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A INQUISITIVE REVIEW ON: COMIC BOOKS*GRAPHIC NOVELS *ALSO AN OCCASIONAL COMMMENTARY ON THE MEDIUM OF COMICS.

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Location: washington, D.C., United States

I am a comic reviewer for www.comiccritique.com. I enjoy reading mainstream and independent comics. I have interviewed various artists, and writers in the comic community. such as Joe Kubert, Frank Beddor, and Nate Barlow, and others to come. I have been a comic collector for over thirty years. I still have the same excitement today when I read my first comic title. I hope to present the same vigor to the readers of this blog. JD

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A new Quest!

Saturday morning cartoons re-imagined in a DC Comic Periodical
By
John L. Daniels, Jr.




Future Quest #1

DC Comics
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artists: Evan Shaner, Steve Rude
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire


As a kid growing up in the late sixties, Saturday morning cartoons were dominated by the world of Hanna-Barbera productions. Some which will be re-vamped and re-imaged by DC Comics in the following months.

Future Quest is the first installment; back in the sixties there was a cartoon show named Johnny Quest.
The show centers around the adventures of the son of a famous scientist named Benton Quest, who was summoned by the government to investigate strange occurrences around the globe. Along with him was his son Johnny, his adoptive brother Hadji and their body guard Race Bannon, tagging along was Johnny's pet dog Bandit. Among the other more daring and adventurous Cartoons by Hanna-Barbara were: Space Ghost and Dino Boy, The Herculoids, The Mighty Mightor and Moby Dick, Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles, and Shazzan. These groups of cartoon characters were from the future, some where back in time and from galaxies far away.

Now DC Comics is bringing back these characters to help and assist Johnny Quest in a new comic called Future Quest. As a big fan of all these characters I am very excited and intrigued by the story line. I was not dissapointed. The concept was very believable in today's science of time travel and portals from other worlds. While reading this book I could not help but think of the infinite crisis sagas only done with Hanna-Barbera Saturday Morning Superstars and you have Future Quest....


Also, not to be outdone in the re-imagining of Hanna-Barbara Characters DC is also re-imaging Saturday morning cartoon favorites; Scooby Doo, The Wacky Races and get this The Flintstones....Now that is a real Quest.

Friday, August 23, 2013

We need to keep marching



March Book On



Writers:  John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Artists: Nate Powell
Publisher: Top shelf  

We need to keep marching - the 50th anniversary on the March on Washington
By John L. Daniels, Jr

How have the anniversary on the historic march on Washington changed America and the district of Colombia.?
The nation has seen the civil rights amendment passed only to be taken away.  People from all nations experienced the historic speech of Martin Luther King and see a memorial in his honor erected in 2013.



All of this has been seen and experienced biographically and graphically by John Lewis the stalwart civil rights activist and congressman from Georgia.


The book is an outstanding book for everyone, and for the young readers to read and feel the incredible journey of a man who felt the desire for social injustice.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

COMING SOON! THE RETURN OF THE INQUISITIVE CRITIQUER!


My Friends,

All have wondered about the lengthy absence of The Inquisitive Critiquer, it has caused concern and questions from the loyal fandoms of comics.

Let the rumors be put to rest, The Inquisitive Critiquer's rest was well needed. There have been many changes in the world of Comic Periodicals and Books in general, and now it's time to comeback to this media.

Now with vigor and restored creative motivation. I will return to do my best reviews and interviews for all.

For those who have read my reviews and the many creative artisan's I have interviewed, Thank you for letting me be your voice and give insight to your project and talent. Please continue to give me the opportunity to put your products in the spotlight and to the give it that distinct voice it truly deserves.

If you are interested in The Inquisitive Critiquer in reviewing your works in the Comic periodical media or any other book reviews, please leave information in the comment field.


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Friday, October 15, 2010

Hatter M the Nature of Wonder is Magical!


Hatter M: The Nature of Wonder, Volume 3.

Publisher: Automatic Pictures Publishing

Author: Frank Beddor

Writer: Liz Cavalier

Artist: Sami Makkonen

Book Cover: Vance Kovacs

RELEASED DATE: OCTOBER 15TH 2010

A Natural Masterpiece of Wonder!

By John L. Daniels, Jr.

Frank Beddor writes a great new visionary graphic novel, Hatter M the Nature of Wonder that enthralls readers into the realm of Hatter M.

Beddor and Liz Cavalier’s ingenious captions, which intertwine the past with the present storyline, builds a reader’s anticipation and promotes great use of one’s imagination while living the storyline with enjoyment. The quest of Hatter M has a wonderful paradoxical storyline progression. Though the storyline parallels past Hatter M adventures; Hatter M. continues to meet historical and scientific characters through his quest to find Alyss. In this story Hatter M meets a historical character from the civil war era who voiced equality and freedom for African Americans. Hatter and this freedom icon also share a love and flair for hats.

Each chapter in this work of art explores a different era of time that surrounds Hatter Madigan; whether it’s the patients’ asylum dance at the presence of Hatter M or meeting his new civil war allies. During his adventure with two new colleagues, Hatter meets another new ally from another realm who will help him with his quest to find Alyss. The chapters reveal secrets, and magical tricks to lure Hatter M through our realm.

Sami Makkonen has the artistic flair of a Zen master. The panels and background flow rhythmically with specks and trickles of dark inks. The use of bright pops of color and water color washed hues are stunning, and induce one to reminiscence of antique glass slide viewing. The book cover artistry by Ernie Kovacs also draws and excites the reader to quickly open the book to continue the feeling of warm but deep darkness and pure visionary splendor.

The progression of Hatter M’s character is present in this nature of wonder story, with a realm of imagination and the wonders of trust in others. This is truly another masterpiece of written wonderment and visual artistry. It is obvious that a read of Hatter M. The Nature of Wonder ends all thoughts of wonder - why Beddor’s Mad with Wonder won the 2010 IPPY award for best graphic novel.

INTERVIEW WITH FRANK BEDDOR AND CREATIVE TEAM COMING SOON!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Neal Adams Returns!



BATMAN ODYSSEY #1
AUTHOR/WRITER: NEAL ADAMS
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS


The Pristine Batman
By John L. Daniels Jr.


As any comic historian knows, BOB Kane was the creator of The Batman. The character was dark and avenging against villains. During the 1950's the presentation of Batman had a quirky wholesome persona. Then in the late 60's and early seventies the transformation began with the artist Neal Adams putting his indelible imprint on the suave and sophisticated and daring hard hitting detective with the slick riding corvette as his Batmobile.

The DC adventures were up to the times of the transitional seventies. Neal Adams was ahead his time. Adams had the vision to portray the character dealing with the crime and the social issues and experiences that related to the time.

Now Neal Adams returns to comics writing, drawing the series Batman Odyssey. Adams
presents the Batman as only he can, excellently!.The story is action-packed from panel to panel.

I implore any comic book aficionado who remembers the quality of Mr. Adams bronze age run with Batman tile and the Green Lantern and Green Arrow series of the seventies will be amazed and relive the aura of this fantastic storyteller and legendary artist.

This is pure enjoyment, do not miss this 6-part series.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

RETURN OF THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES!

Always a legionnaire!


It all began in the summer of 1977, I stopped in at a local 7-11 and picked a book from the rack of comic books, an issue of Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #203, and the rest they say is history. I did not I realize I would begin a subscription to comics. When the issue came in the mail folded in a brown wrapper with my name on it I was excited and and in awe after opening the first page. I could never have imagined this would become one of my favorite comic periodicals.


The legion's first appearance was in Adventure comics 1958. Over the past Fifty-two years there has been many changes to the Legion of super-Heroes. Many artists, characters, and writers. None have been more associated with the legion series as writer and editor Paul Levitz.


DC comics has blasted off another run of The Legion of super-heroes - the storyline was siphoned off and build up from: The final crisis : Legionnaire of three worlds, add a pinch of Green Lantern Corps Blackest Night storyline along with Mr. Levitz's writing and you have the revitalization of The Legion of superheroes #1 vol 6 and if you include the title of R.e.b.e.l.s its vol 7.


This is a good time to be a fan of The Legion of Super-Heroes. DC comics is reissuing the first chapter of Superman and the Legion of Super Heroes from soon to be released the graphic novel. Also the Legion will be featured in Adventure Comics #12. So the characters of the legion are still captivating and interesting as today.


So do not miss out on the rebirth of The New Legion of Super-Heroes.

more updates to come....

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hatter M returns with wonder!!!


Hatter M: Mad with Wonder (vol. 2)

Writer: Frank Beddor and Liz Cavalier

Artist: Sami Makkonen

Publisher: Automatic Pictures Publishing


Release date: October 15th 2009

The exciting quest of Hatter M. returns with extraordinary wonder!

By JOHN L. DANIELS JR

The title of this book is Mad with Wonder, but what the reader will experience is an extraordinary vision of Frank Beddor’s character Hatter Madigan. The character was introduced to the fantasy reading community with Beddor’s award winning novel The Looking Glass Wars.

Hatter Madigan’s quest takes him to North America, after he befriends a young lad while in England. Hatter reminisces of his desire to become millinery. The story touches on his relationship with his brother, a member of the royal guard. Frank Beddor and Liz Cavalier’s story takes the reader to a side of Hatter Madigan that loyal readers may not have experienced while reading Hatter M volume 1 or the comic periodicals published by Desperado publishing.

As with most of Beddor and Cavalier’s stories involving the millinery, Hatter M continues to intermingle with historical figures and events. This graphic novel does not let down its readers expectations of Madigan’s worldwide travels to find Alyss. Hatter Madigan learns about the mystique of New Orleans and receives the hospitality of Georgia. In Virginia he is a first-hand witness of the ravages of the civil war. Has Hatter Madigan found Alyss or maybe someone more of his interest – A southern lady named, Rosalind?



The flow of the story is fast-paced with twists and turns galore. The reader learns more of Hatter Madigan’s candor and strength and the lighter side of the Hatter Madigan’s persona. Readers learn more about the abilities of Hatter Madigan’s weapons; his trusted cutlery and his magnificent hat.

The readers are introduced to a new artist Sami Makkonen. Makkonen takes the reigns and retains the atmosphere of the original artist Ben Templesmith. The chapters in the novel are very detailed and exquisite. The Macabre and subdued palate is still dark but dynamic to view. These historical subplots provide an exceptional read of a heroic character on a quest for honor and hope with maniacal and whimsical characters. This is an impressive companion to all of Frank Beddor’s extraordinary novels: The Looking Glass Wars, Seeing Redd and his newest novel ArchEnemy.

Frank Beddor’s creative vision will make you believe in the Wonder of Hatter M.

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