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REVIEW: ‘And Then Emily Was Gone’ #1

(Comix Tribe, 2014)

Story – John Lees
Art – Iain Laurie
Colors – Megan Wilson
Letters – Colin Bell

The things you love as a child shape the adult you’ll become.  The popularity of geek culture (because “geek culture” is a common term now) rest on the fact that the people making the big decisions (and consequently the big money) were the ones that grew up on the ’89 Batman, the Richard Donner Superman, and the oft-talked about and seldom seen Roger Corman Fantastic Four. (Forgive us, we had nothing else.) Continue reading

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‘Lost in the Longbox’ Ep.27: ‘Plunge Into the Depths…’

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(The Print Mint, 1969)

Written & Drawn by Robert Crumb

It’s hard to imagine how art can affect a person.  Some can look at a Picasso and are inspired while others see Dr. Who Season 5, Ep. 10 “Vincent and the Doctor” and weep uncontrollably.  (I don’t remember openly crying, but dang…one of my favorite episodes, and tears may have gathered in the corners of my eyes.)  For me the finished product is always amazing, no matter the artist, medium, or work. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Daredevil’ #6

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Mark Waid
Pencils/Color by Javier Rodriguez
Inks by Alvaro Lopez

Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil has reached near legendary proportions; it is mentioned along with such names as Miller, Bendis and Brubaker. He has redefined the character for a new generation of readers; in fact hordes of new comers to Daredevil have been introduced to the Man Without Fear through Waid’s dynamic writing Continue reading

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A LOOK AT: Capstan Comics

(Capstan Comics 2013/2014)

Endtime
Book One: The Arrival
Written by Tim Kenyon
Artwork by Gerry Kissell
Lettering by Bernie Lee

Paradise Prison
Written by Tim Kenyon
Artwork by Rob Garcia

Indie comics have gradually become a passion of mine over the last year.  The tenacity it takes to not only build a small business, but to build it in a market that is dominated so thoroughly is enough to make it seem a Herculean effort just to put out your own, self-published book. Continue reading

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REVIEW: “Dark Engine’ #1

(Image Comics, 2014)

Story by Ryan Burton
Art by John Bivens
Letters by Crank!

First issues should be eye-catching.  They should encapsulate enough of a story that a new reader wants more, craves it like a vampire does for the good old AB +.  The artwork should be dynamic, making it hard to turn the page even as you can’t wait to see what’s coming next. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #23

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Artwork by Kris Anka
Lettering by VC’s Joe Caramagna

The events of Original Sin have brought the last will and testament of Charles Xavier to light and suffice to say the discovery was met with shock and awe. The task of gathering together the scattered squads of X-Men Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Original Sin’ #6

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Jason Aaron
Artwork by Mike Deodato
Color Artwork by Frank Martin, Jr.

Jason Aaron follows the Nick Fury-centric, flash-back filled hiatus of issue #5 with a return to the events of the present as well as seamlessly picking up the previous tempo and dropping us back into the action at a dead run. Last issue Aaron and Deodato turned their substantial Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Superior Foes of Spider-Man’ #13

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Nick Spencer
Artwork by Steve Lieber
Color Artwork by Rachelle Rosenberg
Lettering by Clayton Clowes

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber have taken a team of D-list characters, most of who were not even appearing as blips on the comic book radar and created one the most entertaining, irreverently humorous and downright addictive series being published by anyone today. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Spider-Man 2099′ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Peter David
Artwork by Will Sliney
Color Artwork by Antonio Fabela

Peter David is without a doubt one of the most prolific and talented writers in comic books today. Certainly a fan favorite; his work in prose novels and comic books is equally revered among science fiction as well as super hero enthusiasts. One of David’s defining qualities is his Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Original Sin’ #5

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Jason Aaron
Artwork by Mike Deodato
Color Artwork by Frank Martin Jr.

Jason Aaron steps on the brakes slowing the brisk pace of his revelation filled narrative to just above a crawl in this current issue that trades dynamic character interaction and up-tempo timing for meticulously detailed exposition and historic flashbacks; all in the cause of more fully examining the character of Nicholas J. Fury. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Rocket Raccoon’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written & Artwork by Skottie Young
Color Artwork by Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Lettering by Jeff Eckleberry

Skottie Young and Jean-Francois Beaulieu could have gone for an obvious cash grab when given the opportunity to work on a Rocket Raccoon solo series; a character that many see as the next Deadpool or Harley Quinn in terms of his popularity among non-comic readers who are nevertheless obsessed with t-shirts, action figures and every species of propaganda featuring the likeness of a comic book character. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Big Trouble In Little China’ #2

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Story by John Carpenter and Eric Powell
Written by Eric Powell
Art by Brian Churilla
Colors by Michael Garland
Letters by Ed Dukeshire

Pass me my parachute pants!  Get me a bottle of Pepsi Clear!  Eric Powell (The Goon) hauls us back to the 80’s by the headphone cord of a Sony Walkman, and drops us smack in the middle of another Jack Burton adventure. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Nailbiter’ #3 / ‘Southern Bastards’ #3

(Image Comics, 2014)

Nailbiter #3
Story by Joshua Williamson
Artwork by Mike Henderson
Color Artwork by Adam Guzowski
Letters & Design by John J. Hill

Southern Bastards #3
Written by Jason Aaron
Artwork by Jason Latour
Letters by Jared K. Fletcher

It’s crazy to see so many good comics on the market, and extraordinarily frustrating, coming from the point of view of a reader.  You find a story that connects and want to stick with it.  Often those stories come from different companies with different release dates and that means a second trip to the shop and untold amounts of dollar books to sift through while you wait your turn…it all ends up costing you money.  (Gladly of course, that’s part of the thrill.) Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Under the Flesh’ #1

(Escape Comics, 2014)

Created and Written by G. Deltres
Illustrated and Lettered by J.L. Giles

Under the Flesh is a zombie story.  It’s a good zombie story.  With that out in front, I must digress a bit.

I’m moderately frustrated with the entertainment industry.  Don’t get me wrong, I love where it’s been going in the last twenty years, and the content in the last ten has been fantastic. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Clive Barker’s Nightbreed’ #2

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Story by Clive Barker
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Piotr Kowalski
Colors by Juan Manuel Tumburus
Letters by Ed Dukeshire

Remember sleepovers in the 80’s when you would stay up all night long watching films your parents wouldn’t let you at your own house, hoping that in reality none of the images would be too scary for you to handle by yourself, in your darkened bedroom, the next night?  I have one friend whose birthday landed on Friday the 13th every couple of years, and he would treat us to those very types of movies.  My introduction to horror classics like Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Kill All Monsters’ Vol.1

(Alterna Comics, 2013)

Kill All Monsters Volume 1: The Ruins of Paris
Written by Michael May
Illustrated by Jason Copland
Lettered by Ed Brisson

Last year, Pacific Rim was number 16 worldwide in total gross income according to Box Office Mojo.  Giant Monsters vs. Giant Robots.  The concept seems so simple.  And yet, there have been few movies that have done it successfully. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Hellbillies’ #0

(King Bone Press, 2014)

Created by Bryan Boles and Jon Westhoff
Art, Cover, and Logos by Bryan Boles
Script and Letters by Jon Westoff
Interior Colors by Sean Fagan

A manticore stalks the swampland posing intricate riddles and waiting for those poor souls who dare to answer.  A reporter leads the way, playing a hunch and finding that there is more super than natural in the marshy environs than she would like.  At the center of it all sit the Hellbillies. Continue reading