Friday, December 23, 2016

Review - Gumballs #1 (@topshelfcomix)

Everyone eventually comes to terms with who they are. Sometimes it's an easy journey, but other times it's one rife with conflict and opposition. Gumballs #1 from Top Shelf Comix is a tale of one such struggle. The issue is written and illustrated by Erin Nations.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Review - Executive Assistant Iris: Enemies Among Us #1 (@AspenComics)

Assassins have been around for a pretty good chunk of history. They've crept through the shadows, observed their targets from hidden locations and strike when the target least expects it. Aspen Comics took that concept and added an exciting twist in the Executive Assistant series and the main character in that series Iris. Iris gets her origins explained a bit in Executive Assistant Iris: Enemies Among Us #1. "First Assignment" is written by David Wohl, illustrated by Giuseppe Cafaro, colored by Wes Hartman and lettered by Zen. "Pain Drops" is written by Vince Hernandez, illustrated by Randy Green, inked by Mark Roslan, colored by Hartman and lettered by Zen.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Review - Star Trek Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds Volume 2 #1 (@IDWPublishing @DCComics)

The crew of the Enterprise has seen their fair share of diverse alien races, colossal space battles and everything in between. Despite all that, encountering members of the Lantern Corps still brings with it a little bit of surprise. IDW Publishing and DC Comics teamed up again in Star Trek Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds Volume 2 #1 to explore that mystery further. The issue is written by Mike Johnson, illustrated by Angel Hernandez, colored by Alejandro Sanchez and lettered by Andworld Design.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Review - Grim Fairy Tales #1 (@Zenescope)

A parent's hope in life is that their children exceed their accomplishments. For most parents that's just seeing them doing better financially, but for some there are higher stakes. Skye Mathers in Grimm Fairy Tales #1 from Zenescope is looking to pick up her mother's mantle with those higher stakes. The issue is written by Joe Brusha, penciled by Ediano Silva, colored by Ivan Nunes and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Review - Dead Inside #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Bennet Pen is where you're headed. They got two dead bodies. Time to earn your paycheck, detective."

A detective's life is nothing if not interesting, but usually it comes at a cost. While many assume the cost to be personal there are professional costs as well, such as being relegated to investigating crimes in jails. Detective Linda Caruso in Dead Inside #1 from Dark Horse Comics is one such detective, forced to work cases that no one seems invested in seeing through. The issue is written by John Arcudi, illustrated by Toni Fejzula, colored by André May and lettered by Joe Sabino.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Review - Optimus Prime #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Things were changing on Cybertron...too fast for some..."

Optimus Prime needs no introduction. Except to the people of Earth he's seemingly always trying to help even if they don't want it. Turns out he had a past though that some may not know about and Optimus Prime #1 from IDW Publishing explores that past. The issue is written by John Barber, illustrated by Kei Zama, colored by Josh Burcham and lettered by Tom B. Long.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review - Sleeping with Ghosts #1

"If this place doesn't have something supernatural, nowhere will."

Ghost hunting will always be a thing. While it won't always have media attention drawn to it or endless reality shows, there are still those out there seeking to contact the supernatural for whatever reason. Sebastian Fletcher is one of those individuals in Sleeping with Ghosts #1. The issue is written by Damian S. Simankowicz, illustrated by Marcelo Salaza and colored by Mike Stefan.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review - Modern Testament Vol 3. Anthology of the Ethereal (@InsaneComics)

"Good morning, Tommy. It's another beautiful day.

There are forces in play in the world that people draw upon for help in making tough decisions. Many of those forces are of the religious variety as the sense of the unknown gives people something to find hope (or fear) in. Modern Testament Vol 3. Anthology of the Ethereal from Insane Comics offers three tales in that light. "Shoulder Djinn" is written by Frank Martin, illustrated by Lucas Urruita, colored by Ezequiel Dominguez and lettered by Kel Nuttall. "The Abandoned" is written by Martin, illustrated by Francesco Conte, colored by Macerena Cortes and lettered by Nuttall. "Down with the Sickness" is written by Martin, illustrated by Joaquin Gr, colored by Matej Stasko and lettered by Nuttall.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review - Shadows on the Grave #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"I heard something. What was it?"

Horror is subjective. Spiders scare some people, while serial killers scare others. There are very few universal scares save for maybe death and Shadows on the Grave #1 from Dark Horse Comics has that in spades. The issue is written and illustrated by Richard Corben.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Review - Cinderella Serial Killer Princess #1 (@Zenescope)

"That's, like, so awesome!"

Cinderella as a Disney princess is subjugated by her sisters before persevering and becoming something regal through hard-work and some luck. Cinderella as a Zenescope character is a serial killer with a desire to hack her way through any situation. Cinderella Serial Killer Princess #1 from Zenescope is a lot more of the latter than the former. The issue is written by Dave Franchini, illustrated by Salvatore Cuffari, colored by Leonardo Paciarotti and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Review - Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Revolution #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Stay back Crankcase. He mentioned a crossover. I don't know what that is, but it sounds intimate."

Autobots and Decepticons are as sure to be enemies as the sun is to rise and set everyday. There are some on each side who blur the lines a bit when it comes to how much they're really invested in that ongoing struggle and the Scavengers don't really want to be that involved. They'd rather be involved in their own lives as they are in Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Revolution #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Nick Roche and James Roberts, illustrated by Alex Milne and colored by Joana Lafuente.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review - Jim Henson's The Storyteller Giants #1 (@boomstudios)

"My word! You weren't joking, these peaches are giant!"

Giants are a thing of legends. There are some people who are really tall, but the notion that a being towers over us as humans is left mainly in fairy tales and fantasy stories. You would hope that such a character would be kind and gentle like the giant in Jim Henson's The Storyteller Giants #1 from BOOM! Studios if it was real though. The issue is written and illustrated by Conor Nolan and lettered by Warren Montgomery.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Review - Dauntless #1 (@Tres_C_Studios)

"The first hit always gets the cobwebs out. Now I'm warmed up."

People will fight for any cause they believe in. There are times when that fight involves words, other times it involves passive resistance. There are some times when fighting for a cause requires actual fighting as the case in Dauntless #1 from Tres Calaveras Studios. The issue is written by Emilio Rodriguez, illustrated and lettered by Juan Martinez Alarcon and colored by David de Alonso.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review - Red Agent: The Human Order #1 (@Zenescope)

"Be ready! I'm coming in hot."

Britney Waters is one of the big players in the Zenescope universe and it's only fitting that she get the chance to play a grand role in maintaining order in said universe. Red Agent: The Human Order #1 from Zenescope is another one of those chances. The issue is written by Lou Iovino, illustrated by Wilson Santos and Marc Rosete, colored by Hedwin Zaldivar, Ceci de la Cruz and Grostieta and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Review - Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman #1 (@DynamiteComics @DCComics)

"I see I'm not the only one with strength!"

Wonder Woman is an icon of DC Comics and--heavy metal riff aside--garners tremendous respect from other characters within that universe. Bionic Woman is a character created with some of the same abilities and the same penchant for wanting to help those who need it. Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman #1 from Dynamite and DC Comics is a mash-up of two great characters in a very era-appropriate setting. The issue is written by Andy Mangels, illustrated by Judit Tondora, colored by Michael Bartolo and Stuart Chaifetz and lettered by Tom Orzechowski and Lois Buhalis.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Review - Savage #1 (@ValiantComics)

"It's okay--we're safe--we're safe--"

The rich and famous generally have an easy go of things, parlaying their success into obtaining anything and everything they could possibly want. That success often comes at the expense of privacy and normalcy and regardless of whether or not you think it's a fair trade, there's something to be said about being able to get away. In Savage #1 from Valiant Comics, getting away is a little more violent than one successful couple imagined. The issue is written by B. Clay Moore, illustrated by Lewis Larosa and Clayton Henry, colored by Brian Reber and lettered by Dave Lanphear.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review - No Angel #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"Relax. This is not my first rodeo."

Individuals who find solace in a religion do so in an effort to reinforce their lives. Some religions are more universally recognized than others and some of them emphasize the notion that there are otherworldly beings who exist within that religion. More often than not those individuals exist on a different plane, but not the beings in No Angel #1 from Black Mask Studios. The issue is written by Eric and Adrianne Palicki, illustrated by Ari Syahrazad, colored by Jean-Paul Csuka and lettered by Jim Campbell.