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REVIEW: ‘Penny Dora and the Wishing Box’ #1

(Image Comics, 2014)

Writer – Michael Stock
Artist – Sina Grace
Colorist – Tamra Bonvillian
Letterer – Hope Larson

Wishing for things is bred into us from a very young age.  We’re told by our parents to wish on stars, birthday candles, when the clock hits 11:11, and if you’re like I was when I was little, I always wished for the same thing.  The Millennium Falcon.  The Hasbro one, with the chess table and spinning quad gun on the roof Continue reading

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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: ‘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

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REVIEW: ‘Butterfly’ #1

(Archaia, 2014)

Story by Arash Amel
Written by Marguerite Bennett
Illustrated by Antonio Fuso
Colored by Adam Guzowski
Lettered by Steve Wands
Cover by Phil Noto

*Major Spoilage…you’ve been warned.

As I’ve gotten more involved with the comic industry, and more vigilant on the entertainment industry as well, I’ve found it easier to watch trends.  Most recently of course we saw Continue reading

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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: ‘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

REVIEW: ‘The Battle For Ozellburg’ #1

(Indie Crash Comics, 2014)

Writer and Creator – Deon Brown
Artist – Steve Myers
Colorist – Licca Kirk
Inker – Jeff Morrow
Letterer – Chris Chandler

The stories that we heard as children, and their many incarnations, are the ones that we treasure as adults.  I recall hearing classic fairy tales, both through film and through by mother’s interpretations as she read to me, and I still find a bit of magic in those stories as I watch them with or read them to my own kids. Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Alice Cooper’ #1

(Dynamite Comics, 2014)

Written by Joe Harris
Illustrated by Eman Casallos
Colored by Aikau Oliva
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Main Cover by David Mack

Comic book creators have a tough job.  Coming up with an original character isn’t always as easy as interviews with Uncle Stan would have you believe.  The creation of a new, believable character can be a painstaking process that doesn’t always pay off in the end.  Wouldn’t it be easier to take an existing person and bring them in? Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘The Undoubtables’ GN

(Markosia Enterprises, 2014)

Story and Letters: Wes Locher
Art: Emre Ozdamarlar
Cover Colors: Kell Smith
Interior Colors: Kefas Armando
Logo Design: Amanda Kent

There are certain themes and tropes that never get old.  They come up again and again in popular entertainment because they work.  Prison breaks, heists, revenge…all are popular ways to help us escape into another world.  And The Undoubtables has all of this in spades. Continue reading