Comic Book Therapy http://www.comicbooktherapy.com News, reviews and happenings in the Comic Book World. Get your Daily Comic Book Therapy Today Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:14:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 iZombie at SDCC ’14 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/izombie-sdcc-14-274332 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/izombie-sdcc-14-274332#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:14:42 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274332 As the craziness of San Diego Comic Con International 2014 comes to an end and we all return to our regularly scheduled nerd lives I have for you some of my recordings from the iZombie press room roundtable interviews. Expect more coming this week from Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Gotham, DC’s new animated feature Assault […]

Michael Worthan, iZombie at SDCC ’14

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As the craziness of San Diego Comic Con International 2014 comes to an end and we all return to our regularly scheduled nerd lives I have for you some of my recordings from the iZombie press room roundtable interviews. Expect more coming this week from Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, Gotham, DC’s new animated feature Assault on Arkham, as well as Agent Carter, Rick and Morty, Grimm, and of course Constantine. So listen below and enjoy!

 

 

Michael Worthan, iZombie at SDCC ’14

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DEADPOOL Test Footage Leaks http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/deadpool-test-footage-leaks-274327 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/deadpool-test-footage-leaks-274327#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:20:40 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274327 We know that 20th Century Fox has a Deadpool movie in mind.  It’s been on and off so many times that I’ve lost count.  Maybe that is about to change? Test footage for a potential movie has leaked, and it looks as great as you can imagine.  Ryan Reynolds even voices the Mer with a […]

Kevin Finnigan, DEADPOOL Test Footage Leaks

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We know that 20th Century Fox has a Deadpool movie in mind.  It’s been on and off so many times that I’ve lost count.  Maybe that is about to change?

Test footage for a potential movie has leaked, and it looks as great as you can imagine.  Ryan Reynolds even voices the Mer with a Mouth in the clip. As a fan of Deadpool, this is exactly what I wanted. The effects aren’t the best looking, but we don’t know how long ago the footage was made.

It would be a brilliant strategy on Fox’s part. Release the footage, see what the internet thinks (fans and non-fans) and move forward with the movie based on that. Quicker version of focus groups.  So far I’ve seen nothing but positive things, but take that with a grain of salt as it’s been only on comic sites.

What do you think of the clip? Even more excited for a Deadpool movie now?

Take a look at the clip (URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONLgZNO05CQ)

Kevin Finnigan, DEADPOOL Test Footage Leaks

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SDCC: First Look of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/sdcc-first-look-gal-gadot-wonder-woman-274320 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/sdcc-first-look-gal-gadot-wonder-woman-274320#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 03:56:31 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274320 Warner Brothers finally showed us what Gal Gadot will look like in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN.  The image has been polarizing to say the least, as many seem to love the look while others think she doesn’t fit the Amazon background as well as she could.  I like the small touches of color that keep in the […]

Kevin Finnigan, SDCC: First Look of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

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Warner Brothers finally showed us what Gal Gadot will look like in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN.  The image has been polarizing to say the least, as many seem to love the look while others think she doesn’t fit the Amazon background as well as she could.  I like the small touches of color that keep in the spirit of Wonder Woman while trying to do it’s own thing.  Gadot certainly has the look down.  One the other hand, I’m not a fan of the heels. But we shall have to wait until 2016 to see Gadot in action.

While it lasts, check out the footage shown today Aaaaaaaand it was taken down.

What do you think?

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Kevin Finnigan, SDCC: First Look of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

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Review: Lucy http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-lucy-274317 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-lucy-274317#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 03:49:34 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274317 In a summer full of sequels, prequels, and rebooks, it’s nice to see something original.  Lucy is certainly original, but also a lot of weird. The premise is quite simple; what would happen if a human used 100% of their brain?  Luc Besson starts with some decent enough science then blows it up with science […]

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Lucy

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In a summer full of sequels, prequels, and rebooks, it’s nice to see something original.  Lucy is certainly original, but also a lot of weird.

The premise is quite simple; what would happen if a human used 100% of their brain?  Luc Besson starts with some decent enough science then blows it up with science fiction about mid way through.  The result is a lot fun for the audience.  Besson jumps right into the plot ten minutes in and doesn’t lose focus for the brisk 90 minute film.  There is little character development, hero and villain alike, for the sake of showcasing Lucy’s powers as she opens up more of her brain.  This makes the movie quite thin on the plot side of things, but a short run time negates scenes running along with nothing to speak of in terms of development.

The main thing to take away from Lucy is this: this is a weird movie.  It constantly makes gigantic leaps in logic for the sake of a flashy set piece.  This isn’t bad considering its fun to see Scarlet Johansson run around and treat people like rag dolls, but it borders on the stupid side at points.  But these aren’t small leaps of logic we are talking about.  These are massive leaps that make you say, “How the fuck did we get here?”  This is where my enjoyment for the movie started to waver.  I’m fine with not having to think much for a movie, but when I need to think because I don’t understand what the hell is going on, we have a problem.  Most of these moments are near the end, so you have around an hour and fifteen before things start going downward.

The ending is really the big mind fuck.  While the leaps in logic are great it’s possible to see the train of thought of Besson.  If those are leaps of logic, then the ending is a plane ride so far from logic town that you can’t figure out where on Earth you are.  Weirdly enough though, it works.  The zaniness has been established enough that seeing Besson go nuts with theories is expected and encouraged.  And then movie ends with little to no explanation and says, “Deal with it.”  You have to respect a movie for doing that in a day where everything needs to be spoon fed to audiences.

The trailers made it seem like Lucy was going to be a complete badass along the lines of Haywire.  I went in expecting her to be kicking ass and taking names.  Instead she mostly uses her powers to make fools out of the villains.  It created a lot of very funny scenes, but didn’t fit my expectations.  The little ass kicking flows very well, and Johansson looks like a natural when the action heats up.  The villain, a Taiwanese gang, aren’t exactly the greatest villains.  They want their drugs back and you don’t develop much beyond that.

Scarlett Johansson keeps the movie’s wheels from coming undone.  She’s a likable lead and her becoming more robotic as her mind opens up feels believable.  Her deadpan delivery once she goes psedu-robotic becomes annoying and kills the little bit of seriousness this movie creates.  What really impressed me was the opening sequence when Lucy was still normal, and terrified beyond belief.  Scenes like this have been played out before, but Johansson brought so much terror and emotion to the screen that I feared for her life. Morgan Freeman seems to not realize what is going on around him as he’s quite a blank slate.  His only real purpose is to give the insanely large exposition dump at the beginning of the movie, and then provide somewhere for Lucy to go.

Lucy gets 3/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Lucy

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Review: Amazing Spider-Man #4 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-amazing-spider-man-4-274314 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-amazing-spider-man-4-274314#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:30:48 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274314 With Original Sin sweeping lots of books up in its tie-in wake, it was only a matter of time before Marvel’s best seller Amazing Spider-Man joined.  #4 isn’t exactly bad, but the execution is a little sloppy. We’ve known about another Spider hero making their debut for a while now, as Dan Slott has been […]

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Amazing Spider-Man #4

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With Original Sin sweeping lots of books up in its tie-in wake, it was only a matter of time before Marvel’s best seller Amazing Spider-Man joined.  #4 isn’t exactly bad, but the execution is a little sloppy.

We’ve known about another Spider hero making their debut for a while now, as Dan Slott has been teasing us for a few years.  Silk seems like an interesting character and will show Spider-Man another way to use his powers, which can lead to good stories.  But the execution of bringing her into the story just doesn’t feel right.  Unlike this week’s Daredevil #6, Amazing Spider-Man #4 doesn’t build off an established part of the character.  Silk seems like a fine enough character, and she uses her powers in some very interesting ways, but I didn’t feel like she made the splash she should have.  She quickly jumps out into the world and is quite accepting of everything around her. But that’s the problem when we don’t see much of her back story before her first appearance is over with.  I should make a distinction, as we see her set up, but not her back story.  Slott shows us how and why she was taken in by Ezekiel and that gives enough explanation for her power set, but Silk is still a blank slate in terms of character development.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the totem storylines that JMS brought up.  I started reading JMS’ run first so seeing Morlun in another storyline had me excited for nostalgia reasons.  Adding another Spider character, specifically a woman, is also exciting as it can play on the brother/sister angle that worked so well in Spider-Man: Family Business.  I realize that there are other Spider women, but all of them have established relationships with Peter that kind of nix the brother/sister angle.  Oh wait, can’t use that brother/sister angle because they are about to doink.  So this is her first time out of the prison that Ezekiel put her in and she just jumps into bed with the first guy she meets? It doesn’t feel right.  Either way, she’ll create a nice ripple in the love life of Peter Parker, and those stories are always entertaining.  Spider-Woman fans might be a tad worried, as that rumored Spider-Woman title could end up being Silk if Marvel has enough trust in Slott’s development of her over the next few months.

Humberto Ramos continues to be a polarizing artist.  I’m normally on the fence and can jump to both sides of the yard depending on the issue.  #4 showcases his two extremes unfortunately.  The spandex filled scenes look fantastic, and really showcase the size difference in some heroes. Then there is Silk leaving her prison and it’s difficult to tell where she is in the room or in relation to Spider-Man.  The costume is…..you know I’m not sure what to say about the costume. Logistically, it makes a lot of sense. Why doesn’t Spider-Man just web himself a suit?  Granted he doesn’t have organic webs anymore (or does he) so it doesn’t make sense NOW, but it did at one point.  But why doesn’t she cover more of her body?  The webbing is quite resilient, so it would make more sense to cover her entire body instead of being stylish.

Amazing Spider-Man #4 gets 3/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Amazing Spider-Man #4

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Review: Afterlife With Archie #6 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-afterlife-archie-6-274307 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-afterlife-archie-6-274307#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:00:04 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274307 “Witch in the Dream House”: The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after […]

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Afterlife With Archie #6

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“Witch in the Dream House”: The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! The award winning team of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla continue their celebrated run on the critically acclaimed series. A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit of the season continues! Definitely NOT for all ages!

After a short break, Afterlife With Archie is back this month with a new issue and the beginning of a new story arc that serves as an entry point for new readers. As always, the story is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art from Francesco Francavilla. Jack Morelli rounds things out with lettering. The first five issues blew readers away, but how does the beginning of the second round measure up?

This whole zombie ordeal in Riverdale got started when Jughead’s faithful canine companion Hotdog was hit by a car. Grief stricken, Jughead turned to Sabrina (the teenage witch) for help. The precocious little witch stole the dreaded Necronomicon and brought Hotdog back to life…well, life-ish. Her aunts sent her to witch purgatory and that was the last we saw. Now we see where Sabrina has been. When Sabrina finds herself in a mental institution run by Dr. Lovecraft, she quickly learns that things are not what they seem. Psychological terror meets the world of Archie as the world of Lovecraft brings some huge, huge changes to the life of Sabrina. Can Sabrina rage against the machine and turn the tables on this crazy world in which she has found herself? Will Lovecraft be able to use Sabrina as his pawn in a game of chess with some elder gods?

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa throws readers for a loop as he perfectly incorporates the work of H.P. Lovecraft into his high concept of zombified Archie characters. As odd as it seems on the surface, it’s an incredibly natural progression of events and makes Sabrina’s fate utterly terrifying. While Archie has brought the scares and chills, this is the most unsettling issue to date. This is pure psychological horror from beginning to end. There are no happy endings in the world of Afterlife With Archie, but Sabrina’s story may be the saddest. Francavilla also turns in his best work to date as well. There are creepy crawly things playing in the background of the story, but all the subtitles help build to a monumental reveal that will have you pouring over the final pages for several minutes. The artist lures you into a false sense of security with the first few pages being so bright and vibrant, but that quickly gives way to true horrors.

Bottom Line: Afterlife With Archie has been a series that has gotten a lot of people talking, but this is the issue that will have EVERYONE talking. Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla have begun their second arc in style, and it will be thrilling to see where it goes from here. 5/5

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Afterlife With Archie #6

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Review: Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-transformers-vs-g-joe-1-274299 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-transformers-vs-g-joe-1-274299#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:00:27 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274299 SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race—and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive—their version of “peace” does not match our own… After an impressive introduction in a #0 issue during Free Comic Book Day, Transformers VS. G.I. Joe officially gets underway this month […]

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1

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SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race—and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive—their version of “peace” does not match our own…

After an impressive introduction in a #0 issue during Free Comic Book Day, Transformers VS. G.I. Joe officially gets underway this month with the release of issue #1. The story is written by John Barber and Tom Scioli with art, colors, and lettering by Scioli. The 0 issue was a wild and utterly crazy thrill ride from beginning to end, but can the first issue keep up that pace?

Transformers came to earth during a big battle between the Joes and the forces of Cobra, and it didn’t go so well. Snakeyes narrowly escaped with his life, and got a disfigured face in the process. The first issue opens up not too long after that battle as we see how the Joes have moved on. Snakeyes is off on his own, essentially taking a vow to not get involved in Joes business again. Now a giant asteroid is approaching earth and the public is panicking. The Joes know that it’s not an asteroid though. The first battle was just a dress rehearsal, now Cybertron is making first contact with Earth and it’s up to the forces of Joe to welcome our visitors and determine whether they are friend or foe. A Joe is always prepared, but is there really any way to prepare for Decepticons? What sort of weapon could you possibly use against a giant robot from space?

Barber and Scioli write another fitting insane and cool issue. This is just pure 80s joy that surpasses anything you thought up while you were playing with your G.I. Joe and Transformers toys. Once again there is an unbelievable amount of story going on in these 20 pages and it feels like a double-sized issue in a lot of respects. I don’t know if it’s possible for a comic to have swagger, but this one pulls it off somehow. There are a ton of references to the respective comics and cartoon series for both the G.I. Joes and Transformers. The duo manage to craft a great story that sets up even bigger ideas than the zero issue teased. The final page seems to be showing us what the main idea for this series is, and it’s rather surprising. Scioli’s art has some heavy Kirby and Steranko influences from the panel layout to the composition, from the crackle of the explosions to the way the word balloons interact with the art. This entire series is hard to sum up in words, but it’s just retro fun. Scioli offers up stunning visuals and then takes things up another notch with the yellowing pages and psychedelic coloring.

Bottom Line: Transformers VS. G.I. Joe #1 is a comic you can hardly explain, it’s something that just has to be experienced. Scioli and Barber are absolutely crazy, but it’s a great kind of crazy that makes for a comic you’ll want to share with your friends. Whether you’re a Transformer fan, a G.I. Joe fan, or just a fan of retro goodness, this is one for you. 5/5

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Transformers VS G.I. JOE #1

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Review: Super Secret Crisis War!: Johnny Bravo #1 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-super-secret-crisis-war-johnny-bravo-1-274295 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-super-secret-crisis-war-johnny-bravo-1-274295#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:00:52 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274295 There’s trouble a brewin’ in Aron City; and no sir, it ain’t the kind that rhymes with pool! A robot from another dimension has appeared, intent on finding and challenging a hero – any hero – for its evil masters. Instead, the robot finds Johnny Bravo, and proof… that even a robot can be driven […]

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Super Secret Crisis War!: Johnny Bravo #1

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There’s trouble a brewin’ in Aron City; and no sir, it ain’t the kind that rhymes with pool! A robot from another dimension has appeared, intent on finding and challenging a hero – any hero – for its evil masters. Instead, the robot finds Johnny Bravo, and proof… that even a robot can be driven mad by exposure to Johnny’s obliviousness. Don’t miss this tie-in to the event of the summer — so cool, you’re gonna have to wear shades. Hyah!

Johnny Bravo is back in action this month thanks to IDW’s Super Secret Crisis War: Johnny Bravo #1. The story is written by Erik Burnham with art from Erica Henderson. Tom B. Long rounds things out with lettering. IDW has been putting out some great Cartoon Network themed books, but how does Johnny’s introduction fare?

Aku has unleashed his evil robot minions on pretty much every known dimension. Due to an accident with some Carpaxian wine, a minion gets beamed to Aron City. While the bot can’t find a worthy champion, he does run into Johnny Bravo. Johnny isn’t a champion, but he is a big, strong, dimwit who doesn’t know when to quit. Has the bot met his match? Will anyone be able to stand as Aron City’s champion? Will Johnny ever find himself a hot little momma?

Burnham writes a fast-paced and funny issue. Special one-shot tie-ins are always a hard sale for big events, but Burnham perfectly captures the style, feel, and humor of the show and one Mr. Johnny Bravo. This is just a normal day for Johnny and it happens to get broken up by one of Aku’s bots making the scene. Burnham has a little fun with the bot as well, playing on several Terminator gags. It’s a fun one-shot, but it doesn’t quite break the boundaries of just doing what it has to do before we get to the main story and the next tie-in story. Hopefully we see a lot more Johnny Bravo moving forward, and hopefully Burnham is the man writing his misadventures. Henderson’s art and colors give you the Johnny Bravo you know and love while offering up some new visual twists thanks to the overall Super Secret Crisis War sandbox in which we’re playing. There are a few fight sequences and Henderson handles them with the same skill and care as the visual gags and just everyday visuals of Aron City.

Bottom Line: Super Secret Crisis War brought Johnny Bravo back, but hopefully it wasn’t for a one-off appearance. This is a nice, quick, fun tie-in, but it doesn’t quite offer much more than some Johnny Bravo-ness. 3/5

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Super Secret Crisis War!: Johnny Bravo #1

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Review: Ordinary #3 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-ordinary-3-274303 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-ordinary-3-274303#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:51 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274303 WHAT IF YOUR ONLY SUPERPOWER WAS TO BE ABLE TO CHUG A DECAF LATTE? One day divorced plumber Michael Fisher woke up in his crummy one-bedroom apartment in Queens, New York, and discovered that everyone on planet Earth had gained super-powers… apart from him. The most ordinary man alive has now made it into Manhattan, […]

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Ordinary #3

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WHAT IF YOUR ONLY SUPERPOWER WAS TO BE ABLE TO CHUG A DECAF LATTE? One day divorced plumber Michael Fisher woke up in his crummy one-bedroom apartment in Queens, New York, and discovered that everyone on planet Earth had gained super-powers… apart from him. The most ordinary man alive has now made it into Manhattan, hoping to rescue his estranged son, Josh, from the creature trapping him in his school.

The third and final (maybe) installment of Titan Comics’ new series about an ordinary man who finds himself in some extraordinary circumstances hits today. The aptly titled Ordinary is from the creative team of writer Rob Williams and artist D’Israeli. The first two issues got things off to an interesting start, but does this month’s finale bring things to an end that’s anything but ordinary?

Michael has fought his way from Queens to Manhattan after the world went crazy and everyone in the entire world, except Michael, gained superpowers. While Michael doesn’t have any special gifts, he has decided to stop being such a screw-up for once in his life and do something right. He’s in search of his son, Josh, and he’s trying not to let anything stand in his way. The only problem is that a giant monster is standing in his way when he arrives at the school. If all of that wasn’t enough, Michael’s outburst on the news about not having powers has gotten the attention of the increasingly evil Vice President and the good doctor Tara McDonald. Can Michael save his son? Will he be the cure to saving humanity from its super powered plague? Will all of this be too much for Michael, causing him to run away from all responsibility yet again?

Williams writes a fantastic finale that surprisingly pulls heavily on the heartstrings. This has been a fast-paced, fun and funny series, and Williams keeps that up for the finale, but when Michael finds his son things take an interesting turn. Michael has been slowly evolving into a likeable guy, and Williams continues that and gives the journey a surprising twists that makes what Michael has been fighting for even more of a gut punch. Everything starts tying together with Michael’s story, the government, and the cause for the powers, but there are still a few questions left unanswered. None of the unanswered questions hurt the enjoyment of the series, and some make the reader think about what they’ve read (which is always great). D’Israeli has proven he can be big and bold with the fantastical world created by the plague that unleashes the powers, but this issue proves the artist can also handle the quieter and more emotional beats just as well. D’Israeli has perfectly captured Williams’ story for three issues, and this one lets the artist explore a little more than just flashy powered crowd scenes and sharp and witty scenes involving the government’s response to the epidemic. The colors are bright and vivid, making all the little details pop right off the page.

Bottom Line: Ordinary #3 ends on a high note. Williams and D’Israeli have used three issues to tell an extraordinarily fleshed out and expansive story in a relatively short amount of time. There is room for more exploration in this world, and it would be nice to see more, but this could easily serve as an actual end. No matter which route is taken, Ordinary is something special. 4.5/5

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Ordinary #3

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Review: Monster Motors One-Shot http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-monster-motors-one-shot-274287 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-monster-motors-one-shot-274287#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:03 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274287 The once-quiet town of Transylvania, Kentucky is under attack from Cadillacula, an evil vampire-car that sucks the gas out of other vehicles! The more victims he claims, the more powerful he gets. Genius mechanic Vic Frankenstein has a solution: build a monster to fight a monster. Vic and his android assistant iGOR (interactive Garage Operations Robot) […]

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Monster Motors One-Shot

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The once-quiet town of Transylvania, Kentucky is under attack from Cadillacula, an evil vampire-car that sucks the gas out of other vehicles! The more victims he claims, the more powerful he gets. Genius mechanic Vic Frankenstein has a solution: build a monster to fight a monster. Vic and his android assistant iGOR (interactive Garage Operations Robot) assemble a giant truck from the pieces of the town’s fallen vehicles. Frankenride is born and the battle between good and evil hits the road!

A quirky new one-shot hits this week from IDW called Monster Motors. The story is written by Brian Lynch with art from Nick Roche. Leonard O’Grady handles colors with Tom B. Long tackling lettering. With a story touting characters like Caddillacula and Frankenride, this could either be really good or really bad. Which one is it though?

Vic Frankenstein is something of a mechanical genius. He graduated at the top of his class and built his own truck from scratch while everyone else “was learning what a muffler was.” That’s why he jumped at the opportunity to buy his own garage when he saw one listed on the internet. When he arrives in Transylvania, Kentucky though, he quickly discovered that the listing didn’t give him the full rundown of what he was buying. When Vic opens up shop and starts working on cars, his dreams are dashed when he wakes up the next morning to find the cars destroyed and drained of all their gas. Enter the deadly Cadillacula, the vampire Cadillac who preys on weaker vehicles. When it takes a monster to beat a monster, Vic Frankenstein has to do something that will push the self-professed genius and egotist to his limits. Can Vic stop Cadillacula? What other monstrous motors are lurking in the Transylvanian darkness?

Lynch writes a fun and witty story that turns all the classic monsters on their heads, or wheels rather. This is a story filled with very familiar characters shown in a brand new light. Lynch brings the humor for sure, but he keeps the cars rather straight-laced and serious, which keeps Cadillacula, Frankenride, Wheelwolf, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hybrid, and all the rest from feeling like bad parodies. There are thrills, chills, and some big ideas laid out in the one-shot that hopefully get picked up in another issue or even an ongoing series. This is a strong story on its own, but hopefully we see more of it. Roche is a Transformers comic vet, so he’s a perfect fit for this story. He brings all the monstrous cars to life and gives them their own personalities. Cadillacula is fitting sleek, sharp, and dangerous, but Frankenride may be the standout with his front end making something of a growling face fitting of the monster he’s fashioned after. The humans are just as cool and stylized as the cars though. Vic’s spikey pompadour hair makes him look like just as much of a genius as a greaser. O’Grady’s colors are bright and vibrant, giving what could have been a dark story a nice splash of color and glowing headlights.

Bottom Line: Monster Motors is a one-shot, but hopefully IDW decides to extend the warranty on this shiny new car. Lynch and company give classic characters an interesting twist that makes for a surprisingly good read. 4/5

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Monster Motors One-Shot

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Celebrate BATMAN Day With A Look At The Evolution Of The Bat Symbol http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/celebrate-batman-day-look-evolution-bat-symbol-274312 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/celebrate-batman-day-look-evolution-bat-symbol-274312#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:53:17 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274312 Holy comic book holiday, Batman! Today is Batman day. This is the Dark Knight‘s 75th year of striking fear into the criminal element of Gotham, and to celebrate our friends at Halloween Costumes have put together an infographic looking at the evolution of the Bat symbol from the Caped Crusader‘s first appearance in Detective Comics […]

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Holy comic book holiday, Batman! Today is Batman day. This is the Dark Knight‘s 75th year of striking fear into the criminal element of Gotham, and to celebrate our friends at Halloween Costumes have put together an infographic looking at the evolution of the Bat symbol from the Caped Crusader‘s first appearance in Detective Comics #27 all the way to the 2000s. And if that wasn’t enough, you can also see how the symbol has changed on the big screen from the 1940s serials starring Lewis Wilson to Ben Affleck‘s highly-anticipated portrayal of the DC juggernaut in the upcoming Man of Steel kind-of sequel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Batman has always been a consistent symbol of heroism, but the actual symbol on his chest has changed quite a bit. What do you think? Which is your favorite?

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Review: Ragnarök #1 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-ragnarok-1-274291 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-ragnarok-1-274291#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274291 Ragnarök…the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology…the destruction of the Nine Worlds.  And now, three hundred years later, the birth of vengeance. Walter Simonson returns to comics in a BIG way with an all-new series… and doing what he does best!! Walter Simonson once again takes on Norse mythology this month in his new […]

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Ragnarök #1

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Ragnarök…the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology…the destruction of the Nine Worlds.  And now, three hundred years later, the birth of vengeance. Walter Simonson returns to comics in a BIG way with an all-new series… and doing what he does best!!

Walter Simonson once again takes on Norse mythology this month in his new series from IDW, Ragnarok #1. Simonson handles the script and art, but Laura Martin lends a hand on colors with John Workman providing lettering. Simonson has taken on Thor before, but how do things fare when it’s the actual Norse mythology this time and not that other god of thunder folks have come to know well?

The Twilight of the gods has come, and most all of the mighty have fallen in the epic battle. Three hundred years later the world is a much different place. Brynja, a Black Elf, embarks on a quest and a little something extra that will take her to places where no man has tread for centuries. Ragnarok may have ended, but the battle is just beginning. Can Byrnia make it past the giant gate guarded by a weird hammer? What will she and her team of assassins find if they are allowed to enter?

Simonson writes a solid story that dives right into the world of myth and magic. The Ragnarok event plays out over the course of 5 pages as we get a quick look at the big battle for the fate of the Nine Realms. We do get a peek at Thor, but this is a story about what happens after the battle, not the battle itself. Simonson throws us right into the story and builds up the characters and settings as he goes along. It’s a good read, but things really start clicking in the final pages. It’s a nice enough intro. The art is just pure Simonson. He uses a few of his tricks from that other Thor comic he used to do to make some stunning visuals and wide, sweeping fantasy settings. The 5 pages showing us the fall of the gods is nothing short of stunning. Martin’s colors help bring out all the details of Simonson’s art while keeping things a little more grounded than bright and colorful. It’s a nice mix that works well with this type of story.

Bottom Line: Simonson returns to comics in style, but the first issue of Ragnarok serves as quick set-up. With the final few pages promising bigger things, it appears we’ll be seeing lighting really strike next month. 3/5

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Review: Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever #2 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-star-trek-harlan-ellisons-city-edge-forever-2-274279 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-star-trek-harlan-ellisons-city-edge-forever-2-274279#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:36 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274279 Harlan Ellison’s Hugo and WGA Award-winning teleplay, visualized for the first time! Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Yeoman Rand return to the Enterprise following their first encounter with the Guardians of Forever, only to find a darker, more vicious crew of renegades awaiting them! Can they return the timestream to its proper state? And will […]

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever #2

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Harlan Ellison’s Hugo and WGA Award-winning teleplay, visualized for the first time! Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Yeoman Rand return to the Enterprise following their first encounter with the Guardians of Forever, only to find a darker, more vicious crew of renegades awaiting them! Can they return the timestream to its proper state? And will they even survive long enough to try?

IDW’s adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s mega-successful Star Trek teleplay continues this month with the release of Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever #2. The story is of course from Ellison’s original story, but Scott and David Tipton handle the comic script. J.K. Woodward provides painted art with Neil Uyetake rounding things out with lettering. The first issue showed a few small breakaways from the original, but how far does the second issue go?

Kirk, Spock, and Yeoman Rand don’t quite understand what has happened with the Guardians of Forever, but they do know that something bad happened when Beckwith jumped into the time stream. When the crew beams back aboard the Enterprise, they see just how much things have changed. There are no familiar faces on the Enterprise. In fact, there is no Enterprise. Kirk and company beam aboard The Condor and run into a bunch of renegades. Due to some quick thinking from Kirk and a few well-placed punches, time is bought and Kirk and Spock are beamed back to the place where they met the Guardians of Forever. The duo make their case for being sent back in time to correct Beckwith’s mistake, but the Guardians aren’t so receptive of the idea. Can Kirk and Spock set things back the way they should be? If they get sent back in time, will they even be able to find Beckwith at the crucial moment the Guardians warn them about?

The Tiptons do a great job of adapting Ellison’s original story. The first issue started off very similar to the way the finished project on TV did, but this month starts to break away from what we’ve already seen. Much like the altered timeline Beckwith causes, this month brings an alternate version of the TV story fans know, the way Ellison originally intended. It still has the emotional range and action bits of the first one, but it’s different and a little more edgy. You can definitely see the edge when Kirk and Spock arrive to the past. The rhetoric being spouted on the street plays with some of the same ideas of the TV show we’ve seen, but it’s a little more pointed and sharp. Woodward’s art is top notch. He perfectly captures Kirk and Spock’s look for the majority of the issue. There is an occasional panel or two where things are a little hectic and have a smudge effect, but those are few and far between. Woodward’s art really shines when we start to see the city Kirk and Spock find themselves thrown into when they arrive in our past. Woodward is even able to convey a sense of motion in his action sequences, something a lot of painted comics doesn’t always do well.

Bottom Line: City on the Edge of Tomorrow is the comic Star Trek fans have been waiting for. From here on out we’re in fresh territory. Fans have been wanting to see what the original screenplay would look like, and thanks to the Tiptons and Woodward’s realistic art, we’re getting as close as possible to finally seeing it play out. 4/5

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Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #2 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-turtles-time-2-274283 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-turtles-time-2-274283#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274283 The Turtles’ journey through time continues, and the next stop is Feudal Japan! The Turtles will meet some familiar faces and be forced to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Will stopping the Shredder mean the end of the Turtles as we know them? The Turtles continue their trip through time […]

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The Turtles’ journey through time continues, and the next stop is Feudal Japan! The Turtles will meet some familiar faces and be forced to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Will stopping the Shredder mean the end of the Turtles as we know them?

The Turtles continue their trip through time this month in the pages of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time #2. The story is written by Erik Burnham with art from Charles Paul Wilson III. Jeremy Mohler handles colors with Shawn Lee rounding things out with letters.

The Turtles narrowly escaped the prehistoric age and an interesting run-in with some of Krang’s compatriots, but now the fearsome foursome find themselves in feudal Japan. In need of a disguise, the Turtles help themselves to the armor of some bathing samurai. Not too long after that they run into an interesting man who is under attack from a very deadly clan. The Turtles quickly discover that their trip to the past has some monumental connections to their own history. Can the Turtles navigate this time period without causing irreversible damage to their own, personal timeline? What makes that man on the road so special to the Turtles to begin with?

Burnham writes a story with a lot of shocking twists and turns. While the first issue of Turtles in Time got things off to a nice, fun start, this issue gets into some real meaty issues that could have some long-lasting implications for the Turtles. This is an emotional and action-packed story that only gets better due to the setting of feudal Japan. It’s a natural setting for the TMNT, and it unsurprisingly makes for a great story. Wilson III’s art is a good fit for the setting as well. Things are a little scratchy, but the action and samurai armored Turtles looks fantastic and just plain thrilling. The artist does have the Turtles showing off their teeth a lot, which looks odd in a few panels, but the character work and Japanese painting vibe more than makes up for it. Mohler’s colors help play up the Japanese scroll-like vibe by offering up pages that look slightly yellowed. It even feels like these pages have been rolled up at one point like an ancient scroll.

Bottom Line: Turtles In Time knocks it out of the park this month. After a good enough first issue, Burnham and company take it up several notches and gives us a story that hits the Turtles in a very personal place. The ending has a bittersweet touch as well. 4.5/5

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #2

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ADVANCE Review: Sally and the Wasteland #1 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-sally-wasteland-1-274276 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-sally-wasteland-1-274276#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:15:46 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274276 While talking to Comic Book Therapy about Spike: A Dark Place, he showed us some artwork of a series that hadn’t come out yet.  A year later, Sally and the Wasteland has made it to shelves.  The final result is B-Movie magic in comic book form. Sally #1 deals with a rag tag group of […]

Kevin Finnigan, ADVANCE Review: Sally and the Wasteland #1

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While talking to Comic Book Therapy about Spike: A Dark Place, he showed us some artwork of a series that hadn’t come out yet.  A year later, Sally and the Wasteland has made it to shelves.  The final result is B-Movie magic in comic book form.

Sally #1 deals with a rag tag group of survivors and their bar in Southern Louisiana.  Most of the characters fit the bill of stereotypical post apocalyptic survivors.  As a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, I was filled with a weird since of joy.  I understood these characters and how they acted from their first panel.  Even if you aren’t familiar with the tropes of terrible B-movies, Gischler uses his panel space wisely so that every character has a moment to develop.  Enough that we have an opinion on whether we want them to live or die.  Sally is a decent enough lead, even though her humor can be a little overbearing at points.  Granted she’s the only humor throughout the issue, but some of the jokes just don’t land.

The plot start of the apocalypse in this story isn’t mentioned, but that doesn’t keep the story from working well.  Civilization is over and that’s all that matters.  Why are there massive sea creatures that are very aggressive? STOP THINKING SO MUCH.  It’s fun and that’s what I choose to focus on.  Gischler covers a lot of ground in Sally #1, but the issue has a decent pace and never feels cramped.  Every character is introduced, the plot is explained, threats are given importance, and there’s a decent cliffhanger.  I’m a big proponent of a good #1 to keep me coming back for a series, and Sally and the Wasteland #1 did that exceptionally well and shows a lot of promise for the future of this series.

Tazio Bettin does a great job on artwork.  Characters fit the B-Movie stereotypes they are written as well.  He jumps back and forth between heavy action and talking head scenes very well, and never lacks on the attention to detail. The massive aquatic creatures have a great look, and Betting uses angels well to instill a sense of massive height.  The colors really stood out to me as Bettin goes for a color palette similar to a Fallout game.  Since Sally is our lead, it’s not surprising she stands out with the only flash colors.  The one thing that I would call a slight “negative” was shying away from the nudity at the end of the issue. There is nudity throughout the issue, so why be shy all of a sudden?  It looks like Gischler is going for an exploitation vibe near the end so go all out with the idea.  But that’s just me.

Sally and the Wasteland #1 gets 4.5/5.

Kevin Finnigan, ADVANCE Review: Sally and the Wasteland #1

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“THE FIFTH BEATLE” SCORES 2 HARVEY AWARD NOMINATIONS http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/the-fifth-beatle-scores-2-harvey-award-nominations-274274 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/the-fifth-beatle-scores-2-harvey-award-nominations-274274#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:39:46 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274274 If you are a fan of the Beatles you definitely have to read The Fifth Beatle. It’s A MUST! PRESS RELEASE: WRITER/PRODUCER VIVEK J. TIWARY ON 2 COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014 PANELS: “Comics and Pop Music!” with MARKY RAMONE and “The Fifth Beatle: The Beatles, The Big Screen, and Beyond” NEW YORK (July 21, 2014) –“The […]

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If you are a fan of the Beatles you definitely have to read The Fifth Beatle. It’s A MUST!

PRESS RELEASE:

WRITER/PRODUCER VIVEK J. TIWARY
ON 2 COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014 PANELS:

“Comics and Pop Music!” with MARKY RAMONE and
“The Fifth Beatle: The Beatles, The Big Screen, and Beyond”

NEW YORK (July 21, 2014) –“The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story” by writer/producer Vivek J. Tiwary and artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, has garnered two Harvey Award nominations for “Best Graphic Novel – Original” and “Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation.” One of the most established and prestigious comics honors, the Harvey Awards are the only awards that are fully nominated and granted by fellow comic book creators. Voting is open to “those who write, draw, ink, color, letter, design, edit or are involved in the creative aspect of comics.” The ballot is available here: http://www.harveyawards.org/2014-final-ballot/. Winners will be presented September 6, 2014 in Baltimore, MD, at the Baltimore Comic-Con. “The Fifth Beatle” has also been nominated for two Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for “Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Interior Art)” and “Best Reality-Based Work.” The “Eisners” awarded July 25th at Comic-Con International.

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The Fifth Beatle” is about Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager and essentially the man behind their great success. Paul McCartney said, “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.” A film version of the New York Times best-selling graphic novel is in development and has secured unprecedented access to Beatles’ music. Tiwary has written the screenplay and is producing.

Tiwary is participating in two panels during Comic-Con International 2014:

“Comics And Pop Music!” — Discussing the historical ties between popular music and comics. Patrick Reed (editor of Depth Of Field Magazine) will moderate, and music legend Marky Ramone (drummer of The Ramones) will serve as a fellow panelist among other creators, publishers, and musicians. Said Tiwary, “Being on a panel with Marky Ramone, talking about ‘The Fifth Beatle,’ at Comic-Con International is a teenage dream come true, on so many levels!” This panel will take place on July 26th from 7:00 – 8:00p.m. in room 28DE in the San Diego Convention Center.

“The Fifth Beatle: The Beatles, The Big Screen, and Beyond”—One of the hottest graphic novels of 2013, ”The Fifth Beatle” is now one of the most highly anticipated films, having secured the approval of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison, along with unprecedented access to the entire Beatles music catalog. Join us as Fifth Beatle writer and producer Vivek J. Tiwary introduces a series of very special guests for a discussion of The Fifth Beatle’s development, and breaking news. This panel will take place on July 27th from 10:00-11:00a.m. in room 24ABC in the San Diego Convention Center.

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Additionally, Tiwary penned a short story for Valiant Comics’ Harbinger #25, for which indie comics icon Gilbert Hernandez illustrated a limited edition variant cover. The version with the Hernandez cover will be sold exclusively at Comic-Con International, benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Both Tiwary and Hernandez, among others, will appear at the CBLDF booth (#1920) to sign a limited number of copies starting 12pm Saturday, July 26th.

VIVEK J. TIWARY APPEARANCE SCHEDULE AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2014

THURSDAY, JULY 24
“The Fifth Beatle” signing from 5:00-6:00p.m. at the Dark Horse booth (#2615)
FRIDAY, JULY 26
Valiant Harbinger signing from 12:00-2:00p.m. at the CBLDF booth (#1920)
“The Fifth Beatle” signing from 6:00-7:00p.m. at the Dark Horse booth (#2615)
“Comics and Pop Music!” panel from 7:00-8:00p.m. in room 28DE in the San Diego Convention Center.
SATURDAY, JULY 27
“The Fifth Beatle: The Beatles, The Big Screen, and Beyond” panel from 10:00-11:00a.m. in room 24ABC in the San Diego Convention Center.

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THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY RETURNS THIS OCTOBER! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/the-lil-depressed-boy-returns-this-october-274269 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/the-lil-depressed-boy-returns-this-october-274269#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:09:26 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274269 The wait is finally over! After a hiatus, Sina Grace and Shaun Struble are back with more Li’l Depressed Boy goodness! Check the press release below: Writer Shaun Steven Struble and artist Sina Grace come together to deliver the the latest entry in the Li’l Depressed Boy series that’s sure to delight fans THE LI’L […]

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The wait is finally over! After a hiatus, Sina Grace and Shaun Struble are back with more Li’l Depressed Boy goodness!

Check the press release below:
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Writer Shaun Steven Struble and artist Sina Grace come together to deliver the the latest entry in the Li’l Depressed Boy series that’s sure to delight fans THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY: SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TOO coming to Image Comics this October. Struble and Grace will be signing at San Diego Comic-Con International on Thursday, 7/24 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Image booth (#2729).

Picking up where they left off, Li’l Depressed Boy takes up his adventures in love, life, and vinyl, but this time with the further romantic complications that come with enjoying a new relationship while occasionally bumping into the ex—a punkster named Jazz—and the residual feelings that stirs up.

In an interview with USA Today, Struble said, “LDB is conflicted about Jazz. She broke his heart, but he doesn’t think she did it on purpose. He now knows to not let himself get too close to her, but she has a habit of appearing when least expected.”

Grace added: “The scripts Struble sent me have been the best blend of melancholic love, and I hope that readers old and new are as excited as we are for LDB’s return to the spinner racks!”

Join LDB as he copes with work woes and navigates love triangles in LI’L DEPRESSED BOY: SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TOO #1.

LI’L DEPRESSED BOY: SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TOO #1 arrives in stores on 10/1 and will be available for only $3.99. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code AUG140550.

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Kickstart The Art: UNIT 44 Issues #2-4 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/kickstart-art-unit-44-issues-2-4-274257 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/kickstart-art-unit-44-issues-2-4-274257#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:00:59 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274257 Welcome to another edition of Kickstart The Art, the semi-regular feature where we bring attention to some cool comic book related Kickstarter projects we think you’ll like. Today’s entry is the second wave of a previous project we covered late last year. Wes Locher and Eduardo Jimenez‘s Unit 44 is looking to fund the last […]

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44Welcome to another edition of Kickstart The Art, the semi-regular feature where we bring attention to some cool comic book related Kickstarter projects we think you’ll like. Today’s entry is the second wave of a previous project we covered late last year. Wes Locher and Eduardo Jimenez‘s Unit 44 is looking to fund the last three issues of their four-part series. The Kickstarter for the first issue was 138% funded, so to say their is interest in the series is an understatement. The new campaign has just passed the halfway point, but there’s still a good ways to go.

You can read the write-up for the first issue by clicking here, but Unit 44 is a far-out sci-fi/comedy about two Area 51 agents who let the payments for one of the facilities off-site storage facilities lapse and eventually be sold in a storage auction. The alien artifacts housed within are important for one of Area 51′s new projects, so it’s up to big and tough Agent Hatch and the young screw-up Agent Gibson to get everything back or loose something very important to them. Locher has described the series as MIB meets Storage Wars, and that’s about as appropriate a description as you could come up with.

I was lucky enough to get to read the first issue of Unit 44, and it’s a fast-paced story full of wit and some great humor that’s appropriate for all-ages. It’s the rare comic that’s appropriate for everyone with jokes that can keep kids just as entertained as adults. Locher writes a sharp introductory story that checks off all the boxes you need in a first issue (character intros, laying out the plot, giving our characters a goal, etc.) while still keeping things moving along and breaking away from a lot of the more cliched elements you can think of for things like alien invasions and government conspiracies. Jimenez‘s art is just flat-out clean. The artist uses some sharp lines that make for well-defined characters that can convey emotion and get across the various gags Locher throws the artist’s way. We don’t get a great look at the alien tech just yet, but what we do see is funky and recognizable, yet out-there enough to make us think it truly is alien in origin. The last few pages guarantee you’ll want to see what happens next as well.

The campaign’s page says that the money will “fund the creation of the art for issues #2-4 of the sci-fi/humor comic book series UNIT 44. The first issue is complete and now it’s time to finish the series! The funds raised will allow artist Eduardo Jimenez to set aside several other projects to focus solely on finishing the comic book for release in Fall 2014.” The series will eventually be released as a digital-first initiative by Alterna Comics, but contributors will get a wide variety of digital incentives and specials at all pledge levels. This is definitely a series and creative team you’ll hear a lot about in the very near future, so it’s the perfect time to jump aboard the Unit 44 train and see what it’s all about. You can check out the Kickstar page right here (where you can see the first 7 pages of issue #1), Locher’s Twitter page here, his website here, and Jimenez’s Twitter here.

Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell, Kickstart The Art: UNIT 44 Issues #2-4

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IMAGE COMICS’ SDCC 2014 SIGNING SCHEDULE http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/image-comics-sdcc-2014-signing-schedule-274254 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/image-comics-sdcc-2014-signing-schedule-274254#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:24:12 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274254 PRESS RELEASE: SDCC 2014 features a packed schedule of popular creators Image Comics is pleased to announce the schedule of exciting creator signings that will take place over the course of San Diego Comic Con, Wednesday, July 23 – Sunday, July 27 at the Image Comics booth (#2729). *TICKETED* denotes signings will be ticketed. Tickets […]

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PRESS RELEASE:

SDCC 2014 features a packed schedule of popular creators

Image Comics is pleased to announce the schedule of exciting creator signings that will take place over the course of San Diego Comic Con, Wednesday, July 23 – Sunday, July 27 at the Image Comics booth (#2729).

*TICKETED* denotes signings will be ticketed. Tickets will be given out at the booth as soon as the convention floor opens. Tickets will be available for attendee badges only. There will be a limit of a maximum of 5 items per person for ticketed signings.

**Grading services will not be permitted during signings for Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Chris Dingess and Matt Roberts. All books that want to be signed and graded by CGC must be taken to the CGC booth, #901. There will be a fee associated with these signings. Cutoff times for CGC signature submissions are as follows: Sunday, July 27th at 10 a.m. for Robert Kirkman, Matt Roberts and Chris Dingess. Cutoff for Charlie Adlard is Thursday, July 24th at 3 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, 7/23:
6 – 7 p.m. IMAGE EXPO’s Special Surprise Guests
7 – 8 p.m. Robert Kirkman *TICKETED*
7 – 8 p.m. Tula Lotay
8 – 9 p.m. Jonathan Layman & Rob Guillory

THURSDAY, 7/24:
10 – 10:45 a.m. Sina Grace & Daniel Freedman
10 – 10:45 a.m. Johnnie Christmas

11 – 11:45 p.m. John Layman & Rob Guillory
11 – 11:45 p.m. Scott Snyder *TICKETED*
11 – 12 p.m. Khary Randolph

12 – 12:45 p.m. Nick Dragotta *TICKETED*
12 – 12:45 p.m. Bryan J.L. Glass
12 – 1 p.m. Matt Roberts

1 – 1:45 p.m. Rick Remender *TICKETED*
1 – 1:45 p.m. Amy Reeder
1 – 1:45 p.m. Roc Upchurch

2 – 2:45 p.m. Joshua Williamson & Mike Henderson
2 – 2:45 p.m. Daniel Corey

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard *TICKETED*
3 – 3:45 p.m. Nick Pitarra
3 – 3:45 p.m. Tula Lotay

4 – 4:45 p.m. John Layman & Rob Guillory
4 – 4:45 p.m. Jason Latour

5 – 5:45 p.m. Ryan Burton
5 – 5:45 p.m. Kel Symons

FRIDAY, 7/25:
10 – 10:45 a.m. Rick Remender *TICKETED*
10 – 10:45 a.m. Ryan Burton

11 – 11:45 p.m. Brian K. Vaughan *TICKETED*
11 – 11:45 p.m. Frank J. Barbiere
11 – 12 p.m. Joshua Williamson

12 – 12:45 p.m. Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel
12 – 12:45 p.m. Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky *TICKETED*
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Scott Tolleson & George Gasper

1 – 1:45 p.m. Kelly Sue DeConnick *TICKETED*
1 – 1:45 p.m. Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky *TICKETED*
1 – 2 p.m. Scott Tolleson & George Gasper

2 – 2:45 p.m. Joe Harris
2 – 2:45 p.m. Jason Aaron & Jason Latour *TICKETED*
2 – 3 p.m. Khary Randolph

3 – 3:45 p.m. Jim Zub
3 – 3:45 p.m. John Layman & Rob Guillory
3 – 4 p.m. Brandon Seifert

4 – 4:45 p.m. Scott Snyder *TICKETED*
4 – 4:45 p.m. John Layman & Rob Guillory
4 – 5 p.m. Chris Dingess & Matt Roberts

5 – 5:45 p.m. Nick Dragotta *TICKETED*
5 – 5:45 p.m. Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare
5 – 5:45 p.m. Tula Lotay

SATURDAY, 7/26:
10 – 10:45 a.m. Jason Aaron & Jason Latour *TICKETED*
10 – 10:45 a.m. Scott Snyder *TICKETED*

11 – 11:45 p.m. Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples *TICKETED*
11 – 11:45 p.m. Matt Fraction *TICKETED*
11 – 12 p.m. Chris Dingess & Matt Roberts

12 – 12:45 p.m. Kelly Sue DeConnick *TICKETED*
12 – 12:45 p.m. Nick Dragotta *TICKETED*
12 – 1 p.m. David Schulner, Aaron Ginsberg & Wade McIntyre

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Robert Kirkman *TICKETED*
1 – 1:45 p.m. John Layman & Rob Guillory

2 – 2:45 p.m. Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel

3 – 3:45 p.m. Joshua Williamson & Mike Henderson
3 – 4 p.m. Todd McFarlane *TICKETED*

4 – 4:45 p.m. Rick Remender *TICKETED*
4 – 4:45 p.m. Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare

5 – 5:45 p.m. Nick Pitarra
4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Norman Reedus *TICKETED, only signing AIR posters—will be provided at the signing*

SUNDAY, 7/27:
10 – 10:45 a.m. Josh Howard
10 – 10:45 a.m. Ken Kristensen

11 – 11:45 a.m. Jason Latour
11 – 11:45 a.m. Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples *TICKETED*

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Robert Kirkman *TICKETED*
12 – 12:45 p.m. Nick Dragotta *TICKETED*

1 – 1:45 p.m. John Layman
1 – 1:45 p.m. Tim Seeley

2 – 2:45 p.m. Jim Zub
2 – 2:45 p.m. Stuart Moore
2 – 3 p.m. Joshua Williamson

3 – 3:45 p.m. Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare
3 – 3:45 p.m. Kyle Higgins

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DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2014 SCHEDULE! http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/dark-horse-announces-san-diego-comic-con-2014-schedule-274250 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/dark-horse-announces-san-diego-comic-con-2014-schedule-274250#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:12:37 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274250 PRESS RELEASE: It’s here! San Diego Comic-Con 2014 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is delivering a full slate of signings from your favorite creators! DARK HORSE COMICS | SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2014 | BOOTH #2615 SIGNING SCHEDULE All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters […]

Agent Burgos, DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2014 SCHEDULE!

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PRESS RELEASE:

It’s here! San Diego Comic-Con 2014 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is delivering a full slate of signings from your favorite creators!

DARK HORSE COMICS | SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2014 | BOOTH #2615

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

We have two signing stages: one featuring the art of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy; the other, the art of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain. The location of each signing is indicated by the following abbreviations:

HB = Hellboy Signing Stage ST = The Strain Signing Stage

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, JULY 24

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS: Becky Cloonan

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB ROBOCOP VS. THE TERMINATOR: Walter Simonson

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Fabrice Condominas, Noel Lukasewich, Tony Parker

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB PICTURES THAT TICK 2: Dave McKean

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST BUZZKILL & THE GHOST FLEET: Donny Cates

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB DRAGON GIRL AND MONKEY KING: Katsuya Terada

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST THE WORLD OF THE WITCHER: Rafal Jaki, Damien Monnier

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST CREEPY & EERIE: Dan Braun, Uncle Creepy, Cousin Eerie

2:30 p.m.–3:20 p.m. HB THE STRAIN: Guillermo del Toro, Mike Huddleston, E. M. Gist (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST DRAGON AGE: Patrick Weekes, Nick Thornborrow, Ben Gelinas

3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m. HB THE STAR WARS: Jonathan Rinzler

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST THE GUNS OF SHADOW VALLEY: James Andrew Clark

4:30 p.m.–5:20 p.m. HB CRIMINAL MACABRE & BREATH OF BONES: Steve Niles

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. ST THE FIFTH BEATLE: Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson

5:30 p.m.–6:20 p.m. HB CONAN RED SONJA: Jim Zub

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. ST CONCRETE PARK: Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander

FRIDAY, JULY 25

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB USAGI YOJIMBO 30TH ANNIVERSARY: Stan Sakai

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST GROO VS. CONAN: Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragonés

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST THE BEST OF COMIX BOOK: Denis Kitchen, Trina Robbins

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB THE GOON: Eric Powell

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST PARIAH: Aron Warner, Brett Weldele

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER & ANGEL & FAITH: Georges Jeanty,
Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST BLACKSAD: Juanjo Guarnido

2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. HB HELLBOY 20TH ANNIVERSARY: Mike Mignola

2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. ST THE WITCHER: Paul Tobin, Rafal Jaki

3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m. HB RESURRECTIONISTS, ACTION PHILOSOPHERS, THE COMPLETE SILENCERS,
CONAN THE AVENGER & PROJECT BLACK SKY: Fred Van Lente

3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m. ST BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

4:30 p.m.–5:20 p.m. HB BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire

4:30 p.m.–5:20 p.m. ST THE MASSIVE: Garry Brown

5:30 p.m.–6:20 p.m. HB THE LAST OF US, THE ART OF NAUGHTY DOG & A SECOND CHANCE AT SARAH:
Neil Druckmann

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. ST STAR WARS: Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley, Carlos D’Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Dave
Wilkins, Tim Siedell, Michael Heisler

6:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m. HB MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Fabrice Condominas, Noel Lukasewich

SATURDAY, JULY 26

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB DREAM THIEF: Jai Nitz, Greg Smallwood, THE BLACK BEETLE: Francesco Francavilla

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST DRAGON AGE: Patrick Weekes, Nick Thornborrow, Ben Gelinas

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST COLDER: Paul Tobin, Juan Ferreyra

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB STAR WARS: Adam Hughes, Matt Kindt, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb, Wes Dzioba,
Michael Heisler, Ariel Olivetti

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB MIND MGMT: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST: DARK HORSE SUPERHEROES: Christopher Sebela, Dan Parsons (Ghost);
Tim Seeley (The Occultist); Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy, Project Black Sky);
Michael Broussard (Project Black Sky); Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight)

2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. HB AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER & THE LEGEND OF KORRA:
Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru, Jessie Flower (WRISTBAND REQUIRED. In addition to distribution by drawing on Friday and Saturday at show opening, there will be some wristbands given as prizes during the Avatar: The Last Airbender—Legend and Legacy panel on Saturday, July 26, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in Room 24ABC.)

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST SUNDOWNERS: Tim Seeley

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST DRAGON GIRL AND MONKEY KING: Katsuya Terada

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Fabrice Condominas, Noel Lukasewich

4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. HB SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR: Frank Miller, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin,
Rosario Dawson, Robert Rodriguez
(WRISTBAND REQUIRED. One poster per wristband will be provided. No other items allowed.
No photos. Other restrictions may apply.)

5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ST GRENDEL VS. THE SHADOW: Matt Wagner

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. HB PROMETHEUS, ALIENS, PREDATOR & ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: Paul Tobin,
Juan Ferreyra, Chris Roberson, Joshua Williamson, Ariel Olivetti, E. M. Gist,
Christopher Sebela

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. ST THE FIFTH BEATLE: Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson

SUNDAY, JULY 27

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB 47 RONIN & THE ATOMIC LEGION: Stan Sakai, Mike Richardson

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST CONCRETE PARK: Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander

11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. HB STAR WARS: LEGACY, DEEP GRAVITY: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. HB SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER & ANGEL & FAITH: Joss Whedon
(WRISTBAND REQUIRED.)

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger, Mariah Huehner, Cat Farris

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST BUZZKILL & THE GHOST FLEET: Donny Cates

1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. HB TO BE ANNOUNCED ON TUESDAY, JULY 22
(WRISTBAND REQUIRED. One print per wristband will be provided. No other items
allowed. Other restrictions may apply.)

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Fabrice Condominas, Noel Lukasewich

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST THE STRAIN: Mike Huddleston

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. HB FURIOUS: Bryan J. L. Glass

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST AXE COP: Ethan Nicolle

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ADVANCE Review: Doctor Who the 11th Doctor #1 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-doctor-who-the-11th-doctor-1-274244 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/advance-review-doctor-who-the-11th-doctor-1-274244#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:04:29 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274244 It seems like just yesterday that the 11th Doctor said his final goodbyes.  But The Raggedy Man lives on in Doctor Who the 11th Doctor #1.  The story is superb, but the artwork is less than ideal. The 11th Doctor #1 goes a different route than the 10th Doctor and tells a one and done […]

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It seems like just yesterday that the 11th Doctor said his final goodbyes.  But The Raggedy Man lives on in Doctor Who the 11th Doctor #1.  The story is superb, but the artwork is less than ideal.

The 11th Doctor #1 goes a different route than the 10th Doctor and tells a one and done instead of starting  new arc.  This fits with Steven Moffat’s style of telling one and done stories with the Doctor instead of multi episode epics.  Al Ewing and Rob Williams use the abstract nature of Moffat’s stories quite well with a dog like creature that feeds on negative emotions.  Simple, but speaks wonders about the human condition and plays off the Doctor’s love of humans well.  The ending itself is very sweet and felt like a Moffat episode.  The characterization of the Doctor is spot on by Ewing and Williams.  He’s zany, but has a grounded human side to him as well.  His quick chemistry with Alice feels natural and perfect for a character who wants to see everyone happy.

11th’s new companion, Alice, is set up very well throughout this #1. There is one thing that I wish Ewing and Williams hadn’t brought over, and that was the quick acclimation that the companion has to everything going on.  Weird man chasing after a rainbow dog? Sure I’ll tag along! It breaks the issue to a degree as it makes zero sense for her to be joining this strange man, even if her life is incredibly sad.  But it’ s a small qualm in an otherwise strongly written issue.  While I normally like that companions have a base in their time period like a family, having the companion completely alone is also an interesting story angle I’m excited to see.  After one issue I already want to see the 11th Doctor back so that I could see her interact with him in live action. The slight tease for future was a nice touch that dug a hook in me for the future.  Ewing and Williams writing will be the main reason I come back for #2 in 30 days.

I read The 10th Doctor #1 first and I was blown away by the art. I was expecting something similar with this issue and I was really disappointed. The exaggerated style doesn’t suit the story well and looks completely ugly at points.  The Doctor looks nothing like Matt Smith save a few panels.  In fact, it looks like one of those artists on a boardwalk did a caricature of Matt Smith and Simon Fraser based his pencils off that. I hope that future issues will use a different penciler.  It comes at no surprise that three letterers were needed for this issue. The constant change in color really set the tone of the book well.  I didn’t realize until my second read through that the happier Alice got the more similar the thought boxes were to the Tardis.  Great subtle touch.

Doctor Who the 11th Doctor #1 gets 3.5/5.

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IMAGE COMICS EXCLUSIVES AVAILABLE AT SDCC http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/image-comics-exclusives-available-at-sdcc-274242 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/image-comics-exclusives-available-at-sdcc-274242#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:07:12 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274242 Image comics has sent out a press release showcasing all of their exclusives for San Diego Comic Con 2014! A limited number of exclusives to be available at San Diego Comic-Con Image Comics is pleased to announce that a limited number of exclusive releases will be available to purchase over the course of San Diego […]

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Image comics has sent out a press release showcasing all of their exclusives for San Diego Comic Con 2014!

A limited number of exclusives to be available
at San Diego Comic-Con

Image Comics is pleased to announce that a limited number of exclusive releases will be available to purchase over the course of San Diego Comic-Con, Wednesday, July 23 – Sunday, July 27, with many of the creators on-hand for signings throughout the convention. Stay tuned for the detailed Image Comics signing schedule. Image Comics and Skybound releases can be purchased at the Image Comics booth (#2729), and Top Cow releases can be purchased at the Top Cow booth (#2629)

EXCLUSIVE SDCC ISSUES:
Image Comics:
- LOW #1, by Rick Remender & Wes Craig, $10
- THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #2, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, $10
- SUPREME: BLUE ROSE #1, by Warren Ellis & Tula Lotay, $10
- CHEW: WARRIOR CHICKEN POYO #1 (Foil Cover) by John Layman & Rob Guillory, $10
- NAILBITER #3, by Josh Williamson & Mike Henderson, $10

Skybound:
- MANIFEST DESTINY #8 (Connecting Cover), by Chris Dingess & Matthew Roberts, $10
- THE WALKING DEAD #129 (Connecting Cover), by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, $10
- TECH JACKET #1 (Foil Cover), by Joe Keatinge & Khary Randolph, $10

Top Cow:
- APHRODITE IX / CYBER FORCE #1, by Matt Hawkins & Stjepan Sejic, $10

EXCLUSIVE SDCC PAPERBACKS:
Image Comics:
- GIANT SIZED KUNG FU BIBLE STORIES, Edited by Erik Larsen & Bruce Timm, $20

Top Cow:
- APHRODITE IX: REBIRTH, VOL. 2, $20

EXCLUSIVE SDCC HARDCOVERS:
Image Comics:
- DEADLY CLASS, VOL. 1, by Rick Remender & Wes Craig, $35
- ROCKET GIRL, VOL. 1, by Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare, $35

Skybound:
- INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 2, $100
- MANIFEST DESTINY VOL. 1, $30
- WITCH DOCTOR VOL. 1, $30
- THIEF OF THIEVES VOL. 3, $30

EXCLUSIVE SDCC T-SHIRTS:
- “I ♥ Comics” M/W S-XL, $20; XXL, $25
- “I ♥ SDCC” M/W S-XL, $20; XXL, $25

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Warner Bros. and Comic-Con Reveal Official Bags for Comic-Con 2014 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/warner-bros-and-comic-con-reveal-official-bags-for-comic-con-2014-274223 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/warner-bros-and-comic-con-reveal-official-bags-for-comic-con-2014-274223#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:51:57 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274223 The biggest comic convention in the world begins next week and while we are preparing for it, we bring you a look at the always amazing tote bags! PRESS RELEASE: TOTE YOUR FAVE COMIC-CON® 2014 LOOT IN THE OFFICIAL BAG FROM WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT WARNER BROS. AND COMIC-CON ONCE AGAIN TEAM UP TO PROVIDE OFFICIAL […]

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The biggest comic convention in the world begins next week and while we are preparing for it, we bring you a look at the always amazing tote bags!
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PRESS RELEASE:
TOTE YOUR FAVE COMIC-CON® 2014 LOOT IN THE OFFICIAL BAG
FROM WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT

WARNER BROS. AND COMIC-CON ONCE AGAIN TEAM UP TO PROVIDE
OFFICIAL BAG OF SDCC 2014 — WITH 13 DIFFERENT DESIGNS!

The Collectible Bags Double as a Backpack and Highlight Warner Bros. Television’s
Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, The Following, Gotham, iZOMBIE, The Originals,
The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Mike Tyson Mysteries and Teen Titans Go!

Plus Two Totes Tout DC Comics’ Famed Caped Crusader, Batman — One Bag
Celebrates the 75th Anniversary, the Other the Classic 1966 TV Series

BURBANK, Calif. (July 17, 2014) — The bags are back! Comic-Con 2014 attendees hoping for a colorful and commemorative keepsake bag to hold their best swag are once again in luck. For the fifth year running, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Comic-Con have teamed up to produce and distribute the official bag of Comic-Con, which will be distributed to fans when checking it at the Con. The highly coveted bag, which can also be worn conveniently as a backpack, has been called a “must-have” by Variety and Comic-Con’s “ubiquitous accessory” by Entertainment Weekly.

More than 130,000 of the bags have been produced and will be provided to Comic-Con attendees throughout the convention.
The all-new 2014 edition again features backpack styling and features 13 different designs.
To download images of the bags, please click here: http://bit.ly/Wkkrum
Designed by Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing, each bag features double-sided artwork, with the all-new Comic-Con 2014 official design on one side and the other side highlighting titles from the Studio’s TV series and the 75th anniversary of Batman.
Current Warner Bros. Television and Warner Bros. Animation series featured on the SDCC bags are Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, The Following, Gotham, iZOMBIE, Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Originals, Supernatural, Teen Titans Go! and The Vampire Diaries.
And two of the bags will feature DC Comics’ legendary caped crusader: one design will celebrate the 75th anniversary celebration of Batman, and another will highlight the classic and iconic Batman TV series from 1966.
For continuing info on the Studio’s plans at Comic-Con, please visit comiccon.thewb.com and follow @warnerbrostv on Twitter (hashtag #WBSDCC). For official information about Comic-Con 2014, visit www.comic-con.org and follow Comic-Con on Twitter at @Comic_Con.

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Lion Forge Comics Expands Distribution With IDW Publishing http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/lion-forge-comics-expands-distribution-with-idw-publishing-274206 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/lion-forge-comics-expands-distribution-with-idw-publishing-274206#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:15:16 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274206 PRESS RELEASE: Digital Publisher Behind Airwolf, Knight Rider, and Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier Comics to Launch Print Versions of Licensed and Original Properties Since it doesn’t always make sense to bag and board your smartphone to try and preserve your digital comic-book collection, Lion Forge Comics has partnered with award-winning publisher IDW Publishing to introduce […]

Agent Burgos, Lion Forge Comics Expands Distribution With IDW Publishing

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PRESS RELEASE:

Digital Publisher Behind Airwolf, Knight Rider, and Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier Comics to Launch Print Versions of Licensed and Original Properties

Since it doesn’t always make sense to bag and board your smartphone to try and preserve your digital comic-book collection, Lion Forge Comics has partnered with award-winning publisher IDW Publishing to introduce its popular digital comics library into the print comics market.

Lion Forge is kicking off its print collection with two of its notable licensed titles, Airwolf and Knight Rider, based on the classic NBC Universal television series. The publisher also will release its original series, Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, inspired by MMA fighter, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Lion Forge and IDW will also publish and distribute print trades of Lion Forge’s other original and licensed collections, including titles from their all-ages and young adult imprint, ROAR Comics, as current digital versions are completed.

“We are excited to be entering this creative endeavor with IDW, a company we feel is on the forefront of progressive publishing,” said David Steward II, CEO, Lion Forge. “With IDW’s experience and reputation for innovation, this partnership will exponentially increase Lion Forge’s potential to explore new and unique avenues for our content.”

“Lion Forge has made a name for itself in the world of digital comics,” said Greg Goldstein, President, IDW. “Their dynamic library offers readers everything from a super powered Rampage Jackson to reboots based on iconic ‘80s television shows. We welcome the opportunity to showcase daring and talented publishers such as Lion Forge to our increasing audience by offering print versions of their digital books.”

Lion Forge also recently partnered with motion comics platform Madefire, bringing their digital content to life with moving panels and explosive sounds. Readers can browse and purchase current original and licensed titles on their tablets and smartphones via the Amazon Kindle Bookstore and through the ComicsPlus app.

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Agent Burgos, Lion Forge Comics Expands Distribution With IDW Publishing

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Review: Original Sin #6 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-original-sin-6-274201 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/review-original-sin-6-274201#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:53:19 +0000 http://www.comicbooktherapy.com/?p=274201 We are on the home stretch of Original Sin, and it continues to have a ton of potential but using none of it. As Original Sin gets closer and closer towards the end of its series, all I can think about is the miniseries Battle Scars.  For those of you not familiar with it, it […]

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Original Sin #6

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We are on the home stretch of Original Sin, and it continues to have a ton of potential but using none of it.

As Original Sin gets closer and closer towards the end of its series, all I can think about is the miniseries Battle Scars.  For those of you not familiar with it, it brought in Marcus Johnson (black Nick Fury) and Agent Coulson into the Marvel Universe (616) a few years ago.  While I’ve been fine with the results, the execution was terrible and was forced to make the comic universe line up with the movie universe.  Original Sin feels like Battle Scars on a bigger level.  Nick is getting out of the way and given a new purpose for the Marvel Universe as he hasn’t had a real purpose for years.  The plot might have some problems but the character work that Jason Aaron uses throughout #6 is still quite good.  There are few funny moments, specifically from Doctor Strange and the Punisher, which keeps the title from wallowing in flashbacks and seriousness.

Original Sin #6 continues the trend of pushing Nick Fury towards what we all have known from the beginning, at he’ll be the Watcher before this series is over.  It’s going to lead to great stories I’m sure, especially in Nova, but it feels rushed and unearned for the character.  Original Sin is reminding me of Siege, as it’s a means to change the status quo up in an easy and short amount of time.  The more I think about the characters that could replace Fury, the more I could see Doctor Strange taking the job Fury and launching a Doctor Strange title in the fall.  But did we need a massive event to do all of this? No we did not.  This could have been a crossover or a smaller scale miniseries at best.  We still haven’t seen all of tie-ins for this event so my enjoyment may increase if titles like Amazing Spider-Man and Daredevil use the concept well.

Mike Deodato turns in one of the better issues of the event.  There is one major problem though that has left me confused. When Iron Man, Cap, Black Widow, and Wolverine are inspecting the LMD, how much of Avengers Tower blows up?  It looks like the entire building blows up by the way Captain America walks away from the explosion.  Avengers Tower blowing up from LMD would require a bigger explosion and hopefully a shot of the outside as the damage goes through the building.  I was also a little confused about Dr. Midas’ touch.  He touches the seas when stepping off the boat, but his hands are touching a ladder which isn’t turning gold.  These are small things that should be easily avoidable.  Complaining aside, Deodato is doing some great work here.  The excess use of dead space is greatly toned down and used more efficiently.  They break the panels up naturally and guide the reader’s eyes well instead of blatant panel breaks.  His inking has continued to lighten up, making it much easier to see reactions and emotions on characters.

Original Sin #6 gets 3/5.

Kevin Finnigan, Review: Original Sin #6

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