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REVIEW: ‘Batman’ #30

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Scott Snyder
Pencils by Greg Capullo
Inks by Danny Miki
Color Artwork by FCO Plascencia

This issue begins the climactic chapter of the Zero Year story entitled “Savage City” with events that were first glimpsed in the opening pages of the epic arc. However now, when viewed in retrospect these images are so much more momentous, not just for the sheer weight of the events but for the calamitous consequences resulting from them that we have now seen unfold. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Goof’ #1 – 3

(New World Comics, 2013)

Written by Guy Hasson
Art by Guillermo Ramirez Issue #1
Borja Pindado Issue #2 and #3

“The World’s Goofiest Superhero?”  There could be a hundred different heroes that creep into your grey matter to fit this bill.  Super Goof, or, Disney’s Goofy in long wooly underwear, was the first that struck me.  There are no shortage of silly heroes, dunderheads and clumsy oafs who are given the chance to live a “super” life and completely mess it up, as is their wont. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Curse’ #4

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel
Art by Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer
Additional Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Jim Campbell

As I woke up Tuesday morning and stumbled out to my truck, dragging my feet through new-fallen snow I happened to look up and see the red orb of the moon hanging low in the early morning sky.  It is one of those things that help to conjure an image for certain.  How appropriate that the week of the blood moon eclipse also sees the release of Curse #4 from Boom! Studios, the last in a four issue short from Michael Moreci (Hoaxhunters) and Tim Daniel (Enormous). Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Captain Action Cat’ #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Writer & Artist: Art Baltazar
Writers: Franco & Chris “Zod” Smits

All right, reader, I’ve been sitting on this review for a few days now, because honestly I have no idea how to react to this comic.  Part of me wants to say, “That was a cool comic” and the other part wants to yell “Yikes” and I end up stuck in the middle not picking a side. And since I haven’t been able to pick a side, we’re just going to have to talk about both. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Translucid’ #1 (of 6)

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
Art by Daniel Bayliss
Covers by Jeff Stokely and Ming Doyle

Which reality is the one that we believe?  Is it the one where super villains plot great and intuitive schemes against those nemeses that have plagued them for their entire lives?  Or is it the one where a boy draws on lined paper in his bedroom, imagining the things he wishes he could do and creating those very villains from everyday things? Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Stray Bullets: Killers’ #2

(Image Comics / El Capitan, 2014)

Written, Drawn, & Lettered by David Lapham

David Lapham is one of the most versatile writers working in comicbooks today. His work runs the gamut from super hero stories to extremely poignant human drama but the one element that all of his writing has is common is great character development; perhaps best known for his Stray Bullets series or his substantial contribution to the Avatar schlock horror/porn series Crossed, Lapham has also brought his uniquely human narratives to some of the most iconic super heroes Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘The Mercenary Sea’ #3

(Image Comics, 2014)

Writer: Kel Symons
Art & Colors: Mathew Reynolds
Lettering & Design: Pat Brosseau

With its inspired setting and stunning visuals, The Mercenary Sea #3 is the latest issue of the new Image Comics series, written by Kel Svmons, with art by Mathew Reynolds, and lettering by Pat Brosseau. The action and adventures unfold in 1938 – The South Seas, Japan has invaded China, and War is looming in Europe. Ex-bootlegger Captain Jack Harper commands the refitted German U-Boat, The Venture, who along with Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Iron Fist: the Living Weapon’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written & Drawn by Kaare Andrews

Kaare Kyle Andrews is the kind of comicbook (one word as per Stan Lee) writer/artist I most respect; he is a fan turned creator. Andrews writes with the kind of passion that only someone truly in love with the medium could muster and he knows his continuity cold. I recently listened to an interview with Andrews on the Word Balloon podcast and it was Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Funrama’ #1- 3

(Self Published, 2014)

Created by Ryan Kelly

I love going blindly forward into a new comic. For the longest time I’ve been a “judge a book by its’ cover” kind of guy (Apologies to Mrs. Paulson, my high school librarian), but in the comic book industry that is generally a good way to stick to stuff you like. Not always though. Indie comics tend to be a whole different can of worms, horse of a different color, choose your metaphor. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Batman Eternal’ #1

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Ray Fawkes, John Layman, Tim Seeley
Artwork by Jason Fabok
Color Artwork by Brad Anderson

The new weekly series Batman Eternal boasts a stellar crew of writers headed up by Batman proper scribe Scott Snyder.  The rest of the team consists of some of DC’s most popular and prolific writers including James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman and Tim Seeley and these guys do not waste a single panel before getting the action started. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ #125

(Image Comics, 2014)

Written by Robert Kirkman
Pencil and Cover by Charlie Adlard
Inking by Stefano Gaudiano
Gray Tones by Cliff Rathburn
Lettering by Rus Wooton
Cover Colors by Dave Stewart

The Walking Dead #125: All Out War (Chapter 11 of 12)

Please Robert Kirkman! End this prolonged madness that you have incited on the zombie-filled world. Have you ever actually read your Letter Hacks? Don’t you know that people are the source of your income? Why do you continue to draw out this never ending saga of – who has the bigger stick? Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Lumberjanes’ #1

(BOOM! Box / BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Illustrated by Brooke Allen
Colors by Maarta Laiho
Letters by Aubry Aiese

Boom! Studios lurks in the shadows waiting to strike.  They are not a company that is unused to publishing big, popular books.  They have licensed properties like Garfield, Adventure Time, and Hellraiser, but also have many original books, including Curse, Dead Letters, and Polarity.  It’s these kinds of books that can project Boom! into another class altogether.  At the same time, they are a company that is keeping their collective ear to the rail when it comes to new properties, small books that might not otherwise get a viewing. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Twilight Zone’ #4

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Illustrated by Guiu Vilanova
Colored by Vinivius Andrade
Lettered by Rob Steen
Main Cover by Francesco Francavilla

The Twilight Zone #4.  What can I say about this comic, as it hits the stands this week, that I haven’t already said in reviews for the previous three?  Dynamite comics is on the forefront of the comic reboot business, and they’re doing it the right way, getting top talent to breathe new vibrant life into books whose rights might otherwise be moldering in a drawer in the basement of some abandoned comic warehouse somewhere. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘All-New Doop’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Peter Milligan
Art by David Lafuente
Color Art by Laura Allred
Lettering by Clayton Cowles
Cover Art by Michael & Laura Allred
Variant Cover Art by Adi Granov

Throughout the midst of the entire Marvel Universe, there are some very peculiar characters that only surface every so often. One of those is none other than Doop. He is nothing more than a fun, little green floating orb that struggles with communicating and is best friends with Wolverine. The world should love Doop, but he is often misunderstood and unappreciated. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Manifest Destiny’ #6

(Image Comics, 2014)

Written by Chris Dingess
Artwork by Matthew Roberts
Color Artwork by Owen Gieni

Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts have taken on the daunting task of consistently raising the bar set by the previous issue of their incredibly imaginative series and it looks like they have done it yet again as they wrap up the current arc and speed headlong into the next exciting chapter. Issue six of Manifest Destiny is written at full speed; the narrative is full of high Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Shutter’ #1

(Image Comics, 2014)

Writer & Co-Creator: Joe Keatinge
Artist & Co Creator: Leila Del Duca
Colorist: Owen Gieni
Letterer: Ed Brisson

I’ve come to a point where first issues, good first issues, have become an annoyance. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to catch hold of that bouncing rope hanging from the hot-air balloon, hanging on for dear life as the story hauls you into the air and…then the first issue ends. The tips of your toes have left furrows in the ground, the rubber toes of your shoes across the grass just enough to stain them and then Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Moon Knight’ #2

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Warren Ellis
Artwork by Declan Shalvey
Color Artwork by Jordie Bellaire

A sniper is targeting eight seemingly unconnected people in New York City. With each carefully engineered hit we discover more about the targets, and why they have been selected by the sniper. Moon Knight confronts the sniper on a deserted rooftop as he sets his sights on his next victim. Though the battle is hard fought, Moon Knight resolves to end the bloodshed and uncover the secret behind snipers true motives… Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Red Sonja and Cub’ One Shot

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Written by Jim Zub
Art by Jonathan Lau
Colors by Stefani Renee
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Jeffery “Chamba” Cruz

Like most stand alone issues, “Red Sonja and Cub” offered a nice break from the main comic along with an interesting story to read.  The focus of this story isn’t so much our heroine, but the “cub,” and teaches us that there are many different kinds of warriors. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Flash Gordon’ #1

(Dynamite Comics, 2014)

Written by Jeff Parker
Illustrated by Evan Shaner
Colored by Jordie Bellaire
Lettered by Simon Bowland

The retcon company, Dynamite, is at it again with the release of Flash Gordon #1 this week.  Written by Jeff Parker and drawn by Evan Shaner, Flash delivers a modernized version of the comic that our parents and grandparents grew up reading in the funny pages, the one the spawned a film my generation loved to hate. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Aquaman and the Others’ #1

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Dan Jurgens
Pencils by Lan Medina
Inks by Allen Martinez
Color Artwork by Matt Milla

Aquaman has long deserved the kind of readership and critical acclaim the character is finally receiving. Not since Peter David’s harpoon-handed, shaggy-haired, bearded version of the Atlantean King ruled the seas in his series of the late 80’s has Arthur Curry received so much positive press. Usually reserved for the butt of jokes made by a largely non-comic book reading public, Aquaman holds Continue reading