Making a post-apocalyptic tale work isn’t easy these days. Just about everyone and their mother have traveled this path, and it’s beyond well-trodden, at this point. But somehow, Terry Mayo, Lucas Romero and the folks over at Alterna Comics have delivered up a true beauty in the form of The Wicked Righteous.
My faith in Marvel Comics has been plummeting for years. Just the same, the publisher plays host to one of my favorite superheroes in existence: Spider-Man. Amazing always had me hooked, and both Spectacular and Web of were also mighty fine books. But I’ve been away from the character for a long time, and returning, I noticed that there are a number of new and different books out there, so I ended up with a few issues of Ultimate Spider-Man.
I’ve never been huge on vintage tales riddled with warriors and religious types, but Image Comics, and more specifically, writer Brian Wood and artist Garry Brown have got me questioning my previous opinion. Black Road Volume 1 is nothing short of amazing.
I’ve always been a little bewildered when it comes to the Silent Hill franchise. Sometimes the stories are smooth operating machines with clear characters, conflicts and conclusions. And then again sometimes you come across a book like Dead Alive, and don’t have the slightest clue what the hell is going on. Oh, how I wished this one hadn’t been so abstract, but hey – we’ll get through it!
I don’t think I’ve ever read a Hack/Slash book I’ve been disappointed in. The same can be said of the Chucky books I’ve managed to get my hands on. They make for great reads, and the potential for insanity is all the greater in this wonderful medium. What’s not to love, really?
We’re jumping right back into another Dark Horse book, and it’s another homerun. This piece, unlike most murder mysteries, takes place across a lengthy stretch of time (from 1930 to 1940), which leaves the story’s protagonist left with countless holes and a wealth of time to be filled in before he can figure out precisely why he’s suddenly woken in 1940 after being trapped in a large vat of formaldehyde for a decade.
When it comes to the strange, dark world of fiction, Dark Horse Comics is one of the few publishers out there that constantly impress and constantly work at expanding and offering new refreshing titles. I missed the first initial run of Dark Horse’s mystery piece, Echoes, but I had the chance to catch up this morning, and I’ve got to say, I started my day on a high note.
I’m new to Torchwood, and it’s an active enough tale that walking into this story after having failed – thus far – to catch up on the first Torchwood series, proves a task. The writing isn’t profoundly complex, and we get the early impression that we’re dealing with a pretty straight forward science fiction piece, but there are an assortment of characters, and Station Zero Part 1 wastes no time in letting us know we’ve got to learn names and faces extremely quickly (there’s a character guide to kick the book off, thankfully) to have a firm understanding of what’s happening.
This is an amazing book stuffed with so many ups and downs it is unreal. Spidey rocks his black suit for the issue, Electro makes an appearance and he does a fine job of testing Spider-Man’s skills. There are explosions, structure destruction, good old hand to hand combat – we get a little bit of everything, and that’s just in the first few pages.