2012: The 10 Comic books you shouldn’t miss

February 1st, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Reprinted from the Between Panels blog on Times of India

2012 was a great year for comic book fans – not just for reading, but for viewing as well! We watched The Avengers finally get the Hulk right. We saw Bane and Batman battle it out in the final chapter of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. The Amazing Spider-Man delivered more character (and less bounce) than a tennis ball. And the Man of Steel trailers simply left us wanting more!

The movies were great. But there’s simply no replacing the mind-blowing artwork and intricate plots that artists and writers weave into a comic book.

Here, in no particular order, are this year’s 10 comics you should definitely read. » Read the rest of this entry «

Bane: He Who Broke The Bat

July 30th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

There’s something about Batman villains that makes them stand out.

Poison Ivy controls nature and is usually almost naked; Catwoman is a hot burglar (and occasionally romances Batman), Talia is a hot heiress of an evil empire (and in on/off relationship with Batman). Two-face is a gangster with a coin. Penguin is also an underworld operator. Scarecrow is a psychologist gone psycho. The Riddler riddles while Freeze freezes everything (ok, those two were obviously not very well thought out). And the Joker is probably the best known of them all… he’s the Moriarty to Batman’s Sherlock.

But if you aren’t a hardcore Batman fan, chances are that you haven’t heard of this ‘Bane’ that everyone is talking about. Not your fault. Off all the Dark Knight’s foes, Bane is probably the least well-known.

Read more at WhatCulture

Zakkum – Beldan Sezen

April 26th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Beldan Sezen isn’t a name that’s likely to ring a bell – unless you happen to closely follow the European graphic art scene. I came across her in an interest group on a social network some time back where she mentioned she’d recently published her first graphic novel. She was kind enough to send me a copy to review and my only regret is that I took so long to get around to it.

Some graphic novels have a great story that keeps you riveted. These depend largely on the strength of the plot, supported with average artwork, to see them through. Most others have an above-average story that’s supported by rich artwork.  Zakkum is one of those few novels that outdo the competition on both counts – a great story with outstanding art that’s told well.http://www.9thart.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif

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