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Review: Weird Detective #2

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Det. Sebastian Greene is on the case to capture the Lovecraftian monster leaving the empty skins of human victims all over New York City and uncover its connection to a blasphemous crime family. At the same time, his partner, Det. Sana Fayez, tries to uncover Greene’s sanity-blasting secret, but can her mind survive learning the weird detective’s true identity?

This Lovecraftian noir gets more intriguing by the issue. It’s all getting stranger in Weird Detective #2 as one more empty body is found. This forces Greene to take some strange measure to find out the truth. This is while other agencies partner up to figure out who the murder is. The better question is, is the murder a who or a what? The writer Fred Van Lente really sets things up as you get to the ending which makes one wonder what will happen next?

Guiu Vilanova‘s artwork shines, despite the darkness of it. The small action sequence in the beginning pages is well done. It all does end sort of anti-climatically as Fayes’ attackers reveal their badges, setting up a new mystery about their ghoulish appearances. Vilanova delivers it all in a style that adds to the weird horror fun of it all.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Guiu Vilanova
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dept. H #4

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With time running out, Mia launches a final, desperate attempt to rescue her brother. But the mission is endangered as soon as it begins when the crew encounters the dangers of the ocean floor: earthquakes, lava, and the creatures that lurk in the deep.

In Dept. H #4, an attempt to find her brother Mia uncovers something unexpected in the generator caves. As she searches for her brother, Mia’s mom is brought up sort of. Not in the traditional sense, as it is more of an internal monolog. While the conversation is interesting, it does lead one to wonder if she will show up in physical form. I find it really interesting that writer Matt Kindt went that route when presenting things this way.

I will admit the darkness of the cave is intriguing. Given the skeletal remains that are outside, it makes me wonder if something lurks in the cave, or nearby. Even the cave has an odd sense of color. As always, the art by Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt is beautiful to look at and beyond unique.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: House of Penance #4

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The chaotic construction is no longer enough to keep Sarah’s ghosts at bay, so she tries something more extreme to ease her conscience. Peck’s nightmares are growing worse, too. Brought together by their dark visions, the heiress and the outlaw are getting closer, but Sarah’s sister doesn’t like it one bit.

IT’S NOT JUST THE HOUSE THAT’S HAUNTED . . .

In House of Penance #4 the past returns to haunt the house, as more Sarah’s ghosts haunt her. Both physically and emotionally things get strange, with only two issues left. I will admit I’m curious to see if more of Sarah’s family visits to see if they try to stop her descent to into madness.

Sarah’s descent into madness manages to influence the art, as it gets darker, and a little gruesome at times. While it may not all be dark, there are a few bleak spots of light. They are spread out throughout the comic which manages to give the issue a sense of balance.

Story: Peter Tomasi Art: Ian Bertram
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Black Hammer #1

Black Hammer #1 1A new story from the prodigious brain of Jeff Lemire, amazingly realized by Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart!

Once they were heroes, but that age has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City—Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien—now lead simple lives in a timeless farming town. Even as they try to find their way home, trouble has a unique way of finding heroes wherever they are!

Dark Horse is known for their strange tales, and this one is no exception. Black Hammer features heroes of a lost age who begin to question their forced retirement. That is, all but one who seems to enjoy the simpler life of being a farmer. Yet someone from the outside, doesn’t believe that they are dead like the rest of the world. She seems determined to find them, if only to find her father. This is Jeff Lemire‘s latest spin on superheroes and it’s one to definitely check out as Lemire rarely doesn’t deliver.

The art by Dean Ormston has an rich old time style feel to it. The issue manages to showcase the person under the mask instead of the masked part of their life, which adds a bit of mystery to it all. While the art does show some brief flashbacks to that time, they do leave one a little curious as to the individual backstory. I’m curious to see if they manage to bring some of that in both the story and the art as the series continues.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Dean Ormston
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Prometheus: Life and Death #2

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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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Review: Bounty #1

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The Gadflies were the most wanted criminals in the galaxy—robbing corporations to redistribute wealth to the destitute. Now, with a bounty to match their reputation, the Gadflies are forced to abandon banditry for a career as bounty hunters . . . ’cause if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em—then rob ’em blind!

Rat Queens creator Kurtis Wiebe joins forces with pop-comic sensation Mindy Lee to present a femme fatale sci-fi caper of epic proportions!

Wiebe has made something with Bounty that fans of Cowboy Bebop should pickup. While it keeps the action and humor of the acclaimed anime, it is much more colorful in nature. The story is lighthearted, fun, and quick paced. If you like high-energy, humorous sci-fi you shouldn’t miss this.

The cartoon influenced, colorful art is visually eye-catching.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see a cartoon adaption happen, given both the artwork and story. The action scenes are polished and have a great flow between the panels.  If this issue is just a hint at things to come, I’m not sure I can wait for more.

Story: Kurtis Wiebe Art: Mindy Lee
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Baltimore: Empty Graves #4

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Led to a sultan’s tomb in their search for the Blood-Red Witch, Baltimore and his companions get answers from unexpected sources that will lead them not only to the witch, but to the Red King as well.

In Baltimore: Empty Graves #4 things get strange as the origin tale of the living dead sultans is revealed. Writer Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden manage to share the tale of how the Blood-Red Witch came to her current moniker back when she was human. It all leads to a climatic and intriguing fight scene revealing even more. This comic deals with more of the past than some previews issues.

The tale of the past is well drawn by Peter Bergting. The art creates an interesting portrait especially with the design of the body of Blood-Red Witch, in particular, the use of color. The fight scenes are superb and manage to flow well. It all comes together to give the comic a dire sense of urgency, and action.

Story: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden Art: Peter Bergting
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Dark Horse announces new installment in “Serenity” series

Dark Horse is excited to announce the newest Serenity series, Serenity: No Power in the ’Verse. Originally created by the legendary Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel), Serenity begins its next chapter with a story written by Chris Roberson (iZombie, Witchfinder: City of the Dead) and illustrated by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Seasons 8 and 9, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind).

Roberson described his excitement for the new series: “I’ve been a devoted fan of Captain Reynolds and company since the first episode of Firefly aired, and have followed the exploits of the Serenity crew through TV, film, and comics ever since. It’s an unbelievable thrill (and an enormous responsibility!) to help chart the course for their further adventures.”

Serenity: No Power in the ’Verse finds Malcolm Reynolds and his crew struggling through some difficult times. Tensions are at an all-time high when the crew receives a call to help find a missing friend. The crew must come together to discover the answers to her mysterious disappearance. Will they find her in time?

No Power in the ’Verse is preceded by the Serenity comics Those Left Behind, Better Days, The Shepherd’s Tale, and Leaves on the Wind.

No Power in the ’Verse’s first issue (of six) goes on sale October 26, 2016. Georges Jeanty provides a special variant cover.

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Demo-Graphics: The State of Indie/Small Press Comics

Earlier this week I brought you demographic reports based off of Facebook data for Marvel, and DC. Up next is independent/small press comics! Basically, everyone not the “big two.”

For this report I looked at comic book publisher likes that are not the big two or part of the big two. For this report, Vertigo, Zuda, Icon, are not included though they share similar comics as to other in this report. For this report, terms like IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Fantagraphics were included. Manga was left out of this as well.

You can check out the stats for 2014 as well as those for 2015.

Facebook Population: Over 6,800,000 in the United States

The indie/small press population has grown since last year by about 2.4 million individuals. That’s double the amount as last year and the year before which each grew 1.2 million.

In 2014 and 2015 Spanish speakers accounted for 12.50%. In 2016 the percentage increased to 16.18%.

Gender and Age

In 2014 men accounted for 57.50% of the population and women 40.63%. A year later, that shifted with men accounting for 59.09% and women 40.91%. The past year has brought some impressive changes as women now are a majority with 51.47% and men account for 48.53%.

indie facebook gender 7.19.16This is how gender changes as far as percent over age. With women being a majority things are clearly different, but interestingly men overtake the majority around age 22 and lose it at about 33.

indie facebook gender age 7.19.16And the raw data.

indie facebook gender age raw 7.19.16Relationship Status

Compared to last year those engaged took a serious drop, decreasing about 12 percentage points. Those Married double in percentage and over tripled in raw number. Those that are Single dipped slightly too, dropping about 4 percentage points.

indie facebook relationship status 7.19.16Education

With such a change in gender breakdowns, there’s absolutely shifts here.

indie facebook education 7.19.16Gender Interest

With less Men, those all saw dips as far as how much they make up in percentage. Women interested in Women almost doubled while Women interested in both Men and Women increased about 0.7 percentage points.

indie facebook gender interest 7.19.16Ethnicity

Compared to last year all ethnicities increased a few percentage points.

indie facebook ethnicity 7.19.16Generation

The gains here all all in Generation X and Millennials, but what’s striking is again Generation X is majority women while Millennials are now about 50/50 parity.

indie facebook generation 7.19.16Join us tomorrow when we look at comicdom as a whole!

Review: Semiautomagic TPB

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Professor Alice Creed doesn’t have tenure. And she never will, as long as she keeps ditching her lectures to kill monsters. But when a dark force from between universes begins seducing young souls through an innocent computer game, she packs her occult relics, holy water, and iPad to kick eldritch ass!

Semiautomagic is modern monster hunting featuring a professor with a gift for the occult. Except this particular professor is often heading for trouble with a shotgun in hand, instead of teaching. Written by Alex de Campi the graphic novel has a well-written script that has terrifying moments and bleak humor. Alice reminds me some of Giles from Buffy if he was the one headed into the action instead.

Artist Jerry Ordway manages to capture this strange almost psychedelic inspired artwork, mixed with elements of surreal horror in a superb manner. Ordway manages to keep the sense of action flowing as panels are subtlety broken up. The larger monstrous creatures look like something out Lovecraftian themed fiction. While the smaller monsters are an equal mix of disgusting, and terrifying.

Story: Alex de Campi Art: Jerry Ordway
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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