Comic Books

Reviews of both new release and older comic books. Marvel, DC, IDW, Image, Archie, and other publishers will be explored!

A New Kiss Comic Fleshes Out the Band’s 1981 Concept Album but Takes No Risks

Kiss has been an institution in the music industry since the 1970s, and the band’s influence branches across the pop-culture landscape. In comics, the rockers made their debut in Marvel’s Howard the Duck #12 to much acclaim in 1977, and they’ve since gone on to partner with other comic studios, including Image and IDW Publishing. Now, Dynamite Entertainment has gotten its turn to show the Kiss Army what it has to offer with the first five issues of the...

Can’t Wait for More Rick and Morty Episodes? Check Out the Comic!

Wubba lubba dub dub! Our year and a half of neglected suffering has finally come to an end: Rick and Morty came back and shocked us all like a Plumbus at the beginning of April. By announcing the premiere of season 3 only hours before the event itself, most of us scrambled to watch the episode and get another sweet, sweet hit of this whirlwind force of a cartoon. But like anything else that we are addicted to, one...

Sketchbook XXL Is a Collection of Creative and Wacky Comics from a Minnesota Artist

A world without coffee is a world without bliss, as far as I’m concerned. This glorious beverage adds normality to my day and gives me an energy boost. So of course I would be the one to stumble upon an online comic about coffee—or, rather, Koffee—on the indie-comic web platform Tapastic. Koffee and Marijuana Cig was my first introduction to the outlandish work of Twin Cities artist Jesse Hedman, and I mean “outlandish” in the best of ways. This series is...

Dark Horse’s American Gods Comic Series Achieves a Happy Medium between Page and Screen

As a longtime fan of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods, I was thrilled to check out the first issue of Dark Horse Comics’ new series based on the same work, out March 15, 2017. As is usually the case when I experience something created by Neil Gaiman, I was not disappointed. It is a richly illustrated rendition of the story and worthy of its place next to both the novel and the forthcoming television show, due to air on Starz beginning...

Octavia Butler’s Graphic Story Kindred Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment

Octavia Butler is one of the most important writers of our time, known as the mother of black science fiction and speculative fiction. Because of her unique perspective, Butler adds a new lens to these genres using the influences of sex and race and their relationships to power. Her best-known work of speculative fiction is her 1979 novel Kindred, in which the protagonist, a middle-aged black woman named Dana living in 1976 California, travels back in time to a...

DC’s Rebirth Series Puts the Fun Back into Comic Books

I’ve always been a Marvel guy . . . except when it comes to Batman, who has (without a doubt) the best and most psychologically complex villains. But Marvel had better beware! DC is coming up fast and furious! Both on television (Supergirl, Flash, Gotham) and now in comic books with the fun and highly enjoyable Rebirth series, DC is doing a lot of things right. While Marvel’s Civil War II comic-book series seems to be dying out with...

Our Super Mom Is a Comic the Whole Family Will Love

Our Super Mom, written by Scott Bachmann and  illustrated by Scott D. M. Simmons, is a tale of a super-powered mom (naturally). Liza Lang-Ramiro used to be the Paragon, part of a superhero team that protects the world from evil . . . or she was, until she met her husband Leon, got married, and had two wonderful little children. Liza decided to retire from the superhero business to focus on raising her kids and, after starting a family, she...

To Live or Die? Census Contemplates the Answer

Last month, I joined the Minnesota Comic Creators Facebook group because I’m always looking for new comics to flip through. I’m not a comic book artist by any means, but I’m a loyal fan. Fans are crucial to the success of any artist or writer, and Twin Cities Geek is all for promoting the local geek scene by shining the spotlight on stories provided by creators located around the area and hopefully gaining them some new fans in the process. Chance Wyatt...

Steam Age Chronicles: A New MN Comic Series with Beautiful Art and a Language Twist

I wish I were multilingual. I took French in high school, but I didn’t care all that much about learning the language. I kick myself sometimes that I didn’t take that class more seriously. Recently, I was sent a copy of “The Clockwork Armor,” the first issue in the new comic series Steam Age Chronicles from Minnesota’s Buzz & Roar Publishing. (Buzz & Roar was also behind Illusion, which fellow Twin Cities Geek reviewer Kelly Starsmore looked at last...

Batman: The Killing Joke Expands on an Iconic Story

Late in July, I was taken by surprise when a coworker reminded me that my long wait for the release of the animated Batman film The Killing Joke had finally come to an end. I believe that DC’s animated films are far better than their efforts toward live-action ones, so this was much more than another notch in my belt. I’ve never been too deep into the comics mania; I only started reading them in high school, and I definitely...
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