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Review: Grumble #3

Grumble #3

The cat’s outta the bag… and out for blood! Eddie and Tala are on the verge of escaping Baltimore once and for all, but Simon, the feline hitman, stands in their way. Will our heroes be able to defeat Simon, steal back their car, and skip town in one piece? Or will Eddie do something stupid and get everyone killed? 

Grumble #3 is what far too few comics are lately; fun. And funny, without ever coming off as forced; nor is it the main focus of the comic as Grumble is naturally funny whilst telling a really enjoyable story. It’s easy to see that Rafer Roberts is having a blast writing this book, which makes it an easy sell when talking to people at my local comic shop. Mike Norton‘s visuals are perfectly suited to the style of this comic – of course, one of the characters being a pug is also right up his alley (this is the guy who created Battlepug, after all).

At this point I should probably talk a little about the actual contents of the book, but there’s a recap up above that gives you the gist of the book, and unless I start diving too deeply into spoiler territory there’s not much else I want to reveal just now (especially if you haven’t read the first two issues). What I will say, however, is that there’s no forced chemistry between the two leads, nor any illusions about the cowardly and near criminal nature of one. The characters are neither overtly good nor evil, but live in the moral grey areas that all great comics tend to touch on every once in awhile. That they are the protagonists means we’re cheering for them, but Roberts has developed the world in such a way that if the focus of the comic were on the mysterious bounty hunter and not her prey, then the two leads could easily be seen as the antagonists.

Hot damn, but do I love this series. The writing and the art combine to give you the perfect blend of Hellblazer and Howard the Duck with a side of the Dresden Files, making Grumble  one of the series to keep your eye on as the year progresses. If your shop didn’t get this series in, then correct that; it’s still available from Diamond (or it was when my LCS ordered a couple copies in), and it’s such a good read.

Writer: Rafer Roberts Art: Mike Norton
 Colours: Marissa Louise Letters: Crank 
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Albatross Funny Books provided a FREE copy for review

Preview: Rick and Morty #36

Rick and Morty #36

Story: Kyle Starks, Josh Trujillo
Art: Marc Ellerby, Rii Abrego
Color: Sarah Stern
Letterer: CRank!
Editor: Ari Yarwood
Design: Hilary Thompson
Cover: (Cover A) Marc Ellerby with Allison Strejlau, (Cover B) Mady G
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Kyle Starks and Marc Ellerby join forces to tell the story of Jerry’s very terrible, extremely bad, super sad day! Poor Jerry is having the worst of days—but it’s mostly his fault. How will he get bailed out this time? Plus: a new back-up comic story written by Josh Trujillo (Love is Love) and illustrated by Rii Abrego (Adventure Time)!

Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators #1 Has Sold Out of its First Printing

This month’s launch of Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators #1 found comic books shops and buyers getting schwifty! Upon the first printing of the new Rick and Morty one-shot, copies on the print run were sold out almost immediately, requiring a second print run, which will go on sale April 11thRick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators #1 sketch cover variant was also made available to attendees of Emerald City Comic Con.

The all-new Rick and Morty Presents is a quarterly series of one-shot comics. Learn the secret stories and hidden pasts of your favorite Rick and Morty characters, with each issue focusing on a different character of the franchise, including: The Vindicators written by J. Torres (#1),  Krombopulos Michael written by Daniel Mallory Ortberg (#2), Sleepy Gary written by Magdalene Visaggio (#3), and Pickle Rick written by Delilah Dawson (#4). All issues will be illustrated by CJ Cannon, colored by Nick Filardi, and lettered by Crank!

In Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators #1, we explore the twisted and bombastic history of THE VINDICATORS in an all-out superhero comics extravaganza. Read in amazement as the superhero team travels through dimensions to recruit other heroes to defeat a villain of their own making. Gasp in shock and awe as the plot twists and previously irrelevant characters revive from the dead! Frown in frustration as you forget the complicated backstory of suddenly important mythic items! And most of all… WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB!

Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators #1 will also be available at C2E2, in Chicago, April 6-8th.

Rick and Morty Presents is a New Quarterly Series Launching in March

Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty get back in the panels with an all-new Rick and Morty Presents quarterly series of one-shot comics, beginning with the first of four 40-page issues. Learn the secret stories and hidden pasts of your favorite Rick and Morty characters, with each issue focusing on a different side character of the franchise, including: The Vindicators written by J. Torres (#1), Krombopulos Michael written by Mallory Ortberg (#2), Sleepy Gary written by Mags Visaggio (#3), and Pickle Rick and Jaguar written by Delilah Dawson (#4). All issues will be illustrated by CJ Cannon, colored by Nick Filardi, and lettered by Crank!

Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators explores the twisted and bombastic history of THE VINDICATORS in an all-out superhero comics extravaganza. Read in amazement as the superhero team travels through dimensions to recruit other heroes to defeat a villain of their own making. Gasp in shock and awe as the plot twists and previously irrelevant characters revive from the dead! Frown in frustration as you forget the complicated backstory of suddenly important mythic items! And most of all… WUBBA LUBBA DUB DUB! Alternate issue #1 cover by Caitlin Rose Boyle.

Rick and Morty Presents: The Vindicators is scheduled for release March 7, 2018, with the subsequent issues releasing in June, September, and November 2018.

Katie O’Neill’s Aquicorn Cove Comes to Oni Press in October 2018

Oni Press has announced that Katie O’Neill, creator of Princess Princess Ever After and The Tea Dragon Society, has a new all-ages original graphic novel, Aquicorn Cove, slated for release October 2018.

When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As she explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, Lana learns that while she cannot always count on adults to be the guardians she needs, she herself is capable of finding the strength to protect both the ocean, and her own happiness.

Aquicorn Cove, a full color hardcover book, is written, illustrated, and colored by Katie O’Neill, with lettering by Crank!.

EarthQuaker Devices Announces Octo Skull

Ohio-based effects pedal company EarthQuaker Devices has launched EarthQuaker Comics with the release of Octo Skull, its first foray into the world of comic books on September 1st, 2016.

Octo Skull is an epic fantasy adventure set in a magical and unforgiving universe with characters and locations inspired by the company’s colorful and inventive line of musical effects pedals. Legendary barbarian warrior Octo Skull is on a quest through the haunted Ghost Echo canyon to the murky Depths to defend the world from demonic invasion at the hands of the merciless Hoof Reaper.

Octo Skull is written and drawn by EarthQuaker Devices staff artist Matt Horak, with colors by Chris O’Halloran, and letters by Crank!.The

The five page online prologue launches at EarthQuakerDevices.com on September 1st with new pages premiering every Tuesday and Thursday, and will feature an exclusive soundtrack with original music by EarthQuaker Devices artists. A print edition will be released down the road.

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Preview: The Double Life of Miranda Turner #7

The Double Life of Miranda Turner #7

Writer: Jamie S. Rich
Artist: George Kambadais
Letterer: Crank!
Price: $0.99
Pages: 17
Rating: 9+

Miranda Turner’s hometown has been taken over by dastardly demons, guided by her sister’s fearsome arch nemesis, Tengu. How does the devilish villain see through Miranda’s disguise to know she’s not the real Cat? And will it matter if the whole world is swallowed up by Hell?

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Preview: The Double Life of Miranda Turner #6

The Double Life of Miranda Turner #6

Writer: Jamie S. Rich
Artist: George Kambadais
Letterer: Crank!
Price: $0.99
Pages: 18
Rating: 9+

Things almost went wrong for Miranda when her sister’s best friend caught her snooping around Lindy’s house, but the Cat barely gets time to breathe before having to jump into the breach once again to take on the previous Cat’s hellacious arch-nemesis.

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Preview: The Double Life of Miranda Turner #5

The Double Life of Miranda Turner #5

Writer: Jamie S. Rich
Artist: George Kambadais
Letterer: Crank!
Price: $0.99
Pages: 17
Rating: 9+

Miranda has been caught red-handed snooping around her dead sister’s apartment. Or at least that’s how it looks. Lindy Turner’s best friend, the teleporting superhero Portal, has been wondering where her pal the Cat has disappeared to, and so it doesn’t look good when a girl she’s never met shows up at the Cat’s lair wearing the missing crimefighter’s costume.

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Preview: The Double Life of Miranda Turner #4

The Double Life of Miranda Turner #4

Writer: Jamie S. Rich
Artist: George Kambadais
Letterer: Crank!
Price: $0.99
Pages: 17
Rating: 9+

At long last, it can be revealed: the events of the night Lindy Turner was killed. With a new clue to go on, Miranda and her sister relive the evening that led to the Cat’s murder.

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