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Comics Deserve Better Episode 16: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank by Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss, and Thomas Mauer

On this episode of Comics Deserve Better, Brian and Logan geek out about the darkly comedic, crime comic 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank by Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss, and Thomas Mauer.

They break down the cast of annoying, yet endearing middle-school-aged characters, their favorite sequences, and the connections that this Black Mask Studios masterpiece has to other works of pop culture. Brian and Logan also discuss the latest indie comics news, including Graham Coxon‘s comic Superstate from Z2, the announcement of Vault‘s queer monster love story Hollow Heart and Geoff Johns and Gary Frank‘s creator-owned series Geiger, and a new ordering format from Scout Comics. They also talk about the upcoming Black Hammer: Visions and their dream creators on the miniseries. Other comics mentioned on the show are We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, Getting It Together, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and 12 Reasons to Die. (Episode art by Tyler Boss)

Review: Miskatonic #1

Miskatonic #1

I had high hopes for Miskatonic #1 being published by AfterShock. The idea of a series of bombings revolving around the classic world created by H.P. Lovecraft is an idea that sounds full of possibilities as far as direction. And while a lot of the first issue works, a lot falls flat too in a narrative that feels a bit too choppy and not enough build-up and explanation.

Written by Mark Sable, the story revolves around Miranda Keller an F.B.I. agent sent on assignment to investigate bombings targeting the elites of Miskatonic Valley. The bombings are similar to those that happened during the Red Scare of the 1920s making them interesting to J. Edgar Hoover who believes they’re connected to that. We quickly learn that they have more to do with the occult and something going on in the area.

That concept is fantastic. It blends the occult with a typical FBI crime-fighting story. The issue is, the comic leans too heavily into the occult territory forgetting its more grounded launch point.

Miranda just accepts the story of frogmen and devil worship and doesn’t seem to have the reaction one would expect. Early on in the comic, she talks of a more “scientific bureau”. It’s a tip that she might be the Scully to her partner Tom’s Mulder. One is driven by science while the other has seen some shit. It’s a standard partnership we’ve seen many times but Miranda never quite delivers the shock of what she’s experiencing and seeing.

Part of my issue with the comic is its lack of teasing. There’s little build-up in the narrative or the visual and things ramp up quickly. By the end of the first issue, it feels like we’ve had two issues worth of twists and reveals with little depth as to the who, what, or why. Giorgio Pontrelli delivers some of the teasing in art but we never really get the surprise when it comes to the art. There’s a lack of visual tension that might have helped the choppy narrative. The color by Pippa Bowland doesn’t quite nail things down either. While a sickly green permeates a lot of the comic, it’s almost fluorescent at times delivering a brighter hue to what should be a darker, more melancholy comic.

Miskatonic #1 isn’t a bad debut but it also never quite excites. It feels like it rushes through the first issue never building tension. There’s little build-up and instead, things spiral quickly. But, that spiral also never elicits excitement or fear from its main characters. The emotional aspect isn’t there. We’ll see where it all goes but this is a mystery that isn’t worth exploring or solving right now.

Story: Mark Sable  Art: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Color: Pippa Bowland  Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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ComiXology Has Nine New Digital Comics including New TKO, Magnetic Press, DC Digital First, and Harlequin

There’s nine new digital comics ready for you on comiXology. You can get new releases from TKO Studios, Magnetic Press, Harlequin, and a new DC Digital First! You can get shopping now or check out the individual issues below!

Gunland Vol. 2 #7: Tribe

Written by Captain Artiglio
Art by Captain Artiglio
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Bill “Death” is dead, and now the infamous Wild Bunch is on a rampage across the valley, lead by a ghost. Meanwhile, the Cherub joins The Girl with No Name’s gang, but are his intentions legit…?

Gunland Vol. 2 #7: Tribe

Lonesome Days, Savage Nights

Written by Szymon Kudranski, Steve Niles, Salvatore A. Simeone
Art by Szymon Kudranski
Colored by Szymon Kudranski
Lettered by Thomas Mauer
Edited by Sebastian Girner
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When the one person he cares about is murdered, private detective Stu Manning unleashes the beast he’s kept hidden inside and paints the town red.

Lonesome Days, Savage Nights

Mistress For A Month

Written by Ann Major
Art by Eve Takigawa
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Amelia happens to run into the same gorgeous Frenchman twice. It must be fate! After he asks her on a date, she’s thrilled. But then she sees an article about him in the paper—he’s Count Remy, a famous playboy! She’s doubtful a man so out of her league would ever be interested in her. And it turns out what he’s really after is Amelia’s property. But can she look past his ulterior motive and use this man to teach her how to be a lover?

Mistress For A Month

Pistouvi #4

Written by Merwan
Art by Bertrand Gatignol
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Something is changing. Things arent sparkling like they used to. And suddenly the birds are making sense… The powerful conclusion to this poignant allegorical series.

Pistouvi #4

Poppy’s Passion

Written by Helen Shelton
Art by Atsumi Ryo
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Poppy is a brand-new intern working in the emergency room. She’s in a huge hurry to get to work when she bumps into a man in the corridor. It’s Tom, the man she’s always admired and who is now a skilled surgeon. Poppy wants to impress him, but she keeps making mistake after mistake in front of him. Can she forget this childhood love and focus on her career?

Poppy's Passion

Pregnant By The Boss!

Written by Carol Grace
Art by Tsukiko Kurebayashi
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Claudia has feelings for her boss, Joe. But it’s hard loving a man with such a philandering reputation. Just when she works up the nerve to resign, Joe drops a bombshell on her. He wants her to marry him! She knows he doesn’t love her, but what will the next two weeks hold as she trains her replacement?

Pregnant By The Boss!

The Pull

Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Ricardo López Ortiz
Colored by Triona Farrell
Lettered by Thomas Mauer
Edited by Sebastian Girner
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When the unstoppable cosmic force of the Undoer threatens the existence of Earth itself, disgraced government agent Brenton Demm must shake off a lifetime’s worth of regret and save us all.

The Pull

Redfork

Written by Alex Paknadel
Art by Nil Vendrell
Colored by Giulia Brusco
Lettered by Ryan Ferrier
Edited by Sebastian Girner
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Ex-con Noah McGlade returns to find his hometown decayed by opioid abuse, but he soon discovers an even more sinister horror lurking in the coal mines below town.

Redfork

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #19

Written by Dave Wielgosz
Pencils Jorge Corona
Inks Jorge Corona
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During a heated argument, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight are ambushed by a cadre of evil Multiversal doppelgangers. It’s Batman versus Superman in this no-holds barred brawl between good and evil!

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #19

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Review: Miles to Go #2

After the shocking ending of the first issue, Miles to Go #2 answers so many questions and gets this action thriller rolling. So many questions are answered in the past pace issue.

Story: B. Clay Moore
Art: Stephen Molnar
Letterer: Thomas Mauer

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Exclusive Preview: Miles to Go #2

MILES TO GO #2

Writer: B. Clay Moore 
Artist & Colorist: Stephen Molnar 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Cover: Stephen Molnar
Incentive Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 10.21.2020

For the first time since childhood, Amara Bishop has taken a life. Now she and her daughter Alea find themselves on the run with an aging former assassin named Moses Graves. As the trio works to figure out who is stalking them and why, Amara and Moses reflect on their pasts as killers, and begin to wonder if their unsuspecting loved ones might be in danger as well. 

An unlikely assassin in a deadly game of cat and mouse, brought to you by B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, Battle Hymn) and Stephen Molnar (Imaginary Fiends, Star Trek).

MILES TO GO #2

Preview: Miles to Go #1

Miles to Go #1

(W) B. Clay Moore (A/CA) Stephen Molnar
In Shops: Sep 23, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Amara Bishop is a newly single mother with a long-buried past. Raised by an
alcoholic father in a rundown trailer, Amara was a child when she learned to kill. And she hasn’t killed an-yone since she was thirteen. When her aging mentor is murdered, and her daughter is threatened, that will soon change…

An unlikely assassin in a deadly game of cat and mouse, brought to you by B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, Battle Hymn) and Stephan Molnar (Imaginary Fiends, Star Trek).

Miles to Go #1

Review: Miles to Go #1

Miles to Go #1

Miles to Go #1 kicks off one of the more intriguing series to debut recently. The first issue centers around Amara Bishop, a mother going through a divorce and a troubling past. Amara had learned to kill in what seems to be a criminal enterprise but it’s a history she has left for quite some time. After her mentor is murdered, that past threatens to catch up with her and threatens the life she has built.

Written by B. Clay Moore, Miles to Go #1 has something really going for it. And, I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what that is. The story has elements of Grosse Point Blank to it mixed with government spook aspects but it’s how it all comes together. The comic is really about that last page which delivers such an unexpected twist and shock I immediately wanted to read more.

Miles to Go #1‘s greatest strenght is its focus on Amara and her life. This is a mother who is trying to juggle a pending divorce, her life, and raising a child. It’s not until a bit into the comic that Amara’s troubling life becomes clearer and we realize she’s doing all of that while escaping trauma and crimes. And then that ending and a big question as to what’s next. It’s a fantastic set up and knock down of a character and story leaving the reader unprepared for where the comic goes.

Much of the success of the comic is by artist Stephen Molnar and letterer Thomas Mauer. The comic gives a sort of domestic reality that’s relatable. Amara’s home is put together and organized while her exes’ home is messy and chaotic. There’s much discussion of simple everyday things like hairstyles focusing in on the character’s more realistic details. And much of what could be shocking and explosive happens off-panel. The more shocking elements are left for the reader’s imagination which will always be more gruesome than whatever the creators come up with. Hw that’s done just compounds that aspect.

Miles to Go #1 is another solid debut from AfterShock Comics. It’s a “crime” comic that delivers a more human focus of a mother haunted by her past. Where it all goes after this debut, I seriously have no idea. But, it has me excited and intrigued to find out. That’s the measure of a successful comic, do I want to come back for more? Miles to Go #1 nails that down and then some.

Story: B. Clay Moore Art: Stephen Molnar Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Miskatonic #1

MISKATONIC #1

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi 
Incentive Cover: Tyler Crook
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 11.11.2020

Miskatonic Valley holds many mysteries – cultists worshipping old gods, a doctor deadset on resurrecting the recently deceased, a house overrun by rats in the walls – but none more recent than a series of bombings targeting the Valley’s elite.  

These horrors reach a breaking point when the brilliant, hard-nosed investigator Miranda Keller is sent to stop the bombings. To J. Edgar Hoover, there can be no other explanation than those responsible for similar actions during the Red Scare of the 1920s…but when Miranda digs too deep, she uncovers an unimaginable occult conspiracy, one that may cost Miranda her job – and her sanity. 

From writer Mark Sable (GODKILLERS, Graveyard of Empires) and artist Giorgio Pontrelli (Dylan Dog), MISKATONIC is a mix of historical crime fiction and Lovecraftian-horror that dives deep into the American nightmare.

MISKATONIC #1

Review: Godkillers #5

Godkillers #5 wraps up the first arc of the series delivering a lot of interesting aspects and moments. Those who love 80s action films will dig this one.

Story: Mark Sable
Art: Maan House
Color: Herman Cabrera
Letterer: Thomas Mauer

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ComiXology Originals Presents 40 Seconds from Jeremy Haun, Christ Mitten, Brett Weldele, and Thomas Mauer

Grab some popcorn and a soda and prepare to be transported across the galaxy with 40 Seconds, a widescreen, sci-fi adventure available from comiXology Originals. Writer Jeremy Haun, acclaimed artist Chris Mitten, colorist Brett Weldele, and letterer and designer Thomas Mauer have created an epic, 5-issue mini-series that spans the universe, featuring amazing creatures, epic vistas, character drama, and just a bit of horror. Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive, creator-owned content, 40 Seconds debuts August 25th with issue #1.

When a team of science explorers set out to answer a distress call a galaxy away, they have no idea what they’re in for. Their mission: make it to Terminus. Tasked with investigating what happened to the previous team and gathering data, they find themselves traveling through a series of alien gateways, jumping across the universe through strange and beautiful landscapes only to be hunted by a vast inexplicably unstoppable horde. Truths lie at the final gate. If only they can make it in time.

40 Seconds

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content, 40 Seconds #1 will be available upon release August 25, 2020 at no additional cost, for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of thousands of top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at amazon.com/kindleunlimited. ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at comixology.com/unlimited.

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