Review: X-Files #11

 

(IDW – 2017)

Writer: Joe Harris

Art: Greg Scott
Colors: Wes Dzioba
Letters: Chris Mowry
Cover: Menton 3

Special FBI Agent Fox Mulder unearths more clues in The X-Files #11 about the Cigarette Smoking Man’s and the now defunct Syndicate’s clandestine role during the Iran-Contra scandal. Mulder has been contacted by a man with links to his father’s past, someone who miraculously survived an execution ordered by the Smoking Man, but it wasn’t just an illegal arms deal that brought the CSM and Bill Mulder to Nicaragua in 1987. Continue reading

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Review: Revolutionaries #2

(IDW – 2017)
Writer: John Barber
Art: Fico Ossio
Colors: Sebastian Cheng
Letters Tom B Long
Regular Cover: Tradd Moore & Felipe Sobreiro
One of the REVOLOUTIONARIES is M.I.A following Mayday’s (Ayana Jones) recent team up with ROM the Space Knight to lead her fledgling team into battle against Major Bludd and the Oktober Guard after a strange artefact released Dire Wraith energies in Verenya Schleteva. Now in REVOLOUTIONARIES #2 Mayday’s team sets out to rescue Action Man and the find mysterious Talisman, along with a little help from the diminutive visitors from Microspace, the Micronauts!  Their mission will cause them to lock swords with the all-new Storm Shadow, and she’s not someone who backs down without a fight! Continue reading

Review: Transformers: Lost Light #2

(IDW Publishing – 2017)

Writer: James Roberts
Art: Jack Lawrence
Colors: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Tom B Long
Regular Cover: Jack Lawrence & Joana Lafuente

Rodimus, Megatron and their fellow Transformers face a new peril in Transformers Lost Light #2, one even greater than they faced on Necroworld against the Decepticon Justice Division after being stranded there when Getaway led a mutiny and stole the Lost Light. Fortunately, Brainstorm’s plan to build a makeshift teleporter to enable them return to Cybertron seemed like the ideal solution to their predicament, and it got them back to Cybertron, just not the right one! Continue reading

Review: The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1

(Dynamite Entertainment – 2017)
Writer / Artist / Letterer Francesco Francavilla

Fans of hard-boiled pulp and crime-comics are in for a real treat with The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1 as renowned comic book writer-artist Francesco Francavilla brings us his distinct take on Will Eisner’s legendary masked crime-fighter The Spirit! The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #1 kicks off the first part of this brand new five part mini-series from Dynamite Entertainment were Central City has been struck by a series of unexplained deaths, the Police can find nothing to connect the victims, but there is something far more sinister going on than anyone truly realizes, and its not long before The Spirit and his trusty sidekick Ebony White are on the case! Continue reading

Review: Revolutionaries #1

(IDW -2017)

Writer: John Barber
Art: Fico Ossio
Colors: Sebastian Cheng
Letters Tom B Long
Regular Cover: Tradd Moore & Felipe Sobreiro

From the aftermath of IDW’s REVOLUTION crossover event comes REVOLUTIONARIES #1, and the future begins here with this brand new ongoing series from The REVOLUTION creative team of John Barber and Fico Ossio. A sudden burst of Dire Wraith-like energy sets in motion a spellbinding confrontation between Mayday’s (Ayana Jones) new squad, ROM, Major Bludd and the Oktober Guard; and it provides the catalyst to bring an unlikely new team togetherÖ The REVOLOUTIONARIES! But the secrets they might uncover could well have ominous ramifications for the world, and even the entire universe itself! Continue reading

Review: Star Trek: Boldy Go #4

(IDW Publishing -2016)
Writer: Mike Johnson
Art and Colors: Tony Shasteen
Letters: Andworld Design
Regular Cover: George Caltsoundas

Spock has been captured by an unstoppable new threat to the galaxy in Star Trek Boldly Go #4, and it’s up to Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Endeavor to save him from this deadly cybernetic race known as the Borg! Spinning out from the aftermath of the blockbusting movie, Star Trek Beyond, Kirk is now temporary Captain of the Endeavor, with some of the Enterprise’s crew in new roles, or reassigned. As the Borg sphere continues its relentless advance, war with the Romulan Empire looms, and Kirk will soon face the ultimate no-win-scenario while the fate of Spock and the Federation itself hangs in the balance. Continue reading

Review: X-Files X-Mas Special 2016

(IDW 2016)
Writer: Joe Harris
Art: Wayne Nichols
Colors: Sebastian Cheng
Letters: Chris Mowry & Tom B Long
Cover: Menton 3

It is the season of goodwill in the X-Files X-Mas Special 20116, where a spooky seasonal box of uncanny delights and intrigue await Mulder and Scully as they investigate a school holiday pageant that becomes a Christmassy extraterrestrial mystery. Mulder must face ghosts from the past, threats in the present day, and the unexplained truths of the future. Along with Scully, and a wealth of seasonal visitors, this is one Christmas that Mulder and Scully are never going to forget – so long as they survive Christmas Eve.
FBI Agents Mulder and Scully embark on a decidedly bizarre X-File this holiday season in this year’s X-Files X-Mas Special from IDW Publishing, written by Joe Harris, with art by Wayne Nichols, colors by Sebastian Cheng, and Executive Produced by Chris Carter. Yes, the X-Files brings its own unique spin on a Christmas Carol in this issue as mysteries both paranormal and extraterrestrial collide to bring Mulder and Scully the true spirit of Christmas!

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Christmas Eve falls over Washington DC as a mysterious force gathers, but is this manifestation making an assessment the people of Earth over the holiday season or just gathering intelligence about special FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully? So, when a deluded Fox Mulder races to meet Scully at a children’s Christmas pageant, where events have already begun to take a bizarre turn, Scully and Mulder find themselves facing an inexplicable threat this Christmas that’s unlike anything they’ve encountered before.
From its dramatic scene setting and fourth wall breaking opening, writer Joe Harris ensures that the X-Files 2016 X-Mas Special is chock full of surprises and suspense in the truest X-Files tradition. After that uncanny start this special festive themed issue flashes back to events earlier in the day on Christmas Eve, where Mulder has accompanied Scully to a holiday market. But with Mulder acting all Ebenezer Scrooge, together with a fleeting glimpse of an ethereal figure Mulder believes could be his sister Samantha (who was abducted by aliens when they were children), the Christmas festivities begin to prove a bit too much for Mulder to stomach.

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-9-33-53-pmSo, while Scully decides to accept Miss Holly’s invitation to attend a Christmas Pageant, Mulder retreats to his office back in FBI Headquarters, and it is here where this X-Mas Special really kicks into high gear. This issue features some great artwork by Wayne Nichols, especially in the sequences were Mulder is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, with Nichols brining a distinct X-Files twist on this classic tale as iconic X-Files characters and themes are deftly spliced and magically transformed as the story unfolds. I really liked how this aspect of The X-Files 2016 X-Mas Special explores the story of Samantha Mulder in a completely new and different way – and Nichols art, together with. Sebastian Cheng’s rich colors proves the perfect accompaniment to Joe Harris’ intricately plotted and emotional story.
Everything is resolved a little bit quickly at the end of the issue, but that’s just a minor point really, because the journey Mulder takes in this issue is at times actually quite moving, so it was nice to have everything get wrapped up neatly for a satisfying conclusion. The mysterious Miss Holly remains an enigma throughout, there’s even a kiss under the mistletoe, a wonderful closing scene between Mulder and Scully to enjoy, and as an X-tra special treat we also get a bonus sneak peak at The X-Files #10 (released January 2017).
From the moment you glimpse The X-Files 2016 X-Mas Special, with its brilliantly spooky looking Cigarette Smoking Man cover by Menton 3, and begin reading you’ll soon realize this is a very special and different kind of X-Files story. The tone is somewhat lighter for The X-Files than we are normally used to in IDW’s ongoing comic series, but it is Christmas after all, and you’ll soon find yourself swept along with this delightfully weird and wonderful Christmassy special form Joe Harris, Wayne Nichols, and Sebastian Cheng.

Happy Holidays Everyone!
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Review: Star Trek Boldly Go #3

(IDW Publishing – 2016)
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Tony Shasteen
Colors: David Mastrolonardo
Letters: Andworld Design
Regular Cover: George Caltsoundas

Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Endeavor pursue a deadly alien threat in Star Trek Boldly Go #3, a cybernetic race unlike anything they’ve encountered beforeÖ but a foe that’s also well known to Star Trek fans – the Borg! Following on from the events of the blockbusting Star Trek Beyond movie, Kirk is now interim Captain of the Endeavor, with some of the Enterprise’s crew either in new roles, reassigned, or deciding their future on other worlds. Continue reading

Review: Revolution #5

(IDW – 2016)
Writers: John Barber & Cullen Bunn
Art: Fico Ossio
Colors: Sebastian Cheng
Letters Tom B Long
Regular Cover: Tradd Moore & Felipe Sabreiro

The final battle rages at the gates of Autobot City in REVOLUTION #5, as the Transformers, ROM, Micronauts, G.I JOE, Action Man, and M.A.S.K, are faced with the terrifying consequences of Baron Karza’s enerchange with the Ore 13 empowered Dire Wraith leader. The fate of Earth, Cybertron, and Microspace now hang in the balance as new alliances are forged to confront the terrifying wrath of Baron Karza! Continue reading

Review: Star Trek: Boldly Go #2

(IDW Publishing – 2016)
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Tony Shasteen
Colors: David Mastrolonardo
Letters: Andworld Design
Regular Cover: George Caltsoundas

Spinning out from the events of the Star Trek Beyond movie, IDW Publishing’s Star Trek Boldly Go #2 continues the adventures of Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise after they have been reassigned to new star ships and new roles. Now, many months later, Kirk and his new crew on the USS Endeavor have discovered a new threat to the Federation, one with an ominous message: Resistance is futile! Continue reading

Review: Transformers Revolution #1

 

(IDW – 2016)

Writer: John Barber

Artist: Andrew Griffith
Colors: Thomas Deer
Letters: Gilberto Lazcand
Regular Cover: Marcelo Matere

Thundercracker and Buster the dog must race to the rescue in Transformers REVOLUTION #1, as former Earth Defence Command Director Marissa Faireborn battles to save the President from the Dire Wraiths. IDW Publishingís major crossover REVOLUTION event now bring us the most unlikely alliance of all between Transformer, dog, droids, and humans, as the fight to contain Ore 13 and stop the Dire Wraiths reaches the White House itself! Continue reading

Review: Star Trek:Boldly Go #1

(IDW Publishing – 2016)

Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Tony Shasteen
Colors: David Mastrolonardo
Letters: Andworld Design
Regular Cover: George Caltsoundas

The 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek continues with Star Trek Boldly Go #1, the brand new ongoing series from IDW Publishing by Mike Johnson, Tony Shasteen, and David Mastrolonardo. Captain Kirk and his iconic crew’s adventures boldly go beyond the final frontier to embrace a new era of Star Trek, with strange new worlds, new civilizations, and a threat unlike anything the Federation has ever seen before.
Following on from the blockbusting movie Star Trek Beyond, the first issue of IDW’s all-new comic book series Star Trek Boldly Go certainly rings in the changes. The crew of the USS Enterprise been reassigned, leaving to join new ships, even taking on new roles, some have chosen to take some time away from Starfleet, while others seize new opportunities, and the galaxy enjoys a respite from conflict. Naturally enough it’s a peace that will prove short lived. Continue reading

Review: Revolution #2

(IDW 2016)
Writers: John Barber & Cullen Bunn
Art: Fico Ossio
Colors: Sebastian Cheng
Letters Tom B Long

Is ROM the Space Knight a murderer? That’s the burning question that fuels the growing conflict on all fronts in REVOLUTION #2 as the explosive threat of Ore 13 grips the world. As Optimus Prime and the Autobots resolve to hunt ROM down and make him pay for attacking the human forces of G.I. JOE., Commander Scarlet Shana O’Hara must now come to terms with G.I. JOE’s losses, and seek assistance from the only people who can help her save the planet – Miles Mayhem and the special operatives of M.A.S.K Continue reading

Review: Star Trek: Waypoint #1

(IDW 2016)
Writers: Donny Cates & Sandra Lanz
Art: Mack Chatter & Sandra Lanz
Colors: Jason Lewis & Dee Cunniffe
Letters: Andworld Design

The 50th anniversary celebrations of Star Trek continue with Star Trek Waypoint #1 from IDW Publishing. Featuring stories and art from a crew of the best comic book talent, each issue of this brand new anthology series will feature two adventures from the many eras of Star Trek that will boldly reflect on the past and the future. Continue reading

Review: Micronauts #5

(IDW Publishing -2016)
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art: Max Dunbar
Colors: David Garcia-Cruz & Ander Zarate
Letters: Tom B. Long

The search for the Time Travelers begins in Micronauts #5, as the threat of the entropy storm closes in. Captain Oziron “Oz’ Rael and his crew are now prisoners of the Force Commander Baron Daigon, but it seems that Oz knows far more about the Pharoids and their connection to the mysterious entities known as the Time Travelers than even his shipmates could have expected, and with Barron Karza about to strike the secrets of past could soon have long lasting repercussions for the Microspace and Earth. Continue reading

Review: Lords of the Jungle #6

(Dynamite Entertainment 2016)
Writer: Corinna Bechko
Art Roberto Castro
Colors: Alex Guimaraes
Letters: Simon Bowland
Cover A: Felipe Massafera
Cover B Roberto Castro & Dinei Ribeiro

Lords of The Jungle #6 provides an exciting finale for Tarzan and Sheena’s adventures, as they square off in London against a woman whose existences shouldn’t be possible, and a crazy cult with incredible technology. Continue reading

Review: Godzilla: Oblivion #5

(IDW 2016)
Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art: Brian Churilla
Colors: Jay Fotos
Letters / Creative Consultant: Chris Mowry
Cover: Brian Churilla

Godzilla Oblivion #5 marks the exciting finale of IDW Publishing’s five-part comic series, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and featuring art by Brian Churilla. On an Earth that has never known monster, the situation is now critical, with Godzilla on the rampage and waves of behemoth Kaiju crossing the portal from the parallel Earth in the alternative dimension, it seems the scientists and the military have condemned their world to destruction. Get set for Godzilla’s greatest battle and the biggest monster smack down of all time! Continue reading

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: Transformers #55

(IDW Publishing 2016)

Writer: John Barber

Art: Andrew Griffith

Colors: Josh Burcham

Letters: Tom B Long

All Hail Optimus reaches its thrilling conclusion in IDW Publishing’s Transformers #55, a Titan has risen at Prime’s command in Monument Valley on Earth, the political intrigue on Cybertron has reached a crucial turning point, and the conflict between Transformers and humans forces caused by Optimus Prime’s annexing of Earth now becomes a desperate last ditch attempt to stop Galvatron escaping in a climatic final showdown in space. Continue reading

Review: Star Trek #59

(IDW 2016)

Writer: Mike Johnson

Art: Tony Shasteen

Colors: David Mastrolonardo

Letters: Andworld Design

Regular Cover: Tony Shasteen

The celebration of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary continues in  Star Trek #59, with a brand new storyline that sends the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise into the furthest regions of unexplored space. As the excitement builds for the release of  the new blockbusting movie, Star Trek Beyond, the comic book adventures of Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the crew of the Enterprise continues to boldly go where no man has gone before in IDW Publishing’s outstanding Star Trek comic series. Continue reading