Welcome back to Graphic Breakdown, special Monday edition!
Here are some comic books I checked out. Let’s see what interests you!
Spencer & Locke #1
Written by David Pepose
Illustrated by Jorge Santiago
Published by Action Lab Entertainment
Action Lab Entertainment really puts out some cool comic books. Spencer & Locke continues in that tradition.
This is a nice tightly written comic book with some spectacular art. You can’t ask for better than that!
This comic book is creative for sure. It involves a cop coming back to the big city to solve a crime with the help of his childhood best friend. It’s a wacky concept and I love wacky concepts. Pepose handles the writing with style and charm. The characters are wonderful, and well developed. I enjoyed reading it from start to finish.
The art is pretty freaking sweet too. I have never heard of Santiago but he is a star. His art is just fluid. If you’re looking for a new book that you may not have heard of, this is it. It’s great.
Aliens: Dead Orbit #1
Written and Illustrated by James Stokoe
Published by Dark Horse Comics
This is a new Aliens book from those wacky guys and gals over at Dark Horse. I used to read these religiously.
My interest has sort of waned over the years. When I picked this up, I was eager to see if it would be any good. Maybe it would be nostalgic for me.
The book isn’t bad. It’s just a little too familiar.
An accident happens at a space station. What could it be?
Aliens. That pretty much sums up the book.
Stokoe is a pretty decent writer and a really great artist. The book has a nice anime feel to it too.
I liked it. It’s a solid book. It’s just nothing new.
Beautiful Canvas #1
Written by Ryan K. Lindsay
Illustrated by Sami Kivela
Published by Black Mask Comics
It’s been a little while since I’ve read a comic book written by Ryan K. Lindsay.
He’s one of the most underrated comic book writers in the industry. Don’t believe me? Pick up a book with his name on it. It’s guaranteed to be good.
Lon Eisley is a hitwoman who is hired to murder a small child. She decides to instead save the young child. This makes her boss very angry. Action and intrigue follow as well as a ton of emotion.
It’s a dark premise and Lindsay handles it well. His writing only seems to get better. The art is awesome and fits this story well.
Black Mask is a publisher you should put on your radar. Recommended.
Big Moose #1
Written by Sean Ryan
Illustrated by Cory Smith
Published by Archie Comics
By gum, I really love Archie Comics. They have literally turned their entire line around in the past few years. This is no different. It a joy to read from start to finish.
This issue follows the further adventures of the character Big Moose. It’s a funny book from start to finish. The whole book is comprised of little story segments.
The first one is called “Moose Vs. The Vending Machine” and it’s a scream.
Sean Ryan does a great job writing this book. I love Cory Smith’s art as well. It’s expressive and full of joy.
Pick up this book or any of the Archie books. They are all awesome.
Kill The Minotaur #1
Written by Christian Cantamessa and Chris Pasetto
Illustrated by Lukas Ketner
Published by Image Comics
I’m not so sure what to make of this comic book. It’s certainly got a lot of hype behind it. It’s well drawn and the writers have a ton of street cred.
I was just bored from start to finish.
In this story, Athens lost the war with Greece. Now they pay tribute to the King by making human sacrifices to run in a labyrinth.
What’s in the labyrinth? Why, a mighty Minotaur!
Maybe I’ll pick this up when there are a few issues out. Maybe I’ll like it better when there’s more of a story.
For a first issue this seemed lacking. I wanted to like it but just couldn’t.