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[Comic Review] The Incredible Adventures of Dog Mendonca and Pizza Boy

Posted in Comic Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2013 by Casey Hutton
Photo Courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.

Photo Courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.

An obscure title to say the least, but well worth the search. I struggled to find it in store locally, and although my efforts weren’t in vain, this title is easily picked up online, as is the follow up coming soon (slated for March of 2014).

The Adventures of Dog Mendonca and Pizza Boy was originally a comic released in Portugal and from what I understand gathered quite the following. This particular version is obviously the english translation and released via Dark Horse Comics.

The story begins with a little foreshadowing. One of the core characters, Eurico (who will be addressed as Pizza Boy from here on out) is late for work…delivering pizza. Out on a run, his scooter is stolen by what appear to be monsters. In a not-so-clever way, his path leads him to one Dog Mendonca, occult investigator, and is companion, a demon named Pazuul. Keep in mind Pazuul is possessing the body of a young girl.

Mendonca’s investigation and efforts in tracking down Pizza Boy’s missing scooter leads them on quite an adventure (as the title suggests). Gargoyles, vampire and Nazi zombies complete the cast of characters found throughout this title. Although pretty far-fetched and a little on the loosey-goosey side, the read is fun. If you don’t look too deep, the noir and pulp come across plenty. It’s cheesy and rather tongue in cheek, as it gives recognition and plenty of name drops from the creator’s influences and favorites.

The art is also amazing. A little dark in some places, but beautiful nonetheless. It lends to the overall feel of the book, and although at times the detail is such it is hard to discern every nook and cranny of the panel in the dark pages, what the eye can pick up is astonishing. Juan Cavia’s artwork was new to me prior to this title. And, it might be due to the combination of Santiago Villa’s colors, but I love it. Cavia expresses plenty in his panels, specifically in the facial expressions of his characters.

[Comic Review] Atomic Robo: Atomic Robo and the Fightin’ Scientists of Tesladyne, Volume One

Posted in Comic Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by Casey Hutton

I’ve written this a hundred times…but I have to write it once more: I absolutely adore anything noir or pulp.

It’s a genre that, although has seen a rather large resurgence lately, is still a little hard to master. The good finds involve multiple dynamics in writing styles and/or artwork, depending on the case. Much of what I encounter is hit and miss, and although at times the creators have something right, it isn’t all there.

Photo Courtesy of Red 5 Comics and Atomic-Robo.

Photo Courtesy of Red 5 Comics and Atomic-Robo.

The name Atomic Robo has been one I’ve heard floating around several times in the course of the last year or two. I first heard of the title through Ideology of Madness and the gang’s Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie podcast. Several of the guys there are fans, and every few episodes, the name comes back to blip on my radar. After almost getting my hands one the first trade, Atomic Robo and the Fightin’ Scientists of Tesladyne, several times I finally decided to pick it up and give the series’ first six issues a try.

I would just like to say now, for the record, that I was not disappointed and regret not looking into it sooner.

The interior artwork (a mix of Scott Wegener’s pencils/inks and Ronda Pattison’s colors) is very distinct. Wegener’s influence of Mike Mignola can certainly be felt. But, instead of merely being a Mignola clone, the work stands on its own. The colors pop and each panel has something for your eyes to feast on. The covers themselves are great.

I can see why when Atomic Robo first hit the scene in 2007 (ish?) it started to work together a fan base.

Once Brian Clevinger’s witty and clever writing is thrown into the mix…it still feels refreshing and new. The six-issue trade is full of one-liners and cheeky humor and sometimes a little cheese thrown in. But it’s a combination of artistic styles that jive and come together for an overall read that left me light-hearted. I thought it was just a P.R. ploy in comparing this title’s main character to a robotic Indiana Jones…but really…that is one of the only ways to describe it. Although it has its darker moment, the feel is that of an action-adventure movie. Each issues, although sharing an overall storyline, is its own serial. Each one an adventure. Each one leading to something new. I found several memorable panels in the small collection…each one still has me chuckling as I look back to reflect. That sensation isn’t something that regularly occurs these days and is enough to warrant myself into picking up the next volume soon.

“Stephen Hawking is a bastard.”

And, if that isn’t enough, it will soon have its own RPG to go along with it. From what I understand, it’s based on the FATE system. Although I have had little to no experience with the system itself, I’m actually a little excited to delve deeper into this topic and, when the release rolls around, pick up the main book for investigation.

[Comic Review] Week of 2013/05/01 Highlights

Posted in Comic Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2013 by Casey Hutton

I have to say…several titles of my pull list are now chalked up to Dynamite. Like any publisher, there are some series I personally feel are lacking here and there, meaning I just can’t get into them. However, the times are changing. This week alone several new releases of high caliber were released with their logo on them.

Photo Courtesy of Dynamite.

Photo Courtesy of Dynamite.

First off, let’s look at Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon #4. For anyone not following this series, we find the famous detective duo of Holmes and Watson in Liverpool (hence…the title). This particular story we found are investigators sticking around after a previous case due to murders happening about town…most of which were being chalked up to Sring-Heeled Jack. Throughout the previous three issues, suspense abounds and with each new murder, new information and twists have been added to the plot line. In this issue, we find Holmes closing in on the killer. Following up on leads concerning the death of one Tom Christian, Holmes and Watson find themselves delving into catacombs under the city.

I’ve always been a sucker for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The creative team (which have remained consistent so far) have done well by him. The story is intriguing and has kept my interest with each and every issue. The changes between dialect add flavor and definition to scene changes within the books pages. The artwork here is also right up my ally. It’s dark and gritty, just the way that I like them.

If you’re looking for something more Victorian but still manages to maintain that dark pulp feel, I’d say give this series a shot and see what you think. So far, 4/4 isn’t bad, and if that’s any indicator, I will be enjoying the rest of this five-part series. I just hope the final issue isn’t rushed, which in my opinion, could hurt things overall.

Photo Courtesy of Dynamite.

Photo Courtesy of Dynamite.

Next comes Dynamite’s The Black Bat #1. This is probably one of the titles I’ve been looking forward too the most. Being a fan of their The Shadow and The Spider lines, I had some seriously high hopes for this title’s release. And, I wasn’t disappointed. This is classic pulp, plain and simple and in line with most of their other titles of similar setting. In this issue, we are both introduced to and the creation of the Black Bat. We follow along with Tony Quinn, a former Mafiosi lawyer turned vigilante in the 1930’s. The character is part Daredevil, part Batman and all pulp!

In this issue we follow along with Quinn as he begins his personal vendetta to make amends to the wrongs his committed in his past defending big players in organized crime. Tracking down a police informant capture by local thugs, we find it’s the same informant used to help spread the word of ‘The Black Bat’ on the street. And, bigger fish behind the scenes obviously have more in store for this newly arrived masked vigilante.

Dynamite’s talent in putting together creative teams still astounds me. The artwork adds to the story and the combination of both leave plenty to sink your teeth into. I have a feeling that if this title can stick around, it will just add to the new resurgence of quality pulp comics out there.

Photo Courtesy of DC Comics.

Photo Courtesy of DC Comics.

Another anticipated title of the week was The Movement #1. I will be the first to admit, I’m a little late catching the Gail Simone fan bus. But, nevertheless, I’m sold. Aside from The Talon, there hasn’t been legitimate NEW New 52 characters introduced to the shelves. Although not every character involved in this series will be a fresh face, several shall be. That alone piqued my interest. As much as I love Superman, Batman, etc…sometimes…I just need something different. I found it here.

Although a lot was thrown at me in its pages, this book served as a good introduction to the organization known as The Movement and some of the characters therein. A vigilante group whose mission statement is to protect the less fortunate from those of corrupted power. They have eyes everywhere and this issue made an appoint of showing as much.

Although still only issue one…if Simone and the rest of her creative team can keep it up, this will be a staple to anyone’s pull list that favors the dark superhero. Although most are more than just masked vigilantes, it still has that feel to it. Again…it’s almost pulp-ish (notice the trend?). It’s gritty and dark. I love it!

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

What week wouldn’t be complete without Dan Slott’s The Superior Spider-Man. This week, I found issue #9 waiting for me in my pull box upon my arrival at my comic shop of choice.\

I waited until today (Thursday) to read this title. Why? Because, I enjoy watching the drama unfold on Twitter. There is so much love, yet so much hate for this title…I get giddy. Some weeks, it’s like a middle school cat-fight and I can’t help my self but read Tweet after Tweet of what will be in store.

That being said…love it or hate it (and, just for the record…I love it), Superior Spider-Man has been one heck of a read issue after issue. Just when I think I have things figured out, Slott and team hit one into left field. Just when I think Peter Parker is going to be making that comeback, I find myself being proven wrong. This issue…really hammers it home.

Last issue, we saw Octo-Spidey acquire a device from Cardiac that can help him rid himself of Peter Parker permanently. Now, how permanently is yet to be seen. But, for now…well…Octavius has come away victorious. Facing off in the memories of Parker, no punches are pulled. Slott honestly had me going with just who was going to come out on top and although I was left with my jaw hanging open, I certainly was not disappointed.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

The last of my picks of the week can be found in All-New X-Men #11. This bi-monthly title as easily been one of the best ones to be had and one of two with Marvel (the other is The Superior Spider-Man).

Last issue we were left with one heck of a cliff hanger. My theories were abound with thoughts of just who would ‘defect’ from the old/young x-men. My first belief was that it was going to be Jean Grey. But, when I turned from the first page into the next…it was indeed Angel to cross the line and join up with Cyclops and Magneto. And honestly…I can’t think of a better character to do so.

Now, keep in mind, my reasons are purely selfish. I hate Angel with a passion. I can dig the newer incarnations…but the young and naive Angel always upset me. To see him join sides with ‘the enemy’ only made me smile. Whatever happens, whether he is doing it to aid Wolverine and company or ends up dying (yes…I am crossing my fingers) serving Cyclops…I’m just glad it’s hopefully going to be a side-story.

This event aside, the rest of the issue was primarily a Good vs. Evil X-Men standoff with not much fighting. They were on school grounds after all  Only a brief glimpse of Mystique’s plan is present (I believe via only two pages). Predominantly, this issue revolves around a life lesson for Jean Grey and several X-Men, Kitty Pryde included, hammer it into her she can’t use her metal powers when things don’t always go her way.

[Comic Review] Week of 2013/04/03 Highlights

Posted in Comic Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2013 by Casey Hutton

This week seemed to be a fairly heavy week as far as some titles went. Personally, I know my pull list had a little extra oomph than it normally does, and overall, most titles read well.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

As always, Age of Ultron has continued to be strong with issue #4 hitting shelves. Things seem to keep getting thicker as each issue comes along. This time around, Bendis’ one-liners give the title a little something extra, as does his writing style in general. There were a couple “deaths” worth mentioning: [SPOILER] She-Hulk dies while giving Cage a chance to see what all the hubbub is about in Ultron’s ship. The end result is Cage barely making his way to a safe-haven in the Savage Lands to share what intel he gathered and then he too passes on. With all the ‘clumps’ of heroes coming together, it looks like the only way forward lies in the future…literally! If this 10-issue run can keep this up, each release is going to be a power-house on the shelves. And with the big G-Man (Gaiman) on board for Marvel’s final issue…well…let’s just say I’m excited as all get-out. Although what I’ve read is that the UA scenario is going to end in a ‘Marvel NOW’ 2.0-ish revamp, I’m looking toward seeing what all comes about.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Next on the list is, of course, The Superior Spider-Man #7. This series has read great so far. Although I haven’t written much concerning it lately (only covering Issue #2) it still remains strong. I was worried when Ryan Stegman left the art on the title, but the creative team that followed has lended their talent to the series and haven’t come up short once. Dan Slott has kept things interesting with the Octavius vs Peter Parker complication (almost in Ghost-like fashion). Each issue has Parker’s personality/memories growing stronger and his ‘voice’ being ‘heard’. Although curious to see how it all plays out, I have a feeling Parker is going to win out.

There has been much going on in previous issues as well. If you haven’t kept up (like I hadn’t…time was not on my side with my class schedule and personal life) I recommend doing so. I dig the dark and brooding mentality Octavious has brought to the character. With several characters, such as [SPOILER] the Vulture, Jester and Screwball amongst others getting severally beaten and Massacre’s life being brought to an and at the hands of Spider-Man is an interesting twist. Although I’m sure some long-time Spidey fans might disagree, I feel that this adds to the progression of the character. And, now that several parties involved are starting to see this change in the Superhero…well…it’s going to get interesting, especially with this issue lining things up for an Avengers intervention.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

This week, Marvel keeps rolling out solid titles with the first issue of Thanos Rising.  I haven’t read much on previews for this story, so I hadn’t known what to expect when I picked it up. All that I know is, the end result was me being quite entertained as learning a little about the characters past…specifically his childhood. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about a being such as Thanos as a result of childhood ostracism and bullying…but hey…it’s the guilt pleasure of the week. Im looking forward to the next issue, and if anyone even has a remote urge to check the title out, I highly recommend it.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Photo Courtesy of Marvel Comics.

This brings us to All-New X-Men #10. This series has yet to run out of steam, and for being a bi-weekly release, that is saying quite a bit. The story keeps it fresh and engaging and this issue isn’t any different. This issue sees the induction of Mastermind’s daughter into the ranks of Mystique’s clique, whose ambitions are still rather vague other than whatever it is, is going to cost a fortune to pull off. Cyclops pays a visit to the School in an attempt to explain his side of things and even offering a hand towards those who wish to join him. I felt like this added considerably to the story, especially once you throw in a young Summers being torn as to what to do…having the character with a past mentality see what has happened and end up still straddling the fence as to what path to take…it’s great! And, throw in a climax that had me guessing and anxious for issue #11 to arrive…well…you just have to read it to find out, but I know I was like “WHO?!?” once I set eyes on the last panel!

Photo Courtesy of DC Comics.

Photo Courtesy of DC Comics.

Lastly this week, DC made my list of titles with The Flash #18. With the Gorilla Warfare story arc at an end, it’s curious to see in which direction the creative team will take things. This issue felt a little off in terms of direction. Keep in mind this wasn’t a bad thing, although I was left scratching my head.

With things returning to ‘normal’ after everything that has developed was a nice change of pace. Now, however, the Flash is left to deal with a newly introduced duo who have gotten a small taste of powers as a result of previous happenings. That seemed to be the focus, and although slightly humorous encounters ensued…I felt a little overwhelmed with how this new factor was introduced to both myself (as the reader) and to Flash (in terms of no real plot exposure).

[Comic Review] Week of 2013/03/27 Highlights

Posted in Comic Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2013 by Casey Hutton
Photo Courtesy of IDW Publishing.

Photo Courtesy of IDW Publishing.

I have to say that I’ve been happy with IDW Publishing’s Judge Dredd title. I’ve been a fan of the character since I was a child and subscribed to 2000 A.D. Although lacking the British magazine’s variousness, the fact that this focuses on Dredd and the world in which he lives is what keeps it on my pull list.

With the addition of this weeks Judge Dredd#5, the creative team behind the title continues with their robot revolution story that we’ve seen take a slight hiatus with the clone and Judge Tarjay stories.

In this issue, Judge Dredd must respond to a Droid that turned on its owner, a teenage sensation that films his adventures into the seedier side of Mega-City One and releases them for public consumption.

The biggest difference in IDW’s version compared to others is that it’s not the raw styling that I’ve grown up with. It’s not bad, by any means…it just takes me a minute or two to adjust each issue as I’ve been used to previous artists interpretations. I do, however, appreciate the direction the team has taken Dredd into.

Photo courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Photo courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Marvel seems to be turning themselves around a bit with their whole NOW platform. Some series, like the All-New X-Men and Superior Spider-Man have been solid since day one. When I heard they were going to be putting out an Age of Ultron, I will admit, I was a little skeptical. When the second issue was release, I was advised I needed to check the series out. After a twist of the arm (no, not really…I am an easy sell, after all) I caved and picked up the first issue. I was amazed. The art is great and the writing even better. Bendis and crew are superb at what they do and their packaging is tight. When I went back the next day, issue #2 was waiting in my pull box. When This week’s #3 came out, I was down-right giddy.

In this issue, Captain America’s big plan starts to unfold and as it turns out, a deal is going to be had…or at least, on the surface. I have to say both the route taken here, the characters involved (and I must say that even though I am not always a huge fan of all of Marvel’s superheroes here everyone gets a bit of the action). The climax is also a resounding “Huh” moment, and has me waiting to see what is going to happen next! And I have to say that I’m more than a little curious to see how they manage several ‘tie-ins’ that are on their way (Superior Spider-Man and Fantastic Four being released this week as well).

Photo courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Photo courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been one of those titles I’ve been waiting for every since I read it was coming to store shelves. Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1 was a decent enough prelude to the title and I have to say that I was impressed. With Guardians of the Galaxy #1…I’m left slightly scratching my head. In a ploy, Peter Quill’s father managed a little ‘reverse psychology’ on his son, and for whatever reason and to what unknown end…managed to get Peter to be at the right place at the right time as earth was going to be attacked.

The artwork here is great. Although not a shiny as some of the others that have come out this week, this one does manage to hold its own. The writing, for what it is, is decent enough. My only complaint here is that not much ground is covered in the limited page number alotted. Unfortunately, Iron Man/Tony Stark makes an appearance and from the looks of things will be around for a while. Not that I don’t like the character, but I do often times get tired of the same handful of heroes popping up throughout Marvel’s line.

This series is worth checking out, as it’s still in its early numbers who knows which direction the creative time is going to take it. I just hope that issue #2 will have a bit more to sink my teeth into.

P.S. Rocket Raccoon Enough said.

Photo courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.

Photo courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.

I cannot say enough concerning Dark Horse’s The Black Beetle series. Every issue is amazing and enjoyable. When I first saw Francesco Francavilla’s work, I adored it. Seeing it here, even more so. I’m a sucker for noir-style pieces and this simply screams pulp. The overall feel of it is enough to make me want more.

In this story, we find the Black Beetle continuing his search for the mystery nemesis from the previous issue. Stumbling across one another’s paths once more, we find the Black Beetle on a little bit of the receiving end the unknown character’s whim. Making some progress, the ending of the issue is in preparation depicts the Black Beetle all dressed up and heading into a club club.

The artwork is phenomenal. I dig the styling and the choice of color palette. The story is engrossing. Overall, I will most likely say this is the best release of the week and worth checking out.

[Comic Review] The Superior Spider-Man #2

Posted in Comic Review with tags , , , on January 30, 2013 by Casey Hutton

TheSuperiorSpiderMan002Dan Slott and his team at Marvel Comics have done something amazing…and although I was not a Slott ‘hater’ with the wrapping up of Amazing Spider-Man, I had no idea this is what was going to be coming next.

I enjoyed The Superior Spider-Man #1 enough that I wanted to keep with it. Now, with the release of The Superior Spider-Man #2…I’m left feeling speechless.

First thing’s first. Stegman and Delgado’s finished art is eye candy. I couldn’t help but love every panel my eyes came across. It’s both gritty and dark, yet crisp and clean (I know…I don’t get it either!). A lot of times, a book’s cover can be the best part of the title. In this case, it’s the exact opposite. The cover is simple, Octo-Peter and MJ kissing with a black background. Not over-the-top and not too understated. Then BAM!! Once I cracked open the cover, my eyes were overwhelmed with artistic goodness. Stegman…you are amazing and in rare form!

And now for Mr. Dan Slott. There was a lot of “controversy” surrounding the wrap up of The Amazing Spider-Man. I, personally, thought it was an interesting way to bring in a newer embodiment of Spider-Man. Did I necessarily like every aspect? Of course not, but in my view it was a story that should have been longer that was instead shoe-horned into three releases (Amazing Spider-Man #698-700). In what could have been a release or to in and of itself was crammed into only a couple of pages (the culmination and finale of #700).

This issue, The Superior Spider-Man #2 was what I’ve been waiting for, and if this is a taste for what is to come I do ever foresee myself wanted to put this title down. Here we have Octo-Peter struggling with his old habits. That villain shining through in moments where Peter would have given into his emotions. The tech-savvy genius trying to make the most effective use of his time even go so far as “making an app for that” approach which had me chuckling. Not to mention (SPOILER) the next villain being introduced. Who doesn’t love the Vulture…especially one in a world revamped where we may not know what to expect!

If there were any doubts to fanboys…I hope this issue quells some of the internet hatred of the creative team. If they can bring out an issue like this that I felt was knocked totally out of the ball park…I think that alone speaks volumes to both the dedication and future the team sees in this title.

Rating: 10/10 Gingered Digits!

Reasoning: Artwork (2/2), Character Development (2/2), Climax (2/2), Plot Development (2/2), Story (2/2).

[Comic Review] The Black Beetle #1

Posted in Comic Review with tags , on January 27, 2013 by Casey Hutton

TheBlackBeetle000One word for you: AMAZING!

That pretty much sums up this series, and this title, put out by Dark Horse Comics. The title and the man behind it, one Francesco Francavilla is one part genius, one part artist for a total of three parts stupendous. For once, I have to admit I’m a fanboy…and it’s not a “classic” title that has garnered my admiration. It’s something new and completely fresh. If you haven’t had the opportunity…and yes, I mean opportunity…to have been given a chance to read this title…you have no idea what you’re missing.

I have been a fan of pretty much anything with a “noir” feel to it. Dark Horse and Francavilla seemed to have timed this title at just the right time, as that artistic/literary taste of mine hadn’t been filled in some time.. Piquing my interest with The Black Beetle #0, (collection of shorts released previously in Dark Horse Presents), I couldn’t wait until The Black Beetle #1 hit the shelves. So much so that I didn’t want to wait to see how the title would pan out before I added it to my pull list.

TheBlackBeetle001But…enough drooling and down to business. In The Black Beetle #1, we see the first in a four part series that has our hero…or rather masked vigilante…out to bring down two of the local La Familia families in Colt City. However, it appears that he is not the only one, and his carefully lain out plans were disrupted as another was one step ahead of him, killing the two men in question via an explosion just as he was swooping in to deliver his own brand of justice.

Thus, we are led on a bit of a chase, only to wind up in Colt City’s heavily fortified prison and still the nemesis that had foiled the Beetle’s plans has struck yet again.

This book is put together great. The art. The writing and dialogue. It all works together and breaths with an air direct out of the era it’s meant to be set in. I simply love it. Francavilla has outdone himself and I hope this will be a series that will be around for some time to come.

Do yourself a favor and pick this title up while you can (from what I understand, it sold above expectation), read it…then read it again, taking in every panel as you go. For once, it may finally be a title you won’t regret investing your time and money in.

Rating: 10/10 Gingered Digits.

Reasoning: Artwork (22), Character Development (2/2), Climax (2/2), Plot Development (2/2), Story (2/2).

[Comic Review] Uncanny Avengers #3

Posted in Comic Review with tags , on January 25, 2013 by Casey Hutton

UncannyAvengers003Oh Marvel, Marvel, Marvel…exactly how many Avengers and X-Men titles are you going to come up with? Better yet, how many of them will be able to hold their own and continue with decent story and art? That is a question that seriously needs to be considered.

In Uncanny Avengers #3, I’m still left on the fence about this particular series. Each issue has its moments to shine, and, in my opinion, seems to come up just a tad short of spectacular. This one is no different.

I have to say I have a part of me that loves the Red Skull character. Within the pages of Uncanny Avengers, things are taken one step further and the Red Skull has transplanted Xavier’s brain into his, making him a telepath with rather immense and twisted powers.

In this issue, we find the Red Skull in New York, causing a riot amongst the masses as he controls the “normal” humans into lashing out at mutants. I love this. As a matter of fact, when our Avengers team, led by Havoc, arrives, I had hopes for something epic. When Captain America started giving into the Red Skull’s powers, I really wanted to see this character fall from grace and lash out, making him a mind-controlled villain, if only for a little while. Instead, I was sorely disappointed when the focus shifts and Thor ends up being the duped super hero. Although I’m still tickled to see one of the big-named Avengers fall…I still wish it had worked out different. But, at least I had some satisfaction in seeing Wolverine getting smeared! Yes…I do indeed have a love/hate relationship with many of the mainstream heroes.

The artwork in this title is satisfactory. There are a few panels where I’m not really sure how faces and bodies of characters could contort in such a fashion…but it’s not enough to take away from the book as a whole. One thing I can say is it’s very poppy.

Rating: 4/10 Gingered Digits.

Reasoning: Artwork (0.5/2), Character Development (1/2), Climax (0.5/2), Plot Development (1/2), Story (1/2).

[Comic Review] Lot 13 #3

Posted in Comic Review with tags , on January 8, 2013 by Casey Hutton

Lot13003When I started reading DC ComicsLot 13, I had my reservations. A horror comic from a rather family-friendly company (it’s more risqué titles shuffled over to Vertigo), I thought I was going to be in for a laugh. However, with Lot 13 #3, my opinion is starting to change.

The story is starting to ramp up, and what has been lacking from the two previous issues is not being filled in.

The hotel the family found themselves in is on the border of living and the dead. Although why all of this is happening now hasn’t been touched yet, it have become obvious that whatever is going on the family is stuck right in the middle as the dead have come alive and have started haunting this building. Layouts change, doorways open into times past. I found myself rather impressed, and although there isn’t much in terms of story the thrill is enough to more than make up for it. Plus, the ending is not one that I saw coming.

The artwork here is also good. Although more pencil/colored pencil in appearance, colors still leave a striking image on each and every page. Blood and gore stand out clearly when in contrast with the rest. The dead…or rather undead…leave me feeling a little uncomfortable.

Rating: 8/10 Gingered Digits.

Reasoning: Artwork (1.5/2), Character Development (1.5/2), Climax (2/2), Plot Development (1.5/2), Story (1.5/2).

[Comic Review] Morbius: the Living Vampire #1

Posted in Comic Review with tags , , on January 7, 2013 by Casey Hutton

Morbius001There have already been several sketchy titles in Marvel’s “Marvel Now” lineup. I do my best to pick up first and second issues of almost everything that is released, even Avengers, but unfortunately, not many have made the list of must-reads for me.

With their latest release, Morbius: the Living Vampire #1, I thought it was just going to be another title to throw into the pile of disappointment. Instead, I reached the back cover with a feeling of content and happiness. After reading Spider-Man #699.1, I was intrigued enough to get #1, so in essence, this is really the second issue revolving around the Morbius character. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the character. I’ve wanted to like the character for so long, but he’s always been written coming up short. This time around, however, I think I may have finally found the Morbius I’ve always wanted.

In this issue, we find our new hero settling into a suburb of New York called Brownsville. It doesn’t take long before he gets a taste of exactly what kind of world he’s stepped in. This issue is mainly his adjustment to freedom and his “death”. What I love most is, this book has a very Spider-Man feel to it as far as the writing and the abuse the character goes through. He tries to be a good guy, no matter how much he has to go through and if that’s a trend that keeps up, this will be a series I will keep buying.

The artwork also has the same Spider-Man feel to it. I didn’t take the time to note the artistic team behind this yet, but they have the lines and inking that strike a cord with me, and the motion panels are reminiscent of the web-slinger as well.

Rating: 9.5/10 Gingered Digits.

Reasoning: Artwork (2/2), Character Development (2/2), Climax (2/2), Plot Development (1.5/2), Story (2/2).