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Review: They’re All Terrible #1

They're All Terrible #1

They’re All Terrible #1 is an ultraviolent, visually stunning riff on a barbarian comic from writer Matt Kindt, artist Ramon Villalobos, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain. The story picks up after a long, bloody epic fantasy war, and the band of soldiers Bloody Mourners are restless and unrewarded even though they were responsible for, I guess, winning the war thanks to their brutal tactics and killing of child hostages. To occupy themselves, the Bloody Mourners decide to invade the Village of the Clouds, a utopian society dedicated to art and culture, but with a weak military. The brunt of the narrative of They’re All Terrible #1 focuses on young warrior Espion trying to recruit some of the best warriors in the land to defend the Village of the Clouds, but the Bloody Mourners have some big guns too.

They’re All Terrible is an immersive read because Villalobos uses a wide variety of shot types and angles to tell this high fantasy story. He uses extreme close-ups on the warrior Kral to show how disgusting he is burping and vomitting at the local pub before pulling back for more wide screen compositions to reveal his actual prowess in battle. Any time swords and sorceries are involved, Ramon Villalobos breaks the panel boundaries to create more exciting fight choreography. There is power and weight to his line work, and Bonvillain uses an almost, candy-coated color palette to show the different types of blood/substances oozing out of these warriors’ opponents. Even though the big showdown is issues away, Kindt and Villalobos spare no expense with the fight scenes with body parts and viscera spraying all over the page against cool fantasy vistas and backgrounds.

They’re All Terrible is very much a Conan pastiche with the character Kral basically having the same backstory as the most famous barbarian. However, using these familiar tropes allows readers to get quickly connected in the story and enjoy the dynamic art and little nuances of the characters. For example, Kral’s introductory scene comes across more like Hrun in Terry Pratchett’s Color of Magic than something out of the Hyborian Age, especially with the gross-out sight gags. In keeping with the title of the comic, Matt Kindt and Ramon Villalobos make him intentionally unlikable until he does badass things and reveals his backstory of never wanting to be a king and just wanting to go on adventures all the time, which is honestly similar to the Bloody Mourners and the motivation for their rampage.

On the other hand, the female warrior Ora is immediately likable with her flashy fighting skills, one-liners, and how she takes no shit from Kral even though he considers her to be the second best warrior in the land. Kindt, Villalobos, and Bonvillain find a rich vein of dark humor with her character all culminating her ripping out a mermaid’s head and spinal column Mortal Kombat-style and proclaiming taht she isn’t a virgin. This sense of humor really helped me buy into They’re All Terrible #1, and this might be a leap, but the book is at its best when it’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in Middle Earth although as I’ve mentioned a few times, the fight scenes are masterpieces of poses and choreography.

In addition to this entertaining and gorgeous lead story, They’re All Terrible #1 also features a one and done backup story about puppets become sentient beings courtesy of writer Joshua Dysart and artist Kano. Dysart’s absurdist captions complement Kano’s flat colors and disturbing art. My one quibble is that the caption boxes cover bits of these full page images, but the overall effect of puppets screaming and then building more puppets and their own puppeteers gets across as they go from surreal nightmare fuel to just second class citizens. For example, Kano uses close-ups in the last page to end the story on more of an emotional note to go with Dysart’s musings. “The First Seven Days” is a day-glo fever dream that lets Kano cut loose as a storyteller and dive into some weird shit after the more straightforward They’re All Terrible.

They’re All Terrible #1 is a big, bloody barbarian book with battles galore plus jokes, internal organs, and commentary on what happens after the the epic fantasy trilogy concludes. Plus Ramon Villalobos is a master at drawing beefy, barrel-chested warriors, and there’s a fucked up, yet thought provoking backup story to make this a comic worth seeking out.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Ramon Villalobos
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.3 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Purchase: Zeus Comics

Review: Pyrate Queen #2

Monday Ryan is one of the best pirates on the high seas. This is her story of revenge.

Story: Peter Milligan, Matt Kindt
Art: Adam Pollina, Kano
Color: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: Simon Bowland, Dave Sharpe

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The Old Guard Recruits a New Army in the Tales Through Time Anthology

The bestselling series The Old Guard by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández will build upon its immortal universe with an anthology story arc in The Old Guard: Tales Through Time. The six-issue chapter begins on the heels of the top-ranking Netflix Original film adaptation’s success and will launch from Image Comics this April and feature an exciting lineup of talent. 

The star-studded anthology event will include new stories from series co-creators Rucka and  Fernández, joined by such contributors as: Vita Ayala, Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Matt Fraction, David F. Walker, Horacio Altuna, Rick Burchett, Valentine De Landro, Justin Greenwood, Kano, Nicola Scott, and more.

Andromache the Scythian—a warrior over six thousand years old, who has fought more battles than she cares to remember—has kept one constant companion through her long lifetime of combat…her labrys. Andy’s battle axe takes many forms, and many lives, in its centuries at her side, a story told by The Old Guard creators Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernández. 

Meanwhile, Nicolo “Nicky” di Genova and Yusuf “Joe” al-Kaysani, lovers since they tried (and failed) to kill each other in the First Crusade, spend an evening at Berlin’s famed Eldorado nightclub in the twilight era of 1932, sharing drinks with drag queens and fistfighting Nazis in an all-new story by writer Andrew Wheeler (Another Castle: Grimoire) and Jacopo Camagni (Nomen Omen)!

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #1 Cover A by Fernández (Diamond Code FEB210016), The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #1 Cover B by Jacopo Camagni (Diamond Code FEB210017), and The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #1 Cover C Interconnecting “Battlefield” Variant by Leandro Fernández (Diamond Code FEB210018) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 21. 

Preview: RAI #8

RAI #8

Written by DAN ABNETT
Letters by DAVE SHARPE 
Preorder Variant Cover by KANO
On sale OCTOBER 21st | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Sci-fi masterminds Dan Abnett and Juan José Ryp pull you further into their futuristic landscape!

Rai and Raijin’s quest leads them to a Positronic utopia! Except peace is never as peaceful as it looks. Will the pair preserve or perish?

RAI #8

Preview: Doctor Tomorrow #5 (of 5)


Cover B by KANO
Preorder Cover by CARY NORD
On sale AUGUST 26th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

  • After a universe-spanning journey, Doctor Tomorrow must face his greatest foe yet: himself!
  • Will the combined forces of the Valiant Universe be enough to avert total annihilation?
  • After the epic conclusion, will there be a tomorrow?

Today’s New Digital Comics Include Aquaman, Batman, Captain America, Daredevil, and Marvel MAX

ComiXology has seven new digital comics from DC and Marvel for you today. There’s a mix of new and classic comics all available at the touch of a button.

Check out the full list of what’s available or each issue below.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #7

Written by Steve Orlando
Pencils V Ken Marion
Inks Sandu Florea
Colored by Andrew Dalhouse

The final showdown between Aquaman and Scorpio!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #7

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #5

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
Cover by Joe Quinones

Deathstroke and Robin face down Firefly, but can the two stand the heat after the firebug gets the upperhand? And who’s hired Deathstroke to take down the Dark Knight?

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #5

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 1

Written by Chuck Austen, John Ney Rieber
Art by John Cassaday, Trevor Hairsine, Jae Lee
Cover by John Cassaday

Collects Captain America (2002) #1-16.

Captain America gets the critically acclaimed Marvel Knights treatment! In the aftermath of 9/11, Captain America – already a man out of time – must adjust once again to a terrifying new global landscape. From the ruins of the World Trade Center to the horrors of a small town rocked by terrorism, the star-spangled super-soldier is forced to consider what it means to be the Sentinel of Liberty in an age of incomprehensible new threats. Meanwhile, the man named Redpath has his own American dream, and he orders his Extremists to cleanse the country by force. Only a true patriot, the living embodiment of the United States, can stop them. But when Captain America uncovers new truths about his decades trapped in the ice, the scale of the conspiracy may bring him to his knees!

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 1

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by David Aja, Michael Lark
Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards

Collects Daredevil (1998) #82-93.

The critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark make their explosive debut! For the past few years, Matt Murdock’s life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, Matt finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell’s Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall. just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? Plus: a special episode focusing on Daredevil’s best friend, Foggy Nelson. Spinning out of the stunning finale of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s ground-breaking run, Brubaker and Lark pick up the billy club and run as hard and as fast as they can to leave their own mark on one of comics’ most enduring legends.

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Paul Azaceta, Lee Bermejo, Gene Colan, Marko Djurdjevic, Michael Lark, Alex Maleev, John Romita Jr., Bill Sienkiewicz, Lee Weeks
Cover by Marko Djurdjevic

Collects Daredevil (1998) #94-105.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark continue their explosive run! Everything Matt Murdock thought he’d gotten back teeters on the edge of a precipice, ready to shatter all around him, as he fights a battle on both fronts of his life — in the courtroom and on the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen! And with the post-CIVIL WAR fallout all around him, the price of being Daredevil just got even higher. Nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Penciler-Inker Team!

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Written by Ed Brubaker, Ann Nocenti, Greg Rucka
Art by David Aja, Paul Azaceta, Michael Lark, Clay Mann, Tonci Zonjic
Cover by Marko Djurdjevic

Collects Daredevil (1998) #106-119 and #500.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark conclude their explosive run! The Hand is back in New York, and Lady Bullseye is in league with them! The Kingpin has also returned, forging a surprising pact with Daredevil to target the ninja cult — but what is the former crime boss’s true plan? Plus: An old friend brings Matt Murdock the last-minute appeal of a Marvel villain sitting on death row. What will he do when confronted with a convicted bad guy who’s completely innocent? Nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Penciler-Inker Team!

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Kano, Brian Denham, Nic Klein, Nick Percival, Javier Saltares
Cover by Kaare Andrews

Collects Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing #1-4.

Biochemist Ted Sallis and his team are on a mission: To recreate the serum that spawned the world’s first super-soldier. But like the swamp itself, there are dangers lurking beneath the surface. Ted’s partner Eric, his girlfriend Ellen, the government, terrorists – everyone wants what Ted has, but what Ted doesn’t realize is that the swamp itself may want him! A radical re-imagining of the Man-Thing’s origin begins here, in a horror-tinged tale narrated by Digger, keeper of the Tower of Shadows!

Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing

Bettie Page Returns in New Series from Karla Pacheco, Vincenzo Federici, Rebecca Nalty, and Becca Carey

Bettie Page is back and better than ever, with a new alternate history twist making her a true Hollywood star in the making – and suspect to a murder!

Writer Karla Pacheco brings her kickass skill and sensibilities to another iconic babe, building up a new yarn for Bettie that’s part pulp noir, part pin-up, stylized yet realistic. She’s joined by Italian artist Vincenzo Federici, who’s drawn the “Dark Angel” before. Rounding out the team are colorist Rebecca Nalty and letterer Becca Carey.

In this series, Bettie has moved from New York to Hollywood sometime around 1954. She’s transitioned into more minor acting working, with theater success and bit parts in B-movies. Though she’s still challenged navigating the sticky swamp of producers, perps, pumps, and pushers who call La La Land home and want a piece of the pie – and Bettie. The question is – does Bettie Page find trouble, or does trouble find her? Signing on for a supporting role in a “tastefully sensual” fantasy film set on an idyllic tropical island, she’s wrapped up in a new environment and colorful cast of characters. Until someone is murdered and a massive storm hits!

For such an iconic woman, a crop of all-star artists are contributing covers! Junggeun Yoon leads the pack, joined by Kano and of course the legendary Joseph Michael Linsner. Riki Le Cotey marks a first with a cosplay cover. The real-life Bettie herself is featured on two photo cover variants, one nice and one naughty. Plus a slick homage to Frank Miller from Stephen Mooney.

Preview: Firefly #15

Firefly #15

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist:  Lalit Kumar Sharma
Colorist: Francesco Segala
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
    Main Cover: Marc Aspinall
      Preorder Cover: Kano
Incentive Cover: Daniel Warren Johnson
Price: $3.99

A Browncoat at heart, Sheriff Mal Reynolds does have to admit that there might be one single perk to a government job: actually having the time to court Inara Serra, now that he doesn’t have to worry about things like dodging the government. But something’s fishy with the Blue Sun executives who have taken up residence in Mal’s sector…will investigating it mean walking away from Inara?

Firefly #15

Preview: Psi-Lords #8


Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KANO
Cover C by ZU ORZU
Preorder Cover by SCOTT FORBES
On sale JANUARY 8 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Our cosmic heroes face a terrible choice… as one of the Quartet pays the ultimate price!


Preview: Doctor Mirage #5 (of 5)


Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KANO
Cover C by ANEKE
Preorder Edition Cover by VANESA R. DEL REY
On sale DECEMBER 11 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

How will this speaker of the dead keep her place in the land of the living?

What will Doctor Mirage have to sacrifice in order to discover the truth, in the haunting climax of DOCTOR MIRAGE’s critically-acclaimed 2019 miniseries!

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