Review: Army of Darkness: Furious Road

(Dynamite 2016)

Writer: Nancy A Collins

Art: Kewber Baal

Colors: Schimerys Baal

Letters: Simon Bowland

Cover A: Tyler Crook / Colors: Vinicius Andrade

Cover B: Gabriel Hardman / Colors: Jordan Boyd

Cover C: Francesco Francavilla

Cover D: Rony Fleecs

Subscription Cover E: Robert Hack 

The iconic square-jawed demon-killing hero Ash is back, as Dynamite Entertainment brings us the latest chapter in its flagship saga: Army of Darkness Furious Road. 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

REVIEW: ‘Twilight Zone’ #3

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

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

*There are going to be spoilers, this is the third issue for crying out loud!

If Rod Serling was going to finger someone to write an ongoing of his legendary Twilight Zone television series other than himself, it may well have been J. Michael Straczynski. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Haunted Horror’ #9

(IDW Publishing, 2014)

Writers and Artists: Various
Editors: Steve Banes, Clizia Gussoni and Craig Yoe
Contributing Editors: Mike Howlett, Toxic Tommy O’Brien and Tillmann Courth

Often, there tends to be a bias against purchasing comics in reprints. This could be fueled by the speculator market, in which reprints or second printings might be seen as being inauthentic or worth less because they’re not the original. To that I say, comics are meant for reading. Value should be an afterthought. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Twilight Zone’ #2

(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

I have always been a fan of The Twilight Zone. It brings to mind cold winter evenings staying at my grandmother’s house, the smell of popcorn made in a pan on the stove with far more butter than was healthy for me, and so much salt that your lips would be chapped for days afterwards. Continue reading

‘The Weekly Bat-Signals’ with Shawn Warner, Episode 21

Greetings on this auspicious anniversary of the first appearance of our revered Dark Knight Detective.  The year was 1939, the publication was Detective Comics volume one, number twenty-seven and the co-creators were the brilliant Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Little did these two mild mannered cartoonists know that they had touched eternity with their creation and in so doing they had given a gift to the ages Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Twilight Zone’ #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Artwork by Guiu Vilanova
Color Artwork by Vinicius Andrade
Lettering by Rob Steen

J. Michael Straczynski returns to one of the titles he cut his comic book teeth on, The Twilight Zone. With his history in television writing, this title works perfectly with his talents and provides an ideal vehicle for his very fast paced style of storytelling. Continue reading

Bag and Bored’s ‘Best of 2013’: CORY THRALL

BEST OF 2013
with Cory Thrall

When I started this crazy thing called Bag & Bored I was looking for something to kill some time and have some fun with.  Nothing big, no readership – just silly meanderings on whatever comics I had read that week.  Consider my surprise that here we are over a year later and with quite a cast of reviewers and writers on our team.  One of the major pay-offs with this site has been Continue reading

REVIEW: “Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives” #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

Written by David Liss
Illustrated by Daniel Indro
Colored by Josan Gonzales
Lettered by Joshua Cozine
Cover by Francesco Francavilla

I have long been a fan of the detective that lives at 221B Baker St. and said detective’s relationship with a certain Doctor. Just writing about the two makes me want to expand my sentence structure, to elucidate on the vagaries of fate, explain the minutia of everyday life to the point where even the most exacting and lucid reader will soon fall off into a kind of wordy coma Continue reading

REVIEW: “Afterlife With Archie” #1

(Archie Comics, 2013)

Review by Cory Thrall

WRITTEN BY: Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa
ARTWORK BY: Francesco Francavilla
COLOR ARTWORK BY: Francesco Francavilla
LETTERING BY: Jack Morelli

Archie and zombies.  Zombies and Archie.  Riverdale in the midst of an approaching zombie apocalypse.  Who would have thought – even with the Zombie craze that has become a growing epidemic of it’s own – that we’d see these words together outside of some weird Fan Fiction? Continue reading

REVIEW: “Black Beetle: No Way Out” #0-4

(Dark Horse Comics, 2013)

Review by Raymond Jacques

Story & Art by Francesco Francavilla
Lettering by Nate Piekos of BlamBot
Covers by Francesco Francavilla
Series Editor:  Jim Gibbons

Let’s be clear: I LOVE FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA. That is a fact. You NEED to know that right off the bat.

And another point of interest: You NEED to love Francesco Francavilla, too! Beyond being one of the industry’s most sought after cover artists he’s also one of the absolute best comic book storytelling artists in the game. Continue reading