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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


REVIEW: ‘Thunderbolts’ #27

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Pencils by Carlo Barberi
Inks by Carlos Cuevas
Color Artwork by Izrael Silva

Issue #27 is a changing of the guard for Thunderbolts as the writing team of Ben Acker and Ben Blacker take the reins from the prolific Charles Soule. Acker and Blacker, known for their Thrilling Adventure Hour show and various contributions to the Nerdist Writer’s Panel on The Nerdist podcast channel Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Original Sin’ #4

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

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

It seems we have only just collectively recovered from the shock of last issue’s concluding revelation involving Winter Soldier and Nick Fury(?) only to have Jason Aaron blow our minds once more with yet another pulse pounding final page bombshell. We are about midway into Aaron’s complex and compelling murder mystery Continue reading