Chris vs. Pokemon Is Back In Black… and White



For those of you who have been missing my highly irregular series where I review Pokemon for their aesthetic value, you are in for a treat: The Japanese release of Pokemon Black and White has provided me with 156 new creatures to examine the living hell out of, and guys? they are pretty awesome.

So awesome, in fact, that after a ten year absence, I am hopping on the Pokemon train again. What’s that?

Why yes, I am single.

Lord Death Man Gets Resurrected For Batman, Inc!



For those of you who haven’t seen the solicitation, Batman, Inc. #2 will feature Batman and Mr. Unknown (“The Batman of Japan”) teaming up to battle against Lord Death Man, and today at ComicsAlliance, I’m explaining exactly why that’s awesome!

Not only am I taking a look at Jiro Kuwata’s story from Bat-Manga, but I’ve also got a side-by-side comparison with LDM’s original appearance — a 1966 story by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff that Kuwata adapted for his. To me, it’s pretty interesting to see how two vastly different styles took on the same story, so check it out!

War Rocket Ajax #42: Almond Joy, Featuring Phil Hester



This week, War Rocket Ajax returns to action as Euge and I sit down to talk to one of my favorite creators, writer/artist Phil Hester! I reminisce about meeting him at my first convention, and Phil tells us all about his experiences working on books like Swamp Thing, Green Arrow, The Darkness and his own creator-owned projects, then essentially challenges editors to find a book that he doesn’t want to work on.

Plus, Euge recaps his amazing experiences at SPX with a story that virtually ensures I’m heading up there next year, I completely space out while he reviews a comic I’ve actually read (which I swear to God, I didn’t realize until I listened to my own show), and in a shocking listener mail segment, I actually drink something recommended by one of you!

The show’s up now at the website available to download or stream, and the iTunes feed will update shortly for our subscribers. Let us know what you think, and we will most likely make fun of you on the air!

The Worst of Netflix: Superstarlet A.D.



This week, postapocalyptic burlesque is not as good as it sounds:


Every good movie starts with a filmmaker asking a question: “What if a lone cop had to fight terrorists in a skyscraper?” “What would a Raymond Chandler story look like if it starred an aging burnout in 1991?” “What if we created a new martial art that combined the skill of gymnastics with the kill of karate?” Each of these is the foundation to a work of cinematic genius.

Unfortunately, the makers of Superstarlet A.D. asked a question too, and from what I can tell from watching it, theirs was “What if we made a movie out of a SuicideGirl’s dream journal?”


I never thought I’d hit a Fake Tor Johnson that I didn’t like, but, well, here we are.

Wrestler Wisdom Fridays #35



Each week, the ISB endeavors to enlighten our readers by offering the unedited words of the Warrior Scholars of the squared circle, for who among us cannot benefit from the wisdom of Macho Madness, Hulkamania, or the American Dream? The instruction we offer should be considered carefully, meditated on, and applied to one’s own life for the enrichment of the self and others.