REVIEW: ‘Naruto’ Chapters #699-700 (1999)

Naruto (1999)

Chapter 699-700 [Double Finale Review!!]
Story & Art by Masashi Kishimoto
Chapters: 699-700 (of 700)

Summary: Naruto is a young ninja-in-training, having grown up in the Village Hidden in the Leaves, who is shunned and isolated from those around him because of the mysterious beast lurking inside of him. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Django / Zorro’ #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Written by Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner
Illustrated by Esteve Polls
Colored by Brennan Wagner
Lettered by Simon Bowland

Over the past several years Dynamite Entertainment has not only made a name for itself with licensed properties, but with the revitalization of those properties into successful comic series. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘COMICS #5: WKRP in Cincinnati’

(Levity Biographies, 2014)

Writer – Chad Lambert
Illustrators – Particio Carbajal and Apriyadi Kusbiantoro
Colorist – Rodney Fyke
Letterer – Jaymes Reed

Nostalgia is a player at the table of geek culture.  How many times do we watch a movie and groan a little at how much we liked it and how bad it really is?  I’ve refused to read books that I previously loved just on the off chance that it might be much worse than I remember and therefore ruin it for me now.  You can never downplay the nostalgia factor when checking something new out. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘BOO!’ (Vol.2) #1

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2014)

Written by RJ White, Dylan Todd, Leonard Pierce, Jan Morris, Delilah Dawson, Chris Sims, Ken Lowery, Manning Krull, Sean Pappe, Scott Faulkner, and Benito Cereno
Art by Kelly Tindall, Matt Digges, Pete Toms, Gloria Reynolds, Adam Watson, Matt Smigel, Joel Carroll, Matthew Allen Smith, Andy Hirsch, Shawn McGuan, Manning Krull, Sean Pappe, Erica Henderson, Scott Faulkner, and Jordan Witt

Halloween was just upon us, and along with scary movies, trick or treating, and the occasional summer camp hack n’ slash, we turn our thoughts to holiday-themed television shows and more importantly, comics. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Alice Cooper: The Last Temptation’ 20th Anniv. Edition

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Writer: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Michael Zulli

Summary: Welcome to the world of the Theatre of the Real, where nightmares come to roost and the choice is yours to stay or go – but either way, life will never be the same. That is what happens to Steven, a boy who is afraid and confused by the hard truth of growing up. Continue reading

REVIEW: ”Critical Hit’ #2

(Black Mask Studios, 2014)

Written & Created by Matt Miner
Pencils & Inks by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Colors by Doug Garbark
Lettered by Jim Campbell

The world of the comic book reviewer is as broad as the Internet.  There are millions of opinions, ever more millions of fans, and when you do a quick search, what seems like more competition for views than any one site could master. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘The Rage’, Vol.1

(Titan Comics, 2014)

The Rage
Volume One: Zombie Generation
Script by Pierre Boisserie
Art by Malo Kerfriden
Colors by Boubette
Translated by Virginie Selavy

I’m starting to find it difficult to come up with clever quips about the dead walking around.  My store of silly puns is dry, drier than the corpse of Tutankhamen in the middle of an Egyptian July.  There seem to be no end to zombie-based fiction stories, both on the big and small screen, in all kinds of print fiction and comics. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Pirouette’ #1

(Black Mask Studios, 2014)

Created & Written by Mark L. Miller
Pencils & Inks by Carlos Granda
Colors by El Comic En Linea Foundation
Lettered by Jim Campbell

Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns.  Anyone who grew up on Stephen King novels has a touch of it, and those who saw Tim Curry’s crazy-good performance as Pennywise the Dancing Clown still shudder at the thought of balloons and how they float.  But for those that weren’t deeply emotionally scarred, there’s a new clown in town. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Tale of Sand: the Illustrated Screenplay’

(Archaia, 2014)

Tale of Sand: The Illustrated Screenplay
Written by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl
Illustrated by Ramon K. Perez
Edited by Stephen Christy

Anyone who grew up in the 80’s grew up with Jim Henson.  I was no different, and perhaps I was even more inundated with the Henson-esque style of television because we didn’t have cable until I was in high school. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow’

(Archaia, 2014)

The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow
The Lost Television Special by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl

Adapted, Illustrated, and Hand-Lettered by Roger Langridge
Colors by Ian Herring

I’ve been a lifelong fan of everything Henson.  From the first time I saw The Muppet Show, to the tenth time I watched The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson has been a major influence in my life.  Those films, and Sesame Street, were the Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Recipes For The Dead’ #3

(Greentea Publishing, 2014)

Recipes for the Dead #3: Steam Minted Meringue
Written by Vera Greentea
Art by Allison Strom
Lettering by Adam Wollet

*Recipes for the Dead #3: Steam Minted Meringue will debut this coming weekend at New York Comic Con

By most accounts the business of indie comics is a struggle, a grind against time.  If you have the stamina and more than a little bit of talent, you have but a chance.  This is not meant to be disparaging Continue reading