Category: Graphic Novels

SECRET IDENTITIES ARE COOL! (part 2)

Previously: SECRET IDENTITIES ARE COOL! Following up on that previous post, I’ve had a few people tell me that they mostly agree, but that it depends on the character. I certainly agree with that. And there are some characters who can work either with or without them, it just depends on how they’re written. But…

SECRET IDENTITIES ARE COOL!

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and I saw that one of my friends had posted the following article, saying that he agreed with it: NO MORE SECRET IDENTITIES: THE TROUBLE WITH ALTER-EGOS by Marshall Lemon Well, I immediately disagreed, just by reading the title. And then even after reading the article, my opinion…

CAPTAIN ULTIMATE #5

WRITERS: Benjamin Bailey & Joey Esposito ARTIST: Boy “Boykoesh” Akkerman COLORS: Ed Ryzowski LETTERS: Adam O. Pruett PUBLISHER: Monkeybrain Comics Previously: CAPTAIN ULTIMATE #4 This issue opens in Milo’s classroom, they’re having a Show And Tell presentation. We see Milo’s classmate Lisa showing the class pictures she’s drawn from her homemade Captain Ultimate comic-book, retelling…

MPH #1

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Duncan Fegredo Publisher: Image Comics This issue opens in 1986, where we learn that “the world’s first and only superhuman”, known only as Mr. Springfield, went on a superspeed run through several states, causing massive destruction before he finally stopped, his powers having ran out. The only clue the authorities found…

HACKTIVIST #3

Created by: Alyssa Milano Writers: Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly Artist: Marcus To Publisher: Archaia Black Label Previously: HACKTIVIST #2 We open in Tunisia, were Ed has escaped to. He’s gone there to join the revolution that he and Nate helped start (as we saw back in issue #1). He meets with a local woman…

JUPITER’S LEGACY #4

Written by Mark Millar Drawn by Frank Quitely Published by Image Comics Previously: Jupiter’s Legacy #3 This issue jumps ahead to 2022, where Hutch and Chloe have been living in secret ever since Walter and Brandon murdered Chloe’s parents. They live with their nine-year old son Jason, who has inherited superpowers like his mother and…

JUPITER’S LEGACY #3

Written by Mark Millar Drawn by Frank Quitely Published by Image Comics Previously: Jupiter’s Legacy #2 After agreeing to join together last issue, Walter and Brandon put their plan into motion. First we get a glimpse of Utopian in his secret identity of Sheldon Sampson, owner of an auto-repair shop. He invites Hutch over to…

JUPITER’S LEGACY #2

Written by Mark Millar Drawn by Frank Quitely Published by Image Comics Previously: Jupiter’s Legacy #1 We open with Brandon and some of his superfriends trying to “help” a cruise ship get across the ocean faster, even though it’s clear that the Captain doesn’t actually need or want their help. But since Brandon and his…

JUPITER’S LEGACY #1

Written by Mark Millar Drawn by Frank Quitely Published by Image Comics Okay, now that Millar has wisely changed his tune about digital distribution, he’s no longer waiting 3 months to release his creator-owned comics digitally after they’ve been published in print. So let me catch up on his latest alleged epic. With open with…

STARLIGHT #1

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Goran Parlov Publisher: Image Comics So here’s Mark Millar’s latest creator-owned comic. I haven’t tried anything of his since SUPERIOR, but I found this concept intriguing. This is the story of Duke McQueen, a former Air Force pilot. Decades ago, Duke was somehow sucked through a wormhole in space (we don’t…

HACKTIVIST #2

Created by: Alyssa Milano Writers: Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly Artist: Marcus To Publisher: Archaia Black Label Previously: HACKTIVIST #1 As we left off last issue, Nate was approached at a star-studded gala by a woman named Brynn Ori, a C.I.A. agent who happens to know all about he and Ed’s secret activities as the…

HACKTIVIST #1

  I’ve been a fan of Alyssa Milano since I was a kid, she was one of my first “celebrity crushes”. She’s the reason I watched and reviewed every episode of her TV show MISTRESSES last summer, as well as movies she’s been in like MY GIRLFRIEND’S BOYFRIEND and PATHOLOGY. So when I heard that…

SIDEKICK #4

I’m a couple of months late on this, and that’s because I didn’t really enjoy it. But since I did review issues one, two, and three, I guess I should @ least review this one too, just to explain why I’m stopping (and, of course, I need to increase my post-count here anyway). This issue…

PROTECTORS INC. #1

Written by J. Michael Straczynski Drawn by Gordon Purcell This is the 2nd superhero title from Staczynski’s creator-owned imprint Joe’s Comics (via Image Comics). Following SIDEKICK, which I have been reading, and am mostly enjoying. However, I can’t really say the same for this series. The premise is that during World War 2 an American…

CAPTAIN ULTIMATE #4

“LIVE FAST, CRY YOUNG” WRITERS: Benjamin Bailey & Joey Esposito ARTIST: Boy “Boykoesh” Akkerman COLORS: Ed Ryzowski LETTERS: Adam O. Pruett This is a special Halloween issue that came out last week, but somehow I missed it when buying my new comics. I only just found out it was out yesterday, when I searching Comixology…

CAPTAIN ULTIMATE #3

SPECIAL ORIGIN ISSUE! WRITERS: Benjamin Bailey & Joey Esposito ARTIST: Boy “Boykoesh” Akkerman COLORS: Ed Ryzowski LETTERS: Adam O. Pruett Picking up from last issue, reporter Ricki Ratcliffe is talking to Mitch Mackey, the Editor-in-Chief ofthe local newspaper. Sheclaims to have “the scoop of the century,” the original of Captain Ultimate, where he came from,…

GOD IS DEAD #1

This book came out last month and I wanted to check it out. But Avatar Press, the company that published it, didn’t make their comics available digitally, which is the way I prefer to read my comic-books these days. Then I read 3 days ago on Bleeding Cool that Avatar Press Goes Digitally Exclusive With…

SIDEKICK #3

At the end of the previous issue, Flyboy had packed a bag and left Sol City. Here we see that he has moved to St. Louis and, after buying a new costume for a seemingly shady character, has taken the new superhero name THE BULLET. He quickly establishes himself as a crimefighter and savior, with…

CAPTAIN ULTIMATE #2

“DESTRUCTION! IT’S WHAT’S FOR DINNER!” written by Benjamin Baily and Joey Esposito Drawn by Boykoesh Published by Monkeybrain Comics Since I thoroughly enjoyed the first issue of this new series, I had to get the 2nd issue, albeit a few weeks late, to see what happens next for our main character, Milo. The story opens…

SIDEKICK #2

As I said after reviewing the first issue, it was good enough to make me want to read the 2nd issue, which came out today. It opens where the last issue left off, with Flyboy sitting alone at night, on top of a building, drowning his sorrows in booze. Then he sees a spotlight in…

SIDEKICK #1

EVER AFTER Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Tom Mandrake This is the story of FLYBOY, a young man with the power to fly. He was the sidekick to a masked vigilante called THE RED COWL, and they operated in a place called Sol City. We learn that, throughout their career, Flyboy was mostly seen a…

CAPTAIN ULTIMATE #1

“THE DAY THE GIANT ROBOT OCTOPUS ALIEN MONSTER ATTACKED THE CITY” written by Benjamin Baily and Joey Esposito Drawn by Boykoesh Published by Monkeybrain Comics This issue opens with a multi-page flashback detailing the history of the Captain Ultimate, a standard archetype of the classic flying superhero, ala Superman and Captain Marvel. He was the…

FRANK MILLER’S HOLY TERROR

I bought this when it came out 2 years ago, because I’m often impulsive and, apparently, a bit of a masochist. This book was originally supposed to be a special Batman OGN, with Batman fighting members of Al-Qaeda, who launch a series of terrorist attacks in Gotham City, but after several years of development he…

Fame: Victoria Justice

Written by Michael Sacal Drawn by Jill Lamarina Published by Tidalwave Productions/Bluewater Comics If you’re a pre-teen, or the parent of a pre-teen, then you probably know who Victoria Justice is, as this young actress/singer initially rose to fame as one of the stars of the Nickelodeon TV series Zoey 101, as well as appearing…