REVIEW: The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #2

(Image Comics, 2014)

Writer – Kurt Busier
Artist – Benjamin Dewey
Color Art – Jordie Bellaire
Lettering and Design – John Roshell and Jimmy Betancourt of Comicraft

Let’s get this out of the way first.  This is still the same book.  This is not a variant, this is not a spin-off, this is number 2 of Tooth and Claw, the next issue in the series that debuted last month.  The problem, so the press release stated, was that they messed up the trademark search.  So, easy fix, we’ve a new title.  The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #2 dropped this week.

The citizens of a fallen city sit around a small fire and hope for the coming of a legendary hero. Their city has crashed due to their magical fidgeting.  Now they are camped in the ruins and fighting amongst themselves, arguing about who their savior will be.  And then the Bison Tribes arrive and begin the wholesale slaughter of the “intelligent” ones.   Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Wytches’ #2

(Image Comics, 2014)

Story by Scott Snyder
Art by Jock
Coloring by Matt Hollingsworth
Letters by Clem Robins

Scott Snyder has a rabid fan base.  If anyone has read American Vampire you can see his love of horror fiction.  His run on Batman broke records and changed the way people look at the whole DCU.  As if ole’ Bats wasn’t a flagship property already, Snyder cemented that position for years to come. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Tooth and Claw’ #1

(Image Comics, 2014)

Writer – Kurt Busiek
Artist and Cover Colors – Benjamin Dewey
Colors – Jordie Bellaire
Lettering and Design – John Roshell and Jimmy Betancourt

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, I love going in to a new issue #1 with one idea and coming out on the other end with a completely new understanding of what is going on in a book.  Being surprised is really one of the greatest things in a medium where you think you’ve seen it all. Continue reading

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: ‘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: ‘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: ‘Nailbiter’ #1

(Image Comics, 2014)

Writer – Joshua Williamson
Artist – Mike Henderson
Colors – Adam Guzowski

Return with me fellow readers, to Buckaroo, Oregon, birthplace of the highest concentration of serial killers in the continental United States, and official residence of Edward Charles Warren, a.k.a. “The Nailbiter”, who chewed his victim’s nails. Oh yes…their nails, before he killed them. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Trees’ #1

(Image Comics, 2014)

Words: Warren Ellis
Art: Jason Howard

A whole lot of something.

I have the upmost respect for Warren Ellis. The man has written some of the most highly regarded stories in modern comics. With The Authority, Transmetropolitan, and Planetary being the most notable standouts in a very stellar body of work. So you can imagine that before reading Trees #1, I couldn’t help but be exited. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘C.O.W.L.’ #1

(Image Comics, 2014)

Story by Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel
Art by Rod Reis
Letters by Troy Peteri
Cover by Trevor McCarthy

I see this one come up in the queue, and I wonder, is this just another acronym book?  And then I open it.  Ahh…ladies and gentlemen, if I may be so bold, it is definitely not. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Mercenary Sea’ #4

(Image Comics, 2014)

Writer: Kel Symons
Art & Colors: Mathew Reynolds
Lettering & Design: Pat Brosseau

The seafaring adventures of Captain Jack Harper and the crew of the Venture, a refitted German U Boat, continues in The Mercenary Sea #4 as their mission to rescue a British spy, code-named “Top Hat,” from Japanese soldiers takes an unexpected turn. After a tense confrontation at sea with their Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘The Field’ #2

(Image Comics, 2014)

Written and Lettered by Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Simon Roy
Colored by Simon Gough

“Ok…I know what’s going on…oh wait…that’s different…didn’t see that one comi…oh no…that was unexpected…ugh…his head exploded all over the….is that a sword of Kahless?…”

Oh crap.  I hope to God I never wake up in a field.  Better yet, never in The Field, for that, comic friends, is a twisted and dark path filled Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Starlight’ #3

(Image Comics, 2014)

Created by Mark Millar & Goran Parlov
Written by Mark Millar
Artwork by Goran Parlov
Color Artwork by Ive Svorcina

Mark Millar has captured the spirit of Star Wars, the nostalgia of Flash Gordon, the adventure of Indiana Jones and Buck Rogers and thrown in his usual heaping helping of over- the- top violence; the result is Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Shutter’ #2

(Image Comics, 2014)

Written by Joe Keatinge
Art by Leila Del Duca
Colors by Owen Gieni
Letters by Ed Brisson

I begged and pleaded, and despite the combined weight of my many Twitter followers and urgent calls from my aged grandmother, Image went ahead with their proposed release date and made me wait a whole month for issue #2 of Shutter. Continue reading