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REVIEWS: On The Shelves 04/04/07

April 3rd, 2007 1:49pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 04/04/07, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Read what you like; don’t waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 4/4/07. The full shipping list, as always, is available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

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Elk's Run
by Joshua Hale Fialkov, Noel Tuazon, Scott A. Keating

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REVIEW: Okko: The Cycle of Water #1

March 30th, 2007 6:51am by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

Okko: The Cycle of Water #1 (of 4)/32 pgs., $3.95from Asp Comics/art and story by Hub/sold at comics and book stores and www.aspcomics.com.

"Okko the ronin heads a small group of demon hunters, wandering the realms of Empire" reads a blurb promoting a new comics title from Archaia Studios.

Are you surprised? Isn't every manga about a ronin, alone or with crew, wandering Japan with bloody sword drawn? So, originality will not recommend this title.

Traveling with Okko are a giant in a red mask and a drunken monk. They search for Little Carp, a young girl kidnapped by pirates. Ho-hum.

And it is all written and drawn not by an American imitating manga, but by a Frenchman!

But, wow, what a Frenchman!

Originality is rarer than hen's teeth, so it is really style that makes or breaks any work of art. And this guy is drowning in style!

He's got all of the basics of story-telling down pat; his words and art do not yell 'look at me!', allowing the story to shine as it should. Visual characterizations and personalities are all distinct and intriguing.

So, why wow?

Leaning towards a realistic style but peppered with minimalism as well, Hud's art is dynamic, distinctive, and entertaining. It jumps when jumping is needed, and lies still when the story needs to rest as well. In particular, it melds perfectly with the coloring to produce a perfect whole.

Yes, there is some violence and some nudity, but both are handled with restraint, allowing room for a reader's imagination to supply what is needed.

Okko is highly recommended for adults who aren't offended by graphic violence and nudity. MV

MINIVIEW: The Mother's Mouth [Alternative Comics] A stream of consciousness study of a dying mother, and her unattractive daughter using primitive art and unadorned reality as its brush. Adult.

Check out Dreams and Visions #35 for a new Vance short story: www.bconnex.net/~skysong/dream.htm

Interested in the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection and Toy and Action Figure Museum? Go to fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com & www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCARtM5BvvU.

REVIEWS: On The Shelves 03/28/07

March 27th, 2007 6:26pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 03/28/07, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Read what you like; don’t waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 3/28/07. The full shipping list, as always, is available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK

Joe & Max #2 (The Guardian Line)

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REVIEWS: On The Shelves 03/21/07

March 20th, 2007 7:18pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 03/21/07, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Read what you like; don’t waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 3/21/07. The full shipping list, as always, is available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

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Blokhedz, Vol. 1

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REVIEW: The Dreamland Chronicles: Book One

March 16th, 2007 1:36pm by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

The Dreamland Chronicles: Book One/285 pgs. and $19.95 from Blue Dream/art and story by Scott Christian Sava/available in comics shops and bookstores and at www.thedreamlandchronicles.com.

Alex falls asleep to awaken to adventure in his dreams! This classic theme (possibly the origin of all storytelling) is explored in The Dreamland Chronicles: Book One, a massive volume closer in style to Peter Pan than The Lord of the Rings.

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The Dreamland Chronicles Book One
by Scott Christian Sava, Donna Lynne Sava

In Dreamland, Alex battles a Cyclops, wields a magic sword, and travels through imaginary realms with a rock giant, a fairy, and a Princess. Only Alex’s twin brother believes this Dreamland is real.

The storytelling, both through words and pictures, is entertaining and flawless, but it is Scott Sava’s art that is unique in comics, and stunning. It is computer generated, looks almost three-dimensional, and is guaranteed to glue the attention of readers of all ages to every page.

In fact, the art is so riveting that it initially distracts from the story.

It is a distraction that quickly vanishes into a world of awe and wonder and fun, which, frankly, should be the result of almost every comic book.

The Dreamland Chronicles wins the highest possible recommendation for readers of all ages. MV

Graphic Classics: Jack London/$11.95, 144 pgs., Eureka Productions/various artists and writers/sold in bookstores, at www.graphicclassics.com, and comic book shops.

Fifty pages of new material have been added to an earlier published collection of adventure stories by Jack London. In his day, he was the most popular writer in America, and is best remembered for fiction that pits man and beast against nature.

These stories are well adapted, but their impact is sometimes weakened by non-climatic endings (London’s fault) and very cartoonish (i.e. minimalistic) art that dilutes the illusion of reality.

This volume is recommended for Jack London fans. MV


Check out Dreams and Visions #35 for a new Vance short story: www.bconnex.net/~skysong/dream.htm.

Interested in the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection and Toy and Action Figure Museum? Go to fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com & www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCARtM5BvvU.

REVIEWS: On The Shelves 03/14/07

March 14th, 2007 1:31pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 03/14/07, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Read what you like; don’t waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 3/14/07. The full shipping list, as always, is available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

PICK OF THE WEEK

Death Comes to Dillinger TPB (Silent Devil)

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REVIEW: Batman and The Monster Men

March 9th, 2007 2:28pm by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

Batman and The Monster Men, published by DC Comics, 144 pages, $14.99.

I love a good Batman tale. I’ve also always loved the work of Matt Wagner. Batman and The Monster Men would seem proof of the belief that you can’t lose when the two get together.

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Batman and the Monster Men
by Matt Wagner


Taking place one year into the Batman’s career, the story reintroduces Professor Hugo Strange. Strange is a scientist who truly seems to have mankind’s best interests at heart, desiring to better the species through genetic research. He is not portrayed as your run-of-the-mill “mad scientist” character, much to Wagner’s credit. His methods of improving said species, however, are chilling.

Wagner successfully conveys a sense of terror throughout the story, as Batman tracks Strange down and confronts his “Monster Men.” Proving his versatility, however, he also gives the story a definite “crime noir” sensitivity, and even includes one laugh-out-loud scene that takes place between Bruce and Alfred in the Bat Cave. Far be it from me to give it away, but it involves the Batmobile and demonstrates Matt Wagner’s talent and versatility as a writer.

an and the Monster Men #6


As a writer and an artist, Wagner has proven in the past that he knows Batman, young and old. This is the former. Strong, confident and determined. But, still new to the game, still finding his role as crime-fighter. Still trying, and succeeding, in being the horrific “creature of the night,” striking terror into the hearts of criminals. The older Batman simply succeeds without trying.

Wagner’s art style is not ultra-realistic, but that of caricature. Well-suited for this story, as the characters perfectly express the horror, anger, shock, etc. so often called for in the course of the tale. This is, indeed, one of the instances when the characters themselves are integral in the telling. Again, to Wagner’s credit.

Batman and The Monster Men is recommended for older readers, not youngsters, due to horrific imagery and language. Find it at comics shops, some bookstores and online retailers and auctions.

Review by Mark Allen



Check out Dreams and Visions #35 for a new Vance short story: www.bconnex.net/~skysong/dream.htm.

Interested in the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collectiion and Toy and Action Figure Museum? Go to fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com & www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCARtM5BvvU.

Order Michael Vance's history of the American Comics Group in Alter Ego #s 61 and 62 at www.twomorrows.com.

Interested in the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection and Toy and Action Figure Museum? Go to fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com/

REVIEWS: On The Shelves 03/07/07

March 6th, 2007 7:58pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 03/07/07, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Read what you like; don't waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 3/7/07. The full shipping list, as always, is available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

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The Living and the Dead

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The Acronyms List

AR -
Ask retailer for price
BD -
Blu-ray Disc
CCG -
Collectible card game
CD -
Compact disc
DVD -
Digital versatile disc
FCBD -
Free Comic Book Day
GN -
Graphic novel
HC -
Hardcover
HD -
High definition
LCG -
Living Card Game
MMPB -
Mass market paperback
PVC -
Polyvinyl chloride
RPG -
Role playing game
SC -
Softcover
TBD -
To be determined
TCG -
Trading card game
TP -
Trade paperback
UDA -
Upper Deck Authenticated
WDCC -
Walt Disney Classics Collection
WS -
Widescreen

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