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Review: Silver Surfer: Black Treasury Edition

Spinning out of Guardians of the Galaxy, Silver Surfer has been blown into a black hole. Find out what happens during his fight back from oblivion including a surprising appearance of Knull! in Silver Surfer: Black!

Silver Surfer: Black features issues #1-5

Story: Donny Cates
Art: Tradd Moore
Color: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Review: Rorschach #1

Rorschach #1

Rorschach #1 is a fascinating start to the already controversial series. Set in the world of Watchmen, what you think of that might already be swayed one way or another. But, as we’ve seen from the television series, we can get quality continuations and other stories told in that world. It looks like Rorschach #1 might be another example of a quality story being told. It’s just set in that controversial modern classic comic world.

Written by Tom King, Rorschach #1 is a political thriller. The comic, so far, hasn’t felt like it needed to be set in the world of Watchmen. But, it’s been just one issue. The story revolves around the attempted assassination of a Presidential candidate. From there an investigation begins as to what happens which opens so many questions and a lot of mystery.

Rorschach #1 might be set in the world of Watchmen but its heart is squarely set in the political thrillers and noir films of the 1960s and 1970s. From the tone to the look, this is a crime comic that just so happens to feature someone dressed as Rorschach.

Someone wearing a Rorschach mask has attempted to assassinate the candidate running against President Robert Redford. Taking place 35 years after the events of Watchmen, we’re left with questions. Who? Why? And, what the hell!? There’s a lot set up in this issue and for those who love a good crime story, it’s a solid read. Really solid read.

Now, here’s where I have some issues, the art. The comic takes its queues from thrillers from the 60s and 70s and looks like the 70s early 80s… but it’s 2020!? There’s a slight disconnect for me with the visuals where the most shocking thing was finding out it was 2020 at the end. There’s a reference to “Oklahoma” which clued me in the television show is cannon, but the clothes, a beeper, the comic looks very early Dirty Harry.

Despite that, the art by Jorge Fornés is fantastic. Fornés doesn’t attempt to put his own spin on the “Watchmen style” like Doomsday Clock did. Instead, this comic is its own thing with a clear voice in its pacing and style. Dave Stewart‘s colors add to the visuals of the comics delivering a coloring that just fits perfectly for its noir/crime story roots. While the outfits and haircuts might betray when the comic takes place the visuals are still fantastic and the combo of them with King’s dialogue and pacing is damn near perfect.

As a fan of this type of story, Rorschach #1 is a home run for me. I found myself going back to count shots and matching up blood spurts. I looked for clues as I went along. It sucked me in attempting to unravel the mystery as the comic progressed. I’m a crime/noir comic fan and this is up there. For those who might be turned off because it involves Rorschach and/or Watchmen, you’re missing out on a hell of a debut and a comic I’m dying to read the second issue of.

Story: Tom King Art: Jorge Fornés Color: Dave Stewart
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Geof Darrow’s Complete Shaolin Cowboy Odyssey Comes to Paperback in 2021

Since his first appearance sixteen years ago, Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy has been slaughtering zombies, beheading idiots, and leaving a trail of carnage and corpses in his wake. And next year, for the first time ever, Dark Horse Books will publish Darrow’s complete Shaolin Cowboy odyssey in paperback. Beginning with the release of Shaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet in April 2021, Dark Horse will release three paperback editions of the Shaolin Cowboy’s adventures, with each book featuring an all-new cover by Darrow and Eisner Award-Winning Colorist Dave Stewart.

Having won the Inkpot Award, won (and lost) multiple Eisner Awards and created the iconic and blood-soaked character the Shaolin Cowboy, cartoonist Geof Darrow is one of the most influential and revered cartoonists. As Vulture says, “no one draws violence quite like Geof Darrow.” In addition to the chainsaw-fueled adventures of the Shaolin Cowboy, Darrow is renowned for his early work with Moebius, his designs for television and films, his collaborations with Frank Miller and Andrew Vachss, and his iconic and detailed comic book covers. Darrow originally hails from Cedar Rapids, IA and now resides in France.

Dark Horse will publish the Shaolin Cowboy paperbacks in consecutive months:

Shaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet is available everywhere books are sold starting April 20, 2021. This paperback will retail for $19.99. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop.

Shaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet

Shaolin Cowboy: Who Will Stop the Reign is available everywhere books are sold starting May 18, 2021. This paperback will retail for $19.99. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop.

Shaolin Cowboy: Who Will Stop the Reign

Shaolin Cowboy: Start Trek is available everywhere books are sold starting June 22, 2021. This paperback will retail for $19.99.

Shaolin Cowboy: Start Trek

Review: Plunge #6

Plunge #6

Plunge #6 might be the perfect example of a horror story fumbling the finale. I’ve loved this series up to this point. But, that love has also floundered a bit as it became clear the series was rushing to a Cthulhu-like ending. It’s a great concept and amazing ideas looking for a great story to carry them through.

Written by Joe Hill, Plunge #6 feels like a monster movie where they’ve built up to the monster, got to the point, and then said, “let’s blow the budget.” It’s an ending that’s predictable and anti-climactic in so many ways.

For those who’ve gotten to this point in the series, the giant portal has been opened and the intelligent space worms have skittered back through freeing what’s within. That, not surprisingly is yet another Lovecraft inspired being here to destroy reality. Little is explained and we’re just expected to roll with it as our rag-tag group has to figure out how to destroy it and save everything.

The comic feels like Hill had a limited number of issues, ran out of ideas, and needed a way to wrap things up. Where the series leading up to this has been relatively creative and creepy, the finale just delivers things we’ve seen time and time again. The creative of the previous five issues is out the window for a cookie cutter ending.

Hill also leaves so much hanging and unanswered. This being can eat reality, so isn’t the reality of where it came from destroyed then? Why do the worms want to go back? What are they other than other-dimensional beings? There’s just volumes of interesting material to mine and the series feels like it’s hampered by its six-issue run. It needed to wrap up and this was the easiest way to do it.

The art is the usual fantastic. Stuart Immonen delivers sites that truly feel epic and the lookers on do come off as they are witnessing something grand. That’s helped by Dave Stewart‘s colors and Deron Bennett‘s lettering. As a Cthulhu-inspired spectacle, the comic does rock. There’s some inspiring visuals and interesting spins to concepts in the art. But, it also emphasizes this is something we’ve generally seen so many times before. The creep factor of the previous five issues is gone and we’re delivered over the top monsters.

Plunge #6 doesn’t stick the landing. It crashes hard. The series was one full of mystery and such interesting concepts and ideas. The package just doesn’t come together and jettisons all of them for a standard ending that’s been done before so many times. I wanted to see how this series ended but when I got to the end, it actually lessens what comes before spotlighting that it was great ideas with nowhere to go.

Story: Joe Hill Art: Stuart Immonen
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 6.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Plunge #6 (of 6)

Plunge #6 (of 6)

(W) Joe Hill (A) Stuart Immonen (CA) Jeremy Wilson
In Shops: Aug 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Sixty fathoms below the ocean’s surface, a massive hatch waits to be opened…Something within wants to emerge; wants to be born; wants to rise; wants to feed. The child is coming, desperate to fill its belly-by devouring reality itself!

Plunge #6 (of 6)

Justice League’s “Doom Metal” Crossover Begins in Justice League #53 on September 15

Justice League #53 kicks off “Doom Metal” part one of five—the Dark Nights: Death Metal tie-in that will directly impact the finale of that event! Nightwing’s on a mission to free the Legion of Doom from Perpetua’s clutches.  But to do so, he’ll need the help of none other than…Lex Luthor?! The surprises are only just beginning, as Nightwing, Lex, and a new Justice League must fight their way through an Earth twisted by the Dark Multiverse. Titans will be tested, hearts will be broken, and blood will be spilled!

“Doom Metal” begins with Nightwing discovering an assembled Justice League for the first time, years before he would become a member. Take a look at the opening scene, and get ready for more incredible Justice League action in the months to come! “Doom Metal” will also feature the first appearance of Mindhunter, a new, twisted Dark Knight who is combined with Martian Manhunter, the first appearance of Omega Knight—a Frankenstein’s Monster version of the Omega Titans from Justice League: No Justice, the longtime-coming reunion of the Teen Titans: Nightwing, Cyborg, and Starfire, and more!

Justice League #53, written by Joshua Williamson, art by Xermanico, colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr., lettering by Tom Napolitano, cover by Liam Sharp & Dave Stewart, variant cover by Ian MacDonald, hits shelves on September 15.

Justice League #53

Gideon Falls Will Keep Readers Guessing Until December with an 80-page Finale

Gideon Falls #27

The Eisner Award winning Gideon Falls by New York Times bestselling writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino (the creative team behind Green Arrow and Old Man Logan), with the talents of Eisner Award winning colorist Dave Stewart, will come to its show-stopping conclusion with an extra-length, shelf-busting issue #27. This final, mind-bending issue will clock in at 80 pages and release from Image Comics this December.

The horror/mystery series became an overnight success and critical darling when it launched in March 2018. It went on to take home the 2019 Eisner Award for Best New Series and become one of the top selling, reordered series at Image Comics with multiple reprints.

Gideon Falls explores the lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed up Catholic Priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets. At the heart of the town’s secrets is intertwined the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, a otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake.

Fans won’t want to miss the satisfaction of this finale. Gideon Falls #27 will be the final issue in the series and will be available at local comic book shops in December.

Comics Deserve Better: Episode 3: Daytripper by Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Dave Stewart, and Sean Konot

In this week’s Comic Deserve Better, Brian, Darci, and Logan discuss Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá‘, and Dave Stewart‘s life and death masterpiece, Daytripper, and get emotional and occasionally personal while breaking down the craft of this great title. They also chat about a plethora of recent indie releases ranging from Singaporean newspaper comics about Covid-19 and self-published comics about going to movie theaters (Remember those!) to Vault ComicsFinger Guns, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Pulp, and the manga, Yona of the Dawn. There’s something for everyone in this episode! (Episode art by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.)

Review: Plunge #5

Plunge #5

If you’re a sci-fi horror fan, Plunge is a series that’s a must for you. Plunge #5 delivers a lot more reveals as we get a better idea of what the alien worms want and is full of betrayal and grief. When we last left them, the crew were debating whether to give the worms what they want or if there were other options.

But what’s in the hatch and what do the worms want?

Written by Joe Hill, the issue is claustrophobic in a way as the ship’s crew is locked away debating what to do. With some intelligent moves they use the infected individual to learn more about the worms delivering a reveal to us. While the direction hinted at isn’t quite Earth-shattering and somewhat predictable, it’s a good direction to go in to. What’s lead up to this moment is gone over and it’s full of creepy goodness.

What Hill does that’s fantastic is keep the story focused on the characters. You get a sense of fear and desperation, most importantly anger. There’s anger at what must be done and the sacrifice that happens. Much of the comic has a feel of a condense play in that way with a focus on a small group in a tight location.

As I said, the revelation itself isn’t anything major. It’s somewhat predictable and where I thought the series was going. While I was hoping for something different, this direction in a way keeps the story simple focusing more on the characters instead of a crazy idea.

All of this is helped by the art which focuses so much on the body language and facial expressions. Stuart Immonen and Dave Stewart as usual knock it out of the park. The series keeps it all disturbing without making things gross. It’s just enough to unnerve some readers (like myself). Deron Bennett‘s lettering too is key when it comes to the possessed individuals and their speech. Again, like the art, it adds a bit of unease to everything.

While the reveal in Plunge #5 isn’t original, there is a lot that is in the story. We learn a bit more about the worms and how they’re described adds to the atmosphere of the comic. And that atmosphere is so much of it all. This is a horror story with sci-fi elements but at it’s heart this is about a group of individuals who are presented with a mystery and difficult choices. The series continues to entertain and has nailed it at every issue. For those who enjoy horror, it’s a must get.

Story: Joe Hill Art: Stuart Immonen
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Tom King and Jorge Fornés Take Us Into the World of Rorschach this October

DC has announced a new 12-issue maxiseries debuting this October by Tom King and Jorge Fornés, together delivering a new vision of one of the most riveting characters from Watchmen—a figure in a fedora and a trench coat, loved by some, reviled by others—Rorschach.

It’s been 35 years since Ozymandias was exposed for dropping a giant telepathic squid on New York City, killing thousands and ending the public’s trust in heroes once and for all. The Minutemen are gone; only their memory lives on. Especially the infamy of Rorschach, who has become a cultural icon since Dr. Manhattan turned him to dust.

Rorschach may have spoken truth, but he wasn’t a hero.

King in the announcement said:

Like the HBO Watchmen show and very much like the original ‘86 Watchmen, this is a very political work. It’s an angry work. We’re so angry all the time now. We have to do something with that anger. It’s called Rorschach not because of the character Rorschach, but because what you see in these characters tells you more about yourself than about them.

So what does it mean when Rorschach reappears as part of a pair of assassins trying to kill the first candidate to oppose President Robert Redford in decades? Follow one determined detective as he walks backward in time, uncovering the identities and motives of the would-be killers, taking him deep into a dark conspiracy of alien invasions, disgraced do-gooders, mystical visions, and yes, comic books.

Rorschach #1, by Tom King, Jorge Fornés, Dave Stewart, and Clayton Cowles, will publish on October 13, 2020, and carry DC’s Black Label descriptor, identifying the content as appropriate for readers ages 17+. The book will retail for $4.99 with card stock cover artwork by Fornés and a variant cover by Jae Lee. Rorschach was co-created by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore.

Rorschach
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