Sunday, July 29, 2018

BACK TO BACK Comic Book Review: Bone Parish & The New World #1


This is a double feature... well a double review. On July 25th 2018 we say the debut of two new comic book series: BONE PARISH #1 and THE NEW WORLD #1. Here's what I thought!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Advanced Comic Book Review: BRITANNIA LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1


This is an advanced review of the 3rd story arc of the Valiant Comic series BRITANNIA. Issue 1 will be available in stores on July 25th 2018! So make sure you've ordered a copy!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Ice Cream Man Vol 1 (Image Comics)

Hey Comic Book Junkies, please watch my latest video review below!




Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist / Cover: Martin Morazzo, Chris O’Halloran
Variant Cover: Mike Shea - See more at: https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/ice-cream-man-3#sthash.SaGPd5aN.dpuf


Monday, June 4, 2018

Kickstarter Support: ALL WE EVER WANTED (A Wave Blue World Comics)

NEW ANTHOLOGY DARES TO IMAGINE A BRIGHTER FUTURE

(June 4, 2018) A Wave Blue World announces the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for its latest anthology, ALL WE EVER WANTED: Stories of a Better World. This full color collection features a cover by Ariela Kristantina (Insexts, Mata Hari) and contains over 25 stories meant to inspire us and restore the belief that a brighter future is possible.

The anthology is edited by Matt Miner (Gwar, Poser) and Erik Palicki (No Angel, Orphans), who, alongside A Wave Blue World, have spearheaded a combined 12 successful kickstarter campaigns, delivering four previous anthologies. Together they’ve gathered an impressive list on contributors, ranging from experienced veterans to some of the most ambitious new voices working in comics. All of them are eager to share their hopeful visions of the future.


Publisher Tyler Chin-Tanner explains, “Popular fiction moves in cycles. Recently, it’s mostly been stories of dystopian futures, which serve as a warning of what might come. But now I think we’re past the point of warnings. People are starting to get depressed. We need to show them a light at the end of the tunnel. That’s our motivation for creating this anthology.”

You can find out more about the project and back the campaign at www.AWBWKickstarter.com

Full list of contributors:
Matt Horak, Eryk Donovan, Robbi Rodriguez, Tess Fowler, Lucia Fasano, Toby Cypress, Eliot Rahal, Jason Copland, Jennie Wood, Jeff McComsey, Vasilis Pozios, Ryan Cody, Chris Visions, Lela Gwen, Tony Gregori, Alex Paknadel, Chris Peterson, Alisa Kwitney, Alain Mauricet, Matt LeJeune, Josh Gorfain, Howard Mackie, Ryan Lee, Dean Trippe, Justin Zimmerman, Ethan Claunch, Paul Allor, Juan Romera, Jarrett Melendez, Danica Brine, Taylor Hoffman, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Rich Douek, David Stoll, James Maddox, Gavin Smith, Nadia Shammas, Jude Vigants, Erik Burnham, Anthony Marques, Kay Honda, Liana Kangas, Maria Fröhlich, Matt Miner, Eric Palicki, Tyler & Wendy Chin-Tanner, Josh Jensen and Nick Wentland.

More about the Publisher:

Founded in 2005 by Tyler & Wendy Chin-Tanner, AWBW is and independent publisher of high quality graphic novels, anthologies and art books with a focus on originality and cultural relevance.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Comic Book Sneak Peek: DEADHORSE Vol 2 #3 Available Today!



Hello Comic Book Junkies, it's the frog queen here and today I'm giving you a sneak peek at the DEADHORSE series available now through Deadhorsecomic.com and on comixology : http://bit.ly/2k38dE2

From writer Eric Grissom (Gregory Suicide, Dark Horse Comics), illustrator Phil Sloan (War of the Dead, Weird NJ, IDW), and colorist Marissa Louise (Galaktikon, The Wilds, Spell on Wheels) comes the return of the critically acclaimed series Deadhorse with VOL 2: The Ballad of the Two Headed Dog #3.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Come Into Me #1 & 2 (Black Mask Studios)


My first thought was eXistenZ, that great Cronenburg movie (who am I kidding, they're all great) from 1999. The umbilical-like chord is of course what did it. But COME INTO ME isn't anything like eXistenZ except for the fact that we're dealing with crazy cranial technology that affects people's perception. In this case we have I
NBEING, a new technology that allows two people to share the same body. But what was originally developed to help patients with various challenges, is now being considered as a new form of entertainment... A new kind of escapism. You can see a few similarities here.

COME INTO ME is written by Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson of Marvel Comics CABLE, and Black Mask THE DREGGS. Illustrated by Piotr Kowalski who’s work I know best from Clive Barkers NIGHTBREED released in 2015. I'm extremely pleased with the artwork here and totally in love with the color job done by Niko Guardia. The vibrant pinks and purples are giving my Moebius flashbacks. That's fairly normal for me though, I mean I'm always having flashbacks about comics and Moebius is often on the brain. Regardless, I do get a very retro feel from this artwork. I was a huge fan of Kowalski's work on NIGHTBREED. His panels feel very uncluttered and straight to the point while also always imparting the appropriate mood to help me grasp the emotions of the moment. A lot of the story focus is on alienation and loneliness. The panels capture this distance between characters I would say, even with their inability to make eye contact.

The opening scene for one is simply amazing. What a wicked start to a comic. It's more of an introduction than an annoying ploy to thrust us into the action of a story like so many books these days. I really appreciated that we get a little glimpse into what INBEING can do and just how dangerous it can be. I'm sure you can imagine how awful things could get should the device failed to work properly during the transferring consciousness or if something else were to happen...

Of course things go horribly wrong for our main character but in the most interesting way. I can't spoil it. The story progresses with an even flow and allows you to actually get to know your main characters. I feel like this rarely happens anymore in serialized comics. Bad pacing, pointless cliff hangers, too many characters so that we don't get enough info about one or it's a superficial overview. I should just write a list of problems with modern serialized comics. Another major problem with modern comics is that some of them just should not be serialized. They would make amazing graphic novels but cutting them up in little pieces loses the reader and the story suffers as a result. COME INTO ME doesn't have the problem. It's a serialized comic which has logical conclusions to each issue (so far) that also manage to keep you interested and craving another issue. It's so refreshing to see someone actually get it right for a change and I can't wait for more.











Thursday, May 17, 2018

Interview with Jeremy Holt on SKIP TO THE END (Insight Comics)


Hello Comic Book Junkies, it's the frog queen here and today I had the pleasure to interview Jeremy Holt about the release of the collected edition of his comic book SKIP TO THE END. This will be available in Hardcover format from INSIGHT COMICS on June 12th 2018.