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Review: Last Stop on the Red Line #2

Last Stop on the Red Line #2

In the second issue of Last Stop On The Red Line, we find our protagonist watching over his back, not knowing where and when the phantom killer will strike next. Another passenger falls victim to the phantom killer on the Boston Orange Line. This sparks Detective Torres and her new partner to investigate evidence which incriminates Yusef. Meanwhile, Yusef must control his unearthly visions while on the run to avoid being captured by the determined detectives.

We find Mr. Lyons, as he looks for distractions in his day job as a teacher, where he finds some solace. We also catch up with Detective Torres and meet Detective Ben Damon, who has joined her, to investigate the evidence, which makes Yusuf guilty of the murders on the Orange Line. As Yusuf, attempts to find relief from his unearthly visions, an APB gets put out on someone matching his description, making the most wanted man in Boston. By issue’s end, Torres catches up with Yusuf, only to be caught up in one of his visions come true.

Overall, an interesting alternate world story where humans and supernatural creatures exist in a seemingly normal world. The story by Paul Maybury is evenly paced and well characterized. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that gets the reader off-balance but gives them enough to stay on this wild ride.

Story: Paul Maybury Art: Sam Lotfi and John Rauch
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Last Stop on the Red Line #1

Last Stop on the Red Line #1

Last Stop on the Red Line #1 sets up a very interesting supernatural murder mystery but at times is incomprehensible. Detective Migdalia Torres investigates a vicious strangling on a Boston subway car with no feasible leads. As potential evidence produces dead ends, Migdalia inadvertently takes in a vagrant named Yusef who may have a supernatural connection to the crime at hand.

Writer Paul Maybury delivers a very atmospheric debut with this first issue. The supernatural thriller nails the tone and feel it’s going for. Unfortunately at times the comic is also a bit hard to understand exactly what’s going on. As it progresses that’s less of an issue but for half of it, the comic feels like you’re missing something. That’s the biggest issue with Last Stop on the Red Line #1. While the debut nails what it’s going for, it also doesn’t quite work at times. The issue feels like it’s a slice of the bigger narrative. The story would be stronger being read in one sitting instead of single monthly issues. This may be the case where the whole is stronger than the individual parts.

When it comes to its tone and genre, the art by Sam Lofti with colors by John Rauch and lettering by Adam Pruett enhance the experience. The art is at times haunting delivering a trippy horror experience. The use of color enhances that. Visuals at times have a 60s/70s poster quality about them. That experience though can create confusion. You wait for an explanation pages later leaving you to wonder what you missed. It also forces you to go back and read pages again while still confused. The visuals don’t add to the narrative, they muddy it up. It’s still great to look at and captures the tone and genre quite well.

Last Stop on the Red Line #1 is an interesting debut issue. For those who really enjoy a supernatural thriller, it’s one to pick up. The fact it’s being released as a monthly comic seems to hamper the debut. This is a case where the trade may be the better read so it can be enjoyed in one sitting. I hate to say trade wait but this might be one worth doing exactly that.

Story: Paul Maybury Art: Sam Lofti
Color: John Rauch Letterer: Adam Pruett
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.45 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Imminent Press is Back with Two Issues of their Terminal Pulp Anthology on Kickstarter

Fresh off of successfully funding the OGN Atlantis Wasn’t Built for Tourists, Imminent Press is running a Kickstarter for the next two installments of the two-fisted pulp anthology Terminal. That’s right, TWO
COMICS, ONE KICKSTARTER.

Now, issues #3 and #4 of Terminal come to Kickstarter with an incredible array of talent that includes writers Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), Eric Palicki (No Angel), Vito Delsante (Stray), Matt Brady (The Con Job),
and a murderer’s row of artists, colorists, and letterers.

Terminal #3 features:

Stephanie Chan [Colorist]
Steve Ekstrom [Editor & Letterer]
Justin Gray [Writer – FAUSTO COLON]
Dan Lauer [Artist – FAUSTO COLON]
Eric Palicki [Writer – OUBLIETTE]
Bob Rivard [Cover Artist]
Ande Rummel [Artist – OUBLIETTE]

Terminal #4 features:

Matt Brady [Writer – GEMINI XIV]
António Brandão [Artist – STEELTOWN]
Nikola Čižmešija [Artist – GEMINI XIV]
Vito Delsante [Writer – STEELTOWN]
Steve Ekstrom [Editor & Letterer]
Bob Rivard [Cover Artist]
Kirsty Swan [Colorist]

Plus, VARIANT Guest Artists:

Josh Adams (T3 Variant)
Rafa Garres (rear art #3)
Jeff Johnson (T3 Variant)
Vasilis Lolos (T4 Variant)
Richard Pace (T4 Variant)
John Rauch (rear art #4)

Backers have access to an array of excellent rewards, including variants. Retailers have the opportunity to back two distinct packages, one of which includes an in-store appearance from a member of the Imminent Press and Terminal anthology series stable. And if you happened to miss out on Terminal #1 and #2 the first time around, don’t sweat it. A limited number of backer packages will be available so you can score ALL FOUR issues for one reasonable price including shipping.

Check out below at some of the art you can find within the pages of these two new issues!

You have until November 2nd to back this great project!

Preview: The Thrilling Adventure Hour: A Spirited Romance SC

The Thrilling Adventure Hour: A Spirited Romance SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Artist: Phil Hester
Colorists: Mauricio Wallace, John Rauch
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover Artist: Scott Newman
Price: $14.99

Trading quips and tossing back cocktails, the Doyles take what they want and hoodwink their clientele for the rest. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, even diabolical gingerbread men are nothing but obstacles in the way of the liquor cabinet for our fast-talking, hard-drinking sleuths.

Written by the creators of the wildly popular Hollywood stage show and podcast, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Deadpool, Star Wars Adventures), and illustrated by Phil Hester (Batman Beyond), The Thrilling Adventure Hour: A Spirited Romance is a rip-roaring adventure that harkens back to the heyday of old-time radio entertainment.

Collects The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Beyond Belief #0-4.

Review: House of Whispers #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the second full issue in the relaunched Sandman Universe!

House of Whispers #1 is by Nalo Hopkinson, Dominike Stanton, John Rauch, Deron Bennett, Sean Andrew Murray, and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

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Preview: The Thrilling Adventure Hour: A Spirited Romance SC Discover Now Edition

The Thrilling Adventure Hour: A Spirited Romance SC Discover Now Edition

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Artist: Phil Hester
Cover Artist: Phil Hester
Colorists: Maurico Wallace, John Rauch
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Price: $14.99

It’s time to send the little ones to dreamland and set your radio’s dial to “spooky.” Steel yourself for mysterious suspense in…BEYOND BELIEF!

Trading quips and tossing back cocktails, the Doyles take what they want and hoodwink their clientele for the rest. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, even diabolical gingerbread men are nothing but obstacles in the way of the liquor cabinet for our fast-talking, hard-drinking sleuths.

Written by the creators of the wildly popular Hollywood stage show and podcast, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Deadpool, Star Wars Adventures), and illustrated by Phil Hester (Batman Beyond), The Thrilling Adventure Hour: A Spirited Romance is a rip-roaring adventure that harkens back to the heyday of old-time radio entertainment.

Collects The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Beyond Belief #0-4.

Exclusive Preview: Sideways #5

Sideways #5

Written by: Justin Jordan
Art by: Robert Gill
Color: John Rauch
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover by: Kenneth Rocafort
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Editor: Katie Kubert
Assistant Editor: Dave Welgosz
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: June 13, 2018

After the devastating loss of one of the most important people in his life, Derek James tries to throw himself into being the hero Sideways to distract himself. Unfortunately, new villain the Showman has arrived to tear those wounds right back open.

Exclusive Preview: Batwoman #14

Batwoman #14

Written by: Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Fernando Blanco
Color by: John Rauch
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover by: Dan Panosian
Variant cover by: Michael Cho
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Editor: Brittany Holzherr
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 18, 2018

“The Fall of the House of Kane” part two! Vengeance and madness come home to Gotham City! The Many Arms of Death have descended upon the city, bringing a plague that will devour everything Batwoman holds dear—and Alice, Kate’s long-lost sister, leads the way!

Preview: Batwoman #13

Batwoman #13

Story: Marguerite Bennett Art: Fernando Blanco
Color: John Rauch Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover Art: Dan Panosian
Variant Cover: Lee Bermejo
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich Editor: Brittany Holzherr
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“The Fall of the House of Kane” part one! After her deadly trip around the world hunting the infamous Many Arms of Death, Batwoman returns to her childhood home in Brussels, the site of her most brutal losses and memories. As the clock begins to tick on a new cycle of violence, Kate must overcome her haunted past to prevent an attack more terrible than any before!

Review: Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1

Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are back on the scene to kick off he first take in this super fun, super sized, four story issue celebrating Harley, Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary Special #1. We are treated to a bevy of talented writers and artist and, despite the diverse writing and art styles, cover to cover Harley Quinn 25th is an interesting and fun exploration into Harley’s most interesting relationships. In “Diva Las Vegas” we get a glimpse into a girls road trip featuring Harley, Catwoman and Poison Ivy where they stop a robbery and destroy some stuff with a huge party. We then get a history of Harley’s birthdays and some slight Joker interaction where we get a sweet wink into her relationship with Ivy. The third story is another fun adventure with Ivy and the issue wraps up with a Harley vs Robin fight where Robin gets to be a hero and Harley does something unexpected.

There are some amazing artists lending a hand in this issue using various but, somehow cohesive styles. Paul Mounts and Dave Sharpe make the colors and art pop in “Diva Las Vegas,” Chad Hardin and Alex Sinclair give some pop style art to the Paul Dini written “Birthday Blues,” David Lafuente and John Rauch provide the muted tones and throwback art for the Daniel Kibblesmith penned “Somewhere That’s Green” story and Chip “Zdark Knight” Zdarsky‘s “Bird Psychology” gets an artist assist from Joe Quinones who served us some simple but, aesthetically pleasing characters and detailed backdrops.

Overall, this issue is a fun read for Harley fans. There’s some nice girl powered storylines, a glimpse into Harley and Joker, a view into her turning point where we remember the complex nature of our favorite antihero. It’s a hella fun ride and I think that everyone should get in on the action for some great stories that are short, sweet, and packed full of Harley Quinn goodness.

Story: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chip Zdarsky, Paul Dini, Daniel Kibblesmih Art: Joe Quinones, Paul Mounts, Dave Sharpe, David Lafuente , John Rauch, Chad Hardin, Alex Sinclair
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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