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Comic Review: Descender #1
Doc Brown   |  

Descender #1 review

Descender #1
Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Dustin Nguyen
Lettered by Steve Wands
Cover by Dustin Nguyen
Image Comics
Release Date: March 4, 2015
Cover Price: $2.99

I took a break from my usual horror reads this week to dip into a bit of sci-fi with Descender #1 by Jeff Lemire from Image Comics. I have absolutely no regrets for that decision.

First of all, take a good, close look at that cover. See that? Yep, that’s watercolor and pencil, and it isn’t just on the cover — it makes up every single page of this book.

Real watercolor and pencil.

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Comic Review: Monomyth #2
Waerloga69   |  

Monomyth #2 review
Monomyth #2
Written by Siike Donnelly
Art by Eric Ninaltowski
Colors by PeeJay Catacutan, Teo Gonzalez
Letters by Steve Wands
OSSM Comics
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

It seems like just yesterday I was reviewing the premier issue of this three-issue miniseries. Tempus fugit, right? But I am quite happy to be able to write up Mononmyth #2 for your reading pleasure. And where I thought that some pieces to the story were missing in the previous comic, this issue fills in a lot of the blanks. Spare me a few minutes and I’ll tell you all about it.

This issue begins further back than last time, back to time where we witness the archangel Uriel conversing with an unknown scribe. Unlike a common mortal scribe, however, this one’s transcriptions can be brought to life. And the consequences thereof are soon to be an issue, though it is not yet revealed in what way. I will say that once the scribe is identified, the reader is much more aware of the situation and the dangers inherent in his abilities.

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Comic Review: Monomyth #1
Waerloga69   |  

Monomyth #1 cover header

Monomyth #1
Written by Siike Donnelly
Art by Eric Ninaltowski
Colors by PJ Catacutan
Letters by Steve Wands
Cover by Eric Ninaltowski
OSSM Comics
Release Date: July 23, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

Ever wonder what would happen if you took one of the oldest stories around and turned it on its side? That’s exactly what Monomyth #1 is doing to the story of Adam and Eve. Changing key parts of a story to deliver an entirely different outcome is nothing new. There’s even a genre called alternative history just for that sort of thing. But taking a fundamentally Christian tale and altering it? That’s something you don’t see too often.

Beginning with the War in Heaven is a fitting way to start this comic, mostly since the fallen angels are the ones long believed to have precipitated the fall of man. However, this version of the war turns out slightly different and the bad guy in this story isn’t the one you might expect. Ever wonder what might have changed if Eve had not bitten from the forbidden fruit? What if the first couple had not been banished from Eden? All of these questions are answered to help build the foundation of what is to be the Monomyth storyline.

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Preview ‘Thaniel #2’ From OSSM Comics
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OSSM Comics is gearing up for the April 9th launch of Thaniel, a new 4-issue miniseries by writer Omar Spahi and artist Terry Huddleston.

The miniseries centers on Thaniel, who grew up on the streets facing harsh realities, but he was also born with a mysterious power that he struggles to control. He’s lost everyone he loves and wonders if they’re all gone because of him.

OSSM has released a 6-page preview from Thaniel #2, which you can check out here below, along with the official solicitation. This second issue comes out on April 23, 2014.

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Exclusive: 9-Page Preview Of ‘The Midas Flesh #2’ From Boom! Box
Henchman21   |  

The Midas Flesh #2 preview banner

You’ve all heard the story of Midas, the man with the golden touch (not to be confused with Goldfinger, who was also the man with the golden touch)? Imagine a world where not only was Midas a real person, but also where everything Midas touched turned to gold; not just cups and food, but the very earth beneath him, and even the air he breathed. Imagine he turned the entire world into gold. Now imagine you’re an space traveler in the future and you hear a legend of a planet that is basically one big ball of gold. Such is the world presented in The Midas Flesh from BOOM! Studios.

The first issue introduced readers to Fatty and the rest of his crew, as they look for the source of power that transformed the world. In this second issue, we learn more about the crew, why they’re looking for Midas, and what they plan to do once they find it.

Check out 9 pages of preview art & the solicitation info after the jump and see if this is something that tickles your fancy.

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Comic Review: Supurbia #11
discordia77   |  

Supurbia #11Supurbia #11
Written by Grace Randolph
Art by Russell Dauterman
Colors by Gabriel Cassata
Letters by Steve Wands
Covers by Emily Warren
Boom! Studios
Release Date: September 18, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

Supurbia follows the lives of superheroes and their families. All living in the same neighborhood, they lean on each other to train, help, and support each other. But like any other neighborhood and family life, the gossip, jealousies, and trust issues run rampant. In Supurbia #11 the Meta Legion is still looking for a kidnapped child, Zari, the daughter of Superhero Dion Jenkins and his wife, retired superhero Tia. Unsure if Sovereign live-in girlfriend and former supervillain Helen Heart is involved since she has also disappeared and since Helen’s ex, supervillain Hector Hunt, is the kidnapper. Also missing is Gio aka Agent Twilight, who disappeared during a mission.

All of the Meta Legion is out looking for them when an explosion happens in the neighborhood. Those left behind, run to find safety only to encounter more danger. And as the heroes return home, they start to find their loves ones in danger by those they thought they could trust.

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Comic Review: Clive Barker’s ‘Next Testament #1’
Doc Brown   |  

Next Testament #1Clive Barker’s Next Testament #1
Written by Clive Barker and Mark Miller
Illustrated by Haemi Jang
Lettered by Steve Wands
Covers by Goni Montez, Ben Oliver, and Clive Barker
Boom! Studios
Release Date: May 29, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

“If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.” –Mikhail Bakunin

Clive Barker and Mark Miller present a deep and philosophical twist in the horror genre by establishing that very scenario in their Next Testament #1 from Boom! Studios.

What if the God that millions believe is their benevolent creator was actually a selfish and bloodthirsty egomaniac? What if that bloodthirsty egomaniac was released from a prison that had trapped him for thousands of years? There would be some serious trouble, you can guarantee that. That trouble is the basis for the theologically-heavy plot that Barker and Miller have set in motion in the first issue of this ongoing series.

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Comic Review: Adventure Time #13
Groonk   |  

Adventure Time #13Adventure Time #13
Created by Pendleton Ward
Written by Ryan North, Josh Lesnick, Chris Schweizer
Art by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Josh Lesnick, Chris Schweizer
Letters by Steve Wands
Covers by Mike Holmes, Kel McDonald, JJ Harrison, Mike Bertino, Brandon Peterson
KaBOOM!
Release date: February 20, 2013
Price: $3.99

Welcome back! Part three of Ryan North‘s BMO virus arc in Adventure Time the comic series continues at a moderate pace. Let’s catch you up. In Adventure Time #11 Marceline, Finn and Jake are invited by BMO to play Super Guts Punch 3 inside his “MAIN BRAIN GAME FRAME.” They play and win only to discover that BMO has been hacked.

Adventure Time #12 is sidetracked by an unannounced visit from Lumpy Space Princess(a character I think is best in *very* small doses). Elsewhere, the team decides to track down the evil wizard Ewlbo who has hacked their friend, BMO. They formulate a plan to have another Awesome Wizard Battle and use it to suss out the culprit. (Check out animated series episode Wizard Battle to see what happened the first time that…well…wizards battled in Ooo.) Each character’s way to interview the wizards of Ooo is as unique and amusing as their poster drawings advertising the ruse battle. Their plan is a bust but BMO continues to spazz out from his operating system being hacked. He eventually leads the trio to a bunker where other hacked robots in Ooo have gathered.

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Comic Review: Adventure Time #11
Groonk   |  

Adventure Time #11Adventure Time #11
Created by Pendleton Ward
Written by Ryan North, Zack Giallongo
Art by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Zack Giallongo
Colors by Lisa Moore
Letters by Steve Wands
Covers by Chris Houghton, Kevin Wada, Logan Faerber, Paul Pope, JJ Harrison, Rich Kolowski
KaBOOM!
Release date: December 19, 2012
Price: $3.99

Let me be straight with you. I adore Adventure Time on Cartoon Network. This means that I am automatically drawn to anything that carries the name. It also means that I’ll be twice as critical. The best parts of Adventure Time, after the stories, are the insane animation. I was a bit worried how this wonderful series would play out in comics form. There are other TV series, animated and live-action, that have let me down when they crossed mediums. After reading Adventure Time #11 I have to say that my fears were unfounded.

Issue #11 is written by Ryan North and is a new arc in the Kaboom production of the comic series. A perfect jumping on point for new readers, including this reviewer.

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Comic Review: Garfield #2
PS Hayes   |  

Kaboom!: Garfield #2 coverGarfield #2
Written by Mark Evanier
Art by Gary Barker & Dan Davis
Colors by Lisa Moore
Letters by Steve Wands
Garfield created by Jim Davis
Covers by Gary Barker & Jim Davis
Kaboom!
Release Date: June 6, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

When reading Garfield #2, it’s obvious that this isn’t just another younger readers book. Sure, it’ll appeal to kids, but I got just as much enjoyment out of it as anyone else would.

First off, Mark Evanier wrote for the Garfield Saturday morning cartoons in the ’80s. So, it’s clear to see that he has a fondness for the character and that he KNOWS how to write Garfield, as well as the rest of the cast. Let’s be honest, Garfield is a 3-panel comic strip (more on Sundays) and all that anyone remembers about him is that he loves lasagna, hates Mondays, and is lazy. In this comic, Evanier actually gives him some CHARACTER that totally fits in with everything we’ve ever known about him in the past, and yet, makes him a character that we’re just getting to know. As far as the actual stories go in this issue, it’s classic Garfield and some very fun stuff.

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