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COMIC TITLE: Grumble Vol.1: You’re The Dog Now, Man! (2019)
Mike Norton – Artist
Rafer Roberts–Writer
July 17, 2019
Albatross Funny Books

grumbleI am always trying to find new and interesting comic books to read and sometimes it’s hard to find one outside of Marvel/DC/Image that retains my attention. Some time ago, when I was scouring through Comiclist.com looking for titles to read, I came across one that simply read Grumble #1 from Albatross Funny Books and so I clicked on it and have been following the comic ever since. That is why I present to you guys Grumble Volume One: You’re The Dog, Man! which was written by Rafer Roberts (Modern Fantasy) and illustrated by Mike Norton (Battlepug) in this world of demons, magic, and more. Tala is part demon, part human and she has been on the run from the Inter-dimensional forces since her mom was caught. The only logical thing she could think of was to look up her mom’s low life ex-partner named Eddie to try and help her out. There is just one problem with all of this, he has turned himself into a dog and everyone wants in the world of humans and magic want to kill him too. Together, they’ll be on the run as they set off a wild chain of events that will keep you glued to the pages, but there is just one question. What are Tala’s true intentions in all of this?

grumble 2I honestly fell in love with this comic as soon as I began to read it. The story was well put together in my opinion as you go from the regular world one minute to a world full of magic and they even throw in intergalactic bounty hunters and more into the mix. What more could you want from the story? It has the main plot which is she needs help escaping these intergalactic bounty hunters in order to save her mom and it has a lot of subplots from what is the true relationship between herself and Eddie like is he her dad? As well as many other subplots that have certainly not disappointed me yet. The story has a perfect mix of action, adventure, sci-fi, and comedy all thrown in there that make it hard to compete against. I have also definitely enjoyed the artwork which has helped develop the universe that I’ve been talking about and what is better than a wise cracking walking, talking, dog that no one will help change back? Mike Norton does a terrific job with the comic’s artwork as he makes it easy to follow along with and his work is terrific. I ask you to at least give the first issue a shot because you never know, you may find yourself actually enjoying the comic.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Symbiote Spider-Man #4 (2019)
Greg Land – Artist
Peter David–Writer
July 10, 2019
Marvel Comics

Symbiote_Spider-Man_Vol_1_4This was another slow week for me as far as comic book titles were concerned and a lot of the titles I did pick up were titles that I was continuing to read like my choice for today’s comic. Back in early May, I covered the second issue of Symbiote Spider-Man which followed Spider-Man who had this new suit that was actually alien technology because it was a symbiote. In the previous issues, Spider-Man has had some issues with Quentin Beck a.k.a. Mysterio who can’t take the fact that no one respects him for losing to Spider-Man all the time. So, he tries everything, but he continues to fail until he decides that the only way to succeed is to convince Spider-Man’s girlfriend Felicia Hardy a.k.a. The Black Cat to steal a little slice of the suit for him. After showing her the files that the Kingpin kept on her, he blackmails her into to stealing the slice which was pretty easy for her to do considering Peter and her are going through a rough patch. In this month’s issue of Symbiote Spider-Man #4, Felicia hands over the piece of the suit over to Beck and he brings it to the Kingpin’s lab to dissect it, but it’s too strong and out of control and it bonds with him. Meanwhile, all Peter wants to do is meet up with Aunt May for some pancakes to try and smooth things over with her, but Mysterio could prove to be a thorn in his side.

zb2ZunnUFor a very long time, I had kind of lost interest in the web-slinger, but thanks to Tom Holland and his performance in all the Marvel films including the brand new Spider-Man: Far From Home film, he has renewed my interest in it. I have been enjoying the story so far as it keeps building and building in momentum and now it looks like we are about to see an epic battle between Spider-Man and a new and improved Mysterio. I think Peter David has been doing a great job with the story as far as having the main plot and then all these little subplots that appearing now in the story like the relationship between Black Cat and Spider-Man and what is going to happen to their relationship if he finds out? These stories can definitely be some of the best soap operas around and better than what you get on TV. The artwork has been fantastic from Greg Land, I can never complain about the work that this man is doing with the comic and he’s done a terrific job throughout every issue. He hast stayed true to what the comic is to look and feel like it and he has run with it. The panels are easy to follow along with so you shouldn’t have any trouble there. If you haven’t checked out the series yet then I think you should definitely give this one a shot. So, check out the comic and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: DCeased #3 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Guadiano – Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
July 3, 2019
DC Comics

DCeased-3-vc-2First, I want to start out by wishing everyone a very happy and safe fourth of July and hopefully you have some great issues this week to check out while you celebrate America’s birthday. Now that we got  some of the formalities out of the way, I have to say that I was not super impressed by this week’s releases unless you are continuing story lines that you’ve been following for some time. That is why I have decided to once again go with a comic that I have been consistently reviewing for Comic Book Of The Week in Dceased #3 which once again featured a horror cover variant and this week’s is The Nun which this time was provided by Francesco Mattina. The comic was once again written by Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine) and illustrated by Trevor Hairsine (Bloodshot) along with Stefano Guadiano (Immortal Iron Fist) again as well.The last issue was all about knowing the choices they have to make in this epidemic that is turning everyone into zombie like creatures. Batman paid the ultimate price as he was put down by Alfred while in this issue it is now decision time for Harley Quinn as she confronts The Joker and Superman has a tough pill to swallow as he heads back to Smallville. If you would like more information on the comic and where to get it then please visit this website.

download (2)I know that one of the biggest complaints about the comic consistently has been the writing and while there is no ultimate pay off in this issue they are definitely leading up to it. I felt like most of it was who else can we shock the readers by turning into stark raving beasts? Oh yeah, let’s make hope look very bleak as the Birds of Prey fall victim to the virus which was the only predictable thing about the issue and the only one I care to name without spoiling anything else. One thing that definitely shocked me was when they reach Atlantis in the comic because that is where the cliffhanger ends up. One thing is for sure when it comes to this comic book and that is I am definitely a fan of the artwork especially the horror covers, but some of the other covers they have are excellent as well. The artwork in the comic is the one consistent great thing about it and that is you’ll never be disappointed by what you see. Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Guadiano definitely do a fantastic job especially when they have to turn beloved characters into raging monsters which has been cool to see. There are pluses and minuses to every comic book out there, you just have to pick and choose based on what you like and I love the horror element added to this. If you want to give it a shot, I say go for it otherwise check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Batman: Damned #3 (2019)
Lee Bermejo – Artist
Brian Azzarello–Writer
June 26, 2019
DC Black Label

Jl-TksreDC Black Label is an imprint of DC Comics that is meant to have more mature content inside of it so of course they can’t have a comic come out without a little bit of controversy. Back in September of 2018, DC put out Batman: Damned #1 which gained a lot of chatter due to the fact that apparently you could see Batman’s penis in the comic book. That is definitely one hell of a way to generate chatter, but I embarked on the journey and now DC Black Label has released the final issue Batman: Damned #3 which was once again written by Brian Azzarello (Joker) and illustrated by Lee Bermejo (Lex Luthor: Man Of Steel). In the previous issue, Constantine is still getting in the head of Batman as the bat believes that The Joker is still alive, but what in the hell does the Enchantress want with him and why is Harley Quinn dressed as The Joker? You see, The Joker really is dead and it’s all thanks to Batman and now everything comes full circle with the help of Zatanna who leads Batman to a path to take that very few would. Will he ultimately find the answer he is looking for and what judgment lies ahead for the Dark Knight? To read more on the comic, you can do so by clicking here to go to DC’s website.

Amh7Tlz6One of the things I love about this miniseries has been the artwork as Lee did as amazing job with it. He brought a horror feel to the comic that I feel was the best call to make and it definitely paid off as it was the highlight for me. It was very gritty and visceral as the various panels grabbed your attention from beginning to end. The panels are easy as hell to follow as you navigate through the amazing artwork of Lee Bermejo. There is one thing that I am almost for certain and that is I do not think that I cared very much for Constantine as he kind of annoyed me as the series went on. I loved the various appearances by DC’s darker and more magic infused characters like Enchantress, Swamp Thing, Deadman, and even Zatanna. It was basically Batman meets Justice League Dark in this series as they guide him on a journey. I love how the comic book ended because it gave you this huge twist as you question what was reality and what was not and I thank Brian Azzarello for that. I wouldn’t mind seeing this story being turned into a feature and preferably animated. DC has always knocked it out of the park in that department. Check out the comic at your local comic book shop before it’s gone and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Silver Surfer Black #1 (2019)
Tradd Moore – Artist
Donny Cates & Tradd Moore–Writer
June 12, 2019
Marvel Comics

STL123410This week was a pretty decent week for comic books, it wasn’t as crazy as last week, but if you are a Marvel fan then this was a heavy week. When it came to choosing this week’s comic book of the week, there were a lot of great choices to choose from, but when I saw the name Donny Cates (Death Of The Inhumans/Doctor Strange) and saw that it was attached to the Silver Surfer I couldn’t resist. He’s kind of a rockstar right now in the world of comics and with that said I chose to check out Silver Surfer Black #1 which he co-wrote with Tradd Moore (The Strange Talent Of Luthor Strode) who also provided the artwork as well. To catch you up to this comic, Thanos was killed and the Silver Surfer attended the last will and testament of the mad titan only to be ambushed by his black order who in turn sent him and several others into a black hole where they now lie in the void. The Silver Surfer who he himself is battling his own inner demons is trying his best to save these others to try and make it back, but it seems hopeless until he finally finds a planet. Unfortunately, there is something strange about this planet because he senses a being as strong as a God.

1234I usually do not start my review paragraph with the art side of the comic, but isn’t that why we read comics in the first place? The artwork in this comic is phenomenal as every page matches the mood and what exactly is going on in every scene as we navigate through the void with the Silver Surfer. I especially love the artwork that we get when the Silver Surfer is describing all the doom he has brought to several different planets in his service for Galactus. You can see the artwork to the left of this paragraph and while it might seem simple to some, it does a lot visually because of the stylistic choice he went for. The artwork in the comic is definitely having me come back for more and when you see the world that he lands in, it looks like an acid trip meets some of the Heavy Metal comics. Now as far as the story is concerned, I definitely enjoyed it a lot. I think Donny Cates is a rockstar because his stories are always intriguing and he knows how to deliver. I never thought the Silver Surfer would ever be more than interesting visually, but Donny has me coming bask for more especially with the huge cliffhanger at the end of the issue. I definitely suggest that you pick this comic up at your local comic book shop. Remember, support your local comic book store.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: DCeased #2 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine and Stefano Guadiano – Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
June 5, 2019
DC Comics

DC-comics-DCeased-2-Yasmin-Putri-horror-variant-coverThere are a lot of great issues that came out this week especially if you are continuing with certain series, but my excitement for today was a certain book. Last month, DC Comics released DCeased which follows the war with Darkseid which the Justice League believes it had won. What if though that was all part of a bigger plan that the planet won’t even know what hit them? In the previous issue, Darkseid with the help of Cyborg releases a virus that attacks through all forms of social media and technology turning all of the world into zombie like creatures. Now Superman and co. are left wondering how they are going to battle this. Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine) returns to the second issue to write and Trevor Hairsine (Bloodshot) returns to draw along with Stefano Guadiano (Immortal Iron Fist). In this issue, everyone is stunned by the events of what has happened like Aquaman and even The Green Arrow who just had to put down Hal Jordan before Jordan killed them. All Harley Quinn wants to do is end things with The Joker and move on with poison Ivy, but it’s not that simple. Batman was bitten in the last issue and he has to make the ultimate sacrifice before it’s too late. Check out the comic book everywhere comic books are sold.

LF8mPqyYAt first, I wasn’t sure if I was really in love with the series or was the fact that Yasmine Putri’s covers are amazing that is clouding my judgment. This issue as you can see above is the A Nightmare On Elm Street parody cover and it kicks ass. However, as far as the comic book is concerned, I have been enjoying it, but the real question is what is the overall payoff because we see most of our superheroes going. When the sixth issue comes out, the question will be was the payoff worth it and with the action coming the way it is, I think it will be. The question will also remain, how will Darkseid play into this comic book later on? I know one major complaint with the comic can be that the dialogue can be a little clunky at times, but other times I don’t mind it. I think the artwork is pretty good even though some people I know had a complaint when it came to Darkseid in the last issue. I am definitely a huge fan of the artwork in this issue and in the last issue, but everyone has different taste. Check it out for yourselves and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Horror Comics #1 (2019)
Andrew Lunatik– Artist
Bradley Golden–Writer
May 29, 2019
Antarctic Press

horror-comics-1-antarctic-press-od0319-rd2219-scorch_680_largeWe took the week off because things got a little bit crazy and there wasn’t really anything that came out that interested me anyways. That is a completely different story with this week’s releases because there were so many new ones like a brand new Iron Maiden comic, a Hellboy one off, a brand new Batman comic, and today’s Comic Book Of The Week in Antarctic Press’s Horror Comics #1. It was definitely a hard week to choose just one title for today, but the comic which combines one of my favorite genres in it’s title. The comic was written by Bradley Golden (Exciting Comics) and illustrated by Andrey Lunatik which was built off of Timmy Lala’s Ice Scream to which they built on Kickstarter. In the comic, Thomas Wright is a beloved figure in Miami community because he puts smiles on the faces of children and adults with the power of Ice Cream. The only thing that these unsuspecting people do not know is that Thomas has a little bit of a dark side, but don’t they wonder how he gets his ice cream to taste better than the competitions? Check out the comic where ever comic books are sold in your area, but also visit Antarctic Press.

MAR191460As far as the story is concerned, I liked what they did because they set up what direction they were going to go to, but they ended it just at the right time. They ended it at a point where you are super excited for what is going to come next because they gave you the pop in the first issue. The artwork is not exactly my favorite aspect of the comic, but I do not hate it. I actually think that it fits the subject matter and the mood of the comic if that makes any sense. I do have to admit that I was a little skeptical about the comic because I was wondering how different was this comic book going to be compared to Image’s Ice Cream Man and Antarctic Press did not disappoint. They made it so that the Ice Cream Man is the main character and not the Cryptkeeper type character that Image’s was. So, I think it’s safe to say that I am definitely going to be looking forward to issue number two because horror is my life and my passion. So, do yourselves a favor and check it out for sure and while you are at it, check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+