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: Krampus Vol. 1

(Image Comics, 2015)

Krampus! Volume 1
Written by Brian Joines
Illustrated by Dean Kotz
Colors by Ron Riley
Letters by Charles Pritchett

If you think about it. The idea of Santa Claus is pretty creepy.   An old guy who breaks into your house and leaves things for your kids without you knowing who he is or what his criminal background is.  As if that weren’t bad enough some disturbed parents in the Alpine regions of Europe decided that their children, while mostly good for the month of December, did not have enough to worry about the rest of the year.  No gift from Santa was not sufficient penalty to keep them in line.  So they invented the Krampus.

I had never heard of the Krampus until about three years ago when I saw Rare Imports, a Finish film released in 2010 about something sinister inside a lonely, snow-covered mountain.  If you do a Google search on the subject, you will see some truly horrifying pictures of traditional Krampus parades in far-off countries.  The Krampus, for those who don’t know, it the yin to Santa Claus’ yang, the black to his white, the creature that comes on Christmas eve to punish bad little girls and boys in various sadistic ways. This book takes a decidedly lighter position on the Krampus.  I give you Krampus! Vol. 1from Image Comics, a collection of the first five issues of the series. Continue reading