I didn’t know what to expect jumping into the middle of a series like The Goon. The noirish styling gave the feel of the old Dick Tracey strips, and I was intrigued by the shape and heft of the characters. There are not a ton of books I see where a character design grabs me not so much by the look, but by the intensity behind it. The Goon is just a guy in a hat, no cape, no mask to build into an identity. He seems like the blue-collar working man, an everyman at first glance. But, the menace and honor that seem to radiate from his simple form makes an instant impression, one that made me want to jump in and see what this guy’s all about.
Balders Gate, a place where anything can happen, and often does. As an avid D&D player and DM, I’ve been through this titular town a great deal, not to mention how many rats met my boots in the video games. Set in the Forgotten Realms, there’s a history and wealth of characters that could pop in for some fun.
The Borderlands games are great, filled with crude laughs, lavish bloodshed, and insane variations of loot. The art style fits the tone wonderfully, and it’s carved a fun niche in the gaming world, except for its storytelling. The team at Gearbox definitely upped the level in the sequel, but some of the things added to the first game’s characters felt a bit . . . tacked on. And, managing to get all four vault hunters into the action seemed a bit forced. Why is this important? This series was meant to do more to flesh out these characters who were mostly weapon loadouts in the first game, and in the same way as with the sequel, some things feel a touch odd.
I don’t think there’s much that I could write about Stan Sakai’s masterwork series that hasn’t been said. The man is a legend who has won countless awards for his work, including ones for the educational content of this series.
Most comic fans are more than familiar with this long-eared Ronin, but before checking out this beautiful edition, though I had heard of the series, I had never sat down and gotten to know what this story truly was.
When I saw a chance to review the first issue of an Uncle Grandpa book, I was fit to fly like Realistic Flying Tiger! If you’re a fan of this whacked out cartoon on the Network of Cartoons, then you’re in for the same kind of crazy, mixed with side-stepping reality you’ve come to enjoy. If not, grab some peanut butter and I’ll explain.
What if Tarantino made a comic book? That’s what it feels like when you hit the first page of this collection. You’ve got the titular heroes' rocking threads making them colder than ice, with the attitude to match, the first scene (in a church) is delightfully irreverent, and there are times you can almost feel blood dripping off the page.