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Review: Bonehead #1

Bonehead #1 Image Comics Top Cow Productions

Bonehead #1 has style to spare in this action packed extravaganza. It’s a beautiful comic with a design sensibility that I don’t see very often. It’s got an anime aesthetic in the best way possible while still being its own thing. Now I talk about style because as we dive into review, we’re going to get into some odd territory here. Bonehead is unique and has a voice that I haven’t seen in awhile. It’s a cool comic in the aesthetic sense of the word but story wise we get into some slight issues from there. For the most part they are very slight issues. I guess as they say, I’ve delayed this long enough. On with the show, turn on the lights, and let’s begin our adventure into Bonehead #1. Let’s see if I can detail my experience with this for you and have it make sense by golly.

Bonehead #1 is a fascinating comic for sure as it has style to spare.

 

My favorite aspect of Bonehead for starters is that as a comic, the energy never stops. Bryan Edward Hill‘s writing is all about keeping the comic moving at all times. It’s helped by the fact that Rhoald Marcellius‘ art has the energy to match the writing. When you’re writing in a world with a strong anime aesthetic with a technology heavy universe, energy is key. See story wise you don’t get a full picture of what you’re getting into, it’s snippets of what’s to come. The character of 56 operates as a silent protagonist outside of emoticons/emoji and gestures, with Aleph being the narrator. Marcellius has a lot to communicate art wise with 56 and through gestures helps to get him across to the reader, that’s impressive. Aleph is also compelling as 56’s handler of sorts, and that’s only loosely explained but I am at least curious which counts.

The Bonehead Helmets also play a neat role as an identifier for certain characters in the story.

(Extra points for the Daft Punk references too.)

We only know a loose bit about the villains of the piece too, The Gladiators and even then we aren’t sure what role they play. By the end you aren’t sure if they are really pure villains, though I like the technology breakdown of how they work in the book. I think that is the one thing that I keep coming back to is we only get a snippet here and there to bite into. By the end Hill gives you a solid hook to grasp onto but that middle section bounces around a lot. Marcellius is such a strong artist though that it helps to keep things moving along, quirky story but gorgeous art. Sakti Yuwono’s colors help immensely here too as the dynamic fight scenes and action sequences capture the energy within Marcellus’s art beautifully. It also doesn’t hurt that Imam Eko and Jady Ady’s letters have a cool Street Fighter-esque look to them when it counts for the battle scenes. The story may be a work in progress but art team wise, Bonehead is on fire.

Simply put, Bonehead has a developing story but gorgeous art. A quirky situation but sometimes that is how it rolls.

Bonehead is worth checking out as I think this could become a cool series as it develops. The potential is there for this to be stronger down the line. It’s a little rough around the edges right now but it has potential. Hopefully Bonehead lives up to the potential I see for it down the line. It has an amazing art team so let’s see if the story lives up to the art as this rolls along.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Rhoald Marcellius
Colorist: Sakti Yuwono Cover Artist: Rhoald Marcellius Letterers: Imam Eko & Jaka Ady
Story: 7.0 
Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics/Top Cow Productions provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

Writer: W.H. Rauf, Artist: Rhoald Marcellius
Colorist: Sakti Yuwono, Letterer: Imam E. Wibowo
104pg – HC – FC – $19.99 – On sale: September 3

Get ready to meet Carpe DIEm: the world’s seven greatest, color-coded secret agents (one for each day of the week, though everybody hates Mondays)!

When danger rears its ugly head, it’s up to this motely band of super spies to issue the bloody-knuckled makeover.

Whether they’re dishing out justice to satanic chefs, kicking giant kaiju butt, or saving the world from killer clowns, it’s all just other day’s work for these half-baked hired heroes.

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Preview: Odyssey Vol. 1: History Lesson

Odyssey Vol.1: History Lesson

104pp – FC – HC – 6.625 x 10.25
$19.99
Aug 6, 2014
Writer: Dave Elliott
Artists: Garrie Gastonny, Toby Cypress
Colorist: Sakti Yuwono

A WORLD WAR II HERO, OUT OF PLACE AND TIME, ON A MISSION TO FIND GOD… LITERALLY!

Neither Angel or Demon can stand upon the face of the Earth – but in the skin of Man, Heaven and Hell have fought an eternal war.

Only one immortal man can protect humankind – and he’s losing his faith in them!

From magical origins to the fall of Hitler’s Germany, to boots on the ground in Afghanistan and war-torn Iraq, from protests on Wall Street to dread secrets in the Oval Office – witness Blazing Glory’s history-changing first steps into a bigger world!

This astounding volume collects the entire pulse-pounding first series, plus a brand-new strip and over 20 pages of all-new bonus content.

See what it takes to be a super-soldier on the frontlines of a war between cosmic forces!

On-sale In comics stores from Aug 6, 2014

Odyssey Vol.1

Titan Comics releases a trailer for The Weirding Willows

When she was nine, Alice discovered a portal to another world… a world called Wonderland!

But Wonderland isn’t the only world connected to the Wild Woods, a dimensional nexus that Alice spent her childhood exploring. It’s a strange, magical place where Earth, Wonderland, OZ, Neverland, Mars, Pellucidar and Elysium collide – and where anything can happen!

From talking rabbits to winged monkeys, from Frankenstein’s Monster to a rampaging purple T-rex, from a kidnapped Mowgli to a werewolf with a deadly secret – there’s never a quiet day!

Now a young woman, Alice and her amazing friends are all that stand between the gateways in the Weir – and those who would exploit them.

This astounding first collected edition includes a brand-new chapter, exclusive to this volume.

Step into the Weirding Willows… and be transported to worlds beyond your imagination.

The Weirding Willows written by Dave Elliot, art by Barnaby Bagenda, and Sami Basri, colors by, and lettering by Imam E. Wibowo goes on sale July 1.

An A1 Annual Teaser

A1 ANNUAL

Writer(s): Ron Marz, Matt Wagner, Dave Johnson, Tom Raney, Rufus Dayglo, Andy Kuhn, Dave Dorman, Mark A. Nelson, W.H. Rauf and more…
Artist Name(s): Jim Steranko, Dave Wilkins, Sami Basri, Alex Horley, Tom Raney, Brian Smith, D’Israeli, Garrie Gastonny, Mark A. Nelson, Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, Garry Leach, Dave Johnson, Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Dave Dorman, Steve White, Kai Lim, Andy Kuhn, Philip Tan, Rhoald Marcellius, Michael T. Gilbert, Sunny Gho, Doug Braithwaite and more…
176pp
Titan Comics/Atomeka
Released 26/11/2013

A1 has always been a laboratory for creators to experiment and innovate, to break away from corporate creations and unleash their own ideas. Already proving a success with the new monthly comic book, this first all-new A1 Annual marks the thrilling return of the award-winning graphic anthology series to bookshelves everywhere!

Inside these oversized pages, a Who’s Who of comics’ talent – past, present and future – spread their imaginative wings across a gripping selection of all-new short stories. Which ones will be the breakout, creator-owned characters of tomorrow?!

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Preview: A1 Anthology #4

 A1 Anthology #4

Issue Number #4 (of 12)
Full Color
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release date: September 11 2013 
Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastonny, Rhoald Marcelius

WEIRDING WILLOWS: There’s a dinosaur from Hollow Earth loose in the Weir and she’s eating Farmer McGregor’s sheep! Can Alice and Frankenstein’s Monster stop her – before McGregor puts down this purple T-rex for good?!
ODYSSEY: What do you get when you cross soldiers, superheroes, supervillains with a truckload of guns, in a children’s hospital in Iraq?! This month’s ODYSSEY, that’s what!

CARPEDIEM: NINE IRON: Grab your woods and irons, and join the CarpeDIEm agents as they battle a haunted putt-putt golf arena – where deadly surprises wait in every hole!

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Review: A1 #3, Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2, Lenore #8, Tomorrrowland #1, Numbercruncher #1

A1 #3

A1_03_CoverB_Back_webFrankenstein’s Monster is in the Weir and the angry mob greeting him with pitchforks and flaming torches are Mice, Weasels and Rabbits.

From World War 2 to Iraq, you’ll always find Blazing Glory in the thick of it. But after 60 years of combat he’s starting to question what he’s doing and why.

An extremely out-of-shape video game freak assembles his own army of gamers and plans a hit on a well-loved politician.
The reason? Said politician made a really disparaging comment on the nutfreak’s favorite game. Carpediem vs an army of vengeful nerds!

That’s the three stories you’ll find in Titan Comics‘ amazing anthology. Each is totally different in style and story, but they’re all amazingly good. There really is something for everyone, and that something is quality. The three stories, Carpediem, Odyssey, and Weirding Willows are each entertaining in their own way. All are familiar, with similar stories out there, but each have a spin and look that make them stand out from the rest.

Carpediem is the most original of the bunch following a team of super-agents, each named after a day of the week and each with their own “theme” and ability. There’s some great continuing jokes through the series that gets me to laugh with each issue. It’s just mad fun to read.

Odyssey might look like a certain character from another certain company, but it’s standing on its own with a beautiful style and action that keeps you entertained.

Weirding Willows is a mash-up comic taking characters from literary past. You’ll recognize the characters in a whole new way and so far the comic really stands out from all of the other similar comics out there with it’s focus, pacing and amazing art.

Titan Comics is making a case with each issue that A1 could be “the” anthology comic of the year. It’s that damn good.

Story: Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf Art: Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2

Chron_Comm_02cover_webNazi saboteurs have overrun Chronos Command, and made off with a Chronosphere core – a priceless piece of Allied technology that could change the course of the Time War!

Can the Sarge, his crack squad depleted after the white-knuckle events of #1, mount a daring recovery mission into the past with a unit of rookies? You’d better hope so — because all of history rides on the outcome!

First, lets talk about the art from Stuart Jennett who pulls double duty as the writer. The painted art is jaw dropping and so cool looking. There’s only a few artists who can pull this off and Jennett is up there with a style that makes each character unique and stand out, something some artists of this style have issues with. The art alone makes it a “buy.”

Next is the story which continues the pulpy B-movie fun involving time travel, dinosaurs and Nazis. That combination, how can it not be enjoyable? But, like the first issue, the characters are cookie-cutter and fill their role as the adventure moves along. You have the grizzled leader, the scientist who isn’t a soldier, and the red-shirts that you know will die at some point. They all have their role and fill it well.

The comic is just a lot of fun, it feels like a pulp movie. Rarely does a comic deliver exactly what you expect and does so with as much fun. We’re two issues in and I still think this is one of the most fun comics of the summer.

Story: Stuart Jennett Art: Stuart Jennett
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

It Came! #1

IT CAME! CoverWitness a very British invasion!

Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will love this hilarious B-movie romp, a knowing throwback to the heyday of low-budget SF cinema – in comic book form!

An enormous alien robot lays waste to the English countryside, annihilating bunting, villages and diagonally-sliced sandwiches alike! Only the pipe-chomping space scientist Dr. Boy Brett and his assistant Doris Night (a lady) stand a chance of stopping it from marching all the way to London – but can they possibly escape the grasp of GRURK and get the might of the British Army on their side?!

Keep your upper lips stiff, your ties immaculately knotted, and your notions of gender equality dialled back sixty years – for the sake of the planet!

It Came! feels like a lost classic movie, in this case from Pinetree Studios, filled with advertisements that draw you further into the time this might have come out.

Writer and artist Dan Boultwood continues Titan Comics’ dominance of the B-movie done in comic form with a story that not only feels like a B-movie plot wise, but also pulls from the sexism and misogyny of that time. You’re sucked in and at no point is Boultwood breaking character to update the tale.

Comics are supposed to be fun and Boultwood clearly understands that. This is a great debut and another example why Titan Comics is a publisher to keep an eye on.

Story: Dan Boultwood Art: Dan Boultwood
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Lenore #8

Lenore#8-coveraWhen a film crew from the “Ghosty Toasty” TV show: “Where we toast that ghost!” turns up at Lenore’s mansion in search of ‘ghosts and ghouls’… they get more than they bargained for, much, much more!

Issue #8 of Lenore marks the beginning of the end for one of Lenore’s main characters; with the start of a four-issue story-arc that will culminate in a fight-to-the-death between two of the comic’s most beloved characters. But who will stand victorious – and who will die, never to live again..?

Each of the four issues will also reveal the shocking truth behind the mask of Taxidermy (perhaps Lenore’s most mysterious and sinister character) and reveal his incredible history, which started back in the days of ancient Egypt!

It’s been a long time since I picked up an issue of Lenore, but even after all these years, creator Roman Dirge has continued the cute and twisted series in exactly the same messed up way I remember. The comic is hilarious, to the point I was laughing out loud numerous times and had people staring at me trying to figure out what I was reading and why it was so funny.

The cute beginning, the skewering of the “ghost hunting” shows that’s on television, and all in a package that moves along Lenore’s story. It all works together in a fun and twisted way.

I got to the end and felt like it’s been too long since I picked up a copy of Lenore. I’ve clearly been depriving myself and need to go back and find out what I’ve been missing all these years.

Story: Roman Dirge Art: Roman Dirge
Story 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Tomorrrowland #1

TomorrowLand (Atomeka)From the Eisner award-winning writer of Spider-ManWolverine: OriginThe Inhumans and The Darkness comes a music-led adventure like no other!

Meet Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, two young DJs – and the public faces of the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival – as they are drawn into an impossible adventure to save the vital spark of creativity!

Over the course of this retina-blasting fantasy adventure, the pair find themselves sucked into an eternal war between two worlds, a battle waged between the forces of creation and destruction for the energy we all carry inside us. It’s a war we’re rapidly losing, but can two DJs turn the tide over the course of just one festival?

I went into this comic with no idea what to expect. I’ve seen the build up and the previews and other than it taking place at some music festival, I was in the dark. The comic is best described as a modern fantasy with music acting as magic and full of the types of characters and monsters you’d expect in that type of story.

The characters are interesting too, I’m still not quite sure if I’m totally bought in and like the two protagonists. I’m not bought in that I’m cheering for them right now. Something just doesn’t sit right yet. Maybe it’s because I’m long disconnected from the type of world and environment they live in?

The art though is fantastic, with a great look and feel about it, that’s a major draw to the comic. The look is amazing.

The first issue was enough for me to come back for the second. It’s interesting and unique enough to stand out. We’ll see though what the second issue has in store and if that’ll keep my interest and enjoyment more than just something pretty to look at.

Story: Paul Jenkins Art: Stellar Labs
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Numbercruncher #1

Numbercruncher_#1_FinalCoverLayout_lowNumbercruncher is an  off-the-wall romance mixing time-travel, life-after-death and coal-black comedy is by Si Spurrier and  P.J. Holden.

Utterly unusual, vaguely insane, and unexpectedly heart-warming, Numbercruncher follows a brilliant mathematician who dies young, enters the afterlife and discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator. He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated within the lifespan of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent bailiffs of the Karmic Accountancy cut short each life. It falls to one such bailiff – the surly Bastard Zane – to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever!

Numbercruncher was originally serialized in black & white in Judge Dredd Megazine in the UK. The series is now being newly colored and expanded for the first time by Titan Comics. And that coloring is something that stands out to me, because it’s not the entire comic, instead just specific panels and parts. It’s a look that’s very cool and really catches the eye.

Overall the story is highly entertaining with a concept I haven’t quite seen before. The concept is an interesting one with a new spin in life after death and a main character in Bastard Zane who you can’t quite cheer for. But, at the same time, he’s entertaining, hell the whole world is really entertaining.

The fact that this comic is a reprint doesn’t phase me at all, it’s all new material in my eyes. And it’s material that I find engrossing and creative. I want to see what comes next and where this all goes. If you’ve never read the series before, absolutely check this one out. Another example why Titan Comics is a titan in the industry.

Story: Si Spurrier Art: PJ Holden
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Review: A1 #2 and Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1

A1 #2

A1 #2 cover 3In the second smashing issue of the award-winning anthology we find…

Carpediem Agents must save their leader, Sir 8th Day, from an army of clowns, commanded by the fascist Clown Nazi!  But who is The Clown Nazi? And what is the reason for his grudge against Sir 8th Day? Find out in BY BLOOD A KING, IN HEART A CLOWN!

Blazing Glory’s supernatural Odyssey continues, as John Wilson joins the war effort and ends up on the front line — in arm’s reach of ADOLPH HITLER!

Weirding Willows gets ever weirder as the White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny lead Alice to the heart of the Wild Wood to face a destructive new visitor. Meanwhile, Dr Moreau and the Wicked Witch of the West finalize their deal for the creation of an army of Flying Monkeys.

The anthology is in it’s second issue and continues to blow me away. Three different stories with three different tones in both plot and look. Each excellent in varying ways.

Carpediem, continues to the story of the strange band of super-spies that is as bizarre in story as it looks. The characters and story is original, entertaining and fun, exactly what a comic should be.

Odyssey is the least original of the bunch with a look and feel of a certain Marvel character. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as we’re only two parts in we’ll see how it differentiates itself. The art is beautiful and story is still entertaining. It just feels like I’ve “seen” it before.

Mash-up tales, especially with literary characters, has been very popular these last few years and Weirding Willows is the latest example. Still, this spin is original and definitely entertaining. I’m still figuring out the world it inhabits, but we’re two parts in.

And that’s the only negative thing I have to say about this series, I want more. The stories feel a bit short and as soon as I’m done I want to find out more. Any of these stories can be a series unto itself. They’re that good I want them to be, so I can get more of it at one time instead of bit by bit month by month.

As I finish each issue I want to read more, that’s a good thing right?

Story: Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf Art: Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1

Chronos Commandos Dawn Patrol #1 coverWhen the Allies and Nazis develop time-diving technology that could see the course of the Second World War derailed by creatures from the Cretaceous period, only the Sarge and his band of misfit soldiers can save the future – by saving history!

Dinosaurs! Giant crocodiles! Time travel! Nazis! Albert Einstein with a machinegun! All that barely scratches the surface of this astounding, fully-painted pulp spectacular!

Buckle up, ladies, it’s going to be a bumpy, cigar-chewin’ thrill-ride!

Take soldiers, mix in time travel and add a bit of dinosaurs and you get this series. It feel straight out of the B-Movies I used to watch on Sundays and that’s awesome.

The first issue feels like the scene just before the credits roll in a movie, setting up the main characters and generally what’s going on. We don’t know how time travel works, but are given some rules in which this world runs. Given as a bit of dialogue that you know will come back later and be important, just like I’d imagine in a movie.

The characters are cookie cutter and that’s ok. When it comes to soldiers do you really need more than the “nervous guy,” “wise guy,” and the “grizzled leader”? That’s what we get and I’m totally good with it, because this comic is all about pulp fun, not some deep introspection on characters or war.

I went in to the comic fully expecting what it turned out to be. It knows what type of comic it is and wants to be and delivers it in beautiful pages and art. Chronos Commandos could wind up being one of the most fun pulp comics of the summer.

Story and Art: Stuart Jennett
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: A1 #2

A1 #2

Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

3 Covers to collect!

Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius

In the second smashing issue of the award-winning anthology we find…

CARPEDIEM Agents must save their leader, Sir 8th Day, from an army of clowns, commanded by the fascist Clown Nazi!  But who is The Clown Nazi? And what is the reason for his grudge against Sir 8th Day? Find out in BY BLOOD A KING, IN HEART A CLOWN!

Blazing Glory’s supernatural ODYSSEY continues, as John Wilson joins the war effort and ends up on the front line — in arm’s reach of ADOLPH HITLER!

WEIRDING WILLOWS gets ever weirder as the White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny lead Alice to the heart of the Wild Wood to face a destructive new visitor. Meanwhile, Dr Moreau and the Wicked Witch of the West finalize their deal for the creation of an army of Flying Monkeys.

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Titan Comics Releases: 7/10/13

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1

Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 5
Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: July 10, 2013
Writer(s): Stuart Jennett
Artist Name(s): Stuart Jennett

When the Allies and Nazis develop time-diving technology that could see the course of the Second World War derailed by creatures from the Cretaceous period, only the Sarge and his band of misfit soldiers can save the future – by saving history!

Dinosaurs! Giant crocodiles! Time travel! Nazis! Albert Einstein with a machinegun! All that barely scratches the surface of this astounding, fully-painted pulp spectacular!

Buckle up, ladies, it’s going to be a bumpy, cigar-chewin’ thrill-ride!

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A1 #2

Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013
3 Covers to collect!
Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius

In the second smashing issue of the award-winning anthology we find… CARPEDIEM Agents must save their leader, Sir 8th Day, from an army of clowns, commanded by the fascist Clown Nazi!  But who is The Clown Nazi? And what is the reason for his grudge against Sir 8th Day? Find out in BY BLOOD A KING, IN HEART A CLOWN!

Blazing Glory’s supernatural ODYSSEY continues, as John Wilson joins the war effort and ends up on the front line — in arm’s reach of ADOLPH HITLER!

WEIRDING WILLOWS gets ever weirder as the White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny lead Alice to the heart of the Wild Wood to face a destructive new visitor. Meanwhile, Dr Moreau and the Wicked Witch of the West finalize their deal for the creation of an army of Flying Monkeys.

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