BrainTrust: Following Monkeybrain Comics, Ep.4

I hope you all are in the midst of a post-NCBD slumber, snoozing beneath the spread leaves of the comics you passed out reading last night, your head resting lightly on those yet to be opened, their bindings still crisp and staples shiny.  For the rest of us the week wears on, and next week’s NCB day looms.

Next week, on April 16, Bandette #7 is scheduled to release.

I’ve been absent from the BrainTrust for a bit now, but I return now, in huge, Monekybrain-ed fashion, not to preview a book, but to tell you why you should be reading Bandette. Continue reading


REVIEW: ‘Edison Rex’ #15

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2014)

Story by Chris Roberson & Dennis Culver
Written by Dennis Culver
Artwork by Dennis Culver
Color Artwork by Stephen Downer

In many ways human culture is obsessed with the very nature of time as it relates to our lives.  We see ourselves through a lense of our past, though it is a biased and individually skewed one depending on what our outlook on life tends to be.  We look ahead fueled by our dreams and tempered with our worries and faults, and we try to find an idealized future within these confines.  We abstractly think of the paths and choices that may lead to such a life, trying to find direction.

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

BEST OF 2013
with Brad Gischia

I began reviewing comics for 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: “Knuckleheads” #1

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2013)

Review by Jared Butler

WRITER:  Brian Winkeler
ARTWORK:  Robert Wilson IV
LETTERS:  Thomas Mauer

Knuckleheads kicks off by showing us our protagonists in his natural state of sloth.  Trevor K. Trevinski is a lazy and cynical slob and the last person in the world you’d expect to become a superhero.  Even after aliens have melded “Crystal Knuckles” onto his right hand, he has yet to find the motivation to do more than sit on the couch in his boxers and pink robe. Continue reading


REVIEW: “Skybreaker” #1

(Monekybrain Comics, 2013)

Reviewed by Jared Butler

Writer:  Michael Moreci
Artwork:  Drew Zucker
Lettering:  Frank J. Barbiere

I think most people by now have seen and/or read their fair share of westerns and are familiar with the usual cast of characters to be found in them.  “Skybreaker” is no exception - you’ve got the Anti-Hero: in search of revenge and has nothing left to lose.  The villain: a highly intelligent and manipulative gang leader, armed with the Word of God and a pack of half-witted henchmen.  Throw in a few side characters (who will undoubtedly have an impact on the main plot at some point) and you can call it ‘soup’. Continue reading

REVIEW: “100 Words” Digital Comic

(DC COMICS, 2011)   -   Reviewed by Feral Fang

“100 Words” is one of those great things that only comes around every so often.  The short digital comic from DC is written by Neil Gaiman and features beautiful pencil artwork by Jim Lee, seen here in a much different style of artwork than he’s mostly known for.  Released with all of DC’s proceeds going to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, this short-but-very-sweet comic is available from DC’s website in digital form for only .99 cents.  Let me tell you this is .99 cents very well spent, and something I would have gladly paid much more for.  What you get in “100 Words” is a beautiful poem from Neil Gaiman set to the previously mentioned Jim Lee pencil work, and it is an amazing thing.  I’ve always liked Jim Lee’s artwork, and feel he’s really come into his own with what most consider some of his worst work - the current New 52 “Justice League” title.  This is a man who knows how to draw figures, and draw them very well.  The Jim Lee we see in this, however, is one with a very light touch, the work more refined pencil sketches than hard, inked images.  This is a Lee that plays with the format, flowing free on a page layout with no borders and no panels - the art frames itself mostly in a collection of sketchy scribbles that come together to form the breath-takingly intricate line work.  What I hear the most from critics of Lee’s JL work is that it’s too dull, too wooden.  That is not the case here in any way, as the work itself is so lively and full of emotion that it mirrors Gaiman’s sentimental words perfectly.  It may only be a few pages long, but this is one digital comic I would highly recommend.  The mixture of emotion and imagery is something I hope to see these artists tackle together again, and hopefully soon.  You can grab it yourself here:

— 5 out of 5 missing chairs for Scott Williams.