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Comics Veterans Launch Monstra: Zombie Destroyer OGN

Written by on Apr 25, 2013
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Comics Veterans Launch Monstra: Zombie Destroyer OGN

Comic industry veteran M. Christopher Thompson and a band of cohorts are launching the first in a number of creator owned titles through Kickstarter. The first title; MONSTRA: ZOMBIE DESTROYER! debuts in April.

MONSTRA: ZOMBIE DESTROYER is a 125 page full color graphic novel printed on the highest quality glossy paper stock utilizing the pinnacle of current printing and production methods.
They will also produce a limited deluxe hardcover of the graphic novel as well as a 11 x 17 sketchbook featuring pencil art from the first issue and concept art.
Multiple packages will be available through Kickstarter including retailer focused bulk copy discount packages as well as fan friendly collector packages relating to the new title.

The story involves a sentient zombie and her slacker boyfriend at the outset of the end of days. The government has contained an initial outbreak of infected undead . A widespread zombie outbreak has been averted through military involvement and the establishment of quarantined areas around the country. Small sub-sections of the human population have been discovered to be immune to the bites to varying degrees. This results in humans with this immunity being highly sought after for military service and biological testing. Monstra is one such human who has a partial resistance causing her to be half zombie half human. She joins a military outfit with her boyfriend which is assigned to eradicate zombies who roam the quarantined areas.

This title will be one of numerous titles which occur in a self-contained new comics universe initiative called UNIVERSE BORN. The writer has been creating these characters for an alternative comprehensive comic book world over twenty years.

The series features the artist Dave Acosta and über-colorist Justin Case!

Join our battle at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1420428366/monstra-zombie-destroyer

More information: www.devilsduedigital.com




Dark Horse proudly welcomes Dynamite Entertainment comics to its digital store!

Written by on Apr 24, 2013
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Dark Horse proudly welcomes Dynamite Entertainment comics to its digital store!

DARK HORSE DIGITAL HITS TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
To celebrate, Dark Horse proudly welcomes Dynamite Entertainment comics to its digital store!

APRIL 24, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark, turning two years old this coming weekend. To thank its loyal fans, Dark Horse announces two special anniversary promotions, as well as huge news that will change the digital-comics publishing landscape forever.

Dynamite Entertainment has inked a deal to include its comics digitally through the Dark Horse Digital store and apps. Thirty single issues and more than twenty collections are available for purchase today! New titles will be added weekly, with all upcoming Dynamite releases available digitally the same day as print.

“We’ve been looking for ways to expand our digital presence, and this is our first step to building an even more robust library of digital comics,” said Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.

“We’re proud to add Dark Horse Digital to our retail partners selling our digital titles to their audience. Our wide range of titles, from Vampirella to Battlestar Galactica, Grimm, The Shadow, Red Sonja, and many of our other Dynamite titles, are a perfect fit for the large audience who purchase Dark Horse titles. We’re thrilled to work with Mike and his team at Dark Horse Digital on this new endeavor and excited about new opportunities to come,” added Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Entertainment’s CEO and publisher.

As a sign of appreciation for its loyal digital subscribers, Dark Horse Digital announces that fifty free first issues from many of its best-selling series will be available for the next forty-eight hours (promotion ends Friday, April 26, at 9 a.m. PST).

Starting Friday morning and throughout the weekend, Dark Horse Digital is offering 10 percent off all bundles in the web store! And confirmed newsletter subscribers will receive an additional coupon! The newsletter coupon stacks with the bundle discount, offering even greater savings.

The sale starts this Friday, April 26, and ends Sunday, April 28, at midnight PST—so head over to Dark Horse Digital and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize the discount.

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011, and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.

Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership by featuring its most popular and best-selling titles, including Star Wars, Buffy, Serenity, Hellboy, Conan, and Mass Effect, as well as exclusive digital-only comics such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2, and Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its readers on a weekly basis. It currently offers thousands of comics and continues to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage through both the Google Play and iOS apps.

For additional information, check out the exclusive interview with Dark Horse President Mike Richardson and Dynamite Entertainment’s CEO Nick Barrucci on Comic Book Resources!
About Dark Horse Digital
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. In 2011, the company that revolutionized the comic industry proudly presented its groundbreaking digital-publishing program, Dark Horse Digital.

Dark Horse Digital offers its most popular titles at an unprecedented value, while providing the highest-quality reading experience possible. Single-issue comics are priced as low as just $0.99, and there is also an extensive list of free introductory #1 issues. Additionally, DH Digital’s “bundles” group together story arcs spanning multiple issues into affordable packages, allowing readers to get all the issues that comprise a complete narrative, starting at just $3.99 and up. And through cloud-based technology, Digital Store purchases can be read and enjoyed online on your computer or, mobile browser, and through the Dark Horse Bookshelf apps, available on iTunes App Store and Google Play.

To get started, simply log on to Digital.DarkHorse.com or download the app to create an account, and begin building your collection today.

About Dynamite Entertainment

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more!

Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent!

Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.




Big Dog Ink Slithers into All Ages Comics with Serusis

Written by on Apr 18, 2013
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Big Dog Ink Slithers into All Ages Comics with Serusis

This summer, comic book publisher Big Dog Ink brings you throwback goodness with our 80’s cartoon inspired all-ages comic book mini-series, Serusis! Can the Serusian’s convince a set of humans to help save their planet from the domineering Relitons? Will evil leader, Snoggard’s mighty army squash the Serusians once and for all? Can you love Big Dog Ink comics even more than you already do? Find out the answer to these nail-biting questions, and many more, starting June 2013!

Out to prove that all-ages does not have to equal low quality or less entertaining, Big Dog Ink is bringing out the big guns to rock this comic book series. Powerhouse writer Tom Hutchison puts this homage to all things retro and FUN into fancy dialog and otherworldly scenes. As if the writer of Critter & Legend of Oz: The Wicked West wasn’t enough talent, Avengelyne artist Owen Gieni also joins the Big Dog Ink family with his gorgeous pencils and bright & beautiful colors. Issue #1 features three gorgeous covers by Owen that make a beautiful set to collect as well as a perfect introduction to the world of Serusis!

While this series is great for the younger comic book readers in your life, it’s also got a story that will be appealing to fans of any and all persuasions. Issue #1 begins when the Serusian’s abduct a quartet of unwitting humans, and with Big Dog Ink as the publisher, who knows where it will end! Talking otherworldly snakes, mysterious magical devices, a prophecy waiting to be fulfilled and so much more. Don’t miss out on the newest story from the publisher that’s taking the comic book world by storm!

Serusis #1 (of 6) is currently available for pre-order in the April Diamond Previews catalog for June 2013 Release with a retail price of $3.50. For more information or for promotional materials or opportunities please email Kim@bigdogink.com.

About Big Dog Ink
Founded in 2009, Big Dog Ink is an independent publisher of diverse comic book properties such as PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL, URSA MINOR, CRITTER, KNIGHTINGAIL and REX: ZOMBIE KILLER. Since its inception, Big Dog Ink has quickly become a top publisher in the industry with its hit series, THE LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST, which has consistently charted in the “Diamond Top 300” list. BDI has gained a loyal fan following due to our high quality art, stories and dedication to elevating the art of small press and creator owned publishing.




Written by on Apr 10, 2013
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O.G.RE Games has recently announced the Kickstarter for its first release: CineManiac, a unique, darkly humorous, card game played while watching your favorite horror movies. “Plot” cards are used in reaction to events happening on the screen to acquire points, while “Curse” cards interact with other players (for example, forcing them to reenact death scenes, or impersonate iconic horror villains). Movie night just got competitive.

The game’s lead designer, Ben Fisher, is the author or the critically acclaimed graphic novels Smuggling Spirits, Hexen Hammers, and Splitsville. The card art was drawn by comic book artist Mike Henderson, who has worked on Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Masks & Mobsters, and, currently, the comic adaptation of Cinemax’s Banshee.

Ben says he got the idea for CineManic while watching the horrendously bad “BloodRayne” with a friend. He suggested they make the movie watchable, to the extent such a thing is possible, by each writing down 10 things we expected to happen. For every correct guess, the other person had to drink. CineManic uses a very different set of rules, but the basic concept of incorporating the very social act of watching horror movies into a game was born.

Mike was the perfect choice to handle the art. His style can juggle both dark and morbidly funny with equal ability, and he loved the idea enough to work it into his busy schedule (which most recently includes drawing Marvel’s “Once Upon A Time” adaptation).

There are a few truly unique pledge options for the Kickstarter, including the option to have your likeness incorporated into the card art itself! You can back the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ogregames/cinemaniac-horror-edition




MIND WAVE COMICS COMING TO C2E2!

Written by on Apr 8, 2013
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MIND WAVE COMICS travels to C2E2 for an exciting exhibit, rad creator signings, and amazing all ages books!

Chicago, Illinois – MIND WAVE COMICS is excited to announce it will exhibiting at C2E2 in the windy city, taking place April 26th-28th, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago!

“Con season 2013 is off to an awesome start and MIND WAVE is pumped to be returning to the windy city to be a part of C2E2 again!” exclaimed MIND WAVE COMICS Co-founder Dave Wheeler. Come by our tables and meet our creators, some of the latest and greatest talent in the field today.

Many of the MIND WAVE CREW will be on hand this weekend to sign, interview and sketch at Artist Alley tables K6 & K7

Samir Barrett (The Bolt Strikes, The Misadventures of Wonderboy)
Heidi Foland (Totem)
Kara Leopard (Madame Monster)
Joel Vollmer (Mechani-gal)
Dave Wheeler (The Bolt Strikes, The Misadventures of Wonderboy, Totem)

Fans who visit the booth will get the chance to pick up a C2E2 EXCLUSIVE MIND WAVE COMICS PRESENTS anthology showing off several up and coming titles coming soon from MIND WAVE COMICS.

In addition, a limited number of out of print books will be available for purchase!

See you at C2E2!

About MIND WAVE COMICS
Founded in 2010 by Dave Wheeler and Samir Barrett. Mind Wave Comics is the newest alternative, creator owned Comics Company on the scene. Creating comics for the young and young at heart Mind Wave prides itself on creating innovative stories with memorable characters included in titles such as The Bolt Strikes, The Misadventures of Wonderboy and TOTEM. Enough with the doom and gloom in comics, we’re bringing back the rad versus the bad!




Arcade Brewery at C2E2, Zombie Pub Crawl, and our 2nd Brew &Tweet!

Written by on Apr 8, 2013
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Coming up next for Arcade Brewery:

We are providing some secret Arcade Brewery zombie swag, including a Tony Moore signed print and signed shotgun shells at this year’s ph Productions’ Zombie Pub Crawl on April 20th.

Come see us at this years C2E2! We will be on a Beer and Comics panel with Revolution, 3 Floyds, Goose, Barnaby Starve, CB Cebulski, Tony Moore and more! April 27th, 6:30-7:30 PM.

The brewery is moving along on schedule and are currently in review on our license. We can’t wait to get our brews in your hands!

This Saturday, we’ll be hosting our second monthly Brew and Tweet. The event will begin at 8:00 pm CST. Location? Basically anywhere you have access to Netflix Instant.

So, what is Brew and Tweet?

We, as a community, decide on a movie that’s playing on Netflix Instant. We use a Netflix Instant title, so more people have access.
Everyone who wants to participate presses play at 8:00 PM CST
We all tweet our comments (e.g. MST 3000) and also talk about the brews we have in hand. Don’t forget to hashtag #kiltscreen after each tweet so we can all follow the same feed.
If you missed the first Brew and Tweet. we watched Highlander to celebrate the William Wallace Wrestle Fest design competition. This week, we’ve selected a few movies that we think would be fun for the event and need your help deciding what we watch.

Here are the options for this month’s Brew and Tweet:

Evil Dead (1981)
During an unplanned stop at a remote cabin deep within the woods, a group of teens falls prey to a mysterious supernatural force. As his pals become possessed and turn into flesh-eating zombies, Ash Williams tries to keep his cool and save his skin.

Tremors (1990)
After a seismologist gets unusual readings on her equipment, handymen Val and Earl must save their town when they discover 30-foot-long carnivorous worms with a proclivity for sucking their prey underground.

Double Dragon (1994)
In earthquake-ravaged “New Angeles,” an evil tycoon holds half of the “Double Dragon,” a medallion that — when whole — will give him mystical powers. But two teen brothers possess the other half — and aren’t about to give it up without a fight.

The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Two scientists have created a virtual reality 1930s Los Angeles so true-to-life that the occupants don’t know they exist only in a computer chip — until a homicide connects the parallel worlds of the simulated and the creators.

Shaolin Soccer (2001)
A down-on-his-luck ex-soccer player, injured during a rigged match, joins forces with a former monk to assemble an unlikely team of players — the monk’s awkward Shaolin brothers — harnessing the discipline and power of kung fu.

To vote, go to our Facebook Page this week and tell us what we should watch together this Saturday!




Bestselling Young Adult Novel To Become Manga Version With Crowdsourcing Campaign

Written by on Mar 29, 2013
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Bestselling Young Adult Novel To Become Manga Version With Crowdsourcing Campaign

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Kagawa of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series of books for young adults, is joining forces with Bluewater Productions to create a comic book graphic novel of her mega-popular book: The Iron King.

“My fans know that I am a huge manga, and anime enthusiast, and I write in a very cinematic and visual manner in part due to my love of this medium,” Kagawa said. “With Bluewater, I get to participate actively in the creation of these works of art. That’s as exciting to me as creating my books in the first place.”

“We are really excited to be working with Julie and Indiegogo to transform her novels into a manga series, like they did with “Twilight”. The Iron King is a great novel that was made to be experienced visually. Said publisher Darren G. Davis “Not only are these comic books fun, but they can be used as a tool for reluctant readers.”

Bluewater and Kagawa will use Indiegogo to crowdsource $10,000 to attract the top talent necessary to produce four such a high-quality comic and graphic novel series. Starting today, fans can support this project at levels ranging from $10 to $2,500. Prizes range from comics, to mini clay “Chibi” sculptures handmade by Kagawa, to custom characterizations as comic cameos, dinners with the author, and more.

To see all the fabulously creative prizes go to: http://bit.ly/ZLl0Zh

Bluewater Productions has previously worked with bestselling novelists such as John Saul, SE Hinton and William Shatner to develop novel-based comic book series.

Bluewater Productions:
Bluewater is a full-service publishing and production company specializing in comic books, graphic novels and multimedia. Dedicated to pairing high-quality art with innovative storytelling, Bluewater creates a wide variety of intellectual properties that engage a growing readership and bridge the gap between comic books and the diverse multimedia marketplace. With more titles than ever, including smash hits such as the 10th Muse, VSS and The Legend of Isis, Bluewater has worked with many best selling novelists in developing comic book series. The company also has a line of biographical comics featuring The Beatles, Stephenie Meyer, JRR Tolkien, Justin Bieber, etc.



About Julie Kagawa
Julie Kagawa is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series. Born in Sacramento, California, she moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things: how to body board, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks and that writing stories in math class is a fantastic way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and a plethora of pets. She still laughs whenever she sees a centipede. For more information on Julie visit JulieKagawa.com.




C2E2 WELCOMES NEW COMICS PUBLISHERS TO ANNUAL POP CULTURE EVENT

Written by on Mar 27, 2013
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C2E2 WELCOMES NEW COMICS PUBLISHERS TO ANNUAL
POP CULTURE EVENT

First Time Exhibitors to Bring Brand-New Artists, Writers
and Stories to Show!

Norwalk, CT, March 26, 2013: Officials at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) have announced that there will be many new and fresh faces at the annual pop culture extravaganza this year. Several notable comics publishers will be exhibiting at the show for the first time. They will be joining other leading publishers, such as Marvel and DC Entertainment, who have helped to make C2E2 the preeminent pop culture event in the Midwest since its debut in 2010. Officials are projecting that exhibitor space at C2E2 will be approximately 25 percent larger than last year! A few of the creative and innovative new companies on hand this year will be Action Lab Entertainment, Athleta Comics and Lion Forge Comics. In addition, Reload Comics and 2000 AD/Rebellion will be at C2E2 for the first time promoting their widely popular properties and titles.

In addition to Marvel and DC, some other returning publishers include Anomaly Productions, Archaia, Avatar Press, Big Dog Ink, Boom! Studios, Dark Horse, Medallion Press, Quirk Books, Valiant Entertainment, Xigency Studios and Zenescope Entertainment. All these publishers will have new comic books and stories to reveal at C2E2 and they will have fresh, original artwork to display in their booths. DC Entertainment has provided the original poster art for this year’s show which features Superman in an iconic Chicago setting. The Marvel booth will be centrally located on the show floor where fans will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with creators and staff. Many of the publishers will also be participating in panels, providing show exclusives, and will be bringing their top talent to meet the thousands of fans on hand at C2E2.

As noted, C2E2 has quickly become the largest and most influential pop culture event in the Midwest. It attracted just over 27,000 fans when it was launched in 2010 and grew to over 41,000 fans last year. While it is impossible to project attendance for 2013, convention officials note that ticket sales are running between 85% – 95% ahead of the same time last year, virtually guaranteeing that this will be the most widely attended C2E2 to date. This year’s C2E2 will take place April 26 – 28 in the West Building at McCormick Place Convention Center.

“The fact that we have so many really cool first time publishers signing up for our show is the best news I could possibly be sharing,” notes Lance Fensterman, Global Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2. “Presenting new original content and being able to provide fans an opportunity to meet artists and creators who they have never met before is the lifeblood of what we do! We want to provide a home where our new customers feel instantly happy and productive and where our fans come away feeling like they have ‘discovered’ something. I am hugely grateful to all the publishers who have decided to join us for the first time this year and I know our fans will do everything they can to make C2E2 a great experience for them.”

Examples of the various projects that some of these publishers will be promoting at C2E2 include:

Action Lab Entertainment, publisher of the 2012 two-time Eisner nominated Princeless, will be at C2E2 to introduce their lineup of creator-owned comics. They will be presenting at the Diamond Retailer Summit and will talk about Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger, NFL Rush Zone, Jeremy Dale’s Skyward, Princeless, Vamplets: Nightmare Nursery, Pirate Eye and their new Mature Readers line called Action Lab: Danger Zone.
Athleta Comics is owned by Israel Idonije, the longtime defensive player for the Chicago Bears. Mr. Idonije will be coming to C2E2 to promote his first comic project The Protectors. Idonije was inspired to create The Protectors when he had an idea for a superhero who would appeal to both comic book enthusiasts and die-hard sports fans. He has teamed up with the creative team of writer Ron Marz and artist Bart Sears and Idonije, Marz and Sears will be at the Athleta booth throughout the show and will participate in a panel!

Lion Forge Comics will unveil its two latest publications on Saturday, April 27 at C2E2. Former Playboy 2011 Playmate of the Year has partnered with Lion Forge on the use of her image and story line for Wonderous: The Aventures of Claire Sinclair. Actor Flex Alexander has collaborated with Lion Forge on a cyber-thriller comic called The Joshua Run. Alexander notes: “I am very excited to be a part of C2E2 this year. This is big for me because I grew up a comic book fan and collector. I can’t wait for everyone to get into the world of The Joshua Run. It is going to be an amazing ride!”

United Kingdom publisher Reload will be making their first U.S. convention appearance at C2E2. They will promote their flagship title, Jericho, which was created by Fwah Storm, self-described as a “musician, magician, poet, illustrator, a proud member of Reload Comics and so much more!” Storm notes that Reload will be bringing their books, merchandise and promotional material (along with some other goodies!) to C2E2.

The staff at 2000 AD/Rebellion note: “After hearing such good things about C2E2, we knew exactly where we’d be spreading the 2000 AD Thrill-power! We’ll be promoting our North American line of collections – from classics such as Judge Dredd and Sláine the Barbarian, to more modern titles like Leviathan and Zombo – as well as bringing a few little British treats across for fans new and old! We’ll also have a great panel on the Friday evening at 7:45pm with several top names that will be very familiar to US audiences! We can’t wait to get to Chicago and introduce new readers to the amazing galaxy of characters from 2000 AD!”

Tickets for C2E2 are currently on sale at www.C2E2.com. Anyone interested in exhibiting at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo should contact Larry Settembrini, Larry@ReedPOP.com. As noted, more guests and activities will be announced in the month ahead and fans should keep their eyes on C2E2’s website for additional comics and entertainment announcements.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP will add Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.




Batman Inc. #8 Review

Written by on Mar 3, 2013
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Batman Inc. #8

Rating: 3/5
Publisher: DC
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Chris Burnham
Number of Pages: 25
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:

Everything Grant Morrison has been planning since the start of BATMAN, INCORPORATED leads to this stunning issue!

Reviewer’s Comments:

Grant Morrison ramps Batman Inc. to the max in issue #8 where the stakes are high and the casualties are great. The New 52 is about to experience its first real tragedy folks.

I was a huge fan of Batman Inc. before the reboot. It was a fun and new direction for Batman written by the prolific Grant Morrison. I can’t say that I have enjoyed everything Morrison has worked on in fact there are many books of his that I outright hate Final Crisis being the most glaring. I wasn’t even that into his Batman R.I.P because it tied back in to Final Crisis. I have dipped in and out of his run on Action Comics and found it to be far too contrived and needlessly complicated. Thankfully Batman Inc. has been a fairly straightforward story with twists and turns that actually made sense.

Issue #8 is good but it suffers from several factors that make it less enjoyable than it could have been. The narrative jumps around at several different points during the story between Robin, Batman, Red Robin and Nightwing. This makes things feel slightly jumbled in my opinion, there is fat here that could have been easily trimmed. There are also several moments where it seems clear that Damian is facing his death far before he reaches the climax of the book. Damian says things that are very out of character for him. While some could argue this is just his character evolving it seems more like Grant got sappy as the characters death began to grow closer.

I think the biggest problem I had with the issue overall was the fact the Robin’s death was so abrupt. If there was any real shock to it at all it’s that it was over so quickly you barely had time to process it. I know that the deaths of heroes tend to be drawn out for the sake of drama and that can get kind of old but here it really felt like it was warranted. Damian wasn’t just Robin the boy wonder he was a son and a partner a brother a friend and even a colossal pain in the ass to many characters. It feels like he deserved more than what he was left with. I know that several of the next Batman titles to come out will focus directly on the fallout of Damian’s passing and that may be fine for some but it’s not for me.

Finally the art of the book up to and including this issue has been really terrible. It always seems grainy and unrefined the colors are dull and the designs leave much to be desired. The regular titles don’t seem to have problems in any of these respects so I’m not quite sure why it’s so off here.

To wrap things up this issue had one single defining moment to it that was good. The rest I could take or leave. At this point I’m looking forward to seeing how the Batman books will be affected by the events of this issue. We may have lost an awesome character but change is always a good thing even if it takes a little getting used to.




Morbius: The Living Vampire #2 Review

Written by on Feb 25, 2013
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Morbius: The Living Vampire #2

Rating: 2/5
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Joe Keatinge
Pencils: Rich Elson
Number of Pages: 23
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Morbius is back, but on the run and desperate to quell his vampiric tendencies. But has the midnight son really changed? As Morbius tries to stay under the radar, a new threat arises, and they want Morbius dead.

Reviewer’s Comments:
When we last left the living vampire Morbius he was well… no longer living. Thankfully it seems that was only a temporary condition. Still on the fringe of society and barely clinging to his humanity where will our anti-hero end up next?

This issue has a much slower burn to it than the first. It’s clear that Joe Keatinge is trying to build some foreboding but it seems that it’s at the expense of most of this book. The situation Morbius is currently in also seems really below the character. He may not be the most powerful being in the Marvel universe but Michael Morbius is a formidable foe. I’m not sure if they’re going to address why he seems to be so under powered but it needs to be dealt with.

The art is clean but is a little on the darker side. The coloring seems to be restricted to a very limited palette and is washed out. I’m sure this is to emphasize the dreary setting and desolation in the locales. I get the feeling that the story may stick to this area for a while but I think it may do more harm than help long run. While Morbius may be getting his own city to protect he isn’t exactly the type of hero that works in that scenario but I guess we will see where it goes.

To wrap it up this issue drags on and has little story progression to it. The ending is meant to drive the tension up but with the story moving so slow it doesn’t really hit the mark. It’s only the second issue of course things could change as the series continues.


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