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Review: The Westwood Witches TPB

WEstwood Witches cover

Jack Kurtzberg is a successful writer of young witch romance bestsellers – and he hates it so much. Suffering from writer’s block, he decides to move back to his hometown, not knowing that his new neighbors are witches, the kind of demon worshipers that would kill anyone who could disturb their dominion in Westwood.

The Westwood Witches is across between Stephen King’s The Shining, with a large helping  of Twilight Zone, and a small dash of Stepford Wives for good measure. The big difference is this has lot more gore, violence, and of course witches. This book is definitely not for children or the faint of heart. If you are fan of graphic, occult filled graphic novels, this is one I would recommend.

If I had to describe the art style in two words; I would choose “gritty,” and “dark.”  While most of the novel is set in the small town of Westwood, the few shots we get of LA is a much more grand style. Where as Westwood, seems more small town with a secret. The characters are detailed and realistic, without being over the top. Even the more occult themed panels are superb.

Story: El Torres Art: Abel García
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Amigo Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Amigo Comics On Cancellations and Second Chances

2014-02-AMIGO-copy-600x910Starting a new publishing company is difficult and Amigo Comics is having issues that in a release was addresses. The publisher’s head honcho El Torres addressed the company’s future, their new distribution plan, as well as their scheduling conflicts.

While initial releases like Rogues!, The Westwood Witches, Lunita and many more were released over the past year to solid reviews, the sales in a crowded market have been “not so great.” But, those initial sales and good word of mouth have lead to back orders for the publisher. Due to low print runs, they get sold-out easily. They get good-to-raving reviews and fans specifically ask for them. But the company has delayed releases and people can’t find their books.

So at Amigo, they came up with this solution: They’re going to resolicit their books!

In February Previews (for sale in April 2014), the publisher will both resolicit Rogues! Vol. 2 , as well as Lunita. That gives them time to catch up with their schedule… and it gives folks time to demand these books in their shops. This is a combined effort involving publisher, fans, sites and shops.

So, the publisher is asking fans to ask their retailers to order Amigo books.

Nancy in Hell: A Dragon in Hell and Ghost Wolf will be released as planned. And the publisher has a great assortment of  stories ready for folks in 2014. Stay tuned.

Picks of the Week: Princeless: Tales of the Family Ashe

Princeless-tales-of-the-family-Ashe-coverI’m a huge fan of all things Princeless. So, of course I’m going to recommend this one-shot Princeless: Tales of the Family Ashe by Action Lab .

While Adrienne is having the adventure of her lifetime, her family is getting pulled into the fray! Learn what happens to the ethereal Angelica in the aftermath of Adrienne’s rescue attempt! Shudder to learn what horrible fate has befallen Adrienne’s next sister, Angoisse! And learn the rest of the tale of the young King Ashe, ensnared in the trap of the fiendish elves.

There’s numerous reasons to recommend this comic and series every chance I get. The first is, with this one-shot, we get more of what’s going on with Adrienne’s family. The second is, this is one of the few series that’s as smartly written for kids as it is for adults. Third, it’s also a series that throws out all of the stereotypes and tropes we see in other comics and stories, giving us a strong female minority lead. This continues to be one of the most important comics currently being produced.

Here’s 9 other comics to check out this week in alphabetical order.

  • A1 #2 – The first issue of Titan Comics’ anthology series was beyond fantastic. I’m expecting more of the same from this one.
  • Ghosted #1 – A horror/crime mashup that’s equal parts Ocean’s 11 and The Shining. Sign me up!
  • Hawkeye #12 – One of the best Marvel comics on the market. It’s not afraid to shake things up in its storytelling techniques.
  • Justice League #22Trinity War, nuff said.
  • Night of the 80s Undead #1 – Another Action Lab comic. This time from their adult Danger Zone imprint. The series skewers the 80s with a mashup of zombies.
  • Quantum and Woody #1 – The popular Valiant duo returns!
  • Shelterd #1 – The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any-and-all end of world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons and training can’t save them from the one threat they never could have expected: Their own children.
  • The Standard #3 – This should be on everyone’s list. The publisher offered you your money back if you don’t enjoy it.
  • The Westwood Witches #2 – A great horror comic from indie publisher Amigo Comics.

Review: Rogues! #1 and The Westwood Witches #1

Rogues! #1

There’s some fantastic fantasy series out there right now. They run the gamut from series fantasy tales to off-the-rails D&D like adventures. Rogues! is the latest entry into the genre that’s somewhere down the middle. It attempts to be serious at times and also employs humor.

This is the tale of Bram and the Weasel, two reputed thieves in the slums of a fantasy world! After rescuing a girl from her wizard father, the two outlaws are cursed with the most horrible curse — for a thief!

Also included in the first issue there’s an extra 4-pages story, featuring the artwork of Rubén Rojas. In “The Rogues’s song” we learn some more facts about Bram and The Weasel… and some more obscure fantasy heroes.

There’s a lot I enjoyed about the first issue, but also a lot I didn’t. The story had a great amount of humor, almost over the top at times, but then at other points the fantasy was somewhat serious. The mix didn’t quite work overall. There’s also a sexualization of the comic that’s over the top and pulled me out of the story. In fantasy it can work if done right and here, it just didn’t work for me.

What’s interesting to me though is when the comic is running on all wheels and really hitting the all the right notes, it’s fantastic. But, there’s a weird mix for me. What works, really works and what doesn’t really doesn’t.

I’m sure many fans of fantasy or D&D would really appreciate this series, but with everything out there, not sure it’d be the top of my list. This is definitely for hardcore fans of off the rail D&D type stories.

Story: El Torres Art: Juan José Ryp and Rubén Rojas
Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

The Westwood Witches #1

Jack Kurtzberg is a successful writer of young witch romance bestsellers… and he hates it so much. Suffering from writer’s block, he decides to move back to his hometown, not knowing that his new neighbours are witches, the kind of demon worshippers that would kill anyone who could disturb their dominion in Westwood.

There’s something very “Stephen King” about this new series, blending the domestic life with horror. An unease pervades the comic, the stronger of the two debuts from Amigo Comics.

Witches are a difficult thing to pull off in stories. They can be a bit hokey if not done right, but the mix of average day women and a neighborhood any of us could live in help pull of the story.

The idea or story of a cult living in domestic bliss isn’t anything new, but how it’s presented in this first issue sets up a series that’s both intriguing and interesting.

The most impressive thing to me is the set up of mood. The writing, the art, both create an unease throughout the issue.

The series is a fantastic horror series, a genre that I tend to be a bit harder on. But, this is a great first issue of a four issue limited series that I expect to be fantastic. Well worth checking out this first issue from this indie publisher.

Story: El Torres Art: Abel García
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Amigo Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Picks of the Week: X-Men #1 and 9 Other Choices

XMen_1_CoverIt’s a light, but solid week of books with tough competition as to what the pick of the week should be. After much deliberation, I’m going with X-Men #1. Brian Wood is writing this series featuring a line-up of kick-ass women. That’s right, this is the second “X” comic dominated by women. Wood is an amazing writer and to see him take on these iconic characters in Marvel’s new status quo is just too interesting to not make “the” pick of the week.

Here’s the rest of this week’s picks in alphabetical order.

  • X-Men #1 – see above
  • Adventure Time Annual #1 – BOOM!’s Adventure Time series has been amazing and entertaining. More of it? Hells yes!
  • Clive Barker’s Next Testament #1 – Clive Barker taking on religion? Done!
  • Kill Shakespeare: The Tide of Blood #4 – The excellent Shakespeare mash-up series continues. Making me interested in the Bard is impressive.
  • Lost Vegas #3 – The caper in space series has been entertaining and creative so far.
  • Princeless Vol. 2 #3 – One of the best comics out there. Great for kids and adults, the series is funny and has great social commentary.
  • Star Trek #21 – It ties directly into the movie, hopefully the comic will see a boost from fans of the movie.
  • Uncanny X-Force #5 – The other “X” series headlined by women, it’s been some pretty solid action so far.
  • The Wake #1 – Scott Snyder’s new series. Nuff said.
  • The Westwood Witches #1 – A solid indie comic that’s creepy horror at its finest.

Amigo Comics in August 2013

Click here to see more artwork!THE WESTWOOD WITCHES #4

Story by: El Torres
Art by: Abel Garcia, Roger Bonet
Cover Artist: Abel Garcia

The final episode! This is the final showdown between Jack the writer and the Witches of Westwood! What horrible price paid Jack back in his childhood that even today it haunts him? Nightmarish revelations will be made… past, present and future unveiled in the whole tapestry of this modern witchcraft horror tale!

“This is the kind of mystery that I love reading. It pulls you in and lures you with points that you think will lead you in one direction then completely pulls you in multiple other directions.

–Richard Cardenas, Pop cults.

There’s still time to grab yourself a copy! Search your Previews and pre-order it.

MATURE THEMES

SC, 7×10, 32pgs, FC …………… $3.99
UPC Code: 700153928700-00411

 ROGUES! #5

Story by: El Torres
Art by: Diego Galindo
Color: Carmelo González
Cover Artist: Ruiz Burgos

The criminals in the City of Crime are almost wiped out. But the Great Families of the Thieves’ Brotherhood have an ambitious plan: Gathering the most dangerous, vicious and villainous crooks, they just need the most notorious-but-not-so-vicious rogues –Bram and The Weasel, to guide them through the secret passages and assault the Grey Palace itself!

 “This comic is actually very, very good. It’s something that the industry has needed for a while and I don’t even think they knew it. Pre-order, order it online or hope you’re shop gets it, but you need to read this book.”

–Comic Bastards

Search your Previews and grab a copy when there is still time!

MATURE THEMES

SC, 7×10, 32pgs, FC …………… $3.99
UPC Code: 700371999995-00511

ARCANE SECRETS #1

Story by: Angel A. Svoboda
Art by: Angel A. Svoboda
Cover Artist: Angel A. Svoboda

Lovecraft for kids! Cthulhu mythos for all the family! Join Doctor Ment and his faithful companion Harry Callahan in the fight against The Things That Go “Boo” In The Night! Many ancient artifacts of the Dread Xulu and other Elder Beings are lost, and if Ment and Callahan doesn’t retrieve them, the evil minions of the evilness will do it!

AMIGO join forces with DIBBUKS, the renowned Spanish publishing house, to release the all-ages adventure ARCANE SECRETS for the American readers! This is not a cute Cthulhu for kids. The danger is real! And only Doctor Ment, the brave Harry and the… strange creature called Elvis can stop it. Adventures, craziness and hectic fun are the trademarks of Angel A. Svoboda, the creator behind the Arcane Secrets!

ALL AGES

SC, 7×10, 32pgs, FC …………… $3.99
UPC Code: 799456681627-00111

Amigo Comics in July 2013

Rogues! #4

Author(s): El Torres
Artist(s):  Diego Galindo, Rubén Rojas
Cover Artist(s): Diego Galindo

Genre : Fantasy
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 32 pages
Retail Price: $3,99

Weasel-in-prison! Bram and the Weasel have been separated,and now the sultry thief must suffer behind bars… Catfights! Lecherous wardens! And even more clichés! Meanwhile, Bram is determined to rescue his mate. With the art of Diego Galindo and words by El Torres, come and enter into a world of sword, sorcery and fun!

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THE WESTWOOD WITCHES #3 (of 4)

Author(s): El Torres
Artist(s): Abel Garcia
Cover Artist(s): Abel Garcia

Intended Audience: Mature themes
Genre : Horror
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 32 pages

The Witches Sabbath went awfully wrong… Now one of the demon-worshippers is dead, and Jack knows the truth about his beautiful-yet-deadly neighbours. With their spells failing, the witches have no choice but to ask the Oracle, their former friend that became mad due to Baphomet’s revelations.

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Amigo Comics in June 2013

Amigo Comics is planning to conquer the world, starting with fantasy title Rogues and the horror-title Westwood Witches.

Rogues #3

Story by: El Torres
Art by: Diego Galindo, Rubén Rojas
Cover Artist: Diego Galindo

Genre : Fantasy
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 32 pages
Retail Price: $3,99
UPC Code: 700371999995-00311
Diamond Code: APR13 0774

The newest adventures of Bram and the Weasel!

The exciting opening of our new arc of stories with the awesome art of Diego Galindo!

Something new happened in Gerada, The City of the Thousand Thieves… There is a new Chief Magistrate, and he is incorruptible!  One by one, the brigands and rogues of Gerada are being imprisoned… or slain. And only Bram and Weasel are still on the loose!

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The Westwood Witches #2 (of 4)

Story by: El Torres
Art by: Abel Garcia
Cover Artist: Abel Garcia

Genre : Horror
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 32 pages
Retail Price: $3,99
UPC Code: 700153928700-00211
Diamond Code: APR13 0775

Amigo brings the witchcraft horror into the modern world with the words of El Torres and art by Abel García!

Jack is still consumed with his brother’s death and his writer block, not knowing that his attractive neighbors are planning to abduct him to the Witches’ Sabbath… as human sacrifice!

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Amigo Comics is Here!

Amigo Comics is here! The new comic publisher plans on publishing their love for comics about fantasy, about horror and even science-fiction! Amigo is proud to seek out creator-owned projects and to forsake licensed properties.The new publisher is starting with El Torres and Juan José Ryp with Rogues! #1.

Amigocomics.com will feature all our upcoming projects and partners as we continue to move full steam ahead. Online you can meet the authors, see works in process and even order original artwork.

Amigo Comics plans on starting their plans to conquer the world, with fantasy title Rogues!, after which soon other titles like the horror story The Westwood Witches, Gargantuan and Shadow Legion. Be sure to check out the website and their Facebook page!

Rogues! #1 is a fantasy on-going series created by El Torres and the hot artist Juan José Ryp, currently drawing for DC and Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment with the acclaimed “Clone” ongoing series!

Ryp will draw the first issue of the series, that will be continued by awesome artists like Mike Genlot and Diego Galindo.

Or with the words of Juan José Ryp himself: “The Rogues are back in town… and I’m really happy to see this dear old series –the first series I had the honor to create with El Torres, have finally its second chance. It’s also a honor and a pleasure to introduce them to the newest readers with this first issue.”