Category: Graphic Novels

Spider-Man: Life Story #2

Written by Chip Zdarsky Art by Mark Bagley Published by Marvel Comics PREVIOUSLY: Spider-Man: Life Story #1 This issue takes place in 1977. As it opens, Peter Parker (now 30 years old) is married to Gwen Stacy and is working as a scientist for Reed Richards’ (Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four) company, the Future…

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #4

Written by Kieron Gillen Drawn by Caspar Wijngaard Published by Dynamite Entertainment PREVIOUSLY: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #3 Things were looking pretty dire at the end of the previous issue, as Peter Cannon and the other superheroes crossed over to the parallel universe of the evil Peter Cannon, who then proceeded to ruthlessly murder all the…

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #3

Written by Kieron Gillen Drawn by Caspar Wijngaard Published by Dynamite Entertainment PREVIOUSLY: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #2 So Peter Cannon and the other superheroes have crossed the dimensional dived and arrived in the parallel reality of the evil Peter Cannon. We see that in this world, Tabu is more like Peter’s slave, than his servant…

Spider-Man: Life Story #1

Written by Chip Zdarsky Art by Mark Bagley Published by Marvel Comics I was immediately intrigued when I first heard about this 6-issue miniseries a couple of months ago. It’s similar to what John Byrne did in his Superman and Batman: Generations miniseries (and its sequels), showing the life of a superhero as if it…

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #2

Written by Kieron Gillen Drawn by Caspar Wijngaard Published by Dynamite Entertainment PREVIOUSLY: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1 So the previous issue was a bit off a riff on the end of Alan Moore’s Watchman. With Peter Cannon’s help, the world united to repel an apparent alien invasion. In the aftermath, the major world Governments, notably…

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1

Written by Kieron Gillen Drawn by Caspar Wijngaard Published by Dynamite Entertainment Peter Cannon is not a character that I am very familiar with, I mainly know him by the fact that he was the inspiration for the character of Ozymandias that Alan Moore created and used in his brilliant maxiseries WATCHMEN. Well it turns…

Outer Darkness #3

Written by John Layman Drawn by Afu Chan Published by Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment PREVIOUSLY: Outer Darkness #2 In this issue Captain Riggs sends an Away Team down to an apparently abandoned astroid in hopes of retrieving some valuable cargo. But in the course of the mission two crew members get killed by some kind of…

Outer Darkness #2

Written by John Layman Drawn by Afu Chan Published by Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment PREVIOUSLY: Outer Darkness #1 Captain Riggs hates cats. That’s one of the first things we learn about him this issue, although we’re not given any specific reason why. But I also hate cats for no particular reason, so it just makes me…

Outer Darkness #1

Written by John Layman Drawn by Afu Chan Published by Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment I’ve been waiting for this eries every since I first say John Layman post about it on his Facebook page months ago. It’s a mix of sci-fi, horror, and “weird shit,” which is right up my alley! Imagine Star Trek but with…

The Walking Dead: Here’s Negan!

Written by Robert Kirkman Drawn by Charlie Adlard Published by Image Comics I was never a regular reader of Robert Kirkman’s long-running (173 issues, so far) comic-book series The Walking Dead. Nor did I start watching the TV series until about halfway through season 5. But when I did I quickly became hooked. Still I…

JSA CLASSIFIED #18

Written by Tony Bedard Drawn by Scott McDaniel Inked by Andy Owens Published by DC COMICS THE VENOM CONNECTION part 2 of 2 This issue opens the way the previous issue ended, with the shock reveal that it was Rex Tyler’s initial notes on the creation of Miraclo that were stolen and eventually used to…

JSA CLASSIFIED #17

Written by Tony Bedard Drawn by Scott McDaniel Inked by Andy Owens Published by DC COMICS THE VENOM CONNECTION part 1 of 2 Hourman and Bane are two characters who make natural adversaries, as each man is granted superhuman strength, speed, stamina, other reflexes due to ingesting a drug. In Hourman’s case, it’s in the…

SMASH COMICS #1

Written by Tom Peyer Drawn by Stephen Sadowski Inked by Michael Blair Colored by Noelle Giddings Published by DC COMICS When I was a little kid, one of the first ongoing comic-book series’ that I ever collected was DC Comics’ ALL-STAR SQUADRON. This book was set during World War II, when all of America’s superheroes,…

HAMSTER RAGE #3

Written and drawn and inked and lettered by Brian J. Crowley Colored by Randy Field Cover drawn by Tony Maldonado PREVIOUSLY: HAMSTER RAGE #2 Roosevelt, the fan-favorite 6 foot tall talking hamster is back, in this latest collection of Brian J. Crowley’s “World’s Weirdest Webcomic.” And in this issue he fights a giant talking lobster,…

New MIGHTY MAN One-Shot

Written by Erik Larsen Drawn and colored by Nikos Koutsis Published by Image Comics PREVIOUSLY: MIGHTY MAN #1 This was a nice surprise to see in this week’s list of new releases on Comixology this morning. Mighty Man has long been my 2nd favorite Erik Larsen creation, after Savage Dragon himself (in which I basically…

HAMSTER RAGE #2

Written and drawn by Brian J. Crowley Colored by Rachelle Rosenberg and Randy Field PREVIOUSLY: HAMSTER RAGE #1 In this LOOOONG OVERDUE review I return to  Brian J. Crowley’s world’s weirdest webcomic, Hamster Rage. This is another collected edition, picking right up from where the first issue left off, as Toy Boy and other members…

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…

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…

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…

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…