Finishing out the run of Abigail and the Snowman, a story about a young girl, Abigail, and her best friend Claude, a yeti, being chased by secret government agents, the writer and artist, Roger Landridge (The Muppet Show comics, Popeye), brings his four-issue story to a satisfying, although sometimes bumpy, conclusion.
Part adventure serial, part social satire, a group of scientists have traveled back into the distant, distant, distant, distant, distant, distant, distant, distant, distant, etc. past . . . our present. Yes, they come from so far in the future, it would be like us going back in time to an era we couldn’t even begin to comprehend – for me, it would be like waking up tomorrow, as this era is starting to lose me, which is where the keen satire makes its way in.
Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics, The Flash) not long ago ran a Kickstarter campaign for a transmedia experiment that would tell a story in both comic book form and short film format. Sons of the Devil #1 is the beginning of the comic book story. For all of those that donated and all wondering if the Kickstarter would have been a worthwhile donation, the answer is yes. It’s paid off to such a degree that Image Comics is publishing it.
My first question is: Why isn’t this on television? A place mostly void of intelligent, female-centric entertainment that is equally hilarious, I become more and more angered at the television billboards I see scattered across LosAngeles of five-men-and-two-women sitcom casts with no real differentiation between the female characters who giggle and coo at the camera.
Getting a reaction from someone immediately is probably the best way to draw someone into a story. Using humor is one of the strongest ways to go about doing this. Brian Wood (DMZ, Moon Knight), writer of the new series, Rebels, made me laugh multiple times in the first 2 pages. Win!
Thus far, I’ve been a fan of this adorable and fun series from Roger Landridge (The Muppet Show comics, Popeye), and I’ve given it some pretty decent reviews as each issue comes out. I’m sorry to report that Issue #3 didn’t quite capture the charm of the first two issues. The transition from the playful tone to the slightly more serious and dangerous tone was a little uneven. The shift in dynamic just sort of falls on us out of the blue, with some uninteresting filler in between.
There’s nothing more unabashedly violent to me than someone getting curb stomped. I have the image of Edward Norton in American History X burned into my retinas. It’s a disturbing thought that makes me click my teeth together anxiously. So, naturally, I asked to read the book by Ryan Ferrier (Tiger Lawyer, The Brothers James) called Curb Stomp. Yes, the book follows through on the promise and gives us a curb stomp; however, it’s not very interesting when it happens.
Some big names jump into the fray for the big, 200th issue of Dark Horse Presents.
Mike Mignola gives us a Hellboy tale that encapsulates the character in a matter of a handful of pages. It’s short and sweet.
Mike Mignola expands the Hellboy universe with Frankenstein Underground #1, and its beginnings are intriguing.
Set in the same year as Hellboy’s appearance in Dark Horse #200, 1956, Frankenstein (though, shouldn’t it be Frankenstein’s Monster? Or are we officially giving the creature the last name of its creator these days?) stumbles into the presence of someone quite mysterious. This figure thinks Frankenstein is there for a reason, even if Frankenstein doesn’t know what it is. Meanwhile, a mysterious and potentially dangerous group of people want Frankenstein for themselves and for unusual reasons – at least not ones Frankenstein is used to seeing.
This review comes just in time for Friday the 13th, and rightfully so. Read on to see why.
I’ve never read the works of H. P. Lovecraft, but I’m well aware of Cthulu, thanks to a myriad of friends who are interested and, of course, thanks to his current pop culture online meme trend. This is the way to bring about the end of a monster’s reign of fear: Turn him into a series of silly memes. So, I was very curious to dive into this 612-page tome by Michael Alan Nelson (Hexed, Supergirl) and a slew of artists, inkers, colorists, letterers . . .