Review – The Goon #39

By: Eric Powell
Colors: Dave Stewart
Published By: Dark Horse

In light of recent debates about creator owned comics, Eric Powell has decided to give us a new issue of The Goon highlighting some of the lengths creators have to go to in order to compete with the big company owned comics. Before even tearing (I don’t advise tearing your comics) into the new Goon issue, you are treated to an amazing cover. The cover is brightly colored, funny and offers a satirical take on a formulaic approach to some comics (specific companies and events shall remain nameless). In short, it’s awesome! The cover asks “is the Goon a gay Republican Puerto Rican transvestite Socialist for Jesus from space?” The answer: sorta, kinda, sometimes.

This issue focuses on the Goon’s origin story. Throw out everything you think this is going to be; actually, if you’re a Goon fan then you’re probably on the right track so go with it and then triple it! We see the Goon and Franky like never before, super cheesy, in primary colors and way into fashion. We are treated to some back story on the Goon, which is continually changing throughout the issue. While the Goon and Franky are on a mission to save the damsel in distress, we meet the bad guy, we see some action and we are given a plot twist at the end. Pretty standard stuff, except it’s totally not, it’s unbelievable. I don’t want to spoil anything but I will tell you that the Goon army is where it’s at. Best. Thing. Ever.

This issue needs to be read and re-read to be fully appreciated. It was beyond incredible. Eric Powell is poking fun (understatement) at the comic industry, doing it unabashedly and nailing it with a super powered, heavy-duty nail gun! It made me laugh (not cry this time) a lot. I’m about to go on my “Eric Powell is the greatest ever kick” so bear with me for a sec. The guy’s amazing. The writing and art should frankly be what ALL other things are judged by. Okay, that wasn’t so bad, what I’m trying to say here is buy it, read it, marry it, do whatever you have to do to get it, (you could probably just go to your local comic shop or order it online) just do it immediately!

Release Date: April 25th, 2012
*It was also just announced that The Goon will be published monthly!

Links: Pre-Order | Preview

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

Review – Star Wars: Blood Ties #1 – Boba Fett is Dead

Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: Chris Scalf
Letters: Michael Heibler
Cover Art: Chris Scalf
Variant Cover Art: David Palumbo
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Blood ties is a new expansion to the Star Wars universe, taking place 10 years before the Battle of  Yavin. The story centers around Boba Fett’s legend in the galaxy as a fearless bounty hunter without equal, Blood Ties explores what happens when you cross a legend that has deep alliances and blood ties buried everywhere.

The introduction to the issue is blunt, Boba Fett makes his last stand when surrounded by a hit team and thing’s do not exactly go in his favor. The news is broadcast across the galaxy, even the most fearless force around and most legendary gun isn’t invincible in this life. What isn’t taken to account is that when you stir a fight with such a person, you can’t expect the issue to just go away under the table and everything to move forward. Blood Ties centers around this and circles around Connor Freeman, a friend and ally to Fett who may not be blood but he owes his current life to the hunter. What we know of his past is vague but he’s a man with conviction ready to see retribution paid to those behind this action through systematic destruction.

As a Star Wars installment it’s a pretty hard shift from what I’m used to with the series, it tackles the issue of Boba Fett’s execution in a direct assault, the trickery or complex plotting are skipped over and it’s a brand of old-fashioned justice instead. Top this off with the painterly quality to the whole issue, instead of going for a touch of drama and realism throughout the pages and you have a book that really stands out.

Star Wars: Blood Ties #1 – Boba Fett is Dead isn’t your average Star Wars installment, it’s a rough tale of what happens when you start a war against a force that isn’t completely understood. I really look forward to what Tom Taylor has in store for the rest of this series, it’s certainly going to be an intense one.

Links: Pre-Order | Preview

Release date: April 25, 2012

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth – The Pickens Country Horror #2

Story: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
Art: Jason Latour
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover Art: Becky Cloonan and Dave Stewart
Variant Cover: Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Peters and Vaughn left us hanging as fog, vampires and the undead rise up in what was set to be a routine investigation. As trouble strikes they’re put out of the game and taken to a safe house in the middle of it all, the owner of which is a vampire conspiracy theorist researching a possible invasion scenario. Part 2 starts up without hesitation, the fog is thick and the crosses are all over with something lurking in the background, Vaughn is quiet but worried about Peters and we step into the mess from there.

Pickens Country Horror is a relentless book, even with all the experience Vaughn has the story proves once again that he’s only seen a fraction of the horrors possible in the outbreaks so far. His confidence no matter how high is knocked down as the situation with the fog and the mushrooms grows worse, it’s a bad time to be an agent of the B.P.R.D. on this mission. Unfortunately as a mini series we’re whisked through the rest of the development including the history on the vampire group at work locally and their history. It’s not to say this has been a bad installment but the closure on it really shakes the foundation as a newer reader to the series, I can only hope this isn’t the end of this arc and that it spins into something more. One thing that Mike Mignola does without trouble is develop character attachment and #2 is where you really wish this wasn’t the case because of how much whiplash fills the pages of the story.

If you’re a fan of B.P.R.D. this is a must have to your collection for the series, you have vampires, crazy supernatural fog and a crazy man telling you his end of the world conspiracy theory. If you’re a new reader, it might be a bit of rough ride to get into even if it does have a very interesting story, it just has a really rough closure that could throw off those new to the series even if the 2 issues are excellent reads. The art from Jason Latour is great, the expressions and body language don’t drop the experience while reading through it, even when going to supernatural levels the experience holds the reader in and even brings a bit of paranoia, with Dave Stewart assisting in color it’s really an immersion experience.

Links: Pre-Order | Preview

Release date: April 25, 2012

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

DC Zero Hour sale approaches (4/14/12 – 4/16/12)

Looking for a discount weekend to catch up on your inventory? DC Comics has a deal for you then, this weekend for 3 days they’ll be kicking off a massive Zero Hour saga sale through their comiXology storefront for 99 cents per issue! All 70 books and limited series issues will be on sale so that you’re able to bundle the complete experience at a massive discounted rate. For a comic that pulls the heroes of the world together against a common enemy we’ll see them rise to new heights to save time and space from crumbling around them.

Check out the comiXology link to get started, keep in mind this sale will not be active until tomorrow. We’re giving you a heads up though so you’re prepared and not catching this on Monday with a huge sigh of disbelief.

Link: DC Zero Hour @ comiXology

Young Justice #15 Preview arrives from DC

DC Comics is back with a preview series for Young Justice, this week highlights the upcoming issue #15 which takes off from the mission to Atlantis with Aqualad, Superboy and Miss Martian. Focal points to the issue are on Mera who gets kidnapped by Ocean-Master and the charge with the Young Justice team and Prince Orm to rescue the queen before the evil plans go through and it’s too late. Atlantis rests in the balance and only this team can help solve the struggle. Check out the panels below for a nice peek until the full issue arrives next Wednesday.

DC Comics adds two more to the digital pile

C2E2 announcements are already rolling out, DC hot on the release of
today is pushing out Batman Digital and Ame-Comi Girls, two new titles looking to expand the lineup to 5 unique franchises so you can get a new experience from the company each day of the week every week. DC Comics will offer new releases Monday through Friday for the following series in June, until then expect the current 3 to roll out and then Ame-Comi Girls to hit in May.

  • Monday – Ame-Comi Girls (May)
  • Tuesday – Batman: Arkham Unhinged
  • Wednesday – Beyond series (Justice League Beyond, Batman Beyond, Superman Beyond)
  • Thursday – Batman Digital (June)
  • Friday – Smallville Season 11

Info on Batman Digital:

BATMAN digital, launching in June, will take place outside of DC Comics – The New 52 continuity and feature a series of stand-alone stories by various creators that chronicle different cases handled by The Dark Knight. Confirmed creative teams include Damon Lindelof and Jeff Lemire; Jonathan Larsen and JG Jones; Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott; Ales Kot and Ryan Sook; B. Clay Moore and Ben Templesmith; Steve Niles and Trevor Hairsine; Joe Harris and Jason Masters; TJ Fixman and Christopher Mitten; Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman; Joshua Hale Fialkov and Phil Hester; David Tischman and Chris Sprouse; and many more!

 

Info on Ame-Comi Girls:

AME-COMI GIRLS, launching in May, is based on the best-selling product line from DC Collectibles that brings the distinct Japanese influence of anime and manga to DC Comics’ female heroines and their foes. In the new series, the heroines must unite to stop an invasion by the female Braniac, who is aided by a group of “bad girl” super villains. Initially, there will be five individual character arcs with multiple chapters, leading up to united, Ame-Comi girl series. All stories are written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with Wonder Woman art by Amanda Conner and Tony Akins, Batgirl art by Sanford Greene, Duela Dent art by Ted Naifeh, Power Girl art by Mike Bowden and Supergirl art by Santi Casas.

The goal is to bring unique content to fans across all mediums and this online focus should help cement their commitment to digital fans in this new era of comic collecting and reading. We’ll have to see how this pans out and if DC will aim on implementing any other franchises into the mix.

Uncanny X-Force #25 preview pages arrive!

Marvel is sending a lot of goodies out today, one of those includes preview pages and the cover for Uncanny X-Force issue #25. While limited to just 2 pages it’s still a nice look and it sets up some tension as that sniper scope looms over one of the residents. As usual no text is included with the panels so you’re left to come up to your own conclusions on what’s going on which only makes the tension that much greater.

The weekly Marvel Digital release updates arrive (4/13/12)

Fear Itself flooded the release schedule this week for the digital releases, next week we get a shift to some classics and we get a Band of Heroes inclusion as well. With Marvel digging to the 80’s and even 50’s it’s hard to say they’re not working to get readers a full experience across the board. Check out the list for the play-by-play for next week and schedule your time to read all those issues accordingly. With recent changes to the Digital Store, these releases should be accessible across iOS, Android and the PC now to give you full comfort to read these where you want.

SPIDER-MAN MONDAY APRIL 16
POWER PACK (1984) #12
POWER PACK (1984) #13
POWER PACK (1984) #14
POWER PACK (1984) #15
POWER PACK (1984) #16

IRON MAN TUESDAY APRIL 17
ALL-WINNERS SQUAD: BAND OF HEROES (2011) #1
ALL-WINNERS SQUAD: BAND OF HEROES (2011) #2
ALL-WINNERS SQUAD: BAND OF HEROES (2011) #3
IRON MAN (1998) #2
IRON MAN (1998) #3

X-MEN WEDNESDAY APRIL 18
LORNA THE JUNGLE QUEEN (1953) #1
POWER PACK (1984) #17
STARJAMMERS (1995) #2
STARJAMMERS (1995) #3
STARJAMMERS (1995) #4

THOR THURSDAY APRIL 19
JUGGERNAUT (1999) #1
LORNA THE JUNGLE QUEEN (1953) #2
LORNA THE JUNGLE QUEEN (1953) #3
LORNA THE JUNGLE QUEEN (1953) #4
LORNA THE JUNGLE QUEEN (1953) #5

FANTASTIC FOUR FRIDAY APRIL 20
THE ‘NAM (1986) #11
THE ‘NAM (1986) #12
THE ‘NAM (1986) #13
THE ‘NAM (1986) #14
SILVER SABLE AND THE WILD PACK (1992) #1

comiXology and Archaia partner up for digital comics

comiXology is a slow-growing giant in the comic marketplace, today they expand their reach just a bit more as they partner with Archaia to release digital first products and same day digital availability as print releases. Given the reach of comiXology across iOS, Android and the web it’s not surprising to see them still pushing on for those last key partners to their reach.

Part of this partnership will also reward comiXology fans with all-new material and unreleased content just for this digital experience. Some of the series coming to comiXology are included below.

  • Rust
  • Dare Detectives
  • Cursed Pirate Girl
  • The Dark Crystal
  • The Storyteller
  • Tale of Sand
Exclusives coming up before print:
  • Pantalones, TX
  • Strange Attractors
  • Mumbai Confidential
  • SPACE: 1999
ComiXology isn’t the only group jumping for joy in this deal, Archaia is happy to enter the digital realm with such a wide user base to see their collection.

“We are dedicated to bringing our library of award-winning content into the digital forefront, and comiXology has proven the demand for digital content in the marketplace, providing readers with a simple and immediate means of accessing the latest graphic novel content. We’re excited to offer readers some of our hottest content weeks, and in some cases months, before it sees print.” Says PJ Bickett, CEO of Archaia.

If you’re eager to test it out get over to comiXology now, as of the opening of C2E2 today they’ve already begun rolling these additions out for the fans!

Marvel puts Ultimates up in Friday 99 cent sale!

Marvel has a twist today for collectors, today’s digital sale revolves around the Utlimates series. There’s not much to really say for variations though, we’re not talking about Ultimate Spider-Man or X-Men just the base series that helped spark the side universe that we know today.

Sale issues:

Keep note that while you can access this on iOS, Android and the PC you’ll need to get in before 11:00 pm EST otherwise the window will close up and these comics will jump back to regular price. Grab them while you can!

Link: Marvel Digital Store