The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb Review

The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb (GN) | Writer: James Patrick | Artist: Jen Hickman | Letterer: E.T. Dollman |Price: $9.99 | Publisher: 21 Pulp | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb is a successfully funded Kickstarter project helmed and written by James Patrick, who’s been a writer on Batman and Harley Quinn books.

I had no earthly idea that this book was even a thing. Thanks to a strong recommendation from the nice lady at the comic book store, I took this home and dove right in.

The story wastes no time, making me wonder what I had gotten myself into. The eight-year-old titular character reads an essay in front of his class while a ghostly-looking female is murdering people in adjacent scenes. My thought process immediately came to the conclusion that Jimmy was somehow going to somehow incur her wrath. Continue reading “The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb 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

Andre the Giant: Life and Legend (Review)

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 Andre the Giant: Life and Legend| Writer & Artist: Box Brown | Publisher: First Second Books

It doesn’t matter if you are an avid professional wrestling fan or if you’ve never witnessed a single body slam because Andre the Giant is known the world over.

He is one of the elite few that transcended his industry and made an indelible impression on pop culture. Continue reading “Andre the Giant: Life and Legend (Review)”

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”

Star Wars Dark Times Volume 7: A Spark Remains

swStar Wars Dark Times Volume 7: A Spark RemainsWriter: Randy Stradley | Artist: Douglas Wheatley | Colorist: Dan Jackson | Letters: Michael Heisler | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $19.99 | Form my column at Forces of Geek.com

The recent announcement of Lucasfilm’s decision to forgo the Expanded Universe as a part of the canonical story of Star Wars is a day that most hardcore fans feared.

While some don’t care, most are outraged and have issued the usual threats of swearing off things that took place in a galaxy far, far away. What’s the point of engaging in the novels, comics, and video games that explore this cherished fiction within fiction?

Because nothing’s changed.  Good storytelling is still good storytelling, no matter if it “counts” or not. Continue reading “Star Wars Dark Times Volume 7: A Spark Remains”

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”

Review: The Mocking Dead Volume 1

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The Mocking Dead Volume 1 | Writer: Fred Van Lente | Artist: Max Dunbar | Colorist: Aikau Oliva | Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment | Release Date: February 12, 2014 | Price: $17.99 | From my column @ Forces of Geek.com

I have watched many a role playing game in my day.

Notice that I said “watched” and not “played”.

I’m the guy at the table with his head buried in the rule book, delaying the game while highlighting my apparent lack of skill.

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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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Penguin: Pain and Prejudice Review

These days, when you think of Batman’s rogue gallery, names such as Ra’s al Ghul, Bane, and The Joker come to mind. Catwoman flip-flops back and forth from good to bad, but there is a cornucopia of evildoers that have been lost in the shuffle over the last ten years. One who comes to mind is The Penguin, and the creative minds of Gregg Hurwitz and Szymon Kudranski have put the spotlight back on this criminal genius.

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