REVIEW: ‘Flash Gordon’ #2

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Written by Jeff Parker
Illustrated by Evan Shaner
Colored by Jordie Bellaire
Lettered by Simon Bowland

Welcome back kids!  It’s another Saturday afternoon, you’ve got a quarter burning a hole in your pocket, and there’s a new Flash Gordon serial on at the Butler Theater!  Come in, enjoy the cool dark smell of buttered popcorn, and relax in our musty comfort. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Solar: Man of the Atom’ #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Writer & Letterer: Frank J. Barbiere
Artist: Joe Bennett
Colorist: Lauren Affe

Well, reader, I’m jumping in with Solar: Man of the Atom this week. Though originally published as Dr. Solar in the 1960’s, I found this Issue #1 reboot enjoyable and unlike any other #1 I’ve ever read. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Captain Action Cat’ #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Writer & Artist: Art Baltazar
Writers: Franco & Chris “Zod” Smits

All right, reader, I’ve been sitting on this review for a few days now, because honestly I have no idea how to react to this comic.  Part of me wants to say, “That was a cool comic” and the other part wants to yell “Yikes” and I end up stuck in the middle not picking a side. And since I haven’t been able to pick a side, we’re just going to have to talk about both. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Twilight Zone’ #4

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Illustrated by Guiu Vilanova
Colored by Vinivius Andrade
Lettered by Rob Steen
Main Cover by Francesco Francavilla

The Twilight Zone #4.  What can I say about this comic, as it hits the stands this week, that I haven’t already said in reviews for the previous three?  Dynamite comics is on the forefront of the comic reboot business, and they’re doing it the right way, getting top talent to breathe new vibrant life into books whose rights might otherwise be moldering in a drawer in the basement of some abandoned comic warehouse somewhere. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Red Sonja and Cub’ One Shot

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Written by Jim Zub
Art by Jonathan Lau
Colors by Stefani Renee
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Jeffery “Chamba” Cruz

Like most stand alone issues, “Red Sonja and Cub” offered a nice break from the main comic along with an interesting story to read.  The focus of this story isn’t so much our heroine, but the “cub,” and teaches us that there are many different kinds of warriors. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Legends of Red Sonja’ #5

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Writers – Gail Simone, Blair Butler, Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists – Jack Jadson, Jim Calafiore, Valentine De Landro
Colors – Salvatore Aiala Studios
Letters – Simon Bowland

Red Sonja has become an iconic figure. Popularized by the Robert E. Howard short story The Shadow of the Vulture from 1934, she has become one of the most recognizable characters in comics.

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REVIEW: ‘Ash and the Army of Darkness’ Annual #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Written by Shannon Eric Denton
Art by Nacho Tenorio
Colors by Isa Santiago
Letters by Bill Tortolini
Cover by Dennis Calero

I grew up on The Army of Darkness. Along with Mel Brooks movies, it was one that I could quote at random and was constantly dropping phrases from into conversation. (Needless to say “gimme some sugar baby” didn’t get a lot of positive response…must’ve been a context thing.) Sam Raimi’s third in the Evil Dead trilogy has always been one of my favorites.

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REVIEW: ‘Legenderry’ #3

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Writer – Bill Willingham
Artist – Sergio Fernandez Davila
Colors – Wes Hartman
Letters – Rob Steen
Main Cover – Joe Benitez
Character Designs – Johnny Desjardins

Welcome back dear readers to Legenderry, that lovely, steamy, punky world that Bill Willingham has built for us. Within are lovely, deadly ladies, dashing rogues, faithful sidekicks, and dastardly villains working with shadowy corporations. It’s a beautiful thing. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Miss Fury’ #9

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Written by Rob Williams
Illustrated by Jack Herbert
Colored by Ivan Nunes
Lettered by Simon Bowland

Hey everyone! I’m back and jumping in with Miss Fury # 9. I don’t know how many of you know this, but what I find interesting about Miss Fury is the fact that she is one of the first female superheroes.  Making her début in April of 1941, Miss Fury beat Wonder Woman to the press by about eight months. Not only that Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Twilight Zone’ #3

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Written by – J. Michael Straczynski
Illustrated by – Guiu Vilanova
Colored by – Vinivius Andrade
Lettered by – Bob Steen
Main Cover by – Francesco Francavilla

*There are going to be spoilers, this is the third issue for crying out loud!

If Rod Serling was going to finger someone to write an ongoing of his legendary Twilight Zone television series other than himself, it may well have been J. Michael Straczynski. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Turok’ #2

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Writer – Greg Pak
Art – Mirko Colak and Cory Smith
Colorist – Lauren Affe
Letterer – Marshal Dillon

The Gold Key character Turok has been brought back to life thanks to Greg Pak and Mirko Colak, and he now he has to tangle with the toughest group of military mercenaries that ever stalked the 11th century, The Knights Templar. Continue reading

REVIEWS: ‘Red Sonja: Berserker’ and #1 Dollar Issue

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Red Sonja: Berserker
Written by Nancy A. Collins
Art by Fritz Casas
Colors by Mark Roberts
Letters by Rob Steen
Main Cover by Joseph Michael Linser

Red Sonja #1 (Dollar Book)
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Walter Giovani
Colors by Adriano Lucas
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Jenny Frison

I’m trying something a little different this week thanks to the Dynamite release of two titles with the same main character. Red Sonja has often captured our imaginations and hearts Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure’ #2

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Writer – Bill Willingham
Artist – Sergio Fernandez Davila
Colors – Wes Hartman
Letters – Rob Steen
Main Cover – Joe Benitez
Character Designs – Johnny Desjardins

I’ve reviewed comics from Dynamite before and been impressed with the reboot they’ve done with their pulp characters.  They’ve all been enjoyable reads.  Then Bill Willingham was given the reins of Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure, and their steam-powered wagon train went off the rails. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Twilight Zone’ #2

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2014)

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Illustrated by Guiu Vilanova
Colored by Vinivius Andrade
Lettered by Rob Steen
Main Cover by Francesco Francavilla

I have always been a fan of The Twilight Zone. It brings to mind cold winter evenings staying at my grandmother’s house, the smell of popcorn made in a pan on the stove with far more butter than was healthy for me, and so much salt that your lips would be chapped for days afterwards. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Twilight Zone’ #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Artwork by Guiu Vilanova
Color Artwork by Vinicius Andrade
Lettering by Rob Steen

J. Michael Straczynski returns to one of the titles he cut his comic book teeth on, The Twilight Zone. With his history in television writing, this title works perfectly with his talents and provides an ideal vehicle for his very fast paced style of storytelling. Continue reading

THINGS TO COME for January 2014

Things to Come for January 2014
with Kenneth Kimbrough

Welcome to 2014, the year we first get attacked by kaiju and the year when Solid Snake grows a pretty rad stache. As a part of the new year, I’m introducing a feature to the site in which I highlight new releases, reprints, relaunches and just about anything else that tickles me. All of this information can be found in the retailer catalog—PREVIEWS—which your local comic store should carry. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives” #1

(Dynamite Entertainment, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

Written by David Liss
Illustrated by Daniel Indro
Colored by Josan Gonzales
Lettered by Joshua Cozine
Cover by Francesco Francavilla

I have long been a fan of the detective that lives at 221B Baker St. and said detective’s relationship with a certain Doctor. Just writing about the two makes me want to expand my sentence structure, to elucidate on the vagaries of fate, explain the minutia of everyday life to the point where even the most exacting and lucid reader will soon fall off into a kind of wordy coma Continue reading