REVIEW: Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing #1

(IDW Publishing, 2015)

Written by Brian Lynch
Illustrated by Nick Roche
Colored by Leonard O’Grady
Lettered by Tom B. Long

Nostalgia is the basis for all of our likes and dislikes. Those informal years of training at the movie theater or in front of the television on Saturday mornings have informed everything that I still like to this day. Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Blood Queen vs. Dracula #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2015)

Written by Troy Brownfield
Artwork by Kewber Baal
Colors by Kirsty Swan
Lettered by Marshall Dillon

Blending new themes with classic elements, Dynamite has taken one of their latest creations, The Blood Queen and put her in direct confrontation against the lord of vampires, Dracula! Continue reading

Column: The State of the Marvel Universe

By Shawn Warner

Greetings and salutations fellow True Believers, it’s that time once again when we gather to chart the course to Marvel’s massive Secret Wars, an event so monumental that neither the 616 or the Ultimate Universe will be left standing when all is said and done. This week the masterminds at the House of Ideas announced several more status quo shattering tie-ins and mini-series that you are sure to want to know about; that’s what I am here for, B&B’s own Agent M, to report all the goings on that will ultimately make up the All New Marvel Universe. Continue reading

REVIEW: Descender #1

(Image Comics, 2015)

Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Dustin Nguyen

Hey everyone, I’m back with Descender by Image Comics, and I have to say this is an interesting comic. Everything about this comic – from the story telling, art, story line and so much more – is very unsettling. And that is what makes it such a good comic. Continue reading

REVIEW: Spider-Gwen #1

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Written by Jason Latour
Pencils and Inks by Robbi Rodriguez
Colors by Rico Renzi

Although this is the actual inaugural issue of Spider-Gwen’s on-going monthly series it reads more like a second issue to her first appearance in last year’s Edge of Spider-Verse #2. An ancillary series of one-shots each focusing on a different Spider-Powered character, the second issue of Edge of Spider-Verse written by Jason Latour with art by Robbi Rodriguez boasted the introduction not only of Spider-Gwen but, of the alternate universe that spawned her and the entire cast of quasi-familiar characters albeit some of them are only recognizable by name. Continue reading

REVIEW: Last Breath

(Angry Eggman, 2013)

Written by Sam Eggleston
Pencils by Jason Baroody
Inks by Josh Oakes
Colors and Letters by John Hunt
Edits by Kim Eggleston

In 1969 the United States landed men on the surface of the moon. Anyone who was alive that day can tell you where they were, who they were watching it with, and how it made them feel. It was the end of JFK’s “space race”, and in that ending was the beginning of so many possibilities for the human race. 42 years later, that race would end for the U.S. with the dissolution of the shuttle program by NASA. 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

PREVIEW: Hoax Hunters #1

(Heavy Metal, 2015)

Written by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley
Art by Christian Dibari
Colors by Micheal Spicer

*Releases in March 2015

Heavy Metal was originally an anthology magazine, publishing all manner of sci-fi and fantasy comics, and until recently owned by Kevin Eastman, co-creator of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The magazine was always a haven for fantastic artwork, featuring names like H.R. Giger, Terrance Lindall, and Walter Simonson. 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: Darth Vader #1

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Salvador Larroca
Color Artwork by Edgar Delgado
Cover by Adi Granov

Marvel’s return to publishing Star Wars titles has been a long time coming, but is off to a superb start with the flagship title drawing critical and fan accolades and now we have the first series to focus on the franchise’s most iconic and complex villain, Darth Vader. Continue reading

REVIEW: Hawkeye #21

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Story by Matt Fraction
Art by David Aja and Raul Allen
Colors by Matt Hollingsworth

This series has been one of the biggest surprises of the entire Marvel Now undertaking; Matt Fraction and David Aja set the bar in the stratosphere at the very beginning and have consistently reached or surpassed that standard issue after stunning issue. 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: Imperium #1

(Valiant Entertainment, 2015)

Written by Joshua Dysart
Art by Doug Braithwaite
Colors by Brian Reber and Dave McCaig
Letters by Dave Sharpe

Being from a small town, the comics that mainly found my dollar were from the big 2. Once I got older and actually started going to comics shops, it was hard to turn away from those familiar titles and characters, to take a chance on a company that I didn’t recognize, whose books looked so different from what I grew up on. 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: New Avengers #29

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Pencils and Inks by Kev Walker
Colored by Frank Martin
Letters by Joe Caramagna

Things have grown exceedingly dark in this issue of New Avengers as the “Time Runs Out” arc speeds headlong into the massive Secret Wars event and the end of the Marvel Universe as we know it. Series writer Jonathan Hickman crafts one of the most poignant chapters yet in his extensive Avengers opus focusing much of the attention on Reed Richards this time and really spelling out exactly what he and his fellow Illuminati members have sacrificed in the face of almost certain destruction. Continue reading

Interview: Brian Visaggio

Interview by Brad Gischia

Brian Visaggio isn’t afraid to take the bull by the horns, or in this case, the comic by the panels. His current project, Andrew Jackson in Space, is on KickStarter right now, and only two weeks remain on this funding drive. Brian was good enough to answer a few questions for us on AJiS, as well as the process of KickStarting an independent comic book. Continue reading