Friday, September 30, 2016

Review - The Art of ReCore HC (@DarkHorseComics)

ReCore is a brand new title that just hit gamers' hands on September 13. And when gamers are able to pull themselves away from that world, Dark Horse wants them to get sucked back in via The Art of ReCore.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review - M.A.S.K. Revolution #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Assembling a black-ops team is a delicate affair."

M.A.S.K. is an unsung hero of the cartoons of the eighties. The concept blended together parts of Transformers and G.I. Joe and the end result were motorcycles that turned into helicopters. It was a fantastic mix of ideas that led to some great creativity on the playground. That creativity shouldn't be left to the cartoon though as IDW is bringing the universe into their fold in M.A.S.K. Revolution #1. The issue is written by Brandon Easton, illustrated by Tony Vargas, colored by Jordi Escuin and lettered by Chris Mowry.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review - X-O Manowar #50 (@ValiantComics)

"I am Aric of Dacia. Last King of the Visigoths of old."

X-O Manowar is a stalwart of the Valiant Universe. The character has been pivotal to the relaunch of the universe a few years ago and now he's getting some final praise as he prepares for the next phase of his life. X-O Manowar #50 from Valiant Comics gives readers plenty of things to praise the character for. "Long Live the King" is written by Robert Venditti, penciled by Joe Bennett, inked by Marcio Loerzer and Bellardino Brabo and colored by Ulises Arreola. "The Two Deaths of Gaius Maelus" is written by Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Clayton Henry, colored by Brian Reber and lettered by Dave Sharpe. "His Greatest Failure" is written by Jody Houser, illustrated by Javier Pulido, colored by Muntsa Vicente and lettered by Sharpe. "The Future" is written by Matt Kindt, illustrated by Thomas Giorello, colored by Diego Rodriguez and lettered by Sharpe.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review - Chimichanga: Sorrow of the World's Worst Face #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Lula, time to get up!"

The traveling circus is a thing of the past. The idea of a group of strange individuals gathered to impress and frighten attendees is one of the past, but the concept does make for good stories. Dark Horse Comics is offering one such story in Chimichanga: Sorrow of the World's Worst Face #1. The issue is written by Eric Powell and illustrated by Stephanie Buscema.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Review - Monty the Dinosaur #1 (@actionlab)

"Oh, come on...not you too. Don't be scared."

A dinosaur as a friend usually doesn't end well (unless you're Chris Pratt). There's something to be said though about a dinosaur who does want to be your friend as they could do all sorts of cool things with you. Monty is one such dinosaur in Monty the Dinosaur #1 from Action Lab Entertainment. The issue is written by Bob Frantz and illustrated by Jean Franco.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Review - Revolution #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Looks like our cousins across the pond...need to get their house in order."

"Autobots, roll out" and "Go Joe!" are two of the most recognizable phrases from the 80s. They're attached to two of the most recognizable toys of the 80s as well, speaking to their popularity. We all imagined them fighting one another, but IDW is taking that to the next level in Revolution #1. The issue is written by John Barber and Cullen Bunn, illustrated by Fico Ossio, colored by Sebastian Cheng and lettered by Tom B. Long.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review - Britannia #1 (@ValiantComics)

"The gods, Antonius..."

Life in ancient history looks extremely difficult by modern standards. There were so many unknowns that have since been resolved that you wonder how people made a go of things. Valiant Entertainment isn't exactly one to make things easy for their characters and that's the case in Britannia #1. The issue is written by Peter Mulligan, illustrated by Juan José Ryp, colored by Jordie Bellaire and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review - Land of the Rats: Gastrolithicus #1

"...I wandered for months."

When one finds oneself in a new territory there are a few options. You can freak out and hope it's all a dream. You can not doing anything and just wait. Or you can make a go of it and try to find your own way. Jack Natari chose the latter in Land of the Rats: Gastrolithicus #1. The issue is written and illustrated by Mark Nasso.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales Genesis: Heroes Reborn (@Zenescope)

"I'll be the weapon."

Zenescope knows how to take a legendary literary character and modernize it. It's their bread and butter and they've been doing it for a while now. Some of the characters are better known than others, but Grimm Fairy Tales Genesis: Heroes Reborn looks to fix that. "Van Helsing Timeless Classics" is written by Pat Shand, illustrated by Larry Watts, colored by Walter Pereyra and lettered by Taylor Esposito. "Robyn Hood Auld Lang Syne" is written by Lou Iovino, illustrated by Riveiro, colored by Federico Blee and lettered by Esposito. "Wonderland Mad Dreams" is written by Joe Brusha, illustrated by Allan Otero, colored by Valentina Cuomo and lettered by Esposito. "Death Force Totems" is written by Dave Franchini, illustrated by Marc Rosete, colored by Leonardo Paciarotti and lettered by Esposito. "Grimm Fairy Tales Judgment Rising" is written by Brusha, illustrated by Salvatore Cuffari, colored by Erick Arciniego and lettered by Esposito.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review - Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1 (@DarkHorseComics)


Tarzan is a man raised by apes. The Apes on the Planet of the Apes are apes raised and living as humans. There's a natural symmetry to both that makes each seem like opposite sides of the same coin, so it only makes sense to bring them together. In Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes #1 from Dark Horse Comics, the two properties are thrust together. The issue is written by Tim Seeley and David Walker, illustrated by Fernando Dagnino and colored by Sandra Molina.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Review - Josie and the Pussycats #1 (@ArchieComics)

"Win some, booze some. Riverdale."

Making it big in anything takes not only talent but patience too. That especially holds true for the music scene, where just about anyone and everyone thinks they can be the next big thing. It takes a really special group such as Josie and the Pussycats in Josie and the Pussycats #1 from Archie Comics to fight through all the drama and succeed. The issue is written by Marguerite Bennett and Cameron Deordio, illustrates by Audrey Mok, colored by Andre Szymanowicz and lettered by Jack Morelli.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review - Scavenger #1 (@Markosia)

"My name is Aidan. This is my story."

The problem with a monarchy is that one person/family is content to make all the decisions, regardless of how those decisions affect the kingdom's inhabitants. When that person making the decisions is violent and reckless, when things crop up in their kingdoms their reaction is a little on the overreacting side. In Scavenger #1 from Markosia, that overreaction includes violent overreach. The issue is written by Kim Roberts and illustrated by Megan Huang.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review - The Forevers #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"Can you feel it? It's starting."

How fame affects someone depends on the person. Some people can handle it with no problems while others become consumed by it. Getting famous is no easy task, unless of course you make a dark pact like in The Forevers #1 from Black Mask Studio. The issue is written by Curt Pires, illustrated by Eric Scott Pfeiffer and lettered by Colin Bell.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review - Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1954: Black Sun #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Size and smell don't matter. Last year I ran up against a kid's pet dog that mutated until it was the size of a small house."

Hellboy deals with the strange and extraordinary. His daily routine is anything but routine and it takes him to interesting places where he meets interesting characters. Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1954: Black Sun #1 from Dark Horse Comics takes him to the Arctic for some new people to meet. The issue is written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, illustrated by Stephen Green and colored by Dave Stewart.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Review - Knight #1

"Knight's story began long ago, but we shall tell it from here, a spring night."

A literal knight in shining armor is a thing of the past, replaced by a figurative version. The two often stand for the same thing, even though the former is more capable of actually doing knightly things. The concept can be an inspiration for doing great and Evoluzione Publishing finds that inspiration in Knight #1. The issue is written by Guido Martinez, penciled by Mauri, inked by Viktor Nava, colored by Marcus Odoms and lettered by Martinez and David Herbert.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Review - Surgeon X #1 (@ImageComics)

"If in my heart I do not yield, I'll overcome some day."

What tomorrow brings is generally a result of what happens today. That holds especially true for larger, societal decisions often made at the hands of a governing body. What that body makes a decision that seems to contradict basic human principles like in Surgeon X #1 from Image Comics, tomorrow might be pretty bleak. The issue is written by Sara Kenney, illustrated by John Watkiss, colored by James Devlin and lettered by Jared K. Fletcher.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Review - Mr. Teacher and Mr. Panda #1

"You get fired too?"

Pandas are fascinating creature with a penchant for lazing around, climbing trees and dealing with whatever life throws at them. Doing the last thing on that list gets really interesting when the panda can talk and has a teacher for a friend, as in Mr. Teacher and Mr. Panda #1. The issue is written by Andrew Brattica, illustrated by Alan Sharp, Joe Badon, Wayne Lowdy, Sarah Danahy, Ben Doane and Michael Saver and lettered by Saver.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Review - Aliens: Life and Death #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Just move now! Move!"
Facing off against a predator requires intelligence some of the time and physical ability the rest of the time. Knowing when to use which trait is almost always a split-second decision, but when faced with Xenomorphs it's generally a good idea to just run as fast as you can. There's a lot of running in Aliens: Life and Death #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Dan Abnett, illustrated by Moritat and colored by Rain Beredo.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Review - Job Dun: Fat Assassin #1 (@mradamjack)

"Job Dun's the name. And I'm having a bad night."

Being an assassin is a hard job, what with the contracts and killing and what not. The life of an assassin in a dystopian city is made is even more difficult, but that won't stop Job Dun from--ahem--getting the job done in Job Dun: Fat Assassin #1. The issue is written by Mark Hobby and illustrated by Ben Michael Byrne, colored by Noelle Criminova and lettered by Bolt-01.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Review - TMNT Universe #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"This is our world."

If we were lucky enough to live in a world where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles patrolled the streets (and sewers) we'd all be better off. That scenario is currently outside the realm of possibility so we just have to read about them in comics for the time being. IDW Publishing has another comic to read with them in it called TMNT Universe #1. The main story is written by Paul Allor, illustrated by Damian Couceiro and colored by Ronda Pattison. "Inside Out" is written by Tom Waltz, layouts by Kevin Eastman, illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz and colored by Tomi Varga.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Review - Angel Catbird Volume 1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"No, you stay inside. You're an indoor kitty."

Pets make life better for their owners. There's an emotional component where the owner gets companionship and a physical component where pet microbes reinforce our immune systems. Angel Catbird Volume 1 from Dark Horse Comics takes that notion of betterment to the extreme by merging pet and owner together. The book is written by Margaret Atwood, illustrated by Johnnie Christmas, colored by Tamra Bonvillain and lettered by Nate Piekos.