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Underrated: Road Rage

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Road Rage



road rageRoad Ragepublished by IDW is an adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill‘s Throttle and Richard Matheson‘s Duel by writer Chris Ryall and artists Nelson Daniel (on Throttle) and Rafa Garres (on Duel).

Despite the collected edition of Road Rage containing two versions of essentially the same story; King and Hill’s story in this trade is itself an adaptation of Matheson’s original short story, making the two issue comic an adaptation of an adaptation – which is an interesting choice for a collection. But if you’re expecting to read the same story twice, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. King and  Hill’s story focuses on a group of bikers who end up running afoul of the deadly truck, where as Matheson’s features a lone salesman desperately trying to avoid a different truck in his car. The two stories are linked by the deadly truck, but are ultimately different enough that you shouldn’t feel short changed should you happen to pick this book up.

When it comes to the quality or faithfulness of the adaptations to the original stories, well that’s not something I can comment on as I have never read the text-only stories. However, I did really enjoy both comic stories as they were presented; Ryall’s comic scripts, presumably, more than does justice to the source material as he’s able to effectively convey the tense horror and suspense of both Throttle and Duel (the latter feels more like a horror story for me than the more action tinged former), though a portion of the credit should also be given to the artists. Garras work on Duel veers between the mundane daily life of a salesman driving to the pants wetting terror and desperation to stay alive. The more afraid the protagonist becomes, the more distorted the art feels – it’s a brilliant and investing touch to the story that effectively builds upon the tensions of the script.

The collection is a great taste of horror tinged comic books, and one that despite the high profile genre names connected to the comics I had never heard of before I spotted it at the used section of my LCS. It’s the subject of today’s column because it was a fantastic read, remarkably tense and quite exhilarating. If you get the chance to read the collection or the four issues collected within, then do so. You’ll find an Underrated gem.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Disney’s Tsum Tsum Kingdom

Disney’s Tsum Tsum Kingdom

Thom Zahler, Jeremy Lambert (w) • Philip Murphy, Nico Pena (a) • Nicoletta Baldari (c)

Dive into the secret world of the adorable toys that have taken the world by storm! Tsums Tsums are the loveable, stackable plush toys that are beloved by adults and children alike, but did you know that when people are away, the Tsum Tsums play? Follow along with their silly adventures in this one-shot that’s sure to leave a smile on your face.

FC • 48 pages • $7.99 • ISBN: 978-1-68405-465-7

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the TMNT #2 (of 2)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rise of the TMNT #2 (of 2)

Matthew K. Manning (w) • Chad Thomas (a) • Andy Suriano (c)

The Turtles face a brand-new menace that’s weirder than any they’ve faced before! Will the Turtles be able to agree on the right course of action, or will they drive themselves insane trying to best each other?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #8

Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #8

Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)

The Ghostbusters have survived every challenge thrown their way so far, but they aren’t home free yet—and with Tiamat involved, victory will come at a cost! Join us for the grand finale of the biggest Ghostbusters story of 2018, setting the stage for the future! CROSSING OVER ends here!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Euthanauts #4

Euthanauts #4

Tini Howard (w) • Nick Robles (a & c)

No Mercy, No Quarter. With the absence of Dr. Wolfe, the Euthanauts must get their hands on the things that were left behind. Thalia must become a huntress in search of another daughter—Diana.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #257

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #257

Larry Hama (w) • Ron Joseph (a & c)

“The Cobra’s Venom,” Part 2! Dr. Venom continues his evil schemes, and not even his Cobra comrades are certain whose side he’s on. The only thing for sure is that he needs to be stopped, no matter the cost! But is G.I. Joe up to the task?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Star Trek vs. Transformers #2 (of 4)

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John Barber & Mike Johnson (w) • Philip Murphy (a & c)

The Enterprise is burning, brought down by the united forces of the Klingons and Decepticons. Captain Kirk and Optimus Prime have a plan to strike back, but can they bring their scattered Starfleet crew and Autobots together before Megatron wipes them out? The no-holds-barred Saturday morning mash-up continues!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Transformers: Unicron #6 (of 6)

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John Barber (w) • Alex Milne (a & c)

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FC • 48 pages • $7.99

Preview: Uncle Scrooge: My First Millions #2 (of 4)

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The mystery behind Scrooge’s first millions continues in “My Second Million!” Just how did Scrooge accumulate his second million dollars, and who was involved in helping Scrooge become the wealthy duck he is today? Find out in this exciting second installment!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Thom Zahler (w) • Agnes Garbowska (a & c)

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FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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