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Exclusive Preview: Scooby Apocalypse #29

Scooby Apocalypse #29

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Art by: Patrick Olliffe, Tom Palmer
Color: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover by: Rags Morales, Andrew Dalhouse
Variant cover by: Patrick Gleason, Stephen Downer
Assistant Editor: Liz Erickson
Editor: Harvey Richards
Nerves of Steel: Jim Chadwick
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: September 12, 2018

A new creature commander emerges from the shadows and it only wants one thing, the ultimate monster-killer herself—Daphne! Even with Scrappy-Doo, the gang is no match for this rabid monster madness. Worst of all, Daphne seems to have lost the will to live. Is one person worth the price of survival of the human race?

Preview: The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #11

The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #11

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Artist: Rags Morales
Cover Artist: Rags Morales
Colorist: Emilio Lopez
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

Claudio and Ambellina’s assembled army nears a victory against Wilhelm Ryan, while Chase enables the Crowing to face the Creator for the first time.

Preview: The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV Vol. 2 SC

The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Artist: Rags Morales
Cover Artist: Rags Morales
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Colorist: Rags Morales
Price: $14.99

The evil Wilhelm Ryan remains in power while those surrounding Claudio Kilgannon are convinced he is The Crowing. Collects issues #5-8.

Preview: The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #10 (of 12)

The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #10 (of 12)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Artist: Rags Morales
Colorist: Emilio Lopez
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Rags Morales
Price: $3.99

The great battle outside Kalline is in full bloom, and Inferno and Mayo meet face-to-face on the battlefield.

Preview: The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #9 (of 12)

The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #9 (of 12)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Artist: Rags Morales
Cover Artist: Rags Morales
Colorist: Emilio Lopez
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

The final chapter begins as the Rebel Army begins their assault on Apity Prime, while Claudio and Ambellina find themselves face-to-face with Wilhelm Ryan.

Preview: The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star Vol. 1 SC

The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert
Artist: Rags Morales
Cover Artist: Rags Morales
Price: $14.99

Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez (Translucid) and Chondra Echert (Key of Z) team up with best-selling artist Rags Morales (Identity Crisis, Action Comics) for the long-awaited next installment of The New York Times bestselling series, The Amory Wars! The evil Wilhelm Ryan remains in power while those surrounding Claudio Kilgannon are convinced he is The Crowing. Ambellina believes she and The Crowing can save Heaven’s Fence rather than destroying it. But with Ryan and a new, even bigger threat looming, will they succeed? Collects issues #1-4.

Review: The Amory Wars: Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV #4

Ryder senses an intruder has stolen something from him, and he wants it back.

Things take an interesting turn as the line between reality and fiction continue to blur in The Amory Wars: Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV #4. Written by Chondra Echert and Claudio Sanchez, Ryder is starting to feel a sense of paranoia as his own imagination comes to life. He tries to put his relationship with Erica to an end, if only for its own selfish purposes. Meanwhile, Claudio’s powers seem to become slightly less stable as they formulate an attack on a planet that is half fairy tale, half reality.

The art style by Rags Morales contrasts well as fiction and reality continue to merge some. That manages to enhance the narrative of the unstable nature of Ryder’s mind. Morales gives both the fictional and non-fictional sides of the story a strange sense of balance, especially as the sides switch back and forth as the story progresses.

Story: Chondra Echert, Claudio Sanchez
Art: Rags Morales
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Amory Wars: Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV #2

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Ambellina and Chase are convinced that Claudio is The Crowing, but how can one simply accept that his fate is to destroy all things?

A lot is revealed in writers Chondra Echert and Claudio Sanchez‘s Armory Wars: Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV #2. Even with those reveals there’s so many things seem yet to be. It is becoming much more apparent Ryder’s grip on reality is slipping. That leads to a blurring of reality and fiction into one strange menagerie.

The art by Rags Morales continues its odd sense of sci-fi realism. At times the art blurs between a sci-fi and realistic style to fit the story in a strange almost brilliant way. But that halso makes the art stand out as the borders between the two melt away to create a visual treat that sucks the reader in.

Story: Chondra Echert, Claudio Sanchez
Art: Rags Morales

Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a copy for review

Preview: The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #8 (of 12)

The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #8 (of 12)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Artist: Rags Morales
Colorist: Emilio Lopez
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Rags Morales, with colors by Emilio Lopez
Price: $3.99

The Grail Arbor, cloaked by invisibility, enters Apity-Prime’s atmosphere and readies a sneak attack on Ryan’s compound.

Review: DC House of Horror #1

An all-new, all-creepy one-shot set in the DC Universe-just in time for Halloween! Martha Kent fights for her life against a creature from a spacecraft that lands in front of her farmhouse. A young woman is possessed by the spirit of a murderous Amazon warrior. The last surviving member of the Justice League faces down a horror beyond imagining. All these and more are what happens when the most exciting new voices in contemporary horror fiction are paired with the talents of some of the greatest artists in the DC firmament!

Take classic DC characters and attempt to do an EC spin on it and you get this anthology comic timed for Halloween. While the stories themselves are written by various individuals, the plots of each story is credited to Keith Giffen.

As a whole, there’s only one or two stories that really stand out to me and generally while it’s an entertaining read, it’s hard to justify the $9.99 price point. The stories too are attempts at throwbacks including the focus on violence against women which six or seven decades ago might have been ok, but today, at times, feels cringe worthy. And that’s not in a good way. Instead the stories are a bit cookie cutter in that way and there’s just nothing really new that stands out and has me super excited about this special release. It’s all mediocre in execution and creativity.

There’s the fact that women seem to be the victims for far too many of the stories but they too seem to miss the classic twists at the end of the greats. What twists that do happen are predictable or lack a shock factor. It’s just stories without emotional reaction.

The art is numerous styles and that too is all over the place. You can see there’s an attempt to mimic classic horror tales but again it’s never quite nailed down. It never reaches the quality of the classics so its attempt to mimic that and go the homage route feels like a mistake. The art should be its own thing too.

The collection as a whole isn’t bad at all, it’s entertaining, but it’s not $9.99 entertaining. You can see what they were going for here, but it never quite reaches the point where it’s a good homage of classic horror comics and it also falls short of that quality. While striving for it, the package comes up short.

If you’re looking for some horror comics for the holiday season, there’s so much better that’s out there for the price point. If you’ve read all of those, then maybe this is worth it.

Story: Keith Giffen, Brian Keene, Weston Ochse, Edward Lee, Mary Saniovanni, Bryan Smith, Nick Cutter, Ronald Malfi, Wrath James White, Weston Ochse
Art: Rags Morales, Bilquis Evely, Howard Porter, Scott Kolins, Dale Eaglesham, Kyle Baker, Tom Raney , Howard Chaykin
Cover Art: Michael William Kaluta

Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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