Run Love Kill #1 Review

Run Love Kill #1 Writer: Jon Tsuei, Eric Canete | Artist: Eric Canete  | Colorist: | Leonardo Olea | Publisher: Image Comics  | Price: $2.99

My initial thoughts after reading this book were, “Holy @$%&! This is really good.”

This creator-owned series follows an assassin on the run named Rain Oshiro who is trying to escape a barricaded city called the Prygat.

There is a pronounced cinematic quality that shines in the opening pages with interchanging scenes of song and sorrow. Continue reading “Run Love Kill #1 Review”

Bitch Planet #3 Review

Bitch Planet #3 Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick | Artist: Robert Wilson IV | Cover: Valentine De Landro | Publisher: Image Comics | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forced of

Bitch Planet has a strong feminist component that reinforces the message of self-acceptance when everything around us says we’re not good enough. While the male perspective might roll their eyes at this type of social commentary that doesn’t appeal to them, the reality is, it does.

Kelly Sue DeConnick has made Bitch Planet an enthralling and entertaining premise for the comic book medium that fits like a glove in all its splendor. The creators have laid out a format where every third issue will shy away from the main narrative and focus on the origin story of a specific character. Continue reading “Bitch Planet #3 Review”

Bitch Planet #2 Review

Bitch Planet #2 | Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick | Artist: Valentine De Leabdro | Colorist: Cris Peter
Publisher: Image Comics | From my column at Forces of

One of the many great things that Kelly Sue DeConnick accomplishes with Bitch Planet is that she sets the reader on one path and then without a moment’s notice, sends us down a completely different course.

The fact that we don’t see it coming is one thing, but the manner of execution along with the emotion the narrative extracts is pure genius. The titular planet is a prison where men send troublesome women who are “noncompliance.” Continue reading “Bitch Planet #2 Review”

Scott Snyder Concocts a Wytches Brew


Scott Snyder is one of the most highly regarded comic book writers in the game today. He writes the ongoing Batman series, and each issue is simply amazing and delivers some of the best Dark Knight tales in recent memory. I met Mr. Snyder at the 2013 Boston Comic-Con, and he was a class act. I didn’t even have my press lanyard on, and he was still professional to a fault.

Snyder is pairing up with Image Comics with his creator-owned series, Wytches. The Snyder/Image dynamic is very fascinating because he won’t have to deal with the corporate, editorial process like he does with DC Comics. It’s all on him, and the chance to see the famed writer with no restrictions is a fun proposition. Some thrive in this environment while other flounder.

I recently got my hands on an advanced copy of Wytches in stores on October 8th, and my review is up now at Forces of

Velvet #1 Review


Velvet #1 | Writer: Ed Brubaker | Artist: Steve Epting | Colorist: Elizabeth Breitweizer | Publisher: Image Comics | Price: $3.50 | From my column at Forces of

If you read the legendary run of Captain America by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epiting, you know that this collaboration is going to produce a fun, though provoking and stylish comic book presentation.

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Jupiter’s Legacy #3 Review


Jupiter’s Legacy #3 | Writer: Mark Millar | Artist: Frank Quitely | Colorist: Peter Doherty | Publisher: Image Comics | Price: $2.99 | From my column at Forces of

What if, one day, the Justice League got tired of Superman’s truth, justice and the American way rhetoric and conspired to kill him? This is the plot device that Mark Millar uses to crank the intensity up as family drama drastically changes everything.

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Fatale #16 Review


Fatale #16Writer: Ed Brubaker | Artist: Sean Phillips | Colorist: Elizabeth Breitweiser | Publisher: Image Comics | Price: $3.50 | This is from my column @ Forces of The Only Pop Culture Site That Matters

Sixteen issues in and the message is loud and clear: Josephine is the most irresistible woman in the history of creation. Men from all walks of life, and spanning many decades, just devote their lives to her at the first sign of her hypnotic smile or the first glance of her intoxicating beauty. If we keep getting hit with the same message, over and over again, why do we stick around?

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The Walking Dead #100 Review

The Walking Dead #100 | Writer: Robert Kirkman | Art: Charlie Adlard | Colors: Cliff Rathburn | Publisher: Image Comics | Price: $3.99

Most people, including myself, were expecting some sort of second zombie apocalypse. While this didn’t happen, fans paid one dollar more for 30 uninterrupted well-paced pages that changed everything for Rick and company.

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Saga #1 Review


Saga #1Writer: Brian K. Vaughan | Art: Fiona Staples | Colors: Fiona Staples | Publisher: Image Comics | Price: $2.99

Eisner award winner Brian K. Vaughn has produced an exquisite piece of writing that will no doubt raise the bar.

The story follows Marko and Alana, who are from opposing sides of an interplanetary war. Saga is narrated by the couples’ newborn child which is an interesting twist that in itself adds a level of depth to the plot. Fiona Staples’ artwork is without question the best of the week and does a magnificent job of expressing the emotion of moments throughout the book.

The protagonists aren’t a super mushy couple, which is refreshing, but they still love each other which provides readers with some entertaining dialog.

The book is double-sized for only $2.99 and I would have gladly paid more.

I can’t believe I just typed that. I can’t believe I typed any of this. I’m simply at a loss for words at how much this book reeks of awesomeness.

Grade: A