BOOM! Studios has struck gold with their latest Bravest Warriors issue from kaBOOM! Issue #21 debuts a new creative team for the popular title, and it’s one that I, for one, sincerely hope that it sticks around.
When a comic is on its 42nd issue, it must be doing something right, and, boy, is Chew doin’ it right! Caution, this issue might be spoiled.
I like to think that I’m the type of comic reader that will give any book a chance, and I believe in the rule of three, which is if a new comic can interest me and keep me interested during the first three issues, then I’m sold. It’s decision time for The 7th Sword, and, to be honest, I might have to stick around for one more issue.
Can I just say that Lumberjanes is a bright, little ray of sunshine that shows up in my pullbox? Amongst my spidey addiction and super-serious, supernatural-based goodies, it’s nice to have a such light hearted and fun comic mixed in there.
And, that’s exactly what Lumberjanes #3 from BOOM Box delivers. If you aren’t reading Lumberjanes, written Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis with art by Brooke Allen, I would at least pick up the first three issues and give it a shot. Continuing the delightful adventure of the Lumberjane scouts, Ripley, Mal, April, Molly, and Jo, on their quest to find out what exactly is going on in the woods surrounding their camp.
Hey, Bravest Warriors! Something very special is hitting the shelves this week from kaBOOM! Studios and Cartoon Hangover. So, grab your Gas-Powered Stick, make sure your flux drive is ready, those solar alpacas are in place, and set your course for your local comic shop, because The Impossibear Special is coming your way.
Skriker #0: A Boy and His Beast comes from the brilliant mind of Dani Smith (creator, writer, and artist). Released on May 7, this comic is a prequel to her novel, Black Dog and Rebel Rose. It gives the reader a proper introduction to Skriker, a half-demon with a demon father and human, stripper mother. Skriker, with his skin covered in tattoos and a green, double-spade pointed tail, was raised to fight on the side of good, even if it means battling it out with other demons.
Words can’t describe how much I love the adventures of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (especially Dana Scully). Thus, it only made sense to review a copy of IDW’s The X-Files Art Gallery, whichm as the title suggests, is short on words. Outside of a few quick Q&A blurbs with the contributing artists, this book is all about pictures.
DreamWorks' first venture into the graphic novel business brings us the continuing adventures of Hiccup and his friends in the How To Train Your Dragon universe. Written by Scott Furman, with pencils by Iwan Nazif, coloring by Nestor Pereyra and Digikore, and lettering by David Manley-Leach, DreamWorks made a wise marketing decision in choosing this series to start with. Not only was the movie a money maker, it was very good and I very much look forward to seeing the second. I understand this comic was supposed to be out over a year ago, but knowing how hard it is to produce a comic, I can only sympathize. But, on to the dragons . . .
Dark Horse never ceases to surprise me when it comes to the range of stories and sequential art they provide to comic book readers, and Toshiro isn’t any different.
I’ve been privileged to be asked to write reviews for many of my colleagues, which I hope not only means I give fair and balanced reviews, but entertaining ones, as well. I readily admit that I do these reviews not only to get free stuff, but to learn from other creators; however, when I have to bring the hammer down, I try to do it with respect and a sincere belief that any criticism I give will only help them improve their craft or that they will at least think about what I’ve said. Fortunately, there is little not to like about Ups and Down.