Friday, February 22, 2013

Comic Reviews 2/22/13

Here In Bongo Congo

     Good King Leonardo has an eclectic mix of new comic books to review this week, so let's get right to it and see how these varied titles stack-up against each other:

The Fearless Defenders #1
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cullen Bunn: Writer
Will Sliney: Art
Veronica Gandini: Colors

     Marvel Comics has published issue #1 of a new Defenders comic book entitled The Fearless Defenders.  Long-time Defenders fans will remember the original iconic cover art from 1971's Marvel Feature #1, which introduced the original Defenders team of Dr. Strange, The Submariner and the Hulk.  The membership of the Defenders has often changed over the years; issue #1 of The Fearless Defenders offers a new membership centered around Valkyrie and Misty Knight, with a back-of-the-book letter from writer Cullen Bunn promising additional team additions and guest memberships in upcoming issues.  The new series is scripted by Cullen Bunn with art by Will Sliney and colors by Veronica Gandini.

     The premier issue kicks-off a multi-issue story arc with action-adventure, as Misty Knight breaks-up a smuggling ring specializing in mysterious ancient Asgardian artifacts.  Misty brings one artifact to her archaeologist client Dr. Annabelle Riggs, who accidentally triggers a musical component of the item, with two consequences: the resulting music causes the malevolent spirits of dead evil Vikings to arise and attack Dr. Riggs's excavation team, while at the same time summoning Valkyrie to the scene.  An extended battle scene results, with of course our new core duo of Defenders ultimately saving the day.  The issue ends in a bridge to further adventure with the artifact, as Valkyrie announces that the music warned her of the coming of a mystical evil group called the Doommaidens.

     This new title is a solidly produced and entertaining addition to the long and storied lineage of Defenders comic book titles.  Irregardless of the particular make-up of the group, the core idea of The Defenders is to present the superhero adventures of a very small team of heroes, in a setting less grandiose than the larger Marvel hero teams, such as X-Men or Avengers.  The current concept works very well in that respect with our fresh duo of Valkyrie and Misty Knight teaming-up with human scientist Annabelle Riggs to follow in the footsteps of the original trio of Defenders.  The details of the action-adventure plot also fit nicely within the standard Defenders storyverse structure and the artwork is of an appropriate style for this type of superhero tale.

     My one construction criticism of the storyline is a weird subplot in which Annabelle Riggs is romantically attracted to Valkyrie.  I have no problem with the same-sex romaticism, but the specific details of it are irrationally presented even for the reality of a comic book story, in that Riggs decides to try and make-out with Valkyrie at the height of the intense and bloody battle with the Viking spirits.  It just feels like a flawed and awkward point in the heavy-duty action for writer Cullen to introduce this personal element into the storyline.  Hopefully, he'll find a more rational way to continue this story element in upcoming monthly issues.

    So that one minor story structure concern aside, a positive review recommendation is well-deserved for this entertaining new title addition to the very long and storied tradition of various Defenders comic book titles produced in Marvel's publishing inventory.

Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time #1
IDW Publishing
Scott & David Tipton: Writers
Simon Fraser: Art
Gary Caldwell: Colors

     IDW Publishing has added a new Doctor Who comic book to its inventory.  Entitled "Doctor Who: Prisoners Of Time," the series is a year-long multi-issue celebration of the 50th anniversary of the long-running BBC syndicated science fiction series.  Each monthly issue of the extended storyline features one of the eleven different physical incarnations of the Good Doctor, in tribute to each of the actors who played Doctor Who in the decades-long series.  As such, the issue #1 Doctor Who is drawn to resemble original series actor William Hartnell.  This tribute comic book series is scripted by Scott & David Tipton with art by Simon Fraser and colors by Gary Caldwell.

     Prisoner of Time begins with a three-page introductory summation of the concept of Doctor Who, explaining that he's the last of the omnipotent time-traveling Time Lords, who enjoys the accompaniment of interchanging human friends in his adventures.  We quickly learn that an anonymous villain is providing this summation as he plots the Doctor's downfall.  The bulk of the issue presents a time travel adventure, as Doctor Who and three human friends visit Victorian London to hobnob with their friend, 19th century writer Aldous Huxley.  Without being a detail spoiler, the group has an issue-length science fiction adventure in the subway tunnels of London, involving alien creatures and a familiar Doctor Who alien enemy.  While the initial alien threat seems to be vanquished, we learn in a bridge to next month's story segment that the entire adventure was a successful diversion that allows Doctor Who's anonymous nemesis to kidnap his human traveling companions.

     I've reviewed a few issues of IDW Publishing's other Doctor Who titles and I'm glad to report that this new title is equal to the high quality entertainment of those previous issues, for at least three reasons.  First, it's a wonderfully creative idea to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of this longest-running of all syndicated television series with a title that features the Doctor in all of his eleven television actor incarnations.  There will be a lot of reading fun in seeing the good Doctor behave and act differently, per each well-established Doctor Who persona, as this series plays-out.  Secondly, writers Scott and David Tipton succeed in giving us a plot that entertains both as a traditional Doctor Who-style tale and as a stand-alone science fiction tale.  And third, a tip-of-the-review hat is due to artists Simon Fraser and Gary Caldwell for successfully reproducing the features of our well-know television actors, which is no mean feat when trying to duplicate the success of a popular television series in comic book format.

     So a positive, thumbs-up review recommendation for all good readers not to miss-out on this excellent new series which succeeds both as a special Doctor Who 50th anniversary commemoration and as a stand-alone science fiction adventure.

The New Ghostbusters #1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Erik Burnham: Writer
Dan Schoening: Art
Luis Antonio Delgado & Andrew Harmon: Colors

     IDW Publishing has expanded its Ghostbusters title inventory by adding a "New" Ghostbusters title.  With the first few issues already on the That's Entertainment new issues shelves, I jumped back to issue #1 in order to get a feel for this spin-off title from its premier issue.  As long-time fans of the Ghostbusters franchise already know, the comic book is itself a spin-off of the smash 1984 comedy movie that starred Bill Murray and friends as they operated their New York City-based "Ghostbusters" company like a pest control service, capturing all types of pesty ghosts who were infesting New York City homes and businesses.  The new comic book title is scripted by Erik Burnham with art by Dan Schoening and colors by Luis Antonio Delgado and Andrew Harmon.

     The issue #1 kick-off story unfolds in two plot segments.  In act one, a mysterious ghost kidnaps each of the original four Ghostbusters in turn, depositing them in another dimension for as-yet-unrevealed purposes.  Act two is the lengthier sub-plot; in reaction to the ghostly kidnapping, the team's long-suffering secretary Janine (played by Annie Potts in the movie) forms a substitute team for the crew, consisting of herself, occult bookstore manager Kylie Griffin and FBI Special Agent Melanie Ortiz.  Naturally, the team messes-up the city trying to apprehend gooey corporeal ghosts, resulting in their arrest.  When the Mayor and his staff assistant decide to release our friends to fill the city protection shoes of our missing heroes, there are two big conditions: acceptance of a city staff liaision for public relations purposes and the addition of Ron Alexander to the team.  Its explained that Ron is a convicted huckster and former Ghostbuster competitor, who's high-tech know-how is vital for keeping the new team's Ghostbusting equipment in working shape.  By issue's end, we catch a glimpse of the story's direction in next month's issue #2 segment, as the old Ghostbusters begin to explore their extradimensional prison and the new team gears-up to face their new working challenges in New York City.

     While I've always enjoyed IDW Publishing's main Ghostbusters title, I have to say that I love this new title even moreso, for four great reasons.  Number one is by far the very fresh and original idea of adding a second team of new Ghostbusters to this storied science fiction comedy franchise.  I say "add" because there's clearly no replacement here of the original Fab Four of ghost-wrangling.  Its clear that eventually our veteran cast members will work their way back to the real world and we'll have a blending of the old and new casts.  The make-up of the new cast is pitch perfect, adding both a younger generation and a needed female mix to the growing team.  Secondly, writer Erik Burnham provides a very polished story script, with some surprisingly sophisticated plot twists and turns as the Mayor and his conniving staff assistant scheme to take advantage of our newbies for their own political purposes.  Our third positive story element is the artwork, with the art team providing a rarely-seen visual style that resembles high-quality animation story cells moreso than routine comic book art.  And our fourth kudo actually goes to a very creative and brief secondary tale in this issue.  It's a two-page segment of a four-part story that cleverly answers the question of what happens next to all of the gooey captured ghosties once they enter one of those little electronic Ghostbuster prison boxes.

     Its not very often that a comic book treatment of a well-known movie or television series franchise manages to take a new approach within its storyverse, to the point that the creative infusion in some ways surpasses the quality of the original series' storytelling structure.  Joss Whedon and his creative team have been achieving this rare distinction for some time now over in his Buffy The Vampire Slayer comic book storyverse, and I'm pretty confident that we're seeing the beginnings of a similar creative evolution with issue #1 of the new Ghostbusters.  So by all means, get on-board with issue #1 and enjoy the new teammembers, entertaining storyline and exquisite artwork as this new IDW Publishing series breathes a fresh and fun charge of ectoplasmic comedy life into one of the best science fiction movie-based comic book series on the new issues reading shelves!

Batgirl #17
Publisher: D.C. Comics
Ray Fawkes: Writer
Daniel Sampere: Pencils
Vicente Cifuentes: Inks
Blond: Colors

       DC's New 52 re-boot of Batgirl is currently up to issue #17.  For non-Batgirl followers, the new title replaced Gotham college student Stephanie Brown as the latest Batgirl with the return of original Batgirl Barbara Gordon, including restoring her mobility.  Fans will recall that she previously spent many years in the DC universe as the wheelchair-bound Oracle, fighting crime using her computer tech skills.  The new Batgirl series is scripted by Ray Fawkes with pencils by Daniel Dampere, inks by Vicente Cifuentes and colors by Blond.

     The issue #17 story segment is entitled "Endure The Flame" and is the latest installment in an ongoing multi-issue storyarc.  There's a lot of fast action in this storyline built upon the foundation of three subplots.  In one plothread, Barbara relies on her old Oracle computer skills to help the Gotham police track-down various members of The Joker's gang.  The second story element directly refers to the story title, as an unknown villain is firebombing various police efforts around Gotham.  Our third storyline is more personal, as Barbara, her father Police Commissioner James Gordon and her hospitalized mother all interact with her insanely evil brother James, Jr. as he roams the streets of Gotham off of his psychiatric meds.  This issue ends with Barbara confronting the mysterious firebombing costumed villain at the same time that brother James begins planning his next villanous deed, with both developments ready to play-out further in next month's issue #18.

     I'm a big fan of the previous Batgirl incarnation of Stephanie Brown and still mourn DC's decision to table her (at least for now) to make way for the return of the original Barbara Gordon Batgirl.  However, all comic books deserve to be reviewed on their own merits and in that sense, this is a very well-crafted and entertaining Batgirl story in its own right.  I wasn't previously aware of the existence of Barbara's evil brother James, Jr., and really enjoyed this fresh infusion of internal conflict within Gotham's crimefighting Gordon family.  A tip-of-the-review-hat is also deserved for writer Ray Fawkes, who delivers a very past-paced action-adventure script that occasionally takes the breather from the streetfighting for some necessary narrative developments among the key storyplayers.  And a final kudo is due to the art team, who provide very high quality artwork that's among some of the best being produced right now among the various new issues available in the wide-ranging Batman comic book title inventory.

      So I'll put aside for a moment my pining-away for the Stephanie Brown/Batgirl and give fair credit where its due to this very entertaining and well-produced latest segment in the very long-running comic book universe of all-things-Batgirl.  Whether you're a regular Batgirl reader or just looking for some fun superheroing action-adventure, this comic book's for you!

Contest Winner Announcement!!!

     Our latest contest challenged you to tell us what baseball player is featured on the most expensive collectible baseball card sold to-date.  And our contest winner selected via a roll of the dice from among several correct entries is (drumroll, please)...Keith Martin, who correctly identified old-time Pittsburgh Pirates ballplayer Honus Wagner as the face of the card.  There are only 57 copies known to be in extistence of the famous "T206 Honus Wagner Card," the most expensive of which was purchased at auction in 2007 by the owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks major league baseball team for $2.8 million (yow!).  Congratulations to Keith who wins our first prize $10.00 gift certificate to That's Entertainment!

New Contest Announcement!!!

     The Bongo Congo panel of contest judges have decreed that we try something a bit creatively outside-of-the-box for our latest contest, this time within the topic of alternative rock music.  Your challenge is to e-mail us at no later than Wednesday, March 6 with your answer to filling-in the blank in the following statement taken from a very popular MTV music video from the year 2005: "Before There Was Weezer There Was _________."  Tell us "what there was before Weezer" and you could be our contest winner!  As always, in the event of multiple correct entries, our contest winner will be selected via a roll of the dice from among the correct entries.  Please note that our first prize $10.00 gift certificate to That's Entertainment is redeemable for regular retail merchandise or in-store, ongoing specials, only.

     That's all for now, so have two more great Red Sox spring training and comic book reading weeks and see you again on Friday, March 8 Here In Bongo Congo!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Comic Reviews 2/8/13

Here In Bongo Congo

     Good King Leonardo notes that we have about a month of winter remaining, so let's review four new comic books that hopefully will keep us entertained as we wait for Spring to arrive:
Young Avengers #1
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Kieron Gillen: Writer
Jamie McKelvie & Mike Norton: Art
Matthew Wilson: Colors

     Marvel Comics has rebooted its Young Avengers team with a new title that just kicked-off with its issue #1.  The new series adjusts the previous team make-up of these Avengers young wannabes by keeping previous team members Wiccan (son of the Scarlet Witch), Hulkling and Hawkeye and adding to the team the young Kid Loki, Marvel Boy/Noh-Varr and the teenaged America Chavez/Ms. America.  This new series is scripted by Kieron Gillen with art by Jamie Mckelvie and Mike Norton, and colors by Matthew Wilson.  I had written a positive review this past year of a short Young Avengers prequel tale in a Marvel Comics multi-story preview issue and wanted to see how this new concept gets out of the gate with the actual premier issue of this new series.

     Issue #1 kicks-off a multi-issue storyarc entitled "Young Avengers: Style Over Substance." The plotline weaves together two sub-plots that focus on personal relationships among various team members.  In the first storyline, we learn that Ms. America and Noh-Varr have just come off of a one night stand that may or may not lead into a romantic relationship.  Our second longer plot segment introduces teenaged angst in a romantic relationship between Teddy/Hulkling and Billy/Wiccan.  We also learn that Hulkling is mourning the death of his changling mother while both teens are living with Billy's foster parents.  Drama builds when Billy casts a spell that brings to our timeline an alternate reality version of Hulkling's deceased mom.  The issue ends in a very startling cliffhanger with horror fiction elements as the new mom turns out to be a monster and seemingly kills Billy's foster parents.

     While this comic book deserves a positive review recommendation, a mixed bag of positive and negative story elements keep it in the category of average quality.  On the plus side, the art team provides an excellent graphic style with some innovative panel lay-outs.  The character's personalities and interpersonal relationship details are interesting, and the membership of the restructured  team seems to mesh well together for a teen superhero comic book title.  Also, a hats-off is due to Marvel Comics for having the confidence to place a romantic relationship between two gay teenagers at the heart of an entire comic book issue.

     On the negative side, the issue #1 storyline is just too top-heavy with emotional relationship issues.  There's no balance here between superhero comic book action/adventure and the interpersonal side of these characters.  This might work in a later issue of a title, but for the premier issue of a new title we need a little less romantic teeth-gnashing and a lot more story progression.  As an adult reader, I was really bored with the sluggish relationship posturing and I think that teen readers would likely feel the same.  But there is some good stuff mixed-into the plot as detailed above, which gives this title the potential to get into a better-paced storytelling groove and move the action along in upcoming issues. I'd also like to see a lot more of Kid Loki, who's one of the more interesting members of this team and only makes a token appearance in issue #1. 

     So in sum, its worth a read to check-out the interesting elements of this title and here's hoping that the creative team picks-up the pace with a better balance between emotion and adventure in upcoming issues.

FF #3
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Matt Fraction: Writer
Michael Allred: Art
Laura Allred: Colors

     Marvel's FF title is currently up to issue #3.  I reviewed issue #1, in which by issue's end the FF family leaves on a space expedition with a back-up superhero team filling-in for them while they're gone.  Issue #2 began a multi-issue storyarc featuring the FF substitute team of Ant Man, She-Hulk, Medusa and Darla Deering/Ms. Thing. By issue's end, Darla had already had enough and fled the new team.  Matt Fraction is the new series writer with art provided by the popular art team of Michael Allred and Laura Allred.

     The issue #3 story is entitled "Old John Storm," with the main plotline beginning with the arrival from the future of a battle-scarred, middle-aged Johnny Storm who announces that the rest of the FF died during their space adventure at the hands of a group of supervillains led by Doctor Doom.  The story proceeds from John's announcement in three directions. First, Ant-Man reacts to the announcement by pursuing the departed Darla Deering to rejoin the team.  Secondly, Medusa and She-Hulk begin the process of trying to determine whether the time-traveling John is actually Johnny Storm or an imposter.  And third, the three underground Moloid children, familiar to FF readers as members of the extended FF family, confront their former ruler The Moleman is response to his request for some assistance.  By issue's end, after research seems to confirm Jon Storm's identity, the players assemble for Ant-Man to present a plan to eradicate Doctor Doom.

     This new comic book series is one wild and fun ride that breathes incredibly fresh new life into the Fantastic Four storyverse.  On the scripting side, writer Matt Fraction mixes equal parts drama, standard humor and a subtle but very effective element of slapstick into one of the most entertaining storylines currently out there in the new comic publishing world.  I won't give much of the slapstick away, but the extended, multi-page plotline of Ant-Man literally chasing Darla to return to the FF is equal to the best of mid-20th century Hollywood romantic movie comedies.  And there's a tiny, two-panel scene of the Moloid kids oogling She-Hulk that's probably the funniest bit in the comic book.

     Regarding the visuals, the husband and wife team of Michael and Laura Allred do a simply fantastic job of portraying this story with a combination of conventional and unique panel lay-outs.  Most impressive is the unexpected visual effectiveness of the Allreds's' graphic style. The stiff primitivism of their drawing surprisingly blends beautifully with the specifics of this story situation, actually elevating the fun and wackiness of this reading experience.  I'm a fan of the Allred's "I, Zombie" comic book and as such I can't help but describe this FF title as "the FF enters the comic book world of I, Zombie," in terms of story approach, effective visuals and tongue-in-cheek humor.

     So hats-off to Marvel Comics for going outside of the standard comic book creative envelope and assembling this unusual creative team.  The result is one funky, fun rollercoaster ride of a Fantastic Four reading experience like you've never seen, but will certainly wish to read again and again in future issues of this inventively new comic book title.

Ame-Comi Girls Featuring Power Girl #4
Publisher: D.C. Comics
 Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray: Writers
Mike Bowden: Art
Randy Mayor: Colors

     DC Comics is up to issue #4 of its Ame-Comic Girls title.  I previously reviewed issue #1 of this series, which reinterprets traditional DC female superheros as younger versions of their usual characterizations, in the anime/manga style of the popular Ame-Comi Girls line of collectible statuettes.  Each issue stars a different DC Universe heroine, kicking-off a multi-issue storyline that either continues in another DC comic book title or in the following month's Ame-Comi issue.  Issue #4 stars Power Girl in a tale scripted by the A-list writing duo of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art by Mike Bowden and colors by Randy Mayor.

      Our untitled tale unfolds in three interconnected story segments.  Act One introduces our younger, teenaged version of Power Girl who lives in a version of Metropolis unlike that portrayed in other DC titles.  Here, Power Girl has introduced to the city populace Kryptonian technology which has transformed the city into a futuristic version of its standard self.  The mid-third of the issue unfolds a backlash against Power Girl for this action, as an anonymous villain directs a team of armored female baddies to either kill or exile Power Girl as an "alien scourge" on their fair city.  And the final third of this issue heralds the arrival on Earth of the Ame-Comi version of the traditional Kara Zor-El/Supergirl.  Supergirl is immediately tossed into the fight as a newbie ally of her Power Girl cousin, with the fight leading to a dramatic bridge to next month's issue with the unexpected arrival on the scene of a major well-known Superman Family bad guy.

     As with the well-received Issue #1 of this title that starred Wonder Woman, writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray do a solid job in giving us a younger, teenaged version of a traditional DC female hero.  While the story is entertaining in its own right, the addition of an atypical layer of youthfulness to the characters is a fun and refreshing alternative to the usual versions of these folks.  Even more fun are the little tweakings that the writers make to the fabric of the DC storytelling universe, adding some alternate reality flavor to the story.  My two favorites are a passing reference to the "31st Century Legion Of Super-Villains" and subtle diffrences in Kara/Supergirl's traditional origin story.  On a final note, there's also a heartwarming sub-plot here in which the average folk of Metropolis rally around Power Girl at a key point in her mega-battle with the baddies, making a nice plot point about our hero's acceptance by the people of her adopted hometown.

     So a posiitve review recommendation is well-desrved for the latest issue in the Ame-Comi Girls series.  You don't have to be a fan of the collectible figurines or a teenaged reader to both enjoy and appreciate the level of high quality and entertainment that this series provides for readers of all ages.

The Silver Surfer (One-Shot)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Stan Lee: Writer
Moebius: Artist
Mark Chiarello & John Wellington: Colors

      Marvel Comics has recently released an oversized one-shot Silver Surfer comic book.  This is a reprint that combines a two-issue Silver Surfer tale that was published in magazine format back in 1988.  The project was a one-time creative collaboration between Stan Lee and well-known European artist Moebius, with colors by the team of Mark Chiarello and John Wellington.

     The 55-page tale is entitled "Parable," and unfolds a plot that centers on the classic and oft-repeated theme of direct conflict between the Silver Surfer and his former boss Galactus.  Two subplots interweave throughout the storyline.  In one storythread, Galactus returns to Earth and presents himself to the human race as a godlike being to be worshipped as omnipotent.  Galactus's sly goal here is to create social chaos with a resulting breakdown of civilization, allowing him to take advantage of society's decline and thereby break his well-known vow to the Surfer to not destroy Earth.  The basic plan is to blame mankind for destroying themselves, i.e., blame the victims for their own demise and thus move into the vacuum of social disorder to dismantle the planet for his planet-devouring purposes.

     The second plotline explores various themes of religion, as the Surfer interacts with Colton, a charismatic televangelist takes advantage of the situation, declaring himself as the leader of a new religion and urging the human race to follow him as Galactus's representaive on the planet.  Without being a detail spoiler, the Surfer and Colton's sister Elyna work together to try and counter his scheme, with tragic results that actually turn Colton into an opponent of Galactus.  While the Surfer ultimately persuades Galactus to yet again spare Earth from destruction, the story actually concludes with a multi-page scene beyond this victory, in which the Surfer has a lengthy confrontation with Mankind's leaders at the U.N. trying to persuade them to lead mankind in a less violent direction.  As usual in the Silver Surfer storyverse, his good intentions trigger an emotional backlash against our hero and he returns to his isolated life of wandering the Earth as an exiled noble figure from the stars.

     In an interesting inside-the-front-cover essay, Stan Lee explains that Moebius asked him to write a script that would return the Surfer to his original story concept of an ignored prophet wandering among mankind and also explore quasireligious themes.  The resultant collaboration succeeds very well in centering these story themes within an entertaining two-issue story arc.  The well-crafted tale sends a message about the dangers of leadership and deception of the masses, as both Galactus and Colton take their respective turns at manipulating mankind for their own selfish purposes.  The creative team clearly achieves their goal a presenting a story within the comic book concept of the original Silver Age title of the Surfer, in which Stan Lee presented our hero as a disrespected herald or prophet, who tries repeatedly to save mankind from itself and always fails.

     In addition to the graphic treat of a Stan Lee-Moebius story collaboration, this oversized one-shot comic book includes a few dozen additional pages detailing extensive interviews with the creative team regarding their process of producing the story, as well as several Silver Surfer cover reproductions and a beautiful gallery of full-page renderings by Moebius of various Marvel superhero characters.  That's an incredible amount of high quality reading material, well-worth the $7.99 issue price.  So a positive recommendation is well-deserved for both old and new Silver Surfer fans to get on down to That's Entertainment and pick-up a copy of this rare compilation reprint issue.

Contest Winner Announcement!!!

     Our latest contest challenged you to tell us which famous 1950's-era Western series television star was actually a direct descendent of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone.  And our contest winner via a roll of the dice from among several correct entries is (drumroll, please...) David McBarron, who correctly tells us that Richard Boone , the star of the Western series Have Gun, Will Travel is the correct answer.  While singers Pat Boone and Debbie Boone, along with 1950's Western television star Randy Boone (The Virginian) also claim to be Daniel Boone's direct descendents, some geneaology sources confirm them to be descended for other Boone relatives.  Congratulations to David who wins our first prize $10.00 gift certificate to That's Entertainment!!!

New Contest Challenge Announcement!!!

      Red Sox pitchers and catchers are scheduled to arrive in Florida next week for the start of Major League Baseball spring training, so let's celebrate this sign of impending Spring with a baseball trivia contest.  You challenge is to e-mail us at no later than Wednesday, February 20 with the correct answer to the following question: Which historic Major League Baseball player appears on the most expensive collectible baseball card sold to-date?  As always, in the event of multiple correct answers, our contest winner will be selected via a roll of the dice from among the correct entries.  Please note that our first prize $10.00 gift certificate to That's Entertainment is redeemable for regular retail merchandise or in-store, on-going specials, only.

     That's all for now, so have two great Major League Baseball spring training (Go Red Sox!) and comic book reading weeks and see you again on Friday, February 22 Here In Bongo Congo!