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Comic Review: Zombie Outlaw #1

Posted on 08 September 2011 by TH3 No08

Zombie Outlaw Issue # 1

 

Written By: Brian J. Apodaca

Art By: B. Paul Jordan

Matt Naismith and Will Simers thought they had this College thing figured out. One trip into the depth of Irvine State University’s library has them rethinking everything!! Witness as they unearth the Tomb of the ZOMBIE OUTLAW!!!

With the recent runaway success of The Walking Dead it seems that zombie comics are suddenly everywhere again. A lot of writers are looking to jump on the bandwagon in the hopes of earning a quick buck by making something that looks like TWD but unfortunately for them they mostly comes off as what they are, a second rate knockoff. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I received my copy of Zombie Outlaw #1 in the mail. Zombie Outlaw is an interesting take on the zombie tale that’s not afraid to try something original and move away from what everything else is doing.

As far as origin stories go it was certainly nothing I’ve seen in any other comics before. It’s a bit of a romantic comedy setup mixed in with some wild west zombie attack flashbacks and what may be a promising bromance. When Matt Naismith is paired with the girl of his dreams as his lab partner he looks to his friend Will Simers in the hopes of getting some help wooing the lovely lady but Will’s research for his thesis does not go as planned and now they all find themselves on very unfamiliar turf.

I enjoyed reading this comic very much. Like I said before it’s an interesting and original take on the tired zombie concept. I enjoyed the quick pace of the writing and found the art style to be interesting and original which is not something you see every day in the comic world. I would certainly recommend picking this up and I hope to see more work from these guys in the future.

 

You can find more info on this comic at http://zombieoutlaw.com/

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Drums #1 review

Posted on 13 June 2011 by TH3 No08

Drums #1

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written By: El Torres
Art by: Abe Hernando and Kwaichang Kraneo

In our world there exists an ancient religion with many names and many disguises: Candomble, Palo Mayombe, Santeria… Voodoo. FBI agent Martin Irons is sent to investigate the sudden deaths of an entire gathering of followers at a ceremony, an assignment horrible enough before one of the mangled corpses rises and leads him on a sinister path. A new horror story with possessions, santeros, zombies… all set to the thunderous boom of drums!

It’s not very often that comics draw audible gasps or any noise at all from me. I pretty reserved when I’m taking in my comics but there was a moment in this book when I simply let it slip. Holy Shit. That’s the only thought that could describe the two page spread that momentarily left me speechless before I let these two words fly. Lucky for me that wasn’t the only holy shit moment as this comic is full of them.

Drums is the story of an FBI agent sent to central Florida to investigate a mass death at a large religious ritual. With no clues and only a large pile of bodies he sets out with Cultural Anthropoligist Michelle Hernandez to investigate the mysterious underworld of complicated African based religions. Full of twist and turns all stemming from the mysterious murders it’s a story like i’ve never read in a comic before.

Writer El Torres does an amazing job of creating a hot, steamy world full of danger and violence. The dialogue is smart, full of information relevant to the story, and moves the pace along quickly and if you ever get confused by any of the religious terminology you can flip to the end of the story and check out the handy glossary of terms to help guide you through this complex story.

This is the type of book that careers are built upon and I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series. If you are tired of the relentless rehashing of super hero stories in comics and are looking for a change of pace than this is a great book to pick up and I would definitely recommend it.

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Grimm Fairy Tales: The Dream Eater Saga

Posted on 23 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Grimm Fairy Tales: The Dream Eater Saga #0

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Written by: Raven Gregory
Art by: Anthony Spay

When picking up a comic such as Grimm Fairy Tales by Zenoscope (who have been building the Grimm Fairy Tales brand since 2005) you often find your self behind the cart before you even get started. The characters in these books are not your every day super heroes or characters that you would usually recognize from other comics so you have to do a little research or pick up some back issues to get up to speed on the story. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a lazy reader but that’s a lot of catching up to do and a lot of old comics to go on the hunt for and I just don’t have the time for it. Well for all you time challenged readers like me who just can’t fit a day of research into your comic reading this book is for you.

Grimm Fairy Tales: The Death Eater Saga #0 serves as both a beginning to a new story arc, the before mentioned Death Eater Saga, as well a detailed compendium of characters and background information on the series sure to quickly get you up to speed. Much like the .1 series of comics by Marvel, if you want to jump into the Grimm Fairy tale world this is the issue to pick up.

The Death Eater Saga begins with a brief 11 page back story on one of the main characters in the Grimm Fairy Tales world, Baba Yaga and how she became who she is. I don’t know if this story line has every really been touched on in this series before but they do a great job here of setting up her character and giving here a reason for being the vengeful, angry witch she has become.

However, When i reached the end of the first 11 pages and the story ended with only half the book gone I was a bit confused, that is until I turned the page and found a detailed description of the earth and realms, classes and factions, bios, as well as a check list of all the previous books and volumes to catch up on. Nice.

While I was originally expecting a more detailed story with more than just an intro to the character of Baba Yaga I found myself more than happy with what I got, and that was a well done introduction to the Grimm Fairy Tale world that left me excited and ready to pick up the next issue.

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Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #1 review…

Posted on 20 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #1

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Written by: Daniel Corey
Art by : Anthony Diecidue

I’m a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes series. I enjoy the complexity of the mysteries, the science used to solve the cases, and I really enjoy the character that inhabit the world of Sherlock Holmes. Moriarty is one of the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that has actually had a much larger role in the films and movies based on the original series of books than he ever did in the two books he actually appeared in and that’s not a bad thing. Writers and filmmakers over the years have expanded on the myth of Moriarty so much that he has now become synonomous with Sherlock Holmes and now you can follow his post Sherlock Holmes life in Moriarty: The Dark Chamber.

The Dark Chamber picks up some 20 years after the death of Sherlock Holmes. Having spent the last 20 years trying to escape the demons of his past, Moriarty has now taken on a new persona and picked up where Sherlock Holmes left off, just on the dark side. He is now an investigator of sorts for the criminal underworld who also dabbles in shipping to fill his free time and give him a legitimate front. Just when things are seeming to reach normality he is threatened by a force from his past when he is hired to find Sherlock Holmes’ missing brother as well as a former professor he once knew who has also gone missing. This of course leads him back into a world he has been very careful to avoid, putting himself and everything he has worked for over the past 20 years, in danger.

I didn’t really know what to expect when I picked this book up but I soon found myself engrossed in an exciting tale not unlike many of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries. While the dialogue was at times a bit wordy, I never found myself bored, I actually quite enjoyed the witty banter of the many back and forth conversations Moriarty had while trying to suss out clues from the crafty thieves and villains that populate this book. I would definitly recommend this to both fans of the Sherlock Holmes series as well as anyone just looking for a good read.

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Planet of the Apes: The Long War #1

Posted on 04 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Planet of the Apes: The Long War #1

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Written by: Daryl Gregory

Art by: Carlos Mango

Get your hands on these damn dirty Apes! Beginning an all-new series that takes place before the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie in the continuity of the first five films! Ape society has reached a new golden age. But there are ripples of dissent in both the ape and human ranks. Tensions will rise and soon all will be caught in chaos! And amidst all this uncertainty, what is the fate of The Lawgiver?

I’ve read a lot of comics lately that were adaptations of either movies, tv shows, or even video games and they all seem to make the same mistake when it comes to presenting material that we’ve seen in other forms and that is the constant rehashing of material. It seems that the writers are far more interested in sticking with tried and true story lines and formulas rather than taking on something new. Fortunately for us, Planet of the Apes: The Long War does not fall into that category. It is a fresh take on the old tale that has previously been covered by both movies, live action television series and cartoons as well as previous comics but with a perspective that makes it new again.

Planet of the Apes: The Long War takes place 1200 years before a man named Taylor fell from the stars. The humans and apes share the earth but with an uneasy co-existence. The dynamic created here is quite striking and sets up what’s to come very well. Humans are second class citizens, but they are not hunted, yet. There is a deep mistrust between the two species that we know will one day lead to bad things for the humans but at this point it is still relatively unspoken.

This is a well written book that takes place in continuity with the movies that came before it. This series basically fills in the history and provides us with an insight into what lead us to the situation that Heston encountered in the 1968 film. I enjoyed the characters and the back story between the ape, Alaya, and the human, Sullivan, who at one point lived as family members. These are the types of stories that make me excited about what’s coming up next. Even thought we know what the long term result is, the story was well written enough to make me want to know led them to that point. For Planet of the Apes fans, this is a must have and for comic book fans looking for a story with long term potential to create something very cool, this is certainly worth picking up.

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Young Justice #3: Hack and You Shall Find

Posted on 02 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Young Justice #3: Hack and You Shall Find

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Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Mike Norton

In issue three of Young Justice, Robin stumbles upon a plot by the League of Shadows to

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Darkwing Duck #11 F.O.W.L. Disposition

Posted on 02 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Darkwing Duck #11 F.O.W.L. Disposition

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Written By: Ian Grill
Art By: James Silvani

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The Green Hornet: Aftermath

Posted on 14 April 2011 by TH3 No08

The Green Hornet: Aftermath

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Written By: Jai Nitz

Art By:Nigel Raynor

Rocketing out of the events of the monster hit movie, follow the continuing adventures of Green Hornet and Kato as a power struggle for control over drug trafficking in Los Angeles turns violent. Green Hornet and Kato are just starting out, but they’ve attracted attention from the cops, the drug pushers, and even Homeland Security! Britt and Kato keep their alter egos hidden, but a new set of masked men on the scene complicates matters.

I’m not a huge fan of movie/comic crossovers. I prefer them to stay within their own that’s why I didn’t think much of The Green Hornet: Aftermath when I picked it up. It looked like a piece of promotional material for the movie that came out a few months back and I don’t need to be sold on a movie that I was never really interested in seeing in the first place but I read it anyway and suprise of all suprises, it’s actually not a bad comic.

The book picks up where the movie left off, which is a bit of a mystery to me since i didn’t see the movie but that didn’t really hurt too much. It starts with the typical scenario of Kato doing all the heavy lifting and The Green Hornet showing up at the last moment to take all the credit only this time the credit is being given to someone else by a pair on nosy Home Land Security officers. They think TGH is one of Reid’s reporters, Cullen Hurtt and this doesn’t sit well with either of the guys. Kato and TGH want a bit of the credit they feel they should be getting but don’t want to out themselves to accept it.

I like the book, the character chemistry is interesting, the art is classic comic inspired and the cover is dynamic, straight off a movie poster. If you enjoyed The Green Hornet than this is certainly worth picking up and if you haven’t seen the movie but would like an introduction to the character this is definitely a good point to jump on and check it out.

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War of the Green Lanterns: Part 1

Posted on 12 April 2011 by TH3 No08

War of the Green Lanterns: Part 1

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Written By: Geoff Johns
Artist By: Doug Mahnke

‘War of the Green Lanterns’ ignites with part 1 of the blockbuster event that’ll burn into the summer! A malevolent force has usurped control over all the power batteries, leaving the Corps powerless except for a select few members. Now it’s up to Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Sinestro to regain control – but can these warriors overcome their differences in time to save the universe?

“War of the Green Lanterns” is everything you’ve come to expect from a GL comic and that can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you are looking for.

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Clive Barker’s Hell Raiser #1

Posted on 05 April 2011 by TH3 No08

Clive Barker’s Hell Raiser: Pursuit of the Flesh Part 1

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Written by: Clive Barker and Christopher Monfetti

Art by : Leonardo Manco

One of the greatest horror franchises of all time returns, now under the control of its original creator! Clive Barker has touched HELLRAISER only twice: once to write THE HELLBOUND HEART, and once more to write and direct the original HELLRAISER film. Now witness Barker’s long-awaited return to tell a new chapter in the series’ official continuity

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Brawn #3 packs a punch…

Posted on 05 April 2011 by TH3 No08

Let’s face it, there are a million different comics out there. Sometimes the only way you’re gonna find out if something is good or not is if someone walks up to you and hands you a comic and says “Here, read this and tell me what you think”. That’s pretty much what happened with “Brawn” when we met writer Anthony Rezendes for an interview at Staple here in Austin recently and surprise, it’s actually pretty good.

“Brawn” is story of a dock worker named Sam who

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Local Heroes: About Time review

Posted on 29 March 2011 by TH3 No08

Time travel can be tricky. There are very few people who “kinda” understand it, it’s the type of subject that you either get it or you don’t. After reading Local Heroes: About Time, I’m pretty sure that Keith Quinn has a firm grasp on the subject as his latest book takes a look at the trials and tribulations of sidekick in training “Squire” and his adventures after accidentily time traveling and having to face the consequences of what his actions have unraveled.

Local Heroes is a sold bit of indy comic writing. Like I said before, dealing with time travel can be tricky but Keith Quinn handles it well. Throughout Local Heroes, Quinn adeptly layers story lines, building to a greater conclusion without committing the cardinal sin of not answering the questions raised in previous strips. He also does a great job of creating interesting characters marked in the tradition of classic super heroes yet still allows them to have a fresh new spin. The lead character “Squire” is a refreshing take on the classic boy wonder. He has been raised in the shadows of super heroes, growing up at Heroes Incorporated and training with UNION, but he still struggles to find an identity among the heroes that have surrounded him over the years. It’s not easy growing up and to have that portrayed in a comic character is not something you see every day.

The art is also very good. The cover is color, the interior in black and white but don’t let the b&w scare you away. The characters are well drawn and consistent throughout and the backgrounds are detailed, always giving you a good sense of where the comic is taking place.

The only real complaint I would have have regarding this comic is the amount of dialogue that often takes place. At times it can become quite “talky” leading to frames that are a bit cluttered with all the speech balloons. It’s understandable considering the amount of information that was required to get a handle on what was going on, but condensing a bit of dialogue here and there may go a long way in streamlining the flow of the comic and keeping the interest level up.

Overall a very good comic especially considering it is a collection of weekly strips. It could easily have become disjointed since it is a collection but they all play together nicely and come together to tell an interesting story. It’s certainly worth taking the time to check out and supporting a local artist who is putting out quality work.

Local Heroes: About Time is a collection of

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Comic Review: Carbon Grey 1 of 3

Posted on 15 March 2011 by TH3 No08

Carbon Grey 1 of 3

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Written By: Hoang Nguyen, Khari Evans, Paul Gardner and Mike Kennedy

Art by: by Khari Evans, Kinsuh Loh and Hoang Nguyen,

Script and Lettering by: Paul Gardner.

For generations the Sisters have protected and counseled the Kaiser, ruler of Mitteleuropa. However, this is a different time. At the birth of the industrial age a great war is raging. When the Kaiser is assassinated…Giselle is accused.

Pursued by her sisters and hunted by the enemy, Giselle must unravel the prophecy of the Carbon Grey before history itself is rewritten!

Carbon Grey may be an “adult” a comic as I have ever read. And I don’t mean adult in the sense that it is not for children (even though this is certainly not a child’s comic). I mean it more in the sense that this book is something that younger readers may have a very hard time wrapping their minds around. The layers are many, the themes complex, the writing sophisticated. So sophisticated in fact that it actually took me a couple of times to really get what was going on here.

Carbon Grey is all about revolution. Not just revolution in war sense but revolution in the way we look at the female heroine and women in general. The Sisters Grey (who this story is about) are not women to be fucked with. They each represent a different piece of revolution and together they make up a dangerous group willing to go to any end to achieve their goals. They are beautiful, manipulative, conniving assassins, and they use that to every advantage.

The art in this book is breathtaking at times. There is an Asian sensibility to the art in Carbon Gray but it is not derivative of the style, only inspired by it. It does not feature the typical anime features your are used to seeing in manga, but paints around the edges with them, giving you just a sense of what lies inside the minds of the artists who created this book.

The only real qualm I had with this book was the cover. There are some amazing images inside this book and to feature the image they did seems to do little justice for what lies inside. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad, it just doesn’t really represent what this book is truly about.

Carbon Grey is a book that I can only recommend if you are serious about comics being art. This is not an easy read, but multiple readings will certainly open up worlds you may have not known existed in comics. If more writers took the approach to comics that Hoang Nguyen has, the average comic reader would have a very different view of the world than they do today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comic Review: Wulf #1

Posted on 15 March 2011 by TH3 No08

Wulf #1
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Written by: Steve Niles

Pencil and Inks: Nat Jones

Colors: Nai

Letters and Design: Richard Emms

The instant the first flaming stone appeared in the night sky, Wulf know his world was doomed to perish. Perhaps not the planet itself, but certainly all life would be vanquished.

With these words we are launched on a new adventure.

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Who Is Jake Ellis 1 of 5

Posted on 07 March 2011 by TH3 No08

Who is Jake Ellis 1 of 5

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Hack/Slash: Come Together 1 of 4

Posted on 20 February 2011 by TH3 No08

Hack/Slash: Come Together 1 of 4

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Secret Warriors #24

Posted on 16 February 2011 by Christian

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Sweet Tooth # 18

Posted on 14 February 2011 by TH3 No08

Comic Break Review: Sweet Tooth # 18

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Written by JEFF LEMIRE

Art and Cover by JEFF LEMIRE

After the explosive conclusion of “Animal Armies,” Jepperd and his new traveling companions begin a long trek north in search of answers in this stand-alone issue. But as the first snowfall of the year hits, mistrust and fear threaten to tear the group apart before they even get started!

There is often a strange disconnect when picking up a comic for the first time, especially when you’re jumping in 18 issues deep. With no real sense of where the story is headed or where it’s been I often find myself grasping at the smallest detail hoping it will lead me to a connection with a character that will draw me into the story and begin that relationship I was looking for in comics to begin with. With some books it’s a struggle to find my footing and if I reach the staples with out finding that connection, I’m pretty sure it’s a lost cause and time to move on but occasionally I come across that rare comic that grabs you with nothing but the cover itself and won’t let go. It’s just a little peek into what’s in store but it grabs me none the less and I can’t help but delve into it and that was the case with Sweet Tooth #18.

Sweet Tooth #18 picks up with Gus (The Boy) and Tommy Jeppard (The Big Man) leading a group of survivors along a desolate road in search of the mythical place called Alaska in the hopes for a better life in post apocalyptic America. There was a terrible plague at some point in the past leaving the world a cold and dangerous place and these characters are looking for a sliver of hope in this dark world. As the travel the road searching for this land of new hope, there is a lot of tension between the characters of the group. Past acts of betrayal have left many in the group

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Marvel Vault One Shot – Doctor Strange

Posted on 13 February 2011 by Kevin Minke

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Twilight Guardian: 1 of 4

Posted on 09 February 2011 by Kevin Minke

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