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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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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BY THE HORNS #2

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Basilisk #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new horror series from Cullen Bunn, nuff said.

Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Two #1 (DC Comics) – The Court of Owls enters the Batman animated world. Yes, please!

By the Horns #2 (Scout Comics) – A revenge story about a woman going after the unicorns that killed her beloved. It’s over the top fantasy adventure and the first issue was so good.

Crush & Lobo #1 (DC Comics) – We want to see where this goes.

DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover #1 (DC Comics) – DC gets back into the movie tie-in business and launches a new horror line at the same time!

Everfrost #1 (Black Mask Studios) – Van Louise wants to get off her world but her plans are troubled by a mounting war. We’re intrigued by this sci-fi series and excited to read the debut.

The Nice House on the Lake #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The first issue is good. It’s really good. A solid start to this series written by James Tynion IV.

Nocterra #4 (Image Comics) – The series has been a fascinating one as it plays with light and dark. The ride has been solid and we’re excited to see where it all goes considering how the last issue ended.

Out of Body #1 (AfterShock) – A man must figure out who tried to kill him. Problem is he’s in a coma.

Sam & His Talking Gun #3 (Scout Comics) – The title says it all really. The second issue shifted things and delivered an origin story and we want to see where the third takes us.

Serial #4 (Abstract Studio) – This horror series has been growing on us with each issue. We want to see where it all goes as we learn more about the murderer and the young girl tracking it down.

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1 (Marvel) – The event features a lot of issues but we want to see what happened when Boba Fett attempted to deliver Han to Jabba.

Worst Dudes #1 (Dark Horse) – The series has been teased as over the top gonzo and we want to see if that’s true or not.

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

Review: By The Horns #1

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 #1 kicks off a twisted, intriguing, and most importantly entertaining fantasy series.

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.

Scout Comics
Zeus Comics

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Review: By The Horns #1

By the Horns #1

Full disclosure: I am so bloody excited to have read By the Horns #1. The creative team (writer Markisan Naso, artist Jason Muhr, and colorist Andrei Tabacaru) are one of the most underrated teams I’ve ever come across – their first story, Voracious has been firmly lodged as one of my favorite comic stories since the first volume wrapped (there’s three, and each one is better than the last). Needless to say, when the first issue of By the Horns #1 arrived in my inbox far earlier than I expected, I jumped on that like an Englishman jumping for tea.

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. Now, exiled from her farming village of Wayfarer for selfishly neglecting her duties, Elodie and her half wolf/half deer steed, Sajen, search the continent of Solothus for clues to the whereabouts of unicorns.

When Elodie discovers that four ancient wind wizards are abducting unicorns and other mystical creatures so they can extract their magic, she means to go through them at any cost to exact her revenge. But she’ll need to rely on an increasingly reluctant Sajen, a floating-eyeball guide named Evelyn, and two unicorn prisoners – Zoso and Rigby – who grant her the ability to rip off their horns and combine them to form wizard-slaying weapons. Will she use their gifts to save the captured unicorns, or destroy them all?

By the Horns #1 opens with a figure standing over a unicorn, bloody axe in hand with their head out of frame. It’s a scene-setting image, and you know what you’re in for, but Naso’s words over the image hit me in a way I wasn’t expecting. Normally when I stop reading a comic, it’s not because I need to take a moment to collect myself. By The Horns #1 is not a normal comic.

Khemmis, the name of the village that our lead character is from, is a brilliant nod to one of the most played metal bands on my Spotify (coincidentally, Naso cohosts a podcast about heavy metal, and has recommended Khemmis’ Desolation album – which I highly encourage you to check out). If I’m honest, I reread the book a second time trying to find other references and nods hidden within the comic, and while I caught a few, there are probably others that I missed, but that’s the joy of Naso’s work; this shit’s like an onion – the more you peel away at things the more you’ll find below the layers.

The story weaves between emotional turmoil and a deep sense that something is missing. To be clear, there’s nothing missing in the comic, but rather than the character Elodie is missing a part of who she is after the loss of her partner. Naso doesn’t force feed you this revelation, but rather shows you through the dialogue, and the pacing of Elodie’s conversation with the village elder. It’s a powerful scene, made even more impactful because of the visuals; Muhr and Tabacaru are like poetry in motion in By The Horns #1. This has got to be one of the most beautiful books you’ll see, and a lot of the credit should go to the way Tabacaru brings Muhr’s art to life.

Muhr is good, make no mistake, but Tabacaru’s work is astounding. The warmth and emotional desolation in his colours are breath taking when taken as a whole with Muhr’s facial expressions and Naso’s dialogue.

I remember first reading about this series, though I don’t know where that was (likely social media), and after Voracious I knew I’d be all in. What I didn’t expect was to be shown such an emotional depth in the debut issue; it’s hard for me to reconcile that the creative team hasn’t been working together for far longer than they have been because the synchronicity on display is utterly breathtaking.

By The Horns #1 is another blinder of a comic by Naso, Muhr, and Tabacaru. Get to your shop and make sure to grab a copy.

Story: Markisan Naso Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr Colors: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Scout Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

By the Horns

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman: Black & White #3 (DC Comics) – The series so far has been fantastic with a mix of creative voices and very different styles and takes on the classic character.

By the Horns #1 (Scout Comics) – Marisan Naso and Jason Muhr are back together for a new series about a woman on an act of murderous revenge against unicorns who trampled her husband.

Crossover #4 (Image Comics) – The series started off as “spot the comic reference” but it has shifted into an interesting story about xenophobia, immigration, and more.

Frank at Home on the Farm #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was full of mystery and we’re excited to see where this series goes because we’re honestly not sure!

Girl Haven (Oni Press) – Koretris is a haven for girls where no men or boys are allowed. When Ash, a boy, is sent there by a spell a whole bunch of questions are raised. Read our review.

I Breathed a Body #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue was an intriguing mix of horror and commentary about social media and we want to see what else it has to say.

Kaiju Score #4 (AfterShock) – This heist comic during a Kaiju attack has been fun so far but how else can things go wrong and what other double-crosses are left? We want to find out!

Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1 (Marvel) – An impressive group of creators come together for this themed anthology. We’re always fans of seeing how different creators handle characters and checking out new voices.

Nailbiter Returns #10 (Image Comics) – The second volume of the horror series wraps up and it’s a bloody doozy.

Nuclear Family #1 (AfterShock) – Based on Philip K. Dick’s short story Breakfast at Twilight, the series is Cold War era science fiction that we’re excited to read.

Paranormal Hitmen #1 (Behemoth Comics) – Two hitmen are hired by a Government agency to hunt and kill ghosts but also need to deal with the mobsters after them.

Savage Circus #3 (Heavy Metal) – The issue begins the pivot from the first two issues of setup getting ready for the action to come. It’s so great and entertaining, read our review!

Stray Dogs #1 (Image Comics) – A suspense thriller starring dogs!? Yeah, we’re intrigued by this one.

Two Moons #1 (Image Comics) – A Pawnee man fighting for the Union during the Civil War discovers horrors worse than combat.

Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar #5 (Marvel) – The miniseries wraps up as Calgar takes on the Chaos forces!

Those Two Geeks Episode 103: Hunting Unicorns (AGAIN) in By the Horns with Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr

Alex and Joe are joined by the author and artist of the upcoming Scout Comics release By The Horns, Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr. They may be familiar to you if you’ve ever heard us rave about his debut series Voracious. By The Horns reunites the Voracious team in a new fantasy setting that follows a new heroine as she hunts down the unicorns the trampled the love of her life.

For more on By The Horns check out the links below:
Facebook: @ByTheHornsComic
Instagram: @ByTheHornsComic
Twitter: @BYTHEHORNScomic

You can reach Markisan at the following:
Twitter: @darthsan
Instagram: @darthmarkisan

You can find Jason below:
Twitter: @JasonMuhr
Instagram: @JasonMuhr

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Those Two Geeks Episode Ninety Eight: Hunting Unicorns in By the Horns with Markisan Naso

Alex and Joe are joined by the author of the upcoming Scout Comics release By The Horns, Markisan Naso. He may be familiar to you if you’ve ever heard us rave about his debut series Voracious. By The Horns reunites the Voracious team in a new fantasy setting that follows a new heroine as she hunts down the unicorns the trampled the love of her life.

For more on By The Horns check out the links below:
Facebook: @ByTheHornsComic
Instagram: @ByTheHornsComic
Twitter: @BYTHEHORNScomic

You can reach Markisan at the following:
Twitter: @darthsan
Instagram: @darthmarkisan

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Advanced Review: By The Horns #1

By the Horns #1

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. Now, exiled from her farming village of Wayfarer for selfishly neglecting her duties, Elodie and her half wolf/half deer steed, Sajen, search the continent of Solothus for clues to the whereabouts of unicorns.

When Elodie discovers that four ancient wind wizards are abducting unicorns and other mystical creatures so they can extract their magic, she means to go through them at any cost to exact her revenge. But she’ll need to rely on an increasingly reluctant Sajen, a floating-eyeball guide named Evelyn, and two unicorn prisoners – Zoso and Rigby – who grant her the ability to rip off their horns and combine them to form wizard-slaying weapons. Will she use their gifts to save the captured unicorns, or destroy them all?

Full disclosure: I am so bloody excited to have read this comic. The creative team (writer Markisan Naso, artist Jason Muhr, and colorist Andrei Tabacaru) are one of the most underrated teams I’ve ever come across – their first story, Voracious has been firmly lodged as one of my favorite comic stories since the first volume wrapped (there’s three, and each one is better than the last). Needless to say, when the first issue of By The Horns arrived in my inbox far earlier than I expected, I jumped on that like an Englishman jumping for tea.

By the Horns #1 opens with a figure standing over a unicorn, bloody axe in hand with their head out of frame. It’s a scene-setting image, and you know what you’re in for, but Naso’s words over the image hit me in a way I wasn’t expecting. Normally when I stop reading a comic, it’s not because I need to take a moment to collect myself. By The Horns #1 is not a normal comic.

Khemmis, the name of the village that our lead character is from, is a brilliant nod to one of the most played metal bands on my Spotify (coincidentally, Naso cohosts a podcast about heavy metal, and has recommended Khemmis’ Desolation album – which I highly encourage you to check out). If I’m honest, I reread the book a second time trying to find other references and nods hidden within the comic, and while I caught a few, there are probably others that I missed, but that’s the joy of Naso’s work; this shit’s like an onion – the more you peel away at things the more you’ll find below the layers.

The story weaves between emotional turmoil and a deep sense that something is missing. To be clear, there’s nothing missing in the comic, but rather than the character Elodie is missing a part of who she is after the loss of her partner. Naso doesn’t force feed you this revelation, but rather shows you through the dialogue, and the pacing of Elodie’s conversation with the village elder. It’s a powerful scene, made even more impactful because of the visuals; Muhr and Tabacaru are like poetry in motion in By The Horns #1. This has got to be one of the most beautiful books you’ll see, and a lot of the credit should go to the way Tabacaru brings Muhr’s art to life.

Muhr is good, make no mistake, but Tabacaru’s work is astounding. The warmth and emotional desolation in his colours are breath taking when taken as a whole with Muhr’s facial expressions and Naso’s dialogue.

I remember first reading about this series, though I don’t know where that was (likely social media), and after Voracious I knew I’d be all in. What I didn’t expect was to be shown such an emotional depth in the debut issue; it’s hard for me to reconcile that the creative team hasn’t been working together for far longer than they have been because of the synchronicity on display is utterly breathtaking.

By The Horns #1 is another blinder of a comic by Naso, Muhr, and Tabacaru. Get your shop to order this for you, because you’re not going to be disappointed when you get to read it in February.

Story: Markisan Naso Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr Colors: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review


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