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Review: The Forevers Vol. 1

The Forevers Vol. 1

To quote David Bowie: “Fame, it’s mine, it’s mine, it’s just his line to bind your time, it drives you to crime.” Although that quote probably has the song now stuck in your head, it also nicely sums up the plot to The Forevers. The first volume of this series from Black Mask Studios has been collected into a trade paperback, available now wherever comic books are sold. The quest for fame and the drive to stay famous are the two main themes of this series by writer Curt Pires. In The Forevers, a group of friends take part in a magic ritual that imbues them with mystic power. Power they then use to achieve their dreams of fame and lead glamorous lives. Ten years later, when one of them dies, the rest realize that her share of the power has been split between the rest of the group. Now one of them is killing off the others in an attempt to claim all the power for themself. It’s up to the others to figure out who the killer is before he succeeds in picking them all off.

In my opinion, crime thrillers and fantasy elements don’t mix that well. Often, I feel like either the mystery itself would be no match for the magic at play; or that the mystery could take place anywhere, thus making the fantasy world irrelevant. Neither of these is the case for The Forevers. Writer Curt Pires strikes an encapsulating balance between the elements of mystery and fantasy. The world Pires has created is an accurate mirror of our world and the magic is believable. He grounds the story with emotions and desires to which all readers can relate. Then he uses those emotions and desires as the blocks on which he builds the mystery and suspense throughout the story.

Pires employs an interesting storytelling technique throughout the book. Panels on one half of the page are dedicated to one character’s perspective while the panels on the other half are from a different character’s point of view. This storytelling device allows Pires to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, which keeps the story flowing at a fast pace. It also establishes connections and contrast between the various characters, making their development even more interesting.

The Forevers has some of the most realistic artwork I’ve seen in a long time. Eric Scott Pfeiffer’s illustrations look like he used real people as models. I wouldn’t be surprised if the main characters in this series are based on his real-life friends. Thanks to his art, reading the first volume of this series is almost like watching a television show. That’s how clear and real the characters look on the page. Pfeiffer’s color choices further add to the reality contained within his artwork. Using shades of color alone, he distinguishes background from foreground without having to use dark, bold outlines around the objects and characters he draws. This makes the focus of each panel abundantly clear and instantly draws the reader’s eye to the subject of that panel. Also, keep your eyes peeled for cameos by Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Plant. Their likenesses expertly captured by Pfeiffer’s pen.

To quote Bowie one last time, “Fame, what you get is no tomorrow.” The Forevers is a very well-crafted mystery with just the right mix of fantasy elements. The story remains exciting throughout while examining the implications behind the quest for fame and the ramifications of achieving that status. The artwork is phenomenal. There need to be more books on the shelf that are drawn like this one. I enjoy “house style” as much as the next fan, but there’s something truly engaging about the realistic nature of the art in this series. If you missed this five-issue series when it was released, now’s your chance to check out this fantastic story.

Story: Curt Pires Art: Eric Scott Pfeiffer Letterer: Colin Bell
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Forevers

The Forevers

Writer: Curt Pires / Artist: Eric Pfeiffer / Letterer: Colin Bell
Mature / $19.99 / 180 pages

Live fast. Live forever.
Five friends struggling on the brink of stardom sacrifice everything in a black magic pact that brings them all the wealth and glamour they ever wanted. But now, years later, the glow is fading. When one of them is killed in an accident, they each feel a pulse of magic rise in them. They realize the glow is spread evenly among the group, and if one dies that power is passed along to the rest. Suddenly, they are being hunted. One of them has decided to kill the rest and harness the remaining power.

As they search for the killer, each of The Forevers will be confronted by the macabre reality of the lengths people will go to be adored, to make sure the spotlight never fades.

From writer Curt Pires (Youth, Olympia, Wyrd, Pop) with Eric Pfeiffer and Colin Bell, the art team behind Arcadia, Curb Stomp, and Roche Limit.

The Forevers

Review: Going to the Chapel TPB

Going to the Chapel TPB

Going to the Chapel is the type of comic that when you finish, you immediately dream of it being on the big screen. It’s the type of story that’s a hell of a wild ride. Writer David Pepose delivers a story that’s Tarantino in nature with twists and turns that are off the wall on a Looney Tunes sort of way.

Going to the Chapel focuses on a wedding that’s broken up by a robbery that goes wrong. Of course, there’s more to it than that and that’s part of the fun. Over the four issues, the situation gets more out of hand as the police surround the church and the guests decide they’ve had enough. A wedding gone wrong is an understatement as to the experience.

Pepose delivers winks and nods throughout the series making sure the story never gets too serious. With some solid banter and jokes throughout, the comic will put a smile on your face. There’s absurdity throughout and so much coming out of the blue. It catches you off guard and hits the right notes. It’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Gavin Guidry nails it on the art. With colors by Liz Kramer and lettering by Ariana Maher and Colin Bell the art ups the humor of the situation. The style and art nail the moments and adds to the absurdity. Looks on faces and the body language is at times is all it takes. The situation and the visuals combine to get you to laugh. It’s the small details that really help and deliver the jokes. Pepose’s writing is solid but the art is what makes the pacing of some of the dialogue delivery. Everything is just so over the top it’s hard to not have fun and just smile at the chaos.

Going to the Chapel is a mashup between Kevin Smith and Tarantino and the result is so much entertainment. I often joke that it seems like very comic is now optioned and in this case, I want this story to be. It’s a great comic and would be a fantastic fun film. If you like the heist gone wrong genre, this is a must get. If you just like a damn good comic, you can’t go wrong with this.

Story: David Pepose Art: Gavin Guidry
Color: Liz Kramer Letterer: Ariana Maher, Colin Bell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Spencer & Locke is Getting a Third Volume

Writer David Pepose has announced that his popular comic series Spencer & Locke is getting a third volume. Joining Pepose are returning creators Jorge Santiago, Jr. on art, Jasen Smith on colors, and Colin Bell is lettering. The below teaser image is by Joe Mulvey with Smith’s colors.

“His partner was imaginary… but the reckoning is all real.”

No release date has been announced but the series is “coming soon.”

The series is best described as Calvin and Hobbes meets Sin City as it follows a detective and his (not so) imaginary stuffed cat partner. With tons of homages and references, the previous two volumes are deep for fans of comic history and comic strips. We’re expecting more of the same for the third volume!

You can purchase the first and the second volumes physically and digitally now.

Spencer & Locke III

Spencer and Locke’s World Changes Forever in July with Spencer & Locke 2 #4!

The sequel to the Ringo-nominated crime saga reaches a fever pitch in Spencer & Locke 2 #4! Clawing back from the edge, Spencer and Locke make their final stand against the merciless Roach Riley. Can these unlikely partners overcome their demons long enough to stop this reign of terror? Or will Roach have the last laugh after all? Find out in the thrilling conclusion to writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr.’s hit series in Spencer & Locke 2 #4, arriving in comic shops and on digital devices July 2019!

Spencer & Locke 2 #4 is by writer David Pepose, Jorge Santiago, Jr., colorist Jasen Smith, and letterer Colin Bell. It features covers by Santiago, Maan House, and Joe Mulvey.

Spencer & Locke 2 #4

Review: Spencer & Locke 2 #1

Spencer and Locke are back and they must stop a killer in Roach Riley. Spencer & Locke 2 #1 is an absolute blast upping the homage, nostalgia, and twistedness.

Story: David Pepose
Art: Jorge Santiago Jr.
Color: Jasen Smith
Letterer: Colin Bell

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Can Spencer and Locke Stop Roach Riley? Find out in Spencer & Locke 2 #4 this July!

SPENCER & LOCKE 2 #4

Writer: David Pepose
Artist: Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Colorist: Jasen Smith
Letterer: Colin Bell
Cover Artists: Main Cover by Jorge Santiago, Jr. (MAY191289; $3.99), Variant Covers by Maan House (MAY191290; $3.99) and Joe Mulvey (MAY191291; $3.99)
Due In Stores and Digital Devices July 2019

The sequel to the Ringo-nominated crime saga reaches a fever pitch in SPENCER & LOCKE 2 #4! Clawing back from the edge, Spencer and Locke make their final stand against the merciless Roach Riley. Can these unlikely partners overcome their demons long enough to stop this reign of terror? Or will Roach have the last laugh after all? Find out in the thrilling conclusion to writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr.’s hit series in SPENCER & LOCKE 2 #4, arriving in comic shops and on digital devices July 2019!

SPENCER & LOCKE 2 #4

The Mutant Snowmen Cometh this June in Spencer & Locke 2 #3

The stakes have never been higher than in Spencer & Locke 2 #3, as the Ringo Award-nominated saga takes our heroes to the edge! Hovering between life and death, Spencer and Locke must make the ultimate choice as they journey across a terrifying and otherworldly battlefield. Meanwhile, Roach Riley aims to paint the town red — that is, unless an unexpected hero has something to say about it!

Be sure to preorder writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr.’s pulse-pounding fight across the funny pages in Spencer & Locke 2 #3, arriving in comic shops and on digital devices June 2019! The issue features colors by Jasen Smith, lettering by Colin Bell, a main cover by Santiago, Jr. and variant covers by Maan House and Joe Mulvey.

Preview: Coda Vol. 1 SC

Coda Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Colorist: Michael Doig
Letterer: Jim Campbell & Colin Bell
Cover Artist: Matías Bergara
Price: $9.99

Simon Spurrier (Sandman Universe, Godshaper) and Matías Bergara (Cannibal, Supergirl) present a broken fantasy world that’s perfect for fans of Mad Max and The Lord of the Rings.

In the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, a former bard named Hum (a man of few words, so nicknamed because his standard reply is “hm”) seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the weird wasteland.

Collects issues #1-4.

Coda Vol. 1 SC

Preview: Lucy Dreaming SC

Lucy Dreaming SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Max Bemis
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
Letterers: Colin Bell & Ed Dukeshire
Price: $19.99

Max Bemis (Moon Knight writer and lead singer of Say Anything) and Michael Dialynas (The Woods) present a vibrant coming-of-age fantasy about living your dreams—literally.

In her dreams, Lucy is the hero of all her favorite stories, living each night as a grand adventure. But as fantastic as these “dreams” are, they carry the same life-and-death stakes as the waking world, and it’s up to Lucy to uncover the truth behind her multiversal travels.

Collects the complete limited series.

Lucy Dreaming SC
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