Friday, December 29, 2017

Review - Hungry Ghosts #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Do you know of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, lost one?"

Ghost stories have endured history. There's something appealing about the mystery surrounding an event as the unknown makes it that much more terrifying. In Hungry Ghosts #1 from Dark Horse Comics, characters gather to recount tales and see who can stick around until the last candle dies out. The issue is written by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose, illustrated by Alberto Ponticelli ("Kaidan" and "The Starving Skeleton") and Vanesa Del Rey ("The Pirates"), colored by José Villarrubia and lettered by Sal Cipriano.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Review - Bonehead #1 (@imagecomics)

"Since you're going for the crazier stunt, be careful."

Just about everyone's vision of the future includes some form of dystopian nightmare and flying cars. The world of the Chrome in Bonehead #1 from Image Comics is generally no exception. The issue is written by Bryan Hill and illustrated by Rhoald Marcellius.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Review - Quantum and Woody #1 (@ValiantComics)

" gotta roll the dice."

There are a few things that make a duo dynamic. Trust in one another, a reputation for heroics and an affinity for goats. Not just any goats, but goats imbued with the consciousness of the heroes' father. Sounds fun? Strap in for Quantum and Woody #1 from Valiant Comics. The issue is written by Daniel Kibblesmith, illustrated by Kano and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Review - Assassinistas #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Waffle hut. Yeah, they let us store our weapons in the dumpster."

Most assassins will inevitably get to the point where it's one more job and they're out. They finish that job before trying to make a go of it at a normal life. It's not long before the siren's song of the thrill of the previous line of work is too much to ignore. In Assassinistas #1 from

The issue is written by Tini Howard, illustrated by Gilbert Hernandez, colored by Rob Davis and lettered by Aditya Bidikar.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Review - Empowered and Sistah Spooky's High School Hell #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

If you talk to different people you'll get different responses in terms of what high school meant to them. Some people enjoyed it, while others despised it. Very few were forced to make a deal with evil to survive like in Empowered and Sistah Spooky's High School Hell #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Adam Warren and illustrated/lettered by Carla Speed McNeil.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Review - Cosmo #1 (@ArchieComics)

"Sweet Juniper that's bright!"

Space exploration brings with it its own ups and downs. The ups are finding new planets and species while the downs are figuring out whether they're out to get you. In Cosmo #1 from Archie Comics, there's a little bit of it all. The issue is written by Ian Flynn, illustrated by Tracy Yardley, colored by Matt Herms and lettered by Jack Morelli.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Review - Giants #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Small things don't matter."

When the time comes that the world is inevitably destroyed the only thing up in the air is how and when. In Giants #1 from Dark Horse Comics, the "how" is giant monsters and the "when" is not too far off. The issue is written and illustrated by Carlos and Miguel Valderrama.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review - Faith's Winter Wonderland #1 (@ValiantComics)

"Alice and Mister Rabbit! I haven't seen you guys in years!"

Wonderland really isn't a place that seems like it would be on the top of many people's lists to visit. For every bit of magic and wonder that seems to be there, it also seems as if there's even more evil and malice. Faith is tasked with helping out on the darker components in Faith's Winter Wonderland #1 from Valiant Comics. The issue is written by Marguerite Savage, illustrated by Francis Portela and MJ Kim, colored by Andrew Dalhouse and lettered by Dave Sharpe.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Review - Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1 (@boomstudios)

"Once upon a time...Christmas came early."

Klaus is a fighter and preserver of tradition. He loves helping people and is fond of making sure everyone is happy. When those two goals are threatened, then he'll do whatever's necessary to preserve those traditions. In Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1 from BOOM! Studios, Klaus is fighting hard to preserve them. The issue is written by Grant Morrison, illustrated by Dan Mora and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Review - Paradiso #1 (@imagecomics)

"And we'd tell stories of things that stalked the empty places of the world."

Living in a world devoid of a safe normality is certainly one wouldn't necessarily ask for, but sometimes it's what you're given. In Paradiso #1 from Image Comics, the new normal is scrap and fight to survive. The issue is written by Ram V, illustrated by Devmalya Pramanik, colored by Dearbhla Kelly and Alex Sollazo and lettered by Aditya Bidikar.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Jem and the Holgrams: Dimensions #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Roll for initiative."

When Jem and the Holograms aren't out performing they're relaxing. And because there's a good variety of members affiliated with the group, that relaxation takes on a variety of different forms. In Jem and the Holgrams: Dimensions #1 from IDW Publishing, two of those forms are on display. "Catnap" is written and illustrated by Sophie Campbell, colored by M. Victoria Robado and lettered by Shawn Lee. "Roll With It" is written by Kate Leth, illustrated by Tana Ford, colored by Brittany Peer and lettered by Lee.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Review - Barbarella #1 (@dynamitecomics)

"I'm Barbarella."

Barbarella is a famous character who's traveled through space. There are places she visits that are welcoming, whereas other places she visits are less than welcoming. In Barbarella #1 from Dynamite Entertainment, her latest destination is something that leaves a lot to be desired. The issue is written by Mike Carey, illustrated by Kenan Yarar, colored by Mohan and lettered by Crank!.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Review - John Wick #1 (@dynamite)

"I always like it quiet."

The Boogeyman is a myth that strikes fear in kids all over the world. Baba Yaga is a myth that strikes fears in adults and assassins all over the world. While the former is good for a spooky story or two, the latter is good for John Wick #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. The issue is written by Greg Pak, illustrated by Giovanni Valleta, colored by David Curiel and Inlight Studios and lettered by Tom Napolitano.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review - Monstro Mechanica #1 (@AfterShockComix)

"...I do also paint."

Leonardo da Vinci's reputation needs no introduction. The man was a man of all talents, never shying away from trying something new. In Monstro Mechanica #1 from After Shock Comix shows da Vinci trying something new and its consequences. The issue is written and lettered by Paul Allor, illustrated by Chris Evenhuis and colored by Sjan Weijers.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Review - The Mighty Crusaders #1 (@DrkCircleComics)

"That was the scene in the nation's capital today as the Crusaders stopped a homicidal dinosaur."

Every good superhero needs a team. One superhero is only capable of so much, so teaming up only makes sense to help them cover any shortcomings they may have. In The Mighty Crusaders #1 from Dark Circle Comics, that team is tasked with fighting evil and the press. The issue is written by Ian Flynn, illustrated by Kelsey Shannon, colored by Matt Herms and lettered by Jack Morelli.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Review - Void Trip #1 (@imagecomics)

"The universe is real big, man."

Philosophical views of life come from a variety of different thinkers. Some of the more traditional thinkers are enshrined in history as such, while some of the more non-traditional thinkers are viewed with a skeptical eye. Fortunately, for a non-traditional thinker such as Ana in Void Trip #1 from Image Comics, she has a relatively captive audience. The issue is written by Ryan O'Sullivan, illustrated by Plaid Klaus and lettered by Aditya Bidikar.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Review - Gravetrancers #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"All of this, I assure you, is a real thing."

It takes a special person to be comfortable handling the deceased on a daily basis. Saying nothing about the basic concept of physically handling dead bodies, there's something emotional about it as well that asks a person be somewhat disconnected from life. In Gravetrancers #1 from Black Mask Studio, some mortuary wardens are detaching themselves in a slightly unconventional way. The issue is written by M.L. Miller, illustrated by James Michael Whynot, colored by Dee Cunniffe and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Review - Princeless: Raven, the Pirate Princess Year 2 #1 (@actionlab)

"Yeah, let's try not to die in a fire on the open sea."

A pirate's life is fraught with swashbuckling (whatever that is), walking the plank and trying to not to burn your contribution to the potluck. Princeless: Raven, the Pirate Princess Year 2 #1 from Action Lab Entertainment at the very least has the last part covered with a potential to delve in the two former components as well. The issue is written by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Xenia Pamfil and lettered by Justin Birch.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Review - Dark Fang #1 (@imagecomics)

"I call forth my powers. It was foolish to begin without them."

Climate change is real and it's happening fast. It's on humanity to take steps to slow the damage, but there are some who don't feel the need to step up. That's where an environmentally conscious vampire like Valla in Dark Fang #1 from Image Comics comes in. The issue is written by Miles Gunter, illustrated by Kelsey Shannon and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review - Jenny Finn #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"This world's no better for us bein' in it."

Times in older eras were rough for a variety of reason. London was no exception, as the din and clamor of the river it sits on made every day an adventure in society. In Jenny Finn #1 from Dark Horse Comics, that difficulty is further compounded by a mysterious horror stalking prey. The issue is written by Mike Mignola, illustrated by Troy Nixey and colored by Dave Stewart.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review - The Harcourt Legacy #1 (@ActionLab)

"I understand now."

Family inheritance is always a thorny subject. Some relatives feel they get too little, while others feel that a relative got something they should've. Very rarely is magic involved in the inheritance as it is in The Harcourt Legacy #1 from Action Lab Entertainment. The issue is written and lettered by Brendan Cahill, illustrated by Jason Federhenn and colored by Josh Burcham.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Review - Port of Earth #1 (@imagecomics)

"We always knew we weren't alone."

Earth's place in the galaxy is one that seems pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. That could--and will--definitely change as we make more advancements in rocket technology, but for now we're left to dream. In Port of Earth #1 from Image Comics, that dream becomes a reality of sorts. The issue is written by Zack Kaplan, illustrated by Andrea Mutti, colored by Vladimir Popov and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review - Betty and Veronica Vixens #1 (@ArchieComics)

" means we're about to kick some ass."

Betty and Veronica is an example of one of the most enduring love/hate relationships in all of media. The two of have moved from best friends to worst enemies at the proverbial drop of a dime. In Betty and Veronica Vixens #1 from Archie Comics, the two take their relationship to a new place as members of an outlaw biker gang. The issue is written by Jamie Lee Rotante, illustrated by Eva Cabrera, colored by Elaina Unger and lettered by Rachel Deering.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Review - Stain the Seas Scarlet #1 (@@ryanklindsay)

"We will stomp your face in until the noises are onomatopoeic of rainfall into a filth clogged gutter. You realise this, yes?"

History is rife with civilizations and societies who have been subverted by a more powerful and aggressive group of individuals. In some instances those oppressed simply roll over, but in some cases they actually fight back and make a stand. One such instance occurs in Stain the Seas Scarlet #1. The issue is written by Ryan K. Lindsay, illustrated by Alex Cormack and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Review - The Gravediggers Union #1 (@imagecomics)

"It's the end of the world...but what else is new, am I right?"

Gravediggers have one job: dig graves. It's a straightforward and often thankless job, as they regularly inter the remains of those previously loved and/or despised. It's not often they have to bury the same body twice, but that's the premise behind The Gravediggers Union #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Wes Craig, illustrated by Craig (pages 1-5) and Toby Cypress, colored by Niko Guardia and lettered by Jared K. Fletcher.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review - Atomic Robo: Spectre of Tomorrow #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Not this one. HOA business. Robo's eyes only."

Atomic Robo is a talented and capable robot who really knows no bounds. He can create artificial intelligence and he can run a sophisticated team of engineers and scientists, but for some reason he can't keep the noise down. In Atomic Robo: Spectre of Tomorrow #1 from IDW Publishing the latter proves to be the most alarming of his problems. The issue is written by Brian Clevinger, illustrated by Scott Wegener, colored by Anthony Clark and lettered by Jeff Powell.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Review - Agent 47: Birth of Hitman #1 (@dynamitecomics)

"So many possibilities. Car bomb sounds good to you?"

An assassin is typically cold, calculated and methodical. That approach to life is one that requires a certain type of focus and commitment that persists through life. In Agent 47: Birth of Hitman #1 from Dynamite Comics, Agent 47 is contemplating a change in approach. The issue is written by Christopher Sebela, illustrated by Jonathan Lau and Ariel Medel, colored by Omi Remalante and lettered by Thomas Napolitano.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Review - Ghostbusters: Answer the Call #1 (@IDWPublishing)

Dealing with the paranormal requires a certain set of skills. Patience is one of them, as is an ability to compartmentalize fear. IDW Publishing has both of the above and more in Ghostbusters: Answer the Call #1. The issue is written by Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Corin Howell, colored by Valentina Pinto and lettered by Neil Uyetake.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review - Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1 (@imagecomics)

"So, I don't really hunt monsters anymore. Not real one at least."

Retirement is something of a dream, but it doesn't necessarily suit everyone. Take Cassie Hack for instance. She's put the days of hunting monsters behind her and traded them for a quieter speed, but in Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1 from Image Comics she's looking for something more. The issue is written by Tini Howard, illustrated by Celor, colored by K. Michael Russell and lettered by Crank!.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Neverland Return of Hook One-Shot (@zenescope)

"We have so many plans in store for you."

Neverland has typically been pitched as a great place to go as a youth. A lot has changed in the exotic locale in Zenescope's version, what with Peter Pan being a vampire and all that. Still, Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Neverland Return of Hook One-Shot seeks to revisit one of the darker corners of the land. The issue is written by Dave Franchini, illustrated by Jason Muhr, colored by Bobby Bevard and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Review - Sherlock Frankenstein & the Legion of Evil: From the World of Black Hammer #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"...I need to get to work."

Being the child of a superhero or supervillain brings with it a wide variety of issues that one has to contend with. The superhero/supervillain surname automatically brings with it a lot of baggage and how the offspring handle that baggage is telling. In Sherlock Frankenstein & the Legion of Evil: From the World of Black Hammer #1 from Dark Horse Comics, Lucy Weber is looking to parley her baggage into answers. The issue is written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated/colored/lettered by David Rubin and flats by Kike J. Diaz.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review - The Family Trade #1 (@ImageComics)

"My family's task--my task--is to make sure the Float keeps floating."

Everyone's family has its own quirks. Some families have a uncouth uncle or a prejudiced grandparent for instance, but they're still considered to be family. In The Family Trade #1 from Image Comics, families have a lot more than just culturally inappropriate relatives. The issue is written by Justin Jordan and Nikki Ryan, illustrated by Morgan Beem and lettered by Rachel Deering.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Review - Aspen Universe: Decimation #1 (@AspenComics)

"There most definitely was a bang."

Despite all their scheming and machinations, the plans of villains can often be distilled down to one immutable fact: destruction of something. In Aspen Universe: Decimation #1 from Aspen Comics, that destruction of something becomes the decimation of everything. The issue is written by Vince Hernandez, penciled by Marco Renna, inked by Mark Roslan, colored by Federico Bee & John Starr and lettered by Zen.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Review - Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #1 (@ArchieComics @DCComics)

"Attention rabble! It's the opportunity of your young, unfortunate lives!"

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have made names for themselves in the DC Universe as fierce characters willing to do whatever it takes to see their objective to the end. Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge have made names for themselves in the Archie Comics universe as fierce characters willing to do whatever it takes to see their objective (typically social) to the end. It only makes sense that the two square off in Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #1 from Archie Comics and DC Comics. The issue is written by Paul Dini and Marc Andreyko, illustrated by Laura Braga, colored by Tony Avina and Arif Prianto and lettered by Deron Bennett.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review - Eternity #1 (@ValiantComics)

"The brothers must know! But many eyes are open."

There are characters in every universe who are more powerful than others. The most-powerful are the ones at the top who move players around for the perceived benefit of the universe at large, but whether or not they really are keeping the best interests of everyone at the forefront remains to be seen. In Eternity #1 from Valiant Comics, big changes are afoot. The issue is written by Matt Kindt and illustrated by Trevor Hairsine.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Review - Vessels #1 (@davescook)

"Now go! Fulfill your oath. Seek out the one they call Wake."

Living in older times was tough for a multitude of reasons. One of those is having to ascribe events to a seemingly unknown and incomprehensible entity. In the case of Vessels #1, that entity is looking to kill everyone. The issue is written by Dave Cook, illustrated by Rafael Desquitado, Jr., colored by Dennis Lehmann and lettered by Garrett Gunn.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Review - Slots #1 (@imagecomics)

"Gotta feed the luck meter."

There are some people in the world who can get buy with a smile on their face and sheer luck. Those people typically drift in and out of situations without a worry in the world because they know that everything will work out for them in the end. Stanley Dance is one such character in Slots #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Dan Panosian.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review - Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd One-Shot (@ValiantComics)

"We're artists, man. Not bed movers. What the hell kind of life is this?"

Rae Sremmurd have already got a few hits under their belt, but that doesn't mean they're planning to let up anytime soon. Their ability to make hits and win crowds wasn't given to them and Shadowman Rae Sremmurd One-Shot from Valiant Comics offers an interesting twist on their success. The issue is written by Eliot Rahal, illustrated by Renator Guedes and lettered by Dave Lanphear.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Review - Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella #1 (@DynamiteComics)

"This place, it smells of puke and perpetual desperation."

Cassie Hack's reputation isn't as strong as Vampirella's, but that doesn't mean the former is any less formidable than the latter. The two have yet to cross paths before, but leave it to a cannibalistic queen in Hack/Slash vs. Vampirella #1 from Dynamite Entertainment to change that. The issue is written by Shawn Aldridge, illustrated by Rapha Lobosco, colored by Chris O'Halloran and lettered by Crank!.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Review - The Infinite Loop: Nothing But the Truth #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"It's your truth against mine. Appearance against context."

The saying goes that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." There have been numerous variations of that message, but the main point is that people who don't learn from their mistakes are prone to making the same mistakes. For Teddy in The Infinite Loop: Nothing But the Truth #1 from IDW Publishing, she's not so much making mistakes but repeatedly finding herself in trouble doing the same thing over and over. The issue is written by Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier, illustrated by Daniele Di Nicuolo, colored by Sarah Stern and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review - Catalyst Prime Astonisher #1 (@lionforge)

Meteor hits are fairly inevitable considering Earth is in space and all. Most of those impacts are fairly innocuous, but there are the occasional few that land and imbue some of Earth's inhabitants with superpowers. That's the premise behind Catalyst Prime Astonisher #1 from Lion Forge Comics. The issue is written by Alex de Campi, illustrated by Pop Mhan, colored by Jessica Kholinne and lettered by Tom Napolitano.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Review - Misbegotten: Runaway Nun #1 (@actionlabdanger)

"We love flying by the gospels. Not one verse later."

Religion is something that can both bring people together, but also has a tendency to tear people apart. In Misbegotten: Runaway Nun #1 from Action Lab Danger Zone religion and science set the stage for a massive conflict of interest. The issue is written by Caesar Voghan, Justin Case and Eric Granger, illustrated by Case and lettered by William Bohm.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Review - Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1 (@mageComics)

"This is your chance to stand out and make some money."

The 24-hour news cycle is typically referenced as a means of saying most news items go away after 24-hours. It also means that news happens 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. The point is that people are always tuned into news, regardless of whether it's good or bad. In Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #1 from Image Comics, the news is pretty awful and horrific. The issue is written by Jim Zub, illustrated by Djibril Morissette-Phan, colored by K. Michael Russell and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review - The Librarians #1 (DynamiteComics)

"What could possibly explain their presence?"

The world is full of mysteries, some of which demand teams with a unique set of skills to get to the bottom of things. One of those teams is found in The Librarians #1 from Dynamite Comics. The issue is written by Will Pfeifer, illustrated by Rodney Buchemi, colored by Weslei Manuel and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review - Dominatrix: Hellbent in Heels #1 (@arcanastudio)

"Ugh...I hate my life!"

Heroes come in different shapes and sizes. Some wear capes, some wear masks and some wear latex body-suits with whips and AREN'T named Selina Kyle. The latter is the main character in Dominatrix: Hellbent in Heels #1 from Arcana Studio. The issue is written/lettered by Erik Hendrix, illustrated by Kewber Baal and colored by Chandran Ponnusamy.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Review - Samurai Slasher: Late Fees

"The following comic is based on a true story."

Loss is something that's inevitable for everyone in this world. The way we react to loss varies wildly from one person to the next and it's likely that few respond in a way the main character does in Samurai Slasher: Late Fees. The issue is written by Mike Garley, illustrated by Lukasz Kowalczuk and colored/lettered by Lukasz Mazur.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Assassin's Creed Origins Offers Look at Villains

Heroes and villains are two sides of the same coin. Ubisoft knows that fans of the upcoming Assassin's Creed Origins is familiar with the heroes, but now they want to offer a glimpse at the villains. In the video after the jump, players can get a glimpse at the Order of Ancients before squaring off against them as Bayek.

The game is slated to hit consoles (PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One) on October 27. It'll run in silky-smooth 4k on Xbox One X and PC.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review - Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #1 (@DynamiteComics)

The jungle brings with it an abundance of natural beauty. It also brings with it danger for both its inhabitants and visitors--welcome or not. In Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #1 from Dynamite Entertainment, all of the above is on display. The issue is written by Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo, illustrated by Moritat and Dimi Macheras, colored by Moritat and Casey Silver and lettered by Thomas Napolitano.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Review - P.i.S. Paranormal Investigators Showdown #1

The paranormal is all around us. The problem is that most people aren't equipped to deal with or even observe it. Situations where the paranormal become normal require the services of an outfit such as P.i.S. Paranormal Investigators Showdown #1. The issue is written and lettered by Guido Martinez, penciled by Wilson Palacio, inked by Scott Forster and colored by Christopher Denney.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Review - Scales & Scoundrels #1 (@imagecomics)

"You lousy cheat!"

When faced with a scenario where your city is being pillaged by knights there are very few options. Things get even worse when a dragon burns all your grain stores. Fortunately for most, those scenarios typically only play out in games, but they're fairly close to being reality in Scales & Scoundrels #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Sebastian Girner, illustrated by Galaad and lettered by Jeff Powell.