Review: Four Kids Walk Into A Bank #1

(Black Mask Studios 2016)

Art/Design by Tyler Boss

Flatting  by Clare Dezutti

Lettering by Thomas Mauer

Wallpaper Design by Courtney Menard

Writing by Matthew Rosenberg

People get into a rut.  You read book upon book, comic upon comic, commenting all the way, and then you realize, am I still doing this because I like it, or because I feel the impending NCBD coming and I’m not caught up on what happened last month?  Then you pick up a book like Four Kids Walk Into A Bank, and you feel the urge to read and write and review some more. Continue reading

Review: Disciple #3

(Black Mask Studios 2015)

Created by Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten

Written by Steve Niles

Illustrated by Christopher Mitten

Colors by Jay Fotos

Lettered by Thomas Mauer

 

The easiest comic in a series to review is the first. It’s the beginning, which everyone loves, of a new tale. Continue reading

Review: Mayday #2

(Black Mask Studios 2015)

Written by Curt Pires

Art by Christopher Peterson

Colors by Pete Toms

Curt Pires is the kind of writer who likes to keep you guessing. Upon opening the first issue of Mayday from Black Mask Studios, you would never guess that enough could happen in 44 pages that by the end of issue two he felt the need for some editorial disclaimer. Continue reading

Review: Godkiller Vol. 1 and Issue #4

(Black Mask Studios 2015)

Written by Matt Pizzolo

Illustrated by Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk

Additional Illustrations by Ben Templesmith, Tim Seeley, and Amancay Nahuelpan

I try to keep my reviews tasteful. I try to refrain from curse words as adjectives because they don’t usually expand upon an idea any more than a regular adjective might. I may have to make an exception here. Godkiller Volume 1, what an amazing f@#kin’ book. (and I don’t use my keyboard characters lightly.) Continue reading

REVIEW: Matt Miner Double-Feature TTR#3 and Critical Hit #4

(Black Mask Studios, 2015)

Toe Tag Riot #3
Written by Matt Miner
Pencils, Inks, and Letters by Sean Von Gorman
Colors by Savanna Ganucheau

 Critical Hit #4
Written by Matt Miner
Pencils and Inks by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Colors by Doug Garbark
Letters by Jim Campbell

Multiple projects. It’s the wish and the curse of every working person. You want to stay busy and at the same time you feel so busy you can’t catch up. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Toe Tag Riot’ #2

(Black Mask Studios, 2014)

Created by Matt Miner and Sean Von Gorman
Written by Matt Miner
Pencils and Inks by Sean Von Gorman
Colors by Savanna Ganucheau
Lettered by Sean Von Gorman

Confrontation has never been a place where I’ve felt comfortable.  Who knows the roots?  If my sister is reading this she’ll laugh and nod and say “Yup, that’s our family…”(Test here to see if she really reads these like she says she does…) Perhaps it is some form of latent Catholic guilt, rising up within at the sound of a raised voice, or maybe it’s the years Continue reading

Review: Toe Tag Riot #1

(Black Mask Studios, 2014)

Toe Tag Riot #1
Written by Matt Miner
Pencils and Inks by Sean Von Gorman
Colors by John Rauch
Lettered by Sean Von Gorman

Matt Miner, king of the Kickstarter komics, extra “k” for dramatic effect, is back, and with a hunger that can only be satiated by human flesh and punk rock.  Toe Tag Riot #1, the much-anticipated first issue of Miner’s latest series, is on shelves Wednesday, and it is everything that you’d expect from Mr. Miner.

Along with longtime collaborator Sean Von Gorman, Miner drops his newest offering to the comic gods in the form of a zombie punk band, ready to chew up the competition and gnaw through the mores established by rock and roll icons.

Toe Tag Riot is not only the name of the comic but also that of the featured players in the story.  They are a band formed of various long-timers, those who stood out from other bands and couldn’t handle the b.s. that goes with working with musicians.   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: ‘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: ‘Critical Hit’ #1

(Black Mask Studios, 2014)

Written by Matt Miner
Pencils and Inks by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Colors by Doug Garbark
Lettered by Crank!

It’s hard to stay on top of modern entertainment.  It comes out so fast now that before you know it “I’ll start watching Game of Thrones after the first season is collected…” becomes, “…oh crap, Game of Thrones is starting it’s fifth season and I’ve yet to watch any of them…” Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Liberator/Earth Crisis: Salvation of Innocents’ #2

(Black Mask Studios, 2014)

Created by Matt Miner
Written by Matt Miner and Earth Crisis
Pencils and Inks by Javier Sanchez Aranda
Colors by Joaquin Pereyra
Extras Art by Kathryn Mann
Cover by Rod Reis

Liberator/Earth Crisis: Salvation of Innocents is not your everyday comic book.  As of yet, I have seen no spandex.  There are grim realties at work and yet no pointy-eared and cloaked figure stepping from the shadows to knock the pistol out of the mugger’s hand, or a giant anvil in ethereal green light that appears Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Liberator/Earth Crisis: Salvation of Innocents’ #1

(Black Mask Studios, 2014)

Written by Matt Miner and Earth Crisis
Pencils and Inks by Javier Sanchez Aranda
Colors by Joaquin Pereyra
Lettered by Crank!
Extra Art by Kathryn Mann

“What can one person do?” This is the question posed and answered in the newest Black Mask Studios book, Liberator: Earth Crisis. Matt Miner is back, taking up the cause of animal cruelty with the help of Earth Crisis, an American metalcore band. Continue reading

Bag and Bored’s ‘Best Of 2013’: BRAD GISCHIA

BEST OF 2013
with Brad Gischia

I began reviewing comics for Bagandbored.net about six months ago.  I was so fired up to get into it, but I specified, when I talked to our fearless leader, Cory, that I would be in more than a little bit of a jam when it comes to reviewing books.  I am not near a comic store.  So to get a gig that is so centered on ever changing wall books, or even monthly, well…it wouldn’t be easy. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Liberator” #1

(Black Mask Studios, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

Creator/Writer – Matt Miner
Art – Javier Sanchez Aranda
Colors – Joaquin Pereyra
Letters/Edits – Vito Delsante

*Caution, moderate spoilers

Greetings from the Wasteland,

Does another Wednesday loom already?  Are you looking for something new to pick up on NCBD?  Look no further.  Liberator #1, “Rage Ignition”, will be on the stands. Continue reading