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Numbercruncher #1 Review

Written by on Jul 27, 2013
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Numbercruncher #1

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: Titan Comics
Writer: Si Spurrier
Pencils: PJ Holden
Inks: PJ Holden
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Number of Pages: 32
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: PARENTAL ADVISORY – 15 years and older. Similiar to T+ but featuring more mature themes and/or more graphic imagery.

Publisher’s Blurb:
From the smash-hit writer behind X-Men Legacy!

Dying young, a brilliant Mathematician discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator.

He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated in the life of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent of the Karmic Accountancy cut short each life.

It falls to one such Karmic agent – the surly Bastard Zane – to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever!

Reviewer’s Comments:
What do you get when you mix romance, time travel, life after death, and dark comedy together? You get this amazing miniseries called Numbercruncher.

In the first of the four issue miniseries, we’re introduced to a brilliant Mathematician who has discovered a way to cheat the almighty Divine Calculator in order to be reincarnated over and over again in the life of the woman he loves in order to be with her and live the life that they should have lived. It’s up to one of the Karmic agent Bastard Zane to stop the Mathematician before he succeeds and elude existential justice for all eternity.

The first issue does not disappoint as Spurrier’s scripting is excellent and well paced while Holden’s artistry compliments and visually engages readers. Bellaire’s colors depicts the real world and the space where the Divine Calculator operates masterfully.

All in all this was a great start to this miniseries. I’m looking forward to the next issue and my fellow readers should too.




PORCELAIN: A Gothic Fairy Tale Review

Written by on Jun 21, 2013
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PORCELAIN: A Gothic Fairy Tale

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: Improper Books
Writer: Benjamin Read
Pencils: Chris Wildgoose
Colors: André May
Number of Pages: 96
Price: 19.99
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:
Written by Benjamin Read, illustrated by Chris Wildgoose, coloured by André May, and lettered by Jim Campbell, Porcelain is set within a world that’s a darkly magical echo of our own. It follows the story of a street urchin, known as Child, who leaves the cold streets of a snowy city behind when she climbs the high wall into the Porcelain Maker’s secret garden in a bid to steal whatever she can.

The Porcelain Maker discovers Child trespassing but, amused by her audacity, he offers her the chance to stay. He’s a lonely man, kept company only by his alchemically-powered automata, and he and Child form an unlikely friendship.

Shut off from the world beyond the wall, Child wants or needs for nothing as the Porcelain Maker heaps affection and luxury upon her, indulging her like a daughter. In return, she can do as she pleases, except for one command, one rule that must never be broken, she must not look behind the workshop door.

Reviewer’s Comments:
The first thing that I will say about Porcelain is that it is beautifully written and illustrated. There is more than meets the eye with this graphic novel and when readers discover this they won’t want to put the book down.

The connection between the two characters is brilliant and is one of the high points of the book. Read’s character driven honest and realistic scripting of the story will have readers on the edge of their seats and keep them invested in the characters till the end.

Now onto Wildgoose’s art. It’s just breath taking. I love how he visually depicts the world through Child’s eyes. His artwork also shines through with the other characters.

Porcelain is an amazing tale that takes readers on a journey that they’ll never forget. The novel arrives in the U.S. in next month and it’s definitely a buy.




Comic Book Project #0 Review

Written by on Jun 9, 2013
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Comic Book Project #0

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: JP Smith
Publisher Website: http://www.comicbookpublishing.net/

Writer: Jon Paul Smith
Pencils: Jon Paul Smith
Inks: Jon Paul Smith
Number of Pages: 40
Price: 12.50
Color: Black & White
Safety Content Label: PARENTAL ADVISORY – 15 years and older. Similiar to T+ but featuring more mature themes and/or more graphic imagery.

Publisher’s Blurb:
I’ve recently published my first comic book, I’ve released this book and a series of limited edition prints in an attempt to raise some funding so I can work on completing my graphic novel.

Reviewer’s Comments:
Comic Book Project is an intense action packed, plot driven book that fans will definitely enjoy.

The story is from first time comic book writer and artist Jon-Paul Smith and he does an excellent job of keeping readers involved in the story both script wise and visually. The plot’s premise has the main character Libby going on a journey to avenger her father as well as deal out ass kicking revenge to the people responsible along the way.

I also appreciate that Smith’s main character is a strong character who also happens to be a woman and that is what the comic book industry needs more of.

The art is flawless and I love the gray scale that Smith uses. The action is seamless and the robot suit that Libby uses reminds me a little bit of both the first classic Iron Man suit that Tony Stark built as well as Juggernaut’s helmet. It’s just that awesome.

Overall this book is off to a great start and has a lot of promise. I look forward to to the completed graphic novel. But until that arrives, Comic Book Project #0 is worth reading and re-reading!




Harvey Spig in The Dead Of Night Review

Written by on May 26, 2013
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Harvey Spig in The Dead Of Night

Rating: 3.5/5
Publisher Name: Stu Perrins & Nick Gonzo
Writer: Stu Perrins
Pencils: Nick Gonzo
Number of Pages: 7
Price: Free
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:
MEET HARVEY SPIG. LOVER, FIGHTER, AND SUPERSPY SUPREME!!!!

Reviewer’s Comments:
A spy and zombie ape fighting on the streets of London in the dead of night in the 1930′s is an interesting concept and so I was intrigued after reading this mini comic and I wanted to read more.

I only gave this review a 3.5/5 only because it was a very short book and I really wanted to have more to read.

Though it is a short comic, action and comedy abound. Perrins’ script is well paced and Gonzo’s artwork is unique and has a certain vibe which reminds me of other artists who’ve worked in the comic underground.

The story is pretty cool and I look forward to what comes next for Harvey Spig in his adventures.




Ultimate Spider-Man #23 Review

Written by on May 19, 2013
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Ultimate Spider-Man #23

 
Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Marvel Comics
Publisher Website: www.marvel.com
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Dave Marquez
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Number of Pages: 22
Price: 3.99
Safety Content Label: Teen

 

“Spider-Man No More”

Publisher Blurb:

Will tragedy force Miles to quit?! Bombshell is back! An all new Cloak and Dagger!!!

Reviewers Comments:

Remember when there was a bit of a controversy in the press about Miles Morales taking over the mantle of Spider-Man from Peter Parker? Yeah, me neither. Almost two-years removed from the debut of the current incarnation of Ultimate Spider-Man and if there’s one thing that is evident, Miles isn’t a replacement or stop gap Spider-Man, he is truly the Ultimate Spider-Man. And in the grand Spider-Man tradition, Miles has recently dealt with a tragedy with the lose of his (add spoiler material here) at the hands of Venom.

After the recent issues that Miles has had to deal with during the recently concluded ‘Venom War’, issue #23 is a palette cleaner. Issue #23 picks up one year removed from issue #22 and an older Miles has held true to his word (as well as the title of the storyline) and stayed out of the spandex and spider mask. After all the action were the previous issues, #23 pumps the brakes and focuses on Miles and his relationships (which are the hallmark of any quality Spider-Man series) with his best friend Ganke, his girlfriend Katie Bishop (a name that should be familiar to readers of the 616 Marvel Universe), his father as well as Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman).

As usual, the art of Dave Marquez is spectacular. From page one, panel one, it’s apparent that not only is Miles a bit older, but due to the events of issue #22, he’s a changed young man. There’s a fury, an anger within Miles which is eerily similar to his 616 counterpart. Marquez’s art, coupled with Bendis’s script adds up to an issue that maybe like on costumes but high on drama.

Overall, I look forward seeing if and how an older Miles decides to don the Spider-Man identity once more; however, if it takes him several issues to reclaim his mantle it won’t necessarily be such a bad thing for the reader.




Solid State Tank Girl #1 Review

Written by on May 18, 2013
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Solid State Tank Girl #1

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Titan Comics
Writer: Alan Martin
Pencils: Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
Number of Pages: 22
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: MAX – EXPLICIT CONTENT – 18 years old.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Tank Girl, Jet Girl, Booga and Barney are back and on a mission to save their favourite little radio store. Things are going according to plan, too, but somewhere along the line Booga manages to electronically summon the gang’s evil counterparts, fronted by the darkest bitch on the planet – ANTI-TANK GIRL! The fight is to the death, as each gang member draws on their deepest, most screwed-up powers to eliminate their own personal nemesis. Things are about to get very dark, very bloody… and very stupid!

Reviewer’s Comments:
Tank Girl returns in this epic start to a new miniseries. Tank Girl, along with her friends Jet Girl, Booga and Barney return to start a new adventure. On a mission to save their favorite radio store, Booga somehow manages to release the gang’s evil counterparts who are lead by Anti-Tank Girl. Needless to say all hell breaks loos as the gang has to draw upon their messed up powers to save the day. The question is will they be able to or is it sayonara for Tank-Girl and her gang? And what will happened to the radio store? You’ll just have to keep reading to find out!

Originally created by Martin and one half of the critically-acclaimed virtual band Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett, this series has Martin teaming up with newcomer artist Cadwell who does an excellent job illustrating Tank Girl. His art reminds me at times of a psychedelic meets punk art form and it meshes well with Martin’s maddening, and extraordinary scripting. There are times when what’s going on might not make any logical sense, but that’s the point. Tank Girl makes sense in its bizarre and surreal way. This is a comic that readers who are looking for the unique, strange and excellent should pick up.

 




Batman and Red Robin #19 Review

Written by on Apr 15, 2013
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Batman and Red Robin #19

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Publisher Website: www.dccomics.com
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Colorist: John Kalisz
Number of Pages: 32 
Price: $2.99
Safety Content Label: Teen

“Denial”

Publisher Blurb:

On the darkest of nights, who is the one person Batman meets that could change his life forever?

Reviewers Comments:

I hope I’m not being too blasphemous in my statement, but Grant Morrison giveth and he taketh away.

Unless you’re one of those few fanboys (or girls) that’s avoided spoilers from Batman, Inc. #8 than you’re one of the few fans out there that has no idea that Damien Wayne has gone the way of the dodo, 30 Rock and the New York Knicks 13-game winning streak. Now, I’ve personally gone on the record and stated my complete and utter admiration for the character of Damien Wayne, and I’ve also enjoyed how the creative team of Tomasi and Gleason have handled the young Wayne and his exploits. Now, with the untimely demise of the fourth Robin (third if you accept that Tim Drake was technically never Robin) I, like other fans of this title, openly wonders the direction of Batman & Robin in the long term.

However in the now, issue #19 of Batman & Red Robin continues to follow a sidekickless Batman. Keeping in lockstep with the silent “Requiem” issue, Bruce Wayne/Batman attempts to deal with a great deal of emotional turmoil, as well as make sense of the death of his only biological son. For a person living under normal circumstances it’s difficult to handle the death of a loved one, so for someone like Batman—a hard case vigilante—this is an experience that can’t be punched, kicked, or elbowed away.

Complicating matters for Bruce Wayne (as the cover suggest), he’s introduced to a young woman in Carrie Kelley (in what can be perceived as in poor taste), with ties to Damien that he as a father (and detective) knew nothing about. As for the Batman, the Dark Knight’s grief manifest itself in actions befitting of a super villain. The desperation of the World’s Greatest Detective reveals a willingness for extreme measures that a character like, Superman, would ever breech in order to resurrect a loved one. It’s also Batman’s borderline criminal behavior which allows for this issues co-star, Red Robin, to seamlessly work his way into the tale. All of this is made possible through the combined might of Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, who’s work over the last several issues remains me of ChrisCross (artist on Blood Syndicate and Captain Marvel).

I’m a huge, huge, Damien Wayne fan, before Damien briefly became Red Bird, before the Robin costume had a hood, around the time the young Wayne beheaded one of Batman’s villains, and much like the Dark Knight, I’m at a complete lost for words. As a fan I’m intrigued by what’s possibly to come. With the debut of Carrie (the Robin from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns) as well as Harper Row’s recent appearance in Batman #18, there stands a reasonable chance that the next Robin, in all likelihood, will be of the XY chromosome. Unless Batman is successful in bringing Damien from the dead.




Batgirl #19 Review

Written by on Apr 13, 2013
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Batgirl #19

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Publisher Website: www.dccomics.com

Writer: Gail Simone
Pencils: Daniel Sampere
Inks: Vicente Cifuentes
Number of Pages: 32
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:
Will a battle of sibling rivalry lead to a death in the family?

Reviewer’s Comments:
The final showdown between brother and sister finally arrives in this new issue and secrets are revealed and a father and daughter’s trust is betrayed in this new issue.

Before Barbara goes to fight her brother for the final time, she and her roommate Alysia sit down and have a conversation about the past few months and each woman reveals a secret to the other.

Barbara tells Alysia about the Joker shooting her, the wheelchair, and her recovery to walk again. Then Alysia reveals her secret which has made big waves through out comic book fandom this week.

With her roommate warned about James, Barbara moves on to save her family…from her own brother. Little does she know that James has a surprise of his own in store for Barbara. Without giving it away, the final showdown between siblings happens on a rainy night on a Gotham bridge. One sibling won and the other lost…or did they?

I’m excited to see Gail Simone back writing Gotham’s heoric redhead who wears a cape and cowl. I loved the scripting of this issue, the plot is excellent and the conclusion to this story arc ends with a bang.

The artwork continues to be subperb with the stunning action scenes and the character interactions.

Batgirl has been a favorite of mine since the new 52 began and this issue is why series continues to be. I’m looking forward to what’s in store for Batgirl in the future.




Green Lantern #19 Review

Written by on Apr 8, 2013
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Green Lantern #19

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Ardian Syaf/Szymon Kudranski
Number of Pages: 32 pgs.
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:
Which one hero has the power to bring down all the Lantern Corps?

Reviewer’s Comments:
Things are not looking good for Hal, Sinestro or Simon for that matter with a gun pointed at his head. Sinestro quickly leaves Simon behind as he attends to more important matters: Korugar.

When he arrives, not everyone is happy to see him; everyone meaning Arsona. He tells her his plan to stop the First Lantern which involves militarizing his home planet. The Lantern stops him first however before he or Arsona can do anything. Making him relive many of his past memories, Sinestro sees it all flash before him making him remember his love for her. However, that’s short lived after she is immediately murdered right in front of his eyes, and in a two page spread, Korugar is blown to pieces. When Hal realizes Korugar has been destroyed and there are millions more dead arriving, he finally makes the tough decision committing suicide. In the meantime, Sinestro has given up willpower for what seems to be the fear he currently feels.

Geoff Johns does a bit of a cheat since last issue. The last splash page left the reader thinking Hal killed himself at the end but it’s not until the end of this episode it actually happens. The story mostly focuses on Sinestro’s return and his first fight with the First Lantern. It is actually pretty emotionally charged, and Johns nicely connects Hal’s suicide with Sinestro’s rebirth of fear. What culminates is a sad yet moving story.

Ardian Syaf and Szymon Kudranski continue their fill in duties with the former on the real world art and the latter on the Dead Zone art. Both are quite effective working on the book, and were welcome surprises since the last issue brought them on. Syaf easily handles the space stuff, and Kudranski does the Dead Zone quite beautifully as it works well with his style.

Next issue is Johns’ last issue, and I am a bit surprised how fast that flew by. No matter what, all will be well.

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Tommy Zimmer is an upcoming writer of short stories, comic books, journalism/media reviews, screenplays, and anything related to writing. On zimmert101.wordpress.com, you can view his latest work, and see what exciting things he is currently doing!!

 




The Phantom Stranger #7 Review

Written by on Apr 8, 2013
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The Phantom Stranger #7

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Writer: Dan DiDio/JM DeMatteis
Pencils: Gene Ha
Number of Pages: 32 pgs.
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:
Do you dare ask who slayed the Stranger?

Reviewer’s Comments:
As The Phantom Stranger sits before the man he betrayed in a church, a priest approaches him. The priest knows when something is troubling someone. The problem for the Stranger is he cannot reveal about his problem truly to the priest as much as he may want to, and he promptly exits.

As the story’s prologue closes, the Stranger and his dog friend discuss mysticism and how it could possibly be the solution to the Strangers’ problems. Unfortunately, he says he does not want to hear of it but just wants to find his family. The Stranger is taken off course to meet reporter Jack Ryder, and see him die amidst a catastrophe involving the Challengers of the Unknown. However, Jack being the brave reporter he is goes out there to do what he does best. As the Stranger sees what happens to yet another person who crosses paths with him, he decides to ignore his dog friend, and go back to the heart of the matter: what happened to his family. As he arrives back at Mister Thirteen’s house, a question and a death await him…

Dan DiDio and JM DeMatteis continue to score in this series. The Stranger is not only an interesting character but becomes more interesting and deeper with each issue. The struggles are apparent within the crux of the character, and his story continues to make more and more left turns keeping things fresh.

Gene Ha seems to be the new series artist for now, and it’s a welcome stay. He gives the series a fresh new style that really works for it. He nails the supernatural aspects but also the real and larger than life events as well. I also like the little things he does with the Stanger’s eyes and reactions.

Hopefully, Ha stays on for a little, and I know unfortunately DiDio will leave soon but we will have DeMatteis which guarantees a good story. All in all, one of the better reads each first week of the month.
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Tommy Zimmer is an upcoming writer of short stories, comic books, journalism/media reviews, screenplays, and anything related to writing. On zimmert101.wordpress.com, you can view his latest work, and see what exciting things he is currently doing!!


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