Monday, April 24, 2017

Review - Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea (@DarkHorseComics)

"Oh, pilot, 'tis a fearful night--"

Having a giant demon-hand comes with benefits. It also comes with a lot of responsibility, in that there's a lot of fear on the part of those around you as to whether or not you mean them harm. Hellboy has lived with that reaction his entire life, but it doesn't make him any less qualified to handle an array of situations. Those situations include being captured by a pirate ship in Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Mike Mignola and Gary Gianni, illustrated by Gianni, colored by Dave Stewart and lettered by Clem Robins.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Review - The Greatest Adventure #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"To say I was in trouble makes me guilty of considerable understatement."

Tarzan is pretty much a known entity. It helps that the most recent attempt at rebooting him as a film franchise came out recently, but there's a lot more to the legend of the character that has endured. There are quite a few other characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs that may not be as well known to modern day readers. Dynamite Entertainment is looking to change that in The Greatest Adventure #1. The issue is written by Bill Willingham, illustrated by Cezar Razek, colored by Daniela Miwa and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review - Plague #1 (@Markosia)

"This valley smells of...death."

In the history of the world, you'd be hard-pressed to find a pandemic as devastating as that of the Black Plague (unless you're playing the game Pandemic and are wiped out around the fourth turn). The disease destroyed families and debilitated countries/kingdoms, paying no attention to the affected. Markosia posits that the plague would have even affected fairies in The Plague #1. The issue is written by Dennis Magee Fallon and Jason Palmatier, illustrated by Zach Brunner and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Review - Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1 (@ValiantComics)

"King Arthur lay at Camelot upon a Christmas-tide..."

Back in the day, Marvel was always a big fan of the "What if" scenarios where they would take characters out of their element and put them in strange--but intriguing--situations. Those stories always stretched the imagination of the reader as it allowed the norm to be subverted in the name of the abstract. Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1 from Valiant Comics is a worthy mention in that category of what if. The issue is written by Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Cary Nord with Clayton Henry, inked by Mark Morales and colored by Brian Reber.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Review - Aldous Spark: Meddler In History And Other Unsavory Affairs #1 (Grenade Fight, Inc.)

"I don't recall the boat being ablaze when we left it..."

An adventurer's lifestyle isn't quite what it used to be. There are still adventurers for sure, but a lot of the glamour that comes with being such a person has sort of fizzled out. That changes in Aldous Spark: Meddler In History And Other Unsavory Affairs #1 from Grenade Fight, Inc. The issue is written by Andrew Maxwell and Peter Miriani, illustrated by Mauricio Alvarez, colored by Derek Dow and lettered by Bernardo Brice.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review - Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Maybe nobody's home?"

Aliens are out there. Whether or not they're as terrifying as James Cameron makes them out to be remains to be seen. That mythos does lend itself well to terror and Dark Horse Comics is all about that terror in Aliens: Dead Orbit #1. The issue is written and illustrated by James Stokoe.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Review - Black Cloud #1 (@ImageComics)

"The future will always be dark."

One thing that's guaranteed about humans is that we're always looking for some way to escape. It may be some aspect of our life we're not keen on or we just need a break, there's something to be said about getting away for whatever reason. It's very rare that the "away" is a parallel dimension full of animal gangsters. Image Comics has a world like that in Black Cloud #1. The issue is written by Ivan Brandon (story by Brandon and Jason Latour), illustrated by Greg Hinkle, colored by Matt Wilson, color flats by Dee Cunniffe and lettered by Aditya Bidikar.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Review - The Courier #1 (@zenescope)

Rebuilding after a worldwide disaster is a tall order that requires people to pull together. Despite this, there will still be some who are content to hole up and let the rest of the world continue to suffer. That leaves a void that needs to be filled by someone like Eve in The Courier #1 from Zenescope. The issue is written by Ralph Tedesco, illustrated by J.G. Miranda, colored by Bryan Valenza and lettered by Kurt Hathaway.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review - Jughead: The Hunger #1 (@ArchieComics)

The concept of an unknown killer prowling the streets at night and being a mild-mannered citizen by day certainly isn't new. Just like knowing Jughead likes to eat A LOT isn't entirely new. Knowing that Jughead might be a combination of both of the above statements might be news though, but it's pretty fun to read about in Jughead: The Hunger #1 from Archie Comics. The issue is written by Frank Tieri, illustrated by Michael Walsh, colored by Walsh and Dee Cunniffe and lettered by Jack Morelli.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Review - Space Riders: Galaxy of Brutality #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"What kind of scum would attack a ship full of refugees?"

The vastness of space lends itself to adventure. In the middle of a lot of the stranger adventures is Capitan and his journeys continue in Space Riders: Galaxy of Brutality #1 from Black Mask Studio. The issue is written by Fabian Rangel, Jr., illustrated by Alexis Ziritt and lettered by Ryan Ferrier.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Review - Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"That's quite a dream, but as you can see, I'm not burned to ashes."

Adventuring has its ups and downs, but you can't really complain about the travel. And when you're traveling to exotic locales in search of missing heroes while being one of the most renowned adventurers in the world is even better. In Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire #1 from Dynamite Comics, Doc Savage is that adventurer. The issue is written by David Avallone, illustrated by Dave Acosta, colored by Morgan Hickman and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review - Agent 1.22 #1

"I have so much more to give."

There's an inevitability to the future that we'll have robots. These robots will either help or hurt us and some of them will even become capable soldiers and spies. Agent 1.22 in the aptly named Agent 1.22 #1 is one of those robots. The issue is written by Stephan Nilson, illustrated by Doug Shuler and lettered by Charles Pritchett.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Review - Beautiful Canvas #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"...go kill someone and I'll give you lots of money."

The life of an assassin can be a glamorous one at times. Other times though, the weight of the assassination can weigh pretty heavy on the assassin. Further complicating that weight is if the assassin has a life outside of assassinations like Lon Eisley in Beautiful Canvas #1 from Black Mask Studios. The issue is written by Ryan K. Lindsay, illustrated by Sami Kivela, colored by Triona Farrell and lettered by Ryan Ferrier.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Review - Tomorrow (@BHP_Comics)


Life is pretty hard. It's easier when you have someone to help you through it. Whether it's a spouse or a child or a relative, just knowing that there's someone else to care for makes things a little less lonely. That applies even in a world where there's nobody left except you as in Tomorrow from Black Hearted Press. The issue is written by Jack Lothian, illustrated by Garry Mac, flats by Greg Watt and colors/lettering by Dha Nazir and Kirsty Hunter.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review - Diablo House #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Bottom line: things aren't always what they seem."

IDW Publishing is a business, but that doesn't mean it can't be creative and/or charitable. In their latest partnership with Humble Bundle they've offered something a little different in the form a comic by the publisher's CEO/Publisher Ted Adams. That offering is Diablo House #1. The issue is written by Ted Adams, illustrated by Santiperez, colored by Jay Fotos and lettered by Robbie Robbins.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Review - Divinity III: Escape from the Gulag #1 (@ValiantComics)

"My name is Obediah Archer. And...I am a criminal."

You'd be hard-pressed to find an odder couple than Archer and Armstrong throughout all of comics. The two couldn't be any different from one another, but they share an almost unbreakable bond that makes any situation manageable. That bond is even stronger in Divinity III: Escape from the Gulag #1 from Valiant Comics. The issue is written by Eliot Rahal, illustrated by Francis Portela, colored by Andrew Dalhouse and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Review - All New Soulfire #1 (@AspenComics)

"Feels good to get away, don't it?"

To live in a world filled with magic is a dream for some and a nightmare for others. A lot of that depends on how those with the powers react to those without. In All New Soulfire #1 from Aspen Comics there's a good mix of responses. The issue is written by J.T. Krul, illustrated by Giuseppe Cafaro, colored by Wes Hartman and lettered by Zen.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review - Vampirella 2017 #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"But...there's something...underneath it all.

Vampirella is a pretty fascinating character who's gone up against all manner of big bad in her history. There's still plenty of room though for her to explore new sides of herself and the world in general. Dynamite Comics is offering a new take in Vampirella 2017 #1. The issue is written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Jimmy Broxton and lettered by Travis Lanham.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Review - Grass Kings #1 (@boomstudios)

"So let me tell you, this ain't a place you take to lightly."

History has a way of leaving people behind as those who fail to adapt are potentially doomed to become irrelevant. There are still pockets of peoples around the world content to live the way those before them lived, despite the fact that the world seems to move on without them. The citizens in Grass Kings #1 from BOOM! Studios are a prime example. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, illustrated by Tyler Jenkins and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Review - American Gods #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"One day the magic door would open and he would walk through it."

When you're Neil Gaiman you get a lot of attention. And rightfully so, as much of his work is unparalleled in all of literature. One of his best-known works in American Gods is about to get the screen-treatment and the comic treatment in American Gods #1 from Dark Horse Publishing. The issue is written by Neil Gaiman, script and layouts by P. Craig Russell, art by Scott Hampton and letters by Rick Parker ("Somewhere in America" by Russell and Lovern Kindzierski).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review - Royal City #1 (@ImageComics)

"Sometimes I wonder if it was hard growing up in Royal City...or just hard growing up."

Talk to anyone and they'll likely tell you that they came from a small town. Growing up in a small town typically means you know a lot of people, but "getting out" can be a challenge. Still, there's something about the small town mentality that always draws people back and Royal City is such a town in Royal City #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Steve Wands.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Review - Cosmic Scoundrels #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"But just like excrement, appearances can be deceiving..."

Life in space is hard enough just trying to survive relying on the basic resources necessary. Survival is further compounded by the need for money with which to get some of the aforementioned resources necessary for sustaining human life. You can either work hard for the money or steal it--the latter is definitely more entertaining. In Cosmic Scoundrels #1 from IDW Pulishing, Love Savage and Roshambo want to entertain readers. The issue is written by Matt Chapman, illustrated by Andy Suriano and lettered by Suriano with Comicraft.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Review - X-O Manowar 2017 #1 (@ValiantComics)

"I have need of last time."

A man is only as good as his resourcefulness and tools at his disposal. Aric of Dacia is one such man, made an intergalactic warrior thanks to the X-O Manowar armor. Without the armor he's still a capable warrior and his prowess is on display in X-O Manowar 2017 #1 from Valiant Comics. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, illustrated by Tomas Giorello, colored by Diego Rodriguez and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review - All Time Comics: Crime Destroyer #1 (@fantagraphics)

"I'll sway them to do the right thing."

Choosing a life of crime is one thing. Choosing a life of fighting crime is another thing entirely. The latter typically brings with it a massive burden of responsibility, but there are some like Crime Destroyer in All Time Comics: Crime Destroyer #1 from Fantagraphics who's up to the challenge. The issue is written by Josh Bayer, illustrated by Herb Trimpe and inked by Benjamin Marra.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Review - Sage Escape: Transhuman #1

"I'm relying on your services for my survival."

Exploration of space is tough. Not just because it's so big, but also because you need someone there you can trust to get your back. In Sage Escape: Transhuman #1 Sage is looking for such a team. The issue is written and illustrated by Damian S. Simankowicz and lettered by Primal Archetype.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Review - Darkness Visible #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"But perhaps you'll believe me when I say that I come from the old country."

Demons tend to get a bad rap and it might have to do with all the stereotypes surrounding them. Images of them with pitchforks poking people while flames abound isn't exactly a postcard of a place you'd want to visit. There are some demons who defy those stereotypes--just not the ones in Darkness Visible #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Mike Carey and Arvind Ethan David, illustrated by Brendan Cahill, colored by Joana Lafuente and lettered by Shawn Lee.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review - Sun Bakery #1 (@imagecomics)

"A freaking grumpy-troid."

Shonen Jump has a reputation as cutting-edge volume of works that blends eastern and western artistic stylings in a great combination. The work's influence perseveres and has offered up some great works for readers to check out. Another entry in that style is Sun Bakery #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written and illustrated by Corey Lewis.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Review - Quantum Teens Are Go #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"I can't get a lock! The damn thing is dampening the shot-tracker!"

There's been a big push recently to get kids more involved in STEM-related topics and activities. There's something to that for sure; the more creative thinking that's encouraged in kids will lead to more creative adults. Sometimes that devotion to a science is more than just passing as it is in Quantum Teens Are Go #1 from Black Mask Studios. The issue is written by Magdalene Visaggio, illustrated by Eryk Donovan, colored by Claudia Aguirre and lettered by Zaak Saam.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Review - Sink #1 (@ComixTribe)

"Glasgow, Scotland...the greatest city in the world."

A city at night is much different than that same city during the day. There are different crowds moving to and fro, different venues open and the time of day. At night, there are a lot more individuals content with causing harm and using the cover of darkness to do so are such people in Sink #1 from Comix Tribe. The issue is written by John Lees, illustrated by Alex Cormack and lettered by Colin Bell.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales Steampunk: Alice in Wonderland #1 (@Zenescope)

"I was born with a great mind and I'm going to use it to make the world I want! A better world!"

Steampunk is a fun throwback to an imagined nostalgia. Even traditional characters can get swept up in that nostalgia and the most recent example is Alice in Grimm Fairy Tales Steampunk: Alice in Wonderland #1 from Zenescope Entertainment. The issue is written by Ryan Fassett, illustrated by Noah Salonga and Fritz Casas, colored by Robby Bevard and Erick Arciniega and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Review - Delilah Blast #1

"There's no running from your destiny, Delilah."

Space exploration is inevitable. What's not inevitable is that we'll find someone else out there, but the assumption is that there's plenty of other beings out there. Delilah Blast #1 from Evoluzione Publishing offers a character and beings who definitely stretch the imagination as far as who's out there. The issue is written by Marcel Dupree, illustrated by Joel Cotejar, colored by Ramon Borge and lettered by Marco Della Verde.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review - Crossfire #1 (@SplotchComics)

"Sometimes the answer is always no."

The premise of a government-funded super-team is not a new one. There's something interesting about the notion of the government funding a group of individuals to wage their wars for them. In Crossfire #1 from Splotch Comics, that concept is taken in a slightly different direction. The issue is written by Andrew J. Lucas, illustrated by Wong Comics and lettered by Nikki Sherman.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review - All New Fathom Volume 6 #1 (@AspenComics)

"So you got punched in the face by God?"

When you're tasked with being a custodian for a culture, there can be a lot of pressure. Fortunately for Aspen Mathews, she's dealt with that pressure before on multiple occasions. All of that pressure has no doubt prepared her for her latest conflict in All New Fathom Volume 6 #1 from Aspen Comics. The issue is written by Blake Northcott, illustrated by Marco Renna, inked by Mark Roslan, colored by John Starr and lettered by Zen.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review - John Carter: The End #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"Where is John Carter?"

As far as planetary liberators go, John Carter is one of the best-known. Most of his work was done on Mars, but his reputation has spread throughout the universe far and wide. In John Carter: The End #1 from Dynamite Comics, his reputation is put to the test as he seeks to step back from his notoriety. The issue is written by Brian Wood and Alex Cox, illustrated by Hayden Sherman, colored by Chris O'Halloran and lettered by Thomas Napolitano.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Review - Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 (@boomstudios @DCComics)

"Nay'astoth. Ml'n'agado."

The Lantern Corps are tasked with defending the universe against all manner of evil. The Planet of the Apes are just trying to live--albeit under various definitions of what "ruling" should be. The clashing of the two is something to behold and thankfully BOOM! Studios and DC Comics have teamed up to let readers behold in Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1. The issue is written by Justin Jordan, illustrated by Barnaby Bagenda, colored by Alex Guimaraes and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Review - Dante #1 (@TopCow)

"I have something to confess...sometimes I like to kill people."

The life of a hitman probably isn't as nearly as glamorous as movies would have you believe. Sure, you can probably get yourself out of any situation, but the fact that you're in those situations to begin with probably isn't ideal. Dante #1 from Top Cow Comics is about a hitman in a whole new situation entirely. The issue is written by Matt Hawkins and Jason Ning, illustrated by Darick Robertson, colored by Diego Rodriguez and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Review - Ladycastle #1 (@boomstudios)

"Once upon a time, a princess slept in a tower..."

The damsel in distress is a notion that's been prevalent in media going as far as back as fairy tales themselves. That stereotype typically brings with it a lot of preconceived notions that could probably stand to be thrown out the window at this point. Going out the window with them is the princess in Ladycastle #1 from BOOM! Studios. The issue is written by Delilah S. Dawson, illustrated by Ashley A. Woods and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Review - Loose Ends #1 (@imagecomics)

"Jes' be patient, aight. I gotta handle somethin' first."

Tying up loose ends is a fool's errand of sorts, namely because there are typically more loose ends than can be dealt with. For some those loose ends are relatively harmless, but for others they're a lot more complex. In Loose Ends #1 from Image Comics, Sonny Gibson's loose ends are a little violent too. The issue is written by Jason Latour, illustrated by Chris Brunner and colored by Rico Renzi.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review - The Dregs #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"Yeah, but he's a prime piece."

There's a constant push towards modernization and urbanization. Many cities present those two as beneficial to the city's livelihood--often at the expense of some of the less fortunate. More often than not, the less fortunate are pushed out at the expense of "progress." For the less fortunate in The Dregs #1 from Black Mask Studio, simply being pushed out is a little more savory to them. The issue is written by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson, illustrated by Eric Zawadzki and colored by Dee Cunniffe.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Review - Dollface #1 (@ActionLabDanger)

"That's a good slang word right?"

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Not all of them are "alive" in the true sense of the word, but that doesn't make them any less heroic. Dollface in Dollface #1 from Action Lab Danger Zone is one such hero. The issue is written and illustrated by Dan Mendoza, colored by Mendoza and Valentina Pucci and lettered by Adam Wollet.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Review - Slayer: Repentless #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"I've stopped letting the rage tunnel into me and cloud my mind with blame."

There's an inherent risk among society when people form groups. There's comfort in finding others share similar ideas as your own, but when the ideals of the group become bigger than the individuals messages get perverted. That perversion leads to violence, especially in Slayer: Repentless #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Jon Schnepp and illustrated by Guiu Vilanova.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review - God Country #1 (@Imagecomics)

"The wrath of God lies sleeping."

There are parts of the world where things move a little more slowly. When people familiar with a faster-pace visit these parts of the world there's some adjusting that must be undertaken un order to understand the difference in the ways of life. In God Country #1 from Image Comics, nothing can prepare Roy and his family for the life that Roy's father Emmet leads. The issue is written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Geoff Shaw, colored by Jason Wordie and lettered by John J. Hill.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review - Angel Season 11 #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Sun's about to go down. We should get to it."

Angel is one of the most interesting characters to spin out of the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer universe. His persistent conflict that brings him to the edge of insanity and destruction is always fascinating, which means he needs to rely on those around him for support. One of those characters is a goddess and she gets top-billing in Angel Season 11 #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Corinna Bechko, illustrated by Geraldo Borges, colored by Michelle Madsen and lettered by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Review - Artful #1 (@ActionLab)

"Don't you worry none about the Artful. He gots ways."

Vampires are never easy to deal with. If you're a character with a reputation for being dodgy then maybe you have a better chance of making it through the night. The Artful Dodger in Artful #1 from Action Lab is one such character. The issue is written by Peter David (adapted by Nicole D'Andria), illustrated by Laura Neubert and lettered by Justin Birch.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Review - Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 (@ValiantComics)

"Death to any who would threaten the motherland."

Heroes are supposed to protect the world from the villains. Generally, those heroes align for a common sense of good, but what if that common sense is a different version of "good?" In Divinity III: Stalinverse #1 from Valiant Entertainment, Russia proves that even it has ideals it believe are worth fighting for. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, penciled by Trevor Hairsine, inked by Ryan Winn, colored by David Barron and lettered by Dave Lanphear.