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 →
Written & Created by Richard C. Meyer & Brian Iglesias
Artwork by Thomas Jung & Otis Frampton
As many of you may know from reading my work here at Bag and Bored, I am a huge fan of the super hero and science fiction genres. However when a reality based comic book or graphic novel is done well there is perhaps no other medium that can capture the raw emotion and maintain historical accuracy like comic books. Continue reading →
Written by Michael Moreci
Illustrations by Keith Burns
Color by Chris Beckett
Letters by Jim Campbell
Happy New Comic Book Day! On this most joyous of weekdays, perhaps as you’re browsing about in the virtual bins at Comixology, you happen upon Hoaxhunters and remember that they’re on sabbatical. But how to get your Moreci fix? Continue reading →
I love Shaolin Cowboy. I loved the prose format I was introduced to him in, and don’t know why it’s not done more often. Baltimore was introduced to us in the same manner, prose with pictures. Reminds me of the old Hobbit book I had as a kid Continue reading →
As the year closes, it’s time to reflect on the different things that made it great and the other things that made it not so great. I tend to frown on the word “best” mostly because I majored in philosophy and I’m pretentious. So let’s just consider this more or less a “Favorites of 2013” list. Continue reading →
*An Interview With Erik Evensen of “Beast of Wolfe’s Bay” Can Be Found Below This Review!
(Evensen Creative, 2013)
Review & Interview by Brad Gischia
Creator/Writer/Artist: Erik Evensen
Letters: Matt Talbot
Color Assists: Jeff Fugelsang
Greetings from the Wasteland!
I’ve often been frustrated when I see a film and love it only to find out that it is a remake of an older, usually much better, film. One of the questions I’ve been wrestling with this summer movie season is weather or not to see any of the sequels that have come out. It seems like every movie this summer has a number in the title, the second or third or, God help us, the sixth in a series, and it makes me not want to see anything. Is it possible to come up with a fresh take on an old idea?
For some reason or another, it took me quite a while to find this graphic novel. I searched, completely excited and curious about finally reading what is likely one of the most successful and beloved graphic novels of the 21st Century. Though I really try not to, I tend to build up some expectations to something of this nature, and more so when it is difficult to get my hands on a copy. It obviously tells me people are buying and reading it and, unlike the many graphic novels and trade collections that just sit on the shelves, this thing was really moving. So, when I finally got it in my hands, I had really high hopes for this. My love for Superman has grown over the years from interested, to picking at things here and there, to finally outright loving the character. I blame the Animated Series for most of this (damn that was such a good show from a team of geniuses!), but there have also been some very good Supes stuff out there, both in print and in some of the amazing animated films DC puts out. As I read this book, however, I slowly started feeling my expectations shatter. Sad to say, I really did not enjoy this graphic novel. J. Michael Straczynski’s altered version of Supes is an annoyingly basic and dull character, barely speaking and mostly just floating around landscapes. While he is busy doing so, a few flash back scenes are stretched longer than they should be, mostly through text placed over the stagnant, uninteresting artwork. Shane Davis’ art is wooden, boring, and has a heavy 90’s Marvel “X” titles/Image Comics feel to most of the detail work. Some of the more ugly attempts at detail are almost saved by the modern coloring, but that’s a strong ‘almost’. As a matter of fact, the coloring is the best part about this. Some panels actually look pretty good at first glance, but at closer inspection it’s almost always the color art that gave the impression. Overall, I felt this was not only a waste of time, but also a significant waste of money. Not to mention the poorly paced and seemingly out of nowhere end ‘battle’ and ‘villain’ make this one confused, lazy attempt at re-telling a powerfully classic story. And now Book Two is out. Frustrating.