Review: Britannia #1

(Valiant 2016)

Writer – Peter Milligan

Artist – Juan José Ryp

Color Artist – Jordie Bellaire

Letterer – Dave Sharpe

Introduction Art  – Raul Allen and Patricia Martin

Something is rotten in Britannia.  The Druids hold sway over the peasants even as Roman legionnaires enslave and kill them.  Nero sits on the throne, his vices ruling over him as he rules over Rome.  Continue reading

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Review: Plutona TPB

(Image Comics 2016)

Story: Jeff Lemire & Emi Lenox

Script: Jeff Lemire

Art: Emi Lenox

Colors: Jordie Bellaire

Letters: Steve Wands

Cover: Emi Lenox Review by Paul Bowler

Plutona is one of those new comic book series that arrives like a bolt from the blue, capturing the imagination and completely blowing you away with its thoughtful premise, great writing, and beautiful artwork. The new Plutona trade paperback now collects this wonderful five-part Image Comics super-hero series by Jeff Lemire and Emi Leox, in which we follow the adventures of five everyday suburban kids who just happen to stumble across the body of Plutona – one of the worlds superheroes – after they go exploring in the woods one day after school. Continue reading

Review: The X-Files #3

(IDW 2016)
Writer: Joe Harris
Art: Matthew Dow Smith
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Dezi Sienty
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Following the success of the X-Files triumphant return in the Fox TV event series earlier this year, Special FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully’s investigations into the unexplained continues in The X-Files #3, the all-new ongoing comic book series from IDW Publishing together with the participation of Chris Carter. Continue reading

Review: X-Files #2

(IDW 2016)

Writer: Joe Harris

Art: Matthew Dow Smith

Colors: Jordie Bellaire

Letters: Dezi Sienty

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Spinning out from the recent Fox TV event series the adventures of iconic FBI Agents Mulder and Scully continue in the The X-Files #2, the brand new ongoing series from IDW Publishing with the participation of Chris Carter! Returning to the Bureau and the X-Files, FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully have resumed their investigations into strange and unexplained cases. The X-Files #2 sends Mulder and Scully on their most challenging case so far, as two young siblings with a sinister power watching over them go on the run. Continue reading

Review: The X-Files #1

(IDW 2016)

Writer: Joe Harris

Art: Matthew Dow Smith

Colors: Jordie Bellaire

Letters: Chris Mowry

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The Truth is back, and its still out there in The X-Files #1, the new ongoing series from IDW Publishing. Thirteen years on from the original series run, The X-Files returned to television in 2016 in Fox’s spectacular events series from creator / executive producer Chris Carter. Now, along with the involvement of Chris Carter, IDW brings us a new comic book series by Joe Harris, Matthew Dow Smith, and Jordie Bellaire, which charts the continuing adventures of special FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Continue reading

Review: X-Files Season 3 #8

(IDW 2016)

Writer: Joe Harris

Art: Matthew Dow Smith

Colors: Jordie Bellaire

Letters: Robbie Robbins

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Mulder and Scully face the prospect of Gibson Praise’s master plan becoming a reality in The X-Files Season 11 #8, Endgames, Part 3 of (3), the truth shattering Season 11 finale of IDW Publishing’s thrilling comic book series. Scully has discovered Assistant Director Morales is in league with the faceless alien rebels, while in the Northern Utah desert Fox Mulder and Director Walter Skinner face the imminent threat of Gibson’s invasion, but with all the pieces now falling in place will Mulder and Scully be able to stop Gibson in time? Continue reading

Review: Plutona #4

(Image Comics 2016)

Story: Jeff Lemire & Emi Lenox

Script: Jeff Lemire

Art: Emi Lenox

Colors: Jordie Bellaire

Letters: Steve Wands

Cover: Emi Lenox

Having made a pact to keep Plutona’s body a secret, Mie starts to suspect one of her friends has broken their promise. Now, as Mie gets closer to the truth, a shocking discovery awaits this tale of five ordinary kids who happen to discover the body of Plutona, the world’s greatest superhero, while out exploring the woods after school, reaches its penultimate issue with Plutona #4, the new Image Comics super-hero series by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox. Continue reading

Review: The X-Files Season 11 #7

(IDW 2016)

Writer: Joe Harris

Art: Matthew Dow Smith

Colors: Jordie Bellaire

Letters: Robbie Robbins

Reunited at last, Mulder and Scully find themselves one step closer to the truth in The X-Files Season 11 #7, as we reach the penultimate issue of Season 11 in IDW’s excellent comic book series. With the help of the Lone Gunmen to decipher a clue provided by Gibson Praise, Mulder and Scully travelled to a top secret facility in Utah, and discover it was really a magnetite mining operation. As Gibson’s machinations unfold, the faceless alien rebels attack, and now Mulder must find out whatí’s happened to Scully. Continue reading

Review: X-Files Season 11 #6

(IDW 2016)

Writer: Joe Harris

Art: Matthew Dow Smith

Colors: Jordie Bellaire

Letters: Chris Mowry

Its time to trust no one and tape an X to your window as IDW’s outstanding X-Files comic book series builds towards Season 11’s startling finale! Mulder and Scully must confront the fact that Gibson Praise’s master plan could become a reality in The X-Files Season 11 #6, but how can they stop him, and will they choose to? Endgames, part 1 of (3) begins here, as Mulder and Scully face their greatest challenge since the X-Files began! Continue reading

Review: The X-Files X-Mas Special 2015

(IDW 2015)

Writer: Joe Harris

Art: Matthew Dow Smith

Colors: Jordie Bellaire

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It is the season to be jolly, and this special season 11 tie-for IDW’s X-Files comic book series has arrived just in time for the holidays! The Lone Gunmen discover a bizarre clue that points towards the imminent arrival of unexpected visitors, but before they can react, the trio will get some more surprise guests for Christmas. Continue reading

Review: Plutona #1

(Image Comics 2015)

Story by Jeff Lemire & Emi Lenox

Script by Jeff Lemire

Art by Emi Lenox

Colors by Jordie Bellaire

Letters by Steve Wands

Every now and then a new comic book series comes along that totally knocks everything else out of the park for me on new comic book day. Plutona #1 is one such book, a brand new Image Comics super-hero series by Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox, Continue reading

REVIEW: Deadpool #250

(Marvel Comics, 2015)

Written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn, Various
Art by Mike Hawthorne, Various
Inks by Terry Pallot
Colors by Jordie Bellaire

Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn have spent their entire run bringing us the comedy and the drama that have been Deadpool’s existence in the Marvel Universe for the past 44 issues or so, give or take an annual or a digital first limited series, Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Tooth and Claw’ #1

(Image Comics, 2014)

Writer – Kurt Busiek
Artist and Cover Colors – Benjamin Dewey
Colors – Jordie Bellaire
Lettering and Design – John Roshell and Jimmy Betancourt

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, I love going in to a new issue #1 with one idea and coming out on the other end with a completely new understanding of what is going on in a book.  Being surprised is really one of the greatest things in a medium where you think you’ve seen it all. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Deadpool’ #35

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan
Pencils by Mike Hawthorne
Inks by Terry Pallot
Color Artwork by Jordie Bellaire

This series has been one of my favorites since the very first issue. As any long-time Deadpool fan can attest, our beloved Merc with the Mouth has certainly had more than his share of ups and downs, and boy were some of those downs bad. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Moon Knight’ #4

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Warren Ellis
Artwork by Declan Shalvey
Color Artwork by Jordie Bellaire

It has been said that nothing good lasts forever and that is sadly true in the case of Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s amazing but, all too brief run on the All New Marvel Now Moon Knight series. Ellis and Shalvey came out of the gate killing with the debut issue of this completely reinvented Moon Knight. The prolific and enigmatic Continue reading

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: ‘Moon Knight’ #3

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Writer: Warren Ellis
Art: Declan Shalvey
Color: Jordie Bellaire

Things take a decidedly supernatural turn in Moon Knight #3, when a gang of ghostly punks begin terrorizing the streets of Manhattan. When Moon Knight’s initial attempt to deal with the gang proves to be anything but straightforward, he must instead turn to the fractured elements of his own psyche for a solution; one that will Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Moon Knight’ #2

(Marvel Comics, 2014)

Written by Warren Ellis
Artwork by Declan Shalvey
Color Artwork by Jordie Bellaire

A sniper is targeting eight seemingly unconnected people in New York City. With each carefully engineered hit we discover more about the targets, and why they have been selected by the sniper. Moon Knight confronts the sniper on a deserted rooftop as he sets his sights on his next victim. Though the battle is hard fought, Moon Knight resolves to end the bloodshed and uncover the secret behind snipers true motives… Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Flash Gordon’ #1

(Dynamite Comics, 2014)

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

The retcon company, Dynamite, is at it again with the release of Flash Gordon #1 this week.  Written by Jeff Parker and drawn by Evan Shaner, Flash delivers a modernized version of the comic that our parents and grandparents grew up reading in the funny pages, the one the spawned a film my generation loved to hate. Continue reading