I recently had the pleasure of reading Carnal: Pride of the Lions, the first in a series of five illustrated graphic novels, and I was absolutely blown away by its exhilarating story and breathtaking art. Written by Jason Bergenstock and John Connell and illustrated by Connell, Carnal takes place on the fictional continent of New Africa, telling the dramatic story of a world where humans have fallen to the bottom of the food chain, while lions, hyenas, and other animals have evolved into humanistic creatures that battle for dominance and survival.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine #4 wraps up the first arc of Buffy’s latest season, and, while it has many satisfying and thrilling moments, there is a lack of a climax to the issue. But, don’t despair, Scoobies! Writer Andrew Chambliss leaves plenty of threads to pick up in the next arc!
The first arc of Dark Horse’s Angel & Faith series comes to a close this week with Issue #4 written by Christos Gage and with art by Rebekah Issacs. Issacs’ art continues to grow better with every book, this one included, and while Gage delivers a script nearly as excellent as the previous ones, this one ends up being a little shaky on the dismount.
By Kristine Chester, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics
Recently, Jeremy Rogers and David Accampo announced they were creating a comic book miniseries with artist Jared Souza based off of their audio drama, Wormwood. Wormwood was a serialized occult mystery that followed parapsychologist Dr. Xander Crowe, as he investigated the strange goings-on in the small town of Wormwood, California. Many compare it to the television series Twin Peaks or The X-Files for its use of both supernatural and mystery elements. Wormwood lasted for three seasons and has deservedly earned a lot of praise for its storytelling, memorable characters, and snappy dialogue.
Richelle Mead’s Storm Born Issue #4 is really ratcheting things up. You can tell that by the cover alone. A tornado swirls around our raging and tearful protagonist, Eugenie Markham, as her mother lies bloodied in her arms.
Issue #4 picks up with Markham, also known as Odile, a freelance shaman, and her ragtag crew attempting to rescue a human from her Otherworldly captors. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I’ll say that she learns a lot about herself in this issue and about the people around her.
Right off the bat, I was a little confused about this comic. The title font is, forgive me, horrible. I can barely read the title at all, and if I didn’t know what it was called before I actually saw it, I might still be wondering! Not really, but close. It also doesn’t really fit the tone of the comic, but maybe I’m missing something. Okay, so there’s that, but, then, there’s the cover art. There’s a ghostly figure made of moaning faces hovering ominously over the earth. Alright. You won me back. So, here I am opening to page one, and already I’m torn about this comic.
Buffy: Season 9 #2 is a near perfect example of what a Buffy comic should be. Andrew Chambliss delivers a script that hits all the right notes (humor, horror, surprises, and the character-y stuff we Whedon fans love so much), and Georges Jeanty keeps pace with his writer, providing some of the best pencils he’s done on the series! This team is smokin’ hot and showing no signs of losing heat!
The hits just keep on coming with the latest issue of Pariah from creator/writer Aron Warner, writer Phil Gelatt, and artist Brett Weldele. We learn the history of the socially deficient Franklin Hyde and why he needs all the “Vitros” to be gathered together. We learn why he’s so darn odd and what his parents are like. We learn what he wants and what he’s willing to do to get it. We learn all this, but, by the conclusion of the issue, we haven’t learned all we really want to know, which is: when can I get Issue #5?!
The DC reboot is upon us, comic book sniffers! Welcome to the new DC universe! In an effort to help bring new readers into the world of comics, the Fanboy Comics staff has decided to review at least five new #1 issues each week of September, DC’s reboot launch month.
If there’s one thing I dig, it’s vampires. I’ve been obsessed with them since my early days of middle school. I tore through all the standards: multiple Dracula films, The Lost Boys, Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Vampire: The Masquerade (both table-top and LARP versions), Dark Shadows, Near Dark, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, etc. If it dealt with vampires, I’d check it out. That was my unchanging rule. Now, I won’t go into why I latched onto vampires and how I identified with them, as much has already been said on the subject, but I will say that it’s odd to think back to those days in this post-Twilight world. Things are vastly different in the pop culture landscape when it comes to vampires and the old, weak, and standard won’t survive. Unfortunately, those words couldn’t better describe DC’s reboot of I, Vampire #1.
The redemptive vampire and formerly dark slayer are back with the release this week of Angel & Faith #2 written by Christos Gage and with art by Rebekah Issacs. If readers enjoyed anything about the premiere issue of Angel & Faith, then they’ll love this one! Issacs’ artwork is just as strong and immersive as the last issue, and Gage delivers a script that will leave Whedon fans begging for Dark Horse and Joss Whedon to chain the scribe to his work desk and throw away the key!