ADVANCE REVIEW: Angelic #1 – A Wonderfully Weird Sci-Fi Fable

ADVANCE REVIEW: Angelic #1 – A Wonderfully Weird Sci-Fi Fable

Angelic #1 is a kind of wonderful piece of weirdness. The first issue of the new science-fiction series from Image Comics, created by Simon Spurrier (“X-Men: Legacy,” “Cry Havoc,” Titan’s “Doctor Who” comics) and artist Caspar Wijngaard (“LIMBO”) is definitely one of the most unique concepts you’ll see. Its boldness and original vision makes it the most enjoyable post-apocalyptic cybernetic sci-fi fairy tale/animal fable/religious allegory/feminist adventure you or your kids will read this year. Angelic #1…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: ROSE #5 – Tightly Plotted, Enjoyable Heroic Fantasy

ADVANCE REVIEW: ROSE #5  – Tightly Plotted, Enjoyable Heroic Fantasy

As a genre, Fantasy goes together with comics extremely well. Comics employ mythic archetypes to great effect, and part of what makes Rose #5 such a successful instalment of its larger ongoing storyline is the way in which writer Meredith Finch and artist Ig Guara continue to employ these archetypes to create an adventure that should thrill any fantasy fan. The story of Rose #5 is split between two plot lines. In the minor storyline,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Redlands #1 – Hell Comes to a Town That Deserves It

ADVANCE REVIEW: Redlands #1 – Hell Comes to a Town That Deserves It

The entirety of Redlands #1, the first issue of a new horror series from writer/color artist Jordie Bellaire and artist Vanesa R. Del Rey, is structured like the final act of most horror films. A small group of ordinary people are holed up in a confined location, under siege by horrifying supernatural forces, seemingly with no hope of escaping a bloody end. It’s a bold way to begin the story to be sure, but Redlands…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Dregs TPB: Haunting, Uncompromising, Honest, Beautiful

ADVANCE REVIEW: The Dregs TPB: Haunting, Uncompromising, Honest, Beautiful

Though I call the middle of America home these days, I am originally from the West Coast of Canada, and spent most of my life living in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver is, of course, renowned for its scenic beauty, but as The Dregs proves, it’s also home to one of the most significant communities of drug addiction and homelessness in North America; the downtown east side (or DTES, as it’s known). The…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot: Salvation #1 – Taking A Soldier On A New Path

ADVANCE REVIEW: Bloodshot: Salvation #1 – Taking A Soldier On A New Path

Ever since writer Jeff Lemire became a driving creative force for the character, he’s added layers to Bloodshot even as he’s also given him some engrossing adventures to showcase the character’s strengths. Bloodshot: Salvation #1 is another high point for the franchise, and if the ongoing series that follows this debut issue can keep up this level of quality, then the character’s renaissance will continue. The issue uses a structure that finds the narrative alternating…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Turok #1 – Engaging Characters, Familiar Action

ADVANCE REVIEW: Turok #1 – Engaging Characters, Familiar Action

When Dynamite Entertainment launched its “Sovereign” line of titles recently, featuring characters licensed from the old Gold Key comics, they opted for a bold and risky strategy. “The Sovereigns” title would debut first, and it and subsequent titles would feature back-up stories that would introduce readers to the assorted characters soon to be heading up their own titles. It was bold move, and Turok #1 shows both the benefit and the drawbacks of that strategy….

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Normandy Gold #2 – Sex and Aggression

ADVANCE REVIEW: Normandy Gold #2 – Sex and Aggression

If there are two classic eras in all of American film, they’d be the 1930s studio system and the first half of the 1970s. Normandy Gold #2 sure as hell doesn’t have much in common with the first era, but it’s a child of the second, the era that gave us “The Godfather,” “Chinatown,” “Mean Streets,” “Shaft,” “Deep Throat,” and “Taxi Driver.” The era that gave us the grittiest of crime films and dramas that…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Last Song #1 – Rock and Roll Heart

ADVANCE REVIEW: Last Song #1 – Rock and Roll Heart

Last Song #1 is the debut issue of a heartfelt, ambitious and definitely personal quarterly series by writer Holly Interlandi and artist Sally Cantirino. The series is about the rise and fall of a late 80s/early 90s LA rock and roll band called Ecstasy, and Interlandi and Cantirino are attempting no less an ambitious task than illustrating how music can change your life, for the better and sometimes the worse. As an opening chapter, Last…

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ADVANCE REVIEW – The Death of Stalin: The Comedy of Tyranny

ADVANCE REVIEW – The Death of Stalin: The Comedy of Tyranny

Totalitarian regimes have, oddly enough, provided the best fodder for political comedy and satire. There’s something about the absurdity of living under brutality couched and protected by beauracracy that requires only the slightest nudge to tip into full on comedy. And through the years, we’ve seen satire used as a powerful weapon against the power of the state. From political cartoons, to films that took aim at fascism like Ernst Lubitch’s “To Be or Not…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Space Riders 2: Galaxy of Brutality #2 – To Insanity and Beyond!

ADVANCE REVIEW: Space Riders 2: Galaxy of Brutality #2 – To Insanity and Beyond!

I loved everything about the first Space Riders series. I loved the balls-out bonkers story, written by Fabian Rangel Jr, I loved the mind-blowing comix-influenced psychedelic art by Alexis Ziritt, which was wonderfully enhanced by Ryan Ferrier‘s letters. Now, the series is back with another volume, and after a terrific first issue, I’m happy to report that Space Riders 2: Galaxy of Brutality #2 fits right in with the first volume; it’s gloriously vulgar and uninhibited space…

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