If you grew up loving horror movies, then Winnebago Graveyard is your gateway into the comic book world. Most of this trade paperback, collecting issues one through four of the series, takes place at night. The darker illustrations, present with the classic motel “VACANCY” sign, instantly pull you into the moment – as if you’re waiting for the pulsating chase to begin.
Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil is a four-issue miniseries and spinoff from Dark Horse’s Black Hammer series. With the original run of Black Hammer ending at issue thirteen, planning to be resumed with a new series titled Black Hammer: Age of Doom in the spring of 2018, Sherlock Frankenstein acts as stop gap for fans of the series, approaching the Black Hammer world with emphasis on its villains. The original Black Hammer saw Spiral City’s superheroes vanish to a rural farm in an alternate dimension after defeating the Anti-God. Sherlock Frankenstein sees Lucy Weber, the daughter of Black Hammer and also reporter for The Global Planet, investigating the disappearances by questioning the various supervillains of the city, who were left with no adversaries.
The final issue of Oni Press' Rick & Morty tie-in, based on the mobile game, is finally here. While the game itself is basically a Rick & Morty-themed Pokemon rip-off, this series has been anything but, injecting the ridiculousness and humor that the series is known for and wrapping it around a world where Mortys are captured and pitted against one another in battle. So far in the series, the Morty we all know and love has been dubbed the “Evil Morty” and has set himself to the task of freeing all of the other versions of himself from the brutal battles and the control of the Council of Ricks, who keep them contained in cages and bring them out only to fight. It's been a fun way to see how creative the people working on the series can be, with alternate versions of Morty such as Cat Morty, Jerry Morty, and Sticky Popsicle Hands Morty all having made appearances and been good for a laugh.
As if there weren’t enough reasons to waiver between marriage and being single forever, writer Thom Burgess felt it necessary to weigh down the institution with a fearful tale of marital hell. Hallows Fell brings about a cautionary tale of matrimony with enough little twists to make it fresh, fun, and frightening.
After last month’s teaser trailer premiere, Lara Craft is officially back on paper in Dark Horse Comics’ Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade. Having been missed from the comic book world since January, we saw a brief glimpse of Lara via a resurrection of her older comics from the early 2000s just last month. But, so long as new issues keep coming until the new Tomb Raider movie this March, I’ll be a happy explorer.
Dead of Winter continues to prove itself as one of those comics you need to buy as soon as possible. Not only is it original, but it takes the concept of a survival tale and sends it in an interesting direction. Kyle Starks (writer) and Gabriel Bautista (artist) make very deliberate decisions with the story that continue to pay off in spades. The writing and artistry in this story are so good that they end up leading to fun, new events in every issue.
Bold, vibrant colors flow over the pages of this collected trade paperback like a Miami night club. Right away, I was struck by the use of fluorescent colors - hot pink and bright yellow - as well as the creative storyboarding. The images are a blend of pop art and old newspaper clippings, intertwining textures and colors throughout the piece.