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Review: By The Horns #6

By the Horns #6

Once again, the spoiler free too long; didn’t read of this review is go and buy By The Horns #6 because it’s freaking awesome.

One of the harder things to do in comics is a silent issue, because if the artist isn’t quite able to tell the story without the words to guide the reader then the comic can often fall flat. And so it was with some trepidation that I began reading this (actually I had to open a second version of the pdf to make sure that there wasn’t dialogue missing), because not only are silent issues tough to do right, but I also tend to enjoy one out of every five I’ve ever read. As you’ve probably guessed, By The Horns #6 is a silent issue (minus a couple of thought bubbles and some time-establishing text). I needn’t have worried, because Jason Muhr is a naturally gifted visual story teller.

Muhr’s artistic talents, along with colourist Andrei Tabacaru, brilliantly capture the emotions of Markisan Naso‘s script in such a way that you feel more like you’re watching people exist, live and breath on the other side of a window than you’re reading a comic. I’m not going to say that this is the best silent issue I’ve ever read, but I can’t think of any that are as good as this one (and I thought about it for a good few minutes). You don’t need words to experience the ups and downs in this comic as we follow Shintaro, Elodie’s husband, as he meets both Sajen and Elodie for the first time. We also get a more detailed look at what happened to Shintaro, making By The Horns #6 effectively the origin point of the series as a whole.

The story builds upon the previous issue’s cliffhanger, and while the flashback nature doesn’t push the plot forward per-se, it does ramp up the emotional tension and connection the reader has for the characters – which for me at least has the effect of investing me more in the story than I already was. And that’s a hell of an achievement for any comic , let alone a silent comic. I can’t wait for the next issue.

Story: Markisan Naso Art/Lettering: Jason Muhr Colors: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 9.7 Art: 10 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Nice House on the Lake #5

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.

Almost American #2 (AfterShock) – Based on the true story of two Russian spies who defected to the US.

Amazing Spider-Man #75 (Marvel) – It’s a whole new era for Spider-Man as Ben Reilly suits up in what’s being dubbed “Beyond”. It’s an intriguing new direction that builds off of what has come before really well.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 (DC Comics) – After A-Day, numerous individuals who were in Arkham escaped. This series focuses on them and the individuals attempting to round them up.

Batman #114 (DC Comics) – “Fear State” has been amazing and this issue is just awesome brutal action.

By the Horns #6 (Scout Comics) – This fantasy series has been a blast to read with a nice mix of tech and magic and characters that are a lot of fun to watch what they do and how they interact. This is a series far too many are sleeping on.

Chicken Devil #1 (AfterShock) – The title alone has us smiling. The story is about a business owner who finds out his business partner owes the mob $2 million.

Dark Ages #2 (Marvel) – The miniseries has the world plunged into darkness and the heroes attempting to help rebuild society. An interesting debut that had us wanting to check out more.

DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #1 (DC Comics/DC Horror) – DC has been dipping into horror more and more and this second series in the line has us wanting to see if they can strike gold twice.

The Nice House on the Lake #5 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – An amazing series. An amazing issue. This is one that should be in everyone’s pullbox.

Out #1 (AWA Studios) – Allied POWs vs. Vampires in World War II.

Righteous Thirst for Vengeance #1 (Image Comics) – Rick Remender writing a new series gets us to take notice but the tease of assassin’s and the action that can bring has us excited.

Serial #7 (Abstract Studio) – This series has been growing on us with every issue and this one really starts to bring it all together.

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.

Scout Comics

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.

Scout Comics

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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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

United States of Captain America #1

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.

Barbaric #1 (Vault Comics) – Owen the Barbarian has been cursed to do good with what remains of his life. His bloodthirsty weapon, Axe, has become his moral compass with a drinking problem. We’re sold!

By the Horns #3 (Scout Comics) – A fantastic fantasy series about a woman bent on revenge against the unicorns who killed her beloved.

Darling #1 (Source Point Press) – New York City is caught up in a missing 8-year old girl but Francis Darling accidentally stumbles onto the machinations behind her kidnapping and the drug war that ensues. But has he really?

Factory Summers (Drawn & Quarterly) – Guy Delisle recounts his summers working in a paper mill.

Made in Korea #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was fantastic and we’re expecting this one to be just as good. We felt something was lurking under the pages in the first issue and we want to see what, if anything, that is.

Mighty Crusaders: The Shield (Archie Comics) – The comic has been full of drama but we want to see this Rob Liefeld driven update on the classic Archie characters.

Parasomnia #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Cullen Bunn and Andrea Mutti, we’re in just for that. The story is about two worlds split between dreams and reality.

Power Rangers Unlimited: Edge of Darkness #1 (BOOM! Studios) – There’s a lot of buzz about this debut which features the Phantom Ranger. Expect sell-outs and new printings.

United States of Captain America #1 (Marvel) – Marvel is going to explore the legacy of Captain America and introduce a bunch of new characters inspired by the icon. We want to see what the series has to say about the character and what he represents.

White #1 (Black Mask Studios) – Black looked at a world where only Black individuals have superpowers. White focuses on the reaction to that and the individuals attempting to stop them.

Almost American
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