Superman vs. Aliens

The year is 1995 and like many teenagers entering high school, football practice, parties, social status, pro wrestling, (which didn’t bode well for my social status) and that pesky thing called homework occupied my time and took me out of the comic book game.

That didn’t stop me from noticing the onslaught of promotional material, whenever I would walk by my local comic book shop for the first DC/Dark Horse crossover featuring the Man of Steel and the Alien Xenomorphs from the film series.

For the first time, the Dark Horse Comics/DC: Superman, a 400-page trade paperback version of this intergalactic smackdown as well as other cross company collaborations featuring Superman, has been released just in time for the 30th anniversary of the sci-fi blockbuster Aliens.

Featuring a cover promoting Superman fighting Aliens seems a little misleading, as I was surprised that the second half of the book has nothing to do with the Alien franchise. The stories of Superman/Tarzan: Son of the Jungle and Superman/Madman Hullabaloo do little to augment the event advertised on the cover. Superman vs. Aliens and the 2002 sequel Superman vs. Aliens: God War spearheads this collection.

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Hellboy in Hell

I haven’t reviewed a comic book in a while. So I jumped at the opportunity when my editor at Forces of Geek.com asked me to write an advanced review of ‘Hellboy in Hell #7.’

Here is the official synopsis for “The Hounds of Pluto” Part 1 of 2.

A sickness eats away at Hellboy. Though he’s dead, he risks losing himself and becoming one of the hollow phantoms that haunt Hell. A team of doctors promise a cure, but they need something from him first . . .

My review is up now, and you can click here to check it out.

Rexdous is 64 Million Years of Fun in the Making

Rexodus TPB | Writer: James Farr | Artist: Jon Sommariva | Colorists: Camila Fortuna,
Dustin Evans, John Rauch | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Release Date: June 24, 2015

 

“Daddy needs you to step away from the apex predator,” Dr. Dixon nervously says to his 12-year-old daughter, Amber, as she accidentally awakens a living and breathing dinosaur from a 64 million year cryosleep and brilliantly and humorously sets the tone for this fast-paced intergalactic tale of survival.

If you look at the cover, you see a little girl with an orange T-Rex who is wearing body armor and ready to attack the enemy.

“Maybe this is a comedy, a parody that is only meant to deliver a good laugh,” I thought as I judged this cover. Not that there is nothing wrong with a parody. James Farr and Jon Sommariva take what we know about these historical beasts and flip it upside down.

You can check out my entire review of Rexdous here at Forces of Geek.com.

Colder: The Bad Seed #1 Review

Colder: The Bad Seed #1 Writer: Paul Tobin | Artist: Juan Ferreyra | Cover: Juan Ferreyra | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra’s Eisner-nominated series is back, and this time, it’s ongoing, baby! Declan Thomas and his caretaker, Reece, were almost lost in a deadly encounter with Nimble Jack in the last series. Declan prevailed, and his powers have become a conduit that can literally suck the insanity out of the insane. Continue reading “Colder: The Bad Seed #1 Review”

Robocop vs. The Terminator HC Review

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Robocop vs. The Terminator HC | Writer: Frank Miller | Artist: Walt Simonson | Colorist: Steve Oliff | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $24.99 | From my column @ Forces of Geek.com

I remember when the Frank Miller cybernetic crossover first hit comic book shelves in 1992. Seeing Walt Simonson’s vibrant and action-filled cover made me drool in anticipation. Unfortunately, my parents grounded me for some fifth-grade hijinks, which prevented me from reading comic books for almost a year.

I never went back to read it when my sentence ended, but thanks to Dark Horse Comics, I get to revel in a lost relic of my childhood.

The strength of this story lies in the portrayal of Robocop’s humanity. The fact that his existence leads to the creation of Skynet makes perfect sense and works flawlessly. The narration is informative and never takes the foot off the pedal when conveying the gravity of the situation.

Time travel storylines are either done very well or very poorly, and Miller seamlessly switches back and forth between timelines as futures and pasts consistently checkmate each other in an attempt to save their version of reality.

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Whoever coined the phrase less is more never saw Walt Simonson’s artwork as splash pages, and “Krunch” and “Gronk” moments kept my eyes glued to the page. Steve Oliff’s coloring brings a gritty sense of wonder and despair to these images.

This newly restored edition is perfect for those who want a good crossover with depth and awe and those who want to enjoy it again for the first time.

Score: 9 / 10

Emily and The Strangers HC Review

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Emily and the Strangers HC| Writers: Rob Reger, Mariah Huehner | Artist: Emily Ivie | Cover: Emily Ivie, Buzz Parker | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $12.99 | Release Date: May 7, 2014, | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

We all either knew someone, or perhaps we were that person who would damn any band with faint praise for being on MTV simply because they were on MTV. Some did it to keep up with the elite few’s status quo that were actually in the know when it comes to music. Others did it simply to stand out and be different, even though it was a false sentiment. Continue reading “Emily and The Strangers HC Review”

Fear Agent Volume 1: Re-Ignition 2nd Edition TPB Review

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Fear Agent Volume 1: Re-Ignition 2nd Edition TPB | Writer: Rick Remender | Artist: Tony Moore, Sean Parsons, Mike Manley, Jerome Opeña | Colorist: Lee Loughridge | Letters: Rus Wooton | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $9.99 | Release Date: April 2, 2014 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

I was late to the Fear Agent party and this exhilarating second edition is the perfect invitation. Like Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, this is a well-constructed story that jars your mind in the best possible way. Maverick alien exterminator, Heath Huston, is good at his job. He might be too good, which is half the fun. Continue reading “Fear Agent Volume 1: Re-Ignition 2nd Edition TPB Review”

Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem HC Review

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Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem HC | Writer: Steve Niles & Matt Santoro | Artist: Dave Wachter| Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Release Date: February 26, 2014, | Price: $14.99

When it comes to horror in comics, Steve Niles is truly in a league of his own. The way he brings fear to the forefront without blood and guts is simply remarkable. Breath of Bones tells the tale of a British pilot who crashes in a Jewish village which prompts a Nazi invasion. Continue reading “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem HC Review”

Amala’s Blade: Spirits of Naanaron TPB Review

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Amala’s Blade: Spirits of Naanaron TPB
Writer: Steve Horton
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Colorist: Michael Dialynas
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $18.99
Release Date: January 22, 2014 | From my column @ Forces of Geek.com

Dark Horse Comics had an amazing 2013 with a plethora of books covering both familiar and foreign territory.

One miniseries that came out of nowhere was Amala’s Blade which tells the story of Amala, a young female assassin who is drawn towards a higher purpose. This trade collects all six issues including the Dark Horse Presents prelude released in 2012.

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Star Wars #10 Review

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Star Wars #10 | Writer: Brian Wood |Artist: Carlos D’Anda |Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics |Price: $2.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

One of the great many things about this Star Wars series is we get to see things that never unfolded in the films.

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