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Comic Review: Zombies vs Robots Omnibus
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Zombies Vs Robots Review

Zombies vs. Robots Omnibus
Written by Chris Ryall
Illustrated by Ashley Wood, Menton3, Paul McCaffrey
Lettered by Robbie Robbins
Cover by Ashley Wood
IDW Publishing
Release Date: February 11, 2015
Cover Price: $29.99

What’s the best weapon to thwart a zombie and the horde it’s roaming with? A knife? A bat? A sword? A gun? No! What about a cheeky, intelligent, battle robot? Yes! Oh, and sexy, Amazonian warriors wouldn’t hurt in the fight either. The zombie apocalypse has begun in Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood’s Zombies vs. Robots Omnibus, and it’s a fast-paced world of destruction and mayhem.

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Comic Review: Nosferatu Wars
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Nosferatu Wars cover by Menton J. Matthews IIINosferatu Wars
Written by Steve Niles
Art and Cover by menton3
Letters by Nate Piekos of Blambot
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: March 12, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

Don’t you just love it when something great just comes together? Take Nosferatu Wars, for instance. Originally published in four parts in Dark Horse Presents #26-#29, this comic is a perfect example of a classic vampire story. And what makes it even better is the way the creators twist this tale to bring us something completely out of this world.

Centered around two vampires, Tarquin and Moira, we are given a story of unfettered bloodlust and carnage mingled with a love affair that has stretched for ages. The setting is the old world and the time is that of the Black Death. Using this horrible plague as a cover for their nightly exploits, the two undead lovers travel towards the estate of a nobleman with deadly purpose.

Upon arrival there, they are faced with seemingly overwhelming odds that quickly turn in their favor thanks to their strength and ruthlessness. Slaying much of the household, they present the lord of the manor with a proposition, one he quickly accepts. But as with all things, the devil is in the details as he soon finds out.

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Comic Review: Transfusion, Vol. 1: Vampires vs. Robots
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Transfusion, Vol. 1Transfusion, Vol. 1
Vampires vs. Robots
Written by Steve Niles
Illustrated by menton3 with Tony Moy
Cover by menton3
IDW Publishing
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Cover Price: $17.99

Transfusion Volume 1: “Vampires vs. Robots” by Steve Niles, with art by menton3, is a new horror publication from IDW that proves to be an intensely frightening story. The concept may sound sort of humorous, but it surely is not. The only Steve Niles book that I’ve read until now was 30 Days of Night, and let me tell you, the man still knows how to write a terrifying tale; only this time, vampires aren’t the only menacing antagonists.

In the future, only a small number of human strongholds remain due to a war with the robots that they had once created. The robots—and I mean giant, floating mechanical beings with human skulls protruding from their heads—scour the planet in search of any lingering people as they need human blood for fuel. Vampires—also in need of human blood to survive—are now at war with the robot menaces in order to preserve their own lives. William, a vampire born in 1976, is in charge of finding humans before the robots do, and bringing them back to his clan. In a sudden ambush, William’s vampire clan is slaughtered by a group of robots, but he is saved by two human women. Forming an alliance with his saviors, the three regroup with another vampire clan and plan to attack the robots head on. During their risky assault, William and the group make a startling discovery that could drastically change the course of their actions moving forward.

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Interview: ‘Monocyte’ Creators Kasra Ghanbari and Menton3
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Monocyte #4 coverI’ll admit, when I first was assigned to review Monocyte #1, I hadn’t seen a comic like it in a while, and probably wasn’t ready to. Growing up in the 90’s, the surrealist style of H.R Giger was all the rage. Aliens had come out just four years before 1990 and, at the time, you couldn’t pick up a comic without seeing hints of Giger’s twisted influence.

It was great for a while, but after a certain point, the style began to seem dated, especially as Jim Lee and Image were introducing the world to the bold and vibrant styling of Wild C.A.T.S and Stormwatch. I have always preferred capes and utility belts to brooding, gritty vigilantes stalking the streets of New York, Detroit, and Chicago. Swap a pistol for a ray gun and you’ve got my attention. I had no place in my heart for the brutal reality and endless darkness that was found in comics like Zero Hour and Judge Dredd. So, when I first opened issue one of Monocyte, it all came flooding back. The darkness, the agony, the complete hopelessness, it was all there.

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Comic Review: Monocyte #3
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Monocyte #3Monocyte #3
Written by Kasra Ghanbari and Menton3
Art by Menton3
IDW Publishing
Release Date: March 21, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

The Monocyte series has a certain level of charm based on the fact that the dialogue of this book is so intellectual that it is oftentimes incomprehensible. From the dark and textured artwork of Menton3 to the profound script of Kasra Ghanbari, Monocyte screams ‘NOT FOR EVERYONE!’ That being said, Monocyte #3 is by far the most linear issue of this comic to date. Even though this comic may seem intimidating to newcomers, if you give it chance, Monocyte will change what you expect from comics.

Monocyte #3 deals explicitly with the origin of Azrael’s favorite death dealer, Monocyte. It is a bold move by the creative team to interject an origin story on only the third issue. Luckily this gamble pays off. Once the history of this comic’s protagonist is displayed, much of this story begins to move from mystifying to intelligible. It is almost as if Ghanbari began the story with a mystery and slowly, over the course of three issues, unlocked the secrets of this universe.

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Comic Review: Infestation: Dungeons & Dragons #1
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Infestation: Dungeons & Dragons #1Infestation: Dungeons & Dragons #1
Written by Paul Crilley
Art by Valerio Schiti
Colors by Scarletgothica
Letters by Chris Mowry
Covers by menton3, Livio Ramondelli, Valerio Schiti, Scarletgothica
IDW Publishing
Release Date: February 15, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

My knowledge of Dungeons & Dragons comes exclusively from the 1980’s Saturday morning cartoon. I knew going in that Infestation: Dungeons & Dragons #1 wouldn’t be starring any of those characters, but I was curious anyway. What I found was about as different as you could get.

Writer Paul Crilley introduces the world of Dungeons & Dragons in a single paragraph printed inside the front cover, which pretty much set the tone for the rest of the book.

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Steve Niles and Menton3’s ‘Nosferatu Wars’ Comes To ‘Dark Horse Presents’
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Nosferatu Wars HeaderDark Horse Comics announced Monday that Steve Niles and Menton3‘s Nosferatu Wars is coming to the pages of Dark Horse Presents later this year.

A while back, Steve Niles posted some artwork for the upcoming Nosferatu Wars on his twitter account, and while he’s intent on going creator owned, I for one wondered what publisher this comic would be released through. I figured that it was a safe assumption that the book would be coming out through IDW considering his working relationship with the publisher on his new 30 Days of Night ongoing series. But Monday, Dark Horse Comics confirmed that it will indeed be coming out within the pages of Dark Horse Presents. Now, in what issue in the anthology comic is a completely different story. And we still don’t have that information.

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Comic Review: Monocyte #2
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Monocyte #2Monocyte #2
Created by Menton3 and Kasra Ghanbari
Written by Menton3 and Kasra Ghanbari
Art by Menton3
IDW Publishing
Release Date: December 28, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

It’s not often that a comic book demands my attention. Gorgeous art and dynamic narrative often grab my attention, but rarely demand it. Monocyte #2 forced me to examine every panel and page. If my attention wandered for even a moment the next page of Monocyte #2 was foreign to me. The creative team behind this series has built a completely immersive experience with issue #2. This is not a comic for someone looking to kill 15 minutes. This is a comic that requires your undivided attention from start to finish. Of course you could understand that base story on cursory glance. But just by glancing you would be missing the subtle injection of character development through narrative. Monocyte #2 elevates itself above being just a comic. Monocyte #2 is poetry in panels.

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Comic Review: Cobra Annual 2012: Origin Of Cobra Commander
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Cobra Annual 2012: Origin Of Cobra CommanderCobra Annual 2012: Origin Of Cobra Commander
Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by S L Gallant
Inks by Gary Erskine
Colors by J Brown
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Covers by menton3 and Robert Atkins
IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 11, 2012
Cover Price: $7.99

I was very nervous about reading Cobra Annual 2012. Wasn’t looking forward to it at all. I’m a big fan of non-origin origins. I liked that in the Marvel Comics’ G.I. Joe series, all you knew about Cobra Commander was that at some point in his life, he was a used car salesman who went off the deep end. Another great non-origin was that of He-Man. All we needed to know about him, he told us in the cartoon’s opening. In the back of my mind, I was really worried that the new Cobra Commander would be a tortured soul who’s mother never loved him, his father beat him, and on and on.

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Comic Review: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #2
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The Dunwich Horror #2H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #2
“The Dunwich Horror”
Written by Joe R. Lansdale
Art by Peter Bergting
Lettering by Shawn Lee
“The Hound”
Script by Robert Weinberg
Art by menton3
Lettering by menton3
Covers by Nick Percival, menton3
IDW Publishing
Release Date: November 9, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

Joe R. Lansdale and Peter Bergting do it again as a writer and artist team. A spectacular rendering of the eighty-year-old short story The Dunwich Horror is to be found in H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror #2. Additionally, The Hound is expertly envisioned and beautifully illustrated, a work of true craftsmanship.

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