Evil Empire #5
Words: Max Bemis
Pictures: Joe Eisma
This is a twisted pile of violent goodness. Max Bemis and artist Joe Eisma throw us a one shot, stand alone issue to give us the lay of the land in the Evil Empire. And it’s, as you can imagine pretty messed up.
The Empty Man #4
Words: Cullen Bunn
Pictures: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Jacked up, dark, and weirdly awesome. That, for me, is The Empty Man #4.
Words: Arash Amel & Marguerite Bennett
Pictures: Antonio Fuso
Sometimes I pick up books because of the cover alone. Sometimes I pick up a book because it has a cool name. Both of these things are true of this book. Butterfly #1 has neat cover art with the girl holding a gun with the Eiffel Tower in the background. And there’s a giant butterfly composited from different guns. So far so good. Add to that the word Archaia on the cover and I’ll give it a go. Glad I did.
Steed And Mrs. Peel: We’re Needed #3
Words: Ian Edginton
Pictures: Marco Cosentino
Damn, this is a fun book. I mean, this is just balls out, spy-tastic, totally mod fun. Reading this conjurs up memories of James Coburn as Our Man Flint with just a bit of a nod to Get Smart and The Pink Panther. I know, these are the Avengers from the TV show, but I didn’t get to see that as a kid so these are the impressions I have in my head. If they stir up different memories in your noggin well, that’s as it should be. But for me, this is what I’m reminded of and it makes me do a little happy dance. So it’s not so much dancing as physical turrets, but you get the idea.
Words: Aron Warner & Philip Gelatt
Pictures: Brett Weldele
It’s good news bad news time: Good news: this is a great issue. Bad news: it’s the last issue of Pariah. But man is there room for more. And yeah, I arrived late to the Pariah Party, but I really dig/dug this book. And this issue in particular. (more…)
Deep Gravity #3
Words: Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko
Pictures: Fernando Baldo
Back in my days of RPGing (I still do, just not as much as I used to/would like to), one of my GM friends said, when you run a demo of a game, get people rolling dice early and often. Get them into the action. It’s a demo. They want to play so let them. That’s how this issue starts off. (Ok, you don’t actually open up page one and start rolling dice, just roll with me here. I didn’t even realize I did that until I had written it. I have got to stop using parenthesis.) Things are bad, and you get the feeling things are just going to get worse. The station is in a shambles, there are hostile alien life forms aboard, and the group needs to get to the other part of the station, which just so happens to be cut off from them for now. So yeah, not good.
Aliens: Fire and Stone #1
Words: Chris Roberson
Pictures: Patric Reynolds
I love me some Alien action. Not gonna lie. But for some reason I never ventured past the movies. Well now Chris Roberson and Patric Reynolds are bringing us a new chapter to the Alien universe with Fire and Stone. And yes, this will tie in with the other Fire and Stone titles from Dark Horse; Aliens, Predator, Alien vs Predator, and Prometheus.
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I think I first became aware of George Perez on his run Teen Titans. I dug his work then. I dig his work now. Admittedly, I went into this issue knowing next to nothing about Sirens, other than it was George’s baby. I mean, it’s George Perez writing and drawing an original story. I’m in.
The Last Broadcast #5
Words: Andre Sirangelo
Pictures: Gabriel Iumazark
When I read this issue of The Last Broadcast, I got the vaguest impression of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Now, before you get your Neil Gaiman shorts in a bundle, hold on a minute.
Words: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
Pictures: Joe Querio
Colors: Dave Stewart
Giant Monster Throwdown. Crazy Babbling Old Professor Dude. And Tanks. I dig it. You’ve got this giant monster that reminds me of a King Kong/Godzilla hybrid taking on the giant… Whatever the hell those other giant monsters are. And he’s kickin’ their asses!