Comic Books

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

The Comic Book Story of Video Games Tells the History of Video Games with Graphic-Novel Style

For me and many who follow Twin Cities Geek, video games have been a part of life from an early age. I recall how one day—shortly after my dad introduced me to Star Wars—I came downstairs to find him running our new Nintendo Entertainment System. The familiar Star Wars theme was playing on our television, albeit in a synthesized form rendered by the NES cartridge and accompanied by an 8-bit version of the film’s opening crawl. Thus, in a...

The Stone Man Mysteries Have Gargoyles, Scots, and Demons, Oh My!

Book One of The Stone Man Mysteries, a supernatural locked-door mystery set in 1930s Edinburgh, is as dark and murky as Auld Reekie itself. Written by local author Adam Stemple and non-local Jane Yolen, and illustrated by Orion Zangara, it follows a church gargoyle named Silex, a demon who has been bound to earth with priestly magicks. Since, as he jokes, he “cannae play football,” he’s formed a detective agency. Of course, being stuck on the church tower, unable...

Browncoats, Unite! Adventures in the ’Verse Continue with Serenity Comics

Browncoats, take heed! The adventures of Captain Mal and the crew of Serenity continue, and they come in the form of comics from Dark Horse. The latest run, No Power in the ’Verse, hit comic shops between October 2016 and March 2017, and you can now pick up all of its issues in one hardcover collection. Like many in the ’verse, I miss Firefly. I miss Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his trusty crew of freedom fighting misfits, and more than...

Giacomo Bevilacqua’s Tale of Love and Misanthropy Left My Heart in New York

Having never been to New York, I have only the trappings of pop culture’s sensationalized and often exaggerated viewpoint of the bustling city. From the heavenly skylines to the lowly sewer depths, every inch of the concrete jungle has been used ad infinitum. And yet The Sound of the World by Heart, a new graphic novel written and illustrated by Giacomo Bevilacqua, simply captivated me with its richly detailed vistas of not just the city’s landmarks, but of the...

The Wendy Project Offers an Inventively Modern Take on Peter Pan

The Wendy Project, written by Melissa Jane Osbourne and illustrated by Veronica Fish, is a dense and chewy (both emotionally and visually) retelling of J. M. Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan. Throughout the graphic novel, Osbourne makes changes—in the form of making corrections—to several famous Barrie quotes, including the one that the novel opens with. She scribbles out “die” in the quote “To die will be an awfully big adventure,” and corrects it to “To live will be an awfully big adventure.”...

Battle Angel Alita Is an Oldie and a Goodie

It’s been nearly 30 years since the manga series Battle Angel Alita came onto the scene in 1990, but Yukito Kishiro’s dystopian masterpiece has stood the test of time. It’s simultaneously a callback to the retrofuturistic cyborg films of yesteryear and a still-fresh story whose relevance has only increased over the years. The series is all set to get the live-action movie treatment in 2018, and in honor of the upcoming film, the series is getting a digital exclusive release with an...

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...
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