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Preview: Angel Legacy Edition Book One SC

Angel Legacy Edition Book One SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Christopher Golden, Tom Sniegoski, David Fury
Artist: Hector Gomez, Christian Zanier, Eric Powell, Ryan Sook, Clem Robins
Cover Artist: Nimit Malavia
Price: $29.99

From Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) comes the official tie-in to the critically acclaimed Angel television series!

Set during seasons 1 and 2, Angel Investigations are dedicated to their mission of helping the helpless…and putting a stop to a seemingly never-ending demon horde intent on destroying first Hollywood, and then the world!

The first in a series of books collecting every issue of Angel in chronological order, including hard to find and out of print stories, this volume features works by Emmy Award-winning writer of Angel David Fury, New York Times Best-Selling author Christopher Golden, and 5-time Eisner Award-winning artist Eric Powell, and is a must-have for long time fans and new readers alike!

Collects Angel #1-9, Angel: The Hollower #1-3, Angel: Point of Order, and Angel: Lovely, Dark and Deep.

Angel Legacy Edition Book One SC

A First Look at The Art (And Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell from BOOM!

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at The Art (And Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell, a brand new art book with scandalous tales, family gossip, illegally obtained medical records, behind-the-scenes character designs, sketches, and illustrations from the twisted mind of multi-award winning writer and artist Eric Powell, available in comic stores December 18, 2019 and book shops December 24, 2019. Celebrate an obscene number of years of low art and high art, failure and success, and the many other mistakes from the creator of the acclaimed series, The Goon!

Never before has anyone dared to dive deep into the weird and byzantine mind of Eric Powell—and for good reason, because once you’ve entered the twisted pathways of this collection that’s half graphic memoir, half art book, you’ll find yourself traveling back to the never-before-seen origins of Eric Powell’s early beginnings as an artist then hurtling straight into the chaotic years of rough and tumble cartooning that led to the creation of the enduring hit creation, The Goon, that continues to thrill and delight fans to this very day!

The Art (And Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell sheds light on the deliberate and painstaking process of becoming a world renowned comic book creator as recalled by the artist and a few of his delinquent friends. This extensive art book spotlights never-before-seen childhood drawings, early superhero test pages, film poster art, and the establishment of Powell’s homegrown publishing house Albatross Funnybooks.

The Art (And Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell

Review: The Goon #5

GOON #5

Yes, The Goon #5 is out before The Goon #4. But, one of the fantastic things about the series is you can enjoy each issue on its own! The gangs that have sprung up on Lonely Street in his absence continue to give The Goon fits, and now the drunken reprobates have started drinking something called Beezlebooze with monstrous effects! And who is the mysterious crime figure called Dapper calling the shots from the shadows?

The Goon #5 keeps the streak going for the series deliver excellence. This issue, like these before, delivers action, humor, and a visually unique style. Written by Eric Powell and Thomas Sniegos, the comic has so much packed into every panel and page.

The issue is a standalone issue, like the previous three. It can be enjoyed on its own and each issue has been building to something down the road. It’s a brilliant way of giving regular readers something more but also being new reader friendly.

The writing is as fun as always but the art by Brett Parson is fantastic. Each panel and page is packed with so much humor derived from what’s presented visually. There are small jokes here and there in the background keeping the reader on their toes. The style too is beyond unique making the series stand out visually.

The issue is the fun I expected and the series as a whole is one that should be a part of everyone’s buy pile. If you missed the previous three issues, you can start here, but be prepared to want to go back and grab everything that has come out before it.

Story: Eric Powell, Thomas Sniegos Art: Brett Parson
Letterer: Richard Starkings, Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 8.25 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Albatross Funnybooks provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters

Eric Powell, Tracy Marsh, Jason Ciaramella (w) • Phil Hester, Victor Santos (a) • Eric Powell (c)

The King of the Monsters rises again, and he’s bringing lots of other beloved Toho monsters with him in one destructive saga! When Godzilla appears off the coast of Japan, the Japanese government must respond quickly to contain the disaster… but before long, other monsters begin appearing all over the world. Can humanity survive this mysterious onslaught of giant beasts? Featuring Anguirus, Battra, Destroyah, Gigan, Hedorah, King Ghidorah, Kumonga, Mechagodzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Spacegodzilla, and Titanosaurus. Collects the entire 12-issue series for the first time.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 304 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-533-3

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters

Preview: Big Trouble In Little China Legacy Edition Book One SC

Big Trouble In Little China Legacy Edition Book One SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Carpenter, Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Colorists: Michael Garland, Michael Spicer, Lisa Moore, Gonzalo Duarte
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Phantom City Creative
Price: $29.99

BOOM! Studios presents the the first of three Big Trouble in Little China Legacy Editions! Collecting the previously released Big Trouble in Little China comic for the first time under one cover in an all-new value priced format that no fan can afford to miss.

Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, finds a stowaway demon hiding on his rig, The Pork Chop Express, but that soon becomes the least of his troubles.

Director John Carpenter returns with Eric Powell (The Goon) and artist Brian Churilla (Secret History Of D.B. Cooper) in the continuing adventures of Jack Burton, taking place mere moments after the ending to the cult-classic.

Collects Big Trouble in Little China #1-12

Big Trouble In Little China Legacy Edition Book One SC

Review: The Goon #2

The Goon #2

The Goon #2 delivers the fun, humor, and action, I expect from this series. I’ve read The Goon off and on for years. It’s one of those few series that I really can’t think of any issues or graphic novels I’ve disliked. It’s a series that entertains with each release. This latest volume keeps up that record. The second issue shows off the insane mix of horror and comedy that makes this a beloved series.

For those that don’t know The Goon, the best description is a comedy horror version of Popeye. That’s a good thing. The series, and its creator Eric Powell, have consistently delivered a read that takes that fun action element of Popeye and mix it with a horror infused world and it really works. Add in art that’s out of this world and it’s a killer combo of a series that shouldn’t be missed.

The first issue was a nice return for the character and this second one ups the fighting, and jokes, we’d expect as our two heroes attempt to get settled back in. As the first issue showed, the Goon’s return to Lonely Street is off to a bumpy start. Their return gets bumpier when he crosses paths with up and coming crime lord Vinnie Nosferatu.

If the action and humor weren’t enough, the art is out of this world. Rachel Cohen joins Powell on color and their teamwork is amazing. The Goon #2‘s art features a style that isn’t repeated by anyone else. The limited use of color brilliantly emphasizes certain elements. The issue seamlessly transitions from pencil like flashbacks to its more usual style that’s almost classical animation.

The Goon #2 has it all, and that includes a Looney Tunes like homage. The Goon for me is one of the most fun comics out there. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. Powell is a master of mixing elements so that it all works out so well. Two issues in and I’m still in love with this series. It’s not too late to dive in and see what you’re missing and why this is so good.

Story: Eric Powell Art: Eric Powell
Color: Rachel Cohen and Eric Powell
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Albatross Funnybooks provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Angel Gets a Legacy Edition

BOOM! Studios has announced a new graphic novel program collecting out-of-print and rare stories officially continuing the world of Joss Whedon’s hit television series Angel. Beginning with Angel: Legacy Edition Book One in October 2019, BOOM! Studios will collect every issue of Angel from previous publishers in chronological order, including hard to find and out of print stories in the value-priced Legacy Edition format.

Set during Season 1 and Season 2 of the Angel television series, Angel Investigations is dedicated to its mission of helping the helpless…and putting a stop to a seemingly never-ending demon horde intent on destroying first Hollywood, and then the world! This volume features works by the Emmy Award-winning writer of Angel David FuryNew York Times Best-Selling author Christopher Golden, and five-time Eisner Award-winning artist Eric Powell, and is a must-have for long time fans and new readers alike!

Angel: Legacy Edition Book One features an all-new cover by Nimit Malavia.

Angel: Legacy Edition Book One

Get a Load of The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell this October

BOOM! Studios has announced The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell, a brand new art book with scandalous tales, family gossip, illegally obtained medical records, behind-the-scenes character designs, sketches, and illustrations from the twisted mind of the creator of the acclaimed series, The Goon, available in stores October 2019. Celebrate an obscene number of years of low art and high art, failure and success, and the many other mistakes of multi-award winning writer and artist Eric Powell!

In Nashville, Tennessee lives a man, a recluse, a curmudgeonly high falutin’ cartoonist-type who, as a young child, had a penchant for drawing and making up tall tales. It was at the tender age of 18, he turned his back on a promising career in adult film cinematography and followed his heart into the comic book industry. Out of desperation, Eric kept drawing, painting, and then creating his own characters and worlds culminating with the beloved series, The Goon, currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell sheds light on the deliberate and painstaking process of becoming a world renowned comic book creator as recalled by the artist and a few of his delinquent friends. This extensive art book spotlights never-before-seen childhood drawings, early superhero test pages, film poster art, and the establishment of Powell’s homegrown publishing house Albatross (Exploding) Funnybooks. 

Eric Powell is an Eisner Award-winning writer and artist best known for his critically acclaimed series The Goon, which launched in 1999, and quickly became an indie hit with a die-hard cult following. In 2002, Powell launched his own publishing house, Albatross Exploding Funnybooks, which has been home to several creator-owned titles, including his own series Chimichanga and Hillbilly, as well as Rebecca Sugar’s Pug Davis, Fabian Rangel Jr. and Logan Faerber’s weird war tale ’Namwolf, and Brendon Small’s Galaktikon. In 2019, Powell relaunched The Goon at Albatross in coordination with the book’s 20th anniversary.

The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell will be available for sale October 23, 2019 at local comic book shops and October 29, 2019 at bookstores.

The Art (and Many Other Mistakes) of Eric Powell

Review: The Goon #1

The Goon #1

The next era in the legacy of The Goon starts here! This all new series marks The Goon’s return to Albatross Funnybooks and is just in time to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the book. Eric Powell takes the series to its humor-based roots as Goon & Franky return from strange adventures abroad to find a horde of unsavory characters have filled the void left in his absence from Lonely Street.

I won’t pretend to be an expert on the Goon, because I have never read a comic with the character in it before. So with that being said, the question for today’s review is whether this first issue is an easy place for new readers to start with the character (and whether it’s actually any good).

I won’t make you wait for an answer to that, because the comic didn’t leave me feeling utterly lost, which in turn meant I quite enjoyed the supernatural aspect of the story (which came as a bit of a surprise to me, I’ve gotta say).

Written and drawn by Eric Powell, who also contributed to the colouring of the book along with Rachael Cohen, The Goon #1 tells a very atmospheric story in a world that feels as though there’s a rich history – but that never relies on new readers knowing that history. Previous events are referred to in passing which helps in fleshing out the characters relationships, but also serves as a way to recap or give readers an idea to what the Goon has been up to – and for how long he’s been away.

The story is almost a standalone comic, with an almost complete tale being told in the first issue that has a strangely satisfying conclusion as the Goon reestablishes himself in the Town With No Name. It’s darkly funny at times, eliciting genuine chuckles from your humble reviewer at the visual and verbal comedy. But it’s the deeply atmospheric art where the comic shines; or rather doesn’t shine, but excels. Powell and Cohen have produced a comic that feels at once like a visual representation of the depression era (although I don’t know when the tale is set, based on the costumes and colouring I felt it was very likely a depression-era story), with the odd splash of colour temporarily brightening the page, or used to highlight certain things.

I don’t know what I expected when coming into The Goon #1 but it certainly wasn’t this – I loved the supernatural tinged depression era story that never once left me feeling as though I was jumping into a story 20 years in the making with no idea of who the Goon is (although I totally am). The Goon #1 is the kind of comic you can read without any preconceived notions, nor any need to worry about understanding the rules of the universe – it’s fun, entertaining, and offers the reader a great example of good comics.

Writer: Eric Powell Art: Eric Powell
Colours: Rachael Cohen and Eric Powell
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Albatross Funnybooks provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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