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Review: Voracious: Feeding Time #3

PrintMy first reaction upon reading this issue was, and I quote, Bloody Hell, Markisan. Bloody fucking Hell.

When was the last time you read a genuinely amazing comic that made your jaw drop so fast it nearly dislocated? For me it was ten minutes ago when I opened the PDF review copy of creators Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr’s Voracious: Feeding Time #3. It was an issue that I have been looking forward to for some time, and yet despite my high expectations, I was utterly blown away. I just…  it’s just so bloody awesome.

Markisan Naso has got to be one of the most exciting comic book writers to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), and this is his second miniseries. He has an uncanny ability to convey so much emotion through his narration and dialogue, and you feel like you’ve known his characters all your life when you hear them speak, but watching them come alive with Jason Muhr’s artwork is astonishing. As much as the writing gets you into the characters, it’s Muhr’s layouts, and the way he composes his pages that elevate this comic into pure brilliance. I’m aware I’m sounding overly hyperbolic here, but Naso and Muhr have created a wonder comic here; Voracious: Feeding Time #3 is like a man who has been eating gas station beef jerky finally gets to eat a fillet mignon.

These are men you need to keep your eyes on.

Out of respect for the creators, joined again by colourist Andrei Tabacaru, I won’t spoil any thing about the issue. But it’s easily the best single issue I have read in a long time, with more nuances and subtle hints than you’d ever expect in a comic book. You often hear people say that something is the culmination of everything that came before it, and that has never been more accurate than with Feeding Time #3; if you’ve read the other issues of Voracious and Voracious: Feeding Time, then you’re going to thoroughly thoroughly enjoy every page of this issue.

It’s only February, and I’m pretty sure this will be the best single issue I’ll read all year; the bar has been set pretty fucking high from here on out. Having said that, if you intend on  reading this comic based entirely on this review without reading any of the previous issues, then you’ll be doing yourself, and the story, a huge disservice. This issue is a complete and utter work of art, and one of the most astonishing comics I’ve read in some time, but without reading at least the first two issues of this series then you’ll think I’m touched if read Feeding Time #3. It’s a phenomenal comic, but it’s not the best jumping on point. There’s not enough of you reading this series, and you’re all missing out.

I have no idea how Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr will top this, but I can’t wait to find out.

Story: Markisan Naso Art: Jason Muhr Colours: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 11 Art: 10 Overall: 11 (that’s not a typo, this review goes to eleven) Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided a FREE copy for review. I’m also buying a print copy when the comic is released because the art looks so much better on the paper than my laptop screen.

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Preview: Voracious: Feeding Time #3

VORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME #3

Writer(s): Markisan Naso
Artist Name(s): Jason Muhr
Cover Artist(s): Jason Muhr, Kristen Gudsnuk
32 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Imprisoned, analyzed and interrogated by the Saurians, Nate is forced to face the monstrous effects his dinosaur hunts have had on the future of another world.

Featuring a “Midnight Special” variant cover by Henchgirl creator Kristen Gudsnuk! Limited to 1,500 copies!

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Preview: Doctor Strange/The Punisher: Magic Bullets #3

Doctor Strange/The Punisher: Magic Bullets #3

(W) John Barber (A) Andrea Broccardo, Jason Muhr (CA) Michael Walsh
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
SRP: $4.99

The strangest team-up in comics continues! A mystically powered mafia group rampages through New York. For Strange and Punisher, it’s time to take to the skies!

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Preview: Doctor Strange/The Punisher: Magic Bullets #2

Doctor Strange/The Punisher: Magic Bullets #2

(W) John Barber (A) Andrea Broccardo, Jason Muhr (CA) Michael Walsh
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
SRP: $4.99

Doctor Strange and Punisher are up to their necks in mafia demons! Has the time finally come for Strange to adopt Punisher’s lethal ways? Or is it time for the Punisher to use some magic?

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Review: Voracious: Feeding Time #2

voracious-ft-2-coverIf you’ve been reading Voracious then you’re going to love this issue. If you haven’t been reading Voracious then you are missing out on one of the most underrated comic books of the year with a concept so uniquely interesting that you wonder why it has never been thought of before (but if it had, then there is no way it would have been done as well as Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr are doing it here); a time travelling dinosaur hunting chef, who serves dinosaur steaks.

But what if it wasn’t our past that Nate was returning too? What if his actions were having unintended consequences that he was utterly oblivious too?

At this point, if you’ve been following anything I’ve been writing about the series then it should come as no surprise that I’m a fan – it did land Best Mini-Series or One Shot in my Best Of 2016 list, after all. But with that love of all things Voracious comes a pretty high set of expectations with each subsequent issue that the creators have met effortlessly each time. As ingenious as the concept of time-traveling chef Nate Willner opening a diner using dinosaur meat is, there’s only so far that concept will go before the food goes stale. Voracious: Feeding Time #1 immediately allayed that concern with the introduction of some new characters and a glimpse at the consequences of the first arc.

This issue we’re back with the staff of our favorite diner, and we see… look out of respect for you, the creators, and my own reluctance to divulge spoilers I’m not going recap the issue here. Suffice to say that yet again Naso, Muhr and colourist Andrei Tabacaru have delivered another amazing chapter in a series that continues to amaze me – even more impressive a feat considering how much I expect from the series now.

Story: Marisan Naso Art: Jason Muhr Colourist: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy (but make sure this isn’t your first issue, or it may not make as much sense to you).

Action Lab provided a FREE copy for review, but I will be buying a copy Wednesday

Listen to Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr Talk Voracious on Demand

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JURASSIC PARK MEETS TOP CHEF! Haunted by the death of his sister, Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his hometown in Utah and work at a coffee shop, Nate’s life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate’s passion for cooking is reignited! Voracious is the critically-acclaimed comic series by Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr which is back with its second volume Voracious: Feeding Time.

Naso and Muhr join Graphic Policy Radio with host Brett who is joined by GP contributor Alex.

Markisan Naso is the writer of the critically-acclaimed comic book series, VORACIOUS, published by Action Lab Entertainment. He is also an editor and publishing expert who has managed and revitalized national publications such as Knowledge Quest and School Library Research for the American Library Association. An accomplished journalist, Markisan has authored more than 150 features in print and on the web, covering subjects as diverse as EF5 tornadoes, death metal and Superman. Most recently he wrote a tribute to the late Darwyn Cooke for The Comics Journal. Markisan has also edited over a dozen books, including The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison’s Batman and Voyage in Noise: Warren Ellis and the Demise of Western Civilization for the Sequart Organization. In his spare time he interviews comic book creators for his podcast, COLLOQUIUM. He loves kitties and metal.

Voracious_Vol.2_01_KS_VariantTo find out more about Markisan, visit his website, www.markisan.com. Follow him on twitter: @DarthSan and Facebook facebook.com/MarkisanNaso

Jason Muhr is the artist, designer and letterer for the critically-acclaimed comic book series, VORACIOUS, published by Action Lab Entertainment. He has also worked for Marvel Comics and Valiant Entertainment, and co-created the short story “Like Giants” with Mark Waid for Thrillbent. Jason has a decade of experience as a professional illustrator and graphic designer, providing companies with logo and concept designs, and art for products such as plush toys, remote-control robots, interactive games, garden accessories, pottery and candy. Prior to entering the art and design world, Jason spent six years on the retail side of the comic book market, as an assistant manager at the Graham Crackers Comics chain of Chicagoland comic shops.

To find out more about Jason, visit his website, www.jasonmuhr.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonMuhr and Facebook facebook.com/jason.muhr.

Also follow the series on Twitter @VoraciousComic and Facebook facebook.com/VoraciousComic.

Preview: Doctor Strange/The Punisher: Magic Bullets #1

Doctor Strange/The Punisher: Magic Bullets #1

(W) John Barber (A) Andrea Broccardo, Jason Muhr (CA) Michael Walsh
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 14, 2016
SRP: $4.99

The team-up to end all team-ups is here, as two of the most different Marvel characters worlds’ collide! What new mafia threat is so great that the Punisher needs Doctor Strange’s help? Find out as the Sorcerer Supreme teams with the One Man War on Crime!

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Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr Talk their comic series Voracious LIVE this Monday

GP Radio pic MondayJURASSIC PARK MEETS TOP CHEF! Haunted by the death of his sister, Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his hometown in Utah and work at a coffee shop, Nate’s life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate’s passion for cooking is reignited! Voracious is the critically-acclaimed comic series by Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr which is back with its second volume Voracious: Feeding Time.

Naso and Muhr join Graphic Policy Radio with hosts Elana and Brett who are joined by GP contributor Alex.

The show airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

Markisan Naso is the writer of the critically-acclaimed comic book series, VORACIOUS, published by Action Lab Entertainment. He is also an editor and publishing expert who has managed and revitalized national publications such as Knowledge Quest and School Library Research for the American Library Association. An accomplished journalist, Markisan has authored more than 150 features in print and on the web, covering subjects as diverse as EF5 tornadoes, death metal and Superman. Most recently he wrote a tribute to the late Darwyn Cooke for The Comics Journal. Markisan has also edited over a dozen books, including The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison’s Batman and Voyage in Noise: Warren Ellis and the Demise of Western Civilization for the Sequart Organization. In his spare time he interviews comic book creators for his podcast, COLLOQUIUM. He loves kitties and metal.

Voracious_Vol.2_01_KS_VariantTo find out more about Markisan, visit his website, www.markisan.com. Follow him on twitter: @DarthSan and Facebook facebook.com/MarkisanNaso

Jason Muhr is the artist, designer and letterer for the critically-acclaimed comic book series, VORACIOUS, published by Action Lab Entertainment. He has also worked for Marvel Comics and Valiant Entertainment, and co-created the short story “Like Giants” with Mark Waid for Thrillbent. Jason has a decade of experience as a professional illustrator and graphic designer, providing companies with logo and concept designs, and art for products such as plush toys, remote-control robots, interactive games, garden accessories, pottery and candy. Prior to entering the art and design world, Jason spent six years on the retail side of the comic book market, as an assistant manager at the Graham Crackers Comics chain of Chicagoland comic shops.

To find out more about Jason, visit his website, www.jasonmuhr.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonMuhr and Facebook facebook.com/jason.muhr.

Also follow the series on Twitter @VoraciousComic and Facebook facebook.com/VoraciousComic.

Tweet your questions to @graphicpolicy and listen in this Monday at 10pm ET.

Review: Voracious: Feeding Time #1

Voracious_Vol.2_01_KS_VariantWhen I read the first issue of Voracious, the four-issue miniseries by writer Markisan Naso, artist Jason Muhr and colourist Andrei Tabucaru I immediately fell in love with the series’ incredibly well crafted story, the luscious artwork, and the humour that seemed to flow from the pages with such an incredibly deft pace. In a year with some truly brilliant stories released in comics, from Valiant’s Divinity II, Titan Comics’ Johnny Red and Image’s The Goddamned and Huck, the first Voracious miniseries is still the one sitting at the top of my Best Of 2016 List, in part because of the notion of a dinosaur sandwich, but more so because of the sheer enjoyment each and every comic gave me.

Needless to say when I saw that Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr had launched a Kickstarter to fund the second series, given how much I enjoyed the first series, backing the comic was a no-brainer.

There’s going to be minor spoilers for the first series from here on out, so if you haven’t read that yet, do so. Then go buy this issue.

Still with me? Awesome.

As ingenious as the concept of time-traveling chef Nate Willner opening a diner using dinosaur meat is, it was the subtle, almost throwaway line that while killing things in the past may not be the best idea (what with the future consequences, and all), hunting dinosaurs in the past won’t have any impact on our future because the asteroid destroys everything anyway, so why worry?

But what if it wasn’t our past that Nate was returning too? What if his actions were having unintended consequences that he was utterly oblivious too?

That’s the question that Naso asked in the final pages of the original Voracious, and there’s no time wasted as Feeding Time #1 begins in a wonderfully realized alternate timeline introducing Gus Horncrusher, an evolved dinosaur detective who is struggling to remember something that he’s forgotten. It doesn’t take long to figure out why he’s forgotten what he has or who’s fault it is, but by emphasizing the obvious emotional thoughts that Gus is going through Naso allows the audience to immediately switch our position on the dino detective (I can’t be the only one who assumed he’d be the villain in this arc); his ability to infuse so much personality and emotion into the character in such a short time is nothing short of amazing.

A big part of the immediate sense you get of knowing Gus and his partner is down to Jason Muhr’s artwork. I’m reminded page after page just how good this guy is at what he does, whether it’s because of the all-too-human expressions on the very non-human faces, the glimpses of forgotten memories, or the panel layouts, Muhr has delivered the best looking comic in the series to date. But if Jason Muhr has hit a home run, then Andrei Tabucaru has sent the ball out of the park with his colouring work. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his name on the Eisner nominations next year.

While both Naso and Muhr have said that Voracious: Feeding Time can be read independently of the first miniseries, you can pick the first trade up at your local comic shop for a very reasonable $15. It’s worth every penny for you to get the most out of this comic.

A comic with only one, albeit pretty major, downside: the long wait to the second issue. I may have already waited a month or so since reading the first issue, but it’s the next month that’ll kill me.

Story: Markisan Naso Art: Jason Muhr Colourist: Andrei Tabucaru
Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Voracious: Feeding Time #1

VORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME #1

Writer(s): Markisan Naso
Artist Name(s): Jason Muhr
Cover Artist(s): Jason Muhr
32 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

VORACIOUS: Feeding Time picks up right where the hit series, VORACIOUS, left off! Chef Nate Willner hunts dinosaurs in the past and secretly serves them at his restaurant in the present. But unbeknownst to him, he’s actually been hunting in an alternate reality – a world where dinosaurs evolve into Saurians, a technologically advanced race that rules the far future! Some of these Saurians have mysteriously started disappearing from Cretaceous City and the local authorities are not happy about it…

Featuring a wraparound “Smiths ‘Meat is Murder’ Tribute” variant cover by Wuvable Oaf creator Ed Luce! Limited to 1500 copies!

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