HALLOWEEN MAN #13

Written by Drew Edwards Edited by Russell Hillman Published by Sugar Skull Media PREVIOUSLY: HALLOWEEN MAN #12 It’s been a long wait since the last issue (and a longer than planned wait since this issue came out a week and a half ago for me to be reviewing it, sorry Drew), but fans of our…

POTENTIAL VEEPS

Save So, over the weekend, Donald Trump picked his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who is extremely right-wing. I must say that I’m only slightly surprised. First, I knew that Trump was going to pick an established politician. Despite the caricature of Donald Trump, one thing he is not is stupid. So although his…

BOOK SNOBS part 2

PREVIOUSLY: BOOK SNOBS Please read the link, if you haven’t before, as it says all I really have to say on this topic of Book Snobs, which is what I call people who are serious readers and/or writers, that take a particular delight in mocking certain books and those who read them. Personally, I hate…

PROMPOSALS

Warning: Potential Grumpy Old Man Rant So a couple of weeks ago some teenage guy posted a question on the dating advice forum on Reddit. Honestly, I usually just avoid even answering questions from teenagers, sometimes it’s hard for me not to sound like a condescending adult (which I am), because they’ll act like everything…

Startup #1.2

Written by Darin Henry Drawn by Craig Rousseau Published by Sitcomics PREVIOUSLY: STARTUP #1.1 Picking up later that same night from the events of the first issue, Renee makes it back home and wakes up her son Malcolm, to tell him all about her transformation and new superpowers. Through concentration, Renee is able to transform…

Superman: American Alien #6

Written by Max Landis Drawn by Jonathan Case Published by DC Comics PREVIOUSLY: SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN #5 Max Landis continues his rewrite of Superman’s origin. It’s a year since the previous issue, with Clark firmly established in his duel-identity of Superman, who has become quite a citywide sensation. Clark’s childhood best friend Pete Ross and…

Strange Fruit #3

Written by J.G. Jones and Mark Waid Drawn by J.G. Jones Published by Boom! Studios PREVIOUSLY: Strange Fruit #2 SIX MONTHS LATER, the third issue of this 4 issue miniseries has finally been published. I wish I could say that it was worth the wait but…well, that would be lying. Like I said last time,…

HUCK #6

Written by Mark Millar Drawn by Rafael Albuquerque Published by Image Comics PREVIOUSLY: HUCK #5 I have to say that this has been one of Mark Millar’s most enjoyable recent projects. With some inventive use of Anna’s powers, Huck busts the two of them out of the Siberian prison, and then mother and son team…

Empress #1

Written by Mark Millar Drawn by Stuart Immonen Publish by Icon/Marvel Comics Mark Millar returns to Marvel Comics for this new series, published under their creator-owned Icon Imprint. I must say that I had high hopes for this title up initially hearing about it. First, because of his collaborator and co-creator Stuart Immonen, whose work…

JACKED #6

Written by Eric Kripke Drawn by John Higgins Published by DC Comics/Vertigo PREVIOUSLY: JACKED #5 This is it, the final issue, and it goes out with a bang, although I don’t mean that literally (or do I?). Now, I can’t say too much, as I want to avoid major spoilers. But as per last issue’s…

Breaking Into… Writing with Geoffrey Thorne on Black Hollywood Live

In this episode Black Hollywood Live host James Lott Jr. interviews Geoffrey Thorne. After a successful career as a television actor including portraying police officer Wilson Sweet in the television series In the Heat of the Night from 1989 to 1994, Thorne began writing professionally, winning Second Prize in Simon & Schuster’s sixth annual Strange…

Testing ADRAFINIL

Over the years I have tested several Nootropic pills, also known as “smart drugs,” these are pills that claim to be designed to help your brain function by improving your memory and helping you concentrate. Most notably I have tried and written about both EXCELEROL which I ultimately found completely ineffective and TRUBRAIN which seemed…

Remembering Joanie “Chyna” Laurer

Joanie Laurer, the groundbreaking female wrestler known as Chyna, has died. Police in Redondo Beach, California, confirm that Laurer, 45, was found dead in her apartment on Wednesday. Police say they were notified by a friend who went to check on her and found Laurer unresponsive. The cause of death is under investigation, but police…

PRINCE ROGERS NELSON . . .

Okay, well, I need to write something. I’ve been thinking about this all day, and I’m honestly still not sure that I even have the words. Prince is dead. His Purple Majesty is no longer with us. I still can’t believe this. I found out at 10am this morning, as my morning break at work…

SOUL MATES #1

Written by Martin Chuzz Drawn by Claudia Balboni Published by Convinct Comics This is an interesting little book, billed as a romantic comedy. Denzel is a demon from Hell, charged finding and getting people to sell their souls to Satan. While Holly is an angel from Heaven, charged with finding and converting 100 souls for…

HASS #1

Written by B. Alex Thompson Drawn by Federico Santagati Published by Approbation Comics I got this last week on impulse. The synopsis for this series was: In a story that’s “Romeo & Juliet” meets “American History X,” Hass is the story of the dramatic and tragic events that turns a young Black man into a…

100 COVERS by Rick Lundeen

Written and drawn by Rick Lundeen Published by Epoch Productions This is such a unique and awesome concept, I wish I’d thought of it myself. The idea here is that this issue is a collection of the first 100 covers of a fictional ongoing comic-book series about a superhero team called THE BATTALION. Just the…

ROUTE 3 #3

Writer: Robert Jeffrey II Artist: Sean Damien Hill Publisher: Terminus Media Previously: Route 3 #2 This is a bigger than average issue, about 35 pages, and the first half is mostly dialogue. There’s a lot of panels of talking heads, but it’s good and informative, and a credit to writer Robert Jeffrey II that he’s…

Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1

Written by Gail Simone Drawn by Jim Calafiore Published by Dark Horse Comics PREVIOUSLY: LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS It’s back! I loved the original graphic novel, which began as a Kickstarter project, has now returned in a new sequel series! Now, first, you need to read the original book before reading this series. If you’re a newbie…

Halloween Man #12

Written by Drew Edwards Edited by Russell Hillman Published by Sugar Skull Media PREVIOUSLY: Halloween Man #11 And here we have a loooong overdue review of this latest issue of Halloween Man. As always, this issue contains multiple stories, all written by creator Drew Edwards, and drawn by various artists. What is different about this…

LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER #1

Written by Kathryn “Comic Uno” Calamia Drawn by Wayne Brown Colored by David Aravena Published by Short Fuse Media Group I picked this up on impulse last Wednesday, as I browsed the New Submit section on Comixology. I thought the premise sounded interesting (and it was cheap). Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite live up to it’s…

Superman: American Alien #5

Written by Max Landis Drawn by Francis Manapul Published by DC Comics PREVIOUSLY: SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN #4 With this issue, we jump ahead 6 months, Clark and Lois are interns at the Daily Planet together, and Clark has been going out in a makeshift costume, which includes the cape he took from Batman, and going…

Superman: American Alien #4

Written by Max Landis Drawn by Jae Lee Published by DC Comics PREVIOUSLY: SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN #3 This issue of the latest retelling of Superman features several first in the Man of Steels career. His first trip to Metropolis, and his first encounters with Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Dick Grayson, and Bruce Wayne/Batman. Oliver Queen…

Huck #5

Written by Mark Millar Drawn by Rafael Albuquerque Published by Image Comics PREVIOUSLY: HUCK #4 Okay, first of all, though I will try to avoid too much spoiling of this issue, do not ready any further unless you’ve read the first four issues first. Seriously, just stop. You have been warned. Okay, so the big…

Huck #4

Written by Mark Millar Drawn by Rafael Albuquerque Published by Image Comics PREVIOUSLY: HUCK #3 So here it is, The Secret Origin of Huck. Through flashbacks, as told by his newly discovered twin brother Tom, we see how he and Huck’s mother was part of Russia’s experimental superhuman program back in the late 70’s, and…

JACKED #5

Written by Eric Kripke Drawn by John Higgins and Marc Olivent Published by DC Comics/Vertigo First, I will note that it was this cover which caught my eye, and lead to me getting this whole miniseries, which I originally assumed was closer to a traditional “superhero” story (albeit one on DC’s Vertigo imprint, which means…

JACKED #4

Written by Eric Kripke Drawn by John Higgins Published by DC Comics/Vertigo In an interesting call-back to the first issue, the first few pages are narrated by Josh’s wife Alice. It turns out that, like him, she’s facing many of the same insecurities about her life and about growing older. And we see how, ironically,…

JACKED #3

Written by Eric Kripke Drawn by John Higgins Published by DC Comics/Vertigo The action really kicks it up a notch in this issue. First, Josh tries to stop taking the Jacked pills, but the withdrawals are too much for him to handle, so he starts taking them again. Meanwhile Damon is still in a coma…

JACKED #2

Written by EriC Kripke Drawn by John Higgins Published by DC Comics/Vertigo Picking up from the first issue, Josh wakes up the next morning wondering about what happened the day before. He tries calling the creator of Jacked to ask about the pills, but we see that man being arrested by the police. Josh is…

JACKED #1

Written by Eric Kripke Drawn by John Higgins Published by DC Comics/Vertigo I had never heard of this series until this past Wednesday. If there’s been any news or talk about it, I haven’t seen it. And I never noticed any previous issue when checking Comixology every week. But as I was browsing the “new…

Hyperion #1

Written by Chuck Wendig Drawn by Nicole Virella Published by Marvel Comics First, if you’re unaware of this character, see my previous review for AVENGERS #34.1, where I go over the character’s backstory, both in terms of creation and publication. And now that you’ve read that, you’ll see how much I enjoyed that portrayal of…

Why I’m Not Watching UNDERGROUND

Underground set a record as WGN’s highest performing original series ever in its launch last night. The 10 PM airing drew 1.4M total viewers to rank No. 5 among all scripted series premieres on cable this broadcast TV season. The premiere’s 585K adults 25-54 ranks No. 7 in the TV season that started last September.…

Pet Peeve: Askholes

So, in my ongoing quest to encourage myself to update this blog on a regular (ideally it would be daily) basis, I’ve tried to think of new categories of topics to add. And this recently hit me: Pet Peeves! Things that annoy me! It’s perfect, because almost everything annoys me, so this should be an…