REVIEW: ‘Clockwork Angels’ #2

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Kevin J. Anderson
From a story and lyrics by Neil Peart
Illustrated by Nick Robles
Lettering by Ed Dukeshire

A month has already passed, like the tick-tocking of the proverbial (and literal) clock; it’s time to return to Albion, the world dreamt up by Neil Peart of Rush fame.  In the first issue we met Owen Hardy, the farm boy who decided to take his future in his hands and leave everything he knew and go to the city. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Curse’ #3

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel
Art by Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer
Additional Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Jim Campbell

We want our favorite comics to go as long as possible. The Walking Dead just released its 123 issue. Spider-Man went to 700 before the reboot. The Curse…well…The Curse is only going to be four issues.

I know right? How could something this cool only go four issues? The answer is simple. Michael Moreci (Hoaxhunters) and Tim Daniel (Enormous) only need four. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Clockwork Angels’ #1

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Kevin J. Anderson
From a Story and lyrics by Neil Peart
Illustrated by Nick Robles
Lettering by Ed Dukeshire

“A single person in a perfect world is little more than an identical grain of sand or a tiny pebble alongside the road. Yet, if a grain of sand got into the eye, or a sharp pebble in a shoe, it could cause tremendous problems.” Owen Hardy is that grain of sand or sharp pebble. Welcome to the perfectly timed future of Clockwork Angels, released this week from Boom Studios. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Buzzkill” #4

(Dark Horse Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

Written by Donny Cates & Mark Reznicek
Artwork by Geoff Shaw
Color Artwork by Lauren Affe

The final issue of Buzzkill is an emotional gauntlet full of gut-level honesty that paints a uniquely authentic portrait of addiction complete with the contrasting moments of cacophonous chaos and the quietude of cathartic silence. Continue reading

‘Lost in the Longbox’ with Brad Gischia, Episode 13

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West Coast Avengers #1 (of 4)
(Marvel Comics, 1984)

Writer:  Roger Stern
Pencils:  Bob Hall
Inker:  Brett Breeding
Letters:  Joe Rosen
Colorist:  Julianna Ferriter

Greetings from the Wasteland!

There is one title that, whenever I see it floating up at me from the dollar box, brings me right back to the eighties, to parachute pants and big hair, and that is West Coast Avengers. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Polarity” #1 (of 4)

(BOOM Studios, 2013)

Review by Cory Thrall

WRITER:  Max Bemis
ARTWORK:  Jorge Coelho
COLOR ARTWORK:  Felipe Sobreiro
LETTERS: Steve Wands

Max Bemis, frontman for the band ‘Say Anything’, has created and written a four issue mini-series, starting with this first issue.  I don’t know anything at all about the band Bemis is in, but I dug into this first issue sure that it wouldn’t be a problem.  Plus, with each of the four issues containing a code for a different free downloadable song from Bemis, I’m sure I can get a decent idea. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Age of Ultron” #1

(Marvel Comics, 2013)

Review by Chris Ambrosio

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrator: Bryan Hitch
Colors: Paul Mounts
Letters: Cory Petit
Editor: Tom Brevoort

I’m new to Bag and Board so go easy on me now guys, this is also my first review, you can say I’m a nooby. I’ve been looking forward to reading Age of Ultron for quite some time now, ever since I’ve read “Age of Ultron coming soon” in the back of The Avengers, AU free comic in May of 2011 issue #0.1, yeah I’ve been kinda sitting on the edge of my seat waiting or this block buster of a miniseries. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Snapshot” #1 (of 4)

(Image Comics, 2013)   –   Reviewed by Feral Fang

SNAPSHOT-COVER-1--small1I first saw “Snapshot” #1 solicited in ‘Previews’ not too long ago, and was instantly curious about this mini-series.  Being a big fan of Jock’s artwork, I was excited to get this black & white Noir story in my hands.  Not knowing much of writer Andy Diggle aside from his shining list of previous works, I was secure enough with the premise to pick this up the day of release.  I was not disappointed, I can tell you that!  The story is a simple but brilliant one – Jake, a worker at the local comic book shop ‘Near Mint Rhino’, finds a cellphone lying in the grass at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  Thinking he has found himself a good way to make some easy money, he pockets the phone and heads off.  Arriving at the comic shop, we are introduced to Steve, who not only seems to be the store’s most loyal customer, but also somewhat of a friend to Jake.  In the store they talk about some hard to find comics, until Steve is pulled away by a call from his girlfriend, who is back at home organizing what looks to be their part in an anti-war rally.  While Jake is alone in the shop he decides to check out what he can find on the lost phone, and is very surprised by what he finds – possible photos of a murdered man, bullet to the head.  This is where the story takes a turn for the dangerous, and where the core of this story really starts to take off.

Jock’s art is as crazy and fun and amazingly rendered as always, and the lack of color makes his lines and shading all the more important, and handles that weight in spades.  His use of shadowing and light makes this seem like some old television show or film as seen through a modern gaze, telling a modern story.  A number of the panels need to be posters of some kind, the art really is that strong and iconic.  Put under a lot of other artist’s eyes, this could have turned out to still be a readable and enjoyable title, but Jock’s work really takes it for me.  It’s just beautifully drawn black and white artwork.  The many ways his style works for the tone and subject matter at hand is proof of how versatile an artist he really is.  Coupled with a great script by Andy Diggle, this comic waves you through its pages, like riding a river of awesomeness.  It’s not light fare by any means, but the way it is written, and the way the art is so perfect for the script, creates a comic that reads fast but leaves a long-lasting taste of grime and dirt in your mouth.  It also makes you want to tear through the calendar and get a hold of the second issue directly after finishing the first.

I was not surprised in the least that I enjoyed this first issue as much as I did.  I had been looking forward to it, creating my own hype in my head and to friends, and it has met all expectations.  If you’re looking for a non-superhero book, or if you enjoyed Image’s recent “Happy!” mini-series, I really think you’ll enjoy – maybe even love – this title.  I know I’ll be back for Issue 2, just as soon as I can get my eyes on it.  A really outstanding book in all ways.

WRITING:  8.5 /10

ARTWORK:  9 /10

OVERALL EXPERIENCE:  9.5 / 10

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