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Comic Book Review: Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars (Marvel)

Published by Marvel, May 2015
Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Matteo Lolli
Colors: Ruth Redmond
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Covers By: Tony Harris, John Tyler, Nick Ganzin, Skottie Young, and others…

Synopsis: So when I heard that Marvel was doing another crazy mega event concerning centered around the end result of the Multiverse I was like…another one?  I hope this is it because seriously this entire storyline has become so damn confusing that I honestly do not have a clue what is really going on.  Now this Secret Wars was done before, back in the 80’s and just like all fads, they end up resurfacing when the idea pool has all dried up.  Enter Deadpool, I’m a huge fan of the character and usually love most stories he partakes in.  When I heard he had a take on this storyline, the one done back in the 80s I was sold.  The premise is just this…taken directly from the book…”Back in 1985, all the big heroes were taken to space for a Secret War and her’s what REALLY happened!”  Yes, written by yours truly so lets jump on board with our first issue. (more…)

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Comic Book Review: The Dying & The Dead #1 (Image Comics) – Oversized Issue

Published by Image Comics, January 2015
Story:  Jonathan Hickman
Art:  Ryan Bodenheim
Colors: Michael Garland
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Covers By: Ryan Bodenheim

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Synopsis: We open up to what seems to be a brief history in time for what should be a lifetime of marriage transpiring on one very special but gruesome day.  The narration makes for a strong opening, a type of Greek tragedy playing out before your eyes.  Love between two people, the love for a sister, and death.  A pretty potent cocktail of sorts leading to a climactic ending of the first scene as our mysterious group lay waste to the wedding party and a type of sacrificial offering of one in what seems to be twins, one ending the life of another but for what? What is so important that she must sacrifice herself because of decisions made.  Symbolism runs deep in Hickman’s work and I can only assume we’ll be knee deep in it with this new series.  Jonathan is known for developing his stories over a lengthy time frame feeding the reader the necessary building blocks that make for a all encompassing story.  Each character injected at just the right time with enough detail to create a sort of bond between you as the reader and the  characters involved with the story.  That feeling of caring for each of his characters are what make Hickman’s stories so enjoyable to read.  You care and thus you plow forward and when philosophy is tacked on as building blocks to the story, on top of those characters you begin to care for, creates more diverse and in depth plots adding more wood to the fire.  It’s probably why I read just about anything Jonathan writes, it’s just so well thought out, 10 steps ahead of what you think you are reading and it grabs hold of you, thus never letting go.  I’ve been following Jonathan Hickman’s other two Image Comic series East of West and The Manhattan Projects where symbolism runs rampant, the stories are heart quaking, and the characters just plain belong in a movie.  I mean when is the Syfy Channel gonna pick these series up.  I would love to witness an onscreen adaption, movie or TV series to some of his works.  Jonathon Hickman’s many works, providing the breadcrumbs to the meaning of life.

TheDyingAndTheDead-1-HospitalAfter the wedding we shift 2 weeks forward to our main character Edward James Canning or just simply known as the Colonel sitting in a hospital room where his wife Clair lays dying.  No medicine of man can save her but there may be another way, a person that goes by the name of the Bishop that could help.  The Bishop belongs to a group of beings dressed in white, complexion white, where time practically stands still.  They need him to do something, something that they themselves cannot do.   We learn of the twins whom in fact are not twins but a massive group of dare I say clones?  They are the ones that raided the wedding and stole the object referred to only as the Bah al’Sharur.  This object shares some significant purpose to The Bishop.  There are plenty of plots seeded throughout this first issue introducing many factions that will most likely play a very large part in what is to come for our lead character.TheDyingAndTheDead-1-TheCityColonel journeys with this mysterious messenger as he provides his assessment or speculation of sorts concerning free will and the decisions involved in ones life.  They arrive just outside Amarillo, Texas to a small but quaint looking church house.  Misleading in size the church hides a secret, The City.  We are introduced to The Bishop’s second, Shurra al Alum Era…where we are quickly cut off by the Colonel as he simply states that he does not care to know her name as with any name involved with this group.  We learn about some history between the Colonel and The City from a previous time, a time when The City was burning yet our helpful adviser that we can only assume has been alive for centuries believes nothing the Colonel says.  That leads me to wonder who really is older, who really is in the know, and how does time play into this little world Hickman is creating.

TheDyingAndTheDead-1-TheDealReligion plays a big part of our final meeting between the Colonel and The Bishop.  It seems that all of human culture, philosophy, and religious outlets have spawned from The City and it’s inhabitants.  Yes, political as it may seem we have another power group laying claim to the creation of human society.  Lies fed to keep the outside in a haze while control is maintained.  A tree of life?  Many trees of life?  A garden of Eden?  Does god truly exist and does The Bishop follow like the Pope in Rome?  Well, as the Colonel makes the deal to save his beloved wife the hunt begins for the allusive artifact that so many wish to possess; the Bah al’Sharur.

Panel/Layout: This comic is a massively oversized page turner numbering in at 60 pages and while this won’t be the norm for future books it definitely is a value at $4.50 cover price.  The artwork is amazing and with the amount of storytelling Jonathan Hickman is known for I’m pretty sure that Ryan Bodenheim will have plenty more opportunities to stun us with his imaginative translations from script to pencil.

Verdict: This is the start to another interesting series by Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim.  With the potential news that Jonathan will be taking a nap so-to-speak from writing for Marvel but still continuing his endeavors with this project and the other two also with Image Comics (The Manhattan Projects and East of West) then that means this series, like the others will have more focus time for in depth writing of the many plots and twists that these series are known for.  Taking that into consideration I can only assume that The Dying & The Dead will also have a roller coaster style ride with twists and turns making this another awe inspiring story to follow.  I look forward to each issue and hope it’s every bit as good as the other two, both of which I’ve been enjoying from the beginning.  Here’s to the next great story to encompass my time and love for comic book reading.

Rating: 5/5

Office Site: Dying and the Dead
Newsarama: Press Release

Comic Mini-Series Review: Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #0-4 (Marvel 2015)

Published by Marvel, Starting in September 2014
Story: Gerry Duggan
Art: Matteo Lolli
Colors: Chistiane Peter
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Covers By: James Harren & Jordie Bellaire

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With the huge success around the Deadpool and the Deadpool vs. mini-series Marvel has ushered in a constant Deadpool related story for the past 2 years now.  Along with the release of new mini-series there has been a constant influx of goofy Deadpool comic relief covers depicting either Deadpool mocking himself or the related characters involved with the story in some obscene scenario.  Deadpool has become a household name guaranteeing him a revolving door of topnotch writers.

Synopsis: It’s Halloween night and our story opens up too a man whom appears to have grown a conscience; wouldn’t you if you had a cat named Pickles?  The neighborhood kids trick-or-treating speak of a mysterious house where an avenger (shoots arrows) lives.  Legend has it he actually hands out full-sized candy bars!  As a kid you always wanted to score the full-sized candy bars!  HawkeyeVsDeadpool-1-ABut alas those kids are sorely disappointed when they discover full-sized has been replaced with fun-sized candy treats.  Enter Deadpool (Dadpool) sporting his custom Deadpool costume.  (more…)

Comic Review: Deadpool vs. X-Force #1, 2, 3, and 4 (Marvel)

Published by Marvel, September 2014
Story: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Pepe Larraz
Colors: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Covers By: Shane Davis, Morry Hollowell,  and Scott Campbell

Synopsis: Deadpool has come a long way from his first appearance in New Mutants #98.  He’s also become much more than what his original creators artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza intended him to be.  An issue where change was happening all around that issue as New Mutants was moments away from being rebranded as the new title X-Force.  It was also Domino’s first appearance, although later it was revealed that in fact it was Copycat’s first appearance.  The 90’s reeked of characters on steroids, bad hair, and poor writing.  Definitely didn’t see the emergence of a character such as Deadpool to matter much in the overall scheme of things when looking at the Marvel universe as a whole.  I mean who knew that Deadpool would become the hot property that he is today.  Practically in every mainstream storyline and variant comic cover.

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I’m still amazed that he hasn’t had a solo movie yet, especially after all the successes Disney and Marvel have had at the box office as of late.  Guardians of the Galaxy was a major risk but has done extremely well to date.   At least new test footage and a confirmed movie release date have been publicized recently.  If you haven’t seen the test footage with Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool then please do check it out…now, disregard my blog, forget what you are reading…and watch!

With the huge success of Deadpool vs. the Marvel Universe we’ve now had a consecutive new Deadpool miniseries release one right after the other from a revolving door of topnotch writers. I’ve listed them out below:

So in this story we open up with Deadpool in the past kicking some major redcoat tail. With gun in hand and mouth locked and loaded he easily mows down all that stand in his way.   This is where we learn that Deadpool does keep notes, notes on who not to kill.  I imagine these will come in hand for Deadpool is not known for asking questions first, then shooting, because after all he’s getting paid mucho bucks!  Enter Cable and Talbot and there time twisted relationship.  After a brief description and an introduction to the famous X-Force team we strap in for what will be a wild time shifting ride.  Our X-Force team first meets Deadpool in what is Colonial America in the year 1777.  Deadpool is quite the formidable opponent and before X-Force can get to him he time shifts to a later period, Gettysburg 1863.  They soon follow after finding Deadpool’s notebook, oh darn, there goes the neighborhood.

First off the cover of book 2 I found rather amusing as it depicted Deadpool playing with his little X-Force action figures, potentially peppering a little foreshadowing in part 2 of our story.  Our X-Force team finds themselves staring down the confederate army at the battle of Gettysburg, PA July 1863.  As you may well have guessed the loss of life must be kept to a minimum.  That means no unnecessary killing by X-Force, per Cable’s orders of course.  They fight the ill armed Confederate Army but that soon brief confrontation crumbles as past 1777 events of book 1 trickle forward to Gettysburg 1863, in a big way. The Union army take up arms against X-Force and have weapons of mass destruction providing an overwhelming advantage, meaning the Confederates don’t have a chance.  Cable and Deadpool go at it in what will be a great many number of confrontations in this series.  This scuffle leads to a time portal opening where our two main characters merge with it.  Deadpool has the upper hand but for how long who really can tell.

With book 3 we see Cable sporting a new dog collar that allows Deadpool to control Cable’s every movement or so we think.  Now stuck in the 1900’s we learn of the reason that Talbot hired Deadpool.  Talbot sent him back in time with the sole purpose of altering specific key anchors in the time stream.  These anchors are key to Talbot’s plan because, well no spoilers here.  You’ll just need to read the series to learn of his grand master plan.  We also get a status update for each of the X-Force members in their related times.  Another battle ensues between Cable and Deadpool and this time Deadpool falls prey to Cable’s gun.  Although Cable leaves to retrieve his team members in 1863, unbeknownst to Cable, Deadpool is able to pull himself back together continuing his mission of altering the timeline.  First however he needs his trusty portable time machine because yeah, we all got one of those in the back right?

In the final book we get to see Deadpool gone bonkers.  The opening dialog is not to be missed as we see him introduce the 4th and final book in this crazy time jumping adventure.  Holding a “Time Gun” in an infomercial kind of way we witness a demonstration of the device on an unlucky traveler.  This time traveler is systematically erased from the time stream.  Why yes Deadpool, I would like one, how much!  Adolf hanging with Deadpool now isn’t that nice, or is it Deadpool nanny?  Hardly the same Deadpool of today but man was this an exciting series to read. With Cable rescuing the rest of the X-Force team from 1777 Cable jams the colonial troops weapons giving back the tactical advantage to the British troops. Time seemingly cleans itself up swiftly taking the team to 1991 where Talbot rules with his crew of Panzersentinals.  Deadpool joins up with Talbot and his army of Panzersentinals and all hell breaks loose!  In the final round between the two, Cable uses his power to deflect the time gun nailing Talbot thus erasing him from the time stream and undoing his fabricated reality.  One thing, if Cable needs this device as we are told in the beginning of issue one and now he’s erased completely, who invents the time machine?  Does the chicken come before the egg or is it the other way around?  Reading the last page and its reference to New Mutants #98 only made me wanting more but alas this series is over.

Panel/Layout: The art is well drawn by Pepe Larraz and at times I see Deadpool as his true New Mutants #98 depiction, skinny in mind, body, but definitely not spirit.  He is is usual 2014 self, loud, obnoxious, unpredictable, and very dangerous.  Each page has very little space not dedicated to some part of the story.  The colors pop and the action sequences are seamless keeping the reader engaged and wanting more.

Verdict: Overall this was an fun and entertaining 4 issue miniseries that kept me engaged with each page.  The plot was simple, X-Force needed to stop Deadpool at specific junctures where he was attempting to alter the time stream.  The merc with a mouth needs his money and he’ll do whatever it takes to get it.  Definitely one of the better miniseries to read and like Deadpool vs. Carnage I definitely recommend this one.  Now on to the next one Hawkeye vs. Deadpool!

Series Rating: 5/5

Office Site: Deadpool vs. X-Force

Comic Review: Deadpool vs. Carnage #1, 2, 3, and 4 (Marvel)

Published by Marvel, April 2014
Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Salva Espin
Colors: Veronica Gandini
Letterer: VC – Joe Sabino
Covers By: Glenn Fabry & Adam Brown

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Synopsis: My first thought when I found out that Deadpool was gonna be squaring off with Carnage was quite honestly, here we go again.  My second thought was that it better surpass the mess of the last series Night of the Living Deadpool. I saw potential after reading the previews and realized that for me, this could redeem Mr. Bunn for his previous blunder.  So I eagerly awaited release day for each book and these happy-happy-joy-joy feelings gradually began to grow from within me after each installment.  After reading the final issue I’d have to say this turned out to be a phenomenal 4-issue series.  My personal enjoyment has vindicated Mr. Bunn of my harsh feelings towards him and I can happily report that he has regained the title of top Deadpool writer, if he cared, and I’m thinking he won’t.

Any ways, in book 1 we are introduced to the super villain Cletus Kasady; better known as Carnage.  A psychotic murderer that recently escaped prison in order to fulfill one thing near and dear to his heart (if he had one) and that is random killings.  You know what I mean, “Nothing like the smell of mass murder in the morning!”  Deadpool on the other hand is doing what Deadpool does best, lounging around on his couch waiting for a sign.  Deadpool’s antics while channel surfing leads to a set of entertaining events that setup Deadpool’s next mission; tracking down Carnage.

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With the conclusion of book 1 and the opening scene of book 2 it’s safe to say that our main characters Deadpool, Carnage, and Shriek are well acquainted with one another and in full swing determined to take each other out.  Jokes, puns, threats, and WMDs are exchanged until Deadpool seemingly feels the wrath of Carnage, thus blacking out from his wounds.  After emerging from a Carnage induced coma Deadpool, weaponless, begins his search for one of many weapons cache depots stashed for just such an occasion.  He’ll meet others along the way and quite frankly, just as nuts as he is.  Eventually he tracks down the ignorant Carnage and Shriek cruising the freeway and believing themselves to be free of the Deadpool menace where another confrontation begins.

Book 3 displays Carnage with an eye-opening moment of the possibility that chaos may not be as real as he may once thought, that there may be some merit to Deadpool’s preaching of signs nonsense. This new direction leads him to a group of highly trained special ops soldiers specifically trained and tasked with taking Carnage out  should he ever escape prison!  While Carnage deals with this new menace, swiftly I may add, we see Deadpool yet again wisecracking his way through the many signs presented as a path towards his next run in with Carnage.

In the final book Deadpool has successfully implanted the idea into poor Cletus’s head that there is some almighty figure head in control of everyone and everything, that chaos is a figment of ones imagination.  In our final confrontation between Deadpool and Carnage we see that Deadpool has returned with an upgrade tipping the scales in Deadpool’s favor.  With this upgrade and Deadpool’s unique persona qualifying him as one of the most deadly foes for anyone including Carnage we see that Carnage is mentally no match for his fellow psychotic adversary.  The downfall of Carnage isn’t as one would think.  Deadpool may have defeated Carnage but ultimately he chose to return to incarceration of his own free will…right?

Panel/Layout: First off I just have to say that the retailer incentive cover for issue #1 is freaking awesome!  Second, the series was done really well.  I honestly think that Salva’s art really helps describe Cullen’s story and Veronica’s coloring is the icing on the cake  pops allowing the action scenes to flow well with each panel.  All-in-all the art is consistent with each book adding that polish

Verdict: Yes, I think you should pick this series up.  Unlike the last series Night of the Living Deadpool, Cullen Bunn has redeemed himself with this action packed storyline that simply clicks.  It’s funny without the  overbearing laundry matt of reused and abused Deadpool jokes.  We get to experience the comical side of Deadpool’s mentally insane personality and even gain insight on the very foundation of Deadpool’s approach to problem solving.  He doesn’t fight the signs, he embraces them.  Furthermore we are placed on the path of enlightenment as Carnage copes with the realization that chaos is just an imaginary friend.  I found myself laughing out loud again and taking pleasure in turning each page, eagerly awaiting to see what Deadpool would do next to poor Carnage. Crazy versus crazier, what a matchup.

Series Rating: 5/5

Office Site: Deadpool vs. Carnage

Comic Collecting on a Budget (Part 4) Alt. Retailers

Previous posts I talked about how I store my small collection and where I buy most of my materials since being a small-time collector means that I personally have a small-time budget.  Here are a few alternative retailers that I haven’t personally purchased from that I heard might be worth trying.  Please do share your experience with these alternative retailers concerning overall pricing; including shipping costs.

Bags Unlimited:  I’ve heard great things about this place but I just never got around to ordered anything from them.

Bill Cole Enterprises:  I heard this is a great place to buy materials for your collection but I personally just find them too damn expensive.  E-Gerber and BCE go way back with the Mylar-D patented production process.  The E-Gerber side of the business is priced more competitively than BCE and that’s really the main reason why I buy E-Gerber products from Comic Supply instead of products manufactured by Bill Cole Enterprises.

E. Gerber Products, LLC:  While the business side of Bill Cole Enterprises is up-to-speed with technology easing the ordering process, E. Gerber products purchased from them directly require that you conduct business as if in the stone age.  You can find what you need on their website but you must order by phone.  Yes, their prices are great but again, stone age when it comes to ordering.  That’s why I simply buy these same E-Gerber products for practically the same price over at Comic Supply.


Comic Collecting On A Budget – My Collection (Part 1 of 4)
Comic Collecting On A Budget – Materials (Part 2 of 4)
Comic Collecting On A Budget – Retailers (Part 3 of 4)
Comic Collecting on a Budget (Part 4) Alt. Retailers

Comic Review: Chew Revival #1 (Image Comics) – Double Issue

Published by Image Comics, May 2014
Story: John Layman (Chew/Revival), Tim Seeley (Revival/Chew)
Art: Rob Guillory (Chew/Revival), Mike Norton (Revival/Chew)
Colors: Rob Guillory (Chew/Revival), Mark Englert (Revival/Chew)
Letterer: John Layman (Chew/Revival), Crank! (Revival/Chew)
Covers By: Rob Guillory & Jenny Frison

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Synopsis: Since I’m a dedicated reader and Twitter follower of John Layman and Tim Seeley I’ve been closely watching the heckling and subtle joking concerning the idea of a crossover between the two series.  Thankfully something was actually was produced in the form of a one-shot double issue.  I’ve been following both series from day 1 and have enjoyed Chew’s offbeat humor and Revival eerie darkness. With such stark contrast between plots one may wonder if such a coexistence is possible.  Well it’s safe to say that although I was slightly disappointed that Colby, Tony’s partner was not in the Revival version I thought both were rather entertaining.

Chew/Revival – So we start out with the incident and that incident leads Tony and Colby to Wausau, Wisconsin.  Colby is his usual self going overboard with the jokes and annoying the hell out of his partner.  There they meet the Revival crew Dana and Ibrahaim and head over to the morgue where Reviver body parts are stored.  While Tony and Dana move through each of the scenes we find Colby in the background conversing with the natives, dead or revived.  Reading through the scenes you find subtle jokes, humorous pictures, and just a bunch of randomness interjected very nicely in the main theme.

Revival/Chew – We open up our story to a dance, a rather ghoulish dance setting the tone of our Revival interpretation of the story.  After that the crew meets and the interaction is more serious.  Yes, most of that comes from the fact that Colby was not present in the Revival’s version of the story.  I wish they had placed Colby in their version but alas the story still works and we get to see a more serious Tony.  Most around him think he’s off and I believe even Tony can’t believe some of the things he can do and see from simply ingesting an item in question.

Panel/Layout: The comic is over sized, designed like many of the FCBD style comics.  Flip the comic over and the second story is ready to view.  Both stories stay true to their storytelling style leaving readers familiar to those styles able to truly enjoy each story. 

Verdict: Overall I thought this was a fun read, engaging plot, humor at times and yes I would definitely recommend checking it out.  For the Chew/Revival side the humor was there and the character interactions between the Chew and Revival crews were hilarious!  On the flip-side the Revival/Chew was pretty good, although like I mentioned before I would have loved to see the Revival creators interpretation of Colby, machine in all.  This was a wonderful collaboration between the two creators and if at all possible I think they should revisit this collaboration for another issue in the near future, possibly a biannual adventure?

Rating: 5/5

Office Site: Chew/Revival
Image Comics: Press Release

Comic Review: Nailbiter #1 (Image Comics)

Published by Image Comics, May 2014
Story: Joshua Williamson
Art: Mike Henderson
Colors:  Adam Guzowski
Letterer: John J. Hill
Covers By: Mike Henderson

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Synopsis: This story is centered around a particular town Buckaroo, Oregon that seemingly has birthed a large number of serial killers in comparison with the rest of the country.  A total of 16 serial killers with the latest Edward “Nailbiter” Warren.  Having spent a portion of my life in Oregon I could honestly see something like this happening. I’d blame the water or the decommissioned Trojan Nuclear Power Plant.  Plenty of things to blame in the state of Oregon.  Hell, I remember asking myself questions concerning my safety during a cross-country race that I participating in during my High School years.  I even wondered, “…so where are the 3-eyed fish” but now I’m getting way off basis.

Actually, what was really intriguing about this premise of this story was that I could relate in that I too have a nasty habit of biting my nails at times.  I even caught myself in the act while reading this comic.  It made me wonder if I too could potentially paint a target on my back like the poor souls on the 2-page spread with Edward “Nailbiter” Warren chewing on those latest victims fingers.  The eye catching detail created a pretty damn grotesque scene; one i most likely won’t shake from memory anytime soon.

Our main character Finch has fallen on hard times, I’m assuming on paid leave after beating what appears to be a suspect to a bloody pulp.  A buddy of his, Eliot Carroll calls him from Buckaroo, Oregon determined to get Finch out there; that he’s cracked the mystery.  We follow Finch as he arrives in town and interacts with some of its residence.  That in turn leads Finch to team up with the local authorities in search for Carroll leading them to the house to one local serial killer…but where’s Carroll?

Panel/Layout: The layout seems pretty standard judging from past comics published by Image.  I think the artwork is satisfactory for provided that visual enhancement needed to tell the story. At least the shading is done well adding to the suspense.

Verdict: I’ll definitely keep reading simply because I’m intrigued about the idea of where do serial killers come from?  How are they born into this world? I hope Mr. Williamson thoroughly explores this idea since it’s the premiss of the series.  Definitely a great breath of fresh rank air to the normal superhero comic.  Nothing like a plate of crazy with a side of fingernails to get you fueled up for the day.

Rating: 3/5

Tumblr Blog: Joshus Williamson
Official Site: Nailbiter

Comic Cover Art: Rai #1 (Valiant Entertainment)

For all you Valiant fans out there here are most, not all but most of the regular and variant covers for the launch of Valiant Entertainment’s new series Rai.  When looking at Valiant’s current series lineup, Rai stands out for me simply because of it’s uniquely futuristic Blade Runner style storyline.  Clayton Crain’s art is crazy and even though I never read the original series this relaunch had me at first page so check it out and let me now what you think!

Office Site: Rai
Wikipedia: Rai

Comic Review: Teen Titans Go! #3 (DC)

Published by DC, April 2014
Story: Ricardo Sanchez & Amy Wolfram
Art: Ben Bates & Jorge Corona
Colors: Jeremy Lawson
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover By: Daniel Hipp

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Synopsis: I’ve been meaning to put some type of review on Teen Titans Go! for some time now since my daughter and I are avid watchers of the cartoon but just haven’t found the time.  Well now that I have I want to make sure that everyone knows that the comic book stays true to the show.  In this book you get 2 stories “Party, Party” and “Silicon Valley Cyborg”.  Both are equally simple, yet funny thus keeping the little avid reader engaged.  I found my daughter halting the progression of the story to point out little things that she found hilarious.  I honestly found it funny because she thought it was so take it at face value.

In “Party, Party” the Teen Titans decide to throw a party leaving Starfire in charge of the guest list.  So you can imagine how that might end up and yes you are probably right and Starfire ends up inviting the entire roster of villains.  Pause for a second and let your imagination run wild with that one.  The second, “Silicon Valley Cyborg” was a bit over the top but again, it made my daughter laugh so it must have been decent.  I actually enjoyed “Party, Party” more than this one.  Basically Cyborg is given a position of CEO at an unknown company with unlimited funds.  He is met with skepticism from Robin, thus everyone but Robin is given a job.  Robin quickly follows suit with the gang but is too late and we get to see how

Panel/Layout: The comic book has a very easy to follow box layout per page and unlike the new series Dexter’s Laboratory comic that I reviewed a little while back, there are fewer words to populate the bubbles leaving more space for artwork.  The size of the words are also much smaller making it an easier read for the 6-8 year old range. Finally, Ben Bates & Jorge Corona did a wonderful job bringing the Teen Titans to life in comic book form.  The character designs are all spot on looking as they do in the cartoon making it a perfect addition for your little Teen Titans Go! crazed fanatic.

Verdict: As I said before it compliments the show so that same goofball character interactions you get from the show are displayed panel by panel for your little reader.  While i was reading this with my 6 year old daughter I could literally mimic the voices in my head as each Teen Titan had a line.  There were plenty of smiles to go around.

Rating: 4/5

Office Site: Teen Titans Go!