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Review: By The Horns #5

By the Horns #5

Once again, the too long; didn’t read of this review is go and buy By The Horns #5 because it’s another home run.

I am an unabashed fan of this creative team. The previous (and only) story they worked on together, the three Voracious miniseries, remains one of my favourite works in comics to this day, and with By The Horns shaping up to be every bit as good – maybe even better – than their debut with the team, to borrow a cliché, firing on all cylinders.

I could easily repeat a lot of what I said about the previous issue for By The Horns #5, minus the story specific details, obviously, because there’s not a lot for me to talk about beyond how much I enjoyed the book. I’ve read it multiple times at this point, and I am yet to tire of it. Muhr and Tabacaru are putting out some of the very best work I’ve seen with, infusing the pages with a vivid lusciousness that sets the comic apart from the heavy, darker colours you see used so often these days. The comic looks like how a breath of fresh air feels like after exiting a stifling room (or a nightclub/pub when you could still smoke inside). The art isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, mind, but the pages are still vibrant.

Once again, Naso delivers on the story; allowing some of the personal rifts within the book’s characters to rear their heads finally reveals the tension that the audience has seen brewing. But it’s how he caps the book off that’s really cool – yes, there’s a cliff hanger, but the implications of what was said are going to be felt for awhile yet (and make this the hardest wait for the next book yet.

Overall, By The Horns #5 is once again evidence as to why Naso, Muhr and Tabacaru are a team to keep on your radar. Scout have an excellent series here, and I hope that we get to see a lot more of Elodie and Sajen in the future (note that this isn’t the end of the series, just my personal wish that the ongoing continues for a long time).

Story: Markisan Naso Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr Colors: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: By The Horns #4

By The Horns #4

The long and the short of this review is go and buy By The Horns #4 because it’s absolutely brilliant.

The creative team are pushing out some of the best comics they’ve done with this series (which if you know how much I loved their previous series Voracious then you’ll understand the praise in that statement). Markisan Naso, Jason Muhr, and Andrei Tabacaru (writer, artist, and colorist respectively) are working together with a level of synchronicity that you usually only see with teams that have working together for a lot longer than these folks have been.

By The Horns #4 is effectively a full comic full of nothing but a battle between Elodie, her companions and Pazuzunox and the creatures under the wizard’s control. With the majority of the comic being dedicated to the battle, there’s a lot of opportunity for Jason Muhr to show off his skills – and he does that so incredibly well. There isn’t a single panel where the action doesn’t flow seamlessly across the page, and despite the chances for an odd slip here or there Muhr’s visual story telling is a highlight of the comic. Of course, were it not for Tabacaru bringing a grim pop to the proceedings then the pages wouldn’t have the character that they do.

Naso has a lot of work to do in order to live up to the visuals of this book, and it’s a goal that he scores. Amidst the chaos he finds ways to add a dry joke or two, but he never sways into full comedy. In fact for a good chunk of the book he keeps the text to a relative minimum and lets the art speak for itself which shows a level of confidence in the artists that I love to see reflected on the page.

Because the surface of By The Horns #4 is effectively a concentrated battle there’s not a lot to say about this book without delving too far into spoiler territory as you don’t really see a break in the action from start to finish – that being said, I’ve found that Evelyn the giant eyeball is quickly becoming a character that I need to see more of (pun intended).

Overall, By The Horns #4 is another check in the win column for this exciting creative team. The series was just picked up as an ongoing by Scout and I’m not at all surprised because the quality of the comics; Naso, Muhr and Tabacaru deserve all the success with this series.

Story: Markisan Naso Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr Colors: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: By The Horns #4

Elodie hates unicorns. For nearly a year, she’s been hell-bent on tracking down and killing all the elusive horned creatures responsible for trampling her husband, Shintaro.

By The Horns #4 has Elodie and her team taking on a demon and maybe actually getting along!?

Story: Markisan Naso
Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr
Colors: Andrei Tabacaru

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: By The Horns #4

By The Horns #4

The long and the short of this review is go and buy By The Horns #4 because it’s absolutely brilliant.

The creative team are pushing out some of the best comics they’ve done with this series (which if you know how much I loved their previous series Voracious then you’ll understand the praise in that statement). Markisan Naso, Jason Muhr, and Andrei Tabacaru (writer, artist, and colorist respectively) are working together with a level of synchronicity that you usually only see with teams that have working together for a lot longer than these folks have been.

By The Horns #4 is effectively a full comic full of nothing but a battle between Elodie, her companions and Pazuzunox and the creatures under the wizard’s control. With the majority of the comic being dedicated to the battle, there’s a lot of opportunity for Jason Muhr to show off his skills – and he does that so incredibly well. There isn’t a single panel where the action doesn’t flow seamlessly across the page, and despite the chances for an odd slip here or there Muhr’s visual story telling is a highlight of the comic. Of course, were it not for Tabacaru bringing a grim pop to the proceedings then the pages wouldn’t have the character that they do.

Naso has a lot of work to do in order to live up to the visuals of this book, and it’s a goal that he scores. Amidst the chaos he finds ways to add a dry joke or two, but he never sways into full comedy. In fact for a good chunk of the book he keeps the text to a relative minimum and lets the art speak for itself which shows a level of confidence in the artists that I love to see reflected on the page.

Because the surface of By The Horns #4 is effectively a concentrated battle there’s not a lot to say about this book without delving too far into spoiler territory as you don’t really see a break in the action from start to finish – that being said, I’ve found that Evelyn the giant eyeball is quickly becoming a character that I need to see more of (pun intended).

Overall, By The Horns #4 is another check in the win column for this exciting creative team. The series was just picked up as an ongoing by Scout and I’m not at all surprised because the quality of the comics; Naso, Muhr and Tabacaru deserve all the success with this series.

Story: Markisan Naso Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr Colors: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

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By The Horns Continues with More Story Arcs to Come

Scout Comics has announced that By the Horns will now be a continuing series. The acclaimed sci-fi, fantasy adventure comic by Markisan Naso, Jason Muhr, and Andrei Tabacaru is adding an extra issue to the first arc, taking the series to #8 in November. A trade paperback collection of issues #1-8 will be released in February 2022 and then the series will continue in the spring with a brand new adventure starting in #9.

There are at least three more story arcs planned that will take the series to fantastic and epic new places readers might not expect.

By the Horns has been a hit series for Scout in 2021. Issue #1 sold out and went back to press in March, and the fantasy adventure has consistently wowed critics and readers alike with its unique setting, exciting action sequences, heart, unforgettable characters and dynamic artwork.

The next issue in the series  By the Horns #5 – is scheduled to hit comic shops on August 25.

Review: By The Horns #3

Elodie hates unicorns. For nearly a year, she’s been hell-bent on tracking down and killing all the elusive horned creatures responsible for trampling her husband, Shintaro.

By The Horns #3 has Elodie deciding what she’s going to do about the Unicorns and her mission.

Story: Markisan Naso
Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr
Colors: Andrei Tabacaru

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: By The Horns #3

By the Horns #3

The day I read this comic was not a good day for me; for whatever reason, it felt like a dark cloud was hovering over me and nothing I could do was going to shake it. Knowing this wasn’t the best headspace to read and review a comic, I planned on just reading By The Horns #3 and reviewing it later after a reread. That lasted until about the third page when I realized I was really enjoying the book; it was like sitting down with an old friend and shooting the shit for a few minutes – it took me away from my headspace long enough for me to breathe.

Now granted I’m already all in on this series, and anything the creative team (writer Markisan Naso, artist Jason Muhr, and colorist Andrei Tabacaru) put together, but this is a comic that was a joy to read. It was quite literally a breath of fresh air for me.

With By The Horns #3 we find Elodie, Sajen, the two unicorns Rigby and Zoso, and a giant floating eyeball named Evelyn recouping after defeating the wizard Futen by picking up some new weapons and learning what their place is going forward. There’s a well written scene in which Elodie is determined to kill the two unicorns to avenge her dead husband, but Sajen talks her through why that’s not the most logical of ideas. The scene has a slight meta feel to it, almost as if Naso is explaining why the unicorns aren’t already dead but also grounds the story and moves it beyond the blind vengeance angle is had been taking.

One of the things I love the most about this creative team is how damn consistent they are; Jason Muhr is a great visual storyteller, and he guides your eyes ever so gently from panel to panel with an elegant simplicity. Muhr and Naso are a fantastic storytelling pair – this comic really does run the emotional gauntlet with a little bit of everything in it and yet never once does it feel overwhelming or as if there’s too much content for the pace of the book.

By The Horns #3 is a genuinely fantastic comic. If you can find the other two issues, then you’re in for an absolute treat. If not, then it’ll be well worth grabbing the trade when it releases. This is probably the book I look forward to most every month, and I’ve yet to come even close to being disappointed.

Story: Markisan Naso Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr Colors: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: By The Horns #2

Elodie hates unicorns. For nearly a year, she’s been hell-bent on tracking down and killing all the elusive horned creatures responsible for trampling her husband, Shintaro.

By The Horns #2 continues Elodie’s mission of revenge but first, she must deal with an evil wizard.

Story: Markisan Naso
Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr
Colors: Andrei Tabacaru

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Review: By The Horns #2

By the Horns #2

I always try and be objective when writing a review,though how successful I am is usually debatable, especially when I’m as excited to read a book as I am By The Horns #2. I’ve made no secret of my admiration for the work from this creative team, across the three Voracious miniseries and the first issue of By The Horns, although I will also freely admit that I tend to have higher expectations from the creative team (writer Markisan Naso, artist Jason Muhr, and colorist Andrei Tabacaru) than I do other comics. And yet despite those higher standards, I am constantly astonished at what arrives in my inbox.

By The Horns #2 is no exception.

This is a book I have been waiting to read for almost four months, and it did not disappoint.

This issue finds our unicorn hating and hunting hero Elodie and her deer/wolf/pony/friend Sajen make their way to the island home of Futen, the Dark Demon Sorcerer of the Western Wind, to have a chat about unicorns. The chat… well let’s just say that it makes for a fantastic read.

The opening of this book explains why Elodie has a mad hate on for unicorns, and I have to say that there’s more emotion and heartbreak in those near silent three pages than I’ve seen in some Nicholas Sparks movies. For comparison, it’s like the opening to Up with Carl and Ellie’s love/life story, but focusing on a specific moment. Those three pages set you up for what to expect from Muhr and Tabacaru for the rest of the comic; some pretty bloody gorgeous art work.

Muhr’s visual storytelling is wonderful, and I’ll always enjoy how he lays out his pages. There’s an elegant simplicity to his panels, though the first double page spread has more of an ethereal sense to it – in part I’m sure because of the colouring. The darker hues are at odds with the brightness in the following pages which adds a layer of unease for the reader upon opening the comic.

By The Horns is a fantasy series set in a universe that’s akin to a typical steampunk setting in terms of technology; on the surface it looks like a typical fantasy setting, but one you start paying attention you’ll notice some fantastic things; I won’t lie, I obsessed over Elodie’s boat far too much for a boat in a comic.

It’s within this rich tapestry of art that Naso’s story springs to life. I swear to you, this dude knows how to write a compelling comic; he’s one of the few writers I’d pick up anything he writes because he’s incredibly consistent (well technically that’s a lie – as with Muhr and Tabacaru, Naso is a better writer now than when he first penned Voracious, but you get the point I’m making; I’ve yet to read a bad comic from this man). By The Horns #2 is so much fun; there’s an incredible amount of detail and subtle nods within the art – more than I want to specifically mention because half the fun is in seeing how the team have framed the story within the comic.

By The Horns #2 is probably the best issue to come from this creative team, which surprises me because my expectations were sky high already. Naso, Muhr and Tabacaru are one of those rare teams where everything just clicks into place, and we end up with a fantastic comic book.

Story: Markisan Naso Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr Colors: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

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By the Horns #1 Gets a Second Print

Scout Comics has announced that By the Horns #1 has gone to a second printing.

Elodie hates unicorns. For nearly a year, she’s dedicated her life to tracking down and killing them all for trampling her husband, Shintaro. Now exiled from her farming village of Wayfarer for selfishly neglecting her duties, Elodie and her half wolf/half deer companion, Sajen, search the continent of Solothus for clues to the whereabouts of unicorns. When they discover a lead in the port city of Lycus, their revenge mission suddenly takes a dangerous turn.

By the Horns #1 is by Markisan Naso, Jason Muhr, and Andrei Tabacaru. You can read our reviews here and here.

By the Horns #1 2nd printing
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