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Review: Canceled

I’m not a big horror fan. My enjoyment is pretty limited to styles and what I do like is pretty specific. Over the top gore is out and torture gore definitely isn’t my thing. So, there’s a balance for films, television, and comics as far as what I enjoy. David Byrne’s Canceled #1 nails my type of horror with scares and gore that’s just the right amount and mixing in a nice amount of humor as well.

Story: David A. Byrne
Art: Pabliku Man, Renan Balmonte, MedManga, Nick Justus
Color: Renan Balmonte, Trevor Rubin
Letterer: Joel Rodriguez

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Review: David Byrne’s Canceled #1

David Byrne's Canceled #1

I’m not a big horror fan. My enjoyment is pretty limited to styles and what I do like is pretty specific. Over the top gore is out and torture gore definitely isn’t my thing. So, there’s a balance for films, television, and comics as far as what I enjoy. David Byrne’s Canceled #1 nails my type of horror with scares and gore that’s just the right amount and mixing in a nice amount of humor as well.

Written by David A. Byrne, Canceled #1 delivers a series of stories all tied together with different artists on each. The connection of all of the segments is fantastic and when it’s clear what’s going on, it all elevates the comic to a whole other level and feels a bit like dropping down the rabbit hole.

The comic kicks off with a story about a kids show entertainer being canceled. From there, it’s story after story with shock after shock. It’s nice twists and it’s hard to say what I really enjoyed without spoiling the fun of the issue. It’s just an entertaining comic with quick solid horror takes and how it ties together feels fresh in many ways.

The art is handled by a team of talent. Pabliku Man, Renan Balmonte, MedManga, and Nick Justus all handle the pencils while Balmonte also handles the color along with Trevor Rubin. Joel Rodriguez does the lettering. The art varies based on the artist but overall it’s really good. There’s something fun as the styles change and one story flows into the next. The different styles works in the comics’ favor in a way and for those that read it, hopefully you understand why I think that.

David Byrne’s Canceled #1 is a fun horror comic. The genre is sort of slasher and with stories intertwined flowing into each other it’s both an anthology and overarching story that plays throughout. It’s a fun comic for horror fans and one that should definitely be on the radar for fans of the genre.

Story: David A. Byrne Art: Pabliku Man, Renan Balmonte, MedManga, Nick Justus
Color: Renan Balmonte, Trevor Rubin Letterer: Joel Rodriguez
Story: 8.15 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Stake #2

Stake #2 takes us deeper into Angel’s world and her battle against vampires.

Story: David A. Byrne
Art: Francesca Fantini
Letterer: Joel Rodriguez

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Review: Stake #2

Stake #2

I loved the first issue of Stake. The series is a sort of new but also familiar take on the vampire genre. With a social media update, the comic follows Angel, a member of the Vampire Bounty Hunting Union. Angel witness vampires rip the heart out of her friend when they announced their presence three years prior. Stake #2 dives a bit more into Angel’s world and this group she belongs to. It’s an interesting and unexpected issue that fleshes out the world and characters.

Written by David A. Byrne, Stake #2 is an issue that really adds a lot to the world set up in the first issue. While it was clear Angel belonged to a group, we now get a better sense of it all. The issue takes the series from Blade territory to more of the X-Men. Angel goes to a school where she’s taught her craft and we as readers get to learn more about the vampire world. It’s a great way to introduce a lot of additional details to the story without bogging down the narrative. The issue doesn’t quite have the action-packed punch of the debut, it still delivers a nice dose of action with an exploration of things.

The art by Francesca Fantini is solid as well. Joined by letterer Joel Rodriguez, the setting of the comic takes us to a school which feels every bit the character of the story. It also feels like a lot of schools I’ve been in. There’s a great amount of detail, not just in the settings but the various characters. And that’s one of the impressive things about the comic. It feels there’s some thought put into the visuals, especially characters, and what they tell us. We learn a lot about each of the characters by what they wear, how they stand, and even their haircuts. It’s a great example of showing, not telling. There’s a minimal amount of color use too. It’s used to emphasize details, enhancing the art instead of distracting. Rodriguez’s lettering is impressive as well packing in a lot of dialogue at times in panels. It never feels like it’s an issue and at times helps the flow of the storytelling.

Stake #2 is a solid issue that fleshes out its world and characters. This is much more than a solo actor taking care of vampires, there’s entire schools and organizations dedicated to it. It’s a broader world than readers will have first thought opening up the potential even further for the series.

Story: David A. Byrne Art: Francesca Fantini Letterer: Joel Rodriguez
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Stake #1

Stake #1

There are times you go in reading a comic and expect to be entertained but then are caught off guard as to how good it is. Stake #1 is that type of comic. While I expected it to be entertaining, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it is. Stake‘s concept is rather simple. Vampires are real and a young woman is out for revenge after a friend is killed and another injured by them.

Written by David A. Byrne, Stake #1 does an amazing job of introducing us to this world and moving the story along. The story focuses on Angel, aka Stake, who’s out to kill vampires in an act of revenge. It’s hard to really go into detail for the comic because what’s revealed is what makes it so interesting and why it’s unexpected. There are some interesting depth and twists and turns to the comic which has a bit of a Blade meets Lost Boys for the social media age vibe about it all.

Byrne delivers a really interesting debut using media to drive the narrative. The introduction of the vampires is done through video and the news with commentary from Angel. Angel’s initial hunt is broadcast live online. This isn’t your typical vampire comic and there’s a lot packed in to parse out and ruminate on if there’s deeper meaning or it’s just a great way to tell the narrative.

What Byrne also does is deliver a hell of a twist toward the end of the comic. Our expectations of Angel, aka Stake, are subverted as she gets into battle with the vampires she’s hunting. This twist is partially why the comic is so different, there’s an intelligence about how it approaches the concept and world. It also takes some of the silliness we see elsewhere and grounds it in some ways.

The art by Francesca Fantini is fangtastic. The different delivery of the imagery, through video as an example, really shakes things up and creates interesting visuals. The comic is also black and white with a splash of red. The designs of the characters are great playing with some different aesthetics we’d expect and delivering something a bit new too. The lettering by Joel Rodriguez is great as it changes up a bit to give readers a better idea who is talking and also through what medium they’re doing so.

Stake #1 is a fantastic debut that took my expectations and shattered them. There’s parts that caught me as a reader completely off guard. I want to see what comes next and where the series goes from here. It’s not the simple direction I was thinking. While the concept might sound like a vampire story you’ve read and seen so many times before the actual end product is so much different.

Story: David A. Byrne Art: Francesca Fantini Letterer: Joel Rodriguez
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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It’s Revenge Against a Vampire in Stake this January

Scout Comics has announced Stake from writer David A. Byrne, art by Francesca Fantini, and lettered by Joel Rodriguez. The first issue features a retailer incentive cover from Derrick Chew as well as a main cover by Fantini.

Three years ago, Vampires announced their presence to the world in grand fashion; in one instant, Angel lost her two best friends and her existence changed forever. Now, as a member of the Vampire Bounty Hunter Union, and with the help of her ancient vampiric mentor Jessamy, she’s out to track down the bloodthirsty monsters who destroyed her life. She is… Stake.

Stake is out in January from Scout Comics.