Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review - The Family Trade #1 (@ImageComics)

"My family's task--my task--is to make sure the Float keeps floating."

Everyone's family has its own quirks. Some families have a uncouth uncle or a prejudiced grandparent for instance, but they're still considered to be family. In The Family Trade #1 from Image Comics, families have a lot more than just culturally inappropriate relatives. The issue is written by Justin Jordan and Nikki Ryan, illustrated by Morgan Beem and lettered by Rachel Deering.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Review - Aspen Universe: Decimation #1 (@AspenComics)

"There most definitely was a bang."

Despite all their scheming and machinations, the plans of villains can often be distilled down to one immutable fact: destruction of something. In Aspen Universe: Decimation #1 from Aspen Comics, that destruction of something becomes the decimation of everything. The issue is written by Vince Hernandez, penciled by Marco Renna, inked by Mark Roslan, colored by Federico Bee & John Starr and lettered by Zen.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Review - Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #1 (@ArchieComics @DCComics)

"Attention rabble! It's the opportunity of your young, unfortunate lives!"

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have made names for themselves in the DC Universe as fierce characters willing to do whatever it takes to see their objective to the end. Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge have made names for themselves in the Archie Comics universe as fierce characters willing to do whatever it takes to see their objective (typically social) to the end. It only makes sense that the two square off in Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #1 from Archie Comics and DC Comics. The issue is written by Paul Dini and Marc Andreyko, illustrated by Laura Braga, colored by Tony Avina and Arif Prianto and lettered by Deron Bennett.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review - Eternity #1 (@ValiantComics)

"The brothers must know! But many eyes are open."

There are characters in every universe who are more powerful than others. The most-powerful are the ones at the top who move players around for the perceived benefit of the universe at large, but whether or not they really are keeping the best interests of everyone at the forefront remains to be seen. In Eternity #1 from Valiant Comics, big changes are afoot. The issue is written by Matt Kindt and illustrated by Trevor Hairsine.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Review - Vessels #1 (@davescook)

"Now go! Fulfill your oath. Seek out the one they call Wake."

Living in older times was tough for a multitude of reasons. One of those is having to ascribe events to a seemingly unknown and incomprehensible entity. In the case of Vessels #1, that entity is looking to kill everyone. The issue is written by Dave Cook, illustrated by Rafael Desquitado, Jr., colored by Dennis Lehmann and lettered by Garrett Gunn.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Review - Slots #1 (@imagecomics)

"Gotta feed the luck meter."

There are some people in the world who can get buy with a smile on their face and sheer luck. Those people typically drift in and out of situations without a worry in the world because they know that everything will work out for them in the end. Stanley Dance is one such character in Slots #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Dan Panosian.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review - Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd One-Shot (@ValiantComics)

"We're artists, man. Not bed movers. What the hell kind of life is this?"

Rae Sremmurd have already got a few hits under their belt, but that doesn't mean they're planning to let up anytime soon. Their ability to make hits and win crowds wasn't given to them and Shadowman Rae Sremmurd One-Shot from Valiant Comics offers an interesting twist on their success. The issue is written by Eliot Rahal, illustrated by Renator Guedes and lettered by Dave Lanphear.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Review - Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"This place, it smells of puke and perpetual desperation."

Cassie Hack's reputation isn't as strong as Vampirella's, but that doesn't mean the former is any less formidable than the latter. The two have yet to cross paths before, but leave it to a cannibalistic queen in Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella #1 from Dynamite Entertainment to change that. The issue is written by Shawn Aldridge, illustrated by Rapha Lobosco, colored by Chris O'Halloran and lettered by Crank!.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Review - The Infinite Loop: Nothing But the Truth #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"It's your truth against mine. Appearance against context."

The saying goes that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." There have been numerous variations of that message, but the main point is that people who don't learn from their mistakes are prone to making the same mistakes. For Teddy in The Infinite Loop: Nothing But the Truth #1 from IDW Publishing, she's not so much making mistakes but repeatedly finding herself in trouble doing the same thing over and over. The issue is written by Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier, illustrated by Daniele Di Nicuolo, colored by Sarah Stern and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review - Catalyst Prime Astonisher #1 (@lionforge)

Meteor hits are fairly inevitable considering Earth is in space and all. Most of those impacts are fairly innocuous, but there are the occasional few that land and imbue some of Earth's inhabitants with superpowers. That's the premise behind Catalyst Prime Astonisher #1 from Lion Forge Comics. The issue is written by Alex de Campi, illustrated by Pop Mhan, colored by Jessica Kholinne and lettered by Tom Napolitano.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Review - Misbegotten: Runaway Nun #1 (@actionlabdanger)

"We love flying by the gospels. Not one verse later."

Religion is something that can both bring people together, but also has a tendency to tear people apart. In Misbegotten: Runaway Nun #1 from Action Lab Danger Zone religion and science set the stage for a massive conflict of interest. The issue is written by Caesar Voghan, Justin Case and Eric Granger, illustrated by Case and lettered by William Bohm.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Review - Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1 (@mageComics)

"This is your chance to stand out and make some money."

The 24-hour news cycle is typically referenced as a means of saying most news items go away after 24-hours. It also means that news happens 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. The point is that people are always tuned into news, regardless of whether it's good or bad. In Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1 from Image Comics, the news is pretty awful and horrific. The issue is written by Jim Zub, illustrated by Djibril Morissette-Phan, colored by K. Michael Russell and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review - The Librarians #1 (DynamiteComics)

"What could possibly explain their presence?"

The world is full of mysteries, some of which demand teams with a unique set of skills to get to the bottom of things. One of those teams is found in The Librarians #1 from Dynamite Comics. The issue is written by Will Pfeifer, illustrated by Rodney Buchemi, colored by Weslei Manuel and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review - Dominatrix: Hellbent in Heels #1 (@arcanastudio)

"Ugh...I hate my life!"

Heroes come in different shapes and sizes. Some wear capes, some wear masks and some wear latex body-suits with whips and AREN'T named Selina Kyle. The latter is the main character in Dominatrix: Hellbent in Heels #1 from Arcana Studio. The issue is written/lettered by Erik Hendrix, illustrated by Kewber Baal and colored by Chandran Ponnusamy.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Review - Samurai Slasher: Late Fees

"The following comic is based on a true story."

Loss is something that's inevitable for everyone in this world. The way we react to loss varies wildly from one person to the next and it's likely that few respond in a way the main character does in Samurai Slasher: Late Fees. The issue is written by Mike Garley, illustrated by Lukasz Kowalczuk and colored/lettered by Lukasz Mazur.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Assassin's Creed Origins Offers Look at Villains

Heroes and villains are two sides of the same coin. Ubisoft knows that fans of the upcoming Assassin's Creed Origins is familiar with the heroes, but now they want to offer a glimpse at the villains. In the video after the jump, players can get a glimpse at the Order of Ancients before squaring off against them as Bayek.

The game is slated to hit consoles (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) on October 27. It'll run in silky-smooth 4k on Xbox One X and PC.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review - Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #1 (@DynamiteComics)

The jungle brings with it an abundance of natural beauty. It also brings with it danger for both its inhabitants and visitors--welcome or not. In Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #1 from Dynamite Entertainment, all of the above is on display. The issue is written by Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo, illustrated by Moritat and Dimi Macheras, colored by Moritat and Casey Silver and lettered by Thomas Napolitano.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Review - P.i.S. Paranormal Investigators Showdown #1

The paranormal is all around us. The problem is that most people aren't equipped to deal with or even observe it. Situations where the paranormal become normal require the services of an outfit such as P.i.S. Paranormal Investigators Showdown #1. The issue is written and lettered by Guido Martinez, penciled by Wilson Palacio, inked by Scott Forster and colored by Christopher Denney.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Review - Scales & Scoundrels #1 (@imagecomics)

"You lousy cheat!"

When faced with a scenario where your city is being pillaged by knights there are very few options. Things get even worse when a dragon burns all your grain stores. Fortunately for most, those scenarios typically only play out in games, but they're fairly close to being reality in Scales & Scoundrels #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Sebastian Girner, illustrated by Galaad and lettered by Jeff Powell.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Review - Lazaretto #1 (@boomstudios)

"Welcome to Yersin Univesity!"

College generally ends up being fun by the end, but at the beginning it can be pretty rough. There are all manner of people, groups and cliques that one has to find their way through to discover one's self. Work in a pandemic and things get a little dicier as they do in Lazaretto #1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Clay McLeod Chapman, illustrated by Jey Levang and lettered by Aditya Bidikar.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Review - The Black Sable #1 (@zenescope)

"Now it and my crew...are some of the most notorious pirates on this side of the galaxy."

Sailing the high seas as a pirate is so 17th century. The new hotness is traversing the cosmos in search of corporate transports to be robbed and plundered. Zenescope seems to agree and offer up a new take on the concept in The Black Sable #1. The issue is written by Joe Brusha, illustrated by Sergio AriƱo, colored by Dijjo Lima and lettered by Kurt Hathaway.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Review - Moneypenny One-Shot (@DynamiteComics)

"Oh leave Agent Moneypenny alone. She's here to protect us, after all."

When it comes to characters, James Bond has more or less cornered the market on the international spy business. There are others in his organization that support him though; some of whom aren't nearly as feted because their roles are perceived as nothing more than support. In Moneypenny One-Shot from Dynamite Entertainment that's shown to be far from the case. The issue is written by Jody Houser, illustrated by Jacob Edgar, colored by Dearbhla Kelly and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Review - Mitch Hammer: Construction Mutant #1 (@relicswish)

"Moult with me?"

The pursuit of science is everlasting. Generally, as one seeks more knowledge they end up pushing the edges of what's known further and further. Sometime that push goes a little too far, as is the case in Mitch Hammer: Construction Mutant #1. The issue is written by Chris Lewis, penciled by Fernando Pinto, colored by K. Michael Russel and lettered by Nic J. Shaw.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Review - War Mother #1 (@ValiantComics)

"Now you're seeing."

When faced with a post-apocalyptic world it helps to have your wits about you, a fearlessness and a weapon that's somehow related to you. In War Mother #1 from Valiant Comics, all of the above and more are on display. The issue is written by Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Stephen Segovia, colored by Elmer Santos with Andrew Dalhouse and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Review - Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 (@Boomstudios)

"Vinyl Mayhem, the coolest record store in town."

There's an allure about being a teenager that's inescapable. Sure, you don't have nearly the freedom you think because your worldview is pretty small relative to later in life, but you still know what works for you (you think). In Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 from Image Comics, what works for some teenagers isn't exactly conventional. The issue is written by Carly Usdin, penciled by Nina Vakueva, inked by Irene Flores, colored by Rebecca Nalty and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review - Hard Place #1 (@imagecomics)

"Wake up, Gurney. It's time."

A good wheelman makes any crime that much easier to commit. Sometimes being a wheelman isn't all it's cracked up to be and there's a desire for a change of scenery. In Hard Place #1 from Image Comics, that change of scenery changes back real quick. The issue is written by Doug Wagner, illustrated by Nic Rummel, colored by Charlie Kirchoff and lettered by Frank Cvetkovic.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Review - Divinity #0 (@ValiantComics)

"At the end of my journey I encountered the fantastic. And the terrible. Something truly...unknown."

Universe-altering events are nothing new in comics. Typically, there's a big bad threatening everything and a group of characters normally at odds with one another come together to save everything. The aftermath can be more intriguing as decisions are made en route to saving that have lasting consequences, as is the case in Divinity #0 from Valiant Comics. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, illustrated by Renato Guedes and lettered by Dave Lanphear.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Review - Elsewhere #1 (@imagecomics)

"I'm Amelia."

Amelia Earhart did a lot of things in her time that were awe-inspiring. While doing all that awesome stuff, she disappeared and the mystery surrounding her disappearance continues to this day. Elsewhere #1 from Image Comics presents a scenario where she ended up in a very strange new land. The issue is written by Jay Faerber, illustrated by Sumeyye Kesgin, colored by Ron Riley and lettered by Thomas Mauer.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review - Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump (@topshelfcomix)

"Be prepared, there is a small chance that our horrendous leadership could unknowingly lead us into World War III."

Aug 31, 2012 5:46 AM

Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Believe it or not, like it or not, it's the reality. Yet Trump is still just a man when you strip away all the titles and nothing reflects the man better than his tweets. Those tweets are handily compiled in Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump from Top Shelf Comix. The collection is written and illustrated by Shannon Wheeler.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Review - Danger Doll Squad #0 (@ActionLabDanger)

Zombie Tramp, Vampblade and DollFace are each very powerful characters who deal with all manner of evil. Bringing them all together in a story is an inevitability which is why Action Lab Danger Zone is doing just that in Danger Doll Squad #0. The issue is written by Jason Martin (with Dan Mendoza and Bryan Seaton), illustrated by Celor, Marco Maccagni and Winston Young, colored by Richard Garcia, Jason Martin, Christ Northrop and Valentina Pucci and lettered by Justin Birch.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Review - First Strike #1 (@idwpublishing)

"I hereby annex Earth into the Cybertronian Council of Worlds."

Working with Optimus Prime is the dream of many kids. Growing up to be a G.I. Joe is the career of choice. And some kids just want a M.A.S.K. motorcycle that turns into a helicopter. Mash all three together though and you've got something else entirely. First Strike #1 from IDW Publishing is that mash-up. The issue is written by Mairghread Scott and David A. Rodriguez, illustrated by Max Dunbar, colored by Ander Zarate and lettered by Tom B. Long.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review - Redlands #1 (@imagecomics)

"Things soundin' mighty rowdy up there."

There are times when someone does something that's so infuriating you guiltily plot their comeuppance in your head. Very rarely does that thought come to fruition, but if you're a witch you've got a much better chance of making that thing happen. In Redlands #1 from Image Comics, the witches are very good at doling at comeuppance. The issue is written by Jordie Bellaire, illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey and lettered by Clayton Cowles.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Review - Mech Cadet Yu #1 (@boomstudios)

"We don't know where they're from or why they come..."

Mechs being part of humanity is an inevitability. How they help us remain to be seen, but they'll definitely come in handy if we ever have to deal with giant monsters or aliens. Mech Cadet Yu #1 from BOOM! Studios knows that too. The issue is written by Greg Pak, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa, colored by Triona Farrell and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Review - Bloodshot Salvation #1 (@ValiantComics)

When it comes to government-sponsored killing machines, few are as effective as Bloodshot. The nanite-infused soldier has handled his fair share of combat and missions, leaving him tired of it all and read for something new. Despite his best intentions in Bloodshot Salvation #1 from Valiant Comics though, external forces always seem to be conspiring as to how to get him back in the game. The issue is written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan, colored by Brian Reber and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review - Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #0 (@DynamiteComics)

Sheena is one of the most intense guard dogs around when it comes to the jungle she protects. Her ferocity is always at the forefront when the jungle is threatened and she's more than capable of holding her own in that defense. In Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #0 from Dynamite Comics, new readers are given the chance to meet that Sheena. The issue is written by Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo, illustrated by Moritat, colored by Andre Szymanowicz and lettered by Thomas Napolitano.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Review - POM #1

Superheroes deal with everything. Not all of what they deal with involves epic battles in the streets as they typically also deal with personality struggles. When those two things collide as they do in POM #1 fireworks are bound to go off. The issue is written by Marcell Dupree, illustrated by Joel Cotejar, colored by Franco Reisco and Claudio Lucania and lettered by Brant Fowler.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Review - B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Have mercy on us."

The B.P.R.D. is an organization tasked with protecting the world from monsters. More often than not the group prevails, even if it's a tough battle. In B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #1 from Dark Horse Comics, the stakes might be higher than ever. The issue is written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, illustrated by Laurence Campbell and colored by Dave Stewart.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review - Bettie Page #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"...but I always leap without looking."

Bettie Page needs really no introduction as her exploits are very well-known at this point. In Bettie Page #1, Dynamite Comics is delving into a side of Bettie Page that many people may not have thought of when considering her. The issue is written by David Avallone, illustrated by Colton Worley and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Review - TMNT Usagi Yojimbo #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Get him! He's only one guy!"

Usagi Yojimbo is a legend among both samurai and rabbits. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a legend among both ninjas and turtles. Group them together as in TMNT Usagi Yojimbo #1 from IDW Comics and you've got plenty of legend to go around. The issue is written and illustrated by Stan Sakai and colored by Tom Luth.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Review - Sisters of Sorrow #1 (@boomstudios)

"I know someone who can help us hide this mess."

People turn to religion for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they need help with something, other times they just want to believe they're part of something bigger. It's not often though that people turn to faith for a violent path toward vengeance, but that doesn't stop the women in Sisters of Sorrow #1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Kurt Sutter and Courtney Alameda, illustrated by Hyeonjin Kim, colored by Jean-Paul Csuka and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review - Bastard's Waltz #1 (@DarbyPopComics)

When you're known for taking out heroes that reputation brings with it a lot of responsibility. At some point, that responsibility of staying alive can be too much, prompting one to want to retire. In Bastard's Waltz #1 from Darby Pop Comics, John the Bastard needs a break from being a terror. The issue is written by Mark Bertolini, illustrated by Giovanni Guida and lettered by Micah Myers.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Review - Lola XOXO Volume 2 #1 (@AspenComics)

"...that next arrow could be meant for me."

Having good friends always makes life easier. Having good friends when roaming a post-apocalyptic world makes life easier as well. In Lola XOXO Volume 2 #1 from Aspen Comics, Lola has a great running crew which will pay off. The issue is written and illustrated by Siya Oum and lettered by Zen.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Review - Zojaqan #1 (@thevaultcomics)

Coping with a traumatic event is done in a variety of different ways. It's a good bet though that getting stranded in a strange, foreign environment with beings who want to devour you is on top of the list. Vault Comics has it on their list in Zojaqan #1. The issue is written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, illustrated by Nathan Gooden, colored by Vittorio Astone and lettered by Deron Bennett.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Interview - Dino Caruso (Blue Hour)

Blue Hour is more than just a tale about being sad for an hour. It's about a group of disillusioned human colonists seeking refuge on a desolate planet in a remote binary star system. The Blue Hour is when the yellow sun sets and leaves only a blue son. Writer Dino Caruso was gracious enough to talk to Omnicomic about that hour and comics in general.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review - Skin & Earth #1 (@DynamiteComics)

Climate change is a very real phenomenon in the world. The data can be disputed by just about anyone, but by and large there's truth to the notion that humans are having an impact on the world's climate. That premise is in full force in Skin & Earth #1 from Dynamite Comics. The issue is written and illustrated by Lights.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Review - Calexit #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild west. A state that's untouchable like Elliot Ness."

It's no secret that the United States as a country is having something of an identity crisis. Different sides of the spectrum are warring with words as to whose side is more in line with what the Constitution intended. For some people that belief goes so far as wanting to withdraw from the country entirely as California does in Calexit #1 from Black Mask Studio. The issue is written by Matteo Pizzolo, illustrated by Amancay Nahuelpan (flats by Dee Cunniffe), colored by Tyler Boss and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Review - Justice Inc: The Avenger #1 (@DynamiteComics)

When you're a superhero of sorts it's important to have a team that supports you and believes in you. Nothing can be truer when you're the superhero and you're being detained by law enforcement authorities. Richard Benson needs that help in Justice Inc: The Avenger #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. The issue is written by Kyle Higgins and Joe Gentile, illustrated by Alexandre Shibao, colored by Natalia Marques and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review - Kim and Kim: Love is a Battlefield #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"And we're back."

Intergalactic criminals often end up in situations that require them to be flexible and adapt to the changing situations. Those situations can result in some relatively harmless hijinks along the way, but when love is thrown into the mix everything is amplified. In Kim and Kim: Love is a Battlefield #1 from Black Mask Studios, love IS a battlefield. The issue is written by Magdalene Visaggio, penciled and inked by Eva Cabrera, colored by Claudia Aguirre and lettered by Zakx Saam.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Review - Rum Row #1

"To another year of prohibition!"

There are some who would argues that the few years when alcohol was banned in the United States were a dark time. That didn't stop people from drinking, but the illegality of it did make it more difficult. If imbibers had taken the solution to their problems to the skies as in Rum Row #1, things might have been a little different. The issue is written by Andrew Maxwell, illustrated by Michele Bandini, colored by Derek Dow and lettered by Adam O. Pruett.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Review - Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Do you ever look back at your life and just have a million questions?"

When faced with a threat from another dimension you can either cower in fear or deal with it. Sometimes dealing with it means relying on a team specifically put together for dealing with such threats. A team like the one in Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1 from Dark Horse Comics is a great place to start. The issue is written by Kevin Panetta, illustrated by Paulina Ganucheau, colored by Sarah Stern and lettered by Christy Sawyer.