"And summon The Black Coats."
(From Tommy Gun Wizards #3 written by Christian Ward)
A couple of quick links this week to my reviews.
Firstly, Horde from AfterShock Comics. A one and done horror comic that starts off extremely well but is swallowed up by fancy demons and the need to create a grand spectacle. Kind of like The House on Haunted Hill TV series. The range of horror influences is obvious and it will keep most people entertained to the end, just doesn't quite land the finale.
I reviewed a Marvel comic this week. A 'superhero' one at that. Shh, don't tell anyone! I'm enjoying Jonathan Hickman's X-Men revival and the first off shoot, Marauders, marks it's own territory fairly quickly. With a cast list including some of my favourite X-Men characters, this was kind of a must read for me but I also think it's a damn good comic. I'm not sure how many of the other titles I will read, but Marauders is staying on my list.
Final review of the week (technically, my first review of the week) was the outstanding Tommy Gun Wizards #3. I love this comic and all those who have created it. Every aspect of it is pure enjoyment: a mesmerising, yet outlandish, story; spectacular art; mood enhancing colours; fun, inventive, lettering. I say good things about all of it and well deserved my praise is. This year has been flooded with great comics, but TGW is easily one of my favourites.
(note the final issue will be published under the title Machine Gun Wizards, not sure why but you don't want to miss out)
The new issue of Angel is out as well this week. I was worried after the first issue of Hellmouth that the tie-in stories would also loose some of the brilliance of previous issues but Angel is still going strong. A tie-in in reference only, the latest issue of Angel focuses on Fred and Gunn, hunting down wayward vampire Spike in a high class nightclub. Action and character development galore.
I've also found a new comic related blog to follow this week. I've only read a couple of entries but so far I am liking the style and the choice of collections for review. It's called The Literary Comic and can be found via the link. Not that I want you all to leave but it's good to share.
Finally for this week, something a bit different.
I don't normally share preview stuff, veering more towards comics I've actually read and enjoyed, but anyone who has read my reviews for Faithless will know, I love Maria Llovet's art work.
Her art style is fashion influenced and would definitely be described as European (living and working in Barcelona would probably effect that). She has a fluid approach to composition and creates emotional characters out of the simplest of inked lines. Faithless was visually seductive and this appears to be the case with her new title Heartbeat due to be released from BOOM! Studios in November.
It's not too late to order a copy of issue 1 and based on the preview provided by BOOM! (below) it looks like another title not to be missed.
Life long comic book reader, collector, and reviewer.