I don’t think there’s much that I could write about Stan Sakai’s masterwork series that hasn’t been said. The man is a legend who has won countless awards for his work, including ones for the educational content of this series.
Most comic fans are more than familiar with this long-eared Ronin, but before checking out this beautiful edition, though I had heard of the series, I had never sat down and gotten to know what this story truly was.
For those of you who don’t know, Steampunk World is a multi-cultural Steampunk anthology funded through Kickstarter from Alliteration Ink. I was one of the backers which is how I received the book. It intrigued me, as most Steampunk is based in England, and I wanted to see how the rest of the world viewed this most peculiar and interesting genre of which I am a part. I’m glad I took the time to back this project.
Being a big fan of the Fox TV show Sleepy Hollow, I was pretty stoked to be able to review the first issue of the four-issue mini-series from BOOM! Written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Jorge Coelho, they set up the story nicely by dropping us into the always supernatural world of Sleepy Hollow.
When I saw a chance to review the first issue of an Uncle Grandpa book, I was fit to fly like Realistic Flying Tiger! If you’re a fan of this whacked out cartoon on the Network of Cartoons, then you’re in for the same kind of crazy, mixed with side-stepping reality you’ve come to enjoy. If not, grab some peanut butter and I’ll explain.
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In last month's issue of our ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic books, our heroes met with Hob who was currently building his own mutant army to help win the fight against Shredder and his foot clan. Everything was going well until Hob's dim-witted pigeon friend spilled the beans about his plans and the Turtles' involvement to baddies Rocksteady and BeBop. And now, they're looking for revenge!
What if Tarantino made a comic book? That’s what it feels like when you hit the first page of this collection. You’ve got the titular heroes' rocking threads making them colder than ice, with the attitude to match, the first scene (in a church) is delightfully irreverent, and there are times you can almost feel blood dripping off the page.
In the movie business, the good guys always win. And, they should! Good will always prevail, even if evil pins us down every once in a while.
But, not all villains are bad. To some, the baddies are the good guys. And, Star Wars: A Shattered Hope shows us exactly that. Well, at least it tells a beautiful story through the eyes of Ensign Nanda, Commanding Officer to one of the worst villains ever created: Darth Vader!
When I first started to read comics, I gravitated towards the female-centric storylines. I figured gender would be a good place to start with “identifying” with the characters. Witchblade was one of the first, and it stuck. So, when I saw that Witchblade: Case Files #1 was on the table to be reviewed, I jumped on the opportunity. I literally leapt onto my sofa to reply on my laptop.
Cutter #1 (Image Comics) is the first issue in a 4-issue series, with all issues scheduled for release in October, just in time for Halloween. It revisits an old concept with enough spooky fun to make it feel new all over again.
Reviewing comic books, especially individual issues, can occasionally prove challenging. Many books are fine if read in sequence but lack something if taken in a vacuum. Despite it being the middle book in a series, Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 makes me want to read the two series that it connects, and that is actually a delightful surprise.