One of the things I think a lot of people take for granted when it comes to movies and television shows is the sheer amount of concept and planning that goes into bringing these stories to the big and small screens. I believe that this goes double for a successful cartoon series, simply because you are not just building this world for a 2.5-hour movie. The world has to sustain itself over the course of several seasons. The Legend of Korra and its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, are shining examples of how much talent, imagination, and hard work go into the 30-minute cartoon shows you watch or that you watch with your kids.
Horror comics, especially violent ones, seem to be a touchy subject in American comics . . . at least for the ones I’ve seen so far. There is always this visible line between what was intended for the story and what is inevitably shown, and it seems like American creators and publishers are unwilling to do away with it. The result is implied dialogue, closely cropped shots on the violence, or even a cut away from something truly terrifying; however, that is not the case when it comes to how the genre is portrayed in Japanese manga, and MPD - Psycho is definitely one of the best examples of horror comics done right.
It seems to me that the newest craze in comics is turning current animated series into comic books. The medium allows creators, writers, and artists to explore the worlds and characters further without certain network restrictions, and while I’ve picked up and read a lot of these cartoon comics, the Avatar: The Last Airbender comic series is definitely hitting the mark on how these comics should be utilized.
Spread is what would happen if you mixed John Carpenter’s The Thing with Borderlands, and, boy, that is something I am totally down for in my comics.
To give a little background info on this gore-fest of a comic, readers are following the journey of No and Hope as they travel together in a frozen world that has become infected with a sentient plague called The Spread. I can only equate The Spread with the Venom symbiote from Spider-Man . . . except, you know, more vicious and not entirely in need of a human host to muck up someone’s day. Our main man No is immune to The Spread, and he seems to be the only one so far. Everyone is out for themselves, but when a woman is shot down trying to take Hope, a seemingly normal human baby, away to somewhere unknown but safer, she tells No with her dying breath who has taken Hope and that this baby needs to be saved and kept safe. But, the big question is why is this baby so important? Why is No immune to The Spread? And, how can they save humanity?
Abe Sapien has always been my favorite character in the Hellboy series, so whenever the fish man gets his own storylines, I’m always first in line to pick them up.
Abe Sapien: The Shape of Things to Come was certainly no different. While this is the fourth trade paperback collection of the Abe Sapien comics from Dark Horse, it’s a book that even the newest of readers to the franchise will be able to pick up and quickly be able to enjoy the supernatural shenanigans. As a word of warning: the following might contain spoilers for those who haven’t been keeping up with the series, but if you’re okay with a little background on what’s going on, keep reading.
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BOOM! Studios has struck gold with their latest Bravest Warriors issue from kaBOOM! Issue #21 debuts a new creative team for the popular title, and it’s one that I, for one, sincerely hope that it sticks around.
When a comic is on its 42nd issue, it must be doing something right, and, boy, is Chew doin’ it right! Caution, this issue might be spoiled.
I like to think that I’m the type of comic reader that will give any book a chance, and I believe in the rule of three, which is if a new comic can interest me and keep me interested during the first three issues, then I’m sold. It’s decision time for The 7th Sword, and, to be honest, I might have to stick around for one more issue.
Can I just say that Lumberjanes is a bright, little ray of sunshine that shows up in my pullbox? Amongst my spidey addiction and super-serious, supernatural-based goodies, it’s nice to have a such light hearted and fun comic mixed in there.
And, that’s exactly what Lumberjanes #3 from BOOM Box delivers. If you aren’t reading Lumberjanes, written Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis with art by Brooke Allen, I would at least pick up the first three issues and give it a shot. Continuing the delightful adventure of the Lumberjane scouts, Ripley, Mal, April, Molly, and Jo, on their quest to find out what exactly is going on in the woods surrounding their camp.
Hey, Bravest Warriors! Something very special is hitting the shelves this week from kaBOOM! Studios and Cartoon Hangover. So, grab your Gas-Powered Stick, make sure your flux drive is ready, those solar alpacas are in place, and set your course for your local comic shop, because The Impossibear Special is coming your way.