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Preview: Garfield TV Or Not TV?

Garfield TV Or Not TV?

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Scott Nickel, Mark Evanier
Artist: Antonio Alfaro, Dave Alvarez
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $7.99

Garfield and the gang head out to audition for a new reality show. Meanwhile, a night in turns terrifying, as a creature reaches through the television and into Jon’s living room.

Preview: Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 1 SC

Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel
Artist: Gary Barker, Antonio Alfaro, David DeGrand
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Price: $14.99

This anthology collection contains some of Garfield’s wildest adventures!

Included are Garfield’s team with with Pet Force, meeting a cat even more annoying than Nermal, and a Holiday showdown with the Lasagna Monster.

Preview: Garfield OGN Vol. 5: Trouble in Paradise SC

Garfield OGN Vol. 5: Trouble in Paradise SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Scott Nickel, Mark Evanier
Artist: Antonio Alfaro, Dave Alvarez, Kyle Smart
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $9.99

When Jon wins a free vacation, he heads to the beach with Liz, Garfield, Odie, and Nermal for two weeks of fun in the sun. But will a super storm, a scary shark sighting—and an even scarier snack shortage —ruin the trip?

Preview: Garfield 2018 Vacation Time Blues

Garfield 2018 Vacation Time Blues

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel
Artists: Antonio Alfaro, David DeGrand
Cover Artists: Andy Hirsch
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $7.99

Jon and Liz are breaking up? Say it ain’t so…and if you thought giant sharks were the scariest things terrorizing the beach, just wait until the Lasagna Monster hits the shores!

Preview: Grumpy Cat/Garfield HC

Grumpy Cat / Garfield HC

writer: Mark Evanier
artist | cover: Steve Uy
FC | 96 pages | $12.99 | All Ages
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-3 + BONUS CONTENT

It’s the inevitable meeting of the sourpusses! Garfield, the reigning cynical cat of newspapers and TV crosses paths with Grumpy Cat, the internet sensation whose scowl endeared herself to the world. Who’s the most sarcastic? Well, he likes lasagna and not much else…and she doesn’t even like lasagna. Can these two inhabit the same comic book mini-series, let alone the same planet? You’ll find out in a trio of issues written by Mark Evanier and illustrated by Steve Uy. We’d say it’s the cat’s meow but neither of these cats meows.

Preview: Garfield: The Thing in the Fridge OGN SC

Garfield: The Thing in the Fridge OGN SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Scott Nickel, Mark Evanier
Artists: Antonio Alfaro, Aatmaja Pandya
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Price: $9.99

Something’s in the kitchen with Garfield…and it’s serving up a scary surprise for the Fat Cat’s midnight snack! Garfield and Odie encounter thrills, chills, and some decidedly freaky food in this full-length tale of culinary craziness. Bon appetit!

Preview: Grumpy Cat/Garfield #2

Grumpy Cat/Garfield #2

writer: Mark Evanier
artist: Steve Uy
covers: Andy Hirsch (A), Steve Uy (B), Andy Hirsch (C) Tony Fleecs (D)
Andy Hirsch (RI B/W), Steve Uy (RI Virgin), Fernando Ruiz (RI B/W)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • All Ages

The adventure continues with the two crankiest cats around! Grumpy Cat, the sensational scowling star from the internet, teams up with the legendary newspaper -strip sourpuss Garfield — and their meeting might just be a match made in heaven – if they don’t drive each other crazy first! Better hope that SOMEBODY brought lasagna!

REVIEW : DARKSEID SPECIAL #1

As mentioned in my other reviews (on several occasions, broken record that I am) of DC‘s “King 100” specials for this site, these comics have been up-and-down affairs on the whole, but I have to give credit where it’s due — between The Black Racer And Shilo Norman Special #1 and the subject under our metaphorical microscope here, Darkseid Special #1, they at least closed them out on a high note. Yes, we had to endure a couple of clunkers along the way, but these last two both give you plenty for your $4.99.

Mark Evanier was a natural choice to write at least one of these books, given his background as Jack Kirby‘s assistant and, later, biographer, and I can’t think of anybody more qualified to re-introduce the comics-reading public to the original (as opposed the bastardized, “re-imagined” version wreaking havoc in the so-called “DCU” today) version of perhaps the most powerful and iconic symbol of pure evil in the history of the medium than him.  That being said, it would be a lie to say that Darkseid himself is actually the “star” of this book that bears his name.

No, that honor would have to go to a tough-as-nails and decidedly determined young lady named Makayla who, along with a couple of fellow escapees from the orphanage/proving ground run by the dread Granny Goodness, is out to bring the lord of Apokolips down, permanently and by any means necessary. For those who find the societal and economic structure of New Genesis’ dark twin of particular interest, there are plenty of rapid-fire yet entirely effective re-introductions on offer here in addition to the aforementioned Granny : the streets (and sewers) of Armagetto, the Female Furies, Parademons, the Omega Beams, Desaad, Slaughter Mountain — they’re all present and accounted for, not to mention as compelling as ever. Makayla and her cohorts are never going to succeed in their mission, of course, but whether or not they live to fight another day is a fairly open question and offers a bit of “hey, I actually don’t know exactly what’s going to happen here” suspense/intrigue that’s largely been missing from this month’s other Kirby tribute specials. Bonus points to Evanier for titling his story “The Resistance!,” in a move that’s sure to raise the hackles of the increasingly desperate and easily-butt-hurt (talk about “snowflakes”) pro-Trump crowd.

On the artistic side of the ledger, Scott Kolins isn’t going to knock anyone’s socks off with his illustrations here, but it’s at the very least competent (if uninspired) work and the splash pages, in particular, offer a fair enough approximation of Kirby-level majesty and impact in a pinch. Dave McCaig‘s dark-ambient colors offer a nice finishing touch and on the whole these are pleasing, if far from gob-smacking, pages to look at. If you want great art, well — this ain’t it. But it’s plenty good, and sometimes (this being one of them), that’s good enough.

Considerably better, though, is the reunion of the fan-favorite team of  Phil Hester and Ande Parks in the too-damn-short OMAC back-up strip written by former DC head honcho Paul Levitz. The story’s no great shakes — OMAC finally wises up to the fact that Brother Eye is bad news and goes on the run from the Global Peace Agency — but it offers a nice little “twist” ending that old-school Kirby aficionados will appreciate, and the illustrations are straight out of the Steve Rude style school (to the extent that Rude himself is even given a hat-tip in the credits). Pitch-perfect coloring from the always-reliable Dave Stewart adds the finishing touch to this decidedly fun yarn.

As always, the back of the book is handed over to The King himself, and with another “Young Gods Of Supertown” (this one from Forever People #5) strip, and a very interesting story from Tales Of The Unexpected entitled “The All-Seeing Eye” that offers some none-too-subtle visual precursors to Brother Eye, you really can’t go wrong — so if you’re looking for a “total package,” I’m pleased to say that Darkseid Special #1 provides exactly that. Oh, and just for the record, Evanier confirms it in his backmatter essay : it’s pronounced “dark-side.”

Story : Mark Evanier and Paul Levitz  Art : Scott Kolins, Phil Hester, and Ande Parks

Story : 8  Art : 7  Overall : 7.5 Recommendation : Buy

Preview: Darkseid Special #1

Darkseid Special #1

(W) Mark Evanier, Paul Levitz (A) Scott Kolins (CA) Chris Burnham
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
SRP: $4.99

Mark Evanier, longtime Kirby associate and biographer (Kirby: King of Comics), tells a tale starring one of Jack’s greatest villains. The latest daring escape from the orphanage of Granny Goodness leaves an infuriated Darkseid determined to capture and punish the escapees. The Lord of Apokolips puts his best hunter on the case, but one of Granny’s students is unlike anyone he’s encountered before. Plus, an untold tale of Omac by Paul Levitz and Phil Hester.

This issue also includes the stories “The All-Seeing Eye,” from TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED #12, with art by Jack Kirby, and “Raid from Apokolips,” from FOREVER PEOPLE #6, written and pencilled by Jack Kirby.

Preview: Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1

Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment/ KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Mark Evanier
Artist: Steve Uy
Cover Artists:
Cover A: Andy Hirsch
Cover B: Steve Uy
Cover C: Fernando Ruiz
Cover D: Tony Fleecs
Cover E: Coloring Book Cover
Cover F: Phil Murphy Comic Strip Cover
Price: $3.99

It’s the inevitable meeting of the sourpusses! Garfield, the reigning cynical cat of newspapers and TV, crosses paths with Grumpy Cat, the internet sensation whose scowl endeared herself to the world. Who’s the most sarcastic? Well, he likes lasagna and not much else…and she doesn’t even like lasagna. Can these two inhabit the same comic book mini-series, let alone the same planet? You’ll find out in a trio of issues written by Mark Evanier and illustrated by Steve Uy. We’d say it’s the cat’s meow but neither of these cats meows.

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