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REVIEW: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3

(IDW Publishing / Boom! Studios, 2015)

Written by Scott and David Tipton
Art by Rachael Stott
Colors by Charlie Krichoff
Lettered by Tom B. Long

I was never a Trekkie. I never had that fanboy appreciation for the series or films that ensnares half of the geek culture. (because let’s face it, you’re either a Trek fan or a Star Wars fan.) I came to Star Trek by a much longer route, through the films, Wrath of Kahn is still my favorite, and eventually through my children. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Hit 1955

(Boom! Studios, 2014)

Written by Bryce Carlson
Illustrated by Vanessa R. Del Rey
Colors by Archie Van Buren
Letters by Ed Dukeshire

I’ve gotten past the idea that the awesome cover art that peeks over the dividers on comic store shelves matches the art inside.  My younger self was burned more than once on the deal.  With Hit 1955 I was pleasantly surprised.  The awesome cover art only opened into pages and pages of similarly awesome interior art. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Sirens’ #1

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written, Illustrated, and Created by George Perez
Colors by Leonardo Paciarotti

Let’s not bury the lead.  George M*[email protected]&*.^%’in Perez!  Need I say more?  The man who helped define the look of a generation of comic books has released his first original book.  BOOM! Studios and George Perez release Sirens this week, but don’t expect to get it on the first read.  Perez’s brain works on several Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Wild’s End’ #1 (of 6)

(BOOM! Studios)

Created by Dan Abnett & I.N.J. Culbard
Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated & Lettered by I.N.J. Culbard

I usually try to begin a review with a snappy anecdote, some little tidbit about my personal history with comics or entertainment that will bring the reader more easily over to my point of view.  (Because the long and short of it is if you’re reading this you’re wondering about the book and my review was one that popped up on your search engine.)  With Wild’s End #1, out from BOOM! Studios this week Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘The Woods’, Vol.1

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Created & Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Michael Dialynas
Color Artwork by Josan Gonzalez
Lettering by Ed Dukeshire

We’ve been taught since our youngest remembrances not to go into the woods by ourselves.  Fear of the Boogie Man, the Big Bad Wolf, or tales of the Mothman or Sasquatch have always been on hand to keep our children from wandering into the real-life dangers of the unknown. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Cloaks’ #1 (of 4)

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Caleb Monroe
Illustrated by Mariano Navarro
Color Artwork by Gabriel Cassata
Lettering by Ed Dukeshire

Summary: Adam D’Aquino is a young master of illusion who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Sort of a modern day Robin Hood, so to speak. To many he is known simply as “The Kid” and to a few his true identity is known. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Thomas Alsop’ #3

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Chris Miskiewicz
Art by Palle Schmidt
Lettering by Deron Bennett

Time slips by so quickly.  Already Thomas Alsop is on issue #3, and I’ve been backpedaling, trying to be caught up so that I can read it and enjoy.  I’ve got to come up with a good name for that…”Passage of Time and Missing New Stuff Algorithm?”  POTAMNSA?   Nah.  I suppose there isn’t always a good acronym for everything. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Hexed’ #1

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Created & Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Illustrated by Dan Mora
Colors by Gabriel Cassata
Letters by Ed Dukeshire

There is no shortage of new books.  It’s amazing to me that I spent so much time as I was growing up reading nothing but the X-Men and Superman and now, well, I can’t tell you the last time I picked up a book by either of the big two. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘The Woods’ #4

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Created & Written by James Tynion IV
Artwork by Michael Dialynas
Color Artwork by Josan Gonzalez
Lettering by Ed Dukeshire

As a huge fan of James Tynion IV’s previous work, particularly his Batman related work and especially his collaborative efforts with Batman scribe extraordinaire, Scott Snyder, I was quite excited when I learned of the release of his more horror themed series, The Woods. Now here we are four issues into the Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Evil Empire’ #3

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Created and Written by Max Bemis
Illustrated by Ransom Getty and Andrea Mutti
Colored by Chris Blythe
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire

The altered reality is a constant source of inspiration for writers.  What better way to craft a convincing story than to build it on a foundation of truth?  And some of my favorite comic stories over the years, from Marvel’s What If…? series to DC’s Elseworlds line, covered characters with changed traits because of altered history. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Big Trouble In Little China’ #2

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Story by John Carpenter and Eric Powell
Written by Eric Powell
Art by Brian Churilla
Colors by Michael Garland
Letters by Ed Dukeshire

Pass me my parachute pants!  Get me a bottle of Pepsi Clear!  Eric Powell (The Goon) hauls us back to the 80’s by the headphone cord of a Sony Walkman, and drops us smack in the middle of another Jack Burton adventure. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time’ #1 (of 5)

(BOOM! Studios / KaBOOM!, 2014)

Written & Illustrated by Mike Kunkel

My wife often mentions that I am immature.  It may certainly be true.  I like Saturday morning cartoons, at least the ones from my youth that are reruns.  When watching said cartoons I like to eat sugary cereal, preferably something with marshmallows or chocolate flavoring that will change the remaining milk in the bowl. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Evil Empire’ #2

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Created and Written by Max Bemis
Illustrated by Ransom Getty
Inks by Ryan Winn
Colored by Chris Blythe
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire

I read a lot of comic books.  Most of them are not books that I’ve been reading for years, whose history has been imprinted on me from a very young age.  Most of the books I read on a monthly basis are new books from smaller studios like Boom! Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Lumberjanes’ #1

(BOOM! Box / BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Illustrated by Brooke Allen
Colors by Maarta Laiho
Letters by Aubry Aiese

Boom! Studios lurks in the shadows waiting to strike.  They are not a company that is unused to publishing big, popular books.  They have licensed properties like Garfield, Adventure Time, and Hellraiser, but also have many original books, including Curse, Dead Letters, and Polarity.  It’s these kinds of books that can project Boom! into another class altogether.  At the same time, they are a company that is keeping their collective ear to the rail when it comes to new properties, small books that might not otherwise get a viewing. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Evil Empire’ #1

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Created & Written by Max Bemis
Illustrated by Ransom Getty
Colored by Chris Blythe
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire

Comic books are an escape. For the reader they are, by their very nature, a way to have a scant 22 pages to yourself, quiet and calm no matter what may be happening in the pages. But flip that around to the writer and artists’ viewpoint, and they become the exact opposite. Like any other form of media Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Loki: Ragnorok and Roll’ #1

(BOOM! Studios, 2014)

Written by Eric M. Esquivel
Artwork by Jerry Gaylord
Color Artwork by Gabriel Cassata
Lettering by Ryan Ferrier

HELLO COMIC BOOK LOVERS! My name is Joshua Selser and I will be your tour guide through the madness which is “LOKI: Ragnorok and Roll”, a breath of fresh air in this medium of four color wonder we all embrace.

WARNING this review may contain plot spoilers. Continue reading