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REVIEWS: On The Shelves 02/07/07

February 6th, 2007 10:54pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 02/07/07, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Don't waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 2/7/07. 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]

PICK OF THE WEEK



The American Way

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REVIEW: Tony Loco

February 6th, 2007 5:52am by ComicList Email

Cold Cut Product Spotlight -- Tony Loco

New from Illusive Arts! Tony Loco tells the story of Tony Cabrera, a brooding mute who has suffered for twenty years, rotting in a mental institution while his hometown descends into corruption and despair. Hope arrives in the form of a new social worker who discovers Tony's past. Now Tony must confront his enemies, both inside and out. But are they ordinary men, or something far more dangerous? Good thing his trusty stuffed elephant gives him the courage against the darkness.

A western horror tale of madness and justice, Tony Loco spawned from artist and filmmaker Mark Teague's experiences as an orderly in a mental institution. After completing his first film, Teague wrote a Tony Loco screenplay, adding his inside knowledge to his love of Sergio Leone films and superheroes. (Description from the official Tony Loco press release). Full-color comic series, from the same publisher that brought you the "Dorothy" comic book series. You can find out more from http://www.illusivearts.com. There is also a preview video available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8D_5JhCVc

* Tony Loco #1 Illusive Arts 3.50


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Cold Cut is a wholesale distributor of small-press, independent and alternative graphic novels and comic books to comics retailers and bookstores. (We do not sell directly to comic readers). To find out more information about Cold Cut, please visit our website http://www.coldcut.com.

REVIEW: Captain Clockwork Special

February 2nd, 2007 1:36pm by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

Captain Clockwork Special, published by Captain Clockwork Comics, 32 pages.

A family of time-travelers help protect humanity and the time stream over generations by preventing or allowing certain events in history. This is the premise of Glenn Whitmore's Captain Clockwork Special, a comic that turns out to be a pleasant diversion from today's multiple crossovers and gimmick-laden "events."

After years of service in the "family business" as Captain Clockwork, Professor Dean Walters develops robot sentries for the job, believing that humans are incapable of making the difficult decisions needed when dealing with the time stream, due to their "emotional involvement". He also finds out, to his displeasure, that his daughter Deanna has been training to be the next Captain Clockwork. More than the danger, however, Walters has been trying to protect her from a tragic event in her family history, an event which must take place.

Captain Clockwork is one of those projects which appear quite simple on the surface, but contain the pleasant surprise of complex characterization and motivations.

Also handling the art for the book, Whitmore's work should appeal to fans of Michael Avon Oeming and the late, great Mike Parobeck, as simplicity and dramatic story telling abound. Not a highly detailed job, or bathed in realism, his clear, bold lines and expressive characters are still an asset to the action contained within the pages

All compliments aside, however, the dialogue for Captain Clockwork comes across as "stiff" and unrealistic at times, which could undermine the considerable drama of this book. I know a couple of comics professionals have likened the book to the fun four-color works of a simpler era, and I agree with that sentiment. Personally, however, I believe dialogue ought to be kept applicable to today's standards of story telling if creators wish to reach new readers. If Whitmore was going for pure nostalgia for longtime fans, however, he gets props!

Captain Clockwork is recom-mended for all ages. Find it at comics shops, online retailers and at www.captainclockwork.com .

Review by Mark Allen

For information on the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection and Toy and Action
Figure Museum go to fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com/

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 01/31/07

January 30th, 2007 1:38pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 01/31/07, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Don't waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 1/31/07. 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



Why Are You Doing This?

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REVIEW: Kizuna Vol. 6, Sound Of My Voice

January 30th, 2007 5:55am by ComicList Email

Cold Cut Product Spotlight -- New yaoi from Be Beautiful Manga

Cold Cut has two new yaoi manga graphic novels in stock from Central Park Media / Be Beautiful manga! The sixth volume of the long-running yaoi series, "Kizuna: Bonds of Love" is now available, as well the first volume of "Sound of my Voice", written and drawn by Youka Nitta (artist on Embracing Love). If you have fans of yaoi/bl comics in your store, make sure you don't miss out on the two latest releases from Be Beautiful!

Image from Amazon
Kizuna - Bonds of Love 6
by Kazuma Kodaka

* Kizuna: Bonds of Love TPB vol 6 Be Beautiful Manga 15.99
* Sound of My Voice TPB Be Beautiful Manga 15.99

Image from Amazon
Sound of My Voice
by Youka Nitta


Cold Cut is a wholesale distributor of small-press, independent and alternative graphic novels and comic books to comics retailers and bookstores. (We do not sell directly to comic readers). To find out more information about Cold Cut, please visit our website http://www.coldcut.com.

REVIEW: The Killer #1

January 27th, 2007 10:41am by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

The Killer #1 (of 10) $3.95 & 32 pgs., from Archaia Studios Press/written by Matz; drawn by Luc Jacamon/sold at comics shops & www.aspcomics.com.

The back-cover blurb reads: This series contains adult content, graphic violence, nudity, and strong sexual content. That is usually enough to win a 'thumbs down' from this reviewer.

Then, there's The Killer, a relentless and unromantic story that promises a cold look at the very worst in human nature. This ten-part graphic novel is about the life and thoughts of a cold-blooded assassin.

"I used a bat. I couldn't afford a gun back then."

Did you shudder?

This is not a pretty picture, in one sense, and certainly not one for children. In particular, the assassin's characterization is as shamefully riveting as it is ugly.

Its relentless and understated pacing, dialog, and plot are flawless and captivating. It will be a rare person indeed who can read the first installment without buying the next issue.

In another sense, The Killer is a pretty picture.

With a minimalistic, beautiful style that is always conscious of color, and using flawless visual storytelling, the artist uses average faces moving in the real world to tell his decidedly violent, nihilistic story.

This is not an ocean one should frequently bath in, but if you are in the mood for a hard-as-nails look at the underbelly of life, you may want to take the plunge.

The Killer is extremely well written and drawn and is highly recommended for adults. MV

MINIVIEW: The Joy of A Peanuts Christmas: 50 years of Holiday Comics [Hallmark Books]. Charlie Brown and his friends always make me smile, and that is a wonderful gift to a fallen world. Possibly the most popular comic strip in history, this volume reprints the minimalistic art of Charles Schulz from five decades of Christmas celebrations. 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/

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 01/24/07

January 23rd, 2007 1:37pm by ComicList Email

On The Shelves: 01/24/07, by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

Reprinted courtesy of Comic Book Commentary.

Reading is fundamental. Don't waste your time reading bad comics out of habit!

My weekly look at select comic books being released Wednesday, 1/24/07. 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


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Fallen Angel #12

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REVIEW: Red Menace #1

January 19th, 2007 1:59pm by ComicList Email

Suspended Animation Review

Red Menace #1, published by Wildstorm Productions, 32 pages, $2.99.

The McCarthy Hearings. Those three words provoke many negative emotions to this day. Well, those chilling goings-on in a time when "Commie sympathizers" were supposedly lurking around every corner are the backdrop for a new comic book called Red Menace. And, despite being set in such a disturbing time in our nation's history, the book itself is a very good read.


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The writing team of Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo and Adam Brody have taken superhero action and political intrigue, combined with sharp, distinctive characters and an engrossing plot to produce one of the best comic debuts in recent memory. Fans will quickly find themselves sympathizing, not with Communists, but with main character Steve Tremaine, aka "The Eagle." Top that off with what appears to be a very interesting supporting cast, and a comics fan has all he or she could possibly want. What's that? "What about the art," you ask? Well, let me tell ya...

Penciler Jerry Ordway, inker Al Vey, and colorist Jonny Rench had better stay right where they are. Together, they produce some of the most stunningly expressive and versatile artwork ever seen in comics. Complimentary of the story in the subdued and solemn setting of the hearings as well as in the action sequences, I can't imagine a better team for the book than this titanic trio.

What's really amazing about Red Menace is that, in a day when new superhero comics are a dime a dozen, this creative team has managed to instill their work with a sense of establishment. Rather than seeming like a brand new fictional world, the characters read like they've truly been around for a while. I think I'll stick around for a while myself, and see what happens.

Red Menace is recommended for all ages. Find it at comics shops and online retailers and auctions. Failing to read it may put you under suspicion of being a supporter of sub-par comics.

Review by Mark Allen

For information on the exciting Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection and Toy and Action Figure Museum go to fourcolorcommentary.blogspot.com/

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/


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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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