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Underrated: Voracious

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of Voracious_TPB_Cover_Vol1comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Voracious.

This week I wanted to take a look at a series that I think epitomizes what this column is about: a great comic book series or story that too few people have read. Published by Action Lab, Voracious is written by Markisan Naso and drawn by Jason Muhr, with the co-creators being joined by colourist Andrei Tabucaru, and can usually grab your attention with the shortest of descriptions: “time travelling chef makes dinosaur sandwiches.”

It sounds awesome, right? Well, that’s because it is.

In an ideal world, that’s really all you would need to rush out and buy the two trade paper back collections (Diners, Dinosaurs & Dives and Feeding Time), but it can be tough to buy two trades wholly on those words – I get that. I really do. Look, it’s no secret that Voracious is one of my favourite series to come out in the last couple of years (you can find the reviews for most of the comics in the two miniseries under this search),  and it’s one of the few that I’ll buy in floppy form after reading the review copies – and it’s the Voracious_TPB_Cover_Vol1only one that I also buy the TPBs as well.

You see, I put my money where my mouth is because Voracious is a wonderful breath of fresh air in an industry that has been choking on relaunches and rehashes; the five issues that make up Feeding Time are some of the highest scored comics that I have reviewed for Graphic Policy. Voracious does have an awesome elevator pitch, but that’s not what draws me into the series (though it certainly helped).

After only nine comics (technically ten, but the first issue was a double sized comic) Markisan Naso has become one of Those writers who has earned my complete and utter trust; I will probably buy anything that he puts out from this point on. Aside from having an excellent music taste, Naso has an ability to give a unique voice to his characters that when combined with Jason Muhr’s artistic ability allows you to understand all you need to know about a character within a page or two at most. Yes, there are deeper layers to the people you’re watching navigate their lives on the page, and they’re expertly revealed as the series progresses in a way that you’re never really subjected to an-out-of-left-field moment that takes you out of the story because of a character’s actions because of how well developed they are; you won’t be shocked at the actions of the people in the comic because it all seems so in character for them once you understand their motivations.

As with any well written story featuring time travel you hope the visuals measure up to the intricacies of the story, and oh boy do they ever.Voracious_02-8

Jason Muhr is a brilliant visual story teller; there are so many brilliant double page spreads where his talents shine, and yet some of my favourite moments are the ones where Muhr focuses in on the emotions playing across the face of the character he is drawing; obviously I want to avoid significant spoilers so I’m not showing you as many pages from later issues, which is a disservice to both you and Muhr because as the series progressed he really found his groove.

If you’re tired of reading about superheroes fighting each other and you want a story to take you across the emotional spectrum without the use of glowing rings then you need look no further. While the comic is about a time traveling, dinosaur hunting chef, it’s also a powerful look into what makes us who we are and how. It’s a story about mistakes and loss, and most importantly coping with those things.

Voracious is the best comic you’ve never read, so change that. I haven’t heard a singe person I’ve made read the book complain in anyway. This story is what comics are all about; a masterpiece of visual story telling that couldn’t be told any other way even half as effectively as it is in comic form.

Now, excuse me while I go and read both trades again.

If you want more Voracious, then you can check out the episode of GP Radio where we talked all about the dinosaur sandwiches with both Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr.

Unless the comics industry ceases to exist this week, Underrated will return next week.

Best Comics of 2016 – Alex’s List

Now that 2016 is in the history books (thank the fucking gods), it’s time to have a look back at some of the comics and events that really stood out for me, personally. These comics were all released this year, and in the case of a limited series if had at least two issues released this year (if a mini-series began late this year, then expect to find it on next year’s list – if it’s any good). Remember that this is all based on what I’ve read, and if your favourite comic isn’t here, it may be because I may not have read it, not because I didn’t like it.

First up there’ll be your standard Best Of categories of Ongoing Series, Mini/One Shot, Single Issue, Writer, Artist, and Colourist, then we’ll move on to a few other things I wanted to talk about.

Best Ongoing Comic

Last year I had a hell of a time with this one, so thankfully this year was much easier. Although I could have made a case for almost any of the comics listed below  (and, like last year I’m still wishing I had decided on a “top five” for this category without an overall winner), at the end of the day there really was only one comic that would end up here.

WRATH_003_COVER-A_LAFUENTEWrath Of The Eternal Warrior (Valiant) – The final issue came out in December, so technically this isn’t an ongoing anymore, and while I’ll miss the shit out of it in 2017, it sits in the top spot for 2016 (because it was an ongoing in 2016).  This was THE book of the year for me without question; although the first issue felt a lot slower than I expected, this quickly morphed into the one series I couldn’t wait to read. Robert Venditti has crafted fourteen of the most exciting, and compelling, issues about Valiant‘s immortal soldier I have ever read as he finds a way to have Gilad deal with death – and failure – in a way I haven’t seen anywhere before.

Venditti also built this series in layers as he dropped lines of dialogue and exposition in one comic that you’d be forgiven for missing, but once the inevitable pay off happened it was something special. For an action comic, Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior made you think quite a bit, and I loved every fucking moment (even the first issue after a reread six months later).

Honourable Mentions:

  • Faith (Ongoing) (Valiant) Narrowly missing the top spot, Faith has had a fantastic cast of artists joining Jody Houser all year, with each one bringing something wonderful to the table. This is a series that every comic fan should check out.
  • All-Star Batman (DC) Scott Snyder proves once more why he’s my favourite living Batman writer, and I actually enjoyed John Romita Jr’s art for the first time in a while.
  • X-O Manowar (Valiant) Another Venditti penned series, this had arguably the best concluding arc of any long running series I’ve read in a long time.

Best Limited Series or One Shot 

Voracious_02-1Voracious (Action Lab) I could tell you so many reasons why you should read this emotional tale about a time traveling chef who hunts dinosaurs, whether it’s Markisan Naso’s fantastic dialogue (and his recipes) or the wonderful artwork by Jason Muhr and colourist Andrei Tabacaru. I could tell you that comics like this are the reason you should pay attention to indie comics publishers, because if you don’t you’ll be missing out on some of the best stories  the year. But I won’t; instead I’ll tell you tell you all the reasons why you shouldn’t  read this:

Honourable Mentions:

  • Klaus (BOOM!But not The Witch Of Winter. That was fucking awful, and it’s better if you pretend it didn’t exist.
  • Divinity II (Valiant) 
  • Faith: Hollywood and Vine (Valiant) 
  • Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (DC/IDW) All my childhood dreams came true with this six issue miniseries that I  was expecting to suck. It didn’t! It was actually really good.

Best Single Issue

FAITH_003_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICThere’s no honourable mentions because there was nothing remotely close to Faith #3:  (Valiant) for me this year. That’s #3 from the Hollywood And Vine  miniseries, not the currently ongoing series

There was never a question of this comic not being the best single issue of 2016, and its almost entirely down to the scene where Faith literally bursts from a closet. Everything about that sequence, from her internal monologue to the character’s reactions were just perfect. I still think about that moment nearly a year later, and it still sends chills down my spine.

Best Writer

Robert Venditti (Flash, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior, X-O Manowar)

I didn’t read a bad comic written by this man all year. Obviously, some were better than others, and I didn’t read everything that Venditti put out, but what I did read was always fantastic – and you’ve probably already noticed my love for Venditti earlier on this list.

Best Artist

faith_005_cover-b_hetrickMeghan Hetrick (Red Thorn, Faith)

In a year with some truly amazing artists putting out some beautiful work, from Juan Jose Ryp, Doug Braithwaite and Robert Gill for Valiant, to David Finch, Rafa Sandoval and Patrick Gleason for DC, it was relative newcomer Meghan Hetrick who made my jaw drop with every issue and cover that she drew. Her work on Faith is what sealed her in as my top artist of the year, although her cover to the 4001 A.D. Shadowman tie in is also superb, not to mention Red Thorn. There are few artists whose work I’ll buy regardless of the writer, but Meghan Hetrick is one.

Best Colourist

Jordie Bellaire (Pretty Much Everything)

If you read more than one comic a month this year then you have probably read a comic with Jordie Bellaire’s work. She is one of the most prolific colourists around, and yet her versatility shines with each and every comic. When Jordie Bellaire’s name is on a comic, then you know it’s going to look awesome – regardless of who drew it.

Most Depressingly Canceled Comic

Red Thorn (Vertigo)

Every year comics are canceled prematurely, but Red Thorn The series was great, but sadly the sales figures just weren’t there. Treat yourself when you have a chance and go check this out. You’ll find a wonderfully illustrated tale steeped in Scottish mythology quite unlike almost anything you’ll read this year.

The Comic I Wanted To Read But Never Did

The Vision (Marvel)
I have heard nothing but great things about the twelve or so issues of Vision, and yet for some reason, I haven’t picked it up even though I’ve heard it said that this is Tom King’s finest work from 2016. but it was never on my radar because of the characters and setting involved. Maybe I’ll check out the trades at some point.

Biggest Surprises

I) Ben Affleck Was A Fantastic Batman

I hoped going into the movie that Affleck would be decent, and I suspected he would be, but I never expected him to turn in a performance that went right into my top three Batman performances – that took me completely by surprise. The theatrical cut of Batman v Superman wasn’t quite as good as Affleck’s Batman, but because of his acting (and Gal Gadot) I left the theater feeling I’d got my money’s worth.

bruce waye affleck

II) Marvel Actually Finished Civil War II

After the amount of delays this series suffered, I wouldn’t have been surprised had Marvel just quietly shuffled the final issue or two off their publishing schedule. When the next event (and it’s prequel) Inhumans Vs X-Men unintentionally start before your Big Summer Event is over, you have to ask yourself whether anybody still cares about said summer even .

III) DC Rebirth Wasn’t A Stonking Pile Of Manure

I honestly had no faith the DC’s latest reboot would be anything other than a quick cash grab with at best mediocre titles. Thankfully, i was very wrong. While there were some average titles, good comics that weren’t for me and the occasional miss, for the most part I’ve enjoyed every comic under the “Rebirth” banner (and I’ve read them all for Graphic Policy’s Rebirth Review feature). In fact, the standouts for me came from characters I previously had no time for; Aquaman, Superman, Wonder Woman  and the Green Lantern Corp

The Moments That Had Me Grinning Ear To Ear

I) Bill Finger’s Byline

This was the single greatest thing to happen in the comics industry this year in my eyes; Bill Finger was finally acknowledged officially as having something to do with Batman’s creation, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Marc Tyler Nobleman.


Regardless of my thoughts on the movie, seeing Bill Finger’s name here was fantastic.

II) Interviewing Marc Tyler Nobleman

I don’t know what I expected when I reached out to the man who inspired me to write about comics, but talking to him about Bill Finger was an absolute joy.

III) Having My Reviews Quoted On Comics

This year was the first time I saw one of my reviews quoted on the cover of a comic, and it was a moment that I won’t forget anytime soon (the comic was Red Thorn #3 if you wondered). Since then I’ve seen my reviews quoted on several Valiant comics, as well. It makes me grin every time.



Well there we have it; a look back at some of the best comics that I read over the year. Agree, or disagree? Let me know!

Listen to Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr Talk Voracious on Demand

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JURASSIC PARK MEETS TOP CHEF! Haunted by the death of his sister, Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his hometown in Utah and work at a coffee shop, Nate’s life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate’s passion for cooking is reignited! Voracious is the critically-acclaimed comic series by Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr which is back with its second volume Voracious: Feeding Time.

Naso and Muhr join Graphic Policy Radio with host Brett who is joined by GP contributor Alex.

Markisan Naso is the writer of the critically-acclaimed comic book series, VORACIOUS, published by Action Lab Entertainment. He is also an editor and publishing expert who has managed and revitalized national publications such as Knowledge Quest and School Library Research for the American Library Association. An accomplished journalist, Markisan has authored more than 150 features in print and on the web, covering subjects as diverse as EF5 tornadoes, death metal and Superman. Most recently he wrote a tribute to the late Darwyn Cooke for The Comics Journal. Markisan has also edited over a dozen books, including The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison’s Batman and Voyage in Noise: Warren Ellis and the Demise of Western Civilization for the Sequart Organization. In his spare time he interviews comic book creators for his podcast, COLLOQUIUM. He loves kitties and metal.

Voracious_Vol.2_01_KS_VariantTo find out more about Markisan, visit his website, www.markisan.com. Follow him on twitter: @DarthSan and Facebook facebook.com/MarkisanNaso

Jason Muhr is the artist, designer and letterer for the critically-acclaimed comic book series, VORACIOUS, published by Action Lab Entertainment. He has also worked for Marvel Comics and Valiant Entertainment, and co-created the short story “Like Giants” with Mark Waid for Thrillbent. Jason has a decade of experience as a professional illustrator and graphic designer, providing companies with logo and concept designs, and art for products such as plush toys, remote-control robots, interactive games, garden accessories, pottery and candy. Prior to entering the art and design world, Jason spent six years on the retail side of the comic book market, as an assistant manager at the Graham Crackers Comics chain of Chicagoland comic shops.

To find out more about Jason, visit his website, www.jasonmuhr.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonMuhr and Facebook facebook.com/jason.muhr.

Also follow the series on Twitter @VoraciousComic and Facebook facebook.com/VoraciousComic.

Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr Talk their comic series Voracious LIVE this Monday

GP Radio pic MondayJURASSIC PARK MEETS TOP CHEF! Haunted by the death of his sister, Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his hometown in Utah and work at a coffee shop, Nate’s life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate’s passion for cooking is reignited! Voracious is the critically-acclaimed comic series by Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr which is back with its second volume Voracious: Feeding Time.

Naso and Muhr join Graphic Policy Radio with hosts Elana and Brett who are joined by GP contributor Alex.

The show airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

Markisan Naso is the writer of the critically-acclaimed comic book series, VORACIOUS, published by Action Lab Entertainment. He is also an editor and publishing expert who has managed and revitalized national publications such as Knowledge Quest and School Library Research for the American Library Association. An accomplished journalist, Markisan has authored more than 150 features in print and on the web, covering subjects as diverse as EF5 tornadoes, death metal and Superman. Most recently he wrote a tribute to the late Darwyn Cooke for The Comics Journal. Markisan has also edited over a dozen books, including The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison’s Batman and Voyage in Noise: Warren Ellis and the Demise of Western Civilization for the Sequart Organization. In his spare time he interviews comic book creators for his podcast, COLLOQUIUM. He loves kitties and metal.

Voracious_Vol.2_01_KS_VariantTo find out more about Markisan, visit his website, www.markisan.com. Follow him on twitter: @DarthSan and Facebook facebook.com/MarkisanNaso

Jason Muhr is the artist, designer and letterer for the critically-acclaimed comic book series, VORACIOUS, published by Action Lab Entertainment. He has also worked for Marvel Comics and Valiant Entertainment, and co-created the short story “Like Giants” with Mark Waid for Thrillbent. Jason has a decade of experience as a professional illustrator and graphic designer, providing companies with logo and concept designs, and art for products such as plush toys, remote-control robots, interactive games, garden accessories, pottery and candy. Prior to entering the art and design world, Jason spent six years on the retail side of the comic book market, as an assistant manager at the Graham Crackers Comics chain of Chicagoland comic shops.

To find out more about Jason, visit his website, www.jasonmuhr.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonMuhr and Facebook facebook.com/jason.muhr.

Also follow the series on Twitter @VoraciousComic and Facebook facebook.com/VoraciousComic.

Tweet your questions to @graphicpolicy and listen in this Monday at 10pm ET.

Voracious’ Creators Stop By And Chat About The Kickstarter For The Sequel

Voracious was one of the best miniseries released so far this year, and for me personally, it remains the one to beat in 2016. The series focused on a chef who discovers time travel, and using his new found ability, decides to make a dinosaur sandwich. There’s a lot more to the first four issues, and I highly recommend you check out the trade paperback (out now at your favourite comics retailer!) if that sounds even remotely interesting to you, because it’s twice as good as you’re expecting it to be.naso-muhr

The series creators, writer Markisan Naso and artist Jason Muhr, recently launched a Kickstarter to fund the production of the second series, Voracious: Feeding Time. I recently had a chance to  catch up with the two to  talk about the new series, and how things had been going over the summer for the two.

Note: Just before this interview was published, the Kickstarter was successfully funded.

Graphic Policy: So how’ve you guys been?

Jason Muhr: Good.

Markisan Naso: Been great! I just went to a place called the Metal Haven Grill here in Chicago to celebrate my buddy’s birthday. They sell metal records and make fresh, locally-sourced comfort food. Few things make me as happy as fried cheese curds and Slayer.

How are you doing, Alex?

GP: I’m good, thanks! It’s been a month or two since we last spoke, but the last time we did the two of you were heading to Wizard World in Ohio. How was that?

MN: The con was a lot of fun. It was great to do a show outside of Chicagoland for the first time, pitch the book to people in Columbus and make some new fans.

JM: It was a smaller show than we’re used to in Chicago, so it was nice for our little book to stand out a bit more.

MN: And after the convention we got quite a few messages from folks who took a chance on Voracious and told us how much they loved it. That was really nice to hear.

Voracious_Vol.2_01GP: You launched a Kickstarter to fund the second volume of Voracious, Voracious: Feeding Time (which, in the interest of full disclosure for our readers, I’ve backed). But now that you’re Comic Book Creators, I thought you guys would be swimming in money like Scrooge McDuck. That’s not the case?

MN: Ha! I know you’re kidding, but I’m going to answer this question seriously anyway! The vast majority of comic book creators don’t make anything near McDuck bucks unless they work on high profile gigs for Marvel or DC, they’ve established a huge fan base, or they’ve successfully adapted one of their indie books into a TV show or film. For creators like Jason and I who are working on our first series, there isn’t a lot of bank rolling in just yet.

We are incredibly fortunate to have a dynamic publisher in our corner like Action Lab, but we weren’t paid anything up front. That’s how it generally works with most independent publisher deals. We can potentially make a little money on the back-end, but that would only come after all the production, printing and marketing expenses are subtracted from the total revenue. We’ll find out in a couple months whether or not we make anything off the initial Voracious  miniseries.

A lot of people probably don’t realize that most indie comics creators operate at a loss. Jason and I create Voracious because we LOVE comics, and we think we have a great story to tell, but the fact is that we’ve paid for the series out-of-pocket for the last couple years. There are multiple expenses that we incur throughout the process, from Andrei’s gorgeous colors, to commissioning variant covers, to ordering books from Action Lab to sell, to attending conventions and signings. And Jason has to spend a lot of time drawing our series. He’s actually had to turn down some paid opportunities to illustrate Voracious.

We aren’t complaining about any of this, mind you. We would definitely do the same thing all over again because we believe in our story and we’ve dreamed about becoming comic book creators since we were little kids.

But we also realized we could ask for help with our production costs. That’s where Kickstarter comes in. Starting a campaign just seemed like a good way to cover some of the expenses for Voracious: Feeding Time. We aren’t looking to pay ourselves at all with our campaign and we don’t even expect to recoup all our front-end costs. We’re just hoping to reduce them. Thanks to a lot of generous people it looks like that will happen.

GP: The response to the Kickstarter has been pretty good, to say the least – did that catch you by surprise?

MN: Oh definitely. Jason and I had never done a Kickstarter and we were honestly pretty worried about getting it funded. Even though the first issue of Voracious sold out at the distributor and we’ve gotten good buzz for the series, we just weren’t confident that we’d be able to get enough backers to support our weird, little comic book. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who’s pledged in the first week. We just have a little bit more to go to make our goal. Hopefully we’ll earn a few more supporters and get over the hump soon. Then it’s on to the stretch goals!

JM: And, aside from hand-selling issues at cons and receiving nice messages on social media, we didn’t really have a grasp on how many people embraced us and our work. Voracious reaches shop shelves and then it’s out in the cold, dark world, hopefully selling itself. So the Kickstarter was really a nice way to interact directly with fans and see how much they were digging what we’re doing. We were nervous all the pledges would be coming from our parents, but the fans really came out to support us, and it blew us away.


Page 3 of Feeding Time

GP: The sneak peaks of the first issue you’ve posted on the Kickstarter page look fantastic.

JM: Thank you.

MN: Yeah, thanks for saying that, Alex. Jason and Andrei have really taken the art and colors to another level in Voracious: Feeding Time.

GP: I know the first issue takes place in the setting you’ve shown, so I was wondering how exciting it is to get to explore more of the Voracious universe?

MN: We are having a blast doing this new series! Jason and I have been looking forward to getting to this chapter of the story since before we even started working on the very first issue of the first series. When I pitched Voracious to Jason, I told him there were really two hooks – a chef who travels back in time, kills dinosaurs and serves them in a restaurant in the present; and the huge twist that happens at the end of #4. So now we get to explore what the consequences of that big reveal are for Nate, Jim, Starlee and the rest of the cast. And we get to introduce some new characters in a completely different setting. It’s a lot of fun to bring it to life.

GP: For readers who have yet to read the first series, are they able to start with Voracious: Feeding Time?

MN: The short answer is yes. Kinda. Let me explain. Voracious: Feeding Time is a continuation of our story and I’d definitely recommend reading Volume One first before diving into the new series. Our book was designed to be a finite, ongoing without breaks. That’s the way we pitched it. However, Action Lab thought it would be better for us to do a series of miniseries. Putting out a new #1 helps with sales and with maintaining order numbers at the distributor, which have to reach a certain level every issue for a series to continue being solicited. For an indie book that is important.

Voracious_TPB_Cover_Vol1But all that said, a new reader can actually pick up Voracious: Feeding Time #1 and they won’t be lost at all. The story is told from the perspective of characters who debut in that issue. They know nothing about Nate, Jim, Starlee, Maribel or the other Blackfossil townies who were introduced in the first series, so the story is told from their perspectives. The reader learns about what’s happening as the new characters do.

JM: Plus, there is a nice recap on the inside front cover of the first issue. If people do want to catch up first, many of the Kickstarter reward levels include the Vol 1. trade paperback, both physically and digitally, so we’re making it as easy as possible to hop on board.

GP: What’s your timeline once the Kickstarter is over in terms of getting Feeding Time into readers hands, and on the racks?

MN: Assuming we hit our goal, the Kickstarter will end successfully on October 4th and very shortly after that we’ll be sending out PDFs of Voracious: Feeding Time #1, a full two months before the book debuts in comic stores and on ComiXology. The issue is already finished. In fact, we’ve finished four of the five issues.

Here’s an exclusive for you, Alex… our first stretch goal will be a digital rewards package that includes the Feeding Time #1 PDF, my script for the issue, wallpapers, Jason’s original thumbnails for the issue and maybe more.  So, if we hit stretch goal #1, everybody gets to read the digital book two months early.

The physical rewards will ship sometime in December, the month that the first issue officially hits the stands.

GP: Do you have plans for any of the clothing-based rewards to become available after the Kickstarter is over?

MN: Maybe. We will print the shirts and aprons in lots of 20 or 25 most likely. Depending on the number of pledges and the number of add-ons people select, we may have a few extras lying around. I suspect those will probably be gifted to family members or maybe we’ll use them as contest giveaways, which is something I’ve been thinking about. There won’t be many extras because these rewards are Kickstarter exclusives for folks who are kind enough to support us right now. We do have some ideas for other T-shirts and merchandise that we may pull the trigger on at some point. If we do, we’ll take them on the road with us and make them available at our online store.

We will probably have some of those gorgeous prints by Jason and Andrei left over. The print is limited to 100 copies and each one will be hand-numbered and signed. We plan to print all 100, so if we don’t sell out of them on Kickstarter we’ll make the rest available after the campaign ends.

GP: You have another convention appearance coming up, eh?

JM: Yeah! We’ll be at the Madison Comic Con on Sept. 18 in Wisconsin. It’s a one day show. We’re really looking forward to meeting comics fans and talking about dinosaur lasagna in a new city.

GP: It’s been a pleasure chatting with both of you, as always. Thanks for your time!

MN: Thanks so much Alex. Always great to talk with you too!

JM: Thanks Alex!

Preview: Voracious, Vol. 1: Diners, Dinosaurs and Dives


Writer(s): Markisan Naso
Artist Name(s): Jason Muhr
Cover Artist(s): Jason Muhr
128 pages/ Rated M / FC

Haunted by the death of his sister, NYC Chef Nate Willner has lost his desire to cook. Forced to move back to his tiny hometown in Utah, Nate’s life is quickly becoming a dead end. But when he unexpectedly inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of dinosaurs, Nate’s passion for cooking is reignited!

With a little help from his knife-wielding Grandmother Maribel, and friends Starlee and Captain Jim, Nate opens a restaurant that secretly serves dinosaur meat. Can he survive long enough to make it a success and turn his life around? Collects issues #1-4 of the hit Action Lab: Danger Zone series, VORACIOUS.


Retailers Chomp Through Voracious!

Voracious #1, the first issue of the acclaimed Action Lab: Danger Zone series by talented newcomers Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr, has completely sold out at the distributor level, via Diamond.

Voracious #1 (of 4) debuted in February as an extra-sized, 64-page issue. The story follows depressed chef Nate Willner who unexpectedly rekindles his desire to cook after he inherits a time travel suit that takes him to the age of the dinosaurs. There, Nate ends up eating a Quetzalcoatlus and gets the idea to open a restaurant in the present that serves ancient meat from the past.

Voracious is the first comic book series by writer Markisan Naso and artist Jason Muhr, with colors by Andrei Tabacaru. The four-issue series was completed in June. A trade paperback collection of those issues, Voracious Vol. 1: Diners, Dinosaurs & Dives, will be released on August 10. Voracious: Feeding Time, a new 5-issue sequel will debut in December, a few months after the originally announced September start.

Voracious Vol. 1: Diners, Dinosaurs & Dives will be in shops on Aug. 10 and is currently available for pre-order from Diamond Distribution. The trade paperback collection can be ordered through your Local Comics Retailer. Order Code: JUN161044


Voracious’ Markisan Naso And Jason Muhr Talk Dinosaur Sandwiches, Allergies And The Creation Process

It’s not very often a comic comes along that reminds a person why they fell in love with comics so many years ago, but  Voracious, the comic about a time travelling, dinosaur hunting chef did exactly that for many readers. The four issue series released earlier this year  is probably the best thing to come from publisher Action Lab Danger Zone in quite some time. Quite a feat for the co-creator’s first comic book, but hardly surprising given the character driven story behind the concept.

With the trade paper back being released on the 10th of August, Alex got a chance to have a chat with Voracious’ co-creators writer Markisan Naso and artist Jason Muhr ahead of their upcoming convention appearances beginning with Wizard World Ohio from the 29th-31st of July.


GP: Okay, I have to ask; just where did the inspiration for the comic come from?

Markisan: The idea for Voracious first came to me when I was at a party and a friend asked me that popular geek question, “If I could have any superpower what would it be?” Most people choose something like invisibility, flight or super strength. But I told her I’d choose the power to manipulate time and space. In my mind having that one power would allow me to acquire all the cool abilities and toys I want.

So, for example, one of the first things I’d do first is go back in time and get an authentic Viking long ship, then hop back to the far future to have it retrofitted for space travel. And while I’m hanging out in the year 3057 I’d pick up a super-strength suit and maybe some genetically-altered rhinoceros minions. Choosing time/space manipulation is a lot like asking a genie for infinite wishes, Alex. The possibilities are almost limitless.

When I told my friend this I also happened to mention that I’d love to go back in time with my new powers and gadgets to hunt and eat a dinosaur. We had a good laugh about that but I ended up jotting down the idea in a notebook. Years later I was flipping through that notebook and found “DINOSAUR SANDWICH” in there. That’s when I started thinking about doing a comic book based on the concept.

GP: How did you come up with the design of the characters?

Jason: Markisan laid out the book and the characters, and we kind of collaborated at the beginning in terms of the story and adding different characters. Markisan already had general design concepts for most things, such as he wanted Nate and his grandmother to be Native American… things like that. But I really had free reign in designing the characters. Markisan is really open to what I come up with. Starlee wasn’t in the book originally, for example, and that was a character that I thought would be good for the book – a little love triangle between Nate, his girlfriend and this new girl.

voracious scanMarkisan: Yeah, we’re very collaborative, Alex. Our working process is probably a little bit different than it is for most creative teams because Jason and I are friends and we live in the same area. I brought him the initial idea, the overall scope of the story and some detailed design thoughts, but I wanted Jason to be really involved in shaping the book’s overall look and the story from the start. Jason had the idea for a rival love interest, as he mentioned, so we created Starlee and now she is one of my favourite characters. A lot of the upcoming issues for Voracious: Feeding Time will focus on her and how she handles her relationships with the other characters in the book.

We’re also very collaborative throughout the issue creation process. I’ll write a script and then Jason looks it over and makes any suggestions he might have. Then he does thumbnails and I’ll look at those and make my own suggestions on the art or layout. Throughout the entire process we’re working together to try and make the best book we can – we’re totally invested in the series as co-creators.

Jason: The next miniseries has a ton of new character designs. Almost an overwhelming amount in terms of designing worlds, gadgets and all new characters. Every couple pages has a new design. A lot of the time Markisan sends me the script and he does doodles in the margins which really helps a lot because when you’re designing something you can spend all day just coming up with ideas. It helps to be a little focused and to hone those ideas.

Markisan: Yeah, I’m a terrible artist. Jason says I’m not, but I am. I like to draw because sometimes it’s just easier for me to explain something with a sketch. I often find photo references and put those in the scripts, too. Like the cleaver wing apron… I came up with a design for that. I actually created it in Photoshop and it came out pretty well. But then Jason made it better.

GP: The environments of the Cretaceous period are really luscious and green. Was that direction something you had given [colourist] Andrei Tabacaru? Or was that simply the result of his colouring?

Jason: I think we gave him that direction in the beginning. One of the things we wanted to do with the book was to make the dinosaurs really colourful. There’s a lot of evidence these days that indicate dinosaurs weren’t just the greys and the greens we’ve seen; that they might’ve had really bright colours like birds. So we knew we wanted the dinosaurs to look like that. One of the things we discussed at the beginning was that Nate’s current life in the present should be more muted, but when he gets to the past it should really explode with colour. One, because it just looks great, and two because it’s metaphorical for his journey – he’s coming alive in the past.

So we definitely told Andrei to go nuts with it, but every time he sends us something he always impresses us. Especially the patterns. He always comes up with very dynamic, interesting, bold patterns. I love them.

Markisan: Yeah, we intentionally made everything brighter in the Cretaceous period because that’s when Nate feels happiest. He’s been down and depressed because of everything that’s happened in his life. When he gets to the Cretaceous and then ends up eating a dinosaur his world becomes alive again, so we really wanted to capture that.

I remember working on the first issue… we were looking at images, and we said to Andrei, “Listen, we want the dinosaurs to look like birds.” We gave him some examples. He took those and came up with some amazing color patterns.

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GP: It sounds like you two have a very organic creation process when it comes to the creating the comic.

Markisan: Yeah, it really is.

Jason: We really don’t have an editor on the book so when a drawing looks funny Markisan will tell me, and when a line of dialogue looks funny I’ll tell him. We kind of have to watch each other, but we’re friends so we’re cool about it. It’s really all about making sure the book as good as it can be, so that helps too. We don’t have the kind of relationship where we don’t know each other that well. A lot of times creators aren’t friends, so they don’t know where to…

Markisan: Draw the line?

Jason: Yeah, draw the line.

Markisan: Yeah, again it’s so collaborative. I want Jason to make all the comments and suggestions he can for anything I do. I know he feels the same way. We don’t always make the suggested edits, but we always listen to each other and try to do what works best for our book. I think we’re kind of spoiled now. We’re probably not going to collaborate as closely with other creators on future projects, so that will take some getting used to.

GP: Attracting people with the time travelling dinosaur sandwich hook is pretty easy, but once you can get people reading, they notice that there’s a lot more to Voracious. Such as the Sheriff who doesn’t quite trust Nate…

 Markisan: (laughs) No he doesn’t. And you’re going see more of the sheriff because you know from reading the first few issues that he has a past with Nate and Starlee. You’re going to see why he’s doing what he’s doing. It’s not just because he’s a dick. There’s a reason why he goes after Nate in particular, and that will play out as we go along.

Jason:  I’m drawing that page as we’re talking, actually.

Markisan: As far as there being a lot more to Voracious than the high concept, that’s something readers seem to be pleasantly surprised by. Our book is very layered. It has a lot of depth.

GP: Aside from the Sheriff being somewhat of a dick, he’s also a very… I don’t want to use the word sympathetic, but you know there’s a lot more to him than there seems at first; he’s not being a dick for no reason, and that really comes through.

Markisan: Yeah, there’s more to it. I don’t want to give anything away, but something happened to him in the past that influences the way he goes about doing things. But for right now he’s just this slowly building nemesis for Nate.

GP: The story is also very much about loss, both personal and professional. Did that come naturally to the comic, or did you know that would be a part of the story before you started writing?

Markisan: Loss, and how people handle it in unique ways, is purposely one of the main themes of Voracious, Alex.

I think our series has a really good hook that we’ve pitched to prospective readers 1000 times – the series is about a chef who travels back in time, kills dinosaurs and serves them at a restaurant in the present. But when people actually crack open that first issue and read it, they quickly realize that the hook is secondary to the characters – who they are and what they’re going through. We want them to feel real and relatable, even though their lives are set against the backdrop of a crazy high concept like eating prehistoric creatures. Dealing with a terrible loss and having to come back from that is something many people experience in their lives. They just don’t cope by making Tyrannosaurus nuggets.

Voracious_3 DIGITAL-4For Nate, the entire series is about learning to deal with tragedy and how to become a stronger person despite the hurt he’s endured. When we first meet him he’s the kind of guy who always runs away from pain. He doesn’t want to confront what’s happened in his past, so he continually tries to escape. That’s why he left Blackfossil for New York to become a chef. That why he jokes and uses pop culture references. It’s all about escapism for Nate; it’s about constantly looking forward without acknowledging the bad things that have shaped his life.

But after Nate’s sister dies, he is suddenly forced to confront all the losses he’s experienced. By design, he’s also see pushed further and further back in the past with little control over it. He is forced to return to his hometown and live with the people he left behind. He’s forced to work the same job he had when he was in High School. Then he is suddenly forced into his Great Uncle Tony’s crazy sci-fi world that was crafted before he was even born. And finally he’s thrown back 70 million years to the time of the dinosaurs. His whole past catches up with him and it’s one that just overflows with heartbreak. As the series progresses we see how Nate starts to accept what he’s been through instead of shoving it all in a box in his head. His healing starts with cooking dinosaurs, but ultimately it’s his relationships with other characters that will make the difference for him.

All our characters in Voracious are also dealing with their own degrees of loss. Nate’s Grandma Maribel has lost the same family members he has, and Tony’s death has a big effect on her because of a secret relationship she had with him in the past. That’s something that’s unfolding as the book goes along. Nate’s friend Starlee has loved Nate forever and her feelings have had a huge impact on her life, especially on her opportunities to leave Blackfossil. She comes to recognize that and has to try and figure out how to make better choices for herself. Nate’s NYC girlfriend, Jenna, lost the Nate she knew after his sister died and he became a shell of himself. She is trying to give him the time and space to heal in Blackfossil and still keep the embers of their relationship going from afar. That isn’t easy. Captain Jim is no longer an Army Ranger, which has really defined who he is for much of his life, so he’s dealing with that loss and trying to fit in somehow as a civilian. And, without spoiling anything in the next series, we will meet some new characters who are also dealing with tremendous loss because of what Nate has done. So, the theme will not only continue, it will intensify.

GP: Changing gears slightly, did you ever consider the possibility of people having allergies to dinosaur sandwiches?

Markisan: (laughs) I didn’t. Have you, Jason?

Jason: I dunno, (laughs) but our colourist Andrei is a vegetarian. And we had him colour some pretty graphic carcasses being slaughtered, and the insides of dinosaurs and hunks of meat. And he’s never once complained about it.

 Markisan: And John McCrea, who did the variant cover for #4 is also vegetarian. He probably did the most graphic cover of all. It kinda makes me want to hurl and laugh at the same time!

It’s funny because sometimes when I write the diner scenes, I’ll give Jason an idea of people that are in there, but then he’s got to add more elements. He always surprises me with what he puts in there. So it’s possible he could add a dude with allergies or someone just choking on a sandwich.

Jason: I do feel like, without spoiling too much, there is going to be an issue raised about eating certain types of meat in the next series, so it does get addressed.

Markisan: Yeah, you’re going to see a lot more consequences in the next series.

Check out the second page for more of our chat with the  Voracious creators.


GP: How much can you tell us about the next series, Voracious: Feeding Time, without spoiling anything?

Markisan: Well, SPOILER warning for the end of the first series, but the last page of the fourth issue has a pretty huge twist. The first issue of Feeding Time will pick up right where we left off, so the whole issue will be set in a future alternate dimension. Readers will get a lot more about what’s happening from a different perspective. That’s going to mean trouble for Nate and company.

 Yeah, you’re gonna kind of get the inverse of what Nate was doing all along. We’re gonna back track and see the effect that his actions have had on this other place.

Markisan: Right. And we’re still gonna be dealing with the themes of loss throughout the book. The end of issue #4 shows that there have been some great losses suffered this alternate universe. The folks that live there have to deal with that. Just as Nate has to figure out how to handle the losses in his life, some of the new characters that come into the book will also have to figure that out as well. And eventually those worlds will collide, of course.

Voracious_Vol.2_01GP: How far into that series are you, at this point?

Jason: I’m on the fourth issue already.

GP: Do you have a release date for the first issue of the new series, yet?

Markisan: It’s either going to be December or January.  We have to have four issues done before Action Lab will solicit it, so that’s what we’re trying to finish up now.

GP: Are you going to continue doing it in four issue arcs, or are you going to do a five issue arc…?

Markisan: The next series is five issues, although the first one was really five issues because of the double-sized first issue. Originally it was broken up into two parts – A 36-page first issue and a 24 page second issue. When we sent the original #1 to Action Lab they told us they’d have to raise the price by a $1 dollar for a 36-pager. And we didn’t really want to do that, because we’re new creators, this was an indie book with a weird concept and we felt like the price shafts readers. But then Action Lab suggested we could put the second issue in with the first issue and it would still only be a dollar more for 60 pages (plus covers), because that’s the way printing works – as long as we capped it at 64 total pages the price stayed fixed at $1 dollar more. We immediately decided to do that to give people more bang for their buck. So the first series is really five issues and change, but the second series will just be five straight issues of 22-24 pages each.

Jason: I think it worked out better that we combined the first two issues too, because you got such a huge chunk of the concept right away. When we were first developing the book to pitch it, there was an issue of how long it should be and how soon we got to the hook of the book, because you’ve got to set up Nate and his journey and how he gets to the past… you’ve really gotta set up that moment when he decides he’s gonna open a restaurant. The first arc of the book hinges on that. So there’s always that debate of when do you insert certain story elements, and how fast do you get to certain things. I think that as the book goes along we’re siding on the side of getting to big moments quicker because we’re excited about them. There’s a lot of stuff happening very fast.

GP: The pace of the first issue is fantastic. When I picked up the book, I honestly expected the diner to open up on the third or fourth issue. I never expected it to be that quick. That’s one of the stronger aspects of the book – that you get to those moments that much faster and that there’s no time wasted in getting to the dinosaur sandwiches.

Markisan: Yeah, I feel like a lot of comics take way too long to get to the point, or fail to make you give a shit about the characters right away. I think there are some really long series out there that don’t need to be as drawn out as they are, so when I’m writing there are certain things that I just skip. You don’t need to know everything Nate has to do to open the diner, for example. If it was a television show, maybe you would have those episodes where you’d show the challenges of actually opening a diner, but I just wanted to jump over that part and focus more on the characters and the story. I want readers to be invested in the people we’ve created.

When we did the original issue one, it was actually 48 pages instead of 36. We printed up an ashcan version that we used to pitch to different companies. I wrote way too many words, Jason wasn’t happy with all the art and we needed to get it coloured because more companies will look at your stuff if you have a full team on the book.

So we ended up chopping it down to 36 pages, which I think was a great idea – I think it works a lot better than it used too. But the ashcans are still floating out there; we printed 100 of them. We sold a bunch and we still have some… it’s interesting to go back and compare it to the final product.

Jason: It’s tricky too, because this is our first book and our first book is being published so everything we’re doing… we’re learning as we go. We’re learning in front of people, too. IT was good to do that ashcan and then to see how that turned out.  Then we got the opportunity to revise it too, which was beneficial.


A sneak peak into Voracious: Feeding Time

GP: Would you ever consider releasing the ashcan as a “director’s cut” so to speak, or a digital copy?

Markisan: We never have, no. We sold a bunch at C2E2 this year, but we don’t really like it, to be honest. We think it’s awful (laughs), but we recognize people like those kind of collector’s items. It’s crazy rare, you know? Self-printed, self-published… only 100 ever made.  We may do a Kickstarter for the next book and we’ll put some of those up as rewards.  But I don’t think we’d ever do it digitally… we’ve never talked about that, have we, Jason?

Voracious_V2_02_pg08Jason: No… we have this great debate about the ashcan between us! As an artist, every page you do you find some fault with it minutes later, so that ashcan is just a reminder of old art to me.

Markisan: Yeah, Jason revised that issue a lot, because we had more time, so his art in issue one looks way different than the ashcan. And Jason just keeps better with every issue with the art.

The original ashcan has so much dialogue in it. When you open it you automatically flip to the center of the book where the staples are. What you’ll find is a double-page laboratory scene that is almost all dialogue. One of the things we didn’t know is that the center of the comic should be art focused for this very reason; it should be a really cool splash page or something because that will hook people more than seeing 45 word bubbles. Not realizing these kinds of production misfires probably hurt us when we first pitched the book, I think. But we also learned a lot by just creating the comic and having pros point out some of the rough edges. So, even though I don’t particularly like the ashcan either, it has sentimental value.

GP: Anything else you guys want to promote, talk about?

Voracious_TPB_Cover_Vol1Jason: The trade comes out August 10th, and that collects the first arc of the book. We’ll be doing a bunch of signings around the Chicago area. We’ll be doing a couple of conventions this summer – we’ll be at Wizard World Columbus at the end of July. Then we’ll be at Mighty Con in Madison, WI on September 18th, I believe.

Markisan: Yeah, so the Wizard World con is from the 29th to the 31st. There’s gonna be the big trade paperback launch in August and we’ll be doing some actual book store signings in Chicago, which is a bit of a different market for us. We’re excited about it. You can find all our signings and events at the Voracious Facebook page. Just search for VoraciousComic.

Jason: Yeah, and we’ll be selling our books at the cons and signing whatever you want. I also do commissions too, so if you’re in the area come out, we’d love to meet you!

Markisan: Oh, and Jason is also doing variant covers for Valiant Comics. His Faith #4 variant drops in October. And then at the end of the year Voracious: Feeding Time #1 will hit shops. We are dying for people to see what happens next.

Review: Voracious #4

Voracious_04_digital-1If you discovered time travel, what would you do? Would you visit important historical moments, buy rare collectibles (not always comic based) before they became rare? Personally I’d make sure I had a few comics from the late 30’s and early 40’s, maybe buy a lottery ticket…

What I wouldn’t do is start hunting dinosaurs so I could use the meat in a newly opened diner. But that’s just me. Thankfully Nate Wilner isn’t me because he did just that, and the results have been fantastic.

Voracious’ time-traveling dinosaur-hunting to fuel a diner concept works so well that I’m amazed it hasn’t been explored before (if it has, then I’m unaware of it). But as awesome as the idea of opening a restaurant using dinosaur meat is, more times than I can count an awesome idea idea has been let down by some sloppy writing and/or characterization. That’s not the case here, and indeed couldn’t be farther from the truth. Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr have created a story that after four issues has reminded me of why I love comics.

You could be excused for thinking a comic featuring a time travelling dinosaur hunter is more fluff than anything else, and as much as I love the concept, it’s not the main reason that this series has me sold; Voracious is also a story about coping with loss, and honouring those who may not be in your life anymore while simultaneously reminding you to value and treasure the life you have. That may sound very high concept for a comic, but it’s done so well that you won’t feel belittled by the emotional undertones if you just want to enjoy a story about a man who serves dinosaur burgers.

Voracious #4 is probably the best comic I’ve read this week – which is high praise from me in a week that has the superb 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot – and it’s a series you absolutely need to read.

Story Markisan Naso Art: Jason Muhr Colour Art: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 9.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab: Danger Zone provided a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Fix #3Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Island #8 (Image Comics) – Island has been a great ride from the beginning featuring a very wide, eclectic array of comic creators in this anthology series. Each issue has some stories that continue in segments with some one shot shorts as well that are brilliantly organized and curated by creators Brandon Graham and Emma Rios. Island has yet to disappoint with content that can be eye-popping visually, psychologically provoking, and socially relevant. This issue features stories from Johnnie Christmas and Simon Roy.

Empress #3 (Icon/Marvel)Mark Millar, hate him or love him, has always released some titles with a refreshing perspective and some gorgeous artwork in this sci-fi based story of a man that has taken on the task of helping a wife and her three children escape from an overzealous husband/leader. This time around, Stuart Immonen has been killing it on pencils with some added detailing on inks by Wade von Grawbadger and expressive colouring by Ive Svorcina. The second issue really kicked up the action a notch and ended with quite the cliffhanger. It will be exciting to see what kind of adventures the group gets into this time around and will hopefully have some calming periods to get to know a bit more on the characters as well.

The Fix #3 (Image Comics)The Fix is one of the funniest comics put out in 2016 that should be no surprise to fans of the creative team of Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber. Adding colourist Ryan Hill to the mix has really created this neo-noir vibe with a dash of anti-hero douchebaggery and a tinge of unexpected splashes of violence. This series has sold out of both the first two issues (with this week releasing the third printing of Issue #1) so it has proven itself to be a pleaser thus far that is sure to continue its hilarity and ridiculousness. Corrupt cops Ray and Mac have found themselves in quite the junction of scenarios so one can only imagine what will happen now that a police dog named Pretzels has been thrown in the mix.

The Wicked + The Divine #20 (Image Comics) – The Gods have been consistently fighting against one another over the last few issues ever since Laura has come back and it appears as if the buildup will keep getting higher and higher. Deaths are abound for sure. Wic Div has one of the most impressive creative teams for Image that keeps the readers guessing as to what exactly is going to happen next. As long as Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson grace the cover and interiors (with the occasional striking guests) Wic Div should be on your monthly pull list.

Wolf #8 (Image Comics)Ales Kot is one of the most intriguing, complex, labyrinthian writers working in comics today. Wolf has been a bit of an up and down ride but the last issue really put the train back onto the tracks. The artwork by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and colours by Lee Loughridge‘s give this title a real punk edge to it and will hopefully push the limits after the ending to Issue #7.



Top Pick: Voracious #4 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Man discovers he can travel through time. Instead of using it to become rich with gambling, he decides to become a dinosaur hunter and open a restaurant. This is why I love comics; because this actually works.

4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1 (Valiant) – 4001 A.D. has been a brilliant event so far, but the stand alone tie ins from Valiant can always be hit or miss depending on how big a fan of the specific character you are. I’m a middling fan of Bloodshot, so this should be interesting.

Howard the Duck #8 (Marvel) – One of the more fun series that Marvel is putting out these days (at least that I’m reading), this is usually a snark filled comic that usually one of the best I read in the week it’s released.


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Top Pick: The Flash: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – Yes, yes, yes the real West is back! I have been so pumped and still coming off the high that was the Rebirth special. My conduit to comics is back in full force. I don’t care where this goes. I just want to be in the fast lane for it!

Action Comics #957 (DC Comics) – Like Wally returning so has the real Kal-El. I am thrilled for this and who says you can’t have family in comics? I am intrigued on where Lex will fit, will they try to keep him a true Man of Steel or is he plotting the one true Superman’s downfall.

Detective Comics #934 (DC Comics) – The road to the mega epic #1000 starts here! Truth be told I’m not on fire about this title but it has enough solicited elements to pique my interest. A new Bat-Team could be what Gotham ordered. However with a title like Detective Comics I’d rather see Ralph Dibney on the billing, but hey time will tell…



Top Pick: Sheriff of Babylon #7 (Vertigo) – One of the best comics on the market right now. Absolutely amazing storytelling that’s a murder mystery set in modern Iraq. There’s actually not as much politics as you’d think, just fantastic pacing and subtle details that add to the complete package.

Green Lantern: Edge of Oblivion #6 (DC Comics) – This miniseries wraps up and I can’t wait to see how it ends, especially since its been a veiled allegory about modern day terrorism and religious extremism. Plus… who gets back to modern times and how!?

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (BOOM! Box/DC Comics) – The first issue is a cute combination of the two series as the groups come together to solve a mystery. There’s a weird “Scooby Doo” vibe about it all, but the first issue works really well and this should be a fun miniseries.

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (Dark Horse) – I’m a fan of Dark Horse’s new Alien/Predator/Prometheus universe and their intertwining miniseries have been fantastic. This one has been an interesting build so far and with this first issue, we finally get the beginning of the last piece of the puzzle.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #3 (Marvel) – If you enjoyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens and want to get even more of the story about Poe, this is the comic for you. It peals back the curtain a bit on this newer aspect of the Star Wars universe, and answers some questions left dangling by the film.



Top Pick: All-New X-Men #10 (Marvel) – I’ve been enjoying this Apocalypse War storyline running through the X books, and I am looking forward to seeing Evan, now in the past, coming face to face with En Sabah Nur, who will one day become Apocalypse.  Can Evan change the past, and stop Apocalypse from ever being?  Will this take Evan down the path to becoming the next Apocalypse? Can I possibly use the word Apocalypse anymore in this blurb? I am looking forward to seeing where this leads.

The Vision #8 (Marvel) – Uh oh…the Avengers know everything that has happened with Vision and his family; the violence, the deaths and the lies.  And now they’re coming to find some answers.  I don’t see this going very well, but as with every issue in this series, I’m sure it’s going to be a hell of a read.

Wacky Raceland #1 (DC Comics) – Do you remember the Wacky Racers from Saturday morning cartoons?  I do too…and this is not them!  The world has gone to hell and racers trek across the remains of their word for survival.  It’s Death Race meets Hannah-Barbera and I for one will be strapping in for this crazy ride.  Just check out Muttly on the cover!  This is NOT the cartoon I remember.

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