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Review: Godkillers #4

The Djinn is in the hands of the wrong individuals but everything might not be as it seems. Godkillers #4 really shakes some things up!

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

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Review: Godkillers #3

The battle with the Djinn hasn’t gone well so the team continues to press on heading to Syria for their next conflict. Can they help their Kurdish allies?

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

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B. Clay Moore Has Miles to Go with Stephen Molnar, Thomas Mauer, and AfterShock

AfterShock has announced a brand new series from writer B. Clay Moore, artist Stephen Molnar, and letterer Thomas Mauer. Miles to Go #1 is scheduled to debut September 9, 2020.

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 anyone since she was thirteen. When her aging mentor is murdered, and her daughter is threatened, that will soon change…

The debut issue features a cover by Stephen Molnar and incentive cover by Francesco Francavilla.

Miles to Go #1

Exclusive Preview: Godkillers #2

Godkillers #2

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Maan House 
Colorist: Hernan Cabrera 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi 
Incentive Cover: Mirko Colak
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 3.25.2020

The Godkillers are an elite special forces unit created to fight insurgents who are using mythological creatures.  As they battle a Penanggalan in the Philippines that may be in league with ISIS, the Godkiller’s first Arab American officer is forced to grapple with both his inner and outer demons. 

From writer Mark Sable (Grounded, Fearless, Supergirl) and newcomer artist Maan House, GODKILLERS is a monster story for the modern age.

Godkillers #2

Review: In the Flood

In the Flood

In a world where relationships are fragile, how does one stay in one? There are those relationships that push you to the edge and question what you are. Being with someone can make you find out who you really are. It’s also the most honest you will be with anyone you encounter.

The show The Affair showed just how messy and endearing relationships are and can be. We’re shaped by our experiences and the show more than expounded on that. We all can be the worst person and the best person at any moment in our lives. In Ray FawkesIn The Flood, we find one such couple whose love is tested by forces beyond their control.

We find a couple caught in a storm that has erupted into a flood, as we meet Mike and Clara, a couple separated by this disaster. Clara recalls her life before meeting Mike, as a night club singer, and dealing with the inner workings of the underworld.  Meanwhile, Mike, searches for Clara by boat, hoping he can find her, but not before running into trouble, by two robbers looking to get an easy score.  Soon both Mike and Clara, slowly unravel, as the past and present become mixed with each other, confusing the couple in utter dissolution. By the book’s end, the couple realizes that everything has happened is but an illusion and only one of them survives the night.

Overall, an intoxicating story that more than draws you in. It bewilders you at every turn. The story by Fawkes is enchanting and engrossing. The art by Fawkes, Lee Loughridge and Thomas Mauer pushes the medium in ways only true fans of the medium will be able to pick up on. Altogether, a story that stays with you and makes you question everything, as good art should always do.

Story: Ray Fawkes
Art: Ray Fawkes, Lee Loughridge, and Thomas Mauer
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Godkillers #1

Godkillers #1

I wasn’t expecting to read Godkillers #1 until the preview text caught my eye. The concept sounded interesting so I decided to give it a read.

Abdul Alhazred is an Arab-American folklore professor turned soldier whose fear of death stems from uncertainty about the existence of an afterlife. He joins The Godkillers, a special forces unit tasked with fighting insurgents who use mythological creatures as weapons of mass destruction. Now that he knows the supernatural exists, he’ll have to decide which is worse—death or the nightmarish monsters he thought were mere legends.

Now in all honesty Godkillers #1 wasn’t a book I enjoyed all that much. Th that’s largely because I’m not exactly a fan of the setting. But, I understand why the story has to be framed the way it is. I wanted to like this book, and some aspects I genuinely enjoyed, but it’s just not a comic for me. It’s not a comic I’d typically pick up or review. I am trying to keep that in mind as I write this review.

Because I want to be as fair to the book as I can be, I’m going to break with a typical review style and just give you a set of bullet points.

Pros

  • The art is gritty, dark and moody when it needs to be. It never quite lets you get comfortable, which fits the story’s style very well.
  • Abdul Alhazred feels like a fully fleshed-out character who we’re only seeing glimpses of. His narration bubbles really flesh out his thoughts on the world. The gradual reveal of his motivations makes me want to learn more about the character. His lack of understanding of the events coincides nicely with the lack of information given in the book itself. You really feel like you’re in this with him.

Cons

  • Without having read the preview text I probably wouldn’t have known what the hell was going on in the comic.
  • The art made it a little difficult at times to decipher what was going on on the page. The caveat here is that for some reason the review PDF didn’t scroll as well as others which also played a part in my difficulty in reading the book.
  • There’s a lot of vagueness as to the events of the book, which is mostly a good thing until you realize that without the preview text you’d have been totally lost.

Conclusion
Godkillers #1 really wasn’t my cup of tea. At the same time, I know that just because it didn’t resonate with me doesn’t mean it’s a bad comic. The opposite is also true sometimes, as well. It just means it didn’t strike a chord. I can still appreciate the art, and the idea behind the story without being unfairly harsh to the comic. Objectively, there isn’t anything bad about the book as far as I can tell, and I hope that if you read it then you’re going to enjoy it more than I did. I won’t be scoring the story because I don’t think I can do it objectively or fairly.

If nothing else, I think you need to read this book.

Story: Mark Sable Artist: Maan House
Colorist: Hernan Cabrera Letterer: Thomas Mauer

Story: (N/A) Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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comiXology Originals Announce In the Flood by Ray Fawkes

ComiXology has announced In the Flood, a mesmerizing and experimental original graphic novel written and illustrated by Eisner Award nominee, Ray Fawkes, featuring coloring by Lee Loughridge and lettering by Thomas Mauer.

In the tradition of films by David Lynch and novels by Haruki Murakami, this strange and compelling graphic novel is full of mystery and symbolism that tells the story of a couple trying to keep their troubled marriage together, while separated by an apocalyptic flood with mysterious properties. In the Flood debuts December 18th and will be available to read at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members, and will also be available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

In the Flood

Godkillers are Coming this February from AfterShock

Godkillers #1

Writer: Mark Sable
Artist: Maan House
Colorist: Hernan Cabrera
Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Cover: Jeremy Haun
Incentive Cover: Tim Bradstreet
$4.99/ 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.19.20

Abdul Alhazred is an Arab-American folklore professor turned soldier whose fear of death stems from uncertainty about the existence of an afterlife. Then he joins THE GODKILLERS, a special forces unit tasked with fighting insurgents who use mythological creatures as weapons of mass destruction. Now that he knows the supernatural exists, he’ll have to decide which is worse—death or the nightmarish monsters he thought were mere legends.

From writer Mark Sable (Grounded, Fearless, Supergirl) and newcomer artist Maan House, GODKILLERS is a monster story for the modern age.

Godkillers #1

Review: Mezo #1

Mezo #1

Set in a Mesoamerican-inspired world, Mezo #1 kicks off a new fantasy world. It’s also the start of a new distribution concept from publisher A Wave Blue World.

The Tzalekuhl Empire is on the warpath disrupting the peace in the land of Mezo. Kyma is of a people who are in their path and witnesses the death of her father, a tribal leader who refuses to yield.

Writer Tyler Chin-Tanner introduces us to an interesting fantasy world setting up the key players and the conflict that’ll drive the story. While interesting, Mezo #1 doesn’t quite make its case though.

Mezo #1‘s release is a bit different. We have this premier first issue which will hopefully get you interested in purchasing future issues digitally or the entire trade with the rest of the story. And while the first issue is entertaining, it doesn’t stand out enough. There’s little when it comes to twists. The characters are tropes and out of the box. What makes the series unique is its design and setting. Beyond that, it’s a story we’ve so far seen and characters who are forgettable.

The art by Josh Zingerman is nice. With color by Doug Garbark, the look of the series is unique to make it stand out. Colors pop and there’s a detail in design of the characters that’s really nice. But, all of that doesn’t quite make up for a story that’s bland. The visuals pop. The story does not. Lettering by Thomas Mauer is good though there are choices where the emphasis on the dialogue should have been made but wasn’t. An example is speeches before crowds where the lettering remains unchanged but should have been larger to emphasize the emotion of the moment.

The comic is ok. There’s nothing inherently bad about it but there’s little that makes it stand out. The “premiere edition” features designs and penciled pages but it’s all standard items we’ve seen in trade collections. Much like the story, there’s nothing new or particularly unique.

Story: Tyler Chin-Tanner Art: Josh Zingerman
Color: Doug Garbark Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Jim Shooter Brings Slow City Blues to Image

Slow City Blues #1

Image Comics has announced an all-new, ongoing genre-bending series by writer Samuel Haine, penciler Shawn Moll, inker John Livesay, colorist JD Smith, and letterer Thomas Mauer, who have teamed up with comic book industry icon Jim Shooter for—Slow City Blues—set to launch February 2020.

Slow City Blues brings you everything you crave in a comic book: action, adventure, suspense, fantasy, tragedy, and plenty of humor. The story is focused on Detective John Loris, who gets trapped inside his imagination after accidentally killing a little girl in the line of duty. After trying to take his own life, John instead ends up in Slow City, a construct of his mind’s eye, a place where anything and everything is possible, except a way out. 

John Loris is both revered and reviled as The Creator, but in Slow City, even God is just another slob. So, he does the only thing he knows how: Be a cop. But times are changing and the wheels in his mind are in motion. And now, John and his partner, a six foot six, smart-ass skunk, must solve a double homicide and bring the killer to justice before a gang war between the Gorillas of the Devil’s Backbone and the Dragons of the Midnight Syndicate destroy Slow City.

In a world of pure imagination, what could possibly go wrong? 

Slow City Blues #1 will hit local comic shops on Wednesday, February 19.

Slow City Blues #1
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