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Review: Border Town #2

After barely surviving a supernatural showdown at Jack in the Box, the kids regroup over nachos to debate what to do when your town is overrun by monsters of myth. Frank’s freaked and wants to go to the cops! Julietta can’t because her family’s undocumented. Aimi wants to know the secrets of the underworld! And Quinteh might just be hungry. Meanwhile, El Chupacabra crosses the border between worlds, bringing with him an unspeakably terrifying force to Devil’s Fork.

The first issue of Border Town was very entertaining introducing us to a world we don’t see too often, Lantinx inspired monsters. Writer Eric M. Esquivel is blending together so many different myths and histories into a series that feels fresh just from that focus alone. At its core, Border Town is Scooby-Doo with a very different cast. But, Esquivel delivers so much more by giving us a world so many of us know so little about. Border Town is based on his Chicano experience and for some of us, an introduction to that world.

The second issue has the kids coming together attempting to figure out what’s going on and what, if anything, they can do about it. Laying out scenarios, it’s interesting how Esquivel uses each character’s background to provide logical dead ends and limit the direction. The reader can’t really argue with the logic presented and thus the story is driven in a way that makes sense. And, by doing things this way, each character feels like a piece of a puzzle creating the greater whole. He also touches upon the reality of the world they live in using it to enhance the story and add depth to it all.

And the whole is a lot of fun. This is a monster story at its heart and that includes the craziness we’d expect from those stories. There’s a lot as to what it all feels like but in the end it’s fun and that’s what matters.

That’s helped through the art of Ramon Villalobos, who’s joined by Tamra Bonvillain on color, to deliver creatures we’ve never seen before. I couldn’t tell you who 99% of them are but the designs are detailed and with one particular spread we’re challenged to linger on the page looking at them all. The art enhances the culture it’s all based off of with small details that stand out. These could have easily been generic monsters in a way but the choice of a piece of clothing, or skin tone, all make it feel like something new and fresh.

And that’s the key to the series, it feels fresh. Again, this is a monster comic with kids trying to fight them. We’ve seen that before many times. But, it’s the history and perspective of this all that feels new and stands out. This is a prime example of why giving new voices a chance is important they bring new perspectives we might have never seen. And that alone can deliver something new and fun.

Story: Eric M Esquivel Art: Ramon Villalobos Color: Tamra Bonvillain
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Border Town #1 is Going Back to Press and Getting a Second Printing

DC Entertainment has announced that the recently released Border Town #1 from DC Vertigo is headed into a second printing. The first issue debuted to incredible fan response and critical acclaim.

Border Town from writer Eric M. Esquivel and artists Ramon Villalobos and Tamra Bonvillain is an ongoing series based in the fictional town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, as a crack in the border between our world and Mictlan unleashes monsters from Mexican folklore. As the residents of the small border town are plagued by shared nightmares, otherworldly radio transmission, and mysterious goat mutilations, racial tensions will become supernaturally charged.  It’s now up to the new kid in town, Frank (Francisco) Dominguez, and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s really going on.

Border Town is the first of a new line of creator-owned series from the recently rebranded DC Vertigo imprint, led by Executive Editor Mark Doyle and dedicated to creating modern, socially relevant, high-concept stories appealing to readers of all genres.

The second printing of Border Town  #1 will arrive in local comic shops October 10, with Border Town #2 available on October 3.

Review and Unboxing: Border Town #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world.

We previously reviewed Border Town #1 after San Diego Comic Con but DC Comics sent us this mysterious package. We open it up and once again give our thoughts about this new Vertigo series!

When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the residents blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s REALLY going on.

Border Town #1 is by Eric M. Esquivel, Ramon Villalobos, Tamra Bonvillain, Deron Bennett, Andy Khouri, and Maggie Howell.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon or TFAW

 

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Coming the Fall from Vertigo, Border Town. Catch this Early Preview

Coming this Fall is a new era of DC Vertigo—with new series, new voices, and a bold new direction. Hitting shelves September 5 is the all-new Border Town from Eric M. Esquivel, Ramon Villalobos, Tamra Bonvillain (colors) and Deron Bennett (letters).

When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore, the residents of Devil’s Fork, AZ, blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s really going on in this town torn between worlds.

Esquivel explains the series:

Border Town is informed by the weird relationship I have with my ethnicity (I’m a biracial Mexican/Irish guy), the scary stories my cousins traumatized me with when I was a niño, the weird culture of the town I moved to right before my sophomore year of high school– basically all of the stuff I never thought anyone in the world would care about, except for me. Our book takes place in Arizona. And Arizona’s most striking quality is that all of its most gorgeous sights occur right next to its ugliest. Picturesque sunsets fall over Joe Arpaio’s gleefully inhumane outdoor prisons. Flowers bloom on some of the most poisonous plants known to man. It’s anything but subtle.

Exclusive Preview: Multiple Man #3

Multiple Man #3

Story: Matt Rosenberg
Art: Andy MacDonald
Color: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover: Marcos Martin
Logo & Design: Nick Russell
Assistant Editor: Chris Robinson
Editors: Christina Harrington, Jordan D. White
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 15, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE WAR FOR THE FUTURE IS NOW!
BECAUSE WE’RE IN THE FUTURE!
Jamie Madrox – the X-Man you tell people is your favorite to seem cool – is trapped and his allies are dropping like flies! With the enemy closing in, Jamie has time to make one last desperate move… But he’ll need Forge’s help to evade a familiar new villain that threatens the future, the present and the past of the Marvel Universe!

Multiple Man #3 Cover

Advance Review: Border Town #1

For those attending San Diego Comic-Con 2018, they got a chance to get an early copy of Border Town #1, one of the new series that’s part of DC Comics Vertigo relaunch.

When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the residents blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s REALLY going on.

Out September 5th, the series is by Eric M. Esquivel, Ramon Villalobos, Tamra Bonvillain, Deron Bennett, Andy Khouri, and Maggie Howell.

You can pre-order the comic now from your local comic shop now! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

TFAW

 

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William Gibson’s Alien 3 Screenplay Comes to Comics this November

An Alien blockbuster is coming to a comic shop near you when Dark Horse Comics brings William Gibson’s original, unproduced Alien 3 script to life with the help of writer and artist Johnnie Christmas. While Gibson was a contributor in the early phase of the writing for Alien 3, ultimately most of his concepts never made it into the final film. As the father of the cyberpunk genre with titles like Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, Dark Horse is thrilled to see Gibson’s vision fully realized for the first time!

Following the deadly events of Aliens, the Union of Progressive Peoples intercepts the spaceship carrying the hibernating bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. But unbeknownst to them, they have also picked up another deadly passenger whose discovery will unleash a race between two governments to weaponize the xenomorph in this horrifying and poignant Cold War-themed thriller.

With an intense script by Gibson, cinematic art by Johnnie Christmas, vibrant colors by Tamra Bonvillain, and a slate of variant covers by James Harren, Daniel Warren Johnson, Paolo Rivera, Tradd Moore, and Christian WardWilliam Gibson’s Alien 3 is the “what if?” fans have been asking for!

William Gibson’s Alien 3 #1 (of five) goes on sale November 7, 2018.

Review: DC’s Young Animal Milk Wars

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the collection of the non-event, Milk Wars!

Milk Wars is by Steve Orlando, Gerard Way, Jody Houser, Cecil Castellucci, Jon Rivera, Magdalene Visaggio, Aco, Ty Templeton, Mirka Andolfo, Langdon Foss, Dale Eaglesham, Nick Derington, Sonny Liew, Tamra Bonvillain, Marissa Louise, Keiren Smith, Nick Filardi, Clem Robins, John Workman, Saida Temofonte, Todd Klein, Frank Quitely, Rian Hughes, Clay Mann, and Marissa Louise.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Review: Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Nightwing vs. Hush

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the next chapter leading up to the wedding of Batman and Catwoman!

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Nightwing vs. Hush is by Tom Seeley, Travis Moore, Otto Schmidt, Tamra Bonvillain, and Dave Sharpe.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Review: Flavor #1

Within a strange walled city, an unlicensed chef discovers a mystery that threatens to end it all. Flavor is a culinary epic adventure-FLAVOR-where chefs are the ultimate celebrity and food is the most valued commodity. The high-stakes competition of Hunger Games collides with the lush in this delectable new ongoing series featuring culinary consulting and bonus content by Ali Bouzari, renowned food scientist and author of the IACP Award-winning cookbook Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food.

Flavor #1 feels like the opening sequence of an adorable animated film by Hayao Miyazaki. The series focuses on Xoo, a young girl with her dog Buster who are basically living on their own while her parents are incapacitated. Writer Joseph Keatinge and artist Wook Jin Clark, the two co-created the series, open the issue in a way that allows us to focus on a fully realized city. It’s an action sequence that’s a feast for the eyes, teaches you about the city in which it takes place, and allows you to get a feel about the characters.

It’s all adorable and cute in that kids animated movie sort of way.

What Keatinge and Clark set up is beyond interesting as the issue continues and layers are added to the story. There’s Xoo attempting to run her family’s business. The introduction of her absent Uncle who is called in to help her. And then there’s the twist ending which adds a new layer and shows there’s so much more to this world than just a girl attempting to live and take care of her parents. It’s a mystery that’s unexpected and makes it all more interesting.

Clark is joined on art by Tamra Bonvillain who helps add to the animated feel of it all with the coloring chosen and the way it’s presented. It at times looks like animated cells on a page. It’s just wonderful and full of life and while the city itself seems pretty well off all of it together but the small details makes it also look lived in and slightly dirty. The lettering by Ariana Maher also adds a whimsical sense of it and the overall sense of fun for the issue.

I loved this first issue and it’s an entertaining comic that at first seems like it’d be great for kids and adults alike and then you get to the end… and I’m rethinking that aspect. I have no idea where this is going, I just know I want to read it and find out.

Story: Joseph Keatinge Art: Wook Jin Clark
Color: Tamra Bonvillain Lettering: Ariana Maher
Culinary Consultant: Ali Bouzari
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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