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.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Interview with Peter Milligan on THE PRISONER & BRITANNIA


Hello comic book junkies, here is my latest comic book creator interview. This one is with the amazing Peter Milligan where we discuss the upcoming 3rd story arc of Britannia (Valiant Comics) as well as the new series The Prisoner (Titan Comics).

For audio only podcast, please use the following link:
https://soundcloud.com/amy-b-9/the-frog-queen-podcast-interview-with-peter-milligan-on-britannia-the-prisoner

Saturday, May 5, 2018

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!


Check out what I'm currently reading and what I did for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Comic Book Creator Interview: KATIE SKELLY (MY PRETTY VAMPIRE, Fantagraphics Books)


Hello Comic Book Junkies and thank you for watching another awesome comic book creator interview. Today's interview is with Katie Skelly where she makes a special announcement, the first announcement ever about her upcoming book! Please check out the video to hear all about it! Katie's Website & Social Media: http://www.katieskellycomics.com http://www.instagram.com/skellyskelly... https://twitter.com/nurse_nurse

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Prisoner #1

Another Wednesday, another new comic book series hits the stands. Today marks the release of a new comic book series released by Titan Comics in celebrations of the 50 year anniversary of the British television show THE PRISONER co-created, written and directed by Patrick McGoohan of Scanners and Braveheart. The television show first aired 50 years ago today in 1968. This series is brought to us in a modern light by non other than Peter Milligan (X-Statix, The Mummy) and illustrated by Colin Lorimer (The Hunt, Harvest). Titan Comics also presents us with an amazing cover from Mike and Laura Allred, what better way to celebrate?

Naturally as this is written by Peter Milligan, I'm reading it so that means you better keep your eyes peeled for an interview with Mr Milligan on my Youtube Channel next week. For now you all will have to be content to watch the series trailer released by Titan until you hit your local comic book shop.


The original television series was sold and marketed as a spy thriller but was heralded for it's counter-cultural themes and surrealist setting. The physiological drama which combined elements of science fiction focused on a spy's imprisonment within a small village resort where people were known only as numbers. Milligan's story takes an updated approach and launches us further into the future rather than the past. How far into the future we cannot be sure as we follow an operative named Breen in the 21st Century, where global currency is no longer oil or gold. Information is now the source of all power.

Issue one of THE PRISONER is in stores today so don't think I'm going to be including any spoilers in this article! I feel I've already told you too much!! You're going to have to hit your local store to see what direction this story goes but I know you will not be disappointed. 


Friday, April 20, 2018

First Look at PERSEPHONE from Archaia & Boom Studios

In stores this May is a graphic novel I've been greatly anticipating called PERSEPHONE by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky from Boom Studios & Archaia. The story "follows a young girl whose search for truth about her identity leads her on a journey deep into the Underworld". Here is your first look at the inside art. 




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Crow Memento Mori #1 & 2 (IDW Publishing)

CREATORS:
Roberto Recchioni (Author) • Moreno Dinisio (Colorist) • Werther Dell’Edera (Artist, Cover Artist) • Giovanna Niro (Colorist) • Matteo Scalera (Author, Artist) •Davide Furno (Cover Artist)


There's nothing quite like beginning a story by quoting the Old Testament. I quite enjoy Exodus myself but mostly because I do think that god is a more probably god, I mean a definite complete sadist. I'm of course an atheist if you have never picked that up from my articles. If I was a Christian I would be very much an Old Testament, god fearing lady because that is the most realistic version of god (Yahweh) unfortunately.

I have been a fan of The Crow series for well over two decades. It was one of the first comics I read, my grandmother had got a giant box of comics at a local garage sale and I would sit and read them. The first Spawn books were among them along with a lot of Conan, my parents didn't realize that comics weren't all for children. I was thrilled. So this is a new Crow story which revolves around a dead alter boy so at least the intro of bible quotes is appropriate and not just there for pretentious  drama. 

So if you've read the original Crow comic or even watched one of the many movies, then you already know the format. Man dies, man comes back to reap vengeance against those who have murdered him and his loved ones. Unfortunately there's no deviation here, a man is dead and so is his lover. Another story with women as plot devices rather than characters. Yay. 

Throughout the book however there are copious panels which both make you feel the distance the narrator feels from the living world, a constant observer but also mixed with panels that feel very intimate. You look at the narrator as if looking into a mirror. I can't help but feel an affinity and emotional understand of him despite his situation having NO possible resemblance to my own. I really enjoyed the artwork, the coloring was appropriate and the characters were distinguishable. 


However, politically I do not like this comic. The first moment of vengeance is reaped in issue one by a white Christian onto an Islamic seventeen year old who is of course one of the people involved in the bombing. Anything that vilifies Islam in favor of Christianity tends to turn my stomach. I really hoped this would be a vendetta against the Churches of Rome, not another religion. I was more impressed with issue two where Christianity isn't looking so hot and the father of the church is looking a very likely target for vengeance. 

I also want to mention that these issues felt short. VERY short in fact. I counted both issue one at 20 pages and issue two at 18 of actual content. Each issue has a preview of an upcoming IDW comic which takes up a significant page count. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Interview with Sloane Leong on PRISM STALKER

Today I'm talking to Sloane Leong about her new Image Comic book series PRISM STALKER. You can get both issue 1 & 2 in stores today. Issue 3 is available May 9th.


If you haven't, please check out my review of issues 1 & 2 here:

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Punks Not Dead #1 & 2 (BLACK CROWN)

(W) David Barnett (A) Martin Simmonds (CA) Annie Wu

Gotta love a title that throws in a nice Spinal Tap Reference. The title of the first story arc in this new series is Turn It Up To Eleven. BLACK CROWN editor Shelly Bond has been making all the right choices. PUNKS NOT DEAD is a unique new series on the imprint where David Barnett mixes reality with the supernatural. The story centers on  bullied youth "Fergie" who realizes he can see things other people cannot. He finds a new friend in the ghost of punk rock legend Sid Vicious. If that wasn't enough supernatural musings for you, we're also introduced to an eccentric lady who is head of the Department for Extra-Usual Affairs. That's a fictitious British department for taking care of haunting and dealing with things such as the occult. I actually wish it was real because I would be doing everything in my power to work there.

I have not previously seen any work from artist Martin Simmonds so this is my first time experiencing his talent. His work feels very fresh and modern. That's actually nearly the opposite of what typically catches my eye however I found myself becoming enamored with it as the pages carried me on. I will say that Sid looks exactly like the Sandman and he even has lovely black speech bubbles with white lettering. Familiar? Of course it feels familiar The Sandman can't claim ownership of this type of speech bubble. We've seen lots of supernatural characters being expressed this way. I suppose it's not of any real consequence. I can say that without the amazing coloring of Annie Wu, I likely wouldn't be nearly as enamored. I really hope Simmonds and Wu continue to work together for some time.


I'm curious as to why Sid Vicious was chosen as the ghostly companion. Of course a terrible role model and an awkward, trouble teen are a fun combo to witness. After only two issues however, Sid has actually made a somewhat positive impact. Although I can assume that the future of this story has some kerfuffle about to be unleashed involving Sid and the Department of Extra-Unusual Affairs, I wonder how it will all go down. It's a somewhat unusual story in general and none of the characters are particularly endearing or good in any way. Our main character Fergie is simply depressed and submissive to everyone around him which is the opposite of Vicious' care free, "fuck-it" attitude. I expect that their relationship will blossom with Fergie lashing out at the urging of Sid, but perhaps that all just too predictable. Regardless I will be reading on perhaps not so much for the story but for the art which has captured my attention so covertly. When you start out looking at page one thinking "this isn't really for me" and then manage to make it through two issues only to realize you've fallen in love with a new artist... that's a very silent take-over. That deserves everybody's attention.

PUNKS NOT DEAD hits a comic book shelf near you APRIL 18th.

Monday, April 2, 2018

THE REALM Vol 1 (Image Comics)



Hello! Today I'm reviewing Image Comics' THE REALM VOL 1 by Jeremy Haun and Seth M. Peck. Also, I've been streaming on Twitch so check me out over there!

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Interview with Mike Carey on THE HIGHEST HOUSE (IDW Publishing)



 

Today I'm talking to Mike Carey about his latest comic book series THE HIGHEST HOUSE from IDW. I'm so excited I get to share this interview with you! Please feel free to post comments and questions in the comment section below.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Why Should You Read ROYAL CITY by Jeff Lemire

It's no real surprise for long time readers, that I'm a fan of Jeff Lemire. It may be a surprise that he's one busy dude who is writing multiple comic book series as I write this one little article. He's been very busy all over the world of comics. He writes for the big 2 here and there as well as providing Valiant Comics with some of the best superhero genre comics of modern times. Of course, he somehow manages to both writer and illustrate his creator owned comics published by Image Comics on top of it all. He must be a superhero himself.

ROYAL CITY is one of those creator owned comics that is currently ongoing with Image Comics. Not to mention his latest debut series there GIDEON FALLS.

Volume 2 of Royal City comes out April 18th and if you haven't been paying this series any attention, I suggest you do now. Get volume 1 just like I did and BINGE this now. I wrongly ignored this series because I was busy with all the Jeff Lemire going on everywhere all over the comic book world. So it wasn't until a week ago that I decided it was time to pay some attention to his latest creator owned series. I couldn't have been more wrong to have ignored it although, it is an amazing binge read. I can't speak to how I would feel about this series if I had read it monthly. Binge reading this had me reeling. I COULD NOT STOP READING. In fact, with issue #10 finishing in February, I'm in shock. I need more. I need it now but I don't get more until issue #11 on frick'n May 30th!!!

So, why should you read ROYAL CITY? Firstly, the plot itself. This is about a family dealing with trauma and it is presented in a unique way that actually tackles how different family members deal differently with the same trauma. In this case, it is dealing with a possibly suicide. Throughout the series, the deceased person appears to each member of the family in a different way. Some family members see the deceased as they were when they died. Others imagine them as grown up who has been with them in all the absent years progressing with them as if they were alive.

It's not clear right away whether they see the deceased purely in their own mind or by some supernatural intervention. It's a huge mystery and it does keep you reading. You continue to learn about each character and not only how they feel about the deceased but how they feel about each other as the history of their lives unfolds throughout the story. Of course, they are all dealing with another family member facing a death sentence.

What is interesting to me about this particular Lemire book, is not only the realism of how a person's brain deals with grief, but the effect the art itself. It imparts a significant loneliness throughout the entirety of the series to date. This feels very real and you actually feel the loneliness and struggle of each character in a very emotional way without even having to consider their actions and words. You will quickly find sympathy with each of the characters despite their flaws. You will just FALL IN LOVE.

So my question to you is: WHY AREN'T YOU READING ROYAL CITY?!




Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Quantum Teens Are Go! (BLACK MASK STUDIOS)

(W) Magdalene Visaggio, Eryk Donovan (CA) Eryk Donovan

So here's something you might not be expecting. A series that really came out of left field. As in, I wasn't expecting this. Sure, it's impossible to expect anything specifically from BLACK MASK STUDIOS. They keep me on my toes when it comes to original content. Are you ready for this review? You're probably going to get mad.

So I was initially pretty excited to read this book. I liked the covers. Yes that is often how I judge a series. When you get a press release from a publisher it generally only has a couple cover images of the series. Occasionally, you'll get some preview pages but generally it's just the covers so I make a lot of assumptions RIGHT THERE and then I read the synopsis.

The synopsis of QUANTUM TEENS ARE GO is explained in a two pager at the beginning of the book which also gives two creatively written bio's on the creators. At any rate this is what Black Mask Studios had to say:

"Mad science is the punkest s*** there is. Teenage sweethearts Nat & Sumesh spend their nights breaking into abandoned superlabs to steal the parts they need to build a time machine - and they've just found the most important part. But mysterious entities keep trying to stop them turning it on. Now all they've gotta do is hang on long enough to figure out why. Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and Eryk Donovan (Memetic) bring you a high-octane adventure full of robots, muscle cars, and queer-a** skater punks."
So I'm reading through the first issue and then I hit my ---first issue with the book. The main character is apparently trans which is great, at least I thought so because hey, diversity in comics is still a thing that needs to be addressed. In my opinion there isn't much diversity in comics at all. Sure we're starting to get characters who are people of color, gay, trans and other marginalized people but they're generally written by white men. At least this has been the current trend with the BIG TWO. I wanna see more diverse characters written by people who actually come from those diverse backgrounds. I wanna see more writers of color in comics, more gay people of comics, more trans people in comics, more women in comics. That to me is true diversity.

Anyway I got a little off track so lets get back to the review shall we? Here's my beef: There is absolutely no reason that the main character being trans in this story even matters. Maybe that's on purpose. Maybe merely throwing in there that she's trans is fine. Yet the way it's thrown in the first issue makes it feel horribly token-esque. It almost made me a little angry. It goes down like this:

There is this awkward exchange between the main character and her mother where he mother gives her some shit for being a rebellious teen. The mother uses her dead name and blames the rebellious behavior on being trans - she's obviously not winning the mom of the year award. Let's be frank here, I'm not saying that the fact that the character is trans is wrong, it's just that this is pretty much the only time it comes up and it's pretty damn stereotypical. I had this discussion with one of my friends the other day about how the focus on trans characters is so blatantly always about transitioning which is basically a very small part of ones life as a trans person. That being said I'm sure there are people out there that want to know a character is trans so they can feel some sort camaraderie with the character yet also not make the fact that someone is trans, the main plot line.

I'm not purposely trying to be nit-picky about how one fights for diversity in comics, but as a journalist I do think that it is within my right to address certain grievances. That's the point of reviews right? I dunno if Mags is a trans woman. It's really none of my business whether she is or not. It's not anyone's business but she does seem passionate about the rights of trans people which is a solid plus.

In fact her twitter is full of retweets making fun of SJW and referring to something off-putting about how trans women can not be lesbians because they don't date other trans women... which I know for a fact is just a sad and erroneous opinion since my ex is a trans woman who identifies as a lesbian and I have trans lesbian friends that are currently in long term relationships with other trans women. Perhaps Mags is retweeting these things to call attention to the silliness. I can only make assumptions and that's not something I like to do because you know what they say about assumptions...

So now that all that stuff, I actually got pretty bored throughout the book. Although I felt the ending of the trade as a whole was very good, I found myself rushing through the book because I wasn't really enjoying it. I didn't find the actual action and events of the story were terribly interesting and perhaps that's because I expected something else in a science fiction type book. I felt the world itself was too close to our current world to incorporate the time machine technology. It just didn't make a lot of sense. I'm generally the last person to have a problem suspending my disbelief but I just didn't there in this book.

That all said, I think it's definitely worth a read and I would like to hear what you thought of this book! 


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Interview with RICH TOMMASO on DRY COUNTY (Image Comics)



  Today I'm talking to Comic Book Creator Rich Tommaso on his upcoming Image Comics Series DRY COUNTY out March 14th. You can pre-order using Diamond ID: JAN180605. Don't forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel!

Amazon Wish List


Occasionally people ask me if I have an amazon wishlist because they want to send me books. Well in fact I do but it's never been made public until now. If you are itching to send me books, here's how you can do it. Got a review request? Feel free to send the book my way and I'll review it for YouTube.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

How Boring was SEX CRIMINALS?

So I do this thing from time to time where I completely ignore books that have too much hype. That's what I did Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's SEX CRIMINALS. When the series initially debuted, I completely ignored it. I saw the hype of course, that was difficult to ignore. I saw the very special amounts of money Image Comics was dedicating to advertising and special edition floppies. I saw rave review after rave review. So here we are 21 issues later and I still haven't read a single issue...

Until the other day I found a copy of the first trade for 5 Canadian dollars at my local comic book shop and said "Okay, let's do this". "DO THIS" I tried.... and failed. I didn't completely finish the first trade. I was so..... BORED! I WAS FUCKING BORED! I sat down looking for a time travelling, sex fueled heist and got a stereotypical take on a teenage girl discovering her body (in a bathtub) written by a dude and a lot of really boring exchange between two people talking about masturbating and sex. By boring I mean, there wasn't one line that made me laugh.

I heard the book was clever and funny. I am the type of person who laughs out loud while reading comedic stories. You can ask my fiance about that one because he makes fun of me on the regular about it. Not once, in fact while laying next to him in bed I slammed the book down and looked over at him and said, "this book is totally overrated". I immediately went on facebook and asked everybody about what they thought of the book and then I picked up volume 1 of Ranma 1/2 and began giggling. Mood improved 100%.

So after a day I got a shitload of replies about SEX CRIMINALS. I wasn't the only one who thought it was boring or mediocre. In fact, a bunch of other comic book Youtubers, reviewers and journalist replied with the same reaction. I had several comic book creators chime in with their two cents agreeing and comic shop owners also confused about how the book gained so much hype. So WHY did it get so popular? My immediate thought is that after the success of Matt Fraction's Hawkeye run  in 2012 (which I really did enjoy btw), apparently Fraction was the golden boy and everything that spun out from under him was a golden egg rather than a golden shit. I think they might have been wrong about this one... I'm really leaning toward a rather mediocre, plain egg. I can't really call the book shit, it's not. It is in my opinion, just so mediocre that if anyone else had conceived it, I believe it would be universally ignored.

But I'm not trying to make a big dig at the writing. I have opinions on the artwork as well. I would have been very happy if the entire book looked like that cover. See that cover I posted at the beginning of this article!? THAT ONE. That cover is brilliant. The inside of the comic, not so much.

I really didn't like the artwork. I tried to envision it without color and thought "Oh there it is. There is Chip doing that thing I've appreciated in him, in the past". But why does this particular book look so awful? I remember looking at the artwork when issue one dropped and my instinct said: NOT THIS BOOK. (I feel like I'm using a lot of capitals in this article which isn't terribly typical of me but lets just go with it shall we?)

So what is it that I don't like about the artwork in this book? The coloring. I am still NOT a huge fan of the way the book is drawn. I've seen Chips work other places and really enjoyed it but not here. I went to the inside cover of the book. I saw two credits, Becka Kinzie and Christopher Sebela (side note: Christopher being a writer I've enjoyed many books from in the past) are credited with Color Flatting. That doesn't really explain the issue here.

Flatting, if you're unfamiliar, is a job to speed up the coloring process by separating the elements on the pages into colors. The colorist can then select those colors with the Magic Wand Tool in Photoshop to quickly change and edit the colors. This suggests of course that Chip colored the book himself. So another strike against Chip I guess. Damn, I love supporting Canadian Comic Artists but damn. I've never had a fondness for the Photoshop look  anyway, which is screaming from the pages of this book. If only this book was colored in a moebie-esque pallet but not everything can look so lovely.

So I attempted to do a bit of research about this series and all I could really find was a lot of rave reviews from comic book media sites and a lot of mediocre reviews from actual readers on Amazon and some bizarrely 4 star rated reviews that were actually just full of criticism.





Yes I did find a couple pleased people and of course, people are more likely to write a review about a book if they had an extreme reaction to it one way or the other. I wouldn't normally post other peoples reviews in a way to back up my own but I really find this interesting. For an Image series, I normally don't see this sort of anomaly which leads me to wonder...why is Image backing this series so hard? Yes I realize that favoritism happens at the publishers house, but without an insider view I can't accuse them of blind favoritism. I don't see the sales stats so I can't see how well the book is selling. It could be selling very well and therefore Image sees fit to back the series harder. 

At any rate the series continues to be published leaving many of us apparently, very confused. I dunno know about you but I'm going to go read some more comedic manga. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Interview with PETER MILLIGAN on LEGION (Marvel Comics)


Today I'm bringing you an interview with comic book writer Peter Milligan author of titles X-Force and X-Statix, Enigma, New Romancers, Kid Lobotomy and most recently the new Marvel title LEGION.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

YOUTUBE IS TAKING AWAY MY MONETIZATION!

So I've recently been informed that I will be losing my monetization on YouTube. Thus I need to reach 1000 subs very quickly to keep my monetization. If you like my blog and enjoy my videos, please subscribe to my channel. I will however be writing MANY more articles on this blog weekly from now on once again! Thanks for watching and reading. 


Monday, February 5, 2018

Advanced Comic Book Review: Prism Stalker #1


So excited to bring you my latest comic book review. This is the upcoming series PRISM STALKER from Sloane Leong which is available March 7th from Image Comics ! 
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Monday, January 15, 2018

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: SHIVER by Junji Ito


This is the latest North American release from Viz Media. A collection of Junji Ito stories full of body gore, horror, obsession, and terror! 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Extremity Vol 1

My silence is terrifying perhaps only to me. I've been sick with strep throat which has made speaking intolerable. Well it's a new year anyway and time to get back into written articles and reviews, not just videos. In my down time being ill, I was able to read a bit. Yesterday I got to read the first volume of Extremity, an Image Comics series published with Skybound. I have wanted to read this series for ages and since finishing volume 1, I'm finally almost caught up with the most current issue, #10.

The book is written and illustrated by an illustrator I have been following on Instagram for a very long time named, Daniel Warren Johnson. The book is colored however by Mike Spicer so it does have a very different quality than Johnson's other artwork up on his Instagram account. That being said, I am a really big fan of the pallet used in these comics. There are loads of pinks and soft purples adding whimsy to the horizon of many panels. The beasts of the story are brought to life by pinks and blues. Many of the panels pop with strong, deep reds... the pallet is ANYTHING but boring and I can honestly say I doubt much attention to detail could be made if Johnson had to color the entire book himself on top of everything else.

Extremity follows the stories of two warring clans, the Rotto and the Paznina. The two clans have tumultuous and bloody past and the story is driven by vengeance. Each side believing they must exterminate the other to find peace.

Revenge stories can be horribly run of the mill but you don't get that with Extremity. Although the story did remind me of Naussica and the Valley of the Wind in regards to the setting. It shares the themes of a world corrupted and polluted by warfare and two separate kingdoms at odds with each. It even has the common theme with regards to technology that Naussica has yet Extremity does have it's own flavor. It's boasts in your face gore while touting the moral superiority of ending violence. Essentially, the true path to inner peace is not through vengeance. Sound familiar?

It's quickly possible to figure out why the book is called Extremity. One of our main characters is a young and skilled princess who's lost her prized possession: her hand. She was once a great artist and is punished because of her fathers actions. Her father and clan patriarch has his sights narrowed on revenge. This not being terrible complex however, Johnson throws the reader something that makes the story much more interesting, and that's the fact that its not easily apparent if either clan is in the right OR who started the quarrel. True the Paznina live in the floating sky's above and have committed atrocities against the Hotto, but it's not immediately apparent whether the Hotto are simply rebelling against a tyrannical clan who wishes to rule everyone (or exterminate). Put simply, the both look pretty equally evil and the actions taken by both clan leaders within this book alone will make your tummy squirm. Neither clan is painted in a great light.

Although I have long appreciated Johnson's artwork online, this is the first book I've read which he has written. I have to tell you that I'm hooked. I didn't think I would be. I initially thought "Oh here's a book I'm going to love looking at but will likely be really bored story-wise". I'm delighted to say that my initial concerns were not confirmed. I found the story engaging and extremely well paced. Although this isn't the type of book I'd let children read, it's reasonable that a teen over 15 could read this graphic novel without parental worry (unless you like your kids 100% free of any type of fictional violence in which case, good luck with that). I do plan to create a video review of the most recent issues but hey, that's for a day when I have my voice back!  Extremity issue number 10 is currently available so get reading!  Don't make the mistake I did and wait for the trades because this is a series you're going to need to read monthly! I learned that the hard way!