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Preview: Night Moves #4

Night Moves #4

VJ Boyd & Justin Boyd (w) • Clay McCormack (a) • Chris Burnham (c)

A terrifying noir nightmare in the occult underworld of Las Vegas! Face to face with an ancient evil, Alexis searches for signs of her old partner inside of what is now the demon Ashmedai. Narrowly escaping defeat (at a heavy cost), Chris and Alexis grow closer, only to be confronted by true evil—and it’s not what they expected…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Night Moves #4

Preview: Night Moves #3

Night Moves #3

VJ Boyd & Justin Boyd (w) • Clay McCormack (a) • Chris Burnham (c)

Chris and Alexis confront the darkness in their own pasts as they journey deep into the secret occult underworld of Las Vegas. Noir meets horror in this dark tale!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Night Moves #3

Preview: Night Moves #1 (of 5)

Night Moves #1 (of 5)

VJ Boyd & Justin Boyd (w) • Clay McCormack (a) • Chris Burnham (c)

Noir meets horror as small-time Vegas hustler Chris Dundee finds himself tangled in a web of danger and the occult. He’s been on the wrong end of a pair of brass knuckles plenty of times, but this time he might be dealing with the devil himself.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Poser #3

Fear has befallen Redondo Beach. Young punks travel together in groups and the town is on high alert. The “Poser” killings have continued and the body count shows no sign of slowing! You might ask yourself,“How could HELL be any worse?” Poser #3 has your answer! Copycat killers stalk the beach. Adults are now targeted. NO ONE IS SAFE! Will the influx of police officers into the terrorized beach town catch Poser? Can Ash and her misfit group of friends elude the edge of Poser’s razor-sharp blade? Turn the page and stage-dive into this issue to find out!

Writer Matt Miner has put together a solid throwback slasher story that feels like the 80s movies I grew up with. In three issues Poser has invoked a feel and style that is on the rise again (thanks to Halloween), like Miner is prescient with horror trends.

The comic continues the action and suspense as you don’t know who’s going to get offed next, or in which grisly manner that’s happening. That’s kind of half the fun of the genre isn’t it?

Miner also makes sure to keep us guessing as to who the killer is. Each issue seems to add suspects. Again, half the fun of the genre.

The art by Clay McCormack with color by Doug Garbark and lettering by Taylor Esposito deliver the gritty punk rock aspect of it all. McCormack and Garbark splash the blood in over the top killings and the style just has a “punk rock” style to it. There is a little issue with some of the details of the characters in some panels but overall, it’s nothing major and adds to the vibe in some ways too.

The series continues to be fun delivering an experience that knows its genre and plays with it keeping us guessing as to who’s next and who’s the killer. If you’re a fan of the slasher horror genre, this is a must.

Story: Matt Miner Art: Clay McCormack
Color: Doug Garbark Lettering: Taylor Esposito
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

Waxwork Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Poser #3

Poser #3

(W) Matt Miner (A) Clay McCormack
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Fear has befallen Redondo Beach. Young punks travel together in groups and the town is on high alert. The “Poser” killings have continued and the body count shows no sign of slowing! You might ask yourself, “How could HELL be any worse?” Poser #3 has your answer! Copycat killers stalk the beach. Adults are now targeted. NO ONE IS SAFE! Will the influx of police officers into the terrorized beach town catch Poser? Can Ash and her misfit group of friends elude the edge of Poser’s razor-sharp blade? Turn the page and stage-dive into this issue to find out!

Review: Poser #1

Long thought to be an urban legend in the underground music scene of Redondo Beach, Poser is back to carve a gory slash through the heart of the Los Angeles South Bay!

I’m not much of a horror fan. My enjoyment of the genre is limited to some very specific films and comics but as a whole, it has never been my thing. So, I’ll admit I was a bit nervous diving into the first issue of Poser written by Matt Miner. Miner delivers a comic with some familiarity to it (a little bit of a I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe) but more than enough to make it stand out from the pack. The setting Miner has placed this slasher comic is in the punk rock music scene, something that already makes it stand out from the sleepy town or isolated area these sorts of stories stick to. But, Miner also knows the genre building up the characters and giving us various headfakes already as to who the killer might be. In that way Miner plays with tropes and creates something new at the same time. The setting, the characters, it’s all a little different. We don’t have the typical jock, cheerleader, nerd set up.

Poser plays with things more than enough to keep us on our toes while also sticking to what works in the genre so well. There’s the sudden appearance of a person who’s wearing a similar outfit to the killer. There’s the opening that puts you at ease at first building tension to a cathartic scare. And there’s brutal killings already brought to “life” by Clay McCormack.

I’m not a fan of horror and absolutely not a fan of over the top gore, but McCormack’s deliver of each death is done in such a way that it’s both gory and humorous just over the top enough to make one laugh. That balance is key for me as far as enjoyment and I’m well aware that will vary with each reader. The characters too have a great design from McCormack who adds lots of detail to each so that we can learn even more about them without spending valuable pages teaching us.

The comic is a great one blending horror and music together. There’s a download code for the original soundtrack to Poser with music by Joel Grind. Published by Waxwork Comics, this isn’t too surprising but it’s a nice combination and hopefully we to see more of this combo of music and comics down the road. If you like horror, comics, and/or a little punk, Poser #1 is a solid start that takes some traditional horror cliches and has some fun with them to keep the reader entertained.

Story: Matt Miner Art: Clay McCormack
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Waxwork Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 1 SC

WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Dennis Hopeless, Box Brown, Ryan Ferrier, Tini Howard, Aubrey Sitterson, Rob Schamberger, Ross Thibodeaux
Artists: Dan Mora, Serg Acuña, Daniel Bayliss, Clay McCormack, Jorge Corona, Kendall Goode, Rob Guillory
Cover Artist: Rahzzah
Price: $16.99
Synopsis:

Going beyond what you get to see on TV and The WWE Network, WWE: Then. Now. Forever. takes fans through the greatest moments of Sports Entertainment history!

Featuring an all-star roster of writers and artists including Dennis Hopeless, Box Brown, Tini Howard, Ed McGuinness, Rob Guillory, Dan Mora, Andy Belanger, Jorge Corona, and Daniel Bayliss, this collection celebrates the rich history of WWE throughout the years.

From legendary WrestleMania matches to sizzling SummerSlam feuds, the biggest and best moments are highlighted, showcasing fan-favorite superstars like Dusty Rhodes, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Razor Ramon, Daniel Bryan, Sasha Banks, The New Day, and more!

Collects the WWE WrestleMania 2017 Special, the WWE Summer Slam 2017 Special, and the backup shorts from WWE issues #1-8.

Review: WWE #4

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After the slower emotional ride that was BOOM! Studio’s WWE #3, this issue does a wonderful job of throwing us right back into the action. Seth wants back into the ring, he wants his title back where it belongs, and nothing Hunter can do to stand in his way will stop him from laying his hands on Roman Reigns. Their former friendship means nothing when the top gold in the company is on the line. Every point along this path is hit like a perfected action movie.

Curiously enough, the actual time frame on this issue is incredibly short with most of it taking place over a single pay-per-view night. Again, the creative team of writer Dennis Hopeless, artist Serg Acuña, colorist Doug Garback, and letterer Jim Campbell collectively show their chops in executing a well-told and paced story. They not only understand how wrestling works but also how to convey a story on the page in a compelling way. Even with all the silly and over-the-top moments in this issue, we as an audience are never made to feel like we’re meant to laugh at rather than with them. Very little here drags and, when things slow a bit, it’s always to ramp it back up.

The back matter of this issue focuses on Bray Wyatt, the weird southern gothic bayou horror cult leader of WWE. Penned by Ryan Ferrier, I could have easily mistaken this for one of Wyatt’s actual promos. Though the art of Clay McCormack isn’t a favorite of mine, it serves the dialogue and writing well along with the colors of Dee Cunniffe.

This is kind of weird to say about a comic about wrestling but this issue was such a wonderful and raucous romp that knows exactly what it is and what it’s about with no qualms. If you haven’t been reading, you can still pick this one up as it’s the start of a new mini-arc and covers Seth Rollins’ return to the ring. If you’re a WWE fan, keep an eye out for some familiar heel superstar faces.

Story: Dennis Hopeless and Ryan Ferrier Art: Serg Acuña and Clay McCormack
Color: Doug Garback and Dee Cunniffe Lettering: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy if you like action movie sequences and/or wrestling

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review