REVIEW: “Quantum and Woody” #1

(Valiant Comics, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

WRITTEN BY:  James Asmus
ARTWORK BY:  Tom Fowler
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Jordie Bellaire

Greetings from the Wasteland!

*Here there be Spoilers.

When you consider the greatest super duos of all time, what names top your list?  Green Arrow and Green Lantern? The Green Hornet and Kato?  Batman and…anyone?  Add to that list Quantum and Woody, the newest release from writer James Asmus and Valiant Comics. Continue reading

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REVIEW: “Death Sentence”

(Titan Comics, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

WRITTEN BY:  Montynero
ARTWORK BY:  Mike Dowling

Greetings from the Wasteland!

Though reviewing comics is fairly new to me, one of the greatest things is that I occasionally get a chance to read something in advance of its release.  And quite often, the books I see are great ones that I ordinarily wouldn’t have picked up or had the chance to see.  Just so with Death Sentence, written by Montynero and beautifully illustrated by Mike Dowling. Continue reading

2ComicNerds Review of ‘Age of Ultron’ Event

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The amazing video review team of AJ and Lee – otherwise known as 2ComicNerds – are back and once again we have the video to share with you!  After watching, don’t forget to visit their YouTube channel, where you can find a ton of more awesome video reviews like this one!  We are proud to be sharing this video, and we want to give huge thanks to AJ and Lee for being so cool and letting us spread the goodness!

You can find their YouTube channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/2ComicNerds

Okay!  Here’s the duo reviewing not only “Age of Ultron” #10, but the whole series, as well!  Enjoy :)

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REVIEW: “Batman / Superman” #1

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITTEN BY:  Greg Pak
ARTWORK BY:  Jae Lee & Ben Oliver

Gotham City seen through the eyes of Jae Lee is a terrifying place full of twisted gothic iron gates and filthy denizens of the crawling living night, perhaps that is why Clark Kent looks like he has just stepped into a waking nightmare on the first page of this esoteric look at the reigning kings of the DCU and their first meeting. Continue reading

‘Lost in the Longbox’ with Brad Gischia, Episode Three

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“Ghost Rider” #50
(Marvel Comics, November 1980)

SCRIPT:  Micheal Fleischer
ARTWORK:  Don Perlin

Greetings from the Wasteland,

I’ve loved westerns since I was ten and Young Guns came out.  The next year Young Riders premiered on ABC and I sat rapt as Stephen Baldwin and Josh Brolin shot it out and carried the mail from town to town.  Naturally I would be drawn to cowboy comics as well, right?  Not so.  Until recently (pre-Shaolin Cowboy) it seemed to me, that most cowboy-themed comics were lame compared to the exploits of everyone’s favorite mutants and the wall-crawling exploits of Spider-Man. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Batman and Batgirl” #21

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITTEN BY:  Peter J. Tomasi
PENCILS BY:  Cliff Richards
INKS BY:  Mark Irwin with Marlo Alquiza
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  John Kalisz

There are five stages to the grieving process, this month Bruce Wayne finds himself in the bargaining stage of dealing with the loss of his son Damian who was brutally murdered. In the previous months Bruce has not been himself but nowhere has that been more apparent than here as Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl tries to help him come to grips with the immense grief. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Joseph” Web Comic

(Self Published, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

CREATED & WRITTEN BY:  David Paul
ILLUSTRATED BY:  Gary T. Becks

Greetings from the Wasteland!

“What do you do when God tells you to raise his one and only begotten son?  Anything it takes!”  This is the tag line on the site for Joseph, the web comic created and written by David Paul. It takes the story of the Son of God and sets it in the current time, then takes the abilities of the savior of the world and the attitude of a smug 14 year old and throws them together in this inventive strip. Continue reading

‘Lost in the Longbox’ with Brad Gischia, Episode Two

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Doc Frankenstein #3 and #4
(Burlyman Entertainment, 2005)

WRITTEN BY:  The Wachowski Brothers
CREATED BY:  Geof Darrow and Steve Skroce
ARTWORK BY:  Steve Skroce
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Jason Keith and Shannon Blanchard

Greetings from the Wasteland!

Every local comic shop has a discounted box.  Be they .50 centers or $1 books, these are the ones that never sold, that sat on the shelves past the date when their followers were long gone.  I often miss out on good books.  The beauty of the comic store is that they miss very little, and their huge back stock often forces them to sell at a discounted price just to be rid of the excess.  I imagine this is how I came by these two issues in a .50 box at the comic shop. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Liberator” #1

(Black Mask Studios, 2013)

Review by Brad Gischia

Creator/Writer – Matt Miner
Art – Javier Sanchez Aranda
Colors – Joaquin Pereyra
Letters/Edits – Vito Delsante

*Caution, moderate spoilers

Greetings from the Wasteland,

Does another Wednesday loom already?  Are you looking for something new to pick up on NCBD?  Look no further.  Liberator #1, “Rage Ignition”, will be on the stands. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Superman Unchained” #1

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITTEN BY:  Scott Snyder
PENCILS BY:  Jim Lee & Dustin Nguyen
INKS BY:  Dustin Nguyen & Scott Williams

The sky is falling, well not really but the satellites in it sure seem to be falling out of it at an alarming rate. So who else could save the day from such perilous events but Big Blue himself, Superman? Not just any Superman but Superman as brought to us by Batman scribe extraordinaire Scott Snyder and legendary artist Jim Lee, so to say that expectations are high would be beyond an understatement. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Green Lantern’ #21

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRIITEN BY:  Robert Venditti
PENCILS BY:  Billy Tan
INKED BY:  Richard Friend
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Tony Avina & Alex Sinclair

It was so strange to see a new issue of Green Lantern without Geoff Johns’ name on the cover. For nine years the two names have been synonymous. Now Robert Venditti has some huge shoes to fill and he has started that task this week with issue 21. Continue reading

RearView Review: “Crisis on Infinite Earths” (1985)

(DC Comics, 1985)

Review by Brad Gischia

WRITTEN BY:  Marv Wolfman
PENCILS / LAYOUTS BY:  George Perez
INKING / EMBELLISHING BY:  Mike DeCarlo, Dick Giordano,
Jerry Ordway

Greetings from the Wasteland!

*Note and general spoiler alert.  These books are nearly thirty years old so there should be no reason to alert anyone to plot points herein discussed.  On the other hand, I myself read these books with virgin eyes only days ago, so there is a chance that lifelong comic fans have never read this series. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Subatomic Party Girls” #1

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2013)

Review by Cory Thrall

WRITTEN BY:  Chris Sims & Chad Bowers
ARTWORK BY:  Erica Henderson
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Erica Henderson
LETTERING BY:  Josh Krach

“Subatomic Party Girls” has quite an interesting name, and is one that might turn some people away from this title before they actually look into it.  Honestly, the title of this comic is one of the only things I found off-putting with this first issue, as what you’ll find inside is some awesome and lively comic work – fun for fans of rock ‘n’ roll, space adventures, aliens, and classic characters. Continue reading

REVIEW: “A Ninja Named Stan” TPB

(Arcana, 2013)

Review by Cory Thrall

WRITTEN BY:  Mike Whittenberger
ARTWORK BY:  Delia Gable
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Delia Gable
LETTERING BY:  Mike Whittenberger

I’ve been reading a ton of very creative and unique comics as of late, and almost all of this has come straight out of publishers like Arcana – projects with all the heart and talent the creators can muster, creating millions of titles that not only tell interesting tales in an interesting way, but also comics that are so fun you lose time while reading. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Wolverine and the X-Men” #29

(Marvel Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITTEN BY:  Jason Aaron
ARTWORK BY:  Ramon Perez
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Laura Martin
LETTERING BY:  VC’s Joe Caramagna

Time travel seems to be playing a very significant role in the Marvel Now universe and although this is not a time travel story in the way that say Age of Ultron is, this issue of Wolverine and the X-Men does rely at least in part on time travel. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Kinski” #1

(Monkeybrain Comics, 2013)

Review by Cory Thrall

WRITTEN BY:  Gabriel Hardman
ARTWORK BY:  Gabriel Hardman

Releasing this Wednesday the 15th, “Kinski” has to be one of the most subtle and curious titles I’ve read in nearly 30 years of reading comics.  While I can see someone flipping through this and not getting much out of it, I found that hidden ‘between the lines’ was an intricate character study, an engaging story that so far is totally not what would be expected. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Solid State Tank Girl” #1

(Titan Comics, 2013)

Review by Raymond Jacques

WRITTEN BY:  Alan C. Martin
ARTWORK BY:  Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
DESIGNER:  Rob Farmer
LETTERING BY:  Andrew James & Jon Chapple

ATTENTION! Tank Girl, Jet Girl, Barney, & Booga are all back with their own particular brand of nihilistic absurdity in Alan C. Martin & Warwick Johnson-Cadwell’s Solid State Tank Girl #1…AND IT IS SO DAMN FUN! It has been a sheer joy to read and review an advanced copy of this book and would love to read more (hint ,hint). Continue reading

REVIEW: “Secret Avengers” #4

(Marvel Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITTEN BY:  Nick Spencer
ARTWORK BY:  Luke Ross

A.I.M. has stolen the Iron Patriot technology and recruited Mentallo, a disaffected S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, to bring sentience to the armor. They began to think and reason, they ascended. They set about serving the will of their makers- no matter what the cost in lives. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman” #3

(Brewhouse Comics, 2013)

Review by Cory Thrall

WRITTEN BY:  Josh S. Henaman
ARTWORK BY:  Andy Taylor
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Thomas Bonvillain

One of the very first reviews posted here on Bag & Bored was for issue #1 of this title, ‘Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman’, and I’m happy to say we’ve been following it since then.  Issue #3 is out now, and I while I had some great expectations of this issue, I am very glad to announce my expectations were blown to tiny bits.  And then blown again into nothing.  I sat down with this issue and before I knew it I had read it a number of times over the course of the following three days. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Adventures of Superman” Chapter #2 (Digital Firsts)

(DC Comics Digital Firsts, 2013)

Review by Cory Thrall

WRITTEN BY:  Jeff Lemire
ARWORK:  Jeff Lemire
COLOR ARTWORK:  Jose Villarrubia
LETTERING:  Wes Abbott

DC Comics’s ‘Digital Firsts’ are a short comic or chapter in a longer arc, releasing once a week and available for .99 cents.  They have titles ranging from ‘Legends of the Dark Knight’, ‘Justice League Beyond’, to a companion comic to TV’s “Arrow” and a ‘Smallville’ title continuing past the long-gone television show of the same name.  They’re usually great fun, and a nice little bit of a comic for when you want to read but not get too involved in a storyline. Continue reading