A combination of odd and surreal, Dia De Los Muertos #3 delivers three distinct and enjoyable short stories. Taking inspiration from the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, what you have here is a creative blend of storytelling and art. Riley Rossmo singlehandedly delivers the eye candy with his fantastic illustrations. This month’s issue features tales from Alex Grecian, Kurtis J. Wiebe, and Joe Keatinge READ MORE
Potheads and superheroes. Why has no one combined these two before? Have you ever seen a superhero on weed? The Bounce #1 lights up and kicks off this new series from Joe Casey and David Messina. It’s almost timely as we see what Bouncing Boy from the Legion of Super-Heroes would be like if he wasn’t chubby and living in the twenty-first century. Hmm, maybe this IS him seeing as the latest incarnation of LSH has recently been cancelled! Is writer Joe Casey that omniscient? He might be…but otherwise, this is a solid introductory issue. READ MORE
Ted McKeever is back with another boldly themed and rakishly illustrated installment of Miniature Jesus, courtesy of Shadowline Comics. Dominating his roles as writer, illustrator, and letterer, McKeever writes a bizarre tale of fantastic religious weirdness all while maintaining a palpable level of intimacy. “Miniature Jesus” #2 doesn’t let down, and it’s definitely an issue worth checking out. READ MORE
Todd McFarlane is to be a keynote speaker at the graduations ceremony this year at Eastern Washington University on June 15th. The Spawn creator will also be doing a public lecture on Friday, June 14, titled “Road Trip to Creative Autonomy, an evening with Todd McFarlane” from 7-8 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane. If you live anywhere near EWU, this might be worth checking out. Todd usually has some pretty interesting things to say about the creative process. READ MORE
Joshua Williamson and Goran Sdzuka team up for a new horror/heist miniseries from Image Comics. The book follows criminal mastermind Jackson T. Winters who is hired by an eccentric collector to capture a ghost. Horror seems to be crossing into every which genre these days, and with a criminal ghost collector, “Ghosted” is one of the most intriguing of the bunch.
“Ghosted” #1 hits shops on July 10th, 2013 READ MORE
Five Ghosts continues to be an excellent tribute to the pulp stories of old. Barbiere picks up where we left off last month. We are locked into the aftermath of Fabian’s outburst into vampire form, and given some great exposition about the mysterious dreamstone. The creators take a massive step in the right direction this month and prove why “Five Ghosts” is one of the best books on the shelves. READ MORE
Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas are teaming up to bring you a pre-end-of-the-world senario like you’ve never seen before. Rather than focusing on an alien menace, “Sheltered” shows that sometimes the biggest threat lies right in our midst. The series takes place in a survivalist community where a group of teens decide to revolt and take matters into their own hands.
‘Olympus’ scribe, Nathan Edmondson, teams up with newcomer, Konstantin Novosadov, for a new mini-series that breaks down the barrier between dreams and reality. A fairly original idea, the book follows an institutionalized boy named Winslow who’s unable to differentiate between waking states and sleep states, all due to his inability to function through hauntingly cryptic recurring dreams. In his dreams come the memories of what his world was made to forget, and the evil entities that will stop at nothing to erase his subconscious.
The Dream Merchant #1 kicks off the sci-fi series with a double-sized issue, generously packed with more content than expected from a first installment. Yet, even with the rapid progression of character, narrative, and mystery building cultivated by Edmondson, something about the issue falls short of greatness, and lands only a few steps above adequate. READ MORE
Justin Jordan has created a massive, insane, and brutally fun character in Luther Strode. No other comic character is ripping men in half, punching through faces, or pushing bullets out of their muscles, at least not that I know of. The Legend of Luther Strode is fantastic, engaging, and a ton of fun. Yet, up until now, the story has been sparse and the panels have been packed with action. This month, things get a little more fleshed out before the big finale. READ MORE
Robert Kirkman’s zombie epic returns this month with an issue deep set in character development. With a definite conflict on the horizon, Kirkman has made a fantastic decision in slowing down the action this month. He takes his time to make us care about the people so that it hits even harder when we inevitably lose somewhere down the line. This character driven issue is easily the best in months. READ MORE
Noir meets supernatural head on in Chin Music #1. This mash-up is becoming more and more popular in comics as creators really try to make something new out of things old and older. Top notch creators Steve Niles and Tony Harris team-up to unleash this new genre blending series from Image Comics. Is it worth investigating? Read on and discover the mysteries within… READ MORE
Kurtis J. Wiebe and Meg Dejmal have been busy teasing “Rat Queens”, the series from Shadowline that combines monster slaying and hard partying. Series co-creator Meg Dejmal has made a live action promo video featuring some of the lovely woman from the series. I’m told this is the first of many videos. Hit the jump and enjoy the peperoni-filled teaser. READ MORE
Blackacre #6 is essentially the exposition of how Greene became the leader of the religious cult occupying the dystopian American wasteland the series is set in. Taking place two years prior to the events of the previous issues, it does a good job – though certainly not a perfect one – in showing how Greene, a sane man by any means, joins and comes to lead a group of homicidal fanatics when Hull reunites with him two years later. READ MORE
The release of Ten Grand marks the significant return of Joe’s Comics to the industry, where quality and artistry are valued over corporate agendas, and income statements are surprisingly inconsequential in terms of production process. From the same imprint that published “Rising Stars” and “Midnight Nation”, creator and writer, J. Michael Straczynski teams up with Ben Templesmith, to deliver more experimental and unmitigated storytelling in the form of a supernatural, crime noir series of lost love and revenge. Although nothing new is provided beyond what’s already been teased in previews, issue #1 manages to establish itself as a solid opener to the series. READ MORE
Writer Ed Brisson and artist Johnnie Christmas team up for a pre-apocalyptic tale this summer with their new book “Sheltered”. While people have been speculating around the web, Brisson assures that there are no zombies, walkers, or otherwise undead in the book. Instead, the menace comes from the children of Safe Haven. READ MORE
With tons of zombie thrills and machete action, ’68: Jungle Jim #2 dives into the bloody goods and never looks back. The undead are about to meet their match in the sweltering heat of the jungle. In a confrontation you would never expect, a tiger takes on an army of zombies in the”’68″ series. READ MORE
There is truth in living a lie, and there is lying to one’s self to live. All that happens on this far away planet is connected. All are brought into the light in the latest chapter of David Hine and Doug Braithwaite’s space-murder-mystery, Storm Dogs. The hunt for the mysterious Sarlat and the truth of the planet Amaranth comes closer into view in “Storm Dogs” #5. READ MORE
Kurtis J. Wiebe has been teasing “Rat Queens” for the past few weeks and the first preview has finally landed. Wiebe teams up with Meg Dejmal and artist John Upchurch for “Rat Queens”, a fantasy tale that features a gang of lewd monster hunting women who slay beasts in order to pay for their other vices.
Wiebe had originally planned to Kickstarter the project, but it was quickly swooped up by Jim Valentino at Image’s Shadowline branch. Take your first look at the fantasy madness below. READ MORE
Think Tank is one of those comics that created a lot of buzz last year among creators and critics alike. It’s such a unique story in that it takes science very seriously, it’s apparent that writer Matt Hawkins spent a lot of time researching explosives and weaponry, but it’s also one of the funnest books on the shelves. Issue #7 sees part 3 of the “Genetics” arc and we’ve got an exclusive preview for you to feast on below. READ MORE
So Mark Millar and Frank Quitely decided to get together and make some comics and to the surprise of absolutely no one with a pulse, it turns out that they can do this rather well. Jupiter’s Legacy incorporates political commentary on the generation gap, idealism and disillusionment, capitalism, and authority into an extraordinarily fascinating take on superheroes. It’s not flawless, but it definitely lives up to the hype behind it. READ MORE
In its thrilling conclusion, Witch Doctor: Mal Practice #6 delivers an action-packed finale that must be read. This is an all-out confrontation between monsters, femme fatales, and a sarcastic witch doctor. The “Witch Doctor” series closes its second chapter with a satisfying ending filled with hilarious one-liners and nonstop action. READ MORE
Jonathan Hickman’s East of West # 2 continues to set the table with an impressive blend of genres. “East of West” is never truly sure of what type of story it is. Which may be its greatest strength, or its biggest weakness. The story here remains massive and as much more of the plot unravels, it manages to stay completely engrossing, but still mildly confusing. READ MORE
Brandon Seifert has become a big name in horror comics in just a few years. After the success of Seifert’s first series, “Witch Doctor”, from Image comics in 2010, he began collaborating with horror legend Clive Barker as the co-writer for the current ongoing “Hellraiser” comic series. In addition, he’s also written issues of “Dr. Who” for IDW, and he recently launched a new mini-series, “Spirit of the Law” at Monkey Brain.
Brandon took the time to sit down with yours truly to talk about his many projects, his love for Lovecraft, and collaborating with Clive Barker. Check out the interview below. READ MORE
Created, written, illustrated, and lettered by the brilliant Ted McKeever, Miniature Jesus #1 offers obscure perceptions of reality infused with a very special mix of raw sincerity and dark humor. The series follows a recovering alcoholic named Chomsky whose world is in a state of constant change due to the figurative and literal demons in his life. The first issue of ‘Miniature Jesus’ is a disorienting journey through the life of deeply troubled man. READ MORE