Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review - Army of Darkness: Ash for President #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"The people will bring darkness...upon themselves."

Presidential elections bring out the best and the worst in people. Many people appreciate the ability afforded to them by having the right to vote and other people prefer to impose their views on others. Finding the best candidate is never a perfect science, but there are some more qualified than others. Ash in Army of Darkness: Ash for President #1 from Dynamite Entertainment is one such candidate. The issue is written by Elliot Serrano, illustrated by Deigo Galindo, colored by Pete Pantazis and lettered by Tom Napolitano.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review - SFC #1

"...stars aren't born, they're made."

Wrestling is a fascinating industry that blends together athletics and soap operas in a way that's endured. It's rife with heroes and villains and fun storylines that makes for an entertaining watch. That action also makes for an interesting read in SFC #1. The issue is written by Julien Kohlman and Guido Martinez, illustrated by Lucas Perdomo, colored by Marco Pagnotta and lettered by Brant Fowler. "Titanium #1" is written by Marcel Dupree and John Griz, illustrated by Mauri, colored by Pagnotta and lettered by Fowler. "SFC: Secret Files - Mind Mechanics" is written by Griz, illustrated by Vittorio Garofoli, colored by Pagnotta and lettered by Fowler.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Review - Lake of Fire #1 (@ImageComics)

"My God."

The Crusades were a trying time for Europe, what with all the fighting and persecution and all. It rallied many to its cause and brought out the best and worst in people as they fought for what they believed in. Had they been fighting alien invaders like in Lake of Fire #1 from Image Comics, the world today might be a lot different. The issue is written, colored and lettered by Nathan Fairbairn and illustrated by Matt Smith.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Review - Sonic Mega Drive #1 (@ArcheComics)

"Hey, Tails! What are you doing here? Aside from being menaced, I mean?"

Sonic the Hedgehog has been around for a long time. He's made the most of that time, weaving through one opponent and the next en route to saving his planet from any and all comers. That trend continues in Sonic Mega Drive #1 from Archie Comics. The issue is written by Ian Flynn, illustrated by Tyson Hesse, colored by Matt Herms and lettered by Jack Morelli.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review - Resident Alien: The Man with No Name #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Welcome to Hell, Harry...paperwork Hell."

Harry is an alien living on Earth. He's not part of a science experiment and he's not out to take over the world. He's just trying to get home. Along the way though he wants to help and his latest assistance is necessary in Resident Alien: The Man with No Name #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Peter Hogan and illustrated by Steve Parkhouse.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review - Generation Zero #1 (@ValiantComics)

" do I find them?"

Uncovering the mysteries of a loved one's disappearance is always a trying process. There's still a need to piece together what exactly happened and get to the bottom of things, but sometimes there are greater powers at play that want to prevent the truth from coming out. Generation Zero #1 from Valiant Entertainment is offering all sorts of conspiracy. The issue is written by Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Francis Portela, colored by Andrew Dalhouse and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review - Atomic Robo: The Temple of Od #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"I don't want to alarm you, but I think they're getting closer."

When it's time to explore the world you want someone who's experienced in doing so. A well-worn traveler who doesn't hesitate to offer his or her services when appropriate to make travels easier. If that person is a robot then all the better. Atomic Robo: The Temple of Od #1 from IDW Publishing offers a robot who knows the world and history. The issue is written by Brian Clevinger, illustrated by Scott Wegener, colored by Anthony Clark and lettered by Jeff Powell.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review - Armor-I #1 (@evoluzionepublishing)

"If Novaden gets his hands on the vial the whole universe will be doomed."

Life as a high school student isn't lacking in drama and it's even tougher when you're transferring into a new school. Add to that having to deal with an alien arrival entrusting you with something important like in Armor-I #1 from Evoluzione Publishing and things get fun. The issue (and the back-up story "Baranzu") are written by Marcel Dupree, illustrated by Joel Cotejar, colored by Franco Riesco and lettered by E.T. Doleman.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Review - Superf*ckers Forever #1 (@IDWEntertainment)

"Why are we in this stupid bubble thing?"

Kids being kids is an excuse that let's them get away with a lot of stuff. Rarely (if never) should that excuse them being horrible people. IDW Entertainment likes horrible people sometimes and that's why they're publishing Superf*ckers Forever #1. "Time Bubble," "The Private Principle" and "The Rebirthening" are written and illustrated by James Kochalka. "Swear Jar" is written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review - The Backstagers #1 (@boomstudios)

"Boys are scary, and they fart a bunch."

High school is more of a rite of passage than it honestly should be. Some students become friends while others make life difficult, all while everyone is trying to get an education. The distinction between cool and not cool is bolder in clubs with Drama club especially boasting its own sort of elitism. Such elitism is the catalyst for The Backstagers #1 BOOM! Box. The issue is written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Ryan Sygh, colored by Walter Baiamonte and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales Apocalypse #1 (@Zenescope)

"Tonight the four will rise. War. Death. Pestilence. Famine."

Comic universes are always on the lookout for some form of strife that generates unlikely alliances in the face of overwhelming odds. Zenescope has put their characters through the ringer on more than one occasion, but that won't stop them from doing it again in Grimm Fairy Tales Apocalypse #1. The issue is written by Pat Shand, illustrated by J.G. Miranda, colored by Hedwin Zaldivar and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review - Snarl #1 (@InsaneComics)

"It was like nothing I'd ever encountered before."

Fighting a werewolf relies on a few immutable truths: they come out with a full moon and silver bullets are a weakness. Knowing those and believing you actually have to rely on them often require some mental reconciliation. Detective Bevil struggles with that in Snarl #1 from Insane Comics. The issue is written by Kelly Bender, illustrated by Nathan Kelly, colored by Josh Jensen and lettered by Micah Myers.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Review - Hadrian's Wall #1 (@ImageComics)

"No, that's wrong."

Space exploration is a wondrous notion, but the execution leaves something to be desired at times. Establishing footholds in space brings with it people and people bring with them emotions. Emotions, people and space are all topics in Hadrian's Wall #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Kyle Higgins and Alex Siegel, illustrated by Rod Reis and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Review - Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Well, it's...there's...something back there you should see, is all."

There are things that go bump in the night, although they're pretty few and far between. Dealing with those things takes a special kind of person and Sir Edward Grey in Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 from Dark Horse Comics is one such person. The issue is written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, illustrated by Ben Stenbeck, colored by Michelle Madsen and lettered by Dave Stewart.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review - Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special #1 (@boomstudios)

"Rocks, friends?"

Labyrinth is a classic. A marvelous--yet terrifying--classic tale rife with wizards, goblins and magic locales. Filling out those locales is a wide assortment of interesting characters, some of which get some love in Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special #1 from Archaia. "Gone Fishing" is written and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte, "Wisdom & Idioms" and "Stone Cold" are written and illustrated by Cory Godbey, "Rock Solid Friendship" is written by Dam Smith and illustrated by Kyla Vanderklugt, "Hoggle and the Worm" is written by Ted Naifeh and Adrianne Ambrose, illustrated by Godbey and lettered by Deron Bennett, "Humongous Two" is written by Jonathan Case, illustrated by Daniel Bayliss, colored by Jen Hickman and lettered by Warren Montgomery and "Sir Didymus's Grand Day" is written and illustraed by Godbey.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Review - Blue Hour #1 (@ActionLab)

"Sixty years from now. Seventeen years after the Great Resource War."

Finding a home for a large group of people is no easy task. One of the biggest things to contend with is the possibility of other people already calling a new home their home. In Blue Hour #1 from Action Lab Entertainment, that contention becomes even more dangerous for the visitors. The issue is written by Dino Caruso, illustrated by Chad Cicconi, colored by Francesca Zambon and lettered by Adam Wollet.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review - Fwendly Fwuit: Winter Wonders

"We're baa-aack!!"

Comics in general have been striving to be more inclusive of all readers, prompting even the big two to make seemingly drastic storyline decisions in the name of diversity. This has led to more and more all-ages books and series that aren't predicated on capes and tights. Fwendly Fwuit: Winter Wonders is one of those books, attempting to show people that little kids can enjoy comics too. The issue is written and illustrated by Mickey Lam.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Review - The Adventures of Augusta Wind: The Last Story #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"--and let me tell you about the girl who tried to save the Storiverse--"

The predominant outcome of just about any fairy tale is one or more of the characters living happily ever after. Unfortunately, life doesn't always work out that way. In The Adventures of Augusta Wind: The Last Story #1 from IDW Publishing, life is far from working out that way. The issue is written by J.M. Dematteis, illustrated by Vassilis Gogtzilas, colored by Carlos Badilla and lettered by Tom B. Long.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Review - Kill or Be Killed #1 (@ImageComics)

"This isn't how I imagined my life would be. Ever."

The things we do for survival are numerous. Difficult decisions are made on a daily basis that affect not only us but those around us as well and have a lasting impact on our lives. Some of those decisions made in the heat of the moment are a little tougher to walk back as Dylan learns in Kill or Be Killed #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Ed Brubaker, illustrated by Sean Phillips and colored by Elizabeth Breitweiser.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review - 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 (@ValiantComics)

"Salvage! Major salvage discovered!"

New Japan is a location in Valiant books that emphasizes technology ruling the world. The current storyline 4001 A.D. has that concept imploding spectacularly and the fallout is being felt by the entire Valiant Universe. 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 is another foray into how what's happening above affects the lives below. The issue is written by Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Tomas Giorello, colored by Brian Reber and lettered by Dave Sharpe

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Review - Blood and Dust #1 (@ActionLabDanger)

"I told 'em to settle down."

Vampires have a lot of pretty obvious tells. There's the aversion to sunlight, the sharpened fangs and the general affection for blood. What's not really one of their more obvious tells is the desire to raise a family. Doing just that and more is Judd Glenny in Blood and Dust #1 from Action Lab Danger. The issue is written by Michael R. Martin and Adam J. Orndorf, illustrated by Roy Allen Martinez, colored by Raymund Lee and lettered by Kel Nuttall.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Review - Kingsway West #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"The age of Red Gold turned men into soldiers...and soldiers into monsters."

The gold rushes of the 1800s turned the country on its head as many people sought out the possibility of quick fortunes. With those possibilities also came the probability that things wouldn't always turn out for the better for some prospectors. One such man caught in the middle of the rush is Kingsway West in Kingsway West #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Greg Pak, illustrated by Mirko Colak, colored by Wil Quintana and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Review - The Berzerk Death Dealer #1

"Fear thy reaper, for he fears no one!"

Death gets everyone in the end (except possibly for those with higher levels of income and advancements in medical technology). Some people fear the reaper while others enjoy working for him. Diablo is one such individual in The Berzerk Death Dealer #1. The issue is written by Vishal Rajput and illustrated by Ashlee Galloway.