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Archie vs. The World leaves us wanting more

Archie vs. The World

Archie Comics has found success in recent years taking its beloved characters and throwing them into new and crazy situations. Horror has been a regular genre explored but superheroes and more have been a part of the fun. Now, with Archie vs. The World, we get Archie in an apocalyptic setting that’s a bit Mad Max and a bit Fist of the North Star.

Written by Aubrey Sitterson, Archie vs. The World is a love letter to the stories of the 80s where tires were shoulder pads and martial arts created elaborate displays and destructive paths. The comic doesn’t hide what it’s trying to be, a condensed riff on classic stories. It’s broken up into chapters focusing on the major events taking place. That’s both good and bad.

Archie vs. The World is a bit surface level. It’s a hell of a lot of fun, partially seeing how far Sitterson will take things. But, it’s a series of events as opposed to a really smooth narrative. It’s missing the details between the main event. And that’s part of what it’s supposed to be. The issue is it leaves the reader wanting more. This is the key sequences in the trailer that ruins the movie but I still want to see the whole movie to get everything going on. There’s a story but it’s those small details that could really make this series into something else. But, the details it does deliver are great, partially from the visuals.

The art by Jed Dougherty packs in all of the fun from those martial arts manga it riffs on. With color by Matt Herms and Doug Garbark and lettering by Jack Morelli it delivers the over the top visuals you’d expect. You don’t know why everything is going on, but the images tell you these are bad ass fighters. The team doesn’t try to do anything new, it doesn’t need to, the look of the comic is of a classic style mixed with Archie and it works really well. Small details give winks, nods, and laughs, to the world of Archie we know but the action is all Fist of the North Star and all of its imitators. It knows what it is and goes with it to solid results.

The criticism of Archie vs. The World isn’t necessarily the comic itself. It’s riff on Mad Max and Fist of the North Star is a lot of fan. The issue is, the comic is a series of shorts strung together as a narrative. There’s clearly a lot in between each chapter creating a choppy reading experience. Hopefully the comic is a success and we can get an “expanded” tale from this creative team taking us deeper into the story and world.

Story: Aubrey Sitterson Art: Jed Dougherty
Color: Matt Herms, Doug Garbark Letterer: Jack Morelli
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.2 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

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It’s The Last Ride of Pillar & Pryde this November

The Last Ride of Pillar & Pryde #1

Writer: John Lees 
Artist: Joe Mulvey 
Colorist: Doug Garbark 
Letterer: Shawn Lee 
Cover: Joe Mulvey 
Incentive Cover: Alex Cormack
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 11.09.22

When Ben Pillar and Eli Pryde were kids, they did something incredible. They saved a young girl’s life and stopped a madman. They were heroes. But that was a long time ago. Now, with their career as young adult adventure novelists in decline, and their friendship in similar dire straits, the pair embark on a road trip back to their old hometown in hopes of mending their relationship. But a new evil has emerged in the town of Tarragon Falls. Can Pillar and Pryde be heroes again? 

Written by John Lees (And Then Emily Was Gone, Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare, The Standard) and illustrated by Joe Mulvey (Scam, Happy Hill, Wailing Blade), lifelong friends embark on a road trip back to Tarragon Falls where evil has set up camp. 

Preview: Rick and Morty Presents Vol 4

Rick and Morty Presents Vol 4

(W) Alejandro Arbona, Alex Firer, Amy Chu, Alexander Chang, Chris Daniels (A) Marc Ellerby, Sarah Stern, Ryan Lee, Devaun Dowdy, Doug Garbark, Leonardo Ito, Phil Murphy, Crank!

Learn the secret stories and hidden pasts of your favorite Rick and Morty characters in Oni Press’s Rick and Morty™ Presents Volume 4! These four oversized comics, collected here for the first time, focus on fan-favorite characters and storylines, with writing and art from today’s top talent!

Featuring the origin of Rick and Mr. Nimbus’ feud, a trip to The Hotel Immortal, all-out dog vs. squirrel war, and a hunt for the spiciest substance in the galaxy!

Rick and Morty Presents Vol 4

Review: Backtrack Vol. 2

Backtrack Vol. 2

Backtrack returns in the second volume of this full-throttle action series. Written by Brian Joines, the story follows a group of professional drivers from all walks of life. Each has been offered the chance to right their life’s greatest mistake. All they have to do is enter a race and be the first to cross the finish line of the final leg. Of course, there’s a catch. The drivers find themselves racing through time and fighting for their very survival with each subsequent leg of the course. There have also been hints that there is more going on than meets the eye, but the drivers have been too preoccupied with avoiding gladiators, earthquakes, and dinosaurs to do much investigating.

At the end of Volume 1, the drivers decided they needed to work together if any of them were to survive to the final leg of the race. As Backtrack Volume 2 begins, we see that some of the surviving drivers have taken this to heart, while others are still only out for themselves. After focusing mostly on Alyson during the first story arc, Joines widens the scope and gives readers more insight into the other racers’ pasts. I personally enjoyed this character development. It’s an addition that was largely missing from the first arc in the series. Use of flashbacks to break up the action scenes really helped to give the racing sequences more of a punch. Joines also uses these flashbacks to reveal further details of the motivations that lie at the heart of the each driver and the mysteries of the race itself.

Artist Jake Elphick does a great job of drawing the characters when they are shown in close-ups. He expertly conveys the emotions the characters are feeling in any given panel. I wasn’t as impressed with his skills when a panel is drawn from a wider angle. Some of the nuance is lost and it can be hard to tell the characters apart from one another. This is puzzling as Elphick draws the races at an appropriate scale, using combinations of wide and close-up panels to help readers follow the drivers’ progress along the course. The cars and their relative positions remain clear throughout the races, though at times it is tough to tell which driver is speaking or which car they are driving. Luckily, the settings of each race are extravagantly drawn, so even when a reader can’t tell exactly which driver is in peril or in the lead, there’s always other cool imagery they can take in.

While the first volume of Backtrack mainly focused on action and setting up the series, the story arc collected in this second volume feels much more flushed out. Readers are treated to the same high-octane action while also enjoying solid character development. The artwork hits a lot of high points though sometimes clarity becomes an issue. I recommend memorizing the type and color of car each character is driving. This would be unnecessary if things were drawn with greater detail in panels with wider perspectives. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. The second volume of Backtrack, published by Oni-Lion Forge, is out now and available for purchase. Pick up your copy today to see the thrilling conclusion to the series and find out which of the drivers ends up winning the race.

Story and Created: Brian Joines Art: Jake Elphick
Color: Doug Garbark Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Critical Hit


Writer: Matt Miner
Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Colorist: Doug Garbark / Letterers: Jim Campbell & Crank!
Mature / $16.99 / 116 pages

Sarah and Jeanette love animals with a vengeance.

Under cover of darkness, they don ski-masks and wield sledgehammers, rescuing abused animals from dog-fighting rings, illegal testing labs, and other abusers.  

When they wreak havoc on a rogue gang of hunters, though, the girls find themselves in over their heads. The gang they’ve stumbled onto aren’t hunters – they’re serial killers.
And soon the liberators become the prey!

Collects issues 1-4.


Preview: X’ED


written by Tony Patrick
illustrated by Ayhan Hayrula, Brian Level, Chris Peterson
colorists Doug Garbark, Dee Cunniffe
lettered by Jim Campbell
$16.99 | full color | 164 pages

A sci-fi thriller about a next-gen form of psychiatry: ‘subliminal hitmen’ injected into your mind who hunt down the demons that haunt you. 

Ex-military sharpshooter Colin McClure is Mezign Corp’s most recent recruit for the still-experimental (and often deadly) job of subliminal hitman. McClure is the perfect candidate for two reasons: a- he’s a killing machine, and b- he lost his legs in the war, so subliminal-ops are his only way to see any action. But he’s also a dangerous candidate for one reason unknown to Mezign: Colin’s true motive is to enter the mind of his catatonic daughter and bring her out of a coma.

From writer Tony Patrick (Batman And The Signal) and artist Ayhan Hayrula.


Exclusive Preview: MEZO


WRITER(S): Tyler Chin-Tanner
ILLUSTRATOR(S): Josh Zingerman, Val Rodrigues, Doug Garbark, Varga Tomi
COVER ART: Leo Colapietro
SRP: $16.99
FORMAT: Trade Paperback
PUB DATE: January 8, 2020
ISBN #:  9781949518054

In the land of Mezo, the Tzalekuhl Empire sets out to conquer all surrounding territories, disrupting the peace that has lasted for generations. Only Kyma, the daughter of a fallen chief who refused to yield, stands in their way. As the solar eclipse nears, can she unite the tribes to stand against their common enemy, an emperor determined to make them kneel before his god or be sacrificed in his name? Inspired by Mesoamerican history and legends, MEZO is a totally unique fantasy adventure driven by war, political intrigue, and ancient magic!


Preview: WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 4 SC

WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 4 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Brent Schoonover, Derek Fridolfs, Bill Hanstock, Arune Singh, Ryan Ferrier, Kevin Panetta, Andrew Stott, Andy Belanger, Lan Pitts, 
Artists: Carlos Magno, Kendall Goode, Brent Schoonover, Hyeonjin Kim, Andy Belanger, Serg Acuña, Rodrigo Lorenzo
Colorists: Wesllei Manoel, Lee Loughridge, Doug Grabark,
Letterers: Jim Campbell, Deron Bennett, Ed Dukeshire, Serge Lapointe
Cover Artist: Felipe Massafera
Price: $16.99

Return to some of the greatest moments in WWE History from across multiple eras of sports entertainment. Featuring such titanic clashes as Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka, Ric Flair’s retirement match against Shawn Michaels, and Undertaker vs. Kane from Wrestlemania 14, this collection is truly a showstopper. 

Collects stories from WWE: Forever #1 and WWE WrestleMania 2019 Special #1.

WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 4 SC

Review: Mezo #1

Mezo #1

Set in a Mesoamerican-inspired world, Mezo #1 kicks off a new fantasy world. It’s also the start of a new distribution concept from publisher A Wave Blue World.

The Tzalekuhl Empire is on the warpath disrupting the peace in the land of Mezo. Kyma is of a people who are in their path and witnesses the death of her father, a tribal leader who refuses to yield.

Writer Tyler Chin-Tanner introduces us to an interesting fantasy world setting up the key players and the conflict that’ll drive the story. While interesting, Mezo #1 doesn’t quite make its case though.

Mezo #1‘s release is a bit different. We have this premier first issue which will hopefully get you interested in purchasing future issues digitally or the entire trade with the rest of the story. And while the first issue is entertaining, it doesn’t stand out enough. There’s little when it comes to twists. The characters are tropes and out of the box. What makes the series unique is its design and setting. Beyond that, it’s a story we’ve so far seen and characters who are forgettable.

The art by Josh Zingerman is nice. With color by Doug Garbark, the look of the series is unique to make it stand out. Colors pop and there’s a detail in design of the characters that’s really nice. But, all of that doesn’t quite make up for a story that’s bland. The visuals pop. The story does not. Lettering by Thomas Mauer is good though there are choices where the emphasis on the dialogue should have been made but wasn’t. An example is speeches before crowds where the lettering remains unchanged but should have been larger to emphasize the emotion of the moment.

The comic is ok. There’s nothing inherently bad about it but there’s little that makes it stand out. The “premiere edition” features designs and penciled pages but it’s all standard items we’ve seen in trade collections. Much like the story, there’s nothing new or particularly unique.

Story: Tyler Chin-Tanner Art: Josh Zingerman
Color: Doug Garbark Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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