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It’s Friday and it’s time to talk about comics that you may not have heard of! Here we go!!
Anno Dracula: 1895: Seven Days In Mayhem #1
Written by Kim Newman
Illustrated by Paul Mccaffrey
Published by Titan Comics
This is a surprisingly well written comic book. I was not expecting it to be at all. I guess this is based on a series of books (that I never heard of?). This is not an adaptation of those books however (Thank god).
Newman has decided to write new adventures of Anno Dracula in comic book form and I’m all for that! The cool thing about this book is that it takes place in a world where Dracula has won.
It’s pretty cool too that the book stars Kate Reed, a character who was cut from Bram Stoker’s original novel.
Kate is a well developed character here. Newman knows how to use her well.
The art is decent enough. The design work is great. The storytelling in the art is a little flat and stiff.
Overall though, it’s a good book and you would be very entertained it if you picked it up.
Jughead: The Hunger
Written by Frank Tieri
Illustrated by Michael Walsh
Published by Archie Comics
This book is a a complete pleasure to read and review. From start to finish, this book had my eyes glued to it. Archie Comics has been killing it in recent years and this book is another example of why.
Taking place in a universe outside the regular comics, this book give us another fresh spin on an old concept. Basically, it takes place in a universe where Jughead may be a werewolf. And that’s all you need to know!
Oh, and that’s it’s funny and kooky with a huge dash of horror thrown in.
Tieri writes a great script here. He’s one of the more underrated creators in comics. And Michael Walsh is a find.
This is one of the best new releases of the year.
Written and Illustrated by Jon Nielsen
Published by NBM Graphic Novels
This book was quite a treat. The best way I can put it is this: if you like Bone and you like the film Wall-E, you should check out this book as it has echoes of each.
The world has been abandoned of all humans. There is a robot still here though trying to perform his one last mission. With that, he starts to wonder if this given task has any meaning left. He decides to go with his robotic bird friend Owen, to forget the past and find deeper meaning in the future. But everyone they encounter is still holding onto the past.
Nielsen asks the big questions in this book. He asks “why are we here?” The answers are wonderful and this book is pretty damn cool.
Pick this up. It’s a different book in a landscape where many books look alike. And it deserves your attention.
Written by Will Ewing
Illustrated by Joe Eisma
Published by Archie Comics
Based on the hit Riverdale TV show….comes Riverdale the comic book!
It’s just as fun, just as breezy, and just as cool as the television series. If you like the television series, pick this up.
There is more fun to be had!
The interesting thing about this comic book is that it’s actually a prequel to the television show.
The events in it take place in the summer before the events in the show. It’s interesting and I loved it.
Ewing has a great feel for the characters. And I’ve always loved Eisma as an artist. It’s a good book and it’s a step above the usual TV show to comic book tie-ins.
Transformers vs G.I. JOE: The Movie Adaptation
Written and Illustrated by Tom Scioli
Published by IDW Publishing
What the holy hell did I just read? And why did I like it so much?
The Transformers and G.I. Joe universe collide here. And it’s wildly bonkers.
Why is it so bonkers? Well…
This is the comic book version of the movie version of a film that doesn’t exist.
You have to read it to believe it. It actually is the comic book my ten year old self would have loved. It’s drawn just like I would have loved if I was still that age.
Scioli is a nutty comic book creator. And that’s a good thing. I enjoyed this very much and left me with a smile on my face.