Archive for November, 2011

Blackhawks #3 review

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Check out my review of Blackhawks #3:

You can view it at Project Fanboy or Modern Myth Media.

The Blackhawks come face to face with their enemy in this new issue. The enemy is quite Terminator-esque……

In this issue, Lincoln and Lady Blackhawk find themselves in a troubling circumstance. Wildman and Canada remain lost while they are still dealing with having one of the enemies in interrogation while Kuniochi and Irish recover from the battle. Through Wildman and Canada, the enemy is revealed. She is much more than it would originally seem. She will certainly put up a fight for the Blackhawks down the road. She is Mother Machine, and she is able to accumulate data like a computer. However, she is still human. The same goes for the prisoner they have in interrogation. That is how their new enemy functions, and the Blackhawks will have to learn fast. Lady uses the infection of Kuniochi to find the prisoner when he escapes interrogation. The issue ends with Kuniochi finding him on Level 4, and him having killed one of the Blackhawk men.
Mike Costa continues to deliver a large scale plot with the Blackhawks combat troop. Graham Nolan and Trevor Scott do nice work on the art providing a sense of suspense and anxiety in the panels while also maintaining the style of the previous issues that has defined the series thus far. Hopefully, this team does not disband anytime soon…..

Grade: A

Voodoo #3 review

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Check out my review of Voodoo #3:
You can find it at Project Fanboy or Modern Myth Media.

This month, I found out Ron Marz will be departing the series. This is a truly sad day as I think he and Sami Basri have been one of the better writer/artist collaborations that have truly worked. However, now, I am counting down the issues he has left.

This issue titled “Into the Light” showcases Voodoo’s showdown with Kyle Rayner/Green Lantern. Voodoo hitchhikes, and gets a ride from a man named Big Willie. Her interactions with him are used to justify her beliefs about human males, and the writer makes a nice nod to the first issue of the series. As she returns, she meets with her fellow collaborators. She is only supposed to go there when she is in trouble, and she explains how she was found out by Agent Fallon. When she is about to leave, she and the other human-disguised aliens hear something. Lone behold, Kyle Rayner shows up for a little alien hunting. The Guardians informed Rayner the aliens were making transmissions into space. The aliens try to keep their identities but a battle eventually starts. Rayner and Voodoo have a nice interaction where Voodoo asserts her belief that all humans are evil and deserve to be conquered. However, Rayner lets her go as to give her the benefit of the doubt. She escapes while she almost mocks him in her mind. She thinks he is going after the wrong people. Meanwhile, a mysterious ending is leaving me interested for the next issue……

Ron Marz continues to hand in some solid script writing. He nails every beat in this issue as usual. Sami Basri continues to turn in some great artwork. I am going to be said about the departure of Ron Marz, and I will have to give Josh Williamson, who seems to have an affinity for the character, a chance. I read about his plans for the character in a Newsarama interview. I will have to wait and see on that. Luckily, we still have Sami Basri……

MAIN STORY: A+

Other links for my recent comic book reviews

Friday, November 18th, 2011

You can check out my comic book reviews for Men of War #3, Hawk and Dove #3, and Resurrection Man #3 at Project Fanboy now:

Men of War #3

Hawk and Dove #3

Resurrection Man #3

Enjoy.

Out of this world – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Please check out my new article published in my school’s newspaper The Varsity News on the alumnus George Noory the well-known broadcast journalist who hosts “Coast to Coast” from 1:am to 6:am. Enjoy.

Out of this world – The Varsity News – University of Detroit Mercy.

On any given night, university alum George Noory – host of the nation’s most popular overnight radio show – may touch on time travel, aliens, UFOs, vampires, 9-11 conspiracies and near-death experiences.

“A belief in a higher power and whether you tap into it is present in everything I do,” said Noory, whose “Coast to Coast AM” show is heard on more than 550 radio stations and in every major-media market in America. He is, according to a 2010 profile in The Atlantic Magazine, “the voice in the darkness for millions of Americans.”

Noory was born in Detroit and grew up in Dearborn Heights. As a boy he became fascinated with UFOs and other phenomena. He read a book that got him interested in what would become the subject matter of his show.

“It was ‘We Are Not Alone’ by Walter Sullivan,” Noory said. He was 13 at the time.

Being a fan of the supernatural was not the only thing that made Noory stand out.

“My father was born in Egypt” and worked as an analyst at Ford Motor Company, said Noory. When it came time for college, Noory’s father had dreams for him.

“My father wanted me to be a dentist,” Noory said.

But Noory wanted to go into broadcast and studied the subject at the University of Detroit, graduating in 1972.

“I wanted to cover strange things,” Noory said. His interest in the supernatural drove him.

However, his choices did not always match those of his bosses in the news business.

“News wanted me to cover normal things,” Noory said.

His entrée into broadcast journalism came through a friend.

“A friend worked at Channel 7,” Noory said. “I filled in for two weeks.”

As he worked, Noory grew increasingly influenced by a certain type of radio.

“I listened to talk radio,” Noory said. He said he succeeded and failed a lot early in his career, rising to news director positions and winning top awards in regional TV and radio markets.

However, the golden opportunity came for him when he was in his forties and trying to figure out his life.

“I got a job in St. Louis,” Noory said.

Noory hosted an overnight show that focused on the unexplained, and he became known as The Nighthawk.

In time, his St. Louis gig led to an opportunity to host “Coast to Coast AM,” which had been made famous by radio legend Art Bell.

When Bell retired, Noory took over the show permanently. In the years since, its audience has grown.

“I am an extremely spiritual person,” Noory said. “I may not be a proponent of organized religion, though.”

Noory’s style contrasts the loud, more raucous tone of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who are on the same Premiere Radio Networks as Noory. (In Detroit, Noory can be heard on WYXT 1270 AM from 1 to 6 a.m.)

Noory describes his political views as Libertarian.

“I just want the government to tell people the truth,” Noory said. “If you give money out, help the people.”

Noory’s national profile has helped him launch several books, including “Talking to the Dead,” which was released last month and co-authored with Rosemary Ellen Guilley.

His success has impressed many who knew Noory back in his days on campus.

John Smyntek, also a 1972 graduate, become an editor with the Detroit Free Press and covered the radio industry for many years. He has followed Noory’s career.

“George broadened the show to discuss science (especially the shrinking space program, natural phenomena, like earthquakes and meteors ,and, of course, crop circles) and government secrecy and conspiracy theories and theoreticians,” said Smyntek.

He said those topics separate him from the usual political talk radio hosts – and have helped him find a massive audience.

Writing in The Atlantic, author Timothy Lavin said Noory “has perfected a charged and conspiratorial worldview that now pervades American media.”

He wrote, “It’s quite possibly the oddest show ever to cross our airwaves. And it may change the radio business forever.”

University of Detroit Mercy Veterans Day article

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Here is the article I wrote for my News Writing class on veterans from my school in honor of Veterans Day:

University of Detroit Mercy veterans

Michael Tierney is a retired man enjoying the fruits of his labor.

He was a business major at University of Detroit, and graduated in 1960.

Working for General Motors in a career spanning 40 years, Tierney joined the U.S. Army Reserves.

“I was going to get drafted,” Tierney said. He said he ended up going to basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., then to Augusta, Ga., for 16 weeks of military school.

On the side, he pursued a business degree at the university on a part-time basis.

“I was not going to be in combat,” Tierney said. He said he was just getting his military duty out of the way.

While he finished his business studies, he spent that time fulfilling his military duty of 5 ½ years of service.

“I went to summer camp for 2 weeks,” Tierney said. He said he also went to meetings every week consisting of drills and class work.

University of Detroit Mercy had other men and women like Tierney willing to serve their country. For reasons including military families and an interest in the health profession, they decided through volunteerism and the draft to dedicate years of their lives to public service.

“I considered [joining] when I was in college,” Lori Caloia, ’00 and a biochemistry major. She said she considered going to the Airforce Academy.

When applying to medical schools, the thought came up again.

“They could pay a stipend every year,” Caloia said. She said it was better than ending up in piles of debt.

She started off as a fight surgeon.

“I took care of air crew and personnel in Qatar and Afghanistan,” Caloia said. She said by the time she started, people were getting injuries.

Besides taking care of Americans, she took care of Afghanis as well, she said.

“The death toll was the Afghani people,” Caloia said. She said the media does not report what Al Qaeda is doing to hurt those people.

She noted the reason the death toll was high among Afghanis.

“There was a lack of health care,” Caloia said. She said she would see patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

She recounted a particular occasion she remembered.

“A gentlemen saw his friends legs having been blown off,” Caloia said. She said what else could she have done than to be there as a human being.

Looking back, she recalls the main goals she was tasked to accomplish.

“I did a lot of primary care,” Caloia said. She said she prevented people from getting sick.

Today, she is continuing the dream the military helped her begin to pursue.

“I am doing a residency program for family medicine,” Caloia said.

Mike Stone, ’89 and a history major had other reasons for joining.

“My brother went to the Naval Academy,” Stone said. He said it was only a couple of years prior to his departure.

His brother was not the only one to participate in state service.

“My step-father, father, and uncle were in it,” Stone said. He said he was not originally interested in joining.

However, he said he saw the ROTC [Reserve Officers’ Training Corps] men one day, and he decided to join.

“I was struggling my second year [in what he wanted to do with his life],” Stone said. He said he got brainwashed pretty quickly upon meeting the ROTC people.

He felt it was important to differentiate his time and the time of today.

“When it comes to the environment post 9/11, people should be 100 percent sure [they want to commit to the army],” Stone said.

He explained what his work in ROTC required.

“I did ROTC as a program where you could go to college for training,” Stone said. He said you could also compete for scholarships.

In joining, he made clear what his choices were when it came down to it.

“I decided between guard and active duty,” Stone said. He was placed on military duty in Detroit.

He eventually became a field artillery battalion commander.

“I took command right before 9/11,” Stone said. He said he was a part of a rockets division headquartered in Detroit.

He was deployed soon taking his post.

“My military police unit from Detroit landed in Desert Storm,” Stone said. He said he was deployed there as a second lieutenant.

He remembered pretty clearly how that was.

“I remember rows and rows of tanks going by,” Stone said. “We were in the middle of tank deployment.”

However, he would be called upon again when the War on Terror in Iraq came about.

“I deployed as a military commander in Iraq,” Stone said. He said he was responsible for detention operations.

He spoke about different scenarios he came about.

“We dealt with a lot of former regime people,” Stone said. He said we had to ask how to deal with people such as Chemical Ali and a number of different “deck of cards” regime people.

Though he lived in the shadow of Abu Grab, dealing in military detention was not the only thing he was a part of.

“We [the military detention] had almost 800 teenagers, and we sent them to school,” Stone said. He said just because they killed someone, it does not mean they will not take care of them in a humanitarian fashion

He became a colonel in 2007.

He said these experiences sent him on a life journey.

“I never dreamt I would interact with the United States government at the international strategic level,” Stone said. He said he tried to broker deals to bring about peace.

Today, his work does not take him too far away from home.

“I work as a brigadier general in Lansing,” Stone said. He said he was also a travel attorney and corporate lawyer on the side for a while.

He loves his life now, and finds it very fulfilling.

Like Tierney, Stone and Caloia saw the need to serve their country.

Through it, they were able to achieve the dreams and desires they had always dreamt of doing.

 

I cannot thank the number of men and women who have served in our armed forces. I had the pleasure of interviewing others, and I appreciate the help they gave to this article along with Mr. Tierney, Stone, and Ms. Caloia. It was an honor to speak with them, and share their stories with all who read this blog. Thanks.

New job for Project Fanboy

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I am pretty happy to announce that I am now writing a column and comic book reviews for Project Fanboy. My column is titled Zimmertainment, and my first column can be found here: http://www.projectfanboy.com/2011/11/are-dc-entertainmen/.  It was pretty fun writing, and I will keep all who read this blog informed of my jobs.

Resurrection Man #3 review

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Here is my review of Resurrection Man #3:

            When we last left the adventures of
our friend the Resurrection Man, he was in a tough spot. He was not in Portland
anymore. He was somewhere that seemed like the underworld. It was indeed a
similar place to the aforementioned thought, and now Mitch has to find his way
back.

            In this issue, Mitch is finding his
way back to Portland. He is stuck in what is deemed as the space between heaven
and hell. There is a demon trying to retrieve him for hell as Suriel, the
angelic-like creature from the previous issues, was trying to retrieve him for
heaven. Apparently, his constant resurrecting is causing “bookkeeping” problems
for them. That is, they are having trouble keeping track of him, and want him
to die once and for all. However, Mitch eventually tells the demon he will not
go with him, and finds out that in doing so he can resurrect again. He
continually dismisses the demon, and resurrects to find himself in a fight
against the Body Doubles. Darryl Roth/The Transhuman tries to protect Mitch
from the girls but is unable to, and tries to search tirelessly for something.
The Body Doubles end up defeating Mitch despite the many different powers he
gets while resurrecting. However, there may be hope for Mitch yet as a
character found what he had been searching in vain for earlier in the issue.

            Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning continue
to pull surprises, and certainly expand the story they want to tell in this
issue. What this series is and will be is all in this issue. Fernando Dagnino’s
art continues to bring the panels to life. His characterizations and scenery
work nicely with what the aforementioned writers are trying to accomplish.
Every issue continues to make this series better than it already was.

STORY: A.

Hawk and Dove #3 review

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Here is my review of Hawk and Dove #3 which I will now be reviewing monthly in addition to Men of War, Voodoo, Blackhawks, and Resurrection Man for Modern Myth Media:

Unlike the previous reviewer
of this book, I think Hawk and Dove has been fairing
quite well amongst the New 52. The book is not on such a grand scale as Justice League is, and does not have the recognition of a
book such as Batman. However, I can say I have been
satisfied with this book thus far.

The story picks up with Hawk and Dove battling their
new foes Condor and Swan. The latter have taken Hank Hall (Hawk)’s father and
President Obama captive, and Condor is threatening Obama’s life while Swan does
the same for Hank’s father. Luckily, Dawn Granger (Dove)’s boyfriend Boston
Brand/Deadman steps into help. He first steps in waking up Judge Hall in the
guise of President Obama while he later goes to help Hawk take down
Condor.

In the meantime, Dove follows Swan’s song, and
continues her battle with her. She stops her but before she does, Swan leaves an
interesting tidbit that hints at something that may become an ongoing subplot.
Right now, I cannot say for certain but it is certainly interesting. Dove then
stabs Condor after Deadman tried to possess him to stop him, and there was
something interesting that occurred there. As Condor tries to revive himself
using his avatar, it is revealed he is actually not as young as he
seems.

Sterling Gates has a good handle on the story he
wants to tell, but also the characters he is using to tell it with. He has a
very good characterization on Hawk and Dove, and I am continually glad to see
the Dove relationship with Deadman continue. That was one of the great parts of
Brightest Day. Rob Liefeld does a great job drawing
the character he once drew many years ago. He captures the dynamism of each
scene, and makes all the panels impactful. All in all, this is a solid book, and
I really want to know what the heck is going on with this potential subplot. I
hope Hawk gets some answers out of Condor next issue!!!

Grade: A

Men of War #3 review

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Here is my review of Men of War #3 which can be found at Modern Myth Media:

This series has really has a
great team behind it. Ever since I saw Victor Kalvachev’s first cover to the
series, it almost seemed to me like Call of Duty
meets Sgt. Rock and Easy Company. I am happy to say
that the series is much better than that.

The story picks up with Sgt. Rock and Easy Company
heading to a location near the Republic of Djibouti. Sgt. Rock remarks prior to
his men what the mission will be. They are to infiltrate a ship. However, they
just nearly miss it, and the best they do is to blow it up in order to cause a
distraction as they enter onto land to regroup. However, the men are attacked as
the locals realize who the men are. Sgt. Rock is able to escape just in the end
when something strange happens to one of his men. All I can say was that his
remark about tasting volcanic ash was somewhat true in this instance. Even
though they did not accomplish the mission 100%, something strange happened, and
the reader should note that the series thus far has had a continual strain of
strange coincidences.

For the backup, the men essentially complete the
mission unlike Easy Company. Our friend Litz gets the wounded Mike from the
previous issues to safety in a helicarrier while Ice and Tracker discover that
the home of the people they are trying to enter was merely a setup by the
terrorists. They were merely using the people as a scapegoat, and Tracker
discovers who the family were protecting was a pregnant woman upstairs who has a
baby girl. Tracker assists in the pregnancy while Ice runs upstairs to find
Tracker discovering this pregnancy. They exit off the stage remarking how they
have no doubt in their minds that Mike will recover from his ailments.

This is another solid issue. Ivan Brandon continues
his excellent use of stream of consciousness, and continues to keep the reader
guessing with the aforementioned series of bizarre incidents which began in the
first issue. He continues to give a solid characterization of the modern day
Sgt. Rock and his version of Easy Company. Tom Derenick’s art matches this quite
well as he shows a dark yet peaceful world versus a bright and treacherous
world.

In the backup, Jonathan Vankin ends his story on a
positive note with all the men getting out ok. His writing has a romanticized
quality along with a reality that are both well matched to each other. The
romanticism is well matched by Phil Winslade’s aforementioned (in previous
reviews) romantic quality to his art but he also continues to bring realism to
it when needed. As the series continues, it seems that the backup will end
(which is sad) but we will continue to get Sgt. Joe Rock’s adventures which I am
for sure looking forward to!!

Grade: A+ (Main story), A- (Backup)

Published reviews for Voodoo and Blackhawks

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Here are the links to my reviews of the second issues of Voodoo and Blackhawks as published by Modern Myth Media:

Blackhawks #2: http://modernmythmedia.com/ModernMythMedia/MMM_Comic_Reviews/Entries/2011/10/30_MMM_Review-_BLACKHAWKS_2.html

Voodoo #2: http://modernmythmedia.com/ModernMythMedia/MMM_Comic_Reviews/Entries/2011/10/30_MMM_Review-_VOODOO_2.html

Enjoy!!