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DC Comics from Diamond Distributors for August 23, 2017

DC COMICS

JUN170239    ACTION COMICS #986    $2.99
JUN170240    ACTION COMICS #986 VAR ED    $2.99
JUN170246    BATGIRL #14    $3.99
JUN170247    BATGIRL #14 VAR ED    $3.99
JUN170250    BATMAN BEYOND #11    $3.99
JUN170251    BATMAN BEYOND #11 VAR ED    $3.99
JUN170344    BATMAN THE SHADOW #5 (OF 6)    $3.99
JUN170346    BATMAN THE SHADOW #5 (OF 6) MATTINA VAR ED    $3.99
JUN170345    BATMAN THE SHADOW #5 (OF 6) SALE VAR ED    $3.99
JUN170258    BLUE BEETLE #12    $3.99
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JUN170266    DETECTIVE COMICS #963    $2.99
JUN170267    DETECTIVE COMICS #963 VAR ED    $2.99
JUN170270    FLASH #29    $2.99
JUN170271    FLASH #29 VAR ED    $2.99
JUN170283    HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27    $2.99
JUN170284    HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 VAR ED    $2.99
JUN170287    HARLEY QUINN #26    $2.99
JUN170288    HARLEY QUINN #26 VAR ED    $2.99
JUN170289    HELLBLAZER #13    $3.99
JUN170290    HELLBLAZER #13 VAR ED    $3.99
JUN170341    KAMANDI CHALLENGE #8 (OF 12)    $3.99
JUN170342    KAMANDI CHALLENGE #8 (OF 12) VAR ED    $3.99
MAY170340    LOONEY TUNES GREATEST HITS TP VOL 03 BEEP BEEP    $12.99
JUN170373    MANHUNTER SPECIAL #1    $4.99
JUN170366    MOTHER PANIC #10 (MR)    $3.99
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MAY170348    NEW TEEN TITANS TP VOL 07    $19.99
JUN170338    NIGHTWING THE NEW ORDER #1 (OF 6)    $3.99
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JUN170356    SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #29    $2.99
JUN170310    SUICIDE SQUAD #24    $2.99
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JUN170323    TEEN TITANS #11    $3.99
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MAY170328    WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 03 THE TRUTH (REBIRTH)    $16.99

Marvel Comics from Diamond Distributors for August 23, 2017

MARVEL COMICS

MAY170948    ALL NEW X-MEN INEVITABLE TP VOL 04 IVX    $17.99
JUN170940    BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #6    $3.99
JUN171001    CABLE #4    $3.99
JUN170948    DAREDEVIL #25    $3.99
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JUN171000    DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #4 (OF 5) SHALVEY VAR    $3.99
MAY170956    DEADPOOL WORLDS GREATEST TP VOL 08 TIL DEATH DO US    $17.99
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JUN170931    EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #5 (OF 5)    $3.99
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MAY170965    GUARDIANS OF GALAXY MOTHER ENTROPY TP    $15.99
JUN170975    I AM GROOT #4    $3.99
JUN170995    ICEMAN #4    $3.99
MAY170953    MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 01 ALIEN NATION    $15.99
MAY170980    NEW AVENGERS BY BENDIS COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 07    $39.99
JUN170924    PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #3    $3.99
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MAY170972    SIF JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY COMPLETE COLLECTION TP    $29.99
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MAY170977    WOLVERINE BY DANIEL WAY COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 02    $34.99
MAY170944    X-MEN BLUE TP VOL 01 STRANGEST    $15.99
JUN170988    X-MEN GOLD #10    $3.99
MAY170943    X-MEN GOLD TP VOL 01 BACK TO BASICS    $15.99

IDW Publishing from Diamond Distributors for August 23, 2017

IDW PUBLISHING

JUN170504    ANGRY BIRDS FURIOUS FOWL CVR A MURPHY    $5.99
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Dark Horse Comics from Diamond Distributors for August 23, 2017

DARK HORSE COMICS

JUN170054    BLACK HAMMER #12 MAIN RUBIN CVR    $3.99
JUN170055    BLACK HAMMER #12 VAR LEMIRE CVR    $3.99
JUN170086    CALL OF DUTY ZOMBIES #6    $3.99
APR170060    CALLA CTHULHU TP (C: 0-1-2)    $12.99
APR170097    COMPLETE ELFQUEST TP VOL 04 (C: 0-1-2)    $24.99
JUN170072    CONAN THE SLAYER #12    $3.99
APR170077    DARK HORSE BOOK OF HORROR HC (C: 0-1-2)    $19.99
JUN170056    DEPT H #17    $3.99
JUN170094    ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #21    $3.99
APR170061    HELLBOY AN ASSORTMENT OF HORRORS SC NOVEL (C: 0-1-2)    $14.99
APR170112    VAMPIRE HUNTER D NOVEL SC VOL 26 BEDEVILED STAGECOACH TP (MR    $11.99

Image Comics from Diamond Distributors for August 23, 2017

IMAGE COMICS

JUN170728    BEAUTY TP VOL 03 (MR)    $16.99
APR170795    DYING AND THE DEAD #5 (RES)    $3.99
JUN170751    ETERNAL EMPIRE #4    $3.99
JUN170653    FEW TP (MR)    $19.99
JUN178446    GENERATION GONE #1 2ND PTG    $4.99
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MAY178626    GENERATION GONE #2 CVR B HICKMAN CVR MONTH (MR)    $3.99
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Comics, Magazines and Books from Diamond Distributors for August 23, 2017

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

MAY171759    ABSALOM UNDER A FALSE FLAG GN (C: 0-0-1)    $16.99
MAY171776    ABSOLUTE DUO GN VOL 01 (C: 0-1-0)    $12.99
APR171431    ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 12 (C: 1-1-2)    $14.99
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I Reads You Juniors August 2017 - Update #50

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From BleedingCool:  AfterShock Comics' November 2017 solicitations.

From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet episode #131 in English.
From ComicBookBin:   New Johnny Bullet episode #131 in French.

From MultiversityComics:  Declan Shalvey talks about his upcoming Image Comics title, "Savage Town."

From BleedingCool:  November 2017 solicitations for Archie Comics.

From BleedingCool:  Nick Spencer leads the creative team for Marvel's "Not Brand Ecch."  The comic book is among a group of Marvel Legacy one-shots.

From CBR:  A preview of "Batman: Murder Machine."

From BleedingCool:  The original comic book art collection of singer/songerwriter Graham Nash brought in a lot of money.  This group of original art from Underground Comix earned over $1 million, especially Nash's collection of R. Crumb pages.

From ComicsReporter:  The 2017 Ignatz Awards nominees have been announced.

From BleedingCool:  Howard Chaykin had to change another cover for "The Divided States of Hysteria," this time #3.  And so you won't have to keep looking, on the girl's right butt cheek, Chaykin had used Prince's infamous "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" symbol, which he removed for the final cover.

From BleedingCool:  Wizard Magazine will return at a print publication, for the first time since 2011.

From BleedingCool:  Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, and Gail Simone are among the the comic book creators contributing to "Mine," a comic book benefiting Planned Parenthood.

From TheWashingtonPost:  DC Comics' "Dark Nights: Metal" has a Vertigo surprise - Neil Gaiman's The Sandman.

From ComicBookBin:  Deejay Dayton looks at the 1960s "New Look" Batman in "DC Comics History."

From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet Episode #130 in English.
From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet Episode #130 in French.

From BleedingCool: Gail Simone begins #ComicsHateNazis hash tag.

From Newsarama:  Mike Mignola is working on the end of the B.P.R.D., the paranormal defense agency in the Hellboy comic book franchise.

From ComicBookBin:  A review of "Generations: Phoenix and Jean Grey #1"

From TheBeat:  Can Christopher Priest and Phil Noto redeem Marvel's "The Inhumans."

From ImageComics:  Image Comics solicitations for October 2017.

From FlickeringMyth:  BOOM! Studios is bringing "Planet of the Apes" and "Kong" together in a comic book.

From BleedingCool:  Marvel to offer second printings of "Generations," "Weapons of Mutant Destruction," and "Darth Vader."

From BleedingCool:  The war over Stan Lee's "last" comic convention appearance.

From ComicBookBin: Deejay Dayton looks at the DC Comics History of "New Look" Superman of the mid-1960s.

From TheVillageVoice:  Marvel's "Secret Empire" with its fascist Captain America is the launch point for a discussion of the prevalence of dystopian storytelling.

From Patreon:  A review of the first issue of IDW 's new reboot of Robert E. Howard's "Kull," entitled "Kull Eternal."

From Negromancer:  VIZ Media announces its digital manga updates for August 2017.

From BleedingCool:  3 pages from "Spider-Gwen #25" a "Legacy" issue.

From ComicBookBin:  Deejay Dayton looks at mid-1960s "New Look" in the latest "DC Comics History."

From CBR:  Archie Comics is reviving its superhero title, "The Mighty Crusaders," and turns "Betty & Veronica" into bikers.

From BleedingCool:  Tom King says new "Mister Miracle" is the most ambitious thing that he has ever written.

From BleedingCool:  DC Comics will launch a new Harley Quinn comic book, "Harley Loves Joker," sometime at the end of the year.  Paul Dini and Jimmy Palmiotti will be involved and the series will be in the vein of "Batman: The Animated Series."

From CBR:  Why has Netflix gone all in on comic books?

From CBR:  "Batman" writer Tom King explains the importance of Kite Man.

From BleedingCool:  Jim Lee is sure that 15% to 45% of DC Comics' readers are women...

From CinemaBlend:  Karl Urban in talks to appear in a possible "Judge Dredd" TV series.

From BleedingCool:  Mark Millar announces that Netflix has bought his publishing entity, Millarworld.

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BLURB REVIEW:

Iceman #1 (Marvel Comics – August 2017) by Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti with Rachelle Rosenberg

Iceman (Robert Louis Drake, also known as “Bobby Drake”) is one of the original X-Men, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1963 for the comic book, X-Men.  Iceman has been the star of two four-issue miniseries (one published in 1984-85 and another in 2001-02).  He finally gets his own ongoing series with the simply titled Iceman, written by Sina Grace and drawn by Alessandro Vitti.

Judging by the first issue, this series will focus quite a bit on Bobby Drake's angst-filled family and romantic life.  I'm not interested.  I find Alessandro Vitti's art to be unattractive, another reason I will likely avoid future issues of this comic book.  This new comic book arrives as part of “ResurrXion,” Marvel's initiative to reinvigorate its X-Men line of comic books.  The problem, so far, is that half of these new titles are mediocre, and Iceman is one of them.

Posted:  Sunday, August 6, 2017
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From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet Episode #129 in English.
From ComicBookBin:  New Johnny Bullet Episode #129 in French.

From ComicBookBin: Deejay Dayton looks at the Silver Age history of DC Comics villain, Eclipso.

From BleedingCool:  Beau Smith, the creator of "Wynonna Earp," will appear on the August 4, 2017 episode.

From TCJ:  Alex Dueben interviews Eurocomics legend, José Muñoz.

From CBR:  Meet the children of the Justice League in "Justice League #26."

From ComicBookBin:  Deejay Dayton offers his latest "DC Comics History" on Doom Patrol.

From BleedingCool:  Sean McKeever shares his pitch for a Wonder Girl series in 2006.

From BleedingCool:  Beginning in 2018, New York Comic Con will host the "Harvey Awards," which are currently hosted by Baltimore Comic-Con.

From CBR:  Dwayne McDuffie's widow sues over the planned revival of Milestone Media.

From BleedingCool:  J. Michael Starczynski - comic book writer, screenwriter, TV writer, novelist, producer - gives advice about writing for the big screen, TV, and comics.

From ComicBookBin:  In a new episode of "DC Comics History," Deejay Dayton looks "Strange Sports Stories," from the long-running comic book series, "The Brave and the Bold."

From ICv2:  TOKYOPOP is also in "The Nightmare Before Christmas" business.  It will publish the first ever comic book project to expand on the story of the original film, "The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey," in Spring 2018.

From BleedingCool:  Joe Books will release a comic book version of the Disney's YouTube cartoon, "The Nightmare Before Christmas: As Told by Emoji."


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Review: THE BONE TREE (Natchez Burning Series)

THE BONE TREE
HARPERCOLLINS/William Morrow – @HarperCollins @WmMorrowBks

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

AUTHOR: Greg Iles
ISBN: 978-0-06-231113-9; mass market paperback (February 23, 2016)
878pp, B&W, $9.99 U.S., $12.50 CAN

The Bone Tree is a novel written by author Greg Iles.  Originally published in hardcover in April 2015, the novel was published in a mass market paperback edition in March 2016 (the edition in which I read this novel).  The Bone Tree is a sequel to Iles' 2014 novel, Natchez Burning, the first novel in the Natchez Burning trilogy.

Like the first novel, The Bone Tree covers a wide variety of genres and sub-genres, including mystery, thriller, suspense, crime, and family and local history.  The Natchez Burning trilogy centers on Mayor Penn Cage (the star of several Iles novels and currently the mayor of Natchez, Mississippi).  Cage has been trying to discover the truth about his father who is accused of murdering a former employee who was also once his lover.  The Bone Tree centers on a legendary killing site that may hold the answers to many mysteries and also the remains of uncounted victims of savage murder.

As The Bone Tree opens, Penn is caught in a terrible and dark maelstrom.  He and his fiance, Caitlin Masters (the editor-in-chief of the Natchez Examiner newspaper), have just escaped certain death at the hands of one of the most evil and vile men in the South, Brody Royal, the architect of some of the most notorious racially motivated murders of the 1960s.  Penn's troubles all started when he tried to clear his elderly father, Dr. Tom Cage, of murder charges.  Tom was accused of allegedly being involved in the “mercy killing” of Viola Turner, the African-American woman who was once one of Dr. Cage's nurses and who was also his lover in the 1960s.

Now, the incidents depicted in Natchez Burning have started a war between Penn Cage and a deadly offshoot of the KKK, the Double Eagles.  The ostensibly leader, Forrest Knox, the son of the Eagles' founder (the late Frank Knox), is a high-ranking officer in the Louisiana State Police, and is poised to take over the LSP.  Tom Cage's alleged crimes and his status as a wanted fugitive have put Knox's plans in jeopardy, and have also forced a spotlight on America's most shameful history.  From New Orleans, to Natchez, to Vidalia and Ferriday, Louisiana, the FBI is digging into the hidden figures and secrets of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Bay of Pigs, the Mafia, the unsolved murder of Black men involved in the Civil Rights movement, and more.

It all leads to the Bone Tree, a legendary killing site that holds things and people forgotten and not-so-forgotten.  And some players in this fiery drama won't survive this round.

I wrote in my review of Natchez Burning that it was probably the best 862-page novel that I had ever read.  The Bone Tree is probably the best almost-900-pages-long novel that I have read to date and may ever read.

There is a blurb on the paperback cover of Natchez Burning.  It contains two lines of praise from bestselling author Stephen King.  They declare that Natchez Burning is “Extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down.”  One can say the same for The Bone Tree.

In fact, the back cover of The Bone Tree has this quote from a “starred review” by Booklist:  “Absolutely compelling... A beautifully constructed story [and] some extremely fine writing.”  That's all true.  The Bone Tree is the work of a natural born novelist who also works really hard at what he does.  Greg Iles has the prose-writing talent of an artist, and he tells a complicated story with the skill of a superior story craftsman.  Greg Iles is a storytelling technician building prose ziggurats on foundations that can support his monsters-of-rock narratives

But at the end of the day, dear reader, you are wondering if The Bone Tree is a good read for you.  To that I'll say “Yeah!” like rapper-producer Li'l Jon says it.

The Bone Tree, like its predecessor, Natchez Burning is our dark, racist, Jim Crow, segregation, church-bombing, political assassination, and black man-killing past turned into the proverbial must-read, potboiler novel.  The Bone Tree is the second Greg Iles, Southern-fried humdinger that John Grisham wishes he could write.

A
9 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Friday, August 18, 2017

Graphic Novel Review: HER BARK & HER BITE

HER BARK & HER BITE - OGN
TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS/IDW – @topshelfcomix

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

CARTOONIST: James Albon
EDITOR: Chris Staros
ISBN: 978-1-60309-407-8; softcover with French flaps – 5 4/5 x 8 1/3 (April 25, 2017)
72pp, Color, $9.99 U.S.

Ages 16 and up

Her Bark & Her Bite is a comic book from award-winning Scottish illustrator James Albon.  Published by Top Shelf Productions, this 2017, full-color graphic novel is the story of young painter, her charismatic lover, and the ugly dog that comes between them.

Her Bark & Her Bite opens shortly after Rebecca, a budding young painter, arrives in the big city.  She movies in with her cousin who does not like it when Rebecca paints.  Rebecca meets a charismatic young man named Victor Koenig.  Although he is initially standoffish with Rebecca, he eventually embraces her.  The two fall madly in love, and Victor plunges Rebecca into a socialite world filled with glamorous parties where Victor is the center of attention.

Soon, being with Victor pays off, and Rebecca has a studio where she can a paint.  Life among the layabout debutantes and dilettantes means meeting people who allow Rebecca to show off her work at exhibitions and in galleries.  Eventually, however, something comes between Rebecca and Victor and threatens to upend their relationship – a pug named “Princess.”

I often wondered what it would be like if someone who was a cartoonist for The New Yorker (or for a comparable publication) produced a comic book or graphic novel.  I found something like that a few years ago with the illustrated short novel, After the Fall, by Victoria Roberts.  I found something closer with the new short graphic novel, Her Bark & Her Bite.

Her Bark & Her Bite's creator James Albon is certainly on the level of a New Yorker cartoonist, having produced work for newspapers such as The Guardian and the Wall Street Journal.  Albon's artistic educational credentials are certainly impressive.  Her Bark & Her Bite is his graphic novel debut, and is impressive; it certainly makes me think of cartoons found in high-end and high brow periodicals.  I think Charles Addams, had he produced a comic book, would have created something not that far from James Albon's lively graphical storytelling in Her Bark & Her Bite.

I am not sure what color medium Albon uses to produce the art for Her Bark & Her Bite – color markers, color pencils, pastels?  The result is scintillating and quicksilver, as the art is not so much drawn on art board as it is something that seems to dance on the page.  The art crackles with energy and the result is a story that seems like a recollection of a real event rather than something the author contrived.  The characters cannot help but be engaging; they pulse with the verve of life.  The story cannot help but capture the reader's attention; it snaps, crackles, and pops.

I cannot imagine that readers who like to experience the breath and width of alternative comics and the modern graphic novel would not want to read this.  It's bark is flashy, but its bite is substantial.  Her Bark & Her Bite is an exceptional debut.

A
9 out of 10

www.jamesalbon.com
www.topshelfcomix.com

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1

SCOOBY APOCALYPSE No. 1
DC COMICS – @DCComic

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

PLOT/BREAKDOWNS:  Keith Giffen
DIALOGUE: J.M. DeMatteis
ARTIST: Howard Porter
COLORS: Hi-Fi
LETTERS: Nick J. Napolitano; Travis Lanham
COVER: Jim Lee with Alex Sinclair
VARIANT COVERS: Howard Porter with Hi-Fi;Dan Panosian; Neal Adams with Alex Sinclair; Joelle Jones with Nick Filardi; Ben Caldwell
40pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (July 2016)

Rated “T” for “Teen”

“Waiting for the End of the World”

Based on a concept by Jim Lee; Scooby-Doo created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears and Iwao Takamoto

Scooby-Doo is a media franchise that began with the animated, Saturday-morning, television series, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” in 1969, which was produced by American animation studio, Hanna-Barbera Production.  The series featured four teenagers:  Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville "Shaggy" Rogers and Scooby-Doo, a talking Great Dane-ish dog.  Together, they solved mysteries involving supernatural creatures that usually turned out to be frauds.

That first series basically gave birth to numerous follow-up Scooby-Doo animated cartoon series that used the original as a pattern to one extent or another.  DC Comics recently launched a Scooby-Doo comic book that takes the characters introduced in “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” but largely reinvents the character relationships, personalities, histories, and their mission.  Entitled Scooby Apocalypse, the new comic book is based on a concept created by Jim Lee.  The comic book is written by Keith Giffen (plot) and J.M. DeMatteis (dialogue); drawn by Howard Porter; colored by Hi-Fi; and lettered by Nick J. Napolitano.

Scooby Apocalypse #1 (“Waiting for the End of the World”) finds Daphne and Fred at “The Blazing Man Festival.”  Daphne is the host of a once-popular television series, “Daphne Blake's Mysterious Mysteries.”  She hopes that an informant that she is supposed to meet at the festival will provide the lead to a story that will return the show to the big time.  Fred, her long-suffering cameraman, thinks that he and Daphne should move on to bigger things.

Nearby is Shaggy, a dog-trainer at a secret facility, and his trainee, Scooby-Doo.  A misunderstanding forces an encounter between Shaggy and Scooby and Fred and Daphne.  Now, both parties are about to hear an amazing story from Dr. Velma Dinkley who works for a secret government program, the Elysium Project.  What she tells them will change their lives.

I would not call myself a Scooby-Doo purist, but I probably am.  I am not crazy about anything that strays too far from “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” (1969-1970) and the follow-up series, “The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries” (1972-1973)  Thus, I am inclined to not like Scooby Apocalypse, and I had planned on not reading it.  However, word that some of the early issues were selling-out in various places piqued my interests.  I picked up some copies at a my local comic shop and turned to eBay for the ones I could not find there.

After reading the first ten pages, I was disgusted and even insulted, as a Scooby-Doo fan.  Then, I found myself intrigued by the goings-on inside the Project Elysium facility, and then, I bought in to this comic book.

I'd be lying if I called it great, but I really want to see where this goes.  I have the first four issues, and I think that will be enough to decide if I want to keep reading.  Honestly, I would recommend this first issue to any adult who is or was a fan of Scooby-Doo, reading it as a lark or out of curiosity.  Considering the creative team behind this, Scooby Apocalypse could be good.  The bonus story, “When Shaggy Met Scooby!” about the first meeting between fiction's greediest boy-and-his-dog combo is a novel spin on the classic animated cartoon comedy duo.

I'll review a future issue, dear reader, and I promise to keep it real, one way or the other.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: SWAMP THING #1

SWAMP THING No. 1 (2016)
DC COMICS – @DCComics

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Len Wein
ART: Kelley Jones
COLORS: Michelle Madsen
LETTERS: Rob Leigh
COVER: Kelley Jones with Chris Sotomayor
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (March 2016)

Rated “T” for Teen

Swamp Thing created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson

“The Dead Don't Sleep!”

Swamp Thing is a horror comic book character from DC Comics, of which there have been different versions.  Swamp Thing is a plant elemental and a sentient, walking mass of plant matter.  Created by writer Len Wein and artist Berni Wrightson, Swamp Thing first appeared in House of Secrets #92 (cover dated July 1971).

The best known version of Swamp Thing is Alec Holland (Swamp Thing #1, October/November 1972), a scientist who becomes Swamp Thing due to a complex process involving his death, a “bio-restorative formula,” and a bomb.  British comic book writer Alan Moore came to fame in the United States when he began writing the early 1980s Swamp Thing comic book, Saga of the Swamp Thing, with issue #20 (January 1984).  Moore re-invented the character with issue #21, and since then everyone who has written the Swamp Thing has worked in Moore's shadow...

That is except Len Wein, who is probably one of the most underrated writers and creators of comic books during the last five decades.  He is Swamp Thing's proud papa (or co-parent), defining the character with moody storytelling that blended EC Comics and weird fiction with a Gothic sensibility.  Everything done with Swamp Thing after him sprouted from the seeds Wein sowed.

Wein returned to Swamp Thing last year for a two-issue miniseries that was part of DC Comics' “Convergence” event.  Earlier this year, DC Comics published a six-issue miniseries, entitled Swamp Thing.  It was written by Wein; drawn by Kelley Jones; colored by Michelle Madsen; and lettered by Rob Leigh.

Swamp Thing #1 (“The Dead Don't Sleep!”) opens in the “Bayou Country” of Louisiana.  The Swamp Thing is doing his... swamp thing when The Phantom Stranger arrives to offer a few vague misgivings and omens and portents.  That conversation is interrupted by the clumsy arrival of Frank and Grace Wormwood, who are stumbling through the bayou because they are actually looking for the Swamp Thing.  They have come about their college student son, Lazlo, who is worse off than they could possible ever imagine.

I could call this Swamp Thing miniseries one of the best comics of 2016 after reading just one issue.  It's moody and suspenseful and downright scary, particularly because of the way the art brings Len Wein's story to life.  In artist, Kelley Jones, Len Wein has the perfect post-Berni Wrightson Swamp Thing collaborator.  For three decades, Jones has been doing the best Wrightson homage by creating his own unique style, which blends Wrightson's pen and ink influenced compositions with some graphical flourishes and graphic design sensibilities from Mike Mignola (Hellboy).

Jones' Swamp Thing is part muscular, hulking plant monster and part bodybuilder's physique.  In this static image, Jones infuses humor, sharp wit, and intelligence.  It's alive! for real.  The swamp setting is more expressionistic than representational, but that helps set the German expressionistic, Nosferatu-like atmosphere which turns the second half of this comic book into a fantastic horror comics pop confection.

Yeah, I'm recommending this.  Find the back issues or buy the trade paperback collection.  I can't wait to read more of Len Wein and Kelley Jones' fab return to Swamp Thing.

A

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Monday, August 14, 2017

DC Comics from Diamond Distributors for August 16, 2017

DC COMICS

JUN170415    AMERICAN WAY THOSE ABOVE AND BELOW #2 (OF 6) (MR)    $3.99
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: NEW SUPER-MAN #1

NEW SUPER-MAN No. 1
DC COMICS – @DCComics

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITERS: Gene Luen Yang
PENCILS: Viktor Bogdanovic
INKS: Richard Friend
COLORS: Hi-Fi
LETTERS: Dave Sharpe
COVER: Viktor Bogdanovic with Kelsey Shannon
VARIANT COVER: Bernard Chang
40pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (September 2016)

Rated “T” for “Teen”

Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

“Made in China” Part One

DC Comics is having a “Rebirth,” and that means lots of new comic book series.  One of the new titles is New Super-Man, which uses Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's original spelling for the Man of Steel, whom they named “The Super-Man.”  Even the “S” shield on this “New Super-Man” recalls Joe Shuster's original “S.”

New Super-Man is written by Gene Luen Yang; drawn by Viktor Bogdanovic (pencils) and Richard Friend (inks); colored by Hi-Fi; and lettered by Dave Sharpe.  The series is set in China and introduces “The Super-Man of China.”

New Super-Man #1 (“Made in China” Part One) opens in Shanghai, China.  We meet our lead character, Kenan Kong, who is bullying rich kid, Luo Lixin.  However, Kenan ends up saving Luo from Blue Condor, one of Shanghai's first American-style supervillains and a dangerous dude to boot.  Kenan's interaction with Blue Condor brings him into contact with the Ministry of Self-Reliance, a meeting that will change his life in unbelievable ways.

It is not often that I call a comic book cute, even when describing children's comics, but New Super-Man #1 is cute.  It is an amusing, mildly intriguing, pleasantly entertaining comic book, and while I wouldn't go out of my way to read it, I will read it when the occasion arises – if for no other reason than that I am also intrigued by the Chinese versions of Batman and Wonder Woman.

The art by the team of penciller Viktor Bogdanovic and inker Richard Friend is gorgeous.  That alone tempts me to return to this title.  The New Super-Man has the potential to be a good book, especially with Gene Luen Yang as the writer, but something tells me that the series could just as easily become just another tepid superhero title.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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Friday, August 11, 2017

Review: VAMPIRE KNIGHT Memories Volume 1

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: MEMORIES VOL. 1
VIZ MEDIA – @VIZMedia

MANGAKA: Matsuri Hino
TRANSLATION: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
ENGLISH ADAPTATION: Nancy Thislethwaite
LETTERS: Inori Fukuda Trant
EDITOR: Nancy Thislethwaite
ISBN: 978-1-4215-9430-9; paperback (August 2017); Rated “T+” for “Older Teen”
200pp, B&W, $9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 UK

Vampire Knight was a vampire romance and shojo manga from creator Matsuri Hino.  It was published in the magazine, LaLa, from 2004 to 2013.  It was eventually collected in 19 tankōbon (similar to a graphic novel) and was also published in the United States (by VIZ Media).

Vampire Knight: Memories is a collection of four short stories that continues the world of Vampire Knight.  Written and drawn by Matsuri Hino, these stories delve into the past of some characters, and also explores the relationships between new characters and old.

The series was set in and around Cross Academy, a private boarding school with two classes:  the Day Class and the Night Class.  At twilight, the Day Class students returned to their dorm and crossed paths with the Night Class.  They did not know that the Night Class students were actually vampires.

The series lead was Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of school headmaster, Kaien Cross, but she later learned that she was also a pure-blood vampire.  Her first love interest was Zero Kiryu, a human suffering from the curse of the vampire.  Together, Yuki and Zero were the Guardians of the school, patrolling the hallways and school grounds to protect the Day Class humans from the Night Class vampires.  Yuki eventually fell in love with Kaname Kuran, her fiancé who was raised as Yuki's sibling.  At the end of Vampire Knight, Kaname sacrificed his body to create new vampire-killing weapons for the Hunter Society.

As Vampire Knight: Memories, Vol. 1 opens, a peace has been established between the Hunters and the few remaining vampires.  Kaname continues to sleep in an ice coffin, and Yuki has given her heart so that he can be revived as a human.  Yuki and Zero begin a new relationship.  Yuki's birth daughter, Ai, and her adopted son, Ren, seek to learn more about Kaname.  Memories contain four stories that tell about life during the 1,000 years of Kaname's slumber in an ice coffin.

I was not crazy about the end of the Vampire Knight manga, especially the “death” of Kaname.  In general, however, I really liked the series, and I enjoyed the prettiness of creator Matsuri Hino's art.

Vampire Knight: Memories Volume 1 contains four manga short stories:  “Life,” “I Love You,” “Love's Desire,” and “Between Death and Heaven.”  The most poignant segment of this volume is the “Seiren's Side Story” part of “Between Death and Heaven,” which reiterates that while the vampire leads of this series are adorable, most other vampire characters are monsters.

If I understand correctly, there will be more of these “Memories” stories, which I hope is the case.  A lot happens in a thousand years, and there are a number of shocking deaths and demises in the stories of Memories Vol. 1 that need some narrative expanding.  These four stories are, for the most part, a really good addition to Vampire Knight, and I think fans will want to read them and want to read more.

A-
7.5 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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