Review: Mythic #2

(Image Comics 2015)

Writer: Phil Hester

Art: John McCrea

Colors: Michael Spicer

While science may form the basis of our understanding of reality, it is actually little more than an illusion for humanity. Magic is the true force that makes the world go round and oils the wheels of the universe. Continue reading

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Review: The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Beyond Belief

(Image Comics 2015)

The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Beyond Belief #1

Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker

Pencils by Phil Hester

Inks by Eric Gapstur and Ande Parks

Colors by Mauricio Wallace

Letters by Marshall Dillon

“It’s time to send the little ones off to dreamland, and set your radio’s dial to “spooky”. Bolt the doors, lock your windows, and steel yourself for mysterious suspense in this evening’s feature…Beyond Belief.” Continue reading

REVIEW: The Humans, Vol. 1

(Image Comics, 2015)

Written by Keenan Marshall Keller
Art by Tom Neely
Colors by Kristina Collantes

Wow. What can I say about “The Humans”? It was spectacular. The adjective that kept coming to my mind when thinking about this series is “brazen.”  It felt like it was breaking rules. That is probably because of all the not so good comics I have read in my lifetime. A really good one stands out like it’s breaking the rule that comics can’t be this good. The writing and art both seemed really fresh to me, and the story had me locked in. Continue reading

REVIEW: Postal #2

(Image Comics/Top Cow, 2015)

Written by Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins
Art by Isaac Goodhart
Colors by Betsy Gonia
Letters by Troy Peteri

How do you ferret out the truth when the teller is a proven liar? Where do you turn to solve a murder in a town filled with convicted criminals? Who can you possibly believe? Continue reading

REVIEW: Descender #1

(Image Comics, 2015)

Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Dustin Nguyen

Hey everyone, I’m back with Descender by Image Comics, and I have to say this is an interesting comic. Everything about this comic – from the story telling, art, story line and so much more – is very unsettling. And that is what makes it such a good comic. Continue reading

REVIEW: Postal #1

(Image Comics, 2015)

Written by Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins
Art by Isaac Goodhart
Colors by Betsy Gonia
Letters by Troy Peteri

When I was a kid it was easy to find the hero in the story. The guy with the tights, the girl with the lasso, the mild-mannered person who occupied nearly every frame of the book until something bad happened, and then they pulled a cape out and went to work was the good guy. The bad guy was the one who either had a sinister grin on his face, or was dangling the hero’s lady-friend or aged aunt off the edge of a building.

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REVIEW: Nameless #1

(Image Comics, 2015)

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Chris Burnham
Colors by Nathan Fairbairn
Letters by Simon Bowland

Part of the attraction of comic books is that, for as long as I can remember, the artist and the writer both get a good deal of fame. (Colorists and Letterers are on the upswing now as well, as they should be.) It’s a symbiotic relationship that the artist and writer need each other, despite past accomplishments, to make a book work. Continue reading

REVIEW: Reyn #1

(Image Comics, 2015)

Writer: Kel Symons
Art: Nate Stockman
Colors: Paul Little
Lettering and Design: Pat Brosseau

Battles with unspeakable monsters, daring intrigue, legends, and spellbinding magic await as we enter the Land of Fate in Reyn #1, the new Image Comics fantasy adventure series, written by Kel Symons (The Mercenary Sea), with art by Nate Stockman, colors by Paul Little, and lettering and Design by Pat Brosseau. Continue reading

REVIEW: Secret Identities #1

Image Comics
(release date Feb. 18, 2015)

Story by Brian Joines and Jay Faerber
Art by Ilias Kyriazis and Charlie Kirchoff
Covers by Ilias Kyriazis and Charlie Kirchoff

The idea of the secret identity is as old as the idea of the super hero. Countless comics have explored and played with that theme, from Clark Kent verbally jousting with Lois Lane, to Bruce Wayne gadding about town with a starlet, it’s a common trope that will never get old.  It’s been established that people with powers should hide who they really are. The enemies that plague them would visit untold horrors upon their families if they knew. How awful was that page when Eddie Brock showed up, kissing Aunt May on the cheek and we all knew he was Venom? Up to this point, the emphasis has been on the hero, with some minor drama playing out while he or she is out of costume. Continue reading

Review: Krampus Vol. 1

(Image Comics, 2015)

Krampus! Volume 1
Written by Brian Joines
Illustrated by Dean Kotz
Colors by Ron Riley
Letters by Charles Pritchett

If you think about it. The idea of Santa Claus is pretty creepy.   An old guy who breaks into your house and leaves things for your kids without you knowing who he is or what his criminal background is.  As if that weren’t bad enough some disturbed parents in the Alpine regions of Europe decided that their children, while mostly good for the month of December, did not have enough to worry about the rest of the year.  No gift from Santa was not sufficient penalty to keep them in line.  So they invented the Krampus.

I had never heard of the Krampus until about three years ago when I saw Rare Imports, a Finish film released in 2010 about something sinister inside a lonely, snow-covered mountain.  If you do a Google search on the subject, you will see some truly horrifying pictures of traditional Krampus parades in far-off countries.  The Krampus, for those who don’t know, it the yin to Santa Claus’ yang, the black to his white, the creature that comes on Christmas eve to punish bad little girls and boys in various sadistic ways. This book takes a decidedly lighter position on the Krampus.  I give you Krampus! Vol. 1from Image Comics, a collection of the first five issues of the series. Continue reading