It’s less than a week to Christmas so is there anything out today that might work as a last minute present for the comic lover in your life?
The answer is yes.
After last week’s review of The Simian Age from Boom Studios! I thought that would be it for Planet of the Apes merchandise for this year but I was wrong. Very, very wrong.
Boom have today pushed out Planet of the Apes Omnibus (soft cover) which collects all of Daryl Gregory and Carlos Magno’s run on the comic. This is a mammoth tomb with one of the best Ape related stories ever. The creativity and storytelling is of a high standard from the opening page to the last. Other runs have started well, wavered in the middle and ended well (or some variation of that) but Gregory and Magno maintain top quality work throughout.
I could go on, and on, about this but I think I’ve already covered much of it elsewhere. In fact, I reviewed the first arc of the story earlier this year on this website. So, with that in mind, I will simply say that this is an amazing run of comics, beautifully collected together with a number of interesting prologues and epilogues. You can tell from this collection that everyone who worked on it loved what they were doing, and love Planet of the Apes.
If you also love Planet of the Apes, or just good storytelling, this is a book worth adding to your collection.
Another collection from Boom Studios! out today is Lazaretto, written by Clay McLeod Chapman and drawn by Jey Levang.
This is another comic series that I have written a lot about in the past, especially when the original monthlies were coming out. Just scroll to the first few entries on this site and you’ll find a lot of my thoughts on the series.
In short: it’s a grotesque, hard hitting, horror story which gets under your skin, makes it crawl and finally makes you rip at it to remove it from your body. The story is compelling and the artwork is sublime. Together, the creators play with the comic book format, making the gutters as much a part of the story telling as the narrative and they challenge the reader to think about, not only what they are reading, but also how they read.
I can’t praise this comic enough and would recommend it to everyone, whether you are a fan of horror stories, social dramas, or just comics in general.
As for monthlies: there are the usual mass of comics on the shelf. A few of note (that I have read) are Firefly #2 from Boom Studios! and Days of Hate #11 from Image Comics. I have also really enjoyed the finale of Cold Spots from Image Comics but for what I thought about that you’ll have to pop over to Monkeys Fighting Robots for my full review.
Oh yeah, Monkeys Fighting Robots will be a new home for my reviews for the coming year (possibly years) so you’ll have to get used to me posting links to them. Please go over and have a look at what the team are doing, there are some great comic book insights and reviews being posted daily. I’m looking forward to becoming part of the MFR family and spreading my comic book love to a whole new audience.