The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb Review

The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb (GN) | Writer: James Patrick | Artist: Jen Hickman | Letterer: E.T. Dollman |Price: $9.99 | Publisher: 21 Pulp | From my column at Forces of

The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb is a successfully funded Kickstarter project helmed and written by James Patrick, who’s been a writer on Batman and Harley Quinn books.

I had no earthly idea that this book was even a thing. Thanks to a strong recommendation from the nice lady at the comic book store, I took this home and dove right in.

The story wastes no time making me wonder what had I gotten myself into. The eight-year old titular character is reading an essay in front of his class while a ghostly looking female is murdering people in adjacent scenes. My thought process immediately came to the conclusion that Jimmy was somehow going to somehow incur her wrath.  Continue reading

Robocop vs. The Terminator HC Review



Robocop vs. The Terminator HC | Writer: Frank Miller | Artist: Walt Simonson | Colorist: Steve Oliff | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $24.99 | From my column @ Forces of

I remember when the Frank Miller cybernetic crossover first hit comic book shelves in 1992. Seeing Walt Simonson’s vibrant and action filled cover made me drool in anticipation. Unfortunately, my parents grounded me for some fifth-grade hijinks which prevented me from reading comic books for almost a year. Continue reading

Andre the Giant: Life and Legend (Review)


 Andre the Giant: Life and Legend| Writer & Artist: Box Brown | Publisher: First Second Books

It doesn’t matter if you are an avid professional wrestling fan or if you’ve never witnessed a single body slam because Andre the Giant is known the world over.

He is one of the elite few that transcended his industry and made an indelible impression on pop culture. Continue reading

Emily and The Strangers HC Review


Emily and the Strangers HC| Writers: Rob Reger, Mariah Huehner | Artist: Emily Ivie | Cover: Emily Ivie, Buzz Parker | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $12.99 | Release Date: May 7, 2014 | From my column at Forces of

We all either knew someone, or perhaps we were that person, who would damn any band with faint praise for being on MTV simply because they were on MTV. Some did it to keep up with the status quo of the elite few that were actually in the know when it comes to music. Others did it simply to stand out and be different even though it was a false sentiment.  Continue reading

Star Wars Dark Times Volume 7: A Spark Remains

swStar Wars Dark Times Volume 7: A Spark RemainsWriter: Randy Stradley | Artist: Douglas Wheatley | Colorist: Dan Jackson | Letters: Michael Heisler | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $19.99 | Form my column at Forces of

The recent announcement of Lucasfilm’s decision to forgo the Expanded Universe as a part of the canonical story of Star Wars is a day that most hardcore fans feared.

While some don’t care, most are outraged and have issued the usual threats of swearing off things that took place in a galaxy far, far away. What’s the point of engaging in the novels, comics and video games that explore this cherished fiction within fiction?

Because nothing’s changed.  Good storytelling is still good storytelling no matter if it “counts” or not. Continue reading

Fear Agent Volume 1: Re-Ignition 2nd Edition TPB Review


Fear Agent Volume 1: Re-Ignition 2nd Edition TPB | Writer: Rick Remender | Artist: Tony Moore, Sean Parsons, Mike Manley, Jerome Opeña | Colorist: Lee Loughridge | Letters: Rus Wooton | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $9.99 | Release Date: April 2, 2014 | From my column at Forces of

I was late to the Fear Agent party and this exhilarating second edition is the perfect invitation. Like Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, this is a well-constructed story that jars your mind in the best possible way. Maverick alien exterminator, Heath Huston, is good at his job. He might be too good, which is half the fun. Continue reading

Review: The Mocking Dead Volume 1


The Mocking Dead Volume 1 | Writer: Fred Van Lente | Artist: Max Dunbar | Colorist: Aikau Oliva | Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment | Release Date: February 12, 2014 | Price: $17.99 | From my column @ Forces of

I have watched many a role playing game in my day.

Notice that I said “watched” and not “played”.

I’m the guy at the table with his head buried in the rule book, delaying the game while highlighting my apparent lack of skill.

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Amala’s Blade: Spirits of Naanaron TPB Review


Amala’s Blade: Spirits of Naanaron TPB
Writer: Steve Horton
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Colorist: Michael Dialynas
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $18.99
Release Date: January 22, 2014 | From my column @ Forces of

Dark Horse Comics had an amazing 2013 with a plethora of books covering both familiar and foreign territory.

One miniseries that came out of nowhere was Amala’s Blade which tells the story of Amala, a young female assassin who is drawn towards a higher purpose. This trade collects all six issues including the Dark Horse Presents prelude released in 2012.

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Cyborg 009 #0 Review


Cyborg 009: Chapter 000 | Writers: F.J. DeSanto and Bradley Cramp | Art: Marcus To and Ian Herring | Cover: Marcus To and Ian Herring | Publisher: Archaia Entertainment | Price: $1.00 | From my column at Forces of

This is a spectacular piece of comic book literature that is truly a privilege to read.

A young man, now known only as “009,” has been cybernetically altered against his will and fights to break free from a secret society who transformed him. This is a re-imagining of Shotaro Ishinomori’s manga classic that does everything right.

The opening glimpse into 009’s life before the robotics immediately makes you sympathize with him even though you don’t know the whole story. Marcus To and Ian Herring depict the heart wrenching scene that puts it over the top.

Romance, violence, mystery, and action are all impeccably woven together in superb fashion. Even though this is just a preview of the full length graphic novel scheduled for a summer 2013 release, this is one book you don’t want to miss.

Plus, the price tag is pretty nice too.

Grade: A

Superman: Earth One Volume 2 Review

Superman: Earth One Volume 2 | Writer: J. Michael Straczynski | Art: Shane Davis | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $22.99


Superman, the pop culture icon who inspired a generation with truth, justice and the American way, is too boring and unrealistic for people today. I understand that argument. He solves the world’s problems with an ease that borders on arrogance. It’s hard to relate to this perfect being that has all the answers. DC Comics attempted to make him more relatable in the new 52 by creating a slightly less powerful version of the original that comes across as a punk kid instead of Earth’s greatest hero. Michael Straczynski has brilliantly composed a story about a budding hero who is trying to find his place in the world.

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