REVIEW: ‘Gateway’ #2

(IDW Publishing, 2014)

Created by Joe Halpin Sr. and Joe Halpin Jr.
Written by Joe Halpin Sr.
Pencils and Inks by Juanfrancisco Moyano
Assistant Inker: D.F. Martin
Colorist: Joe Halpin Jr.
Assistant Colorist: Joaquin Pereyra
Letterer: Tom B. Long

Hell is terrifying. That’s sort of the point. We’ve seen it as a setting over and over again throughout literature and right into comic books. And it’s been proven as a great setting for comics. Spawn comes to the fore without even thinking about it. Of course there is always the flip side of that as well 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: ‘Half Past Danger’

(IDW Publishing, 2014)

Created, Written & Drawn by Stephen Mooney
Color Artwork (Issue #1) by Stephen Mooney
Color Artwork (Issues #2-6) by Jordie Bellaire

Half Past Danger is a book you should pick up. Really. You should stop now and go buy it. I could end the review right there, but then it wouldn’t be much of a review and my editor would stop sending me stuff and I would be out all of these wonderful comics and things…and the chance to see more work from Stephen Mooney. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Ghostbusters’ #12

(IDW Publishing, 2014)

Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Dan Schoening
Colors by Luis Antonio Delgado

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Written by Erik Burnham
Art by Erik Evensen
Letters by Gilberto Lazcano

The Ghostbusters is a franchise near and dear to me. The original film is in my top five of all time. I love it for reasons that will probably be familiar to so many people that are in their mid-30’s. The two films, the accompanying soundtracks (“Who you gonna’ call?”) the breakfast cereal, the “Real” Ghostbusters cartoon Continue reading

THINGS TO COME for January 2014

Things to Come for January 2014
with Kenneth Kimbrough

Welcome to 2014, the year we first get attacked by kaiju and the year when Solid Snake grows a pretty rad stache. As a part of the new year, I’m introducing a feature to the site in which I highlight new releases, reprints, relaunches and just about anything else that tickles me. All of this information can be found in the retailer catalog—PREVIEWS—which your local comic store should carry. Continue reading

‘Lost in the Longbox’ with Brad Gischia, Episode 10

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Fever Ridge #1
(IDW, February 2013)

WRITTEN BY:  Michael Heimos
ARTWORK BY:  Nick Runge
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Jordie Bellaire
LETTERING BY:  Brandon Destefano

Greetings from the Wasteland!

This week, as you’re browsing the longboxes while waiting for your comic book purveyor to deliver into your hands the magical pile that has collected in your pull box, keep your eyes open in the top left corner for the letters “IDW”. Continue reading

REVIEW: “X-Files: Season 10” #2

(IDW Publishing, 2013)

Review by Cory Thrall

STORY BY:  Joe Harris w/ Chris Carter
WRITTEN BY:  Joe Harris
ARTWORK BY:  Michael Walsh
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Jordie Bellaire
LETTERING BY:  Shawn Lee

Comics based on films, television, and video games have really filled the market in the past decade or so, from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, many “Army of Darkness” spin-offs, and even a “Mass Effect” list of titles.  There are more, but I think you get the point. Continue reading

REVIEW: “G.I. JOE” #1

(IDW Publishing, 2013)   –   Reviewed by Ravingnerd

GIJoe-Number1-cover1A while back I was asked what I was most looking forward too about the 2013 comic industry. While I couldn’t pin just one down, I knew for sure that the relaunch of the entire G.I. Joe franchise was up there. The team of Fred Van Lente and Steve Kurth delivered a nice start to one of America’s most iconic franchises. The art is definitely the best aspect of this book, vivid, vibrant, and alive, it captures piece by piece the drama and immense action this book delivers. I don’t think I can express just how fabulous the art is. While the art was fantastic, the story was much less dynamic. While it served as a fantastic introduction to the characters involved, the plot was set up poorly. The Joe’s were sent into a mission that was poorly explained. Thus the reveal that Cobra was in control of the town they visited ended up not being a big deal. There was plenty of humor involved with the issue, which was refreshing and nice, but the overall set up was poorly set up. That being said, it is still one of the best war comics to come out of comics in the past few years. The characters are dynamic, and the direction is clear. The comic simply stumbled upon execution of its first major hurtle.

Overall a solid read, and of surprising quality. While many have laughed, the relaunch of G.I. Joe seems to be just what the franchise needs. If you have ever been interested in the title or are just looking for a good read, then this is your comic.

WRITING:  6 /10  – Nice direction, but stumbled with the execution.

ARTWORK:  8.5 /10  – Surprisingly solid and well done.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE:  7/10  – Surprisingly successful and quite fun.

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REVIEW: “the Crow: Skinning the Wolves” #1

(IDW PUBLISHING, 2013)   –   Reviewed by Feral Fang

The-Crow_Skinning-The-Wolves_1-665x1024To me and a few of my good friends, the original Crow collection was an indie bible of sorts – a violent, twisted story with vibrant, black & white artwork that seemed to make every line perfect, whether it be a bit sloppy or loose.  It just fit as a package.  While there were many other indie titles and collections that I read throughout the years, the original collection still intrigues me (even with the horrid film they made of it).  This new title, subtitled “Skinning the Wolves”, is written by Crow creator James O’Barr and the artist Jim Terry, with O’Barr handling the initial breakdowns.  So, there is a lot of the older O’Barr style in this, even if just seen through some of Terry’s artwork.  A few of the breakdowns really shine through, giving way for some of the classic linework we know from earlier O’Barr artwork.  The addition of artist Jim Terry brings a new life to the Crow look (though this version seems to not have the Crow ‘make-up’).  The story opens on a Nazi gathering at a train station, unloading the ‘passengers’ to a camp.  Somewhere within this we are introduced to a tough guy/badass, who quickly takes out a few Nazi soldiers and is eventually killed.  You can see where this is headed, especially as a crow circles the camp before, during, and after the confrontation.  This title is pretty well done, though flawed.  What I didn’t like about it was the quick pacing and small number of pages.  Printed on thicker glossy stock than the usual, the book feels like a full sized story in hand, but reads in all of about 4 minutes, as there really isn’t much to it.  If anything, it seems like a preview of the title, as opposed to the first issue.  I’m figuring this is mostly due to the thick paper and the short ‘story’/introduction, which leaves me a bit curious as to what issue #2 might hold, yet also a bit annoyed at how little there is in this issue.  It really does feel like a back story.  I’ll be checking this out as it goes, so I guess we’ll see where it takes it, or doesn’t.  I’m totally “eh” on this one but, as stated, I’ll be checking out the 2nd issue, at least.  You just never know – Image Comics’ “Happy!” started out with a kinda-crappy first issue and grew into one of my favorite current titles.

2 1/2 out of 5 Snarls

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