Category: Graphic Novels

OCEAN by Warren Ellis

Ocean was a 6-issue comic-book miniseries released in 2003-2004, written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Chris Sprouse, with inks by Karl Story. I recall picking this up back then, because the premise was intriguing, plus I liked the idea of a science fiction story with a Black lead character, something we which is all…

Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology

Tired of the same old superheroes, that have been around for decades? Tired of most them reflecting the traditional Western heroic ideal, ie, typically White males? Tired of Asian characters mostly being martial arts masters (if they’re heroes) or Yakuza members (if they’re villains) or sex objects (if they’re women)? Well, so were the publishers…

PITCHED! VOLUME 2

I reviewed Vol. 1 of PITCHED! back in Dec. 2009 (read HERE) and, y’know, I could have sworn that I reviewed the 2nd one when it came out. I know I planned to. But I checked my archives and there isn’t one. So, obviously, I never did. Well, better (extremely) late than never, right? Like…

CONCEPT CORE 2 by DANN

Concept Core 2 is the 2nd pocket-sized collection of black & white comics written and drawn by the enigmatic creator called DANN. I reviewed the previous collection HERE. This collection is a bit bigger than the first edition, with 100 pages instead of 80. The first half of the issue features a series of stories…

THOR: UNKILLABLE THUNDER CHRIST #1

This is the 2nd comic-book written by Eric M. Esquivel that I have read, the first was THE BLACKEST TERROR #1, which you can read about HERE. Unfortunately, despite an awesome premise, I ultimately felt let down by that issue. Well, I am happy to say that I have no such problem with this issue.…

“H-E-R-O” #7-22

After I picked up the trade paperback that collected the first 6 issues of “H-E-R-O” BY WILL PFEIFFER & KANO, I ordered the remaining issues of the series, and have now read them all. Unfortunately, I have to say that the series didn’t quite live up to it’s potential. The initial premise was that this…

“H-E-R-O” BY WILL PFEIFFER & KANO

DIAL H FOR HERO was one of my favorite comic-books as a young lad. The version that I was first introduced to originally ran as the lead feature in Adventure Comics, and then became the back-up feature in the Superboy series. The concept was about two teenagers, Chris King and Vicky Grant , who found…

FTL #4

This is an anthology title that I recently heard of and I decided to check it out. This is the 4th issue for this title, which stands for Faster Than Light, and s published by Oran Utan Comics. SALVUS “IMITATES LIFE” Written by Josh Wagner and Steve Sanders/Drawn by Josh Mathus/Colored by Ian Sharman This…

SUPERIOR #4 BY MARK MILLAR AND LEINIL YU

This issue opens with Tad Scott, the actor who has portrayed Superior in 5 movies meeting with some executives from the movie studio that produces those movies, They tell him that they’ve canceled production on the next Superior film because of this real-life Superior who has appeared. They don’t know if they still have the…

THE NEW (& IMPROVED?) WONDER WOMAN

As I’ve mentioned before, Wonder Woman is one of MY 10 FAVORITE SUPERHEROES. Recently, writer J. Michael Straczynski, has been hired by DC comics to take over the monthly comic-book series, and he has announced a new origin story, as well as a new costume. First, let me start with the costume. It’s not bad.…

THE HONOR BRIGADE

“Tom [Stillwell] wants to make comics fun again.” That is one of the lines written by fan favorite comic-book writer Gail Simone in the Forward to this book, and I can’t think of a more appropriate way to describe this volume of The Honor Brigade: FUN. Originally released as a 6-issue black & white miniseries,…

PLATYPUS VS. MONKEY #1

I have written before about my love for comic-book anthologies and this is the newest one that I have discovered. This book has short stories by different creative teams in it. The book opens with the cover-story, PLATYPUS VS. MONKEY by Mark Stancil, Wilfredo Torress & Brian Hardison. It’s 18 pages long, and tells the…

PITCHED VOL. 1 (Graphic novel review)

  This is an anthology, consisting of 9 stories, all of which are written by Eric San Juan, but each one is drawn by a different artist. The book opens with an interesting forward written by the one and only Erik Larsen (comic-book creator, and current Image Comics President), who, despite admitting that he hadn’t…

SUPERHEROES & POLITICS

Last year I wrote a blog where I listed MY 10 FAVORITE SUPERHEROES Today I’m revisiting that list. This time I’m speculating as to what their individual political leanings are, and whothey voted for in the last election, President Barack Hussein Obama or Sen. McCain? 1/CAPTAIN MARVEL In his secret identity, Captain Marvel is actually…

MY 10 FAVORITE SUPERHEROES

Yeah, that’s right. I’m a grown man who reads comic books. So? 1) THE ORIGINAL CAPTAIN MARVEL I think I saw this character in the cartoons first & then later in live-action TV series, before ever reading a comic-book. But it automatically appealed to me. I’d already been interested in Greek mythology, so that was…