Life and death hang in the balance as the epic battle against the World Destroyer rages on! Tensions rise as the battle is joined… the question being: will these new combatants be friend or foe?? Frank’s journey continues through terrifying post-apocalyptic terrain in this re-envisioning of the legend of Frankenstein’s Monster by break out talent James Whynot.
In Bolts #2 the strange gets stranger, as this issue adds in more characters along with revealing some of how the world came to be a place inhabited by strange, behemoth animals. While it doesn’t reveal much, I’m curious to see what is coming in future issues. The issue adds more characters who seem to share a dash of red which is odd. Are they connected in some way? The coloring choice would have me to think so.
Sticking to the three color art style allows the issue and series to manage and create a slightly unique read. Whynot allows the natural violence and darkness of the story to stand out in superb fashion through the art. This issue ramps up on the gore and violence some with the opening scene. I’m curious to see how many of the strange new characters will continue to appear as more issues are released.
Story: James Whynot Art: James Whynot
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy
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Klaus: Pen & Ink #1
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Calling all process junkies! If you’re as much a fan of the behind-the-scenes process of illustration as you are of the finished product, you will love this in-depth look at the making of the critically acclaimed Klaus.
This next installment of the Pen & Ink series collects Klaus issues #1-2 in an oversized, 11” x 17” format that features Dan Mora’s detailed inks alongside new commentary and creative insights from Mora and writer Grant Morrison.
Drew is a bullied kid in the Yonkers neighborhood of New York City whose family faces encroaching violence from Russian gangsters. Before his beloved grandfather is killed in an attempt to muscle the family out of the neighborhood, he’s able to pass down to Drew the story of a mysterious but dangerous protector who helped their people during other troubled times. When Drew finds his grandfather kept the secret to creating a golem, is it worth the risk to summon this supernatural avenger to take on the all-too-human darkness swallowing his world?
Brik is an urban fantasy tale of power and morality from writers Adam Glass & Mike Benson, amazing new illustrator Harwinder Singh, and colorist Gonzalo Duarte!
Brik is part modern fairy-tale, part coming of age, with a touch of ancient mysticism. The first issue also creates a sense of history, as Drew’s grandfather tells him how he learned of the Golem’s existence along with the secret of its creation. I’m curious to see how this story continues given the moral dilemma Drew has facing him. Does he bring about a dangerous weapon or let the Russian gangsters violence take over his home? Thus the morality tale of the Golem plays out with this new spin on the classic myth.
The artwork is realistic without managing to be overdone. It manages to capture the urban strife and the historical aspects of the story.
The comic focuses a lot more on the present than the past that does leave one wondering how much Drew’s grandfather actually knew. I’m curious to see if more of the grandfather’s past is brought about as the series continues.
Story: Mike Benson, Adam Glass Art: Harwinder Singh
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy
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Back to the Future: Citizen Brown #3 (of 5)
Bob Gale, Erik Burnham (w) • Alan Robinson (a & c)
Marty and Doc have outwitted the Tannen family, but at what cost? When the DeLorean speeds back to 1986, our heroes discover that Hill Valley is now a walled-in city held under the sway of the mysterious CITIZEN BROWN. And Marty’s going to have to solve things on his own—because Doc has just faded from existence!
FC • 40 pages • $4.99
The Engineer’s ship finally makes planetfall, and the Colonial Marine stowaways find themselves on a world even more deadly than the one they left behind!
The Life and Death story cycle becomes the sequel to Fire and Stone as the characters end up on LV-223—the planet of Prometheus!
Prometheus: Life and Death #2 it gets weird, actually well past weird. It manages to continue the travels on the horseshoe shaped ship as they land on a strange looking world. In classic Dark Horse fashion, things get stranger when a swarm of Aliens converge on them. Yet on top of that, another group of humans with alien looking weapons manage to save them. The surprise ending, I won’t spoil but, will leave you confused, and intrigued.
Whatever the name of the planet the ship lands on, it has a borderline dead looking appearance. Readers will see what I mean when they read the issue. The rescuers weapons are clearly alien in nature, but from what race since they don’t look like anything a Predator has used before.
Story: Dan Abnett Art: Andrea Mutti
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
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Xena Warrior Princess #4
writer: Genevieve Valentine
artist: Ariel Medel, Julius Gopez
cover: Jenny Frison
incentive cover: Jenny Frison (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
With half the Harpies taken hostage and on their way to Rome as war prizes, Xena and Gabrielle set off on a desperate rescue mission. The Harpies are ready for battle, and even Ares has joined the fray, but with Rome hungry for victory at any cost, they might already be too late. It’s battle on two fronts… and when Gabrielle faces a terrible choice, will she risk losing Xena to save the world?
After finding their camp deserted and destroyed, the scouts have to fight their way through more zombies to reach Full Moon Hollow. But will anyone there be able to help them solve the mystery behind this zombie outbreak and save the town? Is there even a town left to save?
Ghoul Scouts: Night of the Unliving Undead, is half Scooby-Doo, and half The Walking Dead. In this second issue, the kids manage to find what remains of the campsite, before deciding to take a moonlight stroll into town. This leads to the discovery that zombies have made their way into town. As they run from house to house in search of an adult, they try to survive the zombie townsfolk. It’s a solid blending of comics and is a zombie comic for the younger set.
The mix of improvised and little random weapons manages to throw some humor into the art. While the town seems to have some of the creep factor of the forest, there is something about the place that is small-town. If the town wasn’t infested with zombies, it would probably be a nice place to live. The houses do look pretty similar as the kids defend themselves but there’s a nice flowing manner about it all.
Story: Steve Bryant Art: Jason Millet, Mark Stegbauer
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
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MERRY MEN #2
(W) Robert Rodi
(A/CA) Jackie Lewis
(C) Marissa Louise
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Action, Adventure
Another exciting chapter in this bold and provocative re-imagining of Robin Hood!
“There is a passage in Leviticus, long ignored, that forbids a man to lie with another man as he would with a woman.” The truth behind the Merry Men’s exile into Sherwood Forest is revealed, as is Robin’s steamy past with King Richard. But now that Robin’s friends are in danger, the Merry Men are faced with a choice. Stay in Sherwood, where their safety is all but guaranteed, or rescue those held hostage by the violent Guy of Gisbourne?
Written by: Tom King
Art by: Matt Banning, David Finch
Cover by: David Finch
Variant cover by: Tim Sale
“I AM GOTHAM” Chapter Three: Batman and Gotham strike out together to get to the bottom of the mysterious attacks against the city. Could this novel and headstrong new hero be everything Gotham City needs…at the cost of the Dark Knight?
Comic Book Resources today announce that IDW will be releasing an Artist’s Edition of Jack Kirby’s original pages from Fantastic Four #82-#83 as well as Fantastic Four Annual #6 , and is due to hit shelves in January of 2017.
In an official press release Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing David Gabriel said: “Kirby’s inventive story-telling set the bar that Marvel has honored for decades, we couldn’t be prouder to see this fantastic work made available in this new prestige over-sized format that pays tribute to Jack ‘The King’ Kirby’s exemplary talent and skill.”
“These issues of Fantastic Four represent Jack Kirby operating at the top of his game, which is about as high a compliment as I can pay a comic book,” said noted comics historian and Kirby biographer Mark Evanier. “As a reader, I felt like the fifth member of the Fantastic Four—and that was in the small format with the bad printing. When I get the IDW book, I will probably want to move into it and live there.”
IDW‘s Artist’s Edition line are oversized hardcovers that present original comic book art reproduced in its original size, something the company has been producing for five years now. They have Check out the cover below.
CBR revealed the cover exclusively on 7/22