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


REVIEW: ‘Original Sins’ #1

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Nathan Edmondson
Artwork by Mike Perkins
Color Artwork by Andy Troy
Lettering by VC’s Clayton Cowles

Original Sins is a 5 issue tie-in to the main series that brings to light the effects of The Watcher’s newly exposed secrets on those Marvel characters a little further from the limelight; for instance this issue features the newest incarnation of Deathlok, the Young Avengers and a wonderfully quirky albeit brief interlude with Lockjaw of Inhumans fame. Clearly these are Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Red City’ #1

(Image Comics, 2014)

Writer – Daniel Corey
Artist – Mark Dos Santos
Color – Chris Fenoalio
Letters and Logo – Dave Lanphear

What do you get when you take the grittiness of Blade Runner, the locale of Total Recall, and throw in the politics and strangely attractive alien girls of Star Trek?  You get Red City; the premiere issue of which released this week from Image Comics. Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #1.2

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Dan Slott
Artwork by Ramón Pérez
Color Artwork by Ian Herring
Lettering by Joe Caramagna

Dan Slott has reached that precarious area in the hearts and minds of Spider-Man fans where you either love his work on the character or hate it.  Although there may be varying degrees, there really is no middle ground when it comes to opinions on what the prolific writer has done with our beloved Web-Slinger. I was one of those who Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Twilight Zone: Annual 2014’

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Written by Mark Rahner
Illustrated by Randy Valiente, Jose Malaga, and Edu Menna
Colors by Lisa Moore, Marco Lesko, and Sandra Molina
Letters by Rob Steen

I love an annual.  It’s the extra really.  The getting of something more than the average.  Granted, it always came with a heftier price tag, and perhaps that forced the cancellation of the Cloak and Dagger or Power Pack you were going to buy, but it was always worth it, not just because there was more, but because annuals marked a passage of seasons. Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘The Empty Man’ #1

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Vanesa R. Del Rey
Colors by Michael Garland
Letters by Ed Dukeshire

By page nine I was saying to myself…”What the f@#k is going on here?”  And that’s what we’ve come to expect, no to depend upon, when reading a Cullen Bunn comic book.

Bunn (The Sixth Gun) brings his own spin on a horror/contagion comic with The Empty Man, a new series from Boom! Studios. Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Moon Knight’ #4

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

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

It has been said that nothing good lasts forever and that is sadly true in the case of Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s amazing but, all too brief run on the All New Marvel Now Moon Knight series. Ellis and Shalvey came out of the gate killing with the debut issue of this completely reinvented Moon Knight. The prolific and enigmatic Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘The Wake’ #9

(DC Comics / Vertigo, 2014)

Written by Scott Snyder
Artwork by Sean Murphy
Color Artwork by Matt Hollingsworth
Lettering by Jared K. Fletcher

The penultimate issue of The Wake opens with Leeward, now the first mate of the enigmatic Captain Mary’s crew, recording a “captain’s” log very similar to those of her numinous predecessor Lee Archer. Having convinced Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Quartermain’ #1

(Bluewater Comics, 2014)

Ghosts of the Nzadi Part 1
Writer – Scott Davis
Pencils and Colors and Cover– Hoyt Silva
Letters – David Hopkins

My top 10 favorite films always rotates a bit, depending on films I’ve forgotten when I’m writing it.  But Raiders of the Lost Ark is always in my top 5.  The film primed me for adventure stories when I was a kid, stirred excitement in my pre-teen belly as I watched Indy pull out his pistol and shoot the scimitar wielding Egyptian and walk away. Continue reading