REVIEW: ‘Constantine’ #17

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Ray Fawkes
Pencils by Edgar Salazar
Inks by Jay Leisten
Color Artwork by Tanya & Richard Horie
Lettering by Taylor Esposito

John Constantine has always been one of my all-time favorite characters for the simple reason that he is a consummate survivor. He’s survived every sort of occult enemy, ethereal attackers of all sorts, sizes and denominations and he has even faced the sinister Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Thomas Alsop’ #3

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Chris Miskiewicz
Art by Palle Schmidt
Lettering by Deron Bennett

Time slips by so quickly.  Already Thomas Alsop is on issue #3, and I’ve been backpedaling, trying to be caught up so that I can read it and enjoy.  I’ve got to come up with a good name for that…”Passage of Time and Missing New Stuff Algorithm?”  POTAMNSA?   Nah.  I suppose there isn’t always a good acronym for everything. Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Skullkickers’ #30

(Image Comics, 2014)

Writers: Jim Zub & Will Hindmarch
Artists: Jeff “Chamba” Cruz & Royce “FooRay” Southerland
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Skullkickers created by Jim Zub & Chris Stevens

Summary: Skullkickers is a zany adventure story about two warriors and their search for fame, money, and all-around glory in battle. Set in a fantasy realm usually Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Hexed’ #1

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Created & Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Illustrated by Dan Mora
Colors by Gabriel Cassata
Letters by Ed Dukeshire

There is no shortage of new books.  It’s amazing to me that I spent so much time as I was growing up reading nothing but the X-Men and Superman and now, well, I can’t tell you the last time I picked up a book by either of the big two. Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘The Weirding Willows’ Vol.1

(Titan Comics, 2014)

A1 Presents: The Weirding Willows Volume 1: What the Wild Things Are
Story by Dave Elliott
Line Art by Barnaby Bagenda and Sami Basri
Colors by Sunny Gho, Jessica Kholinne, Sakti Yuwono, Ifansyah Noor, Fahriza Kamaputra, Gloria Caeli
Letters by Imam E. Wibowo

If you’ve been looking to fill that Fables void, if Legenderry is just a little too steampunk for you, than The Weirding Willows may just fit the bill. Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘The Woods’ #4

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Created & Written by James Tynion IV
Artwork by Michael Dialynas
Color Artwork by Josan Gonzalez
Lettering by Ed Dukeshire

As a huge fan of James Tynion IV’s previous work, particularly his Batman related work and especially his collaborative efforts with Batman scribe extraordinaire, Scott Snyder, I was quite excited when I learned of the release of his more horror themed series, The Woods. Now here we are four issues into the Continue reading


FILM REVIEW: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (2014)

As a child of the 80s, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a major fixture in my life. I can vividly remember every Ninja Turtle comic book, toy, lunch box, and even the little sandwich stamp that my Mom would use on my peanut butter and jelly. The idea of a Ninja Turtle movie after almost twenty years of cinema silence has kept me motivated that great things do come around more than once. Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Grayson’ #2

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Tim Seeley, Tom King
Artwork by Mikel Janin
Color Artwork by Jeromy Cox
Lettered by Carlos M. Mangual

Tim Seeley really has a firm grasp on Dick Grayson as a character; he knows what makes him tick, not as Robin or Nightwing or Batman but as Dick Grayson, a man on his own, fighting his own battles as part of a covert unit. Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Odyssey’ Vol.1

(Titan Comics, 2014)

Odyssey Volume 1: History Lesson
Script – Dave Elliott
Line Art – Garrie Gastonny and Toby Cypress
Additional Inks – Maralti Firmansyah
Color – Sakti Yuwono
Lettering – Imam E. Wibowo

First impressions are key.  It’s been drilled into our heads for years and years, from job interviews to meeting members of the opposite sex.  Always act your best, always look your best, you don’t know what’s coming round the bend.

When reading a new comic, as with meeting new people, it’s sometimes hard to get past that first impression. Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers’ #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Writer: Joe Casey
Artist: Nathan Fox, Jim Rugg, Ulises Farinas
Colorist: Brad Simpson
Letterer: Simon Bowland

Based on Characters Created by Jack Kirby

Summary: What if you were told that your brain was so valuable, and you’re a member of the military, that if you die in the line of fire your mind will be transferred into a genetically perfect clone body? Continue reading


REVIEW: A New Worlds Comics Close-Up

(New Worlds Comics, 2014)

A New Worlds Comics Close-up
Goof #4 and Wynter #3
Written by Guy Hasson
Art by Borja Pindado and Aron Elekes

It’s no big surprise that breaking into the comics’ medium isn’t easy.  You may have one shot with a big company, you may not, but with the advent of digital media it has become much easier to publish your own work, without the help from the big two. Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘All-New Ghost Rider’ #5

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Felipe Smith
Artwork by Tradd Moore
Color Artwork by Val Staples
Lettering by Joe Caramagna

The latest issue of All New Ghost Rider not only brings an end to the Engines of Vengeance story arc but sadly it is also the final issue to be penciled by the dynamic and innovative, Tradd Moore. Moore is leaving to focus on his incredible (and incredibly violent) creator owned Luther Strode series with writer/ co-creator Justin Jordan. This is a crushing blow for Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Hawkeye’ #19

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Matt Fraction
Artwork by David Aja
Color Artwork by Matt Hollingsworth

The excessive wait between issues is finally over but can Matt Fraction and David Aja pull us back into their world of kitschy noir crime tropes and track-suited Mafiosi? Of course they can! The creative team that originally brought us this solo Avenger series like no other and who is just coming off winning an Eisner for the wildly inventive and imaginative Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘The Revisionist: 10 Years Gone’

(Old School Comics, 2014)

The Revisionist: 10 Years Gone The DWP Collection
Writer – Chad Lambert
Art – Roberto Corona, Steve Powell, Jeremy Freeman, Jean-Paul DeShong, Nadir Balan, Ryan Scott
Colors – Michael Langdale, Roni Setiwan
Letters – Jaymes Reed, Kel

It’s time to start collecting web comics.  For a guy who treasured his He-Man action figures, who remembers seeing VHS for the first time and thinking they “look all long and weird” compared to our Beta Max, this is a sign of the passage of time.   I’m getting to an age where I feel like I can start to appreciate the times when my parents wonder at the new developments in technology. Continue reading