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Comic Review: Pilot Season: Theory of Everything #1
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Theory of Everything 1Pilot Season: Theory of Everything #1
Created by Dan Casey, Nick Nantell
Written by Dan Casey
Art by Thomas Nachlik
Colors by John Rauch
Letters by Troy Peteri
Cover by Eric Jones
Top Cow Productions
Release Date: November 30th, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

I was supremely disappointed in Theory of Everything #1. It was a book that had so much potential, but like some of Top Cow’s other Pilot Season comics, quickly became very predictable and almost boring.

Writer Dan Casey tries to tell his story in an almost backwards fashion using flashbacks and referencing things that the reader doesn’t know about to try and convey some sort of mystery in the book, but it’s never really executed effectively. There’s groundwork here for a very interesting comic series, but this issue was too full of the standard run of the mill storytelling “tricks.”

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Comic Review: Pilot Season: Anonymous #1
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AnonymousPilot Season: Anonymous #1
Created by Matt Hawkins, Alan McElroy
Written by Alan McElroy
Art by Michael Montenant
Colors by Phil Smith
Letters by Troy Peteri
Cover by Eric Jones
Top Cow Productions
Release Date: November 9th, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

Pilot Season: Anonymous #1 is a very interesting read that could have been a great one, if not for a few things. The thing that I don’t care for in the current Top Cow studios is that there’s really no Top Cow “style” anymore. It used to be, when you picked up a Top Cow book, you knew EXACTLY what you were getting. A certain art style, a familiar method of story telling, it felt like a cohesive universe. Unfortunately, that luxury is gone now.

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Comic Review: Pilot Season: Seraph #1
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Seraph 1Pilot Season: Seraph #1
Created by Lance Briggs
Written by Phil Hester, Lance Briggs
Pencils by Jose Luis
Inks by Sandro Ribeiro
Colors by David Ocampo, Bill Farmer
Letters by Troy Peteri
Cover by Jose Luis, Sandro Riberiro, and David Ocampo
Top Cow Productions
Release Date: November 16th, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

In the interest of fairness, I should warn you all ahead of time that I am a life long, die-hard Green Bay Packers fan. With that being said, I can guarantee you that that will have NO bearing on my review and opinions of Seraph #1. I’ve read and reviewed three of the Top Cow Pilot Season titles today and I can honestly say, that this is the one that I liked the most. It’s by far the most original, with a very interesting concept created by Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and fleshed out by writer Phil Hester. It’s a great blend of super heroics/the supernatural and, unfortunately, reality for some unfortunate people.

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Image Comics Goes Day-And-Date Digital
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Welcome to the future, comic book fans! Image Comics announced on Wednesday that it would be the start of their day-and-date digital initiative that brings the majority of their top-selling catalog to digital platforms on the same day that their comics hit brick and mortar stores.

Their comics will be available on the comiXology powered apps for mobile devices, as well as through the browser based sites of comics.comixology.com and comics.imagecomics.com.

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Audio: Comic Review: Demonic #1 [Pilot Season]
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Demonic #1Demonic #1
Top Cow – Pilot Season
Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Joe Benitez
Cover Art: Marc Silvestri
Top Cow
Release date: January 27, 2010

It’s time for yet another installment in the 2010 version of Top Cow’s Pilot Season. What is Pilot Season? Well I’m glad you asked. Pilot Season is the annual initiative from Top Cow started way back in the year of 2007 that gives the fans control over which one shot will get turned into a full mini-series. Imagine American Idol for comics and you basically have Pilot Season in a nutshell.

Check out my thoughts on the first issue of Demonic below in my audio review.

Here’s the official synopsis: The demon is in his head. The demon makes him strong. The demon gets angry when he doesn’t kill. Scott Graves is possessed and he will do anything the demon asks as long as it promises not to make him kill his wife and daughter. Scott stalks in the night as Demonic, a vigilante known for savagely slaughtering the wicked. He asks himself, how long can he continue living this way and what if the demon isn’t real?

From the creative minds of Image partners Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri comes Demonic!

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Comic Review: Angelus — Pilot Season #1
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Angelus, Pilot Season #1Angelus: Pilot Season #1
Pilot Season issue
Written by Ian Edington
Art by Stjepan Sejic
Top Cow Productions, Inc.
Release Date: December 12, 2007
Cover price $2.99

Pilot Season is upon us!

Even as you read this, geeks from all over the Internet are flocking to that hub of digital civilization known as MySpace and voting for their favorite Top Cow character to win their very own ongoing series in 2008. And with the long-awaited opening of the MySpace polls comes the fifth and final entry in this exercise in rampant democracy: Angelus.

Written by Warhammer 40,000 scribe, Ian Edginton and illustrated by insanely talented Croatian artist, Stjepan Sejic, Angelus – Pilot Season #1 picks up where Sejic’s previous Top Cow project, First Born, left off. Having left the city and her dark past behind her, we find Celestine, the current host of the Angelus, waiting tables at a grease-trap in Middle-of-Nowhere, Arkansas, under the assumed name of “Tina.” While the simple life suits Tina just fine, she is constantly at odds with the sentient Angelus force within her, which urges her to aspire to greater heights than mere menial labor can offer. The Angelus’s wish for action comes true soon enough when a trio of walking oddities enters the diner, claiming to have connections to Celestine’s secret past.

(…not to be confused with her *dark* past…)

(…well… I mean, her secret past is also pretty dark, but it… it’s a different past from the one that…)

(…)

As the Pilot Season books go, this is one of the better ones in *concept*, but not in execution. There is plenty of bloody action to go around once the Angelus makes its debut, as well as the requisite amount of T&A, but the story itself is a bit of a jumble. An overarching storyline is definitely being built here, and the little tidbits of information littered throughout the book do serve to catch one’s interest, but overall, the plot suffers from a bad case of over-exposure. Too much of a good thing.

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