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

Mad Cave’s Midnight Task Force Is a Gripping Cyberpunk Adventure

When looking for comics to read, I prefer to purchase trade paperbacks versus single-comic issues. I find there are so many comics to enjoy that I tend to fall behind in my favorite series. When I purchased Midnight Task Force from Mad Cave Studios I fell back on my ways and purchased the whole volume instead of just the first issue. The premise seemed exactly up my alley and I figured I would enjoy the complete story. Midnight Task Force is...

It’s a Visually Stunning New Era for Marvel’s Venom

When it comes to on-screen depictions of Venom, the mishandling of David Michelnie and Todd McFarlane’s creation in the 2007 Spider-Man 3 still stings, and Tom Hardy’s crazed yet slightly entertaining portrayal in the 2018 blockbuster Venom is fresh in the mind. But in the comics, writer Donny Cates and company have been able to take a silly character and put him at the center of a compelling and complex narrative-driven tale that exceeds expectations in all ways. It...

Mad Cave Studios Is Making Fresh Indie Comics

When I first started reading comics, I exclusively read DC comics—I was so hyperfocused on reading about the superheroes dominating the box office that I missed out on the great indie comic series out there. As a result, I have a lot of comics to catch up on. I’m currently reading Moonstruck from by Image Comics, which is a great series with positive LGBTQIA+ relationships, and I’m also trying to be more aware of smaller independent publishers coexisting with...

DC’s Eternity Girl Is a Beautiful Tragedy about Mortality and Mental Health

Content warning: Eternity Girl contains content relating to suicide. Depression and anxiety are two themes I would never associate with a visually stunning and emotionally compelling comic book, but writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Sonny Liew are able to create just that in Eternity Girl. Coming from DC’s Young Animal imprint, the six-issue miniseries Eternity Girl focuses on a topic that most DC and Marvel books tend to shy away from. It is rare to find a story that...

Is Black Label a Black Eye or a Game Changer for DC Comics?

Announced in March 2018, DC Black Label was supposed to be a groundbreaking mature imprint for DC Comics that would free itself from continuity and allow writers and artists creative freedom. It would have comic legends such as Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. working on Superman: Year One and Geoff Johns writing Batman: Three Jokers. But the imprint, which has only two books out as of this writing, hit a snag in September with the controversy surrounding Brian Azzarello...

5 Black Mask #1 Issues to Pick Up Right Now

The creative team of Black Mask Studios is a medley of stellar talent from different publishers bringing extraordinary ideas into one brand. Their credentials vary from previously writing for the Big Two to starring in Agents of SHIELD and writing for an animated series. The following are some of their best first issues from last year (in the case of No Angel, in trade form) and are available as either trades or continuing series in 2019. 1. No Angel Words/Story: Adrianne Palicki and...

Rob Guillory’s Farmhand Proves You Really Can’t Go Home Again

A Louisiana farmer named Jedidiah receives a vision giving him the information to grow and harvest human organs. His children, Zeke and Andrea, who left the farm years ago, returns upon his request to help him take care of things. The farm is now a super-high-tech, booming business that gives organic transplants to people in need. But with that success come malicious adversaries trying to steal Jed’s work. Unfortunately for Zeke and Andrea, Jed may not be as guiltless...

The Unpredictable Horror of House Amok Makes for a Promising New Comic Series

Cooler weather and spooky skeleton memes around every virtual corner can only mean one thing: autumn is here! Arguably the most anticipated holiday of the fall season, Halloween, imbues millions of festive souls with the desire to carve faces out of food, pass candy to strangers, and scare said strangers for laughs and giggles. One of the safer traditions for Halloween is bingeing horror movies, books, and television, though there’s no need to try and contain horror to just...

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Takes Its Riffing to the Comics World

It’s said you always remember your first. I know I do. It was Thanksgiving 1991. Turkey preparations were in full swing, and I had carefully meandered away from the kitchen, surmising (correctly) that my bottom-rung cooking skills would not be in great demand. And there they were on the television: silhouettes of a guy and two little robots watching—and mercilessly mocking—Pod People. That first viewing spawned a lifelong love of Mystery Science Theater 3000. From where I sit, I...

Edens Zero, the New Manga from Hiro Mashima, Is Utterly Delightful

Hiro Mashima, best known for his manga Fairy Tail, is beloved by many fans and has a large following in the West. He’s active on Twitter, cranks out extra character drawings every few days, occasionally makes his own fan art, and has written a lot of material. While most other mangaka have only one or two major series, Edens Zero will be Mashima’s third major one and fifth series overall. After Fairy Tail wrapped up quickly and left off in...
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