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The Fall: Vengeance & Justice #5 Out Now from PLB Comics

Independent comic book publisher PLB Comics will be releasing their fifth issue of The Fall: Vengeance and Justice series, due out just in time for Christmas. This twenty-eight page anthology style book features six tales of The Fall’s never-ending quest to rid the streets of the crime and corruption that plague his city.

Containing a multitude of differing styles, this book is bursting with writing and artwork from such notable indie creators as Josh Shockley, Brandon Spicer, Brian Spicer, Nathaniel Johnson, Grim Rascal, Chris Fischer, Frank Dawson Jr. and James Dufendach. The diverse and intriguing work produced by such an innovative group of creators gives The Fall: Vengeance and Justice #5 a little something for every taste, and a chance for readers to discover styles not often represented in the comic medium.

The Fall: Vengeance and Justice #5 finds The Fall continuing his battle with a seemingly unstoppable serial killer and underworld forces controlled by the mysterious General. Allies are gathering to The Fall’s side, though not by his choice. His war on crime has attracted others to take up his cause, Vida and the C.O.F. are joining the fight but not without a cost. Finally a small spark threatens to ignite the city as rival crime syndicates start to clash for dominance. All in all The Fall: Vengeance and Justice #5 brings together many stories published in previous issues and puts The Fall firmly on track for the most harrowing battles to come.


Baltimore Comic Con 2013: Review: PLB Comics 2013 Halloween Special

plb halloween special 2013Debuting this weekend at Baltimore Comic Con, independent comic book publisher PLB Comics have released their second annual Halloween Special. The hefty thirty-six page book is jam packed with tales of terror, suspense and revenge. The anthology overall is entertaining with some stories standing out more so than others, but the entire package is worth picking up.

Featuring a multitude of differing styles, this book features five self-contained stories with writing and artwork from such notable indie creators as Josh Shockley, Nikkol Jelenic, Cheltsey Vann, Ryan Thompson, Brandon Spicer, Brian Spicer, Miranda and James Dufendach, as well as a pin up by Buz Hasson and Ken Haeser creators of The Living Corpse.

While this Halloween Special has a higher page count than most comics, PLB has decided to keep it at the three-dollar price point, a great value for an independent comic. And overall a great jumping on point for anyone interested in checking out what PLB has to offer.

Overall the stories are pretty entertaining with the majority standing out in the good category. The art too is really good for an independent comic produced by a small publisher. Overall, it’s a solid entry.

The only knock I have at all is not all the stories fit a “Halloween” vibe. A greater focus on that would have made this a stronger release. Though overall, the stories are still good, so it’s not all bad.

PLB continues to show off their strengths. Their releases are consistently entertaining and the company deserves a dedicated following, one I hope they’re getting. Overall, the company is doing everything right as a micro-publisher. Finding interesting stories to tell with interesting characters and talented individuals to make that all happen.

If you’re at the convention this weekend are looking for a fun independent comic to grab, do yourself a favor and swing by their booth to check this one out.

Story: Josh Shockley, Brian Spicer, Miranda Dufendach, James Dufendach, Cheltsey Vann Art: Josh Shockley, Brandon Spicer, Ryan Thompson, Nikkol Jelenic, Cheltsey Vann
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy

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PLB Comics Announces Exclusive Cover for Baltimore Comic-Con

PLB 2012 BCC ExclusivePLB Comics will have an exclusive variant cover of Gideon & Sebastian: Predators and Prey #2 just for Baltimore Comic-Con. Gideon & Sebastian: Predators and Prey follows the exploits of Father Gideon West, a grizzled Vampire-hunting priest who is haunted by a horrific past, and Sebastian, a happy-go-lucky Vampire bitten in his prime who has volunteered to help the Vatican exterminate the Vampire menace. This odd couple rip through vamps while constantly taking jabs at one another, all the while harboring a grudging respect for each other.

The book is presented in an anthology style, with a collection of indie artists all giving their own unique perspective to the characters. Josh and Mathew Shockley, Nikkol Jelenic, Nathan Milliner, and James Dufendach have all lent their creative talents to this issue.

Priced at only $3, Gideon & Sebastian: Predators and Prey #2 promises to be one of Baltimore Comic-Con’s most inexpensive exclusives. Supplies are extremely limited so be sure to pick up your copy early.

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I'll See You In Baltimore 2012This year’s confirmed guests for the show including: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee (Saturday only!); Ken Bald (Golden Age Timely/Marvel artist); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland); Mark Buckingham (Fables, Doctor Who); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn); Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows); Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen:  Silk Spectre); Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.); Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys); Rich Faber (Roboy Red); David Finch (Batman:  The Dark Knight); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman); Keith Giffen (Superman, O.M.A.C., Green Arrow); Gene Ha (Justice League); Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam); Cully Hamner (Action Comics); Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City); Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray); J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage); Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four); Joe Kubert (Before Watchmen: Nightowl); Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com); David Mack (Kabuki); Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo); Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman); Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men); Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin); John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men); Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot); Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers); Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing); Brian Stelfreeze (ICE); Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin); Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi); Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable); Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein).

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th.

Review: The Fall: Vengeance & Justice #2

The Fall: Veangeance & Justice #2 CoverThe Fall: Vengeance & Justice #2 by PLB Comics is one of those series that’s easy to write off and overlook as its main character is so familiar.  But, by doing so, you’d be making a mistake.  Much like the first issue, the second shows off the talents of quite a few individuals.  The comic series is a series of shot stories centered on one character with this issue comprising of five parts.

Point of View is told from the perspective of The Fall as he goes on a mission of revenge against a racist who has committed murder.  The perspective is interesting and pretty well done.  It’s a twist that makes the story way more creative than the fairly straightforward revenge tale.

Running on Fumes just shows how much dedication The Fall puts into his mission.  The story goes on about all the physical issues he’s having as he forces himself to continue his fighting against crime.  Again, a pretty decent narrative twist.

Fatal Fortune involves a psychic reading for a criminal and an over the top description of The Fall.  This shows off the art more, which is a bit like Spawn, as if drawn by a fanboy.  Still, again it switches up what we see and adds another unique take to what could be monotonous stories.

Made to Kill has The Fall chasing down a murder and deciding to take justice into his own hands.

Drinking Tales involves various folks drinking telling tales of the mysterious hero.  Again, a different take on the character and storytelling that mixes it up.

The second issue is a solid continuation of the series that’s definitely worth picking up.  There’s some really great work here as far as story and art, well worth the purchase.

Story: Nathan Thomas Milliner, Josh Shockley Art: Nathan Thomas Milliner, Larry Crew, Nikkol Jelenic, Josh Shockley, Jim McMunn Publisher: PLB Comics

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

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Review – The Fall: Vengeance & Justice #1

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The Fall: Vengeance and Justice #1We’re continuing with our focus on indie comics by checking out The Fall: Vengeance & Justice #1 published by PLB Comics.  The comic’s main character The Fall looks a bit like Grifter, but with a bag on his head, but besides that, the comic stands on it’s own.  It’s a solid issue of short stories featuring the character by various writers and artists.

Contributing include writers Nathan Thomas Milliner, Josh Shockley and Matthew Shockley and artists Larry Crew Jr., Brad Hudson and Russell Walton, though it was hard to find that in the comic.  The various short stories are solid, but having so many brings the issue of the stories being rushed.

As a whole though, I like the anthology hook of the book having different artists and writers taking their turns with a character.  They all have similar feels, but their own twists as far as looks or feel of their stories, each has their own voice.

This is the first issue, with more planned, and I absolutely want to see it.  Fantastic stuff.

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