the collected edition. We went with a straight curatorial slant for it. We have a gallery of Menton’s early developmental sketches. Early Olignostics sketches, early Sheppard sketches. Then we went straight into what ended up being a very large gallery of art by world-class people. The last 40-50 pages of the book end up being a straight run through of 9 x13.5 inch unencumbered full-page art relating to the ascetic , the vibe , certain elements of the story they all relate to. We really struggled with the idea to include a new story and I’ll tell you part of me felt that it was a bit gimmicky. Like were playing a little bit  with someone who was invested in the story having to get the hardcover to get those additional pages. Instead lets just give them art and interpretation with a behind the scenes and let them read the story as it was intended.

M3: It does include the digital prequel that deals with the Sheppard as well which will be nice because that will be the first time you will be able to read that in print.

CV: Anything else you guys want to mention before we wrap this up?

M3: Actually yeah I do. Me , Kasra , Ben Templesmith and a guy by the name of Nicholas Odell that owns a comic book shop in Chicago are about to go on a new adventure. Were about to start a Kick Starter Campaign for soon about a project were in love with and MONOCYTE in some ways is a bit of an Alpha program for that. We fundamentally believe comic books are art period. Whats the Sistine Chapel but an amazing graphic novel painted on the walls of an amazing building? So were going to put our dicks on the line and are going to do something about it. Steve Niles is involved , David Stoupakis is involved , and George Pratt so if anyone likes whats going on with MONOCYTE we have a project in the works now that they will love. The Kick Starter will be out soon so keep an eye out for it.

CV: Thanks For your time again guys

M3 and KG: Thank you


The Collected Edition of MONOCYTE comes out July 25th and Kasra and MENTON’S Kickstarter project should launch late June early May.

Mike DeVivo

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Exclusive: MTV Movie Awards “TDK Rises” clip



The 2012 MTV Movie Awards Sunday night aired an exclusive “The Dark Knight Rises” clip during the show. The Comic vault was able to get a copy of the clip, we are not sure how the it will last on YouTube. Warner Bros. should release a better version of the clip since most of the internet world is watching a crappy boot-leg version.

From MTV.com
Brand-new footage from “The Dark Knight Rises” will debut at the MTV Movie Awards tonight, and we’re already growing impatient. When director Christopher Nolan and stars Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman bring the new footage to the show, airing live at 9 p.m. ET on MTV, there a handful of things we’re hoping and praying to see.

Here’s what we want from the Movie Awards “Dark Knight Rises” footage:

The Dark Knight Rises
The Bat
The final theatrical trailer surprised us with a look at Batman’s new aerial vehicle that we weren’t expecting. The Bat, as far as we knew, was little more than some kind of badass hovercraft. That’s not the case, as we learned. And it’s definitely not a car. The Bat is a full-fledged jet, able to flip and avoid approaching missiles. Now that we know what the Bat can do, we want more. What other maneuvers is Lucius Fox’s new toy capable of?

Selina Kyle in Action
The femme fatale who won’t be referred to as Catwoman has come a long way since fanboys originally snickered at her first photos from set. With the past few trailers and TV spots, Anne Hathaway has thoroughly convinced us that her version of Selina Kyle is one worth looking forward to. She’ll be fighting alongside Batman in those spiked heels, and we would like to see how much of a punch those boots can pack.

The Final Showdown
The latest round of promotional banners has hyped the final showdown between Batman and Bane, each with an army backing them. Frankly, it looks totally badass. It’s Batman and Bane throwing down in broad daylight with the police standing firmly behind the Caped Crusader, against the band of escaped prisoners. It doesn’t get any more epic than that. Naturally, we’re going to want a sneak peek.

Anything With John Blake
Who is this guy? The last trailer made Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character seem even more important than we previously thought, but we still know next-to-nothing about him and where he comes from. He’s a cop. We know that, but what else is going on with this guy? We’re pretty sure he won’t turn out to be Robin, but is he the next in line for the cowl? Please give us something, Nolan!

Nothing Too Revealing
Then again, just a nice teaser would suffice. Unlike most big blockbusters, “The Dark Knight Rises” has stayed refreshingly unspoiled, thanks to a limited number of promotional materials beforehand. While we want an action-packed, secret-spilling piece of footage at the MTV Movie Awards, we’d also like to stay safely in the dark until July.

Head over to MovieAwards.MTV.com to cast your vote for Best Hero and Best Movie now! The “Movie Awards Punk’d Pre-Party” starts at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the 21st annual MTV Movie Awards live tonight at 9 p.m. ET!

Alan Scott – Earth 2 Green Lantern is DC’s new gay character

According to Bleeding Cool, a source at the Phoenix Comic Con confirms that Alan Scott will come out of the closet in an upcoming issue from DC Comics. The Comic Vault will cover any further information as it is released or discovered.

From Wikipedia:
Alan Scott – Earth 2 Green Lantern
The character made his debut in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940).

Thousands of years ago, a mystical “green flame” fell to Earth in ancient China. The voice of the flame prophesied that it would act three times: once to bring death (a lamp-maker crafted the green metal of the meteor into a lamp; in fear and as punishment for what they thought sacrilege, the local villagers killed him, only to be destroyed by a sudden burst of the green flame), once to bring life (in modern times, the lamp came into the hands of a patient in a mental institution who fashioned the lamp into a modern lantern; the green flame restored him to sanity and gave him a new life), and once to bring power. By 1940, after having already fulfilled the first two-thirds of this prophecy (death when it crashed, life when it healed the insanity of the person who found it), the flame had been fashioned into a metal lantern, which fell into the hands of Alan Scott, a young railroad engineer. Following a railroad bridge collapse, the flame instructs Scott in how to fashion a ring from its metal, to give him fantastic powers as the superhero Green Lantern. He adopts a colorful costume (setting himself apart from his successors, as he wore both red and purple in his outfit, besides the standard green) and becomes a crimefighter, defeating the crooks who caused the accident, though he discovers his weakness from a wooden club.[1] Alan was a founding member of the Justice Society of America, and was its first chairman.

The New 52
Following DC’s reboot of its fictional universe, Alan Scott has been reintroduced in issue 1 of Earth 2. Now the young dynamic head of GBC productions on Earth 2, Alan Scott is destined to become his world’s Green Lantern. It is rumored that as part of his reintroduction, Alan Scott will be revealed as a homosexual.

Welcome our 2 newest writers Dan Royer & James Orbesen!

Dan Royer – writer / podcast

Decapitated Dan Royer is a horror comic journalist living in Illinois. He has been covering horror comics since 2009. He hosts two podcasts; Discussions with Decapitated Dan and Tales From the Water Cooler. Dan is affiliated with numerous websites and it is on these sites that you can find all of his columns, reviews and podcasts.

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James Orbesen – writer

James Orbesen is a fiction candidate in Roosevelt University’s MFA in Creative Writing. Essays, reviews, and articles have appeared on PopMatters, Gapers Block, The Point, and The River. Fiction has been published in The Helix Literary Magazine, Falling Star Magazine, and Nothing. No One. Nowhere. Comic work is forthcoming in 215 Ink’s 2011 Comics’ Anthology. He lives in Chicago and is not wearing tights underneath his clothes to work.

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Welcome our newest video blogger Nerdy Netty!

The Comic Vault and staff would like to welcome our newest video blogger.

Sup, Nerdlings! I am the Nerdy Netty and I do video game reviews on YouTube from Vancouver, Canada Eh! I have been playing video games since my father gave me his Intellivision and Celecovision. As the years went by my sister gave me her Nintendo and Gameboy. I started my epic collection of 16 game systems and 436 video games and counting. I truly have a passion for it and I used to get asked by all my friends what I thought of games. I finally decided to start my own channel so not only could I tell people what I thought, but make it funny and entertaining. I also have a fantastic addiction to chicken wings and cereal. I travel to the states just to get all kinds of cool cereals that I can’t get in Canada. I love hockey and of course I am a Canucks fan. That about sums me up and I hope you enjoy my reviews!

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Our main goal is to create a bond between creators and fans. With the virtual “ARTIST ALLEY” our aim is to start the fan/creator bond before you meet at a convention and to help the fans and creators nurture that bond after the convention.

Over time the virtual “ARTIST ALLEY” will be more than just a website for fans to connect with creators, it will become a tool of inspiration and guidance. Every creator video will add a bit of knowledge about the trials and tribulations of comic book industry.

There are no guarantees, but we’re going to promote the crap out this website. You never know who will see your work and when. This website will create added exposure for creators and the rest is up to you.

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The Comic Vault will promote “ARTIST ALLEY” at conventions throughout the United States. A portion of the money donated will go towards all the costs associated with attending a convention, booth rental, promotional material and staffing.

The Comic Vault will discover new talent by attending as many conventions as possible, big and especial small conventions. We are very passionate about this project but discovering talent requires time and gas money.

The Comic Vault will strive to bring you the best multi media storytelling currently out there. This will happen through great quality interviews, photographs and a compelling biography on all the creators. We currently have 90% of the items needed to carry this out, but a few items are needed to give you the best experience possible.

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AMC’s Walking Dead finale review – Lori is an awful, awful, awful woman.

Four writers from the Comic Vault got together via Facebook and watched the season finale of AMC’s Walking Dead together. This is what happened. (From left to right; Roger Riddell III, Mike DeVivo, Matthew Sardo and Jerry Nelson)

Jerry Nelson – There are a few choice moments of this season. The death of zombie Sophie worked because it marked an end for a very long and boring search. That whole plot line seemed a bit thin and I was happy for it to end. I also really enjoyed Dale’s shocking and brutal demise. He lasted a bit longer in the comic and had a whole different life, so this was an unexpected twist. He seemed to be a strong moral compass for the group and, frankly, it’s just more interesting without that preachy father figure.

Shane’s human death and zombie death were, of course, fantastic as well. Most people knew what happened in the comic, but you really never know where they were going to take this Shane storyline because he was such a fan favorite. It was great that Rick showed some balls and a bit of deception, as well, as he drove the knife home for a deep and personal kill. It was fitting that it was so confrontational and Rick kind of beat Shane at his own game. Having Carl shoot the zombie Shane was a nice nod to what happened in the comic and really put an exclamation point on the episode.

What didn’t work this season was most of the first half. The search for Sophia was long, and all the emo lamenting that followed.

Also: Lori’s lack of character just in general. She’s just a fucking lame character. With the exception of her bucking with Andrea and teasing Shane into a suicidal confrontation with Rick, she’s been pretty useless.

Roger Riddell III – It seems like a lot of plot lines in this show are a bit thin and drag on for too long. For example, Shane should’ve been dead a long time ago.

By the way, once they finally did kill Shane off, what was the deal with those terrible, made-for-SyFy-Channel-TV-movie “zombie transformation flashes?”

Jerry Nelson – There’s better ways to show a transformation, such as some physical zombification close-ups. Blackening veins, eyes going milky, etc.

Roger Riddell III – I think that, plus the terrible way the show handles flashbacks and the spotty acting, really pull me out of being able to enjoy the show. Remember that flashback where they were looking on as a city was nuked? (At least I think I remember a city being nuked…)

The show is alright, but it jumped the shark during the first season when they put a self-destruct button in the CDC.

Mike DeVivo – They kind of veered off into Resident Evil territory with that one

Roger Riddell III – Agreed! For a show that aims for a realistic depiction of a zombie apocalypse, a CDC headquarters equipped with a self-destruct button just seems a bit ridiculous.

Jerry Nelson – That’s why I’m glad they got rid of Darabont, he took the series into a boring cliché direction. Ever since they axed him, it seemed to get back on track and be on par with the source material. The CDC storyline was a joke.

And I fucking wish Darryl would have let Carol die. Her and Laurie, fucking mothers of the year. It’s a zombie apocalypse and they never know where their kids are.

Mike DeVivo – I agreed again on Darabont’s watch. I love Hershel right now.

Roger Riddell III – AMC seems pretty desperate for new ‘Mad Men’ viewers. [SEE: Every ‘Mad Men’ ad they aired during the last few episodes]

Jerry Nelson – Darryl seems like the only one with sense sometimes, and the group just ignores him all the time. Andrea is a crack-shot and valuable resource. It seems a shame to just abandon her to the zombie horde.

Mike DeVivo – Andrea is going to be the “survivor” of the group

Roger Riddell III – Anyone else find themselves waiting for the Governor’s people to just pop up several times in the last 20 minutes?  I was pretty sure they were about to ambush Glenn and Maggie when they stopped in the middle of the road. I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrea popped back up with the Governor’s group.

Mike DeVivo – Yeah, I’m thinking that may happen, though I’m also thinking they may meet Michonne at the end of this episode.

Roger Riddell III – What do you know? She popped back up sooner than I thought.

Mike DeVivo –I’m glad they got that out of the way, and he (Rick) told her (Lori).

Roger Riddell III – I don’t know how I feel about “We all have the zombie virus, but we’re not becoming zombies.”

Mike DeVivo – Lori is an awful, awful, awful woman. Apparently Pandora’s Box is inside of Lori’s Vagina.

The only problem I have so far is that some of the choices to change the story seem to have to do with the ratings system on the show and AMC not wanting to do certain things not for story purposes

Jerry Nelson – “Rick I’m pissed at you because you thwarted Shane’s plan and killed him before he killed you. Then, you let Carl kill zombie Shane.” – Laurie, making no sense as usual.

Mike DeVivo – Lori sucking at life as usual. Michonne!!!!!!

Roger Riddell III – That lady was standing way too far back for that blade to decapitate that zombie!

Jerry Nelson – Michonne!

Mike DeVivo – And there is the prison.

Jerry Nelson – There were two great monologues by Rick, “I just wanted to get it over with, I wanted him dead” and “This is not a democracy.” Great final episode for the season. That was a lot of fun.

Mike DeVivo – I agree.

Roger Riddell III – It was an episode I enjoyed. Believe it or not.

Matthew Sardo – What was everyone’s favorite part of this episode?

Mike DeVivo – Rick is officially a badass, and he has asserted himself in a way that will make next season interesting.

Mike DeVivo – Rick’s monologue to Lori. I liked that he just came out with it, no apologies.

Jerry Nelson – Agreed. I like Rick growing a pair finally. The Michonne reveal was awesome, as well.

Roger Riddell III – I enjoyed the “I’m standing too far back for this to actually work” decapitation.

Matthew Sardo – It was an extreme angle of the camera!

Jerry Nelson – Girl from HBO’s Treme is Michonne. She was the NY girlfriend of the jazz player I think.

Roger Riddell III – Dammit, Comic Book Men. The Green Goblin never died! He went to Europe for a few years.

Matthew Sardo – Comic Book Men is so bad!

Jerry Nelson – I don’t mind it. It’s goofy.

Matthew Sardo – For me, it is just a very boring episode of Pawn Stars.

Roger Riddell III – Same here. Plus, it’s just gonna cause way more misconceptions along the lines of the whole “Inkers are just tracers!” thing.

Mike DeVivo – That and everyone on it acts like they are pre-pubescent kids.

Jerry Nelson – For me, it’s an interesting episode of Pawn Stars.

Roger Riddell III – What a thoughtful girlfriend that was. I wish someone would buy Amazing Spider-Man #121 and 122 for me. Where are these kind of women in my life?

John Pontoon left the conversation.

Image Expo: Creators’ Reflection

If you’re a comic book creator and you’re looking for inspiration to continue on, this compilation of Image creators is a good place to start. The Comic Vault was able to get several creators to talk about their experience at the Image Expo in Oakland, Calif.. Ed Brubaker, Marc Silvestri, Blair Butler and Brian K Vaughan all contributed with a cameo by Todd McFarlane.

Menton Matthews III & Kasra Ghanbari talk about IDW’s Monocyte

The Comic Vault was able to catch up with IDW’s Monocyte creators Menton Matthews III & Kasra Ghanbari at their studio in Chicago. Both creators talked about their influences in art, the community of artist in Chicago and understanding the complex world of Monocyte.

Monocyte #1
Written by Kasra Ghanbari, Menton Matthews III.

Two warring immortal races rule a scarred world where time has no meaning. Death (Azrael) sits impotent, quietly planning his restoration. He summons Monocyte, a forgotten immortal necromancer who long ago chose sleep in his failed quest to die. With a fatal pact sealed, Monoctye strikes out as Azrael’s vicious proxy. Art by menton3 (ZvR: Aventure, Silent Hill) and co-written by Kasra Ghanbari.

Monocyte #2
Written by Kasra Ghanbari, Menton Matthews III.

Monocyte begins his death march towards the Olignostic city, fending off relentless attacks on his journey to destroy their immortality machinery. Meanwhile, a powerless Olignostic seizes on Monocyte’s appearance to acquire power. This issue features an incentive cover by the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz, and side stories by Eisner Award-winner George Pratt and Chris Newman.

Monocyte #3
Written by Kasra Ghanbari, Menton Matthews III. Illustrated by Menton Matthews III.

The penultimate issue of the series Ain’t It Cool News calls ‘one of those books you experience and return to again and again finding new things every time.’ The Olignostics are dying, and their fate now rests with the excommunicated Grod. Monocyte turns his attention to the Antedeluvian metropolis and their leader, the Green Man, but is confronted by the Antedeluvian elite guard, who test Monocyte against his greatest foes, light and life. Meanwhile, the liberated Olignostic slaves strike back at their former masters. Also features a cover by Ben Templesmith, an incentive cover by Eisner Award-winner George Pratt, and side stories by the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz and Pratt.

Monocyte #4
Written by Kasra Ghanbari. Illustrated by Menton Matthews III.

The world is in in chaos. Monocyte makes his way to Azrael as the human slaves are freed… Series conclusion with art by menton3 (ZvR: Aventure, Silent Hill) and co-written by Kasra Ghanbari with an incentive cover by world-renowned fine artist Phil Hale and side stories by legendary fine artist/illustrator Barron Storey (Sandman: Endless Nights) and superstar horror writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre).

Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples talk to the Comic Vault about Saga #1

Saga #1 will be out this Wednesday and the Comic Vault was able to interview Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples at the Image Expo in Oakland, Calif. Vaughan talked about his future with the book and his impression of the Image Expo.

Saga #1
Written by Brian K. Vaughan.
Illustrated by Fiona Staples.

Mature Readers
Y: THE LAST MAN writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN returns to comics with red-hot artist FIONA STAPLES for an all-new ONGOING SERIES! Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war. The adventure begins in a spectacular DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE, with forty-four pages of story with no ads for the regular price of just $2.99!




5-page preview: Smoke and Mirrors #1 – Mike Costa & Ryan Browne


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Smoke and Mirrors’ twitter page (@SmokeMirrorsIDW) sent the Comic Vault a five-page preview of Smoke and Mirrors #1 written by Mike Costa with art by Ryan Browne, with a variant cover by Fiona Staples. Smoke and Mirrors is a five-issue series with issue one landing in your local comic book store on March 21st, 2012.

Costa gained his fame on IDW’s G.I. Joe and most recently worked on DCU’s New 52 Blackhawks relaunch. Browne is a Chicago artist that found a niche market with his God Hates Astronauts. Here is Costa, Browne and Jon Armstrong’s explanation of the series.

From smokenadmirrorscomic.com

We are an all-new, creator-owned comic from IDW Publishing. Kicking off in March 2012, this five-issue series will set a unique standard for comics. Created by award-winning writer Mike Costa (GI JOE: COBRA, Blackhawks) and acclaimed indie-artist Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts, Blast Furnace), SMOKE AND MIRRORS is also the first comics project for Jon Armstrong who is one of the finest sleight-of-hand artists in the world and a consulting Imagineer for Disney Entertainment. This innovative team has incorporated engaging, mind-bending illusions and mentalism principles into SMOKE AND MIRRORS, creating an amazing magical experience using only ink and paper.

Smoke and Mirrors #1
Written by Mike Costa.
Art by Ryan Browne.

From the company that brought you Locke & Key and Memorial! Mike Costa (COBRA, Blackhawks) teams with sleight-of-hand artist Jon Armstrong (also a consulting Imagineer for Disney) and acclaimed artist Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts)! A stage magician is thrust into a world where magic-not technology-rules, and forced to use trickery and illusions to survive!

Review – “The Walking Dead: Judge, Jury, Executioner”

Now that AMC’s Walking Dead is down to the last three episodes, the Comic Vault does not want to spoil your experience. This is your warning that after the photo below the recap of the episode and review will begin and it may contain spoilers that will make you very unhappy if you read this before you watch the show.

In the episode of “Walking Dead: Judge, Jury, Executioner” the group is deciding the fate of Randall. You may remember that Randal was the gentleman who was impaled by a fence two weeks ago. Rick tried to drop Randall off 18 miles away in the previous episode but when Randall admitted knowing about the farm, Rick and Shane knew they couldn’t let him go.

After Daryl tortures Randall, he confesses that his group raped two young girls and made the father watch. When Rick finds out this information he decides that the best thing to do is to execute Randall. Dale the moral compass of the group is outraged and goes on a mission to convince the other members of the group that this is a horrible decision and that they would be just as bad as the other group if they went through with this. Rick gives Glenn till sunset to convince the others.

Meanwhile, Carl takes a gun from Daryl’s motorcycle and heads into the woods. He finds a walker stuck in the mud and Carl studies the walker and gets closer and closer. Carl pulls out the gun and it looks as if he will shoot the walker when the walker frees itself from the mud and attacks Carl. Carl manages to wiggle free from the walker and runs home leaving the walker and the gun.

At sunset the group reconvenes but Dale has only managed to convince Andrea that this wrong and they need more time to make a decision. When Dale has exhausted the argument and cannot convince anyone else to his side he says, “This group is broken,” and walks off to not be part of the execution.

Rick, Shane and Daryl drag Randall to the barn to shoot him. They blindfold him, kneel him down and ask him if he has any final words. Rick has the gun pointed at Randall’s head and is about to shoot him when Carl comes in and tell his dad to, “Do it! Shoot em!” Rick then can’t shoot Randall after Carl comes in. They lock Randall back up and Andrea looks for Dale to tell him the good news.

Dale, walking in the fields hears groaning, but it’s not a zombie groan so he goes to investigate. Dale discovers a cow that has been attacked and the cow’s guts are all over the place. In proper horror film fashion Dale turns around and a walker attacks him. This is the same walker that Carl set free in the mud earlier. Dale gets knocked down and struggles with the walker. The group hears Dale’s screams and rushes to his aid. Before the group gets to Dale the walker rips his gut open. Daryl kills the walker but Hershel examines Dale and determines there is nothing he can do. Dale is screaming in agony and Andrea begs for someone to do something. Rick pulls out his gun and points it at Dale. Rick can’t pull the trigger and Daryl takes the gun from his hand and points it at Dale again. Dale lifts his head towards the gun, Daryl says goodbye and the screen goes black and you hear a gun shot.

One side note, while the group discovers Dale, Carl goes over to the walker and recognizes it from earlier. He then runs to his mother’s arms and cries.

This episode was crazy!

Like most of the series it was slow-paced. As the viewer I was almost to the point where I thought it was a filler episode but then the ending happened and this episode, good or bad became a game changer. Dale was the moral compass of the group and now that it gone. Who will step in and take that role? (Rick, Hershel, Andrea, Glenn?)

I feel that with the death of Dale it puts the writers in a corner and could hurt Rick’s character development. Rick was in the middle of the spectrum of Shane and Dale (good vs. evil). Now the spectrum just got a lot smaller. I also believe that the viewers do not want to see Rick as the moral compass of the group. They would like to see Rick be a badass and kill walkers and people from Philadelphia. The moral compass character is sometimes preachy and annoying. I would not like to see Rick turn into this character. What makes Rick a great character is he is figuring out the rules along the way. He brings the assets of being a sheriff and family man to the table to face the new world in front of him.

Okay, AMC’s Walking Dead there is a fork in the road with two episodes left. Which way are you going to turn?

-Matt Sardo

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Dan Con photo gallery

Comic Vault visited Dan Con today in Orland Park IL. Local Artists from Dave Losso , Tim Seeley, Tony Atkins , MENTON 3 , and Ben Templesmith were all in attendance . Below are some pictures as well as a recap on the Vendors , Artists , and fans that made it all possible.

Mike DeVivo

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Jonathan Hickman Image Expo Interview – Life changing events

The Comic Vault finished off the Image Expo with a stop by our friend Jonathan Hickman.

Hickman talks about how Image changed his life and what he hopes Image Expo becomes in the future. He also gives a plug for “Manhattan Project” and “Secret.”

SECRET #1
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Artwork by Ryan Bodenheim

“TEETH, WITH WHICH TO EAT”
A man gets shot in London, a law firm gets broken into in Washington, an accountant gives away the password to his computer, and something put to sleep 20 years ago awakens. What is the unsavory relationship all these things share, and how could it bring down two of the largest governments in the history of the world?

It’s SECRET, a brand new, ongoing, monthly comic from the creators of A RED MASS FOR MARS.

Brought to you by award-winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and break-out talent, RYAN BODENHEIM, SECRET is an espionage thriller that takes a deep look into the shadow world existing between the government and private security firms.

32 Pages/Full Color
$3.50
Est. Ship Date 4/11/12

Here are the covers to “Manhattan Project” and “Secret.”

Image Expo recap and photos

Image Expo was February 24th thru the 26th at the Oakland Convention Center just minutes away from the Image Studios in Berkley, CA.

Every Image founder (Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Erik Larsen, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino and Rob Liefeld) gathered for the weekend except Jim Lee but Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman stepped in Lee’s shoes. DC Comics did not allow Lee to attend the show because of a conflict of interest.

The vibe at Image Expo was a heavy dose of creator owned property. Image Comics has made their publishing company a destination for established writer to publish books that main stream publishers i.e. Marvel and DC Comics would not.

Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri encouraged up-and-coming creators to get off their ass and make a creator owned book. Even as a journalist I was extremely motivated by the founders enthusiasm and passion for the industry.

What made this convention special was the intimate setting, because this was Image’s first convention the attendance was low. This gave every guest an opportunity to meet and chat with even the most popular people in the house.

The Comic Vault was able to interview Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Brian K Vaughan and Blair Butler. Every guest seemed relaxed and not bothered, which happens at San Diego Comic Con because of the insane craziness of population.

Image Expo will grow in popularity and size but for the people who attended the first expo their memories will be golden.