REVIEW: TMNT: Mutanimals #1

(IDW Publishing, 2015)

Written by Paul Allor
Artwork by Andy Kuhn
Color Artwork by Nick Filardi
Lettering by Shawn Lee

I haven’t seriously read TMNT in a while. I grew up on them and loved the toys, cartoons and comics. I have a lot of affection for them. I have flipped through the latest series every so often in my LCS and liked what I saw. I think TMNT are in a good place comic wise. At least from my limited perspective. So I am coming at Mutanimals from close to a blank slate. Continue reading

REVIEW: Avengers World #17

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Written by Frank Barbiere
Pencils and Inks by Marco Checchetto
Colors by Andres Mossa
Letters by Joe Caramanga

Although writer Frank Barbiere has set this issue in the present it is important to note that the timeline is somewhat fractured in that the narrative running through the series contains plot elements from both the past and the future. Confused yet? Continue reading

REVIEW: King: Jungle Jim #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2015)

Written by Paul Tobin
Art by Sandy Jarrell
Letters by Marshall Dillon

Hey everyone! This week I took a look at Dynamite’s re-launch of Jungle Jim! And I have to say I rather enjoyed it. Not having read Jungle Jim before, the comic and all its characters are completely new to me. Therefore I am not going to write this review as a comparison of the two stories, but as a new comic that has never been seen before. Continue reading

REVIEW: The Black Vortex Alpha

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Written by Sam Humphries
Pencils by Ed McGuiness and Kris Anka
Inks by Kris Anka, Mark Farmer, Jay Leisten, and Mark Morales
Colors by Marte Garcia and Marcelo Malolo
Letters by Travis Lanham

Last year’s “The Trial of Jean Grey” marked the first time these two teams were paired up for a major crossover. In the time since that first event The Guardians of the Galaxy have become a bona fide part of the pop culture landscape, thanks mainly due to a huge blockbuster film that proved just how exciting and fun this group of cosmic misfits could be. Continue reading

REVIEW: Postal #1

(Image Comics, 2015)

Written by Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins
Art by Isaac Goodhart
Colors by Betsy Gonia
Letters by Troy Peteri

When I was a kid it was easy to find the hero in the story. The guy with the tights, the girl with the lasso, the mild-mannered person who occupied nearly every frame of the book until something bad happened, and then they pulled a cape out and went to work was the good guy. The bad guy was the one who either had a sinister grin on his face, or was dangling the hero’s lady-friend or aged aunt off the edge of a building.

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REVIEW: Nameless #1

(Image Comics, 2015)

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Chris Burnham
Colors by Nathan Fairbairn
Letters by Simon Bowland

Part of the attraction of comic books is that, for as long as I can remember, the artist and the writer both get a good deal of fame. (Colorists and Letterers are on the upswing now as well, as they should be.) It’s a symbiotic relationship that the artist and writer need each other, despite past accomplishments, to make a book work. Continue reading

REVIEW: 566 Frames

(Borderline Press, 2013)

By Dennis Wojda

One cannot help but see reviews.  It’s the nature of the entertainment beast, of which I am a willing cog, that for every film trailer, book excerpt, or comic book PDF there will be a person tap-tapping away on his laptop, opining on a shadow in the corner or a too-closely-filled word balloon. At the same time, there is nothing better than being surprised and having your preconceived notions wonderfully smashed before your eyes.

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REVIEW: Secret Identities #1

Image Comics
(release date Feb. 18, 2015)

Story by Brian Joines and Jay Faerber
Art by Ilias Kyriazis and Charlie Kirchoff
Covers by Ilias Kyriazis and Charlie Kirchoff

The idea of the secret identity is as old as the idea of the super hero. Countless comics have explored and played with that theme, from Clark Kent verbally jousting with Lois Lane, to Bruce Wayne gadding about town with a starlet, it’s a common trope that will never get old.  It’s been established that people with powers should hide who they really are. The enemies that plague them would visit untold horrors upon their families if they knew. How awful was that page when Eddie Brock showed up, kissing Aunt May on the cheek and we all knew he was Venom? Up to this point, the emphasis has been on the hero, with some minor drama playing out while he or she is out of costume. Continue reading

REVIEW: Star Wars #1

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Writer- Jason Aaron
Art- John Cassaday
Colors- Laura Martin

From the very second you open this book it feels like Star Wars and not just a Star Wars comic book, I mean Star Wars! From those now immortal words that have opened every one of the films and have since been etched into our brains as if by the laser sharp edge of a light saber, so begins this first issue, “A long time ago. In a galaxy far, far away…” Continue reading