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Review: The Closet #1

The Closet #1

I’ve never been the biggest fan of horror. Slasher horror of the 80s wasn’t for me and the over the top gore porn decades later was absolutely not my cup of tea. But, I’ve found over the years I do enjoy horror that’s more suspenseful with a psychological twist. James Tynion IV has been delivering that with The Nice House on the Lake over at DC Comics which blends that suspense with sci-fi mystery. Now, The Closet #1 kicks off a new horror series from Tynion but this time at Image Comics.

The Closet #1 is an interesting start as it’s all about the tension. We meet a young family, a husband who feels abused, a frustrated wife, and their child who’s afraid of the monster in the closet. They’re packing up their belongings to move to a new city for a fresh start.

There’s a lot to relate here, especially as a parent. You can feel the exhaustion from everyone and the tension between parents. You also have to wonder what Tynion is going for here as well.

It’s easy to look at the monster as a metaphor for this family’s situation. Parents who don’t get along. A young child witnessing the arguing. It’s not hard to see the layers within the story. But, we honestly don’t know a whole lot.

The Closet #1 is an intriguing start because it tells us the bare minimum. The father is a fuck-up and is abused in some ways. But, instead of trying to fix things he drowns his sorrows in a beer and longs for youthful days. The mother is rightfully frustrated and trying to shield their child from the friction between the parents. The child wants to be protected. Tynion might be delivering a metaphor about today’s familial tension so many are experiencing and is ready to explode in most likely negative ways.

The art by Gavin Fullerton is pretty solid delivering a rough dirty look at this life. The art has a style that feels a bit more like the noir work between Brubaker and Phillips giving the comic a mystery and slightly sad look to it all. With Chris O’Halloran on color and Tom Napolitano on lettering, the visuals for the comic is very focused on the small details. A look of a face. They body language of a character. The items in the house. It all adds up to telling a deeper story about this family and its members. The shrug of a shoulders and furrow of an eyebrow says far more than any of the dialogue.

The Closet #1 is an intriguing start. It very much sets up who these characters are and the conflict they face with each other but beyond that… not much. There’s some teases as what’s to come but not much more. It’s focus is on delivering characters we can relate with an conflict so many have experienced with each other. The manufactured scares can wait, the melting of an family delivers enough of that in this first issue.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Gavin Fullerton
Color: Chris O’Halloran Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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James Tynion IV and Gavin Fullerton show us horror as they open up The Closet

Bestselling writer James Tynion IV and artist Gavin Fullerton invite readers to a new tale of existential familial horror in the upcoming, The Closet. The three issue miniseries will launch in June from Image Comics in print format for the first time.

In The Closet, Thom is moving cross-country with his family and dragging the past along with them. His son, Jamie, is seeing monsters in the bedroom closet and will not let them go.

The Closet #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 1:

  • Cover A by Fullerton – Diamond Code APR220048
  • Cover B 1:25 copy incentive by Michael Avon Oeming – Diamond Code APR220049
  • Cover C 1:50 copy incentive by Declan Shalvey – Diamond Code APR220050
The Closet #1

Review: Transformers vs. The Terminator

Transformers vs. The Terminator

As a child of the 1980s, I can truly say that television was in its heyday. We got to enjoy some of the best programming that many of us still revel in. It has gotten to the point where many of these shows are coming back in some form. You can look at the past few months, for evidence of this.

One of the best things about those television shows, especially the ones on ABC, was the crossover episodes. Usually, a crossover between similar shows made sense, which is why NBC’s Chicago franchises enjoy this flexibility. This is also why the Avengers movies are so enjoyable, seeing a cast of literally thousands come together after years of build-up. In Transformers vs. The Terminator, a crossover between two iconic franchises makes for an interesting story.

We’re taken to Los Angeles in 2029, where the war between humans and Skynet has taken a cease-fire, as the Decepticons are waging a war on Planet Earth, looking to conquer by any means necessary.  Skynet sends a Terminator back to 1984, a T-800, where he meets a young Sarah Connor, and who in this timeline, still is the key to defeating the enemy, the Decepticons. As he searches for the Autobot Base, it seems like he may be too late, as Megatron stands over his lifeless body, which is when the T-800 surprises them with suppression fire. This gives Bumblebee a chance to rescue Optimus, and give the Autobots an upper hand. Meanwhile, we find out Megatron is in search of Energon on earth, something he finds in multitudes at the Cyberdyne Systems plant, which leads to a standoff between the T-800 and the Autobots against the Decepticons.  By the book’s end, one villain falls while one hero looks for all Transformers to live peacefully, while T-800 accomplishes its mission.

Transformers vs. The Terminator is a fun story that meshes the best parts of both franchises. The story by the creative team is thrilling and relatable. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that asks the question of why there are not more stories like this.

Story: David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz
Art: Alex Milne , David Garcia Cruz, Jake Wood and Gavin Fullerton
Story: 9.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Transformers vs. Terminator

Transformers vs. Terminator

(W) David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz (A) Alex Milne (CA) Gavin Fullerton
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $15.99

It’s Skynet vs. Cybertron in a crossover for the ages!

1984: When a deadly race of machines emerge from another time, will a robotic guardian be able to protect the Earth from a dire future… or will the T-800 fail in his mission to prevent the world from becoming a plaything to the Decepticons? It’s up to one Terminator to save the future, and nothing’s gonna stand in his way!

Transformers vs. Terminator

Preview: Transformers vs. The Terminator #4 (of 4)

Transformers vs. The Terminator #4 (of 4)

(W) David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz (A) Alex Milne (CA) Gavin Fullerton
In Shops: Sep 30, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Up against an army of Decepticons, the T-800 must rely on his Autobot allies to even the odds. And, with luck, both sides will thin each other out for his last gambit to eliminate all Cybertronians. The fate of the future will be determined in this final battle, but will the ultimate victors be robotic… or human?

Transformers vs. The Terminator #4 (of 4)

Preview: Transformers vs. Terminator #3 (of 4)

Transformers vs. Terminator #3 (of 4)

(W) David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz (A) Alex Milne (CA) Gavin Fullerton
In Shops: Aug 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The T-800’s mission is simple: Exterminate the Cybertronians and ensure the future belongs to SKYNET. When Optimus Prime offers his aid, suggesting they go after Megatron together, the T-800 faces his toughest decision yet. Is the enemy of his enemy his friend, or just another threat to the mission?

Transformers vs. Terminator #3 (of 4)

Preview: Transformers vs. Terminator #2 (of 4)

Transformers vs. Terminator #2 (of 4)

(W) David Mariotte, John Barber, & Tom Waltz (A) Alex Milne (CA) Gavin Fullerton
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The T-800, last hope of his kind, has travelled back to 1984 to destroy the Cybertronians before they can awaken and subjugate his future. But when the Ark systems start to bring the Autobots and Decepticons back online, what will he do against two armies? It’s up to one Terminator to save the future and nothing’s gonna stand in his way!

Transformers vs. Terminator #2 (of 4)

Preview: Transformers vs. Terminator #1

Transformers vs. Terminator #1

(W) David Mariotte, John Barber, Tom Waltz (A) Alex Milne (CA) Gavin Fullerton
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $4.99

It’s Skynet vs. Cybertron in a crossover for the ages! 1984: When a deadly race of machines emerge from another time, will a robotic guardian be able to protect the Earth from a dire future… or will the T-800 fail in his mission to prevent the world from becoming a plaything to the Decepticons?

Transformers vs. Terminator #1

Transformers Take on the Terminator in March 2020

IDW Publishing has announced the March 2020 launch of Transformers vs. The Terminator, a four-issue monthly series in partnership with Dark Horse Comics that pits the deadly race of futuristic cyborgs against the sentient, converting robots from Cybertron.

Transformers vs. The Terminator brings together three longtime Transformers contributors (writers David Mariotte and John Barber, and artist Alex Milne) with writer Tom Waltz (fresh off his celebrated 100-issue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run) for an epic crossover that revisits the concepts of alien invasion and time-traveling resistance fighters… but twists them in unexpected ways!

Transformers vs. The Terminator #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Gavin Fullerton, Cover B by series artist Alex Milne, and two Retailer Incentive editions by comic book sensations Freddie E. Williams II and Francesco Francavilla, respectively.

Transformers vs. The Terminator #1
Transformers vs. The Terminator #1

Preview: Over The Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #3

Over The Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #3

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Birdie Willis
Artist: Rowan MacColl
Colorist: Dean Stuart
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover: Keezy Young
    Preorder Cover: Missy Peña
Stencil Variant Covers: Gavin Fullerton
Price: $3.99

Beatrice uncovers the truth behind the theatre, but is discovered and captured before she can tell the brothers! Will they be able to find her in time, or will the show go on?

Over The Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #3
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