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Review: Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #3

Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #3

In Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #3, Nate Willner makes a lot of mistakes in his life. Things like hunting and cooking dinosaurs from another dimension. But one of the biggest blunders he’s ever made is taking his best friend, Starlee, for granted. This issue, she confronts him about that. Plus, Captain Jim makes a plan for taking down Owen.

Review spoiler: I’m going to recommend you read the entire series. There’s two trades and the three floppies of this miniseries. If you want to go in blind, just know that this series is one of my absolute favorites. If you read further there will be spoilers for the first two volumes.

We are all the hero of our own story, right? No matter who you are, your story centers on you. And that’s okay, as long as you realize that the world doesn’t revolve around you. But what if you’ve forgotten that other people also have their own stories to live? Their own lives to live and their own needs to be met? In fiction, it’s often all too easy for us to forget that. We get engrossed in reading the story of the lead character. In this case Nate Wilner. The other characters have their own dreams, desires and motivations (or at least they should). Markisan Naso plays with this wonderfully in this issue that slows things down a touch in the action department, but hits home in the character and plot development area.

Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #3 allows readers to take a bit of a breather from the hunt for a giant dinosaur bird monster that Owen has become that was the focus of the first two issues, and allows the readers and story to breath before the next confrontation. Naso demonstrates a grasp of pacing and plot development that some have either inexplicably forgotten or never knew about. It’s this kind of mid series breather that allows the writer to double down on the action over the remaining chapters, as hints he’s dropped as seed up to ten issues ago are beginning to flourish into full blown oak trees of awesome.

Jason Muhr‘s art, combined with Andrei Tabacaru‘s colouring once again rises to meet the quality of the writing. There’s a deft subtlety to the way these two create their respective artwork, with each issue still managing to surprise me; whether it’s the body language in the opening scene that feels so natural, or the surprisingly human emotion on the face of Gus Horncrusher… it’s a comic that despite the deliberately slower pace, still remain visually exciting and interesting.

Slowing the pace of a story in the middle can be risky, but the creators have been able to retain the tension in the series with an intense focus on character development as the series begins to wrap. There’s a reason I love this series so much, but it essentially boils down to the raw talent of Naso, Muhr and Tabacaru.

I had been waiting more than six months to read this issue, after getting my hands on the first two via Kickstarter. After such a long wait, I am very happy to say that it didn’t disappoint.

Story: Markisan Naso Art: Jason Muhr Colourist: Andrei Tabucaru
Story: 9.4 Art 9.4 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab provided a FREE copy for review, but I had already received my copy from Kickstarter.

Preview: Voracious: Appetite for Destruction #3

VORACIOUS: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #3

Writer: Markisan Naso
Artist Name: Jason Muhr
Cover A – Jason Muhr
Cover B – Gregery Miller
24 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99

Nate Willner makes a lot of mistakes in his life, like hunting and cooking dinosaurs from another dimension. But one of the biggest blunders he’s ever made is taking his best friend, Starlee, for granted. This issue, she confronts him about that. Plus, Captain Jim makes a plan for taking down Owen.

Featuring a “Saurian Science” variant cover by Gregery Miller (The Tales of Reverie) Limited to 250 copies!

VORACIOUS: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #3

Review: Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #2

Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #2

Detectives Gus Horncrasher and Owen Talonburg have been partners on the CCPD for a long time. Over the years they’ve grappled with many lowlifes and criminals, but they’ve never had to face off against each other. They will in Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #2

Review spoiler: I’m going to recommend you read the entire series. There’s two trades and this floppy. If you want to go in blind, just know that this series is one of my absolute favorites. If you read further there will be spoilers for the first two volumes.

As the final volume of writer Markisan Naso and artist Jason Muhr‘s genre crossing story to a bittersweet close. Voracious‘ best selling point is the tag line “time travelling chef hunts dinosaurs”. While that’s a great elevator pitch, it doesn’t give the story, the characters or the concept as a whole the credit that is deserved.

This is one of the few comics that has left me emotionally fragile after I put it down; it is, on all fronts, an utter masterpiece of comic storytelling from Naso, Muhr and colourist Andrei Tabucaru.

The first volume centered on the real world problems of the inhabitants of Black Fossil. Albeit with one or two of its residents being time travelling dinosaur hunters. Naso and Muhr laid the foundations for the relationships between the characters with some brilliant dialogue and some surprisingly subtle body language. They hinted toward something deeper within the sleepy desert town. The second volume took a much sharper turn into the science fiction when it’s revealed that maybe the dinosaur hunters weren’t time travelling to our world’s past… This volume opens the door to horror, and it’s a jarring step that makes total sense within the context of the story.

It has been a long time since I first read Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #2 as part of a Kickstarter reward, and the comic still holds up after multiple readings – that I have had to wait months for the third issue hasn’t been easy, but now there’s only 30 days between me and issue #3, and I can’t wait to see where the story ends up. There should be no surprises that I love this series – I have been raving about it almost as long as I have been writing for this website. It’s time you picked Vorcacious: Appetite for Destruction. It helped remind me why I fell in love with comics in the first place.

Story: Markisan Naso Art: Jason Muhr Colourist: Andrei Tabucaru
Story: 9.1 Art 9.2 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab provided a FREE copy for review, but I had already received my copy from Kickstarter.

Preview: Voracious: Appetite for Destruction #2

VORACIOUS: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #2

Writer: Markisan Naso
Artist Name: Jason Muhr
Cover A – Jason Muhr
Cover B – Louie Joyce
24 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99

Detectives Gus Horncrasher and Owen Talonburg have been partners on the CCPD for a long time. Over the years they’ve grappled with many lowlifes and criminals, but they’ve never had to face off against each other. Until now…

Featuring a “Hot Pursuit” variant cover by Louie Joyce (Past the Last Mountain, Astral)! Limited to 250 copies!

VORACIOUS: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #2

Review: Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #1

Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #1

The critical favorite series returns with an all new volume with Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #1! Chef Nate Willner’s dinosaur hunts in an alternate dimension reignited his passion for cooking and turned his life around. But traveling through time and space for prehistoric meat has consequences he never imagined. He’s damaged another universe, fractured the trust of the people he cares for most, and unleashed a flesh-hungry monster on his hometown. Can Nate and his friends put aside their differences long enough to save Blackfossil?

Review spoiler: I’m going to recommend you read the entire series. Two trades and this floppy.

Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #1 begins to bring the final chapter of Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr‘s seminal story to close. Voracious was sold to me with the line “time travelling chef hunts dinosaurs”. Over the course of two miniseries, the story evolved from a simple elevator pitch into a time-travelling science fiction masterpiece. It has more layers than a tiramisu.

Voracious remains the only series I have ever backed on Kickstarter (full disclosure). It contains one of the best comics I’ve ever read. It genuinely earned watery eyes with the scenes when Gus desperately tried to hold on to his memory of his wife. Naso has a deft hand for humor and emotion. When paired with the artistic talents of Muhr, the comic comes alive (especially with the vivid colouring from Andrei Tabucaru).

The first volume centered on the real world problems of the inhabitants of Black Fossil. Albeit with one or two of its residents being time travelling dinosaur hunters. Naso and Muhr laid the foundations for the relationships between the characters. They hinted toward something deeper within the sleepy desert town. The second volume took a much sharper turn into the science fiction. Stunning visuals from Muhr and Tabucaru ramped up the emotional impact. The third volume has big shoes to fill. I’m confident that the creative team will deliver upon the high expectations they’ve earned (especially after reading this comic).

You may have noticed that I’ve kept this review very vague in regards to the comic in question. That’s because my hope is that you’ll invest in the series as a whole once reading this. In doing so you’ll appreciate the lack of spoilers. Voracious is a series that will be held as a comic that you absolutely must read.

This is not a series I would have ever expected to be a writer’s debut. But, that’s exactly what this is. Markisan Naso first series is one of the very best I have ever read. That’s not hyperbole, I’m not blowing smoke or trying to curry favour – I just love this series. And Naso, Muhr and Tabucaru have delivered a high quality product each and every time. The worst thing about this comic is that it is the beginning of the series’ end.

Story: Markisan Naso Art: Jason Muhr Colourist: Andrei Tabucaru
Story: 9.1 Art 9.2 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab provided a FREE copy for review, but I had already received my copy from Kickstarter.

Preview: Voracious: Appetite for Destruction #1

VORACIOUS: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #1

Writer: Markisan Naso
Artist Name: Jason Muhr
Cover A – Jason Muhr
Cover B – Valentin Ramon
24 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99

The critical favorite series returns with an all new volume! Chef Nate Willner’s dinosaur hunts in an alternate dimension reignited his passion for cooking and turned his life around. But traveling through time and space for prehistoric meat has consequences he never imagined. He’s damaged another universe, fractured the trust of the people he cares for most, and unleashed a flesh-hungry monster on his hometown. Can Nate and his friends put aside their differences long enough to save Blackfossil?

Featuring a “Bone to Pick” variant cover by Valentin Ramon (Z, D4VE)! Limited to 250 copies!

VORACIOUS: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #1

Review: Dragonsblood #1

Dragonsblood #1

The films of Mathew McConaughey can definitely be a mixed bag, as not all his films are great. Some of his movies are just plain dumb fun like Failure To Launch. As the movie played into his personality and what makes him charming. Then there are movies like Dallas Buyers Club which was essentially two pronged, as it showed his serious side and talked about a serious underserved issue. Then there those movies which are pretty horrible like The Beach Bum which made no sense and felt like a waste of time.

Then there are those movies that depending on who you talk to, will either gets an enthusiastic thumbs up or have someone say it was no good at all. One of those movies for me was How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, as it was both funny and rewatchable. Another one of those movies that I personally enjoyed was Reign Of Fire, a postapocalyptic movie where we live in a world where humans live in fear of dragons. In the debut issue of Dragonsblood, we meet the last dragon slayer in a mighty family line, as he must rise against his family’s ancient foe.

We meet Sigurd, of the Volsung clan, as he gives the reader a rundown of how his family got decimated. As he searches a dragon’s lair, for Fafnir, the dragon responsible for the deaths of many of his family, he is reminded of those he lost as their corpses scattered through the catacomb. As he begins his battle with Fafnir, t was all but certain he had met his doom, as the weapon he brought was not enough. By issue’s end, he finally defeats the dragon that killed his family, but is fate lies ahead, one that no one including him sees coming.

Overall, a thrilling debut issue that shows how important legacy is and correcting past wrongs can be. The story by Nick Bermel is heartfelt and action packed. The art by the creative team is alluring and vivid. Altogether, a story which shows that there is more to stories about dragon than fire and ice.

Story: Nick Bermel Art: Jason Muhr and Maxflan Araujo
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Work Up an Appetite for Destruction with the Final Volume of Voracious!

The critically acclaimed Top Chef meets Jurassic Park series returns this May with a fire-roasted final chapter – Voracious: Appetite for Destruction! The new five issue series will conclude the daring time-travel adventures of Chef Nate Willner and his friends as they try to save their town from Nate’s mistakes and find a way to overcome the losses in their lives.

Over the course of the first two volumes, Nate’s dinosaur hunts in an alternate dimension reignited his passion for cooking and started to turn his life around. But traveling through time and space for prehistoric meat has consequences he never imagined. He’s damaged another universe, fractured the trust of the people he cares for most, and unleashed a flesh-hungry monster on Blackfossil.

Written by Markisan Naso with art by by Jason Muhr you can pre-order a regular edition copy of Voracious: Appetite for Destruction #1 using the Diamond item code MAR191332. For the variant cover edition, use Diamond item code MAR191333. Cover A is by Jason Muhr and cover B is by Valenin Ramon.

Voracious: Appetite for Destruction #1

Those Two Geeks Episode Twenty Three: There

On the docket this week: The geeks use fancy editing to cobble together an interview with Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr, the writer and artist of the indie book Voracious. With the Kickstarter for the third volume launching today, the geeks thought it’d  be a great idea to sit down and talk about the Kickstarter, the variant cover rewards, and the comic itself.

We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did recording it.

You can back the project on Kickstarter now.

As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter or email ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next week in the future!

Underrated: Voracious

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of Voracious_TPB_Cover_Vol1comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Voracious.


This week I wanted to take a look at a series that I think epitomizes what this column is about: a great comic book series or story that too few people have read. Published by Action Lab, Voracious is written by Markisan Naso and drawn by Jason Muhr, with the co-creators being joined by colourist Andrei Tabucaru, and can usually grab your attention with the shortest of descriptions: “time travelling chef makes dinosaur sandwiches.”

It sounds awesome, right? Well, that’s because it is.

In an ideal world, that’s really all you would need to rush out and buy the two trade paper back collections (Diners, Dinosaurs & Dives and Feeding Time), but it can be tough to buy two trades wholly on those words – I get that. I really do. Look, it’s no secret that Voracious is one of my favourite series to come out in the last couple of years (you can find the reviews for most of the comics in the two miniseries under this search),  and it’s one of the few that I’ll buy in floppy form after reading the review copies – and it’s the Voracious_TPB_Cover_Vol1only one that I also buy the TPBs as well.

You see, I put my money where my mouth is because Voracious is a wonderful breath of fresh air in an industry that has been choking on relaunches and rehashes; the five issues that make up Feeding Time are some of the highest scored comics that I have reviewed for Graphic Policy. Voracious does have an awesome elevator pitch, but that’s not what draws me into the series (though it certainly helped).

After only nine comics (technically ten, but the first issue was a double sized comic) Markisan Naso has become one of Those writers who has earned my complete and utter trust; I will probably buy anything that he puts out from this point on. Aside from having an excellent music taste, Naso has an ability to give a unique voice to his characters that when combined with Jason Muhr’s artistic ability allows you to understand all you need to know about a character within a page or two at most. Yes, there are deeper layers to the people you’re watching navigate their lives on the page, and they’re expertly revealed as the series progresses in a way that you’re never really subjected to an-out-of-left-field moment that takes you out of the story because of a character’s actions because of how well developed they are; you won’t be shocked at the actions of the people in the comic because it all seems so in character for them once you understand their motivations.

As with any well written story featuring time travel you hope the visuals measure up to the intricacies of the story, and oh boy do they ever.Voracious_02-8

Jason Muhr is a brilliant visual story teller; there are so many brilliant double page spreads where his talents shine, and yet some of my favourite moments are the ones where Muhr focuses in on the emotions playing across the face of the character he is drawing; obviously I want to avoid significant spoilers so I’m not showing you as many pages from later issues, which is a disservice to both you and Muhr because as the series progressed he really found his groove.

If you’re tired of reading about superheroes fighting each other and you want a story to take you across the emotional spectrum without the use of glowing rings then you need look no further. While the comic is about a time traveling, dinosaur hunting chef, it’s also a powerful look into what makes us who we are and how. It’s a story about mistakes and loss, and most importantly coping with those things.

Voracious is the best comic you’ve never read, so change that. I haven’t heard a singe person I’ve made read the book complain in anyway. This story is what comics are all about; a masterpiece of visual story telling that couldn’t be told any other way even half as effectively as it is in comic form.

Now, excuse me while I go and read both trades again.

If you want more Voracious, then you can check out the episode of GP Radio where we talked all about the dinosaur sandwiches with both Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr.


Unless the comics industry ceases to exist this week, Underrated will return next week.

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