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Review: Year of the Villain: Joker #1

Year of the Villain: Joker #1

In general, I haven’t paid too much attention to DC’s Year of the Villain. As a concept, it hasn’t really jumped out to me. But, with John Carpenter writing Year of the Villain: Joker, I had to check it out.

The Joker, and his new companion the Six of Hearts, run around Gotham with the Joker attempting to get his groove back. But how does he go about that?

Carpenter is joined by Anthony Burch on writing duties and the story is rather entertaining. There’s an interesting focus on the insanity of the Joker from the perspective of someone else. Carpenter and Burch capture the humor of the Joker. There’s a playful randomness about it all that keeps readers on their toys.

It’s not all smooth. The comic is a bit of a drag to stat but as the story gets going to entertainment factor ups and goes into overdrive when the Joker crosses path with another villain at a convenient store.

The art is a bit mixed. Philip Tan handles the pencils with Marc Deering, Danny Miki, Jonathan Glapion, and Tan on ink. Jay David Ramos handles the colors. The art towards the beginning of the comic doesn’t feel like the same as what’s at the end. It’s a weird shift. At first, I disliked the art but by the end, I really enjoyed it, especially when Joker does his dynamic duo impersonation. The detail of saggy costumes is fantastic.

Year of the Villain: Joker #1 is a bit mixed for me. I started off hating it but by the end found myself really enjoying it and my opinion completely changed. Where I struggled to start I flew through the end. I almost stopped reading it at one point. But, by the end, glad I didn’t. The comic doesn’t have the insight I’d hope from Carpenter’s writing but it has his humor. Even if you’re not interested in the “Year of the Villain,” this is a comic you can pick up and enjoy.

Story: John Carpenter, Anthony Burch Art: Philip Tan
Ink: Marc Deering, Danny Miki, Jonathan Glapion, Philip Tan
Color: Jay David Ramos
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Year of the Villain: Joker #1

Year of the Villain: Joker #1

(W) John Carpenter, Anthony Burch (A/CA) Philip Tan, Marc Deering
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $4.99

In the Year of the Villain, what’s a Clown Prince of Crime to do when the world has started to accept doing bad as the only way to live? Out-bad everyone else, of course! The Joker is on a mission to get his mojo back and prove to the world that there is no greater villainy than the kind that leaves you laughing.

This special one-shot is co-written by legendary film auteur John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween) and Anthony Burch (the Borderlands video games), making for a Joker comic that’s twisted in ways you never imagined!

Year of the Villain: Joker #1

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #4

Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #4

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Anthony Burch 
Artist: Mattia Di Meo
Colorist: Francesco Segala
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
     Main Cover:
Ian McGinty 
     Preorder Cover: Joey McCormick
Price: $3.99

The gang have finally uncovered what’s caused the zombie outbreak, and the answer lies inside the Conglom-o building! Rocko will have to fight his way inside and find the solution using the one thing he hates the most: the Internet.

Rocko's Modern Afterlife #4

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Lost Chronicles Vol. 2 SC

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Lost Chronicles Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer(s): Kyle Higgins, Caleb Goellner, Anthony Burch, Adam Cesare, Becca Barnes & Alwyn Dale, Sina Grace, Jessica Quinones, Magdalene Visaggio, Mat Groom & Michael Busuttil, and Trey Moore
Artist(s): Marcus To, Patrick Mulholland, Dylan Burnett, Hyeonjin Kim, Simone di Meo, Joe Quinones, Sina Grace, French Carlomagno, Lucas Werneck, Dajung Lee, and Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artist: Goñi Montes
Price: $16.99

Celebrating 25 years of Power Rangers, renowned comic book creators from around the world pay homage to the franchise near and dear to their hearts with stories from across the morphin grid, including fan-favorite teams like Ninja Steel, RPM, SPD, In Space,and more! And don’t miss the tie-in to the epic event SHATTERED GRID!

Collects Mighty Morphin 2018 Annual and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Anniversary Special.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Lost Chronicles Vol. 2 SC

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #3

Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #3

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Anthony Burch
Artist: Mattia Di Meo
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Ian McGinty
    Preorder Cover: Joey McCormick
Price: $3.99

Rocko and Filburt finally manage to make it to Heffer’s house, but have they made it in time to prevent their dear pal from turning into a zombie? Dr. Hutchison makes her debut in the series with an earth-shaking revelation about what’s causing the outbreak.

Rocko's Modern Afterlife #3

Fight For Your Life in Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #3, available in stores June 5, 2019. In this exciting next chapter from writer Anthony Burch and artist Mattia Di Meo, everyone’s favorite wallaby, Rocko, is trying to survive the zombie outbreak that’s taken over his home of O-Town! 

Rocko and Filbert have finally made it to Casa del Heffer but his best friend’s been bitten by the ravenous zombies! It’s only a matter of time before Heffer becomes just another mindless, ravaging citizen of O-town unless Rocko can get him to the only place in town that might hold some answers and a potential cure: Hook Labs. Only one snafu: they don’t actually know where Hook Labs is located. Will the team be able to track down the hidden location of the secret Conglom-O labs in time to save Heffer’s brain from turning into mush?

Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #3, features a main cover by Ian McGinty and a variant cover by illustrator and artist Joey McCormick.

Rocko's Modern Afterlife #3

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #2

Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #2

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Anthony Burch
Artist: Mattia Di Meo
Colorist: Francesco Segala
Letterer:Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Ian McGinty
    Preorder Cover: Joey McCormick
Price: $3.99

Rocko and Spunky must brave the zombified landscape of O-Town to make it to Filburt’s house, who has taken up quite a few odd survivalist habits.

Rocko's Modern Afterlife #2

Your First Look at Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #2

BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #2, available in stores May 1, 2019. In this exciting next chapter of the five issue comic book series from writer Anthony Burch and artist Mattia Di Meo, everyone’s favorite wallaby, Rocko, is trying to survive the zombie outbreak that has taken over his home of O-Town! 

Don’t open the doors! There are zombies outside! Rocko’s been holed up in his home, trying to ride out the frightening wave of mutated O-Town citizens who have overrun the city with their madness and mayhem. But his best friend, Heffer, is in trouble, and there’s only one wallaby left in town who can save the day. Rocko and Spunky will have to gear up and head out into the perilous streets of an infested O-town but will they survive the journey or will they get turned into mindless zombies? And what does the vast and all-powerful Conglom-O have to do with this horrifying crisis?

Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #2, featuring a main cover by Ian McGinty and a variant cover by illustrator and artist Joey McCormick.

Rocko's Modern Afterlife #2

Review: Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #1

Rocko's Modern Afterlife #1

One of my favorite movies of all time is the zombie movie, Shaun Of The Dead.  It stars my two favorite actors, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their collective talent alongside Edgar Wright is something comedy fans have been enjoying for years. Each of their movies have found a way to connect to every type of genre.

What made me connect to Shaun Of The Dead is that it made it relatable to movie fans. Their characters were normal guys. It even made fun of many of the tropes that the genre usually transfixes on to hilarious results. It made me wonder how the zombie apocalypse would affect some of our favorite characters? In the first issue of Rocko’s Modern Afterlife we find our what happens when zombies hit our favorite neurotic dog.

It has been two weeks since people have started to act strange, particularly Mr. Bighead, as a zombie virus has hit Rocko’s city. For the first time, in a long time, he gets holed up in his house and a little bit stir crazy, as we also catch up with Heff, who now makes a living by playing video games. Before long, the zombie hoards, invade his house which now includes his dog, Heff. By issue’s end, he and his dog, Spunky, must find refuge, with his remaining uninfected friend, Filburt.

Overall, a story that feels equal parts Shaun Of The Dead and The Walking Dead while still remembering that this is for kids. The story by Anthony Burch is funny, and action packed. The art by the creative team leaps off the pages. Altogether, a story that will make you feel for these characters and will make you fall for them .

Story: Anthony Burch Art: Mattia Di Meo, Francesco Segala, and Ian McGinty
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #1

Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #1

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Anthony Burch
Artist: Mattia Di Meo
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Ian McGinty
    Preorder Cover: Joey McCormick
Price: $3.99

Rocko returns in this new limited series from writer Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2) and Mattia Di Meo (Ben 10: For Science!)for a spooky look at everyone’s favorite wallaby!

Something is turning the good people of O-Town into mindless zombies and Rocko wants nothing to do with it. He barricades himself and Spunky in their home and is determined to outlast the hoards outside.

But desperate times calls for desperate measures when Rocko’s best friend Heffer becomes infected, Rocko will have to risk it all to save his friends and his city.

Rocko's Modern Afterlife #1
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