Review: Dream Police #11

(Image-2016)

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski

Artist: Sid Kotian

Color: HíFí

Letters: Troy Peterí

Making yourself an asset to your employer is usually a good thing. Unless you are Joe Thursday, and you work for the Dream Police. That just might make you a slave to justice…dream justice. Besides Joe Thursday being a day short of being Joe Friday, he doesn’t seem to have trouble holding his own in the sleeping world of the Dreamscape. But because of this, it has him in the dangerous position of being the best Dream Policeman on the force. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Dream Police’ #1

(Image Comics, 2014)

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Line Art by Sid Kotian
Color by Bill Farmer
Letters by Troy Peteri

I’ve been singing the Cheap Trick song in my head for about an hour now, every since opened the PDF of this comic.  So to try to excise the demons and scrape Robin Zander’s chant from my mind, I’ll write about comics.  Good comics, not happy comics.  Please J. Michael Straczynski, scour my brain. Continue reading

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: ‘Sidekick’ #5

(Image Comics/Joe’s Comics, 2014)

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Artwork by Tom Mandrake
Color Atwork by Hi-Fi
Lettering by Troy Peteri

The deconstruction of a super hero is not a new concept; it has been done to great acclaim by the likes of Alan Moore, Mark Waid and Grant Morrison to name a few of the stand-outs. Now, with his engrossing and intriguing series Sidekick hitting its stride, it seems we can add J. Michael Straczynski’s name to that list. 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

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

REVIEW: “Superman: Earth One” Graphic Novel

(DC COMICS, 2010)   –   Reviewed by Feral Fang

For some reason or another, it took me quite a while to find this graphic novel.  I searched, completely excited and curious about finally reading what is likely one of the most successful and beloved graphic novels of the 21st Century.  Though I really try not to, I tend to build up some expectations to something of this nature, and more so when it is difficult to get my hands on a copy.  It obviously tells me people are buying and reading it and, unlike the many graphic novels and trade collections that just sit on the shelves, this thing was really moving.  So, when I finally got it in my hands, I had really high hopes for this.  My love for Superman has grown over the years from interested, to picking at things here and there, to finally outright loving the character.  I blame the Animated Series for most of this (damn that was such a good show from a team of geniuses!), but there have also been some very good Supes stuff out there, both in print and in some of the amazing animated films DC puts out.  As I read this book, however, I slowly started feeling my expectations shatter.  Sad to say, I really did not enjoy this graphic novel.  J. Michael Straczynski’s altered version of Supes is an annoyingly basic and dull character, barely speaking and mostly just floating around landscapes.  While he is busy doing so, a few flash back scenes are stretched longer than they should be, mostly through text placed over the stagnant, uninteresting artwork.  Shane Davis’ art is wooden, boring, and has a heavy 90’s Marvel “X” titles/Image Comics feel to most of the detail work.  Some of the more ugly attempts at detail are almost saved by the modern coloring, but that’s a strong ‘almost’.  As a matter of fact, the coloring is the best part about this.  Some panels actually look pretty good at first glance, but at closer inspection it’s almost always the color art that gave the impression. Overall, I felt this was not only a waste of time, but also a significant waste of money. Not to mention the poorly paced and seemingly out of nowhere end ‘battle’ and ‘villain’ make this one confused, lazy attempt at re-telling a powerfully classic story.  And now Book Two is out.  Frustrating.

— 1 out of 5 boxes of $1 X-Force comics.

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