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Review: Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe

Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula's Safe

Bad Idea is a publisher that’s willing to throw out new ideas and see how it sticks. There’s a long list of both good and bad about their latest, a comic available for only 24 hours. It must be paid for today. Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe is just $1 delivering an entertaining enough detective story. Featuring a B-Side (that’s Bad Idea’s version of a backup story), it’s definitely worth the money. Now the question is, is it worth having to go to the store?

Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe introduces us to a detective who must determine who broke into the safe at a pizza joint. The short comic seems to have fun with its genre pulling out various tropes and throwing them at the reader like an interrogation. Writer Robert Venditti seems to take the concept as a good and roles with it. The concept itself is taken seriously which delivers a level of spoof about it.

David Lapham delivers the art with Simon Bowland on lettering. The combo of the two makes the comic feel more like a B-Side since its style in art and pacing is so close to the series of “Hero Trade” stories that have filled the releases so far. Like Venditti, the art too feels like it’s having fun with the concept and story again playing on tropes for the genre and also playing them very straight.

The comic also features the teaser story for Save Now, a riff on the time travel genre. Written by Matt Kindt, the comic features art by Tomas Giorello, color by Diego Rodriguez, and lettering by Dave Sharpe. The concept is straight out of the manga All You Need is Kill (which inspired the film Edge of Tomorrow). A team of heroes features a leader who can go back in time and then let things play out. The only things are he can’t go forward and he does age. But, it allows him to fix mistakes in battle and find the best strategies. I don’t want to ruin the twist and surprise but the teaser comic has me excited to read more with its concept and features some fantastic art.

Is Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe worth it? Sure, the comic is definitely worth the $1 cover price. Now, is it worth making a special trip for? That’s more up in the air. If the comic was available for a week, sure, but for one day only, this is a special trip to the comic shop it’s ok to skip. Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe is for the diehard Bad Idea fans.

Story: Robert Venditti, Matt Kindt Art: David Lapham. Tomas Giorello
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Simon Bowland, Dave Sharpe
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy (if you’re already going to the shop)

Purchase: Zeus Comics

Review: ENIAC #3

The paranoia ramps up in ENIAC #3 and another twisted “heroic” story with a B-Side of The Hero Trade.

Story: Matt Kindt
Art: Doug Braithwaite, Doug Lapham
Color: Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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Review: Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals

Bad Idea dives into the all-ages category with this beautiful comic that features two stories!

Story: Matt Kindt
Art: Adam Pollina, Tony Millionaire
Color: Matt Hollingsworth, Jim Campbell
Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Tony Millionaire

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Review: Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals

Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals

Bad Idea dives into the all-ages arena with this beautifully packaged comic featuring two stories of high quality. Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals delivers a double dose of writer Matt Kindt with two stories that would feel right at home with the Jim Henson Company and some puppets.

Whalesville delivers a familiar story with a group stuck inside a whale. It’s a beautiful story in both its narrative and visuals. There’s a modern classic feel about it including its underlying messages and magical flow.

Kindt delivers a cute menagerie of creatures whose only world is within a whale. When a young boy winds up with them, a debate of where he came from and what might lay outside begins.

There’s a very adorable aspect to the discussion diving into perspectives and how we perceive the world around us. There’s solid lessons within that young children might pick up on and while there’s a minor scary moment, the story is one as a parent I could read over and over.

The art by Adam Pollina with color by Matt Hollingsworth and lettering by Dave Sharpe is magical. With a style that reminds me of the stop motion animation of Wes Anderson. Like the story itself, it’s cute and adorable and just full of detail. It feels like a miniature world and one I want to visit and get to experience for myself. It’s magical story and art.

Rocks and Minerals is a kookier focusing on a world where rocks and minerals have come alive. It too has a theme of the world is more than we see but there are other lessons within. Kindt is joined by Tony Millionaire on art, Jim Campbell on color, and Millionaire on lettering. The story is an interesting one about following authority and exploring the world around you and most importantly not hating things that are different. All good lessons for sure. The art is interesting with the different types of rocks adding a nice layer of fun for inquisitive minds. The ending is a bit abrupt in some ways though delivering a rather odd reading experience.

Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals is something very different for Bad Idea both in content and format. But, it’s another win for the upstart publisher. There’s quirky fun about it that hearkens back to stories of my childhood (the terrorizing 80s). This is one for the whole family to enjoy from the fun stories to the beautiful art. It’s a unique experience on the comic shelf.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Adam Pollina, Tony Millionaire
Color: Matt Hollingsworth, Jim Campbell Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Tony Millionaire
Story: 8.65 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

Purchase: Zeus Comics

Review: ENIAC #3


ENIAC #3 continues the mission to stop an out-of-control artificial intelligence. But, it’s beyond the action that really stands out. It’s the paranoia that permeates throughout the storytelling that’ll keep readers at the edge of their seat.

For those catching up, ENIAC is the story of an artificial intelligence developed during World War II that has been growing its reach through the decades. Now, in modern times, it has launched a countdown until something. What that is is unknown. But, it’s expected to be bad. A team has been gathered to track down ENIAC and stop it from its mission. In the previous issue, we discovered that Fletcher’s mother was involved somehow and may hold the key to stopping ENIAC.

Writer Matt Kindt continues a great mix of storytelling in the issue. There’s a tense nature about it with a little bit of action but it’s really the setup before the confrontation. Kindt plants seeds in the reader’s mind forcing them to question some of what we know and where things are going. It’s all a bit too convenient and pre-ordained. Is ENIAC ahead of everyone or is there something else at play here?

A lot of those twists and reveals are fun but ENIAC #3 has some minor bumps in its storytelling. It’s a little too convenient that Fletcher’s mother is involved. The world is a bit too small in a way. But, with some teases and hints and one key moment, that might be part of the point of it all. There’s also the use of the Challenger Explosion which felt a little in poor taste. It could be the fact it’s an event I lived through and witnessed live on tv but it being a part of the narrative doesn’t quite work. The series has weaved real history in and out of its narrative for a while but this is the first time that has given me pause.

Doug Braithwaite’s art continues to impress. With color by Diego Rodriguez and lettering by Dave Sharpe, the issue lets it all hang out. There’s some solid emotion driven by the images and it’s use of nudity creates an interesting dynamic with the very tech driven nature of the series. There’s also some great perspectives in what’s delivered that brings a cinematic quality to the visuals. With beautiful color and sharp lettering, it all comes together with fantastic visuals that continue to shine and pop on the page.

The issue also features another B-side of The Hero Trade. Matt Kindt continues to deliver intriguing stories along with artist David Lapham. Each story has felt like something from The Twilight Zone or Tales from the Crypt and is beyond entertaining on its own. This one features the selling of parts of a missing superhero. Gruesome stuff and a twist that’s solid. My issue continues to be not with the quality but the disconnect between each story as far as focus. One is a techno-thriller, the other a horror story involving superheroes. The lack of theme is a bit head-scratching.

ENIAC #3 continues a quality series from Bad Idea. The production quality is excellent from the card cover to the quality of the paper within. It features a solid story with fantastic art. The series has its followers and deserves far more delivering the high-quality entertainment I’d expect from this creative team.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Doug Braithwaite, David Lapham
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Purchase: Zeus Comics

Bad Idea’s Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe Gets Super-Sized with Save Now

What better way to release an epic tome of pizza-based, neo-noir crime fiction than by putting too many toppings on said pizza!! Bad Idea has revealed that Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe has been upsized. The comic will include a B-Side, Save Now by writer Matt Kindt and art by Tomas Giorello.

But that’s not all… Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe comes with a side of “credits page”, a pin-up to quench your thirst by David Lapham and for dessert, a brand-new entry in the Bad Idea Handbook written by none other than Bad Idea’s, Warren Simons.

Hank Howard, Pizza Detective in Caligula’s Safe will be available for only 24 hours on May 12th. It’s written by Robert Venditti with art by David Lapham. Any unsold copies of the comic will have to be returned to Bad Idea. The comic will be reprinted in one of Bad Idea’s December 2021 releases.

Review: BRZRKR #2


BRZRKR has been an interesting series so far. While entertaining, the comic feels like a blatant pitch for a film (which is coming along with an animated series). While not a horrible thing, there’s a focus on big exciting sequences that will play well on screen but not as much in a static image. The first issue teased the concept of the story, playing out like an opening act full of action to suck you in. BRZRKR #2 dials things back a bit focusing on its main character B and giving us an origin story somewhat.

Now working for the US government, the immortal B is an ultimate warrior able to get into harm’s way, take damage, and eventually heal. The first issue hinted at it, but it’s BRZRKR #2 where we experience the profound sadness B has experienced in his life. With a story by Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt, the second issue has B talking to a doctor recounting what he remembers of his life. He talks about his early years and what he was told about his birth. While specifics aren’t given, there are hints as to the character’s origin and where his immortality comes from.

What we learn about B is that he was a warrior from birth. There’s a “feral” nature about him. And, like any weapon, he needs to be focused and pointed in the right direction. Without that sort of guidance, he seems to fall deep into the death and destruction he’s fueled by. We also get a sense this isn’t the life he wants. There are some interesting phrases thrown out and discussions, but it’s clear B is tired of his very long life. There’s some sympathy conveyed and empathy for us to give towards the living weapon.

And it’s impressive in some ways. Ron Garney’s art delivers a symphony of destruction. Blood flies as people are eviscerated in battle in gruesome ways. With color by Bill Crabtree, there’s a splattering of red as B goes on a path of destruction multiple times in the issue. But, the art also delivers a sadness through it all. The visuals show us the weariness and tiredness of B as he recounts his story. The weight of his life is clear in his body language and facial expressions.

BRZKR #2 is an interesting issue. It dials back the violence and action delivering a focus on the origin of the main character. While it keeps up some action, the focus is more on the character than the visuals like the debut. What happens next will be intriguing as the series has shaken up expectations of what comes next.

Story: Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt Art: Ron Garney
Color: Bill Crabtree Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Bad Idea’s Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals Has Sold Out and New Printing is Unknown

The next release from Bad Idea is almost here and the publisher has announced that Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals is sold out at the distributor level.

Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals will debut the same day as ENIAC #3. Unlike previous releases, this comic features a brand-new, perfect bound format featuring two stories in one epic 72-page, ad-free read.

Even with an over-print the comic has sold out. Due to its unique printing its unlikely the comic will receive a “Not First Printing”.

This means, those that must have the comic should contact their shops and make sure they have one reserved.

Whalesville is by writer Matt Kindt with art by Adam Pollina, and color by Matt Hollingsworth. Rocks and Minerals is written by Kindt with art by Tony Millionaire, and color by James Campbell. It features a cover by Adam Pollina and Matt Hollingsworth. The retail price is $9.99.

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First, from the limitless imaginations of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (River Run), virtuoso artist Adam Pollina (Pyrate Queen), and Eisner Award-winning colorist Matt Hollingsworth (Whalesville…duh) comes a very special whale tale for all ages (and species) in the tradition of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli and Pixar!

When young Wawae – the seaborn son of a whaling captain – is knocked overboard and swallowed by an enormous whale, he discovers the town of “Whalesville” – a colorful, cobbled-together village inhabited by all the astounding sea creatures that live in the belly of the beast.  A crab named Caleb, an angler fish called Angela, and a seadragon that prefers to go by Lilly. But, to Wawae’s new friends, Whalesville isn’t just their home, it’s their whole world – they don’t realize they live inside of a whale — and they can’t fathom that Wawae’s father will stop at nothing to destroy the creature that stole his son!   To rescue his new friends and save Whalesville, Wawae will have to convince them of the truth and escape the whale…before his own father sends them sinking into the murky depths forever.

Then, Matt Kindt’s highly developed brain musculature joins forces with multiple Eisner Award-winning living legend, Tony Millionaire, and the color stylings of James Campbell, for a tale of friendship and adventure in the far future.

In the time after the Great Polishing, organic life is no more.  Earth is ruled by highly evolved rubble, rocks and minerals. They walk. They talk. They are free. But their age is just beginning and the world is still a largely unknown and very scary place. When the Rock Queen’s daughter and her two best friends venture into the forbidden unpolished zone, they find the world mankind left behind and meet what they think is a very quiet new green rock. To their surprise it sprouts a head, four legs and a very loud voice. This is no rock. This is Elpis the turtle, and she needs help getting back to her pond in time to lay her eggs. But what is a pond? For that matter, what’s a turtle? The three friends must venture further into the unknown to help Elpis to unravel a secret the Queen herself has fought to keep from her people. A tale of high adventure in the second stone age!

Preview: BRZRKR #2


(W) Matt Kindt, Keanu Reeves (A) Ron Garney (CA) Rafael Grampá
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

U.S. government Doctor Diana Ahuja seeks to unlock the mysterious B.’s memories – lifetimes of violence and tragedy like no one else who has ever lived that began with a fateful decision in ancient Mesopotamia.

But is Diana here to help him… or is she serving a darker agenda?

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