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.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review - Blood Brothers #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"It's time to get to work."

There are plenty of things around us that go bump in the night, but not everyone can see them to investigate. That's why it's a good idea to have people like Diego and Gabriel Soliz of Blood Brothers #1 from Dynamite Comics available to check those things out. The issue is written by Fabian Rangel, Jr., illustrated by Javier Caba and lettered by Ryan Ferrier.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Review - Hot Schitt #1

"Don't mind him. He just got Schitt-faced."

Being a detective in a big city isn't for everyone. For those who can pull it off though, it can be a fun gig--especially if you're as reckless as Jack Schitt in Hot Schitt #1. The issue is written and illustrated by Gordon Johnson.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Review - SwordQuest #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"So what's a SwordQuest?"

Video games didn't always used to be the massive spectacle that they've become now. In the past--before 4K was a thing--they relied more on a sense of friendship and huddling around one screen with a rental from Blockbuster. SwordQuest #1 from Dynamite Comics seeks to revisit that unified sense of friendship. The issue is written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims, illustrated by Ghostwriter X, color flats by Karl Fan and lettered by Josh Krach.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review - Crosswind #1 (@ImageComics)

"So, you know, good job, I guess."

A crosswind is any wind that cuts across a direction of travel. The effect is usually that it blows a traveler off course as it pushes them sideways. It's an extremely applicable as a title as well, as best evidenced by Crosswind #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Gail Simone, illustrated by Cat Staggs and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review - Bankshot #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Now, I'm going to tell you a story."

The saying goes that war is hell. War is also profitable for many which is why so many countries seem ready to jump right in. It's only profitable for certain people, however, and Marcus King in Bankshot #1 from Dark Horse Comics is one of those people. The issue is written by Alex de Campi, illustrated by ChrisCross, colored by Snakebite Cortez and lettered by de Campi.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review - Grave Wax #1

"Sleep thou, sleep, and away with thy sorrow."

Every town comes with its own legends and myths. Most of them surround the concept of a family's legacy intertwined with the town's. In Grave Wax #1, the intersection of family legacy and myth is where the story happens. The issue is written by Heather Palmer and illustrated/lettered by Allan MacRitchie.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Assassin's Creed: Origins Gameplay Preview

The folks at IGN were cool enough to get some hands-on time with Assassin's Creed: Origins and nice enough to post it on YouTube for all to see. Enjoy it after the jump.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review - Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"...from their perspective, my clients are living in perfect accordance with the ideal of America..."

It's no surprise that in today's America there are fringe groups walling themselves off and maintaining their own belief system. Optimistically, those belief systems don't venture too much further out and cause a standoff with the government at large. In Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #1 from Dark Horse Comics, it's pretty inevitable that's exactly what will happen. The issue is written by Brian Wood, illustrated by Mack Chater, colored by Lee Loughridge and lettered by Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Spider-man PS4 Trailer (@insomniacgames)

It's been a while since Spider-man found his way onto a console in a game that was worthwhile of his name. That's looking to change in 2018 when Insomniac Games releases Spider-man for PS4. It's a long wait before then and for now it's all about peeping the trailer and reveling in it. Check it out after the break.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review - The Divided States of Hysteria #1 (@ImageComics)

"...finally found their exceptionalism soured..."

It's no surprise that the 2016 US Presidential election was one fraught with surprise and emotion, both of which permeates down to the American society at large. Different people have different takes on the aftermath and one of the more unfiltered ones is that in The Divided States of Hysteria #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written and illustrated by Howard Chaykin, colored by Jesus Aburtov and lettered by Ken Bruzenak.

Assassin's Creed Origins Trailer

After taking a year off to regroup, Ubisoft looks to be getting down to business for real in Assassin's Creed Origins. The game hits October 27 and will be the first entrant in the series to be showcased in stunning 4K. Check out the trailer after the jump and prepare your eyes for the visual feast.

Microsoft Debuts Xbox One X (@Xbox)

Microsoft kicked off E3 2017 in full effect by finally dropping the details on its upcoming beast of a console: Xbox One X. The console was previously touted as Scorpio by just about everyone and now players know the real information behind the upcoming beastly console. The Xbox One X packs 40% more power than any other console that delivers what looks to be pretty stunning 4k gaming. The HDR and Atmos support are really just added bonuses.

Microsoft also got the memo about the console being a games console, to which end they showcased a record 42 games including 22 with console exclusivity from creators large and small. The lineup included “Forza Motorsport 7,” “Crackdown 3,” Minecraft, “Ori and the Will of the Wisps,” “Sea of Thieves,” “State of Decay 2,” “Tacoma,” “Cuphead,” “Super Lucky’s Tale” and much more.

Peep the launch video and full press release below. The console hits shelves on November 7 for $499.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Review - Things You Shouldn't Remember #1 (@DarbyPopComics)

There are things you try very hard to remember, things such as grocery lists, appointments, etc. There are other things you may remember that you don't really know why you're remembering them, such as song lyrics for instance. Unlike in Things You Shouldn't Remember #1 from Darby Pop Publishing, remembering the latter in your daily life won't get you killed. The issue is written and lettered by Luis Roldan Torquemada, illustrated by Mariano Eliceche and colored by Angel Lidon.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review - Magnus #1 (@DynamiteComics)

AI is nice when it can turn on your lights or warm your house before you get home. AI isn't so nice when it thinks it's better than you and wants to do something about it. That's where having someone like Dr. Kerri Magnus in Magnus #1 from Dynamite Comics is very helpful. The issue is written by Kyle Higgins, illustrated by Jorge Fornés, colored by Chris O'Halloran and lettered by Taylor Esposito. The Turok back-up story written by Chuck Wendig, illustrated by Alvaro Sarrasecca, colored by Triona Farrell and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Review - Transience

Attacks on the public are nothing new and--sadly--happening more and more often. The consequences are often more physical in nature, but there are definitely more lasting psychological effects as well. In Transience, one such effect is anterograde amnesia. United Kingdom is written by Ricardo Mo and illustrated by Alberto Muriel, United States is written and illustrated by Natash Alterici, Republic of Ireland is written by Sam Read and illustrated by Cian Tormey, Australia is written by Ryan K. Lindsay and illustrated by Mark Lauthier, Italy is written by Kristen Grace and illustrated by Alex Diotto, United States (second) is written by Eric Grissom and illustrated by Will Perkins and Spain is written by Ben Kahn and illustrated by Bruno Hidalgo.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Review - Shirtless Bear-Fighter #1 (@ImageComics)

Venturing in the woods means you may encounter some wildlife. Deer, rabbits and chipmunks are the nicer ones you can encounter, but sometimes you'll come across a bear. Punching it in the face is rarely a good idea, but if you're the Shirtless Bear-Fighter #1 from Image Comics, it's all you know. The issue is written by Jody Leheup and Sebastian Girner, illustrated by Nil Vendrell Pallach, colored by Michael Spicer and lettered by Dave Lanphear.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review - Joe Golem Occult Detective: The Outer Dark #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

Dealing with the occult requires a special type of person. Joe Golem is such a person and his experience in dealing with things that are supernatural and out of this world. In Joe Golem Occult Detective: The Outer Dark #1 from Dark Horse Comics, Joe Golem's latest case might be a bit different than he's used to. The issue is written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, illustrated by Patric Reynolds and colored by Dave Stewart.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review - Rapture #1 (@ValiantComics)

But the thing is always--and I mean always, prophesying doom and gloom."

Geomancers are some of the most powerful characters created, but even they need some help every now and then. In Rapture #1 from Valiant Comics, the last geomancer Tama is seeking out an unusual group of individuals for help. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, illustrated by CAFU, colored by Andrew Dalhouse and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Review - Mass Effect: Discovery #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"...we found a hostile surprise waiting for us when we touched down."

Life throughout the galaxy largely depends on what alien race you've managed to upset for whatever reason. And there's a lot of that in the Mass Effect series as players delicately balance tough choices with alien political relations. In Mass Effect: Discovery #1 from Dark Horse Comics, making those decisions drives the story. The issue is written by Jeremy Barlow (story by Barlow and John Dombrow), illustrated by Gabriel Guzman, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Michael Heisler.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review - Wonderland: Birth of Madness (@Zenescope)

"There dwelled a land where peace ruled...and dreams became reality."

Based on its name, Wonderland implies that things are cheerful, happy and full of wonder. While that may be the case most days, there are other days when things aren't so nice. Wonderland: Birth of Madness from Zenescope is one of those days. The issue is written by Dave Franchini, illustrated by Renzo Rodriguez, colored by Leonardo Paciarotti and lettered by Kurt Hathaway.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review - Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #1 (@ImageComics)

"Daph! Hook me up wid a twenny 'a that quality broccoli!"

Getting involved in the drug trade comes with highs and lows (no pun intended), some of which involve violence. The entire game is predicated on supply and demand and that brings with it a need for force sometimes. In the case of Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #1 from Image Comics, that force comes from three young women and a pair of magic socks. The issue is written and illustrated by Jim Mahfood, colored and lettered by Justin Stewart.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review - Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1 (@ValiantComics)

"You have never been a farmer at all."

When you're immortal you tend to see a lot. And because you see a lot, you're forced to remember a lot which means you could forget other things. In Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1 from Valiant, Gilad Anni-Padda forgets one of the most important things he can forget: who he is. The issue is written by Robert Venditti, illustrated by Renato Guedes, colored by Ulises Arreola and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review - Medisin #1 (@ActionLabDanger)

"Health care for supervillains. What a concept, huh?"

Being an employee typically brings with it the benefit of health care. That plan can take care of you when you're injured without breaking your wallet. If you're a superpowered individual though, finding someone who can take care of you besides a confidant can often be tricky. In Medisin #1 from Action Lab Danger Zone, some villains find a solution. The issue is written by Jeff Dyer and Mark McKeon, illustrated by David Brame, colored by Joaquin Pereyra and lettered by Adam Wollet.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Review - Bubblegun Volume 2 #1 (@AspenComics)

"But how? With our luck we'll be human traffickers by the end of the week."

The future is one full of potential. Flying cars, neon signs everywhere and the potential for criminal capers. Bubblegun Volume 2 #1 from Aspen Comics offers all of the above. The issue is written by Mark Roslan, illustrated by Angel Tovar, colored by Peter Steigerwald and Federica Bee and lettered by Zen.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Review - Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"The war had barely ended, and it was about to begin anew."

The role of knight is one filled with honor and respect. It's not often that you're both a knight and something less knightly, such as a thief. Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1 from Dark Horse Comics is fine with that dichotomy. The issue is written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, illustrated by Fernando Heinz Furukawa, colored by Michael Atiyeh and lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review - Red Sonja: The Long Walk to Oblivion (@DynamiteComics)

"...and our only salvation is a devil."

Red Sonja is someone who gets things done. And generally speaking, she offers her services at a very fair price depending on the magnitude of the opponent she's being asked to square off against. In Red Sonja: The Long Walk to Oblivion from Dynamite Entertainment, her reward for fighting a massive demon isn't what you'd expect. The issue is written by Erik Burnham, illustrated by Tom Mandrake, colored by Mohan and lettered by Tom Napolitano.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Review - Secret Weapons #1 (@ValiantComics)

"Bring me a champion for your next soak."

Comics have a tendency to glamorize what it means to have superpowers. There are plenty of instances where characters contend with a moral crisis as a result of their abilities, but by and large the fact that they have abilities is still a point of enjoyment. Secret Weapons #1 from Valiant is an example of characters with abilities and no glamour. The issue is written by Eric Heisserer and illustrated by Raúl Allén and colored by Patricia Martin.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Review - Real Science Adventures #1 (@IDWPublishing)

War breeds fascinating relationships and dynamics. The bonds forged during battle are often everlasting and lead to groups of individuals who essentially form running crews. The Flying She-Devils are a running crew forged from war and they're into something a little different in Real Science Adventures #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Brian Clevinger, illustrated by Lo Baker and Wook Jin Clark, colored by Anthony Clark and lettered by Jeff Powell.