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Review: Plush #1

Plush #1

Cannibal furries. Corrupt cops. A beaten down man. It all comes together in Plush #1, a debut issue that’s as twisted as it is funny.

Devin Fulcher is a broken man. His girlfriend is pregnant with another man’s child. He’s contemplating staying with her being pressured by his mother and her Sheriff father (did we mention his deputy is the father of the child?). So, what does Devin do? Head to a furry convention with his friend. There the insanity begins as he comes across a group of furries devouring a human. Or is he tripping and seeing things?

Writer Doug Wagner delivers this insanity and more in a debut that’s twistedly fun. What did Devin witness? Will they help him or hurt him while Devin also deals with corrupt cops? We’ll have to wait and find out but the premise is out there, wacky fun.

Wagner through the insanity though nails Devin. You feel for him as a person and you can see the level of low he’s reached in his life. That’s in part due to the art of Daniel Hillyard.

Along with color by Rico Renzi and lettering by Ed Dukeshire, the art for Plush #1 brings him the desperation of Devin and the insanity of the situation. With the bright colors, the designs feel like drug induced takes on Sid and Marty Krofft’s creations. Everything is exaggerated and it works to such a degree to make you laugh but even through all of that, Devin’s hurt comes through with his body language and facial expressions.

Plush #1 is a twisted start with an over-the-top premise that’ll deliver laughs. There’s so much to take in, it’s hard to say what will deliver more entertainment in the future. If you like series like Chew and I Hate Fairyland, this is a debut you’ll want to check out.

Story: Doug Wagner Art: Daniel Hillyard
Color: Rico Renzi Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Plush #1 (of 6)

Plush #1 (of 6)

(W) Doug Wagner (A/CA) Daniel Hillyard, Rico Renzi
In Shops: Nov 30, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Serial-killing, cannibalistic furries! PLASTIC and VINYL creators DOUG WAGNER & DANIEL HILLYARD are back. This time, they’ve recruited colorist extraordinaire RICO RENZI for their disturbing “neon-horror” spin on fursuit psychopaths and bizarre love.

In PLUSH, Devin Fulcher is coerced into attending his first furry convention. When he accidentally happens upon a group of furries devouring a human, the insanity begins. Do they just want Devin for dinner… or something much more wicked?

Plush #1 (of 6)

Review: Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1

Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1

Let’s be honest, it feels like there’s a new comic set in an apocalyptical world every week. It’s a genre unto itself at this point. Each attempts to deliver their own spin on the concept or focuses on something to stand out. Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1 is exactly that as we’re introduced to a world that looks like garbage has overrun everything and what exactly has happened is a mystery.

Written by Jason Aaron, Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1 is an interesting start. Aaron leaves the world as a mystery with the art telling much of that story. Where it stands out is the characters. Aaron keeps things simple initially launching the series as a “buddy road trip” with two characters who don’t initially get along.

There’s a very cute aspect to what Aaron delivers and it’s enhanced by the fact that the world they’re set in is so trashy and depressing. Maceo and Mezzy, our duo, are exactly what you’d expect in this odd couple. One is very socially awkward having been stuck in a building by themself. The other is a hardened warrior who has spent their time surviving in the wasteland. Aaron keeps things pretty basic and expected when it comes to that. But, where Aaron’s writing stands out is the small details for the two. Each has their own quirks and personality that makes it an entertaining read. But more importantly, there’s some tragedy, especially with Maceo, that creates depth. One panel is all it takes for readers to understand Maceo’s quirky personality and feel sorry for the kid.

That panel is delivered by Alexandre Tefenkgi. With color by Lee Loughridge and lettering by Andworld Design, the debut issue is packed with detail. This is a world that looks “lived in”, really destroyed. Garbage is thrown everywhere. Strange creatures stalk our heroes. The technology looks slapped together. It’s visuals packed with detail that makes it all look real and worn down.

Where the comic dips a little is the end. That features art by Nick Dragotta and colorist Rico Renzi. The duo will take over in later issues. The segment gives us a glimpse of what the future holds, an ominous mix of visuals and dialogue that tells us where things are going. The mystery is revealed a bit too soon and this sort of ending feels a bit overused at this point. Still, the art again provides so much detail you want to see how we got to this point. The scars hint at a hell of a story.

Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1 is an entertaining start. The characters are cute and quirky and the world is packed with detail. While overall it’s not the most original story, it’s a debut that feels like a fleshed out and thought out world. One, with a lot of thought put into it and that should make for an interesting journey to come.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Alexandre Tefenkgi, Nick Dragotta
Color: Lee Loughridge, Rico Renzi Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Marc Guggenheim and Justin Greenwood team for Torrent

From the team who brought readers ResurrectionMarc Guggenheim and Justin Greenwood—comes a brand-new superhero in Torrent. This new ongoing series will launch in February 2023 from Image Comics.

Michelle Metcalf is the world’s most happy-go-lucky hero—Crackerjack—until tragedy forces her to cross the line from hero… to vigilante.

Torrent #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 15:

  • Torrent #1 Cover A by Greenwood & Rico Renzi – Diamond Code DEC220096
  • Torrent #1 Cover B by Greenwood & Rico Renzi – Diamond Code DEC220097

Grim #6 gets a cover by Joe Quinones

BOOM! Studios has revealed the variant cover of Grim #6 by Joe QuinonesGrim #6, from writer Stephanie Phillips, artist Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano, continues as an ongoing series with a brand new story arc and brand new adventures with fan-favorite Jessica Harrow and her fellow Reapers.

The Era of Devils & Dust begins here for the Grim Reapers! Trapped in Las Vegas—the City of Sin—Jessica, Eddie, and Marcel encounter a fabulous twist on legendary figures of Greek myth, as well as someone with the power to get them out of their phantasmal dilemma… but for a price! 

Grim #6 features main cover art by series artist Flaviano, and variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Justine Florentino and Toni Infante

Deadly Origins Revealed in Grim #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a look at Grim #5, the next issue of the new ongoing comic book series from acclaimed writer Stephanie Phillips, fan favorite artist Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano, with a story about a young woman with a macabre job and a mysterious death to solve . . . her own! Available on September 28, 2022.

The truth behind Jessica Harrow’s mysterious death, and her connection to the Grim Reaper is finally revealed! But how does this connect to her unique abilities, and the ancient force known only as… THE END? The epic first arc of the breakout hit of 2022 concludes here, revealing deathly secrets and what lies ahead for the future of the series!

Grim #5 features main and variant cover art by series artist Flaviano, and variant cover art by acclaimed artists Jenny Frison, FRANY, and Filipe Andrade

Grim #5

Devils and Dust kicks off a new arc for Grim

BOOM! Studios has announced that Grim, the comic series from writer Stephanie Phillips, artist Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano, continues as an ongoing series, with a brand new story arc and brand new adventures with fan-favorite Jessica Harrow and her fellow Reapers, debuting in December 2022. 

The Era of Devils & Dust begins here for the Grim Reapers! Trapped in Las Vegas—the City of Sin—Jessica, Eddie, and Marcel encounter a fabulous twist on legendary figures of Greek myth, as well as someone with the authority to get them out of their phantasmal dilemma… but for a price! 

Grim #6 features main cover art by series artist Flaviano, and variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Justine Florentino, Toni Infante, and more. 

The team behind Plastic and Vinyl are back with Plush in November

Serial-killing, cannibalistic furries! Plastic and Vinyl creators Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard team up with colorist extraordinaire Rico Renzi for their disturbing neon-horror, Plush. This six issue miniseries will launch from Image Comics and put a spin on fursuit psychopaths this November.

In Plush, Devin Fulcher is coerced into attending his first furry convention. When he accidentally happens upon a group of furries devouring a human, the insanity begins. Do they just want Devin for dinner…or something much more wicked?

Plush #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 30:

  • Plush #1 Cover A by Hillyard & Renzi – Diamond Code SEP220043
  • Plush #1 Cover B Tony Fleecs – Diamond Code SEP220044
  • Plush #1 Cover C Jorge Corona & Sarah Stern – Diamond Code SEP220045
Plush #1

Highly Acclaimed Artist Filipe Andrade Covers Grim #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a new variant cover art by highly acclaimed artist Filipe Andrade for Grim #5, the next issue of the original comic book series from acclaimed writer Stephanie Phillips, fan favorite artist Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano, with a story about a young woman with a macabre job and a mysterious death to solve . . . her own! Available September 28, 2022.

The truth behind Jessica Harrow’s mysterious death, and her connection to the Grim Reaper is finally revealed! But how does this connect to her unique abilities, and the ancient force known only as… THE END? The epic first arc of the breakout hit of 2022 concludes here, revealing macabre secrets and what lies ahead for the future of the series!

Grim #5 also features main and variant cover art by series artist Flaviano, and variant cover art by acclaimed artist Jenny Frison and fan favorite artist Frany.

Grim #5

Grim #4 has sold out and is getting a second printing

BOOM! Studios has revealed that Grim #4, the new ongoing comic book series from writer Stephanie Phillips, artist Flaviano, colorist Rico Renzi, and letterer Tom Napolitano, about a young woman with a macabre job and a mysterious death to solve . . .  has sold out ahead of its release at the distributor level!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced Grim #4 Second Printing, featuring cover art by series artist Flaviano and available in stores September 21, 2022.

With her very afterlife at stake, Jess must confront a dangerous figure, raising questions about her own death. Now a fugitive, Jess needs answers and is running out of options. Luckily, a new, powerful scythe might be the key to deciphering this entire mystery!

GRIM #4 SECOND PRINTING
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