REVIEW: Savage Things #1 – High Concept, Troubled Execution

REVIEW: Savage Things #1 – High Concept, Troubled Execution

There’s a solid concept at the center of Savage Things #1, the debut issue of a new series created by writer Justin Jordan and artist Ibrahim Moustafa. The series centres around a shadowy organization that, decades ago, located and abducted children they believed were budding serial killers. They took these kids, nurtured homicidal tendencies within them, and trained them to become weapons. The series opens with this organization now recognizing the dangers of this project…

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REVIEW – Spread #9: No Problem? Wrong Again!

REVIEW – Spread #9: No Problem? Wrong Again!

Writer: Justin Jordan Artist: Kyle Strahm $3.50 Image Comics One of my favorite horror/sci-fi movies has always been John Carpenter’s The Thing.  A more faithful adaptation of the novella Who Goes There? than the 50’s adaptation, Carpenter amped up the terror and gore with truly nightmarish effects from Rob Bottin and Stan Winston.  Given my affinity for this type of story, I could not wait to read Justin Jordan’s and Kyle Strahm’s Spread when it…

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Image Sets April Release Date for SPREAD Volume 1

Image Sets April Release Date for SPREAD Volume 1

Berkeley-based independent comic book publisher Image Comics has set a release date for the first volume of Justin Jordan and Kyle Strahm’s science-fiction horror series Spread. The series has received widespread critical acclaim and has performed well at the distributor level, selling over 10,000 copies per month. The trade will collect the first six issues of the series and will release just in time for readers to grab it and pick up the seventh issue,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Deep State #3 – The Next Files

ADVANCE REVIEW: Deep State #3 – The Next Files

Now that we’re three issues into Deep State I think we can reasonably make a judgement call about the series. Thankfully, writer Justin Jordan and artist Ariela Kristantina nail the things that they need to get right with a series like this. Stories like the one being told in Deep State rely on empathetic, sympathetic characters and sheer creativity to survive. Readers must latch onto the characters and smile at the zany plot twists, or…

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REVIEW: Deep State #1 – Not as Deep as I’d Like

REVIEW: Deep State #1 – Not as Deep as I’d Like

Warning: Like any after release review, there will be spoilers for part of the plot for “Deep State #1” in this review. Writer: Justin Jordan Artist: Ariela Kristantina $3.99 Boom! Studios The hardest part of reviewing is always going to be the score. No matter how much I try to think about it, at the end of the day all that matters is the score to some people. I can say some nice things about…

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REVIEW: “Spread #2” Infectious But Still Developing

REVIEW: “Spread #2” Infectious But Still Developing

Written by: Justin Jordan Art by: Kyle Strahm and Felipe Sobreiro Published by: Image Comics $3.50 This sophomore offering from Justin Jordan and Kyle Strahm is probably exactly what readers that enjoyed the first issue were hoping it would be. “Spread #2” picks up Hope and No’s tale and continues to explain the danger the two face from the Spread but also from other humans. This is a bleak comic book and Strahm’s dreary, apocalyptic…

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Image Comics Solicitations for July 2014

Image Comics Solicitations for July 2014

After receiving a whopping 20 Eisner Award nominations, Image Comics shows no signs of slowing down. Today, Image released their solicitations for this coming July, and if their track record is any indication, the summer of 2014 should be a big one for the publisher. Not only is Image rolling out brand new books by Warren Ellis, Rick Remender, and Justin Jordan, but many returning fan favourites are on the docket as well. Here are…

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REVIEW: In “Dead Body Road #2” the Chase is On and the Guns are Out

REVIEW: In “Dead Body Road #2” the Chase is On and the Guns are Out

Justin Jordan is no stranger to stories centering on damaged men. The Luther Strode series is how I came to know him, so, Dead Body Road seems exactly right for a follow-up. The first issue introduced us to Gage, our vengeful anti-hero, a man on a warpath to honor his slain lover by eliminating every last one of her killers. Granted, more than likely, only one of our foul-mouthed robbers is her killer. But that doesn’t seem to…

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Valiant Comics Preview: “Shadowman #7”

Valiant Comics Preview: “Shadowman #7”

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Shadowman #7 by Harvey Award-nominated writerJustin Jordan (The Legend of Luther Strode) and fan favorite artist Neil Edwards (Fantastic Four,Dark Avengers)! There’s a dark light dawning over New Orleans…but what evil is it bringing over the horizon? Doctor Mirage talks to the dead and, right now, they’re all saying the same thing – get out while you still can. As Master Darque readies to invade Shadowman’s city with a necromantic army powered by…

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