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May 10, 2021

Geiger #1 (review)

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Image Comics, 2021 Stop us if you have heard this tune before. For those of us who lamented the demise of the ground-breaking but eventually anchorless Vertigo Comics imprint and the ill-fitting replacement by the DC Black Label imprint, there is something bitterly satisfying about DC Comics’ Chief Creative

Fantasy

DEATH OF LOVE (review): “HOW TO SAY FOKKE”

Writer: Justin Jordan Art: Donal Delay Image Comics, Valentine’s Day, 2018 FACE IT YOU KNOW how it feels. Love hates you. You are a complete clod, a horrible fraud, totally clumsy and inept, and not in a cute way. People rappel away from you, gravity exhales around you in flushing torrents, and eventually you want

Fantasy

Death Kanji (review)

Writer: Jordan Patrick Finn Artist: Greg Woronchak Independently published, 2020 Death Kanji is an excellent independent publication written Jordan Patrick Finn by with art by Greg Woronchak. Here is their Kickstarter pitch: With its roots in the short stories of HP Lovecraft and the films of Akira Kurosawa, Death Kanji tells the story of a samurai’s struggle to

Science fiction

Rocket Girl Volumes 1 and 2 (review) – A world’s fate rests on you

Writer: Brandon Montclare Art: Amy Reeder Image Comics, 2014 and 2017 RHYMES AND REASONS FOR ROMANCE PERSIST. Placing a young teen girl in a skin-tight flightsuit would not usually appeal to me, due to the improbability, feels cooked-up for a market demographic, which appears to be exactly how the time traveler police girl from the

Fantasy

The Marvel Art of Conan the Barbarian (review) – “Poke Me One More Time Please”

Various writers and artists Marvel Comics, 2019 Holiday season this year was weird, maybe for you, too, so you might have missed that one gift you really wanted, which is this book, THE MARVEL ART OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN. It features a starring range of covers from years as barbarian, king, adventurer, and a few

Independent/Self-Published

Scouts’ Honor #1-4 (review)

Writer: David Pepose Artist: Lua Casalanguida Aftershock Comics, 2021 Those readers who are preppers or lurk on the sub-Reddit r/bugout will be attracted to the premise of this title. Scout’s Honor is a limited issue comic is set in a North America ravaged by civilisational collapse. Even nine thousand, five hundred and sixty-two days since

Crime

.357 Magnum Opus (review)

Writer: Ghezal Omar Artist: Mingchen Shen Artillery Network, 2019 The comic draws upon the adult, sexualised themes and tight, compelling characterisation of 100 Bullets, even down to the title, which sounds like one of writer Brian Azzarello’s word plays. The story begins with Rhett, a minor player. Rhett is a broker for bounty hunters like

Japan

Satoshi Kon’s Opus, Ten Years Later

Writer and Artist: Satoshi Kon Publishers: Comic Guys (1995-1996), Tokuma Shoten (2010), Dark Horse Comics (English translation) (2014) We have misled readers with the note in the title of this review about the tenth anniversary. Satoshi Kon’s now classic manga Opus was first serialised in the manga magazine Comic Guys from October 1995 to June 1996. However,

Superheroes

Nightwing #78 (review)

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Bruno Redondo DC Comics, February 2021 Tom Taylor is, at least for me, a very inconsistent writer in terms of quality. From his excellent Suicide Squad run to his confused but interesting Superior Iron-Man and the forgettable and messy DCeased, he has shown that while his basic premises and ideas tend

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Superheroes

AdventureMan Volume 1 (review)

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Terry Dodson Image Comics, 2020 The Moderne (or Machine Age) design ethic took its cue from the multiple geometric element of machines, albeit arranged in a decorative style. Its forerunners were Futurism and Cubism. Futurism glorified the machine (the block shapes of the turn of the 19th century, not the organic

Fantasy

Coddlesworth’s Clockwork Circus #1 (review)

Writer: Danny Oliver Artist: Slobodan Jovanovich Rem Alternis Productions, 2021 Fantasy epics are not known to intersect with steampunk. But that is precisely what the creative team of Coddlesworth’s Clockwork Circus set out to achieve. Here is the pitch from the Kickstarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/clockworkcircus/coddlesworths-clockwork-circus-a-steampunk-adventure: When the Tempest—an impenetrable storm spawned by the Great Cataclysm more

Independent/Self-Published

We Said Goodbye to Gravity (review)

The copyright notice to this comic is unique. It reads, “Copyright (C) 2020 Chris Baldie. All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of me, Chris Baldie, the all-powerful Creator, except for the use of brief quotations in a

Superheroes

The Three Jokers #1-3 (review)

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jason Fabok DC Comics, August-October 2020 The concept that American superhero comic book publisher DC Comics’ most iconic villain, the Joker, could actually be three people was first touted in Justice League #49, in 2015. In that comic, Batman took the seat of the space god Metron and was shown the

Independent/Self-Published

G’lurk & Bo #1 v. Aliens: Dead Orbit (a comparative review)

G’Lurk & Bo Meet an Angel of Death #1 – Writer: Taylor King; Artist: Tom Hoskisson. BG Comics, 2020. Aliens: Dead Orbit – Writer and Artist: James Stokoe. Dark Horse Comics, 2018 This is about as diverse as we get in our comparative reviews – a horror comic measured against a wacky comedy, both set

Crime

Black Duchess #1 – Palace Pandemonium (review)

Creator and writer: Robert Getty JP Vilchis – Artist Heist plots are always entertaining, but integrating a heist into the superhero genre with its godlike musclemen is a tricky endeavour. The short pitch to this comic, Black Duchess #1, reads as follows: A new indie comic about a wily thief forced to rely on nothing

Superheroes

The Eternals #1 (review)

Writer: Kieron Gillen Penciler:Esad Ribic Marvel Comics, January 2021 Marvel Comics’ terribly dated property from 1976, The Eternals, is a little unexpectedly becoming a motion picture due for release in November 2021. Marvel Comics’ owner, entertainment multinational Disney, has raked through Marvel Comics’ vast continuity and found some gems in the muck: it appears willing

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Horror

Murky Waters: Tales from Beneath (review)

Writer: Christian CarnoucheArt by:Ariela KristantinaMaan HouseDonna A BlackAlex DiottoChristian DibariIain LaurieIsmael HernandezJ. ShiekMatthew Dow SmithSachi EdiriweeraDevmalya Pramanik Carnouche Productions, 2020 As the sheer number of artists suggest, Murky Waters is a compilation of different stories, all written by Christian Carmouche. We have reviewed Mr Carmouche’s The Resurrected https://www.worldcomicbookreview.com/2019/03/18/the-resurrected-5-review/ over the past years (and, in the

Independent/Self-Published

IND-XED (review)

Self-published, 2020. Created by Fraser Campbell, Lucy Sullivan, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou This is an independent science fiction tale, strange and haunting, from the creative team of Fraser Campbell, Lucy Sullivan, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. We have previously reviewed one of Mr Campbell’s horror comics – the chilling House of Sweets https://www.worldcomicbookreview.com/2020/06/03/house-of-sweets-review/. Here is the promotional copy

Superheroes

The Other History of the DC Universe #1 (review)

Writer: John Ridley Artists: Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Cucchi DC Comics, November 2020 At the very beginning, I did not think The Other History of the DC Universe would be a comic for me. I do not usually enjoy comic-books that rely only in narrative to tell their story and don’t have any actual speech

Espionage

Foreign Agent (review)

Narwhal (Per Berg) Narwhal Books, 2020 We have previously reviewed Narwhal’s comedic efforts on Earthbound – https://www.worldcomicbookreview.com/2020/08/14/earthbound-between-two-breaths-on-earth-review/ featuring a science fiction hunt at a high school. This title is quite different. One of the most remarkable aspects of Foreign Agent is that, in an industry which is fixated on world-building, we know next to nothing

Fantasy

Oathbound #1 (review)

Luke Horsman, 2020 The tagline to this title is “Norse Saga inspired tales”. We seem to be reaching the tail end of a trend towards Scandinavian folklore, perhaps initiated by the success of Marvel Studios’ Thor motion pictures, beginning in 2011, and perpetuated by Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods being adapted for television in

United Kingdom

Victory Point (review)

Owen D. Pomery Avery Hill Publishing, 2020 Is this slow world-building or a plodding narrative? Quiet and profound, Victory Point is a very different comic book to the last comic by Owen Pomery which we reviewed – https://www.worldcomicbookreview.com/2020/06/29/british-ice-review/ British Ice was a violent horror story ready-made for an indie motion picture release. Victory Point is

Crime

Tilt #1 (review)

Created and written by David “Doc Hog” Hogberg Illustrator: Marcos Lima Hog Wild Comics, 2020 Using playing cards as characters in comics is not a new concept. Vertigo Comics’ Lucifer featured the Basanos, a calculating, terrifying manifestation of tarot cards, which, amongst other horrible things, rape a supporting character called Jill Presto. Less confronting is

Crime

FREED #1: The Fourth Revenge (review)

Writer: Carl Burcham Artist: Ian J. Miller Independently published, 2020 This is a crime story, independently published, written by Carl Burcham and with art by  Ian J. Miller.  The title has a decidedly blockbuster motion picture feel to it. Here is the promotional copy: FREED #1: The Fourth Revenge is an action-packed, page-turning thriller for comic fans who

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