Comic Books

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

Infinite Seven Is What Happens When Cleverness Goes Bad

There’s nothing like feeling like an insider. Thanks to the various nods in the Marvel movies, comic books have given their fans plenty of opportunity to bask in the warm glow of being in an elite club of those in the know. Having been one of the cool kids, I had no idea how annoying that feeling is from the other side. Infinite Seven by Dave Dwonch (writer) and Arturo Mesa (artist) has a really cool concept, but its...

Creepy Art Busts through Horror Clichés in The Circle

The problem with horror is the body count. In general, when characters start dropping like flies, it becomes difficult stay invested. Why care when everyone is going to be slaughtered, right? Horror comic books have an extra hurdle since the word count is low. There just aren’t a lot of pages for the characterization a reader needs in order to get the sock-it-in-the-gut punch each death should represent. But Action Lab Entertainment’s The Circle by Damon Clark (writer) and...

Samurai Jack Lives on in Tales of the Wandering Warrior

It has been a little less than two weeks since the nostalgia bomb that was the series finale of the Samurai Jack revival, and if you are anything like me, you still haven’t emotionally recovered from seeing the beautiful resolution to a warrior’s path that started over 15 years ago. If you are even more like me, you might agree with my feeling that the final episode felt rushed, like an hour-long story stuffed into a 30-minute can. I...

Ocean of Secrets Is a Fantastical Whirlwind

I was intrigued by the manga Ocean of Secrets by Sophie-chan as soon as I saw the cover art. And when I read the short description, which told of a young girl named Lia whose seemingly normal life is turned upside down when she’s swept away in a storm and rescued by a magical ship, that was all I needed to know I had to check this one out! My expectation going into the story was that it would have a steampunk feel...

It’s Three Times a Charmz with a New Graphic Novel Series from Papercutz

The comic world has been experiencing a measurable growth in readership over the last 10 or so years, particularly that of the children’s graphic-novel category—a 24 percent growth in year on year sales, according to Nielsen. One of the effects of this boom is that it’s boosting the visibility of female readers and female creators like Raina Telgemeier (Sisters, Smile, The Babysitters Club) and Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Lumberjanes). For a long time however, content aimed at 10- to 14-year-old...

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...
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